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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    Meanwhile we appear to have decided to start off the Olympics by causing an international incident.

    Woo, and we haven't even got the opening ceremony yet...

    (I've had people say 'why were they so upset? isn't that an overreaction?', but imagine if it was the USA coming out to play and they had, say, the UK's flag...)
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    @ Flabyo: You can almost hear the numpty responsible for this awesome start to the Olympics saying (about the flags, obvs.) "But they all look the same to me!"

    Does this mean we're now on a par with Kuwait who played the Borat parody national anthem when a Kazakhstani shooting team medal winner was being awarded?

    If this keeps up, we're going to need a dedicated Britain At Its Best: The Olympics Balls-Up Thread.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    Perhaps call it "It's All Good"?
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    An interesting read - I'd like to see some kind of European version of this as a counterpart. What would Whitechapel think is in there?

    10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    Bear Cubs Rescued From Dumpster in New Mexico
    Three black bear cubs were rescued from a dumpster in Ruidoso, New Mexico, by local residents Shirley and Tom Schenk. The couple heard the bears crying through the night and came to their rescue as soon as there was enough light, armed with a ladder and a pickup truck. Apparently, these bears are notorious for their mischievous conduct.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    Maybe you americans already know all about this, but I'm just finding out... last week I didn't even know what a Chik-fil-A was. Anyway :

    Chick-Fil-A Recalling Jim Henson Kids' Meal Toys As Partnership Severed Over Anti-Gay Donations

    and :

    Did Chick-fil-A Pretend to Be a Teenage Girl on Facebook?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2012
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012
    I'm not the biggest fan of tories or politicians for that matter, but how many politicians could rouse a music crowd while taking the piss out of euro debt?
    Ladies and gentlemen, Boris Johnson...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012
    There's a reason the Londoner's keep voting him in, and it's nothing to do with his politics...

    He had a go at Mitt Romney as well for saying he didn't feel the UK was ready to host the games.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012 edited
    So now you can use your 3D printer to print a gun.

    Good luck printing bullets.

    (Seriously, a gun is a complex but relatively straight-forward asembly of metal bits. Bullets are going to be a lot harder to print because they contain the actual chemical explosive.)

    I'm willing to bet that before long though we'll see people designing printable air-guns, rail-guns etc to get around that.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2012
    @Flabyo - I agree with you. The story was admittedly about Romney, but it was the rest of his speech and the wierd setting that got my notice!
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2012
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2012
    White Baptist church in Mississippi bans black wedding

    A black couple in Crystal Springs, Mississippi says that a predominantly white Baptist church refused to let them get married because of their race.

    Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson told WLBT that the day before they were to be married, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs informed them the ceremony would have to be moved due to the reaction of some white church members — even though the couple had attended the church regularly.

    “The church congregation had decided no black could be married at that church, and that if [the pastor] went on to marry her, then they would vote him out the church,” Charles Wilson explained.

    (video here)
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2012 edited
    What in fuck's name.

    Seriously fucked up Afghan hospital photos

    This patient was not treated for three days, given no wound checks, and his dressings were soiled. He was not given any analgesics prior to his surgery, and remained conscious. U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan at the time described his surgery taking place in "semi-sterile conditions." This patient died 4 days later of paritonitis related sepsis without ever going back to operating room for care.
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    @Vornaskotti: Most of the the list of "10 things Americans etc" are quite accurate, but I find that "4. We Are Poor At Expressing Gratitude And Affection" seems to lack an understanding of the wide range of cultural expectations in how we express ourselves that the world has. That the US has even, according to region and other demographics. A bit simplistic much? Same goes for "8. We’re Status-Obsessed And Seek Attention". I get that it is a list of generalities, but those two just seemed a bit too much. That said, 1,2,3,5 and 6 were all things I was all too aware of before I even turned 10, and was frustrating as hell to have to live with when growing up, especially whenever people wanted to talk about international anything.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2012
    NYPD 'consistently violated basic rights' during Occupy protests

    The first systematic look at the New York police department's response to Occupy Wall Street protests paints a damning picture of an out-of-control and aggressive organization that routinely acted beyond its powers.

    In a report that followed an eight-month study (pdf), researchers at the law schools of NYU and Fordham accuse the NYPD of deploying unnecessarily aggressive force, obstructing press freedoms and making arbitrary and baseless arrests.

    The NYPD practices documented in the report include:

    • Aggressive, unnecessary and excessive police force against peaceful protesters, bystanders, legal observers, and journalists. This included the use of batons, pepper spray, metal barricades, scooters, and horses.

    • Obstruction of press freedoms and independent legal monitoring, including arrests of at least 10 journalists, and multiple cases of preventing journalists from reporting on protests or barring and evicting them from specific sites.

    • Pervasive surveillance of peaceful political activity.

    • Violent late-night raids on peaceful encampments.

    • Unjustified closure of public spaces, dispersal of peaceful assemblies, and trapping of protesters.

    • Arbitrary and selective rule enforcement and baseless arrests.

    • Failures to ensure transparency about government policies.

    • Failures to ensure accountability for those allegedly responsible for abuses.

    The report argues that the lack of transparency and accountability is especially troubling because the public does not know whether police actions are guided by specific written policies, or whether they are random or ad hoc.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2012
    Feminism boosts sexual satisfaction for both men and women, a new study suggests.
    Busting stereotypes that peg feminists as men-haters, a new study shows that having a feminist partner is linked with healthier, more romantic heterosexual relationships.

    The study, published online this week in the journal Sex Roles, relied on surveys of both college students and older adults, finding that women with egalitarian attitudes do find mates and men do find them attractive. In fact, results reveal they are having a good time, maybe a better time than the non-feminists.
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    How did mass murderers operate before the advent of modern weapons?

    The U.S. mass murder rate does not seem to rise or fall with the availability of automatic weapons. It reached its highest level in 1929, when fully automatic firearms were expensive and mostly limited to soldiers and organized criminals. The rate dipped in the mid-1930s, staying relatively low before surging again in the 1970s through 1990s. Some criminologists attribute the late-century spike to the potential for instant notoriety: Beginning with Charles Whitman’s 1966 shooting spree from atop a University of Texas tower, mass murderers became household names. Others point out that the mass murder rate fairly closely tracks the overall homicide rate. In the 2000s, for example, both the mass murder and the homicide rates dropped to their lowest levels since the 1960s.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2012
    Pakistani engineer invents a car that runs on water
    A Pakistani engineer has built a car that runs on water, a feat that left onlookers astounded.

    Engineer Waqar Ahmad drove his car using water as fuel Thursday during a demonstration for parliamentarians, scientists and students, Dawn reported from this Pakistan capital.

    He said cars could be driven by a system fuelled by water instead of petrol or CNG.

    The onlookers were taken aback when they saw it and a cabinet sub-committee lauded the ‘Water Fuel Kit Project’.

    The media report explained that the water fuelling system is a technology in which ‘hydrogen bonding’ with distilled water produces hydrogen gas to run the car.

    Ahmad had earlier told Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah about the unique project and it was taken to the federal cabinet which asked its sub—committee to discuss it.

    During the demonstration, Shah himself drove the car.

    The minister said that Ahmad would be given complete security and the formula would be kept secure.

    It would be an understatement to say I'm rather skeptical about this affair, even though my knowledge of thermodynamics are scarce : as far as I know you need to provide energy to extract hydrogen from water, more energy than you will get back when you burn that hydrogen. But the thing that amuses me there is the involvement of the "Religious Affair Minister"...
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2012