a very shaw perspectve

Story of the day: Woman gives birth to a lizard (yep)

Yes,

A lizard has allegedly oozed out of this ‘pregnant’ woman covered in mucus and blood as she was giving birth.

I smell a a publicity stunt.

The midwife found the ‘live’ gecko was the only thing Debi Nubatonis, had been carrying, yet she had all the usual signs of being eight-months pregnant.

It is being said that she suffered from pseudocyesis, or phantom pregnancy, with an empty womb.

A doctor, the Chief Medical Officer of nearby Kupang City, Indonesia, has said: ‘Childbirth of another species has never been reported in science.’

That’s because its impossible.

Right?

Black bear stalks two men while they’re out jogging

Bear stalks two joggers out on a run

In London we fear pigeons - maybe even the odd fox if fate feels adventurous! But in Rural Alberta, Canada, two joggers have been chased by a bear. .

Although some people prefer training as a group, the two men didn’t seem quite so keen on a new partner. Especially as the only exercise he’s probably interested in is eating them.

The men tried to back away from the bear as he playfully circled them and climbed nearby trees.

On a side note: He is really cute.

Game of Thrones : The First of His Name

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You guys know that I love GOT….But I have a gripe.

The producers seem to be falling into a pattern of where we spend 45 minutes hanging out around Westeros before shovelling all the action into the final 15 minutes of the show. Not that I’m complaining about this week’s climax, which featured a suitably creepy turn from Thomas Brodie-Sangster as the all-seeing Jojen, at least one “oh my god” moment when Bran inhabited Hodor and made everyone’s favourite gentle giant break Locke’s neck, and a brilliantly staged fight between Jon Snow and Karl in which the latter was, as predicted, undone by his tendency to talk too much and his failure to notice Craster’s wives as anything but vehicles for rape. That said, I do wonder about the geography north of The Wall – Mance and co must be planning the world’s slowest attack on Castle Black given that Jon has now made it back to the Night’s Watch, hung around getting abused and headed back to Craster’s Keep all without the Wildling Army getting their act together. How many families do Thenns need to eat before they can launch an attack? What exactly is Manse spending his time doing?

On a more serious note, this is a wider show problem – every scene this week was well acted and cleverly done, but apart from the destruction of Craster’s Keep and the revelation that Petyr Baelish is pulling all the strings, all the time, what actually occurred? Dany postponed her invasion and is going to spend more time in Meereen; Bran and co are back looking for the three-eyed crow after what now seems like a slightly pointless diversion; Margaery and Cersei still don’t like each other; Oberyn is still upset about his sister’s death; Arya and Sandor are still trudging around the countryside sparring, and now Pod and Brienne are trudging around as well. I would say they’d all bump into each but of course - I doubt it.

Story of the week: 10 year old kidnapped boy sings gospel until released.

     Kidnapper releases boy who won't stop singing

Willie Myrick’s, 10, from Atlanta, was released by his kidnapper after he annoyed him by constantly singing a gospel song.

He had been enticed to the vehicle with the promise of cash after the kidnapper spotted him outside his house in Atlanta, Georgia.

He was then grabbed by the man and bundled into the vehicle.

Willie Myrick’s three hour ordeal ended when the driver of the car he had been forced into allowed him to go because he wouldn’t stop singing Every Praise by Gospel legend Hezekiah Walker. The singer has since been to visit the boy because he “just had to give him a hug”

See above the drawing of the kidnapper.

Game of Thrones S4E2: WHODUNNIT

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You guys know how obsessed I am with TV.

Since the airing of GOT last night, everyone  has been debating who killed dear King Joffrey. From my corner shop man to my GP - we are all asking: whodunnit?

At long last, the most hated TV character since Pete Campbell in Mad Men has finally bit the dust. Every single person in Westeros – along with pretty much every person who watches Game Of Thrones – wanted Joffrey dead. But a few people had that extra splash of vendetta sauce on their motives.

Lets get to it; it’s obviously Tyrion. 

Before his death, Joffrey had just spent the whole of the episode attempting to humiliate Tyrion in ever more elaborate ways, even when Joffrey was supposed to be concentrating on his own wedding. Previously, Tyrion won the Battle of the Blackwater for Joffrey and got none of the credit. And Tyrion hates pretty much every member of his own family apart from Jaime, so really he should be prime suspect if any of them suddenly snuff it. Plus the victim himself believed him his killer – a wobbly finger was pointed at the dwarf in Joffrey’s final moment. Lets not forget that he gave Joffrey the cup he was drinking from when he died. A part of me feels like it was Sansa, but lets face it, she doesn’t have the balls.

Tell me what you think my fellow GOT addicts.

 

Harley Medical Group data may have been hacked.

                                  

Oh no.

