Was Pope John Paul II a saint? Maybe God doesn’t think so


Hannah Roberts reports for the Daily Mail:

A young pilgrim has been crushed to death by a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II.

The 100ft curved wooden cross collapsed during a ceremony in northern Italy days before the former Pope’s canonisation.

Marco Gusmini, 21, on a visit with other young Catholics to the Alpine village of Cevo, was killed instantly.

Mayor Silvio Citroni said the accident was ‘an unexplainable tragedy’. ‘A young life, so many hopes destroyed,’ he added.

‘The young people were making a snack for lunch and when they heard the crunching noises coming from the cross they fled in all directions. Unfortunately Marco ran in the wrong direction.

‘This is a place for pilgrimages and family visits. We never imagined that something like this could happen.’ Mr Citroni said maintenance work had been carried out on the crucifix last summer.

How can you be a person of faith and explain this away as a random act of chance?   Read more »

Can curiosity lead to a jail sentence? In this case it can

Belinda Feek has the dubious honour of reporting on this sordid story

A Hamilton judge has labelled a man’s collection of “extreme” sex videos the worst he has encountered in his 37-year legal career.

So bad was the “disgusting” collection – which featured torture, bondage, bestiality and child rape, Judge Robert Spear said a deterrent message had to be sent to others that may follow David Robert Miles’ “curiosity”, and sentenced him to 13 months’ jail.

Between January 1, 2012, and April 19, 2013, the 67-year-old grandfather downloaded 16 explicit files to his computer hard drive that included torture of women and sexual abuse of children as young as 5.

The judge noted that some files were lengthy, with one up to 37 minutes, but most between two and six minutes long.

“The videos portrayed what might loosely be described as pornography at its most gross level. It involved sex offending involving very young children; it involved bestiality and torture.

“I have to tell you that with some 37 years of appearing or presiding over criminal courts and having to deal with cases of this nature, this is without question the most disgusting material that I have ever had to deal with.

Being in law enforcement against this sort of debased behaviour has to be both  the most rewarding and soul destroying.  On the one hand you know you’re doing the Right Thing, but it just has to eat away at you and change you as a person.   Read more »

At least with Yeltsin we knew he had pickled his brain in vodka


Vladimir Putin thinks the internet is a massive CIA plot…and is warning people not to use Google.

Next think he will be visiting the Dotcom Mansion to have talks over what John Key knows about the CIA involvement in Google and the capitalist “internetz”.

The Herald reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the internet a “CIA project” and has warned Russians against making Google searches.

Putin yesterday told a group of young journalists that the internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Super-sized graves to be installed in cemetery for fat people

via Daily Mail

via Daily Mail

Really?  How about they dig the hole 2 feet deeper and put the coffin in sideways?   Emma Glanfield reports

Super-sized graves dedicated solely for obese people are set to be installed at a cemetery amid fears of a growing ‘obesity crisis’ – and they will be near the road so the undertakers don’t have far to carry the body.

Plans for 30 super-sized plots have been drawn up by council workers after larger graves were requested by funeral directors who have been struggling to haul coffins over long distances in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.

Sutton Bridge and Wingland Parish Council hopes to open a new three-acre burial ground next year because space is running out at the cemetery in the local church – where plots measure 9ft by 4ft.

There is of course an argument to be had that burial is fast becoming a selfish space hogging act.  Most cemeteries are fast running out of space.  So having to dedicate more space for fat corpses isn’t helping.   Read more »


Map of the Day

Indian Homes with Toilets


Something we mostly take for granted… Flushing loos. Here’s a map of India’s households with toilets.

Is this what you’d expect of a Prime Minister?

Cunliffe On Phone 2

David Cunliffe checking his phone during ANZAC service

A reader emails:


Appreciate you may not want to politicise today however i saw this at this mornings Anzac Service in Titirangi.

It would be wrong to say Cunliffe was on the phone all the time during the service as he wasn’t….however I think anyone wanting to be our PM should be able to resist checking messages at all during an ANZAC service. He should have had his phone turned off and not been tempted to bring it out at all.


Anon   Read more »

Toxic Greens don’t like their reality check

Isaac Davidson reports

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has shot back at departing Labour MP Shane Jones, saying his personal attacks show he does not have control over his emotions.

Mr Jones took a parting shot at the Greens after announcing his resignation, saying that he could never have worked under Greens co-leader Russel Norman in a coalition arrangement.

Ms Turei said yesterday that she thought the Labour MP would have left Parliament “with a bit more dignity”.

“I was kinda nice about him yesterday – I regret that now,” she told RadioLive.

“I know he’s a colourful guy and he has colourful language, but just continually insulting people is a really bad way to leave your work environment. He’s not going to be missed, I think.”

Actually, he’s going to be sorely missed.  At least he has the stones to say what 90% of us are thinking.  The mere idea of the Green Taliban in government is turning our stomachs.    Shane Jones couldn’t stand the idea.  Read more »

Partner reveals Shane Jones scared he will become a nobody

Claire Trevett reports on Dot Pumipi, Shane Jones’ partner, and gets the side of Shane Jones that isn’t so sure he’s done the right thing.


via Womans Weekly

“In the last couple of weeks with the decision he’s been making he has had ‘withdrawals’, and that is purely because of the fear his phone will stop ringing. He was worried he would wake in the middle of the night and feel that withdrawal. He’s so used to his phone ringing, he’s that kind of person, and all of a sudden that’s going to stop. When it comes to the end of Parliament it’s going to be tough and he’s going to feel a bit lonely, I think.”

It pays to remember you were nothing special when you were in parliament.  You only appear to be someone because of the job you have.  It isn’t actually that people are really interested in you as an individual in a general sense. Read more »

“Council to act” on 37 cat crazy cat lady… really?

You may recall our earlier articles on the crazy cat lady in Invercargill that owns 37 cats, and the council’s failure to deal with the problems that a large number of defecating cats are causing to the surrounding properties.

Here’s a little reminder of the Crazy Cat Lady and her feral son when they had a street meeting with a TV3 camera man.   (Caution:  raw footage)

Well, it turns out that even the tough Southlanders turn into a bunch of snotty tissues when faced with something as complex as this.   Read more »