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Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:16 AM

Man accused of taking thumb from 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior

Source: CNN

A 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior valued at $4.5 million and considered a "priceless part of China's cultural heritage" is missing a thumb, but surveillance video helped lead the FBI to both the thumb and a suspect in the theft.

Michael Rohana of Delaware was arrested last week in the December theft.

Officials say Rohana went to Philadelphia's Franklin Institute on December 21 for an ugly sweater party hosted by the museum. During the evening, Rohana and a few of his friends entered the closed off terra-cotta warrior exhibit, and after his friends left, Rohana took a selfie with one of the statues, according to surveillance footage and court documents. He then put his hand on the left hand of one of the warriors and snapped something off, the documents said.

Rohana pocketed the warrior's thumb and took it home with him to Delaware that evening, officials said.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/19/us/terracotta-warrior-thumb/index.html



To me, this is emblematic of the lack of common decency and lack of integrity that now permeates what was once a noble Republic.

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Reply Man accused of taking thumb from 2,000-year-old terra-cotta warrior (Original post)
PatrickforO Feb 2018 OP
MLAA Feb 2018 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2018 #3
MLAA Feb 2018 #5
LisaL Feb 2018 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2018 #2
benld74 Feb 2018 #4
democratisphere Feb 2018 #6
Honeycombe8 Feb 2018 #8
LisaL Feb 2018 #9
Honeycombe8 Feb 2018 #12
PatrickforO Feb 2018 #10
Honeycombe8 Feb 2018 #11
Kablooie Feb 2018 #13
Codeine Feb 2018 #37
sinkingfeeling Feb 2018 #14
blue-wave Feb 2018 #15
OnDoutside Feb 2018 #16
PoliticAverse Feb 2018 #17
BumRushDaShow Feb 2018 #18
Lulu KC Feb 2018 #19
tavernier Feb 2018 #20
JI7 Feb 2018 #21
Jedi Guy Feb 2018 #24
Lulu KC Feb 2018 #31
oasis Feb 2018 #35
truthisfreedom Feb 2018 #22
Bengus81 Feb 2018 #23
KG Feb 2018 #26
Javaman Feb 2018 #25
Nitram Feb 2018 #27
WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2018 #29
FSogol Feb 2018 #30
Nitram Feb 2018 #32
FSogol Feb 2018 #33
underpants Feb 2018 #28
MBS Feb 2018 #34
Blue Owl Feb 2018 #36

Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:20 AM

1. I say extradite him.

Saw the Terra Costa Soldiers in Xian, they are breath taking.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:22 AM

3. He did it here in the US, to a borrowed statue in a Philadelphia museum.

So, no basis for extradition.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:31 AM

5. Id say that is the last time China or any country should loan their priceless treasures to us.

He should be prosecuted in the US by the museum and be required to make restitution. What an ignorant asshole the man is.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 02:03 AM

7. That's too bad.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:21 AM

2. Dumbass. WTF is wrong with people?

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:23 AM

4. Why? Alcohol is not an excuse. This is juvenile

At best
Ignoramus!
Have him do time is a Xian jail

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 01:31 AM

6. Just another example of the deplorable side of our disrespectful culture.

Off with his thumbs the jury said!

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 02:20 AM

8. I don't believe for a second that it was an accident.

And how did he get it thru customs? (I shudder to think of the answer.)

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 02:24 AM

9. There are no customs involved. Statue is here in the US, borrowed from China.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 02:36 AM

12. +1. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 02:25 AM

10. No, it was in America. This Terra Cotta soldier was on loan

to Philadelphia's Franklin Institute. He was a member of a private party who got to go in and see it.

I mean, what a douche. Here this warrior statue is thousands of years old, and the Chinese government was good enough to allow us to display it for a time here, and this idiot goes in there and...breaks off its thumb.

