Posts Tagged ‘death’
Descanso honors “Breaking Bad” character Walter White – courtesy of Michelle Valdez-Browning
“Breaking Bad” fans continue to honor Walter White.
North Valley resident Michelle Valdez-Browning and her brother, Marc Valdez, and son Aaron Browning made a descanso near the Nazi compound where White passed away in the show. (A descanso is a roadside memorial that commemorates a site where a person died. They are seen along roads in New Mexico.)
Valdez-Browning says her brother was part of the locations crew who helped scout the various areas…“He put his heart and soul into finding the right places,” she says.
Once the show aired, the trio decided to pay tribute to White and put the descanso in front of the area…The location is near Second and Los Ranchos Road NW.
In case you want to be among the hundreds who continue to visit Albuquerque to pay their respects.
This appeared in the Albuquerque Journal shortly after the conclusion of “Breaking Bad”.
2nd Secretary-General of the UN, Nobel Peace Prize in 1961
A commission looking into the death of former United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold has recommended that the UN reopen its investigation.
Mr Hammarskjold’s plane was travelling to Congo on a peace mission in 1961 when it crashed in Zambia.
A UN investigation in 1962 failed to find the cause of the mysterious crash.
The commission said there were significant new findings, and that the US National Security Agency might hold crucial evidence…
It said Mr Hammarskjold had given “unparalleled service to the UN and paid the ultimate price”, and that it was “among those most concerned in arriving at the whole truth”.
The Swedish-born diplomat’s plane crashed on 18 September in a forest near Ndola in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia…All but one of the passengers and crew on the flight were killed.
Mr Hammarskjold was trying to negotiate a peace agreement between Congo’s Soviet-backed government and Moise Tshombe, who had declared independence for its mineral-rich province of Katanga…The UN secretary general was going to Ndola to meet Mr Tshombe, who was backed by former colonial power Belgium and some Western mining interests…
The Hammarskjold Commission report, written by four international lawyers, said there was “significant new evidence”…It said the claim of an aerial attack, which might have caused the descent of the plane by direct damage or by harassment, was capable of being proved or disproved.
The report said that given the NSA’s worldwide monitoring activities at that time, “it is highly likely” that the radio traffic on 18-19 September 1961 was recorded by the NSA and possibly also by the CIA…The report said: “Authenticated recordings of any such cockpit narrative or radio messages, if located, would furnish potentially conclusive evidence of what happened to the DC6.”
The Commission said it had made Freedom of Information Act requests to the National Security Archive, which were rejected on national security grounds…
Once again, Uncle Sugar decides that only a release of information decided in the first place by anonymous bureaucrats in their hidey-holes need be answered. No matter that Dag Hammarskjold was a diplomat of international repute. No matter that his death was “an event of global significance which deserves the attention both of history and of justice”.
The White House, NSA, CIA rally round their own personal flag and decide that history needn’t receive an update. Especially one that admits to our snooping for decades.
“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” misses top spot – Yup. Only made it to #2 in the 4 days since Thatcher died
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – the song propelled into the charts by opponents of Baroness Thatcher – has failed to reach the number one spot.
The recording, taken from 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, entered the charts at number two…It was more than 5,000 sales short of this week’s chart-topper Need U (100%) by Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E…
It entered the charts at number 54 on Tuesday, the day after Baroness Thatcher’s death, and climbed to number 10 on Wednesday. By Thursday, it had reached number four and was at number three by Friday.
There was a final rush of 18,000 sales between Friday morning and today, the Official Charts Company said, but its final total was 52,605 copies – 5,700 behind Duke Dumont, which achieved 58,321 sales in the past week.
An Official Charts Company spokeswoman said it had been a “relatively quiet” week for sales however, with the average sale of a number one in 2012 being just under 106,000 copies.
Some Tory MPs demanded the BBC ban the song – but others warned that politicians should not interfere in the choice of records played by broadcasters.
Conservatives in the UK and the US are claiming this is a “victory”. Hilarious.
In related news, revelers are still being arrested while celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. No doubt there will be a well-funded committee to enshrine her so-called legacy. After all, we have one in the United States for Ronald Reagan. Rewriting history remains a modern-day specialty for Western conservatives.
Outliving some miserable thug is not a political victory, of course. What is important is foiling the efforts of revisionist historians who now will try to construct a synthetic history of phony accomplishments for Thatcher. I have no idea if reactionary moguls in the UK will rely on the range of crappola constructs always at play here in the States – for Reaganites. The Brits probably have automatic scripts still in place since the critical ouster of Churchill and the Tories in 1945.
The shocking death of a 4-year-old girl — shot dead with a handgun inside a car outside her grandparent’s home — zeroed in on two issues…
How did the gun that apparently killed little Rahquel Carr get into the hands of a group of children? And who owned the weapon?
A 6-year-old was found holding the weapon after the shooting. Police would not confirm if he fired the fatal bullet.
Family members were in shock Easter Sunday as the struggled to understand what happened and why. The girl’s grandfather, Willie Carr 57, collapsed Saturday night after the shooting and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital after he collapsed Saturday night…
Police will focus on who owned the gun and why it was in the car — was it stored there or brought by one of the children — are key questions in the investigation.
The children who witnessed the shooting are being interviewed by Miami-Dade police, Police spokesman Roy Rutland said.
The Medical Examiner Department will perform an autopsy on the child to determine the exact cause of death, police said.
Wayne LaPierre should be required to represent the NRA at the little girl’s funeral.
Even though the paltry Florida regulations were probably violated, these scumbags oppose even minimum controls for safety.
