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Panel: Gov’t thwarted worst-case scenario on spill

Posted on October 7th, 2010 at 11:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Obama administration blocked efforts by government scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could become and made other missteps that raised questions about its competence and candor during the crisis, according to a commission appointed by the president to investigate the disaster.

In documents released Wednesday, the national oil spill commission’s staff describes "not an incidental public relations problem" by the White House in the wake of the April 20 accident.

Among other things, the report says, the administration made erroneous early estimates of the spill’s size, and President Barack Obama’s senior energy adviser went on national TV and mischaracterized a government analysis by saying it showed most of the oil was "gone." The analysis actually said it could still be there.

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  1. Odd contrast between headline and excerpt.

  2. [Quote]:


    –verb (used with object)
    to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
    to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).

  3. Yes, exactly. To thwart does not mean to hush or to censor. The headline says the Obama government prevented a worse spill.

Zimbabwean man claims he was drugged and raped by gang of women

Posted on October 7th, 2010 at 7:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


A ZIMBABWEAN man has accused a gang of three women of kidnapping, drugging and raping him in the fifth sexual attack targeting male victims in under a year.

A police spokesman said the 26-year-old was offered a lift in the southern city of Bulawayo but passed out in the vehicle after he was grabbed from behind and his face covered with a cloth.

He said he fell unconscious again after being given a substance that tasted like alcohol.

"After he woke up he was naked and the ladies took turns to rape him and abused him," police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told AFP.

The man told police he passed out after the assault but was later dumped by the women.

"The ladies also took his money, $US300 ($308) and cell phone," said Mr Bvudzijena.

"The intentions by the three women are not clear but we suspect it could for ritual purposes."

Ritual purposes? Like what? Fertility rites?

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  1. Ritual purpose as in suing for childcare and alimony a year from now?
    Just wondering.

  2. Personally, I think it’s more a case of quid pro quo. Rape gangs (male) are not uncommon there I think.