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WWH/CJE Tuesday News Briefs

2012 November 6

Israel advances Apartheid-  plans for 1,213 new West Bank settlement homes Nice timing Benny!
(Reuters) – Israel has announced plans to press ahead with construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies.

The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem.

The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas.

The Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now said on Tuesday that an additional tender for the construction of 72 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was reissued on Monday after a previous notice failed to attract winning bidders.

Palestinians want to create a state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital but they say Israeli settlement building will cripple the viability of any future country. More…

Translation… Hey Hillary Clinton “Bite Me”!

Chinese women’s rights activist sent to labor camp again
(Reuters) – A Chinese woman who has campaigned against the strict one-child policy has been sent to labor camp for one and a half years, the third time she has been detained for criticizing the government, her husband said on Tuesday.

Mao Hengfeng, who lives in Shanghai, was seized in Beijing by a team of security officials on September 20 when she was petitioning the authorities for the rights abuses she suffered during her previous labor camp sentences, her husband, Wu Xuewei, told Reuters.

Mao’s sentence comes as authorities round up dissidents ahead of the ruling Communist Party’s all-important congress, which starts on Thursday and will usher in a generational leadership change.

Wu said he received a letter from the authorities late on Monday informing him that Mao had been sentenced to a labor camp for “disturbing social order”, which he said was unfounded. More…

DETAILS EMERGE IN AFGHAN VILLAGE MASSACRE
POINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales spent the evening on his remote outpost in southern Afghanistan with fellow soldiers, watching a movie about revenge killings, sharing whiskey from a plastic bottle and discussing an attack that cost one of their friends his leg.

Within hours, a prosecutor said Monday, a cape-wearing Bales embarked on a killing spree of his own, slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians before returning to the base in predawn darkness, bloody and incredulous that his comrades ordered him to surrender his weapons.

“I thought I was doing the right thing,” a fellow soldier recalled him saying. More…

NZEALAND BEACHING PROVES RAREST OF WHALES EXISTS

Not anymore… It’s Dead!
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The spade-toothed beaked whale is so rare that nobody has seen one alive, but scientists have proof the species still exists.

Two skeletons were identified as belonging to the species after a 17-foot whale and her calf beached themselves in New Zealand in 2010. Scientists hope the discovery will provide insights into the species and into ocean ecosystems.

It was almost a missed opportunity, however, since conservation workers misidentified the carcasses as a much more common type of whale and buried them.

In a paper published Tuesday in the journal “Current Biology,” researchers from New Zealand and the United States say of their discovery: “For the first time we have a description of the world’s rarest and perhaps most enigmatic marine mammal.” More…

Donkey sex suspect wants animal back

Sorry Carlos, the donkey has moved on. You should too.

It was good, but they just have grown apart.

OCALA, Fla., Nov. 5 (UPI) — Authorities in Florida said a man accused of engaging in a sex act with his miniature donkey is asking for his animal back.

Carlos Romero, 31, who is charged with animal cruelty and is currently in protective custody, said Tuesday in his first court appearance he wants the 21-month-old donkey he is accused of having sex with Aug. 15, the Ocala (Fla.) Banner-Star reported Monday.

Romero, who was arrested Monday and pleaded not guilty at his court appearance, is in protective custody with bail set at $20,000. Romero told the judge he believes he is in protective custody to keep him away from the donkey, named Doodle. More…

‘Depraved and sadistic’ carer who forced nine-year-old boy to brush his teeth with dog mess is jailed

Stephanie Chibnall, 45, was jailed for 20 months for abusing three young boys in her care
She would hit them with bamboo sticks and an electric fly swatter for not having enough homework or failing to find her cigarettes
The boys, now aged nine, ten and 13, had been in her care since 2008
A woman has been jailed for abusing three young boys in her care, beating them with bamboo sticks and forcing the youngest to brush his teeth with dog excrement.
Stephanie Chibnall, 45, had been in ‘temporary care’ of the brothers, now aged nine, ten and 13, since 2008.
She was sentenced to 20 months in jail over the abuse, which saw her regularly punish the children for the most trivial reason, such as failing to find her cigarettes or not having enough home work. More…

Research shows insomnia doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

Great!  That news will keep me awake now!
Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one’s risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study.

The study by researchers in Taiwan found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those without the sleep disorder during the trial’s four- year period. The research was presented Sunday at the American Heart Association meeting in Los Angeles.

The findings add to previous research showing not enough sleep can contribute to high blood pressure and waking too early may raise heart risks. Sleep should be part of the patient- doctor discussion during checkups, said Kristen Knutson, a sleep researcher who wasn’t part of the study.

“A lot of people and many physicians don’t ask about sleep,” said Knutson, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, in a telephone interview. “The first thing is to talk to their patients and also for the patients to talk to their doctors about their sleep and discussing sleep as one of the many important health behaviors like diet and exercise.” More…

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