Top Tip – this is something not to do

When a tanker truck overturned on a road in eastern Pakistan on Sunday (June 25), hundreds of people rushed towards the vehicle to collect the leaking fuel.

Using buckets, bottles and cans, they scooped up some of the 5,500 gallons of fuel gushing onto the road. For about an hour, men, women and children from nearby villages, as well as some passers-by who pulled over in their cars and motorbikes, collected the “windfall”, despite attempts by police to warn them away from the scene.

Then, suddenly, the truck caught fire and exploded, killing at least 150 people and seriously injuring at least 100 others.

I recall at least one incident of this happening in Nigeria. What’s gasoline these days, $2 a gallon? (Untaxed, of course, not at European rates). $10,000 worth of gas, 150 deaths, these people were poor, no? Risking for that little each?

Didn’t he say his prize money would be going to Grenfell Tower?

Whether it was the heat, the anticipation, or the sheer novelty of facing an Australian opponent so far out of left-field that he had to look him up on YouTube, Andy Murray crumpled on Tuesday night at Queen’s Club to a shocking straight-sets defeat that threw his credentials to win a third Wimbledon title this summer into serious doubt.

So, not much of that then.

Bad taste product of the month

Later in the evening, west London came together in grief with a candlelit vigil.

Many wept openly as a sea of candles softly illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, just yards from the site of the blaze.

So, who is going to start making candles clad in nicely Green insulation? Candles which burn rather quickly?

The not very good spy

When Reality Winner got out of the US air force last December, she was despondent.

The 25-year-old vegan yoga enthusiast, who enjoyed adopting abandoned pets and sending shoeboxes full of gifts to Afghan children, was repulsed by the US president-elect, her polar opposite.

A passionate environmentalist, Winner grew heavy-hearted as Donald Trump quickly gave the go-ahead for construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

“I’m losing my mind,” she wrote in a Facebook post on 9 February. “He’s lying. He’s blatantly lying.”

As you read on you find that she was actually dobbed in by The Intercept. Not on purpose, or at least not as far as anyone knows. But by incredibly bad trade craft. They showed the NSA a copy of the document, he doc which had the unique identifying numbers on it which show which printer it came from.

Sheesh. Way to protect your sources, eh?

As for Reality herself, language specialist on intercepts. Right languages, easy to get a job. But zero tradecraft herself either. Like, printing from her own printer and sending a hard copy with those dots…..

This could actually be rather good

The film-maker Terry Gilliam has denied allegations that a famous Portuguese convent was damaged during the shooting of his long-delayed take on Don Quixote, telling people to get their facts straight “before howling hysterically”.

Well, OK, the location bit etc, but:

The new version features British actor Jonathan Pryce as the man driven out of his mind by tales of chivalric adventure.

Pryce and Gilliam? It’s unlikely to be moderate and you never know, it might all click and be glorious.

That shouting fire in a crowded theatre thing

About 1,000 people were injured in the Italian city of Turin after a firecracker provoked a stampede on Saturday night, police say.
Thousands of football fans were watching a live relay of Juventus’ Champions League final against Real Madrid in Cardiff when a bang was heard and rumours of an explosion spread.
At least two people, including a seven-year-old child, were seriously hurt.

There have been truly horrendous occurrences of this over the centuries. A crowd of human beings in a panic is a very dangerous thing.

Choose your sides, let battle commence!

The Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has called for a black feminist festival in the French capital to be banned, saying it was “prohibited to white people”.

The first edition of the Nyansapo Festival, due to run from 28-30 July at a cultural centre in Paris, bills itself as “an event rooted in black feminism, activism, and on (a) European scale”.

Four-fifths of the festival area will be set aside as a “non-mixed” space for black women, according to its website. Another space will be a “non-mixed” area for black people regardless of gender. Another space would be “open to all”.

The English version of the site does not use the word “non-mixed”, but “reserved”.

So, pig shit ignorant racists reviving apartheid by enforcing racial division? Brave fighters against oppression providing safe spaces?

Facepalm

Shoppers who queued for more than two hours to get out of a car park over the Easter bank holiday weekend have been slapped with £100 fines for overstaying their time slot.
Parking cameras went live at the Ashford Retail Park in Kent in April, with signs telling drivers the new maximum stay is three hours.
But motorists got caught in gridlock on Easter Monday, and were trapped in the car park for hours when they struggled to join traffic on adjoining roads.

A variation on “the computer says”

No, not the story, just the nominative determination

He described how, while he was making a judgement on the boys’ future, Baldwin made a quick getaway from court before collecting the boys from a secret location.

They were missing for 10 days before a tip-off from a member of the public led to their discovery at the Sherwood Hideaway woodland retreat in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, on April 6.

We should name one hotel in the country the “Super Sekkret The Police Never Come Here Hideyhole.”

Would make it so much easier to capture those on the run.

More info

The flight was operated for United by Republic Airline, which United hires to fly United Express flights. Mr Munoz said four Republic employees approached United’s gate agents after the plane was fully loaded and said they needed to board.

Turn up late then demand to fly. …….

Umm, yes, maybe not a good idea

Pregnant Texas 19-year-old woman who aspired to be model killed by train while having photos taken on tracks

Yea:

Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached, according to the paper. She moved out of the way, but was apparently unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite direction.

What was it the Green Cross Man told us all?