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  • Florida man, 26, is fighting for his life after being 'cooked alive' when he was Tased by deputy while pumping gas: 75% of his body is covered in third-degree burns

    05/18/2022 9:59:21 AM PDT · by algore · 106 replies
    A dirt bike rider is fighting for his life after he was tasered by a police officer while pumping gas at a Florida gas station, causing the pump to explode and him to be 'cooked alive' in a giant fireball, his attorneys say. An internal investigation is currently underway over the Osceola County Sheriff's' handling of the incident. Meanwhile Barretto, who was reportedly targeted because he attended a banned motorbike enthusiast event that was broken up by cops, is set to be put in a medically induced coma as he undergoes more intense treatment The department recently adopted a zero-tolerance...
  • Swiss-born billionaire who became mega-donor of 'dark money' to Democratic causes may have broken the law because he's 'NOT a US citizen or resident'

    05/17/2022 8:38:30 PM PDT · by algore · 20 replies
    Hansjorg Wyss, who has an estimated net worth of $5.1 billion and in lives in Wyoming, has become a major donor to liberal groups in recent years, but remains tight-lipped about his citizenship status. Foreign nationals who don't hold US green cards are barred from making direct donations to candidates for office or political action committees, but they are are allowed to contribute to advocacy groups that seek to sway public policy. In recently filed lawsuit, watchdog group Americans for Public Trust challenged that distinction, accusing the Federal Election Commission of acting too slowly on a complaint it filed against...
  • Even 'safe spaces' are no sanctuary from mass shooters

    05/17/2022 9:25:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 16, 2022, 7:16 PM EDT | Minyvonne Burke, Deon J. Hampton, Hanna Park and Corky Siemaszko
    A grocery store. A hair salon. A church. In less than a week, these everyday settings have become the tragic backdrops for the latest outbreak of what has become the quintessential American expression of deadly violence — a mass shooting staged by a lone gunman armed to the teeth with guns and grievances. Experts who have studied the phenomenon said the three shootings, which have left 11 people dead and 11 more wounded since Wednesday, underscore a sad fact that most of us already understand on some level — that no place is safe anymore. “They are targeting people in...
  • 'Rust' co-producers vow to FINISH the film after production was halted when Alec Baldwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead

    05/16/2022 8:05:20 PM PDT · by algore · 13 replies
    'Rust' producers have vowed to complete the Western movie where Alec Baldwin accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead. The production on the movie, which is co-produced by Baldwin and Anjul Nigam, will pick up where it left off after Santa Fe authorities complete their investigation into the October 2021 fatal shooting. 'Rust is obviously a horrific tragedy. The investigation will hopefully be resolved soon and will unveil what happened,' ,' Nigam told the Hollywood Reporter. 'Obviously, there will be people out there who will have negative perspectives, but we're confident about continuing to make quality movies. We're confident we'll be...
  • God has a sense of humor: Man has heart attack and dies while trying to bury his girlfriend that he just strangled

    05/15/2022 3:42:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Law Enforcement Today ^ | May 14, 2022 | Lauren E. Forcucci, Ph.D.
    60-year-old Joseph Anthony McKinnon allegedly strangled his girlfriend to death and died of a heart attack while attempting to bury her, said police. Edgefield County Sheriff Jody Rowland and Edgefield County Coroner David Burnett said in a statement: “On Saturday morning Deputies along with the Edgefield County Coroner’s Office, and Edgefield County EMS responded to 102 Tanglewood Drive in Trenton, South Carolina to a call of an unresponsive man lying in his yard. Joseph Anthony McKinnon, 60, of the same address was found to be deceased in his yard. Mr. McKinnon had no signs of trauma and natural causes were...
  • BLM co-founder tearfully claims that she is being harassed by Candace Owens - who calmly asks to speak to her outside her $1.4 million home after activist admitted she LIED when she denied using group's $6m LA property ONLY for official business

    05/14/2022 11:58:46 AM PDT · by algore · 22 replies
    Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has tearfully sobbed that she was being harassed by conservative commentator Candace Owens who calmly asked to speak to her outside her $1.4 million Los Angeles mansion. Owens, 33, who works for The Daily Wire, released footage of the incident calling Cullors, 38, a 'liar' as she shared the edited video of her team calmly asking last Saturday to speak with the troubled activist. In Cullors' clip, she sobs while she says she was shaken by the encounter, despite never speaking to Owens herself. In the clip of Owens visiting Cullors' Topanga Canyon Home,...
  • I’m an Overprotective Girlfriend and I Have 8 Strict Rules for my Boyfriend

