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Indian businessman famed for $240,000 gold shirt 'beaten to death'

An Indian businessman who made headlines in 2013 for purchasing a shirt made entirely of gold has been beaten to death in western India, according to a report on Friday.

Datta Phuge gained fame when he ordered a customised gold shirt worth 12.7 million rupees, around $240,000 at the time.

It was made up of 14,000 pieces of 22-carat gold, weighed 3.32 kilogrammes (7.3 pounds) and was put together by 15 craftsmen over 16 days.

The purpose of the gold shirt was to attract women

The hefty garment earned Phuge – a money lender from Pune in Maharashtra state – the moniker “gold man”, a title he cherished.

Police said Phuge, believed to be in his mid-40s, was attacked and killed by 12 assailants brandishing stones and sharp weapons on Thursday night after one of the suspects had invited him for a party, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.


Phuge’s 22-year-old son witnessed his father being murdered and had been spared by the alleged killers, he added, saying police suspected the motive could have been a dispute over a money transaction. Four suspects have been detained.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Jul 17, 2016, 02:26 AM (15 replies)

He wanted the biggest, most powerful vehicle we have', didnt have license to drive truck that size

EXCLUSIVE - 'He wanted the biggest, most powerful vehicle we have': Truck terrorist ordered a 'massive' 19-tonne lorry 'to create maximum number of victims' says garage boss
Killer hired lorry from Via Location, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, just outside Nice
The manager of vehicle hire company came face-to-face with ISIS terrorist
He hired the truck on Monday and was meant to return it on Wednesday 24 hours before he drove it into crowds of Bastille Day revellers, killing 84
Garage boss said he asked to hire the biggest and most powerful lorry


Bouhlel did not have the correct driving licence to rent a lorry of that size, Le Figaro reported.

As the vehicle was a 19-tonne refrigerated lorry, he needed a 'C permit' licence, for which he would have required an extensive medical examination. 'C permits' expire every five years.

To qualify for one a driver must be at least 21 years old and have lived in France for at least six months, with a valid work permit.

The deposit for renting such a vehicle alone can run to thousands of Euros, and must be paid by credit card. The hire price is thought to be about £250 per day.

How the fanatic hired the lorry without this licence is unknown. MailOnline has sought comment from Via Location.
The firm's office, on an industrial estate surrounded by countryside, was locked up on Saturday as staff tried to come to terms with the tragedy.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3693329/He-wanted-biggest-powerful-vehicle-Truck-terrorist-ordered-massive-19-tonne-lorry-create-maximum-number-victims-says-garage-boss.html#ixzz4EcX9N4j1
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 07:18 PM (5 replies)

Ignore the Polls. Trump’s Campaign Is a Hot Mess, and That’s All That Matters.

Many polls show a tightening race, although some also show Clinton taking a commanding lead in the battleground states. None of this matters. Time spent poring over polls at this point is time wasted. Polls this early are rarely predictive in general elections. They’ll be much more valuable about a week after the Democratic convention, when a much larger chunk of the electorate has heard both sides and is paying attention.

Instead, focus on a crucial fact: The Trump campaign is in disarray, displaying a chaos rarely seen in national politics (since at least 1972, when George McGovern’s presidential run became a legendary shambles after his running mate dropping out because of reports about his mental history).


The state of the polls really don’t matter compared to the four-lane pile-up that is the Trump campaign. With his organization in such a mess, Trump has little chance of convincing those who aren’t already on board to support him. Indeed, he’s likely to lose voters over time. And he certainly won’t be able to field an effective get-out-the-vote push in competitive swing states. The chaos of the Trump campaign is the biggest story of the election, and the key indicator of where the race is headed.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 06:55 PM (5 replies)

Word cloud comparisons: Trump VP intro vs Romney's

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 06:44 PM (0 replies)

How Philando Castile's girlfriend transformed "sir" into a powerful tool for dignity and subversion

How Diamond Reynolds Transformed Politeness into Protest

The officer fired four bullets. Diamond Reynolds fired five sirs. In live-streaming the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, by police in a St. Pauls suburb last week, Reynolds didn’t just provide dramatic video testimony of police violence: She also transformed a simple term of deference and submission – sir – into a powerful tool for dignity and subversion.