Hold on to your implants.

Leading cosmetic surgery provider, The Harley Medical Group has been targeted by a computer hacker who may have accessed details of nearly 500,000 people considering procedures.

The Harley Medical Group said it believed the cyber-attack was an attempt to extort money from the company and it had contacted police.

Some 480,000 initial inquiry forms submitted online may have been accessed and they include the potential clients’ names, addresses and telephone numbers, the company confirmed.

The form also lists cosmetic procedures, including breast enlargements, liposuction and tummy tucks, in which potential clients can express an interest.

Harley, which has 21 clinics across the UK, said confidential clinical and financial information was not accessed.

The firm, based in Thames Ditton, Surrey, said it had contacted police and the information commissioner’s office (ICO) about the incident. The company’s chairman, Peter Boddy, has written to people whose details may have been accessed to apologise.

A spokesman said: “We acted immediately when we became aware that an individual had deliberately bypassed our website security, gaining access to contact information from initial inquiries, in an attempt to extort money from the company.

"The police and the information commissioner were notified and we contacted everyone whose inquiry may have been accessed to apologise and to reassure them that all clinical and financial records remain totally secure. We have taken action to further strengthen the security around website inquiries."

An ICO spokesman said: “We have recently been made aware of a possible data breach involving the Harley Medical Group. We will be making inquiries into the circumstances of the alleged breach of the Data Protection Act before deciding what action, if any, needs to be taken.”

THIS PICTURE “PROVES” THAT HITLER LIVED TO 95 WITH A BRAZILIAN LOVER

adolf hitler, brazil, conspiracy

What’s the use in being a writer if you cant indulge every once in a while?

With that being said….

Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias, who wrote Hitler in Brazil , claims that Hitler fled to Paraguay, via Argentina, before settling in a small town in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, according to a shocking new book.

Hitler is said to have used the assumed name of Adolf Leipzig and was known to the 12,000 locals in Nossa Senhora do Livramento as “the Old German”.

The man at the centre of the controversial claim is pictured, two years before his death in 1984, posing happily with his black girlfriend Cutinga.

Simoni Renee Guerreiro Dias, who wrote Hitler in Brazil - His Life and His Death, claims he was in the area hunting for buried treasure using a map given to him by friends withing the Vatican.

She insists that Hitler was using his lover Cutinga to hide his true identity as a vile Aryan supremacist.

Simoni, a Brazilian jew, refuses to accept that the Fuhrer shot himself in his Berlin bunker on April 30 1945. She is demanding that Leipzig’s remains be exhumed and his DNA tested tested against living relatives of Hitler.

She told local journalists: “I just laughed at first, I thought it was a joke. Today I’m convinced it is true and Adolf Hitler didn’t end up here by chance.”

Simoni spent two years in the small town near the Bolivian border, which was founded during an 18th century gold rush, investigating her oddball theory.

She has linked the Fuhrer’s alleged arrival in the area to a Vatican offer of ownership rights over buried Jesuit treasure in a cave near his adopted home.

And she claims that he chose the surname of Leipzig because it was the birthplace of Hitler’s favourite composer, Bach.

Conspiracy theorists have long argued Hitler escaped from Germany and fled to south America, following fellow Nazis Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele.

The claims about Hitler’s life in Argentina were ridiculed by historian Guy Walters, who described them as “2,000 per cent rubbish” when the book came out.

He added: “It’s an absolute disgrace. There’s no substance to it at all. It appeals to the deluded fantasies of conspiracy theorists and has no place whatsoever in historical research.”

Academics in Brazil have also rubbished the theory Hitler lived and died in Nossa Senhora do Livramento.

Candido Moreira Rodrigues, a history professor at Mato Grosso’s Federal University said: “There’s nothing new in people who claim to be historians coming up with the most far-reaching theories about Hitler supposedly living in south America and subsequently dying in one of the countries in this region.”

Tens of thousands of Nazis escaped after the war, including the notorious Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele.

Investigators probing Hitler’s demise were hampered by the lack of any physical evidence for his death.

Fantasists were given added ammunition he didn’t die in his Berlin bunker when 2009 DNA tests on skull fragments found near the bunker and believed to be his, turned out to belong to a woman.

Rochus Misch, a former bodyguard of Adolf Hitler who has been named as the last man to see the Fuhrer alive during his final hours in Germany, died last September aged 96.

Misch, who lived with Hitler and his mistress in their underground refuge as the allies closed in, told before his death he saw Hitler slumped with his head on the table after hearing a gunshot behind his closed door.

Reeva’s mum: ‘I don’t know if he’s acting’

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp, the model shot dead by Oscar Pistorius, has said she still does not know if the athlete is telling the truth.

June Steenkamp said she has spent the past few weeks sat in the courtroom watching the man accused of murdering her daughter.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the 67-year-old said she cannot decide if Mr Pistorius, a double amputee known as the Blade Runner, is “acting” with his dramatic turns in the dock.

She told the paper: “It’s very traumatic when certain things come up. This is my child - and I just listen to the graphic detail.

“I look at Oscar the whole time, to see how he is coping, how he is behaving. I’m obsessed with looking at him, it’s just instinctive. I can’t explain it.

“I keep thinking, ‘let me see how he’s taking this’. He has been very dramatic, the vomiting and crying. I don’t know whether he’s acting.”

In the meantime she said she said she will continue to watch him and see his reactions, although she pointedly added that for much of the time he has been looking at his mobile phone or reading through his notes.

For all Mr Pistorius’s emotional displays after being shown pictures of his dead girlfriend’s injuries, Mrs Steenkamp, who had not met her 29-year-old daughter’s boyfriend until the hearing, has done her best to put on a rather more stoic public face.

However she explained she waits until the end of each day, back in the privacy of her hotel to let out her feelings, far away from the world’s gaze.

Asked how she feels about the events on Valentine’s day last year, when Mr Pistorius fired several shots through the bathroom door of his Pretoria home she replied: “My daughter is dead.

“He killed her. He shot her till she was dead in that toilet, in that bathroom, so how am I ever going to feel better about it?”

Adding: “I don’t care what happens to Oscar, I don’t care if he goes free. All I know is that he has got to stand up to what he’s done and — if he has to — pay for it.”

She continued it would make little difference to her if he does go to prison as one thing cannot be changed: her daughter will not come back.

I literally cried twice while typing this up for you!

Tell me what you think! For legal reasons please do not say whether he is guilty or innocent guys x

THE LAST BRITISH DETAINEE OF GUANTANAMO BAY

You guys know how I feel about GUANTANAMO BAY CONTINUING TO HOLD PEOPLE ILLEGALLY WITHOUT CHARGING THEM AND BLOODY HOLDING THEM FOR YEARS AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN CLEARED.

ARGH.

Back to serious journalist mode.

The last British resident detained at Guantánamo Bay is suffering from a potentially life-threatening medical condition as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, and should be returned urgently to his family in London, his lawyers have argued.

Shaker Aamer, who was cleared for release by the US seven years ago, “requires psychiatric treatment, as well as reintegration into his family and society,” according to a 20-page report of a medical evaluation carried out by Dr Emily Keram, an independent psychiatrist, who depicted a grim tale of Aamer’s declining health after extended periods of torture and mistreatment.

Aamer, who Reprieve said in court documents is 47, has been imprisoned at the US naval base in Cuba since February 2002. US military files leaked in 2011 said that he was suspected of being “a member of al-Qaida, with significant ties to senior level extremists”. However, he has never been charged with a crime.

His lawyers said in a motion filed to a federal court in Washington that both the Geneva Conventions on war and US military regulations suggested that he should be released due to ill health. “Even if he receives the intensive medical and therapeutic treatment his condition requires, Mr Aamer will take many years, if not a lifetime, to achieve any significant recovery,” they said.

Keram’s 20-page report depicts a bleak 12 years in the life of Aamer, a Saudi citizen who once worked for immigration lawyers in London, where his wife and four children still live. He has suffered “significant disruptions in his ability to function,” according to the psychiatrist, and frequently lost concentration or began “suddenly and loudly singing” to distract himself during their interviews.

After 25 hours of evaluation, Keram concluded that Aamer was suffering from severe edema which, “if left untreated, may reflect an underlying life-threatening organ or vascular dysfunction”. She also found he endured severe tinnitus, debilitating headaches, asthma, ear pain, worsening vision, kidney pain and other physical ailments.

Keram said that she had further diagnosed Aamer with PTSD and depression. She said that he was suffering from anxiety, paranoia, insomnia and a number of other serious psychological problems, and experienced difficulty eating and using the bathroom after years of being deprived access to both.

Aamer claimed to have been beaten and tortured by his Afghan captors in 2001 and then by the US forces to whom he was transferred. He was kept awake for 10 straight days while detained at Kandahar airfield, he said, where one interrogator threatened to rape his five-year-old daughter. “A British agent came to see me, a young officer with a red beret,” Keram quotes him as telling her. “I wouldn’t talk with him because he said he couldn’t do anything to help me.”

The mistreatment continued once he arrived at Guantánamo, Aamer said. He claims to have been “tied up” for 36 hours at a time and left exposed to the elements in an open-air cage. “I told the interrogators everything to decrease the torture severity,” Keram reports that he said.

