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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Largest Civil Verdict Won by Michael Avenatti Tossed out by Court of Appeals ‐ Avenatti's Tin Cup Now Out
[RedState] Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion reversing a jury verdict and ordering dismissal of a case that was the biggest of Michael Avenatti’s career in his prior profession as an attorney in Southern California.

The case was a class-action lawsuit brought by Avenatti on behalf of Plaintiff Bahamas Surgery Center and against defendant multinational health care company Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KCC).

The allegations of the case were that KCC had sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of surgical gowns through co-defendant distributor Halyard Co, which were labeled as being compliant with a certain industry-recognized standard for being a liquid bio-hazard barrier, when those gowns did not, in fact, meet the industry-standard as represented.

As described in reporting at the time, the Los Angeles federal court jury that heard the case — only six jurors in a federal civil case — was largely younger adults in their 20s, and Avenatti tailored his presentation, including his manner of speaking, to the audience.

In the end, he was richly rewarded for his efforts, as the jury returned a verdict of general and punitive damages in the amount of $454 million for the members of the class that Avenatti was representing — all buyers of such mislabeled surgical gowns during the time period specified in the complaint.

One problem which Avenatti ran into in the aftermath of the jury’s verdict was with the federal District Court Judge. He tossed out the substantial punitive damages award and reduced the verdict to only $25 million.

Today, the Ninth Circuit applied the coup de grace. They tossed out the verdict altogether AND remanded the matter with instructions that the case be dismissed.

What had Avenatti done wrong??? In a STUNNING BIT OF POTENTIAL MALPRACTICE, Avenatti had taken a class-action case to trial with a Class Representative Plaintiff who had not been damaged — Bahamas Surgical Center had never purchased any the KCC manufactured gowns at issue.

Bahamas has no claim against Halyard [distributor of KCC gowns] because it purchased no gowns from it, and any injuries it has are not traceable to Halyard’s conduct. Without a claim of its own, Bahamas cannot "’seek relief on behalf of [itself] or any other member of the class.’"

In a class-action case, the Class Plaintiff "stands in" for all other persons similarly situated and with substantially similar claims against the same defendant. To do that it is necessary that the Class Representative be — you know — representative of the class. One way that is established is by the fact that the Class Representative has a substantially identical claim against the defendant as all other members of the Class being represented.

This must have come up at some point in the discovery process. The Ninth Circuit puts fault on the District Court for certifying the class when Bahamas was not a representative plaintiff.

But there was no reason for Avenatti to not have moved to amend the complaint to add new Class Representatives when this issue came up.

The claims against KCC may have been sound and based in substantial facts. But this procedural error by Avenatti has all the class members now in a position of having to start over again.

Once the crowning glory of Avenatti’s Los Angeles legal career, this case is now worth zip, zero, nada.

Who wants to start a GoFundMe campaign for Michael?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They tossed out the verdict altogether AND remanded the matter with instructions that the case be dismissed

Did they consult the (Judge) Sullivan precedent? I mean, courts are all wrapped with with precedent to the point of ignoring the text of the Constitution. Why should the lower court dismiss? (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2020 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Geez, I'm so old that I remember when this slime ball was the savior of the Democrats and the entire country running for president.

Wha' happened?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/25/2020 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Wha' happened?

Reality happened. It's the thing that doesn't go away just because someone doesn't believe in it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  This slime ball makes ambulance chasers look like Boy/Girl Scouts.
Posted by: Clem || 07/25/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
National Tequila Day: 5 fun facts about the celebrated spirit
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...can be used to make diamonds...

only the diamonds in an engagement ring.... if you thought beer goggles were bad, try tequila goggles....
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/25/2020 9:35 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Deaths incorrectly attributed to COVID-19 in Palm Beach County
Good to see the workload has reduced enough that they can start cleaning up the data.
[CBS affiliate, West Palm Beach, FL] A 60-year-old man who died from a gun shot wound to the head.

A 90-year-old man who fell and died from complications of a hip fracture.

