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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Former CIA Station Chief: Attempted Coup Against President Trump Looks Like CIA Operation Led by John Brennan (VIDEO)
[Gateway Pundit] In an exclusive interview with RAIR Foundation USA retired CIA Station Chief Brad Johnson claims the attempted coup against Donald Trump looks like a CIA operation.

Johnson even suggests that former CIA Chief John Brennan is behind it.

Brennan added, "This is the last big gasp so they’re pulling out all the stops. You can see who the desperate people are... We just saw former CIA Director John Brennan out on national news saying, "Please anybody else out there who can be a whistleblower please step forward. Nows the time."

On Monday night former State Department whistleblower Peter Van Buren spoke with Tucker Carlson on the current Democrat-Deep State coordinated attack to remove President Trump in a political coup.

Peter described the current accusations of the left as a "three way pitch-and-toss" between the Democrat Party, the liberal media and these deep state whistleblowers.

Van Buren then alleged that the second whistleblower is actually an accomplice with the first whistleblower.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 01:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [433 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bob Baer draws the same conclusion.
This is indeed a palace coup.

How does this end?
Posted by: Lex || 10/09/2019 2:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I feel better now - when was the last time a CIA operation succeeded?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:41 Comments || Top||

#3  How does this end?
Posted by Lex


I certainly do not know, but if 'endless wars' are to be stopped, someone must gain control of these organizations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 5:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Given how pitifully it fell apart, it certain has the looks of a CIA operation.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 16:12 Comments || Top||

#5  There's plenty of culpability to go around in this attempted coup. Personally IMO, the conspirators deserve to get kicked around for awhile in each level of the 9 circles of hell.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 18:19 Comments || Top||


What to expect from Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on alleged FISA abuses
[Washington Examiner] For the past several months, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been looking into allegations that the FBI and DOJ abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to launch a probe into a Trump campaign aide Carter Page and kickstart the Russia investigation.

That report could be released within the next two weeks, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe, who sits on both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

Horowitz’s report is important because it could confirm what many critics have been saying for years: The origins of the investigation into President Trump’s 2016 campaign were unreliable, and the intelligence bureaucrats we trust with our national security have been unaccountable for too long.

Hopefully, Horowitz’s report will shed some light on three important allegations against the FBI and DOJ:

  • The FISA court turned down the FBI and DOJ’s original request to surveil Page. Because FISA warrants remain hidden and uncontested, they require a higher burden of proof than typical criminal warrants. The court determined the FBI had not met its standards and turned the agency away. It wasn’t until the FBI bolstered its original request with details from Christopher Steele’s dossier that the court granted its request.

  • In its second application for a FISA warrant, the FBI assured the court Steele was a reliable source despite the fact that not a single U.S. intelligence agency had verified his claims. Another important detail the FBI neglected to tell the court was that the agency had fired Steele six months earlier for misconduct.

  • The FBI also conveniently forgot to tell the FISA court that the Steele dossier it had used as evidence in its application for a warrant had been bought and paid for by key Democratic firm Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s law firm, and Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

If these allegations are indeed true, then it is also true that the FBI intentionally withheld and lied about information in order to investigate Trump’s campaign. And if the FBI did indeed lie, the origins of the Russia investigation can rightly be decried as irresponsible and unnecessary.

FISA court abuses do indeed exist. And they point to a disturbing rot in the justice system: unelected political appointees taking power into their own hands to surveil and investigate political opponents topics under the guise of national security. This goes beyond Trump, Mueller, and the rest. This is about a total lack of transparency and accountability in a government that is supposed to work for us. We need answers, and it looks like we’re about to get them.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 00:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Obfuscation?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  The FBI also conveniently forgot to tell the FISA court that the Steele dossier it had used as evidence in its application for a warrant had been bought and paid for by key Democratic firm Perkins Coie...

