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'World's worst internet troll' exposed

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 14 Oktober 2012 | 23.08

THE internet troll behind a an online message board where users post sexual photographs of unsuspecting teenage girls has been revealed as a cat-loving grandfather from Texas.

Michael Brutsch, who uses the Reddit name 'Violentacrez', was the main moderator for the social network's 'Creepshot' forum which sparked outrage last month for encouraging the vile pictures, The Daily Mail reports.

Now, after years posting offensive messages across the internet and earning the moniker of the 'biggest troll on the web', Brutsch has been found working as a computer programmer for a financial services company in Arlington, Texas by Gawker.

The 49-year-old lives with his wife, who suffers from diabetes and is also an avid Reddit user, a son, two dogs and seven cats. Brutsch, who has a granddaughter, also has a son in the Marines, according to social networking sites.

"My wife is disabled,' he pleaded with Gawker's Adrian Chen. 'I got a home and a mortgage, and if this hits the fan, I believe this will affect negatively on my employment.

"I do my job, go home watch TV, and go on the internet. I just like riling people up in my spare time."

But, even though he has become a massive internet troll after setting up a number of sickening Reddit forums, including 'Rapebait', 'incest' and 'misogyny', he refused to apologise.

"I would stand by exactly what I've done,' he added.

Brutsch also would create Reddit forums on topics such as incest, Hitler, and some whose titles are difficult to even read—not necessarily because he himself was interested in the content, but to provoke a reaction from other Reddit users.

Outraged users would complain about the content, thus getting it more attention—sometimes even on the website's front page.

His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, Gawker reports.

Reddit is a a social news website where users submit content and vote for or against it to determine its position on the front page.

Users can discuss any subject, and the site is regularly used by celebrities for interviews, including Barack Obama, who recently took part in an 'ask me anything' debate.

Read more on Michael Brutsch's outing at The Daily Mail and Gawker
 


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Sydney world's 2nd most expensive city

Sydney was ranked next to 26 other global cities in the Cities of Opportunity survey, by multinational accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Source: Supplied

SYDNEY is the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo, according to global survey.

The Cities of Opportunity survey, by multinational accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), gauged 27 of the world's biggest and most influential cities and measured factors like quality of life, economic factors, technology and cost of doing business.

Sydney - the only Australian city on the list - came out as the 11th most influential city overall, and topped the list for sustainability.

It was ranked second for demographics and livability, behind Paris, and third for health, safety and security, after Stockholm and Chicago.

However, it did not do so well in on transport and infrastructure, coming fourth last with only Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg worse.

The high cost of Sydney was of concern, said Sydney Business Chamber president and PwC partner Scott Lennon.

"Sydney is more expensive than much bigger cities like New York, London and Hong Kong in a variety of areas including tax," he said in a statement.

"Nor are we far behind in business occupancy costs, rental expenses and the internet.

"This erodes our comparative advantage, making Sydney less attractive to global investors and a more difficult place to live for its inhabitants."

The business chamber's executive director Patricia Forsythe said the report showed Sydney was being held back by congested traffic and lack of new housing.

She said it gave an impetus to the NSW government to adopt the recommendations of Infrastructure NSW's planning strategy released this month.

See the complete ratings here


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Things to know before saying 'I do'

There are many things you should sit down and ask your partner before you say I do. Picture: Supplied Source: Sunday Mail (SA)

BEFORE you take the plunge, have a think about your values and what it is that you want out of this life together.

Thinking about spending the rest of your life with someone? There are some questions you should ask first.

What are your and your partner's financial goals?

Money often causes conflict, so airing your views before tying the knot is important. "Ideally, you should have the same financial goals, whether you want to save for a house, a holiday or to have a baby," says Sydney-based financial expert Analaura Luna.

"Being financially intimate is essential if you're going to create, and reach, shared financial goals. Talk honestly about what matters to you, such as how many children you want, whether you're bringing debts, savings or assets to the union, and what you'd like to achieve in the future."

Ms Luna says a recent PayPal survey revealed that 30 per cent of Australians regularly argue about finances. "Be open about your financial habits and work together to create strategies to reach your goals," she advises.

Who will be in charge of our money?

The days when women looked after the house and men looked after the money are gone. When considering who is going to control your finances, you need to play to your strengths. "If the woman is more organised, she should be in charge of budgets and bill paying," Ms Luna says.

"And if your partner is more experienced with investing, then perhaps they should handle the investments. We also advise that couples have three bank accounts: a personal account each and a joint account to cover combined household expenses."

