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Ohio executes Ronald Philips

Ronald Phillips

For the first time in more than three years, the state of Ohio executed a death row inmate, ending a lull that followed an unusually drawn-out execution relying on a controversial lethal-injection drug.

State officials executed Ronald Phillips by lethal injection on Wednesday morning at a state prison in Lucasville, about 80 miles south of Columbus, the state capital. The execution was completed at 10:43 a.m. without complications, according to multiple reporters at the prison.

Watching as Phillips died on the other side of a large glass window were Renee Mundell, the deceased girl's half-sister, and Donna Hudson and John Evans, her aunt and uncle.

Also witnessing his brother's execution was William Phillips. The execution was delayed a few minutes to permit the condemned prisoner to visit with his brother, who was late arriving at the prison. 

Phillips, 43, was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death for raping and murdering his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, according to court documents and records that describe Phillips brutally assaulting the young child. He had appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a last-ditch stay, questioning the state’s planned method of execution and arguing that he “bears no resemblance to that teenager” sentenced to death decades ago.

Late Tuesday, the Supreme Court denied his requests to stay the execution. The justices did not offer any explanation, though two said they felt Phillips should have had a chance to further question Ohio’s execution method.

Numerous states are no longer in the business of capital punishment

Phillips’s execution marks a rare lethal injection with significance resonating beyond the Buckeye State. Executions in the United States are increasingly unusual, as infrequent as they have been in decades and confined to a small number of states. In part, this is because numerous states are no longer in the business of capital punishment, banning the practice outright or effectively halting it. Other states, like Ohio, have sought to carry out executions, but have been repeatedly delayed by an ongoing shortage of execution drugs along with court-ordered stays.

If that changes in Ohio, it could lead to a small uptick in executions nationwide this year. There still will be fewer executions in 2017 than in most years dating back to the early 1990s, but Ohio already has made plans for additional executions, including three set for later this year and 23 more scheduled to take place between 2018 and 2020. Given the nationwide drop in executions, the planned Ohio executions, should most or all of them occur, could potentially account for an outsize share of the country’s lethal injections in the coming years.

Ohio has 139 inmates on death row, among the largest such populations nationwide. For most of this young century, it also has been among the country’s most-active executioners: Between 2001 and 2014, Ohio executed at least one inmate each year, a rate matched only by Texas and Oklahoma during that span, according to the Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center.

The last few years of that period saw a shift that continues to reverberate through states with capital punishment. Drug companies have objected to their chemicals being used to kill people, leading to a shortage that has spurred states to postpone executions or, in some cases, adapt new and untested combinations of drugs. While the drug shortage has continued, some states also have faced logistical or legal issues, helping contribute to an overall decline in executions. There were 20 executions last year, the fewest in a quarter-century.

In January 2014, unable to obtain its preferred drug for an upcoming lethal injection, Ohio turned to a new two-drug protocol, pairing midazolam and hydromorphone. The two drugs, which had never before been used to carry out an execution in the United States, were combined to execute Dennis McGuire, who had admitted to raping and murdering Joy Stewart, a pregnant newlywed, in 1989. (Officials had originally intended to first use the new combination on Phillips two months earlier, but his lethal injection was postponed.)

According to witness accounts, McGuire appeared to gasp several times during the execution and, at multiple points, made loud snorting sounds. It took McGuire 26 minutes to die, the Columbus Dispatch reported. One witness later wrote of McGuire’s death: “I came out of that room feeling that I had witnessed something ghastly.”

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction issued a report later that year pushing back on such accounts, concluding that the drugs “had their intended effect and that McGuire did not experience any pain or distress.” The agency also said it had decided to keep using the drug pairing but to increase the doses going forward.

Several months later, Ohio reversed course, stating in January 2015 that it would switch to a different drug combination, which meant rescheduling executions. The first inmate with a scheduled lethal injection postponed at that point was Phillips, who had been set to die about a month later. Not long after the January announcement, Ohio said it would postpone even more executions because it needed time to obtain new lethal injection drugs.

Ohio’s delays occurred while midazolam, one of the drugs used in McGuire’s execution, became increasingly controversial for its use in executions. The sedative also was utilized in several bungled, unusually long or otherwise controversial lethal injections in Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama and, earlier this year, Arkansas.

Much like Ohio, Arkansas was resuming executions after a years-long lull, hurrying to schedule an unprecedented eight lethal injections in 11 days to utilize its lethal drugs before they expired. Authorities said the schedule was needed because they were not sure they could obtain more. Ultimately, four of the eight executions in Arkansas were halted and the other four carried out; the final execution in that series prompted questions after witnesses said the inmate lurched and convulsed during the process.

A new lethal injection combination

Ohio, meanwhile, has been slowly moving toward resuming executions. Last fall, state officials announced another lethal injection combination, declaring that they would utilize midazolam along with rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride for Phillips’s execution and two others to follow, according to court records. While Phillips and other inmates challenged the new protocol, a federal judge stayed the executions, postponing them yet again, but a divided federal appeals court last month reversed that stay.

“Ohio intends to fulfill its statutory obligation of carrying out court-ordered executions in a lawful, humane and dignified manner,” JoEllen Smith, the spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, wrote in an email Tuesday.

Phillips had petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stay his execution. In one filing, he questioned Ohio’s lethal injection protocol, and in another argued that he should not be executed for a crime committed while he was a teenager. His attorneys also said he has changed since being convicted and sentenced. “He has grown to be thoughtful, remorseful, generous, and reflective,” they wrote in a filing this week. In response, state officials dismissed his argument and urged the justices not to call off the execution.

The Supreme Court denied his stay requests in orders released late Tuesday, offering no further explanation. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissented from one order and said Phillips and other inmates should have gotten a chance to pursue their claim that “Ohio’s execution protocol is a cruel and unusual punishment.”

Anti-death penalty groups called for the lethal injection to be halted, but state authorities had already denied Phillips’s earlier requests to avoid execution. The Ohio Parole Board rejected Phillips’s clemency request last year, and Gov. John R. Kasich (R) said he backed that decision.

“Given the extremely brutal nature of the offense committed against an innocent three-year-old child, I agree with the Ohio Parole Board’s recommendation that clemency is not warranted in this case,” Kasich said in a statement.

The Ohio Parole Board, which is required by law to make a recommendation to the governor in capital-punishment cases, voted 10-2 against clemency for Phillips in December. The board also had voted unanimously against clemency for him in 2013.

Phillips becomes the 1st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Ohio and the 54th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999.

Phillips becomes the 15th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1457th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.

Source: The Washington Post, Mark Berman; Rick Halperin, July 26, 2017

After three years of stonings and executions from rooftops, first LGBT unit fights ISIS in Syria

After three years of stonings and executions from rooftops, first LGBT unit fights ISIS in Syria

The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA
LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A group of international volunteers fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS in northern Syria have declared the first LGBT military unit created to battle the jihadi group. Its name? The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA. The International Revolutionary People's Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), an anarchist movement, announced the group's creation Monday.

