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Princess Turandot

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Percy the Rover: "Hello World. My first look at my forever home."

From the front and rear Hazcams (Lens covers still in place.)
NASA's 5th successful rover mission, and its 9th successful rover and lander mission!
Posted by Princess Turandot | Thu Feb 18, 2021, 05:19 PM (9 replies)

From the Smithsonian National Zoo: speaking of snow days..

The sliding panda in the first part - she's effectively her own toboggan - is Mei Xiang; the tumbler is Tian Tian.

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sun Jan 31, 2021, 11:53 PM (9 replies)

The guy they arrested with the napalm-Molotov cocktails in his pickup has been *denied* bail..

The judge noted what they found in his truck. It's bit more than originally reported.

Defendant is charged in a 17-count indictment with firearm and ammunition offenses. On January 6, 2021, a vehicle registered to Defendant was found in close proximity to the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police (“USCP”) officers found a small armory inside the Defendant's truck:

(1) a loaded handgun;
(2) a loaded rifle;
(3) a loaded shotgun;
(4) several large capacity ammunition-feeding devices loaded with more than ten rounds of rifle ammunition;
(5) hundreds of rounds of ammunition;
(6) a crossbow with bolts;
(7) several machetes;
(8) camouflage smoke devices;
(9) a stun gun;
(10) 11 mason jars containing a flammable liquid, with a hole punched in the top of each jar; and
(11) lighters and rags. Defendant also had two loaded firearms on his person.

According to the government's proffer, the mixture in the mason jars creates an explosive mixture that has the effect of napalm. In addition, surveillance images show Defendant in attendance at the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and USCP agents found handwritten notes in Defendant's car, including information about elected representatives, a judge, and a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln referencing overthrowing the government.

All of this raises significant concerns about Defendant's intentions with respect to weaponry and destructive devices found in the Defendant's truck. This factor weighs heavily in favor of pretrial detention.
The timing of Defendant's travel to D.C., and the handwritten notes found in his vehicle suggest that he came here with the intent to use the cache of firepower found in his vehicle to commit violence against government officials or to assist others in doing so. Given the substantial number of firearms and homemade incendiary devices found in his possession --suggesting a ready access to both --the undersigned has no confidence that any condition or combination of conditions would reasonably assure ensure the safety of the community.

Posted by Princess Turandot | Thu Jan 14, 2021, 11:51 PM (27 replies)

They also had appealed a different matter to the DC Court of Appeals for an en banc hearing..

... which is when the entire bench takes up the case. This appeal related to the execution method: they had lost on the last round. The judges agreed to hear the appeal by a vote of 5-4, because there have been recent decisions by their circuit court judges that conflicted with one another.

The filing dates for the various briefs and responses are currently between 1/19 and 1/29. At some point after that, a hearing will be scheduled.

The very short court order is linked in the tweet:
This woman's crime was so horrific that it's hard to imagine a sane person doing it, although I suppose that you could say that about a lot of crimes.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Jan 12, 2021, 07:10 AM (0 replies)

Oops. A Delaware Superior Court judge drop-kicked Lin Wood out of his courtroom today..

.. on paper, that is, via an order.

Carter Page has been suing Oath Inc, the parent company of Yahoo and Huff-Po, for several months now for defamation. Wood was appearing Pro Hac Vice - aka, on this occasion only - because he isn't licensed to practice in Delaware. This status, which is quite common, is at the sufferance of the judge on a case.

The judge became aware of Wood's shenanigans in the Kraken cases et al last month, and ordered Wood to explain why his permission to be on the case should stay in place, given his antics. Wood and his co-counsel failed to move him:

It would dishonor [the ethical lawyers who practice before him] were I to allow this pro hac vice order to stand. The conduct of Mr Wood...exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence. What has been shown in Court decisions of our sister States satisfies me that it would be inappropriate and inadvisable to continue Mr Wood's permission to practice before this Court.
One final matter...I have seen reports of "tweets" attributable to Mr Wood. At least one tweet called for the arrest and execution of our Vice President. Another alleged claims against the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS which are too disgusting and outrageous to repeat. Following on top of these are the events of 1/6/21 in our Nation's Capitol. No doubt these tweets, and many other things, incited these riots.

He goes on to say that the tweets did not factor into his decision. But he apparently felt the need to put that on the record.

The ruling is short (8 pages), although his comments on Wood begin on page 6:

Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Jan 12, 2021, 03:21 AM (9 replies)

It was a thing of beauty! Video here:

It's part of the second minute, at around 1:15. The first part is Ostroff speaking of the incumbents' corruption.

FOX News walked up rolling live, and I appreciated the free air time!

Also, Kelly Loeffler campaigned with a klansman.

Posted by Princess Turandot | Thu Dec 31, 2020, 01:31 AM (0 replies)

Earlier tonight, Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft paid a call on Earth to drop off its box of rocks...

... before zipping away to its next mission. The box of rocks - okay, it's called the capsule - is heading for Woomera, South Australia. It will be tracked by the satellite dishes of the Canberra branch of the Deep Space Network. It's scheduled to arrive between 12 - 1PM Eastern Time.

The rock sample was taken from 2 locations on Ryugu, a near-earth object /asteroid.

(Tweet from 2 weeks ago)
JAXA is providing live English translated coverage here, with various science/space content since the landing is not for some hours.

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Dec 5, 2020, 04:02 AM (4 replies)

North Fork (L.I.) Country Club has liquor license suspended after hosting 'super-spreader' wedding..

A once in a lifetime event...

One of the things the governor did earlier was to issue an emergency rule enabling the liquor authority to suspend licenses when violations occur, rather than after the appeal process is done. The article didn't mention the amount of the state fine, but I suspect that it will be a steep one.


CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state has suspended the liquor license of a Long Island country club after the venue hosted a wedding which turned into a COVID-19 super-spreader event.

The North Fork Country Club, in Cutchogue, hosted a 113-guest wedding on Oct. 17, resulting in 34 positive COVID-19 infections, 159 people in quarantine and the closure of some schools. Currently, gathering limits in New York cap at just 50 people.

“As we have seen in weddings and similar events across the country during this pandemic, large gatherings can easily be super-spreader events, too often with dire consequences. Hosting one of these events after all New York has been through is obnoxious and irresponsible - not to mention illegal,” Cuomo said. “We are eight months into this pandemic and simply will not tolerate businesses that put New Yorkers at risk. Those who continue to ignore the rules will lose their ability to serve alcohol, and I thank Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and his team for their cooperation in holding these bad actors accountable.”
On Nov. 6, the New York State Liquor Authority charged the North Fork Country Club with multiple counts of failure to comply with Cuomo’s executive orders concerning COVID restrictions, and failure to exercise adequate supervision of their premises.

Suffolk County Executive Bellone (D) also announced last month that the county was fining the venue $17,000.

“This type of blatant disregard for the well being of others is not only extremely disappointing, it will not be tolerated,” he said. “Suffolk County took swift action to contain the community spread this wedding could have caused, and I commend Governor Cuomo for taking appropriate action. If you violate the rules, you will be caught and you will be held responsible.”

Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Nov 10, 2020, 07:37 AM (4 replies)

Celebrations on Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. after Joe Biden declared winner..

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 01:07 PM (4 replies)

Joe's Thank You message. Just lovely!

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 01:00 PM (4 replies)
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