special investigation

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Trump asked his advisers if he can pardon himself

  • Trump reportedly has been asking his advisers about his ability to pardon family members and even himself, according to the Washington Post.
  • In a new bombshell report, the Post claims that Trump and his team have been looking into ways to “limit or undercut” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign and alleged ties to Russia.
  • Trump was reportedly frustrated to learn that Mueller’s investigation can go beyond the Russia inquiry to explore his and his family’s finances.
  • The Post reported that his team in the White House is looking into potential conflicts of interest that Mueller might have. Conflicts of interest are one of the potential avenues available for removing special counsel under the law.
  • Trump is also said to be especially concerned by the fact that Mueller could access several years of his tax returns. Read more (7/21/17)
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65% of Americans want a special prosecutor for Trump-Russia investigation

  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans say an independent special prosecutor should handle an investigation into Trump and his campaign’s potential communication with Russia during the presidential election, according to a new CNN-ORC poll published Monday morning.
  • The 65% of Americans who want an independent special prosecutor includes 43% of Republicans and 67% of independents, according to the survey. Read more (3/6/17 7:41 AM)
Impeach Him Now

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is already drafting articles of impeachment related to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, believing there’s enough evidence of Trump’s obstruction of justice to begin an impeachment inquiry (not to mention Trump’s blatant violation of the Constitutions emoluments clause by profiting off his presidency, and much else).

But Democratic leaders are pushing back, warning there aren’t enough facts to justify an impeachment inquiry at this point, and, in any event, such an inquiry would politicize ongoing congressional investigations. 

Baloney. 

Historically, the three previous impeachment inquiries in the House (involving presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton) rested on less evidence of obstruction of justice than is already publicly known about Trump.

Comey’s testimony to Congress is itself more than enough – confirming that Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty, asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, repeatedly told Comey the FBI investigation was a “cloud” on his presidency, and asked Comey to declare publicly that Trump wasn’t an object of the investigation

In addition, we have Trump’s interview with Lester Holt on NBC and Trump’s subsequent meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. In both instances, Trump connected his firing of Comey with the Russian investigation.

Also bear in mind the obstructions of justice that caused the House to impeach previous presidents concerned issues far less serious than Trump’s possible collusion with a foreign power to win election.

Democratic leaders say they don’t want to talk about impeachment now because they’re worried about politicizing the current congressional investigations, which aren’t impeachment inquiries. Hello? Republicans have already politicized them. 

The real reason Democratic leaders don’t want to seek an impeachment now is they know there’s zero chance that Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, would support such a move. So why engage in a purely symbolic gesture? 

Democratic leaders figure that between now and the midterm elections there will be even more revelations from non-partisan sources – future testimony by Trump operatives like Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, early reports from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and leaks to the press – that will build the case, and fuel more public outrage. 

That outrage will give Democrats a strong chance of taking back the House and maybe even the Senate. Then they’ll really impeach Trump.

I can’t argue with the political logic of Democratic leaders. And if their strategy will lead to Trump’s ouster sooner than any other way, I’m all for it.

But here’s the problem. It’s not clear America can wait for the midterm elections, followed by what’s likely to be a long and drawn-out impeachment investigation, followed by a trial in the Senate. (Note that none of the presidents listed above was ever convicted by the Senate and thrown out of office.) 

With each passing day, Donald Trump becomes a greater danger to America and the world. We don’t have time. 

The advantage of introducing a bill of impeachment now – even attempting to do so – is that such an action might itself galvanize the vast majority of Americans who want Trump out of office. It could mobilize and energize people around the most important immediate issue facing the country. 

Never underestimate the power of a public aroused to action. It is worth recalling that Nixon resigned of his own accord before the House had even voted out an impeachment resolution. The American public demanded it. 

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This #justiceforeyricka video broke my heart last night yet I still was able to sleep in my bed safely and comfortably – something Eyricka King (Thompson) has not been able to do. Eyricka is a black trans woman who is currently incarcerated by New York State.

