Blog : October 2010
The undead haunt iReport »

This Halloween, we’ve certainly seen our share of ghost stories, but like a swarm of bloodthirsty ghouls, the phenomenon of zombie walks has also taken over iReport in recent days.

They’re not a new thing --- iReporters have shared videos of zombie walks for years, whether they be at comic book conventions, or a world record, but we’ve seen more than usual lately.

This event wasn't just about looking like death and searching for brains; it had a charitable cause. Each of the participants was donating canned goods for the needy.

iReporters Greg Reese, Carol Rucker and Forest Thomer all covered the same zombie walk in Florence, Kentucky, on Saturday the 23rd. “The event was a success on many levels and exceeded expectations," according to Thomer, noting that they got plenty of canned food as well.

In the midst of this event, Thomer, whose life’s dream is to dance with Ellen DeGeneres, put together the Giant Zombie Ellen DeGeneres Dance, inspired by the dancing she does on her talk show.

There was also a worldwide zombie walk going on that weekend as well, and Mike Roy captured the scene in London, Ontario, as the macabre marchers tried to show that they were the best at staggering, shuffling, and just acting in an altogether creepy manner.

With both Halloween and the debut of AMC’s “Walking Dead” happening this weekend, it appears that people have zombies on the brain (pun intended). Have you come across any zombies in your neck of the woods? Share your iReport with us!

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// October 29, 2010
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Overheard on » readers were divided over the Transportation Security Administration's plan to pat down airline passengers – even after reports of that an al Qaeda group was suspected of trying to ship suspicious packages on cargo flights to the United States. Some commenters felt the searches were too invasive, but others said it was just part of keeping travelers safe.


Commenters also had a lot to say about premature ejaculation and Celine Dion's twins.


TSA to phase in new pat-down procedures at airports nationwide



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People are so sensitive. What does it matter if someone touches you? Would you rather die in an explosion than let someone wearing gloves look for explosives under your clothes. Get over it!



You don't really seem to understand what's at stake here. My fiancé was the victim of a violent sexual assault, she's afraid even to allow me to touch here down there sometimes and we've been together ten years. How do you think she's going to react to some stranger wanting to touch her inappropriately?



Ever notice that in more spaces, places and moments our government is starting to act like those they say we are being protected from?



People ... It's the rules. If you want to fly, get over being touched on occasion. If you can't get over it, drive or take the train. But, let me make one thing perfectly clear. ... If and when an incident happens on a US plane that could have been … detected by a cursory pat down or a momentary electronic scan - I hope you never ever raise your voice here again.



It really isn't that complicated. Prepare for security. Dress lightly and don't wear metals. I am a frequent flyer and I have become accustomed to the little hassles for my personal safety.



I accept reasonable security. However this is not reasonable.


Men and sex: Survival of the quickest

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Zsa ZSa

You could try the stop & start again method, takes patience & practice. I believe some guys are used to having sex on the run & never learn to control ejaculation. A lot of it is mind over matter. It's awful for the woman too, very frustrating.


Antonio Camargo

This is all crap. The norm is quick ejaculation and the disease is slow ejaculation. PE was invented by doctors, therapists, drug companies and counselors just with the intention of making money for them. All mammals are programmed to have fast ejaculation to guarantee prevalence over the competition. Fast ejaculation is all about Darwin, natural selection and the will to prevail over other males.


Drin King Water

PE is not a problem. If the guy is so turned on that he PE , then that's awesome. Why do these voodoo doctors in lab coats treat everything as a problem? I once dated a guy that PE all the time and I thought it was amazing. I mean, to bring pleasure from the slightest touch was fantastic.


Celine Dion names her twins

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Good for her... not naming them Pilot, Apple, Zuma, Jermajesty, Blanket, or any of those other celebrity baby names that are gonna get the poor kids asses kicked all through school.



Actually both are normal names - good for you both for not going with the stupid Hollywood "we're so famous and rich we can name our kids anything we want" mentality.



Whew, acceptable names this time. I was expecting Sunshine, Tractor, Sailor, Typhoon or some similar eccentricity.


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// October 29, 2010
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CNN30 TV special »

You were there when the Berlin Wall fell. You shared in the world’s excitement when Princess Diana got married. You documented New York City’s grief when the Twin Towers collapsed.


Last month, we asked you to help us build an interactive timeline of the past three decades. The results were impressive. We received more than 200 iReports from all over the world with your recollections and footage of these iconic events.


This weekend, some the best submissions will be featured in a half-hour special on CNN International; called "CNN30: Were You There?" The show will look back at the biggest news stories of the past three decades, their impact, why they mattered and how the world responded.


The special airs Saturday at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.


If you don't have CNN International -- or even if you do -- you can view several of the segments here:


- sunethra remembers her excitement about Princess Diana's wedding

- Nige820 talks about the images he saw in Pripyat, Ukraine, abandoned after the 1986 Chernobyl explosion

- jeff1985 recalls when his  building was destroyed in the 1985 Mexico City earthquake

- koryisma describes being an American in Morocco when Barack Obama was elected U.S. president in 2008

- allebeth remembers the photos she took in New York City five days after 9/11


The project doesn't end here. The timeline will remain on, so we welcome you to continue adding your memories, and they could be incorporated into future coverage.


Update [11/5/10]: The "CNN30: Were You There?" TV special is now on You can view it in three parts:


CNN30: 1980s

CNN30: 1990s

CNN30: 2000s

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Overheard on »

Comment of the day:


"This morning I got up concerned about finances, the dripping tap, the noise coming from under the hood of my car and the kids leaving the lights on all night again. This puts it all into prospective. Thanks for the sacrifices of these incredible brave men and women that have made it so that when I get up this is the total sum of my daily problems."


pipin100 was one of the many readers praising the sacrifice of Army medic Tony Acevedo and the other U.S. troops who endured a Nazi slave labor camp during World War II.


Readers also were outraged about the execution of two teenage girls by  Somali immigrants and less than amused by President Obama's appearance  on "The Daily Show."


'You don't forget': Medic's Holocaust diary tells story of hell



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My father fought in the Battle of the Bulge. 2nd Army Howitzer division. He told me stories of the war that you don't read in text books. Mr. Acevedo my father would have been 88 this year. Your story like his will always be remembered and never forgotten.



And every time we say never again, but yet it happens again and again. It is heartbreaking that humans can be so cruel to each other. I hope that we are getting to the point in our societal evolution that we realize that we are all the same blood and bones. The world would be a better place if we all worked together instead of killing each other.



You, sir, are a true hero. We are free today because of men just like you. Ordinary men, who stepped up and did their part. God bless you.



As a German born after the war not far from Berga I would like to express my humble respect to all that had to suffer so much. Germany's dark history shall never be forgotten. We have to show collective responsibility and yes, guilt. Yet the question was it all possible?


Two teenage girls executed by Somali militants

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What gets me is when some ignorant preacher from Florida wants to burn a simple book the whole Muslim community around the world freaks out and protests. When they kill little girls no one says a word. Yep, Islam is peaceful alright.



As an American and a Muslim, I think these animals are an insult to the human race in general and my faith in particular. They should be utterly destroyed and it's incumbent upon the Muslim world to speak out against these animals as well as the mullahs who are perverting the Islamic faith and encouraging these inhuman practices!



Thank you for your comment. I wish ALL Muslims would step up to the plate and say what you are saying.

Obama visits Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show'

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Thanks for health care reform (a start anyway) and for saving the economy. We're looking forward to 6 more years to get things done.



I listen to the President and got bored....I would never vote for him. The Rome is burning and he is chasing Republicans. No, put the fire out first, restore and then and only then say what you wanna say.



Maybe Obama should show up on the "Jersey Shore" I hear it's really popular with his target audience... the stupid people.



Yeah, where were all the moron republicans when Bushy was getting us into this mess?? You go rock!!!......idiots, go back under your rocks. Obama has done more to try to get us back on track to prosperity than any Republican ever has.


Your take


Several people told us Wednesday that they don't comment on as often as they would like because they don't like the tone of the discussions. So we want to issue a little challenge: Find a comment that you think is intelligent, thoughtful or interesting, and compliment the commenter. Then tell us what happened in the comments below.


It will be interesting to see how people react.

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// October 28, 2010
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CNN iReport roundtable: Boot camp wrap-up »


Well, iReporters, you did it! You've tackled seven boot camp topics – from photography to storytelling – and today we'll talk about the experience and what you'd like to learn next time.


Please join us here at 3:00 p.m. for our boot camp wrap-up discussion. Members of the CNN iReport team will be present to answer any questions you may have and offer feedback for those iReporters who participated in our storytelling challenge. For our final assignment, we challenged iReporters to report on a local landmark and you showed us a variety of places, including a civil war fort (pictured above), a beloved locomotive, and a sweet shop in Sri Lanka.


We really enjoyed being part of the boot camp experience and look forward to hearing your thoughts. If you’re new to the roundtable, here’s how it works: We’ll open comments at 3:00 p.m. ET and you can post your comments and questions below. Talk to you then!

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Where on iReport is Bill Clinton? »

Ohio. New York. California. Florida. It seems former president Bill Clinton has been all over the United States lately. He's certainly been popping up across CNN iReport.


As Election Day draws near, Clinton has been working tirelessly for Democrats across the country, and iReporters have seemingly captured his every move


Greg Reese showed the huge crowd waiting for Clinton outside of a campaign event in Cincinnati, and San Jose State student Michael Cronenwett noted the fact that Clinton was stumping for Jerry Brown, who was once his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992.


Sergei Blair even spotted Clinton giving an award to former UK prime minister Tony Blair last month.


One of Clinton's appearances in Florida last week received over 186,000 views. Andrew Scott had his camera rolling when a hecker started yelling the former president about the war. At first, Clinton went on with his prepared remarks, but eventually fired back: “If you wanted to give a speech, why don’t you wait until I’m finished?”


Needless to say, the incident spurred a passionate debate among iReport users.


Have you caught Clinton, or other political superstars on the campaign trail? Share your photos or video with the iReport community.

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// October 28, 2010
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Overheard on »

Comment of the day:

"Why don't we have caveman ghosts?"


rfountain72 wonders why there are lots of reports of ghosts from the 1700s, but you never hear about a prehistoric poltergeist. readers had a lot to say about the execution of a convicted killer in Arizona, especially the debate over whether the drugs used for lethal injections are safe. Larry King's interview with the fired JetBlue flight attendant inspired a discussion on bad manners, and commenters were also talking about comedian Jon Stewart's influence.

Arizona convicted killer's last words: 'Boomer Sooner'



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Is it just me, or does anyone else find it ridiculous that they are arguing about the "safety" of lethal injection drugs?



The death penalty is natural and correct.  We all receive the death penalty the minute we're born.  We're just speeding it up for some people who can't seem to function in an uncivilized society.



What's really sad about this story is the guy's last words. He's thinking about a football team instead of his eternal destiny. If he would've called out to Jesus, at least he'd be sure that his future would be better than his past. Now, not so much.



Why is it that criminals have no problems murdering people but want to sue for cruel and unusual punishment when their lives are on the line?? I am sure Chester didn't enjoy what was done to him.



Those waiting on death row have to endure the psychological abuse being put to them. ABOLISH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Educate them and put them to work helping others. Or will this only put you out of a job?


Ex-flight attendant blames 'perfect storm of bad manners' for outburst

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I salute Steven Slater. He is a true American Hero. He put up with all of that crapola for 20 long years. It finally got the best of him. So, who can blame him? I wish him the best in his future life.



Here here! He had one bad day too many and it finally came to a rapid boil. That lady pushed him over the edge and the bag attack was icing on the cake. Those bags can be vicious, by the way.  I salute you, Slater! Way to go out in style and handle it with grace on King.



I fly frequently. I watch people intentionally carry luggage on board that exceeds the allowable size and intimidate flight attendants and other passengers, insisting they are entitled. I watch people take other passengers seats from them when there is plane trouble and passengers are moved to another plane. And it goes on and on … I commend the flight attendant for telling off the passenger over the intercom, confronting the nearly unlimited abuse that exists in our society today because we are forced to tolerate things that should not be tolerated.



If you're in the service industry, you should know you have to deal with people who are rude... it happens frequently in all areas of customer service. If you can't learn the basics of dealing with rude people then you have no business in that type of job.


Obama appearance, rally confirm Jon Stewart's reach

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Although left leaning, John Stewart criticizes the Left and the Right equally. I have not seen anybody else doing that on TV.



Let's just wait, watch and see whether Stewart treats Obama as a target for satire, as he does everyone else, or whether he becomes Obama's shill.



I think it's about dropping the BS... We have bigger issues then our petty differences... We can debate religion, gay marriage, abortion, etc. later. We need to cut the crap, and compromise with each other as a country for our better good.



It's very sad that so many people are against a non-partisan rally that is about restoring civility and common sense. I think you all have just proved Jon Stewart's point. I would be willing to bet that the majority of the normal, reasonable people read this story and just didn't bother to comment because they didn't feel like arguing with anonymous strangers online before going off to work.


Your take


Gidgit07 raises an interesting question, so we'd like to know if you think it's true. Do you avoid participating in the comments on because you don't want to get in fights with strangers? Let us know in the comment section below. We realize that asking you to comment on why you don't comment is a little odd, but we really want to know.


We promise to be nice.


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// October 27, 2010
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Want to interview Larry King? »


Editor's note: This post is from our pals in CNN Marketing, who are hosting a fun participatory contest. We're telling you about it because it feels like the kind of thing the iReport community might dig. Let us know in the comments if you give it a try!


Hello iReporters! Larry King has interviewed just about everyone over the past 25 years and now it's YOUR chance to "Be the King!" To celebrate the finale of Larry King Live, CNN is giving audiences the chance to interview one of TV's best interviewers on the iconic set of Larry King Live in Los Angeles!


Go to and submit a video that showcases your interview skills. We'll fly the grand prize winner and guest to Los Angeles to interview Larry King.


The contest is open now and all details are on the site!  Good luck!

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25 years of Nintendo »

Editor's note: This month, Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of their original Nintendo Entertainment System. We asked nostalgic iReporters to channel their inner Mario and take us on a trip down memory lane. Our fall intern, Neil was in heaven when he spotted this epic 8-bit game room. Consider this blog post his love letter.



When I first saw Eric Gerhardt's rad Nintendo game room, my jaw dropped, my heart started pounding, and my thumbs began cramping up from the sheer memory of playing Nintendo for hours on end. Gerhardt's retro game room is like heaven for any child of the 80's - a room devoted entirely to classic gaming systems. The number of games alone, which Gerhardt says is "somewhere over 1,000," is enough to make any small collection of games look like Pitfall to his Halo.


Just to throw salt on your 8-bit wounds, Gerhardt told us he has collected 15 different gaming consoles. He owns virtually every Nintendo, Sega, Playstation and X-Box console ever made. And they all work perfectly.


"After spending countless hours opening up each and every cartridge, and restoring the old pins with game-cart cleaner, and replacing the 72-pin connectors in my Nintendo(s), every game plays on the first try, just like they did when they were new!" he wrote on CNN iReport.


