Faith Based Decision Leads to Permanent Error

by Hal Mooz 15. November 2013 11:43

Syria rebels linked to al Qaeda apologize for beheading fellow fighter

The leaders of an al Qaeda-linked Islamist faction fighting Syrian president Bashar Assad have asked for “understanding forgiveness” after they mistakenly cut off the head of a fellow rebel and held it aloft for public display..

He was later identified as Mohammed Fares, an anti-government fighter who had been wounded in clashes against the Syrian army earlier that day, a spokesperson from British based the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told NBC News. The neutral group reports on incidents involving both sides in the conflict.

Al-Qahatani asked for Allah’s forgiveness in the statement, adding that the error is frequent in Jihad wars.

He also referenced a story in the Quran where the prophet Mohammed said Allah would forgive a man who killed a believer in error.


Doctrine Based Decisions Changing in China

by Hal Mooz 15. November 2013 08:10

China to relax one-child policy as part of economic, social reforms

China is to loosen its controversial one-child policy, abolish some of its labor camps and seek closer policy ties to the United States. The policy shift is one of several key decisions approved by the Communist Party of China (CPC) at its historic and secretive Third Plenary Session earlier this week.

The CPC said the change in family planning policy was intended to promote "long-term balanced development of the population in China," according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Under the current law, couples living in Chinese cities can only have two children if neither have any brothers or sisters.

Among the package of reforms, the CPC also announced the abolition of the "re-education through labor" system, in what Xinhua said was a bid to improve human rights. The labor-camp system was designed to punish early critics of the Communist Party, but it is now used by local officials to deal with people who challenge the state on rights issues and corruption, the Associated Press said.

China's president, Xi Jinping, told visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that China and the United States should strengthen policy coordination during their respective reform and restructuring processes, state media reported on Friday. Xi also told Lew that China will "push forward reform with greater impetus" to maintain healthy economic growth, Xinhua said.

The state will also reduce the number of crimes punishable by death, "work to ban" getting criminal confessions through torture, and improve the judiciary system. The main economic reform in the bundle was a proposed change to the country's tightly-controlled banking sector, allowing the establishment of small and medium-sized private banks.


Perk Pressure Based Decisions with Permanent Outcomes

by Hal Mooz 7. November 2013 12:31

Navy bribery scandal: 'The Hangover' on the high seas

Allegations that top officials fed classified information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for hookers, cash and other kickbacks has ensnared the U.S. Navy in a lurid scandal that splits the difference between a Tom Clancy novel and "The Hangover."

A third senior official, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jose Luiz Sanchez, 41, was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday and charged with accepting escorts, high-end hotels, pricey plane tickets, $100,000 cash and a bevy of other payoffs from Leonard Francis — a Malaysian contractor known in military circles by the blunt sobriquet "Fat Leonard."

Federal prosecutors allege Leonard used luxury goodies and graft to lure Sanchez and other Navy officials into a scheme that overcharged the Pentagon by millions.

Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), Francis' Singapore-based company, allegedly submitted "bogus invoices for millions of dollars in services," according to the criminal complaint cited by a release from prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.

The arrest Wednesday is just the latest twist in a massive fraud case that has rocked the Navy and could expose far-reaching national security violations.


Faith Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 6. November 2013 21:05


Runner refuses to wear No. 666

A Kentucky high school student refused to run in a regional cross-country race after she was assigned bib No. 666 in Lexington.

Whitley County High School junior Codie Thacker told the station that wearing the number, considered by some to be the “Mark of the Beast,” would have gone against her religious beliefs, and that she’d rather not run — giving up a chance to compete in the state championships — than wear 666.

"I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," Thacker said.

Thacker’s coach, Gina Croley, says she asked three different race officials to swap out Thacker’s bib for a new number, but each time, she says, she was denied.



Amazing Emotion Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 25. October 2013 16:42

Ketchup changeup: McDonald's dropping Heinz after CEO change

World's biggest fast-food chain seeks new ketchup for its famous french fries. McDonald's Corp on Friday said it plans to end its 40-year relationship with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, since that company is now led by Bernardo Hees, the former chief executive of hamburger rival Burger King Worldwide Inc .

"As a result of recent management changes at Heinz, we have decided to transition our business to other suppliers over time," McDonald's said in a statement.

"We have spoken to Heinz and plan to work together to ensure a smooth and orderly transition," said McDonald's, which has more than 34,000 restaurants around the globe.

Heinz declined to comment. "As a matter of policy, Heinz does not comment on relationships with customers," company spokesman Michael Mullen said.



