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Michael Avenatti charged with extortion/conspiracy..whooo boy

Needs to change his name to Icarus

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/25/michael-avenatti-to-be-charged-with-wire-and-bank-fraud.html

Stormy Daniels’ ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion scheme against Nike, embezzling client’s money, defrauding bank
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Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is arrested on charges of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to reveal negative publicity.
Avenatti also is charged in a separate federal case of embezzling a client’s money “in order to pay his own expense and debts,” and of “defrauding a bank in Mississippi.”
Avenatti had represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen related to a nondisclosure agreement she had signed on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

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Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged $20 million extortion attempt against Nike
Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was arrested Monday on charges of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to reveal claims of misconduct by company employees.

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Daniels replaced Avenatti as her lawyer earlier this month after a fallout with him.


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Watergate v whatever the hell "this" was/is

Watergate was wall-to-wall TELEVISED.

I was in my 20's then and at the time thought "what a bore", but because of the wonder of tape, we STILL have all of it to re-view and compare things to. Because it was televised, we ALL had the opportunity to watch the people squirm, and could evaluate their testimony ourselves.

What we had this time was in secret 99.999% of it, so all we "have" is other people's interpretations/pontifications/musings.

I know this is not over, BUT for most people who do not follow this stuff like WE do, it IS over.

All the future legal gymnastics that are yet to come, will likely be seen as "piling on" and not amounting to much.

The sad fact is that he got away with it again,

There are real candidates who are trying to position themselves to remove this nut, and hopefully someone will find the secret sauce that will beat him.

Facts:

Until ToxicTrump, the CIA/FBI/NSA/Justice Dept were considered neutral/apolitical/non-partisan (for the most part). This was because the appointed ones were long-timers who were appointed by MANY presidents of both parties, and the rank-and-file were competent people who did not "choose sides".

ANY candidate seen cavorting with Russians would have been suspect.

The reporting of the initial investigation was SHOT DOWN by Mitch McConnell.

Obama & co were probably okay with this, since Hillary was most likely to win, and would sort it all out later.

The dossier's existence was brought to the attention of Trump because IT HAD TO BE REPORTED. The fact that HE took it as a threat was only because he knew he was guilty as sin. He has the "extreme revenge gene", so he declared war on anyone who could possibly "hurt" him by exposing him.

The man has no shame and will say anything and do whatever is necessary to keep the money coming in for his family.

The people who investigated/evaluated are mostly REPUBLICANS.



Lost dog goes to a cop car & waits

https://www.unilad.co.uk/animals/dog-separated-from-family-waited-by-police-car-for-help/?source=facebook



This Very Clever Boy patiently waited for help from the right place when he got separated from his humans. When Hank, a pup hailing from Florida, managed to leave his family home in the dark he had a pretty great solution to being very lost.

Along the journey to find his way back home, Hank stumbled upon a police car. The cop car belonged to Deputy Soto and Sergeant Rose, of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida but unfortunately, they were both out on a call. So, Hank set himself up to wait for the return of his valiant uniformed saviours. After an untold amount of time, eventually Hank was rescued by the cops.

As they headed back to their police car they noticed something standing against one of the doors. As they got closer, they realized it was a dog. As he appeared to be a little lost, the cops really took Hank – who they identified from his collar – under their proverbial wing. The dog was immediately happy to see the officers, they told The Dodo, and it almost seemed as if Hank had been waiting for them to help him


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Ooooh Iran...you so naughty (used to be)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5103795/Fascinating-photos-Iran-1979-revolution.html
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https://www.businessinsider.com/iran-before-the-revolution-in-photos-2015-4#leading-the-charge-for-westernization-was-the-iranian-royal-family-pictured-below-is-empress-soraya-14


Heartbreaking to see how liberal and modern they used to be.. There are younger folks who have lived their whole lives repressed & brainwashed..

and YES I DO know what a bum the Shah was, but what they have now is even worse..


The photos are amazing...

can't get them to display here.. check them out..
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From women sporting Farrah Fawcett haircuts at a party to a couple posing for photos in the snow, images of life across Iran in the 60s and 70s portray a vibrant kingdom on the brink of change.

The photos were all taken in Iran before the Islamic Revolution, which saw the ousting of King Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the installment of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini - a shift that would have long-lasting and far reaching implications.

Compared to previous rulers, Pahlavi was revolutionary - he banned the hijab, saying it suppressed women, encouraged education for everyone and granted women the right to vote.

The Iranian women's rights movement was going strong in the 1960s and 70s, and many women joined the work force and mixed freely with men.

Images of young Iranians at parties and in magazine ads reveal the tension between modern and traditional influences tussling for supremacy.

At the time, actresses who were later banned from performing posed up in short skirts for magazines, while locals were photographed skiing and wearing swimsuits and Miss Iran contestants enjoyed paddle-boat outings
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this is from the 2nd link posted..


My good news/bad news about my taxes

I finally went to my tax guy to file..My husband died Oct 26th, so I was unsure about filing on my own online,,

We went through all the steps and he said to me.. You do not owe ANYTHING.. Yay!!.. then he said he could print it out for me, but it would cost me $188. or I could just say never mind and that would be it.. That was the good news..

the bad news? apparently, I am too poor to actually OWE taxes

So if I never make any more than we did last year, I'm golden forever..

