Human Stew

A woman’s body was found in a hotel water tank yesterday after complaints were made about showers running black and low water pressure. Upon hearing this, Elon had a … reaction.

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    Jay C says:

    @ranchandsyrup:

    I saw this on the Evening News tonite, and the reporter couldn’t help but repeat that classic cliche: “police are unsure whether this is a crime, or just a bizarre accident“.

    An “ACCIDENT”?? WTF? The pool was closed, so she decided to go swimming in the roof tank??

  3. 3
    raven says:

    Look at that mountain
    Look at those trees
    Look at that bum over there, man
    He’s down on his knees
    Look at these women
    There ain’t nothin’ like ’em nowhere

    Century Boulevard (We love it)
    Victory Boulevard (We love it)
    Santa Monica Boulevard (We love it)
    Sixth Street (We love it, we love it)

    I love L.A.
    I love L.A.

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    @Jay C: that place is in Skid Row. I think it’s unlikely it was an accident.

    The yelp page for the hotel/hostel is hilarious: http://www.yelp.com/biz/cecil-hotel-los-angeles

  5. 5
    raven says:

    From 84 Charlie Mopic

    The team is stopped by a stream. Everyone is on guard while
    Pretty Boy fills their canteens.

    PRETTY BOY
    Always try for running water. Still
    water’s full of all sorts of ugly
    stuff. Drop in your halizon tablets
    and drive on.

    HAMMER
    Once we filled our canteens, then
    found five dink bodies further
    upstream, rotted all to hell, pieces
    floating around. By then we’d drunk
    half the water.

    DREWRY
    What’d you do?

    HAMMER
    Said, “fuck it”, and drove on. No
    big thing.

    EASY
    Called it soup.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Yay Los Angeles! We can beat almost any other city for bizarre, gruesome deaths.
    /vomit

    I’m also wondering how the hell this happened. Drunken escapade gone wrong? Murderous attack? Was there really no one who noticed that she had vanished from the hotel?

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    Baud says:

    I blame Obama.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Baud:

    This is practically obligatory on any thread nowadays.

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    Ecks says:

    @Baud: Question answered. Our children is learning.

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    Baud says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    I like the staples.

    I don’t know what I’m going to do in 2017, after Obama leaves. I guess I’ll have to go back to blaming the gays.

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    raven says:

    @Baud: Pop or Mavis?

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    Dave Martin says:

    I live around the corner from that hotel. They have a coffee shop on the first floor that I work from sometimes. I HAD COFFEE THERE LAST FRIDAY, just 5 days before they discovered her body and almost three weeks after she went missing. Needless to say, I’m concerned about what I may have actually drank.

  13. 13

    @Baud: Don’t worry, it will still be Obama’s fault. Especially for the “Libruls blame everything on Bush!” crowd.

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    General Stuck says:

    A woman’s body was found in a hotel water tank yesterday after complaints were made about showers running black and low water pressure.

    That’s gotta be bad for bidness.

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    raven says:

    @Dave Martin: Why, what’s the difference? Drive on.

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    Baud says:

    @Dave Martin:

    You, sir, are a person of interest.

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    raven says:

    The Cecil Hotel: What a Dead Body in a Water Tank Does for Your Yelp Reviews

    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/.....z2LaBMg35J

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    General Stuck says:

    @Dave Martin:

    If your dick falls off. Go see the doctor.

    edit – or a lawyer

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    raven says:

    Great yelp review “Do you have running water? Of corpse we do”!

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    Ecks says:

    @raven: Yep. If you were going to get sick it’d already have kicked in. Can’t help you with moral contamination issues, but you’re pretty much good on the health front.

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    Bokonon says:

    Benghazi! It is a conspiracy!!

    [Just a silly question – why is the LA Department of Health testing the water, while the hotel remains open, and hotel guests are being asked to sign waivers of the health risks? Why doesn’t the Department of Health, you know, SHUT THE PLACE DOWN until they are sure it is safe??]

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @raven:

    Drive on!

    With pride!

    (This was the actual salute greeting and response in my first real assignment in the Army…it was a great unit)

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Bokonon:

    That is indeed a silly question.

    I can’t figure out why the place hasn’t been shut down, either, until they know it’s safe.

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    raven says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Yea, my unit’s motto was FIDO.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Baud:

    I don’t know what I’m going to do in 2017, after Obama leaves. I guess I’ll have to go back to blaming the gays.

    Or you could DIAF.

    Then again, why wait?

    Love you!

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    Baud says:

    @raven:

    Fucking Insane Direct Order?

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    Baud says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Or you could DIAF.

    That would be preferable to reading your comments.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Dave Martin:

    Oh…probably just some slimy, rotting vaginal tissue, blood, and decomposing poop.

