Boston police: Bombing suspect is in custody

After all of the hell that the city of Boston went through, it is good that they found him alive. This person is responsible for mass hysteria, and the deaths of people whose only goal was to cross the finish line of the Boston marathon.

I wish justice for the families affected by the tragedy. I wish peace for the lost souls who were unable to finish their lives do to the actions of someone they did not even know. However, most of all, I wish that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a human being, be made to answer for his crimes. This is only what is right, as justice keeps the world in balance.

Boston police: Bombing suspect is in custody

Store Charges Five-Dollar ‘Just Looking’ Fee to Prevent People From Browsing Without Buying#via @Gawker#

Celiac Supplies, which bills itself as “Brisbane’s first & only gluten free grocery store,” may find itself customer-free as well after recently instituting a new policy aimed at preventing people from browsing without buying.

Store Charges Five-Dollar ‘Just Looking’ Fee to Prevent People From Browsing Without Buying#via @Gawker#

Poverty Does Crazy Things to People.

A mother in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has been arrested for allegedly selling her daughter for 650,000 rupees ($12,000).

The mother said she sold the girl to raise money to repay a fine of 450,000 rupees ($8,383) imposed on her by the village council, police said.

Police say the girl was sold a month ago, but the crime came to light when she tried to run away from the couple.

Read the Full Story at the BBC: India mother arrested for ‘selling 11-year-old daughter for $12,000’

It is stories like this, that remind me of why I became a social worker in the first place.

Busy 2012 hurricane season continues decades-long high activity era in the Atlantic

Washington D.C: (NOAA) – November 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane.  The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three. 

 

Based on the combined number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, NOAA classifies the season as above-normal.  2012 was an active year, but not exceptionally so as there were 10 busier years in the last three decades.

 

This season marks the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating impacts from a named storm. Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and wind. Storms struck many parts of the country this year, including tropical storms Beryl and Debby in Florida, Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, and Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy in New Jersey.

 

“This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more “weather ready” by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline.  Each storm carries a unique set of threats that can be deadly and destructive. Mother Nature reminded us again this year of how important it is to be prepared and vigilant.”

 

An interesting aspect of the season was its early start, with two tropical storms, Alberto and Beryl, developing in May before the season officially began. Also, this is the seventh consecutive year that no major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) have hit the United States. The only major hurricane this season was Hurricane Michael, a Category 3 storm that stayed over the open Atlantic.

 

Several storms this year were short in duration, weak in intensity, and went largely unnoticed by the general public because they stayed out over the Atlantic. A persistent jet stream pattern over the eastern portion of the nation helped steer many of this season’s storms away from the United States. The number of named storms and hurricanes was higher than predicted in NOAA’s pre-season outlook, in large part because El Niño – which likely would have suppressed overall storm activity – never materialized as predicted by many climate models.

 

Hurricane forecasters remind us that a well-established climate pattern puts us in an ongoing era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995. Since that time, more than 70 percent of seasons have been above normal, including 2012. Historically, Atlantic high-activity eras have lasted 25-40 years, with the previous one occurring from the mid-1930s until 1970. Several inter-related atmospheric and oceanic factors contribute to these high activity years, including warmer Atlantic Ocean temperatures, an enhanced West African monsoon, and reduced vertical wind shear.

 

NOAA will release its pre-season outlook for the 2013 hurricane season in May.

 

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. The National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, the National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. Visit us online at weather.gov and on Facebook.

 

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at http://www.noaa.gov and join them on Facebook,Twitter and their other social media channels.

Fake Heinz Ketchup Blows Up.

I might just be the biggest fan of Ketchup in the world. It has its place on hotdogs, burgers, and maybe as an additive to other stuff in recipes, so if I purchase the stuff, I’d like to be sure that I’m getting the true brand. I’m a Heinz guy, and when I saw this, I immediately investigated my refrigerator for counterfeit goodness.

Officials discovered the fake ketchup factory after tenants complained about flies and rotten odors coming from another part of the 7,000-square-foot warehouse in Dover, N.J. They found thousands of plastic bottles labeled Heinz ketchup, many of which had exploded after being abandoned in the hot building.

What jackass thought that purchasing Heinz and rebottling it would be a profitable enterprise? I mean, hasn’t’ he or she ever heard the phrase “Crime doesn’t’ pay?” And leaving it in an un-air-conditioned area? Um, I wouldn’t want to be in there with all of those drunken fruit flies.

Come on man! If you’re going to commit a crime, take a page out of the ghetto. Counterfeit DVD’s, CD’s, or just try getting an honest job. Don’t’ insult that most valued staple of summertime cookouts.

Read more Here: Is Your Ketchup Worth the Money? (It Might Not Be) From Yahoo’s Shine

VCU Honored for Excellence in Diversity

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) recently was named a recipient of the 2012 Minority Access Role Models Award for its commitment to recruit, retain and advance students and employees from a diverse applicant pool. VCU is one of only 27 institutions nationally to achieve the designation.

 

Recipients were presented the award by Minority Access Inc. on Sept. 28 in Orlando at the 13th National Role Models Conference. Created out of a partnership between Minority Access Inc. and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and supported by the National Institutes of Health, the annual Role Models Conference focuses a national spotlight on institutions and individuals who have excelled in producing and supporting minority researchers, particularly in the biomedical sciences and health-related fields, and their research efforts.

 

“This award is the direct result of the leadership and work of many dedicated people at the university over the years,” said Wanda Mitchell, Ed.D., founding vice president of diversity and equity at VCU. “We want to build upon this great work to achieve greater outcomes and future successes.”

 

VCU’s student body is very diverse, composed of around 40 percent of underrepresented populations. The university houses a Division of Diversity and Equity, and has a five-year diversity plan in place, which highlights VCU’s mission to provide a fertile environment in which ideas and skills can be cultivated for a future and world that respects natural diversity.

 

VCU was recently recognized by The Education Trust as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for boosting graduation rates and closing the graduation rate gap for both black and Hispanic students.

 

Minority Access Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization that assists individuals, academic institutions, federal, state and local government agencies, and various corporations in diversifying campuses and work sites by improving the recruitment, retention and enhancement of minorities. It also provides technical assistance to minorities and minority-serving institutions in order to improve the higher educational, professional and managerial employment of minorities.

 

Congratulations VCU, you make me proud to call myself an alum and a Ram. 

Air Canada Pilot To Passengers: Just Gonna Bring The Plane Down Low So We Can Look For A Missing Yacht

This is so cool! Just think about it. A pilot performing search and rescue with a freeking commercial airplane. Granted, I feel bad for the guy who was lost at sea, but I would have loved to be on the plane and hearing something like this:

Hey folks, I know we’re late and all, but we’ve received noticed of a guy lost at sea. If y’all don’t’ mind, we’re going to buzz the ocean and see if we can find that poor bastard.
Attention passengers, I found the boat. Um, is that his head? Oh crap. Can we get cellphone service up here? Dammit! Where’s a ham radio operator when you need one?
Ok passengers, we’ve reported his location. I now return you to your regularly scheduled late flight and thanks for flying the lifesaving Air Canada.

So awesome!

Air Canada Pilot To Passengers: Just Gonna Bring The Plane Down Low So We Can Look For A Missing Yacht