WWH/CJE Thursday News Briefs
N.Y. nanny pleads not guilty to murdering both Krim children
The dark side of power:
N.Y. nanny Yoselyn Ortega, charged with the brutal stabbing deaths of two young children under her care in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment on October 25, has been under police guard in a NYC hospital recovering from self-inflicted wounds sustained when she unsuccessfully tried killing herself after allegedly killing 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her 2-year-old brother Leo Krim.
Earlier today, Ortega made her first court appearance, albeit a virtual one, to plead not guilty to those murder charges.
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The New York Daily News reported that:
Ortega, 50, wearing a blue hairnet, lay handcuffed to her hospital bed under a white blanket at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She entered her plea to four counts of murder in a bedside arraignment, through her lawyer Valerie Van-Leer Greenberg … More…
Strike shuts down most terminals at Port of Los Angeles
Most deliberately played down, misdirected and Corporate Media browned out news story this week. But it’s only Thursday!
(Reuters) – A strike by clerical workers shut down terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Wednesday after other workers refused to cross picket lines at the nation’s busiest combined cargo complex, officials said.
Seven of eight terminals at the Port of Los Angeles were shut down by the action, along with three of six terminals at the neighboring Port of Long Beach, officials at the facilities said.
The strike is the largest work stoppage at the ports in a decade, but its effects on the movement of goods could ultimately be limited if workers return soon. Many goods destined for sale in the holiday shopping season have already moved through the ports. More…
Secretary of State Candidate Has a Major Financial Stake in Canadian Tar Sands
Condi wannabe! – Ever notice the consistency when you follow the money?
Susan Rice, the candidate believed to be favored by President Obama to become the next Secretary of State, holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline. If confirmed by the Senate, one of Rice’s first duties likely would be consideration, and potentially approval, of the controversial mega-project.
Rice’s financial holdings could raise questions about her status as a neutral decision maker. The current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Rice owns stock valued between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada, the company seeking a federal permit to transport tar sands crude 1,700 miles to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing fragile Midwest ecosystems and the largest freshwater aquifer in North America.
Beyond that, according to financial disclosure reports, about a third of Rice’s personal net worth is tied up in oil producers, pipeline operators, and related energy industries north of the 49th parallel — including companies with poor environmental and safety records on both U.S. and Canadian soil. Rice and her husband own at least $1.25 million worth of stock in four of Canada’s eight leading oil producers, as ranked by Forbes magazine. That includes Enbridge, which spilled more than a million gallons of toxic bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010 — the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. More…
Today is “Take a friends remote home day” Doesn’t count if you just remove the batteries!
The myth of the eight-hour sleep
We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.
In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.
It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.
Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists.
In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks. More…
Mediator Joins Contentious Effort to Add a ‘Do Not Track’ Option to Web Browsing
Over the last few months, an international effort to give consumers more control over the collection of their online data has devolved into acrimonious discussions, name-calling and witch hunts.
The idea was to work out a global standard for “Do Not Track,” a computer browser setting that would allow Internet users to signal Web sites, advertising networks and data brokers that they did not want their browsing activities tracked for marketing purposes.
But some industry executives involved in the negotiations have questioned the agenda of privacy advocates, saying their efforts threaten to undermine an advertising ecosystem that fuels free online products and services. At the same time, some technology experts and privacy advocates have accused industry executives of stalling and acting in bad faith. More…
THE NANNY DID IT!
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N. war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo and two of his former Kosovo Liberation Army comrades for the second time of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in Kosovo’s war for independence.
The verdicts came in the U.N. court’s first ever retrial, which was ordered after appeals judges branded the 2008 acquittal of former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and KLA fighter Idriz Balaj and the conviction of a third KLA commander, Lahi Brahimaj a “miscarriage of justice” because of widespread intimidation of prosecution witnesses.
The acquittals clear the way for a return to the political scene for Haradinaj, seen before his 2005 indictment as a unifying force in deeply divided Kosovo, but could complicate talks between Pristina and Belgrade on Kosovo’s future. More…
Many suffering from ‘Sandy cough’
Never take blankets from politicians.
NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) — Some residents of New York and New Jersey hit by Hurricane Sandy are suffering from “Sandy cough,” most likely from the dust and mold, a resident says.
Patrick Zoda said he has been working non-stop for a month trying to save his Staten Island home after it was badly damaged by the hurricane, but the debris cloud that filled his house has also filled his lungs and he has developed a very dry, “not a normal cough,” WNBC-TV, New York, reported.
“I feel totally drained, tired,” Zoda told WNBC-TV. “Every morning I wake up coughing.”
Dr. Brahim Ardolic, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, said he has seen a number of patients with respiratory issues in recent weeks, mostly in people with pre-existing conditions. More…
Teenager ‘cut through his mother’s spinal cord so she could not move and stabbed her 94 times in brutal attack’
THE NANNY DID IT!
Youth allegedly turned on Leah Whittle, stabbing her with at least one knife
He was just “Whittle”ing
The 42-year-old had ‘little chance’ to defend herself, the court heard
Teenager, who admits having ‘an interest in knives’, fled the flat in Dorset
Divorced mother, 42, found slumped against hallway wall of her home
A 16-year-old boy murdered his mother by stabbing her 94 times, immobilising her early on in the attack by severing her spinal cord, a court heard today.
The teenager, who admits having ‘an interest in knives’, then claimed Leah Whittle had been killed at their home in Weymouth, Dorset, by a gang of ‘mystery men from Yorkshire’.
He inflicted knife wounds across her head, back and front in the two bedroom flat, stabbing her with at least one knife in an attack so sudden she had ‘little chance’ to defend herself, jurors were told.
The teenager then fled the flat in the early hours, climbing out of his first floor bedroom window and down a drainpipe. More…