According to a letter she wrote (which took several attempts to get outside the correctional facility’s walls) she has been physically and sexually abused and placed in solitary confinement. This is cruel and unjust yet all too usual punishment and treatment of trans women of color.
YOU CAN HELP BY:

1. SHARING this video by @slaytv.
2. SAYING her name: #JusticeforEyricka
3. READING her letter from behind bars at @justiceforeyricka
4. CALLING the offices below to demand that Eyricka King (DIN: 16A4486) be moved to a facility where she can be in protective custody and not solitary confinement:
518-445-6176: Health Services Office in Albany (To report cases where a person is not being given appropriate medical attention)
518-457-3955 Jason Effman (Head of PREA in Albany)
518-457-2653 Office of Special Investigations
518-474-1010 Office of the Inspector General
5. SIGNING her petition on @changedotorg
#justiceforeyricka #girlslikeus #twoc #transisbeautiful (at New York, New York)

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nytimes.com
BREAKING: Donald Trump Jr., The Donald's eldest son, met with Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Clinton
Donald Trump Jr. is said to have arranged the meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer during the campaign after he was told he would be provided with details about Hillary Clinton.
By Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman

Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman at NYT:

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner only recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times.

The Times reported the existence of the meeting on Saturday. But in subsequent interviews, the advisers and others revealed the motivation behind it.

The meeting — at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination — points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. The accounts of the meeting represent the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.

And while President Trump has been dogged by revelations of undisclosed meetings between his associates and the Russians, the episode at Trump Tower is the first such confirmed private meeting involving members of his inner circle during the campaign — as well as the first one known to have included his eldest son. It came at an inflection point in the campaign, when Donald Trump Jr., who served as an adviser and a surrogate, was ascendant and Mr. Manafort was consolidating power.

It is unclear whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the promised compromising information about Mrs. Clinton. But the people interviewed by The Times about the meeting said the expectation was that she would do so.

In a statement on Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance. “After pleasantries were exchanged,” he said, “the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The law so enraged Mr. Putin that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children.

“It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.” Mr. Trump said.

When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, he said only that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, said on Sunday that “the president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.”

Lawyers and spokesmen for Mr. Kushner and Mr. Manafort did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In his statement, Donald Trump Jr. said he asked Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner to attend, but did not tell them what the meeting was about.

American intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian hackers and propagandists worked to tip the election toward Mr. Trump, in part by stealing and then providing to WikiLeaks internal Democratic Party and Clinton campaign emails that were embarrassing to Mrs. Clinton. WikiLeaks began releasing the material on July 22.

A special prosecutor and congressional committees are now investigating the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russians. Mr. Trump has disputed that, but the investigation has cast a shadow over his administration.

[…]

Since the president took office, Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric have assumed day-to-day control of their father’s real estate empire. Because he does not serve in the administration and does not have a security clearance, Donald Trump Jr. was not required to disclose his foreign contacts. Federal and congressional investigators have not publicly asked for any records that would require his disclosure of Russian contacts.

Ms. Veselnitskaya is a formidable operator with a history of pushing the Kremlin’s agenda. Most notable is her campaign against the Magnitsky Act, which provoked a Cold War-style, tit-for-tat dispute with the Kremlin when President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2012.

Under the law, some 44 Russian citizens have been put on a list that allows the United States to seize their American assets and deny them visas. The United States asserts that many of them are connected to the fraud exposed by Mr. Magnitsky, who after being jailed for more than a year was found dead in his cell. A Russian human rights panel found that he had been assaulted. To critics of Mr. Putin, Mr. Magnitsky, in death, became a symbol of corruption and brutality in the Russian state.

An infuriated Mr. Putin has called the law an “outrageous act,” and, in addition to banning American adoptions, he compiled what became known as an “anti-Magnitsky” blacklist of United States citizens.

Among those blacklisted was Preet Bharara, then the United States attorney in Manhattan, who led notable convictions of Russian arms and drug dealers. Mr. Bharara was abruptly fired in March, after previously being asked to stay on by Mr. Trump.

