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Title: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on November 15, 2013, 10:49:27
Some of the news we read really falls under one category: The WTF News

Can anyone say anything else after reading this:

LINK (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Woman+hurt+typing+fake+profiles+sexy+women+dating+site+suit+alleges/9149128/story.html)

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Woman hurt typing fake profiles of sexy women for dating site, $20M suit alleges (http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Woman+hurt+typing+fake+profiles+sexy+women+dating+site+suit+alleges/9149128/story.html)

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press 

TORONTO - A dating website for married people who want to cheat on their spouses is being sued by a former employee who says she damaged her wrists typing up hundreds of fake profiles of sexy women.


Doriana Silva is seeking $20 million from Ashley Madison for what she calls the company's "unjust enrichment" at her expense, plus another $1 million in punitive and general damages.

In her statement of claim, Silva — a Brazilian immigrant living in Toronto — says she was hired to help launch a Portuguese-language version of the site and promised a starting salary of $34,000 plus benefits.

She was soon asked to create 1,000 "fake female profiles" meant to lure men to the new Brazilian Ashley Madison site — and given only three weeks to complete the work, the document alleges.

"The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website," it reads.

"They do not belong to any genuine members of Ashley Madison — or any real human beings at all."

The allegations have not been proven in court and Ashley Madison has yet to file a statement of defence.

The company, which describes itself as a dating service for married people, did not respond to requests for comment.

In her claim, Silva says she didn't question her assignment, and no one at the company suggested there was anything "unlawful or improper" about the alleged phoney profiles.

In fact, she was led to believe "that doing so was some sort of a normal business practice in the industry," it says.

Had she been aware of the "ethical and legal issues arising in relation to online fraud," Silva would have turned down the work, she alleges in the document.

Creating the profiles "required an enormous amount of keyboarding" and Silva developed severe pain in her wrists and forearms, the claim says.

She alleges company brass ignored her complaints and her request for a wrist rest.

The pain soon made it impossible for Silva to do her job and she has been unable to work since 2011, the document reads, adding she "remains seriously disabled in many if not all aspects of her life."

In her claim, Silva says the company has refused to grant her workers' compensation or insurance despite an earlier agreement she would be covered, and the costs of physiotherapy and other treatments are adding up.

"Doriana's injuries are permanent and her prognosis is uncertain," the document says.

The suit was filed last year but stalled while the company petitioned the court to strike references to "ethics" and "unethical practices" from the statement of claim.

But a Superior Court judge found the references necessary to describe "the factual context in which the injuries were sustained," a decision that was upheld on appeal this month.

Silva's lawyer, Paul Dollak, said while compensation for personal injuries is usually calculated based on how much that person has suffered, his client is instead seeking a share of the money earned through the profiles she created.

On its website, Ashley Madison says it does not pre-screen members and can't "guarantee the authenticity of any profile," warning that "anyone who is able to commit identity theft can also falsify a dating profile."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Remius on November 15, 2013, 11:09:27
Interesting.  I bet she gets more than a VA lump sum...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on November 22, 2013, 14:25:15
 :facepalm: Jaws finally ate more than he can chew...literally.

Yahoo News (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/newfoundlanders-save-shark-choking-moose-190810472.html)

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Newfoundlanders save shark choking on moose


By Lindsay Jolivet | Daily Buzz – 23 hours ago.

A Greenland shark with a distinctly Canadian appetite chomped more moose than he could swallow this weekend.

Derrick Chaulk in Norris Arm North, Nfld., saw the 2.5-metre long, toothy fish struggling on shore as he passed the local harbour, according to CBC. Being a good marine neighbour, he stopped to help the creature and saw that it was choking on a hunk of furry moose meat about two feet long.

Another man, Jeremy Ball, gripped the piece of meat and heaved until it came loose from the shark's mouth, according to the CBC.
Together they pushed it back into the water using a rope. About 30 minutes later, the animals swam away, according to the story. The men told CBC hunters often throw pieces of moose meat into the water after butchering an animal.



The Greenland shark typically lives in the North Atlantic waters near Greenland and Iceland, according to Discovery, and CBC reports they are not a common sight off the coast of Newfoundland. This species of shark mostly eats fish, but it won't turn down a chunk of meat when one is available — Discovery lists horses, bears and a reindeer among food Greenland sharks have eaten before.

In 2011, the blog Not Exactly Rocket Science by Ed Yong covered a video showing an animal that's designed to leave sharks choking on their food. When a shark bites a hagfish, the slippery creature oozes buckets of slime that gag the predator and send it swimming away.

This unfortunate moose accomplished that task with no slime required.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Kat Stevens on November 22, 2013, 14:40:03
Only in Newfoundland can you push a fish with a rope.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on November 22, 2013, 14:53:06
Only in Newfoundland can you push a fish with a rope.

Didn't catch that...............awesome......
Title: Re: The WTF News Files - Movember called racist, sexist
Post by: George Wallace on November 26, 2013, 20:53:59
Ralph Hadad of McGill University is protesting Movember as being racist and sexist.

Pete Bombaci, National Director of Movember Canada, responds to the McGill University student who called Movember 'racist, sexist':   http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/2870565844001

Title: Re: The WTF News Files - Movember called racist, sexist
Post by: ArmyVern on November 26, 2013, 21:06:34
Ralph Hadad of McGill University is protesting Movember as being racist and sexist.
...

Why? Girls like me participate too. I donate and I also refrain from all shaving and waxing for the entire month.  Seems pretty fair to me.   ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files - Movember called racist, sexist
Post by: cupper on November 26, 2013, 21:55:04
I also refrain from all shaving and waxing for the entire month.  Seems pretty fair to me.   ;D

Is that in response to hubby not shaving as well?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files - Movember called racist, sexist
Post by: ArmyVern on November 26, 2013, 22:49:30
Is that in response to hubby not shaving as well?

Nope; I'm just willing to do my part for the team too.   ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Remius on November 27, 2013, 12:03:24
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/11/26/passengers-drunken-air-rage-foiled-by-police-hockey-team-sharing-same-flight/

Not sure if it should go here but it gave me a good chuckle...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on November 27, 2013, 12:10:54
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/11/26/passengers-drunken-air-rage-foiled-by-police-hockey-team-sharing-same-flight/

Not sure if it should go here but it gave me a good chuckle...

even if it doesn't belong here some of the assinine comments do.... WTF? ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on November 27, 2013, 14:05:59
That's not a WTF File - that's more of a  Nelsonian "HA HA".

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Remius on November 27, 2013, 14:28:29
That's not a WTF File - that's more of a  Nelsonian "HA HA".

MM

This next story counts as both.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/11/26/windsors-phallus-obsessed-bushwacker-strikes-again-guerrilla-gardener-writes-penis-with-shrubs/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on November 29, 2013, 19:03:28
UPDATE


LINK (http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/25/movember-declared-sexist-racist-transphobic-at-canadas-sorry-imitation-of-harvard/)

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Movember declared ‘sexist, racist, transphobic’ at Canada’s sorry imitation of Harvard
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Eric Owens
Education Editor, The DAILY CALLER
10:25 AM 11/25/2013

The health and education editor of the student newspaper at one of Canada’s most prestigious universities has advised the world that Movember — the month-long pledge by men to grow hair above the upper lip to support men’s health awareness —  is “sexist, racist, transphobic, and misinformed.”

In his 1,120-word essay in The McGill Daily, Ralph Haddad calls “the idea of suggesting that men show solidarity with each other by growing moustaches” to raise awareness about prostate cancer and other issues “completely absurd.”

“Moustache” is the over-lettered Canadian spelling of the word mustache, by the way. And McGill is generally ranked with the University of Toronto as among the best universities in the world.

Haddad’s complaints about Movember are many. To begin with, he says, the concept discriminates against transgender people by linking masculinity “to secondary male characteristics, including having a prostate” and the ability to grow facial hair.

“To be completely clear, you don’t have to be a man to have a prostate, and you don’t have to have a prostate to be a man,” Haddad proclaims.

The English and cultural studies major argues that Movember “implies an archaic view of gender that implies that only a male/female gender binary exists, and that you aren’t really a man if you don’t necessarily identify with that binary.”

He asks: “How are people who do not identify with that binary and have a prostate supposed to partake in this cause?”

Haddad claims Movember is also racist because black males are “twice as likely to develop” prostate cancer than white males yet most people celebrating Movember are white. Somehow, this is apparently racist.

Movember is also sexist, according to Haddad. After lamenting a bunch of unlinked, unembedded tweets which allegedly chastise women for wanting to grow leg and pubic hair to celebrate either Movember or No-Shave November (a competing thing, apparently), Haddad charges that the act of not shaving some hair “has been twisted into a misogynistic tool by its own users.

Finally, Haddad aggressively claims that “campaigns like Movember help perpetuate” micro-aggressions–which he defines as “interactions between people of different races, genders, sexualities, and cultures that represent small acts of non-physical violence.”

“Do some basic research, educate yourself on the issue, and think twice before growing a moustache this, or any other, November,” Haddad implores.

Follow Eric on Twitter and on Facebook, and send education-related story tips to erico@dailycaller.com

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/25/movember-declared-sexist-racist-transphobic-at-canadas-sorry-imitation-of-harvard/#ixzz2m4vmoi71


Makes you wonder how some people have been able to progress successfully through the Education System on to Institutions of Higher Learning.



Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on November 29, 2013, 19:23:32
Agreed George


"some people are too stupid to get on in life"

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, England.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ArmyVern on November 30, 2013, 07:32:15
I just ******* love it when men decide I should be offended by something men are doing.   ::)

I can guarantee you that MOVEMBER does not offend this girl in the slightest; this guy needs to pull up his big girl panties.  ID 10 T.  ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on November 30, 2013, 16:13:13
Dude seem to be a little too anally fixated.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Robert0288 on December 01, 2013, 08:53:54
Must have been a slow news day.  Every news channel had this running on repeat all night long.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/canine-crowned-world-s-ugliest-dog-in-2007-dies-1.1568326
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Canine crowned world's ugliest dog in 2007 dies

 SEWELL, N.J. -- A New Jersey canine that was crowned the world's ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children's book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.

His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.

Elwood was dark colored and hairless - save for a puff of white fur resembling a Mohawk on his head. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda, or E.T., for his resemblance to those famous science-fiction characters.  Elwood won his crown at the annual ugly dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California a year after he had finished second.

Quigley had rescued Elwood in 2005, when he was about nine months old.

"The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to sell," Quigley has said.

After garnering the ugly dog title, Elwood became an online darling and developed a worldwide fan base. During his life, he appeared at more than 200 events that helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for animal rescue groups and nonprofit animal organizations.

Inspired by her pet, Quigley wrote "Everyone Loves Elwood," a popular children's book that promoted a message that it's OK to be different. Quigley said the book shares lessons of love, compassion and perseverance and encourages readers to be kind to animals.

"He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good. It was wonderful," Quigley said Saturday. "He will truly be missed."
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Title: 2,000 mice dropped on Guam by parachute...to kill snakes
Post by: S.M.A. on December 03, 2013, 16:38:55
This isn't what you may think at reading the headline, read the article.

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Two thousand mice dropped on Guam by parachute — to kill snakes


They floated down from the sky Sunday — 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam.


But the rodent commandos didn't know they were on a mission: to help eradicate the brown tree snake, an invasive species that has caused millions of dollars in wildlife and commercial losses since it arrived a few decades ago.

That's because they were dead. And pumped full of painkillers.


(...)


NBC news (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/02/21724382-two-thousand-mice-dropped-on-guam-by-parachute-to-kill-snakes?lite)


Title: Woman, 58, to give birth to own granddaughter
Post by: S.M.A. on January 11, 2014, 21:20:44
From Agence-France-Presse: (http://news.yahoo.com/woman-birth-own-granddaughter-us-002707934.html)

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Woman to give birth to own granddaughter in US

 LOS ANGELES - A 58-year-old Utah woman is expecting a baby she is carrying for her daughter, with plans to give birth to her own granddaughter, reports said Friday.

Julia Navarro, a Peruvian who lives in the western US state, agreed to be implanted with one of her daughter Lorena McKinnon's fertilized eggs after the 32-year-old had a string of miscarriages.

"As a family, we have to help each other," Navarro, who is expecting to give birth to the baby in early February, told The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.

Navarro, a nurse's aide, had to undergo tests to ensure she was physically fit to give birth. She had been menopausal for about 12 years but gave herself hormone shots every day for three months to prepare for being implanted.

She and her daughter also had to sign contracts about parental rights and take three months of state-ordered counseling.


"The psychologists wanted to make sure we knew what we were getting into -- that we were mentally prepared," said McKinnon. "Mostly, surrogacy contracts are with people you don't know.

"It was weird to have a contract with my mom."

Doctors gave her only a 45 percent chance of an egg being successfully implanted. But it worked the first time, and the pregnancy has gone smoothly, with no morning sickness, cravings or discomfort.

McKinnon read up on pregnancy tips.

"I told her to drink more water... not to eat peas -- I had heard they were bad -- and not to cross her legs because it might hurt her circulation," McKinnon said of her mother.

But Navarro reminded her that she had given birth to two daughters, and "knew how to do it, thank you very much."

"It's worked out better than I ever expected... I didn't want to get my hopes up, but we haven't had any complications," said the baby's father Micah McKinnon.

"I'm pretty happy about it," he said.

The McKinnons said they would like more children, after the soon-to-be birth of their first baby from eggs fertilized in vitro.

"We still have five embryos left," said Lorena McKinnon.
 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on January 13, 2014, 22:59:25
It seems to me that this would not be the first time a grandparent carried a grandchild to term for the biological mother.

I vaguely remember hearing about a similar situation several years ago.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: daftandbarmy on January 14, 2014, 01:14:40
It seems to me that this would not be the first time a grandparent carried a grandchild to term for the biological mother.

I vaguely remember hearing about a similar situation several years ago.

Must have been a family with connections to the Roslyn Hotel in Edmonton  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on January 14, 2014, 01:22:24
Must have been a family with connections to the Roslyn Hotel in Edmonton  ;D
whoa   flashbacks      :stars:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on January 14, 2014, 08:32:17
Man shot dead in Florida movie theatre in texting spat (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/man-shot-dead-in-florida-movie-theatre-in-texting-spat-1.2495418)

Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man and allegedly injuring a woman during an argument over cellphone use at a Florida theatre.

Two couples had been watching Lone Survivor at The Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, when 71-year-old Curtis Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting, said Pasco County Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin.

That argument led to the shooting. Oulson and his wife, Nichole, were taken to a Tampa-area hospital where he later died. His wife's injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

More at link

You know, I can almost see the guy's point of view.  I pay to see a movie and not to be distracted by the bright screen and/or noises of someone's cellphone.

We went to see the Headstones in Kingston in December and the kids in front of us kept taking pictures.  Pictures of the bands were one thing, but the "selfies" kept bathing us in the bright light of the flash.  I finally said something to the effect of "Enough with the effing cellphones" and it stopped.  Unfortunately, we left the concert at intermission because the sound was terrible.   >:(
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on January 14, 2014, 09:08:19
And I had visions of fields and fields of carrot tops, row by row, awaiting plucking from the ground and packaged for me......

The truth behind baby carrots
By Sky McCarthy January 07, 2014 FoxNews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/01/07/truth-behind-baby-carrots/?intcmp=obnetwork (http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/01/07/truth-behind-baby-carrots/?intcmp=obnetwork)

Baby carrots have become a lunch box staple. Parents love them for their convenience and because they’re seen as a healthy food choice. Kids love them because they’re sweet and fun to eat.

But what’s the real deal behind baby carrots?

After all, they’re not like regular carrots. They’re perfectly shaped with rounded edges; they don’t have the same thick core; and, even peeled, they’re bright orange. And a quick Google search of baby carrots turns up some frightening information on how they’re made and whether they’re really “soaked in chlorine.”  What’s up with that?

We decided to dig up the truth on baby carrots, and here’s what we found.

Most baby carrots sold in U.S. supermarkets are really what the industry calls “baby cuts” – made from longer carrots that have been peeled and cut into a smaller size. These carrots have been specifically bred to be smaller in diameter, coreless and sweeter than regular carrots.

Bob Borda, a spokesman for Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest carrot grower (it handles 10 million pounds every day), says that over the years the company has developed a hybrid that combines the best qualities from over 250 known commercial varieties.

“Naturally, you breed carrots to get the sweetest flavor and crunch,” he told FoxNews.com.

But baby carrots didn’t start out that way.  Prior to the mid-1980s, broken and misshaped carrots were discarded, leaving some farmers with as little as 30 percent of their crop to take to stores. Tired of throwing away perfectly good food, California carrot farmer Mike Yurosek took the carrots and used a potato peeler to reshape them into small pieces more suitable for quick munching. Yurosek purchased an industrial green bean cutter to quickly whittle the carrots into the familiar 2-inch portions we still see today — and their popularity took off.
more on link
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on January 14, 2014, 10:05:33
The truth is that these carrots are taken from their mothers in infancy and then kept in appalling conditions - without light and fed only milk.  Then they're thrown into a peeling machine - so they can be shaped into our society's sick and depraved vision of what a vegetable should look like.  Then they are slaughtered without mercy for our eating "enjoyment."  Where's the justice!

As the Arrogant Worms said, "carrot juice constitutes murder."

http://artists.letssingit.com/arrogant-worms-lyrics-carrot-juice-is-murder-sdnfw88#axzz2qNhTHKbl
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Teflon on January 14, 2014, 11:21:59
The truth is that these carrots are taken from their mothers in infancy and then kept in appalling conditions - without light and fed only milk.  Then they're thrown into a peeling machine - so they can be shaped into our society's sick and depraved vision of what a vegetable should look like.  Then they are slaughtered without mercy for our eating "enjoyment."  Where's the justice!

As the Arrogant Worms said, "carrot juice constitutes murder."

http://artists.letssingit.com/arrogant-worms-lyrics-carrot-juice-is-murder-sdnfw88#axzz2qNhTHKbl

DOES PAM ANDERSON KNOW ABOUT THIS!!?? We better let her know so she can campaign against this horrible injustice!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on January 14, 2014, 21:05:32
At night I can hear the screams of the vegetables.

 :panic:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on January 15, 2014, 05:45:44
DOES PAM ANDERSON KNOW ABOUT THIS!!?? We better let her know so she can campaign against this horrible injustice!

Are you kidding?  She doesn't care about carrots because they're not cute and cuddly.  I bet she has a coat made from their skins.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Brandonfw on January 15, 2014, 10:34:24
Are you kidding?  She doesn't care about carrots because they're not cute and cuddly.  I bet she has a coat made from their skins.

BAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on January 15, 2014, 10:49:42
I doubt Pamela Anderson cares about baby carrots; from what I've seen, I figure she prefers much bigger....carrots.   >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on January 15, 2014, 10:56:39
I doubt Pamela Anderson cares about baby carrots; from what I've seen, I figure she prefers much bigger....carrots.   >:D

Infected with Hep C.  :-X
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Brandonfw on January 15, 2014, 16:34:31
Infected with Hep C.  :-X

How would YOU know ;)  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: NFLD Sapper on January 15, 2014, 16:39:31
Infected with Hep C.  :-X

 :boke:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on January 15, 2014, 18:47:39
How would YOU know ;)  ;D

Since it happened waaaaaaay back in 2002, I'm sure you were still playing with Matchbox cars.   ;)

She says (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126240) it's from sharing a tattoo needle with Tommy Lee.

It's rare to get Hep C from sexual contact (unlike Hep B), however it has "been detected with greater-than-average frequency among people who have a history of sexual promiscuity -- which can be defined as a history of a sexually transmitted disease, sex with a prostitute, more than five sexual partners per year, or a combination of these."    Which would pretty much describe her and/or her assorted ex-husbands. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Brandonfw on January 15, 2014, 19:04:10
Since it happened waaaaaaay back in 2002, I'm sure you were still playing with Matchbox cars.   ;)

She says (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=126240) it's from sharing a tattoo needle with Tommy Lee.

It's rare to get Hep C from sexual contact (unlike Hep B), however it has "been detected with greater-than-average frequency among people who have a history of sexual promiscuity -- which can be defined as a history of a sexually transmitted disease, sex with a prostitute, more than five sexual partners per year, or a combination of these."    Which would pretty much describe her and/or her assorted ex-husbands.

Hey now, I was only 12 back then... At least I am at the prime of my age right now  ;) hehe
But I did not know that... Guess I do learn something new every day haha
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on January 21, 2014, 11:34:58
This comes only months after a Veteran was maltreated in a Gatineau hospital because he did not speak French.  Isolated incidents like this are really sad and do more harm than good when they become headline news:

Woman kicked out of Quebec hospital for speaking English.  (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/featured/straight-talk-and-hard-news/868018287001/woman-kicked-out-of-quebec-hospital-for-speaking-english/3081833903001)


It really makes you question WTF is going through peoples minds.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on January 21, 2014, 12:31:45
I think everybody knows my view on these things: There are stupid people out there and nothing can save us from them.

However, I have a strange feeling there is more to it here and there may be  a "revenge" factor at play for something that had nothing to do with language.

I note that the event allegedly occurred at the Verdun Hospital, and they also refer to another incident that would have occurred some time early after the PQ election at the Jewish General. This , as they say, does not compute. Verdun is a French/English district with almost a 50/50 split and the Hospital is staffed with bilingual personnel. The nurse may have flown "off-the-handle" because of verbal abuse of sort by this couple and they decided to transform it into a language matter. Similarly, I can't possibly see a problem with the English language at the Jewish General: It is an English hospital, part of the English network of institutions, that also caters to French - oh! and non-Jewish people too of course.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Bzzliteyr on January 21, 2014, 21:54:46
Similarly, I can't possibly see a problem with the English language at the Jewish General: It is an English hospital, part of the English network of institutions, that also caters to French - oh! and non-Jewish people too of course.

Yup, my dad died there and the extent of his french abilities (being an immigrant from England since 1956) was "Honi soit qui mal y asbestos".  I'm not sure where and when he made that up but it cracked me up everytime he'd use it.  They are a super hospital with great, patient staff. Nurses are some of the most patient people in the world, so to manage to piss some off enough to get the boot.. there are probably other reasons than what the complaint is about.
Title: Cinema shooter claims self-defence after being hit by popcorn
Post by: S.M.A. on January 24, 2014, 01:45:20
Man shot dead in Florida movie theatre in texting spat (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/man-shot-dead-in-florida-movie-theatre-in-texting-spat-1.2495418)

You know, I can almost see the guy's point of view.  I pay to see a movie and not to be distracted by the bright screen and/or noises of someone's cellphone.

We went to see the Headstones in Kingston in December and the kids in front of us kept taking pictures.  Pictures of the bands were one thing, but the "selfies" kept bathing us in the bright light of the flash.  I finally said something to the effect of "Enough with the effing cellphones" and it stopped.  Unfortunately, we left the concert at intermission because the sound was terrible.   >:(


An update on our cinema shooter:


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Cinema shooter claims self-defence after being hit by popcorn
 
January 15, 2014

Miami: A retired police captain who killed a man after an argument over texting in a US cinema told detectives that he feared he was under attack when the victim hit him in the face with an unknown object, police records show.

The object witnesses saw was popcorn.


On Tuesday, a Florida judge denied bond for Curtis J Reeves Jr, 71, who was charged with second-degree murder in a case that is likely to revolve around Florida's much-debated "stand-your-ground" self-defence laws. Mr Reeves faces life in prison if convicted.

.......

Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/world/cinema-shooter-claims-selfdefence-after-being-hit-by-popcorn-20140115-hv8mi.html)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on January 24, 2014, 20:38:25
He's lucky that the guy didn't hit him with the jumbo bag of gummies.  :facepalm:
Title: Hong Kong tycoon offers $65 million to any man who'll marry lesbian daughter
Post by: S.M.A. on January 29, 2014, 01:21:12
 :pop: Can't wait to watch the movie on this wacky story...

From TIME.com (http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/01/23/tycoon-upsets-gay-daughter-by-offering-120-million-dowry-to-any-man-who-marries-her/)

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Tycoon Upsets Gay Daughter By Offering $120 Million to Any Man Who Marries Her

Dad refuses to stop embarrassing his daughter even though she's been in a nine-year relationship with her girlfriend

(...)





From the Associated Press (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/hong-kong-lesbian-sends-open-letter-tycoon-dad-043923951.html)

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HONG KONG - The daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon whose offer of a massive dowry inspired a movie wrote an open letter on Wednesday asking him to accept who she is after he reportedly raised the price.

Cecil Chao made world headlines in 2012 when he tried to find a man who could successfully woo his daughter, Gigi Chao, away from her partner by offering offered 500 million Hong Kong dollars ($65 million), an offer that a Malaysian newspaper who interviewed him last week said he has doubled.

In a letter to her father published Wednesday by two Hong Kong newspapers, Gigi Chao said she knows it's "difficult for you to understand, let alone accept" how she could be romantically attracted to a woman.

The tycoon made his offer after he learned his daughter had eloped with her partner, Sean Eav, to France, where they had a church blessing in Paris. While Hong Kong decriminalized homosexuality in 1991, it does not legally recognize same-sex marriage.

Gigi Chao, 34, added that "it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being." She confirmed to the AP that she wrote the letter.

She added, "I will always forgive you for thinking the way you do, because I know you think you are acting in my best interests."

Sacha Baron Cohen, the actor behind "Borat," is reportedly working on a movie inspired by the tycoon's proposal, according to Hollywood trade publications.

(...)


The South China Morning Post, one of the papers that published the letter, reported last week that since her father went public with his offer, she has received "strange" phone calls from would-be suitors, and that most open by saying, "I want to be a billionaire!"

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on February 07, 2014, 18:19:39
 :facepalm:

From the National Post:

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‘That is f—ed up’: Vancouver Police hunting man who paid strangers to be kicked in the groin in ‘disturbing’ video

Tristin Hopper | February 7, 2014 2:46 PM ET
More from Tristin Hopper | @TristinHopper


VANCOUVER — Vancouver Police are on the lookout for a belligerent downtown bar goer who was apparently videotaped in the act of paying strangers to be kicked in the groin.

“The video is very disturbing. We have referred the incident to an investigative team for review,” Vancouver Police spokesman Randy Fincham wrote in an email to Postmedia.


Reportedly captured on Sunday at 3 a.m., the video — which was posted to YouTube before being quickly removed — shows a man offering an undisclosed cash sum to an intoxicated stranger in exchange for kicking the man squarely in the groin.


As the video opens, the stranger — clad in a gold vest and long black jacket — is seen to be bracing for the kick, which is to be delivered by a large man with close-cropped hair. As the assailant runs in to administer the blow however, the stranger automatically flinches, causing the large man to berate him with expletives. In fact, for the entire one minute, forty second video, the large man will communicate almost exclusively using the f-word.

The stranger then apologizes and once again adopts an exposed-groin stance in preparation for a second kick. “Do you want the money?” screams the large man, to which the stranger thrice replies “I do.” However, despite himself, he flinches again at the second kick.


At that point, an unknown bystander clad in a red tuque then steps in to collect the prize himself. “I’ll do it,” he says, and with perfect posture, spreads his legs to accept the blow. “But not too hard, though.”

(...)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on February 07, 2014, 20:16:02
That's just a tease. Don't post this crap if the video is not available. Sheesh :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on February 07, 2014, 20:48:25
That's just a tease. Don't post this crap if the video is not available. Sheesh :facepalm:

It is up on the CBC Website.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/video-shows-2-apparent-panhandlers-kicked-in-groin-for-cash-1.2525856

The big dude needs to cut back on the alcohol 'cause it threw his aim all to hell.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on February 18, 2014, 17:30:06
Sign of bad things to come.

LINK (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2014/02/20140218-075041.html)

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Another day, another reason to end human rights commissions (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2014/02/20140218-075041.html)

EZRA LEVANT | QMI AGENCY
7:50 am, February 18th, 2014

Engineers wear an iron ring on their pinky finger. It's a tradition that began in 1925 to commemorate a terrible engineering disaster.

The massive Quebec Bridge across the Saint Lawrence River collapsed - twice. Once in 1907. And again in 1916. The same bridge.

Eighty-eight people were killed.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry ruled "the failure cannot be attributed directly to any cause other than errors in judgment on the part of... two engineers."

That disaster led to an overhaul in the credentialing of engineers. In Canada, it's now illegal to call yourself an engineer without passing difficult exams, and being subject to the oversight of engineering associations. It's similar to the requirements to call yourself a doctor.

But to Ladislav Mihaly, those rules are just too tough.

Mihaly was born in Czechoslovakia (as it was then known) and immigrated to Canada. He claimed he had two master's degrees from the former Czechoslovakia and worked there as a professional engineer for 25 years. In 1999, he applied to become an Alberta engineer and, like all would-be engineers, was asked to take a test administered by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

He failed.

So he applied to write the exam again, nine months later. This time, he didn't even bother to show up.

Some three years later, Mihaly phoned APEGA and told them he was a really, really good engineer, and asked to be exempted. They invited him to take the test again. And again he failed.

He started doing weird things. In August of 2006, Mihaley wrote an e-mail to APEGA with the subject line, "Do you want to trade." He said he would rewrite Alberta's Fire Safety Codes for free - and if he did a good job, maybe they'd let him be an engineer without taking the test.

APEGA said no. Aren't you glad they did? Don't you wish they had been around when the Quebec Bridge was being built?

So on Aug. 5, 2008, almost 10 years after first applying to write the exam, Mihaly sued.

He didn't appeal to an APEGA review panel. He didn't appeal to a real court. He had no case. And he had no money.

So he did what you'd expect a ne'er-do-well to do: he complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, who were thrilled to have a new customer.

Mihaly is not a minority. He's a middle-aged white male from Europe. The exam he kept failing was an engineering exam - about as non-subjective as possible. In fact, almost a quarter of Alberta engineers today are immigrants. They all passed the exam. Mihaly just wanted special treatment.

But human rights commissions aren't called kangaroo courts for nothing. And for the next five years, they ran with Mihaly's case with a vengeance. He didn't even have to hire a lawyer; taxpayers paid for the whole thing.

And earlier this month, the tribunal ruled in Mihaly's favour.

In the Feb. 6 decision, they ruled that it was discrimination to hold foreign-born "engineers" to Canada's professional standards.

They ordered APEGA to pay Mihaly $10,000 in cash. And they ordered APEGA to contact Mihaly's schools back in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, to find out if in fact Mihaly was a good engineer. Not by testing him. But by talking to the schools over there, decades after Mihaly left.

They had to do more, too. They had to convene a panel of foreign-born Alberta engineers to help Mihaly. They had to find him a mentor. They had to help him find networking parties to go to. All this for a man who confessed at the hearing that he was a layabout. He was unemployed for three years and had worked for five years in low-paying jobs that required only a high-school education. He tried running a bakery which failed.

This is a disgrace. But it's not a surprise. It's a human rights commission, not a real court. But it has legal effect. It sets a precedent. Get ready for third-world doctors who fail our exams to cite it to force their way into our hospitals too.


APEGA will appeal. And they will eventually win. But Canada's obsolete grievance-mongering industry will continue to chug along until we rip out these human rights tribunals by the root.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on February 18, 2014, 17:42:36
Next up, medicine. I can't wait until all those foreign trained "doctors" have their day in court.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on February 18, 2014, 18:03:42
First reports in Edmonton Journal on the Alberta Human Rights Commission ruling on foreign Engineers.

Sign of bad things to come.

LINK (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Simons+Alberta+Human+Rights+tribunal+finds+APEGA+treatment+foreign+trained+engineers+discriminatory/9510639/story.html)

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Simons: Alberta Human Rights tribunal finds APEGA’s treatment of foreign-trained engineers discriminatory (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Simons+Alberta+Human+Rights+tribunal+finds+APEGA+treatment+foreign+trained+engineers+discriminatory/9510639/story.html)

By Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal February 14, 2014

EDMONTON - Coming to Canada is challenging for any immigrant. But it can be especially frustrating for educated professionals, who find their qualifications aren’t recognized here. The lucky and dedicated navigate the intimidating maze of upgrading programs and exams to find work in their fields. Others end up bitter, in low-paying, menial jobs. We, in turn, lose their skills and expertise.

That’s what makes a new ruling from Alberta’s Human Rights tribunal so provocative.

Last week, the tribunal ruled in favour of Ladislav Mihaly — and against the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, APEGA.

Mihaly first applied to APEGA for accreditation in 1999. APEGA determined his two master’s degrees, one from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and one from the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology were not equivalent to a bachelor’s degree here.

They told Mihaly he had to write three technical equivalency exams before he could be licensed here. He was also required to take the National Professional Practice Exam, a test on Canadian law and professional ethics, which all new engineers, including Canadian grads, must take.

Mihaly took the latter exam three times — and failed each time. He refused to take any of the technical tests. Since engineers from other European Union countries, such as France or Ireland aren’t require to write them, he argued he, a former resident of a EU member state, shouldn’t have to either.

Mihaly filed a discrimination complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Last Thursday, the tribunal found in his favour. Chairman Moosa Jiwaji ruled that APEGA’s “one-size-fits-all” approach was too inflexible. He found APEGA relied on out-dated, second-hand information to evaluate foreign universities. He ordered APEGA to pay Mihaly $10,000, provide him a personal mentor, and strike a committee of internationally educated engineers to re-evaluate Mihaly’s personal academic record.

“Many Eastern European(s) and immigrants from Africa and Asia to Canada do experience disadvantage and discrimination in the workforce because of language, culture, and racial prejudice,” Jiwaji wrote.

“While I understand that the imposition of policies to ensure competency and safety in professional fields may be necessary, the nature of certain policies imposed by APEGA on immigrants such as Mr. Mihaly with foreign credentials, appear too restrictive, and categorize immigrants, not based on individual assessment, but rather on country from which qualifications were received.”

APEGA is appealing to the Court of Queen’s Bench. APEGA registrar Carol Moen says they’ll also apply for a stay of Jiwaji’s order.

“We feel very strongly that we should be able to use a consistent and proven approach to evaluating credentials,” she says.

APEGA receives about 9,000 applications for new membership each year. In 2012, 35 per cent came from internationally educated graduates. The largest number, 15 per cent, came from India, with another 13 per cent from China.

APEGA says about 60 per cent of applicants trained abroad are registered without issue. Their credentials are approved by a board of examiners, about a third of whom are international graduates themselves. Examiners have discretion to waive some exams, if candidates have sufficient professional experience.

“It’s very fair,” says Moen.

Certainly, it’s vitally important that APEGA maintain high and consistent professional regulated standards for its members, in the name of public safety. APEGA definitely makes it easier for people from countries such as France, Japan, and New Zealand, to become accredited engineers than others, but that’s largely because of national reciprocal treaties. It might look unfair to an outsider, but it’s hardly ethnic discrimination.

And Mihaly’s refusal to take the APEGA equivalency exams makes him look more than a little inflexible himself. If wounded pride kept him from jumping through the regulatory hoops, that’s not APEGA’s fault.

Yet Jiwaji’s ruling raises critical issues. APEGA doesn’t make it simple for people, especially those who aren’t fluent in English, to navigate its impersonal accreditation bureaucracy.

Moen says APEGA recently hired someone to work directly with internationally trained applicants, which is probably long overdue. But Jiwaji’s suggestion that APEGA exercise more individual discretion in evaluating foreign credentials seems reasonable, too.

The ideal system would maintain high, consistent standards while treating each applicant on his or her own merits. It’s a terrible waste of potential, when we don’t help skilled immigrants to contribute their best abilities to our economy.

But was Ladislav Mihaly really the victim of discrimination? Or did the human rights tribunal overreach, in telling a self-regulating profession how to licence its members? Tough questions — now for the Court of Queen’s Bench to ponder.

psimons@edmontonjournal.com

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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on February 18, 2014, 19:00:03
If he wants to be a professional engineer here and can't pass the Canadian Practice Exam, something expected of anyone here, where is the racial discrimination?  There isn't any - everyone has to do it.  It hasn't worked with physicians and surgeons, why would it be any different with engineers, dentists, lawyers?  Heck, even Canadians that go to medical school abroad and want to come back to practice have to go through the same shyte and abuse as any other foreign medical grad and compete for residency positions like anyone else...it's not racial discrimination, it's discrimination based on standards of practices and training.

 :2c:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on February 18, 2014, 20:01:32
If he wants to be a professional engineer here and can't pass the Canadian Practice Exam, something expected of anyone here, where is the racial discrimination?  There isn't any - everyone has to do it.  It hasn't worked with physicians and surgeons, why would it be any different with engineers, dentists, lawyers?  Heck, even Canadians that go to medical school abroad and want to come back to practice have to go through the same shyte and abuse as any other foreign medical grad and compete for residency positions like anyone else...it's not racial discrimination, it's discrimination based on standards of practices and training.

 :2c:

That is the just of the matter.  Are the various Human Rights Tribunals across the land in fact turning us into a "Third World Country" by allowing such trivial complaints find fruition in allowing someone who does not meet the standards set by our various professional bodies and society to have their perceived 'discrimination', not their failure to meet a standard, overturned?  Will this now open the doors to a vast number of future Legal actions to be initiated against these "Failures" who have used to Human Rights Tribunals to gain a professional standing in Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, etc.?   Perhaps they have already done this in the Legal field, where we find many employed as members on the boards of the Human Rights Tribunals and we can see the results of all future tribunals following their precedence and prejudices. 

Sad.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Strike on February 18, 2014, 22:07:42
Heck, even Canadians that go to medical school abroad and want to come back to practice have to go through the same shyte and abuse as any other foreign medical grad and compete for residency positions like anyone else...it's not racial discrimination, it's discrimination based on standards of practices and training.

 :2c:

Heck, let's not even talk about the hoops people in the medical field have to jump just to qualify to work in another province.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on February 18, 2014, 22:33:04
Having written the Professional Practice Exam myself, someone who has attempted and failed 3 times to pass it really should not be considered suitable for acceptance as a P.Eng.

If language was the cause for failure, then obviously the person is going to have a very difficult time working with colleagues and clients.

The author points out that people from some countries get "better treatment" because of international agreements between signature nations. The Washington Accord allows for recognition of accredited programs between jurisdictions, however a lot of time and effort has gone into assessing programs to ensure that they are equivalent to those in the other nations. You can be sure that if someone presents a diploma and transcripts from an Engineering School or Institution accredited under the Washington Accord is equivalent to one in Canada, the US or other signatory country.

As for language, cultural and racial discrimination, race does not effect your ability as an engineer. Cultural issues may make the work environment difficult, but again does not effect one's ability as an engineer. But as I stated above, language is a big deal when you are working in a team environment, and are trying to explain the reasons you decided to use this design methodology over another and can't get the points across. Or trying to write a specification on the requirements for a critical fabrication to be incorporated into a structure.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on February 18, 2014, 22:51:38
Heck, let's not even talk about the hoops people in the medical field have to jump just to qualify to work in another province.

Off-topic, but if a military medical professional gets posted between provinces, does s/he have to take provincial equivalency exams?  I remember that in some postings, nurses and doctors sometimes work in a nearby civ hospital as well.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Strike on February 18, 2014, 23:09:28
Off-topic, but if a military medical professional gets posted between provinces, does s/he have to take provincial equivalency exams?  I remember that in some postings, nurses and doctors sometimes work in a nearby civ hospital as well.

From what I got from a family member who moved from ON to NS, it's more of a background/certification process.

So, does that mean that people who don't want to go through the (sometimes crazy long and extremely precise) work to get certified in another province can put in a discrimination complaint because they don't want to go through the hassle?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on February 19, 2014, 01:32:16
Off-topic, but if a military medical professional gets posted between provinces, does s/he have to take provincial equivalency exams?  I remember that in some postings, nurses and doctors sometimes work in a nearby civ hospital as well.

At least for medicine, if you have a license in one province, you can USUALLY apply to, and of course pay, the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons for licensure, limited or otherwise...Quebec has a lot of other rules to get licensed there, which makes it difficult for CF docs that get posted there to moonlight.

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on February 19, 2014, 09:42:54
Off-topic, but if a military medical professional gets posted between provinces, does s/he have to take provincial equivalency exams?  I remember that in some postings, nurses and doctors sometimes work in a nearby civ hospital as well.

Further to what's been written above, an MO, NO or PharmO posted from one province to another will only need to obtain a new provincial registration if they wish to work outside of the military milieu. The requirement to practice solely in the military context is that they be registered with any provincial college, not necessarily the one that governs the province in which they currently reside.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on February 19, 2014, 21:54:35
And from Alabama:

Quote
House fire sparked by family cleaning up toilet paper thrown in trees

Posted on: 9:41 pm, January 21, 2014, by Andrew Lynch

DORA, Ala. — After neighborhood kids had rolled a tree in the Crausewell family’s yard in toilet paper last Saturday, Cheryl Crausewell and her son tackled the task of cleaning up the mess on Monday. FOX affiliate WBRC reports that with some toilet paper still left in a magnolia tree, they tried to use a lighter to get rid of it.

But that decision sparked a nightmare for the family when the home they had lived in for the past 12 years went up in flames. The piece of toilet paper they had set on fire was blown into the yard by a gust of wind.

Soon after the grass was on fire. The fire spread to the backyard where it picked up fuel from a grill’s propane tank. By that time, the family was in full evacuation mode.

“You’re just doing what you have to do to get everybody out,” Crausewell told WBRC.

Crausewell, her son, her mother, her aunt and her aunt’s caregiver were all able to safely evacuate. The home was declared a total loss, but the family plans to rebuild on the same property with the aid of homeowner’s insurance.

Crausewell told WBRC that she’s been the recipient of an outpouring of support from her family, church and has received a visit from the mayor of Dora. She said the experience put everything in perspective.

“It just brings it home how precious life is and all these things really don’t matter,” she told WBRC.

More  here (http://fox4kc.com/2014/01/21/house-fire-sparked-by-family-cleaning-up-toilet-paper-thrown-in-trees/), including video.

Oh, BTW, in the video I think you can see the tree in the background, still standing.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Altair on February 19, 2014, 23:09:35
http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=294469

Cpl bloggins made the news.
Title: Man at airport provokes panic by declaring he has bomb in his rectum
Post by: S.M.A. on March 21, 2014, 14:02:07
 :o A rectal bomb?

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Man Detained at Airport After Announcing 'I Have a Bomb In My A**

According to the South China Morning Post, a periodical I like to read regularly, a man was arrested and placed in detention for five days after announcing he had a bomb hidden in his rectum while going through a security checkpoint at Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport on Monday.

According to a report, the passenger was in a hurry to catch a flight and displayed visible signs of anxiety while making numerous complaints about the slow moving security line. Upon arriving at the security screening, the man was asked to remove his shoes. Apparently that was the last straw and he asked the security official the following provocative question: “Do I need to drop my pants as well? I have a bomb in my a**."

The security official then reportedly asked the man what must have been the English equivalent of "Come again?" And according to the report, the weary traveler repeated that he was in possession of bomb and confirmed its location. At that point, a security alert was activated, the checkpoint was shut down and passengers were evacuated for their own safety.

More @ Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/19/Man-Detained-at-Airport-After-Announcing-I-Have-a-Bomb-In-My-A)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on March 26, 2014, 11:21:10
Quote
(Liverpool, U.K.) Council to ban people from eating fish and chips with their fingers

Council killjoys want to ban chip shop punters from eating with their fingers.

Chiefs at Liverpool City Council came up with the bonkers idea, which has been slammed as "health and safety gone mad" by locals.

But Nick Small, Liverpool council's enterprise chief said the move was intended to tackle city centre littering.

He told the Liverpool Sunday Echo: "We don’t want people buying chips, eating them outside and  then dropping their litter.”

The new rules will apply to city centre businesses with outdoor seating areas - known as pavement cafes.

Any new business bidding for a pavement cafe licence will now be ordered to serve food on plates with cutlery, rather than in paper bags or polystyrene trays.

The move will mainly affect fast food outlets, chippies, kebab houses and takeaways.

Cllr Small said: “We can see the benefits of pavement cafes being there, we just want them to up their standards.

“For any new business with a pavement cafe, we are going to make sure they give out plates and cutlery.”

Asked whether existing businesses will have to follow this new rule, Cllr Small said: “We can’t go back and review licences we have already issued, but we would like all businesses with pavement cafes to start issuing plates and cutlery voluntarily." ....
More here (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/liverpool-council-ban-people-eating-3274950)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on March 26, 2014, 11:23:53
More here (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/liverpool-council-ban-people-eating-3274950)

 :facepalm:
Nanny state on drugs.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 08, 2014, 13:14:48
From yesterday's Daily Sun newspaper front page published where I am at present in Africa.  Shared under provisions of Sec 29 of the copyright act. 

My wife spotted the headline and lost her composure...  of course, I HAD to buy a copy of the paper. 

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CHICKEN RAPIST PAYS DAMAGES!
- Furious owner: He looked happy... he was enjoying himself

by Alex Nkosi

When the 17-year old boy took a long time to pluck the chickens, Dimakatso went to find out what was happening.
What she saw has put her off chicken for the rest of her life.
THE BOY WAS POKING ONE OF THE DEAD CHICKENS!

Dimakatso Marolota (23), from Mahwelereng, near Mokopane, Limpopo said she had asked the teenager to slaughter and clean the chickens for her.  "He had the chicken in his lap and was busy raping it from behind while plucking it", she said.  "He looked happy.  It was obvious he was enjoying himself." 

Dimakatso then checked the other chicken and found that it had also been violated.  "The boy confessed to me that chickens turn him on,  I have never seen something like this before.  I have heard that people rape animals  but I didn't  believe it.  What I saw made me sick." 

Meanwhile, Dimakatso has lost her appetite for chicken.  "His actions have put me off for some time.", she said.  Dimakatso said the boy had plucked chickens for her before.  "I don't even want to think what he did to them.  He is sick and needs help."

She spoke to the boy's parents and they paid R90 in damages.  The  boy's 19-year old sister said it was fair to give Dimakatso the cash to buy two more chickens.  "My brother is naughty and we were not surprised that he did that.", she told the Daily Sun.  She said they cooked the two chickens and had a lovely dinner.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on April 08, 2014, 13:51:12
From yesterday's Daily Sun newspaper front page published where I am at present in Africa.  Shared under provisions of Sec 29 of the copyright act. 

My wife spotted the headline and lost her composure...  of course, I HAD to buy a copy of the paper.

I had to stifle the laughter that was about to erupt in the hospital would have been somewhat inappropriate. Wait til I get to the truck.....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on April 08, 2014, 14:10:57
I hear one of our Infantry Regiments is actively recruiting him.


What?  You knew someone was going to say it.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GR66 on April 08, 2014, 14:16:11
I hear one of our Infantry Regiments is actively recruiting him.


What?  You knew someone was going to say it.

56 minutes from the original post...actually took longer than I expected! 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on April 08, 2014, 14:18:17
Ya KNOW that had to be front page!
(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsweb.co.za%2Fpoliticsweb%2Fmedia_stream%2Fpoliticsweb%2F1%2F586931%2Fimages%2FDailySunApril72014.png&hash=ae6410509661fb4f15c1e5964c08d1e2)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on April 08, 2014, 14:25:41
56 minutes from the original post...actually took longer than I expected!

I know many of us thought that as well.  Perhaps there is some truth to old myths from days served in Indja.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on April 08, 2014, 14:36:35
Ironically it is a South African paper to, didn't the whole thing start because of an alleged incident back when a certain Regiment was serving there during the Boer War? 8)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Old Sweat on April 08, 2014, 14:50:19
Ironically it is a South African paper to, didn't the whole thing start because of an alleged incident back when a certain Regiment was serving there during the Boer War? 8)

A private from D Coy was court-martialled for stealing a chicken. This led LCol Otter to berate the battalion, calling them a bunch of chicken stealers. When I describe this, I add that he was half right.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on April 08, 2014, 16:36:41
A private from D Coy was court-martialled for stealing a chicken. This led LCol Otter to berate the battalion, calling them a bunch of chicken stealers. When I describe this, I add that he was half right.
THIS is the military history our kids should be learning!  >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 09, 2014, 03:20:56
Ya KNOW that had to be front page!
(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsweb.co.za%2Fpoliticsweb%2Fmedia_stream%2Fpoliticsweb%2F1%2F586931%2Fimages%2FDailySunApril72014.png&hash=ae6410509661fb4f15c1e5964c08d1e2)

The young lady above the "interesting" headline is also a good story.  She's taken over Granny's, "medical" practice with the snakes.  Apparently she conducts her affairs in the buff at times.  (why is our medical system soooo boring?) 

Thanks, Tony, for bringing up the front page like that. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on April 09, 2014, 08:12:11
Thanks, Tony, for bringing up the front page like that.
Once you brought up the headline, finding the picture was easy - thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 10, 2014, 07:44:45
How could you not share?  It's too good to waste.  There was another chicken story a day or so later.  No sex, though...  but I am finding the African papers very entertaining to say the least.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on April 10, 2014, 12:00:44
Both Uganda and Kenya have some entertaining ones especially if there's a "gay" scandal. PC they are not.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on May 31, 2014, 11:30:49
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TWO PEOPLE DIE FETCHING CELLPHONE FROM SEPTIC TANK IN CHINA

A man and his mother died trying to retrieve a new cellphone from a toilet septic tank in China, Agence France-Presse reports.

The man's wife had dropped the new phone in an open-pit toilet in the central Chinese village of Xinxiang.

When the husband jumped in to get it, he was overcome by the fumes and passed out.

His mother went in after him, but also lost consciousness.



Finally, the woman, her father and two neighbours went in to rescue the pair.

Other villagers used ropes to retrieve the six people, but the man who went in first and his mother didn't survive. 

SUN News (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2014/05/20140530-095510.html)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Ram2014 on May 31, 2014, 19:29:42
A One Direction fanatic was killed yesterday by her father after buying a VIP concert ticket. Gracelyn, or Grace, was found dead inside the bathroom by her little brother. When the police arrived, the victim’s father was sitting on the corner of the victim’s bedroom with a knife on his hand and his shirt full of blood.
According to the initial investigation, the money that was used in buying the ticket was her tuition fee as the victim is an upcoming 3rd year college. The father worked hard in saving twenty thousand pesos for studies.
The father is now facing a murder charge.

Read more at http://www.pinoydailyjournals.com/entertainment/filipina-one-direction-fan-bought-vip-ticket-killed-by-her-father.html#wLRERi0upwJtUCo3.99

This is a half satire though. There are students begging their parents to blow money worth tuition fee for one semester
Title: PETA activist pours BBQ sauce on nude self at Vancouver protest
Post by: S.M.A. on June 01, 2014, 12:45:36
I'd like to see her try this nude plate stunt in Revelstoke BC where there's more bears about...  ;D

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Nearly naked PETA activist covered with BBQ sauce in Vancouver
CBC – Fri, 30 May, 2014

Amy Balcome, an almost naked PETA activist, was drizzled with barbecue sauce on a giant plate in downtown Vancouver Friday, asking people to "Try to Relate to Who is on Your Plate."

Balcome, 28, lay silently on the plate, emblazoned with the campaign slogan, alongside a salad and cutlery to scale, on the corner of West Georgia and Granville streets.

The registered holistic nutritionist joined PETA's international grassroots campaigns department in 2011 and volunteered for the street demonstration after seeing animals slaughtered in a video.

"I stopped eating meat, dairy and eggs. Getting the facts out to people and encouraging them to try vegan dining is the best way to save billions of animals from being abused and killed for food," said Balcome in a statement.

(...EDITED)

 


From CBC via Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/nearly-naked-peta-activist-covered-bbq-sauce-vancouver-002936866.html)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on June 01, 2014, 14:04:30
Just love some of the comments:

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Joey

See what happens when you don't eat meat, You become stupid

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A Yahoo User

vegans should stop eating the animals food!


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on June 29, 2014, 10:17:54
Only in Canada, eh!: The WTF News

What can you say after reading this, other than to sit and shake your head in amazement that we let this happen:

LINK (http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/police-not-required-to-speak-english-judgment-1.1890047)

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.
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Police not required to speak English: judgment (http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/police-not-required-to-speak-english-judgment-1.1890047)

CTV Montreal
Published Friday, June 27, 2014 6:10PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 27, 2014 7:47PM EDT 


Police officers are not obliged to speak English under Bill 101, even when asked the reason for their arrest, according to a decision by Quebec’s Police Ethics Commission that read, in part, “a peace officer is under no legal obligation to communicate with a citizen in English while in the performance of his or her police duties.”

The statement came as part of a ruling concerning a complaint made by a black anglophone couple from Longueuil who complained that an officer had entered their home without a search warrant.

The couple’s teenaged sons had been arrested earlier in the evening while walking home on November 15, 2013 near the Panama bus terminal in Brossard. They were ticketed for jaywalking and interfering with the work of a police officer.

Nathan Picard, his brother and their mother Dominique Jacobs noted in a complaint to the Police Ethics Commission that the officers failed to inform the boys of the reason for their arrest in English.

Commissioner Helene Tremblay responded that, according to the province's Bill 101 language law, police had no obligation to communicate in English, a decision that the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations described as one which, "could significantly curtail anglophone Quebecers' rights."

"I'm not a lawyer, I could be wrong but from what i understand if a person is put under arrest or is involved in altercation with police, they have to know the reason it's for, they have to understand," said Dominique Jacobs, whose stepson was arrested.

CRARR, in a press release issued Thursday, asserted that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms include the right to be informed of the grounds of one's arrest and that the Supreme Court has clearly stated that police are obliged to ensure that accused individuals understand their Charter rights.

"We're dealing with a municipality with a significant English population, we're dealing with a police force with English as a criteria for hiring. The residents of St. Lambert, Greenfield Park, Brossard and many parts of Longueuil who are English speaking or have ethnic background should feel concerned," said Niemi.

Longueuil police are required to have a working knowledge of English, according to their website.

Longueuil police escaped criticism in another recent judgment, which saw the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Commission dismiss a complaint lodged against an officer who reportedly asked a black anglophone woman how long she lived in Quebec and repeatedly tell her that she should speak French.

In 2012 Longueuil police were reprimanded for repeatedly pulling over a black resident driving a BMW.



As a vast majority of tourists to Quebec are Americans, many of them Afro-Americans, this is utter stupidity. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on June 29, 2014, 10:41:21
Only in Canada, eh!: The WTF News

What can you say after reading this, other than to sit and shake your head in amazement that we let this happen:

LINK (http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/police-not-required-to-speak-english-judgment-1.1890047)

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

As a vast majority of tourists to Quebec are Americans, many of them Afro-Americans, this is utter stupidity. 


The highlighted bit reminds me of a conversation I had at a mess dinner in Ft Drum, NY one year...the SSgt I was chatting with made a comment about how when he was posted in to 10th (MTN) Div, he'd been told to get his car insurance with a rider "written in Canadian" in case he went on leave over the border...I suspect this is might be a reason  ::).  I did of course have to ask "What language am I speaking right now?" and did point out that the coppers there do in in fact understand English, even if they choose pretend not to speak it.

MM
Title: South Korea sends 10,000 Choco Pie treats via balloons to North Korea
Post by: S.M.A. on August 01, 2014, 17:40:29
That's not enough to feed the population of the starving North.  :rofl:  Kim Jong Un will probably eat them all.

Christian Science Monitor (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/why-south-korea-throwing-10-000-choco-pies-190437978.html)

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Why South Korea is throwing 10,000 Choco Pies at the DPRK
North Korean defectors and South Korean activists sent balloons full of the chocolate treats over North Korea Weds.

Christian Science Monitor

By Max Schindler

Despite years of international sanctions, North Korea hasn’t budged in unlocking the doors to its closed economy. But one possible tool for wedging open the recluse nation may be a popular chocolate treat.

On Wednesday, hundreds of South Korean activists – along with North Korean defectors – blew up balloons containing thousands of Choco Pies and flew them over the border.

North Korea receives Choco Pies from South Korea via balloon ++http://t.co/KGpxngnss8 pic.twitter.com/7ft59lTHFD— DramaFever (@dramafever) August 1, 2014

They were acting in response to a North Korean ban on the perennially popular chocolate confections, a sign of the difficulty in staving off its capitalist neighbor’s influence.
After months of simmering tension between the two bitterly divided nations, the hermit kingdom’s leader, Kim Jong-un, banned pies from the country earlier in July, due to a fear that the chocolate would inspire an upheaval.

(...EDITED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on August 06, 2014, 12:04:45
I just lost my appetite for Cantonese food...  :(

 
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Hong Kong couple 'salted and cooked by son'

Hong Kong (AFP) - An elderly Hong Kong couple were allegedly dismembered by their son and his friend before being salted, cooked and packed into lunchboxes "like barbecued pork", a court has heard.

The severed heads of 65-year-old Chau Wing-ki and his wife Siu Yuet-yee, 62, were found in March last year, stuffed into two refrigerators in a bloodstained apartment, days after they were reported missing.

The other remains were found in a rubbish bin, cooked and packed into lunchboxes with rice, in an attempt by the duo to hide the crime after they ran out of space in the refrigerators.

(...EDITED)

 



From AFP via Yahoo News Australia (https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/world/a/24647596/hong-kong-couple-salted-and-cooked-by-son/)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 19, 2014, 01:04:08
More proof that Global Warming is not a hoax, or that the Law of unintended consequences is a real thing (one or the other) >:D

BrightSource solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead
Death estimates range from 1,000 to 28,000 per year

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/brightsource-solar-plant-sets-birds-on-fire-as-they-fly-overhead-1.2739512

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Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the concentrated beams of solar energy focused upward by the plant's 300,000 mirrors — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Federal wildlife investigators who visited BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.

The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

The $2.2 billion plant, which launched in February, is at Ivanpah Dry Lake near the California-Nevada border.

Unlike many other solar plants, the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Instead, it has more than 300,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door. Together, they cover 1,416 hectares.

Each mirror collects and reflects solar rays, focusing and concentrating solar energy from their entire surfaces upward onto three boiler towers, each looming up to 40 stories high. The solar energy heats the water inside the towers to produce steam, which turns turbines that generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes.

The operator says it is the world's biggest plant to employ so-called power towers.

The concentrated sun rays sent up by the field of mirrors are bright enough to dazzle pilots flying in and out of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Possible 'mega-trap' for wildlife

Federal wildlife officials said Ivanpah might also act as a "mega-trap" for wildlife, with the bright light of the plant attracting insects, which in turn attract insect-eating birds that fly to their death in the intensely focused light rays.

Federal and state biologists call the number of deaths significant, based on sightings of birds getting singed and falling, and on retrieval of carcasses with feathers charred too severely for flight.

The deaths are "alarming. It's hard to say whether that's the location or the technology," said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society. "There needs to be some caution."

The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors.

"We take this issue very seriously," said Jeff Holland, a spokesman for NRG Solar of Carlsbad, California, the second of the three companies behind the plant. The third, Google, deferred comment to its partners.

Ivanpah officials dispute the source of the so-called streamers, saying at least some of the puffs of smoke mark insects and bits of airborne trash being ignited by the solar rays.

