Man Allegedly Threw Poodles From Fifth Floor Of Parking Garage

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Edward Hanania and one of the dogs he allegedly threw from a parking structure. The other dog died.

A man in Oak Lawn, Illinois, is accused of throwing two poodles from a parking structure near a hospital. The man, Edward Hanania, 22, a convicted felon, allegedly claimed the dogs were his own when he saw a Facebook ad place by a good soul who found them.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Prosecutors allege Edward Hanania, a convicted felon, drove the two dogs he claimed as his own to the roof of the parking garage at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn on Saturday and threw them off the fifth floor. One of the dogs died and the other was treated for leg and head trauma, prosecutors said.

The 22-year-old Hanania was charged with two counts of animal cruelty, a felony, stemming from the incident. A judge on Tuesday set bail for Hanania at $350,000 during a bond hearing at the Cook County courthouse in Bridgeview.

Prosecutors said someone found the lost poodles Thursday and posted an ad on Facebook seeking their owner. Hanania went to the person’s house the next day and paid $20 as a reward to the person who found the dogs before he took them.

Hanania, who appeared in court in flip-flops and a cutoff T-shirt, does not have any connection to the dogs, prosecutors said.

Mind-boggling, and sad.

Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’

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Wirathu, the ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ of Myanmar.

Sharing this because I’ve heard it said that all of the world’s religions have some history of violence — except Buddhism.

Well, leave it to people.

Religion is a vehicle, like a car is a vehicle. The vehicle of religion is intended to help people arrive at a certain destination. But, like a car, the vehicle of religion can be misused.

Meet Wirathu, Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden,’ as he is called.

From The Star online:

Barbet Schroeder spent months with Ugandan dictator Idi Amin at the height of his power, when corpses would wash up every morning on the shores of Lake Victoria and Kampala was rife with rumours that he was eating his opponents.

But in his decades of documenting evil, the veteran Swiss filmmaker says he has never been as scared by anyone as he was by a Myanmar Buddhist monk named Wirathu.

“I am afraid to call him Wirathu because even his name scares me,” the highly acclaimed director told AFP. “I just call him W.”

“The Venerable W”, his chilling portrait of the monk who has been accused of preaching hate and inciting attacks on Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, has been hailed by critics at the Cannes film festival as a “stirring documentary about ethnic cleansing in action”.

What dismays Schroeder is that Wirathu, whom Time magazine dubbed “The face of Buddhist terror” in a 2013 cover, is utterly unfazed by the chaos and suffering he has unleashed.

More here.