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US: Mysterious Georgia Monument Fuels Conspiracy Theories

The Georgia Guidestones
© CBS Atlanta.comThe Georgia Guidestones
Elberton, Ga. -- Thirty-one years after being erected on a hilltop in Elbert County, the Georgia Guidestones continue to fuel conspiracy theories about its origins and message.

"It says we're simply going to get rid of billions of people," said a visitor from North Carolina about the monument's inscriptions.

The paddlewheel of granite slabs has been a tourist attraction since unveiled on a hilltop just off Highway 77 in Mar. 1980. The 19-foot walls are arranged to track the time of day and seasons.

But it's the 10 "guides" translated into eight languages that have drawn the ire of conspiracy theorists.

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Online Bidding for Princess Beatrice's Bizarre Royal Wedding Hat Passes $120,000

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Auction site eBay says a bidder has offered 75,000 pounds ($120,000) for the spiraling headpiece worn by Princess Beatrice to last month's royal wedding.

The 22-year-old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II startled commentators with the swirling hat she wore to the wedding of her cousin Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The silk Philip Treacy creation has been compared to antlers, a toilet seat and a pretzel, and has been photoshopped into scores of unlikely scenarios on the Internet.

Beatrice has taken the joke in stride and put the hat on sale for charity. Proceeds will go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis.

On Saturday 38 bidders were competing for the hat, described on eBay as a "unique sculptural celebratory headpiece."

The auction ends Sunday.

Source: Associated Press

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The Most Bizarre Thing About The $72 Million Organization Promoting The End Of The World

Harold Camping
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All of the talk about the world ending on May 21 comes from one organization run by one man: Harold Camping's Family Radio.

At first glance it would seem that 89-year-old Camping is running the biggest scam the world has ever seen -- racking up donations from terrified believers around the world right up until 6 PM on May 21 when... the world doesn't end... and Camping and all of those donations vanish into thin air.

But here's the surprising thing.

Most of Family Radio's revenue -- generated almost entirely by donations -- is put back into advertising and broadcasting costs.

Although Family Radio is valued at $72 million in its latest financial statements the company claims to have around $1.5 million in cash, according to an profile by CNN. It pays $56 million just in FCC broadcasting licenses.

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US: Psycho Mom Runs over teenage daughter

A mother has been charged with running over her daughter on purpose. The incident recently happened in a Wal-Mart parking lot, near Sandusky Ohio.

Comment: "The mother claimed she was swerving toward her daughter in an attempt to get close enough to strike the teen in her head with her hand."

Isn't either action significantly pathological? There are studies that have been conducted that show wanting to strike a person in the head is often due to the strikers desire to stop the victim from thinking a certain way; control. The idea being that the attacker wants to destroy (remove the head, kill) the mind of the person who is, in many cases, telling them the truth about themselves.


US: Mysterious 'Surfing Madonna' Mosaic To Be Removed By Los Angeles Art Conservation Group

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Some consider it graffiti, others consider it art, but Encinitas city leaders have considered it gone after unanimously voting to remove a mysteriously appearing, religious themed, stained-glass mosaic that popped up on Encinitas Boulevard between Highway 101 and Vulcan Avenue over Easter weekend, reports NBC San Diego.
After its meeting last night, the Encinitas City Council unanimously voted to spend up to $2,000 for a Los Angeles-based art conservation firm to test various removal techniques, according to our media partners the North County Times. Even it if can't be removed safely, there are too many legal issues to be able to keep it up Encinitas Mayor James Bond said Thursday.
Being called a "Surfing Madonna", the artwork, which depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard, has drawn onlookers and complaints. The piece was set to last -- eight panels are reportedly attached with high strength epoxy glue giving the artwork an estimated life expectancy of 10 years, notes NBC San Diego.

Local businesses from 7-11 to the historic Captain Keno's on North Coast Highway have shown interest in displaying the artwork once it is removed.


Turkey: You are Bizarre - 'According to Our Beliefs'

Just when you start to think that "at least the trains run on time" in Turkey, they seem to derail one after another. Just like a piece of news that may please you - but only for an instant. Just like the feeling of sad humor that comes a second after the feeling of silent approval while and after reading the story of a heavy fine that hit a private television channel for "pairing a 15-year-old girl with a 45 year-old man in a matchmaking show."

