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(03-20-2014 01:52 PM)Daglord Wrote: [ -> ]
(03-06-2014 01:49 PM)GMB13 Wrote: [ -> ]^ That's a pretty bizarre story, not sure what to make of it. Why would he charge a cop with weapons drawn?

remember this? michael cravey aka thomas brinkley? gets even more bizarre...

UF stabbing, chase, death of suspect traced

Quote:As Preston was getting out of his blue car, he noticed the driver of the unfamiliar vehicle walking around the back of his car and looking at his license plate. Preston asked the younger man, who police have said was Michael Cravey, if there was a problem or if he needed help, the police report said.

"Do you have a gun?" Cravey reportedly asked him.

Preston told detectives he was confused and said no. Cravey then made statements about meeting "Mike Potter," but Preston told him he didn't know a Mike Potter, the report said.

That's when Cravey reportedly pulled out a 4-inch folding knife and Preston told his wife to run.

As Beckie Preston locked herself in the car, Cliff Preston ran toward the sidewalk yelling for help. Cravey caught up to him quickly and knocked him to the ground, the report said.

UF student Karah Mechlowitz was waiting for her friend in the same parking lot when she saw Cravey chasing Preston and laughing. She thought it was prank until she saw him stab Preston in the neck, the report said.

The whole time, Cravey seemed to be enjoying himself, she said.

could he have been told to meet a 'mike potter' there? set up?

anyways, attacks random stranger & car chase ensues...

Quote:UPD, the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol scoured the area for Cravey. Around 8:30 a.m., Cravey went through the drive-thru at the campus McDonald's on Northwest 13th Street and got a meal, the report said.

Quote:Maureen texted Michael, but he seemed to have no idea what she was talking about. Around 8:30 a.m., Michael's younger brother, Mather Cravey, called Michael on the phone.

Michael told Mather he was going through a McDonald's drive-thru as they were speaking. Mather asked his brother what he was doing and urged him to do whatever the police were asking of him or to go home if nothing was going on.

"I'm being set up," Michael told him. "I've got to figure this out."

Quote:Minutes later, police said Cravey crashed into another vehicle near Sonny's BBQ and Southwest 37th Boulevard. Bystanders told officials he had run into the Pier 1 Imports in Butler Plaza.

At 10:03 a.m., Officer Wayne Clark heard over the scanner that GPD had spotted Cravey speaking with a person in a pickup truck and walking through the parking lot near Best Buy toward PetSmart. He's also holding a black-and-yellow hatchet in his right hand, the report said.

At 10:04 a.m., GPD Lt. Mike Schibuola approached Cravey with his gun pointed at him and ordered him to drop the hatchet.

Cravey instead sprinted toward Schibuola with his hatchet raised, the report said. Schibuola fired his weapon, shooting multiple times and hitting Cravey.

In the report, the number of shots bystanders and officials heard ranges anywhere from five to 10.

and of course...

Quote:Her son had never been violent, she told UPD Detective Duffy and GPD Detective Martin Honeycutt. Cravey was very interested in global conspiracies and spent most of his time researching and re-examining these conspiracies online, the report said.

Cravey made YouTube videos under the name Thomas Brinkley about conspiracy theories involving Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect James Holmes. In several videos, Cravey debated incidents surrounding the Aurora theater shooting and said he was at the center of a conspiracy theory involving Holmes.

So he may have just been bat shit crazy? I have no idea of what else to think here.
Elton John rebukes Russia's anti-gay law, cites Moscow visit

January 23, 2014 10:35 AM

By Eric Kelsey

This Oct. 30, 2013 file photo shows entertainer Elton John speaking during a panel discussion after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rockefeller Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

LOS ANGELES: Pop singer Elton John spoke out on Wednesday against Russia's ban on homosexual propaganda, saying the law legitimized homophobia and provided legal cover to extremists.

John's 500-word statement comes a month after he performed in the country and three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was welcoming to gays, citing the popularity of the openly gay 66-year-old singer as evidence.

The law has come under fire from human rights activists as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics next month.

During a visit to Moscow in December, John performed a concert at which he condemned the law, and said he was keen to gain a first-hand understanding of its effect on the LGBT community.

"What I heard reinforced all the media stories that have been circling since the propaganda bill became federal law: that vicious homophobia has been legitimised by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people's basic human rights," John said.

"Everyone shared stories of verbal and physical abuse - at work, in bars and restaurants or in the street - since the legislation came into force last June," he said. He added that he would welcome the chance to introduce Putin to gay Russians.

