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No one here can forget the spectacle made over the death of Terri Schiavo, whose brain had died long, long ago. But in Texas, the law George W. Bush signed as governor allows doctors to inform the family that further treatment is hopeless (and costly) and Pull the Plug. Literally.

In the latest case to escape the Culture of Life warriors, Tirhas Habtegiris, a young woman and legal immigrant from Africa, was CONSCIOUS and responsive when removed from a respirator and allowed to die.

I think this is probably the most sickening thing I've read in a long while.

Edit to include actual non-blog news entry, thanks to [ profile] vgnwtch:
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Hollywood negotiated an agreement Tuesday with the creator of BitTorrent software, popular for downloading pirated movies over the Internet, in a deal aimed at reducing illegal traffic in online films.

The agreement requires 30-year-old software designer Bram Cohen to prevent his Web site,, from locating pirated versions of popular movies, effectively frustrating people who search for illegal copies of films, according to executives familiar with the deal.

Looks like Bittorrent might be headed the way of Napster?
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Authorities are searching for the parents of a 3-month-old girl who died last year after her parents allegedly gave her lethal doses of vodka to quiet her crying, police said.


The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office determined that the infant had a blood alcohol level of 0.47 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Florida is 0.08 percent.


What the fuck?!

A bottle of water, sugar and vodka... it's bad enough some people feed their kids sugar water period, but adding substantial amounts of vodka? enough that you can see effects on the liver from prolonged exposure and an insane blood alcohol level? Argh.

Oh Irony

Nov. 25th, 2005 06:42 am
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Michael Brown, former head of FEMA, is going to open a disaster consulting firm.

Let me just take a minute to laugh hysterically. Actually, let me take more than that.
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And if you really want your heart broken, watch the video which is linked from that page :( You just want to give Aaron Broussard a huge hug.
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Anderson Cooper & Senator Landrieu

"I have to tell you, there are people here who are very upset and angry, and when they hear politicians thanking one another, it just, you know, it cuts them the wrong way right now, because there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman has been laying in the street for 48 hours, and there is not enough facilities to get her up. Do you understand that anger?"

Video here:

Was FEMA ready for a disaster like Katrina?

"Those FEMA officials wouldn't listen to me," he says. "Those Corps of Engineers people giggled in the back of the room when we tried to present information."

One recommendation from the exercise: Tent cities should be prepared for the homeless.

"Their response to me was: 'Americans don't live in tents,' and that was about it," recalls Van Heerden.

Seems also like people were calling for Michael Brown's head (he's the head of FEMA) back in January:


Even Republicans were criticizing Bush and his administration for the sluggish relief effort. "I think it puts into question all of the Homeland Security and Northern Command planning for the last four years, because if we can't respond faster than this to an event we saw coming across the Gulf for days, then why do we think we're prepared to respond to a nuclear or biological attack?" said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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Mayor Nagin certainly isn't mincing words...

I don't want to see anybody do anymore goddamn press conferences. Put a moratorium on press conferences. Don't do another press conference until the resources are in this city. And then come down to this city and stand with us when there are military trucks and troops that we can't even count.

Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here. They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country.

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This is the livejournal of someone who's blogging from an office building in New Orleans. His is the blog that CNN has referenced several times on their various newscasts. He has cam feeds going on, and pictures from on the ground and from his office building.

So for an insiders view, you can check that out.


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