Link: Flavor Flav denies chicken restaurant is in trouble : SFGate: Daily Dish
Let me say this – being that is a new up-and-running business there was a couple glitches, ya know, with the credit card machine, ya know what I’m saying. Right now we’ve got that fixed and there’s nothing else that’s going to bounce ever… I’m not worried about that (the claims) because it’s not true information… Maybe these are people that’s (sic) probably just jealous of me being here and probably wanting to see me out… but yes, we do have money in our accounts…
Flavor Flav denies chicken restaurant is in trouble : SFGate: Daily Dish
In Effort to Aid Japan, Photographers Sell Prints | Nathan Armes
Link: In Effort to Aid Japan, Photographers Sell Prints | Nathan Armes
We have all seen the footage, the web galleries and YouTube videos of the tragic events unfolding in Japan. Below is an ongoing list of photographers and photojournalists selling prints to raise money for relief efforts.
Government Tries to Keep Secret What Many Consider a Fraud – NYTimes.com
Link: Government Tries to Keep Secret What Many Consider a Fraud – NYTimes.com
For eight years, government officials turned to Dennis Montgomery, a California computer programmer, for eye-popping technology that he said could catch terrorists. Now, federal officials want nothing to do with him and are going to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his dealings with Washington stay secret.
Afghan imams wage political battle against U.S.
Link: Afghan imams wage political battle against U.S.
Across town, a firebrand imam named Habibullah was even more blunt. “Let these jackals leave this country,” the preacher, who uses only one name, declared of foreign troops. “Let these brothers of monkeys, gorillas and pigs leave this country. The people of Afghanistan should determine their own fate.”
WikiLeaks Defector Slams Assange In Tell-All Book | Threat Level | Wired.com
Link: WikiLeaks Defector Slams Assange In Tell-All Book | Threat Level | Wired.com
Last August, in the wake of rape allegations against Assange as well as criticism that the site had mishandled the names of informants in Afghan documents the site published with media partners, Domscheit-Berg and two WikiLeaks programmers fed up with the way things were being run, staged a half-hearted mutiny. They disabled the WikiLeaks wiki and changed the passwords to the Twitter and e-mail accounts. In response, Assange shut down the whole system, causing the mutineers to cave in. But within weeks, Domscheit-Berg and one of the programmers had left WikiLeaks for good and taken the submission system with them. They seized the system because they had doubts Assange would handle the documents securely, due to lack of care he had allegedly shown for submissions in the past.
An Insiders' Portrait of Joseph Kony – NYTimes.com
Link: An Insiders’ Portrait of Joseph Kony – NYTimes.com
Among the men at large in the world who have been credibly accused of war crimes, Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, occupies an almost otherworldly place. The document that is the subject of Friday’s post, “LRA Religious Beliefs,” shows many of the reasons why.
Moscow clashes put authorities in a quandary
Link: Moscow clashes put authorities in a quandary
On Saturday, several thousand young men clashed with police at Manezh Square, just outside the Kremlin. Eighty were briefly detained, but riot police chased most of the crowd into the subway, where they rampaged through the cars threatening non-Russians. Three natives of the Caucasus were stabbed and hospitalized, police said. On Sunday, crowds appeared at Pushkin Square and at Sokolniki Park, northeast of the center. Web sites promised more to come.
In Mexico, a legal breakdown invites brutal justice
Link: In Mexico, a legal breakdown invites brutal justice
on Sept. 21, the kidnappings stopped. That was the day a gang of kidnappers with AK-47s burst into Lolo’s seafood restaurant and tried to abduct the 17-year-old cashier. A mob of enraged residents chased down two of the teenage attackers and lynched them in a cotton field on the edge of town.
For DecorMyEyes, Bad Publicity Is a Good Thing – NYTimes.com
Link: For DecorMyEyes, Bad Publicity Is a Good Thing – NYTimes.com
“What the hell am I supposed to do with these glasses?” she recalls Mr. Russo shouting. “I ordered them from France specifically for you!” “I’m going to contact my credit card company,” she told him, “and dispute the charge.” Until that moment, Mr. Russo was merely ornery. Now he erupted.
I wanted to sell their heads for N2mCLICK NOTE: News from Nigeria, where the Daily Sun has a photo of the named suspect, handcuffed but holding a knife, but his eyes are blurred out to, what? protect his identity?
Link: The Sun News On-line | I wanted to sell their heads for N2m
You might not believe this, but it’s true. In a desperate bid to become rich, a young man in Calabar, popularly known as Udo Mbakara, has sliced off the heads of two young girls who are his nieces.
Surprise! Feds stored thousands of checkpoint body scan images after all – Boing Boing
Link: Surprise! Feds stored thousands of checkpoint body scan images after all – Boing Boing
Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
Mexican drug lord's killing sparks roadblocks, threatening banners
Link: Mexican drug lord’s killing sparks roadblocks, threatening banners
“It’s a huge relief to know that Tony Tormenta has been eliminated, His gangsters were everywhere,” said a supermarket worker in Reynosa who gave his name as Oscar. “But we’re still worried, because they’ll find another boss, and who knows what the Zetas will do?”
Iraq confirms bomb-sniffing devices don't work
Link: Iraq confirms bomb-sniffing devices don’t work
The Iraqi Interior Ministry inspector general recently determined that wands used by police as the frontline defense in the country’s fight against bombs are worthless.
PDN Pulse » Fund Established for Injured Photog Joao Silva and Family
Link: PDN Pulse » Blog Archive » Fund Established for Injured Photog Joao Silva and Family
Direct donations can be made using a PayPal link on storytaxi.com, a Web site run by the non-profit Hekaya Digital Storytelling.
North Korea reveals photo of Kim Jong Eun, presumed successor
Link: North Korea reveals photo of Kim Jong Eun, presumed successor
His mouth is pursed. He is wearing a black Maoist-style track suit. His hair, parted in the middle, flows up on both sides, giving his hairline the profile of an “M.” Dozens of delegates stand behind him. Two seats to the left of the Young General sits Kim Jong Il.
Quiet Riot Speaks Out Against Nation's Poor Metal Health Care
Link: Quiet Riot Speaks Out Against Nation’s Poor Metal Health Care | America’s Finest News Source
many metal health plans no longer cover rudimentary procedures such as girls rocking their boys
Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan
Link: Military thwarted president seeking choice in Afghanistan
President Obama was on edge. For two exhausting months, he had been asking military advisers to give him a range of options for the war in Afghanistan. Instead, he felt that they were steering him toward one outcome and thwarting his search for an exit plan. He would later tell his White House aides that military leaders were “really cooking this thing in the direction they wanted.”
Above the Law – Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent – NYTimes.com
Link: Above the Law – Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent – NYTimes.com
authorities are receiving key assistance from an unexpected partner: Microsoft itself. In politically tinged inquiries across Russia, lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police.
Mike Tyson's 'biggest regret' is not smoking weed with Tupac Shakur
Link: Mike Tyson’s ‘biggest regret’ is not smoking weed with Tupac Shakur : SFGate: Daily Dish
“He always wanted me to smoke weed with him, and I never did it, and I wish I did. That’s my biggest regret.”
Seized – LA Weekly
Link: Seized – Page 1 – News – Los Angeles – LA Weekly
Maria was drifting off to sleep on the bedroom floor. She could hear women getting raped in the next room. But she didn’t hear screams — she heard the laughter of male guards. The women had been drugged, as had Maria when she walked into the house. The guards forced her to swallow a red liquid and handed her some chalky white pills. She drank the liquid and tucked the pills in the side of her mouth, but they were slowly dissolving.