Mel Gibson used to visit a schismatic Catholic church in Norfolk, near Wisbech, for his pre-Vatican II services. On one occasion, I am told by a local, a farmer turned round in his pew and asked Gibson, “Who are you?”
Joe Eszterhas seems to wish he’d never found out. An apparently private letter from him to Gibson has been released and placed on line in full by The Wrap. Eszterhas, one of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters, had been asked to write the screenplay for a planned Gibson movie, The Maccabees. According to the letter, from the start Gibson displayed a flair for the demotic, calling Jews ‘Hebes’ as a matter of routine – this in discussions about a project designed to put to rest the idea Mel is an anti-Semite.
I’m not going to quote from the letter. It’s just too weird and should be read in full. Girlfriend-beating jostles with the murder, according to Gibson’s father, of a Pope by a Cardinal sitting on his face.
Gibson has responded. He says the script sucked. He says, “the great majority of the facts as well as the statements and actions attributed to me in your letter are utter fabrications” and points out that Eszterhas stayed with the project through the bizarre behaviour he reported. He doesn’t, though, deny anything specific, not even the routine use of terms of racial abuse. In fact, he admits to some of this when he refers to a letter he says contained “colorful words [...] you apparently now find offensive”.
The use of the word ‘apparently’ in that sentence shows how far Mel is from understanding how the world reacts to him. Boiling that down, I take it Eszterhas has some documentary evidence of Gibson’s use of language and so Gibson can’t make specific denials.
It’s a shame we don’t all need to ask him, “Who are you”. He should be left to slide back into the obscurity he so richly deserves.
Mecklenborg refused a chemical test, and then failed three field sobriety tests. After a blood test, he was charged with drunken driving. The 59-year-old married father of three also tested positive for Viagra.
Isabella Rossellini’s critically acclaimed and provocative online series, GREEN PORNO covers both land and sea! The series features Rossellini as she acts out the reproductive habits of marine animals and insects, both scientifically accurate yet extremely entertaining.
“The secret to GREEN PORNO is that they allow of us to laugh but they also communicate true scientific information,” said Rossellini. “Because of what I learned in doing research for this series I felt strongly that there needed to be an added environmental element to really inform people how delicate the futures of these creatures are.”
In fact, it’s all rather charming, though you shouldn’t click through if you’re likely to be offended by the sight of artistes demonstrating sexual habits – not all reproductive – with the help of large plywood cutouts. And it’s educational; I had no idea why they called the aperture on a dolphin’s head a blow hole, for example.
It’s possible it includes jumping a shark, but I haven’t got that far through the videos yet.
This chap seems to be a bit of a beaut. I quote in full:
A dentist who lost 10,000 confidential patient files has been told he can work freely.
Omer Butt, 33, moved out his filing cabinets and computer during refurbishment work at the Unsworth Smile Clinic in Prestwich.
But a hire van containing the records was stolen from Cheetham Hill, in July 2008.
Last December, a medical watchdog ruled he had shown a ‘complete disregard for patient confidentiality’.
The General Dental Council placed conditions on his practice and ordered him to complete a personal development plan to address information security.
But the watchdog has now ruled he is now fit to practise freely again – even though he has not completed the plan.
Mr Butt was given a warning in 2007 for refusing to treat Muslim women patients who refused to wear a headscarf.
Responding to the recent case, committee chairman Julie Macfarlane told him: “The committee considered that you have learnt a salutary lesson and have shown insight into the seriousness of your impairment.”
Ms Macfarlane noted there had been ‘significant difficulties’ in the completion of the personal development plan, which went ‘above and beyond’ the conditions imposed by the GDC.
She said: “Despite these difficulties, this committee has seen evidence of prompt and effective action to address the crucial aspects that gave rise to the conditions being imposed at the original hearing.”
The panel heard that Mr Butt had worked with a security consultancy on risk management and data protection, and was persuaded that ‘there are now sound procedures embedded in the whole practice’.
Ms Macfarlane told the dentist: “Your fitness to practise is no longer impaired and there is no danger to the public in revoking the conditions previously imposed on your registration and concluding the case.”
Mr Butt has previously appeared before the dental watchdog for refusing to treat women unless they wore traditional Islamic dress.
