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Inside the dark web’s online murder-for-hire scams
“They say that Besa means trust, so please do not break that…” Stephen Allwine emailed (under a pseudonym) to a person he knew only as Yura. “I need this b*tch dead.”
As far as deep-web murder services go, Besa Mafia seemed a fair $6k+ bet to the former Minnesota-based IT technician: According to Wired, Besa’s mystery admin has alleged ties to the Albanian mob — and the site’s homepage featured a photo of a man holding a gun next to these words:
“If you want to kill someone, or to beat the shit out of him, we are the right guys.” See… totally legit.
As it turns out, Besa Mafia (estimated to have pulled in over $6.4m in crypto since it began) and the many kill-sites like it on the dark web have long proved to be more about the racket than an actual murder-for-hire site — a “take the money and run” sort of deal.
But Allwine didn’t figure that out — an oversight that ultimately landed him life in prison.
A boost from bitcoin
The idea of an anonymous crowdfunded assassination market was originally dreamed up as a Kickstarter for political assassinations by the 1990s cypherpunk movement.
It wasn’t until bitcoin’s popularity surged between 2010 and 2013 that deep-web “murder scams” began to boom. And it only took a few years of the sick and twisted consumer getting pilfered by vigilante hackers like Yura to figure out that silencer-bearing hitmen don’t actually exist on the other side of the market.
That doesn’t mean people haven’t taken the dirt
Around the time of Allwine’s 2016 plot, cyber crime reporter Chris Monteiro infiltrated Besa’s website, confirmed that the whole operation was a scam, and ultimately helped shut it down for good.
But, when Stephen Allwine’s wife, Amy (AKA the “b*tch” he wanted offed) was found dead, Monteiro went back to investigate.
The DIY approach
During the investigation Monteiro came across Dogdaygod (Allwine’s pen name), which led the police to find evidence that linked Stephen to his wife’s slaying.
Monteiro also found a list of several other cases of Besa targets that wound up dead. To this day, no one knows Yura’s true identity.
Why McDonald’s is hiring 250k senior citizens
On Wednesday, McDonald’s announced its intentions to fill around 250k summer jobs ranging from cashiers to shift managers — by recruiting Grandma and Grandpa.
The fast-food behemoth is scouting elderly talent with posts on the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) job board.
While we’d love to attribute this to the goodness of Ronny McD’s greasy, chicken-nug-shaped heart, there’s another reason for the move: For the first time in nearly 2 decades, the number of available jobs has surpassed the number of available workers.
In other words, we’ve got a labor shortage on our hands.
This trend is partly driven by older folks
Saddled with thousands of job openings, joints like McDonald’s and Taco Bell have magically shed their lust for cheap, youthful, pimply labor: The average age of today’s fast-food worker has risen to 29-years-old.
“[Teenagers are] in school, or aren’t always excited about working that 5 a.m. shift,” McDonald’s chief people officer told USA Today. “So we believe matching this mature workforce with the breakfast and lunch shift… is really important.”
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Two weeks ago, many of you shared your burning style questions. After a consultation with the stylists at Stitch Fix, the answers are in.
A: Meeting a client on the weekends? Adam, your commitment to success is admirable (and your fashion woes, relatable). Consider this an open invitation to embrace a more casual vibe, although the weekday work look will still fly.
Our call: A pair of chinos with a polo ripe for spring will give that professional polish a weekend update. But if the location calls for something a touch nicer, medium wash jeans with a button-up and blazer should do the trick.
You got this, Adam.
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Facebook watch: The tech giant expects to receive the largest-ever fine for a data breach in the US
Facebook said that it expects to be fined up to $5B by the FTC for its never-ending nightmare of privacy violations.
The penalty would be a record against a technology company by the agency — whose biggest fine doled out to date against a tech company is $22m — and a sign that the US is ready to push back on big tech.
These fines have to affect Facebook eventually… right??
Wrong … Or at least that’s not how lawmakers see it.
A fine even in the low B’s is yet another measly slap on the wrist for a corporation that sees more than 2.7B people use one of its apps each month and brings in $56B in annual revenue.
“This would be a joke of a fine — a two-weeks-of-revenue, parking ticket-level penalty for destroying democracy,” said Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Open Markets Institute.
At this point, until regulators stifle Facebook’s ability to share data with business partners, the company will escape unscathed.
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Illinois is rolling the dice with plans to bring riverboat gambling to dry land
Illinois, whose major investment in video gambling recently went bust, is refusing to fold, recently passing a bill to let riverboat casinos expand onto dry land for the first time.
The state is mid-debate over the legalization of sports betting. But let’s get back to the important stuff: Riverboat. Casinos.
Taking the ‘river’ out of the flop, turn, river
Illinois is one of 5 states that prohibits gambling on dry land but lets casino-owners set up shop on boats or docked barges (some which sneakily sit on land over inch-deep water pits, a loophole).
These strange riverboat gambling laws are a holdover from paddle boat glory days, when booze, brawling, and betting flowed freely along the currents of the mighty Mississippi.
So, what changed?
Now that gambling is federally legal, multiple states are jockeying to set up new sportsbook operations. Since Illinois already has some river-ready gambling operations, this new bill is intended to expand existing gambling revenue available to support education.
Plus, they won’t have to deal with card shark attacks anymore.
Who’s not so on board with the plan? The casinos, who may have to dish out up to $10m per sportsbook license.
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The Do’s and Dont’s of Manscaping
So, you’re interested in tidying up your Southern Expanse? Before you pony up and strip down, here are some important rules to follow. No matter your equipment, one thing is for sure — your nether regions will thank us.
DON’T use wax, spray, or Nair. DO self-shear with buzzers.
Leave the harsh chemicals to the pros. Trying to peel off your cornfields at home is bound to result in rashes redder than an Arizona sunset. Buzzers, on the other hand, are hard to botch, much less painful, and clean up fast.
DON’T leave defined lines. DO blend from bare to hair.
Nothing looks stranger than a hard line dividing your hairy thighs from a freshly-bare Happy Zone. Use a varied buzzer length to make the transition natural instead of laughable.
DON’T cleave it and leave it. DO nail the follow through.
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- Honestly the least realistic part about the Magic School Bus is that a public school has a class size of 8.
- Human thoughts before language must have been weird.
- Someone developed the internet without the help of internet.
- The saying “out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t apply when you are in your room and you catch a glimpse of a spider and then lose it.
- In 40 years, flossing, dabbing and other moves will be considered “Dad Dances”
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