http://local.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=Stettler,+Canada&ie=UTF8&z=14&iwloc=addr&om=0, just northeast of Calgary and due east of Red Deer, the home of the Advocate newspaper. There hasn't been any independent verification of the underwear-eating technique being effective but unlike bomb-making or knitting on an airplane, you are welcome to try this yourself.
If you’ve ever seen Fox’s hit medical drama “House MD”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412142/, you know that every installment is just an exercise in further improbability than the previous episode (a patient’s skull explodes in the most recent episode). But occasionally reality is just as strange. Near the end of the first season, House treats a malnourished baby whose vegan parents are unwittingly starving it by keeping the infant on the same strict diet as they are. I thought the whole thing was a bit contrived, but apparently not. Yesterday, Lamont Thomas and Jade Sanders, vegan parents, were convicted of gross neglect and sentenced to life terms in prison. As always, there’s more at “the BBC”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6642543.stm. Also if you’re interested, the episode in question was “season 1, episode 18”:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0606013/
Just a few days ago outside the Australian city of Perth, two 16 year-old girls strangled a third girl with speaker wire, burying the body under the house. As if the facts themselves weren’t disturbing in themselves, the motive for the killing seems to be no more than curiosity. Saying that killing their victim Eliza Jane Davis, “felt right,” the two confessed killers apparently wanted to find out whether they would feel guilty. The answer? They don’t. They’ve both been sentenced to life sentences by the Australian court, more at “the BBC”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6639027.stm.
On a less violent but just as strange note, two months ago in an affluent suburb of Atlanta, two 19 year-old women (pictured above) robbed a Bank of America branch. The pair is alleged to have threatened to the teller with a note and then taken their ill-gotten gains on a shopping spree. I found this story through a “personal blog”:http://janabean.blogspot.com/2007/04/how-did-i-miss-hearing-about-this.html but would love to know if there is any more evidence of this or other “Girls Gone Wild, in a Criminal Way” stories out there. Comment if you know anything.
Considering the frightening “statistics”:http://idtheft.about.com/od/dataandstat1/a/ID_Theft_Stats.htm regarding ID theft, it is extremely important knowing how to protect yourself and to act accordingly if you do become a victim. The “ITRC”:http://idtheftcenter.org/index.shtml is your best on-line tool with information on “new scams”:http://idtheftcenter.org/alerts.shtml that are happening, “prevention tips”:http://idtheftcenter.org/preventiontips.shtml, “victim guides”:http://idtheftcenter.org/vguides.shtml, and way more. Try taking the “ID theft test”:http://idtheftcenter.org/idthefttest.shtml before you peruse the site so you know in what areas to focus. There’s a lot of information to go through so it’s best to look sooner than later.
Stephen Dupont and Kristen Ashburn have put together one of the more powerful photography exhibits I have seen in a while. Focusing exclusively on portraits of gang members and suiciced bombers (and their families) the photographers bring a sense of humanity to what all-too-often is reduced to a good guy vs. bad guy dichotomy. To see the whole collection with introduction go to this site. To skip the intro and go straight to a collection of thumbnails, go here.