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Report: Special Counsel Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner’s finances

  • According to the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, a former New York real estate developer who currently serves as special adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.
  • “We do not know what this report refers to,” Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner, told the Post, “It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia. Read more (6/15/17)

Vice President Mike Pence has hired outside counsel for Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe

  • Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Mike Pence, confirmed to CNN Thursday that Pence has hired Richard Cullen, former attorney general of Virginia, to represent his interests as they pertain to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
  • “I can confirm that the vice president has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” Agen said in a statement. Read more (6/16/17)

Trump admits he’s under investigation in Friday morning tweet storm

  • Trump on Friday admitted he was under federal investigation for firing now-former FBI Director James Comey
  • “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” Trump tweeted. “Witch Hunt.”
  • Trump not only fired Comey, but he admitted on national television that he was thinking of the Russia investigation when he made the decision. 
  • It’s unclear who the “man” Trump is referring to in his tweet.
  • It could be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Trump later told NBC’s Lester Holt that he was going to fire Comey no matter what Rosenstein had recommended. Read more (6/16/17)
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Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team.
Law Enforcement’s Tier 1 Counter-Terrorism unit.

The FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) is the counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The HRT is trained to rescue American citizens and allies who are held hostage by hostile forces, usually terrorists and/or criminals. The Hostage Rescue Team was founded in 1982 by Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, and completed its final certification exercise in October 1983.

It was originally composed of 50 operators. However, this number has since increased to well over 90 full-time operators. The HRT commonly functions as a high-level national SWAT team in extremely sensitive or dangerous situations. Today, it is part of the Tactical Support Branch of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and is based at the FBI Academy at the Quantico Marine Corps Base, in Stafford County, Virginia.

The primary roles of the HRT are hostage rescue and counter-terrorism. Secondary roles of the HRT include:

- Apprehending barricaded subjects
- Executing helicopter operations and rescue missions
- Executing mobile assaults
- Performing high-risk raids, searches, arrests, and warrants
- Coordinating manhunt and rural operations
- Providing force protection for FBI personnel overseas

To a lesser extent, the HRT may deploy teams or individual operators to act as snipers, or to provide protective service details for certain high-profile federal witnesses or dignitaries. Teams provide support for missions overseas and support Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Teams at home and abroad perform typical law enforcement activities, such as making arrests, processing scenes for evidence recovery, and testifying in court.

The HRT has provided traditional law enforcement during hurricane relief operations, tactical surveys, and special events such as the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, and political conventions.

Prospective HRT operators are selected based upon their background and experience, as well as their demonstrated performance during the HRT selection course. The rigorous two-week selection process includes long-distance runs, forced marches, obstacle courses, and other tests of physical and mental stamina. Throughout the entire selection process, candidates are evaluated on their ability to think under pressure and to perform while physically exhausted. After a six-month initial training period known as “New Operator Training School” (“NOTS”), they are headquartered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Both the selection course and NOTS are near mirror images of the 1st SFOD-D (“Delta Force”) selection and training courses, with some minor adjustments for mission differences. Experienced HRT operators assigned to observer/sniper teams are sent to the United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course. After successfully completing the course, they receive further instruction from HRT snipers. Maritime platoon operators are sent to a variety of maritime special operations courses, including Phase II of U.S. Navy BUD/S at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, California. HRT operators receive other specialized interoperability training from various U.S. Special Operations Command entities. HRT operators also conduct training with Allied nation counter-terrorism units such as the British SAS and German GSG-9.

When not operationally deployed, the HRT conducts full-time training for its members at various sites across the country. Two to three hours each day are set aside for physical training, a defensive tactics session, and combative training. One day a week is devoted to maintaining either perishable skills (such as fast roping, breaching, and photography) or specialized skills (such as mobile assaults, manhunt and rural operations), maritime operations, helicopter operations, parachuting, weapons of mass destruction training (provided by the United States Department of Energy), and cold weather operations. Three days are spent honing sniping or close quarters combat skills on the various training ranges available to the team. Biweekly, one day is allotted for gear maintenance. Discretionary time to be used by team leaders is built into the schedule. During a routine week of training, it is not unusual for HRT operators to fire 1,000 rounds of ammunition to keep their shooting skills honed. Every 12 to 18 months, the HRT also participates in at least one major combined exercise that may involve a variety of governmental entities, such as the FBI and the departments of Defense, State, Energy, and Homeland Security.

Three teams rotate through three 120-day cycles: training, operations, and support. During the training cycle, the team refreshes its skills and takes part in exercises, attends other courses, or trains with foreign and domestic units. During the operations cycle, the team is available for deployment (domestic or foreign). During the support cycle, the team works on special projects, maintains the HRT’s equipment, and conducts research.

