Porn actor sought for dismembering and mailing body parts

A gay porn actor is suspected in the killing of his acquaintance, videotaping and posting online the man’s dismemberment and mailing the severed limbs to different locations in Ottawa, including to a political party’s headquarters…

Authorities are searching for Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who they say is allegedly responsible for a human torso discovered in Montreal, thought to be linked to a human hand and foot that were separately mailed from Montreal to Ottawa…

The suspect has no criminal background, and his image and information related to him were later recovered from a “very graphic” website, Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere said.

The source later confirmed that at least one of the websites examined by authorities was a pornographic site…

Police say they plan to charge him with murder once he’s apprehended.

Lafreniere said authorities have also found other body parts, potentially from the same attack, which is believed to have been committed in Montreal…

“It wasn’t a random attack,” Lafreniere noted. “They knew each other…”

The human foot was sent to the Conservative Party of Canada headquarters in Ottawa, prompting a hazardous materials team to investigate…

The hand was intercepted by workers at a Montreal postal terminal…

In Montreal, the human torso was found behind an apartment building, authorities said.

Any other interesting bits and pieces will be reported as they are discovered. Yes, the Great White North has their own share of nutball murderers.

Texas teen works 2 jobs, gets straight-A’s — jailed for skipping class to get some rest — UPDATED

Diane Tran on the left – dipshit judge on the right

Diane Tran, a 17-year-old straight-A student, was hauled before a court after breaching the state’s truancy law. That allows only three unexcused day absent per month, or 10 days in a six-month period, before schools notify the court.

The student said she was having to combine her studies with a full-time job at a dry cleaners, and a part-time job at a wedding venue, so she was sometimes too tired to get to her classes.

Her parents had divorced and moved away so she was living with another family, and using her income to support an older brother at university, and a younger sister…

Mary Elliot, Tran’s employer at the wedding venue, said: “She’s a straight-A student. She keeps her grades up, but sometimes she oversleeps, because she’s been working…Kids are kids. If they’re kind of by themselves, help them don’t harm them.”

Diane is studying Spanish, English, history and algebra at Willis High School near Houston.

Judge Lanny Moriarty defended his ruling, saying he had warned Tran at a hearing last month not to miss any more school…

In addition to sending her to spend the night in Montgomery County Jail, he ordered her to pay a $100 fine.

The judge said: “If you let one run loose, what are you gonna’ do with the rest of ’em? Let them go too?…A little stay in the jail, for one night, is not a death sentence.”

The judge, of course, is a cretin. The Texas politician variety of the species.

Kudos to the people who have donated to help support her and her family.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

UPDATE: The court was reconvened and the judge “thought better” of his sentencing and how he handled this case. The charge has been rescinded.

About $100K was raised from the US and 18 other countries for Diane’s case, family support and college education. So far, she’s refused to use it for herself – indicating there are others more in need.

Iconic, efficient Warburg House cost less than $100K

Canadian design studio Bioi recently completed this compact home in Warburg, Alberta after being given the challenge to create a contemporary and energy-efficient home for under US$100,000. The result is a simple, open and sustainable home, with a reduced space that holds all of the functionality of a regular sized home. “Working alongside our client, we determined the true necessity of the space that they required,” project architect Jordan Allen told Gizmag. “Throughout the design phase redundant spaces were eliminated, and non-inhabitable spaces were pushed to an absolute minimum.”

Without losing the sense of open space the home has been squeezed into an interior space of 576 sq.ft.. “While the home may be of a size what many people would generally attribute to a cabin or ‘weekend’ home, it maintains the spatial proportions that are ample and comfortable enough to accommodate two people,” Allen told us…

The exterior of the building is protected by black corrugated steel sheets, which extend the full length of the house. Several windows and skylights have been included to allow natural light to filter in from the southern exposure, while also providing views of the surrounding natural landscape.

In keeping with its small proportions, the mechanical room takes up a mere 18 sq ft (1.7 sq m) and the kitchen has been reduced to nothing more than the purely functional. The building’s compact size greatly minimizes the heating load on the home, which is supplied via radiant in-floor heating. In addition, a heat recovery ventilator has been added to capture and reuse as much heat as possible. The heating system is also coupled with heavy insulation (R40 in the ceiling, R32 in the walls) supplying the house with “one of the highest EnerGuide ratings possible due to its reduced energetic demands,” according to Allen…

Efficiency needs to be affordable if we truly want to pursue an ecologically minded future,” concluded Allen “And no one said it can’t have some style at the same time.”

