[Chicago Sun Times] SUPERIOR, Ariz.‐ A former police commander using a department body camera filmed himself having sex in his office and stored pornography on a work computer, according to court and investigative records that portray a law-enforcement agency dominated by officers previously fired or suspended from other departments.
The ex-commander, Anthony Doran, was the target of a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office administrative probe in March. A report from that investigation, obtained by The Arizona Republic, alleges a Superior police secretary discovered the sex video while conducting official business on Doran’s computer.
The video, dated April 2017, apparently was stored on a jump drive that resembled a police radio and was attached to Doran’s computer. The sheriff’s report describes a nearly 4-minute video showing Doran, then the agency’s second in command, wearing a uniform shirt with the Superior police insignia but no pants or underwear.
"Anthony is sitting in an office chair and straddling him is a naked adult female (who is not a police employee)," the report states.
When confronted about the body-cam video, Doran said he did not deserve termination.
"I’ll admit to that (violation) and take my 40," he said in the report, apparently referring to a one-week suspension.
A sheriff’s deputy further examined the computer’s hard drive and discovered a folder titled "fun times" containing more than 36 gigabytes of images, including pornography, pictures of Doran’s penis and images of a naked girl about age 5.
The personnel inquiry was then halted, and the case was referred for criminal investigation. But no charges were filed.
Doran, whom the Superior Town Council terminated in March, said via email that the video and pornography were stored on a personal flash drive that "had nothing to do with work." He also denied he was on duty when the video was filmed.
He said he lived at the police station in a room adjacent to the office and worked flexible hours. At times, he said he would list himself as working even though he was not officially on duty.
[Breitbart] The Philadelphia mom who gave her son a $25,000 African-themed prom party replete with camels has been accused of illegally taking tens of thousands in disability payments.
Saudia Shuler, 44, made news last week for throwing the lavish prom party, which included camels, a black panther, and costumed characters from the Marvel superhero film Black Panther.
But after her notoriety, city officials began looking into Shuler’s finances and are now charging her with defrauding the city of tens of thousands in disability payments, according to ABC 6.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney for Philadelphia charged Shuler with wire fraud, theft of government funds, and Social Security fraud.
Prosecutors said Shuler signed up for disability benefits saying she is unable to work, even though she is not disabled. They also noted that she has been working in a fast food business during the time she said she could not work and that she took at least $36,000 in disability payments.
"There’s evidence she defrauded the government, and no matter who you are the government brings charges," Beth Leahy, deputy chief of Health Care Fraud, told the media.
I got hired to work for SSA 44 years ago when SSI was first implemented. A whole lot of us young'uns were needed to handle the grand-fathered population of NYC.
Within a week of the office opening there was a table in the lobby by some welfare scam group telling folks how to game the system.
The 3 reasons for SSI are blind, elderly and disabled. The first two are hard to fake, that last one though....... it got more sophisticated but in the beginning there were the 3 As. Angina, Arthritis, Asthma that were used as excuses for not working. To top it all off, the NYC welfare dept. made every client they had apply for SSI or they would get cut off.
I've got lots of stories about that time but they're too long to go into.
The world buys our cultural products because they like them, then there are complaints about cultural hegemony. Will this be complained about, too?
[The Guardian] Sperm from the US and Denmark dominate the market because those countries currently have the most supply, experts say.
lla Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos.
In 2016 Rasmussen, then living in Queensland in Australia, decided to take the plunge. A friend offered his services, but she worried that if she knew the father, but he wasn’t involved, she or her child could feel hurt. If she wanted sperm, she’d have to buy it.
For Rasmussen, a striking brunette of multi-ethnic background, looks or an attraction to the donor weren’t a factor. Neither was race; it would be difficult to match what she knew of her own ethnic background anyway. She wanted someone who might fit her family personality-wise. That included a love of music and a sense of humor.
In Australia, Rasmussen found fewer than 10 potential local donors. Her doctor told her that “because there’s such a small number of male sperm donors in Queensland, the quality isn’t very high, particularly as these particular men have been donating sperm for some time, and they are older generally”.
Her doctor made a recommendation: go American.
Her fertility center gave her the password to a protected site – the catalogue. It contained a mix of Australian and American men. “Go and have fun with it,” the andrologist suggested. “Invite your girlfriends around, have some wine and cheese, and choose a donor.”
Rasmussen didn’t like that idea. Instead, in the midst of the most modern method of starting a family, she embarked on the most old-fashioned: she let her father choose.
“My dating life has been kind of a running joke in the family. At that point I didn’t want to make a decision alone. I also thought it would be kind of nice to involve my father,” she said.
“He took my laptop and he logged in and he sat there looking very serious for about 45 minutes, and then he handed it back to me and said, ‘There’s only one.’” He wouldn’t tell her which, she recalled, laughing. “So I went through myself and had a look and in the end I came to exactly the same conclusion. I said the code number, and he’s like, ‘Yup.’”
For both father and daughter, the 23-year old, dark-haired American with a touch of acne was a clear-cut, one-in-20 standout.
No, humans are intrinsically territorial. Back then, there was only one rule of warfare, win or die. That quickly sorts out those who can versus those who talk. Nature solved the issue of who fights best, by weeding out those who were less capable of performing the function.
[Al Jazeera] Italian emergency workers pulled more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel on Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the corpse count to at least 39 people.
A 50-metre section of the Morandi Bridge - part of a toll highway and one of the main arteries into the port city - collapsed at about 12pm local time on Tuesday, taking down with it about 35 cars and three trucks that had been crossing at the time.
Huge slabs of reinforced concrete plunged onto two warehouses, train tracks and a riverbed
Civil protection authorities confirmed Wednesday that 39 people had died and 15 were maimed. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said three children were among the dead.
Three people were missing and about a dozen remained hospitalised at death's door, authorities said.
Working with heavy equipment, rescuers climbed over concrete slabs with sniffer dogs searching for survivors or bodies.
The head of Genoa's public prosecutor's office, La Belle Francesco Cozzi, said he was ready to "open a file for negligent multiple homicide and disaster", and it would be against unknown persons "because the reasons for the tragedy are still unknown".
Engineering experts, noting the bridge was 51 years old, said corrosion and weather could have been factors in its collapse.
Mehdi Kashani, an associate professor in structural mechanics at the University of Southampton in the UK, said pressure from "dynamic loads," such as heavy traffic or strong winds, could have resulted in "fatigue damage" in the bridge's parts.
Bridge operator Autostrade per l'Italia said it had carried out regular, sophisticated checks on the structure before the disaster and these had provided reassuring results.
[Al Jazeera] At least 22 children have drowned in Sudan when their boat sank in the Nile while they were on their way to school, according to official media.
A woman also died when the vessel went down around 750km north of the capital, Khartoum, with more than 40 children on board, the SUNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
The accident occurred when the boat's engine broke down as result of heavy rains and winds in Beheir district in the Nile River state.
Civil defense forces were still searching the Nile river for the bodies of the victims.
Villagers in the region rely on wooden boats to cross the Nile.
A witness told AFP news agency by telephone that the boat had been crossing the river against the current.
"All the families [in the area] are in mourning," added the witness, who did not want to be named.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sudanese authorities ordered the closure of schools across Khartoum amid heavy torrential rains and winds that have destroyed hundreds of homes in some provinces, including North Darfur and North Kordofan.
Nearly 40 people have been killed due to heavy rains since last week, including 10 in Khartoum, according to local media.
[Al Jazeera] Thousands have taken to the streets of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, to demand the release of hundreds tossed in the slammer Book 'im, Mahmoud! during nearly four months of anti-government protests in the country.
"Freedom, freedom!" demonstrators chanted as they marched on Wednesday, some carrying signs that read "justice and freedom" for those arrested.
According to the Civic Alliance, an organization representing the protesters, about 400 people who have been arrested since the protests began in mid-April remain in detention. Nearly 140 have been charged with crimes, including terrorism and organised crime, the organization said.
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08/16/2018 00:00 ||
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[BBC] A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official. "We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August. She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.
Russia has dismissed the comments as "unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions".
The satellite in question was launched in October last year.
"[The satellite's] behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities," Ms Poblete told the conference on disarmament in Switzerland. "Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development," she added, citing recent comments made by the commander of Russia's Space Forces, who said adopting "new prototypes of weapons" was a key objective for the force. Ms Poblete said that the US had "serious concerns" that Russia was developing anti-satellite weapons.
Space weapons may be designed to cause damage in more subtle ways than traditional weapons like guns, which could cause a lot of debris in orbit, explained Alexandra Stickings, a research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute. "[Such weapons may include] lasers or microwave frequencies that could just stop [a satellite] working for a time, either disable it permanently without destroying it or disrupt it via jamming," she said.
But it was difficult to know what technology is available because so much information on space-based capabilities is classified, she added. She also said it would be very difficult to prove that any event causing interference in space was an intentional, hostile action by a specific nation state.
I've read several of what are evidently retreads of this same article and I have a question. Just what is this 'abnormal behavior' in question. Does it tap dance, or sit around and make paper airplanes?
Remember, the basic trick of misdirection is to give you something to look at while keeping you from looking at something else.
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ed in texas, it is a certainty that to describe that with an specificity would expose 'means and methods' since the article rules out such easily observable behaviors as orbit changes
Mr. President, in October of last year the Russian Ministry of Defense deployed a space object they claimed was a “space apparatus inspector.” But its behavior on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities. We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared “space apparatus inspector.”
[Al Jazeera] New Zealand has rolled out legislation banning foreigners from buying existing homes in the country amid an ongoing housing crisis which has left tens of thousands of people homeless.
The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, passed by parliament on Wednesday, is aimed at making housing more affordable for residents, particularly first-time buyers.
"This government believes that New Zealanders should not be outbid by wealthier foreign buyers," Associate Finance Minister David Parker, of the ruling Labour Party, said in a statement.
"Whether it's a beautiful lakeside or ocean-front estate, or a modest suburban house, this law ensures that the market for our homes is set in New Zealand, not on the international market," he added.
Foreigners who already own homes in the country will not be affected by the legislation, which also exempts Australian and Singapore nationals because of bilateral free-trade agreements.
International buyers will still be permitted to buy new properties and land to be used for house building projects.
About three percent of houses bought in the first three months of this year were purchased by foreign nationals, according to government statistics, with Chinese, Australian and UK citizens accounting for the largest contingent of international buyers.
In Auckland, the country's most populous city, foreign buyers accounted for almost six percent of all house purchases made during the same period.
[Yahoo] Budapest (AFP) - The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin. GTFO!
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) announced in May that it was leaving Hungary, citing what it called the "repressive" policies of nationalist firebrand Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
"There are still some colleagues working here in the office, but we will have closed for good by 31 August," the OSF spokesman in Budapest Daniel Makonnen told AFP.
In an interview with the 168ora weekly, the head of OSF operations in Hungary, Katalin Koncz E., said she felt bad about the move.
"I have to put an end to 25 years' work and watch as an institution I've spent my life building becomes a desert -- everyone is clearing away their things and my colleagues are disappearing."
She indicated that she herself would stay in Budapest, adding: "I take comfort in knowing that a brilliant office and great conditions are awaiting my friends in Berlin, where they will be able to take up the work with fresh energy."
In April, Orban won a landslide victory in an election that handed him a third straight term as prime minister, and he has since indicated he wants to use this mandate to intensify his anti-migrant, nationalist and culturally conservative agenda. I'm liking this guy!
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on Thursday said its U.S. comparable sales grew the most in a decade and its e-commerce sales grew 40 percent, higher than 33 percent growth in the previous quarter, sending its shares up nearly 11 percent in premarket trade. I can almost smell Trump voters in all of this.
the general economy is good but give corporate management some credit also, they have added many new products and, more important, they have almost completely fixed the logistics problems that was causing them to run out of stock at many stores
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[Twitter] Mohamed A. El-Erian
Verified account @elerianm
#Bloomberg reporting #Qatar pledged $15 billion "in direct investments in #Turkey."
This is part of the #Turkish government's strategy to avoid the #IMF by finding alternative external support.
To be a sustainable stabilizer, funding needs to be larger and reach the central bank Qatar has about $250B in their Sovereign wealth fund. Perhaps 10-20% of that is sufficiently liquid to prop up Erdogan for the next 6 months or so. Personally I won't shed a tear if Qatar takes a massive loss on this.
[DAWN] In an apparent attempt to fulfill the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI)'s promise for the creation of a new province comprising the southern part of Punjab, a PTI politician newly elected to the Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... Assembly has submitted a resolution seeking the House recommend that the federal government initiate the process for the creation of a Southern Punjab province.
"This House strongly recommends to the federal government [that it] initiate the process of creation of Southern Punjab [province] immediately," reads the resolution submitted by MPA Mohammad Mohsin Leghari.
The PTI had included the formation of a new province in south Punjab to their election manifesto in May this year while absorbing a political party calling itself the Junoobi Punjab Suba Mahaz (JPSM; the South Punjab Province Front).
The JPSM mainly comprised estranged leaders of the PML-N who had formed the platform for the single-point agenda of carving a new province from the southern parts of Punjab.
Under the PTI-JPSM deal, the PTI was to set in motion the procedures to create a new province in south Punjab within 100 days if it formed the government.
Interestingly, the PTI's bitter opponents ‐ the PPP and the PML-N ‐ had also been vocal in their support for a new province in south Punjab.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/16/2018 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] The Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... 's (PTI) official Twitter account on Wednesday retweeted a video of newly-elected MPA Imran Ali Shah apologising to a man he had physically assaulted a day before.
The video, apparently posted by Shah's own account, showed him hugging a man identified as 'Dawood', and looking apologetic. In another tweet, Shah posted pictures with the man as well.
Referring to the incident, the MPA said he "never wanted to take the law in [his] hand (sic), however, it was in a spur of a moment that I momentarily lost my cool and reacted in a way that brought embarrassment to my position, my party and my supporters".
A video of Shah slapping Dawood had gone viral on social media on Tuesday, sparking outrage on social media. The party leadership had taken notice of the incident and issued a show-cause notice to the MPA-elect. Senior party leader Firdous Naqvi had also tweeted that he had launched a probe.
Shah had subsequently posted a video apologising for "hurting anyone's feelings", and insisting that he had only "pushed" the man, even though the clip circulated on the internet had showed him raising his hand and hitting the man multiple times.
Shah further said that he had stepped out of his car after he saw the man "repeatedly hitting a poor man's car" and added that he "could not stand back and watch 'injustice' take place like this".
Meanwhile, ...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard... Facebook page It's all about Pakistain posted a statement attributed to Dawood's son questioning the writ of the state.
The statement claimed that Dawood was a senior additional director of the Civil Aviation Authority and a friend of both Firdaus Naqvi and Najeeb Haroon, a PTI MNA.
Haroon and Shah were on the same PTI panel (NA-256, PS-129) in the July 25 elections.
The post questioned if Shah would have still visited Dawood and offered an apology "if he was not the friend of Firdous Shamim sahab and Najeeb Haroon sahab".
The post referred to Shah's apology video, saying that even if Dawood had "bumped into another car and that man and my father exchanged some words", he had still not launched a physical attack.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/16/2018 00:00 ||
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[Star Tribune] Costs adding pressure to industry, coalition says. This would be the same "Journolism" that just colluded to flood the nation's newsprint with editorials against Trump. F*ck em
Amid ongoing upheaval in the media business, a group of local and regional news organizations including the Star Tribune is seeking pension fund relief from Congress.
A bill known as the Save Community Newspaper Act of 2018 was introduced last month by U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., who said it would help independent newspapers "find their financial footing." The proposal comes as newspaper companies contend with shrinking print advertising revenue and intense online competition, as well as newsprint tariffs that have increased costs.
Frank Blethen, publisher of the Seattle Times, said the Girl Scouts of the USA and other nonprofit groups received similar relief in 2014. He said the new legislation would allow newspapers to postpone millions of dollars in pension contributions over the next few years.
"I think this will literally save dozens of family-owned newspapers around the country," said Blethen, who is leading the effort. "It is very serious for us. With this pension relief, we would have a pretty clear runway to long-term survival."
Newspaper companies face a challenge in generating enough money from current operations to keep up with pension obligations that accumulated when the industry employed more people. Total employment in the industry dropped from about 400,000 in 2008 to just under 175,000 in 2018, according to the News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 U.S. news organizations.
The Star Tribune, which employs about 900 people, provides pension benefits to 3,253 current and former employees and has never failed to meet its pension obligations. The company's pension plan was frozen in 2009.
Paul Boyle, senior vice president of public policy at the Alliance, said the pension proposal would save jobs by freeing publishers from rules that "hinder their ability to transition for the future." The bill has bipartisan support from six cosponsors from Washington, New Mexico and California.
The proposed legislation would reduce the amount of money a company would have to come up with if a pension plan fell short of various funding targets. It would extend the period for covering any funding shortfalls to 30 years, rather than the current limit of seven years.
[DailyWire] Those who handle reports of campus sexual assault at colleges and universities know quite a bit about their own policies and procedures, but some of the things they believe about sexual assault should worry parents of incoming students ‐ mainly parents of incoming male students.
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire conducted a survey where they posed as students and asked campus police and Title IX offices (the offices that handle sexual assault claims) a series of questions about sexual assault. The first five questions dealt with campus procedures (e.g., where do students report sexual assault, does a report automatically trigger an investigation, etc.), but the sixth and seventh questions were designed to find out if these professionals believed "rape myths." I believe the ultimate goal is to turn higher education institution into men free
[VictoryGirlsBlog] In spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is going after Jack Phillips once again. And Phillips isn’t having any of it. He has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the commission and Governor Hickenlooper. Why? Because of a complaint from a transgender attorney.
Interestingly, the Commission has held on to this case since June 20, 2017.
...A transgender attorney called up Masterpiece Cakeshop and requested a custom cake designed to be a transition gender reveal. Masterpiece stayed consistent and refused to make a CUSTOM cake but still offered to sell a pre-made cake or direct them to another baker. Said attorney threw a fit and filed a complaint, which you can read
I can't tell - I'm still dead from the repeal of 'net neutrality'. Funny how certain websites are completely silent on this matter after spending years telling us how fucking wonderful it was going to be.
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.