Members of the House of Saud are floating a plan to separate Qatar from Arabia by constructing a canal near Qatar's border and then converting the space between the water and Qatar's border into a nuclear waste dump (archived). The United Arab Emirates has similarly whispered about the possibility of making a nuclear waste dump along their border with Qatar as well.
Numerous media outlets over the weekend began making a scandal out of Pope Francis's (Jesuit from Argentina) habit of extending mercy to high ranking officials of the Roman Church who themselves showed mercy to child molesters in their charge. Muted forms of this accusation have plagued Popes since the 1990's, but Francis finds himself in a vulnerable position after himself molesting the Roman Church and injecting it with more new poz than it has seen since the Vatican II debacle.
While it is too soon to predict an early end to the Argentine one-lunged wonder's papacy, this is the first time the mainstream pozz'd press has been pushed to criticize the man they once dubbed "Cool Pope" for his embrace of cultural marxism.
Reality Winner, a former NSA contract worker who made the mistake of leaking to Omidyar and Greenwald's honey trap The Intercept, has been sentenced to 63 months in prison after pleaing guilty. Reality Winner was identified through "anti-counterfeiting dots" which were helpfully preserved by The Intercept when they published pdf scans of the printed secrets she delivered to them.
Reality Winner will be spending her incarceration at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas at her own request. The length of the sentence is anomalously long for an unauthorized disclosure case. This demonstrates once again that a guilty plea is not a bargain.
Spyfone, a consumer targeted surveillance application has been found leaving data in an exposed "Amazon S3 Bucket" (TM)(R) (archived). Spyfone is marketed to consumers as a turnkey solution for monitoring their loved one's online activity, but the firm's storage practices offer the collected information to a far greater audience than the snooping consumer.
The Spanish Civil Guard shuttered a farm in Majorca, Spain which was breeding a number of endangered turtle species. More than one thousand sustainably bred and breeding turtles were captured in a move that the Gendarmie is calling a "rescue" (archived). A pet shop owner who allegedly assisted in the distribution of these sustainably farmed turtles was also arrested for their conservation efforts.
The fate of the captured turtles is unknown at this time, but it is unlikely to allow them to contribute to the perpetuation of their species as effectively as they did in this now shuttered conservation operation. Regardless of how prolifically they are bred by fiat sanctioned environmentalists, their children will be unable to contribute to relieving demand for wild caught members of their species.
Money laundering charges were also filed because these outlaw environmentalists had the audacity to use money without explicit permission from the local cabal of socialist scum that imagines such a thing can be required.
An investigation into the complete and systematic destruction of the US CIA's network of human assets in China which began in 2010 is pointing at the agency's communications system and hygeine as a substantial factor that aided the Chinese spy hunt (archived). The agency was afflicted by arrogance and lifted the system they had been using successfully in Middle East operations without giving much thought to the reality that China is an emerging power that managed to capture the bulk of the world's manufacturing within a generation, and perhaps China was more technologically sophisticated than the pashtuns embarassing them in the middle east.
The rapidly compromised spy communications network, arrogance concerning the security of the network, with the possible extra insult of one alleged defector broke the agency.
The criminal organization calling itself the United States Government has filed a lawsuit in its own courts against married couple Walter and M. Rae Olenick over their free operation of a radio station (archived). The couple operated Texas Liberty Radio until 2017 when they lost access to their broadcast tower. The lawsuit has come out of the USG's impotence to successfully extort money from the Olenick family over "penalties" it alleges the couple owes for for exercising their power to broadcast on the radio spectrum.
The couple used the radio station to broadcast content from Alex Jones, a social media personality who recently had all of his social media accounts banned or suspended in a coordinated action by the third parties he had been dependent on (archived).
The Bangkok post reports that 22 year old Finnish man Aarni Otava Saarimaa allegedly gave a fortune of 5564.4 Bitcoins to a group of Thai men offering him the opportunity to invest in an online casino and an altcoin project they dubbed "Dragon Coin" (archived). Reportedly the Thai men instead converted the fortune into 797 million bhat of which 745 million bhat made it into their bank accounts. In a very Tradehillesque move, many of those bhat were further converted to real estate.
Local police have arrested a number of Thai men for connection to the plot while others they would like to arrest have fled, including one to the United States. Local police are insisting that despite earlier local reports which alleged a number of local politicians were involved, there were no politicians involved in fingering the Finn's Fortune.
A story which circulated last month where a South Korean firm declared they found wreckage of a Russian warship containing tons of gold appears to have been an altcoin fraud with the firm planning to create an altcoin backed by non-existent sea gold (archived). The firm allocated a rather specific value to the sea floor find without actually providing evidence of the alleged find's size, and an affiliate in Signapore began issuing an altcoin against that value.
Numerous reports are alleging that supplies meant to provide for Puerto Ricans in the wake of last year's devastating hurricane strike on the island are rotting at local election commision offices (archived). Intended to have been distributed, many of the perishable supplies have rotted after sitting for a year under the watch of the election commisions. Relatedly, the Puerto Rican government has conceeded this week that Hurricane casualties numbered at least 1427 despite their official tally having sat at 64 for an entire year following the Hurricane's end. "Our Democracy" strikes again.