Apologies for Thursday’s lack of post I will be posting Thursday’s story now and today’s afterwards.

First up, Thursday yielded 2 figurines.

Tsundere Astarotte Ygvar Pantsu Figure

Adorable Millhiore F. Biscotti Figure

Thursday also yielded a feminine protest in Italy.

Femen Protest More Things Topless

Author: Artefact

“Feminist” exhibitionists Femen have yet again been engaged in some topical if inexplicable public stripping action, with France and Italy their latest targets.

Their latest protests seem to have focused on the traditional feminist bugbear of Euro zone financial contagion and irresponsible public spending.

This is a gallery post so just 1 image.

Moving right along, an MMO company accidentally deletes their game.

Company Accidentally Deletes MMORPG

Author: Artefact

An MMORPG company which accidentally deleted its MMORPG during server maintenance has announced it has no choice but to shut the game down.

Japanese game developer Sankando and game operator Hangame had to make what must be the worst announcement (at least of those not pertaining to FFXIV) in MMORPG history with regards to their “M2″ title:

There is something we must inform our valued customers of.

On the 21st of October, 2011, at 20:00, we undertook emergency maintenance on the server due to a critical issue.

Service was to resume promptly, but work performed by Sankando could not restore the game’s data. It is tremendously regrettable, but unfortunately we have no choice but to end service.

Thank you all for enjoying M2 for so long! Our heartfelt apologies for it having turned out like this.

It is not clear how many players are affected, and the extent of the operator’s backup precautions is not known either. The game was based on item charges – some conditional refunds have been announced.

With billions of dollars of virtual “property” now lodged on game servers the world over, the prospect of server problems now seems to offer a novel form of financial chaos capable of bankrupting millions – not that this is much different to what happens daily on the markets.

As for World News/US News. I’m only going to list yesterday’s highlights because there was too much to cover and too much was lost.

Iran vows to counter US or Israeli strike with ‘iron fist’

Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday warned Israel and the United States that Tehran’s response will be tough should its archenemies choose a military strike against Iran over the country’s controversial nuclear program.

“Anybody who takes up the idea of an attack on Iran, should get ready to receive a strong slap and an ironfist” by the Iranian armed forces, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei spoke two days after the U.N. atomic agency released a report that for the first time said Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments whose sole purpose is the development of nuclear arms.

The report was the International Atomic Energy Agency’s most unequivocal yet in suggesting Iran is using the cover of a peaceful nuclear program to produce atomic weaponry. Iran insists it is pursuing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

On Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed the IAEA report, defiantly saying Tehran would not retreat “an iota” from its nuclear program, which includes enriching uranium — a potential path to making a nuclear bomb.

The U.S. and its allies are concerned that a nuclear-armed Iran could touch off a nuclear arms race among rival states, including Saudi Arabia, and directly threaten Israel. Four rounds of U.N. sanctions so far have not succeeded in getting Tehran to halt its enrichment program.

Israel sees Iran as an existential threat, citing Ahmadinejad’s calls for Israel’s destruction and Iran’s support for Arab militant groups. Ahead of the IAEA report’s release on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak had said that without effective sanctions, Israel would not take any option “off the table,” a reference to possible military action.

Khamenei’s rhetoric Thursday was just as defiant — an indication that Iran is seriously viewing comments by the West in the aftermath of the IAEA report and in particular, by Israel on a possible military strike against its nuclear facilities.

“The enemies, particularly the United States and its pawns and the Zionist regime, should know that the Iranian nation does not seek to invade any country or nation,” Khamenei said, addressing officers at a military academy in Tehran.

“But Iran will strongly respond to any invasion or attack with such power and in a way that the aggressors and invaders will be smashed from the inside,” said Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters in Iran. His remarks were quoted by state radio.

“The Iranian nation is not a nation that only sits and watches threats coming from straw powers, which are internally eaten by worms,” he added.

And lastly…

China mocks U.S. political model

HONG KONG — Chinese political and business leaders are increasingly triumphant after two decades of rapid economic growth that lifted unprecedented millions of people out of poverty and turned the nation into an economic superpower, saying their success proves its political and economic system is superior to the Western model.

In extensive talks with a series of Chinese leaders, an oft-cited point of criticism is the gridlock and “dysfunction” they see in Washington. They say fawning by U.S. political leaders seeking re-election has created an “entitlement culture” where the public has grown dependent on government largesse. Now, with the United States facing monumental economic and debt problems, the political system has been unable to curb generous entitlement programs or counter the economic downturn.

