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Report: Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to accept plea deal in child porn case

by on Aug.19, 2015, under News Events

Federal, Indiana authorities raid home of Subway spokesman

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is accepting a plea deal on possession-of-child-pornography charges, according to WSVN.

The station cites sources saying Fogle will accept the plea deal Wednesday, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will discuss the deal and the charges against Fogle on Wednesday afternoon.

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Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, did not comment, according to the report.

Jared’s home in Zionsville, Ind., was raided in July, in connection with a child porn investigation.

The 37-year-old Fogle became a Subway pitchman more than 15 years ago after shedding more than 200 pounds as a college student, in part by eating the chain’s sandwiches.

Subway suspended its relationship with Fogle after the raid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FBI alert warns of Middle-Eastern males ‘approaching’ US military families

by on Aug.05, 2015, under News Events

The FBI has issued an alert to law enforcement agencies in Wyoming and Colorado, advising them to watch out for Middle Eastern men who have been approaching US military families.

The alert says the men are meeting military families at their homes in both states – specifically in Greeley, Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“On numerous occasions, family members of military personnel were confronted by Middle Eastern males in front of their homes. The males have attempted to obtain personal information about the military members and family members through intimidations,” the alert says, as quoted by CBS Denver. “Those family members reported feeling scared.”

In one incident a wife of a military member was approached in front of her home by two Middle Eastern males in May. The men stated that she was the wife of a US interrogator. When the woman denied the claims, the men laughed before driving away in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with two other Middle Eastern males.

“The woman had observed the vehicle in the neighborhood on previous occasions,” the alert reads.

Similar incidents were reported in Wyoming throughout June 2015.

The men have not been identified, and the FBI is unsure whether the various incidents involve the same people. The agency has urged individuals to report “concerning additional incidents.”

While it is unknown whether the men are affiliated with a particular group, Islamic State has previously threatened to strike military members in their own homes.

In March, a group calling itself the ‘Islamic State Hacking Division’ posted a list of addresses allegedly belonging to approximately 100 military members. The group called for their beheadings, saying it released the data “so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you.”

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Puerto Rico defaults for 1st time ever; is ‘death spiral’ next?

by on Aug.03, 2015, under News Events

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The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is now in default for the first time in history after it only paid $628,000 of a $58 million debt payment it owed over the weekend.

According to the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB), the commonwealth simply did not have the cash to make the bond payment owed to the Public Finance Corporation (PFC). Puerto Rico is currently some $72 billion in debt.

“Due to the lack of appropriated funds for this fiscal year the entirety of the PFC payment was not made today (the first business day after the Saturday deadline),” GDB President Melba Acosta-Febo said in a statement.

READ MORE: Debt-ridden Puerto Rico fails in bid for municipal bankruptcy rights

“This was a decision that reflects the serious concerns about the Commonwealth’s liquidity in combination with the balance of obligations to our creditors and the equally important obligations to the people of Puerto Rico to ensure the essential services they deserve are maintained.”

As a result of the tiny payment, the credit rating agency Moody’s said that Puerto Rico has defaulted on its debts.

“Moody’s views this event as a default,” Emily Raimes, vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, said in a statement toCNBC. “Debt service on these bonds is subject to appropriation, and the lack of appropriation means there is not a legal requirement to pay the debt, nor any legal recourse for bondholders.”

Raimes added that it does not believe the island has enough cash to make all the payments it needs do, and that similar news is on the way.

“This event is consistent with our belief that Puerto Rico does not have the resources to make all of its forthcoming debt payments,” she said. “This is a first in what we believe will be broad defaults on commonwealth debt.”

According to CNN, Puerto Rico owed a monthly debt payment of $483 million. The vast majority of that was actually paid except for the $58 million owed to PFC, something the outlet described as a strategic decision since that debt is owned by credit unions and Puerto Ricans – mainly retirees – who don’t have much of a chance to battle the move in the courts.

READ MORE: ​No federal bailout for Puerto Rico – White House

The next step in the process could involve Puerto Rico and the PFC getting together to negotiate some kind of restructuring plan. It’s possible that such a plan will push the island’s government to back austerity by raising taxes and lowering spending.

In June, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the commonwealth cannot pay its debt and warned that a “death spiral” could occur if restructuring wasn’t possible.

“There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math,” Garcia said at the time. “My administration is doing everything not to default … But we have to make the economy grow. If not, we will be in a death spiral.”

The White House has already ruled out providing the commonwealth with a bailout, and since the island is not a municipality of a state, it does not qualify for bankruptcy. The Obama administration said it would ask Congress to look into the possibility of allowing Puerto Rico to do so, but it’s unclear how lawmakers will act in response to the situation.

“There’s no one in the administration or in DC that’s contemplating a federal bailout of Puerto Rico,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in June. “But we do remain committed to working with Puerto Rico and their leaders as they address the serious challenges.”

Puerto Rico’s problems run the gamut from a heavily damaging, decade-long recession and high unemployment to government mismanagement and excess spending. Between 2010 and 2013, some 48,000 people left Puerto Rico to find jobs in the US mainland every year.

