“World’s Hottest Criminal” is a She

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‘A nursing student dubbed ‘the world’s sexiest criminal’ has apologized for her crime spree after agreeing to plead guilty to a string of charges that could see her locked away for years.

‘Stéphanie Beaudoin, 21, appeared in court today in Victoriaville, Quebec, to face accusations of 114 separate crimes, including theft and illegally possessing a stash of nine guns.

‘But the striking defendant – who became a viral sensation when pictures emerged after she was first accused – now says she’s seen the error of her ways, and is prepared for her punishment…’
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Britain’s most “spoilt child” is also most charitable
She donated all her birthday gifts, including Audi, to charity
‘A six-year-old hailed as one of Britain’s most spoilt children has decided she’s had enough of her reputation – and is giving away her prized possessions. Lacie Pope, of Plymouth, Devon, has always been treated to glamorous designer frocks, expensive beauty products and jewel-encrusted toys.

‘Her mother Lisa Whitcombe, 34, loves to spoil her with Armani and Dior outfits, her own crown and even a child’s Audi covered in crystals. But on the eve of her sixth birthday – with £2,000 worth of celebrations ahead of her – Lacie has decided it’s time to share her wealth…’
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Gun Violence Data
‘This Silk shows gun violence and murders data on a state-by-state basis as a percentage of total population. The data comes from Wikipedia and was originally sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau.

‘The big purple bubble is Washington D.C., which had the highest rate of gun murders by a factor of two. The other major outlier is Louisiana, the second largest and darkest bubble…’

McDonald’s Davao customer finds live worm in her cheeseburger
Maybe a dead worm in your burger is ignorable. But a live one!?
‘On Friday, November 14, Longuinsa went to San Pedro Police Station to file a report about the incident. According to the complainant, she already ate half of the cheeseburger when she saw something fall out from the food.

‘Loguinsa is worried that the unexpected ingredient might cause sickness.

‘Meanwhile, the report involving McDonald’s Bajada was already entrusted to Davao City Health Office and the Bureau of Food and Drugs for further investigation.

‘Already aware of the alleged incident, the franchise is yet to release a statement about the issue…’

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Facebook’s New Office version

businessinsider-facebook-at-workFacebook to release “Facebook at Work” version

Maybe the Government can allow employees to use Facebook but not during office hours
‘Facebook is preparing a new office version of its social networking site to compete with other sites like LinkedIn, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

‘”Facebook is secretly working on a new website called ‘Facebook at Work’” that would allow users to “chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents”, it said…’
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Why Facebook For Work Will Be A Hard Sell To Employers
‘…However, Facebook has several hurdles ahead of convincing companies to unblock a new work-friendly version of Facebook. First, there’s employers’ beliefs that Facebook is a waste of time. A 2009 survey found that more than half of employers had Facebook blocked. There’s also Facebook’s dismal privacy record. Will companies really want their employees storing sensitive work information in the same cloud that ignores “do not track” browser settings?

‘Finally, and most damningly, is the fact that all the services Facebook at Work will offer already exist. Slack, Google Drive, and LinkedIn already do these features well, and have the market for these respective services cornered. If Facebook at Work is going to have a chance of competing, it’ll need to extremely improve on its competitors’ services. And from the little we’ve seen of the service (with Facebook declining to comment), it’s hard to tell if Facebook for Work even has a chance…’

Tech giants band together to push the USA Freedom Act
‘Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA surveillance
A coalition of technology and internet companies is lobbying to curb US National Security Agency surveillance powers and for more transparency on government data requests.

‘The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple, added its support for the race to pass a bill through the US Senate before the end of the year, which would inhibit mass data collection from emails and internet metadata.

‘“The Senate has an opportunity this week to vote on the bipartisan USA Freedom Act,” said the coalition in an open letter sent to the Senate. “We urge you to pass the bill, which both protects national security and reaffirms America’s commitment to the freedoms we all cherish.”…’

Now You Can Study at the World’s Oldest University
‘Ancient Nalanda emerged in the 5th century A.D., about 400 years before the University of Al-Karaouine in Fez and 600 years before the University of Bologna in Italy, often credited as the world’s oldest universities. A Buddhist institution down the road from Bodh Gaya, the revered site of Siddhartha Gautama’s enlightenment, Nalanda had 10,000 students from all over Asia (some say even from as far as Greece), at its height, studying both secular and theological topics. When Muslim invaders burned Nalanda University to the ground in 1193, legend claims its nine-story library burned for three months turning every book to ash…’

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What Working at a Suicide Prevention Hotline is Like

brainpickings-phonebymariapopovaDiane Ackerman on What Working at a Suicide Prevention Hotline Taught Her about the Human Spirit
A suicidal person whom you are talking to is like ‘a dangling person whose hands you are gripping in your own.’ she says.

