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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2012

    Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012 winners

    The winners of the 2012 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards were announced at a glittering prize-giving ceremony held in Edinburgh.
    These Awards recognise individuals who lead the way in various aspects of Scottish culture. The winners are chosen by a public vote.
    The event was hosted by broadcaster Kirsty Wark and attended by a host of VIP guests including many former Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award Winners.
    This year's Top Scot was Michael Forbes, a farmer from near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire, who became known after his refusal to sell his home to billionaire Donald Trump for a luxury golf course development.

    Kirsty Wark said: "The winner of the Top Scot Award is a real people’s choice. He is a man who is known more for his actions than by his name. An ordinary Aberdonian, whose love of his home has touched a chord with many and whose refusal to leave it, despite enormous pressure has been heralded as a David and Goliath style battle of wills."

    Top Scot
    Michael Forbes

    Trump the cueball blowhard, hasn't taken it well.

    Anyone want to join me for a Glenfiddich?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2012
    Teenage girl robs a bank and then brags about it on YouTube, gets arrested
    Hannah Sabata is 19 and not very smart. Here’s why: she stole a car and then robbed a bank of $6,256. She then made a YouTube video where she bragged about it, even going so far as to flash the cash that she stole, and the car keys to her new (stolen) car. Oh, and an ounce of weed… and an Insane Clown Posse pipe.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2012
    This is not news.

    From the Internet.
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    The source is poor, the story itself (Also covered by the BBC) is very odd. My first thought was bet. My latest thought is a creation of Grant Morrison.
      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2012 edited
    Yea, it wasn't a dig. I was considering posting it along with my last post. I don't believe any sources should be prohibited, just considered,

    EDIT: I get it, the comment wasn't meant in relation to the last post, but to the video.
    • CommentAuthorSteve Toase
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2012 edited
    My comment about the source being poor was in relation to me using the Daily Mail, and to a bet was in relation to the guy skateboarding through a remembrance parade. Anything else I'm very confused. I'm going to wait up for Krampus ;)
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2012 edited
    Stone Builders, Mound Builders and the Giants of Ancient America | Jim Vieira at TEDxShelburneFalls

    There are some interesting bits in here. While it ventures into some strangeness-- this is the Newstrange thread-- there are also some valid points that are brought up as he rounds things out.

    More related bits:

    Stonemason James Vieira of Ashfield studies 'mound builders,' ancient stonework
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2012
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012
    What to do with $175,000 in weed found in your back yard?

    Apparently the answer is not "get high forever".
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2012
    Former Death Row Inmate Imprisoned for 30 Years in Texas With No Conviction

    A former death row inmate with intellectual disabilities has languished in the Texas prison system for over 30 years despite having no valid criminal conviction. Jerry Hartfield, an illiterate man with an IQ of 51, had his capital conviction overturned in 1980 because the jury at his trial had been improperly selected. A Texas appeals court ordered a new trial for Hartfield, but that trial has never happened. In 1983, then-Governor Mark White attempted to commute Hartfield's former death sentence to life without parole. However, a federal court has recently ruled that the commutation was irrelevant since Hartfield was not convicted of a crime. No action had been taken on the case until 2006, when another inmate helped Hartfield file a handwritten motion, asking that he be either retried or set free. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the petition, but a federal judge agreed with Hartfield, saying the decision overturning his conviction still stands. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes said, "Hartfield's position is as straightforward and subtle as a freight train....The court's mandate was never recalled, its decision never overturned, the conviction never reinstated; yet Hartfield never received the 'entirely new trial' ordered by the court." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit called the state's defense of Hartfield's incarceration "disturbingly unprofessional" and returned the case to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for further action. Given the Sixth Amendment's right to a speedy trial, it is not clear that Hartfield could be re-tried.
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    Renewed interest in Gosford glyphs

    Researchers say new discoveries around the mysterious 'Gosford Hieroglyphs' site on the New South Wales Central Coast, have re-ignited debate over whether the region was inhabited by ancient Egyptians.

    For the record, this story sparks up every few years, then dies down again once it becomes clear that the 'researchers' tend to be hippy-dippy crystal gazers and chemtrail-counting conspiracy theorists.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2012 edited
    Australian academic, invited to anti-vaccination crusade, executes gigantic smackdown on the hosts (he's from a country town, so he has kind of a broad accent). Shamefully, there actually was a case of diphtheria in Australia last year.

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2012
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2012
    Posts on Whitechapel hit a two-year high as Tumblr remains down for minute upon agonizing minute.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2012
    Adding insult to injury, I seem to be having trouble accessing Twitter right now, too.

    I'm one life-invading web platform away from totally snapping.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2012 edited
    Please Ariana (or failing that, God), don't let Whitechapel go down, too.
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2012