Man Prepares Dungeon for Kids, Gets Locked Away


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Pleading guilty to online chats about his desire to kidnap, rape, kill and eat children, George Portway of Massachusetts will receive a long prison-term at his sentencing in federal court on Tuesday.

Besides the chats, which were recovered from Portway’s computer, authorities have found a dungeon, homemade coffin, butchering kit and other tools in the basement of his home.

Portway’s lawyer makes his case for a sentence of 18 years, arguing that no child was touched or photographed by the defendant. Prosecutors, however, argue that 27 years is more appropriate for the 40-year-old.

“In the chats, Portway becomes tired of people engaged in role play or fantasy, telling no less than 15 chat partners he is serious about wanting to kill and eat a child,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf wrote in a sentencing memo.

[AP]

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Tumblr of the Week: Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train


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If you’re a frequent rider of public transportation, you’ve likely got a long and carefully detailed list of pet peeves and grievances. (See NewsFeed’s own list of punishable subway behaviors here.) Now, some of these pet peeves may be pretty specialized, but chances are we can all agree on at least one general principle: people need to stop taking up so much space. Or, more specifically, men need to stop taking up so much space, according to a new Tumblr that documents this problematic phenomenon.

Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train” collects photographs of what the site’s curator deems “a classic among public assertions of privilege.” As the Huffington Postpoints out, “the men photographed in this Tumblr aren’t doing anything malicious, but it’s an interesting visual representation of the way that men feel totally empowered to take up a lot of public…

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U.S. Lauds U.N. Probe on Syria Poison Gas Attack, Russia Denies Culprit Identified


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Following U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s confirmation on Monday that chemical weapons were used in Syria late last month, the bloc’s U.S. envoy said the report verified that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces were solely responsible for deploying sarin poison gas. However, Russia’s envoy was quick to counter that the investigation failed to pin responsibility for the attack on the Syrian government.

(MORE: U.N. Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria)

Following Monday’s briefing, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said the investigators’ documentation of the use of surface-to-surface rocket systems in the deployment of sarin gas proved that troops loyal to Assad were behind the attacks.

“We have reviewed thousands of open source videos related to the current conflict in Syria and have not observed the opposition manufacturing or using this style of rocket,” she said.

Russia’s envoy fired back that the dossier…

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Sorry Iran, No Tweets for You!


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After less than 24 hours of blissful access to Facebook and Twitter, Iranian authorities laid down the law once again on Tuesday.

According to officials, the free access to the networking sites that began on Monday night was caused by a “technical glitch.” Outside of the brief lapse, the country’s hardline conservatives continue to block the site, despite the fact that both President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif have official Twitter accounts.

The government began blocking the popular social media platforms after protesters utilized the sites to organize massive anti-government rallies that were later ruthless crushed after elections in 2009.

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Today in 1620, the Mayflower Left England


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Thanksgiving is still months away, but September 16th is the anniversary of when the Pilgrims departed from England on the Mayflower. This historical occasion has been reenacted in several films, some of which use the September 6th date. The reason for the discrepancy? The Pilgrims at the time were using the Julian Calendar, which is 10 days behind the one we currently use.

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