    05/13/2022 9:05:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 135 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 12, 2022 | Yasmin Harisha
    But one woman has sparked a heated debate after she revealed she sets her boyfriend eight rules which he must abide by. SNIP Some people praised her for being reasonable, whereas others believed they were controlling and showed that she has trust issues. Explaining her rules in the video, she said: “Today, we’re doing controversial rules I make my boyfriend follow, Instagram edition because I was telling my guy friends and they called me a psycho bitch.
  • Spain Plans Menstrual Leave in New Law For Those With Severe Pain

    05/13/2022 4:34:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/13
    Spain is planning to introduce medical leave for women who suffer from severe period pain, media reports suggest.A draft bill says women could have three days of leave a month - extended to five in some circumstances. But politicians warned that the draft - leaked to Spanish media outlets - was still being worked on. If passed, it would be the first such legal entitlement in Europe. Only a handful of countries around the world have such legislation in place.
  • Cripplingly-shy autistic boy, 9, starts SPEAKING after thinking crowd chanting and waving flags saying 'Let's Go Brandon' were for him at Houston rodeo

    05/12/2022 8:44:35 AM PDT · by algore · 49 replies
    The mother of an autistic nine-year-old named Brandon said he came out of his shell after seeing 'Let's Go Brandon' flags at a carnival and mistakenly believing they were for him. In March Minnesota-based podcaster and author Sheletta Brundidge, her husband and her three youngest children, including her son Brandon, 9, who is severely autistic, made a stop during their Spring Break vacation at 'Sensory Friendly Day' at Houston's Livestock Show and Rodeo, The State reported. Brundidge said during the trip her son told her that 'These people love me here!' They've got my flags all over the place. They're...
  • Bill Clinton's special advisor who let Jeffrey Epstein into the White House seven times and flew on the Lolita Express dies at 59

    05/11/2022 5:35:47 PM PDT · by algore · 39 replies
    One of Bill Clinton's former special advisors who helped cement his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has died at the age of 59, becoming the latest associate of the former President to die young. The father-of-two lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, and local law enforcement and the county coroner told that they were not investigating the death and did not respond to it. Middleton had for decades run an air conditioning business in Little Rock but in the 1990s he was a special advisor to Clinton and finance director on his Presidential campaign. During that time Middleton admitted Epstein to...
  • California drought: State ignores Gavin Newsom’s conservation goal, increases water use March water use increased 18.9% compared to March 2020; Newsom asked for 15% conservation

    05/11/2022 2:24:37 PM PDT · by algore · 29 replies
    The Santa Clara Valley Water District is considering plans to hire “water cops” for the first time in its history to write tickets of up to $500 for people who are wasting water. Meanwhile, the state water board has scheduled a May 24 vote to require local agencies to increase conservation, including a ban on watering lawns with potable water at office parks and industrial sites. The lack of conservation is becoming a growing political embarrassment for Newsom, whose call for 15% conservation so far has been voluntary. During California’s last drought, from 2012 to 2016, former Gov. Jerry Brown...
  • Metal Heads - Music Break - Try This On for Size

    05/10/2022 6:35:22 PM PDT · by EileenEulich · 17 replies
    YT - yeah they suck ^ | 5-25-2022 | Absent of Body
    Posting another Metal Music thread - this time an atmospheric nightmare of a song. If you love mean, slow burn and sludgy metal, with a dose of horror movie, give this a try. Please be warned, the video is disturbing as hell and not your typical metal song. Settle back and listen with headphones.
  • Mom left husband of 14 years for ‘soul mate’ — only to be rejected

    05/10/2022 2:27:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2022 | Andrew Court
    A mom of two has been mocked on social media after revealing she left her longtime husband for a man she believed to be her “soul mate” — only for him to promptly reject her. Amanda Trenfield has been described by critics as a “self-destructive sociopath” for writing about the emotional saga in her new book, “When A Soulmate Says No.” An excerpt from the tome, published in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, sparked ridicule from readers who claimed the rejection was karma for the fact she had blown up her own marriage
  • Smithsonian Acquires First U.S. Rape Kit Designed by Martha Goddard

