Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hells Angels Suing US

Hells Angels motorcycle group is suing the United States government over it's listing as a criminal organization.

They claim that the status violates their constitutional rights, and are complaining as it keeps their international members from visiting the country.

Originally founded in Southern California, in 1948, the group has spread to thirty-five countries.

Lawyers for the group state that they are "made up of motorcycle enthusiasts who have joined to ride motorcycles together, organize social events, fundraisers, parties and motorcycle rallies", and that the illegal activities they are associated with are the work of individuals, not crimes of the group.

A response from a federal judge is expected within the next couple of weeks.

Aetna Buying Coventry

One of the largest insurance companies in the US is buying out another of it's smaller competitors.

This time Aetna is paying a total of $7.3 billion dollars to buyout Coventry.

Part of that figure is a twenty percent premium on Coventry's stocks.

Payment is being made with a combination of cash and Aetna's own stocks.

Coventry currently insures around 1.5 million people.

News of the buyout raised the worth of both companies' stocks.

Pussy Riot's Latest Song

Three members of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, were only sentenced four days ago, but the rest of the band has already released a new song.

The band got in trouble after staging a political protest, including an anti Putin song, inside a Russian Orthodox church.

That protest resulted in three of the members being jailed, and now given a further two years of prison time.

It also brought the little known band to huge international notice.

Not to be deterred, from their message, the remaining four members released a new anti Putin song, called "Putin Lights Up The Fires".

Sung in Russian, the English translation is:

This state may be stronger than time in jail.
The more arrests, the happier it is.
Every arrest is carried out with love for the sexist
Who botoxed his cheeks and pumped his chest and abs.
But you can't nail us in the coffin.
Throw off the yoke of former KGB!
Putin is lighting the fires of revolution
He's bored and scared of sharing silence with the people
With every execution: the stench of rotten ash
With every long sentence: a wet dream
The country is going, the country is going into the streets boldly
The country is going, the country is going to bid farewell to the regime
The country is going, the country is going, like a feminist wedge
And Putin is going, Putin is going to say goodbye like a sheep
Arrest the whole city for May 6th
Seven years isn't enough, give us 18!
Forbid us to scream, walk and curse!
Go and marry Father Lukashenko

The Guardian, released a compilation video to go with the song:

Denver Fire Wins Battle of The Badges

Saturday night held the first ever Battle of The Badges soccer game, in Denver.

The contest took place at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, between Denver Fire and the Denver Police Department.

All proceeds were split between the Friends of the Fire Department and the Denver Police's Widows and Orphans Fund.

The game took place after the Colorado Rapid's own game.

Despite the final score of four to one, the game was quite evenly played.

Denver Fire was awarded a four foot tall trophy, which will be the prize every year that this game is repeated.

They also took home another trophy, which was given to the winner of the competition for most fundraising, between the two departments.