Iron-Man style DIY effort has man grasping again
Plucky Chinese gent Sun Jifa showed the world exactly what persistence, and a rudimentary knowledge of welding and prosthetics, can do when it emerged this week that he built his own bionic hands after accidentally blowing the originals off.
The 51-year-old from Guanmashan, in the northern province of Jilin blew off his hands and lower arms when explosives he was fiddling in preparation for a blast fishing trip went off prematurely, according to the Daily Mail.
Unable to pay the local hospital an arm and a leg for a professionally made prosthesis, Sun was apparently forced to go it alone and set about fashioning his own from scrap metal over a period of eight years.
A rudimentary system of pulleys and wires inside the metal casing allows his bionic hands to grip and hold objects, although there is no information from the Daily Fail on exactly how he managed the herculean task of making the false limbs without any hands.
You couldn’t make it up!
Well, you could, but it wouldn’t be quite so hilarious.
By Tricia Forbes
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) –
A college student from Texas believes he is lucky to be alive after a terrible crash. He was texting and driving when his truck flew off of a cliff.
Chance Bothe’s truck plunged off of a bridge and into a ravine. One of the last things he typed indicated what almost happened to him.
He wrote, “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.”
Japan has taken robotics to the next level. Suidobashi Heavy Industry has developed a fully functional mecha robot named Kuratas that can shoot rockets and 6,000 bullets per minute.
The mecha unit was debuted at Wonder Fest 2012 in Tokyo. It is about 4 meters high, weighs 4,500 kg and cost about $1.4 million USD.
Kuratas can be controlled by stepping into the one-man cockpit or on a smartphone using a 3G connection.
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VT’s Northland Journal
Somali Muslims: tough crowd!
One of Somalia‘s most popular comedians, known for his parodies of Islamist militants, has been shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu.
Abdi Jeylani Marshale was reportedly killed shortly after leaving a local radio station where he worked as a drama producer and performer.
It is not known who carried out the murder but last year Marshale was threatened by the extremist group al-Shabaab, prompting him to go into hiding in neighbouring Somaliland for several days.
Witnesses told the BBC that Marshale was shot several times in the head and chest by two men armed with pistols. The gunmen have not been caught.
Michael S. Rozeff
Tanks rolling toward a Bahrain protester:
Which side was the U.S. on in Bahrain?
The U.S. picks its sides according to power plays that have nothing to do with the fanciful pap about freedom, democracy, morality, obligation, and duty provided for public consumption by its leaders and candidates running for office. The U.S. unswervingly supports a dangerous Israel that has submarines that can deliver nuclear missiles, while it condemns an Iran for even having enriched uranium allowable under solemn treaty provisions, an Iran that has no nuclear weapons and no policy of developing them. The U.S. aims drones against Taliban and al-Qaeda types in Pakistan while condemning their terrorism and assassination. Meanwhile, it assassinates American citizens and is comfortable with terrorist assassinations and bombings in Syria. The U.S. supports the integrity of the Israeli state but actively undermines the Libyan and Syrian states. All of this has everything to do with power, global hegemony, and empire—and nothing to do with principles.
In Bahrain, the U.S. was on the side of the Saudi tanks.
UPDATE. Although the original photo was labeled tanks, they looked to me like armored personnel carriers. One person informs me that this is the case and that they are the U.S. made M-113 model.
Sounds like a first-class reprobate!
From Russia Today.
An Oregon man is expected to spend a month in jail after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges related to his illegal use of…water. Gary Harrington was sentenced after being found guilty of illegally collecting water on his own rural property.
From the Daily Mail.
Seriously fucked-up, but not terribly surprising…
By Dan Newling
Even in a country that sees 44 murders a day, the case has left the public horrified.
A gang of robbers gunned down a father, raped and murdered his wife.
Then, in a final act of sickening brutality, they drowned the couple’s 12-year-old son in scalding bath water.
Amaro Viana was murdered to prevent him from identifying the three housebreakers who carried out the raid in suburban South Africa.
The gang included the family’s gardener and the son of a domestic servant.
It was claimed they were motivated by the way they had been treated by the Viana family.
Appearing in court yesterday, the gardener Patrick Radebe, 24, confessed to being part of the gang which broke into their home in October last year.
