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Royal Caribbean To Be First In Cruise Industry To Equip Ships With “Kickass” Starlink Internet

Royal Caribbean Group announced it would be the first in the cruise industry to equip its vessels with SpaceX’s Starlink — making it possible for those who work remotely to enjoy a cruise around the Caribbean with high-speed, low-latency internet. The standard internet on cruise ships is awful and would make anyone absolutely frustrated trying to conduct a video conferencing call.The “high-speed, low-latency connectivity” will allow “for a better onboard experience for guests and crew fleetwide,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. Installation on Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises ships and all new vessels for each brand should be completed in 1Q23.”This technology will provide game-changing internet connectivity onboard our ships, enhancing the cruise experience for guests and crew alike. It will improve and enable more high-bandwidth activities like video streaming as well as activities like video calls,” said Jason Liberty, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean.SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Sales Jonathan Hofeller said Starlink on cruise ships “will make their passengers’ getaways even more luxurious.”SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, tweeted: “Kickass Internet connection coming Royal Caribbean ships soon!” Kickass Internet connection coming Royal Caribbean ships soon! https://t.co/8qJRiUuNah
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 30, 2022In June, Royal Caribbean asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clear the way for high-speed internet from space via Starlink’s 3,000 low-orbit satellites.Besides cruise ships, several airline carriers (read: here) have been discussing Starlink service, though rival satellite internet operators, including Dish Network and Viasat, have filed complaints with the FCC over interference concerns with Starlink’s sprawling mesh satellite network. So will so-called ‘digital nomads’ now sail around the world on Royal Caribbean cruise ships early next year when the high-speed internet option becomes available?  […]

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POTD: Lithuanian State Border Guard Service’s Special Tasks Unit with H&K MP5

A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier briefs officers from the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service’s Special Tasks Unit during an exercise in small-unit tactics. U.S. Special Forces work with this unit to enhance their skill sets while increasing their ability to interoperate with NATO forces when needed.

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Photo and caption source: Robert L Kunzig,  Navy Public Affairs Support Element East – (Reserve) […]

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Michael Saylor & MicroStrategy Sued By D.C. AG For Tax Fraud

Authored by Shawn Amick via BitcoinMagazine.com,The D.C. AG alleges that Saylor and MicroStrategy conspired to commit tax evasion by fraudulently representing Saylor’s primary residence from 2005 to present.Michael Saylor and MicroStrategy are being sued by D.C.The complaint alleges the former CEO conspired with the company to commit tax evasion.The lawsuit calls for more than $25 million in back-taxes and penalties.The largest corporate holder of bitcoin, MicroStrategy, and its Executive Chairman Michael Saylor are being sued by the District of Columbia (D.C.) for alleged tax fraud, per an announcement from the D.C. Attorney General.NEW: Today, we’re suing Michael Saylor – a billionaire tech executive who has lived in the District for more than a decade but has never paid any DC income taxes – for tax fraud.
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) August 31, 2022The complaint alleges that Saylor knowingly avoided income taxes to D.C. while fraudulently claiming to be a resident of a lower tax jurisdiction while maintaining his residence in D.C. “If you enjoy all the benefits of living in our great city while refusing to pay your fair share in taxes, we will hold you accountable,” said DC Attorney General Karl Racine.Additionally, the complaint alleges that MicroStrategy conspired with Saylor by intentionally obfuscating his real address to local and federal tax authorities.“On information and belief, from 2005 to the present, Saylor has avoided more than $25 million in District taxes owed,” reads the complaint.Moreover, the complaint recalls events back to 1980’s when Saylor originally founded the company, to the relocation of the company’s headquarters to avoid tax burdens in the 90’s, to his supposed routine use of yachts anchored in the Potomac River over many years.“Defendant Saylor has been domiciled in the District, or a statutory resident of the District, or both, in each taxable year from 2005 through the present,” the lawsuit continues.The complaint claims that Saylor also made multiple “contemptuous” social media posts on Facebook, supporting the claim that he has lived in the area from 2005 to present.Michael Saylor must be the only exec ever to live in DC while pretending to live in Florida.
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) August 31, 2022More recently, it was announced that Saylor would be stepping down from the aforementioned role of CEO to take on the position of Executive Chairman. The move was meant to enable Saylor to focus on bitcoin initiatives in the ecosystem as well as continuing to drive MicroStrategy’s bitcoin acquisition strategy.  […]

