March 2012 Archives

Invisible Children Voodoo

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Everyone has seen the posts and videos of the Kony 2012 mastermind Jason Russell running naked around L.A. under some influence, masturbating in public, smashing cars, and other general jackassery.
But according to TMZ, there might have been some force other than drugs influencing Russell's behavior.
TMZ spoke with Richard Akena ... who was captured by Kony's forces 4 separate times when he was a child and was forced to carry out Kony's evil bidding. Akena tells us ... most people who were captured by Kony believe he is "being controlled by a devil spirit."
This goes against the press release of Invisible Children stating that Russell was suffering from dehydration and exhaustion when he committed those acts.

Music Man Dies at 64

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Wayne Raske played a lot of instruments. From the guitar, to the fiddle to the dulcimer, this man could play them all. He was a constant influence and member of the Minnesota music scene.
According to the Startribune, Raske worked at the Minnesota Department of Human Services for 28 years, first as a chemical dependency counselor, then as a program planner. He secured federal grants for several Indian reservations seeking detox and treatment programs and earned a reputation as a "great friend" to the tribes, friends said.
Raske also had other passions such as the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He was loved by many and generally known a good and loving man.
Also reported in the Startribune, he is survived by his wife, Victoria, and four other children and 10 grandchildren.

Body Builder, Paratrooper, Dies at 69.

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Hal Cottle did a lot with his life. He was an Army Paratrooper, a Bodybuilder and most recently a business owner.
Known for doing things with amazing energy, he died at the age of 69 from a battle with cancer.
According to the Startribune, "He was extremely present," Leah Cottle (daughter) said. "He was very attentive. ... I went to work with him. He was involved with my school and found the best tutors he possibly could. Somehow, he dressed me like a girl, kept me going with the horses and encouraged me with my art."
He spent his final months building a coffee shop in Minneapolis.
The Startribune also reports that along with daughter Leah Cottle and his former wife, Bernette, Cottle is survived by a son, Spencer Bradford.

New York Developer

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New York developer Melvyn Kaufman, who built half a dozen buildings in midtown Manhattan, died at the age of 81.
According to The New York Times, "Kaufman was a romantic, a surrealist, a purveyor of kitsch and a genuine iconoclast and rebel," Carter B. Horsley, a former writer on architecture for The New York Times and The New York Post, said in a telephone interview on Friday. "He was a maverick, and his rivals considered him something of an oddball, but they also respected the quality of his buildings."
Kaufman pioneered the use of lobbys being not just the entrance to a building, but a place for people to hang out.
The strange things that Kaufman were extensive. Also according to The New York Times, Other design elements were more covert -- unorthodox Easter eggs that Mr. Kaufman placed in his buildings for the benefit of those in the know. There is the nude woman at 747 Third, a sculpture tucked so discreetly into a space between the entranceway's two revolving doors that she can be glimpsed, fleetingly, only in midrevolution as one enters or leaves.

Dead Nazi

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Accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk died on the 17th of March at the age of 91.
Demjanjuk had been fighting a long legal battle against people who thought he was the war criminal dubbed "Ivan the Terrible"
"Ivan the Terrible" was a sadistic sentry who ran the gas chambers at the Treblinka extermination camp and is responsible for the deaths of thousands.
According to the Los Angeles Times , Demjanjuk was found guilty and sentenced to death in April 1988. But five years later, the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the verdict on appeal, declaring that new evidence threw sufficient doubt on whether Demjanjuk was, in fact, Ivan the Terrible.
Demjanjuk was a farmer from the Soviet Union when he entered the war. He was taken as a POW in 1942 and floated around until the end of the war until meeting his wife and moving to the United States, ending up working at a Ford Plant.
According to the New York Daily News, That idyll ended in 1977, when the Justice Department alleged that he had hid his past as the feared Treblinka death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and revoked his citizenship. The Israeli Supreme Court returned him to the U.S. after it received evidence that another Ukrainian, not Demjanjuk, was Ivan the Terrible.

Dead Nazi

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Accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk died on the 17th of March at the age of 91.
Demjanjuk had been fighting a long legal battle against people who thought he was the war criminal dubbed "Ivan the Terrible"
"Ivan the Terrible" was a sadistic sentry who ran the gas chambers at the Treblinka extermination camp and is responsible for the deaths of thousands.
According to the Los Angeles Times , Demjanjuk was found guilty and sentenced to death in April 1988. But five years later, the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the verdict on appeal, declaring that new evidence threw sufficient doubt on whether Demjanjuk was, in fact, Ivan the Terrible.
Demjanjuk was a farmer from the Soviet Union when he entered the war. He was taken as a POW in 1942 and floated around until the end of the war until meeting his wife and moving to the United States, ending up working at a Ford Plant.
According to the New York Daily News, That idyll ended in 1977, when the Justice Department alleged that he had hid his past as the feared Treblinka death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and revoked his citizenship. The Israeli Supreme Court returned him to the U.S. after it received evidence that another Ukrainian, not Demjanjuk, was Ivan the Terrible.

