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Apr-24-2009

from the pages of duh!journal….where’s the national spelling bee?

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

this speaks for itself……it spells it self out.

not cgi or clever editing…..just unclever spell checking.

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Apr-15-2009

from the pages of duh!journal….peta shop boys

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

and once again….peta….delivers!

PETA to Pet Shop Boys: Rescue Shelter Boys, perhaps?

LONDON, England (CNN) — Just because they named their new CD “Yes,” does not mean that British electro-pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys, will agree to just about anything.

The band has turned down a request from an animal rights group to rename itself the Rescue Shelter Boys.

The organization, the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA), sent a letter to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe acknowledging that its request, at first blush, might appear “bizarre.”

But, by changing its name, the band could raise awareness at every tour stop of the “cramped, filthy conditions” that breeders keep animals in before selling them to pet stores, PETA said in its letter.

The duo, which has performed under its current name for more than 20 years, reproduced PETA’s written request in full on its Web site.

The musicians said they were “unable to agree” to the request “but nonetheless think (it) raises an issue worth thinking about.”

The animal rights group said it was pleased the Pet Shop Boys had drawn attention to the issue by posting its letter so prominently on the band’s site. Talking about its campaign on a blog entry, a PETA staffer wrote:

“I think I may have to stick “West End Girls” on my iPod right now to celebrate.”

“West End Girls” is one of the many hits the group has had in its long career.

PETA is no stranger to oddball campaigns. A recent one was aimed to re-christen fish as “sea kittens” because “who could possibly want to put a hook through a sea kitten?”

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pretty soon, this will just be called from the pages of PETA

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Feb-19-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: sea kittens

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

this is not a good idea if you want people to stop eating fish! this is a very duh! idea!

PETA fishing for sympathy for ‘sea kittens’

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a marketing campaign to rebrand fish as “sea kittens,” a name the organization hopes will increase awareness and make the vertebrates more endearing to those who would eat them.

“A lot of people don’t realize that fish are capable of feeling fear and pain, that they develop relationships with each other, and even show affection by gently rubbing against one another,” says Ashley Byrne, PETA’s sea kitten campaign co-ordinator. “Knowing that the fish sticks in the school cafeteria are really made out of tortured sea kittens makes most kids want to lose their lunch.”

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have launched a marketing campaign to rebrand fish as “sea kittens

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have launched a marketing campaign to rebrand fish as "sea kittens

The advocacy effort, which also addresses environmental concerns about over-fishing, is the latest in a growing list of publicity campaigns by non-profits, conservationists and animal activists that treat “misunderstood” creatures – everything from cats to slugs and spiders – as if they were celebrities in need of better representation.

As a humourous entry on the sea kitten website states, “fish need to fire their PR guy-stat. Whoever was in charge of creating a positive image for fish needs to go right back to working on the Britney Spears account and leave our scaly little friends alone.”

Although the youth-focused campaign has drawn snickers from critics, none of PETA’s long record of animal rights victories has come without some public mockery. It was by using similar tactics that the organization strong-armed such corporate giants as McDonald’s, Safeway, Wendy’s, Burger King and, most recently, Canadian KFC restaurants to implement new standards of animal welfare.

On fishinghurts.com, PETA also addresses worldwide concerns about over-fishing.

According to a 2006 Canadian-led study in the journal Science, nearly one-third of all fishing stocks worldwide have declined to less than 10 per cent of their maximum observed abundance. Should depletion continue at this pace, researchers warn all stocks currently fished would collapse by 2050.

But Dalhousie biology professor Jeff Hutchings believes PETA’s attempt to address the issue is “misguided” at best.

“Worldwide, we can’t even reduce our fishing pressure, so the thought of eliminating fishing altogether is simply absurd,” says Hutchings, chairman of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. “Furthermore, any positive benefits that might be realized by drawing attention to the plight of fish are, to my mind, weakened by the costs of a campaign that calls fish ‘sea kittens’.”