Most people likely don't go to great lengths to clean and replace connectors, instead opting to stick with the old tried-and-true method of blowing into the cartridge. I can hear the kids now, begging their parents to buy them a new game, hoping that their birthday would bring them a copy of The Legend of Zelda, but instead being disappointed with a pair of footie pajamas. But, apparently Gerhardt didn't have problems getting his games and accessories.


Gerhardt explained that most of his collection consists of games that he and his wife saved from their younger days. Childhood friends and neighbors also passed some of the memorabilia on. Though it's a tough choice, he says Chrono-Trigger for the Super Nintendo is his most prized possession.


Read on My ten favorite NES games


Looking through Gerhardt's photos was a great trip down memory lane. Who wouldn't love to sit down in that room and pop in Super Mario Bros. 3 with Gerhardt until your mom called you home for dinner? Sure, you might be a bit jealous of his amazing collection, but the real point of this is that these games and gaming consoles are a part of so many lives. Thanks to Gerhardt and all of our NES contributors for bringing the memories and magic of Nintendo to iReport.


--Neil Hieatt, CNN iReport intern

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Global Challenge: Kwajalein, Marshall Islands »


So, besides being one of the most adorable iReports ever, this story about students rescuing endangered sea turtles also happens to be our very first iReport from the Marshall Islands!


Students at Kwajalein Junior/Senior High School assisted local Environmental Safety and Health officials in finding these baby turtles and releasing them into the ocean. The endangered green sea turtles were headed in the wrong direction - likely drawn towards lights in a residential area - before the students set them straight on September 21.



Carol Hockenberger, a teacher on the tiny Marshallese island of Kwajalein (pronounced pretty much the way it looks), went to great lengths to share these photos. "Residents still have dial-up [internet access] in their homes," she says. "At school we have a faster connection, but nothing like what is available on the mainland." Hockenberger eventually asked her daughter, who lives in Pennsylvania, to upload the photos for her.


Hockenberger found out about the iReport global challenge - our quest to receive an iReport from every country in the world - from a fellow teacher. They noticed that nothing had been sent from the Marshall Islands and decided to remedy the situation. "We both wanted to see the Marshall Islands represented on iReport," said Hockenberger.


Hockenberger is on her third tour to Kwajalein, which is used as a U.S. military base for weapons-testing programs. Almost all residents on the three-mile-long, half-mile-wide island are Americans.



We're still looking for iReports from other parts of Oceania and Africa as part of our global challenge. See your country on the list? Submit an iReport and tell us about your corner of the world!

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// October 27, 2010
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Overheard on »

Coment of the day:


"The cause of death was definitely not natural. (Puts sunglasses on) It was molluscious... YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"


Netsnipe channeled "CSI: Miami" in a comment on the death of Paul the Octopus, the psychic cephalopod who became a hero to gamblers by picking the winners of several World Cup soccer matches. Paul died of natural causes, so there was no need to call in Lt. Horatio Caine. readers also were talking about an ex-girlfriend's allegations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and debating the world's best hamburgers.


World cup oracle octopus Paul dies

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Paul gave better odds then Jimmy the Greek in Vegas.    Sorry to see him go RIP.



Who could have seen that coming? Oh yeah - PAUL!



He didn't want to tell us. He didn't want to burden us with the terrible foreknowledge of his death. He was cool like that.



It's sad and pitiful that this innocent creature was nothing more than a circus act for entertaining humans. He probably died not only of isolation from his natural habitat but also boredom if not humiliation. As part of the human race, I see nothing to be proud of or gained by keeping this Octopus in a glass cage to be gawked at, bet on and reported on by the media as a side show. It's shameful.



RIP Paul. Your spirit lives will your tentacles, covered in a lightly fried Tempura batter ...

Former girlfriend says Clarence Thomas was a binge drinker, porn user

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Smiley face FimexTouris

Wow, a guy who likes beer and girls. Oh no! This is as outrageous as &nbspgirls liking shoes, makeup and fancy designer purses.



Uhmm, what was Virginia Thomas thinking when she opened this can of worms? She wasn't even in his life when Ms. Hill had her experiences with him. Sometimes it really is better to let sleeping dogs lie, especially when your husband is a sitting Supreme Court Justice.



I'm not even gonna read this trash story. CNN is irresponsible to attack a Supreme Court justice on the basis of 30-year old rumors. Yes, completely irresponsible and good solid Americans should let them know that responsibility is important.



I got news for you, having an ex-girlfriend trying to hang you on Larry King doesn't make you guilty of anything except having had the bad taste to date her in the first place.


You can haz America's best cheeseburger

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Smiley faceShane

Best burger in the U.S. bar none is the one and only: In 'N Out Burger



In 'N Out is the best franchise burger, I think. But the Best Burgers tend to come from hole-in-the-wall establishments that are family owned or otherwise small and not corporate. My favorite burger joint is a rough and tumble biker club on the edge of town.



The best and safest burgers are here in Meridan and Wallingford Ct. they are steamed and fresh about 5 bucks for a one third pound.



Steamed!? For pity's sake, a burger should be cooked over fire, not extremely hot water. Why don't you just microwave the poor thing and be done faster? I feel sorry for the cows whose tasty goodies are destined to end up on your plate as a steamed burger.


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// October 26, 2010
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iReport election project: Live data stream »


Whether or not you've downloaded CNN's Election Center App and participated in the iReport Election Project, you're probably interested to see what issues people think are most important for next week's midterm elections.


So we've crafted this nifty tool to help you view the political pulse of the country. It pulls in all the data that people are entering into the app, like their political philosophies and which issues they feel are important. You can sort by political identity to see what issues people care about most and what words they use to describe their political beliefs. You can even browse the political philosophies of iReporters who've participated, from the "pragmatic Democrat" to the "disillusioned Libertarian."


And! As you use the interactive tool, you might be interested to know a few "behind-the-scenes" tidbits about that word cloud on the right side of the page.


To create the word cloud, we took the political philosophies that people entered on the app and counted the number of times each word was used. We used a simple test that does not correct typos or abbreviations, so if someone typed "govt" it was not included in the count for "government." We did control for upper- and lowercase letters, though, so "Government" and "government" are considered the same word.


While we only counted single words, there are pairs of words that show up frequently. The most common word pairs are: health care; socially liberal; fiscally conservative; fiscal conservative; take care; gay marriage; lower taxes; tea party; term limits; middle class; elected officials; equal rights; free market; national defense; less government; wall street; low taxes; personal responsibility; small government.


We also noticed some trends in the way people used words like "more," "less," "pro," and "anti." Here are the most common results for phrases containing those words:



"more personal responsibility"

"spend ... more on security"

"more for our military and veterans"



"less regulation"

"less government involvement"

"less government spending"




"pro-second amendment"






"anti-tea party"


"anti-corporate involvement in politics"


And the longest word used so far in a political philosophy? "Constitutionalist," at 17 letters. Other long words include "responsibilities," "inconsistencies," "conservationist" and "uncompromisingly."


Many thanks to Senior Associate Producer Curt Merrill for providing us with these little factoids -- and for building that lovely data visualization in the first place.

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// October 26, 2010
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New badge: Original iReporters »

We want to take a moment to honor the pioneering iReporters who joined our community in the early months of CNN iReport, or as it was known back in 2008.


badge We rolled out the Original iReporter badge over the weekend to formally recognize the 77,678 iReport beta testers who stuck with us through our growing pains, the “one-star bandit,” and our blue-and-orange color scheme. You'll see the badges when you look at their profile pages.


CNN iReport has changed a lot since then – we officially became a part of, we've launched ambitious projects like Home and Away, the Haiti missing project, the iReport Global Challenge, and the CNN iReport boot camp, not to mention that we've grown into a community of more than 690,000 registered iReporters.


One thing that hasn't changed is our determination to give people all over the world an opportunity to be a part of the news by sharing their view of the world. Thank you for being a part of our community.

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On the ground in Haiti »


What's it like to be on the ground in the middle of a fatal disease outbreak? These iReporters can tell you.


Roseann Dennery, Jasen Chung, Johnny Colt, Andrea Brewer and Sandrellie Seraphin are all in Haiti serving as aid workers. To see and hear their stories is to be simultaneously terrified at the conditions and inspired by their selfless contributions. Their amazing photos and first-hand accounts are collected here in a gallery. Take a look.


Our thoughts are with all those affected by the cholera outbreak. If you're in Haiti, you can share your experience with the outbreak here. Please stay healthy and safe! And if you're not in Haiti, you can visit CNN's Impact your World to see how you can help.

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// October 26, 2010
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Overheard on »

Comment of the day:


"It's stories like this that I fear most! It is amazing that five short paragraphs can make me feel sooo much older. Oy."


Many readers were saddened to hear that Sony has stopped making the cassette Walkman music player that played such an important part of their youth, though in fairness, most were shocked that Sony hadn't stopped selling them years ago. Some readers (presumably the younger ones) simply asked "What's a cassette?"


Readers also were talking about death of an American marathon swimmer, the murder charges against a woman who had a famous case of hiccups and a gay group's campaign against the Democrats.

U.S. swimmer's body to be handed over to U.S. authorities



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Fran was an amazing man. He coached my daughter at the Mission Viejo Nadadores. I am so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. He was a passionate competitor and humble person. Fran always made time for the kids he coached and for anyone who approached him. He inspired all who came in contact with him. My heartfelt prayers are with all his family and friends. The swimming world lost a true champion of the sport, but more so we lost a great man.



As a college swimmer, it was extremely difficult to swim in a pool with temps above even 70 degrees. The colder, ironically, the better. I was also a distance swimmer -- not nearly as far as Fran, but distance swimming in hot, hot water, is excruciatingly difficult and overheating happens. Such a terrible loss in the world of swimming.



It's hard to believe someone wasn't around to see him go under. They need to step up their observers, especially in conditions like those.


'Hiccup girl' charged in Florida slaying

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Lethal injection should permanently cure that hiccup problem.



What a shame. She seemed so innocent, and I felt so sorry for her when she was on TV with uncontrollable hiccups. Now she is involved in a horrible crime, and she will probably spend 30 years to life in prison.


My dad had the hiccups for about a month straight when he was doing his surgical residency many years ago. The stress was so intense he couldn't stop the hiccups. The only time he didn't hiccup was when he was performing a surgery and sleeping. Fortunately he chose to save lives instead of taking them away.



I have to wonder if all of that media attention at such a young age messed her up -- maybe developed a clinical addiction to attention and then her psyche went haywire as soon as she faded back into obscurity.


Gay conservatives target Democrats in ad campaign

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Here's a newsflash for the Log Cabin Republicans: No matter what you do or who you choose to hate, or how many awards you give to Republicans who refuse to acknowledge or collect them, the GOP will never love or accept you. End of story.



Liberals bewilder me. They categorize people by their race, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference assuming that because they look alike, they all think alike -- then they go around calling OTHER people prejudiced racist bigots. Here's a hint: Conservatives don't care about any of those things -- they care about content of character!



The GOP has an incredible knack for convincing people to vote against their own interests


Your take

We want to hear what stories you're talking about this week. Let us know in the comment section below.

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// October 25, 2010
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This month's edition of CNN International's iReport for CNN TV show features tons of your recent iReports on the Chile mine rescue, economic protests and more.


The show airs once more on CNN International TV today at 10:30 p.m. ET.


If you missed it or don't get CNN International, don’t worry. For the first time, we're posting the entire show right here on So grab some popcorn, check it out and let us know what you think!


Here's a look at some of the topics and iReports covered in this month's show:


Chile mine rescue

Emotional and heartfelt reactions to the mine rescue from Shari Atukorala, Natasha Pike's 3-year-old daughter Ines, Maria Collocott and Al Mealey.


Economic protests

Images of economic protests and riots from France, Ecuador, Spain and Iceland.


iReport Global Challenge

First approved iReports from Andorra, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, Tajikistan and Brunei.


CNN 30

Mark Cain's experience as a student when the Berlin Wall came down.


iReport Boot Camp

Zainab Sultan's interview with a pearl trader in Qatar.

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// October 24, 2010
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Fall is in the air »




Red, orange, yellow and brown paints the landscape, the colors blending and tapering off in the horizon. Crisp air rustles the trees, ushering in a new season. Feet happily crunch along, trampling fallen leaves. Fall is here, in England, New Jersey, Michigan and many points between.


Autumn really came to life with all the amazing images of fall foliage in the latest Travel Snapshots. Thanks for bringing fall to iReport!

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// October 23, 2010
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Overheard on »

Lots of readers have smartphones, and it looks like the one thing they have in common is their hatred for other people's smartphones. I guess it's not surprising that the list of annoying cell phone habits got a lot longer as the discussion heated up.


ChallengeIt summed up readers’ feelings with our comment of the day:


"Smart phone maybe ... but stupid people. Most people are too self-absorbed, ignorant and rude when it comes to how their actions infringe into the lives of others. They don't care and believe it's their right. Courtesy is dead."


There was also a lot of talk about the possibility an American might be caned in Singapore after overstaying his visa and the nuclear launch code that went missing during the Clinton administration. Here's the good stuff. Enjoy!



The 10 most annoying smartphone habits

356 comments and 1,220 Facebook shares



I got the phone call about my dad’s stroke during a movie a few months ago. Sorry about having to deal with the glow of my phone as I check the message, but some things really are emergencies sometimes.



This article doesn't even mention parents of small children, one of the saddest things to see, kids playing at home or at a park while mom/dad ignores them, staring into their little portable glass teat. I live in a relatively well-off area of Southern California and see it all the time.



You missed the bane of the commuter's existence: the person that suddenly stops in the middle of a train station lobby or hallway (often at the top of a flight of stairs) to tap on his or her smartphone, making it necessary for everybody else to suddenly swerve around him or her.



People can be so connected that they become disconnected. Good for you.



The bathroom talkers always get me. I love to flush right away to hear them say; yes, I am in the bathroom :D


Singapore might cane American who overstayed visa

600 comments and 838 Facebook shares



As an American citizen and a longtime resident of Singapore I can state categorically that it is simple for Americans to both extend a visa or to leave and re-enter on a visa exemption. If this gentleman overstayed, he is either arrogant, lazy, a moron, or all of the above. Since stupidity is a capital crime, I say cane him and damn with the consequences.



There are some things that a civilized culture doesn't do. Genocide, public hangings, stoning and corporal punishment among others. This is barbaric and shows how backward Singapore is. A fine would be more intelligent and achieve better results.



So what you are saying is if you are in a foreign land and you are there illegally you should have to face what ever that country's laws are? What a concept. Maybe we should take that stance with all of our illegals. Then we wouldn't have to change our school systems to fight their foreign languages and add special programs to get their illegal children educated.


Nuclear launch card was missing for months, new book says

732 comments and 1,374 Facebook shares



Here's what the missing code was. Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right B, A, Start.



The code is 1 2 3 4 5. Funny, that's the same combination I have on my luggage!



