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Man Pays $100,000 To Look Like Justin Bieber… And Other News

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There are Beliebers, and then there’s this guy. Toby Sheldon, a 33-year-old songwriter from Los Angeles, paid nearly $100,000 to transform himself into Justin Bieber.

Sheldon’s obsession with looking like the 19-year-old pop star began in 2008 when Justin Bieber shot to stardom. Sheldon became infected with Bieber Fever and all he could think was “I want to look like him!” And so the extensive plastic surgery began… The five year long journey to look like the Biebs included three hair transplants, face and lips fillers, Botox and Aquamid injections, eye surgery to lift his upper eyelids, liposuction on his chin, and a three-part smile surgery. Was it worth it? Judging from the before and after pictures, no, it was not. Most would agree it was money well wasted, but not Sheldon – he loves it! Even though Sheldon is happy with his new pre-pubescent look, he hasn’t perfect it. Next on the list: a nose job and jaw reduction. Daily Mail

GagaDamn it! Bradley/Chelsea Manning is at it again… Oh wait, no this is another secretly flamboyant military leaker. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, a high-profile U.S. Navy commanding officer, has been charged with trading classified information for Lady Gaga concert tickets. Misiewicz, 46, gave sensitive and classified information and arranged for ships to visit certain ports where the CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd had contracts. In return, the CEO gave Misiewicz five tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand in 2012, along with some other stuff including prostitutes. Although to be fair, hookers only cost about 50 cents in Thailand so it wasn’t much of a bribe. Washington Times

Russian orphans in IrkutskEither Russia just realized that gay marriage has been legal in Canada for over eight years or they’re just being dicks. Actually either way they’re being dicks. Russia has decided to take a hardline against Canada’s gay ways by suspending Canada-Russia adoptions – straight or gay. But it’s not just Canada that’s bearing the brunt of the recent anti-gay Russian policies. Russia is closing adoptions to all countries that allow same-sex marriages. I’m sure those kids will be much better off growing up in a Russian orphanage than being raised in a tolerant society with a loving family. CBC News

dzhokhar-tsarnaevIt wasn’t me! Experts say that Boston Marathon Bomber #2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and his lawyers may try to avoid the death penalty by arguing he fell under the murderous influence of his older brother. Just how murderous was his influence? Well, prosecutors now say that Boston Marathon Bomber #1, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, may have been involved in a 2011 triple homicide. A friend of the brothers told investigators that Tamerlan participated in the unsolved killings of three men – one of whom was Tamerlan’s friend.  The bodies were found in an apartment with their throats slit and some marijuana sprinkled over their corpses. Was that his idea of making it look like a drug overdose? Associated Press

Blast DoorWell, this is reassuring. Four Air Force officers, entrusted with keeping the doors closed to prevent intruders entering a top secret area, left the blast doors open while they slept. This is the second time this year officers have accidentally left open the blast door to their underground command post that holds nuclear-tipped missiles. The cause of both missteps? Naps. Instead of being sent home to rest, the officers were punished. What kind of punishment? A non-judicial punishment! So… a spanking? Associated Press

facebook-beheadingsOops, our bad! Facebook continues to flip flop over whether or not users of the social network site can post graphic beheading clips. First it was totally fine, then they imposed a ban, then they lifted the ban, and then two days after the ban was revealed they pulled a u-turn and now the ban is back!  The controversial video clip of a woman being beheaded has been removed from Facebook and the company has issued more new rules about what can be shared on its site. Jesus Facebook, pick a policy and stick with it! The site will still allow some graphic content, but Warning: it will come with a warning. BBC News

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Bradley Manning Is Sorry

Current EVent Cat - Bradley Manning

After years of solitary confinement and poor conditions, U.S. soldier Bradley Manning is sorry he hurt the United States. And even sorrier they hurt him.

25-year-old Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country.

“I’m sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that it hurt the United States. At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues, issues that are ongoing and continuing to affect me. Although a considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions,” Manning said.

He added that, at the time of the leaks, he understood what he was doing but did not believe that the classified information he leaked would cause harm to the U.S.

Manning admitted that he mistakenly believed he could “change the world for the better” by leaking the documents to WikiLeaks but in retrospect he should have worked “inside the system”.

Other highlights from the military trial include some emotional testimony from Manning’s family members about his troubled childhood and from a psychologist who felt that Manning’s struggle with gender identity in a hostile workplace caused him to feel a great amount of pressure.

“You put him in that kind of hypermasculine environment, if you will, with little support and few coping skills, the pressure would have been difficult to say the least,” Capt. Michael Worsley said.

Apparently Private Manning secretly wanted to become a woman and hoped that military life would cure him once and for all.

Bradley Manning could be sentenced to 90 years in prison for the leaks, which occurred while he was working as an army intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010.

Via: Current Event Cats & CBC News