A happy cow

September 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Technology for the animal kingdom!

THE NEWS

Crocodile attacks urinating tourist in Mexico: “A crocodile attacked a young US tourist as he tried to urinate in a lagoon near the Mexican tourist resort of Cancun, police said. Andrew Dales, 20, confessed he had been on a mission to relieve himself when the crocodile suddenly snapped at him, said police spokesman Alejandro Solorzano. Dales suffered “multiple bite wounds” to his leg and neck and was also left with a head injury after the reptile knocked him to the ground, Solorzano said. Lagoons in the area are dotted with crocodile warning signs.”

Fast Food Plastic Utensil Removed From Man’s Lung: “Doctors say a North Carolina man who was plagued with coughing fits should be OK now that they have removed a 1-inch piece of plastic from his lung, where it had rested since he apparently inhaled it nearly two years ago while sucking down a soft drink at a Wendy’s restaurant. Doctors at Duke University Medical Center say the plastic fragment of an eating utensil — with the Wendy’s logo still legible on the side — was likely to blame for the coughing, fatigue and pneumonia spells that plagued John Manley for almost two years. They pulled the fast-food foreign object from Manley’s left lung during a Sept. 10 surgery. The 50-year-old Wilmington resident said he probably inhaled it while gulping a drink from Wendy’s. “I like to take big gulps of drink,” the former home remodeler said. “I don’t know of any other ways of it getting in there.”

Starbucks is bad for you? “Starbucks and its latte-frothing emulators have helped to kill off community life, according to an academic who conducted a study of the world’s biggest coffee chain. Small and widely spaced tables, free wireless internet access and a preference for take-away customers are among the conversation-killing factors that have encouraged patrons to cut themselves off, Bryant Simon claimed. The seemingly ubiquitous Starbucks, which has 16,000 outlets worldwide and last year earned nearly $10.4billion, had made great play of how it encourages people to come together, he said. Many branches had community message boards and – borrowing from sociology – the company marketed itself as a “third place” between work and home. But Prof Simon, an academic at Temple University in Philadelphia, said the communal feel was an “illusion”.” [Is there anything that is NOT bad for you?]

200 birds sucked into jet’s engines: “Dwarfed by the jetliner, they look little more than a smattering of black dots. But this flock of birds could have brought the plane crashing down in seconds. They flew straight into the path of the Germania airlines flight to Kosovo as it took off from Dusseldorf airport with 80 on board. ‘It was like a scene from the Hitchcock movie The Birds. One second all was clear, and the next thing you saw were these birds swarming over the plane,’ said an onlooker. It is thought more than 200 starlings were sucked into the right engine as the Boeing jet approached 200mph. Others dented the fuselage but thankfully did not pierce it. Their splattered remains could be seen on the plane later. “The pitch of the engine said it all,’ said plane-spotter Juergen Kienast, who took these dramatic pictures. ‘It was like sticking a bit of metal pipe into a blender.’ Once airborne, the pilot reported engine damage and circled for almost 45 minutes before landing safely.”

Puppy snatches winning lotto ticket: “A man who won $1.7 million in Saturday’s Lotto draw nearly lost his chance to claim the prize when his puppy snatched the ticket. The New Zealand man described how he nearly lost the ticket, thanks to his furry friend. “We had the ticket on the sofa, and our puppy grabbed it and took off with it, so it was a little sticky, but not too bad,” the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told The Press on Tuesday. He said he had no immediate plans for the $1,306,235, but that his family would be the main benefactors.”

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Urine or You’re Out

September 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Like most folks in this country, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.

So, here is my Question: Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their ass doing drugs while I work. . . .

Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? I guess we could title that program ‘Urine or You’re Out’.

A romantic view of an Aston Martin

But don’t ask me what DB it is

THE NEWS

A REALLY unhappy BoA customer: “Dalton Chiscolm is unhappy about Bank of America’s customer service – really, really unhappy. Mr Chiscolm in August sued the largest US bank and its board, demanding that “1784 billion, trillion dollars” be deposited into his account the next day. He also demanded an additional $200,164,000, court papers show. “Incomprehensible,” US District Judge Denny Chin said in a brief order released Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court. “He seems to be complaining that he placed a series of calls to the bank in New York and received inconsistent information from a ‘Spanish woman’,” the judge wrote. “He apparently alleges that checks have been rejected because of incomplete routing numbers.” Bank of America faces real legal problems, including New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s threat to sue its chief executive and a judge’s embarrassing rejection of a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Yet the money Mr Chiscolm wants could dwarf all the bank’s other problems. It’s larger than a sextillion dollars, or a 1 followed by 21 zeros. Chiscolm’s request is equivalent 1 followed by 22 digits. The sum also dwarfs the world’s 2008 gross domestic product of $60 trillion, as estimated by the World Bank. Judge Chin gave Chiscolm until October 23 to better explain the basis for his claims, or else see his complaint dismissed.”

Police caught up with British bank robbers who used personalised number plate: “James and Wayne Snell planned a brilliant bank robbery after carefully surveying their target with their two accomplices. They struck late at night, dressed in dark, anonymous clothing and wearing balaclavas. They made off with more than £100,000. It was the perfect crime, but for one tiny detail. The car in which the four carried out their surveillance operation had a personalised number plate. The licence plate of James Snell’s blue BMW read: “J4 AMES”. It proved extremely memorable to passers-by outside a branch of the Halifax in Cardiff. It proved extremely useful to the police in tracing the culprits. They traced Snell’s car to a flat in a suburb north of Cardiff, which in turn led them to a flat in another part of the city where the two brothers were caught red-handed, and somewhat red-faced, with £30,000 in bank notes”.

