Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Our Wacky World—6/28/2011

Irony overload:
“The community was founded by Christian faith and values of our elders and past leadership,” the resolution reads. “The members of the Cree Nation of Ouj√©-Bougoumou hereby declare that the sweat lodge along with any form of native spirituality practices and events such as pow-wows, rain dances, etc., do not conform with the traditional values and teachings of our elders.” [emphasis added...for emphasis]
Globe And Mail

In other sweat lodge news, James Ray has been convicted:
"Ray's attorneys also suggested that exposure to an unknown toxin in the lodge -- perhaps a pesticide, rat poison or something in the type of wood used to heat the rocks -- could have caused the deaths."
Those are some good attorneys. It takes imagination to dream up what "could have caused the deaths" in defiance of Occam's Razor—and toxicology reports. (CNN)

"So he came up with his own radical and permament [sic] procedure to remove the stubborn wart forever - he blasted it with a 12-bore shotgun. But not only did the blast take off almost his entire finger, it also left him facing 15 years in jail for the illegal possesion of a firearm."

I think this is supposed to be a swipe
 at Obama but what the fuck
Just when I think I've reached the point of insanity overload along comes this:
"Why not give convicts a choice, he says: let them substitute flogging for imprisonment under a formula of two lashes for every year of their sentence. There would...be advantages all around. Convicts would be able to replace soul-crushing years behind bars with intense but short-lived physical pain. When the flogging was over, they could get on with their lives. For those who say flogging is too cruel, Moskos has a simple retort: it would only be imposed if the convicts themselves chose it."
I have an even simper retort: let's decriminalize minor drug possession and put an end to the Justice-Incarceration Complex. (Time)

"Jean Twenge...has made a career out of finding data that she says shows that college students and others their age are more self-centered — narcissistic even — than past generations. Now she's turned up data showing that they also feel more superior about themselves than their elders did when they were young."

'...a Christian school has banned the National Anthem. “As a result of a thoughtful, thorough, prayerful period of listening, learning and discerning"'
Omnipotent Poobah

You may have heard about how the Mormon church "saves" dead people. Here are some famous recipients of the power of posthumous salvation:

Famous Dead Mormons

"Wealthy parents... are... flocking to Indore, a city in the centre of India, for the relatively low cost £2,000 treatment to surgically 'correct' their daughters. News of rampant abuse of the surgery - normally used to correct genital abnormality in fully-grown patients - led to a furious backlash on Twitter and other social networking sites on Sunday."
Mail Online

"Indian doctors have been accused of conducting sex-change operations on young girls whose parents want sons to improve the family's income prospects."
Sydney Morning Herald