IRPGF is a unit in the International Freedom Battalion, a collection of foreign fighters who traveled to northern Syria to battle ISIS alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG, or People’s Protection Units. It was only set up in April, two months ahead of the final stage of a Kurdish-Arab offensive backed by the U.S.-led coalition to liberate the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa.

A statement posted by the group on Twitter said its members “seek to smash the gender binary and advance the women’s revolution as well as the broader gender and sexual revolution.”

It remains unknown how many personnel will be involved in the unit, and how many are members of the LGBT community. Heval Rojhilat, spokesperson for TQILA, speaking to Newsweek, would not reveal numbers for security reasons.

"Many of our comrades are within the LGBT*QI+ community," Rojhilat says. "We are already fighting in Raqqa."

The group responded to a comment on Twitter, saying it pronounced the new unit’s name as “Tequila.”

The group was formed as its members had “watched in horror as fascist and extremist forces around the world have attacked the Queer community and murdered countless of our community members citing that they are ‘ill,’ ‘sick,’ and ‘unnatural.’”

The statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, continues: “The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stoned to death by Daesh was something we could not idly watch.”

The statement ends with the slogan: “Shoot back! These faggots kill fascists!” The group’s logo is a black AK-47 machine gun on a pink background.

ISIS’s Sharia courts have declared homosexuality to be a capital offense, one deserving of severe and deadly punishment.

After Omar Mateen launched a shooting attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June 2016, killing 49 people and pledging allegiance to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a 911 phone call, ISIS claimed responsibility. It said in a statement circulated by its Amaq news agency that he had “targeted a nightclub for homosexuals.” Homosexuality is itself a taboo subject in Syria and Iraq.

Since its rise to prominence in Iraq in mid-2014, ISIS has released a slew of propaganda images and footage that show men accused of being homosexuals blindfolded and thrown from buildings in front of large crowds. If those thrown from buildings survived, they were then stoned to death by the spectators, who live in the group’s self-styled caliphate that straddles the Iraqi-Syrian border..

When suspected members of the community are captured, ISIS fighters went through their contact books to track down other people they believed to be gay, according to accounts of members of the LGBT community who lived under ISIS. Over three years, dozens of LGBT people were killed under ISIS’s rule, and many others fled.

In its statement, TQILA also accuses Christian conservatives of attacking the LGBT community.

But Kurdish forces treat women and men equally in its ranks, something not seen in many militaries across the world. They also have all-Kurdish women units and even recently set up training academies in the hope of creating the first all-Arab women unit in its forces.

The TQILA statement says there is a “revolution in Rojava,” in reference to the semi-autonomous region in northern Syria that the Kurds hope to create. It will welcome all peoples and serve as a functioning democracy in a region more accustomed to theocracy and autocracy.

The Kurdish-Arab coalition, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, of which the YPG is a dominant player, is besieging ISIS in its de facto capital of Raqqa in eastern Syria. The SDF forces have captured more than a quarter of the city's neighborhoods, wrestling them back from ISIS despite the threat of suicide car bombs, sniper fire and booby traps.

If the jihadi group loses Raqqa, it would mark the end of its control of the largest population center in its possession after the fall of Mosul in northern Iraq earlier this month. The group still controls the eastern Syrian cities of Deir Ezzor and al-Mayadin.

It is unclear how deeply entrenched the LGBT unit is in the battle for Raqqa. But if the new battalion can help deal one of the final blows to the caliphate, it would be the sweetest of victories for members of the LGBT community who have suffered at the hands of ISIS. In that event, the group plans to mark the community where the symbols of ISIS once stood, Rojhilat says. "We will fly TQILA's flag, the IRPGF's flag and the rainbow flag!"

Source: Newsweek, Jack Moore, July 24, 2017
| July 26, 2017 |

breaking News: Cop Walk In The Philando Castile Murder! - News Paper

Dirty cop walks in the death of a Black motorist.
When will there ever be justice?

It's going to get hot! I mean it's going to get hot!

I'm fucking pissed.

Another dirty cop walks. Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who shot Philando Castile after a routine traffic pullover was found not guilty in the manslaughter. Even though it was recorded on camera by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, the jury found Yanez not guilty of his death.

A White jury believed that Yanez was doing his job.

Valarie Castile is furious. She said that Yanez better watch his back cause it's a coming!

This decision on Friday really got me heated. I am already upset with a lot of things, but another dirty ass cop gets off with murder. Ten white jurors and two alternatives who were Black said this decision was right.

"I'm mad as hell right now. My son loved this city, and this city killed my son," said Castile. "The system continues to fail Black people, and it will continue to fail you all. Like I said, because this happened with Philando, and when they get done with us, they are coming for you and all your interracial children."

Yanez was charged in November for the death of Castile after he stopped for a taillight. In the 911 audio he claimed that Castile was a figure with a wide-set nose and wanted to run plates to see if he was up to no good. Castile had a gun permit.

Yanez shot Castile seven times in front of Reynolds and her child. The reckless endangerment charge ended in a not guilty.
Valarie Castile is furious the jury found that dirty cop not guilty.

Yanez broke down in tears during the trial saying that he felt his life was in danger.

Reynolds also went public about this.

"I am incredibly disappointed with the jury's verdict. My boyfriend, Philando Castile, was pulled over, because, per Officer Yanez, he had a wide nose and looked like a suspect. He did nothing but comply with Yanez's instructions to get his driver's license. He was seatbelted and doing as he was told, when he was shot by Yanez who fired 7 shots into the vehicle where my 4 year old daughter and I also sat. It is a sad state of affairs when this type of criminal conduct is condoned simply because Yanez is a policeman. God help America."

Deliberations lasted for five days. The jury at first was deadlocked but they went forth to continue deliberation. Jurors were spending a lot of time trying to decide on what is "culpable negligence."

The system continues to fail Black America.

I am very angry. I am tired of watching Black men die under police fire.


from World News Today
breaking News: Cop Walk In The Philando Castile Murder! - News Paper

Breaking News: The Significant Issues With Bill Salus' 'Gap Theory' - News Today

Depiction of the Seven Seals Scroll of Revelation 5:1

16 June 2017:
 Is there something in the water? One has to wonder when a growing number of prophecy teachers slide into teaching things which the Holy Spirit immediately recoils from as being inconsistent with the discernment He has always provided. The bottom line here is that, and this is said in the brotherly love of Christ Jesus: such teaching is man-made and is not of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, in prayerful dealing with this issue I was led by the Spirit to 1 Peter 4: 7-11.

