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June 17-23, 2024

In this issue...

• Young males taking their own lives over "sextortion" threats

• CBC Radio's Under the Influence: Brand Envy 2024

• By the numbers X 10 + 1

• Costco to stop selling books outside of the holiday season

• Owner says Tesla refuses to allow returns or even resales of its new Cybertruck

• New book release: Forgotten Recipes - Volume 1

• Before you go: 7 things you may have missed last week

... and trivia, quotes, community events and more!

Please note that this newsletter is taking a summer hiatus and will not be published in July and August. The last issue before the hiatus will be published on Monday, June 24. The first issue following July, August and Labour Day will be published on Monday, September 9.

Young males taking their own lives over "sextortion" threats

There is a rising rate of young males being targeted with sextortion crimes where they are threatened to be exposed after exchanging intimate photos or videos with someone usually claiming to be female. When they are threatened with financial blackmail or be exposed to their family and friends, some of these young males - usually between 12 and 20 - are so horrified and fearful that they are resorting to taking their own lives.

Article excerpt: "The RCMP in Nova Scotia is warning the public of an increase in sextortion scams targeting young males in the province.

A news release from the RCMP (see "Related 4" link below) Tuesday says police have seen an increase in reports of money-motivated sextortion in recent months, specifically targeting males between the ages of 12 and 20.

Police say although everyone is at risk of financial sextortion, recent findings suggest that young males have represented the majority of cases in the last year. According to Canada's tip line - - 91% of sextortion incidents affected boys.

'It is important to remember that while boys represent the majority of reported victims, anyone can be victimized,' reads the news release. 'Also remember that you are not alone - if this has happened to you, there is help and there is life after images.'

Sextortion, which is a form of blackmail, is when someone online threatens to send a sexual image or video of you to other people if you don't pay them or provide more sexual content.

Police say it typically happens when the victim is tricked into believing they are talking to a female online."

All parents are urged to talk to their teenage sons about these things. Awareness is key. A difficult and embarrassing conversation could save a life.

Read: Sextortion scams targeting young males on the rise: N.S. RCMP. Related 1: Teen boys are falling prey to sextortion scams at alarming rates. Related 2: Dead in 6 hours: How Nigerian sextortion scammers targeted my son. Related 3: How the latest tragic B.C. sextortion case mirrors a global trend. Related 4: RCMP warns public about sextortion scams targeting young males.

CBC Radio's Under the Influence: Brand Envy 2024

The latest episode of CBC Radio's Under the Influence with host Terry O'Reilly was its annual Brand Envy episode where Terry took a closer look at a number of brands he really likes.

June 13, 2024 - Brand Envy 2024. Synopsis: "This week, it’s our annual Brand Envy episode. Every year, I list four brands I’ve admired from a distance. We’ll talk about a classic board game created by a Canadian couple. An ice cream chain founded by another Canadian. An iconic lighter that was named after a zipper. And a woman who is dominating television these days." Click here to listen to the episode. Click here to read the episode's website post.

Click here for the show's website and here for the show's podcast archive.

By the numbers X 10 + 1

• 1. Want to become a millionaire? Follow Warren Buffett's 4 rules.

• 2. 4 Muslim food creators share their go-to Eid dessert recipes

• 3. 4 ways technology can rewire our happiness

• 4. This tiny GoPro-like camera will make your pets into 4K action stars

• 5. 7 energy and climate good-news stories to give you hope

• 6. 10 ways to empower your summer

• 7. These are the 19 movies we're most excited about this summer

• 8. Duran Duran’s Rio cover model identified 42 years later

• 9. World War II veteran, 100, marries bride, 96, in Normandy after D-Day anniversary

• 10. Sellers still occupying home on Vancouver's west side that they sold for $3.9 million a year ago

• Bonus: 15 of the sexiest movies you’ve (probably) never seen

Costco to stop selling books outside of the holiday season

A popular source for discounted new books seems be on its last legs. Costco has announed that will no longer be selling books outside of the holiday season.

Article excerpt: "The large stack of books in the middle of your nearest Costco may not be around much longer.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Costco plans to stop regularly selling books year-round starting in January 2025, citing four anonymous publishing executives. Instead, the wholesale retailer will consistently sell books only during the last four months of the year, when holiday shopping picks up. 

Costco representatives did not respond to requests for comment, but a publishing company confirmed the company's decision to USA TODAY.

Costco may not be the country's largest bookseller - Publishers Weekly editor-at-large Jim Milliot estimates that the retailer along with other big-box stores like Target make up just 4% of book sales - but the shift is a symbolic blow to an industry that has already been struggling to keep up with rising operating costs."

That's really too bad for consumers, but it's great news for local bookstores. Enjoy your discounted books at Costco while you can until the end of 2024!

Read: Costco is switching up how it sells books. What it means for shoppers.

Photo credit: "Costco Moncton / New Product / Secret In Store Deals / Markdowns" Facebook group.