Ms Luna says having personal accounts brings a level of independence to your marriage."It's demeaning to have to ask your partner for 'permission' to spend your money, or to have to justify everything you buy."

When will we have kids, how many will we have and who will look after them?

"The issue of children is so important, especially if the relationship breaks down and kids get caught in the middle," says Eric Hudson, vice president of the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors. Decisions about children will be largely influenced by a couple's own family experiences, he says. "But the truth is that families come in all shapes and sizes."

Child care is another issue, especially if both parents have good careers. "There are many more dads taking time out from full-time work to become full- or part-time at-home parents," Hudson says. "Hopefully, the 'absent father' issue is becoming a thing of the past and parenting will be seen as an important role for both parents."

How involved will our families be in our daily lives?

Ask any couple and they'll tell you that in-laws can be a blessing or a nightmare. While some newly-marrieds depend on support from their families, others see marriage as a time to strike out on their own.

"Every pyramid has a pinnacle block and that crowning stone symbolises the primary partnership of a husband and wife," says body+soul's relationship psychologist, Toby Green. "It's an exclusive space. Everyone comes down from there, including children, parents and family."

Mr Green says that once a monogamous relationship forms, the couple must graduate from being their parent's children. "It is their duty to defend their partner over their parents," she says. "But to a certain degree, it is also important for both to compromise when accommodating their respective in-laws."

Is there anything you're not prepared to give up?

Whether it's spending Friday nights with the guys or buying expensive shoes, we all have behaviours that may need to be reviewed aft er marriage. "It's imperative that a couple discuss what they're willing to sacrifice from their single existences before committing," Mr Green says.

Money and past friends are the trickiest to negotiate, she says. "If she has an old male friend she wants to retain, for example, it must stand the 'cup of coffee' test. That means if all three can sit down and feel comfortable, any insecurities should be reduced." Mr Green says that once a couple has agreed on shared values, it's healthy for each individual to pursue earlier interests. "It brings new energy into the partnership."

What if one of us gets offered a job somewhere else?

This can be a major upheaval for a couple, especially if both have good careers. Although many companies will pay for the cost of relocation, you will have to leave behind family and friends and, in an overseas move, there might be legal issues surrounding whether your spouse can work.

"If one partner has to sacrifice a job, or put their career on hold for the other, both parties need to agree that accepting a position elsewhere is worth any impact it may have on their relationship," says CareerOne expert, Zsa-Zsa Bowie-Wilson.

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'Humans used to eat pandas'

Fossil records show that humans used to eat pandas, a Chinese scientist says. Picture: Li Qiaoqiao Source: AP

A CHINESE scientist says that humans used to eat pandas.

In a newspaper interview, Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate the bears in what is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.

Mr Wei, the head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a Chongqing museum, says many excavated panda fossils "showed that pandas were once slashed to death by man".

The Chongqing Morning Post quoted him on Friday as saying: "In primitive times, people wouldn't kill animals that were useless to them" and therefore the pandas must have been used as food.

But he says pandas were much smaller then.

Mr Wei says wild pandas lived in Chongqing's high mountains 10,000 to 1 million years ago.

Pandas don't eat much apart from bamboo.


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Crowe and Spencer separate

Pure mountain air, crystal clear streams and deep glassy lakes make the Snowy Mountains a pristine natural wonderland.

Australia's highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, towers above a landscape of sub-alpine snow gum woodlands and tall forests of alpine ash.

It's a scenic backdrop for mountain walks and a natural landscape for outdoor activities such as trout fishing, caving, rafting, kayaking and horse riding.

In winter, the Snowy Mountains is a snow-blanketed wonderland filled with skiers and snow borders.


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Josh says fan support helps him cope

Josh Moore with Big Brother host Sonia Kruger during the special episode which allowed him to thank and farewell fans following his brother's death. Picture: Channel 9 Source: Supplied

JOSH Moore described his time on Big Brother as "a test of character" and after braving the public glare of live television and sharing the pain of losing his only sibling Toby it's clear he passed that measure of a man with flying colours.

The 28-year-old said the decision to put his family before the Channel 9 contest was a "no-brainer" as was returning to thank those who had offered condolences and comfort.

Supported in the wings by his parents, Carolyn and Terry, who sat among the live audience at Dreamworld, Moore was driven to come back for closure on the TV experience which had made his late brother so proud.

"After everything that's happened to get that opportunity to come on and say goodbye and thank everybody for their support meant everything," Moore said backstage.

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"I know my brother would have wanted me to do it, for sure. First and foremost, he would have wanted me to keep going.

