UK Daily Mail Online/Luke Salkeld—A poet lured her husband into woodland for a drug-fueled sex session and then slit his throat, a court was told yesterday.
Joanne Hale, 39, left him for dead so she could see a man she had met on the internet, a jury heard.
Hale gave her 43-year-old husband Peter a dose of a natural aphrodisiac called ‘horny goat weed‘ before she blindfolded him and led him into local woods to act out her fantasy, it was alleged.
The couple kissed and ‘rolled about on the leaves‘ as part of a ‘playful game‘.
Then Hale sat astride her husband as he lay face- down on the ground and slit his throat with a knife, before plunging it into his neck and chest several times, a jury was told.
It is alleged that she abandoned his bleeding body when she was disturbed by a passer-by, and drove to a nearby railway station for her first meeting with a man she had befriended on the internet. But police arrested her when she returned home.
The woods near the M32 in Bristol
She denies attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Hale publishes her poetry on the internet and, according to her website, likes to write verse about ‘people, animals, love and everything that people care about‘.
She worked part-time as a sales assistant for a DIY firm. Bristol Crown Court heard how the bizarre events unfolded last Christmas.
The couple, who married in February 2000, were watching television on December 27 when Mrs Hale suggested her husband take ‘horny goat weed‘.
Horny Goat Weed
Made using extracts from a leafy wild plant, the herbal drug is legal and is widely available to buy in capsule form.
It is used to treat erectile dysfunction and increase sexual desire.
Legend has it that its qualities were first noticed by a Chinese shepherd who observed an increase in promiscuous behaviour among his goats after they ate the plant.
It is said to have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
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As La Plata County in southwestern Colorado looks to shift to cleaner sources of energy, solar is becoming the power source of choice
DURANGO, Colo. – The sun had just crested the distant ridge of the Rocky Mountains, but already it was producing enough power for the electric meter on the side of the Smiley Building to spin backward.
For the Shaw brothers, who converted the downtown arts building and community center into a miniature solar power plant two years ago, each reverse rotation subtracts from
their monthly electric bill. It also means the building at that moment is producing more electricity from the sun than it needs.
John Shaw, owner of Shaw Solar Works and Energy Conservation
The natural gas industry, which produces more gas here than nearly every other county in Colorado, has been relegated to the shadows. Tougher state environmental regulations and lower natural gas prices have slowed many new drilling permits. As a result, production — and the jobs that come with it — have leveled off.
With the county and city drawing up plans to reduce the emissions blamed for global warming and Congress weighing the first mandatory limits, the industry once again finds itself on the losing side of the debate.
A recent greenhouse-gas inventory of La Plata County found that the thousands of natural gas pumps and processing plants dotting the landscape are the single largest source of heat-trapping pollution locally.
That has the industry bracing for a hit on two fronts if federal legislation passes.
“Being able to put solar systems on homes is great, you take something off the grid, it is as good as conserving,” said Christi Zeller, the executive director of the La Plata Energy Council, a trade group representing about two dozen companies that produce the methane gas trapped within coal buried underground.
“But the reality is we still need natural gas, so embrace our industry like you are embracing wind, solar and the renewables,” she said.
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Soros to Invest $1 Billion in Clean Energy
Bloomberg–Billionaire George Soros, looking to address the “political problem” of climate change, said he will invest $1 billion in clean-energy technology and create an organization to advise policy makers on environmental issues.
“I want to apply rather stringent criteria to the investments,” said Soros in an e-mailed message. “They should be profitable but should also actually make a contribution to solving the problem.” “The problem of global warming is primarily a political problem at this point,” Soros said. “The science is beyond dispute, but how do we achieve the objectives we all know are necessary? That is a political problem.”
The organization will address subjects such as carbon- emissions trading.
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Today on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama used his weekly address
to touch upon the importance of disaster readiness for American families.
On this anniversary, we are focused on the threat from hurricanes. But we must also be prepared for a broad range of dangers – from wildfires and earthquakes, to terrorist attacks and pandemic disease. In particular, my Administration is working aggressively with state and local governments – and with partners around the world – to prepare for the risk posed by the H1N1 virus. To learn more about the simple steps that you can take to keep you and your family safe from all of these dangers, please visit www.ready.gov.
So on this day, we commemorate a tragedy that befell our people. But we also remember that with every tragedy comes the chance of renewal. It is a quintessentially American notion – that adversity can give birth to hope, and that the lessons of the past hold the key to a better future. From the streets of New Orleans to the Mississippi Coast, folks are beginning the next chapter in their American stories. And together, we can ensure that the legacy of a terrible storm is a country that is safer and more prepared for the challenges that may come.–President Barack Obama
National Preparedness Month (NPM), is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.
Please take a moment and visit the site. It has a wealth of information that will help your family. I really enjoyed watching the PSA’s on the site. They interviewed different families and asked them separately about their own ’emergency plans’. Each family member had a different idea of where they are to meet, and none of them had any emergency supplies like water, non-perishable food, etc. to last them more than two weeks. My family is like the one who only had crackers and tomato paste. 😉
So this is an eye opener for me, and our pantry will definitely be stocked in the future.