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Archive for November 2006

Excuses… Excuses

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Could someone please explain to me why England is so fucking good at doing badly at sports that we invented and then making pathetic excuses for it. I once read someone comment on the fact that we only talk about the past and I concur! On the rare occasion one of our teams pulls something out of the bag we use this as evidence as some kind of greatness for a number of years. Who are we trying to kid? Ourselves quite clearly. Why don’t we use all this pent up energy on actually practicing a sport before trying it out in a serious match situation. Jack Dee once said that if whinging was an Olympic sport we would get gold everytime! I am certainly not dissing the fact that we keep on trying but for god sake stop hyping it up so much before capitulating back into our usual mediocracy.

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Written by sanchezdemarcos

November 28, 2006 at 5:08 am

Posted in depressing, rants

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Worthy of comment

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Firstly I’d like to offer my appreciation for how everyone has completely ignored the idiotic smoking post. I imagine we probably have as many smokers as non-smokers, but at least the rest of us have some little intelligence about our vices.

Secondly, there is a debate at the very bottom of this blog which has now entered the realm of the hypothetical.

What should the US and Britain do about Iraq. Should they go home, go hard, or go long? And what will the middle east look like in the scenario you propose?

Some would say it would be victory by the Islamo Fascists… surely not really all that different from the current victory of the Western supported Facsists regimes in Egypt and Saudi. and the Quasi dictatorial states of Kuwait, Turkey, and Israel (at least for certain proportions of the populations).

Nevertheless, if America = good, then killing even innocents in the name of America is surely also good. Hmm, sounds rather suspect and quasi-religious. I don’t think we need to wonder if the atheist, secular, and democratic creed is capable of as much fanatical our might = right to kill as religion.

Written by rexinfinite

November 24, 2006 at 12:50 pm

Posted in politics

Smoking is great!

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I doubt I’m gonna even bother replying to any comments to this post because it will just be full of non-smoker fascists telling me how stupid and evil smokers are!
But I thought this was interesting – it comes from www.quit.org

While smoking has been clearly identified as the cause of many diseases and other health problems, as described above, it has also been observed to reduce the incidence of some diseases (endometrial cancer, Parkinson’s disease, ulcerative colitis, hypertension of pregnancy and Alzheimer’s disease). This is known as a ‘protective effect’.
There is evidence to suggest that smoking reduces the risk of cancer of the endometrium (membrane lining of the uterus) in post-menopausal women by an estimated 30% in current smokers.
This may be because of the effects of smoking on oestrogen levels. Smoking is known to affect other oestrogen related phenomena: for example, both a woman’s age at menopause and her bone density after menopause are related to her oestrogen levels. The action of cigarette smoking is opposite to that of oestrogens in each instance: relative to other women, smokers have an earlier age at menopause and bones that are more brittle. The risk of endometrial cancer is substantially increased by the use of drugs containing oestrogen. Therefore it is not inconsistent that tobacco smoke could counter the effect of oestrogens and reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.
However if some degree of protection from endometrial cancer is afforded by cigarette smoking, it fades to insignificance when compared to the numbers of lives lost through smoking. Some 30 times as many lives are lost due to smoking than saved through lowered incidence of endometrial cancer. Researchers have acknowledged this: ‘The present findings [about endometrial cancer] do not have direct public health importance since cigarettes, overall, have serious deleterious effects. However, if these results are confirmed, elucidation of the underlying mechanism whereby smoking reduces the risk would be of interest and might be useful in the development of strategies for preventing endometrial cancer.’
It is estimated that the overall aetiological fraction of endometrial cancer prevented in ex- and current-smokers is -0.10. This means that for every 100 cases of endometrial cancer observed in a community where smoking occurs, if smoking were absent from this community, 10 more would occur.
Tobacco also appears to have a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease and hypertension of pregnancy. The overall aetiological fractions for the effects of smoking are -0.35 for Parkinson’s disease in men and -0.22 in women. In women, the aetiological fraction for hypertension of pregnancy is -0.07.
The effects of smoking on ulcerative colitis are unclear. In their review, English et al conclude that there is limited evidence that current smoking protects against ulcerative colitis and that there is also limited evidence that past smoking causes ulcerative colitis. The overall effect of ever smoking is that 8% of ulcerative colitis in men and 3% in women is caused by ever smoking.
Recent research indicates that smoking may also protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease in some measure. However, as with the other conditions listed above, tobacco use is not recommended as a prophylactic: ‘Although the association is compatible with a protective effect of smoking for familial Alzheimer’s disease, it has no relevance for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease because of the adverse health effects of smoking.’

Written by jackshaftoe

November 22, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Oh dear… OJ

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All this talk about worrying over the state of England is shadowed into insignificance when you read about one ridiculous thing that is currently happening in the US. OJ simpson is publishing a book! What is going on when a man who was acquitted of a crime through (to be honest a lack of evidence) then writes a book called “If I did it” a “hypothetical” description of how he could have killed his ex-wife and her friend. WHAT????

I feel incited that anyone should be making money out of this creepy (almost certainly morally wrong) project, especially OJ himself. Is there no way of stopping him making a profit from this? Should we be boycotting bookstores like Borders who will be stocking it?

Written by sanchezdemarcos

November 21, 2006 at 6:14 am

Posted in outrageous, rants

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Well done Prince Charles

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Prince Charles has gotten the death sentence commuted on Mirza Tahir Hussain who was banged up in Pakistan 18 years ago for shooting a taxi driver in a struggle. He maintains the taxi driver tried to sexually assault him, pulled a gun and it went off as Hussain tried to fight him off. He immediately turned himself in but got banged up under Sharia Law.

The death sentence has been lifted but the dead mans family still want him dead. The taxi drivers mum says she will set herself on fire if he is released so he still has a long way to go.

The question is, would an elected head of state have had the same pull as a member of the Royal family and future King of England did. We may not give a toss about the Royal family but the rest of the world still regard them very highly.
For this reason alone I would vote against any Republican movement that formed in this country.

Written by lotteryloverat

November 16, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Is it time to scrap the human rights act?

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What the fuck is going on? Criminals with drug addictions given compensation for the stress caused by the “cold turkey” tactics. Hamza saying deportation to his home country violates his human rights. Examples like this are plentiful but where were the human rights of the bankers exported to the US on fraud charges? Have we gone fucking mad? I mean surely these addicts benefitted from getting off drugs? Surely this was a step towards rehabilitation, at least from the point of view that they are no longer required to rob our homes to feed their habit?

Surely Hamza by coming to this country seeking refuge means he has to abide by our laws or risk exportation once he’s served his sentence for violating those laws?

Perhaps stories where the Human rights act works doesn’t sell newspapers so can anyone give examples where this act actually made things better for anyone?

Written by sanchezdemarcos

November 15, 2006 at 11:59 pm

Why I hate Canadians

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Maple syrup on bacon!!!!

What a bunch of cunts!

Written by lotteryloverat

November 15, 2006 at 10:33 pm