Given the secrecy surrounding his acceptance into the BB experiment, it had been left to his parents to tell Toby about the reason for his little Brother's absence - a regret, Moore says.

"I had to keep it on the down low, so Mum and Dad told him while I was in lockdown so I never really got to see the initial pride he would have had in his eyes which is a bit of a bummer. He would have hated the fact I was coming out because of him but I had to be with the family."

Impressively, he was able to contain his emotions during the live interview, handled with care by BB host Sonia Kruger, Moore openly laughed as a highlights reel of his time inside the house was replayed - capturing the charming ladies man with a passion and natural talent to entertain.

While touched in the end by real tragedy, many will see his exit as a great loss for the show, with Moore favourite to win the series.

His best friend Luke McKay said while the series was a great platform for Moore's irrepressible personality and integrity "the best he's got to offer is still yet to be seen."

But it was never about titles or prize money, Moore said: "It was just a good thing to do as a test of character. It's strengthened my character and more so coming out now."

The outpouring of grief and support from fans had touched Moore but especially his parents.

Mrs Moore, a primary school teacher said: "you see so much bad news, people (in the media) trying to take other people down. But all the comments, the people in the streets who have stopped us to say 'we're just so sorry for your loss.' That's just nice and such a support for us as a family."

Moore's father Terry, a former North Melbourne and Hawthorn player and Adelaide Crows administrator, added: "people have been so compassionate, it just restores your faith in mankind again.

"Toby was extremely proud, as we all are of Josh," Mrs Moore said "and I think he would have been shattered if he was to know that what's happened to him has cut Josh's time short. If nothing else (Josh's return appearance) is what Toby would have wanted him to do. Josh knew how much he loved him and he was so proud of his little brother. Since he's been home though its just been wonderful to have him there, to hug or to cry with."

While Moore will meet a round of media commitments this week, it is only when he retreats away from the spotlight again his father says the mourning will really begin.

"The hard time of grieving is actually when you're on your own. That is really, really tough, that's when you cry. When you're out and doing things and you've got lots of people around you and lots of things happening that take you're mind away from it. It helps you get through it better...it's not that you're not grieving it's just that your mind is not on it for a minute."


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Countdown to 'space jump' has started

Red Bull Stratos, a mission to the edge of space. This animation shows how Felix Baumgartner will be going up to 120.000 feet in a capsule attached to a helium balloon. Once he's up there he'll jump doing the highest parachute jump ever done by a human.

EXTREME athlete Felix Baumgartner has started his ascent to 36km above Earth, hoping to make a death-defying free fall that could make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.

Baumgartner took off about 2.30am AEDT in a pressurised capsule carried by a 55-storey ultra-thin helium balloon that is expected to take nearly three hours to climb into the stratosphere.

Baumgartner will jump into a near vacuum with no oxygen to begin what is expected to be the fastest, farthest free fall from the highest-ever manned balloon.

Watch the countdown to Felix Baumgartner's historic attempt here.

Felix Baumgartner is preparing again to jump from more than 36km up after two attempts were thwarted by high winds.

Shortly after launch, screens at mission control showed the capsule as it rose above 10,000 feet, high above the New Mexico desert as cheers erupted from organisers. Baumgartner also could be seen on video checking instruments inside the capsule.

Baumgartner's team included Joe Kittinger, the man who first attempted to break the sound barrier from 31km in 1960. With Kittinger inside mission control, the two men could be heard going over technical details as the launch began.

"You are right on the button, keep it right there," Kittinger told Baumgartner.

The capsule and attached helium balloon carrying Felix Baumgartner lifts off as he attempts to break the speed of sound with his own body. Picture: Ross D. Franklin

Earlier in the day, mission control officials declared a "weather hold", delaying the launch. But about an hour later, organisers described conditions at the launch site as perfect, and said the balloon would be inflated.

If he succeeds in the death-defying feat, the man nicknamed "Fearless Felix" will break a 52-year-old altitude record by Kittinger, who jumped from about 31km and reached a speed just under the sound barrier.

The jump was postponed on Monday and Tuesday because of unexpected winds.

As the sun rises, workers prepare at the launch site, ahead of an attempt by Felix Baumgartner to break the speed of sound with his own body. Picture: Ross D. Franklin

This attempt will hopefully be the end of a five-year road for Baumgartner, a record-setting high-altitude jumper. He already made two preparation jumps in the area, one in March from 24km high and one in July from 29km high. It will also be the end of his extreme altitude jumping career; he has promised this will be his final jump.