Citing a pretext for the fine, the presumably independent but practically Justice and Development Party-controlled radio and television watchdog said that the show had broadcast an example of child abuse by fixing a marriage between an underage girl and an adult. The watchdog also noted that the show had violated the regulation that states "broadcasts must not be against society's national and spiritual values and the Turkish family structure."

After the show, we learned from the news, the watchdog was bombarded with a flurry of complaints from viewers while the girl's father issued a complaint to the prosecutor's office.

So far, so good.

But when you superimpose this nice little episode - which could have happened in any "sane" country - onto another Turkish "background," a fresh "those crazy Turks" picture will emerge: Do the heavy fine and its legal justification mean that our president had once violated society's national and spiritual values and the Turkish family structure when he married our first lady at the age of 15 (now, beat that if you can, Harry!)? Do they mean that our president once committed child abuse? I guess not - just to be on the safer side of a potential future prosecution. But questions inevitably linger in the air.


Australia: Woman Tells of Flood Death Nightmare

Bremer River - Ipswich
A woman whose brother drowned in January's southeast Queensland's floods has told an inquiry her family is tormented by the circumstances of his death.

Colleen Engel's brother Robert Bromage, 50, died at Karrabin, near Ipswich, on January 11, after his car was washed from a flooded road.

Ms Engel has told the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry that she looks forward to a police investigation into his death providing some answers.

In a victim impact statement read to the inquiry in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, on Friday, Ms Engel said she couldn't imagine her brother driving in floodwaters.


US: 16-Year-Old Girl Who Challenged Bachmann To Debate Receiving Threats Of Violence, Rape

Last week, ThinkProgress reported on high school sophomore Amy Myers, who challenged history-challenged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to a public debate on the basic facts of the U.S. Constitution. "Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me" to the challenge, she wrote in an open letter to the tea party doyenne. Unfortunately, it seems some Bachmann fans haven't taken Myers' challenge kindly and are now threatening the teenage girl with violence:
After it started getting media attention last weekend, commenters on tea party websites have threatened to publish her home address and some have threatened violence.

The 16-year-old from Cherry Hill says several commenters have called her a "whore."

Her father, Wayne, says he's concerned for his daughter's safety.


US: Schwarzenegger's mistress photos surface, and media storm begins

© ReutersScrutiny of Mildred Patricia Baena began as soon as her MySpace photos, including this one, hit the Internet.
The revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has an out-of-wedlock child with a former employee turned into a tabloid frenzy yesterday, as scores of reporters and photographers swarmed a quiet suburban cul-de-sac in the middle of California farm country amid unconfirmed reports it was the home of the child's mother.

The woman, identified by The New York Times as Mildred Patricia Baena, was not at the Bakersfield house when the mob arrived. News trucks idled outside the home of Baena, who the world now knows to be the mother of the boy Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering while she was his family's housekeeper.

The harsh scrutiny of Baena started as soon as her MySpace photos flooded the Internet.

Jackie Rozo, who identified herself as an adult daughter of Baena, said her mother had worked for Schwarzenegger until recently. She would not elaborate.

Schwarzenegger's office declined to discuss whether Baena is the mother of the former governor's child.

A photo of the boy posted on Baena's MySpace page shows a fairly strong resemblance to Schwarzenegger, particularly when the actor-bodybuilder-politician was younger.


US: Police investigate discovery of hidden camera in women's bathroom in western Pennsylvania arts theater

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Authorities in Altoona are investigating the discovery of a hidden camera in the women's bathroom at a western Pennsylvania arts theater.

State police said Thursday that the camera was found April 9 at the Mishler Theatre, attached to a sprinkler head in the basement women's restroom. The Altoona Mirror reports that the camera was removed after a dancer saw it.

The Mishler Theater is owned by the Blair County Arts Foundation.

Joseph Stevens III, who is president of the foundation's board, says he can't comment on the surrounding the discovery of the camera.

Source: The Associated Press