Preventing his re-election is more important than Mueller's report

and I really think it's very do-able:


Wisconsin/Michigan/Pennsylvania are the key states... everything else is gravy..

The info from the report will take time to work thru the courts.. We just need to focus on not letting him win again.. His loser brigade will follow him over the cliff.. we just need to concentrate on the truly winnable states and let him have the rest..


I thought this would be a FL or TX story, but it's NY

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-york-man-allegedly-kept-live-sharks-in-pool-tried-to-sell-them-online/

New York man kept 7 sharks in pool at his home and tried to sell them online, prosecutors say
MARCH 22, 2019 / 12:36 PM / CBS NEWS

odd though it's described as an "above ground BASEMENT pool" hmmm..
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New York state prosecutors and environmental authorities say they've arrested a 38-year-old man who allegedly kept live sharks in an above-ground pool in his basement and attempted to sell them online.

Joshua Seguine allegedly first came to the attention of New York Department of Environmental Conservation in 2017, when he allegedly was found in possession of five undersized sharks in the back of his truck. Seguine allegedly admitted that he intended to sell them and said he had additional live sharks at his home, according to a press release from the New York Attorney General's office.

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Authorities discovered Seguine was allegedly operating an online business and had allegedly offered sharks for sale as recently as June 29, 2017 on the website MonsterFishKeepers.com, the release said. Environmental authorities executed a search warrant the next month at the home south of Albany and allegedly discovered an 18-foot above ground pool with seven live sharks, later identified by biologists as sandbar sharks. CBS New York reported in 2017 the young sandbar sharks were between 2 and 4 feet long. The protected species, which can grow up to 6-8 feet, are illegal to own in the state without a special license, the statement said. The cost to legally acquire a sandbar shark is about $11,500, prosecutors say.

Investigators also found two dead leopard sharks, one dead hammerhead shark, and the snout of a smalltooth sawfish, an endangered species, prosecutors say. The sandbar sharks were taken in by a local aquarium.

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WTF Minnesota??? You Can Now Buy A Gun That Looks Like An iPhone

https://www.unilad.co.uk/technology/you-can-now-buy-a-gun-that-looks-like-an-iphone/


Just when you thought the world wasn’t dangerous enough already, someone has decided to invent a gun that looks exactly like a smartphone.

Yeah, really. Minnesota-based manufacturer Ideal Conceal have made a double-barrelled pistol, which can carry two bullets and even has laser sights.

The .380 calibre handgun can be folded up to look like your bog-standard smartphone and is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the coming months, Business Insider UK reports.

According to its manufacturer, it has been designed to ‘hide in plain sight’ and easily fits into a purse or back pocket, making it ‘virtually undetectable’. Terrifying, basically.

On their website, it says:

The idea for Ideal Conceal follows the present-day demand for handguns that people can carry on a day to day basis, in a manner that makes carrying a gun easy to do. From soccer moms to professionals of every type, this gun allows you the option of not being a victim. European police have now been warned to remain vigilant as it’s expected to be imported illegally into the continent after its release.

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What responsible people do (NZ)

https://www.unilad.co.uk/news/new-zealand-gun-owners-begin-handing-in-their-weapons/?source=facebook

New Zealand Gun Owners Begin Handing In Their Weapons
BY : FRANCESCA DONOVAN



In the aftermath of the Christchurch twin mosque terror attack which left 50 people dead, New Zealanders have begun handing in their firearms. Police said that at least 37 firearms had been handed in to police officers around the country, as of Tuesday night, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern encouraged citizens to surrender their firearms.

Many have surrendered their weapons for destruction:

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YIKES!! Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Hit With a $500 Billion Lawsuit

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a26857358/lori-loughlin-olivia-jade-felicity-huffman-500-billion-dollar-lawsuit-college-admissions-exam-scam/?utm_campaign=socialflowFBCOS&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social-media&fbclid=IwAR1TGhhzIjUcLG9oW576CdzZNBuPM7Y4lX5tBGf69rKsP-1nNbFGsLcPaiE


MAR 18, 2019


Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Hit With a $500 Billion Lawsuit for College Admissions Scam

As the whole internet continues to meme the hell out of the college admissions exam cheating scandal, Full House and Desperate Housewives actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman just got caught in another huge legal battle.

Hopefully, you’ve been keeping up with the wild ride that is this major scam, in which Lori’s daughter and YouTuber Olivia Jade was allegedly admitted to University of Southern California based on fake test scores and her being a crew recruit—she does not row crew, BTW. Felicity also allegedly used the service to bribe her kid’s way into college. Obviously, when students who are less than qualified are allegedly admitted based on how much money their parents can throw at a school or a shady service, that makes people who didn’t get into the school of their dreams pretty upset. That’s where Jennifer Kay Toy and her son Joshua, who apparently had a 4.2 GPA, come in.


Toy, an Oakland school teacher, filed a lawsuit against Lori, Felicity, and dozens of others involved in the scam, totaling $500 billion. In court documents, Toy stated, “Joshua applied to some of the colleges where the cheating took place and did not get in. Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason.”

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