[NYPOST] The 20-year-old Washington state killer who drugged, raped and murdered a high school student, sending nude photos of her to the teen’s friends during the attack, got less than three years in jail for the heinous crime, sparking outcry from the victim’s family.
"You might as well let him walk free with that kind of time," said Rachelle Palmer, the aunt of 18-year-old victim Alyssa Noceda, after a judge issued the wrist-slap sentence on Thursday.
Brian Varela fed Noceda a fatal cocktail of painkillers and raped her as she lay dying from the overdose at a party in the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood in February.
Instead of calling for help, he posted, "LOL, I think she od’d, still breathing," and took pictures of Noceda, texting them to her friends.
Judge Linda Krese said she was "surprised, even outraged," that laws prevented her from giving Varela no more than two years and 10 months in jail for the killing. "I’m not sure the legislature really contemplated something like this."
She was handcuffed because Varela is a first-time offender and pleaded guilty to the reduced charges of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree rape, and unlawful disposal of remains as part of a deal.
In court Thursday, Varela said only, "I’m sorry for my foolish actions. Whatever I get is what I deserve."
[Military] All the F-22 Raptors that were left behind at Tyndall Air Force Base during Hurricane Michael have moved on to the bases where they will be housed until the Air Force determines their final future destination, the service's top civilian said Thursday.
"All of the F-22s have been flown out now," Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said during the annual Defense One summit in Washington, D.C. "All of the damage to them was minor ... They were repaired and flown out."
[DECIDER] John Travolta’s much-maligned Gotti currently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Zero. To put that in perspective, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo has a 9% Tomatometer score. When I read that this critically-reviled crime drama about notorious gangster John Gotti was heading to Prime Video, I wondered if the film was “so bad it’s actually good” bad, or “so bad that it’s very, very, very, very bad” bad. It’s the latter. Oh my Gotti, it’s the latter. I don’t wanna kick a movie when it’s down, but my TYDT review of Gotti is “Buzz, your girlfriend. Woof.”
Directed by Kevin Connolly and starring John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and a cacophonous train wreck of atrocious accents, Gotti is… technically a movie. What separates this project from other films is that it bravely decided to forgo anything even remotely resembling a coherent narrative. Respect, man. Respect. Watching it is kinda like your five-year-old nephew coming up to you and being like, “I drew this! And this! And this! And here’s a picture of skunk!” I never, not for one single solitary second, understood what was happening. I kinda got it in an abstract way? Attempting to comprehend Gotti is like staring at a Magic Eye picture for an hour only to be like, “Wait a minute. This isn’t a Magic Eye at all; it’s an atlas of the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.”
Only with more wigs and cursing.
Is Gotti so bad it’s worth hate-watching? No. Not really. Other than some truly astonishing wig and accent work, you’re not missing much. The whole thing is more puzzling than entertaining. I found myself saying “wait, what?” at almost every turn and was routinely left wondering if the entire movie was a parody or some form of advanced irony I was too dumb to understand. Gotti is either a very bad film or a work of next-level art my primitive brain can’t fully comprehend. Maybe in 2,000 years Gotti will be the new Mona Lisa? Who knows. All bets are off when it comes to this movie.
We did have some good times, Gotti and I. At one point, the film just scampers off to have a private conversation with itself, prattling on about characters that have yet to be introduced. Or maybe they were? I honestly have no idea. There’s like 1,000 gangsters in this movie. This section is either immensely poor storytelling or incredibly esoteric performance art. Either way, it lasts somewhere between thirty seconds and an hour. Time is a tugboat when it comes to Gotti. Sure, that expression doesn’t make sense, but neither does ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS MOVIE.
[LATIMES] Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, lost a last-ditch appeal Friday to block the eviction of his law practice from its Newport Beach offices.
In a brief hearing at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Judge Robert J. Moss affirmed his Oct. 22nd order that Avenatti and his staff vacate their ocean-view suite in a building across from the Fashion Island mall. He ordered them to leave by Monday.
