Vacation Attractions Along The Main Chao Phraya River At Bangkok

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Bangkok, metropolis of Thailand is one place that tourists should never miss. It is a place of great culture and diversity. There are also a lot of worthwhile activities that you can do in Bangkok. Experience relaxation is the finest level while enjoying and exploring a new cultural experience. If you are planning a visit in this far-east city, you should consider staying in one of the amazing Bangkok riverside hotels. Enjoy the sight of the flowing waters of Bangkok while experiencing ultimate comfort. This article will give you options on where to stay in Bangkok.

One of the Bangkok riverside hotels that you can consider is the Bangkok Marriott Resort and Spa. This internationally acclaimed hotel offers a five-star luxury treatment while inside the confines of classic Thai architecture. It is situated near the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya that is why the hotel is enveloped in the cool breeze from the river while you will be embraced by the warm Thai hospitality. Also enjoy the traditional Thai hospitality mixed with modern culture in the Bossotel Inn. This Bangkok riverside hotel promises a home away from home atmosphere that will ease the effects of long travel. The Bossotel will give you the exotic feel of Thailand while enjoying the longed relaxation and comfort.

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Another Bangkok riverside hotel that offers five-star amenities that will surely guarantee ultimate relaxation is the Lebua at State Towers. Also situated at the banks of the River of Kings, the Lebua promises an experience of Thai culture. The suites they recommend are considered the most spacious compared to other hotels in the city. If you want to experience contemporary living in the middle of cultural heritage, the Millennium Hilton Bangkok is certainly for you. Under the management of the well-renowned Hilton Hotels, the Millennium guarantees the warmth of Thai culture in an ultra-contemporary setting.

One of the top Bangkok riverside hotels is the Montien Riverside Hotel. Promising a great view of the Chao Phraya joined with the Asian hospitality you ever dreamed of, the stay in the Montien will surely be an experience you will never forget. Bangkok by the river is an experience that you shall never miss, and that is the promise of the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside. It is very ideal for leisure and business trips alike. The hotel is not far from Bangkok s famous shopping and dining districts. A trip in Bangkok will never be the same if you opted for a stay in this Bangkok riverside hotel.

Home away from home that is what tourists want from hotels. The River Side Bangkok is recommended for luxury vacations. This Bangkok riverside hotel provides services such as traditional Thai massage, sauna, and swimming pools that will be ideal for pure relaxation and comfort. These are just some of the Bangkok riverside hotels that offer traditional Asian hospitality that will certainly ease the stress from a busy and hectic lifestyle. Whenever visiting Bangkok, try one of these Bangkok riverside hotels for a memorable relaxing experience.

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Four dead, at least 15 injured after gunman opens fire at fitness center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

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Four dead, at least 15 injured after gunman opens fire at fitness center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Four people have been shot and killed and at least 15 wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a LA Fitness center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. The gunman was among the dead.

Reports say the man walked into a dance room where an all-female Latin dance class was in session, turned off the lights and began to shoot people. CNN reports that the gunman was a “middle-aged white male.” One witness said he was carrying a duffel bag, which he put down before shooting into the crowd. After opening fire, he turned the gun on himself. At least 30 people are reported to have been in the room at the time of the shooting.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said, “I’ve never seen nothing quite like this. It was very chaotic. […] There’s a good belief that the shooter is deceased.”

Collier Township Police Chief Tom Devin stated that the police, “believe the shooter committed suicide at the scene but we’re not positive.” Police report that the shooter’s motive may have been a domestic dispute with one of the exercisers.

Mike Hentosz, a witness who was inside the gym, said, “I feel like it’s a dream. I don’t know what to think of it.” A woman participating in the class, Nicole, said that 10 minutes into the class, “a middle-aged white male walked into the class. He had a big gym bag. […] He looked out of place in a class full of women.” When he began firing, she reported, she ran out of the gym and escaped in passerby’s car.

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Plane crashes into office block in Austin, Texas/suicide note

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Plane crashes into office block in Austin, Texas/suicide note

June 18, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

This is the online suicide letter authored by Andrew Stack, the man believed to be responsible for flying a light aircraft into a building in Austin, Texas. It was originally posted at Stack’s site, http://embeddedart.com/. The hosting company, T35, took the site offline per an FBI request. The note is reproduced here in its entirety.

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than [sic] what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here?

