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by Bjinse on Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 at 07:34:17 PM EST
What did pique the Australian's curiosity was Paddock's way of making a living, "as I'd not met a professional gambler" before.

Paddock was forthcoming in "great detail" on matters from his "float", or cash gambling base, to his annual income, which was "very much well over a senior executive's wage in the US".

"And how he obtained that: the algorithms behind his methodology of gambling - only on machines, not on tables," he said.

Oh, really? Even if you did find a bug in the slot machines, the casinos would notice the pattern and fix it. I wonder if he made his money in crime, and somebody was catching up with him. I don't see any other plausible explanation how someone with his background would be so rich.

One amusing aspect of articles like this is how the papers report what people who knew him said as though a psychopath always tells the truth except when he's talking about his plans to shoot people.

The article does, however, say

The men came to have "robust conversations" about the second amendment of the US constitution and the right to bear arms.

It is a debate the Australian said he had had many times - but Paddock's grasp of the detail seemed superior to most defenders of the second amendment.

"I've asked that question of many people I know from the US, and sadly enough, the answer is very similar in many ways: that people have this belief that the constitutional amendment is their right, with very little understanding of the content of that actual bill," the man said.

"I think it'd be fair to say [Paddock] indicated to me that he certainly knew more than most."

So that's it. He was radicalised by the NRA.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 4th, 2017 at 06:31:39 PM EST
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What's a 'lone wolf'? It's the special name we give white terrorists | Opinion | The Guardian
Consider Stephen Craig Paddock, the shooter in Sunday's massacre in Las Vegas. Is he a terrorist? Well, the authorities aren't calling him one, at least not yet.

This is all the more remarkable because Paddock's actions clearly fit the statutory definition of terrorism in Nevada. That state's law defines terrorism as "any act that involves the use or attempted use of sabotage, coercion or violence which is intended to cause great bodily harm or death to the general population".

Stephen Craig Paddock shot and killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500 others. If that doesn't qualify as a textbook definition of Nevada's terrorism law, I don't know what does.

Yet, when asked at a press conference in Las Vegas if the shooting was an act of terrorism, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo replied: "No. Not at this point. We believe it's a local individual. He resides here locally," suggesting that all terrorism is foreign in nature.

by Bernard on Wed Oct 4th, 2017 at 08:24:34 PM EST
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The term has been used in Israel for some of the recent attackers.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 03:04:14 AM EST
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Medium - A North american Gray Wolf - A Wolf Would Never Fucking Do This

I am a North American Gray Wolf and I'm mad as hell. Yes, I am a bit of a loner but let me be clear, I would never do something like this. You humans never care about me unless it's to describe a psychopath mass murderer. Just because I've chosen not to reproduce or run with a pack doesn't mean you can use my name to describe white mass shooters. Stop appropriating wolf culture and come up with your own term for it. I have a suggestion: Terrorist.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:43:25 PM EST
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He was a money launderer. That's how you make money on slots.

You find a near 50/50 bet, eg red or black on a roulette slot. You bet both ways. The payout is, strangely, 100% of stake. $100 on red, $100 on black. You win $200.

Except for the occasional 0, but that is accounted for elsewhere.

It seems strangely futile but, done in in mass numbers, you can clean millions every day. In fact, you can even get an IRS certificate for your winnings.

Fixed Odds Betting terminals (FOBT) are in every betting shop in the UK and are massively popular with drug dealers. Takes 'em about 10 minutes to clean £5k (the shop has to report any transaction over £5k). So they go from having a load of suspicious money to being able to show the police their gambling winnings, "got lucky, didn't I?".

the social misery from gambling is just a by-product of the drug/gambling industry nexus. I'm quite sure it's the same in Las Vegas.

this guy was a money launderer.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:37:12 PM EST
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OK, but where was he getting the money to launder?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:38:42 PM EST
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Well, that's an interesting question. He used to be an accountant....hmmmm

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:47:09 PM EST
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He was also an IRS agent....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 12:48:26 PM EST
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very interesting

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 5th, 2017 at 01:10:44 PM EST
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Cheesed off: Amsterdam to curb tourist shops amid visitor influx - Guardian
Amsterdam is banning new shops targeting tourists in the city's historic centre in the latest attempt to reclaim it for residents.

The city government announced on Thursday that ticket shops, bike rental companies, cheese shops and other retailers or attractions catering mainly or exclusively for tourists would be prevented from opening in parts of the Centre district.

The number of shops selling food for immediate consumption, such as ice cream and doughnuts, will also be limited in about 40 shopping streets around the centre.

Kajsa Ollongren, deputy mayor for economic affairs, said inner-city buildings designated for retail were increasingly being occupied by shops geared towards tourists, reducing the variety of outlets for residents.

by Bernard on Sat Oct 7th, 2017 at 06:19:34 PM EST
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And what about fashion stores? Pretty much everything (including some of the fast food places) in Venice has become one of these. And I doubt they cater to the locals.

Let's see them try to ban cheese shops in Paris.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 7th, 2017 at 08:37:38 PM EST
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Let's see them try to ban cheese shops in Paris

provided they have cheese and ban greek dancing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 12:20:53 PM EST
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Cheese shops ... really?  I've got so many constipation replies ... where to start.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 03:04:53 PM EST
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See, in particular, starting around 6:00 (once you click and go to youtube...)

