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Thursday, May 6, 2010

In the News: May 6, 2010

OK, let's do this.

German man 'marries' his dying cat
See? This is what happens... Introduce gay-marriage to the world and everyone's going to want to marry their goats (or cat).

"A German man has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports.

It says Uwe Mitzscherlich, 39, paid an actress 300 euros (£260,$395) to officiate at the ceremony, as marrying an animal is illegal in Germany.

Mr Mitzscherlich said he had wanted to tie the knot before his asthmatic cat Cecilia died.

The cat and groom have lived together for 10 years."

That last line makes the article.

Fan Tasered after jumping onto field during Phillies game
Excessive force much?

"It may not be a surprise anymore when a fan hops the fence at a baseball game and rushes the field. But on Monday night a crowd of more than 40,000 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia witnessed a first - a fan subdued with a Taser after rushing the field."

I usually don't read the comments because they're usually idiotic (and most of them still are), but this one I have to agree with:
"Perhaps if the police and security guards were held to a reasonable fitness standard, they could have captured the fan and dragged him off the field instead of using the taser on him."

'Bush-ama' tax cuts: The $2.2 trillion decision
Perhaps not as attention grabbing as the first two, but more important.
(Besides the cat-marrying man, that one sets the bar for all men in love with their pets).

Now, Bush was grilled by the left for these tax cuts. I wonder if they'll make as much noise with Obama sustaining them. Just saying...

"They're often called the "Bush" tax cuts. But at this point they might as well be called the Bush-ama tax cuts.

That's because President Obama has embraced the tax relief measures introduced in 2001 and 2003, proposing they be extended indefinitely for most Americans. If lawmakers do nothing, the measures expire Dec. 31."

"Another reason for the new Bush-ama moniker: Like President Bush, President Obama has not called on Congress to pay for the cost of the tax cuts. In fact, the extension of the cuts is exempt from the new "pay-go" rules that Obama signed into law recently.

Extending the tax cuts for most Americans will increase the federal deficit by an estimated $2.2 trillion over 10 years."


North Carolina beach town bans thongs

Probably means, Borat is not welcome either

"If you plan on going to Kure Beach, North Carolina, bring your sunscreen and shades, but please leave your thong behind.

The seaside community has adopted a zero tolerance policy on anyone wearing the barely-there bikini by the shore on their part of North Carolina's Pleasure Island, just south of Wilmington."

"The decision to forbid thongs was triggered by a couple's recent inquiry about spending their honeymoon in Kure Beach, Lambeth said.

According to the mayor, the couple wanted to know if they could wear thongs. The man thought the town's policy on the matter was ambiguous, Lambeth said. After consulting with the police chief, he determined the ordinance should be amended to better address the issue."

My questions: Why did the couple bother asking?

'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health' 

"Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim.

There is growing evidence that combining activities such as walking or cycling with nature boosts well-being."

"Looking at men and women of different ages, the researchers found the health changes - physical and mental - were particularly strong in the young and the mentally-ill."

"A bigger effect was seen with exercise in an area that also contained water - such as a lake or river."

NASA Balloon Launch Failure Turns Research Platform into One Expensive Wrecking Ball
Oh boy... Not doing a good job making your case to get more funding NASA.

"Ballooning isn't exactly rocket science, apparently. A NASA balloon launch in the Australian outback turned calamitous today as a gondola carrying two rather expensive telescopes came loose from its carrier balloon, destroying the astronomical experiments and nearly wiping out a couple of local onlookers."

Officials to discuss Census participation

"The army of U.S. Census Bureau personnel poised to fan out across the country will find out Wednesday approximately how many doors they're going to be knocking on to complete this year's nationwide survey."

"The U.S. Census Bureau announced that as of Tuesday night, 72 percent of U.S. households that were sent the census survey had mailed back, matching the rate achieved during the last census in 2000, and with some late-mail arrivals expected in coming days.

Midwestern states have turned in the highest participation rates, according to the bureau, with Wisconsin leading the country with an 80 percent rate. Minnesota follows with a 79 percent rate, then Iowa and Indiana with 77 percent and Nebraska at 76 percent."

"It costs the government 42 cents for each response that comes back via mailed census form, while it costs the government an estimated $57 per household to obtain responses in person."

"Taken on a grander scale, taxpayers would save $1.5 billion if everyone completed and mailed back the census questionnaire instead of requiring the hiring, training and dispatching of that army of census workers, the bureau says."

Well, I did my part to not add to the deficit. Did you?

And I always like to end on a lighter note:
Spider-Man foils comic book thief in Australia

He looks exactly as I would have imagined

"A comic book shop owner in Australia became a real-life superhero when he caught a robber red-handed.

Michael Baulderstone, who was dressed as Spider-Man for a promotional event, spied a customer behaving suspiciously.

CCTV footage shows him "leap" into action and confront the would-be shoplifter who had slipped a AU$160 (£97) X-Men book into his bag."

"He said a group of Jedi knights blocked the door to prevent the thief from escaping, as The Flash looked on."

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