A 77-year-old woman who died of Parkinson's disease.

These are some of the deaths in Palm Beach County recently, and incorrectly, attributed to COVID-19 in medical examiner records.

The CBS12 News I-Team uncovered several examples in Medical Examiner reports of people counted as a COVID death who did not die of COVID.

We requested a list of all COVID-19 deaths in Palm Beach County from the Medical Examiner's office and received a spread sheet of 581 cases.

Each person on the spreadsheet is someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

In each case line, the person's cause of death and contributing causes of death are listed, if there are any.

The I-Team found eight cases in which a person was counted as a COVID death, but did not have COVID listed as a cause of contributing cause of death.
That’s about 2%.
"I think it is completely misleading," said Rachel Eade, a Palm Beach County resident who has been researching the same issue.

"We need to remove those cases that are not COVID exclusive, and we need to be giving people that information," said Eade, who is one of the plaintiffs suing Palm Beach County for its mask mandate.

She said of the 581 deaths on the spreadsheet, only 169 deaths are listed as COVID without any contributing factors.
Almost 30%.
Governor Ron DeSantis said in a recent appearance on Fox News that his office is aware of deaths incorrectly attributed to COVID-19, like the case of a man in Orange County who died in a motorcycle crash, but was listed as a COVID death.

"I think the public, when they see the fatality figures, they want to know who died because they caught COVID," said DeSantis.

"If you're just in a car accident - and we have had other instances where there is no real relationship and it's been counted, we want to look at that and see how pervasive that issue is as well."

The I-Team took our findings to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's office, and Operations Manager Paul Petrino said the eight we flagged were in fact errors, and should not have been on their spreadsheet.

He said office is in the process of removing them.

We asked Petrino if these erroneous deaths were reported to the state Department of Health and counted toward official COVID death counts, and he said the DOH should have caught the mistakes and not included them.
Posted by: Clem || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6549 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The I-Team found eight cases in which a person was counted as a COVID death, but did not have COVID listed as a cause of contributing cause of death.

"I" for ???

That’s about 2%.

1.37% 😒

"I think it is completely misleading," said Rachel Eade, a Palm Beach County resident who has been researching the same issue.

Totally misleading. Wonder how Rachel would react if a traffic cop stopped her for going 55.757 mph in a 55 mph zone?

For some reason I'm reminded of John W. Campbell statement "Half of American children have below average intelligence".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 6:33 Comments || Top||

#2  GIGO
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2020 6:49 Comments || Top||

#3  It's about credibility, G. You should look it up
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 7:50 Comments || Top||

#4  ^You're entertaining Frank.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 8:14 Comments || Top||

#5  ...yep....then again.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#6  ^Entertaining in a different way.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#7  LOL P2K
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 8:53 Comments || Top||

#8  SF Muni driver beaten with bat after asking passengers to wear masks
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||

#9  They aren't so terrific counting votes, either.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/25/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

#10  For some reason I'm reminded of John W. Campbell statement "Half of American children have below average intelligence".

Quick quip and humorous, but statistically speaking, not true.

We could have 40% weighing extra heavy on the IQ, offset by 60% dunderheads.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 11:04 Comments || Top||

#11  It's normal distribution, swk - the median is also the mean.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

#12  Not necessarily.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#13  Mean, median, mode are all fine tools for getting an idea statistically of trends and ideas, box & whiskers also is nice as outliers are, well, outliers.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#14  When global warming was the thing, each Spring and Autumn the local news would get on the grandstand about 'higher than average temperatures'.

Thing is, weather in this area fluctuates that time of year with air from the Gulf of Mexico and Canada going back and forth, so much so that in the Spring especially we get some nasty storms.

