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The final January round up of stories making the news at TEK is the usual mixed-bag of interesting, weird, wacky and intelligent reports.
Winter has yet to arrive in the UK but heavy rain is causing problems in parts of the country, still under water from the last deluge. Across the pond a big freeze continues, in some places. At least next week as we move into February Spring is on the distant horizon. For now sit back and enjoy just a little of what Tekkers have been sharing this week.
Obama and nation lead towards legalization of Marijuana - Robert Weller
President Obama has virtually endorsed marijuana by saying it is no “more dangerous than alcohol.” He wasn’t encouraging its use in his interview with the New Yorker, merely reflecting the people’s will. The Washington Post called it “perhaps the strongest endorsement by any sitting president on relaxed marijuana laws.” Putting it in perspective Obama said: "It has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life."..............more
California is suffering from its worst drought in a century. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency. Over 80% of the Golden State is suffering from severe to exceptional drought. Even in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, lack of snow cover has ski resorts closed. Wildfires in the state are expected to get worse as the vegetation becomes tinder..............more
In my book ‘The Final Wake Up Call’ published in 1996, a chapter is dedicated to the demographic problems the world is facing, enhanced with suggestions to overcome those when there still was room to cure the oncoming misery. However at the time the sky was the limit and the writer a doomsayer. As it is not in the political interest, no-one in the political arena has ever touched this subject, although numerous publications and books have been written since the start of this century explaining the up-coming danger. Today the then signalled problems have grown into a time bomb.........more
Stan Collymore, internet trolls tweeting - E.Kersey
Former England striker Stan Collymore has accused social media website Twitter of not doing enough to stop internet trolls after he received death threats and racist abuse online, reports Sky News. Collymore faced a barrage of abuse after suggesting Liverpool striker Luis Suarez cheated in a weekend fixture against Aston Villa. As football in the UK is under the microscope ..............more
Japan dolphin slaughter kills hundreds in Taiji - B.McPherson
An estimated 250 dolphins have been slaughtered in “The Cove”. For four days dolphins have been herded into the small bay outside of Taiji Japan. Those looking for dolphins for the captive market have now had their pick and the rest are being slaughtered. The favoured method is to jam a sharp spike into their blowhole to sever their spinal cord or at least, cause them to drown in their blood. Sea Shepherd Society has outed this barbaric practice since 2003 but has been unable to stop it. Their web site gives graphic ....more
Authorities say at least three people have died in shootings in a mall in Columbia, Md., 25 miles north of Washington D.C. Several people were injured during the panic, and one person was shot in the foot. As has been so pathetically the case so many times, police had no idea what the motive was.The Washington Post said the shopping complex, called the Mall at Columbia, is “believed to be secure,” but details were scant. The Post said the shooter carried a shotgun, and fired at employees of a skateboard shop called Zumiez........more
The World Economic Forum 2014 summit is underway in Davos. It will be a costly affair with a selection of world leaders attending but will the summit lead to real and positive change? Each leader will try to balance some philanthropy, such as easing the plight of refugees in Syria, against greed. Friday David Cameron touted fracking, the controversial means of accessing shale gas.............more
Tommy Robinson, 31, the former leader of the controversial EDL was jailed Thursday for 18 months for mortgage fraud. He was tried and sentenced under his real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon for fraud which amounted to £160,000 over six months. Robinson left the EDL in October of 2013 citing extremism............more
If you are a gun-toting cop and shoot yourself accidentally perhaps there is a reason. If you do it again surely you are in the wrong job? Tuesday Gawker reports Connersville, Indiana police chief David Counceller "accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun store on Saturday. Somewhat amazingly, this is the second time ..............more
Usually, firing squads are used by countries that have stiff penalties for things which western countries would not. For instance, there was the case in Indonesia where Australian woman Schapelle Corby was threatened with the death penalty by firing squad because she was accused of trying to bring marijuana into the country. She has proclaimed her innocence all along, and watching a documentary about........more