Avenatti’s longtime law firm, Eagan Avenatti, skipped $213,254 in rent payments due over four months, leading the landlord, the Irvine Co., to sue for eviction.
After the landlord won the case last month at a one-hour trial that Avenatti skipped, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted a notice at the law office ordering the firm to vacate the premises by 6 a.m. on Nov. 1.
Avenatti requested a reprieve that won him a delay until Friday’s hearing, which he also did not attend.
Moss asked Mark Kompa, the landlord’s attorney, if he had heard from Avenatti. Kompa said he spoke to the celebrity lawyer on Tuesday.
"There were other events that transpired so I haven’t heard from him since then," Kompa said.
Avenatti was incarcerated Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! Wednesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence, according to police. He was released after posting $50,000 bond and has denied the allegations. No, no! Certainly not!
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11/18/2018 8:33 Comments ||
If these do good TURDS really want to do good? go into the swamps and grab you some piglets when the sow isn't present and hurry out of the swamp. The're squealing will be music to your do good ears. YOU CAN save them. Take them home with you?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ‐ A New Mexico woman who was brought back to life is suing the hospital for violating her rights.
The Albuquerque Journal reports lawyers for Jamie Sams filed a lawsuit this week in New Mexico state district court against Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.
The lawsuit filed on behalf Sams, a writer known for books on spirituality, says the hospital and a doctor who was treating her are to blame for her going into cardiac arrest. The lawsuit says Sams was given a painkiller even after she told staff she was allergic to it.
Court documents say the negligence was compounded when hospital personnel resuscitated her ‐ something she did not want. Christus spokesman Arturo Delgado declined to comment. Sams is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
[Al Jazeera] Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, have topped polls in the country's latest election, results have shown, and are set to compete in a run-off next month.
Neither won the 50 percent of votes required for a first-round victory, with Rajoelina on 39.19 percent and Ravalomanana on 35.29 percent, according to final results from the country's CENI election commission released on Saturday.
The run-off was scheduled for December 19.
Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was running to hold onto power, secured only 8.84 percent of the vote, the commission said, before adding that the turnout at last week's election was 54.3 percent.
All three candidates, of a total 36, have alleged fraud and malpractice by election authorities, and the result will be subject to fierce legal appeals.
[Breitbart] Nearly 3,300 additional Central American caravan migrants arrived at the Mexican northern border city of Tijuana on Saturday, authorities in Mexico stated.
Approximately 3,292 migrants are expected to arrive in the border city of Tijuana today according to the El Instituto Nacional de Migración known as INM according to local media reports. These are in addition to those previously reported arrivals.
The migrant caravan with approximately 3,300 migrants was expected to arrive in Tijuana this morning according to the Mexican government agency tasked with tracking human migration (INM). The caravan reportedly traveled north through the state of Sinaloa yesterday toward the northern border state of Sonora. The group took nearly the same route as previous caravan groups, officials stated.
According to the INM, there are a total of 2,779 migrants in Tijuana not including Saturday’s 3292 scheduled arrivals. There are an additional 657 in the city of Mexicali which borders the U.S. city of Calexico, California. Another group of migrants in the central Mexican state of Queretaro consists of 3,036 migrants. All these migrants are part of the original group that crossed into Mexico approximately one month ago which then consisted of 9,664 ‐ a majority from the country of Honduras.
The Honduran ambassador to Mexico, Alden Rivera has been monitoring the caravan’s travels through Mexico and said that approximately 5,500 were from his country. He advised that several of his countrymen were suffering from respiratory infections. The ambassador announced that a mobile consulate would be set up in order to provide official documents at no cost and to ensure that Mexican authorities were providing proper humanitarian aid.
[Al Jazeera] Since August, Cubans have been gathering in thousands of government-organised meetings taking place across the island.
They came together in hospitals, schools and parks to discuss a new draft constitution, which, if passed, would mark the most significant political change in Cuba for more than four decades.