If it took a few minutes to replace the codes. What's the big deal? It would have been replaced during an emergency. If minutes counted because missiles were headed our way, then who the hell cares? We're toast anyway. Maybe the other side would survive since we couldn't find the keys. It's all ridiculous.



The article's author tries to minimize the gravity of the situation by saying it's only one part of the nuclear launch sequence check. What this so-called author forgot to re-emphasize is that if we came under nuclear attack, we would not have any retaliatory/launch capabilities.


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// October 22, 2010
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Wow. Something about the French really brings out the best (and worst) in our fired-up readers. By far the most discussed stories on today were related to pension protests in France.


No surprise that it generated our comment of the day - this one from LiberalOne:


"To the France haters: France has 1,500 years as a nation. How many do we have? A little respect, please, since we would still be a colony if it weren't for their help."


Frankly it was really hard to pick just one comment to highlight. In fact, we dedicated a special breakout version of Overheard on the topic. Go read that, then come right back, because there were plenty of other big talkers today - the firing of NPR political analyst Juan Williams, the secrets pilots won't share, and a feel-good dog story. Here's the good stuff!


NPR analyst fired over Muslim comment

1,140 comments and 730 Facebook shares


Thats what it's come to today... one ill advised sentence, a personal opinion and an ever watching employer with an agenda. After the recent rash of firings (Nasr, Thomas, Sanchez) you have to wonder if anyone in the media is really willing to speak their mind anymore.


NPR was simply looking for an excuse to part ways with Williams. This weak and flimsy excuse is not fooling anyone.


I get nervous whenever someone in 'conservative' garb gets on a plane because i know they're planning on hijacking the American economy and flying it right into the ground.


Give me a break. Who doesn't get nervous when they are on a flight with people who are dressed in Muslim garb?.


It's gotten to the point where if you are not politically correct by someone elses definition, your a bigot. This is a totally hypocritical position. This country is based upon freedom of expression about controversial ideas.


Secrets pilots won't tell you

309 comments and 307 Facebook shares


I've always been surprised that airports (at least the major ones) don't include some type of accommodations for pilots. It seems to me that if they could just step off their flights and head straight to a room with a bed, they'd have much more time for rest. I'm sure the rooms would be sparse and there wouldn't be many of them, but at least it would be a secure spot for them.


A smooth landing isn't ALWAYS in the pilot's hands. There IS adverse weather sometimes. THAT is when you separate "the men from the boys".


Dear Mr Pilot, Thank you taking off and landing. If your my pilot reading this before I leave for New York from LA on 11-3, you can stay at my house and get some sleep. I really would like you awake. Oh and please fill up the tank so we don't need to pull over early. Thanks


As a commercial rated pilot w/ 33 years experience in the cockpit I will say this, pilots fly these airplanes because it's a job you love, not a job you must do. Little in this world is as challenging and satisfying as being PIC (pilot in command) of an airplane whether it be a small 4 place or an A320. We fly because we love it. Salaries vary greatly from the low paid guys doing short hops or starting at a regional position to the higher paid fellows moving boxes around at night. But make no mistake here, pilots become pilots because they love flying. And as to the autolanding question, very few aircraft have autoland. Your pilot does the landing and it is his hands and skills that do or don't spill your coffee.


Man saved by God, and by dog who says grace

144 comments and 1,322 Facebook shares


There is a reason GOD and DOG are spelled with the same letters. they are the only ones who give us Unconditional Positive Regard!


It doesn't matter what you believe, it's hard not to be as moved as we are sometimes moved by animals. What we believe is not the point in my book, so long as you believe in Hope. I know that sounds cheesy (it is), but it's also quite true

Chase Johnson

This article has brought me to tears. It is wonderful to see that someone in our world today still focuses on positivities and being selfless. God bless this man, and all who read this article! Peace!.


What a beautiful, moving story. I have seen the video several times. And it's wonderful to read the story behind the dog. God bless you Steven. I hope things get better for you. You have no idea the joy you brought into my life by posting that video. Thank you so much. You both are a blessing to the world. Hugs.


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U.S. passionate about French protests »

Ah, France. A nation known for its passion in food, wine, love…and protests.


Many French citizens have been rallying for days against the proposed increase of their retirement age from 60 to 62, leading to riots, school closings, and the shutdown of a major airport.


What’s interesting is how passionate people here in the U.S. are getting about the French protests. Strong opinions abound in the comments, from users envying the French retirement age to saying the protesters should get back to work. And, of course, some commenters are using the story as an opportunity for some good old-fashioned France-bashing…


ntcz: “I am impressed; this has been going on for a few days and the French haven’t surrendered yet?”


RandyF offered a clever reply: “The US would not exist if it were not for the support of the French during the Revolution. Why all the sour grapes about the French? Seems more like jealousy from the 50% of folks who are going to die before they reach 65 from stress, over eating and the general American lifestyle.“


But seriously, RandyF’s sentiments are echoed by many other contributors. Some feel like the U.S. should adopt a system more like France’s, with a relatively low retirement age and increased vacation time.


zeitsev: “Good for them. A nation whose laws and society expect people to have a life, family, and happiness outside of work. Meanwhile, people in America boast working 60 hours a week while they rarely see their children. Yeah, America, good job.”

Z8888: “Retirement at age 62? Still sounds pretty good compared to the U.S. retirement age…which is retire when you are dead.”


And waspoam has a different reason for admiring the French: “There is one thing to be said for the French people…when the government does something the people do not like, they have the balls to protest. In America, all we do is sit around and whine about it.”


Meanwhile, other commenters are calling a retirement age of 60 unrealistic or even lazy.


rkt210: “People are living longer and healthier than they used to. Birth rates are also down. That means that unless the retirement age rises, the pension system is unsustainable. 60 is ridiculously low, and they're only talking about raising it to 62.”


crazyliz: “France has created a socialist society where the people expect the government to take care of them regardless of what they have ‘paid for’ over the years. So high school kids are revolting because, just like their parents, they expect to be taken care of. America is headed in the same lazy direction. The money is not there. Go work hard and save your money and get out of debt. No one else is going to take care of you. That's the lesson we need to take from this.”


tdsianac: “The younger French citizens are plotting their own downfall. With prolonged life due to better science in the medical industries, someone who is 21 today may live to 100 years old -- on average 80 years from now. Those who are in the streets rioting today should be demanding laws be put into place denying companies the right to force retirement before the age of 80, and not demanding it be kept at 60. Their thinking is very short-sighted.”


glas45: “I love France; however, the French have to realize like we all do that we live into our 80s now. Times have changed, costs increase with the increased older population and the retirement age does have to go up.”


Horgh: “What they should be protesting is nearly 50% taxation for people who want to work, and a social system that enthusiastically subsidizes entire populations who have no desire to work whatsoever.”


jrseygypsy48: “These protestors have disrupted air travel and vehicle travel, the tourist trade, fuel distribution, and general business over the small inconvenience of working two additional years at the age of 60? And now they engage in violent protests in order to make their childish demands heard? No, I will not work until 62....stamp, stamp, stamp....beat my fists....throw my bread and cheese. In order to stabilize the economy there must be some concessions. For too long they have enjoyed government sponsored healthcare, benefits, pensions at 60 and other benefits that have drained the economy. One cannot merely expect that the government will provide for all your needs without some concessions on your part. Stop whining and get back to work.”


And finally, usullivan, who lives in Paris, doesn’t think the protests are really about the pension system at all. He says the French people are using the law as a way to channel their anger towards French President Nicolas Sarkozy.


“I have to tell you the truth,” he wrote. “The problem is not the pensions but the president himself. Most of the French people are fed up with Sarkozy and his way of governing the country. And this law is a pretext on which to focus all the anger towards Sarkozy. Young people don't think about their pensions, but need a real president to lead them towards the future.”


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// October 21, 2010
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Americans caught in French protests »

High school students stormed the streets of Paris on Thursday, fearing the proposed pension reforms will rob them of jobs in the future. French lawmakers are due to finish voting on a package that would raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.


American iReporters in France were thrust into the madness, some finding themselves in the midst of the country’s civil unrest.



Elisa Penner, an American student studying abroad, fled a riot that broke out on Tuesday in Lyon when tear gas inundated the area.


“We are all ok and safe now, but transportation has been very much affected,” she said. “All metros and trams have been ordered not to stop at the main stops in town. There is a huge influx in the number of people therefore walking the streets trying to get places, at least in the heart of the city.”



Elsewhere in Lyon that same day, Mike Masten was walking through Plaza Bellecoure with his girlfriend when they got caught in the middle of a riot. He studied abroad here in 2005 and had returned to the city for a visit at a tumultuous time.


“While there were many out creating destruction, it seemed that few were really truly passionate about the ‘cause’ but were rather using the riot as an opportunity to vent anger and frustration at the French authorities,” he commented in his iReport.



American expat Larry Langner, who lives in Paris, has observed the last protests over the past month and sees the battle as a means for many people to express their thoughts. "However the question remains: Can they get satisfaction? Will they ever be satisfied?"


We appreciate hearing about this angle into the French pension protests. If you’re in France, share your images and videos with iReport, but please stay out of dangerous situations.

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// October 21, 2010
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CNN iReport roundtable: Boot camp week seven »

Please join us here today at 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss the final topic of our iReport boot camp: Storytelling.


We did things a little differently this week – instead of opening the iReport storytelling assignment ahead of the roundtable, we’ll start accepting submissions afterward. Today, we’re pleased to welcome CNN All-Platform Journalist Sarah Hoye, who knows exactly how important good storytelling is.


As an All-Platform Journalist, Sarah is responsible for producing every aspect of a story – she shoots photos and videos, writes stories for and scripts for CNN TV, she edits video packages together, and even does occasional live shots on the air. In many senses, she’s like an iReporter: covering stories all on her own.


Sarah is here to answer your questions about how to tell a story from start to finish. This roundtable is also a great opportunity to share your story ideas with Sarah and ask any technical questions you might have. In the meantime, you can check out her expert storytelling tips from last week.


If you're new to the roundtable, here's how it works: We'll open comments at 3:00 p.m. ET and you can post your questions and comments for Sarah at the bottom of this post. Talk to you then!

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Overheard on »

Salutations to you, our readers and commenters. It's that time again - the comment of the day!

Drumroll please.

This one comes from from jjtapia on the story, 20-year-old woman becomes top cop in violent Mexican municipality.


This could end very badly for her, but she makes me proud of the human race.


There are several fiery conversations happening today: Anita Hill is grabbing headlines after a nearly two-decade absence, Facebook's new photo policy is doing its very best not to make you terribly sad, and seemingly everyone has an opinion on the latest "don't ask, don't tell" policy debate.


Interesting conversations


Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony

1992 comments and 3144 Facebook shares


Why should she apologize, she should have asked her husband for an apology. It been 19 years, she needs to get a life and move on and stop harrassing the innocent!


Whether you're Democrat or Republican, the one thing that everyone can agree on is the scandal defined both Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. There were no winners


Wow. Just read the text of the voice mail. That was some "olive branch" extended by Ginni Thomas. LOL. Nothing in that message sounds even remotely conciliatory. Sounds like Mr. Thomas and the new Mrs. Thomas haven't gotten the large void that Anita Hill obviously left in his life. Sad.


My condolences to the other justices, it's humiliating enough to have him associated with their august body when he doesn't even show interest in oral arguments, this is beyond the pale.


Good for Anita Hill. She told the truth!


Fact: Only 2 people know what happened and 1 of them is lying. The rest of us are engaging in pure speculation. let it rest.


Facebook stops showing you photos of your ex

68 comments and 842 Facebook shares

Don't need Facebook. My exes are all where they belong. In a neat little pile somewhere in the corner of my brain where they can do me no harm.


For everyone bashing Facebook ... if you don't like it, don't use it.

yukman69 hate all these networking things. pick up a phone and talk to people!


Why, when I can avoid the small talk?


Yet you read this article and just HAD to write on the Wall didn't you?


U.S. appeals order lifting 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

1139 comments and 755 Facebook shares


Land of the free, home of the brave... Unless you're gay.


I am a vet, for crying out loud, let it go...gays have been in the military even when my dad was in! It was the same thing when they didn't want women in the military or on the does not make a difference part of the crew is part of the crew, what you do on your own time is YOUR OWN TIME!


I have multiple friends that are homosexual. I consider myself a tolerant person. However, my experience in the military was that I had no choice with who I shared a room nor a head with. I do not feel as though it is fair to force neither a homosexual or heterosexual person to live in the same quarters. If we are worried about rights and infringing on a persons privacy I don't think it is correct to expect people of different sexual persuasions to live together. The military does not have me living with women so the same should go for different sexual orientations. I should not have to be forced to have the possibility of walking in on my homosexual roommate while he and his partner are in a compromising position. At the same should be said for him.


DADT forces you to be in the same room with gay men, because you won't KNOW they are gay. At least if they are allowed to be openly gay, you know where you stand, right? nick2

As Winston Churchill once said - 'Americans can be counted on to do the right thing, but only after they have tried everything else.'


@NAV13- That's what I've been saying all along. When I was in the service, everyone did their job, and did it well. I never cared what or who the guy next to me banged over the weekend. My focus was on my duties, as it should be. The only real problem here is not with the gays, but with the homophobes.


Thanks for your service brother. They are your fellow man/woman. You don't have to condone their choices, but shouldn't we all have the right to live our lives how we see fit. The military has led our society by integrating our military in the '50's and giving women the same roles as men, so it really makes sense to end this. We have so many more pressing issues than this.


Discharge the homophobes who can't or won't serve with openly gay service members. Problem solved!


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// October 20, 2010
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Greetings, intrepid commenters! I bet you’re dying to find out the comment of the day, aren’t you? Maybe I’ll make you wait for it...

Nah, that would just be too cruel, so here you go:

One story asked “Will your next car be a smartphone?” and blueberry5 stepped up with this:

Unless it's a DeLorean that has the power to take me to the future --- I don't think I'll be saving up for a car that has that much technology. Whatever happened to a car that just takes someone from Point A to Point B?

Interesting conversations


Megachurch Crystal Cathedral Ministries seeks bankruptcy protection

448 Comments and 898 Facebook shares


Declare bankruptcy, dump the creditors, and be "reborn" as a new fleecing's all god's plan!


All those religious zealots who contributed millions deserve what they get. You can bet the top guys are well set.


Amen. Jesus didn't ride around in a Bentley or fly around in a private jet. In fact, he even had to borrow the donkey he rode into Jerusalem, and got buried in another man's tomb.


Good riddance! Time to tax all these phony religions and 'megachurches'. They are all nothing but charlatans and snake oil salesmen. 'Send me money, God told me I need to buy another satellite'.


If a church is tax exempt they shouldn't have protection of bankruptcy.

Surgery mix-ups surprisingly common


288 comments and 824 Facebook shares


Knew a guy who went in for a right leg amputation due to infection and the doctor took off the left leg. Still had to take the right one the next day. The guy tried to sue but his attorney told him he didn't have a leg to stand on.


Should have seen that one coming. Ouch!


