Lawmaker Kills Himself After Woman's Accusation

Lawmaker Kills Himself After Woman's Accusation

 

A state lawmaker in Kentucky under investigation for allegedly molesting a teenager posted a farewell message on Facebook and shot himself Wednesday night, police say. Rep. Dan Johnson died in what the coroner says was a "probable suicide" after posting that the accusations were false and only God knows the truth, WDRB reports. Police, who were contacted after the message was posted, say Johnson shot himself on a bridge in Bullitt County, south of Louisville. On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an investigation that included a 21-year-old woman's allegation that Johnson, a married pastor, sexually assaulted her after a party in his church on New Year's Eve 2012, when she was 17.

Johnson refused to step down Tuesday despite calls for his resignation from both Republican and Democratic leaders, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The 57-year-old said he had "compassion" for his accuser and was "sorrowful that she's in this dark place in her life." In his Facebook post, he said he loved God, his wife, his parents, and his five children, and spoke of having had PTSD since the 9/11 attacks. His loved ones should "blame no person, Satan is the accuser, so blame the devil himself," he wrote. Kentucky Gov. Mark Bevin tweeted his condolences to Johnson's family. "These are heavy days in Frankfort and in America," he wrote. "May God indeed shed His grace on us all ... We sure need it."


UPS Lost $850K Inheritance - Family Says Bank Isn't Helping

UPS Lost $850K Inheritance - Family Says Bank Isn't Helping

Last February, Ontario's Louis Paul Hebert went to the UPS Store to pick up a TD Canada Trust bank draft for nearly $850,000—his portion of an inheritance from his father. But the bank draft never showed, and now his family is mired in what CBC News calls a "three-way David vs. Goliaths battle," with UPS having no clue what happened to the draft it was hired to ship, and TD Canada Trust placing what the family says are unfair demands to issue a new one. "Never in my wildest imagination did I think something like this would happen," says Lorette Taylor, Hebert's sister, who was responsible for dealing with their dad's will and doling out the inheritances to 61-year-old Hebert and their sister. Taylor says TD Canada Trust suggested putting the funds in bank draft form, assuring her and her husband, John, that if the bank draft were lost or stolen, it wouldn't be a big deal to replace it.

"I was told there were procedures to deal with that," John says. Those procedures, however, are onerous ones, say the Taylors, including making Lorette liable if the missing draft is ever cashed, as well as either making her put a lien on her home for at least three years or buy a guaranteed investment certificate for that period for the inheritance amount: $846,648.46. "In situations where a bank draft is lost or stolen, before we can agree to a replacement or reimbursement we need appropriate security to be in place," a bank rep tells the CBC, adding bank drafts don't expire and are like cash. Meanwhile, Hebert has maxed out his credit cards. He calls this "a massive screw-up where the big guys look after themselves." "I would have been retired," he adds. As for UPS, they refunded the $32 shipping charge and apologized for losing the bank draft, noting, "We are unfortunately not perfect."

 


This Doctor Says Smoking Can Make Your Nipples Fall Off

This Doctor Says Smoking Can Make Your Nipples Fall Off

Odds are you’ll best recognize Anthony Youn from the phrase, “Who in the hell is Anthony Youn?”

Well, it turns out Youn is a doctor, and he is offering up the shocking revelation that…wait for it…smoking can make your nipples fall off. That’s right, kids. According to Dr. Anthony Youn’s website, “smokers who undergo breast lifts are at great risk of losing their nipples.”

“The nicotine in cigarettes and the carbon monoxide contained in cigarette smoke can diminish blood flow to various parts of the body,” Dr. Youn said. “These toxins act as a virtual tourniquet. If the blood flow to a particular body part becomes greatly reduced or halted, that body part dies.”

If you think this is just some theory Dr. Youn has trumped up to scare everyone away from burning heaters, well, think again. He actually had a patient whose nipples damn near fell off.

“In my memoir In Stitches, I told the story of a smoker whose nipples turned purple while undergoing a breast lift surgery,” Dr. Youn said. “Purple is the precursor to black. Black is the precursor to falling off. To save the patient—and her nipples—we turned to the only treatment available. We went medieval. We used leeches.”

So if cancer and shitty lungs aren’t enough to scare you away from a pack of Pall Malls, maybe Dr. Youn’s new warning to smokers who have also had some kind of plastic surgery performed on them will do the trick: “If you are having a breast lift or reduction and you smoke, your nipples could turn black and fall off. If you are having a tummy tuck and you smoke, you may get an infection resulting in a big gross open wound that will take three months to heal. If you are having a facelift and you smoke, the skin of your cheek could turn black and slough off, leaving exposed fat.”

Yeah, no thanks.

 


Breaking Apart The "Flat Earth Theory" In Under 5 Minutes

 

Breaking Apart The "Flat Earth Theory" In Under 5 Minutes

Some people truly believe the world is flat.

 

 


Gun Range Worker Accidentally Shoots, Kills Customer

Gun Range Worker Accidentally Shoots, Kills Customer

A 36-year-old man walking toward a gun range was fatally shot Tuesday before he stepped inside. Joshua Cummings had just got out of his vehicle and was walking across the parking lot of Hot Wells Shooting Range near Cypress, Texas, shortly after 9am when a rifle accidentally discharged inside, reports KHOU. Police say a gun range employee in his early 20s had been cleaning a high-caliber hunting rifle when a bullet exited the chamber. "The bullet went through the wall of the small range house and struck [Cummings]," a Harris County sheriff’s deputy tells KTRK. He was flown to a nearby hospital in a helicopter but later died.

A sheriff's spokesman says homicide detectives are questioning employees but the shooting appears to be accidental, per NBC 5. It's "just a terrible tragedy," a range employee tells KTRK, which identifies Cummings as a father. "We simply do not have the words to express the sorrow in our hearts," adds Hot Wells in a statement. "For 44 years we have operated this facility accident free, yet today we are shaken by tragedy." The range said it wouldn’t comment on "the accident details" until after an investigation is complete.


Texas Teacher Has Sex With High School Student She Met At Church

Texas Teacher Has Sex With High School Student She Met At Church

Let’s all talk about Nicole Marie-Faires Andrews, folks, a middle school teacher who was arrested for, and get this, hooking up with a minor she met while volunteering at a church.

The 31-year-old, who worked at Cedar Park Middle School until she resigned last month, had sex with the male high school student she met at the Church at Canyon Creek. Authorities discovered this after an investigation kicked off in October. Andrews was a volunteer youth administrator at the church, but it’s pretty clear that she wasn’t there to teach young folks about the lord.

In a letter sent home to parents and students of Cedar Park Middle School, Principal Sandra Stewart said they were notified of Andrews’ possible relationship with a high school student in late October and police was reached out to soon after. The teen was not a student at the school Andrews taught at.

Andrews has now been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and an improper relationship between an educator and student. No word yet if any sex occurred in the house of God.


Naked Dude Crashes Car, Punches Driver And Goes Bonkers

Naked Dude Crashes Car, Punches Driver And Goes Bonkers

Well that’s something you don’t see everyday. Well, I’m sure it’s something you see everyday in Florida, but this is Washington we are talking about people.

Authorities responded to a crash when they got word of a car accident near Washington Dulles International Airport. But what they ran into wasn’t very common as they discovered a naked man going nuts on Route 28. It all kicked off when the man got into a car accident and then proceeded to get naked and attack the other driver involved in the accident. The man then goes absolutely nuts. More so.

Check out the bizarre video below.

 

Here’s what Theo Garner, who saw everything go down from his office building, had to say:

“Out of the corner of my eye, I see a guy half naked guy cross eight lanes of traffic on 28. He then climbs up on the back of the dump truck that a pickup truck had slammed into the back of, disrobes and then proceeds to throw things on 28.

It’s not something you see every day,” says Garner, who says it reminded him of something out of a movie. I’ve been working there for 17 years and I’ve never seen any shenanigans like that man. That was absolutely insane. But I’ll tell you it did brighten up a boring workday.

Here’s the news video of the incident:

 

 


Family Of Man Who Died During A Beer Pong Game Awarded $15.6 Million

Family Of Man Who Died During A Beer Pong Game Awarded $15.6 Million

The family of a Connecticut man who died during a game of beer pong have actually been rewarded $15.6 million thanks to a lawsuit they filed against the other players in the game.

It all kicked off in 2013 when 24-year-old victim, Salomon Martinez, got together in Stratford to play a game of beer pong with Kyle Gonzalez, Matthew Chandler and Stephanie Dwyer. Everyone agreed to a $10 wager, but during the game, a fight erupted after the other players accused Martinez of cheating. The fight led to bottles being thrown, a fish tank being smashed and worst of all, Martinez somehow falling out of a fourth-story window to his death.

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As the altercation got more heated, Martinez fled upstairs and locked himself in a child’s bedroom, but Gonzalez broke down the door. One of the men was allegedly brandishing a knife. It is not known how, but in the ensuing fracas Salomon fell from the building and landed on the street below. He suffered broken legs, a fractured skull, and organ damage in the fall.

Police attended the scene but the partygoers had no knowledge of Martinez’s fall. The cops were called back an hour later once the body was discovered.

When Gonzalez was brought from prison to give evidence to the court, he said that even though he broke down the door, Martinez was no longer in the room. However, Salomon’s mother, Yolanda Martinez, cried when detailing the heartbreak her son’s death has caused not only to her, but to his young family as well.

Gonzalez and Chandler were just sentenced as they both plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter, with Gonzalez getting 15 years and Chandler getting ten. The woman, Dwyer, fled the state after the incident and is thought to be living in Florida. Police have yet to locate her.

And a day of deliberation, the jury agreed that his family should be awarded $15.6 million, although that won’t be bringing back Martinez anytime soon.

It is unclear when the family will actually receive the sum.


YOUNG AUSSIE GIRL LABELED A LEDGEND FOR INTERVIEW IS HIJACKED BY ROWDY REVELLERS!

YOUNG AUSSIE GIRL LABELED A LEDGEND FOR INTERVIEW IS HIJACKED BY ROWDY REVELLERS!

Schoolies week is a right of passage for many Australian teens and each year it guarantees some memorable moments. In a hilarious interview hijacked by rowdy students the tables were turned when a teenager took pity on a TV crew covering the annual event. After being interrupted by a group of shouting revellers, the young woman told a reporter: ‘I’m so sorry you got this job’.

 


Man Hilariously Trolls Clueless News Reporter During Live Moore vs. Jones Report

Man Hilariously Trolls Clueless News Reporter During Live Moore vs. Jones Report

 They say when you troll right person, they won’t even know you trolled them at all.

 


24 Awful Things Frats Did That Got Them Kicked Off Campus

 

24 Awful Things Frats Did That Got Them Kicked Off Campus

The shock factor of fraternity scandals is waning; every couple of weeks, it seems a new hazing ritual or act of accidental violence lands Greek Life a new spot on America’s shame list. You’d think the most educated youngsters in the 21st century would be above racial chants and illicit, sexually aggressive slam books, right? Think again. This list of fraternity scandals and hazing-gone-wrong will leave you feeling befuddled about the building blocks of brotherhood.
It's sad that a select few chapters have given fraternities as a whole such a bad rap. But when these chapters based on commitment and brotherhood publicly abuse pledges, violently haze people, force members and party goers to black out, and talk openly and casually about sexual assault, bad things are going to happen - university reputations are compromised, affected students suffer psychologically, families suffer, and most importantly and tragically, kids lose their lives.

Aside from shedding light on some of the horrific fraternity culture running rampant throughout college campuses across the US, this list is also a reminder of how dimwitted and negligent people can be. What in your right mind would make you think it’s okay to post racist pictures of yourself (accompanied by racial hashtags) on social media? Why would you EVER email/ document thoughts or jokes about rape? P.S. Those questions are hypothetical.

So prepare yourself to be flabbergasted, but not that surprised, by the ludicrous and horrifying facts about the worst fraternities out there.

 


2017 - The Year In TV: 12 New Shows You Should Be Watching

2017 - The Year In TV: 12 New Shows You Should Be Watching

As the television landscape gets more and more cluttered every year, it becomes virtually impossible for smaller shows – the kind that don't necessarily have dragons or zombies or zombie dragons – to cut through the noise of "Peak TV" chatter and find the audiences they deserve. Yes, we all know about Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and Stranger Things. We've heard of that little show called Twin Peaks: The Return (or was that a movie?) and we've spent countless hours on Reddit debating Westworld timeline theories. We have a good idea about what most writers consider the best TVs series of 2017. But what about the ones that don't necessarily throw Twitter in to a frenzy – the ones that you'd be going batshit over if you only knew how great they were, or in some cases, that they existed at all?

The abundance of quality means that some incredible programs that might have been celebrated critical darlings in the past are slipping through the cracks. These are the 12 shows that just didn’t get quite as much love as they deserved, whether we're talking year-end best-of lists or simply a bright enough spotlight to make people take notice. (We're listing them alphabetically and not ranked, because all of these deserve attention.) Whether we're talking about network sitcoms, basic-cable prestige dramas, streaming service superstars that simply got lost in the shuffle or a few offbeat left-of-the-dial entries, every single one of these shows is worth your time. Some may even become your new obsession. Trust us.

'At Home With Amy Sedaris'

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It's hard to contain Amy Sedaris's bubbly hyperactivity and serrated edges within the square confines of a TV set. But At Home does the job, functioning as the quirky comedian's own Pee-wee's Playhouse: colorful, good-hearted and deeply, profoundly deranged. Inspired by those Martha Stewart DIY shows that make cooking and crafting seem effortlessly creative (and annoyingly impossible), each episode of this perverse parody of hostess culture starts out providing real tips for specific occasions, before spinning wildly out of control. Picture a how-to video with an actual plot … and then imagine that story being told by a well-meaning lunatic. NM

'Big Mouth'

Netflix
Oh, Hello's Nick Kroll and John Mulaney reunite for this animated riff on the censor-free hilarity and unfathomable horror of [dun-dun-DUN] puberty. A gaggle of their famous comedian friends lend their pipes to a middle school's worth of awkward teens; Kroll also voices the unforgettable Hormone Monster, a creature that appears to the boys when they think about sex (so basically 24/7). Even better: He lets Maya Rudolph one-up him as the female version of the same. A standout in a TV landscape now teeming with foul-mouthed toons, Big Mouth isn't just hysterically funny – it also subverts the American Pie­-ness of its concept with insightful commentary on sexuality and gender equality. All that, and Jason Mantzoukas making tender love to his pillowBT

'Brockmire'

IFC
Hank Azaria – man behind the voice of The Simpsons' Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum and a gajillion other Springfield residents – has a knack for impressions and accents; he and writer Joel Church-Cooper could've easily made their tale of a down-on-his-luck baseball play-by-play man into a broadly comic goof. Instead, they found the soul within the spoof, spinning a surprisingly involving yarn about a small-town sports fan (played by the winning Amanda Peet) who helps disgraced alcoholic broadcaster Jim Brockmire make a comeback. This show is far more poignant than it had to be. And for those who just want to hear Azaria swearing like an intoxicated Vin Scully? You won't be disappointed either. NM

'Dear White People'

Netflix
Justin Simien adapted his Sundance hit into this dramedy about racial identity on a contentious American college campus, and instantly created an ensemble view of a satirical social microcosm that feels all-too-timely. It's a show about being heard in an increasingly loud world, the subtle art of protest, safe spaces, cultural and social identity, economic anxiety and more – much more. And it featured an episode directed by Moonlight's Barry Jenkins that's a flat-out masterpiece. It made sense that its inaugural season ends with A Tribe Called Quest's "We the People" – few shows better captured the current state of the "people" this year. BT 

'Detroiters'

Comedy Central
Most cable TV comedies drop improv-trained actors into flimsy scenarios and let them riff. Detroiters is different: It couches its silliness in a meaningful story, one with a pertinent POV. Sam Richardson (best-known as Veep's over-eager political savant Richard Splett) and Tim Robinson (formerly of SNL) play best friends who who run a low-rent ad agency in the Motor City, making amateurish commercials for wig shops and mirror stores. Their TV spots are hilariously dumb. Between the jokes, however, Richardson and Robinson have something inspiring to say about fighting to uphold the legacy of a great American metropolis and its people, after so many others have written them off. NM

'Great News'

NBC
It may currently lack the ratings, raves and awards of 30 Rock. But the latest NBC sitcom from the producing team of Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Tracey Wigfield is on-pace to become another enduring canon-worthy favorite, if people would just start tuning in. Anchored by two brilliant lead performances – from Briga Heelan as a sweetly frazzled cable news producer and SCTV's Andrea Martin as her eccentric helicopter mom – Great News already has its predecessor's rocket pace, absurdist humor and cutting insight into how women carve a place for themselves in the television business. The show found its voice and rhythm almost immediately, and while other contemporary comedies may be warmer, hipper or deeper, most of them aren't as consistently, quotably, laugh-out-loud funny. NM

'Manhunt: Unabomber'

Discovery
Here's how topsy-turvy TV is now: One of the year's best miniseries was made for the Discovery Channel of all places. Legit movie stars Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington play, respectively, infamous American domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski and the FBI profiler who helped bring "the Unabomber" down. Manhunt's structure, tone and sophistication compares well to director David Fincher's procedural masterpiece Zodiac, focusing on the details of a long investigation without sparing the moments of dark humor or the deep personal toll. But it also spends a lot of time with Kaczynski, explaining the social and family conditions that lead a man to become a serial murderer. NM

'Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus'

Cinemax
God bless Beavis and Butt-head/Office Space creator Mike Judge for using his showbiz clout to sell a project that no one else would ever make: a series of animated oral histories of country music legends, told mostly by their touring bands. Only a few degrees removed from the twangy deadpan of Judge's beloved cartoon King of the Hill, this historical survey of legends behaving badly of gets comic mileage from the matter-of-fact way its interviewees describe the brawling, carousing and substance-abusing of men like Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings. It's as informative as it is hilariously raw – like a Behind the Music doused in Budweiser and blessed with extra hand-drawn vulgarity. NM

'One Day at a Time'

Netflix
The art of the smart multi-camera, laugh track-enhanced sitcom isn't dead – it's alive and well and living on Netflix, courtesy of remake of Norma Lear's Seventies hit. The TV icon is also producing this modern-day look at a working class, single mother named Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado), who lives with her two children and her mother (the singular Rita Moreno). It's both as a throwback to the socially conscious comedies of yesteryear and an update to the themes they used to explore – race, class, family and how what happens outside your door affects what's going on in your living room. You get all of this plus a representation of single motherhood that's rarely seen on television in any format. Critics have begun quietly stumping for it all year – now it's your turn to get your Schneider on. BT

'The Sinner'

USA
The No. 1 new cable drama this year still feels underrepresented in the conversation around TV's new wave of  antiheroines – and next-gen female protagonists overall. Filmmaker Antonio Campos (Christine) adapts Petra Hammesfahr's novel about a seemingly ordinary mother (a great Jessica Biel) who simply loses it one day and stabs a man on a crowded beach. There are dozens of witnesses, including her shocked husband (Girls' Christopher Abbott) – so this isn't a whodunit as much as whydunit, with Bill Pullman's world-weary detective doggedly going after the truth. It's an engaging mystery-melodrama mixture, as well as a chronologically skewed character study involving repressed memory and sexual trauma. BT

'Sweet/Vicious'

MTV
Taylor Dearden (daughter of Bryan Cranston!) plays a tech-savvy stoner who teams up with an angry, agile sorority girl (Eliza Bennett) to get revenge for the rapes that their university prefers to ignore. If only this energetic, witty vigilante thriller had debuted on MTV last week! Given the current increased attention to sexual assault and campus politics, Sweet/Vicious might have become a cause célèbre, instead of getting lost in 2017's thicket of midseason newcomers. If there's any real justice, future generations of teens and young adults will make this offbeat quasi-superhero show a Veronica Mars-level cult classic. NM

'What Would Diplo Do?'

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James Van Der Beek and Brandon Dermer must have been epically baked when they came up with the idea for the Dawson's Creekheartthrob to play real-life superstar DJ Diplo, going about what they imagine must be his pretty wild daily business. TV comedy in 2017 didn't get much more bizarrely inspired than the episode "Ur Game Ain’t Shit," where the EDM hero has an existential crisis while making a guest appearance at a Dominican Republic baseball game. Whatever provoked such inspired madness, the five half-hour episodes that the duo produced for Viceland are funny and surprisingly sharp about the surreal world of entitlement, paranoia and social-media mishaps where celebrities dwell. NM


Russia Claims Radioactivity Spike In Europe Not Due To Nuclear Plant

Russia Claims Radioactivity Spike In Europe Not Due To Nuclear Plant

Russian authorities denied Friday that a radioactivity spike in the air over Europe this fall resulted from a nuclear fuel processing plant leak in the Ural mountains, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there.

Vladimir Boltunov of Russia’s Rosatom state nuclear corporation said an inspection of the Mayak nuclear plant has proven that it wasn’t the source of Ruthenium-106, a radioactive isotope spotted in the air over Europe and Russia in late September and early October.

France’s nuclear safety agency said last month that increased levels of Ruthenium-106 were recorded over most of Europe but posed no health or environmental risks.

The Russian panel that involved experts from Rosatom and other agencies failed to identify where the isotope came from, but alleged it could have come from a satellite that came down from its orbit and disintegrated in the atmosphere.

Nuclear safety expert Rafael Arutyunian said while isotopes of plutonium, cesium or strontium are normally used as power sources for satellites, it can’t be excluded that Ruthenium-106 could have been used in some satellite equipment.

The assumption that the isotope came from a crashing satellite would explain its broad spread over Europe, he argued.

 

Arutyunian, deputy head of the Institute for Safe Nuclear Energy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that a broader panel will continue investigating the radioactivity.

Last month, the Russian state meteorological office reported high levels of Ruthenium-106 in late September in areas close to Mayak, but Arutyunian and other experts emphasized that they were still tens of thousand times less than the level that would pose health risks.

The environmental group Greenpeace alleged that Mayak could have been the source of a Ruthenium-106 leak, but the panel insisted the plant doesn’t extract the isotope or conduct any other operations that may lead to its release.

The commission said a thorough inspection of the plant had found no safety breaches and checks of its personnel also hadn’t detected any trace of the isotope.

Vyacheslav Usoltsev of Rosatom’s safety inspectorate said a sophisticated monitoring system at the plant would have spotted any release of radiation.

The panel also noted that while increased levels of Ruthenium-106 were spotted in the Urals and over Europe, they weren’t detected over a 2,000-kilometer (1,250-mile) swath of land between the Urals and Russia’s western border. It argued that if the source of the leak were on the ground, it would have spread the trace of Ruthenium-106 midway.

Mayak, in the Chelyabinsk region, saw one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents on Sept. 29, 1957, when a waste tank exploded. That contaminated 23,000 square kilometers (9,200 square miles) and prompted authorities to evacuate 10,000 residents from neighboring regions.


California Is Running Out Of Inmates To Fight Its Fires

California Is Running Out of Inmates To Fight Its Fires

For a dollar an hour and credit toward early parole, more than 1,700 convicted felons fought on the front lines of the destructive wildfires that raged across Northern California this October. While communities from Sonoma to Mendocino evacuated in the firestorm’s path, these inmates worked shifts of up to 72 straight hours to contain the blaze and protect the property residents left behind, clearing brush and other potential fuel and digging containment lines often just feet away from the flames. Hundreds more are on the fire line now, combatting the inferno spreading across Southern California.

Inmates have been fighting California’s wildfires since the 1940s, when the state first called up prisoners to replace men assisting the war effort. More than 3,700 men and women—and even some juvenile offenders—now voluntarily serve on the force. Collectively, they make up roughly a third of the state’s wildfire-fighting personnel, and work an average of 10 million hours each year responding to fires and other emergencies and handling community-service projects like park maintenance, reforestation, and fire and flood protection.

But over the course of the last decade, their ranks have begun to thin. As drought and heat have fueled some of the worst fires in California’s history, the state has faced a court mandate to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. State officials, caught between an increasing risk of wildfires and a decreasing number of prisoners eligible to fight them, have striven to safeguard the valuable labor inmates provide by scrambling to recruit more of them to join the force. Still, these efforts have been limited by the courts, public opinion, and how far corrections officials and elected leaders have been willing to go: The number of inmate firefighters has fallen 13 percent since 2008.

This push-and-pull between changing carceral policy and the demands of firefighting is unlikely to abate anytime soon, and surely not before the next fire season begins this spring. After a series of intensely destructive seasons linked to climate change, scientists are projecting that California will face still more disastrous blazes in the future; at the same time, voters and officials are contemplating further reducing imprisonment around the state. The fate of the inmate-firefighting program lies in the balance between these trends: buoyed by the increasing need for cheap labor, threatened by the pending decline in incarceration.

For inmates, the reduction in state prison populations that first nudged that balance was long overdue. In the 1990s and 2000s, increasingly severe overcrowding in California prisons compromised medical services for prisoners and led to roughly one preventable death each week. A federal court ruled in 2009 that the inadequate health care violated the Eighth Amendment’s embargo against cruel and unusual punishment, and ordered the state to reduce its prison population by just shy of 27 percent—a cut of nearly 40,000 prisoners at the time of the ruling. California appealed the decision, but the Supreme Court upheld it in May 2011.

In the years since, the state and its voters have enacted a series of criminal-justice reforms that have removed or redirected tens of thousands of inmates from state prisons, sending them to county jails or back out into the public. The measures, which brought the prison population below court-mandated levels beginning in January 2015, dramatically reduced the number of low-security inmates in state prisons—just the sort the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation recruits to serve on the firefighting force with promises of better pay and better living conditions.

The pool of potential recruits was limited long before the courts’ mandate. It comprises only inmates who earn a minimum-custody status through good behavior behind bars and excludes arsonists, kidnappers, sex offenders, gang affiliates, and those serving life sentences. To join the squad, inmates must meet high physical standards and complete a demanding course of training. They also have to volunteer.

 

“But,” cautioned David Fathi, the director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project, “you have to understand the uniquely coercive prison environment, where few things are clearly voluntary.” In the eyes of criminal-justice reformers, corrections officials recruit inmates under duress. “In light of the vast power inequality between prisoners and those who employ them,” Fathi continued, “there is a real potential for exploitation and abuse.”

Many inmates join the force to escape unpalatable prison conditions. In doing so they take on great personal risk, performing tasks that put them in greater danger than most of their civilian counterparts, who work farther from the flames driving water trucks and flying helicopters, among other activities. By contrast, inmates are often the first line of defense against fires’ spread, as they’re trained specifically to cut firebreaks—trenches or other spaces cleared of combustible material—to stop or redirect advancing flames. The work can be fatal: So far this year, two inmates have died in the line of duty, along with one civilian wildland-firefighter. The first, 26-year-old Matthew Beck, was crushed by a falling tree; the second, 22-year-old Frank Anaya, was fatally wounded by a chainsaw.

“Obviously this is not something that everyone is willing to volunteer for,” said Bill Sessa, a CDCR spokesman. “We’ve always been limited by the number of inmates who were willing to volunteer for the project.” Even when state prisons were at their most crowded, the camps where inmate firefighters live weren’t filled to capacity. And as the pool of qualified prisoners has contracted, he said, corrections officials have had to “work harder now than we did before to bring the camp to the inmates’ attention.”

That’s meant making more prisoners aware of the “many advantages ... that can benefit [them] immediately if they choose to volunteer,” as Sessa put it.  “You’re more out in the open, you’re not behind an electrified fence,” he explained. “It’s perhaps a little more welcoming for family visits than going through the electric detectors inside a prison. They get paid well by prison standards. They eat better by prison standards. They also get to accelerate time off their sentence faster than other inmates do.”

Sessa’s description isn’t wrong, strictly speaking. In exchange for typical prison work—say, mopping floors or making license plates—California inmates receive between 8 and 95 cents an hour. By contrast, fire-camp inmates can receive much higher pay: one dollar an hour when they’re actively fighting fires, and two dollars a day when they aren’t.

But they still receive very little in return for risking their lives, and for doing work that’s unusually valuable to the state and to its residents. They regularly pull 24-hour shifts for less than a tenth the wages of even their lowest-paid civilian counterparts, with no pensions, workers’ compensation, or promise of future employment. At the end of their shifts, when civilian firefighters return home, the inmates remain in state custody. And they don’t just protect buildings and belongings; according to CDCR, they also save state taxpayers an estimated $100 million each year—money that would otherwise be spent on civilian firefighters.

 

Inmate firefighters’ wages, controlled by the California legislature, have stayed the same in recent years despite the prison-population downturn. But officials have sought alternative means of keeping fire-camp populations up. When reforms first began redirecting inmates from state prisons in 2011, CDCR started recruiting from county jails to compensate for the reduced number of potential volunteers. This change made little difference, so in 2015 CDCR proposed expanding the pool of potential recruits to include more inmates serving longer sentences for violent offenses. (For at least 20 years, a portion of fire-camp populations has been made up of violent offenders who have earned minimum-custody status, though that wasn’t publicly known until 2015.) Following press reports on the proposal, and amid public criticism, CDCR officials abandoned those plans.

Another controversial—and ultimately unsuccessful—effort to maintain camp populations illustrates the tension between the state government’s competing priorities. In 2014, lawyers for the state attorney general’s office argued against extending a parole-credit program in federal court. Previously, for each day of good behavior, inmate firefighters earned two days’ credit toward their parole, while other state prisoners earned one. When federal judges ordered the state to extend the two-credit system, the lawyers argued that doing so would negatively affect the camps.

“Fire-camp placement has become increasingly difficult as the number of potentially eligible inmates has been diminished by realignment,” they wrote, referring to the major 2011 reform that relocated many non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual offenders out of state prisons. “Extending two-for-one credits to all minimum-custody inmates at this time would severely impact fire-camp participation—a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought.”

The lawyers’ argument, Fathi said, provided “a glimpse of a phenomenon [the ACLU is] concerned about: that the desire for this cheap and powerless and literally captive labor force will distort decision making about the criminal-justice system. … People should be incarcerated to protect public safety, not to provide cheap labor for either the government or for private employers.” Senator Kamala Harris, then serving as California’s attorney general, expressed a similar concern with her own staff’s argument. “The idea that we incarcerate people to have indentured servants is one of the worst possible perceptions,” she told ThinkProgress. “I feel very strongly about that. It evokes images of chain gangs.”

But Sessa and CDCR have a different assessment of the program. “Our primary mission as a corrections system or a department is to provide inmates with skills to improve their lives when they leave,” he said. “Our focus is on rehabilitation. [The argument made in federal court] did not at all reflect what we believe, or what the attorney general’s office believed either.”

 

In truth, he argued, CDCR’s focus is “on the benefit to the inmates” who live and work in the camps—not on emergency response or on the value the inmates provide to the state. It’s that benefit, he said, that has made corrections officials fight to maintain fire-camp populations as the number of prisoners has declined.

No matter the motivation, there’s a strong incentive for officials around California—from state assembly members to county supervisors—to seek out ways to keep inmates on the fire line despite reforms. California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, has been “working closely with CDCR in keeping [fire-camp] numbers up” by helping “entice other inmates to join the ranks,” said spokesman Scott Mclean. Cal Fire, which manages 40 of the state’s 44 fire camps jointly with CDCR, has also stepped up recruitment of civilians. Since 2011, the department has added 1,000 new people to its fire-protection staff.

More firefighters and more damaging fires translate to more spending: Also since 2011, Cal Fire’s annual fire-protection budget has swelled from $963 million to over $1.8 billion. At the same time, however, the state’s carceral spending has also increased, with additional funds going toward health care, county jails, and other reform-related costs even as prison populations have gone down. Magnus Lofstrom, a researcher with the Public Policy Institute of California, said the “only way to noticeably reduce corrections expenditures” is to once again significantly depopulate the state’s still-overcrowded prisons.

In the dry, hot, expensive years ahead, officials and voters could choose to implement more reforms. If they do, it could mean further stepping up recruitment among the inmates left behind (though CDCR has still found no way to broaden parameters). Or it could mean finally ending the state’s reliance on prisoners to protect Californians from natural disaster.

 


Uber Charges Dude $14,401 For A 5-Mile Ride

Uber Charges Dude $14,401 For A 5-Mile Ride

Should have just taken a private jet.

 

A guy in Toronto was charged an absurd amount of money for a short drive. The unidentified man was looking to go five miles at a peak time — which means that this Uber ride should have cost about $16 max. Well, it cost a tad more.

 

 

This guy was instead charged 18,518.50 Canadian dollars (U.S. $14,401.25). Proof of the bill was shared on Twitter by a woman named Emily Kennard, who claimed to be the Uber passenger’s pal.

 

 

https://twitter.com/emilykennard/status/939534163564253187

 

 

It gets crazier. According to TheComeback.com, Uber agreed that the bill was real and then they refused to refund the money. But then they had a change of heart according to an Uber spokeswoman, who said the company decided to refund the money. Have a look at what she said:

“There was an error here and it has been resolved. We have provided a full refund to this rider and apologized to him for this experience. We have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening, and we are working to understand how this occurred.”

So not only did Uber at first refuse to refund his money, but they then decided as a company to refund the money eventually.  Come on, Uber, you need to get your shit together or people are going to go back to walking to their destination. I’m kidding, what is walking anyway?

Read more at http://www.craveonline.com/mandatory/1352289-uber-charges-dude-14401-5-mile-ride#X1JlVFWovxB1BIFA.99


Chinese Daredevil Falls To His Death Attempting Pull Ups Off Skyscraper

Chinese Daredevil Falls To His Death Attempting Pull Ups Off Skyscraper!

A shocking video shows a daredevil known as ‘China’s First Rooftopper’ falling to his death after attempting to do pull-ups on a 62-storey building. In the clip Wu Yongning, 26, loses his grip and then drops 45ft from the Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province in Central China. The extreme climber’s body was eventually found by a window cleaner. Yongning’s social media account had gone silent on November 8. His girlfriend Jin Jin and family confirmed his death to Beijing News on December 8.


Immigrants Found Superglued Into The Back Of A Lorry 'Survived By Eating Cargo

Immigrants Found Superglued Into The Back Of A Lorry 'Survived By Eating Cargo

Eleven immigrants who were super glued into the back of a lorry survived eating the 'expensive' Belgian chocolate it was transporting, it has been claimed.

Ten Iraqis - including three children under the age of 15 - and one Afghan national were discovered when the lorry pulled into a lay-by and people in a nearby cafe heard "shouting".

Police arrived but were forced to call the fire service for help to open the lorry from Europe because the locks had been glued shut, onlookers said.

The cafe owner at the lay-by on the A303 near Warminster, Wilts., said the migrants had been eating "very expensive Belgian chocolate" being transported in the lorry.

They were medically assessed and were held on suspicion of illegally entering the UK, police said.

Dave Thomas, owner of The Willoughby Hedge Layby cafe said: "I was in the cafe on site with three drivers when someone came in and said that there was large banging on the side of one of the lorries.

"A couple of the drivers come in every Saturday just after lunch coming back from the continent and so once we were told of the banging, they went straight away to the back of the lorry to try and open the doors, but to no avail.

"We all knew straight away what the banging and shouting was. It has happened here twice before in the past 15 years I believe.

"Police were soon there as were the fire brigade, but then they had to wait for a special disc cutter to get the padlocks off.

"It seems that there was one who could speak English and the police learnt of the total numbers on board, and organised three ambulances who soon arrived.

"There were 12 police on site by then. The back doors had been locked.

"These it seemed had been damaged by both glue and force and could not be opened, and it seemed that this is a typical ruse by the gangs that organise people into the country.

"They get them into the lorry, replace the locks and them damage and super glue such that they cannot be opened."

"The group had stowed way on the very back part of the trailer and had been feeding on the pallet of very expensive Belgian chocolate that was being carried.

"They seemed to have been very lucky as this trailer was a refrigerated unit, but the section that they and the chocolate was in was at normal temperature."

Police from Warminster said the children were aged between six and 15, and crew from Trowbridge fire station said a baby was among the group.

A force spokeperson added: "The driver was unable to open the doors due to finding a lock had been damaged so the fire crew had to use cutting equipment to gain entry.

"As a welfare concern all of the group were individually medically assessed at the scene by paramedics and then deemed fit to be held by the police for illegally entering the UK.

"The lorry had come in from mainland Europe overnight and the matter will now be handed over to our colleagues from the Home Office immigration department to deal in conjunction with assistance from the police and child services."

The Home Office confirmed Immigration Enforcement was called to the A303.

A spokeswoman said: "Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Wiltshire Police on December 2 after police officers attended an incident involving ten Iraqi nationals, including six minors and one Afghan national at Willoughby Hedge on the A303.

"Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.

"Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law."


Daredevil Dies In 62-Story Fall

Daredevil Dies In 62-Story Fall

 He was famous on social media, then went silent. Now Wu Yongning's fans have learned why he stopped posting in November. The BBC reports that the Chinese daredevil, known for posting videos of himself at the top of tall buildings scaled without safety devices, is confirmed to have died in a fall from a 62-story building in Changsha on Nov. 8. The South China Morning Post describes the 26-year-old's life-ending stunt as a somewhat selfless act, saying Wu was undertaking the "rooftopping" challenge in hopes of winning $15,000 in prize money in order to pay for his sick mother's medical treatment, and also to fund a wedding with a woman that his step-uncle says he planned to propose to after the challenge was complete.

The Telegraph's explanation of the money is that Wu, who had 1 million followers, was trying to secure it by filming himself promoting an unspecified sponsor. Shanghaiist reports the building was 862 feet tall. The Telegraph describes the more than 300 videos he posted as showing stomach-turning feats like him doing pullups from treacherous heights. It quotes a post from his girlfriend made Friday: "Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world."

 


Pennsylvania Landlord Sneaks Into Tenant's Home And Masturbates On Her Dirty Clothes

Pennsylvania Landlord Sneaks Into Tenant's Home And Masturbates On Her Dirty Clothes

 

If you think your landlord is a piece of work, just be glad that your landlord isn’t Thomas Fallon.

The 67-year-old man decided to break into one of his tenant’s apartment and then proceed to masturbate into the woman’s dirty clothes — an act that was actually recorded by a motion-activated security camera inside the woman’s place. So yeah, it was fairly easy for police to catch him.

The victim told police that she recently purchased a “Wi-Fi enabled security system and placed cameras in her bedroom” due to suspicions that “someone had been going through her personal effects, specifically her clothing” over the past few months.

The woman contacted police last Friday after receiving an alert on her phone reporting that the security system had detected motion in her bedroom. The system captured a series of still images showing Fallon “in a state of undress”inside the victim’s bedroom, a police officer reported.

The photos showed that Fallon had “his penis exposed and was masturbating into the victim’s soiled clothing which she wore yesterday,” alleges the complaint, which notes that the woman identified Fallon, her landlord, as the man in the photos.

Fallon, the president of an electrical contracting firm, at first claimed he only entered the woman’s apartment to “fix a hot water heater,” but “terminated the interview” when cops pulled out photos of him enjoying himself a tad too much.

This creep was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal trespass, both felonies.

 


Model Ivana Smit Found Dead In Very Mysterious Circumstances

Model Ivana Smit Found Dead In Very Mysterious Circumstances

 

An 18-year-old model has died under ‘mysterious circumstances’ in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

Ivana Smit was found dead on a sixth floor balcony of the Persiaran Capsquare block in Kuala Lumpur amid reports she fell from a 20th floor apartment after a party.

Local police are insisting there are ‘no criminal elements’ to the death, though members of her family are insisting on an investigation.

 

The young woman has been working in fashion shows for Chanel and other clothing brands, and was said to be out partying on the night of her death last Thursday.

While no criminal elements were reportedly present at the crime scene, Ivana’s mother, father and brother have now arrived in Malaysia to demand a full investigation into just what happened, according to the Daily Mail.

Ivana’s grandfather Fredrik Smit, who lives in Penang in Malaysia said:

We cannot believe she fell from level 20 and the body was found at level 6. She was found there naked. Where are her shoes and underwear?

We believe there is a criminal element in Ivana’s death. Of course we don’t believe the story from the police because they can’t give us photographs or a report from the scene.

Ivana’s father has contacted the Dutch ambassador and Interpol.

 

Ivana’s father Marcel Smit said that Ivana sent her boyfriend a message and a selfie at 7.25am, and she is thought to have fallen at around 10am that morning.

She was not found until two or three in the afternoon on Thursday.

Marcel told Dutch media:

At about 10am she would have fallen from the balcony at 20 floors high. How is that possible? It is strange that she was not found until 3pm.

She is tall, 1.81metres, but the barrier is also 1.20 metres. Only when you bend over do you fall off.

She did not fall and she did not jump either.

Marcel has alleged that the Malaysian police are looking to ‘close the case quickly’, despite the fact that neighbours reportedly heard sounds of an argument.

It has been reported that alcohol and ecstasy were found in the blood of Ivana, but the time of their administration is not clear.

Ivana’s uncle Fred Agenjo said:

Those are not drugs that you’re going to sleep on. There are so many questions.

Her clothes have been found, but her shoes and underwear are not. The police do not look at her mobile phone. The police do not want to say whether the drugs were taken when they were alive.

We want a full investigation.

Ivana has made Malaysia for 13 years, living with her grandfather Fredrik while there and becoming a leading model in the country.

Despite the protestations of the family members, Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharuddin Abdullah said the case was a matter of ‘sudden death’.

He has appealed to witnesses for any more information on the death.

He said:

Our investigations so far and the post-mortem report show no elements of foul play.

No matter the outcome of the investigation, our thoughts are with the friends and family of Ivana at this difficult time.

 


Breast-Feeding Mom Kicked Off Spirit Airlines

Breast-Feeding Mom Kicked Off Spirit Airlines

Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher, claims she was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight from Houston, TX, to Newark, NJ on Friday. The reason? It had nothing to do with the flight being overbooked or Rui acting disorderly, unless you consider breastfeeding your baby disorderly, which it seems Spirit does.

The flight had been delayed due to weather, and Rui started breastfeeding her child, to keep him from crying and hopefully put him to sleep, she told the Washington Post. She said, “Every parent with a young child can image, you don’t want to be that parent on the plane. It would be very embarrassing. I was just trying to avoid that.”

 

Rui told the Post that while passengers were still moving around the cabin and the plane door was still open a flight attendant notified her that her baby had to be in his seat for takeoff.

In response, Rui asked for "just a couple more minutes" because if she stopped feeding him then, she worried he'd wake up and make noise. She told the attendant, "I promise I'll finish before you close the plane's door."

As the attendants considered Rui's request, she stopped feeding her son and he immediately started crying. And then the crew told Rui she would need to get off the plane, according to the Post.

Rui, who was now filming the incident with her camera, asked, reasonably, why she was being told to leave the plane if the baby was already strapped into its seat as requested. Seems like a fair question.

Rui told the Post, “It’s not like I was resistant, I put him in the seat. If they had shown a little compassion, it wouldn’t have happened, they didn’t have to let it escalate.”

Rui left the plane as directed, where she was met by police officers and notified that she would not be allowed to re-board. Rui asked a Spirit Airlines rep why she was kicked off the plane, and was told it was because she wasn't "compliant," the Post reports. She was given no further details, despite her questions.

Rui, who was not only traveling with her son but with her elderly parents, began to say, "If this happened to your family . . .” before being interrupted by the airline rep, who said, "It wouldn’t happen to my family, I can assure you.” WOW. Rude!

That wasn't the end of it. The family's bags weren't immediately returned, and after driving back home, Rui's father had to be admitted to the hospital when he collapsed from heart trouble.

Rui told the Post, “They treated us like we were criminals. A baby crying is not a crime.”

 

 But the airline isn't apologizing. A rep for Spirit Airlines told KHOU in Houston,

Our records indicate a passenger was removed from Flight 712 after refusing to comply with crew instructions several times during taxi to runway and safety briefing. To protect the safety of our guests and crew, FAA regulations and airline policies require all passengers to stay seated and buckled during takeoff and landing. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests. As a courtesy, we’ve issued a full refund to the passenger in question.


Florida Woman Arrested For Attacking Lady Over Fresh Bacon At McDonald's

Florida Woman Arrested For Attacking Lady Over Fresh Bacon At McDonald's

This just in: nothing is “fresh” at McDonald’s.

Widna St. Jean (what a name) was recently arrested after getting into a physical altercation with another woman over fresh bacon at a McDonald’s in Golden Gate, Florida.

It all kicked off when a woman came in from the drive-thru into the fast food joint to complain that the bacon on her sandwich was not fresh. The woman claimed that she was a former McDonald’s employee and knew the bacon was not fresh, but the staff informed her that the bacon was fresh. And that’s when Jean, 24, interjected because she did not like the way the woman was talking to her friend who was working.

The pair argued, but eventually the woman was given her fresh bacon and left the McDonald’s. But Jean wasn’t finished as she followed the woman and hit her in the side of the head in the name of fresh bacon. And a fight broke out and police was called.

Jean was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.

No word yet if the woman still got to enjoy her sandwich.


Botched New York Terrorist Attack Caught On Video

Botched New York Terrorist Attack Caught On Video

New York is once again the target of a terrorist attack on Monday but this time, it seems the suspected terrorist went off a little prematurely.

Police have the alleged bomber in custody after his explosive vest detonated between Times Square Subway Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:20 a.m. – just before the morning rush. Closed circuit video shows the suspect walking down a tunnel which connects the two stations before his vest explodes.

Fortunately, it seems there may have been some sort of technical issue with his vest’s construction. The improvised explosive devices mostly injured himself, while three others were admitted to hospital with minor injuries such as headaches and tinnitus.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, is a 27-year-old Bangladeshi national who’s been living and working in the United States for seven years. Ullah was rushed to hospital with more serious injuries but was able to speak to police in custody, according to the New York Post.

 

 


Mia Khalifa Gets Blasted After Calling Out Ronda Rousey And WWE

Mia Khalifa Gets Blasted After Calling Out Ronda Rousey And WWE

Mia is back doing what she does best. Creating drama about someone else. Only this time she got SHREDDED on Twitter.

Former Pornstar Mia Khalifa receives a ‘pounding’ from WWE great Hurricane Helms after she slams Ronda Rousey’s switch to wrestling

It all started when Mia was discussing UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s move to WWE on Youtube show Out of Bounds recently, the 24-year-old former adult film star said: “This is where her career will go to die.

“I have no respect for the WWE, its not a real sport. Its embarrassing.”

 

Co-host Gilbert Arenas pointed out that Rousey’s transition is probably a calculated career move. It’s likely meant to keep her from being savaged in the Octagon any further after being knocked out by Amanda Nunes in December of last year.

Khalifa kept on coming.

“That’s embarrassing, though,” she said, “to go from real fights to wearing a sequin unitard to pretending to fight.”

Her comments opened the DC sports girl up to a world of criticism, most notably from former WWE star Hurricane Helms.

But one of the WWE’s biggest fan favorites from the noughties, Gregory ‘Hurricane’ Helms hit back.

He wrote on Twitter: “I’m not gonna get upset that a porn star doesn’t respect Pro Wrestling. She’s entitled to her opinion.

“Our bodies take a pounding and well… so does hers.”

 


The Future Of VR Porn IS ACTUALLY REALLY INTERESTING

 

The Future Of VR Porn IS ACTUALLY REALLY INTERESTING
Three microphones, two wide angle lenses, and one willing performer. Neha looks at how VR Porn is made, chats with industry leader Ela Darling, and attends a porn convention.

 


The Room's Tommy Wiseau Wants To Make A Star Wars Movie

The Room's Tommy Wiseau Wants To Make A Star Wars Movie

 

Tommy Wiseau wants to make his mark on a galaxy, far far away. Even if you've never seen The Room, you've very likely heard of it. It's quite famously one of the worst movies of all time and Tommy Wiseau is the man responsible for making it. Now, the notoriously strange writer, actor and director says he would like to make a Star Wars movie.

The Disaster Artist is getting ready to roll out in theaters all across the country this weekend. The movie chronicles the making of The Room, a movie so legendarily bad it warranted making a movie about it that, ironically, is probably going to get some Academy Award nominations. Tommy Wiseau is helping to promote the movie and was answering some fan questions on Twitter. One fan asked if he would like to direct a Star Wars movie. His response goes far beyond a simple yes. Here's what he had to say.

"Yes! Absolutely! but I am very busy, so I would prefer to act. #StarWars can contact me"

He even put a contact link in the tweet, which is just the website for The Room. For one, Disney and Lucasfilm would never, ever let Tommy Wiseau direct a Star Wars movie. That said, let's assume hell freezes over and that were to happen. Wiseau says he would prefer to act instead because he's too busy? What could possibly keep a man like Wiseau too busy to direct a Star Wars movie? Further, to say that Star Wars, not Kathleen Kennedy or any actual person, can contact him, is truly astonishing. This single tweet defines the eccentric personality that has made Tommy Wiseau a pop culture icon.

 

There are countless directors who would love to make a Star Wars movie and Lucasfilm is going to make a lot more of them, so there's plenty to go around. But not so many that Tommy Wiseau will ever get a crack at directing one.Then again, to his credit, even if it's for the wrong reasons, The Room is a cult classic and will likely live on for years to come. Especially thanks to The Disaster Artist. Who knows? Maybe watching bounty hunters playing a game of football inexplicably in space would be fun. In an alternate universe, a Tommy Wiseau Star Wars movie would at least be fascinating to see. Imagine giving him $100 million budget to work with.

There's also the bit about Tommy Wiseau saying he would prefer to act. Again, Lucasfilm is never going to let him be in a Star Wars movie, but they do sneak celeb cameos into these new Star Wars movies. Is it so hard to imagine sneaking in a Tommy Wiseau cameo? It's a shame Solo: A Star Wars Story is already done. The line, "Oh hai, Han" writes itself. The Disaster Artists is in select theaters now and expands wide this weekend.

https://twitter.com/TommyWiseau/status/937865123103830016


A Girl, 11, Is In Prison Because Her Mother Is A Serial Killer

A Girl, 11, Is In Prison Because Her Mother Is A Serial Killer

The yards were apparently gruesome places: Afghan officials say Shirin Gul brought home the men who hired her for sex and fed them drug-spiked tea and kebabs; 27 of them ended up dead, buried in one of two backyards after her family members robbed and killed them, the New York Times reported in 2015. The BBC in 2005 called her "Afghanistan's most notorious woman prisoner": Gul is serving a life sentence—and so too, in effect, is her 11-year-old daughter. Writing for the Times, Rod Nordland explains that the young Meena's situation "is extreme, but not unique;" hundreds of children are believed to be behind bars alongside their mothers in the country. Afghanistan's female prisoners are allowed to keep their children with them until the offspring reach age 18; in many cases, there is no alternative for care.

That's the case with Meena, whom Gul conceived while in prison, ostensibly via a prison guard, with Gul accused of getting pregnant in order to escape her original sentence—death by hanging. After having the child, her sentence was indeed commuted to life. Nordland describes a child who has never stepped foot outside the Nangarhar Provincial Prison in Jalalabad, and likely won't for another seven years. She appears throughout the article as a sweet and polite foil to her "brash" mother, whom she tells Nordland she will not leave. Gul at one point tells Nordland, "I'll kill you. I’m going to come over there and take out your eyes." Meena, next to her, offers a calm "shh." "Her mother subsided, briefly," writes Nordland.


Man Can’t Decide Between His Wife And His ‘Dream Girl’

Man Can’t Decide Between His Wife And His ‘Dream Girl’

Despite 36 years of faithful marriage, engineer James from Atlanta cannot decide who he likes better; his wife or the dream girl he built.

James’ poor wife Tine must be livid as she listens to her husband describe his animatronic dolls as ‘the perfect girl’ on the Channel 4 documentary The Sex Robots Are Coming.

You’d think an engineer with James’ talent would put his skills to better use, like making a device to create renewable energy or building an environmentally friendly flying car, but I guess his time is better put to use making a life-like doll, named April, to compete with his 100% human wife.

If you've just done a double-take and asked yourself 'Did James give his doll a name?' you're right, he did name her. As well as having a name, April was built to have luxurious blonde hair, alluring blue eyes, a body to die for (made from silicone) and 'the perfect personality' - courtesy of an advanced CPU board. This is what Tine has to compete with.

However, despite April's manufactured beauty, she's still a robot and that should be enough for Tine to be the number one only girl in James' life. Alas, the man just can't seem to pick which he prefers more, his wife of 36 years or his 'dream girl' who - just in case you haven't been paying attention - happens to be a fully functioning pleasure doll.

Things get more complicated - and dare we say tense - as one segment has James describing April to the camera - and in front of his wife - as 'the perfect girl'.

Just look at the rage in those eyes, you can almost smell the potential divorce in the air. I guess a ménage à trois is out of the question?

Yet despite the animatronic harlot proving to be an obstacle in James and Tine's marriage she says James is 'a good husband' and they are still very much in love with each other. However when asked who he would pick between April and his wife he replied: 'I honestly don’t know'.

James began working on April when Tine moved away for nine months to look after her sick mum. When she returned she was greeted by legions of dolls, including 'HDIC' (Head Doll In Charge) April.

Upon meeting James' new female companions a 'shocked and surprised' Tine said:

I was a little uneasy about it but it got better as time went along.

If he really wanted to, he could have found somebody else – another live person.

But he didn’t do that. He was true to me like he always was.

James added:

I cannot lie. That first week was awkward, to put it mildly.

Most doll owners, although they go into it with the intention of: ‘It’s only a sex toy’, they find they actually do develop a relationship with that doll.


AMAZING HERO STORIES FROM THE CALIFORNIA WILD FIRES THAT BURN OUT OF CONTROL

AMAZING HERO STORIES FROM THE CALIFORNIA WILD FIRES THAT BURN OUT OF CONTROL

There is incredible footage of a band of brothers saving the homes of complete strangers. Dramatic video and photos show embers raining down as buddies from high school armed only with hoses risk their lives to fight an inferno in Ventura, California. The 5 guys even climb onto the roof to spray down a flaming palm tree on that is dangerously close to igniting the building...AND a man that risks his own life to save a wild bunny.


Defense Attorneys Are Making Movies To Sway Court Sentencings

Defense Attorneys Are Making Movies To Sway Court Sentencings

 In recent years, there has been a rising trend among defense attorneys to make short documentaries that beg for more leniency for their clients.


North Korea Says War Is Now Unavoidable

North Korea Says War Is Now Unavoidable

 War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America's "confrontational warmongering remarks," North Korea warned late Wednesday. A statement from the country's foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an "established" fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen, Reuters reports. "We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the US miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the US dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened," the statement said.

The statement also slammed US officials including CIA Director Mike Pompeo for "impudently criticizing our supreme leadership, which is the heart of our people." The statement came as the "Vigilant Ace" military drills involving hundreds of American and South Korean aircraft continued, with a US B-1B supersonic bomber flying over the peninsula Wednesday, the AP reports. The South Korean military said the drill, in which the US bomber simulated land strikes, "displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles."


Police Located Body Of Girl Who Posted Eerie Snapchat After Tinder Date

Police Located Body Of Girl Who Posted Eerie Snapchat After Tinder Date

Sad sad sad. This is another reason why you should be super careful when it comes to the online dating world.

The body of a 24-year-old Sydney Loofe, who had been missing for nearly three weeks, has been located by Nebraska authorities. Two persons of interest are in police custody.

Sydney Loofe’s body was recovered on Monday, almost three weeks after she was last seen on November 15.

One of the last things she posted was a Snapchat story which said simply: ‘Ready for my date’.

The Antelope County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a body had been discovered but no other details were known at this stage.

The parents of the 24-year-old said it was her body which was recovered.

The young woman from Wilber, Nebraska, is thought to have gone to meet a woman she met through Tinder the night before – she failed to turn up at work the next day.

She did reportedly text her friend to say she’d been on a date with the woman and was planning on going out again last night, according to Metro.

A message posted on the Finding Sydney Loofe Facebook page reads:

It’s with heavy hearts that we share this most recent update with you all. Please continue to pray for Sydney and our entire family.

May God grant eternal rest unto thee. We love you Sydney.

Her family said the disappearance was always suspicious and said they feared she had been abducted.

Police in Wilber in Nebraska were investigating and said the disappearance was ‘concerning’, the FBI were involved in tracing Sydney.

The two suspects posted a video on the Finding Sydney Loofe Facebook page in which they pled their innocence.

In the video, Traill reportedly says:

I’m a person of interest and I’m not really running from anything. Naturally I can’t go home now because my house has been swarmed, searched, and I’m being looked for.

But I assumed I have a warrant out of state now so that kind of cancels that out. So this has pretty much caused me my life and I appreciate that from the FBI and all the other agencies.

I pray for Sydney and I hope she’s found soon.

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Atlanta News Anchor Slams Viewer On Live TV For Calling Her N-Word In Email

After receiving a racist email in which a viewer called her the n-word,

CBS Atlanta anchor Sharon Reed responded back on live air. The anchor said the email "mischaracterized" her views on race,

and that "quite the contrary, we think that race is an authentic discussion to have."


Phony Sign Language Interpreter Delivered Gibberish In Florida Press Conference

A huge arrest was made in the Seminole Heights homicides case on Nov. 28, but many in the deaf community were left in the dark thanks to a phony interpreter. "She was standing there twisting her hands back and forth. I could tell automatically that interpreters don't do that," said Betti Bonni, a certified deaf interpreter.

 


Lawmaker: 'I'm A Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

Lawmaker: 'I'm A Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

A conservative Pennsylvania lawmaker halted a meeting Tuesday to declare that he is a heterosexual and does not welcome being touched by men. The cause of his outrage? A brief touch on the forearm from Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford. In an exchange captured on video, Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe interrupts Bradford during a discussion of a land-use bill to say: "Look, I'm a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don't like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time." As Bradford and other committee members laughed, Metcalfe added: "Keep your hands to yourself. If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it. I don't."

Metcalfe tells the Philadelphia Inquirer that Bradford has been "continually" reaching out and touching him for months. "If someone touches another person, and they say, 'stop touching me,' and they don't stop, that's serious business," he says. Bradford—who is married to a woman and has four children—says he was simply trying to calm Metcalfe down while he finished his thought and certainly wasn't making a pass. Metcalfe, now in his 10th term, has often spoken out against homosexuality. After Tuesday's remarks, the state Democratic Party said he should resign, calling him a "walking, talking embarrassment to Pennsylvanians," the Washington Post reports.

 


Drunk Nevada Woman Dances On Car And Tries To Flee DUI Scene On Kid’s Scooter

Drunk Nevada Woman Dances On Car And Tries To Flee DUI Scene On Kid’s Scooter

If only she would have had a kid’s hoverboard instead.

According to the Associated Press, a 27-year-old Nevada woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking MDMA, destruction of property and resisting arrest Saturday night after she reportedly drove her Jeep Cherokee down the wrong side of a highway and later crashed it up a hill 20 yards away from the road.

Police in Sparks received a call about an asshole cruising down the wrong side of a highway, and they thankfully found the vehicle and its owner before anybody got seriously injured or even killed. To do so, however, they had to look in an unexpected place, but they eventually found Sabra Bewley and her Jeep Cherokee “some 20 yards up a hill off a highway.”

The fact that Bewley was two first downs away from the road wasn’t even close to being the most shocking part of the evening for the officers, as they found her dancing on top of her SUV. When they called out to her, she decided to make a run for it, but since her ride was busted, she tried to do so on a kid’s scooter.

Yeah, that didn’t work, and now she’s in deep shit.


Woman Robs House For Its WiFi Password

Woman Robs House For Its WiFi Password -

 

Veronica Ann Stephens broke into a house to steal some painkillers. But she said she was looking for a WiFi password. Because, you know, everyone hides their WiFi password in pill bottles.

The incident occurred on Dilly Shaw Tap Road in Texas. That’s where Budweiser got the idea for “DILLY DILLY!” from.

Stephens entered through the bathroom, carrying a flashlight, and rummaged through medicine cabinets and the kitchen before leaving. She claims to know the residents. The residents claim they don’t know her because who the hell would claim to know a crazy lady who breaks into a house looking for a WiFi password?

This idiot was caught because everyone has security cameras in or around their house nowadays. Oh, she also left the flashlight behind. She’s being charged with burglary and could face up to 20 years in prison. What? She broke into the house, didn’t take anything, and actually left the flashlight? And she could get 20 years in prison for that? The homeowners should pay her the $3 for the flashlight, give her the WiFi password so she doesn’t break into any more houses, and this whole thing should be forgotten.

The mistake this lady made, besides everything, is not going to the wireless router. That’s typically where people keep their WiFi password. Not in bathrooms and kitchens.

Don’t worry lady, when the government passes this net neutrality bill, you’ll be able to get all the free WiFi you want because nothing will be a secret anymore. If you’re not in prison, that is.


FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Scary Facts About Artificial Intelligence

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Scary Facts About Artificial Intelligence

We are in the fourth industrial revolution, which is characterized by advances in robotics and self-driving car technology, the proliferation of smart home appliances, and more. At the forefront of all these is artificial intelligence (AI), which is the development of automated computer systems that could match or even surpass humans in intelligence.

AI is regarded as the next big thing—so big that future technologies will be dependent on it. But then, do we really know what we are getting ourselves into? Here are ten scary facts about artificial intelligence.

10.Your Self-Driving Car Might Be Programmed To Kill You


Let’s assume you’re driving down a road. Then, a group of children suddenly appear in front of your car. You hit the brakes, but they don’t work. Now, you have two options: The first is to run over the children and save your life. The second is to swerve into a nearby wall or bollard, thus saving the children but killing yourself. Which would you pick?

Most people agree they will swerve into the bollard and kill themselves.

Now imagine that your car is self-driving, and you’re the passenger. Would you still want it to swerve into the bollard and kill you? Most people who agreed they would swerve into the bollard if they were the driver also agreed that they would not want their self-driving car to swerve into the bollard and kill them. In fact, they won’t even buy such car if they knew it would deliberately put them at risk in an accident.

This takes us to another question: What would the cars do?

The cars will do what they were programmed to do. As things are, makers of self-driving cars aren’t talking. Most, like Apple, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz, tactfully dodge the question at every instance. An executive of Daimler AG (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) once stated that their self driving cars would “protect [the] passenger at all costs.” However, Mercedes-Benz refuted this, stating that their vehicles are built to ensure that such a dilemma never happens. That is ambiguous because we all know that such situations will happen.

Google came clean on this and said its self-driving cars would avoid hitting unprotected road users and moving things. This means the car would hit the bollard and kill the driver. Google further clarifies that in the event of an impending accident, its self-driving cars would hit the smaller of any two vehicles. In fact, Google self-driving cars might be seeking to be closer to smaller objects at all times. Google currently has a patent on a technology that makes its self-driving cars move away from bigger cars and toward smaller cars while on the road.[1]

9.Robots Might Demand Rights Just Like Humans


With the current trends in AI, it’s possible that robots will reach a stage of self-realization. When that happens, they may demand for their rights as if they were humans. That is, they’ll require housing and health care benefits and demand to be allowed to vote, serve in the military, and be granted citizenship. In return, governments would make them pay taxes.

This is according to a joint study by the UK Office of Science and Innovation’s Horizon Scanning Center. This research was reported by the BBC in 2006, when AI was far less advanced, and it was conducted to speculate the technological advancements they might be seeing in 50 years’ time. Does this mean that machines will start demanding citizenship in about 40 years? Only time will tell.[2]

8.Automatic Killer Robots Are In Use

Photo credit: MarkBlackUltor

When we say “automatic killer robots,” we mean robots that can kill without the interference of humans. Drones don’t count because they are controlled by people. One of the automatic killer robots we’re talking about is the SGR-A1, a sentry gun jointly developed by Samsung Techwin (now called Hanwha Techwin) and Korea University. The SGR-A1 resembles a huge surveillance camera, except that it has a high-powered machine gun that can automatically lock onto and kill any target of interest.

The SGR-A1 is already in use in Israel and South Korea, which has installed several units along its Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with North Korea. South Korea denies activating the auto mode that allows the machine decide who to kill and who not to kill. Instead, the machine is in a semi-automatic mode, where it detects targets and requires the approval of a human operator to execute a kill.[3]

7.War Robots Can Switch Sides

In 2011, Iran captured a highly secretive RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone from the United States military, intact. That last word is necessary because it means the drone was not shot down. Iran claims it forced the drone to land after spoofing its GPS signal and making it think it was in friendly territory. Some US experts claim this is not true, but then, the drone wasn’t shot down. So what happened?

For all we know, Iran could be telling the truth. Drones, GPS, and robots are all based on computers, and as we all know, computers do get hacked. War robots would be no different if they ever make it to the battlefield. In fact, there is every possibility that the enemy army would make attempts to hack them and use them against the same army fielding them.

Autonomous killer robots are not yet in widespread use, so we have never seen any hacked. However, imagine an army of robots suddenly switching allegiance on the battlefield and turning against their own masters. Or imagine North Korea hacking those SGR-A1 sentry guns at the DMZ and using them against South Korean soldiers.[4]

6.Russia Is Using Bots To Spread Propaganda On Twitter

Photo credit: The Guardian

Bots are taking over Twitter. Research by the University of Southern California and Indiana University has indicated that about 15 percent (48 million) of all Twitter accounts are operated by bots. Twitter insists that the figure is around 8.5 percent. To be clear, not all these bots are bad. Some are actually beneficial. For instance, there are bots that inform people of natural disasters. However, there are some that are being used for propaganda, most especially by Russia.

Russia is still in the news for using these bots to sow discord among US voters and sway them toward voting for Donald Trump during the 2016 election. Another little-reported incident is Russia using these bots to sway UK voters into voting to leave the European Union during the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Days before the referendum, more than 150,000 Russian bots, which had previously concentrated on tweets relating to the war in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, suddenly started churning out pro-Brexit tweets encouraging the UK to leave the EU. These bots sent about 45,000 pro-Brexit tweets within two days of the referendum, but the tweets fell to almost zero immediately after the referendum.

What’s worse is that Russia also uses these same bots to get Twitter to ban journalists who expose its extensive use of bots for propaganda. Once Russia detects an article reporting the existence of the bots, it finds the author’s Twitter page and gets its bots to follow the author en masse until Twitter bans the author’s account on suspicion of being operated by a bot.[5]

The worst is that Russia has seriously improved on its bot game. These days, it has moved from using full bots to using cyborgs—accounts that are jointly operated by humans and bots. This has made it more difficult for Twitter to detect and ban these accounts.

5.Machines Will Take Our Jobs


No doubt, machines will take over our jobs one day. However, what we don’t realize is when they will take over, and to what extent? Well, as we’re about to find out, it’s to a large extent.

According to top consultancy and auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), robots will take over 21 percent of the jobs in Japan, 30 percent of jobs in the United Kingdom, 35 percent of jobs in Germany, and 38 percent of jobs in the United States by the year 2030.[6] By the next century, they will have taken over more than half of the jobs available to humans.

The most affected sector will be transportation and storage, where 56 percent of the workforce will be machines. This is followed by the manufacturing and retail sectors, where machines will take over 46 and 44 percent of all available jobs.

Talking about “when,” it is speculated that machines will be driving trucks by 2027 and manning retail stores by 2031. By 2049, they’ll be writing books, and by 2053, they’ll be performing surgery. Only few professions will be free of the machine incursion. One is the role of a church minister, which would remain free not because a machine can’t run a church but because most people won’t approve of being preached to by a robot.

4.Robots Have Learned To Be Deceitful


In human-style fashion, robots are learning to be deceitful. In one experiment, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta developed an algorithm that allowed robots to decide whether or not to deceive other humans or robots. If the robots decided to take the route of deceit, the researchers included an algorithm to allow the robot decide how to deceive the people and robots while reducing the likelihood that the person or robot being deceived will ever find out.

In the experiment, a robot was given some resources to guard. It frequently checked on the resources but started visiting false locations whenever it detected the presence of another robot in the area. This experiment was sponsored by the United States Office for Naval Research, which means it might have military applications. Robots guarding military supplies could change their patrol routes if they noticed they were being watched by enemy forces.

In another experiment, this time at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne in Switzerland, scientists created 1,000 robots and divided them into ten groups. The robots were required to look for a “good resource” in a designated area, while they avoided hanging around a “bad resource.” Each robot had a blue light, which it flashed to attract other members of its group whenever it found the good resource. The best 200 robots were taken from this first experiment, and their algorithms were “crossbred” to create a new generation of robots.

The robots improved on finding the good resource. However, this led to congestion as other robots crowded around the prize. In fact, things got so bad that the robot that found the resource was sometimes pushed away from its find. 500 generations later, the robots learned to keep their lights off whenever they found the good resource. This was to prevent congestion and the likelihood that they would be sent away if other members of the group joined them. At the same time, other robots evolved to find the lying robots by seeking areas where robots converged with their lights off, which is the exact opposite of what they were programmed to do.[7]

3.The AI Market Is Being Monopolized


The AI market is being monopolized. Bigger companies are buying smaller AI startups at an alarming rate. With the current trend, we would end up with AI that is controlled by a very small number of corporations. As of October 2016, reports indicated that companies like Apple, Facebook, Intel, Twitter, Samsung, and Google had purchased 140 artificial intelligence businesses over five years.

In the first three months of 2017, big tech companies bought 34 AI startups.[8] Worse, they’re also paying huge bucks to hire the top scholars in the field of artificial intelligence. If this remains unchecked, you can guess where we’re heading.

2.AI Will Exceed Humans In Reasoning And Intelligence


Artificial intelligence is classified into two groups: strong and weak AI. The AI around us today are classified as weak AI. This includes supposedly advanced AIs like smart assistants and computers that have been defeating chess masters since 1987. The difference between strong and weak AI is the ability to reason and behave like a human brain.

Weak AI generally do what they were programmed to do, irrespective of how sophisticated that task might seem to us. Strong AI, at the other end of the spectrum, has the consciousness and reasoning ability of humans. It is not limited by the scope of its programming and can decide what to do and what not to do without human input. Strong AI does not exist for now, but scientists predict they should be around in ten years’ time.[9]

1.AI Could Destroy Us


There are fears that the world might end up in an AI apocalypse, just as it happened in the Terminator film franchise. The warnings that AI might destroy us aren’t coming from some random scientist or conspiracy theorist but from eminent professionals like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates.

Bill Gates thinks AI will become too intelligent to remain under our control. Stephen Hawking shares the same opinion. He doesn’t think AI will suddenly go berserk overnight. Rather, he believes machines will destroy us by becoming too competent at what they do. Our conflict with AI will begin the moment their goals are no longer aligned with ours.[10]

Elon Musk has compared the proliferation of AI to “summoning the demon.” He believes it is the biggest threat to humanity. To prevent the AI apocalypse, he has proposed that governments start regulating the development of AI before for-profit companies do “something very foolish.”


Morning Commuter Captures Apocalyptic Like Video Of LA Fires

Morning Commuter Captures Apocalyptic Like Video Of LA Fires

Reddit user TooShiftyForYou posted this shocking video of the Skirball Fire approaching the 405 freeway near Bel Air, California.

 

Morning commute on the 405 in LA today

As a resident of Southern California myself, traffic’s actually moving pretty good for the end of days. But then again, it was 5:06 am.

The 405 freeway, which is already considered one of the busy freeways in So Cal, was later shut down for a short period of time in both directions as the fire continued to rage.

It was a rare and eerie site as the 405 sat naked and empty.

Mandatory evacuation orders were given for portions of Bel Air as the fire made its way to homes in the area.

 


Mueller May Have Just Crossed 'Red Line' Trump Warned About

Mueller May Have Just Crossed 'Red Line' Trump Warned About -

President Trump has warned that Robert Mueller would be crossing a "red line" if he poked around in the Trump family's finances—and apparently Mueller is now prepared to find out what awaits him on the other side of that line. A source has revealed to Bloomberg that the special counsel subpoenaed Deutsche Bank a few weeks ago for records on the institution's business dealings with Trump and his family, and the Guardian reports those records have now been turned over to Mueller's team. Deutsche Bank, which has refused to volunteer information to Democratic lawmakers on the $300 million or so Trump was loaned years ago for real estate deals, is staying relatively tight-lipped on the Mueller request, simply telling Bloomberg in a statement: "Deutsche Bank always cooperates with investigating authorities in all countries."

Per Reuters, the source says the Mueller inquiry focused on "certain money and credit transactions." In July 2016, Bloomberg scrutinized Trump's relationship with Deutsche Bank and found it covered a span of 20 years, with the $300 million equaling about half of his outstanding debt. The Guardian notes it's not clear whether Mueller is going after the data to see if it's somehow tied to Russia or if there's another reason he's looking into it. The paper reported earlier this year that Deutsche had undertaken its own investigation to see if Trump's loans had Russian guarantees buried within them (it says it found no evidence of that). Also said to be Deutsche Bank clients: Ivanka Trump, husband Jared Kushner, and Kushner's mother, Seryl Stadtmauer. Although the Guardian predicts a possible "strong reaction" from Trump over the news, he hadn't publicly commented as of this writing.

 


Man Killed By Boar He Was Hunting

Man Killed By Boar He Was Hunting

Authorities in Germany are trying to find a wild boar that turned the tables on a hunter Sunday, fatally injuring the man after he fired a shot and followed it into a reed bank. Witnesses say the male boar apparently surprised the man as he searched for it, Deutsche Welle reports. The 50-year-old hunter, who was part of a larger hunting party but followed the boar alone, suffered serious injuries to his left thigh and fell into water, authorities say. The man, who lost a lot of blood after the attack, died in a hospital in the town of Greifswald, around 120 miles north of Berlin. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

The hunter fired a shot before following the boar into the reeds, but it's not clear whether the animal was injured. The regional hunting association described the death as a "tragic accident" and said it was the first of its kind in the area in decades, NDR reports. The group said boar hunters should wear protective trousers and put protective vests on their dogs. German hunters kill at least 500,000 wild boar every year, but numbers are still rising and authorities have called for more hunting to prevent the spread of swine fever from further east in Europe.

 


Missing Girls Found In Raid On Cult Compound

Missing Girls Found In Raid On Cult Compound

 Two Utah girls have been found safe nearly three months after they were allegedly kidnapped by their father, who family members feared had betrothed them to a polygamist sect leader. John Coltharp, said to be 33 or 34, was arrested in Sanpete County Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and obstruction of justice, but his daughters, ages 4 and 8, and two sons, ages 6 and 7, remained missing until Monday, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. That's when police raided a compound used by the Knights of the Crystal Blade, a polygamist sect Coltharp founded with Samuel Warren Shaffer after he was excommunicated from the Mormon Church, Coltharp's ex-wife says, per the New York Daily News. She has custody of the kids. Coltharp's sons were removed from the compound while police arrested Shaffer, 34, who told authorities where they could find Coltharp's daughters, along with his own two.

The Iron County Sheriff's Office says the girls were found "dehydrated and cold," per the Spectrum. Two were in a locked trailer about 5 miles from the compound, while two others were hiding in nearby water barrels, authorities say, adding the girls might not have survived the cool night, per CBS News. Coltharp is alleged to have taken his children from their Spring City home in September. His ex-wife was granted custody on Nov. 27, but the search for them intensified when Coltharp was arrested and refused to reveal their location. An attorney for Coltharp's ex-wife says Coltharp previously stated he "would rather see the kids dead than with the police." A relative adds family members feared Coltharp was planning marriages for his daughters as he "said to all of [his] siblings in the past that girls are meant to get married at the age of 12," per the Tribune.


7 Not-So-Scary Sex Toys Men Can Be OK With Their Lady Bringing Into The Bedroom

7 Not-So-Scary Sex Toys Men Can Be OK With Their Lady Bringing Into The Bedroom

For those of us who have such an epic sex life that we feel comfortable when the woman brings her toys to the bedroom, good for us. For the rest of you poor suckers, there are some not-so-scary sex toys men can be OK with their lady bringing into the bedroom.

From simple vibrators and magic wands to more elaborate setups and lubricating ideas, we’re doing the best we can without going too deep down the sexual rabbit hole into the dungeons of BDSM and other sex-related things you’re not ready to learn from us.

If your love life is missing an ingredient, if you’re feeling a little bored when you’re naked or if you’re just plum out of old cheap moves, try these 7 sex products, including some Pokemon-inspired toys and lubrication, to make it all better. Should your lady love your enthusiasm, you’re welcome. And should she dance upon a blaming pile of your burning clothes and sleep with all your friends out of spite, well, you only have yourself to blame there, buddy.

Pokemoan

Photo: via Vice

Who says sex toys can't indulge your inner child? This Pokemon Go-inspired sex toy line is brightly goofy and oddly inviting to newbie sex toy operators. This should spawn a whole new cult of sex-addicted weirdos hiding sex toys in public.

Nova

Photo: via adamandeve.com

Let's start simple with the dual G-spot stimulator and clitoral vibrator. Guys, you can use this on your girl (with her permission, of course). Odds are she'll never ask to see your peen again.

Great reviews, including "easy to use and clean, AND it's pretty quiet!"

Magic Wand Original

Photo: via offbeathome.com

The OG in magic wands to replace your not-so-magic wang, The MagicWand Original is every girl's best friend that she might introduce you to, should your relationship reach those heights (or depths). It may be the closest you get to a threesome so take it.

A&E Deluxe Magic Massager

Photo:  Amazon

Similar to the Magic Wand, this is an expansion on the idea as a deluxe. When we hear "deluxe" referring to lady toys, it just sounds like big and tall for women's vaginas.

It's actually Adam & Eve's strongest vibrator with eight modes. So good for everyone.

 

We-Vibe Sync Massager

Photo: Pinterest

We-Vibe has brought Apple into your relationship as its vibrator has Beat Mode, so to speak, that pulses to the beat of your favorite music. Nothing like being able to beat off to Justin Bieber music after all these years of beating off to his goofy face, right?

Candy Gag Ball

Photo: via adamandeve.com

One big problem in the bedroom: too much talking. That goes both ways, ladies and gents. The gag ball serves a number of purposes, mainly just getting drool all over your pillowcase before you go to sleep.

Hog Tie & Cuffs

Photo: Amazon

Once you've gotten over your fear of vibrating things (or perhaps in lieu of them), Sportsheets has a 5-piece set of hog ties and cuffs that will spice up the sack for both of you.

Make sure you pee prior to using this. Also, don't lose the keys. We recommend you make extra copies and Home Depot and tell everyone in the aisle what they're for.


FBI Wants Guns Back After Bad Background Checks

FBI Wants Guns Back After Bad Background Checks

The FBI sent out 4170 requests in 2016 to retrieve guns from people who never should have been able to purchase them, an increase of more than 1000 over the year before. USA Today reports that the FBI sent requests to agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to get back guns from people who should have been blocked from purchasing them because they had criminal records, mental health problems, or other disqualifying issues. Though the FBI's background check system looks at millions of gun purchases every year, the law says that if a background check isn’t completed within 72 hours, the sale has to be allowed. If the agency then discovers a problem with the sale, ATF agents are tasked with getting those guns back.

The requests only speak to the number of transactions that should have been prohibited, not the number of guns purchased. It's the largest number of retrieval requests in a decade and likely reflects the record number of background checks performed last year, 27.5 million. The report also comes shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a review of the federal background check system after Devin Kelley shot and killed more than 20 people in a church in rural Texas Nov. 5, despite having a domestic violence court martial convictionthat should have precluded him from being able to buy firearms.

 

 


US Senator Lindsey Graham Urges Military Families To Leave South Korea As Threat Of War Grows

US Senator Lindsey Graham Urges Military Families To Leave South Korea As Threat Of War Grows

The Republican senator Lindsey Graham has called on the Pentagon to move the families of US military personnel out of South Korea, as a senior Trump administration official warned that the potential for war with North Korea was growing by the day.

The South Carolina senator, who is a member of the Senate armed services committee, also opposed sending any more military dependents to South Korea, which hosts 28,500 US soldiers.

“It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour,” Graham said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

“So, I want them to stop sending dependents, and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea.”

Tensions have risen on the Korean peninsula after more than two months of relative quiet.

Last week, North Korea test-fired a powerful intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can strike any city on the US mainland and later declared itself a nuclear state. That test came days after Donald Trump had restored North Korea to Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

On Monday, North Korean media warned that nuclear war could break out “at any moment” as the US and South Korea began their biggest-ever joint air drills.

The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ party, said the five-day Vigilant Ace exercises, which involve more than 200 aircraft, were “an open, all-out provocation against the DPRK, which may lead to a nuclear war any moment”.

“The US and South Korean puppet warmongers would be well advised to bear in mind that their DPRK-targeted military drill will be as foolish as an act precipitating their self-destruction,” it added, using the country’s official title the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

While Washington and Seoul insist their military drills are purely defensive, North Korea regards them as a rehearsal for invasion.

Graham said he was confident Trump could manage the growing crisis, despite his failure to prevent the North from conducting missile and nuclear tests since becoming president.

In recent months, Trump has exchanged personal insults with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and issued threats to “totally destroy” the country if the US or its regional allies Japan and South Korea were forced to defend themselves.

“He’s got the best national security team of anybody I have seen since I have been in Washington,” Graham said of Trump, who has vowed to deny North Korea the ability to strike the US with nuclear weapons.

“Denial means pre-emptive war as a last resort,” Graham said. “The pre-emption is becoming more likely as their technology matures. I think we’re really running out of time.”

The senator said attempts by China – North Korea’s main ally and economic partner – to pressure the Pyongyang regime into abandoning its weapons programme had been ineffective.

If North Korea conducted another nuclear weapons test, he added, “then you need to get ready for a very serious response by the United States”.

Graham’s comments came a day after Trump’s national security adviser, HR McMaster, described North Korea as “the greatest immediate threat to the United States”.

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, McMaster said the risk of war with the North was “increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem”.


Time Reveals Its List Of Ten Finalists For 'Person Of The Year,' And It's A Doozy

Time Reveals Its List Of Ten Finalists For 'Person Of The Year,' And It's A Doozy

 

It's that time of year again. The special time right before Time announces their Person of the Year, the annual award given to whoever made the biggest impact on history that year, for better or for worse.

On Monday, Time announced their shortlist and there are some pretty interesting choices on there.

https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/937665254330458119

https://twitter.com/connortryan/status/937670583621386241

https://twitter.com/CeeCeeFarr/status/937665878224785409

https://twitter.com/RadFinch/status/937666213982998528

https://twitter.com/girlmom71/status/937674847777411072

People are even rooting for candidates who aren't on the list, and some ideas sound more serious than others.

https://twitter.com/beckersboop/status/937665816383950848

https://twitter.com/nmandine1/status/937677097270726657

https://twitter.com/vgirl93/status/937708620069847040

https://twitter.com/MissLoveMo/status/937670070465191936

And of course we're bracing for the worst after Trump's last take on the nominations.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/934189999045693441

Though he was quickly shot down when the magazine said that TIME does not comment on their choice until publication.

In 2015 for example, the magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, she was not interviewed of photographed before the announcement, and a painting of Merkel was used for the cover.

https://twitter.com/TIME/status/934231984099995649

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, so place your bets now.


Teacher Arrested After Having Sex With Student At Park

Teacher Arrested After Having Sex With Student At Park

Here we go again.

Another teacher has been busted having an inappropriate relationship with a student, and this time around all the attention is on 28-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy.

Reddy, who now lives in the Baltimore area, was recently arrested after it was discovered she had sex with a 16-year-old student in a park. Reddy taught at Pennington School in New Jersey when the sexual relationship occurred.

Solebury Township police said that last month they got a report of an alleged spring 2017 sexual assault, which took place in a park. The investigation determined that Reddy allegedly had sexual intercourse with the student. She was arrested Friday for institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility and corruption of a minor, the Solebury Township police department release said.

She’s being held in Baltimore City, while waiting to be extradited to Pennsylvania, police say.

The Pennington School said in a letter to parents that it had been “recently made aware of an alleged inappropriate relationship involving a former Upper School teacher of The Pennington School in the 2016-17 school year,” the Trentonian reported.

Reddy had move from Jersey to Baltimore to teacher at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Maryland, but she’s also been fired from that job and banned from the campus.

“We have just learned that one of our Upper School teachers, Alyssia Reddy, who joined our faculty this year, has been charged with a felony involving sexual assault of a minor,” head of school Penny B. Evans said in a letter. “The alleged events took place in Pennsylvania this past school year with a male high school student before she came to St. Paul’s School for Girls.”

Oh, and here’s a doozy: Reddy was married to another teacher, so good luck explaining that one, lady.

 


Miley Cyrus Banned From An Entire Country After Inappropriate ‘Racist Photo’

Miley Cyrus Banned From An Entire Country After Inappropriate ‘Racist Photo’

After all of the things we have seen Miley do… THIS IS WHAT GETS HER BANNED?!

‘I was just making a goofy face’: Miley Cyrus denies she’s racist after controversial photo .

The actual ban was put in place a few years ago but just started to coming “public” aka viral after Miley was set to visit the country. I guess they didn’t forget.

Seriously. This is the same person who did all this:

 

But none of that got her booted. Nope.

Singer Miley Cyrus is banned from visiting China after posting a ‘racist photo’ on social media with her friend.

She was banned back in 2009 after posing with a group of friends and using her fingers to ‘make her eyes look slanted’.

The Hannah Montana star was forced to apologize saying she was just ‘goofing around’.

Here’s the photo in question:

Forget trying to go on tour there. They won’t even let her image show:

The government also banned any broadcast of her TV show, films or sales of her merchandise, NME reports.

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi said at the time:

Miss Cyrus has made it clear she is no friend of China or anyone of East Asian descent. We have no interest in further polluting our children’s minds with her American ignorance.

After being slated for the photo, she wrote on her official website:

I’ve been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context. I’m no way was I making fun of any ethnicity.

According to Mail Online, a spokesman for the Organisation of Chinese American (OCA) said:

The photo falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent.

Not only has Miley Cyrus and the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimised the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American friends.

The OCA said the inclusion of an Asian American in the photo, the only one in a group of eight who wasn’t pulling a face, did not make the image acceptable.


20 OF THE MOST JAW-DROPPING TV SCENES FROM 2017

20 OF THE MOST JAW-DROPPING TV SCENES FROM 2017

What’s the difference between state secrets and TV spoilers? Your friends might not hate your guts for leaking state secrets. To spoil a show is to devalue not only those stunning scenes where everything culminates -- or pivots -- but the entire narrative that delivered them for our gasping pleasure. So let’s go invalidate those now!

Whether it’s a scream of outrage or a holler of joy, the staggering vignettes below -- whether declarations of purpose from the pilot, midseason twists, or cliffhangers from the season finale -- will leave you looking freshly slapped in the face. DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS!


ABC News Suspends Brian Ross Over Flynn/Trump Report

ABC News Suspends Brian Ross Over Flynn/Trump Report

ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a "serious error." Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, reported Friday that then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to contact the Russians. That would have been an explosive development in the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election, notes the AP. But hours later, Ross clarified his report on the evening news, saying that his source now said Trump had done so not as a candidate, but as president-elect. At that point, he said, Trump had asked Flynn to contact the Russians about issues including working together to fight ISIS. ABC was widely criticized for merely clarifying and not correcting the report. It issued a correction later in the evening.

 

"We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made," the network said. "The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted ... It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience—these are our core principles. We fell far short of that." The news brought swift reaction from Trump, who tweeted: "Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and "papers" should do the same with their Fake News!" And while such errors have always been serious, notes one analyst with the Poynter Institute, the stakes are higher "when the president of the United States refers to the press collectively as an enemy of the people," because "the people who support that view will interpret certain acts of journalism as being evidence that the president is correct."

 


Joker Arrested For 'Flashing' His Penis - But It Turns Out To Be A Sausage Roll

Joker Arrested For 'Flashing' His Penis - But It Turns Out To Be A Sausage Roll

A man was arrested for flashing his sausage, but it turns out he was actually waving a Gregg’s sausage roll at a passer-by.

Flasher Daniel Proctor made out as though he was flashing his real sausage at a woman one morning outside McDonald’s, but that was not the case, and he was actually holding a presumably cold sausage roll in place of his private parts.

The victim immediately reported the man to the police and Proctor was traced to the toilets of the McDonald’s, according to Chronicle Live.

He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure but it was found he was holding the Gregg’s pastry in his groin area to imitate his member.

The smile was reportedly wiped off his face when Police instead charged him with a public order offence on the grounds of making the pastry look like male genitalia, and as such conducted disorderly behaviour.

Proctor did not turn up to court in Newcastle, and the case was proved in his absence.

The prosecutor James Palmer said the woman had been walking to work on November 4 when she saw Proctor standing near some bins outside the aforementioned McDonald’s.

 

The victim’s statement read:

I was about 100 yards away from the male and I had a clear, unobstructed view. The street was very quiet at that time of day.

I looked across and noticed his penis was sticking out the top of his trousers. He was waving it about. On seeing me, he stared at me for five to 10 seconds.

The victim did think about taking Proctor’s picture, but instead crossed the road to get away from the ‘flasher’.

He continued to stare, however, and the victim understandably felt uncomfortable, so contacted the police.

Mr Palmer said:

The officer cautioned and arrested him on suspicion of exposure and the defendant replied saying ‘It was a Greggs sausage roll’.

It was clearly not his penis. It was a sausage roll but he made it look like it was his penis, which was disorderly.

The woman has since changed her route to work and said she has been left feeling ‘alarmed and afraid’.

Proctor’s solicitor did tell the court that the defendant suffered from mental health issues, though she couldn’t say why he didn’t turn up to his court appearance.

He has been given a six-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of behaving in a disorderly manner.


McDonald's Manager Gets Big Reward For Murder Suspect Tip

McDonald's Manager Gets Big Reward For Murder Suspect Tip

 A McDonald's manager will get a $110,000 reward for tipping off police about a man accused of killing four people and terrorizing a Florida neighborhood for 51 days. Tampa police chief Brian Dugan said at a news conference Friday that Delonda Walker will receive "every penny" of the reward money. Her tip to police on Tuesday led to the arrest of 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III.

 

Donaldson is charged with four counts of first-degree murder. His victims were apparently randomly shot during October and November. Donaldson worked at the McDonald's and left his loaded gun in the restaurant. In a statement, Walker said getting a reward never entered her mind. She said she simply "wanted to do the right thing."


Missing Florida Teen Found With Coach In New York

Missing Florida Teen Found With Coach in New York

Authorities say a missing Florida teenage girl and a 27-year-old soccer coach have been found in New York, the AP reports. According to the Gainesville Sun, 17-year-old Caitlyn Frisina and Rian Rodriguez were stopped by a New York State Police officer Friday afternoon in Syracuse. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office in Florida says Frisina, who had been missing since Saturday, was detained, and Rodriguez was taken into custody.

Law enforcement officials had been tracking Rodriguez through an ATM withdrawal in St. Mary's, Georgia, and by surveillance cameras at convenience stores in South Carolina and North Carolina. Officials at Fort White High School have suspended Rodriguez, who coached the boys soccer team at the north Florida school. It wasn't immediately clear what criminal charges he would face.


Doctors Baffled By Unconscious Man With 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattoo

To save or not to save, that is the question.

Doctors at the Miami University Hospital were recently left stumped when an unconscious patient was brought into the hospital with a “Do Not Resuscitate” tattoo on his chest, forcing an ethical dilemma to fall on the doctors laps. The 70-year-old patient was taken by paramedics into the emergency room with a high blood-alcohol level and without any identification, so the docs couldn’t find a next of kin or any medical paperwork for him.

The only thing he had was the tattoo:

The man’s pulse eventually started to slow down, which made the doctors treat the patient in case the tattoo was not a genuine statement of his wishes, although during that time an ethics consultation took place.

Independent.UK

After consulting the ethics team the decision was made to honor the ‘do not resuscitate’ tattoo and the patient died during the night.

The authors of the journal’s case study, wrote: “We initially decided not to honor the tattoo, invoking the principle of not choosing an irreversible path when faced with uncertainty. This decision left us conflicted owing to the patient’s extraordinary effort to make his presumed advance directive known; therefore, an ethics consultation was requested.”

So as you can see, the docs at the hospital decided to let this dude just die and hopefully honor what he truly wanted. Then again, this dude probably just wanted to be a bad ass and get this tattoo and had no intention of dying. I guess we will never know.

In other words: