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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Smoke in Burlington College TeePee: Jane Sanders lawyers up.
BLUF: [Politico] On January 10, 2016, in the midst of Sanders’ sudden stardom--just weeks before the votes in Iowa and New Hampshire--the U.S. attorney for Vermont was sent a "Request for an Investigation into Apparent Federal Bank Fraud."

Backed by six exhibits and a dozen documents, the four-page letter described how Jane Sanders had "orchestrated" the purchase of 33 acres along Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, where her husband had minted his populist political brand as mayor. The deal closed in 2010, when the senator’s wife was president of Burlington College, a tiny, obscure, nontraditional school that always seemed to be struggling for students and funds. The letter alleged that to secure a $10 million loan and execute her grand plan to expand the college, Jane Sanders had falsified and inflated nearly $2 million that she’d claimed donors had pledged to repay the loans.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 02:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The request for investigation was proffered by the firm diGenova & Toensing. attorneys at law. Washington, DC. After a quick read of the request, I can see why Sanders lawyered up.

Thank you Joe and Victoria.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 5:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I remember 'Joe & Victoria' from back in the heady days of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

I believe they worked with Ken Starr during part of that whole kerfuffle.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/23/2017 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  yup. Same same
Posted by: Frank G || 06/23/2017 8:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Communists... they never change.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/23/2017 8:56 Comments || Top||

#5  The VTDigger article is worth a read if you really want to get down to the small town acrimony in play in this story.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 06/23/2017 12:31 Comments || Top||

#6  A socialist is?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/23/2017 13:22 Comments || Top||


US defence contractor accused of spying for China
[Al Jazeera] A US defence contractor and former State Department security officer was arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China.

The Justice Department said on Thursday Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia allegedly sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April.

He could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

The content of the documents in question was not divulged, but was characterised as "defence information" for which he received $25,000.

"Your object is to gain information and my object is to be paid," Mallory told Chinese agents in a May 5 message, according to an indictment.

Mallory, 60, is a fluent Mandarin speaker who had served in the US Army, then as a special agent for the security service of the State Department, before becoming a contractor to various government agencies.

Up until 2012 he had a "top secret" clearance level in positions in China, Taiwan, Iraq and Washington DC.

The Washington Post said Mallory had worked for the CIA.

The indictment said he made contact via social media in February with a Chinese "recruiter" who helped arrange a trip the next month to Shanghai to meet intelligence officials.
Posted by: Fred || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  He sold out for $25,000???? What a moron!
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/23/2017 9:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Amateur...
Posted by: Hillary Clinton || 06/23/2017 14:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Army, CIA an State Dept; probably 40 year combined career; fluent in Mandarin: what could have possibly turned this guy into such a traitor, an IDIOTIC traitor at that?
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/23/2017 15:14 Comments || Top||

#4  He sold out for $25,000????

and, as it turns out, room and board for life!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 16:48 Comments || Top||

#5  One might wonder if his document sale was at the behest of Mrs. Clinton...
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/23/2017 17:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Army, CIA an State Dept; probably 40 year combined career; fluent in Mandarin: what could have possibly turned this guy into such a traitor, an IDIOTIC traitor at that?

My guess is his resume is a bit padded or overlapped in some areas. Appears he was a reservist and Department of State (DoS) Diplomatic Security (DIPSEC) employee. Too many reserve deployments could have resulted in difficulties at DoS. The CIA piece could have been linguist reserve assignments.

Diplomatic Security officers can be assigned some pretty remote and harsh locations. He might have become disenchanted with DoS, or they with him. This could have led to his disconnecting from DoS and starting his own contracting effort.

Once again, only a guess.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 18:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Also, factor in potential financial, substance-abuse, or relationship issues.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/23/2017 18:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Could have been money, debt. That nice 6 bedroom colonial in Leesburg last sold a few years ago for nearly $800.000. I'm assuming it was his purchase. Gov't contracting has declined considerably in the past few years.

Just another guess.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 20:53 Comments || Top||


FCC hits robocaller with agency's largest-ever fine of $120 million
[USATODAY] The Federal Communications Commission has levied its largest fine ever, targeting a Florida-based robocall network it says was responsible for nearly 100 million calls over the last three months of 2016.

