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Tom Petty performs on stage during a 1981 Irvine, California concert. George Rose/Getty Images

Tom Petty

?Free Fallin?

From his stage presence to his fashion, Tom Petty electrified audiences for decades. Celebrated rocker Tom Petty died at age 66 after suffering cardiac arrest at his California home on Monday. Although the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is now gone, his music, his charisma, and his one-of-a-kind presence will live on.

After 40 years in the music industry, Tom Petty consistently stayed at the top of the charts.

But while his success never faltered, the ?Free Fallin’? singer?s personal life wasn?t quite as smooth sailing. From suffering abuse as a child to going through a difficult divorce and subsequent addiction to heroin, Petty, fought through intense personal troubles to find ultimate happiness with his second wife Dana York.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked the band’s 40th anniversary and found him playing rarely played deep cuts like their first album’s opener, “Rockin’ Around (With You),” and a selection of Wildflowers cuts. It was intended to be his “last trip around the country.” He said though, that it wasn’t his intention to quit playing. “I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house.”

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Muslim Professor victimises Christian student and gets him suspended

Recently, Marshall Polston a student at Rollins College disagreed with his Islamic professor Areej Zufari when she claimed that the crucifixion of Christ was a hoax. A straight A student he was then shocked when she gave him an F on a paper with no explanation as to why.
He wrote Professor Zufari an email asking why he got such a low mark and also asked about extremist comments made by Muslim students during class, justifying the decapitation of ?homosexuals, adulterers and thieves? under Sharia Law.

Areej?Zufari escalated the issue by reporting Marshall to the college?s office of campus safety for ?making her feel ?unsafe.’? She even sought the advice of the local chapter of the ACLU over her student?s ?hate speech.?

Next thing he knew Marshall was summoned to the Dean of Safety and suspended from school.

The Islamic professor followed up her attack on Marshall by filing a provenly false police report against him, claiming he harassed her during a time when he was at a restaurant miles away.

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This is Christopher Wilder scouting his next victim at the Seventeen Magazine pagent at the very time that he was the subject of a nationwide manhunt. The legs in the foreground were those of Michelle Korfman, who was one of the contestants. She disappeared right after this event and her skeletal remains were found a month later in the mountains near Los Angeles. His M.O. was to approach women wherever they congregated. He approached them in shopping malls, strip-malls, on the street in residential neighborhoods, and in one instance, at a Seventeen Magazine beauty pageant in Las Vegas, where he posed as a photographer.

This is Christopher Wilder scouting his next victim at the Seventeen Magazine pageant at the very time that he was the subject of a nationwide manhunt. The legs in the foreground were those of Michelle Korfman, who was one of the contestants. She disappeared right after this event and her skeletal remains were found a month later in the mountains near Los Angeles. His M.O. was to approach women wherever they congregated. He approached them in shopping malls, strip-malls, on the street in residential neighbourhoods, and in one instance, at a Seventeen Magazine beauty pageant in Las Vegas, where he posed as a photographer.

The Beauty Queen Killer

Christopher Wilder was rich. His friends described him as charming and gallant. He lived a playboy life in South Florida, living well and racing sports cars. He was particularly fond of beautiful young women. In the nineteen eighties he was still in his thirties and living in Boynton Beach in Florida.

Cross-country road trips often conjure images of the wind in your hair as you drive a classic Mustang with the music blaring. Add to this rape, torture and murder and you?d come close to describing Christopher Wilder?s 1984 killing spree across the United States. Also known as The Beauty Queen Killer, Wilder was born in 1945 in Sydney, Australia. Having lived through a rather traumatic childhood where Wilder came close to death not once, but twice, he showed signs of sexual deviance at a young age.

By aged seventeen somewhat innocent window peeking had developed into gang rape. Having plead guilty to this crime, during his year of probation, he received the controversial electroconvulsive therapy. This treatment, thought to correct unwanted mental conditions, involves small electric shocks being passed through the brain to trigger a seizure. Although it was meant to help, this treatment seemed to further fuel Wilder?s disturbing fantasies ? especially those about having complete power over a woman.

That apparently stimulated his fantasies, for unlike before this treatment, he now imagined shocking girls while having sex with them. Therapists noted his need to dominate women and his desire to turn them into slaves for his pleasure. He wanted to hold a woman captive against her will.

