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Judge Sets $20M Bail for Woman Accused of Kidnapping Jaycee Dugard January 22, 2010

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A judge has set bail at $20 million for a woman blamed of kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard and holding her imprisoned for 18 years.

In setting the high bail amount, El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister said Thursday he considered Nancy Garrido to be a threat to the community and a flight risk.  Garrido has pleaded not guilty in the 1991 kidnapping and sexual assault. Her husband, Phillip Garrido, also has pleaded not guilty. His bail was set at $30 million in September.

Also Thursday, Phimister assigned a new lawyer for Nancy Garrido and said a weeks-long dispute over her representation had sidetracked the case and could adversely affect the defendant’s rights.

The next hearing is scheduled for the 25th of March.

A huge credit to Foxnews for the information and the picture.

‘Chemical Ali’ Gets New Death Sentence in Iraq January 17, 2010

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Saddam Hussein’s scandalous cousin “Chemical Ali” was convicted Sunday of crimes against humanity, receiving a death sentence for his participation in a poison gas attack on Halabja. Families of victims in court applauded when the judge handed down the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid in a trial for one of the worst poisonous gas attacks against civilians. He has already acquired three earlier death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam’s rule, particularly in the government’s campaigns against the Shiites and Kurds in the 1980s and 1990s.

Other officials in Saddam’s regime received jail terms for their roles in the 1988 attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja close to the Iranian border. Former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim al-Taie faces 15 years in prison, as does Iraq’s former director of military intelligence, Sabir Azizi al-Douri.

Nazik Tawfiq, 45, a Kurdish woman who said she lost six of her family members in the attack came to court by herself to hear the sentence. She fell to her knees and began to pray upon hearing the verdict against al-Majid. Rest of the story.

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll – Earthquakes! January 11, 2010

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Over the past two days California has been experiencing a lot of seismic activity.  Yesterday at about 4:27 p.m. PST a 6.5 magnitude quake struck offshore in Northern California approximately 30 miles from the cities of Ferndale and Eureka.  This massive quake was felt in Northern California, Nevada, and in Oregon.  Fortunately, this quake caused no injuries or death and only minor damage.  Since that quake there have been hundreds of measurable aftershocks in the vicinity of the large quake.  Further, there was 4.1 quake on the Mexican border at 10:35 p.m. PST which was felt to be an aftershock of the magnitude 5.9 quake that hit a few weeks ago on December 30th.  So what does all this shaking mean for the United States and the State of California.  One can only speculate that it is a precursor to an even bigger quake or that it is the earth letting off pressure in areas of well know and active faults.  Whatever the case it is a reminder to Californians to always be prepared for emergencies whether they be from earthquakes, fire, mudslides, floods, and even tsunamis!

Thanks to Breitbart.com for the update:  http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9D57GDG3&show_article=1

For more information on earthquakes:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/index.php

or on California Quakes in particular:

http://www.data.scec.org/

The ‘System Failed’ December 29, 2009

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Where the terrorist had the bomb.

A few days after the attempted terrorist attack, the director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano acknowledged that the system failed from keeping the terrorist off the plane. Days before saying that the system did work. The man carried the device in his underwear passed two security check points before boarding the plane that was going to Detroit, Michigan. He was not on the ‘no fly’ list, but was in a database pointing him towards terrorist ties. Napolitano told Fox News quote “Here, clearly, something went wrong. We want to fix that problem,”.  And a huge problem this is, and a problem we see in the future for security of the United States. Luckily, there was a malfunction in the device called ‘PETN’ which may have saved 278 passengers and the Northwest Crew’s lives. The suspect was released and sent to a jail outside the city of Detroit.

Hopefully this will not happened again. The government needs to stiffen up security and continue to find these terrorists and keep them out the U.S.

Father Leaves Brazil With Son After 5-Year Custody Battle December 25, 2009

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A New Jersey man who has been reunited with his 9-year-old son after a 5-year international custody battle says it’s a “new beginning” for the duo, who were returning to the U.S. together on Thursday. Sean Goldman, who was taken by his now-deceased mother to Brazil in 2004, was brought back to his father, David Goldman, on Thursday and the two quickly headed home to spend the holidays in the Uunited States.

“It is now time for our new beginning, the rebirth of our family at such a special time of the year,” Goldman wrote in a letter that was read to reporters by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith after the father and son’s plane took off.

Sean’s appearance at the U.S. consulate earlier Thursday was rambunctious, with his Brazilian relatives passing on U.S. officials’ offer to use a protected entrance to a garage. Instead they parked a block away and walked the boy, wearing a Brazilian Olympics T-shirt, through crowds of reporters, cameramen and security guards. Very violent shoving broke out in front of the consulate’s doors as the boy was spirited inside.

Once inside the consulate, however, Smith said the boy calmed down, ate a hamburger and babbled with his father about basketball and how much snow there might be in New Jersey.

Sean had lived in Brazil since Goldman’s ex-wife, Bruna Bianchi, took him to her native country for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation in 2004. She stayed, divorced Goldman and married someone else, and Goldman began legal efforts to get his son back. Rest of the story.

It’s good to know that the boy and his father re-united and will be spending Christmas together.

Credit to Foxnews for the information and the picture.

Brazil’s High Court Delays Ruling on International Custody Battle December 22, 2009

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The chief justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court delayed his ruling in the international custody battle involving a 9-year-old boy whose American father is battling to bring him back to the United States. An official at the Supreme Court stated the ruling by Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes, which was expected to be on Monday, would be made Tuesday. The official, who conceded to talk over the matter only if not quoted by name because she was not authorized to talk about the case, did not give a reason for the delay. David Goldman, the young boy’s father, and Brazil’s attorney general are attempting to apply a lower court order that said the boy should be handed over to his father — despite attempts by a Brazilian stepfather to retain custody.

Goldman says it was to be a two-week vacation, but she stayed and so did the boy. After a while, she obtained a Brazilian divorce from Goldman and remarried. Goldman was already expecting his son’s return under an international treaty that covers cross-border child kidnappings when his former wife passed away last year giving birth to a daughter.

President Barack Obama, the U.S. Congress and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all endorsed the child’s return, and a U.S. congressman traveled to Rio on Thursday to continue lobbying for Sean’s return. On Thursday, another Supreme Court judge blocked a decision by a federal court earlier in the week ordering the boy be brought back to U.S. authorities within 2 days. Rest of the story.

Credit to Foxnews for the infrmation and the picture.

The Economy – Is it or isn’t it getting better? December 14, 2009

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Even President Obama’s economic advisors and White House staff can’t seem to agree.  While top White House economic advisor Larry Summers says that key indicators show that the economy is expanding, others seemingly disagree.  In fact, on Thursday Tim Geithner said that the TARP program could face “big financial losses” and just today the Senate sent yet another $1.1 billion stimulus package to Obama’s desk.  Why would a country with an expanding economy require yet another stimulus package?  We expect that the funds from the newest package, the one President Obama is sure to sign, will become as uncollectible and wrought with fraud as the others leaving our country in yet more economic dire straights.  By the way, the more than 1,000 page stimulus bill was finished and delivered to lawmakers late in the week and voted on this morning – do you think that anyone read the entire bill?

What do you think?  How are you doing economically?  In your area are things improving?  We at Big World Central would like to know of positive (and negative) signs of economic recovery.

http://tinyurl.com/ydvgtk4  (Article citing Summers)

http://tinyurl.com/y9zvne2  (Article citing Geithner)

http://tinyurl.com/yds7kdw  (Article citing $1.1 Billion Stimulus Package)

United Airlines Flight 227 – A dry run? December 12, 2009

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Have you heard?  Did you know?  Did the mainstream media report this?

On Wednesday, December 9th, a United Airlines flight from Denver to Los Angeles was interrupted by a group of men who were acting strangely.  Apparently, the flight crew felt uncomfortable with a group of travelers who appeared to be of middle eastern descent.  Airline personnel are trained to recognize signs such as the way a ticket is paid for, whether the flight is one-way, how a group will seat themselves on the plane, and how they get up to use the restroom.  After the group was removed from the plane a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in.  Passengers say that they never have seen a flight crew “so scared” in their lives.  This incident was strikingly similar to another incident that happened on November 17th on AirTran flight 297.  It is not unusual for terrorists to participate in “dry runs” before an attack to measure and test reactions and security.  Might this be a prelude to what may be coming?

http://tinyurl.com/ycesjvp

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=128639&catid=339

Bah Humbug! Christmas Trees Axed From Copenhagen Conference December 7, 2009

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Attendantss at Copenhagen’s global climate summit will be meeting during the holiday season, but they will not be encompassed by festive Christmas decorations. 

Since Christmas is a religious holiday, it has no place at a United Nations event. A sponsor providing fir trees for the conference’s Christmas trees learned this the hard way when it was rejected by planners of the international event. The trees, usually used as Christmas trees in Denmark, were supposed to be placed outside the Bella Center, where the 11-day conference will be held from Dec. 7 — Dec. 18. “We have to remember that this is a U.N. conference and, as the middle then becomes U.N. territory, there can be no Christmas trees in the decor, because the U.N. wishes to achieve neutrality,” said Denmark Foreign Ministry official Svend Olling. Fir trees otherwise reach the climate-friendly standards of the conference designers. Firs bind carbon dioxide and stop its release into the atmosphere.

Share your opinions on this with us!

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Russian Nightclub Explosion; kills over 100 December 6, 2009

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A nightclub explosion kills over 100 and leaves 130 critically hurt. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday demanded the “fire code” policy to be more heavily enforced. He also called for Monday to be a day of mourning. The fire was started after the careless nightclub owners didn’t listen to authorities about the fire hazard that they were trying to produce; they started the fire. Many people were trampled, as everyone went for one exit. There were two exits, but the owners didn’t tell anyone about the second exit. The owners were fined twice previously for similar offences but continued their hazardous activity.

Amatuer video shows that the fire quickly spread as it burned the roof. This created panic, which led to so many deaths.

A similar fire started in 2003 in Rhode Island. It had a similar effect, burning the roof and creating panic between the people. That nightclub fire killed 100 people.

Big World Central sends its condolences to the families involved.  We think that there needs to be a stricter inspection policy in nightclubs all over the world so it prevents this from happening .