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This is for Boaty: Swedish railway company accepts public vote to name new train 'Trainy McTrainface'

© Herbert Meier/MTR Express
One of MTR Express’s six Stadler FLIRT units will be named 'Trainy McTrainface'.
It's happened again. A public vote to name four trains running between the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg has resulted in one of the four being called Trainy McTrainface in an echo of the name chosen by the British public for the new polar research vessel.

Trainy McTrainface received 49% of the votes in a poll, jointly run by Swedish rail company MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro.

That placed it well ahead the other three options: Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon.

The other trains have already been named by the public: one is named Estelle, after the five-year-old daughter of Sweden's Princess Victoria, the next in line to the Swedish throne.


'Robot drowned': Twitter baffled by robot 'suicide' (PHOTOS)

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In another example of internet madness, the 'death' of a security robot in a Washington DC office fountain is making waves online.

On Monday, news that a Knightscope security robot had fallen into a fountain was relayed on Twitter by Bilal Farooqui.

"Our DC office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots," Farooqui said.


Golden retriever rescues drowning fawn off Long Island beach

© Mark Freeley/Facebook
A golden retriever leaped into the waters off Long Island during a morning walk over the weekend and, after a furious swim, returned with a drowning fawn in its mouth, its owner says.

Owner Mark Freeley said he had been walking Storm along the sand at PJ Harbor after 8 a.m. Sunday when the dog jumped into the water and started swimming after something.

Freeley captured video of the pup swimming back to shore, clutching something large in its mouth, and once Storm got close enough to stand, Freeley could see the "something" was a fawn.

The video shows the heroic Storm toss the deer onto the sand; the deer moves, struggling to stand up, and Storm grabs it in his mouth and bounds up on the rocky shore.

Bizarro Earth

New NATO flag to better capture its diverse values?

© Russia Insider
The Rainbow Totenkopf combines NATO's appreciation for the LGBT community with its appreciation for SS veterans

As we reported, in May NATO marked the "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia" with a special NATO/LGBT flag. But then the other day it valorized Latvia's anti-Soviet 'Forest Brothers' guerrillas, who by and large were veterans of the Waffen SS.

Seeing NATO is able to get behind such a wide variety of causes, it is probably time it dumped its bland blue flag—which as far as we are aware does not stand for anything—and adopted symbols which better represent its diverse values.

Comment: Seems legit.


Owners shocked when family dog gives birth to mint green puppy

© Cascade News
A DOG owner couldn't believe what she was seeing when her golden retriever gave birth to a GREEN puppy.

Her beloved pet Rio, aged three, gave birth last week to nine puppies - but when one came out mint green Louise Sutherland was stunned.

The rare occurrence is only known to have happened only three times before in the world.

It is caused by a bile pigment called biliverdin that is found in the placenta of dogs which can stain the puppy's coat when it mixes with the mother's amniotic fluid - the liquid that protects her pups.

Mrs Sutherland from Golspie in the Highlands has now named the pup Forest in recognition of her unusual shade.


Captured ISIS' fleet of high-tech Ukrainian tanks now on display in Mosul

The Yatsenyuk-69 MBT
On Friday, Kremlin mouthpiece "RT" published a criminally inaccurate story in which it claimed that "dozens of captured cars, modified 'Mad Max-style' by Islamic State terrorists ... have been put on display by Iraqi security forces in the liberated city of Mosul."

Nice try, Putin.

In an obvious attempt to avoid giving credit where credit is due, RT conveniently chose not to mention that ISIS was such a formidable foe in Mosul because it had access to fifth-generation Ukrainian military hardware:

Salo-class LAV

Cupcake Pink

Melania Trump outs herself as a Russian secret agent

Da comrades, I was born in the USSR. Well, Yugoslavia. Whatever, behind Iron Curtain. So I am Russian agent sent to handle Trump in case he became prezidient of USA.
In an announcement that is sure to send shockwaves throughout the political world, Melania Trump held a press conference earlier today in which she admitted to being a Russian secret agent.

The former model turned First Lady was born in the Soviet area now known as Slovenia before she moved to America and married Donald Trump. But today she gave a stunning public confession that she was, and had always been, a KGB agent.
'It is with a heavy heart that I must admit that I have deep ties to the KGB and Russian government. My mission has always been to keep a close eye on Donald and manipulate his actions to the benefit of the Russian government,' said Melania.

Comment: The moment US media actually starts claiming Melania is a Russian agent, this item is going into Puppet Masters.


'OMG' - Child portion fish & chips coming your way due to climate change!

© The Independent, UK
Last December British Fish and Chips was going to become Squid and Chips thanks to Climate Change. This year, cod will become anchovies. Battered anchovie anyone? British Fish and chips have been dying for a decade.

Now, apparently, fish are shrinking, thanks to falling oxygen levels in the seas:
By 2050, the size of fish could shrink by 10 - 20 per cent, Dr William Cheung, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia, Canada, forecast.

Dr Cheung, who gave a keynote address at the 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles at Exeter University this week, said some fish in the North Sea, including haddock, were already getting smaller.
Some might say the shrinking Haddock might have more to do with over-fishing.
He predicted the trend would continue with common species such as cod shrinking by up to a fifth within our lifetime.
Get ready for "child's portions" of fish and chips. No really, that's the headline, not the punchline.


Climate change obsession syndrome - Earth could face attack of flying pigs!

© Malaga Bay
Back in the days of drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll I visited a locum dentist on a sunny August morning when I had a a loose filling. I'm not sure quite which planet this locum dentist was from but I suspect it was Venus.

I came to that conclusion because this delightful dentist dabbled in the precautionary principle.

He argued:

All teeth should be extracted because eventually they could cause pain and suffering.

Strangely enough, this particular self-enlightened "professional" never mentioned the pecuniary principle.

The pecuniary principle is particularly popular with "professionals" and "experts".

For example:

Nine out of Ten British dentists have expressed a preference for performing procedures that maximise their income for the least effort.

These self-enlightened "professionals" specialise in wallet welfare not patient welfare i.e. you get what you're given - not what you need.

This explains why Britain has a reputation for being a Bad Teeth Nation.


Aliens influencing global politics? Massive crop circle of Putin appears in Italian field (VIDEO)

© Dario Gambarin
This is the work of artist Dario Gambarin.
A crop circle unlike any other has appeared in a field in Italy - a giant image of Russian President Vladimir Putin's face.

Don't blame Russian-speaking aliens though, this is the work of artist Dario Gambarin.

Comment: Ok, so it wasn't aliens. If you believe in US intelligence agency fairy-tales, however, then the Russian government got into this farmer's head and made him do it!

​The 135-metre portrait is in a field near Verona and has been created ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, which Putin will be attending.