via ZeroHedge – Score one for the poetic irony pages.
Two months after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon lashed out at bitcoin, calling it a “fraud” which is “worse than tulip bulbs, warning it won’t end well”, will “blow up” and “someone is going to get killed” and threatened that “any trader trading bitcoin” will be “fired for being stupid” as it was merely a tool for money-laundering, today Swiss daily Handelszeitung reported that the Swiss subsidiary of JPMorgan was sanctioned by the Swiss regulator, FINMA, over money laundering and “seriously violating supervision laws.”
As the newspaper adds, the Swiss sanctions relate to breaches of due diligence in connection with money laundering standards. In other words, JPMorgan was actively aiding and abeting criminal money laundering.
Nov. 16 (via UPI) — Cook County prosecutors tossed the convictions Thursday of 15 men who were framed by a corrupt group Chicago police officers.
“As far as we’re aware, there has not been anything like this [in Cook County’ when it comes to vacating convictions and dismissing the cases,” Maurice Possley, a senior researcher at the University of Michigan’s National Registry of Exonerations project, told WTTW.
The 15 men were framed for drug convictions between 2003 and 2008 by a police crew led by former Sgt. Ronald Watts, who was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison back in 2013 for stealing money from a suspected drug dealer who turned out to be an FBI informant involved in an undercover sting and led to the unraveling of the scheme.
CHILD TRAFFICKING AT THE INTERSECTION OF BRIBED CALIFORNIA JUDGES, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
David Samuels An Exclusive SOTN Investigative Report
We are all too familiar with how Child Protective Services has been implicated as a major source of Child Trafficking, but what we are not aware of is how the bribed State Judges and the Department of Health and Human Services make it all possible. Let’s take the California Superior Court System as an example. What you are about to hear should chill you to the bone. It is a story of Judicial Treachery on a scale unprecedented in US history and is 100% true.
To understand how this all works, we must understand the landscape and how it almost came to an end in California.
via The Hill – Efforts to combat sexual harassment on Capitol Hill gained momentum on Tuesday as female lawmakers shared stories of male colleagues engaging in predatory behavior.
Lawmakers in both parties had already expressed support for mandatory sexual harassment awareness training, which is currently voluntary for legislative branch staffers. But they went further in a House Administration Committee hearing on Capitol Hill’s harassment policies and said even more can be done in a male-dominated workplace where sexual harassment can be pervasive.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), in testimony before the panel, said at least two current members of Congress have engaged in sexual harassment.
“In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, who have been subject to review or not have been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment,” said Speier, who declined to name the male lawmakers.
A former Secret Service agent assigned to the Vice President Joe Biden residence claims that the Service often had to protect female agents from him.
via The Gateway Pundit – by Cassandra Fairbanks at Big League Politics – Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the agent asserted that, “We had to cancel the VP Christmas get together at the Vice President’s house because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriend’s asses.” The annual party was for agents and Navy personnel who were tasked with protecting the Biden family.
“He would mess with every single woman or teen. It was horrible,” the agent said.
via ZeroHedge – Hundreds of thousands of people – 750,000 according to Barcelona police – backing Catalonia’s bid to secede from Spain clogged the streets in downtown Barcelona Saturday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders.
Close to a million people filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from the beach to Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders’ families made speeches.
Michigan State Police have begun a year-long pilot program, being held in five Michigan counties, to warrantlessly test the saliva of drivers suspected of drugged driving.
“The five-county pilot program will be used to help determine accuracy and reliability of the tests,” Gov. Snyder said in June after signing the bill into law, as MLive reported.
Residents [ED: mere fictions of law] of these five unlucky counties will be forced to act as guinea pigs by the state, in what is sure to be an exercise in trampling on civil and constitutional rights of individuals.
The program calls for Drug Recognition Experts (DRE officers), a designation given to cops who earn a designation certifying them to visually recognize if a person is under the influence of a controlled substance, to administer the tests.
Modern physics has taught us that mass is not an intrinsic property.
You’re sitting here, reading this article. Maybe it’s a hard copy, or an e-book on a tablet computer or e-reader. It doesn’t matter. Whatever you’re reading it on, we can be reasonably sure it’s made of some kind of stuff: paper, card, plastic, perhaps containing tiny metal electronic things on printed circuit boards. Whatever it is, we call it matter or material substance. It has a characteristic property that we call solidity. It has mass.
But what is matter, exactly? Imagine a cube of ice, measuring a little over one inch (or 2.7 centimeters) in length. Imagine holding this cube of ice in the palm of your hand. It is cold, and a little slippery. It weighs hardly anything at all, yet we know it weighs something.
Congress planned to create a new military branch dedicated to space, like the Marine Corps, but the Air Force had fought against the proposed space corps as it would have taken over the military’s space operations.
Instead, the NDAA gives Air Force Space Command’s sole authority to organize, train and equip all space forces.
Chief backers of the initial proposal remain positive, however, seeing the bill as a good start to prevent a “space Pearl Harbour.”
Correspondence between CPS and its Swedish counterparts about WikiLeaks founder deleted after lawyer retired in 2014
Email exchanges between the CPS and its Swedish counterparts over the high-profile case were deleted after the lawyer at the UK end retired in 2014.
The destruction of potentially sensitive and revealing information comes ahead of a tribunal hearing in London next week.
Adding to the intrigue, it emerged the CPS lawyer involved had, unaccountably, advised the Swedes in 2010 or 2011 not to visit London to interview Assange. An interview at that time could have prevented the long-running embassy standoff.
The CPS, responding to questions from the Guardian, denied there were any legal implications of the data loss for an Assange case if it were to come to court in the future. Asked if the CPS had any idea what was destroyed, a spokesperson said: “We have no way of knowing the content of email accounts once they have been deleted.”
“The elite ranks of our billionaire class continue to pull apart from the rest of us,” a new Institute for Policy study analysis finds
In the United States, the 400 richest individuals now own more wealth than the bottom 64 percent of the population and the three richest own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent, while pervasive poverty means one in five households have zero or negative net worth.
“All combined, households in the bottom one percent have a combined negative net worth of $196 billion.”
via ZeroHedge – Monsanto thought they had developed an amazing scheme to corner the Midwest farming market when they developed new genetically engineered seeds that were resistant to their new herbicide called dicamba. The resistance of Monsanto’s new magical seed crops to dicamba meant that the herbicide could be sprayed liberally by farmers to eradicate weeds and boost yields.
Alas, as we pointed out last week (see: Meet Monsanto’s Other Herbicide Problem…), a small problem emerged when spray drifts from those liberal herbicide applications began to wipe out the crops of neighboring farmers who didn’t plant Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant seeds.
Now, as the Wall Street Journal points out today, after allegedly wiping out millions of acres of farm ground across the Midwest, Monsanto once again finds itself in a familiar spot: the courtroom: