On Friday, archeologists unearthed a graveyard during a rail project excavation in London that could hold the remain of 50,000 or more people who died almost 650 years ago from the “Black Death” Plague. According to Reuters, thirteen skeletons were laid out in two neat rows discovered 8 feet below the road in Farringdon area central London by researching working on the $24 billion Crossrail project. Historical records indicate that the area was a no man’s land where a cemetery was established for bubonic plague victims which killed a third of England’s population following the outbreak in 1348. Jay Carver, Crossrail’s lead archeologist, explains that “At this early stage, the depth of burials, the pottery found with the skeletons and the way the skeletons have been set out, all point towards this being part of the 14th century emergency burial ground.” As Reuters reports, limited records suggest that up to 50,000 victims were buried in less than three years in the cemetery as the plague ravaged the capital. The skeletons have already been taken away for testing as archeologists hope they will shed light on the DNA signature of the plague and confirm the burial dates. The cemetery is the second significant medieval discovery, the first being last month with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a car park in Central England, in England recently.
Do we really need something like this? If the government went along with the idea people would take issue with what the government is spending the money on and what they would use this for. Dangerous game to play if any government takes this seriously. Although it does look pretty cool.
Why not be smart about it whether legal or illegal? I think Washington state is taking a smart approach to the legalization of marijuana in the state. In Tacoma, Washington, state officials are looking for a green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market according to Huff Post. The state is trying to figure out how to regulate legalized marijuana, so why not hire an advisory on all things weed really from how to grow, dry, test, label, package and profit even make brownies. Hey take a page out of our foreign neighbors who have become pros at this…I am talking to you Amsterdam. On Wednesday, Tacoma saw its fair share of flannel and ponytails even men in suits and out of towners vying for the position as a pot consultant. The Liquor Control Board, the agency developing rules for the marijuana industry, reserved a convention hall for the state bidding expert to take questions about the new position. A pot related conviction is fine, but a heinous felony would not be acceptable. Washington and Colorado were the first this fall to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and have already started setting up systems for licensed growers, processors, and retail stores where anyone over 21 can buy an ounce of the heavily taxed product. Hey Obama maybe you should take a page from this and realize that people are going to use it anyway so why not collect some money instead of paying out money to fight something that is going to happen anyway. While planning is underway, the exact number of stores and growers is unclear as well as testing the pot to make sure no one gets sick. Sales will begin in December in Washington. The board has advertised in four categories for consulting services including product development, quality testing, regulations, and statistical analysis. The state is hoping for one contract but if that is not possible they will award multiple contracts in order to get the best expertise. The bids are due by Feb. 15, but the contract will not be awarded til March. Whoever wins the bid cannot also have a state license to grow, process, or sell it as it would be a conflict of interest, but once the contract is up they can apply. State and federal governments are missing out on a great revenue opportunity to help with the deficits most states and the federal government are trying to deal with right now.
Probably the strangest story I have heard in a while, but also I didn’t even realize their was a black market for this. In Manhattan, New York hospital clerk Marque Gumbs was found stealing toner for copiers and printers in order to provide for his lavish lifestyle of BMWs, designer clothes and vacations. The $1.5 million scheme at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center exploited a largely overlooked, but lucrative black market for these and other office supplies. The perpetrators were using business accounts to make false orders for more costly items like toner and reselling them for a large discount. A large law firm in Manhattan recently went through the same situation which ended in grand larceny charges against Adrian Rodriguez, 38 years old, who prosecutors say ordered in excess of $376,000 worth of toner over two years. In 2007, two Pennsylvania men were accused of stealing $187,000 worth of ink and toner and in New Jersey an account exec at a stationary supply company pleaded guilty to stealing 30,000 toner cartridges worth $1.75 million. Gumbs went undetected by the hospital for so long since he would had the delivery drivers call his cellphone and meet him at the curb where he would stash the toner in a garbage area so he could retrieve it later. Before he was done, Gumbs had used his profits for rent on a luxury apartment, a BMW, shopping sprees, and airlines tickets and hotel rooms for vacations. Gumbs, pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to 2.5 to 7.5 years in prison and ordered to forfeit everything he bought with the money. I think he got off a little easy, but in the long run he is going to have a hard time finding work when he gets out not only because of his criminal activity.
This story gets stranger and stranger. Veteran actor, Robert Wagner 82, has declined numerous times to cooperate with the renewed investigation into the 1981 death of his wife, Natalie Wood. Wagner’s attorney responded by saying that her client has complied with the investigation form the beginning and has no further information to offer. Lt. Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office says that Wagner has changed his story over the years. Her death is shrouded in mystery and at the time investigator could only come to the conclusion that her death was an accidental drowning. The actress had been boating with her then husband Wagner and actor Christopher Walken prior to her death. When her body was found floating in the water mile away from the boat, her body was covered in bruises. The case reopened in 2011 after the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, came forward to say that Wagner and his wife were fighting prior to her death which Wagner admitted to. Right now, the police have no suspects and Wagner is not considered one at this time. The death has now been ruled “undetermined.” Wagner is still the only person on the boat from that night who has not spoke to detectives about that night in this new inquiry.
I do give this man credit for being so ballsy and standing up for what he believes. I don’t know if that’s the reason he did it or he was afraid his guns would be taken away with Obama’s new gun proposal announced this last Wednesday. On that same Wednesday, a woman shopping at J.C. Penny in Riverdale saw a man carrying a rifle slung across his chest, extra ammunition and a sidearm in holster on his right hip, so she did what anyone would do take a picture. The Utah man’s reason was to demonstrate guns in law abiding citizens hands can be safe. The man identified as Joseph Kelley is a firm believer obviously in the second amendment. Besides Kelley, other pro-amendment demonstrations have been going on in the wake of the Obama’s gun control proposal in response to the Sandy Hook shooting. In Oregon two men walked down the main street in Portland carrying assault rifles explaining that they are exercising their Second Amendment right and hope to educate the people on gun rights. What these people are failing to realize is that the way guns were used and obtained in each shooting whether school, mall, etc. was not legal in any way, so to protect the public stricter rules must be implemented. If you have no criminal past or any kind of mental instability in your past, then you can still buy guns. I don’t really understand why they feel all of our rights to own guns is being violated. Plus they are operating on a principal that is over 200 years old that doesn’t mean the same thing it did 200 years ago when it was being written.
Wow this is scary and what is scarier is the fact that the family is still using the water to bath in which is even more dangerous. A few weeks ago, an Ohio family was shocked that their water caught on fire NBC News reported Friday. Debby Kline said she lit a candle near the faucet that set off a huge explosion and blasted the sink into the ceiling. She noticed the water was fizzing and came to find out that their is dangerously high levels of methane from a natural gas company drilling never the home six months ago. The gas must have seeped into the well when the ground was disturbed by the drilling. The purchase pf a methane filter costs around $8,000, so for now the Klines drink bottled water, but still bathe in the water from the tap. The methane in drinking water itself is not usually harmful but the built up of it in the air especially in poorly ventilated or confined areas is extremely dangerous. The other danger according to the Water System Council is that methane can asphyxiate or cause other health problems in humans.
I don’t know about this family, but I would sue the company that was drilling because it is not only harmful to these people who lived there before the ruling but the environment such as well water and animals that live there. This family needs to do something because if they stay there then something bad is going to happen because of the built up in gas.