Vereeniging Regional Court heard that, after gaining access to the house in Walkerville, a suburb of Johannesburg, the gang lay in wait for Amaro’s engineer father Tony, 53, to arrive home.
When he walked through the front door, they attacked him with golf clubs and a machete-like knife known as a panga before tying him up and ordering him to tell them how to open the family safe.
When Mr Viana’s wife Geraldine, 43, and her son returned to the property, they too fell victim.
Mother and son were tied up in separate rooms.
Two of the men then raped Mrs Viana before both she and her husband were shot dead.
From The Seattle Times
A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches.
Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Friday the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called “goat man” is unaware of the dangers.
“My very first concern is the person doesn’t understand the risks,” Douglass said. “Who’s to say what could happen.”
Douglass said a man hiking Sunday along Ben Lomond peak in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, spotted the person dressed like a goat among a herd of realgoats. The person provided some blurry photographs to Douglass, who said they did not appear to have been altered.
From Russia Today. Talk about a gangland execution!
Hearing a knock on his door at 1:30 am, a perplexed Florida man answered the door to see what kind of unannounced visitors were outside. Holding a gun for security, 26-year old Andrew Scott was instantly shot dead by police after he opened the door.
It took the Lake County Police Department an hour and a half to realize they had killed an innocent man.
News sources have been reporting on Cro-Mags founder and bassist, Harley Flanagan, going on an inspired stabbing and biting melee in the VIP area of the Webster Hall during the CBGB Festival this past July 6. The 42-year old punk rocker, MMA enthusiast, and Krishna follower supposedly gained access to the VIP section of the venue with his CBGB pass that he was entitled to use thanks in part to a panel discussion he had been a part of the day prior.
All this PMA allegedly stems from his exclusion from performing with the Cro-Mags during this particular festival and to try and explain how this band has juggled lineups since its inception in 1981 would be far too long-winded for these digital pages. We can just assume that at this moment, Flanagan is probably not getting along with John Joseph and that only one version of the Cro-Mags is performing.
The two victims of Flanagan’s attack are William Berario who received a cut above his eye as well as bites on the face (Bath salts? Weed? Cannibalism du jour?) and current Cro-Mags bass player, Michael “The Gook” Couls. Coincidence? Hmmm…
Mohammed Shawabka throws his shoe at his political opponent Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad before pulling out a pistol. Link to this video
A Jordanian MP threw one of his shoes at a political opponent during a television debate before pulling a gun on him.
The incident occurred after the debate between MP Mohammad Shawabka and political activist Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad on the private satellite channel Jo Sat became heated, with the pair trading insults.
“You’re a Mossad agent,” said the activist, to which the MP replied: “You’re a big crook.”
Din Murad stood up and began shouting at the activist. The host, Mohammad Habashneh, who was sitting between them, urged his guests to “calm down”.
But the MP took off his right shoe and threw it before pulling out a silver pistol and pointing it at the activist.
The opponents left their seats and tussled with one another while the host tried to separate them.
The two men continued to struggle as the show ended and the credits ran.
From Yahoo! News.
An undeniable LOLocaust!
By Blake Sobczak
HAIFA, Israel – Fourteen women who survived the horrors of World War II paraded Thursday in an unusual pageant, vying for the honour of being crowned Israel’s first “Miss Holocaust Survivor.”
Billed by organizers as a celebration of life, the event also stirred controversy. In a country where millions have been touched by the Holocaust, many argued that judging aging women who had suffered so much on physical appearance was inappropriate, and even offensive.
“It sounds totally macabre to me,” said Colette Avital, chairwoman of Israel’s leading Holocaust survivors’ umbrella group. “I am in favour of enriching lives, but a one-time pageant masquerading (survivors) with beautiful clothes is not what is going to make their lives more meaningful.”
Pageant organizer Shimon Sabag rejected the criticism, saying the winners were chosen based on their personal stories of survival and rebuilding their lives after the war, and physical beauty was only a tiny part of the competition.
“They feel good together. They are having a good time and laughing in the rehearsals,” said Sabag, director of Yad Ezer L’Haver, or Helping Hand, which assists needy Holocaust survivors and organized the pageant.
“The fact that so many wanted to participate proves that it’s a good idea.”
Nearly 300 women from across Israel registered for the competition and contestants were whittled down to the 14 finalists who appeared Thursday.
