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  • ‘Look after my grandson:’ newborn found in pizza box

    10/09/2020 6:04:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Mexico News Daily ^ | Friday, October 9, 2020
    The 7-day-old child was found on a sidewalk in Tlaltenango, Zacatecas“Life doesn’t prepare you for situations like this.” That was one official response to the discovery of a newborn baby on a sidewalk in Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, Thursday morning. The infant had been wrapped in blankets and placed inside a pizza box. The child was accompanied by a handwritten note which read, “Take care of my grandson. My daughter died while giving birth and I don’t have [a way] to support him and I hope he has a better life and God forgive me.” The 7-day-old baby was taken to hospital...
  • The Most Dangerous Cult of Our Times: QAnon's Inexorable Spread Beyond the U.S.

    10/06/2020 11:02:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 09.24.2020, 11:38 | Patrick Beuth, Marie Groß, Roman Höfner, Max Hoppenstedt, Judith Horchert, Katrin Kuntz…
    The path into the parallel world follows rural roads snaking through the hills of Baden-Wurttemberg to a house located on the edge of a village with a bright white façade, well-swept driveway and carefully trimmed lawn. The conspiracy has long since eaten its way into the southern German idyll. A friendly man opens the door — muscular, burly, he does a lot of lifting. It was not easy to set up a meeting. He has a deep aversion to journalists and other members of a supposed elite, whom he believes are covering up a worldwide plot to oppress humanity. […]...
  • Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster: “There Is a Strange Tendency in the U.S. to Hold Trump Responsible for All Evil” [barf]

    10/06/2020 3:33:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10.02.2020, 17:26 | René Pfister
    Der Spiegel: Who is the greatest threat to the free world at the moment? Russia, China — or Donald Trump? McMaster: It is certainly the revisionist authoritarian regimes of Russia and China. But maybe even a bigger threat may be the loss of confidence in democratic institutions and processes. This problem existed before Trump. He reflects more than amplifies divisions in our society. Our loss of confidence is due in part to unchecked globalization that left many American workers without jobs. Many felt abandoned by the political establishment. Then came the financial crisis that made a bad situation worse. […]...
  • Bible thumping: Florida man accused of throwing holy book at deputy

    10/05/2020 10:20:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CLICKORLANDO ^ | September 30, 2020 | Adrienne Cutway
    Suspect claims God told him to break into neighbor’s homeA man who’d just broken into his neighbor’s home because he claimed God told him to throw a Bible at a deputy who responded to the scene, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the victim called them on Sept. 22 because he returned to his home in Summerfield after being gone for about an hour and found that his door had been kicked in. The man’s neighbor, 39-year-old Robert Hoskins, told him, “I (expletive) up man, I was mad," records show. Hoskins had asked the victim to borrow...
  • Michael Cohen responds to Trump’s positive COVID-19 test: 'This was all preventable'

    10/03/2020 11:14:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/03/2020 | Michael Ruiz
    President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen blasted the chief executive’s COVID-19 diagnosis Friday, claiming that the White House is to blame. “Trump is now COVID-positive because of ignorance and arrogance,” Cohen told reporters from the BBC and his homedown Daily News. He argued that more testing and other resources at Trump’s disposal could have prevented the spread of the coronavirus to the president, first lady and a number of other people close to the White House. […] Cohen called the president “reckless” for not taking more precautions. “This whole situation is tragic in that this was all preventable,” he said....
  • Trump Proud Boys remark echoes Charlottesville [blah blah blah]

    10/01/2020 10:38:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | October 1, 2020 | Jonathan Lemire, Michael Kunzelman and Mary Clare Jalonick
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to walk back his refusal to outright condemn a far right fascist group during his debate with Democrat Joe Biden, but the inflammatory moment was far from the first time the president has failed to denounce white supremacists or has advanced racist ideas. Trump’s initial refusal to criticize the Proud Boys — instead saying the group should “stand back and stand by” — drew fierce blowback before he altered his message in a day-later effort to quell the firestorm. “I don’t know who Proud Boys are. But whoever they are they have to stand...
  • HUNTER: Accused Oshawa torso killer says 'I'm generally a very nice man'

    09/30/2020 11:45:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Sep 30, 2020 | Brad Hunter
    The police interrogation of accused Oshawa torso killer Adam Strong teetered on the surreal. At times during a videotaped police interview — played during his first-degree murder trial — it seemed that the movie set gofer was about to get up from the table and walk into the fresh winter air and make his way home. Except that’s not what happened. Strong was arrested in 2017 after “spilling the beans” to cops that the remains of pregnant teen Rori Hache were stashed in his apartment. According to, the accused killer told DRPS homicide detective Hermano Dorego: “It’s been a...
  • Allison Mack’s wife, Nicki Clyne, defends Nxivm ‘sex cult’

    09/29/2020 2:57:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | Gabrielle Fonrouge VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED September 29, 2020 | Gabrielle Fonrouge VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED September 29, 2020
    “Battlestar Galactica” actress and Nxivm devotee Nicki Clyne — the wife of former “Smallville” star Allison Mack — defended the upstate cult Tuesday, saying she wouldn’t trade her experiences in it “for anything.” “It’s very unfortunate the way that the word ‘Nxivm’ has been applied and is now synonymous with the term ‘sexual cult,’ which I don’t even know how to define what that is,” Clyne told CBS’ “This Morning” alongside four other Nxivm members. SNIP Federal prosecutors claimed in 2018 that Mack and Clyne were wed “at the behest of … Keith Raniere” but the two haven’t spoken for...
  • Teacher in France Says Tattoos Cost Him Kindergarten Teaching Job

    09/28/2020 12:34:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    A schoolteacher whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black said he was prevented from teaching at a French kindergarten after a parent complained he scared their child. But the teacher, Sylvain Helaine, 35, still teaches children from the age of 6 up and said that after an initial shock when they see him for the first time, his pupils see past his appearance. “All of my students and their parents were always cool with me because basically they knew me,” said Helaine, who estimated he has...
  • Lesbian lovers allegedly killed, dismembered man to steal inheritance

    09/28/2020 10:48:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 28, 2020 | Natalie Musumeci
    A pair of Portuguese lesbian lovers inspired by the Showtime ​serial killer ​TV series ​“Dexter” allegedly killed and hacked up a man, chopping off his fingers to access his bank account and steal a more than $77,000 inheritance. Maria Malveiro, 19, and her girlfriend Mariana Fonseca, 23, a nurse, are accused of murdering Diogo Goncalves, a 21-year-old hotel worker, in Portugal earlier this year. The grisly details about Goncalves’ killing emerged as prosecutors get ready to put Malveiro and Fonseca on trial.
  • No joke: Man in India who disappeared after telling wife he had Covid-19 later found in girlfriend's home

    09/27/2020 7:02:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 | RAINER CHEUNG
    Feigning a potentially life-threatening illness just to hide your extra-marital affair isn't the brightest idea, a man in India learnt the hard way. The 28-year-old had made a dramatic phone call to his wife in July, saying: "My coronavirus test report turned has come out to be positive. I can't live anymore." Despite hanging up on her immediately and leaving his belongings behind, it wasn't enough to shake her off his tail. With the help of her brother, they filed a missing person report. After a month-long police probe, they eventually traced him to a city over 500km away, shacked...
  • Amish brothers avoid jail time for sex with 12-year-old-sister

    09/26/2020 1:00:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 25, 2020 | Lee Brown
    Two Amish brothers in Missouri admitted having sex with their 12-year-old sister and getting her pregnant — but managed to avoid jail time because a prosecutor feared they’d “be eaten alive” in prison, according to a report. The abuse came to light after a doctor alerted authorities that the girl was pregnant just after she turned 13 — and she said that four of her brothers, two of them also minors, had been having sex with her, according to the Webster County Citizen. The eldest two — Aaron Schwartz, 22, and 18-year-old brother Petie — admitted to police that they...
  • Survey: Barack and Michelle Obama are world's most admired people [YouGov barf alert]

    09/24/2020 11:07:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Barack and Michelle Obama are the most admired people in the world, according to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, published on Friday. According to YouGov, this is the first time the former US President has reached the top of the mens rankings since the “World’s most admired” survey was launched in 2014. Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates is now ranked the second most admired man, after sitting in first place last year. Chinese leader and party leader Xi Jinping follows as the third most admired man, according to the survey results. …
  • Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses [facepalm alert; mail-in voting]

