“You have to be careful about drinking around me” — Bill Cosby

After months of silence amid sexual harassment accusations against him, controversial comedian Bill Cosby referred to the allegations— telling a woman in the audience at his comedy show, “you have to be careful about drinking around me.”

The sarcastic joke came after a woman in the audience seated near the front row in his stand-up comedy show in London, Ontario, stood up to grab a drink. When Cosby noticed the woman leaving her seat, the 77-year-old comedian asked her where she was headed. Finding out that the woman was about to get herself a drink, Cosby let out the sarcastic joke— in one of the very rare occasions (if not the ONLY occasion) he referred to the piling number of sexual harassment allegations that several female personalities from the entertainment industry have been claiming against him.

The sarcastic remark is expected to anger Cosby’s accusers and the people who stand by them, as more and more people show support for the women he allegedly victimized. Hundreds of protesters braved the Canadian cold outside of the Thursday show’s venue just to express their disgust over Cosby.

The women who claimed that the famous stand-up comedian sexually abused them have long demanded for Cosby to respond to their allegations, but he remained mum amid the accusations, despite the fact that the issue has become increasingly controversial.

Just minutes after Cosby made his sarcastic remark at his Ontario stand-up show Thursday, a heckler has been plucked out by Canadian police from the audience after shouting “Bill Cosby you’re a rapist”. Cosby remained composed despite the disturbance, encouraging his audience to remain patient and calm, resuming his comedy show within just a few minutes after the incident.

Cosby’s public relations firm issued a statement on the Thursday incident, saying: “One outburst but over 2600 loyal, patient and courageous fans enjoyed the most wonderful medicine that exist for human-kind. Laughter. I thank you, the theatre staff (Budweiser Gardens), the event organizers and the London, ON Community for your continued honor and support. I’m Far From Finished.”

Although Bill Cosby chose to remain silent amid the sexual abuse accusations against him, his lawyers repeatedly and directly denied all the accusations against their client. No charges were filed against Cosby despite the fact that quite a number of women have already came forward to accuse him of the crime.

Bill Cosby has three scheduled stand-up shows in Canada, and his Thursday night performance was the second in the series.

Why Posting that Facebook Privacy Statement is Funny

[Writer’s note: I tried to share the original article on my Facebook page but amazingly, it vanished soon after I posted it— only to re-appear a few minutes later.]

 

Some Facebook users felt a little disturbed when a supposed message passed around through friends started telling them that they had to post a privacy statement on their wall, telling Facebook that they are not giving it the permission to use any of their pictures or posts.

Many fell prey to the trap and posted the exact same message on their pages.

Little do they know that posting the messages meant nothing at all.

The unsuspecting Facebook users were encouraged to copy and paste the fraudulent document on their Facebook walls, leading them to believe that the post would give them further protection from the supposedly thieving monster that is Facebook.

Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Facebook users succumbed and unknowingly made a fool of themselves by reposting the fraudulent ‘legal’ statement, encouraging all their other friends on Facebook to do the same— making the hoax viral in the process.

One of the fraudulent Facebook Privacy Statement read:

“Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 4, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.”

But Facebook users agree to the terms and conditions laid upon by Facebook itself through the mere use of the site. The terms and conditions on the site have already been agreed upon by both the users and Facebook when they signed up on the site, and nothing that a Facebook user could post can have any legal impact on that binding agreement.

Graham Cluley, a security expert from Britain, says, “Posting this status message to your Facebook account doesn’t make a blind bit of difference.

“When you created your Facebook account you agreed to the site’s privacy policy, terms and conditions.

“In short – don’t believe everything you read on the internet, and do your research before you cut-and-paste messages like this to your family and friends. It’s possible that you are just helping a hoax to perpetuate.

“If you don’t like how Facebook uses your data, then you can adjust your privacy settings and… if that’s not enough… you should perhaps permanently delete your account before more of your data is used in a way that you’re not comfortable with.”

It appears that the fraudulent ‘legal’ document circling about Facebook was masterminded by internet hoax site Snopes.

Children Aged 2 and Others Below 8 Responsible for Wave of Crimes in England

Toddlers just barely old enough to walk had been held for questioning by police officers in Britain.