Russia's law bans the dissemination of "gay propaganda" among minors, and has become a focal point of criticism by the West and human rights activists who say the law is discriminatory and represents a crackdown on rights and freedoms under Putin.

Fudge packers gonna pack

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Crimea, Scotland…now Venice votes on breakaway

Crimea's residents aren't the only Europeans striving for secession, with referendums in both Scotland and Spain's Catalonia planned for later this year. But the phenomenon appears to be spreading: this week Venetians have been voting on breaking away from Italy, albeit in a referendum not recognized by Rome or regional authorities.

Paolo Bernardini, professor of European history at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, has been campaigning for an independent Venice since 2007. He said the city was free for around 1,100 years – before losing its independence to Napoleon in 1797 – and it was "high time" for it to become an autonomous state once again.

"Although history never repeats itself, we are now experiencing a strong return of little nations, small and prosperous countries,able to interact among each other in the global world," he told CNBC.

"Venetian people realized that we are a nation (worthy of) self-rule and openly oppressed, and the entire world is moving towards fragmentation - a positive fragmentation - where local traditions mingle with global exchanges."

It is this fierce pride in their cultural heritage that unites the states striving for autonomy – and could lead to more independence bids in the future.

"Catalonia, Scotland, the Basque Country, Wales and Flanders are distinct nations with a long history behind and a strong will to govern themselves," Xavier Solano, former representative of the Catalan Government in the U.K., told CNBC.

"Perhaps not all of them will bid for independence, however it seems reasonable to believe that some of them may think that their future would be better in their own hands. I am convinced that EU internal borders will be re-shaped by the democratic will of the people."

Taxing reasons

Much like in Scotland and Catalonia, those in favor of an independent Venice - as part of an autonomous Veneto region - cite economic reasons for breaking away from their parent states.

Italy receives around 71 billion euros ($96 billion) each year in tax from Venice, according to AFP - some 21 billion euros less than it gets back in investment and services.

"Even without such a long history of statehood, Venice should regain its independence and keep home the fruits of their labor," he added.

Veneto makes up over 9 percent of Italy's gross domestic product (GDP). By contrast, Catalonia accounts for roughly one-fifth of Spain's gross domestic product, and Scotland accounts for just over 8 percent of the U.K. economic output (excluding North Sea oil and gas revenue).

Crimea is 'completely different'

The Venice vote – due to end Friday – comes just a week after Crimea voted overwhelmingly in favor of leaving Ukraine and becoming part of the Russian Federation, although the European Union and U.S. have deemed the referendum illegal.

However Nicolas de Santis, president of global business think-tank Gold Mercury International, was quick to stress that Crimea's bid for independence was completely different to that in Scotland, Catalonia and Venice.

"The majority of people in Crimea speak Russia; they don't speak Ukrainian. And the way in which Crimea was gifted to Ukraine by the Soviet Union makes its history very different to that of Scotland and Catalonia," he told CNBC.

De Santis also stressed that Crimea had voted to join Russia - a country keen to have it - whereas the other European regions had no such plans. But they would need international partners - in defense, for example, in case they came under attack.

"They haven't thought this through properly," he said. "Catalonia, for instance, would be unlikely to be welcomed into the EU, given opposition from Spain. And English isn't their first language - so who are they going to partner with?" he asked.

Solano, however, argued that the EU should support a greater number of independent states, as it would be a good thing for Europe, boosting its productivity and making it more competitive.

"An independent Catalonia would design a new tailored tax regime adapted to our companies and also re-invest billions of euros that go to Madrid every year and never come back," Solano, who is now an adviser at the U.K. parliament, said.

"These two measures would significantly help our companies to grow and employ more people while, as a country, we would increase our contributions to the EU project in a way that would allow the EU to re-distribute part of these contributions among those EU territories that are struggling the most."

Why now?

Perhaps the bids for independence from regions like Catalonia and Venice were a foregone conclusion, given their history – but the timing indicates they were also exacerbated by Europe's financial crisis.

Indeed, Spain and Italy were two of the countries worst affected by the euro zone crisis. Spain had to request a 100 billion euro bailout from international lenders in 2012 to support its banks, while Italy's unstable political situation has seen three prime ministers in less than three years - and both are battling high unemployment rates.

"The financial crisis has not been a European-wide crisis – it's been a national crisis, and some governments have fared better than others. Spain, Italy – they're suffering more than other countries," de Santis said.