One resident, 26-year-old Omar Rodriguez, just recently left with his family and moved to Austin, Texas, where both he and his wife obtained jobs.

“I wouldn’t imagine having the same quality of life in Puerto Rico at the moment and that saddens me,” Rodriguez said to CNN. “Saying goodbye to my parents …it was a bit unbearable.”

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Remy Martin puts NFC chip in its Cognac to prove they are genuine

by on Jul.04, 2015, under News Events

 


How do you tell a fine, authentic cognac from some knockoff in a fake bottle? Right now that requires a keen eye and an interest in cognac, but in the near future it might only require a smartphone with an NFC chip. Premiumalcohol maker Rémy Martin has started production of a new “connected” bottle with an NFC tag to guarantee freshness and authenticity. Truly this is the future.

For the unaware, cognac is a liquor produced from distilled wine. Most makers age cognac for about six years, though some less expensive versions are aged for much less time and infused with caramel coloring to fake the proper look. Rémy Martin prides itself on aging all its cognac for at least 10 years and as long as 37 years. You’re looking at over $100 for a regular bottle of Rémy Martin, and probably much more for the connected bottle.

The tag will be hidden inside the cap, but why the cap? Firstly, it’s easy to get your smartphone pressed up against it to read the tag, and second it allows the bottle to know whether or not it has been opened. When the seal is broken, a circuit is tripped that causes the NFC tag to label the bottle as “opened.” Thus, if you scan a “Rémy Martin CLUB” connected bottle, it will tell you if someone has previously opened it.

The company will also have a dedicated app that handles the identification of the bottles, but presumably it’s Android only, as the iPhone’s NFC chip is locked down right now. When you scan bottles, you’ll get points which can earn you rewards and prizes, but if you’re buying pricey booze, I don’t know that saving up loyalty points is high on your to-do list. The smart bottles will launch first in China this fall. Timing for other regions is still undecided.

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Moscow will respond to NATO approaching Russian borders ‘accordingly’ – Putin

by on Jun.16, 2015, under News Events

Published time: June 16, 2015 21:17

Russian president Vladimir Putin. (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. (RIA Novosti/Michael Klimentyev)

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If NATO threatens Russia’s territories Moscow will respond to the threat accordingly, said President Vladimir Putin. This comes after he announced Russia’s strategic forces will be getting over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2015.

“If someone threatens our territories, it means that we will have to aim our armed forces accordingly at the territories from where the threat is coming. How else could it be? It is NATO that approaching our borders, it’s not like we are moving anywhere,” Putin said speaking at a joint media conference with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto in Moscow on Tuesday.

He said at the moment he sees no threat in the alliance’s activities, since the missile defense system wide deployment is a bigger threat.

“I’d refrain from whipping up emotions. Of course, we will analyze everything but so far I see nothing that might prompt us to [take responsive measures],” he said. “What worries us more is the anti-missile defense system that is being deployed – that is a significant thing of strategic importance.”

The comments come after The New York Times ran a piece Saturday, which said the Pentagon could store “battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries.”

Day later, Poland and Lithuania revealed on-going talks with Washington to host US military equipment warehouses. This prompted a harsh reaction from Moscow; Russia warned that it has no binding obligations limiting its armed forces in its Western region.

“Russia will have no other choice but to boost its military potential along its western borders,” General Yury Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official told Interfax Monday. He added that a military buildup would affect tactical groupings in the Belarus and Kaliningrad region.

On Tuesday morning Putin stated that in 2015 Russia’s strategic forces will be getting over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

In response to all these statements, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of “saber-rattling.”

This nuclear sabre-rattling of Russia is unjustified. It’s destabilizing and it’s dangerous. This is something which we are addressing, and it’s also one of the reasons we are now increasing the readiness and preparedness of our forces,” Stoltenberg said during a news briefing in Brussels on Tuesday.

He added that NATO is making sure it “provides the terms of protection of all allies against the enemy.”

NATO forces are currently holding military exercises in Poland codenamed Noble Jump. Their aim, according to Stoltenberg’s interview to the Polish Press Agency, is to show that the Alliance can quickly deploy its forces to any of the member countries.

READ MORE: Putin: 40+ ICBMs targeted for 2015 nuclear force boost

The drills involve about 2,000 soldiers and some 500 pieces of hardware, including tanks, jets and helicopters. The scenario is based on a hypothetical conflict with several countries taking part. It is the first official exercise of the NATO ‘Spearhead’ force established in Europe to counter what Alliance commanders have repeatedly dubbed ‘Russian aggression’.

Washington also made a statement following Vladimir Putin’s announcement about additional ICBMs.

“It does concern me,” State Secretary John Kerry said, answering a reporter’s question at a briefing. “Nobody should hear that kind of announcement from the leader of a powerful country and not be concerned about what the implications are.”

‘US, EU fails to put enough pressure on Kiev to implement Minsk deal’

Putin made the fresh statements at a media press conference with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto in Moscow on Tuesday evening. Besides NATO, the two leaders talked much about the on-going crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s role in its resolution.