Owner says Tesla refuses to allow returns or even resales of its new Cybertruck

Good Lord! What kind of craziness is this? Not being allowed to return a vehicle? OK, I understand that one - but not being allowed to sell it? In the immortal words of Arnold Jackson of Diff'rent Strokes, "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" But that's what happens when you buy a vehicle that is remotely controlled by the manufacturer, who can disable it via satellite within seconds.

Article excerpt: "Blaine Raddon watched the Cybertruck launch while he was with his wife in Bali - and he didn't waste any time when placing his preorder for the vehicle.

Raddon finally received his truck a few weeks ago. Last week, he posted on X, formerly Twitter, that he wants to return it, but Tesla isn't willing to buy it back or let him resell it.

'Tesla has refused my request to sell my recently purchased Cybertruck. They do not want to buy, and have told me I can’t sell. It does not fit into the complex I live. I found that out the day I bought it back. What can I do? Not trying to make a profit @Tesla @elonmusk

- Blaine Raddon (@bradarr) May 24, 2024

That's because there's a Cybertruck-specific portion of Tesla's Motor Vehicle Order Agreement, which Raddon signed when taking delivery, which states that he can't resell the vehicle for one year. If the contract is disregarded, Tesla says it can sue for up to $50,000 in damages, 'or the value received as consideration for the sale or transfer, whichever is greater.' Tesla can also refuse to sell the owner future vehicles, the agreement said.

I'm not so sure this will exactly help sales of those strange-looking things. Owning an expensive vehicle that is controlled by the whims of one man is likely not the best financial investment.

Read: Cybertruck owner says he's stuck with a vehicle that's too big for his parking spot, and Tesla won't let him return or resell it.

New book release: Forgotten Recipes - Volume 1

I'm excited to announce the release of Forgotten Recipes - Volume 1.

The book is a collection of 125 rare and vintage recipes rescued from junk drawers, cupboards, recipe card boxes and long-forgotten collections of yesteryear. These treasures have been gathered from the estates of people who have passed away, old newspaper and magazine clippings, out-of-print community fundraising publications and through submissions. Important note to readers: This is a text-only book and contains no photos. Some recipes in the book have been updated with modern language and ingredients for proper understanding and availability. Recipes have been rewritten for consistency in format, however are true to their original sources.

Amazon Canada

Amazon U.S.

Also available: Acadian Recipes and More - Volume 1 - English and French editions. There are more than 100 recipes available in the book - many of which are family recipes that are impossible to find! Enjoy the extra bonuses of exclusive goodies from Marven's Biscuits and Cy's Seafood Restaurant, too - both iconic food legends in Moncton, New Brunswick!

The paperback print edition and ebook (Kindle) are available on Amazon. Click on the country you live in to visit the appropriate site for purchase:

Amazon Canada (English edition)

Amazon Canada (French edition)

Amazon U.S. (English edition) (for Kobo ebook readers, English version)

I'm also pleased to announce that the next two books in the series will be released this year. Acadian Recipes and More - Volume 2 (scheduled for early summer) and Acadian Recipes and More - Holidays (scheduled for September). Stay tuned!

Before you go: 7 things you may have missed last week

• 1. Shania Twain joins judges' panel on Canada's Got Talent (see photo)

• 2. X is about to start hiding all likes

• 3. These chefs and restaurants are the 2024 James Beard Award winners

• 4. "Pure luck": Alberta man makes Price Is Right history with Showcase bid

• 5. Iconic French singer Françoise Hardy dies aged 80

• 6. Popular YouTuber Ben Potter, better known as Comicstorian, dead at 40

• 7. Mark James, Grammy-winning "Always on My Mind" and "Hooked on a Feeling" songwriter, dies at 83

Photo credit: Shania Twain Stock photos by Vecteezy

Trivia: Did you know?

If you have erythrophobia, you have a phobia about blushing.

Click here to read more about how blushing happens and what it means.

Quotes of note

• 1. "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

- Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (1904-1991), author

(see photo)

• 2. "Blushing is the colour of virue."

- Diogenes


• 3. "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."

- Albert Einstein

• 4. "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."

- Confucius

• 5. "I'd like to say to all my fans out there, thanks for the support. And to all my doubters, thank you very much because you guys have also pushed me."

- Usain Bolt

• 6. "It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped."

- Tony Robbins

• 7. "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

• 8. "Real comedy doesn't just make people laugh and think, but makes them laugh and change."

- Sam Kinison

• 9. "The man who says his wife can’t take a joke, forgets that she took him."

- Oscar Wilde

• 10. "Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?"

- Edgar Bergen

Take advantage of the great outdoors this summer with the Greater Moncton Walking Group

In June, the group is walking in Mapleton Park, meeting at the Rotary Lodge parking lot.

Here's the schedule for the rest of this summer:

July: Moncton Riverfront Trail - Park and meet near Classic Burger on Main Street.

August: Riverview Riverfront Trail - Park and meet near the gazebo.

September: Dieppe Riverfront Trail - Park and meet near Église Saint-Anselme (church), 1014 Amirault Street.

The group meets for walks every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. New participants are always welcome! For more information, please contact Wayne Harrigan at 506-386-2187 or via email.

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