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Hello Kitty, your pink toy gun's bubbles such a threat (not fun!) that school seriously suspends 5-year-old kindergartner

hello kitty bubble gun gets 5-year-girl suspended

Suspended from Kindergarten After ‘Hello Kitty’ Gun Threat

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Kindergartner Suspended Over Bubble Gun Threat
A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a "terrorist threat."

Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble blower.

The kindergartner, who attends Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Pennsylvania, caught administrators’ attention after suggesting she and a classmate should shoot each other with bubbles.

"I think people know how harmless a bubble is. It doesn’t hurt," said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl’s family. According to Ficker, the girl, whose identity has not been released, didn’t even have the bubble gun toy with her at school.

The kindergartner was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation during her 10-day suspension, which was later reduced to two days. The evaluation deemed the girl normal and not a threat to others, Ficker said.

The girl’s family is considering a lawsuit against the school to get the blemish - all because of bubbles - off their daughter’s record.

"The mother has tried to get the girl in another school since this time, and they won’t take the little girl because of this mark on her record," Ficker said.  read more »

French star Gerard Depardieu to quit France due to tax hike; Brigitte Bardot may follow his move to defend elephants

Brigitte Bardot to follow Gérard Depardieu's move to quit France for Russia? in protest not at tax hikes but at treatment of two circus elephants

In 1979 there were 1.3m African elephants, but recent counts suggest there are now just 400,000. Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?

Depardieu wrote: 'I was born in 1948. I started working aged 14, as a printer, as a warehouseman, then as an actor, and I’ve always paid my taxes.' Over 45 years, Depardieu said, he had paid €145million euros in tax, and to this day employs 80 people. Last year he paid taxes amounting to 85 percent of his income. 'I will neither complain nor brag, but I refuse to be called 'pathetic'

Two most famous French stars, cultural icons, are indeed very much French - they act on passion. Brigitte Bardot is determined to defend elephants (population shockingly dropped from 13,000,000 to 400,000 within 20 years) while Gerard Depardieu is extremely upset that 85% of his hard-earned money is not his: "I will neither complain nor brag, but I refuse to be called 'pathetic'". Per Daily Mail UK - 'Over 45 years, Depardieu has paid €145million euros' since he started working at age 14 as a printer. [Guardian UK] In protest not at tax hikes but at treatment of elephants, Brigitte Bardot threatens to follow Gérard Depardieu's move to quit France.

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France: GM corn linked to cancer. EU bans 7 GM foods, battery cages, animal testing, seal imports, condemns whaling...

do you know what you eat?

GMO GM food

poultry industry: chickens in battery cages

Every year in Canada, fishermen go to seal nurseries on the Front in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and kill hundreds of thousands of seals by clubbing and/or shooting them and then skinning them, sometimes while they are still alive.

many animal experiments are not only horrible for the animals, but also very unreliable

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*update* Jan. 14, 2013 EU releases all data on GM corn linked to cancer Monday's move "aims to make data used in risk assessment publicly available," Geslain-Laneelle said, by promoting research and working with scientists.

*update* Siding with EU's ban on animal testing, Dec. 21 2012 Air Canada can refuse to ship monkeys for research

Seven Food Products Banned in Europe Still Available in the U.S.
1. Genetically Modified Foods
2. Stevia, the Natural Sweetener
3. Bovine Growth Hormone
4. Chlorinated Chickens
5. Food Contact Chemicals
6. Herbicides, Fungicides and Insecticides  read more »

"Could computers become cleverer than humans and take over the world"? as unmanned plane "put judge's robe on missile" (Colbert)

Colbert Report: The Word – Due or Die
new version "all-in-one: judge, jury and executioner"

Gizmodo: ’Spy Drones coming soon’

eye in the sky

from Stanley Kubrick’s movie
Hal 9000, the supercomputer who commits murder in Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Einstein warned us long ago: "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."...
Philosophers and scientists: "In the case of artificial intelligence, it seems a reasonable prediction that some time in this or the next century intelligence will escape from the constraints of biology" (...will, or have escaped?) "...advanced technology could be a threat when computers start to direct resources towards their own goals, at the expense of human concerns like environmental sustainability."
VP of space technologies at Physical Sciences: "30,000 unmanned drones (which can hover 100 feet above your home or zip past your office window) estimated could be aloft by 2020. 'We’re in a rapid spool-up phase now, where we’re thinking about going from producing tens of aircraft per month to a thousand or more...' "

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Almost Election Day. Hurricane Sandy cut in and cut off millions from modern communication and power, sunk tall ship HMS Bounty



A fire destroyed around 50 homes in a flooded neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The Breezy Point district was left a smoldering tangle of wood and metal after the blaze. Firefighters said it was a miracle that only two minor injuries were reported.

tall ship HMS Bounty sails on Lake Erie off Cleveland

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Global "headache": 1.5 million credit, debit cards breached - swipe card through a cheating device created for ID theft? Massive

Visa and MasterCard said they were affected by a data breach at Global Payments
global "headache": 1.5 million credit, debit cards may be breached

"when you swipe you card, all your information is stolen"... scary

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Hackers put a tiny device on the card readers where you swipe your credit or debit card. So when you scan it they get all your personal information
"They can put a phony thing over the part where you swipe your card. You think you're swiping your card through a reader and what you're really doing is swiping your card through a device the hacker has created," said Jim Lee, head of Consumer Fraud at the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.
Lee says the trouble is this type of hacking is becoming more common at stores, gas stations, and ATM's.
"People are realizing that this is a new form of theft that they can do electronically, they can do high tech and it has a real volume to them," said Lee.
And because more and more people now pay this way thieves don't have to empty your account. They take a little here, a little there, from many accounts, which people often don't even notice.

October 24, 2012 - "appears to be a massive theft" - MasterCard and Visa warn of potential cardholder account breaches  read more »

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