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling [sic] from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report (http://www.synergistech.com/1706.shtml#ConferenceCommitteeReport) regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (http://www.synergistech.com/ic-taxlaw.shtml).

SEC. 1706. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.

(a) IN GENERAL – Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. – This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. – The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.

Note:

· “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.

· “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.

· “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.

Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated. The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d). Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time. I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity. This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”. Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks. Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s. Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that. The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. However, because the government caused it, no one gave a shit about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall. Again, I lost my retirement.

Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed. Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare. Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY! After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change. Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while. So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done. I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work. The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a fuck about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income. I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need. The sleazy government decided that they disagreed. But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out. Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present. After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again. But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle. After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order. I had taken all of the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting. Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit. By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented). Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone. The end result is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything. Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”. Now when the wealthy fuck up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

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Necessary Things To Consider Before Travelling To Virgin Islands}

June 18, 2017 · Filed under Communication Skills Training

Submitted by: Abonia Gray

The Virgin Islands is the excellent place for your dream vacation with family, friends, and your loved ones. Loving people, a calm desire, strange foods, postcard-perfect looks, warm and clear waters which will make us feel of today’s enjoyment and forget your stress of daily life.

As you have never been to the Virgin Islands so, be sure to make your vacation a perfect one. The best way to get the most out of your Virgin Islands vacation is to do a small advanced planning. Here are some essential tips that will make your trip in the islands as entertaining and comfortable as possible.

Protect yourself from Sun & Bugs:

The sun in the Virgin Islands is pretty extreme and has been common to react on skin and forms painful sunburns. Even the regular trade winds keep you cool, it is still very much essential to save your skin. You should apply sunscreen protection whole day, exclusively in cloud cover as those of UV rays never ever take a leave for a day or two. Also, defend your head and eyes by wearing a hat and sunglasses. Sunscreens sold in the islands are very costly, so pack it in your luggage while checking in to Jost Van Dyke Accommodations. The other things to be careful of is the bug, which generally comes out at dawn and dusk immediately after the rain. These creatures bite, and the bites itch like insane.

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Be Extra Careful in the Water:

There are many calm and secured bays in the Virgin Islands, but you can never be too confident. When snorkeling, always go for a partner system. Having a buddy does not only permit you and your partner to look after each other but also provides a choice to share a particular and surreal glance of the underwater life of Caribbean. While staying in Villa Rental Jost Van Dyke, you can find several other things to see while on water, regardless of heavy waves and uncertain currents, are rocky outcrops, sea urchins and biting sea corals. Keep your hands to yourself, then you can be amazed that how hard a bite from a sea urchin can be. Also, there is are astounding numbers of boat traffic on the water, so be sure to have a flag wherever you are swimming or diving to show the signal that you are in the water. Try to stay in provided swimming areas.

Driving is Part of the Adventure:

In the Virgin Islands, people drive on the left side of the road. It will take some time to adapt the Virgin Island’s traffic. These Islands behave as a perfect whether for the pedestrians the visitors who are driving a rental car. Be aware while crossing the streets by foot, it can sometimes be risky as cars will be coming from opposite directions. Remember one thing that the islands only have mountain roads, which are not at all in good condition. Go slowly, and be careful of hidden driveways and pin turns. Take care while stopping your car in the middle of the road to stare incredible scenes and capture them.

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Celtic FC wins sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title

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Celtic FC wins sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title

June 18, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

On Sunday, Glasgow-based football club Celtic F.C. mathematically secured the Scottish Premiership title after defeating Heart of Midlothian F.C. 5–0. Celtic have won the league title for the sixth consecutive season.

Having only dropped four points all season, Celtic claimed victory thanks to a hat-trick from striker Scott Sinclair and a goal each from Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong. Upon claiming the league title, club manager Brendan Rodgers said, “I’m absolutely delighted for the players and everyone connected with the club, I’m really proud of the professionalism, the integrity, the pride and the style with which the team have played. This is what we wanted to create.”

For Rodgers, Celtic’s triumph marks his first league title as a manager, having narrowly missed out on the Premier League trophy with Liverpool F.C. in 2014. Speaking on the club’s success, he said, “I couldn’t think of a better place for me to be at this stage of my life”, “It’s only the beginning of the cycle. It’s exciting to see the growth, the development.”

Celtic secured the title with eight matches still to be played and without losing a match. Should the club manage to extend their unbeaten through to the end of the season it would be the first time in the club’s history the feat has been achieved in a 38-match campaign. Celtic have a potential chance to complete a first domestic treble since 2001, having already won the Scottish League Cup and having qualified for the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup later in April.