Yoga guru turns Scottish island into Peace Island: “It is just a rocky little island off the Scottish west coast, with nothing to distinguish it except for the remains of a 13th century keep. But yesterday Little Cumbrae became a centre for pilgrimage, its status elevated to that of the Himalayas and the banks of the Ganges. It even acquired a new name — in honour of the occasion, it will now be known as Peace Island Hundreds of followers of the celebrated, if controversial, Indian yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, gathered on the island to witness an unorthodox union of East and West. The swami, wearing his trademark orange robes and a serene smile, was accompanied by a bagpiper as he began the ceremony that gave Little Cumbrae its new identity. Swami Ramdev, who has 80 million followers around the globe, is the Indian equivalent of a rock star, with crowds of up to 10,000 at his outdoor events. He is also no stranger to controversy. He has suggested that his techniques can help to treat cancer and Aids, arguing that his teachings are based on science. He has also described homosexuality as a disease. “It can be treated like any other congenital defect,” he told the Indian Supreme Court recently. “Such tendencies can be treated by yoga, pranayama [breathing exercises] and other meditation techniques.”

iPods may have to carry health warnings: “Portable music players may have to carry health warnings under proposals from the European Commission. Apple, which makes the iPod, and other manufacturers will be asked either to display labels advising users of the damaging long-term effects of loud music on their hearing or to devise a system of on-screen alerts triggered by the prolonged use of headphones at high noise levels. Under plans to be published today, portable music players will also be required to adopt a default volume setting of about 80 decibels, the level deemed safe for 40 hours use a week. Users will be able to override this and turn up the volume, but the European Commission wants them first to receive a warning from their music device and further reminders if they continue to blast their ears. “Current safety settings are not good enough to protect people,” a source in the European Commission’s consumer affairs directorate told The Times. The proposals follow the findings of an EU scientific committee last year that said that between 5 and 10 per cent of portable music users risked permanent hearing damage because they listened to too much music through headphones at or above 89 decibels, a level deemed safe for up to an hour a day.”

Highway crash, bees attack: “More than 20 people have been taken to hospital in Turkey after a van carrying bee hives hit a truck, angering the bees who attacked crash victims and rescuers. Six people were injured in the crash near the south-western Mediterranean resort of Marmaris and around 20 others, including medics and police, were taken to hospital with bee stings. Professional beekeepers had to be called in to help evacuate the victims, some of whom had to wait for more than an hour to be extracted from among the mangled hives. One of the six crash victims, an 18-year-old man, later died in hospital, but the cause of death was not yet clear, local governor Ahmet Altiparmak said.”

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“Flash” Gordon has got the Australian fashionistas buzzing

September 28, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The appearance of a young American woman in a revealing gown at one of Melbourne’s most formal occasions has generated a storm of commentary and it’s still going on a week later. I noted the occasion on 22nd. There is a long article about the lady and her gown here, for instance. And having read the article I still have no idea what the fashionista concerned is saying. I think she is saying that it is no big deal as she illustrates it with a picture (below) of other flesh flashers. Ms Gordon has shown not the slightest sign of being abashed by the various criticisms and has supplied more pictures of herself in her various gowns, one of which is also below:

THE NEWS

Sex robots: The rise of the pleasure machines: “Holywood was right, robots are going to take over the world. But we might as well lie back and think of the invasion because it’s going to be pleasurable, says a leading robot scientist…. if you listen to US robotics scientist Professor Rodney Brooks, robots of the future are more likely to be dominatrix than dominating. He says the scientific pursuit of socially aware robots – ones that operate according to senses in almost human-like form, as opposed to industrial and military robots – has been sidetracked by the hot button (so to speak) topic of sex with machines. “Every technology that we’ve had, there has been a sexual driver of it,” said the professor, a founder and former chief technical officer of lucrative US company iRobot, which produces commercial robots. “I mean, that’s certainly true of photographs in the 19th century; and home video players were really driven by sex; and of course the web has been a major source of sex. “There are two versions of it, I suppose,” he said. “We accept that, yes, there will be robotic sex toys, remote presence sex where someone is controlling a robot and stuff. But there’s also been some more outrageous stuff (predicted) – where people marry robots. “At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, but once you have a story like ‘I had sex with a robot and it was great!’ appear in a magazine like Cosmo, I’d expect many people to jump on the bandwagon,” artificial intelligence researcher David Levy, who completed his PhD on the subject of human-robot relationships, told LiveScience.”

Dog-lover (??) tries to steal puppy at gunpoint: “A woman has been charged after trying to steal a Chihuahua puppy at gunpoint, police say. The 26-year-old woman went to a house on Perkins Avenue, Kellyville, in Sydney’s northwest, at 11.30am yesterday with an appointment to buy a puppy. She allegedly produced a gun and demanded the puppy. Police say the woman was restrained by the occupants, who included an off-duty policeman, and had her firearm seized. Officers arrived and arrested the woman, who was found to be carrying a replica of a Glock pistol, and she was charged with robbery whilst armed and possession of a prohibited weapon.”

Michael Jackson thought Hitler was a genius: “The King of Pop – who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June – praised the Nazi leader’s “genius” in a previously unpublished interview, before insisting he could help rehabilitate him because no one was “all evil”. Jackson expressed his thoughts in a series of taped interviews conducted by his friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in 2001. In one conversation, the Thriller singer said: “Hitler was a genius orator. To make that many people turn and change and hate, he had to be a showman and he was.” Boteach then asked: “You believe that if you had an hour with Hitler you could somehow touch something inside of him?” To which Jackson replied: “Absolutely. I know I could. Nobody is all evil. You have to help them, give them therapy, teach them that somewhere, something in their life went wrong.” The interviews have been published in a new book called The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul In Intimate Conversation’. Boteach said: “He desperately wanted these conversations to be published. Nobody had any sympathy for him before but there was a groundswell of sympathy after his death.”

US tourist weds Indian rickshaw driver after knowing him for one week: “A 26-year-old American tourist travelling in India hitched a ride in a rickshaw last week and married the driver a few days later, a report said today. Whitney from Chicago met her prince charming in Jaipur in Rajasthan, a state west of the capital famous for its stately palaces, after hailing a motorised rickshaw and hiring the driver for her stay in the city, the Mail Today newspaper said. “On the third day, he surprised me by popping the question,” Whitney told the paper. “‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you’, he told me. I fell in love.” After meeting last Saturday they were married on Wednesday in a simple ceremony. Whitney was pictured in the paper, standing with new husband Harish Hotala, wearing a traditional sari that covered her head. The paper said Hotala was “a cabbie with a difference,” however. “Though a school dropout, he is fluent in English and owns three autorickshaws,” it said. Whitney, whose surname wasn’t given by the paper, is to fly back to the US on September 30 to face her parents. “My father was surprised but my mother took it sportingly,” she said.”

