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this story was told at the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic Science, AAFS president Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego with the legal complications of a bizarre death. On 23 March 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. The decedent had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide (he left a note indicating his despondency). As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had been erected at the eighth floor level to protect some window washers and that Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide anyway because of this.
Ordinarily, Dr. Mills continued, a person who sets out to commit suicide ultimately succeeds, even though the mechanism might not be what he intended.
That Opus was shot on the way to certain death nine stories below probably would not have changed his mode of death from suicide to homicide. But the fact that his suicidal intent would not have been successful caused the medical examiner to feel that he had a homicide on his hands. The room on the ninth floor whence the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by and elderly man and his wife. They were arguing and he was threatening her with the shotgun. He was so upset that, when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife and pellets went through the window striking Opus. When one intends to kill subject A but kills subject B in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject B.
When confronted with this charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant that neither knew that the shotgun was loaded. The old man said it was his long standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her - therefore, the killing of Opus appeared to be an accident. That is, the gun had been accidentally loaded.
The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son loading the shotgun approximately six weeks prior to the fatal incident. It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.
There was an exquisite twist. Further investigation revealed that the son, one Ronald Opus, had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off the ten- story building on March 23, only to be killed by a shotgun blast through a ninth story window.
The medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.
An American born in the 1990s will produce in a lifetime approximately:- one million kilograms (2.2 million lbs.) of atmospheric wastes,
- 10 million kgs (22 million lbs.) of liquid wastes,
- one million kgs (2.2 million lbs.) of solid wastes.
An American will consume:- 700,000 kgs (1.54 million lbs.) of minerals
- 24 billion BTUs of energy -- equivalent to 4000 barrels of oil.
In a lifetime, an average American will eat:- 25,000 kgs (55,000 lbs.) of animal products, provided in part by slaughtering 2000 animals.
most commonly known as Ritalin, ranks in the top 10 most frequently reported controlled pharmaceuticals stolen from licensed handlers.
Abuse of MPH can lead to marked tolerance and severe psychic dependence.
Organized drug trafficking groups in a number of states have utilized various schemes to obtain MPH for resale on the illicitmarket. MPH is abused by diverse segments of the population, from health care professions and children to street addicts. A significant number of children and adolescents are diverting or abusing MPH medication intended for the treatment of ADHD.
In 1994, a national high school survey (Monitoring the Future) indicated that more seniors in the U.S. abuse Ritalin than are prescribed Ritalin legitimately. Students are giving and selling their medication to classmates who are crushing and snorting the powder like cocaine. In March of1995, two deaths in Mississippi and Virginia were associated with this activity. DAWN statistics on estimated emergency room mentions indicate that there were 271 mentions in 1990, 657 mentions in 1991, 1,044 mentions in 1992, and 725 in 1993 (of which 28% to 40% were associated with abuse for dependence or psychological effects). The number of mentions for MPH was significantly greater than mentions for Schedule III stimulants (6 mentions in 1992 and 1 mention in 1993 for all Schedule III stimulants).
The U.S. manufactures and consumes 5-times more MPH than the rest of the world combined. MPH aggregate production quota has increased almost 6-fold since 1990.
Every indicator available, including scientific abuse liability studies, actual abuse, paucity of scientific studies on possible adverse effects associated with long-term use of stimulants, divergen prescribing practices of U.S. physicians, and lack of concurrent medical treatment and follow-up, urge greater caution and more restrictive use of MPH.
``SEC. 10961. FINDINGS.''``The Congress finds that--
``(1) the ability of the Nation's major urban public school systems to meet the Nation's educational goals will determine the country's economic competitiveness and academic standing in the world community;
``(2) the quality of public education in the Nation's major urban areas has a direct effect on the economic development of the Nation's inner-cities;
``(3) the success of urban public schools in boosting the achievement of its minority youth attending such schools will determine the ability of the Nation to close the gap between the `haves and the have-nots' in society; ``
(4) the cost to America's businesses to provide remedial education to high school graduates is approximately $21,000,000,000 per year;
``(5) approximately one-third of the Nation's workforce will be members of minority groups by the year 2000;
``(6) urban schools enroll a disproportionately large share of the Nation's poor and `at-risk' youth;
``(7) urban schools enroll approximately one-third of the Nation's poor, 40 percent of the Nation's African American children, and 30 percent of the Nation's Hispanic youth;
``(8) nearly 20 percent of the Nation's limited-English-proficient children and 15 percent of the Nation's disabled youth are enrolled in urban public schools;
``(9) the academic performance of students in the average inner-city public school system is below that of students in most other kinds of school systems;
``(10) urban public school systems have higher dropout rates, more problems with health care, and less parental participation than other kinds of school systems;
``(11) urban preschoolers have one-half the access to early childhood development programs as do other children;
``(12) shortages of teachers in urban public school systems are 2.5 times greater than such shortages in other kinds of school systems;
``(13) declining numbers of urban minority high school graduates are pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities;
``(14) urban public school systems have greater problems with teenage pregnancy, discipline, drug abuse, and gangs than do other kinds of school systems;
``(15) 75 percent of urban public school buildings are over 25 years old, 33 percent of such buildings are over 50 years old, and such buildings are often in serious disrepair and create poor and demoralizing working and learning conditions;
``(16) solving the challenges facing our Nation's urban schools will require the concerted and collaborative efforts of all levels of government and all sectors of the community;
``(17) Federal and State funding of urban public schools has not adequately reflected need; and
``(18) Federal funding that is well-targeted, flexible, and accountable would contribute significantly to addressing the comprehensive needs of inner-city public schools.
"My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total, and I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution." - Representative Barbara Jordan (D-Texas) - born 1936, died 1996
"Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light,
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."
all below, by way of JS DILL
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A small bacterium weights as little as 0.00000000001 gram. A blue whale weights about 100,000,000 grams. Yet a bacterium can kill a whale...Such is the adaptability and versatility of microorganisms as compared with humans an other so-called 'higher' organisms, that they will doubtless continue to colonise and alter the face of the earth long after we and the rest of our cohabitants have left the stage forever. Microbes, not macrobes, rule the world." Bernard Dixon, 1994
A sponge, a living sponge...the most benign of creatures, quietly filtering food from the water flowing through, over, and about its point of anchor. Yet, French zoologists from the University of the Mediterranean have just discovered, in a shallow underwater cave, a new species of sponge... this one is carnivorous.
"The stagnant water in the cave makes filter-feeding impossible, so sponges that live there have developed passive [so far] tentacles covered with microscopic, Velcrolike hooks. These hooks snag shrimplike crustaceans that happen to swim by. Within one day after capture, new tentacles envelope the victims, essentially burying them alive. Digestion then begins.
"'This is the equivalent of finding a human with gills,' exclaims Michelle Kelley-Borge, a sponge expert at London's Natural History Museum. The sponge's only known relatives live on the ocean floor."
Now, this seems perfectly logical to me. So much so that one might wonder why hasn't it occurred before. But sponge are simple, aren't they? Guileless and consistently so? Not necessarily calculating? Or, perhaps not. For as mankind has polluted the Mediterranean to that point where it now is the most desecrated of the planets' seas, the sponge has learned to stalk. And if it grows and becomes more knowing, becomes more hungry...?
In 1988 scientists at the University of North Carolina discovered a predatory, single-celled organism (dinoflagellate) whose characteristics were so unbelievable that most scientists refused to acknowledge its existence.
Pfiesteria piscimorte (fish killer), when triggered by an as yet unknown substance secreted by fish, sends neurotoxins into the water and air which paralyze a fish's nervous system. When the fish dies the P. piscimorte attaches itself and literally eats holes in its prey...so effective is P. piscimorte that "pools of dead fish [have been found] with holes eaten through them" and fish have been observed literally "trying to leave the water" to escape.
"Whether humans are affected by this dinoflagellate's toxin remains to be seen. Researchers think it's unlikely consumers eating fish are in danger, but anyone with frequent exposure to the creature could be in peril. Several researchers working with piscimorte have reported bouts of memory loss and disorientation." Subtle intimation this...
"Man is embedded in nature. The biologic science of recent years has been making this a more urgent fact of life. The new, hard problem will be to cope with the dawning, intensifying realization of just how interlocking we are. The old, clung to notions most of us have held about our special lordship are being deeply undermined." Lewis Thomas - 1975
According to Charlot, a Flathead chief, 1876:
"...We were happy when he first came. We first thought he came from the light, but he comes like the dusk of the evening now, not like the dawn of the morning. He comes like a day that has passed, and night enters our future with him...
"He has filled graves with our bones. His horses, his cattle, his sheep, his men, his women have a rot. Does not his breath, his gums stink? His jaws lose their teeth and he stamps them with false ones; yet he is not ashamed. No, no; his course is destruction; he spoils what the spirit who gave us this country made beautiful and clean..."
"Neither rat nor man has achieved social, commercial, or economic stability.This has been, either perfectly or to some extent, achieved by ants and bees, by some birds, and by some of the fishes in the sea. Man and the rats are merely, so far, the most successful animal of prey. They are utterly destructive of other forms of life. Neither of them is of the slightest use to any other species of living thing." Hans Zinsser - 1934
When the world ends, it will be like when the names of things are changed during the peyote hunt. All will be different, the opposite of what it is now. Now there are two eyes in the heavens, Dios Sol and Dios Fuego. Then, the moon will open his eye and become brighter. The sun will become dimmer. There will be no more differences. No more men and women. No child and no adult. All will change places..." Huichol proverb
the above, by way of DICK SHOVEL
"...we live very simply because of our ancestors' greed..." quote from Tararra tribesman (Brazil) 1995
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