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Think your union cares about you? Think again.

"DETROIT — If indictments are levied against more people for conspiracy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the UAW will find themselves embroiled in a scandal that could eclipse most others in recent automotive history.

Last week, a federal indictment alleged FCA executives partnered with UAW leaders to siphon funds earmarked for employee training to line their own pockets. The indictment lays out a scenario in which many more charges could be levied against FCA employees and other high-ranking UAW officials who may have been involved.​

For now, just two FCA executives face charges. Eight more executives and UAW leaders, in total, have been mentioned but not named.

The 42-page document outlines a multimillion-dollar conspiracy, alleging UAW and FCA officials used embezzled funds to support lavish lifestyles involving first-class trips, $37,500 solid-gold pens and a $350,000 Ferrari 458 Spider.

The indictment, unsealed last week, describes the alleged illegal dealings of former FCA labor relations chief Alphons Iacobelli, deceased UAW Vice President General Holiefield and his widow, Monica Morgan, a prominent Detroit photographer. Morgan will be arraigned in a Detroit federal court today, July 31. Iacobelli will be arraigned Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Federal investigators claim the three were at the center of a conspiracy from 2009 through 2014 that included Iacobelli personally pocketing $1 million and helping funnel $1.2 million from the UAW- Chrysler National Training Center to Holiefield, Morgan and other high-ranking members of the union."

"Where the money went

The federal indictment released last week against former FCA executive Alphons Iacobelli, deceased UAW Vice President General Holiefield and his widow, Monica Morgan, a prominent Detroit photographer, details some of what the trio bought with funds allegedly embezzled from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center.


• A $350,000 Ferrari 458 Spider

• Lease on a private jet

• 2 limited-edition Mont Blanc pens costing $37,500 each

• A $96,000 swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and outdoor spa at his home in Rochester Hills, Mich.

• $73,000 in landscaping

• More than $300,000 in personal credit card expenses

• Paid off a relative’s student loan for $44,491

Morgan and Holiefield

• Paid off the $262,219.71 mortgage on their Harrison Township, Mich., home. Less than a year later, Morgan took out a new mortgage for $130,000.

• Credit card charges of $200,000 for jewelry, designer clothes and furniture

• $30,000 in airfare for San Diego, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

• 4 nights at the Beverly Hills Hotel for $3,100 per night

Source: U.S. Department of Justice"

TOP; A Google Street View image dated September 2012 shows a dirt path for construction vehicles leading to the back of Al Iacobelli’s Rochester Hills, Mich., home. ABOVE: The backyard of Iacobelli’s home. A federal indictment alleges Iacobelli used embezzled funds to build a pool, spa and outdoor kitchen in 2012. Photo credit: GOOGLE MAPS PHOTOS
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Jul 31, 2017, 03:51 PM (1 replies)

NK fires another ballistic missile, lands in Japanese waters.

"North Korea fired a ballistic missile late Friday night, which flew for about 45 minutes and appeared to fall within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told an emergency news conference in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The latest firing, one day after the 64th anniversary of the end of Korean War, comes only weeks after Pyongyang launched what it claimed was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching parts of the United States.

Friday night’s missile fell into the sea off the western coast of Hokkaido, according to an anonymous Defense Ministry source quoted by NHK. It appeared to have been launched from northern Jagang Province, around 60 kilometers from North Korea’s border with China.

Key Japanese Cabinet ministers met at the Prime Minister’s Office shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

“I’ve received an initial report that the North dared to fired a ballistic missile again,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Tokyo immediately filed a protest with Pyongyang, denouncing the firing as a “clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions,” Suga said.

Whether Friday’s missile was another ICBM will be the focus of intense scrutiny among military and diplomatic experts around the world. An unnamed Japanese government source suggested it is likely to have been an ICBM given its estimated altitude and range, according to Kyodo.

The launch time was stated by Suga as 11:42 p.m., this being echoed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea who reported the launch to have been made around 11:41 p.m., according to South Korea’s Yonhap News.

Japan’s exclusive economic zone extends 200 nautical miles (370 km) from its coast, into the Sea of Japan."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 28, 2017, 12:47 PM (5 replies)

Learn to history
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jul 27, 2017, 10:22 AM (6 replies)

Say goodbye to an old friend

"It was a firm staple for children in IT lessons around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

But fans of Paint will be disappointed to hear that Microsoft plans to remove the drawing software, 32 years after it was first introduced.

