Crap!

You know you read some news story that makes you laugh and then consider how does someone explain the incident……well I read one of these recently……

Russian news reports say the hatch of a cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon takeoff—scattering at least 3 tons of gold on the runway. An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the Tass news agency. Sorry, treasure hunters: Authorities recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, Tass quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying, per the AP.

The An-12 plane operated by the airline Nimbus took off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal. No one was hurt in the incident.

The plane’s cargo ramp was somehow damaged during takeoff, causing gold to litter the runway and precious materials to rain down behind the vehicle for up to 16 miles before the plane made an emergency landing in Magan.

What the story does not touch is that diamonds were also on the load that flew out the ass end of the plane with the gold…..not all have been located…….

Okay who the Hell was flying around with that much gold?

Sounds like chump change for a Saudi prince….or maybe the pocket change for a Russian oligarch….

Speaking of a Saudi prince………

Fourteen current and former senior US officials tell NBC News that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has been hiding his mother from his father, King Salman, for more than two years. The officials say intelligence shows that Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, initially placed his mother under house arrest at a palace over concerns that she opposed the idea of the king appointing MBS crown prince and might seek to prevent him from doing so. King Salman did indeed appoint his son crown prince in June, stripping his nephew of the title; MBS was quick to consolidate power. (This week, it was reported that MBS had seized executive control of businesses linked to people he recently had arrested.) The officials say that over the past two years, MBS has kept his father from seeing his mother, using various excuses—such as claiming his mother is getting medical treatment.

The 32-year-old MBS, who revealed in a recent interview that Saudi Arabia would develop a nuclear bomb if Iran did, will be meeting with the US president next week. As NBC reports, he’ll likely be touted as “a reformer who’s expanded women’s rights” in Saudi Arabia, but the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said his treatment of his mother proves the lengths he’ll go to to ensure he is the country’s next king. US officials have also told NBC that, based on interactions with King Salman, he may not be “consistently lucid”; they say he has told those around him that he misses his third wife, but he does not appear to know where she is. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington denies that she is separated from her husband.

What a great son!  These are quality of people we are in bed with…..

My weekend is gonna be a quiet one….with wine and snacks….hope everyone joys their day…..chuq

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Another BS Story From A Preacher

Another Saturday and time to dial back the political observations…..

Recently there have been several news stories about some religious leaders caught with their pants down…in more ways that one….

A pastor from Pennsylvania has denied any wrongdoing after police discovered him in a car with a naked man. George Nelson Gregory of Munhall and the unidentified man have been charged with lewdness and indecent exposure after they were discovered in the vehicle on 9 February.

According to a complaint made available to CBS Pittsburgh, authorities received a call regarding a suspicious car that was parked in from of a home on Beechland Street. On arriving there, officers found Gregory sitting in the back seat while a naked man bound with nylon rope was seated in the front.

In their criminal complaint, the officers mentioned that Gregory told them that they “were just playing” and normally “meet up from time to time to play with each other.” The naked man confirmed as much and added that their actions were consensual.

However, the 61-year-old now claims that the police report was incorrect and that the said conversation did not take place. “I have nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong,” Gregory said, explaining that the police had come to the car because they thought someone inside had passed out.

“I was counselling a young man with a drug problem,” he explained. “It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK? And I was adamant that I’m not participating in that way. And so that’s when the police pulled up, and they assume things, but I’m standing by my story. It’s not true.”

The pastor revealed that the man did take off his clothes and proposition him. “I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing,” he said, pointing out that he was fully clothed at the time and did not deserve to be charged with public lewdness.

(ibtimes.co.uk)

And we all know that preachers do not lie….like Swaggart, Bakker and a hundred others….and they all used the Bible to prove their innocence….and none were….

I will be off for awhile……try to enjoy your day and your time……chuq

Inequality: How Bad Can It Be?

There has been a lot written, said and thought about inequality in this country, especially with this last election….the populist resurgent has come on the heels of the inequality in the US.

Both Right and Left emphasizes it at every turn…..but is it as bad as they claim it is?

The answer is yes it is and believe it or not kt is worse than you think….

The more the ultra-rich prosper, the less they’re burdened with taxes, the greater the benefits for society as a whole. If you’re familiar with Republican economic theory of the past 40 years, you’ve probably heard this line of reasoning. In fact, just the opposite is true

Take it from the world’s third richest man, Warren Buffett, who recently noted that between 1982 and 2017, “the wealth of the 400 [richest people in America] increased 29-fold—from $93 billion to $2.7 trillion—while many millions of hardworking citizens remained stuck on an economic treadmill. During this period, the tsunami of wealth didn’t trickle down. It surged upward.”

The reality is the United States is now home to some of the worst income inequality in the developed world, and thanks to the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this wealth gap will grow exponentially wider.

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/income-inequality-us-even-worse-youve-been-led-believe#.Wp679x1vrtk.

Few want to believe the tale of the tape…..so inequality continues to grow and as it grows so will the outrage…..eventually that outrage will effect the results of elections….and that outrage will fuel the programs that address the inequality.

But can that outrage eliminate inequality?

I think it can but unfortunately not in my lifetime…..hopefully my granddaughter can see an end to the inequality.