An incident of police brutality in Cape Town, Kensington Area in South Africa was released on Facebook today. The video shows a man being arrested by police and security guards. Despite their numbers, they we unable to subdue the man being arrested who didn’t seem to be showing too much resistance.
American Apparel has sparked controversy once again with a new ad starring a topless former-Muslim model from Bangladesh.
The bold image, which appears in Vice magazine’s U.S. and Canada editions, stars 22-year-old Maks, a merchandiser for American Apparel, who was born in Dhaka but has lived in California since the age of four.
The words ‘Made in Bangladesh’ are printed across her chest – referring to the woman, of course, not her jeans, a means of raising awareness about American Apparel’s fair labor practices – all its clothing is made in downtown LA.
Courting controversy: American Apparel’s latest ad, pictured, stars ‘Maks’, a Bangladesh-born, former Muslim. She lives in LA and works for the brand as a merchandiser
The powerful image is accompanied by a description of Maks, revealing how she was raised a strict Muslim but ‘distanced herself’ from her Islamic faith as she grew up, in search of her ‘own identity.’
The words explain that the bare-chested beauty ‘doesn’t feel the need to identify herself as an American or a Bengali and is not content to fit her life into anyone else’s conventional narrative.
‘That’s what makes her essential to the mosaic that is Los Angeles, and unequivocally, a distinct figure in the ever expanding American Apparel family.’
The striking ad is likely to cause some upset among traditional Muslims for linking a half naked model to a country where Islam is the dominant religion and nudity is frowned upon.
American Apparel, which was established in Canada in 1989, has a long history of sparking both celebration and outrage for its daring campaigns.
Recent activity includes a campaign featuring a 62-year-old model in lingerie and a New York based Valentine’s stunt in which their window-front mannequins were given fake pubic hair.
It has been repeatedly blasted for pushing the boundaries, degrading women and even sexualising young girls in its famously provocative campaigns.
Too much: Last year, an American Apparel campaign became the latest in a series of its ads to be banned in the UK for using ‘overly sexualised’ images
Last year, a series of ‘gratuitous’ ads were banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for using ‘overtly sexual images’ of women who appear to be wearing no underwear.
The ASA said: ‘Although we considered it was reasonable for ads for hosiery to feature women in limited clothing, we considered the images and the model’s poses gratuitous.’
It’s too early to tell what sort of reactions the latest ad will draw, but chances are this won’t be the last we hear of it.
School officials are looking into allegations that four kindergartners were involved in sexual activity inside a classroom
“That’s kind of really, really disturbing to me. Really disturbing because I have a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old,” said McClean. “I would not expect that kind of conversation even for them, definitely not to be caught in an act.”
Vicki Gavalas, spokeswoman for Clayton County Schools, said the district learned about the allegations on Wednesday.
“Students came to the teacher, the teacher came to the principal and the principal came to the district,” said Gavalas.
Gavalas said a teacher and a paraprofessional were supposed to be inside that classroom.
“At this point there is nothing to warrant criminal charges, but it is under investigation and we will go forward with that,” said Gavalas.
Gavalas would not go into details about the alleged behavior. It’s reported that one parent was so alarmed she took her child to get tested for a sexually transmitted disease.
Levora Woods’ grandchild attends schools at James Jackson. Woods said she has a hard time believing the allegations.
“They didn’t have sex. Kids don’t know nothing about sex. I don’t believe that,” said Woods. “They might touch each other, but not sex. They talking about some disease, you’ll know that’s not true. We are grown-ups, that’s not true. I can’t believe that.”
Parent Rosa Barbee didn’t know much about the investigation when she picked up her son Friday.
“I trust the administration to do the right thing, to investigate. I don’t have any details about what happened,” said Barbee.
Gavalas said parents at the school were supposed to receive a letter about the investigation. The ones CBS 46 spoke to Friday said they were still waiting for it.
“I’m hoping the investigation turns out that it’s not true,” said McClean.
TWIN sisters say they decided they want to look identical to be able to share everything in their lives.
Yes, everything: house, bed, boyfriend, Facebook account and even a job.
Anna and Lucy DeCinque, 28-year-olds from Perth, Western Auastralia, have reportedly spent more than $200,000 to ensure they look identical.
The former Mt Lawley Senior High School students have had breast implants, lip enhancements and tattooed eyebrows. They also undergo weekly skin peels and infra-red sauna treatments, ensure they have the same diets, exercise routines and wear the same clothes and shoes, the New York Post reported.
