SURVEY of the day:
A substantial number of Palestinians think suicide bombing is justified, a poll by the PEW Research Center published this week found. The survey, that polled Muslims in 21 countries worldwide, found that 40 percent of Palestinians believe that attacks against civilians in defense of Islam can be often or sometimes justified.
…Twenty-nine percent of Egyptians supported suicide bombings, and 15% of Jordanians. In Turkey, 15% view these attacks as a legitimate means to defending Islam against its enemies. In Afghanistan, where suicide bombings against Western targets occur frequently, 39% believed it is a justified means of resistance.
The findings indicate that 89% of Palestinians think homosexuality is immoral, think women must always “obey” their husband and favor the imposition of Sharia Law into their society. A smaller amount (45%) believe honor killing is sometimes justifiable. - JPost
Figures for other religions have not been obtained…
STAR Wars: the 1970s French disco dance-off between Darth Vader and C3PO:
PRIMARK, the highly profitable budget fashion retailer owned by Associated British Foods, has vowed to compensate loved ones of the 350 people killed when the Savar clothing factory collapsed in Dhaka,Bangladesh. Primark said it “accepts all its responsibilities in this disaster”.
Back on February 21, Retail Week reported on Primark. When the horse meat scandal topped the news cycle, Primark’s Katherine Kirk, Primark’s ethical trading director spoke:
“I agree with the principle of sharing information, which we do through the Better Work Programme, but the issue with other programmes and audits, as we’ve lived and learned, is that if a supplier has paid for an audit it might not have as much detail as one we are paying for ourselves.”
Primark, which previously suffered exposés on alleged poor working practices in its supply chain, has dramatically stepped up monitoring of its suppliers since 2009 when it appointed Kirk. She has built up a team of 30 staff working on ethical trade in Bangladesh, China, India and Turkey. They carry out factory audits of all suppliers before Primark places an order.
Using its own team gives Primark faith in assessments and allows it to immediately tackle any problems.
IN 1977. Vogue magazine hooked onto the Star Wars craze with a feature called THE FORCE OF FUR: Vogue fashion spread from 1977. Jerry Hall, Darth Vader, C3PO, Stormtroopers and Jawas real;sied that with fur comes intergalactic harmony.
In the first picture, Hall is wearing a Wookie:
STONERS are idiots aren’t they? Hur-hurring away at anything, holed-up with multipacks of crisps and saying stupid things like ‘I really understand bass’.
Well, one such berk from Florida has been arrested for misusing the 911 emergency service line, after attempting to order junk food and drugs.
AS summer looms, so the tabloids press f9 on the keyboard and turn to the unresolved story of Madeleine McCann. On page 35, the Sun reports on the missing child’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann’s visit to the ITV’s Daybreak sofa.
In “McCANNS BAN KIDS’ SLEEPOVER – Maddie parents’ fears”, the Sun reports:
MADELEINE McCann’s parents have revealed how they haven’t changed their missing girl’s bedroom – nearly six years after she was abducted. Her mother Kate said she seeks comfort at her village church in Rothley, Leicestershire – and in their daughter’s room.
And so the story stagnates.
Says Kate McCann:
“Sometimes people ask me if there will ever come a time when I change that room and it’s difficult because in your head that indicates moving on and I’m not there.”
Neither are the tabloids.
And now mum Kate, speaking ahead of the sixth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance on Friday, has admitted she hardly lets twins Sean and Amelie out of sight. Kate said: “They haven’t had any sleepovers with friends and I know that goes on a lot.
And so to Friday.
Sky News: “Madeleine McCann’s Parents ‘Closer’ To Truth”
Madeleine McCann’s parents say a police review into their daughter’s disappearance is making “excellent progress” as they mark the sixth anniversary since she went missing.
In an interview with Sky News, Kate and Gerry McCann asked the public to remain vigilant about possible sightings and talked about adapting to life without Madeleine…
“With the review the Met have been doing over the last two years I think we are closer to finding out what happened,” Gerry McCann said.
“But for Kate and I until we find Madeleine or the person responsible then we’re still miles away.”
The couple thanked the public for their “tremendous support”, and urged people travelling abroad to keep vigilant about possible sightings of Madeleine.
“Someone knows – not just the people involved in the crime. Other people will know as well, or will be strongly suspicious,” said Kate.
Her husband added: “The key message is – if someone thinks they’ve seen Madeleine, contact police straight away.”
