Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Thursday - April 30, 2009

Heart attack patient told to be quiet by paramedic.  Great system huh? Medic told to retrain.

Yeah. Can you believe this? Retrain?
Toss the bum out on his ear.
Take a look at this.

Heart attack patient ordered to clean up own vomit
A paramedic ordered a heart attack patient clean up his own vomit and be quiet as he writhed in agony on a hospital floor, a disciplinary hearing heard.

Last Updated: 8:03PM BST 29 Apr 2009

Ambulance man Colin Shields failed to carry out basic checks and did not recognise the tell-tale signs of a heart attack - mistaking the patient’s symptoms for toothache.

He was given 10 months to retrain or face being struck off on Tuesday after the Health Professions Council ruled his fitness to practice was impaired.

The panel heard the victim dialled 999 because he was suffering severe jaw and lower back pain - classic symptoms of heart attack.

But when Shields arrived at his home in Manchester he failed to carry out even the most basic medical checks, and did not provide the patient - a diabetic - with any treatment.

It was only when the man demanded to be taken to hospital that Shields drove him to the nearby Manchester Royal Infirmary, the panel heard.

Shields did check the patient’s medical history, so did not know he also suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, making him a prime candidate for a heart attack.

Laura Napley, for the HPC, said: “Mr Shields did not carry out any medical assessment of the patient, made him walk to and from the ambulance unaided and did not complete a patient report form.

“At the hospital, Patient A followed Mr Shields into a treatment room and was told to sit on the bed and wait for a doctor.

“Due to his intense pain, the patient said he preferred to lie on the floor. When he subsequently vomited, Mr Shields told him to be quiet and clean up the mess.”

Doctors later found he had suffered a massive heart attack and was minutes from death when they started treatment.

Shields admitted most of the allegations against him, saying he was ‘distracted’ on the day of the incident, July 30 2007.

The HPC panel, sitting in central London, ruled his fitness to practice was impaired and imposed a Conditions of Practice Order which requires Shields to complete training if he wishes to continue in the profession.


Have to wonder what kind of training if any this medic-moron got.
Don’t they have to take any sort of test?
Scary stuff this.


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calendar   Sunday - April 26, 2009

Taliban gunmen shooting couple dead for adultery caught on camera.

But haven’t we been told they just need to be understood and that after all, they’re just like us aren’t they?
uh huh.  Jeesh.
I think the bastards did this just because they could and they really enjoy it.


Taliban gunmen have been filmed executing a surprised couple whom they repeatedly shot for the alleged crime of adultery.

By Saeed Shah in Islamabad
Last Updated: 5:19PM BST 25 Apr 2009

Their deaths were squalid, riddled with bullets in a field near their home by Taliban gunmen as the execution was captured on a mobile telephone.

In footage which is being watched with horror by Pakistanis, the couple try to flee when they realise what is about to happen. But a gunman casually shoots the man and then the woman in the back with a burst of gunfire, leaving them bleeding in the dirt.

Moments later, when others in the execution party shout out that they are still alive, he returns to coldly finish them with a few more rounds.

Their “crime” was an alleged affair in their remote mountain village controlled by militants in an area that was only recently under the government’s sway. It was the kind of barbarity that has become increasingly familiar across Pakistan as the Taliban tide has spread.

But this time, with black-turbaned gunmen almost at the gates of Islamabad, the rare footage has shown urban Pakistanis what could now await them.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned that Islamic extremists could take over the nation.

In the past few days the footage has circulated among Pakistanis who usually show little interest in the rough ways of the distant frontier regions.

They have now started to wake up to the fear that al-Qaeda-linked rebels from the frontier could take over their nation.

The killings happened in Hangu district, in North West Frontier Province, about two hours drive from the regional capital Peshawar. The punishment was administered by a local group of the Pakistani Taliban, the Islamic militia which has swept across the NWFP towards the capital Islamabad.

Last week, the Taliban had reached within 60 miles of Islamabad, in Buner district. Their takeover sparked panic in the West, which was already appalled by a peace deal that the government had signed this month with Taliban in adjacent the Swat valley.

In an extraordinary move, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called on the people of Pakistan to defy their government, saying they “need to speak out forcefully against a policy that is ceding more and more territory to the insurgents”.

The Taliban had agreed a withdrawal, in the last couple of days, to their stronghold of Swat. That will scarcely make the government and elite in the capital Islamabad feel much safer, as Swat is only 100 miles from them.

“The Taliban are steady and confident, the government is weak and faltering,” said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a professor at Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University and one of Pakistan’s leading intellectuals.

“A Taliban victory will enslave our women, destroy Pakistan’s rich historical and cultural heritage, make education and science impossible, and make the lives of its citizens impossibly difficult. Some are already contemplating an exodus.”

Pakistan today stands on a knife-edge, threatened with anarchy. The desperate deal signed with the Taliban in Swat looks set to fall apart. The result will almost certainly be violence. An army convoy heading into Swat on Saturday morning was stopped by the Taliban and forced to turn back, in a naked display of their power.

They seem to have been only emboldened by the peace agreement. Many believe that a bloody military operation now looks inevitable,

For those in areas falling under Taliban control, their harsh rule is terrifying.

An SOS text message sent out on Friday by a terrified local resident, in an area of Swat called Bahrain, says that the Taliban have established total control. Asking not be named for fear of reprisal, he said that they have set up check posts at the entrance to Bahrain, from where they kidnap those they want, including young women.

“They’ve even warned the local schools to close the girl classes or face dire consequences. Yet the government says its writ is in Swat.”

Another Swat resident said: “Every day I see armed Taliban move around freely. At the time of prayer, if they see anyone in his shop or walking about, they whip him with a stick.”

