Witches and pirates dealt blows

A couple of news items remind us that we’re not that far removed from the days of flattened globes and foppish robes. In Assam, an angry mob does what angry mobs do best — irrational accusations followed by violent consequences:

A Tribal mob in northeastern India lynched and decapitated two women accused of practising witchcraft, threw their bodies into a river and paraded their heads as trophies, police said … Villagers believed the women “had cast evil spells,” the police official said, and afterwards paraded the heads “as trophies.” Eight people have been arrested over the attack. [The Courier-Mail]

And on the high seas near Bangledesh, government crackdowns have led to a drastic decline in old-school, non-digital piracy:

… the number of attacks has fallen from 58 in 2003 to just 17 in 2004. The (International Maritime Bureau) has praised the Bangladesh authorities, saying that the fall in attacks shows that when governments “are committed to tackling piracy and provide the necessary resources, the attacks would eventually reduce.” [Jane’s]

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Angelina Jolie expresses opinion for some reason

Angelina Jolie isn’t a big fan of Pakistan’s plans to push U.N. refugee camps back into Afghanistan:

Actress Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, said that Pakistani plans to relocate refugee camps from Pakistan to Afghanistan would not help the Afghans living in them. “I don’t think it is a good idea,” Jolie told reporters at a press conference on Saturday when asked to comment on remarks made by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf about relocating the camps. [AFP/Yahoo!]

Non-existent sources report that Musharraf responded in-kind, saying he didn’t think Jolie’s move from sexy bombshell to sexy homewrecker was all that good of an idea either, but you didn’t see him complaining.

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How to stick it to your wife (sort of)

LetÂ’s say that youÂ’ve just had a brutal argument with your wife. SheÂ’s always giving you the business about something: You spend too much time with your friends…you ought to spend more time with the kids…you need to spend less time with your mistress…and so on. After a fight with his wife, an unemployed man in Uttar Pradesh had just about enough. He flew the coop, and returned two years later with the ultimate retort:

During his absence, he got himself castrated and became a eunuch, earning money by singing and dancing, a common form of employment among IndiaÂ’s ostracized community of eunuchs. “I was always fond of singing and dancing, but felt suffocated in my body as a man,” Nabiullah was quoted as saying. His wife, Shama Parveen, fainted when he returned home late last month… [Reuters/Yahoo!]

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‘100 Promises to My Baby’ by Mallika Chopra

Deepak Chopra’s daughter released a new book, entitled “100 Promises to My Baby”:

As she eagerly awaited the birth of her first child, Mallika Chopra began to craft a unique gift that would express her profound loving commitment to the baby growing inside of her. 100 Promises to My Baby is that gift – one that reflects her deep awareness of the sacred responsibilities of parenthood. Here the author shares the vows she made to help her child – and all children – grow up feeling cherished and secure, look at the world with wonder and curiosity, and learn spiritual values that enrich life and contribute to making the world a better place. [Rodale Store]

The first, and possibly most important, promise:
#1. You’ll never have to patronize any of grandpa’s “spirituality” seminars.

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Ajai Raj speaks out

Ajai Raj, who was arrested after questioning Ann Coulter about her favorite orifice, offers his side of the story in an open letter on Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k) (via Wonkette):

So yes, the Q&A session came around, and it was pathetic. Her slack-jawed fans got up and licked her face so she could pat them on the head–one schmuck offered to be her bodyguard, and she smiled, doubtlessly making a mental note that she wouldn’t touch his nether regions if she were King Midas. Liberal protestors posed well-intentioned but woefully timid questions and got shot down in a hail of ignorant shitfire from the She-Dragon. Standing in line awaiting my turn, I watched her send a moderate Republican, who had questioned the sheer incendiary magnitude of her rhetoric, walk away in tears when she tore him apart for daring to question her. So yes, I saw my “opportunity to say something lewd and offensive.” And I took it. She had just said something about gay marriage, the typical rightwing bullshit spiel that is still convincing people that the Bible is really the Constitution. Knowing that taking the time to say something insightful, specific, or even slightly critical would get me a lame comeback and a ticket back to my seat, I realized that the only way to win this battle was to fight fire with fire. Or bullshit with bullshit. [Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k)]

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