Saturday, 20 October 2018

Ivanka Trump mercilessly roasted on Twitter for incorrectly attributing a motivational quote to the ancient philosopher Socrates (9 Pics)

Ivanka Trump was mercilessly ridiculed online for incorrectly attributing a motivational quote to the ancient Greek Philosopher Socrates.
In a swiftly deleted tweet, the President’s daughter and senior White House adviser, 36, posted a quote she attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates.
'The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,' Trump tweeted, citing Socrates.

However it turned out the quote Ivanka used was from a different Socrates - a fictional gas character from a book by American gymnast Dan Millman. 
The self-help book called Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives was published in 1980. 
According to Quote Investigator, the quote comes from a gas station attendant called Socrates in the fictionalized memoir.
‘The book was a fictionalized memoir that explored the physical and mental challenges Millman faced in his early life and the spiritual growth he experienced,’ Quote Investigator says.
‘The main catalyst of his spiritual journey was an attendant at an all-night gas station who became his mentor in 1966'. 
Millman gave this enlightened counselor the nickname 'Socrates', and the quotation above was spoken by the modern fictionalized character and not the ancient Socrates’.
Trump’s tweet was deleted after around 30 minutes of being online on Tuesday.
But after deleting the tweet, Trump posted it again with an important clarification.
This time, she attributed the quote to 'Socrates (note: a fictional character not the philosopher)'. 
Even though she clarified her mistake, social media users had their fun – posting a series of witty memes and comments on the embarrassing gaffe.  
This isn’t the first time Ivanka Trump has misattributed a quote. 
Her tweet quoting the physicist Albert Einstein from 2013 resurfaced four years later when people realized it was wrong.
‘If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts,’ was the quote she mistakenly identified as being that of the Nobel Prize Winning Physicist’s.
Einstein never said that quote even though it is often attributed to him.
Trump was touted recently as a potential replacement for Nikki Haley as her father's ambassador to the United Nations.
‘So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador.
‘She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job,' President Trump tweeted.
Ivanka also ruled herself out of the running for the job.
‘It is an honor to serve in the White House alongside so many great colleagues and I know that the President will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley.
‘That replacement will not be me,’ she tweeted.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon once called Ivanka Trump 'dumb as a brick', according to an excerpt from the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
'A little marketing savvy and has a look but as far as understanding actually how the world works and what politics is and what it means – nothing,' he is quoted saying.
Donald Trump Trump attacked Mr Bannon after the excerpts were released from Michael Wolff - which included comments from Mr Bannon.
‘Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,’ Mr Trump wrote in a statement distributed by the White House. 
‘When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind’.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Student's School Essay About Being Raped Sends Man to Prison for 20 Years

A high school student’s writing assignment about overcoming obstacles in her life led to a man pleading guilty to raping her and two sisters years ago, authorities said.
Detectives in Sandusky County began investigating after school officials from Vanguard Tech Center alerted children services and the sheriff’s office about the essay.
“She had disclosed that she had been sexually abused as a child,” said sheriff Det. Sgt. Kenneth Arp.
A county judge sentenced 43-year-old Anthony Knight to 20 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of rape. A message seeking comment was left with Knight’s attorney.
The three sisters said they were initially reluctant to come forward because they had not reported it in the past, but they all discussed being raped and reported different forms of abuse, Arp said. The youngest was 7 when she was first sexually abused, he said.
The siblings’ statements to detectives corroborated information authorities had gathered in other interviews, he said.
“This happened years ago,” Arp said, adding that the three sisters showed a lot of courage coming forward.
Authorities credited the school with quickly alerting them to the allegations in the essay. The school’s superintendent declined to comment because he wanted to protect the student.
The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office thanked school officials for helping the sisters find justice, saying on Facebook, “Great job to Vanguard personnel for bringing their concern to law enforcement and to Sergeant Detective Arp for seeking justice for the victims.”