    09/23/2020 6:07:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | September 23, 2020 | Aahmer Madhani and Kevin Freking
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.” It is highly unusual that a sitting president would express less than complete confidence in the American democracy’s electoral process. But he also declined four years ago to commit to honoring the...
  • COVID-19 Reopening

    09/22/2020 11:51:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies ^ | open | Pink Floyd
    COVID-19 Reopening Gov’ J Inslee signed Proclamation 20-25.4 and outlined his "Safe Start". All this year school closure,. The “order” brings Wa. State down directly all on public and private schools. closed… Facilities may remain accessible for use for those whom must and therefore will grovel.
  • Nude Thai Food Delivery Biker Let Off With a Fine

    09/22/2020 2:15:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A ^ | SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
    A food deliverer seen riding his motorcycle without clothes in Songkhla province reported himself to police on Monday (Sept 21). On Monday, a video of a naked man riding a motorcycle with a food delivery bag behind was shared via social media. The incident took place on Kanchanavanich Road. However, the video was later deleted. Reporters visited the nearby areas where the naked man was seen. A local trader said that the sight of the man was unbearable, and she would not eat food delivered by him. A taxi biker named Bai Aumaoom, aged 66, said that he saw the...
  • Bin man threatened to stab cops during three-hour siege at Stoke-on-Trent home (11 Stellas)

    09/21/2020 10:46:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    StokeonTrentLive ^ | 21 SEP 2020
    He'd drunk 11 cans of Stella at neighbour's BBQKnife-wielding Craig Winwood has been jailed after threatening to stab police officers during a three-and-a-half hour siege. The 35-year-old had drunk 11 cans of Stella when he locked his partner outside their Norton home - and refused to open the door for police. He threatened to baseball bat anyone who entered the property and brandished a knife. But when police cut a hole in the door the defendant eventually passed two knives through before leaving the property to end the stand-off. Now Winwood - who has 21 previous convictions for 61 offences...
  • Bride to Be Sold Crack Cocaine to Pay for Her Honeymoon

    09/21/2020 2:31:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Liverpool Echo ^ | 18 SEP 2020 | Lauren Wise
    Terrie Renwick, 28, was due to be married this month but is now in jail after her life of crime was exposedA drug dealer set to get hitched claimed she sold heroin and crack cocaine to pay for her honeymoon. Terrie Renwick, 28, was due to get married this month, but instead appeared before a court and was sentenced for her crimes. She was found by police with her arm down the toilet after flushing the drugs on July 16 this year - the day her sentence for a previous class A drug conviction ended. Renwick appeared at Liverpool Crown...
  • 'I WAS TOLD SHE'D DIE' Mum shares horrifying picture of daughter, 16, in coma after taking MDMA

    09/21/2020 2:03:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Sun ^ | 8 Sep 2020 | Catriona Graffius
    8 Sep 2020, 12:12Updated: , 13:39 A MUM has shared a horrifying picture of her 16-year-old daughter in a coma after she took MDMA. Remy Turner, from Guernsey, was left fighting for her life in intensive care after taking the party drug, also known as ecstasy. The teen suffered a seizure when her body reacted badly to the Class A drug and spent six days in a coma after being rushed to a hospital on Guernsey. But despite Remy’s family being told she would not survive the ordeal three times, the young girl has made a miraculous recovery. –– ADVERTISEMENT...
  • Trump Threatens To Issue Executive Order Preventing Biden From Being Elected President [oh noes]

    09/20/2020 10:43:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 20, 2020,09:13am EDT | Tommy Beer
    In a wide-ranging speech at a campaign rally Saturday night, President Donald Trump ramped up attacks against his opponent, Joe Biden, calling Biden the “dumbest of all candidates,” and went so far as to declare, “maybe I’ll sign an executive order that you cannot have him as your president.” “He is the worst candidate. The dumbest of all candidates,” Trump said of former Vice President Biden. “He is the worst candidate in the history of presidential politics.” Trump also expanded on his unproven claim that Biden is on drugs, stating, “they gave him a big fat shot in the a—…...