The issue at the head here is that our brother Bill Salus has been teaching things which are contrary to the above linked passage from Peter, and contrary, in my view, to Revelation 22:18-19. 

A recent advertisement heralded across the web by Bill Salus "Revealed Tonight on National TV - The Nation Discovers What The Bible Reveals is the True Content of the False Covenant Between Israel and the Harlot of Mystery Babylon." The program was a pre-recorded discussion between Gary Stearman and Bill Salus on Gary's half-hour Prophecy Watchers program. 

In all actuality the program is a discussion on Bill's beliefs (i.e. "I believe") in which the unstated details require the reader to purchase Bill's most recent book in order to read about them. We are asked up front to accept as fact that what is stated by Bill is correct exegesis, even though he acknowledges that our likely reaction to the theory he puts forward is a rather lengthy stretch from proper hermeneutic of the various prophecies discussed. The YouTube version of half-hour program is linked above.

Readers who've long been visiting Eschatology Today know there are two types of prophetic interpretation and they are diametrically opposed to each other. The two types are (1) proper exegesis, which solidly rests upon careful, objective study as well as one or more gifts of the Holy Spirit for discernment, and (2) eisegesis, which is based on a very subjective personal reading of the prophetic text in which the author intends to lead the reader into the conclusion, or interpretation he has drawn. We know well the result of when the infallible Holy Spirit leads, and when the fallible man leads. The former is proper hermeneutic exegesis in communion with Scripture and the latter is personal eisegesis.

Three key points of what Salus teaches in this video are as follows. 

A) Bill Salus is teaching that there is an undetermined amount of additional time between the Harpazo of the bride of Christ and the start of the 70th Week (i.e. the confirming of the covenant among many by the Antichrist per Daniel 9:27). This is Salus' so-called 'Gap Theory' which theorizes an additional dispensation of time between the current Church Age and Israel's 70th Week.

B) Bill Salus is teaching that Jesus opens the first five of the Seven Seals prior to the start of the 70th Week; that the four horsemen of the apocalypse, (i.e Divine judgment), are loosed upon the world prior to the start of the 70th Week. This teaching also includes opening of the Fifth Seal which martyrs who have died for their faith in Christ Jesus prior to the advent of the 70th Week. This teaching destroys the integrity of the 70 Weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27.

C) Bill Salus is teaching that it is the Harlot of Revelation 17 and the rider of the fourth pale horse, ridden by Death and followed by Hades (Sheol), are "the many" who Israel makes a covenant with that is confirmed by the Antichrist for 7 years.

These three are primary points and are directly linked to other points, as mentioned before, which are not discussed at length in the video, and do require a monetary remittance in order to learn of them in the newest Bill Salus' book. I strongly disagree with our brethren having to pay for that which God has ostensibly revealed to us through Bill Salus' theory because it is an eisegesis until proven to be hermeneutic exegesis.

Here, in a nutshell - because this is a blog and not a book - is the problem with this teaching. Right from the start this teaching grossly violates the integrity of the God-breathed 70 Weeks prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27). I'm going to concentrate on this issue for the moment. 

The violation is that prior to the sequential string of Jesus' judgments on the earth (Seals, Trumpets, Bowls per Revelation 6, 8, 11 and 16) during the of 70th Week, according to Salus, our Lord Jesus cuts loose the Antichrist who immediately goes out conquering an to conquer; the red horse whose release triggers a world war; the black horse which is rampant monetary inflation and/or price gouging from the scarcity of commodities due to of global warfare and the interruption of global trade and commerce; and, finally the pale horse ridden by Death and followed by Hades, which are the results of the global war, starvation and death that consumes a quarter of the earth.

Why is this a problem? It is a problem because these are Jesus judgments occurring prior to the 70th Week. How did the angel Gabriel explain to Daniel what the specific purpose of the 70 Weeks was? Daniel 9:24. So how can there be judgment prior to the 70th Week. 69 weeks were completed, and leaves but one week, the 70th to fulfill the purpose of 70 Weeks, not 70 Weeks plus a year, or two years, three, four or more. 70 Weeks. This is how Bill Salus' current eisegesis attempts to destroy the God-breathed sanctity of the 70th Week. it is a horrendous thing to do in my opinion.

So here, according to Bill Salus, are 5 of 7 Seal Judgments occurring outside of and prior to the 70th Week. Then the Lamb of God opens the 6th and 7th Seals within the 70th Week. Continuity here, anyone? No, there is no continuity here. There is no integrity. Five seals of judgment upon the earth opened by the Lamb of God prior to, and two within along with the remainder of sequential Trumpet and Bowl judgments which occur uninterrupted. 

Then we have the problem of the 5th Seal occurring after the Rapture and prior to the 70th Week according to Bill Salus theory. In this aspect of his gap theory the Harpazo, {a/k/a the Rapture, and also known in Hebrew as the Laqach, i.e. the LORD God's taking of Enoch and Elijah} of the dead and living Bride of Christ has occurred. The physically dead in Christ have been raised to life in their new, immortal bodies and those alive on the earth were changed to their immortal bodies in the twinkling of an eye. In a microsecond of time all of the saints are now with Christ forever more. But wait... here prior to the 70th Week there's suddenly another group of martyred souls under the altar who've been murdered, martyred, for the word of God and their testimony. 

How can this be? The dead in Christ were raised to incorruptible bodies just prior to this point in the future, so who has murdered these redeemed Christian brethren enmasse because they've preached the word of God as their testimony? The cannot be the 144,000 as they've not yet been selected from the 12 tribes of Israel, nor can they be those 70th Week saints who are martyred for Christ during the 70th Week. So, who are these saints? Bill Salus has no answer for this equally critical flaw in his gap theory. Get that? A flawed theory. Since when does the Holy Spirit reveal flawed prophetic theories or interpretations to men? Simple answer brothers and sisters: He doesn't reveal flawed anything; His word and testimony are inerrant.

Another item. The 70th Week comes in two halves. 1,260 days each, for a total of precisely 2,520 days, which we are also told by Bible prophecy will be shortened in order that the 70th Week does not become a 7-year long extinction level event for human life on the earth. And by the way, there is a gap, two gaps in fact, but they both occur after the 70th Week has taken place. Gabriel also informed Daniel (Daniel 12:11-12) there would be an additional gap of 30 days (one additional month) followed by another gap of 15 more days, for a total gap of 45 days following the 70th Week. So, there's a 45-day gap at the end of the 70th Week according to the angel Gabriel. 
Here's something else that I find to be a problem with Salus' gap theory. He says the first five seals are opened before the 70th Week begins. Where in the God-breathed text of Revelation 5 or 6 is this stated with the certitude of Salus' assertion?
In Revelation 5 (read this carefully!) the scroll is seen by John in the right hand of God. This scroll is written on both sides of its surface. This means the entire scroll is one continuous document which is sealed with seven (also obviously visible to John) seals along its outer leading edge (see the image above).
The Lamb of God takes this sealed scroll from the right hand of God the Father who is seated on His throne. The 24 elders - who are redeemed men - then fall down in worship. 
Jesus the Lamb of God was worthy to look at, recieve and open the seven seals on the scroll upon His ascension into Heaven. 
John sees each Seal being opened by the Lamb, and as each of the first four Seals is opened each of the four living creatures tells John in sequence, "Come and see." And immediately John sees a vision of what is within the text of that Seal.  
The 5th and 6th Seals are revealed straight away to John, and they are, as the first four are, FUTURE EVENTS which take place during the 70th Week and NOT PRIOR TO IT! 
Also, there is Revelation 7:1-3 where all of the aforementioned Seals are held from occurring until AFTER the 144,000 of all Israel have had the Seal of God placed upon their forehead. 
This completes my refutation of Bill Salus' "gap theory."

