Word from the Dark Side – illegal flag, kids don’t shag, prayer room snag and fungal swag

Anyone remember this one? Low by Cracker, 1993

British Veteran Arrested for Causing ‘Anxiety’ by Displaying LGBT Flags as Swastika:

“Mr. Brady is British Army Veteran and they were trying to extort him for money by making him pay around £80 for educational course so he could downgrade from a crime to a non-crime, which would still show up in a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.” ( . . . )

When the police returned, they placed Brady in handcuffs after he informed them of his decision not to attend the “re-education” class and pay the fine, prompting Fox to begin filming the arrest, which has since gone viral.

Judge who OK’d Mar-a-Lago raid Obama donor once linked to Jeffrey Epstein:

The Florida federal magistrate judge who signed off on a search warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort donated to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — months after he left the local US Attorney’s office to rep employees of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had received immunity in the long-running sex-trafficking investigation of the financier.

Lies and propaganda:

Lawrence pointed out that war supporters did not challenge the accuracy of AI’s report, but simply accused AI of supporting Russia.  AI spokesmen responded in an e-mail to Reuters by saying that AI “deeply regrets the distress and anger that our press release on the Ukrainian military’s fighting tactics has caused.”

CBS News did a report indicating that nobody is keeping track of weapons sent to Ukraine and a large fraction may not be reading their intended destination.  Again, this was not news to me.  But CBS after being criticized backtracked, withdrew the report and issued a revised, softened version.

I found this interesting. Some of their videos on topics I know more about omitted important details so do your own research, etc.:

I am fascinated by what’s going on with Young People Today:

Kids just don’t socialize much IRL, and when they do, they don’t hook up. In my not-inconsiderable experience, college drinking these days is like college anything — a grim, pinch-faced, assembly-line business. They intend to get blackout hammered, and they get after it like Heroes of Socialist Labor. Pausing for a quickie in the bathroom would mean skipping a turn in the drinking game — and they all play drinking games; it’s bizarre — so no thanks.

And y’all, those are the outgoing ones. The ones who still have some slight urge to see and be seen out in physical space. The rest of ’em never leave their rooms except at gunpoint, and when you force them to, their eyes never leave their phones.

Muslim students occupy Monash University lawn in protest over prayer spaces:

Students, who have been lobbying for a larger Muslim prayer space since 2018, were told last month that Monash University was “multi-faith” and any new communal space built there would be made available to all staff and students . . .

She said the concept of a multi-faith communal room was impractical.

“A multi-faith prayer room is going to be very difficult to manage,” she said. “Different faiths have different requirements, and putting all these faiths in a room together and expecting us to be able to regulate it … we’re just really confused about how we would be expected to do that.”

If you spotted this beauty in your local park, would you eat it?

Containing several trichothecene mycotoxins, its fruiting bodies are lethal to humans. Several poisonings have been reported, most recently in 1999 when a man in Niigata died after eating one or two grams soaked in sake and in 2000 when a man in Gunma died after eating the mushroom fried . . .

Should you be unfortunate to consume it, your symptoms will range from not only stomach aches and vomiting but possibly peeling skin, hair loss, decreases in white blood cells and platelets, organ failure and even a decrease in motor functions, speech, and perception due to shrinking of the cerebellum. Yes, you read that right. This fungus actually shrinks your brain.

And if that weren’t bad enough, the poison fire coral is one of the rare fungi believed to cause rashes, swelling, and irritation of the skin by merely touching it.

In addition to Zama City, where the park is located, sightings have also been reported in Yokohama City, Kawasaki City, and Atsugi City in Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as Chiba and Fukui prefectures.

According to Tokyo University of Agriculture Professor Kimiko Hashimoto, poison fire coral thrives on a pathogenic fungus growing in Japanese oak trees affected by Japanese Oak Wilt disease, which is in turn spread by the oak ambrosia beetle.

Japanese soccer team fined ¥20 million because fans’ cheering violated COVID-19 guidelines

In issuing the fine, the J.League cited two separate incidents. On May 21 at a home match against the Kashima Antlers, a group of about 60 fans gathered by the north vehicle gate of Saitama Stadium 2002 and cheered for about 10 minutes while the team bus arrived. According to the J.League some members of the group were either unmasked or wearing a mask around their chin.

Then, on July 2 at Panasonic Stadium Suita, a group of some 100 Urawa Reds supporters were said to have been cheering loudly as a group for about five minutes in the final minutes of an away match against Gamba Osaka. Again, some among the group were not wearing masks, or wearing them incorrectly.

That’s it from me. More links here from Fisted. I haven’t read this week’s yet but it’s usually interesting.



  1. lemmiwinks · August 14

    I just want to say how much I appreciate the time and effort that goes into these post titles.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Pickle Rick · August 14

    Maybe Mr Brady should have said it was a tribute to Ernst Röhm, who never seems to be acknowledged by the LGBTQ community. He was raising awareness!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dickycone · August 14

    The only songs by Cracker I know are that one and Euro Trash Girl, which really captures the essence of wasting time and money in Europe when you’re young and ridiculous, a surprisingly uncommon theme in music and film. They’ve always seemed like one of those bands that would be worth getting into.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Maniac · August 14

    Sales of Mr. Rushdie’s book have skyrocketed since the attack by the follower of the Religion of Pieces. I think I just might buy a used copy off Amazon myself.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Gunner Q · August 16

      I found the Verses unreadable. Maybe if I’d had a better grounding in Islamic literature.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Corporate Clarke · August 15

    That guy did well to get the mushroom home and fry it.

    Liked by 1 person

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