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cross-posted from: https://feddit.uk/post/14948434

Police are investigating a strange case involving two suspects who allegedly shapeshifted and became cats in order to escape from the Meyerton Police Station holding cells on Tuesday morning.

The suspects, brothers Omari and Ali Mustafa, were among 11 suspects who were arrested for possession of hijacked good.

Omari has since been rearrested, while his brother remains on the run.

In the summary of events given to Gauteng provincial commissioner Tommy Mthombeni, police say the two men allegedly disappeared while being processed in the holding cells.

The statement reads:

The cell commander, Warrant Officer Phakathi, and Constable Mahloko were also in cells locked themselves in while the suspects were charged (sic). When it was a turn to charge this other [two] suspects, known as Mustafa Ali and Omari Mustafa, their names were called but they couldn't be found. Among those suspects, there is a suspect known as Erick Tumbulu - who informed the police that he saw when these two suspects made a strange like owl bird noise, turned into cats and they escaped while the gate was still locked, he was prepared to even give a statement.

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A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said it was very suspicious that the suspects waited to arrive at the police holdings cells before they could turn into cats.

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submitted 1 hour ago by Emperor@feddit.uk to c/forteana@feddit.uk

Police are investigating a strange case involving two suspects who allegedly shapeshifted and became cats in order to escape from the Meyerton Police Station holding cells on Tuesday morning.

The suspects, brothers Omari and Ali Mustafa, were among 11 suspects who were arrested for possession of hijacked good.

Omari has since been rearrested, while his brother remains on the run.

In the summary of events given to Gauteng provincial commissioner Tommy Mthombeni, police say the two men allegedly disappeared while being processed in the holding cells.

The statement reads:

The cell commander, Warrant Officer Phakathi, and Constable Mahloko were also in cells locked themselves in while the suspects were charged (sic). When it was a turn to charge this other [two] suspects, known as Mustafa Ali and Omari Mustafa, their names were called but they couldn't be found. Among those suspects, there is a suspect known as Erick Tumbulu - who informed the police that he saw when these two suspects made a strange like owl bird noise, turned into cats and they escaped while the gate was still locked, he was prepared to even give a statement.

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A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said it was very suspicious that the suspects waited to arrive at the police holdings cells before they could turn into cats.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 1 points 1 hour ago

Its linked to the cost of aviation fuel, as they need their private jets, and that has shot up in price.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 2 points 3 hours ago

I love Save the Green Planet, people should go and watch that instead. Right now. I'll wait for you to get back from watching it...

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submitted 3 hours ago by Emperor@feddit.uk to c/movies@lemm.ee

Fresh from their Cannes success with “Kinds of Kindness,” iconic director Yorgos Lanthimos and his totemic star Emma Stone are now busily filming “Bugonia,’ a sci-fi conspiracy movie that is a remake of South Korean film “Save the Green Planet.”

The film follows two conspiracy-obsessed young men who kidnap the high-powered CEO of a major company, convinced that she is an alien intent on destroying planet Earth. The adapted script is from “Succession” and “The Menu” writer Will Tracy.

While the new film’s co-producer and co-financier Korean conglomerate CJ ENM long ago put in place an IP strategy that involves the development of local and international remakes, the company believes it unlikely that a new “Save the Green Planet” would have taken off without the global expansion of “Hallyu,” or the Korean wave.

The original “Save the Green Planet,” with its elements of comedy and sadistic torture, was directed by Jang Joon-hwan and released in 2003. It stirred sharply mixed critical reactions and passed largely unnoticed at the box office but has retained cult status among Korean film aficionados.

“[It] works on a variety of levels, from gruesome slapstick comedy through social critique to genuinely chilling Grand Guignol,” said Variety’s review at the time, before critiquing an off-kilter final act.

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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of puppets.”

I’m pretty sure H. P. Lovecraft said that, or something very like it. And if he didn’t say exactly that, maybe it’s because he hadn’t seen Cthulhu: The Musical! by Puppeteers for Fears.

Of course, that’s a joke. Because while Cthulhu: The Musical! is many things, “scary” isn’t one of them, nor is it ever trying to be. [One of the jokes in this R-rated puppet show is about how one character’s suicide from the story might be “too dark” because they don’t want to get “demonetized.”]

Cthulhu: The Musical! is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a musical, performed entirely by Muppet-like puppets, adapting H. P. Lovecraft’s 1928 short story “The Call of Cthulhu.” Early on, the show’s narrator, Bert the Shoggoth, chastises the crowd for being “lazy Americans” who aren’t familiar enough with the source material.

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The jokes in Cthulhu: The Musical! mostly follow one particular vein: what you might call “Deadpool humor.” Lots of breaking of the 4th wall to address the audience directly, lots of meta jokes, lots of anachronistic references to modern pop culture, and lots and lots of sexual innuendo. A partial list of joke subjects includes Tinder, Japanese tentacle porn, Justin Timberlake’s DUI, Duolingo, and an extensive gag about Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Whether you liked the jokes or songs, the puppeteering is probably always going to be the biggest draw for a puppet show, and the crew at Puppeteers for Fears really gave it their all, despite being shackled with the unenviable task of crawling around, often on their knees, to work the puppets.

