April 1st The Darwin awards

Came across this site last year. Essentially it’s a list of people who died at their own hand, mostly because of their own stupidity. The Darwin part refers to their removal from the gene pool and the obvious inability ever again contribute to the gene pool.

“What goes up must come down.”


(20 June 2007, South Carolina) A passing cabbie found a 21 year-old couple Znaked and injured in the road an hour before sunrise. The two people died at the nearest hospital without regaining consciousness. Authorities were at a loss to explain what had happened. There were no witnesses, no trace of clothing, and no wrecked cars or motorcycles.

Investigators eventually found a clue high on the roof of a nearby building: two sets of neatly folded clothes. Safe sex takes on a whole new meaning when you are perched on the edge of a pyramid-shaped metal roof. “It appears as if [they] accidentally fell off the roof,” Sgt. Florence McCants said.

This is a true Darwin Award trifecta: TWO people die, WHILE in the act of procreation, due to an ASTONISHINGLY poor decision. Bottom line: If you put yourself in a precarious “position” at the edge of a pointy roof, you may well find yourself coming and going at the same time.

Ironically, one of the deceased was named “Tumbleston.”


Zimbabwe votes but still no announcement.


As the election results are released in a trickle, 3 for Mugabe 3 for the opposition, 9 for Mugabe 9 for the opposition, can we see a pattern emerging? What is he planning, a classic rig of the or an exit strategy? We can but hope it is an exit strategy and the sooner the better. But if not what will the west do, there’s no oil so probably nothing. 30 years of Mugabe is enough, time for his former comrades in South Africa to step in and take power for the people of Zimbabwe show the west that the people of Africa can sort their own problems. If not it’s the innocents who will continue to suffer.

An invitation for every flag-burning blogger to rant and rave.

Alexander also attacked the SNP government’s “national conversation” – the consultation on constitutional change – by describing it as “an invitation for every flag-burning blogger to rant and rave, blame everything on the English, and all at the taxpayers’ expense”.

Well done Wendy, with the one quote that you have managed to underline the fact that you have a problem with free speech, no understanding of the power of the internet and the fact that most Scots blame your party, not the English for the position we are now in. If you perhaps paid more attention to the comments section of the various newspapers of this country (Scotland) you might have a far better feel for what ordinary people think of you, your party and Labours self-obsessed machinations.

That the Labour Party is in real trouble has been dramatically highlighted by both Wendy Alexander’s speech and Gordon Brown’s performance, albeit without notes, before her. They appear to be fighting a rearguard action, both internally, struggling to reinvent themselves as a party of the people and at Holyrood where the party looks decidedly negative and selfish. While Alex Salmond appears to stride on continually finding ways to invigorate the Scottish psyche, these may be small things like the right to fly the saltire or trying to introduce .sco as an internet address, but these are the small things that make the Labour Party at Westminster look petty when denied and bolster small sparks of Scottish pride when achieved.

The SNP are in the driving seat, and unless Wendy Alexander and her Scottish Labour Party start to look like they are putting Scotland’s interests first, the SNP will continue to run the show.

Return of the body (parts) snatchers.


Urban myth, or the truth, well actually it’s the truth. Burke’s bones will be spinning in their glass case in the surgeons Hall in Edinburgh, over the news that he has lost his number one ranking as top dog resurrectionist. Unlike Burke and Hare no one is accusing Michael Mastromarino of murder, he has been accused of removing body parts from the dead, one of his victims being Alistair Cook, famous for letter from America on the BBC’s radio four. Apparently he has netted a cool $4.6 million with this grisly trade. While I’m all for enterprise and innovation, this dentist, who replaced the bones etc he removed with pipe, and I seem to remember, an umbrella, has somewhat surpassed his predecessors in dentistry. They only removed teeth from the dead to create falsers in Napoleonic times. Mr Mastromarino and his three co-accused are due to be sentenced on the 21st of May and he is expected to get 18 years, he has also to forfeit the $4.6 million, seems reasonable, I wonder who will get the cash.

Wendys Opening Speech What to Avoid

Ten things for Wendy to avoid while giving her conference opening speech.