Florida middle school teacher, 27, pleads guilty to sending nude photos and having sex with her 14-year-old student and will face a minimum of five years in prison

A former New Smyrna Beach Middle School teacher will face between five and 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to having sex with a 14-year-old student and sending him lewd pictures.
Stephanie Peterson, 27, of New Smyrna Beach, entered a guilty plea as part of a plea deal to one count of lewd or lascivious battery sex act with a child, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She also entered a guilty plea to one count of transmission of harmful material to minors by electronic means, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors dropped a second count of lewd or lascivious battery sex act with a child as part of the plea deal.
Peterson will face a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 years in prison when she is sentenced by Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano. A sentencing date has not been set but the judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation, which is a customary step that provides information about the the defendant to help the judge reach a sentencing decision.
One of Peterson’s defense attorneys, William Hathaway, said the defense would argue that the judge should give her less than the five years in prison, known as a downward departure from the minimum sentence.
Peterson had planned to enter no contest pleas but Zambrano said he did not accept those in sex cases.
“The component of any sentence is treatment, and a component of treatment is admitting that you did what you did, and if you plead no contest here they go to treatment and they don’t want to admit anything,” Zambrano said.
Peterson then briefly talked to Hathaway and she changed her plea.
She stood before the judge and spoke clearly and without emotion.
When Zambrano asked for her plea to each of the two charges, Peterson replied without hesitation “guilty.”
The judge asked her routine questions, such as her age and her educational level, which she said was a bachelor’s degree.
When Zambrano asked her if she was under the care of a psychiatrist, psychologist or taking any psychotropic medication, she answered, “Yes sir.”
She said she had taken her medication as prescribed but did not specify what.
“Do you have a clear understanding of what’s happening here?” Zambrano asked.
“Yes, sir,” Peterson replied.
Zambrano asked her to tell him in her own words what she was doing.
“Uh, pleading guilty to those two counts,” Peterson said.
Zambrano also warned her that when she is sentenced she could be declared a sex offender and required to register.
“Yes,” she replied.
Bryan Shorstein, a spokesman for the 7th Circuit State Attorney’s Office, wrote in an email that she would be listed as a sex offender.
Peterson declined to comment to media outside the courtroom. She was accompanied by several people, including her father, a New Smyrna Beach attorney.
Peterson’s 14-year-old victim was not in court but some of his family members were. They declined comment as they waited for an elevator with the prosecutor.
The charges against Peterson stem from her picking up the eighth-grader from his home late at night, deputies said, to have sex with him in her house and her car, as well as in a barn behind the student’s house between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018, court documents state.
Volusia County sheriff’s deputies arrested Peterson on Feb. 28.
Records released this month by the State Attorneys Office include Snapchat messages which appear to show Peterson panicking when she learns that the mother of the 14-year-old she is accused of having sex with was going to police, the sheriff’s report states.
“So she’s planning on doing something with it,” wrote Peterson to the student.
“I hate you” Peterson said
“So much” Peterson added.
Then Peterson wrote: “Pleas tell her it was the worst decision of my life and I know it was and idk where my brain was but that I somehow fell in love with you briefly and idk why and I’ll never be the same person because of it.”
She asks: “Should I call her?!??!”
Then she pleads: “Delete everything.”