Gruesome Faith Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 25. October 2013 14:55

Dad burned teenage daughter to death for contacting fiance: Yemen police

A father burned his 15-year-old daughter to death for keeping in touch with her fiance, police in Yemen said. "The father committed this heinous crime on the pretext that his daughter had been keeping contacts with her fiance," according to a statement posted on a police website Tuesday. It added that the 35-year-old man had been arrested in a remote village in the central Taiz province.

Her death sparked further outrage in the country where an eight-year girl died from internal bleeding on her wedding night last month. Authorities said they would prosecute those responsible.

Traditional tribal customs in parts of Yemen prohibit contacts between men and women before marriage. Poverty and concern about "family honor" prompts many Yemenis to marry off their daughters young, often below the age of 18, a practice that has been criticized by groups like Human Rights Watch.


Decision Type - Can something bad happen? Is outcome permanent?

by Hal Mooz 23. October 2013 13:55

5-year-old Texas boy accidentally kills himself with napping babysitter's gun

A teenage babysitter was arrested Tuesday and charged in the death of a 5-year-old Texas boy who accidentally shot himself with the babysitter's gun while she was napping, authorities said. Melissa Ann Ringhardt, 19, of Vidor was being held in the Orange County Jail on a felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child, the county sheriff's office said in a statement. She could face a sentence of six months to two years if convicted.

The sheriff's office said Ringhardt, who lives with the boy's family, left her semiautomatic .40-caliber handgun on a coffee table when she went into a bedroom to take a nap Monday afternoon. When she woke up, she couldn't immediately find the boy, identified as John Read, according to the sheriff's office. She eventually discovered him dead in the living room, it said.

Because the home has no telephone, Ringhardt carried John and a 6-month-old child, whom she was also watching and who wasn't identified, about a block to his grandparents' home to call 911, the sheriff's office said. John was declared dead there when emergency crews arrived.
The 6-month-old child wasn't injured. Ringhardt told investigators she had the gun because she was frightened of being home alone, the sheriff's office said.

"People have the right to bear arms, and with that comes great responsibility," Orange County sheriff's Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson told KFDM-TV of Beaumont. "If someone, somehow, puts a firearm in a place where a child is able to get that weapon, you've committed an offense."


Power Pressure In The News

by Hal Mooz 21. October 2013 14:42

Chinese billionaire arrested for crossing 'red line' of political activism

In a crackdown on dissent ahead of a crucial Communist Party gathering next month, Chinese authorities on Sunday formally arrested a billionaire venture capitalist who has turned his wealth toward supporting human rights issues.

The detention of Wang Gongquan, who was held on suspicion of disturbing public order, sends a strong signal that China’s new leadership will not tolerate any member of the rising entrepreneurial elite using their resources to agitate for democratic reform.

Gongquan, 52, who made a fortune from real estate and investment management, is one of the first Chinese billionaires to cross a “red line” that forbids the ascendant entrepreneurial class from challenging the Communist party’s supremacy.

Wang is known to be a supporter of the New Citizens Movement, a loose association of professionals and other urbanites advocating free speech and other rights enshrined in China’s constitution. The group, which occasionally organizes dinners to discuss national issues, is also calling for greater government transparency and disclosure of officials’ assets.


Perk Based Decisions Rooted In Greed

by Hal Mooz 14. October 2013 09:43

Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede - Shoppers swarm stores after a computer hiccup gives benefit cards unlimited purchasing power.

Wal-Mart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., saw a stampede and a shelf-clearing rush Saturday after a computer glitch for food stamp recipients led to benefit cards allowing unlimited purchases. Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Wal-Mart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Wal-Mart was so packed, 'it was worse than any black Friday'" that he's ever seen. Lynd explained the cards weren't showing limits and they called corporate Wal-Mart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Wal-Mart said they wouldn't press charges if she left the food.Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left."


Emotion Driven Behavior

by Hal Mooz 13. October 2013 12:33

Stampede near Indian temple leaves 89 dead

A stampede at a bridge leading to a remote Hindu temple in central India Sunday killed at least 89 people and injured more than 100, police said. Nearly 150,000 devotees gathered to celebrate the holy festival of Dussehra at the Ratangarh temple in a forest outside the town of Datia 240 miles north of the Madhya Pradesh state capital, Bhopal.

But pilgrims panicked when the railings broke on a bridge that led to the temple, triggering the stampede. Some devotees were crushed to death under the feet of fellow worshippers, others drowned after falling or jumping into the river Sindh. Local media said the police used batons to control the crowd, prompting many people to panic.



About Hal Mooz

Engineer, Project Manager, Entrepreneur, Author, Trainer, Lecturer, Thought Leader, Consultant

Month List