I'm an American living in Canada. I've had two knee surgeries and a gallbladder surgery. While being taken into the surgery room, I was asked by at least three nurses and two doctors, "What surgery are you having?" At first I thought it was getting ridiculous. However, I realized that it was a precaution. No one person was being relied on to know what the surgery was, except me, of course. All surgeries went exceptionally well. And I walked out of the hospital each time with no bills. Love it here.


Sadly that is a decent number that will be arranging their golf when they should be focused on a patient. I don't think it's just doctors, it's almost everyone's mindsets today. Rush in, rush out. It's a nationwide problem that no one cares about quality. When I get my knee surgery I'll write on the knee "this one" and NO on the other one. A lot of people are just careless or blame it on a bad day.


When my doctor knicked the nerve in my tongue leaving it partially numb, a simple " I'm sorry" would have been enough. Instead he called my a bad patient, a liar and a gold-digger. Because of his attitude, I sued him. An " I'm sorry" would have gone a long way.


I'm a surgeon and would NEVER, EVER rely on a nurse to tell me where my incision is going to be. And because I check the patient, the medical record, and the relevant scans/images before I start as part of my routine, I have yet to have any of these things happen to me.


I was intrigued by this quote: “If the lab mixes up the sample, the consequences may be worse than erroneously cutting off the wrong leg."  Exactly how much worse can it get - erroneously cutting out the wrong heart?

Do the dead greet the dying?

3153 comments and 6791 Facebook shares


Whatever this experience was, it was real to you and was probably life altering. My guess is that you feel more at peace now and you don't sweat the small stuff. I wish you a long and healthful life :)      WilliamGa

My wife was with her grandmother when she died. This woman had stoke after stoke until in a months time her brain was gone. As she lay dying, short breaths, ashy face, eyes closed, she suddenly raised part way up, opened her eyes, looked up into the corner of the room and her mouth opened like being suprised. Then she layed down, put her hands on her chest and died. How can a dead brain do that? Now im a science kind of guy but i cant seem to find any explanation for that. Also, for those who dont follow a religion, your bitterness and outright mean comments on here only goes to show that your hatred of all things religious, and the amount of deep throughts and emotions you put into debunking religion tells me your Hatred is your religion. I am not a religious person but but the hatred and judgements you show to those who believe in a god is worse than the bigotry you accuse believers of having.


George, how do you know? Did someone die and tell you that "we simply cease to exist?"


The difference being, I suppose, is that I'll never know if I'm wrong, and George will never know if he's right.


There is no logical explanation for the dying process. I am a nurse and I have seen people die that clinically never should have died, and I have seen miracles and people live that should have never lived. If you do not believe in a higher power and life after death than that is your personal belief. I always say if you are not a believer than spend some time in an ER or a hospice setting and listen to your patients. Your patients will know they are dying and will see and hear things that will make the most skeptical person a "believer".


I’m an engineer in software with a minor in mathematics. Yet, I laugh when people speak of believing only "facts" and "solid evidence based on science".

Here were some absolutes by top scientists: 20 yrs ago there were 3 rings on Saturn and Pluto was a planet. 15 yrs ago, humans had 200k genes, 10 yrs ago there was only bad cholesterol, 5 yrs ago there was no life in the depths of the ocean and the expansion of the universe was slowing down. All wrong!

Ask the top scientists to explain gravity, electromagnetism, and dark matter. They'll tell you how it works. But, they can't tell you physically what it is. It just is! Is that so different then trying to define life, consciousness, or sentence. A soul and a spirit. We take for granted the miracle of life because of it’s abundance around us. Yet, both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are on record as considering that maybe there is miraculous life on Earth and grand order in the universe because of a Higher intelligence. A God! As a man of faith AND science I’d tend to side with the smart people rather than the skeptics posting here. Think about it.

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// October 19, 2010
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There was an earthquake where? »

Oklahoma and Michigan aren’t the first places that come to mind when you think of earthquakes, but last week we received reports of quakes from iReporters in both states.

Wednesday, October 13, was just like any other morning for student Lauren Been. She went to an advisory meeting at the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. Just six minutes into her appointment, the building she was in started to sway.

Her advisor, being from California, wasn’t alarmed. However, when Been left the building, she was confronted by yellow caution tape and a large police presence. The building had been evacuated due to the third largest instrumentally recorded quake in the state.

“I definitely should have cut my appointment short,” Been joked.

Then there’s one of the most bizarre iReports ever seen. When Jason Asselin heard about a crack in the ground ---  5 feet deep in parts --- splitting a backyard in Birch Creek, Michigan, he had to check it out for himself. He told me he spent a few hours at the site. According to landowner Eileen Heider, the crack first appeared on the morning of October 4.

Professor Wayne Pennington, a geologist at Michigan Technological University, told CNN affiliate WLUK that he believed the crack was caused by a small earthquake. Asselin went back and spoke with Heider, who said her chair shook around the time it happened.

When earthquakes hit unusual places, as they seem to have in recent weeks, it can certainly cause some confusion among residents of the area. Several minor earthquakes also hit Arkansas last week, though CNN weather says that the occurance isn’t too rare.

As always, if you feel an earthquake, wherever you are, share your experience with iReport and if possible, show us what happened on video, but remember to never expose yourself to a dangerous situation.

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// October 19, 2010
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Overheard on »

Happy Monday, readers! I trust you chatty Cathys had a prosperous weekend. We'll get to what's driving the conversation on today in just a minute. But first, let's rewind the clock to Friday so we can reward Sbeeswax6 and Nateo for boldly going where only a handful of readers have gone - to the top spot on the CNN Comments of the Day - for their exchange on space tourism.


Comments of the day



"I'm only ready for outer space when my co pilot is Spock."


"Your preconditions are illogical, Sbeeswax6."


As for today's top talkers - stories about legalizing marijuana, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and new guidelines for administering CPR - let's get to it!


Interesting conversations





New CPR is spelled C-A-B

61 comments and 962 Facebook shares



In my opinion.... I think that all high schools should be required to teach a cpr & first aid class and that all seniors must pass these classes before they can graduate. If you are going to be driving a car you should be able to render aid.



I hate to bring this up... but a nurse trained in CPR who couldn't do breaths... on her husband? Can someone explain this to me? Lack of training? Some sort of medical issue? I understand the purpose of this article is to promote compression-only, but I don't see what led breaths to not be taken initially by the nurse.



i dont get it. after the police showed up to the scene and someone was availible to relieve cathy on the chest compressions why didnt they do 2 person cpr and have the wife give breaths and the officer chest compressions?



I am a water fitness instructor certified in CPR, AED and am considered a lay person. We are trained to start CPR until the first responders arrive. The theory is to get the heart pumping again and after every 30 compressions, 2 breaths and continue. The idea behind a layperson doing CPR is to get to the victim as soon as possible while waiting for the first responders to arrive. Most cases it is not that long however it can be a long time. We are protected by Good Samaritan laws only if untrained, lay persons certified are in a gray area that we may not always be protected. Unfortunately, since anyone can sue anyone for anything nowadays, there is a hesitation for some. NOT ME- go ahead and sue me for helping save your life, your alternative was better?

NATO official: Bin Laden, deputy hiding in northwest Pakistan

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For the love of God, CNN! Here's a fresh new idea - DON'T TELL THE WORLD WE KNOW WHERE HE IS. THIS GIVES THE BAD GUYS TIME TO MOVE ON TO WHERE WE DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS! It's not rocket science! You think you could hold this info back from the entire freakin' universe!?


Change the headline, CNN. Bin Laden, deputy WERE hiding in northwest Pakistan.



Send the student loan collector's after him ! They can find you anywhere!



He's in the White House Backyard playing Croquet or is that Shopping at the Mall of America? We pretend to know where Bin Laden hides and quite frankly, if we "knew" his location, he'd be dead by now. More hyperbole and fear mongering to keep Americans paranoid.

Former surgeon general calls for marijuana legalization

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The fact that the Feds intend to enforce MJ laws in Cali if the law passes just proves that they aren't interested in the will of the people, which is the foundation of our government. Instead they are intent on imposing THEIR will ON the people which is the exact opposite of what the US Constitution demands.



Legalize it. If the government is going to start asking us to cut back on things like social security they should stop asking regular people to make all the concessions. Legalization of pot would save this country money currently being wasted in ineffective prohibition enforcement. Not to mention incarcerating drug offenders or housing them in jail. When the Republican party recently asked people for ideas on its website this was the number one request. So it is bipartisan as well. Get it done!!



As a paramedic for a major municipality, I have to agree. Nearly every single tragedy I have witnessed is somehow related to alcohol consumption. In 25 years, I can honestly say, I have never seen a marijuana related tragedy. They have the wrong thing legalized.



I am a middle-aged mother of four, and I smoke it I have never been arrested or in any legal trouble. I am not addicted but it does help me sleep at night, and is better than the over the counter chemicals. My son on the other hand was arrested, because of alcohol. He got stupid drunk and went out walking at night, it was just asking for trouble and yes he was of legal age! I would rather he would have been smoking pot then he wouldn't have had the urge to go out and get into trouble.


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iReport challenge: #BeAHero »

Greetings, iReporters!


We wanted to tell you about an awesome new project we're doing with the folks at CNN's This Just In blog. Through Thanksgiving, we are using what's new and what's buzzing to ask you to make it a better place.


You have one task: Be A Hero.


Each day on This Just In, we will offer one simple challenge that you can do to be a hero in your own life. Try it out, then tell us about it. You can post your response in the comments on the blog, tweet what you did with the hashtag #BeAHero or send us an iReport about your experience. Check back at This Just In at the end of the day, when we will post a roundup of the most standout daily heroics.


Now, check out the first challenge: Be a hero for charities!

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What people care about this election year  »


With just two short weeks from Election Day in the U.S., thousands of people in the iReport community are telling us what they think about this year's midterms: the big issues, the political spectrum, signs of political life in their own communities.


It's all part of the iReport Election Project. So far the project has more than 3,200 contributors, many of whom are filing iReports that spell out their political philosophy in just 140 characters.


You can take a spin through all of the political haikus on these pages, where red badges are from Republicans, blue from Democrats and yellow from independents. So far here are the trends we're seeing (as of 5 a.m. ET this morning):


- No matter what their party, most contributors (65 percent) identified the economy as the most important issue in this election. Health care came in second.

- Of the people who identified themselves as Republicans, 78 percent called the economy their top issue, with immigration in second at 15 percent and health care in third place with 4 percent.

- The top issues for Democrats participating fall this way: 60 percent economy, 14 percent health care, 9 percent education.

- And for independents it's like this: 65 percent economy, 12 percent education, 10 percent health care.


    In the next few days, you'll see lots more analysis here of the results of the iReport Election Project. In the meantime, go get the app and tell us where you stand!

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    Overheard on »

    New allegations against a megachurch, embezzlement and PowerPoint are just a few of the topics that have sparked interesting conversations Friday on


    Let's start with PowerPoint:


    Comments of the day


    "I am surprised that the CIA doesn't use them as a form of torture, forcing suspects to view hour after hour of clip-arted drivel embedded in a bilious design and then covered in enough text to rewrite the Dead Sea Scrolls."




    As you can see, AzWildcat hates PowerPoint presentations, but Sydney78704 disagrees:

    "I kind of like PowerPoint. The ‘deck’ goes up, the lights go down, the brain goes off and it's nap time."


    Interesting conversations

    Why we hate PowerPoints -- and how to fix them

    125 comments and 942 Facebook shares



    I work with corporate executives every day coaching them. I am continually amazed at the consistent spelling and grammatical errors in their writing, their poor verbal presentation skills and their general lack of education and knowledge ... something that is rarely seen in the executives of other nations. America's educational system is failing America.



    Most of them miss Step 1: Have something to say. They have nothing important to say, and either their bosses or their egos demand a presentation about it, so they waste an hour of everyone else's time blathering on about nothing important, with slides to make it look important (or at least to look like other things that actually are important). The rule of "better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" applies in spaces to PowerPoint and its clones.



    PowerPoint has become a crutch for another problem: people who cannot speak in public. I am not interested in watching the back of your head as you read the slide behind you because you are terrified of facing the group. Memorize your slides, refer to them occasionally. I can read, as can most in the conference room.

    Megachurch subject of sexual harassment suit

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    I am a Christian also and respect all religions as well. I myself was a member of a "mega-church" in Los Angeles for several years. And although initially it fed my spiritual needs, at some point it became too "business" for me. I am not bashing "mega-churches" and many people are getting their spiritual needs fulfilled. I too feel it is totally unnecessary for a minister to drive a Bentley. I don't believe the God I serve wants us to be showoffs.


    Any church member who gives money to a preacher driving a Bentley is an idiot. What is wrong with these people?



    It's time to break up these Wal-Mart super churches. All you need is a Bible and the gift of gab and you can lead a flock of millions. These preachers read the Bible, then twist the ever-loving crap out of it ... twisting it to their desired outcome. Naturally they never practice what they "preach."



    Disgusting. This doesn't sound like a church -- a congregation of believers -- it sounds like a corporation. I've always been suspicious of groups that erect these multimillion-dollar bible lands with state-of-the-art lighting and recording, and semi-professional bands. Some of them even hire bodyguards for the pastor so the members can't bother him. Foul. Didn't the first group in the Acts of the Apostles give up all they owned? Eddie Long never led a church. It was more of a theme park.

    Dane Cook's half brother jailed for embezzling millions from actor

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    Dane Cook is so unfunny. It astounds me that he had so much money available to be embezzled from in the first place. While so many truly funny and gifted comedians are starving.



    Dane Cook has made millions? Life is unfair.



    Who cares if he's funny or not funny?! That is not the point of this article. He was betrayed by someone whom he trusted and what his half brother did is unethical and just absurd whatever way you look at it. It's not something I'd wish for anyone.



    Dane Cook should've taken Bill Cosby's advice to "always sign your own checks." It's sad but you can't even trust family. They're often the most resentful when you're more successful than they are.



    If you blame God for these types of things, or if you blame true Christians, then you are wrong. Just because people call themselves “Christians” doesn’t mean that they are.


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    We've got badges! »

    We've been talking for months and months about our plans for a badge system to recognize iReporters' contributions to the community. Our developers and designers worked really hard on the project, so we are thrilled to introduce this little guy.


    badgeYou can get the "On the campaign trail" badge by downloading the free CNN Election APP for Blackberry, Android or iPhone) and participating in the iReport Election Challenge.


    We'll be rolling out more badges in the next few weeks, so you will be able to earn them by posting iReports, jumping into the comments and getting involved in the community (we've also got a few surprise badges up our sleeves). This will be a big improvement over the current "Superstar" system, because it will acknowledge everyone's participation and give a clearer picture of iReporters' activity.


    If you've got a badge idea let us know in the comments below or, better yet, draw a picture of it and post it as an iReport.

