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#34790 - 20 Oct 06 10:06 Darwin Awards!
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A daredevil refuses to wear a life jacket while attempting to skim his speeding snowmobile across a Montana reservoir.

He can't swim.

A British bus rider needs a cigarette break so badly that she decides to hop off.

At 60 miles an hour.

A Californian thinks it would be hilarious to watch a train drag a shopping cart. So he ties one end of the rope to the cart and heaves the other (weighted) end under the thundering freight train.

And gets caught up in the ride.

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Pop artist Andy Warhol predicted that everyone will eventually get 15 minutes of fame.

But Darwin Awards recipients pay the ultimate price for their sliver of celebrity.

So named for Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the black-humored awards are given to humans who enhance the gene pool by removing themselves from it in breathtakingly dunderheaded ways. "The Darwin Awards Intelligent Design" ($19.95 Dutton) is scheduled to hit the bookstores later this month. The fourth volume of the series offers readers plenty of ghastly glee.

And we ghouls here in the great Ingrown Empire have an added reason to buy a copy.

Author Wendy Northcutt shares a co-writer's credit with Spokane's own Christopher M. Kelly. He helped research, compile and write some of the Darwin anecdotes.

"This book wouldn't have been possible without Christopher Kelly," said Northcutt of her old friend when I called the California resident the other day.

Kelly logged untold hours poring over the stories of dimwitted death submitted to the Web site www.DarwinAwards.com. "Every time I thought we were running out of stupid stuff we'd get a new batch," he said.

I'll admit it. I'm a big fan of the Darwin Awards.

Sure, it may not be nice to snicker at the fatal follies of others. But Darwin winners are so cartoonishly devoid of common sense that it's difficult to dredge up any empathy.

"True Darwin Awards candidates imagine that they live in a world where tigers don't bite, sharks are as cuddly as stuffed animals, and people can fly with a little ingenuity," writes Northcutt in her opening chapter. "In their minds, steering a motorcycle with their feet just makes sense."

And here's yet another cause for pride. Washington is well-represented.

Consider the plight of the Seattle freeway dangler.

This misguided contest happened in the wee hours of the morning.

Two boozed-up buddies challenged each other to a test of strength. Rather than engage in something nonlethal, like arm wrestling, they decided to dangle over the edge of a freeway overpass.

The rules were simpleton simple: Whoever hangs on the longest wears the crown.

"Unfortunately, the winner was too tired from his victory to climb back up, despite help from his 31-year-old friend," writes Northcutt.

Splat!

Getting that numbskull out of the population probably upped our state IQ average by six points.


New Zealanders get in on the act too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A New Zealand man who drove into a power pole after using dishwashing liquid for brake fluid has been honoured with a Darwin Award - given for idiocy.


Three New Zealanders appear in her latest book.

The dishwashing liquid man did not actually kill himself, so had to be content with a "notorious" award, for those who do foolish harm to themselves.

He opted to use dishwashing liquid as a cheaper alternative to brake fluid.

Perhaps predictably, his brakes failed as he tried to steer around a bend. His car slammed into a powerpole.

He was washed up: his car was not registered, and his licence had been suspended, so police charged him.

He was sentenced to 220 hours of community service and further licence suspension of a year.

Two New Zealanders won posthumous awards.

One man jacked up his car to repair it, using a car battery under the jack to create more height.

The battery collapsed, the jack toppled over and the car crushed him.

The other was killed when he apparently overrode the protection system of a food processing plant by putting a weight on a lever which shut the machine down. He suffered fatal injuries when he was pulled into the machine.

Past award winners have included terrorists who set their bombs on daylight saving time and delivered them on standard time, blowing themselves up.

People who tried to put garlands around a tiger's neck have been honoured, as have Cambodian men who took turns to stomp on a land mine they had brought into a bar.
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#34791 - 20 Oct 06 10:15 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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And world stupidity awards!!!