The Pakistani Taliban, a copy of the Afghan extremist movement, have long controlled the tribal area along the Afghan border, which is a sanctuary for militants, including al-Qaeda. But it is their march into the heart of the country that has horrified ordinary Pakistanis, and the wider world. And the threat comes not just from the Taliban to the west. Islamic extremists, who are not part of the Taliban, are already entrenched in Islamabad and across the Punjab, the most populous province, seemingly ready to surface when their moment comes.

Islamabad’s defences are being hurriedly fortified, with paramilitary troops stationed on the Margalla Hills, which overlook the city from the West. In the capital, there are thousands of followers of the radical Red Mosque, where there are now open calls for Islamic revolution at the weekly Friday prayers.

“The Taliban will not stop at Swat. They will come towards Islamabad,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a military analyst based in Lahore. “If the army is to take action against them, it is going to be a really bloody battle. And then civil government will be knocked out.”

“Extremist groups based in Islamabad will move from within and they (Taliban) will build pressure from outside.”

The footage Pakistanis have been watching shows them what they could expect.

A local journalist was invited to witness the execution, who filmed it with his mobile phone for a Pakistani channel, Dawn News. The Sunday Telegraph is showing the footage in the West for the first time.

There were no names for the two victims.

“Using the media is part of their (the Taliban’s) psychological warfare,” said Imtiaz Gul, chairman of Centre for Research and Security Studies, an independent think tank in Islamabad. “This way, they inject fear into the minds of people who might oppose them, keeping the majority silent.”

After the couple were shot, the family were told to take their bodies away for burial. The punishment was administered by a local group of the Pakistani Taliban linked to warlord Baitullah Mehsud.


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calendar   Friday - April 17, 2009

The risk of sexual abuse, by treating the victims’ discomfort with humour. ok but,,, DISNEY????

Not supposed to be here right now but hey.  This just HAD to get itself posted.

It’s way over my head. At first I thought, oh what nonsense. Come on.  But then another thought intruded on the first.
Hang on ... I’m not a parent. How can I judge this as nonsense when I haven’t any kids?

I guess my generation was lucky as was the one before when it came to this.  We never thought in the terms expressed by this article.
Still though .... hard for me to accept. Come on.  Pinocchio? Snow White?  Robin Hood?

Is this really valid or just a few ivory tower types with time on their hands and nothing else in their collective minds?

Was Pinocchio was being ‘groomed’ by his cartoon pals?
Classic Disney cartoon films are giving children the wrong message about how to deal with “stranger danger”, psychologists have warned.

By Roger Dobson

Was Pinocchio was being ‘groomed’ by his cartoon pals?
They claim films like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Robin Hood contain scenes in which children receive “unwanted personal contact” or threatening approaches from adults, and that the victims fail to set a good example in the way they respond.
The study warns that the films also undermine efforts to teach children about personal safety and how to minimise the risk of sexual abuse, by treating the victims’ discomfort with humour.

In one example, the researchers found that the Pinocchio had been “groomed” by the adult characters Honest John and Gideon but that his response to the abuse resembled “victim blaming”.

The report says that some characters, like Mowgli, in the Jungle Book, and Alice, in Alice in Wonderland, are able to successfully handle to threats they face from adults, suggesting they could have a positive educational impact on children. However, it points out that they do so without telling a trusted adult.

It adds: “It is possible that viewing these scenes could influence children to believe that telling a trusted adult about a stranger’s advances is unnecessary because the film characters model successful independence.”
The research, published in the journal Child Abuse, was conducted by a team of psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists at Carleton University, in Canada.

The academics wrote that they were “surprised to find depictions of children being touched, usually by adults, contrary to the expressed desires of the child”.
They studied 47 animated feature length Disney films, released between 1937 and 2006. In ten of them, they found examples of “unwanted personal contact” or scenes which show child characters in “risky situations”.

In their analysis, six films – Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Sword in the Stone, and A Goofy Movie – depict children and adolescent characters experiencing unwanted personal contact.

A further four films – Snow White, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book – were found to show childlike characters in “risky situations” where strangers approach them with “hidden malevolence” and promise rewards in exchange for their compliance.

The films were reviewed several times, often using the pause and slow motion features to fully capture the content. Child characters could be human, fantastic or an anthropomorphised animal.

The child had to be under 18, and where age of the character was not specified, the researchers judged each on the basis of voice pitch, manner of speaking, stature, and behaviour.

Dr Wendy Hovdestad, the lead author, said: “The depictions of child and adolescent characters being grabbed and kissed against their will by adult characters is particularly problematic for the boy characters Wart (The Sword in the Stone), Flounder (The Little Mermaid), and Skippy (Robin Hood), because the context in the film is humorous.

“The treatment would probably be upsetting if it happened to a real child, and treating it as humorous is directly contradicting sexual safety education that teaches children that they get to decide who touches their bodies.”

The report concludes: “The findings raise questions about potential impacts on child audiences. Is the unwanted contact and risky situation content appropriate viewing for children, given efforts to teach children sexual safety?”
A Disney spokeswoman said, “As we have not studied the report we are unable to comment.”



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calendar   Monday - March 30, 2009

Couple died in house fire with three-year-old as police held back neighbours desperate to help. ??

According to this story, some are claiming that the police under health and safety rules stopped neighbors from trying to help.

However, I read another story that claims the neighbors tried but were turned back by heat and flames.
So the question is, which version is true?
I guess it’ll take a day or two to find out.  I can see where police would try and keep others away from possible harm though.
Sad story but I really hope Elf ‘n’ Safety had nothing to do with this.  If really it did, then we’re gonna be hearing about it for awhile.
I hope not. 

Couple who died in house fire with three-year-old son as police held back neighbours desperate to help.