That girl, the one without the name. The one just like us. The one whose battered body stood for all the anonymous women in this country whose rapes and deaths are a footnote in the left-hand column of the newspaper.
Sometimes, when we talk about the history of women in India, we speak in shorthand. The Mathura rape case.
Thanks to Om Malik for the link to this thoughtful post
Police say that a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death in an industrial accident at a Southern California Bumble Bee Foods seafood plant.
Authorities say that it is still unclear how Jose Melena ended up in the plant’s cooking device, which was referred to in coroner documents as a “steamer machine”.
The police were reportedly called to the seafood plant at 7 a.m. Thursday morning and found Melena, who had worked for the plant for 6 years, in the oven. Police had pronounced him dead at the scene.
An initial investigation concluded that Melena had been fatally injured when he was cooked in the industrial cooker, according to Erika Monterroza of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Authorities will visit the tuna-canning plant, conduct extensive interviews and review the company’s safety documentation.
If investigators find any violations, Bumble Bee Foods could be charged with civil penalties and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office could decide whether criminal charges are warranted.
I’ve worked in some pretty dangerous factories. Places where deaths weren’t at all uncommon. Still, I have to wonder what the investigation will turn up.
This is a truly bizarre industrial death.
L.V. and Tina Hall – 2 years before she died
Around midnight on June 1, 2007, Tina Hall was finishing her shift in a place she loathed: the mixing room at the Toyo Automotive Parts factory in Franklin, Ky., where flammable chemicals were kept in open containers.
A spark ignited vapors given off by toluene, a solvent Hall was transferring from a 55-gallon drum to a hard plastic bin. A flash fire engulfed the 39-year-old team leader, causing third-degree burns over 90 percent of her body. She died 11 days later.
After investigating the accident, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards cited Toyo for 16 “serious” violations and proposed a $105,500 fine in November 2007…
The violations didn’t stick. Every one of them went away in 2008, as did the fine, after Toyo’s lawyer vowed to contest the enforcement action in court. Last month, in a move believed to be unprecedented in Kentucky, the Department of Workplace Standards reinstated all the violations because, it said, the company hadn’t made promised safety improvements.
The case was another black eye for state-run workplace health and safety programs nationwide. In all, 26 states administer their own programs under federal supervision. Several have been criticized in recent years for capitulating to lawyered-up employers, performing subpar inspections and shutting out accident victims’ families.
RTFA for lots of details, examples of states rights and local bureaucracy used as you would expect – to walk away from responsibility to provide safe conditions for working people. Like many smoke-and-mirrors state programs, these exist because of lax administration by a federal bureaucracy equally unconcerned about those they are chartered to protect.
Kentucky is just one example of a state with employers let off the hook by states rights and state responsibilities. But, the case of Tina Hall, burned to death from a terrible fire stinks even more because a department run by cowards and cowed civil servants backed away from prosecution and penalties simply because the company responsible threatened to contest the case.
Charged with suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle
Just as they have for the past several summers, Shawn Swanson and his buddies from St. Paul Johnson High School headed to northwestern Wisconsin for a weekend of boating, fishing and hanging around the bonfire.
On Saturday night they took up car surfing — and it cost the 21-year-old Swanson his life and leaves one of his friends facing the prospect of going to prison…
The 21-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He was released from jail after posting bond Monday and awaits charges.
“My last text to [Shawn] before he left was don’t do anything dumb . . . I told him I love him, have a good time and be safe,” said Swanson’s mother, Renee, before sending him on his way to “the highlight of every summer with him.”
Shawn Swanson was on his stomach atop the SUV — his four friends below inside — and they were “going faster than they should’ve been,” his mother said, when he fell off and hit his head on the pavement…
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that its analysis of news media reports identified 58 car-surfing deaths and 41 people injured in the United States from 1990 to August 2008. The agency added that most of the car-surfing reports came from the Midwest and the South, and most involved males and those ages 15 to 19.
The usual problem with Darwin Award candidates can’t be avoided. The victim was a nice kid on his way to a holiday weekend with his best friends. Doesn’t make the risk to his life any less – nor the deadly result.
Let’s not drag this out in the media. Or elections.
Daylife/AP Photo used by permission
An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for a billion-dollar bank fraud that tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…
Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6 billion bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent.
Of the 39 people tried for the fraud, the biggest in the country’s history, four were sentenced to hang…
Mail me a penny postcard when American courts, American politicians, grow the courage and integrity to prosecute high crime in the world of high finance. Federal attorneys like Preet Bahrara have an outstanding record of prosecuting up through the level of insider trading – and that’s where it ends. Thugs who legitimized mortgage fraud by the trade in derivatives deserve no less than life in prison.
The man described by Iranian media as the mastermind of the scheme, businessman Amir Mansoor Khosravi, is said to have forged letters of credit from Iran’s Bank Saderat to fund dozens of companies and buy a state-owned steel factory.
Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the former head of Iran’s biggest bank, state-owned Bank Melli, resigned over the affair and fled to Canada where records show he owns a $3m home, Iranian and Canadian news agencies reported…
Golly, I wonder if Canada’s honorable government is aware of this?
President Ahmadinejad has rejected claims that the investment company at the heart of the scandal has links to his closest aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, a powerful figure who has become the prime target for the president’s adversaries within the hardline ruling elite.
Ahmadinejad’s economy minister, Shamseddin Hosseini, survived an impeachment vote last year, where members of parliament accused him of lax banking supervision.
The ultimate arbiter of morality in Iran is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. While he criticised financial corruption, he also made the point that the media should not “drag out the issue”. Perish the thought that a theocracy would dedicate real time to fighting crime in high places.