Putin said Moscow considers the Minsk ceasefire agreement to be ‘fair and balanced’ and criticized the US and EU for failing to make enough effort to pressure Kiev.

We consider [the Minsk] agreements to be fair and balanced and we are exerting the possible pressure on one of the sides of the conflict – on the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics,” Putin said The eastern Ukrainian republics are ready to hold talks on all points of the Minsk agreement, he said.

Putin noted that “none of the points of the [Minsk deal] are sole responsibility of Donbass, primarily it’s the responsibility of Kiev authorities.”

He also criticized the EU and the US leaders for failing to exercise “enough pressure on Kiev authorities” in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement. There is “no alternative” to the Minsk deal and “as hard as it may be we should follow this path,” he said.

The sides of the conflict “should sit down for direct talks” as there is “no other way,” he added.

Niinisto, in his turn, said that Moscow and Helsinki were actively participating in the OSCE work and pledged that the work would continue.

At present, everybody should exert maximum efforts to restore peace in Ukraine and remove the current strains that are present in Russia’s relations with the West,” he said.

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Obama: G7 to discuss ‘Russian aggression in Ukraine’

by on Jun.07, 2015, under News Events

Obama: G7 to discuss ‘Russian aggression in Ukraine’

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President Obama has said the leaders of the G7 nations will discuss “standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine”.

Speaking at a news conference in Bavaria with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, he also joked that he had forgotten his lederhosen.

He said the two-day summit would discuss a range of issues including the global economy, violent extremism and climate change.

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JADE HELM 15 FEMA COFFINS AND HUGE MILITARY VEHICLE BUILDUP – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

by on Apr.14, 2015, under News Events

With a large swath of Southern California listed as ‘hostile’ in the upcoming US Military’s Jade Helm 15 ‘martial law’ roundup, YouTube videographer me meow decided to videotape his regular drive by the Yermo Logistics Marine Base north of Barstow, California and his videotaping yielded some unexpected results.

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Besides showing us that there are many more vehicles on the base now than the normal number of vehicles he usually sees, he also appears to have captured a huge number of FEMA coffins stacked up on the base as seen in the images above and below and thevideo below beginning at the 2 minute 30 second mark.

With America expected to have 240+ million LESS inhabitants in only 10 years than we do now and Jade Helm 15’s official kick-off only months away, military preparation on a massive scale is now being witnessed from coast to coast and this newly released videois no exception with the added caveat of what appear to be FEMA coffins thrown into the mix, adding more proof to the evidence that these upcoming ‘drills’ will be anything but ‘drills’.

The meat of this video begins at the 1 minute 30 second mark when the videographer arrives at the base and continues on for the next several minutes as he tells us that the actual number of military vehicles on the base are 5X the number that we can see in thisvideo.

Are those FEMA coffins stacked up at the 2:30 mark or something else entirely? In the 2nd video below from haskellfilmz we see that residents of Arizona are being warned of Jade Helm 15 by homemade signs left on the streets as Americans are rapidly awakening across the country to the forthcoming possible martial law takeover of our nation.

Check out what appear to be FEMA coffins from this newly released video and compare them to the known FEMA coffins from Georgia taken back in 2009 in the 2nd and 3rd images below. Are these the same things? If so, is this more proof that Jade Helm 15 will be anything but ‘benevolent exercises’?

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Ted Nugent: Native Americans Are ‘Unclean Vermin’ Who Don’t ‘Qualify As People’

by on Apr.12, 2015, under News Events

AUTHOR: JULY 23, 2014 3:47 PM

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In response to Idaho Native Americans canceling one of his performances, Ted Nugent displayed the behavior that caused the tribe to do so in the first place.

Nugent had been scheduled to perform a concert at Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho on Aug. 4, but it was canceled after tribal officials were made aware of the racism Nugent has spewed over the years. The conservative rocker didn’t take the news very well, of course, and went on a disgusting rant during an interview with Gannett Wisconsin Media in which he called those who canceled the concert “unclean vermin” who aren’t real people.

“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy,” Nugent hatefully said. “By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people.”

To be blunt, it sounds like Nugent is talking about himself considering the racist remarks he has made about President Obama in recent years. The Idaho Native Americans who made the decision to cancel the concert did so precisely because of how hateful, dishonest, and rotten ‘The Motor City Madman’ is. We’re talking about a man who crapped his pants to avoid serving in Vietnam, a man who married a teen girl he was the legal guardian of just so he could have sex with her, a man who has called for the execution of Democrats and the President of the United States, and a man who has made racist comment after racist comment.

Native Americans are not only people, they’re the first people and original inhabitants of North America. Their ancient culture has played a large role in shaping America, and it’s because of hateful bigoted people like Nugent that Native Americans have been nearly wiped out.

This isn’t the first time Nugent has been stopped from performing a concert. Earlier this year, a town in Texas actually paid him $16,000 to stay away from them, and it’s amazing that more towns don’t do the same thing. But if the Couer D’Alene tribe wants a real rock star to perform at their casino, I suggest asking rock legend Tom Petty. Not only will they get to see a better show, they’ll get a better human being.

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