Wait, wait, I can top the hyena…

If you can read this without laughing out loud, you are truly amazing.

Ah, Rugby…Sport of Gentlemen and Kings:

Controversial Wests Tigers winger John Hopoate has been suspended for 12 weeks after being found guilty by the NRL Judiciary of poking his fingers up the anuses of three North Queensland players.

In the end the NRL Judiciary had little trouble differentiating between a “wedgie”, a “finger up the arse” and the area between the “arse and the nuts” before finding Hopoate guilty.

OK, WTF?

Anyone have any theories as to why General Mark Kimmitt passed out in a press conference the other day? Blood sugar? Exhaustion? Anxiety? Something in the Kool-aid? (“Rumsfeld Berry Blast”? “Ahmed Cha-Lemon-Lime”? “CheneyBurton Cherry”?)

::Update:: One of my Operatives very high in the US Government (well, he’ll be very high after that little walk he takes on his lunch break) writes in with this:
“Eh, someone fainting isn’t a huge issue for me. I used to have very low blood pressure and would faint all the time if, for example, I stood up too quickly. Unless something else comes of this, I’m not going to worry about Gen. Kimmitt.”
-Codename: LittleBird

File this under “Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing.”

Interesting idea

Has anyone else done this?

Here are the instructions:

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 23.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

Here, unfortunately, is my somewhat-less-than-thrilling contribution:

Other users who belong to the file’s group doc, as well as other users of the system, can only read the file; they don’t have write permissions, so they can’t change what it is in the file.

Whee, a thrilling excerpt from Unix for Mac OS by Dave Taylor and Jerry Peek.

Gobsmacked

What can you say to THIS?

(If, by some chance, that link expires, here is another one.)

I’m on Mars. That’s it, isn’t it?

Three years ago, I thought that the Weather Underground were kooks. I found an email that I sent someone about the movie “Underground,” and in it I called them “clueless,” “out of touch,” and “the kind of people that don’t believe anything that they read in the newspaper except their horoscopes.”

I watched “Underground” again this week after seeing the new documentary the other night.

Separate from the decision to plant bombs in buildings, I was critically listening to what the Weathermen had to say… I am beginning to think that perhaps they just weren’t cynical enough.

Six Days to Savagery

Someone that I spoke to online about the horror of the abuse that has been reported from the Army’s prison at Abu Ghraib pointed me to this site dedicated to the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment.

In less than 6 days, a group of undergraduate students at Stanford University descended to the dynamic of sadism and emotional desperation that one would conventionally associate with a large prison somewhere like Soledad or Parchman in Mississippi. The experiment was originally supposed to run for two weeks. It collapsed after six days under the emotional strain of the damage that was being done to the participants.

It has been said that society is three hot meals and 48 hours from complete anarchy. What does the Stanford Prison Experiment and the prison at Abu Ghraib say about us as human beings? Isn’t this what we (supposedly) came to Iraq to overthrow?

Shame

This is insane.

I have no comment to add.

::Update::
Some of the photos are here.

More photos here.

::WARNING:: the photos are graphic and disturbing. And your tax dollars bought the bags, the wires, the film in the camera, and paid the salaries of the people that did this.