Last updated at 3:52 PM on 30th March 2009

Angry neighbours have said that police held back would-be rescuers.

They said they could see heavily-pregnant Michelle at an upstairs window, screaming ‘please save my kids’.

But police said they had to wait for firemen to arrive.

Michelle and Mark Colley, who died in the blaze along with their son Louis, on their wedding day in July 2004

By then, however, Mrs Colley, 25, her husband Mark, 29, and their three-year-old son Louis were dead.

Their daughter Sophie, five, is fighting for her life in hospital.

Family friend David Davis, 38, said: ‘It was the most harrowing thing I have ever seen.

‘Michelle was at the bedroom window and we wanted to help but the police were pushing us back and not allowing us near.

‘We were willing to risk our own lives to save those children but the police just wouldn’t let us - and there was no way they were going to try themselves.


Flowers and teddy bears placed outside the home today. Mark and Michelle Colley died alongside their three-year-old son in the blaze, their five-year-old daughter remains in a critical condition

Neil Cotterill: People were shouting to bring ladders.  ‘Tempers were running high but the police were saying we have to wait for the fire brigade because of health and safety rules.’

He added: ‘When a family is burning to death in front of your eyes, rules should go out of the window - especially when children are involved.’

Neil Cotterill said he heard another neighbour shouting for people to bring ladders. ‘We could have helped,’ he said.

The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the ground floor of the family’s three-bedroom terraced home in Highfields, near Doncaster.

Mrs Colley, who was expecting her third child in a fortnight, and her husband had spent a quiet evening at home before going to bed.

They were woken by the fire and a 999 call was made at 12.26am. Police were the first to arrive.

Mr Davis said: ‘There were four or five officers. We heard the sirens and went across to help but they wouldn’t let us.

‘I thought the police were there to protect lives. Years ago they would have gone inside themselves to try a rescue. But all they seemed bothered about was health and safety rules.

‘It’s unbelievable that it could happen like that. Everybody wanted to try and help. You can’t have respect for police if they have no respect for other people’s lives. It might have been different if it was one of their own.

‘Mark and Michelle were a great couple. A real family - they loved their kids and the kids were smashing.’

Another witness said some friends and neighbours ignored the police warnings and tried to reach the family with ladders and a hosepipe. But again the police intervened and stopped them.

Chris Richardson, 37, said: ‘It was shocking. I couldn’t believe the police were acting like that.  ‘One woman climbed over the garden fence and went to the house but there was a policeman at the back who stopped her.’

Firemen using breathing apparatus-found Mr Colley, a DIY store supervisor, in the master bedroom with his wife. Sophie was in another bedroom and Louis on the landing.

Witnesses said police arrived ‘several minutes’ before firemen but South Yorkshire police refused to give the exact time, citing ‘data protection’ rules.

Detective Superintendent Peter McGuinness said: ‘I would like to commend our officers. The Fire Brigade were only minutes away but our officers were faced with a raging fire. They handled the incident as professionally as we would expect and then worked long into the night.’

Experts said the blaze was not suspicious.


Just a question. Why oh why do people find it necessary to place toys and flowers like this?  Never used to until that silly yellow ribbon song came out. Ever since then folks have got the idea of putting things in the area of accidents and deaths etc.  Do they think anyone is gonna come by and collect them and deliver them to the hereafter?  Why not spend all that money and give it “quietly” to say a children’s charity. Or a burn center.
Oh but no.  People have to be SEEN to be grieving. 


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calendar   Friday - March 20, 2009

This is NOT porn

But it sure is strange. You can run across a serious amount of WTF out there on the web sometimes.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Tuesday - February 17, 2009



I had no intention of posting anything this early today as I truly am busier then a duck in a flood and I’m not trying to be funny.
But there are times when something crops up that I consider so damn important I just have to drop whatever I’m doing and boot the puter and post.

I know there are Brits who visit this site almost everyday.  We don’t hear in comments as many of you as I see out there.
That’s okay I suppose, at least you’re reading us.

I think I can be fairly certain that at least one of you lurking Brits may not hold the same right wing conservative views we Yanks and some posting Brits do.  And that’s perfectly okay as well. What I have to share with you few unsuspecting Brits will be of unwelcome concern to both the left and right wing of of the political spectrum.

I am NOT joking and I am NOT mad although I can understand why some may think otherwise with regard to the last given some of my rants on things like capitol punishment and the lack of justice in the criminal justice system.


They really are EXPERT at using the system AGAINST you, and they WILL! Because they can.

If you don’t deport these people or better yet, KILL EVERY ONE OF THEM YOU CAN FIND, you are in for a world of trouble. Like all bullies, they can be made to back down somewhat.  Which does not lessen their danger. I just can not stress the danger enough.

It isn’t the Russian or islam or the Nazis you’re about to be invaded by.
It’s a group of AMERICANS, sad to say.  And believe me, there is NO reasoning with this group. But you’ll find out in due course the truth of what I say here.

One other thing you Brits need to know about this family.  THEY ARE ALMOST ALL LAWYERS!  Oh yes. They know the law and how to twist it and will do so.  And if they do ever get any kind of foothold in your country, you can be certain they know your laws as well.  In fact, better then you do.
Because that’s what they’re all about.  That’s what these scum bags do.

At some military funerals in America, this group has been driven off by the presence of a group called the Patriot Guard Riders.
I previously mentioned The Hells Angels but since have been corrected.
PGR started as a shield between the WBC loonies and the families of the honored dead. The PGR mission is to honor those who gave their lives for us.

My thanks to Wardmamma and Single Stack for the updated and correct information. And I do stand corrected.

