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“i appeal to mister blair”, famous humanitarian speaks out

The kind host of the recent UK hostages. Image credit: Garland and telegraph.co.uk
The kind host of the recent UK hostages. Image credit: Garland and telegraph.co.uk

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trust me - i’m satnav

Suitable road sign for satnav-guided drivers. Image credit: engadget.com

“ [...] a U.K. woman sent her 96k Mercedes SL500 flying into a river, trusting the car's optimistic GPS guidance instead of the road signs warning of impending doom.”

“[...] local villagers have found themselves pulling an average of two cars a day out of the river for the past week.” [Quoted from engadget.com]

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“Drivers following satellite navigation systems through a village called Crackpot have been directed along a track at the edge of a 100ft cliff.” [Quoted from bbc.co.uk]

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trees to marvel at

This linked page shows ten very different but magnificent trees. Most are wonders based on naturally formed, but unusual, trees.

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Of the artificially trained trees, the ‘Circus Trees’ of Axel Erlandson are really amazing. I have seen small versions of this sort of training in France, but Axel Erlandson’s trees are full-size specimens.

Basket tree created by Axel Erlandson from six sycamore trees. Image credit: jpeepz, flickr Axel Erlandson (1884-1964) standing beneath one of his trained trees. Image credit: Wilma Erlandson, Cabinet Magazine
Basket tree created by Axel Erlandson from six sycamore trees.
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Axel Erlandson (1884-1964) standing beneath one of his trained trees.
Image credit: Wilma Erlandson
Trained trees in a pot, in a French shopping centre
Trained trees in a pot, in a French shopping centre A zigzag tree. Image credit: usermode.org

Axel Erlandson is reputed to have formed about seventy of these tree scultures. After he died, the trees were neglected for many years. The remaining twenty-five or so trees were transplanted from a forgotten area in the Santa Cruz mountains to a theme park in Gilroy, California, south of San José and a bit over 100km south-east of San Francisco.

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israelis produce real-life dalek

Israel's VIPeR robot. Image credit:Reuter's

It can also chase you upstairs!

“As well as bomb-sniffing and bomb disposal equipment, the VIPeR can carry an Uzi machine-pistol or plant a grenade. The weapons would be aimed using an onboard video camera.”

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examples of space between the ears

  • satan and global warming

    “The Reverend Jerry Falwell says global warming is "Satan's attempt to redirect the church's primary focus" from evangelism to environmentalism.”

  • canadian ex-defence minister to the rescue - use alien technology to save the world

    “A former Canadian defence minister says be believes advanced technology from extraterrestrial civilizations offers the best hope to "save our planet" from the perils of climate change.

    “Paul Hellyer, 83, is calling for a public disclosure of alien technology obtained during alleged UFO crashes -- such as the mysterious 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico -- because he believes alien species can provide humanity with a viable alternative to fossil fuels.”

  • our royal master demos his intellect again

    “Er, no. You see, old chap, if you're worried about nutrition, it turns out that a Big Mac, according to figures published yesterday, has nothing on one of your own comestibles. A Duchy Originals organic Cornish pasty has 264 calories per 100g, and a Big Mac only 229 calories; a Duchy Originals pasty has 5.5g of saturated fat, a Big Mac just 4.17g.

    “You have to hand it to the Prince. There aren't many people who can manage to be a loudmouth, a danger to the constitution and a buffoon all at the same time. Most of us can manage two of the three. Prince Charles is unique in getting the hat-trick.”

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marauding gangs of chavs, kerb crawlers - fines? shoot them?

“They roam the estate in groups of up to 20 - rampaging the estate and turning over dustbins," one irate local wrote to the national paper in October.

“ "They enter the house, open cupboards, steal food and soil the premises".”

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tony chocolonely sues himself - and he could well win

Here’s a fellow with balls and creativity. I rather like his nascent site too!

“[...] hundreds of thousands of children are being forced to work on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast, the country where most of the cocoa comes from. Since chocolate is a blend of cocoa from different areas, every chocolate bar is basically tainted by slavery. And slavery is a criminal offence.”

