Waiting for the Door…

1A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no body. In the defense’s closing statement, his high priced lawyer, knowing there is a good chance his client will be convicted, resorted to one of his best tricks.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch.

“Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom.” And he turned and pointed at the courtroom door.

The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed.

Nothing happened.

Finally the lawyer said, “Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty.”

The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate.

A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty.

“But how?” inquired the lawyer. “You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door!!”

The jury foreman replied: “Oh, we did.”

“But your client didn’t.”

BBC’s Knell ignores Israeli aid to flooded Gaza Strip

BBC Watch

As extreme weather conditions prevailed across the Middle East this last weekend, the BBC News website produced two items on the subject of flooding in the Gaza Strip. A written report titled “Floods from storm Alexa force Gazans to leave homes” appeared on the website’s Middle East and main pages and a filmed report by Yolande Knell – which was shown on BBC television news programmes – was also featured on the Middle East page of the website. 

Gaza floods 1

Knell filmed floods Gaza

In the filmed report Knell informs BBC audiences that:

“Many homes in the coastal strip are poorly built and it lacks basic infrastructure. Israel and Egypt impose tight border restrictions on Gaza. Since last month its one power plant has been shut down after cheap fuel supplies from Egypt were cut.”

Knell makes no attempt to inform viewers why “border restrictions” are necessary, scrupulously avoiding any mention of the important…

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What Happens After You Drink a Can of Coca-Cola..

The Effects of Coca-Cola on Your Body After One Hour

Coca-Cola is the world\’s most popular soft drink, with about 1.7 billion serving of Coke products consumed every day. Although the drink is popular, and seemingly refreshing, its effects on your health may be serious and in many respects non-reversible. Here\’s what happens to your body when you drink an ice cold glass of Coca-Cola.


The women behind the throne in North Korea’s ’empire of horror’

In the scant collection of carefully-staged photos that emerge from North Korea, Jang Song-thaek was everywhere.

At the funeral of Kim Jong-il, marching directly behind Kim Jong-un, the newly anointed Dear Leader; on an escalator, visiting a shopping centre to glorify the triumph of the regime; dressed in the uniform of a full general whispering words of wisdom into the ear of the world’s youngest head of state.

Now Jang, Mr Kim’s uncle and one of North Korea’s most powerful men, has been erased.

The reclusive communist state confirmed his execution on Thursday. The 30-year-old Mr Kim, it appeared, was demonstrating in no uncertain terms who really ran the show.

But another tantalising suggestion is crystallising. Was Jang’s death by firing squad a sign that the real power behind the throne lies with the two women in Mr Kim’s life?


Bahraini children tortured, Amnesty says

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

HRW: ‘Bahrain children beaten & tortured’ for taking part in protests

17 sep 2013

Human Rights Watch claims there is evidence that Bahraini security forces routinely detain and abuse children suspected of participating in anti-government protests. That’s according to a report, published today. Here we have a quote ‘Information recently obtained from victims, family members, and local rights activists suggests that Bahraini authorities often hold children for long periods in detention and subject them to similar forms of mistreatment as adult detainees, including beatings and threats of torture.’

From ArabianBusiness.com:

Children tortured in Bahrain crackdown – lobbyists

By Staff Writer

Sunday, 15 December 2013 12:03 PM

Children in Bahrain have been tortured and threatened with rape by authorities as part of an ongoing crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, lobbyists said on Sunday.

Amnesty International said scores of children, some as young…

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