Sadly however, my guess is that Brits will try and “reason” with these dirt bags.  It will NOT work England.  You’d have had a much better chance talking with Hitler and Stalin.


Westboro Baptist Church announces first anti-homosexuality picket in Britain
The fundamentalist US church notorious for picketing the funerals of dead soldiers plans to carry out its first protest in Britain this week, it has emerged.

By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 6:43PM GMT 16 Feb 2009

Followers of the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have threatened to picket a sixth form college in Basingstoke, Hampshire during a staging of The Laramie Project, a play about an American youth murdered because of his sexuality.

The church from Topeka, Kansas is mainly composed of relatives of the founder, pastor Fred Phelps, who style themselves “the most hated family in America”.

Their core belief – that God will punish the West for its acceptance of homosexuality – has seen them protest at dozens of servicemen’s funerals brandishing garish placards stating “God hates the USA” and “Thank God for dead soldiers”.

Details of the church’s first picket in Britain was posted on their website with the slogan “God Hates England; Your Queen Is A W----”.

“Some of the best Bible preaching in the history of the world came out of that dark dismal land, but now it is full of all abominations,” the notice read.

“God will shortly destroy the UK and the world, but not until they have got the plain, clear message so that they will be without excuse.”

The target of Friday evening’s demonstration will be the Central Studio arts venue at Queen Mary’s College, where local gay group Freedom Youth is staging a small production of the The Laramie Project this week.

The play, which has roused the ire of Westboro followers in the past, tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a gay teenager tortured and murdered in small town America in 1998.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a church spokeswoman, confirmed the plan but declined to say whether members would be flying over from the US or if the picket would be carried out by followers in Britain. The church has no scheduled pickets on the days immediately before or after the Basingstoke demonstration.

“It is the first actual picket. We have been preaching by so many means to the UK for years. The arm of the Lord our God is not shortened by oceans and things, all of which he created, and all of which he knew about when he considered these last hours of the very last days of all,” Mrs Phelps-Roper said.

In a lengthy justification of the protest, she cited the recent case of 13-year-old Alfie Patten, who claims to have fathered a child with his 15-year-old girlfriend, as evidence of UK’s moral decline.

“And then you can add to this pleasant little happy UK family moment that another 13-year-old boy has arisen to dispute paternity! Oh yea baby – you UK rebels truly have it groin [sic] on. You are like the doomed American rebels – just a big shameful mess,” she said.

Central Studio confirmed that it was aware of the planned protest and said it was making preparations with the school. A Freedom Youth leader said he believed the chance of the church carrying through on its picket threat was very low, given the distance its followers would have to travel.

Maria Miller, Conservative MP for Basingstoke, said that she had contacted the Home Secretary to see what action the Government may be considering in relation to possible attempts by the Phelps family to enter the country.

She condemned the church’s “highly inflammatory language and behaviour” and said the young people who had worked on the play would not be intimidated by threats.

“The most important thing is that a production that is trying to promote tolerance goes ahead and that’s what I’m focusing on achieving,” she said.

“There’s no evidence that they will be coming along and I don’t believe they have a base in the UK.”

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, the gay right group, described the church’s plan as “distressing”.

“The Laramie Project is a very serious play about a young man who was beaten to death just because he was gay. To regard that as a cause for celebration will make a lot of people both gay and straight feel very uncomfortable,” he said.

“I suspect that they won’t be welcomed by the people of Basingstoke.”

He added: “They have caused enormous distress by protesting outside the funerals of service personnel in the US and I hope they have no intention of trying anything similar in Britain.”

But he warned that any attempt to ban Westboro church members from travelling to Britain would just give them the oxygen of publicity similar to the attention garnered by the right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders last week.


Members of Anonymous, the nebulous online community that has previously organised protests against the Church of Scientology, are alreading planning counter-demonstrations outside the college on Friday, posts on internet message boards indicate.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Police said the force was aware of the planned picket.



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calendar   Wednesday - January 28, 2009

Privacy? You Doan Nee No Steenkin Privacy

Part 1, sort of

Obama is Watching

And think of that as the good news. The bad? So is everyone else. Follow Mr. Christian on Twitter. Tune in to Wi-Fi anywhere. Broadcast yourself. Make intimate connections with total strangers! And the whole world, thugs included, will know who you are, where you live. what you look like, and whether you’ve got any nice stuff ... and they’ll also know when you’re out of town. Oh, you have privacy concerns? Not to worry. Just lie. Create a false you. Photograph someone else’s attack dog, someone else’s apartment. But don’t not be part of the total social net. That would be, like, like being a free thinker who doesn’t fit in. No. Go along, get along, sign up, tune in, fit in.

Resistance is futile. Take the pledge; remember: ”Together we can. Together we ARE. And together we will be the Change that we seek.Fucking zombies. Get wired. Like a puppet on a string. Then dance for your new master, whom you have just pledged to serve. It’s cool to be a slave.

UPDATE: Folks, watch the video at the above zombies link please.

Part 2, kinda

Welcome to the future. And it sucks. No thanks.

Mathew Honan explores the perks and the perils of being part of the open source generation.

The location-aware future—good, bad, and sleazy—is here. Thanks to the iPhone 3G and, to a lesser extent, Google’s Android phone, millions of people are now walking around with a gizmo in their pocket that not only knows where they are but also plugs into the Internet to share that info, merge it with online databases, and find out what—and who—is in the immediate vicinity. That old saw about how someday you’ll walk past a Starbucks and your phone will receive a digital coupon for half off on a Frappuccino? Yeah, that can happen now.

Simply put, location changes everything. This one input—our coordinates—has the potential to change all the outputs. Where we shop, who we talk to, what we read, what we search for, where we go—they all change once we merge location and the Web.

