Jun 142016
 

Qatar convicts Dutch woman held ‘after being raped’

She got roofied, knocked unconscious, raped and then reported it… and then got convicted of having sex outside of marriage and has been fined $824. The only good part of the story is that she’s also being deported, which, under the circumstances,  is a definite bonus.

The article also points out that further hijinks like this are afoot in 2022, when Qatar hosts the Fifa World Cup. That’s apparently some sort of Gathering of the Juggalos-type get-together for a bunch of drunk British hooligans to come and watch some teams play a paint-dryingly-boring childrens game and riot.

 Posted by at 8:22 am
Jun 142016
 

WFTV sources: Arrest of alleged accomplice in mass shooting expected

Basically no data beyond the headline, so let the speculating commence!

All kinds of possibilities here. Low-end “accomplices” would be some schmoe who just helped him carry stuff, or did straw purchases, that sort of thing… knew they were doing something illegal, but weren’t really “in” on what the plan was. Maybe it was the gun store owner, arrested as a political showpiece. Maybe it was the imam who might have helped radicalize him. Maybe it was his current wife (?) who may have known the plan. Speculation free-fire zone!

 Posted by at 8:05 am
Jun 132016
 

Orlando Shooter Was Reportedly a Regular at Pulse and Had a Profile on Gay Dating App

So, the attack was carried out by an ISIS-loving gay Muslim extremist. Expect that this added wrinkle will only make some people more certain that American right-wing Republicans (especially Christians) are to blame. In fact, you can see that in some of the comments there.

This goofball could turn out to also have been a card-carrying member of the Communist Party and some people would *still* blame the Republicans…

 Posted by at 7:10 pm
Jun 092016
 

New ISIS ‘Kill’ List Claims To Target Thousands Of Americans

In their latest effort to convince people that they are representatives of a peaceful and rational ideological system, an Islamic State “hacking group” issued a list of 8,318 people it wants to kill, 7,848 of whom are Americans. Apparently a whole lot of these people are just regular schmoes. But the list isn’t given, so you can’t look up your own name and decide whether to:

  1. Wet yourself in fear that you’re on it
  2. Feel offended that you’re not.
 Posted by at 12:37 am
Jun 042016
 

Who knew?

Spoon-bending workshop, widely ridiculed online, pulled by university

Behold:

After a healthy dose of online ridicule, the University of Alberta has cancelled a workshop at which doctors were supposed to learn to bend spoons.

With their minds.

Oy.

It’s good that the university eventually cancelled this rubbish, but it’s sad that the “class” got beyond the initial “laughing-at-and-roundfiling” stage.

 Posted by at 5:03 pm
May 292016
 

Or maybe it did, in some “ironic hipster” sort of way? Hmmm…

Iraqi migrant who bought a T-shirt saying ‘I’m Muslim, don’t panic’ is hospitalised by three Islamic asylum seekers who thought he was insulting their religion 

Happened in Berlin. Two of the attackers were caught… a Syrian and a Lebanese. Make of it what you will. I’m sure some will read this news item and conclude that the message is “Hmm. Trump sucks.” Which is true, but irrelevant.

Also unrelated, this bit of news from Saudi Arabia:

Man shoots doctor who helped deliver his baby ‘because he was a man’

Mmm-hmmm ayup. Seems reasonable.

 Posted by at 8:52 am
May 102016
 

Well, this should give the ancient aliens whackos something to go buggo about:

Teen Discovers Lost Maya City Using Ancient Star Maps

In short, a Canadian 15-year-old realized that the locations of known Mayan cities lined up well with the brightest stars in Mayan constellations. In proper scientific tradition, he used constellations to predict the location of an as-yet undiscovered Mayan city… and after examining satellite images, it appears that there really is a city or complex right there.

So it looks like the Mayans laid out their civilization based on star maps. If that meant building a labor-intensive structure hell and gone away from rivers and roads, expending vital resources and manpower in an effort to build pyramids in mountains, then so be it. While that’s an impressive commitment to cause, it is in the end pretty damned silly. I’ll note that the Mayan civilization vanished, swallowed by the jungle. Perhaps their strategy of basing their civic planning on superstition rather than logical use of resources might not have been so wise.

UPDATE:

Ooops. It’s looking like this is turning out to be hogwash. The “Mayan complex” looks to archeologists like an old corn field. The article linked above links to several experts who are less than thrilled that they are having to comment on what one of them refers to as “a terrible example of junk science.”

 Posted by at 9:30 am
May 012016
 

On the one hand:

Can you ram it? Your rights if someone blocks your driveway

In short… if someone trespasses on your property, not only is there basically nothing *you* can do about it, there’s almost nothing the police *will* do about it… because it’s not considered a crime.

But on the other hand…

Pensioner convicted after telling hijab-wearing mother: ‘British women don’t cover up’

If you simply *speak* in Britain, the cops will merrily fine you a reasonably substantial sum.

 Posted by at 10:02 am