In the opening minutes of Reynolds’ Facebook video, we witness Castile slumped over in the driver’s seat, his white shirt soaked in blood. We glimpse his eyes roll back and hear a low, agonizing groan. The officer, his gun trained on a fading Castile, screams his commands – and his own shock, it seems, at his actions. But Reynolds is narrating with clarity and composure, repeatedly addressing the officer as sir. “You shot four bullets into him, sir. He was just getting his license and registration, sir.” Her unassuming, polite sir counterbalances the horror of the gun, the blood, the officer’s “Fuck!”

But Reynolds’s sir is more than a straightforward act of obedience: It is literally disarming. It defuses the crisis, demonstrating to the officers she is present and attentive: “I will, sir, no worries, I will,” she responds to an order. Her sir levels out the volatility, following a script all the actors know by heart: “Yes I will, sir.” Her sir even helps soothe the initial trauma, as if creating in its extra syllable a breath-catching pause, a pulse-calming rest – for her, for her daughter in the backseat, for the viewer, for the officer. In expressing deference with sir, Reynold stays in control.

While Reynold’s mannerly sir eases the scene, it also focuses our attention. “You told him to get his ID, sir, his driver’s license,” Reynolds says. “You told him to get it, sir.” Each sir refers us back to the officer. In a 10-minute video, Reynolds uses sir five times, four of them within that intimate minute before she exits the car. As she provides this first-person narration, she also pivots to third-person documentation, panning from the all-too-familiar outcome – another dead black male – to the problem: the use of lethal force against black Americans. Wielding the megaphone of Facebook Live, she addresses one sir to address the broader sir of authority and state.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 02:44 PM (5 replies)

the last clown has arrived, the circus is now complete.

12:04 PM PDT
the last clown has arrived, the circus is now complete.


12:19 PM PDT
Thank goodness he's gone forever - Indiana voters.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 02:13 PM (6 replies)

Warren police officer who cut off woman's weave under fire again for cutting detainee's hand

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The video went viral: A Warren police officer strapping a young mother from Detroit into a restraint chair and slicing off her hair weave.

Now that same officer is once again caught cutting on camera – this time accused of slicing open a prisoner’s hand.

Lawyers who say they’ve followed this officer’s alleged “use of force” problems for years say it was only a matter of time before this happened again.

7 Investigator Heather Catallo obtained exclusive video from inside the Warren Police Jail.

In the video, you can see Warren Police Officer Bernadette Najor, who now uses her married name, Bernadette Moore.

In the video, Officer Moore can be seen ordering an intoxicated 19-year-old from Warren to remove a bracelet that’s made of string.

Shannon Morris says she tried telling the officer that the bracelet doesn’t come off. But she ends up on the ground, with a large gash in her hand.

“The next thing I remember is being on the floor asking what happened over and over again. One of the male officers just replied with ‘she stabbed you,’”said Morris.


The former incident

Police officer fired after being caught on camera slicing off young mother's weave... then claiming she did it because the hairpiece was a SUICIDE risk
Charda Gregory was arrested late last year and accused of trashing a seedy motel room on 8 Mile Road
She claims she was drugged and taken there against her will, the video shows her unable to stand
Warren Police Officer Bernadette Najor is shown in the video slicing off and ripping out her weave using scissors
Ms Najors was fired as a result of the incident

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549883/Suburban-Detroit-cop-fired-caught-camera-slicing-young-mothers-weave.html#ixzz4EYF41UbV
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Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Jul 16, 2016, 01:42 AM (4 replies)

Playboy Model Dani Mathers takes pic of naked woman at gym, post it online for ridicule

what may be a first for a Playboy Playmate, Dani Mathers was slammed for posting a picture of a naked woman on Thursday.

Mathers snapped a photo of a woman showering at an L.A. Fitness gym without her knowledge, and then posted it to her Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

She then shared a picture of herself laughing — but no one was laughing with her.

Instead, Mathers received backlash for body shaming, with a number of Twitter users even calling for her arrest.


