El Chapo Cries ‘There Was No Justice’ While Being Sentenced to Life in Prison

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord convicted of running the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years on Wednesday. 

“Since the government will send me to a jail where my name will not ever be heard again, I take this opportunity to say: There was no justice here,” Guzman reportedly complained in Brooklyn federal court before U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan handed down his sentence.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-07-17 16:49pm to the Crime forum.

Tape shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein discussing women at 1992 party

The footage shows two wealthy men laughing and pointing as they appear to discuss young women dancing at a party.

Today, one of the men is president of the United States. The other is in federal lockup awaiting a bail decision as he fights sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

The November 1992 tape in the NBC archives shows Donald Trump partying with Jeffrey Epstein at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, now a private club, more than a decade before Epstein pleaded guilty to felony ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-07-17 16:49pm to the Crime forum.

The Charmed Life of Esther the Wonder Pig

The Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, about sixty-five kilometres southwest of Toronto, is home to around sixty-five rescued farm animals, including pigs named Hercules, April, and Len, a goat known as Diablo, and a cow whose moniker, Pouty Face, perfectly matches her cuddly demeanour. These animals have come from a variety of places: some are from petting zoos, some have literally fallen off of trucks, and one was abandoned at the sanctuary’s front gate, presumably because its owners could ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-07-17 16:37pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-07-17 16:11pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

The Crazy Story Of A Cat Named Tibbles Who Killed Off A Whole Species Of Bird

Tibbles lived more than a hundred years ago on Stephens Island, a small island off the southern coast of New Zealand, where her owner, David Lyall, was one of the lighthouse keepers. The wren lived there, too.

A mysterious little animal, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Stephens Island wren was believed to be nocturnal and flightless, much like the highly endangered kiwi bird that still roams New Zealand. It probably scurried along the ground gobbling up insects, as other ...
Submitted by elitist horde at 2019-07-17 12:00pm to the Science forum.

These are some of the leaked chat messages at the center of Puerto Rico's political crisis

Puerto Rico's embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is rejecting calls to step down after the leaks of hundreds of derisive and offensive private chat messages between him and members of his inner circle.
Protesters took to the streets in recent days after nearly 900 pages from the messaging app Telegram were published by Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism.
The governor and 11 top aides and Cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-07-17 3:19am to the Politics forum.

Emails show Iowa official’s Tupac fixation before his ouster

The timing of Foxhoven’s mass email, which featured a large image of the rapper smiling, and his resignation has fueled speculation among employees that the two events are linked. But like the question of who fatally shot Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996, the reason for Foxhoven’s forced departure remains a mystery.
Submitted by vvp the deathless at 2019-07-17 2:05am to the Politics forum.

Larry Krasner Needs the Democrats to Stand Up for Justice

Splinter: What do you think your most meaningful accomplishments have been so far?

Larry Krasner: There is a serious discussion going on about some basic notions behind criminal justice. For example, it’s always been a part of criminal justice conservative orthodoxy that you are either all good or all bad, all victim or all perpetrator, and people don’t change. That is, needless to say, bullshit. People do change. They change profoundly, in many instances. And our approach to criminal ...
Submitted by crote at 2019-07-17 1:06am to the Crime forum.

Hero Woman pushes anti-gay priest off stage in front of 50,000 worshippers

During a mass service in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday (14 July) afternoon, one of the country’s most famous priests, Father Marcelo Rossi, was shoved off stage by a woman who ran past security and onto the stage with him.

The shocking moment happened in front of an estimated crowd of 50,000 people, and was also broadcast on television.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-07-16 23:45pm to the Politics forum.

I Grew Up In A City Where Busing Worked

Kamala Harris’ takedown of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden over his past opposition to busing — the euphemistic name for America’s halfhearted attempts, in the 1970s and ’80s, to desegregate public schools — was undeniably compelling political theater. In the weeks since, Harris has risen in the polls, while Biden has struggled to contain the damage.

Less discussed in this scuffle is the fact that few politicians actually support court-ordered busing today — not even the ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-07-16 23:03pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Sushi 'crunch' caused 2 restaurant fires by spontaneous combustion, Madison Fire Department says

"The fires were caused by a food preparation technique where oil used to make a tempura-like crunch self-heats and spontaneously combusts," said MFD spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster.