So for a couple days it may be 90 - 110 F, then overnight it may be 50 - 60 F. So that gives us an average of say 75 F. So for those days it is +75F the weather chapter is like, 'Oh my were are melting! Dig into the hills and vote Greta!'.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 11:39 Comments || Top||

#15  #12
Normal Distribution PDF.svg
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 11:48 Comments || Top||

#16  You show me a function of x, and I just ask: y?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 11:59 Comments || Top||

#17  ASCII a stupid question, get a stupid ANSI.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 07/25/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#18  I apologize for sounding chippy, its not that I hate statistics or screwdrivers, I just don't like watching screwdrivers used to drive nails.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

#19  I think an innumerate UK politician claimed to want to get everyone above average.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/25/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||

#20  #10 For some reason I'm reminded of John W. Campbell statement "Half of American children have below average intelligence".

Depends on the baseline. Below average intelligence of what? - world population? American people? Students at MIT? Members of Congress? Trees in Yellowstone Park?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/25/2020 12:40 Comments || Top||

#21  And, lots of people manage to act less intelligent than they actually might be once they get on their hobby horse.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||

#22  Apologies if I came out like an ass after bad oysters; had a stat professor who went outside curriculum to explain how one could take real stats methods and frame it using common language to show what one wanted to show.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 22:23 Comments || Top||

Death Rates From Coronavirus (Covid-19) In The United States As Of July 24, 2020, By State
[Statista] We're paying the price for Cuomo, Whitmer, Pritzker and Murphy, the Master of Drumthwacket's evil, incompetent fecklessness.
Posted by: charger || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6525 views] Top|| File under:

#2  ^The county judge reissued a stay-at-home order and curfew, and all schools will begin with online learning until at least late September

Day. Dollar.?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 6:59 Comments || Top||

#3  We're paying the price for Cuomo, Whitmer, Pritzker and Murphy, the Master of Drumthwacket's evil, incompetent fecklessness.

So, like, if D-states followed Sweden on covid, the R-states would follow Germany?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#4  #1 With the country in health and economic crises, Dr. Mark Weiser, head of psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center, says social isolation and financial fears are 'two good reasons why suicidality might be increased during the coronavirus'

(a) “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet”.
(b) I didn't know, bet you didn't either, but "suicidality" is a real word.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 7:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, I like the word "ideation," which also is real but sounds otherwise.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#6  ^Obviously, these people are ripe for downsizing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#7  What was it the commanding officer said to his subordinate in Catch 22? "Your memos are too prolix..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#8  So, like, if D-states followed Sweden on covid (Wuhan) , the R-states would follow Germany?

Good question.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/25/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Misleading headline, these are deaths where COVID is also mentioned.

I.e. Fatal crash while asymptomatic of COVID would be counted.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/25/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#10  Why Sweden remains mask-free
The country - one of only a handful in Europe not to impose a national lockdown - is continuing to go its own way on face coverings

Remember It's not like Belgium, which is locked down tight.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/25/2020 11:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Grom, the death rate in Hidalgo county, Tx is triple that of the state as a whole, and it is not because of lower use of masks, distancing etc., nor of beach, bar, or protest crowds. People from Mexico (US expats, dual citizenships, other legal border crossers and illegals too) routinely come for medical care and continue to do so with COVID.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/25/2020 13:45 Comments || Top||

#12  #11 Yea, so, they are from Mexico - makes easier to triage?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 14:20 Comments || Top||

#13  ^My point (in #4) was: In Israel some people feel they're bad off; Glenmore. Skid's post (#1) shows some people who are really bad off.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 14:38 Comments || Top||

#14  Starr county is the same story as Hidalgo (and Maverick) county; they all run along the border with Mexico. They have all been sending cases to hospitals in the larger cities further north.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/25/2020 14:47 Comments || Top||

Tucker: Pentagon Set To Release A Report Describing The Recovery Of
[FoxNews] UFO NEWS: Tucker [Carlson] reporting that Pentagon is set to release a report describing the recovery of "Off-world vehicles, not made on this earth". More tomorrow. Watch this clip. #UFO #ufodisclosure
Clip at link.

Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6531 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Color me doubtful. The report I read made it sound like someone selling a book was behind these claims.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/25/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#2  In the films we kill the aliens with a virus that makes their systems fail .

