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Trump associate Roger Stone has been found guilty of all seven counts

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(CNN) Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress and other charges in a case that has shed new light on President Donald Trump's anticipation of the release of stolen Democratic emails in 2016.

Stone, a political provocateur, was found guilty of all seven counts brought by the Justice Department, a victory for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Stone was found guilty on five counts of lying to Congress, one of witness tampering, and one of obstructing a Congressional committee proceeding.

The verdict marks a stunning conclusion to one of the highest profile prosecutions to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation -- a case that began with one of Trump's most vocal supporters arrested during a pre-dawn raid as the special counsel's investigation wound down, and that since then has gradually revealed new information about the Trump campaign's positive reception to foreign interference in the 2016 election.

According to prosecutors, Stone failed to turn over documents to Congress in 2017, showing he had sought to reach WikiLeaks the previous year, and lied about five facts, obscuring his attempt to use intermediaries to get information that could help then-candidate Trump in the election against Hillary Clinton.

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Women should never use an electric toothbrush to masturbate, a gynaecologist has warned.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7680379/Why-women-NOT-masturbate-electric-toothbrushes.html

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A manual hand-powered toothbrush is okay, though. 8)


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would that be a dental hygiene dilemma?

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's Not news down here anyway. Back in 2000 a thread on the Viva forum (= women's magazine for the more hot-blooded woman, [url]they interviewed FZ back in 1977[/url]) went viral about just that. "I use my boyfriend's Braun Oral-B, I call him Bob" and the tip to use the brush end with a condom is stuff I'm trying to forget.

Let's imagine a matching Zappa song...

with long marimba solo...

crescendo towards the end...

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Oops, sorry, I forgot to link the interview:
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White Island eruption: Five dead, and rescue crews forced to wait
Melanie Carroll, Melanie Earley, Danielle Clent· 21:44, Dec 9th, 2019

A "double-digit" number of people remain on White Island, but rescuers can't safely reach them.

Five people are confirmed dead, and police say advice from Geo Net suggests the island is too unsafe to go on to as it could erupt again.

At a 9:00pm briefing on Monday, Police National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims said he couldn't confirm how many people remained on the island, but agreed it was in double digits.

Asked if people were alive on the island, Tims said "we don't know".

"Firstly, we're unsure exactly the numbers on there, and we're unsure of their wellbeing."

Twenty-three people are off the island. Five are dead and the remaining 18 all had injuries to some degree.

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A boat heads towards a damaged ash-covered helicopter on Whakaari/White Island after the eruption.

Two of them are in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital.

A NZDF spokesperson has confirmed the New Zealand Defence Force is helping with the emergency response at White Island, sending personnel as well as the Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Wellington.

"The NZDF will be working under the direction of NZ Police but has sent a number of assets to the area to help as needed.

"A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft has flown over White Island carrying out surveillance over the area, and two NH90 helicopters have flown to Whakatane to assist. Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Wellington is currently transiting from Auckland to Whakatane to offer support."

'A tragedy'

Whakaari/White Island erupted at 2.11pm on Monday, spewing plumes of smoke into the air.

Up to 100 people were initially believed to be on or near the island at the time, but police now believe there were fewer than 50.

There were two people in a critical condition at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital after being flown there by rescue helicopters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a press conference that she would be heading to the scene of the eruption on Monday night.

She said those missing and injured were both New Zealand and foreign tourists.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted saying Australians were involved.

"A terrible tragedy is unfolding in NZ after the volcano eruption on Whakaari/White Island. Australians have been caught up in this terrible event and we are working to determine their wellbeing."

Morrison had phoned Ardern to offer "our full support with whatever they need". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up their systems to respond to concern from those abroad.

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Visitors to the island are seen huddled together after the eruption.

Earlier Tims said it remained unclear how many were still missing - but it could be around 27.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters also tweeted his condolences.

"Deep sympathy to all those grieving due to the news coming from White Island."

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People covered in ash could be seen arriving for treatment after being transported from rescue helicopters.

It is understood passengers from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, currently visiting Tauranga, were among those visiting White Island at the time of the eruption.

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White Island eruption as seen from the mainland.

A spokesperson for Royal Carribean Cruises, Annie Standen, would not confirm if passengers were involved but said a representative from Ovation of the Seas was at the cordon.