Thinking cap time. As the prophet Isaiah wrote, "Come now, and let us reason together." Would not Gabriel have given Daniel detailed prophetic instruction from the LORD God of any gap of time (days, weeks, months or years)  to exist after the Harpazo but prior to the 70th Week? Would the angel Gabriel have withheld this kind of detail when such exquisite detail about the week and its immediate 45-day day aftermath were given?  And why, oh why, did the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul in II Thessalonians 2:3 not mention even a single word about a gap of time containing five Seal Judgments of the Lord Jesus Christ along with a Great Apostasy and full revealing of Antichrist in his own time? 

If you are like me, and many other of our brethren, the believing in and teaching of this kind of eschatology is very problematic, and we have strong objections to it. Aside of the above stated issues, my objection is centered first and foremost upon the sum of this erroneous teaching, taken from Revelation 5, 6, 7 and 17, and it is contrary to the warning given in Revelation 22:18-19. I do not intend to belabor this issue further, and would prefer to dust off my sandals and move forward in my own labors,. I prefer to allow the reader to determine what they will about this. 

Breaking News: The Significant Issues With Bill Salus' 'Gap Theory' - News Today

Breaking News: SU-30MKM Qualified to Drop GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Smart Bomb - News Paper

17 Juni 2017

GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Smart Bomb (photo : VPK)

Malaysia adapts Russian-built jets to drop US-made bombs

MELBOURNE, Australia — Malaysia has adapted its Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role combat aircraft to drop U.S. laser-guided bombs, with a successful release of a live weapon at the end of last year.

A video by the Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia, or Royal Malaysian Air Force, to celebrate its 59th anniversary showed a brief clip of a Su-30MKM dropping a 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided bomb, with the accompanying caption stating that the event happened in November 2016 at the service's weapons range at Kota Belud in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. 

The segment of the Su-30 dropping the GBU-12 has since been deleted from the video. 

It was unclear how the Air Force guided the weapon during the successful weapons release. Malaysia possesses the Thales Damocles surveillance and targeting pod for its Su-30MKMs, which it uses in conjunction with the Russian KAB-series of laser-guided bombs and Kh-29TE air-to-surface missile.

SU-30MKM drops GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided smart bomb (photo : Malaysia Military Power)

Alternatively, Malaysian special forces on the ground are able to designate targets using hand-held designators. 

The country also acquired six Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared pods in 2012 under a capability upgrade program for its eight Boeing F/A-18D Hornets. 

Malaysia operates a fleet of 18 Su-30MKMs alongside its Hornets as the Air Force's primary combat aircraft. The service's Sukhois are fitted with a mixture of Russian and Western systems, while Malaysia’s Hornets have previously employed the GBU-12 successfully against armed militants from the southern Philippines who had taken over the town of Lahad Datu, Sabah, in 2013. 


Breaking News: SU-30MKM Qualified to Drop GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Smart Bomb - News Paper

Breaking News: Raytheon Gets Contract for Production of AIM-9X Bock II Missiles for Indonesia and Others - News Paper

16 Juni 2017

AIM-9X Block II AAM (photo : Air Recognition)

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $82,818,665 for modification P00029 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-C-0092) for procurement of 180 AIM-9X Block II all-up-round tactical full-rate production Lot 17 missiles for the Air Force (52); Navy (8); and the governments of Poland (93); Indonesia (14); Romania (10); and Belgium (3).  

In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 19 captive air training Missiles for Air Force (11); and the Navy (8); 50 AIM-9X missile containers for the Air Force (14); Navy (1); Marine Corps (1); and the governments of Poland (26); Indonesia (4); Romania (3); and Belgium (1); three special air training missiles for the Marine Corps’ Harrier program; two spare active optical target detectors for the Air Force; two spare tactical guidance units (live battery) for the Air Force; two spare captive air training missile guidance units (inert battery) for the Air Force; seven spare active optical target detector containers for the Air Force (6) and Navy (1); four guidance unit containers for the Navy (2) and Air Force (2); and associated lots of spares for the Navy, Air Force and government of Poland.

(US DoD)

Breaking News: Raytheon Gets Contract for Production of AIM-9X Bock II Missiles for Indonesia and Others - News Paper

Breaking News: First Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart Accepted by Defence - News Paper

17 Juni 2017

HMAS Hobart-39 Air Warfare Destroyer  (all photos : Aus AWD)

Osborne Naval Shipyard. Today, the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Alliance celebrated the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first destroyer, Hobart, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia.

Hobart is the first of three destroyers being built and integrated by the AWD Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC with support from Navantia. In the coming months, Hobart will transit from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) later this year.

AWD Alliance General Manager Paul Evans said today’s provisional acceptance is a testament to more than 5,000 Australian shipbuilders and systems integrators who have worked on the AWD program over the past decade.

“Ten years ago, the AWD Alliance was formed to undertake the complex task of designing, constructing, integrating and testing a new class of warships for Australia. Along the way, we have created an entire workforce of highly skilled Australian shipbuilders, program managers and systems integrators.”

The importance of this workforce was reinforced by AWD Program Manager Commodore (CDRE) Craig Bourke. “I am proud to see our workforce meeting the program’s cost and schedule targets since the implementation of the Government’s successful reform initiative.”

“With Hobart entering service later this year, the Royal Australian Navy will gain an extremely capable surface combatant capability – one which will provide new levels of safety across an entire task force. Hobart will also allow our Navy to work more closely with our allies than ever before, because of its combination of US and Australian technology,” said CDRE Bourke.

CDRE Bourke also commended the Defence industry involvement in the AWD program over the past decade as a true example of industry’s shift to becoming a fundamental input into capability.

The AWD Alliance industry participants also expressed their pride in today’s achievement, including ASC Shipbuilding Chief Executive Officer, Mark Lamarre. “Delivery of the first destroyer Hobart represents the contribution of over 1,500 dedicated and highly skilled shipbuilders, working together over more than a decade to deliver the RAN a potent new air warfare capability,” he said.

