Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

Teacher Respect Ceremony In Thai

Teacher Respect Ceremony in Thai


Sharon White

Ceremony of paying respect to teacher is held on the third Thursday of every January. It is a Thai traditional ceremony in which students need to pay respect to their teachers. It is all students’ intention to make this ceremony. It is a traditional ceremony of my high school.

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In 2002, which was my last year, the ceremony was held on Thursday 17. The auditorium was set for the ceremonial place which was decorated gracefully. The door facade was decorated with many beautiful and colorful flowers. In addition, the fragrance of these flowers was very nice like the smell of perfume. Next to the door facade there was a ceremonial area. In front of the stage there was a brown podium, which was adorned with the white embroidered cloth. The stage was embellished with yellow and green cloths that were the colors of my high school. There were many white chairs, which were covered with unbleached cloth that were placed on the stage. The white chairs were divided into three lines. They were the chairs for teachers. On the left side of the stage there was a grand orchestra, which composed of all kinds of Thai musical instruments. At the back of the stage there was a big poster, which was written neatly as “Teacher’s day in the old Thai style. The ceremony started when the door opened and the president of the ceremony, teachers and honor dignitaries entered the auditorium. Students were standing in two lines which were separated on both sides of the pathway. They turned their faces toward each other. When the teachers walked in the auditorium, students began to sing “Oh-koon-kru-ka (Oh!my beloved teacher)”, which created a cordial welcome to all teachers. While students were singing, they were saluting by placing their hand palms together and raising them to the face (Wai or Thai salutation) at the same time. They bowed and rose gradually like domino. This was the special characteristic of the ceremony. When the teachers were on the stage, students sat facing toward the stage. Then the master of the ceremony, who was the president of senior students, gave a meaningful and impressive speech to teachers. The speech was concerned with being grateful to teachers and how teachers treated students as their second family, since they had taught students many valuable lessons from how to read and write the ABC’s to being aware of the world nowadays. They had been significant guides, like a candle that lighted students’ lives to the future. Moreover, the teacher was like a ferry-boat. Teacher provided knowledge to students and led their paths to success, like a ferry-boat which took passengers to reach opposite side without dangers. Reaching the opposite side did not mean that the relationship ended. In fact, the relationship between teachers and students never ended and died. The speech was very touching and profound and made many people in the ceremony cry. When the speech finished, the grand orchestra began to play old-style Thai song which made the ceremony perfect. The representatives of each class walked from outside to the auditorium. They held bouquets of beautiful flowers, which were put into a special tray. Each kind of flowers in the bouquet had its own meaning. The first one was called “Dauk-kem”. Daul-kem is a red flower, which has the shape of a needle. It is believed that it is the flower of intelligence. The second one was called ” Dauk-ma-kur”. It is a green flower, which is believed that it is the representative of effort. The last one was called “Yah-praek”. It is not a flower but it is a kind of grass, which is symbolized obedience. In addition, they put a candle in the tray in order to show the respect to the teachers. The representatives of students crawled and went down on the knees with palms pressed together. Then they gave the flowers to the teachers. The next step was awards ceremony. There were many kinds of awards and scholarships for the students who had good average grade. When the name of the first student was announced there was the clamour of applause. The student, who got the award, got a very big smile when she took a picture. It was an honored ceremony. People had been applauding continuously from the first person till the last persons awarding. Although I did not get any awards, I felt that I already got an award. I was very lucky that I had an opportunity to study at this great school. This was the award of my life. The ceremony finished by senior teacher’s blessing to all students. Moreover, she told her impressive stories about being teacher to students. When she finished the speech, all teachers began to walk out from the stage. Students turned faces toward each other again and they sang ” Pra-koon-tee-sam”, which was another meaningful song. The Students did the same thing as in the beginning. They saluted by placing their hand palms together and raising them to the face like a domino while they were singing. It was the most beautiful picture that I had ever seen. The Ceremony of paying respect to teacher is really meaningful to me. I believe that success in ones study needs to pay respect to teachers. I am a student so I spend a lot of time at school. Therefore, teachers play a major role in my life. All of the memories about my high school teachers are very impressive ones, including this ceremony. It is always in my mind and I will keep it forever.

