The significance of genes

Looks like it's physically impossible to be endowed with explosive speed and endurance.


The Last Straw!

An unexpected lethal weapon:

Metal straws may be eco-friendly, but a coroner has warned of the potential dangers they pose after a woman in England died last year in a freak accident.

Elena Struthers-Gardner, 60, sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling while carrying a mason jar-styled drinking glass that had a screw-top lid at her home in Dorset on Nov. 22, an inquest heard on Monday. [...]

When Struthers-Gardner fell, officials said the 10-inch metal straw pierced through her eye and into her brain.

I'll stick with plastic straws.


The perpetually melting snowflake

Sonamjeet Narwan, a 28-year-old U.K. resident, was in line at the check-in counter at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday when the incident occurred.

A woman had cut in line, and Narwan asked her to move back.

“I said, ‘If you wouldn’t mind, take your place in the queue. It’s not really fair if you’re skipping it when you’ve got people behind you,'” Narwan told Global News.

“She essentially called me a ‘9/11 bloodsucker,'” Narwan said of the woman’s response. “When I asked her what she actually meant, if she was really calling me a ‘9/11 bloodsucker,’ she said, ‘Yep.'”

The drama queen had found her buffet.

“The only reassurance I wanted that day was that that passenger was not going to be allowed to board that flight because she needed to experience the ramifications of being racist toward another passenger,” she said.

If Air Canada had gone ahead and refused to board that eeevil passenger, then we would see multiple incidents of customers crying about another special someone because of sexism, racism, or whatever unpopular flavor of -ism that day. Can you imagine the aggravation and lawsuits for being kicked off a plane because some moron pointed at you and cried SEXIST!, RACIST! or [fill in the blank]-ist?

Anyway, this malevolent woman was bumped up to Business Class -- far away from that offending passenger. Instead of showing gratitude, she calls that a "token gesture".

It could have been worse: she could have been called a paki, a darkie, or a nigger. The proper etiquette in that case is to kick the other person off the planet.

The comments have been turned off on this article at the request of Sonamjeet Narwan to prevent hateful messages.

Of course.


Crazy bitch

How one lie can devastate a life:

A Good Samaritan claims his life is in tatters after a woman who he helped falsely accused him of sexual assault.

Kenan Basic spent two weeks in a maximum security prison, lost his job and is now going through a divorce, after a 19-year-old woman made false accusations against him.

The guy learned the correct lesson:

Mr Basic said the incident has deterred him from stopping and helping a young woman ever again.

Let the fish cry out for a bicycle.


Khal Nayak

Dr. Zakir Naik got a little bit greedy:

Controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik has allegedly amassed assets worth Rs193 crore (RM113mil) by diverting funds and donations received from Islamic countries that were meant for the “welfare of Muslims”, says a news report.

The Times of India reported that these assets included at least 20 flats in the cities of Mumbai and Pune in India.

That's some sweet real estate.


Air wolves

Cool story of the day:

Four Canadian wolves were captured and air-dropped on Lake Superior's Isle Royale National Park in Michigan – effectively doubling the pack’s current numbers – as part of an effort to rebuild the dwindling wolf population and help control the moose population, officials said Monday.

I can imagine them being air-dropped with the following theme music.


Measles in Canada

Another benefit of open borders:

Vancouver health officials have identified eight cases of measles in the city in recent weeks.

Speaking at a news conference Friday afternoon, Vancouver Coastal Health's Dr. Althea Hayden said it was determined that all cases are associated with a single school. [...]

"We have determined that measles was brought in to this community through travel outside of North America, and it is unrelated to the case that was reported earlier this month in a gentleman who had returned from the Philippines," Hayden said.


Guilty Ganesh

The dollar figure at the heart of a spending scandal at Ryerson University has now soared beyond half a million.

During an emergency meeting at the downtown Toronto campus on Friday night, the board of directors for Ryerson’s student union passed a motion approving a forensic audit that will review nearly $700,000 in questionable spending over a nine-month period.

What does Ram Ganesh have to say about all this?

Daniel Lis, chair of the meeting, began the session by addressing the hundreds of students who waited outside of the auditorium for more than an hour to hear what the board and executive members had to say. Lis explained that the executive’s elected president, Ram Ganesh, refused to attend the meeting because he feared for his safety.

If he did pilfer all that money, then the punishment should include re-paying the entire amount. Jail time alone won't cut it.


Angels in Canada

The heads of the Ryerson Students' Union have been given one week to explain approximately $250,000 in credit card spending, which critics say includes numerous questionable expenditures over an eight-month period.

Oh, this is precious.

The union went on to use the card for purchases at an LCBO and at Casino Rama restaurant in Orillia, Ont., an expense which appeared on the statement just days after the board held a private meeting in the town.

"It's things like that that kind of made us question, are these purchases going towards students or are they just for the board members?" said Harris.

(Laughs.) Here's a photo of the two "Canadian" students:

Ram Ganesh and Edmund Sofo

Hollywood should go for it. Possible suggested titles follow.

  • Ganesh and Sofo go to Casino Rama: Diversity Hijinks!
  • The Hindu, The Dindu, and The Bubbly.
  • The Fellowship of the Credit Card.
  • The Colored Clowns.
  • Non-lethal Weapon.
  • University Crashers.
  • Brown Midnight.

