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Thursday, July 08, 2004 0 comments
Mood: A tad disgruntled - no real idea why
Currently listening to: Nothing as usual *sigh*
Ok, i don't have too much time so lets just dive straight into it...
Not that there's too much to talk about anyway.
Didn't do anything overly interesting today. Spent most of the day at uni taking care of the enrolment stuff and reading some books at the library. Yeah, pretty dull i know. Came home did some gym and... that was about it really. Erm, and i watched some TV and did some housework. Pretty lame post huh? Hey, not everyday is an exciting day in my life! And thank God for that too, i don't think i could stand to twist my ankle each and every day. ;)
So fucking bored. :(
Screw this, lets move on with the random Net shit (aka, 'filler') - fun stuff first:
Well this is a pretty hilarious FLASH webcomic (sorta) featuring an insane cast of characters - i seriously can't get enough of it and there's plenty of clips in the archives, games, etc. For those of you who are seriously bored and need some entertaining (thanks to Paul for introducing me to this site some time ago!).
You won't regret it! ;p
Got this idea from Tedy who has one on his site. Well, if you've ever wondered what to get me for my birthday or as a gift if you're feeling charitable (*wink* *wink*) then my wishlist (i'll add this permanently to the sidebar next time) should be able to point you in the right direction as to what i desire most! ;p
Not many items there at the moment but i'll add to it over time...
No more excuses people! Get with the buying! ;)
Of course cold hard cash is also an acceptable gift in my eyes - i just don't understand why people wouldn't consider it as a proper/adequate gift! I mean, it would make me perfectly happy and i would probably even thank you more... ;p
Anyway, time for some serious stuff...
Foetus Rights Limited: EU Court
Found this article in the Australian Herald Sun:
THE European Court of Human Rights has that the involuntary abortion of a foetus does not constitute manslaughter, setting a precedent on the legal status of unborn babies that will be applied across European countries.
The court said foetuses could not be legally considered human beings with a corresponding right to life by rejecting a Frenchwoman's claim a hospital committed involuntary homicide in carrying out an abortion six months into her pregnancy following a medical error.
A contrary judgement could have opened the door to abortions becoming illegal in Europe.
The ruling, however, stopped short of determining whether a foetus was a person or not, saying such a distinction was impossible to make.
"The court is convinced that it is neither desirable, nor even possible as matters stand, to answer in the abstract the question whether the unborn child is a person for the purposes of Article 2" of the European convention on human rights, it said.
Hrmmm... a bit strange isn't it? They're unable to define whether foetuses are human beings or not and yet its still decided that involuntary abortion is not manslaughter. Isn't that a bit of a paradox there? Its kind of like asking what came first, the chicken or the egg?
Glimpse at Early Universe Reveals Surprisingly Mature Galaxies
Interesting article from SpaceRef.com which challenges the traditional theory of galactic evolution:
"This was the most comprehensive survey ever done covering the bulk of the galaxies that represent conditions in the early universe," Glazebrook said. "We expected to find basically zero massive galaxies beyond about 9 billion years ago, because theoretical models predict that massive galaxies form last. Instead, we found highly developed galaxies that just shouldn't have been there, but are."
These findings challenge the dominant theory of galactic evolution, which posits that at this early stage, galaxies should have formed from the bottom up, with small pieces crashing together to build small and then ever larger galaxies. Called the "hierarchical model," this scenario predicts that normal-to-large galaxies such as those studied by GDDS would not yet exist.
So would i be perhaps right to hypothesize that the creation of galaxies may just be a cyclical process (and i use that term cautiously) of expansion/renewal seeing as these developed galaxies exist prior to the previous theory's 9 billion year creation estimate?
AND YET ANOTHER PSYCHO KILLER HAS BEEN SET FREE
This article's in some sort of tentative relation to yesterday's article on the freed Canadian psycho guy:
James Calk, 26, was released from the Arkansas Department of Corrections last week after serving his entire six-year sentence for aggravated assault. He is not on parole.
After his release, Calk boarded a Greyhound bus bound for San Diego. While in prison, Calk wrote letters to his mother describing his intentions and desires to become a serial rapist and murderer like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, according to police.
He described that he wants to see his victims "scream and cry, beg, mourn, and weep and feel pain and agony because that's what turns me on."
Arkansas officials tried to commit Calk for mental health reasons, but they were unsuccessful.
Geez, what is this? Free psychotic serial killing prone mental patients week? Word of advice, don't go to San Diego any time soon - and the police have already lost track of him to boot! :(
When Saddam Fell: How the Press was Misled From Day One
An article which probably states the obvious:
They were the shots seen 'round the world: newspaper photographs and TV images of jubilant Iraqis toppling a giant statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on April 9, 2003, shortly after the U.S. military chased him out of town. Now, after months of rumors, the U.S. military has confirmed that the entire stunt was conceived by the U.S. military and enacted with the help of a fast-thinking Army psychological operation (PSYOP).
A U.S. Army internal study of the war reveals, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, that as the Iraqi regime was collapsing that day, U.S. Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad. It was a Marine colonel who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said, with the PSYOP team making it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi action.
Hrmm... how very manipulative. See people? Don't trust everything that you see. This is probably as good an explanation as any for most peoples surprise at the current Iraqi level of resistance after having witnessed the toppling of the statue. Then again, even that can be disputed i suppose...
Ok thats it.
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