Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Judiciary Jolly Jerry Nadler & Nancy Pelosi Do Not Want To #sayhisname - The Road To Impeachment

On this exciting episode of Cocktails & Popcorn, Judiciary Jolly Jerry and Nancy Pelosi do not want to #sayhisname.

Perhaps, Trump can assist in the healing of the DNC if he would stop obstructing justice and pull that IG Report from his backpocket.

Pelosi-Nadler clash over impeachment intensifies

Jolly Jerry & Nancy do not want to #sayhisname.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies, are clashing over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump – a sign of how toxic the split over Trump has become for House Democrats.

Nadler has twice urged Pelosi in private to open a formal impeachment inquiry, but the speaker, backed by the majority of her leadership team and her caucus, has maintained that impeaching the president would backfire on Democrats without meaningful Republican support. And there is no sign that Trump’s GOP firewall is cracking.

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Pelosi and Nadler, two veterans of the impeachment drama surrounding President Bill Clinton 20 years ago, appear to be drawing opposite lessons from that experience. And the divide between the two lawmakers is illustrative of what all Democrats are grappling with as they respond to Trump’s efforts to stonewall congressional investigations into his personal conduct, finances and policy moves.

“I think they are articulating the different impulses within the caucus, and also within each of us,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said of Pelosi and Nadler. “It’s not entirely clear what to do.”

“Put yourself in the position of somebody in the House of Representatives today,” added Raskin, a Judiciary Committee member who wants to launch an impeachment inquiry. “There are a million factors to deal with. And we’re dealing with the most lawless, corrupt presidency of our lifetime. So what is the right time to respond? It’s not entirely clear.”

Tuesday, though, will feature a key step that all Democrats can agree on: The full House will vote on empowering committee chairs to enforce subpoenas issued to top current and former Trump administration officials, including Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

The resolution will, in part, allow the Judiciary Committee to sue Barr and McGahn in federal court to secure former special counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report and underlying evidence from his Russia investigation, as well as McGahn’s public testimony.

But a majority of Democratic members of Nadler’s committee favor impeaching Trump, which puts intense pressure on the chairman for more drastic action.

Pelosi and other top Democrats argue that most in their party don’t support such a move, especially with no significant GOP support. Even if the Democratic-controlled House voted to impeach Trump, the Republican-run Senate would probably acquit him, they argue, meaning that Trump would not only remain in office but that the move could potentially embolden the GOP base and result in the president’s reelection.

Nadler, meanwhile, has made the case to Pelosi that an impeachment inquiry would streamline their investigations under one committee and would strengthen Democrats’ hand in federal court over challenges to their subpoenas.

Nadler and Pelosi sparred over the issue during a private meeting last week. Nadler again pushed the speaker to support an impeachment inquiry, but she refused, saying she’d rather see Trump “in prison.”

Some Judiciary Committee members are hinting at a more serious divide between the two lawmakers. But senior Democratic aides consistently downplay any tension between them.

“I think Chairman Nadler has done a very good job, particularly considering the parameters under which he has to work,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), one of the caucus’s most fervent supporters of impeachment. “There are quite a few.”

Tuesday’s vote – the first enforcement mechanism to hit the House floor since Mueller’s report was released nearly two months ago – is unlikely to calm tensions, even as House Democrats continue to secure key victories in federal court and in their negotiations with the Justice Department over access to Mueller’s files.

That’s in part because Pelosi’s allies are using those wins as evidence that their current strategy is working – and that impeachment isn’t necessary yet.

“We’re winning as it relates to the strategy that we’re pursuing, and the fact that the Department of Justice has agreed to provide documents and allow inspection of a more unredacted version of the report means we should stay the course,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), a member of the Judiciary panel. He was referring to a the committee struck with the Justice Department over access to some of Mueller’s “key” underlying evidence about possible obstruction of justice by the president.

At the core of the conflict is a sharp disagreement between Pelosi and Nadler over the intensity and speed with which Democrats investigate Trump and how that decision will reverberate in next year’s election.

Pelosi speaks frequently about how she empowers her committee chairmen – allowing them to make decisions about what legislation they pursue and how they run their respective panels.

With Nadler’s panel, however, she has been much more personally involved in the committee’s decision-making process, according to multiple sources, even compared with panels such as Oversight and Intelligence, which are also pursuing potentially explosive investigations targeting Trump.

The speaker’s allies, though, assert that Pelosi has been hands-off with the Judiciary Committee except when it comes to her disagreement with Nadler over impeachment. Opening an impeachment inquiry, as Nadler has advocated privately to Pelosi, would be the equivalent of “jumping off a cliff,” according to a source close to the speaker.

The squabble has put a strain on what has generally been a cordial and respectful relationship.

They have served together in the House for nearly 30 years. Nadler, a New Yorker, backed Pelosi, who is from California, when she challenged Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), now the No. 2 Democrat, in their bitter battle to become House minority whip in 2001, a critical moment in her rise to the speaker’s chair. The alliances forged then still resonate today and creep into nearly all internal caucus politics.

Pelosi, in turn, stayed out of the race between Nadler and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a close ally of the speaker, to become the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee in 2017. Pelosi’s silence was interpreted as a gift to Nadler and a blessing for him to take over the gavel after the resignation of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) amid a sexual harassment scandal.

In the seven weeks since Mueller’s findings were made public, House Democrats have been focused almost exclusively on battling the Trump administration over how much of the Mueller report lawmakers can view; when and whether Mueller testifies; the conditions of Barr’s testimony; and other process-related fights.

Those protracted legal battles were out of Nadler’s control, due in large part to the Trump administration’s unwillingness to comply with congressional subpoenas. Nadler addressed the administration’s recalcitrance during Monday’s hearing with Nixon White House counsel John Dean and former federal prosecutors.

