India and Pakistan are exchanging fire over their mutually disputed territory of Kashmir (archived). So far Pakistan is holding one captured pilot from India after downing two Indian planes which were allegedly striking targets on Pakistan's side of the contested territory. Both combatants are "liberal democracies" with parliamentry systems of goverment in the British tradition.
A constitutional referendum in Cuba passed with 86.85 percent of ballots in favor, 9 percent opposed, and 4.5 percent of ballots blank or spoiled.1 Opposition to the new consitution is being portrayed in the Anglophone press as not a preference for the old consitution, but a dislike for the crowd in power, who will remain in power under the new structure (archived).
Does "your" democracy report this last category of ballots or do they engage in voodoo to "intrepret the voter's intent" Florida style? ↩
A defendant in a Child Pornoraphy case, Brian James Laprath, has been offered a plea deal which will record a conviction for "money laundering" rather than downloading child pornography. Laprath bought Bitcoin off of a US based "exchange" and sent some 0.06 Bitcoin to a tor-based child pornograpy market where he then downloaded some videos. At some point US "law enforcement" perverts captured control of the site. The US Attorney's filing makes a big deal about Laprath sending "financial instruments" to South Korea, while Laprath and the USG counsel at his side appear to have simply been very happy to sign any papers at all to avoid a child pornography conviction. Nevermind in those same papers the right to resurrect the child porn charges at anytime is reserved by the US Attorney.
The papers are reproduced below not because the derp signing the papers is interesting, but to illustrate the USG's wishes and aspirations for Bitcoin: Continue reading
After closing the border with Brazil earlier this week, Venezuela has now closed its border with Colombia and further severed diplomatic and political ties, expelling Colombian embassy staff (archived). Venezuela's government is resisting efforts by the US departments of foreign meddling to build out destabilizing logistical infrastracture under the pretext of delivering humanitarian aid. While closing the border with Brazil, Venezuelan military forces reportedly engaged in a firefight against adversaries seeking to keep a border crossing open. The opposing force allegedly engaged during the firefight is being meme'd in Anglophone mainstream publications as "unarmed indigenous activists" (archived).
Kamala Harris, the current Pantsuit frontrunner for the opportunity to challenge US President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, has been damned by her own father over statements slandering the Jamaican people as prolific smokers of cannabis flowers (archived). Kamala's father Donald Harris stated to a Jamaican news outlet:
“My dear departed grandmothers(whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents , must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
Kamala is presently pursuing a campaign strategy of politely asking the US "Will you pretty please let me be your cool mommy?" She smoked/smokes weed and everything.
USG.Alphabet's Google department is trying to issue an apology for equiping a "home security" product marketed by their "Nest" brand with a secret, undeclared microphone (archived). They are claiming the secret surveillance microphone wasn't supposed to be a secret. After other parties independently discovered the microphone exists, Google quickly moved to enable intentional interactions on the part of the purchaser with the microphone and quietly updated all their marketing materials to acknowledge the microphone's existence.
Teachers in West Virginia are striking because they are outraged concessions they won in the form of pay increases and other personal incentives last year lead to a reduction of the rest of West Virginia's education budget this year (archived). Per the laws on the bookin West Virginia, teacher's strikes are illegal. This situation raises the serious question as to whether cause, effect, and finitude in the West Virginia curriculum?
The recently elected Socialist government of Spain has given the family of late Spanish leader Francisco Franco a mere 15 days to choose a new burial place for their beloved folllowing the passing of an "exhumation bill" (archived). Franco came power in 1939 to end the country's bloody civil war and maintained the peace through his death in 1975. Franco is presently interred in a memorial to the Spanish Civil War's dead which he ordered built as an act of atonement for the price he paid in Spanish lives to achieve peace. Meanwhile, the fellows who passed a bill to exhume this particular departed man benefit from living 80 years after that man stopped the bloodshed.
Amazon, a Jeff Bezos production, announced via the Washington Post, another Jeff Bezos production, that Amazon will not move forwards with developing a second headqueaters in New York City after several grand announcements saying they would (archived). The plan approved by New York governor Cuomo and New York mayor Bill De Blasio would have seen 3 billion USD in tax abatements and other incentives subsidize this tin woman of Jeff's after Jeff ran a national contest soliciting such offers and promises none of these cities would abide the tin woman passing his dick pic around to all her friends that aren't him (archived).
When the plan was announced last year it drew opposition on two fronts:
- The state and municipal legislative bodies were outraged that Bill De Blasio's New York could possibily need to pay a business to move there. New York is big! New York was important! Why do they have to now bribe businesses to choose New York over Kansas City?
- The people in the neighborhoods grew indignant that money and jobs would follow this development into their neighborhood. Their poor neighborhood would be doomed to GENTRIFY! It would become like all those other neighborhoods they can't afford.
Another Bezos Bezzle Bungle bites the dust.