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As the close of voting nears, The World Stupidity Awards, where public figures compete to see who is the dumbest, has added a new twist. Now you can put money on who you think will be voted the top dumbos: The leading digital entertainment company, Bodog.com, is now making odds on the outcome of such eagerly awaited categories as the 2006 World Stupidity Award for "Reckless Endangerment of the Planet."

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“We think betting on stupidity is a rock solid proposition,” said World Stupidity Awards SpokesMoron Albert Nerenberg. “The only thing in this world you can be 100 per cent sure of, is that there will be more stupidity.”

Calvin Ayre, Bodog.com’s founder said, "Over the last few years, the popularity of entertainment and pop culture betting has exploded. With its international fan base, Bodog.com stands alone as the leader in the entertainment industry, offering the world a wide variety of innovative and creative entertainment wagers. The satirical and fun nature of these particular awards embodies the Bodog.com lifestyle and fits perfectly within the scope of our entertainment offerings.”

The World Stupidity Awards, unlike the Darwin Awards, salutes achievement by living people in the fields of stupidity and ignorance. This year, Bodog.com has included several new categories for the World Stupidity Awards. The winners of the awards will be announced September 20th. Curious about the odds? See: http://www.bodog.com/sports-betting/celebrity-props.jsp.

In the popular category of Dumbest Moment of the Year, Zinedine Zidane’s disastrous head-butt in the final minutes of the World Cup Final is competing against Vice President Dick Cheney shooting his friend in the face; pop-star Britney Spears speeding with her baby’s head against the steering wheel; Danish newspaper publishing Mohammed cartoons; as well as protestors violently demonstrating against Mohammed cartoons.

Although Nerenberg said the academy, which runs the Awards, was honored to see people betting on the outcome. “Remember the World Stupidity Awards are managed by recognized experts in the field,” said Nerenberg. “We are certified to be a bunch of complete idiots.”

The World Stupidity Awards, which are in their 4th year, are organized by the Academy Recognizing Stupidity Everywhere (ARSE). Spokesmorons for the World Stupidity Awards are standing by. Call 416-926-8886

The exclusive sponsor of the 4th Annual World Stupidity Awards is The Disinformation Company (www.disinfo.com), a New York-based entertainment company active in TV production, book publishing and home entertainment. It is most widely recognized for its distribution of products on subjects not usually covered by the traditional media. Recent DVD exclusives from The Disinformation Company include the three best-selling Robert Greenwald documentaries 'Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,' 'Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism,' 'Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War,' and 'Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers,' as well as Greg Palast’s 'Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.'
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#34792 - 20 Oct 06 10:18 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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Further, I suggest, in all seriousness, that JakChat members now compile a list of Indonenesia's ten most stupid for distribution to Indonesian media. Think of the advertising Kuku.

I will paste my top ten over the holiday break.

Should this apply to events this past year or further back?

Suggestions welcomed.
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#34794 - 20 Oct 06 10:50 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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i think best to keep it topical, so limit it to the last year. furthermore, the selection would be enormous if we didn't limit it to a short time period.

what other criteria did you have in mind? how do we define stupid? i mean, there's generic stupid, and there's indonesia stupid...
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#34832 - 21 Oct 06 04:06 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Agreed, the past year, which will give us, we the JakChat community, time to compile a definitive top 10 or 20 or whatever. It should be timed for release, if we are serious about distributing to the local mass media, for over the Christmas, New Year ‘silly season’ when hard news is scarce.

Defining stupid? Stupid is as stupid does, as Forest Gump would say. What he means I don’t know.

However, people like Indonesian Police Chief Sutanto should be on the list, for example, for his complete inability to bring to justice anyone for the murder of Munir, despite overwhelming evidence. Sutanto has a horrible history of such ‘stupidity’, including the death of an American activist and the brutal murder/rape of a labor activist at the hands of, allegedly, the military. In fact, despite overwhelming evidence, Sutanto wrongly (snigger) fingered the victim’s coworkers but the charges were eventually dropped after human rights groups protested.

The two Supreme Court justices who overturned Pollycarpus’s conviction?

Bakrie’s company’s drilling operations? (This is still developing obviously but there is a good case to answer now in terms of fraud.)

