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Re: The Officially Sanctioned "River to My People!" Thread to Combat the Doom and Gloom and Stuff Nyarl

Post by Pyrrho » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:15 am

This really belongs in both threads.

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Post by Doctor X » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:49 am

Yeah, that was a hard one to watch.

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Post by sparks » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:37 am

Fuck.
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Re: The Officially Sanctioned "River to My People!" Thread to Combat the Doom and Gloom and Stuff Nyarl

Post by Doctor X » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:29 pm

Federal Indictments Against Prenda Principles:

As described in this latest article on the matter by Paul White of Popehat who has followed these many cases for four years, the wheels of the law grind slowly, but grind they do. Tons of interesting time-wasting linkypoos in the Japanese Original Article:

Over the last three years, Prenda Law and its principals John Steele and Paul Hansmeier have met with ruin at the hands of federal courts across the country. Their scheme — to upload porn, track people downloading it from torrent sites, then engage in fraudulent and extortionate litigation against the downloaders — has been exposed. The story has involved spectacles like lawyers taking the Fifth rather than answer a judge's questions about their lawsuits, devastating sanctions orders quoting Star Trek and referring lawyers for federal criminal investigation, withering fire from federal appellate courts, and generally every bad thing that can happen to a lawyer happening to the bad men behind this case.

["Snip!"--Ed.]

Today federal agents arrested John Steele and Paul Hansmeier, the two lawyers most responsible for this nationwide debacle.

["Snip!"--Ed.]

The indictment charges Hansmeier and Steele with a raft of federal crimes: conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to suborn perjury in federal court. As usual, if you count up the statutory maximum sentence for all of these crimes, you get a ridiculous number that bears no relation to the probable sentences they face if convicted. However, given the amounts discussed in the indictment, they are facing years in federal prison.

Having covered this story for almost four years, what's remarkable to me is how comprehensive the federal indictment is. It covers almost every sort of misconduct any judge or commentator has accused Steele and Hansmeier of committing in substantial detail. It therefore serves to demonstrate how broad and flexible federal criminal law isNote that this is federal criminal law. how it can be brought to bear against a wide variety of conduct.

["Snip!"--Ed.]

According to the feds, Steele and Hansmeier uploaded their "clients'" pornographic movies to file-sharing websites intending to lure people into downloading them, then sued the people who downloaded for copyright infringement, concealing their role in uploading the movies. They used what the feds describe as "extortionate tactics" to coerce quick settlements, and dismissed cases when defendants fought back rather than risk discovery. When federal courts began limiting the number of people they could sue at once for porn copyright infringement, they changed tactics and began to file suits falsely asserting that their clients had been "hacked" and then using those allegations as a basis to subpoena ISPs for subscriber information. Eventually Steele and Hansmeier filmed their own porn to upload to support this scheme. When courts began [Sic--Ed.] suspicious, the indictment alleges that Steele and Hansmeier sent underlings to lie to courts, or even lied to courts themselves, to conceal the scheme. The indictment specifies 14 separate instances of perjury or lying to courts. This scheme, the feds claim, netted more than $6,000,000 in copyright settlements, of which $3,000,000 went to Steele and Hansmeier and only $1,000,000 went to sham "clients," with the rest consumed for expenses.

The feds apply these facts to the law deftly. They describe the entire thing as a conspiracy to defraud, which forms the first (and most flexible) count in the indictment. The indictment offers five counts of mail fraud tied to five settlement demand letters sent by the schemers. It offers 11 counts of wire fraud tied to uploadings of porn to file sharing site and processing of checks. That's the way mail and wire fraud works — every mailing or wire communication resulting from the scheme can be a separate count. The feds frame their conspiracy to commit money laundering charge on the theory that Steele and Hansmeier engaged in transactions (probably with the sham companies) designed to conceal that the money came from mail fraud and wire fraud. The conspiracy to commit perjury count is based on the theory that they agreed to send people across the country to lie to courts to protect their scheme. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of ill-gotten gains.

This is a devastating indictment. Its scope will make it extremely expensive and difficult to defend. The detail level suggests that the feds have amassed a vast amount of documentary evidence. Its reference to Prenda Law employees with initials like "M.L." and "P.H." strongly suggests that the feds have flipped some former employees, When faced with geological time scale sentences and legal costs that exceed Venezuela's GNP, even the most corrupt find a reason to come clean. . . . who are now testifying for the government.


["Snip!"--Ed.]

Steele and Hansmeier might have continued this scheme for much longer — and might have even gotten away with it — had they not gotten arrogant and vengeful. When criticized, rather than settling and dismissing some suits and moving on (the way practiced con men do), they were incensed, and decided to abuse the legal system even more by blitzing critics with multiple lawsuits. John Steele gleefully threatened opponents and Paul Hansmeier famously sneered at the defamation defendants "welcome to the big leagues." It was those actions that drew much more attention to their cases. Character is destiny. Not only are Steele and Hansmeier wanton crooks, they're spiteful, entitled, arrogant douches. That led to their downfall.

Popehat: Prenda Update


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Post by Witness » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:14 am

CBS News wrote:Library cat outlasts councilman that wanted him gone

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas -- A city councilman is out -- and the beloved library cat he tried to chase off gets to stay, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports.

Elzie Clements’ final meeting as a member of the White Settlement City Council was Tuesday night. Clements tried to have Browser, the city’s docile grey tabby library cat, fired this past summer.

