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Slumdog millionaire children not adjusting to being home at all

Now here is an interesting situation How do you get people to readjust back into poverty after they have experienced being rich In this case we are not just talking about not having money, and having money, that wouldn't be so hard, but from sleeping on a dirt floor, in a place with no sanitation to staying in a normal western home with beds and toilets This is the problem the slumdog child actors are facing Is it better not to have shown them what life could be like instead of retu

Tourist robbed by two men, grabs knife from one attacker and kills him. Thug's father wants somebody to pay for his death

A tourist threatened with a knife kills his assailant, gets blamed by the family of dead thug If you live by the sword, be prepared to die by the sword A 23-year-old visitor from the East Coast had just gotten money from an ATM when he told his friend on a cell phone that he had a bad feeling about two men approaching him at the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland His worst fears were realized when one suspect, Victor Veliz, 18, held a folding knife with a 5-inch blade to his neck and t

GM wants another $30 billion in aid - time to cut it loose

General Motors has a net worth in 2007 of negative $54 billion To keep that money black hole operating they want an extra $30 Billion dollars I didn't realize that the US government had that sort of money around just to throw away, its about time they cut the ropes and let it go bankrupt DETROIT Reuters - General Motors Corp NYSE:GM - News said on Tuesday it could need a total of up to $30 billion in US government aid -- more than doubling its original aid -- and would run out o

New Zealand All Blacks may play in Denver

Is there a market in the USA for watching the All Blacks It would be great to see, but not in front of an empty stadium Bidding for the All Blacks' extra Bledisloe Cup test this year has intensified, with Denver officials holding a secret meeting with the NZRU in Wellington yesterday The Americans are in a two-way battle with Tokyo to host an extra All Blacks test in October or November, and are pulling out all stops to get the match NZRU chief executive Steve Tew confirmed he had

Pope promotes bishop who said hurricane Katrina was God's punishment on New Orleans

I wonder what he thinks about the many hurricanes that hit the Southern states of America every year Are they all God's retribution New Catholic bishop called Katrina 'divine retribution' for New Orleans' permissive sexual attitudes Pope Benedict XVI has made another controversial appointment by elevating to the position of bishop an Austrian pastor who said Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for homosexuality in New Orleans The Vatican yesterday announced that Gerhard Wag

An eye for an eye - Iran to burn out attackers eyes as a gruesome punishment

Man gets his eyes burned out with sulfuric acid as punishment for blinding a woman the same way Is this sort of retribution the mark of a civilized society Tehran, Iran, Feb 03 – Iran's State Supreme Court upheld on Monday an earlier court ruling for a man to be blinded with acid as punishment for blinding a woman several years ago, state-run press reported on Tuesday The defendant, identified only by his first name Majid, 27, was in November sentenced by a court in Tehran to be b

Feb 17th - goodbye to analogue TV in the USA

Millions of people in the US will wake up on Feb 18 to find their TV doesn't work any more, and that they have to pay between $20 and $40 to get a decoder to make it work again There will be heaps of irate people around, as a decoder does not guarantee that your get a signal, as it only works with strong signals, and many of those small portable TV's that people have won't work at all because you can't put the decoder between the aerial and the system The US Federal Communications Co

Great five item crockpot recipes to live cheap and eat well

In this time of trying to be more frugal and cut back on expenses a crockpot provides a simple way to make cheap nutritious food easily Here is a list of 5 item crockpot recipes that are worth investigating I like this one Ham and Potato Casserole 4 red potatoes, sliced 2 red onions, finely chopped 1 1/2 pounds cubed ham 1 can condensed cream of celery soup, diluted according to can directions 2 tablespoons flour This one is very good with cheese on top just before you serv

Issac Asimovs Foundation series to become a Movie

On Thursday, Columbia Pictures won a three-way auction for film rights to Asimovs science-fiction epic foundation trilogy, whose first volume concerns a mathematician put on trial after predicting the collapse of his civilization Columbia, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, beat Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox for the rights The studio plans to develop the film for Roland Emmerich, the director of the cataclysmic sci-fi movies “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow”

The Milford Track in Fiordland - the best walk in the world?

The last few weeks have seen Stuffucanuse stagnate while I have been away hiking what is arguably the best walk in the world - the 33 mile Milford Track in New Zealand This recent article talks about the track and one persons experience of it There are two ways that you can walk it, either with someone taking all your gear, and you just having a 'walk' or by carrying all your necessities yourself We carried it all in : This is a good background article on the track and the experie

Homeland Security / Border Patrol stop people 100+ miles from the border

Senator Leahy was stopped at one such checkpoint and when he asked by what authority he was being stopped, the officer pointed to his gun [quote]It’s interesting - I went through one of those symbolic checkpoints in the state of New York driving back here It was about 125 miles from the border In a car with license plate one on it from Vermont With little letters underneath it that said US Senate We were stopped and ordered to get out of the car and prove my citizenship And I said

How the Pledge of Allegiance was meant to have been recited

Forget that hand on the heart movement, the Pledge was meant to have been done with the straight arm right hand salute The Bellamy salute is the hand gesture described by Francis Bellamy 1855-1931 to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored The gesture was derived from the Roman salute During the period when it was used with the Pledge of Allegiance, it was sometimes known as the "flag salute" It was first demonstrated on October 12, 1892 according to Be

Homer - the blind cat who became a hero

Wonderful story about Homer, a blind cat, who attacked an intruder in his mistresses house Well written and fascinating http://opensaloncom/contentphpcid=24775

Google earth shows Aircraft carrier at Indian breakers

This Goggle map image shows what looks like an aircraft carrier about to be broken down on Alang, India breakers beach http://mapsgooglecom/mapshl=en&ie=UTF8&t=k&om=1&ll=21379077,72175047&spn=0013427,0013561&z=16

In California heros can be sued if they injure someone while rescuing them

Only in America, the premise for the movie The Incredibles becomes true Heroes can be sued for rescuing people if they accidentally injure them Would-be heroes were warned by the California Supreme Court on Thursday that they could be liable for damages if they inadvertently injure a person while attempting a rescue In a 4-3 ruling, the high court held that a state statute immunizing rescuers from liability applies only if the individual is providing medical care in an emergency situat
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