Friday, July 25, 2008

Twin baby moose playing with a garden sprinkler

In the News

Ex-Astronaut: Aliens Are Real and NASA Knows It
Former NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr. Edgar Mitchell — a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission — claims aliens exist.
He says extraterrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions — but the alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments for six decades.
Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview in Birmingham, England, that sources at NASA who had had contact with aliens described the beings as "little people who look strange to us."
He said the real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a "small gray" — short, slight frame, large eyes and large head.
Mitchell also claimed human technology is "not nearly as sophisticated" as the aliens' and "had they been hostile," he warned "we would be been gone by now."
Dog lick costs leg, toes, fingers
A warning that dog licks may not be harmless
A woman is rebuilding her life from losing all her toes, fingers and a leg after being licked by a dog. Julie McKenna from Mildura in Victoria was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital last year after her small terrier licked a superficial burn on her left foot. It sent her into septic shock, weeks later.
While the former nurse says her case is rare, she thinks people need to be careful around dogs and cats, especially where there is broken skin.
"Definitely changed my life, it's changed my life in every aspect, having no fingers and no, well amputated leg and half a foot, it's everything, you have to think twice about how to do things."Burns specialist Dr John Greenwood says pet owners need to be careful. "Dog bites, dog licks, they're never benign, they're always potentially horrendously infective."
Loser became a Lifesaver
A brother and sister used the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who would donate a kidney and dramatically improve another brother's life. Matthew and Naomi Gardner were asked by a doctor which one would be prepared to go under the knife after Nathan, 30, collapsed from chronic renal failure. He was faced with the prospect of being connected to a dialysis machine unless a suitable donor could be found.
As they sat in Accident and Emergency with their brother in intensive care the duo could only think of one way of deciding. Without hesitation they both took part in a best of five series of the playground game, the loser becoming the donor.
Grandmother, 78, chased and caught a mugger
The 78-year-old grandmother of an Olympic sprinter has shown that athleticism runs in the family, after she chased and caught a mugger who stole her purse. Pearline Williamson, whose grandson is 100m runner Simeon Williamson, was out shopping when a young woman ran past her, pulling the purse from her hand. Without a thought for her own safety Mrs Williamson sprinted after the woman, believed to be in her early 20s, and managed to catch her.
The furious pensioner then shook her attacker in front of fellow shoppers in Edmonton, north London. The thief dropped the purse and escaped. Mrs Williamson said: "She must have thought I was an easy, because I'm elderly. "When she took my purse I had to do something so I ran after her and grabbed her as hard as I could. She said she hadn't taken it at first, so I shook the life out of her until she finally gave it back."
Cop fined $35 for illegal parking
A Portland, Ore., judge has fined a police officer $35 after he parked his patrol car in a no-parking zone while he ate at a restaurant.
Traffic Court Judge Terry Hannon found the police officer guilty of breaking parking laws after attorney Eric Bryant filed a citizen's complaint about the illegally parked patrol car,
The officer left his patrol car in the no-parking zone while he dined at a Japanese restaurant. However, he said he was required to hand down a guilty verdict because the letter of the law was violated.
Portland police leaders said they are preparing a proposal for the city council that would make an exception for officers to park in no-parking zones to eat or use restroom facilities provided no legal parking is available and the car does not present a danger to public safety.
Cops are not above the law and are not entitled to any special privileges.
They are suppose to set the example this includes all traffic rules