    Nothing to worry about.

    You live in Skid Row?

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    raven says:

    @Baud: Fuck It and Drive On.

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    Dave Martin says:

    I did not get sick; the roof has four water tanks; and the water from which they make the coffee hopefully comes from a direct water line. But still, there’s that lingering question, was there possibly something else in my coffee?

    And that hotel has been home to two known serial killers. We are only a couple blocks from the border of Skid Row.

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    raven says:

    @Dave Martin:

    Well, I pawned my Smith Corona
    And I went to meet my man
    He hangs out down on Alvarado Street
    By the Pioneer chicken stand

    Carmelita hold me tighter
    I think I’m sinking down
    And I’m all strung out on heroin
    On the outskirts of town

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    the Conster says:

    @Dave Martin:

    Really, does anyone know what’s in anything they ingest? At least bodies are organic.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    the water was black? I’m surprised the LAPD didn;t try to arrest it.

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    raven says:

    @the Conster: Everybody knows this is nowhere. . .

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    efgoldman says:

    Mr. Pierce points us to more cognitive dissonance, complete with a really mockable picture.

    The Tea Party group that sponsored a prime-time response last week to President Obama’s State of the Union address is the latest group recognizing the power of the Latino vote.
    Officials with the Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, have been discussing their own Latino outreach, said Sal Russo, the group’s co-founder.
    “We’ve been trying to do a bus tour that would focus on communities that we don’t normally talk to,” Russo said.
    Russo, who worked for Ronald Reagan when he was California governor, said the former president had a rule that any campaigning should include voters who didn’t traditionally pick Republicans
    “He believed in going to labor unions, going to places where you don’t normally go, so people could hear his message about cutting taxes and growing the economy,” he said.
    Officials of Tea Party groups — national and smaller, local ones — like to point out these days that some of the nation’s most prominent Latino politicians, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, were Tea Party candidates

    http://latino.foxnews.com/lati.....-outreach/

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    Baud says:

    Already in the 30s, and no one has made a Soylent Green reference. We are slipping.

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    raven says:

    @efgoldman: So they could go to this hotel?

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    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    @Woodrowfan: Your internets are in the mail.

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    lojasmo says:

    True fact:

    All decomposing asian bodies taste the same.

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    Ecks says:

    Why would they shut down the hotel? The only suspected health hazard is the water, and people are being directed not to do anything but flush the toilet with it. Unless they find a special ejector in the elevator that fires you at speed into a water tank, there’s no reason to shut it down now any more than there would be if the water was messed up from pipe corrosion.

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    raven says:

    @Ecks: When the opened the new Psychology Building at the University of Illinois in the early 70’s there was a dead rat somewhere in the pipes and they just had to keep on truckin until the taste went away.

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    Ecks says:

    @raven: Biodegradable stuff is biodegradable I guess. We’ve spent most of history and even more of prehistory drinking worse I’m sure.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    @lojasmo:

    All decomposing asian bodies taste the same.

    And yet, strangely, people are still hungry afterwards.

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    the Conster says:

    @Comrade Jake:

    Thread has been won.

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    Dacia says:

    The part that grossed me out the most? The LA Times interviewed scientists about the hazardous effects of drinking human bouillon and it’s apparently fine, unless there’s fecal contamination.

    I’ll just leave that right here.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    When I read this I had to laugh because any time we stay at a hotel we go out and buy a couple of jugs of water to use for drinking, brushing our teeth and making coffee. I will never ingest any hotel water, no how no way, nor will my wife and kids.

    @Woodrowfan:

    I’m surprised that the LAPD didn’t beat it, shoot it and then plant a gun on it.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    When I read this I had to laugh because any time we stay at a hotel we go out and buy a couple of jugs of water to use for drinking, brushing our teeth and making coffee.

    Heck, we do that for our dogs. They’re little, any change of water is liable to upset their digestive tracts, and there’s only so many elevator excursions I want to make.

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    cthulhu says:

    @Dave Martin: At least you acknowledge this is not Skid Row per se, unlike so many other people who’ve developed bizarre and largely unfounded opinions about this sad event.

    I had no interest in following this tragedy but it was kind of thrust upon me by my wife who semi-randomly got caught up in it. She made me watch the elevator video, etc., and showed me many of the idiotic comments on the LA Times website regarding the case. Obviously a lot of people interpret events through a lens of TV/movie exposure given the hypotheses people were proposing.

    Admittedly I do have some experience in such things, but the elevator video didn’t indicate fear to me but rather mental illness, perhaps drug-induced psychosis, but more likely a break of sorts. And with the location of the body, her behavior prior to arriving in LA, it seemed far more logical that it was “death by misadventure” as the British say, than foul play. But we have talk about serial killers, random stalkers, even ghosts (a serious explanation that some observer gave regarding why the elevator doors wouldn’t close!)