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    Liberace's colorful legacy »



    The giant piano keys adorning the façade of the Liberace Museum are attention-getting even by Sin City standards. The Las Vegas, Nevada, landmark museum is set to play its last note on Sunday, October 17, and the closure has stirred up a lot of emotion for those who see it as the death one of Vegas' key landmarks. Liberace himself opened the museum in 1979.


    NakedBoyNews, reporting with local mazine QVegas, spoke to the crowds going for one last look at this glitzy Vegas treasure. The resulting video begged the question of whether the monument to Liberace is still relevant after all this time. It's been years since the flamboyant piano virtuoso last tickled the ivory.


    Tourists used to make the pilgrimage off the Las Vegas strip in greater numbers, hoping to see the museum's shiny things and costuming almost beyond the imagination. Ultimately, low attendance became the primary factor in the decision to close, Liberace Foundation President Jack Rappaport told CNN. QVegas wanted to examine Liberace's relevance and whether the museum might actually gain a cult following that could grow in the future. Hardcore fans are still looking for ways to revive it.


    If you want to peek at some of the whimsical finds inside the museum, take a look at the sets of photos from nattydotorg. She was in town for a roller derby convention and stopped by the Liberace museum along the way. Her photos show the external facade, the remarkable interior and even some photos of trying to look the part with glittering costuming of her own.


    Have you ever been to the Liberace Museum, and would you ever go to see it? Will you miss it when it's gone, or would you try to save it? Share your thoughts in the comments area below, and please share your images and video from the museum if you have them.

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    Overheard on »



    Comment of the day


    "Castor Oil or Chocolate covered deep fried pig snot? I think the choice is clear for Senator. Both pretty nasty, but one is good for ya. "


    CNN's political team asked commenters to share their thoughts on last night's Delaware Senate debate and let us know who they thought won. Most commenters weren't impressed by Republican Christine O'Donnell's performance, but ArtInChicago didn't think highly of Democrat Chris Coons, either.


    There was also a lot of talk about rapper T.I. helping police persuade a man not to jump off the roof of an Atlanta high-rise – even though some commenters didn't believe the story.


    Readers also were still excited about the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile. Commenter RickCain called it the "Best reality show EVER."


    Interesting conversations


    Christine O'Donnell: How'd she do?

    958 comments and 255 Facebook shares



    Bachman and Palin set the bar pretty low and she did not clear it.



    At least she managed to prove one point she's been trying to make. She really is just an average person. Now the question arises of whether an average person is the right type of individual we need to lead this country. Considering George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other great leaders of their time were anything but average, I'd say she may be a bit lacking.



    It was obviously a CNN biased event. Most of the questions were impossible to answer. What does evolution have to do with running a state? I'll still vote for her and all other TEA party members to help save America.


    Its not about who's the smartest, it's about who will do what the people want them to do.



    She tried but a lot sounded like rehearsed GOP talking points and not her own opinion. She messed up a lot, kept wandering off on other topics and taking jabs at Coons instead of sticking to answering the questions asked of her, especially the questions about her finances. She had that deer in the headlights look on a few questions. She's obviously green (a rookie) and has a lot to learn. Maybe she should start with some local office experience first. I honestly don't think she's ready for Congress.


    Rapper T.I. talks man down from hotel roof

    676 comments and 17,308 Facebook shares



    I smell a publicity stunt. C'mon, T.I. appeared ''out of nowhere''... really? Do you mean like a superhero? And I suppose it's just a coincidence that this was right as a judge is debating on whether to revoke his probation. I'm calling BS.



    TI is arrested and public opinion immediately yells that he's guilty, guilty, guilty.

    TI does something amazing and heroic and public opinion overwhelmingly yells that it's a set-up.  Unbelievable. When did the world get so cynical and angry?



    He appeared out of nowhere?! Sounds like someone set up this scenario in order to gain some positive press.



    Does anyone else find the fact that he is due in court tomorrow to avoid drug related charges kind of convenient? Total PR stunt.



    That's a great story. I have a lot of respect for T.I. for doing this.



    I don't care what Rapper T.I. does for a living. It's just good to see someone willing to get involved and help someone out, having some caring for a fellow human being. I wish more people would get involved and help others in trouble.


    Live from Chile: A camera made the world a bit smaller

    260 comments and 3,020 Facebook shares



    Chile has pulled off the rescue of all rescues. I equate what they have done to walking on the moon. In fact it was better because common everyday people with special talents came together from around the world to make an effort to save the lives of people they didn't even know existed until the cave-in. Congratulations to each and every one of them.



    I'm not really concerned about whether the government made this into a media circus..... the world needed to see some good news for a change. The world needed to come together for something positive. The importance of human life was shown instead of running a story of 33 dead from a suicide bomber. This was like a flu shot for the planet.


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    CNN iReport roundtable: Boot camp week six »



    Please join us here in the blog at 3:30 p.m. ET to talk about story editing – the art and science of taking the facts, photos and colorful quotes you've gathered as a reporter and crafting them into a powerful story.


    We're thrilled that Enterprise Editor Jan Winburn will be joining us to answer your questions and give feedback on your work. Jan has guided reporting honored with many prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.


    It was also exciting to see the personal stories iReporters shared in this week's challenge. It's amazing how much you can learn about a person from a simple object, whether it's a girl's diary in Saudi Arabia, a hand-painted rock on a teacher's desk, a child's first camera, or even the look in a scary-looking strangers' eyes.


    We hope you will join us for today's discussion, even if you didn't participate in this week's challenge. Jan has been a tremendous resource for us and has a lot of great advice. She's also a delight to work with, so it should be a lot of fun.


    Comments will open at 3:30 p.m. ET. We look forward to talking with you then.

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    Join the iReport Election Project! »


    When it comes down to it, there are two sweeping stories in this year's midterm U.S. elections: the local races and the mood of the voters overall. They're huge stories, and ones that CNN is canvassing the country to cover. The iReport Election Project, which is a special part of the new CNN Election App, invites you to take part.


    The idea is really simple: take a quiz to determine your political ID, then work through a series of iReport challenges leading up to Election Day. Each one is designed to help get at the heart of what's driving the vote this year. Want to take part? All you have to do is download the app (it's available for Android, Blackberry and iPhone), take the quiz, and start iReporting.


    Here on, we'll be featuring the results of the iReport Election Project and sharing what we learn. For example, since the app launched yesterday morning, more than 900 people have joined in. A few things we know already from early contributors (as of 9 a.m. ET Thursday):


    The economy ranks highest among issues people say matter most in this year's election. Education is a distant second.


    That pattern of issue importance holds true across the political spectrum. The most popular top issue for contributors who identified as Republicans is the economy followed by education. Same for Democrats and for Independents.


    Look for this info and more from the iReport Election Project to show up in surprising new ways throughout CNN's coverage of the elections as we get closer to Nov. 2. In the meantime, download the app, join in, and tell us where you stand!

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    Overheard on »


  users have been riveted to the coverage of the miner rescue in Chile. Readers following the updates in our live blog have had passionate discussions about faith, strength, courage and the human spirit as they waited to see each miner plucked from the ground.


    There's also been a lot of talk about celebrities, dominated by the Courtney Cox/David Arquette split and Kim Kardashian's nude magazine photos.


    There have been some technical problems with the comments Wednesday on, and developers are working to fix them. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.


    Interesting converstations


    Chile miners being rescued




    I will not try to identify what role God played in this amazing rescue. One thing is abundantly clear; the miners' faith in God had a role in sustaining them for what must have been an eternity. I will say that, if anything, this is a great testament to the human spirit. It is alive and that in itself is cause for celebration.



    Every so often something happens to show us just how fragile and precious life is and gives us all occasion to pull together in hope. Prayers and best wishes to all the miners and their families today. The whole world is behind you and will be thinking of you until the last man is pulled to the surface.



    I feel very happy with this rescue seeing how these miners, one by one, are being rescued. I congratulate the families of the miners already rescued and I expect all the miners can be taken [out of] the chamber alive. Thank God for that.



    I am astounded by the courage of the medic and two rescue workers who were let down into the chamber to assist the trapped minors at the beginning of the operation. If anything goes wrong, they will mostly likely lose their lives.


    Arquette: I’m not the one who asked to separate




    He really should shut up about this!



    Why? He set the record straight on a lot of things. I heard him call in this morning. You can tell he's heartbroken, and his voice cracked more than once.



    I totally agree with you Neo! Now he has made certain they will be getting a divorce because just like a little boy he went straight to [Howard] Stern to blab his story. Adults keep their private life private! Grow up men! Just like Courtney Cox said we don't want to be your mother.



    I hope they can work things out. They seem like a nice couple, especially for their little girl, but this seems like a standard amount of time for a Hollywood couple, time to turn in the old for the new! We live in a "throwaway" society!


    Sleeping Beauty

    Seriously!!! Why even call into a show and even talk about it. It's personal and should stay that way. No wonder these celebs are followed all the time. They air their dirty laundry for all to see.


    Kim Kardashian takes it (all) off




    I think most of us have seen of enough of Kim Kardashian. Both figuratively and literally. What does this add to society or to my fantasies?



    Americans continue to be hypnotized by glamour like a puppy jonesing for a shiny new toy. Like all puppies, we consume it and grow tired of it quickly.


    Mark C

    Because the mindless idiots who worship garbage celebrities are only interested in them if they are garbage celebrities. It's not like she has a brain in her head, or any talent. Being garbage is all she has.



    I've only seen her show a couple of times (doesn't appeal to me) but she's making a big success of it and her businesses. Part of making money from her reality fame is publicity shots and photo spreads so that's what she's doing here. What's the big deal? I think she's a beautiful woman, but if she doesn't appeal to you, then that's fine, too.

    Kelli G

    She is smart. She runs several successful businesses, and she did go to college? What's with most guys assuming that beautiful women are dumb? She's more successful than you'll ever be. Also, smart people are allowed to misspeak or act “crazy.” ... Humans aren't always perfect.



    I think she looks beautiful! It's nice to see someone that isn't a stick figure on the cover of magazines. She has a realistic body.


    Comment of the day:

    “People say they don’t care, but care enough to look and leave a comment.”


    Reader mar mar apparently shares our curiosity about why people will go to the trouble of logging on to, clicking on an article and scrolling all the way to the bottom just to say, "Who cares?" or "This isn't news." Admittedly, a lot of people will debate Kardashian's credentials as a newsmaker, but lots of folks are talking about her latest nude photos.


    If you want to shed light on the "not news" phenomenon or talk about anything else that's going on in the comments, talk to us in the comments section below.


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    World entranced by Chilean mine rescue »


    One by one, the trapped Chilean miners are reaching the surface and rushing into the arms of their relieved family members. iReporters all over the world have been watching on TV, captivated by the emotional rescue effort.


    Maria Collocott of George, South Africa, has been glued to the rescue efforts for hours on end – just today she’s watched 12 hours of coverage. She’s been praying for all the miners and their families and calls the rescues a real miracle.


    “I always said what a terrible thing to happen to someone. I think I would have gone out of my mind if it was my husband or brother down there,” she said.


    David Hagen and 76 of his classmates in Moss, Norway, have been watching the miners being rescued all day live on CNN. The 18-year-old says students made an agreement with the school that if they watch all day, they’re going to have to make up class next weekend and on some nights.


    “It’s horrible what happened but it’s great that they can be saved now, that they don’t have to stay down there anymore,” he said.


    In Madrid, 3-year-old Inés Castillo Pike was curious why her parents were glued to the TV. Her mother, Natasha, used a paper towel roll with Prince Charming inside to explain the rescue process.


    “We decided to make the connection to the miners in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Natasha said. “We explained how the miners were really, really far underground, and then we proceeded to explain to her what they were doing to get them up because there was an accident.”


    Eilhard Molina says his entire neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was watching the rescue effort last night. While he was moved by the rescue operation, he said his mother’s excitement was hard to match.


    She rejoiced when the second miner, Mario Sepulveda Espinace – who has the same name at her late father – was rescued. “She was happy and it was really special seeing her like that. She got to remember her father and I got to share in some of that,” he said.


    It’s been overwhelming and moving to see all these emotional responses coming in from every corner of the world. A collective sigh of relief seems to emanate from the newsroom and from you as well every time a miner is rescued. We’d love you to continue sharing your reactions and be part of this story.

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    Overheard on »

    Comment of the day:


    "Hall of Fame as a quarterback ... Hall of Shame as a father."


    MikeinKC says NFL star Brett Favre, accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a woman, has set a bad example for his children and asked how he'd feel if someone did that to his daughters.


    Much of Tuesday's conversation focused on the story of 101-year-old Eulalia Garcia-Maturey, who came to America from Mexico as a baby and was becoming a U.S. citizen after all these years. Many readers praised her for going through the process, but some wondered what took her so long. The story also reignited the passionate immigration debate that's been continuing on the site for months.


    There was also a lot of talk about Republican congressional candidate Rich Iott, who's under fire for wearing a Nazi uniform in historic re-enactments. Some readers defended Iott, saying it’s difficult to re-create a battle without enemy troops, but others said that dressing up like a Nazi for any reason is offensive.


    Interesting conversations:

    Woman, 101, to become U.S. citizen


    Eulalia Garcia-Maturey


    1,494 Comments and 5,752 Facebook shares



    I am happy for her... But she could have been citizen already for 50 years. Instead, she chose "not to ask questions", and avoid the issue. She was eligible for citizenship in 1960 as much as she is in 2010. So, it is her fault that it took so long.



    Good for her, we are happy for her, some things are worth waiting for, even such a long time.



    Nicely staged by the Obama administration. Press release, the whole 9 yards. Timely too.



    I am happy that she finally achieved status. However, i doubt that his is the standard case and does not mitigate the fact that illegal immigration is a real problem. A country has a right to maintain borders and enforce its laws. If we don't like the laws we change them not disregard them.



    I wonder who would have had to pay for her medical needs before she became a citizen, I know who will have to pay now.



    It's amazing how many people could read this article and do nothing but bitter and hateful and negative. How miserable it must be to be you. Can't you just read this and be happy for her?

    Congressional candidate defends wearing Nazi outfit

    1,752 comments and 683 Facebook shares



    This man is wrong and offensive! No one will understand unless YOUR family was brutalized by the Nazis!



    It would bother me more if he dressed up as a Nazi for a Halloween party. I suppose someone has to play the Germans in WW2 re-enactments, or they wouldn't get very far. I support his point, and his right to do it without being called a Nazi lover. But still a little creepy.


    Funny how the lefties only think you should be able to express yourself freely when it's convenient for them. Why hasn't the ACLU taken this guys side?



    He has a right to dress up as a Nazi and I have the right to criticize him for it, its all fair.



    If somebody dressed up as Mohamed Atta for a 9/11 reenactment, we would call him and aspiring terrorist. And we would probably be right.



    Even if this guy is a Nazi, which I don't believe, does that really make him worse then a lot of politicians? Scams, payoffs, ethic violations, corruption, out of our public servants bother me a lot more then this guy playing army several years ago.


