Skydiving - Always a Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 29. September 2014 07:07

2 skydivers die after landing on Cape Cod building

Police in Massachusetts say two skydivers have died after crashing into a building during a tandem jump on Cape Cod.

Barnstable police say the skydiving instructor and student died Sunday night, shortly after the crash near the Cape Cod Airfield. Centerville Fire Capt. Sean Greene tells WBZ-TV that the pair landed on a building outside their designated landing area. Barnstable police Sgt. David Myett tells the Boston Globe that it's unclear whether the skydivers' equipment malfunctioned. He says the district attorney's office will investigate their deaths.


Faith Based Decision With Permanent Outcome

by Hal Mooz 27. September 2014 07:10

Somali militants stone woman to death

Somali al Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe on Friday after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery, the militants and witnesses said. The group, which pledges loyalty to al Qaeda, has waged an armed campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. Forced out of many areas of the east African country by African Union forces and the Somali army, al Shabaab is keen to show it has authority over areas it still controls.

Hundreds gathered to watch the killing of Safia Ahmed Jimale in an open field. The 33-year old mother was buried up to her shoulders and pelted with stones by masked al Shabaab fighters and local men. Some in the audience vomited, said resident Ahmed Abdullahi, who was in the crowd. The killing was witnessed by the al Shabaab governor for the region.

Her body was then dug out of the ground and carried away for funeral prayers, Abdullahi said. A man who presented himself as an al Shabaab judge said Jimale had confessed to having three husbands. He said the three men were not aware they were married to the same woman and had testified against her. Jimale had admitted her guilt before the court and declared she was ready to be stoned to secure God's forgiveness, said the unidentified judge.

Courts set up by the militants do not allow legal representation or appeals. Jimale's family could not be reached for comment. Islamic practice in many Muslim countries permits a woman to have only one husband but a man can have as many as four wives.

Al Shabaab has banned many aspects of modern life and ordered executions, floggings and amputations for crimes such as theft. Its fighters has been harrying the government in the capital Mogadishu with a series of hit-and-run style gun and grenade attacks in recent years, following huge losses of territory.


BASE Jumping is a Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 16. September 2014 07:33

Montana 'BASE jumper' falls to death in Glacier National Park

A Montana hiker reported as missing after he set out alone to perform a BASE jump in Glacier National Park over the weekend has been found dead below the summit of Mount Siyeh, authorities said on Monday. Authorities identified the man as 22-year-old Beau Weiher of Missoula, who was reported missing by family and friends on Saturday night after he failed to return as expected from his outing.

Park rangers initiated a ground and aerial search on Sunday and found Weiher’s body that evening, according to Glacier Park spokeswoman Denise Germann. She said he fell about 1,500 to 2,000 feet off Mount Siyeh to his death.

“We don’t know whether he had attempted the jump at the time of his fall, or not, but he was attached to his parachute when the body was recovered,” she said.

Posts from Weiher’s Facebook page include shots of him flying or landing as part of the BASE jump lifestyle, and documents global travel undertaken within the last year to pursue the practice.

Those caught jumping in a U.S. national park can face fines as high as $2,000, plus the cost of any rescue operations.


Faith Based vs. Doctrine Based Conflict

by Hal Mooz 21. August 2014 09:41

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback

The bald eagle may no longer be at risk of extinction, but the U.S. effort to protect the national bird became harder on Wednesday. A federal appeals court revived a religion-based challenge to a U.S. regulation that allows only members of Indian tribes recognized by the government to possess the birds' feathers, so long as they first obtain permits.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Department of the Interior did not show the regulation was the "least restrictive means" to advance the compelling government interest in protecting the bald eagle because of its status as a national symbol. Wednesday's decision reversed a lower court ruling, and revived claims by Texas-based groups and individuals, including the McAllen Grace Brethren Church, that the regulation violated their rights under the First Amendment's free exercise clause and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The case concerned the Eagle Protection Act, a 1940 law designed to protect the bald eagle from extinction because the bird symbolized "American ideals of freedom." That law, which now also covers the golden eagle, set limits on transactions involving the birds, but contains an exception for "religious purposes of Indian tribes."

The government called the permit regulation an appropriate means to combat illegal trading in eagle feathers, without turning federal agents into "religious police" forced to verify the indigenous genealogy of people who possess the feathers. Writing for the appeals court, however, Circuit Judge Catharina Haynes found no showing that a permit ban for "all but a select few" American Indians was necessary.


Adopt My Religion Or I Will Kill You

by Hal Mooz 17. August 2014 09:03

Extreme Faith Based Decision Judgment

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area.

Islamic State fighters had surrounded the nearby village 12 days ago and demanded that its Yazidi residents convert or die. On Friday afternoon, they moved in.

The militants told people to gather in a school, promising they would be allowed to leave Kocho after their details were recorded, said the eyewitness and the brother of the Kocho mayor, Nayef Jassem, who said he obtained his details from another witness. The militants separated the men from the women and children under 12 years old. They took men and male teens away in groups of a few dozen each and shot them on the edge of the village, according to a wounded man who escaped by feigning death. The fighters then walked among the bodies, using pistols to finish off anyone who appeared to still be alive, the 42-year-old man told The Associated Press by phone from an area where he was hiding. He spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.

