Screenshot 2018-12-19 at 9.21.47 PM - Edited“Steele Dossier” from  former spy Christopher Steele and his company Orbis Business Intelligence in London.    Buzzfeed was the only news organization to publish the 35 documents in full. He was named on the last page, In regards to Gubarev’s company, the dossier states XBT: ‘had been using botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.’ Businessman Aleksej Gubarev said he and his companies were falsely linked in the dossier to Russia-backed computer hacking of Democratic Party figures. Gubarev, who is based in Cyprus, sought unspecified damages from BuzzFeed and its top editor, Ben Smith, for the lawsuit’s libel and slander claims.

 

Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled December 19 2018 in Miami federal court that BuzzFeed cannot be found liable for publishing a document that had become the subject of official government conduct.The judge said BuzzFeed’s article was “fair and true.”

Gubarev has filed a notice of appeal.

Aleksej Gubarev is the CEO of XBT which hosts websites and also owns Webzilla.

 

Vonn comeback January?

19 December, 2018

[December 9]

Her next target could be a downhill and super-G in Val Gardena, Italy on December 18 and 19.   “That really has nothing to do with me wanting to race in Lake Louise. ”

 

The whole point of having one last season is to have one last season, to race in every single race one last time.”

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In a court filing, prosecutors said former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen arranged the secret payments at the height of the 2016 campaign “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump, a remarkable disclosure with potential political and legal ramifications for a president dogged by investigations. The payments are likely to become a target for House Democrats gearing up to investigate the president next year. It’s unclear whether Trump faces legal jeopardy over his role. At trial, John Edwards’s lawyers argued that the payments were aimed at hiding his affair with Rielle Hunter from Edwards’s wife, and were not an election related cover up. Jurors acquitted Edwards on one count related to a payment made after he had already suspended his campaign and deadlocked on five other counts. The judge declared a mistrial, and the Justice Department opted not to retry the case.

[July 25 2018]

Rielle Hunter:  Sen. John Edwards 2007 call-girl friend worked for Anna Gristina?Lanny Davis said to NBC News that the content of the Cohen-Trump tape “sounds like a John Edwards case.”

From a legal perspective, the more pressing question is whether the proposed payment to McDougal—whether in the form of cash or a check—would have represented a campaign expenditure, and whether the Trump campaign was planning to disclose it. Since the deal with American Media, Inc., the Enquirer’s parent company, appears not to have gone through, this issue may seem to be moot—but it might not be. Cohen’s payment of a hundred and thirty thousand dollars to the porn star Stormy Daniels, who also claims to have had an affair with Trump, did go through.

[ April 24 2012  Next Witness: Andrew Young, former aide to former U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate John Edwards ]

 

The 28,200-square-foot Edwards home in Orange County valued at $6 million

The 28,200-square-foot Edwards home in Orange County valued at $6 million

The 28,200-square-foot Edwards home in Orange County, main house is 10,400 square feet and has two garages. The recreation building, a red, barn-like building containing 15,600 square feet, is connected to the house by a closed-in and roofed structure of varying widths and elevations that totals 2,200 square feet. The main house is all on one level except for a 600-square-foot bedroom and bath area above the guest garage. The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”

The High Point

The High Point

The Family Men

The Family Men

Oct. 10, 2007: The National Enquirer publishes its first report on Edwards’ affair, but doesn’t release the name of the woman. Edwards’ spokesperson says the allegations are “false, absolute nonsense.”
Oct. 11, 2007: “The story is false. It’s completely untrue, ridiculous,” Edwards tells reporter.
Oct. 22, 2007: Edwards has been having an affair with his campaign staff videographer, Rielle Hunter, the Enquirer reports.
Dec. 12, 2007: A pregnant Hunter tells the Enquirer that Andrew Young, a longtime Edwards aide, is the father of the baby. “This has no relationship to nor does it involve John Edwards in any way,” Rielle says.
Dec. 31, 2007: The Enquirer reports that there is a massive cover-up taking place to protect the former senator.
Jan. 30, 2008: Edwards drops out of the race.
July 22, 2008: The Enquirer catches Edwards trying to leave the Beverly Hilton at 2:40 a.m. after visiting Hunter and their daughter.
July 23, 2008: “I don’t talk about these tabloids. They’re tabloid trash and just full of lies,” Edwards tells reporters in Houston.
August 8, 2008: Edwards admits to the affair, telling ABC News’ Bob Woodruff that his political success “fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want.” But he denies again that the baby is his.
August 6, 2009: Hunter testifies before a grand jury about her relationship with Edwards.
Jan. 21, 2010: Edwards owns up to being the father of Hunter’s daughter. “It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and, hopefully, one day, when she understands, she will forgive me,” he said in a statement.
Jan. 27, 2010: Reports emerge that Edwards and his wife Elizabeth have separated.
Jan. 28, 2010: Young tells ABC’s Bob Woodruff that he has a sex tape Edwards and Hunter made a few months before the Iowa caucuses.
Dec. 7, 2010: Elizabeth Edwards dies after battling cancer.
June 3, 2011: Edwards is indicted on six federal felony charges, including conspiring to violate campaign finance laws. more

geographic-targeting-orders-must-now-include-crypto-according-to-fincen

New requirements, called a geographic targeting order (“GTOs”), lower the cash threshold and add more metropolitan areas. The new changes include cryptocurrencies as one of the listed methods of payment. As of November 15 2018, the order requires title-insurance companies to file reports to the federal government on “all-cash purchases” through limited liability companies of $300,000 or more of residential property in 12 metropolitan areas. Previously, the value threshold had varied by city and the program covered seven cities, as well as some surrounding counties.

“Reissuing the [geographic targeting orders] will further assist in tracking illicit funds and other criminal or illicit activity, as well as inform [Treasury’s] future regulatory efforts in this sector,” the Treasury said in a statement.

The new order covers purchases made, at least in part, using cash or a cashier’s check, certified check, traveler’s check, personal check, business check, money order, funds transfer or virtual currency. It involves deals made in the metropolitan areas of Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

After the program first went into effect, all-cash purchases by companies dropped nationally by about 70%, even in areas not subject to the requirements.
https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/fincen-reissues-real-estate-geographic-targeting-orders-and-expands-coverage-12

https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/us-fincen-says-to-include-real-estate-cryptocurrency-purchases-in-geographic-targeting-orders-gtos/

Rioting peripheral France

2 December, 2018

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It was the third straight weekend of clashes in Paris involving activists dressed in the fluorescent yellow vests of a new protest movement and the worst urban violence since at least 2005.

This comes with a new social geography: employment and wealth have become more and more concentrated in the big cities. The deindustrialised regions, rural areas, small and medium-size towns are less and less dynamic. But it is in these places – in “peripheral France” (one could also talk of peripheral America or peripheral Britain) – that many working-class people live. Christophe Guilluy

[April 27 2009   Replacements in Imaginarium   ]
Imaginarium

Terry Gilliam’s film, partly shot in London, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” for which Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all helped complete Ledger’s unfinished role, is another anticipated premiere. It is Heath Ledger’s final appearance in film before his death last year. It will screen Out of Competition.

The Cannes Film Festival was founded in 1946 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals in existence. It takes place this year from May 13-24 in Cannes, France.