The HRT is known to conduct joint training exercises and participate in exchange programs with US military units such as the US Army’s Combat Applications Group (otherwise known as 1st SFOD-D or Delta Force) or the U.S. Navy’s DEVGRU. The HRT routinely trains with other federal tactical teams such as the DEA’s FAST Team, the United States Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit or the United States Capitol Police’s CERT. Occasionally the HRT trains with French GIGN, British SAS and Special Boat Service, Irish Garda ERU, the Australian SAS, German GSG 9, and other international units. In addition to the HRT’s own facilities, the HRT routinely uses private and 1st SFOD-D Delta Force shoot houses and ranges. The HRT has also been known to train at Camp Peary and Harvey Point.

Do demons really exist?

Demons are often the subject of many modern horror films, with the prospect of possession being one the most terrifying plot lines out there. But is there any truth behind all the Hollywood makeup and special effects? Paranormal investigators such as the Ghost Adventures team insist that a demonic entity in the home is very real and it is extremely dangerous. Here are some warning signs they think you should to look out for:

  • Activity that starts at 3.am in the morning- This hour is widely thought of as being linked to demons and the devil, as it represents an upside down cross when shown on a clock face. If the paranormal activity you experience in your home starts around this hour, then it may be a bit more sinister than a haunting from an old-timey widow or sorrowful ghoul.
  • Nightmares- Demons can supposedly haunt your dreams while you are asleep and give you terrible nightmares. These nightmares often contain violence and dark images that may upset the sufferer. This weakens the subject so they are more likely to give in to the demon. The demon may also be able to control behaviour during the dream state, such as making seemingly asleep people sit bolt upright and have disturbing conversations with others.
  • Sulphur smell- If you smell rotten eggs frequently around your home, don’t be too quick to blame the dog. It has been documented that demons give off a foul smell when they manifest themselves in our homes.
  • Scratches- Scratches, bruises, or any other unexplained injuries may be the work of a demon trying to harm you. As most aren’t powerful enough, they rarely do any real damage. A good example of this would be the incidents recorded at the Sallie House.
  • Shadow people
  • Three knocks- This one is debatable, as it’s unknown whether this has actually been reported, or if it’s another Hollywood legend. A demonic entity will reportedly only knock in three as this mocks the Holy Trinity.
  • Growls and hisses- If the spooky ghosts in your home are mostly communicating to you with a range of guttural growls and hisses, then you should be alarmed. Ancient-sounding languages are also said to be spoken.

the-last-alicorn  asked:

Here's a question: Top Ten Toku Mechas?

This may come as a surprise to my followers but one of my least favorite aspects of Super Sentai is the mecha.  Of course, that’s like saying my least favorite part of cheesecake is the crust.  I still love it but it’s not cheese or cake so it comes a distant third on the love scale.

That said, I do love me some mecha!  I used to build Gunpla kits on a regular basis and watched so much mecha anime it’s what I became known for before I let my toku fan flag fly higher than my Zeon one (and yes, I had a Zeon flag before I sold it to someone even more passionate about it than I was.)

So, I have watched a lot of mecha related stuff.  I adore the early work of Go Nagai on Mazinger Z, Getter Robo and all the derivatives and spinoffs thereof (Great Mazinger, Grendaizer, Getter Robo G, Shin Getter Robo etc. etc.). I also love Yoshiyuki Tomino’s outpu.  Not just his Gundam work though but his lesser known shows like Space Runaway Ideon, Xabungle and even the much maligned Brain Powerd.

I guess that’s the long way of saying that I’m a mecha fan but you aren’t going to see a ton of Super Sentai mecha on this list of my favorite tokusatsu robots. There are just too many to choose from to limit it.  There will be a few but they will not dominate this list.

Let’s get started.

10. Giant Robo

Airing in Japan in 1967, this series was the brainchild of manga writer  Mitsuteru Yokoyama who also created Tetsujin 28 (known as Gigantor in the US). It has a lot of similarities to his earlier series with a young boy controlling a giant robot by remote control. What really makes this series stand out though are the creative enemies and interesting fights.  I also just love Robo’s design with its Egyptian headdress and stern expression.  

