DUDE: Now, That’s Customer Service!

The only thing more callous than this would be to receive a piece of junk mail from Publisher’s Clearinghouse announcing your loved one’s death.

Families of MH 370 Victims Told About Their Deaths Via Text Message

It’s hard to imagine receiving a worse text message than the one sent to the families of the 239 people aboard Malaysian Air flight 370.

Here’s the text message that was sent to relatives (the Chinese translation you see here is generated by the user’s phone)…

…The message came shortly before Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told a packed press conference that data from Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the satellite company Inmarsat indicated that the airplane went down in a remote part of the Indian Ocean and that all aboard were presumed dead.

Even a postcard would have been more heartfelt than a text message, for heaven’s sake.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

DUDE: “Saudi policeman lashes amnesty applicants with belt”

And that’s not my headline: that’s the Saudi newspaper’s.

A Saudi policeman was caught on camera using his belt to beat expatriates at an immigration department after they packed its offices to benefit from an amnesty announced by the Gulf Kingdom for illegal migrants.

Newspapers said a YouTube film showing the officer beating men and shoving women out of the department in the Western Red Sea port of Jeddah has triggered public furor across the country and prompted the suspension of the cop involved.

Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, a brother of King Abdullah, ordered an investigation into the incident and the “immediate suspension of the officer” after seeing the film, Alsaudeh Arabic language daily said.

It quoted a department spokesman as saying the behavior of the officer is “unacceptable and unjustified.”

Wait just a second, Hoss: you mean to say that the Saudis don’t have open borders? Or driver’s licenses for illegals? Food stamps and welfare? Free health care?

Could someone please email John McCain and Lindsey Graham?

Doug Ross @ Journal

DUDE: Giant Squid Finally Captured on Video

Try not to pee in your pants. Oh, wait. That was me.

Giant Squid on Video

The giant squid has been captured on video in its natural habitat for the first time ever. This long-sought after footage — considered by many to be the Holy Grail of natural history filmmaking — will be revealed by Discovery Channel and NHK in January 2013…

…This massive predator has always been shrouded in secrecy, and every attempt to capture a live giant squid on camera in its natural habitat has failed. Until now.

Mankind finally confronts the greatest mystery of the deep as the first-ever footage of a live giant squid in its natural habitat is revealed in Discovery Channel’s Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real, which premieres on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10/9c as the season finale of Curiosity.

Two words: serious Calamari.

Hat tip: BadBlue Tech.

Doug Ross @ Journal