March 21, 2019

Few New Zealand gun owners have voluntarily turned in their firearms so far. “New Zealand police said that as of Tuesday night, 37 firearms had been surrendered to police nationwide…. New Zealand has an estimated 1.2 million guns registered to civilians, according to the 2017 Small Arms Survey.”   https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/new-zealand-gun-owners-surrender-guns-christchurch-attack

New Zealand’s prime minister announces ban on semi-automatic weapons, but legislation will be needed in the country’s legislature. Citizens would be required to hand banned weapons over to police. “(Police Commissioner Mike) Bush said gun drops would be set up at police stations so citizens could safely hand in guns.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/20/asia/new-zealand-christchurch-gun-ban-intl/index.html   After these weapons are collected from New Zealand’s law-abiding citizens, only four groups of people will still have them: the police, the military, criminals and terrorists.

Man who attacked Christchurch mosques is charged with one murder, for now, but the person listed as the victim in the charge is actually still alive. “Detective Superintendent Chris Page today said that police had made a mistake in charging the shooter with killing a person who was connected to the shootings but still alive…. He would not say how the woman was connected…”   https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8686095/new-zealand-mosque-gunman-brenton-tarrant-is-charged-with-murder-of-woman-who-is-still-alive/

59 Jewish graves vandalized at Massachusetts cemetery. “Police found swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti at the Fall River cemetery and believe the incident occurred on March 16 or early March 17, according to a Tuesday social media post. Gravestones were defaced using a black marker and some were pushed over, police said.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/20/massachusetts-hebrew-cemetery-vandalized-anti-semitic-graffiti/3229454002/

FBI used ‘Triggerfish’ device to geo-locate Michael Cohen’s cell phones. “Federal agents later obtained a warrant to retrieve the phones from the (hotel) room.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/michael-cohen-investigation-involved-use-of-secretive-stingray-technology/

More Twitter users are now following Devin Nunes’ cow than are following Devin Nunes. “Prior to (Nunes’) lawsuit, the humble cow account had roughly 1,200 followers. Now, thanks to a visibility campaign boosted by left-leaning Twitter personalities, it has soared to over 395,000 followers — officially eclipsing the congressman’s follower count as of Wednesday afternoon.”   https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/devin-nunes-cow-account-overtakes-devin-nunes-in-followers.html

Former leader of Bosnian Serbs has his sentence increased to life in prison. “The judges upheld the charge of genocide for the July 1995 massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica, pointing to an order (Radovan) Karadžić had signed four months earlier that called for conditions for the city’s people to be made ‘unbearable with no hope of further survival’.”   https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/mar/20/radovan-karadzic-faces-final-verdict-in-bosnia-war-crimes-case

George W. Bush’s former press secretary, Ari Fleischer, claims the slogan ‘Bush lied,  people died’ is just a myth, people resist his attempt to rewrite history. “There were numerous occasions when Bush and his advisers made statements that intelligence agencies knew to be false, both about weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and about Iraq President Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent links to al-Qaeda. The term commonly used for making statements that one knows to be false is ‘lying’.”   https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/20/18274228/ari-fleischer-iraq-lies-george-w-bush-wmds   Actually, hundreds of thousands died.

Wells Fargo reaches $13.5 million settlement over changes to borrowers’ mortgages. “The complaint alleged that the bank engaged in ‘fraud, violations of bankruptcy rules and laws, and unfair and deceptive trade practices’ by ‘improperly and unilaterally’ modifying the mortgages of the bankrupt borrowers.”   https://www.housingwire.com/articles/48481-wells-fargo-to-pay-13-million-to-settle-claims-of-improperly-modifying-bankrupt-borrowers-mortgages

‘Jane Doe’ and ‘John Doe’ ask court not to unseal Ghislaine Maxwell lawsuit documents. “The court case currently at issue is a 2015 defamation lawsuit filed against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was recruited by Maxwell at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, when she was 16 years old. She says Maxwell brought her to Epstein’s mansion and she was trafficked for sex to a number of prominent and powerful men.”   https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article228199149.html

Julian Assange’s mom can’t use her Twitter account anymore. “Twitter uses algorithms unknown to the public to remove, block, suspend or restrict accounts of its users.”   https://consortiumnews.com/2019/03/19/twitter-restricts-account-of-julian-assanges-mother/

Descendants of indigenous tribes of Namibia sue Germany in U.S. court. “The case was brought by indigenous Ovaherero and Nama and descendants of the estimated 100,000 people who were systematically killed by colonizing Germans between 1904 and 1908 in what is now Namibia.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/for-victims-of-a-little-known-genocide-a-long-journey-to-justice/

 

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March 21, 2019

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