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What do we really know about “man’s best friend?”

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Update: Jack the Ripper Finally ID’d?

Turns out, maybe not.

Last month the author of a new book entitled Naming Jack The Ripper said he had irrefutable evidence that the notorious serial killer who terrorized London in the late 1880s was a Polish émigré named Aaron Kosminski.

The author, Russell Edwards, went so far as to say that “only non-believers that want to perpetuate the myth will doubt his contention.”

Doubt is exactly what’s surrounding Edwards’ claim, which has been called into question by a scathing follow-up report published this week by The Independent.

Edwards had enlisted the help of forensics expert Dr. Jari Louhelainen, a senior lecturer in molecular biology at Liverpool John Moores University to analyze a bloodstained shawl that purportedly had been retrieved from the murder scene of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims.

Louhelainen reportedly extracted fragments of mitochondrial DNA from the fabric, later matching these with DNA taken from living descendants of both Eddowes and Kosminski. But The Independent says Louhelainen may have erred in the way he matched the DNA samples.

Hang on to your butts, this is pretty dense.

Louhelainen said the DNA from the shawl and from one of Eddowes’ descendants contained 314.1C, a mutation that is found in only 1 in 290,000 people in the general population. But several scientists who contributed to the Independent story claim that Louhelainen was wrong. The mutation wasn’t 314.1C, they said, but 315.1C, a mutation shared by more than 99 percent of people of European descent.

Obviously, if the match frequency is over 99 percent , and not 1/290,000, then there is little significance in the match between the shawl and Eddowes’ descendant. The same match would have been seen with almost anyone who had handled the shawl over the years.

And so the Jack the Ripper saga continues.

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Anita Sarkeesian is the Worst Person in the World

In the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, at about 10:45 a.m. (Pacific) today,  Jaylen Fryburg, a freshman at the school, opened fire killing another student before turning the gun on himself.

Four other students were also wounded and hospitalized. Three suffered head wounds and are in critical condition at Providence, while the fourth had lesser injuries and was transferred to Harborview Medical Center.

At 4:38 p.m., less than six hours later, abominable human being Anita Sarkeesian tweeted this:

As of this writing, none of the victims (aside from the shooter) have yet been identified. Two kids are dead. Three more are in critical condition with head wounds, hopefully they’ll all survive and make full recoveries, but at this point it’s unknown. Blood is still on the floor at Marysville Pilchuck High School’s cafeteria and Anita Sarkeesian thinks this is a good time to hijack this tragedy and try to make it into a gender issue and pigeon-hole it into her personal agenda against the ‘The Patriarchy ™.”

Not a single word of condolence is ever offered to the victims or their families.

I fully admit that I am a critic of Sarkeesian’s views, but I always thought that she was merely someone that I disagreed with and got too much of a free pass from the media. I know no one in the media will call her out on this either, and she’ll claim any backlash she gets as abuse against her. This is Rush Limbaugh levels of scumbaggery.

Sarkeesian and the trolls deserve each other.

Update, Oct 25: And right on cue…

Totally called it.

Truly, Anita Sarkeesian is the real victim here and not the community that was devastated yesterday which she then exploited for her own purpose.

What a miserable excuse for a human being.

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NFL Picks: Week 8

Last Week: 11-4 (.733)

Season Total: 72-34 (.679)

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