I wanted to know more about this new frontier, so I became a geo-guinea pig. My plan: Load every cool and interesting location-aware program I could find onto my iPhone and use them as often as possible. For a few weeks, whenever I arrived at a new place, I would announce it through multiple social geoapps. When going for a run, bike ride, or drive, I would record my trajectory and publish it online. I would let digital applications help me decide where to work, play, and eat. And I would seek out new people based on nothing but their proximity to me at any given moment. I would be totally open, exposing my location to the world just to see where it took me. I even added an Eye-Fi Wi-Fi card to my PowerShot digital camera so that all my photos could be geotagged and uploaded to the Web. I would become the most location-aware person on the Internets!

To test whether I was being paranoid, I ran a little experiment. On a sunny Saturday, I spotted a woman in Golden Gate Park taking a photo with a 3G iPhone. Because iPhones embed geodata into photos that users upload to Flickr or Picasa, iPhone shots can be automatically placed on a map. At home I searched the Flickr map, and score—a shot from today. I clicked through to the user’s photostream and determined it was the woman I had seen earlier. After adjusting the settings so that only her shots appeared on the map, I saw a cluster of images in one location. Clicking on them revealed photos of an apartment interior—a bedroom, a kitchen, a filthy living room. Now I know where she lives.

A couple years ago this was scary. Now it’s so far beyond being old hat that few people even realize it’s wrong. It’s a convenience feature, dammit, and they demand this level of connection and service!! (Ok, this doesn’t actually exist yet. But it’s nothing compared to the technological power shown above. All it would take is a flip of a switch, one that already exists, to make public that information that you can only pray is still “private”. And Bush was Hitler because of the wiretap thing. Riiiight.)


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calendar   Monday - January 19, 2009

Woman, 81, killed in street mugging ‘ignored by passers-by as she called for help’.

I honestly hate to post things like this story.  I get no joy out of it.  I don’t think that things are any better back home in the states, as I recall last year when a man was hit by a car in CT. and nobody went to help. It seems to be the way the world is today.  What a damn shame.

What really gets to me as well about this, is that I vividly recall England about 25 years ago when the streets were safe even at night. Sure, not 100 percent. No place is.  But it was safer then most streets back home.  And it was sure safer then it is today.

Just what sort of an animal attacks an old lady?  And least you think this is the first, think again. And it isn’t the first death of an old person either.
The law has almost no teeth.  Many crimes go unanswered and unpunished.  Gee.  From what ppl tell me who write from home, this is just like home.
Mores the pity then.

btw ... the bastards got her umbrella. Gosh. What a haul.

My fear is that things will only get worse as the financial thing brings on more problems.
This really,really was a nice place.  Once upon a time.

Woman, 81, killed in street mugging ‘ignored by passers-by as she called for help’

By Benedict Moore-bridger
Last updated at 1:41 PM on 19th January 2009

An 81-year-old woman, who died after being mugged in the street, was ignored by passers-by as she cried for help.

Police said that Molly Morgan sus­tained head injuries suffered in the attack on her from behind - yet people who could have helped her thought she was drunk.

She was left on the pavement for 10 minutes before eventually being taken to hospital on Thursday evening, but died the following day from her injuries.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as head injuries. She also had a broken left arm and mul­tiple fractures to the left side of her face after being dragged to the ground during the attack.

Her bag contained just an electrical exten­sion lead and a Primark umbrella.

Today her only daughter Hilary, an artist from Surrey, pleaded for anyone with information about the mugging in Harrow to come forward.

She also released a painting of her mother’s bag, which police are searching for.

She said: ‘My mum was so active and full of life. I still can’t believe she has been taken away from me. I am her only daughter and we were close. She encouraged me in my dream of going to art school.

‘If this painting helps to catch the person who killed her, it’s the most important painting I’ve ever done.’

Mrs Morgan, who had lived in the area for more than 50 years, was on her way to Kenton Library for a lecture.

The ‘active’ and ‘agile’ pensioner had trained as an architect but gave up work to become a full-time mother.

She was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and sat on the London committee of the Worker Education Association, a group that supports adult education.

For more than 40 years she was married to William Morgan, who died in November 1997.

Detective Chief Inspector Jessica Wadsworth - from the Met’s Homi­cide and Serious Crime Command, which is leading the investigation - said some passers-by refused to help Mrs Morgan because they thought she had been drinking.

She said: ‘When Mrs Morgan was attacked she fell to the ground, and we believe she was on the pavement for about 10 minutes before anyone came to her aid.

‘While at hospital, Mrs Morgan told police that a man walked right past her and didn’t stop, even when she asked for help.

‘I need to trace this man, and any other people who saw Mrs Morgan lying on the pavement, since they are vital witnesses and will be able to help me find who killed her.

‘It is our belief that this man, and other people in the area who didn’t assist the victim, may tragically not have realised that Mrs Morgan had been attacked and was in consider­able pain.

‘We know from some witnesses that they had assumed she was merely a drunk on the street.’

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 020 8358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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calendar   Tuesday - December 09, 2008


Ran across this tonight.  High WOW factor.  Busy day so light on posts. 
Be sure to click on the link for more photos.  The link has some stills but there’s video HERE as well.  Two versions and high quality.  YouTube has upgraded I guess. There are ads on the video. Haven’t seen that before on YT.

Two escape as great white shark tears apart diving cage
A pair of scuba divers off the coast of Mexico survived a terrifying ordeal straight out of Jaws when a great white shark burst through the side of their metal cage.

Last Updated: 2:02PM GMT 09 Dec 2008


One moment they were watching the animal feeding off a school of tuna in the azure waters around the Isle de Guadalupe.

But the next, it was charging straight towards them: seconds later it crashed through their protective cage, its huge head ripping apart the bars.

