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You can't even pay the ransom without being kidnapped.

Kidnappers in Nigeria have seized a man who was sent to deliver a ransom payment to secure the release of dozens of abducted school children.

The elderly man was sent by the children's parents after they managed to raise 30m naira ($73,000; £53,000) by selling land and other possessions. But they have been left feeling hopeless following his kidnapping.

The north of the country is in the midst of a wave of school abductions carried out by criminals for profit. Ransoms are frequently paid, but this is a rare case where the person carrying the cash has been taken. The kidnappers called up the school's headteacher to say that the money delivered was not the agreed sum.

The 136 students were taken from an Islamic school in Tegina, Niger state, in late May. Gunmen riding on motorcycles stormed the town and opened fire indiscriminately killing one person and injuring another.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-57960544
 

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Another tragic case.

Reports of girls and young women being brutally assaulted by family members have recently made headlines in India. The incidents have also put the spotlight on how unsafe girls and women are within their own homes.

Last week, 17-year-old Neha Paswan was allegedly beaten to death by members of her extended family in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh because they didn't like her wearing jeans.

Her mother, Shakuntala Devi Paswan, told BBC Hindi that the teenager had been severely beaten with sticks by her grandfather and uncles after an argument over her clothes at their home in Savreji Kharg village in Deoria district, one of the least developed regions in the state.

"She had kept a day-long religious fast. In the evening, she put on a pair of jeans and a top and performed her rituals. When her grandparents objected to her attire, Neha retorted that jeans were made to be worn and that she would wear it," her mother said. The argument escalated, resulting in the violence, she claims.

Shakuntala Devi said as her daughter lay unconscious, her in-laws called an autorickshaw and said they were taking her to hospital.

"They wouldn't let me accompany them so I alerted my relatives who went to the district hospital looking for her but couldn't find her."

The next morning, Shakuntala Devi said, they heard that the body of a girl was hanging from the bridge over the Gandak river that flows through the region. When they went to investigate, they discovered it was Neha's.

Police have lodged a case of murder and destruction of evidence against 10 people, including Neha's grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and the auto driver. The accused have yet to make any public statement.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57968350
 

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Women all over the world have a “ hard way “ to go from menstruation huts, hands and heads cut off, physically beat up, or tortured by their own families.

I personally never think humans are really civilized from the hurt they cause.

Animals only kill if they are hungry.
 

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"She had kept a day-long religious fast. In the evening, she put on a pair of jeans and a top and performed her rituals. When her grandparents objected to her attire, Neha retorted that jeans were made to be worn and that she would wear it," her mother said. The argument escalated, resulting in the violence, she claims.
Poor girl, murdered for wearing jeans. By her own family. Bastards.
 

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Women all over the world have a “ hard way “ to go from menstruation huts, hands and heads cut off, physically beat up, or tortured by their own families.

I personally never think humans are really civilized from the hurt they cause.

Animals only kill if they are hungry.
Did you see Tony Robinson's TV series about the Worst Jobs in History? If not, I highly recommend it.
His conclusion was that of all the dangerous and revolting occupations he'd investigated, just being a woman was the worst.

At the end of the final episode he had himself 'ducked' like a suspected witch.
 

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Did you see Tony Robinson's TV series about the Worst Jobs in History? If not, I highly recommend it.
His conclusion was that of all the dangerous and revolting occupations he'd investigated, just being a woman was the worst.
Worse than being a sewer worker unblocking fatbergs?
 

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There's a film out at the moment all about the raw deal women have had historically, called The World to Come. If you feel like being depressed for a couple of hours.
The Handmaid's Tale is based on outrages that were being perpetrated against women somewhere in the world at the time it was written.
I learned that when I read the book on its release and it stayed with me. :(
 

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The Handmaid's Tale is based on outrages that were being perpetrated against women somewhere in the world at the time it was written.
I learned that when I read the book on its release and it stayed with me. :(

Yes, as much as I am losing patience with The Handmaid's Tale on TV, the original book is excellent and sadly has not really dated that much re: its themes.
 

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Women all over the world have a “ hard way “ to go from menstruation huts, hands and heads cut off, physically beat up, or tortured by their own families.

I personally never think humans are really civilized from the hurt they cause.

Animals only kill if they are hungry.
Male lions will kill the Cubs of another Male if they take over a pride, and someone posted a story about a group of chimps killing a young gorilla recently.
 

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I live in the south “ Bible Belt “ where usually during the marriage ceremony the woman promises to be submissive to the husband.

This is so not me at all.

