She Also Released a "Blood Test" to the World That Didn't Work, Potentially Killing Some People
A California judge has sentenced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to 11 years and three months in prison for defrauding investors in her now-defunct blood-testing startup that was once valued at $9bn.
During the months of September-October, a record-breaking 23,000 inmates of Russian penitentiaries were drafted to serve in the war in Ukraine against the backdrop of recruitment conducted by the Wagner Group.
Whatever kind of sentences they had before, those prisoners have a death sentence now. Their role is to be part of one of the endless human waves Wagner has been directed at Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Pavlivka on the eastern front. Those prisoners surely understood that they were putting their lives at risk when they “volunteered” to pitch in with Wagner, or were force-marched out of their prisons. It’s unlikely that they understand their role is to run forward, catch bullets, and bleed out on streets where thousands of others have already died.
I Guess His Vows to His Wife Don't Count as "Oaths"
Oath Keeper founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes is on trial right now for his part in stoking the January 6 insurrection.
But now that I’ve read what Rhodes was like as a “husband" and “father", I realize that he is also a world-class abuser and an even shittier person than I had supposed. Sequoia: We had no idea how delayed the divorce papers were going to be. We thought that they were going to be delivered that day. We thought that if he is here and we are here when they are delivered, he would kill all of us. We felt that we were running for our lives.
Sedona: I was worried that whatever animals were left behind, he would slaughter them. Sequoia: He had a hoard of the most expensive survivalist gear available, but yeah, we never saw any money. He spent a lot of money on trips. He’d come home and there would be no food in the house, because my mom was struggling to figure out how to pay the bills, and she would always be selling silver or something like that, and he’d tell us about the fancy restaurants he had been to while he was away.
Sedona: … Most of the things he did were so he could get exposure. Everything ran on donations. Sometimes [he’d] be on the phone saying, “Oh, well I need money. We need to create an emergency.” And so they’d find something. That’s why they started doing disaster relief.
Sequoia: For my childhood and early middle school years, I did not think I had a future – he told us that the world was going to end. We were home-schooled in theory, but I had to teach myself how to read and do math. But because the world was going to end, it was hard to even see a reason why I should learn to read. I had no future.
Sequoia: [Las Vegas is] a very high-turnover place. People are constantly pulling through, so when Stewart burned everyone around him, he could hop over to a whole new group of people who had never heard of him.
Sequoia: … when he was abusive to us, he’d say, “It’s not my fault, I was abused,” so it may have been exaggerated to some extent. It was always his excuse for being terrible, and then he would cry and we were supposed to apologize to him for whatever he had experienced.
Donald Trump on Friday night scrambled for every possible response to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate him — from a declaration that he’s one of the most “honest and innocent people” to suggesting that any new indictments could be “double jeopardy.”
The former president made the remarks in a speech at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, after Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel earlier in the day to oversee a Justice Department probe centered on Trump. Authorities are looking into the circumstances around a stash of classified documents that had been transported to the resort from the White House at the end of Trump’s term.
In his speech, Trump called the decision to appoint a special counsel “appalling,” President Joe Biden’s administration “egregiously corrupt,” and the Justice Department “weaponized.” He described Smith as “super radical left.”
Trump’s first key point about himself was that he shouldn’t be indicted for anything because he’s “one of the most honest and innocent people ever in our country.” When that didn’t completely straighten things out, he suggested that any indictment against him could be considered double jeopardy because he had already been cleared in two impeachments, including for his role in last year’s insurrection.
“Isn’t this sort of like double jeopardy?” he asked the crowd. Earlier in the day, the same theory had been floated by Fox News host Geraldo Rivera.
Double jeopardy — the prosecution of a person twice for the same acts, which is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution — doesn’t apply to impeachments.
Trump also insisted that the Justice Department’s investigation into the White House documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago was “dying or dead or over.”
After listening to Trump’s speech, CNN senior justice correspondent Evan Pérez told the network’s fact-checker John Berman that “the former president is just making it up.”
When You Are Taking Legal Advice From Geraldo, You Are Screwed
The board overseeing a southeastern Arizona county whose Republican leaders had hoped to recount all Election Day ballots on Friday delayed certifying the results of last week's vote after hearing from a trio of conspiracy theorists who alleged that counting machines were not certified.
The three men, or some combination of them, have filed at least four cases raising similar claims before the Arizona Supreme Court since 2021 seeking to have the state's 2020 election results thrown out. The court has dismissed all of them for lack of evidence, waiting too long after the election was certified or asking for relief that could not be granted, in increasingly harsh language.
But Tom Rice, Brian Steiner and Daniel Wood managed to persuade the two Republicans who control the Cochise County board of supervisors that their claims were valid enough for them to delay the certification until a Nov. 28 deadline.
They claimed the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission allowed certifications for testing companies to lapse, and that voided the certifications of vote tabulation equipment used across the state.
That came despite testimony from the state's elections director that the machines and the testing company were indeed certified.
If It Takes Taylor Swift to Expose the Evil, Greedy Empire, So Be It
Taylor Swift may well be spearheading a revolution in the concert ticketing world.
Earlier this week, Swift put tickets on sale for her highly anticipated new tour only to find Ticketmaster drop the ball and strand many furious Swifties.
Big names in music such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, Garth Brooks and others have long cast a critical eye on the company after fans have voiced frustrations with the ticket-buying process. Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired off a blunt tweet: "Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly, it's (sic) merger with LiveNation should never have been approved"; Sen. Amy Kloubuchar expressed similar concerns, and the Tennessee Attorney General vowed to launch an anti-trust probe in response to consumer complaints.
Construction of a planned barbed-wired fence along Finland's long border with Russia will start early next year, Finnish border guard officials said Friday, amid concerns in the Nordic country over the changing security environment in Europe.
The initial 1.8-mile stretch of the fence will be erected at a crossing point in the eastern town of Imatra by next summer. It will eventually extend to a maximum of 124 miles.
Finland’s 832-mile border with Russia is the longest of any European Union member.
Some Day My Pints Will Come - The Infertile Crescent
Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid at Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says.
He’s already grown a small corn patch on some of the water. The golden stalks are tall and abundant. “The kernels are big,” he says, proudly. Soon he’ll be able to water all his fields.
More than 625 miles downstream in southern Iraq, nothing grows anymore on Obeid Hafez’s wheat farm. The water stopped coming a year ago, the 95-year-old said, straining to speak.
“The last time we planted the seed, it went green, then suddenly it died,” he said.
The starkly different realities are playing out along the length of the Tigris-Euphrates river basin, one of the world’s most vulnerable watersheds. River flows have fallen by 40% in the last four decades as the states along its length — Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq — pursue rapid, unilateral development of the water's use.
The drop is projected to worsen as temperatures rise from climate change. Both Turkey and Iraq, the two biggest consumers, acknowledge they must cooperate to preserve the river system that some 60 million people rely on to sustain their lives.