But Washington’s political stalemate is not the only subject of derision in private and public conversations in China. Ordinary citizens also have watched aghast as European countries amassed huge and unpayable debts with their unwieldy welfare states. Now, with the public violently resisting reform, these spendthrift countries seem headed for a monumental financial crisis that threatens to shake the entire global economy.

Even in the Westernized enclave of Hong Kong, where leaders are trying to implement democratic reforms, some officials point to the serious difficulties facing the U.S. and unfolding crisis in Europe as evidence that Western democracy does not work or provide lasting well-being for the people.

“A small but influential group holds critical views of democracy” in Hong Kong, said Chris Yeung, news director at the Hong Kong Economic Journal. “The problems in the U.S. have given ammunition to these people.”

By contrast, critics say, the rapid economic progress that China’s authoritarian government engineered in the past two decades through a succession of five-year plans – sweeping aside potential obstacles and opposition through bureaucratic fiat and sometimes brute force along the way – has served most people well.

The self-serving rhetoric of China’s leaders runs against the historic democratic tide rising elsewhere in the world that has spawned the Arab Spring and other movements that have brought pro-Western forces to power.

But leaders in Beijing point out that hopes in the West for a “Jasmine Revolution” by citizens in China have not been realized because most Chinese, they contend, are content with the economic gains they have made. Democracy as carried out in the West, they say, is seen as a threat to that progress and a hindrance of further growth.

“We believe our political system corresponds to China’s needs,” said Liu Qing, an analyst at the China Institute of International Studies, a Beijing think tank that closely mirrors the government line. “It allows us to have economic development, improve living standards and remain harmonious. Ninety-nine percent of Chinese are satisfied with the current situation.”

Ms. Liu told visiting U.S. journalists that Western media coverage of China has been biased, often focusing on the repression of human rights in Tibet or elsewhere rather than the broader picture, where the government has championed “economic rights” for the people – in particular, plentiful jobs in export industries.

“People like political stability” in China, she said. “People have a vivid memory of what chaos means” after experiencing the convulsions of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. “The prevailing attitude is: Don’t rock the boat.”

The widespread belief in the U.S. that China doesn’t allow free debate also is wrong, she said, pointing to frequent criticisms of the government on Internet blogs and chat rooms by the nation’s 500 million “netizens.” Still, people know they shouldn’t “overstep their limits” by attempting to “overthrow the government,” she said.

China is now at a pinnacle of global leadership and influence as a result of its emergence as an economic superpower, even as the U.S. and other major industrial powers fell into disrepair as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, said Guo Zhenyuan, an analyst at the institute.

China gained the admiration of developing nations around the world with its ability to weather the crisis emanating from the U.S., even emerging from the downturn as the world’s main engine of growth, while its superior economic performance provoked jealousy in the U.S. and other developed nations, he said.

“The international financial crisis has obviously strengthened China’s international position and amplified its international influence, so much so that the relationship between China and the world has been taken to a turning point,” he said.

Criticizing Washington

Ronnie Chan, a wealthy Hong Kong developer who obtained U.S. citizenship through naturalization and votes in U.S. elections, is nevertheless downright dismissive of U.S. leaders and what he sees as partisan bickering and a tendency to pander to the public.

Mr. Chan’s open venting and outspoken views have won him the nickname “Typhoon Ronnie” among business associates. His company, Hang Lung Properties Ltd., has invested $6.4 billion in malls in Shanghai, Shenyang and Jinan, among other projects in China.

Mr. Chan said U.S. political leaders are so focused on short-term gains that they fail to make the painful long-term choices and changes in social programs needed to ensure the solvency of the government and vitality of the economy.

Chinese leaders, by contrast, lay out plans for the long term and systematically achieve them, producing unprecedented gains in living standards and a remarkable two decades of uninterrupted growth at nearly double-digit annual rates.

This proves that the Chinese system is better than the democratic system that the U.S. promotes around the world, Mr. Chan said.

China’s more-enlightened economic management can be seen today, proponents say, as the nation battles a housing bubble by imposing strict new down-payment requirements on housing speculators and forcing them to pay higher taxes.

That contrasts with the U.S., which in the past decade took no action and allowed its housing and credit bubbles to keep inflating and eventually burst, leading to the worst financial crisis and economic recession since the Great Depression and persistent economic problems.