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Billy West, voice of Ren and Stimpy, Futurama, on the rough start that shaped his life

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ren and Stimpy. Bugs Bunny. Philip J. Fry and Professor Hubert Farnsworth on Futurama. Sparx. Bi-Polar Bear. Popeye the Sailor Man. Woody Woodpecker. You may not think you have ever heard Billy West, but chances are on a television program, a movie, a commercial, or as Howard Stern’s voice guru in the 1990’s, you have heard him. West’s talent for creating personalities by twisting his voice has made him one of a handful of voice actors—Hank Azaria and the late Mel Blanc come to mind—who have achieved celebrity for their talent. Indeed, West is one of the few voice actors who can impersonate Blanc in his prime, including characterizations of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and other characters from Warner Bros. cartoons.

What is the fulcrum in Mr. West’s life that led him to realize a talent to shape personalities with his voice, and how did the discovery of that gift shape him? Wikinews reporter David Shankbone found that like many great comedians, West faced more sour early in life than he did sweet. The sour came from a physically and emotionally abusive alcoholic father (“I could tell you the kind of night I was going to have from the sound of the key in the door or the way the car pulled up.”), to his own problems with drug and alcohol use (“There is a point that you can reach in your life where you don’t want to live, but you haven’t made the decision to die.”).

I’m telling you stuff that I never said to anybody…

If sin, suffering and redemption feel like the stages of an endless cycle of American existence, West’s own redemption from his brutalized childhood is what helped shape his gift. He performed little bits to cheer up his cowed mother, ravaged by the fact she could not stop her husband’s abuse of young West. “I was the whipping boy and she would just be reduced to tears a lot of times, and I would come in and say stuff, and I would put out little bits just to pull her out of it.”

But West has also enjoyed the sweet. His career blossomed as his talent for creating entire histories behind fictional characters and creatures simply by exploring nuance in his voice landed him at the top of his craft. You may never again be able to forget that behind the voice of your favorite character, there is often an extraordinary life.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with renowned voice actor Billy West, who for the first time publicly talks about the horrors he faced in his childhood; his misguided search for answers in anger, drugs and alcohol; and the peace he has achieved as one of America’s most recognizable voice actors.


  • 1 The use of celebrities for voiceovers
  • 2 Iconic characters and choosing projects
  • 3 Discovering his talent
  • 4 “It was a horror chamber where I grew up”
  • 5 West moves to Boston after his parents divorce
  • 6 How West dealt with his father’s abuse
  • 7 Rehabilitation and sobriety
  • 8 Is West glad he experienced addiction?
  • 9 West on his career
  • 10 West on politics
  • 11 Billy West on modern American society
  • 12 Billy West on telling it like it is
  • 13 Source

Tonga: Four guilty over ferry disaster that killed 74

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tonga’s largest criminal trial today ended in the conviction of four men and the state shipping firm over the sinking of MV Princess Ashika. 74 were killed when the ferry went down off Nuku’alofa in 2009.

The vast majority of bodies remain missing. Only two were recovered, including one Tongan — a 21-year-old mother called Vae Fetu’u Taufa. The Shipping Corporation of Polynesia (SCP) manager John Jonesse, acting director of the national department for ports and marine affairs Viliami Tu’ipulotu, captain Viliami Makahokovalu Tuputupu, and first mate Semisi Pomale were all convicted of her manslaughter by negligence. The men were remanded into custody over the weekend to await sentencing; they face a maximum of ten years in jail.

Justice Shuster cited the severity of the offences in denying bail, which was requested by Laki Niu and Vuna Fa’otusia, attorneys representing the accused.