Wildlife officials who witnessed the phenomena say many of the clouds of smoke were too big to come from anything but a bird, and they add that they saw "birds entering the solar flux and igniting, consequently become a streamer."

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials say they want a death toll for a full year of operation.

Given the apparent scale of bird deaths at Ivanpah, authorities should thoroughly track bird kills there for a year, including during annual migratory seasons, before granting any more permits for that kind of solar technology, said George, of the Audubon Society.

The toll on birds has been surprising, said Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission. "We didn't see a lot of impact" on birds at the first, smaller power towers in the U.S. and Europe, Weisenmiller said.

Proposed plant on bird flight path

The commission is now considering the application from Oakland-based BrightSource to build a mirror field and a 75-story power tower that would reach above the sand dunes and creek washes between Joshua Tree National Park and the California-Arizona border.

The proposed plant is on a flight path for birds between the Colorado River and California's largest lake, the Salton Sea — an area, experts say, is richer in avian life than the Ivanpah plant, with protected golden eagles and peregrine falcons and more than 100 other species of birds recorded there.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials warned California this month that the power-tower style of solar technology holds "the highest lethality potential" of the many solar projects burgeoning in the deserts of California.

The commission's staff estimates the proposed new tower would be almost four times as dangerous to birds as the Ivanpah plant. The agency is expected to decide this autumn on the proposal.

While biologists say there is no known feasible way to curb the number of birds killed, the companies behind the projects say they are hoping to find one — studying whether lights, sounds or some other technology would scare them away, said Joseph Desmond, senior vice president at BrightSource Energy.

BrightSource also is offering $1.8 million in compensation for anticipated bird deaths at Palen, Desmond said.

The company is proposing the money for programs such as those to spay and neuter domestic cats, which a government study found kill over 1.4 billion birds a year. Opponents say that would do nothing to help the desert birds at the proposed site.

Power-tower proponents are fighting to keep the deaths from forcing a pause in the building of new plants when they see the technology on the verge of becoming more affordable and accessible, said Thomas Conroy, a renewable-energy expert.

When it comes to powering the country's grids, "diversity of technology ... is critical," Conroy said. "Nobody should be arguing let's be all coal, all solar," all wind, or all nuclear. "And every one of those technologies has a long list of pros and cons."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: expwor on August 27, 2014, 14:01:23
Zara pulls kids' shirt design resembling WW II concentration camp uniforms
Shirt designed as part of Wild West clothing theme, spokeswoman says

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/zara-pulls-kids-shirt-design-resembling-ww-ii-concentration-camp-uniforms-1.2748387
WTF just doesn't even cover it. 

Tom
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on August 27, 2014, 14:41:48
Zara pulls kids' shirt design resembling WW II concentration camp uniforms
Shirt designed as part of Wild West clothing theme, spokeswoman says

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/zara-pulls-kids-shirt-design-resembling-ww-ii-concentration-camp-uniforms-1.2748387
WTF just doesn't even cover it. 

Tom

Not even close!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on August 27, 2014, 16:13:47
Zara pulls kids' shirt design resembling WW II concentration camp uniforms
Shirt designed as part of Wild West clothing theme, spokeswoman says

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/zara-pulls-kids-shirt-design-resembling-ww-ii-concentration-camp-uniforms-1.2748387
WTF just doesn't even cover it. 

Tom

That's f$$kin sick......whoever designed this needs a swift kick in the junk.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 27, 2014, 22:42:12
Gasoline-Loving Spiders Are Forcing Suzuki To Recall 19,000 Cars

http://www.businessinsider.com/suzuki-recall-kizashi-sedan-due-to-spider-webs-2014-8

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Spiders drawn to gasoline vapors and weaving webs that block a hose to vent those vapors have caused Suzuki Motor of America to recall about 19,000 Kizashi mid-size sedans from model years 2010 to 2013, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.

Air flow blocked in the cars' evaporative emissions system can cause negative pressure in the fuel tank, which can lead to cracks which could cause leaks that increase risk of a fire, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a similar problem to one experienced by some Mazda6 owners. Mazda Motor Corp <7261.T> has recalled the Mazda6 twice since 2011 because of spiders building webs in ventilation hoses.

No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to this issue, Suzuki told NHTSA.

Suzuki <7269.T> last year stopped selling cars in the U.S. market after nearly three decades, so NHTSA and Suzuki advise Kizashi owners to take their sedans to authorized “service providers.” Letters the company will send to car owners and filed with NHTSA do not identify where these service providers are, but owners can call a customer service line at 800-934-0934 to find out.

The remedy to be applied is a filter on a ventilation line to keep the spiders out.

The Kizashi was one of the company’s best-sellers in the United States before Suzuki in late 2012 said it would stop selling vehicles in the U.S. market after its standing inventory ran out. U.S. Kizashi sales reached about 7,000 in 2011 and fell each year after that.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 27, 2014, 22:47:53
Is Snapchat really worth $10 billion?

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/snapchat-really-worth-10-billion

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Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers made a pretty breathtaking bet today. It agreed to invest in a deal that values Snapchat at nearly $10 billion. Snapchat is a social network where people share photos that self-destruct within 1-10 seconds.

It seems like things go this way. One day, you're a struggling start-up, making no profit, paying people in stock options...

and the next...

Someone is telling you’re worth almost as much as the GDP of Iceland.

James McQuivey is an analyst at Forrester Research. I asked him what exactly Snapchat’s 100 million users share with the service.

"Among my children, it's really just 'this is what my face looks like in response to something that I just read or heard or saw or a song that I’m listening to.' It’s a way of expressing emotions… think of it as a live emoticon."

But can Snapchat be a face that launches 10 billion real dollars?

"Not even... It’s about $9 billion too much," says tech analyst Rob Enderle.  Enderle says Snapchat doesn’t know how it plans to spin its 100 million users into money yet. Still, he says, in today’s overheated tech sector, the nuts and bolts of the business plan take a backseat to the buzz.

"There’s two ways you can value a company: One of them is legitimately based on how much money they’re returning to investors and the other is based on screwy math largely based on the hopes and dreams of those that think that social networks every place should be made of gold and honey."

The question now is whether Snapchat has the makings of a social media Cinderella…or will end up being an ugly stepsister.

Enderle says it’s all about where Google and Facebook drop their magic. Messaging service WhatsApp had no profit plan and only 55 employees, and Facebook snapped it up for $20 billion.

We'll just have to wait and see how the story ends for Snapchat.
Title: North Korea owes Sweden $395million for 1,000 Volvo cars
Post by: S.M.A. on August 31, 2014, 19:16:54
They forgot to mention the harem of Swedish prostitutes that Kim Jong Un supposedly keeps in his palace.  :o

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North Korea owes $395 million for 1,000 Volvos

Posted : 2014-08-31 17:05
Updated : 2014-08-31 17:49
North Korea owes $395 million for 1,000 Volvos

음성듣기
 

North Korea owes Sweden hundreds of millions of dollars for 1,000 Volvo automobiles that the isolated state bought in 1974, Newsweek reports.

The magazine said Pyongyang owes the European country some $395 million (400 billion won), a figure adjusted for interest and inflation, citing government data.

The debt is a reminder of the North's plummeting status from a growing economy to impoverished country in the span of a few decades, which critics blame on the Kim regime's mismanagement.

"Many had been blinded by North Korea's impressive economic growth people had raced to get there first," journalist Lamm Nordenskiöld told Newsweek. "Sweden was supposed to be the first country to unlock this new market," she added.

(...EDITED)

 

Source: Korea Times (South Korean news site) (http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/world/2014/09/182_163877.html)
Title: Sewer workers battle "FATBERG" under London
Post by: S.M.A. on September 02, 2014, 19:30:38
 :blotto:

YUCK!

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Gross Photos Show Sewer Workers Battling A 'Fatberg' The Size Of A Boeing 747 Under London

Thames Water, the company that keeps sewers flowing freely under London, has released a set of disgusting pictures of a "fatberg" that took a week to remove from a 262-foot stretch of Shepherd's Bush Road in West London. The water authority says it was the size of a Boeing 747, if it were buried underground.

"A team of sewer experts from the company fought the ‘berg all last week (Tuesday, Aug. 26 to Friday, Aug. 29). The immense, solid blockage needed to be broken up and removed from the sewer to prevent sewer flooding to nearby homes and business," the company said in a press release.

Fatbergs are composed largely of cooking oil that has been poured down drains while hot and runny. Once in the cold water of the sewer system, however, the fat congeals. The solid mess then combines with "wet wipes." The wipes are frequently labeled as "disposable" but are turning out not to be.

Cooking oil + wet wipes = fatberg, it turns out.

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv333%2Fsgt_schlappy%2Fd829891d-e323-4911-bcb4-2700add5bdc0.jpg&hash=25fc0b330b51f332675326c801eb656a)

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 Yahoo Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/insane-photos-shows-sewer-workers-161632806.html)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Old Sweat on September 02, 2014, 20:26:32
Tell me that's not from a Brit cookbook.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Ex-Pat FlagWagger on September 03, 2014, 10:13:35
Tell me that's not from a Brit cookbook.  ;D

I've never seen any recipe, British or otherwise, call for wet-wipes... our penchant for lard in cooking came first so the problem is solely down to the use of wet-wipes!  ;)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on September 03, 2014, 20:42:53
Disposable wipes are now the scourge of the sewage system.
Title: Australian man wakes up from coma speaking Chinese fluently
Post by: S.M.A. on September 10, 2014, 15:09:20
A man becomes Australia's version of the Canadian famous in China as "Da Shan" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecNw-TPnZag) :   ;D

Yahoo Daily Buzz (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/australian-man-wakes-up-from-coma-can-speak-mandarin-170038364.html)

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Australian man wakes up from coma, can speak Mandarin fluently
By Nadine Kalinauskas | Daily Buzz – 1 hour 2 minutes ago

Ever wish you could speak another language fluently without having to go through all the trouble of learning it?

One Australian man seems to have done just that.

When 22-year-old Ben McMahon woke up from a week-long coma following a horrific car crash, he could speak fluent Mandarin.

“Most of it’s hazy, but when I woke up seeing a Chinese nurse, I thought I was in China,” McMahon told the Herald Sun. “It was like a dream. It was surreal. It was like my brain was in one place but my body was in another. I just started speaking Chinese – they were the first words that left my mouth.”

(...EDITED)


He admitted to having taken some Mandarin classes in the past — and even visiting Beijing before the accident — but he swore the language never really clicked until he woke up from the coma.

The incident occurred in 2012, and when McMahon left rehab, he started using his new language skills to his advantage. He conducted Chinese tours of Melbourne, and started hosting a popular Mandarin TV show called “Au My Ga,” which helped Chinese expats better understand Australian culture.

(...EDITED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Chris Pook on September 10, 2014, 15:54:22
So my French teacher should have given into her baser instincts and hit me over the head with a two-by-four?  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on September 10, 2014, 16:17:01
So my French teacher should have given into her baser instincts and hit me over the head with a two-by-four?  :)

That might have solved a few problems :) :) :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Chris Pook on September 10, 2014, 16:39:14
That might have solved a few problems :) :) :)

Nasty.... :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 12, 2014, 12:36:52
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Chinese medical student died of heart attack as he looked at 'sexy magazine' when he made fourth donation to sperm bank in a week

A Chinese medical student died of a heart attack while looking at a 'sexy magazine' in a sperm bank - on his fourth visit to the centre in just over a week.  Zheng Gang, 23, was found dead in a private booth of a fertility clinic at Wuhan University after nurses noticed he was spending longer than usual producing his sample.  Two hours after he first entered the cubicle, medics broke in to find him lying unconscious on the floor.  Despite frantic efforts to resuscitate him where he lay, doctors pronounced him dead at the scene.
 
The tragic death - which happened in February 2012 -  only came to light after the young man's family took the sperm bank, in Wuhan city, Hubei province, eastern China, to court saying that they were responsible for his death.  But the court has now ruled that Zheng, who had started studying at the University to become a doctor in 2010, was entirely capable of making his own decisions about his life, including whether he wanted to take part in the sperm bank programme.  The court heard that the young trainee doctor signed up for the programme in January 2011 and in ten days had made four visits to donate sperm for the universities sperm bank program.
 
His family had demanded almost half £1 million in compensation, saying that they had pressurised him into agreeing to take part and had not handled the situation properly when he was found unconscious.  A lower court had only awarded the family £19,000 plus £8,000 in funeral costs, and the family had appealed.  But the High Court has now upheld the lower court decision.

Zheng had donated his sperm on four previous occasions before his death and had even solicited others to donate their semen in the interests of society, according to reports.
The father asked the university to hold an autopsy but this request was rejected. The son was cremated the day after he died.  Zheng's wife, Wu, who is also a student at the school, was compensated with a 20,000-yuan (£2,000) reduction in her tuition bill at the top university as well as help finding a job, said the Changjiang Times

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2753346/Chinese-medical-student-died-heart-attack-looked-sexy-magazine-fourth-donation-sperm-bank-week.html#ixzz3D7FlDF2J
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Title: Man held for attempting to swim to North Korea
Post by: S.M.A. on September 17, 2014, 11:27:26
Dennis Rodman wannabe?  ;D

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US man held for alleged attempt to swim to N Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said Wednesday.

The man was apprehended Tuesday night while lying on a bank of the Han River in a restricted military area near the border, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to office policy.

The man told investigators that he tried to go to North Korea to meet leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified government source. It said the man, aged around 29, is a computer repairman from Texas who came to South Korea 10 days ago.

Source: MSN News (http://news.msn.com/world/us-man-held-for-alleged-attempt-to-swim-to-n-korea)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on September 17, 2014, 13:25:04
Colossal waste of government funds to be demolished:

 MONTRÉAL–MIRABEL PASSENGER TERMINAL TO BE DEMOLISHED  (http://www.airport-world.com/news/general-news/4420-montreal-mirabel-passenger-terminal-to-be-demolished.html)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on September 21, 2014, 01:13:14
The jokes practically write themselves.

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A Chinese hospital in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, has introduced a new machine that makes sperm donation even easier- an automatic sperm extractor. I’m all for hands-free technology, but have scientists gone a little too far with this invention?

The effortless machine features a massage pipe that can be adjusted to suit the height of the user. All the gentleman has to do is plug in the frequency, amplitude and temperature and off they go. It’s also fitted with a small screen for those feeling uninspired.

According to the director of the urology department of the hospital, the machine is designed to help individuals that are finding it difficult to retrieve sperm the old fashioned way. We're not entirely convinced that standing in a room shared by many other people and being milked like a cow is going to help, but their efforts are commendable. Here’s to technology.

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/automatic-sperm-extractor-introduced-chinese-hospital
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on September 21, 2014, 01:57:16
Medical device = a gazillion dollars. Flesh light = $100

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on September 21, 2014, 13:36:43
The jokes practically write themselves.

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/automatic-sperm-extractor-introduced-chinese-hospital

To quote my 9D after reading her that - "gives new meaning to the term circle jerk"

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on September 29, 2014, 00:00:30
How do you even comment on this?

http://www.loweringthebar.net/2014/09/polygamist-ninja-women-unprepared-for-swordplay.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LoweringTheBar+%28Lowering+the+Bar%29

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Polygamist Ninja Women Unprepared for Swordplay
I should probably set up a Google Alert for the phrase "I've never seen anything like this." It usually signals pretty good material.

In this case, what the officer had never seen was an incident in which, as The Guardian put it, "two armed 'polygamist' women dressed 'like ninjas' were subdued by a sword-wielding man during a home invasion." I've written about polygamists, ninjas, and sword-wielding men, but I think this is the first time even I have seen all three combined.

According to the report, the two women, aged 18 and 22, forced their way into the home of a Utah man in an attempt to abduct a 15-year-old girl who was also living there. It appears that another man, who both women called their "husband," has been charged with assaulting the girl and the women were trying to keep her from testifying. Unfortunately for them, there was a second man also in the home at the time.

It didn't help that, for whatever reason, he happened to have a sword handy.

The ninjas were armed with knives and stun guns, but to no avail. Swords trump knives, of course—always have—and stun guns too unless they were the kind that shoot darts. They apparently weren't. Either way, the two men were able to subdue the invaders and hold them until police arrived. The women have been charged with assault, robbery and witness tampering.

Forcing your way into a building is not very ninja-like, nor did they exhibit any ninja skills, but they may at least have been dressed for the part. "I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming," one of the men said. "They were all dark gray or black, and they had black rubber gloves on and masks. All I could see was their eyes." Terrifying. Unless you have a sword and they don't, I guess.

Previous unqualified-ninja tales here have included "Amateur Ninjas Say They Were Sending 'Message to Drug Dealers'" (Aug. 2008) and "East Texas Ninjas" (Dec. 2006); but see also "Mugging Outside Ninja School Goes Poorly" (July 2010).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: DAA on October 17, 2014, 10:47:35
What will people think of next?      :rofl:

Florida man allegedly has sex with toy horse in Walmart

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2014/10/16/22011926.html

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on October 17, 2014, 11:09:47
Medical device = a gazillion dollars. Flesh light = $100

For everything else, there's Mastercard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GofscoXnpDw).  ;D

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on October 19, 2014, 09:20:59
"$13m lawsuit proves Red Bull doesn't give you wings (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11155731/13m-lawsuit-proves-Red-Bull-doesnt-give-you-wings.html)
Caffeinated drinks giant Red Bull GmbH sued for falsely claiming their product "gives you wings" and agrees to pay out $10 to every person who bought the drink since 2002 ...."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on October 19, 2014, 13:08:07
"$13m lawsuit proves Red Bull doesn't give you wings (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11155731/13m-lawsuit-proves-Red-Bull-doesnt-give-you-wings.html)
Caffeinated drinks giant Red Bull GmbH sued for falsely claiming their product "gives you wings" and agrees to pay out $10 to every person who bought the drink since 2002 ...."


That explains the change in marketing of late. Truly WTF.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 20, 2014, 10:10:53
And people wonder why some worry about the spread of Islam:

LINK (http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/17/Pakistan-Death-Row-Appeal-Rejected)

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.
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PAKISTAN COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE AGAINST CHRISTIAN WOMAN WHO DRANK FROM WELL RESERVED FOR MUSLIMS (http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/17/Pakistan-Death-Row-Appeal-Rejected)

by OLIVER LANE 
17 Oct 2014
Breitbart.com

A Christian woman who was given the death penalty last year for drinking water from a well reserved for Muslims in Pakistan has had her appeal against the sentence rejected by the Lahore high court.

Breitbart reported on the original case last year, which arose after Aasiya Noreen, a fruit picker, stopped to refresh herself during the course of her day's work. After she was caught drinking from the same cup used by Muslim women, the well was declared “Haram”, and Noreen was beaten for the offence, before being arrested.

At the time of her conviction, Noreen said: “I have been sentenced to death because I was thirsty. I'm a prisoner because I used the same cup as those Muslim women, because water served by a Christian woman was regarded as unclean by my stupid fellow fruit pickers”.

It was alleged during the altercation following the water incident, Noreen made negative comments about Islam. Noreen has defended her innocence in the five years since, insisting her comment went no further than “I think Jesus would see things differently than Mohammed”, and her lawyer has argued the charge arose because of “personal enmity” towards the defendant, rather than a genuine grievance, reports the Independent newspaper.

None of the original witnesses were present in court to testify, but a Muslim “prayer leader” (Imam) who claimed Noreen, an unrepentant Christian, had confessed the crime to him, did. When the Lahore court delivered its verdict to maintain the death penalty in this case, Noreen and her defence team reacted with shock. Her lawyer promised to keep fighting: “I was expecting the opposite decision. We will file an appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a few days”.

If the case is lodged at the Supreme court in Islamabad, the debate over Noreen’s life, which has already lasted five years, could drag out for many more. It has already sparked significant attention, both at home in Pakistan and abroad. U.S. Kentucky Senator and Republic Presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said if Noreen wasn’t released from death row, foreign aid to the country should cease. Lamenting the case, Paul said: “According to her co-workers, she insulted the Prophet. In our country, we refer to such quibbling as gossip. In Pakistan, if you are a Christian, it can land you on death row”.

The matter of religious plurality is an exceptionally controversial one in Pakistan, and as this case continues Aasiya Noreen may have trouble finding backers. In 2011, two senior politicians who spoke out against the blasphemy law that Noreen was charged with and publicly supported her cause were assassinated. The Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti was the nation’s only Christian cabinet member until his death at the hands of the Pakistani Taliban.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 20, 2014, 14:54:54
No amount of insanity, however small, that comes out of that country makes me raise my eyebrows anymore.  That whole country is totally barking mad and foaming at the mouth.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on October 20, 2014, 15:32:00
If we were to attempt to say "Christian faiths " at certain areas how long do you think it would be before AI were all over us?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on October 21, 2014, 00:12:18
No amount of insanity, however small, that comes out of that country makes me raise my eyebrows anymore.  That whole country is totally barking mad and foaming at the mouth.

And they have nukes too.  :panic:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: dapaterson on October 21, 2014, 00:14:14
73 year old Quebec high school teacher fired over soft core films she made 40+ years ago.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-teacher-73-loses-job-over-film-nudity-more-than-40-years-ago/article21183669/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on October 21, 2014, 00:17:36
73 year old Quebec high school teacher fired over soft core films she made 40+ years ago.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-teacher-73-loses-job-over-film-nudity-more-than-40-years-ago/article21183669/

Sure, like that's the problem with today's education system.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 21, 2014, 09:00:21
Hell I would have thought she would be a shoe in for the sex education classes...   ;)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 21, 2014, 09:08:59
73 year old Quebec high school teacher fired over soft core films she made 40+ years ago.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-teacher-73-loses-job-over-film-nudity-more-than-40-years-ago/article21183669/

Same prestigious school:

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Meanwhile, the school – a Jesuit-founded institution that groomed leaders such as Pierre Trudeau and his son, Justin –

This could explain some of the decisions of the school and its students.    ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on October 21, 2014, 10:20:57
73 year old Quebec high school teacher fired over soft core films she made 40+ years ago.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-teacher-73-loses-job-over-film-nudity-more-than-40-years-ago/article21183669/

Probably the best they could find to finally get her to retire, whether she wants to or not.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on October 21, 2014, 17:40:29
 ;D

Yahoo News (https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lovesick-chinese-woman--26--dumped-by-boyfriend-spends-entire-week-in-kfc-131549197.html#D4lKgOb)

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Lovesick Chinese woman, 26, dumped by boyfriend spends entire week in KFC

Depressed Tan Shen, 26, from Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, decided she needed some fried comfort food to get over her ex

A lovesick Chinese woman dumped by her boyfriend spent an entire week in a KFC eating chicken wings.

Depressed Tan Shen, 26, from Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan Province, decided she needed some fried comfort food to get over her ex.

She stopped off at a KFC near a train station by her home, but ended up staying for a whole week because she ‘needed time to think’.

Tan even phoned in sick to work to stay at the KFC, with her break-up clearly hitting her very hard.


(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on October 24, 2014, 22:55:14
Wow. You really can fool some of the people all of the time. Especially foodies. Watch the embedded video:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/10/23/mcdonald_s_organic_prank_for_foodies_two_dutch_pranksters_play_trick_at.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top

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OGOCT. 23 2014 5:08 PM
What Happens When You Serve McDonald’s to Food Snobs and Tell Them It’s Organic
By L.V. Anderson

A Dutch production agency “specializ[ing] in awesome viral video content” recently decided to carry out a cartoonish foodie version of the Judgment of Paris: It sent two pranksters to a food expo armed with samples of McDonald’s sandwiches and snacks, which they told people was their “new, organic alternative to fast food.” Predictably—and somewhat amusingly—the denizens of the food festival were much kinder to McDonald’s fare when they thought it was organic. (For English subtitles, hit play, then click on Settings—the little gear icon at the bottom of the video—and Subtitles/CC.)
To be fair, some of their reviews are not quite raves: “The structure is good,” says one solemn man. “Yes. Not too sticky.” And a lot of the people who give positive feedback are probably just trying to be polite. After all, they believe they’re being interviewed by the very people who made the food—it would be rude to criticize a chef’s creation to his face. But several people’s insistence that the food tastes more “pure” than McDonald’s just goes to show that “pure” (like “clean”) is a moral concept that’s practically meaningless with regard to food, and that your beliefs about what you’re eating will absolutely affect your experience of eating it.

I was glad to see that the hosts didn’t make too much of their findings. Their main takeaway from the experiment was straightforward, undeniable, and not particularly meaningful, when you think about it: “If you tell people that something is organic, they’ll automatically believe it’s organic!”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on December 02, 2014, 12:41:16
Hamilton woman lived with husband's corpse for months believing God would resurrect him (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/kaling-wald-lived-husbands-corpse-133951543.html)

The macabre case first came to light back in January, when the woman was arrested and charged with neglect of duty regarding a dead body and indignity to a body.

The two charges were withdrawn and replaced with the single charge under the Coroner's Act.

The sheriff found the 51-year-old’s body while trying to evict Wald and his family from their St. Matthews Avenue home in the city’s north end last year.

Regional coroner Dr. Jack Stanborough told CBC news in a previous interview that Wald’s body was found in an “advanced state of decomposition” when it was discovered in an upstairs bedroom.

“Evidence suggests he’d been dead for weeks, if not months,” Stanborough said.

More at link

Ewwwww.....   :boke:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 02, 2014, 19:43:25
That just goes to show that wives still won't let anything go, even after death.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on December 02, 2014, 20:39:00
Not only that, seems as if she couldn't bring her husband to heal.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 05, 2014, 22:33:27
This is why Europe cant't have nice things:

EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/05/368763707/eu-court-orders-france-to-compensate-somali-pirates

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The European Court of Human Rights has ordered France to pay up to 7,000 euros in compensation to each of nine Somali pirates who were detained after hijacking two French yachts in the Gulf of Aden in 2008.

Some of the pirates seized the 290-foot luxury yacht Le Ponant in the Gulf of Aden, taking hostage 30 people, including 22 French nationals. Others were involved in hijacking the second vessel, a 50-foot sailboat. French commandos retook both vessels in separate raids, months apart, after ransoms amounting to about $2 million were paid in each incident.

The ECHR ruled Thursday that under the European Convention on Human Rights, the pirates — who were held for several days before being transferred to France — should have been brought before a French judge "without delay."

The convention's Article 5.3 "was not designed to give the authorities the opportunity to intensify their investigations for the purpose of bringing formal charges against the suspects," a court statement said.

France 24 says:

"France was ordered to pay between €5,000 and €2,000 [$6,100 and $2,500] to each pirate for 'moral damages,' plus amounts varying from €3,000 to €9,000 [$3,700 and $11,200] to cover legal costs.
"In the ruling, published in French, the court nevertheless acknowledged that there were 'completely exceptional circumstances' to justify a lengthy detention before seeing a judge, noting that the original arrests took place 'more than 6,000 kilometres [4,000 miles] from French territory.' "


At the time of the arrest of the nine Somalis, piracy off the Horn of Africa was a growing problem. A U.S.-led crackdown in recent years has resulted in a steep drop in incidents in the region.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on December 06, 2014, 10:23:32
This is why Europe cant't have nice things:

EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/05/368763707/eu-court-orders-france-to-compensate-somali-pirates

Hopefully, the French will tell the court to go pound salt!!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 06, 2014, 14:47:45
 :facepalm:

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: BorisK on December 08, 2014, 02:25:54

This is why Europe cant't have nice things:

EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/05/368763707/eu-court-orders-france-to-compensate-somali-pirates

Unreal.  I personally enjoyed this from the comment section :

'How about the court keep a running tab?

France owes pirates: 7,000 euro * 9 = e54,000
Pirates owe France: e4,000,000

Balance: 4,000,000 - 54,000 = e3,946,000'
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Marchog on December 08, 2014, 15:26:48
Chlorine gas attack on a furry convention.

GAS! GAS! GA- wait what?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/08/furry-convention-chlorine-gas-leak-sends-19-to-hospital-police-it-was-intentional/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 08, 2014, 19:54:24
Quote
including many dressed in cartoonish animal costumes for an annual furries convention who were ushered across the street to a convention centre that was hosting a dog show.

 :rofl:

That would have been quite the sight to see ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on December 09, 2014, 20:38:22
I couldn't possibly make this up (http://www.globalresearch.ca/911-truth-petition-presented-to-canadas-parliament-new-forensic-evidence/5418917) ....
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Last week Green Party Leader Elizabeth May presented a petition calling for a Parliamentary review of new forensic evidence regarding the events of September 11, 2001.

This petition was submitted by citizens from four provinces, and is supported by three professional organizations who have been digging into 9/11 evidence for years.

These organizations will jointly deliver a press conference to the Canadian and US media on Wednesday morning at 11:00:

Press Conference, Wednesday December 10, 11 AM, Charles Lynch Room, 130-S, Centre Block Parliament Hill, Ottawa ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on December 09, 2014, 23:35:02
I couldn't possibly make this up (http://www.globalresearch.ca/911-truth-petition-presented-to-canadas-parliament-new-forensic-evidence/5418917) ....

 :facepalm: This should be good.....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Marchog on December 10, 2014, 03:23:48
Nothing surprises me when it comes to Lizzie May.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on December 10, 2014, 09:29:24
Nothing surprises me when it comes to Lizzie May.
It's one thing to just plant a petition on the table in the House, but to set up a news conference in the Parliamentary media studio?  Let's see how many reporters show up - and what (if any) coverage comes out of the get-together.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on December 10, 2014, 14:14:56
Haven't heard a peep yet on that press conference.

Oh well! Blame it on Jean Béliveau's funeral preempting them.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on December 10, 2014, 14:27:14
Haven't heard a peep yet on that press conference.

Oh well! Blame it on Jean Béliveau's funeral preempting them.

Imagine that.....going and dying just to get attention.....uh.....do you think May might take the hint?  :D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on December 10, 2014, 23:56:07
Haven't heard a peep yet on that press conference.

Oh well! Blame it on Jean Béliveau's funeral preempting them.

It's all Harpers fault.....right? :subbies:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on December 11, 2014, 08:06:20
Actually, someone DID go ....
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A coalition of 9/11 conspiracy theorists want the Canadian government to do its own investigation into the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The group has collected over 1,400 Canadian signatures on a petition and are calling for a parliamentary review of the new forensic evidence. They said explosives which contained nano thermite and not airplanes crashing into the World Trade Centre brought the towers down. Nano thermite is a chemical in explosives used mostly by the military.

The group submitted a similar petition in the U.S. but was shot down twice in 2009 and 2013. They are now calling "on their friends in the north" to be supportive.

When asked who was behind the tragic events of 9/11 the group couldn't say.

The U.S. conducted a lengthy and costly investigation as to who was responsible and their conclusion in the 2002 9/11 Commission Report stated that the terrorist group Al Qaeda was responsible. The report said the collapse of the towers was due to the damage inflicted by the two planes.

"Simple office fires cannot cause a collapse of a massive office building. It is ridiculous. We need a new review," said Isabelle Beenen who is representing Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

The coalition presented their most recent petition to Green Party leader Elizabeth May who then presented it to Parliament Dec. 3.

May has gone on record to say she does not agree with the petition but as a parliamentarian felt she had a personal obligation to bring it forward, though there is no actual legal obligation for MPs to present petitions they receive.

The parliamentary petition process requires the government to respond within 45 calendar days ....
More from Sun Media here (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2014/12/20141210-165309.html).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on December 11, 2014, 09:47:06
Not many people know that when you expose concrete to intense heat it explodes. Concrete never fully dries, there is always (depending on the thickness) water trapped inside, and steam is a very energetic force.



Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Old Sweat on December 11, 2014, 09:55:46
I don't know what is worse: the twisted minds that could construct a conspiracy theory that includes the concealment of thousands of pounds of explosives in two major commercial structures occupied by thousands of people and then organize some unwitting dupes to fly two hijacked airliners into precisely the right places to trigger the destruction of the buildings; or a highly educated parliamentarian who displays an astonishing lack of common sense by giving these people a platform.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on December 11, 2014, 12:46:43
According to them, the dumbest man in history concocted the greatest conspiracy in the history of the USA 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on December 11, 2014, 19:20:22
I'll throw this in here as it was a WTF moment for me today.  I am at present taking a Class 3 driving course in the Windsor NS area.  We were passing through town on the route our road exam will take.  Each of us did two laps of the complete circuit before trading places behind the wheel.  One of the buildings we passed by each time was the local Library branch.  On one of our passes by I was bewildered to see a large man being led away in handcuffs to a RCMP cruiser.  Now that, is not something you would expect to see at the public library, at least I don't.  WTF did he do?  Large book fine?  Not whispering inside???   :D

There also was on our route a film production of some sort in progress at one of the large Victorian homes you see here.  Cameras on booms, all the sort of Hollywood stuff you'd expect to see.  And I thought that would be the most exciting/interesting unexpected thing to see.  Apparently there's more to Windsor for an outsider like me than meets the eye...  :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on December 11, 2014, 19:51:58
........  Apparently there's more to Windsor for an outsider like me than meets the eye...  :nod:

Why yes there is.  It is the home of army.ca.    ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on December 11, 2014, 20:42:28
I hope that wasn't Mike I saw today.   :whistle:  I'll bet his place was the one with the nice red and black Rolls in the backyard next to the Petrocan.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 11, 2014, 20:45:59
Why yes there is.  It is the home of army.ca.    ;D

Thought Mike's addy was in Port Williams. And having relatives that live in Windsor, you definitely make the distinction. Falmouth and Hantsport are the same. ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on December 11, 2014, 21:28:59
I don't know what is worse: the twisted minds that could construct a conspiracy theory that includes the concealment of thousands of pounds of explosives in two major commercial structures occupied by thousands of people and then organize some unwitting dupes to fly two hijacked airliners into precisely the right places to trigger the destruction of the buildings; or a highly educated parliamentarian who displays an astonishing lack of common sense by giving these people a platform.

Not only that, many structures are made structurally unsound during the process of rigging a building for demolition. It's a great deal of work, plus the wiring of many kilos of plastic explosive and the wiring etc takes time.
I think someone might have noticed that.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 11, 2014, 21:47:56
I don't know what is worse: the twisted minds that could construct a conspiracy theory that includes the concealment of thousands of pounds of explosives in two major commercial structures occupied by thousands of people and then organize some unwitting dupes to fly two hijacked airliners into precisely the right places to trigger the destruction of the buildings; or a highly educated parliamentarian who displays an astonishing lack of common sense by giving these people a platform.

I remember hearing a story about some of these morons potentially having their licenses revoked by their state bodies for putting together such an asinine proposal together that their credentials were being called into question. I don't think anything ever came of it, but I would certainly wonder about a professional that would sign off on some of the stuff these people have put out there. Especially the ones claiming to be experts in structural engineering.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on December 12, 2014, 13:24:57
The liability monster runs wild ....
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The city is putting the brakes on spinning playground equipment following reports of injuries, a Parks Department spokeswoman said.

Rotating metal saucers that kids ride at two Park Slope playgrounds were recently welded into place so they can't move, and the city has made similar modifications or removed a total of seven disks citywide "in the interest of public safety," the spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman declined to discuss how many injuries had been reported or other specifics.

Turning the spinning disks into statues angered Park Slope parents, who said the city was going too far to protect kids.

“I think it sucks,” said dad David Friedlander, whose 2-year-old was disappointed to find the the spinning disk at Vanderbilt Playground in Prospect Park suddenly stuck in place in late November. “I think it's a sad commentary on how litigious and afraid we've become of having our children get a few boo-boos."

Friedlander said his son had tumbled off the disk — which is about 4 feet wide and stands about 2 feet off the ground — onto the rubberized ground below, but he doesn't consider the equipment a safety hazard. Friedlander said it should be up to parents to decide if their children can handle playing on the saucer, not the city ....
DNAinfo.com, 5 Dec 2014 (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141205/park-slope/parks-dept-puts-stop-spinning-playground-equipment-after-injuries)
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 12, 2014, 17:46:24
Well it's the slow death of viral videos. :facepalm:

Should have seen this coming a long time ago with the death of lawn darts. :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on December 16, 2014, 16:11:57
Aah...the life of an ESL teacher travelling through Asia...to go sightseeing and meet new people. And get slapped by them.  :blotto:

CTV news video link (http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/watch-as-thai-monk-slaps-english-teacher-on-train-1.2150038)

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Watch as Thai monk slaps English teacher on train
CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:53AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:20PM EST

A Thai monk may need some extra meditation sessions after a video was posted to YouTube of him slapping an English teacher for offering his seat to two women on a train.

The video was taken by a fellow passenger sitting across the aisle from the man, who is identified in a Facebook post only as Jeff, who speaks with what sounds like an Australian accent.

It shows the monk standing next to Jeff, who is seated, and slapping him hard across the left cheek. He says something angrily in Thai, but there is no translation.

All the while, Jeff remains in his seat.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 22, 2014, 18:43:27
Could have posted up under dumbest thing as well, but this has so many WTF's about it that it works here best.

Iggy Azalea target of hackers saying they'll release sex tape of rapper

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/iggy-azalea-target-of-hackers-saying-they-ll-release-sex-tape-of-rapper-1.2881077

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A Twitter account linked to the hacker group Anonymous warns Iggy Azalea to apologize to hip hop artist Azealia Banks and New York protesters, or it will release still images from an alleged "X rated tape" belonging to the Australian rapper.

"You have exactly 48 hours from now to release a statement apologizing to @AzealiaBanks and the protesters in NYC," reads a message posted Saturday from the now-defunct account @TheAnonMessage, and captured by Vulture.com.

"You are guilty of misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters and making light of Eric Garner's death," read another message.

"There's an X rated tape of you, we bet you'd certainly don't want public, are we right? @IGGYAZALEA....and this is nothing. Comply or else."

Twitter has since suspended the account.

Azalea has previously denied the existence of a sex tape, and has said: "Anyone who releases or attempts to make profit off someone else's intimate moments against their will is a sex offender."

It's not immediately clear what Azalea might have done to "make light' of the death of Garner, an unarmed black man, and the nationwide protest movement against police brutality.

Threats refer to ongoing feud

The threat appears to relate back to a public feud between Banks and Azalea that heated up when Banks slammed Azalea ​in an outspoken radio interview last week in New York in which she complained about the cultural appropriation of black culture by white hip hop artists.

"That Iggy Azalea s--t isn't better than any f--king black girl that's rapping today," Banks said to New York's Hot 97.

The 23-year-old also suggested that Azalea didn't deserve her recent Grammy nomination for best rap album because her music "is not excellent" and doesn't deserve to compete "against black culture."

Azalea took issue with Bank's comments, responding on Twitter, "There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven't is because of your p--s poor attitude."

Neither Azalea nor Banks has publicly commented on the Anonymous threat.

WTF 1: Why is this even newsworthy?

WTF 2: WTF is Anonymous getting involved in a petty pissing match between two formulaic schlock bubblegum pop stars.

WTF 3: Why do I even know who these people are? :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on December 29, 2014, 22:10:32
Things to be afraid of....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2843871/Ancient-Martian-civilisation-wiped-nuclear-bomb-wielding-aliens-attack-Earth-claims-physicist.html#ixzz3NIx1s2jt

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Ancient Martian civilisation was wiped out by nuclear bomb-wielding aliens - and they could attack Earth next, claims physicist
Scientist is to present his theory that ancient life on Mars was massacred
Dr Brandenburg is giving a talk on his research tomorrow in Illinois
He says there is evidence for two nuclear explosions on Mars
These apparently wiped out two races - the Cydonians and Utopians
Detection of uranium and thorium on the surface is evidence for these past explosions, he claims
And he warns we should be wary of a similar attack on Earth
By JONATHAN O'CALLAGHAN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:07 GMT, 21 November 2014 | UPDATED: 23:15 GMT, 21 November 2014
 
If you're planning to go to the 2014 Annual Fall Meeting of the American Physical Society in Illinois this Saturday, you might be in for a bit of a surprise with the final talk of the day.

Because that's when plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg will present his theory that an ancient civilisation on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack from another alien race.

In his bizarre theory, Dr Brandenburg says ancient Martians known as Cydonians and Utopians were massacred in the attack - and evidence of the genocide can still be seen today.

A scientist is to present his theory that ancient life on Mars was massacred. Dr Brandenburg is giving a talk on his research tomorrow in Illinois at the American Physical Society. He says there is evidence for two nuclear explosions on Mars (image from his paper shown)
A scientist is to present his theory that ancient life on Mars was massacred. Dr Brandenburg is giving a talk on his research tomorrow in Illinois at the American Physical Society. He says there is evidence for two nuclear explosions on Mars (image from his paper shown)
Back in 2011 the scientist first postulated that the red colour on Mars could have been due to a naturally occurring thermonuclear explosion.
'The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and radioactive potassium - and this pattern radiates from a hot spot on Mars,' he told Fox News at the time.
'A nuclear explosion could have sent debris all around the planet.'

WHO IS DR BRANDENBURG?

Aside from this outlandish theory, Dr John Brandenburg has led a rather more normal, and prestigious, career.
He has a PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics from the University of California at Davis.
Currently he works as a plasma physicist at Orbital Technologies in Madison Wisconsin.

He has worked on a variety of propulsion technologies and previously was an independent consultant on Space Missile Defense and Directed Energy Weapons.

Dr Brandenburg has authored a number of books with his latest, Death on Mars: The Discovery of a Planetary Nuclear Massacre, to be published in February 2015.

But since then he has advanced his theory to the level that he now no longer thinks it was a naturally occurring explosion - but rather one planned by an intelligent alien race.

According to Vice, the conclusion of his latest paper says that nuclear isotopes in the atmosphere resembling hydrogen bomb tests 'may present an example of civilisation wiped out by a nuclear attack from space.'
His research centres around the 'high concentration' of Xenon-129 in the Martian atmosphere, and uranium and thorium on the surface, spotted by Nasa's Mars Odyssey spacecraft.

Scientists have previously pointed about that the appearance of these elements is not surprising, as they are natural elements found everywhere.

But Dr Brandenburg is adamant they are the remnants of two nuclear explosions on the surface.

He will lay out his research tomorrow in his talk titled 'Evidence of Massive Thermonuclear Explosions in Mars Past, The Cydonian Hypothesis, and Fermi's Paradox'.

And he is also apparently set to have a paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.
Dr Brandenburg says evidence for the explosions exists near two sites that apparently had life in the past, including Cydonia, the location of the famous 'face on Mars' spotted from orbit (shown)

Later images showed the 'face on Mars' was just a chance alignment of shifting dust dunes (pictured)

Dr Brandenburg says evidence for the explosions exists near two sites that apparently had life in the past, including Cydonia, the location of the famous 'face on Mars' spotted from orbit (left). However, later images showed it was just a chance alignment of shifting dust dunes (right)
Back in 2011 the scientist first postulated that the red colour on Mars (pictured) could have been due to a naturally occurring thermonuclear explosion - but now he thinks it was caused by an intelligent alien race

Back in 2011 the scientist first postulated that the red colour on Mars (pictured) could have been due to a naturally occurring thermonuclear explosion - but now he thinks it was caused by an intelligent alien race

He says Mars once had an Earth-like climate home to animal and plant life, and any intelligent life would have been about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians on Earth.

This is based on his analysis of two regions, one being Cydonia, where the infamous - and later discredited - 'face on Mars' was found.
This, according to Dr Brandenburg, is an artefact from the ancient alien race.

Here, one of the supposed nuclear explosions wiped out the civilisation at Cydonia Mensa and another, smaller one destroyed a civilisation at a region called Galaxias Chaos.

'Analysis of new images from Odyssey, MRO and Mars Express orbiters now show strong evidence of eroded archeological objects at these sites,' he writes in the abstract for his research to be presented tomorrow.

'Taken together, the data requires that the hypothesis of Mars as the site of an ancient planetary nuclear massacre, must now be considered.'

Dr Brandenburg says Mars once had an Earth-like climate home to animal and plant life, and any intelligent life would have been about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians on Earth

Dr Brandenburg says Mars once had an Earth-like climate home to animal and plant life, and any intelligent life would have been about as advanced as the ancient Egyptians on Earth

Dr Brandenburg says his theory could explain the Fermi Paradox - namely why, if the universe is abundant with life, we haven't heard anything from anyone else yet.

He warns, though, that we need to be fearful of an attack on our own planet, and should mount a manned mission to Mars to know what we're up against.

'Providentially, we are forewarned of this possible aspect of the cosmos,' he writes.

'The author therefore advocates that a human mission to Mars is mounted immediately to maximise knowledge of what occurred.'
UFO expert Nigel Watson, author of the Haynes UFO Investigation Manual, told MailOnline that Dr Brandenburg is not the first to suggest Mars was 'murdered' by nuclear explosions.

'These stories and many variations of them present a view that our Solar System was the home of several nuclear battles raged between alien visitors and settlers,' he said.

'Much of the evidence is either channeled through automatic writing, psychic messages or the interpretation of ancient texts.
'Although Brandenburg's theory is on more solid ground, it still amounts to speculation based on our present day awareness of the power of nuclear weapons and our fear of its misuse.

'It is a warning that we could do the same to our own planet, and underlines the belief of many scientists that we have not detected intelligent life elsewhere in the universe because at some point civilisations will become extinct either through catastrophe or self-destruction.'

Read more:
Were Ancient Martians Murdered by Nuclear Bomb-Dropping Aliens? An Investigation | Motherboard

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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on December 30, 2014, 03:01:06
God knows what this pervert was going to do with the dog...  :o

Sun News (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/trending/archives/2014/12/20141229-113711.html)

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PENNSYLVANIA BURGLAR MASTURBATES, STEALS DOG, GETS SHOT: COPS

Police say a burglar masturbated in front of a woman, stole her dog and then was shot while trying to break into another unit in a Bensalem, Pennsylvania apartment complex on Sunday evening, NBC Philadelphia reports.

After the man left the woman's second-floor apartment through a window, he tried to break into an apartment on the first floor, police told NBC. A resident inside that apartment allegedly took out a gun and shot him.

The burglary suspect, believed to be about 21 years old, was in critical condition in hospital early Monday, NBC reported. He wasn't identified.

Police told NBC they don't expect to charge the shooter.

Bensalem is located about 30 km northeast of Philadelphia.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on December 30, 2014, 10:01:12
Stay classy Douchesylvania. :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on January 14, 2015, 20:30:09
What is most WTF about this is that no one on her side is doing anything to refute the claim or even denying it.

NASCAR's Kurt Busch Testifies That Ex-Girlfriend Is An Assassin

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/13/377082833/nascar-s-kurt-busch-testifies-that-ex-girlfriend-is-an-assassin?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150114

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Testifying about a request for a protective order against him, race car driver Kurt Busch told a Dover, Del., court this week that his former girlfriend is an assassin. Patricia Driscoll, who dated Busch for four years, requested the order last November, shortly after their relationship ended.

Driscoll has also filed a criminal complaint against Busch, alleging that he grabbed her and slammed her head into the wall of his motor coach at Dover International Speedway last fall. Busch denies those claims, which the authorities have been considering separately.

Those circumstances brought about four days of testimony from Busch and Driscoll that almost certainly stands unique among anything ever heard in a family court.

The former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, 36, said that Driscoll "is a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world," The Associated Press reports. The news agency adds: "Busch said Driscoll repeatedly asserted her assassin status and claimed the work took her on missions across Central and South America and Africa."

"Everybody on the outside can tell me I'm crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand," Busch said.

From USA Today:

"Busch offered up specific examples of her returning from missions, sometimes with bruises.
"Once, he said, they were in El Paso, Texas, where Driscoll had left that night in camouflage and boots. She returned later to the hotel at which he was staying wearing a trench coat. Under it she was wearing an evening gown splattered with blood and other matter, Busch testified."
Those details add to a picture that was painted earlier, when Busch and others testified "that Driscoll claimed she was a trained assassin who had killed people, including drug lords," the AP reported Monday.

Busch and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, are holding up Driscoll's status as a mercenary to refute her claims that she was abused.

"I know that she could take me down at any moment," Busch told his attorney Monday, "because she's a bad-***."

Local TV station WBOC notes, "Neither Driscoll nor her attorney refuted testimony about her telling people she was a trained assassin."

Driscoll, 37, lives in Ellicott City, Md. She heads two organizations, both of them based in Washington, D.C. One is the Armed Forces Foundation, a veterans advocacy group that partners with NASCAR. The other is Frontline Defense Systems, whose website says Driscoll "spent the majority of her career in the narcotics and intelligence world."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on January 14, 2015, 20:38:33
Why I continue to live here, I just don't know. However this does explain why government is the way it is south of the 49th.

Jailed lawmaker’s return brings Virginia Capitol more unwanted attention

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/morrissey-faces-ice-other-obstacles-on-his-way-to-the-capitol-from-jail/2015/01/14/90d64fb6-9c06-11e4-96cc-e858eba91ced_story.html?hpid=z4

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RICHMOND, Va. — Joseph D. Morrissey left his jail cell for the day and headed to a tiny office cluttered with moving boxes next to the state Capitol, where he took an oath of office to serve in the Virginia House of Delegates.

One day after winning re-election, the state delegate brought new drama to the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World: a jailed legislator who makes laws by day on work release and gets locked up again by night.

That unwelcome first left the rest of the House wondering just what to do with Morrissey, a Democrat-turned-independent serving a six-month term stemming from his relationship with a 17-year-old former receptionist at his law firm.

As they consider whether to discipline or even expel Morrissey, House members are wrestling with constitutional questions as well as the shame of yet another tawdry episode in a state unaccustomed to political scandal. The newly elected Morrissey returned to Virginia’s stately Capitol just a week after former governor Robert F. McDonnell received a two-year prison sentence for corruption. As if the timing weren’t convergence enough, McDonnell (R) made a surprise appearance at a prayer breakfast held Wednesday to kick off the session.

Both Republican House Speaker William J. Howell and Democratic House leaders expressed dismay at Morrissey’s victory, saying they would look to the state Constitution and House rules to guide their next steps. But some members questioned the political wisdom or even legality of ousting someone who still had the voters behind him.
 
By afternoon, Howell had announced that they were still thinking on the matter and would not take any action by day’s end.

“The Speaker and members of the House are still discussing the options and next steps,” Howell spokesman Matthew Moran said in a statement. “There will not be any announcement or action today.”

Even without any disciplinary action, l’affaire Morrissey enlivened the first day of the 2015 General Assembly session. Reporters staked out his new, seventh-floor office, diminished digs assigned to the House’s least senior member in an office building riddled with asbestos and balky plumbing.

He chose that spot over the ornate House chamber for House Clerk G. Paul Nardo to administer the oath of office, ostensibly to draw less attention to his swearing-in. But reporters crammed into the room to record the moment.

Trailed by TV cameras, Morrissey entered the chamber minutes later, sweeping past the sergeant of arms, who was holding a ceremonial gold mace in his white-gloved hands. He settled into his new seat, the least senior desk in the chamber, far to the speaker’s left and in the front row.

Peering down from him on the wall was a reminder of another House scandal, a portrait of former speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr., who was forced out in 2002 in a sex scandal of his own, after paying $100,000 to a woman who had accused him of sexual harassment.

There was a tremendous sense of uncertainty among delegates, some of whom said privately that they would like to oust Morrissey but feared that he had outmaneuvered them by standing for reelection before the House had an opportunity to expel him. Now that the voters have embraced him again, warts and all, it is harder to boot him out, they said.
 
“I don’t think they can expel him based on crimes committed prior to being elected,” said state Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City), who said he has looked at case law and predicted a lawsuit if the House pursued expulsion. Voters chose Morrissey, Petersen said, and “I think that does have meaning, legally and politically.”

In brief remarks to reporters after taking the oath, Morrissey said he was prepared to respond on the floor to any comments made about him. None came, and Morrissey, known for loquacious floor speeches, stayed mum. Throughout the session, he sat quietly, reading papers on his desk during breaks in the action.

Howell made no mention of the scandal in brief remarks to the body, but he did say that citizens expect them to serve with “honor, integrity and civility.”

There was some quiet grumbling and gallows humor expressed privately by delegates. One remarked, “This is probably about the only time that you can safely use the words ‘stupid’ and ‘voters’ in the same sentence.”

Asked what was next, Del. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond) sighed and declared herself in the dark.

“I don't know what’s gonna happen,” she said. “The whole thing is an unfortunate distraction from what we should be focused on, which is the business of the commonwealth.”

Only one delegate appeared to stop by Morrissey’s desk to say hello. It was Del. Delores L. McQuinn (D-Richmond). McQuinn said they just exchanged pleasantries, but she told a reporter that she stood by Morrissey’s right to serve.

“The voters of his district went to the polls with knowledge of everything going on and decided they would vote for him again,” she said. “I stand in support of whatever the voters have chosen.”

Morrissey also chatted a bit with his new seatmate, Del. Joseph Preston (D-Petersburg), who on Jan. 6 won a special election to replace Rosalyn R. Dance, who moved up to the state Senate. By dint of his notorious seatmate, the House newcomer had 11 TV cameras trained in his direction all afternoon.

But Preston was unfazed. In fact, he’d rubbed elbows with Morrissey in difficult circumstances before. A Petersburg attorney, Preston said he had represented Morrissey more than 20 years ago when Morrissey was sued by a client for fraud.

Preston said Morrissey prevailed in the fraud case, with a jury returning a verdict in his favor in just 11 minutes.

Running as an independent in Tuesday’s special election, Morrissey collected 42 percent of the vote against a Democrat and a Republican in a heavily Democratic district spanning the Richmond suburbs.

Voters were apparently not bothered by Morrissey’s plea last month on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors said that in addition to the affair, Morrissey also shared a naked photograph of the young woman while she was underage.

The 57-year-old lawmaker has maintained his innocence — accusing the receptionist’s ex-lover of hacking their phones — but he entered a guilty plea to avoid a possible conviction on felony charges. He also resigned from office, but immediately vowed to run again in the special election to replace him.

The woman, now 18 and pregnant, in a radio interview Monday denied having a sexual relationship with Morrissey. She declined to identify the father of her child, which prosecutors have said is “perhaps” Morrissey’s.

Morrissey was sentenced to six months in jail. He was accepted into a work-release program, allowing him to leave jail for up to 12 hours a day for campaign activity or to work at his law practice. The program also reduces Morrissey’s sentence to 90 days.

Henrico County Sheriff Michael Wade said Morrissey has typically left the jail at 7:30 a.m. and returned at 7:30 p.m., but for Election Day, he requested a slightly later schedule, starting at 8 a.m. — meaning results weren’t even final when he was required to report back to jail for the night.

Morrissey’s law partner, Paul Goldman, said he notified Morrissey of his win in a phone call.

Wade said Morrissey returned to jail — while doing a television interview on the way in — six or seven minutes late.

Morrissey has been allowed to drive his car, which was outfitted with a GPS device to track his movements. The procedure will continue during the session but with accommodations for the General Assembly’s unpredictable schedule, which often finds lawmakers deliberating late into the night.

Morrissey has a cell to himself at Henrico County’s Regional Jail East in New Kent County, which houses work-release inmates. A common day room is equipped with a television, Wade said.

If lawmakers move to oust Morrissey, a new spectacle could unfold involving public hearings rehashing the sordid details that landed Morrissey behind bars.

In an hour-long interview in the jailhouse lobby Wednesday morning, Morrissey warned his House colleagues not to thwart the will of the voters.

“Listen, do what you want, but you will taint and sully the Virginia General Assembly by denying the voters the people they want in there,” Morrissey said during an hour-long interview in the jailhouse lobby. As if he were directly addressing Howell, he continued: “My point is, everywhere along the line, Mr. Speaker, I have taken the high road, I have turned the other cheek, I have played the hand that was dealt me. And now you’re going to say to the people of the 74th District that you’re going to make the decision who serves. I think not.”

The process to expel or censure a delegate would begin with the filing of a resolution, which would be referred to one of several committees or a select committee created for this purpose. The committee would hold hearings before sending its recommendation to the full body. Two-thirds of delegates are needed to expel; a simple majority is required to censure.

If Morrissey is expelled, yet another special election could be called — and he could run again if he chooses. In the case of a censure, lawmakers could strip Morrissey’s committee assignments, keep him from serving on boards and commissions or suspend his floor privileges.

Morrissey left jail Wednesday in a pin-striped suit and white shirt with monogrammed cuffs; an electronic monitoring bracelet on his left ankle and his pairing of athletic socks with dress shoes were the only visual clues of his circumstances.

Morrissey encountered an unexpected obstacle when he left the jailhouse early Wednesday; his blue Jaguar, along with all the other cars in the parking lot, was encased in ice.

Morrissey eventually got a ride from the jail with a reporter — but only after two sheriff’s deputies stopped their car and rolled down the window. “Congratulations!” one said.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on January 25, 2015, 22:03:41
Well, this is the 21rst century. The headline could certainly be more informative, though.

http://www.newsweek.com/scientists-figure-out-how-unboil-egg-chemistry-301791?piano_d=1

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Scientists Figure Out How to Unboil an Egg
BY ZOË SCHLANGER 1/24/15 AT 12:28 PM
     
Filed Under: Tech & Science, Health and Science, Chemistry
Scientists at the University of California Irvine have developed a way to unboil egg whites by “untangling” their proteins, a development that has the potential to significantly reduce costs for any biotechnology process that requires the folding of proteins.

“Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,” UCI biochemistry professor Gregory Weiss said in a statement. “We start with egg whites boiled for 20 minutes at 90 degrees Celsius and return a key protein in the egg to working order.”

In a paper published Friday in the journal ChemBioChem, Weiss and his team of chemistry students describe a method capable of pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold.

Proteins are the workhorses within human cells. They copy DNA, and make it possible for the body to read the DNA. The folding of proteins is key to several fields; industrial chemists use it to make chemical reactions possible, and the medical industry needs to fold proteins for therapeutic treatments of diseases such as cancer. Often, though, when scientists attempt to fold proteins, they come out as “scrambled messes,” Weiss says.

“When they’re produced, they’re being jam packed into the cells at the same time as they are trying to synthesize. They get tangled up with each other and it’s a complete mess. That process is called ‘aggregation,’ and that’s what happens when you boil and egg,” Weiss explains. “This drives us nuts, as scientists, because it’s really hard to disentangle them later. Often times we have this protein that we want to study and it comes out and they’re just goo.”

To solve this, Weiss and his team invented a way to gently apply mechanical energy to pull the tangled proteins apart and give them a chance to refold.

“We start with egg whites and dissolve them in urea, so they go from a white solid to a liquid. Then we put them into a machine called a Vortex Fluid Device that spins the solution at a high speed, so the proteins are sort of gently pulled apart,” Weiss says.

The process doesn’t result in a gooey raw egg you would want to cook up and eat, because the egg white has been dissolved in other compounds. But one of the key proteins found in egg white is returned.

Weiss and his team have filed for a patent, and are raising funds to scale up the process to meet the needs of biotech companies. If all goes well, the invention has the potential to save several industries a lot of headache, and money.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on January 29, 2015, 12:12:31
"House members are wrestling with constitutional questions as well as the shame of yet another tawdry episode in a state unaccustomed to political scandal."

