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Citing years of narcotics trafficking, US prosecutors have called for “El Chapo” to forfeit billions in drug money. But his lawyer dismissed the request, saying “the government has never located or identified a penny.”

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Citing years of narcotics trafficking, US prosecutors have called for “El Chapo” to forfeit billions in drug money. But his lawyer dismissed the request, saying “the government has never located or identified a penny.”

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 has jolted Southern California, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 8:19 p.m. local time Friday and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, where a magnitude 6.4 quake struck Thursday. The agency initially said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.1. 

The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, and the USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.

If the preliminary magnitude is correct, it would be the largest Southern California quake in 20 years.

Meanwhile, seismologists say there have been 1,700 aftershocks in the wake of Thursday’s quake.

A magnitude 5.4 quake at 4:07 a.m. Friday is so far the strongest aftershock of Thursday’s 6.4 quake, which struck in the Mojave Desert near the town of Ridgecrest.

Zachary Ross of the California Institute of Technology says the number of aftershocks might be slightly higher than average. He also says a quake of that size could continue producing aftershocks for years.
 

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7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Southern California  Los Angeles Times

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was reported Friday evening at 8:16 p.m. Pacific time four miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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WASHINGTON – Democrats pivoted Wednesday from a divisive fight over a border bill to what they label the government’s “willful neglect” and “callous” treatment of thousands of detained migrants, even as President Donald Trump defended Border Patrol agents and said many people being held “are living far better now than where they came from.”
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How much is a tree is worth? And how does one measure the value and then convert the result to monetary terms?

Sue Rostas, Communications Officer for the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project, Australia says if the value of $1 a day for the amount of oxygen that a tree produces. A tree thus produces $365 worth of oxygen per year or a total of $36,500 over 100 years (and that’s not allowing for inflation!)

But Assoc. Prof. Tlna Offler, University of Newcastle, and Bill Nethery, State Forests of New SouthWales, plus some library work revealed some startling but often overlooked facts about the true value of trees.

She said the true value (considering only oxygen output) of a tree such as a Pine or Cedar would be about $120,000 each yea . If the tree lived 50 years, it would have produced about $6 million worth of oxygen!

The world would indeed be in deep economic trouble if we had to pay for the oxygen a tree produces. This calculation of the value of a tree has been based solely on its net oxygen output. But trees also have economic value in a number of other ways: They reduce the water table level and hence reduce soil salinity, which in turn improves the soil’s ability to grow plants.

They act as a carbon sink, using up considerable quantities of carbon dioxide, thus reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. and by the way, they produce a valuable building material – timber.

A 50-year-old Red Cedar would yield about $5000 worth of timber – this is the only factor usually considered when determining the economic value of a tree. As you can see, this pales into insignificance compared to the value of the oxygen the tree gives us free of charge!

The commercial cost of oxygen 7.9 litres (9.0 kg) of oxygen costs $54. From this we can calculate that 5 mole oxygen costs $1.

The value of net oxygen output of a tree such as pine or cedar:

Trees produce approx 5 mole (a measure of the number of molecules) oxygen per square metre leaf area per day. Trees use about half this oxygen for their own respiration. Therefore, the net oxygen output of a tree is approx 2.5 mole per square metre leaf area per day.

For tropical rainforest the average total leaf surface area is about 8 times the area of the canopy. A 5 year old red cedar has a canopy of about 7 square metres and hence a net oxygen output of 2.5 x 8 x 7 = 140 moles worth $28 per day (about $10,000 per year). ∑ A 20 year old red cedar has a canopy of about 80 square metres and hence a net oxygen output of 2.5 x 8 x 80 = 1600 moles worth $320 per day (about $120,000 per year). By the time the tree is 50 years old it would have produced oxygen worth about $6 million

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A close confidant of PM Modi and the architect of NDA’s spectacular victory in general elections, Amit Shah’s first visit to the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir after becoming Home Minister aroused much speculation and the Hurriyat not giving a bandh call to protest against this visit has been interpreted in various ways.

While some feel that it is an indication that the separatist conglomerate is trying to be more accommodative in its approach towards the center, others feel that this is the result of the government’s iron-fist policy against terror funding under which NIA cracked down on many separatist leaders in Kashmir. However, the most important thing is that this is undoubtedly a reconciliatory gesture which is a very important development in Kashmir politics.

In function held at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said Hurriyat leaders were “ready for talks… this is an encouraging sign and we welcome this step.” It is heartening to note that the Hurriyat leaders who had once shut doors to Ram Vilas Paswan when he approached them for dialogue are now ready for talks and the separatists have finally softened the obdurate stand that they had adopted during the 2016 summer agitation which was triggered by killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

In response to the statement of Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said “we are convinced that a way out can only be achieved through talking” and added that “dialogue is the only way and that is our consistent stand. Hurriyat has always been in favour of talks as the means of resolution. We have not said anything new. We have always been saying this. As the most affected party with daily killings of our young, we would naturally want peaceful resolution of the issue.”

Home Minister Amit Shah made it clear to the local officials that while the government will go ahead with ‘Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat’ motto in Jammu and Kashmir, it will not tolerate terrorism and this stand is in accordance with the Modi government’s policy that terror and talks can’t go hand in hand.

That the Hurriyat has responded positively is an encouraging sign as due to this the prospects of the Centre and separatists veering towards dialogue have greatly improved. The message that the centre will keep pushing developmental initiatives to address the alienation among the people that has built up over the last three decades in Kashmir will also help in reducing the frustration level amongst those who despite being educated and qualified are still unemployed. Addressing Kashmir’s developmental deficit is surely going to be the first step for engagement with its people and an important confidence building measure.

A common complaint of the people of Kashmir has been the lethargy and widespread dishonesty within the bureaucracy, especially at lower levels. By declaring that democracy will be strengthened in Kashmir at any cost and directing civil administration officials to dismantle the ‘corrupt and elitist’ structure and reach out to every last citizen in the state, Shah has initiated a positive measure that was long overdue. His clear instructions to clean up corruption and prosecute those who have ‘milked the system’ so that every Kashmiri feels that it’s not a government of the elitists’ will surely go down very well with the masses.

By pursuing the issues of promoting development and curbing corruption in J&K, Shah will be killing two birds with one arrow as illicit power centres which have come up through ill-gotten money will be demolished and the people will get empowered.

Youth of Kashmir have lot of expectations from the Home Minister. They hope that he will make all-out efforts as far as emotional reach-out to the people of Kashmir is concerned as well as overcome the employment crisis. Things have already started moving; in a first-of-its-kind, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has embarked on an ambitious initiative to reach out to the people at the grassroots level through a programme named as ‘Back to the Village’. Launched in backdrop of Amit Shah’s visit, this initiative aims to empower people at the gross root level and has received a good response from the public.

From Modi 1.0 to Modi 2.0, the BJP-led government has continued to take keen interest in Kashmir and even though it has currently closed down all communication channels with Pakistan and is investigating separatists for having been allegedly involved in economic offences, it has not ruled out the possibility of holding dialogue with the Hurriyat. This is the reason why people hope that Shah would be able to change the situation in Kashmir where death and destruction is presently the order of the day, so that its people see a new dawn of peace.

One only hopes that the new dispensation at the centre will seriously take steps for ensuring everlasting resolution of the Kashmir issue so that myriad border skirmishes, animosity and blood shed will end and normalcy restored.

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Here are two visuals from the latest annual U.N. report about the world’s refugee situation, “UNHCR Global Trends 2018”, and though these images don’t pack the emotional punch of a child’s corpse that has just been washed upon a beach after drowning when his family had attempted to escape from a country that the U.S. and its allies were ‘trying to make free’ by bombing it to hell, each of these two pictures below contains a much bigger and more important message than does any such tear-jerking image or anecdote, but each of these pictures requires a bit of intelligence in order to understand it:

The first picture shows the result of the U.S. regime’s regime-change wars under Obama and Trump, in Syria and Venezuela especially. (Syria by using Al Qaeda in Syria to lead jihadists to bring down the Government, and Venezuela by strangulating sanctions that have produced an economic blockade which prohibits food and medicine from being able to reach the population).

The 9-year earlier “UNHCR Global Trends 2009”, which covered the end of the George W. Bush Presidency, had reported that “There were 43.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2009,” and that this was up from 42.0 million in 2008. The “UNHCR Global Trends 2007” said only that “available information suggests that a total of 67 million people had been forcibly displaced at the end of 2007”, and so there might have been a reduction during the later years of Bush’s Presidency.

In any case, the number of “forcibly displaced people” was stable during the final years of Bush’s second term and the entirety of Barack Obama’s first term, until 2012. 2011 was the first year of the Arab Spring uprisings, which were a CIA production, as was documented by two books from Ahmed Bensada, each of which was well reviewed by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, in her two articles, one on 18 January 2014, and the other on 25 October 2015. Of course, the impression that the American public was presented about the Arab Spring uprisings is that those were spontaneous. Actually, Obama came into office in 2009 hoping to overthrow Syria’s Government.

So,
whereas the numbers had been stable for Obama’s first term of office,
all hell broke loose throughout his second term, with his invasions of
Libya and Syria, plus his continuation of George W. Bush’s occupations
of both Afghanistan and Iraq. And, now, under Trump, the number is back
again to GWB’s peak level and rising.

As I noted on June 30th under the headline “U.S. Government Tops All For Creating Refugees”,
“the U.S. regime’s regime-change operations produce around half of the
entire world’s refugee-problem.” That fact is shown in the second visual
here. (Just look at Syria and Venezuela there.) What the first visual
shows is that the U.S. regime’s attempts to overthrow the Governments of
Syria and of Venezuela caused those global totals to soar. Those two
nations alone accounted for nearly half of the global total, and part of
the rest was from America’s prior invasions: Afghanistan, Iraq, the
U.S.-backed coup in Honduras in 2009, etc. America’s invasions and
attempted coups (such as in Venezuela) provided the dynamos that drove
those rising numbers of refugees.  

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton at The Gray Zone headlined on June 19th, “This celebrated Western-funded nonprofit collaborated with al-Qaeda to wage lawfare on Syria” and
documented how U.S.-and-allied billionaires and the U.S. Government
fund “lawfare,” a war in international courts, and not only a huge
international propaganda campaign to demonize Bashar al-Assad, in order
to overthrow him. I had previously documented that “U.S. Protects Al Qaeda in Syria”. Actually, Obama bombed
Syria’s army at the oil center city of Deir Ezzor on 17 September 2016
in order to enable both Al Qaeda and ISIS to take over that city
.
The U.S. team talk a storm against “terrorism” but quietly (along with
the monarchs of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar) sponsor it as being
“boots-on-the-ground” fighters — proxies there, instead of U.S. troops —
to bring down leaders such as Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad.   

So, when the U.S. and its allies complain about the refugee crisis, and pontificate against “dictators,” and assert international law when they are the worst violators of international law, maybe they enjoy fooling their own public, but outside the U.S. alliance, their lying and evil are obvious. It even shows up clearly in the UNHCR’s statistics (such as those visuals).

Obviously, China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and other nations that the U.S. regime labels as ‘enemies’, are not to blame for those tens of millions of refugees. The U.S. and its allies definitely are to blame for it. This isn’t a situation where the pot is calling the kettle black, but instead it’s one where the pot is calling the fresh-fallen snow black, and in which only propagandistic ‘news’ media refuse to reveal this to their audiences. The snow is white, and the U.S. regime and its allies are red, covered with their tens of millions of victims’ blood and flaming misery. 

International poll after international poll finds that
the country which is considered to be “the greatest threat to peace in
the world today” by the most people worldwide is the U.S., but that
Americans don’t think it’s true. So: who is right? Americans? Or the
rest of the world? Now, why would people outside the U.S. believe that
way? Maybe it’s because of “communist propaganda”? The most important
thing to recognize is that the U.S. is a dictatorship.
That scientifically demonstrated fact explains a lot. None of these
sanctions and coups and invasions against countries that had never
invaded nor in any way endangered the U.S. could exist otherwise than
this, because any dictatorship is based upon lies. Invading Iraq was
based upon lies. Invading Afghanistan was based upon lies. Invading
Syria was based upon lies. Invading Libya was based upon lies. The economic sanctions against Russia are based upon lies. American foreign policies are based upon lies. It’s no wonder, then, why Americans are so misinformed.

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Gay is everywhere. Canada’s new loonie celebrates 50 years of official gaydom, Ontario lived under 4 years with open lesbian premier Kathleen Wynne. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves at the crowds at Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade, like Queen Elizabeth, along with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland (Much love and happy pride to all!), and Toronto Mayor John Tory. The marchers were probably less than 10,000, but spectators  50,000+.

The police were denied their own delegation, resented for taking so long to find serial killer Bruce McArthur, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to murdering eight men with ties to the gay village.

The sole dissenting political voice was Ontario Premier Doug Ford, fresh from an election victory that was subtley anti-gay, who refused to participate in the march. He covered himself in the now stridently pro-gay media, by attending a small gathering in York Region earlier in ‘GayPride Month’ for the de rigueur photo-op.