Man overturns council fine for driving in bus lane - and it may open floodgates

A driver who successfully won an appeal against the council for driving in a bus lane could inspire change for thousands of other motorists.
Keith Stevenson, 56, took Bristol City Council to a tribunal after being slapped with a £30 penalty charge notice for using the city's M32 Metrobus-only slip-road in June.
The Bristol motorist admitted he accidentally used the slip road during heavy traffic because he became distracted by a driver in front of him.
And although he expected the council to send him a warning, Keith said he was appalled when he was issued with a fine on August 4.
A Bristol City Council spokesperson has since confirmed the slip-road design is now being reviewed in light of the tribunal judgement.
“It was back in June that I used the slip road,” Keith told Bristol Live , referring to his fine.
“It was an honest mistake. It was heavy traffic and I was pulling a trailer at the time.
“I use the M32 all the time and I know the junction that I need to take so I think my attention must have been distracted by a driver in front of me.
“The new slip road looks like any other junction so I thought it was mine and I came off. I realised my mistake right away and when I got to the roundabout on the other side, I noticed a little sign that said ‘you are entering a bus lane’.
“In theory, the only thing you can do at this stage to avoid a fine is reverse on to the bridge - but that would just be utter madness.
“As you go around the roundabout to go back on to the M32, there are these great big cameras filming you - so I knew I’d been caught.
“I was just expecting a warning, though. Surely they could realise this was done in error?”
Upon receiving his penalty change notice, Keith became one of the 9,500 drivers who were caught using the slip-road between May and September.
Of those, approximately 6,000 have already paid their fines - meaning more than 3,000 remain outstanding, though this figure is expected to have risen since last month's report.
In fact, on the day Keith was caught, 15 motorists were filmed using the slip-road in just two and a half hours.
In light of his tribunal success, Keith said he hoped Bristol City Council would agree to rescind any outstanding notices now “a precedent” had been set.
The 56-year-old also called on the local authority to address the “inadequate” slip-road signage, which was highlighted in the adjudicator's ruling.
“The tribunal hearing was done over the phone but the council chose not to take part,” he said.
“The adjudicator was quite clear in her ruling.
“She said the signs and layout is not adequate and the council knows this. 10,000 people have been caught using this slip-road since May, of which 6,000 have paid and 3,000 haven’t.
“Once you come off the M32, you don’t have any choice at all but, like the adjudicator pointed out at the tribunal, if you use the roundabout to come back on to the motorway, then you are using the least amount of bus lane possible.
“I think anyone who has already paid their fine should be allowed to appeal, and I think the council should re-mark the slip road so the mini-roundabout does not fall within the bus lane.
“They should put a sign on the bridge, directing drivers towards the ‘amnesty roundabout’, so they know they won’t get a fine for using it.”
The adjudicator made a number of recommendations regarding the M32 bus-lane slip-road and the council’s enforcement of it following Keith’s appeal success.
Due to the sheer volume of drivers being caught, the adjudicator advised Bristol City Council to issue warning letters before dishing out penalty charge notices.
The adjudicator also highlighted the fact drivers were left with no alternative but to drive over the bridge and use the bus-only roundabout once they have exited the M32.
It was in her ruling that she said drivers should not be penalised for using the roundabout in order to avoid an accident.
“If a driver enters the slip road as Mr Stevenson did, the only way to correct the mistake is to use the roundabout in the bus lane and take the second exit to immediately leave the bus lane and join the southbound M32,” the adjudicator wrote.
“Mr Stevenson was only in the bus lane while he went round the roundabout. Indeed, he had passed a sign on the slip road that directed use of the roundabout to get back to the M32.
“This sign invites use of the roundabout, without showing that it lies just inside a bus lane.
“Obviously, it is understandable that Highways England do not want drivers to reverse back onto the M32.
“But if this results in the council putting up a sign inviting drivers to use the roundabout to return to the M32 without mentioning the bus lane, and taking a ‘low key’ approach to signing the entry point, drivers are at a disadvantage.”
Keith said he hoped his success at the tribunal in overturning the penalty charge notice would set “a precedent” for other drivers going forward.
The 56-year-old added: “The penalty charge notice was for £30 and, if I had lost my appeal, it would have been doubled to £60.
“To tell you the truth, it was never about the amount - it was the totally illogical approach from the council and the fact they were not prepared to admit the faults with this slip-road.”
In September, a highways expert told Bristol Live additional signs were required to deter drivers from wrongly using the slip-road.
At the time, a council spokesperson denied they were trying to “catch drivers out” and insisted the road was “clearly marked”.
In light of the tribunal result, however, a council spokesperson said the slip-road design was now under review.
“Although the signage for the new M32 bus-only route was agreed by the Department for Transport (DfT), we are reviewing it following this judgement and will consider making improvements. We will comment further once this process is complete," the spokesperson said.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dad turns Sons Drawings into EPIC cartoons (50 Pics)

Thomas Romain is a French anime artist who lives in Tokyo. He's worked on various series including Space Dandy, Basquash!, and Aria, but his best ideas actually come from his sons. Working together in what he calls the Father And Sons Design Workshop, Thomas and his kids come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful characters. Well, his kids actually come up with them, and then Thomas adds his professional touch to turn them into everything from steampunk doctors and snake fighters to cloud dwellers and sand golems.