Coppers called to reports of bloodied man staggering near canal…

Police and paramedics were called out to reports of a man covered in blood and staggering close to a canal…

Officers and ambulance crews rushed to the Aire and Calder canal near Stanley Ferry in Wakefield, West Yorks., on Tuesday but found the reportedly injured man was in fact an actor…

Officers from Normanton neighbourhood police team updated tweeted: “PC Saxon and PC Winfield have attended the canal between Stanley Ferry and Eastmoor in company with ambulance to reports of a male covered in blood staggering around.

“Once they arrived they located a group of film makers in the last day of filming a Zombie movie with some very realistic makeup on show.”

Nicola Morter, 31, of Barnsley, South Yorks., is producing The Eschatrilogy for Safehouse Pictures UK which she co-founded with partner Damian.

She said the incident happened as around 30 actors and extras were made up as zombies on the last day of a five-day shoot.

She said: “The zombies were walking across a bridge over the canal. I’m guessing either a dog walker or someone driving past has spotted one…

“The zombies do look good. They are very old school. They are rotting, covered in bites, blood and mud and do look scary.”

PC Tim Saxon said…”We were worried about finding the person as quickly as possible while looking after our own safety. We had to walk through fields and didn’t know what it was we would find.

Then suddenly we saw nine zombies and a film crew and they had some very realistic make-up.

“It was a relief no one was injured and we would prefer to be safe than sorry. They were just as surprised to see us and were quite jovial.”

Har!

Strange violent crime in Florida

An unidentified man savagely attacked by another on the pedestrian walkway of the MacArthur Causeway remained in intensive care on Sunday at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

The man, whose name has not been released, was said to have suffered severe facial injuries from an attacker who witnesses said chewed at the victim’s face and eyes in the walkway on the west end of the causeway. Both men were naked.

When police arrived, the attacker refused to stop biting the other man and was shot dead by a Miami police officer…

The horrific scene began about 2 p.m. Saturday when a series of gunshots were heard on the ramp, which is along Northeast 13th Street, just south of The Miami Herald building.

According to police sources, a road ranger had seen a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away. Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.

Video captured by the Herald security cameras show snippets of the man on the ground, then an officer arriving on the scene and the aftermath of the attack. The video does not show any of the violence.

In the video, the officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said.

The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots…

Investigators believe the victim may have been homeless and laying down when the crazed man pounced.

Police theorize the attacker might have been suffering from “cocaine psychosis,” a drug-induced craze that bakes the body internally and often leads the affected to strip naked to try and cool off.

Cool off hardly seems adequate. This obviously was a world-class maniac.

Thousands rally against Quebec ban on peaceful public protest


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Thousands of protesters on foot, bicycle, skateboard or rollerblades, crossed Montreal late on Saturday to the deafening din of pots, fog horns and whistles in protest at new rules limiting their right to demonstrate.

Some carried Quebec flags, others red flags and placards denouncing the special law, hastily passed a week ago, intended to clamp down on a wave of student protests against rising tuition fees.

The emergency law requires protest organisers to give police at least eight hours advance warning of times and locations of demonstrations, with big fines for failure to do so.

Authorities had used the law to declare protests illegal, clearing the way for police to disperse protesters.

But about 10,000 people joined Saturday’s demonstration

The march was immediately declared illegal by police, who had not been informed of the itinerary.

But the demonstrators were able to proceed without incident and the only arrest made was that of an irate driver annoyed at being blocked by the protesters, police said.

Similar events were held in Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres and in several other cities in the francophone province.

So much for freedom of expression in the democratic West. Please don’t believe a response this reactionary is limited to Canada – or to a Conservative government.

When push comes to shove, when the people of a nation like Canada stand up and express their dissatisfaction with lousy laws and even worse economic policies – the first response from politicians and other cowards who fear loss of power is to crush peaceful protest, to enact laws justifying the repression.

It’s happened before. It will happen again. Police are nothing more than a willing and often enthusiastic tool. The real villains are our democratically-elected stooges.

U.S. considers using drones for more than death and destruction

U.S. regulators are looking for ways to accelerate the use of drones and other aerial technologies to restore communications after disasters like 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, which knocked out phone service for more than 3 million people.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said this technology would have been remarkably useful after Hurricane Katrina, which also crippled 38 emergency call centers in the New Orleans area…

“If you imagine a cell tower that’s floating or flying in the sky, that’s what this technology is…,” Genachowski told the agency’s monthly open meeting.

Restoring communications in the first 72 hours after a disaster can save lives, protect property and expedite the recovery process, the FCC said.

The agency is seeking comment on what technologies are already in use and what is being developed, and on whether the technologies can work across a common network accessible by all agencies, first responders and the public…

You may recall this problem was supposed to be solved by [1] deciding on a single frequency to be reserved for first responders nationwide – and [2] the removal of so-called white space from disused TV frequencies after digital conversion to be available for first responders in emergencies.

Well, the Feds are auctioning off the white space to wireless phone companies and cell data communications. Which may be useful because in all the years since the Twin Towers disaster and Hurricane Katrina – Congress didn’t pass any regulations or plan to settle on that single frequency.

Sigh.

A weekend getaway just made for America — Divorce Hotel

The American marriage, it seems, is on the rocks. The common line — true or not — is that half of all marriages in this country end in divorce.

So here comes a plucky entrepreneur from, of all places, the Netherlands, with a wild, you’ve-got-to-be-joking plan to profit from the sorry state of so many American unions.

It’s called Divorce Hotel, and the idea is this: Check in on Friday, married. Then, with the help of mediators and independent lawyers, check out on Sunday, divorce papers in hand, all for a flat fee.

And — why not? — toss in some reality TV for good measure.

Unusual as it sounds, the Divorce Hotel concept is up and running in the Netherlands, where its mastermind, Jim Halfens, is helping unhappy marrieds divorce en suite. Seventeen couples have tried it so far. All but one left divorce-ready.

Now Mr. Halfens, 33, wants to take the idea to the United States. He is negotiating with hotels in several cities, including New York and Los Angeles, as well as with law firms and, yes, two television production companies — for a reality show…

Mr. Halfens came up with the idea for Divorce Hotel after watching a college friend go through a painful divorce…

Couples stay in separate rooms. A suite is used for mediation talks. Hotel staff members receive special instructions — and are told that these are no ordinary guests. “You don’t want the hotel crew wishing you a very nice weekend and hoping you have lots of fun here,” says Mr. Halfens, who evaluates couples first, to enhance the odds of success…

Once the couple check out, they need only show the papers to a judge to have their divorce made final. Of course, marriage laws vary from state to state, which is why Mr. Halfens is in talks with law firms and hotels in different states…

Under his agreements with the two American production companies, Base Productions and A. Smith & Company, some couples would be followed and filmed as they go through Divorce Hotel…

Mickey Stern, co-chief executive of Base Productions, says he jumped at the chance to produce a show around Divorce Hotel. “These are real people getting real divorces — or at least attempting to get real divorces — and it has all of the human drama of this significant process all condensed down into a very short period of time,” Mr. Stern says. Given the number of people who get divorces in the United States — and the possibility for some TV fireworks — the audience could be huge, he says.

Isn’t this what life in America is supposed to be? At least according to the TV networks who swear they only portray the real America.

Our politicians would love it. Not only those who would support the idea as taking a load off the courts. Add in the phonies who work up a significant chunk of electoral support from the True Believers that swear allegiance to 19th Century morality and [lack of] opportunity as the best guide to marital bliss.

No doubt Donald Trump would pay to have the reality show produced at one of his hotels.