LA-area man who broke into estranged girlfriend’s home beaten, stabbed to death by her mother, sister
‘They were well within their right to act in defense,’ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Barry Hall said
KARMA IS A BITCH WHEN PLAYING STUPID GAMES
The mother and sister of a woman whose estranged boyfriend broke into their Los Angeles County home and began strangling her managed to fend off the attacker by beating the man with golf clubs before ultimately stabbing him to death, authorities said.
Officers with the South Pasadena Police Department responded to a domestic violence call Saturday in the 500 block of Five Oaks Drive to find a window had been shattered at the home. A woman could be heard screaming from inside, police said. Officers entered the home through the broken window and found a suspect described by police as a White male in his 40s stabbed and beaten.
Officers administered aid before the South Pasadena Fire Department arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene.
He was later identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner as 40-year-old Justin Goss of Glendale.
INVESTIGATION REVEALED GOSS WAS THE AGGRESSOR
Further investigation revealed that Goss had broken into the residence and attacked a woman who authorities determined to be his “estranged girlfriend,” according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, whose homicide investigators continue to assist South Pasadena police to determine the circumstances surrounding the stabbing death.
While the suspect was in the process of beating and choking the 37-year-old female victim, her mother and adult sister came to her aid, the sheriff’s department said. During the struggle, the suspect was stabbed and beaten with a golf club.
The original female victim was transported to the local hospital and treated for facial injuries and has been released.
The other two women were not charged with a crime because they were “well within their right to act in defense of their sister and daughter,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Barry Hall said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “They tried to pull him off, and it didn’t work; he was too strong. So they had to resort to using weapons.”
Bill that could help Black farmers reclaim millions of acres ‘a step in the right direction’
PROPOSED BILL WILL GIVE BLACKS FREE LAND
There was a time when Black-owned farms were booming — before those farmers were stripped of tens of thousands of acres because of racist policies.
Today, most rural land in the U.S. is owned by white people. But now, finally, a new piece of legislation could help African Americans reclaim some of that acreage.
The Justice for Black Farmers Act, introduced earlier this month by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., would allow Black farmers to reclaim up to 160 acres each, at no charge, through a Department of Agriculture system of land grants.
Kamal Bell, a 29-year-old farmer in Durham, North Carolina, said that such legislation is just the beginning of efforts necessary for certain farms to become sustainable and generate revenue.
“I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction … but we need to create pipelines for African Americans to be educated on a 21st-century farm,” Bell told ABC News. “The production aspect of how to stay in business isn’t taught to you. … We learned this on our own and from other Black farmers we ended up meeting.”
Bell is CEO of Sankofa Farms, a family farm that he purchased while saving up money in college. It aims to serve as a sustainable food source in urban communities, particularly so-called food deserts with few available options for fresh produce.
SOME GROUPS THAT TEACH KIDS WILL BENEFIT
The group uses agriculture as a platform to teach youth key life lessons and embrace a visual, interactive experience, which includes training students how to operate drones in the fields. Additionally, the group shows students of color about the connection between STEM concepts and agriculture through the Agricultural Academy Sankofa Farms Agricultural Academy.
“If the students aren’t educated to go into the field, we’re just going to end up with the same system,” Bell said.
Sankofa Farms is working with six students — aged 11 to 18 — some of whom say they’ve never seen a farmer that looks like them.
The group, which is grooming the students as managers and compensating them for their labor, goes far beyond teaching them how to grow food. The program also educates students on how to dress in a professional setting, speak in public and build transferable skills to use in their communities.
Bell, a father of two boys aged 4 and 6, said the business has blossomed into a “family affair.” Not only does his son aspire to become a farmer one day, but his wife, Amber, also serves as community engagement director for the group and is among several of the group’s certified beekeepers.
Bell, a doctoral student, obtained a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and a master’s in agricultural teacher education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University — the nation’s largest historically Black college or university.
KAMAL BELL IS MOTIVATED TO TEACH HIS FAMILY AND OTHEERS
He said that he’s witnessed barriers entering the industry firsthand and is living his purpose by striving to “break generational curses.”
The story of how nearly 1 million Black families were stripped of their farms, and therefore robbed of their hard-earned generational wealth, isn’t a story often told when discussing U.S. history.
From the 1860s to the 1920s, dozens of towns violently expelled entire Black communities and forced them to flee their homes using tactics that included racist mobs. Many stories of Black residents, particularly those living in the South, were detailed in the 2007 award-winning documentary “BANISHED.”
At their peak in 1920, there were over 949,000 Black farmers in America, according to a 2017 report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number has now plummeted to roughly 45,000 Black-owned farms.
