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Having failed to prevent Ash Dieback arriving in the UK, the Government tries the Canute method to stop it spreading …

Wandering around amongst the latest Statutory Instruments, I came across this one in which the Government tries to pull a King Canute and orders the fungus not to spread (emphasis mine) :

The Plant Health (England) (Amendment) Order 2012

This Order amends the Plant Health (England) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/2530) to […]

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Goldman Sachs now runs Europe..

Via ZeroHedge, with Mark Carney’s appointment to the Governor of The Bank of England, Goldman Sachs domination of Europe is complete :

Back on July 3, we made an explicit and very simple prediction: “now that the natural succession path at the BOE has been terminally derailed, it brings up those two other gentlemen […]

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Rot at the BBC – who is the “smoking rots brain” quote actually from?

Try as I might, I just cannot discover who is supposedly quoted here :

Smoking “rots” the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King’s College London.

A study of 8,800 people over 50 showed high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to […]

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Video Interlude – A satanic ninja cat and a failed suicide attempt that ends with a sore jaw …

When it comes to dogs, this cat does not take prisoners :

I am not sure what this guy was trying to achieve but I am sure his view of the probable outcomes did not include getting smacked in the mouth :

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Three million pounds – “negligible” when you are spending other people’s money …

A brief insight into the Government’s view of other people’s money – an excerpt from a paper by HM Treasury on a new tax on gaming machines (page 4 HERE if you are bored – opens pdf) :

It also meant that the total impact on Exchequer revenues across the two rates is “negligible” […]

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Bad Children’s Books.

Having seen a few examples of books you never thought would be published (you will find some on here such as these, these, and these), I think I finally found the answer in the works of Bob Staake who designs retro looking book covers with  very amusing titles.

His Gallery has a full set […]

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The EU launches an anti-trust investigation into gazprom – how long before the gas supply suffers a little mishap this winter?

It is never wise to poke a wasps nest with a stick and expect a happy outcome – firstly from ZeroHedge :

EU OPENS ANTITRUST CASE AGAINST GAZPROM GAZPROM SUSPECTED BY EU OF HINDERING COMPETITION IN GAS MARKETS GAZPROM MAY BE ABUSING DOMINANCE IN UPSTREAM GAS SUPPLY MARKETS GAZPROM MAY HAVE PREVENTED GAS SUPPLY […]

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When spending other people’s money, the sky is the limit …

A snippet from a BBC article on Sheffield’s £2 billion PFI funded road improvement program proving that you can buy what the hell you like when spending other people’s money :

Trees and kerbs will also be improved and a further 1,000 litter bins are planned for the city.

Some of the bins are […]

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Is war necessary?

Via a ZeroHedge article of the same title is a link to an intriguing document entitled “Report from Iron Mountian: On the possibility and desirability of peace” (available here).

Section 5, The functions of War and Section 6, Substitutes for the functions of war lay out the Economic, Political, Sociological, Ecological and Cultural purposes […]

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Pictorial Interlude – Be careful when arranging your melons and the world’s ugliest ear …

This one would probably get you arrested in the UK for causing undue distress, alarm etc etc :

And, after “vampire woman” and “piercing woman” this has got to be one of the worst body mods I have ever seen :

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Only in the US – $3 million settlement to man’s estate after 3 in a bed sex ends in fatal heart attack.

When it comes to people suing for coffee that is actually hot and all the other strange tales of American litigation, the following (in my opinion), must be one of the strangest yet :

A $3 million judgment was awarded to the family of a Georgia man after he suffered a heart attack during […]

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Beware of armed weather forecasters …

Possibly one of the strangest public procurement notices you will have seen :

The NOAA National Weather Service – Western Acquisition Division, Boulder requires the following items, Purchase Description Determined by Line Item, to the following:

 

LI 001, 16,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed […]

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Accidentally killing your secretary with an Uzi at dinner? That would be Thailand …

Playing with your Uzi whilst dining is not recommended!

A somewhat bizarre tale from the Bangkok Post :

Mae Hong Son Senator Boonsong Kowawisarat accidentally shot and killed his personal secretary with a submachine gun in a restaurant in Phrae province, police said.

The shooting took place at a […]

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Thank you for driving carefully …

Someone obviously wasn’t paying attention to the signs …

Although the sign does look new with the disturbed soil at the base so maybe some council wonk was being sarcastic?

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When importing buttocks be sure to check they are authentic …

 

Not very buttock like …

After being arrested for trying to import Saddam’s buttocks it would appear that they may not be Saddam’s buttocks after all :

TWO men who allegedly illegally imported the buttock from a statue of Saddam Hussein to Derbyshire have been released without charge.

Nigel Ely […]

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