Amid the controversy that accuses Prince Andrew of sexually abusing a minor comes news that minors in the kingdom where his family rules are not as innocent as they normally should be, given their young age.

A myriad of children under eight years of age appears to be responsible for a number of crimes in the UK. The crimes the children have allegedly committed range from theft, assault, vandalism, and even rape— according to recent reports. Of these crimes, one four-year-old is being accused of rape in London, while another aged five is also accused of the same crime in Surrey. Another five-year-old is accused of committing incest in Cheshire while two three-year-old boys were accused of sexual offenses in Durham. It now appears that 5,665 of the crimes committed in the UK since 2011 were by young children below eight years old.

And police officers could not do anything about the surging underage crimes.

The age of criminal liability for children in the UK is 10, which means that authorities can’t really do much about the rising number of child criminals in the country. The highest number of child-committed crimes in England was recorded at 1,713 crimes— which was from last year alone. Some campaigners in the country wish to raise the age of criminal liability to 14, but criminal lawyer Laurence Lee disagrees.

Lee has previously represented Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who were both 10 years old at the time they were charged with the murder of a toddler. In an interview with British tabloid MailOnline, Lee said: “I think there is a growing case to lower the age of criminal responsibility as children crime is increasing.

“Teenagers recruit young children to commit crime for them as they know they cannot be prosecuted.
“The other problem is the rise of social networking means young children are more aware of what is going on in the world.
“The age rate should be lowered. As a criminal lawyer, I sit in court and see what goes on in society. Youths are much savvier than they have ever been. That is down to parental upbringing and because schools cannot deal with children as they should. It is a problem that is getting worse.”

There is no doubt that the growing number of child-committed crimes need to be addressed promptly, but the English Ministry of Justice does not believe that lowering the age of criminal responsibility is the answer. According to a spokesman from the ministry,

“The Government has no plans to lower the age of criminal responsibility, which in England and Wales is currently set at the age of 10, because we believe that children under that age are unable to weigh up right and wrong in the same way that older children or adults are.”

Important: Kim Jong-Un Eyebrows Taking a Hiatus

“Brow you see it, brow you don’t.”

Weeks after the controversial Sony Pictures cyber attack that sparked a short-term cyber world war between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong-Un is back on the world headlines— for a slightly irrelevant issue.

After taking his word war against US President Barack Obama on a childish level by calling the world’s most powerful man a ‘monkey’, the battle between the North Korean leader and the citizens of the internet has reached an all-time high— with Kim Jong-Un’s eyebrows metaphorically becoming an apparent weapon of mass destruction.

As Kim Jong-Un was delivering his annual address to the North Korean territory from Pyongyang during New Year’s eve, many couldn’t help but notice that the 31-year-old was missing something that every single person in this world has been born with— a pair of eyebrows. In their place instead were a pair of rather short lines of hair that had more chances of passing as birthmarks rather than actual human brows.

The apparent hiatus of Kim Jong-Un’s brows has caused a commotion on Twitter, where countless Twitter users expressed curiosity and questionable concern over the North Korean leader’s lack of brows. Observers noted that the young dictator had much fuller brows on images taken between the years 2012 to 2013— where his brows not only appeared to be fuller, they also looked tapered.

Images of Kim Jong-Un from last year show that his brows had a slight decline in length— but it was the images from his annual ‘state’ address that had made it evident that most of his brows seemed to have been taking a hiatus as of late.

Photos from Kim Jong-Un’s latest public appearance suggest that up to half of his eyebrow population from both the right and left sides have gone missing.

Although Kim Jong-Un’s regime has not made any official statement on his eyebrows’ apparent escape bid, news reports suggest that the North Korean leader’s personal pair of tweezers might be to blame for his deteriorating brows.

Unfortunately for the young dictator, not even the most sophisticated search and rescue operations in the world could bring back his missing brows, but good news still stands that they will most certainly be back in three months’ time.

In the mean time, North Korea’s supreme leader can enlist the help of brow-intervention services and brow-growing products to help facilitate the speedy resurfacing of his missing eyebrows.