Daily Record: “McCann family to mark six year anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance with low-key ceremony”
THE couple will read prayers and poems while remembering Madeleine at a service in the centre of Rothley. Earlier this week Kate and Gerry vowed to continue their search for her.
Can you be low-key and trail the service in the tabloids?
Today marks the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann… The little girl was snatched from her holiday apartment as her parents dined at a tapas restaurant with friends nearby.
Madeleine’s parents have refused to give up hope that they might find their daughter as they prepare to mark the sixth anniversary of her disappearance…
“Probably the last couple of years it’s been a new normality,” said Mr McCann. “We have adapted to our situation. There isn’t so much intrusion and we’re not in the public eye very much so those pressures have disappeared. The thing for Kate and I was always about having a proper search and turning over every stone and we feel like that is being done.”
And on it goes…
NEW York illiberal censorious fat-hating mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted a second slice of pizza at Collegno’s Pizzeria, Brooklyn, reports the Daily Currant spoof news site.The owner, Antonio Benito, he couldn’t.
The exchange reportedly went like this:
Bloomberg: “Hey, could I get another pepperoni over here?”
COLIN Darch was once captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia. He spent 47 days as a hostage. Held at gun point, the pirates extorted £437,000 for the release of Mr Darch and his crew of five. He wanted to tell the Women’s Institute about it. They wanted to listen. WI treasurer Steph George heard that Mr Darch was to talk about piracy. So. She and 14 fellow WI members dressed up as pirates. She tells the BBC:
“I unfortunately thought it would be a good idea to dress up as pirates. Mr Darch came in and said he had been held hostage by Somali pirates. It was embarrassing, but he was such a great chap and he wasn’t offended.”
Mr Darch adds:
“”There were nine pirates, all armed, with another 20 to 25 who kept coming and going. They were a bit nonplussed, but it didn’t bother me. They had all made an effort. Most of them seemed to be wearing false moustaches and funny hats, it looked like a rehearsal for Pirates of Penzance… One lady even had a parrot on her shoulder, but it was actually a fluffy chick.
MARK Bridger allegedly killed five-year-old April Jones. Police have released photos of the inside of his home near Machnylleth, in mid-Wales. They cottage is at Mount Pleasant, Ceinws. Police believe this is where April Jones died. The jury visited the home with judge Mr Justice Griffith-Williams. Who’d be juror? It’s a grim job. Mr Bridger, 47, denies abducting and murdering April Jones and then perverting the course of justice by destroying or concealing her body.
HOW do you seek inspiration to write? A cigarette? A drink. Something a little less legal? What about masturbation? Gustave Flaubert caught syphilis in Constantinople. Prostitutes were once a passion. Could anything else do?
Flaubert renounced masturbation in 1844, when he was 22, but apparently the ban didn’t last long. Four years later, while struggling with the novel The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Flaubert wrote to a close friend, “There are moments when my head bursts with the bloody pains I’m taking over this. Out of sheer frustration I jerked off yesterday, feeling the same bleakness that drove me to masturbate at school, when I sat in detention.” If Flaubert was driven to masturbation by boredom and despair, Balzac used it to further intensify his coffee-fueled writing binges. According to a 2010 Harper’s article (subscription required), the novelist would “masturbate to the very edge of orgasm, but not over, and that state—agitated, excited to the point of near madness—was Balzac’s sweet spot, in terms of composing. ” …
Other writers took the exact opposite point of view. John Cheever, for instance, placed a high value on the salutary effects of erotic release. He thought that his constitution required at least “two or three orgasms a week,” and he believed that sexual stimulation improved his concentration and even his eyesight: “With a stiff prick I can read the small print in prayer books but with a limp prick I can barely read newspaper headlines.”
I AGREE that global warming is a real problem, that it’s one we might want to do something about as well. But that doesn’t stop people from taking the arguments in favour of doing something a little too far. Like this recent bill introduced into the US Congress. Apparently we should fight global warming because more women will become prostitutes:
A group of American politicians has introduced a resolution into Congress saying that climate change (among many other bad things it does) forces women into prostitution, and that as a result the USA should use “gender sensitive frameworks” in battling the scourge of global warming.
Whereas women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change …
… insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health …
Well, in March 2013, the Mirror reported that Mr Roache and Hall are co-directors of Ridings Publishing. It publishes such titles as The Lancashire & North West magazine and The Yorkshire Ridings magazine.
MARGARET Thatcher refuses to jump. In 1995, Swedish host Stina Lundberg Dabrowski asked Maggie to jump. Margaret Thatcher said no.
Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Ed Miliband all reply in one voice: “How high do you want us? And when can we come down?”
“IF only childbirth were that easy! Vintage mommy-to-be doll has spring-loaded baby and belly that is INSTANTLY flat afterwards,” reports Margo Peppers for the Daily Mail.
Good to see the Mail supporting single mums. ‘Judith’ Barbie is, of course, unmarried. And Ken, has no penis. The 1992 baby was a result of Barbie’s lesbian relationship with Sindy. The sperm was harvested from one of these swine. (Any similarities to Victoria Beckham are entirely coincidental.)
LOCAL news special. Meet Bharat and Sheela Gandhi of South Norwood, London. Says Mr Gandhi:
“The behaviour by the council person was inexcusable and even dangerous as he left our property vulnerable and without any reason… It would have taken a lot of force to break the gate. There is a bell for people to ring, which he did not.”
The Gandhis, who run the local Neighbourhood Watch, installed a CCTV camera at their property. It recorded a Croydon council worker breaking their gate. The “bin officer” was calling to talk about recycling. He could not navigate beyond the gate. Eventually, he broke it, unhooking the gate from its hinges.
TWO seatbelt stories to consider. The first is set in Canada, where Steven Simonar, 55, from Saskatoon, is upset about the $175 ticket issued by police for not wearing a seatbelt. Mr Sakatoon has no arms. This , he says, makes fastening the belt tricky when driving alone.
Simonar says the police told him:
“He became very ignorant, and said, ‘Well if he can’t put his seatbelt on maybe he shouldn’t be driving.’ That’s what really made me mad…
“It never dawned on me I’d get a ticket, because I’ve been stopped numerous times and I’ve never had an issue. You just have to look once to figure it out… I’ll go to jail over this - I am not paying that ticket.”
THE Day My Kid Went Punk was a 1987 abc Afterschool Special. It posed the question:
“What do you do when your bright, loveable, talent kid turns into a punker overnight?”
Hide your eyeliner?
On with the Punksploitation:
BILL Roache MBE has been accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967. Roache, 81, is best known for playing Ken Barlow in Coronation Street. Police arrested him at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, as part of Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree, the investigation into historic sex crimes.
As yet, only showbiz names and connections with that world have been arrested as part of the trawl triggered by the revelations about Sir Jimmy Savile. No politicians, journalists, peers, medics, lawyers, sportsmen or military men have been arrested. Which seems odd, no?
“Paedophilia is absolutely horrendous. Paedophiles should be sought out, rooted out and dealt with.
“But there’s a fringe of people who, particularly pop singers, they have these groupies. These girls who come, they’re sexually active, sexually mature. They don’t ask for their birth certificate, they don’t know what age they may be.
“But they’re certainly not grooming them and exploiting them, but they can be caught in this trap.
“Whether they’re proven guilty or not, we should not be judgmental about anybody, ever. We should always be totally forgiving about everything.”
‘There’s been a pendulum swing after the Jimmy Savile situation. All I am saying is that if you’re accused you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty but if you’re a celebrity you’re pilloried. There should be anonymity for both the accuser and the accusee until such time as there is evidence and then it should come out.”
Roache: “If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won’t happen to you.”
Interviewer Garth Bray: “To some people that sounds perhaps like you’re saying victims bring things on themselves – is that what you’re saying?”
Roache: “No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever.”
It wasn’t me. It wasn’t me in a previous life, either…
NO. The teenager was not pregnant already. Her mother, an American divorcee living in the UK with three adopted children, forced her oldest child, a 14-year-old, into pregnancy. Mother wanted a fourth child but the agencies refused her application. In all, the mother used donated sperm in syringes to impregnate the daughter 7 times. When the girl was 17, in 2011 she gave birth to a boy.
High Court judge Peter Jackson branded the mother “wicked and selfish”.
The teenager told the court:
“If I do this … maybe she will love me more. My mum is a very determined person and she does her best not to let anything get in her way if she wants it.”
The horror came to light when nurses at the maternity hospital noticed unusual behaviour between mother and daughter. The mother told her daughter that she must not breastfeed, warning her:
“We don’t want any of that attachment thing.”
The mother has been jailed for five-years. The chidlren are in foster care.
