apparent suicide at the peabody hotel

Death has unfortunately been around lately in full force. Apparently yesterday afternoon around 4:15 PM CST a man was on top of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis threatening to jump. And at around 4:20 PM, he finished up his cigarette and did just that. The picture below is where he jumped from and he landed on the lower level.


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Unfortunately for Dave, my wife’s brother, he happened to be walking right by at the time. He said he saw the police, the fire department, and the guy on the roof talking to someone (supposedly the hotel manager) who was trying to get him to come down. When he turned to walk away, not wanting to watch the horrific event, the man jumped and Dave heard him hit. It really shocked Dave as it would shock anyone who witnessed that. Somewhat surprisingly few news outlets have picked up on it. I read on Twitter that it’s because they don’t cover suicides. Twitter and social media is apparently the best way one would find out about this type of event or word of mouth of course. Here’s what Twitter has to say about it. What else can you say about it? I’m very sorry and sad that it happened.

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who is ned kelly?

ned_kelly_armour_library1This is an interesting character who sometimes hung around wombat ranges down under. Ned just sounds like trouble, though his name sounds pretty toolish.

“Edward “Ned” Kelly 3 June 1854 – 11 November 1880 was an Australian bushranger, and, to some, a folk hero for his defiance of the colonial authorities. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the police. Following an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he murdered three policemen, the colony proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws. A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan. Kelly, dressed in home-made plate metal armour and helmet, was captured and sent to jail. He was hanged for murder at Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880. His daring and notoriety made him an iconic figure in Australian history, folk lore, literature, art and film.”
via Ned Kelly – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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cold fusion in the news again.. and “experimentally confirmed”

Here we have cold fusion in the news yet again. It was first in the news in 1989 and people have been skeptical ever since. A few years ago another similar claim was put forth, except this time using magnets, by Steorn. We still have yet to see Steorn create any tools that create power. Supposedly in this new article scientists have recreated the cold fusion experiment and were able to create an accurate sensor. I’m of the opinion though until Steorn or these scientists developing cold fusion can produce a “theoretical rationale”, then it’s likely baloney. This excerpt is from another article on the same thing: “The problem with Mosier-Boss’ work, he said, is that it fails to provide a theoretical rationale to explain how fusion could occur at room temperatures. And in its analysis, the research paper fails to exclude other sources for the production of neutrons.” Read on…

The theoretical underpinnings of cold fusion have yet to be adequately explained. The hypothesis is that when electrolysis is performed on deuteron, molecules are fused into helium, releasing a high-energy neutron. While excess heat has been detected by researchers, no group had yet been able to detect the missing neutrons.

Now, the Naval researchers claim that the problem was instrumentation, which was not up to the task of detecting such small numbers of neutrons. To sense such small quantities, Mosier-Boss used a special plastic detector called CR-39. Using co-deposition with nickel and gold wire electrodes, which were inserted into a mixture of palladium chloride and deutrium, the detector was able to capture and track the high-energy neutrons.

The plastic detector captured a pattern of tiny clusters of adjacent pits, called triple tracks, which the researchers claim is evidence of the telltale neutrons.

via EETimes.com – Cold fusion experimentally confirmed.

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mark thomas purchases 87% stake in midway

MidwayWhat I find so interesting about this article is the following: I would love to know how the transaction works, how you figure out if it’s a good deal, who knows about these opportunities. Another thing I find fascinating is that I know who Mark Thomas is. I understand (or at least partly) his wanting to keep out of the public spotlight and respect that. Why doesn’t he want a more hands on approach to a company that he owns 87% of? I don’t know. One terrific thing about this purchase though is that the video game industry is still booming despite our recession.

Wanted: Information on Mark Thomas, head of Acquisition Holdings Subsidiary I LLC.

His identity is like Batman’s: unknown. Everyone in the gaming metropolis is buzzing about who Thomas, the man who Friday agreed to pay $100,000 for an 87% stake in Midway, the publisher of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, actually is. Here are some bare-bones facts:

* Thomas wants to be a passive investor, said Peter Kolevzon, an attorney with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, the New York law firm that is representing Thomas in the transaction.
* Thomas is the primary investor and beneficiary of the generically named Acquisition Holdings Subsidiary.
* He does not intend to be on Midway’s board. Nor does he plan to get involved in the management of Midway despite his huge stake in the Chicago company, Kolevzon said.
* He is a U.S. citizen, city unknown.
* He is not granting interviews.

Bruce Wayne may be the Dark Knight, but is this Thomas character Midway’s white knight?

via Mark Thomas: Midway’s mystery man – latimes.com.

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cia boss had history of road rage, bribery, and punching people in the face

This sounds an awful lot like James Bond to me… well… besides the whole going to jail for fraud thing. I’m a little surprised this article hasn’t been more prominent on the interwebs.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former CIA agent rose to the agency’s No. 3 rank despite a record of misconduct that stretched over 20 years, prosecutors said, but his career came to an end with his conviction in a bribery scheme.

In court papers, prosecutors describe how, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo was investigated in the late 1980s for punching a bicyclist in a traffic dispute and for numerous relationships with foreign women that could have compromised security…

…Instead, Foggo is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria after pleading guilty to a single count of fraud as part of a plea bargain. He is the highest ranking CIA officer ever to be convicted of a federal felony.

via Feds: CIA boss had history of bad behavior – Crime & courts- msnbc.com.

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british man killed wife over ‘single’ facebook status

Be careful about your Facebook status?!

“Richardson became enraged when Sarah changed her marital status on Facebook to single and decided to go and see her as she was not responding to his (text) messages,” Cortese said.
“He gained entry by breaking the front door window and made his way into the property.

“Once inside, he found Sarah in her bedroom and subjected her to a frenzied and brutal attack with a knife and then attempted to take his own life.”

via British man killed wife over ‘single’ Facebook status.

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