Likely also "forgot" to tell the FISA court that Carter Page was a paid FBI source.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, FBI is pretty old.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Seems like the courts are starting to pay attention to the FISA abuses of the Obama administration. DNI Declassifies FISA Judge James Boasberg 2018 Ruling – FBI Conducted “Tens of Thousands” of Unauthorized NSA Database Queries…
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 11:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Was the FISA court judge so easily fooled by the FBI or complicit?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/09/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#6  I doubt any politicians will go to jail over this but some FBI folks might be.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/09/2019 14:57 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Army Combat Fitness Test Fiasco! Slides Reveal 84% of Women Failing ACFT
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1341 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prediction: Within six months the Army will have done away with the ACFT and transitioned to a program of physical fitness self-assessment.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 1:40 Comments || Top||

#2  It's a feature not a bug. In the Ardennes in '44, Tet in '68, and the 50th Maintenance Company In Nasiriyah, Iraq in '03, there were no cooks, clerks, or mechanics, just plain infantrymen.

This issue has been a big coverup by the command chain for over a couple generations unwilling to face the truth but to follow political orders. Every company CO and 1st Sgt has had to live with first hand, double standards.

It's also an indictment of trying to make one size fit all. Look there are auxiliary functions and direct military functions. The institutional bias has been trying to force the military structure on things that do not fit nicely into it's organization. Quit trying to make it something it is not. It's already being done through the work around of civilianizing and contracting many support functions out.

Combat is Darwin writ large. The enemy doesn't care one bit about 'political correctness', just victory.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 1:50 Comments || Top||

#3  ack 507th
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 1:51 Comments || Top||

#4  How much of this fiasco is attributable to Zero's imposed changes?
Posted by: Lex || 10/09/2019 2:39 Comments || Top||

#5  To the best of my knowledge, started long before Obama.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 3:37 Comments || Top||

#6  ...Back after the first Gulf War there was a IG of the Army report that read of the significant number of females who got pregnant in order to get out of theater of operations. The Army leadership choose to whistle past the grave yard. That was the Bush I era.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 6:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Ref #6: ..Back after the first Gulf War there was a IG of the Army report that read of the significant number of females who got pregnant in order to get out of theater of operations.

I knew an aviator who never made it to the fight. He spent his time in a theater repo-depot supervising a detachment that processed PG cases for re-deployment stateside.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#8  I have first hand experience of something along these lines albeit on a smaller scale. My federal law enforcement organization was required, by law, to establish physical fitness standards. We hired an outside consultant to survey our agents and develop a job task-based test. I was part of 30 agent group of lab rats. We spent 2 weeks learning the skills and practicing testing protocols. On game day - we all took the test. Every female in the group failed - about 7. Last I ever heard of that test.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 10/09/2019 7:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Biology is sexist
Posted by: Frank G || 10/09/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Grom, I don't see reports of females in the IDF having this issue. This true or just a blind spot in my reading?

If they don't, I would recommend adopting the Israeli methods.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2019 9:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Combat is Darwin writ large.

Yes. And very few women have the gross strength of men. In my youth we gymnastics team girls did 60 army push-ups and 120 tuck sit-ups (much harder than those sissy bent-knee things men do) to warm up before working on our routines, which put me at the far end of the female fitness curve. But Mr. Wife could bench press double what I could.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#12  Darth. IDF tried it couple of times - didn't work out. Today there are units of remote operators etc...

TW it's not so much a matter of physical strength as of biological value. Men are adapted to fighting - both physically and psychologically - because males are expendable.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||

#13  Is the test biased or are we raising couch potatoes who spend all their time playing video games in the basement?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 11:07 Comments || Top||

#14  Prediction: Within six months the Army will have done away with the ACFT and transitioned to a program of group self-assessment and fitness self-marked coursework.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/09/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#15  Prediction: Within six months the Army will have done away with the ACFT and transitioned to a program of group self-assessment and fitness self-marked coursework.