“Unofficial” pigeons banned in China: “Authorities in Beijing have ordered that pigeons remain in their birdcages on October 1 to prevent them disturbing celebrations to mark 60 years of communist rule. To ensure no official feathers are ruffled by wayward birds, the 30,000 homes in Beijing which between them have raised more than one million pigeons were informed by the authorities that their birds would be banned from flying until October 2 under threat of a fine, the Beijing News reported. The only pigeons to take part will be the 60,000 to be released during the celebrations. China’s first military parade in 10 years, mass song and dance performances, and fireworks on October 1 will mark the day when revolutionary leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 at Tiananmen Square.”

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Ageism in the service of anti-ageism!?

September 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

This is a real lulu

At 40-years-old, Christy Turlington has been heralded as the poster girl for ageing gracefully on the cover of women’s magazine, madison. Turlington appears stunning and her complexion flawless wearing a revealing black dress to illustrate the magazine’s October “Age Issue”. In the feature within, she is touted as the embodiment of beauty at any age. But there’s something madison editor Paula Joye is not telling her readers.

The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that the cover image of Turlington was in fact taken almost 10 years ago when the supermodel was 31. In fact, a similar photo from the same shoot appeared on the September edition of UK marie claire magazine, in 2000. Taken by renowned fashion photographer Wayne Maser, the photos show a young, vibrant Turlington with a cropped fringe in a plunging neckline dress. Since these photos were taken, Turlington – who turns 41 in January – has had two children and grown out her fringe.

Recent paparazzi photos of Turlington, who is a yoga devotee, reveal a beautiful woman showing the natural signs of ageing – a far better role model for 40-year-olds than the image of her younger self used by madison. Yet the magazine reads: “Christy Turlington – The Poster girl for ageing with grace. What happens to a model after the age of 40?”

When asked about the deception, Ms Joye said: “I refuse to justify this stitch-up with a comment.”

Original story here

THE NEWS

Good looks really DO boost wages: “It is a blow for the Ugly Bettys and Plain Janes – research shows that good looks lead to better pay. A study of 4,000 young men and women found that beauty boosted pay cheques more than intelligence. Those judged to be the easiest on the eye earned up to 10 per cent more than their less attractive friends and colleagues. Applied to the average salary of £25,000, the ‘plainness penalty’ would make a difference of £2,500 a year – or around £50 a week. It is unclear what is behind the phenomenon but it may be that beauty breeds confidence. The self-assured may appear to be doing better than they are and will have fewer qualms about badgering for a pay rise. Researcher Jason Fletcher, of Yale University in the U.S., rated the attractiveness of the young men and women. Just over half were judged average, while 7 per cent were felt to be very attractive and 8 per cent were judged unattractive or very unattractive. The volunteers also sat an IQ test and disclosed their salary. It became clear that pay scales were far from fair. For instance, a 14-point increase on the IQ score was associated with a 3 to 6 per cent increase in wage. But being of above-average looks boosted pay by 5 to 10 per cent.”

Strange apple: “When Ken Morrish picked this apple off a tree in his garden, he thought a prankster had painted half of it red. But after inspecting it closely he realised that the remarkable split colours on the fruit were a natural phenomenon. And the bizarre apple turned Mr Morrish into something of a celebrity in his village with scores of neighbours queuing up to take a photograph of it. Experts say that the odds of finding an apple with such a perfect line between the green and the red are more than 1 million to one. The 72-year-old pensioner spotted the split-coloured fruit as he picked apples from a Golden Delicious tree in his garden. Horticulturists say the colourings on the apple are probably caused by a random genetic mutation. In such cases, the red side usually tastes sweeter than the green side – because it has seen more sunshine during its growth.

Golfer sues after club snaps in mid-swing: “A golf shop is facing legal action after a club bought from a Brisbane outlet snapped during a player’s backswing, leaving him with a permanent hand injury. Cameron Smith, 39, has not been able to play golf since the Ping brand pitching wedge broke at the handle on the 17th hole at Redcliffe Golf Club in March, the Courier Mail reported. “I had no idea what had happened at first,” Mr Smith said. “The club hit me on the head and then I realised my finger was cut and I couldn’t move it.” The metal sliced through a tendon at the base of his right-hand ring finger forcing Mr Smith to undergo two operations to repair it. He was off work for several months and is still unable to move the finger making simple tasks like writing, typing and cooking very difficult. Lawyer Ryan Christianson said the firm had never seen anything like Mr Smith’s case. “The club, which had only been used a handful of times, snapped at the handle right through the rubber grip,” Mr Christianson said. “You would expect a national retailer like Drummond Golf would have ensured that the equipment it sells is of the highest standard and not a safety risk.” Mr Smith said he was grateful no one else was hurt as a result of the broken wedge, which was part of a $2000 set of clubs. “When you buy new, expensive golf clubs you don’t expect they will fall apart during your backswing,” he said. “I certainly wouldn’t like a young person to have an injury like this.”

Unusual appeal from a conservative politician: “Few people can claim such vivid experience of the popularity of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, as the friend who is fighting to become a conservative MP in a fiefdom of Berlin’s hard left. Vera Lengsfeld, a 57-year-old academic, was struggling to get noticed as she campaigned against a media-savvy lawyer who had defended members of the terrorist Red Army Faction. Then Lengsfeld unveiled her campaign poster. It showed her with Merkel, 55, in low-cut dresses under the slogan “we have more to offer” and had the effect of a bomb going off under what had been, until then, one of the dullest elections in memory. “My internet blog got 34,000 visits the day after that poster went up,” said Lengsfeld, a candidate for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), in an interview last week. “It became the most visited politician’s website. I got e-mails from party bosses congratulating me and saying why didn’t we think of this sort of thing before?” People were seen posing for pictures in front of the “cleavage poster”. It has become a collector’s item, changing hands for up to £250 in internet auctions. Although it may not be enough to put Lengsfeld into the country’s parliament — the Bundestag — it has demonstrated the extraordinary allure of “Mumsy” Merkel, who is widely expected to win another four-year term as chancellor in today’s general election.”

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President Obama interviews a new “Czar”

September 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

He’s got “czars” for everything. Why not a czar for piracy?

THE NEWS

Alcoholic hand gel removed from jail after inmates use it to make ‘hooch’: “A prison which installed alcoholic hand gel dispensers to combat swine flu had to withdraw them within hours after a drunken fight between inmates. Some men apparently drank the stuff neat, while others mixed it with sugar and fruit to make hooch. Warders noticed that three or four prisoners were the worse for wear, while one was said to have started a fist fight with another. The governor of The Verne, a Category C jail on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, had no alternative but to ban the detergent. Peter McParlin, south west representative of the Prison Officers’ Association, said members had warned the jail’s management not to introduce the gel, which is 70 per cent alcohol. ‘Hooch, in the experience of staff, is just as bad if not worse than drugs.”

