Archive for the ‘WTF’ Category
For at least five years, the woman’s body lay clothed in a winter jacket in the backseat of her Jeep in the garage of a home where she lived alone.
Her bills were automatically deducted from her bank account, and residents of the quiet middle-class Pontiac neighborhood said they noticed nothing amiss.
Nobody saw her, but the grass was cut and the mail didn’t pile up. Some neighbors said they thought she had moved out of the country after the recession hit several years ago.
Eventually, the money in her bank account ran out and the house went into foreclosure, leading to the gruesome discovery this week.
The body had mummified…adding to the mystery.
A contractor the bank sent to check out the house discovered the body Wednesday in the attached garage of the ranch-style home on Savanna Drive, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.
Undersheriff Mike McCabe said investigators believe the woman has been dead since at least 2008. That’s the year the license plate on the Jeep expired…
The undersheriff said neighbors told deputies they thought the woman had moved out of the country because they had not seen her for three or more years.
An autopsy showed there was no trauma to the body; a cause of death is pending, McCabe said.
Dr. Bernardino Pacris, the Oakland County deputy medical examiner who conducted the autopsy, said the skin was intact, though internal organs had decomposed. He said he found no evidence of internal or external injuries…
Pacris said the body was on the backseat and clothed in a heavy jacket and jeans, leading him to believe the woman may have died when the weather was cold. The key was in the ignition, but in the off position, Pacris said.
Which removed my first thought on her death. I’ve known a couple folks took the blue jaunte in the back seat of their car.
She obviously wasn’t out of bucks and had bills prepaid including, I guess, lawn care.
Three environmental and public health groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, seeking to press it to move forward with rules that would require public disclosure of certain pesticide ingredients.
The Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, all non-profit advocacy groups, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
The groups claimed there has been an “unreasonable delay” on the EPA’s part in finalizing rules to require chemical manufacturers to disclose hazardous inert ingredients in their pesticide products.
The groups said there are more than 350 inert pesticide ingredients that can be just as hazardous as active ingredients that are labeled and can comprise up to 99 percent of a pesticide’s formulation. Of the common inert ingredients, many are classified as carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic or potentially toxic, the lawsuit said.
More than 20 public health groups and a coalition of state attorneys general petitioned EPA in 2006 to take action on this issue. EPA said in 2009 that it was starting the rule-making process regarding disclosures of such ingredients…But the lawsuit claimed that since 2009 EPA has taken no further action to adopt any new rules on disclosure of inert ingredients.
What a surprise. EPA officials haven’t yet responded to requests for comment. Words are always easier than deeds. The EPA seems to have trouble with both.
I want your finger unloaded before you enter school
An elementary school principal suspended a 10-year-old boy for three days after the student pointed his finger like it was a gun and pretended to shoot one of his classmates.
“I was just playing around,” fifth-grader Nathan Entingh told the Columbus Dispatch. “People play around like this a lot at my school.”
The suspension letter from Devonshire Alternative Elementary School said that Entingh used a “level 2 lookalike firearm” during the incident…
“The kids were told, ‘If you don’t stop doing this type of stuff, there would be consequences,’” school spokesman Jeff Warner said. “It’s just been escalating.”
Entingh’s father Paul feels that a three-day suspension is unwarranted. “He said he was playing,” Paul said. “It would even make more sense maybe if he brought a plastic gun that looked like a real gun or something, but it was his finger. I would have even been fine with them doing an in-school suspension.”
I would teach that kid to use a different finger – and point it at the principal.
A Mississippi man has been found literally alive and kicking in a body bag at a funeral home after being declared dead…Workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Walter Williams on Thursday when he moved.
A coroner pronounced the 78-year-old dead after finding no pulse when he was called to Mr Williams’ home in the city of Lexington on the previous evening.
Holmes County coroner Dexter Howard told the BBC he was called to Mr Williams’ home by a hospice nurse, who said the man had passed away.
Mr Howard said he went through the “normal procedure” of checking for Mr Williams’ vital signs, but found none.
Mr Williams was taken to Porter and Sons Funeral Home and was being prepared for embalming when “we noticed there was some kicking and moving going on”, Mr Howard said…
The farmer and school board employee was taken to a hospital for treatment, where Mr Howard visited him…
Mr Howard said he had never seen anything like this in more than two decades as a coroner…”It’s an unusual case,” he said. “I hope he keeps on keeping on.”
Phew! Ain’t nothing miraculous; but, I begin to wonder if there might be a few more tests thrown in before folks are declared dead. I read stories like with daunting frequency.
Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository, but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened…
The DOE on Saturday announced that it had shuttered operations in response to an underground radiation sensor. But it wasn’t until Wednesday night that DOE confirmed that radiation had also been released above ground, about a half mile from the plant. And it wasn’t until a Thursday press conference that Jose Franco, manager of the DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office, confirmed publicly that readings from the monitors matched materials from the waste that is stored there, indicating a leak…
Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said…”We will demand that federal officials share information with the public in real time. That’s the reason we are here…”
Flynn…said, “Events like this should never occur. From the state’s perspective, one event is far too many. Our primary concern continues to be public safety.”
“Even though the levels detected are very low,” he said, “radiation is simply not supposed to be released outside the building.”
The DOE is calmly issuing updates containing soothing noises. Carefully, cautiously, they’re working most of all to keep anyone from noticing they haven’t the slightest idea what is going on.