The contest, part of Helping Hand’s annual “cultural” night, included a lavish dinner and music at a Haifa reception hall. Some 600 people attended, including two Cabinet ministers, Moshe Kahlon and Yossi Peled, himself a Holocaust survivor.
The women, ranging in age from 74 to 97, clearly enjoyed themselves. Wearing black dresses, earrings and necklaces, and sporting blue-and-white numbered sashes, they grinned and waved as they were introduced to the adoring audience. Music played as the contestants walked along a red carpet, introduced themselves and described their memories of World War II.
“I have the privilege to show the world that Hitler wanted to exterminate us and we are alive. We are also enjoying life. Thank God it’s that way,” said Esther Libber, a 74-year-old runner-up who fled her home in Poland as a child, hid in a forest and was rescued by a Polish woman. She said she lost her entire immediate family.
If you have ever doubted the truly satanic essence of the infamous Lady Gaga, then you need look no further than her new perfume, which is expected to debut this fall. According to the Boston Globe and various other sources, the new Gaga scent, known as “Fame,” was created using a sample of Gaga’s own blood, as well as semen from another unknown donor. The blend apparently also contains a highly-toxic plant extract that is known to kill humans.
It could all just be one big demonic publicity stunt to market the ugly black liquid packaged in an alien-like, egg-shaped bottle held by what appear to be slender claws. But several sources confirm that Gaga literally used her own DNA to create the scent, which included offering up a blood sample that was actually added to the fragrance batch. Where the alleged semen came from, though, is still unknown.
From the Atlantic Wire.
Personally, I find Kickstriker’s campaign parody fucking hilarious, not to mention potentially more effective than Jason Russell’s imperialist-enabling personality cult. Here’s an excerpt from the Kickstriker bid…
PLEDGE $50,000 OR MORE
3 BACKERS · Limited Reward (29 of 32 remaining)
If Kony is killed while resisting justice, donors at this level will receive one of his teeth to commemorate their role in ending his reign of terror. (Note: since it is not known how many teeth Joseph Kony has, rewards at this level are subject to availability.)
PLEDGE $1,000,000 OR MORE
0 BACKERS · Limited Reward (1 of 1 remaining)
Kony’s skull (minus teeth, subject to availability).
By Alexander Abad-Santos
If we’re going to give Invisible Children one thing, it’s that they’re earnest. Earnest enough to threaten a lawsuit against a bunch of NYU kids making a mockery of their brand of activism and earnest enough not to see the obvious joke here of how obtuse their own organization can be. The problem, as the producers of this year’s wildly popular KONY 2012 campaign see it, is that there’s a website out there riffing off of Kickstarter — the fundraising website for independent, sometimes twee projects — named Kickstriker which has Invisible Children in its sights (the site, doesn’t appear to be bothering Kickstarter yet). Which is why they’ve threatened the site with a cease and desist warning. “It has come to our attention that you are causing public confusion through your use of Invisible Children’s copyrighted and trademarked property on http://www.kickstriker.com. This impermissible use is a blatant and egregious infringement of Invisible Children’s valuable copyright and trademark rights,” read a letter Invisible Children sent last week and acquired by Wired’s Danger Room blog. “[F]ailure to cease and desist your unlawful use of Invisible Children’s intellectual property will result in legal action.”
“The purpose of our website, Kickstriker.com (henceforth ‘Kickstriker’), is to critique a number of institutions, including Invisible Children, through the use of political satire, Kickstriker’s Mehan Jayasuriya, James Borda and Josh Begley (graduate students at NYU and students of Internet professor Clay Shirky) responded in a letter picked up by Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman who’s been following the site since its creation. “As such, while Kickstriker makes use of the trademarked terms ‘Invisible Children’ and ‘KONY 2012,’ these uses are protected under the doctrine of fair use, which allows for such uses for the purposes of criticism and commentary.”
If you look at the actual Kickstriker site, it’s pretty obvious that it’s a parody as a $1 million donation can get you a toothless Joseph Kony’s skull. But belabored responses have become an M.O. of sorts for Invisible Children, though most ended in overwrought videos and not in legal action.
RANCHI: The forest department may have failed to trace a tiger in Bundu forest, around 35 km from here, but Maoists have not only found the animal but one of them has even become its victim.
The rebel reached so close to the tiger that he fell prey to it. This was confirmed by self-styled Maoist zonal commander Kundan Pahan in his letter to the fellow comrades.