“It is true that fact witnesses have been ordered by the White House not to appear before this committee,” Nadler said. “But we’ll get them.”

Still, Democrats on the committee have privately complained that the process battles do little to educate the public, and even Monday’s hearing with Dean barely made a splash. Instead, most news networks carried coverage of a fatal helicopter crash in New York City on Monday.

“Obviously that’s not going to be effective if they didn’t see that,” acknowledged Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a Judiciary Committee and leadership member who supports opening an impeachment inquiry.

“I’ve expressed my personal opinions to the speaker,” Lieu said. “It will be a decision that the speaker and the caucus makes. And I respect that decision. In the meantime, I’m going to hold these hearings [and] educate the American people about the report.”

Judiciary Committee Democrats largely remain united behind Nadler, saying privately that they recognize he is in an impossible position – caught between a majority of the panel’s Democratic members supporting an impeachment inquiry and the speaker remaining steadfastly opposed.

“To some extent they’re on the same page,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), a Judiciary member and Pelosi ally, said of the disagreement between the speaker and Nadler. “But the American people have to get there. And as of now, as Democrats, the White House has been able to distract and hide from the Mueller report because we have a president and an attorney general who are co-conspirators in depriving the American people of the real facts.”

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Cocktails & Popcorn: What Do Overstock, Maria Butina, FBI & Cryptocurrency Have In Common?

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Maria Butina & Patrick Byrne
Q: What do Overstock, Maria Butina, FBI & Cryptocurrency have in common?

A: If you said Detroit or even Michigan, you are on the right track.

If you said Patrick Byrne, you are on the right track.

If you said sex, you are right there in the psychosexual world of propaganda with The New York Times.

If you said EdChoice, you would also be on the right path.

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According to Wikipedia, Byrne was strong supporter of privatization in education through a school voucher program:
In 2005, Byrne provided financial backing to form the advocacy group Class Education, whose goal is to change state laws to require schools to spend at least 65 percent of their operating budgets on classroom expenses. Proponents of the standard contend that it would free up money to increase teachers' salaries without requiring tax increases. Critics say that many services deemed "non-classroom" are necessary for education, including librarians, school nurses, guidance counselors, food service workers and school bus drivers.[50][51][52]
Byrne also serves as co-chair (with Rose Friedman) of EdChoice. The non-profit organization was founded by Milton and Rose Friedman and promotes school vouchers and other forms of school choice.[53]
Byrne and his family contributed most of the funds in support of House Bill 148 in Utah, a bill that would allow the state to provide funding vouchers for students who decide to leave public schools for private schools.[54] In January 2008, it was reported that Byrne and his parents contributed about $4 million to the pro-voucher campaign, or three-quarters of its $5.4 million funding. Opponents of vouchers, funded mostly by the teacher unions, spent $4 million; approximately $3 million came from the National Education Association.[55][56] When that bill was defeated in a statewide referendum (62% opposing vs. 38% favoring),[57] the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Byrne "called the referendum a 'statewide IQ test' that Utahns failed." He said, "They don't care enough about their kids. They care an awful lot about this system, this bureaucracy, but they don't care enough about their kids to think outside the box."[58]
Byrne criticized Utah governor Jon Huntsman for not sufficiently supporting the voucher campaign. According to Byrne, Huntsman had before he was elected stated that he was "going to be the voucher governor", and Byrne had donated $75,000 to Huntsman's campaign for governor in 2004. However, to Byrne's disappointment, the moment Huntsman was elected he went missing from the debate, and Byrne told the Associated Press that he would now bankroll anyone who could defeat Huntsman at the polls, "even a communist".[59]
Byrne was also against short selling in dealing with banks and Google, but if you say he was funding political campaigns through child welfare fraud, I think you may be on the right track, too, but hey, what do I know?

I know we should #FreeMariaButina.

Overstock C.E.O. Takes Aim at ‘Deep State’ After Romance With Russian Agent

Gotta keep that propaganda rolling along.


Overstock shares plunge more than 30 percent after CEO says he assisted 'Russia investigation'

Shares for the internet retailer Overstock have plunged more than 30 percent this week after its CEO issued a statement saying that he assisted efforts to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The e-commerce company's stock has fell by 36 percent since Monday, a figure that represents its biggest two-day hit in 11 years, Bloomberg News reported.

The significant slide began after CEO Patrick Bryne came out with a statement about what he referred to as the "deep state."

"Starting in 2015 I (operating under the belief that I was helping legitimate law enforcement efforts) assisted in what are now known as the ‘Clinton Investigation’ and the ‘Russian Investigation,’" Byrde said on the company's website. "It was the third time in my life I helped the Men in Black."

“I will speak no more on the subject,” he continued. “Instead, having lived in places lacking Rule of Law and having witnessed the consequences of its absence, I plan on sitting back and watching the United States Department of Justice re-establish Rule of Law in our country.”

Bryne did not address any specifics regarding the aid he offered the investigation. His statement appeared to have come in response to an independent journalist's story about the Russia probe.

Bloomberg News noted that Byrne has a history of making unusual statements. Among other things, the CEO has compared the e-commerce giant's cryptocurrency goals to the polio vaccine, the news outlet noted.

Overstock becomes the latest company to see its stock tumble following controversy related to politics. Wayfair, an online furniture company, has experienced a 7 percent plunge in stocks since employees discovered it sold beds to a detention facility housing migrant children, The Washington Post noted.

Employees found out in June that a nonprofit government contractor managing migrant camps placed a $200,000 order for bedroom furniture.

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Foster Care & Adoption Horrors Of Guatemalan Tiny Humans - No One Cares About The Savages Unless There Is A Check - United Methodists Of Grand Rapids

Call me a starry eyed gal, but one day, I just know the world will speak upon the horrors behind the iron curtain of Foster Care & Adoption, both foreign and domestic.