Sounds to me like they are very accustomed to political scandal...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on January 29, 2015, 14:49:24
Who's the Russian marketing wizard that thought THIS (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-weight-loss-group-slammed-for-promoting-leningrad-blockade-diet/514973.html) would sell?
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A Russian weight-loss group has come under fire after it invited its followers to adopt a food regime based on the rations supplied during the Siege of Leningrad — when 630,000 people died of starvation.

The call for a "blockade diet," posted on Facebook on Tuesday by a group named "Get Thin Like Me," was timed to coincide with the 71st anniversary of the city's liberation from a Nazi siege.

Participants were asked to honor World War II veterans by eating only those products available to the population during the blockade, to "watch your figure and commemorate the Leningrad siege at the same time," the post read.

"We'll load up at the rate of factory workers doing a full day's shift in December 1941 — 400 grams of bread, and as many glasses of water as you like. Men can have 100 grams of vodka at night, but only in place of bread," the post said, followed by the recipe for "blockade bread" which, the authors said, included ingredients now only found at pet stores.

Only 20 people had signed up the Facebook event as of Tuesday afternoon ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on February 05, 2015, 10:48:39
WTF?!! Someone has watched the "Last of the Mohicans" movie too many times.   :facepalm:

Sun News (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/trending/archives/2015/02/20150204-124840.html)

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Man rips out another man's heart, eats it to prove he's 'not gay'

A South African man who ripped out another man's heart and ate it in order to somehow prove he wasn't gay apologized to the victim's families.
35-year-old Andrew Chimboza pleaded guilty to murdering 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona last year.

According to The Daily Mail, Chimboza told police he ate Manona's heart while the victim was watching, bleeding to death, to show him he was not gay.

In court, Chimboza said "I am sorry for what I have done and I have genuine remorse."

(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on February 05, 2015, 10:57:11
WTF?!! Someone has watched the "Last of the Mohicans" movie too many times.   :facepalm:

Sun News (http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/trending/archives/2015/02/20150204-124840.html)
Best "Ya think?" line from the story ....
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.... He added he didn't know why he ate the heart, but admitted he exceeded the boundaries of self-defense ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on February 05, 2015, 19:40:46
There is a time and a place to rip out a man's heart and eat it in front of him as he is dying.

This is certainly not one of those times.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on February 06, 2015, 01:49:12
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Chimboza claims Manona attacked him in a jealous rage after accusing him of sleeping with his girlfriend and he ripped out his heart because "it was full of hatred and jealousy."

So....a man sleeping with a woman in SA is considered gay?   ???

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The crown prosecutor said that "Because the removal of the heart was not the cause of death per se, it does not therefore have too much bearing on the plea of murder."

I'm not a doctor, but generally removing a heart when not undergoing an operation is usually a main cause of death.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 07, 2015, 14:40:54
How do you explain this to your wife... neighbours, family and friends.  If you can.

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Man who had sex with CHIHUAHUA jailed after wife spots him abusing family pet on security camera
Marc Gonzalez, 61, from Palm Beach County, to spend 100 days in jail
Abused dog on patio of house he shared with wife and three children
Dog bore 'physical trauma' from attack and repeatedly tried to escape

By Christopher Brennan For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:26 GMT, 6 February 2015  | Updated: 05:38 GMT, 7 February 2015

A Florida man who was caught on tape having sex with his family's chihuahua has been jailed.

Marc Ramon Gonzalez, 61, from Palm Beach County, was found out by his wife after she looked at security camera footage of her husband abusing the pet near the patio door.

He pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and sexual activity with an animal and received 100 days in jail along with 12 months' probation, the county clerk's office told Daily Mail Online.

Gonzalez shared his Wellington home with his wife and three young children and would often go out into their backyard .

A police report about the incident, in November 2013, included testimony from a dog expert who said that the dog was constantly in an uncomfortably submissive posture, with his head and ears down while Gonzalez abused him and touched himself.

Gonzalez's wife then rushed outside and confronted her husband.

The animal, which bore marks of physical trauma afterwards, tried to escape multiple times unsuccessfully and 'did not like what was happening'.

The man originally pleaded not guilty before striking a deal with prosecutors.

Sexual activity with an animal is a first degree misdemeanor in Florida, punishable by up to a year in prison or a $1,000 fine.

Animal cruelty is also a first degree misdemeanor and punishable by a year in prison or up to a $5,000 fine.

Cruelty that 'results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering' is a third degree felony and punishable by up to five years in prison.


'We wish there was stronger laws. We wish people would immediately go to jail and stay there,' Capt. Dave Walesky, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, told WPEC.

'It just doesn't make sense why people do things like that. There's no reason to justify something like that,' he said. 

Florida is the number one state for animal abuse crimes, according to Pet-Abuse.com.

The state officially passed a law banning bestiality in 2011, after many years without one.

As of early last year 12 states and the District of Columbia did not have specific laws against bestiality, according to AL.com.

However, many cases of bestiality are prosecuted under animal cruelty charges.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2943193/Man-sex-CHIHUAHUA-jailed-wife-spots-abusing-family-pet.html#ixzz3R5O00vyR
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: 211RadOp on February 27, 2015, 13:42:16
Green energy?

Pornhub's 'Wankband' encourages masturbating for the environment

Pornhub presents “The Wankband” — wearable tech that purportedly generates energy when you, for whatever reason, move your arm in and up-and-down motion.
 
That “dirty energy” can later be used to charge digital devices, Pornhub claims. The pornography site calls it “guilt-free electricity.”
 
“Every day, millions of hours of adult content are consumed online, wasting energy in the process and hurting the environment,” the product description reads.

“At Pornhub we decided to do something about it. Introducing The Wankband: The first wearable tech that allows you to love the planet by loving yourself.”
 
The site said the device is still in development, but encourages people to sign up for beta testing.
 
“The power,” Pornhub said, “is in your hand.”

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/02/27/pornhubs-wankband-encourages-masturbating-for-the-environment (http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/02/27/pornhubs-wankband-encourages-masturbating-for-the-environment)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 27, 2015, 15:14:02
I heard about this last night while driving home, laughed my *** off.   ;D

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Man caught playing trumpet while driving on West Gate Bridge

 Updated 17 Feb 2015, 6:03pm

A motorist struck a bad chord with police when he was caught playing the trumpet while driving over Melbourne's West Gate Bridge.

The 27-year-old man from Portarlington was intercepted by Highway Patrol after it received a number of calls about a black sedan driving erratically towards the city last Friday afternoon.

Police managed to catch up with the car and pulled alongside it to check on the driver.

To their shock, they saw the man was playing the brass instrument as he drove.

The driver was handed a $354 fine for careless driving.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-18/man-caught-playing-the-trumpet-while-driving-on-west-gate-bridge/6138106
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 25, 2015, 00:32:33
You know, if paranoid conspiracy theorists yell long and loud enough, it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy, and the government puts them on the watch list. :nod:

Conspiracy Theorists Think an Army Training Exercise Will Bring Martial Law to the US This Summer

https://news.vice.com/article/conspiracy-theorists-think-an-army-training-exercise-will-bring-martial-law-to-the-us-this-summer

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An unclassified document that outlines a US Army training exercise scheduled for this summer includes a color-coded map that refers to Texas as "hostile territory" and calls a portion of California an "insurgent pocket," leading a certain fringe on the internet to claim the exercise is really a dress rehearsal for a government plot to declare martial law.

The training exercise, known as Jade Helm 15, is scheduled to take place between July 15 and September 15 across parts of Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and will involve Green Berets, Navy SEALs, and other Special Ops forces. The uproar is over a slideshow presentation that outlines the effects the exercises might have on local populations. The US Army would not confirm the legitimacy of the document.

On the Sleuth Journal, a website that describes itself as an independent alternative media organization and also sells "preparedness and survival items," author Dave Hodges said the drill was actually about "the brutal martial subjugation of the people of Texas, Utah and Southern California who have risen up against some unspecified tyranny."

"A careful analysis reveals how this drill is connected to Army policies associated with the confinement of detainees in what is commonly called FEMA camps!" Hodge wrote, describing a conspiracy theory in which the government imprisons citizens in FEMA disaster camps. "This drill is undoubtedly the most frightening thing to occur on American soil since the Civil War."

Infowars, the conspiracy-minded site founded by Alex Jones, also published a story on Jade Helm 15, calling it a plan for the "brutal martial law takeover of America [that] labels Texas and Utah as 'hostile' states due to their strong cultural identities."

Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a spokesman for the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) told Stars and Stripes, the exercise is actually "routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment's notice."

'This drill is undoubtedly the most frightening thing to occur on American soil since the Civil War.'
Lastoria said the conspiracy theories were "proposed by a few individuals who are unfamiliar with how and why USASOC conducts training exercises."

He declined to provide details about the exercise to VICE News, but said that USASOC would "publish press and news releases regarding this training exercise as it moves through the development process."

The US government has been accused of using military training exercises as a cover for more nefarious activities several times in the past. Most recently, many of the same outlets concerned about Jade Helm 15 grew suspicious when the US military conducted joint training with a small number of Russian troops on US land in 2012.

"If you are consistently looking for evidence of the imminent imposition of something like this, then everything that comes up, whether it's gun control law or some thing else, it provides more fodder for people, Mark Fenster, a law professor at the University of Florida and author of the book Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture. "There have always been and will always be a strata of public opinion that holds that the government is out to get us."

Paul Floyd, a former Army Ranger and senior military analyst at the global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor, called the theory "ludicrous," and told VICE News that US soldiers would likely be unwilling to ever institute martial law on their fellow citizens.

"Every person I worked for in the military took an oath to defend the constitution, so without any pretext or serious reason to do so, imposing martial law in places where soldiers are from would absolutely generate blowback," Floyd said.

Floyd recalled training to be an Army Ranger and conducting exercises in Georgia and Florida where soldiers labeled territory in those states as hostile or friendly.

"The correlation has nothing to do with the political affiliation of any given state," he said. "They do these exercises all the time, it's directly related to their job, that's what all parts of the military do."

Floyd also noted that it's cheaper and more practical to prepare for international missions by training in the US. The exercises typically occur away from civilian areas, and often take place on terrain similar to what troops can expect to find overseas.

"This training will happen around areas where people live but it won't be exactly where they live, and they will likely try to focus on keeping to the training installation," he said. "These exercises are designed to work on the core skills of units. They're not very secretive, they're not mission specific. They're core skills we need to have.

Related: French experts try to kill conspiracy theory that says Yasser Arafat was poisoned

"The main takeaway here is all about realism for soldiers and making the US military as competent as it can be," Floyd added.

While the Army has not released detailed information on the Jade Helm 15 exercises, Fenster said increased transparency probably wouldn't change the minds of conspiracy theorists anyway.

"The real problem the government has and anyone who is implicated in a conspiracy theory has is that you can't actually respond to them in a way that has much effect," he said. "When you say you're not part of conspiracy they say of course you would say that and you bring more light to the conspiracy theory itself."

Follow Colleen Curry on Twitter: @currycolleen

 :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on March 25, 2015, 11:42:15
You know, if paranoid conspiracy theorists yell long and loud enough, it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy, and the government puts them on the watch list. :nod:

Conspiracy Theorists Think an Army Training Exercise Will Bring Martial Law to the US This Summer

https://news.vice.com/article/conspiracy-theorists-think-an-army-training-exercise-will-bring-martial-law-to-the-us-this-summer

 :facepalm:

Someone must have been watching this on DVD http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058576/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on March 25, 2015, 12:16:46
That's on par with all the Separatist crackpots here in Quebec that claim Ottawa is planning an invasion of Quebec every time the Militia exercises in Eastern Ontario. :)

P.s.: I remember that movie - wasn't it the one that made the point that all the forces int eh US play politics, except for the Marines?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: G.R-B on March 25, 2015, 13:55:45
Ah! And when they go out of their way to make an impossible scenario, say, a zombie apocalypse, so that this type of confusion doesn't happen, they get flak for wasting money training for imaginary things.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on March 25, 2015, 14:25:59
That's on par with all the Separatist crackpots here in Quebec that claim Ottawa is planning an invasion of Quebec every time the Militia exercises in Eastern Ontario. :)

P.s.: I remember that movie - wasn't it the one that made the point that all the forces int eh US play politics, except for the Marines?

Yup, Kirk Douglas is the Marine Colonel ADC to Burt Lancaster the Army General and chief of staff plotting the coup with the help of the Air Force.  He works for the President to undermine Lancaster and POTUS makes a surprise TV address exposing the Army and Air Force. 
Title: Man drowns self after seeing ugly bride for first time
Post by: S.M.A. on March 30, 2015, 12:49:35
 :blotto:

Pulse.ng (http://pulse.ng/gist/wedding-bells-man-drowns-himself-after-seeing-ugly-bride-for-the-first-time-id3609427.html)

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Man drowns himself after seeing ugly bride for the first time

Groom Kang Hu was left so disappointed after seeing his bride for the first time that he he attempted to drown himself.

‘I feel bad about what happened but when I saw her she wasn’t what I had expected and I realised she would be bad for my image,’ he said after being fished from a river.

The 33-year-old stunned guests when he apologised to bride Na Sung, 30, after saying she was ‘too ugly’ before the wedding in Shiyan, in central China’s Hubei province.

He hadn’t been able to get a glimpse of her because it was an arranged marriage, which he had been forced into.

Hours after the cancelled ceremony he was spotted lying face down in a river.

(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on March 30, 2015, 14:29:20
Yup, Kirk Douglas is the Marine Colonel ADC to Burt Lancaster the Army General and chief of staff plotting the coup with the help of the Air Force.  He works for the President to undermine Lancaster and POTUS makes a surprise TV address exposing the Army and Air Force.

There was a really bad remake made for TV http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109730/

Title: Woman burned alive as GPS leads driver off demolished bridge
Post by: S.M.A. on April 02, 2015, 15:16:21
Note to self: ALWAYS check the actual route on your car GPS!  :facepalm:

Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/30/woman-burned-alive-in-crash-after-driver-apparently-follows-gps-directions-off/)

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Woman burned alive in crash after GPS leads driver off demolished bridge

A driver was forced to watch his wife being burned alive Saturday inside their wrecked SUV after he drove off the ramp to a demolished bridge by apparently following GPS navigation, authorities say.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports 51-year-old Zohra Hussain of Chicago died of burns after the car caught fire following the 37-foot plunge Saturday morning onto property owned by BP in East Chicago, Ind. Her 64-year-old husband, Iftikhar Hussain, survived.

Lake County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Patricia Van Til said the road is marked with numerous barricades, including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings and concrete barricades across the road. The bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal has been closed since 2009.

(...SNIPPED)

How or why would someone ignore all of that?
Title: 18 month old child - accused racist
Post by: kratz on April 03, 2015, 18:56:07
Ref:  Washington Post (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/28/indiana-state-lawmaker-accuses-gop-members-18-mont/#!)

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Indiana state lawmaker accuses GOP member’s 18-month old son of racism


By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times - Saturday, March 28, 2015
An Indiana lawmaker drew gasps during a debate on the state’s religious freedom bill when she accused a colleague’s 18-month old son of being racist.

Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers made the comment during a debate on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the House, referencing Republican Rep. Jud McMillin’s child.

“I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scare of me because of my color,” Ms. Summers said to Mr. McMmillin, who is white, during last week’s debate, the Indy Star reported March 24.

Ms. Summers later defended her comment, recalling the meeting with Mr. McMillin’s son earlier in the session.

“He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried,” Ms. Summer said, the newspaper reported. “And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared.”

Mr. McMillin said Ms. Summers‘ comment was “unfortunate.”

“It’s just incredibly unfortunate. You’d like to think that we would have professional discussion on the House floor and certainly be able to avoid having 18-month-olds in the discussion,” he said, Indy Star reported.

“I can tell you that if he reacted the same way he reacts with anybody brand new, he buries his head in his dad’s shoulder,” Mr. McMillin said. “Whoever it is, it’s what he does. He’s an 18-month-old kid; he’s in a new environment up here in a place like the Statehouse but doesn’t know anybody. I honestly don’t remember anything out of the ordinary.”

Ms. Summers later apologized for the comment but blasted critics on her Facebook page for their continued backlash.

“To all of you on my page going off. I did apologize but the news doesn’t report that. I apologized to Jud McMillian and the other members of the House. I done with it. You need to see me I’ll be at the State House on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Come see me I’m not scared of any of you,” Ms. Summers wrote.

This is not the first incident where Ms. Summers has jumped to bash conservatives over racism.

Following President Obama’s press conference on the White House’s plan for air strikes against the Islamic State, during which he wore a tan suit sparking viral media criticism, Ms. Summers posted a photo of the president with the caption “Be Honest, Conservatives – It’s Not The Tan Suit That Bothers You … It’s the Tan President.”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on April 04, 2015, 13:34:52
Kratz, great segue into your sig line! ;D
Title: Re: Woman burned alive as GPS leads driver off demolished bridge
Post by: Hamish Seggie on April 04, 2015, 15:44:28
Note to self: ALWAYS check the actual route on your car GPS!  :facepalm:

Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/30/woman-burned-alive-in-crash-after-driver-apparently-follows-gps-directions-off/)

How or why would someone ignore all of that?

What an idiot. Tragiic

Ref:  Washington Post (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/28/indiana-state-lawmaker-accuses-gop-members-18-mont/#!)


Another idiot. Not quite as tragic but if this is what Americans elect....and to an extent we do the same.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: exectuter on April 04, 2015, 17:06:24
Not Canada, but a good reminder on professionalism and what not to post online.
Ref: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/04/2003615112 (http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/04/2003615112)
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Officers face probe after Apache breach

Five officers in an elite special forces unit face disciplinary measures and will be investigated in a judiciary probe after a media storm erupted over television personality Janet Lee showing off pictures of her and her husband sitting in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter at a restricted military base in northern Taiwan

Lee uploaded several photographs of her posing with the US-made AH-64 attack helicopter on Facebook, leading to a furor because the aircraft is off-limits to visitors, as it contains classified weapons technology

Images of the cockpit’s instrument panel were also published.
.... (A snippet)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on April 05, 2015, 20:31:31
Man dies during sex with scarecrow (http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/weird-news/man-died-after-having-sex-5452087)

The rotting remains of Jose Alberto, whose neighbours said was a loner, were found in his home.
----------------------------

You can't make this stuff up; or at least I can't.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on April 22, 2015, 13:44:10
CBC.ca (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-girl-told-to-stop-reading-by-school-bus-driver-1.3043652)

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Quebec girl told to stop reading by school bus driver
 
Sarah Auger, 8, enjoyed reading to and from school, until the bus driver said it was dangerous

 :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on April 22, 2015, 13:53:36
CBC.ca (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-girl-told-to-stop-reading-by-school-bus-driver-1.3043652)
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Quebec girl told to stop reading by school bus driver
 
Sarah Auger, 8, enjoyed reading to and from school, until the bus driver said it was dangerous

 :facepalm:

Perhaps she was reading "Fifty Shades of Gray".......  >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on April 23, 2015, 21:30:00
I've heard of paid mourners or "crying ladies" at funerals of rich people in certain Asian countries, but strippers?  :o

Canadian Press (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/china-crack-down-performances-strippers-rural-funerals-171905870.html)

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China to crack down on performances by strippers at rural funerals

BEIJING, China - Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas, the Ministry of Culture said Thursday.

The ministry said in a statement that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack of cultural events.

Such erotic performances at funerals are a relatively new phenomenon. Many rural people believe that a large attendance at funerals is a sign of honour for the deceased, and the shows are used to attract more people and display the family's prosperity.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on April 23, 2015, 22:16:07
CBC.ca (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-girl-told-to-stop-reading-by-school-bus-driver-1.3043652)

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    Quebec girl told to stop reading by school bus driver
     
    Sarah Auger, 8, enjoyed reading to and from school, until the bus driver said it was dangerous


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Abel complained to the school board, which deferred to the driver, saying the person who drives the bus is allowed to make the rules.

"The responsibility of a school bus driver is to transport students safely," said Mario Champagne, general secretary and director of communications for the Hautes-Rivière school board.

Another bureaucrat that doesn't have the guts to make a decision and passes the buck,
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on April 29, 2015, 20:27:49
You know, if paranoid conspiracy theorists yell long and loud enough, it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy, and the government puts them on the watch list. :nod:

Conspiracy Theorists Think an Army Training Exercise Will Bring Martial Law to the US This Summer

https://news.vice.com/article/conspiracy-theorists-think-an-army-training-exercise-will-bring-martial-law-to-the-us-this-summer

 :facepalm:

And it just doesn't stop.

Paranoia catches Abbott’s attention: Gov orders Texas guard to monitor military exercises over fears of federal takeover

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/paranoia-catches-abbott-attention-gov-orders-texas-guard-to-monitor-military-exercises-over-fears-of-federal-takeover.html/

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Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Guard to monitor federal military exercises in Texas after some citizens have lit up the Internet saying the maneuvers are actually the prelude to martial law.

The operation causing rampant suspicions is a new kind of exercise involving elite teams such as the SEALs and Green Berets from four military branches training over several states from July 15 to Sept. 15

Called Jade Helm 15, the exercise is one of the largest training operations done by the military in response to what it calls the evolving nature of warfare. About 1,200 special operations personnel will be involved and move covertly among the public. They will use military equipment to travel between seven Southwestern states from Texas to California.

On Monday, command spokesman Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria attended a Bastrop County Commissioners Court meeting to answer community questions and was met with hostile fire. Lastoria, in response to some of the questions from the 150 who attended, sought to dispel fears that foreign fighters from the Islamic State were being brought in or that Texans’ guns would be confiscated, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman.

He was forced to rebut that martial law was underfoot and said misinformation has been spread by those with a “personal agenda.”

“You may have issues with the administration. So be it. But this institution right here has been with you for over 200 years,” he was quoted as saying. “I’ve worn this uniform across five different administrations for 27 years.”

Radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been sending out warnings for weeks regarding the exercise, saying it is the U.S. military positioning itself to take over the states and declare martial law.

Abbott apparently has heard the concern and ordered the Guard to monitor the training and U.S. military personnel.

“To address concerns of Texas citizens and ensure that Texas communities remain safe, secure and informed about military procedures occurring in their vicinity, I am directing the TExas State Guard to monitor Operation Jade Helm 15,” Abbott wrote in his letter to the commander of the Texas Guard.

Abbott hedged the suspicion inherent in his message, saying, “The action I take today comes with the recognition of Texas’ long history of supporting our military forces.”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 29, 2015, 20:50:39
It seems as if Texas is continuing the practice of electing less than sterling thinkers as Gov.  Garbage in/garbage out.   :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on May 04, 2015, 20:25:16
This pretty much sums up the whole situation. But seriously - WTF is wrong with Texas?

Best quote ever: Paranoia is a mental illness, not a super power.

Jade Helm: The Insanity that Ate Texas

http://www.stonekettle.com/2015/05/jade-helm-insanity-that-ate-texas.html

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Jade Helm.

Martial Law.

FEMA Death Camps.

Oh, it’s coming, Folks. It’s a comin’.

This is it. This is the big one. Obama is about to make his move. Martial law, you betcha, FEMA death camps and secret tunnels under Wal-Mart. Oh they warned us, they did, the powdered wig wearing Patriots of the Tea Party, they warned us. Grab the wimen’ folk, load yer guns, hoist the Confederate Battle Flag! To the bunkers! To the bunkers!

"Just because you're paranoid," said Ted Cruz, "doesn't mean they're not out to get you."

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Right.

And just because you have the word "Senator" in front of your name doesn't mean you're sane, rational, qualified to run the country, or have an IQ higher than that of a sea cucumber.

Seriously, somebody help me out here: what the frig happened to Texas?

What the f**k happened to Texas?

There’s just no polite, no non-profane way to ask. What. The. F**k. Happened to Texas?

Is it the heat? Is it the water? Did somebody spike the punch bowl with psychotropic drugs? Is it inbreeding? It is, isn’t it?

The entire state has gone bonkers.

The Governor of Texas has mobilized his own personal army and Ted Cruz is demanding answers from the Pentagon.

Because, you know, if there really was a secret plot, the generals would tell him. What? Senator Cruz has asked about our super secret nefarious plot to invade our own country and force Texans into hidden underground FEMA centers where they’ll be disarmed and gay married to Muslims? Drat! He’s on to us! Then they twirl their Snidely Whiplash moustaches,  Curses! Foiled again by that brave Canadian cartoon hero, Dudley Cruz.

Let’s say this really was a thing.

Sure, just for the sake of argument, let’s say Obama really is planning on herding Texans into FEMA death camps disguised as Wal-Marts.

Why would he need the army?

Think about it. Why would you need some secret plot to get Texans into a Wal-Mart?

Announce a Veterans Day sale with 50% off all ammunition, Duck Dynasty camouflage, and frozen chicken nuggets, unlock the doors, and step the hell out of the way before you get trampled.

Honestly, where does the Army come in?

It has finally come down to this.

This, right here, this is just how low the once great party of Lincoln has sunk.

This right here, this drooling lunacy, this mental illness, is the state of America. This is what talk radio and reality TV and Budweiser fueled NASCAR has done to the gene pool.

This, right here.

I've been putting it off, talking about Jade Helm, because it's just so stupid, just so utterly f**king stupid even for the twitching under-medicated paranoia that passes for Republicans nowadays. But now that Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have weighed in on the side of booger eating stupidity,  I see I can’t evade it any longer.

Very well.

Let me be blunt, or blunter than I’ve already been: anybody, anybody, who believes President Obama is about to send the United Nations to invade Texas, declare martial law, and herd Texans into FEMA Death Camps Of Death cleverly hidden in a secret network of continent spanning tunnels linking Wal-Marts across the nation, anybody who believes this ridiculous howling bullshit in any way whatsoever should be darted with powerful tranquilizers, netted from black helicopters, pumped full of happy juice before they start eating their own feces, and installed in a dark padded cell where the most dangerous thing they encounter each day is a small plastic cup of institutional butterscotch pudding pushed through a small opening in the bottom of the door with a stick.

Yeah, but, but, but, the Army, Obama, Texas, Jade Helm!

Shut up. Take your medication, in fact double up on it, and just shut the f**k up.

Just, shut up.

A blubbering paranoid on Facebook managed to get all the drool summed up in one place. My response to her is as follows (edited and expanded):

"How do you explain the Jade Helm law?"

Easy: THERE'S NO SUCH THING.

There is no, repeat no, "Jade Helm Law."

"JADE HELM 15" is standard domestic exercise, same as dozens of others, same as any that have been going on since the country was founded.

Look, maybe you haven't noticed, but we in the military are often called upon to operate in foreign lands, particularly in urban and suburban environments. How in the hell do you think we train for that? What? You think it’s just f**king magic? We get by on our charm and wholesome American looks? Do you have any idea what it takes to do what we do? Coordination, communication, navigation, talking to civilians, security, just finding your way around in a strange city, and a thousand other mundane things you've never thought of. How in the hell do you think we learn that?

You can't exactly send troops to Tehran to practice you know – well, you can, but it’s bound to get you talked about, especially that part involving, you know, military invasion of a foreign country. So we do it here, in our country, where we can concentrate on the skills necessary without being shot at - except given the rise in paranoid droolers here at home, maybe it would be easier to do it in a hostile foreign land. These days, Baghdad is far more sane and friendly than whatever the frig is going on down there in Texas.

Honest to God, what the hell is wrong with you people?

We do this all of the time. This is what we do when conservatives don’t have us invading other countries. We practice. We practice navigation of navy ships up the coasts of our nation. We practice landing on the beaches of San Diego. The Air Force practices long range bombing runs across thousands of miles of US territory. The deserts of the American Southwest make a good facsimile of Middle Eastern conditions, and it’s a whole lot better to learn how to use a map and compass and a GPS unit there than when you’re trying to find your way out of the Swat Valley. The National Guard practices convoys on US highways – you must have seen those military vehicles out there on the road, what did you think they were doing? Driving shitty lowest bidder trucks two hundred miles for fun?

Yeah, but what about foreign troops on US soil? What about that? Huh? Huh?

What about it?

Listen, how do you think we learn to work together if we never practice together? If the first time we try to work with Belgian troops, or Senegalese, or Chinese, is when we're, oh, you know, TRYING TO F**KING FEED PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RUINS LEFT BY A NEPALESE EARTHQUAKE? I'm just saying here, you know, for example.

How is it you expect us to work with the Mexican army to reduce drug trafficking, again for example, if we never train together? If we can’t even talk to each other? If we don’t even know what goddamned frequencies each other’s radios are on? If we can’t tell a Mexican General from a private? Do you know? Can you read Mexican Army Rank insignia? Can you?

How do you think the ships of a dozen nations would be able to sail together if they didn't practice? Do you have any idea what it takes to form a fleet and sail in close proximity to each other? To navigate across thousands of miles of open ocean, to patrol coastal waters, to coordinate resupply and personnel transfers and communication and a million other things necessary to, oh, you know, hunt down pirates together in the Indian Ocean, or enforce UN sanctions against Iran in the Arabian Gulf, or search for a missing Japanese sailboat lost in the Pacific? Do you? Do you have any idea what that takes? When’s the last time you worked with the Chinese navy doing SAR for a missing Malaysian airliner in the South China Sea? Well? No, no, don’t be shy, step right up and tell us how to do it, after all you’re no doubt an expert on the Peoples Liberation Army Navy – what’s that? You didn’t even know China’s Navy was part of the Army? Funny, you being such a f**king expert on military exercises and all, I mean.

How do you think the air forces of a dozen different countries with different requirements and different procedures and different equipment and different communication protocols and different languages are able to work together, again for, oh, say, delivering supplies to a disaster zone, if they never talk to each other? If they don’t practice. Do you have any idea what that takes? Any at all? Or are you too busy imagining secret tunnels under Wal-Mart?

Here's another example: every year US troops and foreign forces from dozens of nations gather here in Alaska for NORTHERN EDGE where they work together and practice terrifying liberty destroying horrors such as learning to cross country ski in full military gear with hundred pound backpacks - you know, just in case some conservative jerkoff sends them to invade the snowy mountains of Afghanistan.

And we've done all of this literally for centuries.

"People are stupid and giving the government all the room they need to enact whatever laws they want to."

While I agree that the commenter is an object example of the first three words of that ridiculous sentence, the rest of it is provably wrong. And here's an idea, if you don't like the laws being passed, try electing people that aren't insane paranoids for a change.

America is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people - if you don't like the government, you've got nobody to blame but yourself. Stop acting like a mental defective and grow the hell up.

"While martial law is usually declared under a state of emergency, things are changing and there may come a day when that isn't the case."

May come to.

May.

Right. And the world may be destroyed by impact with the giant invisible planet Nibiru or conquered by naked purple lizard people from the alternate dimension of Crazyf**kistan.

What's next, you gonna tell me about the bogeyman hiding in your closet?

If you think the president can just wave his big Magic Negro Ray of Chocolate Mojo and declare martial law, you really don't understand how your government works - but then again that's not even a little bit surprising given a sitting US senator such as Ted Cruz apparently doesn't understand how the very government he is part of works either.

"Call it what you want, but this is reality now."

No. No it's not.

This is not reality.

It's a paranoid delusion completely divorced from reality and based on a faulty premise manufactured whole cloth by conspiracy mongers such as Alex Jones who make tidy livings preying on gullible mental patients.

"I do my own research."

That's what the commenter said, I do my own research. That’s how she knew the pending invasion of Texas was for reals, man, for reals.

I do my own research.

No. NO. Just … no.

No you don't.

What this crazy little nutter is doing is not research.

She doesn’t even know what that word actually means. Research is a structured formal process complete with checks and balances, multiple points of verification, experimentation, and fault testing. We actually teach classes in research. What these loons are doing is not, repeat not, research.

What it is is masturbation.

It makes them feel good but it's not the kind of thing anybody should be doing in public and you really shouldn't confuse it for actual intimacy.

What they are doing is nothing more than jerking off to conspiracy porn.

Every single part of this idiotic conspiracy theory is taken directly from "alternative news." It's self-reinforcing paranoid gibberish, like mental patients licking butterscotch pudding off of each other, and nothing more.

Now, listen to me and listen good:

This stupid crap isn't worth my time.

It's not worth your time.

It’s not worth any rational person’s time.

It’s certainly not worth a state Governor’s time, or a Senator, both of whom should have demonstrated basic leadership by telling their booger eating constituents to sit down and shut. the. f**k. UP.

You all should have grown out of this silly horseshit around about the time you stopped having your daddy check under your bed for monsters.

Stop it. Stop it right now.

If you can’t, then find an adult: have them slap you across the face, HARD, hard enough to knock out what few rotten teeth you have remaining in your pointy head. Have them slap the drool out of you. Have them keep smacking you up side your goddamned head until they knock some ******* sense into you.

This entire thing is a spook story manufactured whole cloth by people who make money, gobs and gobs of money, by preying on the simpletons and the fearful.

If you believe in any of this crap, then you are either mentally ill OR you are so goddamned stupid you shouldn't be allowed any social interaction of any kind without a court appointed keeper.

Stop it. Stop it right now.

"Just because you're paranoid," said Ted Cruz, "doesn't mean they're not out to get you."

Dude, they’re out to get you because you’re paranoid.

Paranoia is a mental illness, not a super power.

And only a raving lunatic would think otherwise.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on May 05, 2015, 11:30:42
Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/05/05/drunk-beijing-man-steals-horse-race-track.php)

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Drunk Beijing man steals horse from race track to get home

A man in Beijing who threw back one too many drinks at a horse racing track on May 3 found it in his best interest to ditch his car and instead take one of the majestic creatures for a ride home, a journey that ended up taking him three hours.
The man, surnamed Wang, said that he and his friends had left the racecourse and were intoxicated when he decided to leave his car and pull one of the black horses from its stables. He grabbed some reins and took off on horseback towards home, which was around 20km away.

(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on May 19, 2015, 09:39:35
This following Waco, makes you wonder if there is a madness now creeping into society.

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

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Bicyclist gunned down near Windsor (http://news.sympatico.msn.ctv.ca/Bell.Sympatico.CMS/Print.aspx?type=feed&lang=en&channel=news.sympatico.msn.ctv.ca&feedname=ctv-topstories_v3&newsitemid=ctvnews/20081113/diab_arrest_081113&show=&number=&showbyline=true&subtitle=)

Robert Garrison, KUSA 6:17 a.m. MDT May 19, 2015

Police could not say if the shooting was random or if the town worker was targeted.

WINDSOR - Windsor Police are looking for a killer who gunned down a bicyclist on a rural Weld County road near Windsor Monday morning.

Windsor Police Lt. Richard Higuera said the bicyclist, later identified as 48-year-old John Jacoby, was found by a passing motorist around 10 a.m. It's unknown how long Jacoby had been lying in the road.

Police say Jacoby was shot twice while riding his bike northbound on Weld County Road 15 near the intersection at Weld County Road 72. Higuera says first responders initially thought Jacoby was the victim of a hit-and-run crash, but they soon discovered he had been shot.

Jacoby worked for the Town of Windsor. He was a part-time park caretaker.

Police could not say if the shooting was random or if Jacoby was targeted. Lt. Rich Higuera said police aren't releasing any evidence at this time.

Higuera said they are actively searching for a suspect and are exploring all possibilities, including whether the murder is related to the April shooting of the 20-year-old Milliken woman in the neck. She survived the apparent random shooting while traveling on Interstate 25 near Windsor.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said Tuesday morning:

"At this point, we do not know if there is any tie between the traffic murder being investigated by the Windsor Police and the shooting of a motorist in Larimer County last month. We have been and remain in communication with the Windsor Police as their investigation evolves."

Even though the shooter is on the loose, Higuera said the public shouldn't be afraid, only aware and cautious. As for cyclists, he said they have more to worry about with distracted drivers.

Jacoby was a long-time Windsor resident and rode his bike every day, Higuera said. He left behind a family, although Higuera was not sure how many children Jacoby had.

The last homicide in Windsor was eight years ago.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan, Associated Press contributed to this report.

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


More on LINK (http://news.sympatico.msn.ctv.ca/Bell.Sympatico.CMS/Print.aspx?type=feed&lang=en&channel=news.sympatico.msn.ctv.ca&feedname=ctv-topstories_v3&newsitemid=ctvnews/20081113/diab_arrest_081113&show=&number=&showbyline=true&subtitle=) including news video.


[Note:  This is Windsor, Colorado.]
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on June 01, 2015, 12:15:57
Sort of like the people who don't vote in an election complaining about the efforts of those elected to do their jobs, but not the way that they (non-voters) want things done:


LINK (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/royal-succession-law-to-be-contested-in-quebec-court-1.2399904[color=limegreen)

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Royal succession law to be contested in Quebec court (http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/royal-succession-law-to-be-contested-in-quebec-court-1.2399904)

CTV News
Stephanie Marin , The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, May 31, 2015 6:15PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, May 31, 2015 7:30PM EDT

MONTREAL -- The birth of Prince George before his sister Charlotte averted the need for a major change in British tradition.

But the recent law that changed the rules of royal succession will be challenged in Quebec court beginning Monday, and could have political consequences in Canada.

The challenge could even force Ottawa to undertake a round of constitutional negotiations, say the lawyers behind the suit.

In 2011 -- while the world wondered if the firstborn of royal couple William and Kate would be a boy or a girl -- the leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries agreed to change the succession rules to allow a girl, if she was the eldest, to take the throne.

Before the change, she would have been passed over in favour of her brother.

The Harper government implemented the change by a simple federal law in 2013.

According to Patrick Taillon and Genevieve Motard, law professors at the University of Laval, this was a change to Canada's constitution that should have required the consent of the provinces, which the prime minister never sought.

Now, Taillon and Motard are aiming to have the law on royal succession declared unconstitutional.

The professors have the support of Quebec's Attorney General and -- improbably -- a monarchist league, the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust.

The government argues that the modification made by the British Parliament concerning the monarchy applies automatically under Canadian law -- Ottawa had only to pass a law giving "assent," with no need for a constitutional change.

Those who are contesting the law say the British Parliament lost its right to legislate for Canada with the repatriation of the Constitution in 1982.

In an interview, Taillon said the intention of the suit is primarily "so that the Canadian Constitution is respected by the federal government."

If the law is invalidated by the court, the federal government will be faced with a choice: refuse to touch the Constitution and default on Canada's obligations to the Commonwealth, or open the Pandora's box of constitutional negotiations, where the provinces could bring their demands to the table.

According to Taillon, if the law is invalidated it could also change Quebec's balance of power on the constitutional front.

Because of obligations to the Commonwealth, the federal government would have no choice but to listen to provincial demands, unlike in the past when he says Harper abandoned Senate reform rather than seek the approval of the provinces.

"In this case, he can't say 'we won't act' because he's involved with the other countries," Taillon said, while admitting that the international consequences of doing so might not be more severe than when Canada withdrew from the Kyoto protocol.

He says the group has "nothing against the essence of the reform," referring to changing the law to allow a woman to inherit the crown.

The case is expected to last two weeks in Quebec Superior Court.
 

This should prove interesting.  I am sure many Constitutional Lawyers will now be involved in Constitutional Debate among a group that is not likely to ever reach agreement to the same extent that the original framers of the Constitution were able to meet.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: 211RadOp on June 14, 2015, 06:44:09
Don't cut your lawn in Vaudreuil-Dorion after 1600 on a weekend or holiday.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=635065&playlistId=1.2421527&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1 (http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=635065&playlistId=1.2421527&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: tomahawk6 on June 15, 2015, 13:41:47
Passengers en rote from Chicago to London were diverted to Goose Bay.The 200 passengers stayed in barracks and the flight crew in a hotel.I was surprised that Goose Bay even had a hotel. ;D

https://gma.yahoo.com/passengers-aboard-diverted-united-airlines-flight-spend-night-134628749--abc-news-topstories.html#
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on June 16, 2015, 15:00:06
Not QUITE "Capricorn One (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077294/)", but still ....
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An international probe should be launched into various murky details surrounding the U.S. moon landings between 1969 and 1972, Russia's Investigative Committee spokesman said Tuesday.

Vladimir Markin penned a column for the Izvestia newspaper arguing that U.S. authorities had crossed a line by launching a large-scale corruption probe targeting nine FIFA officials. The scandal surrounding the case prompted the June 2 resignation of longtime FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and sparked a heated debate about Russia's role as host of the 2018 World Cup.

Venting his frustration with what he viewed as "U.S. prosecutors having declared themselves the supreme arbiters of international football affairs," Markin proposed that international investigators could likewise examine some of the murkier elements of America's past.

An international investigation could help solve the mystery of the disappearance of film footage from the original moon landing in 1969, or explain where the nearly 400 kilograms of lunar rock reportedly obtained during several such missions between 1969 and 1972 have been spirited away to, Markin suggested.

"We are not contending that they did not fly [to the moon], and simply made a film about it. But all of these scientific — or perhaps cultural — artifacts are part of the legacy of humanity, and their disappearance without a trace is our common loss. An investigation will reveal what happened," Markin wrote ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on July 02, 2015, 08:46:11
Dear American Think Tank and former American diplomat serving in Canada:

Canada has F-18's, not F-16's as mentioned in paragraph 3 of this paper (http://bit.ly/1H2ZmqK) analyzing whazzup in Canadian politics.

Kthxbye
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on July 03, 2015, 20:44:01
Now here is a really good one (German links at bottom):

(Link in Title)

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Meanwhile in Germany... (http://ritastatusreport.blogspot.nl/2015/07/meanwhile-in-germany.html#more)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Hello Warriors,

woke up with my email flooded with this, thanks everyone. :)

In Kiel, northern Germany, police and army have seized from an 78 year old pensioner's house the following items: Panther Tank, 8.8-centimeter AA gun (or Flakgeschütz), a torpedo and some rifles and machineguns.

The mayor, Alexander Orth is not surprised by the find: "He was chugging around in that thing during the snow catastrophe in 1978" (*)

 It took 9 hours for the almost 20 soldiers to carefully remove everything without damaging the house, the tank in particular was in a subterranean hall which apparently consisted of several levels (homemade bunker?). They were taken to Putlos, a military training area, while a investigation takes course on whether the pensioner was breaching the War Weapons Control Act or not.

 The pensioner claims that the tank and all the other weapons were demilitarized (with documents proving so).
His lawyer wants to take legal action against the confiscation and also call for damages for his client. "I assume that the tank has been damaged in the action." The same applies to the private road in front of the Villa.


 One of you, Marco G. made me giggle in his email, he called this a German typical conversation:
"Honey, do we have more beer?"
"Yes, downstairs, behind the tank. Don't stumble over the torpedo, and please don't smoke beneath the V2 rocket...."


(*)This reminds me when not long ago found my grandfather driving one of the old Zundapps he restored while fully 70's geared on our family property trough corn and lettuce fields like a lunatic while his radio screamed AC/DC. My apple didn't fell far from the tree. :P


Sources:
http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/heikendorf-bei-kiel-panzer-flak-und-waffen-aus-keller-geborgen-a-1041868.html

http://www.thelocal.de/20150702/police-find-wwii-tank-hidden-in-cellar

War Weapons Control Act: http://www.facing-finance.org/en/database/norms-and-standards/war-weapons-control-act/


LINK (http://ritastatusreport.blogspot.nl/2015/07/meanwhile-in-germany.html#more) to blog (with photos).




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Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar (http://www.thelocal.de/20150702/police-find-wwii-tank-hidden-in-cellar)

THE LOCAL.de
Germany's news in English
Published: 02 Jul 2015 16:10 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Jul 2015 07:10 GMT+02:00

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank.

The raid took place in the town of Heikendorf under the instruction of Kiel prosecutors, who suspect that the villa's owner held the weaponry in illegally under a law controlling the possession of instruments of war.

As well as the tank and the torpedo, several other weapons of war were found.

The Kiel prosecutor would not give The Local any details as to the specifics of the historical arsenal when contacted.

But a police spokesperson informed The Local that a torpedo had been removed from the building on Wednesday. He could not confirm whether it was a Second World War model.

He also said that by Thursday afternoon they had still not managed to remove the 1943-vintage Panther, despite the Bundeswehr (German army) sending modern recovery tanks of its own - designed to haul damaged battle tanks off the field - to help remove it.

Prosecutors were alerted to the existence of the weapons by Berlin prosecutors, who searched the villa for stolen Nazi art around a month earlier, the spokesperson for the Kiel prosecutor said.

But the villa owner's lawyer claimed that the tank could no longer fire its weapons and that he was therefore not breaking any law, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ).

And for the mayor of Heikendorf, Alexander Orth, the find also came as no surprise.

"He was chugging around in that thing during the snow catastrophe in 1978,“ Orth told SZ.

The mayor was not prepared to pass judgement on the villa owner, who is said to be in his 70s.

"Some people like steam trains, others like tanks,“ he pointed out.

Jörg Luyken (joerg.luyken@thelocal.com)


More on LINK. (http://www.thelocal.de/20150702/police-find-wwii-tank-hidden-in-cellar)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on July 03, 2015, 23:08:05
Yup, better get that torpedo before he runs amok and uses it on someone.

They sound like NDP\ Liberals\ Gov't of Quebec.

 :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: dangerboy on July 04, 2015, 08:55:44
More hijinks involving weapons:

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A Fort Bragg soldier with an AR-15 assault-type rifle wearing a military ballistic panel carrier and carrying multiple rifle ammunition magazines caused a busy Cross Creek Mall to lock down Thursday night.

Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was charged early this morning with going armed to the terror of the public. He told police he was preparing to have photographs taken with military equipment when 911 calls sent Fayetteville police to the mall.

http://www.stripes.com/news/us/fort-bragg-soldier-charged-with-causing-panic-after-going-to-nc-mall-armed-with-military-gear-1.356194 (http://www.stripes.com/news/us/fort-bragg-soldier-charged-with-causing-panic-after-going-to-nc-mall-armed-with-military-gear-1.356194)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on July 04, 2015, 08:59:59
Yup, better get that torpedo before he runs amok and uses it on someone.
When torpedoes are outlawed, only outlaws will have torpedoes, no?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on July 04, 2015, 09:35:09
Yup, better get that torpedo before he runs amok and uses it on someone.

They sound like NDP\ Liberals\ Gov't of Quebec.

 :facepalm:

Sure, go ahead and include the pinko government of Quebec for good measure. After all, it's not as if Albertans would ever vote in a socialist government … Oh! Wait…  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on July 04, 2015, 11:22:44
Sure, go ahead and include the pinko government of Quebec for good measure. After all, it's not as if Albertans would ever vote in a socialist government … Oh! Wait…  ;D

LOL!  Not to mention the Quebec Protectorate of New Brunswick.   >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on July 04, 2015, 13:50:40
When torpedoes are outlawed, only outlaws will have torpedoes, no?

Torpedoes don't sink ships, Seamen with torpedoes do.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on July 04, 2015, 21:48:16
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Meanwhile in Germany...

I must say that the Panther and Flak 88 look in pretty good condition.  Not to many good looking Panther's around these days.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on July 05, 2015, 00:50:03
.........  Not to many good looking Panther's around these days.

Where do they fall in line with Cougars?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on July 05, 2015, 09:52:32
Where do they fall in line with Cougars?

A bit older than Cougars......oh you mean the vehicle?  >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on July 05, 2015, 10:47:49
A bit older than Cougars......oh you mean the vehicle?  >:D

If they're older than Cougars, then does that not make them Sabre Tooth Tigers vs Panthers...   :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Haggis on July 05, 2015, 22:06:57
If they're older than Cougars, then does that not make them Sabre Tooth Tigers vs Panthers...   :)

One person's Cougar is another person's Kitten.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on July 05, 2015, 23:59:57
One person's Cougar is another person's Kitten.

Very wise words.   >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on July 16, 2015, 10:26:45
Another reason the UN is ineffective is shown in the people who are sent there:

Can anyone say anything else after reading this:

LINK (http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/2014/04/08/un-when-palestinian-men-beat-their-wives-its-israels-fault/)

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UN: When Palestinian Men Beat Their Wives, It’s Israel’s Fault (http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/2014/04/08/un-when-palestinian-men-beat-their-wives-its-israels-fault/)

In her recent report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay revives the bizarre charge, made by one of her colleagues in 2005, that when Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault:

.............................


Whole blurb on LINK (http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/2014/04/08/un-when-palestinian-men-beat-their-wives-its-israels-fault/).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on July 16, 2015, 11:22:18
Can anyone say anything else after reading this:

Actually, I can.

And the very first thing to say is that in no, repeat no report did the UN ever say that "When Palestinian men beat their wives, it's Israel fault". The only people that said that are self serving and self-appointed "UN watchers" with an agenda, and actually a pro-Israel at all cost agenda, that misinterpret and misrepresent the report for those self-serving reasons.

Which leads to the second point: Like every other piece of information on the internet, you have to look at who wrote the article you quote and their reasons/bias in writing it. I suggest you read the "About Us" section of the UNWatch website.

You will find out that it is NOT a UN organization, but a private NGO that self appointed itself to the mandate of "reviewing the actions of the UN in relation to its own Charter". Smacks of someone with a beef with the UN to me. And, unsurprisingly, we then find that it was created by a past US ambassador to the UN, who was a Republican appointee (Bush senior), is Jewish and has been an honorary president of the American Jewish Committee, with which UNWatch indicates that it is affiliated. If you look at their "recent posts" section, you will see that most of them are articles that criticize anything the UN does in relation to the Israel/Palestinian situation - what a coincidence, he!

In actuality, the UN reports into violence comes to the conclusion that, amongst various other factors, the convergence of a patriarchal society found in the palestinian population with the  high unemployment and despair induced in the population by the Israeli measures, whereby the men feel it is impossible to play their family role, creates stress in the men that lead to excesses of violence. It does not "blame" Israel, but merely notes one of the social consequences in the palestinian men of the measures taken by Israel. The palestinian men are still responsible.

Now let me see. Have we observed something like that somewhere before? Ah yes! That is similar to the conclusions that were reached by some social scientists on the higher incidence of violence against women and of suicides on Canadian Indian reserves. It is also part of the factors identified by research into the reasons Canadian soldiers returning from deployment have a higher incidence of conjugal violence.   
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on July 16, 2015, 21:57:24
And the government has started to move on Texas…

http://www.vice.com/read/what-we-know-so-far-now-that-jade-helm-15-has-begun-382

Texas, where bat poop is free range.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on July 16, 2015, 23:55:28
Now ..... This is really scary:

http://imgur.com/r01TBNq
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on July 17, 2015, 00:05:58
Now ..... This is really scary:

http://imgur.com/r01TBNq

It's alright - if I shot my 9mm like that, I'd be surprised if I hit the broadside of a barn  >:D
Title: 100 "Spartans" invade Beijing, wrestle with Police
Post by: S.M.A. on July 31, 2015, 11:34:50
Some craziness from last week in China:

Beijing police: This is Madness!

Spartans: This. IS. CHINAAAAA!!!

Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/07/23/police_in_beijing_caught_300_foreig.php)

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Look: 100 shirtless 'warriors' march through Beijing, get wrestled down by cops

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Beijing's Sanlitun village was invaded by a hundred laowai hunks dressed up as Spartacus warriors by a local eatery for a promotional event yesterday.
Ovaries were set aflutter, and many pictures taken by bemused passersby. It was all fun and games until the cops showed up to break up the party for "obstructing traffic".

Apparently, event organizers had not applied for a permit.

Perhaps as the result of the heat combined with an overload of testosterone, the army of models seemed to get a bit out-of-hand, and police even ended up wrestling down two Spartans who were little too riled up.

(...SNIPPED)

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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Baden Guy on July 31, 2015, 18:17:57
Video shows Conservative MPs reading from identical script  ;)

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/30/video-shows-conservative-mps-reading-from-identical-script.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on July 31, 2015, 23:12:18
Video shows Conservative MPs reading from identical script  ;)

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/30/video-shows-conservative-mps-reading-from-identical-script.html

So what? We're in an election cycle and the people that control things, for the CPC, have decided to send out a message that the party is united in its goals. They've also likely decided, the best way to convey this is with a constant and consistent message. This is no more, or less, than every other party telling their candidates to stay on script.

Desperate people seem to be grasping at anything, early on, that they can make a story of.

This is no conspiracy or turning candidates into mindless drones. It's plain, simple, run of the mill politics.

The writ hasn't even been dropped on the anti CPC crowd is already jumping at shadows.

Pretty sad, actually, that the anti CPC\ Harper crowd is already at their wits end for something to attack. 8)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Remius on July 31, 2015, 23:21:14
Video shows Conservative MPs reading from identical script  ;)

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/30/video-shows-conservative-mps-reading-from-identical-script.html

I have to admit, that was pretty funny.  Johnny 5...lol.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on August 01, 2015, 09:03:57
Also, to be fair (and I'm not an across-the-board CPC booster), ya think this was done as, say, a specifically-arranged-and-orchestrated "put videos into the can for the ridings" session?  It's a touch less surprising that everybody used the word-for-word same script.

Interesting to see when a similar mash-up of Liberal or NDP videos gets put together ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on August 01, 2015, 11:43:35
Considering the source (PressProgress, a media project of the Broadbent Institute), I wouldn't hold my breath...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on August 01, 2015, 12:19:26
Also, to be fair (and I'm not an across-the-board CPC booster), ya think this was done as, say, a specifically-arranged-and-orchestrated "put videos into the can for the ridings" session?  It's a touch less surprising that everybody used the word-for-word same script.

Interesting to see when a similar mash-up of Liberal or NDP videos gets put together ....

Same here, and if, as Mr. Campbell notes, "Angry Tom" can contain his left-wing and keep the NDP's centre relatively on target, I think that the PM has a very worthy and capable adversary to deal with.

For whatever many are saying about this latest aspect of CPC communications, the one thing it does who, even if affected through the strong arm of the PM, is considerable solidarity (cohesion) in messaging...not a bunch of dis-jointed hip shots from a party's scatter-shot snippets.  It is ironic, but I'm not convinced that NDP messaging is fundamentally any less whipped/constrained/driven,etc...  Harper and Mulcair are not as far apart, tactically and operationally, as many would try to have us believe.  Their ends may be notably different, but their means actually appear quite similar.   :2c:
Title: Student decapitated by helo blades while meeting Peru PM
Post by: S.M.A. on August 07, 2015, 09:52:14
 :o WTF?

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/student-20-decapitated-helicopter-blade-105328438.html)

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Student, 20, Decapitated By Helicopter Blade As She Approached Peruvian PM
Yahoo NewsYahoo News – 1 hour 55 minutes ago

A young woman was horrifically decapitated after being struck by the rotor blade of a helicopter that was carrying the Peruvian Prime Minister.

Lina Zapata Feijo reportedly slipped past a police cordon to approach the chopper as it landed in Tumbes, near the Ecuadorian border, at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

The 20-year-old university student had wanted to present PM Pedro Cateriano with a letter about her jailed brother.

Pedro Cateriano (left) was on board the helicopter (credit REX)
In it, she claimed he’d been wrongfully imprisoned due to negligence by the authorities.
(...SNIPPED)
Title: Dubai man lets daughter drown rather than let rescuers touch her
Post by: S.M.A. on August 10, 2015, 11:46:03
This man is a monster.

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/woman-drowns-because-dad-did-075238703.html)

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Woman Drowns Because Dad ‘Did Not Want Strange Men To Touch Her’
Yahoo News – 6 hours ago

A dad of a 20-year-old woman seemingly allowed his daughter to drown because he did not want ‘strange’ rescuers touching her.

The shocking incident, that happened on a beach in Dubai, saw the woman get into trouble in the water before lifeguards attempted to rescue her.

However, they were apparently stopped by the woman’s dad, who grappled with them rather than let them touch his daughter.

Lt Col Ahmed Burqibah, the Deputy Director of Dubai’s Police Search and Rescue department, said that the unidentified dad believed the “strange” men touching his daughter during a rescue would “dishonour” her.

He explained: “The Asian father took his wife and kids to the beach for picnic and fun"

(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on August 10, 2015, 12:06:05
I'm not convinced that NDP messaging is fundamentally any less whipped/constrained/driven,etc...  Harper and Mulcair are not as far apart, tactically and operationally, as many would try to have us believe.  Their ends may be notably different, but their means actually appear quite similar.   :2c:
And the Liberals have also had a history of short leashes on their members when they captained the ship of state, too.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 11, 2015, 13:34:58
I would have loved to hear what the last words spoken were before the "event" happened.   ;D

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Fight at Chinese karaoke bar leaves singer with ten-inch 'microphone' shoved so far into his rear, doctors have to cut open his abdomen to remove it
 •Man arrived at hospital in Guangzhou, southern China, on August 8
•Already had unknown cylindrical object lodged in his colon for 27 hours
•Doctors operated two hours to remove item but didn't reveal what it was

By Qin Xie For Mailonline
 
Published: 12:37 GMT, 11 August 2015 | Updated: 13:03 GMT, 11 August 2015

A Chinese man recently found himself having a 10-inch long cylindrical object stuck in his rectum and had to go through a two-hour operation to have it removed.

Doctors in a hospital in Guangzhou, southern China, were surprised to see a microphone-shaped item lodged in the man's colon after an X-ray, reported People's Daily Online.   

The patient refused to explain how the object had got there, but media reports suggest the man had been involved in a fight at a karaoke bar when the object was inserted into his body.

The middle-aged man, named only by his surname Cai, had no visible injuries when he arrived at the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine on August 8.

However, he had a strange and pained expression on his face and pointed at his rear to the staff.

Surgeons initially tried to extract the object from the man's anus but found that it was lodged in too deeply so they had to operate on him.

After two hours operation, where they opened Mr Cai up from his abdomen, they were able to remove the object.

It is thought the cylindrical object had already been inside the man for 27 hours before he sought medical help.

Media reports indicate the man had been involved in an altercation at a karaoke when the mystery object was inserted into his body.

Although the doctors did not disclose what exactly the object was, they revealed that it measured approximate 10 inches in length and 1.5 inches in diameter and was made of plastic.

The man is now recuperating in the hospital and has refused interviews by the media.

Dr Sun, who treated the man, said that he had previously treated a man in a similar disposition.

A chef had come into the hospital with a lodged cucumber, which had split his colon.