But marketing expert Allen Adamson, who has written several books on branding, believes the strategy is a savvy one in the way it appeals to children.

“Deer are often a nuisance but because of the Bambi image, they get a better ride than a lot of other animals,” says Adamson, managing director of global branding firm Landor Associates. “Whatever you can do to make the cause come to life and allow people to emotionally connect to it will make (the message) more effective.”

It’s not just Nemo who’s getting a makeover these days.

The North American CATalyst initiative, helmed by a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, aims to “rebrand the cat . . . and give it a better identity” than its dubious stereotype as the aloof companion to “crazy cat ladies.”

The U.K.’s Invertebrate Conservation Trust last year launched Love Spiders, an advocacy campaign “to persuade the public to fall in love with an animal that many people would run a mile from.”

And in Canada, Edmonton bug wrangler Terry Thormin has spent the better part of the last two decades promoting respect for insects.

“We’ve been taught from a very early age that insects are ‘creepy crawlies’ – and creepy means disgusting, it means bad, it means we shouldn’t love them the same way we love our cats and dogs,” says Thormin, former acting curator of invertebrate zoology at the Royal Alberta Museum. “There’s a real image problem with anything that doesn’t have two or four legs.”

PETA HITS AND MISSES

HIT: Protest campaigns such as “McCruelty,” “Shameway” and “Murder King” that got major grocery stores and food service providers to implement new standards of animal welfare.

MISS: The 2003 Holocaust on Your Plate exhibition, which likened factory farming to the atrocities suffered by Jewish prisoners of concentration camps.

HIT: “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, whose widespread celebrity support and public resonance has helped lead top retailers and designers such as Forever 21, Ann Taylor and Polo Ralph Lauren to go fur-free.

MISS: Aggressive anti-fur attacks, including the throwing of red paint on people’s fur coats, pieing fur-wearing celebrities, pelting fashion runways with rubber maggots, and tossing a dead raccoon onto the dinner table of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

HIT: After a five-year protest against Canadian KFC restaurants, the chain agreed in 2008 to phase out suppliers known to treat poultry with cruelty and to introduce a soy-based vegetarian sandwich.

MISS: Tasteless ads that last year exploited the brutal murder of Canadian Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus to draw attention to the violence of factory farming.

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why not call them sea-people? but some people might want to kill sea-people but not eat them!

no one is going to call fish sea kittens. and they will only drive people to eat more animals in an effort to distance themselves from these guys. this is the kind of fringe thinking that does not get moderates on board!

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Feb-15-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: duh!journal mascot #quattro

i was thinking that we need a mascot for duh!journal….or a funny pages section….or at least one regular comic strip. most newspapers and magazines have at least one of these. even the new york times….on sundays….in their magazine is a weekly strip. so i scoured the earth and am going to post the sasquatch ads from jack links beef jerky.

here’s one that never aired on tv! it was an internet exclusive and it will be obvious soon why….

these videos communicate duh! because the humans in the videos mess with the monster known as sasquatch with disastrous results. you don’t mess around with monsters!! what makes it double duh! is that the dumb@$$e$ buy, consume and enjoy the product the commercials are selling giving the subtle subtext of dumb@$$e$ eat and like our beef jerky; we’re dummies! and you can be just like us! by eating our products!

sure you could look them up on google or youtube…..so what would be the point of watching them here?….but isn’t that the case with any video that’s posted? maybe you have found out about the videos here….will watch them elsewhere….and relive them here as i post them periodically.

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Feb-11-2009

from the pages of duh!journal:welcome to arod stadium?

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

perhaps this is more whoops!journal than duh!journal…but there are a ton of people feeling pretty dumb and they are not named steinbrenner nor are they wearing yankee pinstripes…..

Rodriguez Faces Test at Ballpark Reopening

By the time the news broke that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had tested positive for steroids in 2003, the invitations had been out for weeks.