The pair, whose film of last year’s incident has become a huge hit on YouTube, had to crouch down into the corner of their cage while the enormous predator thrashed wildly around.

They then managed to escape from the water and onto the Searcher boat owned by a tour company, which offers shark dives for £2,000 apiece.

With equipment just six years old, the company has now pledged to upgrade. And in a statement commenting on the incident they said: “When we said ‘you can get face-to-face with the ultimate predator’ this is not what we had in mind”.

One of the two divers - who goes by the YouTube nickname ScubaDubaDive - said on the website that the shark had hit them by accident.

“After it hit the tuna in front of the cage its eyes were closed to protect them,” he said. “It hit the cage and then reacted.”


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calendar   Sunday - November 30, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama proposes economic suicide for US.

Viewpoint from a Brit Conservative.  Odds are he’s right on target.
There a lot to worry about America but there’s a line here that is particularly worrisome.  This line.

They will see a video of Mr Obama, in only his second major policy commitment, pledging that America is now about to play the leading role in the fight to “save the planet” from global warming.

What’s most worrisome aside from everything else is, I fear “co-operation” with and closer ties of a political nature, to Europe’s left.
I hope I’m wrong.

President-elect Barack Obama proposes economic suicide for US

By Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 11:01pm GMT 29/11/2008

If the holder of the most powerful office in the world proposed a policy guaranteed to inflict untold damage on his own country and many others, on the basis of claims so demonstrably fallacious that they amount to a string of self-deluding lies, we might well be concerned. The relevance of this is not to President Bush, as some might imagine, but to a recent policy statement by President-elect Obama.

Tomorrow, delegates from 190 countries will meet in Poznan, Poland, to pave the way for next year’s UN conference in Copenhagen at which the world will agree a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. They will see a video of Mr Obama, in only his second major policy commitment, pledging that America is now about to play the leading role in the fight to “save the planet” from global warming.

Mr Obama begins by saying that “the science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear”. “Sea levels,” he claims, “are rising, coastlines are shrinking, we’ve seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season.”

Far from the science being “beyond dispute”, we can only deduce from this that Mr Obama has believed all he was told by Al Gore’s wondrously batty film An Inconvenient Truth without bothering to check the facts. Each of these four statements is so wildly at odds with the truth that on this score alone we should be seriously worried.

It is true that average sea levels are modestly rising, but no faster than they have been doing for three centuries. Gore’s film may predict a rise this century of 20 feet, but even the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change only predicts a rise of between four and 17 inches. The main focus of alarm here has been the fate of low-lying coral islands such as the Maldives and Tuvalu.

Around each of these tiny countries, according to the international Commission on Sea Level Changes and other studies, sea levels in recent decades have actually fallen. The Indian Ocean was higher between 1900 and 1970 than it has been since. Satellite measurements show that since 1993 the sea level around Tuvalu has gone down by four inches.

Coastlines are not “shrinking” except where land is subsiding, as on the east coast of England, where it has been doing so for thousands of years. Gore became particularly muddled by this, pointing to how many times the Thames Barrier has had to be closed in recent years, unaware that this was more often to keep river water in during droughts than to stop the sea coming in.

Far from global warming having increased the number of droughts, the very opposite is the case. The most comprehensive study (Narisma et al, 2007) showed that, of the 20th century’s 30 major drought episodes, 22 were in the first six decades, with only five between 1961 and 1980. The most recent two decades produced just three.

Mr Obama has again been taken in over hurricanes. Despite a recent press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claiming that 2008’s North Atlantic hurricane season “set records”, even its own release later admits that it only tied as “the fifth most active” since 1944. NOAA’s own graphs show hurricane activity higher in the 1950s than recently. A recent Florida State University study of tropical cyclone activity across the world (see the Watts Up With That? website) shows a steady reduction over the past four years.

Alarming though it may be that the next US President should have fallen for all this claptrap, much more worrying is what he proposes to do on the basis of such grotesque misinformation. For a start he plans to introduce a “federal cap and trade system”, a massive “carbon tax”, designed to reduce America’s CO2 emissions “to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80 per cent by 2050”. Such a target, which would put America ahead of any other country in the world, could only be achieved by closing down a large part of the US economy.

Mr Obama floats off still further from reality when he proposes spending $15 billion a year to encourage “clean energy” sources, such as thousands more wind turbines. He is clearly unaware that wind energy is so hopelessly ineffective that the 10,000 turbines America already has, representing “18 gigawatts of installed capacity”, only generate 4.5GW of power, less than that supplied by a single giant coal-fired power station.

He talks blithely of allowing only “clean” coal-fired power plants, using “carbon capture” - burying the CO2 in holes in the ground - which would double the price of electricity, but the technology for which hasn’t even yet been developed. He then babbles on about “generating five million new green jobs”. This will presumably consist of hiring millions of Americans to generate power by running around on treadmills, to replace all those “dirty” coal-fired power stations which currently supply the US with half its electricity.

If this sounds like an elaborate economic suicide note, for what is still the earth’s richest nation, it is still not enough for many environmentalists. Positively foaming at the mouth in The Guardian last week, George Monbiot claimed that the plight of the planet is now so grave that even “sensible programmes of the kind Obama proposes are now irrelevant”. The only way to avert the “collapse of human civilisation”, according to the Great Moonbat, would be “the complete decarbonisation of the global economy soon after 2050”.

For 300 years science helped to turn Western civilisation into the richest and most comfortable the world has ever seen. Now it seems we have suddenly been plunged into a new age of superstition, where scientific evidence no longer counts for anything. The fact that America will soon be ruled by a man wholly under the spell of this post-scientific hysteria may leave us in wondering despair.