The agency on Thursday proposed a $120 million fine against Adrian Abramovich of Miami, Fla., alleging his operation, doing business as Marketing Strategy Leaders, made 96 million spoofed robocalls during the period in which the FCC investigated. Of those calls, about 90% were made to wireless phones, with 10% to landline phones.

The calls used "neighborhood spoofing" technology to include local area codes and the first three numbers of the recipient's own phone number to encourage people to answer the calls.

Upon answering, recipients would hear a recorded message asking them to press 1 to hear about vacation deals from travel companies such as Marriott, Expedia, Hilton and TripAdvisor. Callers were then transferred to call centers in Mexico, where live operators would try to sell them vacation packages at Mexican timeshare facilities not affiliated with the companies in the recorded messages.

Posted by: Fred || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Oh yeah. The robocalls have gotten worse instead of better, and lately I've been getting them in clusters of 8-10 in a few minutes.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/23/2017 4:37 Comments || Top||

#2  ..now if only you can expand it to PACs and pollsters.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I was really upset to see that the list of actions the FCC had available to it didn't include SHOOTING the SPAMMER. (sigh)
Posted by: 3dc || 06/23/2017 11:30 Comments || Top||

#4  I must have received about a million of those calls. All around 1800, every day.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/23/2017 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Got rid of the landline. Hardly get robocalls on the cell phone. No need for the Do Not Call list.
Posted by: Whusoque Flinemble2273 || 06/23/2017 13:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Caller ID is your friend
Posted by: Frank G || 06/23/2017 15:12 Comments || Top||

#7  As few real calls as I get, I could auto-forward all my calls to somewhere like Sen. Schumer and come out ahead.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/23/2017 15:16 Comments || Top||


$12 billion lawsuit accuses CenturyLink of defrauding customers
[KDVR] CenturyLink is facing a $12 billion class-action lawsuit that accuses the telecommunications company of defrauding customers.

The lawsuit claims the high-pressure sales culture at CenturyLink resulted in customers paying for services they didn't ask for.

It is being brought by a former employee, who is describing herself as a whistleblower.

Attorney Mark Geragos is representing the plaintiff in the case. The lawsuit calls it "frighteningly" similar to the Wells Fargo Bank scandal.

Experts say to check statements to see if anything looks out of the ordinary. If it does, contact the Denver Better Business Bureau or the firm that filed the lawsuit.

In January, the Denver Better Business Bureau issued a warning about CenturyLink, saying it had identified a pattern of complaints against the company.

The BBB said some customers claimed they are charged more than the price they agreed to pay when signing up for service, and that they don't receive the speed and quality that is promised by sales representatives.

"Really take a look at those line items and really understand what you are being charged for," said Krista Ferndelli, a spokeswoman with the Denver's Better Business Bureau.

"The allegations made by our former employee are completely inconsistent with our company policies, culture and unifying principles, which include honesty and integrity," CenturyLink said in a statement. "We take these allegations seriously and are diligently investigating this matter."
Plus, the company sucks and has piss poor service. Hopefully this puts it out of business.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  possibly a worthwhile suit, but putting sleazeball Geragos on it is asking for incompetence. Only Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom are bigger attention whores
Posted by: Frank G || 06/23/2017 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Wells Fargo should have been put out of our misery a long time ago.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/23/2017 12:02 Comments || Top||

#3  and there was much rejoicing!
Posted by: 746 || 06/23/2017 12:20 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Texas, three more states on California's banned travel list
[Sacramento Bee] California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people.

All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states.

The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota.

They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban.

California Attorney Xavier Becerra announced the new states at a Thursday press conference, where he was joined by representatives from ACLU Northern California and Equality California.

"We will not spend taxpayer dollars in states that discriminate," Becerra said.

California’s Legislature last year voted to restrict state-funded travel to states with laws that allow businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people.

California’s law gained attention after North Carolina enacted its so-called "bathroom bill," which prevented local governments from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances and required that people using bathrooms in public buildings choose the restroom that corresponds to their gender at birth.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a law that allows child welfare providers to deny services because of "sincerely held religious beliefs," a provision that critics interpreted as permitting adoption agencies to deny services to gay families.

Alabama and South Dakota were added to California’s listed of banned states because of similar adoption-related laws. The California Department of Justice said Kentucky’s Senate Bill 17 allows student-run organizations in schools to discriminate against classmates.