“The University of Miami,” they read, “cordially invites you to Dinner on the Diamond as we commemorate the Grand Opening of Alex Rodriguez Park and Start of the 2009 Hurricane Baseball Season.”

Boasting a personal appearance by Rodriguez, who donated $3.9 million to Miami’s project to renovate its ballpark, the invitation heralded the arrival of a “new era in Hurricanes baseball.”

What Miami did not anticipate was Rodriguez’s becoming the latest major leaguer to be linked to steroids.

On Saturday, six days before the scheduled dedication of Alex Rodriguez Park, reports emerged that Rodriguez had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs six years ago.

But the news is not expected to change Miami’s decision to rename the stadium, the sports information director Mark Pray told The Miami Herald. Still, because the event is a fund-raiser that depends heavily on Rodriguez’s popularity and charisma, the dedication could turn into an early gauge of how much his image will suffer.

A call to Rodriguez’s publicist was not returned, and several messages seeking comment from the Miami athletic department were also not returned Sunday.

Rodriguez did not actually attend Miami, but over the years he has become a patron of the baseball program. As a high school standout in baseball and football, he signed a letter of intent in 1993 to play both sports for the Hurricanes. But when the Seattle Mariners selected him with the first overall pick in the amateur draft that year, his signature on a professional contract took precedence.

As with most steroid matters these days, the Roger Clemens saga offers a parallel. A month after George J. Mitchell’s report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball linked him to steroids in December 2007, Clemens was scheduled to appear at a convention for the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. At the time, the organization said that it was happy to give Clemens the benefit of the doubt and that he was still eager to address a group of about 1,000 coaches on his rigorous workout routines. Clemens spoke to the group in January 2008.

But the Texas group was not counting on Clemens to help it raise money.

Miami’s athletic department, charging its guests $75 each and $1,000 to sponsor a table at Friday’s dinner, has made its goals for Rodriguez’s appearance clear. He will be joined by Miami’s athletic director, Kirby Hocutt, the baseball coach Jim Morris and the 2009 Hurricanes team.

Rodriguez’s donation, the largest in the baseball program’s history, went toward upgrading and constructing facilities like a clubhouse, meeting and video rooms, a press box, four V.I.P. luxury suites and a weight room.

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maybe this is duh!journal crystal ball style….predicting how dumb people will feel and look like the people who will pay to show up to the event. and the officials running the event will feel at least conflicted playing nice to their million dollarsponsor.

this event has not happened yet! you can get still tickets in attempt to appear in the pages of duh!journal!

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Feb-6-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: urgent plea for the end of indoor fireworks

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

indoor pyrotechnics remains a popular trend at concerts, shows, sporting events, private celebrations and now….dinner! above is the apparent fantasy. but below is another recent reminder of how dumb an idea this really is….from cnn.com:

China nightclub fire kills 15

(CNN) — A group celebrating a birthday shot off fireworks at their table and set fire to a bar in China’s Fujian province, leading to the deaths of 15 people, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Another 17 were injured.

The fire happened Saturday at a “Latin-style” bar and restaurant in Changle City at about 11:55 p.m.

The explosion from the fireworks set the ceiling on fire, and the entire bar was soon engulfed in flames, Xinhua cited a city government spokesman as saying on Sunday.

He told Xinhua the fire was put out in about 30 minutes and that three of the injured were in critical condition.

Changle City has closed all entertainment facilities in response to the fire.

Saturday was the last day of the weeklong holiday marking the Lunar New Year, which fell on Monday.

Changle City, which translates into “lasting happiness,” is about 29 km from the provincial capital of Fuzhou and is home to about 680,000 people.

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i have stopped laughing and mocking…and now i am saddened and outraged at the same time. i don’t know how duh!journal became a (real)public service warning.

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Jan-29-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: Big Mac used steroids!

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

it was reported last week that the brother of disgraced baseball home run basher mark mcquire was shopping a book around that no book company was interested in publishing. that’s because the brother was not telling us anything new!

