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The North American Indian by Edward S Curtis - in pictures

A stunning record of vanishing Native American tribes, one of the earliest complete versions of Curtis’s early 20th-century work, will be offered for auction in its original binding by Swann Auction Galleries in New York on 18 October, with an estimate of $1m-$1.5m

Paul Bellsham

Thu 20 Sep 2018 02.30 EDT


Private firefighters and five-star hotels: how the rich sit out wildfires

Record-breaking US wildfires are fueling a cottage industry of boutique services – and many are happy to pay the price

With record-breaking wildfires carving up the American west this summer, firefighters have become the rarest of civil servants: the kind almost universally lauded as heroes. Reinforcements dropped into California’s firefight from as far away as Australia and American Samoa to bolster strained state and federal crews, reaching a high point of 14,000 firefighters on the ground.

Yet other crews have pulled into the fires’ path with a less grandiose purpose: to save only select addresses. These are the private firefighters of the rich or otherwise well-insured: private crews hired by insurance companies to minimize damages and keep policyholders’ homes from going up in smoke.

“This year to date has been busier than any prior years to date,” David Torgerson, the president of the firefighting company Wildfire Defense Systems in Bozeman, Montana, told the Guardian in an email, “and we are expecting to respond to [more] wildfires this year than any prior year.”

This year’s wildfire season has produced the largest burn in California’s history and, in the northern part of the state, an awe-inspiring “firenado”. As scientists say that “megafires” are the new normal, climate change capitalism is finding an increasing number of customers. This echoes a global trend: cottage industries have sprung up to serve those who can afford to be a bit more protected and comfortable while the weather grows more cataclysmic. The uber-wealthy have bought estates in New Zealand (to the point that the country is in the midst of passing legislation to stymie foreign buyers) and luxe underground bunkers in Kansas and elsewhere to escape civic or natural collapse.

In western states, the wildfire-evacuated masses have huddled in Best Westerns or on gymnasium floors and are often locked in insurance-claim limbo, while the affluent check into five-star luxury hotels – usually reimbursable by their insurance – confident that their homes are being looked after.


Wreck of Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour 'discovered' off US coast

Marine archaeologists believe they have found the wreckage of the famous ship off Newport, Rhode Island

The possible discovery of HMS Endeavour off the east coast of the US has been hailed as a “hugely significant moment” in Australian history, but researchers have warned they are yet to “definitively” confirm whether the wreck has been located.

On Wednesday Fairfax Media reported archaeologists from the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, or Rimap, had pinpointed the final resting place of the famous vessel in which Captain James Cook reached Australia in 1770.

The ship was later used by the British royal navy in the American war of independence and was eventually scuttled with a dozen other vessels off Newport, Rhode Island in 1778.

Kathy Abbass, the director of the project, reportedly told Fairfax that “we can say we think we know which one it is


Shreveport mayoral candidate denies he endorsed Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Nick Wooten, Shreveport Times

Published 5:14 p.m. CT Sept. 17, 2018

Shreveport mayoral candidate Adrian Perkins said Monday that his name was used without his consent in a letter praising embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Perkins was one of eight current or former members of the Harvard Law School's chapter of the Black Law Students Association who supposedly signed a letter commending Kavanaugh's work with students at Harvard Law School.

The letter was read aloud by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing Sept. 5.

According to the letter, Kavanaugh attended a panel March 27 along with another federal appellate judge to provide information to members of Black Law Students Association about clerkships.



Perkins, 32, denied in an interview that he gave permission for his name to be used in the document.

The candidate graduated earlier this year from Harvard Law School. A Democrat, he is one of eight candidates who will vie in the Nov. 6 election to become Shreveport's mayor.

Perkins said he was contacted by Harvard Law student Merve Ciplak via email Sept. 6, one day after the hearing at which the letter was read. Ciplak told Perkins that the Harvard Law Record was looking into the Kavanaugh document and that there was a "question of the support of some of the signers."

Perkins told Ciplak that he did not authorize the use of his name on the document. Attempts to reach Ciplak were unsuccessful.

Hey Mike Crapo, did you by some strange chance call "all" of the individuals in this "letter" to verify that this is accurate and did you by some strange chance call this Merve Ciplak, and did you by chance have the FBI vet this to make sure that this true before you commented on this, are you that incompetent.....................me thinks so?

And your a sitting senator.....................you know like vetting...........................because, if this Federalist Society asshole is just willy nilly putting and throwing names out on some piece of paper and they were not there or endorsed your lying Federalist Society asshole......................this is also a big problem........................

Senate panel formally postpones Kavanaugh vote

Source: The Hill

BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 09/18/18 04:29 PM EDT

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday formally postponed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, canceling a meeting set for later this week where a vote was initially expected to happen.

Staffers for Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent out a notice that the Thursday business meeting had been canceled. The Senate is expected to leave town for the week on Tuesday.

