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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Nick Sauer Charged with Posting Sexual Images After Accusation by Ex-Girlfriend of Catfishing

Nick Sauer, a former member of the Illinois House of Representative, representing the 51st District in southwest Lake County, has been indicted on 12 felony counts of disseminating private sexual images.

In a statement issued Wednesday January 9, 2019, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office reported that the charges against Nick Sauer stem from an investigation that discovered two victims. Sauer's ex-girlfriend was not listed as one of the victims, but she alleged in summer of 2018 that Sauer posted nude pictures of her on a fake Instagram account and "catfished" the account -- pretended he was her to engage in graphic sexual conversations with men online.

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Nick Sauer, Former Member of Illinois House of Representatives Representing 51st District in Lake County, Charged with Posting Sexual Images

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Man, landlord injured trying to save Bichon Frise dog from deadly pit bull attack in Philadelphia

On Wednesday December 26, 2018 two pit bulls jumped from a neighbor's first-floor window and attacked a Bichon Frise. A man attempted to defend his dog, but the dog was killed by two pit pulls, and he suffered defensive wounds and lacerations that required sutures to his forearms and hands.

Scientists studying resuscitation say humans aware during minutes after death; call for more research

A research article almost 2 years old is seeing a revival of its own as it describes patients' awareness described by watching doctors and nurses working while they were in cardiac arrest. The team of researchers, from New York's Stony Brook University of Medicine, are working to improve treatment of cardiac arrests and prevent brain injuries during resuscitation, but they're also calling for large-scale investigation of out of body experiences (OBEs) and the explanation of awareness that occurs when the brain is supposedly non-functional.


American's living paycheck to paycheck as America moves toward oligarchical socialism

Millennials, Gen Xers, and baby boomers, whether work in big cities or rural towns are increasingly prevented from saving because of expenses of rent, child care, student loans, and medical bills. Examples of $2,249 rent, one piece of chicken left in the freezer at the end of a pay period, a nine-year old car paid off with zip ties holding together the rear bumper.

FLASHBACK September 1, 2018: Urban studies fellow Joel Kotkin says a large majority of population will subsist on some combination of part-time entrepreneurial 'gig work' and government aid" while oligarchs — Mark Zuckerberg, Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, Elon Musk and Sam Altman, founder of the Y Combinator — embrace a vision including a "guaranteed wage," usually $500 or a $1,000 monthly. Kotkin says gig economy workers are up 26 percent compared to the previous year — an increasing number of people who can't afford housing, but subsist on playing with their smart phones, video games and immersive computing.


"The losers here will be our once-protean middle class. Unlike the owners of corporations in the past, oligarchs have no interest in their workers become homeowners or moving up the class ladder. Their agenda instead is forever-denser, super-expensive rental housing for their primarily young, and often short-term, employees."

— Joel Kotkin


While the.01 percent avoid taxes and get tax breaks for their corporations, middle and upwardly mobile working class see an increasing tax burden, while watching many of their children devolve into serfs, dependent on alms and subsidies for survival.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Fatal crash in Los Angeles on northbound 5 Freeway Transition Rd, Sylmar neighborhood Los Angeles

Fatal crash in Los Angeles on northbound 5 Freeway Transition Rd. to NB 14 freeway in Sylmar neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The fatal crash in the San Fernando Valley killed 3 and injured 2 when a wrong way driver influenced by drugs or alcohol crashed on Friday, December 29, 2018 at about 3:25 AM. provides early ALERTS that are not confirmed incidents. For more developed reports, see Not all ALERTS on are included on

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dead Whale Washes Ashore at Point Reyes National Seashore, and at Long Island + HL 360: WED DEC 27, 2017 10:19 AM


Whale washes ashore at Point Reyes National Seashore -- The Press Democrat
Biologists from the Marine Mammal Center performed a necropsy Tuesday on a 30-foot juvenile humpback whale that washed ashore Sunday. Researchers were working Tuesday morning to determine the cause of death. Five whales washed ashore this year, according to the Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit research and rescue organization spanning San Luis Obispo County to Mendocino County.

Scientists find death of Point Reyes whale probably not caused by ship strike -- ktvu Fox 2
The Marine Mammal Center team found tissue bruising on the right side of the body near the head and neck but did not find broken bones or signs of blunt for trauma associated with a crash with a ship. Muscle and skin tissue samples will be analyzed, and a final report on the cause of death is expected in about two weeks.

