Friday, April 8, 2011

Our Wacky World—4/8/2011

Herald Sun
"...they spent over eight times more on Bristol Palin speaking about her teen pregnancy than they did on actual teen pregnancy clinics."

"The doll is reportedly flying off the shelves and doesn't reflect the 18 year old in a positive light (but then what sex doll does). The "Finally Mylie" doll contains "3 achey love holes," for consumers to do what they wish."
Pop Eater

'Under normal conditions, silicone would sink but Lullig claims that his doll was customized with air bladders so he could swim with her... "I am not a singlehander... Marijn was my first mate, my partner and the love of my life. While I am grateful to them for saving my life, my heart is broken that the crew of Sinaga refused to save her as well. I intend to bring a lawsuit against them for alienation of affection. They killed her!"'

"Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed people to be forced to open folding knives with their teeth in emergencies."

"Australia is set to require “ugly packaging” where companies are prevented from putting their logos on cigarettes and must use the least attractive color found in government research for smokers: dark green"
Turley's Blog

Denis Leary covered this subject all the way back in 1992.

"The ozone layer has seen unprecedented damage in the Arctic this winter due to cold weather in the upper atmosphere. By the end of March, 40% of the ozone in the stratosphere had been destroyed, against a previous record of 30%."

"...he offered nine defendants a unique opportunity in place of community service. He asked them to read the book “The Heart of the Problem"...a Bible study that touts itself as a workbook that provides insights for victorious Christian living."

"Teens who listen to music a lot are at high risk of depression"
The Register

This week in toilet law:
 "I can’t imagine the kind of focused bitterness and anal-retentive attention to detail required to put something like this together, but I’m positive there is a Biglaw firm who could have used this kid’s talents. If you are one of the firms that rejected this kid, you need to rethink your interviewing process and figure out how you missed out on this motivated, creative, and most likely slightly deranged individual."
Above The Law

This is really good—an in-depth look at the latest in Columbian narcosub technology complete with pictures and diagrams:
'...there was something else hastily abandoned in a narrow estuary: a 74-foot camouflaged submarine—nearly twice as long as a city bus—with twin propellers and a 5-foot conning tower, beached on its side at low tide. “It was incredible to find a submarine like that,” says rear admiral Carlos Albuja.... “I’m not sure who built it, but they knew what they were doing.”'

Slavery at sea:
'On one boat, three men working in the freezer were injured. "One suffered frostbite from working in the freezer, bad enough to require hospital treatment. When he returned to the vessel he was made to remove his dressings and get on with work."'

'"Wachovia's blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations," said Jeffrey Sloman, the federal prosecutor. Yet the total fine was less than 2% of the bank's $12.3bn profit for 2009. On 24 March 2010, Wells Fargo stock traded at $30.86 – up 1% on the week of the court settlement.'

"...veterinarians in Texas are prohibited from using the combination of drugs that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has deemed suitable for the execution of human beings,"
The Atlantic
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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Our Wacky World—4/3/2011

Elizabeth Taylor died. Here she is naked.

The 2011 Pigasus Awards Awards have been announced. No surprises this year. The usual crop of frauds and idiots.


How's it going, Dr. Oz?

"...a 34-year-old pregnant woman who was suffering from a major depressive disorder, attempted to take her own life. Friends found her in time and persuaded her to get help. Six days later, Shuai underwent cesarean surgery and delivered a premature newborn girl who, tragically, died four days later. Shuai was arrested, jailed, and charged with murder and attempted feticide."

"He landed head first on a road 15ft below and an eight-inch long part of the metal railing speared into the side of his body. The 18 year old... is unlikely to walk again"
"A council finance officer wrote: 'It has been reported to me that you caused damage to a section of railings... The council is entitled to recover the costs... An invoice will be raised in due course in respect of the cost of these works and sent to you for settlement.'"
Mail Online

"Police officers responded to a family's complaint that their diabetic son may have been in danger from driving without taking his medicine by running him off the road into an interstate highway median and shooting him to death"
Courthouse News

Get stoned
"Thomas used the Bible as his justification for killing the man by hitting him in the head with stones, which were stuffed in a sock."
One New Show

"Rescue crews had to crawl over possibly decades worth of collected items just to get to Wilson whose decomposing body was found inside his room. It took about 2 hours to remove the body."

Not Madonna
"...the lawsuits are piling up. With her Malawian staff suing for unfair dismissal and local politicians in uproar about what they see as Madonna’s broken promises, the singer is threatening her own legal action to recover some of the money wasted so far... the pop star’s beloved Kabbalah Centre headquarters in Los Angeles, which she helps fund — and uses to distribute her fortune to charity projects such as Raising Malawi — is being sued for £15 million by a wealthy heiress, who claims she was duped into donating money"
Mail Online

"An East Harlem granny was found dead in a bedroom closet on Wednesday - after relatives walked in on her grandson having sex with a woman in the same room"
New York Daily News

I'm a bit unimpressed by this no-fly zone over Libya but at least it gave us another classic quote from the geographically-challenged Right:
"Is there a plan? Is the mission to take Gadhafi out?" Mr. Marino asked.... "Where does it stop?" he said. "Do we go into Africa next? "