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Latest Flicks / Re: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
« on: July 14, 2019, 11:35:26 am »
You have ever right not to like a film, or whatever, but to deny the role the first X-Men film, and Bryan Singer, played in where comic book films are today in Hollywood and the popular imagination isn't fair. I didn't like Bay's Transformers films or The Force Awakens, but they made money, they were very popular films. X-Men helped set the foundation for Raimi's Spider-Man. It showed Hollywood that you could do a convincing, and successful, big comic book adaptation. Certainly, the first X-Men film was toned down from what we get today from the MCU and DCEU, and that film even made fun of the traditional colorful X-Men uniforms, but that film was coming from a place where superhero films were not sure things and the mass audience hadn't shown much of an interest in seeing faithful (relatively speaking here) adaptations of comics material outside of Batman or Superman films.

I didn't agree with every decision made in the X-film franchise, though I don't accept the idea that the same franchise that produced X-Men, X-Men United, First Class, Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Logan, both Deadpools, was built on a 'mistake'. (Personally I liked Apocalypse, and didn't hate Dark Phoenix, or Wolverine Origins; The Last Stand was disappointing but it wasn't a complete train wreck either). It's not your cup of tea, and that's fine, but Singer, etc. got a lot right in what they came up with.

The failure to successfully adapt the Dark Phoenix Saga does not mean that the entire franchise was a failure.

Failure is not the issue here.

The X-Men projects are on hold indefinitely.

bryan singer intentionally sexually assaulting underage boys is another matter that must be dealt with.   

End of discussion.

« on: July 14, 2019, 11:26:13 am »
"They Lie. They Murder. They Cheat."
Saturday, 13th July 2019
Chess Player Caught Cheating Using His Phone While On The Toilet During A Tournament

by Gabe Fernandez

Latvian-Czech chess grandmaster Igors Rausis is reportedly under investigation after he was caught checking his phone while on the toilet in the middle of a tournament he was participating in.

Rausis signed a declaration stating that the phone that investigators eventually found in a toilet stall was in fact his, and was suspended from the tournament, according to a Fakebook post from FIDE Director General Emil Sutovsky.

The evidence found is apparently being sent to an ethics committee and the French police will be involved with what happens next as the tournament where Rausis was caught took place in Strasbourg.

Rausis told Chess dot com:
"I simply lost my mind yesterday. I confirmed the fact of using my phone during the game by written [statement]. What could I say more? Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity of accusers also have a known impact. At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for me—I played my last game of chess already."

It’s not clear whether he’s specifically looking at a chess app, but it’s likely that the grandmaster will face a harsh penalty nonetheless given the attitude that FIDE has towards phones during tournaments.

Even being caught in possession of one during competition can lead to disqualification.

This suspension does add a wrinkle to Rausis’s unprecedented career, and opens the floodgates for even more reasonable doubt to spill in.

The Latvian-Czech grandmaster advanced to become a “super” grandmaster in the span of six years, which is a really quick turnaround for such a feat.

The challenge of raising one’s FIDE rating from 2500 (regular grandmaster) to 2700 (“super” grandmaster) in that timespan requires near-perfect play against every opponent.

Even more incredible is the fact that he reached this level in his 50s, which immediately caused some to question the sudden jump in success, particularly when he broke into the Top 100 and was the oldest player on that list.

“It’s amazing Rausis wasn’t stopped earlier. Seems naive that people think someone can improve that much in their fifties,” said grandmaster and ex-England player Danny Gormally.

Had Rausis not been caught today, there appears to be evidence that he might have been stopped sooner rather than later, as FIDE’s Fair Play Commission Secretary Yuri Garrett outlines in his own Fakebook post that the commission had been closely following Rausis for a while.

Though he doesn’t mention Rausis by name, it’s obvious that that is who he is referring to in the post.

Strangely enough, this isn’t even the first time cheating of this nature has happened—though the career implications were certainly not the same.
In 2015, a Georgian grandmaster was banned for three years and stripped of his grandmaster status when he too was caught cheating with a phone app on the toilet during a tournament.

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Sunday, 14th July 2019
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is right, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a women of color problem
by Sophia A. Nelson

No, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not a racist.

Yes, she has been an ally of women of color for her entire 31-year career in Congress.

I have seen her up close and personal, when she spoke at an event my Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority held last year in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress to honor a historic black woman.

She is all in on black women’s advancement and policy issues.

To argue otherwise would be untrue.

Yet freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has it right — Speaker Pelosi is old guard.