“From art. 416 of the Dutch Penal Code: Whoever receives goods...while knowing at the time he receives them or when they are made available to him...that it concerns unlawfully obtained goods is guilty of wilfully receiving...unlawfully obtained goods and shall be punished by a term in prison of maximum four years or a Category Five fine.

“ "Knowing this," Van de Keuken said, "Eating chocolate makes me a criminal."

“And he ate another chocolate bar.”

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furry babies

all images from Yahoo!

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is your child’s dna activated?

Do you want to have a ‘special’ child? Of course you do. First look into their eyes. Are they “very old, deep, wise looking”?

Is your child disobedient, unsocial, strident, inattentive?

If you answer yes to any of the above, you could well be saved from the shame of having an ordinary, badly behaved child. You could be the proud (of course you’d be proud, wouldn’t you?) possessor of an Indigo Child.

  • “They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it).
  • They have a feeling of "deserving to be here," and are surprised when others do not share that.
  • They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).
  • They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.”

Doesn’t all that uncooperative behaviour make you think your child is special, out of the ordinary, a gift to the human race?

“Many discussions of Indigo children in New Age literature (including Kryon literature) claim that Indigo children are born with part of their DNA activated that most people do not have activated. Some claim that it is junk DNA that they utilize to "swap out" higher-dimensional information, giving them special abilities.

“These abilities are said to include purging HIV, advanced genius and psychic/telekinetic powers speaking to the dead.”

And, of course, these wonder children are exceptionally intelligent.

Or you could buy our secret ‘How to become an astrologer’ book, only $500 plus postage.

You don’t believe this? Then google ‘Indigo Child’ - as Monk might say, it’s a jungle out there!

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successful politician, or just someone with a grasp of game theory?

“Germany's RPR1 radio station received some 12,000 answers to its question "What would you do for 100,000 euros?" But it was Marko Hilgert's answer that stuck out from the rest: Throw it out the window.

“"It was just a crazy idea," Hilgert said. "I never thought I'd actually win."

“But enough listeners liked the idea and voted for him, and probably for their own chances at collecting some of cash as well, the radio station said.

“The 49-year-old trailer truck driver had the chance to make the dreams of free money come true in the western German city of Kaiserslautern on Friday, when he climbed into a bucket truck and showered the town's square with 75,000 euros ($96,825) in 5-euro bills over the course of several hours. He'll be keeping the remaining 25,000 euros to pay off part of his mortgage.”

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the next president protecting us from mind-control weapons - the auroran sunset

U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is a well-known moonbat and 2008 presidential candidate. In 2001, he proposed legislation to ban space weapons. Such bills are regularly floated and shot down in Congress. However, Kucinich's bill was slightly different. He added a special section aimed at those of his moonbat constituents having problems with their tinfoil hats:

(2)(A) The terms `weapon' and `weapons system' mean a device capable of any of the following:

(ii) Inflicting death or injury on, or damaging or destroying, a person (or the biological life, bodily health, mental health, or physical and economic well-being of a person)--

(II) through the use of land-based, sea-based, or space-based systems using radiation, electromagnetic, psychotronic, sonic, laser, or other energies directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the purpose of information war, mood management, or mind control of such persons or populations; or

Please remember to vote Kucinich for president. This message was brought to you by the CIA Mind Control Division via Psychotronic Space-based Weapon 16.

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green hypocrisy in the usa - the auroran sunset

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playing tricks on your eyes

Visual illusions with colours
Image credit: R. Beau Lotto
Image credit: Mig, Edward H. Adelson

There is a brownish square in the bright top face, and a yellowish square in the shaded front face. Are they the same colour?


“(a) which of the two knights is the white knight (i.e. which is the lighter of the two)? Is it the one in the middle of the chessboard, or the one on the top left? (b) Which square is lighter, the knight square in the middle or the knight square at the top?”



Well they are practically the same, checking with a graphics program shows some slight variations which may be because the illustration has three dimensional shadings.

The knights are both the same colour, and the two squares are also that same colour.

For a clear, illustrated explanation.

[Lead from Jon Levitt.]

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