The California law includes exemptions for law enforcement officers, tax auditors and training events that are required for grants. California’s tax-collecting Board of Equalization has an office in Houston.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Travel budgets usually take a hit when the belt starts to tighten. Quick Johnson, we need to come up with an excuse to cover the deficit, something virtuous that won't alarm the rubes of becoming another Illinois.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's see what happens when it's time for UCLA to have to travel to play their football, basketball, etc. games.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/23/2017 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  reading their press release, it is OK to travel to one of these icky states if grant money can be gained. official recognition that californication is full of whores.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/23/2017 9:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Giving how CA is blowing their money on illegals and single-payor those states may be the lucky ones.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/23/2017 9:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Our state is one that is banned. No one would know unless this article was published. No one cares. Now, if California slid into the ocean, that would be noteworthy. No offence to Frank G.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/23/2017 9:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Where can I go to get my state added to the list?
Posted by: gorb || 06/23/2017 9:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Is it too late to add Georgia ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 10:46 Comments || Top||

#8  none taken.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/23/2017 10:47 Comments || Top||

#9  So, I guess they don't want our electricity anymore?
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/23/2017 11:04 Comments || Top||

#10  California gets electricity from Arizona and Nevada. They haven't banned them - yet.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/23/2017 11:34 Comments || Top||

#11  Secession by other means?
Posted by: Iblis || 06/23/2017 12:18 Comments || Top||

#12  Maybe they're afraid that people will travel to those states and seek asylum.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/23/2017 12:36 Comments || Top||

#13  Most government travel is a bullshit waste of money to begin with. This is the year 2017, the internet and video-conferencing are a wonderful thing. Is somebody wants to sell a system to the state of Kaliphornia, let that company travel to Kaliphornia.
Posted by: Crusader || 06/23/2017 13:00 Comments || Top||

#14  Can Texans demand passports from Californians flooding into Texas?
Posted by: Whusoque Flinemble2273 || 06/23/2017 13:42 Comments || Top||

#15  Texas should ban California government employees from travelling there grant money or not.

Perhaps make a law that requires one to be a resident for significantly longer in order to be a Texas citizen in order to prevent California migrants from recreating CA problems in Texas.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/23/2017 17:03 Comments || Top||


Where The Wild Roses Grow - Contralto and Countertenor cover
And now for something completely different...:

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Something about that vid that causes cognitive dissonance.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/23/2017 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  We usually call contraltos just alto nowadays; she is singing at the bottom of her range. Countertenors sing above tenors; he is singing at the top of his range. What is really interesting to hear is a sopranist, a non-castrated male singing naturally -- non-falsetto -- in the soprano range. The trailing daughters had one in their chorus, a very talented young man who loved the shocked expressions when he stepped forward to sing solo; he had a beautiful, full sound at top end of his range, but because he had such a deep chest the resonance was different than the girls he sang among.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/23/2017 12:37 Comments || Top||

#3  For a bit of sopranist fun, try this. I found the discussion there quite educational, as I don't know much about singing technique.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/23/2017 14:24 Comments || Top||

#4  TW, that is interesting. I had a grade school music teacher who discouraged my singing. I think she was prescient in that she recognized that I was a threat to everything that is good about music with my nasal, off-key singing. Although I can't carry a tune, I do appreciate those who sing well.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/23/2017 19:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Sounds just like my story, John QC.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/23/2017 19:32 Comments || Top||


Bald Eagle in Action (Beautiful/Magestic)


[FoxNews] A man fishing in British Columbia Friday managed to capture a slow-motion video of an eagle swooping down and taking the bait he was about to use to catch fish.

Ashton Phillips was trying to take a picture of the bald eagle circling his boat, but instead of getting a great picture, he watched as it took away with salmon. "I saw this one eagle kind of circling and it was along the shoreline, so I took out my camera to snap a picture of it," said Phillips. "All of a sudden out of nowhere, it started heading toward the boat," he told CTV News.

Phillips had been cutting salmon strips to bait halibut with when the bird started circling. He had left pieces on the boat’s motor in order to take out his camera.

"I didn’t even realize it was coming for the big chunk of salmon until obviously it snagged it and flew off," he said. "It was a pretty surreal experience."

After watching the video, Phillips posted it to Facebook
and it went viral. It was watched over 1.1 million times and shared 26,000 times, being described as "beautiful" and "epic."

