Family of killed man forgives Tribe. Does tribe forgive man?

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I have no sympathy for this man, who was killed while attempting to illegally contact one of the remotest tribes in the world and convert them to Christianity.

John Allen Chau from Alabama, clearly knew what he was doing was wrong. He had someone sneak him onto an Andaman island in India where the Sentinelese tribe live. There are estimated to be 50 to 150 members of the tribe and contact is forbidden to protect them from outside diseases.

You can even be charged for simply taking photos of them.

He set up a covert operation to get himself onto the island, and came back to the boat once with arrows having been shot at him.

Sky News reports that his mother showed showed a journal he had written in after that first encounter:

The journal said: “I hollered, ‘My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you’.”

He said one of the boys in the tribe fired an arrow which pierced his waterproof Bible.

Mr Chau told his family in his last note to them on 16 November: “You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people… God, I don’t want to die.”

He then tried again a couple of days later, and then a third time. That time he did not return. He was seen on the beach shot by arrows, and finally being dragged around by a rope around his neck. And that was that.

The tribesmen did not become Christian.

Now at great expense and effort the authorities are trying to get his body back. Seven fisherman who helped get him onto the island have been arrested.

From the reports, it sounds like the authorities are not exactly sympathetic either. Why would they be? He wasn’t doing “God’s work”, but the work of a Western Imperialist’s ego. We certainly have been through all this on a grander scale before.

His generous family have now released a statement saying among other flourishes:

We forgive those responsible for his death.

 

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How very generous. I’m not sure what he was doing is forgivable; trying to foist his self-righteous ideals on a group of vulnerable people who he was told to stay away from, and who gave him ample opportunity to back down.

He wrote he was “doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island… Do not blame the natives if I am killed,” the source said.

Indeed, he has only himself to blame. But he’s dead.

From the BBC: John Allen Chau: Family forgive tribe who killed American

 

Cyclist throws Poop at Driver

I have been pretty enraged on my bicycle by cars cutting me off, or even bumping into me, but I rarely fly off the handle. I have however seen some people go pretty ballistic with rage.

This one takes the cake. And I’m not even sure how this is physically possible, let alone how one would conceive of such an action.

A cyclist in Victoria, BC collided with an automobile (or vice versa) and his response, along with hurling expletives, was to pull down his pants take a dump and hurl his turds.

Cyclist hurls his turds at car driver. Photo: Reddit

How does one even do that? Shitting on cue. I am amazed by the whole thing.

The police are on the lookout for the crappy fellow.

This incident is reminiscent of another recent turd hurler. The woman who pooped on the floor of a Tim Horton’s when she was refused use of the toilet and threw it at staff. At least in this case, we know she really had to go. Maybe she kicked off a trend?

 

Read more about the poop rage: Cyclist defecates, throws own poop at woman after vehicle collision in B.C.

 

Imprisoned for Breakfast with a Woman

Egyptian man arrested for dining with Saudi woman

Culture sure can be a load of bullshit. Why are people so blinded by their upbringing that they can’t see how insane their ingrained notions of what’s right and wrong are?

A Egyptian man was filmed eating breakfast with a female colleague (in a full burka no less), and subsequently was jailed as a result!

The man was arrested by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, who accused him of “committing several violations and taking up a post exclusively reserved for Saudis”.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is purporting to be on a drive to modernise the country. Speaking of drives, he recently oh so generously granted women in the country the right to drive.

Apparently modernising the country’s often grotesque laws and human rights violations doesn’t extend to dining with a woman.

The comments on the article are just as insane.

I can’t even tell if this one is a joke:

“I need to understand why men are constantly punished and not women,” said Twitter user Malak. “I am a Saudi [woman] and I swear I want them to punish her with him. Laughter, eating at the workplace… where are your limits?”

Or how about this:

developing jobs for Saudi women among foreigners is considered an explicit breakdown of customs, traditions, and values.

Duh! It should be an explicit breakdown of traditions and values if those are your traditions and values.

Traditions are just that – traditions. They are manmade, not some divine natural law. They were usually invented in an older, very different time.  Let’s update them instead of trying to live on values that were established when people lived to the age of 30 and rode horses or camels through the street.

Read more: Man arrested after breakfast with woman in Saudi Arabia

ISS Sabotaged?


The International Space Station has a hole in it. Last week after noticing a drop in pressure inside the station, the official statement was that a meteorite had caused the hole.

Now the story has changed. Apparently, the hole was done with a drill, either accidentally or on purpose, either on Earth or in space. 

As you can see in the picture, there are marks from a sliding drill, so they think that it could just have been a bungling technician who slipped and made the hole and glued it up without telling anyone, and now the epoxy has come lose.

At any rate, the astronauts have fixed it temporarily with epoxy, so they are safe for now. If they hadn’t caught it, they would have run out of air in 18 hours!

Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-iss-hole-man-made-international-space-station-roscosmos-human-a8522036.html

Need a Willing Female to Help

It’s incredible really that Craigslist is still going strong without having compromised much over the many years. It’s still the same bland text links that it was in the ’90s and although maybe not as risqué or outrageous as it’s been at various periods in its history, it still offers up a few gems, even in London, where it’s never been very big or well-known.

Here’s a winner I found about a month ago on the London Craigslist.

 

It reads:

Hi

This is gong to sound a bit strange but I’m looking for someone who can come to my place, dress as a nun and throw Maltesers at me while I walk around wearing a nappy and singing along to greatest hits from the Sound of Music. Is anyone interested? I’m a friendly, 47 year old guy, normal in all other areas! Hope to hear from you

Rufus.

Indeed Rufus, it does sound a bit strange. I do wonder if he got his desire satisfied.

 

The Grief of a Mechanic

Here’s another sad one. A mechanic at Sea-Tac airport stole a plane today and flew it around in loopdy-loos and barrel rolls for a while before plowing it into the ground and killing himself.

They’re calling it a suicide and it sure sounds like one if you listen to the recordings of his conversation with the air traffic control.

He says, “Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess”…and at the end he says, “I didn’t really plan on landing it”.

Something else in that transcript that struck me, was that he, like myself and so many others was obviously affected by that orca and her baby. He says, “Hey, I want the coordinates of that orca; you know the mama orca with the baby. I want to see that guy.”

Damn. Empathy is hard.

I also want to add that that air traffic controller was good. Talking to him calmly like he was a normal guy, trying to get him down safely. It’s unfortunate it didn’t end so well.

And on that note, I’m just going to leave this one here.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/stolen-plane-crashes-unauthorized-takeoff-seattle-airport-source/story?id=57141064

First Post!

So this is just a symbolic first post.

Here I am starting another blog (I’ve started a few in the past).

This one is just going to be some musings, ramblings, reposts, fun media (i.e. songs, videos, images), and all that sort of thing.

It is also set to be a bit of companion piece to my forthcoming podcast (blogcast) when I finally get that thing off the ground!

I’ll do my best to be entertaining, enlightening, and all that sort of thing!

Please stick around, comment, offer feedback and suggestions – make yourself known!