The doctor advised that 'foreign objects in rectum shouldn't be treated lightly. In certain circumstances it could even lead to death.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3193599/That-s-got-hurt-Man-10-inch-long-torch-like-object-stuck-rear-alleged-karaoke-row.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Robert0288 on August 11, 2015, 14:41:22
I'd like to think that the individual was terrible at karaoke.  Someone said the words along the line of "... you can shove it up your ***" and fisticuffs ensued.
Title: Aussie couple wakes up to find naked man in bed with them
Post by: S.M.A. on August 18, 2015, 12:40:58
Perhaps the couple won't admit that this was a drunken threesome gone wrong...  ;D

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/couple-wake-naked-man-bed-075319669.html)

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Couple Wake Up To Find Naked Man In Bed With Them
Yahoo News– 7 hours ago

An Australian couple got the shock of their lives when woke up to find a naked stranger sleeping in bed next to them.
The pair, known only as Chris and Katie, went to bed in their home in Sydney like normal but when Katie woke up in the middle of the night, she found the unknown man in bed with them.
Describing the “terrifying” moment she saw the stranger, Katie told 9News: “Chris is on one side, I’m in the middle and then our stranger on the end right in with us.
“So just the sense of someone next to me who shouldn’t be there…
“He was asleep, I could feel heat.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: Aussie couple wakes up to find naked man in bed with them
Post by: Dimsum on August 18, 2015, 14:51:06
Perhaps the couple won't admit that this was a drunken threesome gone wrong...  ;D

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/couple-wake-naked-man-bed-075319669.html)

In certain cities in Oz, that's just a Saturday night.  Nothing to see here.... 
Title: Re: Aussie couple wakes up to find naked man in bed with them
Post by: cupper on August 18, 2015, 21:12:16
In certain cities in Oz, that's just a Saturday night.  Nothing to see here....

Hopefully that was not from personal experience. ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on August 25, 2015, 22:56:52
Some of the news we read really falls under one category: The WTF News

This one out of Toronto really is a candidate for The WTF News:

LINK (http://globalnews.ca/news/2185359/toronto-man-denied-subsidized-housing-for-not-being-muslim/?hootPostID=70a04a6fbe80db6edc1bbe9e3198eb02)

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.
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Toronto man denied subsidized housing for not being Muslim (http://globalnews.ca/news/2185359/toronto-man-denied-subsidized-housing-for-not-being-muslim/?hootPostID=70a04a6fbe80db6edc1bbe9e3198eb02)
By Sean O’Shea
Reporter    Global News

TORONTO — A disabled Toronto man had his name removed from the waiting list of a subsidized city apartment because he does not meet the main criteria for living there: being Muslim.

“It doesn’t make any sense; I lived in Texas, that doesn’t make sense even there,” said Austin Lewis, 21, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Lewis is attempting to find subsidized, rent-to-income accommodations in Toronto. He has applied to dozens of apartments through Housing Connections, an organization that manages a waiting list of applicants applying for subsidized housing.

This week, Lewis received a letter from Housing Connections, informing him he would be taken off the list for an apartment at 3001 Finch Ave. West, operated by Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace Inc.

The letter reads, in part: “The vision of this community includes providing housing for households in which at least one person is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. This means if none of the individuals of your household are a member … you will be removed from the waiting list.”

“It’s prejudiced, it’s racist,” said Laura Whiteway of Brampton, Lewis’s mother. “It’s wrong on every single level: this goes against everything Canada represents to me.”

Whiteway contacted Global News after receiving the letter, which she says unfairly discriminates against her son because he is not Muslim.

“If it’s legal, it should not be legal; it’s insulting, that’s what it is,” she said.

Under provincial law, renters aren’t supposed to be denied accommodations on the basis of religion.

“The purpose of the Human Rights Code in Ontario is to make sure people feel as though they are part of the community and that their dignity and their worth is protected,” said Shane Martinez, a Toronto criminal defence lawyer who specializes in human rights issues.

“The Human Rights Code for the province still applies and is really the paramount legislation that needs to be given consideration in a situation like this,” Martinez added.

But the city of Toronto says the practice of allowing only certain ethnic or religious groups is legally acceptable.

“Ahmadiyya has received approval under Council authority to enter into an Agreement to establish a Mandate to restrict tenancy to ‘members of the Muslim Jama’at’ in accordance with the requirements approved by City Council in November 2002. The Agreement to Establish a Mandate has been executed by both parties and has a five year term with an effective date of Jan 1, 2015,” according to John Gosgnach, communications manager for the City of Toronto.

“The City’s mandate policy allows social housing providers to restrict their housing to individuals belonging to an identifiable ethnic or religious group if specific conditions are met,” Gosgnach said.

“The housing provider must provide the City with a legal opinion that they are meeting the requirements of Section 18 of the Ontario Human Rights Code by providing services and facilities to support the members of the identifiable ethnic or religious group.”
Gosgnach said the same provision allows other groups to do the same “including seniors, artists, aboriginal, homeless/hard-to-house, individuals with AIDS and ethnic and religious groups including Christian and individuals of Lithuanian, Macedonian, Greek, Chinese, Hungarian and German origin.”

But Whiteway says her son is already facing an uphill battle to find housing because of his physical disability; having another option taken away makes a bad situation worse.

“I thought we were moving forward,” she said. “We are a melting pot; this does not reflect that.”

Lewis says he “wouldn’t mind a bit” living in a building that was predominantly occupied by Muslims, or anyone else.

“People are people, they do what they do: they can pray to a tree, I don’t care, it doesn’t impact me,” he said.

© Shaw Media, 2015


Video on LINK (http://globalnews.ca/news/2185359/toronto-man-denied-subsidized-housing-for-not-being-muslim/?hootPostID=70a04a6fbe80db6edc1bbe9e3198eb02).



Does Toronto really want to create Ghettos?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on August 25, 2015, 23:06:31
Best ask FortYorkRifleman, he's the expert on the wholesomeness, all inclusive and friendly nature of everything Toronto. I'm sure he can explain it to us.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on August 26, 2015, 08:51:29
Some of the news we read really falls under one category: The WTF News

This one out of Toronto really is a candidate for The WTF News:

He was taken off the list for one apartment building, not the entire list.  I'd say that the operators of the building, Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace Inc, stated their prerequisites right up front: “The vision of this community includes providing housing for households in which at least one person is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. This means if none of the individuals of your household are a member … you will be removed from the waiting list.”

Is it discriminatory?  Probably.  Would I want to live there?  No.

Also, from this article (http://globalnews.ca/news/2185359/toronto-man-denied-subsidized-housing-for-not-being-muslim/):

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“The City’s mandate policy allows social housing providers to restrict their housing to individuals belonging to an identifiable ethnic or religious group if specific conditions are met,” Gosgnach said.

“The housing provider must provide the City with a legal opinion that they are meeting the requirements of Section 18 of the Ontario Human Rights Code by providing services and facilities to support the members of the identifiable ethnic or religious group.”

Gosgnach said the same provision allows other groups to do the same “including seniors, artists, aboriginal, homeless/hard-to-house, individuals with AIDS and ethnic and religious groups including Christian and individuals of Lithuanian, Macedonian, Greek, Chinese, Hungarian and German origin.”

So, there you go....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lumber on August 26, 2015, 09:25:35
...Gosgnach said the same provision allows other groups to do the same “including seniors, artists, aboriginal, homeless/hard-to-house, individuals with AIDS and ethnic and religious groups including Christian and individuals of Lithuanian, Macedonian, Greek, Chinese, Hungarian and German origin.”

"Good Day, I would like to apply to live in a home provided by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services."

"But Sir, you're not an Aboriginal..."

"DISCRIMINATION!"
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on August 26, 2015, 09:37:58
"Good Day, I would like to apply to live in a home provided by Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services."

"But Sir, you're not an Aboriginal..."

"DISCRIMINATION!"

Yes, but I think the original story was trying to cast the discrimination stone at Muslims only.

How about this story?

Man 'flabbergasted' to hear Nor-Villa Hotel doesn't rent to Winnipeggers (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/man-flabbergasted-hear-nor-villa-103000283.html)

Lance Bartlett says he was looking for a good night's sleep when he looked up a Winnipeg hotel online.

Bartlett is recovering from an accident and has trouble sleeping. He decided to check himself into a nearby hotel for a night so he could get some rest and give his wife a break.

He decided to go the Nor Villa on Henderson Highway. Bartlett handed the female employee at the front desk his identification and a credit card.

"The moment she saw my address, she says she couldn't help me because they have a policy of not renting to Winnipeg residents. I said, 'Pardon me?'"

Bartlett asked the employee to contact her manager because he couldn't believe it. The clerk got off the phone and said the manager confirmed what she told Bartlett.

"I was floored. Absolutely floored. So I said, 'Let me be clear: you have rooms for rent? She said 'Yes.' But you won't rent me a room because I am a resident of Winnipeg. She said 'Yes.'"

More at link
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on August 26, 2015, 09:51:45
I am not surprised....the Nor Villa had a reputation and lots and lots of wild after bar parties....tore it up pretty good we did.....no not surprised at all...............
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Blackadder1916 on August 26, 2015, 16:53:48
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"I looked up the Nor Villa on the internet. There is nothing about 'We don't rent to Winnipeg residents,'" he says. "There is no sign in their lobby stating these facts."

Well, I guess they corrected that. http://www.norvillahotel.com/
Title: Brave British reporter sips own pee with leader of Chinese urine therapy group
Post by: S.M.A. on August 28, 2015, 14:24:29
To boldy drink where no Briton has drank before!!!  ;D GAN-BEI! (Cheers!)

Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/08/28/british-reporter-sips-own-pee-china-urine-association.php) (EDITED TO FIX SOURCE LINK)

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Brave British reporter sips own pee with leader of China Urine Therapy Association
 
A truly intrepid reporter for MailOnline decided to have a go at "urine therapy", the practice of drinking one's own pee for perceived health benefits, during a recent meeting with a leader of the China Urine Therapy Association. The results are pretty much what you'd expect.

The China Urine Therapy was founded in Hong Kong back in 2008, and has since amassed a following of some 1,000 members, all of whom swear by drinking their own piss as an effective treatment for anything from age spots to cancer.
Last year, we reported about a member in Wuhan who insisted that gulping down his own pee for over a year is what cured his hyperthyroidism.

(...SNIPPED)


edited to fix link
Title: Re: Brave British reporter sips own pee with leader of Chinese urine therapy group
Post by: cavalryman on August 28, 2015, 15:55:20
To boldy drink where no Briton has drank before!!!  ;D GAN-BEI! (Cheers!)

Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/08/28/goldman-sachs-copycat-exposed-china.php)
Hey - they drink warm beer and some of their lagers taste like pee, so it's not terribly exotic to a Briton.
Title: Re: Brave British reporter sips own pee with leader of Chinese urine therapy group
Post by: Blackadder1916 on August 28, 2015, 19:57:44
To boldy drink where no Briton has drank before!!!  ;D GAN-BEI! (Cheers!)

Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/08/28/goldman-sachs-copycat-exposed-china.php)

What has drinking your own piss got to do with the link that you provided, which is titled "Shenzhen Goldman Sachs the latest copycat to be exposed in China"?  As for "urine therapy", what's new about that.  I recall an interview (on 60 Minutes), nearly forty years ago, with the then Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai, in which he discussed the benefits of his practise of drinking his urine.  As for a Brit, I've seen some (admittedly when they were drunk) consume things much more vile.
Title: Re: Brave British reporter sips own pee with leader of Chinese urine therapy group
Post by: S.M.A. on August 28, 2015, 20:52:08
What has drinking your own piss got to do with the link that you provided, which is titled "Shenzhen Goldman Sachs the latest copycat to be exposed in China"? 

My apologies. I placed the wrong article link in my previous post above. I've corrected the link.

You'll also notice that both the "Goldman Sachs copycat" article and the "Briton drinking urine" article are both from the Shanghaiist blog site, which is compiled by and read mostly by foreign expats who either currently live in or used to live in China.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on September 05, 2015, 14:53:48
I watched a Brit drink his own pee once.  Mind you, he was a rugby player and we were at a beer keller (sp?) in Munich during Oktoberfest (I was attending an Oktoberfest rugby tournament).  The fact that he was also a stock broker didn't stop him either.  Even my British Army mates (I was playing for a British Army team) though that was a bit much!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on September 30, 2015, 16:34:35
 Classic, not sure if it true or not, but if is ain't it should be  ;D

http://xbradtc.com/2015/09/28/improvise-adapt-overcome/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 30, 2015, 17:20:03
 :rofl:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on September 30, 2015, 20:06:29
Karma is a *****. ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 31, 2015, 19:33:45
Please, for the love of God, tell me that this is Not True:


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Muslims claiming cash for numerous wives (http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2008/02/08/4834833-sun.html)

TOM GODFREY -- SUN MEDIA
Oct 5, 2015, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET

Hundreds of GTA Muslim men in polygamous marriages -- some with a harem of wives -- are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses, thanks to the city and province, Muslim leaders say.

Mumtaz Ali, president of the Canadian Society of Muslims, said wives in polygamous marriages are recognized as spouses under the Ontario Family Law Act, providing they were legally married under Muslim laws abroad.

"Polygamy is a regular part of life for many Muslims," Ali said yesterday. "Ontario recognizes religious marriages for Muslims and others."

He estimates "several hundred" GTA husbands in polygamous marriages are receiving benefits. Under Islamic law, a Muslim man is permitted to have up to four spouses.

However, city and provincial officials said legally a welfare applicant can claim only one spouse. Other adults living in the same household can apply for welfare independently.

The average recipient with a child can receive about $1,500 monthly, city officials said.

FAMILY LAW ACT

In addressing the issue of polygamous marriages, the preamble to the Ontario Family Law Act states: "In the definition of 'spouse,' a reference to marriage includes a marriage that is actually or potentially polygamous, if it was celebrated in a jurisdiction whose system of law recognizes it as valid. R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3, s. 1 (2)."

"There are many people in the community who are taking advantage of this," Ali said. "This is a law and there's nothing wrong with it."

Immigration officials said yesterday that polygamous marriages aren't allowed in Canada, but that contradicts the provincial law.

"Canada is a very liberal-minded country," Ali said. "Canada is way ahead of Britain in this respect."

He said Britain recently began permitting husbands to collect benefits for each of their wives.

The British government recently admitted that nearly a thousand men are living legally with multiple wives in Britain. Although the families are entitled to claim social security for each wife, the department for work and pensions said it has not counted how many are on benefits.

In Canada, Ali said, the man and his main wife and children enter Canada as landed immigrants. The other spouses are sponsored or arrive as visitors to join their husband to share one home.

POSSIBLE FRAUD

The families receiving benefits didn't want their identities released because it can lead to questions by authorities on how they entered Canada and can mean an end to their benefits, Ali said.

Brenda Nesbitt, the city's director of social services, said benefits are only paid to one spouse and names and addresses are cross-checked for possible fraud.

"There may be polygamous cases we are not aware off," Nesbitt said yesterday. "They can apply as single people and we won't know."

Ontario Community and Social Services spokesman Erike Botond said a social assistance benefit may only include one spouse. "Other adults residing in the same dwelling place as a recipient and their spouse may apply as individuals."

"I can assure you that polygamy is not recognized under immigration legislation," immigration spokesman Karen Shadd-Evelyn said yesterday. "A conjugal relationship, whether involving marriage or a common-law partnership, must be exclusive."

Councillor Rob Ford said taxpayers' money should be spent on education and schools instead.

"This is wrong," Ford said yesterday. "They should put a stop to this immediately."





LINK (http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2008/02/08/4834833-sun.html)


Possible FRAUD?  No Shyte!  End this BS now.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: BillN on October 31, 2015, 21:37:52
Did Hell just freeze over?  Did the Leafs win?  Something must have happened......I just agreed with Rob Ford !!!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on October 31, 2015, 23:31:10
I'm living in the wrong country.

Buddy in BC has many wives, according to his Christian beliefs and has spent decades defending himself.

There is a Muslem pipeline in the GTA allowing multiple wives?

How did this happen?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: E.R. Campbell on November 19, 2015, 11:54:09
This ...  (http://globalnews.ca/news/2347401/americans-threatening-to-move-to-canada-if-u-s-takes-in-syrian-refugees/) Some people are too stupid to breathe on their own.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on November 19, 2015, 12:01:25
This ...  (http://globalnews.ca/news/2347401/americans-threatening-to-move-to-canada-if-u-s-takes-in-syrian-refugees/) Some people are too stupid to breathe on their own.

Easy peasy.....if they immigrate to Canada, we'll just put them up the OUR Syrian Refugees......problem solved.....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on November 19, 2015, 12:25:52
This ...  (http://globalnews.ca/news/2347401/americans-threatening-to-move-to-canada-if-u-s-takes-in-syrian-refugees/) Some people are too stupid to breathe on their own.

Guess they don't read or watch the NEWS.

Easy peasy.....if they immigrate to Canada, we'll just put them up the OUR Syrian Refugees......problem solved.....

Shocker!    [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on November 19, 2015, 12:44:32
Guess they don't read or watch the NEWS.

I have family in the US.  When I visit them, it shocks me (it shouldn't anymore, but it still does) how little world news gets put in the average network news show.  My cousins would say that in LA, most people wouldn't care about world events but damn if they didn't know what the Kardashians were doing in 5-min intervals.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on November 19, 2015, 15:15:14
It's true then, L.A. must be a portal or gateway to Hell.  OMG- the thought of hearing or seeing about that disgusting family all the time.  The horror, the horror.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Blackadder1916 on November 19, 2015, 16:14:20
. . . .  My cousins would say that in LA, most people wouldn't care about world events but damn if they didn't know what the Kardashians were doing in 5-min intervals.

But it is the continuum of the American experience.  Now the number one focus of their attention is the descendant off-spring of Armenian refugees.  One hundred years from now, the illiterati will be watching "Keeping up with the (insert racially stereotypical Syrian name here)" in order to get their fix of stupidity.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on November 19, 2015, 22:46:08
These are probably the same ones who said they would move north when they brought in socialized medicine in the US. And the same ones who made the same threat when recreational marijuana was legalized in several states. And the same ones who freaked and threatened to run when the Supremes legalized same sex marriage.

I suggest one of two possible solutions:

Either we annex the US and make them the newest Canadian Provinces so the Terrorists no longer have a place to target since the US will no longer exist

or

We join the US as the 51st thru 60th states and 3 newest territories, to keep the bat poop crazy 'Muricans out of Canada.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on November 20, 2015, 00:22:37
These are probably the same ones who said they would move north when they brought in socialized medicine in the US. And the same ones who made the same threat when recreational marijuana was legalized in several states. And the same ones who freaked and threatened to run when the Supremes legalized same sex marriage.

I suggest one of two possible solutions:

Either we annex the US and make them the newest Canadian Provinces so the Terrorists no longer have a place to target since the US will no longer exist

or

We join the US as the 51st thru 60th states and 3 newest territories, to keep the bat poop crazy 'Muricans out of Canada.
Or a fence along the Canada-US border to prevent their wingnuts from mixing with our wingnuts and creating a black hole that will annihilate our universe  [:'(
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on November 20, 2015, 09:29:05
Isn't it the mixing of wingnuts with anti-wingnuts that creates black holes  ??? All that modern physics confuses me.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on November 20, 2015, 10:03:51
Isn't it the mixing of wingnuts with anti-wingnuts that creates black holes  ??? All that modern physics confuses me.
Their wingnuts spin right, ours spin left - put 'em together and voila: instant chaos  :-\
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on November 21, 2015, 14:46:33
No, we need to start a breeding program one left wingnut with one right wingnut. This will ultimately cancel each side out and we will reach the promised utopia. ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on November 21, 2015, 16:00:34
No, we need to start a breeding program one left wingnut with one right wingnut. This will ultimately cancel each side out and we will reach the promised utopia. ;D

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fgifsanimados.espaciolatino.com%2Ftaz5.gif&hash=ca32b9d419f9e10566b8b1d01e6356dc)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: runormal on November 21, 2015, 18:17:40



Quote
Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over 'cultural issues'

BY AEDAN HELMER, OTTAWA SUN
FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015 08:58 PM EST | UPDATED: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015 02:12 PM EST

Student leaders have pulled the mat out from 60 University of Ottawa students, ending a free on-campus yoga class over fears the teachings could be seen as a form of "cultural appropriation."

Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly yoga instruction to students since 2008, says she was shocked when told in September the program would be suspended, and saddened when she learned of the reasoning.

Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that "while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students ... there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice," according to an email from the centre.

The centre is operated by the university's Student Federation, which first approached Scharf seven years ago about offering yoga instruction to students both with and without disabilities.

The centre goes on to say, "Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced," and which cultures those practices "are being taken from."

The centre official argues since many of those cultures "have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy ... we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga."

The concept of cultural appropriation is normally applied when a dominant culture borrows symbols of a marginalized culture for dubious reasons -- such as the fad of hipsters donning indigenous headdresses as a fashion statement, without any regard to cultural significance or stereotype.

But Scharf, a yoga teacher with the downtown Rama Lotus Centre, said the concept does not apply in this case, arguing the complaint that killed the program came instead from a "social justice warrior" with "fainting heart ideologies" in search of a cause celebre.

"People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find," said Scharf.

"There's a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. And unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things."

There were about 60 students who participated in the free program.

Acting student federation president Romeo Ahimakin denied the decision resulted from a complaint.

Ahimakin said the student federation put the yoga session on hiatus while they consult with students "to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces. ... We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner."

Scharf offered a compromise, suggesting she change the name from yoga to "mindful stretching," since that would reflect the content of the program and would "literally change nothing about the course."

"I'm not pretending to be some enlightened yogi master, and the point (of the program) isn't to educate people on the finer points of the ancient yogi scripture," she told the Sun.

"The point is to get people to have higher physical awareness for their own physical health and enjoyment."

According to email correspondence between Scharf and the centre, student leaders debated rebranding the program, but stumbled over how the French translation for "mindful stretching" would appear on a promotional poster, and eventually decided to suspend the program.

Student federation official Julie Seguin sympathized with Scharf, defending the use of the term "yoga," and saying, "I am also still of the opinion that a single complaint does not outweigh all of the good that these classes have done."

Seguin said "labeling the CSD's yoga lessons as cultural appropriation is questionable (and) debatable" and called on further discussion with the student executive.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/11/20/free-ottawa-yoga-class-scrapped-over-cultural-issues
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on November 21, 2015, 18:42:48
The older I get, the more stupid I think our population is becoming.  This cancellation of the free yoga classes at the U of O just reenforces that opinion.  The inmates are running that asylum.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on November 21, 2015, 22:30:32
Note to the U of O special snowflakes who believe free yoga is cultural appropriation: you're hereby summoned to cease drinking beer as such consumption by non-Germans is offensive to my Germanic ancestry.   ::)

Why is it that we let the mentally retarded fringe dictate things?  There was a time when we would treat the general population with compassion by locking the nutters up in insane asylums under the care of properly trained alienists.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on November 22, 2015, 12:24:26
College Students Say Remembering 9/11 is Offensive to Muslims

Quote
The everything-is-offensive brand of campus activism has struck a new low: Students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims due to concerns—insulting, childish concerns—that Muslim students would be offended.

You can't make this up, folks.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/22/college-students-say-remembering-9-11-is-offensive-to-muslims.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on November 22, 2015, 12:37:16
Good gracious no, one mustn't offend them at any cost.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on November 22, 2015, 14:03:23
In general, people under 25 are offended by anything that is not positive to their way of thinking.
The worst part is, my through my experience, more experienced people join the offended  in defense of these "youth".
Rational thought has gone out the window.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on November 22, 2015, 14:27:10
^ “We are addicted to the rush of being offended” ^

Jerry Seinfeld

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on November 22, 2015, 17:31:40
I remember the olden days when good idea fairies were told STFU and sit down.

Now they run the joint
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on November 23, 2015, 12:44:27
They have run off all the free thinkers and right of centre types, now they can only eat their own.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: WLUArmyBrat on November 23, 2015, 21:42:26
As a student leader on a University campus, stuff like this saddens me.

See one of our most recent on campus "issues". Professors have even gotten involved on both sides, as have the Star and the National Post.  :-\

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/10/29/prime-minister-statues-have-no-place-on-our-campus.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on November 24, 2015, 19:40:33
Note to the U of O special snowflakes who believe free yoga is cultural appropriation: you're hereby summoned to cease drinking beer as such consumption by non-Germans is offensive to my Germanic ancestry.   ::)

Why is it that we let the mentally retarded fringe dictate things?  There was a time when we would treat the general population with compassion by locking the nutters up in insane asylums under the care of properly trained alienists.

I am waiting for those twits to clue into how stupid their statement and actions are.  What do they think of the Pizza and Chinese Food being delivered on campus after hours to people in the Residences?  Are those not "cultural appropriations" of the Italian and Chinese cultures?  What about the university's Golf and Curling teams?  Are they not "cultural appropriations" of the Scottish culture?  The list could go on and on with everything in campus life from sports to food to classes to entertainment events and locations.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on November 24, 2015, 19:51:34
I am waiting for those twits to clue into how stupid their statement and actions are.  What do they think of the Pizza and Chinese Food being delivered on campus after hours to people in the Residences?  Are those not "cultural appropriations" of the Italian and Chinese cultures?  What about the university's Golf and Curling teams?  Are they not "cultural appropriations" of the Scottish culture?  The list could go on and on with everything in campus life from sports to food to classes to entertainment events and locations.

Because its 1984.

Not 2015
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on November 24, 2015, 20:33:41
Because its 1984.

Not 2015
Ummmm..no.  Prime Minister Trudeau The Younger has declared it to be 2015 because social justice. ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on November 24, 2015, 21:36:13
Are those not "cultural appropriations" of the Italian and Chinese cultures?
Speaking for the bit in yellow, I can say adding pineapple to pizza may or may not be "appropriation", but it sure constitutes a food crime  ;D

First they came for the yoga instructors, but I did nothing ....  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on November 24, 2015, 21:44:55
Speaking for the bit in yellow, I can say adding pineapple to pizza may or may not be "appropriation", but it sure constitutes a food crime  ;D

So are "Chicken Balls" and "Chop Suey".  Actually, anything that is "Chinese-Canadian" or "Chinese-American" "food". 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on November 24, 2015, 22:03:43
So are "Chicken Balls" and "Chop Suey".  Actually, anything that is "Chinese-Canadian" or "Chinese-American" "food".

It depends upon how drunk you are when it arrives.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on November 24, 2015, 22:38:47
Ummmm..no.  Prime Minister Trudeau The Younger has declared it to be 2015 because social justice. ::)

BUT they (THE GOOD IDEA Fairies) have made it 1984, despite what The Younger has said....and he meant to say "cause its 1984" [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on December 01, 2015, 21:23:14
"But they were for personal use ...." (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/12/01/us-michigan-turtles-idUSKBN0TK5X020151201)
Quote
A Canadian college student caught at a border checkpoint in August 2014 with 51 live turtles in his pants pleaded guilty to six smuggling charges on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Kai Xu, 27, of Windsor, Ontario, admitted to smuggling or trying to smuggle more than 1,600 turtles of different species out of the United States from April 2014 until his arrest in September 2014. Each of the six counts carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

In August 2014, Xu crossed the U.S.-Canada border into Detroit and was watched by U.S. agents as he picked up a package at a parcel center and appeared to transfer items before heading back to the border, according to a criminal complaint.

When he passed back through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Xu was stopped by Canadian Border Services, which found and seized 41 live turtles taped to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs, the complaint said ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: 211RadOp on December 01, 2015, 21:25:25
I hope none were snapping turtles.  Although that would have lowered the chance of him procreating.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: DAA on December 02, 2015, 11:08:45
And our young University minds are at it yet again.

"UWSA concerned by military activities on campus for 103rd Grey Cup" (http://theuwsa.ca/2015/11/103rdgreycup/)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ueo on December 02, 2015, 15:01:47
Re: Turtle smuggler, maybe his not procreating would improve the human gene pool, can't comment on that of the turtles.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on December 02, 2015, 15:47:11
I think it's cultural misappropriation to wear plaid, how am I able to distinguish my Scottish heritage with all these wannabes wearing our plaid!!  :dileas: :piper:

However in interests of harmony, we may be willing to rent the right to you for a wee sum..... :nod: 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on December 02, 2015, 18:59:07
And our young University minds are at it yet again.

"UWSA concerned by military activities on campus for 103rd Grey Cup" (http://theuwsa.ca/2015/11/103rdgreycup/)

At least some people are speaking out about the absurdity of it all:

http://www.themanitoban.com/2015/12/military-recruiters-should-be-welcomed-not-scorned-on-campus/26172/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on December 02, 2015, 21:55:48
Speaking for the bit in yellow, I can say adding pineapple to pizza may or may not be "appropriation", but it sure constitutes a food crime  ;D

Same for spinach or a fried egg!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on December 08, 2015, 15:54:33
 ::)
Perhaps he got drunk while watching a rerun of the old scifi series "Space: Above and Beyond"?


Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/brit-hacked-nasa-found-evidence-084449883.html)

Quote
Brit Who Hacked NASA ‘Found Evidence Of Warships In Space’

Yahoo News – 11 hours ago
A Brit hacker who managed to gain access to top secret NASA computers has astonishingly claimed to have found evidence of U.S. warships stationed in space.

Gary McKinnon, who was wanted by America over the biggest military hack of all time, said that he discovered a secret space programme run by the American Navy.

Speaking to UFO channel RichPlanet TV, the 49-year-old revealed: “I used a program called Landsearch, which could search all the files and folders.

“But I scanned and looked for documents, I found an Excel spreadsheet which said, ‘Non-terrestrial officers’.

“It had ranks and names. It had tabs for ‘material transfer’ between ships.

(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 08, 2015, 16:01:34
Kharma is a biatch...

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/burglary-suspect-hiding-in-pond-killed-by-11-foot-alligator-authorities-say/ar-AAg90Hh?li=AAadgLE&ocid=HPCDHP
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on December 08, 2015, 18:27:55
Kharma is a biatch...

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/burglary-suspect-hiding-in-pond-killed-by-11-foot-alligator-authorities-say/ar-AAg90Hh?li=AAadgLE&ocid=HPCDHP

It made me smile when I read that elsewhere today.  Darwin Award winner!!!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on December 10, 2015, 05:29:32
WTF, indeed (http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2015/12/08/unlicensed-therapist-working-out-of-golden-lake-home-guilty-of-sexually-molesting-patients) ....
Quote
A retired Canadian Forces member who worked as a therapist offering alternative health treatments including his own "orgasm technique" has been found guilty of sexually molesting five of his patients.

Michael Norris, 63, of Golden Lake was an unlicensed therapist who offered a "cranio-sacral" therapy that was supposed to help his female victims with head and neck pain, but instead asked the women to take off their clothes before touching them sexually, a judge found Monday.

Four of the assaults occurred in Norris's Golden Lake home while the fifth was committed in the home of one of the women.

The assaults occurred over a five-year period beginning in 2008.

( .... )

Norris was injured in Bosnia and received "cranio alternative therapy" and it worked, so began studying it himself, court heard. He also studied lymph drainage therapy and visceral manipulation therapy. Lymph drainage therapy can involve placing hands near the breasts while visceral manipulation techniques can involve touching near the genitals, court heard.

The trial heard that Norris had also developed his own "neurotransmitter therapy" or "orgasm technique" that involved stroking his fingers. Norris claimed it could result in orgasms ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 10, 2015, 11:18:55
Sounds like I'm in the wrong line of work...

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on December 10, 2015, 11:38:43
Leonardo DiCaprio scared by a Chinook.   :rofl:

http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/12/09/its-a-chinook-leo-albertans-respond-to-dicaprios-climate-experience-while-filming-the-revenant (http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/12/09/its-a-chinook-leo-albertans-respond-to-dicaprios-climate-experience-while-filming-the-revenant)
Title: Chinese mother offers to bribe with sex in return for passing customs
Post by: S.M.A. on December 10, 2015, 20:40:07
Bribery with sex? ::)

Shanghaiist (http://shanghaiist.com/2015/12/10/chinese_mom_offers_sex_to_customs_official.php)

Quote
Chinese mum offers to sleep with US customs official if he just turns a blind eye to $160,000 in undeclared luxury goods

A Chinese woman has been accused of offering sex as a bribe to a U.S. customs official at JFK airport, after she was caught red handed with a considerable amount of undeclared luxury goods.

Hong Yang, 55, first arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport from Paris last July with her sister and adult daughter. The Customs and Border Patrol officers found undeclared items in their luggage, including designer bags, a fur coat, diamond jewellery and watches valued at $160,000, according to New York Daily News.

The complaint filed at Brooklyn Federal Court said that the woman attempted to then bribe the officer with a note with her name and phone number on it, and offered to throw in a watch and US$10,000 if he would turn a blind eye to the goods.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 10, 2015, 21:02:48
Was she hot though?

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on December 10, 2015, 21:51:31
Was she hot though?

MM

She's 55.  According to the Avg Asian Aging Process....

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fweknowmemes.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F03%2Fthe-average-asian-aging-process.jpg&hash=d883e4f74336ef4286ac08853398a4bd)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 10, 2015, 23:14:53
Point taken, lol.

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on December 16, 2015, 10:37:52
Now these Congressional Hearing interviews are very scary:

https://www.facebook.com/RepDeSantis/videos/1001434629914597/?theater

https://www.facebook.com/Oversight/videos/10153418211287517/?theater

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1641926262691391&theater


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: BorisK on December 16, 2015, 17:50:51
This seemed fitting for the WTF News Files thread :

http://globalnews.ca/news/2404049/toronto-councillor-suggests-calling-in-army-to-deal-with-violent-turf-war/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 16, 2015, 17:59:09
http://globalnews.ca/news/2404049/toronto-councillor-suggests-calling-in-army-to-deal-with-violent-turf-war/

Trending: Is Giorgio Mammoliti the Donald Trump of Toronto?
Dec 16, 2015
http://www.citynews.ca/2015/12/16/trending-is-giorgio-mammoliti-the-donald-trump-of-toronto/
 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on January 03, 2016, 16:35:45
 :facepalm:

Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/26/mucahid-cihad-han-muslim-televangelist-turkey-masturbation-istimna_n_7440122.html)


Quote
Masturbating Men Will Find Their Hands Pregnant In The Afterlife, Muslim Televangelist Warns
The Huffington Post UK  |  By Ryan Barrell

televangelist has warned male Muslims away from masturbation - because it may leave their hands pregnant in the afterlife.

Mücahid Cihad Han supposedly made the claim in response to a call from a man who "kept masturbating, although he was married, and even during the Umrah", a pilgrimage similar to the Hajj.

Hearing the man's plight, Han stated that masturbation is forbidden in Islam and went on to say: "Moreover, one hadith states that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife, complaining against them to God over its rights".

(...SNIPPED)


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on January 03, 2016, 16:46:14
he never said what the hands give birth to.......fingers, extra hands to help the workload, penis's,  :eek:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on January 03, 2016, 18:00:27
:facepalm:

Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/26/mucahid-cihad-han-muslim-televangelist-turkey-masturbation-istimna_n_7440122.html)

Heard that one before from the nut jobs.  However did they become at one time the leading edge of science and wisdom with leadership like that?

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on January 05, 2016, 19:54:39
Heard that one before from the nut jobs.  However did they become at one time the leading edge of science and wisdom with leadership like that?

Well, when the western Europeans were more concerned with balancing the four humours and blood-letting....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on January 05, 2016, 20:16:52
Well  if the nutjob is right and my hands take me for child support, then I'll never be out of debt in the next life or the one after that either...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on January 05, 2016, 20:23:42
Heard that one before from the nut jobs.  However did they become at one time the leading edge of science and wisdom with leadership like that?

Ghengis Khan - Thats how!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on January 05, 2016, 20:29:35
Well  if the nutjob is right and my hands take me for child support, then I'll never be out of debt in the next life or the one after that either...

Wouldn't that be a.....

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fifanboy.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F06%2Fdavid-caruso-sunglasses_400_260_c1_center_top_0_0.jpg&hash=cdde36c1f6908baf9ba26e433cfb7fef)

...handout?

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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on January 05, 2016, 21:33:33
Wouldn't that be a.....

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fifanboy.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F06%2Fdavid-caruso-sunglasses_400_260_c1_center_top_0_0.jpg&hash=cdde36c1f6908baf9ba26e433cfb7fef)

...handout?

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We're having too much fun here, hehehehe
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 13, 2016, 23:16:51
"You get on the plane and sit next to someone with this as their emotional support animal, what do you do?"
 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12096210/Passenger-takes-turkey-on-flight-as-emotional-support-animal.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on January 14, 2016, 15:20:18
Man Arrested After ‘Using Wife’s Head As A Mop Because They Had Run Out Of Jam’.  Husband of the year...

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/man-arrested-using-wife-head-083104856.html (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/man-arrested-using-wife-head-083104856.html)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Remius on January 20, 2016, 09:29:20
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/can-t-make-this-stuff-up-ont-driver-charged-for-snowy-windshield-1.2744534

People like this need to have their driver's license taken away...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on January 21, 2016, 00:35:27
Looks like the astrophysicist woke up on the wrong side of the bed again...  ::)

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/prof-stephen-hawking-more-bad-091739777.html)
Quote
Prof Stephen Hawking Has More Bad News For Humanity: We’re About To Wipe Ourselves Out

Yahoo News
January 19, 2016
b180c966fdafa24f53a61758929ce856

Cheery physicist Professor Stephen Hawking says that mankind could be wiped out by our own creations within the next 100 years.

Answering audience questions at this year’s BBC Reith Lectures, he said that our rush to understand and improve life through science and technology could be humanity’s undoing.

He has previously suggested that colonising other planets will be the only way that the human race can survive, but he warns that we may lose Earth to some kind of major disaster before we have a chance to properly do so.

“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low,” he explained, “it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on January 21, 2016, 19:20:54
Looks like the astrophysicist woke up on the wrong side of the bed again...  ::)

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/prof-stephen-hawking-more-bad-091739777.html)

He's just been watching the weather panic here in DC.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Kilo_302 on January 22, 2016, 16:23:58
Looks like the astrophysicist woke up on the wrong side of the bed again...  ::)

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/prof-stephen-hawking-more-bad-091739777.html)

Not sure if this belongs on this thread. Complex systems tend collapse very quickly, and global civilization definitely counts as complex system. You can get a nuclear exchange out of climate change quite easily. Just look at India and Pakistan's situation with water and extrapolate by 15-20 years.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on January 30, 2016, 16:48:50
Progressives vs science:

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=58176

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SCIENCE!!! “Personality is a capitalist construct” [Darleen Click]

I guess all those thousands of years prior to “capitalism” people just bumped around without personalities …

Dr Adam Perkins, a lecturer in the neurobiology of personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Like Chagnon, Perkins is a social scientist whose research findings pose a direct challenge to one of the central planks of left-wing ideology.

Over the past five years, he has accumulated a mass of evidence about the personalities of welfare claimants and concluded that individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and anti-social tendencies — what he calls the ‘employment–resistant personality profile’ — are over-represented among benefit recipients. He also found that their children are likely to share those traits, which helps explain why poverty has a tendency to be passed down from one generation to the next. […]

[T]o the progressive left, Perkins’s research is sacrilege. It runs counter to the anti-capitalist narrative that portrays the ever-expanding underclass as ‘victims’ whose only sin is to be born on the wrong side of the tracks. We’re back to the myth of the noble savage.

Perkins published his findings last November in a book called The Welfare Trait (Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99), but you won’t have heard about it or seen it reviewed in any UK newspaper anywhere because his research has been judged to be off limits by the self-appointed guardians of the academic establishment and their outriders in the media. A senior editor of Nature, one of the leading academic journals, refused to consider it for review because she regards scientific research into the personalities of the long-term unemployed as ‘unethical’, and a sociology professor whom the publishers had asked to peer-review the book refused to do so on the grounds that any book linking benefit dependency to personality must be nonsense because personality is a ‘capitalist construct’.

Colleagues with whom Perkins had collaborated in the past warned him off publication, worried about being associated with such a heretic; and a powerful American professor was so enraged by his conclusions that he lobbied for him to be banned from the conference circuit.

Actual scientists who disagree would challenge Dr Perkins, review his work, produce their own and engage in public debate.

But no. He is to be shunned, shut up and shut down.

Leftism is a jealous religion and even science takes a secondary role. The results are known and only research to confirm those results is to be allowed.

Freedom of scientific pursuit is as valuable to members of the Left as is freedom of speech and due process.
- See more at: http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=58176#sthash.5uhnJOjv.dpuf
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on February 04, 2016, 12:59:52
Some people like to think of their bodies as a work of art and cover themselves in tattoos.

Some people are just candidates for future Darwin Awards:

https://www.facebook.com/69video/videos/1045686825498815/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on February 06, 2016, 20:30:06
Delorian coming back from the grave, with a new commercial to boot:

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/videos/a28101/heres-the-first-new-delorean-commercial-since-1982/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=78&v=HjJF5u0Ii_4
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on February 08, 2016, 17:34:42
Don't tell me the secret ingredient to McDonald's special Big Mac sauce is EMBALMING FLUID?  ;D

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/woman-keeps-mcdonald-happy-meal-132942732.html)

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Woman Keeps McDonald’s Happy Meal Untouched For Six Years – And This Is The Shocking Result

Yahoo News
February 8, 2016

A mum claims to have conducted an experiment where she kept a McDonald’s Happy Meal for SIX years – just to see if it would decompose.

Jennifer Lovdahl, from Alaska, in the U.S., posted a status on Facebook about a meal she bought from the fast food chain back in 2010.

She said: “It’s been 6 years since I bought this “Happy Meal” at McDonald’s. It’s been sitting at our office this whole time.”

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on February 08, 2016, 17:42:43
Don't tell me the secret ingredient to McDonald's special Big Mac sauce is EMBALMING FLUID?  ;D

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/woman-keeps-mcdonald-happy-meal-132942732.html)
Saw the same sort of thing in "Supersize Me", with the McD's fries seeing no appreciable change over a LOT of months - maybe the embalming fluid's in the fry oil?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: NavyPhoenix on February 08, 2016, 17:45:55
Why? Why do people think that this is something to do? Way too much unproductive time on their hands, I guess.

 :facepalm:

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on February 10, 2016, 01:02:27
Lets hope the Young Dauphin, Katherine Wynn or Rachel Notley aren't reading this:

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/02/cam-newton-super-bowl-taxes#

Quote
Cam Newton now owes the state of California tons of money after the Super Bowl
By: Luke Kerr-Dineen   | February 7, 2016 12:31 pm     

Being an accountant for a professional athlete must be a thankless task — well, apart from all the money they must make from their multimillionaire clients. Let’s clarify: in the spending-lots-of-time-doing-math department, it must be a thankless task. That’s obviously not much of a consolation for professional athletes when that tax bill when it comes rolling in but that is, of course, part of the deal.

Forbes crunched the numbers ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl and calculated how much Cam Newton would have to pay of his bonus money regardless of how the game turns out in California, which boasts some of the highest tax rates in the nation (This exact issue even prompted a comment from Golfer Phil Mickelson about it in 2013).

According to Forbes:

Win on Sunday, and Newton will pay California a total of $159,560 in taxes in 2016. Lose, and he will pay $159,200, based on an income reduction of $51,000.

It continues:

The result: Newton will pay California 99.6% of his Super Bowl earnings if the Panthers win. Losing means his effective tax rate will be a whopping 198.8%. Oh yeah, he will also pay the IRS 40.5% on his earnings.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on February 16, 2016, 12:21:16
From whom did she learn to criticize barbers, Kim Jong Un?

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/woman-unhappy-haircut-allegedly-tries-111743491.html)

Quote
Female Customer Unhappy With Haircut 'Goes Back To Shoot Barber’
Yahoo News
February 15, 2016

A woman who was angry about her haircut is alleged to have returned to the barbers shortly after and attempted to open fire – only for her gun to jam.

Adrian Blanche Swain is reported to have walked back into a salon an hour after a trim, brandishing a firearm.

The incident happened in a San Diego, California, hairdressers – but the weapon malfunctioned and she was forced to the floor.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Danjanou on February 18, 2016, 14:42:23
WonderiNG if this should be in the daily things to be afraid of thread?  8)

DRUNK monkey grabs foot-long kitchen knife and chases after men at Brazilian bar after drinking leftover rum... but leaves the women alone

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3451187/Drunk-monkey-grabs-foot-long-kitchen-knife-chases-men-Brazilian-bar-drinking-leftover-rum-leaves-women-alone.html#ixzz40XwGpJTL
 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3451187/Drunk-monkey-grabs-foot-long-kitchen-knife-chases-men-Brazilian-bar-drinking-leftover-rum-leaves-women-alone.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 18, 2016, 15:55:05
Sounds like a Bosn on a run ashore...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on February 18, 2016, 16:10:46
Sounds like a Bosn on a run ashore...
You mean the bit about "chases after men at Brazilian bar after drinking leftover rum... but leaves the women alone"?   :whistle:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on February 18, 2016, 18:00:22
Progressives vs science:

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=58176

Funny, where I work I see an inordinate number of benefits claimants. I can not disagree that many (most) display traits that are not compatible with long term employment. That being said, I tend to see people at their worst, so I would temper my observations to state that I probably only see a single sample of the population. I typically don't see the hard working poor who just want to do better for their children.
Title: Baby Dolphin DIES after tourists pass it around for selfies
Post by: S.M.A. on February 22, 2016, 13:35:00
What a horrible way to die; when too much selfies is too much!

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/baby-dolphin-dies-tourists-pull-124230203.html)

Quote
Baby Dolphin Dies After Tourists Pass It Around For Selfies
[Yahoo News]

February 18, 2016


A rare baby dolphin has died on the beach after selfish tourists pulled it from the ocean so they could take selfies with it.

Shocking footage from Santa Teresita beach in Buenos Aires, Argentina, shows the body of the marine mammal lying motionless on the floor as dozens of people surround it.

The Franciscana dolphin had been passed around between sun worshippers while they took out their phones and posed for pictures

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on February 22, 2016, 21:06:02
Let's hope that our Federal Government file storage procedures are a little more robust.

Best laid plans: mice delay Brussels tunnel repairs by eating construction outlines
Original drawings for crumbling road tunnels in congested city have been destroyed, apparently by hungry rodents

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/18/mice-delay-brussels-tunnel-repairs-by-eating-construction-outlines

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Delays to repairs intended to ease traffic chaos in Brussels have been blamed on hungry mice, who have apparently eaten the construction plans.

EU leaders gathering for a summit on Thursday to deal with the refugee crisis and British threats to leave the union will find Brussels struggling to cope with repeated closures of key road tunnels, caused by crumbling concrete and years of decay.

The Belgian capital’s regional parliament has been told that repairs are being held up because the original construction plans have been destroyed – apparently eaten by rodents.

The tunnels provide vital routes across what is often described as Europe’s most congested city. But, for decades, the construction plans were stored in the pillars of a motorway bridge, for want of space elsewhere.

“They may have been eaten by mice,” the former head of the city’s infrastructure agency told city officials on Wednesday.

The state of the roads in the city of 1.2 million people, home to the EU and Nato headquarters, has become a hot political issue in Belgium, with an estimated bill of €1bn (£780m) to repair all the tunnels.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on February 24, 2016, 19:27:39
 I hope he's not related to Don Cherry...

Yahoo Daily Buzz (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/man-spotted-strolling-naked-through-nashville-151351475.html)

Quote
Man spotted strolling naked through Nashville Airport
Lia Grainger
The Daily Buzz
February 24, 2016

Talk about packing light.

A man was arrested in Nashville on Sunday for strolling around the airport completely naked.

The man, later identified as 53-year-old Eric Cherry, shed his clothing in the parking lot and then entered the airport unhindered by his garb. A traveller by the name of Tod Brilliant was there, and told the New York Daily News, “I turned my head and I saw some creamy white thighs and ankles and I said, ‘That’s a naked man.’ ”

(...SNIPPED)



Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: 211RadOp on March 04, 2016, 13:09:52
Should we start a Darwin Awards 2016?

Man taking selfies with gun fatally shoots himself

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 Wednesday, March 2, 2016 10:17:00 EST PM


CONCRETE, Wash. -- A 43-year-old man has died after authorities say he accidentally shot himself in the face while taking selfies.
 
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the man and his girlfriend were photographing themselves with the weapon on Sunday at a residence when he shot himself.
 
Skagit County Sheriff's Office Patrol Chief Chad Clark says the woman reported that she and the man had taken photos with the gun several times that day and that the man had loaded and unloaded bullets multiple times.
 
Clark says a bullet apparently remained in the gun the final time he fired.
 
The death is being investigated as accidental. The man's name has not been released.



http://www.thewhig.com/2016/03/02/man-taking-selfies-with-gun-fatally-shoots-himself (http://www.thewhig.com/2016/03/02/man-taking-selfies-with-gun-fatally-shoots-himself)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 04, 2016, 13:47:56
Should we start a Darwin Awards 2016?

Man taking selfies with gun fatally shoots himself

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 Wednesday, March 2, 2016 10:17:00 EST PM


CONCRETE, Wash. -- A 43-year-old man has died after authorities say he accidentally shot himself in the face while taking selfies.
 
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the man and his girlfriend were photographing themselves with the weapon on Sunday at a residence when he shot himself.
 
Skagit County Sheriff's Office Patrol Chief Chad Clark says the woman reported that she and the man had taken photos with the gun several times that day and that the man had loaded and unloaded bullets multiple times.
 
Clark says a bullet apparently remained in the gun the final time he fired.
 
The death is being investigated as accidental. The man's name has not been released.



http://www.thewhig.com/2016/03/02/man-taking-selfies-with-gun-fatally-shoots-himself (http://www.thewhig.com/2016/03/02/man-taking-selfies-with-gun-fatally-shoots-himself)

I guess you can fix stupid.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on March 04, 2016, 15:01:11
I guess you can fix stupid.

I think in this case you can.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on March 06, 2016, 00:22:44
I think in this case you can.

It was fixed quite permanently in fact ;D

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 09, 2016, 13:46:34
Fish and Firefighting don't mix well (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/fish-fire-hydrant-nova-scotia-1.3483141)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 10, 2016, 16:28:26
You know they're hammered, when...   the video from the patrol car's dash cam say's it all.  (I did see something similar at CFB Calgary after a serviceman was caught by a city street sweeper crew at 3 am, but it was a stop sign that was buried in the front of the soldier's car hood)

Woman Driving with 15 ft Tree buried in front of car (http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/illinois-car-bumper-tree-1.3481360)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on March 10, 2016, 19:00:21
You know they're hammered, when...   the video from the patrol car's dash cam say's it all.  (I did see something similar at CFB Calgary after a serviceman was caught by a city street sweeper crew at 3 am, but it was a stop sign that was buried in the front of the soldier's car hood)

Woman Driving with 15 ft Tree buried in front of car (http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/illinois-car-bumper-tree-1.3481360)

I might have known that guy...we had a guy in the Fd Amb that literally just got his driver's licence who was a serious drunk.  He apparently argued with the CPS for several minutes that he didn't run a stop sign, until the copper took him and showed him the stop sign in his car.

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on March 10, 2016, 20:28:41
I might have known that guy...we had a guy in the Fd Amb that literally just got his driver's licence who was a serious drunk.  He apparently argued with the CPS for several minutes that he didn't run a stop sign, until the copper took him and showed him the stop sign in his car.

MM

Well technically he didn't run it; he hit it. 

 ;)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 10, 2016, 21:15:25
I might have known that guy...we had a guy in the Fd Amb that literally just got his driver's licence who was a serious drunk.  He apparently argued with the CPS for several minutes that he didn't run a stop sign, until the copper took him and showed him the stop sign in his car.

MM

That would have made sense by his barracks I saw the car at.  I was on the oncoming day shift and watched on camera as the shift IC went in to wish him good morning.  The poor chap was trying to hold his hang over inside his head with both hands as the Sgt yelled at him. ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 11, 2016, 08:19:12
Another candidate for the you can't fix stupid file, maybe?  Would have been fun to watch.
 
Quote
Christian 'prophet' has his buttocks mauled by a lion after running towards a pride 'to prove the Lord's power over animals' during South Africa safari
 Zion Church member Alec Ndiwane wanted to show God would save him
 He 'fell into a trance started speaking in tongues before charging at pride'
 Lions chased after him and one of them clamped down on his buttocks
 He said: 'I don't know what came over me. Were we not given dominion over all creatures of the earth?'
 
BySimon Tomlinson for MailOnline
 
Published: 09:53 GMT, 11 March 2016 | Updated: 10:14 GMT, 11 March 2016

A church leader had his buttocks mauled by a lion after running towards a pride in a bid to prove the 'Lord's power over animals'.
 
Alec Ndiwane, a Zion Christian Church prophet, was attacked on a safari while trying to show that God would save him in front of fellow church members.
 
He is said to have fallen into a trance and started speaking in tongues before charging at a pride of lions feeding on an impala in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

But as Mr Ndiwane sprinted towards them, the lions immediately viewed him as prey and zeroed in.
 
Realising the Lord wasn't about to help, Mr Ndiwane fled back to the car, but not before one of the lions clamped down on his buttocks.

He was only saved from further injury or possible death when the game ranger fired shots to scare the lions off, it was reported by GhanaWeb.

He said: 'I do not know what came over me. I thought the Lord wanted to use me to show his power over animals.
 
'Is it not we were given dominion over all creatures of the earth.'
 
Mr Ndiwane was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery to stitch up his wounds and was later discharged.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3487255/Christian-prophet-buttocks-mauled-lion-running-pride-prove-Lord-s-power-animals-South-Africa-safari.html#ixzz42b0y1HeG
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on March 11, 2016, 10:31:53
Perhaps the Lord does indeed have power over the animals and Mr Nidiwane was just mistaken as to His intent?

Perhaps the Lord helps us by giving (apparently some of) us the brains to NOT run towards a group of carnivores during a meal?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on March 11, 2016, 12:17:54
They should not be shopping at Whole Foods. They should not be shopping at all......

http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/228865

Quote
21 REASONS TO NEVER EVER STEP INSIDE A WHOLE FOODS AGAIN: “I need to read the numbers on the barcode aloud to you. I don’t want any lasers touching my food.”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on March 11, 2016, 12:31:24
I like Lady 2 as well.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 11, 2016, 19:07:28
The poor chap was trying to hold his hang over inside his head with both hands as the Sgt yelled at him. ;D

You gotta hate when that happens. No one has ever been so lucky to die from a hangover. [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on March 14, 2016, 21:58:30
 ;D

Yahoo Daily Buzz (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/seal-flops-its-way-to-seafood-restaurant-every-day-161334803.html)

Quote
Seal flops his way to seafood restaurant every day to beg for food
Earl Abalajon
The Daily Buzz
March 14, 2016

Nothing to see here – just Sammy the seal stopping by his favourite local eatery for a quick bite to eat.

Wicklow County, Ireland is home to a cheeky marine mammal who’s captured the hearts of locals. Now the rest of the Internet has been let in on his charming hijinks.

A video of Sammy, showing the intrepid seal leaping out of the water and heading straight for the fish and chips place across the street, has gone viral.

(...SNIPPED)

Yahoo Daily Buzz (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/man-incubates-supermarket-egg-and-it-hatches-155737939.html)

Quote
Man incubates supermarket egg and it hatches
Lia Grainger
The Daily Buzz
March 14, 2016

Most people who buy eggs at the supermarket plan to eventually eat them. But Alwyn Wils had something very different in mind when he bought a dozen quail eggs from a Dutch supermarket – and today he has a tiny new friend to show for it.

Wils lives in Haarlem, Holland, and was curious to see if he could make a store-bought egg hatch. It is generally assumed that store eggs can’t hatch because they are not fertilized. Wils decided to test this assumption.

In a YouTube video titled “Introducing Albert,” we see Wils selecting a dozen quail eggs from an unrefrigerated shelf at a Dutch grocery store. On January 16, Wils begins incubating the eggs at a steady 37.6 degrees.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on March 23, 2016, 15:10:23
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/03/23/navy-tug-lost-for-nearly-century-found-in-waters-off-california.html?cmpid=NL_SciTech  Some photos at link

Navy tug, lost for nearly a century, found in waters off California

By Michael Casey  Published March 23, 2016  FoxNews.com

Nearly 100 years ago, a Navy tugboat with 56 officers aboard was heading from California to the American Samoa when it disappeared without a trace.

A massive air and sea search around the Hawaiian islands for the USS Conestoga turned up nothing and two months later, a battered lifeboat was spotted with the C on its bow off the Mexican coast. It was the last U.S. Navy ship to be lost without a trace in peacetime and became one of the top maritime mysteries in Navy history.

Now, that mystery has been solved.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Navy announced Wednesday that they had found the Conestoga in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco – some 95 years after it disappeared.

“After nearly a century of ambiguity and a profound sense of loss, the Conestoga’s disappearance no longer is a mystery,” Manson Brown, assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy NOAA administrator, said in a statement. “We hope that this discovery brings the families of its lost crew some measure of closure and we look forward to working with the Navy to protect this historic shipwreck and honor the crew who paid the ultimate price for their service to the country.”

The first breakthrough came in 2009 when the NOAA Office of Coast Survey, as part of a hydrographic survey near the Farallon Islands off San Francisco, spotted a possible, uncharted shipwreck. Five years later, they confirmed it was indeed the Conestoga.

“Thanks to modern science and to cooperation between agencies, the fate of Conestoga is no longer a mystery,” Dennis McGinn, the assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, said. “In remembering the loss of the Conestoga, we pay tribute to her crew and their families, and remember that, even in peacetime, the sea is an unforgiving environment.”

Originally built to tow coal barges for the railroad, the Navy purchased Conestoga in 1917 for World War I service. The tug operated on the Atlantic coast and off the Azores, performing convoy and other duties before being assigned to harbor service in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1919.

Ordered to duty in American Samoa, Conestoga steamed from Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California at 3:25 p.m. on March 25, 1921, headed for Pearl Harbor. After leaving the Golden Gate, the tug, possibly towing a barge, disappeared.

While the cause of the disaster remains unresolved, weather appears to be a critical factor.

Weather logs around the time of Conestoga’s departure indicated that wind in the Golden Gate area almost doubled to 40 miles per hour, and the seas were rough. A garbled radio transmission from Conestoga relayed later by another ship stated the tug was “battling a storm and that the barge she was towing had been torn adrift by heavy seas.”

Based on the location and orientation of the wreck in 189-foot-deep water, NOAA believes Conestoga sank as officers and crew attempted to reach a protected cove on the island.

“This would have been a desperate act, as the approach is difficult and the area was the setting for five shipwrecks between 1858 and 1907,” according to NOAA’s report on the Conestoga discovery. “However, as Conestoga was in trouble and filling with water, it seemingly was the only choice to make.”

Video, from cameras mounted on remotely operated vehicles used to explore the wreck site, shows the wreck lying on the seabed and largely intact. The size of the wreck and many of its features - the four-bladed, 12-foot 3-inch diameter propeller; the steam engine and boilers a large steam towing winch with twisted wire on the drum; two porcelain marine heads; and a single, 3-inch, 50-caliber gun that was mounted on the main deck in front of the pilot house – helped NOAA confirm this was the Conestoga.

No human remains, however, were discovered at the site.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on March 23, 2016, 15:58:08
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/crash-shuts-down-southbound-i-95-in-brevard-county (http://www.clickorlando.com/news/crash-shuts-down-southbound-i-95-in-brevard-county)

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MELBOURNE, Fla. - A crash involving two tractor-trailers hauling beer and chips overturned on Interstate 95 in Brevard County, spilling the snacks all over the roadway and blocking lanes for hours on Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported at milemarker 187 in Pineda Causeway just after 3:30 a.m.

