New Year’s Day started with a bizarre stand-off for San Jose police.
They were called to Ezie Street and Cas Drive in San Jose after several people called 911 to report a man standing in front of a home with an assault rifle just after 8 a.m.
As police rushed to the scene, witnesses said the man got in a car and drove to Southwest Expressway and Bascom Avenue. That’s where police pulled him over.
Police said the suspect immediately got out of his car and started yelling, “You’re going to have to kill me.”
He was naked and holding a large “Samurai”-type sword, according to police.
One witness told NBC Bay Area that the man was pacing back and forth waving the sword at times.
San Jose Police Department “Crisis Intervention Team” members were called to the scene and a stand-off began.
Just before 11 a.m., the man was arrested without incident. Police took Coco Bennett, 29, into custody. Police said Bennett, who was still carrying the sword, bolted toward a fence and tried to scale it, fell down, and dropped the weapon. That’s when officers moved in.
Police recovered an AR-15-type assault rifle, with a magazine and live ammunition, from Bennett’s car during the standoff which happened at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail station.
An American church is promising gay men they will be cured of their homosexuality if they stroke horses.
The Cowboy Church of Virginia, led by chief pastor Raymond Bell, believes homosexuality and other ‘addictions’ can be cured by Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Horse therapy, in the right hands, can be used to help overcome fears, develop communication skills, and is generally beneficial to mental health.
If you thought Japan’s extreme fad culture would stop short of people injecting saline into their foreheads to make it look like they have bagels implanted under their skin, you were wrong. Being a “bagel head” is, indeed, currently in vogue in Tokyo.
The bizarre body modification procedure, which was highlighted in a Sept. 23 episode of “Taboo,” a show on the National Geographic Channel, involves injecting about 13.5 ounces (400 milliliters) of saline into a person’s forehead to form a huge welt, then pressing a thumb into the welt to create an indent. The process takes two hours, and the trendy swelling goes down in under a day.
Questions about what is going through these people’s bagel-shaped heads aside, is this fad dangerous?
Potentially, says Omar Ibrahimi, a dermatologist at the Connecticut Skin Institute and visiting assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, who has had experience injecting saline solution into bodies during cosmetic procedures. The risks of bagel-heading are threefold, Ibrahimi said.
First, the body can safely absorb normal saline solution injected under the skin, and doctors sometimes use it as a form of local anesthesia; however, “saline solution that is too concentrated can overload the body’s capacity to process salt,” Ibrahimi told Life’s Little Mysteries. If a naive bagel head were to accidentally use highly-concentrated hypertonic saline solution instead of the normal kind, for example, he or she could experience extreme dehydration of the kind that happens when you drink salt water.
Secondly, if the saline solution isn’t sterile, there’s “a lot of risk of bacterial or fungal infection,” Ibrahimi said. Most of the pathogens commonly found in unsterilized water can be killed off by the immune system when ingested into the digestive tract; however, the pathogens have a higher chance of gaining a foothold when escorted directly beneath the skin, such as during bagel-head surgery.
Epic WTF moment/PR fail
The website of the Estonian company GasTerm Eesti on Aug. 23 published a photograph of the front gate of the Nazi camp Auschwitz with the famous inscription “Arbeit macht frei,” or work makes you free. The caption of the photo read: “Gas heating - flexible, convenient, and effective.”
The next day the photo was removed from the company’s website and an apology was posted there.
Company director Sven Linros said, according to DzD.ee portal, “Hitler killed himself because he got a gas bill … a lot of people laugh at this, but I do not. I visited Auschwitz with dread. I feel sorry for the victims and their families. The picture was intended for a narrow group of people. We wanted to clarify that the CH4 gas is not toxic and can be used to heat buildings even those with such a sad history.”
This is not the first case of Auschwitz pictures being used in advertisements. In January, a gym in Dubai used an image from Auschwitz with the tag line “Kiss your calories goodbye.”
Coming to a voucher school near you…..
11 Eye-Opening Highlights From a Creationist Science Textbook
A few months ago, I was reading about homeschooling, because I do things like randomly reading about homeschooling. I read an article that mentioned a family using science textbooks produced by Bob Jones University. (If you’re not familiar, that’s a large, for-profit, evangelical Christian university in South Carolina.) I had to see what one of those textbooks was like. I bought one for a few bucks on Amazon and a few slow shipping weeks later, I had my answer.
I purchased a copy of Science 4 for Christian Schools, an evangelical-written and -approved science textbook published in 1990. According to the stamp on the inside cover, my copy was previously owned by The Country Church & Country Christian School in Molella, Oregon. So, thanks guys!
I read through the entire thing (it’s quite short) and picked out these 11 pages and excerpts to share. Let’s call this an adventure in anthropology. Here are 11 highlights from an evangelical-written science textbook, written and approved by the Bob Jones University young-Earth creationism team.
A couple of low-lights (see link for the other 9 points):
I want to pick this apart, I really do — but all I could think of when I saw this one was the famous Who Wants to be a Millionaire? screenshot…
This Cargo cult explanation of electricity is my favorite too, taking stupidity, deception, and superstition to a whole new level:
Magnets — how do they work?