    Yes, sure, the Cecil itself remains ungentrified but it is only a matter of time (I estimate Skid Row itself is going to end up pushed to a different location within the next 10 years). Around the corner is the top cocktail bar in the US, for FSM-sakes! In 2012, there were a grand total of 5 murders in the downtown area bordered by the four freeways (which includes Skid Row), which is likely below average per capita compared to other areas of the city. I get that some people freak out when they see tents on the sidewalk, but these are not the people you generally have to worry about. I don’t live there like you do but I have no concerns hanging out in that area (or even closer to the river).

    I guess what really ticks me off is that the downtown renewal has been an amazing success story and having people pointing to a very random death as an indictment of the current area and its people is just patently unfair.

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    Alex says:

    @lojasmo: And 20 minutes later, you’re thirsty again.

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    g says:

    @cthulhu: I’m familiar with the area, too, and because of that familiarity have been following the story. Why do you mention her behavior prior to her arrival in LA – I haven’t read anything about that. Where did you find info about that?

    I think it’s a sad, sad story and I wish the young woman and her family would not have to listen to gross-out comments and watch the CNN anchor act like a fourteen year old. I was expecting her any minute to put her fingers down her throat and pretend to barf.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @g:

    Unfortunately, that’s the common reaction when someone dies in a strange and/or unusually gross way. It may be some kind of psychic defense — sure, I’m going to die someday, but god forbid I die that way!

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    cthulhu says:

    @g: I am referring to her travels alone, female, using mass transit, from Canada to San Diego, LA, with a final destination of Santa Cruz. Certainly, in LA, she didn’t know anyone well enough to have a friend or family member to stay with. Maybe she knew someone in SD or Santa Cruz but there were no reports of that. That’s a behavior that indicates either high confidence or an unusual indifference or confusion about risk compared to “normal.” In itself, not confirmatory of mental illness, but when paired with other information could indicate an increasing detachment with reality. It is not uncommon for people having psychological issues to decide to travel to far away places.

    I read today that they’ve delayed the coroner’s report until they get the tox results back. That makes me think they want to know what meds she might have been taking or might have gone off of recently beyond the standard concern of recreational drug use.

    The stigma of mental illness tends to be higher in Chinese populations so she might have resisted treatment, or kept it secret from her parents, or her parents might have known but don’t want to make such facts public.

    (There are some also logical reasons why a murder scenario seems unlikely)

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    @Dacia:

    The part that grossed me out the most? The LA Times interviewed scientists about the hazardous effects of drinking human bouillon and it’s apparently fine, unless there’s fecal contamination.

    I’ll just leave that right here.

    WE CAN DRINK HUMAN STEW AND ITS OKAY?!?!?!!? I’m…I’m…I’m gonna go sit over here…

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    Mark says:

    None of this is funny or cool–she was just a kid.

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    Paul in KY says:

    I wonder if they had a call like this:

    ‘I don’t know what you put in your tap water, but my dog just can’t get enough of it. I think it is sorta gross, but he loves it.’

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Dave Martin: Protein, my good sir.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @efgoldman: They are going to rename The Tea Party. Make it: ‘El Teo Partyio’. That’ll get the Hispanics in there (pronto).

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    Paul in KY says:

    @lojasmo: That’s a true BJ comment there. Kudos!

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Alex: That’s just not right.

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    Dave Martin says:

    Forgot to mention, the Hotel Cecil can be seen many times in this U2 video, because it is next door to the Mexican restaurant upon which U2 played a rooftop concert for the Rattle and Hum tour:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQxl9EI9YBg

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    Larkspur says:

    @g: @Mark: I’m with you guys: none of this is funny or cool.

    That said, I’m also with Mnemosyne:

    Unfortunately, that’s the common reaction when someone dies in a strange and/or unusually gross way. It may be some kind of psychic defense — sure, I’m going to die someday, but god forbid I die that way!

    That’s why nobody’s comments here on this BJ thread are offensive to me. It’s a blog that bubbles over with weird, sardonic, and often gross humor. It’s one of the reasons I can’t stay away; y’all are smart and funny.

    But network or cable news TV people? There’s no excuse for treating this like a fake Halloween story or an instant urban legend, or for grinning throughout most of the segment. Shit like this is happening more and more after freak accidents or unusually morbid events. I think it’s partly an effect of the 24 hour news cycle: gotta keep talking, gotta troll for new material, gotta make ’em stay tuned.

    It reminds me of this SF novel I read years ago (“The Unsleeping Eye” by D.G. Compton) about a thoroughly televised society in which “everything is of interest, but nothing matters”.

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    Joel says:

    When they catch the killer, are they going to waterboard him?

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