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Graney: Leatherwood another casualty from Gruden-Mayock era

It’s not on purpose.
But given what the Raiders have done lately, the regime of former coach John Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock is more and more a thing of the past.
Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels kept their word about constructing a team. How they said things would go. That resume or other such factors wouldn’t matter in the eyes of those evaluating talent and deciding on 53 names.
That if it meant taking on some dead money for the sake of choosing another more capable body, such a road wouldn’t be avoided.
Moving on
Ziegler as a new general manager and McDaniels as coach have moved on from some high draft picks and not shown great long-term commitment to others from previous management, one of the more prominent being offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood.
The former No. 17 overall pick was part of the cuts Tuesday, his inability to show much improvement all the reason needed. Never made a second season here.
“We’ve talked about competition since we came here in every position group,” McDaniels said Wednesday. “Trying to give every player an opportunity to earn his job, earn his role, whatever that role might be. We felt like we did that.”
It’s not as if Leatherwood doesn’t possibly have an NFL future. The Bears claimed him off waivers. It’s not as if he doesn’t own the size or athleticism to possibly fit somewhere. But much growth is needed for him to have a legitimate chance.
He was an obvious reach by Gruden and Mayock in the first round. Leatherwood was projected by most as a second-round selection and didn’t even play up to that level in his time with the Raiders — whether at right tackle or guard.
Think about it: None of the first-round picks by the Gruden-Mayock duo from 2019 — running back Josh Jacobs, defensive end Clelin Ferrell and safety Johnathan Abram, all part of the 53 — had fifth-year options picked up by current management.
Now, there is Leatherwood and former second-round selection Trayvon Mullen from the 2019 draft. He was traded to Arizona on Tuesday for a conditional seventh-round pick.
“I try and stay away from that concept,” McDaniels said of moving on from past selections. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who was here before and what they’ve done. We have a lot of great players that work very hard and with great character and do all the right things.”
He’s right. It goes both ways. The Raiders this offseason extended defensive end Maxx Crosby and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow — both mid-round picks of Gruden and Mayock and highly coveted players. There is also a potential rising star in second-year safety Tre’von Moehrig.
Goals and aspirations
It could be — as McDaniels suggested Wednesday — that he and Ziegler are merely thinking beyond this season when forming a roster.
Mullen was in the final year of his contract and battled injury, so perhaps you move him now and keep instead a player such as undrafted free agent Sam Webb.
The Raiders last week also cut a Gruden-Mayock signing in veteran running back Kenyan Drake. There is a short-term answer in Ameer Abdullah and possible long-term ones in rookies Zamir White (who was going to make the team regardless) and seventh-rounder Brittain Brown.
“I’m just excited for Week 1,” McDaniels said. “We’re all at the bottom of the mountain — 32 (teams). We’re all going to start climbing next week. Hopefully, we can keep climbing. We know what our goals and aspirations are.”
No matter where the 53 came from.
Ed Graney is a Sigma Delta Chi Award winner for sports column writing and can be reached at egraney@reviewjournal.com. He can be heard on “The Press Box,” ESPN Radio 100.9 FM and 1100 AM, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Follow @edgraney on Twitter. […]

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FEMA Celebrates Disaster Resilience Month, Highlighting Billions of Dollars Committed Mitigation Funding

WASHINGTON — During Disaster Resilience Month in August, FEMA announced several bold actions to make the nation safer from extreme weather events and other hazards.These include more than $4 billion in grant announcements and future funding opportunities, boosted by investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. As part of the rollout process, FEMA is expanding assistance to communities to increase grant access and revising materials to be simpler so governments navigate programs.

The announcements represent the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to increase climate resilience in order to protect people and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change like more energized hurricanes with deadlier storm surges, extreme heat and more frequent and severe droughts, wildfires and floods.

“Hurricanes are more energized, wildfire season is now a year-long threat and devastating floods are becoming too common,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “These devastating effects of climate change and associated extreme weather are a call to action. FEMA, and the entire Biden-Harris Administration are answering that call, proactively expanding resilience investments to communities across the nation, with a special emphasis on those who need it the most.”