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Suspected US drone attack kills at least fourteen in Pakistan

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Suspected US drone attack kills at least fourteen in Pakistan

June 17, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A drone attack, suspected to have been made by US forces, killed at least twelve people and injured a further fourteen in northwestern Pakistan earlier today, although some reports put the death toll as high as eighteen. The attack hit a militant training camp on the border between Pakistan’s North and South Waziristan tribal region.

Pakistani officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they believe the target was Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud; however, it was not immediately clear whether Mehsud was killed.

“We had information that he [Mehsud] was around there. We’re checking on whether he was killed,” said an unnamed official.

A spokesman for the Taliban, however, told Pakistan’s Dawn TV that Mehsud had left a few minutes before the strike, and was still alive and safe.

It is, however, difficult to verify such claims, as the area is largely autonomous and believed to be a sanctuary for al-Qaeda and Taliban members. Suspected US missile strikes in Pakistan’s northwest have killed several rebel leaders, including the previous head of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, in mid-2009.

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NFL: Packers defeat Lions 31–21, Lions become first team to finish season with 0-16 record

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NFL: Packers defeat Lions 31–21, Lions become first team to finish season with 0-16 record

June 17, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions on Sunday evening by a final score of 31–21, effectively ending the Lions’ season with an 0-16 record. The game was played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin and was televised by Fox in the United States. Kickoff was at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The Lions became the first National Football League franchise to complete an “imperfect season” (without a victory) since the introduction of the 16-game schedule in the 1978 NFL season. The winless season comes just a year after the New England Patriots did the reverse, accomplishing the NFL’s first “perfect” 16-0 regular season.

After trailing the game 14–0 entering the second quarter, Detroit rallied back to tie the game at 14 by the end of the third quarter. The Packers took a 10-point lead halfway through the fourth quarter with a field goal by kicker Mason Crosby (Green Bay 17 – Detroit 14) and then a touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to fullback John Kuhn (Green Bay 24 – Detroit 14). The Lions fought back with a rushing touchdown by Kevin Smith which left Detroit within three points of tying the game. However, just 11 seconds later, the Packers took possession and Aaron Rodgers completed a 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Donald Driver (Green Bay 31 – Detroit 21). The Packers held on to the lead for the remainder of the game to seal their sixth victory on the season.

Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky was 22-of-42 for 225 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Calvin Johnson led the Lions in receiving with 102 yards and touchdowns. Kevin Smith led the Lions in rushing with 92 yards and one touchdown.

For the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 21-of-31 for 308 yards and three touchdowns, and running backs Ryan Grant and DeShawn Wynn rushed for 106 yards each. Wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings led the Packers in receiving, both tallying over 100 yards.

Prior to the Lions’ loss on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the only franchise since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger to finish a season without a victory or a tie. The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished their season with a 0-14 record. It was the Buccaneers franchise’s first season in the NFL. Tampa Bay also lost the first 12 games of the 1977 season, and the team’s 26-game losing streak is still the longest in NFL history. The 1982 Baltimore Colts were the most recent NFL team to not win a game in their respective season, failing to win in the strike-shortened 1982 season, posting an 0-8-1 record.

Scoring summary
Qtr Team Time Scoring play Extra point Score
1 GB 09:02 Wynn 73 yard TD run Crosby kick GB 7–0
1 GB 01:33 Finley 3 yard TD pass from Rodgers Crosby kick GB 14–0
2 DET 11:22 Johnson 9 yard TD pass from Orlovsky Hanson kick GB 14–7
3 DET 10:28 Johnson 14 yard TD pass from Orlovsky Hanson kick Tied 14–14
4 GB 13:38 Crosby 36 yard field goal GB 17–14
4 GB 08:40 Kuhn 5 yard TD pass from Rodgers Crosby kick GB 24–17
4 DET 07:38 Smith 9 yard TD run Hanson kick GB 24–21
4 GB 07:27 Driver 71 yard TD pass from Rodgers Crosby kick GB 31–21

The Lions’ loss was closely watched by some members of the 1976 Buccaneers team, including defensive end Pat Toomay. Toomay told reporters, “I would like the torch to be passed…At the same time, you don’t want to wish that on anybody.” Toomay also pointed out that although the Buccaneers lost every game in their inaugural season, the team reached the NFC Championship Game in their fourth season (1979).

