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    • Good day for people like me

    • Posted by patient_x on 8 Jul 11
    • To be honest, ever since I heard "yellow journalist" spoonerized out into "jello yearnalist" I knew there was hope.

      * * * * *

      "But let's agree for a moment that he was the spider at the heart of the web. Either way, his reign is over. Judging from the headlines coming out of London, the current U.K. scene is giddy as Romania during the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu. Everybody is reviling the formerly feared genocidal tyrant. The press is speculating that his son James may be prosecuted in the United States under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for his role in containing the phone-hacking scandal; that former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, currently chief executive of News International, is so doomed even Murdoch-supplicant Cameron said today her resignation should be accepted; and that Les Hinton, now the editor of Murdoch's Wall Street Journal but the chairman of News International during the phone-hacking years, has now fallen into the scandal "spotlight." Rushing into the building on fire is Rupert Murdoch himself. He's flying to London on Saturday, according to the Financial Times...

      If there are anywhere near 4,000 phone-hacking cases, as one senior detective says, Murdoch could be bleeding slowly for as long as he lives. He no longer enjoys the friendship of the people he bought and has learned the hard way that real power is constrained by the truth. Like some discredited god, all the potency once ascribed to him is evaporating. The paper tiger is on fire."

      By Jack Shafer
      Posted Friday, July 8, 2011
    • On Yoga

    • Posted by CamyLuna on 6 Jul 11
    • Things that have happened since I've started yoga 4 weeks ago:

      # 1: I sleep less, but better.
      # 2: I can really tell the difference in how my body feels when I don't do it.
      # 3: People touch me more. Like casual pats on the back kinda things. Weird.
    • Dirty Habits, Or Help With a Research Project

    • Posted by sneak046 on 13 Jun 11
    • Howdy whitechapel.

      I am wondering if anybody would care to assist a friend of mine's research, as well as maybe learning a little something more about each other.

      He is appealing for people to tell him about any weird, odd, strange, bizarre, or even mundane beahvioural habits we might have.

      Well, here he is in his own words (copypasta from his FB note):

      hey, need help with a research project.

      We all have weird things we do like running your fingernails across brick walls as you walk passed, or running your fingers along railings or chain link fences or just having to pop bubble wrap when you see it.

      What crazy habits do you have like that?

      Do you have any weird compulsions? anything from OCD tendencies to weird and wonderful habits and thoughtless acts. Please let me know.

      To those of you that have already commented on my previous post, thank you and please post more if you think of them. As i said before this is a serious and ongoing study and i will probably be asking this question a lot.

      Thank you

      Most of mine relate to keeping things ordered - like open browser tabs being arranged into thematic groups, making sure there are an even number of the different coloured smarties are left in the pack when I'm eating them etc

      I've also got a bit of thing about wearing matching coloured t-shirts and trainers.

      So, anyone got any they care to share?
    • Warren the cat

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 10 Jun 11
    • I named the stray I'm taking care of Warren. After mr. Ellis. He's a good cat. Cranky old gray Tom with ink black stripes. He hates kids, but if you treat him well and don't crowd him, he's a sweet cat. Especially considering he was dumped 5 or so years ago.

      Warren- kitty is being fed until he's not so scrawny ( progress is being made on this. I can no longer so easily count his ribs (including the old busted ones) with a light touch), tamed down and used to contact (he's still a bit shy, but when he has bad days from being out fighting other kitties, he's a total cuddle baby).

      Supposedly a neighbor is going to take him in, and once they do, my work will be done. Right now it's just waiting for the local game of telephone to get to the neighbor, so she knows the tom's history and that he doesn't have an owner, and yes, nobody will care if she takes him in,gets him his shots & fixed.

      Not sure how the neighborhood kitty drama will go with him once he's fixed. But not having to deal with sad, bloody kitty after fights would definitely be a good thing IMHO.


      Warrenkitty hates mondays.
    • Daily Zombie Blog

    • Posted by Dave Jones on 4 Jun 11
    • Hey all I just thought i would let everyone know that I have just started a blog website following myself in a fictional scenario if we had an actual zombie outbreak. I will be updating it every day with posts, photoshopped images, and cleverly edited videos to tie in with the illusion that I am actually a survivor in an apocalypse. I know its a bit cheesy and maybe a bit silly, however there is a huge fanbase for this sort of thing and i think a lot of people may appreciate it. So far we are on day 1 of the outbreak and there is nothing really hardcore going on, just the discovery of a new bird flu. Some of the text is clickable and it takes you to other websites that tie in with what is going on. For instance i explain that birds started falling out the sky and bird flu is a suspect. Both of the links will take you to factual website explaining everything you need to know about dead birds and bird flu. Not only is this educational, but in some cases it will frightenly tie in very convincingly with the story.

      Anyhow you get the idea, i want to try and get this viral if possible, its all new and early days yet but have a look and see if we can get it noticed

      Oh by the way i welcome any feedback, comments or potential things you would like to see as this blog progresses into "walking dead" anarchy.
    • Skulls

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 23 May 11
    • I'm really enjoying Warren's instagrams of skulls today.
      Makes me feel a little less odd for my own photos of my new raccoon skull, my doe skull or my fake human skully dude halloween prop. I even have a partial fox skull in my bedroom at mom's.

      Other People think strange things are Neat, Too!
      Woo :D

      How many others here have a skull or two or so about their house?
    • Alcoholism, and loved ones

    • Posted by government spy on 14 May 11
    • Does anyone have any advice for dealing with a loved one, especially a significant other, who is fighting with alcoholism?

      My girlfriend of the past 3+ years is trying to quit drinking. She had a period of sobriety years ago, before we met, she was sober for about 5 or 6 years, and has told me that going to AA did not help her.

      Over the past couple weeks, things got pretty bad; ultimately she got pretty drunk and fell into a glass-framed painting and got cut up pretty bad. I had to hold her down and remove glass shards from her behind while she was trying to attack me, not understanding that I was helping her. After she sobered up, we had a long talk, and she's decided she has to quit drinking. She let me know some of her secrets, when I'm away at work, she's stumbling drunk by 10am. I know she's having a hard time quitting. It seems like there's two people fighting for dominance in there. One, who knows this has gone on too far, and the other, who just wants to drink and wants everyone else out of her way.

      From what I understand, due to chemical dependency, cold turkey is not an option. I also read that I cannot attempt to control her, stop her from drinking even though it's "trying to help" because I'm removing her responsibility for her own actions and treating her like a child.

      I've considered going to Al-Anon, but I'm not a fan of the twelve-step "not in control of my behavior, begging the higher power for help" program.

      I guess I just want to know if anyone else out here in Whitechapel has been through anything similar, or has any advice (telling her to leave, or me leaving her isn't an option, yet. Not willing to end this relationship over this, yet).
    • Woots!

    • Posted by RenThing on 27 Apr 11
    • My short story "Toll Booth" has been sold to the Space Tramps: Full Throttle Space Tales #5 anthology. I'm especially pleased because this was an invite-only anthology, I'm working again with the editor who published my first story, and I'll be appearing alongside one of my good friends from college who's a much better than I.