My wife is always my equal !
That would be in a church wedding? Back in the early '70s there was a big discussion over'ere about the part of the Church of England wedding ceremony where the bride would promise to love, cherish, and to obey her husband while he got away with just the loving and cherishing.

It was a big enough issue that couples wouldn't marry in church because the bride refused to say it. 'Obey' was never in British civil ceremony vows.

However, in 1973 Princess Anne left out 'obey' and it was all over; nobody was obeying any more unless they wanted to. :chuckle:
(I know this is true because I, along with every other British girl and unmarried woman, listened hard to that bit of the ceremony and muttered 'YES!' :cool: )

I have heard 'obey' again at weddings among my kids' generation but I suspect it's left in because it's quaint. :chuckle:
 

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The police are investigating an attempted blackmail against Derby County manager and ex- Man Utd & England footballer Wayne Rooney.

"A complaint of blackmail is being reviewed by police in relation to photographs of former England star Wayne Rooney which were shared online.

The images, which were shared widely on social media, appear to show the Derby County manager asleep in a chair with unknown women posing beside him.

It is not known when the photos were taken but there is no suggestion he has behaved in any way inappropriately.

Cheshire Police said it was "reviewing" the complaint."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-57970050
 

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If you're going to threaten folks, you need to be credible.
Man arrested for threatening to kill everyone at Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino

A man is behind bars after police say he threatened to kill everyone at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on Las Vegas Strip.

According to an arrest report, David Demaison allegedly said he had a nuclear weapon. ...

Detectives describe Demaison as a transient.

He is facing multiple charges, including conveying false information concerning an act of terrorism.
FULL STORY: https://www.ktnv.com/news/crime/man...kill-everyone-at-las-vegas-strip-hotel-casino
 

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I am going to be diplomatic and say southern U.S. tends to be evangelistic towards females.
 

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This woman used a little sleight of hand to steal more than 4 million pounds' worth of diamonds in London over 5 years ago. She and the rest of the gang involved have been tried for the heist, but the stolen diamonds have yet to be found.
Woman convicted of swapping pebbles for gems in London heist

A woman who secretly swapped seven pebbles for 4.2 million pounds ($5.7 million) worth of diamonds has been sent to prison for her role in the audacious heist at a luxury jewelry store in London’s tony Mayfair district.

Lulu Lakatos, 60, was sentenced Wednesday to 5 1/2 years in prison after a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London found her guilty of conspiracy to steal.

Lakatos was part of an international gang that fled to France after stealing the diamonds from Boodles on New Bond Street on March 10, 2016. The gems haven’t been recovered. ...

Lakatos, who was born in Romania and lived in France, posed as a gem expert named “Anna” who then went to Boodles to value seven diamonds for the buyer.

After she inspected the gems, which included a 20-carat heart-shaped diamond valued at more than 2.2 million pounds, they were individually wrapped and placed in a locked bag that was supposed to be held in the jeweler’s vault until payment was received. But when Boodles’ own expert became suspicious the next day, the bag was X-rayed and the store discovered nothing but seven ordinary pebbles.

Lakatos had used a distraction to swap the bag containing the diamonds for an identical one containing the pebbles before it was locked in the vault, according to security camera video released by police. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/oddities-europe-london-7cda1c1abea4197919458979d2b7305d
 

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In other jewel heist news ... A solo thief snagged a multi-million pound haul from a ritzy Paris jeweler with no more than a knife and an electric scooter. Potential witnesses were apparently distracted trying to get a glimpse of Jean-Claude Van Damme at a nearby shop. The thief and an associate have apparently been apprehended.
Arrests made after jewel thief scooted off from ‘mind-boggling’ Paris heist

French police have arrested two suspects after a thief took jewels worth between €2m and €3m (£1.7m and £2.55m) from an exclusive Paris store and scooted off before the alarm could be raised.

The two suspects, who were travelling on a coach, were arrested in a motorway layby in Moselle in eastern France on Wednesday morning. Officers said a “substantial part” of the jewels stolen in the heist had been recovered. ...

CCTV shows the alleged thief, grey-haired and wearing a light-grey suit, white shirt and tie, arriving at the store about 5.10pm on Tuesday. Shortly afterwards he was filmed leaving the shop with a white bag of jewels and gemstones and departing on a green scooter that he had left parked outside.

Staff told police the lone man had at first pretended to be a customer asking to see various pieces of expensive jewellery before drawing a knife. No one was injured in the robbery. ...