In real life the aliens inject our systems with marxism and kills the successful culture.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/25/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#3  ....Would it be impolite of me to ask why - if a race is capable of traveling from their star to ours - they would have any REASON to land? Their tech would be sufficiently advanced that they could monitor every one of our electromagnetic emissions. They'd know as much about us as our own government does, and they'd certainly know how screwed up we are.

Not saying they ain't out there, mind, but I'm not ready to believe that this is them.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/25/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Because they think our women are hot.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/25/2020 13:49 Comments || Top||

#5  My question is: If they're advanced enough to travel from one star system to another, why are they not advanced enough to keep from crashing when they get here?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/25/2020 13:52 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Saurian Brandy
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  They're here for the 'good stuff' that's already banned in their civilization(s). We're sort of a no-go zone, so the 'visitors' can operate as long as they don't create a situation that gets too much attention of their authorities.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2020 14:07 Comments || Top||

#8  I read a great sci-fi story once about aliens who arrived and discovered a rustic who made really good moonshine. They gave him a health makeover that ensured he would live for hundreds of years and genetically altered a couple of his pigs so they would crap gold nuggets. In return all he had to do was keep making moonshine for them and keep his mouth shut. And it actually worked out for all involved.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#9  I suppose life would be awfully boring if we evolved to the point where Saurian brandy and Earthling women were no longer troublesome.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/25/2020 15:10 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Fau XI Demonstrates Proper Mask Wearing Technique.
From Twitter

What would we do without our expert overlords?

PJ Media adds:
Dr. Fauci has responded to criticism of him not wearing a mask while on Fox News Friday morning. “Just want to bring up one thing quickly because it’s become a meme on the internet,” said host John Roberts. “There’s a photo of you in the stands with two people, you are not wearing a mask and not social distancing, but we should point out that one of those people is your wife. What about the other person?”

“The other person is a very close friend of mine,” Fauci responded. “John, I think this is sort of mischievous with this thing going around. I had my mask around my chin, I had taken it down. I was totally dehydrated and I was drinking water trying to rehydrate myself. And by the way, I was negative Covid literally the day before.”

“So I guess if people want to make a thing of that, I wear a mask all the time when I am outside,” Fauci continued. “To pull it down, to take some sips of water, and put it back up again, I guess if people want to make something about that, they can. But to me, I think that’s just mischievous.”

Mischievous? While it’s okay for him to be sitting with his wife, his acknowledgment that the other man in the photo was only a friend, with whom he should have not only been practicing social distancing but also wearing a mask. Fauci also said he was drinking water, but in the above photo he’s using his phone, no drink in hand.

And then there’s this photo, once again, featuring Fauci wearing a mask the wrong way.

Posted by: charger || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6544 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So when he's not lying he's just wrong. And how do we know when it's a lie or incompetence? As that democrat paragon Swillary would say "At this point, what does it matter?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Fuggin joke.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/25/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Putzus maximus.
Posted by: Clem || 07/25/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#4  A clear case of Fauci-naucinihilipilification.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/25/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Compare to Dr Ashley Bloomfield Director General NZ Health
Posted by: Beavis || 07/25/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia dismisses US, British claims it tested an anti-satellite weapon in space as 'propagandistic'
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under:

#3  So they did test it.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/25/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

Chinese sperm bank urges male citizens to 'actively make donations' after 'facing semen shortage due to coronavirus'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 07:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  They have single mother families in China?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Ladies wantin babies won't be denied.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 13:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Knowing human behavior, I'm sure a lot of donations are being made, just not collected.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2020 17:16 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||

More than 40 countries accuse North Korea of breaching UN sanctions
[Al Ahram] More than 40 countries accused North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
on Friday of illicitly breaching a United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
cap on refined petroleum imports and called for an immediate halt to deliveries until the end of the year, according to a complaint seen by Rooters.

The 15-member U.N. Security Council imposed an annual cap of 500,000 barrels in December 2017 in a bid to cut off fuel for North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

But in a complaint to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee, 43 countries - including the United States, Britannia and La Belle France - said they estimated that in the first five months of this year Pyongyang had imported more than 1.6 million barrels of refined petroleum via 56 illicit tanker deliveries.