A Yazidi lawmaker, a Kurdish security official and an Iraqi official from the nearby city of Sinjar gave similar accounts, saying Islamic State fighters had massacred many Yazidi men Friday after seizing Kocho.

It was not clear precisely how many men were killed. Iraqi and Kurdish officials said at least 80 men were shot. Yazidi residents said they believed the number was higher, because there were at least 175 families in Kocho, and few were able to escape before the militants surrounded their hamlet.


Emotion Triggered Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 31. July 2014 20:04

Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said. The worker pulled a gun after entering the 17th-floor office to privately meet with the CEO, and during a struggle for the weapon, the CEO was shot in his head and abdomen, The gunman then fatally shot himself.

"Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted," McCarthy said, adding that the alleged shooter was among "a number of people" being demoted as the company downsized.

Freddo, 32, said security officers are stationed in the building, and that workers need a badge showing they work there to gain access to the elevators in the lobby. But he said there are no metal detectors in the building.

"Maybe we should have those," he said.


Triggers Cause Permanent Outcomes

by Hal Mooz 21. July 2014 09:06

MH 17 Shot Down? Yes, Missile Took Down Plane Over Ukraine, Source Confirms

WASHINGTON—American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched the strike and whether there were American citizens killed in the crash.

Among the unanswered questions was whether the missile was launched from the Russian or Ukrainian side of the border they share, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly by name and insisted on anonymity. But the official said U.S. intelligence assessments suggest it is more likely pro-Russian separatists or the Russians rather than Ukrainian government forces shot down the plane.

nton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on his Facebook page that the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher.

According to a Ukrainian state-owned import-export firm that specializes in military technology and weaponry, known as Ukroboronservice, the Ukrainian military operates the Buk-M1 system, which is designated by NATO as the SA-11 Gadfly. It is designed to shoot down military aircraft, including helicopters, as well as cruise missiles.


Addiction Based Decisions Lead To Death

by Hal Mooz 16. June 2014 13:10

'Hoarder' Found Dead Under Piles in Home

A Connecticut woman was found dead in the basement of a home packed with clutter in Cheshire on Saturday, her body buried beneath a first floor that collapsed under the weight of it all, police said.

A neighbor, who described Mitchell as a "hoarder to the extreme" who rarely left home, said trash was packed from the floor to the ceiling insider the home.

The structural damage to the first floor was so significant that emergency responders couldn't enter the home safely until Saturday morning. Once they were able to get inside, police found Mitchell's body in the basement of the home she'd lived in for decades. She had apparently been living in the basement.

"The third day they located her, and I guess she was in there for a pretty long time," Ryan O'Connor, a neighbor said. The first floor had given way and Mitchell's body was found buried in the rubble, according to neighbors.

Emergency crews had to tear open a wall and use an excavator to sift through all the trash, according to people in the neighborhood.

Stopkoski said she hadn’t seen Mitchell in a month. Other neighbors didn’t even know Mitchell was still living in the home.

The home is considered a hazmat situation, according to police. Authorities expect to demolish the home, but have not announced when that will happen.


Regretful Decisions

by Hal Mooz 2. June 2014 10:57

No Pain, No Gain, as Tattoo Regret Fueling Laser Removals

Jimmy McManus slides up his shorts and points a laser at his inked thigh to show how he can blast off unwanted tattoos.

The part-time electrician began offering the service eight months ago to address a byproduct of the global body art boom: tattoo regret. Removing the skin designs has become a roaring trade, with one in seven people expressing misgivings -- some enough to spend thousands of dollars for several searing laser sessions.

One in five U.S. adults has a tattoo, according to a 2012 online survey of 2,016 Americans. That’s up from 16 percent in 2008. Many may end up changing their mind. Thirty-seven percent of people with inked skin regretted it after about 14 years, according to a survey of 580 people.

“Tattoo-regret seems to take about 10 years to set in and, since tattoos were widely popular in the early 2000s and still are today, my suspicion is that we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg,” said Will Kirby, a dermatologist and medical director at Dr. Tattoff Inc., which runs a 10-store chain of tattoo-removal centers in the U.S.

Stephanie, who works in Melbourne’s film industry, expects to pay about A$2,000 ($1,850) for as many as 10 laser sessions to remove an orange-sized tattoo around her navel. The red, yellow and black stylized sun cost her about A$150 17 years ago.

“I am happy to spend anything to get rid of it because I have to look at it every day and it makes me cringe,” said the 35-year-old, who asked not to be identified by her last name to protect her privacy. “I don’t really want a tattoo. And I don’t have the stomach I had when I was 18.”


Faith Based Murder Decision

by Hal Mooz 27. May 2014 11:32
Family Stones Pakistani Woman to Death in 'Honor Killing' Outside Court


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