Allow me to share a personal story about a 13 year old Guatemalan, traditional native mother, who was forced to give up her child for adoption to a U.S. family, who just so happens be members of United Methodist church, out there by Grand Rapids, who thought it to be a very christian thing to snatch the kid, from the arms of the Guatemalan mother, who lived on the United Methodist human plantation, because she was too young and too poor to care for the child.

Her son was born with deaf.

I have always speculated the deformities to be a result of tiny human lab rat testing.

Not once did this United Methodist family, who hails from Troy, see anything wrong about a 12 year old savage girl getting knocked up.

But I will tell you this.

That United Methodist family out there by Grand Rapids has never sent one penny from the international adoption check they get every year.

It is strictly about the money, the christian way.

Praise the lord.

I will tell you one thing.

Right after that United Methodist Guatemalan adoption, the U.S. was banned from international adoptions, or shall I say trafficking tiny humans.

"Have a great day!"

Claims of abuse in foster homes mount for migrant kids separated at border

Police stand outside an office for the Cayuga Centers in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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Cayuga Centers in Brooklyn, N.Y., last year
Three of the four incidents involving physical harm to immigrant children outlined in new legal filings involve charges of Cayuga Centers, the largest foster care placement operation for migrant children.

This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation by the Associated Press and the PBS series “Frontline” on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film.

After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist’s home, he decided to leave his village behind and flee to the United States, hoping he’d be granted asylum and his little boy, whose heart was failing, would receive lifesaving medical care.

But after the man crossed the border into Arizona in May of last year, Border Patrol agents tore his 7-year-old son from his arms and sent the father nearly 2,000 miles away to a detention center in Georgia. The boy, now 8, went into a U.S.-funded foster home for migrant children in New York.

The foster care programs are meant to provide migrant children with care while authorities work to connect them with parents, relatives or other sponsors. But instead the boy told a counselor he was repeatedly sexually molested by other boys in the foster home.

A review of 38 legal claims obtained by the Associated Press — some of which have never been made public — shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages from parents who said their children were harmed while in government custody.

The father and son are among dozens of families — separated at the border as part of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy — who are now preparing to sue the federal government, including several who say their young children were sexually, physically or emotionally abused in federally funded foster care.

With more than 3,000 migrant children taken from their parents at the border in recent years, many lawsuits are expected, with damages potentially totaling in the billions. Families who spoke to the AP and “Frontline” did so on the condition of anonymity over fears about their families’ safety.

“How is it possible that my son was suffering these things?” the father said. “My son is little and couldn’t defend himself.”

The families — some in the U.S., others already deported to Central America — are represented by grassroots immigration clinics and nonprofit groups, along with some of the country’s most powerful law firms. They’re making claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act as a precursor to filing lawsuits. The FTCA allows individuals who suffer harm as a direct result of federal employees to sue the government.

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“It’s the tip of the iceberg,” said Erik Walsh, an attorney at Arnold & Porter, which has one of the world’s leading pro bono programs.

The firm has so far filed 18 claims on behalf of nine families, totaling $54 million, and Walsh says dozens more are likely coming.

The government has six months to settle FTCA claims from the time they’re filed. After that, the claimants are free to file federal lawsuits.

The departments of Justice and Homeland Security — both named in claims — did not respond to requests for comment.

In a statement, the Department of Health and Human Services — which is responsible for the care of migrant children — said it does not respond to pending litigation and that it serves children in a compassionate and organized manner through its Office of Refugee Resettlement.

“The important work happening in each of the facilities and programs in the ORR network around the country — work ORR has done successfully since 2003 — takes an experienced team of competent, hardworking men and women dedicated to the welfare of the children,” HHS spokesman Mark Weber said. “We treat the children in our care with dignity and respect.”

Last year, the ORR cared for nearly 50,000 children who crossed the border by themselves, as well as children who were separated from their families under the zero-tolerance policy. The agency housed them in foster homes, residential shelters and detention camps around the country, sometimes making daily placements of as many as 500 new arrivals, from babies to teens.

The allegations of abuse and assaults in foster care raise fresh questions about the government’s efforts to place younger children with families in lieu of larger shelters and packed detention facilities.

The legal claims, a recent federal court filing and Health and Human Services documents released by Congress earlier this year allege that children have suffered serious emotional trauma after being physically harmed or fondled by other children while in foster care.

Six of the claims for damages involve children who were in foster care. And one recent court filing refers to a migrant child being abused in foster care.

The records released by Congress show the Office of Refugee Resettlement referred at least seven foster care allegations of sexual abuse to the Justice Department in 2017 and 2018. Because some are anonymous to protect the children’s privacy, it’s unclear if some of the claims are duplicates.

The Justice Department has not responded to repeated queries about those cases from members of Congress.

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Three of the four incidents involving physical harm outlined in legal filings occurred at Cayuga Centers in New York, the largest foster care placement organization for migrant children, housing up to 900 babies and children at a time. The kids are supposed to be placed with Spanish-speaking families who are paid $1,000 per month per child. Cayuga Centers did not respond to requests for comment.

In one Cayuga home, a foster parent found a little girl being forced to touch another child’s private parts and kiss her on the lips, according to a memo submitted as part of a federal lawsuit related to family separation.

The girl was 3 when immigration officials took her from her father in March, after they’d crossed the border in Texas. As a result of her trauma, the little girl began to regress in foster care, having difficulty eating, drinking and using the toilet, according to her attorney. The girl was sent back to Honduras on Wednesday, a month after her father was deported.

One Guatemalan mother whose 5-year-old daughter was placed in Cayuga last year says her little girl still wakes up crying from what she endured at the foster home.

