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  • Victor Perez Cardona’s dying wish was to be propped up in cab at wake
  • After he passed away from cancer at 73, his daughter fulfilled his desire
  • Cabbie was propped up in his taxi with his hands on the steering wheel 
  • Hundreds of mourners attended wake on Sunday; some even sat in cab
  • Cardona had been taxi driver in Aguas Buenos, Puerto Rico, for 15 years

 

With his hands gripping the steering wheel, he sits upright in the driver’s seat of his cab.

But this Puerto Rico taxi driver won’t be going anywhere soon – because he died earlier this month.

And the two men stood beside the veteran cabbie’s Toyota Corolla are, in fact, mourners at his wake.

Victor Perez Cardona’s dying wish was to be propped up in his cab for a final time before his burial.

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Honoring his profession: Victor Perez Cardona's dying wish was to be propped up in his beloved taxi for a final time before his burial. After he passed away from cancer aged 73, his daughter fulfilled his desire

Honoring his profession: Victor Perez Cardona’s dying wish was to be propped up in his beloved taxi for a final time before his burial. After he passed away from cancer aged 73, his daughter fulfilled his desire

After he passed away from cancer aged 73, his daughter Generosa Perez fulfilled his desire by sitting him in his beloved taxi and inviting loved ones to come and bid her father a final, unusual farewell.

On Sunday, hundreds of mourners stood and looked at Cardona, who had been a taxi driver for 15 years, at his wake in Aguas Buenos. Some even climbed into his taxi and sat in the passenger seat.


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  • Residents of Brisbane neighbourhood stalked by a giant kangaroo
  • The animal is two meter tall and said to weigh up to 95 kilograms 
  • Spotted in playgrounds, walking tracks and even at local golf club 
  • Local resident filmed the shocking encounter with her phone

 

Residents of a Brisbane neighbourhood are being stalked by a giant kangaroo, taking locals by surprise as it wanders fearlessly around the streets.

The 2m tall animal is said to weigh up to 95 kilograms, and has been spotted in playgrounds, walking tracks and even at the local golf club in North Lakes, Brisbane.

North Lakes local, Linda Hellyer, came up close and personal to the giant roo when she was walking her dogs earlier this week, according to Seven News.

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Linda Hellyer met the giant roo when walking her dogs and filmed the shocking encounter on her phone

Linda Hellyer met the giant roo when walking her dogs and filmed the shocking encounter on her phone

‘We turned the corner and old mate jumped out he’s very big and I don’t want to take him on,’ Ms Hellyer told Seven News on Friday.

Ms Hellyer was able to film the shocking encounter with her phone, a true reminder of the wild bushlands that are surrounding the Brisbane suburb.

‘He’s got massive, massive muscles, big pecs and everything and he stood up because he was obviously a bit frightened of the dogs,’ she said.



  • Kerrian Clofer, 26, was arrested Friday after an 8-year-old was taken to a hospital with burns on her hands and marks on her body
  • The child says Clofer held her hands over the open flame of a gas stove because the child ate a snack without permission
  • The child also accuses Clofer of handcuffing her to a bed while the woman slept and went to work  

 

A Louisiana woman is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly burning an 8-year-old’s hands because the child ate a snack without permission, police say.

Twenty-six-year-old Kerrian Clofer was charged Friday with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment after authorities were called to a local hospital where the child was being treated for the burns on her hands and marks all over her body, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

When detectives arrived at the hospital, the child said Clofer held her hands over the open flame of a gas stove for eating the snack.

Charged: Kerrian Clofer, 26 (photographed), is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly burning an 8-year-old's hands because the child ate a snack without permission

Charged: Kerrian Clofer, 26 (photographed), is facing a cruelty charge for allegedly burning an 8-year-old’s hands because the child ate a snack without permission

‘The victim told detectives Clofer would handcuff and tie her to the legs of a bed while Clofer slept and went to work,’ the press release states.

The relationship between Clofer and the child is unclear. Police say the child said she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed, Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper.

She also said Clofer would beat her with a belt and metal hangers.

Fed: Police say the child said she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed, Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper

Fed: Police say the child said she was not allowed to eat for days, and when she was allowed, Clofer fed her noodles with salt and pepper

The child is in the intensive care unit of a Baton Rouge hospital and a judge ruled that the child be placed in state custody upon release.

A judge set Clofer’s bail at $70,000 under the conditions that the woman have no contact with the victim and no other criminal activity.

She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center, according to the news release.


Service members and other Pentagon employees used Defense Department credit cards for thousands of unauthorized transactions at casinos and strip clubs across the country, according to an audit released Tuesday by the Pentagon’s internal watchdog.
The report by the department’s Office of Inspector General found that misuse of the official credit cards was highest in the Air Force, followed by the Army, the Navy and the Marine Corps, for the one-year period investigated, July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.
The locations where Defense Department credit cards were used for personal transactions included the VIP Room of theSapphire Gentlemen’s Club and Vegas Showgirls in Las Vegas, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Baltimore, and Dreams Cabaret in El Paso, Texas.
“DOD cardholders improperly used their government travel charge card for personal use at casinos and adult entertainment establishments,” Michael J. Roark, assistant inspector general for contract management and payments, wrote in the report.
The head of the Defense Travel Management Office acknowledged the abuses, but protested that they represent a tiny fraction of overall use of the Pentagon’s travel credit cards.
“The report language applies a very broad stroke against all cardholders when, in reality, personal use of the Government Travel Charge Card is negligible when compared to the size and scope of the program,” Harvey W. Johnson, the office director, responded in a letter provided along with the report.
He noted that a total of $3.4 billion in legitimate expenses were charged to the cards in the same time period.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the report is its identification of over $2.2 million in charges for what it described as “official use” at casinos and adult establishments.
The finding suggests that Pentagon personnel are permitted in some circumstances to dine and drink or entertain at casinos and strip clubs.
The inspector general’s office found weak internal controls in Pentagon accounting systems and failures to report suspicious charges to the Defense Department by Citibank, which provides the travel cards. Several Pentagon financial agencies and Citibank agreed to implement stronger controls, such as using codes to ferret out casinos and strip clubs that use innocuous-sounding names to disguise the nature of their business.
The Pentagon also agreed to be on the lookout for red flags such as ATM cash withdrawals that exceed travel amounts allowed for meals and incidental expenses and multiple ATM withdrawal rejections.
In one example cited in the report, a petty officer first class with the Navy Special Warfare Group spent six times his allotted meal and incidental expense money while visiting four different adult establishments in El Paso, spending $1,116 during 17 days of travel.
After an appearance before a Disciplinary Review Board, that officer completed Travel Card 101 training, signed a new statement of understanding on how to use the cards and provided a training session to his peers.

  • The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, a city visited each year by more than 15 million Muslims
  • With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, will have a total area of 1.4 million square metres
  • £2.25billion project will feature 70 restaurants, whole floors devoted to royalty and one of world’s largest domes
  • The Venetian and The Palazzo, Las Vegas, is the currently world’s largest hotel with 4,049 suites and 4,059 rooms

 

Plans have been unveiled to build the world’s largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017.

The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims.

With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.

Plans reveal what the Abraj Kudai, the luxurious four-to-five-star hotel in the heart of the holy city of Mecca will look like

Plans reveal what the Abraj Kudai, the luxurious four-to-five-star hotel in the heart of the holy city of Mecca will look like

With 12 towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by Dar Al Handasah, will have an area of 4.6 million square feet

With 12 towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by Dar Al Handasah, will have an area of 4.6 million square feet

Work has already begun on the £2.25billion project, which will feature 70 restaurants, multiple helipads, whole floors devoted to royalty and one of the largest domes in the world, according to reports by design website designMENA.

Ten of the towers will cater for four-star guests, while the remaining two will offer luxurious five-star amenities.

On its website, Dar Al Handasah states: ‘With a total site area of approximately 60,000 m² and total built-up area of around 1.4 million m², the project is a residential and commercial complex that consists of a large podium topped by 12 towers accommodating several elements such as a podium housing a bus station, a shopping mall, restaurants and food courts, a convention center and car parks.


JNS.orgThe United States has proposed a $1.9 billion military package for Israel amid growing concerns over Iran.