"But it's political suicide for these guys to want independence. They're not bringing a better tomorrow for their people."

^ texas next!
(03-23-2014 09:59 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]^ texas next!

Texas is a great state filled with great people. I would move their tomorrow if they seceded.
So many of these countries are artificial creations that were invented in recent times... and by recent, I don't mean back in the days of the Roman empire. I'm talking about the past couple hundred years.

Italy literally has DOZENS of languages that are not mutually ineligible (Sicilian, Piedmontese, Venezian, Sardinian, etc.) and was cobbled together by force during the late 19th century. North Italians and south Italians are extremely different in appearance - German looking blondes in the far north, dark North African looking people in the far south.

At the time of the French Revolution, less than 1 out of 5 people in France spoke French as a first language. You had all sorts of minority languages like Occitan, Breton, Provençal, etc with millions of native speakers.

Even Japan forced Japanese culture on the Okinawans by force, and today the Okinawan languages (I believe there are at least six) are in danger of extinction.

Spain, too, has Catalonians in the southeast and Basques in the northeast, Galicians in the northwest, etc.

When shit hits the fan, virtually all of these minority regions are gonna start demanding independence, and they probably have good cultural reasons for doing so.

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(03-23-2014 10:27 PM)Gimp Wrote: [ -> ]
(03-23-2014 09:59 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]^ texas next!

Texas is a great state filled with great people. I would move their tomorrow if they seceded.

Vermont only has a population of roughly 600k. It wouldn't take that large of an influx of would be secessionists for it to become a populist movement...
Pope to media: Slow down!

By HADAS GOLD | 1/23/14 1:13 PM EST
Pope Francis called on the media Thursday to recover patience and calm.

In his annual message for the church's World Day of Communications, the Pope described the Internet as a "gift from God" but said media institutions old and new should exercise greater "deliberateness and calm," in part so they have time to be "genuinely attentive in listening to others":

We need, for example, to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm. This calls for time and the ability to be silent and to listen. We need also to be patient if we want to understand those who are different from us. People only express themselves fully when they are not merely tolerated, but know that they are truly accepted. If we are genuinely attentive in listening to others, we will learn to look at the world with different eyes and come to appreciate the richness of human experience as manifested in different cultures and traditions. We will also learn to appreciate more fully the important values inspired by Christianity, such as the vision of the human person, the nature of marriage and the family, the proper distinction between the religious and political spheres, the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, and many others.

In a nod to the increasingly fragmented niche media markets, Francis called on media consumers not to "barricade themselves behind sources of information which only confirm their own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests."

And though the pope argued that Catholics should see the media as a way to communicate Christian values, he cautioned against "bombarding people with religious messages" and instead urged his followers to reach out to people in a spirit of dialogue.

The Vatican's World Communications Day is June 1, but the message was released in honor of St. Francis of Sales, patron saint of communicators, whose feast day is Jan. 24.

Read his whole message here.
I hope our good friend Calo is sitting down when he reads this.


"Perhaps Kevin Spacey has been bit by the political bug.

The actor, who plays dastardly politician Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards, is set to tackle Winston Churchill.

Spacey is attached to star in Captain of the Gate, a film that Sierra/Affinity is producing and fully financing for around $20 million. StudioCanal, which recently produced the airline thriller Non-Stop, is in early talks to come on board as a producer.

Churchill was U.K. prime minister from 1940-45 and again from 1951-55 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. The film chronicles his rise to power as he stood against Parliament to defend Britain and the world from Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

Cameron Lamb, who produced the Sundance film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, is producing via his Lila 9th Productions. Damon Lane of Zero Gravity also is producing.

Sierra/Affinity's Kelly McCormick is shepherding the project for the company.

Ben Kaplan, who previously tackled the late President Ronald Reagan for a History Channel film, wrote the screenplay. He also has penned episodes for the documentary TV series Vietnam in HD and WWII in HD.

Sierra/Affinity is currently looking for a director.

He is repped by CAA, manager Joanne Horowitz and attorney Tom Hansen."
That's SIR Redneck to you!!!


"Australia will create knights and dames this year for the first time in the 21st century, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in a surprise move on Tuesday. A staunch monarchist, Abbott plans to name up to four Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia per year, starting with Australia's outgoing governor-general Quentin Bryce and her replacement Peter Cosgrove (the governor-general is the Queen's representative in the country). Future bestowments will go to "Australians of extraordinary and preeminent achievement and merit," according to the plan.

