To catch a thief

Rather good, this one:

It’s maybe the most satisfying arrest we can imagine.

Seattle police caught an alleged car thief by enlisting the help of car maker BMW to both track and then remotely lock the luckless criminal in the very car he was trying to steal.

Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, deputy director of communications for the Seattle Police Department, posted a witty summary of the event on the SPD’s blog on Wednesday. Turns out if you’re inside a stolen car, it’s perhaps not the best time to take a nap.

“A car thief awoke from a sound slumber Sunday morning (Nov. 27) to find he had been remotely locked inside a stolen BMW, just as Seattle police officers were bearing down on him,” Spangenthal-Lee wrote.

 When the owner, who’d just gotten married a day earlier, discovered the theft, the police contacted BMW corporate, who tracked the car to Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. The car was parked, still running, with the snoozing suspect fast asleep behind the wheel.

Then they quoted a movie line to him through the sound system. Nice one.

[H/T haiku]

Grace Kelly – the Virgin Princess

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Clara Bow played the sexually alluring, rather than the vamp but rumours abounded about her private life, rumours which only helped her popularity whilst they were still just rumours.

The public knew Clara Bow had lovers, they may not have known about the animals and multiple partners. Similar with Grace Kelly – less kinky than Bow but with about the same number of notches, if the accounts below are to be believed.

The snubbing of Big Internet

Most interesting, via haiku:

Team Trump has announced the composition of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum – and there’s no place for internet oligarchs like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos or the world’s fifth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg.

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch has a seat, as does Ginni Rometty, head of everything at IBM. The forum is headed by Stephen A Schwarzman, co-founder of private equity giant Blackstone.

“The panel will be a strong voice on Team Trump for corporate America and the interests of the 1 per cent,” writes Larry Kumer of the Fabius Maximus blog, noting that for a populist President-elect, there’s no representation for organised labour.

The Schism

schismAgain I must stress to N.O.’s non-religious readers that this is not an evangelical piece but something I followed up after Dearieme’s comment about the RCs ‘flouncing out’ in the C11th.

First stop obviously Wiki:

The ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek East and Latin West pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054.[2][3][4]

Prominent among these were the issues of the source of the Holy Spirit, whether leavened or unleavened bread should be used in the Eucharist,[a] the Bishop of Rome‘s claim to universal jurisdiction, and the place of the See of Constantinople in relation to the Pentarchy.[8]

Just for interest, my first thoughts on the source of the Holy Spirit are these:

Clandestine Palestinian building projects

This is clearly biased but it’s still going to be run here, for reasons which become apparent, concerning bias:

  • While construction in Jewish settlements of the West Bank and neighborhoods of Jerusalem has long been carried out within the frame of the law and in accordance with proper licenses issued by the relevant authorities, the Palestinian construction is illegal in every respect.
  • The Palestinian goal is to create irreversible facts on the ground. The sheer enormity of the project raises the question: Who has been funding these massive cities-within-cities? And why? There is good reason to believe that the PLO and some Arabs and Muslims, and especially the European Union, are behind the Palestinian initiative.
  • The Jewish outpost of Amona, home to 42 families, is currently the subject of fiery controversy both in Israel and in the international arena. Apparently, settlements are only a “major obstacle to peace” when they are constructed by Jews.
  • The EU and some Islamic governments and organizations are paying for the construction of illegal Palestinian settlements, while demanding that Israel halt building new homes for Jewish families in Jerusalem neighborhoods or existing settlements in the West Bank.
  • The hypocrisy and raw malice of the EU and the rest of the international community toward the issue of Israeli settlements is blindingly transparent. Yet we are also witnessing the hypocrisy of many in the Western mainstream media, who see with their own eyes the Palestinian settlements rising on every side of Jerusalem, but choose to report only about Jewish building.