Category Archives: Crime

Florida Men Arrested for Forcing Alligator to Drink Beer

Things get weird in Florida, as all followers of the misadventures of Florida Man know. This time it’s some epic stupidity and felony “taking of an alligator” in Palm City, Florida. Newsweek has the details:

Two Florida men were arrested after allegedly catching an alligator and encouraging it to bite one of the men’s arms while forcing it to drink beer, according to a report from TCPalm.

Authorities say Timothy Kepke, 27, and Noah Osborne, 22, were both arrested Thursday after enacting the scheme in Palm City, Florida. The men were charged with one count each of unlawfully taking an alligator, a felony.

According to the report, Kepke says Osborne had caught the alligator at 10 p.m. on August 26 in Palm City. He apparently took the animal from the side of a road with his bare hands. … After apparently sharing beer with the alligator, the pair released the animal back into the wild.

Others have done this in the past. Similar stories are on the net.

Now you know, alligators can get drunk, but it’s not interesting or cool. I recommend getting a higher quality of fame by breaking some world record. There are plenty to be attempted.

Not everyone likes the taste of beer.

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The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike.

We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still?

I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans.

I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously.

Long ago, I found and interviewed a man when researching “reptilian aliens” (they are just metaphorical, in my view) who advocated over email “storming Area 51”. I disagreed with his plan because the real Area 51 is on a US military base, it is still run by the CIA as far as I know and I also thought he might be an agent of a foreign government. You never know. I’m not into anything subversive, I follow laws and believe in peaceful change.

One thing I read about Area 51 that was reinforced by real voices of government employees in the news, was that people working within agencies don’t always agree with policies they are supposed to follow. It is the duty of workers to follow the direction set by leadership, but there were differences of opinion within, just as within the FBI, and also between agencies. I’m no insider, this is just what I gleaned over the years.

I like the idea of humans getting organized as a species, but not under fascism. I don’t like Nazis or any other violent war-promoting control freaks. The idea of people writing about Reptilian Aliens, as I have understood it, is that there are factions of “cold blooded” ideological Nazis in the US government. Some were imported from Germany after the war in Operation Paperclip and these scientists grew in power in the Shadow Government. They are opposed by other groups that take seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution and to protect citizen’s rights to complain.

Until the mainstream news started talking about the Shadow Government after the attacks of 9/11/2001, I didn’t think there really was such a thing. After learning there is, I still placed my faith in the good side of the inner US government, writing articles on xenophilia.com such as 10 Proven Conspiracies and Why I Still Trust the Government. (The upshot was that “the Government” is not a single thing, it is different groups with different goals and ideals, many competing.) Conspiracy is a real thing; we have laws against it in the USA and people, including members of Congress, have gone to prison for it. Not every conspiracy theory is true, but some are, investigators have to look at the facts, the real facts, when available.

I keep repeating that I support peaceful change because it is true and because, on the spooky side, I fear that vocal people who complain peacefully, may one day be attacked, framed as radicals or turned into criminals in political theater by Nazi factions in the Shadow Government using dirty tricks, digital and otherwise. Let’s hope not.

I pray the good and honest people and groups win this epic battle.

Being interested in the culture of oddities, I have driven to Nevada and stayed at the Little Ale’Inn near Area 51 a few times. I enjoy the ET alien thing, the interesting people you can meet, and the science fiction fun aspect of it. I liked the movie Independence Day and enjoyed driving on the ET highway. I also personally like the idea of a US Space Force, although people laugh at it and some strongly oppose it.

How can we fix corruption and undue influence of big business in government if not by “storming Area 51?”

I like capitalism and competition generally, but support an idea by the Yang campaign to reasonably rein in the influence of super wealthy individuals and lobby groups:

Democracy Dollars. The easiest way to minimize the influence of super-rich individuals and SuperPACs in our politics is to drown that money out with contributions by normal Americans. Under my Democracy Dollars plan, every American would receive $100 per election cycle to donate to candidates of their choosing.