The head of state-owned bus company PPD for bankrupting company, which means those fucking awful PPD buses can't afford functioning exhaust systems; this is a personal pet hate.

You get the idea.
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#34833 - 21 Oct 06 04:09 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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Maybe we should include the top ten most stupid posts.

That would be easy I think. Go to user list, select Dutch Guy, select view recent posts and they are all there!
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#34845 - 21 Oct 06 06:53 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Dilli]
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This woman, no doubt from Pondok Indah or Menteng and the wife/offspring/crony of some corrupt politician/soldier/iman, could qualify with her recent letter to the Post, arguing about the independence of the Indonesian judiciary.

Further, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda for saying, and being allowed to get away with saying, "We have a truly independent judiciary. This is a new Indonesia."

On Poso executions
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I would like to comment on the letter from Melinda Tan titled Poso executions in The Jakarta Post on Oct. 12.

First, her letter does not contain factual matters since Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda never made any statement justifying the executions of Fabianus Tibo, Marianus Riwu and Dominggus da Silva as creating justice. The minister, on the sidelines of the UN meeting recently in New York, told the press, "The cases were reviewed by local courts, provincial courts and the Supreme Court.

"It was a pure enforcement of law and has nothing to do with the questions of tolerance between Islam and other religions. We have a truly independent judiciary. This is a new Indonesia."
Second, I see no religious bias with regards to the executions.

The Indonesian judiciary does not discriminate against any offender for any reason, especially beliefs. The Indonesian Constitution states that all people are equal before the law.

I share the foreign minister's opinion that the cases went through all possible legal proceedings. Consequently, the executions had to be carried out in line with the judgment made by the independent courts and judges, in an effort to uphold the supremacy of the law.

The cases of the Bali bombers have also been reviewed by local courts, provincial courts and the Supreme Court. Even though the convicted bombers have refused the possibility of asking for clemency, the law grants their families the right to seek clemency. For that reason, the legal process has not finished, thus the perpetrators cannot be executed yet.

Last, we should be proud of being a nation with a high degree of religious tolerance. Therefore, we should maintain this tolerance and wipe away any thoughts or attitudes that may jeopardize harmony between believers.

BIANCA SIMATUPANG
Jakarta
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#34885 - 22 Oct 06 06:21 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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Well, there seems to be a clear lack of enthusiasm for my proposal, other than some encouraging, bir-fueled comments from some dodgy Jaksa types, including a rather talkative bloke who identified himself as Jakartass.

His well-worthy nomination, though a bit longer than a year back, was then Jakarta Governor Rizal Nurdin, god rest his soul.

Though the cause of the Mandala Airlines plane crash in Medan in September 2005 has not, to my knowledge, been made public, fingers are being pointed at Pak Rizal and an alleged two to three tons of durian as the cause of the deaths of 143 people, including three babies.

Though not confirmed, investigators have apparently ruled out engine failure, leading many to suggest that the illegal overloading of pungent fruit is indeed the cause.

This from Wikipedia: “It has been widely reported that the overloading was due to 2 or 3 tonnes of durian fruit brought by the Sumatran governor and former governor travelling on the flight intended as gifts to bring to Jakarta, and not listed on the flight's load manifest."

The online encyclopia also notes that, “observers reported smelling the odour of the pungent fruit in the crash.”

Mandala Airlines should also receive a special mention for loading the fruit in the first place; apparently even Garuda staff – not normally shy of making a few extra rupiah, nor of serving human rights activists deadly poision – baulked at quantity of the durian (even though it was intended as a gift to the President) and refused Rizal’s passage.

The failure of the investigating authorities to determine an official cause only strengthens the case of death by durian.

Further, we need a name for the ‘awards’. An idea of polling all members of all Jakarta blogs and calling the whole show “The Jakarta Goblog Awards” has been shot down by the bloke who came up with – and registered – the ‘goblog’ name. He has more serious intentions in mind. Anyway a name. Anybody. And further suggestions please.
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#34888 - 22 Oct 06 09:25 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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how about the "indonesia stupid award"?

or, how about the "habibie prize"?

or, how about naming it after the durian, jakarta's patron fruit. we could make trophies in the shape of the aforementioned.
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#34889 - 22 Oct 06 10:37 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Habibie? Why? Because of his ludicrous schemes?

