Archive for May, 2010

A Note From The Author(ish)

Well, the time has come for me to take a mild break from posting. Unfortunately I am becoming buried in school work and must do well for the next month in order to keep my university acceptances (Blah, Blah, get on with it.). I will of course surface from the deluge of work and other stuff to post a few interesting nuggets of information or perhaps write something on a current event or scandal (oooh, scandal). So farewell for now. Wish me luck etc, etc. I shall return as soon as I can.


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The Great Twitter Cock-up

Twitter crashed slightly today. Aparently everyone’s account was showing 0 follovers and 0 following. It was a general technology cock-up. There have been lots of tweets about it. Mark Hoppus (@markhoppus) said,

People freak out more when twitter crashes than the stock market. Next up: Senate Hearings on the Great Crash of 2010.

I have to agree with him on this.  Social networking has taken over our lives to this extent and we are all enslaved by it so much that people have freaked out more because of twitter crashing. But the best tweet relating to this was by Deadmau5 (@deadmau5) who said,

i blame Justin Bieber for the twitter fuckup. seriously. id break my own website too if he was spammed all over it

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Cadaver Shown on Bike at Wake

Whats wrong with this picture?

Now if you haven’t figured it out already, the title of this post should give it away. this man is in fact dead.

Marin Funeral Home in San Juan, displayed the embalmed body of 22-year-old David Morales Colon, in sunglasses and sneakers, crouched astride his Honda Repsol racing bike.

“That must have been neat,” Richard Rosin of the Neil Bardal Funeral Home in Winnipeg, told the Star Monday.

“This is just interesting. It must have been a very important aspect of his life to have the family feel that strongly. Full credit to the funeral company for making it happen.”

Local media covered Morales’s wake last week. Elsie Marin, who with her husband Damaris runs the funeral home, told WAPA television the body was treated with respect. They would do whatever possible to meet a person’s wishes, she said.

Marin has carved out a reputation for unusual treatments at a family’s request. Two years ago, the funeral home managed to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina of San Juan standing upright in sunglasses and a Yankees baseball cap for his three-day wake in his mother’s living room.

His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper the victim had long said he wanted to be upright for his own wake: “He wanted to be happy, standing.”

Family and friends said Morales loved his motorcycle, a gift from an uncle that was returned to the family after the viewing. Morales, who had been shot to death, was buried in a casket on April 27 after the two-day wake.

Aparently quite a few funeral directors are impressed with this level of embalming and some people are getting really interrested. Personally I want to be shown bungee jumping from a bridge. hey. could happen.–dead-biker-memorialized-astride-his-ride

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Aid Groups Advised to “Shut the F–k Up”

Where does Stephen Harper find them? I think this might just encourage people to push for allowing Canadian senators to be elected instead of appointed by the Prime Minister. Senator Nancy Ruth has been heard to have said “Shut the F–k up” to an aid group asking about abortion

“We’ve got five weeks or whatever left until G-8 starts. Shut the f— up on this issue,” Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth told a group of international-development advocates who gathered on Parliament Hill on Monday to sound the alarm about Canada’s hard-right stand against abortion in foreign aid.

“If you push it, there will be more backlash,” said Ruth, who fears that outrage will push her boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to take further measures against abortion and family planning – abroad, or maybe even in Canada. “This is now a political football. This is not about women’s health in this country.”

Ruth’s remarks, intended more as friendly advice than a warning, were met with gasps of disbelief and even anger among the approximately 80 aid representatives who converged on Parliament Hill to condemn what they see as a gathering storm against women’s rights in Canadian aid policy.

Ruth explained that she attends Conservative caucus, understands the current political dynamics and is sympathetic to the cause of women upset by the anti-abortion announcement – “I just want them to be quiet for five weeks,” she told reporters. But few of the advocates appeared inclined to take her counsel.

The response to these remarks went something like this

“We have shut the f— up. That’ s the issue here,” said Joanna Kerr, the newly named chief executive of Action Aid International, based in South Africa.

“I don’t remember any women’s rights ever gained by staying silent,” she said.

I completely agree with these women. The whole reason things get passed over in the House of Commons is because people don’t push them forward and keep them in public view. If people “Shut the F–k up” then its like taking a rest in a marathon. You have to keep going because if you stop then you might not get started again.

Nancy Ruth has given her reasons for making the comment,

Ruth is convinced that the final communiqué of the G8 meeting in Canada in June will include a mention of this country’s support for family planning, but fears that ongoing furor over abortion could harden the Conservative government’s stand even more. And just as her Conservative colleagues have warned repeatedly, she said that Canada does not need a reopened abortion debate.

“I hope I’m not proven wrong but I have every confidence that it (the communiqué) will include family planning,” Ruth said. “Canada is still a country with free and accessible abortion. Leave it there. Don’t make it into an election issue.”

Basically she means that G8 is going to swoop in and fix everything.

Now you must ask why have aid groups been slightly more outraged than usual. Well it all leads back to our Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper’s announced ban on abortion in foreign-aid programs is an echo of a similar ban that former president George W. Bush also enacted during his eight years in office.

Fantastic. Now we’re taking ideas from George W. Bush. It just gets better and better.

Finally, Anita Neville, who was in the house when the comment was made, explained what was really meant in language that most of us can understand. She said,

“I think women have been told too often to be quiet, be good and then you’ll get what you want. I think that she was saying don’t push the issue or you’ll get the Prime Minister’s back up even further and you won’t get what you want,”

I think this just makes sense now. Why on earth didn’t the senator just say that? Maybe then there wouldn’t be all this trouble. After this comment, abortion is going to be a big topic up to G8. Completely the opposite effect that the senator wanted.

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Obamas Great Speech at the Press Assosiation Dinner

I have nothing too say but wow. This guy really killed it. He made fun of Leno, the economy and he even threatened the jonas brothers saying that he would send the predator drones after them if they made any wrong moves on his daughters. I think this is one of the best presidential speeches I have seen Obama do and probably one of the best presidential address I have seen at the press association dinner. You really have to see it for yourself, sorry for the low quality.

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