In fact, some of the show’s best gags involved the inventiveness of the puppeteers, such as a scene in which the Inspector Legrasse puppet answers the telephone, achieved by one puppeteer simply sticking their arm up above the stage partition and making the “banana phone” gesture.

Puppeteers for Fears (top marks for the name) are touring the show around the States and some venues appear to still have tickets available. Report back if you go.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 3 points 3 hours ago

That bad boy is going to get hammered tonight or just nicked.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 3 points 3 hours ago

I have happy childhood memories of swimming in the Wye at the Warren and now the river is full of chicken shit.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 1 points 11 hours ago

Although it's open source, so anyone can contribute, the original developers are Chinese (it seems to default to the simplified character set, so not Hong Kong). It's been going for a while but has only popped up on a lot of people's radars as it got English-language documentation.

My best shot at a name: AllDB

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 2 points 22 hours ago

It's probably cooler in Chinese.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 4 points 22 hours ago

Nothing in that article suggests to me they should be applying for Mensa any time soon. I'm impressed they got the spelling right, unless they are actually the "Manic Mordor Cunts."

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 34 points 22 hours ago

And rapist politicians.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 6 points 22 hours ago

It does, albeit vaguely:

Officers were called to an incident at an address in Luxor Street at 5pm on Thursday where they found an “ongoing disturbance” involving agency workers and children.

More people started to attend the location and the agency workers and children were taken to a safe place.

A crowd started to gather and more officers were requested to attend the area where “pockets of disorder” were emerging.

It might take a while for the details to emerge.

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Five supporters of the Just Stop Oil climate campaign who conspired to cause gridlock on London’s orbital motorway have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms by a judge who told them they had “crossed the line from concerned campaigner to fanatic”.

Roger Hallam, Daniel Shaw, Louise Lancaster, Lucia Whittaker De Abreu and Cressida Gethin were found guilty last week of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance for coordinating direct action protests on the M25 over four days in November 2022.

Hallam received a five-year sentence on Thursday, while the other four were each sentenced to four years.

The sentences are thought to be the longest sentences even given in the UK for non-violent protest, exceeding those given to the Just Stop Oil protesters Morgan Trowland (three years) and Marcus Decker (two years and seven months) for scaling the Dartford Crossing.

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A police car was flipped on to its side after unrest broke out in Leeds on Thursday evening, and local people were advised to stay at home.

Footage on social media appeared to show people throwing objects at the police vehicle before it was pushed over in Harehills, just east of the city centre.

Videos posted on X appeared to show vehicles on fire including a bus.

By 10.30pm, police had left the scene but a helicopter remained in the sky above Harehills.

A bus was set alight on Foundry Approach and was still burning with flames towering above the red brick houses and thick black smoke could be seen for miles. . The occasional bang could be heard from the blaze as people seemingly threw explosives, and small crowds of people ran screaming each time an explosion occurred.

Another smaller fire in a road junction on Harehills Lane was kept alight, with people throwing debris on to it.

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The leader of a neo-Nazi extremist group based in eastern Europe has been charged with plotting to have an associate dress up as Santa Claus and hand out poisoned candy to Jewish children in New York City to sow terror, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Michail Chkhikvishvili, a 21-year-old man from the Republic of Georgia, was indicted on four charges, including soliciting hate crimes and acts of mass violence, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Chkhikvishvili, who has various nicknames including Commander Butcher, allegedly leads the Maniac Murder Cult, which prosecutors said is an international extremist group that adheres to a “neo-Nazi accelerationist ideology and promotes violence and violent acts against racial minorities, the Jewish community and other groups it deems ‘undesirables.’ "

The Maniac Murder Cult's goal is to upset social order and governments via terrorism and violent acts that promote fear and chaos, according to the announcement from Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York and Executive Assistant Director Robert R. Wells of the FBI’s National Security Branch.

Chkhikvishvili was arrested after he tried to recruit an undercover law enforcement officer to join his group and commit violent crimes such as bombings and arsons, according to court documents.

In November 2023, Chkhikvishvili began planning a “mass casualty event” for New York City on New Year's Eve, prosecutors said.

“The scheme involved an individual dressing up as Santa Claus and handing out candy laced with poison to racial minorities and children at Jewish schools in Brooklyn,” the Department of Justice statement said.

He “drafted step-by-step instructions to carry out the scheme” and shared with the undercover officer “detailed manuals on creating and mixing lethal poisons and gases,” the statement said.

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The long-rumoured Doctor Who spin-off, The War Between the Land and the Sea, is set to start filming in September, it's been reported.

In January 2023, showrunner Russell T Davies confirmed that spin-offs were part of his plan upon his return to Doctor Who, with reports suggesting the first one will focus on the Sea Devils, the iconic monsters who first faced Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor and returned in 2022 in a special with Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor.

