Wednesday, August 27, 2008
me to be a perfect image-
one of myself, or one of another.
for as the story always goes,
to complete my own story,
for self depreciation ruins all,
i'll never fill my surreal vision
of that goddess-like woman.
the whole world, always driving forward,
endless with faces, names..
endless bodies, personalities, spirts..
is it not simple to easily feel so lost?
to feel so very replacable-
is it not natural to feel passed over,
when there are so many other willing
hearts, with their promising smiles,
eyes glittering and full..
capturing that one fateful glance
from a stranger..
but the stranger was mine
once upon a time.
always another with a prettier smile,
prettier face, prettier hair, prettier body.
always another there with open arms,
to be filled with what was once mine.
sinking into my stomach,
this horrible self image
is what eats away at my mind-
and despite my deep certainty
that everyone must be different,
that everyone has a kind..
i find myself struggling
just to be happy with
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Antonia Martinez Jimenez, 27, has told relatives that she normally sat at the back of the plane during take-off and landing, but on the ill-fated flight to Gran Canaria last Wednesday she was rostered to sit up front in seat 1E.
All the other 17 survivors of the crash were sitting in the rows around her, and when the plane broke apart on impact, most were propelled out of the wreckage and away from the subsequent explosion that engulfed it. In a further stroke of good fortune, they landed in a stream where the water shielded them from the blistering heat as a massive fuel fire scorched the area.
"I heard some people calling for help, but I couldn't do anything," said Ms Martinez Jimenez, who was still strapped her chair when she landed in the stream. "A few minutes later I heard the sirens and thought 'I am saved'."
Speaking from the hospital bed where she she is being treated for broken bones and facial burns, Ms Martinez Jimenez added that she had no proper recollections of the moments leading up to the crash. However, she added: "I will never fly again - it was horrible, horrible."
The death toll from the crash climbed to 154 on Saturday after a woman who suffered severe burns in the accident died from her injuries, health official said.
Maria Luisa Estevez Gonzalez, 31, passed away at Madrid's La Paz hospital where she was being treated for burns to 72 percent of her body.
Ms Martinez Jimenez is being treated in Madrid's La Princesa hospital for fractured vertebrae, a broken elbow and a bruised sternum, as well as serious burns to her face, although doctors say she should be able to make a full recovery.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (AHN) - "Please kill me." These were the only words muttered in court Tuesday by the man who stabbed to death a bus passenger in Manitoba before beheading the victim and eating his flesh.
Vince Weiguang Li uttered the words after shaking his head in response to a judge's question if he wanted an attorney. The judge ordered another hearing on Friday.
The hearing on Tuesday was supposed to determine if the Chinese migrant should be subjected to psychiatric testing before trial. Prosecutor Joyce Dalmyn urged the evaluation in view of new details about the unprovoked and gruesome killing of carnival worker Tim McLean, 22, on Wednesday night. More from article HERE.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Murder of Tim McLean
On the evening of July 30, 2008, Tim McLean, a 22-year-old Canadian man, was stabbed and beheaded while riding a Greyhound Canada bus about 18 miles (29 km) west of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba traveling the Trans Canada Highway.
The incident took place near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, during a trip from Edmonton to McLean's hometown of Winnipeg. According to witnesses, McLean was sleeping with his headphones on when the man sitting next to him suddenly produced a large knife and began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. The attacker then decapitated McLean and displayed his severed head to other passengers outside who had fled the bus in horror. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested 40-year-old Vince Weiguang Li soon afterward.
At 12:01 a.m. on July 30, 2008, Tim McLean departed Edmonton on board Greyhound bus 1170 to Winnipeg, via the Yellowhead Highway through Saskatchewan. He sat at the rear, one row ahead of the washroom. At 6:55 p.m., the bus departed from a stop in Erickson, Manitoba with a new passenger, Vince Weiguang Li. Li, described as a tall man in his 40s, with a shaved head and sunglasses, originally sat near the front of the bus, but moved to sit next to McLean following a scheduled rest stop. McLean "barely acknowledged" Li, then fell asleep against the window pane, headphones covering his ears.
At 8:30 p.m., the RCMP in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba received a report of a stabbing on a Greyhound bus west of the city. They arrived to find the suspect still on board the bus, being prevented from escaping by another passenger, the bus driver, and a truck driver who had provided a crowbar and a hammer as weapons. The other passengers were huddled at the roadside, some of them crying and vomiting. As the suspect had earlier attempted to escape by driving the bus away, the driver had engaged the emergency immobilizer system, rendering the vehicle inoperable. Witnesses had observed the suspect stabbing and cutting McLean's body, and carrying McLean's severed head.
By 9:00 p.m., police were in a standoff with the suspect and had summoned special negotiators and a heavily-armed tactical unit. The suspect taunted police, alternately pacing the length of the bus and cutting and defiling the corpse. Police officers then observed Li eating parts of the body. Meanwhile, the stranded passengers were transported from the scene to be interviewed at the Brandon RCMP detachment. RCMP officers reportedly heard Li say, "I have to stay on the bus forever."
On July 31, 2008 at 1:30 a.m., the suspect attempted to escape from the bus by breaking through a window. He was quickly apprehended, handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser. Li was carrying a plastic bag when he was arrested, containing a human nose, ear and part of a mouth. At 10:00 a.m., Greyhound representatives took the other passengers to a local store to replace their clothes, which remained on the bus. They arrived in Winnipeg at 3:30 p.m. that day, to be reunited with family members and friends.
Garnet Caton, a 26-year-old seismic driller who sat one row ahead of McLean, described hearing "a blood-curdling scream," saying, "I turned around and the guy sitting right [behind] me was standing up and stabbing another guy with a big Rambo knife.... Right in the throat. Repeatedly."
Caton added: "I got sick after I saw the head thing. Some people were puking, some people were crying, some people were shocked. [The attacker] just looked at us and dropped the head on the ground, totally calm." A police officer who was at the scene said the attacker also cut off parts of the victim's body and ate them.
Another passenger, Stephen Allison, stated that McLean fought his attacker, providing other passengers with the opportunity to get off the bus.