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and Kailua-Kona, HI reports it has responded to 27 stranded or dead humpback whales in its 42-year history or operation.

CBS SF Bay Area KPIX Beached Whale Washes Up At Point Reyes

The Press Democrat Necropsy on dead juvenile humpback whale (Viewer Discretion)

A Humpback whale also washed ashore in Atlantic Beach (see below) ...

Dead whale washes ashore on Long Island -- PIX 11 New York's Very Own
Police in Nassau County responded about 8 a.m. Tuesday December 26, 2017 to a report of a dead whale on shore in Atlantic Beach. The length of the Humpback whale was reported as about 31 feet long.

On Saturday, a dead dolphin was reported near Montauk Lighthouse, about 100 miles east of the location where the whale was discovered.

Dead humpback whale washes up on Long Island beach -- ABC7NY 
The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is working with the Town of Hempstead, the New York State Department of Conservation, and the Sanitation department to determine a response plan.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wildfires Rage On; Fire Containment, Controlled, Mop Up, Out Defined; Former Facebook Execs on Negative Social Effects • TUE DEC 12, 2017 6:52 PM CT

Thomas Wildfire Grows to Fifth Largest in California History, burning 360 square miles and destroying more than 750 building -- Hollywood Reporter

California's Thomas wildfire has burned 230,500 acres in Ventura County and Santa Barbara counties,  threatening Montecito and Summerland -- REUTERS

The definitions of wildfire containment and wildfire mop up -- Los Angeles Daily News

Former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya: Social media is ripping apart society -- Fast Company

Feeling guilt; hearts, likes and thumbs up are destroying how society works

REWIND: Ousted Facebook Co-Founder Sean Parker says Facebook uses likes and shares for little dopamine hits in a “social-validation feedback loop” -- New York Post

Palihapitiya's criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. "The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we've created are destroying how society works," he said, referring to online interactions driven by "hearts, likes, thumbs-up. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it's not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem."

-- Chamath Palihapitiya


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wall Street Equity Manager Killed by Shark Near Costa Rica; Missing NC Girl's Body Found • SUN DEC 03, 2017 5:46 PM

Wall Street private equity manager Rohina Bhandari, 49, killed by fatal Tiger Shark bites to both legs while diving in Pacific Ocean near Cocos Island, Costa Rica -- Fox News

Remains of missing North Carolina girl, Mariah Woods, age 3, found; mother's live-in boyfriend, Earl Kimrey, 32, was arrested -- ABC News
Judge sentences young Jacksonville man to life in prison for shooting officer -- The Florida Times-Union

Police shooter taunted with K-Y Jelly on way to prison by cop he shot in Jacksonville, Florida -- FOX NEWS

Senate Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Bill 51-49 -- New York Times

Winners and losers of the Senate Tax Bill -- Forbes
Comey testified previously that Trump had asked him to let go of his probe into Flynn while the former FBI chief was leading the Russia investigation -- THE HILL

ABC News suspends reporter Brian Ross four weeks without pay; orders for communications with Russia occurred during transition, not campaign -- CBS News

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes: "By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress' constitutional oversight responsibility" -- Washington Examiner

Trump: FBI's reputation is 'worst in history' -- skyNEWS
Senator Lindsey Graham: It's time for US military families to leave South Korea; expressed confidence in the Trump administration's ability to manage the growing conflict with North Korea -- ABC News

McMaster: North Korean threat increasing every day; intercontinental ballistic missile flew for approximately 50 minutes, soared 2,800 miles into space -- ABC News

North Korea's missile launch, government corruption scandal frustrates South Korea's Olympic preparation -- Voice of America

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

North Korea Fires Missile Toward Sea of Japan; 'Complicit' Word of the Year • TUE NOV 28, 2017 2:17 PM

Pre-Christmas collapse as 4,000 jobs at risk of losing jobs at tobacco supplier P&H -- skyNEWS

Virgin Atlantic Airbus A333 and EgyptAir Boeing 777 touch wings at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday night -- Fox News
North Korean ballistic missile trajectory headed toward Sea of Japan -- CNBC

North Korea nuke test could take place ANY DAY as Japan and North Korea detect mysterious radio signals from an NK missile base -- The Sun

North Korea threat has Hawaii resuming Cold War-era nuclear siren tests for the first time in about 30 years -- CNBC

