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Man said to have created Bitcoin denies it, leads LA car chase

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Satoshi Nakamoto is surrounded by reporters as he leaves his home in Temple City, California, March 6, 2014.
A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press.

Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles.


Sally Kohn's Hypocrisy on Ukraine hurts everyone

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Sally Kohn looks like she got a haircut from a meat grinder.
Editor's note: Sally Kohn is a progressive activist, columnist and television commentator. Follow her on Twitter @sallykohn.

(CNN) -- While hosting CNN's Crossfire this week, I said: "Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today. He's given them a new excuse to bash President Obama."

Comment: Bit sensational, and facetious.

I pointed out that Republicans have been slamming Obama for his handling of the Ukraine crisis even though I have not heard a single, specific way in which they would handle the situation differently. No new ideas, just new insults.

Comment: No they are acting like moneys in a zoo throwing faeces at the tour guide while he pontificates to a gaggle of 1st graders. ( Psst. You're one of them. )

The howls came quickly, and my assertion has been repeatedlyattacked and mischaracterized. But the evidence to support it is, troublingly, everywhere.

Comment: Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

I'm not saying Republicans are pro-Putin or that they want him to invade Ukraine. But they certainly have - conveniently, even gleefully -- found a good way to put Putin's actions to political use at home. Just listen to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday: "Putin decides what he wants to do and he does it in half a day... he makes a decision and he executes it. Quickly. Then everybody reacts. That's what you call a leader."

Comment: You know a man is good when even the insults from his enemies are a kind of praise.

And Sarah Palin: "People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil; they look at our President as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates."

Comment: Sounds like someone has been reading the Thesaurus. Easy way to tell when an idiot tries to look smart: They suddenly use obscure words as if they always have.

Comment: You know what Sally, you appear to be a really bad sort of person. You seem to be a poseur. That is to say: It looks like you pretend to be an edgy progressive activist. What it really looks like is that you just might be an altershill for the established power. People like you come across as pretending to having dissenting opinions to gird up the fast sinking impression that America is anything other than an Opinion Dictatorship.

Evil Rays

CNN Team "claims" strong arm tactics from hotel management

A CNN team in Crimea was told to stop broadcasting on Thursday or they'd be kicked out of their hotel.

CNN International correspondent Anna Coren told Anderson Cooper her team was told by the management of the hotel they are staying in that unless they stopped broadcasting the hotel would kick them out.

"Really bizarre, just a couple of hours ago the management of our hotel where we've been staying for over a week, we've got a team here, told us we basically have to shut down our operation or we'd be kicked out. We asked for the reason, they didn't give us one. Very unusual, basically said stop broadcasting or we'll kick you out,' Coren said.

Coren told Cooper her team got the "very strong feeling" the hotel was getting pressured.

"They're getting pressured, whether it be from local milita, who obviously had the major run in with the UN official envoy Robert Serry yesterday and basically rode him out of the country, or whether it came from the new Crimean government which as we know is very much pro-Russian," Coren said.

Comment: Yeah, I wonder why.

Heart - Black

Army sexual assault prosecutor suspended for alleged sexual assault

Lt. Col. Joseph
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In the midst of a flurry of court cases and Senate activity over sexual assault in the military, the news that the Army's top sexual assault prosecutor assaulted a woman himself is probably not the kind of thing Army officials are excited about having to address. Well, whoops - here we go anyway.

Stars and Stripes reports that a female lawyer who worked for Lt. Col. Joseph "Jay" Morse recently alleged that Morse "groped her and tried to kiss her," most appropriately, at a sexual assault legal conference in 2011. While sources say no official charges have been filed against Morse, he was suspended from his position as Chief of the Trial Counsel Assistance Program (a position he was appointed to after the incident in question) when the woman came forward with her claim. An Army official revealed to Stars and Stripes that the case is currently being investigated.

According to his bio on the military's Response Systems to Sexual Assault Panel website, Morse oversaw "twenty-three Special Victim Prosecutors, all criminal law experts focusing on the prosecution of crimes involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and children as victims" in his role.


School forces half-naked, sopping wet student to stand outside, frostbite results

Kayona Hagen Tietz
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A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student - dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet - to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.

Administrators wouldn't let the student retrieve her clothes, sit in a car or wait inside another building, according to WCCO.

The trouble began when a small science experiment triggered the fire alarm at Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fourteen-year-old Kayona Hagen-Tietz was swimming in the school pool for health class at the time. Her clothes were in her locker, and a teacher told her that there was no time for her to change. Hagen-Tietz was rushed outside - still wet and dressed in only swimsuit.

It was 5 degrees below zero in St. Paul that day. With the windchill, it was 25 degrees below zero.

Hagen-Tietz asked to wait inside an employee's car, or at the elementary school across the street. But administrators believed that this would violate official policy, and could get the school in trouble, so they opted to simply let the girl freeze.

Her fellow classmates, at least, huddled around her to try to keep her warm. And one teacher did eventually lend her a coat.

Still, Hagen-Tietz came down with frostbite on her feet, according to her mother, Eva Tietz, who took her to the doctor as soon as she found out what had happened.

Comment: This is what happens when Authoritarian Followers are in positions of power. Unlike psychopaths who wantonly hurt people, the Authoritarian hurts people casually by fixating on their own subjective interpretation of absolute rules. Authoritarians can be anywhere, and on any side of the fence.

