Addiction Based Judgement and Permanent Outcome

by Hal Mooz 27. January 2014 11:46

Actor who played Marlboro Man in ads dies from smoking-related disease

Eric Lawson, a working actor who portrayed the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72. The cause was respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

The ruggedly handsome Lawson portrayed the smoking cowboy in Marlboro print ads from 1978 to 1981. A smoker since age 14, Lawson later appeared in an anti-smoking commercial that parodied the Marlboro Man and an "Entertainment Tonight" segment to discuss the negative effects of smoking.


Parasailing - A Permanent Type of Decision

by Hal Mooz 23. January 2014 14:07

Can something go bad? Can the outcome be permanent?

Teen injured in parasailing accident: I won't watch footage 

Six months after a terrifying ordeal caught on home video that nearly killed Alexis Fairchild, the Indiana teen is taking baby steps to piece her life back together. Doctors feared the 17-year-old would never walk again after a parasailing accident last July in Panama City, Fla., with her friend, Sidney Good. The two girls were tethered together when their tow line to the boat snapped. Wind gusts then blew them away, slamming them into a 13-story building, then into power lines before they plummeted into parked cars below.

Alexis suffered traumatic injuries to her brain and has had three cranial surgeries in the past six months. She also has had surgery on her back.

Parasailing is not regulated in Florida, something they learned after their daughter’s accident. The family is suing the parasail company and the resort that arranged the activity.


Perk Based Deception Decision

by Hal Mooz 23. January 2014 11:48

DOJ accuses firm that vetted Snowden of faking 665,000 background checks

As Edward Snowden prepares to defend himself in a worldwide webinar Thursday, the Justice Department is accusing the private contractor that vetted him and thousands of other intelligence workers of bilking U.S. taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars by conducting phony background checks.

USIS, the giant private contractor that conducted the background checks of both Snowden and Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, is accused in a Justice Department lawsuit filed Wednesday night of conducting 665,000 fake background checks between 2008 and 2012.

“USIS management devised and executed a scheme to deliberately circumvent contractually required quality reviews of completed background investigations in order to increase the company’s revenues and profits,” said the Justice Department in its complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Alabama.


Permanent Error with consequences

by Hal Mooz 14. January 2014 08:30

Beanie Babies billionaire to be sentenced

Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, may have to spend up to five years behind bars for evading taxes. The billionaire creator of Beanie Babies steps before a federal judge Tuesday to learn if he'll have to spend up to five years behind bars for evading taxes on $25 million in income.

H. Ty Warner's sentencing will also give him a chance to apologize at length for hiding his millions in Swiss bank accounts. The 69-year-old apologized and wiped away tears when he pleaded guilty last year. But the judge in Chicago stopped him and said he could explain himself fully at sentencing.

Defense attorneys argue for probation, pointing to Warner's unhappy childhood and his charity work. But prosecutors say Warner should spend some time in prison; they don't recommend how much.

A government filing says about Warner's philanthropy: "Charity is not a get-out-jail card."


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