Playmate Dani Mathers suspended from job, banned from L.A. Fitness after posting photo of naked woman at gym

The 2015 Playboy Playmate of the year was suspended from her regular radio show gig on the "Heidi and Frank" show on KLOS 95.5 and banned from all L.A. Fitness facilities after she posted a body-shaming photo of a fellow gym goer, TMZ reported.

Mathers faced a slew of criticism after she sent the Snapchat of the woman out to the masses along with the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."

The blond model also uploaded an image where she was coyly laughing at the woman.

ani Mathers is now in the crosshairs of cops, because TMZ has learned there's now a criminal investigation over the pic she took in a gym locker room.
We found out the brass over at LA Fitness went to cops Friday and filed the report, accusing the former Playboy Playmate of egregiously violating a member's right of privacy by taking a pic of her while naked in the shower, and then humiliating her by posting the pic with a disgusting caption.
We're told the police investigation is based on a criminal law prohibiting the dissemination of private images.
The woman in the pic has not come forward ... the report lists "Jane Doe" as the victim.
Dani has already been punished ... we've learned Playboy has suspended her from all Playmate activities including her show on Playboy Radio.


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 10:01 PM (81 replies)

Rhode Island Cops Accuse Black Man of Assault—but Video Reveals They Attacked Him First

Last September, two Providence police officers were on duty as patrons spilled out of a Broad Street club at closing time. Fajardo says police tried to make him leave the club.

“I told him I worked there,” Fajardo said. The club belongs to his uncle. The police officer reportedly responded with indifference, ordering Fajardo to “Get the f*ck out of here.”

Accounts differ as to what happened next, but security video from the club showed Fajardo scuffling with an unnamed officer, who later claimed in court that Fajardo assaulted him. The officer punched Fajardo multiple times, hit him with a flashlight and pepper sprayed him.

“I stepped away. You can see it in the video,” said Fajardo to WPRI. “He grabbed me, punched my face, hit me with a flashlight. I was just trying to save my life.”

The officer said that Fajardo punched him with his left arm, but Fajardo pointed out that his left hand has been deformed since birth and cannot even make a fist.

“There was no way for me to make a fist,” Fajardo said. “Especially with my left hand,” which has no movable fingers.

The officer punched Fajardo in the face and head at least three times and repeatedly blasted him with pepper spray. Fajardo said that he was afraid for his life and instinctively tried to defend himself. The video shows him aiming a kick at the officer.

“I just thought I was going to die that moment,” Fajardo said. “I thought I was going to lose my life.”

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 09:37 PM (2 replies)

Pence is an extreme question dodger

Covering the Trump-Pence Campaign Will Be a Nightmare
Indiana journalists discuss the deeply frustrating experience of covering their governor

Both Mike Pence and Donald Trump are notorious question-dodgers. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty
By Shawn McCreesh

They knew what the rest of the U.S. political press corps is about to learn: that Pence is incapable of answering a question he does not like.

"I cannot emphasize enough how frustrating an experience it has been trying to cover Mike Pence," Brandon Smith, the statehouse bureau chief for Indiana Public Broadcasting who has covered Pence since 2011, tells Rolling Stone. "I can remember vividly a press conference in which the big idea that Mike had put forward was that he wanted to reduce, or eliminate, the business personal property tax. We repeatedly asked about the specifics of what he wanted. Did he want to reduce it by some amount? Did he want to eliminate it entirely? And if so, how would he pay for that?" But even simple questions about Pence’s own policy proved fruitless.

"For a press conference that was 45 minutes long, at least 30 minutes were spent asking the same question over and over again," says Smith.

"He'll get a couple of sentences in his head, and he just repeats those," says Chris Sikich, a government watchdog reporter with The Indianapolis Star who's covered Pence since 2012. "It's almost like he's filibustering."

Sikich had one such experience with Pence just last month, the day after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Pence "was doing an economic development announcement in Carmel that I was covering the day after the shootings. He said something [like], 'My thoughts and prayers go to the community down there,' and the follow-up question I had to ask was, 'The [Orlando shooting] wouldn't be a hate crime in Indiana. Should it be?'

"He wouldn't answer. He just kept saying, 'My thoughts and prayers.'"
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Jul 15, 2016, 08:05 PM (0 replies)
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