On IQ

Vox Day vs. N. N. Taleb:

Fourth, Taleb conflates intelligence with survival. But this is just flat-out wrong. Intelligence is simply a measure of intellectual ability, just as size, strength, and speed are measures of physical ability. And while intellectual ability is not necessarily as easily quantified, and while IQ is assuredly not a perfect measure, it is no more correct to redefine it simply because some people with lower IQs have higher incomes than other people with higher IQs than it would be correct to redefine size because some short people have higher incomes than taller people.

It was surprising to read this take on IQ and survival by N. N. Taleb. Just because one scores super-high on an IQ test doesn't imply that one will survive and thrive. For example, an ultra high IQ guy who is lazy and obnoxious is likely going to do a lot worse in life (marriage, kids, wealth) than a slightly above-average IQ guy who is diligent and kind.

This is actually a more hopeful and optimistic view of the world. Imagine if, for instance, financial success was almost solely determined by IQ. Oops, kid, you don't have an above average IQ. You won't ever become a doctor, engineer or a tech guy. In fact, you'll be a janitor or a gas station attendant for life. You'll never be rich. Fortunately, that's not true.


The evil that is mehndi

Mehndi is basically tattoo ink that is not permanent. Apparently, it's a serious issue at a school in Pakistan.

Harassment in schools is not new. Videos and pictures of administration members harassing and torturing students have often circulated on social media and in the latest of such incidents, it has emerged that a six-year-old girl in Karachi is being punished daily in school for having mehndi (henna) on her hands.

The monsters teachers will simply make up a reason to torture a student.

“Punishment: No participation in assembly, she keeps standing the other side while the other students sit; mental harassment by scolding her before joining the class; no breaks; daily notice verbally and on-diary both.”

Nobody does child abuse better than Muslim teachers.


Culinary assault!

A woman raped her sisters with food:

A woman has opened up about how she used smoothies to fatten up her bridesmaids before her wedding day. Penny says she made a special smoothie for her sisters, who would be bridesmaids at her wedding, every morning. They never knew what was in it or that the intention was to make them fat.

Damn.

"By the time my wedding rolled around, each of my sisters had to have their dress altered to accommodate their thickening waistlines."

Such is the mentality of mediocre humans: ruin others to make yourself look better.


Layers of stupidity and errors

MPAI: Most People Are Idiots. One might think that, at least, the pilot of an aircraft wouldn't be in that category but alas:

Many accidents occur in which the crew do everything right while the aircraft crashes and nobody survives. Here, the pilot made sure to ignore protocol and do almost everything wrong, killing over a hundred people in the asinine process. Air-bus, indeed.


Brutally battered

Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving on the highway with her four-month-old daughter Clara and her 78-year-old grandmother when the group was caught in the powerful storm.

Simpson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she pulled over and thought to wait out the storm. But the car was not up to the task of the sheltering the family, and large hail began smashing the windows, spurring Simpson to leap to the backseat and try to shield her daughter from harm.

The photos are unbelievable. It's shocking to note that she was in her car the whole time while the hail did that much damage to her body.


So close to carnage

A mere one second delay would have resulted in the deaths of hundreds:

Air Canada’s near miss at the San Francisco International Airport last year could have resulted in a catastrophic outcome, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). [...]

Air Canada flight 759, an Airbus A-320, was cleared to land on a runway, but the plane lined up on a parallel taxiway, which had four airplanes on it awaiting takeoff clearance.

Here's the video:

The Air Canada flight almost ripped off the vertical stabilizer of one of the planes. I can't imagine the horror of the pilots on the ground.


Condom! Condom!

Ever wonder what Canadians would do for some dirt-cheap corn? One clip might give you an idea.

Yeah, these "Canadians" sure are a rowdy bunch. Though, it's strange how none of them are speaking English or French.

According to an online flyer, the store was offering a sale on sweet corn over the Labour Day weekend: 12 ears of corn for $1.68.

The local grocery store had them for $0.15 each last month. So, that would be 12 ears of corn for $1.80. Get out of the way, old Asian man! That's some serious savings of $0.22!


Darwin Award ... almost

A 12-year-old girl from Detroit is in the hospital recovering from severe burns after taking part in a disturbing trend called the Fire Challenge.

[...] Brandi rushed Timiyah to the hospital as the other girls admitted, they were taking the fire challenge -- something one of the girls had seen on YouTube where you douse yourself with rubbing alcohol and set yourself on fire.

How dysfunctional do your synapses have to be when you come to the conclusion that setting yourself on fire is reasonable


Not too hot

I've noticed hot girls who are smitten with young but not-so-stunning guys. That's confusing -- not any more, thanks to Vox Day:

Being in the top one percent of intelligence myself, and having been friends with a male Calvin Klein model, I can attest that as far as women are concerned, there can definitely be too much of a good thing. I remember one very attractive girl who was - to my point of view, inexplicably - focusing her attention on me rather on than my much better-looking friend explaining that she wanted to be the pretty one in the relationship.

Ah, makes sense! That's another simple difference between the sexes. A man who ignored or rejected hot women because he wished to be the pretty one in a relationship would be rightly viewed as mildly retarded.


The noble savages

It's amusing when colored people complain about the horrible racist America or the vicious intolerant West. Try spending a few weeks in the Arab world and experience life among the enlightened Muslims:

In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface.

Criticism was swift on social media, but failed to trigger a deeper discussion on racism in the Middle East.

The shows - one produced in Egypt and the other in Kuwait - also poked fun at Sudanese culture, making a mockery of the Sudanese Arabic dialect and portraying darker skinned people from Sudan as either poor or lazy.