"An RAF doctor was jailed for eight months today after being found guilty by a court martial today of failing to comply with lawful orders to serve in Iraq.
Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, 37, who likened the invasion of Iraq to a Nazi war crime, was convicted by a panel of five RAF officers on five charges including refusing to serve in Basra. He will also be dismissed from the service."
RAF means he's already in the service, and therefore is disobeying orders.
"A British soldier on trial for the killing a 15-year-old Iraqi who drowned after allegedly being forced in a canal was found not guilty of manslaughter by a military judge on Thursday.
Vice Judge Advocate General Michael Hunter did not give a reason"
I thought the guy was guilty on this one.
Different justice if one is pro-war?
They need all the help they can get. Let's face it, public opinion isn't exactly gleaming.
We've had fighters screaming out over our house all day today, so I guess they just deployed another couple of flights.
Are there still idiots that believe that the amis and island apes are any different than the saddam regime?
> amis and island apes
Ok, now you've got me interested. Just where do these wonderful slurs come from? And who exactly do they refer to? I can guess, I suppose, but please spell it out for me.
I think ami comes from German. Island apes, well. I have to think he came up with them on the spot; island ape could mean just about anything from like Japan to Australia to Kiwi-land to Madagascar.
Still, I have absolutely no idea what the opposition slur was for the British during WW2. Krauts and jerries, sure, but what did the Germans call the brits?
"Phoenix, AZ - It has taken Arizona Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano less than four years to break an Arizona record.
On Tuesday, she vetoed a bill that would have made it a crime for an illegal immigrant to be in Arizona. It became her 115th veto since taking office in 2003."
"In a letter to lawmakers about her latest veto, Napolitano said, "it offers no constructive new ideas and instead is filled with unworkable or unconstitutional provisions that I have previously objected to or vetoed." "
Good job! She should be president.
"Maker of the antidepressant drug Paxil is warning doctors that the drug appears to increase the risk of suicide attempts in young adults."
"the drug company found that 11 of 3,455 depressed people who took Paxil attempted suicide, compared to 1 in 1,978 of those who took a placebo.
The majority of those who made a suicide attempt were between the ages of 18 and 30. People over 30 generally did not have an increased risk of suicide attempts."
Don't oversimplify it into some good/bad black/white thing. Antidepressants certainly help many many people get back into life.
One factor in these things is always that extremely depressed people tend to stay in one place and do nothing - they feel like total shit, but they're not going to do anything. Improve a little bit on that and bang - instant action. : (
Wait, wait, wait... so they gave placebos of a drug to ~2000 people, some who might have needed it?
Not to mention that depression can be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Those imbalances can be genetic or caused by trauma, as my friend who had PTD. It's really hard to beat something like that just through willpower.
Genetics and psychological trauma are only a few enviornment factors. Others include malnutrition and deprivation (cough*highfructosecornsyrup*cough)
Malnutrition? That doesn't make a lot of sense, could you explain? Not to mention the corn syrup thing...
usually they attempt it because they are going through withdrawal. Trust me, i'm NEVER going off it.
Yeah, that high fructose corn syrup withdrawal's a real bitch.
"NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - If you want to see the future of media, go to Slashdot.org."
While the rest of this article says many good things about opensource, of which I am (biasedly) agreeing with, calling Slashdot the future of tech media? The hell does that make the GNAA? Does this make cmdrtaco the next candidate for a pullitzer prize?
The future of media won't spell right to make it look more "real"!
so basically the future of media will be full of 2channel mems and ytmnd fads? YAY! tacos
the internet should be like 4-chan
without the otaku.
a tumble weed rolls by
the nerds left alone
"In the morning of 2006-05-31 the Swedish National Criminal Police showed a search warrant to Rix|Port80 personnell. The warrant was valid for all datacentres of Rix|Port80 and was directed at The Pirate Bay. The allegation was breach of copy-right law, alternatively assisting breach of copy-right law.
The police officers were allowed access to the racks where the TPB servers and other servers are hosted. All servers in the racks were clearly marked as to which sites run on each. The police took down all servers in the racks, including the non-commercial site Piratbyrån, the mission of which is to defend the rights of TPB via public debate.
According to police officers simultaneously questioning the president of Rix|Port80, the purpose of the search warrant is to take down TPB in order to secure evidence of the allegations mentioned above.