She was was not able to confirm whether or how many passengers were injured.

"At this stage we are still gathering information."

A helicopter from Volcanic Air was also on the island, but the Rotorua company said the pilot and four passengers were unharmed and returned to the mainland via boat.

Don Richards, owner of the River to Sea BnB, said he was located within the cordon on Muriwai Drive and could see steam coming off the island and fleets of ambulances assembling at the wharf and helicopters landing.

He saw two White Island Tour boats coming in from the island, the second boat came in at speed about 4pm and "was covered in ash".

Some of the passengers off the boats appeared to be walking, some were sat wrapped in emergency blankets, while others were being carried in on stretchers.

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Three ambulances behind cordon at Muriwai drive, Whakatāne, as emergency responders await more people from White Island.

An image captured at 2.10pm from a GNS camera showed people were on the island at the time of the eruption. GeoNet has since removed the White Island cameras from its website.

GNS duty vulcanologist Geoff Kilgour expressed concern for their safety.

"Our monitoring data shows that there was a short-lived eruption that generated an ash plume to 12,000ft above the vent," he said in a statement.

"Ash has covered the main crater floor as seen in our webcam images. Ash fall appears to be confined to the island and we do not expect more than a minor amount of ash to reach East Cape in the coming hours."

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An image taken from White Island appears to show tourists moment before the eruption.

Eruption not unexpected

GeoNet vulcanologist Brad Scott said it was always a surprise when a volcano erupted, but it wasn't completely unexpected.

"But as you are well aware, volcanic unrest has been occurring at White Island for several weeks now, so it's not a total surprise that this has led to a total eruption and we have alluded to this possibility for some time," he said.

In October Stuff reported that Sulpur dioxide gas output and volcanic tremor levels at Whakaari/White Island are at the highest levels since 2016, possibly suggesting the volcano was entering a period where an eruption was more likely.

Sulfur dioxide (SO₂) gas at volcanoes originates from magma (molten rocks), and is measured by scientists as a way to try to get an indication of what is happening to a volcano's magma system.

He said any adverse health effects for those on the mainland were very unlikely.

"On the island however, unfortunately, there will be injuries - rocks and material thrown out from the volcano would have the possibility to kill or injure anybody nearby.

"It was a significant eruption and we are concerned for anybody who was on the island at the time."

Scott said the last time White Island erupted was in 2016, this was described as a 'minor' eruption. "As White Island is an active volcano, it can erupt and this cannot always be predicted."

Huge plumes of smoke

A large plume of white smoke was visible from the mainland during the eruption.

Opotiki resident Maree Reeve said "I certainly haven't seen a puff like this, possibly in the whole 18 years of living here".

"You can see stuff (ash maybe) falling from the cloud."

Emergency services have cordoned off Muriwai Drive to the Whakatane Heads in the wake of the eruption.

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A GeoNet image of the White Island eruption.

Ash disruption

Airlines in New Zealand said there has been no effect on flights at this stage,

however, they were monitoring the situation closely.

Air New Zealand said the eruption has not affected them and directed further queries to Airways.

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White Island, 48km offshore from Bay of Plenty, is New Zealand's most active cone volcano, built up by continuous volcanic activity during the past 150,000 years.

Most active volcano's history

White Island, 48km offshore from Bay of Plenty, is New Zealand's most active cone volcano, built up by continuous volcanic activity during the past 150,000 years.

With 70 per cent of the volcano under the sea, it is also the country's largest volcanic structure.

Geo Net said the longest historic eruption episode was from 1975-2000. During that time, many collapse and explosion craters developed.

For long periods active vents in the craters emitted volcanic ash.

Men once lived and worked on the island.

From the 1880s, they mined the sulphur, for many uses from gunpowder to fertiliser.

On September 21, 1914, a sudden lahar in the middle of the night swept away the mine buildings in the crater and the 11 men asleep in their beds.

The only survivor was a tabby cat, Peter, who was rescued a week later when the disaster was discovered.

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In October Stuff reported that Sulpur dioxide gas output and volcanic tremor levels at Whakaari/White Island are at the highest levels since 2016.


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During last week's non Kiss/Cookie's "you can't keep a bad girl down" farewell tour part three
we took the helicopter trip to White Island last Monday afternoon.....

