The day the world changed

November 5, 2008

I have spent the night watching history in the making.

Barack Obama is to be the new President of the United States.

There are times in a lifetime when you realise that something special is happening.  Something that will change the world for the better.  Something that is literally history in the making.

Watching this landslide victory unfold it was easy to forget that some black people of America alive today once did not even have the right to vote, and today they have a black president.

That’s the historical.

But even more important is what Obama stands for and where, hopefully, he will take America and the world.  A country that has been hated, and in some cases laughed at, in recent years around the world has taken it’s first steps to rebuild it’s reputation.

From voting in a dangerous clown for two terms in office I truly believe that an amazing change is coming.

I had shivers down my spine watching his victory speech.

Well done America.  Well done President Obama.

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Man sues doctor after his bum was stapled shut….

September 29, 2008

Read this this morning.  Another tale of medical woe that made me laugh out loud.  Some of the comments readers posted were just as funny.  I’ll include them below also.

A man alleging a Maryland doctor stapled his rectum shut during an operation — causing him to go without defecating for 17 days — took his federal lawsuit to trial Monday in Baltimore.

Ronald Watkins, 64, of West Virginia, is suing Manuel Casiano, a doctor in Frederick County, for allegedly botching a 2004 surgery that left Watkins with permanent bowel problems.

“The reason for suing Dr. Casiano is very simple: His rectum was stapled shut,” said Julia Lodowski, who with attorney Emily Malarkey is representing Watkins and his wife, Brenda.

Lodowski told jurors in U.S. District Court that Watkins now experiences “rectal discharge” and needs to wipe himself between 12 and 15 times a day.

Watkins underwent surgery Sept. 8, 2004, for a newly diagnosed rectal tumor, during which Casiano made the mistake, according to his lawsuit against the Foris Surgical Group.

Watkins then complained of increasing rectal pressure, and an inability to pass gas, his lawsuit states.

In a subsequent surgery, Casiano found that Watkins’ rectum was closed because of staples, according to the lawsuit.
“He couldn’t get past the staple line,” Lodowski told jurors.

“How else do we know that his rectum was stapled shut? Most importantly, Dr. Casiano said so.”

And the rather hilarious comments?

bellamary: “My condolences–he should get extra $ for this showing up in the paper!”

Nicole: “17 days? Bet it felt like 17 YEARS…poor fellow!”

battmann187: “If I was the judge I would put some of the rsponsibility on the man. If I hadn’t gone to the bathroom in 2 days I would have been in somebody’s E.R. 17 days without taking a dump….come on!”

: “must have felt great on the 18th day lol”

*Wipes a few tears away*


China's first space walk

September 27, 2008
Chinas First Space Walk

China's First Space Walk

It’s about time someone / a country took up where America left off in the late 70’s and pushed human exploration of space.  This isn’t outer space yet, but it seems like the Chinese are serious.  I can’t condone their human rights record, but in this instance I am full of praise.

Onwards and literally upwards China.

Read more here.


China’s first space walk

September 27, 2008
Chinas First Space Walk

China's First Space Walk

It’s about time someone / a country took up where America left off in the late 70’s and pushed human exploration of space.  This isn’t outer space yet, but it seems like the Chinese are serious.  I can’t condone their human rights record, but in this instance I am full of praise.

Onwards and literally upwards China.

Read more here.


Man Sues Doctors For Removing His Penis

September 25, 2008

I was going to try and write a humourous caption to this story myself but the writer over at The Consumerist does a fine job on his own:

What part of “circumcision” was unclear? That’s basically what a Kentucky man and his wife are asking of two doctors who cut off the man’s penis while he was under the knife. The doctors say they discovered cancer and made an emergency decision. The man says, dude, wtf, you cut off my penis. It doesn’t grow back, and it was kind of important to me.

We’ve just made a new note to self: if we ever have surgery, we intend to grab the doctor by the collar and say vigorously to him, “No matter what happens, don’t you cut off my penis.” Who knew you had to worry about that sort of thing.

I’d be kinda miffed too…

Read the original story here.  Or watch the news story video here.


Human breast milk ice cream, seriously…

September 25, 2008

PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.

Here is the letter in full:

September 23, 2008

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.

Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,

On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I’d like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry’s.Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry’s replaced the cow’s milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.Using cow’s milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer’s health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America’s leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow’s milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America’s number one cause of death.Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can’t produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can’t even turn around.The breast is best! Won’t you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow’s milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

I’m all for animal rights and such but Jesus!

PETA strikes me as an organisation with an excellent sense of humour.  Either that or they have serious issues.


China says: “I can haz more internetz pleez?”

September 24, 2008

“China is running out of IP addresses, Unless it makes the switch to IPv6. : The Internet in China may soon run out. According to the China Internet Network Information Center, under the current allocation speed, China’s IPv4 address resources can only meet the demand of 830 more days and if no proper measures are taken by then, new Chinese netizens will not be able to gain normal access to the Internet.

Slashdot is reporting this today.  Apparently China needs an urgent supply of new IP addresses via the new and improved IPv6 protocol.  Between poisoning babies with tainted baby milk, bashing Tibet and a myriad of other self created problems and human rights abuses it appears that China will soon have an even harder time accessing the already heavily censured web.  Sucks to be Chinese.