Why United Airlines is Waging a War Against a 22-Year-Old

United Airlines has filed a civil lawsuit against a 22-year-old tech wizard for developing a system that allows travelers to easily spot cheaper plane tickets. Aktarer Zaman is currently facing charges filed by United Airlines and Orbitz, as the companies attempt to bring skiplagged.com down.

In the lawsuit, United Airlines and its accomplice, Orbitz, accuse skiplagged.com of “unfair competition”, citing that Zaman’s website is promoting ‘illegal’ and ‘strictly prohibited’ travel. Both companies are seeking for the young techie to shell out $75,000 as compensation for their ‘lost revenues’.

But Zaman insists that he had not made a penny from running his website.

Skiplagged.com helps travelers find the cheapest deals by trying to outsmart airline companies, constantly seeking for loopholes that could get their visitors huge savings. The site uses a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing, wherein travelers are coached on how they could pocket huge savings from their ticket purchases by letting them pick a flight that has a stopover at their intended destination.

A traveler who wish to fly from NY to San Francisco, for example, can choose to take a flight bound for Lake Tahoe that has a stopover in San Francisco, disembark at that stopover and completely disregard the rest of the flight.

This strategy, however, only applies to travelers who have no intention of bringing along check-in baggages with them— otherwise their luggages would end up in Lake Tahoe while they’re in San Francisco.

Zaman claims that this strategy, “hidden city” ticketing, has been around for a while but passengers didn’t have the tool that would it make it easier for them to spot these steals. The young techie also said that he was aware that a lawsuit was going to be inevitable, but insisted that he made no profit from the service that he was running on his website.

Amidst his legal battle against airline giant United Airlines and Orbitz, Zaman found an ally in the person of Michael Boyd, President to airline consulting agency Boyd Group International. According to Boyd, “hidden city” ticketing has been around for a long while and frequent fliers have always used this method to save on airfares.

“I don’t think it’s illegal what he’s doing,” said Boyd; while a spokesman for United stated, “This practice violates our fare rules and we are taking action to stop it to help protect the vast majority of customers who buy legitimate tickets.”

Travel experts believe, however, that taking down Zaman’s site won’t really do much for the airline companies.

According to aviation consulting firm R.W. Mann & Company President Robert Mann, “If [Skiplagged is] shut down, undoubtedly there will be other people to come along to scrape fares and make them available.”

The Weirdest Political Happenings of 2014

If Obama is a monkey then Kim Jong-Un is a… ?

We never saw these coming.

From a cyber world war stemming from a Seth Rogen movie to a Palin scuffle and arguments over therapy chickens, here are some of the most absurd (and bizarre) political stories that made it to the headlines this year.

A Seth Rogen movie caused a cyber world war

Who knew that a Seth Rogen movie would start a world war in the cyberspace? North Korea faced condemnation both in cyberspace and in real life after allegedly launching a string of cyber attacks against Sony Pictures— a move which was apparently provoked by the latter after producing a movie that painted the former’s leader in an unlikeable way. Obama vowed to retaliate and the whole of North Korea suffered severe internet outage that lasted for days.

Because of this, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un called US President Obama a ‘monkey’.

‘I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.’ – Michael Grimm

NY Rep. Michael Grimm bullied NY-1 reporter Michael Scotto high school jock-style.

“Let me be clear to you. You ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f—ing balcony,” growled Grimm— to which Scotto asked, “Why? I just wanted to ask you…”

“No, no, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy,” Grimm angrily spat back.

The reason? After Obama’s State of the Union address, Scotto interviewed Grimm, which at first went just fine until the reporter couldn’t help himself anymore and started asking Grimm about the ongoing criminal probe on the congressman’s affairs.

That’s when Grimm snapped.

Chickens became a central issue to US Senatorial race

A dispute over four therapy chickens sparked national interest after Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley and his Holiday Lake neighbor decided to bicker over the winged animals. As expected, Republicans rushed to the neighbor’s side and what was originally a dispute between two neighbors became an unforgiving national issue.

The Palin family caught up in a bizarre brawl

It was not a good year for former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Palin and her family attended a birthday party and the next thing we know, each and every one of the family members got involved in a bizarre brawl. Palin’s children— daughters Bristol and Willow, her eldest son, Track and his father Todd (who ended up with a bloody nose), were all swept up in the scuffle.