Florida Highway Patrol said the tractor-trailer carrying Busch beer was driving southbound on I-95 when the driver attempted to move into center lane and swerved to avoid another vehicle.

The front of the Busch beer truck then struck the Frito-Lay truck, prompting the Frito-Lay truck to overturn and spill beer and chips onto the roadway, according to FHP.

A once in a lifetime event and I missed it  [:'(
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on March 23, 2016, 16:39:36
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/03/23/navy-tug-lost-for-nearly-century-found-in-waters-off-california.html?cmpid=NL_SciTech  Some photos at link

tugboat with 56 officers aboard

That must have been why it sank - either all of the crew were Officers, or, given the normal Officer-to-non-commissioned ratio, the crew was far too large for such a small vessel.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 23, 2016, 19:20:06
 :rofl:

It does make one wonder how in Star Trek they managed to leave the space dock at all, never mind go on 5 year missions. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on March 23, 2016, 20:24:18
:rofl:

It does make one wonder how in Star Trek they managed to leave the space dock at all, never mind go on 5 year missions.

Especially when you take in consideration the mortality rate among "Red Shirts."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on March 24, 2016, 21:07:29
http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people (http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people)
 [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 24, 2016, 21:38:49
http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people (http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people)
 [:D

 :rofl:

Yep, definitely set something great in motion.  [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 25, 2016, 00:01:08
That's brightened up a very long day.  Thanks, cavalryman.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: AbdullahD on March 25, 2016, 00:17:52
http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people (http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people)
 [:D

Ya know what scares me... I'm from a family of practical jokers.. and I could see one (actually a few) of them doing that for the giggles...

Well occupational hazard I guess.. *prays hard*
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Haggis on March 25, 2016, 00:19:57
http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people (http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people)
 [:D

Reading that was the most fun I've had all shift.  Thanks.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on March 25, 2016, 00:21:02
I just killed far too much time on both of the ASMDSS and 5B sites. There's a lot of funny stuff there.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on March 25, 2016, 08:26:28
http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people (http://asmdss.com/humor/overprotective-new-army-mom-ruins-sons-military-life-after-complaining-to-the-wrong-people)
 [:D
My first laugh of the Easter weekend - thanks for sharing that!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on March 25, 2016, 08:39:59
 :'(  I wanted to see her finally reach the CSM.  :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on March 25, 2016, 08:46:06
I pity the kid. It's not his fault his mother hasn't cut the cord. Still, I can't wait to see episode 3.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on March 25, 2016, 09:03:51
I pity the kid. It's not his fault his mother hasn't cut the cord. Still, I can't wait to see episode 3.

3's up....and funny... :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on March 25, 2016, 09:31:59
3's up....and funny... :nod:
And she's angry?  You try to help someone out... point out some potential contacts for her....  Ungrateful!   :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on March 25, 2016, 11:07:00
I can find 1 & 2, not 3....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 25, 2016, 11:15:33
me neither...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on March 25, 2016, 11:21:36
I can find 1 & 2, not 3....
me neither...
I found #2 ...
http://asmdss.com/humor/helicopter-army-mom-part-two-the-pizza-party
... but I couldn't find #3 either  ???
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Eaglelord17 on March 25, 2016, 11:33:27
Ask and ye shall receive... part 3

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-0/cp0/e15/q65/p320x320/11665438_548004705369230_5581393381752506720_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoiYiJ9&oh=d56b6b56825429b8f76ac0a46741d743&oe=5796B0EC

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-0/cp0/e15/q65/p320x320/12418063_548004842035883_2477483033772802920_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoiYiJ9&oh=69b5d6528c657a7df5bb0781eb9a81d6&oe=574CB7AA
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 25, 2016, 11:48:36
"My son called me in the middle of the night screaming at me!"  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on March 25, 2016, 13:26:52
There are two websites to check for that tale - the whole saga is on the 5B site, and cross-linked to ASMDSS (Awesome crap My Drill Sergeant Said). There are many more funny things therein.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 25, 2016, 19:14:09
That's just Gucked up.

:rofl:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on March 25, 2016, 22:05:20
Ask and ye shall receive... part 3

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-0/cp0/e15/q65/p320x320/11665438_548004705369230_5581393381752506720_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoiYiJ9&oh=d56b6b56825429b8f76ac0a46741d743&oe=5796B0EC

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/v/t1.0-0/cp0/e15/q65/p320x320/12418063_548004842035883_2477483033772802920_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoiYiJ9&oh=69b5d6528c657a7df5bb0781eb9a81d6&oe=574CB7AA
Thanks for that.  An intriguing bit of closure - I hope buddy liked his "pizza" and likes his t-shirt  >:D
There are two websites to check for that tale - the whole saga is on the 5B site, and cross-linked to ASMDSS (Awesome crap My Drill Sergeant Said). There are many more funny things therein.
Fave so far:  "I bet you'd close that hand if you had a hot pocket in it."  I hope it's firewalled at work or I'll get nothing done.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on March 25, 2016, 23:26:45
I really needed that - I HATE helicopter parents.

Check out the video here - keep your mouths empty.

http://asmdss.com/video/video-the-funniest-soldier-of-the-month-board-you-will-ever-see

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 26, 2016, 01:29:26
Check out the video here - keep your mouths empty.
http://asmdss.com/video/video-the-funniest-soldier-of-the-month-board-you-will-ever-see
MM

Awesome. Just Awesome.

So much for being able to think on his feet. [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on March 29, 2016, 15:24:32
 :facepalm:

Yahoo Daily Buzz (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-buzz/woman-rescued-after-jumping-into-ocean-to-swim-for-162937325.html)

Quote
Woman rescued after jumping into ocean to swim for cruise ship that left her behind
Karina Nowysz
The Daily Buzz
March 28, 2016

A woman is lucky to be alive after jumping into the Atlantic Ocean to catch up with a cruise ship that left port without her.

Susan Brown, 65, was pulled out of the water by fisherman, who heard her cries after she was swimming for more than three hours chasing her ship, the Marco Polo, Daily MailOnline reports. She had suffered from severe hypothermia when she was rescued from the icy waters.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on March 29, 2016, 19:48:24
.....chasing her ship, the Marco Polo....
Seriously?   No one else?   "MARCO...."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on March 29, 2016, 20:12:05
And now for the rest of the story
http://the5b.com/angry-mom-pt4/ (http://the5b.com/angry-mom-pt4/)
 [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 29, 2016, 21:26:07
And now for the rest of the story
http://the5b.com/angry-mom-pt4/ (http://the5b.com/angry-mom-pt4/)
 [:D

:rofl:

I needed a good laugh today.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on March 29, 2016, 22:34:19
And now for the rest of the story
http://the5b.com/angry-mom-pt4/ (http://the5b.com/angry-mom-pt4/)
 [:D
"Calm down - he's watching" -- gold, Jerry, gold!

Meanwhile, another one (http://bit.ly/22ZIRGh) I couldn't possibly make up ...
Quote
It is illegal to have sex with a sentient military-owned tank in Japan. According to obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman, fraternization, mechanophilia and property laws make it illegal. A private tank is fair, but a military tank can’t consent and it’s considered defamation of military property.

Even if she’s super flirty and very much interested in you.

Panzermadels is a video game about dating tanks. As revenge for America nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, Japan developed the technology to fit the era’s tanks into teenage anime girl bodies. The plan is for the tank-girls to seduce U.S. Army students into compromising situations.

Yes, it really is as bizarre a premise as it sounds.

So, here’s the deal with Panzermadels — you play a military recruit named Erwin Lemmor who has, for some reason, ended up at a Japanese school where all the other students are tanks. He thought he was there to learn about tanks, but no, it’s a school for educating sentient tanks.

They look like Japanese teenagers, but fire projectiles, visit mechanics for repairs, have brakes that can lock up and have personalities tied to the cultural attitudes of their respective countries during World War II ...
Here's the release trailer on YouTube (http://bit.ly/1SlmTGh) ...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 30, 2016, 04:57:48
Nippon is uber strange.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on March 30, 2016, 11:09:46
I was very happy to see Mrs I Just Got My Son On Permanent Extras come back for an encore...some people just don't get it.

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on March 30, 2016, 20:46:26
Nippon is uber strange.

I think it's either the food or the commuter trains that do it.

My cousin has lived there for 25 years.

She started posting stories of her daily train rides and photos of the food she is served when she got on Facebook.

Both are bizarre to say the least.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 30, 2016, 21:14:45
My oldest was there last year for a month.  Some of what he experienced was bizarre, true enough.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 01, 2016, 11:02:53
Mom hires stripper to perform a lap dance for her EIGHT-YEAR-OLD son during his birthday party

Video at story link

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3518646/Outrage-mom-hires-stripper-perform-lap-dance-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD-son-birthday-party.html#ixzz44aEfMV7N
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Scarlett on April 01, 2016, 11:11:56
Mom hires stripper to perform a lap dance for her EIGHT-YEAR-OLD son during his birthday party

  ???

Edit: April Fools?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on April 01, 2016, 15:09:33
Pics of the robot at the link below: Talk about super creepy!  :o

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/guy-spent-35-000-building-142428070.html)

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This Guy Has Spent £35,000 Building A Robot That Looks Like Scarlett Johansson

Yahoo News
April 1, 2016

If you’re thinking you recognise this face, you’d be right.

Ricky Ma, below right, has spent £35,000 fulfilling a childhood dream to build a robot – and it looks startlingly like Scarlett Johansson.

The 42-year-old has spent a year and a half constructing a mechanical interior covered by a 3D-printed skeleton.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on April 01, 2016, 18:00:37
Nippon is uber strange.

Might be related to this:  Girls und Panzer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAAnUqhKWZI) TV series.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 01, 2016, 18:11:46
That just confirms my suspicions.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 04, 2016, 13:19:51
Grab your inflatable peckers, it's time again for the Fertility Festival in Japan.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3521232/Size-matters-Japan-phallus-festival.html

And for those of you who want to have the cremation simulation to make you go ahhhhhh!  Head to China, where you can be reborn through a latex womb and stuff afterwards.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3522942/Would-ride-death-simulator-Attraction-designed-s-like-cremated-opens-China.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on April 04, 2016, 14:50:41
You had me at ...
Grab your inflatable peckers ...
;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on April 04, 2016, 15:22:32
You had me at ... ;D

DC Stations...gotta keep the boat afloat.   [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: runormal on April 10, 2016, 12:27:24
It seems that this has happened multiple times in the past few months, I apologize in advance if someone has posted a similar story.

http://kfor.com/2016/04/08/employees-at-oklahoma-burger-king-bust-out-windows-after-prank-call/

Employees at Oklahoma Burger King bust out windows after prank call
POSTED 10:00 PM, APRIL 8, 2016, BY KRISTEN SHANAHAN, UPDATED AT 12:30PM, APRIL 9, 2016

SHAWNEE, Okla. - A bizarre prank call is costing an Oklahoma fast food restaurant thousands of dollars.

Police said someone claiming to be with the fire department convinced employees to vandalize their own store.

Employees at Shawnee’s Burger King are not having it their way.

The windows are boarded up, and the inside seating area is closed.

They are dealing with about $10,000 in damage and a loss of business all because of a prank call Thursday night.

“The employee stated that a person called them and told them there were high levels of carbon monoxide in their building, and they needed to break out all their windows,” said Thomas Larman with the Shawnee Fire Department.

In a panic, workers used chairs to shatter the glass.

When firefighters got there, they used a device to check the business but found no signs of the deadly gas.

They were alarmed when they found out the prankster claimed to be one of their own.

“It is a little upsetting that they would try to give the fire department a black eye,” Larman said. “We would never do anything like that. We’re here to serve the public, protect the public.”

Earlier this year, a similar situation happened at a California Burger King.

Employees were told they had a gas leak and needed to smash out windows to ventilate the building.

With chairs and a car, they followed orders.

“For a prank, this is very bizarre. I’ve never heard of anything like this,” Larman said.

As damage is being repaired at the Shawnee location, officials are warning restaurant owners near and far.

“We would never call you and say you have high levels of carbon monoxide in your building. We would never tell you to destroy your property,” Larman said.

Shawnee police are investigating.

Officers said the prankster’s number was blocked.

Right now, they are working to figure out who made the call.

A manager at the Burger King told NewsChannel 4 the inside of the restaurant may be closed for a few days, but the drive-through is open.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 10, 2016, 12:50:56
^ Sounds like it is happening all over the U.S., "Not only did employees smash the windows, but a manager went as far as ramming his car into building."
Burger King in Morro Bay, California.

Instead of destroying property, why not evacuate and pull down the fire alarm handle on the way out the door? Let the professionals handle it.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on April 10, 2016, 13:00:35
Sorry, mariomike, for a second there you sounded like you expected minimum wage workers who obviously can't tell the difference between a crank call and a real call a fire department would make, to actually use their brains.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 10, 2016, 13:27:48
Sorry, mariomike, for a second there you sounded like you expected minimum wage workers who obviously can't tell the difference between a crank call and a real call a fire department would make, to actually use their brains.  ;D

The story reminded me of this old telephone scam,

Restaurant Shift Turns Into Nightmare
http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=1297922&page=1
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 21, 2016, 11:52:03
15 April 2016

Child critically injured after being hit by a car.

Crowd wants Emergency Services to move so they can get good photos,

German police shame 'gawpers' who filmed injured child on their phones
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/15/german-police-shame-gawpers-who-filmed-injured-child-on-their-ph/


 

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on April 27, 2016, 22:45:48
My HR / Admin manager sent me this today, with the comment "There are always worse places to work"

You know it can't be good when the response by the columnist is "What the actual F."  :facepalm:

Our boss will fire us if we don’t sign up to be a liver donor for his brother

http://www.askamanager.org/2016/04/our-boss-will-fire-us-if-we-dont-sign-up-to-be-a-liver-donor-for-his-brother.html

Quote
A reader writes:

I have a situation that is so out there I almost wouldn’t believe it if it wasn’t happening to me. The company I work at has three branches and around 100 employees. The owner of the company has a brother who needs a liver transplant. Two weeks ago, a company-wide memo went out that all employees would be required to undergo testing to see if they were a suitable liver donor for the owners brother. No exceptions.

Last week at the branch the owner works out of most of the time, his assistant went around to schedule days off for everyone so they could go get tested. People who declined were let go. One of these people was born with liver disease and therefore ineligible to donate. She had a doctor’s note. Other people also had medical reasons as well and some were just uncomfortable with the request and didn’t want to do it. One was pregnant. They were still terminated. My employer’s assistant has said that because our employment is at will, he can legally fire us.

I’m in remission from cancer. I’m ineligible to donate and any kind of surgery would put a major strain on my system. Even if I was healthy, I would still object to possibly being forced into donating an organ just to keep my job. Soon they will be scheduling people’s days off for testing at my branch.

I know this situation is nuts, but I don’t know what to do. I know I could just go for the testing and then be declined, but I don’t think I should have to do that. I’ve had enough with hospitals. Other coworkers who don’t have medical conditions are afraid they won’t be declined because they will be a match. I’m looking for another job but in the meantime I don’t know what to do and I and many of my coworkers are really stressed out.


What the actual F.

He’s firing people who don’t want to sign up to donate part of their liver?

Your boss is both an absolute loon and an incredible jerk.

He’s also not very smart, since doctors won’t accept organ donations from people who aren’t willingly and happily volunteering, so all of this ridiculousness will be for nothing.

But let’s talk legality. I showed your letter to employment attorney Bryan Cavanaugh and asked him to weigh in. He says:

This employer is violating the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The ADA’s purpose is broader than just protecting individuals with disabilities from unlawful discrimination and requiring employers to offer individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs. The ADA also prohibits employers from requiring employees to submit to medical examinations and medical inquiries, unless those medical examinations and medical inquiries are job-related and consistent with business necessity.

In this case, the employer’s requirement to undergo a medical examination (and presumably to undergo further medical procedures if the employee is a good match) has nothing to do with the business. It has nothing to do with the operations of the company and the employees’ ability to perform their jobs. Therefore, the employer is violating the federal ADA (and probably other state and local laws) by requiring employees to undergo this testing (which is not job-related and not consistent with business necessity) and by terminating the employment of those who refuse.


So to our ongoing list of your boss’s characteristics, which currently includes loon, jerk, and not smart, you can add law-breaker.

As for what to do, you could have a lawyer explain this to your employer on your behalf, and/or file a complaint with the EEOC, the federal agency that enforces the ADA. (Note that you have to file it within 180 days from the violation.)

But I’d also start job searching. Even if this gets quickly settled, you’re working with someone who has such a skewed idea of the employment relationship that he thinks he has say over your internal organs. Get out get out get out.

Note: This situation is so outrageous that it occurred to me to wonder whether the letter is real or not. At this point, I’ve received so many credible stories of outrageous behavior by employers that I’m willing to believe it and I’m treating it as genuine (and the letter-writer included a note to me outside the letter here that makes me think it’s real), but the reality is that I have no way of knowing. Letter-writer, assuming you are real, take this as a measure of how messed up the situation is. Commenters, I’m requesting that we not get derailed by debates about veracity. Thanks!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on May 01, 2016, 22:00:29
I'm surprised no one has filed suit over having too much milk in a latte.  :facepalm:

Half Full: Illinois Woman Sues Starbucks Over Too Much Ice
Starbucks is allegedly tricking customers into paying for less product than they pay for


http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Illinois-Woman-Sues-Starbucks-Over-Too-Much-Ice-377748371.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DCBrand

Quote
An Illinois woman is suing Starbucks for $5 million over the amount of ice the coffee giant used in its iced drinks, NBC News reports.

Stacy Pincus filed the class action lawsuit against Starbucks Corp. in Northern Illinois Federal Court Wednesday, according to court documents.

Pincus' suit says customers often end up with half of the amount of drink listed on Starbucks menus because of the amount of ice used in the iced beverages. The suit alleges that Starbucks is purposefully tricking customers into paying for more product than what they are provided with.

Starbucks did not immediately respond to a request for comment made by NBC News on Sunday, but told told TMZ customers expect ice is "an essential component of" iced beverages.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on May 01, 2016, 22:05:02
After the settlement Subway made in the US, I agree.
I thought there would be a flood a similar "shortage" lawsuits.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on May 01, 2016, 22:28:20
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/goat-born-human-face-sends-092131211.html

Goat Born With A Human Face Sends Village Into Meltdown

Yahoo News

April 27, 2016

This goat born with the face of a human baby has provoked a bidding war as people desperately tried to buy it from the farmer it belonged to.

The newborn sadly did not live for long after its birth but it didn’t stop some from wanting to buy the carcass of the so-called fawn - the mythical fusion of goat and animal.

Farmer Ibrahim Basir refused all cash offers after the goat was born on his property in Felda, Malaysia, instead choosing to hand it over to the Veterinary Services Department so it could be studied.

Ibrahim told local media he was shocked when he found out that one of his goats had given birth to a kid that had the features of a human baby.

He said: “When I went to check, I was quite shocked but fascinated too as its face, nose, short legs and even the condition of its soft body seemed like that of a human baby, whereas the light brown fur covering its whole body resembles that of a goat.”

He added: "We kept the carcass in a polystyrene box filled with ice cubes before taking it to the district veterinary office at around noon yesterday.”

Ibrahim thinks the animals looks were a result of being trampled by its mother.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on May 02, 2016, 01:57:32
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/man-panda-onesie-shot-by-police-outside-baltimore-tv-station-after-strapping-chocolate-bars-chest-1557486

Man in panda onesie shot by police outside Baltimore TV station after strapping chocolate bars to chest

By Paul Wright April 29, 2016 14:17 BST

A man wearing a panda onesie with chocolate bars strapped to his chest has been shot by police after he threatened to blow up a US television network in Baltimore. The 25-year-old entered the offices of Fox News affiliate WBFF-TV on Thursday (28 April).

He reportedly threatened to detonate his "suicide vest" unless reporters broadcast a story about a purported government conspiracy likened to the Panama Papers, according to Fox 45. Footage of the incident then showed a stand-off with police outside the building, with the man wearing a surgical mask, sunglasses and a panda onesie.

Baltimore Police said the suspect, described as a white male from Maryland, refused to follow orders and take his hands out of his pockets. He was then shot by three officers.

The man was seen lying injured in the street as a robot operated by the bomb squad inspected the device strapped to his chest. The "suicide vest" was discovered to be chocolate bars wrapped in tinfoil with wires attached. He was then taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A security guard at WBFF-TV, who said he spoke with the suspect for about an hour, said: "His first words that came out of his mouth were: 'This is not a joke. I have a bomb. I want my message to be heard.'"

Mike Tomko, news director at WBFF-TV, told Fox 45: "He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers.

"I told him: 'I can't let you in, you're going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.' He wouldn't do that. Apparently he had made some threats before."

The Panama Papers, released earlier this month, revealed large-scale tax avoidance of world leaders and other high profile individuals.

All employees were said to be safe and unhurt in the incident. The suspect had also set fire to a car outside the station.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: CBH99 on May 02, 2016, 02:26:08
My biggest question is...

This guy was shot by 3 officers, and didn't die?  Really guys!?  Really? 

Obviously I wasn't there & I'll never try to armchair quarterback professionals who are at the scene.  Seems like a lot of bullets for a non-kill though...

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on May 02, 2016, 07:03:04
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/goat-born-human-face-sends-092131211.html

Goat Born With A Human Face Sends Village Into Meltdown

Yahoo News

April 27, 2016

This goat born with the face of a human baby has provoked a bidding war as people desperately tried to buy it from the farmer it belonged to.

The newborn sadly did not live for long after its birth but it didn’t stop some from wanting to buy the carcass of the so-called fawn - the mythical fusion of goat and animal.

Farmer Ibrahim Basir refused all cash offers after the goat was born on his property in Felda, Malaysia, instead choosing to hand it over to the Veterinary Services Department so it could be studied.

Ibrahim told local media he was shocked when he found out that one of his goats had given birth to a kid that had the features of a human baby.

He said: “When I went to check, I was quite shocked but fascinated too as its face, nose, short legs and even the condition of its soft body seemed like that of a human baby, whereas the light brown fur covering its whole body resembles that of a goat.”

He added: "We kept the carcass in a polystyrene box filled with ice cubes before taking it to the district veterinary office at around noon yesterday.”

Ibrahim thinks the animals looks were a result of being trampled by its mother.

Trampled by its mother?  Perhaps it was a goatherd who got a little up close and personal with the best looking nanny...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on May 02, 2016, 08:31:16
I knew that somebody was going to counter Ibrahim's theory.

I just did not know who would be the first.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on May 02, 2016, 09:03:51
The insinuation is baaa-aaa-aaad!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on May 02, 2016, 11:49:11
Nobody's asked if the mother was hot, yet.

Perhaps Journeyman has yet to see this.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on May 02, 2016, 11:52:39
Perhaps Journeyman has yet to see this.
Thanks, but I'll leave any bestiality to The RCR and/or 1 RCHA...depending on the species.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on May 02, 2016, 20:34:21
My biggest question is...

This guy was shot by 3 officers, and didn't die?  Really guys!?  Really? 

Obviously I wasn't there & I'll never try to armchair quarterback professionals who are at the scene.  Seems like a lot of bullets for a non-kill though...

The Washington Post had better detail in it's report Friday. The suicide vest was a life preserver with the chocolate "explosives" and wires mounted on it. From other reports on I saw on TV that day it was clear the guy was a nutcase, and they were trying to minimize the potential for death, while still considering that there was the potential that the vest was real.

Man in ‘panda outfit’ who stormed Baltimore Fox station shot by police

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2016/04/28/man-in-possible-panda-suit-storms-fox-station-in-baltimore/

Quote
At a news conference, T.J. Smith, communications director for Baltimore police, said officers responded to calls about the man’s threat and also about a car on fire in the station’s parking lot that either belonged to the man or was “associated” with him.

“It appeared to be arson-related,” Smith said. “There was a rag inside of the gas tank area of the vehicle. [There] was no type of explosion; no type of bomb detonated at any time.”

The man was struck at least three times when police fired a total of seven shots as he emerged from the building and began advancing toward them, refusing to remove his hands from his pockets as officers commanded, Smith said.

The man fell to the ground outside the station and a robot was brought in to search him for explosives.

“I wish we were in a position to render first aid to him immediately,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told reporters. But Davis said the man still posed a threat and could have been attempting to trigger an explosive device.

“When you have a noncompliant individual, unfortunately you have to do what you have to do,” Smith said.

Apostolides said he was concerned about two other people present when the man allegedly made his threat in the station lobby.

“My first thought was to get them out of there,” he said. “Then I tried to calm him down.” Apostolides said he offered the man food, water and a seat. Apostolides added: “Everyone needs someone to talk to.”

Police said Thursday evening they were investigating the contents of the flash drive.

“Why did he do this?” Smith said. “We don’t know the answer to that.”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on May 03, 2016, 20:35:24
May 3, 2016

First baby drop-off boxes for unwanted infants installed in firehouses in Indiana.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baby-drop-off-boxes-unwanted-infants-installed-ind-article-1.2623613

Presumably, the babies placed in the safe haven box will be tended to much quicker than if new parents discard of them in a different manner.



Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on May 04, 2016, 02:17:16
May 3, 2016

First baby drop-off boxes for unwanted infants installed in firehouses in Indiana.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baby-drop-off-boxes-unwanted-infants-installed-ind-article-1.2623613

Presumably, the babies placed in the safe haven box will be tended to much quicker than if new parents discard of them in a different manner.

Sadly, last July I was visiting my cousins in LA and I noticed those there.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on May 05, 2016, 12:43:53
May 3, 2016

First baby drop-off boxes for unwanted infants installed in firehouses in Indiana.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baby-drop-off-boxes-unwanted-infants-installed-ind-article-1.2623613

Presumably, the babies placed in the safe haven box will be tended to much quicker than if new parents discard of them in a different manner.

Sort of like an amnesty box outside the range...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: krimynal on May 05, 2016, 12:45:17
Sort of like an amnesty box outside the range...


oh come on now !!!!

I have to clean my screen from all the water I spilled trying to not choke my self to death laughing !
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dockrill923 on May 05, 2016, 12:50:52
"presumably"...lol
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on May 05, 2016, 13:16:46
Sort of like an amnesty box outside the range...

I've heard the term "Milkman's Son" but never "Fireman's"... interesting thought.  Must be all the pole dancing they do.   >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on May 05, 2016, 20:19:00
Food for thought:

(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13178022_834763476667056_5284954700102196347_n.jpg?oh=01e44bdd05ba08b0c3c9e4ab80e50f46&oe=57A2B264)


It is true:

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,760539,00.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on May 05, 2016, 22:01:44
Someone has been channeling his inner Sarah Palin again.  [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on May 06, 2016, 14:49:30
https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/insight/police-called-after-student-tries-to-pay-for-lunch-with-seldom-used-us-2-bill-184943790.html

You would think that somebody in the crowd would know that the US actually does issue a $2 bill...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on May 06, 2016, 19:22:13
https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/blogs/insight/police-called-after-student-tries-to-pay-for-lunch-with-seldom-used-us-2-bill-184943790.html

You would think that somebody in the crowd would know that the US actually does issue a $2 bill...

They are rare. I've seen only two in the 14+ years I've lived here. One was in a museum display.

Not quite as rare are the $1 coins. They sometimes show up when you get change back from a vending machine. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on May 06, 2016, 21:06:17
They are rare. I've seen only two in the 14+ years I've lived here. One was in a museum display.

Not quite as rare are the $1 coins. They sometimes show up when you get change back from a vending machine.

I have a couple of the $2 bills, and love getting the $1 coins back in change as they are the same size as Quarters.   [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on May 07, 2016, 08:10:39
They are rare. I've seen only two in the 14+ years I've lived here. One was in a museum display.

Not quite as rare are the $1 coins. They sometimes show up when you get change back from a vending machine.

I know they're rare.  They're actually considered bad luck in many places, except those with $2 betting at the racetrack.  Nevertheless, I would think within a group of people, including teachers and police officers, that at least ONE of them would know about American $2 bills.  Fifty cent pieces are rare in Canada, but I don't imagine the police would be called if a kid tried to use one.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on May 12, 2016, 21:48:35
Mercy Killing? Euthanasia?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,91849.50.html
3 pages.
Is locked, so posting it here, ( please move if it belongs there ).

Suffering from PTSD resulting from sexual abuse? Dutch doctors will euthanize you.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dutch-doctors-kill-sex-abuse-victim-because-of-incurable-mental-suffering
The Dutch decriminalization has been expanded since 2002 to include the mentally ill and those suffering from dementia. Children as young as 12 years old can request euthanasia with the support of their parents, and the Dutch Pediatric Association is publicly advocating the elimination of any minimum age to request it. More than 5,000 people are killed by their physicians or commit suicide with their help every year, according to official statistics.

"Paging Dr. Kevorkian..."




Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on May 27, 2016, 11:32:58
Stoned Welsh Sheep (http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/80404875/Stoned-sheep-ate-cannabis-and-went-on-a-psychotic-rampage-in-Wales)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on June 02, 2016, 20:39:04
Someone never learned queue etiquette.  :facepalm:

Although I'm not surprised.

Cars crash in attempt to squeeze through NH toll lane at same time
No injuries were reported


http://www.wmtw.com/news/cars-crash-in-attempt-to-squeeze-through-nh-toll-lane-at-same-time/39844188

Quote
BEDFORD, N.H. —Two cars crashed into one another Tuesday after trying to squeeze through the same lane at a New Hampshire toll plaza.

Police said the crash happened on the Everett Turnkpike at the Bedford toll plaza.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation said the accident should serve as a reminder that only one vehicle can pass through a toll lane.

No one was injured as a result of the incident.

The crash is under investigation.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 10, 2016, 08:48:51
A Kangaroo and a Pig are apparently in a relationship down under.   

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3634548/Kangaroo-photographed-having-sex-pig-Northern-Territory.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3634548/Kangaroo-photographed-having-sex-pig-Northern-Territory.html)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on June 10, 2016, 11:21:05
No mention of the voyeuristic duck...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on June 10, 2016, 11:24:47
No mention of the voyeuristic duck...

Maybe it's waiting until it gets bigger...... ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on June 10, 2016, 11:33:23
The goose is secretly making videos and uploading them and monetizing them on Pornhub.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on June 11, 2016, 12:17:25
Sent by a 1950's RCN Vet & USAF Vietnam Vet I know. Don't know if this is true but:
                                       
LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY.
 
The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (I.e. Fresh water distillers).
 
However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S.Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."
 
Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."
 
Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.
Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.
 
On 18 November, she set sail for England .. In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.
 
By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.
 
The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.

GO NAVY!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on June 11, 2016, 12:21:52
Don't know if this is true but:
                                       

More on the story,
http://hamptonroadsnavalmuseum.blogspot.ca/2010/12/deleting-urban-legend-on-uss.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on June 11, 2016, 20:32:27
Yeah, that sure showed THEM (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/north-carolina-deputies-investigate-threats-mosque-39752617) ...
Quote
A decorated Army Reserve officer left bacon at a mosque and brandished a handgun while threatening to kill Muslims and bury them there, North Carolina authorities said Friday.

Russell Thomas Langford, 36, made death threats against members of the mosque about 20 miles southwest of Fayetteville, authorities said.

"He told people at the mosque that he would kill them and bury them behind the mosque," said Capt. John Kivett of the Sheriff's Office. "He brandished a weapon while he was on the property."

Langford, who lives in Fayetteville, was charged with ethnic intimidation, assault with a deadly weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, communicating threats, stalking and disorderly conduct, the sheriff's office said ...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 11, 2016, 21:22:05
More on the story,
http://hamptonroadsnavalmuseum.blogspot.ca/2010/12/deleting-urban-legend-on-uss.html

Good catch, I've seen what Rifleman62 posted before elsewhere.  While not correct, it does however appeal to the spirit of the sailor within me (pardon the pun).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lumber on June 13, 2016, 11:11:09
I want to rant but I just can't find the words... I know this stuff happens in that part of the world, but it's still so mind boggling when I read about it.

Dutch woman jailed in Qatar after reporting rape convicted of 'illicit sex'
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/middleeast/qatar-dutch-woman-rape-report-jail/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/middleeast/qatar-dutch-woman-rape-report-jail/index.html)

If there is a better thread for this, please feel free to move it.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on June 13, 2016, 12:10:44
Saw this somewhere, "Now there is male, female and nonbinary. Need a new box for the patient care report."

JUNE 13, 2016

Oregon Court Allows a Person to Choose Neither Sex
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/us/oregon-nonbinary-transgender-sex-gender.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
"...is a retired United States Army sergeant born with male anatomy who had successfully battled the military to be given discharge papers that reflected the female sex."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on June 13, 2016, 14:03:20
I want to rant but I just can't find the words... I know this stuff happens in that part of the world, but it's still so mind boggling when I read about it.

Dutch woman jailed in Qatar after reporting rape convicted of 'illicit sex'
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/middleeast/qatar-dutch-woman-rape-report-jail/index.html (http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/middleeast/qatar-dutch-woman-rape-report-jail/index.html)

If there is a better thread for this, please feel free to move it.

My opinion, unless you are part of a military battlegroup, stay out of muslim countries. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on June 15, 2016, 00:01:11
Some home-grown idiocy, as reported by the National Post:

Quote
Flat or round? Intense dispute over the shape of the Earth ends in a fire in Brockville, Ont.

A 56-year-old Brockville, Ont., man is being sought by police after a discussion about the shape of the earth got out of hand at a campsite Monday night.

Brockville police and firefighters were called to St. Lawrence Park at about 10:30 p.m. after the suspect began pitching items, including a propane tank, that belonged to his son and the son’s girlfriend into the campfire as the discussion became heated.

Police say the argument centered on the woman insisting the earth was flat while the suspect countered that it is round.

The man had left the area by the time police arrived and firefighters doused the campfire.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/flat-or-round-intense-dispute-over-the-shape-of-the-earth-ends-in-a-fire-in-brockville-ont
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on June 15, 2016, 00:29:29
Good grief. First the gorilla, now a gator...

Gator drags child into water near Disney's Grand Floridian
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-child-dragged-alligator-disney-20160614-story.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on June 15, 2016, 13:38:42
Good grief. First the gorilla, now a gator...

Gator drags child into water near Disney's Grand Floridian
Lawyers insisting Disney movies showing cutesy wild animals have "safety warnings" in  3....2....1....
 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on June 15, 2016, 13:46:05
Lawyers insisting Disney movies showing cutesy wild animals have "safety warnings" in  3....2....1....

For once I'll agree with them.  Then there *might* be fewer incidents of people getting mauled by bears, bison, etc while trying to take selfies.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on June 15, 2016, 13:47:17
For once I'll agree with them.  Then there *might* be fewer incidents of people getting mauled by bears, bison, etc while trying to take selfies.
Or trying to feed them ...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on June 15, 2016, 13:57:01
For once I'll agree with them.  Then there *might* be fewer incidents of people getting mauled by bears, bison, etc while trying to take selfies.

A)  People don't read/listen to safety warnings as it is; it's just to appease lawyers -- look at cigarette packs and any US pharmaceutical ad (you know, 10 seconds of ad, followed by 50 seconds of contraindications rhymed off too quickly for anyone to track).

B)  You're merely interfering with Darwinism working as it should.  Yes, in a perfect world, it would work its magic before  they breed;  sometimes you have to accept the pain of stopping the 'incredibly stupid gene' before it mutates over another generation.



Edit:  now, if you want to institute a mandatory IQ test before breeding, I'd be all over that -- especially if it lowered my insurance and the cost of health care!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on June 15, 2016, 19:02:32
A)  People don't read/listen to safety warnings as it is; it's just to appease lawyers -- look at cigarette packs and any US pharmaceutical ad (you know, 10 seconds of ad, followed by 50 seconds of contraindications rhymed off too quickly for anyone to track).

I learned a long time ago - about 95% of people don't look at or read warning posters of any kind and the 5% that do are generally illiterate.

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on June 15, 2016, 20:14:44
An interactive lesson about how the food chain works.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on June 17, 2016, 16:40:12
Woman wanted after allegedly assaulting man on TTC bus
http://www.680news.com/2016/06/17/woman-wanted-after-allegedly-assaulting-man-on-ttc-bus/

I guess that's not much WTF factor, but look at the size of her!

"The woman is six-feet three-inches tall and 250 pounds..."



Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 17, 2016, 17:18:38
Woman wanted after allegedly assaulting man on TTC bus
http://www.680news.com/2016/06/17/woman-wanted-after-allegedly-assaulting-man-on-ttc-bus/

I guess that's not much WTF factor, but look at the size of her!

"The woman is six-feet three-inches tall and 250 pounds..."

Is that beast even a woman???
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on June 17, 2016, 18:50:17
Woman wanted after allegedly assaulting man on TTC bus
http://www.680news.com/2016/06/17/woman-wanted-after-allegedly-assaulting-man-on-ttc-bus/

I guess that's not much WTF factor, but look at the size of her!

"The woman is six-feet three-inches tall and 250 pounds..."

Is that beast even a woman???

I want DNA confirmation.  :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 17, 2016, 19:27:06
Well,  most of the Russian track and field folks have nothing doing this summer...  Maybe Vladimir has them out on seek and destroy missions.   ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on June 17, 2016, 20:14:34
Woman wanted after allegedly assaulting man on TTC bus
http://www.680news.com/2016/06/17/woman-wanted-after-allegedly-assaulting-man-on-ttc-bus/

I guess that's not much WTF factor, but look at the size of her!

"The woman is six-feet three-inches tall and 250 pounds..."
That's not a woman, that's a man, baby
 (with apologies to Austin Powers)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on June 17, 2016, 22:30:33
Well,  most of the Russian track and field folks have nothing doing this summer...  Maybe Vladimir has them out on seek and destroy missions.   ;D
Back in the day, it would have been "East German" ...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 17, 2016, 22:39:16
Back in the day, it would have been "East German" ...

Yes, I was thinking of that when I was posting.  Their weight lifting team..
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on June 17, 2016, 22:40:54
Yes, I was thinking of that when I was posting.  Their weight lifting team..
... or swim team, for that matter ...
(https://therugbycity.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/1976-east-german-swim-team.png)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 17, 2016, 22:45:28
I remember National Lampoon magazine having "photos"  of them,  with a huge nutsac bulge... "Miss Mann, Miss Mann"   ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Kat Stevens on June 19, 2016, 17:40:44
Or trying to feed them ...

I was driving through Jasper once, about eight years ago, traffic slowed to a crawl in one of those annoying 70 kph zones. Eventually crawl up on one of those rental RVs on the side of the road. There was an arm holding something sticking out of the side door, and a very large, very brown bear well within lunging distance of said offering. Would have loved to stop and watch the Ghost of Darwin exert his influence, but, flow of traffic and all that, I'm all about the team effort.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on June 21, 2016, 16:32:51
How men of the "One-Child Policy" generations deal with the lack of Chinese women that made them perpetually single:

Yahoo News (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/lonely-men-china-having-relationships-144838734.html)

Quote
Lonely Men In China Are Having Relationships With Life-Sized Dolls
[Yahoo News]

June 21, 2016


An increasing number of singletons in China are choosing to opt for silicone over flesh as they enter into loving relationships with life-sized dolls.

With over 50 kinds of realistic dolls now on the market, the realistic toys differ depending on what the customer is looking for - different figures, eye and hair colours, and even different skin textures.

Buyers of the dolls are predominately male and some have even fallen in love with their dolls, giving them names, personalities and “souls” to match.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on June 21, 2016, 16:43:26
25 million surplus males at last count
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on June 21, 2016, 17:22:50
Maybe somebody there could start a business for mail-order North American brides.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 21, 2016, 18:02:41
No, Syrian women...

EXCLUSIVE - 'I want a husband who can satisfy me in bed': Syrian war has left cities full of single women... but given lesbians freedom to have relationships

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3622204/I-want-husband-satisfy-bed-Syrian-war-left-cities-single-women-given-lesbians-freedom-relationships.html#ixzz4CFZ13lkm
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on June 30, 2016, 01:36:51
Microsoft really crossed the line this time, but you too could be entitled to compensation:

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2016/06/29/woman-sues-microsoft-for-windows-10-upgrade/?singlepage=true

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Woman Sues Microsoft for Windows 10 Upgrade
BY STEPHEN GREEN JUNE 29, 2016 CHAT 78 COMMENTS

Do you know how to protect your computer against Microsoft's stealth upgrade process to Windows 10? I'll get to that in greater detail shortly, but one California woman didn't, but her frustration turned into a $10,000 payday:

Teri Goldstein of Sausalito, California, said a few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 publicly in July 2015, the computer at her travel agency business tried to download it without her consent. The update failed and her computer "slowed to a crawl," crashing at times and becoming "unusable for days at a time."

"I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein said. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update."

Goldstein attempted to reach Microsoft's customer support department to fix the problem, but that apparently didn't work, so she decided to take Microsoft to court. She sought compensation for lost wages and to cover the cost of a new computer.

As it would happen, Goldstein won the case, earning a $10,000 judgement, after Microsoft decided not to appeal. A Microsoft representative said the company didn't want to take the legal battle any further to "avoid the expense of further litigation," according to The Times.

Microsoft denied any wrongdoing.

Microsoft was so, so wrong -- and that's why they settled the suit so quickly. Personally, I don't have any strong feelings about Windows 10 one way or the other. I switched to Mac ten years ago after Redmond pushed back a WinXP upgrade once again, and Apple finally switched to Intel chips. And I reserve the right to switch platforms yet again (Hello, Linux!) if and when Apple ever loses its way. But I am so, so against anyone taking over my computer for their purposes.

With that in mind, here's more about that "stealth upgrade" thing I mentioned in the lede...

Redmond is so desperate to get people onto the Windows 10 platform that the company is breaking its own established interface rules to trick people into making the switch. It's so bad that even Windows-friendly Computerworld magazine published a piece called "How Windows 10 became malware."

If software from any other company behaved the way the Windows 10 upgrade does, would it be considered malware?
To find out, I delved into how the controversial upgrade works. Microsoft has been aggressive in its attempts to get as many people as possible to upgrade to Windows 10 in advance of the company’s self-imposed July 29 deadline for free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Last year Microsoft installed its Get Windows 10 app on millions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs. It alerted people that they could “reserve” the free upgrade if they wanted. When the app popped up on people’s PCs, they could close its window and block any action it might take in the time-honored way of clicking on the X in the upper right of the dialog box.

Since then Microsoft has gotten increasingly aggressive in getting people to upgrade to Windows 10. It began stealthily downloading the bits required for the upgrade to PCs automatically without telling people. And then this spring Microsoft sprung a trap. When the upgrade app appeared, if someone clicked the X in its dialog box in order to close it and cancel an upgrade, Windows did the exact opposite of what the person intended to do: It upgraded that person’s PC to Windows 10. Microsoft did that even though the app always behaved in the opposite way before then, which is pretty much the way any legitimate app behaves — closing a dialog box and canceling any actions.

Stealing gigabytes from your hard drive or SSD, tricking you into installing unwanted software...

Yeah, Windows 10 sounds an awful lot like malware, or at least the installer app does. And Microsoft seems to agree, quickly settling on a big cash award rather than risk having the case drawn out and being forced to admit to some kind wrongdoing.

So if you get that Windows 10 upgrade dialog and you don't want it, remember not to click the X. And if you still manage to get tricked into an unwanted install, you might just have a nice payday in your near future.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Hamish Seggie on June 30, 2016, 02:14:01
May 3, 2016

First baby drop-off boxes for unwanted infants installed in firehouses in Indiana.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baby-drop-off-boxes-unwanted-infants-installed-ind-article-1.2623613

Presumably, the babies placed in the safe haven box will be tended to much quicker than if new parents discard of them in a different manner.
c

I find this incredibly sad. I have two grandkids as y'all know, and to even hear of people abandoning babies when there are other ways of ensuring their care, it's just bloody sad.

What are we? I thought this sort of thing went out when Sparta ceased to exist,,,,,
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on June 30, 2016, 09:42:40
I thought this sort of thing went out when Sparta ceased to exist,,,,,

Years ago, a nurse at Sick Kids told me the police once brought them a baby found in a coin locker at Union Station.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on June 30, 2016, 09:47:26
c

I find this incredibly sad. I have two grandkids as y'all know, and to even hear of people abandoning babies when there are other ways of ensuring their care, it's just bloody sad.

What are we? I thought this sort of thing went out when Sparta ceased to exist,,,,,

Rather the drop box at the fire hall than the dumpster behind the KFC. And from a history geek point of view, the Spartans would have left them in the woods for nature to take care of. That being said, I agree with your sentiment.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Remius on June 30, 2016, 09:53:05
Rather the drop box at the fire hall than the dumpster behind the KFC. And from a history geek point of view, the Spartans would have left them in the woods for nature to take care of. That being said, I agree with your sentiment.

I'm pretty sure they threw them off cliffs to ensure nature didn't accidentally screw it up.

Edit to add:  That is actually a myth perpetuated by the Romans.   But just the same...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on June 30, 2016, 10:09:57
Rather the drop box at the fire hall than the dumpster behind the KFC.
Sad, but true ...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on July 02, 2016, 13:46:04
When it would have been nice to have an air rifle in your hands instead of a camera, the *****. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3670487/Picture-emerges-woman-URINATING-war-memorial-nation-marks-centenary-bloodiest-day-British-military-history.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on July 04, 2016, 14:01:44
Bizarre blast in New York City’s Central Park
http://nypost.com/2016/07/03/man-loses-foot-after-stepping-on-possible-firework-in-central-park/
The bizarre accident forced the amputation of 18-year-old Connor Golden’s left leg below the knee and set the nation’s most-populous city on edge a day before the July 4 holiday was expected to draw thousands to watch the city’s annual fireworks display.

Might as well add this too,

Black Lives Matter Parade Protest Brings Sweeping Changes To Toronto Pride
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/07/03/black-lives-matter-toronto-pride-parade-changes_n_10798402.html
Canada’s largest LGBTQ event agreed to major changes Sunday after the Black Lives Matter movement staged a sit-in during the annual parade.

Pride Toronto agreed to exclude floats from police next year.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on July 20, 2016, 16:40:06
New Brunswick woman drove her ailing husband right up to the ER doors. Needs help getting inside. ER says call 9-1-1.
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/new-brunswick-woman-says-she-drove-ill-husband-to-er-doors-but-hospital-told-her-to-call-ambulance
She says when they arrived at the hospital, she went inside to find help but was told by a nurse and security guard that she needed to call 911 so paramedics could bring Macdonald into the hospital.

I bet they sent her husband a bill too! That's when the complaints usually come in.  :)

Looks like they did get billed,
"Price also said she has no plans to pay the $130 ambulance fee."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/moncton-hospital-complaints-emergency-room-response-1.3683428

We used to get sent to a lot of those "courtesy calls". Sometimes even inside  the hospitals. They seemed to usually come in around 0400.  :)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on July 28, 2016, 18:45:34
Well it didn't take Facebook long to take this down:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Maschinengewehr42 on July 28, 2016, 19:14:15
Thucydidles,

According to this news article, the poster removed it, not Facebook.

Lesbians are 'hot' pro-oilsands Facebook post removed, apology made (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/lesbians-are-hot-facebook-apology-1.3695390)

From the article:

After a storm of backlash, a gay Métis Albertan has removed the pro-oilsands ad he posted to his Facebook page that says lesbians are "hot" and questions why Canada buys oil from countries that mistreat LGBTQ people.


The person who said he was disgusted doesn't really explain what bothers him.  Just saying that it "sexualizes" doesn't really explain.  The ad's subject matter is sexual. I think women who viewed this ad would take the implicit message as, "If you are a lesbian, then you should be hot because your function is to please the men who look at you."  I think that's what bothers people about the ad.

From what I've seen, Facebook is inconsistent in its removal of pages.  I belong to a group on Facebook that refutes anti-GMO and anti-vaccine claims and it was shut down when a pro-organic food/anti-GMO group coordinated their efforts and all complained about "harassment" at once.  All we were doing was criticizing and satirizing the most vocal members of the anit-GMOs or anti-vaccine movement.  They got so upset by our logic and science that they all complained to Facebook in order to silence us.  It's pretty clear to me that Facebook didn't really examine whether what we were doing was unacceptable or was within the terms of service.

mariomike,

That kind of inefficiency really pisses me off.  They're at the door of the emergency department as told to call 911.  The only upside I can think of is that people brought in by an ambulance are usually admitted right away.  I think the paramedic are also unable to leave the patient until an MD comes to see them, so it would waste paramedics' time because the patient's wife was present. What a shame.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on July 28, 2016, 20:35:02
After a storm of backlash, a gay Métis Albertan has removed the pro-oilsands ad he posted to his Facebook page that says lesbians are "hot" and questions why Canada buys oil from countries that mistreat LGBTQ people.

I think women who viewed this ad would take the implicit message as, "If you are a lesbian, then you should be hot because your function is to please the men who look at you."

So a gay man makes an ad that features a lesbian couple, and said ad caters to heterosexual males' ideal fantasies?  The mind boggles...

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on July 28, 2016, 20:49:34
So a gay man makes an ad that features a lesbian couple, and said ad caters to heterosexual males' ideal fantasies?  The mind boggles...

Well, when fishing, you need the right kind of bait. ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 01, 2016, 11:17:56
Saw a job call for City of Flint ( Michigan ) Firefighter,
https://www.applitrack.com/fgahrc/onlineapp/1BrowseFile.aspx?id=13442
DATE POSTED: 7/20/2016

Comes with a very nice recruiting poster,
https://www.cityofflint.com/wp-content/uploads/Find-out-about-Becoming-a-Flint-Firefighter.pdf

"The fire department is reaching out to the Flint Community to assist in our recruitment efforts. Please take this informational flyer to your local schools, churches, and community meetings. Encourage friends and family to join our team of highly trained Firefighters and EMS professionals as we continue to serve and protect our community."

This is a city job, on a career department. Not volunteering in the township.

Starting pay is $9.22 per/hour. If you work hard, in 4 years you will earn $12.59 .

Meanwhile in Flint, protesters are calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast-food workers.



 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 01, 2016, 13:51:31
Saw a job call for City of Flint ( Michigan ) Firefighter,
https://www.applitrack.com/fgahrc/onlineapp/1BrowseFile.aspx?id=13442
DATE POSTED: 7/20/2016

Even comes with a very nice recruiting poster,

"The fire department is reaching out to the Flint Community to assist in our recruitment efforts. Please take this informational flyer to your local schools, churches, and community meetings. Encourage friends and family to join our team of highly trained Firefighters and EMS professionals as we continue to serve and protect our community."

This is a city job, on a career department. Not volunteering in the township.

Starting pay is $9.22 per/hour. If you work hard, in 4 years you will earn $12.59 .

Meanwhile in Flint, protesters are calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast-food workers.

Do they get a subsidty for purchasing bottled water?

And can you use lead tainted water to fight fires?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 01, 2016, 14:59:50
And can you use lead tainted water to fight fires?

I suppose you can, but...

The water in Flint is so bad it is corroding the fire engine pumps,
http://www.abc12.com/home/headlines/Flint-Fire-Chief-Water-corroding-fire-engine-pumps-368271731.html

"Some disturbing news today from the Genesee County Health Department. It announced the rat population in Flint has now surpassed the human population by 50,000. Health officials says that's due to the massive numbers of people leaving Flint, and the City cutting back to twice monthly garbage collection due to budget constraints."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sPrDTI21RM

Garbage collection in Flint has been suspended....until further notice.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/07/mayor_says_there_will_be_no_tr.html

With the temperatures as high as they are this time of year, it must stink to High Heaven.




Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 01, 2016, 21:29:01
Those poor citizens of Flint.  I feel for them.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 01, 2016, 22:21:15
Those poor citizens of Flint.  I feel for them.

They have indeed fallen upon hard times,

From 2013,

Most violent city in the nation: The title that Flint can't kick
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/06/the_most_violent_city_in_the_n.html
FLINT, MI – It's a title that keeps on sticking year after year – the nation's most violent city with a population of more than 100,000.

For the third consecutive year, Flint ranks as the most violent city of 100,000 people or more. The city also led the nation in homicides and arsons per capita. According to FBI statistics, Flint had more than 2,774 violent crimes in 2012. They included 63 homicides, 108 rapes, 673 robberies and 1,930 aggravated assaults.
Flint was No. 1 by a longshot -- the second most violent city, Detroit, had about 600 fewer crimes per 100,000 people than Flint, data shows. Comparatively, there's about a 600-crime difference between third-place Oakland, Calif., and 10th-place Cleveland. St. Louis and Memphis round out the top 5.

Flint also held the dubious No. 1 in violent crime ranking with cities of more than 100,000 people in 2010 and 2011.
Flint also can hold the title of "murder capital of the nation." Flint reported 63 murders in 2012, according to the FBI (the city had 67 homicides, but the FBI does not count justifiable or accidental shootings). The city was followed by Detroit; New Orleans; Jackson, Miss.; and St. Louis.

Comparing the City of Flint to the City of New York, FDNY Firefighters and Officers who retired in the last fiscal year were eligible for average pensions of $119,863 .
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Thucydides on August 06, 2016, 22:33:04
Instapundit's take on the headline alone is worth the price of admission:

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/240639/#respond

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THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE WAS DONE ENTIRELY IN INTERPRETIVE DANCE: Feminist Declares The Invention Of The Alphabet The Root Of Sexism, Misogyny And Patriarchy…
Title: Naked Trump statues pop up in cities all over US
Post by: S.M.A. on August 19, 2016, 13:16:25
No matter your political leanings, many here will probably agree that this is by far the WEIRDEST US presidential election season ever!

Associated Press/Canadian Press (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/politics/naked-donald-trump-statues-pop-up-in-cities-across-the-us/ar-BBvNi9u?li=AAggNb9&ocid=ACERDHP15)

Quote
Naked Donald Trump statues pop up in cities across the U.S.
Canadian Press

8 hrs ago

NEW YORK (AP) — It's Donald Trump like you've never seen him before.

Life-size naked statues of the Republican presidential nominee greeted passers-by in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Cleveland on Thursday. They are the brainchild of an activist collective called INDECLINE, which has spoken out against Trump before.

In a statement, the collective said the hope is that Trump, the former host of "The Apprentice" reality TV series, "is never installed in the most powerful political and military position in the world."

The statues were created by an artist in Cleveland. They are of a stern-faced Trump with his hands folded over a bulging belly. Some parts of male genitalia are visible while others seemingly are missing.

(...SNIPPED)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on August 19, 2016, 13:36:48
The only thing INDECLINE does is sell a bunch of child labour merchandise with slogans like "legalize crime".   
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rocky Mountains on August 19, 2016, 14:37:35
I don't get the naked Trump statues.  Google "naked Hillary" on the internet and you get 1,000 images of naked Hillary.  It really isn't her and isn't a reflection on her.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on August 19, 2016, 15:46:01
Imagine the uproar if the Tea party put up naked states of Hillary....mind you sales of eye bleach would soar.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on August 19, 2016, 16:00:43
Google "naked Hillary".....
Why would anyone even hint at such a thing?!  Blind people are shuddering at the imagery.

It's like saying "PLEASE  scour my nuts with sandpaper, then crush in salt & vinegar chips."  Why?  :stars:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 21, 2016, 18:38:25
Amazing...

Aug 21, 2016

Same-sex South African couple become fathers to triplets
http://www.680news.com/2016/08/21/same-sex-south-african-couple-become-fathers-to-triplets/
According to Sky News, the Menelaous are believed to be the first same sex couple in South Africa, possibly in the world, to have triplets – two girls and a boy – which include identical twins, using a surrogate.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 23, 2016, 20:50:59
Aug 22, 2016

This has been widely reported in the GTA news,

'Black guys pls no call,' Mississauga rental ad states
http://www.citynews.ca/2016/08/22/black-guys-pls-no-call-mississauga-rental-ad-states/
An advertisement for a bedroom basement apartment in Mississauga explicitly stated if you are a “black guy,” you should not inquire about the unit – before it was hastily changed on Monday.

The listing was originally posted on Sunday and has since been changed to exclude the original comment “black guys pls no call.”

Lawyer and civil rights activist Selwyn Pieters said this is a serious public concern and the owner is climbing a steep hill.

“I’m very shocked that a person would actually blatantly post an ad saying [they’re] providing a service to the public, but that that service excludes black men,” said Pieters.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on August 23, 2016, 22:40:29
Aug 22, 2016

This has been widely reported in the GTA news,

'Black guys pls no call,' Mississauga rental ad states
http://www.citynews.ca/2016/08/22/black-guys-pls-no-call-mississauga-rental-ad-states/
An advertisement for a bedroom basement apartment in Mississauga explicitly stated if you are a “black guy,” you should not inquire about the unit – before it was hastily changed on Monday.

The listing was originally posted on Sunday and has since been changed to exclude the original comment “black guys pls no call.”

Lawyer and civil rights activist Selwyn Pieters said this is a serious public concern and the owner is climbing a steep hill.

“I’m very shocked that a person would actually blatantly post an ad saying [they’re] providing a service to the public, but that that service excludes black men,” said Pieters.

Is this any different than the "Non-Muslims need not apply" that was in the news just a few months ago?

Both are against our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but I am sure both are being handled differently. 

From 2011:  http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/landlords-face-no-punishment-for-discrimination-in-online-ads

From 2015:  http://globalnews.ca/news/2185359/toronto-man-denied-subsidized-housing-for-not-being-muslim/

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 23, 2016, 22:57:40
The owner of the unit, who wrote the advertisement, said it was a mistake because he doesn’t speak English.  :)

Less than one month ago, on July 29, a prospective Toronto landlord had to pay $10,000 to a black woman as compensation for refusing her a unit. Her boyfriend, who is white, went to inquire about renting the unit afterwards and was told it was available.  :facepalm:
http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2016/2016hrto1012/2016hrto1012.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 24, 2016, 00:03:31
Why would anyone even hint at such a thing?!  Blind people are shuddering at the imagery.

It's like saying "PLEASE  scour my nuts with sandpaper, then crush in salt & vinegar chips."  Why?  :stars:

There are porn genres for just about anything and anyone. Naked Clinton is a meme all it's own.  :boke:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lumber on August 24, 2016, 00:21:06
There are porn genres for just about anything and anyone. Naked Clinton is a meme all it's own.  :boke:

Sarah Palin was much better... just sayin'...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 24, 2016, 00:52:19
Sarah Palin was much better... just sayin'...

If only she could stop talking...  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 25, 2016, 11:49:31
 :Tin-Foil-Hat: Alert in Alberta...   :rofl:

Quote
LookUpBanff billboard promotes conspiracy theory about toxic chemtrails

Highway billboard promotes outlandish theory that government is sterilizing populace with sprayed chemicals

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/chemtrails-david-keith-geoengineering-lookupbanff-1.3733776
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on August 25, 2016, 12:48:28
:Tin-Foil-Hat: Alert in Alberta...   :rofl:

Well!  The comments section on that one went South quick......
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 25, 2016, 13:42:14
:Tin-Foil-Hat: Alert in Alberta...   :rofl:

Just be glad you aren't living in Miami / Dade County.