Steve Spurrier, the quarterback for the Buccaneers in the 1976 season, voiced his support for the Lions in their quest to win their first game of the season, hoping that only the Buccaneers would hold the distinction of finishing an “imperfect season.”

“I want that record,” Spurrier said. “I’m pulling for them, sure,” Spurrier added. “That’s the American thing to do, isn’t it?”

Entering the game, the Lions were 10½-point underdogs against the Packers in spread betting. Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus likened the team’s chance to avoid the 0-16 finish as a championship game. “It’s our Super Bowl,” Cherilus told reporters on Friday, December 27.

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The Lions surpassed the 1980 New Orleans Saints with their 15th consecutive loss on December 21 to become the first team in NFL history to lose the first 15 games of the season. The 1980 Saints lost their first 14 games, but won their 15th game against the New York Jets.

The closest margin that the Lions came to within victory was two points, which came against the Minnesota Vikings on October 12. Minnesota won the game by a score of 12–10. The 1976 Buccaneers suffered five shutout losses (in which they did not score a single point) in their winless season. The closest that the Buccaneers came within victory was a 23–20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on October 24, 1976.

Prior to the regular season, the Lions won all four of their games in the exhibition season, which do not count in regular season standings or totals.

While the loss didn’t come without a fight from the Lions, players from the team knew that they would be forever remembered as possibly the worst team in NFL history. “I’ve got to live with this,” Lions center Dominic Raiola said. “I’ve been here eight years. This is on my résumé.”

“I don’t ever want to be a part of this again,” Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky said. “We haven’t won since, November of ’07, maybe? I don’t even know the last time we won a game.” The franchise’s last victory in the regular season was on December 23, 2007 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Packers players were just as eager for a victory. Green Bay’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers said while their own season was disappointing, they didn’t want to be forever remembered as the team that lost to the 0-15 Lions in the final game of the season. “We didn’t want to lose, no, we didn’t,” Rodgers said. “But really it’s not on your mind once the game starts. I didn’t even think about it until the fans started chanting in the fourth quarter. They played hard, they really did.” Packers fans in attendance at Lambeau Field began to chant “0-16” late in the game.

With their victory, the Packers finished their 2008 season with a 6-10 record. With the loss, the Lions finished their 79th season since their inception as the Portsmouth Spartans in 1929. It was the Lions’ 75th season in Detroit, Michigan. The franchise also secured the first-overall selection in the upcoming 2009 NFL Draft, a spot reserved for the NFL team with the worst record from the previous season entering the upcoming season.

After the game, Lions head coach Rod Marinelli declined to comment on his future with the team. Since being hired in 2006, the Lions have had a 10-38 record under Marinelli. The Lions have averaged 11 losses per season since 2001 and now have lost 23 of their last 24 games. The 0-16 record could be a lasting testimony to the Matt Millen era. With Millen as president of the team from 2001 until he was fired on September 24, Detroit won only 31 games. Millen was widely criticized for his handling of the Lions organization, and Lions fans rallied to have him relieved of duties for years.

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5 Things To Check Out Before Stepping Inside An Auto Dealership

June 17, 2017 · Filed under Cars

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A car might be one of the biggest ticket items you will buy in your life. It can be a nerve-wracking experience searching for the car you want, finding a reputable dealership, getting the financing you need, negotiating with sales people, and worrying if you ll get a good deal. Here are five things to consider before stepping onto the car lot:

1. Check Out the Market

Ask yourself what you want in a new vehicle, and list out both your must-haves and your desires. Then, narrow your search. Use popular search automotive resources like Edmunds.com, JDPower.com, CarAndDriver.com, and ConsumerReports.org to better research and select the type of vehicle you want. You can filter by model, price, or other available options. These resources will not only help you weed out models with known issues, but will also help you ask the right questions when you visit the dealership.

There is no such thing as too much knowledge when it comes to narrowing the search for your new vehicle purchase. Check Kelley Blue Book at kbb.com, AutoTrader.com, eBay.com, CarMax.com, and even Craigslist to compare prices for cars in your area. Researching the market will give you the edge you need to negotiate once you arrive at the auto dealership.