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    iReport Global Challenge: Two continents left! »

    We're happy to report that we are three continents closer to receiving an iReport from every country in the world! In the past two weeks, we've checked off the remaining countries on our list from South America, Asia and Europe.


    iReporter starbuckb visited Grenada last month to visit her fiancé who just started medical school on the island. She found her first time in Grenada to be a beautiful, yet trying experience at times.


    “I went grocery shopping to stock up my fiancé’s fridge, and that was quite an experience,” she said. “I was shocked at the prices, and surprised at how hard it can be to get some products, like eggs and produce.”


    Tajikistan rounded out our Asia list with vanNieTravel’s photos of what everyday life is like in the capital city of Dushanbe. He described the fascinating juxtaposition of cultural traditions, relics of Communism and a growing Islamic influence.


    “Its landscape is huge, beautiful, wild, rough, and I only saw so little. Traffic is wild and rough as well, that's just the way they drive,” he said.


    Just this weekend, we saw a window into the world of Europe’s fourth smallest nation, Liechtenstein. iReporter Nige820, a freelance travel photographer, couldn’t resist the chance to visit the doubly land-locked country when he was touring Switzerland back in 2007.


    “It was incredible because it's one of those places you don’t know what to expect. For a capital city, it feels like an English lakeland city. It’s quite opulent. It’s peaceful and very clean; it doesn’t feel like a capital city," he said.


    We are so impressed that folks all over the world are coming together and helping us achieve our global goal. Thank you for making this possible, iReporters!


    Putting celebrations aside for a moment, there’s still more work to be done. If you’ve been to Africa or Australia/Oceania, feel free to upload an iReport from one or more of the missing 27 countries. Happy iReporting!

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    Our very own superheroes »

    Photo: Matt Sky (liereport), Julio Ortiz-Teissonniere (sjunat55), Lulis Leal (JoyfulGypsy) and Miriam Cintron (mcintron) at Life Cafe in New York.


    Photo: Tommy Yune (TommyYune) in action.


    This past weekend was really something special. After being given the rather exciting assignment of going out to New York Comic Con, I flew out to the Big Apple with big dreams to work with iReporters attending and meet up with the locals. As expected, it was a totally awesome experience.


    We ended up receiving lots of great iReports from folks on the floor. Some hot stuff came in from TommyYune, who got panoramic shots and documented the heavy crowds. Some estimates go as high as 100,000 people. It was certainly busy, and communication was difficult with so many cell phones around. It was great to attend TommyYune's panel and then walk around the con floor with him. He's creative director for the "Robotech" animated series, and lots of people know about him to the point of wanting an autograph. That was pretty awesome to see.


    The striking urbanity that is New York provided the perfect backdrop for all the iReports we got, from sjunat55's photo of Batman getting out of a cab to another set showing costumed folk chilling in Times Square. And it was great to meet up with iReporters like sjunat55, mcintron, JoyfulGypsy and liereport at a lovely meetup at the Life Cafe in the East Village. That restaurant is the place mcintron is profiling for CNN's Economy Tracker. My only regret is not getting to meet Ted Krasdale, liereport's green puppet on the street. After the get-together, we wandered over to the spectacle that is St. Mark's, and the iReporters schooled me on the area's history and pointed out the great offbeat photo opportunities. These folks have a good eye for things. The next day, sjunat55 was able to meet up with me at Comic Con and we headed off to the World Trade Center site, where he showed me the location of the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero and the construction progress that had been made.


    Sadly, I missed seeing professirx gussied up in a tux and cavorting with the Na'vi on Sunday, October 10, the last day of the convention. professirx did some outstanding interviews on the floor, too. I also missed finding PLabrozzi, osiramon (who also iReported from San Diego Comic-Con), and countless others. We also heard from dannym2 and it was good to see joec81 submitting iReports again after previously showing us The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.


    The whole event was chaotic, but it was also great to see all the images we got. It was also a cool opportunity to interact with people I'd only talked to on the phone. Take a look at the images that were sent, and share your thoughts on the con. Were you there? Tell your experience by all means.

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    Comment of the day:

    "Superman wears Herschel Walker underwear."


    Henslecd was one of the many readers who were blown away by retired football star Herschel Walker's fitness routine. The 48-year-old is training for his second professional mixed martial arts fight and looks like he was carved out of something hard and solid. There was a lot of talk about Walker's diet and training methods, which led to a bit of a debate on who would win in a fight between Walker and Chuck Norris. However, JAFOAgain felt that 96-year-old Jack LaLanne would whip all of them.


    New York gubernatorial candidate's comments on homosexuality generated a huge debate.


    There was also a lot of talk about Google's efforts to develop a car that drives by itself. Some readers felt the car would drive better than most people, but others feared a computer crash would make the "blue screen of death" a bit too literal for their taste.


    Interesting conversations


    Renaissance jock Herschel Walker breaks fitness rules

    261 comments and 1,946 Facebook shares



    Herschel "Texas Ranger" Walker does not sleep, he waits.

    When Herschel Walker does push-ups; he lifts the earth, not himself.

    Hell waits for Herschel Walker to freeze over.

    Chuck Norris is Herschel Walker's sparring partner. A long time ago Chuck Norris threw a punch and Herschel Walker blocked it. The resulting force exerted caused what we now commonly refer to as The Big Bang.



    The guy's a machine! At almost 50 he can out perform athletes half his age. That's an accomplishment that 99% of the population can not achieve.



    Glad it works for him, but that is no way to live for the average person. The average person would become very sick, working out that hard without food. Your body needs something to burn during a workout.



    Apparently he's "lived" that way for nearly 50 years. I think he can do worse than the average American cheeseburger and pizza diet.



    I might buy the 750-1500 push ups and 2000 sits ups every now and then but not every day. You do reach a point of diminishing returns where you are actually breaking down tissue. And I totally question the 7 hour workout after not eating for 3-4 days. It can't be done without damage to the body...It's totally crazy.

    Paladino: Homosexuality is not 'valid or successful option'

    4282 comments and 5,732 Facebook shares



    People of New York, do we really want this person in our state government? Someone who is narrow-minded, ignorant and a liar? Let's not let promote those things by electing him to office on our great state.



    Why is every article on CNN about gays?



    Such a good point: if you are tired of hearing about gays, then don't read about them? But I still fail to see why anyone would care what another person does. It must be some deep-seated insecurity you possess. Also, it's a fact that many homosexuals are highly successful professionals, making a big impact on Corporate America. You, the bigots, are the ones that are going to lose! And I'm straight; I just hate ignorance, prejudice and racism. When you are bothered so much by someone else's.



    Mr. Paladino, everyone has the right to his or her own opinion, but not everyone's opinion is valid. In a western democracy in the 21st century your opinion is not valid. It is archaic and bigoted and has no foundation in fact, biology or social science. You are free to think it, but that ought to disqualify you from holding any public office where civilized people make decisions about the lives of other citizens. You are free to consider employment catching dogs, or writing parking tickets.



    Homosexuality is not a successful option? And how often are heterosexual relationships successful?


    Google is testing cars that drive themselves

    413 comments and 4,821 Facebook shares



    My luck my computer would blue screen and I'd be killed.



    sPdMoNk I think you missed something in the article. This is Google, not Microsoft, developing this technology; blue screen shouldn't be an issue. Apple's OS would be totally inappropriate for most people, as it only take you to places Steve Jobs approves of, not necessarily where YOU wanted to go.



    I would rather see a computer developed by Google driving a car than 99% of the yahoos I see on the road.



    I think this is a great idea. It would save a lot of lives by removing the drunk drivers as well as the recklessly aggressive drivers that are responsible for so many accidents on the road. It would be nice not to have to deal directly with rush hour traffic or dangerous roads caused by inclement weather. I really look forward to when this becomes a reality but the Local & State Governments will have to come up with a new source of revenue as they would no longer be able to depend on traffic tickets to fund their departments anymore.



    Let's take it for a spin, 'I'm Feeling Lucky' today.


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    // October 11, 2010
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    CNN30: Chernobyl disaster »

    For the past couple of months, iReporters have been sharing their memories and images from 30 historic news events of the last 30 years, in a project called CNN30: Were You There? The CNN audience has shed new light on iconic stories including the  wedding of Charles and Diana, the Challenger explosion, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.


    The best of these submissions will be featured in a half-hour special program on CNN International this fall. CNN Radio has also been interviewing some of the iReporters about their memories.


    Jason Windebank sent us one of the first iReports about the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. In 2007, Windebank was living in Ukraine and arrange for a guide to show him the abandoned city of Pripyat, where most of the factory workers lived until the explosion.


    Windebank recently talked to CNN Radio's Amanda Moyer about his life-changing trip and the shocking images he captured.


    "You see books that are open, sitting on desks. You see homework of children that’s been graded and has beeen left sitting on the teacher’s desk. You see medicines that were in hospital rooms, sitting on tables where they were being used to treat people on the day this disaster happened," he said. "You're looking at what their lives were like on the day this occurred, and it's impossible not to put yourself in their shoes and imagine just what it would have been like."


    If you remember Chernobyl or another of these major news events, we want to hear your story. Scour your photo albums or put yourself on video and share your memories.

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    The Westboro Baptist Church on iReport »

    The Supreme Court is hearing a case about the Westboro Baptist Church's protests at the funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq. The central debate is about the balance between free speech and privacy (read the full story on


    Over the years, iReporters have shared stories and photos from several of the Westboro Baptist Church's provocative protests at places and events as wide-ranging as an Omaha, Nebraska, funeral, a San Diego church and the Comic-Con pop culture festival. Here are a few of those stories:


    Chris Morrow talked with some of the protesters -- including young children holding signs almost as big as they were -- outside The Rock Church in San Diego in October 2009.


    Gail Powell, who's a member of The Rock Church in San Diego, snapped these photos of a Westboro Baptist Church protest and counter-protest outside San Diego Comic-Con in July.


    John Meadows was outside a funeral for Staff Sergeant Michael Bock in Omaha, Nebraska, in August, where several members of the Westboro Baptist Church staged a protest. Everything was calm, he said, until a man in a truck drove up to the crowd and pepper sprayed everyone, including Meadows, who was hit in the face. The protest broke up soon after and the man with the pepper spray was arrested for multiple counts of assault, according to Omaha police.


    What do you think of these events? The Supreme Court is considering whether a provocative protest the Westboro Baptist Church staged at a military funeral should be protected as free speech. Where do you think they should land? Let's talk it up in the comments.

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    // October 8, 2010
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    armstong and whitman


    Comment of the day:


    Articles about comments from other articles? Please tell me this is automated and no one gets paid for this.


    Plover9Cloud had the readers comment of the day, which was actually a comment about yesterday's Overheard on Well the joke's on you Plover9Cloud - we've got a whole team (albeit a small team) of people who totally get paid to not only read user comments but to help put together posts like this one. Hey, we're trying something new here so your feedback - positive and negative - is appreciated. Keep it coming.


    Our commenters are out in force Friday, giving us their opinions on a wide range of stories. The big talker right now is New Jersey killing a big project to build a tunnel under the Hudson River. This has sparked a conversation about fiscal responsibility, politicians doing what they say they’re going to do,  and government cost overruns. An interesting sub-theme: some commenters say this is the ideal time for big infrastructure projects like this one and think Governor Christie is dropping the ball.


    Christine O’Donnell continues to fascinate.  Her interview with CNN reporter Jim Acosta certainly has people talking. And many readers today are congratulating the Nobel committee for awarding this year’s peace prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. But not everyone is pleased with the decision.


    Interesting conversations


    N.J. governor kills Hudson River tunnel project

    1,651 comments and 1,196 Facebook shares



    As a Jersey resident who is paying taxes up the wazoo I cannot express enough how happy I am that we finally have a governor that does not treat our state budget like 14 year old at the mall with daddy's credit card.



    Finally a politician trying to hold true to what he promised the tax payers. of course cnn would try to make it look like a bad idea.



    When is our country going to realize we need to vastly improve our public transit systems and stop relying on our cars. It's a national travesty. I just got back from visiting 3 countries in Europe the train system there makes our country look pathetic. It seems like a worthwhile project. I believe those tax increases sound like a good idea. If you don't have the money then you don't have the money but to cancel indefinately........ weak.



    Clearly none of you are familiar with the cost overruns of the big dig in boston. I think his estimations of overruns are LOW.


    O'Donnell to CNN: 'I've matured'

    861 comments and 638 Facebook shares



    "Today we found out that a third college Christine O'Donnell said she attended has no record of ever knowing her. I'm starting to wonder if she ever really went to Hogwarts." —Bill Maher



    Apparently Ma'am, you have not matured. You are still telling lies like "Healthcare Reform is a massive government takeover" ...It is not and you know it. What you and your Republican friends want to do is to repeal it altogether, and then continue to keep kicking it down the road, or pass some even further watered down bits and pieces of nothing that once again empowers the insurance companies.



    In my profession, someone caught fudging their resume the way she did would be ousted immediately. Thank goodness for politics so that the otherwise unemployable can get jobs.



    The woman is a total nut. If - like the people of our (MN) 6th Congressional District who adore Michele Bachmann - the people of Delaware elect this person, they deserve everything they'll get.


    Chinese dissident wins Nobel Peace Prize

    933 Comments and 2,041 Facebook shares



    Congratulations too the Nobel Foundation for not given in the CCP threaths, you embodie the spirits of the free thinkers and Human Rigths.



    Again the Noble Peace Prize has been hijacked by politics.



    I'd like to think that politics has been thankfully hijacked by peace.



    As a Chinese,I just want to say that we are going forward, and we are progressing. Thank you for your kindness, but we Chinese don't like this prize.


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    Posted by: tyson // October 8, 2010
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    armstong and whitman


    Comment of the day:


    100 mother-in-laws...D@MN.!!!!!!!!!!!


    kommoncentz1 had the readers vote for comment of the day. His reaction to news that a Kenyan man with 100 wives died in his 90s   got more than 140 "Likes." Many readers had fun with the story and congratulated the man for his enthusiasm, but it also sparked a lively discussion on family and overpopulation.


    Readers also were talking about Anderson Cooper's interview with a gay University of Michigan student who is the subject of an anti-gay blog  run by an attorney in the state attorney general's office. Many people are congratulating the young man for standing up for himself, and also speaking out on behalf of bullied gay teens.


    Reuben Navarratte’s opinion piece on California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s maid problems is getting a lot of responses.


    Interesting conversations


    Kenyan polygamist with 100 wives dies

    303 comments and 1,555 FB shares



    This guy probably invented most of the pick up lines out there.



    He's not dead... He's HIDING!



    100 wives = 160 kids, do the math, each wife had 1.6 kids. Not bad. What's new here? American men have kids with many women, difference with Danger he didn't run away from his kids and shorties.



    The 160 children is more shocking than the 100 wives part. Third world nations will remain that way until they stop out-reproducing their resources. I'm all for foreign aid, if it goes to birth control



    "I'm all for foreign aid, if it goes to birth control" - Cannot push "Like" button enough. Amen to that.


    Targeted student: 'It's hard not to say something'

    1,736 comments and 1,662 Facebook shares



    This guy is very classy. After all he has been through I didn't hear one word of hate come out of his mouth. Great interview.



