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Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter fired by Dodgers after allegations of ‘massive theft’ from Japanese star

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter and close friend has been fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers following allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball star.

Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, 39, was let go from the team Wednesday following reports from The Los Angeles Times and ESPN about his alleged ties to an illegal bookmaker. The team is in Seoul, South Korea this week as Ohtani makes his Dodgers debut, and Mizuhara was in Los Angeles’ dugout during their season-opening win.

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ap215 wrote: Wed Mar 20, 2024 7:05 pm Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter fired by Dodgers after allegations of ‘massive theft’ from Japanese star

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter and close friend has been fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers following allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball star.

Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, 39, was let go from the team Wednesday following reports from The Los Angeles Times and ESPN about his alleged ties to an illegal bookmaker. The team is in Seoul, South Korea this week as Ohtani makes his Dodgers debut, and Mizuhara was in Los Angeles’ dugout during their season-opening win.

https://apnews.com/article/shohei-ohtan ... dium=share
Weird. When I clicked to open this thread, the sports channel I'm watching started reporting on this story.

It's probably a coincidence.
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Leo Varadkar steps down as Irish prime minister in shock move

Leo Varadkar has announced he is standing down as Ireland’s prime minister and also giving up his role as leader of the Fine Gael party in the ruling coalition, in a surprise move described by pundits as a “political earthquake” for the country.

Citing “personal and political” reasons, Varadkar, 45, announced his decision at a press conference in Dublin on Wednesday, saying in an at-times emotional speech that he no longer felt he was the “best person” to lead Ireland.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/ ... shock-move
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Navy fires SEAL commodore in latest high-profile dismissal

The Navy has fired the SEAL commodore for Navy Special Warfare Group Eight (NSWG-8) citing a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a service statement.

Capt. Richard A. Zaszewski was relieved of his command Wednesday, though details surrounding the incident weren’t provided in the Naval Special Warfare Command (NSW) press release.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4548 ... commodore/
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New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy is suspending Senate campaign

(CNN) — New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy is suspending her campaign for Bob Menendez’s Senate seat, she announced Sunday.

“After many busy, invigorating, and yes, challenging months, I am suspending my Senate campaign today,” she said in a video posted on X. “I have been genuine and factual throughout, but it is clear to me that continuing in this race will involve waging a very divisive and negative campaign, which I am not willing to do.”

https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/24/politics ... index.html
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Florida Democrats remove the Miami-Dade party chair, and one other, after suspensions

Florida Democrats on Sunday voted to permanently oust Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Robert Dempster from his post, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The decision came after roughly five hours of deliberations by the party’s central committee, according to two people who were at the meeting. Eighty-three of the central committee’s 122 members cast their votes in favor of removing Dempster, who has helmed the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party since 2021. Party rules require a two-thirds vote to remove a county chair.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politi ... rylink=cpy
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Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun to step down; board chair and commercial airplane head replaced in wake of 737 Max crisis

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun will step down at the end of 2024 in part of a broad management shakeup for the embattled aerospace giant.

Chairman of the board Larry Kellner is also resigning and will not stand for reelection at Boeing’s annual meeting in May. He will be replaced as chair by Steve Mollenkopf, who has been a Boeing director since 2020 and will lead the board in picking a new CEO, Boeing said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2024/03/25/boeing- ... risis.html
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Julian Assange wins temporary reprieve from extradition to US

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition to the United States from Britain was put on hold on Tuesday after London's High Court said the U.S. must provide assurances he would not face the death penalty.

U.S. prosecutors are seeking to put Assange, 52, on trial on 18 counts, all bar one under the Espionage Act, over WikiLeaks' high-profile release of confidential U.S. military records and diplomatic cables.

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/julian ... 024-03-26/
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Lawsuit by Elon Musk's X was an attempt to punish free speech, judge rules

A lawsuit that Elon Musk's X filed last year against a research group was thrown out Monday, with US District Judge Charles Breyer saying, "This case is about punishing the Defendants for their speech."

