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DC Man Orders TV From Amazon, Gets Assault Rifle Instead

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It's not yet clear how it happened, but a Washington, D.C., musician who ordered a flat-screen TV through Amazon received a military-style assault rifle instead.

Seth Horvitz ordered the 39-inch Westinghouse TV last week through one of Amazon's third-party vendors, WTTG-TV reported. On Tuesday, UPS left a smaller box at his apartment in northeast D.C. The 38-year-old electronic musician told The Washington Post he thought the seller had sent him a stand for the set.

Inside, Horvitz found a black, semiautomatic Sig Sauer SIG716, similar to the M16, which U.S. forces have carried for 50 years, and the AR-10. The SIG716 is used by law enforcement and the military.

"I was confused as to how that kind of mix-up could happen," he told the Post. "It surprised me to see how easy it would be for a gun to show up on someone's doorstep - not just a gun, but an assault weapon."


Grandfather killed protecting grandchildren on Detroit's west side

Detroit grandfather dies protecting grandchildren

A 62-year-old grandfather and decorated Vietnam Veteran was killed Wednesday night on his front porch, taking a bullet to protect his granddaughter.

Police sources tell Local 4 John Villneff died from several gunshot wounds that came from a man using an AK-47.

The front of Villneff's Rutland Street home is full of bullet holes.


Psychopathy Disinformation Alert! Use Twitter To Spot Psychopaths


Beware stereotypes. Most often psychopaths come to us through a mist of pity ploys...

People's nasty traits have a way of revealing themselves on social networks: in writing. Or rather in how they write. That means an analysis of how someone tweets could reveal whether he or she is narcissistic, Machiavellian, or psychopathic, according to researchers who plan to present their findings at DefCon next week.

What are some of the Twitter stylings of these undesirables? Curse words. Angry responses to other people, including swearing and use of the word "hate." Using the word "we." Using periods. Using filler words such as "blah" and "I mean" and "um."

(I suspect that an analysis of the Twitter streams of many a blogger would suggest they are potentially a narcissist, a psychopath or an avid reader of "The Prince." Which may well be an accurate assessment.)

Comment: This new trend of 'spotting psychopaths in ten easy steps' and other such ludicrous notions is really worrying and harks back to the myth that you can discern the character of an individual by whether or not they look you in the eye.

It often takes months or years of living and working closely with someone before it becomes apparent that something may be 'not quite right' with them. Just because someone curses on Twitter or gets angry with you does not necessarily mean they're psychopathic!

Bad Guys

Thought-Crime Police Arrest Parkinson's sufferer during Olympics for 'not smiling'

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A man arrested during the Olympic cycling road race says he was detained for "not smiling".

Martial arts trainer Mark Worsfold, 54, was arrested shortly before cyclists passed through Leatherhead on July 28 due to "his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course", according to police.

But Mr Worsfold, who had been doing a Taekwondo demonstration in Red House Gardens, said officers told him he was arrested because he was not smiling - and he added that his face can seem expressionless due to his Parkinson's disease.

"I was sitting minding my own business," he said. "Before I knew anything the police grabbed me off this seven-foot wall, threw me to the floor and cuffed me so all I saw of the cycle race was between the feet of people from the pavement."


Pediatrician and Wife Charged With Waterboarding Daughter


Melvin Morse
Two children from Georgetown are in the custody of Family Services and a couple face charges, after their daughter reported she was "waterboarded."

The investigation came about after Delaware State Police detectives were told about an incident on July 12 Melvin L. Morse, 58, a Milton pediatrician, allegedly grabbed his daughter, 11, by the ankle and began dragging her across a gravel driveway at the family's residence.

Morse reportedly spanked the girl inside the home. Melvin Morse was arrested on July 16th. He was later released after posting $750 secured bail.


Sect Living in Underground Cells, Children Freed

A self-proclaimed prophet had a vision from God: He would bu
Underground Sect
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Members of an underground sect in Russia's Volga River province of Tatarstan province stand at the gate of a house outside the provincial capital, Kazan.
ild an Islamic caliphate under the earth.