Built in the early 1970s, by 1985 the ferry was found to be unseaworthy and hence not suited for use in deep water. When SCP bought it in 2009 from Fiji, it suffered from “huge” rusting holes and on August 5 that year sank in deep water during a storm. Most passengers were sleeping below deck when the ship was lost near the island of Tongatapu, where it remains on the seabed. No women or children escaped.

The six-week trial followed a royal commission of inquiry that found Jonesse, from New Zealand, bought Princess Ashika “without any proper due diligence, surveys, inspections, valuations, documentation or proper inquiry having been completed.” It also concluded Tuputupu chose to sail that day despite the ship leaking on other journeys. The inquiry branded the loss “a result of systemic and individual failures… The tragedy is that they were all easily preventable and the deaths were completely senseless.”

SCP was convicted of charges concerning the vessel’s seaworthiness by the jury, which sat in Tonga’s parliament building after the trial’s high profile saw it moved away from Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.

Jonesse and Tuputupu have both been convicted of five counts of taking an unseaworthy ship to sea under the Shipping Act, for voyages held on July 3, July 9, July 15, July 23 and August 5. Jonesse is also guilty of forgery and knowingly using a forged document.

Film project aims to raise £1 million to make a Creative Commons-licensed film

Friday, June 23, 2006

Matt Hanson aims to raise £1 million to fund the production of a feature-length film which would be distributed freely via the Internet under a Creative Commons licence, all funded through 50,000 people each donating £25 to the project, which he’s called ‘A Swarm of Angels‘.

No stranger to filmmaking, Matt has produced numerous digital short films, a series of books on digital filmmaking and set up the digital film festival onedotzero, now in its tenth year. He wants to finally make a feature length film, and decided that it was better to turn to the Internet for help and funding rather than plod through the usual ‘development hell‘.

“I wanted to put into practice what I’ve been preaching as a film futurist for ten years, and the technology and Internet infrastructure has just really caught up with that vision now for me to put it into practice.”

The process is inspired by the ‘web 2.0‘ movement, using social and collaborative communities on the Internet. Matt doesn’t see the funding as coming from donations, but as people paying a subscription to become part of a ‘Swarm’. “Rather than the ‘many producer’ model, this is more of an [sic] ‘smart consumer’ model … members can help implement and bring their expertise into play, and so become more actively involved in the production.”

The project hopes to use professional actors and crew, but use qualified members from the swarm as much as possible. The cast and the crew, including any volunteers that get chosen, would be paid for their work on the film, with Matt suggesting that this is “a great way for people to get into the industry”.

Those members not directly involved in making the film can still participate in the process by discussing ideas on a messageboard, and having a vote on certain crucial decisions such as which script gets chosen for production. Asked how he would balance his own creative direction with input from members, Matt said “my vision will lead the project forward and define the parameters, but the Swarm can influence that, and indeed offer improvements or insights I might not think of alone”.

“Remember filmmaking is always a team effort – whether you are Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick or Jean Luc Godard, you promote people within the project that will complement and bring something extra to the vision of the film. Give it more life. With the Swarm we are making that process more democratic, and giving a wider range of people an opportunity to shine and have creative input.”

Members are promised a collector’s edition DVD of the end product and exclusive merchandise, but the main distribution of the film will be via the Internet, using ‘BitTorrent‘ and peer-to-peer networks. “Unlike many other filmmakers, I’m not wedded to cinema projection as the ‘be all and end all’ – I’m much more excited about people viewing remixed versions on their video iPods,” explains Matt.

The ‘remixing’ of the film will be possible thanks to it being distributed under a Creative Commons licence. Matt suggests that the ‘younger generation’ is more used to being involved with and interacting with entertainment, and points to remixes of the Star Wars films (eg ‘The Phantom Edit‘) as an example of these ‘mashups’. “At the end of the project I would love to have an event that showcased five wildly different versions of the film, different visions from people other than my definitive initial edit,” he suggests. The licence will be for non-commercial use only, however, and so commercial TV stations would still have to pay in order to screen the film.

