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Bibi1581 Blog For 05/01/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> Witches And Gnomes: Germany


On April 30, in the night of May 1, the Harz region of Germany sees all sorts of ancient activities come out of the woodwork. Thousands of women dressed in witches’ costumes, gather together and dance around bonfires during the famous “Walpurgis Night,” as witches have supposedly been gathering in Germany’s Harz since the mid-17th century to light fires and “hold revels with the devil.” 

The event still attracts huge crowds of visitors and is spread across 20 locations around the Brocken Mountain. The focal point is Hexentanzplatz (Witches’ Dance-floor) in the Harz Mountains.

The festivities are based on ancient folklore according to which witches were believed to fly on their brooms to the Brocken Mountain on the eve of May Day. Together with devils, they would celebrate the arrival of Spring in there.

2…………> Opioids& Money Laundering: MA

 A Gloucester, Massachusetts woman named Melissa Sclafani, 30, was sentenced to prison April 26 in federal court in Boston for her role in a conspiracy to traffic counterfeit steroids and launder money following charges to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute, to distribute counterfeit steroids and one count of conspiracy to launder money.

A counterfeit steroid organization run by Sclafani and others operating since at least early 2016 smuggled raw steroid from China/Hong Kong into the United States and manufactured injectable anabolic steroids which were advertised and sold over social media sites, fitness blogs, and email as “Onyx Pharmaceuticals”. The steroids were marketed and sold with counterfeit labeling, holograms, and branding and distributed all over the United States.



3…………> Mossad’s Triumph: Iran 

In another spectacular “James Bond” like spy thriller, Israeli Mossad agents entered Iran and came back with 55,000 pages of evidence and a further 55,000 files on 183 CDs relating to Project Amad, proving beyond any doubt that the Shia brethren of our beloved 1st Muslim President, Grand Ayatollah Barack Obama were working on a project of producing five warheads, each with the yield of 10 kilotonnes of TNT. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has revealed what he says are “secret nuclear files” proving Iran once covertly pursuing nuclear weapons. 

He also said thousands of pages of material obtained by Israel showed Iran had deceived the world by denying it had ever sought nuclear weapons.


4…………> In Vikings Footsteps: A Trek 

Archaeologist Julie Gibson is one of only 200 individuals who live on the small island of Rousey, part of a stunning archipelago of islands in the far north of Scotland. 

She commutes to and from the Orkney mainland every day on a small ferry, driving a different car at each end of her trip to get to work. 

The last boat back is at 6 pm, and if she misses it, she has no way to get home.




5…………> A Salute To Heroes: Pearl Harbor 

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Kylee Porter renders honors to the USS Arizona Memorial as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a scheduled port visit. Bonhomme Richard, which had been forward-deployed since 2012 as the Amphibious Force 7th Fleet flagship, is transiting to San Diego as part of a homeport change where it is scheduled to undergo upgrades to operate the F-35B Lightning II. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gavin Shields (Released) 180427-N-DL434-1239

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