She does not like her new, high-profile women of color members nipping at her heels.

She paid her dues.

She worked her way up through the male dominated congressional system for decades to become the nation’s first female Speaker of the House.

The daughter of a powerful Baltimore Mayor, Pelosi was raised in the 1950s and came of age in the early 1960s.

She remembers a time when women were like "Leave it to Beaver” or “Father Knows Best” moms, known for their pearls and perfectly coiffed hair.

Pelosi remembers an America where women were largely silent, and could advance in politics, but only through steady party loyalty, staying in their place, waiting their turn, and never running their mouths to the media.

This is Pelosi’s formation as a politician and to a large degree as a person.

Enter New York’s 29-year-old "AOC,” as she is known, and her Democratic colleagues Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

These bold, young women of color — unbought and unbossed in the spirit of the late Rep. Shirley Chisholm — have turned the Democratic caucus on its head.

They are unafraid to speak out, to call out, and demand the change that we are so often asked to delay or deny as women of color.

The current tensions erupted after the four women opposed a border spending bill they said failed to protect migrant children from the acting-president's policies.

Pelosi criticized them  in interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the women fought back, and AOC told the Washington Post that Pelosi had been "outright disrespectful."

She accused her of "the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color."

The issue here is NOT that Pelosi is a racist.

The issue here is what we academics call “intersectionality" — the combined impact of racism, sexism and other types of discrimination on people and groups.

In practice, it means that white women in power often take on the same characteristics of white men in power toward women of color.

The effect on women of color is widespread.

White women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to white men.

Hispanic or Latina women earn 53 cents on the dollar.

Black or African-American women earn 61 cents.

White women have made notable advancements in industry, politics, academia and corporate America, whereas women of color make up only about 5% of corporate executives and there is only one woman of color heading a Fortune 500 company.

In medical schools, law schools  and law firms, while women overall have achieved parity or better, women of color lag far behind.

I could go on and on with data points, but that is not the issue at hand.

When you need puppetine to defend you as not being a racist, you must stop and consider why.

What do I mean?

On Friday, puppetine told reporters that AOC had been "very disrespectful" to Pelosi.

"I don't think that Nancy can let that go on," he bleeted.

What the heck?

What puppetine really meant to say is that older white people like him, Biden, and yes, Pelosi, simply do not yet know how to deal with women of color being in power and holding their feet to the fire.

Black women are deemed “angry.”

Latina women are deemed "fiery".

And Muslim women are “radical.”

These words often used to describe us are meant to marginalize and silence us.

The solution here is not for Speaker Pelosi to silence AOC or condemn her.

It is to listen and learn and find a way to work together.

This is not Congress in 1978, 1988 or 1998.

This is 2019. People of color have a voice.

Women of color have a voice.

These women are members of the United States Congress.

These women of color have a national platform that empowers them and indeed demands of them that they speak up for themselves and their constituents.

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Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« on: July 14, 2019, 07:59:57 am »
Thursday, 11th July 2019
Maryland police agencies have for years broken law mandating reporting of excessive force, charges against officers
by Kevin Rector

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death from injuries suffered in police custody and the subsequent protests and rioting in Baltimore in 2015, state lawmakers passed a law mandating police agencies across Maryland report when officers use excessive force or injure someone and cases of officers’ criminal misconduct, among other data.

However, dozens of agencies — including the Baltimore Police Department — never did so.

That’s resulted in extreme undercounting of such encounters in annual reports mandated by the law and collated by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.

In 2018, 42 of 148 agencies required to submit data did not, according to the commission.

“There was a misunderstanding here about which unit was responsible for submitting,” said Matt Jablow, a Baltimore Police spokesman, after The Baltimore Sun asked this week about the agency’s failure to comply with the law.

Jablow said the agency has since reported its figures to the commission.

Its doing so more than doubles the statewide totals for 2017 and 2018 in several key categories, including instances of serious injury or death of an officer or someone who came in contact with police, as well as the number of officers who faced criminal charges.

For instance, in 2018, the commission’s statewide report noted 11 cases in which contact with an officer resulted in injury or death.

The Baltimore Police Department’s recently submitted figures included 15 such incidents in the city alone.

The 2018 statewide report noted 20 cases in which criminal charges were filed against officers.

Now, the Baltimore Police Department’s 34 such incidents are added to that number.

Several lawmakers who backed the legislation mandating the reporting in 2016 said that the lack of compliance with the law is unacceptable — and that the legislature should amend it to add repercussions for agencies that fail to comply.

“This is indicative of the problem that you have when you pass legislation with no accountability mechanism in place,” said State Senator Jill Carter, a Baltimore Democrat who was a state delegate at the time of the bill’s passage and who contributed some of the law’s language.

“The legislature must revisit this and entertain sanctions for noncompliance. Otherwise, the work that we’ve done up until now, the effort we’ve put in up until now, is absolutely futile.”

Delegate Curt Anderson, a Baltimore Democrat who also backed the bill, said he intends to have the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, revisit the language of the law to see what can be done to strengthen it.

“As a member of the legislature, you assume that at least the police would comply with laws that are passed. But maybe we made a mistake by not putting some kind of compliance enforcement in the bill,” he said.

“That’s something we’re going to have to take a look at.”

A full list of agencies out of compliance obtained by The Sun showed they run the gamut statewide from big agencies like the Baltimore Police to much smaller ones — like those in small towns, at public universities in the city and at mental health hospitals.

Several large agencies from the suburban counties around Washington that were not on the list only complied recently, after being questioned about their failure to comply by WTTG-TV in Washington.

Heads of several agencies that didn’t report their information said they hadn’t known about the requirement and would rectify their failure to comply immediately — including Leonard Hamm, head of the Coppin State University Police in Baltimore, and his son Akil Hamm, head of the Baltimore City Public Schools Police.

Several said they did not have significant use-of-force cases to report, and hadn’t heard from the commission that they were out of compliance.

“If we don’t have anything of any significance, and the training commission don’t ask us for it, it can slip our mind,” the elder Hamm said.

Gregg Todd, deputy secretary of operations for the Maryland Department of Health, which oversees state mental health hospitals and their police agencies, several of which were out of compliance, said the reporting requirements were “simply not picked up” in the past, but that the department has begun submitting the required information.

He also said the health department is in the process of unifying all of its police operations under one command, which he said will improve compliance with the reporting law.

Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, of which the commission is a part, defended the commission’s role in overseeing the reporting program.

He said all police agency heads are notified in January that the previous year’s data is to be submitted, and that in 2018, the commission “sent out two follow-up communications to them.”

Also, verbal reminders were given at gatherings of law enforcement agencies in the state, Shields said.

He said the commission has found that “some agencies do not believe they have to file if they did not have an incident” to report, but that is not correct.

They must report even a lack of incidents, he said.

Anderson said not properly understanding the law is no excuse for noncompliance.

“Police agencies by their nature are the ones who you would think would follow the law, and it’s disturbing that so many agencies have either ignored it or are ignorant of it,” he said.

“Of course, ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Delegate Erek Barron, a Prince George’s County Democrat who has pushed for increased police transparency in the state, said the noncompliance of the police agencies does not come as a surprise given the yearslong, concerted effort from many of them to prevent additional reporting requirements around instances of excessive force and misconduct at the state level.

“It’s a consistent stance by many of these agencies to hide how often there are instances, and how these instances are investigated," he said,

“which is a big problem.”

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Vox Populi / Re: Arizona no like Latinos
« on: July 13, 2019, 07:06:14 pm »
Saturday, 13th July 2019
Top Puerto Rican officials resign over profanity-laced chat
by Danica Coto of Associated Press

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Saturday that his chief financial officer and secretary of state will step down following their participation in a private chat that used profanities to describe an ex-New York City official and a federal control board overseeing the island's finances.

The U.S. territory's CFO Christian Sobrino, who is also the governor's representative to the control board, announced he was stepping down via Twitter on Saturday. Its Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera Marín also offered his resignation.

Rosselló later released a statement saying he would let go members of his administration who participated in the chat on a messaging system used by government officials. The release of the chat's contents in local media had led to calls for the governor's resignation.

Rosselló apologized for the comments late Thursday, saying he'd been working 18-hour days and releasing tensions when he called former New York City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito the Spanish word for "whore" and in English told the oversight board to "go f--- yourself" followed by a string of emojis with the middle finger raised.

"Aware that the current environment cannot be maintained, I have communicated to all the other public officials involved in the chat that I will have to dispense with their services and/or their advice," he said in the statement.

He said he would ask Ricardo Llerandi to remain as Puerto Rico's secretary of the interior and Anthony Maceira to stay as secretary of Public Affairs.

"This is a very painful situation for me, as Governor, as a human being and as a Puerto Rican," Rosselló said.

"But I recognize there is no other way out and there is no worthwhile forgiveness on my part that does not include corrections and clear signs of intent to change."