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It is actually on international news, I read it this morning.

Poor fellows.

I wonder if, even having signed safety waivers, the families of the victims are entitled for compensation under NZ law...

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It is actually on international news, I read it this morning.

Poor fellows.

I wonder if, even having signed safety waivers, the families of the victims are entitled for compensation under NZ law...


A tragic situation to be sure, as with most NZ adventure tourism activities you do indeed sign your life away on both the helicopter and boat trips out to White Island.....

A fleet of insurance providers will be flailing about in the fine print to minimize any compensation.....

But you can rest assured the community will take good care of the injured and deceased.....
It's what happens here.....

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I am sure you will. My comment was in the direction of the island being a private enterprise and the risk it involves should be accounted for the service providers, who should be held accountable, independently of abusive clauses, imho.

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Greta Thunberg labeled a 'brat' by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

By Bianca Britton, CNN

(CNN)Brazil's president has called Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg a "brat" after she condemned violence against indigenous people who were killed in the Amazon.

"Greta has said that the Indians died because because they were defending the Amazon. It's amazing that the press gives space to this kind of pirralha," Jair Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia.
Pirralha is a derogatory Portuguese word meaning "brat."

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Shortly after the right-wing president insulted her on Tuesday, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to "pirralha."

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John Frusciante to rejoin Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Guitarist John Frusciante is rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 10 years after he last left the band, bassist Flea said.

The band is "parting ways" with Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced Frusciante after he left in 2009, Flea said on Instagram.

It's Frusciante's third time around with the group.


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Trump is Impeached.

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John Frusciante to rejoin Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Guitarist John Frusciante is rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 10 years after he last left the band, bassist Flea said.

The band is "parting ways" with Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced Frusciante after he left in 2009, Flea said on Instagram.

It's Frusciante's third time around with the group.


Are they taking a leaf out of the Spinal Tap book :mrgreen:


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Now, in celebration of 50 years since the album's release (the year he was born), Dweezil is bringing his iconic 'Hot Rats' Live Tour to Australia. Featuring his father's 1969 album in it's entirety, as well as more of Frank Zappa choice cuts, the tour will see dates in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.


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Saudi Arabia finds 11 people guilty in Jamal Khashoggi murder
Donna Abu-Nasr and Reema Agarwal·22:41, December the 23rd, 2019

A Saudi court found 11 people guilty for the murder of government critic Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last year, a killing that continues to strain relations with key allies and rattled investors.

Five people will be executed and another three will be imprisoned for 24 years, according to a statement read at the public prosecutor's office in Riyadh on Monday.

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Five people will be executed and another three will be imprisoned for 24 years for the murder of Jamal Kashoggi.

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A Saudi court found 11 people guilty for the murder of government critic Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last year.
Five people will be executed and another three will be imprisoned for 24 years, according to a statement read at the public prosecutor's office in Riyadh on Monday.
The other 3 will be mysteriously disappeared...

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A Saudi court found 11 people guilty for the murder of government critic Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last year.
Five people will be executed and another three will be imprisoned for 24 years, according to a statement read at the public prosecutor's office in Riyadh on Monday.
The other 3 will be mysteriously disappeared...


just like Mr. Khashoggi.....

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Injured orca freed after being tangled in crayfish line
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An injured orca whale has been successfully freed from a crayfish line he was tangled in near Waiheke Island this Friday afternoon.

The Department of Conservation first responded to reports of the entangled orca on Monday and a team has been trying to track down the injured whale since.

Elated marine biologist Dr Ingrid Visser says it hasn't quite sunken in yet that the orca is now finally free.

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"We managed to cut the line and we followed him for a while after that and he seemed to be doing okay," she told Newshub on Friday.

Dr Visser had spent the past four days attempting to free the orca from the cray pot line it became tangled in near Tutukaka in Northland on Sunday night.

The team thought they'd lost track of it, but shortly after midday on Thursday, a whale-watching vessel from Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari spotted it near Auckland's North Head and tipped off police.

Newshub followed the orca around on Thursday from Westhaven to Island Bay. In that time, it rarely moved at a speed above 4 knots, while the average orca swimming speed is 8 knots - which showed just how badly the injury was impeding it.

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/ ... ocid=ientp

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Pope Francis apologizes for scornful slap of woman who yanked his arm

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