“ASC Shipbuilding and our skilled workforce are immensely proud of building the Hobart ship platform, which successfully completed all sea trials with flying colours and will be critical to Hobart and its crew serving safely and effectively. It is another successful milestone on the AWD journey proving the highly skilled and professional naval capability that exists here in South Australia,” said Mr Lamarre.

Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward acknowledged the significance of today’s event, commenting on the contribution of AWD’s combat systems integration workforce. “As the combat systems integrator for the AWD program, Raytheon Australia has applied its highly skilled Australian workforce of 350 architects, systems engineers and project managers to the AWD project over the last decade,” he said.

“The AWD’s combat system integration activities represent some of the most advanced engineering and project management skills in this country. It is extremely satisfying that our strong investment in local capabilities has contributed so much to this provisional acceptance milestone today.

“Raytheon Australia is responsible for the integration of ten major subsystems, including the Aegis Weapon System, which is provided through Foreign Military Sales, and associated delivery of more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment required to establish the warfighting capability of the AWD. This will contribute to making the AWD the most lethal and sophisticated warship ever operated by the RAN.

“The success of the combat system integration activity is a source of tremendous pride for Raytheon Australia. Not only have we performed admirably on this project but we have built for Australia a national asset in combat system integration,” said Mr Ward.

Finally, Managing Director Navantia Australia Paco Barón also praised the Alliance team on their achievement today. “Navantia Australia is proud to be part of this magnificent Australian naval shipbuilding milestone. Our team, working together with the Alliance, has contributed significantly to this great achievement,” he said.

“The acceptance of Hobart by the Commonwealth signifies what can be undertaken by Australian industry and bodes well for future shipbuilding programs in this country,” said Mr Barón.

(Aus AWD)

Breaking News: First Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart Accepted by Defence - News Paper

Breaking News: Repressing Radicalism

Breaking News: REPUBLICANS GO ON OFFENSIVE: Call for Special Counsel to Investigate A.G. Lynch - News Paper

By Tyler Durden
Last night, after Trump launched yet another furious tweetstorm intended to expose the double standard applied in the Hillary investigation compared to the Russia probe, we noted that Republicans might be well served to stop sitting around twiddling their thumbs and actually go on the offensive against an investigation that has obviously morphed into mass hysteria courtesy of free-flowing leaks from a conflicted "intelligence community" intent upon bringing down a presidency.  Here's what we said:

Of course, until someone within the Trump administration or Republican Party smartens up and calls for the appointment of a 'Special Counsel' to look into Hillary's email scandal, something that should have been done long ago, and not for retaliatory reasons but simply due to Comey's and AG Lynch's blatant mishandling of the investigation (a point which Deputy AG Rosenstein obviously agreed with), the Democrats have no reason to calm their mass hysteria.  Then, and only then, do we suspect that Hillary might just be able to 'convince' her party to exercise some form of reasonable judgement.

Now, according to a note this morning from The Hill, Republicans seem to be doing just that with several members of the GOP calling on the Special Counsel to look into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch illegally meddled in the Hillary investigation when she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix and/or instructed Comey to refer to his case as a "matter" rather than an "investigation."

Rather than wasting resources on investigating Trump, the GOP says the special counsel must look into whether former attorney general Loretta Lynch meddled with the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. Comey testified that Lynch told him to downplay the seriousness of the FBI’s email server investigation.

For those who missed it, here is Comey's testimony in which he confirms that Lynch "directed" him to refer to the Hillary email case as a "matter" rather than an 'investigation"...not to mention that ill-advised meeting with Bill Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac just days before the Justice Department was set to announce the results of their investigation.

Now, and perhaps because of a recent attack which targeted Republicans and in which the shooter seemed to be fueled by rage from largely fake, anonymously-sourced new stories, it appears that the GOP is finally starting to push back.

"These special counsels have a way of going off the rails,” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.) told The Hill. “And the ostensible purpose of the special counsel has now been essentially vitiated and everybody knows that. And so they've got to try to find something to do. In this case, it was almost the intent from the beginning to try to create something out of nothing. And it doesn't work in physics, but in politics it seems to be pretty effective."

"This is the most coordinated communications effort on behalf of the president that we’ve seen in a long time,” said Barry Bennett, a former adviser to Trump. “They need it — it’s tough to fight nameless, faceless quotes from people purposefully twisting these stories on you.”

Trump’s lead outside counsel, Mark Kasowitz responded to the Post story by decrying the “illegal” leaks, which he said had come directly from the FBI.

Jay Sekulow, a new member of Trump’s legal team, went on Fox News Channel to say that the leaks may have come from inside Mueller’s special counsel. Sekulow asked why the FBI is “not sending agents to people’s houses” to put an end to it.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee, which chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has described as the “political arm” of the White House, has led the effort to cast doubt on the special counsel investigation.

Of course, Trump has been fairly direct and open with his feelings about the ongoing "witch hunt."

Meanwhile, as we noted earlier this morning, even Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has grown weary of the constant leaks and what they mean for the credibility of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation....which seems to have prompted him to release the following statement:

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.

Of course, it's only a matter of time until the Washington Post uses to the Republican fury to allege guilt...afterall, why would they attempt to fight back if they're innocent?  Surely it can't have anything to do with the barrage of anonymously-sourced, fake news stories released daily with the sole intent of bringing down a Republican President while never producing a shred of actual evidence. 

Read more at Zero Hedge.

from Doug Ross @ Journal
Breaking News: REPUBLICANS GO ON OFFENSIVE: Call for Special Counsel to Investigate A.G. Lynch - News Paper

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Breaking News: The Latest from Palestine - News Paper

Breaking News: Watch Selena Gomez's 'Bad Liar' Music Video With Lyrics - News Paper

 'Bad Liar' Music Lyrics -

I was walking down the street the other day
Tryna distract myself
But then I see your face
Oh wait, that's someone else
Ohh, tryna play it coy
Tryna make it disappear
But just like the battle of Troy
There's nothing subtle here
In my room there's a king size space
Bigger than it used to be
If you want you can rent that place
Call me an amenity
Even if it's in my dreams
Ooh you're taking up a fraction of my mind
Ooh every time I watch you serpentine
Oh I'm try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Oh try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Not to think about you
No, no, no, no
Not to think about you
No, no, no, no
Oh I'm try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Oh try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Not to give in to you
No, no, no, no
Not to give in to you
With my feelings on fire
Guess I'm a bad liar
I see how your attention builds
It's like looking in a mirror
Your touch like a happy pill
But still all we do is fear
What could possibly happen next?
Can we focus on the love?
Paint my kiss across your chest
If you're the art, I'll be the brush
Ooh you're taking up a fraction of my mind
Ooh every time I watch you serpentine
Oh I'm try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Oh try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Not to think about you
No, no, no, no
Not to think about you
No, no, no, no
Oh I'm try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Oh try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Not to give in to you
No, no, no, no
Not to give in to you
All of my feelings on fire
Guess I'm a bad liar
And oh baby let's make reality, actuality, a reality
Oh baby let's make reality, actuality, a reality
Oh, oh, I'm try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Oh try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Not to think about you
No, no, no, no
Not to think about you
No, no, no, no
Oh I'm try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Oh try in', I'm try in', I'm try in'
I'm try in', I'm try in'
Not to give in to you
No, no, no, no
Not to give in to you
With my feelings on fire
Guess I'm a bad liar

from Filmy Wiki
Breaking News: Watch Selena Gomez's 'Bad Liar' Music Video With Lyrics - News Paper

Breaking News: Watch First Official Trailer Of 'Daddy's Home 2' - News Paper

Paramount Pictures has just dropped the first trailer of upcoming flick "Daddy's Home 2". The over-2-minute video trailer features Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the on-screen dads of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell respectively.
'Daddy's Home 2' is sequel of 2015 "Daddy's Home" is directed by Sean Anders. The upcoming comedy flick 'Daddy's Home 2' is set to be released on November 10,2017.

from Filmy Wiki
Breaking News: Watch First Official Trailer Of 'Daddy's Home 2' - News Paper

Breaking News: Watch 'Haseena Parkar' Flick Official Teaser - Shraddha Kapoor - News Paper

Here's the official teaser of Shraddha Kapoor upcoming flick 'Haseena Parkar'. The flick directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Haseena was better known as “Aapa”- a name that sent shivers in Mumbai’s Nagpada area. The flick 'Haseena Parkar' is a true story based on the life and times of the sister of Dawood Ibrahim.

The film trailer will release on 13th July. The film 'Haseena Parkar' hits the big screen on 18th August 2017.

from Filmy Wiki
Breaking News: Watch 'Haseena Parkar' Flick Official Teaser - Shraddha Kapoor - News Paper

Breaking News: Watch Indu Sarkar Official Trailer - Neil Nitin Mukesh | Kirti Kulhari - News Paper

Here's the official trailer of Madhur Bhandarkar’s next project 'Indu Sarkar'. The film featuring Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher, Parvin Dabas, Zakir Khan, Tota Roy Chowdhary, Supriya Vinod and Sheeba Chaddha in lead roles.

The film 'Indu Sarkar' is set in the 1970s when the Emergency was announced in India. Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh playing a role of Sanjay Gandhi. Music of the film composed by Anu Mallik. Indu Sarkar is slated to hit the big screen on 28th July.

from Filmy Wiki
Breaking News: Watch Indu Sarkar Official Trailer - Neil Nitin Mukesh | Kirti Kulhari - News Paper

Breaking News: New Russian "Cauldron" Developing in S.Syria.... Plus: Putin "Stones" The West Part IV - News Paper

Vladimir Putin and Oliver Stone with Translator between 

Looking at today's headlines, it appears that Russia is responding militarily to the US's continued insouciance as exhibited in the Congress imposing even more sanctions on Russia yesterday.  Russia revealed today that it killed the ISIS leader in Syria:

Russia claims to have killed ISIS leader in Syria

So, if the leader is now dead and ISIS on the run...what further need is there for the US and it's "coalition" to be fighting ISIS in Syria..where it was not invited, has no legal (under international law) right to be and where it has been targeting the military of the sovereign, internationally recognized government of Syria?  Is the US a Rogue government?  Is the Pope a Catholic? as we used to rhetorically ask (even THAT is not assumed anymore as deposed "Benny the Rat" was more likely Jewish).

Today we read that ISIS also travelling under the identity DAESH, is absent in the area of southern Syria where the US has become isolated and surrounded by SAA and Russian troops.  Rather than pack up and go home, the US has ordered and set up HIMARS  multiple-launch rocket systems from Jordan.  In the absence of the terrorists, who are these rockets targeting?  You might well ask.

Here is the report and H/T Alethonews

Daesh Absent in Area of US’ HIMARS Artillery Deployment in Syria – Lavrov

Sputnik – June 16, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the US military moves, pointed to the near absence of Daesh or other terrorist groups in the vicinity of the HIMARS’ staging area.

The United States transferred on Wednesday two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) multiple-launch rocket systems from Jordan. The systems were deployed at the US special operations forces base near al-Tanf located 11 miles from the Jordanian border.The Russian military is analyzing the US deployment of artillery systems in southern Syria where terrorist groups are said to be virtually absent, Lavrov said Friday.

“The Russian military is naturally analyzing everything that is happening in this country, including taking into account the channel that we have with the US to prevent unintentional incidents,” Lavrov said at a briefing.

“In this area, there are practically no Daesh units and the deployment there of such serious weapons, which are not particularly suitable to combat Daesh… will not ensure the stability of communication channels between government and pro-government forces in Syria and their partners in neighboring Iraq,” he said.

With the recent Ukraine 2014 civil war [Dalbetsevo cauldron] as a clear example...this is exactly the strategy that Russia loves to pursue....setting up a "cauldron" around the enemy.  Militarily encircling it and then just sitting back and the enemy runs out of supplies, is exposed to the elements of nature...and "withers on the vine".  At the same time, the "cauldron" is a very dangerous the enemy could well panic and try to force its way out of the "cauldron".   Remember, USrael insanely believes itself to be omnipotent, infallible, undefeatable, the works.   USrael is so crazy that it doesn't even believe that Russia exists...much less poses a military threat.

Speaking of Russia, I watched the last episode of the four part documentary, Oliver Stone's Putin Interviews last night.  While it was not as riveting as Part 3, Part four did have some new information...but it also had some repeated portions of the previous episodes.  Here are my notes on the final chapter:

-  In my previous review of Part III I forgot to describe Putin bringing Stone into the Russian "Situation Room" where the Russian leaders have "real time" face to face (via live TV).  I believe that Putin did this as a response to Stone making him watch "Dr. Strangelove"...where the US "situation room" is prominently featured.  Putin looked very serious as he discussed military matters with the Russian General on the big screen.  I believe he was actually enjoying himself and humourously creating a satire of the American stereotypical belief system about Russia.  In that regard, Part IV does bring out Putin's keen sense of humour.  Perhaps [like Canada did decades ago see, for example, the works of actor James Carrey] Putin has come to understand that the best way to get through to Americans is via humour and satire!  But more about that later.

- A lot of Part IV was focused on cyber warfare, past, present and future.  Of course, Stone and Putin revisited the canard that the Russians "hacked" the 2016 US Federal Election.  Again Putin denied and used logic to try and convince Americans that it was not worth it to Russia to hack the election...because US policies wouldn't change anyway.  Of course, logic means nothing to Americans.