“Now she’s scared each time we go out or when she sees a police car or someone in uniform,” said the mother, who has filed a $6-million claim. “She says ‘Mami, don’t let them separate us again.’”

Another 5-year-old Guatemalan girl said a boy grabbed her chest and touched her inappropriately, both in her foster home and during daytime classes at a Safe Haven for Children New York foster program, according to a $3-million injury claim. The girl was moved to a new foster home, but there she suffered verbal abuse from her foster parent’s mother, who called her names and locked her alone in rooms as punishment, according to the claim.

A spokesman for Lutheran Social Services of New York, which oversees the Safe Haven for Children New York foster program, declined to comment on the allegation.

Two claims blame the government for wrongful deaths, including one seeking $20 million for the wife of a Honduran man who killed himself in a padded cell after officers pulled his 3-year-old son from his arms.

“Essentially what this policy does is it makes examples out of families that get ripped apart to deter others,” said John Escamilla, who is representing the man’s wife and two children. He said he plans to file a federal lawsuit stemming from his FTCA claim as soon as Friday. “The people making these policies intended this level of suffering, and that’s what’s unconscionable.”

In another case not involving child separation, a Guatemalan toddler died after a three-week stay in a family detention center. Her mother’s $60-million claim alleges the government failed to give the girl proper medical attention.

The government has not settled any family separation cases in the administrative claims stage. But one federal lawsuit is currently in litigation in Massachusetts, and in February, a federal judge in Connecticut approved a $125,000 settlement in a separate case, for a Honduran mom and her son, then 6, who had been detained for four months and threatened with separation under the Obama administration.

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Aseem Mehta, a law student at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School who worked on the case, said the settlement — the first of its kind — sends a clear message that such claims have legal standing. Mehta added that Trump’s significantly harsher border policies, including family separation, could make for even stronger cases before courts.

“Our case is a benchmark,” Mehta said. “The most important takeaway is these claims are viable, and courts will entertain them, and the Department of Homeland Security views them as meritorious; they don’t settle cases unless they think there’s liability they’re exposed to.”

Janet Napolitano, who led Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, said she recalled a number of tort claims were filed against the agency at the time, though she said family separations were rare. The delays in reunifying families and children under the Trump administration may have left the agency open to legal challenges, she added.

“There very well may be some vulnerability there,” said Napolitano, now the president of the University of California.

Lawsuits stemming from family separation policies under the Trump administration are expected to be filed by mid-August.

Attorneys for migrant children have aimed several recent legal challenges at larger facilities that are not state-licensed and have held thousands of teens. Some say misconduct is less easily identified in foster care because it requires a child reporting or a foster parent happening to walk in on something occurring in the home.

“We may never know the extent to which children suffered particular abuses in foster homes,” said Michelle Lapointe, a senior supervising attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Guatemalan father, now living in Southern California, is still struggling to soothe his son’s lasting nightmares. He says his once talkative and outgoing third-grader is now withdrawn and frequently says he wants to leave this world.

“This can’t happen again because for those of us who live through this, it is terrifying,” he said.

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OVERSIGHT: Full Committee Business Meeting: 7/25/2019 - Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure

This report examines the emerging regulatory and policy landscape surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) in jurisdictions around the world and in the European Union. In addition, a survey of international organizations describes the approach that United Nations agencies and regional organizations have taken towards AI. As the regulation of AI is still in its infancy, guidelines, ethics codes, and actions by and statements from governments and their agencies on AI are also addressed. While the country surveys look at various legal issues, including data protection and privacy, transparency, human oversight, surveillance, public administration and services, autonomous vehicles, and lethal autonomous weapons systems, the most advanced regulations were found in the area of autonomous vehicles, in particular for the testing of such vehicles.

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HOMELAND SECURITY: Senate holds hearing addressing 2020 census

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DOJ: Four Men Sentenced to Prison for Engaging in a Child Exploitation Enterprise on the Tor Network

You have networks, but you also have servers, big, encrypted servers, but I believe DOJ finally has mastered an understanding of the world of trafficking tiny humans.

The creator and lead administrator of a highly sophisticated Tor-network-based website dedicated to the sexual abuse of children was sentenced Friday, along with three others, for their roles in this global child exploitation enterprise. 
Patrick D. Falte, 29, of Franklin, Tennessee, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, three counts of advertising child pornography, and three counts of distributing child pornography.  Benjamin A. Faulkner, 28, of Ontario, Canada, was sentenced to 35 years in prison; Andrew R. Leslie, 24, of Middleburg, Florida, was sentenced to 30 years in prison; and Brett A. Bedusek, 35, of Cudahy, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, all for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw of the Middle District of Tennessee.  The judge also sentenced each defendant to a lifetime of supervised release.  Falte had previously pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2018, and Faulkner, Leslie and Bedusek had pleaded guilty in November 2018. 
“The Giftbox Exchange proved a haven for sophisticated predators to produce and spread deplorable depictions of child sexual abuse,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “These sentences affirm that layers of anonymity on the dark web will not prevent the Department of Justice from identifying and holding accountable those who exploit children.”
“The sentences imposed on these despicable individuals should insure that they never have another opportunity to abuse another child,” said U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  “With all that we have, we will continue to hunt down the evil and abominable like-minded individuals who delight in abusing children and will bring them to justice.”
In July 2015, Falte created a website called the “Giftbox Exchange” as a Tor hidden service, meaning it could only be accessed by users through the Tor anonymity network.  Falte paid for the operation of the site using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.  He acted as the lead administrator of the site and established rules that required users to upload and share images and videos depicting pre-teen children being sexually abused before they could access the site. 
The site was organized into different forums for posting different types of child pornography, categorized by age range of the minor victims — including a sub forum for “Babies & Toddlers.”  At the time the site was shut down in November 2016, it had over 72,000 registered users and 56,000 posts.  In addition to operating the site on the Tor network—which masks the internet protocol addresses of the users — Falte and his co-conspirators used other advanced technological means to thwart law enforcement efforts, including file encryption and cryptography.
Faulkner joined the Giftbox Exchange in September 2015 and also became an administrator of the site.  In addition to his administration of Giftbox Exchange, he created and administered another Tor network-based hidden service website dedicated to child sexual exploitation, which grew to host over 200,000 users.  Faulkner also created and administered a separate Tor hidden service reserved for producers of child pornography.  Leslie, in addition to his membership on the Giftbox Exchange, himself ran yet another Tor network-based hidden service website, which explicitly allowed images and videos depicting graphic and violent sexual abuse of children.  Bedusek, who has a prior federal conviction for receipt of child pornography and engaged in activity on Giftbox Exchange while on federal supervised release for that offense, was a VIP member of Giftbox Exchange which gave him access to a special area of the site, and a moderator on one of the hidden services created by Faulkner.
In addition to running an online network dedicated to child sexual exploitation, Falte and Faulkner were sentenced in September 2017 to life imprisonment by Judge John A. Gibney, Jr., of the Eastern District of Virginia, in connection with their sexual abuse of a toddler-aged minor to whom they gained access through an individual they met through the Giftbox Exchange.  They traveled to abuse that minor on multiple occasions.  Faulkner also separately traveled to Texas and sexually abused a toddler and produced child pornography of an infant.  In March 2018, Leslie was sentenced to 60 years of imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis of the Middle District of Florida, in connection with his sexual abuse and production of child pornography involving multiple children, including an infant and a toddler.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the High Technology Investigative Unit of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).  CEOS Trial Attorney Lauren E. Britsch and Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Carran Daughtrey and Byron M. Jones of the Middle District of Tennessee prosecuted the case. 
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Will Trump Pardon Rod Blogojevich & Kwame Kilpatrick As Whistleblowers?

Now, why would Illinois seek to disbar Blogojevich so many years later.

It is all about the timing.

In this scenario, I believe he was installed into office as possible collateral damage when it comes to throwing "The Elected Ones" under the bus, strictly for business purposes of stealin'.

Blogojevich may just come out to tell his story, and it should be quite an interesting one.

I bet Kwame Kilpatrick's story is better.

But, alas, we shall never know for the time being, as Trump keeps obstructing justice by refusing to pull that IG Report from his backpocket.


State seeks to disbar ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from practicing law more than 8 years after conviction

State seeks to disbar ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from practicing law more than 8 years after conviction
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Convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who has never really been considered a giant in the legal profession, used to joke that he’d spent more time frolicking on the beach at his law school in Malibu, Calif., than he did cracking books.

When he did buckle down and read, it was often history books, not case law, he said.

“I had a man crush on Alexander Hamilton,” Blagojevich testified at his corruption trial in 2011 about why he almost flunked out of Pepperdine University.

Now, as Blagojevich awaits word at a Colorado federal prison on whether President Donald Trump will commute his 14-year sentence, the Illinois panel that licenses and disciplines attorneys has quietly moved to finally take Blagojevich’s law license away permanently.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a formal complaint citing Blagojevich’s conviction on an array of federal corruption charges and requesting a hearing before a disciplinary panel, online ARDC records show.

In what some might construe as a vast understatement, the complaint said the crimes for which Blagojevich was convicted — including trying to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate, shaking down the owner of a children’s hospital and lying to the FBI — “adversely reflect on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.”

The complaint, dated Aug. 1, comes eight years after the Illinois Supreme Court suspended Blagojevich’s law license indefinitely after his conviction at a second trial on counts of wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion.

James Grogan, the ARDC’s deputy administrator and chief counsel, said the complaint was served on one of Blagojevich’s attorneys on Aug. 7 — the same day Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he was seriously considering commuting Blagojevich’s sentence, a decision that would spring him from prison about five years early.

Grogan said the delay in moving to disbar Blagojevich came because, by Illinois law, regulators have to wait until all appellate options are over before moving to permanently revoke a lawyer’s license.

In April 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the former governor’s appeal, marking the end of a decadelong legal road.

“Unless you agree to essentially disbar yourself, we have to wait," Grogan said.

Blagojevich has until Aug 28 to respond, Grogan said. If nothing is filed, he likely would be found liable by default and automatically disbarred.

Even if the complaint did eventually go to a hearing, it would essentially be a formality, Grogan said, since the only evidence against Blagojevich is his criminal conviction — something he’s not allowed to relitigate before the disciplinary board.

Blagojevich, 62, who served as Illinois governor from 2003 until his impeachment and removal from office in early 2009, is currently scheduled to be released from the low-security federal prison camp outside Denver in March 2024.

He graduated from law school at Pepperdine in 1983 and was admitted to the Illinois bar a year later, records show. His only legal experience came as a young assistant Cook County state’s attorney, where he was assigned to a traffic courtroom years before entering politics.

On the ARDC website, Blagojevich still lists his home address in Chicago’s Ravenswood Manor neighborhood as his registered business address.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Lindsey Graham Is Clueless On SCOTUS & Its Trafficking Tiny Humans Issues

Poor Lindsey!

He is absolutely clueless on what is going on.

This is not about Trump.

This is about Democrats or Republicans.

This is about Trafficking Tiny Humans.

How are you going to enhance background checks on guns when child welfare records are sealed, due to all that trafficking tiny humans, stuff, you know, like what John Roberts did.

SCOTUS has a long and illustrious history of promulgating the trafficking of tiny humans.

