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The deification of criminals: Making rock stars out of mass murderers


Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel and Micah Johnson
At what point does the deification of criminals itself become a criminal act?

With each new shocking mass murder, a story is created by mainstream media and unleashed on public consciousness. The 'official' narrative of the event never ends up jibing with actual facts revealed by subsequent and independent investigation, and the force-fed version is never retracted or corrected to match any new or uncomfortable findings. Instead, the narrative invariably devolves into an exposé of the private life of the killer, aiming to create a believable character, to suggest his motive, and to develop enough plausibility in the story to make the truth seem uninteresting.

Within hours of each mass-murder, the supposed killer's name is revealed, sending mainstream journalists into a sensational frenzy of internet surfing for any and all morsels of gossip they can find. Social media accounts are ravaged for photos, quotes and conversations that support the official narrative and add clickable drama to front pages. Personal manifestos and haunting comments are put out on display for all to contemplate, then shared to exhaustion. Homes are besieged for clues, and friends, family, neighbors and former employers are coaxed into speaking out about their associations with the maniacs, all helping to construct a seductive cloud of infamy on which our collective imagination can freely project our darkest fantasies.

Cell Phone

Selfies: Bouhlel poses in same lorry he used to kill 84 Bastille Day revelers three days prior to attack

© www.thesun.co.uk
The lorry-driving terrorist who killed 84 people when he drove through Bastille Day revelers "like a bowling ball" smirks inside the truck - just days before his murderous rampage. Evil Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, posed for the sick selfie inside the lorry's cab just three days before it knocked over scores of people as they watched a firework display in Nice. The ISIS-inspired French-Tunisian held a bizarre pose alongside his unidentified friend as he sat at the vehicle's steering wheel.

© www.thesun.co.uk
In a second photo Lahouaiej-Bouhlel smirks as he stands in front of the 19-tonne truck alongside a man who is wearing a Paris Saint-Germain football shirt.

A source in the police investigation said the killer's mobile is "loaded with pictures like this" from the days before the attack. The other man in the pictures is in custody.

Family

UK father catches 13-year-old daughter lying on Tinder, updates her fake bio with angry photo

© Tinder
It's never easy for dads when their daughters start dating. So you can imagine this dad's surprise and anger when he found out his 13-year-old daughter was posing as a 20-year-old on Tinder.

But instead of confiscating her phone, grounding her and calling it a night, Paul Mellers took things one step further. He updated the fake Tinder bio with a more accurate description accompanied with a very angry photo of himself.

"My name is 'Megan' and I am really 13 years old," read the updated bio. "I lie to guys on Tinder until my dad finds out. "Right now I'm f—ing grounded. All guys who have been messaging me should block me or my daddy will be reporting them to the police."
© Tinder
Mellers also included a photo of Megan's birth certificate to discourage any suitors.

No word on whether anyone swiped right on Meller's grumpy mug, but we're certain this isn't the last daughter-dating encounter he'll have to deal with.

Dollars

Rising risk: Investor cash levels highest in nearly 15 years

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Despite the post-Brexit market rally, fund managers have gotten even more wary of taking risks.

The S&P 500 has jumped about 8.5 percent since the lows hit in the days after Britain's move to leave the European Union, but that hasn't assuaged professional investors. Cash levels are now at 5.8 percent of portfolios, up a notch from June and at the highest levels since November 2001, according to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey.

In addition to putting money under the mattress, investors also are looking for protection, with equity hedging at its highest level in the survey's history.

Comment: More signs of economic trouble ahead:


Heart - Black

Woman-hating propagandists unite! Fox hosts consider leaving with accused sex abuser Roger Ailes to form competing network

At least one top talent inside Fox News has confirmed to Breitbart News that a major talent meeting among various different hosts is scheduled, and they are considering leaving with Roger Ailes to form a new network to compete with Fox.

"Everyone here hates Gretchen and Megyn," the talent said in a brief phone interview, adding that hosts from Fox and Friends and throughout the primetime lineup from the co-hosts of The Five to Special Report's Bret Baier to Greta Van Susteren to Bill O'Reilly, Shepard Smith and Sean Hannity are planning to band together and potentially execute contract clauses that allow them to leave if Ailes is driven out.

That being said, if this group—Baier, Hannity, Van Susteren, Smith and O'Reilly—can stick together and effectively negotiate as a bloc with whatever other resources and talent they have, they could strap together enough leverage to block Kelly. But that shows how powerful Kelly has become inside a network where most of her colleagues despise her.

Ailes has come under fire amid unsubstantiated allegations from Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox anchor, and now Megyn Kelly of The Kelly File that he allegedly sexually harassed them.

Comment: Ailes is a creep. See also: It speaks volumes the types of people that are bending over backwards to support him. Birds of a feather...


