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Capitol riot: Two more Putnam men facing federal charges in attack on Capitol

Two Putnam County men, who appear to be brothers, were recently arrested in relation to the Jan. 6 blitz on the U.S. Capitol building.

Greg Richard Purdy Jr., a Carmel High School graduate, and Matthew Purdy, both of Kent, were arrested Nov. 10. They face a slew of federal charges that accuse them of storming the Capitol, with Greg Purdy allegedly putting up a series of social media posts as the attack unfolded and in the immediate aftermath. They are at least the 11th and 12th men with ties to the Mid Hudson Valley accused in the attack.

…Greg and Matthew Purdy both face federal charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building and grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and demonstrating in a Capitol building.

…Greg Purdy Jr. was placed on the FBI's most wanted list following the Jan. 6 attack, which occurred as lawmakers attempted to certify the 2020 Presidential election…Several Putnam residents have been arrested since Jan. 6. A Mahopac man was arrested by the FBI earlier this fall after he was arrested in an unrelated robbery case in Westchester County. Another Putnam resident was charged after he bragged about storming the Capitol on the dating app Bumble.

More at https://www.lohud.com/story/news/crime/2021/11/26/january-6-capitol-riot-putnam-county-men-face-charges/8765581002/
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Nov 28, 2021, 10:46 PM (0 replies)

If you're into Gershwin

this is a great documentary. Don’t let the cheesy History Channel intro throw you; it’s actually one of the first American Masters programs ever produced back in the late 80s:

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Nov 27, 2021, 01:25 AM (1 replies)

Tim Ryan, on fire

This is how Democrats need to talk to Republicans:
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Nov 18, 2021, 05:01 PM (6 replies)

This is a good thing

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Nov 17, 2021, 10:20 AM (3 replies)

Not so fast on the Cuomo case

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Nov 5, 2021, 03:05 PM (6 replies)

Southwest accused of 'racist assumption' after suspecting mix-race family of human trafficking

On Thursday, The Denver Post reported that a woman flying from San Jose to Denver was stopped by airline personnel and police, who she claims profiled her as a possible human trafficker because her daughter was not the same race.

"Mary MacCarthy, who is white, and her 10-year-old daughter, who is Black, flew from San Jose, California, to Denver on Oct. 22 to be with family after the sudden death of MacCarthy's older brother the night before. When they arrived in Denver, they were met on the jet bridge by a Southwest Airlines employee and two Denver police officers," reported Elise Schmelzer.

"The two officers started talking to MacCarthy and her daughter, Moira, separately. The officers wanted to question MacCarthy and her daughter because a Southwest Airlines employee had reported them as suspicious and MacCarthy as a potential human trafficker, according to a Denver police report and MacCarthy's account."

MacCarthy is enraged at the incident, which reportedly reduced her daughter to tears. "This is the type of situation that mixed-race families and families of color face all the time while traveling," she said.

According to the report, the original complaint was made by a flight attendant on their Southwest Airlines flight, who "told police she was suspicious because the two were the last to board the plane and because MacCarthy asked other passengers to move so her daughter could sit next to her ... [and] also reported that the pair did not speak during the flight."


This airline is on a roll.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Nov 4, 2021, 10:59 PM (2 replies)

Brazilian piano great Nelson Freire has died at 77

The great Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire died today after prolonged suffering, following injuries to his shoulder in a street fall two years ago. A close friend, the French writer Alain Lompech, was notified of the death by his household this morning.

Nelson was the lifelong best friend of Martha Argerich and himself a performer of the greatest subtlety and inwardness.

He shunned publicity, recorded copiously and never let an audience down. His companion Rosana Martins predeceased him last year.

…The French pianist Philippe Cassard writes: ‘A giant has just left us. And everyone with him. A virtuoso with an incandescent velvet touch, great wildcat of the piano with devastating effect in Rachmaninov and Liszt, lyrical in Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms, luminous in Bach and Mozart. And what about the most extraordinary duo in history that he formed with 4 hands and 2 pianos with Martha Argerich? He was a kind, shy, humble man and away from the media noise. He will remain for a long time an example of musical and professional integrity raised to the highest point. All of us respect him, admire him, love him.’


Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Nov 1, 2021, 08:35 AM (0 replies)

Paying with a glance: Moscow's latest expansion of facial recognition tech

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Oct 11, 2021, 09:37 AM (5 replies)

Burkina Faso tries alleged killers of revolutionary icon Sankara

Fourteen men, including a former president Compaore, will go on trial in Burkina Faso from Monday over the assassination in 1987 of Thomas Sankara, the country's revolutionary leader and a pan-Africanist icon.

It will be nearly 34 years to the day since Sankara was gunned down during a putsch led by an erstwhile comrade and close friend -- one of the most shocking episodes in a country well-versed in political brutality.

Suspicions have long been directed at Sankara's successor as president, Blaise Compaore, who ruled the impoverished Sahel state for the next 27 years. Compaore was toppled by a popular uprising in 2014 and fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast, which granted him citizenship. He is the chief accused among 14 figures in the trial, which will unfold at a military court in the capital Ouagadougou.

…A young army captain and Marxist-Leninist inspired by Ghana's Jerry Rawlings, Sankara came to power in a coup in 1983.

Aged just 33, he embarked on a campaign of radical change.

He renamed the country Burkina Faso (the land of honest men) from the colonial-era Upper Volta, carried out a wave of nationalisations and banned female genital mutilation, polygamy and forced marriages.

Four years after Sankara took the helm, he and 12 other leaders were dead.

More at https://www.africanews.com/2021/10/08/burkina-faso-tries-alleged-killers-of-revolutionary-icon-sankara/

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Oct 11, 2021, 06:40 AM (4 replies)

Schubert Piano Sonata D. 784, op. 142 A Minor (Pires)

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Sep 25, 2021, 05:49 AM (0 replies)
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