But Lindsey is right about one thing and that is that this is about guns, which is really about parental rights, or rather corporate parental rights.

This is about the Magnitsky and Detroit.

Oh, and he is clueless about Rashida and Ilhan, the #MeToo Girls, because Lindsey will not #sayhisname.

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THE STUDY OF FAKE NEWS: Laura Loomer’s hate speech and the Christchurch, New Zealand mass murder – a CrowdSource The Truth case study






BACKGROUND.   U.S. domestic counter-terrorism efforts are woefully behind international counter-terrorism efforts.  Specifically, domestic counter-terrorism does not address potential threats within the realm of social media where hate speech foments.
Threats such as the Call To Action (CTA) to close the Port of Charleston, South Carolina with a dirty bomb (June 14, 2017) should be taken seriously.  Social media CTA broadcasts have the potential to organize followers into a specific course of action.

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Penelope Prepares For The Return Of Odysseus - The Tale Of Jeffrey Epstein In Detroit - Part One

I really do not care about this LARP.

Yes, I called it a LARP.

It really does not matter if he is living or dead because we are dealing with "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) and the investigation is continuing onto the co-conspirators.

So, in watching this video, I found Michael Baden, the world renowned forensic pathologist who has commented on notable individuals like John F. Kennedy, Michael Brown, and Jeffrey Epstein.

But of course, I went for his first wife.

The first wife is always the one who can provide the origins of an individual's motivation, but I did not get that far.

Michael Baden's first wife was Judianne Densen-Gerber.

She founded what I like to call the first residential institution for tiny human lab rats, labeled as abused and neglected, in Flint, named the Odyssey House, a Lebensborn Model.

"I hear a future lab rat for sale in my Mommy's tummy!"
Flint and Saginaw Odyssey House drug and alcohol treatment programs continue as the heart of the Odyssey Village’s holistic and comprehensive recovery management service array. In addition to providing residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment services in both Flint and Saginaw, the Odyssey Village includes a virtual village of services that recognizes addiction as a chronic problem that requires a long term relationship through a therapeutic community.

The Odyssey Village is a drug-free comprehensive recovery community that serves as a microcosm of society. Our holistic person approach challenges participants to be economically self-reliant, develop positive character , and become spiritually, physically, emotionally, and psychologically healthy in a lifestyle of sobriety.

These are the new human plantations for live human subject biogenetic and psychological experiments using their acquired goods through corporate parental rights to conduct pharmaceutical and epigenetic trials.

I keep telling everyone that slavery was never abolished, nor was using "The Poors" as a human usufruct through the chattels.

Nuclear, Public Private Partnerships, children.

"The goal is to change one person’s life, which will affect not only their family, but their community and future generations."

You prop up and compromise your chosen "Elected Ones" who would do anything to get that life time pension check of public office to keep their water from shutoff.

You target a population.

You start designing tests to run on your population and get a federal grant to conduct the experiments.

You generate some crappy predictive model to support your crappy Social Impact Bond program to help vulnerable populations on your human experiments.

You creatively bill Medicaid, alot.

You funnel the money, before the low levels administrators of the experiments stuff their pockets to stay dumb, fat and happy, overseas through a fake ass child welfare NGO, then run it back into the U.S. to fund political campaigns to make sure you can keep procuring those federal contracts to get more grants to run more dumb ass human experiments to keep on stealin'.

Stealin' is generational.

Stealin' is a residual of the peculiar institution.

Stealin' is the work of the Lord in the salvaging of souls.

That is how these people have souls, stealin'.

Linda Kenney Baden Portrait With Dog
Linda Kenny Baden, Michael Baden's other wife, claimed
her glory in defending her lover Phil Spector & her pesky attorney client privilege issue.
But it started in Detroit, with Michael Baden's first wife, Judianne.

Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber Is Dead at 68; Founded Odyssey House Group Drug Program

Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber, a lawyer and psychiatrist who founded the drug treatment program Odyssey House and went on to give widely quoted but sometimes disputed testimony on subjects like child abuse and pornography, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 68.

The cause was cancer, said her daughter Dr. Sarah Baden, who added that her mother lived in Westport, Conn., and had come to New York for Mother's Day.

In 1966, Dr. Densen-Gerber founded Odyssey House, one of the earlier drug-free therapeutic communities that helped addicts recover. She was a leading advocate of such programs, which involved group residence and group therapy, as opposed to methadone-maintenance programs.

She got to know Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller when she picketed in front of his house to demand funds for her program, and they became friends. In the 1970's she became a conspicuous figure at public hearings, society balls and ghetto demonstrations with her bouffant hairdo, rhinestone-studded glasses and cigars.

A 1979 profile in New York magazine quoted Mayor Edward I. Koch as saying that she was ''one of those seminal forces, original, a go-getter.'' He said there were ''few people who can claim as many accomplishments.''

Dr. Densen-Gerber's success at getting government help became her downfall when the state investigated her use of public funds in the early 1980's and found irregularities. She resigned as executive director of Odyssey House in 1983, but remained active in affiliated programs.

Her influence extended to areas like child pornography. In 1977, her testimony that there were 264 monthly publications devoted to the subject helped persuade the House of Representatives to unanimously pass a bill to regulate it.

IPT, the publication of the Institute for Psychological Therapy, reported in 1992 that later government investigations proved her estimates to be exaggerated by ''several orders of magnitude.''

Dr. Densen-Gerber also commented on many other hot issues from a psychiatric point of view.

In 1991, she went to Omaha to testify in court that her interview with a man convinced her he had witnessed four satanic ritual killings. She characterized herself as an expert at deprogramming survivors of satanic cults.

In 1997, she appeared on Geraldo Rivera's television program to analyze a videotape of JonBenet Ramsey in a children's beauty contest.

Her unorthodox approach extended to her psychiatric practice. In 1999, she agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a civil lawsuit over her inability to account for 1,270 vials of medicinal cocaine. She denied any violation of the law.

She was born in Manhattan on Nov. 13, 1934. Her mother, Beatrice Densen, who had kept her own name, was an heiress of the Densen paper-box fortune. Her father, Gustave Gerber, a chemical engineer, became a lawyer in his 40's and was considering studying medicine in his 60's.

Dr. Densen-Gerber's parents persuaded her to study law before supporting her through medical school. She graduated from Columbia Law School and New York University Medical School. She did her residency at Metropolitan Hospital, where during one of her pregnancies, the director suggested she spend an hour or two a day working with addicts. That led to her assembling, in 1966, a group of addicts who wanted to cure themselves without using drugs. Before she found a home for them, they slept in 11 temporary shelters, giving rise to the name Odyssey.

Her original capital was $3.82, and dinner was often rice and spaghetti. Her first permanent building, on East 109th Street, was rented for $17 a month. There were 17 residents.

Within four years, other Odyssey Houses had started to spring up in other cities. In New York, Dr. Densen-Gerber reached out to new populations like prostitutes and addicted mothers.

Her own celebrity grew, and in 1981 The New York Times noted her costume at the April in Paris Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria. She wore a leather lionlike mask and a lionlike coiffure.

By the next year, Dr. Densen-Gerber faced stiff challenges. She agreed to pay back $20,000 in excessive personal expenses to close a state investigation. News reports suggested she had become intoxicated with her own power.

''I remember her grandly lying back and being grande dame to all the peons who were lying around,'' Nancy Hoving, a former member of Odyssey's advisory council, said in a New York magazine interview.

In 1997, her marriage to Michael Baden, who had been the city's medical examiner and a top forensic official for the state police, burned out in a flurry of lawsuits and spectacular accusations.

The marriage's beginning had also been unusual. Mr. Baden said in an interview with The Daily News in 1989 that he took her to an autopsy on their first date and proposed by phone while assisting in the post-mortem on the bullet-riddled body of the mobster Albert Anastasia.

In addition to her daughter Sarah, Dr. Densen-Gerber is survived by another daughter, Trissa Baden of Hopewell, N.J.; a son, Lindsey, of Brookline, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

It always starts with the children because no one cares.

This is a video into the minds of the "Smarty Pants" who believe they are superior.

This is your evolutionary psychology and they have been experimenting with children for a very long time, but no one wants to talk about it.

These people believe in the concept of chattel law where the souls are a legal mechanism called chattel.

These people fear death because they have black souls.

How come "The Poors" cannot freeze themselves?

That sounds like discrimination.

These people are dropping money to freeze their pets, but what about "The Poors"?

 So, if someone from "The Poors" sticks the head of their loved ones in the kitchen freezer, can they claim economic cryogenic discrimination as a legal defense?

 "Freeze my cat or feed "The Poors"?


Some say they lack souls, spirituality or a conscious.

I say they lack a viable brain.

That is why they are freezing their heads in hopes to find a cure.

Pay attention to the people who are so privileged to freeze themselves and the people who get to be used as their lab rats to help them attain immortality.

"The biggest risk factor for mortality is age." 

Yes, these Smarty Pants actually said this.


These people say aging is a disease.

Aging is part of life.

If you do not age, then you are dead.

Feel free to provide clarification if I got this wrong.

Check this out.

They are taking about gene therapy using their own genes, while mentioning that their children have genetic disorders.

Gilbert's son has a condition. 

Gilbert has a child welfare NGO trust fund.

Gilbert funds genetic research for a cure for his son.

Gilbert uses children of "The Poors" to test out the cures for his son.

It started in Detroit.

Detroit is #1 in the world for infant mortality and preterm births while just so happening to be #1 in the world for neonatal and perinatal research, and #1 in the world for children's trust funds.



Start with Detroit, or Flint, the major cities with populations of "The Poors" and #coloredrevolution cover up psyoptics, for this is where you shall find your human genetic and psychological experiments with children in the child welfare system.

Yes, the poisoning of Flint was intentional.

I give credit to Chris Lambert for this human plantation crappy predictive human plantation model I shall include in the curriculum of stealin'.

Life Remodeled's one-stop Durfee center adds tenants, nears full occupancy

With three new tenants set to move in this fall, center is up to 27 organizations
Ballmer Group has granted $600,000 in unrestricted funding to support, measure impact
Goal is to take community center model to another Detroit neighborhood in 2021

Brendan Ross
Life Remodeled has repurposed a former school building into a community center, with public use of gym and auditorium spaces and services.
Life Remodeled has made a name for its ability to mobilize 10,000 volunteers each of the past three years for its six-day cleanup of central Detroit.

But its largest impact in the neighborhood could be yet to come.

The nonprofit has secured lease commitments from three new organizations for the repurposed former Detroit Public Schools Community District school building it's converted into a community center, with public use of gym and auditorium spaces and services to help lift people in the neighborhood out of poverty.

Those leases will bring it to 27 business, government and nonprofit service provider tenants in the Durfee Innovation Society center, and depending on final agreements, could bring occupancy up to 89 percent, founder and CEO Chris Lambert said. He's looking to bring the 143,000-square-foot center to full occupancy by year's end.

Last week, Life Remodeled secured a $600,000 unrestricted grant from the Ballmer Group to fund, among other things, measurement of the impact the services offered at the center are having in the community.

"This project is the most important one we'll ever do," Lambert said.

"It's a one-stop shop of opportunity," providing opportunities for children, youth and adults by moving the best and brightest organizations into one building, he said.

"Those organizations are better together just by association and also by proximity and very intentional steps we're going to take to create that ecosystem."

