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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Mid week mayhem!

Dear Readers:

First the locals at La Loche school said we should tear down the building because of the bad vibes associated with the shooting, because after all, it's not their money that will be spent, and now they are talking about putting in security when the school re-opens.

Well now, wait a minute folks ........, isn't the guy who did the deed now in jail? Isn't hiring security after the fact sort of like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped? Shouldn't the locals try to move forward and get on with things rather than live in fear?

It was a tragedy folks, but somebody has to get a grip!


Over the years I can remember at least three or four times that rumours circulated about Abe Vigoda dying, but reality caught up with him yesterday when he finally kicked the bucket at the ripe old age of 94.
 Character Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller” and the doomed Mafia soldier in “The Godfather,” died Tuesday at age 94.
Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.
Abe Vigoda, who died at the age of 94 on Jan. 22, first died in Calgary.

It was 1982 and Vigoda, fresh off his stint in the TV show Barney Miller, was performing in The Fifth Season, a comedy about a couple of fashion designers, at Stage West. He was not, therefore, at the wrap party for the Miller TV series.
Enter People Magazine:  A reporter from the publication was at the party and noted the "late" Vigoda was not in attendance, coming as quite a surprise to the then-vigorous 60-year-old actor.

'Good humour'

Vigoda took his early departure from earthly bounds in stride, and even played with the news in an interview with Alberta Report journalist Ashley Geddes.
"He took it in good humour and so on, and so I went and met him and chatted with him and took a picture of him jogging down the street denying he was dead," said Geddes, now senior digital producer at CBC Edmonton.

"Some celebrities would be kind of pissed off at the media over something like that, but he just took it with good humour and he saw the humour in doing a story showing himself being robust and athletic."

Running gag

It was the start of a running gag for the actor, known for his role in The Godfather as well as in Barney Miller. He was pronounced dead in the media a second time in 1987 and then continually played up his tenuous mortality through gags in movies, television and on late night talk shows.

There was even a website dedidated to watching whether or not Vigoda was alive or dead, which has now been updated for the last time after the actor died at the age of 94 on Jan. 22.

But he died in Calgary first.


Image result for fat samoan Samoa Air gained global press coverage this week by becoming the first airline in the world to charge customers by body weight plus luggage.

Ah, now it makes sense. Samoa is the 6th most obese nation in the world, with 80.4% of citizens (over 15) being overweight. For a small airline like Samoa Air, this charge must be essential in order to keep their business on the up and up! [sic]



Kuwait Creating Mandatory DNA Database Of All Citizens, Residents -- And Visitors.

A growing number of articles on Techdirt attests to the fact that the use of DNA is becoming commonplace in many fields, thanks to the continuing drop in the costs of gathering and analyzing genetic material. As those costs fall, of course, so the temptation to roll out the use of DNA more widely increases.

It looks like Kuwait has the dubious honor of being the first nation to require everyone's DNA -- including that of visitors to the country. The Kuwait Times has a frighteningly matter-of-fact article about the plan, which is currently being put into operation. Here's how the DNA will be gathered:
Collecting samples from citizens will be done by various mobile centers that will be moved according to a special plan amongst government establishments and bodies to collect samples from citizens in the offices they work in. In addition, fixed centers will be established at the interior ministry and citizen services centers to allow citizens give samples while doing various transactions.
Those who are not citizens of Kuwait will be sampled when they apply for residence permits:
Collection will done on issuing or renewing residency visas through medical examinations done by the health ministry for new residency visas and through the criminal evidence department on renewing them.
As for common-or-garden visitors to the country:
Collection will be done at a special center at Kuwait International Airport, where in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Department, airlines and embassies, visitors will be advised on their rights and duties towards the DNA law.
"Rights and duties" basically means: "no DNA, no way Kuwait", since the article says elsewhere:
the test will be mandatory for visitors
The DNA will not be used for medical purposes, such as checking for genetic markers of disease, which will avoid issues of whether people should be told about their predisposition to possibly serious illnesses. Nor will the DNA database be used for "lineage or genealogical reasons." That's an important point: a complete nation's DNA would throw up many unexpected paternity and maternity results, which could have massive negative effects on the families concerned. It's precisely those kinds of practical and ethical issues that advocates of wider DNA sampling and testing need to address, but rarely do.
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