Proposals include opening the door for same-sex marriage, recognising private ownership and scrapping the goal of building a communist society, but rights groups and analysts say the new legislation is more of a nod to a changing world, than an upending of the status quo on the Caribbean island.
The public consultation period came to an end on Thursday, and the work of National Assembly to sift through the comments and suggestions now begins.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/18/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Commies
....Pull the other one.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
11/18/2018 4:50 Comments ||
Since August, Cubans have been gathering in thousands of government-organised meetings taking place across the island.
Which would be at the wrong end of a gun if I had to guess why it happened.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Authorities in eastern India have ordered for complete demolition of a three-storey building where at least 34 girls were gang-raped during their stay there.
The building which functions as the Child care home is located in Muzaffarpur district town of Bihar, some 80 km north of capital city of Patna. As many 70 girls were lodged in the child care home and their medical examination has now found that at least 34 of them were gang-raped by the care home officials or outsiders. The state-funded care home was being run by a non-governmental organization.
Officials say the entire building has been constructed in complete disregard of the building by-laws by its owner Brajesh Thakur, now shifted to a high-security jail outside Bihar for his alleged political connections on the directive of the Supreme Court now monitoring the sex abuse case. According to them, the state government had approved the map for construction of G+1 building but he constructed the G+3 building.
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[Al Jazeera] Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih has taken the oath of office before thousands of people and hundreds of foreign dignitaries, vowing to end systematic corruption and investigate alleged human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. abuses under his predecessor, Abdulla Yameen.
Solih received a 21-gun salute after being sworn in on Saturday as the Indian Ocean island nation's seventh president at a special parliamentary assembly at the national football stadium in the capital, Male.
Addressing the crowd of 12,000 people, the 54-year-old pledged to see through his promises to establish justice and equality, as well as "eradicate corruption and theft".
"We need to focus on moving ahead, to take back the rights we have been denied, and save our nation from its dismal condition," he said.
Solih is expected to appoint a 19-member cabinet and name the attorney general later on Saturday.
[DAWN] SpaceX got the green light this week from US authorities to put a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s.
The SpaceX network would vastly multiply the number of satellites around Earth.
Since the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was launched in 1957, humanity has sent just over 8,000 objects into space, according to the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... Office for Outer Space Affairs.
Between one quarter and one half of those are believed to still be operational.
On Thursday the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it had authorized SpaceX to launch 7,518 satellites, adding to 4,425 satellites it has already approved. None of the satellites has launched yet.
Elon Musk’s company has six years to put half in orbit, and nine years to complete the satellite network, according to FCC rules.
SpaceX wants most of the satellites to fly in low Earth orbit, about 208 to 215 miles (335 to 346 kilometres) high.
That would put them below the International Space Station, which orbits about 250 miles (400 kilometres) above Earth.
SpaceX’s interest in such a low orbit is to shorten the communication time between internet users on Earth and space-faring satellites, speeding up surfing speeds.
The troubling bit is every time Musk tweets all his rockets are going to be designed built and used differently and he recently purged the top staff of his sat building shop in Redmond because "ex-Microsoft executives just can't respond, build change and test fast enough." Maybe he should have put his sat plant in Beverton Oregon and hired ex-Linux and ex-Intel executives?
Two months after he unveiled a revised design for SpaceX’s next-generation launch system, Elon Musk suggested that the company is making more changes to the design.
In a series of tweets Nov. 17, Musk said that SpaceX was no longer pursuing an upgrade to its existing Falcon 9 vehicle that would make the vehicle’s second stage reusable. The company’s focus, he said, would instead be on speeding up work on SpaceX’s heavy-lift reusable launch vehicle formally known as Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR.
“Accelerating BFR instead,” Musk said. “New design is very exciting! Delightfully counter-intuitive.”
Asked by another Twitter user if he was referring to the company’s latest design, released in September, or other changes, Musk responded, “Radical change,” without elaboration.