Legal harassment of ‘Bikini baristas’: “Five bikini-clad baristas working at a US coffee stand let customers touch their breasts and buttocks for a fee, police allege. The women, aged between 18 and 24, have been charged with prostitution, the Associated Press reports. They were reported to have charged up to $US80 ($92) to strip while making coffee at the Grab-n-Go Espresso stand in Everett, north of Seattle. Undercover investigators said the women posed nude for snap-happy customers and licked whipped cream off each other. During one visit, a barista allegedly told a detective that for $20, she and another barista would give him a show. After receiving payment the women bared their breasts and pulled down their underwear. Grab-n-go Espresso owner Bill Wheeler said the raunchy behaviour was prohibited at the coffee stand. The coffee stand has come under controversy for having its baristas dressed only in bikinis, a sight which has surprised many unsuspecting tourists. The five baristas will appear in court next month”.

New Zealand: Police raid student film set: “Student film makers in New Zealand were shocked to have their set stormed by police after actors were mistaken for armed robbers. They complained they had been given permission by police to make the crime drama — but then realised they were filming on the wrong day. Officers were called to the scene after shocked locals reported seeing someone carrying a gun, the New Zealand Herald reports. ‘Several patrol cars were deployed, cordons were established and armed officers called in to assist,’ Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton said. ‘While this was happening it was reported the offenders had entered the store, raising the threat levels considerably. As a result three armed patrols stormed the store, levelling their weapons at a group and demanding they put their guns down.’”

Gatecrashers at swimwear launch: “With costumes at this year’s Ralph Swimwear Model of the Year calendar launch consisting mostly of beaded G-strings, security was at an all-time high. Insiders report that a number of men – we hear three – at this week’s show faked media credentials to gain access to the flesh fest. Some claimed to be official photographers but were just hoping to snap the beach babes. The team behind the men’s mag party at Star City’s Sports Theatre sniffed out the rats and removed them.” [Pic above is part of what they missed]

Police use stun gun, handcuffs on wayward emu: “US police officers had to use a stun gun and handcuffs to capture an emu running loose on a highway in central Mississippi. Police Officer Kiley Culpepper told WLBT-TV in Jackson that motorists had phoned emergency services on Sunday to report sightings of two emus on Interstate 20 and nearby US Highway 80. Authorities were unable to find the animals, when one was spotted near an Interstate 20 entrance ramp. The big bird was dodging traffic. Officer Culpepper and deputies surrounded the bird but had to use the stun gun and handcuffs to get it off the road. After being captured, the bird was taken to the Scott County Forest Coliseum”.

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How To Write English Properly

September 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
16. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
17. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
18. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
19. The passive voice is to be ignored.
20. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
21. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
22. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
23. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.
24. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
25. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
26. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
27. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
28. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
29. Who needs rhetorical questions?
30. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

And the last one…

31. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

THE NEWS

‘You’ve slept with 2.8 million people’: “The average British man or woman has slept with 2.8 million people – albeit indirectly, according to figures released to promote awareness of sexual health. A British pharmacy chain has launched an online calculator which helps you work out how many partners you have had, in the sense of exposure to risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). The “Sex Degrees of Separation” ready reckoner tots up the numbers based on your number of partners, then their previous partners, and their former lovers, and so on for six “generations” of partners. The average British man claims to have actually slept with nine people, while women put the figure at 6.3, giving an average of 7.65. “When we sleep with someone, we are, in effect, not only sleeping with them, but also their previous partners and their partners’ previous partners, and so on,” said Clare Kerr, head of sexual health at Lloydspharmacy. “It’s important that people understand how exposed they are to STIs and take appropriate precautions including using condoms and getting themselves checked out where appropriate.”

The car with potential to save the world – but first it must escape from the garage: “With few clunky mechanical parts, the revolutionary all-electric ManGo may well be the car of the future. But its creators will first have to get it out of the garage. For five months, 35 of the University of Sydney’s brightest first-year engineering students have been labouring in a workshop, solving a maze of complex technical problems. Scheduled to be unveiled this evening at the university’s York Theatre, their car has no mechanical brakes, no gear box, no axles and no differential. Instead, each wheel will be powered by its own electric motor controlled by a central computer. By getting rid of heavy mechanical parts, one student, Jonathan Yeow, said yesterday ”you can have a lighter car, you can drive it faster, with less power”. The Mango is so light, Mr Yeow observed, ”two people can pick it up”. But yesterday, as the students worked on the car, they discovered a last-minute snag. Their ManGo ”concept car” is 155 centimetres wide, about five centimetres wider than the workshop’s doorway. ”Size had never been a major concern,” mumbled one student.”

Survey finds women drink alcohol to be more confident having sex: “Millions of women drink alcohol before having sex because they lack confidence in their bodies, a study suggests. Almost half of those questioned said they preferred sex while under the influence of alcohol because it helped them lose their inhibitions and be more adventurous. Researchers, who surveyed 3000 women aged 18-50, found on average they slept with eight men, but were drunk with at least five, and on two occasions couldn’t remember the man’s name the next day, the Herald Sun reports. Four out of 10 had been tipsy when sleeping with a partner for the first time. The study found 75 per cent of women liked to drink before getting into bed with their husband or boyfriend, and 6 per cent had never had sex sober. More than half claimed drinking with a prospective partner was “part of the dating process” so were a bit drunk when they had sex. It also revealed 14 per cent of women in a relationship can’t sleep with their partner without a couple of glasses of wine beforehand”.

German enthusiasts try out new nudist hiking trail: “German naturists will soon have their own 18 kilometre trail for hiking in the nude and some enthusiasts have been trying it out before the official opening next May. Heinz Ludwig, who runs a nearby campsite, has led the project to create the nudist trail that meanders up and down the Harz mountain range in central Germany, overcoming some local protests by pointing out its potential boost for tourism. “I think it’s a great way to promote tourism here,” Mr Ludwig said after Bild newspaper published a picture of two women wearing nothing but rucksacks on the trail. “There’s already been a lot of interest in it.” The trail runs between the village of Dankerode and the Wippertal dam. Naturism fans have been monitoring progress of the trail in Internet chatrooms for months and a band of naked hikers took a test walk on the not-quite-finished trail in May. The trail is being marked with special signs warning the uninitiated that they could encounter nude hikers. “If you don’t want to see people with nothing on then you should refrain from moving on!,” reads one warning sign.”