But perhaps you’ve touched on something. Say we ask arguably Indonesia’s stupidest woman, Megawati Soekarnoputri, to be patron. We could name each statue a Mega and the annual awards ceremony in the Hilton, The Megas. Do you think anyone would be willing to come up and accept an award if their names are called? And I proposed The Hilton because the owner’s brother executed a waiter in the resident nightclub for questioning his rejected debit card.
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#34890 - 22 Oct 06 10:53 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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Is Amien Rais still around?

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#34897 - 22 Oct 06 12:25 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Choc_Cow]
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Quoting: Chocolatea
Is Amien Rais still around?


ummmm ... yes. if i recall correctly, he's back at his old job as a lecturer at Fisipol, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. he's supposedly an expert in middle eastern affairs.

but what has he got to do with the indonesian darwin awards? sure, he's a bit of a dork, but he's not a complete idiot.
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#34898 - 22 Oct 06 12:38 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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Habibie? Why? Because of his ludicrous schemes?


partly. but mostly for losing east timor, when he didn't have to. the australian govt at the time he was president suggested that the east timor mess be sorted out by granting limited autonomy for a period of a decade -- time enough to win hearts and minds -- and then holding a referendum toi determine whether they wanted independence or not.

habibie arrograntly responded to this proposal by proclaiming that they would hold an autonomy plebescite straight away, and if the timorese rejected autonomy, he'd grant their independence, completely convinced that the east timorese loved their union with the unitary indonesian republic and would vote in favour of autonomy.

the boofhead.

Quoting: Piss Salon
But perhaps you�ve touched on something. Say we ask arguably Indonesia�s stupidest woman, Megawati Soekarnoputri, to be patron. We could name each statue a Mega and the annual awards ceremony in the Hilton, The Megas. Do you think anyone would be willing to come up and accept an award if their names are called? And I proposed The Hilton because the owner�s brother executed a waiter in the resident nightclub for questioning his rejected debit card.


are you with HBF?
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#34899 - 22 Oct 06 12:50 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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HBF? Hilton something something? Bar fan? Breast fancier? Bottom feeler? Butt fucker?

That's two posts and two questions. I am not in your league. Intellectually at least.

Anyway, fuck it. I am going bush for a week. I might find a chimp or two more on my wavelength.
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#34900 - 22 Oct 06 12:54 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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HBF == Health Benefit Fund. an australian medical insurance firm. maybe my australian references are a little dated ... smile
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#34901 - 22 Oct 06 13:25 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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how about the "Hobbit Awards"?

Quote:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT

LOCATION: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2004/s1250923.htm

Broadcast: 25/11/2004
Indonesia rejects findings

Reporter: John Stewart

TONY JONES: Indonesia's leading palaeontologist has rejected one of Australia's greatest archaeological discoveries.

Last month, Australian scientists announced the discovery of a new human species after the remains of a small bodied hominid were found on the Indonesian island of Flores.

The creature was quickly dubbed the 'hobbit' and heralded as one of the biggest finds since the discovery of the Neanderthal man more than a century ago.

But the leading Indonesian scientist in this field, Professor Teuku Jacob, has claimed the skeleton is not a new species but simply the remains of a small human related to a local pigmy population.

To make matters worse he's also disputing the hobbit's sex.

Australian and British scientists want to test the skeleton's DNA to prove their case, but Professor Jacob has locked the remains in a safe and says the Western world will have to wait for him to complete his own studies.

John Stewart reports.

JOHN STEWART: After months of excavating inside this cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, Australian and Indonesian archaeologists unearthed a skeleton which set the scientific world on fire.

Australian scientists claimed the skeleton was a new human species, which evolved separately from Homo sapiens.

Called Homo floresiensis, or the hobbit, it stood just one metre tall with a brain smaller than a chimpanzee.

