Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mid-week Post

Better late than never....

Starting with this:

The creator of a controversial online video game where players pretend to be the gunman in Montreal's 2006 Dawson College rampage has refused to take it down.

The flash animation game "Dawson College Massacre!" has created considerable controversy and prompted an online backlash against its designer and the sites hosting it.

A description says the game's aim is to "storm Dawson College with your favourite rifle, and kill those students and kill any cops you can."

In an online post Wednesday, the creator defended his game by saying it brought attention to an important issue.

"I am sorry for any pain the game has caused, but I do not think this game will be removed from the Internet," wrote the game creator, whose online moniker is Virtuaman.

"I can see that Montreal is most angry with this games (sic) existence and at me for creating it. For that I can only say, it is only a game, it was not created with the purpose of offending anyone specifically, it was not created to make money (I never received and never will receive money for this game).

"It was created to bring attention to the reality of school shootings."

What utter pig crap. How about- for the refreshing honesty of it all- this tactless, unfeeling individual just admits he couldn't care less about other people's misery? His callousness is bad enough. He doesn't have to insult everyone's intelligence with this "dialogue/attention" line.


A boater who disappeared off Jaws Beach — on an island where one of the "Jaws" movies was filmed — is likely the person whose remains were found in the belly of a shark, police say.

I've seen Shark Week. I love Shark Week. It's like Christmas but with sharks. Yet, nature is far uglier and more cruel than PETA would have us believe.

Stephen Harper wants to hear from Canadians:

The Tory government is sticking to the issues it knows best going into the fall session.

A senior government official tells the Canadian Press that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will travel the country as part of a pan-Canadian consultation process on the next phase of the economic action plan.

How about we stop trading with China and outsourcing all of our jobs? For a start, at least.

Obama to Latinos: "God, I need your votes, badly!"

President Barack Obama appealed to Hispanics on Wednesday to support Democrats in the November elections despite his failed promise to pass an immigration overhaul.

"Don't forget who is standing with you," the president said as he blamed Republicans for standing in the way of progress.

Less than two month before midterm congressional elections that could prove disastrous for Democrats who run Congress, Obama acknowledged the disappointment among Latinos over the immigration issue and pledged to keep pushing for a comprehensive overhaul of America's immigration laws to deal with border security and provide an eventual route to legal status for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

"You have every right to keep the heat on me and the Democrats, and I hope you do. That's how our political process works," Obama said the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards dinner. "But don't forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you. Don't ever believe that this election coming up doesn't matter. "

Sarah Palin is buying everyone ice cream:

Divided Republicans pointed fingers and vowed to regroup on Wednesday after a stunning Tea Party upset in Delaware dealt a blow to their hopes of recapturing control of the Senate in November.

Conservative upstart Christine O'Donnell's defeat of nine-term U.S. Representative Michael Castle in a Senate primary ended the career of one of the last Republican moderates in Congress and set off a round of Democratic celebrations.

That's not tiger-tiger. That's the taste of victory, baby!


Researchers are a step closer to understanding why autism spectrum disorder affects four times as many boys as girls.

A study led by a team of Toronto scientists has discovered that males who carry specific genetic alterations on their X-chromosome have an elevated risk for developing autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.

“The male gender bias in autism has intrigued us for years and now we have an indicator that starts to explain why this may be,” said co-principal investigator Stephen Scherer, director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

The researchers, whose work is published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found that about one per cent of boys with ASD had mutations related to the PTCHD1 gene on the X-chromosome.

"Hearing that it's in one per cent doesn't get a lot of people excited," conceded Scherer. "But it gets geneticists really excited because there's a lot of genes involved (in ASD)."

Boys inherit one X-chromosome from their mother and one Y-chromosome from their father, explained Scherer. "If a boy's X-chromosome is missing the PTCHD1 gene or other nearby DNA sequences, they will be at high risk of developing ASD or intellectual disability.

"Girls are different in that, even if they are missing one PTCHD1 gene, by nature they always carry a second X-chromosome, shielding them from ASD. While these women are protected, autism could appear in future generations of boys in their families."

Autism spectrum disorder affects an estimated one in every 165 children. The neurological disorder ranges in severity, but often includes problems communicating and interacting with others, unusual patterns of behaviour and intellectual disability.

Speaking of autism, file this under "CHOKING ON MY OWN RAGE":

There are disturbing accusations of bullying in the Crescent school district. The mother of an autistic 12-year-old boy says three students beat her son, and even put it on Youtube. Jacob's mother Marcia Jones says, "My son's afraid to go to school. He can't sleep at night." A look at this video shows why Jones is now fearful of his classmates. You can see him in the center of the screen refusing to fight.

He even puts his hands in his pockets to show he will not participate.

His passive attitude is ignored and he's kicked in the stomach anyway.

The powerful kick knocks Jacob to the ground.

Marcia says, "It was very hurtful. My son's autistic. He didn't deserve that."

The kids who did the kicking also did the filming and uploaded their video to Youtube.

That's when Marcia and others like Crescent Police Chief Kalon Barnett saw it.

Barnett took it to the district attorney and told us, "We've decided this is a case of assault. It's not a practical joke that has gone bad and was never intended to be a joke."

The bullies were suspended from school and now face felony assault charges.

Barnett says, "We have got to send a message that bullying in school is not going to be tolerated."

Marcia thinks that message isn't getting through.

She says, "Twenty minutes after we got out of court, one of the young men involved posted something very hurtful on Facebook."

The post says things like "Wow, this is way out of hand" and "The kid wasn't hurt."

Not only is bad enough that these brats beat up an autistic boy and put the humiliating video on Youtube, their parents can't seem to grasp that it's wrong to allow their brats to beat and torment a disabled boy. Not only that, someone else has to do their parenting, and at taxpayers' expense, too.

If I had my way, I would give these bullies a choice of punishment: walk home from Baffin Island or be put in stocks for fifteen minutes where everyone could see them and/or throw rancid tomatoes at them (I couldn't guarantee that no one would put a video of them on Youtube). That's not out of hand, is it? That wouldn't hurt, right?

God bless those Armenians:

Anyone looking for huge amounts of free chocolate should book a flight to Armenia's capital next month. That's when the world's largest chocolate bar will be up for grabs in Yerevan's main square. The Guinness Book of World Records certified the 9,702-pound (4,410-kilogram) chocolate bar at a ceremony Saturday.

It was made by Grand Candy factory and contains all natural ingredients, including 70 percent cocoa mass. The chocolate bar is 224 inches (560 centimeters) long, 110 inches (275 centimeters) wide and 10 inches (25 centimeters) thick.

The factory owner, Karen Vardanyan, said that the chocolate bar was produced to mark the 10th anniversary of the company. He said it will be divided up and handed out Oct. 16.


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