No problemo! We'll just do like the cops & firefighters and decide that being big and strong really isn't part of the job description. With that out of the way and a little paper-shuffling, we can get more women into the upper ranks and meet that quota too. Wins for everyone!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

#16  The long-term plunge in readiness across the military (across both genders and all services) makes me think that this is less a part of gender and more a major institutional failure (with women failing at a much higher rate because they are naturally physically not as able to pass these tests). I mean, this is the same military that wasn't training people how to steer and had ships crashing into each other with an alarming regularity at sea. The fact that the IDF, as noted, hasn't had the same problems, is probably because the constant alert level and general need for soldiers is so much higher. They can't afford to act as stupidly as our bureaucrats.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 10/09/2019 16:53 Comments || Top||

#17  Popp's take on it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2019 17:01 Comments || Top||

#18  The US is also some 1.3 million active + 800,000 reserve spread across the entire world; its a little different. Shitpot of co-eds on a ship far from home for months at a time.

That said, any advice or improvement is welcome - I won't share the stories I've been told because they are depressing. Are there places in the military for women, sure. Just make sure the truck driver is strong enough to lift the hood to check the oil and clean the filter. At least. Nevermind change a tire.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2019 18:01 Comments || Top||

#19  A lot of the women lasted longer on the PT runs than the beer-bellied staff sergeants. Good thing med-transport was on the scene.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 18:33 Comments || Top||

#20  Oh oh, somebody got his started.
Posted by: al-aShamed || 10/09/2019 18:45 Comments || Top||

#21  The IDF issued UZI equivalents to the ladies. Much more accommodating to physical stature than full size battle rifles carried by all US and male IDF.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 18:48 Comments || Top||

#22  I'd like to point out that a military exists for the very specific purpose of warfare. It's not an expansive corporation of depts and sub-depts that should keep re-inventing itself to suit the employment policies of socially aware governments. Neither is it a place to fulfill one's ambitions of mobility into 'male bastions'.

Compromise the fighting arms with loose links and the security and defense integrity of your country is fucked. There are practical problems with women serving in combat roles, sometimes even as assist in the field.

In my own little view, men exist so women don't have to fight. Of course, because the world is beset by armed hedonism, cruelty and criminality there must be a training regimen and compulsory service like Israel does, and nations that are challenged with malignancies must recruit everyone who volunteers, and my greatest respect to the gals who make the cut.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 18:48 Comments || Top||

#23  You want commitment, intelligence and dedication to a task, look at the INTEL teams in the field. Most times brute force and ignorance WILL NOT deliver timely mission sensitive satellite tasking and PI exploits.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 18:52 Comments || Top||

#24  My special missions WANTED a 'mother hen', not an old cock.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 18:56 Comments || Top||

#25  All right, now we've moved to barnyard animals.
That's enough!
Posted by: al-aShamed || 10/09/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||

#26  Yes, unarguably true too.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||

#27  Ref #23: PI exploits.

I'm assuming "priority intelligence exploits." AMIRITE ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||

#28  PI would be 'priority info' or intel, yupp.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#29  OldSpook told of how the person who organized his Special Forces missions (he never mentioned rank) was the woman who subsequently became Mrs. Spook...
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 21:01 Comments || Top||

#30  That is *so* romantic!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 21:20 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
FBI's Foreign Surveillance Program Violated Americans' Civil Liberties, FISA Court Finds
[National Review] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that an FBI program intended to target foreign suspects violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy by collecting the personal information of American citizens along with the foreign targets of the surveillance.

According to the ruling, tens of thousands of searches the FBI made of raw intelligence databases from 2017 to 2018 were illegal, the Wall Street Journal first reported. The searches involved personal data including emails and telephone numbers of private citizens.

"The court...finds that the FBI’s querying procedures and minimization procedures are not consistent with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment," wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in the ruling, which was released Tuesday in partially redacted form.