9. Daileon

The robot that transforms out of the hero’s starship from the 1985 Metal Hero series Special Megabeast Investigator Juspion is great for two reasons.  1) I just love the very simple but elegant robotic look of it. 2) It fights giant monsters every week!  This is the only Metal Hero show to feature kaiju (or megabeasts in this case) every week and give the hero a giant robot to take them on with.  That’s pretty sweet in my opinion and makes Juspion a very unique entry in its respective franchise.

8. Jean-Killer

A robot that first showed up in one of the Ultraman Zero side story specials, I feel Jean-Killer really didn’t come into its own until it became the personal mecha of Ultraman Ginga’s rival. I really like its design, the fact that it can transform into a spaceship and the way it goes from being a hated enemy into a grudging ally in the fight against evil.

7. Super Robot Red Baron

My brother bought this show on DVD and let me borrow it and I have to say, it was a lot of fun.  The first two episodes were surprisingly brutal and shocked me into watching the rest.  It’s a pretty darn good show and I love how boxy and classically robotic the heroic mecha of the series is.  It feels a lot like Giant Robo but it’s a bit newer, giving it a little polish the older series lacked.

6. Leopardon

Spiderman’s personal giant robot from the 1978 Toei series stands as a fantastic example of adding a robot to something that had no right to have one and making it amazing. Of course, it was dreamed up to make the American hero more appealing to Japanese children but it proved SO popular it ended up giving Toei the idea to put robots together with their flagging Sentai shows and revitalize it into SUPER SENTAI.  I owe this webbed wonder a lot for that!

5. Dragon Caesar

Dragon Caesar is my favorite sixth hero mecha ever.  Sure, he may be the first but he gets me in my sweet spot for things I love.  Those would be; giant monsters, robots and robot giant monsters. He also looks like a robot Godzilla, which is something of a weakness of mine as you will see higher on the list.

4. Electronic Starbeast Dol

The undersection of Gavan’s spaceship from the 1982 Metal Hero series Space Sheriff Gavan transforms into this amazing mecha.  It’s a GIANT ROBOT SPACE DRAGON!  So I really need to go into any more detail about why that idea just kicks all the ass in the galaxy? It can breath fire, it can shoot lasers from its eyes and it can grapple enemies.  I love this thing’s design and just wish it got more use in the series.  Still, every time it was used, I loved it to death.

Speaking of Robot Space Dragons…

3. Daijinryu

This monstrous mechanical dragon was the largest single mecha ever to appear in Super Sentai.  Look how huge it is compared to the buildings beneath its feet! Another giant robot space dragon, Daijinryu was the ultimate keeper of balance.  It would appear whenever the battles between the heroes of Gosei Sentai Dairanger and their enemies, the Gorma, got too out of hand and threatened the balance of the universe.  If the fighting didn’t stop, it threatened to destroy the entire world! It also had the power to back that up and dwarfed anything the heroes or villains could send against it.

2. Muteki Shogun

Out of all the mecha to appear in the 41 year history of Sentai, this is my absolute favorite,  I love his design, I love his concept and I love the way it moves and looks on screen.  It’s essentially a Japanese castle that stands up to become a giant robot.  It’s so awesomely cool and outshines even the other mecha of its own series.  Nothing in Super Sentai tops this one for me.

1. Mechagodzilla

Whether and alien duplicate, a weapon reverse engineered from 23rd Century robotics by G-Force or a government Godzilla deterrent made from the bones of the original Godzilla, no tokusatsu mecha is cooler to me than Mechagodzilla. I have loved this one since I was a little kid reading out it in a little orange book from the school library.  Godzilla was my introduction to the world of Japanese fantastic cinema and Mechagodzilla my intro to giant robots. I owe him a ton for my current fandom and still think he’s the best giant robot ever made!

