Feminists urge site probe
A group of feminists on Thursday asked authorities to investigate a Web site offering advice on seduction that they described as tantamount to advocating rape. The legal action follows unsuccessful attempts to get the Ministry of the Interior to close down the French-language version of “Seduction by Kamal,” a site registered in Poland that also has an English edition. The move was triggered by an article entitled: “How to screw well: the three secrets of hard sex.” In it, readers are advised: “Don’t ask her if you can penetrate her like a wild animal, just do it. Show her that she does not really have a choice.” It adds: “She complains? Not for long!” Yael Mellul, a lawyer and member of the Collective of Feminists and Citizens, said: “The explicit terms used amount to an excuse for rape and the incitement of violence against women,” she said. “It is not some tiny blog — according to its creator, it gets 20,000 visitors per day and his Facebook page has 17,000 followers.”
Revelers behead dead geese
Young men ripped the heads off dead geese in an ancient folk festival in northern Spain on Thursday, clutching onto them as they dangled from a high wire until the birds’ necks snapped. On the annual Day of the Geese in the small Basque town of Lekeitio, about 20 participants took turns launching themselves from boats to grab hold of a goose hooked to a cable, which in turn was shaken up and down by those on shore. Watched by thousands of revelers, they hung on until they either lost their grip or the bird lost its head, sending both plunging into the water. Whoever manages to cling for the most up-and-down shakes of the cable is considered the winner. Some participants braced the bird’s neck under their arm as they tried to tug the head off. Any player who manages to decapitate the goose is allowed to take the whole carcass home, after dropping into the harbor and swimming to retrieve the head. Tourism promoters say the event, one of countless quirky folk festivals in Spain, is more than 300 years old. It is said to have formerly been carried out using live geese.
Rats trace gunshot residue
Ten brown rats have been recruited by police to help forensic firearms experts sniff out gunshot residue. The rats have a highly developed sense of smell, and are easier and cheaper to train than dogs, force spokesman Ed Kraszewski said on Thursday. “If we have a suspect, the forensic expert takes the residue from the hands and the rats can tell in a few seconds if it’s from a gun,” he said. Officers place the sample behind one of a number of holes in a box. When the rat scratches at the right hole, the experts send the residue off for a final check in a lab, he added. Rats are already used in some countries to sniff for landmines.