    I personally think that a person who sits up at   night and thinks "Oh dear. Men are sleeping with Men right now! I have to do something!" That person has more problems than any gay person out there.



    Lets be honest. Straights aren't changing laws to take away your rights, so stop spewing that falsehood. It is simply not true. Gays are changing laws to allow them new rights.


    CEO Whitman flunks home economics

    773 Comments and 235 Facebook shares



    I find it mildly ironic that those individuals who would support the Republican agenda of stopping illegal immigration would not find it offensive that this woman would hire an illegal, know she is illegal, and then fire her just before her big campaign push. Instead they push it back to the worker. Was the housekeeper wrong? Absolutely, her employer of 9 years was just as guilty!



    No one is defending the maid. But like all Republicans, they have to turn the story away from Whitman and throw it onto the maid. It is Whitman's responsibility, like all businesses, to ensure all workers are legal. If all the Republican candidates want to 'act tough' on illegals, why isn't it fair to call them when they employ illegals? Whitman had a legal responsibility to ensure all her employees were legal.



    Maybe I'm confused, the women shows up with paperwork from an employment agency where she showed drivers license etc. Show she was legal. What was Whitman to do - hire a detective to verify?


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    CNN iReport roundtable: Boot camp week five »


    Interviewing is the cornerstone of good journalism, and the stories you tell are only as good as the information you get. Knowing what questions to ask and how to conduct yourself in an interview are crucial for getting those juicy tidbits.


    Today we’re honored to have two interviewing experts who will be fielding your questions and offering feedback:


    Richard Quest is host of Quest Means Business and one of the most instantly recognizable anchors at CNN International. He’s covered a range of breaking news and business stories, as well as feature programming. Quest is firmly established as an expert on business travel issues and currently works as a CNN anchor and correspondent.


    Jessica Ravitz was an award-winning newspaper journalist before coming to, where she’s a writer/producer on the newsroom’s enterprise team and is often praised for her interviewing style. She’s interviewed people on their death beds, drawn out never-told-before stories from Holocaust survivors and given a platform to sexual assault victims.


    Take a look at all the great interviewing tips we got from eight CNN anchors, correspondents and writers last week.


    If you're new to the roundtable, here's how it works: We'll open comments at 3:00 p.m. ET and you can post your questions and comments at the bottom of this post.


    We’re here to look at your videos, offer advice and answer any questions you may have about the art of interviewing. Excitement is in the air, so get ready!

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    // October 7, 2010
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    toy gun, Stonewall, Obama


    Comment of the Day


    "Zero Tolorence? Only a Sith deals in absolutes."


    Our comment of the day comes from KenMasters34, who compared officials in a Florida school district to Darth Vader and his evil brethren in the "Star Wars" movies. KenMaster34 was one of the many readers who reacted to the expulsion of a 7-year-old boy who brought a toy gun to school. Many commenters say that common sense is the missing element here.


    An assault at the historic Stonewall Bar in Manhattan also has people talking. Some are calling it a hate crime, while others wonder how a 17-year-old boy ended up in a gay bar in the first place.


    Gloria Borger’s story on what went wrong for the Democrats  is getting a lot of attention.  Democrats say the Obama Administration didn't get much done because of GOP obstruction and Republicans say the administration has been unsuccessful because people oppose the president's agenda.


    Most Commented stories


    Toy gun leads to Florida boy's expulsion

    1,006 Comments and 497 Facebook shares



    May we please have some common sense applied? Child brings a toy gun to school. Said toy never left his backpack. Child has lost a year and half of education. Absolute lunacy. Whatever happened to a week's detention and writing "I will not bring toy guns to school" a hundred times?



    Zero Tolerance policies are just the lazy man's way of dealing with problems. They all too often prevent common sense from being employed. The people in charge need to seriously reconsider why they are in charge.



    NO! This kid needed to be expelled. I'm sick of this bull in America of everyone blaming the schools. Where the hell were this kids parents? What were they doing? Where is their responsibility in this? His dad said his kid "made a mistake?" No, as parents, you failed and made a mistake. All the other 7-year-olds in the school seem to have it figured out that you can't bring a toy gun, why do we make exceptions. Parents need to TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY.


    2 accused of hate crime at historic gay bar

    357 Comments and 662 Facebook shares



    Normally I'm extremely skeptical of "hate crimes" and I think they are thrown way out of proportion, but this seems to have been done exclusively because the man was gay.



    Hate crimes are laws against thought. If you can convince a jury that I THOUGHT something when I committed another crime (whether assault, murder, robbery, spraying graffiti, or hiring or promoting someone other than you), then you can have me punished. If one does not have freedom of thought, one has no freedom at all. These boys should be punished for WHAT they did, not WHY they did it.



    I don't understand everyone's confusion. Two homophobic guys go to the famous site of the Stonewall uprising. They attack a guy after making sure he's gay. And this is not a planned hate crime...because.....?


    The Sweep: What went wrong for Democrats

    649 Comments and 117 Facebook likes



    To sum it up, the Dems have been the geeks and nerds on the playground, and the GOP were the school bullies. The geeks tried to play nice, share their lunch and snacks, and the GOP whooped up on them, and gave them wedgies whenever they got the chance. Yes, the bullies will be voted back into office, thanks to the tiny attention span of the voters... What was the question????



    How did it come to this? We wanted hope and change, like promised. Instead we got more of the same and in some cases like the deficit and health care bill we got worse.



    Yes, Congress is broke. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican, you aren't doing the job we're paying you for. You continue to fight for your party's platform regardless if it's wrong or right. Mainstream America really doesn't care if you're on the blue or red team, we only care that you're on the Red, White and Blue team and "working" for the people who put you into office. All politicians are fair game at this point and newly elected officials had better learn where their roots are!


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    iReport: Reto Global »

    We've been spreading the word about the iReport Global Challenge throughout the world. Today, we are extending the invitation to our CNN en Español audience:


    Este año en iReport nos propusimos a  recibir un iReport de cada continente y lo logramos. Pero no paramos ahí, ahora  queremos contar con un iReport de ¡cada país del mundo! Y para eso necesitamos tu ayuda. Así que con el fin de darle la oportunidad a nuestra audiencia  latinoamericana, y gracias al incansable deseo viajero de muchos latinos, queremos que nos cuentes a qué países inusuales has ido. Burkina Faso, Palau, Comoros? Y en caso de que no hayas estado en alguno de estos países, igual queremos tus fotos/videos viajeros. ¡Es posible  tu iReport salga al aire en nuestra programación!


    Sigue este link para ir directamente a la asignació.

    Parents grateful for IVF technology »


    Doctor Robert G. Edwards, known as the "father of the test-tube baby," won the Nobel Prize for medicine this week for his work on in vitro fertilization. We asked iReporters to share their stories of IVF, and received some touching responses from grateful parents.


    After trying for almost four years to conceive a child, iReporter Ronald Rydell and his wife eventually decided to try in vitro fertilization. The procedure worked, and twins Ryan Lawrence and Meghan Ann were born. Rydell couldn't be happier. "For all of the emotional, and financial difficulty, the self-doubt and self-blame we went through, we finally have the most precious gift of our lives," he said.


    Kerri Helliwell said she had several concerns before trying IVF – namely the cost – and added that her husband's support was key. She ultimately opted for an egg donor and gave birth to her son Ian on Halloween of last year. "He is a happy, adorable, funny baby who is the apple of our eye," she said.


    Myssie English, who conceived two children through IVF, acknowledges that the technique is controversial – in fact, an official with the Vatican recently criticized Edwards' Nobel win – but she would recommend it to anyone trying to have children. "If anyone has any questions or doubts about IVF, they simply need to spend five minutes with my children," she said. "They will find them absolutely adorable, smart, happy, sweet and loving. You can't put a price on that. I can't even imagine what my life would be like if I'd listened to the negative people and didn't pursue this option. I am truly blessed."


    What's your take on in vitro fertilization? Has Edwards' contribution affected your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below or, better yet, share your family photos here.

    Posted by: katie // October 6, 2010
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    Overheard on » readers took a bit of a break from the usual bickering and spirited debate Tuesday to wait for word on a California girl who was abducted by a man in a truck in front of her mother. It was refreshing to see so many people offering their support and hoping and praying for the girl's safe return. They were also fairly united in their hope that the person who took the girl suffers a bad, and preferably creative, punishment.


    Readers also were fairly uniform in their condemnation of the small Kansas church that is appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue that it has the right to protest at the funerals of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most commenters felt these protests should be banned, and many of the people who supported the church's right to protest said the protests were wrong.


    The comment section was also buzzing about a federal judge accused of buying drugs for his stripper mistress.


    Most commented stories:


    Police credit 'good Samaritans' for 8-year-old's recovery

    suspect's truck

    682 comments and 1,972 Facebook shares



    CONGRATS to the good samaritans who CHOSE to get involved. They saved this little girl's life by NOT thinking of themselves and turn the other way, hoping that someone else would intervene. You get my highest respect today!



    Made my day! Nice to hear there are still heroes out there to offset all the scum. Well done people!



    What a blessing to find this child before she was dead. I just hope he didn't get his grubby hands on her first. Why are people that molest children allowed to keep their genitals? Offenders often repeat, repeat should = no more genitals.



    It's a very sad day in society where children simply can no longer play outside and enjoy the warm, fresh air. I hope they hang this person.



    Even when my children were very little, I used examples of The Old Hag in Snow White to show how people act kind, but are evil at heart. This guy pulled her into his car, that's hard to foresee. This will be a topic of conversation for us, when they get home from school.

    Anti-gay church, grieving father square off


    2,007 comments and 5,315 Facebook shares



    It should not matter what anyone believes about gays. This supposed church group is being cruel to families of hero soldiers. That is wrong. Period. My son is in the Army and I would have a tough time controlling myself if these crazies showed up at any funeral I was at, let alone my son's. We have a large number of wonderful bikers who travel to funerals for soldiers so they can stay between families and these crazies.



    If Albert Snyder had shot those idiots and I was on the jury, there would at least be a mistrial if not an outright acquittal. I'm sorry but when you act like that, you have that coming to you.



    Albert Snyder has more class and is fighting the battle legally. You don't get to kill someone for offending you. But you can use the law to protect yourself. A violation of the families privacy at the least and it sounds like stalking behavior too. The younger Synder was not a public figure so the freedom to assemble and protest at his funeral is not a valid arguement. He was a private citizen and private citizens have more privacy rights than public figures.



    Ignorance like this is what helps people who don't know the love of Christ want nothing to do with Him. These are most likely a bunch of religious folks who do not read their bible and only listen to the rhetoric of their ignorant leader. Then again they might not be ignorant, but just plain stupid.



    It is hate speech, and while I think it is horrible I support their right to do it, just not at a funeral. Can we not enact something that protects their right to spew their hatred (Jesus must be rolling in his grave, oh wait he isn't in there) and protect the privacy EARNED by the families of fallen soldiers.



    Not much to say about this article or these people. Their actions speak loud enough to how evil they are. So if we're going to Hell, they're the welcoming committee.



    "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend with my life your right to say it."  But not in this case. These people are doing nothing but harming the families who have already been harmed. That is not showing God's love. And if this doof wants to preach about "the hatred of God", perhaps he should look inward and see that perhaps the Heavenly Father isn't pleased with them. Then again, you must have a conscience to see that. He and his ilk have no conscience, no heart ... and no honor.


    Judge bought drugs for stripper, feds say

    618 Comments and 1,877 Facebook shares



    A judge who breaks laws (& convicted) other than moving violations deserves a much harsher penalty if found guilty, because they not only broke the law … but damaged the justice system in an egregious way that Joe six pack cannot.



    Since the federal judiciary is above the law, this judge, like others, will collect his full salary of around 170K, for at least a year or two until he is impeached by Congress.



    How many drugs and weapons cases did he preside over and rule on, I wonder? How many cases will end up having appeals filed on the plausible grounds that he was a tainted judge?

    Comment of the day


    "Good people working to help each other are the solution to every problem there is."


    13pearls was talking about the good Samaritans who helped rescue an 8-year-old girl from an alleged abductor in California, but it's also an inspiring statement that sums up our mission for the comments section. We hope that when you are participating in the conversation at, you will think about what you can add to our understanding of the day's stories.


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    Getting to know Brunei »


    Ever heard of Brunei? The man behind BruneiTweet hopes to change that.


    We discovered BruneiTweet, who asked to remain anonymous, in our quest to receive an iReport from every country in the world (we're calling it the iReport Global Challenge). Brunei was one of the missing countries on our list, so we reached out to the prolific Twitter user for some help.


    Instead of sharing his own story, BruneiTweet reached out to his Twitter followers with a simple ask: Share a photo that sums up your life as a Bruneian. Within nine hours, he had more than 80 snapshots from 20-plus people.  brusurf sent a shot from the 8-kilometer trail he runs each day; 4mywong snapped a photo of a shiny red sports car; orchidrow shared the best place to get chocolate-mint ice cream in town. Together, the photos create a unique portrait of Brunei.


    Brunei homemaker Sarah Therese Alvisse also shared several reports from the southeastern Asian country. In one, she highlights the local sights and landmarks, including the Parliament building, a famous mosque and popular foods such as barbecue and crabs. "I find Brunei special because the people here are so charming and life here is simple and carefree," she said.


    Teaching others about Brunei is exactly what BruneiTweet hopes to accomplish. Through his Twitter account and website, he says he aims to “help the world discover and rediscover this place they call the Abode of Peace, through the stories of the people.”


    There are dozens more countries we’re waiting to hear from, particularly in Africa. Check out our Global Challenge list here, and if you've visited or know someone living in any of these places, please spread the word.

    Posted by: katie // October 5, 2010
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    Bullying has been a big topic of discussion both on CNN television and on A lot of Monday's conversation centered around cyberbullying – a problem that reportedly affects one in five kids between the ages of 10 and 18. Some commenters said cyberbullying should be treated as a crime, while others felt that the solution was for kids to spend less time online.


    Users were also talking about the report that a group of jihadists from Hamburg, Germany allegedly were plotting attacks against European cities.


    There was also a lot of talk about the Nobel Prize for medicine going to the inventor of in vitro fertilization. You can also hear from families who've benefited from the procedure on CNN iReport.


    We're kicking off the second week  of the comments blog, so we wanted to take a minute to get your feedback. If you have any suggestions for improving this blog, or the commenting experience on, let us know in the comments below.


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    In a wired world, children unable to escape cyberbullying



    740 comments and 1,728 Facebook shares



    We can toughen up the wire fraud laws. Make it a felony to cyberbully. If we can't send the little darlings to jail because they're minors, send their parents.



    Smaller kids do fine in martial arts courses and after school sports can help him overcome introversion. He doesn't need to be a victim.



    Here's a tip....TURN THE COMPUTER OFF!!!



    Why must kids die for this to become a national story, at what point do we stand up as a nation and say enough is enough and it ends today. Not after someone else dies.