Treasure hunter finds largest Anglo-Saxon gold haul: “A treasure hunter has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever, in a find archaeologists have said may be even more significant that the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo 70 years ago. The collection, which had lain hidden under farmland in Staffordshire, could redefine perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England. Terry Herbert, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, came across the hoard as he searched a field near his home with his trusty 14-year-old detector. Experts said the collection of more than 1,500 pieces – which will be officially classified by a coroner as treasure today – is unparalleled in size and may have belonged to Saxon royalty. The hoard, believed to date back to the Seventh Century, contains around 5kg of Gold and 2.5kg of silver, far bigger than previous finds – including the Sutton Hoo site. It may take more than a year to value the collection and, given its scale, the financial worth of the hoard cannot be estimated. Leslie Webster, former keeper at the British Museum’s Department of Prehistory and Europe, said: ”This is going to alter our perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England as radically, if not more so, as the Sutton Hoo discoveries. Many of the items in the hoard are warfare paraphernalia, including sword pommel caps and hilt plates, often inlaid with precious stones.”

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Fancy living in a sewer pipe?

September 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The “Das Park” sewer pipe hotel is located in Linz, Austria, by the river Danube. Their site is here (In German)

THE NEWS

French workers pose nude to save their jobs: “Workers at a struggling heater factory in northwest France are taking it all off in a bid to save their jobs: They posed nude for a calendar to call attention to their plight. Mr. February is wearing nothing but a cardboard box. Mr. October is posed like the famed Rodin sculpture ‘The Thinker.’ Mr. April is naked but for a flag bearing the company’s logo, flowing in front of his lower body. Their protest is the latest, and barest, effort by French workers to fight back at the economic downturn. Employees have locked up their bosses, threatened to blow up factories and blocked oil supplies in scattered incidents around France in recent months. After receiving the news in June that they might be laid off, the workers at the Chaffoteaux factory took a creative approach to show their displeasure.”

Stilton celebrates as it is confirmed as home of the famous cheese: “Celebrations were in full swing yesterday after the village of Stilton was named as the official birthplace of the blue-veined cheese, pictured above at a May Day celebration. Experts have been divided over its origins after the Stilton Cheese Makers Association (SCMA) ruled that it did not come from the Cambridgeshire village of the same name. The SCMA claimed that, despite being sold in Stilton for hundreds of years, the cheese was first made in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in about 1740. But the village has claimed its rightful title after Richard Landy, a local historian, found a letter dated 1722 to Richard Bradley, the first professor of botany at the University of Cambridge, which had a recipe for the cheese attached to it. The author of the letter, Francis Pawlett, wrote of a delicious cheese produced by Cooper Thornhill, the well-known landlord of the Bull Inn, in Stilton. Stilton cheese is protected by EU legislation and Blue Stilton is made only in six licensed dairies across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire. Now Mr Landy hopes to challenge the EU licensing laws.”

China: Man invents amphibious bike: “A Chinese man is applying for a patent for his home-made amphibious bicycle. The bicycle, made by Deng Huaibin of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, has a foldable airbag on each of the wheel, and seven paddles on the back. ‘It rides just like a normal bike on land, but can also be filled with air and rode on the water at speeds of up to five kilometres per hour anytime,’ says Deng. Deng told the Yangtse Evening Post that it took him more than two years to design and manufacture the bike, at a cost of more than £1,800. It contains more than 300 parts, most of them hand-made from anything he could get his hands on. He used more than 40 car inner tyres to make the four airbags. Deng hopes to find a business partner to mass manufacture the bike once he’s been granted a patent. ‘If it gets mass produced, the cost for a single bike will be only around £50,’ he said.”

“Mummy”, the giant python: “Capturing pythons 5.5m and 3.2m long was the easy part, Aaron Chapman reckons. Mr Chapman and two colleagues removed the two male pythons from the ceiling of the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club near Cairns on Monday. Now comes the hard part – capturing Mummy, as the locals call her. Mummy is 6.4m – 21 feet on the old scale – and is thought to be one of the largest pythons in Australia. Mr Chapman said the Australian Venom Zoo at Kuranda would send four men to attempt to capture Mummy after the 5.5m male snake lifted his colleague clean off the ground. “We grabbed one and it swung around and lifted Isaac, my larger colleague, off the ground,” he said. The men had to crawl through a one-metre space between roof and ceiling to locate the snakes. Mr Chapman said the non-venomous Mummy was capable of crushing and swallowing an adult. The Yorkeys Knob Boating Club has been abandoned for about 15 years, Mr Chapman said, and is now to be renovated, meaning the pythons have to go. The pythons were reported to have taken up residence in the abandoned building about five years ago, living off animals in adjacent mangroves. He said boating club members would telephone when Mummy was seen again, at which time they would attempt its capture. Mr Chapman said the pythons would be released together in rainforest near Kuranda.” [One rainforest not to go trekking through!]

He got a new job – and ended working with the brother he didn’t know he had: “Seven years into his tenure as a furniture mover for a US bedding retailer, Gary Nisbet was joined by a new colleague, Randy Joubert, who looked so much like him that customers asked whether they were brothers. “We thought they were just trying to razz us,” Joubert said. Turns out the customers were on to something. They really are brothers – and the attention they got after finding each other also has turned up a sister. The two men were given up for adoption as babies about 35 years ago, then attended rival high schools and even lived in neighbouring towns on the Maine coast before working together at Dow’s Sleep Centre in tiny Waldoboro and uncovering their relationship…. Joubert had already taken advantage of a new state law allowing adoptees to see their original birth certificates and found out the names of his biological parents, who had died by then. With further help from statistics officials, he also learned that he had a brother – and his brother’s original name. Joubert and Nisbet had been removed from their birth parents’ home because the couple could not properly care for them….. The brothers kept their story under wraps at work until last week, colleagues said. After all the attention the brothers’ story received in the Maine press, a half-sister turned up at Dow’s furniture with copies of her birth certificate and other documents proving their relationship. Joubert says Joanne Campbell, of nearby Warren, was “hysterical” with joy when she found her brothers”

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DUMMY SPIT OF ALL TIME?