Australia's political and media establishment quickly reacted to the unexpected announcement with snark. "Sure as knight follows dame, Tony Abbott's going to take us back to the good old days," claimed opposition Labor Party MP Ed Husic. "I think [he] wants to play Marty McFly." During the prime minister's question time on Wednesday, opposition leader Bill Shorten and other MPs began audibly humming "Rule Britannia," angering Abbott. The speaker of the house ejected some MPs from the chamber for disorderly laughter.

Many former British colonies abandoned the "imperial honors system" and created their own national orders of merit and recognition, including the Order of Australia in 1975. "While in past centuries knighthood used to be awarded solely for military merit, today it recognizes significant contributions to national life," explains the British monarchy. "Recipients today range from actors to scientists, and from school head teachers to industrialists." No Australians have become knights or dames since 1983.

The prime minister's move comes during a turbulent period for his government, which took power after last September's elections. Australia's attorney general, George Brandis, awkwardly declared that "people have the right to be bigots" during a Senate debate this week on the government's plan to repeal parts of the Racial Discrimination Act. Last week, the government's assistant treasurer stepped aside amid a widening corruption probe in New South Wales. "The focus on this right now shows the government has its priorities all wrong," said Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek in a radio interview.

The move also threatens to re-open a national debate about the future of the monarchy. Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a prominent leader of the country's republican movement, which wants to abolish the monarchy, tried to assuage the fears of fellow republicans by observing that "most countries have an honours system and many of them have an order of knighthood," including France, Italy, Peru, Argentina, and Guatemala. France still calls its lowest rank in the Légion d'honneur "chevaliers" despite abandoning monarchy in the 19th century, for example.

But while some republics do retain modernized forms of knighthood, traditional knighthoods are exceedingly rare. Today, only Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and now Australia—all realms of Queen Elizabeth II—maintain honors that entitle recipients to the honorific "Sir" or "Dame." Foreigners can also be made knights and dames in the Order of the British Empire but can't use the honorific, and they swear no allegiance to the Queen.

Foreign heads of state are the most frequent recipients of these highest awards, which can cause controversy. Elizabeth II stripped Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's autocratic president, of his honorary knighthood in 2008 for his abysmal human-rights record. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu also lost his honorary British knighthood on Christmas Eve in 1989 during the bloody Romanian revolution, one day before his execution by a revolutionary tribunal.

"This is not Game of Thrones," Green Party MP Adam Bandt told reporters on Tuesday. "It shows a government bereft of ideas, and a social policy that isn't even stuck in the last century, it's stuck centuries ago."

"This is turning the clock back to a colonial frame of mind that we have outgrown as a nation."

The United States—a republic with a strong anti-monarchical and anti-aristocratic tradition— honors distinguished Americans and foreign citizens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and other lesser awards. Article I of the Constitution forbids establishing any "title of nobility" in the United States and bars U.S. citizens from accepting offices and titles "from any king, prince, or foreign state" without the consent of Congress. Even the president of the United States is simply called "Mr. President," although John Adams briefly proposed the title "His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of Their Liberties." It didn't stick.

Other anti-aristocratic measures in early American history went even further. A proposed constitutional amendment approved by Congress in 1810 and ratified by 12 states between 1810 and 1812 would have stripped Americans of their citizenship for accepting a title of nobility or honor without congressional approval. As it remains pending before the states, the amendment's ratification by 24 more legislatures would make it part of the Constitution.

As one might expect, Australia's republicans have been some of the fiercest critics of Abbott's announcement. "This is turning the clock back to a colonial frame of mind that we have outgrown as a nation," said David Morris, national director of the Australian Republican Movement, in a statement. The country's republican movement is perhaps the strongest of its kind in any of Elizabeth II's 16 realms, but it hasn't achieved much success. In 1999, a national referendum to replace the monarchy with an elected president failed at the polls, with 55 percent of voters rejecting it. Since then, republican support has only declined. A January poll found that just 39 percent of Australians favored abolishing the monarchy—a 20-year low."
Monarchy is making a comeback.

I encourage all countries to at least partially restore their monarchies. good for cultural continuity.
U.N. General Assembly resolution calls Crimean referendum invalid

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling the Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine invalid.
The vote on the nonbinding resolution was 100-11, with 58 countries abstaining.
Animal Abuse is widespread in the US. Very widespread.

Pigs at illegal Florida slaughterhouse were stabbed, beaten, gutted and boiled alive: state

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