Esther Rincón perdió a su hijo, Juan Calleja, de 22 años, en un accidente de tráfico en Tres Cantos (Madrid) el 18 de octubre del año pasado. Ella está convencida de que el mal estado de la carretera causó el siniestro y presentó una denuncia contra Fomento por la existencia de ese punto negro, una curva de la autovía madrileña M-607 donde se producen numerosos accidentes.
Aconsejada por su abogado, el pasado fin de semana Esther convenció a su pareja, Carles para ir a grabar el lugar del accidente. Cuando Carles registraba las imágenes desde dentro del coche de Esther, un vehículo les adelantó y en esa misma curva se estrelló contra la valla antes de quedar boca abajo más allá del arcén.
“Esther estaba pensando en su hijo. Le decía ‘Juanito, dime cómo pasó el accidente. Envíame alguna señal’. Y yo, que no soy creyente y que estoy grabando el vídeo, veo cómo en aquel instante el coche que nos adelanta se sale de la misma curva”, explica Carles
Esther Rincón lost her son, Juan Calleja, 22, in a traffic accident in Tres Cantos (Madrid) on 18 October last year. She is convinced that the poor condition of the road caused the accident and filed a complaint against promotion by the existence of this black spot, a corner of Madrid’s M-607 highway where numerous accidents.
Encouraged by her lawyer, last weekend convinced his partner Esther, Carles to go to film the scene of the accident. When Carla recorded images from inside the car of Esther, a vehicle ahead of them in the same corner and crashed into the fence before falling face down beyond the berm.
The task probably seemed innocuous enough when a small team of U.S. Navy personnel accepted it last fall. They would trek out to a private security contractor in Chicago to pick up 49 dogs, then transport them to a nearby military base.
But what they found when they arrived was shocking, according to internal Navy e-mails: dirty, weak animals so thin that their ribs and hip bones jutted out.
The company says it is owed more than $6 million for its services and for the animals. The Navy appears to have gained little from the deal besides the dogs, which Securitas bought for roughly $465,000, according to the owner of the kennel that sold them.
The Navy wouldn’t disclose what it has actually paid out under the botched contract; officials would say only that they’re still working to determine exactly how much the Navy owes Lockheed Martin, the defense giant that subcontracted the K-9 work to Securitas.
Routine use of antibiotics to raise livestock is widely seen as a major reason for the rise of superbugs. But Congress and the Obama administration have refused to curb agriculture’s addiction to antibiotics, apparently because of the power of the agribusiness lobby.
Yeah, because profit is more important than a few people dying from these infections…
It was the miracle that set Pope John Paul II on the road to sainthood and provided faithful followers with proof of his holy powers. But hopes that the former pope’s canonisation would be fast-tracked by Sister Marie Simon-Pierre’s recovery from Parkinson’s disease have been set back by reports that the French nun has fallen ill again.
Italy’s cabinet passed a decree on Friday aimed at reinstating candidates from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party stripped from ballots in two key regions due to irregularities in presenting their candidacies.
Opposition politicians said the legislation, approved by an emergency cabinet meeting late on Friday, was unconstitutional because it interfered with electoral law ahead of the March 28-29 regional polls.
However, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said the decree did not change electoral rules but aimed to ensure they were interpreted “in the correct way” by magistrates.
A prominent Evangelical figure and Republican donor says he will end his contributions to the organized Republican Party in reaction to the leaked fundraising presentation that advised using “fear” to solicit contributions and displayed an image of President Obama as the Joker from Batman.
Mark DeMoss, who heads a major Christian public relations firm in Atlanta and served as a liaison to the Evangelical community for Mitt Romney in 2008, wrote Chairman Michael Steele yesterday that he was “ashamed” of the presentation, calling depictions of Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Majority Leader Harry Reid “shameful, immature and uncivil, at best.”
“I’m afraid the presentation is representative of a culture and mindset within the Republican National Committee,” DeMoss, a past member of the RNC’s “Eagle” program for top donors who gave the party $15,000 in 2008, wrote in the letter to Steele, which he shared with POLITICO. (DeMoss hasn’t given this cycle.) “Consequently, I will no longer contribute to any fundraising entity of our Party—but will contribute only to individual candidates I choose to support.”
Ars Technica recently changed their site in a small way – if you were using ad-blockers, the content would be hidden for you until you disabled ad blocking for the site.
My first reaction was “fine, you can do that, it’s your right. As a result, I won’t read your content, and I’ll no longer link to your content either. If you think keeping me away is worth keeping away everybody I usually tell about the things I see, that’s your choice to make”.
The next day, an update to the AdBlock subscriptions disabled the blocking, which meant the overall effect was just another futile step in the war between advertisers and adblockers, and not really worth talking about.
But I’ve been thinking about what Ars is saying here. A summary:
There is an oft-stated misconception that if a user never clicks on ads, then blocking them won’t hurt a site financially. This is wrong. Most sites, at least sites the size of ours, are paid on a per view basis.
Let me stop and clarify quickly that I am not saying that we are on the verge of vanishing from the Internet. But we, like many, many sites are greatly affected by ad blocking, and it is a very worrisome trend.
Let me paraphrase, and I’m sure some of you will disagree with what I’m doing here, feel free to use the comment box.
What they say is: “It’s really not right for you ad-blocking folks to deprive us of income we could otherwise make selling your page views to advertisers. We know you won’t buy the advertised products but, just between you and us, we can get away with selling the advertisers false hope because they can’t tell beforehand which page views definitely won’t pan out”.
Now let me ask you the obvious follow-up question: if Ars is this eager to lie to their advertisers about their public, just to make sure their income is a bit higher than it would be if they didn’t lie, what makes you think they won’t be just as eager to lie to you, the reader?
I always thought the content on Ars was high quality, well done work. Now, I’m not so sure any more.