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12-year-old boy's head shaved for being 'gay' in shocking video, three family members charged

https://meaww.com/atlanta-boy-shave-head-gay-sexuality-abuse-family-internet-furious-dcfs-remove-custody

A shocking video made rounds on the Internet on Thursday, June 18, leaving social media rattled by the harrowing abuse of a preteen because of his sexuality. Identified as Tyler, the 12-year-old boy from Atlanta, Georgia, can be seen getting abused and beaten by at least four people towering over him while another person films the Instagram live. Tyler is seen on camera wearing a red shirt, with his arms crossed across his chest in an alert stance, flinching every time the man next to him moves his arm. The reason behind Tyler's fear is soon outed as verbal abuse leads to slaps and aggravated hitting from the man next to the young boy.

On July 16, following a month-long investigation by the Atlanta Police Department's Special Victims Unit, three members of the family were arrested and charged with child abuse. They have been identified as Lorkeyla Spencer, 19; Brittney Mills, 35, and Jordan Richards-Nwankwo.

The boy has also been removed from his family's home by the Georgia Division of Family and Children.

“The behavior in this social media post was difficult to watch and is absolutely unacceptable,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement.

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An update on the story from a month ago. Glad to see that his abusive family members have been arrested.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 12:31 PM (13 replies)

Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV Show Will Have Nudity But No Sex Scene

https://movieweb.com/lord-of-the-rings-amazon-series-nudity-sex-scene/

According to new reports about Amazon's epic Lord of the Rings series, the new tale of Middle Earth will not feature the powerful villain Sauron in its first season, but it will feature nudity, which has been causing a few ripples in the Tolkien community since it was hinted at a couple of months ago. The latest news on the project, which is well into production saw TheOneRing.net commenting that while the series is likely to see the stories great Lord of the Rings himself at some point, it will not be happening straight away in the billion dollar series. The report's source claimed, "Sauron/Annatar will not be revealed in Season One [going with the oldest axiom of show business 'Always leave them wanting more.']"

Amazon's Lord of the Rings is set in Middle Earth's Second Age, when Sauron comes out of hiding and bears the nine Rings of Power to the free peoples in the guise of Annatar, the Lord of Gifts. While this will still come to pass sometime over the course of the series, it is believed that season one will focus on a time just before that return. The report goes on to say that Celebrimbor, the forger of the rings, will appear in the series, originally to be played by Tom Budge - who has played a ghost of the character in the video games Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War - but the role is now being recast.

The same report has also provided an update on the controversial "nudity and sex" claims made about the series in rumors last month. While it appears that there will be some scenes of nudity in the show, there will be no sex scenes. The report went on, "Nudity is sparse and not sexualized- contrary to earlier concerns: but rather this artistic choice represents very dark thematic material suggestive of concentration camp-type visuals of victims, a harrowing portrayal of the corruption of the Elves by dark powers to ultimately become Orcs [if this plays out fully it will may well be one of the most ambitious things undertaken by this production and perhaps by anyone attempting to adapt Tolkien]." At least that should appease the many who started campaigns to boycott the show over possible sexualization of its characters.

One thing that is clear is the scope of the Amazon project is huge, and as it has already been teased as being like nothing seen before on TV, there is every possibility that it will go on to outshine Peter Jackson's almost perfect Lord of The Rings trilogy, which celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year. Star of the series, Benjamin Walker, spoke to ComicBook.com recently about the show and how much it is going to blow people away.

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I'm something of an absolutist on the subject of Tolkien adaptations being faithful to the source material. Within the limitations of the medium, mind you...Tom Bombadil is absent from them for a very good reason (stops the plot dead in its tracks). This having been said, I'm quite relieved to see that we won't be seeing any sex scenes in the upcoming Amazon series. As for the nudity being spoken of, as long as it's not explicit, it's entirely in keeping with the story. Morgoth (Sauron's boss) created orcs by torturing and corrupting elves. One can easily imagine that under such circumstances they could be naked.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:51 PM (25 replies)

Man shoots grizzly bear sow that charged him near trail off Chena Hot Springs Road (Alaska)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-shoots-grizzly-bear-sow-134700654.html

Jul. 21—A man shot a grizzly bear sow Monday morning after it charged him and his son in a remote area off a trail near Chena Hot Springs Road northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

The injured bear had not been located by Tuesday afternoon.