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P-51 Mustang on fire after sabotaged fuel pump ignited. "Personnel from Sarasota Army Air Field hose down a P-51 Mustang that was returned to base after catching fire while in flight. Base officials had directed the pilot to head for Sarasota Bay and ditch the aircraft, but the pilot insisted on returning the plane to base. Upon landing, the pilot jumped from the moving, flaming plane while base personnel extinguished the fire. Upon investigating the aircraft, North American Aviation technical representative Sherman Studer determined that one of the plane's fuel pumps had been sabotaged. According to Studer's recollections, the installing mechanic was later arrested, and he confessed to sabotaging this and 18 other P-51 Mustangs."

“Personnel from Sarasota Army Air Field hose down a P-51 Mustang that was returned to base after catching fire while in flight. Base officials had directed the pilot to head for Sarasota Bay and ditch the aircraft, but the pilot insisted on returning the plane to base. Upon landing, the pilot jumped from the moving, flaming plane while base personnel extinguished the fire. Upon investigating the aircraft, North American Aviation technical representative Sherman Studer determined that one of the plane’s fuel pumps had been sabotaged. According to Studer’s recollections, the installing mechanic was later arrested, and he confessed to sabotaging this and 18 other P-51 Mustangs.”

When the Nazis tried to Invade America

Normandy. Anzio. Guadalcanal. Okinawa. Those are some of the historic landing sites for World War II invasions, legendary names that should never be forgotten. But there were lesser landings, as well, such as at Amagansett, New York, and Ponte Verdra Beach, Florida. That?s right. There were at least two mini-landings in America, engineered by Germans, of course, not Allies.

With rare exception, American involvement in World War II was focused in Europe and the Pacific. Few acts of war took place on the North American continent, a function primarily of the United States? geographic isolation. But this did not keep the Germans from attempting to bring the war Stateside. In fact, on June 13, 1942, four German operatives landed at Amagansett, New York, toward the eastern tip of Long Island. ?Three days later, another four Nazis came ashore at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, just south of Jacksonville.

Their orders? To wreak havoc on America?s infrastructure.

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Give Gays Guns

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The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have multiple good guys with guns. Often the bad guys with the guns won’t contemplate trying to kill people someplace where there is a high chance of being shot back. You don’t hear of mass murders at gun ranges or gun shops do you?

So, how do you prevent gay people being gunned down in night clubs? Well you arm them, of course.

Within hours of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Gwendolyn Patton was on the case. She sat down, banged out a press release and posted it on her website. ?This is exactly the kind of heinous act that justifies our existence,? it read. Swatting away the pleas for gun control she knew would follow in the wake of a high-profile mass shooting, Patton wrote: ?At such a time of tragedy, let us not reach for the low-hanging fruit of blaming the killer?s guns,? she went on. ?A human being did this. The human being?s tools are unimportant when compared to the bleakness of that person?s soul.? She lamented that the revelers mowed down at the Pulse were practically sitting ducks: In Florida, even though gun laws are quite loose, you?re not allowed to carry firearms in a place that serves alcohol. What if there were a designated carrier, she wondered? Someone tasked with remaining sober and toting a gun around a bar? ?It?s sad that we must consider such things,? she concluded, ?but when there are persons out there who mean us harm, we must find ways to protect ourselves within the law.?

It?s a similar argument to the one voiced after all such shootings: shooting in a school? Arm the teacher. Shooting in a movie theater? Arm the theater-goers. What makes Patton?s call to arms a little different is that she is not part of the NRA or the Republican Party. She is a Libertarian at the head of Pink Pistols, which describes itself as ?an international GLBT self-defense organization? and whose slogan is ?Pick on someone your own caliber.? And so: Shooting at a gay nightclub? Arm gay people.

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Journalist upset with media for not calling Orlando a gay hate crime

A journalist is upset with media for not calling Orlando a gay hate crime.

Journalist Owen Jones has stormed out of a Sky News interview after the interviewer refused to call a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida an attack on LGBT people.

“At the end of the day this was a homophobic hate crime, as well as terrorism and has to be called out,” Mr Jones said. “As I have to say, on Sky News and lots of news channels, there’s not been many LGBT voices that I’ve heard myself.

“It is one of the worst atrocities committed against LGBT people in the Western world for generations, and it has to be called out as such.”

Host Mark Longhurst argued the incident was an attack on “human beings […] trying to enjoy themselves, whatever their sexuality”.