The latest version of the BFR, unveiled by Musk at a Sept. 17 event at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, featured a number of design tweaks to the vehicle’s “spaceship” upper stage. Those changes included using the same version of the company’s Raptor engine under development as on the lower booster stage, increasing volume of the spaceship’s cabin and changing the vehicle’s tail fin design.
At the time, Musk said those changes would be among the last for the BFR, as the company prepares to begin testing of the spaceship with “hopper” test flights as soon as late 2019 at SpaceX’s future South Texas launch site. “I feel like this is the final iteration in terms of broad architectural decisions” for BFR, he said at the September event.
Musk’s comments come 10 days after he said the company was planning to modify a Falcon 9 second stage to perform tests related to the BFR. “Falcon 9 second stage will be upgraded to be like a mini-BFR Ship,” he announced on Twitter. That design, he said, would allow SpaceX to test technologies like the vehicle’s heat shield and control surfaces during reentry from orbit that can’t otherwise be tested.
The company didn’t disclose additional details about those efforts since, including whether this would be a one-off test or a potential operational, reusable upper stage. Musk had indicated earlier in the year that the company was collecting data on how to recover the Falcon 9’s upper stage. “I’m actually quite confident that we’ll be able to achieve full reusability of the upper stage,” he said during a May press conference.
Musk, in his latest tweets, said no major changes to the Falcon 9 were now on the table. “Yes, no upgrades planned for F9,” he wrote. “Minor tweaks to improve reliability only, provided NASA & USAF are supportive.”
[CNBC] Prepare your calculators. The Internal Revenue Service has updated its tax brackets for 2019.
This year marks the first under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an overhaul of the tax code that resulted in lower individual income tax rates, a doubled standard deduction and the elimination of personal exemptions.
For the new year, the IRS has bumped up the individual income tax brackets, adjusting them for inflation.
Instead of 2019 tax brackets, try working on the important shit like the 2018 forms and getting those out instead, dickheads. As of this morning they have published precisely zero 2018 forms, draft or otherwise. This fucking circle jerk happens every other year and holds me up for a couple of weeks.
[Weekly Standard] A conspiracy theory involving lasers, the government, and California wildfires began circulating on social media this week in the wake of the catastrophic Camp Fire in California.
One YouTuber suggested that the fires were started by a "Directed Energy Weapon" (e.g. a laser) in order to distract us from the mass killing in Las Vegas last year (he also posited that the 2017 Gerard Butler movie Geostorm was "mostly outer space reinforcement propaganda").
"The government is starting these fires," one Facebook user said. "Marinate on this ..."
The Deep State™ has already turned back the efforts of Representative Dennis Kucinich's H.R.2977 - Space Preservation Act of 2001 to keep "mind controlling lasers" and other evil, no doubt fascist and imperialist as well!, weapons from space. Obviously this is a Dark Conspiracy™ to cover up a botched weapons test. (Do I need the /sarc tag?)
[Breitbart] The University of Houston-Clear Lake is blaming "toxic masculinity" for a variety of social issues.
According to a report from Campus Reform, the University of Houston-Clear Lake is playing a documentary called The Mask You Live In about the effect of "toxic masculinity" on society. For the uninitiated, "toxic masculinity" refers to the belief that Western men have been conditioned into a set of beliefs about acceptable expressions of masculinity. Proponents argue that failure to "be a man" causes men to crumble and lash out at others, particularly women.
The film argues that "toxic masculinity" is the reason why boys are more likely than girls to commit suicide, crime, and fail out of school. It’s an irresponsible reduction of the complex issues that young men face. Of course it is an issue that some men are conditioned to feel that they can’t be sensitive. Or that they can’t engage in more feminine activities and expressions. However, it is a wild assumption to connect this to all of this issues that men face.
In a statement, the university’s diversity administrators said that the diversity will help students think critically about gender. "UHCL’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts numerous programs and activities on challenging topics including the evolving perceptions of masculinity," the school official said. "By considering different points of view, students gain the skills necessary to become better leaders and critical thinkers."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.