Report: Brother says Mark McGwire used steroids – ESPN

A new book proposal, submitted by the admittedly estranged brother of Mark McGwire, claims the former major league slugger used both steroids and human growth hormone during his career.In the proposal, first reported Wednesday on Deadspin.com, Jay McGwire alleges that Mark used Deca-Durabolin and that he introduced Mark to performance-enhancing drugs in 1994.

Jay McGwire writes in his proposal that his brother “began to use, but in low dosages so he wouldn’t lift his way out of baseball. Deca-Durabolin helped with his joint problems and recovery, while growth hormone helped his strength, making him leaner in the process. I became the first person to inject him, like most first-timers he couldn’t plunge in the needle himself. Later a girlfriend injected him.”

Jose Canseco, in a book he wrote in 2005, claims he and McGwire, former Oakland A’s teammates, used performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1988. Jay McGwire disputes that in the book proposal.

The McGwire brothers reportedly haven’t spoken to each other for years.

The book, “The McGwire Family Secret: The Truth about Steroids, a Slugger and Ultimate Redemption,” is reportedly being sent by Jay McGwire to several publishing houses in New York. Deadspin.com said that it has been turned down by “many” publishers.

Jay McGwire is a bodybuilder. He writes in the proposal that he took his brother to his supplier and trainer after a 1994 bodybuilding championship, which Jay won. He says McGwire started using performance-enhancing substances then.

The New York Times reported Friday that several publishers who have seen the proposal for the book have passed on it.

“There are so many things about it that I find suspect,” David Hirshey, the executive editor of HarperCollins, told The Times. “If Jay McGwire is to be believed, he says he is setting the record straight out of quote love unquote for his brother, although a cynic might say it’s out of love for a big payday.”

Jay McGwire claims in the proposal that Mark McGwire used androstenedione in 1998 to allow Mark “to avoid all the potential adverse side effects that could occur from using anabolic steroids, such as water retention, hair loss, and liver, heart, or kidney stress. In addition, he wouldn’t have cholesterol problems or testicular atrophy. And there were no problems with the law.”

McGwire hit 70 home runs in the 1998 season, breaking Roger Maris’ single-season record. It has since been eclipsed by Barry Bonds.

Jay McGwire, in the proposal, also says he wished his brother would have confessed at the famous congressional hearing, instead of saying he wasn’t going to talk about the past. Jay McGwire also writes that he doesn’t believe missing out on the Hall of Fame will affect his brother.

“Mark is a man I think most would like to forgive because his reason wasn’t nefarious — it was for survival,” he wrote, according to the proposal. “My bringing the truth to surface about Mark is out of love. I want Mark to live in truth to see the light, to come to repentance so he can live in freedom — which is the only way to live. ”

The Deadspin.com report does not say if it asked Mark McGwire for comment on the proposal. Attempts by ESPN to reach McGwire on Thursday have been unsuccessful.

McGwire has been out of the public eye since retiring from the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001. He is now 45 years old.

Mark McGwire repeatedly has denied using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. When he testified under oath before Congress in 2005, however, he wouldn’t discuss whether he did.

“Who knows what might have happened if I didn’t get Mark involved with all the training, supplements, the right foods, steroids, and HGH?” the Web site quoted Jay McGwire as writing. “He would not have broken any records, and the congressional hearings would have gone on without him. Maybe Barry Bonds wouldn’t have ever gotten involved with the stuff, either.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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that’s not news!!!!!

but what we did learn is(as espn’s buster olney points out):

McGwire’s brother about as bad as it gets

Friday, January 23, 2009 | Feedback | Print Entry

A candidate for least interesting story of the year so far, for me, is word that Mark McGwire‘s brother, Jay, has circulated a book proposal in which the brother says the former slugger used steroids.