My wife and I lived in a similar space as well designed when first we were married. Only the addition of dogs sharing the space – and one or another changes in family relationships moved us over into the main house – keeping the original space as a guest house.

In practice, we don’t live in much more space than the original design. More than one room in the main house remains unused except for unheated storage.

I think Allen’s concept is right on the money.

Canadian Catholic Princes push back against Gay-Straight clubs in schools – by lying about liberty

Ontario Catholics are pushing back against the provincial Liberal government’s plan to force them to accept Gay-Straight Alliances in their schools.

Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto…said…“If it happens to us, it can happen to you on this and other issues,” Collins said. “When religious freedom becomes a second class right, you also will eventually be affected.”

Collins said the GSA model was developed in the United States in the 1980s to promote views on human life and other issues that contradict beliefs of Catholics…

Education Minister Laurel Broten introduced an amendment Friday to her government’s anti-bullying bill that would strip school officials of their power to veto the club name Gay-Straight Alliance.

Broten said words are very meaningful, and students have told the government that it’s important they have a club name that reflects who they are.

“(Premier Dalton McGuinty) and I were both very clear that it was not for us at Queen’s Park to tell them what the name of their club should be, but neither should it be for someone else sitting in some other office in the province to tell them what the name of their club can’t be,” Broten said. “At a committee hearing we heard over and over again from students how important it was that they be able to have the name of the club reflected a space of safety and inclusion in their school. “

Broten said the name Gay-Straight Alliance has become a generic term for anti-homophobia groups.

The minister believes her anti-bullying bill can be adopted within the context of Catholic education.

Not that the Catholic Church in Canada, the United States or anyplace else I ever heard of cares a hoot in Hell about homophobia – except in its perpetuation. Calling the process of ideological segregation, diminishing human worth by theocracy, calling this “liberty” is a semantic scandal from a group of ideologues still stuck into the powers they enjoyed centuries ago.

The Inquisition is over and kids have a right to an anti-Inquisition club if they wish.

Words to avoid online to stay off the government’s watch list

The US Department of Homeland Security has released a list of the keywords and phrases the agency monitors online to find potential threats. Obviously posting “Al Queda” and “dirty bomb” online will get the government to start looking at you real closely, but “pork” and other oddly normal words are also on the list.

In response to a freedom of information request, the department posted its Analyst’s Desktop Binder (a manual for the agency’s security analysts) containing this hotlist. The keywords cover domestic security, HAZMAT and nuclear, health concern, infrastructure security and other threats.

According to the Daily Mail, the Department of Homeland Security says it only uses this keyword list to look for genuine security threats, not signs of general dissent. Nobody wants Big Brother looking over her shoulder—and you shouldn’t have to feel like you need to censor yourself in this way — but if you’re particularly paranoid about the government spying on you, you might reconsider using too many of these keywords together when you post something online. Here’s the full list.

After fifty-two years of looking over my shoulder, say, driving home from a civil rights demonstration – or from handing out leaflets for a trade union or a peace meeting – and often seeing some dull, hourly civil servant fulfilling the task required to afford his daily bread – and I’m the focus of that task – my response to pretty much any government disclaimer about violating the civil liberties of American citizens is a resounding “HAR!”

Someday, I’ll get round to posting my very subjective analysis of what the security boffins really try to accomplish by harassing dissenters. In general – they hope to silence those who might join in. They don’t really have much hope or intent of halting someone who came to opposing “the state” on their own.

Canadian Tories party receive a foot in the post

No – this is not takeout!

Police in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, are investigating what appears to be a human foot, sent to the headquarters of the governing federal Conservative Party.

Officers called in the hazardous materials unit after apparent bloodstains were seen on the package.

The major crimes unit has now taken the case over to investigate where the item came from.

An X-ray suggested it was a human foot.

The package, delivered by Canada Post, was not addressed to a specific person, but to the Conservative Party of Canada, police said.

Some enthusiastic critic obviously didn’t get the memo that it’s a shoe you’re supposed to throw at a corrupt and useless politician. Not the foot that the shoe fits.