The project is partly inspired by the success of ‘The Million Dollar Homepage‘, in which British student Alex Tew aimed to raise a million dollars to fund his university education, simply by selling advertising space on a single web page. The publicity surrounding the idea, coupled with the ‘viral’ effect of Internet users passing the page on, meant that he eventually managed to make himself the million dollars.

The success of these projects partly seems to depend on them being interesting and original enough to attract enough attention, and it’s often difficult to see how they could be repeated. Copy-cat versions of the million dollar homepage have so far failed to hugely take off. When asked about this idea, Matt responded “I already expect people to copy the model we are inventing with A Swarm of Angels – it’s a perfect way to create cult media, where the director gets more creative control and organically funds a project, and the fans of the project get more involvement within it. If the market gets too crowded with these projects though, then they’ll have to be packaged differently to stand out. But that’s what traditional film and media projects need to do anyway.”

Over 600 members have signed up to the ‘swarm’ so far, which Matt comments is already an early success, but 50,000 members in total will be needed in order to fully fund the £1 million budget. Matt suggests that getting to the next stage, of reaching 1,000 members, followed by the phase of getting 5,000 members, will be the hardest part, as after that the film will be more ‘tangible’. He expects to raise the full budget, but comments that if the fundraising stalls, “options will be presented by advisors and The Swarm, and based on some kind of consensus we’ll come up with the best option for moving forward.”

Traditionally, independent films are funded either through persuading wealthy individuals to invest, who sometimes are sometimes given ‘Executive Producer‘ credits, or through organisations like the UK Film Council, who award funds from the National Lottery. A tax credit for producers making small films in the UK was announced by the government in 2005, in a bid to give a boost to the UK independent film industry.

Matt says that the film will be “a thriller with soft science fiction elements”, which he says will suit his target audience. “But it will have an indie edginess to it, and be far more visually inventive than you would get with a ‘normal’ British independent feature.” Contributors to the project include artists The Kleptones, who will help with the soundtrack, comic book writer Warren Ellis and documentary filmmaker Grant Gee.

The Swarm of Angels project is online at and costs £25 as an individual to become a member.

Do You Really Want To Be Your Own House Painter?

Do You Really Want to be Your Own House Painter?


Hardy Devil

When it comes to painting the house, many handymen and women do it themselves – or try to. While it may be easy to be your own housepainter, one thing that is needed is time and that is what is most likely to be missing. When you work full time then have to come home and look after the family, what time is left for painting a house? You may have the weekend free, but with a family there are always other chores to do even then.

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And very few people can get a house painted in just one weekend, so that means you have to live in the mess for a whole week before you can finish the job. Painting a house is not only about the actual painting. It involves moving the furniture and placing protective covers over things that must stay in the room such as the carpet and other fixtures. The surfaces have to be prepared too. If you are painting outside there is usually less to move, but there are other hazards to consider. For a start, the ground will be uneven and perhaps soft, and the walls may be high off the ground. So you need to be really careful where that ladder goes. In addition, there is the weather to consider when painting outdoors. Extreme heat and cold should be avoided, not just for your own comfort but because the paint will not go one properly in those conditions. Wind can also be a problem since you don’t want dust or leaves blowing on your wet paint. If you hire commercial painters to do your painting it will certainly save you a lot of extra work and time. They have better equipment than most handymen have, especially when it comes to ladders. And of course, since it is their job, they don’t have to stop in the middle and get the kids a snack, or console a child who is crying.Handyman services

are usually available in most areas, so even if your painting job is small – such as one room – you can still get someone else in to do it. They may even agree to help with shifting that heavy furniture around. Most people who advertise as handymen have the right basic tools for the job and some level of expertise.

So before you charge in to do your own hard work, think about whether you really have the time and energy to do it. Getting someone else in could well be the best decision you ever made.Author Bio: For the past 5 years I have been writing informative and quality articles on topics such as house painter

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Greenpeace protestors put solar panels on British Deputy Prime Minister’s house

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Greenpeace activists have scaled the house of Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, and then mounted 60 square feet of solar panels on the roof.