Browser got his job at the White Settlement Public Library when he was just a kitten. That was in October of 2010, the library’s website says. He was recruited from a local animal shelter as an inexpensive, effective method of pest control.

In July, a city worker apparently demanded Browser’s removal after the worker was not allowed to bring a puppy to work at City Hall. Two-legged library workers were outraged, and many people who use the library often said that they were unhappy with Bowser’s dismissal.

The White Settlement City Council took up the issue of what to do with Browser, with Clements being the lone vote to get rid of the favorable feline.
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Councilman Clements eventually ran out of his nine lives after he was defeated in a landslide in November’s election.

Mayor Ron White says as far as he’s concerned, Browser’s job title is now “Library Cat for Life.”
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Post by Witness » Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:54 am

102-year-old wins battle to continue working at Australian university as oldest scientist

A 102-year-old scientist from Australia has been given rights to continue his research on campus at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth. Dr David Goodall, who is dubbed Australia's oldest working scientist, was asked to operate from home after the university reportedly felt his presence presented a health and safety risk due to his age.

But he contested the move as he wanted to continue working at the university. Goodall has worked at the educational institution for more than 20 years and has studied ecology for 70.

He has now been provided with an alternative workspace and will serve as an unpaid honorary research associate for another three years.
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Post by Witness » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:10 pm

Snopes wrote:Obama Signs Law Protecting Atheists from Religious Persecution

H.R. 1150 amends the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act to include protections for non-theistic beliefs, as well as the right not to profess or practice any religion at all.
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CHICAGO, December 23, 2016— The Muscular Dystrophy Association today celebrated news of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to grant approval for nusinersen (brand name Spinraza), the first disease-modifying drug to treat the most common genetic cause of death in infants.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:32 pm

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Post by Witness » Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:52 am

Al Jazeera wrote:The Aral Sea springs back to life

Tastubek, Kazakhstan - The little village of Tastubek is situated in the North Aral Sea, 90km from Aralsk, a former port on the Aral Sea.

This part of what remains of the Aral Sea is known as the Small Aral. The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest inland body of water, but has been for ever altered by the Soviet era irrigation policies to reclaim the desert for cotton farming by rerouting the rivers the Amu Darya and Syr Darya.

Two separate lakes - the North and South Arals - are all that's left, while most of its former seabed has been reclaimed by the sand.

But efforts to restore the lake have yielded some results recently. Since the completion of the Kokaral dam in 2005, financed by the World Bank, and the completion of hydropower stations, the winds of change have reached Tastubek.

Akerke and her husband Nurzhan moved to the village a few years ago and make a living from fishing, an industry which, until recently, seemed to have been wiped out in this part of Kazakstan.

The sea, which was over 80km away in 2010, is now only 20km from the houses of the village. More than 15 kinds of fish have reappeared, allowing fishing production to expand from 600 tonnes in 1996 to 7,200 tonnes today, according to Serik Dyussenbayev, a guide living in Aralsk.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:39 am

Doctor X wrote:Federal Indictments Against Prenda Principles:
I see that there is now an update to this story:

Prenda Saga Update: John Steele Pleads Guilty, Admits Entire Scheme

Guess he decided to rat on his partner in crime in hopes of getting a lighter sentence.
But just read the whole thing, it's worth it.
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Post by Doctor X » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:56 am

Thanks! I forgot to post the update.

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Re: The Officially Sanctioned "River to My People!" Thread to Combat the Doom and Gloom and Stuff Nyarl

Post by ed » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:39 pm

Its scope will make it extremely expensive ... to defend
That is troubling, even if they are scumbags.

Incidentally, this is also a demonstration of how the feds might eliminate illegal firearms in chicago. The sentences that these guys stacked up would be as nothing compared to the gun violations
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Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:59 am

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Polk inmates save deputy who passed out during work detail
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Post by Doctor X » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:00 am

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U.S. servicemen’s hike on Mount Fuji turns into rescue mission, netizens are awed and grateful
The Marine Corps members carried an ill woman for two miles to safety.

Last week, on July 3, five of these climbers were members of the United States Marine Corps, and what may have been just a test of endurance in the beginning turned into a rescue mission when they came across a woman who had passed out on the trail. The five Marines worked together to create a makeshift stretcher, and carried the woman for approximately 3.2 kilometers (two miles) to get her some much-needed medical attention. The story was shared on the United States Forces Japan’s Twitter account, along with a photo of the heroic men posing in their fatigues with their iconic Mt. Fuji hiking sticks.

Japanese netizens picked up on the story, and many commented their awe and gratitude to the men who helped out:
  • “That they call it ‘hiking’ and not ‘mountain climbing’ is really telling of the strength of the Marines.”
    “Thank you! 3.2 kilometers is a long way to carry someone, especially on a mountain trail!”
    “Thank you for your efforts!”
    “Thank you very much. As a Japanese citizen, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone for your kindness.”
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Post by Doctor X » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:49 am

The NHS is scrapping payments for homeopathy.

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"It was the criticisms of Doc X, actually, that let me see more clearly how far the hypocrisy had gone."--clarsct
"I'd leave it up to Doctor X who has been a benevolent tyrant so far."--Grammatron
"Indeed you are a river to your people.
Shit. That's going to end up in your sig."--Pyrrho
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Re: The Officially Sanctioned "River to My People!" Thread to Combat the Doom and Gloom and Stuff Nyarl

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:19 pm

Where the fuck is nyarl.

I can't smell him so he must be deep.

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