Numerous cases concerning arms and their trafficking in the US are being decided in favor of defendants who don't roll over and plea due to the disconnect between a popular administrative convention and the actual text of the law (archived). It turns out that when the "weapon" being trafficked is an AR-15 lower receiver, the lower receiver itself doesn't qualify under the law as a "weapon" because too many of the features that the text of the law requires for it to be classes as a weapon are part of the upper receiver which is a completely different part on the AR-15.
Prosecutors and other USG bureaucrats have simply been pursuing cases through administrative convention, deciding the lower receiver itself would be the magic part they would treat as a weapon despite no single AR-15 part on its own qualifying as a weapon under the law. At present some members of the USG judiciary are already dismissing cases over prosecutor objections.
Remember kids, any plea agreement proposed by a USG prosecutor isn't ever any kind of deal.
Prices for Rhodium are climbing near 2008 all time highs (archived, archived). The brittle platinum group metal is primarily produced by South African and Russian operations while most trades typically involve producer to industrial user transactions without much of the "paper" market that flattens gold prices. This may be an early indicator that markets aren't inclined to value dollars like they used to. It could also suggest deep Afropessimism is setting in among Asian traders that may be stockpiling the material amid doubts South Africa can continue producing.
Reports continue to pour in documenting many cases where US mobile networks are increasingly controlled by folks other than those that happen to have their names printed on the papers (archived). Employees seem to be happy to take outside money and instructions while sheer organizational bulk makes resolving "Whose line is it anyway?" a very difficult question to answer.
New York Times noise generator Paul Krugman deleted a tweet where he claimed that some "hackers" were using his IP address to download child pornography (archived). He claimed: Continue reading
Warner Brothers has signed a deal to turn over all sorts of decisions in the film making process to a computer (archived). Decisions the computer is expected to make for executives include "How much is X star worth in Y type of flick?" and "What flicks do we really want to bid on at the festivals?"
Democratically elected US President Donald Trump declared that the USG would do nothing more than impose more sanctions on Iran after Iran's Republic Guard fired ballistic missiles at two USG positions in Iraq. Despite years of US saber rattling against Iran, once Iran struck under their own national flag in retaliation for the USG's assasination of a beloved Iranian general inside Iraq's Baghdad International Airport, US President Donald Trump found himself sitting precariously on such a mountain of incompetents that he could only stand down today. Continue reading
Earlier today, Iran's Parliament added the rest of the US Military to their list of global terrorists today after adding only CENTCOM and other USG subunits last April. (archived). Hours later Iran's Revolutionary Guard began prosecuting Iran's War Against Global Terrorism by striking USG targets inside Iraq with ballistic missiles.
Eric Chewning, chief of staff to USG "Defense" Madame Secretary Mark Esper is resigning from his role at the end of this month after the USG has entered into a war with Iran (archived, archived). Chewning allegedly left Morgan Stanley to join the US Military during the immediate post 9/11 burst of USian partiotism. His departure is being presented as "planned in advance" of the USG's recent entry into open war with Iran. Continue reading
Iraq's parliament has responded to the USG's strike on Baghdad International Airport by passing a resolution that instructs the Iraqi government to cancel the ongoing request for assistance in combating ISIS issued to the USG and its "coalition" (archived). The "request for assistance" is the present legal cover that allows USG Troops to operate and be garrisoned in Iraq without the situation officially falling into being "an invasion" or "an ocupation" despite the USG troops in Iraq fighting just about everybody except ISIS.
Yellow Jacket rioters and generally striking pensioners are continuing to riot in Paris (archived). Macronist forces continue to use chemical weapons against French civilians. The USG assassinated an incredibly popular Iranian leader by firing missiles at an International Airport, but apparently they can't be arsed to turn their regime change machine against an actually unpopular regime.