September 23, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A dummy spit is what a baby does when it spits out its pacifier and begins to scream angrily. Some celebrity dummy spits below to choose from

1. John McEnroe: He was the tennis star who elevated the dummy spit to an art form. The overwhelming sense of entitlement, the permanent scowl and the faintly menacing spectre of a raised tennis racquet were among the key features of his on-court sprays at referees and officials, which included: “You’re pathetic – you are the worst umpire that I’ve ever seen in my life. You’re never going to work again.” “You can’t be serious man. You cannot be serious . . . how can you possibly call that out?”, “What is your problem?”

2. Christian Bale: The Terminator star’s four-minute outburst directed at director of photography Shane Hurlbut in July last year was caught on tape and made its way to the internet. It included the following observations: “I want you off the f***ing set . . . No, don’t just be sorry – think for one f***ing second what the f*** are you doing. You got any f***ing idea about, hey, it’s f****ing distracting, having somebody walking up behind Bryce in the middle of the f****ing scene”.

3. Russell Crowe: It wasn’t the most sensible response to the news his hotel phone wasn’t working, and the actor’s decision to rip it out of the wall and pitch it at an employee’s head proved costly in 2005. He subsequently settled a civil lawsuit with his victim for $100,000 and described the incident as “possibly the most shameful situation that I’ve ever gotten myself in . . . and I’ve done some pretty dumb things in my life”.

4. Britney Spears: The crazy eyes, the newly shaved head, the green umbrella primed for action.

It could only be Britney Spears losing control and attacking a paparazzo’s car back in 2007 – or could it? A note later written by the singer argued otherwise: “I was preparing a character for a possible movie role where the husband doesn’t play his part so they swap places. Unfortunately I didn’t get the part.”

5. Kanye West: West is becoming something of a veteran critic of awards shows. His greatest hits include: “If I don’t win Album of the Year, I’m gonna really have a problem with that,” (before the 2005 Grammy Awards) and “Please, press people, print Kanye says f*** that!” (after losing the award for Video of the Year and storming off the stage at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards).

6. Bjork: It took a grand total of three words – “Welcome to Bangkok” – to set the mercurial Icelandic singer off in 1996, when her attack on a British-born reporter was caught on camera. Her record company later claimed the woman who extended the welcome had been “pestering” Bjork for four days. No such explanations were offered last year when she again lost her cool in New Zealand, allegedly tearing a photographer’s skivvy.

7. Mel Gibson: It was proof that drinking, driving and a Hollywood-sized ego do not mix. The details of Gibson’s 2006 anti-semitic rant do not bear repeating, but were caught on tape after he was pulled over by a Los Angeles sheriff. He later said he was “out of control”.

8. Michael Richards: The joke was on the former Seinfeld star in 2006, after the comedian turned on members of his audience during a stand-up routine. He launched into an invective-littered rant, which contained a series of racist statements and at least one reference to lynching.

9. Tyra Banks: In a tearful piece on her daytime talk show in 2007, the former supermodel hit out at those who had “something nasty to say about women who are built like me . . . women who have been picked on, women whose husbands put them down, women at work or girls at school – I have one thing to say to you: Kiss my fat a***.”

10. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: Most air travellers would probably welcome an absence of plane food but not the Prime Minister, whose mid-air spray left a 23-year-old RAAF flight attendant in tears last year. He subsequently apologised.

11. Naomi Campbell: After she became involved in an altercation over a missing bag at Heathrow Airport, she was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and was eventually charged with six offences and pleaded guilty to four. British Airways also handed her a global ban as a result.

12. Ryan Adams: When the American singer didn’t like Jim DeRogatis’s review of his 2003 show, he rang him and left a review of his own on his answering machine: “Somebody sent me your f***ing stupid bulls*** review of my show. You obviously have like, a problem with me, not with the music because you can’t refute it, obviously, because it’s too f***ing good.”

13. Mike Tyson: His 2002 claim that he wished members of the media had children “so (he) could kick them in the f***ing head or stomp on their testicles so (they) could feel his pain” was a definite lowlight.

14. Mihail Zubkov: The pin-up boy for ugly sporting parents made world headlines back in 2007 after his furious altercation with daughter Kateryna was caught by TV cameras at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Melbourne. The tantrum cost him his accreditation at the event and he was banned by Australian officials from making any contact with his daughter for the duration of his stay in the country.

15. Eric Cantona: He made his name as a soccer star but it was the French striker’s kung fu skills that made world headlines in 1995 after he delivered a flying side kick into the body of a foul-mouthed heckler during a match in England.

16. Lily Allen: Last year the stroppy songstress turned on her GQ Men Of The Year Awards co-host, Elton John after a comment on her drinking during the show. “F*** off, Elton. I am 40 years younger than you and have my whole life ahead of me.”

17. Tom Cruise: A stunt involving a water pistol that looked like a microphone went horribly wrong for a fake reporter in 2005, after the pint-sized actor grabbed the prankster’s arm. “Do you like thinking less of people, is that it? Don’t run away. That’s incredibly rude. I’m here giving you an interview and you do that . . . it’s incredibly rude.”

18. Australian cricketer Shane Warne: Shannon Nightingale and his friend Daniel Basset learned the hard way after they snapped a photo of Warne lighting up during a one-day match in New Zealand back in 2000. The boys claimed Warne abused them before allegedly trying to snatch Bassett’s bag after he refused to hand over the film.

19. Australian Leftist politician Mark Latham: The former opposition leader saw red when he spotted The Daily Telegraph’s snapper back in 2006, grabbing his camera and later smashing it before returning the pieces to the newspaper. He was subsequently charged with a number of offences.

20. Chris Martin: The Coldplay frontman had a hard day at the office last year when he walked out of a BBC interview. He eventually returned to answer a final question about finding new musical territory, offering an incisive: “Um . . . yes . . . yes, yes . . . exactly . . . “.