The delay for a vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination was widely expected following allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who alleges that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party in the early 1980s when both were in high school.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Grassley announced this week that Kavanaugh would testify before the Judiciary Committee for a second time next Monday, days after the initial committee vote was scheduled.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/407294-senate-panel-formally-postpones-kavanaugh-vote

Dear Christine Blasey Ford.........................I have your back, even though you don't me

no matter what you do I believe you for your bravery........................and I want to give you a .........................

Debunked: Kavanaugh Accuser Seeking Revenge For Parents' Foreclosure

By Allegra Kirkland
September 18, 2018 12:03 pm
Hours after Christine Blasey Ford went on the record accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault, Kavanaugh’s far-right supporters were hard at work trying to explain away the allegations.

One particularly flimsy conspiracy theory circulating in recent days is that Ford is acting out of revenge because Kavanaugh’s mother, a Maryland state judge, foreclosed on Ford’s childhood home.

There’s one problem with this theory: though Judge Martha Kavanaugh was briefly involved in a 1996 foreclosure action brought by a lender against Ford’s parents, she granted the lender’s subsequent motion to dismiss the case. Ultimately, as fact-checking site Snopes details, the matter was resolved in Ralph and Paula Blasey’s favor.

This makes it a rather weak foundation for a revenge plot.

Ford claims Kavanaugh held her down and tried to sexually assault her at a party in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the assault allegations.


Hey Mirengoff....................did you by chance look at the "Snopes detail" before you made your condescending right wing remarks, you are basically calling this woman a "Liar"..........................you do fucking realize that this right wing Federalist Society supposedly vetted this asshole, using their method of right wing BS to get him and others on the bench, and this "judge" has just lied about five times in his last litmus test of integrity....................correct.......................and you someone how think that this woman is fucking lying, and making up a story.............................so you all by yourself are going to be judge, jury and public executor ............correct................

"Some are opting to pursue both simultaneously. In the Powerline post about the foreclosure, Fox News and CSPAN regular Paul Mirengoff opines that “even assuming that, on one occasion, the teenage Kavanaugh, having had too much to drink, engaged in serious misconduct towards this girl, I fail to see why this should bar him from the Supreme Court.”

“I don’t assume this occurred, however,” Mirengoff continues. “It seems more likely that Ms. Ford has invented or substantially embellished this story—out of political bias, animus towards the family because of the court case, or both.”

Trump: FBI Won't Investigate Kavanaugh Allegation Because It's 'Not Their Thing'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Kate Riga
September 18, 2018 1:14 pm

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the FBI is not following up on professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because “this is not really their thing.”

“I don’t think the FBI should really be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump said. “If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that. But they say this is not really their thing. I think politically speaking, the senators will do a very good job.”

According to a Bloomberg report, the FBI requires a request from the White House to conduct a follow-up investigation on the accusation.

The White House and Department of Justice, on the other hand, argue that it’s not the FBI’s job.

Senate Democrats are clamoring for the investigation, but the White House and Republican senators have been dismissive.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-fbi-wont-investigate-kavanaugh-allegation-because-not-their-thing

It's not there Job, what is there Job, idiot, here let me post this idiot.............................and get one of your traitors to look at the list......................... but just check out the "Mission Statement", you know what that means don't you genius................it says in that "Mission Statement"...................and applicant matters.

Do know what "applicant matters means".......................vetting............................


Senate Democrats: Kavanaugh's classmate must testify

Source: The Hill

Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other top Democrats in the Senate are demanding that a classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify at a high-stakes hearing set for Monday.

Democrats said Mark Judge, who was allegedly in the room when Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, needs to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and provide testimony.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday announced that the panel would hold a public hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford to discuss the allegations.

“Let’s not rush the hearings,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor. “Let’s not repeat the mistake made in the Anita Hill hearings. Let’s call the relevant witnesses, not just the two selected by Chairman Grassley who did not want to call the hearings to begin with.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/407234-senate-democrats-kavanaughs-classmate-must-testify

Republicans block Democratic bid to subpoena Kavanaugh documents

BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 09/13/18 11:09 AM EDT

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday blocked multiple efforts by Democrats to subpoena documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's White House tenure.

The Democratic efforts were defeated in party-line votes by the panel, where Republicans hold the majority.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, warned that nominations could be held up for years if the committee started issuing subpoenas.

"I believe it would be a mistake for the committee to issue a subpoena, thus setting up a court case which could go on literally for years," Cornyn said.

Democrats offered six subpoenas in total, including for documents from Kavanaugh's work as a staff secretary in the George W. Bush administration, as well as more than 100,000 pages that the Trump administration asked to withhold from the panel.


Lets be clear here, if and when we take back the Congress, we should under the review process bring, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorusch and this Brett Kavanaugh in do some explaining................on why they should not be removed from the federal bench...............................or any bench for that matter.......................
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