You know, I wish we could send the guy to China to face charges. He's darned lucky it was here, I'll tell you that.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 02:35 AM

11. Oh. I just skimmed the article. Yeah, what a douche. His parents must be proud. nt

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:03 AM

13. Yes honor and decency are not valued in America anymore.

I was just discussing old fashioned milk delivery with my daughter last night. She thought someone should bring it back but I realized it could never be a success. Someone would streal the bottles if they were left outside today.

Honor is and old fashioned idea nowadays.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 11:09 PM

37. Theyd steal the milk to make room

on the doorstep for the Amazon packages they’d be stealing later in the day.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:16 AM

14. Horrible. Hope they max out his sentence or let China imprison him.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:38 AM

15. Just mind numbing!

"To me, this is emblematic of the lack of common decency and lack of integrity that now permeates what was once a noble Republic."

I wholeheartedly concur. From the corptocracy and politicians who want over 99% of Americans in dire poverty while they stuff their faces and lace their pockets, to school and other mass shootings, the theft of our elections and the divisions created with every group who think they deserve more than the rest of us and on and on. Oh, and let's not forget the nazis parading around as some legitimate "alt right" political group.

Then you get this brain dead twerp and other twerpettes across the country on an every day basis. I hope we can save what little noble is left and correct the course if this ship.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:43 AM

16. He thought he got the thumbs up....

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:06 AM

17. ...


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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 06:08 AM

18. This was part of the traveling exhibit - "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor"

that is at the Franklin Institute until March 4th - https://www.fi.edu/exhibit/terracotta-warriors

(has been here in Philly since September 30, 2017)

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 07:48 AM

19. I'm having a knee jerk reaction

I bet he's a Trump supporter.

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Response to Lulu KC (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 07:59 AM

20. Dunno, but I can totally see the trump boys doing this

Just like cutting the tail off of their slaughtered elephant.

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Response to Lulu KC (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 08:01 AM

21. I'm thinking more of a social media attention seeking douche

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Response to JI7 (Reply #21)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:05 AM

24. That's my reading of the situation as well.

He's sure getting a lot of attention now.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #21)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 10:14 AM

31. Not mutually exclusive

But just quoting the voices in my head, not saying they're right. I never know.

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Response to Lulu KC (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 11:50 AM

35. Yup. Trump has ushered in an era of unbridled entitlement. Jerks who

were already inclined to acts of incivility, now believe they have a license to do as much as they can get away with.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 08:19 AM

22. The report kinda makes it sound like the thumb was loose.

I’m just wondering how it survived shipping.

Sorry.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 08:58 AM

23. It's simple,take a thumb from that guy to even it up.....

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #23)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:14 AM

26. Charlieeeee!

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:14 AM

25. this is why I hate people. nt

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:21 AM

27. "To me, this is emblematic of the lack of common decency and lack of integrity that now permeates

what was once a noble Republic." There has always been a strain of vandalism, disdain of culture, and anti-intellectualism in this "noble republic." It wasn't all Abe Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #27)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:47 AM

29. My first thought, too. This country was founded on taking things from other people. It's built into

our infrastructure and way of government.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #27)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 10:09 AM

30. Except for the time Thoreau and his goofball buddy accidentally started a forest fire.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #30)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 10:24 AM

32. I think "accidentally is the operative word here. They alerted the townspeople.

I was amused that the townspeople termed Thoreau a “damned rascal” and “a flibbertigibbet” for having started the fire. Maybe also because he was the prototype for the "slacker."

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Response to Nitram (Reply #32)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 10:26 AM

33. There is a book on early Thoreau's misadventures. He was a piss-poor outdoorsman. n/t

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:47 AM

28. Saw an expo here on Saturday- quite incredible

Qin unified the language, currency, improved roads(started the wall) and,most incredible to me, established uniform weights and measures

The detail on the warriors included treads on their shoes. He also had civil servants created to take with him as they are needed for a functional government.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 10:42 AM

34. Shameful.

I hope that he gets a stiff punishment for this, and that the statue can be repaired.
What a low-life.

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Response to PatrickforO (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 10:43 PM

36. He stuck the thumb up his ass

n/t

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