Hundreds of Democratic Party Delegates Replaced with Actors

July 29th, 2016

I don’t know about the white noise generator theory. That could be some sort of wi-fi hardware. If that’s a white noise generator, let me know the manufacturer and model number.

But never mind that! The fact that people off the street are apparently being paid to sit there for the cameras is absolutely bizarre.

The Clintons are dangerous animals. They’re not even back in the White House yet and look at the nonsense that’s happening already.

More: Hillary’s Dirty Tricks of the 2016 DNC Convention


Judge Dismisses Case Against Chandra Levy Suspect

July 28th, 2016

Via: USA Today:

A judge dismissed the indictment Thursday against the man charged with killing intern Chandra Levy, after prosecutors asked to drop the case that drew national interest and embroiled a lawmaker in scandal.

Ingmar Guandique, who lived in Washington, was found guilty in 2010 of killing Levy, who disappeared in 2001. Guandique, who has protested his innocence from the start, was granted a new trial last year based on questions about the credibility of a jailhouse informant. Prosecutors now say he will be deported.

Superior Court Judge Robert Morin ordered the case dismissed, based on the request from U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips.

“Mr. Guandique has maintained since the beginning, when he passed an FBI administered lie detector test, that he did not kill Ms. Levy. This dismissal vindicates Mr. Guandique,” Lauren Hankins, general counsel for the public defender service that represented him, said in a statement. “Finally, the government has had to concede the flaws in its ill-gotten conviction.”


Highest-Paid CEOs Run Worst-Performing Companies

July 28th, 2016

Via: Independent:

The highest-paid CEOs tend to run some of the worst-performing companies, according to new research.

The study, carried out by corporate research firm MSCI, found that for every $100 (£76) invested in companies with the highest-paid CEOs would have grown to $265 (£202) over 10 years.

But the same amount invested in the companies with the lowest-paid CEOs would have grown to $367 (£279) over a decade.

Titled ‘Are CEOs paid for performance? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Equity Incentives’, the report looked at the salaries of 800 CEOs at 429 large and medium-sized US companies between 2005 and 2014 and compared it with the total shareholder return of the companies.


France to Create New National Guard

July 28th, 2016

Via: The Local:

France will soon have its own National Guard the president announced on Thursday as he aims to boost security to protect the French population facing repeated terror attacks.

President François Hollande announced on Thursday that a new National Guard would be created from existing reserve forces.

The move comes after a spate of recent terror attacks, including the killing of a priest as he gave mass in Normandy on Tuesday and the horrendous Nice truck attack which left 84 dead.

Following the atrocity in Nice, Hollande had announced that thousands of reservists would be called up to boost the under-pressure security forces suffering from fatigue after 18 months of heightened alert and repeated attacks.

The government urged all able-bodied volunteers to come forward with the aim of boosting the current 28,000 reservists by 12,000.


Reagan Would-Be Assassin John Hinckley Jr To Be Released

July 27th, 2016

The Hinckley-Bush-Reagan connection is one of the best coincidences of all time. I don’t know if I’ve dealt with it in the past on Cryptogon… so here it is, just in case.

AP 1981: Bush Son Had Dinner Plans With Hinckley Brother Before Shooting

Via: BBC:

John Hinckley Jr, the man who tried to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan, is to be released from a psychiatric hospital next month after 35 years.

Mr Reagan and three others were injured in the shooting outside a hotel in Washington in March 1981.

Mr Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity but was sent for treatment to a Washington hospital.

He has already been spending 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Virginia under strict conditions.

A judge ruled that Mr Hinckley, now 61, could reside full-time there on “convalescent leave” from 5 August.


Mercedes-Benz shows Off the First Fully Electric Heavy Urban Transport Truck

July 27th, 2016

Production is still many years away.

Via: TechCrunch:

Daimler isn’t about to let Tesla own any more ‘firsts’ in electric transportation; the German company revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck today in Stuttgart, an all-electric truck with a total admissible weight capacity of 26 tonnes (29 U.S. tons), which makes it the first clean energy big rig of its kind.

As the name implies, it’s designed for use in urban environments, capping off the short-sprint end of the heavy transport shipping cycle. That’s in part due to its max range of 200 kilometres (about 124 miles). The prototype Urban eTruck is ready for its close-up, but Daimler notes that we’ll have to wait until a “conceivable” launch window of “the beginning of the next decade” for wide-scale production and real-world use.

Still, Daimler beat Tesla to the punch with this reveal, since Tesla CEO Elon Musk only last week that the company is working on an electric Tesla Semi transport truck, with a reveal planned for as early as next year.


Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos, Cass Sunstein Join Pentagon’s ‘Defense Innovation Board’

July 26th, 2016

See: Cass “Cognitive Infiltration” Sunstein

Also, this sounds like the group described in Ernest Cline’s Armada, which I would only recommend to absolute diehard sci-fi and gaming nerds who are between the ages of about 40 and 50 years old.

My guess, however, is that Cline got the idea for the group in his book from the Jasons.

Via: DefenseNews:

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Amazon head Jeff Bezos and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein are among the newest names to join Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s new Defense Innovation Advisory Board.

Carter announced those names as part of a list of ten new members for the board, which he created in March to advise the Pentagon on technology innovation issues. The board is headed by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the Google parent company.


French Priest Beheaded by Two ISIS Followers in Church

July 26th, 2016

Strategy of Tension?

Via: Guardian:

The murder of a priest and the wounding of one of his parishioners in Normandy was an act of terrorism carried out by two followers of Islamic State, the French president, François Hollande, has said.

A witness to the attack has described how the two men forced the 86-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, to his knees, slit his throat and filmed themselves appearing to preach in Arabic at the altar.


Clinton Cash

July 26th, 2016

Based on: Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer

Via: YouTube:


Breast-Feeding the Microbiome

July 26th, 2016

Via: The New Yorker:

Human milk is a particular marvel. Every mammal mother produces complex sugars called oligosaccharides, but human moth­ers, for some reason, churn out an exceptional variety: so far, scientists have identified more than two hundred human milk oligosaccharides, or H.M.O.s. They are the third-most plentiful ingredient in human milk, after lactose and fats, and their structure ought to make them a rich source of energy for growing babies—but babies cannot digest them. When German first learned this, he was gobsmacked. Why would a mother expend so much energy manufacturing these complicated chemicals if they were apparently useless to her child? Why hasn’t natural selection put its foot down on such a wasteful practice? Here’s a clue: H.M.O.s pass through the stom­ach and the small intestine unharmed, landing in the large intestine, where most of our bacteria live. What if they aren’t food for babies at all? What if they are food for microbes?


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