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The most widely-predicted event in recorded history has transpired, with the discovery of the body of Jeffrey Epstein in his New York City jail cell this morning.

Epstein had two suicide attempts in as many weeks despite being on what NYC called 'suicide watch' - which apparently has nothing to do with suicide prevention.

The tragedy, of course, isn't the death of a predator, but the loss of the person who could expose the entire predator network, which some reports date back to the 1950's.

Here's how representative government works. The government receives feedback on a topic:

“The overwhelming majority of comments [>99.9%] from the general public, including the more than 20,000 letters from the write-in campaign, did not support the continued registration of sodium cyanide predacide uses (M-44 devices)," – EPA statement

Then it does whatever the hell it wants: EPA Re-authorizes Cyanide Traps.

If the concepts of dark matter and dark energy have sounded like 21st century versions of Christiaan Huygens' luminiferous aether (speculative concoctions born of desperate ignorance), then you'll be pleased to know that every major model of the universe has just been invalidated.
 
Researchers at the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile (isn't there only one size of millimeter?) have discovered 39 massive star-producing dark galaxies that are not predicted or supported by major models of the universe. The 'dark' galaxies are so far away that their light is no longer in the visible range and not detectable by the Hubble Space Telescope.
 
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman

The CDC has shut down the Army's biomedical research facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland for failure to maintain safety standards.

The U.S. is a signatory to the 1972 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, thus one wonders what the Army is doing with a biomedical research lab.

Former Army Private Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning has been sitting in jail for three months and has accumulated $30,000 in fines. Manning has not been:
  • indicted by a grand jury
  • convicted of a crime by a jury of peers
  • allowed to confront accusers/witnesses
  • afforded due process
  • granted an attorney
  • allowed to present witnesses for the defense
Anytime you think you live in a free country, remember the following: you don't.

The U.S. is just weeks away from testing a missile banned by the 1987 nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

As luck would have it, Russia was found to be in violation of the treaty to justify the U.S.' withdrawal just in time to test the new weapon. More thoughts on this topic here: Arms Race or Equalizing the Playing Field?

Twenty-nine years ago today the United States went to war and didn't come back.

(There's a fair argument to be made that we went to war seventy-eight years ago and never came back, but we will leave that for another day.)