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  • China's Hunt for Guo Wengui Kicks off Manhattan Caper Worthy of Spy Thriller

    10/23/2017 9:06:15 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 22, 2017 | Kate O’Keeffe, Aruna Viswanatha, Cezary Podkul
    Guo Wengui, a wealthy Chinese businessman, sat in the sun room of his apartment on the 18th-floor of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on New York’s Fifth Avenue. With him were four officials from China’s Ministry of State Security, whom Mr. Guo had agreed to meet. For many months, Mr. Guo, from his self-imposed exile, had been using Twitter to make allegations of corruption against senior Chinese officials and tycoons. During the hourslong conversation, the officials urged him to quit his activism and return home, after which the government would release assets it had frozen and leave his relatives in peace. Liu...
  • Siblings Mad With Strict Baby Sitter Concocted Elaborate Stalking Story

    10/23/2017 9:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 23, 2017 | Larry Celona and Tina Moore
    A 12-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl concocted an elaborate story about a stalker — causing an innocent man to be grilled by cops before their prank was finally revealed. The Brooklyn kids, whose father is a special-victims detective, even penned a fake note to frame a passer-by who claimed he once lived in their home, according to law-enforcement sources. “Watch out. I am watching you!! Your daughter is cute,” the letter read.
  • China reportedly used US casino magnate Steve Wynn to lobby Trump - and it almost worked

    10/23/2017 7:32:19 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 23, 2017 | Timothy P. Carney
    U.S. multinationals function as unregistered lobbyists for foreign governments. If a foreign government wants to lobby the U.S. government, they and their lobbyists need to register with the Department of Justice, through the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA. Week Thirty-Eight of the Trump White House In Review Watch Full Screen Alternatively, the foreign government could ask one of their American counterparts to do their bidding for them. The Chinese government opted for the latter approach, law enforcement sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Reportedly casino magnate Steve Wynn, who has business ties in the Chinese region of Macau, wrote...
  • China’s Pursuit of Fugitive Businessman Guo Wengui Kicks Off Manhattan Caper Worthy of Spy Thriller

    10/23/2017 7:32:04 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 22, 2017 | Kate O’Keeffe, Aruna Viswanatha and Cezary Podkul
    Guo Wengui, a wealthy Chinese businessman, sat in the sun room of his apartment on the 18th-floor of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on New York’s Fifth Avenue. With him were four officials from China’s Ministry of State Security, whom Mr. Guo had agreed to meet.
  • Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more quickly

    10/23/2017 10:29:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    phys.org ^ | October 23, 2017 | Lisa Zyga
    Ever since the days of Aristotle, people have made the counterintuitive observation that hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water. In modern times, the observation has been named the Mpemba effect after Erasto Mpemba, an elementary school student living in what is now Tanzania in the early '60s. When making ice cream, Mpemba observed that using warmer milk causes the ice cream to freeze faster than when using colder milk. In the last few decades, the Mpemba effect has been studied and observed in several physical systems besides water, including carbon nanotube resonators and ice-like water cages called clathrate...
  • DNC enters 2018 in cash panic (donors take a knee)

    10/22/2017 4:48:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/22/17 | GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI, EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020. Here in the halls of Bally's hotel and casino for the DNC's fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and strategists: The DNC's...
  • Smoking Gun Paperwork In DA’s Case Of Crooked Dealing To Drop Cases

    10/22/2017 6:48:58 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | 10/21/2017
    Waco – Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden wants this guy Abel Reyna. He’s got the facts, and the facts say there is a federal investigation underway, looking into the legal ethics of the sitting elected Criminal District Attorney, who is accused of political opportunism in his quest to prosecute members of the biker community, namely Matt Clendennen, former Scimitar, who was busted on May 17, 2015. It’s true. We have the paperwork to prove it. In a protracted series of appeals to the Attorney General of Texas’ Open Records Division dating back to the summer of 2015, we of The...
  • The dawn of a fascist China — and what it means for us

    10/22/2017 12:49:00 AM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 33 replies
    iPolitics ^ | October 12, 2017 | Jonathan Manthorpe
    Xi Jinping is poised to become the most potent Chinese leader since Mao Zedong — and to guide his country’s continued emergence as a fascist global superpower for at least the next decade. The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is scheduled to start on October 18, when it will appoint leaders and establish the country’s course for the next five years. Xi undoubtedly will be re-appointed head of the CCP, followed by re-selection as China’s president and head of state early next year. But he appears also to have overturned the collegial, limited term system of leadership...
  • Woman Buys Apology Cake for Officer Reading: ‘Sorry I tried to Bite You’

    10/21/2017 8:09:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | 10/21 | Tom Herbert
    Ah, we’ve all been there – one drink leads to another and before you know it you wake up in prison having tried to bite a police officer. Wait, what? Man jumps on horse's back after two shots of vodka - horse isn't having any of it Well, for Celina Dally this unbelievable scenario began with an evening of wine tasting and ended with her buying him an apology cake reading ‘Sorry I tried to bite you’. Dally, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, got drunk wine tasting at McNeese State University and passed out in the car on the way home....
  • Ex-Policeman Still Says He Was Abducted by Aliens

    10/21/2017 7:59:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | 10/17 | Joe Roberts
    A former policeman is still claiming he was abducted by aliens while out on patrol, some 37 years later. Alan Godfrey’s ‘close encounter’ made him famous in 1980, but it also led to the demise of his career as a copper. In his tell-all book, the 70-year-old alleges his superiors tried to silence him and get him sectioned. The ‘abduction’ on November 28, 1980, attracted national headlines. He was even interviewed by Frank Bough on BBC Breakfast. Alan says his fame came at a price. He says his superiors banned him from Todmorden police station, effectively ending his nine-year career...
  • Bigfoot has boobs and wants to be filmed, says witness who caught her on camera for Metro.co.uk

    10/21/2017 6:33:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    metro.co.uk ^ | 20 Oct 2017 8:45 pm | Oliver McAteer
    Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson were riding though Buff Creek in the California wilderness on horseback (as you do) when they claim to have come across the hairy creature. Gimlin claims he saw the beast perched on a rock. ... He deduced that Bigfoot is a female because of ‘the mammary glands’. Asked whether it had breasts, he replied: ‘Oh yeah. But this was happening so fast that I never even thought about that. That was all put together after people started watching the footage. Gimlin said the footage has been thoroughly investigated by scientists all over the world, and...
  • Organizer of meeting at Twin Peaks tells jury Cossacks tried to intimidate his wife

    10/20/2017 6:34:02 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/20/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A founding member of a "mom and pop" motorcycle group testified Friday that before the Cossacks took over a biker coalition meeting at Twin Peaks and engaged in a deadly shootout with Bandidos, one ran over his wife's foot, they circled her and spit in her face. Mike Lynch, a self-employed plumbing contractor from Mart, said the Cossacks cause more trouble in the Waco area than the Bandidos ever have. Lynch, an original member of the Los Pirados motorcycle club, testified Friday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal. Carrizal, 35, the Bandidos Dallas chapter president, is the first of 154...
  • AN OPEN SECRET. Official PG-13 version

    10/20/2017 4:40:42 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    In light of the long awaited revelations of sexual abuse in Hollywood finally being reported ESPONDA PRODUCTIONS presents AN OPEN SECRET for free for a limited time . A film about the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Please support our efforts of raising awareness by sharing with your friends and colleagues. #AnOpenSecret #BeCourageus #ReportIt #LifeGetsBetter. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @AnOpenSecret. https://vimeo.com/142444429
  • Former Twin Peaks manager testifies in shootout trial

    10/20/2017 2:19:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    KWTX ^ | 10/20/2017 | Rissa Shaw
    The former manager of the Twin Peaks restaurant where a shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers left nine dead and more than 20 injured was on the stand Friday in the trial of the first defendant in the shootout. Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, is accused of directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant at the...
  • Ivanka Trump Mocked by Liberals on Twitter After Saying She Once Went Through a ‘Punk Phase’

    10/20/2017 1:58:27 PM PDT · by drewh · 49 replies
    Death Rattle Sports ^ | 20 October 2017 ast | By Klopa Robin
    Twitter was extremely skeptical of Ivanka’s “punk phase”, with many people pointing out that Nirvana was a grunge band. US President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter Ivanka revealed she went through a “punk phase” as a teenager, but Twitter wasn’t buying it. In a chapter from her mother Ivana Trump’s new memoir titled “Raising Trump,” Ivanka writes that she had a punk phase in the nineties during which she dyed her hair blue and was a diehard fan of the iconic grunge band Nirvana and its legendary frontman Kurt Cobain. “During my punk phase in the nineties, I was really into...
  • Queen At High Tea: Meghan Markle Needs Style Redo For Approval, Feuding Kate Middleton Won’t Help

    10/20/2017 12:05:48 PM PDT · by drewh · 30 replies
    The Inquisitor-News Worth Sharing ^ | Oct 20 2017 | Joanne Eglash
    Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle have sparked a series of never-ending rumors about the state of their romance. Is Harry on the verge of proposing to Meghan, or has the prince’s desire to become engaged to Markle been blocked by the Powers That Be at the Palace, such as the Queen, Kate Middleton, and Camilla Parker Bowles? Several reports have claimed that the powerful trio disapproves of Harry’s choice to turn his romance with American actress Meghan into a forever fairy tale that features a royal wedding. Meghan Markle’s Style: Casual Chic In America Translates To Shocking For...
  • Vampire scare in Malawi has killed at least 8 people

    10/20/2017 10:46:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 20, 2017 | NBC
    Since September, a vampire scare has triggered mob violence in Malawi that has killed at least eight people accused of being bloodsuckers. The vampire rumors appear to have originated in neighboring Mozambique, although it’s not clear what sparked them. Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, a country in the southern section of Africa. Authorities say they are struggling to convince the population that the vampire rumors are not true.
  • The Horror

    10/20/2017 5:35:54 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/19/2017
    Nothing much happened today in the trial of Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the Dallas Bandido that McLennan County prosecutors are trying to blame for the berserk bloodbath in the parking lot of the Waco Twin Peaks parking lot at about half past noon on May 17, 2015. Nothing much ever happens. The trial enters its eighth day tomorrow after two full days of jury selection. The District Attorney’s Office has slowed everything way down. Today Judge Matt Johnson, who may or may not be part of the unprecedented, criminal coverup that followed the bloodbath, slowed the trial down a little more...
  • Mum Broke Into a Pensioner's Home and Tried to 'Suck the Fat' Off Her With a Vacuum Cleaner

    10/19/2017 11:02:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 17 OCT 2017 | Philip Dewey
    A mother on a “drug-fuelled rampage” broke into a pensioner’s home and threatened to “suck the fat off” her using a vacuum cleaner. Mother-of-one Cara Thorne also spat at a police officer when arrested and told him that she had Hepatitis C. The 28-year-old was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to a catalogue of offences including assault occasioning ABH and common assault. The court heard that in the early hours of September 22 Jennifer Keogh, 67, was at her home in Llys Tylcha Fawr, in Tonyrefail , when she was woken by a noise in...
  • 'I Went on Holiday to the World's First Hotel for People Who Weigh Over 20 Stones'

    10/19/2017 10:56:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 19 OCT 2017 | Amy Coles
    The hotel Is Custom-Built for People Who Weigh Over 20 StonesA five-mile private beach, reinforced beds, widened doorways – this is what tourists can expect during a stay at the world’s first resort for larger people. Size 20 model Holly Macgillivray, 27, is among the first to stay at The Resort – on the secluded island of Eleuthera in Barbados. She was staying there for an upcoming ITV show – and has revealed the unusual facilities on offer for people staying there. Unlike a standard hotel, the resort – billed as a “sanctuary” for larger people – is custom...