Obama proposes economic suicide for US


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calendar   Saturday - October 04, 2008

Britain’s rat infestation, growing at an alarming rate.  (wonder if they counted the MIL in this)

Not a joke at all.  I had no idea it was like this, although we did see a family of them two years ago.
In fact, I saw one calmly saunter across our kitchen floor once, again it was two years ago.  But what I hear in the walls on a cold night might be them.
Mice for certain and maybe squirrels too.  No, not funny.

I can see Vilmar reading this and saying, Ha. Didn’t I tell ya they were DOOMED?


Damn, that’s close to a muslim record. 

It’s late, last post for the evening. Have a nice wkend all.


Last Updated: 12:01am BST 04/10/2008
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Britain’s rat population is growing at a startling rate thanks to warmer, wetter weather and our increasingly slovenly refuse habits. To make matters worse, the animals are becoming immune to our poisons - and they appear to be laughing at us. Will Storr goes on patrol with the pest police

Steve Davies removes the heavy iron manhole cover and stands back. ‘It’s not a pretty world down there,’ says the burly Yorkshireman, dressed in the unmistakable blood-red uniform of the Rentokil man. As on every other working day, he has come to commit maximum rodent slaughter with his bags of tainted grain, which causes the animals to bleed internally until they die.


It is four o’clock on a Wednesday morning on the outskirts of Leeds and we have been directed to this spot with the aid of a large, black-and-white map with sewer lines and manholes marked on it. There are also icons depicting large black rats. Lots of them. These mark the locations of known sewer infestations.

Davies’s job is called ‘sewer baiting’ and, on behalf of Yorkshire Water, he and Rentokil’s other agents of massacre go out - just as men like them have done since Victorian times - pulling up manhole covers, tying bags of Fentrol, an anticoagulant poison, to long lengths of string and laying them on the paths of the ‘foul lines’ that make up a small part of the subterranean world that thrives beneath our cities: a trickling, stinking, scuttling labyrinth of vast tunnels and abandoned subways. (Very few local authorities still bait their sewers, claiming it is too expensive - the people of Yorkshire are lucky to have men such as Davies.)

He pulls up a string he left last week. The bag attached to it is empty, having been ravaged by a brown rat. ‘There’s a lot of things down there that will eat anything,’ he says. ‘I’ve seen very, very strange frogs. Very bright. I don’t know if they’re mutations or what.’

What do the rats eat, I ask.

‘I wouldn’t like to go into detail,’ he says. ‘It’s a sewer. What do you think?’ My toes squeeze involuntarily. Almost everything I have discovered about rats has caused a similar sensation - a mixture of disgust and astonishment.

Rats can gnaw through concrete and metal, and are incapable of vomiting; they have sex roughly 20 times a day; male rats sometimes mate until their partner dies of exhaustion; a single pair can produce 15,000 offspring a year; it is thought that there are between 60 and 80 million of them in Britain, an increase of 39 per cent since 2000; every day four million are born worldwide; the African variety can grow to 3ft long; seven per cent of house fires in Britain are caused by rats biting through electric cables; they are the only animal that the SAS are banned from eating; the Taiwanese drown and then eat them - poached, fried, grilled or baked - especially savouring the liver; in 2005 they brought down the entire traffic light system at Marble Arch in London; a state of emergency was declared in Peru last year after a heatwave prompted record numbers of rat litters; up to five per cent of food produced worldwide is lost to rodents; they eat 10 per cent of their bodyweight every day; they dislike peaches, but like dog faeces; their collective noun is a ‘mischief’; they have a bite pressure of 7,000lb per square inch; if they weren’t being constantly worn, their incisors would grow 5in per year and are as strong as steel; they can run faster than humans and jump up to 6ft; 50,000 people a year are bitten by rats worldwide; they can collapse their own skeletons and crawl through holes as narrow as three-quarters of an inch; they are cannibals and, when one feeds on the another, it opens up the head and starts with the brain. And they can ‘laugh’: research recently revealed that they emit a ‘high chirruping sound’ when amused or tickled.

Davies has one piece of good news: we are unlikely to be confronted by any rats this morning. Rats are nocturnal, and daylight sightings by pest control officers are rare (’the public see them more often than we do,’ he says). But almost nothing else I have heard today has been good. Leeds councillors have warned of a ‘plague of super rats’ - rapidly evolving, stronger, more intelligent and longer-living - and Colin Smith, Rentokil’s technical services manager, who is responsible for de-ratting major supermarket chains, has told me his company saw a 26 per cent increase in rat calls between 2006 and 2007.

What is more, the rodents - which are evolving at a rate three times faster than humans - are developing immunity to all our best poisons. Considering that they carry roughly 70 diseases (including salmonella, cholera, typhus and the potentially fatal Weil’s disease, or leptospirosis, which almost did for a Rentokil area manager not long ago), and that they are thought to have been responsible, globally, for 10 million deaths in the 20th century, it is surprising that the war against the rat doesn’t weigh more heavily on our consciousness, though the creature has long since burrowed into our collective nightmares.

A long article but worth the reading. The rest of the article can be found here.


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calendar   Tuesday - September 30, 2008

THIS IS BIZARRE! >> An amateur chef died the day after eating a “superhot” chilli in a bet .

I once lost a chocolate ice cream bet ... I was just a kid going on 25 at the time.  Got kind of sickly as I remember. 

Chef dies after eating ‘superhot’ chilli for bet
An amateur chef died the day after eating a “superhot” chilli in a bet with his friend over who could make the hottest dish, an inquest heard.

By Jessica Salter

Andrew Lee was in perfect health before he ate a chilli

Andrew Lee, 33, suffered heart failure the morning after he ate the chilli.