But one of Indonesia's most senior paleanthropologists, Professor Teuki Jacob, has examined the remains and says the hobbit is not a new species, but just a small Homo sapien.

PROFESSOR TEAKI JACOB: Everything point to the direction of Homo sapiens, especially the teeth, the teeth in the upper and lower jaw are clearly sapien.

JOHN STEWART: Professor Jacob claims the skeleton is that of a dwarf, suffering from microcephaly, a congenital disorder which produces a very small brain.

He also says the Australian scientists got the sex of the skeleton wrong - it's a male and not a female and is related to a local pigmy population on the island of Flores.

PROFESSOR TEAKI JACOB: The sex I think is a male, and this individual, the first individual, they are still a very small stature population in Flores so they are pigmy sized.

JOHN STEWART: Finding a new species is the Holy Grail of archaeology.

Professor Jacob says he studied similar findings back in the 1950s by a Dutch priest, but he proved him wrong too.

PROFESSOR TEAKI JACOB: Many people have been hunting for a pigmy population in Indonesia because you have some remains from Sumatra.

JOHN STEWART: The Australian scientists are standing by their claim that hobbit man is a new species.

PROFESSOR RICHARD ROBERT, UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG: They've got longer arms than us, they've got a wider pelvis than us and no chin, none of these features have got anything to do with particular disease which does cause a small brain, so when you look at the whole package of features, Professor Jacob's claim does not stand up and now he's got the specimen to study closely, I'm sure he will realise that particular difficulty himself.

JOHN STEWART: To end the argument about hobbit man, Professor Alan Cooper from Oxford University has arrived to test this hair and mud taken from the excavation site.

PROFESSOR ALAN COOPER, OXFORD UNIVERSITY: The chance of getting DNA from that far back is something I would have never dreamed about, we had actually discussed the possibility of getting DNA from a homo erectus, but we figured we'd have to get it from some frozen environment, like Russia or China, and we thought the chances were minimal. So to have this thing turn up from as recently as 12,000 years ago is incredible, absolutely incredible.

JOHN STEWART: Professor Cooper wants to get better DNA samples from the skeleton, by drilling into the hobbit's teeth.

This could be the only way to finally prove whether or not hobbit man is a new species.

But there's one big problem.

Professor Jacob has ensured that the biggest archaeological discovery of the decade has been locked inside a safe in his office to keep it away from scientific scrutiny.

PROFESSOR ALAN COOPER: We need to demonstrate that DNA survives at the site, DNA is in the plants, the stegadon, the little elephant, DNA is there.

That means we really can do it, so if we really can do it, it may be worth sampling a tiny amount of this very valuable material and we need to make that case.

I think if we can scientifically, it would be hard to refuse permission to do that analysis, but we have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

JOHN STEWART: 73-year-old Professor Jacob has a history of locking skeletons away from Western scientists.

Researchers around the world have complained about Professor Jacob's practice of providing only brief peaks of skeletons, without time for detailed analysis.

It's unclear when Western scientists will gain access to the hobbit remains.

PROFESSOR TEAKI JACOB: It's up to the National Centre for Archaeology to give a permit for studying abroad.

JOHN STEWART: Professor Jacob also claims that Indonesian scientists were not properly credited with the find.

Over the phone, Professor Jacob told us the only real hobbit is the Australian scientist's team leader Mike Moorwood.

But the Indonesian professor may have to eat his words if Western scientists ever gain access to the skeleton and DNA tests prove once and for all that the hobbit man is a new species.

John Stewart, Lateline.

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#34923 - 23 Oct 06 06:14 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Ok here's a few:

1. The monthly train deaths by "roof riders" -- by either holding on to the high-voltage electric cables overhead or falling to their death.

2. The two women in Central Java last year during the rainy season, who drowned after wading into a swollen, fast river to do laundry. Problem was they couldn't swim, let alone float effectively while still breathing.

3. The father and his two sons who were killed as they were crossing JL. Fatmawati on their way to dawn prayers while wearing dark clothes and forgetting to look both ways for the odd speeding bus.