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Trump is reportedly considering just firing special counsel Robert Mueller

  • Trump is weighing just firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections and whether Trump is connected to it, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS’ Judy Woodruff on Monday.
  • “I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option, I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.”
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, who is part of the House Intelligence Committee’s own investigation into Russia, shot back at the idea on Monday evening with a warning. Read more (6/12/17)
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LETTER FROM EYRICKA KING, RECEIVED 11 JULY 2017
====================================

DEAR ——–

HELLO HOW ARE YOU? FINE I HOPE
AS FOR ME NOT DOING WELL AT ALL.
THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL ME! SERIOUSLY
I GOT BACK TO FRANKLIN ON FRIDAY
JUNE 30ᵀᴴ AND I’VE BEEN IN THE BOX
SINCE I WAS ATTACKED BY SOME
SARGENTS UPON MY ARRIVAL BACK HERE
AND THROWN IN THE BOX TO SILENCE
ME. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED
WHEN I GOT BACK TO FRANKLIN
THE PUT ME IN A DORM WITH THE
SAME GUY (INMATE) WHO TRIED HAVING
SEX WITH ME AND WHEN I REFUSED
TO HAVE SEX HE SPIT ON ME, YOU
REMEMBER WHEN THAT INCIDENT HAPPENED
BACK IN APRIL, AND THE PREA DEPUTY
MS. SOUTHERS HAD ME MOVED TO
A BETTER DORM. OK UPON MY
ARRIVAL TO THE DORM THE INMATE
CAME TO THE DOOR WITH 3
OTHER INMATES AND THREATENED

[new page]

TO ATTACK ME IF I CAME INTO
THE HOUSE. SO I IMMEDIATLY
TOLD THE OFFICER THAT I COULD NOT
LIVE IN THAT DORM AND FOR HIM
TO CALL A SARGENT, HE DID JUST
THAT. THE SARGENT ARRIVED IN A
BLACK VAN WITH 2 OTHER SARGENTS
AND HE IMMEDIATLY SAID IT 9:00
AT NIGHT I DON’T FEEL LIKE DEALING
WITH THIS PUSSY FAGGOT CUFF
HIM NOW THE OTHER SARGENTS
THEN BEGAN RUFFING ME UP
THEY SLAMMED ME FACE FIRST ON
A BRICK WALL LUCKILY NOTHING
SEVERE HAPPENED TO MY FACE BUT
I WAS SLAMMED SO HARD ONTO
THE WALL MY RIGHT BREAST INPLANT
SWELLED UP EXTRA BIG AND IS
BRUISED THEY BEGAN PUNCHING
ME AND SAYING YOU ARE A
MAN WHAT IS A FUCKING TRANSGENDER

[new page]

I WAS CRYING AND BEGGING
FOR THEM TO STOP BEATING ME
ONE SARGENT SAID AINT THAT WHAT
YOU LIKE YOU LIKE MEN TO MAN
HANDLE YOU. THEY THEN THREW ME
IN THE BACK OF THE VAN BEAT UP
AND STILL CUFFED AND DROVE ME
TO THE BOX AND STRIPPED ME NAKED
AND THREW ME IN A CELL IVE BEEN
IN THE SAME CELL SINCE, THEY ARE
DENYING ME MEDICAL TREATMENT
IVE BEEN ▦ IN SO MUCH PAIN AND
SO OUT OF IT I HAVENT EATEN SINCE
FRIDAY MORNING JUNE 30ᵀᴴ. ——– IM
SO SCARED I THINK THEY ARE GOING
TO REALLY HURT ME AND TRY TO SAY IT
WAS A SUICIDE. PLEASE CONTACT
EVERYBODY THE NEWS STATIONS
CALL THE FACILITY ASK TO SPEAK
WITH MS. SAUTHERS AND DEPUTY
RONALD FOSTER HAVE ——– AND

[new page]

——– HELP, CONTACT ——–
ALSO I NEED OUT OF THE BOX
BEFORE IT’S TO LATE I SWEAR
——– I THINK I MIGHT DIE IN
HERE PLEASE HELP ME

I WROTE YOU 3 DIFFERENT TIMES SINCE
THIS HAPPENED ONLY TO GET THE MAIL
RETURNED TO ME SHREDDED UP IN
PIECES, THANKS TO ONE GOOD OFFICER
THAT CAME TO THE CELL TODAY AND TOLD
ME HE SEE’S EVERYTHING THEY DOING
TO ME AND THAT HE GOING TO MAKE
SURE THIS LETTER GETES MAILED OUT.
AGAIN ——– HELP ME DO
EVERY AND ANYTHING YOU
GUYS CAN TO GET ME
OUT OF HERE. F2L IS MY
ONLY HOPE.

