4-pound fetus found in 92-year-old woman……..

When a 92-year-old Chilean woman was taken to the hospital after a fall recently, doctors performed a routine exam and were shocked when a hip X-ray revealed a 4.4-pound fetus filling her abdominal cavity.

Hospital director Margo Vargas Lazo tells the BBC that the calcified fetus was “large and developed,” and had probably been there at least 50 years.

The AFP reports that the woman wasn’t experiencing any pain because of it, and notes that the fetus was roughly seven months along when it died.

The condition is called “lithopedion,” and happens when a fetus dies and calcifies outside of the womb. Lazo tells the Efes news agency in Chile that this case is “extraordinarily rare,” reports the Independent.

A study published in 2000 in the Sao Paulo Medical Journal defined just how rare: the phenomenon happens in just 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent of the abdominal pregnancies that occur—and the incidence of those are 1 in 11,000.

“There have been less than 300 cases in 400 years of world medical literature,” per the study. It looked at those recorded cases and found that two-thirds of the diagnoses happened in women over 40, with the “period of fetus retention” ranging from four to 60 years.

As with other cases, the Chilean woman was unaware of the presence of the fetus. Given her age, doctors sent her home a few hours later without performing an operation to remove it, so she’ll likely leave the world with her unborn baby inside her.

For the record Dawg is way too young to be involved in this pregnancy…….

‘Eight is Enough’ star Dick Van Patten dies at 86

Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who appeared on Broadway as a child, starred on TV in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died.

Van Patten died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes, according to his publicist, Daniel Bernstein. He was 86.

Born in New York, the veteran entertainer began his career as a model and child actor, making his Broadway debut in 1935 at the age of seven, billed as “Dickie Van Patten.” He would go on to appear in 27 other Broadway plays, including the comedy classic “Mister Roberts,”

In 1949, he began a seven-year run on one of TV’s earliest series, “Mama,” playing one of the sons of a Norwegian-American family in early 1900s San Francisco.

Van Patten’s greatest TV success was as Tom Bradford, a widower and father of eight who met and married Abby, played by Betty Buckley, with whom he set up a loving if chaotic household. The ABC comedy-drama aired from 1977-1981.

His many TV appearances also included “Sanford and Son” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Adam-12,” “Happy Days” “The Love Boat” “Touched By An Angel,” “Arrested Development” and, most recently, “Hot in Cleveland.”

Film projects included “Spaceballs,” “High Anxiety,” the original “Freaky Friday,” “The Santa Trap” and “Soylent Green.”

An animal enthusiast, Van Patten co-founded Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods in 1989 as well as founding National Guide Dog Month which began in 2008 to raise awareness and money for nonprofit guide dog schools in the United States.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Van Patten (a former June Taylor Dancer), and his three actor sons – Nels, Jimmy and Vincent.

Sheriff Convicted of Three Felonies in office gets Only 15 Days in Jail

Former Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen

RIGBY, Idaho — A former Jefferson County Sheriff was sentenced Monday to a total of 15 days in jail for misusing public funds.

Blair Olsen was convicted on three felony charges in May to 15 days in jail, followed by 60 more days that Olsen has the option to waive in lieu of community service.

Olsen was also ordered to pay approximately $1,000 in fines and $2,500 in restitution to the county to cover the cost of his theft, which involved purchasing a cellphone and service for his wife’s personal use on the county’s dime.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the prosecutor in Olsen’s trial, explained that the sheriff’s actions erodes the public’s trust in government.

“Public corruption cases are serious for the simple fact that the offender holds a position of public trust and authority, and then takes advantage of that position. This remains true if the crime results in the loss of even the smallest amount of public funds. But the real loss in these cases is to the erosion of trust and faith citizens have in their government. Tackling public corruption is essential to restoring that trust and faith citizens must have in their government and those elected to lead it.”

Despite substantial evidence, the county chose to keep the sheriff employed, refusing to even place him on administrative leave while he was being investigated for misusing their resources. The recent conviction has since forced Olsen to forfeit his office.

15 days? Is that what you and I would have received?

And the lack of enforcement of the law with a public official erodes the public trust too

Hackers warned the Internet would be a security disaster……..

The seven young men sitting before some of Capitol Hill’s most powerful lawmakers weren’t graduate students or junior analysts from some think tank. No, Space Rogue, Kingpin, Mudge and the others were hackers who had come from the mysterious environs of cyberspace to deliver a terrifying warning to the world.

Your computers, they told the panel of senators in May 1998, are not safe — not the software, not the hardware, not the networks that link them together. The companies that build these things don’t care, the hackers continued, and they have no reason to care because failure costs them nothing. And the federal government has neither the skill nor the will to do anything about it.

“If you’re looking for computer security, then the Internet is not the place to be,” said Mudge, then 27 and looking like a biblical prophet with long brown hair flowing past his shoulders. The Internet itself, he added, could be taken down “by any of the seven individuals seated before you” with 30 minutes of well-choreographed keystrokes.

The senators — a bipartisan group including John Glenn, Joseph I. Lieberman and Fred D. Thompson — nodded gravely, making clear that they understood the gravity of the situation. “We’re going to have to do something about it,” Thompson said.