The necessity for securing technical evidence for the existance of a web-service which is fully official, the legality of which has been under public debate for years and whose principals are public persons giving regular press interviews, could not be explained. Asked for other reasoning behind the choice to take down a site, without knowing wether it is illegal or not, the officers explained that this is normal.
These sorts of BitTorrent tracker tracker sites should be hosted on Tor from .onion addresses. That's really the way to go, I think. Unlike a BitTorrent tracker itself, or a peer, they don't need to be low-latency or anything, so it should work.
Ideologically, that is unsound, because it's pretty much an admission that what you're doing is illegal, which The Pirate Bay has always refuted.
Practically, nobody knows what Tor is, or how to run it. You'd cut your user base to a few percent of what it otherwise would be.
God I wish the Tor cabal that lurks around here would fuck off.
Blog with lots of information: http://tpbeng.blogspot.com/
Basically, it's looking a lot like a lot of people involved in the bust overstepped their authorities and broke any number of laws. There's going to be a lot of fallout from this one.
Also, there's a demonstration against the apparently illegal activities of the police in the bust going on in Stockholm right now.
Piratebay is a bittorrent tracker. tracker.prq.to is owned by Piratebay, I think.
"For young women with a world of choices, even that monthly curse, the menstrual period, is optional.
Thanks to birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives, a growing number of women are taking the path chosen by 22-year-old Stephanie Sardinha. She hasn't had a period since she was 17.
"It's really one of the best things I've ever done," she says."
"Most doctors say they don't think suppressing menstruation is riskier than regular long-term birth control use, and one survey found a majority have prescribed contraception to prevent periods. Women have been using the pill for nearly half a century without significant problems"
I found the periods.
Bleeding on a sort of schedule for up to half a century would be really manly if it weren't a female thing.
Good, so chicks can stop saying that all men a dogs
I don't think many chicks would say "all men a dogs" unless they're either drunk or beaten
"Washington, D.C. - Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., is awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for going against the White House and saying U.S. troops should be pulled from Iraq."
"United Kingdom - Drug-addicted prisoners who were forced to go "cold turkey" while in jail are suing the Home Office, reports BBC.
The Opiate Dependant Prison Litigation will be on trial in November and will center on alleged inadequacies in the medical treatment of prisoners.
The claim will cover the trespass of articles in the Human Rights Convention, which ban discrimination, torture or inhuman/degrading treatment or punishment."
This is about as intellegent as fat people sueing McDonalds because they are fat. What the fuck did these convicts think, that they would be allowed to shoot/snort/smoke etc in a prision?? Dickheads??
Yeah, I'm curious. Isn't the UK justice system allowed to dismiss such type of case as a frivolous lawsuit like in the US?
>>2 the way i see it, they want support for their habits. They want to be weened off the habit, rather than go straight off. I don't see how this can happen unless they are allowed to use their stuff.
Quitting cold turkey can be quite dangerous. They'd be quite within their rights to expect proper medical care in such situations. Even when it isn't mortally dangerous, it can still be immensely painful.
And >>2 and >>4, just because "you don't see how this can happen", doesn't mean the medical community don't have treatments for addiction that are neither quitting cold turkey, nor keeping using the same narcotics. Methadone treatment is one well-known such method.
Prisons have hospitals and medical services. I'm sure that if a prison was aware that a prisoner was a drug user prior to being in the slammer and their health was at risk, they would do whatever was in their powers to do so. This might be monitoring prisoner's health, maybe even prison ward isolation, but I for one do not support weening or shit like methodone inside a prison.
I would like to also mention that methodone really doesn't fucking work. Junkies get their daily hit of methodone, on the taxpayer's dollar in this country, only for the large majority of them to either go back to smack, or even have their morning methodone hit, followed by a hit of smack later on. Two hits they get for the price of one, the tax payer coughing up for the other.
It's a sad sad world where medical-grade morphine would cost like one thousandth of the price to society in damage & stolen crap & so forth a junkie does to get his horse for what it costs on the street, and yet they claim that upkeep treatment is bad bad horrible don't you know there's DEMONS in the junk???
"militants blew off three shops known for selling alcohol in a commercial district of downtown Baghdad early on Tuesday."
"Earlier, Iraq’s alcohol sellers, who are from Christian minority, have been intimidated by Islamist militants on both sides of the Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian divide, which drove many out of business or pushing the trade underground."