Noise heard near periled sub may have been implosion; water entered Argentine submarine's snorkel hours before it vanished - Argentine Navy reveals 12 days after it went missing -- Mirror UK | Argentine Navy: U.S. undersea rescue module arriving in sub search area -- CBS News

Iran's Tasnim News Agency, quoting Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi : “Our fleet of warships will be sent to the Atlantic Ocean in the near future and will visit one of the friendly states in South America and the Gulf of Mexico” -- Jerusalem Post

Amphibious Chinese tank destroyers exercise in Djibouti, East Africa -- Jane's 360

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018 -- Mirror UK

Skeptical? Mike Novogratz says cryptocurrencies are in a massive bubble, but he's still starting a $500 million fund to invest in them -- Bloomberg Technology

Quant Quake, Cybersecurity event, China, Bitcoin Bubble, Recession and more worry investment pros about what could go wrong -- Bloomberg Markets
Carpenter v United States case could decide whether Timothy Carpenter's cellphone-tower tracking data is free game without a warrant for prosecuting his series of armed robberies -- theguardian

Assistant Police Chief's house and car shot up during crime spree in east Atlanta suburb Monroe, Georgia -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Crime spree, shots fired at four gas station stores in Dallas just after midnight Sunday, November 26, 2017 -- NBC 5 News (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Los Angeles prosecutor Mike Feuer says complex owner CEO Swaranjit Nijjar should be ordered to live on property until street gang crime problems are resolved -- LA Times
Grammy nominations go to R&B and Rap, not Pop -- SHOWBIZ 411

Jay-Z leads Grammys with 8 nominations for awards event taking place January 28, 2018 in New York City -- TIME Magazine

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mount Agung Volcano Imminent Eruption; Black Friday Online Sales Record • SUN NOV 26, 2017 9:01 AM CT

Mount Agung volcano activity in Bali prompts forecast of imminent eruption "Red Warning" for airlines -- BBC NEWS

Youth pastor held in Thanksgiving slaying of family members in Chester, Virginia -- Fox News

Cleveland shooting: Police search for suspects after 12-year-old boy shot and killed, five teens injured -- NBC News

Deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has warned Europe that it could increase the range of its missiles -- sky NEWS

Explosion in factory in port city of Ningbo, China near Shanghai -- BBC News

Six protesters killed and 200 people injured over clash when new version of proposed oath of lawmakers omits the mention of the Prophet Muhammad -- New York Times

St. John, Indiana teacher busted; caught on video allegedly doing drugs in classroom at Lake Central High School -- Fox News
CBS TV engineer, 65, dies during 'auto-erotic' act in hotel wardrobe while wearing women's underwear in Tarentum, Pennsylvania in 2016; now life insurers don't want to pay -- Mirror UK

Police in New York, Los Angeles and London are likely to join forces to pursue criminal cases against harvey Weinstein -- theguardian

LAPD predicts bigger name stars will face sex-crime probes as 28 open investigations are revealed -- Daily Mail

Sen. Al Franken issues a new apology with "I'm a warm person; I hug people" -- Rolling Stone
Trump says he's not cooperating with Time magazine as it decides Person of the Year (December 6, 2017) -- AP News

Trump derides CNN days after DOJ moves to block AT&T and Time Warner media merger, but pledges not to get involved -- Politico
Flies more full of human pathogens than previously understood with 600 different bacteria an counting -- BBC NEWS

TV Ads, Newspaper Ads Start Nov. 26: US tobacco companies forced to run ads admitting cigarettes are addictive and smoking kills -- ABC News (Australia)
 TECH … 
Apple purportedly launch a new iPhone SE 2 in the first half of 2018, weeks after the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ release date -- SUNDAY EXPRESS

Updated iPhone SE rumored to launch in 2018 might include Touch ID and a $101 greater price tag -- Forbes

David Pierce: Firefox Quantum, new browser from Mozilla, doesn't slow down like Google Chrome with multiple tabs open -- WIRED

Amazon Prime Music coming soon to Samsung Smart TV -- engadget

SanDisk Ultra 400 GB microSD card, the Sand Disk microSXDC USH-I can hold 40 hours of 1080p video, and transfer 1,200 photos per minute -- WIRED

Black Friday sets online sales record; shoppers spend up to $1M per minute; 18% increase from 2016, according to Adobe Analytics -- Fox News

Twitter reaction to upside down Christmas Trees -- People Magazine