After the heist, potential witnesses at a nearby cafe told Le Parisien they saw and heard nothing. Many were reportedly distracted by the presence of one-time screen hard man and martial arts specialist Jean-Claude Van Damme at the nearby opticians.
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...coots-away-after-mind-boggling-heist-in-paris
 

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As you sow, so shall you reap.

Ebay security supervisor Philip Cooke, 56, was jailed for 18 months Wednesday for harassing critics of the company online.

Cooke, a former police officer, targeted a Massachusetts couple who published a consumer rights newsletter, sending them a preserved pig fetus and a book about coping with the death of a spouse as part of a "carefully planned" campaign of harassment.

…in three stages, according to the US Department of Justice (DoJ). In the first, disturbing packages were sent to the couple, including live cockroaches and a bloody pig mask. The second phase involved some of the accused sending Twitter messages to the pair, complaining about the newsletter and saying they would visit the couple at home.

https://boingboing.net/2021/07/28/e...ending-critics-of-company-dead-pig-fetus.html
 

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As you sow, so shall you reap.

Ebay security supervisor Philip Cooke, 56, was jailed for 18 months Wednesday for harassing critics of the company online.

Cooke, a former police officer, targeted a Massachusetts couple who published a consumer rights newsletter, sending them a preserved pig fetus and a book about coping with the death of a spouse as part of a "carefully planned" campaign of harassment.



https://boingboing.net/2021/07/28/e...ending-critics-of-company-dead-pig-fetus.html
What a total shovel of a man.
 

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Animals only kill if they are hungry.

Male lions will kill the Cubs of another Male if they take over a pride, and someone posted a story about a group of chimps killing a young gorilla recently.

I think male bears also will kill cubs if they are not his own.

"Animals only kill if they are hungry" is a bit like "All wars are caused by religion": it carries a strong emotional weight even though even most of the people who say it acknowledge that it is not literally true.

Like "I before E except after C" these sayings break down very quickly once you start looking for counter examples.

However, the important truth behind "animals only kill if they are hungry" is that no other animal invents spurious social, moral, religious or political justifications for killing.

Animals will kill to eat, or to get rid of a rival's offspring, or to defend breeding or hunting territory, and for many other reasons, but they won't kill for most of the stupid reasons that our species makes up.

I have heard 'obey' again at weddings among my kids' generation but I suspect it's left in because it's quaint. :chuckle:
My second wife said to me as we were planning the wedding, "I'll promise to obey if you want, but remember that you'll have to express your instructions extremely precisely."
 

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This woman used a little sleight of hand to steal more than 4 million pounds' worth of diamonds in London over 5 years ago. She and the rest of the gang involved have been tried for the heist, but the stolen diamonds have yet to be found.

FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/oddities-europe-london-7cda1c1abea4197919458979d2b7305d
In a TV report it was explained that Lakatos didn't follow the valuing protocol where gems are handed over, unwrapped, examined, rewrapped etc in order while being watched and so was able to do the swap by sleight of hand.

Staff were suspicious right away when she put the gems away in her bag and then took them out again when reminded/challenged.
At this point the gems were still in her bag, She knew she could get away with it once they were rewrapped.
 
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My second wife said to me as we were planning the wedding, "I'll promise to obey if you want, but remember that you'll have to express your instructions extremely precisely."

I've been married twice, both times in civil ceremonies so there was no mention of obedience. I absolutely would never marry in church. It goes against everything I believe.

Mind you, I was raised in the '60s when the exact shade and cut of the bride's dress were scrutinised for hints about her virginity or lack of it or her possible pregnancy. I wasn't 'aving that! :chuckle:
 

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This Pennsylvania guy has strange taste in selecting hiding places.
Man barricaded himself in treehouse after assault, arson in Armstrong County

A Kittanning man is facing charges after police say he barricaded himself in a treehouse after assaulting an elderly man and setting fire to a home.

Joseph Alton Hawk, 20, of Kittanning was charged with arson and assault-related charges after an incident ...

The Pennsylvania State Police responded to a call on Saturday ... , where it was reported that Hawk assaulted an 82-year-old man. While police were responding, it was also learned that Hawk allegedly set fire to the home and ran off.

Multiple police agencies including state police, local departments, K-9 officers and helicopters searched the area but could not find him.

Police again responded to the home on Sunday at 7:10 a.m. after reports that Hawk was seen there. When they arrived, they found Hawk barricaded by himself in a treehouse.

He eventually surrendered without incident and was arrested. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stori...-armstrong-county/6G7IQPSEYZB3BEK6NEV3JVP4PM/
 
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