I saw this video on Gavin’s blog and I’m reposting it here because I think it’s important that people see it. I felt sick watching it. I’ve never been keen on religion, but I’m genuinely shocked by just how downright evil the people running religious institutions in Ireland were/still are. These swine are worse than [...]
From the BBC: A court in Sweden has jailed four men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world’s most high-profile file-sharing website, in a landmark case. Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde were found guilty of breaking copyright law and were sentenced to a year in jail. They were also ordered [...]
A very strange story from Kenya about a guy who spent three hours struggling for his life against an enormous python.
Waters is notorious to churning out shite in his Irish Times colume, but his latest burst of spleen is really quite something. From the IT: OPINION: CONOR CASBY, the artist claiming responsibility for the notorious nude paintings of the Taoiseach hung for a “joke” in the National Gallery and RHA, has said that he wants [...]
From The Telegraph: A family of four with a combined weight of 83 stone say they are “too fat to work” and need more than the £22,000 they currently receive in benefits. … “All that healthy food, like fruit and veg, is too expensive. We’re fat because it’s in our genes. Our whole family is [...]
Here’s a NYTimes video report from Swat Valley in Pakistan. The Taliban have succeed in shutting down all girls’ schools in the region, and the Pakistani government recently more or less ceded control of the area to the Taliban in exchange for a cease-fire. If the Pakistani state can’t control parts of its territory 100 [...]
From BBC News: Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it is considering charging passengers for using the toilet while flying. Chief executive Michael O’Leary told the BBC that the Dublin-based carrier was looking at maybe installing a “coin slot on the toilet door”.
From BBC News: The fortune left by late real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley can go to charities other than those solely related to dogs, a US court has ruled. A New York City judge said that Helmsley’s legal documents allowed her estate’s trustees “sole discretion” in donating the money to charity. When Helmsley died in [...]
Something I stumbled across on YouTube. It’s pretty striking, seeing a camera track a falling body as it flails and spins. I’d forgotten just how wretched the whole event was.
From BBC News: The parents of a six-year-old boy in the US have been charged with neglect after the boy drove their car for 10km in an attempt to get to school on time. Police in Virginia said the boy, who was not named, took the keys to the car after he missed the school [...]
The makers of a prosthetic penis to help men cheat on drugs tests have pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy in a US federal court. The two men, George Wills and Robert Catalano, had been selling the device – known as the Whizzinator – over the internet for three years. Source. I really don’t [...]
From the BBC: A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated – Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Judge Rob Murfitt said that the name embarrassed the nine-year-old and could expose her to teasing. He attacked a trend of giving children [...]
A sad, ironic, and wholly unsurprising story: An Italian woman artist who was hitch-hiking to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace has been found murdered in Turkey. The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the city of Gebze on [...]