The twins, who used to work at Lash Sublime — Eyeline Extensions in Perth, now share a job serving meals to the elderly. They split shifts and pay.
And, yes, they have the same boyfriend.
“We’re dating one boy at the moment,” Anna told the New York Post.
“There are three people in our relationship. We’re sharing.”
Lucy added swiftly: “It’s not really weird to us,” added Lucy. “We have one boyfriend and all of us share the same bed … We have the same taste in everything, so obviously we’re going to like the same boy, too.”
“We’re all together when we have sex, and if we like the same guy, so be it.”
Anna admitted they dress provocatively in low-cut outfits, body-hugging miniskirts and stilettos.
“We like looking after ourselves, what girl doesn’t?” said Anna.
Lucy added: “We never wear the same outfit twice when we go out.”
“Everything has to be new.”
“When we go out, we get so many guys saying they want to marry the both of us or date the both of us,” boasted Anna.
“We can’t imagine a day when we’re not in each other’s company,’’ added Lucy.
“And, to be honest, I don’t think that would ever happen.”
People have long been fascinated by out-of-body experiences – are they just tricks of the mind or do they have some sort of spiritual significance?
Now new research has shed light on what it terms as ‘extra-corporeal experiences’ by studying the brain activity of a Canadian woman who claims she can drift outside her own body at will.
Scientists believe the left side of several areas of the brain associated with kinaesthetic imagery (the perception of the sensation of moving) are responsible for the sensation of being able to leave your body and float above it – and that more people might have similar experiences than thought.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa came across a psychology graduate who admitted she could have voluntary out-of-body experiences before she fell asleep.
The 24-year-old revealed she is able to see herself floating and rotating horizontally in the air above her body and can sometimes watch herself from above while remaining aware of her real body.
However, as she said she feels no emotions when she has the experiences, the scientists decided to classify her experiences as extra-corporeal experiences (ECE) as strong emotions such as shock, often accompany out-of-body experiences, Popular Science reported.
Researchers came across a psychology graduate who admitted she could have voluntary out-of-body experiences before she fell asleep. The 24-year-old revealed she is able to see herself floating horizontally in the air above her body, rotating and can sometimes watch herself from above (illustrated)
THE STUDENT’S DESCRIPTION OF HER EXTRA CORPOREAL EXPERIENCE
‘I feel myself moving, or, more accurately, can make myself feel as if I am moving,’ the student told the researchers, who documented her report in their study.
‘I know perfectly well that I am not actually moving. There is no duality of body and mind when this happens, not really.
‘In fact, I am hyper-sensitive to my body at that point, because I am concentrating so hard on the sensation of moving.
‘I am the one moving – me – my body. For example, if I “spin” for long enough, I get dizzy.
‘I do not see myself above my body. Rather, my whole body has moved up. I feel it as being above where I know it actually is.
‘I usually also picture myself as moving up in my mind’s eye, but the mind is not substantive. It does not move unless the body does,’ she said.
Andra Smith and Claude Messier used a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner to examine the student’s brain and believe she is the first person studied to have an ECE on demand without any brain abnormalities.
They discovered that the ECE involved a ‘strong deactivation of the visual cortex’.
But it also ‘activated the left side of several areas associated with kinesthetic imagery’ in the brain, which the scientists think is what cause mental representations of bodily movement.
While the researchers have acknowledged the rarity of finding someone to study who can have ECEs on demand, they believe that outer-body-experiences could be more common than thought.
This idea is based on the fact that the student thought that being able to float outside her body was not unusual.
According to the study: ‘The participant described her experience as one she began performing as a child when bored with “sleep time” at preschool.
She discovered she could elicit the experience of moving above her body and used this as a distraction during the time kids were asked to nap. She continued to perform this experience as she grew up assuming, as mentioned, that “everyone could do it.”’
‘She appeared surprised that not everyone could experience this,’ the researchers wrote in the study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
The scientists think there is a ‘possibility that this phenomenon may have a significant incidence but [is] unreported because people do not think this is exceptional.’
They also theorised that ‘the ability might be present in infancy but is lost without regular practice.’
A man who snapped secret pictures up women’s skirts on a Boston subway train – a practice known as upskirting – did not violate the state’s Peeping Tom law, Massachusetts’ top court said on Wednesday, pointing to a loophole in current legislation.
