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A Loose Screw?

Posted by Boghound on May 31, 2012


Lawsuit: Dentist Dropped a Screwdriver Down My Throat

"Eat a diet high in fiber," the dentist allegedly advised the plaintiff after the mishap

A Kentucky woman is suing a dentist, accusing him of dropping a small screwdriver down her throat that migrated to her digestive tract and later required surgery to remove.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court in Lexington by 71-year-old Lena David of Nicholasville. David claims Dr. W.B. Galbreath told her to try to regurgitate the screwdriver and then sent her for X-rays when that did not work.

Galbreath did not return a message left at his office Friday by The Associated Press.

The lawsuit says that the X-rays showed the screwdriver in David’s stomach, and that the dentist discharged her with instructions to "eat a diet high in fiber."

In June 2011, about a month after swallowing the screwdriver, David checked into a hospital with abdominal pain and had to have the screwdriver removed.

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Three Wheels On My Wagon!!

Posted by Boghound on May 30, 2012


Truck driver ‘too tired to notice front wheel had fallen off’

A Czech lorry driver has been pulled over after he continued driving with only three wheels.

Ales Stastna only realised his front wheel had fallen off after police stopped him, according to Orange News.

The 38-year-old said that he had just finished a marathon delivery shift and was suffering from exhaustion.

"I could have sworn it was there when I set off," he told officers.

Police spokesman Gabriel Holcakova said: "He’s lucky he didn’t kill himself or cause a serious accident.

"He was given a warning, his truck was impounded and he had three points put on his licence."

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Foamed!!

Posted by Boghound on May 29, 2012


Devon residents enjoy unexpected foam party on Seaton Bay beach

Residents from a quiet seaside town in Devon have received an unexpected invitation to a foam party after one washed up on Seaton Bay sea front during yesterday’s bad weather.

The strange sea foam arrived on the south coast of England last night and covered the whole beach front along Fisherman’s Gap leaving local homeowners baffled.

A white sheet of snow appeared to have fallen all along the bay, with spring’s barmy weather conditions seemingly taking another strange twist following weeks of up and down temperatures.

Blizzard-like conditions are likely to have sparked the appearance of the sea foam, with locals reporting a combination of blustery winds, heavy rain and choppy waters.

The white foam, which reportedly rose up to waist height, attracted huge crowds who took the opportunity play around in the frothy mess. 

Seaton resident Janet Seward, whose house is on the beachfront, said: ‘People were visiting all night and playing in it as the whole beach was covered.

‘Beach huts are now strewn everywhere due to the high tide.

‘We went along and it was an amazing sight with children playing in the foam, which was over their wellies.’

Pictures of the astonishing natural phenomenon have been posted on the Seaton Bay’s official Facebook page where residents have been discussing what the foam substance might be.

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They Do Loose Sometimes!!

Posted by Boghound on May 28, 2012


Entertainment Industry Lost Australian Show Case

The entertainment industry hoped that an anti-piracy case against an Internet service provider down-under could set an international precedent. However, it turned out that the case set the sort of precedent that the industry didn’t even want. The entertainment industry brought up its big guns to take on the small broadband provider, iiNet. The company had done nothing other than refuse to monitor data passing through its servers and delete copyrighted content.

What entertainment industry wanted was a victory in the case that would force bigger Internet service providers to do the same. Like many other American-inspired efforts, they for some reason assumed that if they threw enough money into a court room, they could beat any small broadband provider who couldn’t come up with the funds.

Unfortunately for the entertainment industry, the courts outside the United States are not that interested in the amount of money the plaintiffs have, but rather interested in the law itself. That’s how Hollywood lost the case. Undeterred, the entertainment industry appealed, but a few days ago the Australian High Court’s five judges decided to leave the original verdict.

According to the local media, the court concluded that iiNet didn’t have direct technical possibility to prevent its subscribers from illegally downloading copyrighted material using BitTorrent or any other popular protocol to share files on the Internet. iiNet’s head, Michael Malone, recommended the movie industry to better focus on increasing the availability of legitimate content in both timely and affordable manner. The ISP’s stand against the entertainment industry cost around $9,000,000 in legal bills. The court ordered that Hollywood foot the bill.

Local anti-piracy group, known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), has been representing the movie studios in the case described above. It seems that the outfit isn’t going to give up even after court decision. Now AFACT is changing tactics to force the country’s government to alter copyright legislation. This approach may succeed – politicians have always been much more flexible and friendly when facing campaign contributions…

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Governments Are At It Again!!

