BBC – Manchester – People – Motorway madness

http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2008/09/26/260908_motorway_madness_feature.shtml

what amazes me most about this pretty amazing footage (watch the video) is the absence of any analysis of what the fuck was going through these women’s minds. Obviously they were suicidal. Aggressively so. They were trying to get killed. I’d like to know what efforts have been made to help them get out of that horrendous condition. Yet the news report seems only concerned with the trouble they caused for the rest of us…

update: My sympathy just dropped somewhat. One of them is called Sabina Eriksson. She’s been charged with murder:

A 40-year-old woman has been charged with murder following the death of a man who had been stabbed.The body of Glenn Hollinshead, 54, was found in Duke Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, on 20 May.

which is the day they were filmed trying to commit suicide. The connection is obvious, though it remains interesting that the twin was also trying to make an early entrance into valhalla. Perhaps she, too, was at the scene of the crime.

In any case, I find myself strangely relieved by the explanation. Watching two apparently fit and healthy women trying so desperately to get themselves killed was – without that clue to motivation – somehow even more disturbing than watching some of that sick footage of beheadings a couple of years ago.

Why more disturbing? I’m not entirely sure yet. Perhaps because murder, however grotesque, is obviously involuntary on the part of the victim. And even a suicide bomber is killing themselves for an obvious reason. In both cases I can at least understand what’s going through the minds of victim and perpetrator. That, I suppose, let’s me “catalog” the experience.

Whereas, until I found the other stories, my mind couldn’t sort the pieces of the jigsaw. It was, literally, unbelievable. But I had no reason to doubt the validity of the video evidence so I was being forced to believe the unbelievable. You could say that made it almost a “religious experience”!

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xkcd: Height

http://xkcd.com/482/

and that cat, if it lived long enough and was dropping through a mystical atmosphere at a constant 1 Bar, would land on it’s feet and walk away…

Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles

http://www.mrwiggleslovesyou.com/rehab477.html

Blacks Deserve More Than Liberalism – CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/09/opinion/main2454466_page2.shtml

and, for my next trick, I will persuade this bunch of turkeys to vote for Xmas…

US boffins: Laptops will be as hot as the Sun by 2030 • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/30/laptop_nova_nanotech_demons/

Maxwell’s Demon being dragged out of retirement. Nothing seems to be happening on the “Reversible Computing” front, so if Maxwell doesn’t come to our rescue, I foresee a new market in thermally resistant trousers…

Secret Service camera bought on eBay • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/30/mi6_camera_sold_ebay/

The police treated this as a Joke. Which makes the Police look like a bit of a joke…

Extreme extreme porn law puts Scots out of kilter • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/30/scotland_extreme_pr0n_law/

Scotland setting up its own thought crime legislation…