[NY Post] Whitey Bulger's death has officially been ruled a homicide. "Natural Causes"
The notorious gangster died of "blunt force injuries to the head" after being assaulted by multiple people, according to his death certificate, obtained by NBC10 Boston on Thursday.
Bulger, 89, was bludgeoned to death with a padlock stuffed in a sock Oct. 30, 2018, hours after being transferred to a federal jail in West Virginia.
Officials have said they believe other inmates killed the blood-thirsty Boston gangster. Six months after his murder, no one has been charged. "I am Spartacus!"
Whitey Bulger was an informant to the FBI in Boston to none other than Robert Mueller... He ran his own operation and ratted out others to the FBI... killed people and framed others that Mueller tried to prosecute.. made a fool out of FBI... probably had dirt on Mueller... was transferred to A prison and placed in open population... FBI silenced him...
[FoxNews] An Army colonel and Bronze Star recipient who served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan died for injuries sustained while helping a stranded motorist in Virginia last week, a report said.
Col. Gregory S. Townsend, 46, who joined the Army in 1996, was changing another driver’s tire on a freeway south of Richmond Thursday when the vehicle fell on him, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. He was airlifted to the hospital where he died on Monday, the Army said.
Townsend had deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 and 2009 and to Afghanistan in 2009. He was assigned most recently as a commander at the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, according to the report.
The study of an ancient microbrewery in Peru and its supply of a sour beer has provided scientists new insights into the stability of the Wari empire.
For several years, researchers have been studying the remains of a brewing site at Cerro Baúl, an ancient city in southern Peru and the political center of the Wari empire, which lasted from 600 to 1100 AD -- a long time for an ancient dynasty.
According to archaeologists, the brewing site played an important role in the development the empire's political organization.
"It was like a microbrewery in some respects. It was a production house, but the brewhouses and taverns would have been right next door," Ryan Williams, an associate curator and head of anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago, said in a news release.
Williams and his colleagues estimate political elites regularly gathered at the brewery to drink a locally made sour ale called chicha.
"[Chicha] was only good for about a week after being made, it wasn't shipped offsite -- people had to come to festivals at Cerro Baúl to drink it," Williams said. "These festivals were important to Wari society."
For the latest study, researchers blasted the insides of one of the beer-drinking vessels with a laser. The laser helped separate a layer of the beverage from the ceramic. When researchers heated the ancient beer molecules, they were able to discern some of the ingredients.
Scientists determined the sour ale was made using pepper berries, a drought resistant plant. They also confirmed the ceramic drinking vessels were locally made. The findings -- published this week in the journal Sustainability -- suggests the Wari's beer supply was immune to unfavorable weather and trading disruptions.
Even when instabilities arose, the Wari empire always had beer. Researchers at the Field Museum suggest the beverage was a tool of political unity.
"We think these institutions of brewing and then serving the beer really formed a unity among these populations, it kept people together," said Williams.
How long until someone 'reproduces' the brew and hipsters flock to lap it up, and someone claims cultural appropriation because the microbrewery wasn't peruvian enough. Then folks start to admit it really didn't taste very good after all since Uncle Sam forces certain standards of cleanliness that strip the proud Peruvian brew of its ummph.
[NakedSecurity] The National Security Agency (NSA) has asked to end its mass phone surveillance program because the work involved outweighs its intelligence value, according to reports this week.
Sources told the Wall Street Journal that the NSA has recommended the White House terminates its call data records (CDR) program. The logistics of operating it aren't worth the intelligence that it provides, they said.
The NSA's clandestine phone records gathering program dates back to the introduction of the Patriot Act in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the US. Section 215 of the Act enabled the US intelligence community to collect extensive information.
Shortly afterwards, President George Bush authorized the warrantless collection of data about international telephone calls and emails, and the NSA began collecting data under a program called Stellar Wind.
In 2006, a class action suit targeted Verizon, BellSouth and AT&T, alleging that they handed over call records to the NSA. In 2013, Edward Snowden publicly revealed documents detailing the Stellar Wind program. The American Civil Liberties Union (CLU) sued then-director of national intelligence James Clapper to stop the bulk metadata collection program for violations under the first and fourth amendments.
The ACLU won its case on appeal in May 2015, just before Section 215 expired under a sunset clause. Congress passed the Freedom Act a day after the clause expired, sustaining Section 215 but with new restrictions. One of these included the retention of bulk call metadata by the phone companies. The NSA would have to query it using specific selectors to limit the number of records gathered. This contrasts with the previous practice, in which the NSA collected and held call data records itself.
This legislation seems to have made the bulk data collection program less useful. The WSJ cites one government official saying that:
The candle is not worth the flame.
The CDR program has come under increasing political pressure in recent months. In March, Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul introduced the Ending Mass Collection of Americans' Phone Records Act of 2019, which aims to eliminate the program. Wyden said at the time:
The NSA's sprawling phone records dragnet was born in secrecy, defended with lies and never stopped a single terrorist attack. Even after Congress acted in 2015, the program collected over half a billion phone records in a single year. It's time, finally, to put a stake in the heart of this unnecessary government surveillance program and start to restore some of Americans' liberties.
The pair were concerned by a public statement by the NSA in June 2018, in which it admitted to collecting some call data records that it was not authorized to receive, due to "technical irregularities".
The senators wrote a letter to the NSA's inspector general detailing their concerns in August 2018.
Canada condemns the ongoing Russian-backed violence in eastern Ukraine and its destabilizing proposal to extend citizenship to inhabitants of #Donbas. We stand with Ukraine in support of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
[THEDRIVE] A new report, citing a leaked Russian government document, says that a crash of MiG-31 Foxhound in Siberia almost two years ago was actually the result of a friendly fire incident during a botched training exercise. In addition, the summary of the mishap suggests that there could be dangerous problems with the aircraft’s Zaslon-AM radar and Baget-55 fire control system that might increase the risk of more accidental shootdowns occurring in the future.
Baza, a relatively new Russian independent online investigative news outlet, revealed the new information on Apr. 23, 2019. The incident in question had occurred on Apr. 26, 2017, over the Telemba proving ground in Buryatia, a semi-autonomous republic within Russia that borders Mongolia. At the time, the Kremlin said that the plane had been on a training exercise, but offered no additional details about the mishap. Both of the Foxhound’s crew survived the incident.
It takes one to know one.
Kim knew all about how his half brother was poisoned to death at a public airport since he ordered it and was fully briefed and debriefed about it.
A year later Putin used a similar tactic to try to get rid of his critic and double agent for UK, Skripal.
The paranoid leader, who is afraid to fly so he travels in an armored train, will be concerned while he is hosted by Putin in Russia.
Maybe trump colluded with Russia to take out the leader because of his nuclear threats against America.
So Kim will be afraid to touch anything like door knobs (or arm rests) for fear of Putin's Skripal method of icing.
[Chosun Ilbo] Four North Korean officials have been shot over the collapse of the U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi in February, according to rumors flying around the secretive state.
Asia Press on Wednesday reported rumors that a diplomat from the North Korean Embassy in Hanoi and three other Foreign Ministry officials were executed by firing squad in Pyongyang early this month as bigwigs from the Workers Party looked on.
They were accused of taking bribes to leak confidential information to U.S. officials while negotiating the agenda before the summit.
Earlier, the regime reprimanded Kim Hyok-chol, North Korea's top negotiator with the U.S., and Kim Song-hye from the United Front Department, over the failed summit.
Kim Hyok-chol was not on the ballot for elections to the rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly last month.
But Asia Press said the rumors have not been verified, and it is possible the regime is deliberately spreading misinformation in a bid to divert the blame from Kim Pudge Jong-un ...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished... himself.or by any means without prior written permission.
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04/26/2019 00:00 ||
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Well, I suppose you could always light your farts to stay warm.
I can't wait to go down to my client on Cape Cod in a few hours (quarterly payroll). Between Exits 9 and 8 (MA Route 3 in Plymouth) there's this massive wind turbine. It's a refurbed Hyundai unit, sticks up about something like 300 feet high and is a driving distraction / fucking eyesore. I can see the thing from about three miles away. It just leaves me mostly shaking my head in disgust - I see it operational about half the time, so what's the point besides virtue signaling?
Don't come out here Raj. Its all different companies I think with some breaks here and there, but the farm is basically three midwest counties across. Nighttime is the worst, as each one has a blinker light on top. Sometime they coordinate, sometimes they don't. Its a Ford/Chevy argument which is worse.
Best part, they surround the Dodge City Airport/Radar Station so there are all these false reading - really cool during tornado season.
What these anti-technologists don't seem to get, is if the power gets shut off, they think people are just going to sit in their hovel and take it. No, the Black Forest and anything else burnable is going to be chopped up into itty pieces of firewood. Well until enough people find grandpa's old rifle and form security for wood choppers, then the scavengers will be gunned down no warning.
[DAWN] Various civil society organizations (CSOs) have applauded the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for unanimously passing a resolution urging the provincial government to raise the minimum marriage age to 18 years and make legislation to end domestic violence.
Civil Society Networks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Partners for Prevention and Response (P4PR), the provincial alliance to end early child and forced marriages, KP civil society joint working group and Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network (PCSN) in a joint statement here on Wednesday urged the politicians to play their role for an end to violence from the society.
The resolution moved by chairperson of the women parliamentary caucus Maliha Asghar was also signed by women parliamentarians of various political parties, including Nighat Yasmin Orakzai, Ayesha Bano, Sumaira Shams, Ayesha Naeem and Shagufta Malik.
Child rights activists believe that child marriages had a devastating impact on the lives of the children, particularly girls.
Qamar Naseem, provincial coordinator of the Alliance to End Early, Child and Forced Marriages, appreciated the women politicians for introducing this resolution. He said that Pakistain had committed to eliminating child, early and forced marriages by 2030 in line with the target 5.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals. He said that ending child marriages was critical for girls’ rights, health, wellbeing and ability to survive into adulthood.
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04/26/2019 00:00 ||
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...to be more honoured in the breach than in the observance, with appropriate gratuities as necessary.
[DAWN] Police have traced out and incarcerated Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! the rapist and murderer of a minor girl with the help of a DNA test report, Dera Ghazi Khan District Police Officer (DPO) Atif Nazir revealed at a presser on Thursday.
On April 3, Mehreen, 8, had gone missing after leaving her house to buy a book from her village bookstore. Next day, her molested body was found from a field in the Gugoo area nearby. According to a medico-legal report, she was strangled to death after being raped.
The DPO said that a team comprising DSP Riaz Bokhari, Inspector Amar Yasir and Sub Inspector Ibrar had traced out and arrested the murderer with the help of "scientific methods" and technology.
He said that, during the course of investigation, DNA tests were performed on as many as 100 suspects and samples taken from the victim were examined for a match with them.
Subsequently, the DNA report matched with a suspect and police arrested a farmer, 37-year-old Bilal. The DPO said that the suspect, a father of two, has confessed to his crime.
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04/26/2019 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] A 16-year-old girl was on Wednesday allegedly kidnapped from outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , police said.
According to Head Moharar Mohammed Arshad, the victim had gone to JPMC's outpatient department (OPD) with her mother for a checkup, and later left the facility to purchase some prescribed drugs from a store outside the hospital but never returned.
A first information report (FIR) of the incident filed on the complainant of the girl's brother mentions Section 365B (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel for marriage etc.) of the Pakistain Penal Code.
According to the police, the girl is a resident of Karachi's Kemari area and hails from Bajaur agency.
JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali said that the hospital was cooperating with the police investigation and has provided footage of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed around the OPD.
Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP), Syed Kaleem Imam, took notice of the incident and demanded reports on the progress of the probe from the senior superintendent of police (SSP), who oversees Karachi's South zone, and the SSP who oversees investigations.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq and Russia signed on Thursday a series of agreements in 16 different fields including trade, and agreed to facilitate investment and trade cooperation.
A statement by the office of Iraqi foreign minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, quoted by SNG website, said Hakim, along with Russian deputy foreign minister Yuri Borisov, singed in Baghdad the minute of the eighth meeting of the joint committee of both countries.
Both sides, according the statement, agreed to "eliminate all hurdles facing trade exchange and investments between both countries".
Several agreements were signed in various fields, including trade, tourism, transport, energy, electricity, industry and information technology.
Iraq and Russia enjoy strong ties in several fields, including commerce and economy, with mutual trade soaring by more than 52 percent in 2017 to USD1.4 billion on an annual basis, according to Russia’s customs authority.
Baghdad (IraqiNews) Baghdad Police Command announced, on Thursday, freeing 45 Bangladeshis who were held by a labor company in the center of the capital, Baghdad. The company was willing to exploit them, while six accused persons were locked away I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! The Command said in a press statement that it received information about the presence of Bangladeshi workers in a house, in central Baghdad. They were captivated by a labor company that was willing to use them in the future.
After obtaining the needed legal approvals, security forces from Alawiya Police Station moved to the scene, and managed to apprehend six of the accused persons.
The arrested persons include two Iraqis and four Bangladeshis (who were collaborating with the Iraqis), the statement added. The security forces also freed 45 Bangladeshis who were detained.
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.