Posted by Boghound on May 27, 2012


Protests Against CISPA

Since last week, a number of groups have started out protests against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – the controversial legislation which replaced SOPA.

The legislation in question was first introduced in November and is scheduled to enter the US House of Representatives for votes this week. Some privacy groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and others expressed their point of view, claiming that this piece of legislation could allow online companies and government authorities to collect data about Internet users (i.e., pretty much everyone) under the pretext of Internet security. Moreover, the law would ignore existing protections imposed by the Federal Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, among other privacy acts.

The purpose of the group is to stop the bill, or at least initiate amendments to it by arranging online protests, like it happened with SOPA and ACTA. The group hopes that supporters and lawmakers will join the protests too. Moreover, they have launched a Twitter campaign to let lawmakers know about the proposed law and the threats it implies.

Their concern is the information-sharing component of the law, which would allow companies to hand over any kind of personal data to the government without any judicial oversight. In addition, it will ignore any privacy acts and requirements to obtain court orders to access people’s personal data.

In response, supporters of the bill point out that it would improve cybersecurity by helping Internet service providers and large companies such as Google or Facebook to gather and share threat data with the authorities.

Like with SOPA, the language used in the law is very confusing – for instance, it doesn’t have any provisions forbidding the companies from tracking private e-mail messages, chat messages and Facebook postings under the pretext of cybersecurity. The worst part is that users aren’t even given the chance to sue firms for collecting that kind of information for the government.

In other words, the major concern about CISPA is that it’s too broad, defining the data that private companies are able to share with the government in an almost unlimited way. According to many experts, the data collection and sharing permitted under the proposed bill would rather enable surveillance than serve any cybersecurity purpose.

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The Great Escape!!

Posted by Boghound on May 26, 2012


Escaped beaver found in slurry pit

At the time it ranked as one of the great escapes of the animal kingdom. In the dead of night three beavers managed to break out of a farm at Lifton, Devon, and begin a new life on the rampage

Two of the animals were quickly recaptured, but the third was sufficiently wily to outmanoeuvre those pursuing him.

But now, three-and-a-half years later, his life of freedom appears to have ended.

The Linton Beaver, or at least an animal that bears a remarkable likeness to him, has been found in a slurry pit on a farm at Roborough, close to Dartmoor.

In the end it appears to have been less a case of recapturing a fugitive and more one of rescuing an animal in extremis.

It was all a far cry from October, 2008, when the beaver, originally from Bavaria in southern Germany, broke free from the farm where was being kept under licence from Natural England.

He managed to escape because the electric fence keeping him in check had been rendered useless by flooding.

His pursuers initially followed a trail of tooth marks and fallen saplings on the banks of the River Tamar.

Later, they realised he had established a territory about a mile-and-a-half long outside the village of Gunnislake, making him one of the few wild beavers to be at large in England since the 16th century.

Realising he would be keen to find a mate with whom to share his domain, conservationists tried to set a “honey trap” for him by laying six large metal traps laced with the scent of a female beaver.

The ruse failed, with the animal perhaps sensing that his chances of finding another beaver were as remote as the terrain in which he was living.

But still he remained a free, if distinctly solo beaver.

How he found his way to a slurry pit almost 20 miles from the site of his escape remains to be seen.

His rescuers found him dishevelled and rather unhappy with life. Having captured him, they took him to Dartmoor Zoo where staff have painstakingly cleaned him up.

George Hyde, a spokesman for the zoo, said: “He’s about the size of a medium dog and he has been growling at us.

“It is possible it could be one of three beavers that escaped from a farm at Lifton on the Devon-Cornwall border in 2008."

Mr Hyde added: “He’s got a fairly substantial set of teeth he could do some damage with.”

Beavers were hunted to extinction in England and Wales during the 12th century and disappeared from the rest of the UK 400 years later.

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Smurf It!!

Posted by Boghound on May 25, 2012


Tourists flock to Smurf village

A Spanish village has had a dramatic rise in tourism since it was painted blue last year for the making of a Smurfs film, a Malaga newspaper has reported.

The tiny Andalucian settlement of Júzcar (population 200) has received around 125,000 visitors after its striking makeover in June last year, its mayor told Sur.

“The number of visits is not going down,” David Fernández Tirado said. “Apart from colder, wintry days, it’s been quite the opposite – it’s continuing to spark a lot of interest.”

The residents voted to keep the facades of their houses the same distinctive hue in December last year, after realising the tourism potential of the village’s new look.