Via AndrewYang

I don’t endorse him as a presidential candidate, but I like this idea.

Representative Democracy, allowing the majority of the people (instead of a cabal) to pick the best leaders works well only if we have well informed voters. To make Democracy Dollars work, we first need truth in advertising and truth in news reporting.

Simultaneous with Democracy Dollars, we need laws that provide stiff fines for lies, and even stiffer fines for lies about lies–in other words, an American realist movement.

Candidate Joe Biden made a slip I heard yesterday while he was campaigning. He said, we need to support “truth not facts”. I do not support non-factual “truths” as facts are the basis of truth.

I support accurate and fearless fact checking as the basis for an effective peaceful democracy. We must protect the rights of reporters to investigate and report the truth.

I support local police, the FBI and the CIA and the NSA which I believe to be composed mostly of individuals of strong moral character who sometimes have to fight within their organizations for what is right, for what is truly American, for our rightful way of life.

Please save a copy of this on your computer, in the cloud, etc. and republish the bejeebies out of it if it ever gets “disappeared” by anyone who tries to put other words or ideas into my mouth! 😉

Peace, love and music,

Xeno of True Strange News

Blogging at xenophilia.com & truestrange.com

Xeno is a songwriter who has written over 100 songs, a reporter and blogger for 30+ years and nephew of a member of the band Steppenwolf. He was engaged to the personal chef of a California billionaire and has traveled to all 48 lower US states interviewing people for an eventual book on happiness. He opposes violence and promotes peaceful positive change.

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Accused Car Thief Carrying Rattlesnake, Uranium and Whiskey

On June 26 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, police found a rattlesnake, a canister of radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey during a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle. He also had a gun, but this is not uncommon in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is a state where it is legal for an adult to openly carry a firearm for certain “legitimate purposes” without a permit, and for certain other purposes with a permit, under the Oklahoma Firearms Act and Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.

[See this for “legitimate purposes” explained.]

The rattlesnake, uranium and whiskey made me laugh for some reason. It seems like he was on a treasure hunt for potent items. A woman with him was also arrested.

Stephen Jennings and Rachel Rivera were pulled over in a stolen vehicle by officers who found radioactive uranium, a rattlesnake, whiskey, and a gun in the car.

(Source)

Gibbs said police then ran the name of the passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Rachel Rivera, and found she was a convicted felon. She was also arrested and charged with possession of a firearm after a felony conviction because the gun was within arms reach, Gibbs said.

Natural uranium (as long as it is not enriched) in “unimportant quantities” is not illegal to own if unrefined and unprocessed and uranium ore can be purchased on Amazon. It has legitimate purposes, for example, to test a Geiger counter.

The article said he had a powdered uranium, however, so I wonder if he was processing it. Did he have yellowcake, milled uranium oxide?

Yellowcake (also called urania) is a type of uranium concentrate powder obtained from leach solutions, in an intermediate step in the processing of uranium ores 

Via Wikipedia

According to Slate, it is not a rare commodity and yellowcake is still a long way from being enriched uranium. In California at least, one source said a layperson without a license may legally own up to 15 lbs of yellowcake uranium according to 17 CCR 30191.

The uranium in yellowcake is almost exclusively (>99%) U-238, with very low radioactivity. U-238 has an extremely long half-life, over 4 billion years, meaning that it emits radiation at a slow rate. 

Is yellowcake radioactive? Desert news had a story with an expert who said it is not. Wait, what!?

Yellowcake, also known as uranium oxide, is far from being a weapons-grade material, said Talat Rahman, chairman of the physics department at the University of Central Florida.

She said it does not pose a serious threat in small quantities.

“Yellowcake by itself is not dangerous,” Rahman said, adding that it’s not radioactive.

“It has to be processed to be converted into something dangerous.”(Source)

This quote was also in the LA Times. Where is the science literacy?

