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The hunt for Gloria De Piero's topless photos serves one purpose: discrediting her

Who are the people in parliament today? Well, of the 650 MPs, 20 (19 Conservative and one Lib Dem) went to Eton. Twenty-seven come from ethnic minorities; 147 are women. And at least one of them has posed topless for money.

If you haven't been following the saga of shadow minister Gloria De Piero's breasts this week, here it is in a nutshell bikini: she got them out for money when she was 15 years old and living in poverty, she was questioned about it during the 2010 election campaign, and she announced two days ago on her personal blog that a news agency "acting on behalf of a national publication" was offering a hefty sum for access to the pictures. Clearly, this was not because said news outlet needed racy pictures, stat, and all the glamour models were booked up. It was not for personal fetishistic reasons or because the editors were cashing in on the past success of Zoo magazine's infamous "Diamond Boobilee" edition by collating their own "best of British boobs" with a political twist. Alas, there is only one real reason a newspaper wanted Gloria De Piero's breasts: in order to discredit her.

Of course, this tiresome tactic has been following professional women around like a bad smell ever since they stepped out of the kitchen ("Stop that particle physics demonstration immediately! I've heard the lecturer was once a total whore!" Naked photographs are the favoured blackmailing tool of modern society, from the boardrooms of the most powerful tabloids right down to the hacked Snapchats in the schoolyard. Despite the fact that most of us who venture into the world wide web on a daily basis wouldn't bat a desensitised eyelid at "Dirty Cumsluts IV: Grandma Gets Horny" getting advertised in the corner of our smartphone screens, we know that tangible proof a female MP once showed her nips in public is enough to embarrass her out of politics for ever. We were all up in arms about losing access to violent porn, so why in another context do we become so instantly prudish?

Put simply, the topless teenager doesn't fit that eternal image of a politician that exists in our public consciousness. A politician is a certain kind of person, one who is either truly squeaky clean or – more likely – artfully adept at PRing their own past misdemeanours. We can just about forgive the Bullingdon Club member who explains away his money-burning and wanton destruction of property as shameful juvenile behaviour, who recasts his errors as raucous childish idiocy that he learned from before he became a pinnacle of traditional morality. But we are much less likely to accept the unapologetic statement of De Piero that "I have talked about why I posed for those photos in interviews before. I thought at the time it was a way of improving my circumstances. This is part of my story and part of who I am." She is not, after all, presenting herself as a one-time tearaway converted to the straight and narrow, to the "political path". Instead, she is saying: topless teenagers are politicians too. I haven't fundamentally changed, and I don't need to.


Report: Flight to Orlando used as terrorist practice run

Orlando, Fla. —

Terrorists are in the midst of practice runs in preparations for an attack on U.S. airlines.

That is the claim made in a report from Tampa's CBS affiliate, WTSP TV.

WTSP has obtained what it claims is a memo from the union that represents pilots for many major airlines that warns that terrorist dry runs are already underway and that the most notable example is a flight inbound to Orlando in last month.

The pilots say the most recent dry-run occurred on Flight 1880 on September 2. The flight left Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. and headed to Orlando International.

Crew members say that shortly after takeoff, a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion.

The witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach, toward the flight deck door. He made a hard left and entered the forward bathroom "for a considerable length of time."

While he was in there, the other three men proceeded to move about the cabin, changing seats, opening overhead bins, and "generally making a scene." They appeared to be trying to occupy and distract the flight attendants.

The 10 News Investigators contacted both US Airways and the Transportation Security Administration both confirmed the incident.


seriously?? if these mythical "middle eastern" men were causing such a fuss, why not have them arrested upon touchdown??

Air Marshal Accused Of Taking Photos Under Skirts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A federal marshal was arrested at Nashville International Airport after he was accused of taking pictures with his cell phone underneath women's skirts as they boarded the aircraft Thursday morning.

According to a police affidavit, 28-year-old Adam Bartsch boarded Southwest Airline's flight 3132 on official duty as a Federal Air Marshal. A witness grabbed Bartsch's cellphone and notified a flight attendant.

Bartsch was taken off the plane, and airport police responded. After being questioned, Bartsch admitted to taking the pictures. He was transported to Metro Booking and charged with disorderly conduct.

The Transportation Security Administration issued this statement in response to the incident:

"TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior. The agency has removed this individual from their current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating their employment. TSA is cooperating fully with investigators."



More fun with military training films

Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family

That morning last April when Melinda Coleman received word that emergency vehicles were gathering around her Maryville house, she had hoped for the best. But if the events of the past year and a half had taught her anything, it was that when the town of Maryville was involved, that seemed unlikely. Since the morning her daughter had been left nearly unconscious in the frost of the home’s front lawn, this northwest Missouri community had come to mean little besides heartache.

Few dispute the basic facts of what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 8, 2012: A high school senior had sex with Coleman’s 14-year-old daughter, another boy did the same with her daughter’s 13-year-old friend, and a third student video-recorded one of the bedding scenes. Interviews and evidence initially supported the felony and misdemeanor charges that followed. Yet, two months later, the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped the felony cases against the youths, one the grandson of a longtime area political figure.

The incident sparked outrage in the community, though the worst of it was directed not at the accused perpetrators but at a victim and her family. In the months that followed, Coleman lost her job, and her children were routinely harassed. When it became too much, they left, retreating east to Albany.

Coleman had hoped the move would allow them to heal in peace, that the 40 miles separating the towns would be enough to put an end to their bitter saga. Now, though, as she stared at the charred remains of her house, the distance didn’t seem nearly enough.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/12/4549775/nightmare-in-maryville-teens-sexual.html#storylink=cpy

Air Canada Loses Woman’s Dog, Spokesman Dismisses Inquiries In Accidental Email

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Air Canada admits it lost a customer’s precious cargo when one of its workers let a dog out of its crate, and it escaped.

Jutta Kulic is visiting Sacramento for a dog show, but her mind is back in San Francisco. That’s where the search for her dog that never made it to his final destination is now in its fifth day.

This week, on her way to a dog show in Sacramento from their home in Ohio, Kulic booked a flight from San Francisco on Air Canada to Larry’s new home.

She zip-tied Larry’s crate several times before leaving him with the airline.

“And I very clearly instructed them never ever to open the door and let the dog out of that crate, unless he’s in a completely enclosed room,” Kulic said.

That flight ended up being cancelled and rescheduled for later that night.

Then came another call from Air Canada.

“They called me at about 6:30, and told me one of their employees had decided to walk the dog,” Kulic said.

Larry had run away, and Air Canada workers searching for the white and brown dog couldn’t find him.

“We’re sorry the animal was lost, because someone was simply stupid,” Kulic said.

But we wanted answers about what went wrong—what procedures might not have been followed, and what they’re doing to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet.

Instead of answers, we got this email:

“I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”


Wow...Guess there will be an open PR job at AC for me to apply for in the near future

A Comedy Favorite: How The 'Act Blacker' Sketch Has Evolved

It's an old, hardy comedy trope: A black person has to turn up the volume on some stereotypical behavior in order to navigate some social situation. The sketch is a self-aware take on a modern reality. Even after the era of minstrel shows ended and black actors stopped living out egregious stereotypes for white audiences, white folks still ran mainstream showbiz. If you were going to be black onstage or on camera, your image was still controlled by a largely white industry.

That's still the case, and there's a whole thread of comedy that goes to that well, poking fun at black actors being instructed "to act blacker" (whatever the hell that even means). Let's call them "Black It Up" routines. The most famous one is probably Robert Townsend's bit from Hollywood Shuffle, in which he imagines an acting school designed to prep aspiring black actors on how to land the roles most available to them.

What makes this routine so biting is the acknowledgment that the economic calculus dictates that this must be so. Yes, this role is demeaning and the insult is exacerbated by white folks telling me I'm not doing it right — but I also gotta eat.

Townsend's entire movie is about the indignities visited upon black actors trying to earn a living. It may seem a little too on the nose today — the number for the black acting school is "1-800-555-COON" — but the sketch was influential. And it's still pretty funny. (The tall white guy teaching those dudes how to walk at 4:21 is gold. Why is he doing that thing with his neck? Why are his arms swinging so much?)