Heart - Black

Sexual predation: Same story, different ministry

Bill Gothard
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Bill Gothard founded the Institute in Basic Life Principles
Stunning allegations are emerging about Bill Gothard, who is a big deal in conservative Protestant homeschooling circles. Here is a new allegation from a woman, "Charlotte" (she's pictured), who says she was raped by her conservative pastor father at age eight, and later, at 16, sent to work at Gothard's headquarters at Gothard's request. Excerpt:
He wanted all the details of my past sexual experiences. He asked me a lot about how much I had let my boyfriend touch me, how we kissed - it went on and on. He seemed to get pleasure from pulling every detail out of me. We would then kneel at the couch and pray. I remember how my knees would hurt after a while. He made me confess, often holding my hand. He liked to make me cry over it. Bill told me that God had a better plan for me.

He knew what my father had done to me, but he called me into repentance for my own sins without confronting my father or addressing his sin. I was a temptation to men; Bill Gothard told me that I had tempted my own father.

I craved Bill's attention but felt guilty about the increasing touches he gave me. I wanted a relationship with a man that was like a relationship with a father. Bill Gothard gave me that feeling of being worth something.
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“Charlotte” at IBLP Headquarters


Town violates man's property rights, arrests him for complaining

A property owner in Bridgeport, Michigan was addressing his grievances at the monthly township board meeting when he went over the 3 minutes allowed for public comment. The police went to remove him from the meeting and when he didn't comply in a fast enough manner for them, it sounded like they said he was under arrest for disturbing the peace.

Light Saber

Senate staffers snagged secret CIA documents from agency's HQ

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., declined to comment while speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill except to confirm that CIA Inspector General David Buckley was looking into whether the agency had monitored her staff’s computers.
Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee's unreleased study of the CIA's secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency's fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren't authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.

After the CIA confronted the panel in January about the removal of the material last fall, panel staff concluded that the agency had monitored computers they'd been given to use in a high-security research room at the CIA campus in Langley, Va., a McClatchy investigation found.

It remained unclear Wednesday if the monitoring, the unauthorized removal of classified material or another matter were the subject of a recent CIA request to the Justice Department for an investigation into alleged malfeasance in connection with the committee's top-secret study.

The documents removed from the agency included a draft of an internal CIA review that at least one lawmaker has publicly said showed that agency leaders misled the Intelligence Committee in disputing some of the committee report's findings, according to a knowledgeable person who requested anonymity because of the matter's extraordinary sensitivity.

In a combative statement issued Wednesday evening, CIA Director John Brennan chastised unidentified senators for making "spurious allegations about CIA actions that are wholly unsupported by the facts.
"I am very confident that the appropriate authorities reviewing this matter will determine where wrongdoing, if any, occurred in either the executive branch or legislative branch," he said in an apparent reference to the request for a Justice Department investigation. "Until then, I would encourage others to refrain from outbursts that do a disservice to the important relationship that needs to be maintained between intelligence officials and congressional overseers."
The removal of the documents is the focus of an intense legal dispute between the CIA and its congressional overseers, said several people who also cited the matter's sensitivity in asking to remain anonymous.

Some committee members regard the monitoring as a possible violation of the law and contend that their oversight powers give them the right to the documents that were removed. On the other hand, the CIA considers the removal as a massive security breach because the agency doesn't believe that the committee had a right to those particular materials.


Peepers rejoice! 'Upskirt' photos are legal, says Massachusetts court

Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday that it is not illegal to secretly photograph underneath a person's clothing -- a practice known as "upskirting" -- prompting one prosecutor to call for a revision of state law.

The high court ruled that the practice did not violate the law because the women who were photographed while riding Boston public transportation were not nude or partially nude.

"A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is 'partially nude,' no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing," wrote Justice Margot Botsford of the state Supreme Judicial Court.

CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said the law has not caught up to technology and called it an assault on a woman's right to privacy.

"I think the courts got it wrong," Hostin said. "The spirit of the law makes it clear it is about the person's privacy."

The ruling stems from the case against Michael Robertson, 32, who was arrested in 2010 and accused of using his cell phone to take pictures and record video up the skirts and dresses of women on the trolley, according to court documents.

Comment: Upskirts are a flagrant violation of privacy and dignity. Stupid interpretations of "law" trump common sense once again.


LA gangbangers claim to be fighting in Syrian war

According to a recently-surfaced video, two self-proclaimed gang members from Los Angeles appear to have relocated to Syria to fight on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

If true, then these two men are among the first people to travel from the United States to fight for the Syrian regime, as opposed to the dozens of Americans who have traveled to fight alongside the Syrian rebels, according to the Washington Post.

In the short two-minute video, which first surfaced on Facebook, a man in a dark blue jacket appears to be introducing himself as "Creeper," claiming to represent the notorious Sureño 13 gang. The University of Maryland's gang tracking site notes that the group is a Southern California gang with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

"We got the enemigos [enemies] right there, homie," says Creeper to the camera, gesturing beyond the walls with his gun. "Let me represent myself homie, this is Creeper from that g'd up trece [13] gang homie, Sun Valley Gang, homie."

"Still puro Sureño, putting it down homie, in Middle East homie, in Syria," Creeper continues. "Still gang banging and not giving a f**k, homie." He then goes on to give shout outs to "Mr. Criminal" from Silver Lake and "Crazy Loco" from Pasadena.