Please, please tell me she was trying to score heroin on Union Street in Manchester...
[ZH] - Having been decidedly off-the-radar for months since the controversial 'suicide' of Jeffrey Epstein, NBC New York reports that Ghislaine Maxwell, has been arrested by the FBI and charged by federal prosecutors.
Multiple senior law enforcement officials reportedly said the British socialite and heiress was arrested in New Hampshire on Epstein-related charges and is expected to appear in a federal court later today.
I dunno. Fourth of July weekend the lockup will probably be understaffed. I'll take 96 hours...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
07/02/2020 11:24 Comments ||
New Hampshire is interesting as a place to hideout. It has been a long time since his assisted suicide, so I’m wondering how the insurance files and films have been perhaps selectively purged or neutered. I cannot imagine this will be lacking in surprises, either in what she says or how she expires.
Fox News just said she was on a 120 acre property she bought in Bradford (30 miles north of Manchester) last year through an LLC so she could conceal her identity. Apparently it wasn't concealed enough, but an amateur search of the county records didn't give me a result on Maxwell, so I'll go with 'she used a maiden / other name'.
Mods - please delete the duplicate post - thanks!
Also - she's in FBI custody but I'm wondering if there's a chance they throw her into this place for a little while. It used to be the Valley Street jail, which was built well over a century ago and this new facility's been around for 10-15 years. A high school classmate's now the warden for the place so maybe I can confirm my theory.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] I was in my thirties before someone explained to me that the placement of the little triangle next to the gas pump icon on the dashboard was meaningful. It changed my life as much as pointing out to trailing daughter #1 that i^2=-1, not 1 — she was out the day that was taught, which led to the first time in her life that she was getting the wrong answers on her math homework.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] *shrug* It’s the Third World, where refrigeration is a toy of the rich. The alternative is piles of butchered critters sitting on the roadside in the heat, collecting dirt and bacteria even faster. Mr. Wife ate vegetarian when he travelled to such countries.
According to the CDC's 24 JUN 20 update the virus is massively more widespread than initial estimates, by minimally a factor of 10. In other words it's also far less lethal than initially predicted.
They also had estimates of the number who died solely from the Wuhan virus, 7%. Not a typo. The other 93% had mat least 2.5 other conditions.
[FoxNews] The Trump campaign has been donating meals to hospitals across the country to feed doctors, nurses and first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, Fox News has learned.
Since last Thursday, President Trump’s reelection campaign has been calling up local restaurants and ordering large amounts of food to be delivered to more than a dozen hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Washington state and Michigan. The campaign has been placing these orders anonymously, but Fox News learned about the effort — and sources confirmed it.
One source told Fox News that the campaign was looking to not only express gratitude for first responders treating patients with COVID-19, but to support local restaurants.
“They’re doing it as a donor who cares,” one source told Fox News. “So nothing politically is tied to it. ... We’re just trying to, you know, show a thank you.”
“They’re trying to send things that are like, local restaurants that may need support [and] cool restaurant icons of the area that may need the business,” one source said.
The source told Fox News that the campaign has already spent tens of thousands of dollars on the effort, which they plan to expand in the coming days and weeks.
The campaign plans to continue placing the orders to feed medical personnel, as the pandemic continues to strain the country's hospital system.
[IsraelTimes] Russian voters approve changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... to hold power until 2036. But the weeklong plebiscite that concluded this evening was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
With most of the nation’s polls closed and 20% of precincts counted, 72% voted for the constitutional amendments, according to election officials.
For the first time in Russia, polls were kept open for a week to bolster turnout without increasing crowds casting ballots amid the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic — a provision that Kremlin critics denounced as an extra tool to manipulate the outcome.
A massive propaganda campaign and the opposition’s failure to mount a coordinated challenge helped Putin get the result he wanted, but the plebiscite could end up eroding his position because of the unconventional methods used to boost participation and the dubious legal basis for the balloting.
By the time polls closed in Moscow and most other parts of Western Russia, the overall turnout was at 65%, according to election officials. In some regions, almost 90% of eligible voters cast ballots.
BREAKING: @DominicRaab says 🇬🇧UK will open up a route for nearly 3million Hong Kong residents with British National (Overseas) passports, giving them 5-year right to live in UK after which they may apply for settled status & citizenship in response to 🇨🇳China’s new security law pic.twitter.com/JmJiPvjzrY
[YNet] - Governors of U.S. states hit hardest by the resurgent coronavirus halted or reversed steps to reopen their economies on Wednesday, led by California, the nation's most populous state and a new epicenter of the pandemic.
New cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, shot up by nearly 50,000 on Wednesday, according to the latest tally, marking the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic.
"The spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning," California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in ordering the closure of bars, bans on indoor dining and other restrictions in 19 counties, affecting over 70% of the state's population.
The change in California, which was the first U.S. state to impose sweeping "stay-at-home" restrictions in March, will likely inflict more financial pain on the owners of bars and restaurants who have struggled to survive the pandemic. Nobody mentions the working girls - who are the hardest hit by lockdowns.
The epicenter of the country's COVID-19 epidemic has moved from the Northeast to California, Arizona and New Mexico in the West along with Texas, Florida and Georgia.
Texas again topped its previous record on Wednesday with 8,076 new cases, while South Carolina reported 24 more coronavirus deaths, a single-day high for the state. Tennessee and Alaska also had record numbers of new cases on Wednesday.
...In Indiana, Republican Governor Eric Holcomb halted his state's phased reopening until at least mid-July.
...Roughly seven in 10 Republicans said they were personally concerned about the virus' spread, up from six in 10 in previous polls. About nine in 10 Democrats said they are similarly worried, a level of concern that has not changed.
Conservatives have generally been less willing to wear masks or follow other restrictions imposed by local authorities to stop the spread of the virus as the issue has become increasingly politicized.
the interviews of the camel wrestlers should be interesting
Posted by: lord garth ||
07/02/2020 9:41 Comments ||
Where I was first posted in Rajasthan, I found it to be totally un-cruel. The bored men like to gamble. The even more bored camels like to wrestle among themselves. In fact it was a most mutually agreeable enterprise.
Of course it is - everybody knows that!
[538, via Fark] - Soccer Commentary Is Full Of Coded Racism
A new study shows players with darker skin are often reduced to physical attributes, while players with lighter skin are praised for mental qualities.
A new paper published by Danish sports data company RunRepeat and backed by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) makes it clear that soccer commentary in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada has a racism problem.
Researchers from RunRepeat sampled 80 games from the 2019-20 seasons of the English Premier League, French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga — broadcast across seven different networks1 — and analyzed more than 2,000 statements made by commentators about 643 unique players. The study included 1,361 comments about players with lighter skin and 713 comments about players with darker skin.2 The study found that, weighting for the different number of comments made about each group, players with lighter skin were praised more frequently for their intelligence (62.6 percent of the comments coded as positive were about players with lighter skin), work ethic (60.4 percent) and overall quality (62.8 percent), while 63.3 percent of criticism about a player’s intelligence was aimed at players with darker skin, along with 67.6 percent of criticism about a player’s quality.
The study also found that players with darker skin were often reduced to racist tropes about their speed and strength, which is often coded by commentators as "pace and power."
It was only after 9/11 that I noticed that when NPR did a report on Israel or the Palestinians the Arabs were given full names, descriptions, jobs, relatives and relationships, while the Jews were given only first name and reason they were mentioned.
“Ari, who lives in the Old City of Jerusalem in a house that used to belong to a Palestinian family...”
“We tracked down the family that used to live in Ari’s house. Mahmoud El Baradei, who lives in a hovel in a refugee camp near Jerusalem with his parents, his wife and five children, and seventeen of his brothers and sisters, showed me the key to his house in the Old City as we sat together eating a scrumptious meal and talking. His grandparents were driven out by the Jews in 1948 — Jews live in the house now, and shut the door in his face when he rang the doorbell...”
[Slash Gear] GM may be bringing back the Hummer as an all-electric SUV, but the automaker is looking to tried-and-tested tech for the new Infantry Squad Vehicle it’s building for the US Army. The company has inked a $214.3 million deal to produce and service more than 2,000 ultra-flexible troop transports, though while they might look like Mad Max props, they’re actually surprisingly familiar.
The brief was to develop an expeditionary ISV, light and agile enough to carry nine personnel at once, at speed, through a battlefield. The vehicle needed to be tough and flexible: lightweight enough to sling underneath a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, yet also sufficiently compact to squeeze into a CH-47 Chinook.
The Army also needed something that could withstand a low-velocity air drop by fixed-wing C-130 or C-17 transport aircraft. That’s no small order.
It can't be that serious a setback if they're delaying it by less than a month. In NASA time, that's barely a few minutes. A real delay would be for five to eight years, with a budget increase of ten to twelve billion dollars.
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Officials at Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, State University-Fresno are facing increasing pressure to remove a statue on campus depicting the late Indian freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi.
"How will the historian teach and explain that Gandhi was uncharitable in his attitude towards the Black race and see that we are glorifying him by erecting a statue on our campus?" asks a Change.org petition, which is nearing 5,000 signatures.
"Gandhi was deeply prejudiced against all minorities, from black Africans, Jews, to low-caste Hindus," it states. "He also demonstrated a shocking lack of morality, from sleeping naked with maiden of tender yearss to employing nonviolence merely as a tool of political expediency."
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.