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Salisbury attackers were Russian military intelligence, says May

Prime minister tells parliament novichok attack was clearly authorised by Moscow

 

Two Russian nationals named and charged over the novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury have been identified as officers from Russia’s military intelligence, Theresa May has said, saying the attack was clearly authorised by Moscow.

 

Updating the Commons after police and prosecutors said the attack appeared to have been carried out by men travelling on authentic Russian passports under the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the prime minister promised a stern response.

 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was enough evidence to charge the men, who arrived in the UK on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow days before the attack.

 

May began by outlining the “painstaking and methodical work” police work that identified the suspects, saying 25 detectives examined 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and took 1,400 statements.

 

“We were right to say in March that the Russian state was responsible. And now we have identified the individuals involved we can go even further,” she said.

 

“Mr Speaker, just as the police investigation has enabled the CPS to bring charges against the two suspects, so the security and intelligence agencies have carried their own investigations into the organisation behind this attack.

 

“Based on this work, I can today tell the house that based on a body of intelligence the government has concluded the two individuals named by the police and CPS are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU.

 

“The GRU is a highly disciplined organisation with a well established chain of command. So this was not a rogue operation. It was almost certainly also approved outside the GRU at a senior level of the Russian state.”

 

This was “part of a wider pattern of Russian behaviour that persistently seeks to undermine our security and that of our allies around the world”, May said, promising further action to combat the GRU, and against Russia generally.

 

Russia, May said, had sought to “hide the truth by pushing out a deluge of disinformation”, which only pointed further to its involvement.

 

Saying there was no point seeking the suspects’ extradition directly, May said: “But should either of these individuals ever again travel outside Russia, we will take every possible step to detain them, to extradite them and to bring them to face justice here in the United Kingdom.”

 

The UK and its allies would, the prime minister said, “deploy the full range of tools from across our national security apparatus in order to counter the threat posed by the GRU”.

 

Responding, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, praised the investigation and said his party would back “any further reasonable action” against Russia or the GRU.

 

Corbyn said: “We utterly condemn the appalling attacks. We commend the police and security services for their diligence in investigating this appalling crime. And we will support any reasonable action to being those responsible to justice, and to take further action against Russia for its failure to cooperate with this investigation.”

 

Another early speaker was Boris Johnson, who was foreign secretary when the poisoning took place. He condemned what he said was the “somewhat weasely language of the leader of the opposition” in not going sufficiently far to condemn Russia directly for the attack.

 

May echoed the sentiment when answering Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, who said it was clear the Salisbury incident involved “an unlawful use of force by the Russian state”.

 

The prime minister said: “Can I think him for his clear condemnation of the Russian state. Can I say, I would only wish that that clear condemnation would be possible for the leaders of all parties in this house.”

 

The CPS said it had charged the two men with conspiracy to murder the Skripals and DS Nick Bailey, who fell ill after going to the Skripal home after the Russian pair were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury.

 

The two Russian suspects are also charged with the use and possession of novichok, contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act. They are also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and DS Bailey.

 

They have not been charged with the later poisoning that killed Dawn Sturgess and left Charlie Rowley seriously ill, after they became unwell on 30 June at an address in Amesbury, Wiltshire.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/05/salisbury-novichok-attackers-were-russian-military-intelligence-says-theresa-may

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This is shameful....and heartbreaking. Those that think Canada doesn't have it's own problems with racism are kidding themselves.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/a-man-was-ignored-to-death-in-an-er-10-years-ago-it-could-happen-again/ar-AAAraC1?li=AAggNb9

 

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On Sept. 19, 2008, Brian Sinclair went to a community health centre in Winnipeg. He was in pain and needed help with his catheter bag. A doctor examined him and decided he needed to visit the Health Sciences Centre emergency department. Sinclair, a 45-year-old double amputee, was in the early stages of a bladder infection that might lead to sepsis if untreated, the doctor said, and the centre did not have the capabilities to care for him.

She wrote a letter for the emergency room explaining the situation, folded it into an envelope, and handed it to Sinclair, who tucked it into his pocket. She told him she would arrange a ride for him because he seemed stable and cognizant, and that he would need to give the letter to whoever was at the front desk of the ER that day so he could be seen efficiently.

“Okay, doc,” Sinclair said. He put the note in his pocket.

The next 34 hours unfold in security footage and witness testimony.

 

It's a bit of a long read, so I've only quoted the preamble, I strongly suggest reading the entire thing. It's an example of the "casual" racism that still exists in society and I believe awareness of the problem is an important first step to solving it.

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3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

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Cody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed guns

Cody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.

His bail was posted at $150,000 (£114,000).

 

Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a campaign group that offers blueprints for creating 3D printed guns.

 

He was deported back to the US from Taiwan on 22 September, having travelled there after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

 

In August, a 16-year-old said she had been paid $500 (£380) to have sex with him at a hotel in Austin, Texas.

 

The legal age of consent in the state is 17.

 

Mr Wilson's lawyer Samy Khalil said: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case.

 

"That's our focus right now, representing our client and preparing his defence."

 

Local TV news station Khou 11 broadcast footage of Mr Wilson leaving Harris County Jail.

 

If found guilty, Mr Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

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Nothing says "I'm innocent" quite like fleeing the country once a warrant is issued.

 

Karma is a fickle mistress.

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3 hours ago, nuckin_futz said:

3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

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Cody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed guns

Cody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.

His bail was posted at $150,000 (£114,000).

 

Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a campaign group that offers blueprints for creating 3D printed guns.

 

He was deported back to the US from Taiwan on 22 September, having travelled there after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

 

In August, a 16-year-old said she had been paid $500 (£380) to have sex with him at a hotel in Austin, Texas.

 

The legal age of consent in the state is 17.

 

Mr Wilson's lawyer Samy Khalil said: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case.

 

"That's our focus right now, representing our client and preparing his defence."

 

Local TV news station Khou 11 broadcast footage of Mr Wilson leaving Harris County Jail.

 

If found guilty, Mr Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

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Nothing says "I'm innocent" quite like fleeing the country once a warrant is issued.

 

Karma is a fickle mistress.

Can’t dudes pick up girls anymore the old way?  Seriously.  This guy is not ugly, is obviously smart and yet has to pay for sex - worse still underage.  Smh people sometimes.

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7 hours ago, nuckin_futz said:

3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge

s2-100595226-primary.idge.jpg

Cody Wilson: The man behind America's 3D-printed guns

Cody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl.

His bail was posted at $150,000 (£114,000).

 

Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a campaign group that offers blueprints for creating 3D printed guns.

 

He was deported back to the US from Taiwan on 22 September, having travelled there after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

 

In August, a 16-year-old said she had been paid $500 (£380) to have sex with him at a hotel in Austin, Texas.

 

The legal age of consent in the state is 17.

 

Mr Wilson's lawyer Samy Khalil said: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case.

 

"That's our focus right now, representing our client and preparing his defence."

 

Local TV news station Khou 11 broadcast footage of Mr Wilson leaving Harris County Jail.

 

If found guilty, Mr Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

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Nothing says "I'm innocent" quite like fleeing the country once a warrant is issued.

 

Karma is a fickle mistress.

This has deep state, antigun, tofu, soy boy  cabal frame job written all over it.

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These pictures are amazing. Typhoons are scary AF!

https://earther.gizmodo.com/these-photos-of-typhoon-trami-are-jaw-dropping-1829304897/amp

 

These Photos of Typhoon Trami Are Jaw-Dropping 

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Haters gonna say it's fake. (It's not)
Photo: Alex Gerst

Look, I’m as sick of typhoons and hurricanes menacing humanity as you are. They’re planetary bullies and they suck. But I can take a begrudging moment to appreciate how they look from space.

The latest storm to give me pause is Super Typhoon Trami—currently churning in the West Pacific—and images courtesy of astronaut Alex Gerst. The images, snapped from the lofty perch of the International Space Station, show crisp white clouds against a deep blue ocean, the symmetry of the eye, and the swirl of clouds within the eye itself like a world within a world.

In a Facebook post, Gerst quipped that it looks like “somebody pulled the planet’s gigantic plug.”

jsaisjygy0f5q45hxsxy.jpg A look inside Trami’s eye.

Trami is the most powerful storm on the face of the planet right now. On Tuesday morning, it was packing sustained winds of 149 mph and gusts up to 184 mph. That’s down a bit from its 160-mph peak on Monday and there are signs the typhoon may have weakened a bit more, but don’t let that or its gorgeous appearance fool you.

Trami still poses a threat to Japan’s southern islands later this week as it begins it turn northward. The storm could even reach Honshu, Japan’s most populous island, early next week. In terms of destructiveness it’s unlikely to rival Mangkhut, which rocked the Philippines and Hong Kong last week, but it’s also not what disaster-weary Japan needs after a year of torrential rains.

The Western Pacific is the most active tropical cyclone basin in the world, but this year has been particularly rough. There have been more major storms than usual and accumulated cyclone energy—a metric that uses wind from all cyclones in a basin and adds them up over time—is also higher than the norm. Research published in 2016shows that landfalling storms in Asia have become 12-15 percent more intense since 1970, likely driven by warmer oceans.

So while it’s easy to admire these stunning beasts over the ocean, let’s not forget they’re often still beastly at landfall. And even when they’re not at their peak, they can still cause major damage.

uxqe9y4obbpxufbtc0ck.jpg   qwdtnpotlxnk5urzyhaf.jpg The big picture of Trami is pretty incredible, too.

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Good at money laundering?....lets make that guy chair for the Justice institute.  A Lib appointment that the current gov should look at... 

 

Seriously though, wtf?

 

A key executive who once oversaw the casino labelled as the epicenter of money laundering in the province's gaming industry now has an appointment that’s raising concerns from a government watchdog: he’s the chair of the Justice Institute of B.C.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/former-casino-executive-shouldn-t-be-chairing-justice-institute-watchdog-1.4116964

 

 

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