Causes of death include but are not limited to: pushed down a cliff, suffocated, vaporized by weapons, killed by various aliens, poisoned by exotic plant thorns, struck by lightning, stepped on an exploding rock, beaten by sticks, loss of erythrocytes, turned into a cuboctehedron and then crushed, beamed into open space, and rapid cellular decay.
HIV and hepatitis warning over unlicensed illegal tattooists
Increasingly popular unlicensed tattoo parlours are putting users at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV, council leaders have warned.
Police probe if Taser caused burns death
A police watchdog says it is investigating if a Taser fired at a man doused in fuel caused him to die of serious burns.
I know you get “slow news” days, but yesterday seemed to be a “dumb news” day. The first story that alerted me to this fact related to the dangers caused by unlicensed tattooists - I’m sorry, but what kind of moron gets a tattoo from someone who is “working out of residential properties, garden sheds, pubs and clubs” (to quote the Independent)? It reminded me of the time my friend had his girlfriend pierce his ear in the kitchen at a party with a hot needle (with after care being provided by a bag of frozen peas) - he admitted it was a pretty stupid thing to do, but at no point did he concede that getting your ear pierced in such a manner was in any way, shape or form a legitimate way of going about things.
The second story on this dumb news day followed hard on the heels of this first one on news bulletins in the UK - the Independent Police Complaints Commission are investigating exactly why a member of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary fired a Taser at a man who was doused in petrol (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22320692). Now I know that a Taser works by monkeying around with the nerve signals between the brain and body, rather than simply knocking someone down with sheer electrical brute force, but it doesn’t take the brains of an Archbishop to realise that sending 1,200 volts into the body of a man covered with a highly electricity-conductive accelerant isn’t going to end well.
Sometimes you just have to shout “Really? REALLY?” at your TV/Radio and despair…
Oh my goodness, this takes me right back. My Dad would play this single at every party my sister would have (I never seemed to have parties, bit it wasn’t a problem - parties seemed to basically involve lots of screaming girls), and even now he reminds us of this, mainly when he’s just met a woman in her late 40s who was one of the little girls screaming at him to “play it again”…
Bertrand Russell, On the Value of Scepticism
Take a few moments to appreciate the fact that this sculpture, the oldest known portrait of a woman sculpted from mammoth ivory found at Dolní Vestonice, Moravia, Czech Republic, is 26,000 years old…
Why look to any so called “higher power” for inspiration and meaning, when we have evidence of such an unbroken totality of human existence as this?
Picture credits: Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute and Graeme Robertson/Guardian
“In what sort of society is it possible to even imagine taking a picture of your $20 artisanal mac’n’cheese, much less setting it loose on the meme-winds of Facebook and Twitter?” - absolutely brilliant!