They needed to seek special permission from the regional government and the local bishop, as even the church was painted blue.

Previously, the houses were white, typical of the pueblos blancos of the Andalucia region.

Júzcar’s initial transformation came when it was selected as a set for the film Smurfs 3D, which featured the singer Katy Perry and came out last summer.

Mr Fernández Tirado also reported that businesses were thriving as a result of the intense interest in the village, including souvenir shops and restaurants.

A ‘Mercapitufo’, or ‘Smurf market’, is still being held each weekend and on holidays, with up to 20 stall holders selling Smurf-related artefacts, and souvenirs, and culinary delicacies.

According to the newspaper, Júzcar now has an average of 2,000 visitors every weekend, about ten times its own population.

This number was even higher for the busy extended holiday celebrations of Easter Holy Week earlier this month.

The paint job has, according to the mayor, “boosted the local economy… the happiness, the business and employment prospects… and the popularity” of the village.

However, he also stressed that the blue makeover was not necessarily permanent.

If his neighbours wanted to change the colour of their houses back to traditional white, then another vote would be held, he told the newspaper.

“We’ll see how everything is going in a while,” he said.

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Do Not Disturb?

Posted by Boghound on May 24, 2012


Boy finds fox asleep in bed

A schoolboy had the shock of his life when he discovered a fox asleep in his bed.

Alexander West (9) was stunned to see the baby fox snuggled in his duvet in his bedroom on the second floor of his home in Hemel Hempstead, Herts.

The youngster had left the back door of the townhouse open when he ran outside to play and the female fox had crept inside and made herself at home.

"Alexander shouted down saying there was a fox in his bed, but I didn’t believe him," said mum Dina Luminati-West.

"I thought it must be our cat asleep on his bed, but then I saw the long pointed nose and realised it was indeed a fox.

"I was absolutely shocked, but Alexander was quite excited and pleased she had chosen his room. I said it was because it was so messy."

The small fox is believed to have been in the house for up to four hours before being discovered.

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I’m Just Texting!!

Posted by Boghound on May 23, 2012


Pilot Forgot to Lower Landing Gear Because He Was Texting, Probe Finds

Investigators found that for two minutes as the plane descended to 1000 feet, the pilots took no necessary preparations for landing

The pilot of an Australian passenger flight forgot to lower the plane’s wheels for landing because he was too busy texting, a government inquiry has found.

In its report, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said that the distracted captain and fatigued co-pilot of a Jetstar Airways flight to Singapore failed to complete their landing checklist, The Age reported.

At less than 400 feet from the ground, they had to take the emergency measure of reascending to try again, the report said.

The investigators found that as the plane descended from 2800 feet to 1000 feet in altitude over the span of about two minutes, the pilots took no necessary preparations for landing — including lowering the landing gear.

The board said that around 2500 or 2000 feet, the captain’s cell phone began beeping with incoming texts. The captain didn’t respond to the co-pilot’s requests, and when the co-pilot looked over, he saw his captain "preoccupied" with his phone, the report said.

But even after that, neither the captain nor the co-pilot figured out that the landing gear had still not been lowered, according to the report; they did only after an alert started flashing at 720 feet.

By the time the captain began trying to lower the landing gear, the plane was too low to do so, and a ground-warning alarm began to sound, investigators said. At 392 feet, the crew aborted the landing and flew higher, and the pilots lost track of their altitude, they added.

The airline, a budget subsidiary of Qantas, said that in the wake of the incident two years ago it had put in place a reminder to pilots to turn their phones off before take-off

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Ouch!!…That Hurt!

Posted by Boghound on May 22, 2012


Woman hurt during sex on business trip claims worker’s compensation

A woman who injured herself while having sex on a work trip is entitled to worker’s compensation.

A federal court ruled in favour of the Australian government worker, who was hurt by a glass light fixture in her hotel room, stating that the injury occurred during her "course of employment".

The woman’s barrister argued that the sex was "an ordinary incident of life" in a hotel room, along the same lines as showering and sleeping, according to news.com.au.

The woman, who cannot be named, was sent by her employer to a country town on business in 2007.

She arranged to meet a male friend who lived nearby. After the pair had dinner, they returned to the woman’s motel room and had sex, during which she was injured by a light fixture that fell from the wall above the bed.

The judge ruled that "if the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation".

The fact that she was having sex rather than "some other lawful recreational activity" made no difference to the result.

The male friend said in a statement: "I think she was on her back when it happened but I was not paying attention because we are rolling around."

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