Palette

Cosmetic surgery madness: Kardashian-obsessed man spends £20k to look like celebrity idols

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Kylie and Khloe Kardashian's biggest fan spent £21,000 on cosmetic surgery to look more like his idols, including sculpted lips and generous derrière.

James Holt, 22, splurged £10,000 (US$13,000) on his puffed-up lips alone. He tops up his filler every two months to keep them in shape.

Five years on from his first cosmetic surgery, Holt says he plans to have even more work done, including the removal of six ribs to achieve a Kardashian-like hourglass shape.

Comment: This story speaks volumes about how far gone society is at this present moment! A striking example of worshipping the Cult of the Body: Huge numbers willing to go under knife to alter their appearance


Magnify

Baton Rouge shooter Gavin Long, Marine veteran, told those close to him he suffered from PTSD

Gavin Long, the man who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before a SWAT team officer shot him dead -- told friends and relatives that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a source involved in the investigation told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Long joined the Marine Corps in 2005, worked as a data network specialist and served in Iraq before being discharged as a sergeant in 2010, according to the U.S. military.

Long had filled a prescription for Ativan, an anti-anxiety drug, as recently as June, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He also had prescriptions for Valium and the sleep aid Lunesta, the source said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether anyone had diagnosed him with PTSD. CNN has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the military to obtain records about Long's service. Under Defense Department rules, health records that might include any information on Long's mental health are considered protected, even though he is dead. The records are part of the criminal investigation.

Valium, like Ativan, is a benzodiazepine -- a class of medication with sedative properties that are prescribed for anxiety, insomnia and other conditions.

Bandaid

Homeless teen in Georgia sleeps in tent after biking 6 hours to college

© Good News Network
19-year-old Fred Barley
A homeless teenager found sleeping in a tent outside a Georgia college after biking six hours to get there is receiving an outpouring of help and support from across the country.

Media outlets report police officers discovered 19-year-old Fred Barley on Gordon State College campus last weekend.

Barley told officers that he rode his little brother's bicycle more than 50 miles from Conyers to Barnesville to register for classes. He planned to stay there until the dorms opened in August.

Instead of ticketing Barley for trespassing, the officers put him in a motel room. Word of Barley's story traveled fast. He was offered a job at a local pizza shop.

Barnesville resident Casey Blaney set up a GoFundMe page for Barley, which had raised more than $40,000 as of Friday morning.

Comment: Acts of kindness can spread by reminding us of our own capacity for caring. If the officers arrested (or worse) him for trespassing, we would be reading a different story.


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Police seek ban on anti-Islam Britain First party from entering mosques

© Toby Melville / Reuters
Muslims prepare to pray at Central London Mosque for Friday prayers in central London
Police are seeking to have the leaders of anti-Islam political party Britain First banned from visiting any mosque in England or Wales or even entering parts of the town of Luton for the next three years. The party is known for its "Christian patrols," mosque invasions and anti-Islam protests in Luton. Bedfordshire Police have sought a High Court injunction against the group's leader, Paul Golding, and his deputy, Jayda Fransen, following"harassment" of communities in Luton.

In a statement, chief superintendent David Boyle told the Luton Herald & Post that the force is attempting to get the injunction "due to concerns that their presence in these areas could increase the possibility of disorder and antisocial behavior." The application, to be heard next month, will ask that Golding and Fransen be banned for three years from "entering any mosque or Islamic cultural center or its private groups within England and Wales without any prior written invitation."

It also seeks to ban the pair from entering Luton's Bury Park without police permission, and that they give at least two weeks' written warning should they wish to enter Luton town center. They would not be allowed to enter Luton more than once every two months should any consent be given.

Comment: The police are right to uphold the Freedom of Association of Muslims and their wish to not have to endure harassment from the Britain First hate group. Britain First's 'right to exist' is based on a pathological worldview that victims actually have no rights and no freedom to associate or not associate with whom they wish.


Blackbox

What's going on in Kazakhstan? Violent attacks break years of peace and quiet

© Reuters
A police officer responds in Almaty after a gunman targeted police and left seven people dead.
Kazakhstan has been going through some tough times recently.

There were widespread protests against government land-reform plans in late April that culminated in countrywide rallies against government policies on May 21. Hundreds of people were arrested in the days leading up to and on the day of that protest.

Then in June, an armed group roamed the streets of the northwestern city of Aqtobe in an incident that left 28 people dead, most of them from the armed group, and that has just been followed by a killing spree by a lone gunman in the commercial capital, Almaty.

Comment: These recent events in Kazakhstan are almost unprecedented. Something is going on, but it is difficult at this point to know exactly what, given the lack of statements and/or conflicting reports. Just a sign of people 'snapping' all over the planet? Something else? For more commentary on the violence in June, see this Porkins Great Game podcast: Is Kazakhstan in Trouble? See also: Next theaters of chaos: Terrorist groups moving operations to Central Asia