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The Port Arthur massacre conspiracy?

I remember this happening and reading about it at the time The court case never seemed to show a motive for the murders that made sence Just after noon on 28th April 1996, an unknown marksman opened fire on diners in the Broad Arrow Cafe at Port Arthur in Australia In less than 20 minutes at this and five other crime scenes, the marksman killed 35, injured 22, and crippled two cars with only 64 shots Nineteen of the first twenty dead in the Broad Arrow Cafe died from single shots to

Sony's PlayStation 3 publicity stunt.

It seems that Sony still knows how to appeal to its consumers; [quote] In the UK, the patient gamers who had waited up to 36 hours at one particular store in London got much more than they bargained for As Thursday crossed into Friday, 17-year-old Ritatsu Thomas and 100 other PlayStation fans crammed into the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street were jubilant And not just because they were the first gamers in the UK to get their hands on Sony's long-awaited games console Nor wa

The islamification of England gains ground

Yet again a list of islamic demands Yet again England rolls over and plays dead In a pathetic desire not to offend it evens employs a senior minister to oversee the destruction of the British way of life DEMANDS for a ban on un-Islamic activities in schools will be set out by the Muslim Council of Britain today Targets include playground games, swimming lessons, school plays, parent evenings and even vaccinations And the calls for all children to be taught in Taliban-style condi

Parents kill disabled son - a sad decision to make

Now here is an ethical and moral problem A 28 year old blind son born without eyes was also going to lose his hearing, and at best only have 10% hearing after an operation It doesn't say if he had an intellectual disability, or if he consented to the euthanasia But you can appreciate the postion of the parents Margaret Ellen Sutton, 60, and her 63-year-old husband Raymond Douglas Sutton had always done what they thought was best for their son Matthew, even up to the point of his death

Iran insulted over 300 movie portrayal

Well this is fun An Iranian official on Sunday lashed out at the Hollywood movie "300" for insulting the Persian civilization, local Fars News Agency reported Javad Shamqadri, an art advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, accused the new movie of being "part of a comprehensive US psychological war aimed at Iranian culture", said the report Shamqadri was quoted as saying "following the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Hollywood and cultural authorities in the US initiated st

In a Nissan Skyline at 260kmh in Japan

Well written story about an english teacher in japan and his experiences at over 260kmh [quote]As the speedometer neared 260km on the Tokyo Highway, I realised this was one of the dumber things I'd done in my life[/quote] http://fireflyyourjapanjp/post/2/285

Politics on Digg.com and mob rule, the silencing of Littlegreenfootballs.com

In a clash between two of my fiavorite sites, LGF appear to be the victims of a "bury" campaign on diggcom Its sad to see what should be a news disseminating site being manipulated as a dissent silencing site [url=http://littlegreenfootballscom/weblog/entry=24563_Mob_Rule_at_Digg&only]LGF[/url] [quote]The idea behind an ostensibly non-partisan site like Diggcom is that people submit links to interesting things, and other people rate the links, so that interesting stuff get

Kiwi TV station transmits through a $10 wok instead of $20000 transmitter

Wonderful example of kiwi ingenuity Unable to afford a $20,000 transmitter to run their TV station, they used a $10 wok instead Why pay $20,000 for a commercial link to run your television station when a $10 kitchen wok from the Warehouse is just as effective This is exactly how North Otago's newest television station 45 South is transmitting its signal from its studio to the top of Cape Wanbrow, in a bid to keep costs down 45 South volunteer Ken Jones designed the wok transmitter

Australians to ban traditional light bulbs

This is great, a simple ban will save the country money and resources There have been some yowls from people who use dimmer switches as fluorescents can't dim But sometimes there are small costs for big gains Claiming a world first for a national government, Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said incandescent lightbulbs would be phased out by 2010 in favour of the more fuel-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs He said replacing the traditional coiled filament bulbs invented by T

Dragons Den and Lings cars BBC at its best

Dragons Den is a BBC program - originally - that has 5 "real" rich people the dragons and one sucker who comes in to pitch for money The person presents their business proposal and the dragons pull it to bits and decide if they will supply the amount requested Its a great program, so many wacky inventions and ideas Apparently one person has gained notoriety from the program Although its yet to be seen where I live, it created some interesting feedback in England That episode

Paraglider caught in storm blown to 30000 feet

Survived - she flew underneath a storm cloud and got sucked up to 30,000 feet She was unconscious for about half an hour She regained consciousness at 20,000 feet and then flew down and landed safely "I wanted to fly around the clouds but I got sucked 20 metres per second up into it and started to spiral," she said "After 40 minutes or an hour, I woke up and I was 6900 metres "I was still flying but I realised I didn't have the brakes in my hand "I saw my hands and the g

Japanese whaling ship in Antartica on fire

One of the the Japanese whaling ship's that are being harrassed by the anti whaling group has caught fire and partially abandoned yesterday Is it just a conicidence, considering the antiwhaling leader was talking about running his ship up the rear of the crippled factory ship, just days earlier The 6000-tonne Nisshin Maru, the mother ship of the Japanese whaling fleet, remains disabled after a fire 100 nautical miles off the coast of Antarctica with about 1000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil

The $592 million American embassy in Bagdad

After reading the astounding numbers around the construction of the new American embassy in Bagdad, do people REALLY think America is just going to walk out in a few years Even with a change of party The question puzzles and enrages a city: how is it that the Americans cannot keep the electricity running in Baghdad for more than a couple of hours a day, yet still manage to build themselves the biggest embassy on Earth Irritation grows as residents deprived of air-conditioning and runn

Earn $25000 by ratting on the Japanese fleet

An anti-whaling group is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can help it find the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean "We know they bought a 150,000-dollar ship-tracking programme, so we suspect they can see us through the satellites," said Watson, who has been searching for the whalers in the Southern Ocean for three weeks "We're taking some steps to try to avoid the satellites We know what time they fly over, so we, you know, try to hide behind an iceberg But the th

Bush takes a run at the press corps in a C10 bulldozer

Great to see he has a sence of fun : Does President Bush have it in for the press corps Touring a Caterpillar factory in Peoria, Ill, the Commander in Chief got behind the wheel of a giant tractor and played chicken with a few wayward reporters Wearing a pair of stylish safety glasses--at least more stylish than most safety glasses--Bush got a mini-tour of the factory before delivering remarks on the economy "I would suggest moving back," Bush said as he climbed into the cab o
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