Massachusetts law prohibits secretly filming or photographing a person who is nude or partly nude, but that does not apply to people who are fully clothed, according to a Supreme Judicial Court decision written by Justice Margot Botsford.
The ruling comes in the case of a man who was arrested by transit police in 2010 for using his cell phone to take pictures and video up women’s’ skirts on the subway and who fought to have the charges of voyeurism dismissed.
The law “does not apply to photographing… persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA,” it said.
The court said that, while women have a “reasonable expectation of privacy in not having a stranger take photographs up her skirt” the law “in its current form does not address it.”
A legal expert took the ruling as a cue for the state legislature to bolster the Peeping Tom law.
“This can be resolved by lawmakers very quickly,” said Chris Dearborn, a law professor at Suffolk University in Boston. “If Peeping Toms are jumping for joy because they think they have carte blanche to do this, I suspect it will be short lived.”
It seems 47-year-old Cambodian prankster Chin Chean is up to his old tricks again. Not familiar with Mr. Chean’s hijinx? Well, according to The Daily Mail, “Chin Chean was known to take drugs and commit unusual acts, such as running around the local pagoda naked.” Classic Chin!
In his latest antic, Chin Chean attended the funeral of a 17-year-old village girl only to return to the site of her grave the following day to… um…. finish paying his respects. Ugh. At 10pm the night following the bereavement services of the victim, Chean began to attempt exhuming her body with the intent of committing necrophilia. Upon reaching the deceased’s coffin, Chin found it was too small to enter. Dumb luck!
All of that digging apparently tired poor Chin out. Instead of, you know, climbing out of the Earth and taking the fit issue as a sign that desecrating the dead was a terrible idea that he should leave alone forever, Chin remained 6 feet under and fell asleep in the coffin on top of the victim’s body. And that is exactly where Cambodian police found him the next morning – taking a necro nap.
Several people in the village surrounding the cemetery spotted a foot poking out of the ground, which is – needless to say, pretty weird. The witnesses notified the police and the family of the departed. Fortunately for Chean, Cambdonian authorities have elected to question him regarding his actions rather than send him directly to court for his transgressions.
Still, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Chin Chean.
Oklahoma City police arrested a man after several children reported seeing him walking to his mailbox naked. Police said they also caught the man masturbating outside his house as a 14-year-old boy walked by.
According to police, about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to several reports of a man walking to get his mail naked in the 8300 block of N.W. 112th Terrace. A woman told police that she and her three children, ages 12,10,6, saw the man naked in his front yard.
When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with the suspect, 68-year-old Hillard Stallings, at his house. Stallings told officers that he was a registered sex offender, but he refused to give them his ID.
According to the report, officers then contacted the Sex Crimes Unit, and they stated that if Stallings came outside, the officers could arrest him. However, police said Stallings was very rude and did not want to talk to the officers.
Officers said they believed the inappropriate behaviors would continue. An officer remained on the scene. About five minutes after they spoke to Stallings, the officer said he saw a 14-year-old boy standing in front of Stallings’ house, looking toward the front door.
When the officer got closer, he said he saw Stallings outside his house, “shaking his penis and thrusting his hips out” towards the boy , according to the report.
The officer then took Stallings into custody. He was taken to the Oklahoma County Jail on several charges, including three counts of indecent exposure, one count of failure to register as a sex offender, and one count of disorderly conduct by masturbating in public.
A little smaller than a packet of cigarettes, the machine is designed to be a medical implant that uses electrodes to trigger an orgasm. The device would help some women who suffer from orgasmic dysfunction.
During the operation, a patient would remain conscious so that a surgeon could correctly pinpoint the right nerves to fit the electrodes in a patient’s spinal cord. Then, a signal generator would be connected which would be most likely implanted under the skin of a patient’s buttocks.
Stuart Meloy, a surgeon at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, N.C., came up with idea by accident.
“I was placing the electrodes and suddenly the woman started exclaiming emphatically,” he said to Newscientist. “I asked her what was up and she said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband to do that’.”
Meloy explained that the idea is that orgasms could happen at the push of a button when the implant could be triggered by a hand-held remote control.
However, he explained the treatment is intended to be used in the most serious of orgasmic dysfunction cases because the device is as invasive as a pacemaker.
Medical trials will be conducted by a Minneapolis-based company later this year.