In their motion to the court, Aamer’s lawyers cited the third Geneva Convention, which states that parties in a conflict “are bound to send back to their country, regardless of number or rank, seriously wounded and seriously sick prisoners of war”. They also pointed to a US Army regulation that states “chronically ill prisoners” are eligible for repatriation if they are not expected to recover within a year.

Clive Stafford Smith, one of Aamer’s lawyers, sent a copy of Keram’s report to the British foreign secretary William Hague, and asked the UK government to file a brief in support of Aamer’s release. The government has already stated publicly that Aamer, who was again cleared for release by the Obama administration in 2009, should be freed to return to his family.

"This desperate news about Shaker’s mental and physical state comes on top of twelve years of abuse, and it’s hardly surprising to learn from an independent doctor that he is suffering severe PTSD in Guantanamo,” said Stafford Smith, the director of Reprieve, the legal pressure group.

This cannot continue, I hope that his family reach out to the press for support.

Tell me what you think xoxo

20 YEARS ON: REMEMBERING RWANDA

We all know the figures of the genocide that took place in Rwanda, it pains me to type it.

I Million killed

10,000 - 30,000 war babies.

90,000 - 200,000 infected with HIV

Yet people in their discomfort seem to just focus on the details that look acceptable on a Northern Line tube poster. Statistics that we already know - pictures of sad little brown faces that we have already seen. I, as someone who was raised in the Catholic Church, am going to go a step further:

The Catholic Church must apologise. Now.

There is a Roman Catholic priest at a medieval church an hour’s drive from Paris who has been indicted by a United Nations court for genocide, extermination, murder and rape in Rwanda.

Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka was notoriously active in the massacaring of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994. He was known  for wearing a gun on his hip and colluding with the Hutu militia that murdered hundreds of people sheltering in his church. A Rwandan court convicted the priest of genocide and sentenced him in absentia to life in prison. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda spent years trying to bring him to trial.

But the Catholic church in France does not see any of this as a bar to serving as a priest and has gone out of its way to defend Munyeshyaka.

It’s not an isolated case. After the genocide, a network of clergy and church organisations brought priests and nuns with blood on their hands in Rwanda to Europe and sheltered them. They included Father Athanase Seromba who ordered the bulldozing of his church with 2,000 Tutsis inside and had the survivors shot. Catholic monks helped him get to Italy, change his name and become a parish priest in Florence.

After Seromba was exposed, the international tribunal’s chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, accused the Vatican of obstructing his extradition to face trial. The Holy See told her the priest was “doing good works” in Italy. Another Rwanda priest taken on in Italy is facing charges of overseeing the massacre of disabled Tutsi children.

The Vatican’s reluctance to confront the murderers in its midst is rooted in its refusal to face up to the church’s complicity in mass murder. But as Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide, the time has come for Pope Francis to follow his own lead on paedophile priests and apologise for the part played by the clergy in turning churches into extermination centres. The Vatican should accompany a plea for forgiveness with a calling to account of priests complicit in the killing.

For two decades, the Vatican has maintained that, while individual clergy were guilty of terrible crimes, the church as an institution bears no responsibility. The Holy See would prefer the world to focus on the more than 200 priests and nuns killed in the genocide. But, while there is no doubt there were courageous members of the clergy, many Tutsi survivors regard the church as allied with the killers and culpability as beginning at the very top of the Catholic hierarchy in Rwanda.

Archbishop Vincent Nsengiyumva was so closely attached to the Hutu power structure that for nearly 15 years he sat in the ruling party’s central committee as it implemented the policies of discrimination and demonisation that laid the ground for genocide. His political affiliations left him well placed to at least try to urge the regime to stop the killing in 1994 and to have been a strong moral voice in public against the slaughter. Instead, he was incapable even of calling the massacres a genocide let alone condemning the politicians and military officers leading them. The archbishop became so compromised that witnesses said he stood by as Tutsi priests, monks and a nun were taken to be murdered.

The Organisation for African Unity’s report on the genocide described the church in Rwanda as carrying a “heavy responsibility” for failing to oppose, and even promoting, ethnic discrimination. It said the church offered “indispensable support” to the Hutu regime during the killing and described church leaders as playing “a conspicuously scandalous role” in the genocide by failing to take a moral stand against it.

"This stance was easily interpreted by ordinary Christians as an implicit endorsement of the killings, as was the close association of church leaders with the leaders of the genocide," the report said.

Munyeshyaka denies the charges against him and defiantly defends carrying a gun during the genocide. He also remains unapologetically aligned with groups that keep alive the ideology that underpinned the genocide.

Clearly Munyeshyaka is not going to apologise for his part in Rwanda’s tragedy. All the more reason for the pope to acknowledge that the Catholic church failed in Rwanda in 1994, and continues to do so by protecting such priests