Gotta love this funny vanity plate!
North Wales – December 11, 2011 – The newest scam straight from North Wales in the UK involves faux pregnant women using fake pregnant bellies to blackmail married men they had casual encounters with.
The way it work is they meet these men online through mainstream dating services.Â They have a one night fling and contact the ‘mark’ 6 months later after sending pregnancy pictures, they meet briefly in person and the men are encouraged to feel the belly where their baby-to-be is living.Â Then the women says she needs up to $35,000 for a dangerous late-term abortion or even more money so they don’t sue for child support and reveal the affair.
These artificial copies molded from real pregnant womenâ€™s bellies are made of silica gel, and are being sold on the Internet. The silica gel makes them take on a very natural quality, close to human skin texture. Some online shop owners have said that the fake bellies are highly comfortable and have a flesh color.
This ring was cracked last Thurs. after police from the North East Wales District picked up Betty Perkforde, this was her 5th arrest for prostitution and she agreed to turn in the ring leader and this pack of grifters.
We interviewed one of the arresting police officers involved in the case that did not want to be identified and he said;
“We were very impressed with the patience and organization this group of scammers exhibited”. “They had no problem siting back and waiting months to re-contact these men and then showed ruthlessness in squeezing as much money as possible out of them”.Â “This is a whole new twist to prostitution and blackmail”.
When their large Wrexham home was raided they police found detailed ledgers of all the money extorted.Â In all there was 149 victims over the course of 26 months with Â£5.7 million euros having changed hands.Â There was 10 women involved and each would get approximately Â£8,000 euros per victim with the balance paid to their business manager, AKA; pimp.
Canada’s Transportation Minister was quoted as saying; â€œSure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring that are just as dangerous if not more-so.â€ â€œFor example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I donâ€™t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckleâ€.
Toronto, Canada – December 5, 2011
For those of you not following the news over in the Great White North I will fill you in a little bit. Last year the â€˜distracted drivingâ€™ law came into effect, where-as you are not able to talk on a cell phone while driving without the risk of incurring a fine of up to $500. It seems one Canadian politician wants to take it one step further!
Jim Bradlley (Ontarioâ€™s transportation minister) made this statement last Thursday after telling reporters he was proud of the new legislation he helped draft.Â As they walked away he mentioned his plans to make this law much more encompassing in the near future. He was quoted as saying; â€œSure, talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous but there are many other activities occurring during driving that are just as dangerous if not more-so.â€ â€œFor example the other day I was almost side-swiped by a man that was completely distracted while picking his nose, and I donâ€™t mean just a nose scratch – he was in up to his knuckleâ€.
He continued, “There has been testing done that has shown that picking your nose while driving is even more dangerous than using a cell phone because of the high occurrences of physical injury while conducting this type of behavior.” ” I would like to see all types of distractions lead to a hefty fine, my advice for this particular offense would be an $850 fine.”
At least one politician finds those comments worrying. â€œEveryone should realize there is no place this government will not go intruding into private lives,â€ Conservative MPP Randy Hillier said. He went on to say, â€œwhat is next? No eating broccoli with dinner due to the possibility of passing of gas into the atmosphere thereby increasing global warming?â€
Experts have questioned the effectiveness of distracted driving laws. In other jurisdictions they have not always changed driversâ€™ habits. After an initial reduction in New York, for example, cellphone use was reportedly back to pre-ban rates within one year.
The insurance industry says the new law is a good first step in making distracted driving socially unacceptable. In fact Bill Crespen of Waldenâ€™s Insurance says, â€œpersonally we would like to see all distractions result in large fines, whether it is picking your nose, applying make-up or talking on a cell phone – they can all potentially kill youâ€.
So what do you believe? Pablo Picasso was both hugely prolific and famously generous with his work, but was he enough of a free spirit to give hundreds of his early works — an invaluable collection — to his electrician?
That question lies at the heart of a court case over the origin of 271 Picasso works — a treasure trove of original sketches, paintings and collages that was unknown to the art world a few months ago and unveiled for the public on Monday.
Experts have yet to appraise the full collection, which has been placed under lock and key after a judicial appeal by Picasso’s heirs. But there is little dispute so far over its authenticity. The works, many of which belong to the artist’s Blue and Cubist periods, could fetch more than 60 million euros ($79 million) at auction.
More mysterious is how such an extensive collection could have wound up in the hands of a retired electrician in the south of France who once worked for the Picasso family, or why he chose to hold onto it for so many decades.
“We have questions, legitimate questions about where the paintings came from,” Claudia Andrieu, legal counsel for the Picasso Foundation, told Reuters Television. “We are discovering new pieces, completely unknown pieces that had never been printed in any book.”
The mystery began when Claude Picasso — son of the artist and head of the foundation named after him — received a letter from a man who said he owned original Picasso pieces and wanted to have them verified for authenticity.
Picasso convinced the man to bring the collection to Paris, saying he would be unable to verify it from photographs. The man arrived by car with the paintings in a suitcase and laid them out on a table.
“I felt a great surprise, naturally, lots of emotion at the discovery of pieces with which we were not familiar. But also a deep disturbance,” he told French daily Liberation. “Many of these pieces were not dated, which means they never should have left the studio.”
The man in question was Pierre Le Guennec, an electrician in his seventies who worked on Picasso’s property in the south of France during the 1970s. He told Reuters Television that Picasso’s wife gave him the artworks.
“It’s Madame (Picasso) who gave them. But if Madame gave them, Monsieur was aware of it. She wasn’t going to do it just like that, was she?” he said, speaking through a gate in front of his property. “What did you want me to do with them? … They stayed in a box with other boxes that I have, from my job.”
Yet Picasso’s heirs were not convinced.
While the artist was known to dash out sketches on napkins at restaurants and make spontaneous gifts to friends, he would not have separated with such a large store of work, his son told Liberation. “It doesn’t hold up, frankly,” Picasso said.
Andrieu of the Picasso Foundation said that Le Guennec had changed his story many times, first telling them he had received the paintings from Picasso himself, then Picasso’s wife, and alternately in a box or a trash can.
Questioned by the police, he said the paintings were given to him by Picasso’s wife, who died in 1986. Le Guennec denied stealing the paintings and told RTL radio he decided to ask about their value as a possible inheritance for his children.Â Probably stolen IMO.
A professor at Umea University in northern Sweden had his laptop stolen but was completely surprised when the thief mailed him back the computer’s contents on a memory stick.
The professor left his bag in the stairwell of his apartment complex while he went to the laundry room. When he came back the bag and all of its contents â€” including his wallet, datebook and laptop were gone.
After reporting the theft to police, the professor returned to his apartment to find his bag and its contents â€” except for the laptop â€” back at the stairwell.
A week later he received an envelope in the mail containing a USB memory stick that had all the files and documents from his laptop, which would have taken the culprit hours to copy and paste.
The laptop, as well as the professor’s library card, has yet to be returned.Â My guess is he knew the person that stole it!
– Now I love WalMart, but not this much!! A man was arrested in Sarasota, Fla., after he allegedly stole a copy of Sports Illustrated from the shelf and pleasured himself in the store’s toy section.
– Here is one from the files of dumb criminals.Â An Australian man has been charged after he sold a rental car for just under $20,000. Police said the man recently rented a luxury car from a company at the Melbourne International Airport, then used fraudulent documents to sell it.
– More dumb criminals from across the world.Â A Paris man who registered 55 children by 55 different mothers faces up to 10 years in jail and fines for suspected paternity fraud and for helping to obtain residency under false pretenses, police said on Friday.
– A Utah man is suing a group of would-be property owners for $38 quadrillion. Considering there is only about $24 trillion in circulation around the entire world at any given time, that could prove a difficult number to collect.Â What a waste of courts time, I hope they hit him with costs.
– In Barrie, ON a pizza pie with tomato sauce, oregano and cheese was on the menu at a spectacle which attracted a prize-winning eater – and eventual champ – from the United States, another from Mississauga and 10 others, including a local couple. In 12 minutes Kobayashi downed 10 pizzas sliced into 40 pieces.Â Ummm, I love pizza but that is gross!!
– A student from Brazil entered a Florida bar Tuesday morning, peed in two cups, then placed them on the bar, police say.Â OK, this one is even more gross, what a freak’in idiot!