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2. Check Out Your Local Dealerships

But first, you ll want to decide which dealership will best meet your needs. Hands down, in this situation, word-of-mouth is always paramount. Call on friends and family, especially those who have recently purchased a car. Ask them to share their experiences with you. Find out what dealerships offered great deals, quality vehicles, and good customer service. Be sure to use your better judgment in making your selection. Don t listen to the uncle, who plays golf on weekends with the dealership owner. Nor the cousin, who raves of a cute salesman but bought a car with a gremlin-sounding malfunctioning engine.

Additionally, you ll want to check local dealer websites for several reasons. One, you want to know if the model you are looking for is actually in stock. Also, there is much that you can tell about a dealership by reading site reviews and testimonials. You might expect smart businesses to stifle a bit but, if a dealership has been in business for 25 years or more and only two people can say something nice about the service, you may want to look elsewhere. A well-written and maintained website is another clue. Dealerships with haphazard websites are likely to carry a lackadaisical attitude towards the vehicles they sell and the service they provide.

Finally, look for company transparency. For example, contact information should be easy to find and working. Basic information about inventory should be easily accessible. CarFax history and reports should be readily available as well.

3. Consider Your Budget

Before you can initiate buying the car of your dreams, you need to know exactly what you can afford. Start with a realistic overall price you want to pay for a car. Know exactly what you can afford per month if you re considering a car loan and how much you can afford for a down payment. Don t forget to consider the added fees for tags, registration, title, delivery, inspection, sales tax and so on.

Additionally, remember this. You newly purchased car is not necessarily an investment it s an expense. So, don t forget about the continued costs of licensing and inspections, gasoline, insurance premiums, maintenance, and repairs. Budget for everything, and then some. And, stick to your budget.

4. Check Out Financing and Loan Options

Often, car dealerships can offer you the best loan options. But first you ll need to know what everyone else is offering. Check national interest rates, local banks, and credit unions to find out if dealership financing is the best option for you.

Know your credit score. If your credit score is less than optimal, do what needs to be done to increase your score. Otherwise, you may qualify for a loan with an 8% interest versus the 2.75% national base. Whatever you do, avoid applying for loans all over town. Every time you apply, a credit check or inquiry is run, which puts another ding in your score.

Ok. Kudos to you, if you have all the money you need to purchase your new or used car. But, you might want to keep this to yourself when it s time to negotiate with a car dealer. If the sales person doesn t know your limits, he or she cannot push them. Also, wait until the deal has been made before you mention any trade-in. A trade-in and purchase should be two entirely separate negotiations.

5. Check Your Confidence at the Door

So, you ve done your homework. You know exactly what you want, where to find it, what you can spend, and what to expect in fair financing. You now have purchasing confidence, and you are ready to invest it into your shopping experience. Bringing someone with you who doesn t have a stake in your purchase might also help. Let that person be the voice of reason and the one to drag you out of there by your ear if needed. Better yet, bring Uncle Joe, the mechanic. A little extra expertise certainly can t hurt.

Most of all, brace yourself for the walk-away. No matter how perfect the car, and no matter how great the offer, prepare to walk out and go home. But, be sure to bring home all the pertinent information and that all questions were answered to your satisfaction. Now, you have time to think about this purchase and talk it over with friends and family. Chances are, if you have done your due diligence, you can walk right back into the dealership the next morning, confident and with a clear conscience, and drive away in your dream machine.

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Man arrested for photographing unrelated arrest

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Man arrested for photographing unrelated arrest

June 17, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

On July 19th, 2006, Philadelphia police took a 21-year old student, Neftaly Cruz into custody for photographing the arrest of an alleged drug dealer in his neighborhood.

Roused by commotion in his neighborhood, Cruz saw the street outside his house lined with police vehicles and proceeded to photograph the event with his camera phone. Soon after, one of the police officers walked onto his property, grabbed his hand, placed him in handcuffs and drove off with him. Gerrell Martin, a neighborhood woman, witnessed and confirmed these events. She recalls the officer said to Cruz while restraining him, “You should have just went in the house and minded your own business instead of trying to take pictures off your picture phone.”

According to Cruz, “They threatened to charge me with conspiracy, impeding an investigation, obstruction of an investigation. They said, ‘You were impeding this investigation.’ (I asked,) ‘By doing what?’ (The officer said,) ‘By taking a picture of the police officers with a camera phone.'”

After detaining him for over an hour, Philadelphia Police finally released him with a warning that, according to Cruz, “if the supervisor was there I wouldn’t be a free man and that he is letting me go because he felt that I was a good person.”