The massive package, which was announced by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency and must be approved by Congress, includes 750 bunker buster precision-guided bombs and 3,000 Hellfire missiles, among several other items.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/05/20/us-proposes-1-9-billion-military-package-for-israel/


Wave of medical police state refugees to flee California if SB 277 signed into law

| 20 May 2015 | California will be the origin of America’s first wave of medical police state refugees fleeing medical tyranny if Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 277 into law. SB 277 is California’s pharma-funded vaccine assault on all parents and children. It would eliminate all personal belief exemptions and force nearly all children in California to be forcibly injected with vaccines that are knowingly manufactured with neurotoxic substances such as mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and MSG. If he signs the law, Gov. Brown will be declaring medical genocide against children whose genetic makeup causes them to have extremely heightened risks to vaccine injury. No child will be safe in California, and the state will cement its position as the first real-life medical police state in America, where risks of a medical civil war skyrocket.


The number one error, engaged in by the majority of people, is failing to be an activist. The world’s going to hell, countless situations can be easily improved, lives can be saved, and most people just sit there and do nothing. Others actively work to make matters worse. So, if you’re working for peace and justice, you’re among the tiny minority that’s pretty much got the big stuff right. If constructive criticism drives you into despair, please stop reading this article right now and just continue what you’re doing with your life. You have my gratitude.

If you’re open to hearing some suggestions, for whatever they may be worth (and yes, of course, this list of errors will exclude those that I am myself guilty and unaware of), read on:

1. ELECTIONISM. We need elections but do not now have them in the United States, not at the federal level. Working for election reforms is one of the most important things anyone can do. But taking time off from activism to focus on elections is the biggest waste of resources we engage in. Election reform will come through creative nonviolent activism, education, organizing, media, disruption, resistance, and protest. It won’t come through elections. Registering voters is not activism. Creating automatic registration, as just done in Oregon, is activism. Please stifle your compulsion to ask me who I’m voting for. You don’t ask me if I want to win the lottery. (I do, but I will not buy a ticket or devote my life to staring at one.)

2. OBAMANISM. As bad as taking a break from activism every election cycle, is thinking and acting like a voter and a campaigner rather than an activist every day of every year, cheerleading for a team of corrupt officials rather than for policies, reforms, and actions that you support. “The nationalist,” said Orwell, “not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” Nationalism is a huge problem, and its language, which has peace activists using the word “we” in saying “We are bombing Afghanistan,” may contribute to identification with crimes. But the problem of managing not to even hear about them applies to partisanship as well. If a Republican were picking men, women, and children to murder on Tuesdays, you’d see protests.

3. TOKENISM. “Black people are dumb.” “Muslims are violent.” These are understood to be ignorant hate speech. But “Women make better presidents” is not frowned on quite so much, despite its exactly equal idiocy. The problem is not the demographic characteristics of the president. The problem is having a single individual with the powers of a god, in debt to sociopathic billionaires, in a system dominated by militarism and corruption. We won’t change it with a female or gay or Latina corporatist warmonger.

4. STRATEGISM. Winning a first and a second and a third step down a path to peace or justice is not best achieved through the means that many activists think of as “strategic.” If you tell someone that they should halt one war so that the military can be better prepared for other wars, you weaken your argument against the one war, and you provide an argument for future wars. If you oppose the weapons that don’t work, you give legitimacy to the far worse weapons that do work. If you object to a gimmick that boosts weapons spending over a mandated limit by transferring funds from a war budget, you shouldn’t do so in a way that suggests either budget is acceptable at all, or in a way that suggests war spending is preferable to non-war-spending or budget trickery. Pre-compromising doesn’t get you a compromise result; it gets you incoherence and lack of believability. A young woman pointing out to Jeb Bush that his brother (and Hillary and a few hundred others) created ISIS does a lot more to move people against war than do the strategies coming out of DC peace groups. War is counterproductive on its own terms, immoral, illegal, and catastrophic. Its funding should be eliminated. Our job is to demand that. A small reduction is a first step toward our goal.