I think the overwhelmingly one-sided public opinion on whether or not McGwire took steroids was cemented long ago, shaped largely by his refusal to testify about the issue before Congress on March 17, 2005. And now, four years later … NEWSFLASH: BROTHER SAYS MCGWIRE USED STEROIDS. What’s next? NEWSFLASH, 2009: FORMER TEAMMATE CLAIMS NOLAN RYAN OCCASIONALLY DRILLED HITTERS INTENTIONALLY. NEWSFLASH, 2009: NEW BOOK REVEALS RIPKEN HAD SERIOUS WORK ETHIC. NEWSFLASH, 2009: FORMER CLUBHOUSE KID COMES OUT ON EVE OF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND SAYS RICKEY HENDERSON OFTEN SPEAKS OF HIMSELF IN THE THIRD PERSON. This is almost worse than rubbernecking, trying to catch a glimpse of a wreck’s aftermath. This is almost like pulling off to the side of the road to hang out and take digital shots of the cleanup. The McGwire saga is almost entirely played out. He made his choices, including his decision to not testify openly at the congressional hearing March 17, 2005. For that, he will never get in the Hall of Fame, because his decisions that day cast him into an inescapable catch-22. If he says nothing, he’ll probably continue to receive a vote total in the 25 percent range, as he has in his first three years on the Hall of Fame ballot. On the other hand, if he were to come out and admit that he used steroids, then I suspect about 40-50 percent of the writers would never vote for an acknowledged steroid user. And it’s not absolutely clear, by the way, that McGwire really even spends his days fretting about all that. He certainly understands by now that he’s been convicted in the court of public opinion, and the fact that his brother is indicating that McGwire used steroids doesn’t change any of that; all it does is create a media squall that will go away in a few days, until the next McGwire-related tidbit drifts out from somebody trying to make a few bucks. A lot of columnists are writing that he should come out and come clean and be open, for the sake of garnering forgiveness, for the sake of his Hall of Fame chances. If McGwire asked for my advice (and he wouldn’t), I’d tell him that there would be only two reasons he might want to speak out. No. 1: He should open up if he is absolutely devoted to the idea of following up on his words from the March 2005 hearing and is willing to throw his whole heart and soul into the fight against steroid use. If this is something for which he does not have a deep passion, well, any suggestion from him that he wants to help would come off as insincere, a weak effort to win a few public-relations points in a battle he will never win. Most importantly, No. 2: McGwire should talk about it if he feels it’s important for the sake of his own children. Several years ago, I worked on a piece on Ken Caminiti, and in the midst of a discussion about Caminiti with Wally Joyner, I asked Joyner benignly about whether he had spoken to his late teammate about steroids. And during that conversation, Joyner told me that he had asked Caminiti to get steroids for him, and that he had used them very briefly: He took two pills before flushing the rest down a toilet. What Joyner said that day was that he wanted the record straight for the sake of his daughters: He did not want somebody coming out after the fact and making accusations, leaving Joyner to explain himself to his children. Wally wasn’t selling a book when he talked to me. He just wanted, above all else, to do the right thing as a parent. Maybe McGwire doesn’t need that. Maybe he’s settled the whole issue with his kids. Maybe all the McGwires, except for the brother, have moved on. Maybe it’s time the rest of us do, too. Richard Justice feels this family squabble should never have gone public.

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more duh! behavior all around!

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Jan-21-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: gitmo will take time to close!

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

after the party…comes reality…and what seems to be a shock to people…and it made news!:

Gitmo closing may take time, Holder says

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Attorney General-designate Eric Holder said Thursday that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be closed after President-elect Obama takes office, but not as soon as the administration would like.

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder said at his confirmation hearing that “waterboarding is torture.”

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder said at his confirmation hearing that "waterboarding is torture."

Holder made the comments as he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing.

The physical act of closing the Guantanamo Bay facility isn’t a problem, noted Holder. The more pressing question, he said, is the fate of the roughly 250 inmates currently being held there.

Some of the inmates, Holder said, can be sent to other countries, while others can be prosecuted.

