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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

What A Surprise. Eleven Old White Guys Will Be Christine Blasey Ford's Interrogators.

quote [ Ford will face questions from the 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, all of them men, with an average age of 62. (The chairman, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the second-oldest sitting senator, is 85.) In the committee’s 202-year history, it has not had a single Republican woman. Four of the 10 Democrats are women, including ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who is a few months older than Grassley. The committee has never been chaired by a woman. ]

And of course they are refusing to allow other witnesses. They want to turn it into a he said/she said, where they can pretend that they listened to a woman before just believing the man and pencil whipping it through anyhow.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Sad]
[by knumbknutz@2:13pmGMT] [8 comments]

Friday, 14 September 2018

Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty in Mueller probe

quote [ Paul Manafort, formerly President Donald Trump's campaign chairman, is expected to plead guilty to two counts, a federal conspiracy charge that accused him of money laundering, tax fraud, and lying to investigators, as well as a count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to a document filed in federal court.

A charging document filed Friday in the District of Columbia outlines accuses Manafort, 69, of participating in a conspiracy against the United States — money laundering, tax fraud, failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports, violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and lying and misrepresenting to the Department of Justice. ]

Meh - just a low level coffee boy. Trump never even heard of him.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+1 Good]
[by knumbknutz@2:21pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

California transit agency allows ad from Holocaust denial group

quote [ Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) officials defended their decision to allow ads for the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has classified as a hate group that aims to “defend Nazism” and spread Holocaust denial propaganda.

The electronic billboards, which say “History Matters!” and provide the name of the California-based organization, are in rotation at two Bart stations in San Francisco. ]

Holocaust denial may be a crime in much of Europe, but for BART it’s a business opportunity. More of those "mighty fine people."
[SFW] [history] [+5 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@2:42pmGMT] [9 comments]

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

R.I.P Actor Steve Reevis of ‘Fargo,’ ‘Dances With Wolves, and “The Longest Yard.”

quote [ “Life is something that is never supposed to be played with. Life is so precious that we have to understand that our life was given to us by The Creator. When I think of life, it’s always about living that life in a beautiful way. Life is about respecting one another in whatever capacity we live in in this world. It’s all about total respect for each other and our individual lives.” ]

I'll vouch for him.

Awesome personal quote from the article.

[SFW] [obituaries] [+7 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@10:52pmGMT] [6 comments]

Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash

quote [ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Engineers are deploying a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom is being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas. ]

Very challenging project due to the extremely low density of material, not to mention the small particulate size. I would like to see the Asian countries that are now contributing more than 80 percent of new plastic from their rivers, step up and start doing upstream cleanups as well.

Nevertheless, it's a start, and I look forward to the results of this attempt.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+5 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@2:47pmGMT] [3 comments]



Monday, 10 September 2018

Florence isn't the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

quote [ "Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is greater than normal," the National Hurricane Center reported Monday at 11 a.m. "Although Isaac is forecast to begin weakening when it approaches the Lesser Antilles, it is still expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it reaches the islands."

Winds of tropical storm force could reach Puerto Rico Thursday evening. ]

Full in extended - Not very often that you're better off in in FL rather than NC this time of the year. Batten down the hatches over there.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@8:55pmGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 31 August 2018

Mueller investigation results in yet another plea deal

quote [ Sam Patten, a Republican lobbyist, pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act in his unregistered work for a Ukrainian politician and a Ukrainian oligarch — and agreed to cooperate with the government.

Patten was charged by the US attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. But Mueller’s team referred the investigation there and Patten’s plea agreement specifically says he must cooperate with the special counsel’s office. ]

Also in extended - Lawyer was told Russia had ‘Trump over a barrel’

[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3]
[by knumbknutz@10:39pmGMT] [17 comments]

Thursday, 30 August 2018

California Measure Would Expunge Many Marijuana-Related Crimes

quote [ California lawmakers have approved a measure requiring prosecutors to expunge convictions or reduce sentences for many marijuana-related convictions dating back decades. The bill is now awaiting a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, passed by the state Senate on Wednesday, would require the state's Department of Justice to review cases dating as far back as 1975 until 2016 to determine their eligibility. ]

I was wondering why the bombardment of anti-legalization propaganda in the media in San Diego was all of a sudden flooding us here in the SOCAL area.The prison industrial complex does seem to be in quite the tizzy right now over it. We'll see if their mighty lobbying arm reaches Brown's office. Link to full release of the bill in extended.

[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+6 Good]
[by knumbknutz@10:59pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

NASA’s Pluto probe spots the next deep space rock it’s zooming toward

quote [ NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, known for flying by Pluto in 2015, has finally spotted its next target at the edge of the Solar System. On August 16th, the distant probe captured its first images of the space rock it’s currently zooming toward — an icy body nearly 20 miles across that’s been nicknamed Ultima Thule. It’s a major milestone for the New Horizons team as they prepare the spacecraft for its rendezvous with Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day 2019. ]

Yes - our civilization is doing this!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@11:31pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

NASA Chief Wants to Send Humans to the Moon

quote [ "When you look back at history, look back at the end of the Apollo program, 1972 when we didn't go back to the moon... you look back and there was a period of time there after Apollo and before the space shuttles when we had a gap of human spaceflight capability," Bridenstine said. "And then you go forward and look at the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011, and now we're getting to the point where we're ready to fly commercial crew. We've got a gap of about eight years in our ability to fly crew into space. ]

Wow - a Trump appointee who is proving to be intelligent, curious and a good listener. When you are in the halls of NASA, you definitely can't pretend that you’re the smartest person in the room.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Good]
[by knumbknutz@2:26pmGMT] [7 comments]



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