Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was medically evacuated from North Korea after being jailed for 17 months, has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and is in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness," doctors said Thursday. Daniel Kanter, medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said the 22-year-old's brain injury appeared consistent with the damage caused by lack of blood flow during cardiopulmonary arrest. Warmbier's father, Fred Warmbier, said the North Korean government had "brutalized and terrorized" his son, and he praised President Trump for bringing his son home. North Korea says Otto Warmbier contracted botulism after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last March for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.
Source: The New York Times
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) remained in critical condition overnight after he and four others were wounded by a gunman who opened fire on lawmakers and staffers practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for a charity baseball game on Wednesday. Police identified the attacker as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old unemployed home inspector from southern Illinois who was angry about the election of President Trump. Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with members of a Capitol Police detail assigned to protect Scalise because of his leadership position. Two members of Scalise's security detail, agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, were injured, as were congressional aide Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika. Hodgkinson had made anti-Trump posts to his Facebook page and accused Republicans of supporting policies that favored the wealthy over the poor. He had been living in his van near Washington, D.C., for several months.
Source: The Hill, The Washington Post
Actor Adam West, best known for his eponymous role in the iconic 1960s Batman series, died Friday night after a brief battle with leukemia, his family confirmed Saturday. He was 88. Best remembered for his work in the campy Batman show, West struggled to break away from the character later in his career. In recent years, he turned to voiceover work. West is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcelle, as well as six children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. "He was and always will be our hero," said a statement from the family.
Source: Variety, The Week
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told associates in March that President Trump had asked him to urge then-FBI Director James Comey to back off the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian officials, according to a report in The Washington Post. Trump reportedly asked Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to stay behind after a March 22 White House meeting ended, and complained to them about Comey's handling of the investigation into Russia's alleged attempts to influence last year's presidential election. The meeting occurred two days after Comey told a congressional panel that the FBI was looking into whether any Trump associates had colluded with Russian officials. Flynn was a focus of that part of the investigation. Coats discussed the meeting with other officials and decided that intervening with Comey would be inappropriate, according to officials familiar with the matter.
Source: The Washington Post
Highlighting this story, by pointing out the meeting took place on March 22nd, may seem like a stretch, to some; I even debated about posting it, but I couldn't help to wonder why the story specifically mentioned March 22. Why not, "in March", or "after a meeting in March", or "shortly after he was confirmed by the Senate, in March"? It just seemed odd to me that they would be so specific.
A gunman stormed a Manila casino early Friday and set fire to gambling tables, filling the crowded gambling area with smoke that killed at least 36 people. The alleged attacker took $2 million in casino chips and fled to an adjoining hotel, where he reportedly forced his way into a room and killed himself. President Trump referred to the incident as a terrorist attack, but authorities in the Philippines said the attack on the Resorts World Manila complex appeared to be a robbery, with no link to an uprising by Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. National police chief Ronald dela Rosa said the gunman "would have shot all the people gambling" if he had been a terrorist, but none of the victims had been shot. "Either he lost in the casino and wanted to recoup his losses or he went totally nuts," said Metropolitan Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde.
Source: The Associated Press
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who was ousted by a 1989 U.S. invasion, has died, Panama's government announced early Tuesday. He was 83. No official cause of death was immediately announced, but Noriega had been in intensive care since March due to complications from surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. While in prison in the U.S., France, and finally Panama, Noriega had suffered strokes and other ailments. General Noriega, a career soldier, was sometimes an ally and sometimes an enemy of the U.S., working with the CIA and U.S. drug agencies while at the same time trafficking cocaine and selling secrets to U.S. adversaries. He was indicted by the United States in early 1989 on racketeering, laundering drug money, and drug smuggling charges, and in 1990, he surrendered. He was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 1992, and was convicted in absentia of murder and laundering $2.8 million in drug money by purchasing property in France. Noriega was extradited back to Panama in 2011.
Source: BBC News, The New York Times
U.K. authorities on Tuesday identified a 22-year-old British man, Salman Abedi, as the suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people — including an 8-year-old girl — and injured 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night. Police are investigating the bombing as a terrorist attack, and suspect Abedi, who had visited Libya, had accomplices. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast, which hit in a lobby area as crowds of teenage girls, parents, and others were filing through toward the exits after the show. Abedi, the U.K.-born son of Libyan immigrants, lived in a house a few miles from Manchester Arena, where the attack occurred. It was Britain's deadliest terrorist attack since 2005. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May raised the country's threat level to "critical," its highest point, meaning the government believed another attack could be imminent.
Source: The New York Times, The Washington Post
There is NO DOUBT in my mind this was an occultic event:
Also, lots of news reports, like the one above, never fail to mention the 8-year-old who died, not that this isn't tragic, but 21 other people died that night, why always mention the 8-year-old? If you take the 8-year-old plus the 59 people injured, like this report did, you get 8+5+9=22.
I wonder if a statistician could calculate the probability of this number occurring this many times in the same event?
St. Paul's School, an elite New Hampshire boarding school, released a report by outside lawyers naming 13 former faculty and staff members who over decades allegedly "sexually abused children in their care in a variety of ways, from clear boundary violations to repeated sexual relationships to rape." The 73-page report, written after a year-long investigation, substantiated the allegations against the 13 staffers, and identified another 10 former faculty or staff members who allegedly committed sexual misconduct but were not named. Investigators failed to find evidence supporting allegations against another 11 former school employees. Last month, another elite prep school, Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, released a report naming 12 former faculty members believed to have abused students. Similar accusations also have been raised at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and St. George's School in Rhode Island.
Source: The New York Times
At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 were injured Monday night in a suspected terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the northern England city of Manchester. Police said the attack appeared to have been carried out by a lone suicide bomber. "The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena," Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. "We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity." Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs in the foyer of Manchester Arena. "It was really scary," said Michelle Sullivan, who attended the concert with her 12- and 15-year-old daughters. "We heard a really loud explosion. ... Everybody screamed." Cellphone video showed people running and parents frantically trying to find their children.
Source: BBC News, The Washington Post
A driver plowed through pedestrians in New York City's crowded Times Square on Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 other people. Police arrested the alleged driver, Richard Rojas, after he fled his maroon Honda and a traffic agent tackled him. Rojas, 26, reportedly has a history of drunken driving arrests. Rojas was charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder. The car sped through crowds for three blocks, sparking a panic, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters there was "no indication that this was an act of terrorism." Police reportedly said Rojas told them he had "heard voices," and told them after his arrest, "You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them."
Source: The New York Times, BBC News
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Certain numerology has a strong connection with occultism. Various numbers from time-to-time appear in news articles, and one has to wonder if there isn't some occult significance behind this story.