Boasberg said the Trump administration failed to persuade the court that adjusting the program to more efficiently protect American citizens’ privacy would impede the FBI’s ability to counter threats.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 05:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Years 2017-2018 was it? Nothing irregular or out of the ordinary during the Soetoro years? How very interesting.

These secretive, black robed tyrants are very likely a significant part of the problem.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 5:47 Comments || Top||

#2  black robes?

forced busing = Detroit
deinstitutionalization = homelessness

I'm sure we can compile a long list of judicial failures, yet they still sit without accountability.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||


Economy
Dick's CEO Says Anti-Gun Policy Shrank Company by a ‘Quarter Billion Dollars'
[Free Beacon] The CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods told CBS News this weekend that his decisions to stop selling certain guns and hire lobbyists to push for new gun bans have cost his company roughly $250 million.

CBS Sunday Morning host Lee Cowan asked Dick's CEO Ed Stack how much his company lost after the retailer decided to stop selling firearms to anyone under the age of 21.

"About a quarter of a billion," Stack replied. "Pretty close."

Stack also said the company destroyed $5 million worth of rifle inventory because Stack believed no one should be allowed to own them.

"I said, ’You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,'" he told CBS.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 14:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "In the company's 2018 annual report, he wrote that gun sales were a "sizeable part" of Dick's business" Are they a privately held company, how does he still have a job?

There are many ways they could have gone about removing guns from inventory (Sell existing stock, split the company to create a hunting-based spin-off, quietly return the guns to the manufacturers) but Dick's CEO insulted customers while virtue-signaling to never-gonna-be-customers and he cost the company big.

And he said the losses are about what he expected. He should be tarred-and-feathered.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/09/2019 14:55 Comments || Top||

#2  And he said the losses are about what he expected

I'm so old, I remember when CEOs wanted to make a profit.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 16:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Now watch'em give all the senior leadership massive Christmas bonuses, then shutter everything in Feb, 2020.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 19:00 Comments || Top||

#4  'shutter',
NOT 'stutter'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#5  "Stutter" is what the senior leadership do when asked to explain why they lost so much money that lead to shuttering the company...

So you're not wrong Skidmark!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/09/2019 21:41 Comments || Top||


Fed's Powell says U.S. expansion is 'sustainable'
DENVER (Reuters) - Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday flagged openness to further rate cuts to fend off global economic risks, repeating that the central bank will act "as appropriate" amid an economy that he said is likely to continue to expand.

"This feels very sustainable," Powell said in Denver at the annual meeting of the National Association of Business Economics.

"Clearly things are slowing a bit," he said, noting that it’s normal for long expansions to have such periods. Twice in the 1990s, he said, the economy similarly downshifted, only to gain steam once the Fed cut interest rates a few times.

The Fed two interest rates this year, in July and September, were made in that spirit and have helped maintain a "favorable" outlook for jobs and inflation, Powell said. The U.S. economy "may just be gathering itself - there’s no reason why the expansion can’t continue," he added.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Especially if industries that went to China come back?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 6:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Some have. Others have moved to Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. All potential anti-China alliance countries.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2019 9:17 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Hillary Clinton Announces She Will Seek Reelection As President Of The United States
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐Hillary Clinton has announced that after much debate she will seek reelection as president of the United States.

Pundits on MSNBC, CNN, and ABC News have long pondered whether Clinton would seek reelection or allow someone else to step in, and now she's made a definitive declaration.

"After much deliberation, consultation, and prayer to Moloch, I have decided that I will seek a second term," she said to a crowd gathered at a local Wendy's restaurant. "I feel I haven't accomplished everything I wanted to in my first term, and I really need a full eight years to implement my final solution to all of America's problems."

"Orange man bad! Orange man bad!" she chanted at one heckler, though the heckler turned out to be a Wendy's worker asking if she wanted the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger 4 for $4 or the chicken sandwich one.

Aides then gently ushered her back onto the bus to take her back to Bright Sunrise Home For Seniors.
Posted by: 746 || 10/09/2019 14:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I cettainly hope this is The Babylon Bee.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/09/2019 15:18 Comments || Top||

#2  yep - source added
Posted by: Frank G || 10/09/2019 15:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Just wait. It is coming IRL.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2019 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  She and Jason Voorhees. And yes, it is a horror movie series.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 16:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Brilliant. Now we wait for Snopes...
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Yikes... Too close. Don't think my heart can take many more shock jokes like this.
Posted by: Lex || 10/09/2019 21:25 Comments || Top||


NYT Columnist: Yes, There's a Deep State and It's Full of People Doing Important Work to Restrain Trump
[Townhall] New York Times columnist James Stewart is out with a new book about the "deep state." Its content is much different from other books on the topic, most of which condemn politically motivated government bureaucrats. Instead, it celebrates a federal bureaucracy dedicated to halting or slowing down President Trump's agenda.

During an interview with the Today Show, Stewart said he interviewed fired FBI Director James Comey and argued the deep state is an important group of people "dedicated to the constitution."

"You meet these characters in my book and the fact is, in a sense, he’s right. There is a deep state. There is a bureaucracy in our country who has pledged to respect the constitution, respect the rule of law. They do not work for the President, they work for the American people," Stewart said. "And as Comey told me in my book, thank goodness for that because they are protecting the constitution and the people when individuals...they restrain them from crossing the boundaries of all."

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "They do not work for the President, they work for the some of the American people, you know, the right people. :

FIFY

Way past time to suspend the Civil Service Act.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 1:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Way past time to suspend the Civil Service Act.

Likelihood of success?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:02 Comments || Top||

#3  The current DoJ investigations are rapidly approaching the point or level of discovery I thought possible. I now fear for the Orange Man and key DoJ investigatory personnel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 2:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Me, I worry about something else.
It's believed that J. Edgar Hoover blackmailed politicians. It's likely that his successors continued the tradition. Can we be sure that they don't have enough "kompromat" on enough R-senators to assure impeachment?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:25 Comments || Top||

#5  This is getting out of control.

James B. Stewart is too smart to buy into this bullshit.
That he's fallen for it suggests that lots of otherwise intelligent and fair-minded people have simply lost their good sense when it comes to Orange Man Bad.

Very disturbing.
Posted by: Lex || 10/09/2019 2:31 Comments || Top||

#6  They do not work for the President, they work for the American people,

Hey - why doesn't a Federal employee look out the window in the morning? So he has something to do in the afternoon!

Fire 1/3 of all Federal employees, save the military.
Posted by: Raj || 10/09/2019 8:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Fire 1/3 of all Federal employees, save the military. Posted by: Raj 2019-10-09 08:28


In the second term.
Posted by: ruotnelav || 10/09/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Years ago a worked for a boss who worked for the vice-president of a large manufacturing company. I was privy to a conversation at the time by the VP of the division with my boss.
The VP popped in and said "He's gone or at least he will be in 5 minutes." IMO, that ought to be an option available to Trump as well to clean out the seditious weasels in the Deep State.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

#9  Sack Them all
Jail Them All
Strip Them All of American citizenship
Dump them all abroad.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/09/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Not unique to the Feds:

John XXIII: In reply to a reporter who asked, "How many people work in the Vatican?", he reportedly said: "About half of them."
Posted by: james || 10/09/2019 23:10 Comments || Top||


Did James Clapper Just Admit President Obama Directed Him to Go After the Trump Campaign?
[Townhall] As U.S. Attorney John Durham continues his criminal investigation into the origins of the government's targeting of the 2016 Trump campaign, former Obama administration intelligence officials are denying any wrong doing and justifying their actions.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is arguing he was concerned about the Russians interfering in the election, which is why his agency gathered "information." During a recent interview with CNN, Clapper admitted he was simply following orders from the "commander-in-chief," who had ordered intelligence agencies to do so.