Unreasonable Request?

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Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava has made a strange decree to the people living in his small town in southern Italy.

According to The Washington Post, the mayor of Falciano del Massico has requested that nobody die.

The decree makes it illegal for anyone in the small town to die. This stems, according to The Washington Post, a dispuite with a neighboring town in which they lost the use of their cemetary and havent had time to build a new one.

The decree was made tounge-in-cheek and is considered to be a joke.

The mayor was quoted in the Global News, "The ordinance has brought happiness," he was quoted Tuesday as saying. "Unfortunately, two elderly citizens disobeyed."

Mark Dayton Talks About Money

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Governor Mark Dayton called out too the Minnesota GOP, urging them to cooperate with his ideas for the Minnesota budget.
Dayton stressed the importance of creating new jobs in the state through various project during his speech. Some of which include the building of the new Viking's stadium, a new public works bill, and a new tax credit, reports MPR.
Dayton also said that while Minnesota is doing alright in this economic climate, they still need to be watchful and make sure the future of the state is just as secure.
"I often wonder how our children and grandchildren will judge our stewardship," Dayton said. "Will they thank us for leaving our state, nation and world in better condition than when we inherited it? Or will they ask, "How could you have left us with such a mess?", according to MPR.
According to the Minnesota Daily, Dayton also stressed the importance of funding Minnesota Colleges, this coming after a 15% drop in state funding to the U of M.
"Our postsecondary students need more than degree," said Dayton. "They need the world's best education so they can thrive in that world. And Minnesota will not thrive unless they do.
Republican felt that Dayton's speech went very well and was a nice compromise.

Kaler Gives State of the University Address

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler gave his first State of the University address on the third of March.
"The fantasy that the University could somehow advance its mission and hold the line on tuition as state support dwindles is just that, a fantasy," Kaler said, according to the Minnesota Daily.
Kaler gave an outline of the budget for the coming year, one big change being a 2.5% increase in pay for all University employees, this coming after a three years of nothing.
According to The Daily, Kaler is stressing the importance of efficiency at the U.
"We have to do this because we need to eliminate ESP in our organization. ESP stands for Extremely Stupid Procedures," Kaler said.
As reported in the StarTribune, Kaler will spend a lot of his time cutting what he considers to be unnecessary for the U, which could mean some institutions being cut completely.
The biggest problem facing the U is the steady decrease of state funds. The largest of which, 15% came last summer.

Santorum on Public Schools

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At a speech in Columbus, Ohio during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum bashed the American public school system, a long with many other things.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Santorum, who home-schools his children, thinks that the American public school system is stuck in the era of the Industrial Revolution and "anachronistic".
Santorum is quotes as saying that the school system is stuck in the factory age and that, "back in the age of Henry Ford. You get what we give you. One color, two models. It wouldn't work for Henry Ford today, and it won't work for America today."
This is not the first time Santorum has said such disparaging things about the public school system says The New York Times.
Santorum also took time to talk about the President Obama's Christianity. "I'm just saying he's imposing his values on the church, and I think that's wrong," Said Santorum, adding that he did not believe Mr. Obama was less of a Christian for doing so, reports The Times.
The Obama campaign said the comments were "The lowest low in the Republican primary campaign."
Santorum has previously come underfire by charging tax payers for his children's education through a online charter school, reports The Times.

YANGON, Myanmar --- Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a televised speech outlining her platform for her run for office. The speech was leaked to the Internet on the 13th of March.
The video of the speech was posted to various social networking sites and shows Suu Kyi outlining the National League for Democracy's party platform leading up to the April first elections, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Journal-Constitution also reports that the leaked video of the speech is an example of how the Internet can and has been used to get out the message of minority video parties before the majority government censors them.
The BBC reports that Suu Kyi called for repressive laws to be revoked and for the democratic rights of the people be better protected. Suu Kyi also called for freer media and a stronger judiciary.
Although some part of the speech was about the military were censored, the main message of the speech got through. This is thought to be a major step foreword for free speech in Burma.
Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace laureate and has been held in some form of detention for the past 20 years, according to the BBC.

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