Phillips was surprised at the reactions and attention the video received. "Everybody’s been very, very positive about it," he said. "I thought maybe people would start saying, ’well, you guys baited it, you’re feeding the wildlife,’ but we didn’t. And it hasn’t gone down the negative road, so it’s nice to see people just really enjoyed the video."

Phillips is a co-owner of Crab Park Chowdery in Vancouver.
Posted by: Thaith Creng2729 || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Salmon strips to bait halibut"

?
Is this common?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/23/2017 4:46 Comments || Top||

#2  I had a similar experience fishing the West Canada Creek in the Adirondak Mountains. A Bald Eagle flew down the river and suddenly dropped down right in front of me. It took me a moment to realise it had seen my spinning lure in the water. I stopped reeling it in. The eagle checked its dive and flew on.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/23/2017 5:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Eagles recovered from their low in a grand fashion.

On a hunting trip in MT a couple years ago, the guides (who I have used for several years) had started referring to them as "sky-otes", they were so common.

Posted by: no mo uro || 06/23/2017 5:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Saw a video a year or so ago showing a guy feeding bald eagles on a fishing boat in Alaska. There were dozens of them on the deck, snacking up fish as he threw them out. It was pretty amazing to watch.

Here it is - mind the audio volume:

Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/23/2017 8:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Visited San Juan Island in Puget Sound in 1992, found many dozens of bald eagles scavenging a large number of dead salmon along the shoreline. First ones I had ever seen. Up until about 1980 I had not seen even a single raptor on my travels all over the USA.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/23/2017 12:00 Comments || Top||

#6  just watched one yesterday" scoop and eat in flight", they truly are "Pigs" of the sky.... majestic Pigs
Posted by: 746 || 06/23/2017 12:20 Comments || Top||


Britain
600 buildings have similar flammable cladding to Grenfell
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/23/2017 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They did warn us that people would die because of Global Warming.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/23/2017 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  My understand is that the 'cladding' was an attempt to make the structure appear more modern, lipstick on pig as it were. It was also a previous code concern and possible violation.

Appears the gov't is moving in to pay everyone off with free assistance loans, relocation assistance, with a blind eye turned toward citizenship. Something in common with former residents of Chernobyl it might appear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 5:17 Comments || Top||

#3  There are a lot of older buildings that get 'dressed up' with a new outer finishing. Materials used as 'cladding' (mounted to the existing exterior walls) here in the states must pass flammability tests. Not sure about GB or Europe.

The Grenfell 'exterior upgrade' (completed last year) used what is called an Aluminum Composite or 'Sandwich Panel'. Its flammability is determined by the core materials.

Apparently the new Grenfell cladding used a 100% rigid polyisocyanurate foam attached directly to the building for 'Energy Savings' and then covered by Aluminum/Polyethylene-core outer Sandwich Panels.

All that money spent on a 40 year old building and still no sprinklers.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/23/2017 8:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Seems like ripe targets for terrorism. Fortunately the UK doesn't have a problem with mooselimb extremists...
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/23/2017 10:47 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm thinking that composite is similar to what covered the outside of The Address hotel in Dubai that went up like a roman candle during a NYE fireworks display in 2016.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 06/23/2017 12:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Action:

Five London high-rises evacuated over fire safety fears

[IsraelTimes] 800 publicly owned apartment towers deemed unsafe after tests revealed exterior cladding installed Grenfell Tower contractor.


The residents are being housed in hotels across London at while the work is being done. It is expected to take four weeks.

During that time they will no doubt be inspecting the apartments as well, which should prove interesting.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/23/2017 21:44 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
One killed as Venezuelan troops fire on protesters
[Al Jazeera] Shooting outside La Carlota airbase in Caracas brings death toll from near-daily unrest to at least 76 since April.
Posted by: Fred || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  More communists acting true to form.
If people are starving, shoot them. After all, the system is perfect, no?
Posted by: newc || 06/23/2017 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  It is their fault for starving because with communism, everything is perfect. They should have been at the bread lines earlier.


Curse every single one of you that believes in this. You are all Animals.

Fuck off and die.
Posted by: newc || 06/23/2017 0:18 Comments || Top||

#3  But they have "free" healthcare, no?