Original story here

THE NEWS

US towns offer travellers ‘polygamy tours’: “Have you ever wondered what it would be like living in a polygamous community? Now you can find out, with members of a US church group now offering travellers “polygamy tours”. “The Polygamy experience: A guided tour of Colorado City” offers visitors the chance to “learn the story of the US’s largest and most secluded polygamist colony” with a four-hour guided tour of the US towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah. The locals are notoriously uncomfortable with outsiders, with the towns’ practice of plural marriages and history of sexual assault charges, of which the group’s leader Warren Jeffs was convicted two years ago, landing them under the scrutiny of police. However the tours operators hope to show the public that polygamists are actually peaceful people. Richard Holm and his brother Heber are among those launching the tour. Richard was exiled from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), which controls both Colorado City and Utah, in 2003, while Heber left the community 35 years ago. A passenger bus seating 29 people will ferry tourists into Arizona, where guides will discuss the origins of fundamentalist Mormonism and will give travellers the opportunity to take in the town’s famous sites, and even includes a picnic. Richard Holm has promised the tours will be respectful, however a FLDA spokesman says the tours are a scam.”

Man Fatally Shoots Self While Teaching Girlfriend Lesson on Gun Safety: “Given the name or the victim and the stupidity of the following incident, you’d almost think this story was made up. Then again, it did occur in Jefferson County, Missouri. Today Jeff-Co Sheriff Oliver “Glenn” Boyer reports that 40-year-old James Looney accidentally shot himself to death last Friday, September 18, while teaching his girlfriend a lesson on firearm safety. The incident occurred in a residence in Imperial — about 20 miles south of St. Louis. According to witnesses, Looney’s teaching method involved him placing the gun to his head and asking his girlfriend if the gun would go off. Looney apparently did this with two other firearms and varied safety mechanisms, before the last one actually fired into his head. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next morning. And the kicker? Witnesses say Looney was going to take his girlfriend to the shooting range the next day, but insisted on firearm safety the day prior.”

Scientists net giant squid in Gulf of Mexico: “US Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico have unexpectedly netted a 5.9-metre [19'] giant squid off the coast of Louisiana. Not since 1954, when a giant squid was found floating dead off the Mississippi Delta, has the rare species been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico. The squid, weighing 46.7 kg, was caught July 30 in a trawl net more than 1,500 feet underwater as it was pulled by a research vessel, the Interior Department said. The giant squid, which did not survive the rapid change in water depth when brought to the surface, was preserved and sent to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History for further study. “As the trawl net rose out of the water, I could see that we had something big in there … really big,” Anthony Martinez, a marine mammal scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the chief scientist on the research cruise, said. Giant squid, which can be 12 metres long, are usually found in deep-water fisheries, such as off Spain and New Zealand.”

Female soldiers ask for better bras: “Swedish female soldiers are demanding the military provide them with combat-tested bras, amid complaints that the sports bras they must buy themselves unhook too easily, officials say. Unlike their male counterparts who are provided with military-issue underwear, Sweden’s 500-odd women conscripts must buy bras themselves since there are no military-issue brassieres, according to the Council of Conscripts, a union-like organisation. “The women have had to buy sports bras instead. But they are not tested for combat situations nor for fire safety, and they are not functional. They unhook too easily,” Council spokeswoman Paulina Rehbinder said. She criticised the military for its lack of gender equality, in a country widely considered a pioneer in the field. “This sends a signal to women. You should be able to come to your workplace and be provided with equipment that works and that is safe,” she said. “There have been women in the Swedish military for more than 30 years but bras have never been provided by the military,” she lamented, noting however that the military gave conscripts money to buy their bras”.

Legless man runs from police: “A man who rolled his vehicle near Kuranda in Queensland is alleged to have fired shots at a person who came to his aid before spending eight hours on the run from police in bushland yesterday. The Cairns Post reports the drama began at 1pm when a 33-year-old man was involved in a single vehicle traffic accident on Oak Forest Rd, 10km from Kuranda. It ended when he was caught near a family member’s home at 8.20pm. No one was injured. Police began a full-scale search following a report from local residents that shots had been fired and two men, one of them armed, had fled from the scene. The Cairns Post understands the alleged gunman, who is a double amputee with two prosthetic legs, is also wanted in relation to an alleged stabbing in Farmer St, Edmonton, on Sunday. It is alleged a man was stabbed in the stomach with a kitchen knife. A police spokesman said last night the man had been taken to the Cairns watch-house and police would question him.”

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Redneck baby seat

September 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

American “glamor” seen in Australia

At a big formal occasion to give awards — the “Brownlow medals” — to outstanding footballers in Melbourne. The pic is of Dr Geoffrey Edelsten’s fiancee Brynne Gordon. The former LA-based fitness trainer said she picked up the gown in Las Vegas recently

THE NEWS

Pregnant IVF mum to give up baby after embryo mix-up: “A pregnant woman has spoken of her pain at having to give up the IVF baby with which she had been mistakenly impregnated. Mother-of-three Carolyn Savage was trying to have a fourth child through IVF, and was overjoyed to find she was pregnant again. But just two months into the pregnancy, doctors told her husband Sean that the child his wife was carrying was not their own. The nightmare mix-up means that eight-months pregnant Carolyn will have to hand over the baby boy when she gives birth in just two weeks. The couple, from Sylvania, Ohio, decided early on that they would not terminate the pregnancy but hand back the baby, which is not genetically theirs. ‘It has been hard, we have been rooting for the baby the whole time,’ Carolyn said on NBC’s Today Show. ‘I think we moved from a position of shock to a realisation that this was going to happen. ‘It has been difficult, but we feel that we have made the right decisions on how to handle it.’” [There's a big heart there. A British woman in similar circumstances had the baby aborted]

‘Bail breacher’ arrested after calling cops for lift: “A South Australian man, wanted for 10 counts of allegedly breaching bail, was arrested after calling South Coast Police for a free lift home. The 32-year-old had been drinking when he rang police from Main South Rd, Morphett Vale, at 1.30am on Friday, September 18. “He called the police for a lift back to Elizabeth because he didn’t have any money left , he said he was broke,” Sergeant Rodger Allen told the Southern Times Messenger. It is a 53km drive from Morphett Vale to Elizabeth. “When he gave us his name we found out he was wanted for 10 counts of breach of bail.” [He breached bail TEN times?? How come he got any bail at all after the first breach?]

