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  1. Greyhound (2020) Very good, Tom Hanks, leads the defence of a convoy crossing the Atlantic in WWII.
  2. And in so much as the POTUS has the ability to 'order' someone into Prison, much like a Sheriff in a wild west town of old : this is gonna explode : --- After spending the past several weeks on New York's tony Upper East Side, Michael Cohen has found himself back in federal prison after a dispute with the government over what his lawyers say were restrictions in paperwork designed to prevent him from finishing a book about the president. The form in question, a two-page document titled "Federal Location Monitoring Program Participant Agreement," had called for Cohen to abstain from communicating with members of the media — a provision that he had balked at given the pending release of his tell-all book, and one which his legal team has claimed is unusual. Defense attorneys and legal experts that CNN spoke with Friday said that the form appeared to be tailored to Cohen, the flamboyant former fixer to President Donald Trump, whose affinity for the press is well known. Some called it unfair. "I've never seen anything like that in my years of practice where a condition was put on a person like that," said Lance Lazzaro, whose client, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, drew more than 2 million people to a livestream on Instagram in May -- a record for the app -- weeks after he was released early under a similar arrangement from federal prison into home confinement amid the pandemic. A spokesman for the Administrative Office of the US Courts, the judiciary agency that oversees the federal probation system, declined to comment on the specifics of Cohen's case, but added that no standard probation forms include language related to media contacts. A spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons told CNN that Cohen was taken into custody after he "declined to agree to the terms required for the program and home confinement placement." In May, as coronavirus continued to spread throughout the federal corrections system, Cohen walked out of New York's Otisville prison on furlough status, partway through his three-year sentence on convictions of tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations for facilitating hush money payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump, which the President has denied. By all accounts, Cohen had returned to a mostly quiet life with his family before Thursday, when he arrived just before 11 a.m. to the lower Manhattan courthouse to negotiate the terms of his transition to home confinement with two probation officers. There, alongside his lawyer, he was presented with the form. While most of the language in the document was unremarkable and standard — don't talk to convicted felons, have your family do the food shopping — the first item was troubling for Cohen and his attorney, Jeffrey Levine. The clause banned Cohen from posting on social media and prohibited him from engaging with the media — specifically listing "books." "The purpose is to avoid glamorizing or bringing publicity to your status as a sentenced inmate serving a custodial term in the community," reads the document, which was obtained by CNN. Levine said that defense lawyers made their "objections known to the probation officers" regarding the line but had not refused to sign anything when US Marshals arrived and started to shackle Cohen. "I'll sign exactly what you want me to sign so that I don't have to go to jail," Cohen told the Marshals, according to another one of his lawyers, Lanny Davis, but the Marshals said it was out of their hands. Cohen's dishy book is said to be in its final stages of edits ahead of a September release. Levine said Cohen was crestfallen. "It was in his eyes," he said. "He was so shaken. The rug had been pulled out from underneath him. This is not what we came here to do today." Earlier this month, a photographer from the New York Post captured Cohen dining at a restaurant near his apartment. When asked if that incident was related to his detention Thursday, Levine told reporters outside the courthouse, "I would leave that to your viewers." Elie Honig, a former Manhattan prosecutor who now does white collar criminal defense work at the law firm Lowenstein Sandler and serves as a CNN legal analyst, said the probation office appeared to be overstepping its role. "At a minimum, this is overstep by the probation department. Probation's job is to protect the community, protect the probationer, and ensure the probationer doesn't flee. But it's far beyond the role of probation to limit speech in the name of policing whether its subjects are 'glamorized' in the public eye," he said. The legal experts said that supervised release conditions can be tailored to an inmate, usually to fit the crime that they were convicted of. Since March, the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons have released thousands of nonviolent and vulnerable inmates early as a result of the pandemic. Across federal and state prisons, scores of inmates have tested positive for the virus -- many of whom showed no symptoms when they were infected. Some inmates have been released under different legal mechanisms, which could factor into how they are supervised by the probation office after their release. Cohen was released under a Bureau of Prisons program after meeting certain criteria spelled out by the agency regarding the amount of time he'd served and his vulnerability to the virus. Other inmates have had their sentences reduced by federal judges. The federal probation office falls under the judiciary branch. The Bureau of Prisons, which sits under the Justice Department, said that the monitoring form belonged to the probation office. Lawyers for multiple other inmates released early from