What happened instead was a tragedy of missed opportunity, and 17 years later the world is still paying the price in rampant insecurity.

The testimony from L0pht, as the hacker group called itself, was among the most audacious of a rising chorus of warnings delivered in the 1990s as the Internet was exploding in popularity, well on its way to becoming a potent global force for communication, commerce and criminality.

Hackers and other computer experts sounded alarms as the World Wide Web brought the transformative power of computer networking to the masses. This created a universe of risks for users and the critical real-world systems, such as power plants, rapidly going online as well.

Officials in Washington and throughout the world failed to forcefully address these problems as trouble spread across cyberspace, a vast new frontier of opportunity and lawlessness. Even today, many serious online intrusions exploit flaws in software first built in that era, such as Adobe Flash, Oracle’s Java and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

“We have the same security problems,” said Space Rogue, whose real name is Cris Thomas. “There’s a lot more money involved. There’s a lot more awareness. But the same problems are still there.”

L0pht, born of the bustling hacker scene in the Boston area, rose to prominence as a flood of new software was introducing such wonders as sound, animation and interactive games to the Web. This software, which required access to the core functions of each user’s computer, also gave hackers new opportunities to manipulate machines from afar.

Breaking into networked computers became so easy that the Internet, long the realm of idealistic scientists and hobbyists, gradually grew infested with the most pragmatic of professionals: crooks, scam artists, spies and cyberwarriors. They exploited computer bugs for profit or other gain while continually looking for new vulnerabilities.

Tech companies sometimes scrambled to fix problems — often after hackers or academic researchers revealed them publicly — but few companies were willing to undertake the costly overhauls necessary to make their systems significantly more secure against future attacks. Their profits depended on other factors, such as providing consumers new features, not warding off hackers.

“In the real world, people only invest money to solve real problems, as opposed to hypothetical ones,” said Dan S. Wallach, a Rice University computer science professor who has been studying online threats since the 1990s. “The thing that you’re selling is not security. The thing that you’re selling is something else.”

The result was a culture within the tech industry often derided as “patch and pray.” In other words, keep building, keep selling and send out fixes as necessary. If a system failed — causing lost data, stolen credit card numbers or time-consuming computer crashes — the burden fell not on giant, rich tech companies but on their customers.

The members of L0pht say they often experienced this cavalier attitude in their day jobs, where some toiled as humble programmers or salesmen at computer stores. When they reported bugs to software makers, company officials often asked: Does anybody else know about this?

Remember whenever you are online no one else is thinking about your safety except you, the companies we are buying from are only interested in the bottom line.

DNA in cabin traced to escapees……….

Previous story: New York prison break – how two murderers escaped

Police have found a “conclusive” DNA trace of at least one of the two murderers who escaped from a maximum security prison two weeks ago, state police announced on Monday, as their manhunt descended on a cabin and hunting ground in rural New York.

Forensic investigators matched DNA evidence at a cabin to either Richard Matt, 48, or David Sweat, 35, police major Charles Guess said at a press conference, though he declined to say to which convict the DNA belonged.

The cabin, apparently burglarized, stands in a isolated resort in the forest about 30 miles from Clinton Correctional Facility, from which Matt and Sweat broke out in an elaborate escape on 6 June.

“It is a confirmed lead for us,” Guess said, adding that it appeared the killers “may have spent time” at the cabin.

“We’re going to run this to ground,” he said.

Police spokesman Beau Duffy confirmed that the search effort has primarily descended on Franklin County “near an area of Owl’s Head”, a mountainous region of northern New York along the Adirondacks.

Duffy said police were investigating a lead “involving a seasonal hunting camp”.

Guess also said police had received security camera footage from the area that showed men resembling Matt and Sweat, but that the sightings remain unconfirmed.

“We cannot get into specifics of the evidence that we recovered,” he said, because “we don’t want to put information out into the public that could jeopardize our investigation”.

Guess warned camp owners and anyone visiting the area to immediately call police should they find anything at their camp amiss, and also asked owners and anyone with trail cameras to help monitor footage.

Retro of the day: Freddie Hart

Easy Loving” is a song composed by country music singer-songwriter Freddie Hart. Released in the summer of 1971, it became Hart’s breakthrough hit and a country music standard.

Hart, a country music stalwart since the late 1950s, had a string of minor hits for several labels, including KappColumbia and his then-current label, Capitol. However, his hits were modest at best.

“Easy Loving,” about deep commitment in a monogamous relationship, very nearly did not became a hit. Hart’s previous single, “California Grapevine,” had stalled at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and Capitol Records decided to drop Hart’s contract.

In mid-1971, a disc jockey at Atlanta, Georgia radio station WPLO began playing “Easy Loving” to great response. The song quickly caught on nationwide, and by that August, “Easy Loving” had broken into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. On September 11, it was his first No. 1 song, spending three weeks atop the chart (interrupted between its first and second weeks for Tom T. Hall‘s “The Year Clayton Delaney Died.”).

“Easy Loving” also was a modest pop hit, reaching No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1971, and was the only pop hitof Hart’s career.

Chart (1971)


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles


U.S. Billboard Hot 100


Canadian RPM Country Tracks


Canadian RPM Top Singles


Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks