I am not sure why, but this article just made me giggle uncontrollably. I want to know what couples counseling for turtles looks like.Quote:
The straw that broke the turtle's back came when Bibi (the female) began biting Poldi's shell. Whether turtle or human, gnawing on your partner's back is a sign that the relationship has hit a bumpy phase. Staff members of the Austrian zoo tried a variety of methods to re-light the flame of love, including aphrodisiacs, games, and couple's counseling. Alas, nothing worked.
I had not realized that a person can be a born pedophile; I thought it was learned behavior. Disturbing.
In America, we speak English!!
Proposal for 'English only' city council meetings sparks debate in Walnut, Calif.
Council members voted 5-0 this week to postpone a decision on a proposal that would ask non-English speakers to provide their own interpreters for all Council proceedings, which would be conducted only in English.
Though a formal decision has yet to be made, the proposed English-only policy has already raised concerns among some local residents, who fear the move would violate civil rights and unfairly disadvantage a portion of the population.
The English-only proposal was brought to the council by local resident Wendy Barend Toy, who said she could not understand several commenters who spoke Chinese when addressing the council.
Mmm mmmm good.Quote:
Brazil Cannibal Empanadas: Brazilian Women Murdered, Eaten And Made Into Human Pastries
SAO PAULO -- Police have arrested three people for allegedly killing at least two women, eating parts of their bodies and using their flesh to make stuffed pastries known as empanadas that they sold to neighbors in their northeastern Brazil city.
The three suspects – a man, his wife and his mistress – belonged to a sect that preached "the purification of the world and the reduction of its population," police inspector Wesley Fernandes in the city of Garanhuns told the Globo TV network Friday.
The newspaper Estado de S.Paulo said the man, Jorge Beltrao Negromonte, wrote a 50-page book titled "Revelations of a Schizophrenic" in which he says he hears voices and is obsessed with the killing of women.
Fernandes said the three were arrested Wednesday and had confessed to the crimes.
The three allegedly lured women to their house by promising them a job as a nanny. They were tracked down after one of the arrested women used a credit card belonging to a victim who disappeared last month.
Police found the remains of the two women in the backyard of the suspects' house, which enraged neighbors burned to the ground Thursday.
Fernandes identified the three as Negromonte; his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires; and his mistress, Bruna Oliveira da Silva.
The three allegedly had plans for killing another woman living in the nearby city of Lagoa do Ouro, Fernandes said.
Some good ones today!
Jonah Falcon, Man With World's Largest Penis, Frisked By TSA At California Airport
Turns out it's legal to have a weapon of mass conception at the airport.
Jonah Falcon was stopped and frisked by the TSA at the San Francisco International Airport on July 9 because of a bulging package hidden in his pants. But the 41-year-old New Yorker wasn't packing a dirty bomb, drugs or a Costco-sized tube of toothpaste. The New Yorker has the world's largest recorded penis.
In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, Falcon described his hard times with security guards after his extra carry-on became suspect.
"I had my 'stuff' strapped to the left. I wasn't erect at the time," said Falcon, whose penis is 9 inches flaccid, 13.5 inches erect. "One of the guards asked if my pockets were empty and I said, 'Yes.'"
Falcon said he knew that his interview was about to get a lot more personal when he was led through one of the X-ray body scanners and passed a metal detector.
"Another guard stopped me and asked me if I had some sort of growth," Falcon said, laughing.
Indeed he did have a growth.
By the age of 18, Falcon knew he had something special when his manhood reached a whopping 12 inches. His family jewel was hailed as the world's largest on record after an HBO documentary featured him in 1999. The Guinness Book of World Records does not record such feats, but Falcon did show his standout feature to Huffington Post Executive Crime/Weird News Editor Buck Wolf.
Falcon has been contacted by porn companies (though he's never accepted) and has been featured on just about every talkshow in the country.
As he passed through airport security, Falcon said a younger security guard felt threatened by his "very noticeable" package -- and interpreted it as a biological threat.
"I said, 'It's my dick,'" Falcon said. "He gave me a pat down but made sure to go around [my penis] with his hands. They even put some powder on my pants, probably a test for explosives. I found it amusing."
The screener gave up the extensive search without so much as a blush or a smile. Falcon made his flight back to New York on time.
But he learned something that day. The hardened traveler has a new game plan for airport security.
"I'm just gonna wear bike shorts from now on," Falcon said. "That way, they'll know. You'd think the San Francisco TSA would have had experience with hung guys before, but I guess not."
TSA officials at the San Francisco International Airport did not return calls for comment.
Cat has been mayor of Alaska town for 15 years
National polls show that voters all over the country are losing faith in their elected leaders. But the 900 residents of Talkeetna, Alaska, say their mayor is doing a great job bringing in tourist dollars and has served in office for over a decade.
"He's good. He's probably the best we've ever had," resident Lauri Stec tells KTUU. "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things."
In fact, Stec hangs out with Mayor Stubbs most days at Nagley's General Store, even though she notes, "He's growling at me right now."
That's because the 15-year-old mayor is actually a cat, who was elected to office as a write-in candidate shortly after his birth.