"I don't know. I don’t think there was any wrongdoing," Clapper said. "My main concern was with the Russians and the threat posed by the Russians to our very political fabric and ugh, the message I'm getting from all of this is apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us and oh by the way, blown off what the then commander-in-chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all of the reporting we could."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 00:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah, the finger pointing begins. Rats are jumping ship?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||



Science & Technology
Man who grew breasts from autism drug awarded £6,550,000,000 payout
[METRO] A man has been awarded a huge payout after drugs he took for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder made him grow breasts. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals were blamed for failing to warn people of the side effect of taking the psychiatric drug Risperdal.

Nicholas Murray took the case to a court in Philadelphia where a jury ruled that J&J must pay $8 billion (£6.55 billion) to him. He took the drug as a child to help him sleep because he suffered as a result of his autism.

However, the company challenged that ruling saying it was ’grossly disproportionate’ compared to the initial award of $680,000 (£557,000) in 2015. J&J said in a statement: ’The company is confident (the ruling) will be overturned and will be immediately moving to set aside this excessive and unfounded verdict.’
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 06:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, is a prescription drug - otherwise I see lots of teenage girls ...?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 6:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Sildenafil Citrate (designed to relieve jet-lag) was discovered, quite by accident, to have other useful purposes.

J&J and the trans community must be delighted. R&D costs will likely be spread over several decades.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Lotto lawyering!*

*Not available in Texas.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#4 
'The amount is disproportionate to the size of the gentleman's 'breasts', your honour. In fact, we posit that they're really just MAN BOOBS !'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 15:44 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kurdish Militia in Syria Likely to Join with Assad, Putin
See also here and here.
[Jpost] Kurdish forces in Syria will likely seek an alliance with Moscow and Damascus after the United States announced a looming Ottoman Turkish incursion into Syria, analysts have told The Media Line.

A statement from the White House after President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
spoke with Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  As predicted.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Cluster---.
Kudos to Trump for having the good sense to keep us out.
Posted by: Lex || 10/09/2019 2:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Assuming YPG is really Sein Fein to PKK's IRA, an alliance with "Yearning for the Good Old Days" Putin seems like an inevitable match.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  The U.S. left-wing media's balloon sure lost air quickly on this story. They were all about Orange Man Bad and Stupid for a very short time.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 10:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Loathsome as Assad is there is a natural fit between Assad's Alaiwites and the Kurds -- they are both minority "outsiders". Besides, "Kurdistan Irredenta" would require the Kurds, or their sponsor, declaring war on Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
Posted by: magpie || 10/09/2019 20:30 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Welcome to Seattle, capital of revolving-door crime
[Seattle Times] If you are a petty thief who wants to support a drug habit through stealing, or if you just feel inclined to grab things off a shelf and exit a store without paying, Seattle is your kind of town.

A study done on behalf of local businesses and neighborhood groups indicates that nearly half of the criminals caught ripping off small businesses never face charges and that four in 10 of those cases that are brought to court remain unresolved after two years. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says he cannot effectively deal with the wave of property crime unless he gets more staff and a bigger budget, although, in past years, prosecution rates for these kinds of misdemeanors were much higher even with fewer city lawyers and less money.

There seems to be no sense of urgency at City Hall. Meanwhile, the thieves keep cycling through the system only to get back out on the street where they can continue breaking into cars and shoplifting with little worry that they might have to pay the consequences of their acts.
Posted by: 746 || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seattle is simply applying the psychological theories of Dr. Tarr, and Professor Fether.
Posted by: Daniel || 10/09/2019 3:03 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 Ditto. I was also thinking more like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Ineffectuals all.
Posted by: Dale || 10/09/2019 6:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Has Seattle become a sanctuary city for criminals?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2019 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  No, that's Chicago.
Baltimore is just a transport hub to Detroit, the bedroom community.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 18:40 Comments || Top||



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