Is it really free if you have to bring your own medicine and bandages?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/23/2017 7:44 Comments || Top||

#4  "One Killed..."
The take away here is either that the Venezuelan Army has crap marksmanship, or contrarily that the troops are missing or have been instructed to miss.
Either way, information point.
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/23/2017 11:15 Comments || Top||

#5  They've packed 10 away in Chicago this week. As ed says, they weren't trying. Even panicked Ohio guardsmen were able to drop 4 without such a massed crowd for a target.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 16:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Procopius2k,
Thanks for the link.
Posted by: Albert of the Apes4721 || 06/23/2017 17:32 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Tajikistan prohibits citizens under 40 from performing Hajj
[RFE/RL] Authorities in Tajikistan have prohibited citizens under the age of 40 from performing this year's annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Tajikistan's Committee on Religious Affairs said that the decision was made to give older Tajik Muslims a better chance to undertake the pilgrimage, as Saudi officials have established stricter quotas. But others believe the ban is an attempt to prevent radicalization among younger generations.

In the past years, the Tajik government has routinely imposed age restrictions for devout Muslims to perform hajj. In 2015, the minimum age was 35.

President Emomali Rahmon's government has repeatedly called for the strengthening of secular standards in the nation. Tajikistan has banned head scarves for schoolgirls, barred minors from mosques, and forced thousands of students to return home from Islamic schools abroad in recent years amid reports that many Tajiks have joined Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  hajj this year about aug 30 to sept 4

max temp in Mecca then is usually about 110F
Posted by: lord garth || 06/23/2017 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  So, the mass stampede happens on Sept. 1st?
Posted by: Raj || 06/23/2017 1:39 Comments || Top||

#3  So, the mass stampede happens on Sept. 1st?

About the time for 'Stoning The Devil' festivities.

Good times.....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/23/2017 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Labor Day weekend
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/23/2017 11:13 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death
North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and accused the United States and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its "humanitarian" treatment of him.
I'm sure North Korea's citizens will be happy to testify how well they are treated by the state.
The comments published by KCNA were North Korea's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a U.S. hospital Monday after it released him for what it called humanitarian reasons.
In other words, they were afraid he would die on their watch.
Doctors at the hospital said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. Relatives say they were told the 22-year-old University of Virginia student had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea in March 2016.

His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition.

Warmbier was accused of stealing a propaganda poster. Through statements on KCNA, North Korea said it dealt with him according to its domestic laws and international standards.

"Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state,
Obviously, there is no worse kind of criminal.
we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the U.S., considering that his health got worse," the agency quoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying.

The spokesman said "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to North Korea at the time of Warmbier's repatriation and "recognized that his health indicators like pulse, temperature, respiration and the examination result of the heart and lung were all normal." The report did not mention Warmbier's neurological status.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well," the spokesman said.
That's what happens when you pull the plug on someone in a permanent vegetative state.
"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses," he said.
Should I send the sympathy card to North Korea, or to Kim Jong Nom himself?
"The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the U.S. compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law," the spokesman added.
Ah. So in Norkland, the law is used like a weapon?
A separate KCNA article published hours earlier criticized South Korea for using Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees, including six South Korean citizens. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview with CBS television earlier this week that it was clear North Korea bears a heavy responsibility for Warmbier's death.
Obviously no need to worry. All those have stable vitals as well.
The article said South Korea was tarnishing North Korea's image with "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture."
Actually, the fact that you returned his body while his heart was still beating is more than I expected.
It demanded that South Korea return 12 restaurant workers who defected to the South last year. South Korea said the women defected on their own, while North Korea claimed they were deceived and abducted to the South.
Sorry, they wanted to live in a country where they could get a job in their profession.
The United States, South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions. Three Americans remain in custody in the North.
They were brain-dead before they went there, so I'm not so worried about them, either.
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#1  I would think the US student who died was the 'biggest victim' but that's just my take.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/23/2017 15:33 Comments || Top||

#2  So, the Norks have been following the SJW agenda in the states.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 16:58 Comments || Top||


Freighter Was On Autopilot When It Hit U.S. Destroyer
[Free Beacon] The deadly collision between a U.S. destroyer and a container ship June 17 took place while the freighter was on autopilot, according to Navy officials.

The Philippines-flagged cargo ship ACX Crystal was under control of a computerized navigation system that was steering and guiding the container vessel, according to officials familiar with preliminary results of an ongoing Navy investigation.

Investigators so far found no evidence the collision was deliberate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/23/2017 09:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  there are multiple and redundant collision avoidance systems on both the Navy ship (which was not a destroyer) and the container ship - somehow all failed or had been turned off or were ignored

also multiple accident alert systems - all of which failed or had been turned off

investigation reports will be brutal

Posted by: lord garth || 06/23/2017 14:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Navy ship (which was not a destroyer)

The USS Fitzgerald is classed as a DDG - Guided Missile Destroyer.

As for the rest, it'll have to wait until the investigation is completed. And yes, it'll likely be brutal.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/23/2017 15:44 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of speculation surrounding the track of the Filippino vessel and the discrepancies in the reported time of the collision.

Most major accidents result from an event cascade, which will probably be the case here.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/23/2017 18:05 Comments || Top||

#4  The guy over at GCaptain has set off a freakin firestorm over his editorial "The USS Fitzgerald Is At Fault. This Is Why."
Basically, both parties are responsible for collision unless one of them is tied up to a pier.
The commenting public is not interested in that part, however.
The analyst over at Jane's Ships said two days ago that the Crystal was evidently on autopilot based on the way it returned to course track after collision; no human pilot would do that (the likely reaction would some variation of WTF!)
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/23/2017 18:47 Comments || Top||


Economy
Sears Canada Closing 59 Stores as It Seeks Bankruptcy Protection
[FORTUNE]
Posted by: Fred || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...This is probably the overture - the really bad news about Sears USA will show up around Labor Day.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/23/2017 6:33 Comments || Top||

#2  That warranty on your Kenmore is up.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  That used to be Canada's largest retailer.
As for US operations and living maybe 10 miles from Sears Hoffman Estates HQ, I have been waiting for the shoe to drop for a decade now.
The only presence that might be left would be an online direct marketing outfit, not unlike they and Monkey Wards originally were.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 06/23/2017 12:42 Comments || Top||

#4  I think Amazon was the death of Sears. Sears had the catalog business but got crushed by Amazon (which is really just a catalog business), because margins aren't large enough to overcome the 5-10% edge Amazon held by not having to collect sales taxes. So in effect government picked Amazon to win.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/23/2017 12:58 Comments || Top||

#5  ...maybe, but corporate culture of the in house 'suits' was unable to adapt. Nothing different than the 70s oil embargo that allowed Americans to discover relatively less expensive, fuel efficient, quality, 'sold as' Japanese cars. When the foreign companies captured 30 percent of the market, Detroit got the SAOD moment, they just lingered on for a couple decades before the bailout. As someone said - adapt or perish. Any Encyclopedia Britannic salesmen knock on your door recently?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/23/2017 16:40 Comments || Top||


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House lawmakers endorse reusable rockets for military purposes
This represents a remarkable turnaround for SpaceX and the federal government. After filing a lawsuit against the Air Force three years ago for the right to bid on military launch contracts, the California-based company only began flying military payloads for the government in May. Now lawmakers seem to be warming quickly to the company's vision of low-cost access to space.

During the hearing, Franks said reusable rockets had the potential to enhance the nation's warfighting capability.

The amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to brief the Committee on Armed Services by March 1, 2018 on the department's plan to evaluate the risks, benefits, costs, and potential cost-savings of the use of reusable launch vehicles for use in national security space missions.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Rocket", "Military", "Reusable"? Something wrong with this picture?
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/23/2017 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  "reusable launch vehicles for use in national security space missions" is the key phrase.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/23/2017 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  now, "reusable missiles" could be a stretch
Posted by: Frank G || 06/23/2017 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  The key to whether this is feasible will be based on whose congressional district the rebuild shop is built it. Beyond that congress sees no reason why we can't buy missiles from China. (Or India. Or Pakistan. (Or...)
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/23/2017 11:12 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Man kills daughter in the name of 'honour' in Nawabshah
[DAWN] A man allegedly shot dead his 24-year-old daughter and injured another man in the village of Jan Mohammad Brohi in Nawabshah, in what police termed an 'honour' killing.

Sakima was killed by her father and uncle after they allegedly found her with a man, Wahid Bux Brohi, who was also critically injured in the incident. Brohi has been shifted to Civil Hospital Nawabshah.

Kadhar Station House Officer Ghulam Hussain Peerzado said Akbar and his brother were arrested by police and confessed to the crime.

Two separate First Information Reports were registered against the accused. One was registered on behalf of the state and the other on the complaint of Ghulam Mohammad, the brother of the injured man.

Sakima's body was handed over to a notable of the area for burial following a post-mortem examination.
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'Forced' conversion: I want to live with my husband, Ravita says in SHC
[DAWN] Ravita Meghwar — who her parents alleged had been abducted by men from the Syed community of Wanharo village near Nagarparkar, Thar, on June 6 and forcibly converted to Islam — on Thursday told the Sindh High Court Circuit Bench, Hyderabad in a written statement that she wants to live with her husband.

Ravita denied being abducted or forced to convert, saying she was "in love" with Nawaz Shah and maintaining that her parents' claims were false.

Nawaz Ali Shah, the 'husband', in his statement said that they first met in their village, where he gave her a mobile phone to establish a communication channel. They remained connected through the device and decided to get married later.

Bhagwandas, the counsel for Ravita's father, argued that the girl may have given the statement under pressure since she was currently with Nawaz Shah.

After hearing both sides, Justice Salahuddin Panhwar decided to send Ravita, alias Gulnaz, to Darul Aman for a day where she will be able to see her mother.
Posted by: Fred || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Christian man in Lahore arrested over allegations of blasphemy
[DAWN] A Christian bicycle mechanic in Lahore was arrested on June 15 over allegations of blasphemy after he became involved in a dispute regarding payment for services rendered to a customer, police said Thursday.

Human rights activist Napoleon Qayyum told Dawn that Ashfaq Masih ─ a resident of Mariam Colony in Green Town, Lahore ─ was working at a repair shop in the Bagarhian suburb of the city when Muhammad Ishfaq, a resident of the same area, had his bicycle repaired by him.

The two became embroiled in a heated argument when Masih demanded Rs35-40 for his services and Ishfaq requested that Masih reduce the price as he is a poor man, Qayyum said.

The disagreement escalated when Masih refused to lower the fee, reminding the bicycle owner that he was a poor man himself and needed the money as well, according to the rights activist.

After a crowd gathered to witness the incident, unidentified individuals levelled accusations of blasphemy against Masih, prompting further escalation of the already-tense situation, Qayyum claimed.

Police, who were called to the scene, arrived and arrested Masih, shifting him to the Green Town police station.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Green Town police station Wasim Akhtar confirmed to Dawn that a blasphemy case had been registered against Masih on June 15 after his arrest.
Posted by: Fred || 06/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


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Obamacare is failing the American people. Without action to repeal and replace Obamacare, Americans are stuck with higher costs, more taxes, and fewer choices. The trend of bad news for Obamacare is continuing - Americans need relief now.

Today's Events

9:30 AM: Vice President Pence delivers the keynote address at the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Legislative Day

11:00 AM: President Trump participates in the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event

1:00 PM: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Wilson Center

3:00 PM: President Trump meets with the International Olympic Committee

7:15 PM: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host the Congressional Picnic

OBAMACARE FACT OF THE DAY
FACT: The American people know a bad deal when they see one. The most recent data shows that around 6.5 million Americans paid $3 billion in penalties to the IRS rather than buy unaffordable Obamacare plans.

Yesterday, President Trump visited Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he gave remarks about empowering America’s farmers and protecting our Nation’s proud farming legacy.

Yesterday, Vice President Pence delivered remarks at the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

Yesterday, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D., met with individuals who are facing lack of choice because of Obamacare.

Yesterday, President Trump held a meeting with cybersecurity and energy sector representatives.

The application period for the Fall 2017 White House Internship Program closes this Friday, June 23. Interested applicants can apply here.

"In order for us to expand prosperity and extend economic opportunity to more Americans, we must remain on the cutting edge. This means that government at all levels must focus on removing barriers to innovation and ensuring that technological advances aren’t strangled by bureaucratic red tape." - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in New Hampshire Union Leader

"The White House is gathering technology leaders on Thursday to discuss how the industry aims to drive economic growth in emerging technology areas like wireless broadband and drones." - The Hill

"..the nation’s second-largest health insurer announced Wednesday it plans to pull out of ObamaCare exchanges in Indiana and Wisconsin next year -- a move that fueled GOP calls on Capitol Hill to upend the law." - Fox News
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