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Meet the scout leader who stood up to the London attackers

After two men brutally killed a British soldier using knives and a meat cleaver in London on Wednesday, one woman bravely stepped forward and tried to reason with the attackers.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett saw the scene in Woolwich -- two men standing over the body of the soldier, Lee Rigby -- from the bus she was riding, stepped out, and tried to find out what had happened. After finding that Rigby no longer had a pulse, she turned to one of the men, trying to calm him down.

"I asked him why he had done what he had done," she told the Guardian. "He said he had killed the man because [the victim] was a British soldier who killed Muslim women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was furious about the British Army being over there."

The photo of Loyau-Kennett, a scout leader and former teacher, calmly speaking to one of the men alleged to have carried out the attack has become a sensation in Britain, where she has emerged as an unlikely symbol of British fortitude. When the assailants told her that they hoped to spark a war in the streets of London, she told one of them, "Right now it is only you versus many people, you are going to lose -- what would you like to do?" "I would like to stay and fight," she quoted the man as telling her. With those words -- "you are going to lose" -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said she spoke for the British people.

Here's that photo, with commentary from Loyau-Kennett's son:

 

 

 

And here's Loyau-Kennett, still remarkably unfazed, recounting the experience in a television interview:

Meanwhile, the two suspects who were shot by police on the scene are reported to be in stable condition. One of the men has been identified as Michael Adebolajo and was previously known to British security services. Two additional people have been arrested on conspiracy charges.

Additionally, the full version of the video of one of the suspects -- his hands soaked in blood -- explaining his actions to a bystander was obtained by the Sun. The clip is below (warning: it's graphic):

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Sorry, China, but Native Americans probably aren't Hunanese

China's Global Times - that reliable purveyor of the sublimely ridiculous, the terrifyingly nationalistic, and the just generally offensive -- struck again on Wednesday, with a quick nine-paragrapher that may just manage to combine all three offerings in one: "American Indians descend from Hunan, says expert."

The tabloid reports on the findings of Du Gangjian, dean of Hunan University Law School, who, on a recent trip to study Native American tribes in the United States (the article doesn't specify which ones), made the discovery that "American Indians have many rituals, habits and working tools that are very similar to the ones that exist among Hunan people."

The article goes on:

"The history textbooks in the world should be rewritten," he said.

According to most of the history textbooks, Columbus was the first person to discover the American continent.

Du's claims rest on the theory that famed Chinese Admiral Zheng He -- who accomplished many incredible things, there's no question! -- also made it all the way to the North American continent (a theory also put forth by British writer Gavin Menzies). This he almost certainly did not do.

As Twitter user @BrianGlucroft put it, in reference to the so-called "nine-dashed line" delineating China's territorial claims in the South China Sea, "Time to add some dashes to that line..."

David McNew/Getty Images; FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images