"Their tour guides will trick them [the tourists]," fellow Nagley's employee Skye Farrar tells KTUU. "They'll tell them to go to Nagley's and ask for the mayor."
And with the power of social media, Stubbs is growing in popularity and drawing visitors to Talkeetna, who comes specifically to meet the honorary mayor.
Mayor Stubbs has more than 2,500 Facebook fans on his page, nearly three times as many people who live in the town itself.
"Oh my gosh, we probably have 30 to 40 people a day come in who are tourists wanting to see him," Stec said.
Though residents say he's been taking the newfound fame in stride, with his major indulgence being a daily dose of catnip served from a wine glass.
Human Cyborg whatever etcetera etcwhatever
No shirt. No shoes. No augmented reality glasses. No service. Earlier this month, human cyborg and University of Toronto Professor Steve Mann, claims he was brutalized and kicked out of a Paris McDonald’s after employees objected to his headset and its ability to record photos and videos of his experiences.
"I'm not sure why the perpetrators attacked, but 'Perp. 1′ [Mann's name for one of his assailants] did mention about cameras not being allowed," he told us in an exclusive email interview. Mann was unavailable for a phone call because his iPhone was also damaged in the alleged attack.
Though augmented reality headsets like Google's Project Glass have just started making headlines this year, Mann has been wearing his own home-brewed "EyeTap Digital Glass" computers every day since the early 1980s.
The current generation EyeTap, which runs on customized WearComp OS, captures images at 120 frames per second in 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution, but according to Mann, these images aren’t stored permanently. [Video: Human-Robot Mergers]
"It merely delays rather than records, but when damaged (computer) the leftovers were recovered," he said. "In this sense Perp 1 [the person who allegedly assaulted Mann] was the person who took all the pictures in the last hour or so, by causing the computer to be broken."
Mann, told us that, on July 1st, he, his wife and their two children were in line to purchase food at the Paris McDonald’s when an employee approached and informed them that cameras were not allowed in the establishment. After Mann presented the employee with a doctor’s note he carries with him that states he needs to wear his headgear, the employee let him through and a cashier took his order.
According to Mann, after he and his family had received their food and taken a seat by the entrance, another McDonald’s employee, whom Mann refers to as Perpetrator 1, approached and angrily tried to pull the EyeTap, which is permanently attached and cannot be removed without tools, off of his head.
"Perp. 1 reached his left hand out and pressed against the frame of my eyeglass, and swung his left hand around a few times pushing and pulling at it," he told us.
Mann then tried to calm Perpetrator 1 and showed him his doctor’s note, which the employee showed to two coworkers, whom Mann nicknames Perpetrators 2 and 3. After Perpetrator 2 crumpled up his doctor’s note and Perpetrator 1 tore up some other documentation he provided, Perpetrator 1 then allegedly pushed him out the door and onto the street, damaging his gear.
"My Glass started acting a little erratic but I could still see to some degree, but with crosshatches and kind of a freeze-frame like motion as the Eye Glass stopped and started intermittently," Mann said. The alleged assault apparently loosened a ribbon cable within the device, causing the eye piece to malfunction and flood Mann’s eye with laser light.
However, the device was still functioning until Mann had an embarrassing bodily reaction upon hitting the street, which caused his circuits to short out.
"The actual cause of the final stoppage (which happened shortly after he pushed me out the door) is a bit embarrassing as what happened also is that I had had to really use the toilet, at the time, and it was that I’d been going toward using the toilet but got attacked, so as a result, later, it turned out that my pants became the toilet," he said.
"The cargo pants I wear have large number of pockets most of the way down both legs, so my iPhone and the processing boards, motherboard of miniature PC, control board of Glass, etc., went dead shortly afterwards, and that’s when the Glass went totally dark. My iPhone and some of the other pieces still don’t work."
Mann said that, after picking himself up and dusting himself off, he sought out Police in the Champs-Elysees area, but none of the many cops he approached were interested in taking a report or investigating.
"Some of the parts of me started shutting down at different times afterwards,” Mann told us in an exclusive email interview. "I'm still online now but a lot is not working."
To draw attention to his plight, on July 16th Mann posted account of the alleged assault on blogspot, causing an international uproar. The incident has so far been covered by more than three dozen major news outlets, including Tech Crunch, Forbes, Mashable and The Verge. A group on Reddit had more than 2,000 comments as of this writing. Sci-fi blog io9 even described the alleged attack as "the world's first cybernetic hate crime."
"After first trying with the Police (no luck) and then the Consulate/Embassies (no luck), and then the legal experts and human rights commissioners (no luck), some of whom suggested "the court of public opinion," I finally brought this matter to the public’s attention, but only after exhausting all other possibilities," he said.
A representative from McDonald’s told us that the company is still investigating the incident.
"We strive to provide a welcoming and enjoyable experience for our customers when they visit our restaurants," the company told us in a statement. "We take the claims and feedback of our customers very seriously. We are in the process of gathering information about this situation and we ask for patience until all of the facts are known."
For his part, Mann said he is not seeking punitive damages, just enough money to fix his EyeTap Glass and perhaps a commitment from McDonald’s to support vision research as his glasses are also designed to eventually help people with vision and memory problems.
No matter how this ends, Mann’s story raises serious questions about technology and privacy. As we carry cameras with us everywhere we go, the question of where and when we can capture our experiences looms large. Google’s upcoming Project Glass will certainly be swept up in the same type of controversy as augmented really eyewear proliferates.
That is freaking weird.
Food FYI: Roommate killed over pork chop, report says
By Betty Hallock
A Florida man has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting his drunken roommate in an argument over how to cook pork chops, said the Orlando Sentinel, citing Holly Hill, Fla., police.
Police said the 55-year-old man shot and killed one of his three roommates Tuesday night, according to the article, after the roommate arrived home drunk. When police arrived at their home, they found the 35-year-old victim dead on the floor with the alleged shooter sitting nearby.
The two had argued about their meal, and police said the older roommate took a .22-caliber Ruger rifle and fired at least three shots, with two shots striking the other tenant and killing him immediately.
"This appears to be a senseless act of violence stemming from a minor domestic dispute between roommates," Police Chief Mark Barker said in the article. "There is no clear answer at this hour as to why [he] acted with such extreme violence."
Sign Language Ban Imposed on N.J. Girl
School officials have threatened a hearing-impaired girl with suspension if she uses sign language to talk to her friends on the school bus
Danica's parents told the paper that other students who rode to school with their daughter made fun of her, and refused to stay in their seats as they teased other girls who were using sign language. They said school officials are singling out Danica and not addressing those who should really be reprimanded.
California Immigration Official Traded Egg Rolls for Citizenship
7/2/13 at 3:10 PM
A 47-year-old Santa Ana–based immigration officer named Mai Nhu Nguyen was arrested last month for accepting a $2,200 bribe in exchange for citizenship. Nguyen, who had the power to approve or deny green card and citizenship requests, was also charged with two other instances of bribery that allegedly took place in 2011, including one in which she accepted 200 egg rolls from an immigrant who was seeking citizenship. The official FBI press release does not make note of whether the egg rolls were pork- or shrimp-stuffed, and also whether or not dipping sauce was part of the arrangement.
As gut-wrenching, shocking, and horrible as anything you're likely to read this year: Reuters' investigative series on America's underground market for adopted children.
Jesus Christ, Mitch.
Seriously, this is long form journalism at its best. People should read this; I suspect a number of state legislatures will be responding this problem next year as a result of this series.
I certainly hope so.
Such a wide, plentiful variety of ways to be a shitty fucking parent in the United States.
I admit I feel bad for the adoptive parents of the Russian girl, but they're the ones trying to adopt a child from a foreign country. They supposedly wanted to have her.
As I believe most Americans would, we fell into the mass-media trap that international was the primary route to adopt in this country. The international adoption process left a sick taste in our mouths and I’m glad a thoughtful counselor brought up the idea of focusing locally.
Even in a progressive state like California, the international adoption requirements pale in comparison to those of the state and its counties. Yes, states need to step up the rigor involved with the international ‘trade’. More importantly though, (and I’ve started seeing this lately), they need to get the message out that there are a half a million Americans in Foster Care looking for permanent, adoptive homes.
Paying $25,000 - $50,000 to foreign governments, agencies, lawyers, and other middle-men is a luxurious novelty seeded with greedy, shady characters. And the more Caucasian, and less special needs tolerated, the more people are willing to pay. And once the adoption is complete, there are no resources to provide oversight, counseling, and other support to help the adoptive children and their families and stories like this prevail.
Haha, parenting's hard!Quote:
"I would have given her away to a serial killer, I was so desperate," one mother wrote in a March 2012 post about re-homing her 12-year-old daughter.
This almost makes a case for eugenics in those countries.
Apparently, 4Chan claims to have found the woman in the video where she was being finger banged and receiving oral sex on the streets near Ohio University. The woman and the school has stated that she is not the person involved in the video, but Nolan still publicly posted her personal information and photos taken from social media believing that it is her.Quote:
[Peter Nolan] has been using Crimes Against Fathers to “name and shame” women who he believes commit perjury against men, usually in cases involving rape allegations, pedophilia, and divorce.
When asked about whether or not he feels badly that Rachel might not actually be the girl from the video and that the depicted act might actually be rape, Nolan remains defiant.
“Absolutely, we know that we might injure this woman. This woman might go out and commit suicide,” he says.
He sees the issue as part of a larger societal issue of men being villified in courts and by the media. It’s an issue that he says he’s standing up against by publicly naming women who are possibly committing perjury.
“If Rachel Cassidy goes out tomorrow and buys a gun and blows her head off that’s not a problem for me. I’m prepared to say that in the public,” he says. “Now the reason I’m prepared to say that in the public is because I’m reflecting back the exact same attitude that it would be if it were a man.”
HEY PAUL ICEYHOTSHOT
Not similar to my situation, in that I have never had the opportunity (which I would take)
But hey thanks a lot author for pointing out how frustrating of an experience it would be for the woman. Really, truly, thanks.
Dogs: Not just for dinner anymore