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Blogger forced to pay Army Col. $8.4 million over false rape accusations

In 2013, blogger and jeweler designer Susan Shannon, 52, accused US Army Colonel Wil Riggins, 52, of rape while the pair were cadets at West Point in the 1986. This week a jury in Fairfax, Virgina cleared the now retired Colonel’s reputation and ordered Shannon to pay him $8.4 million in damages after her accusations cost him a promotion to the rank of General.

When asked why she had waited nearly 3 decades to make her accusations, Shannon said “There’s what we call a silent code. You don’t turn people in,” according to Washington D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA 7.

Shannon and Col. Riggins wore West Point grey together in the mid 1980s. They followed a simple code: duty, honor and country. Both parties felt they were let down.

“I did feel like I’d been abandoned by the Army,” Col. Riggins told WJLA 7 after Army leaders learned about Shannon’s rape accusations posted to her blog. In 2014 Secretary of the Army John McHugh suggested that Col. Riggins be passed over for promotion as the armed forces were being heavily criticized for heir response to sexual assault cases. Col. Riggins retired shortly thereafter.

“I was raped in 1986 by another cadet,” Shannon said. “Frankly the day I started saying his name was the day I started blaming him instead of myself.”

Col. Riggins said he was “blindsided” by Shannon’s allegations and that his career was ruined. “I never got a day in court,” Riggins explains, “Susan Shannon decided to play judge and jury on her own.”

Both Col. Riggins and Shannon participated in a CID investigation that could not “prove or disprove Ms. Shannon’s allegation she was raped,” reports the Washington Post.

Following the CID investigation results, Col. Riggins sued Shannon for defamation claiming that all of her allegations were “provably false.” He accused her of writing two blogs and a Facebook posts that were timed specifically to “intentionally derail [his] promotion” to brigadier general.

On August 1, 2017, a Jury sided with Col. Riggins after more than 2 hours of deliberation. Shannon was ordered to pay a $3.4 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages in Virginia are typically limited to no more than $350,000, but punishment was set higher “to make sure nothing like this will ever happen again,” said one juror.

Shannon said she was devastated. “I feel like I’m a financial slave for the rest of my life” she told the Washington Post. “I told the truth in my article and at trial.”

Col. Riggins felt vindicated. “This journey we’ve been on the last four years,” he said, “it’s been a nightmare. … The large dollar amount is meaningless. All I was looking for was the opportunity to be vindicated, to set the record straight, to take every action to get my reputation back to where it was before the 15th of July [2013], when she published that false accusation.”

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Belt-fed Mk 19 Grenade Launcher in action on full auto

The Mark 19 grenade launcher is an American made 40 mm belt-fed automatic tool of destruction.

Developed during the Vietnam War, the first version of the Mark 19 (Mod 0) was considered too unsafe and unreliable in 1966. By 1972 the Navy had improved the weapon significantly with the Mod 1. By 1983 the US Army adopted the Mod 3, which remains in service even today.

The practical fire rate of the Mk 19 is about 60 rounds per minute for rapid fire, or 40 rounds per minute for sustained fire with a maximum distance over 2,400 yards.

The US Army is rolling out a variety of new features for the Mk 19 that could be introduced as early as the end of this year. Those features included faster muzzle velocity, increased cyclic rate, a redesigned round-positioning block that will reduce misfires, improved durability, and more.

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Arrested drunk man sings Bohemian Rhapsody in cop car, sells rights to pay DUI fine

Robert Wilkinson, 29, has found his 15 minutes of fame in the form of a squad car video showcasing his singing skills.

The heavily inebriated Wilkinson was picked up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for impaird driving and refusing to take a brethalyzer test, according to Canada’s The Globe and Mail.

Wilkinson complied with the officers’ commands and agreed to be taken in. For his compliance, the Canadian police officers elected not to handcuff the drunk Alberta man for the short trip back to their station.

After declaring that he was not intoxicated in slurred speech, Wilkinson began singing the 1975 Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the best of his ability. Footage of his performance was later used in his trial.

According to The Globe and Mail, Wilkinson arrived at his trial date wearing a horned Viking helmet and a NASA t-shirt bearing the words “I need my space.” He refused the services of a defense lawyer and represented himself.

After failing to convince the court that his arrest was a violation of his Charter rights, Wilkinson was given a $1,400 fine and had his driver’s license suspended for one year.

Wilkinson was later paid $1,000 by the American cable network TruTV for permission to air the video without obscuring his face on their show World’s Dumbest Criminals.Source

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Water main explodes, asphalt flies over two story building as street floods with water

A water main exploded in the streets of Kyiv, Ukraine with such force that chunks of asphalt were sent flying over a two story building.

The entire accident was captured on video by a set of security cameras.

Fortunately no one was hurt, but a few vehicles and buildings were severely damaged by the blast.

 

A mushroom shaped “bubble” of mud and water was seen blasting upward with the force of a small bomb.

The accident was caused by a hydraulic test conducted by the water authority on pipes that were installed in 1979.

