A bus ride from Edmonton got gory yesterday, as one Greyhound passenger suddenly decided to behead another. The determined chap began with stabbing his neighbor, then progressed to sawing off the seat-mate's head. Next he began threatening others, holding aloft both bloody objects, knife and detached head.
This video account adds some further bizarre details, like the terrified passengers being equipped with wrenches and other tools from a passing tow truck driver (!) to prevent the killer from escaping. And the killer wore sunglasses during the night-time trip (cue 80s music).
A Florida article on the dangers of computer gaming offers an odd glimpse into the cyberfear world. It claims that predators are luring children into pedophilic webcam and chat sessions by using game mechanisms.
"Kids are playing games, and they are being asked to take photos of
themselves naked in order to get game points," Florida Attorney General
Cybercrime Detective Lt. David Maurer said. "There is not only the
chatting version of the games but also a webcam involved."
But that's "apparently" happening, and is apparently a "theory," according to the rest of the article. Which makes the reality status of these games somewhat uncertain. Kotaku notes that
the entire story is a mess of quotes, misstatements and supposition that never gets around to actually explaining what the story is about.
Several different fearsome internet features are in play here: the threat to children, with unspecified age (does this include teens?) and potentially uncontrollable sexuality. There is the old bugaboo of chat, plus the more recent specter of webcams.
The article's embedded video is quite fearsome, starting with the opening close-up on a console while the voiceover intones horrors.
I am not affiliated with the goths who hang out at the end of the boardwalk. Yes, rivetheads have made attempts to horn in on my culture. It's attractive to them. Since Evanescence went mainstream, they've been able to buy their clothes at Spencer's Gifts. But just because they read about our ways on Boing Boing doesn't mean they can rock a true neo-Victorian lifestyle. It takes a lot of time and a lot of welding.
“It’s not that all granite is dangerous,” said Stanley Liebert, the quality assurance director at CMT Laboratories in Clifton Park, N.Y., who took radiation measurements at Dr. Sugarman’s house. “But I’ve seen a few that might heat up your Cheerios a little.”
Over the past year, similar rampages have killed 22 people and an entire flock of sheep, destroyed a flour mill, and left the townspeople wondering if the beast ever even considers their feelings at all.
Igor Ponkin from the Russian Interior Ministry's Public Oversight Council... called emo a "social danger" and "a threat to national stability" and said the bill is a reaction to teen suicides...
"This type of behaviour is a crucial part of emo ideology," said Ponkin. "Of course there are emo teens who just listen to their music. But our actions are not directed at them but rather at those who also hurt themselves, commit suicide and promote those acts."