Feline Forcibly Makes Dude Open Kitty Snacks – The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

http://blogs.discovery.com/daily_treat/2011/05/feline-forcibly-makes-dude-open-kitty-snacks.html

a cat who understands the benefit of opposable thumbs…

Cyclist forced to slam on his brakes to avoid being hit by a police car | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008995/Cyclist-forced-slam-brakes-avoid-hit-police-car.html

example of the need for ubiquitous Trusted Surveillance. Without his headcam footage, he just has an anecdote. Now he’s got evidence…

THE PSYCHOPATH TEST by Jon Ronson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6aCir5bu-c

How to turn yourself into a psychopath. Insightful summary of the cost of routinely medicalising behaviour…

Proper scientists: Old folk should drink MORE, not less • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/28/wrinkly_booze_crackdown_slammed/

wow, what a story to welcome me back from Glastonbury. Having fun and alcohol becomes better for us as we age. I’m quite sure the same applies to weed and I’ve corrected my forced abstinence from both over the past couple of weeks very pleasantly indeed, thanks for asking. The video’d Elbow concert helped.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13819764

the headline indicates deep psychosis but the punchline is “One of the judges at the court in the city’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence”

assuming it’s true – How fucked up is that?

(I was forced to surface briefly from our Glastonbury quagmire to comment on this story. It prevented me having to sacrifice a small goat or virgin…)

Microscope and fluorescent light reveals beauty of a plain sheet of paper | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2003469/Microscope-fluorescent-light-reveals-beauty-plain-sheet-paper.html

fascinating…

Soviets supported Christian crusader Nazis in World War II | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003413/Soviets-supported-Christian-crusader-Nazis-World-War-II.html

is this surprising? The Soviet citizens were living under a totalitarian dictatorship. One of the consequences of which would have been very little public awareness of what was going on outside their realm. It would not have been at all difficult for them to adopt the initial position that “anything must be better than this shit”. Eventually, of course, they learned better.

Hitler was more brutal. Stalin was more relentless and, in total, killed far more Russians than Hitler managed. Even more than Hitler’s massacre of the Jews and other imperfect specimens in the holocaust. Who knows, perhaps Hitler would have been better for Russia and the Russians – or at least less lethal – than Stalin turned out to be…

Attorney Reema Bajaj, 25, charged with prostitution for performing $50 sex-act on man | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003440/Attorney-Reema-Bajaj-25-charged-prostitution-performing-50-sex-act-man.html

I’m assuming she didn’t need the money, so she obviously wanted to do it and agreed what she considered a fair price with the punter. Where’s the coercion, harm or lack of informed consent in this behaviour which might justify a punitive response?

Lawyer Nick Freeman says women who dress provocatively victimise men | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003380/Lawyer-Nick-Freeman-says-women-dress-provocatively-victimise-men.html

another clever trick by the Mail. Their paternalistic tendency is to voice precisely the same authoritarian sexist rationalisation for their phobia about sexual display. But they know they’d get torn to shreds if they uttered such thoughts out loud in their reportage, so they go find some pompous prick publicly prattling their case for them and merely report it, fairly, but in tones which suggest they expect “uproar” to follow, in response to the pillock.

And they’re right. I would place a huge wager that there will be a much larger number of complaints about this antideluvian bollocks than the 125 “uproar” who whinged about the gay scene in East Enders…

They hope that none of the mud sticks to them. It’s important that we help to make it stick…

SWITL robotic hand: Japanese device can scoop up liquid spills without ANY mess | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003409/SWITL-robotic-hand-Japanese-device-scoop-liquid-spills-ANY-mess.html

if true, truly amazing. If not, bloody good hoax…

Widow, 84, forced to wash herself in sink for three months after council failed to fix boiler | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2003429/Widow-84-forced-wash-sink-months-council-failed-fix-boiler.html

‘king bizarre…

EastEnders sparks uproar with gay bedroom scene before the watershed | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2003197/EastEnders-sparks-uproar-gay-bedroom-scene-watershed.html

er… I don’t watch soaps. But I believe about 9 million watch Eastenders. How does 125 complaints from such an audience constitute “uproar”??

Au contraire. What we have here is thinly disguised homophobia with the aim of “manufacturing consent”; an example of the true evil the tabloids are capable of…

Why cops fear cameras | Pixiq

http://www.pixiq.com/article/why-police-officers-fear-cameras

another pillar of support for trusted surveillance. Start demanding it:
“Citizens – Innocent until proved guilty. Authority – guilty until proved innocent”.

This is the cure for the Police State.

Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/creationists_infiltrate_us_geology/

wow, two examples of cognitive dissonance in quick succession. This time we’re faced with the concept of a Geologist with “advanced degrees” (presumably in Geology) who considers the Earth to be no more than 10,000 years old. How is that level of informed self delusion even possible without hallucinogenic drugs?

Businesses believe tribunal system favours employees • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/survey_on_tribunals/

staggering level of corporate cognitive dissonance. Biassed in favour of employees?? I think not. What percentage of claims (by employees) do you imagine are successful at such tribunals? 10% or less (depending on the kind of claim. (http://www.addleshawgoddard.com/view.asp?content_id=5135&parent_id=5131) That does not smack of bias towards Workers in my book.