Deadline has now reported that "shooting will commence in September" on the long-awaited show.

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submitted 1 day ago by Emperor@feddit.uk to c/movies@lemm.ee

After landing the high-profile spec Apex earlier this year, the Netflix genre thriller has gained some serious momentum as Deadline is hearing that Charlize Theron is in final negotiations to star, with Baltasar Kormákur in final negotiations to direct.

Jeremy Robbins penned the script, which is described as Free Solo meets Silence of the Lambs and follows a rock climber who finds herself being hunted in the wild.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 2 points 1 day ago

sigh - just take my money and be off with you!

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 2 points 1 day ago

It's all relative - I really enjoyed Soho, I loved his other films, so, technically that would make it the worst IMHO but that "worst" is better than a lot of director's best. So it's largely meaningless.

[-] Emperor@feddit.uk 9 points 1 day ago

It always did. It's just been made official.

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A breed of goat was given a rare royal title during the King and Queen’s visit to Guernsey on Tuesday.

Charles and Camilla granted the Golden Guernsey breed the special title of Royal Golden Guernsey Goat, conferring the award on eight-year-old Summerville Tamsin at an event in the gardens at Les Cotils.

It is the first time in recent history that the protected title has been granted to a livestock breed, and will apply to all Golden Guernseys on the island and elsewhere in the world.

Royal titles are granted sparingly, on the advice of the Cabinet Office and with strict standards applied.

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Self-described “gay furry hackers” on July 2 breached archival data from a site that was operated by the Heritage Foundation until recently, and on Tuesday released two gigabytes of internal data originally collected by the conservative think tank. Now an executive director at the influential organization is so hopping mad that he might as well invest in a kangaroo costume.

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This material, as the Daily Dot reported and as the Heritage Foundation now confirms, came from the Daily Signal, Heritage’s media and commentary site, which lists one Mike Howell as an investigative columnist. The former Trump administration official in the Department of Homeland Security is also the executive director of Heritage’s Oversight Project, an initiative focused on border security, elections, and countering the “influence” of the Communist Party of China. It was Howell who contacted SiegedSec in the wake of the breach to get answers about their motivations — and as he continued to message “vio,” his texts grew more unhinged and threatening.

After declining to talk with Howell by phone, vio described what it was that they and their hacker furry comrades sought to accomplish: “[W]e want to make a message and shine light on who exactly supports the [H]eritage foundation,” they wrote. “[W]e [don’t] want anything more than that, not money and not fame. [W]e’re strongly against Project 2025 and everything the [H]eritage foundation stands for.” Howell seemed stunned by the explanation. “That’s why you hacked us?” he replied. “Just for that?” (Once the full chat log was released by SiegedSec, Howell confirmed to the Daily Dot that it was genuine, and that the conversation had taken place on Wednesday.)

From there, Howell’s tone shifted. “We are in the process of identifying and outing [sic] members of your group,” he wrote. “Reputations and lives will be destroyed. Closeted Furries will be presented to the world for the degenerate perverts they are.” As vio expressed skepticism that anyone in SiegedSec would be identified and continued to criticize the Heritage agenda as harmful to human rights, Howell invoked Biblical authority and seethed that the hackers had “turned against nature.”

“God created nature, and nature’s laws are vicious. It is why you have to put on a perverted animal costume to satisfy your sexual deviances,” Howell wrote. “Are you aware that you won’t be able to wear a furry tiger costume when you’re getting pounded in the ass in the federal prison I put you in next year?” When vio taunted the executive for this outburst and hinted that they would be posting the conversation online, Howell replied, “Please share widely. I hope the word spreads as fast as the STDs do in your degenerate furry community.”

He went on to liken furry culture to bestiality, which he called a “sin,” prompting vio to ask him, “whats ur opinion on vore.” (Vorarephilia, or vore, is a fetish typically expressed in erotic art of people or creatures eating one another.) A Twitter user shared a screenshot of this exchange Wednesday afternoon, leading Howell to quote-tweet the post with lyrics from rapper Eminem‘s 2000 single “The Way I Am.”

Hours later, Howell learned through the Daily Dot‘s reporting that vio had decided to try to quit their life of cybercrime, and that the rest of the collective agreed it was “time to let SiegedSec rest for good,” in part to avoid FBI attention. “COMPLETE AND TOTAL VICTORY,” Howell tweeted. “I have forced the Gay Furry Hackers to DISBAND.”

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Fans of Jérémy Clapin’s strange, haunting animated movie I Lost My Body (which is streaming on Netflix) may be surprised at the pivot he took with his second feature film, Meanwhile On Earth. This time, he’s working in live action, with a science fiction premise involving a secretive alien invasion. The first trailer for Meanwhile On Earth has arrived, and for fans of low-budget, character-driven sci-fi, it may look familiar: It feels like a blend of Jonathan Glazer’s striking 2013 Scarlett Johansson thriller Under the Skin and Mike Cahill’s dreamy, shocking 2011 drama Another Earth.

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