The donor sperm came from Denmark-based company, Cryos International. It says:
We will continue to ensure a wide selection of sperm donors of all races and ethnicities, and ensuring the highest level of service which has always been the hallmark of Cryos. Furthermore, we will continue to carry out safe deposit for patients and ensure a selection of the sperm related clinical products and finally maintain and develop our professional knowledge and know-how in the field. In this way we ensure ourselves a place in the community that we are a part of.
The Cryos’ policy to support scientific research and development related to sperm and male infertility. Each year provided significant contributions to experimental and research. Over the years, these contributions helped to develop the company and the service provided, in a scientific collaboration of mutual interest.
Cryos’ license does not regulate what can be delivered to whom, so we can deliver all kinds of tested semen to anybody – both anonymous and non-anonymous semen.
Donors are screened. But are the customers?
Purchase and Reservation step by step:
As long as you have not finished item 10, the order has not been completed. You can therefore do excersise as much as you want without consequences.
Please observe that orders not proceede according to item 10 will be deleted 20 minuttes.
1. Click the menu or the bottom Donor Search. You can now browse through the donor list. You can search for specific characteristics or qualities. You can sort the donors by clicking the top bar in each column – for instance Race or Hair colour.
2. Donors with Extended Profile: click the icon in order to see the extended profile, staff impression, voice or baby-photos of the donor. In order to open these files (pdf) you need Adope Acrobat Reader.
3. If you wish to se which qualities (IUI/ICI or MOT) we have in stock from a donor – and the prices, you can click the line for the specific donor (mouse over – line turn into grey).
4. Write the wanted quantity of units (straws) on each line in the squares Delivery and/or Reservation – click the basked. You can order delivery and reservation in the same order. The sum of your purchase/reservation is shown in the frame in the top of the screen.
5. If you want to check if a donor has reached the pregnancy quota in your country you can see this in the lower left corner of the screen under “Check pregnancy quota?”. Write your own country in Patient country and your clinic’s country in Clinic country. If the quota is reached it will immediately be shown.
6. Check the details in your order. You can cancel any line in case of mistakes and you can go back by using the blue/white arrows.
7. Choose a shipping method (Delivery) and/or a storage period (Reservation). Click the arrow to the right in order to go to next page.
8. New Clients: Write a username and a password of your own choice. You can use any alpha-numeric sign between 8-15 characters. Write your e-mail address. Click the square “I accept Terms of Agreement” (mandatory in order to continue). Click Create Client.
Existing Clients: Write your username and password and clic Login. If you have forgotten your username and password, please write your email and click “Send Password”. An email will automatically be sent to you with your username and your password.
9. Fill in your name and address under Invoice address. If the semen shall be delivered to another address – for instance a fertility clinic, fill in the Delivery address. If delivery should go to the Invoice address or in case of pick up at Cryos, click the square “Same as Invoice address”. Read more about delivery to private customers in the link below. Click [Submit order].
10. For private clients only: Select your payment method (Dankort, Visa, MasterCard or JCB) and fill in the payment site with your card number, expiry date and control numbers (3 numbers on the back side of your card).
When the order has been sent to us a confirmation of the receipt will be sent by email. Within 2 working days we will send you an order confirmation.
There is no suggestion that the sperm company knew anything of the crime. But should the industry ask more questions?
IS this the greatest anti-gun advert? States United to Prevent Gun Violence has message:
GUNS HAVE CHANGED.
SHOULDN’T OUR GUN LAWS?
That’s a great slogan and advert, isn’t it?
DO you read the Wall Street Journal, the business and economic newspaper? Well, no matter if you don’t. The paper ‘s entire output has been distilled into one headline that appeared on August 29, 2013.
You cannot be too rich! Phew!
BAD Drawings of Dicks heads to Godalming, Surrey, where butcher Simon Thornton has spotted the large penis cut into the cement behind his shop. Mr Thornton, who is local councillor, had invested £3,500 to cover the three parking spaces. The cement was wet when the artist struck. Says the butcher:
“I was happy with how it was all looking and locked up and went home for the night. But when I came back the next morning I was faced with the image. It is huge. I can’t really afford to have it all re-done so I have done my best to scrub it out and make sure I place my car carefully over it every day. I told PCSO Dan Burrel about it but no more action has been taken. I don’t think it was a personal attack, just mindless vandalism.”
THE State of Texas executed Richard Cobb, 29. THe murderer was put to death in Huntsville, Texas. After he was injected with a lethal dose, he lifted his head and said:
“Wow! That is great. That is awesome! Thank you, warden! Thank you (expletive) warden!”