 

School Employees Expecting to Receive Money Had Their Money Taken Instead

Looks like the Grinch has just paid these school employees a visit.

A bunch of school employees— actually, 1,300 of them— were expecting to receive money in their bank accounts the day after Christmas. They found money of the same amount withdrawn from their accounts instead.

Plymouth Public Schools employees were scheduled to receive their salaries Friday via direct deposit, but some of them ended up even finding themselves in debt after an error on the school payroll was unintentionally made by an employee.

An email was sent to the school employees Friday afternoon, where Dr. Gary E. Maestas, Plymouth Superintendent of Schools, said that the unfortunate incident was due to a human error, unintentionally committed by a payroll employee. Maestas told Plymouth Public Schools employees that they were already in the process of reversing the error with the help of the Plymouth Finance Director as well as its Town Treasurer.

Maestas said the error was expected to be corrected the same day, but several banks like Santander, Citizen’s Bank, and Bank of America declined to correct the error Friday, saying that the necessary corrections will instead be made the next banking day— Monday.

Plymouth Public Schools employees affected by the unfortunate error include 1,300 of the school’s workers— from the school’s cafeteria staff to its top-level administrators.

The affected employees were, expectedly, extremely angered by the incident— as not only were they not able to receive their salaries, but money of the equivalent amount were also forcibly taken from them.

“I can’t believe this was even possible. How can they take money out of your account without your permission?”, asked one teacher in an interview with the Old Colony.

The error caused on the school employees’ accounts sparked even more anger in a number of employees who were not immediately made aware of the situation. “I first heard from my bank, notification that my account was below a certain level. With my mortgage going out the first of the year and other bills to pay, I am essentially several thousand dollars in the red,” complained one teacher.

Town Manager Melissa Arrighi said that the reversal of the payroll error was not as easy as it ought to be, with hundreds of banks associated with the employees’ payroll accounts, corrections that need to be done could not be done as swiftly as everyone would want them.

The school employees were given assurance, however, that all the necessary corrections will be completed come Monday.

Stranger Hands $983 to Portland Man in Courtroom to Save Him from Being Convicted of a Felony

All hopes of a bright future for his family could have been crushed that very same day.

But it was his lucky day.

Castor Conley bought a stolen 1993 Nissan pickup truck and sold it to someone who, in turn, sold it to a car-crushing scrap yard, according to police reports.

Conley was charged and was later on offered a plea bargain wherein he was to be sentenced with a misdemeanor instead of a felony, if he paid the sum of $983.

But Conley was running out of time.

On the very day he was due to come up with the sum, the prosecutor assigned to his case and his defense attorney, Lawrence Taylor, were discussing how it was a shame that Conley’s plea deal was about to go down the drain, likely together with his life– as he is inclined to lose both his job and his house loan if he would be convicted as a felon.

It was there that a stranger, not far from where the prosecutor and Conley’s lawyer were discussing his case, overheard about the bad situation that the 27-year-old dad found himself in. Colin Murphy is a civil attorney who specialized in business disputes. Conley’s case was scheduled 15 minutes ahead of the case he was handling, and was in the courtroom waiting for the case he was on to be called upon.

Murphy decided to save Conley’s life.

So the civil attorney, who Conley never met his entire life, stood up and spoke in the courtroom where Judge Stephen Bushong was presiding. He paid for the sum that would give Conley another shot at life.

“He handed a personal check to me that day. I had never seen or heard of him,” said Conley’s defense lawyer. “I’ve practiced for 22 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it, and I don’t expect to again.”

“All of us sometime in our lives have done something we would rather not have done. And the time will come when perhaps we are going to be held accountable. And I think at that point we would like to have somebody show us mercy,” said Murphy in an interview with The Oregonian, explaining why he decided to save Conley from the pit hole he was in.

Conley, a father to a 17-month-old child, only had one misdemeanor charge in his entire lifetime– a fourth degree assault from three years ago.

What Conley makes of his second chance is entirely up to him, but hopes are high that he will do good with it.

