Neil deGrasse Tyson, a prominent pantsuit figure revered in their pseudo-Scienceitism, has been accused of giving the "bad touch" by several women emerging at the same time to alleged he touched them bad over a number of years (archived). Complicating the situation for Tyson, a few of the women allege he resorted to deploying drugs to get his Hot Cosby on.
A registered USG whistleblower who had turned over documents related to shennanigans involving the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One was raided by the FBI in November (archived). Dennis Nathan Cain had turned the documents over to the Department of "Justice" inspector general as well as the US House and Senate Intelligence committees, but that apparently wasn't enough for the FBI who, in apparent violation of the "Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act", showed up at his door demanding his original copies of the documents and searched his home a further 6 hours after he surrendered the documents. Federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher of the US District Court for Balimore signed an order approving the raid as the FBI asserted Cain was sitting on "stolen federal property".
The scandal upon which Crain blew the whistle involved Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State recieving obscured compensation from foreign parties in exchange for providing concierge service to facilitate regulatory approval of Rosatom's purchase of Uranium One.
A woman in Georgia was jailed on a 1 million USD bond for suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine after Monroe County sheriff's deputies found old crystalized blue cotton candy in her vehicle (archived). A roadside test made by Sirchie Acquisition Company suggested to the deputies that the mass of sugar and dye could, be methamphetamine. After the Georgia Bureau of investgation finally ran a more rigorous test on the substance months later it was determined to not be meth, but it still took a further two weeks for the elderly woman to be released from jail.
The "popular" node.js "event-stream" library was loaded with a module stealing from Bitpay's Copay Bitcoin wallet after creator and longtime maintainer Dominic Tarr handed maintenance over to an unknown identifying itself with the text string "right9ctrl" (archived). Before the handover right9ctrl made a couple of contributions to event-stream building rapport with Tarr. After getting the keys to the repository right9ctrl added a dependency in event-stream on a new "flatmap-stream" library which had been distributed in an encrypted form, which should itself have been a warning if anyone had been bothering to read code they run. Instead it took two months for supicions to emerge.
Bitpay's Copay wallet used the even-stream library, and Bitpay was not involved in raising the alarm over this grave subversion of their product.
France has errupted in protests against their elected president Macron. Mainstream sources are characterizing the protests as being centered around fuel prices though a cursory scan of banners being held by "yellow jacket" protesters present in photos by these same organizations suggest deeper disatisfactions are involved (archived).
Vice Magazine cofounder Gavin McInnes has quit and effectively disanded his "Proud Boys" after the FBI moved to classify the group as a right wing/white supremacy terrorist organization. The group known primarily for its ethnically diverse membership styled itself as a self improvement and self defense club for men, but fell into trouble with "law enforcement" for defending themselves against less capable aggressors during protests.
Upstart NASA launch services and vehicle contractor SpaceX, by Elon Musk, has found itself selected for an invasive comparative investigation of their safety culture against more established contractor Boeing (archived). While Musk's rocket venture has suffered growing pains and explosions in the past, the firm has managed to settle into a stable routine of launches at a pace and cost that is frankly humiliating for established legacy USG aerospace contractors including Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Conveniently for the takers these problems started when the venture began approaching a positive cash flow. ↩
The Tumblr app has been removed from the Apple App store over the Verizon subidary's hosting of child porn images (archived). As child pornography is at the same time a high priority USG prosecution target and only of interest as an article of consumption to "law enforcement" officers and bureaucrats, it remains to be seen how many cops and bureaucrats Verizon communications will give up for prosecution… provided their own executives manage to avoid lockup.
In a petition to the US District Court for Eastern Virginia, US Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger and Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer argue for issuing sealed charges in a case titled "United States of America v. SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI" with SEITU SULAYMAN KOKAYI presumably being a pseudonym for the defendant who may not be named. Except further down in the document a failure in redaction yields gold:
Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.
And a bit further down:
The complaint, supporting affidavit, and arrest warrant, as well as this motion and the proposed order, would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.
And so any order to seal the charges being leveled at Julian Assange is moot. If there are not already sealed charges against Assange in different pseudonymously obscured case, it can be assumed there will be in another regardless of the determination in this one. Full text below: Continue reading
After 17 years of refocusing to combat rural adversaries fighting as small units, and still more years of procurement boondoggles, a report commisioned by the United States congress suggested the US is positioned to lose wars against either Russia or China (archived). While the US is looking to procure Latino combat aircraft to counter the non-perforance of their decades long F-35 development disaster, it turns out that other countries were making procurement decisions on criteria other than how many congressional districts manufacturing can be spread across.