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.
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.
Given recent USG action against his once darling rechargable battery venture Tesla,1 Elon Musk appears to have been targeted for dekulakizaton across the board.
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.
The lawsuit "Democratic National Committee v. The Russian Federation et al." has come against an insurmountable obstacle in the Russian Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice submitting a Statement of Immunity accompanied by a disclaimer to the effect that:
By transmitting this letter and the enclosed Statement, the Russian Federation respectfully does not enter an appearance in the litigation, does not waive its sovereign immunity under international law or the United States, statutory or federal common law, and does not submit to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court. The Russian Federation reserves all rights as a foreign sovereign State.
The US Courts have enough trouble as it is indicting numerous individual Russians for posting memes on the internet. Most of those Russians have yet to surrender themselves to the Evil Empire for prosecution.
The onward crush of Brexit appears to have reached the point where it will break Theresa May's government in the very near future. Since taking the job more than two years ago, May's efforts at a negotiated separation have only yielded a proposal where the United Kingdom remains a subject of EU bureaucrats while losing what little influence they did have to influence the bureacratic processes (archived). Meanwhile the Royals have found themselves occupied handling the US IRS as part of the fallout of Harry taking a foreign bride of common descent (archived).
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 →
With Joaqín 'El Chapo' Guzman's trial underway the US "Justice" Department's prosecutors are once again trying to deny the accused any opportunity at a defense. Namely, the USG is trying to keep Guzman's sworn assertions that he is a working stiff, with a boss like any other who was just following orders. He further asserts that the boss recieved the Mexican government's blessing for the business operation through substantial payments to Mexican presidents over an extended period of time.
The Defense's filing to address USG objects to mounting a defense is presented below: Continue reading →