Friday, October 16, 2009

This week's episode in the human comedy

In the interests of providing a complete information service:
• In Ontario, Canada, a Catch 22 for turkey farmers. The industry's marketing board tells growers they must confine their turkeys indoors to reduce the chance of transmission of viruses from wild birds, but the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency's new organics standards mandate raising organic birds outdoors.

• In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, strangers are getting together at Cuddle Parties for a few hours of non-sexual "nurturing" hugging and touching. There are strict rules about participants keeping their pajamas on at all times. Ahem.

• In Columbus, Ohio, Tommy, an orange-and-tan striped cat, dials 9-1-1 when his owner falls out of his wheelchair and can't get up.

• In Ogden, Utah, a father misses the birth of his first son after being arrested for groping a nurse on the way to the delivery room.

• In Toronto, Ontario, senior citizens walking in the park for exercise are stopped by a by-law enforcement officer and told they must buy a permit to do so.
• On a Delta airliner, Paul Marchuk III refuses to allow the person sitting next to him to leave her seat to use the restroom. The flight makes an uncheduled landing at Nashville, Tennessee, where Marchuk is forcibly removed from the airplane.

• In Chippenham, England,  A two-year-old girl, accused of hitting a car with a stick, is investigated by police on suspicion of vandalism.

• Fugitive from U.S. justice Maxi Sopo "friends" a former Justice Department official on Facebook, then brags about his wonderful new life in Mexico. Result --- Maxi is in jail awaiting extradition to the United States on bank fraud charges.
and finally...
• A Russian company has hit a new politically incorrect, environmentally and ecologically insensitive, high with its new $1.6 million, armoured, 4-ton, 400 KW (536 horsepower), 4 wheel drive, SUV with gold-plated windows, diamond-encrusted gauges, and whale penis leather seats. No fuel consumption numbers were provided.

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