The man and son happened upon the sow and cub around 11:12 a.m. while walking in a remote area near Smallwood Trail off Chena Hot Springs Road, troopers wrote in an online statement.

"Once the adult male and the sow made eye contact the bear charged," troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel said.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 10:04 AM (141 replies)

Biden's Pistol Brace Rule Would Put Pressure on an Already Strained ATF Division

https://www.thetrace.org/2021/07/atf-national-firearms-act-pistol-brace-application-delay/?utm_source=The+Trace+mailing+list&utm_campaign=6512dd0f8f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_24_04_06_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f76c3ff31c-6512dd0f8f-112434573

President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice is moving forward with a pledge to clamp down on pistol-stabilizing braces after the popular gun accessory was used in the March mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

But the plan put forward by the administration this summer will hinge on the efficiency of an obscure division at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that routinely misses its own performance benchmarks. And now, with millions of stabilizing braces estimated to be in circulation, some outside observers are warning the efforts to restrict them could flounder if federal regulators are unable to handle the workload.

The rules, which were proposed in June, would bring stabilizing braces under the purview of the National Firearms Act, an 87-year-old law that imposes tight restrictions on machine guns, silencers, rifles with short barrels, and other weapons deemed by Congress to pose an acute threat to public safety. If the rules come into force, gun owners seeking to attach a stabilizing brace to their pistol would have to obtain approval from the ATF’s NFA Division. That process can stretch more than a year and entails filing an application, undergoing extensive vetting, paying a $200 tax, and registering the weapon with the federal government. Violations can result in a 10-year prison term.

Mark Jones, a former ATF special agent who held various supervisory positions before retiring in 2011, said the rule change could trigger an avalanche of NFA applications for a division that is underprepared. “ATF’s been so poorly funded and resourced over the decades that it doesn’t have the people it needs,” Jones said. “If they just snapped their fingers and said, ‘Tomorrow all of you have to register these weapons or you’re felons,’ it would fail in a huge way.”

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As pointed out further in the article, there may be as many as 40 million pistol braces in the United States. An agency that already struggles to deal with registering a mere half million NFA items would be completely overwhelmed trying to deal with such numbers.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 09:05 AM (7 replies)

'I've Never Seen This Level of Fear.' Why Asian Americans Are Joining the Rush to Buy Guns

https://time.com/6080988/asians-buying-guns/


(Svetlana Kim practices shooting her new handgun while standing next to Tom Nguyen, instructor and founder of L.A. Progressive Shooters, at the Burro Canyon Shooting Park in Azusa, CA on July 18, 2020. Nguyen founded L.A. Progressive Shooters in the hopes of diversifying the population of gun owners.)

Six months ago, Svetlana Kim was so scared of guns, she couldn’t even look at an image of one without feeling anxious.

If she was home watching a movie that suddenly depicted gun violence, the 47-year-old accountant would scramble to hit the fast-forward button on the remote. If she couldn’t skip the scene, she would shut her eyes, and her husband would gently put his hand over hers until the scene was over. Kim knew it was just a movie, but in those moments, she couldn’t help but feel like she was in the victim’s shoes, staring the shooter in the eye.

“My brain was always signaling danger. I just felt like, it’s here, it’s present,” says Kim, who blames empathy and imagination for her visceral reaction, since she has never personally experienced gun violence. “It was bad like that, and I couldn’t control it.”

That all changed when something scarier came along. Months into the pandemic, people who looked like Kim were being shoved and kicked to the ground, punched, stabbed and slashed, while doing everyday activities like walking around the neighborhood, shopping and riding buses and trains. One after another, unprovoked, racist attacks against Asian Americans being unfairly blamed for the COVID-19 virus started to increase in major U.S. cities. Kim wondered if she could be the next victim.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 20, 2021, 07:28 PM (34 replies)

Liftoff!

So cool.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 20, 2021, 08:13 AM (3 replies)

Florida pizza-eating racists hurl anti-Asian slurs at ramen restaurant after being asked to leave

https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-pizza-eating-racists-hurl-230445430.html

How it started: Ramen Lab Eatery, which sits at 25 Northeast 2nd Ave., was trying to close at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday when three white men allegedly showed up and began unstacking chairs.

The group reportedly started spewing profanities after a female employee "politely" asked them to leave. Restaurant owner Louis Grayson said he stepped in and filmed the scene.

"They started calling her a lil b*tch, saying f*ck you to her," Grayson told NextShark. "I came out and asked them to leave, but they continued to yell, got [more] aggressive and kept saying this is public property."

https://m.

These guys should be very easy to identify. With any luck, we’ll soon hear of them being fired from their jobs.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 20, 2021, 12:40 AM (21 replies)

You can travel to Thailand quarantee-free via Phuket - this is how to do it

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/travel-to-thailand-phuket-sandbox'

Until recently, if you wanted to visit Thailand, the only way to do so was via a 15-day stay in Alternative State Quarantine (also known as ASQ). That meant staying put in a hotel room, with only occasional and brief escapes outside for sunlight and exercise. I have friends who have done this, and frankly, the experience sounds unpleasant.

But since July 1, Thailand has gone ahead with its much-hyped Phuket Sandbox initiative. The plan is this: Officials have been inoculating residents of Phuket, with the goal of reaching so-called “herd immunity,” and are now allowing fully-vaccinated visitors to visit the island. Visitors must book accommodation in pre-approved hotels (and jump through a number of hoops that I’ll explain below), and cannot leave the island of Phuket for 15 days—but otherwise they are free to visit beaches and restaurants and explore the island just as one would have done pre-pandemic.

I arrived on Phuket on July 9, one of the earlier groups of visitors to take part in the initiative. I had planned to arrive a week earlier, but as I’d applied too early, some of the kinks in the process hadn’t been ironed out, and I was forced to postpone my trip and re-apply.

The first step in taking part in the Phuket Sandbox program is to visit the portal via which you can apply for a Certificate of Entry (CoE). This is the document – in addition to a visa or visa exemption – that will grant you permission to take part in the Sandbox program and ultimately enter Thailand.

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I'll be flying to Phuket in just two weeks!
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Jul 18, 2021, 09:56 AM (2 replies)

'Let them die': Virginia PTA official resigns over comments at critical race theory rally

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/let-them-die-virginia-pta-official-resigns-over-comments-pro-n1274281

An official with the Virginia Parent-Teacher Association resigned after she was heard in a video saying "Let them die," a comment some felt was aimed at parents at a rally to oppose critical race theory.

Michelle Leete, who worked as the Virginia PTA's vice president of training, said she did not mean to wish death on parents who are opposed to teaching race history in schools. Instead, she told the Washington Post, she hoped the parents' right-wing "ideals" would die. However, the damage was already done.

The Virginia PTA announced on Saturday that it had requested and received Leete's resignation.

"While not speaking in her role within Virginia PTA, we do not condone the choice of words used during a public event on Thursday, July 15, 2021,” the statement read.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Jul 17, 2021, 07:39 PM (3 replies)

Louisiana lawmakers to hold historic veto override session

https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-louisiana-gun-politics-9650df5e82bf7d34e05e8743ae4862ae

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers will hold a tradition-busting veto session as Republicans push to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of bills that would ban transgender girls from school sports and remove restrictions on concealed handguns.

The session — to open Tuesday and last up to five days — will make history as the first veto session ever held under the Louisiana Constitution enacted in 1974.

The constitution calls for a veto session to be scheduled automatically when a governor jettisons legislation. However, a majority vote of either the House or Senate can scrap the gathering, and lawmakers had canceled every veto session over nearly five decades.

But the Republican-led House and Senate are spurning that tradition this year. Neither chamber’s membership turned in enough ballots by the Thursday midnight deadline to stop this year’s session.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 16, 2021, 02:00 PM (0 replies)
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