the federal prison system amid the pandemic said paperwork for their clients' home confinement had not included the media provision. "Generally when people are released early for whatever reason, they have the same restrictions in home confinement that they would have had at the bureau of prison facility," said H. Dean Steward, the lawyer who represented celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti. "It sounds like this would even be beyond that." Avenatti, another media gadfly, received a temporary release from a federal jail earlier this year because he was considered at-risk for contracting Covid-19, stemming from a bout of pneumonia last year. While there were no restrictions to speaking with the media as a condition for Avenatti's release, he was barred from using the internet outside of talking with his lawyers, confining him to a flip phone for communication. Last month, prosecutors claimed in a court filing that Avenatti may have violated the terms of his temporary release from jail by accessing a computer connected to the internet, but he denied the allegation. A judge later modified the terms of his release to allow him to use and possess a computer that was disconnected from the internet. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/terms-of-michael-cohens-return-to-prison-under-scrutiny/ar-BB16Be9U ___ An interview, with one of Cohen's lawyers I saw, said that the "Federal Location Monitoring Program Participant Agreement," included language, to prevent Cohen's Family and Friends talking to the media.
  3. good read: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmorris/2020/07/11/teslas-shift-to-cobalt-free-batteries-is-its-most-important-move-yet/#6691181646b4
  4. Next is where he pardons himself for all past and future crimes, and traffic tickets. --- And it's not so much an argument, of which president, pardoned or helped which criminal and which president, is the worst, as a reasonably calm look at Trump digging himself a deeper hole, to languish in... People are going to abandon support for him, not because of Stone, but because Stone is, 15 shovel-fulls of dirt, thrown out of the hole and onto voters watching the grave being dug. See Romney - "Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Saturday criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of Roger Stone, calling it “unprecedented, historic corruption.” “An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney wrote on Twitter. Romney, a leading critic of the president, was the first prominent Republican to condemn Trump for his decision to clear Stone's 40-month prison sentence.
  5. "As we are experiencing firsthand, you cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation any more than you can fight it with hate or incitement to hatred," Merkel said. "The limits of populism and denial of basic truths are being laid bare." Hear Hear 👍
  6. Normally I'd post something about Cav's lost mind, but the more I think about it I now realise, I'm flogging a dead dicked dwarf...
  7. And in what may be a pointless post, here, look at this photo: Who in their right mind, allows a photo like this, to be taken, when he's running for re-election? https://time.com/5865242/trump-supreme-court-financial-records/
  8. Shirtless Boy (now clothed) and "Shirtless Boy (now clothed)" are the same tosser.
  9. And on a serious note, the USA is now over 3 million Covid cases and 132,943 actual dead people, none yet named Trump. The below is how the Leader of the USA spends his time, 11 self referential tweets, bleating, crying and shitting himself, in 4 hours, that's one every ~22 minutes, takes him a long time to be quick off the mark these days. I note that he's showing the plane is ready.
  10. Trump rages after court rules he must release his tax returns In tweets following a pair of decisions, Trump decried what he called a "political prosecution" in New York and complained that the case would continue, responding to the justices' decision to send it back to a lower court for additional consideration. US President Donald Trump has claimed that he was being treated differently than his predecessors after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that a New York prosecutor can see his financial records. The court also left the door open to lawmakers examining them - while Democrats said the outcome from a nearly unified court showed that the president is not above the law. In tweets following a pair of decisions, Trump decried what he called a "political prosecution" in New York and complained that the case would continue, responding to the justices' decision to send it back to a lower court for additional consideration. The Supreme Court also directed additional consideration over whether House Democrats could get access to Trump's tax returns and other records - both moves that mean that the public is unlikely to see those documents before the November presidential election... https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/300053713/trump-rages-after-court-rules-he-must-release-his-tax-returns 7 : 2 1st :: Howls of Derisive Laughter 2nd :: not before November but Trump'll explode before then 3rd :: he's already decried, the small favour, of the Supreme Court's decision to send it back to a lower court for additional consideration. They could have said "no, release 'em today". bye bye Trump oh, and Howls of Derisive Laughter cue :: 3 uTube videos, from attention whores, who make pseudo headline-like statements of the sort - "Hilary had slaves, FACTS TRUTH"... oh, and Howls of Derisive Laughter
  11. cue :: 3 uTube videos, from attention whores, who make pseudo headline-like statements of the sort - "Obummer was never taller than 6ft he's really a 3 ft green man from mars, FACTS TRUTH"... c'mon Cav, you had a brain once, try some normal intelligent discourse for a change.