On Saturday night (local time) gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside gay nightclub Pulse, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 more.

Mr Jones said the presenters were trying to “deflect” the homophobic motive of the attack, saying Mr Longhurst “could not understand”, as he was not gay.

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Instead of writing pointless letters, our politicians should review our immigration policies

John Key wrote a letter to Barack Obama…how sweet. That won’t bring back 50 dead people killed by a Muslim extremist.

Neither will the liberal media ignoring the fact that this scumbag, a Muslim, who claims he works for ISIS, shoots up a bar full of people and the only thing they can talk about is gun control. There’s a real joke.

Prime Minister John Key has written to US President Barack Obama expressing New Zealand’s condolences for the Orlando massacre victims.

“No innocent person should have to worry about such violence when going about their daily lives, or be persecuted for their beliefs or lifestyle,” he said on Monday.

“Our thoughts are with the victims of the atrocity, their families and friends, and those that responded to the tragic attack.”

Labour leader Andrew Little has also condemned the attack by 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who shot dead 50 people in an Orlando nightclub and wounded at least 53. ? Read more »

Does the Herald have an employment programme for ‘special’ people?

Regular readers will know there is no love lost between the NZ Herald and myself. Apart from the fact that they employ inherently dishonest people, people who interview their keyboards and generally are a bunch of muppets, they also seem to have an employment programme for ‘special’ people.

Today they have a story that apparently solves the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

A discovery of giant underwater craters at the bottom of Barents Sea could offer a viable explanation to the disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle.

Scientists have found craters up to half a mile wide and 150ft deep, believed to have been caused by build-ups of methane off the coast of natural gas-rich Norway.

The methane would have leaked from deposits of natural gas further below the surface and created cavities which finally bursts, scientists say.

‘Multiple giant craters exist on the sea floor in an area in the west-central Barents Sea … and are probably a cause of enormous blowouts of gas,’ said researchers from the Arctic University of Norway told the Sunday Times (paywall).

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Florida will add medical marijuana referendum to U.S. election in November

Florida is the latest state to have a referendum on the legalisation of cannabis.

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical use of marijuana will be back on the ballot in November and organizers said Wednesday that growing public support and a larger voter turnout in a presidential election year should help pass the measure that narrowly failed in 2014.

The group organizing a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot now has 692,981 certified voter signatures, nearly 10,000 more than it needed to put the proposed amendment on the ballot.

“We feel very good that 60 percent plus of Florida voters will finally approve a true medical marijuana law,” said Ben Pollara, who is organizing the effort for United for Care.

The state requires that constitutional amendments receive at least 60 percent approval from voters. In 2014, 57.6 percent of voters supported a medical marijuana initiative. Pollara said at the time that supporters hoped lawmakers would recognize that most Floridians wanted to legalize medical marijuana and pass a bill to approve it.

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Photo: The Travel Channel. The Brassiere Brigade, a group of women concocted a titillating scheme of deception. More than a dozen people accused of scheming to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in coins from Southern Bell Telephone were tried, and several were convicted. Six women were nicknamed the ?Brassiere Brigade? for allegedly stuffing coins into their bras.

Photo: The Travel Channel.
The Brassiere Brigade, a group of women concocted a titillating scheme of deception. More than a dozen people accused of scheming to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in coins from Southern Bell Telephone were tried, and several were convicted. Six women were nicknamed the ?Brassiere Brigade? for allegedly stuffing coins into their bras.

The Brassiere Brigade

The Case of the Silver Falsies

In September 1950, police in Miami, Florida accidentally discovered a crime ring that had been stealing thousands of dollars from the local phone company for years. The thieves were young women employed in the counting room of the Southern Bell Telephone Company. They were smuggling money out of the building by hiding coin rolls in their bras. The combination of attractive young women, lingerie, and money proved irresistible to the media, and the exploits of the “brassiere brigade” made headlines across the nation.

The crime took advantage of how the Southern Bell Telephone Company processed money it collected from pay phones. After coins were collected from the phones, the money was placed in sealed boxes and brought to the counting room. Here young female employees removed the coins from the boxes and placed them in automatic counting machines. The count made by the machines was the first official record of pay phone revenue.

A few of the female employees ?figured out that it was easy to surreptitiously stuff rolls of coins down their bras before the money was placed in the machines. Because the money had not been counted yet, the phone company would not realize the money was missing. It was, essentially, a perfect crime.

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