He even turned a whole family away without treatment after a man refused to ask his wife to conform to his demands.
In September 2007 Mr Butt was formally reprimanded by the GDC for similar behaviour and found guilty of serious professional misconduct.
He then appeared before the council in January last year for failing to declare driving convictions to his employer.
Mr Butt, of Sheepfoot Lane, Prestwich, has not worked since February 2008.
Well, that 10 10 No Pressure video certainly went viral. On the 10 10 YouTube page, Iowahawk sums it up, after the film is pulled by its makers, then re-uploaded by people who aren’t going to let it go away that easily:
In order for your “No Pressure” advert to have been made, I am assuming several writers pitched a professionally-prepared storyboard to a committee, detailing shot-by-shot each second of the film. The committee approved it, along with a minimum $250,000 budget to hire actors, director, & crew. Each scene probably took 3-10 takes, and weeks of post production by special effects wizards.
At no time did a single person involved in this clusterfuck say, “hey, maybe it isn’t the best PR to air our fantasies about detonating the people who don’t agree with us into a mist of blood meat and bone fragments.”
This has got to be the biggest FAIL in the entire history of the internet. Anyone remotely associated with the production of this film should forever be banished from any public institution in the English speaking world, and immediately referred for psychiatric evaluation.
Becker, who after leaving prison trained as an alternative practitioner and now lives in a lakeside district in the most expensive quarter of Berlin and is dependent on state support, is expected to use her right to remain silent throughout the trial.
This is just plain cheating. If you’re driving in the USA and see a sign saying something like “Warning Narcotics Check Point Ahead”, it’s best to keep driving:
The local sheriff’s office had established the signs as a “ruse” to direct motorists to exit off the highway after viewing the warning of the upcoming DUI/Narcotics checkpoint. In fact, there was no checkpoint further down I-40. Instead, the sheriff set up a checkpoint at the end of the ramp of the first exit available to motorists after the posted signs, an exit not frequently used since no services were offered at the exit.
Someone called Mark S. Price has filed a patent (pdf) application in the USA for an anti-suicide bomber device. Here’s the suggested warning notice:
DETONATION OF EXPOSIVE IS GREATLY DISCOURAGED
PORCINE CONTENTS- PORK
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the frangible glass amulet
affixed to this Shield contains a significant quantity of pig’s blood in a
liquid state. It has been treated with preservative and anticoagulant
additives. Further, this Shield is imbued with pig bone. Detonation of
an explosive charge within close proximity of this Shield is greatly
discouraged. Such explosive event is likely to cause the catastrophic
failure of the containment properties of the glass amulet and this Shield,
resulting in the indiscriminate disbursal of porcine derivatives over a vast
area of the immediate surroundings.
Here’s part of an exchange between Davod Horowitz and a student from the Muslim Student Association at the University of California, San Diego:
“I am a Jew,” [Horowitz] said. “The head of Hezbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or against it?”
“For it,” she said.
When this was posted on a website, one of the student’s teachers commented as follows:
This girl is actually my student. I know her to be an intelligent, moral young woman who believes in peace. I do not support any organization that advocates violence against any specific group, nor do I believe that my student would do so. As a peace loving, Catholic teacher, I’m saddened that this speaker — her elder — manipulated the conversation in this fashion to make her look like someone she isn’t, out of an egotistical desire to prove his own point, rather than engaging in a constructive dialogue.
I think Horowitz simply made it difficult for the student to avoid giving a direct answer. I think she knew very well what she was saying – watch her face and body language. But don’t take my word for it, here’s the exchange:
The judge said he found Sellman was a devoted father who was thrilled to have a daughter and showed her no animosity before the fatal incident. It was a “single incident without premeditation”, he said.
Tiffany’s death in November 2008 could have been prevented if information had been shared about the risk Sellman posed to children, a serious case review by Kent safeguarding children board found.
Sellman, 24, had a conviction for assault and hazard warning flags were placed against his name by authorities after he was cautioned for child neglect before he was found guilty of killing Tiffany.
Two other children under his care had been taken away from him and a former partner by children’s social services following concerns about them.
He killed Tiffany when she was one month old, the first time she was left alone with him. She made a noise when he was playing a computer game, so he smashed her down onto a board.