    I've kept up with most of these bullying issues for a while now. It's always the same story, the school uses plausible deniability. Where's the trail? Who can the child go to if they feel threatened? No one. The schools don't want to get in the way of Darwin's theory. Why should they. This was a weak link in the gene pool and probably would have died anyway. How do you make the school system accountable for the issue of bullying? As long as it's a closed system where they can hide behind personal information then they will always be kids who will suffer the indignity of bullying. Bottom line.



    I got bullied a couple of times, then I caught the punk after school and sucker punched him. Split his lip WAY open. Yeah, he got a couple of shots in, but he never hassled me again.



    Of course, there is a way to prevent cyberbullying: Don't let your children waste their lives away on social networks, chat rooms, Skype, computer games...etc. Technology use may not be unavoidable but there is no reason to submerse ourselves in them as so many have done.



    I remember being picked on when I was growing up. It lowers your self esteem. It makes you feel like why am I on this earth? I thought about committing suicide but God held my hand. Now my kids are going through a little of the same thing. I believe parents should train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Parents are responsible for deposit good morals and standards in their kids and correcting their kids when needed. Kids that are bullies should be more concern about their school work then what another students has on, their hair or etc.



    Bullying is a part of life. It never stops, no matter how old you get. Parents need to teach their kids to be proud of who they are and to ignore those who think less than they. All this bullying and there's a movie out called the "Social Network" about some unknown kid who was bullied. He didn't go home and cry, he changed the world. Time to teach kids to stand up and be better than the bullies.



    This will solve lots of problems: Instant and permanent suspension for anyone who participates in bullying of any kind in schools. So the high school quarterback gets caught beating up or tormenting smaller students and his loss might cost the school a chance at going state... He'll be terrified about being permanently kicked out of school for being a bully if that were the standard. The reason bullies do what they do is because they're rewarded for it by equally bad adults who want to see the same kids get bullied as the bullies themselves. It was my experience that teachers set the tone and in my school experience some of them were bullies and encouraged others to join in. … All these years later I don't remember my schoolmate bullies, but I do remember the ones who were my teachers and chose to join in with the bullies.


    Hamburg cell at heart of terrorist plot against Europe



    1,431 comments and 1,693 Facebook shares



    If you let terrorists alter your travel plans the they've already won.



    The men of the KKK were Christian. So does that mean all Christians were the KKK.



    The difference is, when one KKK member stands up, a thousand Christians stand up to shout him down. But when one radical Islam jihadist nutbag stands up, the rest of Islam looks the other way and pretends they don't see a thing. That's why the Klan DOES NOT rule Catholicism but the radical jihadists DO rule Islam.



    They should expel these terrorists and let them live in their own country if they hate their adopted country. If you don't like the west, stay home.



    A mosque that attracts terrorists should be leveled.



    That's like leveling a bar because it attracts alcoholics, or banning guns every time some psycho goes on a rampage. Terrorists are misguided murders using religion as an excuse for their own ends.


    'Father of test tube baby' wins Nobel Prize for medicine

    248 comments and 995 Facebook shares



    He should have been awarded this years ago.



    Thank you for your breakthroughs, Dr. Edwards. My beloved daughter--a cardiologist in training--is here in this world thanks to you.



    Maybe you're infertile for a reason - maybe God chose you to adopt. Maybe it's God's way of trying to control our out of control population. But no, we have to selfishly try and create mini-me's and then so generously send our $5.00 per month to help Feed the Children, ad infinitum.



    Please don't think that this man or any other doctor is playing God on this! God created man as he created doctors. If you all remember, even the bible talks about healers, Jesus being one. I would never give my nephew up. I had problems and went to a fertility doctor and said that I would have problems to get pregnant. It was him or God. I was lucky and God helped, but no matter how we got our baby or my sister, life is still precious! Shame on anyone who has tunnel vision on this!



    The world recognizes IVF as an accepted scientific/medical procedure, the work received the Nobel Prize. Yet insurance companies still say it's an experimental procedure not accepted by the medical community so they won't cover any of the costs. Interesting.



    Maybe you're infertile for a reason - maybe God chose you to adopt. Maybe it's God's way of trying to control our out of control population. But no, we have to selfishly try and create mini-me's and then so generously send our $5.00 per month to help Feed the Children, ad infinitum



    So we can thank this guy for the likes of Octomom?

    Sorry - I guess I'm old-fashioned and maybe a tiny bit psychologically messed up, but I'm one of those people who can't have my own children biologically... but it doesn't really bother me to the point where I want to spend a bunch of money on procedures. Plenty of unwanted children on this planet, and perhaps I was meant to be a loving parent to one or more of those kids.



    Congratulations! After 14 years of trying my wife and I are expecting a daughter in December thanks to Dr. Edwards work! (and for all of the naysayers out there, we have adopted 2 children, and they were the ones who encouraged us to keep trying!)


    Comment of the day


    Dude..I remember running across a group of Hell's Angles. Making my way through a small town just east of SoCal...Things were okay at first but, we stopped at a Seven Eleven were their Hogs were parked. I need to use the bathroom and get a Big Gulp. I saw them in the store standing in the back by the beer cooler and one in the candy aisle.  Looking out of the side of my vision as I walked past them to the bathroom, one came out of the bathroom and I ran into him! He pushed me back and I almost fell over the stack of Coke that was behind me. I made a quick recovery and in ah fight or flight response said something about how he smelled and that's when things took a turn. I forgot about using the restroom and just headed for the door. As I walked past the parked motorcycles, that's when a couple of guys up to no good started making trouble in my neighborhood I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and said you moving with your aunty and uncle in Bell-Air. I whistled for a cab and when it came near the license plate said fresh and it had a dice in the mirror if anything I can say that this cab was rare, but i thought naw forget it, yo home to Bell-Air!


    Chaosevil penned this tribute to '90s television  in response to our story on a collection of never before seen photographs of the Hell's Angels biker gang.

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    In search of Djibouti's otherwordly beauty »


    Spoiler alert! If you still haven't seen "Planet of the Apes" after all these years, read with caution. Top photo: The scenery surrounding Lake Abhe Bad. (Photo: Courtesy Amalvict Oliver)



    The final scene of "Planet of the Apes," where the Statue of Liberty is revealed, was filmed at Lake Abhe Bad. (Photos: Twentieth Century Fox)


    Probably the best thing about the CNN iReport Global Challenge, other than that whole covering the globe part, is hearing cool stories about awesome places.


    One of our recent faves is a set of photos from iReporter Amalvict Oliver showing the otherworldly scenery of Lake Abhe Bad, a salt lake on the border between Djibouti and Ethiopia. Djibouti is a small coastal country located in the horn of Africa near the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Yemen.


    Oliver, a resident of southern France, told me he visited the lake in March 2009 because he wanted to see where portions of Charlton Heston's classic 1968 film, "Planet of the Apes," was filmed. The photos from Lake Abbe, as the lake is also known, show a harsh but beautiful landscape marked by clumpy Martian spires and the expansive blue water. It's not hard to see why filmmakers would want to go here to capture the film's post-Apocalyptic ending, featuring a cameo by the Statue of Liberty.


    Most of Oliver's trip was spent near Lake Abbe, but he also visited the Moucha Islands, located a few miles off the coast. Djibouti has a thriving tourism and diving industry, and Oliver took advantage of the chance to photograph the beautiful marine life he found. People don't typically associate Africa with diving expeditions, so it was nice to hear about this aspect of life on the continent.


    Now that you've read about this fascinating place, we want to hear from you. Ever been to Djibouti or one of the countries remaining on our list? We want to hear your story. Together, we can knock out the CNN iReport Global Challenge.

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    California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has people talking today.  Many can’t believe the California Republican was unaware of paperwork that raised questions about her former maid’s immigration status.  Others are calling the whole issue a “cheap shot,” an 11th-hour campaign surprise designed to sway undecided voters.  Whitman’s defenders are also weighing in.


    People are also reacting to the story of a child-bride in Yemen. The comments include an interesting discussion among Muslims about the controversial custom.


    Others are giving their opinions about today's NASA layoffs. More than 1,200 people lost their jobs today, and about 9,000 more are expected to be let go as the space shuttle program comes to an end. We heard from one worker who’s cleaning out his desk.  Another says many of the people scheduled for pink slips are contract workers used to having little job security.  We’re also hearing some “goodbyes and good lucks.”


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    Whitman's husband says it's 'possible' he saw Social Security letter

    Meg Whitman

    822 comments and 153 Facebook shares



    This is why I don't feel bad about never voting,the only choice I'm ever faced with is the lesser of two evils.



    Meg Whitman has a personal fortune in excess of a billion dollars and yet she is still too cheap to hire an American citizen for a housekeeper. Of course, she says it's not her fault, she didn't know. Yeah, right, whatever you say Boss.



    Of course she knew!! It was just too much of a political detriment after NINE years, so she kicked the illegal to the curb. That's how Meg treats people, even those close to her.



    Jeez, Meg. Not lookin' too good. This just may do it for her.



    She spent well over $100 million, but just couldn't spend enough to cover up her "I am above the law" attitude in life.



    This is a Cheap Shot plain and simple. Why wasn't this brought up 16 months ago?


    SanitySeeker, I'm not going to let you Republicans get away with hypocrisy and force the rest of us to take it sitting down. If the roles were reversed, Republicans would form a lynch mob and go after Jerry Brown on even the flimsiest of accusations.



    The answer is you don't know what Whitman was thinking or intending. You are no mind reader. The facts are the U.S. government said Whitman did not break any laws. The rest is your own personal vendetta. Find something she did break the law on, and we will support that. Your question is weaksauce and unworthy of comment beyond mocking you.


    Child bride horrors last a lifetime



    1,454 comments and 1,965 Facebook shares



    As an AMERICAN MUSLIM, I find this completely DISGUSTING. A 9-year-old girl being forced to marry her 50-year-old cousin WITHOUT her consent is barbaric. There is NOTHING in Islam that condones marriage WITHOUT a woman's consent. This practice is NOT Islamic!!!! It's a dirty 1000 year old tribal tradition that should be OUTLAWED. The only reason it still exists is because Yemen is run by men and politics supercede religion. It's FAKE Sharia...only the type to appease men. Can any of these Yemeni clerics point out the part in Sharia where women are force into marriage without their consent!?! NONE, BECAUSE IT DOESN'T EXIST.



    Then you are not a well practicing Muslim. There is no room in the Quran for negotiation. Allah says that a man must have control over women and that it is OK to marry this girl. There is no room to overrule Allah.



    I am glad to read that there are Muslims here with the opinion of "diva85". We need more (Muslim) people like you to speak out that they are disgusted.



    This HEINOUS and barbaric practice, IS CHILD RAPE. These girls are sold to older men, like sheep, beaten, raped, brutalized and often maimed. Hiding it behind the masquerade of the words "marriage" and "religion" does not change the vile truth of CHILD RAPE.



    I always love how Muslims want to be the first to tell you how immoral Americans are, and then go and rape little girls and make women wear sheets over their heads and force them into arranged marriages.


    Milo786: Islam Does NOT condone rape or sexual abuse, Ignorant men besotted by local customs and culture will engage in abuse, and if one examines the ills of Man, we will find that it transcends all religions. We should collectively voice our disgust against all men who abuse, and steer clear of the rhetoric by condemning the faith. A priest  who abuse a child is devoid of any faith, Christianity is NOT of such actions, man is of such weakness. As a Muslim I pray that God's justice will be severe to these people who abused this poor innocent girl.



    Best post written on these boards in a long time! Thank you, from a Christian to a Muslim brother!


    1,200 NASA workers to be laid off



    776 comments and 786 Facebook shares



    NASA impedes our technological progress. We need to get rid of the whole agency if we want progress in that area. Would you rather have a government monopoly or several entities competing against each other, advancing technology in the meanwhile? There can be no significant technological advancement with a monopoly. There's nothing compelling NASA in to be innovative, as they are promised money and profits from the taxpayers



    Just think, in 10 years we can thumb a ride from India, China or Russia, oh wait, we already do. No other peaceful pursuit has resulted in as much or as many technological breakthroughs as space exploration. Without it batteries would still be as big as the one for your car, computers would still fill a gymnasium to do less calculations than today's smart phones, there would be no cell phones, no iPods/MP3 players, no CDs/DVDs, no game systems or personal computer systems and the Internet.


    Considering the loss in computational power, most highly engineered things would not exist, most medicines neither; meaning small pox, TB, polio and even simple infections would claim millions per year. If the last 50 years have resulted in this much advancement, the decision to put the ice on the space program will eventually render us a third-world country as the space-faring nations pass us up. Let's just hope they respect our freedoms and our values or we could end up loosing those as well.



    The article is misleading. Most of the people being laid off are not direct NASA employees. We are subcontractors that work for private companies. We do not get big government pensions, just a trip to the unemployment line. Even if Congress designates a new heavy-lift vehicle, it will be YEARS before anything is ready for those of us who are leaving today to get back to work. We all have to change fields until the people in Washington WAKE UP!!! Sorry, I'm writing this as I'm finishing cleaning my desk and getting ready to turn in my final paperwork.



    Thank you for making that distinction. Because my husband works at NASA in Washington, D.C. as a contractor for a private company. Generally speaking the technological aspect of the federal government are privatized so this is not unusual. Good Luck!!


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    Comment of the day:

    "Yea, LeBron @KingJames. Everyone hates you because we're all racist. But I'm glad to hear that 'Spoiled Brats' are a race now."


    - Twitter user @TheoMadla reacts to NBA star Lebron James' telling CNN's Soledad O'Brien that race was a factor in the backlash after he left the Cleveland Caveliers to play for the Miami Heat.  The comment sparked a whirlwind of discussion all over the web. This is one take we read on Twitter. Tell us what you think in the comments.


    Compiled by the moderation staff. Some comments were edited for length and clarity.

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    Would you colonize another planet? »

    Photo: Lynnette Cook/NASA

    A team of astronomers has announced the discovery of six planets orbiting the star known as Gliese 581. Scientists think one of them is Earthlike and could potentially be inhabitable. We don't yet know if there's life on this planet, but it's an interesting question to ponder.

    Throughout the history of mankind, humans have traced shapes from the twinkling dots above and wondered what was out there. The new "exoplanet" find, as it's been deemed, conjures up thoughts of science fiction movies and building space colonies for school projects.

    The news of the Earthlike planet got us thinking about the idea of picking up and moving to another planet. Moving to Atlanta with my life packed into four suitcases was a big enough pain for me; I can't even imagine moving to planet Gliese 581g. What would you take if you were responsible for helping to build the first new extraterrestrial society? I certainly couldn't live without at least part of my hat collection and some of my favorite family photos and videos. Frivolous, yes, but think about how far away you would be. 

    So now we're putting these weighty matters back out to you, wonderful and creative and quirky and awesome CNN iReport community. We'd like to hear your thoughts on the news of the supposedly inhabitable planet. Would you want to colonize it? Should humanity seek out other planets? Is there life out there? What would you take to a new planet? Share your thoughts in the comments area or post an iReport.

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