Amazing British judge: “A school music teacher was today jailed for lesbian sex with a 15-year-old pupil – but was given an astonishing green light to continue the ‘affair’ when out of prison. The court heard trumpet teacher Helen Goddard, 26, [above] used sex toys and fluffy handcuffs on the ‘vulnerable’ child, helped weave a web of lies so the girl could stay in her flat overnight, and took her on a dirty weekend in Paris, where they joined a gay pride march. But despite hearing from the girl’s parents the devastating effect the five-month sexual relationship had on the teenager, Judge Anthony Pitts rejected a prosecution request to ban the teacher from contacting her victim for five years, claiming it would be ‘cruel’ to the child. Instead, she is allowed to write to her now, and will be able to see her in private the moment she is released from jail, likely to be just half-way through her 15-month sentence. Goddard actually punched the air in victory in the dock when she realised her ‘relationship’ with her still-underage pupil could continue. Goddard, a child musical prodigy who went on to become student union president at the Trinity College of Music in London, where she earned her degree, started work as a trumpet teacher at the victim’s £13,000-a-year girls’ school in 2006.”

A human coral reef: “A man who was dubbed the human coral reef after huge shell-like growths appeared all over his body has been cured. Lin Tianzhuan was unable to move his arms and legs and said his “terrifying” condition made him feel like he was turning to stone. The 38-year-old, of Shuimen in southern China, added people would scream when they saw him. He began to notice the hard growths on his hands and feet when he was just 13. He said: “They grew and grew and soon they were all over my arms and legs, my back and even my head. It was as if I was turning to stone and it was terrifying. “Gradually my shell became thicker and thicker and I could no longer bend my arms or my legs. It was very frightening.” But now, thanks to a year of treatment and surgery by doctors from a special skin clinic, he only has a few discoloured patches of skin to show for his horrific condition. Fuzhou Dermatosis Prevention Hospital vice president Dr Liu Yinghong said: “He may need radiotherapy for quite some time still but he has made very good progress.”

John Travolta and the $25m extortion trial: “Former Senator Pleasant Bridgewater and paramedic Tarino Lightbourne are accused of trying to extort $US25m from John Travolta. Jury selection has begun in a trial that could see Hollywood star John Travolta take the stand against two people accused of trying to extort $US25 million ($29 million) from him following his son’s death in the Bahamas. Travolta is on a list of 14 witnesses against the defendants – a former Bahamas senator and an ambulance driver – who allegedly targeted the actor and threatened to release a document related to the treatment of his chronically ill son Jett. They are accused of demanding money in exchange for not publicising the document. The Travolta case began with an extortion complaint the actor filed with Bahamas police in January, days after his son died at a family vacation home on Grand Bahama island on January 2. Jett Travolta had a history of seizures and was found unconscious in a bathroom. A Bahamas undertaker said the death certificate listed “seizure” as the cause of death… The pair allegedly threatened Travolta with a document that would have released emergency responders from liability if the family refused an ambulance. However, police said that did not happen in Jett’s case. It is unclear why the pair allegedly believed Travolta would pay to keep the document from being released.”

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And WHAT, you may well ask, is this?

September 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The two rather horrible pictures below are allegedly fashions — from the current London fashion week. Just what is the point of fashions that nobody will ever wear? There are actually some rather worse pictures from the same source but I am going to leave it at that

THE NEWS

Boys reel in $100,000 on fishing trip: “It’s the ultimate case of the one that got away. Two teenage boys on Friday handed police almost $100,000 cash they found earlier this month during a fishing trip at Tuntable Creek, north of Lismore on the NSW north coast. They recently told a carer about their ultimate catch and after seeking legal advice, decided to alert police. Officers searched the area where the boys say they found the cash but failed to find anything to help inquiries. Police are now looking for the lawful owner of the money. [Probably drug money so nobody will claim it]

Burglar leaves his Facebook page on victim’s computer: “The popular online social networking site Facebook helped lead to an alleged burglar’s arrest after he stopped check his account on the victim’s computer, but forgot to log out before leaving the home with two diamond rings. Jonathan G. Parker, 19, of Fort Loudoun, Pa., was arraigned Tuesday one count of felony daytime burglary. According to court records, Deputy P.D. Ware of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department responded on Aug. 28 to the victim’s home after she reported the burglary. She told police that someone had broken into her home through a bedroom window. There were open cabinets in her garage, and other signs of a burglar. The victim later noticed that the intruder also used her computer to check his Facebook status, and his account was still open when she checked the computer. The victim later noticed that she was missing two diamond rings from her dresser in the same room as her computer. During the investigation, a friend of the victim told her that he knew where Parker was staying, in the same area as the victim’s house. Police then went to the home and spoke with a friend of Parker’s. The man said Parker had stopped by his home occasionally, but he said the man didn’t live there. He also said that the night before the burglary, Parker asked him if he wanted to help break into the victim’s home but he refused. As of Tuesday evening, Parker remained in custody at the Eastern Regional Jail on $10,000 bail.”

Expert warn new breed of ‘supercats’ unsafe for family home: “A new breed of felines closely linked to wild cats may be unsafe for the family home. The docile domestic kitty is being replaced by “supercats” which have been cross-bred with African or South American wildcats, the British Telegraph reports. But animal welfare experts warn the new breed of cats could pose a threat to other animals and small children. The special cross costs up to £6000 ($10,000). One breed, the savannah, is capable of jumping 7ft vertically in the air and can grow three times bigger than a domestic cat. Feline expert Peter Neville from the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) said: “Cats are predators. I wouldn’t be happy with a savannah around a small child, because of their genes and their size. “They are going to do a lot more damage than a normal domestic cat. Their paws are bigger, they are stronger and they will bite deeper. Just because you can tame one, doesn’t mean you can tame all.”

Nutcase German doctor kills patients with drugs: “A doctor leading a group therapy session gave participants drugs and other substances that killed two and left 10 hospitalised, Berlin police say. One person was left comatose and in critical condition. The doctor who led the session has acknowledged giving the participants various substances and drugs during the meeting, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor’s office, said. It was not clear whether illegal drugs were given and whether the substances were injected or taken orally. A police statement said autopsies have been carried out on the two dead people but “the chemical-toxicological investigation will take a while”. Police said the session took place in a house and medical practice in the leafy Hermsdorf neighbourhood in the north of Berlin. The 50-year-old doctor who worked there was detained and a homicide division was investigating the case, police said. The doctor, his 41-year-old wife, who runs a practice for alternative medicine in the same building, and 12 other people attended the session on Saturday, according to a police statement… On the internet, the doctor identifies himself as a psychotherapist for individuals and groups, specialising in “depth psychology, bodywork and art therapy, and spiritual crises”.”

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