The comments had drawn the ire of many Puerto Ricans who said they were ashamed of his language and of how this might affect the reputation of the U.S. territory, which had already come under scrutiny earlier this week with the arrests of former government officials including the island's education secretary.

Rosselló said late Thursday that he had not yet spoken to Mark-Viverito, who posted a lengthy statement on Twitter that read in part, "A person who uses that language against a woman, whether a public figure or not, should not govern Puerto Rico ...this type of behavior is completely unacceptable."

In the chat, Rosselló wrote that he was upset Mark-Viverito had criticized Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, for supporting statehood for Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin, who was mentioned in the chat with a homophobic comment, urged Rosselló to step down.

Martin tweeted that the governor "lacks the abilities of a true leader, who inspires, stimulates and guides by example so that our people attain a higher level of life."

Rosselló, who faces other troubles, has said he will not resign.

Days earlier, FBI agents arrested Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico's former education secretary, and five others on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.

Officials said the alleged fraud involves $15.5 million worth of federal funding issued between 2017 and 2019.

They said $13 million was spent by Puerto Rico's Department of Education while Keleher was secretary and another $2.5 million spent by Ángela Ávila Marrero when she was director of Puerto Rico's Health Insurance Administration.

Ávila Marrero was charged along with businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters.

Officials said there was no evidence that Keleher or Ávila-Marrero had personally benefited from the scheme.

On Thursday, a group of protesters had gathered at Puerto Rico's main international airport to received Rosselló as he cut a European vacation short to address the arrests and the leaked chat.

The protesters then traveled to the governor's seaside mansion where Rosselló spoke late Thursday and demanded his resignation.

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Vox Populi / Re: Iraqi Americans Targeted by ICE/Trump
« on: July 13, 2019, 01:26:37 pm »
Look familiar?

Latest Flicks / Re: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
« on: July 13, 2019, 12:10:03 pm »
I've heard before about Singer not being a comic book fan (though he is a Star Trek fan, and I think a Battlestar Galactica fan, go figure), but not about Kinberg. And while some X-Men fans were disappointed with the X-Men movies so far, few can deny the success of several of the films, and most of those had Singer's involvement. (And to my knowledge Singer wasn't involved with Last Stand, Dark Phoenix, or Wolverine Origins, which are considered by some three of the worst films in the franchise; he does have to own Apocalypse, which is also one of the most criticized entries; comparatively, he directed X-Men, X-Men 2-which was a massive success, and Days of Future Past-which was even bigger than success). I say that not to defend Singer as a person or even fully as a creative, though I give him his due that he did a very solid job taking material he might not have been familiar with, or was a fan of, and putting it in live-action. The first X-Men and I would add the second, helped power superheroes to Hollywood domination, along with Blade and the Spider-Man films. I don't think he ever got the potential for Storm, but the same can be said for the X-Men comics creators.

Not every director has to be a fan of the material they are adapting or putting on the screen, because sometimes non-fans like Nicholas Meyer with Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country can create great works.

Tim Burton wasn't a fan of the 'Batman' comicbook series either if I remember reading the printed reviews, at the time.  However, he was a fan of the 1960s television show.  Granted, he used some rudimentary portions of Batman's origin story from the comicbook but essentially, the bulk of the material was a 'very dark' version of the 1960s television show...   and it worked!

This is what singer was trying to do with 'X-Men' by not referencing any particular storyline in the 'X-Men' comicbook series. Looking back, it was mistake.

I must be honest, the 'X-Men' series in the movies wasn't very interesting to me;  I missed out on a lot of other theatrical releases because I don't know many of the characters on the big screen after the comicbook version of the Dark Phoenix saga concluded.   I'm familiar with most of the newer X-Men characters from the MARVEL versus Capcom video game series.
Liked some scenes in 'X-Men: First Class' but that ain't sayin' much.

Wanna know what really helped superhero movies dominate Hollywood...?   'Spider-Man'. 

Why? Because it matched box office numbers against 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones', that's why.  That was unheard of.
No one puts their movie up against the like of 'Star Wars' but 'Spider-Man' did and succeeded!

Spider-Man had generations & generations & generations of fans since the 1960s which predates Star Wars by a single decade.

Vox Populi / Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« on: July 13, 2019, 10:25:33 am »
Friday, 12th July 2019
Former Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor Battery In Beating Of Jail Inmate

by CBS Chicago

(Chicago) - A former Cook County correctional officer caught on video repeatedly punching an inmate has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Miguel Ortiz was charged with two felony counts of official misconduct in 2016.