  12. And their dealings with Donnie, have yet to be made public, prepare for earth shattering news, Cav.
  13. Huge fanfare of Trumpets, accompanied by a heraldic choir - Cav has admitted that Trump didn't succeed at something.... Wooo Hoo !
  14. Yes, I liked Suchet too Ustinov did a good turn though, unlike that Branagh
  15. Why would readers of Trump's niece Mary's family tell-all be blown away by what she has to share about POTUS before he became the president? What could be shocking about Donald Trump that is not already known? Okay, so here’s what we know Let’s start with Donald’s father Fred Trump, who, although maybe not a billionaire, was very wealthy and as far as we can tell, was a competent businessman if a bit of an a-hole. Fred had five children - Donald, Fred Jr., Maryanne, Elizabeth and Robert. Donald and Robert both went into real estate and Robert still runs the family trust, which manages Fred’s properties. Maryanne went into law, Elizabeth went into banking. And here’s where our story starts, with Fred Jr. Fred didn’t fit into the real estate business so he trained to be a pilot, and he was a good one, flying for Pan-Am. However, he died of alcoholism in 1981 at the age of 42. Mary is his daughter. During the 18 years between Fred Jr.’s death in 1981 and his own death in 1999, it becomes clear that Fred is worried about Donald’s business acumen. During this time, Fred often has to bail out his son when he gets into financial trouble. In one case, he broke the law to do so - he bought chips at a Trump casino (which, under New Jersey law, have priority status in an insolvency) with no intention of using them. It appears Fred didn’t want Donald running any part of his real estate holdings for fear that Donald would use them to secure Donald’s debts. That’s why Robert runs those holdings now. By 1993, Fred was suffering from Alzheimers and was unable to run any portion of his business. At some point in those 18 years, Fred also cuts Fred Jr.’s family out of the will and the family trust set up for the benefit of his descendants. That set up the legal dispute which was settled and led to the non-disclosure agreement. Mary was in her early 30s at the time, and needed help for her brother, Fred III, whose son, William, had cerebral palsy. So, being the lead plaintiff, Mary would have had access to all the necessary financial disclosure. The most likely embarrasing disclosure is that Trump actually has very few assets, and what assets he has are saddled by more debt than what the properties are actually worth. Far from being a “billionaire”, he’s actually under water. Second, Donald survives from squeezing his assets for cash to finance his lifestyle. In other words, there is only enough money coming out of the properties to cover debt payments and nothing to actually pay down the debts. It’s possible that his loans are “interest only” and that he’s expected to pay the entire amount upon maturity, most of which we know will happen over the next five years. It could be that the sale of Donald’s interest in the properties won’t even come close to paying the debt (Trump has a habit of borrowing more than the buildings are actually worth). Trump could also be involved in an elaborate Ponzi scheme - he uses financing from a large project to keep making payments on loans on smaller projects. As long as he can convince investors to give him new and bigger loans, he can keep up the facade. Or it could be that Donald doesn’t actually own anything. Donald’s sole source of income could be from management contracts on buildings that have his name on them. That was the case for the Trump International Tower in Toronto which he managed, but had no financial interest in. It’s since been sold for the value of its debts, wiping out all equity in the project, and Trump’s name has been removed. So, this book could do to Donald Trump what “The Big Short” did to collateralized debt obligations - show that they’re always on the brink of collapse - a giant jenga tower built on top of other jenga towers
  16. Tulsa County in the US state of Oklahoma, reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday. Although the health department's policy is to not publicly identify individual settings where people may have contracted the virus, Dart said those large gatherings “more than likely“ contributed to the spike. “In the past few days, we've seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots,“ Dart said. https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/donald-trumps-america/300053067/us-health-official-says-trump-rally-likely-fuelled-surge-in-coronavirus-cases
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