To alleviate the hardship for the middle class caused by soaring housing prices, China’s central government showed dramatically how it can quickly move mountains this summer by ordering local governments to build 10 million housing units by the end of the year and 36 million units by 2015. That will flood the market with cheaper housing options for millions of middle-class consumers who have been shut out of the ownership market by the speculative bubble.

While the Chinese system could be improved in various ways such as instituting a better legal system, Mr. Chan said, it would not get better if people were granted more political freedom and the right to vote. That, he said, would only lead to the kind of dysfunctional welfare states seen in the West.

Pushing back

Alan Turley, a vice president of FedEx Express in Hong Kong who has heard the criticisms of modern democracy, said that ironically, many American businessmen might agree that the democratic process is less efficient than the Chinese system of top-down government.

But, like many Americans, he is offended by the increasingly shrill attacks on U.S. ideals.

“When they’ve had a successful government in place for 230 years, maybe they can criticize,” he said.

Although China’s government usually achieves what it sets out to accomplish in relatively short order, businesses also encounter plenty of obstacles dealing with the bureaucracy there, he said.

Mr. Turley sees problems with corruption, protectionism and the “dead weight” of bureaucratic approval processes in China. Businesses also get little help from the government in resolving legal disputes, he said.

Despite these difficulties, he said, U.S. businesses continue to be drawn to China because of the huge growth potential. “This is where the opportunities are,” he said.

Others point out that, whatever the criticisms, China continues to invest the vast majority of its $3 trillion in foreign exchange reserves in U.S. Treasury bonds, an endorsement of the U.S. political system and economy. In that sense, its actions speak louder than its words.

“Despite all of the failings of current American political affairs and the anemic economic recovery, the U.S. market remains the best bet” for China and everyone else, said Chris G. Christopher Jr., an economist at IHS Global Insight.

Hong Kong future at stake

The increasingly strident denunciations of democracy in elite business and political circles pose significant obstacles for Hong Kong, which is in the midst of a transition to democracy arranged by the British government when it turned over the city-state to China in 1997. The heavy hand of Beijing is now in control of the transition.

Hong Kong residents are due to vote for a chief executive in 2017, but whether it will be a free and unfettered election remains in doubt.

Mr. Chan and other wealthy businessmen aligned with him, who have considerable influence over Hong Kong’s unelected government, are resisting full democracy. They contend that it would ruin Hong Kong’s efficiently run government and world-class economic and financial system – which routinely gets top ratings from Washington’s Heritage Foundation and other free-market advocacy groups.

Hong Kong-style enlightened but authoritarian government, Mr. Chan said, is better than an inefficient and slow-moving democratic government.

Jasper Tsang, president of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and a proponent of full democratization, said resistance to democracy from Hong Kong’s business and political elite is an obstacle.

“There are still some sectors of our community that believe it could do more harm than good,” he said. “President Obama’s difficulty with Congress is cited as an example where party politics will slow down or even paralyze the government.”

Political and social reforms that Hong Kong has implemented in recent years, such as the institution of a minimum wage, “do not always appear desirable” to these people because they cause the government to “lose some of its efficiency,” he said.

Chinese business people are horrified when they hear about environmental and community groups holding up major infrastructure projects in the U.S. for years, and they are afraid that full democratization will cause the same kind of economic obstruction in Hong Kong, he said.

“They believe democracy will lead to a welfare system. Politicians have to campaign on promises to spend more. They will raise taxes, and we’ll lose our competitiveness,” Mr. Tsang said. Hong Kong’s government revenues and spending, he said, currently are limited to no more than 20 percent of economic output.

“I can perfectly understand their views and reservations,” said C.Y. Leung, convenor of the Executive Council and a candidate to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive. He noted that Hong Kong has achieved high living standards without full democracy.

“When you give people ballot papers, each carries the same weight. Things will change,” he said. “It’s a question of how abruptly we can accept these changes.”

Despite its image as a bastion of free-market capitalism, Hong Kong’s government is heavily involved in the private sector, particularly in housing, Mr. Leung said. About 30 percent of the population’s housing is heavily subsidized by the government, he said, and demands may grow for more subsidies as people gain the vote.

“We don’t know where to draw the line as to where the entitlement should stop,” he said. Further, just like many Western democracies, Hong Kong has an aging population, and pressure likely will mount to raise the city’s constitutional limit on government spending to accommodate the elderly, he said.

“You can’t turn your back on them. That will be a big cost in the future,” he said.

Ma Ngok, a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said a generational divide has emerged over democracy in Hong Kong, with younger people demanding a quicker transition to full suffrage and older people holding back and more willing to defer to the Beijing government.

“A lot of people think Beijing will not give democracy to Hong Kong, period. There are all these tricks” the government can use, such as choosing the candidates who run in the elections, Mr. Ma said. “Others are more optimistic that there will be a free election in 2017.”

Mr. Ma agrees with skeptics who expect Beijing to control the nominations of two or three candidates for chief executive, while appearing to allow a free vote.

“Beijing is not opposed to elections, as long as they know the results ahead of time,” he said.

And now, Friday’s stuff.

Hello and welcome to Friday, I’m  letting Tracy co-write  most of today’s post. I hope she’ll have fun with it. We’re already in almost mid-November.  Boy, 2011 flew by fast; It seemed just yesterday I was looking at the 2010 fireworks celebration in Times Square. Ah, good times, well, without further ado I give you, Tracy.

And today, I’ll start out with the discovery of seventeen lost pyramids.

Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images

By Frances Cronin, BBC News

The infrared image on the right reveals the ancient city streets of Tanis near modern-day San El HagarModern day San El Hakkar and infrared image of ancient Tanis

Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.

The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.

She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found.

“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the “Aha!” moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found and I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.

“To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist,” she said.

The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth’s surface.

Infra-red imaging was used to highlight different materials under the surface.

Test excavations

Ancient Egyptians built their houses and structures out of mud brick, which is much denser than the soil that surrounds it, so the shapes of houses, temples and tombs can be seen.

“It just shows us how easy it is to underestimate both the size and scale of past human settlements,” says Dr Parcak.

And she believes there are more antiquities to be discovered:

“These are just the sites [close to] the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered over with silt. This is just the beginning of this kind of work.”

BBC cameras followed Dr Parcak on her “nervous” journey when she travelled to Egypt to see if excavations could back up what her technology could see under the surface.

In the BBC documentary Egypt’s Lost Cities, they visit an area of Saqqara (Sakkara) where the authorities were not initially interested in her findings.

But after being told by Dr Parcak that she had seen two potential pyramids, they made test excavations, and they now believe it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt.

But Dr Parcak said the most exciting moment was visiting the excavations at Tanis.

“They’d excavated a 3,000-year-old house that the satellite imagery had shown and the outline of the structure matched the satellite imagery almost perfectly. That was real validation of the technology.”

The Egyptian authorities plan to use the technology to help – among other things – protect the country’s antiquities in the future.

During the recent revolution, looters accessed some well-known archaeological sites.

“We can tell from the imagery a tomb was looted from a particular period of time and we can alert Interpol to watch out for antiquities from that time that may be offered for sale.”

She also hopes the new technology will help engage young people in science and will be a major help for archaeologists around the world.

“It allows us to be more focused and selective in the work we do. Faced with a massive site, you don’t know where to start.

“It’s an important tool to focus where we’re excavating. It gives us a much bigger perspective on archaeological sites. We have to think bigger and that’s what the satellites allow us to do.”

“Indiana Jones is old school, we’ve moved on from Indy. Sorry, Harrison Ford.”

Definitely worth my time. I was always more fascinated with ancient history than modern history. This news is from back in May but by this time, they’ve probably only uncovered one or two of the pyramids and not put much of a dent in the actual cities it uncovered. And next, I’ll move onto US news. Looks like our soldiers are causing some trouble.

‘Kill team’ leader Calvin Gibbs guilty of murder

A US military court has convicted an American soldier of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a rogue “kill team” in Afghanistan.

Sgt Calvin Gibbs, 26, admitted cutting and keeping fingers from corpses as war trophies, but said he was returning enemy fire and did not set out to kill.

He was given life for 15 convictions related to the killing of three men, but could be paroled within nine years.

Three co-defendants in the case pleaded guilty, and two testified against him.

Gibbs, from Billings, Montana, was the highest-ranking of the soldiers charged with murder.

Prosecutors told the jury that Gibbs and the other soldiers dropped weapons by the bodies to make them appear to be combatants.

Gibbs’ lawyer argued that the three who pleaded guilty conspired to blame him for their own actions.