A third group of inmates, Holder indicated, can’t be tried “for a variety of reasons” but also can’t be released because they are too dangerous.

For that reason, the Obama administration won’t be able to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility “as soon as we’d like.”

Holder pledged to only support interrogation techniques that are “consistent with who we are as Americans” and don’t “serve as recruiting tools for the enemy.” He promised that, if confirmed, the Justice Department would approve of techniques that don’t violate “current treaty obligations… but (are) effective.”

He cited the claims of military officials who have said that certain so-called “enhanced (interrogation) techniques” don’t always produce reliable intelligence.

He also stated that “waterboarding is torture” and a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

Justice Department officials have said in the past that the technique was used but is no longer in use.

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what next? the troops cannot pull out of iraq by tomm? the economy will take years to fix? my problems won’t be fixed in 30 minutes or less or my money back?

but obama is president now! the chosen one! why are my grandparents still dead? i want what i want and i want it now!

this is only news for people with totally unrealistic expectations…and that seems like every other person right now(except those who expect obama to be the antichrist…and those who rely on duh!journal for their reality).

but our favorite kind of news at duh!journal is news that ain’t really news at all.

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Jan-7-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: a very sad new year’s edition

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

the results of this duh! incident is very sad. but i’ve been preaching against indoor fireworks for years.  i watched many a fireworks display at the mci center during the wizard’s pregame show and thought to myself…even if there is no fire, there’ll be smoke that is inhaled by the people in here! but more and more venues including churches embraced their fascination for the spectacle, making this kind of activity common place!  in this article, our familiarity with indoor fireworks results in a duh! reaction doused with tragedy.

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) — A fire and resulting stampede left nearly 60 dead early Thursday at one of Bangkok’s most upscale nightclubs, where about 1,000 revelers were ringing in the new year, Thai police said.

The fire broke out at the nightclub Santika about 12:35 a.m., Thai police said. Police revised the death toll down to 58 Thursday afternoon, and said 20 bodies had yet to be identified. Another 100 were believed injured.

Steven Hall, a British national injured in the blaze, told CNN that flames began to spread along the ceiling above the stage where a band and DJ were performing. But some people appeared to believe it was part of the performance.

“At the same time there were people rushing to get out, there were other people who seemed to be lacking a sense of urgency and didn’t seem to realize what was going on,” Hall said.

The blaze started near a stage where fireworks were being used as part of a performance on the club’s closing night, police Maj. Gen. Chokchai Deeprasertwit said.

“It may have been caused from sparks, but we don’t know if it was sparks from guests or from the night club’s countdown display on the nightclub stage,” he said.

Most of the fatalities were Thais, but foreigners have been identified from Australia, the Netherlands, Nepal and Japan, police said. Most of those who died in the building died from smoke inhalation or were trampled in a rush to get out of the club. iReport.com: Eyewitness captures scene of deadly aftermath

Hall said his wife escaped ahead of him, but he got caught in a crowd. “The lights went out, and at that moment, my back started burning and I was breathing in hot air,” he said. Video Watch Steven Hall describe his experience »

British citizen Andrew Jones said he was celebrating in the area when he walked up on the fire.

He said he saw victims being rushed out of the fire on stretchers and spoke to witnesses, including a fellow Briton who saw fireworks being lit onstage.

“He immediately ran out of the building, but immediately when he’d done that the lights went out and he couldn’t see,” Jones said.

The club is located in one of Bangkok’s busiest commercial districts. Its Web site features images of bands and DJs performing on both indoor and outdoor stages, and says that it “innovatively blends the comfort of nature with the excitement of the Bangkok nightlife.”

The site advertises the club’s new year’s party, which was named “Goodbye Santika.”

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indoor fireworks turned off people’s danger instincts….they had no reaction to fire! they thought this was part of the show. terrible!

and now more and more, churches are using pyrotechnics! its the blond leading the blind! please! someone stop the duh!ness!

