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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)

160 years ago today, Mr Lincoln won his first presidential election..

..and a date with history.

From Michael Beschloss
Posted by Princess Turandot | Fri Nov 6, 2020, 07:49 AM (0 replies)

They expect to have imagery of the event tomorrow morning..

In the meanwhile, Bennu:

Bennu: Full Rotation at a Distance of 50 Miles

This series of images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows Bennu in one full rotation from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). The spacecraft’s PolyCam camera obtained the 36 2.2-millisecond frames over a period of four hours and 18 minutes.

Date Taken: Nov. 25, 2018
Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Oct 20, 2020, 09:59 PM (0 replies)

Here you go: Biden's timing at the organization, from the WFP annual reports:

He began the role in 2011, and is listed as Chairman in their 2011 annual report. See the board list on page 14:

He is also shown as the chair in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 reports. (See the collection of the annual reports shown here. Just scroll down a bit:

In 2016, there was new chair, but Biden is still listed as a board member. He continued on the Board in 2017. He is no longer listed as a member in 2018.

The 2010 report is the earliest available on the webpage linked above. However, it does not list the trustees in the report, as the subsequent reports do. So, it's not clear if he was already on the board when he was named the chair.

Also, it's not at all uncommon for chair-persons of organizations to serve a fixed term. He was the role for 5 years. It's perfectly reasonable for him to have rotated out at that point.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Oct 10, 2020, 01:10 PM (2 replies)

'Don't cry for me, White House Staffer' by the Lincoln Project..

Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Oct 6, 2020, 10:04 PM (3 replies)
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