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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    This one is actually sad, not amusing -- the father gets a brief custody visit with his children (he's been under investigation for the disappearance of his wife in 2009), and he responds by locking out the social worker, then blowing up his home with him and his two sons in the house, killing everyone.

    http://news.yahoo.com/fire-kills-hus...041211345.html

    I still consider it "crazy," however ... What parents with their minds in their right place chooses to kill their own children, even if they themselves can't bear to go on living? It's the ultimate in narcissism.

    (Well, aside from John List in the late 70's, who killed his entire family as part of his own sucide-murder plan... then conveniently decided not to kill himself and fled the scene for 20+ years.)
    Brain scans have sometimes been done on people with violent inclination with evidence of altered brain structure. I'll have to look up the specifics of one reference I recently read about in a book called, "Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama". I think you hit the nail on the head with the "ultimate in narcissism". There is an tendency for people with violent behavior or ideas to be hyper-sensitive and aware of self needs and oblivious to others. I wish there were better ways to systematically determine what produces these kinds of results, so the focus can be on prevention. Violence doesn't come out of nowhere - it is developed environmentally and possibly genetically.
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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/cutline/...141755422.html

    Rescued dog bites NBC anchor in the face during feel-good segment gone wrong

    It was supposed to be one of those feel-good segments on a local television newscast: A rescued dog. A grateful owner. The hero firefighter who pulled the pulled the dog from the ice. But that's not how it turned out.

    The dog, an Argentine mastiff named Gladiator Maximus, attacked Kyle Dyer, anchorwoman at NBC's KUSA Denver affiliate, during a live, in-studio segment on Wednesday that was meant to celebrate the dog's rescue from an icy lake the day before.

    Dyer was shown petting the mastiff during the segment, then kneeling on the floor to get closer, when the 85-pound pooch bit her in the face. Paramedics and animal control were called to the studio. Dyer was rushed to a Denver hospital where she had reconstructive surgery overnight.

    ...an animal expert told NBC that Dyer was really at fault.

    "Basically, she did everything wrong," Ron Berman, a canine behavior specialist, said. "She went up to a dog she didn't know--who didn't know her--and she either tried to kiss him or hug him or put her face too close to his face. He felt threatened and bit her."
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    ^Crazy is correct. That woman was crazy to aggressively stroke and get in the face of a strange, frightened dog that was suddenly placed into strange, frightening surroundings.

    With pet ownership on the rise, I wonder if it wouldn't be prudent to have biology classes set aside a day or two in early ed. on teaching kids how to interact with unfamiliar, domestic animals. Perhaps the Humane Society needs to do a little educational advertising. I'm surprised how many people don't know what's okay and what's a big no-no when interacting with animals they don't know.
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    Debt Collector Allegedly Makes Bogus 911 Suicide Call on Elderly Oregon Woman

    When Anne Sessions, 85, of Lane County, Ore., fell behind in her credit card payments, she said an aggressive debt collector harassed her to the point of calling the police with a phony claim she threatened to commit suicide, costing her $1,055 in medical bills. Now she is suing for $250,000 over the incident, which led to an involuntary hospital visit.
    When she called Wells Fargo to complain, she asked to speak to the same employee and his co-worker told her he was not there.

    When Sessions told the co-worker about the 911 call, "the employee laughed loudly and plaintiff could hear her calling out something like 'Hey Chuck ... that woman you called the police on got taken to the hospital by the police,'" according to the suit.

    Sessions said she heard "loud laughter in the collections center and the female employee proceeded to congratulate defendant Gajewski on how effective his call had been in a way that [Sessions] was certain to hear."
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    ^Crazy is correct. That woman was crazy to aggressively stroke and get in the face of a strange, frightened dog that was suddenly placed into strange, frightening surroundings.
    Yes,it's like she was operating on assumptions: "The guy rescued the dog; it must be tame; therefore I can do whatever around it."

    With pet ownership on the rise, I wonder if it wouldn't be prudent to have biology classes set aside a day or two in early ed. on teaching kids how to interact with unfamiliar, domestic animals. Perhaps the Humane Society needs to do a little educational advertising. I'm surprised how many people don't know what's okay and what's a big no-no when interacting with animals they don't know.
    Probably a talking-points list would be helpful, although after the basic concept rules, it's more of an intuitive thing. I'm usually careful how I approach animals, but I can sense what the odds are they might lash out at me depending on how (and if) I approach them. You can kind of feel the vibe; but then again, I was around larger dogs for my entire childhood. There are certain dogs that give me the creeps and I stay away from them; and especially the silent but active ones bother me; they're not warning you to get away, they're stalking you. I don't think I'd ever approach a dog like the one on her show, in the way she did, especially putting such a vulnerable part of herself forward like that; not only is it risky, but it's confrontational putting your face that close to a strange dog's face on its level.
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    The resident Twitter chronologists over at Buzzfeed compiled this "extremely upsetting" list from females who watched Chris Brown's two performances at the Grammys and decided that his sexiness trumped his wretchedness.
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    wow, the comments are flying fast and furious over there... here's a typical comment:

    Seriously. Why is it people always have to vilify puerile, misogynistic, homophobic bullies? I mean, yes, he's a horrible, horrible person who is unrepentant for the horrible things he's done and said, but it's not like he deserves to be vilified by people on the Internet or anything. I agree with you. Our hatred of Chris Brown should not be unhinged. It should just be regular hatred, like the kind of hatred we have for rapists and pedophiles and such, but certainly no more than that.
    EDIT: Just started reading the 25 "he can beat me anytime he wants" comments.
    I'm pretty sure that tune would change if the woman in question were getting her face beat in and she had no idea if he was gonna stop after the first few slugs. People really don't think this crap through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    This video is full of fail win. 3 dumb girls and an even dumber presenter. Brazil should exporting this kind of ''humor''.
    KICK HIM IN THE PANTS! DANCE DANCE DANCE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    The resident Twitter chronologists over at Buzzfeed compiled this "extremely upsetting" list from females who watched Chris Brown's two performances at the Grammys and decided that his sexiness trumped his wretchedness.
    Bad taste and stupidity go hand in hand, it appears.

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    This is the first I've read about this and I can't find out what became of the dispute:

    Jilted Ex-boyfriend Puts Up Abortion Billboard
    A New Mexico man's decision to lash out with a billboard ad saying his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights.

    The sign on Alamogordo's main thoroughfare shows 35-year-old Greg Fultz holding the outline of an infant. The text reads, "This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!"

    Fultz's ex-girlfriend has taken him to court for harassment and violation of privacy. A domestic court official has recommended the billboard be removed.

    But Fultz's attorney argues the order violates his client's free speech rights.

    "As distasteful and offensive as the sign may be to some, for over 200 years in this country the First Amendment protects distasteful and offensive speech," Todd Holmes said.

    The woman's friends say she had a miscarriage, not an abortion, according to a report in the Albuquerque Journal.

    Holmes disputes that, saying his case is based on the accuracy of his client's statement.

    "My argument is: What Fultz said is the truth," Holmes said.
    If the woman's friends are telling the truth and he isn't, doesn't that qualify as slander or libel?
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