Obama Net Worth: Not As Good As You Think

As the commander and chief of the United States of America, President Obama stands at the forefront of the country. In this day and age a man is measured by the size of his wallet. So where does President Obama stand in regards to some of the past presidents of this country?

Middle of the Road

As the above title suggests he is right in the middle of all previous presidents with a net worth of 12 million (adjusted to 2010 inflation) dollars. That may seem like a lot to the majority of Americans but compared to the other presidents it’s actually not much. For example the wealthiest president was John F. Kennedy standing at a cool billion dollars, followed by the first president of the United States George Washington with 525 million. Compared to these numbers Obama isn’t even close. But how close is he to more contemporary presidents. George W. for example had a net worth of about 20 million, with his predecessor Bill Clinton clocking in at around 55 million. Actually you have to go all the way back to Jimmy Carter, with an estimated net worth of 7 million, before you find a president with a lower net worth. The only other presidents that come close are Ronald Reagan with 13 million and James K. Polk with 10 million.

The check is in the mail

What does this all mean to you and me? Absolutely nothing. By looking at the range of presidents from past to present, there are not any clear definable traits that show up on either end of the spectrum. You have some of the most revered presidents like Theodore Roosevelt with 125 million to Abraham Lincoln with less than 1 million. Again, looking at parties, there are still no real definable traits. Harry S. Truman, a democrat, with less than 1 million and considered one of the poorest presidents to Andrew Jackson, also a democrat, with 119 million. For the Republicans you have Herbert Hoover with 75 Million to Ulysses S. Grant with less than 1 million. Even the third party candidates do not show any correlation. For the Whig’s you have John Tyler with 51 Million to Millard Fillmore with 4 million. John Adams as a Federalist candidate had a net worth of 19 million to John Quincy Adams as a Democrat-Republican with 21 million.

I choose you!

With everything said and done, when it comes to presidents, their net worth has little to no play in how they do their job. When it comes to election time vote for the candidate; not their party, not their relatives, and especially not based on their net worth.

Kim Jong-Un to Make Amends with South Korea?

Guess who’s getting into the Christmas spirit?

Shortly after his country allegedly suffered a large-scale ‘cyber attack’– which, many believe, was carried out by Americans in retaliation to the infamous Sony Pictures hacking incident– North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has sought something unusual.

North Korea is largely believed to be responsible for a series of cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, the entertainment giant behind the controversial movie entitled “The Interview”– a film about a US assassination attempt against the North Korean leader. The movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco supposedly angered Kim Jong-Un and his loyal followers.

An internet attack that reportedly hounded North Korea Monday, coupled with the Dallas Stars’ jumbotron trolling against the young leader may have possibly led the young Kim Jong-Un into feeling a little bullied.

In its Tuesday night game against the Toronto Raptors, the Dallas Stars mocked the almighty North Korean leader by putting him on Santa’s naughty list, displaying a picture of Kim Jong-Un on the Dallas Stars jumbotron with the caption “Naughty: Don’t worry. They’ll never see this. Their internet is down. Happy Holidays!”– in reference to the widespread, allegedly ‘inflicted’ internet outage in North Korea.

Kim Jong-Un and his followers have been widely accused of trying to impose censorship on Sony Pictures through the large-scale cyber attacks that nearly crippled the entertainment giant; making them constant subjects of internet ridicule as a consequence.

All the cyberbullying going on against Kim Jong-Un may have pushed the young leader further into desperation. It’s either that or he’s really gotten into the holiday spirit of giving and reconciliation– because the tough North Korean leader may have just reached out to its long-time enemy and expressed interest in taking steps that could eventually lead to reconciliation.

Reports say that the 33-year-old North Korean leader sent a letter to former South Korean first lady, Lee Hee-Ho. The troubled young leader reportedly expressed willingness to make ‘positive’ efforts to reunify the nation. Kim also reportedly thanked Lee for sending wreaths for his late father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, and highlighted Lee’s devotion to the Korean unification, along with her late husband ex-President Kim Dae-Jung.

World peace may not be as far-fetched as we’d always imagined, after all.

In related news, several theaters have vowed to screen “The Interview” tomorrow as an act of defiance against the purported North Korean attempts to silence the controversial film.