    05/10/2022 1:31:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Forensic Magazine ^ | May 09, 2022
    Smithsonian Acquires First U.S. Rape Kit Designed by Martha Goddard May 09, 2022 Share Email 585910.jpg Photo credit: National Museum of American History The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum mark the ending of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April by announcing the joint acquisition for the Smithsonian’s permanent collections of the “Vitullo Evidence Collection Kit for Sexual Assault Examination,” the innovation that helped accelerate successful investigation and prosecution of sexual assault in the United States and whose influence continues to this day. Martha “Marty” Goddard (1941–2015) generated the idea for the kit between...
  • Indian surgeon plans to transplant womb into a TRANS woman in world-first op that could pave way for biological men to get pregnant

    05/09/2022 5:49:19 AM PDT · by algore · 106 replies
    A surgeon in India will attempt to transplant a womb into a trans woman who was born a man — with the view to making them pregnant. The risky procedure will involve taking the reproductive organs from a dead donor or a patient who has transitioned the other way and had theirs removed. There has only been one documented case of a womb being inserted into a trans woman in the past — but she died from complications just months later. Impregnating a trans woman would be an even bigger feat, and would require the use of IVF and a...
  • IVF 'is lulling women into a false sense of security' that they can delay parenthood and become middle-aged mothers

    05/07/2022 10:54:23 PM PDT · by algore · 19 replies
    Women are being lulled into a false sense of security that IVF treatment will enable them to become middle-age mothers, a world-leading expert has warned. Professor Cornelis Lambalk, editor-in-chief of the influential medical journal Human Reproduction, said delaying parenthood as a result was a risky strategy. He was responding to a recent Australian study, published in Human Reproduction, which found use of 'assisted reproductive technology' (ART) in women over 40 has risen by more than half over the last decade. 'ART' is an umbrella term for medical techniques that aid conception, including in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection...
  • Retired California roofer, 57, who fled moving United plane through emergency exit and walked along its wing after staff refused to serve him alcohol

    05/07/2022 6:00:15 PM PDT · by algore · 50 replies
    Randy Frank Davila, 57, has been pictured for the first time in a mugshot obtained by He has been contacted for further comment about his alleged antics. Chicago Police have also revealed that despite the chaos Davila allegedly caused, he'll only be charged with a misdemeanor reckless conduct. That is because neither the exit window nor the tarmac displayed signs warning that it would be a felony offense to exit a moving plane and trespass in a restricted area. The drama began on United Airlines flight 2478 from San Diego to Chicago O'Hare Thursday after it landed in Illinois...
  • Mexican couple has a Nazi-themed wedding complete with SS uniforms, swastikas and a CHILD named after Reinhard Heydrich on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's wedding

    05/06/2022 9:02:47 PM PDT · by algore · 67 replies
    A Mexican couple has sparked fury after holding a Nazi-style wedding honoring Adolph Hitler. Fernando and Josefina tied the knot at a church in the state of Tlaxcala - east of Mexico's capital - on April 29, the anniversary of Hitler's marriage to Eva Braun. Fernando and his three groomsmen wore replica suits of the Schutzstaffel, a paramilitary unit that served the Nazis - while Josefina wore a white gown. The themed wedding was condemned by Simon Wiesenthal Center in a statement. 'Our institution strongly condemns the distortion and trivialization of the memory of six million Jews murdered in the...
  • Kings Point dog walker shot by golf-cart vigilante in condo caper

    05/06/2022 3:50:22 PM PDT · by algore · 40 replies
    palmbeachpost ^ | Frank Cerabino
    Kings Pointer Robert Levine, 74, fired five shots at an unfamiliar fellow condo resident, Herbert Merritt, 64, while he was walking his dog near the 15th hole of the golf course at Kings Point early one evening last month, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Levine, driving a golf cart, pulled up to Merritt, and confronted him about walking his dog too close to the golf course, according to the arrest report. The verbal confrontation took a potentially life-and-death turn when Levine pointed a handgun at Merritt, who then ran, as Levine pursued him around a tree in...
  • First Lady brings five gallons of KETCHUP to Romania and dons a baseball cap to serve meals to U.S. troops as Russia continues shelling Ukraine

    05/06/2022 2:22:09 PM PDT · by algore · 53 replies
    <p>First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Romania Friday carrying five gallons of ketchup on board Executive One Foxtrot after hearing that the military base she was visiting was running out.</p><p>Biden brought Heinz ketchup - a condiment created in her home state of Pennsylvania - to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, her spokesman confirmed to</p>