Chris Lambert
Life Remodeled's annual six-day neighborhood cleanup project, which takes place this week, will focus on clearing the blighted alleyways within four square miles of the New Center district.

It's happening while efforts continue to complete renovations at the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School at 2470 Collingwood St., between Linwood Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard.

Life Remodeled is working to raise the last $1.3 million of the $4.8 million budgeted to complete the renovations of the historic building, Lambert said. At the same time, it's continuing to fill out the services offered from the building.

"We're selective on who we let into our building. (Tenants) have to be involved in improving education, in workforce development, entrepreneurism (and) human services," he said.

Three new tenants are expected to move into Durfee this fall:

Metro Detroit Youth Clubs, formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland & Macomb Counties, will launch its first Wayne County club in September.

JVS Human Services is bringing a Detroit at Work workforce development intake site to the center in October, in partnership with ResCare Workforce Services to provide services including: career coaching, career technical training and job seeking skill workshops.

Methodist Children's Home Society, which launched new child-abuse-prevention and substance-abuse services at the center early this year, plans to expand its space at the center to house new substance abuse, foster care and senior programs it recently took on with its acquisition of Community Social Services of Wayne County.

As opposed to growing on its own, Methodist Children's Home Society saw at Durfee the opportunity to team with like-minded organizations to better serve and strengthen the community, President and CEO Kevin Roach said in an emailed statement.

Durfee "is a perfect fit for this career center considering there are over 30 other human service organizations in the building offering literacy services, career training, family services, youth recreational services, financial education and advocacy," said James Willis, vice president, workforce development and rehabilitation at JVS.

Services at the center now include job mentoring, training and/or placement in areas like coding, marketing, retail, construction and the electrician field, basic social services, behavioral health, business support, literacy programs, foster care and adoption services, senior services and violence prevention programs.

Life Remodeled is working to raise the last $1.3 million of the $4.8 million needed to renovate the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School at 2470 Collingwood St., between Linwood Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard.
Just more than a year ago, U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson designated Durfee as the first of a series of "EnVision Centers" or neighborhood service hubs across the country, after backtracking on an earlier announcement that a Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan facility in Detroit would be the first.

The public-private collaborations that make up the federally designated centers are aimed at accelerating economic mobility for low-income households in communities that include HUD-assisted housing.

It's the center's tenants that will drive impact in the neighborhood; Life Remodeled's role is to help them be better together, Lambert said.

With the Ballmer Group funding, the nonprofit hired two of three new employees, bringing it to a staff of 11. It will also use the funding to market the services to youth and adults in the community, coordinate with the Durfee and Central High schools next door and to contract with Gingras Global, a tenant at Durfee, to help it measure the impact of programs, Lambert said. A data collection system and set of dashboards will enable collection and analysis of simple and streamlined information to inform funding, marketing and programming strategies.

"Gingras Global will work with our tenants to assist in specific and intentional data collection which will not only help them grow and open them to new opportunities in terms of partnerships and funding, but also hold them accountable to the outcomes set forth to be accomplished by tenants," he said.

With the tenants and services offered at Durfee, Life Remodeled is looking to:

Make high-quality, effective human services programs available to central Detroit residents
Improve scores for K-8 students across Durfee Elementary-Middle School (now housed in the Central High School building), which scored in the bottom 1 percent of state scores on math and reading last year, Lambert said, to improve education outcomes at Central where 76 percent of students were chronically absent last year

To connect residents and other Detroiters with thousands of sustainable job opportunities each year
To reduce crime in the neighborhood

"When you increase job ... and educational opportunities, crime has no choice but to decrease," Lambert said. "Crime is directly tied to lack of opportunity, joblessness, lower education levels and illiteracy."

The success of any neighborhood efforts will be directly tied to the ability of organizations to hear and put into action the voices of children, youth and adult residents, Lambert said. To that end, nine adult residents from the neighborhood serve on an advisory council to Life Remodeled to provide input and feedback from the community, and a youth advisory council will launch this fall, he said.

Life Remodeled staff will work to foster communication and interaction among Durfee tenants to identify ways to share resources and referrals and collaborate in other ways, Lambert said.

Rooting programs and services aimed at helping lift people out of poverty in the community is something the Ballmer Group supports, Executive Director Kylee Mitchell Wells said in an email.

"The Durfee Innovation Society is an example of public, private and philanthropic partners working together to fill a gap in the community by offering a variety of resources that have a dynamic approach for helping kids and their families increase their chances of economic mobility," Mitchell said.

Corporate support for Life Remodeled's operations has grown by leaps and bounds since it launched Durfee center, Lambert said, with newly awarded grants of $50,000 or more from companies including BASF SE, L&L Products, Masco Corp., Sun Communities and White Pine Investment Co.

More than 160 companies have contributed $1,000 or more this year, he said. Life Remodeled is operating on a cash budget of just more than $3 million and an in-kind, donated goods and services budget of $2.2 million.

The continued support in its work "gives us confidence that we can and will eventually multiply this model throughout the city of Detroit, with the hope of expanding to additional large U.S. cities over the next 10 years," Lambert said.

Life Remodeled plans to begin work in another Detroit neighborhood in the fall of 2021, he said. It will continue to run the Durfee Innovation Society for the full 50 years of the lease but move to another Detroit neighborhood at that point to create another one-stop service center and also do annual neighborhood cleanups and blight removal, Lambert said.

It will look for a neighborhood with high levels of crime and blight, academic challenges and workforce shortages, he said. And it will look for another building that's embedded in the community and walkable, like a school building, he said.

Currently, Life Remodeled is considering the Brightmoor, Jefferson-Chalmers and lower east side neighborhoods, Lambert said.

Penelope prepares for the return of Odysseus.

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