Instead, he pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of battery.
Ortiz resigned from the Cook County Sheriff’s office not long after the beating.

Miguel Ortiz, a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, is charged with felony official misconduct and misdemeanor battery in the beating of inmate Litroy Bolton.

Avoiding a felony conviction means Ortiz might keep his pension.

On Jan. 17, 2014, Ortiz was caught on video as he beat Litroy Bolton in a cell in the medium-security wing of the Cook County Jail.

The video showed Bolton did nothing to antagonize Ortiz, who repeatedly punched the inmate in the head, according to the sheriff’s office, which had moved to fire him before his resignation in 2016.

Officers put Bolton in handcuffs after the beating.

Sheriff’s officials said video contradicted Ortiz’s statement that Bolton took a fighting stance before he was punched.

Bolton told investigators he had refused to get into a cell, because it wasn’t cleaned properly after a sick inmate earlier was held in the cell.

“Maybe somebody was sick, it was contagious, but at that time, Officer Ramos did inform Ortiz not to put me in there,” Bolton told CBS 2 after Ortiz was charged in the case.

“I just felt helpless, defenseless, like I couldn’t do nothing, was nothing going to happen about this, ain’t nothing going to never ever happen, and they just going to beat me up, and they’re going to get away with it.”

Bolton’s attorney had accused the sheriff’s Office of Professional Review, which investigated the incident, of dragging out the case for more than 2 ½ years before ruling Ortiz used excessive force.

Ortiz was found to have assaulted ten other inmates before he was de-deputized in 2015.

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Latest Flicks / Re: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
« on: July 13, 2019, 07:28:30 am »

From the article:

It's no secret that Bryan Singer banned the cast of X-Men from reading comics on the movie's set, but Olivia Munn has now revealed just how clueless he and Simon Kinberg are about the source material.


Told you!
I didn't read the entire article, however, just needed this sentence to confirm what I already knew.  At the time when the first X-Men movie came out, fans of the comicbook were extremely excited (and desperate) to see a live-action version of their favorite superheroes on the silver screen.  No one cared about the movie director, at all.

In hindsight, the movie was nothing but potential as it performs like a lone story rather than the episodic series it was meant to be.  Everyone who read 'Uncanny X-Men' on the newsstands & spinner racks, hung onto that Dark Phoenix saga every single month Summer of 1979 to its final conclusion.   

Fans get none of that w/these lackluster X-Men movies & it all started with singer.

If people who know singer today feel that he's a narcissistic arrogant jackass, he was far worse back-in-th'-day!  :-[ 
I attended the same private school at the same time he did back in the 1980s, and he was a complete hump whenever I encountered him.

« on: July 13, 2019, 06:46:22 am »
Saturday, 13th July 2019
California police believe missing man stole airplane
by WCRA (NBC News affiliate)

Police investigating a small plane that was stolen out of a central California airport and vanished from radar last month say they believe the suspect is a missing man who was a member of a local flying club.

Watsonville police identified 64-year-old Huga Mar as the suspected thief, KGO-TV reported.

Police believe Mar crashed the plane.

Mar's family reported him missing since July 1 2019.

Mar has no history with police. "Because he's white..."

He was a licensed private pilot and a member of the Santa Cruz Flying Club, which owned the stolen plane, a single-engine Cessna.

The club operates out of the Watsonville Municipal Airport, about 20 miles from Santa Cruz.

The plane was reported stolen from the airport on June 27 2019, the day after video footage shows the airplane taxiing toward the runway.

The police do not have surveillance of Mar entering the plane and taking off.

Detectives found Mar's abandoned car at an airport parking lot used by pilots.

Federal investigators said the plane disappeared from radar about 3 miles out over the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Cruz coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard did find any wreckage or a body.

Mar was authorized to enter the airport and was a member in good standing who could have made a reservation to fly the aircraft, the club said on its website.

However, he didn't make a reservation, per club protocol, and ignored Federal Aviation Administration protocol to make radio calls at the time of departure.

The club said Mar's failure to follow procedures appears suspicious, but it declined to speculate on his mental state.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the deceased," the club said.

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Saturday, 12th July 2019
GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trial
by Gary Robertson of Associated Press

(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week's partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday.

The three-judge panel presiding over the trial that starts Monday sided with the election reform group Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party and registered Democratic voters who are suing Republican lawmakers and challenging state House and Senate boundaries drawn in 2017.

The plaintiffs subpoenaed documents from the estranged daughter of longtime GOP mapmaker Tom Hofeller that turned out to be more than 75,000 files from 22 hard drives and thumb drives that she said she came across while looking for personal mementos.

