https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202110/1236865.shtml>Over 50% of Japanese respondents don't want Tokyo to take sidesPick a fucking side, Japan
Can't find pix of head:Is this CIA propaganda? Mahjubin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan women's national volleyball team who played in the youth age group, was beheaded by the Taliban in Kabul. no one other than Mahjabin's family knew the exact time and manner of the incident.Mahjabin was one of the club's most successful players. The issue remained hidden because her family had been threatened not to talk to anyone about it.After the collapse of the previous government, female athletes across Afghanistan faced a serious security threat, and the Taliban pursued them and searched the homes of a number of them in various cities. Many female athletes, who have competed in foreign and domestic competitions and appeared on tv, are under serious threat.Only 2 of the team's players were able to leave Afghanistan through personal action, and the rest of the team members inside Afghanistan are under threat and terror.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/taliban-behead-a-member-of-afghan-womens-volleyball-team/articleshow/87167099.cms
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.In a rare show of bipartisanship on the House floor, the committee’s Democratic chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, led the floor debate along with Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, one of two Republicans on the panel. Still, the vote was 229-202 with all but nine GOP lawmakers who voted saying “no.”The House vote sends the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, where it will now be up to prosecutors in that office to decide whether to present the case to a grand jury for possible criminal charges. It’s still uncertain whether they will pursue the case — Attorney General Merrick Garland would only say at a House hearing on Thursday that they plan to “make a decision consistent with the principles of prosecution.”The partisan split over Bannon’s subpoena — and over the committee’s investigation in general — is emblematic of the raw tensions that still grip Congress nine months after the Capitol attack. Democrats have vowed to comprehensively probe the assault in which hundreds of Trump’s supporters battered their way past police, injured dozens of officers and interrupted the electoral count certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.Lawmakers on the investigating committee say they will move swiftly and forcefully to punish anyone who won’t cooperate with the probe.“We will not allow anyone to derail our work, because our work is too important,” Thompson said ahead of the vote.Ball is in Garland's court now. Arrest this goon and put it on TV. This fucker deserves jail.https://apnews.com/article/steve-bannon-donald-trump-capitol-siege-subpoenas-congress-f1807d868003e4e93ca9bf59d7821e90
golf course's financial dealings, report sayshttps://www.businessinsider.com/trump-organization-facing-another-criminal-investigation-new-york-westchester-2021-10?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29The Westchester County district attorney's office recently subpoenaed records from the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.The report said the investigation was focused on whether the Trump Organization misled local officials about the value of the property in an effort to reduce its taxes.This is the second criminal investigation in New York focused on former President Donald Trump's business activities. The Manhattan district attorney's office also launched an inquiry into whether the Trump Organization violated state laws after it surfaced that Trump coordinated an illegal hush-money payment to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election.The Manhattan DA's office charged the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, its chief financial officer, in July with 15 felony counts, accusing them of tax fraud and grand larceny.Prosecutors said the criminal conduct was carried out as part of a "sweeping and audacious payment scheme," and that Weisselberg personally did not pay taxes on $1.7 million of his income dating back to March 2005.Weisselberg and the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were laid out in a 25-page indictment.The Times reported that Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah, a Democrat and a prominent Trump critic, hadn't accused anyone at the Trump Organization of wrongdoing, and that no charges had been filed.This story is developing. Check back for updates.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/people-hoarding-food-shortages-next-120000053.htmlMore than a year and a half after the coronavirus pandemic upended daily life, the supply of basic goods at U.S. grocery stores and restaurants is once again falling victim to intermittent shortages and delays.“I never imagined that we’d be here in October 2021 talking about supply-chain problems, but it’s a reality,” said Vivek Sankaran, chief executive officer of Albertsons Cos., who echoed the laments of other retailers. “Any given day, you’re going to have something missing in our stores, and it’s across categories.”‘Whack-A-Mole’