Aligning with FEMA’s strategic plan, the agency recognizes that when individuals and communities are climate literate, they are better positioned to take necessary steps to apply that knowledge to build resilient communities. These grants are a tool to help the nation shift towards smart investments in system-based, community-wide projects to protect those at most severe and persistent risk.

“As natural hazards worsen, it’s imperative to be proactive and find solutions which make communities safer,” said Deputy Administrator Erik A. Hooks. “The announcements we have made this month are a testament to FEMA’s commitment to supporting community resilience in a way which is both effective and equitable.”

While Disaster Resilience Month focuses on community and infrastructure actions, FEMA will now shift to promoting individual initiatives in National Preparedness Month, held annually in September.  

Here’s a summary of announcements for Disaster Resilience Month:

On Aug. 1 in Miami, Vice President Kamala Harris announced selections for $1.16 billion in climate resilience funding through two competitive grant programs — Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities  and Flood Mitigation Assistance — to help communities across the nation enhance climate and disaster resiliency.

For BRIC, FEMA selected projects across all 10 FEMA regions with 53 states and territories, the District of Columbia and 271 different communities, including 33 tribes.
The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant programs’ 19 states and 72 different communities will also receive funding.

On Aug. 5, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe in Washington dedicated a FEMA-funded evacuation tower to keep its community safe from tsunamis.
On Aug. 9, FEMA’s Region 5 Regional Administrator Tom Sivak toured areas of Wisconsin and the city of Madison. Sivak met with Wisconsin Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Program Supervisor and Engineer for the city of Madison to highlight benefits of mitigation projects.
On Aug. 12 in Gastonia, North Carolina, Administrator Criswell announced more than $3 billion in funding for the BRIC and Flood Mitigation Assistance programs for the next annual funding cycle. BRIC more than doubles to nearly $2.3 billion while the Flood Mitigation Assistance program is seeing a five-fold increase to $800 million.
The administrator joined the FEMA’s Region 4 Administrator Gracia Szczech and Gov. Roy Cooper to mark the city of Gastonia’s critical infrastructure restoration and stream protection project following its selection by FEMA for the FY 21 BRIC funding cycle. The project will use federal grant funding will to restore a stream, stabilize a creek bank and realign critical water and power infrastructure.
These funding levels are bolstered by nearly $900 million through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: $200 million for BRIC and $700 million for Flood Mitigation Assistance. Both programs were vastly oversubscribed, representing the intense demand for climate resilience funding.

On Aug. 12, FEMA announced expanding investment in the BRIC’s non-financial Direct Technical Assistance to at least 40 communities in the next grant cycle to help build capacity and capability at the local level. The assistance reduces barriers a community may face that could prevent them from accessing the BRIC program. It includes helping communities submit high-quality applications for innovative projects that can increase resiliency.  This is an increase from eight communities for FY 20 and 20 in FY 21.
On Aug. 12, FEMA’s Region 10 Administrator Willie Nunn joined State of Washington and local officials to announce projects selected for the FY 21 funding cycle and the future FY 22 cycle. The event took place near the location of the planned North Shore Levee project, which selected during the FY 21 cycle. It will provide critical flood protection for residents and businesses across Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
On Aug. 23, FEMA’s Region 1 Administrator Paul Ford joined local and state officials to visit the wastewater treatment plant in Leominster, Massachusetts. The project will protect the plant’s infrastructure from potential failure following erosion along the Nashua River.
On Aug. 24, FEMA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on updates to its Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide. The guide provides helpful information for state, local, tribal and territorial governments seeking to successfully navigate the application and grant processes. It has been updated be more equitable, reduce complexity and address climate resilience.
On Aug. 29, FEMA announced the launching of a notice of intent for a future funding opportunity to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards, foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering. The Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Revolving Loan Fund program will provide no less than $50 million in capitalization grants to states to fund low-interest loans to local governments. Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, also commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Congress appropriated $500 million for this opportunity through 2026.