The four men and four women were highlighting what they believe is Prescott’s failure to make new houses, for which he has responsibility, more energy efficient.

After putting the solar panels up, they unfurled a large banner which read Oi 2 Jags! Hit targets, not voters.

John Prescott’s wife was alone in the house when the protesters climbed the building. She was reportedly awoken by their noise.

One protester, Laura Yates, 27, said, “The Deputy PM’s got a reputation for straight-talking,” she said from the roof, “but since the election kicked off we’ve heard barely a squeak about climate change from big hitters like him. As long as the average existing British house is responsible for six tonnes of CO2 every year he’s not dealing with the climate crisis. He’s in danger of hitting more voters than climate targets. Whoever wins on May 5th needs to get serious about energy efficiency.”

Speaking from the roof by mobile phone, she told Reuters, “It’s a major contributor to the climate change problem and Prescott could do something about this, particularly with the millions of new homes that are going to be built in Britain over the next years,” she said.

“He’s overseeing this house building programme and he should be ensuring that every one of these new homes is built to zero emissions standards,” she added.

The protesters climbed down at 2.50pm and were promptly arrested by local police for “harassment of a person in a dwelling”. The police then handcuffed them before taking them away in a van. The protesters left the solar panels by the door of the house, offering to come back and install the panels at a later date.

A police officer emphasised to BBC News that the distress of the event had been immense for Mrs Prescott: “It’s not pleasant to be invaded in the privacy of your own home and it is being treated seriously. She’s very distressed but she’s pleased with the happy outcome.”

John Prescott is currently touring the country as part of Labour’s General Election 2005 campaign. Speaking from Gloucester, he told BBC News 24, “It’s now clearly a publicity stunt and it terrorised my wife in the early hours in the morning to see all those men scrambling over the building. [Mrs Prescott] did not know who they were. It’s deplorable and unacceptable even for a publicity stunt.”

The protesters were challenged by the armed police officers who guard Mr Prescott’s home, but reportedly the officers withdrew when they realised it was a peaceful protest.

Wikinews Shorts: August 11, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, August 11, 2008.


  • 1 Ohioville creek bones are not human
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  • 3 Police dog found in Pasadena, California
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  • 5 Cassini probe passes Saturn moon Enceladus
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Stop Avoiding Activities And Events With An Escort In Sterling Heights Mi

byAlma Abell

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In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to make time for a relationship. Finding that special someone may not be a priority right now. It may also be a difficult challenge to get out and meet new people. There is nothing wrong with waiting for that type of thing. However, without a special someone in your life, attending many events or activities can get lonely. It can be embarrassing and lonely to attend a company party without a date. New movies, restaurants, and other events can seem less appealing when you have to attend alone. An Escort Sterling Heights MI can be your solution to this lonely problem.

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Saudi Arabia blocks access to Blogger, Flickr, LiveJournal

Monday, October 10, 2005

The government of Saudi Arabia blocked access to Google‘s Web blogging service Blogger, Yahoo!‘s photo sharing website Flickr, and the diary service LiveJournal as well as some other websites through their nationally run Internet Services Unit (ISU) last Tuesday. As a result, English-speaking Saudis were prevented from publishing blogs, reading journals, or viewing pictures on Flickr.

The Saudi Arabian government uses a filtering service provided by the United States-owned company Secure Computing. Similar blocking services have been implemented in other countries, such as The People’s Republic of China.

In the past, the ISU had, on and off, blocked access to’s free hosting service. However, according to activist organization Reporters Without Borders, “blog services [applications] had not until now been affected by the ISU’s filters. The complete blocking of, which is one of the biggest blog tools on the market, is extremely worrying. Only China had so far used such an extreme measure to censor the Internet.”

On Thursday, access to was restored, but Flickr and LiveJournal remained inaccessible. The ISU did not release any public statement about the blocking or restoration of service to any specific website.