The software looks set to be one of several features removed in the Windows 10 Creators Update this autumn.

Microsoft announced the list of features that will be killed off in a blog on its website.

The firm wrote: 'This list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning.

'The list is subject to change and may not include every deprecated feature or functionality.'

Paint, a simple computer graphics app, was first introduced in 1985, and has been pre-installed on Windows devices since.

Last year, Microsoft introduced a new version of Paint called Paint 3D, which included support for 3D objects."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Jul 24, 2017, 01:27 PM (1 replies)

They should chain him up in the sun without water

Nothing earns my ire like the abuse of children and animals. Death, at least by our criminal standards, is too good for them.

A Great Falls man was arrested last week, almost a week after a chained dog choked to death trying to get to shade in his yard, according to a Great Falls Police Department report.

Keon Torrance Gladden, 23, has been charged with ill treatment of animals, jail records show.

Great Falls police responded to a report of animal cruelty at a Walnut Street house on July 10 at about 5:15 p.m., the report says. The complainant told officers he believed the dog was being mistreated and told police he had checked on the dog many times before, the report says.

He said found the dog dead in the yard just before 5 p.m., bloating and covered in flies and maggots, the report says.

The dog, a blue pit bull, was chained to a pole in the yard with a belt for a collar and very little shade, the report says. The temperatures for the day were in the mid to upper 90s, officers said.

The dog choked to death while trying to crawl to a nearby bush for shade, the report says. Officers said there were two bowls near the dog, but the food bowl was upside down and the water bowl was dry and dusty, the report says.

There was a dog house in the yard, but the dog’s chain was too short to reach it, the report says.

The complainant said he bought a harness for the dog, but the harness was lying in the yard broken, the report says."

If you don't want a pet as an in home companion, don't fucking get an animal.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Sun Jul 23, 2017, 05:48 PM (28 replies)

Something afoot? US to ban travel to North Korea, urges Americans to "Leave immediately"

"The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea.
Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours, who both operate there, said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later.

They were informed by the Swedish embassy, which conducts US affairs in the country.

US officials have confirmed the ban to US media and linked it to the death of jailed American student Otto Warmbier, but given no details on date or scope.

Mr Warmbier travelled to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours. He was arrested in 2016 for trying to steal a propaganda sign and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was returned to the US in a coma in June and died a week later.

How did the news come to light?

Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours both revealed on Friday that they had been told of the upcoming ban by the Swedish embassy, which acts for the US as Washington has no diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.

Rowan Beard, of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately.

He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Fri Jul 21, 2017, 10:02 AM (8 replies)

I will NEVER be that hungry

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Jul 19, 2017, 10:18 AM (15 replies)

In Venezuela, now even the zoo animals are dying

They ought to lock all the bastards in charge in cages and starve them

"Nothing illustrates the miserable state of the Caricuao zoo more than the dozen vultures circling above the pen of Ruperta, a 46-year-old African elephant who was once the animal park’s star attraction.

Ruperta looks weak and emaciated — even bony along the spine and at her hips. In some parts of her exhibit, she stands knee-deep in weeds. She could be on her last legs, longtime zoo visitors fear, wondering if that’s a possibility sensed by the circling zamuros, as the local birds of carrion are called.

“She’s been here ever since the zoo opened,” said Maribel Garcia, a member of Caricuao Ecological Network, a zoo support group. “It’s not right that she is dying of starvation.”

Ruperta and other Caricuao animals have become living symbols of Venezuela’s collapsed economy and political chaos, evidence that people aren’t the only ones suffering from shortages of food and medicine, poor security and deteriorating public services. The once-prosperous, oil-rich nation now barely functions, a victim of plunging crude prices and, critics say, a corrupt and incompetent government."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Jul 18, 2017, 09:33 AM (6 replies)

The future of Country Music

Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Jul 17, 2017, 12:28 PM (13 replies)

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've got my Percutaneous Abdominal Drain out!

I'm actually wearing pants today for the 1st time in a month. I don't have to wear a stupid tshirt and sweats when I sleep to hold that disgusting drain bottle in place. Last but not least I might actually get a good night's sleep. I'm a stomach/side sleeper and have been forced onto my back for weeks now. I've been waking up every morning feeling like someone spent the night kicking the shit out of me. A few days of this tiny entry point healing and I'll even be able to have a good soak in the Jacuzzi again.

I'm (hopefully) done with this;
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu Jul 13, 2017, 12:31 PM (19 replies)
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