I saved this page for the penultimate point because it’s my favorite in the book. Let’s ignore the weird, weird photo of the girl for a second and focus on the text. “Electricity is a mystery. No one has ever observed it or heard it or felt it … We cannot even say where electricity comes from.”
The reason this page bugged me is because it doesn’t come back to “God created it.” I would actually accept that. This one is just misinformation for misinformation’s sake.
We know exactly where electricity come from. Scientists don’t disagree. And no one’s saying electricity comes from the planet/universe being millions of years old or from dinosaurs or from the spirit generated by the Earth’s religious diversity. This page is just the evangelical textbook equivalent of trolling.
Although, in their defense, perhaps if they make our heads explode that will generate electricity.
Uber-weird. I had never heard of this before. Great pics at link.
It sounds like the bizzare script of a Hollywood B-movie.
In a parallel universe the Nazis have won the war, Adolf Hitler moves to LA where he mingles with the stars of the silver screen while running his evil empire from a luxurious ranch deep in the LA hills.
But during the 1930s, American sympathisers were so confident this exact scenario was actually going happen they spent millions building a deluxe compound ready for their fuhrer’s imminent arrival.
Equipped with a diesel power plant, 375,000 gallon concrete water tank , giant meat locker, 22 bedrooms and even a bomb shelter, the heavily guarded estate was home to a community of Hollywood fascists who hoped to ride out the war there.
There were further plans to build five libraries, a swimming pool, several dining rooms and a gymnasium with money from Germany.
But on the day after Pearl Harbour, as America entered World War Two, police raided the premises and rounded up the the 50 or so American fascists who were living there.
Today the eerie landmark lies in ruins, daubed with graffitti, and awaiting the bulldozers so it can be turned into a picnic area for hikers - a soon-to-be forgotten slice of American history.
Close to the homes of actors and directors such as Stephen Spielberg, the site has been a magnet for historians, curiosity-seekers and modern-day nazis.
At one point after the war it became an artists colony and was home to the novelist Henry Miller.
The compound was equipped with a diesel power plant, 375,000 gallon concrete water tank , giant meat locker, 22 bedrooms and even a bomb shelter
It was built by the Silver Shirts, a sinister group of 1930s fascists who took their name from Hitler’s Brown Shirts grass roots organisation.
Fascism had been on the rise in the wake of the Great Depression and the Silver Shirts were one of the most fanatical organisations.
The 55-acre ranch, was sold to mining fortune heiress Jessie Murphy in 1933 by screen cowboy Will Rogers.
In the next few years, Murphy struck up a relationship with a German man known only as Herr Schmidt. Unbeknown to her Schmidt was Hitler’s agent in America.
He persuaded her to invest $4million ($66 million today) to transform the property into a nazi stronghold fit for Hitler.
Historian Randy Young told the Sunday Express: ‘This was supposed to be the seat of American fascism from where Hitler would one day run the United States.
‘The neighbours were a little freaked out by the construction and weird happenings, but until war broke out, they thought they were just eccentric people.’
Of COURSE he didn’t go to Mars. Michele Bachmann would have mentioned it:
Forget Kenya. Never mind the secret madrassas. The sinister, shocking truth about Barack Obama’s past lies not in east Africa, but in outer space. As a young man in the early 1980s, Obama was part of a secret CIA project to explore Mars. The future president teleported there, along with the future head of Darpa.
That’s the assertion, at least, of a pair of self-proclaimed time-traveling, universe-exploring government agents. Andrew D. Basiago and William Stillings insist that they once served as “chrononauts” at Darpa’s behest, traversing the boundaries of time and space. They swear: A youthful Barack Obama was one of them.
The New Jersey couple who lost custody of their first three kids after giving them Nazi-inspired names has been denied the right to take home their fourth child, a newborn boy they named Hons.
Heath and Deborah Campbell’s other children - Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell - are in foster care. The Campbells went to court to regain custody of the newborn, who they claim was taken from them by state child welfare officials hours after he was born. The child is still in the hospital, but the parents are prohibited from seeing him.
This couple gained attention when a local supermarket refused to decorate a birthday cake for the kid that they named after Adolf Hitler.
Child protective services claim that the kids were pulled from the family because there’s documented abuse, but the parents claim that the claims were fabricated.
The family has claimed that after the supermarket incident made the press, the notoriety led to harassment and threats.
The parents deny that they’re neo Nazis, but yet they name their kids after infamous Nazis. Who would think that’s a good idea?
What, nobody noticed that his clothes were wriggling?
And how in heck does anybody have room in their pants for this sort of thing?
The Transportation Security Administration says a man tried to board a flight from Miami to Brazil with nylon bags filled with exotic snakes and tortoises hidden in his pants.
TSA spokesman Jonathon Allen says the man was stopped after passing through a body scanner at Miami International Airport last Thursday. Security officials spotted the nylon bags filled with seven snakes and three tortoises stuffed inside the man’s pants.
For your late night enjoyment:
The instructions are simple: you have 30 seconds to move your cursor over more than 100 moai heads that appear during each “stage” of the game.
Occasionally giant moai will appear that you must repeatedly “hit” with your cursor (i.e. keep moving the arrow back and forth, not clicking) before they disappear to get you 10-30 extra points.