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Possible bug in either the vote count or the explanation of the vote...

on a hidden message.

There is a hidden post in a thread that shows a jury decision to hide but it says the vote was 3-2. Here is the message in the hidden post:

"A Jury voted 3-2 to hide this post on Tue Dec 20, 2011, 06:33 AM. Reason: This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See Community Standards.)"

The hidden post can be found here (It is reply #17, I couldn't do a hyper-link because it's a hidden post it seems):

http://www.democraticunderground.com/124013269#post17

Seeing that there are 6 jurors on each jury, it seems there was a glitch or something here, maybe just in the explanation or in the vote itself, something was lost in 'translation'.

This glitch may be related to the question in this thread but I'm not sure, I originally posted the vote count discrepancy there but thought it might be better as it's own OP:
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http://www.democraticunderground.com/124013341

Layaway bills paid off by secret Santas

Anonymous donors in the United States are paying off the layaway accounts of strangers, buying the toys and games set aside by impoverished parents for their children.

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Last week, a young father in dirty clothes and worn-out boots stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis,recalled.

With him were three small children. He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn't be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.

"She told him, 'No, I'm paying for it,'" Deppe said. "He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn't, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears."

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/12/18/secret-santas-pay-off-layaways.html

Oilsands' carbon emissions rising

The intensity of oilsands carbon emissions the amount of greenhouse gases created per every barrel of oil produced increased by two per cent between 2009 and 2010, according to an industry report.

The 2010 Responsible Canadian Energy progress report by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) also found that overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the oilsands rose 14 per cent in the same time period as the number of oilsands operations expanded.

"The increase in total GHG emissions is a result of the significant increase in both mining and in situ production, both of which require more fuel for mine trucks, in situ steam production and upgraders," read the report.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/12/16/pol-capp-oil-industry-emissions-report.html

This report is from CAPP, the Industry Assn itself, so you can be sure they put the best light on this they could and it's still BAD news.

'Barefoot Bandit' sentenced to seven years over crime spree

The 20-year-old "Barefoot Bandit" has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges.

Colton Harris-Moore gained international notoriety while evading police across America in stolen planes, boats and cars during a two-year crime spree.

Judge Vickie Churchill said "this case is a tragedy in many ways, but it's a triumph of the human spirit in other ways". She described Harris-Moore's upbringing as a "mind numbing absence of hope", and believed he was genuinely remorseful and contrite.

Friday's proceedings consolidated cases against Harris-Moore in three Washington state counties. He has already pleaded guilty to federal charges in Seattle and will be sentenced for those crimes early next year. He will serve his state and federal sentences at the same time.

more

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/16/barefoot-bandit-sentenced-seven-years

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Former NHLer Kennedy tells U.S. to speak up against child sex abuse

Canada's Sheldon Kennedy stepped into the American spotlight on Tuesday, the victim of a sexual predator making a Capitol Hill appearance to urge U.S. lawmakers to "empower" anyone who suspects children are being sexually abused.

Under the glare of television cameras and the din of snapping shutters, the former NHL player matter-of-factly told of the ordeal he suffered at the hands of a once-trusted hockey coach. His testimony came as America grapples with the Penn State college football scandal.

"In my case, my abuser was International Hockey Man of the Year," Kennedy told the U.S. Senate subcommittee on children and families, whose members include Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota.

"In Canada, that gave him almost God-like status. Sound familiar? The kids and often their parents too looked up to him as a hero. This was someone who could make their dreams come true and he used that trust to hurt them."

more

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2011/12/13/sp-sheldon-kennedy-congress.html

What not to do while on a flight...chew through restraints...gotta be a first!

Fired RIM execs 'chewed through restraints' on flight

New details are emerging about the rowdy behaviour of two Research In Motion executives who were fired for disrupting an intercontinental flight including that they managed to chew their way out of restraints after being handcuffed by crew members.

George Campbell, 45, and Paul Alexander Wilson, 38, each pleaded guilty to mischief for disrupting a Nov. 30 flight from Toronto to Beijing.

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The pilots, believing they could not make the trip to Beijing for security reasons, decided to divert the plane to Anchorage. As the situation continued to escalate they changed course again and headed for the Vancouver airport, which was closer.

During the final 80 minutes of the flight, "several flight attendants and a couple of passengers" restrained the two men and the crew initiated a "lockdown situation" so that no one was allowed to leave their seats.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/12/09/rim-execs-flight.html

This has got to be a first....chewing through restraints after being handcuffed by crew members...geez! These assholes cost one company a big contract because their representative missed the deadline due to the flight having to divert.

Has everyone/anyone taken a look at the NEW border deal between the U.S. and Canada?

If not, I strongly suggest looking closely at it. It is being touted as the biggest deal since NAFTA and it IS. It goes far beyond mere ease of travel, etc, that one might expect. Our privacy is being invaded so corporations can save 16 billion (and that's just Canada's number) at the cost to the tax payers of ONE BILLION (again, this is just the Canadian cost, I have not seen what the cost to US taxpayers will pay for this boondoggle).

We, on both sides of the border, will have to check-in at both the US border control and the Canadian one on entering and leaving instead of just the one it is now. There will now be shared databases which both will have access to. The shared database on the Canadian side will be the RCMP one, I am going to assume it will be the Homeland Security database in the U.S. but have not seen that being said as yet.

Regulations governing health and personal care products, agriculture and food, transportation and the environment are going to be 'harmonized' which, imo, means lowered to the lowest common denominator.

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"These agreements represent the most significant step forward in Canada-U.S. co-operation since the North American Free Trade Agreement," Harper said in a statement Wednesday before a press conference in Washington, D.C. with U.S. President Barack Obama to announce the new "action plan."

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Consumer health products that have already been approved in the U.S. could get faster approval in Canada, with regulatory bodies sharing information and adjusting labelling standards to make it easier to market a product in both countries.

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Officials say it's not yet clear exactly what information will be shared about Canadian and U.S. citizens when they cross the shared border. Currently, no information is shared upon entry or exit.

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Canadian and U.S. officials picked out 29 points where the two countries can bring their rules closer together, in health and personal care products, agriculture and food, transportation and the environment. That could mean more products, including therapeutic and over-the-counter treatments, available in Canada because of easier approvals.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/12/07/pol-canada-us-border-perimeter.html

I have linked an article from Canada's perspective and even it doesn't go into the kind of detail and analysis I think is needed given the massive changes inherent in this deal.

Fracking likely linked to groundwater pollution in U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may have linked fracking a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells to groundwater pollution for the first time.

The EPA announced Thursday that it found compounds likely associated with fracking chemicals in the groundwater beneath a Wyoming community where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals.

The finding could have a chilling effect in both Canada and the U.S. where various levels of government are trying to determine how to regulate the controversial process. Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and release natural gas and oil trapped in the rock formations.

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As part of the investigation, the EPA drilled two deep monitoring wells in the local aquifer and found synthetic chemicals, like glycols and alcohols consistent with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids. It also found benzene concentrations well above Safe Drinking Water Act standards and high methane levels in the deep wells.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/12/08/bc-fracking-groundwater-epa.html


Virginia Tech shootings leave 2 dead

Virginia Tech says a police officer and a second victim have been shot and killed on the campus, where 32 students and faculty died in a 2007 rampage that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Authorities are seeking a suspect at the Blacksburg, Va., university. A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors.

A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case, said initial reports indicated that the shooting occurred following a traffic stop.

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The suspect is described as a white male wearing grey sweat pants, grey hat with neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.

more

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/12/08/virginia-tech-shooting.html
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