Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Times of Israel
10 August 2016
Police say suspects pocketed funds raised to combat nonexistent group they claimed was kidnapping, forcibly converting Jewish children
By Tamar Pileggi
Three Jerusalem residents who allegedly swindled donors into giving money to combat a nonexistent Christian cult they claimed was kidnapping, sexually abusing and forcibly converting hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish children to Christianity have been arrested, police said.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said investigators launched an investigation into the supposed cult two years ago after receiving reports that children in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Sanhedria neighborhood ages 4-10 had been ritually and sexually abused by a Christian group.
The two-year investigation that concluded this week soon determined that no such cult ever existed, and police said the individuals behind the claims made up the story in order to solicit donations from concerned people in Israel and abroad which they later pocketed. […]
Posted by Brian Chapman at 1:47 PM
Friday, August 5, 2016
Tuoi Tre News [Vietnam]
5 August 2016
TUOI TRE NEWS
Rumors of fake Chinese mangos made from plastic are throwing social media users in Vietnam into a collective paranoia.
The rumors sprouted from a video clip posted by a Facebook account named D.T.N. appearing to show the seed from a small mango, allegedly from China, being cut open to reveal what seems like a plastic membrane. […]
According to many experts, the ‘plastic’ membrane found in the clip might just be a natural part of a mango.
Dr. Tran Anh Tuan, a member of the Plant Physiology Department of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture, said that many plants have soft membranes to protect the seed.
Dr. Nguyen Van Hoan, a former lecturer in the Faculty of Agronomy of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture, suggested that some plants have an outer coat to protect the seed and a very soft inner membrane that encapsulates the seed.
This soft membrane is perhaps the ‘plastic’ one people claim to have found inside the stones. […]