4. The 2002 Bali Bombers. They chose the Sari Club van suicide guy, Jimmi, but didn't realize until the day before that he couldn't drive. One of the leaders, imam samudra, had to drive the van up to the club and hopped out to get on Muklas's motorcycle. Jimmi's already dead, Muklas, Samudra and Amrozi should be dead soon. The motorbike was the first big break in the case that eventually led Aussie cops to them, because they abandoned the bike at a nearby mosque and somebody saw them doing the switcheroo near the Club shortly before the blast.
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#35486 - 04 Nov 06 05:13 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: riccardo]
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Well, this thread seems to be going nowhere fast but in the interests of self-flagellation I will persevere.

How can we forget our dear vice leader, pun intended, Jusuf Kalla, for his absolutely mind-bogglingly stupid comments promoting Indonesia to Arab men as a sex-tourism destination.

"If there are a lot of Middle East tourists traveling to Puncak to seek janda, I think that it's OK," ‘The Jakarta Post’ reported, adding that ‘janda’ is the Indonesian term denoting either widows or divorcees.

Speaking at a seminar on tourism promotion to the Middle East, he said the tourists would bring numerous benefits to the women and their offspring, as well as the country's entertainment community.

"If the janda get modest homes even if the tourists later leave them, then it's OK. The children resulting from these relationships will have good genes. There will be more television actors and actresses from these pretty boys and girls," he said.

Kalla was referring to a common practice in some areas of West Java and Batam island, where local women engage in short-term relationships with foreigners, many of them businesspeople from the Middle East, after taking informal religious vows.

Proponents say the arrangement avoids illicit sexual relations and provides income to poor families, while women's rights activists contend it is a form of legalized prostitution, especially when minors are forced into the unions by their parents.

The gaffe-prone VP, who has been described as a ‘kook’, then issued an apology, though women’s groups said it did not go far enough.

"I never said that I support the use of women (to attract Arab tourists). I am just trying to encourage the use of other ways of attracting tourists than what is practiced by people in Puncak," he was reported as saying.

And, just a short-time later (get it), the Bogor Immigration Office deported five Saudi Arabian nationals for misusing their visas by entering into short-term marriages with local women.

And the bit I like: “As of Wednesday afternoon, Saudi Arabian Embassy press secretary Muhammad Justaniah could not be reached for comment.”

Someone famous once said, I think, that no ignorance can be excused, except from children and animals. Well, I beg to differ.

This from The Post:

“The Jakarta administration filed a complaint with the Jakarta Police on Monday afternoon against youth organization United Islam Youth (Persis) for allegedly cutting down a 100-year-old banyan tree Sunday near Harmoni Central Busway station in Central Jakarta.
The group defended their action by saying they did it for a cause, that is, to diminish the misleading belief about it being a sacred tree. Such a perception could corrupt moral and religious faith, the group said.”

And in arguably the world’s most prime example of the pot calling the kettle black, Jakarta’s dodgy Governor Sutiyoso was quoted as saying the following: "I am very disappointed with the incident. The cutting of the tree was such a stupid act. People of any organization who cut it need to be told that we protect the tree because of its functional value not because of superstition.”

Separately Persis leader Zenal Arifin Abu Dhiya said that the group could not tolerate the tree's existence and reputation for hosting a spirit superior to a human being.

Meanwhile Jakarta Park Agency head Sarwo Handayani said that the banyan tree, which is over 100 years old, was priceless in value and classified as preserved.

Where does that leave the local administration in relation to the mass slaughter of trees as part of the busway scheme and other bumbling attempts to establish any form of functioning infrastructure in this broke-down town?

And as further proof of National Police chief Gen. Sutanto’s early good polling in the stupidity awards, he has pretty much confirmed himself in the top ten, in my opinion.

The nation’s top cop the other day ruled out UN involvement in the ‘ongoing’ Munir assassination investigation, saying it would undermine the country’s law enforcement process.