Tom Hofeller died last year.

Those who sued told the judges last week they want to offer 35 of those files that they say will show Hofeller used partisanship as a predominant motivation to help create the 2017 districts to maximize advantage for Republicans.

Lawyers for the GOP legislators argued the files mean little to the case, and can't be authenticated as authored by Hofeller because he's dead.

But the judges wrote they were satisfied there was enough information from the plaintiffs, including Stephanie Hofeller's deposition testimony, to properly validate the files as coming from her father.

And "a detailed chain of custody need not be established because there is no evidence any of the Hofeller files plaintiffs seek to admit have been altered," the Superior Court judges wrote, pointing out the files still had to comply with other rules of evidence.

Content from other subpoenaed Hofeller files in this case also have ended up in separate litigation in other states challenging a plan by President Donald Trump's administration to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census.

On Friday, the Superior Court judges — Paul Ridgeway, Alma Hinton and Joseph Crosswhite — directed that the remainder of Hofeller's subpoenaed, non-personal files stay confidential temporarily while his old consulting firm reviews them to locate proprietary information they want withheld.

"No party may disseminate any of the Hofeller files to third parties without further order of his court," the judges wrote.

The judges declined to grant a request from the Republican legislators to punish the plaintiffs' lawyers for conduct related to accessing Hofeller's files, saying they could seek redress with the North Carolina State Bar if they chose.

Hofeller's documents came to light under unusual circumstances.

Stephanie Hofeller testified she initially contacted Common Cause late last year seeking a legal referral for her mother.

She later told Common Cause that she had found computer files they may find interesting.

Those documents were formally subpoenaed in March.

The plaintiffs' attorneys said they did nothing unethical.

In light of the census cases, the attorneys for the GOP lawmakers said in court last week there was no telling how many people had reviewed documents that could obtain personal and confidential information.
The legislators' delay in bringing concerns before the court has contributed to any prejudice they claim to have suffered, the judges wrote.

The gerrymandering trial will begin less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a separate North Carolina case that federal courts won't get involved in judging partisan gerrymandering claims.

This trial, however, is in state court, and is based on alleged violations of the state constitution.

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The current AG is creepier than realized

Virginia HEFferman Tweet reveals AG Bill Barr's dad, Donald Barr, the Dalton headmaster who unaccountably hired college dropout Coney Island hustler Jeffrey Epstein to teach underage girls, wrote a sex-slavery novel while working with Epstein.

Donald Barr wrote a novel in 1974 when Epstein worked with him about being sold into sex slavery.

Technology / Re: Facebook’s Prospects May Rest on Trove of Data
« on: July 12, 2019, 09:01:38 pm »
Friday, 12th July 2019
FTC votes to approve $5 billion settlement with Fakebook in privacy probe
by Tom Romm

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook that could end an investigation into its privacy practices, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak on the record, a deal that could result in unprecedented government oversight of the company.

The settlement -- adopted with the FTC’s three Republicans supporting it and two Democrats against it -- could end a wide-ranging probe into Facebook’s mishandling of users’ personal information that began more than a year ago

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« on: July 12, 2019, 04:00:45 pm »
Friday, 12th July 2019
Delco dude to stand trial for first-degree murder of neighbor
by KYW News Radio

(Philly, Pa) - Any hopes of bail for the man who shot and killed a neighbor in Delaware County on Memorial Day Weekend, were dashed Friday, when a judge decided that man should stand trial on first-degree murder.

The lawyer for John Ballas argued first-degree murder charges against his client should be thrown out, as this is self defense and -- at worst for Ballas -- third degree murder.

Prosecutors argued it should be up to a jury, and the judge agreed, ordering Ballas to stand trial on all charges for shooting and killing Joe Iavarone.

Bail is not allowed for anyone charged with first-degree murder.

In the early morning hours of May 26 2019, police were already on their way to the row homes on Bishop Drive in Chester Heights responding to calls for a man who was yelling and breaking things.

The State Police corporal who got there first testified at Ballas' preliminary hearing, that Ballas was standing with his hands above his head, was cooperative, telling him he'd just shot a man and pointing out where where the gun was.

The corporal said Ballas said he thought he shot him in the torso, but the only gunshot wound was to the top of Ivarone's head.

Friends of Ivarone who were at the hearing say he was having personal problems.

He'd recently quit his job a gym teacher and coach at Garnet Valley high school.

They say it isn't hard to imagine him getting out of hand while drinking, he had a zest for life.

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