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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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A steamy chat distracted an officer when she entered the wrong apartment and killed a man

A steamy chat distracted an officer when she entered the wrong apartment and killed a man, prosecutors say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/09/24/steamy-chat-distracted-an-officer-when-she-entered-wrong-apartment-killed-man-prosecutors-say/?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1



As she walked to her apartment on the night of Sept. 6, 2018, Amber Guyger missed a series of signs that she wasn’t on the right floor, prosecutors say.

The off-duty Dallas police officer didn’t realize that the illuminated unit numbers contained fours instead of the threes of a floor below, where she lived. She didn’t recognize the doormats were all different. And, in the final seconds before she turned the doorknob to apartment 1478 and opened fire on the man who lived there, 26-year-old Botham Jean, she didn’t notice the doormat he’d placed outside. It was red — his favorite color.

During opening statements Monday in Guyger’s murder trial, prosecutors offered a reason: She was distracted by the sexually explicit conversation she had been having with her partner on the police force, Martin Rivera.

They had been in an intimate relationship for the past year, prosecutors say, and spent hours swapping messages about being “super horny” and wanting to meet later that night. After a 16-minute phone call with Rivera, Guyger was so consumed that she didn’t process the “repeatedly obvious signs” that something wasn’t right, Assistant Dallas County District Attorney Jason Hermus told jurors.

“All of these things that she’s aware of, she just doesn’t let them get here,” he said, gesturing toward his head. “And that failure cost Bo his life.”


If a woman feels super horny she kills a man? Sounds like a praying mantis or black widow spider.

U.S. invokes state secrets to block American journalist's challenge to spot on drone 'kill list'

U.S. invokes state secrets privilege to block American journalist’s challenge to alleged spot on drone ‘kill list’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/us-invokes-state-secrets-privilege-to-block-american-journalists-challenge-to-alleged-spot-on-drone-kill-list/2019/09/24/15580b88-dee9-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html



A U.S. judge Tuesday dismissed an American journalist’s lawsuit challenging his alleged placement on a “kill list” by U.S. authorities in Syria, after the Trump administration invoked the “state secrets” privilege to withhold sensitive national security information.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of Washington, D.C., last year had opened the way for Bilal Abdul Kareem, a freelance journalist who grew up in New York, to seek answers in his civil case from the government and to try to clear his name after what he claims were five near-misses by U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

Collyer in June 2018 ruled that Abdul Kareem, who said he was mistaken for a militant because of his frequent contact with militants linked to al-Qaeda, was exercising his constitutional right to due process in court.

But after talks between Abdul Kareem’s lawyers and U.S. authorities broke down, the government tapped the rarely invoked state secrets authority, saying Abdul Kareem sought information revealing “the existence and operational details of alleged military and intelligence activities directed at combating the terrorist threat to the United States.”

In a 14-page opinion, Collyer said she was bound to agree, saying the government’s right to withhold information in such instances is “absolute.”

“What constitutional right is more essential than the right to due process before the government may take a life? While the answer may be none, federal courts possess limited authority to resolve questions presented in a lawsuit, even when they are alleged to involve constitutional rights. This is such a case,” Collyer wrote, adding, “Despite the serious nature of Plaintiff’s allegations, this Court must dismiss the action pursuant to the government’s invocation of the state secrets privilege.”

Prosecutors said that disclosing whether Abdul Kareem is on the “kill list” could permit him to evade capture or further U.S. action, and also could risk revealing or compromising intelligence sources and methods.


Holy shit! Living while brown means you can forget about due process of law.

Coast Guard captures 'narco sub' carrying $165 million in cocaine

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/us/coast-guard-major-drug-bust-trnd/index.html



(CNN)The Coast Guard cutter Valiant seized a a 'narco sub' carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $165 million, according to a news release.

The 40-foot semi-submersible, a vessel made from an oil or gas drilling barge or platform supported by underwater pontoons, was found in the Eastern Pacific in early September, the Tuesday release said.
Members of the Valiant's crew intercepted the boat with the assistance of Colombian naval assets, took control of it and apprehended four smugglers.

https://twitter.com/USCGSoutheast/status/1176496154726547456

The Coast Guard offloaded over 1,000 pounds of cocaine but had to leave the rest due to the questionable stability of the vessel.
"There are no words to describe the feeling the Valiant crew is experiencing right now," said Cmdr. Matthew Waldron, Valiant's commanding officer.