  1. Wearing red. (Makes you look like a corpse).
  2. Picking your nose.
  3. Attempting any jokes.
  4. Letting Alex Salmond in the room.
  5. Upsetting your speech writer.
  6. Telling everyone at conference ‘the party is back on track’
  7. Being condescending (alright almost impossible to avoid).
  8. Don’t end with the words alrrrrrrright in a Welsh accent.
  9. Waiting for a standing ovation.
  10. Reading this.

And take that worried look of your face

Scientists left unprotected by Whistleblower Act.

New scientist 29th of March 2008

Whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing by the US government will have much to cheer about when a bill protecting them from retribution is made law in the coming weeks – unless they happen to be scientists.

Last year, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act sailed through the House of Representatives and the Senate. Now lawmakers must meet to determine the final wording of the Bill before it signed into law. This should be a formality, but there’s a snag. The house version included a clause specifically protecting scientists who expose government abuse of scientific information. The Senate bill did not.

In recent years, climatologists, drug safety experts and wildlife biologists working for the government have reported concerns about officials suppressing or spinning their findings. Some groups are worried that the scientists will remain vulnerable if the Senate’s wording is adopted. “ What the house bill would do is make it fully understood that when a scientist says’. The research is wrong, and this is political’, they have a legal standing to point that out” says Francesca Grifo and of the union of concerned scientists.

Now I wonder how the politicians managed to overlook the particular paragraph that protects scientists from the pressure and bullying, applied by – the politicians.

Alex Salmond’s three questions for the SNP’s proposed referendum.


The Scotsman today headlined Alex Salmond’s three questions for the SNP’s proposed referendum. The suggestion is that the questions asked are, more powers to the devolved parliament, the status quo or total independence, the questions to be numbered one two three according to preference. Mathematically this could create a situation where a less than 50% vote would give Scotland independence, in other words a second choice could prevail. While this system of proportional representation is acceptable to the Conservative Labour and Liberal parties for parliamentary elections and indeed council elections these three parties are up in arms and in fact have called this suggestion unconstitutional. Once again I find myself seriously annoyed at the way our politicians play with and spin any and all proposals they disagree with or which go against their particular parties stand on any issue. Do they really believe that the people, that’s us, are so shallow, stupid or uninterested that we are unable to see through these machinations.

While the three main Scottish opposition parties huddled down in Westminster at their Constitutional Convention to which apparently the elected government of Scotland is not invited they should perhaps ask themselves if they are so convinced that the Scottish people to not want independence, why then are they unwilling to support a referendum on Scottish independence.

Independence is not a black and white question for many people in Scotland I think most Scots are still undecided (confused). Without an informed and honest debate free of the fog of spin it will be very difficult to come to a decision based on the realities of the situation. Unfortunately many of our politicians seem happy to shroud and sensationalised the issues for reasons that appear to have nothing to do with Scotland’s future. The one certainty is that Alex Salmond has now opened the debate and appears tactically to have put the SNP in a strong position.

While reading the comments on the Scotsman website following this article, it became very apparent that great number of people who believe their comments are worth posting have not taken the time to do much research. Had they bothered to look at the latest polls it would have been apparent that the SNP’s popularity is in fact growing both at Westminster and in Scotland. This may explain the reactions of the three main opposition parties to Mr Salmond’s suggestion for the referendum.

The Sunday Times of March 16, 2008 published a poll that projected, were an election to be held which brought in the same percentages the SNP would have 57 seats at Holyrood 44 for Labour 16 for the Tories and 12 for the Liberal Democrats, this equates to a rise of six points, to 39%, for the SNP.

Interestingly this week and again in the Sunday Times a new poll projected Labour and the SNP would be on a 34 per cent each of the Scottish vote for Westminster seats this would give the SNP 15 seats at Westminster and Labour 34. Should that become a reality Labour would lose its 50 year lead in Scotland and perhaps that’s as good a reason as any to oppose the SNP at every step. It appears that Labour is more interested in the future of the Labour Party than in the future of Scotland, and no we’re not in the least bit surprised.

It may be worth noting that on the Mondays following these polls any mention of them in the Scotsman was buried in page 5/6 underlining their anti-SNP bias. Perhaps it is time the Scotsman to change its name to the Unionist.

The Scotsman article and comments link.


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