The over-the-top celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York (150,000 marchers, 3m spectators), the birthplace of World Gay Pride, was preceded by the Queer Liberation March, sans corporate floats and police, protesting the gentrification of the event and the movement in general.

All the celebratory marches ignore the stark truth that the height of gaylib was long ago, 1978 (novelists Holleran, Kramer, photographer Mapplethorpe, choreographer Joffrey). The next 40 years has been a slow motion hangover, the homosexualization of America, which has left the US in a moral mess.

Who better to turn to for assessing the state of the union than Edmund White, author of The Joy of Gay Sex (1977), who lived through those 50 years and has written more than anyone else about it?

New York was, since the end of WWII, the mecca of the western world in all facets of life — intellectuals, artists, in entertainment and theatre. It still is, the dream for all.

In the third volume of his quasi-memoirs, The Farewell Symphony, Edmund White claims that a quarter of Greenwich Village are gay, though statistics for metropolitan New York suggest 4%, not much more than the 3% norm. The Manhattan neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and Harlem were home to a sizable homosexual population after WWI, and then again after WWII, when men and women who had served in the military took advantage of the opportunity to settle in larger cities. Suddenly, it was possible for small town boys and girls to shed their straitlaced surroundings and ‘let it all hang out.’

Edmund White, who moved there in the 1960s, writes:

We assumed there was going to be a future and that it would get more and more extravagant. We saw gay men as a vanguard that society would inevitably follow. We thought ‘the couple’ would disappear and be replaced by new, polyvalent molecules of affection or Whitmanesque adhesiveness.*

White has almost nothing to say about lesbians, whose lifestyle has never been promiscuous to the same degree as men. Not surprisingly for a male-dominated world, it is gay men who have been the shapers of gay society, the ones to point the finger at.

White describes a memorable evening in his radical new lifestyle:

I was having sex with a sleepy-eyed Native American I’d met through Kevin. He and I would make love to a blond steward from Norway—and sometimes with a hairless translator from the French, who affected a crewcut and policeman’s shiny shoes. At other times we were joined by a Kennedy-like gay political leader who’d rush in wearing a white shirt and rep tie and would have to keep checking his messages. We were friends and lovers, more friends than lovers, and our long evenings of pasta, Puccini and sex felt as mellow as vintage Bordeaux held up to a flame and as exhilarating as a hit play in previews.*

It all came crashing down in 1981 with the onslaught of AIDS. This plague was originally called GRID (gay-related immuno deficiency), but renamed Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in 1982 to avoid pointing fingers.

The real culprit of AIDS of course is gaydom itself, more accurately, male gaydom, which celebrated/ celebrates promiscuity, dismissed/ dismisses old truths and customs, determined to convert the heterosexual world into a new gender-fluidity of ‘Whitmanesque adhesiveness’, where love is a quaint custom, where sex rules, now openly, and anything goes.

White is a documenter of this transition, born in 1940, beginning his writing career in the 1970s. He is torn between celebrating gaydom’s rise, and bemoaning its inherent dangers to society and what it means to be human. Though HIV positive by 1980, he is one of the lucky survivors from that gruesome period. He describes his closest acquaintances (friends?) in Symphony and then sees them die off one after the other.

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Did that wake him up? The Farewell Symphony was published in 1997, when the first ‘cocktail’ drugs were developed, and is peppered with ambivalent thoughts, boasting of over 3,000 sexual partners from 1962–1982, though his normal state is angst and loneliness.

None of our friends would have said we were ‘obsessed’. That was a word heterosexuals used, or older, envious homosexuals. We thought having sex was a positive good, the more the better. …

We believed that women held out to force guys into the servitude of marriage, that pussy was scarce so men would have to work for it, religion conspired to make men believe they were doing the right thing. We thought that if women were as disinterestedly horny as men, then everyone, straight or gay would be having sex on every street corner.

We were free. Christians had already assigned us to hell just for looking at men. Courtship was a con, again part of female culture. Even love was a suspect word.

If love was suspect, jealousy was foul. We were intent on dismantling all the old marital values, and the worst thing we could be accused of by one of our own was aping the heterosexual model.**

White is clearly of two minds on this Brave New Sexuality. Holleran and Kramer, writing in 1978, are more clearly negative in their assessment of gaylib. In a plea for celibacy, Malone, Holleran’s hero in Dancer from the Dance, realized he had ceased to be a homosexual. He realized ‘a young man’s beauty was an impersonal fact, as impersonal as the beauty of a tree. He watched boys playing soccer and when the game ended he rose and walked away, a calm spirit.’

New/old role of homosexuality in society

Many of White’s relationships were/are with younger men/ boys, and (if it’s not fictional) his most touching relationship was not sexual at all. He informally adopted his nephew Gabriel, getting him out of an asylum and helping him get on his feet. The family ‘instinct’ kicked in, and this shows perhaps the most important role gays can play in society: helping broken individuals, casualties of bad marriages, poverty, social injustice.

Another instance of this mentoring/ fatherly role was White’s befriending a lonely, slightly neurotic teen, Giovanni, in Venice during his many travels to Italy. He chummed around with Giovanni and his young friends. When Giovanni kept insisting White should have a girlfriend, White told him he preferred men, that he ‘felt good with men,’ not women.

Giovanni thought about it, then said, ‘what a fine pair we make, you with your sickness, me with my mania.

White later reflects:

I never felt good with men; with a gay man I always felt something indefinable was missing, whereas with a woman I knew what was missing: a man.

I could see something had gone out of the friendship for him. I was no longer the simpatico guy who was also a real man, the sort he wanted to become.***

White’s satisfaction in both those relationships was not in sex, but in the male friendship, the familial father-son relationship. This is the real, positive ‘revolution’ which can develop out of the gay personal-social conundrum, and it has more to do with not having sex than having as much as possible.

It helps mitigate the male homosexual’s role as the Other. Male homosexuals were/are also a small minority (3-5%) of men, a social ‘shadow’ which threatens the sacredness of marriage and the character of manliness, just as Jews threaten Christian spirituality. They suffered side-by-side with Jews and witches under Christendom (much less so under Islamic rule) right up until the Nazis, who decided homosexuals were just as bad, in their own way, as Jews, and both should be wiped out. Their fate today—legality, tolerance, outsize prosperity and apartness—parallels that of Jews.

While the Catholic church and Islam will not bless the Other with holy sacriment, the state has given its sanction, and most Protestant churches accept gay marriages, as if wishing the Other would just blend in seamlessly, accepted by the 97%, ignoring the very fact that God or natural selection produced this Other. That it must have a special role.

For Catholicism and Islam, all forms of promiscuity and sins, including adultery, prostitution and gay sex, are proscribed, which really translates as: should be discouraged or at least kept out of the mainstream, so as not to disrupt society. This moral injunction is meant to control socially disruptive behaviour. Promiscuous sex, gay or straight is disruptive to society. It’s Plato, where chaste boy-love is the highest form of love, with wife and family next.

Disease or dis-ease?

As for the reversal of the medical definition of homosexuality as a disease in 1973, that doesn’t mean the social and psychology problems disappear. Whether it is called a disease or just a social problem is a moot point. White notes: ‘We were gratified that officially we were off the books,’ but ‘most psychotherapists, especially the Freudians, kept their reservations about homosexuality in petto.’**** The homosexual’s role in society is a work in process, but it will always be the Other, the hetero norm’s shadow.

Interestingly, at the Washington DC Dyke March this year, the organizers refused to allow marchers to have an Israeli flag, outraging a few, underlining their role as defenders of other repressed minorities, this time the Palestinians. Gays generally are a bit more socialist, like Jews, but also more supportive of Palestinians, despite Israel’s ‘pinkwashing’.

In 2011, the Obama administration directed agencies involved with foreign policy to promote LGBT rights, a striking policy for a government that, up to the early 1990s, considered homosexuality a security risk and cause for job termination. This sudden promotion of a gay agenda abroad by western nations, led by the US (until Trump), dubbed the ‘gay international’, is resented by all third world nations and Russia, and has had a vicious backlash, with msm^ now targeted where before they were just ignored. It came spectacularly to Orlando, Florida, where 50 gay nightclubbers were murdered in 2016 by an Afghan American. Wake up call, anyone?

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*Edmund White, The Farewell Symphony (1997), 341.

**op. cit., 245-6.

***op. cit., 284.

****close to the heart’, 250.

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The FBI News Review: “fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Yahoo Lifestyle
“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Refinery29
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July 05, 2019 FBI News Review at 16 Hours “fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Yahoo Lifestyle Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Venezuela’s Murderous Regime | Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute “fbi” – Google News: House Dems welcome watchdog probe of FBI building – FCW.com “house judiciary committee” – Google News: Here Are 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller – Common Dreams “fbi criticism” – Google News: Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen not yet briefed on DOJ probe into origins of Russia probe – USA TODAY “fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Yahoo Lifestyle FBI from Michael_Novakhov (28 sites) Sentencing begins Monday for 29-year-old Brendt Christensen, whom an Illinois jury found guilty of the 2017 kidnapping and murder of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, 26.
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A mix of surveillance footage, online search histories, and statements recorded by the FBI with the help of Christensen’s former girlfriend, Terra Bullis, led to his arrest. In the recordings, Christensen described in detail how he killed Zhang and her “valiant” attempts to fight back, and claimed no one would ever be able to find her body.
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“fbi and trump” – Google News: Opposition research: It’s not Trump’s fault that politics is a “dirty” game – The Montgomery Herald

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In a June 12 interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, President Donald Trump freely admitted that he would listen to foreigners offering him “dirt” on his political opponents: “I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening ….
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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The FBI News Review: “fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Yahoo Lifestyle

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“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Yahoo Lifestyle
Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Venezuela’s Murderous Regime | Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute
“fbi” – Google News: House Dems welcome watchdog probe of FBI building – FCW.com
“house judiciary committee” – Google News: Here Are 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller – Common Dreams
“fbi criticism” – Google News: Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen not yet briefed on DOJ probe into origins of Russia probe – USA TODAY

“fbi surveillance” – Google News: Student Yingying Zhang’s Killer Faces Death Penalty Or Life In Prison – Yahoo Lifestyle

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Sentencing begins Monday for 29-year-old Brendt Christensen, whom an Illinois jury found guilty of the 2017 kidnapping and murder of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, 26. It took the jury under two hours last week to convict Christensen on three charges: kidnapping resulting in a death and two counts of making false statements to the FBI, CBS Chicago reported.
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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “political crimes” – Google News: Venezuela’s Murderous Regime | Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute

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A new United Nations investigation underscores the brutal nature of Nicolas Maduro’s government in Venezuela. As reported in the July 4 edition of the New York Times, UN investigators found that Venezuelan Special Action Forces “have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest.” In essence, government security units acted as death squads to eliminate regime opponents.
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Oversight House Dems welcome watchdog probe of FBI building By Adam MazmanianJul 05, 2019 A government watchdog will probe the fate of the FBI headquarters project. (Photo credit: Faustayan/Shutterstock.com)
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After weeks of dithering, the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees have subpoenaed Robert Mueller to testify July 17 about his investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.
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CLOSE Attorney General William Barr told a network television interviewer that he wants answers on how the probe began into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
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Welcome to the latest installment of openings and closings. This week was a busy one for Bay Ridge and bubble teas. We also found a new natural wine bar and have to say goodbye to a Fort Greene classic. BAY RIDGE Blend Coffee + CoWork 6808 4th Avenue, between 68th street and Bay Ridge Avenue […]

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Openings and Closings: Busy for Bubble Tea and Bay Ridge  BKLYNER

Welcome to the latest installment of openings and closings. This week was a busy one for Bay Ridge and bubble teas. We also found a new natural wine bar …

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: See Brooklyn’s Fourth of July fireworks

An American flag cascaded down the Brooklyn Bridge, rainbows above and cheering crowds below, as the nation’s biggest Fourth of July celebration took to the East River.

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The 43rd annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display returned to south of the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time since 2014, with more than 70,000 shells from four barges and 100 spots on the bridge itself, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

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This year’s theme was “American cinema,” featuring scores from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars” and “The Godfather.” But from Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, no music could be heard over the explosions.

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“I love the show, and I always say I want to see it live; I don’t want to just always watch it on TV,” said Cheryl McKenzie, 48.

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The Flatbush resident came to the park by herself around 4:30 p.m. to get a good spot. She saw the fireworks in the park a few years ago with her family, but the crowds left them reluctant to return, so she decided to enjoy the show on her own.

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“When I came with my family, it wasn’t a good experience for them, so they didn’t want to come back,” McKenzie said.

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For Miriam Tirado, it was an opportunity to show her 13-year-old son what real fireworks shows are made of.

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“My youngest son, he wants to see the real deal,” she said. “It’s more for him than really for me.”

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I ate everything at Costco’s food court, and there was one item I’d absolutely never order again  INSIDER

I ate everything on Costco’s food court menu, and the açai bowl was by far the worst item on the menu.

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