"In a 24-hour period, the crew both crossed the equator and intercepted a drug-laden self-propelled semi-submersible vessel. Each in and of themselves is momentous events in any cutterman's career. Taken together, however, it is truly remarkably unprecedented."
Within the last week, the Southeast Coast Guard has reported seizing over 13,000 pounds of cocaine from smugglers.


Semper Paratus!

Trump claims Congressional Democrats can't "get anything done" as calls for impeachment grow

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1176570123643060224

The Democrats are so focused on hurting the Republican Party and the President that they are unable to get anything done because of it, including legislation on gun safety, lowering of prescription drug prices, infrastructure, etc. So bad for our Country!


Douchebag is daring Dems to impeach him, and apparently wants Dems to pass gun laws, prescription drug laws, and infrastructure funding. All blocked by Moscow Mitch in the Senate.

Kellyanne Conway at Ohio GOP dinner: 'Democratic electorate is racist and sexist'

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/09/21/trump-adviser-kellyanne-conway-speaks-ohio-gop-dinner/2299491001/



COLUMBUS - White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told a room full of Ohio Republicans that she doesn't recognize the Democratic Party anymore.

Her evidence that Democrats are too extreme: there are too few anti-abortion or pro-Second Amendment Democrats. Some presidential candidates, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, want to ban the oil and gas drilling practice of fracking. Moderate Democrats like Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper haven't gotten traction in the race.

“Their top three candidates are white, career politicians in their 60s and 70s, which I have nothing against except they (Democrats) certainly do,” Conway said at the Ohio Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner in Columbus on Saturday. “I don’t know why the heck the Democratic party electorate is so racist and sexist. I can’t figure it out.”

Conway, a longtime Republican pollster, was the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign in 2016 – for Donald Trump, a white man who is now 73 years old.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper pointed out that Democrats chose the first African-American and woman candidates to run as nominees of a major party.

"With a broad field of diverse candidates, our primary process has shown the strength of our party," Pepper told The Enquirer. "It is clear that Kellyanne and the president are worried about Ohio since they're here every other week."


There's a lot that Kellyanne just can't figure out.

30 Mesmerizing Water Droplet Photos By A Macro Photographer

https://www.boredpanda.com/water-droplets-macro-photography-don-komarechka/

When we seek the unknown, we gaze at the stars, imagining all of the wonders they're hiding. But there's a whole universe at our feet, just waiting for explorers. Don Komarechka from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, is one of them. His macro photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how everything works, even the ones we cannot see with our own eyes.

"I had always loved science but never had a mind for the theory," Komarechka told Bored Panda. "Photography became my way of exploring the world in ways I couldn't see with my own eyes, combining science and art. I was inspired early on by my father who had a lifelong love of photography from a young age but could never pursue it professionally. When a long-term illness was close to claiming his life, he gave me an envelope with money inside, asking me to spend it on something that he could see me enjoy. I went out and bought my first camera, and we bonded over the sharing of photographic knowledge before the end."



















More photos and descriptions at the link. Very amazing photos.

Global economists predict the world's lowest growth in a decade

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/economy/oecd-global-growth-slowdown/index.html

New York (CNN Business)The world economy is slowing, and it could be headed toward a recession.

The Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development, an intergovernmental economic group, just slashed its forecast for global growth to a decade low.

The OECD projects the world economy will grow just 2.9% in 2019, which would be the lowest forecast since 2009. In 2020, growth is predicted to inch up to 3%. Just 18 months ago, the organization still expected 4% growth.

Global growth at 3% or less constitutes a recession, according to past definitions used by the International Monetary Fund.
The G20 nations are expected to grow 3.1% this year and 3.2% next year, as per the updated outlook. US growth was cut to 2.4% in 2019 and 2% in the following year.

The US-China trade war and its impact on global manufacturing and trade growth are to blame for this bleak forecast, according to the OECD. Brexit also remains a big question mark, and the slowdown of China's massive economy presents its own set of challenges for the world.

The ongoing trade tensions are also weighing on business investments and confidence, which just adds to the uncertainty. The sluggish business investment has created an investment gap that will have a long-term and structural impact on growth, according to OECD chief economist Laurence Boone. This could mean slower growth becomes the new normal.

"An urgent response is required, failing which we run the risk of finding ourselves stuck in a long period of growth, the brunt of which will be felt primarily by the most vulnerable," said Boone in a blog post.


That's all the text. There is video at the link.

The world is growing tired of winning. America is a consumer economy. And consumers are starting to cut back and save more.

Who is Benny Gantz? The former military chief could be Israel's next prime minister

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/09/19/who-is-benny-gantz-former-military-chief-could-be-israels-next-prime-minister/



With a parliamentary election producing a deadlock, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing the prospect of an electoral defeat for the first time in more than a decade. In an effort to preserve his power, he has called for a unity government with his opponent, Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White alliance.

Gantz, a 60-year-old former military chief with no prior political experience, has indicated he is open to a unity government — as long as Netanyahu isn’t at the helm. With Netanyahu politically weakened and facing criminal indictment in three separate corruption cases, Gantz has emerged as a strong candidate to be Israel’s next leader.

After running a nine-month-long campaign against the country’s longest-serving prime minister and dealing a crushing blow to Netanyahu’s legacy, experts say Gantz has positioned himself as the antithesis to Netanyahu’s savvy, sometimes cutting political style.

“He’s like the un-Netanyahu,” said David Makovsky, a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Gantz’s low-key, steady demeanor makes people “see him as a person of integrity and country first,” Makovsky added.


Widely expected to be more reasonable than Netanyahu, but deliberately vague on some important issues.

America's CFOs brace for a recession prior to the 2020 election

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/business/cfo-recession-election/index.html

New York (CNN Business)America's top finance chiefs are on high alert for a recession. For the first time in several years, economic uncertainty is now their lead concern, replacing worries about the difficulty of hiring and retaining talented workers.

Fifty-three percent of chief financial officers expect the United States to enter a recession prior to the 2020 presidential election, according to the Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook survey released on Wednesday. And two-thirds predict a downturn by the end of next year.

US business optimism dropped to a three-year low during the third quarter, the Duke survey said, reflecting a spike in economic uncertainty as the US-China trade war drags on.
Just 12% of US CFOs indicated they have become more optimistic about the domestic economy, down from 44% a year ago, according to the Duke survey.

The findings are consistent with recent surveys of investors and market signals that show a rising risk of a recession.

Business spending to weaken
The risk is that these fears become a self-fulfilling prophesy. When CFOs are nervous, they tend to scale back on spending on things like factories and new equipment. That in turn slows the economy.


They're getting tired of winning.

Israel's election results show Netanyahu is in serious trouble

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/9/18/20871949/israel-election-results-who-won-benjamin-netanyahu

No one outright won. But Netanyahu did worse than he hoped and may lose office because of it.

The September Israeli election results are in — and it’s still not clear who the country’s next prime minister will be. But the results are the biggest threat to incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power since he took office in 2009.

With over 90 percent of the vote now counted, the centrist Blue and White party looks to have won the largest number of seats in Israel’s parliament, called the Knesset — 32 out of a total of 120. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud came in a close second, with 31 seats.

Obviously, neither one of these parties has enough for a parliamentary majority on its own. Which means they will either have to make some kind of power-sharing deal with each other and form what’s called a “national unity” government or else cobble together some kind of coalition out of the seven smaller parties who made the Knesset. The most important of these is Yisrael Beiteinu, a hawkish secular party whose allegiances are very much up in the air. Its leader, former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is widely described as a “kingmaker” in the Israeli press.

So who will come out on top here? Honestly, no one knows yet. But there is a real chance that Netanyahu will lose the top job even if his party remains in power. Benny Gantz, the head of Blue and White, has said he’s interested in a national unity government — but only if Likud dumps Netanyahu.

This is the fight of Netanyahu’s political life — and his personal one, too. Because if he loses, he will have no way to protect himself from imminent indictments on corruption and bribery charges. A defeat in coalition negotiations for Netanyahu might not just be the end of his political career; it could be the end of his freedom.


Sounds very similar to the American president.

Vox explains the complexity of the situation.
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