They really are leaving chem trails.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on August 25, 2016, 14:35:04
If the  :Tin-Foil-Hat: are to be believed, and considering that the first encounter of large number of contrails (from historical documents) seems to have occurred with the American B-29 Super-fortresses of WWII in their mass raids - then we should all have been sterilized a long time ago - and there shouldn't be any of us left.

Lets see, last I checked, we were 7.4 billions, and on our way to 11.2 billions by the end of the century.

Where I come from, it's called "Science Trumps Stupid".
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on August 25, 2016, 14:39:18
Where I come from, it's called "Science Trumps Stupid".

"Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity.  And I'm not sure about the universe."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 25, 2016, 15:13:47
You don't go on archery calls every day, not even in Scarborough,

Aug 25, 2016

Three dead in Scarborough crossbow attack
http://www.680news.com/2016/08/25/crossbow-attack-in-scarborough-leaves-two-without-vital-signs-third-seriously-injured/
Three people are dead after being shot with a crossbow in Scarborough on Thursday afternoon.

Lawndale Rd + Argo Rd
-3 people now pronounced

Last one I recall was on Main St. Arrow in the heart, and head hammered in. Father and son thing.


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jed on August 25, 2016, 16:24:39
You don't go on archery calls every day, not even in Scarborough,

Aug 25, 2016

Three dead in Scarborough crossbow attack
http://www.680news.com/2016/08/25/crossbow-attack-in-scarborough-leaves-two-without-vital-signs-third-seriously-injured/
Three people are dead after being shot with a crossbow in Scarborough on Thursday afternoon.

Lawndale Rd + Argo Rd
-3 people now pronounced

Last one I recall was on Main St.

Wow! How mid evil. Must be quick on the reload or very tactically deliberate.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 25, 2016, 16:33:25
Wow! How mid evil. Must be quick on the reload or very tactically deliberate.

I don't like to say I am impressed by this sort of thing, but I did practice archery when I was younger and could barely hit the broad side of a barn door, let alone three moving targets.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on August 25, 2016, 16:44:13
mariomike:

Don't confuse bow and arrow with crossbows. The later is extremely powerful compared to a standard bow and extremely precise, even at surprising ranges, in the hand of an experienced shooter - many people including some of my acquaintances hunt deer with a crossbow. Moreover, there are models out there with quick pump-action resets so you can actually "reload" very quickly.

As they are near silent, it would take a certain amount of time for anyone in the killing zone to process that (1) something happened to "John Doe" beside me! (2) What happened? (3) It's a short arrow - where the hell did it come from? (4) Oh God! I have to get out of ....hughhhh!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 25, 2016, 16:55:00
mariomike:

Don't confuse bow and arrow with crossbows. The later is extremely powerful compared to a standard bow and extremely precise, even at surprising ranges, in the hand of an experienced shooter - many people including some of my acquaintances hunt deer with a crossbow. Moreover, there are models out there with quick pump-action resets so you can actually "reload" very quickly.

As they are near silent, it would take a certain amount of time for anyone in the killing zone to process that (1) something happened to "John Doe" beside me! (2) What happened? (3) It's a short arrow - where the hell did it come from? (4) Oh God! I have to get out of ....hughhhh!

I was thinking of type we had as kids in the backyard. But, they were real arrows. Lawn darts were another favorite.  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 25, 2016, 17:25:46
mariomike:

Don't confuse bow and arrow with crossbows. The later is extremely powerful compared to a standard bow and extremely precise, even at surprising ranges, in the hand of an experienced shooter - many people including some of my acquaintances hunt deer with a crossbow. Moreover, there are models out there with quick pump-action resets so you can actually "reload" very quickly.

As they are near silent, it would take a certain amount of time for anyone in the killing zone to process that (1) something happened to "John Doe" beside me! (2) What happened? (3) It's a short arrow - where the hell did it come from? (4) Oh God! I have to get out of ....hughhhh!

I watched a video review of this puppy.  http://www.scorpyd.com/crossbows/ventilator/

The shooter was putting his bolt into the same hole shot after shot at 25M.  This thing is fast and powerful.  Very impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAxWc0VnFkg
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 25, 2016, 17:45:48
I watched a video review of this puppy.  http://www.scorpyd.com/crossbows/ventilator/

The shooter was putting his bolt into the same hole shot after shot at 25M.  This thing is fast and powerful.  Very impressive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAxWc0VnFkg

The Ventilator!  :) I wonder if that's what the guy ( I guess it was a guy? ) in Scarb. used? Whatever it was, it was one heck of a product endorsement.
"When you absolutely, positively gotta kill every xxxxx in the room, accept noooo substitutes!"  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on August 25, 2016, 17:45:58
mariomike:

Don't confuse bow and arrow with crossbows. The later is extremely powerful compared to a standard bow and extremely precise, even at surprising ranges, in the hand of an experienced shooter - many people including some of my acquaintances hunt deer with a crossbow. Moreover, there are models out there with quick pump-action resets so you can actually "reload" very quickly.

As they are near silent, it would take a certain amount of time for anyone in the killing zone to process that (1) something happened to "John Doe" beside me! (2) What happened? (3) It's a short arrow - where the hell did it come from? (4) Oh God! I have to get out of ....hughhhh!

During the Middle Ages the crossbow, was capable of penetrating chain mail/plate armour, which threatened the dominance on the battlefield by armoured horsemen. Also, anyone could use one including foot soldiers and peasants, which didn't endear them to the local nobility. And, if my memory serves me correctly, one of the popes even issued an edict stating they could only used against non-Christians (e.g) Muslims (an early example of trying to ban certain weapons that didn't work out so well).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 25, 2016, 17:50:04
When set against good English bowmen with the longbow, the crossbow mercenaries of the French side were outclassed, outranged and outshot at places like Crecy and Agincourt.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Bass ackwards on August 25, 2016, 17:56:56
It took decades to make an archer of the sort jjt refers to. Starting from childhood.

I read somewhere that the Duke of Wellington seriously considered raising an archery corps due to the range, accuracy and rate of fire of the longbow but he was stymied by the above fact.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 25, 2016, 18:03:08
I have also read that it was law that archery practice was conducted on a regular basis as well to ensure there were bowmen to fill the ranks of the English army in places like France.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on August 25, 2016, 19:17:47
I have also read that it was law that archery practice was conducted on a regular basis as well to ensure there were bowmen to fill the ranks of the English army in places like France.

True. I don't think there were any set rules specifying hours/days, etc, but I know various English rulers strongly encouraged the practice.

While the crossbow was cumbersome and slow to load and fire, it did have some advantages. As I mentioned previously, with a little training, pretty well anyone could use one and you didn't have to expose your whole body when firing.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on August 25, 2016, 19:22:48
This guy can't be wrong.  ;D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Churchill
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 25, 2016, 19:50:59
The plot thickens. The Scarborough Archer connected to a  CBRNE call on Queen's Quay,

Toronto police have evacuated a downtown condo building as they investigate a report of a suspicious package, an incident investigators have confirmed is linked to the deaths of three people in Scarborough from crossbow injuries.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/queens-quay-evacuation-1.3736077

Moreover, there are models out there with quick pump-action resets so you can actually "reload" very quickly.

Kelly estimated it takes an average of 15 to 20 seconds for someone to fire, reload and then re-****, though someone who is very proficient could bring it down to 10 seconds. It takes some “muscle and effort,” about 150 to 175 pounds of draw weight, to re-**** a bow, he said.

Our Archery enthusiasts may find this of interest,

Questions remain about how exactly the incident unfolded, including how three people could possibly be killed by a crossbow. An archery expert who spoke with CTV News Channel on Thursday said it’s “an extremely long process” to load a crossbow.

“This is quite the procedure, even if you had a cocking aid,” said Kathleen Millar, former technical and executive director of Archery Canada. “You have to lean over, pull it up -- it’s quite an onerous task … it takes quite a few seconds to get it set up in order to just **** it, and then put the bolt into the bow.”

Millar pointed out that police are still unsure about the circumstances of the alleged attack, but said that she “can’t see that more than one person could’ve been injured that way.”

“In a timeframe such as that, the possibility of being able to re-**** a crossbow to use it again in a heightened situation like that, I find it very difficult to believe that it’s possible,” she said.

Trifecta.


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on August 26, 2016, 08:01:17
Judging by the photo, one was killed outside, the rest....... inside?  Maybe?  A crossbow is a very silent weapon.  If each kill is not a function of the other, or aware of the other, you could walk around backyards and kill all night without anyone noticing. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on August 26, 2016, 16:41:08
Some of the deceased could have simply been stabbed with the bolt. I also haven't seen what kind of tip it was. Was it a field tip or a broadhead? If you've never seen what damage a broadhead can do, you'd be impressed.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 26, 2016, 17:02:20
Some of the deceased could have simply been stabbed with the bolt.

At first, it seemed all three had been shot. But,

"It appears they were stabbed – not shot – with a crossbow bolt."
http://www.680news.com/2016/08/26/my-brothers-bleeding-in-the-driveway-three-dead-in-crossbow-murder/

Autopsies are scheduled for later today.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on August 29, 2016, 16:50:07
Chinese repeating crossbow, sort of the SMG of the crossbow world, gives up power for ROF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDeAxTxzorE
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 29, 2016, 17:11:14
Autopsies are scheduled for later today.

Looks like the alleged perp strangulated the woman ( mother? ).

Toronto police Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone says a woman found in a stand-alone garage on Thursday died from ligature strangulation, a man found in the same garage died from a crossbow bolt stab wound to the neck and a man found in the driveway died from a single arrowhead stab wound to the neck.

However, he would not say whether the bolt and arrowhead were shot or used as handheld weapons.
http://www.cp24.com/news/woman-strangled-men-wounded-in-neck-in-murders-involving-crossbow-1.3048889

"All suspects innocent until proven guilty by a court of law."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3-G31SUjpU
Bad boys, bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
When they come for you
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on August 29, 2016, 17:22:21
I'll take a guess at stabbing. A bolt at that range from even a mediocre crossbow should just about always end up with the bolt going straight through the bodies.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on August 31, 2016, 11:18:33
Just read on FB that a friend who was Released recently, after serving in CJIRU for over a decade, has been refused his ON Dvr Lic because he has "an OSI/PTSD on file in Ontario".   He was even given a hard time when talking with a belligerent Services Ontario rep on the phone.   (Note:  This is his side of the story.)

I wonder if this is an isolated incident, or a regular occurrence?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 31, 2016, 11:23:56
Just read on FB that a friend who was Released recently, after serving in CJIRU for over a decade, has been refused his ON Dvr Lic because he has "an OSI/PTSD on file in Ontario".   He was even given a hard time when talking with a belligerent Services Ontario rep on the phone.   (Note:  This is his side of the story.)

I wonder if this is an isolated incident, or a regular occurrence?

What Class of licence is your friend applying for?

Medical Condition Report
This form is not for use for commercial drivers or for those drivers wishing to upgrade their driver’s licence.
http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&ENV=WWE&NO=023-SR-LC-097


In case s/he has not read this already,

Physicians' Duty to Report Patients
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/medical-review/physicians.shtml

Medical Review Process
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/medical-review/medical-review-brochure.pdf

Medical Review Section
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/medical-review/

Modified.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: NavyShooter on August 31, 2016, 11:40:02
Impact for personnel who report PTSD issues....not just the potential stigma in your military career (we know there's not supposed to be any) but now also drivers' license refusal? 

Yikes.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on August 31, 2016, 11:40:59
What Class of licence is your friend applying for?

Medical Condition Report
This form is not for use for commercial drivers or for those drivers wishing to upgrade their driver’s licence.
http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&ENV=WWE&NO=023-SR-LC-097


In case s/he has not read this already,

Physicians' Duty to Report Patients
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/medical-review/physicians.shtml

We had to do our Driver's Licence medicals •every 5 years, under age 46 •every 3 years, age 46-64.

Class G.  He was thinking of a AZ, but did not go for it. 

I passed on that link to him and he will look into it.  At least he may find out why or what is stopping him from keeping his G Lic.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 31, 2016, 11:50:39
Class G.  He was thinking of a AZ, but did not go for it. 

For employment, I was required to maintain a CZ. They downgraded me to a D after I retired.

We had to do our Driver's Licence medicals •every 5 years, under age 46 •every 3 years, age 46-64,

"Performance in a high-stress setting is part of the workplace. The position may also include operating a motor vehicle (ambulance, rapid response care, etc.) that responds to life-threatening emergencies.
Do you have any concerns regarding the applicant's abilities, judgement, or mental competence, particularly in view of the potential workplace?"

Perhaps people tend to be more open with their feelings these days*, but I always answered "fine" to my family MD when she asked, "How's everything at work." when I went for my CZ medical renewals. Suspensions and Downgrades were a real possibility. Didn't mean you would be out of a job, but you would be removed from Operations.

* Googled PTSD and got 25 million hits!

Q10: How does the ministry prioritize medical reports?

A10: Medical reports are prioritized according to the risk to road safety as either high risk or low risk.

High risk conditions are conditions that are chronic, deteriorating, unstable or progressive such as
•Advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease
•Uncontrolled seizures or diabetes
•Substance abuse, psychiatric disorders with symptoms of suicidal thoughts, extreme agitation, impulsive or violent behaviour etc.
•Uncontrolled sleep apnea refusing treatment
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/medical-review/faq.shtml

A PTSD claim can also cost you your licence to practice,

Some Alberta paramedics are having a difficult time renewing their registration, commonly known as licences, after disclosing they sought professional help for work-related mental health issues such as anxiety, acute stress or post-traumatic stress disorder.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/regulator-s-ptsd-suspension-is-unlawful-says-human-rights-lawyer-1.3044054

No shame these days in asking the Dept. for a little help if you feel the need, but watch what you say!







Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Staff Weenie on August 31, 2016, 15:27:31
Is it not also possible that the individual in question is on certain prescription medications that impair their ability to drive? That may be a significant factor that wasn't mentioned.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on August 31, 2016, 18:52:07
Only way I can see this happening is that someone put in a notice to the licensing bureau of a potential driving hazard that needed reviewing.  I send them in from the ER with boring regularity these days, and did in family practice as well - if a person has a potential physical, mental or pharmaco/toxicological impairment and has or is having had issues, it's a requirement to notify the licensing bodies' medical divisions and for them to make a judgement.  This can be based on formal medical screening with one of their medical examiners or a screening with the family doc...a formal fitness to drive test can also be arranged, which is a medical followed by a formal driving test.  Usual issues I commonly deal with are people using/abusing prescription drugs, alcohol and mental impairments such as dementia.  Last 3 I did were for drug impairments with either prescription drugs decreasing attention and reaction times and one was self prescribing weed and refused to stop smoking up...but got caught behind the wheel impaired with highly positive urine and bad mental status exam.  The letter we use is a form letter that states further medical follow up and investigation s required and we can tick off a licensing review required with/without an immediate suspension if the police haven't done so already.  And incidentally, before you ask, yes I do have the balls to tell the person first that I'm doing it.

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on August 31, 2016, 18:56:54
Ditto.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on August 31, 2016, 23:10:40
August 31, 2016,

"Place your bets! The NYPD's “West Indian Day aka Brooklyn Knife and Gun Fest, Death Pool”
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/mayor-promises-extensive-security-year-ouvert-event-article-1.2773025
( Betting includes fatal and non-fatal shootings, stabbings, bludgeoning, vehicular, roof toss and a$$ stomping. )

OP: "Officer Joe Bolton" *

Compared to 2015, twice as many officers will police this weekend's J'Ouvert as an estimated 250,000** people show up to revel in the streets.
Amongst them will be counter-terrorism units and K-9 dog patrols; above them will be 42 newly-installed surveillance cameras and 200 light towers, up from 40 last year.

Hopefully, there will be no violence this year!

* The real Officer Joe Bolton ( deceased ) pictured.

** Toronto Caribana:
"It is a Caribbean Carnival event, that has been billed as North America's largest street festival, frequented by over 1.3 million visitors each year for the festival's final parade and an overall attendance of 2 million."


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on August 31, 2016, 23:37:33
More scary clowns running around South Carolina. And no it isn't Donald Trump, these are real clowns.

Reports of Creepy Clowns in Woods Spooking Residents of South Carolina City
A purported picture of one of the clowns — which NBC News hasn't been able to verify — was posted Tuesday to Twitter


http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Creepy-Clown-Reports-Woods-Spook-Greenville-391951481.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DCBrand

Quote
Multiple reports that menacing clowns are lurking in the woods — sometimes, allegedly, offering kids cash to follow them — have the residents of Greenville, S.C., looking over their shoulders and even brandishing guns, NBC News reported.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said it has boosted patrols around the Fleetwood Manor apartment complex after it learned that men opened fire into woods behind the complex last week. Residents told a deputy that the men were spooked by what an incident report described as "recent clown activity."

A purported picture of one of the clowns — which NBC News hasn't been able to verify — was posted Tuesday to Twitter.
(copy of photo below)

According to the incident report, multiple residents, some of them children, said they saw the clowns — carrying flashing green laser lights — creeping around on the night of Aug. 21. Some of the kids said the clowns showed them "large amounts of money."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 06, 2016, 09:42:35
Having worked our Caribana celebration over the years, I was curious about Officer Joe's ( Reply #507 ) picks,
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/people-shot-ouvert-parade-brooklyn-article-1.2778145

“In some ways the cruelest situation is when you can predict the violence, and you can predict the deaths, and you still can’t do anything about it.”
NY Gov. Cuomo
5 Sept., 2016.

Hopefully, there will be no violence at next year's celebration...

Meanwhile,  Chicago just racked up homicide #500.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 07, 2016, 11:26:48
What an idiot...   ;D

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3777090/Lance-Stewart-cuts-fingers-trying-slice-oranges-midair-swords.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on September 07, 2016, 15:29:29
This is why I will likely never be unemployed. As I've said more than once at work... "It's not the meek that shall inherit the earth, it's the stupid!"
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 07, 2016, 15:50:49
What an idiot...   ;D

aka "Our bread and butter."  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on September 07, 2016, 20:48:21
"It's not the meek that shall inherit the earth, it's the stupid!"

Assuming they live long enough to see that day.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on September 07, 2016, 21:44:49
Assuming they live long enough to see that day.  ;D

Therein lies the challenge. They're proving to be damn near indestructible.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on September 07, 2016, 21:55:42
Therein lies the challenge. They're proving to be damn near indestructible.
Pretty much this https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiocracy)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on September 08, 2016, 09:03:00
And confirming the old pearl of wisdom:

"Nothing is fool proof, because fools are too ingenious".
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 08, 2016, 12:26:12
Never forget...Walmart's touching tribute to the 15th anniversary of 9/11. < sarcasm.
http://www.attn.com/stories/11224/florida-walmart-receives-criticism-for-9-11-soda-display




Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on September 08, 2016, 12:46:10
Clever, but in very poor taste.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on September 08, 2016, 13:09:10
Never forget...Walmart's touching tribute to the 15th anniversary of 9/11. < sarcasm.
http://www.attn.com/stories/11224/florida-walmart-receives-criticism-for-9-11-soda-display

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, as the display is close to a replication of the corporately-provided banner.

It's not like they had gummy-bears falling from the towers....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 08, 2016, 13:51:13
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, as the display is close to a replication of the corporately-provided banner.

It's not like they had gummy-bears falling from the towers....

Agreed
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 09, 2016, 12:28:06
It's not like they had gummy-bears falling from the towers....

 :)

Never forget...Miracle Mattress is having a Twin Towers sale,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCjYoBLXjF0

What better way to commemorate 9/11? < sarcasm

Something I found of interest,

MSNBC Should Not Replay Live Footage Each 9/11
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2016/09/msnbc_should_end_its_annual_tradition_of_replaying_hours_of_unedited_9_11.html
"An estimated 11 percent of Americans and 16.6 percent of New Yorkers suffered clinically significant psychological distress following 9/11, including an estimated 530,000 cases of PTSD."






Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on September 09, 2016, 12:45:14
:)

Never forget...Miracle Mattress is having a Twin Towers sale,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCjYoBLXjF0

What better way to commemorate 9/11? < sarcasm

Something I found of interest,

MSNBC Should Not Replay Live Footage Each 9/11
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2016/09/msnbc_should_end_its_annual_tradition_of_replaying_hours_of_unedited_9_11.html
"An estimated 11 percent of Americans and 16.6 percent of New Yorkers suffered clinically significant psychological distress following 9/11, including an estimated 530,000 cases of PTSD."

But it is the American way, Veterans Day sales anyone?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 09, 2016, 13:02:33
But it is the American way, Veterans Day sales anyone?

Or, remember Pearl Harbor with a delicious meal of SpaghettiOs. < sarcasm
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 10, 2016, 14:43:09
Never forget...to bring your sex doll to the 9/11 Memorial for a selfie. FFS
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 16, 2016, 14:50:17
Update Reply #524

15 September, 2016.

Looks like the bride-to-be ( a former Miss Wales! ) will stand by her man,
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3790464/Model-bride-31-left-gutted-tears-accountant-fianc-posed-sex-doll-Ground-Zero-days-9-11-anniversary-marry-weekend.html

I wonder if his employer will?

In other 9/11 news, that mattress store with the Twin Towers sale will re-open with new employees "who have undergone sensitivity training." Whatever.

The "indefinite closure" lasted less than one week.


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on September 18, 2016, 21:00:03
It would seem that "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian" does NOT actually apply to ALL:

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

Quote
’It was a complete shock’: Arcane law strips unwitting Canadians of citizenship (http://www.torontosun.com/2016/09/18/it-was-a-complete-shock-arcane-law-strips-unwitting-canadians-of-citizenship)
GEORDON OMAND, THE CANADIAN PRESS

FIRST POSTED: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 02:38 PM EDT | UPDATED: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 02:54 PM EDT

VANCOUVER — Byrdie Funk had what some would call a quintessential, small-town Canadian upbringing.

At two months old she moved from Mexico with her Canadian parents to a farming community in southern Manitoba. She learned to skate on a backyard pond and trudged between snowdrifts to school, where she would stand with fellow students to sing the national anthem before class.

She used her Canadian passport to travel to South Africa, toting a suitcase sporting the maple leaf, and was later married at a historic trading post on the banks of Winnipeg’s Red River.

But earlier this year the 36-year-old woman’s life was upended when she received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada informing her she was no longer a Canadian citizen.

“It took my breath away,” Funk said in an interview from her home in Squamish, B.C.

“I had no idea that anything like this could even happen.”

She is one of an unknown number of people ensnared in an arcane law that automatically revokes the citizenship of certain Canadians who fail to officially apply to retain their nationality before the age of 28.

The little-known policy applies to anyone born abroad between Feb. 15, 1977, and April 16, 1981, to Canadian parents who were also born outside the country.

The rule was abolished by the Conservative government in 2009, but the change wasn’t retroactive, so it didn’t include anyone who had already turned 28 by then.

Funk said she only learned about the law this spring after trying to renew her passport.

The law was drafted in the 1970s out of concern that citizenship could be passed along indefinitely to generations abroad who were less and less connected to Canada, said Audrey Macklin, a law professor at the University of Toronto.

Macklin said it wasn’t necessarily unfair, at least in theory, to require someone twice removed from being born in Canada to prove a connection to the country.

The problem, though, was rooted in the government’s inability to identify and inform those people that their citizenship would “evaporate” if they didn’t take specific steps to retain it, she said.

Lindsay Wemp, a spokeswoman with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, said in an email that the immigration minister can offer discretionary citizenship in extraordinary circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Funk said she contacted Minister John McCallum’s office in July and has yet to receive a response.

Donald Galloway, a University of Victoria law professor, said he didn’t think the government has taken the necessary steps to let people know “the narrow hinge” their status was hanging on.

“I think it’s quite shocking to live in a country where the government creates these byzantine rules and says ’Well, it’s up to you to know the details,”’ he said.

Funk isn’t alone. Eva Friesen of Steinbach, Man., became stateless after losing her citizenship at the age of 28. She had to officially immigrate to Canada after living as a Canadian since she was six.

The now-37-year-old woman heard about the rule by word of mouth when she was 27, but she said that didn’t give her enough time to arrange the necessary paperwork before the deadline.

“I think that’s totally unfair, especially if you grew up here and you know nothing else,” she said.

Another unrelated Manitoba resident, Monica Friesen, discovered at 30 that she had let her citizenship lapse decades after arriving to Canada.

“I don’t understand how the government can’t inform people,” she said. “I hope (my story) opens up the eyes of the government that maybe something should be done.”

She eventually received a discretionary grant.

Galloway estimates there are hundreds affected by the law, many of whom are likely unaware. An Immigration Canada spokeswoman said the exact figure is unknown, but small.

The policy is another chapter in the story of the “lost Canadians,” made up of residents whose citizenship was either revoked or never granted in the first place due to kinks in Canada’s laws.

Over the years, the government has legislated corrections for the oversights, normally by retroactively offering citizenship to affected groups, from war brides to the children of soldiers born overseas. But recourse was never offered to those affected by the 28-year rule.

Don Chapman, the self-styled leader of the lost Canadians, has been lobbying on behalf of these groups for years.

“The laws are a dog’s breakfast,” Chapman said in an email, adding that Canada’s reputation as being fair and compassionate is not always deserved.

While not caught by the 28-year rule, Jim McLellan of Wolfville, N.S., has experienced firsthand the sometimes tragic fallout of Canada’s idiosyncratic citizenship laws.

McLellan was born in the United States in 1945 to a Canadian mother and an American father. Prior to 1947, Canadian law denied citizenship to any child born abroad to a Canadian woman who was married to a foreigner.

He said he entered Canada in 2005 to care for his ailing mother and didn’t visit a hospital about his own deteriorating health in order to avoid the risk of deportation.

Legal changes in 2015 paved the long road to citizenship, after which McLellan learned he had terminal lung cancer, which had metastisized to his brain. Eight months ago, he was given four months to live.

“I’ll be dead in a few weeks,” McLellan said in a recent interview, his voice slurring slightly. “I had to live all of that time without health care.”

McLellan said he hopes his story inspires Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make good on his word that “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

“We’re ready to shout it from the rooftops,” McLellan said.


More on LINK (http://www.torontosun.com/2016/09/18/it-was-a-complete-shock-arcane-law-strips-unwitting-canadians-of-citizenship). 

Many of the older members on this site will remember that this is/was a common problem of children born overseas whose parents were serving with the CF. 

What really makes this so upsetting with many is that the Liberal Government will allow a convicted foreign born Terrorist to keep their citizenship, yet has gone out of their way to take away or deny Canadian citizenship of law abiding, hard working contributors to Canada.  Just last week a former British soldier, Mark Lowe (http://chattelevision.ca/__news/suffield-family-facing-deportation-are-fighting-to-stay-in-canada/), now a Permanent Resident, was denied Citizenship.

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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 18, 2016, 22:00:24
Yeah, the Lieberals seem to love the terrorist types over decent immigrants.  Bloody disgusting.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: S.M.A. on September 19, 2016, 22:26:53
An entry for Darwin Awards 2016:  :facepalm:

Daily Dot (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/lifestyle/parenting/11-year-old-accidentally-hangs-himself-trying-to-mimic-youtube-prank/ar-BBwlCdM?li=AAggFp5)

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11-year-old accidentally hangs himself trying to mimic YouTube prank
The Daily Dot

Jaya Saxena
9 hrs ago


An 11-year-old boy hanged himself last weekend in East Point, Georgia, and according to his mother, it’s because he was trying to mimic a prank video he saw on YouTube.

Cantenecia Stokes told WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta that her son’s three younger siblings said he had gotten the idea from YouTube. They ran to tell Stokes what had happened and that their brother had stopped breathing. “He panicked and he was trying to take himself out, and he didn’t know if you pull, you're only worsening, it's tightening,” she said. He died four days later.

A search on YouTube for “hanging prank” brings up a few videos, including “Suicide by Hanging Prank on Mom!” which has been viewed over 224,000 times. In the video, YouTube user “Riceman” pretends to hang himself to freak out his mom, which, aside from being incredibly dangerous, is an unfunny, terrible thing to do to a mother. She faints upon seeing him “hanging” from the ceiling.

(...SNIPPED)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on September 19, 2016, 22:50:15
Most Darwin Award winners have reproduced prior to their demise, so he may not qualify.  >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on September 20, 2016, 00:15:51
Most Darwin Award winners have reproduced prior to their demise, so he may not qualify.  >:D

I think that counts as a bonus, removing both yourself and any future offspring from the gene pool. :D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on September 20, 2016, 02:49:54
Might not be admissible due to the maturity rule...

http://darwinawards.com/rules/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 20, 2016, 10:10:38
Might not be admissible due to the maturity rule...

http://darwinawards.com/rules/

"Therefore children under sixteen are not eligible to win a Darwin Award. However, a few have been included as nominees, when their actions can be considered foolhardy by even their young peers."
http://darwinawards.com/rules/rules4.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on September 21, 2016, 11:48:09
OK?  WTF is going on?

All PEI schools, colleges and universities evacuated.  In Nova Scotia, NSCC campuses in Halifax and Cape Breton were also evacuated Wednesday, due to bomb threats.

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P.E.I. schools under evacuation order due to a potential threat (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-schools-evacuation-1.3772113)
RCMP say there are no reports of injuries
By Jesara Sinclair, CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2016 10:43 AM AT Last Updated: Sep 21, 2016 11:31 AM AT

All schools in P.E.I. are under an evacuation order due to a potential threat, say police.

A police news release Wednesday says school staff are taking students to safe locations in the community, and buses will meet the children there.

Child-care centres in schools will follow the schools' evacuation procedures. Other child-care centres will operate as usual.

No reports of injuries

Parents and guardians can now pick up their children from the safe locations, which are identified in each school's evacuation plan. Parents can go to the school, where staff will direct them to the safe locations, said the province's Department of Education.

RCMP say there are no reports of injuries.

The University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College are also closed.

Police said they will hold a news conference at noon AT.

CBC will livestream that news conference.

Evacuation in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, NSCC campuses in Halifax and Cape Breton were also evacuated Wednesday, due to bomb threats.

It's not clear if the evacuations are linked.

More to come.



More on LINK (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-schools-evacuation-1.3772113).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 21, 2016, 13:04:26
American Legislator Wants Canadians Banned from Driving in USA

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2694901012/

He can't get anything right, including the invention of the automobile.

From the US' own Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/auto.html:

"If we had to give credit to one inventor, it would probably be Karl Benz from Germany. Many suggest that he created the first true automobile in 1885/1886."

From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_automobile:

"In 1769 the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.[1]:14

"In 1807 François Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen.

"In 1864 Siegfried Marcus built the first gasoline powered combustion engine, which he placed on a pushcart, building four progressively sophisticated combustion-engine cars over a 10-to-15-year span that influenced later cars. Marcus created the two-cycle combustion engine. The car's second incarnation in 1880 introduced a four-cycle, gasoline-powered engine, an ingenious carburetor design, and magneto ignition. He created an additional two models further refining his design with steering, a clutch, and brakes. His second car is on display at the Technical Museum in Vienna. During his lifetime, he was honored as the originator of the motorcar. But his place in history was all but erased by the Nazis during World War II. Because Marcus was of Jewish descent, the Nazi propaganda office ordered his work to be destroyed, his name expunged from future textbooks, and his public memorials removed, giving credit instead to Karl Benz.[2]

"In 1886, Karl Benz developed a petrol- or gasoline-powered automobile.[3] This is also considered to be the first "production" vehicle as Benz made several other identical copies."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on September 21, 2016, 13:27:56
American Legislator Wants Canadians Banned from Driving in USA

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2694901012/

He can't get anything right, including the invention of the automobile.

From the US' own Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/auto.html:

"If we had to give credit to one inventor, it would probably be Karl Benz from Germany. Many suggest that he created the first true automobile in 1885/1886."

From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_automobile:

"In 1769 the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.[1]:14

"In 1807 François Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen.

"In 1864 Siegfried Marcus built the first gasoline powered combustion engine, which he placed on a pushcart, building four progressively sophisticated combustion-engine cars over a 10-to-15-year span that influenced later cars. Marcus created the two-cycle combustion engine. The car's second incarnation in 1880 introduced a four-cycle, gasoline-powered engine, an ingenious carburetor design, and magneto ignition. He created an additional two models further refining his design with steering, a clutch, and brakes. His second car is on display at the Technical Museum in Vienna. During his lifetime, he was honored as the originator of the motorcar. But his place in history was all but erased by the Nazis during World War II. Because Marcus was of Jewish descent, the Nazi propaganda office ordered his work to be destroyed, his name expunged from future textbooks, and his public memorials removed, giving credit instead to Karl Benz.[2]

"In 1886, Karl Benz developed a petrol- or gasoline-powered automobile.[3] This is also considered to be the first "production" vehicle as Benz made several other identical copies."

American Lieways
http://www.snopes.com/ban-canadians-usa-highways/
A satirical article reporting that an American legislator wanted to ban Canadian drivers from U.S. roads was mistaken for real news by some readers.

Claim: American legislator John Grumpart wants to ban Canadians from driving on U.S. roads.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on September 21, 2016, 13:29:26
American Legislator Wants Canadians Banned from Driving in USA

This Is That is a satire show...

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat/about
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: AbdullahD on September 21, 2016, 13:55:02
This Is That is a satire show...

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat/about

Shhhh it is funnier when you don't tell them! Lol
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 21, 2016, 15:23:09
This Is That is a satire show...

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thisisthat/about

I absoufuckinglutely hate that show.  A root canal is funnier.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 21, 2016, 15:29:01
Damn. They got me. I've never even heard of the programme before.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: 1984 on September 21, 2016, 15:48:04
I absoufuckinglutely hate that show.  A root canal is funnier.

+1000 CanCon at its worst.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cavalryman on September 21, 2016, 15:49:11
Damn. They got me. I've never even heard of the programme before.
A very unfunny show.  You're not missing anything - other than to fall for their nonsense  >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on September 21, 2016, 17:16:55
A very unfunny show.  You're not missing anything - other than to fall for their nonsense  >:D

They are striving to be like TheOnion.com....but aren't....at all....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 21, 2016, 17:21:47
I can't be bothered with cable and wouldn't watch CBC anyway, hence my ignorance. Somebody sent me the link that I posted and it seemed pathetically plausible enough.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 21, 2016, 18:29:56
They're radio and a waste of airtime.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: AbdullahD on September 21, 2016, 18:54:58
They're radio and a waste of airtime.

The debaters is way better ;)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 21, 2016, 19:30:11
Yes, they are.  At least they're funny (Sean Cullen aside, he's not) because they're good comedians.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on September 21, 2016, 20:29:02
I have to say, I've never heard the show. Just saw the link previously...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on September 28, 2016, 23:07:56
 :facepalm:

UPDATED: Driver charged after passenger falls from mattress on top of van in Haymarket area

http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/updated-driver-charged-after-passenger-falls-from-mattress-on-top/article_08131b04-81b6-11e6-8ec5-83eb52c7a9eb.html

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A Culpeper woman was charged with reckless driving after another woman died after falling from the top of a van she was driving in the Haymarket area.

Police were called to the area of Bent Grass Drive and Waverly Farm Drive, in the Dominion Valley neighborhood, at 6:42 a.m. Sept. 23 to investigate the incident, Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus said.

Police said Sindy Zelaya Gonzalez was riding on a mattress which had been placed unsecured on top of a 2006 Chevrolet Express Van traveling north on Waverly Farm Drive when the she and the mattress fell from the top of the vehicle.

Gonzalez, 20, of Culpeper, was pronounced dead at the scene.

After a police investigation, the driver of the van, Norma Guadron Canales, 41, of Friendship Way in Culpeper, was arrested Sept. 27 and charged with reckless driving and driving without a license.

Canales was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and has a court date on Oct. 15.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on September 29, 2016, 09:31:13
You sure this should not be a Darwin Award post?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 29, 2016, 09:54:48
Viagra sausages anyone?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3811691/Sausages-Fathers-Justice-containing-natural-VIAGRA-sale-help-fight-male-depression.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on September 29, 2016, 17:53:46
Interesting, to say the least.

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Canadian suspect in terror probe took selfie with Justin Trudeau (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/29/canadian-suspect-in-terror-probe-took-selfie-with-justin-trudeau.html)
Two sources with knowledge of the case, but who are not authorized to speak publicly, said the man no longer follows radical Islamist ideology since his return to Canada, and that his reintegration has been a success story.
By GABRIELLE DUCHAINE
VINCENT LAROUCHELa Presse
Thu., Sept. 29, 2016

At first glance, nothing stands out about the picture. A photograph like the thousands of others seen on social media, showing the prime minister smiling in the company of a voter.

What’s different is that the man posing beside Justin Trudeau is not just an average voter. He is the subject of an RCMP investigation, suspected of having participated along with other Quebecers in the kidnapping of two American journalists in Syria in 2013, an incident believed to have been orchestrated by the al-Nusra Front, a group linked to Al Qaeda.

Despite this, he was able to get close enough to Trudeau for long enough to take a selfie with the prime minister.

La Presse has chosen not to name the suspect, because it is not possible at this stage in the investigation to confirm his level of involvement in events that occurred in Syria.

The young resident of a suburb south of Montreal has not been charged with any crime. He travelled to Turkey for several months in 2012 and 2013, but there is no proof that he crossed the border into Syria.

Two sources with knowledge of the case, but who are not authorized to speak publicly, said the man no longer follows radical Islamist ideology since his return to Canada, and that his reintegration has been a success story.

He has started a family. He goes to school. He has publicly denounced extremist ideas. Everything indicates that he had no malicious intent when he took a selfie with the prime minister, someone he regularly praises on his Facebook page. It was just chance that he crossed paths with Trudeau.

But the simple fact that a person who is the subject of a terrorism investigation could find himself so close to Trudeau raises numerous questions, not only about the security of the prime minister but the level of surveillance placed on those Canadians suspected of having waged jihad in Syria.


“We have a prime minister who is very open. But a guy like this should not have been able to get so close. I don’t want to blame the work that was done, but it shows that there is no surveillance on this individual, that the people around the prime minister were not warned,” said Paul Laurier, a former terrorism investigator with the Sûreté du Québec, who has also worked with the RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team.

Laurier said that in addition to bodyguards who assure Trudeau’s physical protection, there is a team of police officers specializing in intelligence who study potential threats faced by Trudeau.

The allegations against the man in the photo are serious. In June 2015, two years after his return from Turkey, the RCMP executed a search warrant at his parents’ home while investigating the kidnapping of two American journalists, Matthew Schrier and Theo Padnos.

The two men were held captive in Syria — one for seven months, the other for two years. Officially, the suspect was in Turkey, near the Syrian border, during part of the time they were in captivity. In the search warrant applications that are signed by a justice of the peace, the police said they believed the Quebecer committed several terrorist infractions, including having participated in the kidnapping, extortion and fraud for the profit of a terrorist group.

The accusations have not been tested before the courts.

According to sources, the suspect’s name is on an American no-fly list. He had great difficulty returning to Canada in 2013 because of this. Before departing for Turkey, he trained at a firing range and showed signs of radical behaviour.

Despite this, on Dec. 18, 2015, just six months after the search warrant at his parents’ home, he posted the picture of the selfie with Trudeau.

That day, the recently elected prime minister was giving an interview to Radio-Canada television host Patrice Roy to talk about his first months in power. The interview was conducted at a Montreal subway station, Place-des-Arts, where the Liberal leader responded to impromptu questions from the public.

At the end of the interview, Roy took Trudeau up to the street level. That’s where the young man bumped into the politician, who was surrounded by his bodyguards as he posed for selfies with people passing by.

He was accompanied by another suspect in the alleged kidnapping as well as the man’s wife. The couple do not appear to have been photographed with the politician.

In a video of the interview broadcast by Radio-Canada, the man can be seen walking in the crowd and attempting to approach Trudeau. Once the interview was finished he took his photograph and left. He was not bothered by the authorities on site. No one attempted to block him.

It was only several days later, after having published the picture on his Facebook page, that he was visited by the RCMP.

Sources said the investigators wanted to know why he was spotted in the company of the prime minister.

Contacted by La Presse, the RCMP refused to respond to questions, indicating that they “touch on ongoing investigations.”

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the incident, referring questions to the RCMP.


With files from Daniel Renaud



More on LINK (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/29/canadian-suspect-in-terror-probe-took-selfie-with-justin-trudeau.html).

Just a few security questions here that leave one scratching their heads.  And just how reliable are those two sources who vouch for this man and his friend?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 29, 2016, 17:56:32
Yeaaaah, sure.  He's legit now, no doubt... ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on September 29, 2016, 19:28:40
Never know.... :-\

....But he will always be a Canadian.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Larry Strong on October 03, 2016, 18:01:41
This one should fit in this thread pretty good.......

Sick discovery: Fisherman finds human penis and testicles in gutted tuna

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/10/03/sick-discovery-fisherman-finds-human-penis-and-testicles-in-gutted-tuna



Cheers
Larry
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 04, 2016, 15:03:40
More scary clowns running around South Carolina. And no it isn't Donald Trump, these are real clowns.

October 1, 2016

Gangs of clowns terrorize Nova Scotia drivers,
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/a-nightmare-coming-true-gangs-of-clowns-terrorize-n-s-drivers-1.3097450
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on October 04, 2016, 15:55:52
apparently one person dressed as a clown in the US got shot trying to scare someone.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 04, 2016, 16:03:15
Remember Pogo the killer clown?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbHANELNCpk

"You would be surprised all the tricks you can do when you're a clown."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 04, 2016, 17:17:50
October 1, 2016

Gangs of clowns terrorize Nova Scotia drivers,
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/a-nightmare-coming-true-gangs-of-clowns-terrorize-n-s-drivers-1.3097450

Quote
A first offender that blocks the path of a car when it’s impractical for the driver to stop could face a $410 ticket, according to police.

More like a trip to the hospital via ambulance once they've had their *** run over...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on October 05, 2016, 07:29:07
October 1, 2016

Gangs of clowns terrorize Nova Scotia drivers,
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/a-nightmare-coming-true-gangs-of-clowns-terrorize-n-s-drivers-1.3097450

I can understand Metrosexual Canada but the US, a concealed carry state?  I would never do this sh?t in the US, you just looking to stop lead. 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: NavyShooter on October 05, 2016, 07:53:31
My eldest daughter's school sent out a notification to parents, apparently they got a 'clown threat' yesterday.

Yes, that's a real thing.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 05, 2016, 09:03:25
Don't know what this is, but it's weird looking.  Photos at link below.

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Something fishy? Man finds gruesome remains that look like a 'dead mermaid' on deserted beach
Pictures taken on Norfolk beach capture a body with human-like features
Mystery find at Great Yarmouth has the skull of a man but the tail of a fish
Debate rages online over possible explanations for the eerie discovery


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3822814/UK-man-stumbles-gruesome-remains-look-like-dead-mermaid-deserted-beach.html#ixzz4MDAzZEHc
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 05, 2016, 09:07:43
Don't know what this is, but it's weird looking.  Photos at link below.

Last paragraph in article:

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But there may also be a more simple explanation. Mr Jones’s Facebook profile shows him to be a keen modeller - particularly of creepy figures. He is a member of the ‘Horror and Halloween DIY’ Facebook group.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 05, 2016, 09:31:32
Missed that, should skim stories less and pay closer attention.   :-[
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 05, 2016, 18:46:36
What is the new crime draining police resources? Clown hoaxes.
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20161005/clown-hoaxes-force-police-to-check-pranks-for-real-threats

Learning from FDNY ...that you don't need a helmet when you are ripping apart a car.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BLMFfa5DGVR/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 09, 2016, 12:50:13
Well mariomike.....If attacked by a group of clowns....

(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s526x296/10419018_10152622938353678_3693372614087749544_n.jpg?oh=0bbe6cd638eb10036d272a784caaa380&oe=586ADE7D)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 09, 2016, 13:00:11
A tale of two women who have become Canadian under very close to identical circumstances:

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Ottawa softens stand on stripping citizenship over false papers (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-softens-stand-on-stripping-citizenship-over-false-papers/article32254296/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links)
MICHELLE ZILIO
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016 10:01PM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016 10:04PM EDT

Immigration Minister John McCallum says he is open to granting a moratorium on the revocation of citizenship from Canadians who misrepresented themselves in their applications, an issue that has been thrust into the spotlight by the circumstances of cabinet minister Maryam Monsef’s citizenship.

Mr. McCallum’s comments come a week after the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers filed a legal action with the Federal Court asking the government to put a stop to all revocations until it could fix a law that allows citizenship to be stripped without a hearing.

“I will consider that moratorium. I won’t rule it out unconditionally,” Mr. McCallum told Senate Question Period on Tuesday. “What I am saying is that we would welcome a reform to the system.”

The Federal Court application made headlines when lawyers on the case said that Ms. Monsef, Democratic Institutions Minister, could have her citizenship revoked under the current law for having an incorrect birthplace listed on her citizenship papers. Ms. Monsef said she only learned that she was born in Iran, not Afghanistan as she had believed, after an inquiry from The Globe and Mail last month. She said her mother never told her and her sisters they were born in Iran because she did not think it mattered.

While Ottawa is considering the moratorium on revocations, the government says it is committed to eventually reinstating the right to a hearing for Canadians who face losing their citizenship because they misrepresented themselves in their citizenship and permanent residency applications.

Independent Senator Ratna Omidvar said she is going to propose an amendment to the government’s citizenship Bill C-6 to reverse the Conservative law that took away the long-standing right.

“I am hopeful that they will allow this amendment to be tabled,” Ms. Omidvar said. “Everybody’s hoping they’re able to do it in this bill at the Senate. But if not, I’ve been told that it will be fixed through legislation.”

MPs tried to table the amendment to Bill C-6 at the House immigration committee earlier this year, but was it declared to be out of scope by the committee chair. Ms. Omidvar noted that the Senate procedure rules are different, so the amendment still has a chance in the Red Chamber.

In the meantime, the government continues to enforce its revocation powers. Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said the government appears to be in a rush to issue as many revocation notices as possible before the law changes.

“We had seven new clients in the last week,” Mr. Waldman said. “It’s really disconcerting for me that they are continuing to proceed with the process that the government agrees should be changed.”

The government has to decide how it will respond to the Federal Court application by Wednesday. Unaware of the deadline, Mr. McCallum told reporters after Question Period that a decision would have to be made quickly.

“If it needs an answer tomorrow, I’ll have to look at it quickly,” Mr. McCallum said.

Josh Paterson, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, was surprised Mr. McCallum did not know the deadline for such a high-profile decision, which carries serious ramifications for those affected.

“With every week that this carries on, there are more Canadians who are potentially having their citizenship revoked without a fair process,” Mr. Paterson said. “The government should respond quickly and they should agree to stopping these proceedings that they admit are unfair before court has to force them to do so.”


More on LINK (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-softens-stand-on-stripping-citizenship-over-false-papers/article32254296/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links).

and

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Case of Concordia student facing loss of citizenship has ‘compelling parallels’ to Monsef situation: lawyer (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/case-of-concordia-student-stripped-of-citizenship-has-compelling-parallels-to-monsef-situation-lawyer)
Brian Hutchinson | October 6, 2016 7:20 PM ET

VANCOUVER — A 19-year-old Concordia University student has been told she will be stripped of her Canadian identity, a decade after the woman’s mother allegedly made misrepresentations when applying for their citizenship.

The case has “compelling parallels” to the situation involving Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, according the student’s lawyer. She wonders if government authorities will investigate Monsef’s family history and apply the law with the same force and vigour as it did with her client.

Monsef has claimed she learned last month that her mother misrepresented her country of birth when their family landed in Canada as refugee claimants 20 years ago.

For her part, the Concordia student says she wasn’t aware her mother had miscalculated the precise number of days she spent outside Canada during a five-year period before their family’s citizenship applications were accepted in 2006.

Nor did she know Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officials had recently investigated her family. The student claims she wasn’t aware her citizenship had been revoked until her father informed her of the fact late last year, after the decision was made. She is now in litigation with the federal government to have her citizenship restored.


“I was in shock,” the woman says in an affidavit filed in Federal Court. “I could not understand how this could happen, and why (IRCC) did not allow me to make representations on my own behalf.”

Her Ottawa-based lawyer provided the National Post with documents related to the case on condition the student not be identified by name. “My client is a young woman who is under significant psychological distress,” explains the lawyer, Arghavan Gerami.

I could not understand how this could happen, and why (IRCC) did not allow me to make representations on my own behalf

Gerami says citizenship revocation laws as they are written and enforced are unfair, adding that the revocation process and order made against her client was “arbitrary and disproportionate.”

It’s one of several cases the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers brought to public attention at a press conference in Ottawa last week. The two groups have filed their own constitutional challenge in Federal Court, arguing that a “revocation regime” created by Bill C-24 — which became law in 2014 — can have a person stripped of their legal status without so much as a hearing.

IRCC officials did not respond to written questions by press time Thursday. But earlier this week, Canada’s immigration minister, John McCallum, told reporters he would consider a moratorium on revoking citizenships without hearings.

That may come too late for the distressed Concordia student, described at last week’s press conference as “Ms. B.”

Born in Qatar to an Egyptian father and a Jordanian-Lebanese mother, she arrived in Canada as an Egyptian national with her parents in 2001, when she was four years old. The family was granted permanent resident status and settled in suburban Toronto.

Her father, an engineer, found work in his profession. The mother, meanwhile, made a number of trips back to Qatar. On an application for Canadian citizenship filed on her and Ms. B’s behalf in 2006, she claimed she’d been absent from Canada for a total of 144 days since 2001, according to a IRCC report prepared by a department case management analyst identified only by the reference code “CL5041.”

In fact, the analyst determined, the mother had given birth to a child in Qatar in 2002, meaning she’d spent more days outside the country than reported. “This time spent in Qatar was not declared on her application for citizenship,” wrote analyst CL5041.

In a written response to the analyst, Ms. B’s mother explained she’d been pregnant with her third child and fell ill when visiting her mother in Qatar. She “faced severe complications that threatened my life as well as my pregnancy to the extent I was nearly going to lose my baby; I was advised that flying back to Canada would jeopardize both our lives.”

She had no choice but remain in Qatar and give birth to her son there, she wrote in her response to the IRCC analyst, acknowledging that her failure to document the trip extension was an “oversight.”

It was enough to disqualify her Canadian citizenship, and Ms. B’s citizenship, as well. Analyst CL5041 made the decision on Dec. 16, 2015.

In her court-filed affidavit, Ms. B says she eventually learned her parents had kept information about the IRCC investigation and revocation order from her. “My father explained to me that he did not disclose the (IRCC) notice to revoke my citizenship and did not involve me in the process because he wanted to protect me from the worry and stress that this would cause,” Ms. B notes. “I had no idea my Canadian citizenship could one day suddenly be stripped from me.”

She remains enrolled at Concordia, and says her goals are to “become a teacher, to have a family and to continue residing permanently in Canada, where my fundamental rights as a woman are protected by the Canadian Constitution.”

• Email: bhutchinson@nationalpost.com



More on LINK (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/case-of-concordia-student-stripped-of-citizenship-has-compelling-parallels-to-monsef-situation-lawyer).

Questions from the Sun:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/03/the-maryam-monsef-double-standard


A case of "ANIMAL FARM" indeed.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 10, 2016, 21:52:10
Well mariomike.....If attacked by a group of clowns....

Clown Control...How The Chicago Hood Deals With "Creepy Clowns"
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f62_1476139782
That's the Chicago Way!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on October 11, 2016, 13:55:08
On the citizenship thing, I think it's fair for the kids to be able to appeal something they had no control over, and show that they have been a upstanding citizen.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on October 11, 2016, 14:00:02
On the citizenship thing, I think it's fair for the kids to be able to appeal something they had no control over, and show that they have been a upstanding citizen.

At this point the minister should have declared the pertinent section of the law in disrepute and stayed all deportations of similar nature to their special case or start proceedings on her as well.  Openness and transparency suck here again, whatever happened the moral judgements.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 11, 2016, 14:52:56
On the citizenship thing, I think it's fair for the kids to be able to appeal something they had no control over, and show that they have been a upstanding citizen.

If it is good for a Federal Minister, it should be good for the student.  Like Lightguns says: "Openness and transparency suck here again".  Where is the Justin Trudeau's "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian" and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum?   BOTH suspiciously absent in the case of  Concordia University student.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 12, 2016, 10:15:48
Tim Tebow MD puts his outstretched hand over a man having a seizure & prayed over him. Media declares him a hero.
http://nypost.com/2016/10/11/tim-tebow-helps-save-man-apparently-having-seizure/
Tebow signing autographs. Fan has what looks like seizure. Not moving. Tebow puts hand on him and says a prayer. Man breathes. WOW.

In other news,

Ronald McDonald Is Laying Low Until the Clown Craze Is Over
http://time.com/4526884/ronald-mcdonald-clown-craze/

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 13, 2016, 14:56:24
Bits of this and that. Hope no one minds.  :)

Female workers forced to line up and kiss their boss everyday before beginning work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3nrj6wxHtE
Every morning, between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., female staff members are required to line up and kiss their boss before beginning work.

Video: Ugly confrontation between the NYPD and members of the public during an arrest.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BLfB_b0j5Ry/

Black FDNY Civilian Employees Sue Over Racist Management Practices.
http://gothamist.com/2016/10/13/fdny_discrimination_lawsuit.php …
Chiefs Don't See What The Problem Is.

Perp used armour piercing-bullets to kill two police officers in his planned ambush.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/10/12/da-suspect-shot-assault-rifle-wanted-kill-police/91962932/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 13, 2016, 20:38:18
In the words of "The Designated Survivor" (Kiefer Sutherland) "YOUR FIRED!"

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Canada caught off guard by number of Syrian refugee children, says federal minister (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/syrian-refugee-size-1.3802264)
Large family size of many Syrian refugees pose challenges for schools, housing
By Laura Glowacki, CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2016 3:51 PM CT Last Updated: Oct 12, 2016 5:56 PM CT

Canada's federal immigration minister says the government was surprised by the number of Syrian refugee children it admitted last year.

"Many of the refugees had large numbers of children and that was not completely anticipated in the beginning," said Citizenship and Immigration Minister John McCallum after a meeting with provincial counterparts in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

 The number of children as part of the 2015 cohort of refugees presented challenges for schools and appropriate housing, he said. Approximately 31,919 Syrians have arrived in Canada and more than 20,000 applications are in progress.

Wishart said Manitoba doesn't know the precise number of refugees who will be calling Manitoba home this year.

"We know roughly how many families we'll be getting but we never seem to know the family size," said Manitoba's Minister of Education and Training Ian Wishart.

On Tuesday, Wishart said Ottawa is downloading many of the extra costs onto provinces associated with settling Syrian refugees such as education funding.

While McCallum said Ottawa is not considering extending supports for refugees beyond their first year in Canada, it is looking at providing additional funds for education. Ottawa is considering expanding funding for English and French as an additional language programs.

"After that we hope that they would have a job," McCallum said.

Winnipeg School Division receives the majority of Manitoba-bound refugee students, said Radean Carter, spokesperson for the school board. The division is calling on government to provide longer-term housing and settlement supports to refugees along with additional money to hire language instructors.

In 2015, the division accepted 170 Syrian students and received a special one-time grant in early 2016 from the province and federal government of $600,000 to accommodate the students.

"While we are expecting additional refugee students into our division this school year, we have not had any numbers or timing confirmed, nor any funding announced," Carter wrote in an email.

Winnipeg School Division hired five additional English as an additional language instructors and one support worker for newcomers recently, she said.

"These resources are fully employed and finding more qualified EAL teachers and support workers is becoming a challenge," Carter wrote.

Minister McCallum said overall he believes the settlement of Syrians is "going well" in Canada.

"The whole idea was for Canada to step up to the plate and help very vulnerable people come from a life of great danger to a peaceful life in Canada," McCallum said.

"I have no doubt the Syrian refugees will do extremely well."





More on LINK (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/syrian-refugee-size-1.3802264).


What kind of incompetence is being shown here?  Were the Refugees not put through a SCREENING PROCESS?  Can the MINISTER not read what numbers have been processed, when presented the info by those doing the screening?  Who else gets the impression that we just threw people on the planes to fill seats and bring them to Canada?  This whole statement that he was caught off guard by number of Syrian refugee children reeks of incompetence.  Next we will hear that the senior bureaucrat in charge of the Phoenix Pay System has been transferred to  Immigration..... :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on October 13, 2016, 21:51:04
Next we will hear that the senior bureaucrat in charge of the Phoenix Pay System has been transferred to  Immigration..... :facepalm:

Not sure if that's a negative or positive outcome.  >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on October 14, 2016, 07:57:00

Next we will hear that the senior bureaucrat in charge of the Phoenix Pay System has been transferred to  Immigration..... :facepalm:

I hear it was Procurement actually, "Special Advisor".  Which sounds terribly made up, but there is a career of a loyal soldier to be saved here!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: cupper on October 14, 2016, 10:33:01
I hear it was Procurement actually, "Special Advisor".  Which sounds terribly made up, but there is a career of a loyal soldier to be saved here!

Any job title that includes the word "Special" means it is time to dust off the resume, you are going to be shuffled out.  :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 14, 2016, 11:28:07
How the holy frig could you not be aware that most of those families would be coming with a passel of kids in tow, that's what they have in those cultures as a rule.  Loads of kids...

A Minister of the Crown that's as much use as tits on a bull, like that's never happened before or will again.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ueo on October 15, 2016, 16:28:08
Because the dolts conducting the screenings are either woefully unaware of the large families and the propensity to have these or were unqualified to deal with this particular ethnicity and only interviewed the male through an interpreter who had carried out this process many times and knew the ropes. My cynicism showing again.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 15, 2016, 17:09:21
Because the dolts conducting the screenings are either woefully unaware of the large families and the propensity to have these or were unqualified to deal with this particular ethnicity and only interviewed the male through an interpreter who had carried out this process many times and knew the ropes. My cynicism showing again.

Your cynicism can show all it wants.  It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to count heads as they get on and off whatever transport Canada had arranged.  This just disqualifies all those who work at Citizenship and Immigration from ever getting a job as a School Bus driver.   :facepalm:    ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ueo on October 16, 2016, 13:04:27
Yup!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 17, 2016, 11:47:41
Where do loyalties lie?  Do National Security Concerns mean nothing if one wants to promote their own political agenda?

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre had a quiet mission to Iran, and now people have noticed (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/montreal-mayor-denis-coderre-had-a-quiet-mission-to-iran-and-now-people-have-noticed)
Graeme Hamilton | October 16, 2016 7:08 PM ET
More from Graeme Hamilton | @grayhamilton

MONTREAL — Denis Coderre’s city hall website provides regular updates of the jet-setting Montreal mayor’s travels. Currently, he is on a week-long mission to South America. Two weeks ago, he was in Beirut for a three-day conference of francophone mayors.