Thursday night they said they’d soon be able to identify the source of the leak of plutonium and americium — in about three weeks when they believe they’ll be able to re-enter the facility.
UPDATE: Thirteen employees of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were exposed to radiation – americium-241 – according to test results taken the day a radiation leak was detected at the nuclear waste repository.
Next up? WIPP will have to test any employees who worked the same area – the following day.
Can you see me, now? — Anne Ollila photo
Attempts to keep motorists from hitting animals usually center around making cars and roads safer, but the Finns are heading straight to the source
Every year, about 4,000 reindeer lose their lives on Finnish roads in car accidents, causing 15 million Euros of damage every year. And now, the Finnish Reindeer Herders Association is testing out a new way to make the large mammals more visible to drivers: reflective paint.
The idea is to spray the antlers of reindeer with reflective paint that reflects motorists’ headlights. “The aim is to prevent traffic accidents. The spray is being tested on fur at the moment, but it may be even more effective on the antlers, because they are seen from every side,” Anne Ollila, chairwoman of the Reindeer Herders Association, told the Finnish news source YLE…
I love the idea. When I still was on the road I had one regular circuit that had me driving from Montrose in SW Colorado – east to Gunnison to stay overnight. Driving right at dusk turning to night. On a stretch of highway that had the highest number of deer-car collisions in the lower 48.
Even though it was the twisty kind of elevation-changing road I loved – usually driving a car designed for sporty cornering – I learned to drive that stretch at or below the speed limit. Staying alive was a higher priority than a new point-to-point speed record.
38 Republicans walked by wheelchair-bound Bob Dole and voted against the treaty
Any suspicion that the political right, after suffering a defeat on the debt ceiling and facing threats from business donors, is losing its clout can be dismissed by the fight over the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The treaty has been ratified by 141 countries. It is backed by the White House, former President George H.W. Bush, the major U.S. disability and veterans advocacy groups, and American businesses.
Senate Republicans, however, already defeated the treaty in 2012, and it now faces an uphill slog to get the two-thirds vote needed for ratification. Right-wing critics, led by former Senator Rick Santorum, the Heritage Foundation and home-schoolers, charge that adopting it would allow global enforcers to dictate the treatment of Americans with disabilities or the permissibility of home schooling, and ease access to abortion.
In reality, the treaty is modeled on the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. It states that nations must ensure that people with disabilities get the same rights and are treated with same dignity as all others. It might well pressure other countries to adopt U.S. standards.
The inevitable conflict between ignorance and stupidity – with a dash of paranoia added, not uncommon in today’s American conservatism.
Credit card company Capital One’s new terms of service allow the company to contact cardholders in any way possible, including a visit to the person’s residence.
According to their new agreement, Capital One can “contact you in any manner we choose.” This includes calls, texts, mail, emails, and even a personal visit at work or home if the cardholder is behind on payments.
The new terms received a lot of response on social media causing the credit card giant to issue a press release on its website, “Capital One does not visit our cardholders, nor do we send debt collectors to their homes or work,” says the statement.
And, uh, then, they offer the first exception of what may be more to come. In the case of secured collateral, jet skis, bass boat, motorcycle, whatever – “we may go to a customer’s home after appropriate notification if it becomes necessary to repossess the sports vehicle.”
The Chevron Corp. donation of free pizzas to Greene County, Pa., residents affected by a gas well explosion last week is not going over well, residents say.
Chevron is dispensing 100 gift certificates for pizza and soft drinks to those in the area of the southwestern Pennsylvania county where a gas well exploded Feb. 11. The incident killed a worker, injured another and sparked a fire that burned for four days…
Chevron’s attempted outreach was the topic of a Twitter user, who wrote Tuesday, “Worst apology ever. Sorry our fracking well exploded, here’s a free pizza.”
Another unidentified resident said he found the gift certificate when he returned home Sunday, and noted it was the first and last time Chevron contacted him about the incident…
BTW, Chevron says…the situation at the well “remains serious, and teams are working around the clock to safely approach and shut the well.”
Golly gee. They’re sticking around for a spell to clean up their mess. How thoughtful.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a beachfront restaurant – your car floats away – wind picks up stones and smashes the windows!
The Army and emergency services have rescued 32 people trapped by surging flood water in a beachfront restaurant in Hampshire.
Windows at the Marine Restaurant were also smashed by shingle picked up by fierce winds in the town of Milford on Sea on Friday night.
Diner Cherry Waite said it “was a bit like the Titanic” as they had “all been enjoying themselves”…
Restaurant general manager Stephen Caunter said: “It was very scary, the windows were smashing one at a time on the ground floor and then started upstairs on the first floor.
“The whole restaurant upstairs is destroyed.
“Most of the cars in the car park are either gone or underwater or a write-off.
He said the restaurant would be closed for “a month or so” and that “the whole ground floor area was in water”.
“There was no panic, people were very good,” he said.
Some rescue vehicles were hit by debris but none of the diners were seriously injured…
Mrs Waite said she had been out for a Valentine’s meal when halfway through the dinner they were asked to vacate their seats “because the shingle was coming up and tides were knocking the downstairs windows“.
She said: “They suspected it would happen on the upper floor where we were, so we were moved further back into the restaurant.
“And then 10 minutes later we were all told ‘quick, we’ve all got to move to another room’.
That’s a heckuva wind. I’ve been through more than one hurricane with mature trees snapped like twigs. Never had to worry about shingle stones picked up off a beach and smashing in the windows.