On Aug. 29 FEMA launched a new webpage Climate Resilience in Action to have a central focal point for different types of media stories that address the effects of climate change. There are a series best practice stories and video stories highlighting how communities are protecting their legacies, building back stronger and becoming climate resilient.
On Aug. 29, the FEMA’s Region 8 Administrator Nancy Dragani joined local officials in Provo, Utah to announce a water supply project received the maximum funding of $50 million for an aquifer storage recharge system, selection during the FY 21 cycle. The project will help maintain an adequate level of clean drinking water for the community.
On Aug. 30, the City of Tulsa and State of Oklahoma officials joined FEMA’s  FEMA’s Acting Deputy Administrator of Resilience, Victoria Salinas and the Region 6 Deputy Administrator representatives for an event marking the city’s resilience project being selected during the FY 21 BRIC project cycle. The flood reduction project will make infrastructure enhancements by increasing the capacity of the storm sewer system and constructing two detention ponds and culverts.
On Aug. 31, FEMA will make new support materials available to governments to help them apply for FEMA resilience grants. The materials aid state, local, tribal and territorial governments in submitting more successful Hazard Mitigation Grant Program applications.
Materials also help them reduce time it takes to receive awards. The application period for the $3.46 billion in HMGP funding available for all 59 COVID-19 major disaster declarations has been extended to provide more time for states, tribes and territories across the nation to work with communities in developing quality sub-applications that will make them more climate resilient.

For more information about FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance programs, visit fema.gov. […]

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Watch ‘Plot Against The President’ If You Want To Understand The Deep State’s Latest Coup Against Trump

Lee Smith, journalist and author of best-selling book Plot Against The President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, says trusted sources told him the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8 was a search for documents related to the Russian collusion hoax.
“I think the best way to understand this is in the context of a six-year-long operation targeting Donald Trump, Donald Trump’s aides, and Donald Trump’s supporters,” Smith said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak.

“I have different colleagues and people whose insight and whose wisdom I trust very much, and they believe that what the FBI was looking for were documents related to…what the FBI called the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, but what most most of the rest of us know as the Russiagate operation meant to target candidate Trump, then President-elect Trump, and then President Donald J. Trump.”
Smith’s book was adapted into Plot Against The President (2020), an incisive documentary directed by Amanda Milius uncovering the Deep State’s plot to overthrow former President Donald Trump using the tools of the government to craft a bogus narrative that he colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election.

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Shock Video: Ex-Boyfriend Shot Dead By Father After Attempting to Break Into Home

An Ohio dad will not face charges under the state’s castle doctrine law after fatally shooting his daughter’s rampaging ex-boyfriend as he attempted to breach their property.
Dramatic footage from a Ring doorbell camera shows jilted ex-lover James Rayl, 22, momentarily waiting outside the homeowner’s Sydney home before he pounds on the door and attempts to force entry.

“Get off my porch,” a voice inside the home can be heard saying, as Rayl slams the front door with his shoulder.
As Rayl continues trying to break down the door, he’s met with three gunshots from within the home.
Video shows Rayl stagger backward then fall onto the driveway where he died from his injuries.Release the warrior in you by capitalizing on hot deals you won’t find anywhere else!
According to 911 call audio obtained by WHIO, the daughter can be heard saying, “He’s trying the door dad . . . dad . . dad. Is he trying to kill me?”
The daughter is later heard telling her father, “Dad there’s nothing you could have done. You saved my life.”
A grand jury voted 8-1 against pursuing charges against the father, evidently protected by the state’s “castle doctrine,” or “stand your ground” law which took effect last year allowing citizens in their homes to use deadly force in self defense.

“House Bill 38 repealed the law, which removed a person’s legal duty to attempt to retreat or walk away before firing their gun in public,” reports WHIO. “The law has been updated to keep the ‘castle doctrine,’ which says a person does not have to retreat in their home or vehicle before firing their gun.”
Disagreeing with the shooting, one of the homeowner’s neighbors who went and checked on Rayl after he’d been shot said the ex-boyfriend didn’t deserve it as he didn’t enter the home.
“Another neighbor, Denesa Goings, told McDermott she believed the woman’s father had every right to fire a weapon,” reports WHIO.
Here’s a report from local Dayton, Ohio, NBC affiliate WDTN just days before the grand jury announced their decision on August 4. […]