But one recent visit did not make it onto the website: an early October side trip to Iran to meet the mayor of Tehran, a prominent figure in the country’s repressive theocracy.

Members of Canada’s Iranian community learned of the trip through Iranian news sources. Some are outraged that Coderre would quietly meet in Tehran with a representative of a regime Canada has labelled a state supporter of terrorism.

“The Iranian regime is a terrorist regime,” said Shabnam Assadollahi, an Ottawa writer and human rights activist who was imprisoned in Iran as a teenager. “Why would the mayor of Montreal make quiet deals with a terrorist regime?”

According to an Oct. 2 report by the Tasnim News Agency, which is linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Coderre signed an agreement with Tehran in his role as president of Metropolis, an association of global cities. One photo shows the two smiling mayors sitting under a portrait of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.


While the visit passed virtually unnoticed back home, Coderre’s meeting with Tehran Mayor Baqer Qalibaf was big news in Iran.

One photo of Coderre showed a desk-top Canadian flag and other coverage included the city of Montreal’s logo. The Tasnim report said Qalibaf expressed the hope Coderre’s visit would lead to “stronger cooperation” between Tehran and Montreal in “municipal and cultural affairs.”

The meeting came even though Canadian diplomatic ties with Iran continue to be ruptured. Canada closed its embassy in Tehran in 2012 for various reasons, including Iran’s nuclear program.

In June, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion said official talks had begun about a resumption of ties, and last month he met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations in New York.

Payam Akhavan, a law professor at McGill University and founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre, said Coderre’s visit offers propaganda value to a regime trying to overcome its pariah status.

He said Qalibaf, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2013, is seen as a pragmatist rather than a hardliner.

“He is not among the worst, but that’s a relative concept,” Akhavan said.

“The only politicians who survive are ones who are deemed to be ideologically safe, and who have compromised with the right people and the right interests. So having contact with them is nothing to celebrate.”

A former Revolutionary Guard officer, Qalibaf has called Israel “a cancerous tumour in the region” and bragged about his role in crushing student protests in 1999 and 2003.

Coderre’s office said he will not be available to comment on his Iran trip until he returns next week from meetings in Colombia and Ecuador.

Amir Khadir, a Québec Solidaire member of the National Assembly who was born in Iran, said he texted Coderre as soon as he learned the mayor was in Tehran. He asked Coderre to raise the matter of a recently imprisoned human-rights defender, but it was too late because Coderre’s official meetings were finished.

Khadir said he is satisfied Coderre has a strategy for addressing human-rights issues with the Iranians.

“As an opponent of the Iranian theocracy and dictatorship, I understand that some advocacy can be carried out despite the fact that this government in Iran is very deaf to any protests,” he said.

But Iraj Rezaei, president of the Council of Iranian Refugees and Immigrants in Toronto, said Coderre is deluded if he thinks he can prompt change in a regime that executes minors, imprisons critics and bars women from attending soccer matches. 

“The Iranian government has been there 33 years, and nothing has changed,” he sai



More on LINK (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/montreal-mayor-denis-coderre-had-a-quiet-mission-to-iran-and-now-people-have-noticed).
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on October 17, 2016, 11:59:55
Where do loyalties lie?  Do National Security Concerns mean nothing if one wants to promote their own political agenda?

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.


More on LINK (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/montreal-mayor-denis-coderre-had-a-quiet-mission-to-iran-and-now-people-have-noticed).

This is one ex-Liberal politician I cannot stomach.  For me, he embodies what I find distasteful about the majority of them.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lightguns on October 17, 2016, 12:10:38
This is one ex-Liberal politician I cannot stomach.  For me, he embodies what I find distasteful about the majority of them.

Concur he is very much their poster boy, the very ethical centre of Canadian Liberalism.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 22, 2016, 14:01:21
 [:D

This story reminds me of one I heard about Michael Kane and why he decided to leave the UK way back when.

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A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.
I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. BUT,... I have to admit, I guess I really don't know how many people it fed.
That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people's pockets, and give them dignity for their skills.
When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self worth.
Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value.
Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.

I've decided I can't be politically correct anymore. (I never was, actually)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Larry Strong on October 23, 2016, 21:17:08
If done postmortem as suggested, some people have a severely warped sense of humor...........

"Man found dead, bound to bench, with ham on his butt, genitals put in tuna can"

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/10/23/man-found-dead-bound-to-bench-with-ham-on-his-butt-genitals-put-in-tuna-can


Cheers
Larry
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on October 24, 2016, 09:56:12
If done postmortem as suggested, some people have a severely warped sense of humor...........
But if alive, well who are we to judge what ol' hambutt did for enjoyment.  :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on November 21, 2016, 16:04:46
Sad demise of a Toronto trash panda.
http://imgur.com/gallery/4AMdJ
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on November 23, 2016, 12:37:23
It wouldn't be a Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC without 80 dump trucks filled with sand to protect against car bombs.
http://newjersey.news12.com/news/tons-of-security-dump-trucks-protect-macy-s-thanksgiving-day-parade-1.12657873
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Teager on November 23, 2016, 23:55:09
This one made me do a double take.  :facepalm:

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UN elects Saudi Arabia to Human Rights Council, oversight on women’s rights

GENEVA, Nov. 21, 2016 – The UN just elected Saudi Arabia to a 3-year term on its Human Rights Council, and Saudi representative Abdulaziz Alwasil has arrived in Geneva to take up the post.

Membership on the UNHRC gives Saudi Arabia—which has the world’s worst record on women’s rights—the right to vote on, influence and oversee numerous mechanisms, resolutions and initiatives affecting the rights of women worldwide, including:

Elimination of discrimination against women
Equal participation [of women] in political and public affairs
Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice
Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Accelerating efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women
The right to a nationality: women’s equal nationality rights in law and in practice
Addressing the impact of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence in the context of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on the full enjoyment of all human rights by women and girls
Annual full day debate on women’s rights
Annual half-day panel on the integration of a gender perspective

And despite its horrific record on religious freedom and basic judicial norms, Saudi Arabia also will have a vote and oversight on:

Freedom of religion and belief
Integrity of the judicial system

http://www.unwatch.org/15032-2/

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: whiskey601 on November 24, 2016, 01:00:35
I wonder how Canada voted on that one?? The US appears to have supported it....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on November 24, 2016, 19:02:20
The saga continues.

A tale of two women who have become Canadian under very close to identical circumstances:

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More on LINK (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-softens-stand-on-stripping-citizenship-over-false-papers/article32254296/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links).

and


More on LINK (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/case-of-concordia-student-stripped-of-citizenship-has-compelling-parallels-to-monsef-situation-lawyer).

Questions from the Sun:  http://www.torontosun.com/2016/10/03/the-maryam-monsef-double-standard


A case of "ANIMAL FARM" indeed.

OK?

Why is Maryam Monsef still sitting in the House of Commons?

Now we see this today; under her Watch:  http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1159859

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Bill C-33: 7 Reforms to Increase Voter Participation and Electoral Integrity

The Government of Canada has introduced An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act in the House of Commons on November 24, 2016. The Bill includes seven measures that, if passed, would increase voter participation by breaking down barriers to voting while enhancing the efficiency and integrity of our elections.

The Voter Information Card (VIC) as identification (ID)

The Fair Elections Act excluded the VIC as a piece of ID a voter could use to cast a ballot. Elections Canada held a pilot project first in 2010 and then for the 2011 general election where certain polling places, such as long term care homes or seniors’ residences, could accept the VIC as a piece of ID. In 2011, approximately 900, 000 Canadians at 5,608 polling stations were eligible to use the VIC. The pilot was successful, and Canadians from these three groups successfully used their VIC to vote. The Chief Electoral Officer recommended allowing Canadians to use the VIC to vote but was prevented from doing so when the Fair Elections Act was passed. It excluded the VIC from the list of acceptable ID.

Canadians told us during the Electoral Reform Dialogue that they wanted us to remove barriers to voting. We heard stories from seniors turned away from the polls thinking they could use the VIC as ID. If passed, our bill would make it easier for people to vote by adding the VIC as an approved form of ID.

Restoring Vouching

Before the Fair Elections Act was passed voters could vouch for another eligible Canadian without proper ID. A February 2016 survey by Statistics Canada found that an estimated 172,000 non-voters stated lack of ID was a reason for not voting in the 2015 election. Indigenous people in particular were impacted by this. Canadians told us during the Electoral Reform Dialogue process that eliminating vouching created a barrier to voting. For example, homeless people without other forms of ID were unable to establish their identity or their eligibility to vote. Restoring vouching will make it easier for people to vote.

Expanding the Chief Electoral Officer’s communication mandate

The Fair Elections Act restricted the kind of public education campaigns the CEO could undertake. Currently, the CEO may only conduct educational programs with primary and high school age children. Canadians told us during the Electoral Reform Dialogue process that they wanted more done to improve civic literacy and to build knowledge about Canadian democracy. The CEO recommended his mandate be extended to undertake this kind of non-partisan public education work across Canada. Lack of information about voting can be a barrier to voting. This measure will lift this limit and allow the CEO to communicate with Canadians without restrictions.

Creating a National Register of Future Electors

Canadians told us they wanted to encourage young people to vote. Research has found that when people vote in one election, they are more likely to make it a life-long habit. A 2004 Yale University study found that one of the best predictors of future voting habits are past voting habits. The CEO recommended that one way of preparing young people to vote would be by introducing youth pre-registration. If passed, our bill would allow Elections Canada to work with young people in schools and other settings to sign up to vote. Pre-registration would be open to Canadian youth ages 14-17. They would be added to a new National Register of Future Electors, maintained by Elections Canada, allowing them access to educational resources and other information about democracy, elections and voting. When they turn 18, Pre-Electors will automatically be added to the National Register of Electors, putting them in a better position to vote.

Cleaning Up the National Register of Electors

The Chief Electoral Officer has asked for more tools to continually improve Elections Canada’s National Register of Electors, on which they estimate there is a very small proportion of people who are not eligible to vote. Our bill, if passed, would give Elections Canada new resources to clean up the data in the register. It will help Elections Canada operate more efficiently. The previous government introduced legislation to address this issue in the previous Parliament, but the bill did not become law.

Relocating the Commissioner of Canada Elections

The Commissioner of Canada Elections is a non-partisan official responsible for investigating potential voting issues such as voter fraud or financial irregularities. The Commissioner ensures the Canada Elections Act rules are followed. From 1974 to 2014, the CEO appointed the Commissioner and the Commissioner reported to the CEO within Elections Canada. The Fair Elections Act transferred the Commissioner to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Director reports through the Attorney General to Parliament, unlike the CEO who reports directly to Parliament. We heard from Canadians during the Electoral Reform Dialogue that there were concerns the Commissioner could be subject to less independence. Our bill will enhance the integrity of the election system by clarifying this situation.

Expanding Voting Rights to Canadians Living Abroad

Today, Canadians living abroad may only vote within five years of leaving Canada and must have an intention to return. These restrictions are currently being challenged before the Supreme Court of Canada. We heard during the Electoral Reform Dialogue process from Canadians living abroad who wanted to participate in Canadian elections. This proposal does not impact Canadian Forces voters. The Canada Elections Act will continue to require Canadian citizens to have lived in Canada at one time. Our bill will remove a barrier to voting and will extend voting rights to over one million Canadians living abroad.

Date modified: 2016-11-24

That this woman is still a Cabinet Minister, let alone still sitting in the House of Commons, after being exposed as entering Canada and attaining Canadian Citizenship under false pretenses, simply amazes me.  Now for her office to push to bring back a flawed procedure where someone can VOUCH for another person at the polls, seems to reek of something foul to me. 


NOTE:  CAF personnel serving overseas clause is: NO CHANGE.


I am getting quite concerned with the changes being made to Canadian Laws by this Government.  Changes have been made in reference to bestiality, age of consent, the Elections Act, and several other Acts, and I am wondering where this will lead us as a predominantly Judeo-Christian society.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on November 24, 2016, 19:26:15
...a predominantly Judeo-Christian society.
Whatever represents the opposite of the above phrase.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on November 24, 2016, 19:40:51
The saga continues.

OK?

Why is Maryam Monsef still sitting in the House of Commons?

Now we see this today; under her Watch:  http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1159859

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

That this woman is still a Cabinet Minister, let alone still sitting in the House of Commons, after being exposed as entering Canada and attaining Canadian Citizenship under false pretenses, simply amazes me.  Now for her office to push to bring back a flawed procedure where someone can VOUCH for another person at the polls, seems to reek of something foul to me. 


NOTE:  CAF personnel serving overseas clause is: NO CHANGE.


I am getting quite concerned with the changes being made to Canadian Laws by this Government.  Changes have been made in reference to bestiality, age of consent, the Elections Act, and several other Acts, and I am wondering where this will lead us as a predominantly Judeo-Christian society.

Nothing more than the Lieberals showing themselves to be as dry as the underside of a snail.  Business as usual... slimy bastards.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on November 29, 2016, 09:41:35
The first concern of the Lt. Gov of Louisiana after a mass shooting in NOLA?
That tourists will be scared away.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/11/28/new-orleans-shooting/94564038/

I'm sure it looked like this.  :)

New Orleans welcomes you...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Bzzliteyr on November 29, 2016, 12:13:31
Nothing more than the Lieberals showing themselves to be as dry as the underside of a snail.  Business as usual... slimy bastards.

Wait, are they dry? Or Slimy? You can't have it both ways.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on November 29, 2016, 13:11:28
Wait, are they dry? Or Slimy? You can't have it both ways.

I have yet to come across a dry snail.  If you do, you'll be famous.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 07, 2016, 14:16:42
Sure everyone has seen this by now...took me til today of course, but is good for a bit of a laugh, especially the Aussie Howard Cossell play by play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIRT7lf8byw

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on December 18, 2016, 16:23:44
Wow!

https://www.facebook.com/AwarenessAct/videos/1524335194247679


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jarnhamar on December 20, 2016, 21:34:33
"MTV News"  Probably the most racist video I've seen in a long time.

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=8Kxpm7GAjV4

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on December 20, 2016, 21:40:46
"MTV News"  Probably the most racist video I've seen in a long time.

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=8Kxpm7GAjV4

The irony.

The only valid point of that entire video was the judicial leniency shown to that frat ******* who raped a student.

The BLM point not being the opposite of All-LM...in Chicago, it's BLDMTOB (Black Lives Don't Matter to Other Blacks)...to the tune of almost 3000 dead african-Chicagoans.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on January 14, 2017, 18:52:21
The things you see on the Internet:

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

Quote
Joyce Carol Oates: Christianity ‘Virtually Synonymous’ with White Nationalism Across U.S. (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/01/13/joyce-carol-oates-christianity-virtually-synonymous-white-nationalism-across-u-s/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social)
Breitbart
by DANIEL NUSSBAUM13 Jan 2017

Author and prolific Tweeter Joyce Carol Oates openly pondered the state of Christianity in America in a post to her Twitter account Thursday afternoon — and believes Christianity is now indistinguishable from white nationalism in many parts of America.


More on LINK with replies from the Twitterverse.......Ummmm!.....Tweeterverse.......Ummmm!  Maybe I was correct the first time.
 (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/01/13/joyce-carol-oates-christianity-virtually-synonymous-white-nationalism-across-u-s/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 14, 2017, 18:57:12
^
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Christianity ‘Virtually Synonymous’ with White Nationalism Across U.S.

Interesting story. More on the subject, if interested.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=trump+white+christian+nationalism&biw=1536&bih=723&source=lnt&tbs=cdr%3A1%2Ccd_min%3A11%2F8%2F2016%2Ccd_max%3A&tbm=#tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:11/8/2016&q=trump+white+christian+nationalist

I'm not familiar with Breitbart, so I looked them up,

Identification with alt-right and allegations of racism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breitbart_News#Identification_with_alt-right_and_allegations_of_racism

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 21, 2017, 13:03:26
Vancouver

Blood vessel bursts in spine
Paralyzed
Uses chin, drags himself to phone
Uses tongue, dials 911
40 minutes for paramedics

When seconds count...help is 40 minutes away.

A Vancouver man who was paralyzed when a blood vessel burst in his vertebrae says he had to wait nearly 40 minutes for an ambulance when he lives just two blocks from a hospital.
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/biker-questions-ambulance-response-time-after-sudden-paralysis-1.3250746

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jed on January 21, 2017, 13:13:42
Vancouver

Blood vessel bursts in spine
Paralyzed
Uses chin, drags himself to phone
Uses tongue, dials 911
40 minutes for paramedics

When seconds count...help is 40 minutes away.



A Vancouver man who was paralyzed when a blood vessel burst in his vertebrae says he had to wait nearly 40 minutes for an ambulance when he lives just two blocks from a hospital.
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/biker-questions-ambulance-response-time-after-sudden-paralysis-1.3250746
About par for Rural Sask. 40 minutes to get them across the street to the hospital.  2hrs more to fly them by STARS to Saskatoon.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 21, 2017, 13:17:51
"About par for Rural Sask. 40 minutes to get them across the street to the hospital.  2hrs more to fly them by STARS to Saskatoon."

Good grief!

Because it was in the city, this is what really got my attention,

"Cho lives just blocks from St. Paul's Hospital"
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/''/St.+Paul's+Hospital+vancouver/@49.2805035,-123.1982722,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673d4d3dd2435:0xd1dabef2f34c45cb!2m2!1d-123.1282326!2d49.2805247
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on January 21, 2017, 13:32:34
Are ambulances usually dispatched from the hospital? Just saying that hasn't been my experience.  Still, 40 minutes is terrible...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 21, 2017, 13:47:16
Are ambulances usually dispatched from the hospital? Just saying that hasn't been my experience.  Still, 40 minutes is terrible...

Where I worked, closest car got the call. They tried to catch cars that were already "wheels rolling".

Our targeted response time was 8:59 minutes, 90% of the time.

Measured from the first ring on the 9-1-1 line in the CACC ( our communications centre ).

But, that was just to curbside. We had a lot of 5th floor walk-ups, high rises ( sometimes with elevator problems ), parks and ravines and "places of interest" that could take a lot of time.

Sometimes just trying to find people with the information given took a lot of time. eg: shopping mall or transportation centre etc...


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on January 21, 2017, 14:40:29
There's also a lot of cabulance, or as one of my docs calls it disco taxi dispatches. These folks frequently call in with chest pain for example but are something completely different when you get them in the ER.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 21, 2017, 14:44:57
Never forget...your ABC's.

Ambulate
Before
Carry
 :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on January 21, 2017, 17:58:47
So the proximity of the hospital to this guy's house has absolutely nothing to do with the ambulance response time then. Typical media spin....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on January 22, 2017, 11:28:37
Guess whose tattoo will give them away?

(https://Army.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.dailymail.co.uk%2Fi%2Fpix%2F2017%2F01%2F20%2F20%2F3C55926E00000578-4141514-image-a-215_1484942851684.jpg&hash=2497a04ce3e2c6c6bcfb6aeb1664a484)


 [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on January 22, 2017, 11:58:10
Guess whose tattoo will give them away?
Ooopsie ....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 22, 2017, 11:58:22
This is a pin job.
Somehow he lived.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on January 22, 2017, 22:37:08
So the proximity of the hospital to this guy's house has absolutely nothing to do with the ambulance response time then. Typical media spin....

Not as a formal part of the dispatch system. Typically municipal ambulances are dispatched from ambulance/fire halls, or pre-positioned spots. Or at least they were when I moonlighted with EMS in Edmonton.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on January 22, 2017, 22:41:41
Not as a formal part of the dispatch system. Typically municipal ambulances are dispatched from ambulance/fire halls, or pre-positioned spots. Or at least they were when I moonlighted with EMS in Edmonton.

Doesn't matter where you are. There is just one question, "Is your stretcher clear?" It's a yes or no question. You can't lie, because the nurses are standing there watching and listening to your answer. So, you better tell the truth.  :)

Alberta has a different regulatory system than Ontario. Both provinces have different regulatory systems than British Columbia, where the call occurred.

If you know an EMS service, that's what you know - one EMS service. That's all I know, other than what I have read about others since I retired.

We didn't have moonlighters or part-time police officers, firefighters or paramedics in Toronto. "It's a career, not a hobby!"  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 06, 2017, 17:47:19
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4196580/Bin-Laden-letter-detailed-jihadists-masturbate.html?offset=0&max=100&jumpTo=comment-178433862#comment-178433862

If you can't join em, beat it.   ;)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on March 03, 2017, 13:38:33
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/03/man-killed-by-six-ton-pornography-collection

Man killed by six-ton pornography collection

Postmedia Network
First posted: Friday, March 03, 2017 11:45 AM EST | Updated: Friday, March 03, 2017 11:50 AM EST

Apparently there is a limit to how much porn you should own.

But how much is too much raunch? Well, if your collection of filthy mags weighs enough to kill you, it’s probably too much.

A 50-year-old Japanese man was killed when the six tons - that’s 12,000 pounds! - of porn magazines he owned fell on top of him, according to the U.K. Mirror.

The body of the dead man, a former car-maker who was identified only as Joji, was found six months later when the landlord went to his apartment to collect unpaid rent.

A member of the team sent to clean the flat revealed the man died under the magazines. It is unclear if he had a heart attack and fell into the massive stack of mags, which toppled onto him, or if he was crushed by the sheer volume of porn.

The cleaner also said the apartment was piled high with porn magazines, with many stacked on tables and shelves. There were also clippings from other magazines that had been discarded, likely as he attempted to pare down his collection.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on March 27, 2017, 09:19:52
In the Stupid Criminals Category; from CFB Gagetown:

https://twitter.com/laurabrownctv/status/846098981121933313
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on March 31, 2017, 15:11:55
I'll leave the Strathcona jokes to others less charitable than myself ...

"A gravy bar is opening in Manchester (UK) and we need to get ourselves there immediately" (https://goo.gl/jB0xbj)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 31, 2017, 15:38:01
I'll leave the Strathcona jokes to others less charitable than myself ...

"A gravy bar is opening in Manchester (UK) and we need to get ourselves there immediately" (https://goo.gl/jB0xbj)

Staths and gravy??  Do tell, that's a new one to me.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on April 08, 2017, 11:03:33
Just think of the possibilities.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/07/tombstones-are-going-to-become-interactive.html?cmpid=NL_SciTech

Tombstones are going to become interactive

By Matthew Humphries Published April 07, 2017


Visiting a graveyard can be quite a creepy experience, especially if your visit occurs when daylight is fading. But they are set to get even more creepy thanks to a Slovenian company updating the humble tombstones to become interactive.

The company is called Bioenergija and was created by Saso Radovanovic. With the help of Milan Zorman, a computer professor at the University of Maribor, they have put a modern twist on the ancient tombstone. Rather than simply a name, dates, and some loving words in memory of the person buried below, the Bioenergija tombstones embrace digital content.

Each tombstone will have a display embedded into it, with the example given to Reuters being a 48-inch panel. From a distance they look like normal tombstones, but these new ones are aware. If you stand in front of one it detects your presence using built-in sensors and starts interacting.

What is shown on the display is up to the family of the deceased, or the deceased themselves if they had time to plan this out. It could be scrolling text, video, audio, or a mix of all three. There's even going to be a smartphone app allowing audio to be streamed to your device rather than having speakers in the tombstone.

As for the cost, the 48-inch display tombstone is roughly $3,200 and Bioenergija is apparently receiving orders following a successful prototype. They are weather and vandal-proof, but what isn't clear is how the interactive tombstones are powered. It would be difficult to dig up a graveyard and lay power cables without disturbing other residence there, so a battery seems most likely. If that's the case, do these tombstones have an ongoing maintenance plan covering regular recharging?

For now, Bioenergija doesn't seem to have a way for you to order a tombstone online. The website for the company looks to be called i-ternal and you can contact them for more information. But will they prove popular? Maybe there's individuals out there who want to leave behind more than a stone with some words chipped into it.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on April 08, 2017, 12:33:07
That's gonna be great!!

I used to love to do my jogging and stretch exercises in the large Mount-Royal cemetery here in Montreal ... it was a quiet and peaceful place !!! I am sure there are still some people that do that. Now as they go by, they are going to light up all the screens.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on April 11, 2017, 21:09:47
As the decades pass, our history is being rewritten.  I learned in school that Louis Riel was a Traitor.  Today he is a hero and we have schools named after him. 

Today, two articles come to mind and I am wondering if we now have CBC trying to write a different history for our nation.  We have a CBC mini series depicting their versions of Canadian history, making 'artistic' errors I suppose to create a series that people will actually watch, and then claims that other events in our history may have more importance than what we are celebrating.  I wonder what they are up to.


CBC apologizes to those who 'felt misrepresented' by Canada: The Story of Us (http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/cbc-apology-story-of-us-1.4065767)

After Vimy: Did Canada really find its independence in 1922 battle it refused to fight? (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chanak-affair-canada-britain-vimy-independence-1.4061740)

I guess it, the media, is after all is said and done, nothing more than entertainment these days.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Chris Pook on April 12, 2017, 23:51:35
As the decades pass, our history is being rewritten.  I learned in school that Louis Riel was a Traitor.  Today he is a hero and we have schools named after him. 

Today, two articles come to mind and I am wondering if we now have CBC trying to write a different history for our nation.  We have a CBC mini series depicting their versions of Canadian history, making 'artistic' errors I suppose to create a series that people will actually watch, and then claims that other events in our history may have more importance than what we are celebrating.  I wonder what they are up to.


CBC apologizes to those who 'felt misrepresented' by Canada: The Story of Us (http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/cbc-apology-story-of-us-1.4065767)

After Vimy: Did Canada really find its independence in 1922 battle it refused to fight? (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chanak-affair-canada-britain-vimy-independence-1.4061740)

I guess it, the media, is after all is said and done, nothing more than entertainment these days.


Well, way back when, my history teacher in Grade 10 (ca 1970), an RMC grad judging by his blazer, put it this way:

Vimy bought Canada a seat at the table.  That seat permitted it to say no during the Chanak Crisis.  Ultimately it bought it an independent foreign policy along with Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Irish Free State and Newfoundland in 1931.

In his view that was the sense in which Vimy was the birth of Canada as a nation.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on April 13, 2017, 12:52:38
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/04/13/ex-mayors-wife-ruptures-breast-implants-after-tripping-on-city-sidewalk-lawsuit-claims.html?cmpid=NL_health

Ex-mayor's wife ruptures breast implants after tripping on city sidewalk, lawsuit claims

Published April 13, 2017 FoxNews.com

The lawsuit claims Cynthia Hedgecock's fall caused her breast implants to rupture.

The former mayor of San Deigo and his wife are suing the city over a 2015 fall that ruptured both of her silicone breast implants. According to the October lawsuit, the city’s negligence in failing to repair a 2.5-inch concrete lip on a public sidewalk caused Roger Hedgecock’s wife, Cynthia, to fall and suffer “serious personal injuries.”

The Hedgecocks, who not seeking a specific value in damages but say it has caused an excess of over $25,000, said Cynthia’s ruptured implants began leaking into her bloodstream, and required “grueling” replacement surgery followed by weeks of recovery and pain medication.

Roger Hedgecock appears as a co-plaintiff in the suit over claims that he suffered “loss of support, service, love, companionship, society, affection, relations and solace from his wife,” according to reports.


The alleged incident took place on July 31, 2015 in Pacific Beach on a sidewalk that had been damaged by a tree, according to the lawsuit. The leakage was not discovered until September 2015 when Hedgecock went to a local clinic for “persistent chest pain and breast deformities,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A spokesman for the city’s attorney told the news outlet that they expect to go to trial later this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on April 13, 2017, 21:04:38
I guess the real question is this - Would she be hotter with or without them?

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on April 14, 2017, 16:49:21
Maybe we can shorten the Driver Wheeled Course.


8-year-old learns to drive on YouTube, takes dad's van to McDonald’s

   He was nice enough to bring his 4-year-old sister along for some nuggets

April 13, 2017

Tenacity and an internet connection: That’s all it took for an 8-year-old Ohio boy to learn how to drive, thanks to YouTube, using his newfound skills to take himself and his sister a mile and a half down the road to the local McDonald’s for some post-dinner cheeseburgers.

While we doubt YouTube will replace driver’s ed anytime soon, whatever the boy watched apparently taught him enough to obey all traffic laws. He correctly stopped at red lights and waited for traffic to pass before turning left into the McDonald’s parking lot, according to The Weirton Daily Times. That’s better than most drivers out on the roads today. 

“He didn’t hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal,” says East Palestine patrolman Jacob Koehler, who arrived at the restaurant after police received reports from several people who witnessed the boy driving.

Koehler added this was not a case of neglect -- the children had eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner that day. The children’s parents had fallen asleep at home after a day of playing outside. Employees working the drive-thru thought the parents were playing a prank and hiding in the back of the van.

Yes, the kid had the skills to navigate a drive-thru. Have you seen those yellow pylons that prevent an errant car from inadvertently running into the building or outdoor menus? They’re yellow. And blue. And red. And white. And black. It might have been a bit early for a midnight snack, but when you’re hungry, you’re hungry. And we can’t fault the kid for that. Hopefully next time he’ll just wake up his parents.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/wait-theres-more/hungry-8-year-old-took-his-parents-van-mcdonalds#ixzz4eFs8YbmH
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jed on April 14, 2017, 20:36:38
A friend of mine used to have his 6 year old drive the pickup across the Sand Hills to pick us up after a 2 mile push when we were hunting. No drama at all. The kid did all right.  [:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 26, 2017, 07:51:33
This headline made me laugh.

Quote
New
Dolphin vaginas no longer a total mystery, thanks to Dal scientist

Researchers probing marine mammal genitals, copulation

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dolphin-sex-research-dalhousie-university-scientist-bottlenose-1.4084583
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Bruce Monkhouse on April 28, 2017, 10:04:54
A lot of ISIS going to bed without a partner tonight,......well played Russia..... ;D


http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/russian-naval-ship-sinks-in-black-sea-after-a-collision-with-a-freighter-carrying-sheep

A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said.

Turkey’s coastal safety authority said all 78 personnel from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. Turkey’s private NTV television said the vessel was taking sheep from Romania to Jordan
MORE ON LINK
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on April 28, 2017, 10:41:11
But what about the sheep?  Is no one thinking about the poor sheep?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on May 14, 2017, 19:32:29
reference: CBC.ca (http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-week-in-review-consumer-1.4111282)


You can't write fiction when these headlines abound:

Quote
"Here are some warnings for those with wee ones: A mom blames the sunscreen, not the sun, for her baby's second-degree burn. And Costco pulled popular Pekkle pyjamas from store shelves after a parent complained a snap detached from a sleeper and scratched a child's skin. Plus, heard of fidget toys? The spinning, buzzing devices might be hurting rather than helping."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on May 15, 2017, 07:48:32
Quote
'All that was left was his underwear and sandals': Zimbabwean pastor demonstrating how Jesus walked on water for his congregation is eaten alive by three CROCODILES

A Zimbabwean church pastor attempting to demonstrate how Jesus walked on water by crossing a river on foot was eaten alive when he was attacked by three crocodiles.

Jonathan Mthethwa of the Saint of the Last Days church brought his congregation to the area known locally as Crocodile River before attempting his biblical recreation.

According to witnesses, the pastor entered the water and waded out approximately 30 metres before attempting to make his way to the surface. Unfortunately for the pastor, three crocodiles pounced and devoured him.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4505420/Pastor-eaten-crocodiles-demonstrating-Jesus-water-walk.html#ixzz4h8we1v7L
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on May 15, 2017, 09:23:22
Obviously a pastor who believed in the literal truth of the Bible. The irony of finding himself a recipient of a Darwin award is probably lost on him and his congregation!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on May 30, 2017, 11:54:56
WW2 grenades bought at a German flea market start EXPLODING after man, 51, stored them in his boiling hot garage

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4554612/WWII-grenades-German-flea-market-blow-summer-heat.html#ixzz4iZeOdknU
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on June 26, 2017, 11:29:01
I thought there were regulations re wearing of uniforms, I assume, Off duty?

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/top-soldier-expected-to-issue-directive-encouraging-participation-in-pride-1.3473821

Top soldier expected to issue directive encouraging participation in Pride

Photo:The pride and transgender flags fly on Parliament Hill following a ceremony with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, Wednesday June 14, 2017. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press  - Last Updated Friday, June 23, 2017 6:51PM EDT

OTTAWA -- Canada's top soldier is planning to issue a directive in the coming days encouraging military personnel to attend Pride events in uniform, as part of a larger effort to make the Forces more diverse and inclusive.
Chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance's directive is expected to mirror a similar order that Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd issued to his sailors this week.
"In an effort to epitomize diversity and inclusion," Lloyd wrote, "the (navy) encourages attendance to Pride events and authorizes the wear of uniform to participate in or attend the parade."

RELATED STORIES: Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride Parade for a second time


Lloyd went on to state that, effective immediately, navy personnel were no longer required to seek permission before being allowed to wear their uniforms to Pride events.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Lloyd, who marched in last year's Pride Parade in Toronto, said he decided to take action after a recent meeting with members of the LGBTQ community.
"They were speaking to the fact that you needed chain-of-command approval in order to wear a uniform," he said.
"There is no reason why you should not be able to march in that parade in uniform if you should be so inclined. ... I didn't ask permission, and maybe I was supposed to. But it's about being inclusive."
National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the military-wide directive from Vance is still in development, but will likely follow Lloyd's lead.
"The Canadian Armed Forces recognizes that the strength of the team comes from the diversity of its people," Le Bouthillier said, "which is why participation in Pride parades is absolutely supported."
The Canadian military's history when it comes to LGBTQ issues is checkered, starting with the forced resignation of some service members because of their sexual orientation in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.
Things began to change in 1992, when a high-profile case forced the military to lift its ban on members of the LGBT community serving in uniform, but there were still problems.
Retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps's explosive report on military sexual misconduct in 2015 found some service members were still facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
Since then, however, military leaders have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to sexual misconduct, and appear to have embraced the need to make the Forces open to Canadians of all backgrounds.
That includes not only members of the LGBTQ community, but women, visible minorities and indigenous peoples as well.
Alan Okros, an expert on diversity at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, said there has been a recognition by senior commanders that diversity and inclusiveness are essential for military success.
Part of that is the moral need to better reflect the country and society it is sworn to defend, while it's also believed that such efforts will help with recruitment and make the Forces more effective on missions.
And making it easier for military personnel to attend public events, and encouraging them to do so, "becomes a visible symbol that the military is trying to get connected in the community," Okros said.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on June 26, 2017, 11:34:17
I think there also is a regulation or two about following a lawful order/directive from the senior military Commander.  :nod:

Regards
G2G
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on June 26, 2017, 13:14:49
There have been LGBT members of the CF marching in pride parades in uniform at Halifax for some years now.  It's nothing new.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on June 26, 2017, 13:34:06
There have been LGBT members of the CF marching in pride parades in uniform at Halifax for some years now.  It's nothing new.

Participation in Pride parades
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_orientation_and_the_Canadian_military#Participation_in_Pride_parades
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on June 26, 2017, 13:54:47
Does that now mean permission need not be gotten for marching in parades other than LGBT parades? Equality don't you know?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on July 01, 2017, 14:41:44
Only in Canada, eh?

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

Quote
OPINION

Sniper shot is no cause to celebrate: Editorial
(https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/07/02/sniper-shot-is-no-cause-to-celebrate-editorial.html)
Justin Trudeau was wrong to suggest the killing of a Daesh fighter is cause for pride
The Toronto Star
Fri., June 30, 2017

A Canadian soldier now holds the world record for longest fatal shot by a sniper, after killing a Daesh fighter in Iraq from a distance (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/06/22/canadian-special-operations-sniper-shoots-daesh-fighter-from-35-kilometres-away.html) of over 3.5 kilometres.

Justin Trudeau, discussing the record (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/06/27/record-breaking-sniper-shot-in-iraq-should-be-celebrated-trudeau-says.html) last week, said it was “something to be celebrated for the excellence of the Canadian Forces in their training, in the performance of their duties.”
 
The prime minister is commendable in his desire to mark Canadian achievement, and the marksman in question seems to have done his job well. But to celebrate our military’s killing power, no matter how many records it breaks, shows a crude and simplistic view of Canada’s role overseas - and of the value of human life.

The issue isn't the shot itself, which by all accounts was justified, but how we choose to talk about it.

However heinous we may find members of Daesh and their sympathizers, they are human beings. They have homes and families and histories. No matter their crimes, their lives are valuable in the sense that all lives are valuable, and deserving of at least some degree of respect.

We revile terrorists largely because they seem to have so little regard for human life. They measure their success by the amount of carnage they cause, and appear to find genuine joy in killing people. That, supposedly, is what sets us apart from them.

Canadians have a long tradition of measuring our military success, and even our national worth, by the number of notches on our gun barrels.

Billy Bishop became a Canadian hero, worthy of a namesake airport, by shooting down several dozen German pilots in the First World War.

The Devil’s Brigade of Canadian and U.S. commandos gained fame in the Second World War for slitting the throats of German soldiers, and leaving behind literal calling cards (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/02/02/gold-medal-for-black-devils.html) to claim their kills.
 
From a modern vantage point, though, taking such glee in the lethal exploits of our soldiers is cringe-inducing, if not downright ghoulish.

Our understanding of war and violence should have progressed by now, beyond the point where we talk about conflict only in terms of the number of “bad guys” we kill or how well we kill them.

Too much time has already been spent lauding this sniper’s deadly shot, and Trudeau’s apparent satisfaction with the killing seems incongruous for a leader who pledged to return Canada to its peacekeeping roots.

Canadians should, in the 21st Century, be able to take pride in our military for reasons other than its ability to end human lives. A peacekeeping mission in Africa, for instance, would be genuine cause to celebrate, but the government has continued to drag its feet (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/03/02/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-defends-canadas-delayed-peace-deployment.html) on fulfilling that promise.

In Iraq, Canadian soldiers are tasked with “advising and assisting” in the fight against Daesh, and it seems naïve to think they can do that without falling into firefights with Daesh themselves. Trudeau only invited Canadians to celebrate the sniper shot after NDP leader Tom Mulcair suggested the sniper had violated Canada’s rules of engagement in Iraq. Military officials have since said the shot saved Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers’ lives, breaking up a mass of Daesh fighters as they prepared to attack.

But there is a stark difference between being forced into a fight, and glorifying the act of shooting someone dead.
 
Canada has just extended its commitment in Iraq for two more years. There will almost certainly be more cases in which it’s deemed necessary for a Canadian to shoot a member of Daesh. There will be more deaths.

But as we approach Canada Day weekend, when millions will reflect on what it means to be Canadian, we have to ask ourselves: Do we want to be the kind of people who celebrate that?




More on LINK (https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/07/02/sniper-shot-is-no-cause-to-celebrate-editorial.html).


WTF does this person actually think the world is like outside of free democratic countries like ours?

Reality is not their forte.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on July 01, 2017, 17:15:59
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... to celebrate our military’s killing power, no matter how many records it breaks, shows a crude and simplistic view of Canada’s role overseas - and of the value of human life ...
... unlike the Toronto Star's crude and simplistic view of the role of military forces - and the value of deadly force when needed ...  ::)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: expwor on July 02, 2017, 10:14:51
I think this applies equally true if on the receiving end of a Canadian sniper. That reporter got it all wrong. I know should be in the meme thread but seem appropriate here too. Posted halfways tongue in cheek

Tom
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on July 04, 2017, 15:57:33
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40421811

Coins thrown into plane engine by elderly passenger for 'luck'

28 June 2017

A superstitious elderly passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after throwing coins at the engine for good luck, a Chinese airline has confirmed.

The 80-year-old woman threw her change at the China Southern Airlines flight as she crossed the tarmac to board.

She told police she launched the coins as she "prayed for safety" on Tuesday.

Of the nine coins launched, only one hit its intended target - but this was enough to force the evacuation of 150 passengers for several hours.

Police were called to Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a passenger noticed the woman's bizarre behaviour, apparently aimed at ensuring a safe flight, and alerted authorities.

The woman, who was travelling with her husband, daughter and son-in-law, was then taken away for questioning by officers, local media report. She will not face charges.

"In order to make sure the flight is safe, China Southern maintenance has conducted a full examination of the plane's engine," China Southern Airlines said in a statement on the microblogging site Weibo.

Police later shared their findings, which had a total value of about 1.7 yuan (£0.20 / $0.25).

"After an investigation the involved passenger, surnamed Qiu, said she threw the coins to pray for safety. According to Qiu's neighbour, Qiu believes in Buddhism," the police said.

The flight was eventually given the all-clear and took off at 17:52 local time (09:52 GMT), more than five hours late.

News of the incident caused a fair amount of turbulence on the social media site Weibo, with one user commenting: "Grandma, this is not a wish fountain with turtles."

China Southern Airlines later urged passengers to comply with civil aviation laws and regulations and avoid behaviour that could prove detrimental to the safety of passengers travelling on its flights.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on July 17, 2017, 19:54:31
Uncensored photo at link:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/man-snaps-photo-of-iceberg-off-n-l-with-distinctly-masculine-feature-1.3506691

Man snaps photo of iceberg off N.L. with distinctly masculine feature

Alison Auld , The Canadian Press
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 3:51PM EDT 
Last Updated Monday, July 17, 2017 4:51PM EDT 

GRIQUET, N.L. - Jamie Ellison's botanical tour of northern Newfoundland provided a whole different kind of nature lesson when he looked out to a local bay and saw an iceberg with a distinctly masculine flourish.

The Nova Scotia-based horticulture instructor and 10 tour companions stood slack-jawed on the shoreline in Griquet as they took in the impressive ice formation and its clear phallic protuberance.

He says their quiet awe quickly turned to giggles, while prompting some "rude comments" as they came up with a name for the soaring structure.

"So someone threw out 'penis-berg,"' he said with a laugh from Hubbards, N.S., on Monday. "We all had a good chuckle and were laughing and just thinking, 'Oh my gosh, this is very phallic.' We actually didn't expect to see quite what we saw!"

Ellison, who also runs Green Optics photography, says he and his mates were heading to coffee when they spotted the iceberg in a little bay in the area and decided to stop to get a closer look. He said it was one of many icebergs that would show up on a daily basis along that coastline, where he and the group of largely American botanists were studying Newfoundland's alpine flora.

When he first saw it, he says he thought it looked like the bow of a ship.

So he grabbed his powerful 600-millimetre lens and snapped a picture only to find that he had captured a much racier image - a long, tubular piece of ice reaching skyward over a larger mass of ice.

"We were passing by and I thought, 'Jeez, I gotta get a shot of that - it's just too good to be true,' and I didn't realize, you know, quite how phallic it was," said Ellison, who teaches at the Nova Scotia Community College in Kentville. "But there was no guessing with the naked eye. Trust me."

He says the unique iceberg that he estimated was several stories high was gone later in the day, likely pushed by strong winds, to make the rounds further down the coast or out at sea.

Ellison, who has seen many icebergs before this, joked that "Mother Nature expresses herself in an interesting manner sometimes."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on July 18, 2017, 15:06:01
Darwin at play here.  Lesson is to not steal other people's things, especially when it's an IED.  Not too much sympathy from me for the four thieves. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bomb-fire-crash-winnipeg-1.4210278 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bomb-fire-crash-winnipeg-1.4210278)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 02, 2017, 11:32:01
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451013/banana-peel-frightens-ole-miss-fraternity-retreat-canceled-mississippi?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NR%20Daily%20Monday%20through%20Friday%202017-09-01&utm_term=NR5PM%20Actives

Frat Retreat Ends Early after Students ‘Frightened’ by a Banana Peel

Ole Miss students are still reeling from the devastating and traumatic experience.

By Katherine Timpf - August 31, 2017

A weekend fraternity retreat at the University of Mississippi ended early on Saturday because a student threw his banana peel away in a tree - and some students who saw it got “frightened” that the peel was a racist attack.

According to an article in the Daily Mississippian, three black students told National Pan-Hellenic Council leaders that they had seen a banana peel on a tree and that they were very upset about it. The leaders then shared their concerns with the rest of the camp, and one of the attendees, Ryan Swanson, admitted that he had placed the peel on the tree - explaining that he had actually not done so because he hates people of color and wants to intimidate them, but because he just couldn’t find a garbage can to put it in. But it didn’t end there: In fact, it prompted an entire day of “camp-wide conversation” about the racist “symbolism, intended or not” of the banana, a conversation that made some students feel so upset that they didn’t feel “safe” enough to stay, which ultimately led to the rest of the retreat being canceled altogether.
Swanson apologized in a statement to the school paper:

I want to sincerely apologize for the events that took place this past weekend. Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community.

I want to thank my friends in the NPHC for their candid and constructive conversations that we have continued to have. I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our university community to do the same. We must all keep in mind how our actions affect those around us differently.

Now, it’s not exactly clear why Swanson took the time to put the peel on a tree instead of just throwing it on the ground like a normal, lazy litterbug. What is clear, however, is that his decision wound up causing some pretty serious emotional devastation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he never wanted even to be seen in a room with that fruit again.

The fallout, after all, was so serious that Alexa Lee Arndt, the university’s director of fraternity and sorority life, felt the need to send a letter to all of the chapter presidents, council officers, and chapter advisers:

To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at IMPACT. . . . Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi.

One of these “hurt, frightened” students was Makala McNeil, president of the historically black Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. According to the Daily Mississippian, McNeil said she saw the peel and felt like it “was a slap in the face,” adding that it had made her think about a recent incident at American University. In May, bananas hanging from nooses were discovered on trees on the morning that a student from Alpha Kappa Alpha was set to become the school’s first female black president.

That AU incident, of course, was incredibly racist, awful, and disturbing. It was an intentional, bigoted act, and certainly worthy of a campus conversation. This banana, however, was not hanging from a noose. It wasn’t even hanging from a branch, it was sort of just stuck to a stump on the trunk. Still, McNeil said that the way in which some of her fellow students had discussed the peel was upsetting enough in itself.

“I just don’t feel as though it was being facilitated in a constructive way,” McNeil told the DM.

“At that point, we didn’t feel welcome; we didn’t feel safe,” McNeil continued. “If we didn’t feel wanted or safe at the camp, our best option was to leave.”

There are no reports of what exactly was said during the banana-peel-gate discussions that made some students so upset, but the school’s administration is reportedly working on a plan to help the students who are still coping.

“Right now, we’re just talking to people on campus who have some experience working across diversity to help the students process what happened,” Katrina Caldwell, vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement, told the DM.

Hopefully, Caldwell will be able to get the students through this and help prevent similar catastrophes from happening in the future. Seeing as the Daily Mississippian is reporting that bananas were actually provided as a breakfast option to the people at the retreat, perhaps she could start by requiring a bias-impact analysis of all foods being considered for future events. No student, after all, should have to endure such a traumatic experience ever again.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Lumber on September 02, 2017, 13:34:46
Please tell me the national review is like the onion or duffleblog...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on September 02, 2017, 15:17:47
Please tell me the national review is like the onion or duffleblog...
Generally-conservative news/public affairs magazine - been right of centre for some time, which isn't surprising considering this guy (https://goo.gl/L6kkRi) started 'er up.  Not as harsh as some conservative outlets, in fact -- a recent piece, for example:  "The Idiot Boys of Antifa and the Alt-Right" (https://goo.gl/CD8c7W)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Strike on September 06, 2017, 11:04:43
Please tell me the national review is like the onion or duffleblog...

Having found the same article in several centre reporting agencies, it is likely true.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 14, 2017, 11:45:40
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/845614/China-military-masturbation-fitness-test-peoples-liberation-army-xi-jinping?utm_source=traffic.outbrain&utm_medium=traffic.outbrain&utm_term=traffic.outbrain&utm_content=traffic.outbrain&utm_campaign=traffic.outbrain

Chinese military clamp down hard on masturbating recruits as more than half turned away

CHINA discharged eight per cent of failed recruits under accusations of “excessive masturbation”, a shocking release from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has claimed.

By Vincent Wood

PUBLISHED: 02:21, Fri, Aug 25, 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19, Fri, Aug 25, 2017

In a report disseminated by the PLA, the vast military confirmed 20 per cent of the new recruits from an undisclosed city who failed the fitness exam did so because they were overweight, while a further 8 per cent were released for having an enlarged testicular vein.

The report claimed this may have been “related to sitting too long on computer games, excessive masturbation and too little physical activity”.
The nation attempts to keep a firm grip on the fitness of their recruits following massive expansions to their forces in recent years which have made them the third largest military in the world.

The PLA were later forced to release a statement confirming their troops were all combat ready.

A spokesman said: "China's recruitment process has strict rules and procedures.

"The quality of our recruits is guaranteed, and the headwaters of our military will flow long and strong."

"Recruitment is the foundation of national defence, and high-quality recruits are crucial to the military's combat capability.”

Earlier this month North Korea’s continual threatens to the US - and President Trump’s relentless pressuring on China - forced President Xi Jinping to respond with firepower.

Massive expansions to their forces in recent years have made them the world's third largest military

Missiles were launched in a blaze of smoke and fire across the Yellow Sea on Monday as the PLA’s navy tested its gargantuan ordnance.

The ferocious fleet was sent out to test fire from one of its 35 Destroyers - the Taizhou.

Impressive images of the drill emerged online just weeks after the PLA showed off its ground units.

Thousands upon thousands of commandos were pictured marching across the desert through Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia.

Days later President Xi told troops they should be poised for attack.

He said: "No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit that is harmful to our sovereignty, security or development interests

"We will never allow any people, organisation or political party to split any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form.

"The Chinese people love peace. We will never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions.”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on September 14, 2017, 12:05:33
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/845614/China-military-masturbation-fitness-test-peoples-liberation-army-xi-jinping?utm_source=traffic.outbrain&utm_medium=traffic.outbrain&utm_term=traffic.outbrain&utm_content=traffic.outbrain&utm_campaign=traffic.outbrain

Chinese military clamp down hard on masturbating recruits as more than half turned away

CHINA discharged eight per cent of failed recruits under accusations of “excessive masturbation”, a shocking release from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has claimed. ...
If you can read Chinese, here's the original article (https://goo.gl/w5T67v) from  CHN's military info-machine - as well as a Google Translation here (https://goo.gl/kt2tC8) ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on September 18, 2017, 06:49:01
How ... entrepreneurial ...
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Chinese sex doll sharing service suspended after police order ‘vulgar’ displays to be removed
Tech firm issues apology after high-profile launch of service that allowed users to choose from five ‘girlfriends’
South China Morning Post, 18 Sept 2017


A sex doll sharing service that triggered heated discussions in China has been suspended just four days after it was launched.

“We are sorry to announce that Touch will suspend the operation of its ‘girlfriend sharing’ service,” Xiamen HaiBao Information Technology Co, the developer of Touch, a Chinese sex-products retailer, said in a statement on Monday.

The company launched the service in Beijing on Thursday. It would have allowed users to rent sex dolls, including Hong Kong, Russian, Chinese and Korean dolls as well as an Amazon-like “Wonder Woman” with sword and shield.

All five types of sex dolls were on display during the launch event.

The life-size silicone dolls, which usually cost over 10,000 yuan* (US$1,500) each, were promoted as available for short-term companionship with a daily rental fee of 298 yuan** after users paid a deposit of 8,000 yuan***, local media reports said ...
* - ~CDN$ 1860
** - ~CDN$ 55
*** - ~CDN$ 1490
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on September 18, 2017, 10:44:08
Can you get a STD from a doll? [lol:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on September 18, 2017, 11:12:09
Can you get a STD from a doll? [lol:

Don't share....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on September 18, 2017, 12:21:54
Can you get a STD from a doll? [lol:
What is imagined being "shared" cannot be unimagined ... <shudder>
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: expwor on September 18, 2017, 13:15:20
Can you get a STD from a doll? [lol:

As long as you two are in a committed, faithful and monogamous relationship to one another and use precautions risk is reduced LOL

Tom  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 18, 2017, 13:56:17
Perhaps the business also planned to rent condoms.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on September 18, 2017, 14:42:55
If you were able to smuggle one of these on to a ship on extended deployment one could make considerable money quietly renting it out.....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Loachman on September 18, 2017, 21:52:08
I wouldn't think that the cleaning effort would be worth it.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on September 19, 2017, 01:00:07
I wouldn't think that the cleaning effort would be worth it.

So...perfect for sailors to share then.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Dimsum on September 19, 2017, 03:57:16
Can you get a STD from a doll? [lol:

"Asking for a friend"   >:D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: expwor on September 19, 2017, 09:23:45
They've made a male version of this type of doll LOL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAROv-V783s

BTW this movie is now on Netflix if you have it.

Tom
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on September 28, 2017, 07:36:33
No word on any sign of fava beans or Chianti ...
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Russian Cannibal Couple Allegedly Fed Victims To Local Military Recruits (http://taskandpurpose.com/russian-cannibal-couple-military-academy/)
Jared Keller, Task & Purpose, September 27, 2017

Russian authorities are investigating whether a so-called “cannibal couple” is responsible for drugging, skinning alive, and consuming potentially 30 victims a while living on a military base, the Washington Post reports, even attempting to “turn soldiers at the military academy where they worked into unwitting cannibals [by] slipping ‘canned human meat’ into their food.”

Police in the southwest city of Krasnodar arrested Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and Natalia Baksheeva, 42, after a search of their apartment at the Krasnodar Higher Military Aviation School at Primorsko-Akhtarsk Air Base uncovered the body of a missing 35-year-old resident, along with “fragments of the human body in saline” and “food fragments and frozen meat pieces of unknown origin,” Investigation Department of the Russian Federation announced on Sept. 25.

Local media reported that the couple told police they had killed and consumed at least 30 victims over the span of 20 years, during which Natalia, described as a “former nurse,” attempted to sell “frozen meat pies” and other meat products to both local restaurants and Russian soldiers training at the aviation academy.

Russian federal authorities said that local police only became aware of the couple’s grisly practices after maintenance workers found an abandoned cell phone on the streets of Krasnodar that contained graphic photos of dismembered limbs and body parts, including one photo of Dmitry “posing with a dismembered hand in his mouth,” according to the New York Daily News.

The couple is currently undergoing a thorough psychological examination by both law enforcement officials and medical professionals. The case is, somehow, not the most gruesome murder case to hit Russia this year: Former policeman Mikhail Popkov confessed in March to raping and murdering 82 people between 1992 and 2000, 22 of which have already yielded convictions, according to CNN.

And you thought your MREs tasted bad.
And if you can read Russian, the Investigation Department of the Russian Federation's statement is also attached.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: milnews.ca on September 29, 2017, 16:22:52
As in all cases, presumed innocent until proven guilty via due process, but really?  Really??  Highlights mine ...
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Vatican diplomat sought in Canada on child porn charges (http://windsor.ctvnews.ca/vatican-diplomat-sought-in-canada-on-child-porn-charges-1.3612546)
The Canadian Press, via CTV Windsor, Published Friday, September 29, 2017 2:50PM EDT

A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for a Vatican diplomat accused of uploading child pornography to a social networking site while inside a Windsor, church over the Christmas period last year.

Windsor police say they were alerted by the RCMP in February and launched an investigation, eventually getting judicial permission to access relevant internet records.

They say the alleged offences took place between Dec. 24 and 27 of last year.

Police say the 50-year-old suspect has since returned to his home in Italy, and also has ties to the United States as well as the Windsor area.

Carlo Capella is sought on charges of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Vatican recalled Capella after the U.S. State Department notified it Aug. 21 of a "possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images" by one of its diplomats in Washington.

The Vatican -- while not mentioning Capella by name -- says its own prosecutor is investigating and seeking further information from the U.S.

The Diocese of London, Ont., confirmed that it helped investigators who had suspicions of "possible violations of child pornography laws by using a computer address at a local church."

It declined further comment, citing a police request.

The diplomat recall was expected to lurk in the background* of an international conference in Rome planned for next week at the Pontifical Gregorian University on protecting children from online sexual exploitation, pornography and abuse.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state and Capella's boss, is set to deliver the keynote speech Tuesday on "The Holy See and its commitment to combating sex abuse online."

Panelists at the conference, which was organized months ago, are to include top law enforcement and academic experts in the field of child protection and cybercrimes, with an entire morning devoted to "Child Sexual Abuse Online: Who are the offenders?"
Windsor Police Service statement attached.
* -- Interesting terms used here instead of "attend".  #DifferentWordsTellDifferentStories
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: FJAG on October 11, 2017, 02:00:09
Christie Blatchford: Toronto school board declares war on ‘chief’ and all sense

Quote
If there were any doubt, there is no more: Canada is the stupidest country ever.

The evidence, already all around, is now irrefutable.

The Toronto District School Board, in its efforts to remain ahead of the Ontario government curve on all gender-cultural-political sensitivities, is not only contenting itself with following Education Minister Mitzie Hunter’s directive of early this year to review all potentially indigenous-offensive team names and mascots, but also has declared War on the word “chief.”

“I can confirm that the title ‘chief’ is being phased out in various departments at the TDSB,” board spokesman Ryan Bird told Postmedia in an email Tuesday.

“It’s part of the ongoing work that the school board does through the TDSB’s Aboriginal Education Centre with regards to Truth and Reconciliation (Commission, or the TRC, which produced its massive final report in 2015).”

. . .

More here: http://24online.news/latest/147455_christie-blatchford-toronto-school-board-declares-war-on-chief-and-all-sense (http://24online.news/latest/147455_christie-blatchford-toronto-school-board-declares-war-on-chief-and-all-sense)

 :brickwall:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 11, 2017, 09:34:24
Christie Blatchford: Toronto school board declares war on ‘chief’ and all sense

Years ago, Metro considered changing Police Chief, Fire Chief and Paramedic Chief to General Manager.
It was only a discussion, and didn't go anywhere. Apparently, General Manager sounded too civilian to some chiefs.

On the other hand, if I had a nickel for every time I heard "chief" used as a derogatory term on calls...

Edit to add,

“It belongs to the English language. It belongs to the settlers. We do not have a problem with their use of their word for what they want to describe in their communities. We are only grateful to the Toronto District School Board, that they saw that it could be used in a derogatory term against our students.”
Dr. Duke Redbird, curator of Indigenous art and culture at the TDSB
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/10/10/title-of-chief-phased-out-across-the-toronto-school-board.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Old Sweat on October 11, 2017, 10:10:46
OMG, is some earnest SJW taking aim on "offensive" titles such as Chief as in Chief of the Defence Staff, Chief Petty Officer, Chief Warrant Officer and the like right down to Chief Cook and Bottle-Washer?