The jury of five deliberated for four hours before announcing the verdict, pronouncing him guilty on all 15 charges against him.

He faces life in prison.

Unanswered call

The investigation initially began as a wider inquiry into 5th Stryker Brigade, the unit Gibbs deployed with to Afghanistan.

The platoon was “out of control”, a prosecutor said, including smoking hash, photographing Afghan remains and beating a soldier who reported the drug use.

One member of the brigade, then-Specialist Adam Winfield, told his parents when the first Afghan civilian was killed, and alerted them more killings were planned.

But nothing appeared to change after Winfield’s father called to report the information to a sergeant at the American base where the brigade was based.

Winfield pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the last killing, and received a reduced sentence.

He testified at a hearing that he believed Gibbs would kill him if he did not take part in the violence.

Testimony also came from Spc Jeremy Morlock, who is serving 24 years in prison for his involvement.

According to Morlock, when Gibbs joined the platoon in 2010, he began describing scenarios to kill civilians, saying it would be easy to get away with.

Morlock testified that Gibbs used grenades against two of his victims, and placed an AK-47 near another victim to make it appear he had been armed.


Gibbs took the stand in his own defense during the seven-day court martial, saying he kept the fingers of the dead Afghans because he was “disassociated” during combat and said it was “like keeping the antlers off a deer you’d shoot”.

The killings occurred during routine patrols in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in early 2010.

In March 2011, photographs were published showing the soldiers posing with the bloody corpses of Afghan civilians they had just killed.

The images, described by the US Army as “disturbing and in striking contrast to the standards and values of the US Army” prompted the army to apologize for the distress the photos caused.

In addition to the five soldiers charged with murder, seven other soldiers were charged with less serious, related offenses.

Most have agreed to plea deals and all but two have been convicted.

I just don’t get it… Cutting fingers off as war trophies? What about when they rot? The smell of rotting flesh is supposed to be comparable to the smell of burning flesh. Either way, it’s supposed to be a ridiculously awful smell. I mean, what he gonna shove the fingers in a pickle jar? This story kind of reminds me of The Most Dangerous Game. Anyone ever read that? It’s about a hunter that gets bored hunting animals, and when a man falls overboard from a yacht and becomes trapped on his island, the hunter turns him into his prey. Yeah…

Anyway, next up is Europe! I love Europe. Won’t explain why.

Europe to Propose Restrictions on Ratings Agencies


BRUSSELS — Just days before it is to propose sweeping new regulations for the credit rating agencies, the European Commission on Friday joined calls for an investigation of Standard & Poor’s after the company erroneously sent out an e-mail suggesting that it had lowered the rating on France’s sovereign debt.

Michel Barnier, the commissioner responsible for financial regulation, described the incident as “serious” and said that it strengthened his belief in the need for “strict and rigorous rules” to govern the rating agencies and other financial actors.

The incident on Thursday briefly upset markets as it raised questions on the safety of France’s sovereign debt.

In a statement, Mr. Barnier said he did not want to discuss the incident in detail but added that it showed “that in the current tense and volatile market situation, market players must exercise discipline and demonstrate a special sense of responsibility.”

“This is all the more important since we are not talking about just any market player but one of the biggest rating agencies, which, as such, has a particular responsibility,” he said.

According to a draft of the plan due to be introduced next week, European supervisory authorities would be able to temporarily prevent the issuance of ratings on countries in “a crisis situation,” like “where negotiations of an international financial assistance program to stabilize the economy of a country are ongoing.”

Investors would also gain a framework to take legal action against agencies “if they infringe intentionally or with gross negligence” on their obligations. A rating agency would also have to disclose information on their rating methodologies.

To prevent conflicts of interest, the new regulations would impose limits on owners of more than 5 percent of one credit rating agency who want to invest in others.

On several occasions, European leaders have blamed the agencies for worsening the debt crisis, most notably in July when the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, criticized the decision to downgrade debt in his native Portugal to junk status.

As the European debt crisis starts to engulf Italy, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has been striving to ensure that it does not spread to his country. A priority of his coming re-election campaign is ensuring that France’s triple-A rating stays intact, a challenge that has intensified as France’s share of the bill for helping to contain the crisis grows.

The loss of the top rating would also deal a serious blow to the euro zone’s rescue fund, which is seeking to increase its firepower.