In its complaint, filed in the Northern District of California, X argued that the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate violated the platform's terms of service in gathering data for reports that documented a significant increase in hate speech on X following Musk's takeover.

https://www.businessinsider.com/judge-t ... k-x-2024-3
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Another man who threatened then-Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sentenced to prison

(CNN) — A man who made threats against then-Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in 2022 was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday, Justice Department officials announced during a news conference on threats to state election workers.

Joshua Russell, from Ohio, made multiple death threats, according to the Justice Department, leaving a series of voicemails for Hobbs, calling her a “traitor” and warning that her days “are extremely numbered.” He pleaded guilty last summer to one count of making a threatening interstate communication.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/25/politics ... index.html
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Mike Lindell's MyPillow is getting evicted from its Minnesota warehouse after the company failed to cough up over $200,000 in unpaid rent

Mike Lindell's MyPillow is getting evicted from one of its Minnesota warehouses, the Star Tribune, a local Minnesota newspaper, reported on Tuesday.

"MyPillow has more or less vacated, but we'd like to do this by the book," the landlord's attorney, Sara Filo, said during an eviction court hearing on Tuesday, per Star Tribune.

https://www.businessinsider.com/mike-li ... use-2024-3
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SportsCenter anchor John Anderson to leave ESPN this spring

One of SportsCenter’s longest-tenured anchors will be departing the show and ESPN in the coming months.

John Anderson, who sits behind the desk for the 11 p.m. ET show typically and has been with the network since 1999, announced that he will be leaving the company at the end of June when his contract expires.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/m ... 126064007/
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SBF Is Going to Prison for 25 Years

Sam Bankman-Fried is going to prison. He won't be spending time in a maximum security facility, and he'll be placed as close to his family in the San Francisco Bay Area as possible, but he's going to prison nonetheless – and he'll be there for the next 25 years.

Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison yesterday, nearly six months after being convicted on a host of fraud charges tied to his role in the implosion of the FTX exchange and Alameda Research trading firm in November 2022.

https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2024/03 ... -25-years/
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How quickly we forget. Despite this debacle, crypto is still more like 19th century economics.

A few weeks ago, the banks dumped a ton of money into crypto when Bitcoin was at $30,000, and suddenly in 24 hours or so the value was more like $60,000. This sort of thing is scary. I wouldn't touch crypto. It's obviously not for the little guys, more for the likes of Gould and Fisk (Google "Gould and Fisk," the guys who gave robber barons their bad name).
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Biden fires longtime railroad official after probe into toxic work environment

President Biden informed Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Friday that he is firing Martin Dickman, the inspector general of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), on grounds of creating a hostile work environment, a source familiar told The Hill.

The termination, which Biden informed Johnson of by letter, comes after the president was presented with the findings of an investigation launched in January 2023 by the independent Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency after allegations against Dickman surfaced.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administra ... vironment/
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ZoWie wrote: Fri Mar 29, 2024 11:52 am How quickly we forget. Despite this debacle, crypto is still more like 19th century economics.

A few weeks ago, the banks dumped a ton of money into crypto when Bitcoin was at $30,000, and suddenly in 24 hours or so the value was more like $60,000. This sort of thing is scary. I wouldn't touch crypto. It's obviously not for the little guys, more for the likes of Gould and Fisk (Google "Gould and Fisk," the guys who gave robber barons their bad name).
Agree re: crypto imo, it is actually worthless.

On a related note, I have started getting calls again to invest in gold. No, thanks.
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Crypto builds on the essential weakness of fiat currency. It takes the concept all the way. It's worth even less than paper. You are taking the word of an invisible and concealed (hence the name) number in some unknown computer in the cloud somewhere. At least with NFT's you get a jpeg of a dumb little picture, while with crypto you get nothing but magnetic domains in an unknown machine.