What happens is the batter is fried in vegetable oil, then the crunch is put into a bowl or colander to drain and cool. If unattended while cooling, the crunch can retain heat and get to the flash point.
Submitted by MaulLove at 2019-07-16 21:34pm to the Food forum.

Is It Okay to Laugh at Florida Man?

Since Florida Man was first defined on Twitter in 2013 as the “world’s worst superhero,” many men (and it’s almost always men) have assumed the mantle. He is a man of a thousand tattooed faces, a slapstick outlaw, an Internet-traffic gold mine, a cruel punchline, a beloved prankster, a human tragedy and, like some other love-hate American mascots, the subject of burgeoning controversy.

Most memes — from planking to Tide Pods — fizzle fast. Florida Man has only grown stronger. ...
Submitted by thebaronsdoctor at 2019-07-16 20:47pm to the Crime forum.

Federal judge permanently blocks Trump admin from adding citizenship question to 2020 census

A New York federal judge has issued an order definitively blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the administration's insistence it has abandoned plans to add a question on the census.

Judge Jesse Furman, in his two-page order, also indicated the seriousness with which the court will continue to monitor this controversial issue, saying,"The Court will retain jurisdiction in this case to enforce the terms of this Order ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-07-16 20:23pm to the Politics forum.

Researchers Find a Promising Treatment for Video Game Addiction

Researchers in Germany have published a new study they claim shows promise for treating video game addiction. Researchers claim that patients experienced a 70 percent remission rate, and the treatment doesn’t use psychiatric drugs. Rather than wean them off gaming entirely, the methods described in the study seek to re-configure the patient’s relationship with gaming as a whole.
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-07-16 20:40pm to the Video Games forum.

The 2019 Artistic-Swimming World Championships in Photos

In Gwangju, South Korea, the 2019 World Aquatics Championships are currently under way, featuring six disciplines, including diving, swimming, water polo, and artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronized swimming). Photographers have been on site capturing all the aquatic action, but it’s the photos of the artistic-swimming events that really shine. Gathered here, some of the scenes from both above and below the water of the performances of these national teams of artistic swimmers.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-07-16 19:57pm to the Sports forum.

Former Trump Aide Jason Miller Admits to Hiring Prostitutes in 2015 and 2017

Republican operative Jason Miller, the former communications chief for the Trump campaign and transition team, said he hired numerous prostitutes and visited “hand job” massage parlors as recently as a few months ago in a new videotaped deposition.

Miller made the admission while testifying on May 30 in Washington D.C. in connection to his lawsuit against the digital media company Gizmodo — a case that is being litigated in Southern Florida’s District Court. Despite Miller’s ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-07-16 19:24pm to the Crime forum.

Data Company Directly Powers Immigration Raids in Workplace

Palantir, a secretive data-mining firm co-founded by Trump adviser Peter Thiel, is facing mounting criticism for its work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In response, the company has tried to distance itself from ICE’s controversial treatment of undocumented immigrants.

But now, emails obtained by WNYC show that Palantir software has directly powered ICE’s accelerating workplace raids.

In the final weeks of 2017, special agents in ICE’s Homeland Security ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-07-16 19:17pm to the The Economy forum.

PHILADELPHIA D.A. ASKS COURT TO DECLARE DEATH PENALTY SYSTEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner—who vowed as a candidate not to seek the death penalty—has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to declare that the sentence, as applied, violates the state’s Constitution.

“Because of the arbitrary manner in which it has been applied, the death penalty violates our state Constitution’s prohibition against cruel punishments,” states a brief filed by Krasner’s office tonight in the case Jermont Cox v. Commonwealth of ...
Submitted by crote at 2019-07-16 19:08pm to the Crime forum.

Italian forest rangers on the hunt of 'escape genius' bear

Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an “escape genius” after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods.

Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena.

An order for its capture was issued by the president of ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-07-16 19:04pm to the The World forum.

Goodwill pulls paychecks from disabled workers

An iconic nonprofit thrift store is crying poor in the face of looming payroll increases, and it is announcing plans to layoff disabled employees in order to take on the extra cost.

However, the 501(c)(3) organization pays no taxes, collects state funding, was awarded state contracts, and has special permission from the federal government to pay disabled workers well below the minimum wage floor.

Sharon Durbin, President and Chief Executive Officer at Land of Lincoln Goodwill, told dozens ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-07-16 18:41pm to the The Economy forum.