College student sues for $1.8 million due to underperforming Vegas hooker
Life can be disappointing when you’re a college student, especially when your hooker doesn’t do her… um, job.That’s how New York college student Hubert Blackman felt when a prostitute didn’t spend enough time servicing him during his trip to Las Vegas. Traumatized by the “tragic event,” Blackman called the police, who threatened to bust him. Blackman has decided to sue the prostitute’s escort service for $1.8 million.“I also would like to get my $275 payment back and a $1.8 million verdict for the tragic event that happened,” Blackman said in the suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court. Link to full story.
India to buy 3 French Scorpene submarines [Another “developing” country exempt from Nick Smith’s Kyoto scam]
India will buy three more French Scorpene submarines to bolster the rapidly declining submarine fleet. This is in addition to the six Scorpenes India had signed up for in 2005,now total order will be 6+3=9. Link to full story.
European Parliament calls for more protection of Christians
The European Parliament has urged governments to do more to protect Christians from persecution. It said in a resolution addressed to EU institutions: “In some cases, the situation facing Christian communities is such as to endanger their future existence – if they were to disappear, this would entail the loss of a significant part of the religious heritage of the countries concerned. “We call on the [European] Council, the Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy … to pay increased attention to the subject of freedom of religion or belief and to the situation of religious minorities,.. Link to full story.
Wife of Tunisian president fled riot-torn country with 1.5 TONS of Gold
The wife of Tunisia’s ousted president fled the chaos-stricken country with one-and-a-half tons of gold worth more than £35million, it emerged yesterday. Dubbed ‘the Imelda Marcos of the Arab world’ because of her lavish lifestyle and love of designer clothes, Leila Trabelsi is said to have demanded the gold last week as President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali’s regime collapsed. The chief of Tunisia’s central bank initially refused but Ben Ali, 74, personally intervened, and she flew out with the bullion as she joined him in exile in Saudi Arabia. Link to full story.
GE’s Immelt to Head New White House Jobs Panel [once adjudged America’s worst CEO by Forbes magazine, recipient of millions in bailout money, and owner of MSNBC, an Obama media cheerleader. Nothing cronyist here folks, move on.]
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will announce Friday that Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric Co., will head a new White House board aimed at finding ways to foster private-sector job growth. The board will replace an existing panel called the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, led by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. The name of the new panel stresses competitiveness and job creation, which are expected to be themes of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union Address next week. It will be called the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Link to full story.
European carbon market suspended over fraud fears [Somebody tell Nick Smith]
The European carbon market has been thrown into turmoil after the scandal-hit scheme was suspended for a week over suspicions of fraud. More than €2bn (£1.7bn) of trade is likely to be disrupted after the European Commission said it would prevent transactions until January 26. The suspension follows allegations that 475,000 carbon credits worth €7m were stolen in a hacking attack on the Czech carbon register. It appears that the intangible allowances were bounced between eastern European countries before disappearing without a trace. France’s Bluenext exchange was the first to close its platform, while Austria, Poland, Estonia and Greece also shut their registries for trade. This is not the first challenge to the credibility of the €90bn annual market in carbon allowances. ….carbon trading criminals trying to play the system may have accounted for up to 90pc of all market activity in some European countries during 2009. Fraudulent traders mainly from Britain, France, Spain, Denmark and Holland pocketed an estimated €5bn. Link to full story.
Abortionist brutally murdered ‘hundreds’ of living newborns: clinic worker [Gross detail warning]
A massive, photograph-laden Grand Jury Report released Wednesday has detailed the bone-chilling practices of a Philadelphia abortionist, who clinic workers testified had delivered “hundreds” of living, breathing newborn children before severing their spinal cords or slitting their necks to complete the abortions. Abortionist Kermit Gosnell was arrested Wednesday for eight counts of murder. One of the charges was for the botched-abortion death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a Nepalese refugee. The other seven were for children who police had discovered, by examining their remains, had been born alive and then killed. …clinic worker, Tina Baldwin, told the jurors that Gosnell once joked about a baby that was writhing as he cut its neck: “that’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.” Link to full story