Saturday, March 1, 2014
There is no difference between my life and yours. Neither of us know what we are here for or why we exist. No matter what our beliefs or culture, we still find time alone to wonder why. Don't think that just because you can drive and build that all other beings aren't just as confused as you and I.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Texas rhino hunt auction winner fears for his safety
Marie Saavedra, WFFA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth 4:13 p.m. EST January 16, 2014
A man who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt an endangered African black rhino says he fears for his safety
(Photo: WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth)
- Man says he's receiving death threats after paying $350,000 for right to hunt endangered African black rhino
- Dallas club auctioned the permit to raise money for efforts to protect the rhinos
- Corey Knowlton said his goal was to support conservation efforts for the black rhino
- DALLAS — A U.S. man who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt an endangered African black rhino says he fears for his safety.
Corey Knowlton said that after being revealed as the winner of a controversial Dallas Safari Club auction, he's received death threats — so many that he says local law enforcement and the FBI are now working to keep them safe.
Knowlton, who has hunted around the world, said there has been a lot of anger and some confusion.
He leads expeditions for both everyday Joes and billionaires looking to hunt, and has been a fixture on The Outdoor Channel. His Facebook page is filled with photos of large deer he's tracked and killed — wild boar, a bear, even a massive shark.
The Safari Club auctioned the permit to raise money for efforts to protect the black rhino.
Knowlton said his goal was to support conservation efforts for the black rhino. That's where the money from his bid will go.
But critics feel that the chance to kill one is no kind of reward — and they're letting him know it.
Still, Knowlton said the hunt is well-managed, and insists he will be targeting an aggressive older male that he says is terrorizing the rest of the herd, and would already be a target.
He said this is a challenge he welcomes.
"I'm a hunter. I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino," Knowlton said. "If I go over there and shoot it or not shoot it, it's beyond the point."
He said the death of this black rhino is inevitable.
"They are going to shoot those black rhinos ... period. End of story," he said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Federal Bureau of Investigation
I am Special Agent Erick Bolt from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Intelligence Unit, we Intercepted two consignment boxes at JFK Airport, New York, the boxes were scanned but found out that it contained large sum of money ($4.1 million) and also some backup documents which bears your name as the Beneficiary/Receiver of the money, Investigation carried out on the diplomat that accompanied the boxes into the United States, said that he was to deliver the fund to your residence as overdue payment owed to you by the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the security company in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, we cross check all legal documents in the boxes but we found out that your consignment was lacking an important document and we cannot release the boxes to the diplomat until the document is found, right now we have no other choice than to confiscate your consignment.
According to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) in Title 26 also contain reporting requirement on a Form 8300, Report of Cash Payment Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business, money laundering activity may violate 18 USC §1956, 18 USC 1957, 18 USC 1960, and provision of Title 31, and 26 USC 6050I of the United States Code (USC), this section will discuss only those money laundering and currency violation under the jurisdiction of IRS, your consignment lacks proof of ownership certificate from the joint team of IRS and IRC, therefore you need to reply back immediately for direction on how to procure this certificate to enable us relieved the charge of evading the law on you, which is a punishable offense in the United States.
You are required to reply back within 72hours or you will be prosecuted in a court of law for money laundering, also you are instructed to desist from further contact with any bank(s) or person(s) in Nigeria or the United kingdom or any part of the world regarding your payment because your consignment has been confiscated by the Federal Bureau here in the United States.
Yours In Service,
Agent Erick Bolt
Regional Deputy Director
Intelligence Field Unit
Tobacco companies will say they lied, via advertising
The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department have reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies lied about the dangers of smoking.
Tobacco companies are a step closer to putting out "corrective statements" about their history of defrauding the American public by hiding the dangers of smoking, according to an agreementreached Friday with the Department of Justice.
The agreement was reached the day before the 50th anniversary of the surgeon general warning on tobacco and lung cancer, released Jan. 11, 1964.
The long-awaited advertising campaign was ordered in 2006 by U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler, who found tobacco companies guilty of violating civil racketeering laws and lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and their marketing to children. Kessler must approve the agreement.
That verdict was the culmination of a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice in 1999, when it sued tobacco companies under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Kessler made five key "findings of fact," detailing how tobacco makers defrauded the public, including lying about the health damage caused by smoking; the addictive nature of nicotine; their marketing and promotion of "low tar" and "light" cigarettes as healthier when there are no clear health benefits; designing tobacco products to be as addictive as possible; and engaging in a massive effort to hide the dangers of secondhand smoke. The corrective statements must address each of these five areas.
