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Handwriting Analyst: Jack The Ripper Not Jewish

Using the conclusions from her personality analysis, Dresbold dismantles some of the long-standing theories about the identity of Jack the Ripper. One, which was put forth at the time of the murders by the then-Assistant Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, was that the Ripper "and his people were low-class Jews." Dresbold, however, contends that the letter's spelling errors were actually phonetic spellings of Cockney- or Irish-accented English. Further, she says, in 1880s London most "low-class Jews" would have spoken primarily Yiddish and very little English - not enough, in any case, to produce a letter from Hell.


Thoughts on Gary McKinnon - The Computer Hacker and His Likely Fate

The news that British-based computer-hacker Gary McKinnon may be facing up to 70 years in a U.S. prison (or, worse still, in Guantanamo Bay) for hacking 97 American military and NASA computers between 2001 and 2002 as he searched for secret information on UFOs, is unfortunate.

Earlier this year, Gary lost his first appeal against extradition to the States in a High Court Hearing. And what may be his last appeal to ensure he stays a free man (or at least that he doesn't serve a sentence in a U.S. jail) will be heard in February. And if that fails, his only hope is an appeal to the British Government's House of Lords.


New bill for blind Texas hunters

Blind hunters would be able to use laser-sighted rifles to hunt animals in Texas, if a bill introduced in the state's legislature is successful.

Comment: Comment: We are speechless.


Google to "consider" removing "offensive material" from Google Earth

Sure, it was a giant humongous image of Mr. P-Niss-those crazy, lovable Brits-but what next? The Moonie wire service:

STOCKTON-ON-TEES, England, Dec. 13 (UPI) - Pranksters drew a willy on the roof of a top British prep school that was so big it could be seen from space - and, in fact, was found on Google Earth.
Excellent! Clearly these British lads have no soy in their diet!


Python living down the toilet

A plumber called to fix a toilet in Australia got a bit of a surprise when he turned up, and found the blockage was a seven-foot-long python.

The python was eventually extracted from the septic tank by Peter Phillips of the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Northern Territory. He would have pulled it straight out of the toilet, he said, but it was so big it wouldn't fit.


The Meaning of Spam

An inside look at the "arms race" between spammers and anti-spam technology.


MySpace tops Yahoo in November

China may be violating trade agreements, but the savings-poor U.S. lacks the power to do anything about it.


Israeli psychic starts paranormal fad

JERUSALEM - When the young Uri Geller packed his spoons and self-styled supernatural powers to seek fortune abroad, no one could have predicted he would return to his nativeIsrael in triumph 35 years later as a reality TV star - no one, presumably, except Uri Geller.

The premise of Geller's new show, "The Successor" - which has received smash ratings here and started something of a paranormal fad - is that the psychic celebrity, now approaching his 60th birthday, has come home to choose an heir.


Out of this world solution to a Scottish standing stone

Newton StoneTHE NEWTON stone is a small, rather unassuming pillar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. On one side is faded, ancient writing, on the other a curling snake and cylindrical patterning. Many would say that it is a typical example of a Scottish standing stone.

Yet one man claims that this is no ordinary stone, that instead it holds the secret of our missing pre-history. That it shows the birth of Jupiter from Saturn and more explosively, that it proves that someone was around to witness this planetary catastrophe and that this someone may not be human.


D�j� Vu Research Is Outta Sight

The first case study of a blind man suffering d�j� vu has overturned traditional theories about how the effect occurs. It was previously thought that d�j� vu was triggered when images from one eye arrived in the brain a few microseconds after images from the other eye - causing a feeling that something was being seen for the second time. But University of Leeds researchers have just reported about a blind person experiencing d�j� vu through smell, hearing and touch.