Woman Poses As Sheriff To Bust Her Boyfriend Out Of Jail

Woman Poses As Sheriff To Bust Her Boyfriend Out Of Jail

A woman from Arkansas now will spend time behind bars after she posed as a California sheriff to get her boyfriend out of jail.

 

A woman from Arkansas now will spend time behind bars after she posed as a California sheriff to get her boyfriend out of jail.

Maxine Feldstein has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to forgery, third-degree escape and second-degree criminal impersonation, KFSM reported.

Feldstein gave fake paperwork to Washington County Detention Center last July. Jailers thought the paperwork was real and released Nicholas Lowe.

Lowe, according to court documents, told Feldstein to pretend she was a deputy from Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, KFSM reported.

He told Feldstein to tell Washington County officials California was “having issues with overcrowding and all low-priority extraditions have been suspended,” court documents stated.

Feldstein, who had bonded out of jail hours before, called the Washington County Jail, saying she was Ventura County Deputy L. Kershaw, KFSM reported.

Officials realized two days later they had been duped when a real Ventura County deputy called to pick up Lowe.

Law enforcement arrested the couple about a month later.

Lowe also pleaded guilty to third-degree escape and was sentenced to one year in prison, but was given credit for 167 days served. He will have a five-year suspended sentence once he’s released by the Arkansas Department of Correction, according to KFSM.


$33K THC Edibles Candy Seized In Florida

$33K THC Edibles Candy Seized In Florida

With 10 U.S. states having fully legalized marijuana, and the majority of the country now working with either medicinal legalization or decriminalization, the long-maligned substance is slowly becoming a part of everyday life.


However, such a substantial cultural shift was bound to to result in some new problems. For instance, purveyors of THC products now have to straddle a line between appealing to consumers and making sure they’re not appealing to the wrong consumers. When edibles can be enjoyed in the form of chocolate bars, hard candies, and just about every other sweet treat you can dream up, it’s the responsibility of distributors to ensure that kids in particular don’t get the wrong idea. Unlike Wu-Tang, weed is not for the children.

Fox 35 reports that in Florida, where medical marijuana is legal but kid-friendly packaging is decidedly not, detectives seized a cachet of “Stoney Patch” treats before they made it to market. Yes, they are exactly what you think they are:

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement about the bust, which claimed $33,600 in merchandise from the prospective sellers. The post notes that in Florida, all marijuana products must be clearly labeled as such, without any kind of youth-friendly branding.

Granted, the issue isn’t going to go away anytime soon; a quick stroll through any dispensary in a legal state will avail you of just how many items like this are already in production around the country. That said, there are a fair number of real hazards involved in small children getting their hands on products like these, so it’s worth staying vigilant. Our crack suggestion: edibles in the style of things that children hate. Who wouldn’t enjoy some THC Brussels sprouts?

Hopefully, legal marijuana figures out exactly where that fine line is between appealing to customers while not appealing to kids. Hey, remember the days when we’d just hard-sell cigarettes to kids?


Politician Advertises On Pornhub Saying 'You Have To Be Where Your Voters Are'

Politician Advertises On Pornhub Saying 'You Have To Be Where Your Voters Are'

Danish shot-putter-turned-politician Joachim B Olsen says: "There is no limit to how far I will go for the nation."

A Danish politician has placed a campaign ad on one of the world's biggest porn-streaming websites ahead of Denmark's general election.

"Yes, it's me on Pornhub," wrote Joachim B Olsen on his Facebook page, confirming the move.

The 41-year-old, an Olympic shot put silver medallist, has been a member of the centre-right Liberal Alliance since 2011.

An advert of him in a suit appeared on the porn-streaming website with the crude slogan: "When you're done w******, vote for Jokke." Jokke is a nickname for Joachim.

In response to one Twitter user who claimed he was getting more attention than Rasmus Paludan, the founder and leader of the anti-immigrant party Hard Line, Mr Olsen wrote: "There is no limit to how far I will go for the nation.

"If it takes an ad on pornhub to keep Rasmus Paludan out of the foreign media, I'll take one for the team."

He also defended the ad in an interview with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Use the subtitle/captions on the video if your Danish is bit rusty.  They are funny as hell.


Charlotte Brewery Offers Free Beer For Stolen Van

Charlotte Brewery Offers Free Beer For Stolen Van

They got it back in 42 minutes.

 — The Unknown Brewery may have just accidentally broken an unofficial world record for locating a stolen vehicle.

The Charlotte-based brewing company posted a photo of their missing van to their Facebook page on Monday stating someone had taken it.

The brewery also offered a reward for their missing van. A reward only fitting for a beer company.

"Whoever finds it, Brad will buy you a keg party! If you stole it and bring it back, you will also get a keg party."

In just 42 minutes, WCNC reported, a woman named Caroline spotted the stolen van parked along her street.

Unknown posted a photo of their newly recovered van and said "new record for finding a stolen van."

Looks like they're also honoring their reward offer because they said Caroline gets a keg party [on them.]


Coca-Cola Billionaire Arrested After Search Of Private Jet Reveals 5,000 Cannabis Plants

Coca-Cola Billionaire Arrested After Search Of Private Jet Reveals 5,000 Cannabis Plants

Alkiviades “Alki” David is a member of the Leventis family, who run the biggest commercial bottling facilities in Europe. A merger with Coca-Cola bumped the family's net worth to approximately £4.6 billion.


A Greek billionaire has been detained on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts after a search of his private jet yielded approximately £1 million of cannabis totaling approximately 5,000 plants, an unknown number of seeds and a variety other cannabis products.

Isle of Man resident Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. He has been charged with Possession with Intent to Supply, Possession of Controlled Drugs and Importation of a Controlled Drug into the Federation after his plane was stopped by customs authorities.

David is a member of the Leventis family, who run the biggest commercial bottling facilities in Europe after a merger with beverage behemoth Coca-Cola bumped the family’s net worth to approximately £4.6 billion. David himself is estimated to be worth £2.6 billion.

David claims the plants are “pure hemp,” which is legal and contains negligible quantities of intoxicating compound THC. But officials disagree.

It is believed that the crop was destined for David’s medical cannabis company, SwissX, which specializes in products containing CBD (cannabidiol), a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and hemp.

David was released after paying a cash bail of approximately USD$30,000 and is due to make another appearance at Basseterre Magistrate Court on May 14. In the meantime, he must surrender all travel documents in his possession and report daily to the Frigate Bay Police Station.

The charges will add to David’s quickly accumulating pile of legal bills. Last month, the billionaire was ordered to pay £8.5 million to a former employee whom he allegedly fired after she refused to perform sex acts at work.


Cop Fired Over Killing Man With 76 Shots

Cop Fired Over Killing Man With 76 Shots From Moving Police Vehicle In Residential Neighborhood

One Anaheim police officer has been fired and a second is facing department discipline for shooting and killing a 50-year-old man during a slow-speed pursuit through a residential neighborhood last July. The firing comes just after Orange County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday released alarming and violent dashcam and bodycam video from the July 21, 2018, shooting of Eliuth Penaloza Nava. According to the report from the DA’s office, officers Sean Staymates and Kevin Pedersen fired on Nava a staggering 76 times. “The fact that the two involved officers discharged their weapons 76 times, from a moving patrol car at Nava’s moving car, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, in a residential neighborhood where residents, including children, were home and on the streets, was alarming and irresponsible based on the totality of all the circumstances in this specific case,” Deputy District Attorney Scott Wooldridge wrote in his analysis.

While Wooldridge found that the officers acted irresponsibly, he determined there was “a lack of sufficient evidence” to bring criminal charges against the officers. Later Wednesday, Anaheim police announced that one of the officers had been fired and the second was facing discipline. On the morning of July 21, the officers were called to a home in the 500 block of W. West Street on a report from Nava’s family that he was acting erratically, appeared to be on drugs and may be armed. Officers arrived to find him sitting his car, which was parked outside his family’s home. He then drove away, prompting a slow-speed chase. During the pursuit, the officers saw him waving a gun and opened fire on him throughout the pursuit. It was later determined that Nava was in fact carrying a CO2 air pistol BB gun. An autopsy determined he sustained at least nine gunshot wounds.


POLICE OFFICER GUILTY OF MURDER AFTER SHOOTING AUSTRALIAN JUSTINE RUSZCZYK

POLICE OFFICER GUILTY OF MURDER AFTER SHOOTING AUSTRALIAN JUSTINE RUSZCZYK

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty Tuesday of third-degree murder and manslaughter for fatally shooting Justine Ruszczyk while responding to her 911 call.

The jury of ten men and two women acquitted Noor on an additional count of second-degree murder in the killing.
Noor, a 33-year-old Somali-American, is believed to be the first police officer to be convicted of murder in Minnesota in recent memory, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.
Noor sat quietly with his hands clasped as the verdict was read. He was immediately taken into custody and led of the courtroom in handcuffs.
He faces up to 12 and a half years for third-degree murder and four years for second-degree manslaughter. The judge set a sentencing date of June 7.

The fallout from the shooting

Noor's lawyer said a "perfect storm" of events led him to open fire on Ruszczyk the night of July 15, 2017, when she called 911 to report a possible assault in progress in an alley behind her Minneapolis home.
Noor testified that he feared for his partner's life as Ruszczyk approached their squad car in the dark, empty alley. But Hennepin County prosecutors said Noor overreacted and failed to properly assess the situation before firing a gunshot into Ruszczyk's abdomen.
Ruszczyk's death drew widespread attention, in the United States and in her native Australia. She had moved to Minneapolis to be with her fiancé and was killed a month before her wedding.
Members of the Australian media packed the courtroom along with Ruszczyk's family, and representatives of the Somali community in Minneapolis.
Ruszczyk's family said in a statement that they were satisfied with the verdict.
Her fiancé, Don Damond, said he hoped her death would lead to further reform of MPD's procedures and policies. He noted that MPD squad cars bear the motto, "To protect with courage, to serve with compassion."
"Where were those values that night?" he asked.
"She called them because she needed them to protect with courage and serve with compassion," he said. "But that night, there was a tragic lack of care and compassion for the sanctity of life."
The shooting cast a harsh spotlight on the Minneapolis Police Department and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for its handling of the investigation, culminating in the resignation of Minneapolis' police chief and a change in the department's body camera policy.
Ruszczyk's case also drew comparisons to the killing of Philando Castile, a black man shot by a police officer in Minnesota one year earlier. Some observers wondered during the trial if the cases would receive disparate treatment because of the race of the victims.
After the verdict, Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, rejected the idea that race played a factor in the decision to prosecute Noor.
"We have to look at each case based on the facts and the evidence and the law in front of us," he said.
The evidence in this case, he said, "showed that the officer acted unreasonable."

What the witnesses said

Sixty witnesses testified during the nearly month-long trial, including use-of-force experts, neighbors, and Noor's partner, Matthew Harrity.
Harrity was behind the wheel of their squad car when Noor shot Ruszczyk from the passenger seat. He testified that he was startled by a noise on the rear driver's side door as Ruszczyk approached the vehicle, according to CNN affiliate WCCO.

Noor took the witness stand toward the trial's end, testifying that Harrity's terrified expression and the sight of Ruszczyk with her hand raised jolted him into action. Although he did not see a gun in Ruszczyks' hand, he feared his partner might be shot as she began to raise her hand, he said.
Two neighbors testified they heard a sound that the defense argued could have been Ruszczyk slapping the squad car. But the prosecution argued the slap did not happen, based on expert testimony that none of the fingerprints found on the squad car matched Ruszczyk's.
Dueling experts differed on whether Noor's use of force was reasonable and therefore justified.
Testifying for the prosecution, Lt. Derrick Hacker of the Crystal Police Department in Minnesota said that Noor's use of deadly force was "excessive and objectively unreasonable."
Being "startled" is different than "fearing death or great bodily harm," Hacker said.
Testifying for the defense, lawyer and use of force expert Emanuel Kapelsohn said Noor's conduct was an "objectively reasonable" response to the situation.
"It's late at night. It's dark in the alley," Kapelsohn said, noting Noor heard his partner say "oh Jesus."

What the lawyers argued

Hennepin County Attorney Amy Sweasy said in her closing argument Monday that the appearance of a woman in the alley should not have surprised the officers.
Sweasy repeatedly pointed out that Noor never said he had saved his partner's life when discussing the shooting with other officers, something she said he surely would have mentioned given his claims that he feared for his life.
"Wouldn't that have been a good time to say it?" Sweasy asked Noor when he was on the stand.
Noor said he couldn't remember all the events of the shooting, which he described as a "traumatic experience."
In his closing argument, defense attorney Tom Plunkett said now was not the time for "Monday morning quarterbacking."
"An officer may use deadly force to protect themselves or others from apparent danger" Plunkett said.


Clients Of New Mexico Spa Diagnosed With HIV After Receiving 'Vampire Facials'

Clients Of New Mexico Spa Diagnosed With HIV After Receiving 'Vampire Facials'

Two former clients of a New Mexico spa that offered "vampire facials" have been diagnosed with HIV, state health officials said Monday.

 

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, both clients "received injection-related procedures" at the now-shuttered VIP Spa in Albuquerque between May and September of last year.

Tests found that the clients recently were infected with the same strain of the virus, "increasing the likelihood that the two HIV infections may have resulted from a procedure at the VIP Spa," the news release said.

The spa, which shut down in September after a health inspection, offered "vampire facials," procedures in which plasma is extracted from a client's own blood, then injected into the patron's face, KRQE-TV reported.

The treatment gained popularity in 2013 when reality TV star Kim Kardashian posted about it on Instagram.

The state Health Department is offering free HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing for former clients of the spa. So far, more than 100 patrons have been tested, officials said.


Oxford University Professor Says Aliens Are Breeding With Us To Help Save The Planet

Oxford University Professor Says Aliens Are Breeding With Us To Help Save The Planet

Aliens are already here on Earth, breeding with us and spawning new generations of alien-human hybrids to tackle climate change and nuclear weapons, an Oxford University professor claims.

Oxford Oriental Institute professor, Dr Young-hae Chi initially outlined his theory at a 2012 Ammach Conference in a lecture he called "Alien Abduction and the Environmental Crisis".

He elaborated on his comments in an interview with The Oxford Student last week.

Ammach is a British group founded to help people who claim to have had some kind of alien encounter.

The Oxford Student website reported that Chi's presentation cited American "abduction researcher" Dr David Jacobs, who has argued that aliens are colonising the Earth by producing the hybrids.

Jacobs says second-generation hybrids are now living among us, we just haven't noticed them.

They walk among us

Chi said the arrival of the aliens comes as a response to the big problems humanity is facing, "climate change and nuclear weapons in particular".

He has since written a book in Korean called Alien Visitations and the End of Humanity.

He said they come in four different types, with insect-like aliens at the top of the hierarchy, ruling over small aliens, tall and bold aliens and even aliens with scales and snake eyes.

We have them worried

Where they come from, he is not able to say, but Chi belives their sudden enthusiasm for getting closer and breeding with us, comes from the fact they share the same biosphere and are concerned at the effect human existence is having on the habitat.

“If they are far, they shouldn’t be concerned about us. I don’t think they are from far away, they are just next to us, we can’t see them," Chi said.

'Our perception of the world is limited.'

"We can use an analogy of fish, which can think and perceive things only in the way they can and humans also perceive only in the way we can, so our perception of the world is limited by our organs.”

Chi said the aliens may want to breed with us because they find our DNA valuable in the preservation their own species and to also help create a new kind of species that can cope with future climate conditions.

He also said the hybrids were apparently "of a very high intelligence" so may be future leaders of the new species that will be living on the planet.

“They come not for the sake of us, but for the sake of them, their survival, (but their survival is actually our survival as well) the survival of the entire biosphere. That is where I progressed in developing my theory and I’m still looking for more evidence to support my view,” he said.


Bumbling Burglars Get Busted After Butt-Dialing 911

Bumbling Burglars Get Busted After Butt-Dialing 911

A pair of bumbling burglars were arrested after apparently butt-dialing 911 while fleeing the scene of a burglary at a Best Buy near Houston early Saturday.

The men are alleged to have knocked off a Best Buy in Sugar Land, Texas, at about 3 a.m. While responding to an alarm at the store, dispatch received a 911 call in the area, Houston police said. But instead of a caller, they heard only background noise.

KTRK
Houston police arrested two men in connection with the burglary of a Best Buy in Sugar Land, Texas, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, after they accidentally called 911 on themselves.

Authorities said they pinged the cellphone, which was coming from a car traveling toward Houston from the suburban electronics store, and took off in pursuit.

"[He] somehow butt-dialed 911, they put it all together, officers were already en route to the alarm call when they got the other 911 call," a communications officer for the Houston Police Department told Houston ABC station KTRK.

 

KTRK
Houston police arrested two men in connection with the burglary of a Best Buy in Sugar Land, Texas, on Saturday, April 27, 2019, after they accidentally called 911 on themselves.

The suspects led police on a chase that reached speeds of 120 mph, authorities said.

The suspects bailed out of their truck in northeast Houston, but two of the three men were captured, police said. The third remains at large.

Authorities found stolen laptops and other electronics from Best Buy in the suspects' truck.

The same Best Buy in Sugar Land was the scene of a $200,000 robbery in March 2015.


Why A 'Faint Rumble' On Mars Is 'So Exciting'

Why A 'Faint Rumble' On Mars Is 'So Exciting'

It was a "faint rumble" but it meant something big—the first seismic signal detected on the surface of a planetary body other than our home planet and moon.

We have NASA's Martian InSight lander to thank. The lander has been listening for quakes that could shed light on Mars' guts since its robotic arm deposited a shielded seismometer on the western side of Elysium Planitia last December, a few weeks after the lander touched down. The key moment came April 6, 128 days into the mission. "This particular Marsquake—the first one we've seen—is a very, very small one," says the mission's chief scientist, Bruce Banerdt. "You wouldn't even notice this one in your day-to-life." Adds researcher Tom Pike, per the BBC: "There are a lot of uncertainties" but "it's probably only a Magnitude 1 to 2 event, perhaps within [62 miles] or so."

The tremor—which lasted 10 minutes, per National Geographic—could indicate movement inside the planet or a meteorite impact. "Interestingly, InSight's scientists say the character of the rumble reminds them very much of the type of data the Apollo sensors gathered on the lunar surface," per the BBC. The team is also investigating lesser signals detected March 14, April 10, and April 11 but can't yet confirm they were seismic events. "When you've got one, you don't know whether you were just lucky, but when we see two or three we will have a better idea" about the activity within the planet, Pike tells the BBC. Yet one confirmed "Marsquake" seems enough for InSight's seismometer boss Philippe Lognonné. "It's so exciting to finally have proof that Mars is still seismically active," he says, per Space.com. "We've been waiting [for] months."


JUST A SMALL 'FLORIDA MAN' DUMP

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THE SATANIC TEMPLE RECOGNIZED AS A CHURCH BY THE IRS

THE SATANIC TEMPLE RECOGNIZED AS A CHURCH BY THE IRS

The Satanic Temple says the change will give them access to grants, legal rights and more public spaces.

However, according to an Instagram post shared by the Temple earlier today, the tax-exemption doesn’t seem to be their first priority.

In the post, the Satanic Temple say the new acknowledgement will grant them access to grants and legal rights that they never had before. Additionally, the new ruling means the Temple will have access to more public spaces.

You can read the newly-classified church’s statement below.
“We are pleased to announce that for the first time in history, a satanic organization has been recognized by the United States federal government as being a church. The Satanic Temple recently received notice from the IRS affirming our status. This acknowledgement will help make sure the Satanic Temple has the same access to public spaces as other religious organizations, affirm our standing in court when battling religious discrimination and enable us to apply for faith-based government grants.”

 

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While the Satanic Temple has previously denounced the idea of tax-exemption for churches, a story with Patheos reveals co-founder Lucien Greaves says exemption is necessary for the Temple to gain even footing with other religious estates.

“In light of theocratic assaults upon the Separation of Church and State in the legislative effort to establish a codified place of privilege for one religious viewpoint, we feel that accepting religious tax exemption — rather than renouncing in protest — can help us to better assert our claims to equal access and exemption while laying to rest any suspicion that we don’t meet the qualifications of a true religious organization,” Greaves says. “Satanism is here to stay.”

However, this is not the first time Greaves hinted at the Temple’s change of heart. In a 2017 newsletter, the co-founder said the Temple would have to “reevaluate” its stance.

“Another byproduct of this turn of events, of course, is that the Satanic Temple must reevaluate its prior principled refusal to accept religious tax-exemption.

“It appears that now is a time in which a more principled stand is to meet our opponent on equal footing, so to as balance, as best we can, what has been a frighteningly asymmetrical battle,” Greaves continues. “As ‘the religious’ are increasingly gaining ground as a privileged class, we must ensure that this privilege is available to all, and that superstition doesn’t gain exclusive rights over non-theistic religions or non-belief.”

What do you think about the Satanic Temple’s new status? Let everyone know in the comments below.


Iowa Man Convicted Of Plotting To Steal Domain Name At Gunpoint

Iowa Man Convicted Of Plotting To Steal Domain Name At Gunpoint

Rossi Lorathio Adams II enlisted his cousin to rob the owner of the domain "doitforstate.com" at gunpoint. The owner of the domain then shot Adams' cousin.

An Iowa man who founded a social media company highlighting young adults engaging in "crude behavior, drunkenness, and nudity" was convicted of plotting to rob a man at gunpoint over a domain name, prosecutors said.

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who also goes by "Polo," was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Iowa.

As a student at Iowa State University in 2015, Adams founded the social media company "State Snaps," which curated the crude images and videos on sites such as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. Followers of "State Snaps" were encouraged to use the slogan "Do it for state!" when submitting content.

After founding the company, Adams tried to buy the domain "doitforstate.com" from a resident in Cedar Rapids, who refused to sell the web address. Adams made multiple attempts to buy the domain from 2015 to 2017, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Adams owned the domain for "doit4state.com" but believed his company needed the domain "doitforstate.com."

After failing to persuade the unidentified owner of "doitforstate.com" to sell the page, Adams enlisted his cousin Sherman Hopkins Jr., a felon living in a homeless shelter, to break into the owner's home and force him at gunpoint to transfer the domain to Adams.

On June 21, 2017, with instructions on how to transfer the domain written on a note, Hopkins entered the owner's home and pointed a gun at his head while instructing him to transfer the domain, according to officials.

The owner struggled with Hopkins and was shot in the leg but eventually was able to get control of the weapon. He shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest before calling police.

Hopkins survived and pleaded guilty to one count interference and attempted interference with commerce by threats and violence, according to The Gazette newspaper of Cedar Rapids. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.


Drinking Alcohol Can Help You Learn A Foreign Language

Drinking Alcohol Can Help You Learn A Foreign Language

Picking up a foreign language could be as easy as having a drink.

This according to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.  Researchers separated German-speaking students into two groups.  One drank water while the other drank a set amount of alcohol based on their weight.

The students then spoke with a Dutch interviewer for two minutes.  Students who had alcohol were given better scores for their use of the foreign language.  The study found these individuals had smoother conversations and better pronunciation.

Essentially, alcohol reduced their nerves when it came to speaking.  On the flip side, the study also found that too much alcohol reversed this impairing cognitive functions and causing speech to be slower and slurred.


YouTube Mistakenly Flags Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Videos As 9/11 Conspiracy

YouTube Mistakenly Flags Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Videos As 9/11 Conspiracy

YouTube said it's anti-misinformation tool made "the wrong call" on Monday.

YouTube apologized on Monday for mistakenly linking the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The video giant said a new tool for battling misinformation made "the wrong call" when it displayed text from Encyclopedia Britannica about 9/11 in several videos of the iconic cathedral burning on Monday.

"We are deeply saddened by the ongoing fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral," a YouTube spokesperson said. "These panels are triggered algorithmically, and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for livestreams related to the fire."

The steeple of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in Paris, April 15, 2019.

YouTube introduced the fact-checking feature last year to stem the spread of conspiracy theories, including those that question the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City that killed thousands.

The algorithm is supposed to display information panels with links to third-party sources including Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia while displaying videos on subjects linked to conspiracies, according to the company.

Flames rise during a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 15, 2019.

Social media companies have been turning to computerized tools to help detect and eliminate fake news. Twitter suspended an account impersonating CNN earlier in the day after it incorrectly tweeted that the Paris fire had been caused by terrorism. French officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

A spokesperson for the historic cathedral described the damage as "colossal."

"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," the spokesperson said.


Breast Milk For Adults May Become New Cash Cow

Breast Milk For Adults May Become New Cash Cow

Mother's milk is not just for babies any more.

Global chemical giants DowDuPont and BASF are investing millions to ramp up production of an indigestible sugar found naturally in breast milk.

Infant formula-makers such as Nestle cannot get enough of the synthetic ingredient. Now the companies are eyeing a potentially bigger customer: adults. DuPont estimates that the annual market could reach US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion).

Human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) is the third most common solid in breast milk, after lactose and fat. HMO escapes digestion, allowing it to reach the colon, where it feeds beneficial bacteria.

HMOs may explain why breast-fed babies tend to fare better than formula-fed children, said Dr Rachael Buck, who leads HMO research at Similac formula-maker Abbott Laboratories.

According to early research, HMOs strengthen the developing immune system in babies, helping fight infection and inflammation while aiding brain development.

New studies show those benefits may extend to people of all ages, fitting neatly into consumers' growing fascination with probiotics - the "good" bacteria that can help keep a human body healthy.

Synthetic HMOs come from the formula industry's quest to manufacture a breast-milk substitute as close to the real thing as possible.


HMOs could lead to treatments for adult ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and even the ageing brain, said Dr Buck.

Commercial production is typically accomplished through a fermentation process using giant vats filled with microbes genetically engineered to produce specific HMO varieties, such as 2'FL.

DuPont plans to spend US$40 million building its HMO production capacity this year.

After two decades of research, Abbott was first to bring HMOs to the US baby nutrition market in 2016. It has now expanded to 15 countries.

Nestle last year rolled out HMO formula in Gerber and other brands across 40 countries. The health claims propelled about US$600 million in sales of HMO formula last year each for Abbott and Nestle.

DuPont and BASF are focusing on making the most common version of HMO which consists of the 2'FL sugar. BASF began scaling up production of 2'FL earlier this year.

Dr Stefan Ruedenauer, BASF director of human nutrition research and development, said: "Our aim is to expand on our scientific know-how on specific health functions of HMOs to adults as well."

DuPont is marketing its 2'FL HMO, branded as Care4U, to consumer manufacturers who can use it in adult supplements for digestive and immune health, said DuPont global research and development leader Ratna Mukherjea.

"This is just the beginning for HMO," she added.


Man Sues Parents Over Destroyed Porn Collection

Man Sues Parents Over Destroyed Porn Collection

A mom and dad in Michigan have found themselves in a court battle with their own son.

According to WXMI, the unidentified plaintiff in a civil lawsuit is angry his parents threw away his pornography collection. He estimated it was worth $28,940.72, but he’s seeking $86,822.16 in damages.

The case dates back to October 2016 when a divorce forced the plaintiff to move into his parents’ house in Grand Haven. He stayed with them for 10 months, living rent-free, but doing chores to pull his weight.

Still, a domestic incident in August 2017 prompted police to force him out of the home.

He ended up moving to Indiana, and his parents made a trip there that November to drop off the things he’d left behind.

But the plaintiff knew something was missing: his porn collection. The defendants reportedly told him they had destroyed the entire thing, which was enough to fill 12 moving boxes.

The father had warned the plaintiff he would destroy any porn he found in his son’s possession after the plaintiff was kicked out of high school and college for selling adult content, court documents show.

“Believe it or not, one reason for why I destroyed your porn was for your own mental and emotional health,” the father said in an email to his son. “I would have done the same if I had found a kilo of crack cocaine. Someday, I hope you will understand.”

The plaintiff filed a police report with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, but prosecutors declined to bring charges against mom and dad.

Not deterred, the plaintiff again contacted authorities and claimed many of the videos that were destroyed can no longer be found. The studio that produced them dissolved decades ago.

The prosecutor’s office, again, declined to file charges, so the son settled for the civil suit.


Papua New Guinea Doctors Warn Of Nationwide Problem With Botched Penis Enlargements

Papua New Guinea Doctors Warn Of Nationwide Problem With Botched Penis Enlargements

One clinic has treated at least 500 men in past two years with penile disfigurement and dysfunction from injections gone wrong.

Doctors in Papua New Guinea have warned of a “nationwide problem” of men injecting foreign substances, including coconut oil and silicone, into their penises in an attempt to make them bigger.

A doctor at the Port Moresby General Hospital said that over the last two years his clinic has treated at least 500 men with penile disfigurement and dysfunction as a result of injections.

“I have seen five new cases every week for the past two years and these are the ones that have come forward for treatment. We don’t know how many of them are out there,” said Akule Danlop, a surgeon at the hospital. “I saw seven today.”

The substances injected include coconut oil, baby oil, silicone and cooking oil and the side effects are serious, sometimes irreversible.

“The bulk of them have abnormal, lumpy masses growing over the penis and sometimes involving the scrotum. A good number are coming in with ulcers; they eventually burst open,” said Danlop. “Some of them have difficulty urinating because the foreskin is so swollen it cannot contract.”

Danlop has had to operate on about 90 men to deal with swelling and abnormal lumps or to repair damage to the erectile muscle. In a few cases, men have had problems getting erections after surgery.

“Predominantly they regret what they have done,” said Danlop.

The men who present for treatment span all social groups and are usually aged 18-40, says Danlop, though he has treated teenagers as young as 16 and men over 55.

“There are guys who are in respectable jobs like working at law firms,” he said. “It’s right across PNG, it’s not only [in the capital] Moresby.” Danlop said that a symposium last year, there were surgical reports of these cases from all over the country, including Lae, Vanimo, Madang, and Goroka provinces.

Glen Mola, professor of reproductive health, obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of PNG, said men were being “conned” into these harmful practices by people feeding off their insecurities.

“I don’t think it’s particularly a PNG thing, in every society, adolescents and young men have a thing about their penis,” said Mola.

“Lots of young men are being conned … to pay some money to be enlarged and sustaining quite serious injuries,” said Mola. “It doesn’t do what it’s purported to do and can cause terrible damage, and can mean in some cases that you can’t have sex anymore.”

Mola says the injections were often performed by health workers.

“It’s male nurses mainly I think. These people are doing it off license of course. It’s nothing to do with their regular job. They’re making money on the side. It’s a sort of hype: ‘I can do this for you, I can produce something big for you.’ They fall for this.”

Danlop and other doctors are collecting data from the men they treat in order to find out more about why they are being injected and whether exposure to pornography has affected their decision.

“Mainly the reason they’ve said is to increase the length and the girth of it to enhance their sexual experience with their partner.”

Danlop and Mola said there was a great deal of ignorance that needed to be overcome, and they were trying to raise awareness of the dangers of the injections through newspaper articles and information sessions.

For Danlop, the only surgeon who can surgically treat these sorts of cases in Port Moresby, the situation is frustrating.

“There’s cancer, there are other conditions [that need treatment]. It’s a bit frustrating to see these cases when you have other people who deserve [help] and then these people are causing themselves harm, they do it to themselves.”


Alarming Amount Of Poop In Spanish Weed Gives New Meaning To “This Is Good Shit”

Alarming Amount Of Poop In Spanish Weed Gives New Meaning To “This Is Good Shit”

The clichéd pot fan taking a joint, inhaling, holding it in, and then exhaling while exclaiming, “This is some good shit, man,” may be more correct than first suspected. The New York Post reports that a new study in Spain reveals “street marijuana is likely to have an alarming amount of poop on the plastic packaging it comes in.” A full 88 percent of the marijuana packets were found to have e. Coli bacteria, making the pot inside “not suitable for consumption” and a “public health issue.”

How could this get any worse for Spanish pot fans? It’s suspected that the fecal matter comes from drug smugglers who swallow the baggies and then… well, you know. Says the Post: “Moroccan dealers wrap the weed in plastic ‘acorns’ or small blocks and ingest it—only to take a laxative and expel the packages when they arrive in Spain.” Sure makes you appreciate the legal pot dispensaries in some areas of the U.S., which hopefully involve no such smuggling, just shipments from legal pot farms.

Since we’re having a hard time knocking this acorn image out of our heads now, have you seen this delightful SNL movie review of The Mule, the Clint Eastwood movie in which he plays a drug runner? Hope this helps.


Are You Prepared For An Alien Abduction?

Are You Prepared For An Alien Abduction?

You like to think of yourself as someone who’s prepared. Your home is covered by flood insurance, you’ve got a robust auto insurance policy and maybe even something extra, such as life insurance. But what if you’re abducted by aliens?

In that case, Mike St. Lawrence in Altamonte Springs has you covered. His company, The St. Lawrence Agency, provides alien abduction insurance.

“Our policy is not so much about the money,” he said. “It’s peace of mind.”

St. Lawrence has sold about 6,000 policies, all for $10 million worth of coverage. A flat rate of $19.95 comes with a digital copy of the policy, while $24.95 gets a policyholder a printed version of the certificate “suitable for framing.”

The insurance comes with expansive coverage. For one, policyholders get medical coverage with outpatient psychiatric care (“We know there’s a readjustment period,” St. Lawrence said), and sarcasm coverage to protect against immediate family members. Policyholders are eligible for double the coverage, $20 million, should the extraterrestrials request any conjugal visits, provide offspring or attempt to eat the policyholder.

But to qualify for a claim?

“You have to come back,” St. Lawrence said, with the signature of an “authorized, on-board alien.”

The "policy" is largely in-jest, of course. But if it were real, it would fall under a legitimate portion of the insurance industry — surplus lines of insurance. The category, which covers any risk that falls outside of traditional products, also encompasses celebrity body part policies; Taylor Swift's apparent $40 million policy on her legs, Jennifer Lopez’s supposed $27 million coverage for her butt, for example.

And it accounts for more mundane things.

“We see it a lot in flood (insurance),” said David Kodama, assistant vice president for policy analysis and research at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. The association is a trade group for major property and casualty insurers.

Homes with multiple flood claims over the years sometimes get declined by the traditional market, he said, and are forced to seek coverage under surplus insurance.

Before being interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times, Kodama hadn’t personally heard of alien abduction insurance products being formally offered.

“Years ago when there was an event of a UFO sighting, people were concerned about that type of thing,” he said. “There was talk of that product being developed.”

He said it wouldn’t be out of the question for some of the more risk-friendly members of the association to provide. They would just need to determine what is going to be insured, how likely the event is and how much risk is associated with it. The hefty $10 million coverage, he said, did worry him in terms of risk to St. Lawrence’s agency.

“It may sound like a crazy thing that would never happen, but crazy happens all the time,” Kodama said.

St. Lawrence isn’t the only one who’s dipped into the space since he first offered the product in 1987.

One of the most well-known instances of an alien abduction insurance policy was in the late 1990s. Members of the Heaven’s Gate cult committed mass suicide in 1997, believing it would help them get to God, who they thought was an alien following the Hale-Bopp comet.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 39 members of the group bought an abduction policy from Goodfellow Rebeca Ingrams Pearson, a now-defunct insurance broker. The policy would pay $1 million to the cult members' beneficiaries and cost $1,000 per year. At the time, the company said 4,000 people had taken out similar policies.


Auburn Star Gymnast Samantha Cerio Retires After Breaking Legs During Competition

Auburn Star Gymnast Samantha Cerio Retires After Breaking Legs During Competition

A senior gymnast at Auburn University appeared to break both legs during her floor routine over the weekend.

 

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Samantha Cerio was competing at the NCAA gymnastics regional final in Baton Rouge before her gruesome injury, which left audience members in shock.

Cerio, who earned all SEC honors in 2017 and 2018, was on the first pass of her floor routine Friday when she took the devastating tumble. Video of the injury shows she landed awkwardly on her legs after flipping through the air. Medical staff and trainers were treating her for almost ten minutes before she was ultimately carted off the floor. The crowd gave her a standing ovation as she left.

Ranked No. 13 in the nation, Auburn rallied for Cerio on Friday and advanced to the championship round after finishing with a score of 197.075 – second behind host LSU. The team, however, was knocked out if the next day.

"She's the heart and soul of the team," head coach Jeff Graba said of Cerio. "This is what she's poured into the team for four years now."

 

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Friday night was my final night as a gymnast. After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind. I couldn’t be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become. It’s taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few. It’s given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person. It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned. Thank you Auburn family for giving me a home and a chance to continue doing the sport that will always be my first love. I am honored to have had the privilege to represent the navy and orange AU for the past 4 years with my team by my side. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. Thank you for letting me be a part of something bigger than myself. War Eagle Always 💙🧡

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A team spokesperson wasn't able to comment on Cerio's injury, but told CBS News that she is having surgery on Monday.

Cerio, who majors in engineering, announced in an Instagram post Sunday that she's leaving the sport after almost two decades. She also thanked her followers on Twitter for supporting her.

"After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind couldn't be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become," she wrote. "It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned."

"I truly appreciate all of the support and prayers that I have have received! I am doing well right now and getting lots of rest!"


Cop Attends Breathalyzer Training Too Drunk To Drive

Cop Attends Breathalyzer Training Too Drunk To Drive

A police officer in Detroit blew a 0.8 at a class teaching cops to administer Breathalyzer tests.

“The bottom line is that he showed up to work under the influence of alcohol,” Detroit police chief James Craig told WXYZ in Michigan.

The offending officer’s name was not released.

Craig added that it “may be a problem” as well that the officer was not disciplined by state police running the event, which trains officers to use DataMaster sampling kits. The tipsy patrolman was allegedly busted after volunteering to test the equipment during a Thursday workshop.

“During that class he volunteered to give a sample and it was determined he had alcohol in his system,” State patrolman Mike Shaw told the Detroit Free Press.

According to Shaw, the Motor City officer who failed the test isn’t a state cop so he passed on news of the incident to the offending officer’s command staff. Detroit police confirmed over the weekend that they would conduct an investigation.

The legal limit for a DUI in Michigan is .08 on duidrivinglaws.org . The law states “Anyone with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more or who’s materially impaired by drugs or alcohol is considered 'intoxicated’ or ‘under the influence.’”


Narcan Now Available In Las Vegas Vending Machines

Narcan Now Available In Las Vegas Vending Machines

Narcan is now available in vending machines within the Las Vegas valley.

These machines won't potentially subtract years from your life, but instead, it could save your life - making a huge difference in the fight against opioid addiction in Southern Nevada.

Krista Hales works for the Center for Behavioral Health.

"There are numerous kits inside those machines,” she said. “The main goal of them was to be dispensing clean syringes for people who are engaging in intravenous or intra-muscular drug use.”

There will also be personal hygiene kits, safe sex kits, and pregnancy tests available but for now, the machines only dispense Narcan, the drug that blocks the effects of opioids and can even reverse an overdose.

“Narcan is becoming more readily available in Nevada, it’s being used more often, and we see a lot of reversals of overdoses,” Hales said.

First responders like the Nevada Highway Patrol have also been trained in the use of Narcan.

Last September a trooper’s body camera was rolling as he used the drug to save a man in the middle of an overdose after being flagged down on the side of a highway.

“It’s readily available to anyone,” Hales said. “I carry one in my car. And I have them in my house just in case because even someone who is taking their medication as prescribed could be at risk for an overdose."

To use the vending machine you have to register for the syringe exchange program. Then you will get a specially programmed card that allows you to get free kits from the device.


CITY PAYS THOUSANDS IN OVERTIME TO CONTROL PROTEST MOBS AFTER SUSPICIOUS DEATH

CITY PAYS THOUSANDS IN OVERTIME TO CONTROL PROTEST MOBS AFTER SUSPICIOUS DEATH

The city paid a total of $89,000 in overtime to police officers deployed during five protests last month over the controversial and still-unexplained death of Jameek Lowery, public records show.

The rallies mostly took place outside City Hall, with marches through Paterson’s downtown occurring on some nights, and one rally was held at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where Lowery died.

On Jan. 8, the first night of protests and the day after Lowery’s death, Paterson paid a total of $22,600 in overtime to 37 officers, according to documents released by the city on Thursday. Law enforcement officials say protesters threw rocks and debris during the rally that night, while activists accused cops of using chemical spray against them.

The city paid another $9,425 in overtime to 26 officers on Jan. 9, $21,300 to 46 cops on Jan. 11, $21,500 to 52 officers on Jan. 12, and $13,125 to 24 officers on Jan. 15, the records show.

Mayor Andre Sayegh did not respond to a message seeking his comments on the protest overtime spending. Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said the city tried to strike a “difficult balance” between deploying enough officers to make sure that order was maintained and not making an excessive show of force.

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“The first night could have been a volatile situation,” Speziale said. “After that, when things became more peaceful, we didn’t ramp it up as much.”

Lowery died on Jan 7, after recording a frantic video at police headquarters on Facebook Live during which he asserted police officers wanted to kill him. Before filming the video, Lowery had called 911 asking for an ambulance, saying he took too much ecstasy and was paranoid, according to recordings of emergency phone calls released by the city.

Lowery’s family members have asserted that he was beaten to death by police, but the Prosecutor’s Office has said hospital records did not contain any indication he suffered trauma. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes has not yet released the autopsy results.

Corey Teague, one of the leaders of the protests, called the overtime spending “a waste of money.”

“We weren’t out there to wreak havoc,” Teague said. “But the police used this as an opportunity to cash in. This money would have been better spent investigating what happened to Jameek.”

Councilman Michael Jackson called the overtime spending “irresponsible and disrespectful.”

“The family never showed any sign of being disorderly or disrespectful,” Jackson said. “Are we afraid of our own people?”

Councilman Luis Velez called the $89,000 tab “outrageous.”

“I think the number of officers should have been more manageable,” Velez said.

Councilman Flavio Rivera said he would ask the Police Department to explain the strategy that resulted in the number of officers deployed during the protests.

“It wouldn’t be fair for me to comment until I have more information,” Rivera said.

City records show that total overtime spending by the Paterson Police Department from July 1 through Jan. 11 was $1.29 million.


U.S. Government Declares Grindr A National Security Risk

U.S. Government Declares Grindr A National Security Risk

Grindr, one of the most popular dating apps with the LGBTQ community, is up for sale after a U.S. government panel declared it a national security risk.

report from Reuters says Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd. decided to sell the app, which it’s owned for three years, after learning about the designation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

It’s unclear what the committee’s concerns were, but U.S. officials have been increasingly wary of Chinese-owned companies handling extensive amounts of personal data for Americans, especially if military or government personnel might use those products or services.

Grindr had already been under public scrutiny after revelations last year that it was sharing the HIV status of users without their permission.

The crackdown is the latest in a series of moves against Chinese businesses by the Trump administration, which is already seeking to ban all telecom equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. The company is suing to block that action.

Beijing Kunlun’s decision to sell will likely mean an end, at least temporarily, to the planned IPO at Grindr. The group bought its stake in the company in 2016 for $93 million and took full ownership last year. The app, as of 2016, boasted some 27 million users as of last year.


Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only As Extras

Feature That Could’ve Prevented 737 Crashes Sold As DLC Option

Software-based alerts would have told pilots 737 MAX's MCAS system's sensor input were wrong.

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system that led to their demises. Both of the planes lacked optional safety features that would have alerted the pilots to problems with their angle of attack (AOA) sensors—the input suspected of causing the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software to put both aircraft into a fatal dive.

The New York Times reports that both vehicles lacked an "AOA disagree" light—a warning light that indicates when the aircraft's two AOA sensors provide different readings—and an angle of attack indicator. Since the MCAS system relied only on one of the aircraft's AOA sensors, the disagree light and AOA indicator would have given the flight crew visible evidence of a sensor failure and prompted them to disable the MCAS. But both of these features were sold by Boeing as expensive add-ons. And many discount and smaller airlines declined to purchase them, as they were not required by regulators.

According to the Times, a "source familiar with the changes" said that the AOA disagree light will be added to the digital flight displays as part of an update to MCAS software. That update is expected to be deployed by no later than the end of April. The AOA indicator on the digital display will remain an add-on option.

All about angles
The 737 MAX MCAS is a significant change from the avionics of previous Boeing 737s and is required because of the MAX aircrafts' much larger engines and the resultant change in handling. The MCAS includes a feature that determines when the aircraft is pointed upward relative to the flow of air across its surface at an angle that could lead to the loss of sufficient lift to keep the airplane flying—what's known as a stall. To prevent a stall, MCAS (like other anti-stall systems on commercial aircraft) adjusts the aircraft's tail stabilizers to push the nose of the aircraft down, boosting its airspeed.

The AOA sensor is what MCAS relies upon to determine whether the aircraft is close to reaching that stall condition. But even though the 737 MAX has multiple AOA sensors for redundancy, MCAS relied on only one of them at a time for input. That's now being changed in the software update.

Boeing has been taking other measures to correct its own stall. According to a Daily Beast report, Boeing's lobbyists made $827,000 in political contributions in February. The donations, which were reflected in a recently filed Federal Election Commission report, were the most that Boeing has ever donated in a single month to political campaigns.

As Ars reported last week, the Department of Justice and Department of Transportation are now conducting an investigation into Boeing's original safety certification process. Engineers who worked at Boeing reported that the company's analysis of the safety impact of the MCAS system misled Federal Aviation Administration officials about the actual risk associated with the system, and Boeing oversaw most of the aircraft's safety certification itself.


British Airways Flight Takes Off In The Wrong Direction

A British Airways flight bound for Germany ended up in Scotland because of a paperwork mix-up, the airline confirmed to Fox News.

The 525-mile mistake happened Monday, after an incorrect flight plan was filed, changing the flight path of the London, England flight from Düsseldorf, Germany – where it was originally scheduled to land – to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Passengers on the hourlong flight did not realize they landed in a different country until the pilot made an announcement welcoming them to Edinburgh, BBC reported.

The flight was scheduled to go to Germany when it flew to Scotland due to a paperwork mix-up. (Google Earth)

Passenger Sophie Cooke told the BBC that those on the flight thought the pilot was joking, until flight crew confirmed that they were in Scotland.

"The pilot said he had no idea how it had happened. He said it had never happened before and that the crew was trying to work out what we could do," Cooke said.

British Airways confirmed the incident to Fox News and said in a statement they were following up with German firm WDL Aviation, which operated the flight for the airline.

“We are working with WDL Aviation, who operated this flight on behalf of British Airways, to establish why the incorrect flight plan was filed,” the statement read. “We have apologized to customers for this interruption to their journey and will deal with them all individually.”

The flight was redirected to Düsseldorf two-and-a-half hours after the “involuntary stopover in Edinburgh,” turning the typical hour-and-ten minute flight into a nearly six-hour journey.

British Airways said the safety of the passengers was never “compromised.”


Detroit Man Shoots Himself Trying To Kill A Cockroach

Detroit Man Shoots Himself Trying To Kill A Cockroach

 A man trying to kill a cockroach ended up with a bullet wound in his foot Tuesday morning at a home in the 18700 block of Albion Street in Detroit.

Police said the 50-year-old man, who uses a wheelchair, threw his shoe at the cockroach in an effort to kill the bug. However, his revolver was inside the shoe. The gun fell out of the shoe, discharged and a bullet struck him in his foot.

His condition is not known at this time.


After Two Years, The Mueller Report Has Finally Concluded

After Two Years, The Mueller Report Has Finally Concluded

A panel on CNN’s Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer reacted live on air to news that the Mueller report has concluded and resulted in no new indictments by admitting that President Trump has won a “huge victory.”

“He’s been vindicated by them,” Evan Pérez said of President Trump and the Mueller report.

“And then he’s now vindicated, exactly,” Gloria Borger said.

“You know–how do you manage that politically? I mean, we obviously can’t jump the gun here. We have to see what comes out from Barr, and what’s in the report. But if I’m at Mar-A-Lago with the president, as Pamela has been reporting, the lawyers are … that I would be very happy,” she added.

Later, a panel member concluded that the Mueller report was in fact a “huge victory” for President Trump.

“A couple of victories here,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said.

“The president did not have to sit down for an interview. They were so concerned about that, because he’d get caught up in lies–and there’d be perjury traps. Okay, so that’s now over. No more people being indicted. Sealed, unsealed–no more indictments. Mueller is done. Huge victory for the president,” he said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller concluded the Russia investigation and turned over his report to Attorney General Willian Barr Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, there will be no further indictments in the report, sealed or unsealed.


According to ABC News, President Trump is reportedly “glad it’s over.”

 

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Australian Man Uses Gherkin Juice To Free Himself After Gluing His Butt To The Counter

Australian Man Uses Gherkin Juice To Free Himself After Gluing His Butt To The Counter

A jar of gherkins and a gaggle of helpful internet strangers came to the rescue of a Perth man who found his naked buttocks superglued to the top of a homemade bar counter on Friday night.

Disguised behind the seemingly innocuous title “Who do you call when you’re stuck”, a post by u/Agent641 to the Perth section of popular internet forum Reddit revealed the hilarious misadventures of an amateur carpenter.

“Well I wanted a nice shiny coffee bar counter top, so I cut and sanded and stained it all nice, and I applied a coat of epoxy resin (Thursday) night,” one of the hapless man’s posts reads.

“It’s supposed to set hard in 24 hours. So tonight after having a shower I came to check on it, and I rapped my fingers on it and it sounded like hard plastic, so I thought it was set.

“I was curing it in the living room because it’s the least dusty place.

“Anyway I just happened to sit down on it while I was reading the (instructions) that came with the epoxy, wondering if I should give it another coat.

“When I was done reading the instructions, I went to stand up, and couldn’t.

‘What a pickle!” was the inspiration that helped free this hapless soul.

“So I’m kinda sitting here with a slab of jarrah attached to my butt cheeks, watching Battlestar Galactica and waiting for the non-emergency DFES number to return my call.”

The post attracted more than 300 comments, with Redditors advising the man call 000 or a friend, and one woman going so far as to offer to drive over and help the man himself because she wasn’t busy and “the husband is sleeping.”

But it was a throwaway line that provided the inspiration for his eventual escape: “What a pickle.”

“OMG YES!” the man replied.

“One of the release agents Google mentioned was vinegar. I can’t get to the acetone or the thinners in the garage (won’t fit thru the doorway) but I know I do have a jar of pickles in the cupboard I could get to, eat the pickles and use the vinegar to weaken the surly bonds of resin!

“This is now Plan A.”

If you look closely you can see the offending cheeks.

An hour later the man posted an update saying the gherkin juice was working, before again updating his enthralled internet following with news he had just realized he had a jigsaw within arm’s reach he could use to cut down the bar counter so he could exit home and get to the chemicals in his garage.

“I was able to get the acetone and the turps and use these to accelerate the fantastic work my pickle juice has been championing,” he wrote.

“Still watching BSG while I dissolve my assload of resin, and it’s going great!”

Saturday morning the man reported feeling “a little tenderness but not much pain. If anything, my butt feels thoroughly exfoliated.”


Woman Shoots Herself In The Head While Cuffed During Traffic Stop

Woman Shoots Herself In The Head While Cuffed During Traffic Stop

A 19-year-old woman involved in a traffic stop committed suicide after shooting herself through the mouth while her hands were cuffed behind her back, Virginia police said.

Sarah Wilson and her boyfriend were arrested during a stop in Chesapeake in July 2018 after cops allegedly found drugs in the 1996 Lexus the couple were driving. Police said they handcuffed Wilson and, while attempting to apprehend her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, he became combative and ran away from the scene.

Cops then reportedly left Wilson handcuffed with her hands behind her back as they ran to catch Medlin. While unattended, police say, she was able to grab a weapon out of the Lexus, "contorted" her body and shot herself through the mouth. An internal investigation was launched after her death, which has since been concluded, though police have declined to comment on its outcome.

A medical examiner confirmed on Thursday that Wilson died of a suicide -- but friends and family continue to doubt the official story.

“In all of her life I have never known of her to shoot a gun, own a gun, or even hold a gun,” Wilson's mother, Dawn, told ABC 13 last year. She told the station she spoke to witnesses who told her the police were responsible for her daughter's death.

“There is a few different stories, but they all end the same: that the police shot her,” she said. "Things are not matching up. Somewhere, somehow, there is a discrepancy."

Body cam footage that may have been able to answer any questions about the incident is unavailable. A police spokesperson said in August that a bodycam on one of the officers during the stop was knocked off the officer's uniform "during the struggle," WAVY reported.

Chesapeake Police have not yet responded to a request for a comment by Fox News.

Wilson's boyfriend, Medlin, was reportedly being monitored by police for some time before the arrest. When officers approached his car the day of the incident, he allegedly swallowed a "golf-ball sized-bag" of an unknown substance. Police then found 11 oxycodone pills, a syringe and other drug paraphernalia, a rifle and ammunition.

He was later charged with possession of oxycodone, possession of suboxone, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with a schedule I or II drug, fleeing from a law enforcement officer, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charges were again certified by a grand jury in court on Tuesday.


Australian Senator Fraser Anning Punches Teen After Being Egged

Australian Senator Fraser Anning Punches Teen After Being Egged

Marginal far-right senator had sought attention by blaming the New Zealand terror attack on Muslim immigration

An Australian senator who blamed the New Zealand terror attack on Muslim immigration has punched a 17-year-old boy after he was egged at an event in Melbourne.

Video footage recorded at the event appears to show Fraser Anning, a far-right independent Queensland senator, halfway through a press conference when the teenager cracked an egg over his head while filming with a mobile phone. The senator responded by punching the 17-year-old. The teenager was then tackled to the ground by Anning’s supporters and held in a chokehold.

The boy was later taken away by police and released without charge. Victoria police are investigating the incident.

Anning was criticised on Friday after trying to seek attention by saying the mosque attack highlighted a “growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence” in Australian and New Zealand communities.

The prime minister announced the government would censure him.

The Australian Labor party leader, Bill Shorten, said Anning was “chasing a headline”.

“I do wonder if he’s made Australians less safe overseas,” he said. “That’s another reason not to give this fool any more oxygen.”

A change.org petition calling for Anning’s expulsion from parliament has amassed about 250,000 signatures.

 


Court Rules Police Officer Can't Pull Over Driver For Giving Him The Finger

Court Rules Police Officer Can't Pull Over Driver For Giving Him The Finger

If you've ever been tempted to make a rude gesture at a police officer, you can rest assured that the Constitution protects your right to do so, a federal appeals court says.

In the sequence of events described by the court, a woman in Michigan, Debra Cruise-Gulyas, was pulled over in 2017 for speeding. The officer showed leniency, writing her up for a lesser violation known as a nonmoving violation. As she drove away, apparently insufficiently appreciative of the officer's gesture, Cruise-Gulyas made a certain gesture of her own. Or as the court put it, "she made an all-too-familiar gesture at [Officer Matthew] Minard with her hand and without four of her fingers showing."

Minard was not amused. He pulled her over again and rewrote the ticket for speeding. Cruise-Gulyas sued, arguing she had a First Amendment right to wiggle whatever finger she wanted at the police.

In a ruling this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit agreed. "Fits of rudeness or lack of gratitude may violate the Golden Rule," wrote Judge Jeffrey Sutton for the 3-0 panel. "But that doesn't make them illegal or for that matter punishable."

And once the first stop ended, Minard needed a legitimate reason to pull the driver over again. Detaining her without one constituted an "unreasonable seizure" in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the court said. "Cruise-Gulyas did not break any law that would justify the second stop and at most was exercising her free speech rights," the court wrote.

It is well-settled that what Cruise-Gulyas did is protected by the Constitution, the court said. "Any reasonable officer would know that a citizen who raises her middle finger engages in speech protected by the First Amendment," Sutton wrote.

Minard analogized his actions to a prosecutor who might renege on a plea deal if a defendant behaved offensively. But the court wasn't swayed. The facts here are more like "a judge who hauls the defendant back into court a week or two after imposing a sentence based on the defendant's after-the-fact speech," the court said. "Minard, in short, clearly had no proper basis for seizing Cruise-Gulyas a second time."

The court's ruling means Cruise-Gulyas' lawsuit can proceed in a lower court.


FLORIDA MAYOR ARRESTED JUST WEEKS AFTER TAKING OVER FOR FLORIDA MAYOR WHO WAS ARRESTED

FLORIDA MAYOR ARRESTED JUST WEEKS AFTER TAKING OVER FOR FLORIDA MAYOR WHO WAS ARRESTED

A second mayor has been arrested in Port Richey, Florida, 20 days after taking over for the previous mayor, who had been arrested.

Terrence Rowe, 64, was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime. This was the second time in 20 days that a mayor had been arrested in the Florida town, the first being Dale Massad, 68, who is accused of firing at a Pasco sheriff’s SWAT team that was arresting him on allegations that he was practicing medicine without a license.

Rowe was acting mayor after Governor DeSantis suspended Massad from office. Authorities say that Rowe’s arrest is an off-shoot of Massad’s arrest, but did not elaborate.


Metalheads With Kazoos Drown Out Westboro Baptist Church At Capitol

Metalheads With Kazoos Drown Out Westboro Baptist Church At Capitol

A couple hundred metalheads with kazoos converged on the state Capitol on Monday morning to defend one of their own by drowning out a small group of Westboro Baptist Church members.

Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas

The Kansas-based hate group said it came to Virginia in part to demonstrate against Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas, who is the state’s first and only openly transgender lawmaker.

Roem also happens to be a metal singer, which prompted Richmond-based singer Randy Blythe, who fronts the well-known band Lamb of God and considers Roem a friend, to organize what he called a “counter-party.”

 

He called on his fans to dress in the most absurd costumes they could muster and promised to hand out free kazoos, which were in abundance.

“These people are coming out and speaking a bunch of ignorance about my friend,” Blythe said. “I don’t like that. So we came out and just drowned them out. That’s the easiest way. There’s no point in engaging these people.”

About six members of the Westboro Baptist Church attended. They arrived before 9 a.m. and left about a half hour later. They planned a second demonstration on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University later in the day.

Roem was not in attendance, but had her own response to the Westboro Baptist Church visit, turning it into a fundraiser that collected more than $25,000 for her reelection campaign.

“I set out to make the best out of a bad situation by doing what a good candidate for office should do,” she said last week. “Flip the script on something negative by raising money off of the response without amplifying the original negativity and driving a unifying message about love conquering hate.”


Indiana Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In The Penis

Indiana Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In The Penis

An Indiana man was hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the penis, police say.

Mark Anthony Jones was carrying a 9mm handgun in his waistband without a holster. When the gun began to slip, the 46-year-old Jones reached to adjust the gun, causing it to fire.

According to police, the bullet entered just above his penis and exited through the scrotum.  Jones does not have an Indiana Handgun License and his condition was not released.

Investigators have forwarded the case to the Grant County prosecuting attorney, who will determine if Jones will face any criminal charges for the self-inflicted wound.

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Plumber Charges $230,000 For Blocked Toilet

Plumber Charges $230,000 For Blocked Toilet

Australia's most crooked plumber, preying on pensioners and treating their backyards like a gold mine.


Students Across US Now Majoring In Marijuana At Colleges

Students Across US Now Majoring In Marijuana At Colleges

Colleges are now adding cannabis to their curriculum. Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she’s majoring in marijuana.

“My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed,” said DeNoya, one of the first students in a new four-year degree program in medicinal plant chemistry at Northern Michigan University. “I say, ‘No, it’s a serious degree, a chemistry degree first and foremost. It’s hard work. Organic chemistry is a bear.'”

As a green gold rush in legal marijuana and its non-drug cousin hemp spreads across North America, a growing number of colleges are adding cannabis to the curriculum to prepare graduates for careers cultivating, researching, analyzing and marketing the herb.

Research shows there are high times ahead for all kinds of careers in cannabis , ranging from greenhouse and dispensary operators to edible product developers, marketing specialists, quality assurance lab directors and pharmaceutical researchers. Arcview Market Research, which focuses on cannabis industry trends, projects the industry will support 467,000 jobs by 2022.

And even in states where recreational marijuana remains illegal, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, some colleges have launched cannabis studies programs in anticipation of legalization or to prepare students for jobs in other states.

“We’re providing a fast track to get into the industry,” said Brandon Canfield, a chemistry professor at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Two years ago, he proposed a new major in medicinal plant chemistry after attending a conference where cannabis industry representatives spoke of an urgent need for analytical chemists for product quality assessment and assurance.

The four-year degree, which is the closest thing to a marijuana major at an accredited U.S. university, has drawn nearly 300 students from 48 states, Canfield said. Students won’t be growing marijuana, which was recently legalized by Michigan voters for recreational use. But Canfield said students will learn to measure and extract medicinal compounds from plants such as St. John’s Wort and ginseng and transfer that knowledge to marijuana.

A similar program is being launched at Minot State University in North Dakota this spring. The college said students will learn lab skills applicable to medical marijuana, hops, botanical supplements and food science industries.

“All of our graduates are going to be qualified to be analysts in a lab setting,” Canfield said, noting that experience could lead to a position paying $70,000 right out of school. Those wishing to start their own businesses can choose an entrepreneurial track that adds courses in accounting, legal issues and marketing.

“I came in planning to do the bioanalytical track, maybe go work in a lab,” said DeNoya, 27, who was considering nursing school when she heard about the NMU program. “I just switched to the entrepreneurial track. I figured that would better position me, as the industry is still expanding and changing and growing so much.”

The expected boom in cannabis-related jobs has colleges responding with a range of offerings. Colorado State University offers a cannabis studies minor focusing on social, legal, political and health impacts. Ohio State University, Harvard, the University of Denver and Vanderbilt offer classes on marijuana policy and law.

Universities have done little research on marijuana because of federal restrictions, but that’s starting to change. UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative, which bills itself as one of the first academic programs in the world dedicated to the study of cannabis, has studies underway ranging from medical treatments to economic impacts.

Agricultural schools are also getting in on the action. The University of Connecticut is launching a cannabis horticulture program this spring.

“We’re following the market,” said Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Morrisville, a college in rural central New York that’s launching a new minor in cannabis studies in its horticulture department this year. Students work with hemp and other plants rather than marijuana, but can take internships at medical marijuana facilities, Jenkins said.

In New Jersey, Stockton University started an interdisciplinary cannabis minor last fall and recently forged an academic partnership with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia that gives students the opportunity for internships and research work in medical marijuana and hemp.

“Most of the students are interested in novel business opportunities,” said Kathy Sedia, coordinator of the cannabis minor at Stockton.

Cannabis businesses range from medical and recreational marijuana to foods, fabrics and myriad other products derived from industrial hemp. The basis for all is the cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana is produced by varieties with high levels of THC, the chemical compound that makes people high. Hemp has only a trace of THC, but produces cannabidiol, or CBD, used in a broad range of nutritional and therapeutic products that are all the rage right now.

Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 33 states and as a recreational drug in 10. While marijuana remains illegal federally, the 2018 Farm bill cleared the way for widespread cultivation of hemp.

In New York, where legislators are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, hemp has become a new source of income for farmers as well as jobs at processing and manufacturing businesses. The state’s first legal hemp crop was harvested in 2016 under a Morrisville research license, which gave rise to the new cannabis minor.

“I see a lot more farmers reaching out and trying to find people who know about this new crop,” said Colton Welch, an agriculture business student pursuing the cannabis minor at Morrisville. “We’re only beginning to see the wide application this plant has.”

Karson Humiston, founder of Vangst, an employment agency specializing in cannabis jobs, said the industry outlook is bright for students.

“More jobs are being created in this space than in any other space in North America, with salaries sometimes more competitive than other industries,” Humiston said. “With every new state that legalizes, tons of jobs are opening up.”


SpaceX's New Dragon Lands One More Success

SpaceX's New Dragon Lands One More Success

Crew Dragon docks seamlessly with ISS, paving way for US to send astronauts in US rockets again

SpaceX's sleek, new crew capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, reports the AP, acing its second milestone in just over a day. No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But that quickly changed once the hatch swung open and the space station astronauts floated inside. "A new generation of space flight starts now with the arrival of @SpaceX's Crew Dragon to the @Space_Station," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted. "Congratulations to all for this historic achievement getting us closer to flying American Astronauts on American rockets." This beefed-up, redesigned Dragon is the first American-made, designed-for-crew spacecraft to pull up to the station in eight years. The next one coming up will have its own two-man crew.

The station's three astronauts had front-row seats as the white 27-foot capsule neatly docked, a little early no less. If the six-day demo goes well, SpaceX could launch two astronauts this summer. Both Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were at SpaceX Mission Control observing the action. "Just super excited to see it," Behnken said after the link-up. "Just one more milestone that gets us ready for our flight coming up here." While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the ISS, crew Dragon is a different beast. It docked autonomously under the astronauts' watchful eyes, instead of relying on the station's robot arm. The capsule's nose cap was wide open like a dragon's mouth, to expose the docking mechanism. Dragon will remain at the ISS until Friday, when it undocks and aims for a splashdown off of Florida. SpaceX aims to launch Behnken and Hurley as early as July.


America's love Of Luxury Toilet Paper Is Destroying Canadian Forests

America's love Of Luxury Toilet Paper Is Destroying Canadian Forests

Major brands’ refusal to use sustainable materials is having a devastating impact on forests and climate, new report says


Rolling in the deep? The average four-person household in the US uses over 100lb of toilet paper a year.

We’re all becoming more aware about the damage single-use plastics and fast fashion has on the environment. Yet there is one product we all throw away every single day that, so far, has not been a major part of conversations about sustainability: toilet paper.

But America’s heavy use of toilet paper – particularly the pillowy soft kind – is worsening climate change and taking “a dramatic and irreversible toll” on forests, especially the Canadian boreal forest, according to a new report by two major environmental groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Stand.earth.

The boreal forest covers almost 60% of Canada and is home to 600 indigenous communities. Its huge size means it can absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the equivalent to the annual emissions of 24m cars each year.

 

 

The report found that major brands’ refusal to switch to sustainable materials in toilet paper is having a devastating impact on forests and climate. About 28m acres of Canadian boreal forest is cut down each year, an area the size of Pennsylvania. Virgin pulp, the key ingredient in toilet paper, accounted for 23% of Canada’s forest product exports.

Americans are particularly to blame for this crisis. They make up just over 4% of the world’s population, yet account for more than 20% of global tissue consumption. The average four-person household in the US uses over 100lb of toilet paper a year.

Major toilet paper brands have refused to use more sustainable materials, the report says, because Americans tend to more concerned than the rest of the world about ideal toilet paper texture in their homes, largely due to decades of marketing around toilet paper softness.

Previous reports into the environmental impact of toilet paper have found American desire for super-soft multi-ply toilet paper to be “worse than Hummers” for the environment.

Are there any options out there to prevent this destruction? Well, in ancient Rome they used a sponge on a stick, which they would then leave in a pot of vinegar to be used again. The Talmud, the central text of Jewish law, prescribes a handful of gravel, with stones to be “the size of an olive, a nut and an egg” for greatest effectiveness.

 

Fortunately, we are unlikely to have to resort to such measures. Not all toilet paper is equally damaging and many manufacturers are already making more environmentally friendly products using recycled materials.

The authors offer a scorecard system to rate the brands that have the biggest environmental impact. It’s mostly the big brands of quilted paper that score badly, with Charmin Ultra Soft, Kirkland Signature and Angel Soft all receiving F grades because they contain little or no recycled material. Brands that use recycled paper, such as Seventh Generation and Natural Value, received an A grade.

Notably they say that “recycled materials are more commonly used in away-from-home tissue brands, like those found at offices or airports, where marketing for softness is less crucial”. So next time you’re greeted at the departure gate by toilet paper with a texture similar to a handful of gravel, you can take solace in the fact you’re saving the forests.


90K Bottles Of Russian Vodka Believed To Be For Kim Jong Un Seized By Dutch Customs

90K Bottles Of Russian Vodka Believed To Be For Kim Jong Un Seized By Dutch Customs

Looks like Kim Jong Un will need to toast the success of his summit with Donald Trump with something other than vodka.

Dutch customs officers seized 3,000 cases of the Russian-made vodka Stolbovaya believed to be heading to North Korea for Kim Jong Un and his top generals on Friday, officials announced on Tuesday. The cargo of 90,000 bottles was discovered in a Chinese container ship, the Telegraph reported.

The shipment, which violates U.N. sanctions on North Korea, was reportedly hidden inside an aircraft fuselage.

Picture shows vodka bottles that were seized by the customs authorities in the port of Rotterdam, on February 26, 2019. (Getty Images)

Customs office spokesman Roul Velleman confirmed the seizure, but did not elaborate on why Dutch officials believe it was intended for the North Korean despot.

Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag congratulated the customs officials on the interception, saying: "The U.N. Security Council has imposed clear sanctions on North Korea and it is important to enforce them."

Timofei Urban, the head of alcohol manufacturer Niva that produces the confiscated alcohol, told the Moscow Times the company received the massive order but denied knowing it was headed for North Korea.

"I only heard about the North Korea news today from the Dutch papers," Urban said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, receives bouquets on his arrival at the Dong Dang railway station in Dong Dang, a Vietnamese border town Tuesday. (AP)

He added that the company produces “vodka to places all over the world, including South Korea,” but insisted “never to North Korea.”

News of the seized alcohol comes as Kim and President Trump are set to meet in Hanoi for their second summit in less than a year. The two leaders, who arrived in Vietnam just hours apart, are expected to discuss several topics, specifically North Korea’s commitment toward denuclearization.

But the Hermit Kingdom has been adamant about keeping its missiles and nuclear weapons until the U.S. lifts sanctions that have been crippling the North’s economy.

Previous intercepted shipments that were headed to North Korea include Champagne, cheese and televisions, the Telegraph reported.


Georgia Woman Arrested Over McDonald's Apple Pie

Georgia Woman Arrested Over McDonald's Apple Pie

According to Fox5 Atlanta, the woman expected to receive the snack for free, because of the wait. When employees informed her she would still have to pay, she became aggressive.

"Starts screaming and using profanity at the employee, aggressively walking toward her, punching her fist into her hand," said Covington Police Officer Justin Stott, Fox5 reported.

The police were called to the fast food location and arrested the customer for disorderly conduct – a reported $837 citation.

"A dollar and six for an apple pie versus an 837 dollar disorderly conduct citation. Her car was towed too so you can stack a tow charge on top of that," said Officer Stott, Fox5 reported.

No one was injured during the incident. It was not reported whether or not the woman paid the fine.


PETA Faces Backlash After Calling Out Google For Its Steve Irwin Tribute

PETA Faces Backlash After Calling Out Google For Its Steve Irwin Tribute -

 
PETA is facing criticism after sharing some thoughts on the Google Doodle celebrating Steve Irwin. The group said the animation sent a "dangerous, fawning message" because of some of Irwin's actions.

 
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Woman Complains To Police When Scammed With Brown Sugar During Cocaine Buy

Woman Complains To Police When Scammed With Brown Sugar During Cocaine Buy

A disgruntled would-be drug user has left police incredulous after calling to complain that she paid £200 for “brown sugar” instead of cocaine.

Officers in Craigavon, Co Armagh, described the exchange on their Facebook page and called for people who have been “scammed by your dealer and would like payback” to get in touch.

“Granted, it’s not exactly the sort of slick wheeling and dealing business savvy that would see you go the distance on The Apprentice, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone that drug dealers are scammers!” they wrote.

The post followed a call from a woman to the station who said she had been scammed by her drug dealer.

The PSNI summarised the exchange.

“Caller: I’ve been scammed.

Me: Ok, are you out any money?

Caller: Yeah I paid over £200 and got brown sugar instead.

Me: Instead of what?

Caller: Cocaine

Me: Um..”

The post attracted a string of comments from Facebook users.

“Nothing beats a sugar high,” one wrote.

“200 big ones for some sugar. That’s an offer not to be sniffed at,” joked another.

One user even managed to make a Brexit joke: “Is that what looms after Brexit? £200 for 2 grams of sugar?” he quipped.

A spokesman for the PSNI said: “Police have spoken to a female in relation to this matter. Appropriate advice and guidance was given.” - PA


14 Times Gullible Dummies Believed Obvious Satire

14 Times Gullible Dummies Believed Obvious Satire

 

 

 


10 Offbeat Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week

10 Offbeat Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week

 

 

 

This week was Valentine’s Day, so naturally, we needed to have a few strange stories regarding the holiday. There is also controversy from the pizza world and the discovery of a tiger by two stoners. We introduce you to the Assman and a nun who liked to party. Finally, we say a bittersweet farewell to the Opportunity rover.

10 Tiger In The Garage

Two people from Texas snuck into a derelict home to smoke a little weed and found a tiger inside the garage.

Last week, an unidentified man and woman entered an abandoned home in Southeast Houston to relax with a joint. While the human tenants might have been gone, there was still one notable occupant inside the home. The smokers found a male tiger locked inside a “rinky-dink” cage in the garage.[1]

After making sure that the large feline was not the result of a weed-induced hallucination, the woman called the authorities. A vet ensured that the tiger was in good health, and animal control officers were able to tranquilize him and move him safely to a temporary home at the local shelter.

The tiger has been named “Tyson” in reference to The Hangover and was relocated to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, southeast of Dallas.

9 Ultima Thule Gets Weirder

Photo credit: NASA

New images of Ultima Thule have come in, and puzzled scientists say they have “never seen something like this orbiting the sun.”

At the start of the year, the New Horizons probe sent back our first images of Ultima Thule, which became the most distant object ever explored by humans. Back then, it looked like Ultima Thule was a contact binary made from the collision of two round shapes, which made it resemble a snowman.

Of course, New Horizons took more pictures of the cosmic object, but it took them a while to get here. New images from the side suggest that the two lobes are flatter than previously thought and resemble a walnut smashed into a pancake.[2] More importantly, though, this bizarre shape is not something we have encountered before. Scientists now have a new conundrum before them as they try to work out how such an object could have formed.

It should be mentioned that the recent shots show Ultima Thule brightly lit only on one edge. While this has given us a better idea of its true form, the final shape might be altered yet again as New Horizons beams more images back to Earth.

8 Who Was The Patriarch Of Pizza?

There is controversy in the world of pizza. One researcher has suggested that the man who brought pizza to America might not have been, in fact, the man who brought pizza to America.

An Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi is the one typically credited with the accolade. According to legend, he applied for a restaurant license to sell pizza in 1905 and opened Lombardi’s on Spring Street in Manhattan. However, food historian Peter Regas has scoured through old newspapers and uncovered articles which suggest that the true patriarch of American pizza is one Filippo Milone.[3]

Curiously, Regas still believes that Lombardi’s was the country’s first pizzeria. He merely asserts that it already existed before Gennaro Lombardi obtained ownership. The researcher claims that Milone opened Lombardi’s under a different name in 1898. He then sold it to Giovanni Santillo, who owned it until Lombardi came along.

Independently, food historian Scott Wiener was researching the origins of New York pizza around the same time, and he discovered that Gennaro Lombardi didn’t own the pizza joint until 1908. This lends some validity to Regas’s story, but it remains to be seen if it is accepted by the industry.

7 Knowing Your Mark

A telephone scammer picked the wrong target after trying to con the only person in US history to serve as director of both the FBI and the CIA.

William Webster might be 94 years old now, but he can still tell when something smells fishy. Therefore, when someone called him up and told him he’d won $15.5 million and a brand-new Mercedes-Benz in the Mega Millions Lottery, he knew it was a scam. When the caller told Webster he had to pay $50,000 to cover the taxes on the prize, he notified the FBI.[4]

When the Websters refused to pay, the calls turned into harassment and then threats. On one occasion, the scammer talked to Webster’s wife, Lynda, and described in gory detail what would happen if he were to shoot a sniper’s bullet through her head.

The scammer was 29-year-old Keniel Thomas from Jamaica. He had no idea that the FBI had already identified him and that there was a warrant out for his arrest. In late 2017, he flew into New York and was promptly detained. He was sentenced last week to 71 months in prison for extortion using interstate communications.

6 Mother Knows Best

The Towson University Police Department advised students of a woman in her fifties who was walking around campus looking for a date for her son.

Valentine’s Day is here, and some people might be willing to go to great lengths in order to share the holiday with a special someone. In the case of one Maryland mom, she was more interested in playing matchmaker for her offspring. Campus authorities received complaints from several female students who said that the woman approached them, showed them a picture of her son on her phone, and asked if they would be interested in dating him.[5]

Towson police sent out an advisory to the student body and also released two images of the woman in an attempt to identify her. They made it clear that there were no criminal charges against her, but that they did want her to stop playing cupid on campus.

5 No More Giri Choco

Photo credit: Ishikawa Ken

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, women in Japan are pushing against a tradition which involves them buying chocolates for male coworkers during the holiday.

The practice is called giri choco—literally meaning “obligation chocolates.”[6] They are intended not just for romantic interests or friends but all colleagues of the opposite sex. In turn, men are supposed to reciprocate on White Day on March 14.

Women say they are tired of having to spend thousands of yen on chocolates just to avoid awkward situations in the workplace. According to a survey, almost two thirds of women intended to buy the treat just for themselves on February 14. Around 56 percent planned to buy some for their family members, while 36 percent were going to give chocolate to their partners or romantic interests. Less than 35 percent planned to buy some for their coworkers.

Some companies have banned giri choco entirely in recent years. And while the holiday accounts for a huge chunk of sales for confectioners, some of them have seen the writing on the wall and are acting accordingly. Last year, Godiva Chocolatier caused a bit of commotion when it ran a marketing campaign against giri choco. They argued, “Valentine’s Day is a day when people convey their true feelings, not coordinate relationships at work.”

4 The Assman Cometh

Photo credit: Dave Assman

Back in 1995, a Canadian gas station employee got his 15 minutes of fame because he had the humorous name of Dick Assman. Now, a new Assman is in the news, thanks to his battle with Saskatchewan authorities to use his name for a vanity plate.

Dave Assman (pronounced “Oss-men”) wanted to immortalize his last name on a license plate. However, the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), which deals with vehicle registration in the province, denied his request. They considered it offensive out of context. They subsequently denied an appeal filed by Assman.

Not one to give up easily, Dave came up with an alternative solution. SGI might be able to tell him what license plate he can and cannot have, but they have no authority over decals. Therefore, he adorned the back of his truck with a giant green “ASSMAN” decal.[7] It appears that SGI are satisfied with Dave’s workaround, simply saying that “all’s well that ends well.”

3 Toilet Scare At Home Depot


A man’s warning of a vigorous bowel movement in a public bathroom was mistaken for a bomb threat which brought in the Wichita Police Department.

If you ever find yourself in a public restroom, and your stomach is telling you that you are about to do something particularly heinous in the stall, it’s common courtesy to give those around you a quick notice. That’s what happened at the Wichita Home Depot. A man entered the bathroom and told the other two customers inside that they “need to get out of here because [he is] fixin’ to blow it up.”[8] Of course, they all understood his meaning and had a quick laugh. The man entered the stall, did his business, and went on with his day.

When one of the other two customers was leaving his stall, a Home Depot employee entered the bathroom. The customer thought he would continue the joke and told the staff member that he should leave because someone told him there’s a bomb in there.

The employee didn’t quite get his meaning so the man repeated it . . . twice. The employee then proceeded to go to store security and report a potential bomb threat.

By the time police arrived on the scene, the customer had left Home Depot, but a clerk identified him as a “regular.” Fortunately, police decided not to act hastily and simply called the man to inquire about his bomb comment. He apologized for causing alarm and said he didn’t expect his bathroom humor to be taken so seriously.

2 Nun On The Run Looking For Some Fun


British historians from the University of York went through medieval business records that once belonged to the archbishops of York. So far, so dull, you might think. However, they also stumbled upon the tale of a 14th-century nun who faked her death using a dummy in order to escape her convent and pursue “the way of carnal lust.”[9]

It all started with a marginal note written in Latin by Archbishop William Melton in 1318. It said simply to warn Joan of Leeds, who used to be a nun at St Clement by York, to return home. The notes continued as the archbishop wrote to the Dean of Beverley to inform him of the scandalous rumor that Joan had fled the convent, casting aside both “the propriety of religion and the modesty of her sex.”

She did this by faking an illness and then pretending to die. Joan had unnamed “evildoers” as her accomplices, who helped her fashion a dummy in her likeness which got buried instead of her. After that, she “perverted her path of life” and wandered at large “to the notorious peril to her soul.”

Chief researcher Professor Sarah Rees Jones likened the tale to a Monty Python sketch. Unfortunately, the notes appear to end there, so we will never know what the outcome was for Joan the runaway nun.

1 A Farewell To Mars

After almost 15 years of service, NASA has declared the Opportunity rover dead and officially ended its exploration mission on Mars.

Back in July, the Red Planet was engulfed in a massive dust storm. As a precautionary measure, scientists powered down the Opportunity rover in hopes of preserving its solar battery. They knew that it would be weeks, even months, until the vehicle would be able to resume communications, but they also had a lurking fear that it might never become operational again.

The storm ended in early October, but Opportunity didn’t respond. It was possible that the violent weather either caused a catastrophic malfunction or covered the solar panels in a thick layer of dust. Even so, NASA scientists were still hopeful that strong winds might clear the dust, so they kept waiting.

Those winds came in late January. Over the following days, mission control sent over 800 commands to the rover in the hopes that one of them might generate a response, but none succeeded. A final attempt to make contact took place on February 12, and NASA declared the mission over the next day.

Launched in 2004, Opportunity ‘s initial goal was to last for 90 Martian days and travel 1,000 meters (3,300 ft).[10] Instead, it endured 60 times longer than expected, traveled over 45 kilometers (28 mi), and ended its journey, fittingly, in Perseverance Valley. Two new rovers are scheduled to launch in 2020, both with the goal of searching the Red Planet for past signs of life.


Judge To Watch ‘Extreme’ Porn In Preparation For Australian Serial Killer Trial

Judge To Watch ‘Extreme’ Porn In Preparation For Australian Serial Killer Trial

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall will watch graphic and “extreme” pornographic evidence ahead of the trial of the accused Claremont serial killer.

Prosecutors were due to argue before Justice Hall today at a pre-trial hearing why they should be allowed to use “propensity evidence” in the case against Bradley Robert Edwards.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said it was “absolutely” necessary that Justice Hall watched the pornographic material, including a film called “Forced Entry”.

“That movie is very graphic,” she said.

 

“We are not talking about pornography that is beige or vanilla, we are talking about pornography that is extreme,’ she said.

“There is no description that we can give … that can adequately reflect what’s in that material.”

Mr Edwards is due to face a nine-month trial in July accused of murdering Ciara Glennon, Jane Rimmer, and Sarah Spiers in Claremont, who disappeared from Claremont in the mid-1990s.

The 50-year-old is also accused of depriving a woman of her liberty after breaking into her Huntingdale home in 1988 – a charge the court was previously told “encompassed” an alleged indecent assault, and the abduction and rape of a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta Cemetery in February 1995.

Mr Edwards appeared in court today in person in a light-blue button-up shirt, black pants, wearing black-rimmed glasses and was clean-shaven.

He sat quietly in the dock with his hands folded in his lap during the 40-minute hearing.

The accused serial killer was greeted with yells of “Edwards, evil dog, burn in hell with Satan. You’re a dog. Satan. Burn in hell” from a woman in the public gallery.

The woman was removed from the court.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo request an adjournment so she could put more material before Justice Hall, including pornographic footage and a six-hour police interview.

Ms Barbagallo said there were also 20 additional statements and a prison call that needed to be considered.

The court was told the new material was now being included because the defence “took issue” with some of the “factual statements” being made by the prosecution.

“There is quite some material that we invite Your Honour to refer to,” Ms Barbagallo said.

Defence lawyer Paul Yovich supported the adjournment, claiming he did not want to be dealing with new material “on the run”.

Mr Yovich objected to Justice Hall watching the graphic material – saying he would argue that it was inadmissible.

But Ms Barbagallo said “it’s what is depicted in there as to what is done as how it’s done which we say impacts on what Your Honour has to determine”.

References to BDSM – which stands for bondage, dominance, submission and masochism – were also made by Ms Barbagallo.

 

Claremont Serial case - Court sketch of Bradley Robert Edwards

The court was told Mr Edwards’ interview transcription was 173 pages long.

Justice Hall outlined eight categories of evidence that the State wants to include in the trial.

He described the material as the “Huntingdale prowler evidence”, “Huntingdale offences”, “women’s clothing evidence”, “Hollywood hospital evidence” and the “Telstra living witness evidence”.

Justice Hall also referred to the “Karrakatta offences”, the “three murder charges” and the “pornography-related evidence”.

The judge, who will hear the trial without a jury, said he would look at the pornographic material and the hearing has been adjourned until Monday.

He said he would direct himself to disregard the evidence if he deemed it inadmissible.

Ms Glennon’s father Denis was in the public gallery for the hearing. Paul Ferguson, the former boss of the Macro Taskforce, also arrived at court this morning.