The complaint said North Korean vessels continue to conduct ship-to-ship transfers at sea "on a regular basis as the DPRK's primary means of importing refined petroleum." North Korea's formal name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6532 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  It would be a shame if a couple of those ships just disappeared.
Posted by: gorb || 07/25/2020 0:13 Comments || Top||

The US consulate in Chengdu has been closed since Feb because of the CCPVirus pandemic.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6557 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Not exactly. Consulate Wuhan was the only one that closed. There was a large scale reduction in both staff and family across Mission China (Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuhan). Non-emergency staff and adult family members were given the option to return to the US. Family members under the age of 18 were ordered to leave. Mission China staff and family members have been slowly returning over that past few weeks. Chengdu remained open albeit in a reduced capacity.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 07/25/2020 6:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Chengdu remained open albeit in a reduced capacity.

Not any more. 😎
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 6:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Thnx Billy. Keep your head down. Ima watching the sun come up over Lake MI at Port Wash. Life is good.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2020 6:56 Comments || Top||

FBI warns US companies about Chinese tax software embedded with hidden malware: Report
[FoxBusiness] Analysts uncovered 'GoldenSpy' malware hidden in tax software required by a state-owned Chinese bank
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 07:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6535 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I was figuring it was about TurboTax. Intuit CEO is a big dem contributor.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Intuit also has ProSeries (mid-level) and Lacerte (top shelf) tax prep. software. I use the latter; among us tax geeks it's either Lacerte or ProSystem FX.
Posted by: Raj || 07/25/2020 9:54 Comments || Top||

#3  The old "boycott 'em all" shout is not so simple if some product is just too useful to walk away from. I've made a career out of supporting Microsoft products, so no matter how stupid Gates gets (people forget, he's retired now) or how PC (politically correct, not personal computer) Nadella talks, there are lots of people out there paying to keep their stuff running and scaling. And I'll take that money, thanks.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Wouldn't want to simplify the tax code to the point where you don't need a computer to calculate your taxes.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/25/2020 13:55 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Australia makes a big move in its ongoing dispute with Beijing as it declares controversial islands AREN'T Chinese territory - just days after Aussie ships were confronted by China's navy in the hotly contested area
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 07:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Really?! Fantastic.

Thank you Skid. But unfortunately another major news item that not one UN , DNC Soro's Pravda news propagandist will cover.

Which includes FOX of course.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/25/2020 9:27 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
US officials force their way into Chinese consulate in Houston after it is shut down amid accusations Beijing used it as base to steal medical research
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • On Friday evening US authorities were seen hammering in to Chinese consulate

  • Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered the consulate in Houston shut

  • Hours after the diplomats left on Friday the doors were barged open

  • On eve of the announcement, fires were seen in the courtyard of the building

  • Sources have said that the consulate was well known as a center of spies

  • Chinese agents believed to have used the consulate to spy on medical research
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6539 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  IMO, it's not so much medical research as knowing exactly what the planned vaccines will be like - so they can design their next bio-weapon to work around these vaccines.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 7:44 Comments || Top||

Singaporean pleads guilty in US to working for Chinese intelligence
[Al Ahram] A Singaporean pleaded guilty Friday to using his political consultancy in the United States as a front to collect information for Chinese intelligence, the US Justice Department announced.

Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, entered his plea in federal court in Washington to one charge of operating illegally as a foreign agent.

Yeo was "using career networking sites and a false consulting firm to lure Americans who might be of interest to the Chinese government," said Assistant Attorney General John Demers in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  "using career networking sites and a false consulting firm to lure Americans who might be of interest to the Chinese government,"

Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully, he won't skate...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2020 11:37 Comments || Top||

Fugitive Chinese researcher arrested overnight, being held in Sacramento County Jail
I thought she was Assangeing at the Consulate?
[Sac Bee] The Chinese researcher who fled her post as a visiting researcher at UC Davis after being questioned by the FBI has emerged from the Chinese consulate in San Francisco and is in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail, online jail records show.

Juan Tang, 37, who had been a visiting cancer researcher at UC Davis for several months, left her Davis apartment in June after FBI agents questioned her about evidence that she lied concerning whether she was a member of the Chinese military or Communist Party when she applied for a visa, according to federal court papers.

She is one of four Chinese researchers charged by federal authorities in recent days with lying about their background to gain access to the United States, and the Justice Department issued a statement Thursday saying Tang "is a fugitive from justice currently being harbored at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco."

U.S. authorities have no authority to enter the consulate without permission, and it was not immediately clear Friday whether she had voluntarily surrendered. Jail records show the FBI arrested her overnight and booking was still in progress Friday morning.

(She is alternately identified as "Tang Juan" or "Juan Tang" in court and jail booking documents).

She faces charges in Sacramento federal court of fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents, according to a criminal complaint unsealed this week. The charges carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
PJ Media adds:
The Department of Justice this afternoon announced charges against four Chinese nationals who are in the United States on research visas. They are accused of engaging in a concerted effort to conceal their ties with China’s military.

"These members of China’s People Liberation Army applied for research visas while hiding their true affiliation with the PLA," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. "This is another part of the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions. We will continue to conduct this investigation together with the FBI."

"The United States welcomes students, academics, and researchers from across the globe. Today’s announcement shows the extreme lengths to which the Chinese government has gone to infiltrate and exploit America’s benevolence," said John Brown, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch. "In interviews with members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in over 25 cities across the U.S., the FBI uncovered a concerted effort to hide their true affiliation to take advantage of the United States and the American people."

So more arrests are likely coming, and we may see more of China’s consulates in the U.S. shut down. There are only five—four, now that the consulate in Houston is being shuttered. The four accused individuals’ names are Xin Wang, Juan Tang, Chen Song, and Kaikai Zhao.

Three of the four have been arrested. The fourth, Juan Tang, is reportedly being harbored at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.

According to court documents unsealed in the Eastern District of Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, on July 20, Tang, a researcher at the University of California at Davis, applied for a non-immigrant J1 visa on or about Oct. 28, 2019. The visa was issued in November 2019, and Tang entered the United States on or about Dec. 27, 2019. Tang is alleged to have made fraudulent statements on her visa application. Specifically, to the question, "Have you ever served in the military," Tang responded "No."

In fact, Tang is a uniformed officer of the PLA Air Force (PLAAF). As set forth in the Complaint, the FBI found a photograph of Tang in a military uniform and references to Tang’s employment at the Air Force Military Medical University, which has also been known as the Fourth Military Medical University. The FBI interviewed Tang on June 20. Although Tang denied having been a member of the military, an additional photograph of Tang in a different PLA military uniform was found on electronic media seized pursuant to a search warrant.

The FBI is seeking to arrest Tang pursuant to an Arrest Warrant and Complaint that were filed on June 26, and unsealed on July 20. Tang has sought refuge at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, where she remains.

As Rick Moran wrote yesterday, China is using its consulates in the United States to organize and operate webs and nest of spies.

Additionally, China is accused of abusing the U.S. research visa system to implant spies at our leading universities and research institutions. It is also outright buying researchers with lavish salaries and benefits through its Thousand Talents Program. The TTP, begun in 2008, spends roughly $1 trillion per year recruiting and paying top-level researchers around the United States and across the world to clandestinely funnel their research toward Beijing, which in turn uses this research to develop its military.

China initially set out to recruit about 2,000 researchers but has reportedly successfully recruited about 7,000.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  has emerged from the Chinese consulate in San Francisco

In USA, she - maybe - faces a jail time for lying on visa application. She faces a punishment for failure back home. I guess she did some calculations.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 6:13 Comments || Top||

Firefighters find hundreds of cannabis plants in residential building
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The fire was quickly contained and no injuries were reported.