- Then Stone brought up Snowden and referred to the movie he has made about Snowden where Snowden describes going to Japan and being involved in CIA programs there that actually hacked into the Japanese power grid and inserted viruses that would, should Japan ever try to break out of its US military occupation, cause the electricity to fail, etc. etc.  He suggested to Putin that if the US was willing to do that to an "ally", what might Russia have to fear from a similar "cyber-warfare" attack?

- Putin generally laughed it off "Russians aren't afraid to be in the dark".  Stone was clearly upset that he was not getting through to Putin on this issue.  He then brought up the "Stuxnet" virus that USrael had inserted into the Iranian nuclear facilities a few years ago.  Again Putin was non plussed.  Of course, I was waiting for Stone to mention that the Stuxnet virus also found its way into the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan and caused it to melt down...leading to the ongoing environmental crisis that the world faces today.  But this did not come up...perhaps both Stone and Putin decided "not to go there".  But Stone did again verbally challenge Putin with evidence that the US DID attack the Russian banking system immediately after the US election...and certain US leaders (Joe Biden and Obama himself) even alluded to this attack and promised retaliation for the supposed "Russian hacking".  At this point, Putin clammed up.  He would not confirm or deny the US cyber attack on Russian banks.  Ah Ha! said Stone:  "You're hiding something!"  Suffice it to say, there was an awful lot NOT said about the potential of cyber warfare in the future.

- Finally, there was more effort to ferret out information from Putin of his electoral plans for the future.  Some of this was repeated footage from earlier episodes.  But it did impact me as to the kinds of decisions that Putin needs to make very the Russian election is in 2018, next year.  The camera zoomed in on Putin's wrist watch just before Stone asks him about his personal wealth.  USrael has always accused Putin of having "expensive tastes" and used his wrist watch collection as an example.  Putin denied having secret bank accounts in Cyprus or anywhere else and scoffed at the suggestion by Stone that he is "the richest man in the world".  Again, Putin tried vainly to use "logic" against the American lies...saying that there are some things more valuable than money and you can't have pockets in a coffin....but, again as money is the God in USrael, these logical arguments won't hold water in the West.

- The last scene in the documentary has movie director Stone trying to direct "actor" Putin in an elaborate scene where they "meet for the first time" in a sumptuous Palace ballroom, full of gilt and chandeliers and frescos on the wall.  Putin is supposed to emerge through a huge, ornate doorway.  As requested...Putin goes to the other room.  Stone shouts "Action!" nothing happens...he shouts "ACTION!" again.  Still Putin does not emerge.  But another camera on Putin's side of the door captures him standing and smiling broadly.  He turns and winks at the camera. Back on the other side, Stone, clearly annoyed, says to his translator.  "Shout ACTION! in Russian."  The Translator obeys and Putin emerges through the doorway...carrying two coffee cups.  Stone collapses in laughter.  Putin says "Do you take cream and sugar?"

- Putin is a very quick study.  He has learned that the only way to reach Americans is through their funny bone.  This was shown just yesterday when Putin said in a TV call in Question and Answer Session with Russians that "Former FBI director James Comey is welcome to seek asylum in Russia if he needs to."

- The Final Interview is wrapping up and Stone and Putin are saying their goodbyes and hugging each other and shaking hands with the filming technicians.  As they shake hands for the last time, Putin asks Stone:  "Have you ever been beaten?"  Stone looks perplexed...he does not know what Putin is driving at.  Finally he understands when the translator asks,  "You know, have you ever been beaten up?"  Stone admits "Yes, I guess I have."  Putin gets in the last word when he says:  "Good!  You have experience, then...because you will surely be beaten up [once this Documentary is released to the public.]"

True enough, Oliver Stone is making the TV night show rounds and recently, pathetic Steven Colbert...who is still in therapy after Hilary's electoral loss...tried to ridicule are the details.

Colbert makes ASH of himself over Stone's Putin Interviews

BTW, when I use the word "ASH" to describe self-denigrating behavior...I am not trying to censor myself from using ASS.  I really do mean that the individual is reducing himself to an ash, a cinder, through behavioural self-immolation.

from Greencrow As The Crow Flies
Breaking News: New Russian "Cauldron" Developing in S.Syria.... Plus: Putin "Stones" The West Part IV - News Paper

Breaking News: WI ignores lessons of self-inflicted MI water tragedies - News Paper

It's pretty clear that Wisconsin state officials in charge of providing clean water don't follow the news in neighboring Michigan.

So consider this post a public service announcement for Wisconsin GOP politicians who have just created a new method to block, even permanently, state agency rules like the one which was supposed to keep contaminating phosphorous out of state rivers, lakes and streams.

Right-wing Wisconsin GOP Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill into law written by special-interest controlled GOP legislators which further embeds Walker's "chamber of commerce mentality" direction of state environmental oversight by allowing Legislators to block certain state agency rules and even keep them frozen without implementation forever.

Supporters of the bill, which include Republicans and business groups, have said it would have prevented environmental-protection rules that proved costly to businesses, such as the state Department of Natural Resources’ 2010 phosphorus rule.
Note that the so-called phosphorous rule put in place after years of stakeholder negotiation was already watered-down by the Legislature and Walker to give phosphorous-dumping agencies decades more time to comply with clean water standards.

So it is not surprising that there is still a large phosphorous-related dead zone in Lake Michigan as well as a marked increase in the number of impaired rivers reported to the federal government, reported by this blog, here.

So to the Walkerite special-interest captives now running state government who have again intentionally used their positions to enable or otherwise tolerate water pollution in state rivers, streams - - 
- - and groundwater which flows into wells, some recommended relevant news from neighboring Michigan you might have missed but which you ought to read very closely, and that you should file under 'with governing comes responsibility.'
5 Michigan Officials Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Connection With Flint Water Crisis
I'm not saying there is perfect equivalency between what happened in Flint and what is going in Wisconsin's Kewaunee County, for example, where the state has not moved aggressively against known, long-standing drinking water contamination - - 
Complete DNR fail: Massive fecal pollution in Kewaunee County wells
 - - and where lax pollution inspections and enforcement has been organized against by citizens and advocates, and documented - -
 State audit finds DNR ignoring own rules on water pollution
- - but the Michigan tragedy with multiple victims which will linger for years is certainly a lesson in personal responsibility, smart policy-making and the unintended consequences public policy failure.

And the words of the son of a Michigan woman who died as a result of official state action as alleged should be taken as gospel by all public officials in charge of clean water, public health and people's safety:
To the defendants, he said, “you’re responsible for the well-being of other people, you can’t just negate that duty and stand by idly and watch to see if something bad happens.”

from The Political Environment
Breaking News: WI ignores lessons of self-inflicted MI water tragedies - News Paper

Breaking News: Retired police officer arrested for raping a 9 year old.#photo - News Today

 A retired police officer, Christopher Archibong has been arrested and detained at the Mbukpa Police station for allegedly raping a 9-year old girl in Calabar, Cross River State.

Speaking to CrossRiverWatch, the mother of the victim, Mrs. Peace Edem Okon said she had gone to the market and left instructions with the victim to wash the clothes of her siblings and upon her return discovered that something foul had happened.

“When I got back I discovered that my daughter wasn’t herself, all efforts to make her tell me what was wrong were futile. Then the younger ones told me that blood was coming out from her bottom. I was surprise and thought she had started seeing her period. It was when I bought pad and tried helping her fix it that I discovered it was mucus, and upon persuasion she told me what happened”. 
In her statement, the victim said that on May 31, 2017 after when her mother left for the market, the accused came and asked about the whereabouts of her parents. She told him they had gone out. 

“So (he) told me to come and pick some firewood. So as I went to pick the firewood, he came and held me to the ground and climbed on me," the statement reads.
She screamed and said she was going to tell her mother but the accused threatened that he will kill her.
"You will sleep and will not wakeup" he told her and then unzipped his trouser and raped her.
The victim said when the mother came and saw her and asked what has happened she was scared to speak-up as the accused had threatened that she would die and she only told her mother “because my mother wanted to die”.
Mrs. Theresa Okpa of Basic Rights Council (BRCI), the law firm handling the case said that the family of the victim fears the case may be compromised, especially as the accused is a former Police officer.

She added that the Ministry of Women Affairs and the Commissioner are already involved and aware of the case as the organization will do all it can do make sure this particular case is not swept under the carpet.

The medical report Form D5 of the victim obtained by CRW shows that the child was defiled.
Meanwhile, the matter has been moved to the State Criminal Investigation Department.a

from Welcome to Kemi's Blog.
Breaking News: Retired police officer arrested for raping a 9 year old.#photo - News Today

Breaking News: Oliver Stones "Die Putin-Interviews" - News Paper

Oliver Stone (71) ist ein bekannter US-amerikanischer Regisseur, Drehbuchautor und Produzent, der vor allem für politische Filme bekannt ist. Er wurde dreimal mit dem Oscar ausgezeichnet. Sein letzter Spielfilm als Produzent war "Snowden" mit Joseph Gordon-Levitt in der titelgebenden Rolle, der 2016 in die Kinos kam. Neben seinen Spielfilmen hat er auch aussergewöhnliche Interviews mit Staatspräsidenten geführt, die im Westen und speziell von den Politikern und Medien in den USA verhasst sind. So wie die Interviews mit Hugo Chavez und Fidel Castro. In seiner neuesten Interview-Reihe befragte er ausführlich den russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin. Insgesamt kamen 19 Stunden an Aufnahmen zusammen, die über die letzten zwei Jahre mit Putin gemacht wurden. Kritiker sagen, Stone würde die Politiker zu gut aussehen lassen und ihre Position mit seinen Interviews verteidigen. Diesmal sei es wieder so.

"Ich offeriere keine Verteidigung von Putin. Ich ging aus Neugier dorthin und ich lass ihn für sich sprechen. Ich sage den amerikanischen Bürgern: Hört zu, wenn er so gefährlich ist, wie sie sagen, lasst uns den Mann anhören und schauen wir ob wir verstehen was er will, denn ihr gebt verdammt viel von eueren Steuergelder an dieses Verteidigungsministerium, um dessen Muskeln mit Steroiden aufzubauen, gegen eine vermeintliche russische Bedrohung, und wir zeigen auf, und wie Putin aufzeigt, sein Verteidigungsbudget ist ca. 10 Prozent von unserem. Weniger, wahrscheinlich, angesichts der versteckten schwarzen Operationen die wir betreiben. Nein, ich verteidige Putin nicht. Er verteidigt sich selber. Ich richte eine Kamera auf ihn."

So, jetzt könnt ihr übers ganze Wochenende ein langes und sehr interessantes Interview mit Präsident Putin in mehreren Teilen geniessen, das euch einen noch nie gesehen Einblick in die Denkweise, Charakter, Karriere und Politik von Wladimir Putin ermöglicht. Schliesslich hat ja der deutsche Irre im Rollstuhl 2014 und die Satanistin Hillary Clinton 2016, Putin mit Hitler verglichen, und wir müssen sehen ob das wirklich stimmt.

from Alles Schall und Rauch
Breaking News: Oliver Stones "Die Putin-Interviews" - News Paper

Breaking News: Kiss singer seeks trade mark registration for hand gesture - News Paper

Graphic representation of the gesture enclosed in
Simmons' application before the USPTO
A cat glad to see that Simmons
did not apply for the registration
of dangling tongues
On Monday, the infamous Gene Simmons (better known for his work as the co-lead singer of the band Kiss) applied to the USPTO to register as a trade mark a hand gesture commonly known as the "devil's horns" on the rock scene. In the application, the sign is described as "a hand gesture with the index and small fingers extended upwards and the thumb extended perpendicular". The registration is sought in relation to the international class 41 targeting among other things "services having the basic aim of the entertainment, amusement or recreation of people" and the "presentation of works of visual art or literature to the public for cultural or educational purposes". The application further identified the types of services for which registration is sought as "entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist". 

More interestingly perhaps, is the claim made by Simmons that "the mark was first used by the applicant [him] or the applicant's related company or licensee or predecessor in interest at least as early as 11/14/1974, and first used in commerce at least as early as 11/14/1974". Simmons submitted an photograph of himself as evidence of his use of the sign. 

Gene Simmons performing "a hand gesture with the
index and small fingers extended upwards
and the thumb extended perpendicular" on stage
This claim is all the more surprising as the sign has enjoyed other meanings in different cultures before November 1974. Indeed, the gesture conveys "I love you" in some sing languages, or is used as a short-hand (no pun intended) for the adjective or expression "to be cheated on" in many Latin languages since the fifteenth century ("cocu" in French, "cornuto" in Italian). More damning perhaps is the slew of Twitter responses reminding Simmons of earlier uses of the mark in the context of entertainment, and indeed sometimes live performances by a musical artists. No other than John Lennon for his pose on the Beatles' cover of Yellow Submarine in 1966, and the band Coven for their album cover of Witchcraft released in 1969, have been called upon to dismiss Simmons's allegation. 

The application is currently with the USPTO, but it seems unlikely that the sign thus described will meet the requirement of distinctiveness, or survive dilution. Needless to say this Kat, as many other rock fans around the world, will keenly watch out for the decision of the USPTO.  

from The IPKat
Breaking News: Kiss singer seeks trade mark registration for hand gesture - News Paper
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