For those who don’t know, I spend most of the winter months coaching a competitive public speaking team (a.k.a. “Forensics”) at a local high school. Now that our season is over, I’ll be doing a lot more traveling/speaking myself.
Video: Imposter Monks and Nuns Panhandle Their Way Through San Francisco While Grabbing People’s Arms
In recent years, faux monks have become an annoying staple of city life across the USA and beyond. The most aggressive ones grab hold of your arm and try to roll a supercheap bead bracelet onto your wrist. Some press a gold-colored good-luck amulet (made of paper or cardboard) into your hand. Every time, they demand money, and if you don’t cough it up, or if the sum isn’t generous enough to their liking (some want as much as $20), they’ll grab back their tawdry treasures and go looking for an easier mark.
I’ve blogged about them before, but that was based on a New York Times article describing these shysters. Now there’s a fascinating video of a few of the fake monks and nuns in action. The footage aired on KRON4, a San Francisco news station, the other day.
A different kind of heartbreaking violence:
Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history.
A video published by Islamic State on Thursday showed men attacking the artifacts, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers and drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry.
“The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him,” an unidentified man said in the video.