This Shuffle bit is the obvious spiritual ancestor to this Sprite commercial that people of my generation will remember in which a bunch of tough-talking street ball players begin speaking in exaggerated British accents as soon as the director yells cut. Don't talk to me like a child! I played Hamlet at Cambridge!

Earlier this year, the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe revisited this same idea, and they cut out a lot of the fat in the process. A quarter-century passed between the Townsend sketch and the UCB sketch, and their approaches say volumes about the way the media landscape has and hasn't changed.


How Far Is It To The 'Boondocks'? Try The Philippines

"Ugh, I have to visit my aunt out in the boondocks this weekend."

How often have you said or heard something similar? For more than half a century, Americans have used the phrase "the boondocks" or "the boonies" to indicate that a place was in the middle of nowhere. However, few people realize that the phrase is a relic of American military occupation in the Philippines, and that it was later brought to mainstream attention because of a now largely forgotten, fatal training accident on Parris Island.

First, some history: The 1890s were a troubled time for the Philippines and marked by several conflicts, and the 1896 Philippine Revolution marked the start of the country's fight for independence from Spain. The United States would go on to acquire the Philippines from Spain in 1898 following the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Spanish-American War. The Philippine-American War immediately followed a year later and would continue until 1902.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase "the boondocks" is derived from the Tagalog word bundok, which means mountain. (Tagalog is one of the two official languages of the Philippines; the other is English.) American soldiers stationed in the Philippines adopted the word in the early 1900s, shifting the meaning to refer to "an isolated or wild region."


Who knew??

The Autopsy That Changed Football

Growing up in Nigeria, Dr. Bennet Omalu knew next to nothing about American football. He didn’t watch the games, he didn’t know the teams, and he certainly didn’t know the name Mike Webster.

That changed in 2002 when Omalu was assigned to perform an autopsy on the legendary Steelers center. Webster had died at 50, but to Omalu, he looked far older. Football had taken a punishing toll on his body. It was Omalu’s job to measure the damage.

As a neuropathologist, Omalu was especially interested in the brain. Inside Mike Webster’s brain, he’d make a startling discovery: a disease never previously identified in football players. The condition, known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, was the first hard evidence that playing football could cause permanent brain damage. Players with CTE have battled depression, memory loss, and in some cases dementia.

“I had to make sure the slides were Mike Webster’s slides,” Omalu told FRONTLINE. “I looked again. I saw changes that shouldn’t be in a 50-year-old man’s brains, and also changes that shouldn’t be in a brain that looked normal.”

Omalu published his findings, believing NFL officials would want to know more. They didn’t. In public, league doctors assailed his research. Omalu’s conclusions confused the medical literature, they argued. In a rare move, they demanded a retraction.

In private, the message seemed different. As Omalu recalls in the following clip from League of Denial: Inside the NFL’s Concussion Crisis, suddenly the criticism was no longer about his research. Rather, a league doctor would tell him, the trouble was in the implications for football.


FBI raid: Monsey (NY) rabbi tied to cattle-prod divorce gang

MONSEY — The head of a Monsey yeshiva and two other rabbis were among at least four men arrested in a sweeping investigation into a gang accused of using kidnapping, cattle prods and karate to coerce Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces.

The group plotted to kidnap and torture a man they thought was the recalcitrant husband of an Orthodox woman, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday. The woman was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Among those arrested was Rabbi Martin Wolmark, the dean of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, which was one of the locations raided by the FBI late Wednesday.

Also charged was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, a prominent ultra-Orthodox divorce mediator in Brooklyn who this summer published a “Bill of Rights of a Jewish Wife.” The others were identified as Ariel Potash and a man known only as “Yaakov.”

All four are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J., on Thursday afternoon.

The gang allegedly charged families of women trying to obtain religious divorces, known as ‘gets’ tens of thousands of dollars to pressure their husbands using methods that included violence.

The get is essential for the woman. Those who are unable to obtain them are known as ‘agunot,’ or chained women, because they cannot remarry until they obtain a get.

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