After S.&P. reported the mistake Thursday, the French finance minister, François Baroin, quickly demanded an investigation into “the causes and eventual consequences of the error.” Within a half-hour, the French stock market regulator said it would open an inquiry. It also notified the European financial market authority, which oversees “the professional obligations of the ratings agencies.”

In a statement, S.&P. attributed the message to “a technical error” and affirmed that the rating was unchanged. But the yield for France’s 10-year benchmark bond jumped more than a quarter point, to 3.48 percent, and the spread between French and German bonds of that duration reached 1.7 percentage points, a euro-era record, Bloomberg News reported.

The erroneous S.&P. message went out shortly before 4 p.m. Paris time, and the correction was issued almost two hours later, after most European markets had closed.

There’s… Really not much I can say about this, personally. I don’t usually keep up with this type of news. So I asked my boyfriend on his opinion on the matter: “Ever since 2008, the crisis doesn’t know rest. At first it was all about the private debts explosion in America, that came to threaten the Banks from collapsing, and now those issue came to reveal the issue of the public debt in Europe. The Ratings Agencies have since then degraded one after the other the countries, worsening their situation, all while remaining undisclosed. This mistake, while embarrassing, has the merit to show in the light the bad aspects of those agencies, and may help to control them and prevent further degradation in the future, maybe a hope toward the end of the crisis.”

Shall we move onto sports? A lot of people are probably tired of hearing about this but…

‘Multiple Threats’ Sideline Penn State Coach Who Witnessed Alleged Child Sexual Assault

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –  Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will miss Saturday’s game against Nebraska after the school said he received “multiple threats.”

McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The ensuing scandal brought down longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by the university on Wednesday amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.

McQueary, who testified that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower, encountered similar scrutiny. The university’s athletic department released a one-line statement Thursday night saying it would be “in the best interest of all” if the receivers coach didn’t attend the season’s final home game at Beaver Stadium.

Earlier Thursday, coach Tom Bradley, named by the school to replace Paterno on an interim basis, said it was up to university administrators to decide if McQueary should coach. Bradley also said he was not part of any discussion about potentially dismissing McQueary.

According to the grand jury report, McQueary told Paterno what he saw Sandusky doing the next day, and Paterno then reported the information to athletic director Tim Curley.

McQueary was also called to a separate meeting with Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz. Schultz, in turn, notified university president Graham Spanier.

Curley and Schultz — as well as Paterno — testified they were told that Sandusky behaved inappropriately in that 2002 incident, but not to the extent of McQueary’s graphic account to the grand jury.

Sandusky was arrested and charged last Saturday. His lawyer maintains his client is innocent.

Paterno has not been implicated, and prosecutors have said he is not a target of the investigation. Curley and Schultz were each charged with perjury and failing to report the 2002 incident to authorities.

Curley and Schultz, through their attorneys, have denied wrongdoing.

But Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Spanier — who was fired along with Paterno on Wednesday — have all faced mounting public criticism for failing to call police and prevent further suspected cases.

So, too, has McQueary, who has not spoken publicly. His mother, Anne, said Thursday they have been advised not to comment.

Schultz has retired, while Curley is on paid administrative leave. The school is considering the futures of Curley and McQueary.

“The university — and you’ll have to ask the university — still has still has some deliberations to make in that respect,” Gov. Tom Corbett, a member of the school’s Board of Trustees, said after a trustees meeting earlier Thursday. “I have to see that the university addresses this in the proper way.”

A Penn State graduate and State College native, McQueary also played for Paterno. He was the starting quarterback of the 1997 team that finished 9-3. McQueary joined the staff as a graduate assistant in 2000 — the season after Sandusky retired — and moved on to become receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004.

McQueary relays the offensive play calls from the press box on the field. Graduate assistant coach Terrell Golden is expected to assume McQueary’s sideline duties against Nebraska.

Some people are pleased that Paterno was dismissed (and some are beyond pleased) and others are facebook raging about it. But wait, McQuery witnessed it, and it was obviously reported if we’re reading about it now, but he’s being advised not to attend the game? What did he do besides see the event taking place? Eh, whatever. I was never big on sports anyway. I support the Cowboys just because I can.
And that’s all I’ve got for you folks today. This is Tracy saying good night and have a good weekend! I know I will (three days to play The Old Republic promises one hell of a weekend).
This is Grass saying, fuck you people who are telling me about Skyrim cause I don’t give a fuck. And I’ll see you all Monday for another weekend wrap-up.