5. IMPOTENTISM. The most pervasive and powerful propaganda is that of powerlessness. Telling yourself and each other that you are powerless is no different than Judith Miller repeating CIA lies about WMDs. It’s exactly as ridiculous and exactly as damaging. We are not powerless. We quite easily have an impact frequently and could quite easily have a much bigger one. Expecting fairness won’t help. We have to work uphill, but it’s perfectly doable. Being impatient won’t help. We have to keep working however long it takes and however few help out. Self-flagellation won’t help. The money is against you and money is powerful. It’s not your fault you haven’t saved the world, but it might be thanks to you that your grandchildren save it.

6. PAROCHIALISM. We have to form uncomfortably large coalitions, and we really don’t want to. I’m not advocating what I critiqued above as strategism. Don’t sell your soul. Don’t promote destructive ideologies for short-term gain. But don’t be scared of guilt-by-association. Be willing to stand with people on an issue whose views and actions you deeply oppose on other issues.

7. LOCALISM. It’s far more satisfying to find peace in your heart or sustainability in your backyard than to take on the military industrial complex. But if the earth dies, so will you. There are local and hyper-local angles that contribute to the greater cause. Cities and states can change nations. But individual action alone is not enough. Even small group action aimed too near is not enough. If everybody with solar panels on their roofs had put half the money into a movement to create public solar arrays, we’d have them.

8. FREUDISM. In a popular, simplistic notion of nonviolent communication, one never persuades anyone through rational argument. This is a claim, by the way, that comes out of an ideology supposedly dedicated to respecting people and their “needs.” Apparently among those needs is not the need for a good reason to believe something. It would of course be equally simplistic to assert that all one ever needs are facts, or to ignore the age-old wisdom that it is hard to get someone to believe something they are paid not to. But when I tell people that college is free in other countries, their jaws drop, and it’s not 30 seconds before they’re saying it should be that way in the U.S. When I talk to non-self-selected groups about ending war, the majority say at the end that they have been moved toward believing that war can and should be ended. Facts are not enough, but they are one of the main things the corporate media deprives us of, and one of the key components of activism. They do nothing to help us see another’s point of view if we’re unwilling to look. They do nothing to alleviate high levels of fear. But it would be a mistake for us to become inversions of Edward Bernays working to manipulate people in a kinder, gentler manner.

9. FETISHISM. Here’s a little secret. The people who speak the viewpoints that serve big money are not smarter, wittier, pithier, or better at framing a topic. They’re on the air because they speak the viewpoints that serve big money. They may be more eloquent than you. They may be less so. But trying to think and sound like them in general is a quite risky proposition and completely unnecessary. There is nothing we need more than better media and better use of existing media by its readers, listeners, and viewers. There is no smarter place to invest as activists. But what we lack is not spokespeople. What we lack is microphones.

10. PINKERISM. “But haven’t you heard? War is going away on its own? I heard it from someone who read a review of a book by Steven Pinker.” War is not going to go away on its own. It is not even going away with our help. But it could go away if we really get our act together.

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‘Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee announced his plans to run for president on Tuesday, May 5. During his speech, the Republican attempted to criticize current president Barack Obama and squandered hope of gaining Native American support in the 2016 election.

“When I hear our current president say he wants Christians to get off their high horse so we can make nice with radical jihadists, I wonder if he can watch a western from the ’50s and be able to figure out who the good guys and the bad guys really are,” stated the politician, who was once a Southern Baptist pastor.

This absurd comment came in reference to a speech made by Obama at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. Whilst speaking about Islamic terrorism, the president reminded the audience that most, if not all, religions have dark aspects of their history.’

Read more: Presidential Candidate Likens Native Americans to Jihadists


May is usually the time when farmers in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture – best known for being the tragic venue of the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster – plant rice. This year, however, they will be planting something else: an unknown, and quite lethal, amount of radioactive dust.

According to EFE, earlier today TEPCO began work to remove the cover placed over the building housing reactor No. 1, a key step towards dismantling the plant. The work is part of a preparatory process that could take several years for the eventual removal of nuclear fuel from the spent fuel pool in the No. 1 reactor building. The cover, incidentally, was made of polyester.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-15/tepco-begins-removing-cover-destroyed-fukushima-reactor-just-local-farmers-plant-ric


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