"This is our sovereignty ... we want no foreigners interfering in the process," he told journos. He said assistance would be preferred in the form of technical aid, such as DNA testing.
DNA testing what exactly? And undermining the country’s law enforcement process? I would say it would undermine Indonesia’s non-law enforcement process.

And lastly, I going to risk six-month’s jail and nominate, President Yudhoyono, who set up a fact-finding team to investigate Munir's murder and publicly promised that he would ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice. He has reportedly remained publicly silent since the Supreme Court issued its controversial verdict.
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#35636 - 07 Nov 06 13:25 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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On he forges … alone.

Probably the world’s singly most ineffective man, Indonesian State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar, last Saturday said that most Indonesians were unaware of the adverse impacts of climate change, highlighting rising ocean levels.

He then clarified it for them all by saying that it would cause parts of Jakarta to “sink”.

“We have noted that is some places the sea level has risen by several cm, including in Semarang. If the sea level rose more than 70 cm, it would be disastrous. Part of Jakarta would sink.”

I understand that parts of Jakarta are sinking or slumping due to a loss of groundwater, but surely he means to “flood”. Then again I am no geologist.

Regardless, he should have shut up until all the deals at the infrastructure summit were closed. Bakrie must be wondering how he will ever be able to foot the mud-flow disaster bill.

And it is worth noting that locals in Aceh, Ambon, Central Sulawesi, Kalimantan and of course West Papua were lighting enormous forest fires in celebration of Rachmat’s news.
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#35647 - 07 Nov 06 21:52 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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Quote:
“We have noted that is some places the sea level has risen by several cm, including in Semarang. If the sea level rose more than 70 cm, it would be disastrous. Part of Jakarta would sink.”

the eminent minister is indeed a worthy nominee for a darwin award ... Semarang is indeed sinking; at least, a large part of the waterfront is. but this has nothing to do with alleged sea-level rises, but more to do with geological issues. you would expect that an environment minister could explain these things to us dumb masses.
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#35648 - 07 Nov 06 21:57 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Has anyone actual proved that sea levels have risen, or are we still at the "if sea levels rise" stage?

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#35649 - 07 Nov 06 22:08 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Squirrel]
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Has anyone actual proved that sea levels have risen, or are we still at the "if sea levels rise" stage?

as far as i am concerned, it's still a question of "if". it might happen in the future, but as of this moment, it hasn't. most examples of islands allegedly being affected by climate change -- eg, Kiribati -- are just being eroded away and/or undergoing subsidence.

many people in Kiribati are highly desirous of a free ticket to australia, and so are playing the climate-change/sea-level-rise cards for all they are worth.
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#35650 - 07 Nov 06 22:12 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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This was my understanding - erosion caused by poor environmental management. Just as bad but local rather than gobal.


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#35663 - 08 Nov 06 01:01 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Squirrel]
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Regardless, even if it is a question of "if", and a very small "if" I might point out, action needs to be taken immediately even if there is a small possibility such drastic change will occur.

Can you imagine the future? Hordes of refugees fleeing Africa, the world's islands and low-lying coastal areas where most of the world's population reside?

Yet another reason why George Junior is a cunt. Action needs to be taken by a leader who is not corrupt.
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#35666 - 08 Nov 06 01:10 Re: Darwin Awards! [Re: Piss Salon]
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And I see now that at least one person has read my post and now agrees with me, at least on assuming the worst. Thanks Rupert.

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Mr Murdoch also says he has had a change of heart on climate change and now believes global action is needed - although not in the form of the US-opposed Kyoto Protocol.

Mr Murdoch has called for a new treaty that is acceptable to all countries and brings in emerging economies.

"I have to admit that, until recently, I was somewhat wary of the warming debate. I believe it is now our responsibility to take the lead on this issue," he said.

"Some of the presumptions about extreme weather, whether it be hurricanes or drought, may seem far-fetched. What is certain is that temperatures have been rising and that we are not entirely sure of the consequences."

"The planet deserves the benefit of the doubt."

It will be interesting to see how the Fox News facists react to the news.
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