That’s just wrong. The original reporter probably heard her wrong.

Here’s a video showing yellowcake is radioactive:

It would be an awesome cool radiation shielding discovery if yellowcake itself were not radioactive.

To make it into anything dangerous requires huge amounts, however, small amounts over time can still be dangerous.

Best to stay away from uranium, rattlesnakes and whisky.

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$250 fine for taking beach rocks and/or plants

Some beach rocks (and plants) in Massachusetts are city property and there will soon be a $250 fine for taking them. The city of Westport, specifically, has approved a new law that will impose a fine on people caught taking rocks or vegetation from city owned beaches.

A Massachusetts town is sick of homeowners and businesses raiding its beaches for free landscaping materials.

So the coastal community of Westport has approved a town bylaw that would impose a $250 fine on people who take rocks or vegetation from town-owned beaches.

Sean Leach, vice President of the Westport Beach Committee, says he’s seen people and commercial landscapers fill up trucks with rocks that they use for fire pits, rock gardens and driveway aprons.

He says winter berries and other vegetation are taken by people to be used as Christmas decor. …

via MySanantonio

Since pretty much anyone who walks on the beach takes some rocks away with them (they stick to the feet. You can’t really help it. I mean, what is sand by small rocks?) it might be easier if Westport, MA just charged everyone a $250 fee to visit the town beaches.

Just kidding, I do see the need for restrictions if the beaches are being stripped… but how rigid will the enforcement be? A kid picks up a rock and takes it home… $250! Is it per incident? Perhaps it should be by weight of items taken.

I’ve been looking at pictures of beaches in Westport, MA, like the one above, and … is there any real danger of running out of rocks?

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Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case to help a woman stay away from drugs and alcohol.

…[the woman] was sentenced in Boise’s U.S. District Court earlier this month for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to three years of probation and added an extra requirement: He ordered her to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children to deter her from using drugs or alcohol. …

Read more UPI

I knew a psychologist who could get people out of drug addictions. Transcripts of his group therapy sessions were eye-opening.

It boiled down to admitting the drug addiction, knowing one’s personal “triggers” (things that evoke interest in doing the drug,) replacing unwanted old behaviors with new positive enjoyable ones, having day-to-day self-honesty, getting support of others who made it out, and being reminded of negative consequences of the impulsivity. Repeat as a new lifestyle until lasting change happens.

This freed people from interest in drug use long term because their identity in relation to the drug changed. They shifted from “using will-power to avoid it” to genuinely just not being interested now. Habits can be hard to break, but they do get broken every day.

More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. That’s not to say it happens overnight. People succeed when they recognize that the addiction interferes with something they value—and when they develop the confidence that they can change.

Read more PsychologyToday

The odds are, you’ve quit a past addiction yourself.

… Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of Start Where You Are, agrees with Anne Wilson Schaef – we all are addicted to something. But she doesn’t blame it on American culture; she says it’s simply part and parcel of our human nature. Chodron explains that we are restless, irritable, and discontent – we find it impossible to just sit still and BE. So we distract ourselves with activity and entertainment: cell phones, texting, video games, iPods, TV, movies, magazines, non-stop busyness to keep us looking everywhere but inside ourselves.

Via HuffPost

If we are all addicted to something, the trick is to practice, day by day, having healthier happier habits. Meditation is often suggested because mindfulness strengthens mental muscles. Meditation helps break addictions.

Interestingly, meditation itself is a potentially addictive behavior. While it is proven make us healthier and happier, like other healthy activity such as running, use of meditation can get out of control. It usually helps us to focus in other areas of life, but we should be mindful about not overdoing it.

Do you crave meditation? Are you meditating longer than an hour at a time or more than once a day? Are you losing interest in family and friends or social activities? If so, perhaps you are experiencing an addiction to meditation. 

Via Learnreligions

It’s strange to me that there is such a thing as meditation addiction. How do you overcome it?

Direct some will power to keep from overdoing this thing that strengthens will power.