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-house-considers-new-taxes-on-billionaires-stock-buybacks-as-higher-corporate-rate-appears-to-fall-out-of-economic-package/ar-AAPLmGJDemocrats decided against raising corporate taxes, no surprise there. As of right now they don't know how they are paying for their economic package.They are "considering" taxing rich people, but just like corporations, they won't be taxing their backers. I'm guessing they will issue bonds or some other bsSenior Biden officials briefed top Democratic lawmakers on a potential shift in the party’s tax plans on a private call Wednesday, as the White House searches for unity on how to pay for its multi-trillion-dollar economic package, according to three people with knowledge of the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private conversation.While the Biden administration initially proposed increasing the corporate tax rate to 28 percent, a move that would partially unwind the tax cuts under former president Donald Trump, the president’s aides on Wednesday instead discussed an alternative range of tax hikes, likely excluding a corporate tax rate hike as part of a new source of revenue for the package, the people said.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered most Russians to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths, and he strongly urged reluctant citizens to get vaccinated.The government coronavirus task force reported 1,028 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. That brought Russia’s death toll to 226,353(really 400k+), by far the highest in Europe.Putin said he supports the Cabinet’s proposal to introduce a nonworking period starting Oct. 30 and extending through the following week. In some regions where the situation is the most threatening, he said the nonworking period could start as early as Saturday and be extended past Nov. 7.Only about 45 million Russians — roughly a third of its nearly 146 million people — are fully vaccinated.https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-russia-europe-vladimir-putin-bcb1c48ff55f0b2276d3696baba2084c
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Classic example of bystander apathy.>The SEPTA train car near Philadelphia had several passengers aboard but none called 911 while the woman was sexually assaulted, the authorities said.>As a woman was being raped while on a train near Philadelphia on Wednesday night, riders watched, failed to intervene and did not call 911, the authorities said.>A man whom officials identified as Fiston Ngoy sat down next to a woman at about 10 p.m. on a train that was traveling westbound on the Market-Frankford Line toward the 69th Street Transportation Center. Mr. Ngoy "attempted to touch her a few times," said Andrew Busch, a spokesman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, known as SEPTA.>The woman pushed back and tried to stop Mr. Ngoy from touching her, Mr. Busch said. "Then, unfortunately, he proceeded to rip her clothes off," Mr. Busch said on Sunday.>The assault lasted about eight minutes, and no passengers in the train car intervened, the authorities said.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/17/us/riders-watched-woman-raped-septa.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-sues-us-house-panel-investigating-jan-6-attack-court-document-2021-10-18/WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump on Monday sued the U.S. congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, claiming members made an illegal request for his White House records.Trump, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asserted that materials sought by the House of Representatives committee are covered by a legal doctrine known as executive privilege, which protects the confidentiality of some White House communications."The Committee's requests are unprecedented in their breadth and scope and are untethered from any legitimate legislative purpose," Trump's lawyer Jesse Binnall wrote in the lawsuit.Committee members Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, and Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said in a written statement issued in response to Trump's lawsuit that the former president was seeking to "delay and obstruct" their investigation."It's hard to imagine a more compelling public interest than trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to overturn the results of an election," Cheney and Thompson said in the statement.Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the seat of Congress on Jan. 6 in a failed bid to prevent lawmakers from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's election victory. More than 600 people face criminal charges stemming from the event.Trump was impeached by the Democratic-led House on a charge of inciting the attack on the Capitol in a fiery speech at a rally earlier that day. He was acquitted by the Senate.
(curb your enthusiasm theme)>Amateur sleuths speculated that the fugitive is on the run on the Appalachian Trail - bad news for the archetypical long-distance hiker: skinny, pale, bald, and bearded.>Severin Beckwith and Anna Brettmann, a young couple from Ithaca, New York, have been hiking from Georgia to Virginia on the Appalachian Trail since late September. In western North Carolina, after a few days of hard rain and little sleep, they decided to take a break from the woods. A shuttle delivered them to the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort, a rustic retreat two miles off the trail, where they ate lunch and lay down for a midday nap. Knocking awoke them. There was a muffled voice outside their door. It burst open before Beckwith could unlock it.>"Next thing I see is a bunch of guys with riot shields with 'U.S. Marshals' written on them," Beckwith said. "Handguns pointed at my face." Brettmann was still in bed. A marshal helped her get dressed as they handcuffed Beckwith, still in his underwear, and took him out to the hallway. He had a hunch why this was happening. "I really hoped I was right," he said.>Beckwith resembles Brian Laundrie - the fugitive and person of interest in the killing of his fiancée, Gabby Petito - in the way that most white male long-distance hikers resemble Laundrie: skinny and pale, with a shaved head and a beard. The preponderance of such men, perhaps, has made the Appalachian Trail a locus of the manhunt among the amateur set. There's also the fact that Laundrie has been known to hike the trail, and that it is regarded, mostly by those who've never hiked it, as a place to go if you want to disappear. An engineer from Florida was "99.99 per cent sure" that he saw Laundrie looking "wigged out" near the trail.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/25/bounty-hunting-for-brian-laundrie-in-a-land-of-look-alikes