Some wisdom from Detroit

December 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Maggie Thatcher’s stuff was worth a motza: “How could a little silver bowl, with a guide price of £400, reach £47,500 in a couple of minutes? How could a signed photo — and she must have signed hundreds, if not thousands — rocket from £600 to ten times that sum in a blink? Moments later, it was snaffled by a mystery buyer in Singapore for a tidy £13,000. Such was the premium attached to anything with the imprimatur of Margaret Thatcher yesterday evening as many of her personal possessions came under the hammer at Christie’s. As bidding started for one of the top lots, her red despatch box — with the words ‘Prime Minister’ engraved in gold — there was laughter as the auctioneer kicked off with the guide price of £5,000. And so it sped on into six figures, before a glamorous blonde telephone go-between called Xenia, talking to God-knows-where, announced a winning bid of £200,000.”

British government doctors still bumping off the elderly: “Doctors are still following the abolished Liverpool Care Pathway because they think they know best when it comes to caring for dying patients, the health watchdog has warned. Concerns have prompted NICE to publish major guidelines today, reminding hospital staff not to make ‘snap decisions’ about the fate of those near death. The highly controversial LCP involved withdrawing food, fluid and medication from the terminally ill. It was meant to reduce suffering but the Daily Mail repeatedly highlighted how it was being widely abused with tragic consequences. Professor Sam Ahmedzai, chairman of the committee at NICE, said 18 months after the LCP was effectively banned, it was still being used by some ‘teams’ of doctors who ‘thought they knew how to give end of life care’. But he added: ‘It turns out they’re the ones that don’t know.’ NICE’s new guidelines aim to ban the pathway once and for all”

Leading hoverboard maker hit with class action lawsuit after one of its scooters exploded into FIREBALL: “It’s a hot item this holiday season but it appears the hoverboard is too hot…like burning hot. And now leading hoverboard-maker – Swagway – has been slapped with a class action lawsuit. Michael Brown is suing because the device that he bought as a Hanukkah present for his children burst into flames inside his home. In court documents Brown is asking for ‘punitive’ damages that could run to millions of dollars and accuses Swagway hoverboards of being defective and ‘not fit for purpose’. The lawsuit also claims the company was ‘misleading and deceptive’ when it fraudulently claimed that the product was safe. The lawsuit was filed after Amazon, Target and major airlines banned Swagway and other brands of hoverboards over safety concerns.”

Is Vladimir Putin immortal? “A photograph from almost 100 years ago has some on social media convinced that Russian leader Valdimir Putin is immortal. The picture, taken in 1920, shows a Russian solider who has an uncanny resemblance to the country’s current leader. What’s more, another photo taken of a Russian solider in 1941 also looks just like Putin and the man who was pictured 20 years prior. Some think this is definitive proof that Putin is much more than a 63-year-old workout buff with a penchant for riding horses shirtless. These people instead believe he is a mythical creature who is ageless and can time travel. Some also believe that Putin is Vlad the Impaler, who was born in 1431 and is better known as Dracula. None of these above claims have been scientifically proven in any way”

How Putin’s KGB firearms training skills left him with sinister ‘gunslinger’s gait’: “Vladimir Putin and other top-ranking Russian officials’ KGB weaponry training has left them impaired by a reduced arm swing labelled ‘gunslinger’s gait’, experts claim. The gait, featuring a consistently reduced right-sided arm swing, is usually considered an early sign of Parkinson’s disease. However, movement disorder experts discovered KGB training manuals that stressed agents move in specific ways, offering a possible explanation for the damage. Movement disorders enthusiasts Professor Bas Bloem and colleagues often scrutinize the way people walk – and were struck to find several YouTube videos of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, showing a clearly reduced right-sided arm swing on a series of different occasions.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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