Monday, August 18, 2014

It would seem 2 years of seclusion has caused health issues for Julian Assange.

August 18, 2014
By Bill Chappell

...At Monday's At Monday's (click here) news conference, Assange sat next to Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.

"These are two lost years for everyone," Patino said. "There has not been justice for anyone. The situation must come to an end. Two years is simply too long."

As for the possible timetable for his departure, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson tells the BBC, "The plan is for him to leave as soon as the U.K. government decides to honor its obligations in relation to international agreements and calls off the siege outside — it's as simple as that."

Coupled with today's news conference, those comments led some to suspect that Assange might next try to fight his extradition on the grounds that he's too unhealthy to travel.

The Russian backed Ukraine separatists are violating the Geneva Conventions by assassinating civilians.

Russia should not reward this terrorist activity. There isn't anything else to call it. The Ukraine separatists don't recognize innocent and unarmed people leaving the area. These were refugees leaving their home because of a violent civil war. There should be no humanitarian help or otherwise to the Separatists that are now murderers.

August 18, 2014
By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams

A line of cars and minibuses (click here) carrying civilians out of embattled eastern Ukraine was hit Monday by what Kiev authorities said was separatist rocket fire that killed dozens.
The Grad rocket strike set the convoy on fire as it traveled east from towns near the city of Luhansk that were recently recovered by Ukrainian government forces. The vehicles were incinerated by the blast and their occupants had no chance to escape, a Ukrainian security official told journalists in Kiev, the capital.
“The rebels were expecting the convoy and destroyed it entirely,” said Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council....

I think it is time Michael Brown's friends talk about him.

August 18, 2014
By Molly Hennssey-Fiske, Tina Susman, Lauren Raab

With the Missouri National Guard deployed (click here) and a curfew lifted, peaceful demonstrations were underway in Ferguson, Mo., at dusk Monday as the St. Louis suburb prepared for more protests surrounding the police shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man.
Earlier Monday, a pathologist for the Brown family said his preliminary autopsy suggested no sign of a struggle in Brown’s death, President Obama said U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. would visit Ferguson on Wednesday, and Holder announced that FBI agents conducted several new interviews in the neighborhood where Brown was killed....
There aren't enough people talking about Michael, Jr. Who were his friends? What did he do in High School? What were notable accomplishments? Etc.

Normally, the services for a young person would bring light to the person, but, that isn't occurring yet because of the controversy which should not exist. The autopsies are holding up his memorial services and those that want to victimize the victim is getting away with it. It would be helpful to have testimonies and tributes paid to Michael at one of the marches.

I didn't know him and I want to know him.

He bled out from his neck and head wounds.

I am not a forensics expert. I know something about trajectory and guns. Anyone can run this by a gun expert, preferably one that instructs high level accurate competition sportsman shooting.

It is my opinion Officer Darren Wilson did not have control of his weapon. 

The nature of a gun, a hand gun especially is to kick back and raise the barrel of the gun with every shot.

We know Michael Brown had his hands raised. I think the torso wounds and arm wounds make sense for an officer aiming his weapon. But, if I am reading this correctly. The fives bullets that hit his arm and right chest were aimed in that direction, but, as the ? 9 mm ? was emptied of it's bullets the gun elevated it's trajectory without any adjustment by Wilson. 

The gun at that point was in control and not the police officer. I have to wonder what his practice record looks like and whether or not he actually showed proficiency in the use of his gun.

It is my opinion the neck and two head wounds occurred due to an officer not in control of his weapon.That does not diminish the fact Michael Brown, Jr. is dead and it was murder.

When I first saw the picture of Michael Brown, Jr. as he laid in the street, I found it strange there would be so much blood leaving his body if he had wounds in his torso and chest. The blood was running away from his body and wasn't connected with his chest so much as his head. It makes sense now. 

People sometimes survive head wounds. Our soldiers are an example of that. I believe his death was caused by a rapidly bleeding wound. The neck wound may have hit the carotid artery.

"Good Night, Moon"

Third Quarter

43% of a Full Moon

22.9 days old

August 11, 2014
By Dina Spectator

Sunday night, (click here) Aug. 10, marked your second chance this summer to see the supermoon, when the moon appears about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than your ordinary full moon. 
Supermoons occur when a full moon occurs at the same time that it reaches its closet point to Earth in orbit, known as "perigee."
"For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects," Tony Phillips explains in NASA Science News. "When the Moon illusion amplifies a perigee Moon, the swollen orb rising in the east at sunset can seem super indeed."
Your next chance to see a supermoon will be on Sept 9.