Coincidentally, Sunday also marks the 65th anniversary of US test pilot Chuck Yeager successful attempt to become the first man to officially break the sound barrier aboard an airplane.

Baumgartner plans to travel faster than the speed of sound with only the benefit of a high-tech suit.

Baumgartner prepares to jump. Picture: AP

Dr Jonathan Clark, Baumgartner's medical director, has told reporters he expects the pressurised spacesuit to protect him from the shock waves of breaking the sound barrier. If all goes well and he survives the jump, NASA could certify a new generation of spacesuits for protecting astronauts and provide an escape option from spacecraft at 120,000 feet, he said.

Any contact with the capsule on his exit could tear the pressurised suit. A rip could expose him to a lack of oxygen and temperatures as low as 56 degrees below zero. It could cause potentially lethal bubbles to form in his bodily fluids, a condition known as "boiling blood".

Dr Clark is a NASA space shuttle crew surgeon who lost his wife, Laurel Clark, in the 2003 Columbia accident. No one knows what happens to a body when it breaks the sound barrier, Dr Clark said.

Winds have to be under about 3.6km/h for Baumgartner to start his ascent to the stratosphere from this desert town better known as the site of a rumoured UFO landing in 1947.

Jumping from more than three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners, Baumgartner's expects to hit a speed of 1110km/h or more before he activates his parachute at 9500 feet above sea level, or about 5000 feet above the ground in southeastern New Mexico. The total jump should take about 10 minutes.

The energy drink maker Red Bull, which is sponsoring the feat, has been promoting a live internet stream of the event from nearly 30 cameras on the capsule, the ground and a helicopter. But organisers said there will be a 20-second delay in their broadcast of footage in case of a tragic accident.

After the jump, Baumgartner says he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the US and Austria.


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Man caught urinating on Bali bombing site

OUTRAGE: A man has been pictured urinating on the Sari Club site, on the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings. Source: PerthNow

A MAN in the company of Kingsley Football Club players commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings has been pictured urinating on the Sari Club site.

PerthNow has obtained a photograph showing a man urinating on the Sari Club bombing site, not long after a minute's silence was held at the site on Friday night.

The damning photograph comes amid outrage after it was revealed last week that the site of the Sari Club was being used as a car park and public urinal.

David Marshall, whose father Robert Marshall was killed in the blasts and was a trainer at South Australia's Sturt Football Club at the time, said the photo was repulsive and should be publicised.

"I for one am extremely disgusted that he has no respect what so ever for the lives that were lost as a result of the bombing," Mr Marshall said on Sunday.

"I believe every effort should be taken to find this person, even as far as printing the photo to try and get leads to whoever he is and have him totally shamed."

Several Kingsley players gathered in Bali last week to remember the seven players from the club, who were among the 88 Australian who lost their lives.

The emergence of the photo comes just days after Bali bombing survivors, including former Kingsley Football Club captain Phil Britten, labelled the current state of the Sari Club "disgraceful" and "disrespectful" to those affected because too many people are desecrating it with their urine and treating like a public toilet.

There were fresh calls this week for the site to become a peace park and an area of reflection and remembrance for the 202 victims killed in the bombs.

Witnesses who saw the man in the photograph urinating claim he was in the company of Kingsley Football Club members on Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The photograph clearly shows the man urinating with a bottle of Bintang beer resting on a wall above his head.

Mr Nimmo, who attended the 10th anniversary memorial service in Bali at the weekend, said he would be disappointed if the man photographed urinating was associated with the club.

"It's pretty disappointing to be honest," Mr Nimmo said initially, when told of the photograph's existence by PerthNow.

Mr Nimmo was sent a copy of the photograph via e mail on Sunday afternoon by PerthNow asking him if the photographed man is a member of the football club.

Mr Nimmo later confirmed he had received a copy of the photograph but could not comment further on the matter.

"My hands are tied," he said after viewing the photo.

It's understood as many as eight players from the Kingsley Football Club travelled to Bali for the 10th anniversary of the bombings.

Phil Britten was captain of the Kingsley Football Club when he was caught up in the bombings.

Seven of his teammates who were on an end of season trip were killed in the blasts.

Mr Britten is now president of the Bali Peace Park Association, a non-profit organisation founded in 2008 assisting victims, families and friends who suffered as a result of the bombings.

He could not be reached for comment today but was quoted in the media earlier in the week as saying the Sari Club site should be better established as a place to pray and mourn those lost.

He said the Bali Peace Park Association remained positive that a park would eventually be built on the site.

Kingsley Football Club president Keith Pearce could also not be reached for comment today.


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