Saudi Arabia begins 1000 lash sentence for blogger

From Al Jazeera:

Twitter users are rallying in support of a Saudi blogger whose sentence of 1000 lashes began on Friday.

In May 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a series of public floggings for allegedly insulting Islam on his website. Badawi’s online network also called for an end to the dominance of religion over Saudi public life.

On Friday, Saudi authorities publicly lashed Badawi after weekly prayers. He is due to receive 50 lashes every week for a period of 20 weeks.

Social media users responded to the news of the lashings with the hashtags #FreeRaif , #IStandWithRaif and #JeSuisRaif :

Real Estate Broker Uses Roller Coaster to Give Prospective Buyers a Tour

From NY Daily News:

And now potential purchasers can experience that nervous thrill before they even commit to splashing out their hard-earned cash.

That’s because a real estate broker in Ermelo, Netherlands, has installed a miniature version of the popular fairground attraction inside a seller’s home.

Prospective buyers are invited to hop into its wooden carriage, which then whisks them through the property.

Walking on Clear Ice

Me and my friend walking on frozen mountain lake in High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia.

There’s an entry for this in Snopes which declares it as true:

Another factor frequently questioned by Internet investigators was the actual ice itself: Do such crystal clear waters exist? Slovakian Igor Ludma explained to the New York Daily News a sudden drop in temperature amid a snowless stretch of weather could result in the conditions seen in the video above:

It is only possible when the temperatures fall from being relatively mild to very cold very quickly, and at the same time it’s important that there has not been any snow which tends to make the ice very cloudy. And we have had those conditions lately which would explain this very clear ice.

Accuweather confirmed such weather conditions existed in Slovakia at the time, writing Lomnicky Stit “has been gripped by subfreezing temperatures since the middle of November.”