‘Ackerman — scientific sorceress of the senses and supreme historian of the human heart — marvels at the humbling, uniquely human notion of the very concept of a suicide prevention hotline:

‘”We use only a voice and a set of ears, somehow tied to the heart and brain, but it feels like mountaineering with someone who has fallen, a dangling person whose hands you are gripping in your own.”

‘Ackerman recalls one particularly poignant call, with Louise — a frequent caller with “many talents, a lively mind, a quirky and unusual point of view, and a generous heart” — whom she had reeled back from the brink of suicide many times before. Louise’s anguish, like that of many on the downward spiral of the psyche, stems from feeling, as Ackerman puts it, bereft of choices. (Which is why Kerkhof’s pioneering suicide-prevention technique is so effective both in clinical contexts and in controlling our everyday worries.) Ackerman reflects on this uniquely human dance with possibility:…’

This 3-Question Quiz Predicts Whether You Believe in God
It’s funny but I’ve taken similar ‘Math’ tests before. Were those tests only disguised as Math tests?
‘In 2012, in the journal Science, social psychologists Will M. Gervais and Ara Norenzayan published the results of five studies suggesting this might be the case. I’ll discuss the findings in a moment. First, it’s time to test yourself…’
The Questions

1. A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? ____cents

2. If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets? _____minutes

3. In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake? _____days

CIA toyed with idea of Osama bin Laden doll to turn Afghan children from leader.

It was named Operation Devil Eyes and the face of the doll was designed to slowly turn into a devil’s face.

‘…The spy agency began quietly developing the bin Laden doll in 2005, as first reported by The Washington Post, and recruited the help of the former head of the Hasbro toy company, Donald Levine.

‘The CIA’s proposed plan, according to the newspaper, was to produce the dolls, with their bright red faces and spooky green eyes, and hand them out to children in Afghanistan in hopes of turning them away from the al Qaeda leader.

‘But the agency aborted the plan after reviewing three prototypes of the doll, a CIA spokesman told CNN…’

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Source of Great Writers: Real-life Private Eye

Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

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Ever noticed the character names Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe in crime fiction? The names Sam and Marlowe was a code for Samuel Marlowe who was a real black private detective and a source for Chandler and Hammett.

‘…Marlowe, she said, was the city’s first licensed black private detective. He shadowed lives, took care of secrets, knew his way around Tinseltown. Ransil dropped the names of some Hollywood heavies — Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Howard Hughes.

‘But it got better. Marlowe knew hard-boiled writers Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, she said.

‘The private eye had written them after reading their early stories in the pulp magazine Black Mask to say their fictional gumshoes were doing it all wrong. They began writing regularly, or so her story went. The authors relied on Marlowe for writing advice, and in the case of Chandler, some…

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5-Year-Old is a Microsoft Certified Professional

bbc.com-_78992755_ayan‘Ayan Qureshi of England is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant’s exam when he was just five years old.

‘Ayan, now six, whose father is an IT consultant, has set up his own computer network at home.

‘He told the BBC he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day.

‘”There were multiple choice questions, drag and drop questions, hotspot questions and scenario-based questions,” he told the BBC Asian Network…’

Is that good for Ayan or not?

Russia releases photo showing jet shooting down MH17 airliner
‘Russian experts have claimed Malaysian Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian warplane and not a ground to air missile.

‘This follows the release of ‘leaked’ satellite images which show a missile streaking towards the passenger plane, produced tonight by Russia’s main state broadcaster.

‘It was claimed that the space pictures were from a British or US satellite.

‘The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was travelling over the conflict-hit region when it disappeared from radar…’
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You Too Can Finally Join the Modern Broadband Era For the Rock Bottom Price of $20,000
‘…Considering the billions that telecom companies received to shore up service over the last twenty years (and again, nobody in the history of telecom regulation has ever bothered to do an audit), that’s painfully obscene — and it’s a story I’ve personally seen repeated thousands of times over. Worse perhaps, Time Warner Cable, like so many of these companies, has worked tirelessly to pass state level laws that restrict these communities from building their own broadband — even in locations they refuse to connect.

‘In other words, taxpayers got to pay billions in subsidies, then get to pay an arm and a leg a second time just to be held hostage by a company that repeatedly makes it very clear it hates their guts. When they decide to do something about it themselves, they run into state laws prohibiting their right to improve their own area’s infrastructure. Yet we’re told time and time again by the broadband industry that it’s not only immensely competitive, but is a shining beacon to the rest of the world for technology innovation, creativity and government policy…’

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How Your Voter Identification is Stolen then Sold

wnem.com-5764013_GMan Told He Can’t Vote … Because He’s Dead
‘Dale Hopfinger is a patriot. He feels it’s his duty to go to the polls. It’s something he’s done every election here at Lee Township Hall in Midland County since 2003.