Kessler found that the RICO statute did not allow for monetary damages, but she ordered tobacco companies to make "corrective statements" about their history of fraud.
According to the agreement, the campaign will include online and full-page print ads in the Sunday editions of the top 35 newspapers in the country, including USA TODAY, as well as prime-time TV spots on the three major networks for one year. The corrective statements also must be attached to packages of cigarettes in what marketers call an "outsert."
Spokesmen for the leading tobacco companies — Philip Morris USA and RJ Reynolds Tobacco — declined to comment.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has rejected two industry appeals. Tobacco companies are suing over Kessler's order to include the corrective statements in "point of sale" displays at retail stores.
In a statement, leading anti-smoking groups said, "Tobacco companies have filed time-consuming appeals at every stage. ... We urge them to end their delay tactics and finally tell the truth." The statement was signed by the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights and the National African-American Tobacco Prevention Network. The groups joined the case as interveners in 2005.
The corrective statements "are necessary reminders that tobacco's devastating toll over the past 50-plus years is no accident," the group statement says. "It stems directly from the tobacco industry's deceptive and even illegal practices."
Stanton Glantz, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco, says it's too early to know if this agreement will change anything.
"If the tobacco companies accept the corrective statements Judge Kessler has ordered and move forward, this could be a big step forward," says Glantz, co-author of a book about the court case, called Bad Acts. "If, on the other hand, the tobacco companies appeal the corrective statements -- something the draft order explicitly allows them to do -- it will be more years before anything actually happens."
In her 2006 verdict, Kessler described the tobacco industry as one that "survives, and profits, from selling a highly addictive product which causes diseases that lead to a staggering number of deaths per year, an immeasurable amount of human suffering and economic loss, and a profound burden on our national health care system. ... (Tobacco companies) have consistently, repeatedly and with enormous skill and sophistication, denied these facts to the public."
Monday, January 6, 2014
Detective on leave after officer involved shooting that killed teen
Posted: Jan 05, 2014 1:51 PM EST
Updated: Jan 06, 2014 4:12 PM EST
By: WECT Staff
The family said they were not invited to the press conference, but showed up with signs and pictures any way.
BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) - At least one detective from the Southport Police Department is on paid administrative leave after an officer involved shooting that happened at a home in Boiling Spring Lakes Sunday afternoon.
According to Chief Dove, Detective Byron Vassey was placed on leave in connection to his involvement in the shooting, though Dove would not confirm if Vassey was the one who pulled the trigger.
Vassey has been employed at the Southport Police Department since December 2004. This is the first time he's been placed on administrative leave.
The District Attorney's Office held a news conference Monday afternoon at 2:00 to discuss the incident. The family said they were not invited to the press conference, but showed up at anyway with signs, pictures and posters hoping for justice for their lost loved one.
According to a spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office, deputies were called to assist officers with the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department with an initial response to a home on President Drive.
At the scene, Mark Wilsey said officers shot his son.
According to David, three officers were involved in the incident, but he couldn't release their names due to an ongoing investigation by the SBI that was requested by the district attorney and leaders of the three agencies that responded to the scene.
Wilsey said his family called the police to help with his schizophrenic son Keith Vidal who had a small screwdriver in his hand. Officers used at Taser on Vidal and then shot him, according to Wilsey.
Wilsey said officers came into their home after they called for backup help when Vidal was having a schizophrenic incident.
Wilsey said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, "we don't have time for this." That's when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.
"There was no reason to shoot this kid," Wilsey said. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son."
The family said police shot Vidal because he had a screwdriver in his hand. They said it was a tiny screwdriver, though, that would not have hurt anyone.
Both parents said they had to watch their son die in front of them. They said Vidal had just turned 18 years old and only weighed about 90 pounds.
Vidal's mother, also at the scene, said she could not understand what happened.
"Where is the justice, why did they shoot my son?," she asked. "This is what's wrong with our mental health system."
According to David, investigators responded to the scene immediately and began working as a team to start gathering evidence. The district attorney said investigations area a search for the truth, and he's confident that everyone involved will find the truth.
The family said they recently lost their daughter in a car accident and this is the second child they will have to bury.
Neighbors said Vidal played with their children and he never was violent. They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia, but he was never harmful to others.
Vidal's mother said she had tried multiple times to get Vidal help for his mental illness. Emergency services treated her for a breakdown at the scene.
Vidal was apparently a student at South Brunswick High School. According to a spokesperson for the school, a crisis team was at the high school Monday to offer support for students and staff.
No other details are known at this time. Check back for more information as it becomes available.
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