        ERICA

[new page]

THEY ONLY CARE ONCE YOU HAVE
PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE CALL
IN. HAVE ——– CONTACT
THE COMMISSIONER GUY THAT
SHE BEEN SPEAKING WITH.
——– I DONT WANNA BE IN
THE BOX I DID NOTHING WRONG
HELP ME.

P.S. I PRAY THIS LETTER
REACHES YOU.

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Assist by calling these numbers:

Jason Effman…Head PREA person in Albany…518-457-3955
Franklin Correctional Facility: 518 483 6040. (You can ask to talk to Deputy Deb Southers or a sergeant).
Office of Special Investigations Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (PREA office)…(518)-457-2653
Office of the Inspector General…(518) 474-1010

and demanding that Eyricka be transferred out of Franklin to a facility closer to NYC with protective custody that is *not* solitary confinement. Eyricka’s DIN# is 16A4486. If you call, reply to this post or reblog with a summary so that we can know what kind of impact we are having.


reuters.com
Japan forces a harsh choice on children of migrant families
Born in Japan, Gursewak Singh considers himself Japanese. The government doesn't. But it offers children like him a chance to stay - if their parents leave.

Gursewak’s parents, who are Sikhs, fled to Japan from India in the 1990s. For several years, they lived without visas under the radar of the authorities until they were put on a status known as “provisional release” in 2001. It means they can stay in Japan as long as their asylum application is under review.

Asylum seekers are building Japan’s roads and sewers
But it also means they can’t work, they don’t have health insurance and they need permission to travel outside the prefecture where they live. They are also subject to unannounced inspections by immigration officers at their home and they face detention at any time. There are currently some 4,700 people with this status living in Japan.

Gursewak, who has never left Japan, has inherited his parents’ provisional release status and all the restrictions that go with it. That fate has exposed him and more than 500 other children who share his predicament to lives of perpetual uncertainty. They can go to government-run schools, where tuition is largely free, but university is out of reach for most because they and their parents aren’t allowed to work and so can’t afford the fees. These children, many of whom are asylum seekers, will soon face a stark choice between forced unemployment and working illegally.

“Since I was born I’ve only ever interacted with Japanese people,” said Gursewak, who is now 17, speaks the language with native fluency and considers himself Japanese. “I don’t get why Japan won’t accept me.”

While there were almost 14,000 asylum cases under review at the end of 2015, Japan accepted only 27 refugees last year. The year before that, the number was 11.

NOW You Roll Well?!?

We took a short break from our regular Pathfinder campaign to play a short one with one of our usual players DMing. I was playing a Sylph Rogue with the Roof Runner archetype and my boyfriend was playing a human Urban Barbarian (who has been rolling terribly. Like, usually around 3). There was also a Tiefling Hunter and a Human Inquisitor.
We had been hired as a special task force to investigate a series of assassinations and murders. Our Barbarian heard word of a job opportunity for guards and mercenaries and went, and I followed him unseen. The leader matched the vague description we had of the organizer of the assassinations. The crowd was urged to march against a ball being had the next week for a thousand gold each. Our party was supposed to guard it. My Sylph and the Barbarian had kind of a thing developing as well. This is the night of the ball, all out of character.

DM: You see the Barbarian in the crowd, killing a guard with his Eartbreaker.
Me: I want to run along the wall and drop in front of him to beg him to stop.
Barbarian: Do I recogize her before just swinging blindly?
DM: Roll Perception.
Barbarian: …..5
DM: You don’t recognize her. Roll attack.
Barbarian: …..Natural 20….
Me: WHAT?!
DM: Roll to confirm.
Barbarian: ….19.
Me: ARE YOU KIDDING? NOW you roll well?!? Your minimum damage will knock me out. And I only have a Constitution of 6. You only have to do 13 damage to kill me!
Barbarian: 18 damage…
Me: Well, I’m dead!
Barbarian: ….I feel legitimately bad. Like in real life.
Me: ….Good.