No thanks.
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bird wrote: Sat Mar 30, 2024 10:09 am Agree re: crypto imo, it is actually worthless.

On a related note, I have started getting calls again to invest in gold. No, thanks.
Some Nigerian prince is sending me about 30 million
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Crypto builds upon the idiocy and gullibility of the government-hating right. People used to want a currency backed by the government, so they could depend on it.

But now the right has told them how they should hate the government, so now they want a currency that isn't backed by anyone, and could go away at any moment.

But that's what Trump worship syndrome has brought us to.

As far as the "gold standard", that's bullshit. I mean, why don't we base currency on marbles? Gold isn't money. Silver isn't money.

We had, at one time, banks that put out their own banknotes. Hundreds of currencies, and the banks put out more notes than they had gold in their vaults, so then there were runs on the banks, the banks closed and our financial system would melt down.

Money is a fiction, but in a capitalist society, it's a needed fiction. So we rely on the government to ensure the financial system, and keep the amount of money in circulation is regulated by the government, to keep it from inflating into wastepaper, or cutting the supply back so much there isn't any in circulation, so everything shuts down.

Crypto shows just how stupid most people are about how a monetary system really works.
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That indeed is a structural flaw in the Bitcoin concept.

The gold standard worked, sort of, in simpler economic times. Trouble was that it limited the money supply, and made economics an even gloomier science than it is now. After Gould and Fisk tried to corner the market on gold, leading to an economic collapse and depression, laws were passed. Finally the US had to free its currency from gold because, among other reasons, the gold had gone to pay for the Vietnam war.

Bitcoin is all in the cloud. There's no there, there. I don't even trust the cloud with my personal information, and now I'm supposed to trust it with my nest egg? Sorry, no chance.
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gounion wrote: Sat Mar 30, 2024 2:00 pm Crypto builds upon the idiocy and gullibility of the government-hating right. People used to want a currency backed by the government, so they could depend on it.

But now the right has told them how they should hate the government, so now they want a currency that isn't backed by anyone, and could go away at any moment.

But that's what Trump worship syndrome has brought us to.

As far as the "gold standard", that's bullshit. I mean, why don't we base currency on marbles? Gold isn't money. Silver isn't money.

We had, at one time, banks that put out their own banknotes. Hundreds of currencies, and the banks put out more notes than they had gold in their vaults, so then there were runs on the banks, the banks closed and our financial system would melt down.

Money is a fiction, but in a capitalist society, it's a needed fiction. So we rely on the government to ensure the financial system, and keep the amount of money in circulation is regulated by the government, to keep it from inflating into wastepaper, or cutting the supply back so much there isn't any in circulation, so everything shuts down.

Crypto shows just how stupid most people are about how a monetary system really works.
A country's currency was once determined by how much gold they had, hence, the gold standard. Now, the value of a currency is dependent upon the stability of the country.
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Number6 wrote: Sat Mar 30, 2024 6:58 pm A country's currency was once determined by how much gold they had, hence, the gold standard. Now, the value of a currency is dependent upon the stability of the country.
And the faith in it.
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bradman wrote: Sat Mar 30, 2024 7:05 pm And the faith in it.
Yeah, it really is nothing more than the audience clapping to keep Tinker Bell alive. As long as you believe you can use the currency anywhere, it works.
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Uvalde mayor abruptly resigns, citing health concerns, ahead of City Council meeting

AUSTIN, Texas — Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith abruptly resigned from office Monday, citing undisclosed health concerns after having secured the position in November in an election inextricably linked to the 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

"I want to thank members of the Uvalde community for their thoughts and prayers during my ongoing recovery from unexpected medical issues I have experienced in recent weeks" Smith said in announcing his immediate resignation Monday.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 173548007/
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bradman wrote: Sat Mar 30, 2024 7:05 pm And the faith in it.
Faith and confidence. Once these are attacked from without or within all bets are off.
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