The digging began about a decade ago and 70 followers soon moved into an eight-level subterranean honeycomb of cramped cells with no light, heat or ventilation.

Children were born. They, too, lived in the cold underground cells for many years - until authorities raided the compound last week and freed the 27 sons and daughters of the sect.

Ages 1 to 17, the children rarely saw the light of day and had never left the property, attended school or been seen by a doctor, officials said Wednesday. Their parents - sect members who call themselves "muammin," from the Arabic for "believers" - were charged with child abuse.

The sect's 83-year-old founder, Faizrakhman Satarov, who declared himself a prophet in contradiction to the principles of Islam, was charged with negligence, said Irina Petrova, deputy prosecutor in the provincial capital of Kazan.

The children were discovered when police searched the sect grounds as part of an investigation into the recent killing of a top Tatarstan Muslim cleric, an attack local officials blame on radical Islamist groups that have mushroomed in the oil-rich, Volga River province of Tatarstan.

Eye 2

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Offered Blurry Glasses to Keep Israeli Women out of Sight

Jerusalem - It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed.

In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces in their neighbourhoods. Their interpretation of Jewish law forbids contact between men and women who are not married.

Walls in their neighbourhoods feature signs exhorting women to wear closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts. Extremists have accosted women they consider to have flouted the code.

Now they're trying to keep them out of clear sight altogether.

The ultra-Orthodox community's unofficial "modesty patrols" are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses. The glasses provide clear vision for up to a few meters so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that gets blurry - including women. It's not known how many have been sold.

For men forced to venture outside their insular communities, hoods and shields that block peripheral vision are also being offered.

The glasses are going for the "modest" price of $6.


Smart Meter Fires Spark Concerns in B.C.

Smart Meters
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BC Hydro plans to install 1.8 million smart meters across B.C. by the end of 2012.
Questions are being raised about the safety of smart meters after fire crews were called to a home in Coquitlam over problems with the box - the second such incident in weeks.

The latest incident happened at about 3 a.m. PT on Sunday morning. There was only minor damage to the home, said Coquitlam fire Chief Scott MacKenzie.

He declined to comment further as the case has now been handed over to BC Hydro for a full investigation.

Technicians had installed a smart meter at the residence - an older home - about a month ago, said a BC Hydro official.

The incident comes after a Mission woman's house burnt down on June 15, just one day after a smart meter was installed there.

A report by the Mission Fire Department said the fire originated at the base plate which the smart meter was plugged into.

BC Hydro says the base is part of the house, so any damage or fault with the equipment is the responsibility of the homeowner.

"There's a lot of steps underway to ensure that everything is safe," said BC Hydro spokeswoman Cindy Verschoor. "But that's not to say that equipment can't malfunction at any time."


UK call centre fires regular staff, employs Prisoners for £3 a day instead

Becoming Green
© Becoming Green
The MoJ confirmed that prisoners from Prescoed prison had done 'work experience' at Becoming Green's call centre.
A business is bussing in inmates from an open prison 21 miles away and paying them only £3 a day to work in its call centre.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed that dozens of prisoners from Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire, south Wales, had done "work experience" for at least two months at a rate of 40p an hour in the private company's telephone sales division in Cardiff.

People working in the prisons sector described the scheme as "disgusting" and a "worrying development".

Comment: Prison industrial complex using slave labour at the expense of genuine job seekers

Heart - Black

Phoenix police officer arrested for sexual misconduct with minors - worked with youth group

Christopher J. Wilson
Phoenix police say one of their officers was arrested Tuesday night for sexual misconduct with minors. Chief Daniel Garcia of Phoenix police identified the officer at a news conference Wednesday morning as 43-year-old Christopher J. Wilson.

A 14-year-old boy told his parents about the allegations of sexual misconduct, Garcia said. The investigation began when another victim, a 17-year-old boy, contacted police, he said. The relationship with the 17-year-old lasted three to four months, and the relationship with the 14-year-old was about three weeks long, Garcia said.

Wilson was a community relations officer that worked with a youth group, police said. He was arrested just after 8 p.m. Tuesday at his home without incident. Wilson admitted to the relationships and resigned, police said.

He was a 13-year veteran.