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LEAKED: Glock Gen 5 – NEW Models to Be Released by the End of August

It seems Glock’s Generation 5 may be nearly upon us. According to a photo posted to the Glock Talk forums, one law enforcement officer was able to pre-order a Glock 17 Gen 5 through his dealer. The slip, clearly marked “Gen 5” is shown below:

Note the price is Glock’s Blue Label LEO only rate.

Also released via Facebook was a Glock promotional image for August, announcing an event to be held on the 26th at 100 ranges across the United States, where attendees would be able to get their hands on the newly released pistols. It’s not clear whether this event is for the Gen 5, but given the pre-order above, chances seem good.

What, exactly, the Gen 5 Glock will be is yet unknown, however it seems likely that it will include features from the FBI’s Glock 17M and/or Glock’s XM17 MHS submission to the US Army. While an MHS-style 17/19 hybrid compact/full size might actually pique my interest, I doubt we’ll be so lucky as that.

The Glock 17M includes the following features, most or all of which we can probably expect to see on the Gen 5:

  • A new tougher finish
  • Changes in the rifling
  • Longer recoil spring assembly
  • Reinforced forward notch for the recoil spring assembly
  • A smoother trigger similar to the G42/43
  • Flared magwell
  • No finger grooves
  • Changes in the safety plunger
  • Ambidextrous slide release
  • Magazines may have an extended front lip
  • Magazine well cutout

Poor Glock. They have such a leaky boat!

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ВREАKING: АUЅTRАLIА ТАKЕЅ HUGЕ ЅTАND FОR АMERICА… PUTЅ NОRTH КОREА ОN NОTICЕ

While the world watches and waits to see the next moves made by Washington and North Korea, other world leaders are setting the table for what could end up a conflict, or worse, a full-on war. Our dear friends down under just stunned the world with one epic statement about defending the United States and how they feel about North Korea.

 Breitbart reports: CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says if North Korea directy launches an attack on the United States mainland or any of its overseas territories including Guam, Australia will immediately join the conflict.

“America stands by its allies, including Australia of course, and we stand by the United States,” Mr Turnbull told local radio station 3AW on Friday morning. “So be very, very clear on that. If there’s an attack on the US, the ANZUS Treaty would be invoked and Australia would come to the aid of the United States, as America would come to our aid if we were attacked.”

The ANZUS Treaty binds the U.S., Australia and New Zealand together in a defense pact covering military matters in the Pacific Ocean region. It provides that an armed attack on any of the three parties would be dangerous to the others, and that each should act to meet the common threat.

Mr Turnbull also revealed he had discussed North Korea’s behaviour with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence overnight, calling it “the most dangerous flashpoint in the world today, ” adding the terms of the Australia-U.S. alliance were clear.

“But be under no misapprehension, in terms of defence, we are joined at the hip,” he said. “The American alliance is the absolute bedrock of our national security. If there is an attack on the U.S. … we would come to their aid. “Now, how that manifests itself obviously will depend on the circumstances and the consultations with our allies.”

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GEORGE SOROS: ‘I WILL TAKE DOWN PRESIDENT TRUMP’ FOR THE NWO

At The World Economic Forum in Davos, billionaire globalist, George Soros, has threatened to “take down President Trump” to fulfill the New World Orders plans for “financial armageddon”.

Speaking at the exclusive convention in the Swiss Alps for high ranking politicians and corporation heads, which many believe is actually a secret Illuminati meeting,

Soros vowed to destroy Trump’s entire agenda.Soros, a Hillary Clinton supporter and DNC funder, is reported to have lost almost $1 billion as the stock market rallied following news that Donald Trump was elected president.

YNW reports: Speaking to a packed audience at his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Soros warned large multinational corporations to hold off from doing any business in the United States until he’s ended Trump’s presidency – or else face the consequences.

Asked what advice he would give to businesses preparing for the impact of the new presidency, he said, “I’d keep as far away from it as I can“.

The hedge fund manager and convicted felon, who initially became famous for having made $1bn by betting on the devaluation of the pound in 1992, is reported to have lost close to a $1bn after the stock market rallied following Trump’s win.

Mr. Soros attributed the rise in the markets to Mr. Trump’s pledge to cut regulation and taxes but told the elite gathered at the World Economic Forum that the good times under Trump wouldn’t last.

Soros said that after Trump takes office – in under 24 hours – “reality will prevail“.Soros, a Jewish Nazi collaborator, said he was confident Mr. Trump’s powers would be limited by Congress. “He won’t be able to get away with being a dictator,” he added.

Soros’s comments to the international economic elite in Switzerland come after Wall Street analysts have begun referring to him as a “wounded beast” and warned that he is “hell bent on revenge” after his candidate failed to win the election.

Pundits and market analysts have been keeping a close eye on the “wounded beast” in recent weeks to determine his next move and reports are now emerging that the funds Soros wasted on Clinton are set to be dwarfed by the amount of money he is now spending on the bond market.

The plan is to create “financial Armageddon and unleash hell“, driving the Western world, and in particular the United States, to the edge of ruin. Out of the flames a phoenix will rise and this will be Soros’ vision of the New World Order.

Soros believes the market is Trump’s weak point. He claims Trump has “no chance” of surviving his upcoming market assault, gloating that the future POTUS will be destroyed and unable to focus on making America great again.

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