Specifically, I recommend using a timer for a few weeks to make a new healthy habit of having a good daily/weekly schedule.

In a purpose driven life, you set life goals and milestones, say during a focus retreat weekend. Plot out reasonable steps to get where you want to be, then spend appropriate time weekly working toward each of your life goals. Remove from your life all that does not align with your goals. Review and update your strategy periodically.

Vision boarding, putting inspiring pictures of your goals around you in your environment can help. Like wearing a charm bracelet with the faces of your children, images of success are a visual meditation prompt.

Visualize success. What is it for you?

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Stolen Hot Air Balloon Spotted at Festival, Recovered

I guess they thought they wouldn’t be seen if they launched the stolen hot air balloon in another state, but some balloon thieves had no such luck.

A hot air ballon reported stolen in the mid-west, Indiana specifically, was spotted being used in a Florida hot air balloon festival. The vehicle was returned to its owner who did not press charges, wanting only the stolen property back.

Via UPI.

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104 Year Old Woman Arrested… by Special Request

Here’s a strange story in the weird news. A 104-year-old woman, Anne Brokenbrow, who never had been on the wrong side of the law, was detained in a care home, cuffed and taken away in a police car. The reason: she wanted to be arrested once in her life. As part of a bucket list program for charity, she wrote:

“My wish is… to be arrested. I am 104 and I have never been on the wrong side of the law.”

After the experience she had this to say:

“I had a lovely day, it was interesting. Nothing like that ever happened to me before. They put the handcuffs on, I had the lot.

“What did it feel like being a criminal? Well, it will make me much more careful of what I say and do. But the police were very nice throughout.”

More at SkyNews

Words of wisdom. I have a lot of gratitude and respect toward local police in California. I see them a lot as I report the strange news from the road and I do appreciate them.

Sometimes things go wrong and they kill someone who did not do anything threatening, and this is horrible, for everyone, but we also don’t hear about times they see their coworkers killed, or the many times they save people’s lives while risking their own. They have a job that is more difficult and more complicated than most people ever realize.

Anyway, the police can be quite cool to those who stay on the right side of the law.

I don’t have any, “I support my local police” stickers on my car, but in my home town, I did once call the City Council to see if we could get the police department more money. They are underfunded and this situation leads to more crime.

Is it strange want to be arrested just for the experience? I think so, but I’m glad Miss Brokenbrow enjoyed her ride.

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Realistic Car Made Entirely of Snow Gets Parking Ticket

You might enjoy this: A man in Canada made a snow Toyota Supra (some say a snow Delorean DMC-12) so realistic that it got a parking ticket. The snow car was built in a no-parking zone so after having a good laugh, local police gave him a fake ticket. The car was reportedly plowed away by sanitation workers the next day. Video:

A friend of mine once built a snow T-rex and using some green liquid managed to turn it green. As I recall he got in some trouble for that part. His wasn’t quite as big as this one below by Brian Brace, but close:

If you have snow, have some fun.

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Doorbell Licker Sought

Here it is, the world’s strangest news I read today: A week ago on New Year’s Eve, a man, who appears now to have been identified, is being sought for spending three hours licking a doorbell, not his own. Don’t do drugs.

If you thought you’d seen it all, prepare yourself for what’s about to come your way – because police from Salinas, California have released a rather bizarre video that just might put you off your next meal.

The security footage, recorded on a doorbell cam, clearly shows a man trespassing outside of a family home before he begins licking the doorbell. …

Police in the area are currently searching for the man …

A spokesperson for the Salina Police Department told ABC7: “We were pleasantly surprised the image was so clear, it didn’t take us long to identify the individual.”

[The man] is thought to have spent a total of three hours outside the front of the house on New Year’s Ev.

As well as licking the doorbell, he was also filmed relieving himself and moving an extension cord around the garden.

Via Mirror

It is unclear how many of those three hours he spent actually licking the doorbell from the story, but it could be a world record.

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