‘Imagine the surprise when he showed up to the polls on Nov. 4 ready to cast his ballot once again, and was told he couldn’t.

‘”Said, no he’s deceased, so he can’t vote,” said Hopfinger.

‘But even with his identification in hand proving who he was, a poll worker told him township records show that he was dead. In fact, they claimed he died on Sept. 25…’
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Watch: Best man confronts friend’s “cheating” wife he finds in a bar with another guy

I’ve been in a more difficult situation similar to this. A close friend introduced his bride and I saw fire in the woman’s eyes! Of course I can’t tell my friend outright he shouldn’t marry the devil. It turned out later she ruined the marriage.

‘Cheaters never prosper – especially when they’re caught on camera in a video that has been shared around the globe over ONE MILLION times.

‘This fist-biting footage shows the moment when a man found his best friend’s wife on the arm of another man.

‘A sheepish-looking woman wearing a white dress and identified only as Nina seems reluctant to be filmed as the DIY filmmaker – who she clearly knows – asks: “How you guys doing?”

‘The reason for her manner soon becomes clear as the would-be sleuth asks: “Who’s this guy? That’s not your husband, right?”…’

Recipes so funny you shouldn’t try them at home
Penn and Teller’s How to Play with Your Food
‘Penn & Teller take their stage personas to the print medium, and it works superbly. Penn is just as loud as ever, and Teller (seen in many of the photos) wears his trademark blank smile.
Most books on magic and “tricks” tend to be frustratingly dull, but the lively prose, scrumptious humour and fine photos and illustration make this one a pleasure to read.
This magic book also has the virtue of presenting several tricks that are easy to perform–if you want to learn two or three very funny and fun tricks table gags that require almost zero practice, this is the book to get…’
Try this one
Swedish Lemon Angels

the book

WATCH: Shoplifters stole P20K worth of clothes in 30 seconds
Naaresto ang isang shoplifter nang makunan sa CCTV ang kanyang modus sa pagnanakaw ng mga pantalon sa isang shop sa Pasay City.

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How Toxic Tofu Lands on Your Table

therealsingapore-ToxicTofu_20141110China criminal gang floods market with 100 tonnes of toxic tofu
‘…A supplier to KFC parent Yum Brands Inc and McDonald’s Corp came under fire in July after a report showed workers using expired meat. U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc recalled some donkey meat products in January after tests showed they contained traces of fox.

‘Media reports made no mention if the tofu factory had supplied any large local or global chains operating in China.

‘The local Qilu Evening News newspaper said the gang, led by three cousins, had bags of rongalite powder stacked against the walls of the factory.

‘The chemical was then added into the mix to make the dried tofu sticks, also called “fuzhu”, a popular snack in China…’

A book filled with 700 Facebook posts
Book Tells Story of Euromaidan Protests in Facebook Posts
‘A new book, made up entirely of over 700 Facebook posts, chronicles the events from November 2013 to June 2014 as they were recorded and told by Ukrainian Facebook users. The title of the book, “Phantom Pain #maidan,” recognizes the fleeting nature of memories of the groundbreaking transformations that occurred during and after the unrest, and remembers the loss of those who died during the violent phase of the protests. The book’s authors, both Euromaidan activists, Anastasiia Savytska and Andrey Myrhorodskiy, say the idea initially was to do a photo album with some text from Facebook posts, but then the social media content simply took over. Anastasiia says she spent two months deciding which posts to include…’

Backlash over Montgomery decision to strip Christmas from school calendar
‘…The backlash was intense Wednesday to the Montgomery County Board of Education’s decision to scrub Christmas and other religious holidays from its published school calendar — without disturbing the days off.

‘It came by e-mail, tweets and Facebook messages — passionate views, along with some confoundment. Several Montgomery school board members reported that few people of any faith seemed happy with their Tuesday vote.

‘Montgomery school board member Rebecca Smondrowski, for one, was flooded with angry messages. She had supported a proposal to strip Jewish and Muslim holy days from the calendar and offered an amendment to remove Christmas and Easter, too…’

Plato On-line Back After 2 Days Online Disconnection
I was virtually offline for 2 days but it was a hellish vacation. During those 2 days, I can’t connect to most websites (my ISP wasn’t the problem) so I was virtually paralyzed. I tried all possible solutions again and again until finally this dawn, WordPress connected then all other websites too.

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