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 03:05:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 10:21:01 PM EST
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Former US President Barack Obama thought his country's "special relationship" with Britain was a joke and would slip Falklands references into press conferences to mock the UK, one of his ex-aides Jeremy Shapiro has claimed.

Shapiro said Donald Trump would not be any kinder to Britain, saying the new President is "playing" with Prime Minister Theresa May to get a better trade deal. He said Trump is "willing to exploit" the UK.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 10th, 2017 at 04:40:56 PM EST
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Odd, I would have thought he'd have understood that the special relationship was all about intelligence gathering for domestic purposes, even in the internet age.

But I fear that UK polticians think it's about a lot more, which is just sad.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 11th, 2017 at 08:37:39 PM EST
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For an (admittedly poor) analogy, if you work in corporate America, imagine trying to explain to your boss or colleagues how you want to implement the Taoist concept of wu-wei in the workplace.

No need to imagine. I have tried it -- subtleties and mas fuerte on the floor in the center of the "agile" economy, AMZN.COM!

< wipes tears >

What a way to quit a day job.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 11th, 2017 at 03:37:37 PM EST
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The State of Kansas has enacted a new law, HB 2409, that requires state contractors to certify that they are not engaged in boycotts of Israel. An official with the Kansas State Department of Education ("KSDE") told Plaintiff Esther Koontz that she would have to certify that she is not currently engaged in a boycott of Israel in order to receive a contract to work as a trainer in the statewide teacher training program. In adherence to calls for boycott made by her church and her congregation, Ms. Koontz refuses to purchase consumer goods and services offered by Israeli companies and international companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. When Ms. Koontz responded that she could not sign the certification in good conscience, the state refused to contract with her. The Act violates the First Amendment by requiring Ms. Koontz and other state contractors to certify their non-participation in protected political expression and association. Because the Act engages in speaker-based discrimination and burdens fundamental First Amendment rights, it also violates the Equal Protection Clause.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 11th, 2017 at 04:34:28 PM EST
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This is a clever test case. It'll go the distance and drive ScaLito and Unc' Tom insane.

:: Rat Watch 2017
S.720, CARDIN (D-MD), 49 co-sponsors
H.R. 1697 ROSKIM (R-IL), 291 co-sponsors

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 11th, 2017 at 09:24:28 PM EST
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This morning in Bal'more, local radio show has discovered "Trump's religious exemption order". ( No word yet in the village about "Trump's religious ambassador to the world", Mr Brownback; still time to acquire yer hazmat gear.)

Outside group readies lawsuit on Trump's religious exemption order May 2017

Host and "experts" can barely acknowledge that Trump's executive order to DHHS and DoJ conforms with SCOTUS opinion and orders under Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the religious freedom restoration act, and "conscience clause" exemptions adopted by 50+1% of US states.
< wipes tears >
More disturbing than even the living-dead-dispute, "IUD, abortifacient?", this cohort of interlocutors wants to --yet seems incapable of-- articulate a distinction between "moral" and "religious" doctrine/ethics/faith/belief/spirituality [?!!]; then there's the amoral dissenter claiming Trump's executive order is neither, but a "political stunt" ... because "american values" are all about "live and let live"; finally, a claim has advanced that no one can choose where he or she works.

Can't wait for Koontz v. Watson a/k/a Trial of The Covenant to hit the media in the kiester. Next year?

Way too many people in this country are nuts. They need more Russian spies to created division and chaos in THEIR MINDS.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 03:13:13 PM EST
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Producers at WYPR turfed the religious freedom ambassador news to the next scheduled talk show "Mid-day"(after 1/2 hour of "Are computing devices adversely affecting 'our' cognitive abilities?!!"). Guest questions Brownback's fitness for office, comparative theology, and duty to US duty to protect "minority religious", not the office.

WAITING for any body to mention ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE of the US fucking Constitution ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 04:21:58 PM EST
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US Constitution is whatever 5 white guys says it is.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 05:42:41 PM EST
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That's a burger franchise!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 06:27:10 PM EST
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Trump Picks Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador JULY 2017
(I hasten to say, christianitytoday.com is currently the first item in the list returned by yahoo!.com, not my preferred "news" source.)

Let us note: This office, Dept of State (paradoxically), executive branch is NOT new. Mr Obama appointed several persons in his two terms, for example.

US Congress established the office in Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (1998). Legal challenges to federal establishment of US authority (1st Amd. prohibition) to legitimize any or all religion are unknown. The US Dept of State affirms, "promoting religious freedom as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy."

Being a (nominal) convert to the Holy Roman See ("state") AND a trenchant proponent of US military hegemony, Mr. Brownback is a fit appointee.

archived: 2009
Senators reject closing Gitmo prison without plan | TPM News Pages et seq.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 12th, 2017 at 04:09:31 PM EST
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Citizen Times (Asheville, NC)
The man authorities say left an explosive device at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning that contained ammonium nitrate and fuel oil said he was preparing to "fight a war on U.S. soil," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

The suspect, Michael Christopher Estes, had his first appearance in federal court Tuesday morning. He is charged with attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosive materials in an airport.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 13th, 2017 at 09:15:33 AM EST
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Keep handy for proper police identification.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Oct 14th, 2017 at 04:53:29 AM EST
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