Toxicology tests are now being carried out to see if the fork lift truck driver suffered a fatal reaction to the dish or whether anything else contributed to his death.

Mr Lee, of Edlington, Doncaster was apparently in perfect health and had just passed a medical at work, the opening of the Doncaster hearing was told.

Cooking was one of his main interests and he went to his girlfriend Samantha Bailey’s house to make a chilli.

His father John Lee told the inquest: “He had a bet with Samantha’s brother who could make the hottest chilli then went back to her house to stay.”

Mother-of-four Miss Bailey called the emergency services to her home nine days ago.

Police officers were called to the house after receiving reports of a man suffering a cardiac arrest and Mr Lee was found lying on the floor.

Paramedics failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A full post-mortem examination is underway and further inquiries are being carried out.

Deputy Doncaster coroner Fred Curtis granted a burial order and adjourned the inquest for further evidence.


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calendar   Friday - September 19, 2008

‘Bin police’ caught using ladders to spy on householders.  (and all in the name of green I guess)

I wasn’t sure if I was meant to laugh when I read this.  Guess not.

One bin?  How about a large family? Heck, our house has two for three adults but then, you don’t want to know what our second one is used for.

In another story today, and I can’t locate the link even through Google, there’s something here in one city anyway called, “Street Care Officers.”
And, they caught a lady dropping a cigarette butt on the pavement and was told she was being fined.  So, she said she would pick the butt up but they said too late, you’re fined $150.  (£75 in Brit money if the exchange is still 2 for 1)
They took her name and address but somehow the postman delivered to the wrong address. So she didn’t get the bill. Well, the fine came back to the council and by the time they found the error, they decided to embarrass her by posting her in a name and shame article in the local paper.
When she saw that, she contacted the council informing them she hadn’t received anything but did admit littering.

The city council lawyer then tacked on $300 to the original $150.

The case went to court and the judge thought that while she may be guilty of littering the extra fine wasn’t fair and it was reduced.

The lady in question btw is on welfare anyway.

Under new laws, litter wardens have the authority of police style accreditation.

‘Bin police’ caught using ladders to spy on householders
A council has sent staff equipped with ladders on spying missions to check whether householders are using more than one wheelie bin for their non-recyclable rubbish.

By Nigel Bunyan

The officials have been spotted scaling ladders all over Blackburn, Lancs, so they can peer over walls and fences into back yards.

If they see an “unauthorized” second bin, they retrieve it and take it back to a council depot.

At least one householder has called police to report her bin stolen, oblivious to the fact that it had simply been reclaimed.

The local council insists its policy of only allowing one rubbish bin per household for non-recyclable waste is necessary to cut down on landfill costs and boost recycling.

However, critics have condemned the “spying” missions, describing them as “ridiculous” and “over the top”.

Abdul Patel, a Labour councillor, said “This is ridiculous. How can you spy on people using a ladder?

“It would frighten people. They should knock on the door and show their ID. I am really shocked and will take it up with the council”.

Doretta Cocks, founder of the Campaign for Weekly Waste Collections, said: “The term ‘bin police’ is very much justified here.

“Councils do need to deal with wheelie bin thefts, but this is definitely not the way to deal with the problem.

“If it happened to me I would call 999. It’s just not on”.

She added: “You have to wonder how much time and money is going into this. It’s small wonder our council taxes are going up every year”.

Hazel Wilson, 67, challenged two council staff when she spotted them in an alleyway.

“One was carrying a ladder and putting it up against back yard walls one by one. The other man was taking notes.

“I asked them what they were doing and they said some people had more than one black bin, and if they did they were removing it.

“They had a lorry parked nearby. I thought ‘What if an old lady was doing the washing up and this man peered over the fence”.

“It would give you an awful shock. If I was in my garden trying to catch some sun and some Peeping Tom popped his head over the hedge I would call the police”.

Miss Wilson’s encounter came on the same day that police were alerted to the “theft” of a wheelie bin in a nearby street.

Senior staff at Blackburn with Darwen Council have now apologized for the “spying” missions. However, they insist that their policy of allowing only one rubbish bin per household is necessary.

Alan Cottam, executive member for regeneration and environment, said: “The council does remove unauthorised bins where they are found and have recently been carrying out checks to see how many are in the borough.

“On this occasion, the officers were over-zealous and the council apologies for the upset caused”.


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calendar   Monday - September 15, 2008




Mickey Mouse must die, says Saudi Arabian cleric
Mickey Mouse is a corrupting influence and must die, a Muslim cleric has declared.

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Last Updated: 4:04PM BST 15 Sep 2008


Sheikh Muhammad Munajid claimed “the mouse is “one of Satan’s soldiers” and makes everything it touches impure.

But he warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and Disney’s Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact loveable.

The cleric, a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, said that under Sharia, both household mice and their cartoon counterparts must be killed.

Mr Munajid was asked to give Islam’s teaching on mice during a religious affairs programme broadcast on al-Majd TV, an Arab television network.

According to a translation prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an American press monitoring service, he said: “The mouse is one of Satan’s soldiers and is steered by him.

“If a mouse falls into a pot of food – if the food is solid, you should chuck out the mouse and the food touching it, and if it is liquid – you should chuck out the whole thing, because the mouse is impure.

“According to Islamic law, the mouse is a repulsive, corrupting creature. How do you think children view mice today – after Tom and Jerry?

“Even creatures that are repulsive by nature, by logic, and according to Islamic law have become wonderful and are loved by children. Even mice.

“Mickey Mouse has become an awesome character, even though according to Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed in all cases.”

Last month Mr Munajid condemned the Beijing Olympics as the “bikini Olympics”, claiming that nothing made Satan happier than seeing females athletes dressed in skimpy outfits.



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