No one treated for smoke inhalation?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#2  ^😂
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Around here, the local power utility will notify the police if a residential building's power usage goes up dramatically (LOTS of Grow Lights).

Although the newer LED lighting doesn't use as much electricity, the 'Home Growers' swear that metal-halide lamps do a better job (or so I've been told).
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/25/2020 7:55 Comments || Top||

#4  "Dude! It's for personal use"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 8:36 Comments || Top||

#5  "David's not here, man."
Posted by: Clem || 07/25/2020 9:01 Comments || Top||

#6  See the movie "Saving Grace". It is about a widow who decides to grow marijuana to pay off her husband's debts. After many adventures, she sets her greenhouse on fire. The police and firefighters show up, and end up getting high from the smoke.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/25/2020 12:23 Comments || Top||

#7  This is not zoned for agriculture!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/25/2020 17:17 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Record numbers of coronavirus cases in every global region
[YNet] - Almost 40 countries have reported record single-day increases in coronavirus infections over the past week, around double the number that did so the previous week, according to a Reuters tally showing a pick-up in the pandemic in every region of the world.

The rate of cases has been increasing not only in countries like the United States, Brazil and India, which have dominated global headlines with large outbreaks, but in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.

Many countries, especially those where officials eased earlier social distancing lockdowns, are experiencing a second peak more than a month after recording their first.
I'm sure it's all a DNC plot to win the coming November elections
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2020 16:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6537 views] Top|| File under:

#1  infections =/= deaths

quit rolling around in it
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2020 16:41 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm at the point where I'm starting to tune this all out. What a Charlie Foxtrot.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/25/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||

#3  There's not one person I know who has or has had the 2019 Chinese plague. What's all this fuss about?
Posted by: jpal || 07/25/2020 17:28 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Me, neither. And funny how that Javits Center in NYC (you know, that place that was "hard hit") hardly got used...and that US Navy hospital ship got sent back. Hmmmm.
Posted by: Clem || 07/25/2020 18:52 Comments || Top||

#5  One of the authors I follow posted the following on her blog yesterday:

On July 12, Kid 2, whom some of you know as “Brandi,” sent a video of herself squirting hot sauce into her mouth followed by “Look at this, I can’t taste or smell anything.” This has never happened before in her entire life, not with colds, not with flu, not with any infection she’s ever had. And that’s how we knew it was COVID.

It’s day 13 now, and she reports that she is feeling much better.

Between July 12 and today, there were several days of extreme fatigue. This is an active 22 year old who does 200 sit-ups a day. Walking across the house to the bathroom was a huge effort. She vomited for 3 days straight, which was followed by 3 days of upset stomach. Her throat hurt. Her chest hurt from throwing up. She slept 16 hours a day. At some point her boyfriend became concerned because as soon as she woke up, she would go back to sleep. She texted me and said things like, “I’m really, really sick, Mom.”

When my kids get sick, they come home. There is an established procedure. They are assigned a couch with a blanket and a pillow and possibly a bucket, so they don’t have to run to the bathroom. They get a ginger ale and saltines, they are given medicine, and their favorite TV show is put on TV, something that they have seen a 100 times, like the Office. I make chicken soup from scratch. They are allowed to whine, and cry, and be sad, and do all the things I couldn’t do at their age because I couldn’t go home to my mom and be babied.

I could do none of that with COVID. All I could do was sent her Pedialyte freezer pops from Amazon and have snacks delivered. It was the most helpless feeling. Our family doctor basically told us to just wait it out, so we all sat around and waited for the next temperature and oxymeter report. My dad called every other day. Gordon’s extended family freaked out over Facebook updates. At some point she texted us that she accidentally bit into the wrong snack and tasted jalapeno, and we all let out some of the breath we’ve been holding. This is what a mild case of COVID was like. We are immensely grateful that it wasn’t worse.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/25/2020 23:28 Comments || Top||

Exact undocking and splashdown times for Crewed Dragon spaceship.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fair winds be with them. Looking forward to seeing it. Thank you 3dc.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/25/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

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