 :panic:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on October 11, 2017, 10:26:28
I know it applies to the USA, but "Hail to the Chief, non-indidginous,  culturally unappropriated leader"
 :sinister:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 11, 2017, 19:04:54
After the Toronto District School Board's controversial Islamic Heritage Month guidebook (http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/03/toronto-district-school-board-chair-defends-controversial-islamic-guidebook) and their proposal to recite the Muslim greeting “As-salamu alaykum” (peace be upon you) during morning announcements last week; we see that they for some reason believe that "Chief" is a derogatory term.  How little they know of history.  Chief has been used for centuries in Europe and Africa to indicate the head of a tribe, well before the discovery of the Americas.

This leads to one conclusion:  The members of the TDSB are either on drugs, or should actually go to school to learn history.

I wonder what next weeks TDSB controversy will be?  ???

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 11, 2017, 19:46:22
After the Toronto District School Board's controversial Islamic Heritage Month guidebook (http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/03/toronto-district-school-board-chair-defends-controversial-islamic-guidebook) and their proposal to recite the Muslim greeting “As-salamu alaykum” (peace be upon you) during morning announcements last week; we see that they for some reason believe that "Chief" is a derogatory term.  How little they know of history.  Chief has been used for centuries in Europe and Africa to indicate the head of a tribe, well before the discovery of the Americas.

This leads to one conclusion:  The members of the TDSB are either on drugs, or should actually go to school to learn history.

I wonder what next weeks TDSB controversy will be?  ???

You're probably right on the history part.

Dr. Redbird said, "...it could be used in a derogatory term against our students.”

When I worked for the City of Toronto, we tried to sell the people we were working for on the job we were doing and gain their support.

We tried to avoid terms that might be offensive to some people.
What's the sense in antagonising somebody when you know how to avoid it?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on October 11, 2017, 19:49:42
Here is another example of the BRAIN DEAD in action:

Why York school board felled a 43-year-old totem pole: (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/10/06/why-york-school-board-felled-a-43-year-old-totem-pole-paradkar.html)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 12, 2017, 12:55:48
I was not completely surprised when I read this, but it may be a WTF to some.

Probationary Firefighter arrives at the firehouse with a watermelon ...leaves without a job.
http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-firefighter-fired-for-bringing-watermelon-to-station
"It's not mandatory, it's voluntary. You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in."

I brought a cake.

"There is zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior inside the Detroit Fire Department. On Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Engine 55, a trial firefighter (probationary employee) engaged in unsatisfactory work behavior which was deemed offensive and racially insensitive to members of the Detroit Fire Department.
After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the best course of action was to terminate the employment of this probationary employee."
City of Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on October 12, 2017, 13:06:47
Well, I am not aware of any job in the CAF that requires anyone to show up with a food offering on their first day on the job.  :clown:

The only food related CAF thing that comes to my mind is the "Joining HMCS ORIOLE" (and I don't know if the tradition still exist) whereby, the first thing one was to do on being introduced to the Coxn was ask for "Oreo (as stand in of Oriole) cookies". If those were not your first words to the Coxn, you had to swim once around the ship the next time we were at anchor (and I can attest that, in February, the waters of the Gulf Island area are friggin cold!!!).  :witch:


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 12, 2017, 22:17:05
Paramedics work on cardiac arrest for 55 minutes: He's dead.
Wife: Don't stop.
13 minutes later he's alive.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4672471/man-medics-gave-up-on-saved-after-wife-pleaded-for-them-to-try-again/

Awkward.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on October 13, 2017, 11:43:57
Either really good CPR or his heart was still working a bit.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 13, 2017, 12:25:12
Either really good CPR or his heart was still working a bit.

They shocked him 12 times in front of the wife in the apartment. And she kept begging for more.

This gives an idea of what that's like,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h2BB1vo27s&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on October 13, 2017, 14:13:03
AEDs were coming in as I was leaving the rescue world, only got to apply them twice but no shock required.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on November 06, 2017, 10:45:42
November 5, 2017

"Son of convicted terrorist associated with mastermind of first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 graduates to become a New York City firefighter"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5050837/Son-convicted-terrorist-New-York-firefighter.html

"The rookie firefighter is the eldest son of 58-year-old Ahmed Abdel Sattar, who was convicted in 2005 by authorities in the United States for “soliciting crimes of violence” and conspiracy to murder Jews. He is currently serving a 24-year prison term in the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: gryphonv on November 06, 2017, 11:22:22
November 5, 2017

"Son of convicted terrorist associated with mastermind of first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 graduates to become a New York City firefighter"
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5050837/Son-convicted-terrorist-New-York-firefighter.html

"The rookie firefighter is the eldest son of 58-year-old Ahmed Abdel Sattar, who was convicted in 2005 by authorities in the United States for “soliciting crimes of violence” and conspiracy to murder Jews. He is currently serving a 24-year prison term in the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois."

Good on him, I'm sure he had to pass a lot of backround checks and evaluations before he passed everything.

People should be judged on the merits of their own actions, not their families.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on November 06, 2017, 11:44:48
People should be judged on the merits of their own actions, not their families.

In a letter to the sentencing judge the son had this to say about his father,

QUOTE

“I know that he did not commit any crimes or plan to. I feel that an injustice has been done. My father is a man of honesty and kindness, he wouldn’t attempt to hurt any one or even think about it.

Yes, he has views, like so many people, but his views were just that and nothing more.

Most importantly, he wanted us to be good children and then grow up to be better adults,” he wrote. “I will forever hold his lessons in my heart, and I thank god every day for the father I have."
http://nypost.com/2017/11/04/son-of-convicted-terrorist-joins-fdny/

END QUOTE

FDNY Disqualified Combat Veterans, Lawsuit Claims, While Hiring Son of Convicted Terrorist
https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/fdny-disqualified-combat-veterans-lawsuit-claims-hiring-son-convicted-terrorist/
"A lawsuit filed in September alleges that the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) actively discriminated against U.S. military combat veterans based on stereotypes of PTSD. Simultaneously, the FDNY hired the son of a convicted terrorist who had publicly defended his terrorist leader father."


Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 01, 2017, 11:04:07
Nov 30, 2017

Two Montreal Paramedics work to remove a body from underneath a subway car.
Employee accidentally sounded the horn suggesting the train was about to move.
Lawsuit.
Verdict? $1.2 million dollars for the two Paramedics.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-paramedics-subway-scare-court-awards-damages-1.4426223
"The paramedics frantically moved to get out from under the car and only discovered later it was a false alarm."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 08, 2017, 16:17:11
Guy cements his head inside a microwave oven. First Responders tied up for over an hour rescuing him.
https://twitter.com/WestMidsFire/status/938831999770521600
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: whiskey601 on December 08, 2017, 18:16:21
Man Charged Over Rocket Launcher Snowman in Londonderry

"The man has been charged with two counts of permitting display of anything provocative." 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42285433 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 16, 2017, 14:20:55
Dr. working as a child-abuse Pediatrician finds girl has various healing wounds on her legs and buttocks, he didn’t think that they were consistent with child abuse. Abused girl was murdered 16 days later.

The Doctor involved was working for the county at the time. The county’s insurance provider will make the payout. The Dr. is off the hook and now works for Lurie Children’s Hospital. His life simply goes on like nothing happened.
https://luxoraleader.com/chicago-jury-awards-family-of-murdered-girl-48million/259512/

QUOTE

Chicago Paramedics discovered the girl’s dead body in July 2013 when they were called to the home for reports of a child not breathing.

Upon their arrival, Helen Ford tried to send the paramedics away, saying Gizzell had been having one of her ‘fits’ but had recovered.

The EMTs pushed their way in and found the child lying lifeless, tied next to her father’s bed. The body was face down on a bloody pillow, wearing just a pair of ripped green underwear. Her father was lying on the bed in his underwear and holding a laptop.

END QUOTE

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on December 20, 2017, 10:36:29
This is really not WTF. You can get half a box of beer in BC with $25. ::)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/loblaw-parent-company-alerted-competition-watchdog-to-bread-price-fixing/article37387816/

How to receive a $25 Loblaw card after bread price-fixing arrangement


Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.

"This conduct should never have happened," said Galen G. Weston, CEO, during a conference call with analysts Tuesday.

"The gift card is a direct acknowledgment of that to our customers. We hope that they'll see it as a meaningful amount that demonstrates our commitment to keeping their trust and confidence," he said in response to how the company arrived at the card's $25 value.

Here's how to redeem the offer:

Customers can visit  https://loblawcard.ca/ and enter their email address to be notified once registration opens.

The company expects registration to begin on Jan. 8.

Full details will follow, but broadly speaking, visitors to the site will have to declare that they are the age of majority or older, said spokesman Kevin Groh, in an email.

The age of majority is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, P.E.I., Quebec and Saskatchewan. It is 19 in B.C., New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the three territories.

They will also have to declare that they bought certain packaged bread products at one of the eligible banner stores in Canada before March 1, 2015, he said.

Registration closes May 8.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 21, 2017, 11:05:36
Amazon sells an Infant Circumcision Trainer. The numerous one star comments are worth a read.
https://www.amazon.com/Nasco-Infant-Circumcision-Trainer-White/dp/B0083Y0W26/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1513837459&sr=1-1&keywords=circumcision+kit
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Starlight1 on December 21, 2017, 22:24:20
Wow, that pretty much defies sensibilities.    :o.....

Even after dealing as a young student nurse in the 80s the removable “private parts”of both gender of mannequins to practice doing peri care (aka cleaning for those unable to do self care).

Did appreciate the comments  :rofl:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: NavyShooter on December 21, 2017, 22:27:45
Question: Where can I get a black one?
Answer: When the lights are off, they're all black.

Wow.....just....wow.....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 21, 2017, 22:35:48
Just in time for the holidays. Just right for that hard to buy for wanna be Mohel in you life.  :)

Question: Where can I get a black one?
Answer: When the lights are off, they're all black.
https://www.amazon.com/Life-form%C2%AE-Infant-Circumcision-Trainer/dp/B0151ALHNW/ref=pd_sbs_236_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0151ALHNW&pd_rd_r=23HE7BCHY4A338QCVS10&pd_rd_w=EH9Ba&pd_rd_wg=JbgCx&psc=1&refRID=23HE7BCHY4A338QCVS10

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on December 22, 2017, 02:00:41
That is hilarious MM. Cheers  :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: medicineman on December 22, 2017, 09:25:50
What is seen, can never be unseen...

MM
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 24, 2017, 16:11:07
Not really sure where to put this.

Video: Citizen 'reporter' Rhoda Young is live on the scene and in charge at a house fire. If you watch all the way through, it's worth every minute of your time. Gets surprisingly good at the end.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUkvE0H1Ig
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 26, 2017, 15:07:31
"Why You'll Never See A Paramedic Running, Even In A Dire Emergency."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/12/26/why-youll-never-see-a-paramedic-running-even-in-a-dire-emergency/#74b104c91ecc
Gives eight very sensible reasons why not to run. I could probably add a couple more.

But, it then goes on to say, "The only real reason to run is that people would stop assuming a lack of urgency/concern when we merely walk briskly towards them."

Which is why I used to run.  :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 29, 2017, 00:40:12
...nothing to see here. Just a crazy naked guy with a knife riding on the top of a truck on a highway near Washington Dulles International Airport.
https://www.facebook.com/350649401614499/videos/1765189190160506/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: whiskey601 on December 29, 2017, 11:03:37
Is this guy frigging serious...oh wait, he lives in Toronto and is clearly more special than every other Canadian...

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-man-comes-home-from-trip-to-a-wall-of-snow-blocking-his-driveway-1.3738833
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on December 29, 2017, 11:50:54
Is this guy frigging serious...oh wait, he lives in Toronto and is clearly more special than every other Canadian...

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-man-comes-home-from-trip-to-a-wall-of-snow-blocking-his-driveway-1.3738833

Incredible!  Just incredible having to put up with something like that. Imagine.  :o

The guy should move to a place where this never happens. I could suggest places like Quebec City, St-John's or Fredericton, and many others.

  :sarcasm: 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on December 29, 2017, 12:10:35
In Kingston, some idiot called 911...twice...   :not-again:

http://www.thewhig.com/2017/12/28/plowing-priorities-questioned (http://www.thewhig.com/2017/12/28/plowing-priorities-questioned)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on December 29, 2017, 12:24:15
In Kingston, some idiot called 911...twice...   :not-again:

http://www.thewhig.com/2017/12/28/plowing-priorities-questioned (http://www.thewhig.com/2017/12/28/plowing-priorities-questioned)

I honestly think that, as the population of Canada ages (and urbanizes) and includes more and more immigrants from warm countries, we are collectively becoming more and more stupid about living in a country where it snows, and has always snowed, in winter.

I also have to say that the News Media constant harping on what I like to call "What-if-ism" as news doesn't help: What I mean by that is their constant reporting that "things could have been worse if the facts had been slightly different". Well, they weren't different and it wasn't worse, so get off already!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 29, 2017, 13:12:43
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/toronto-man-comes-home-from-trip-to-a-wall-of-snow-blocking-his-driveway-1.3738833

“If there is an emergency in the house, do you think an ambulance would be able to access the property?”

We carried shovels and always  shovelled our way in and out, if we had to.

But, it could lead to a Delay of Service by City paramedics. If it ever lead to an inquest...

On the way out, while trying to carry a patient over a metre of densely packed snow in front of the driveway, they could possibly drop a member of the homeowner's family.

The driveway appears to be shovelled and clear of cars.

"City snow plows left a heap of densely-packed snow in front of his driveway." 

"Despite calling 311 on Tuesday, xxxxx has yet to hear back."

Homeowner pays property taxes to the City of Toronto.

If the City Transportation Department is found to be liable for a Delay of Paramedic Service. Or, if they dropped a patient...

Sounds like a lawsuit against the City waiting to happen. If the City is indeed liable, I expect after reading this news report they will send a truck over pronto.

QUOTE

Between 2000 and 2013 in The City of Toronto,
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/10/11/toronto_paying_millions_in_lawsuit_claims.html

Almost one in four of the total tally — 773 — were related to road and sidewalk maintenance. Those settlements totaled $32,458,390.50.

The city’s response to inclement weather accounted for 640 lawsuits. On incident involving an icy driveway cost the city $439,345.74.

•Slipping and falling is more likely to land you a settlement than tripping and falling: slips have resulted in 140 settlements, costing the city $5,230,771.35; trips have resulted in 107 settlements worth $4,657,259.75.

In 2013, slip and fall claims cost Toronto $11.5 million, with an average claim coming out at $26,500.

END QUOTE


















 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on December 29, 2017, 13:15:46
Incredible!  Just incredible having to put up with something like that. Imagine.  :o

The guy should move to a place where this never happens. I could suggest places like Quebec City, St-John's or Fredericton, and many others.

  :sarcasm:

I do sympathize with him, it would suck and piss me off too.  I wouldn't go crying to the press about it though.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: navice on December 29, 2017, 13:46:20
I honestly think that, as the population of Canada ages (and urbanizes) and includes more and more immigrants from warm countries, we are collectively becoming more and more stupid about living in a country where it snows, and has always snowed, in winter.

Have you ever lived in the city? That is not the normal light fluffy snow but DIRTAY SNOW ICE which is far HEAVIER to move. It's a 1-1.5 hour job just moving all that bit by the shovel this guy has - he'll probably need something better just to break into that. It's reasonable to expect the city to clear this with the sidewalk machine that makes it's rounds.

It has nothing to do with "immigrants from warm countries" or "old people who have difficulty shoveling snow". If you look at the rest of his driveway, it's properly shoveled as is reasonable. Living in the city has its benefits along with the much higher taxes. Public points like bus stops, Canada post boxes, walkways, etc all have to be clear of excess snow.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on December 29, 2017, 14:21:20
Actually, Navice, I was born in Montreal and lived there and Quebec City for a good deal of my life, spent three years in Sherbrooke while on one of my University course and lived in Halifax while in the Navy.

These four cities are, respectively the ninth, third, fourth and eighth snowiest cities in Canada, with Quebec City (I lived there for nine years) receiving an average of 3.2 meters of snow every year. I was also living in Montreal when we got the storm of the century in the 70's and received 1.3 meters of snow in 24 hours. Paralyzed the city for a week.

So, yeah, I know all about this type of stuff and if you live in a city in Canada, then too bad - that's part of life.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: navice on December 29, 2017, 16:19:29
Actually, Navice, I was born in Montreal and lived there and Quebec City for a good deal of my life, spent three years in Sherbrooke while on one of my University course and lived in Halifax while in the Navy.

These four cities are, respectively the ninth, third, fourth and eighth snowiest cities in Canada, with Quebec City (I lived there for nine years) receiving an average of 3.2 meters of snow every year. I was also living in Montreal when we got the storm of the century in the 70's and received 1.3 meters of snow in 24 hours. Paralyzed the city for a week.

So, yeah, I know all about this type of stuff and if you live in a city in Canada, then too bad - that's part of life.

Yeah I know what you mean and I don't mean to flame as we are all people on the internet, but I really don't think we are becoming "collectively stupider", as you said. It's unreasonable for the guy to work all day and come home to find out that all the nasty road ice from the neighborhood has collected on this guy's driveway entrance alone thereby blocking access until he toils away for a long time in the frigid cold to clear it. I would have liked to see some analysis from the news agency exploring why it's happening to his driveway alone.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jed on December 29, 2017, 16:22:29
Yeah I know what you mean and I don't mean to flame as we are all people on the internet, but I really don't think we are becoming "collectively stupider", as you said. It's unreasonable for the guy to work all day and come home to find out that all the nasty road ice from the neighborhood has collected on this guy's driveway entrance alone thereby blocking access until he toils away for a long time in the frigid cold to clear it. I would have liked to see some analysis from the news agency exploring why it's happening to his driveway alone.

I don't think we have become 'collectively stupider'. I think we have become 'collectively whinier or wimpier'.  :D 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 29, 2017, 16:25:41
I would have liked to see some analysis from the news agency exploring why it's happening to his driveway alone.

According to the homeowner, “Because it’s the corner house, it’s convenient for them to just dump the snow here.”

Satisfaction guaranteed, or double your snow / garbage back.  :)

I suspect the Ward Councillor contacted Toronto Transportation when the story was in the news.

It's an embarrassment and a potential financial liability to the City.

The property owner lives in Scarborough ( Scarberia ):

City of Toronto
Driveway - blocked by ploughed snow - windrow - snow clearing required
https://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/kb/docs/articles/transportation-services/district-transportation-services/road-operations/driveway-blocked-by-ploughed-snow-windrow-snow-clearing-required.html

Wards which receive driveway windrow clearing service:
Scarborough District (Wards: 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44)
Driveway windrows in these wards will be cleared on local roads within 1-2 hours after the road plough has passed. On main roads it may take up to 6 hours to complete.
(There are some wards where windrow clearing is not feasible on certain streets due to narrow lots and the absence of boulevard space. Typically, these locations are within new subdivisions).

"A snow windrow is the pile of snow that is left at the bottom of a driveway after the snow plow has cleared the road."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PPCLI Guy on December 29, 2017, 20:01:51
It's unreasonable for the guy to work all day and come home to find out that all the nasty road ice from the neighborhood has collected on this guy's driveway entrance alone thereby blocking access until he toils away for a long time in the frigid cold to clear it. I would have liked to see some analysis from the news agency exploring why it's happening to his driveway alone.

I'll tell you what is unreasonable - using taxpayer funded resources to clear his driveway.  Buy a snow blower.  Pay a local kid.  Hire a snow cleaning service.  If all of that fails, buy a better shovel, man up, and clear your own freaking driveway.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 29, 2017, 20:15:11
Lots of opinions.

These are the facts.

The City of Toronto policy on "windrow" clearing. ( Scarborough is part of the City of Toronto. )
https://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/kb/docs/articles/transportation-services/district-transportation-services/road-operations/driveway-blocked-by-ploughed-snow-windrow-snow-clearing-required.html

"Windrow": A snow windrow is the pile of snow at the end of your driveway that is left after snow plows clear the road.

"Wards which receive driveway windrow clearing service: Scarborough District:
Driveway windrows in these wards will be cleared on local roads within 1-2 hours after the road plough has passed."

"Windrows
Where applicable, residential driveway windrows will be opened after a side street is plowed. Please note that our intent is to only plough a sufficient amount of snow from the windrow to permit a vehicle to easily drive across."

"A service request to report a residential driveway outside of the City core that has been blocked by a ploughed snowbank (windrow) can be submitted online at: http://www.toronto.ca/311/ , or call 311."

"Toronto’s government not only plows the roads and sidewalks in the inner suburban areas, but also provides “windrow clearing” — plowing out the ends of people’s driveways so they can get their cars out."

That includes the homeowner in Reply #696.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PMedMoe on December 29, 2017, 21:31:46
I'll tell you what is unreasonable - using taxpayer funded resources to clear his driveway.  Buy a snow blower.  Pay a local kid.  Hire a snow cleaning service.  If all of that fails, buy a better shovel, man up, and clear your own freaking driveway.

 :goodpost:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: navice on December 29, 2017, 23:51:13
Thanks for the facts, mariomike. Interesting.

I'll tell you what is unreasonable - using taxpayer funded resources to clear his driveway.  Buy a snow blower.  Pay a local kid.  Hire a snow cleaning service.  If all of that fails, buy a better shovel, man up, and clear your own freaking driveway.

You should run for office.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on December 30, 2017, 00:00:32
Thanks for the facts, mariomike.

Facts are sometimes less popular than opinions. :)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on January 01, 2018, 13:38:22
I'll tell you what is unreasonable - using taxpayer funded resources to clear his driveway.  Buy a snow blower.  Pay a local kid.  Hire a snow cleaning service.  If all of that fails, buy a better shovel, man up, and clear your own freaking driveway.

In Whistler, the guy who ran the snowplows, also ran the tow trucks, so it was in his interests to block driveways and then his towtrucks drove around the freshly plowed roads offering to pull peoples cars out for a fee of course. Things got better when he lost the plowing contract.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: FJAG on January 12, 2018, 17:51:54
Russian soldier is given a serious tongue-lashing from furious officer after accidentally destroying an armoured vehicle by trying to heat up his rations and setting it on fire

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5262279/Soldier-destroys-armoured-vehicle-trying-cook-rations.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5262279/Soldier-destroys-armoured-vehicle-trying-cook-rations.html)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: CBH99 on January 12, 2018, 18:23:12
Well, maybe the threat from Russian armour isn't what we thought it was.

Numbers?  Sure.  But if cooking a ration causes the vehicle to literally melt in flames, hate to see what a Javelin or 105mm round does. 

On the other hand, I feel pretty bad for that kid!!  Like really bad for that kid...must be living a hell right now.   :tsktsk:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on January 13, 2018, 17:03:13
Some soldiers can be given a rock and they will break it, lose it or set it on fire.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Eaglelord17 on January 13, 2018, 22:22:32
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/swiss-ban-boiling-lobster-alive-1.4484642
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on January 14, 2018, 09:36:52
Some soldiers can be given a rock and they will break it, lose it, or set it on fire.
....or paint it -- blue, gold, black.


[Come on, you knew someone was going to say it   ;)  ]
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: QV on January 14, 2018, 10:35:38
It’s royal blue, amber, and black.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on January 14, 2018, 10:59:49
It’s royal blue, amber, and black.
Clearly my fault, which couldn't be passed.   :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: QV on January 14, 2018, 22:57:13
 :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on January 15, 2018, 10:36:32
So "yellow" is right out?   ???
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: BeyondTheNow on January 19, 2018, 22:14:50
I don’t know if this is WTF or not. Certainly first if its kind, that’s for sure...

Quote
The LegalFling app, which lets users set out which practices they are and are not comfortable with, records sexual consent in a legally binding agreement.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/technology/metoo-consent-app-phone-sex-1.4493196 (http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/technology/metoo-consent-app-phone-sex-1.4493196)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on January 25, 2018, 10:56:44
http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/justin-trudeaus-feet-should-be-in-these-socks-in-2018/

Justin Trudeau’s feet should be in these socks in 2018
- Sarah Boesveld, Chatelaine - January 24, 2018
Chatelaine asked Canadian designers to whip up some themed stockings for the PM. Here’s what they came up with.


The could have asked me. ;D

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: BeyondTheNow on January 26, 2018, 17:06:49
No...no. You don’t get to cover up a stupid idea by trying to sound deep and existential. ::)

Quote
This past Sunday, rocket startup Rocket Lab launched a three-foot-wide mirror ball into orbit. Called “Humanity Star,” it’s supposed to remind us that we’re all puny specks of dust living in the terrifying vastness of the Universe. Some astronomers have spoken out about the stunt, claiming the sparkly object will interfere with their work—one even compared the abusiveness of the act to sticking “a big flashing strobe-light on a polar bear.” That’s an overstatement, but the bigger problem is the precedent this otherwise useless satellite creates.


https://gizmodo.com/astronomers-say-giant-disco-ball-in-space-sets-a-bad-pr-1822454265 (https://gizmodo.com/astronomers-say-giant-disco-ball-in-space-sets-a-bad-pr-1822454265)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on January 26, 2018, 17:25:11
Only in Saudi Arabia:

Beauty Contestants Disqualified for using Botox (https://globalnews.ca/news/3987909/camels-disqualified-from-saudi-beauty-pageant-over-botox/)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: AbdullahD on January 26, 2018, 19:14:28
Only in Saudi Arabia:

Beauty Contestants Disqualified for using Botox (https://globalnews.ca/news/3987909/camels-disqualified-from-saudi-beauty-pageant-over-botox/)

Are they serious?!?!? I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on January 26, 2018, 22:11:26
Nutella price drop in France has folks kinda worked up.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/world/france-nutella-price-drop-fights-1.4505078
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: whiskey601 on February 06, 2018, 13:54:52
I find myself agreeing with this person's request for anonymnity:
https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amp/new-hampshire-woman-fights-keep-id-secret-after-560m-powerball-n845071
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 06, 2018, 14:08:48
Totally agree, it's my one big bug up my *** about a major lottery win.  Too many times you see people being targeted and taken advantage of as was the case of a nice retired couple from Truro, NS.  https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/two-years-after-big-lottery-win-n-s-man-still-plagued-by-scam-artists-1.1194035

I trust the lottery corporations will do their due diligence and will not award the winnings to anyone who isn't the rightful claimant.  I don't give a damn who they are, where they live etc.  Not my business.  I like the rules in the lottery in the UK go by, it's your choice for publicity or not.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on February 07, 2018, 23:39:05
Pittsburgh: Proposal would move retirement age from 65 to 70 for city police
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/02/07/Pittsburgh-police-mandatory-retirement-age-Wendell-Hissrich-City-Council-age-65-70/stories/201802070117

Also,

Florida: Firefighter / Paramedic who is seven-months pregnant denied ‘light duty’ assignment. Will have to work a full duty spot.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pregnant-firefighter-denied-light-duty-assignment-article-1.3803667
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 08, 2018, 15:05:32
Norway's Olympic Team sent 15,000 eggs by mistake.

https://olympics.cbc.ca/news/article/well-that-was-uneggspected-norway-olympic-team-mistakenly-sent-15k-eggs.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on February 08, 2018, 15:16:18
Now, now!  That's revenge for Norway's team beating Morris and Lawes in yesterday's opener.

After all, the Canadian Egg boards are a major sponsor of curling-Canada.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on February 09, 2018, 14:59:42
Totally agree, it's my one big bug up my *** about a major lottery win.  Too many times you see people being targeted and taken advantage of as was the case of a nice retired couple from Truro, NS.  https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/two-years-after-big-lottery-win-n-s-man-still-plagued-by-scam-artists-1.1194035

I trust the lottery corporations will do their due diligence and will not award the winnings to anyone who isn't the rightful claimant.  I don't give a damn who they are, where they live etc.  Not my business.  I like the rules in the lottery in the UK go by, it's your choice for publicity or not.

Understood, but the requirement to publish the names of the winners has nothing to do with ensuring the rightful winner gets their prize.  It's about ensuring the rightful winner actually exists.  There have been cases where lottery/raffle tickets have been sold, but where no actual prizes were awarded.  In other words, they were scams where the "winners" did not actually exist and the organizers simply pocketed everything.  Publishing the names of winners allows anyone to verify whether a prize was actually awarded and that the lottery/raffle was legitimate.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 09, 2018, 15:31:20
Understood, but the requirement to publish the names of the winners has nothing to do with ensuring the rightful winner gets their prize.  It's about ensuring the rightful winner actually exists.  There have been cases where lottery/raffle tickets have been sold, but where no actual prizes were awarded.  In other words, they were scams where the "winners" did not actually exist and the organizers simply pocketed everything.  Publishing the names of winners allows anyone to verify whether a prize was actually awarded and that the lottery/raffle was legitimate.

I am sure that it has happened as you describe in some instances, with small players.  I don't believe that has ever happened with the major lotteries. 

I know Atlantic Lottery Corp did get a blast of crap for not letting the public know straight away that major prizes had already been awarded in some of the scratch and win type tickets.  This resulted in patrons buying that particular series of tickets in the hope they could win the major prize.  ACL were smacked down hard for that and subsequently corrected that fault.  Now, IIRC, they pull the tickets if the major prizes have already been taken so that it doesn't happen to customers again.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: garb811 on February 09, 2018, 15:49:18
Ontario Lottery Scandals (https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/10/12/8-of-ontarios-most-notorious-lottery-scandals.html)

Unfortunately, it's not just a case of lottery organizers running the scams...
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on February 12, 2018, 18:11:39
The machines out here automatically state your winnings, if there is a win, the machine chimes out a short song and the receipt shows your winnings.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Piece of Cake on February 12, 2018, 18:19:51
Pittsburgh: Proposal would move retirement age from 65 to 70 for city police
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2018/02/07/Pittsburgh-police-mandatory-retirement-age-Wendell-Hissrich-City-Council-age-65-70/stories/201802070117

Also,

Florida: Firefighter / Paramedic who is seven-months pregnant denied ‘light duty’ assignment. Will have to work a full duty spot.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pregnant-firefighter-denied-light-duty-assignment-article-1.3803667

Not sure about the pic.  However, I'm not a fan of the CAF mandatory retirement age of 60.  If a person can pass the fitness standard and has a clean medical, they should be allowed to serve. 

The highest income years for most Canadians is between 60 and 65.  Forcing members to retire at 60 is a huge blow financially.

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on February 12, 2018, 21:27:15
More Nazis for Gerald Butts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/02/07/peoplekind-is-the-least-of-justin-trudeaus-problems/?utm_term=.bf113e240eb2
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: whiskey601 on February 14, 2018, 09:14:34
Lion Poacher becomes dinner for pride of Lions :
www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-sun/20180214/281822874264935

Something about karma....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: angus555 on February 14, 2018, 16:44:20
"Foreign Accent Syndrome" is real and if I ever woke up with a British accent, it would be horrifying. :whistle:

 American woman woke up with a British accent and still speaks with it two years later (http://nationalpost.com/news/world/everybody-only-sees-or-hears-mary-poppins-american-woman-woke-up-with-a-british-accent-and-still-speaks-with-it-two-years-later)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=135&v=Gzi7fv6HZzs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=135&v=Gzi7fv6HZzs)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Colin P on February 14, 2018, 17:18:07
My youngest slips into a British accent when she is lying on the cute bit, works. I actually worry more for the world than her....  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 16, 2018, 09:24:39
Pastor caught by police with a bound, naked, man in his car.  Said he was just counselling him.   :rofl:

http://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2018/02/pa_pastor_caught_by_cops_in_wi.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 22, 2018, 22:53:55
Kid from Indonesia claims he's started laying eggs..it might not be all it's cracked up to be.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5420483/Indonesian-boy-claims-laid-20-eggs.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: dapaterson on February 23, 2018, 23:28:27
Former Freemason, 51, found drunk and naked inside a huge pipe organ with a toy gun and remote-controlled police car says he got lost while trying to hand out cheeseburgers to the homeless

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5422759/Former-Freemason-naked-inside-pipe-organ-Brisbane.html#ixzz57zbrW1Af
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 23, 2018, 23:35:06
Former Freemason, 51, found drunk and naked inside a huge pipe organ with a toy gun and remote-controlled police car says he got lost while trying to hand out cheeseburgers to the homeless

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5422759/Former-Freemason-naked-inside-pipe-organ-Brisbane.html#ixzz57zbrW1Af

It could happen to anyone.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on February 24, 2018, 10:17:36
Airplane fart fight proves it's tough to raise a stink in a smelly world

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/farting-complaints-travel-workplace-legal-1.4547869
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: FJAG on March 02, 2018, 23:04:37
Mob of thieves ‘loot Lidl during blizzard before demolishing the supermarket with a stolen digger’

Seems the blizzard in Dublin brought out the worst in some folks.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5456429/Mob-thieves-loot-Lidl-blizzard-stolen-digger.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5456429/Mob-thieves-loot-Lidl-blizzard-stolen-digger.html)

 :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 07, 2018, 22:20:20
Woman dies after her husband 'uses a MORTAR BOMB as a sex aid' after they'd been drinking

 :o

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5472029/Woman-dies-husband-uses-MORTAR-BOMB-sex-aid-Peru.htmll
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Old Sweat on March 07, 2018, 23:34:11
That gives a whole new meaning to getting bombed.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 08, 2018, 13:13:38
Perhaps someone took the saying "give them a hand" a little too far.   :nod:

Quote
Horror as 54 severed human hands are found dumped in a bag in Russia amid fears they were taken by black market body part dealers
Gruesome discovery made close to a popular fishing spot in Khabarovsk, Siberia
One hand was found washed up on shore by locals, leading police to the others
Cops don't know who the hands belonged to, when they were removed, or why
One theory says they were removed by body part dealers in order to stop police identifying remains they were trying to sell illegally


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5478351/Horror-54-severed-human-hands-dumped-Russia.html#ixzz59B7osROq
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: George Wallace on March 08, 2018, 15:01:58
Perhaps they are the hands that can be matched to the feet that washed up on the BC coast?

Next guess is what part of the world will other body parts start washing up?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 08, 2018, 15:03:48
I wonder if the left hands knew what the right ones were up to?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on March 08, 2018, 15:28:18
I wonder if the left hands knew what the right ones were up to?

That bag has not washed ashore yet.
Too soon?   :whistle:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on March 08, 2018, 16:19:36
They should sell them. Everyone needs a new girlfriend. :whistle:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 08, 2018, 17:09:27
Only if they come with a free happy sock too.   :whistle:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 10, 2018, 19:35:34
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/cricket-powder-loblaw-1.4563956

I'll put this here because l am sure many folks will be saying WTF at the thought of Crickets as a food source.

I will come clean and admit l purchased some Cricket protein bars and crackers earlier this month, purely out of curiosity.  They were pricey, but l must say they were very tasty.  The starter pack.  I shared them at the office, the majority liked them.


https://crickstart.ca/collections/all
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Oldgateboatdriver on March 10, 2018, 19:40:26
I have had fried cricket with a friend from Central African Republic before and must say that, once you got over the cultural shock it is for us, it was pretty tasty. After all, it's not much different than eating shrimp, crab or lobster when you think about it.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 10, 2018, 19:56:41
I also like the idea of supporting Canadian companies too.  A segment from Day to listen to if you're so inclined.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/bugs-as-livestock-a-canadian-insect-farm-is-taking-cricket-powder-mainstream-1.4565666

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jed on March 10, 2018, 20:38:46
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/cricket-powder-loblaw-1.4563956

I'll put this here because l am sure many folks will be saying WTF at the thought of Crickets as a food source.

I will come clean and admit l purchased some Cricket protein bars and crackers earlier this month, purely out of curiosity.  They were pricey, but l must say they were very tasty.  The starter pack.  I shared them at the office, the majority liked them.


https://crickstart.ca/collections/all

Ahh, you are just a Papillion wannabe.  ;D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 13, 2018, 22:14:33
United doesn't just break guitars, now they kill puppies too.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/world/dog-dead-united-flight-overhead-bin-1.4575026
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on March 13, 2018, 23:56:06
United doesn't just break guitars, now they kill puppies too.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/world/dog-dead-united-flight-overhead-bin-1.4575026

United also uses Air Marshall's to forcibly remove passengers, before departure.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 14, 2018, 12:08:44
That's one way to deal with bad parking! Driver CUTS OFF corner of car with an ANGLE GRINDER so he can get into the space next to it

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5498939/Furious-driver-cuts-corner-car-park-Russia.html#ixzz59jhSMtYf

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on March 14, 2018, 15:44:13
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/cricket-powder-loblaw-1.4563956

I'll put this here because l am sure many folks will be saying WTF at the thought of Crickets as a food source.

I will come clean and admit l purchased some Cricket protein bars and crackers earlier this month, purely out of curiosity.  They were pricey, but l must say they were very tasty.  The starter pack.  I shared them at the office, the majority liked them.


https://crickstart.ca/collections/all

Sure they did. Did you tell them what they ate  :rofl:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 14, 2018, 16:09:26
I was up front with them.  Honest.  It was more fun watching them try with prior knowledge then by ambush.  Our resident Clearance Diver was especially enthusiastic.   :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 17, 2018, 15:50:26
#Chicago Scanner

"The fire started because he put a pizza in the oven w/ the cardboard"
https://twitter.com/Chicago_Scanner/status/974852231471271937
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jarnhamar on March 17, 2018, 16:14:15
Good ol huffpost

https://www.dangerous.com/42546/huffpo-editor-brags-slashing-white-authors-less-50-wont-fire/

Quote
HuffPo Editor Brags About Slashing White Authors to Less than 50%, Won’t Fire Herself



Chloe Angyal tweeted, “Our goals for this month were: less than 50% white authors (check!), Asian representation that matches or exceeds the US population (check!), more trans and non-binary authors (check, but I want to do better).”
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 17, 2018, 16:54:04
Good ol huffpost
"less than 50% white authors"

Sounds vaguely familiar,

City of Toronto, Department of Emergency Services

"I also explained that women and visible minorities, once qualified, are placed in their own group and that each class hired would require 50% from that group and 50% from the white male group."
https://issuu.com/local3888/docs/spring2009
Page 9.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 19, 2018, 20:58:59
Uber's self-driving car program is fantastic ...for the mortuary industry.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pedestrian-killed-driverless-uber-company-suspends-program-article-1.3883981

NYPD Pro-Tip: Do not stand close enough to a handcuffed perp that she can grab both your testicles and try to rip them off your body.
https://nypost.com/2018/03/19/cuffed-woman-managed-to-grab-cops-crotch-at-police-station/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: FJAG on March 21, 2018, 23:02:08
Man guilty of hate crime for filming pug's 'Nazi salutes'

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43478925 (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43478925)

 :brickwall:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 22, 2018, 00:03:47
LAPD wants you to know calling 911 to order a pizza in the event of an emergency is not recommended.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/03/21/911-pizza-emergency-meme/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Pusser on March 22, 2018, 12:21:59
LAPD wants you to know calling 911 to order a pizza in the event of an emergency is not recommended.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/03/21/911-pizza-emergency-meme/

Do the people who come up with these things think that perpetrators live under rocks and never go on social media? 

Perpetrator:  "I'm going to beat the crap out of you and scream profanities while I do it!"

Victim:  "Hold on, do you mind if I order a pizza first?"

Perpetrator:  "Sure, as long as it's not pepperoni, because then I'll know you've really called 911 and are reporting me for possession of a pineapple."
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 22, 2018, 13:14:40
Do the people who come up with these things think that perpetrators live under rocks and never go on social media? 

Perpetrator:  "I'm going to beat the crap out of you and scream profanities while I do it!"

Victim:  "Hold on, do you mind if I order a pizza first?"

Perpetrator:  "Sure, as long as it's not pepperoni, because then I'll know you've really called 911 and are reporting me for possession of a pineapple."

An entire generation has learned to take 9-1-1 for granted. ( Toronto has had it since March 22, 1982. Exactly 36 years ago today. )

But, if calling from a cell phone, and you don't know your location, it can be a struggle to find out where you are.

The good news is that by 2021 they will find you every time - 4 out of 5 times.

On the other hand, today you can order a pizza or Uber with a cell phone app and they will know your exact location.

"We'll be there when you need us." ( Some restrictions may apply. Actual response times may vary. Availability may be limited.  )
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on March 22, 2018, 15:15:17
In India when the ambulance arrives at a call and the patient cannot be revived the crew just leaves them in the street under the hot sun and goes on to the next call. Did I say India? My bad. I meant Florida.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180322/ambulance-crew-left-mans-body-in-bradenton-street-for-hours
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on March 23, 2018, 09:18:04
Someone's having a shitty day.   ;D 

Quote
Vegan activist covers herself in animal dung outside a Trader Joe's to protest the chain's alleged manure-filled living conditions for hens


A daring animal rights activist lay in a pile of manure outside of a San Francisco Trader Joe's to protest the chain’s alleged egg farms conditions.

Cassie King, a student at UC Berkeley, worked with animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere for the stint that turned heads Wednesday morning.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5533533/Animal-activists-covers-animal-manure-protest.html#ixzz5AZd3rNEP
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: FJAG on March 23, 2018, 13:08:08
Someone's having a shitty day.   ;D

Quote
Vegan activist covers herself in animal dung outside a Trader Joe's to protest the chain's alleged manure-filled living conditions for hens

A daring animal rights activist lay in a pile of manure outside of a San Francisco Trader Joe's to protest the chain’s alleged egg farms conditions.

Cassie King, a student at UC Berkeley, worked with animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere for the stint that turned heads Wednesday morning.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5533533/Animal-activists-covers-animal-manure-protest.html#ixzz5AZd3rNEP
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

I'm not sure that "daring" is the right adjective here.

Personally, I like their Mandarin Orange Chicken very much.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 02, 2018, 12:54:04
If you are snorting condoms ...you're doing it wrong.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/02/condom-snorting-challenge-every-parents-worst-nightmare/477431002/
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 17, 2018, 23:54:45
I wonder what the payout will be?

Woman calls 911. Says son is an EDP & is going crazy.
NYPD arrives.
They spot a man, jump on him and use the Taser 3 times.
They put him in an ambulance and get the woman who called.
Woman looks in the ambulance.
Says ‘That's not my son’.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/cops-stun-arrest-wrong-person-hunt-disturbed-man-meds-article-1.3939982
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: CBH99 on April 18, 2018, 02:16:49
Yikes, solid payout indeed!!

Similar thing happened in Calgary about, 2 years ago now?  Perhaps 3?

Man with a knife was at NorthHill mall, I believe causing a disturbance at one of the entrances.  No clear signs of mental problems, but a s**tbag who I think was escorted out of the mall by security.

Police called.

Police showed up, jumped on a guy walking to the Safeway who fit the description.  Broke his shoulder, think perhaps fractured his wrist.

Turns out...not even close to being the right guy.  Just happened to fit a similar description, and was walking nearby at the wrong time.   
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 20, 2018, 08:06:10
 :rofl:

Quote
'This won't catch on in Scotland!' Canadian company which makes protein chocolate called SHYTE sends Brits into hysterics
SHYTE - which stands for Seriously Helps You To Energize - makes protein bars
Twitter user Roy Isserlis has made the brand viral after spotting the rude name
The name is very similarly spelled to the British vulgar slang term for poo

By Imogen Blake For Mailonline

Published: 05:36 EDT, 20 April 2018  | Updated: 05:41 EDT, 20 April 2018

A Canadian company may want to re-brand after Scots were sent into hysterics by its very rude name.

A cheeky Twitter user spotted that there is a manufacturer called SHYTE across the pond which makes protein-packed chocolate bars for gym lovers.

The unfortunate acronym stands for 'Seriously Helps You To Energize' - but in the UK of course, the name is pronounced the same way as the slang for excrement, mostly used by Scots.

The company's inappropriate name quickly went viral, especially as the brand was urging people to use the unintentionally rude hashtag: #EATSHYTE.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5637759/Brits-make-fun-Canadian-protein-chocolate-company.html#ixzz5DD3bkYEU
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Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Good2Golf on April 20, 2018, 11:23:57
Does anyone really think that branding was 'accidental'?  #SmartBranding  (per P.T. Barnum's criteria)
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Bzzliteyr on April 20, 2018, 16:27:04
Yeah, that was pretty genius. Who wouldn't want to eat SHYTE?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: jollyjacktar on April 20, 2018, 17:28:50
Does anyone really think that branding was 'accidental'?  #SmartBranding  (per P.T. Barnum's criteria)

Well, of course it's the perfect bar to eat after completing your Special High Intensity Training.   :D
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Fishbone Jones on April 21, 2018, 01:52:40
I found a bunch of those in my old kit. Threw them in the garbage.

Damned racoons got into them.

Now, they're outside bench pressing my dog.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 22, 2018, 10:29:43
New York state,

The definition of reckless and unsafe First Responder behavior.   
https://www.instagram.com/p/BhywcnRBNYk/?tagged=fdny …
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 23, 2018, 20:21:12
Quote of the day, "“The City and the FDNY did the right thing. People who hate Jews should not be trusted to save them from fires. Good luck to the community where he’s re-assigned.”

The Jewish community in Brooklyn was outraged when they learned that a New York City Firefighter with a history of being an open anti-semite and racist had been assigned to a Borough Park station. So they drove him out of town.
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1510072/victorious-anti-semitic-firefighter-smoked-out-from-fdny-boro-park-assignment.html

QUOTE

Joseph M. Cxxxxx, 28, who once tweeted “I like Jews about as much as Hitler”, also wrote: “Getting sick of picking up all these Obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.” On Martin Luther King Day in 2013 he tweeted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”

Joseph M. Cxxxxx, 28, the son of former FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cxxxxx, graduated from the Fire Academy last week and was assigned to Engine 247 on 60th Street. The younger Cxxxxx had resigned his job as an FDNY Emergency Medical Technician in 2013 after Tweeting racist and hateful comments about Blacks and Jews.

END QUOTE

Also,

Apparently you can ram a key through someone's skull. Lucky he didn't die.
https://nypost.com/2018/04/23/teen-gets-key-lodged-in-his-head-during-brawl/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 25, 2018, 11:45:13
Video: Duck, Dodge and Roll | Lessons from My Neighborhood. They use puppets who are shooting guns and a musical sing along to teach kids how to stay alive on the streets of Kansas City ...yes, really.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e85dfneBUtw
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 26, 2018, 19:50:20
A bad case of 'Do you know who I am?' disease

Traffic stop by Police.
"Do you know who I am!?!?" - Commissioner
Career suicide.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5zx1xzzi7k

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 27, 2018, 15:49:42
Nurse flies on American Airlines.
Has dizziness, disorientation & syncope.
"It's a panic attack" - MD on board flight
Three hours later ...found on the bathroom floor.
"Land the plane." - MD
"No." - Pilot
Woman dies.
Dx?  Embolism.
http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article209817279.html
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 28, 2018, 20:19:02
Baby swallows a battery.
9-1-1 is called.
"He will poop it out. No hospital." - Paramedics
...time goes by.
Living tissue around the battery died, he required multiple surgeries and has permanent injuries.
Medical bills topped $1.6 million.
Paramedics were "retrained"
Taxpayers will pay $475,000.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/lauderhill/fl-sb-baby-battery-settlement-20180425-story.html …

Doesn't say, but I wonder if they called around shift-change.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on April 28, 2018, 20:58:05
New York state, The definition of reckless and unsafe First Responder behavior.   
Quote of the day, "The City and the FDNY did the right thing.
A bad case of 'Do you know who I am?' disease
Nurse flies on American Airlines.
Baby swallows a battery. 9-1-1 is called.

Not trying to be a douche; honest.
I mean, this has come up several  times before, but why don't you start a stand-alone first responder/ambulance stories thread?

Seriously.  :nod:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 28, 2018, 21:31:52
Not trying to be a douche; honest.
I mean, this has come up several  times before, but why don't you start a stand-alone first responder/ambulance stories thread?

Seriously.  :nod:

ok I'll post in the Emergency Services forum.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: CBH99 on April 29, 2018, 07:00:44
Actually, there are enough of us here that work in emergency services (even if it's military emergency services, i.e. military police) - some stories from the domestic front line might be pretty fun to hear about =)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 29, 2018, 09:21:49
Actually, there are enough of us here that work in emergency services (even if it's military emergency services, i.e. military police) - some stories from the domestic front line might be pretty fun to hear about =)

If you have the right partner, doing good work together is the most fun you will ever have in your life.  :)

The Radio Chatter banner reads: "Off topic discussions not relating to the Canadian Army."

But, if 9-1-1 calls ( of the WTF variety ) are too off-topic for Radio Chatter, we can use the Emergency Services forum.

 
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Journeyman on April 29, 2018, 09:48:46
The Radio Chatter banner reads: "Off topic discussions not relating to the Canadian Army."

But, if 9-1-1 calls are off-topic, we can use the Emergency Services forum.
My initial point was that posts being made to a level considered spamming is excessive; not every-other thread must include "once, when I was an ambulance driver..."

But now that you have pointed it out, if there's already an Emergency Services forum, you would think a Mod would point out that "we already have a thread on that topic; for convenience and orderliness please post there."  

That way, these posts be more easy to find for those interested... or ignore, for those so inclined (much like I ignore recruiting topics, which even though they're actually relevant to the military, I have no interest). Posting here, under WTF News, people will look in to find what the latest "WTF" is.... only to see, "Oh that, again ."

You are of course, free to do as you see fit.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 29, 2018, 10:00:40
"once, when I was an ambulance driver..."

I've met a few people who call Paramedics "ambulance drivers".

I just assume they may not know the qualifications required to even apply  to become an "ambulance driver" in Ontario.

The least of which is a two-year college diploma,
http://www.peelregion.ca/paramedics/becoming/1-2-2-becom-education.htm


But now that you have pointed it out, if there's already an Emergency Services forum, you would think a Mod would point out that "we already have a thread on that topic; for convenience and orderliness please post there."  

As I said to you yesterday, going forward, WTF 9-1-1 will be in the Emergency Services forum. Rather than WTF Radio Chatter.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on April 29, 2018, 12:51:02
I am tired of being beat over the head on almost every post of yours about "Get on the Bus"....find a new song and dance
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Blackadder1916 on April 29, 2018, 15:02:51
I am tired of being beat over the head on almost every post of yours about "Get on the Bus"....find a new song and dance

There is a solution.  Go to https://army.ca/forums/index.php?action=profile;area=summary;u=16095  On the left margin look under "Modify Profile".  Select "Buddies/Ignore List".  Then click "Edit Ignore List".  Then the rest is self evident, have at it.

Or you can do as I do.  Live with it.  The same as I do with a very small number of the posters on this means whose occasional activity makes me shake my head and worry for the future of mankind.  I do have some set to ignore and I have not felt a loss by not reading anything they may have posted.  There are very few on this means that I would judge as providing wise, well structured and relevant comment in most of their posts (I'm definitely not in that fraternity), but not everyone can be ERC.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on April 29, 2018, 15:19:45
excellent idea....thx....I just did that rather than keep running into the drivel....
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on April 29, 2018, 15:29:24
Actually, there are enough of us here that work in emergency services (even if it's military emergency services, i.e. military police) - some stories from the domestic front line might be pretty fun to hear about =)

Ok But, in the Emergency Services forum from now on.  "WTF 9-1-1"   :)



Title: WTF - Parents need baby's permission to change diapers
Post by: kratz on May 11, 2018, 14:00:54
reference:  CTV.ca (https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/should-parents-seek-baby-s-permission-before-changing-a-diaper-1.3925242)

Okay,

Things became dumb along time ago, this has entered a whole new realm of WTF?

Quote

Should parents seek baby's permission before changing a diaper?


Jackie Dunham, CTVNews.ca
 Published Friday, May 11, 2018 8:56AM EDT 



An Australian sexuality educator has created quite a stink over her suggestion for teaching babies the concept of consent, by asking them for permission before changing their diapers.

Deanne Carson, a sexuality educator with Body Safety Australia, which offers programs on empowering children and protecting them from child abuse, was interviewed on national public broadcaster ABC News earlier this week. During the segment, she explained that she works with newborns’ parents to help them create a “culture of consent” early in life.

Carson used the example of changing a baby’s diaper or “nappy” to illustrate her point.

“‘I’m going to change your nappy now. Is that okay?’” she said as an example of how to pose the question. “Of course, the baby is not going to respond: ‘Yes mom, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed.’

“But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you’re letting that child know that their response matters.”

The educator’s remarks set off a firestorm of debate online with many on social media mocking her ideas and criticizing her credentials. Sky News Australia commentator Rowan Dean labelled Carson’s position as “left lunacy.”

More of the report at the reference.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Jarnhamar on May 11, 2018, 14:29:52
That's right up there with babies deciding their own genders.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: FJAG on May 11, 2018, 15:36:50
What happens if the baby decides to withhold consent on the diaper change? Does that constitute abuse if the baby continues to sit around in a diaper full of it's own feces? Some people really need a strong slap upside their heads.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: kratz on May 11, 2018, 15:43:04
What happens if the baby decides to withhold consent on the diaper change? Does that constitute abuse if the baby continues to sit around in a diaper full of it's own feces? Some people really need a strong slap upside their heads.

 :cheers:

In 1968 Pierre Trudeau's quote:
There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation...

Never heard his Son's it's 2018!
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Rifleman62 on May 12, 2018, 10:34:46
Well if you are the Dad, and your child has poopy diapers, I am sure they would not give permission. Over to you Mum.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: garb811 on June 24, 2018, 20:58:25
I think the gentleman missed his true calling by not joining the infantry...

My dad spent 30 years digging up a giant rock (https://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/a-dad-a-mom-and-the-canadian-shield-1.4667872/my-dad-spent-30-years-digging-up-a-giant-rock-1.4687368)

Quote
When I think of my father at his happiest I picture him covered in dirt, holding a pick axe and digging; my dad loves to dig.

About thirty years ago my parents bought a little piece of land near Gooderham, Ontario on Tamarack Lake. For years we would spend the summer camping out there on little wooden platforms, fighting away mosquitos, cooking over fires, taking long swims, roughing it. Us kids hated it. So much so we started calling it the "dumb old land" or Dummo for short. But eventually my parents saved up enough money to build a proper building on the land, so they needed a road.

...

I've been interviewing my dad about his digging. I've been trying to unearth a bit of understanding on why he spent 25 years uncovering this massive rock formation. I've been talking to all my family members too, asking them the same question: What did you think he was doing out there?

My brother says, "It made no sense to me."

My sister says, "I probably assumed it was for a reason."

...

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: Retired AF Guy on July 14, 2018, 20:03:21
Only in the Middle East: Israel donates Merkava tank to Jordanian Museum. (From the Jerusalem Post)

Quote
Israel gives Jordan an IDF Merkava tank for a museum

The tank, one of Israel’s most sophisticated military platforms manufactured domestically, crossed the border between Israel and Jordan in recent weeks aboard a flatbed truck.

By Anna Ahronheim  July 12, 2018 16:43 

In a sign of growing defense and diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Amman, Israel recently transferred an IDF Merkava tank to Jordan.

The tank, one of Israel’s most sophisticated military platforms manufactured domestically, crossed the border between Israel and Jordan in recent weeks aboard a flatbed truck.

The tank will be placed on exhibit at the Royal Tank Museum, established by King Abdullah in 2007 to preserve tanks and armored vehicles used by the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) as well as to showcase other important tanks, like the Merkava, from around the world.

Some of the items on display include tanks used in the Great Arab Revolt as well as various battles with Israel. The main goal of the exhibit is to document the country’s history and to highlight the role Jordan’s army played in preserving and building modern Jordan. The 20,000 square meter museum includes 13 halls where the vehicles are displayed in chronological order. Sound effects and mannequins of soldiers are included in some exhibits for dramatic effect.

The decision to transfer the tank to Jordan was made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman due to the sensitivity of providing an Arab country – even one with which Israel has peace – with one of the country’s most top-secret weapons.

The Merkava is touted as one of the most lethal and protected tanks in the world. Israel decided to construct it out of pure necessity after the United Kingdom and other countries refused to sell Israel tanks in the 1950s and 1960s.

The newest model – known as the Merkava Mk-4 – is the most impressive. It can reach speeds of 40 mph. and comes with a new modular armor kit, meaning that the tank can be fitted with the armor it needs based on the specific mission it is heading into.

In mid-June, Netanyahu paid an unannounced visit to Amman for a meeting with King Abdullah. The meeting as well as the recent transfer of the tank came after the two countries recently patched up ties which had been strained by a stabbing and shooting incident at Israel’s embassy compound in Amman last year. After an absence of nine months, Israel dispatched a new ambassador to Amman in April.

 Article Link (https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-gives-Jordan-an-IDF-Merkava-tank-for-a-museum-562330)

Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ModlrMike on July 16, 2018, 21:07:04
From here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/suspect-killed-officer-injured-in-southern-california-shootout/

"An assault revolver with high-capacity magazines and a revolver were recovered at the scene."

 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: CBH99 on October 08, 2018, 07:30:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yqnHobJOfE


Any word on what happened here?   (Sorry, I searched through the forums for a while but didn't know the best place to post this)

Any idea of what happened?  Any word on our member being okay?
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: PuckChaser on October 08, 2018, 08:24:32
From the video it looks like he made too sharp of a turn and the bottom weight on the flag got wrapped in the suspension lines.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: ontheedge on October 08, 2018, 11:07:55
Was it a serious injury?  Hope all is okay.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: mariomike on October 08, 2018, 11:12:37
Was it a serious injury? 

QUOTE

"In a tweet on Monday morning, the SkyHawks said the jumper was injured but is in “good condition and high spirits.” "
https://globalnews.ca/news/4482000/skyhawks-parachutist-injured-lindsay-exhibition/

The cause of the crash is being investigated, Reid said.

“We debrief each and every performance jump, and will certainly look into the circumstances of this incident,” he said. “It’s too soon to say, however, what factors contributed to this incident.”

END QUOTE
Title: Man smeared peanut butter on genitals before bulldog gnawed them off
Post by: 211RadOp on November 02, 2018, 09:56:55
Why? Just why?



Quote
Postmedia News

Published on: November 1, 2018 | Last Updated: November 1, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

A peanut butter lover found with horrific injuries may have played a role in the life-changing injury to his junk.

The fully-clothed 22-year-old was found unconscious and lying in a pool of blood — his, uh, lower-body  injuries were extreme enough to be considered life-threatening — last month in an apartment in Haddington, Scotland, according to the UK Sun.

https://www.thewhig.com/news/weird/man-smeared-peanut-butter-on-genitals-before-bulldog-gnawed-them-off/wcm/0f064f55-6398-4ffa-96dc-4db45d27110c (https://www.thewhig.com/news/weird/man-smeared-peanut-butter-on-genitals-before-bulldog-gnawed-them-off/wcm/0f064f55-6398-4ffa-96dc-4db45d27110c)
Title: Re: Man smeared peanut butter on genitals before bulldog gnawed them off
Post by: Blackadder1916 on November 02, 2018, 13:43:45
But the question that demands asking . . .  smooth or crunchy?
Title: Re: Man smeared peanut butter on genitals before bulldog gnawed them off
Post by: Brihard on November 02, 2018, 13:53:00
Man, I hate it when that happens.
Title: Re: The WTF News Files
Post by: GAP on November 02, 2018, 16:16:03
crunchy.....definitely crunchy