Posted under duh! journal, prophet
Jan-2-2009

from the pages of duh!journal: chinese salted fish causes cancer!

duh!journal scours the earth for dumb behavior….some low brow…some high minded…all duh!

this is certainly no surprise to anyone who has tasted, smelled, ate or experienced chinese salted fish. this stuff is rancid. and yet so good! to ghetto chinese who grew up on it, we love it! but we(most of us) eat it rarely….why?  because instinctively, we know it is bad for us! i limit myself to eating this to once or twice a year at the most so that my body can recover!

from science news:

Chinese salted fish linked to cancer

In the United States and most developed countries, the incidence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) has dwindled over the past 50 years. Not so in southern China. There, this cancer, affecting a silver-dollar-sized region at the back of the nose, is the leading cancer among men and ranks third or fourth among women. A new epidemiologic study now strongly suggests that its prevalence in China results from a single dietary factor–consumption from early childhood of salted, partially rotted fish common to the Chinese diet.

Brian Henderson, director of the University of Southern California (USC) Comprehensive Cancer Center and a collaborator on the study, says, “To my knowledge, this is the first human food to be proved epidemiologically as a cause of a human cancer.’ Henderson suspects that a chemical formed during the fish’s decomposition leads to this cancer.

Southern China’s high NPC rate had historically been attributed to inhalation of indoor air pollutants emitted by unvented wood stoves during cooking. But Hong Kong radiotherapist John Ho had his doubts. For one thing, although southern Chinese women tend to do all the cooking, their nasopharyngeal cancer rate is only half that of men’s. Moreover, a disproportionate share of Ho’s NPC patients were boat dwellers who cooked only in the open air.

Ho decided that what most differentiated the boat dwellers from their landbased kin was the proportion of their diet made up of salted, partially rotted fish. Having seen signs of a similar link between that disease and dietary consumption of the salted fish in Los Angeles’s Chinese population, Henderson and USC cancer epidemiologist Mimi Yu teamed up with Ho to study it further.

Their just-completed epidemiologic study, which they plan to publish soon, involved 250 Hong Kong NPC patients and an equal number of matched controls. It shows “that consumption of this food during early childhood can explain over 90 percent of all cases,’ Yu told SCIENCE NEWS. Most critical, she says, is the role of the fish as “the most popular weaning food in that population.’ Exposures begin early and remain high. In fact, the Hong Kong data show that if the fish is eaten during infancy and childhood, there is no apparent decrease in risk by omitting it from the adult diet. Reinforcing the apparent significance of this early exposure, the researchers say, is the young age–usually 15 to 30–at which the cancer appears in the Chinese.

“We’ve also demonstrated a dose response,’ Yu says. Their data show that by age 10, those who had eaten the fish daily had roughly a 40-fold greater risk of developing the cancer than did those who had eaten it rarely. It’s “a magnitude of risk approaching that between lung cancer and smoking,’ she says.

Lacking refrigeration, most Chinese families rely on salt-cured fish, Yu notes. Ironically, because the fish is intentionally allowed to rot for a few days before salting, its softness makes it a favorite for flavoring the rice of weaning children. Interviews also suggest that when Chinese families have little fish, they preferentially feed sons–perhaps explaining NPC’s higher incidence in males.

Yu expects their follow-up study in Guangzhou (formerly Canton) to be completed within a year. Back at USC she’s feeding the fish–collected from Hong Kong street stalls–to rats to see if they might serve as animal models in which to study the fish’s cancer causation.

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from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):

Evaluation

There is sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of Chinese-style salted fish.

There is inadequate evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of other salted fish.

There is limited evidence in experimental animals for the carcinogenicity of Chinese-style salted fish.

Overall evaluation

Chinese-style salted fish is carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).

Other salted fish is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans (Group 3).

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i don’t need a science journal to tell me that this stuff is carcinogenic. but it’s nice to have confirmation first hand rather than via conjecture!

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