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Niece of Scientology’s leader goes public with criticism

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Niece of Scientology’s leader goes public with criticism

June 16, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The niece of the Church of Scientology‘s top leader David Miscavige has come forward publicly with criticism of the organization and of Scientology practices. Jenna Miscavige Hill, daughter of David Miscavige’s older brother Ron Miscavige, described Scientology policies which broke apart her family and continue to keep members of her family from talking to each other. Hill criticized Scientology practices in a letter to a public relations spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology and in a broadcast of the television program Inside Edition which aired Tuesday, and was interviewed by an investigative journalist for the New York Post.

Hill wrote an open letter addressed to Karin Pouw, Public Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology International, in response to a 15-page statement issued by Pouw on January 14 which was highly critical of Andrew Morton‘s new book on prominent Scientologist Tom Cruise, Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. Hill’s letter was posted to the Internet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology on January 25, and has since been widely posted on other Internet message boards.

I am absolutely shocked at how vehemently you insist upon not only denying the truths that have been stated about the church in that biography, but then take it a step further and tell outright lies.

In Pouw’s statement on Morton’s book, she called it a “bigoted defamatory assault replete with lies”. In her letter to Pouw, Hill responded “I am absolutely shocked at how vehemently you insist upon not only denying the truths that have been stated about the church in that biography, but then take it a step further and tell outright lies.” Specifically, Hill rebuked the Church of Scientology’s denial of a practice called “disconnection“, where members are instructed to sever all ties with friends and family who are critical of Scientology and deemed a “Suppressive Person“, or SP.

Hill wrote that it was this particular policy which broke up her family when she was 16, going on to detail how the Church of Scientology restricted her communications with her parents: “Not only was I not allowed to speak to them, I was not allowed to answer a phone for well over a year, in case it was them calling me.”

The church does not respond to newsgroup postings.

When contacted for a comment on Hill’s letter, Karin Pouw told the Agence France-Presse: “The church stands by its statement of 14 January. The church does not respond to newsgroup postings.” Hill explained her motivation for writing the letter to the Agence France-Presse: “My intention is to put it on a public forum so they are pressured into changing their ways — even if it is just to cover for themselves.”

In a broadcast of the television program Inside Edition which aired Tuesday, Hill spoke with reporter Les Trent about Scientology’s disconnection policy. Hill described a pregnant friend whose parents are still members of the Church of Scientology; but will not speak with her: “She lives in L.A. – her parents live right around the hill from her, you know she tried to call them when she was having her first child, and they were like: ‘No, sorry, I can’t speak to you.'” The Church of Scientology told Inside Edition that the allegation made by Hill is “the opposite of what the church believes and practices.” Hill last spoke to her uncle David Miscavige four years ago, around the same time that she viewed a promotional video featuring Tom Cruise, at an awards ceremony. This video was recently leaked to the Internet and appeared on the video sharing site YouTube. YouTube took the video down due to a legal complaint from the Church of Scientology, but though the website Gawker.com received a similar legal complaint, Gawker has stated that the video is newsworthy and will not be removed.

Just as L. Ron Hubbard’s family was rocked with turmoil, so it seems is Miscavige’s.

Prominent free speech activist and critic of Scientology David S. Touretzky commented on these recent developments, in an interview Wednesday with Wikinews reporter Nicholas Turnbull: “She has nothing to do with Chanology [the recent anti-Scientology movement that has gathered on Internet message boards], but what we’re seeing here is a “perfect storm” of entheta [material considered negative by Scientology]. It’s all coming together in a chain reaction: The Tom Cruise video, Andrew Morton’s bio, Kirstie Alley’s craziness, Kimora Lee Simmons, Jenna Miscavige, and there’s more to come!” Another critic of Scientology, Mark Bunker of the website XenuTV.com, compared the recent revelations to troubles in Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard‘s family: “Just as L. Ron Hubbard’s family was rocked with turmoil, so it seems is Miscavige’s.” Bunker commented on the Inside Edition piece: “This is a jaw-dropping TV segment — although Inside Edition clearly didn’t understand just how important a story they had.”

In an interview published Wednesday in the New York Post, Hill stated that she has been harassed by the Church of Scientology for speaking out against the organization: “The church has contacted several of my friends, telling them that I am smearing the church and I am going to be declared a suppressive person and asking my friends if they would disconnect from me and, in at least one case, insisting that they do.” The New York Post attempted to contact Karin Pouw for a comment, but she did not respond in time for their publication.

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