Metropolitan Police Sergeant Okechukwu Efobi plead guilty to 3 charges of under Airstrip One's 1990 "Computer Misuse Act" after he used his access to the police database to view information on investigations into himself (archived). For putting his own name into the system and seeing what resulted, Sergeant Efobi has been ordered to complete 150 hours of community service and pay the sum of 540 Pounds split between prosecution costs and a victim surcharge tax though he remains employed on restricted duty with the force.
As London finds its once central location in finance eroding due to government malfeasance, Poland is seeking to save its gold from Bank of England custody (archived). As the USG and UK move forward in entrenching their Axis of Insanity, New York and London are increasingly being seen as unsafe places to keep things of value by notoriously slow moving fiat would-be sovereigns. With the distinctly African turn of both former financial centers, it is only natural worry should build that distinctly African problems have a high likelihood of following.
British Marines near Gibraltar seized a ship allegedly carrying Iranian oil to Syrian (archived). The Brits are defending their theft as an act of "EU sanctions enforcement" despite Marines capturing a foreign vessel in transit from a nation outside the EU to another nation outside the EU, while the thieves themselves are Brexiting anyways.
Iran responded by summoning their British ambassador to explain that in the international law texts Iran has read, the EU sanctions against Syria are not only illegal and further Iran wouldn't have to recognize the sanctions even if they were "legal" through some twisted confusion of terms.
Thusly Major General Mohsen Rezaee of Iran's Revolutionary guard announced to the world that Iran has a duty to capture a British tanker ship.1
Should Britain actually have any oil tankers. ↩
As Intel is mired a mess wrought by more than two decades of "optimizations" that weren't, the firm is making of marketing push for a new interpretations and reimaginings of Moore's law reflecting the compound sadness since their 2016 resignation to produce slower future chips in the name of "energy efficiency" (archived).
Intel has been stuck producing all but a few chips on the 14 nm lithograpy process they started shipping in 2014, while all of their major competitors including Huawei, Samsung, and TMSC are shipping 7nm chips and enjoying a two generation lead in process nodes. In the PC and server markets, Intel has conceded the performance lead to AMD while the performance of existing Intel processors falls due to ongoing patches mitigating the "optimizations" which once gave Intel the "speed" crown.
Michelle Suárez, Uruguay's first trans-Senator has plead guilty to a variety of crimes relating to her legal practice including fraud and falsifying signatures of zher clients (archived). The communist former Frente Amplio Senator born in 1983 claims the titles of first trans-University graduate, first trans-lawyer, and first trans-holder of elected office in Uruguay. Zhe has been under house arrest since April 18, 2018 due to zher morbid obesity and diabetes making prison incarceration prohibitively expensive. Suárez's legal problems began shortly after zher October 2017 arrival in the Senate, a mere three months later Suárez resigned zher seat when the first forgery charges against her emerged. In the initial case zhe trans-signed a document reliquishing a father's parental and visitation rights forever. The objections of the father and the father's actual attorney lead to this ham's fall from the trough and the investigation of a number of Suárez's other frauds.
Per the plea agreement, Suárez faces another year of home detention followed by two years of probation during which zhe will be barred from public office and pursuing reinstatement of zher license to practice law.
Evidence is mounting that the bulk of the US pharmacopoeia full of quick fixes imposes an increased dementia risk with chronic use of the drugs (archived). At issue is the anti-cholinergic action where the problematic quick fix drugs antagonize the cholinergic nervous system. The problem spans from the seemingly innocuous over the counter antihistamines recommended for everything from allergies to a quick fix for sleep all the way to the US psycho-pharmacopoeia where nearly every drug in use carries substantial anti-cholinergic effects. Anything with a label indicating "dry mouth" as a side effect is usually going to have an anti-cholinergic effect. The association between regular use of anti-cholinergics and dementia is especially pronounced in cases where the patient with dementia is under 80 years of age.
FedEx has sued the US Department of Commerce and Madame Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross over the impossibility of complying with the full extent of USG export control regulations. In the filing FedEx swears that they have a sophisticated system for checking sender and recipient identities against the USG's restricted entity list, but that determining whether any particular item entrusted to them as a common carrier is export controlled presents an excessive burden such that effective checks would require them to discard any pretense of customer privacy while forcing them to violate other laws in the process.
FedEx further laments that in other contexts common carriers enjoy protection from liability with respect to the contents of the package they are conveying, but not in this case. Either FedEx implements a regime of intensive package inspection trying to comply with US export controls and in the process breaks numerous other laws in their global area of operations, or they perpetually sit exposed to liability if the USG catches something going through under their care in violation of US export controls. Thusly, FedEx seeks relief under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, because these burdens were placed upon them without due process. The full filing is below: Continue reading
As Canadian fiat/Bitcoin interface QuadrigaCX seeks bankruptcy relief in the wake of its founder dying with most of the keys, the monitor's latest report tells an almost Shaversesque tale of your loss. The monitor tells the tale of the late Mr. Cotten moving fiat and Bitcoin denominated funds freely from his platform and to other fiat/Bitcoin interfaces while using an accounting system completley opaque to the rest of his Quadrigans. The full report is presented in its entirety below: Continue reading
As Huawei seeks ~1 billion US in compensation from Verizon for use of their patents, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has filed an amendment to the US National Defense Authorization Act which would keep firms on certain USG bad lists from seeking recourse in US Courts on patent matters (archived).
This week has seen tensions between the US and Iran escalate to the brink of a shooting war with a 100+ million USD drone's obliteration following its violation of Iran's airspace. The shootdown was followed by several hours of drama over whether or not the USG would answer Iran's act of border defense with retaliatory airstrikes. While the details of the process remain unclear, US President Donald Trump decided not to strike in defiance of staff of career USG national security advisors (archived). Instead, sometime tomorrow new sanctions and an escalation of the USG's economic war against Iran will be announced raising tensions still higher.
After the USG's embarrassing regime change miss in Venezuela, it is clear that the USG has never been weaker or less influential on the international stage since William Henry Seward nearly provoked Europe to end the US as Abraham Lincoln's Madame Secretary of State. With US warfighters wrecked in the aftermath of their own color revolution, the US Department of "Defense" briefly published a document outlining a hypothetical doctrine suggesting the US could achieve "strategic rebalance" by winning a nuclear war (archived).
And so the USG empire enters this next week with the a serious dilemma. Earlier this year their intelligence apparatus failed to buy regime change in Venezuela. A very sophisticated drone that was supposed to enjoy protection from airdefense missiles through its high flight altitude was taken down by an airdefense missile. What can the USG possibly do that demonstrates anything other than the empire's increasing impotence?