Now, Black farm owners makeup a mere 1.3% of the country’s 3.4 million total farmers. In comparison, approximately 95% of rural land across the country is currently owned by white farmers.
Booker told Mother Jones that the bill is an effort to help mount a long-overdue federal effort to reverse the “destructive forces that were unleashed upon Black farmers over the past century.”
COREY BOOKER-ELIZABETH WARREN- KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND ALL CO SPONSORED
The bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would become a sevenfold expansion for African American farmers, transferring to them up to 32 million acres.
Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, chairperson of the Committee on the Opportunities and Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, said that this bill is a great step toward justice for Black farmers.
“African American farmers have had to fight for so much over the years — information, rights, land access, capital access and so on,” Jefferson-Moore told ABC News.
The 46-year-old mom and wife also echoes the fact that knowledge is among the key ways to open the door for those interested in the field.
“Education is key for farmers,” Jefferson-Moore added. “If we can ensure that African American farmers are gaining access to information to preserve their hard work and effort, it could change the trajectory of their farming legacies.”
Jefferson-Moore, who grew up in Doyline, Louisiana, was exposed to the world of agriculture as a 5-year-old by her father, who was a school teacher, tax assessor and part-time farmer.
“It brings tears to my eyes to think of how this would change opportunities for African American farmers,” Jefferson-Moore said, “especially my father.”
DAWG SAYS: IF THIS LAND IS OWNED BY SOMEBODY NOW IS IT GOING TO BE JUST TAKEN AWAY? LIKE WAS DONE TO THE BLACKS THEN? HOW IS THAT BETTER?
Attorney Lin Wood tweeted: “Emergency Order just entered by Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr.: ‘Defendants are ordered to maintain the status quo & are temporarily enjoined from wiping or resetting any voting machines in the State of Georgia until further order of the Court.’ “
In her lawsuit filed on Wednesday, attorney Sidney Powell alleged that election software and hardware produced by Dominion is where the “massive fraud begins,” stating the design and features of the system’s software do not allow for a simple audit of misallocation, redistribution and deletion of votes.
There is “incontrovertible physical evidence” that security systems were breached and that voting machines were connected to the Internet, a violation of state and federal laws, according to Powell’s filing.
Georgia purchased Dominion voting machines and software in July 2019. At the time, state Democrats, led by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, argued the machines were susceptible to tampering. The State of Texas a year earlier rejected the system due to its vulnerability to undetected manipulation.
Gen. Michael Flynn tweeted on Sunday: “#TeamKraken wins a major injunction. Judge Batten issues an order to freeze all dominion machines in GA. The devil may have gone down to GA, but it is light that shines bright today.”
DAWG SAYS: THIS IS ONLY BEING REPORTED ON RIGHT WING SITES, AND NOT EVEN ON FOX NEWS. THE RULING ONLY KEEP GEORGIA FROM WIPING THE MACHINES CLEAN UNTIL FUTURE COURT DATES.
THEY ARE MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF THIS AND IT IS REALLY NOTHING YET.
Mike Tyson says psychedelic drug ‘told me to come back and start getting in shape’
MIKE TYSON HAD A TOAD VENOM VISION ABOUT BOXING AGAIN
Mike Tyson said a psychedelic drug known as toad venom played a part in his return to boxing at the age of 54 and his taking on Roy Jones Jr. Saturday night in an eight-round exhibition match.
“I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape,” Tyson said Friday, referring to psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT during an interview on the day of the official weigh-in. “It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.”
The fight will be Tyson’s first first in 15 years. His pro career had ended on June 11, 2005 when he refused to come out for the seventh round against journeyman Kevin McBride.
Tyson and Jones will fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles but without spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions. The fight is available on pay-per-view for $49.99 and can be watched at tysonontriller.com.
Tyson weighed in at 220 pounds and Jones weighed in at 210 pounds.
Jones, 51, said he expects Tyson to be formidable “because he’s rejuvenated.”
TYSON BEEN OUT 15 YEARS
“He’s been out 15 years and he knows what it’s like to miss boxing,” said Jones, a four-time champion in four weight classes. “He realizes what he had and he’s seeking to get that back now. … Now he has a desire to want to come out and be who he once was and do what he could once do.”
Tyson said that road back, which involved psychedelic drugs, has tested him. He indicated he has lost 100 pounds during his training regimen, which started with 15 minutes a day on the treadmill. He called his first day of sparring “disastrous.”
“During that session of boxing when I was getting shellacked, never once did I say, ‘What the (expletive) am I doing here?’ I said, ‘Woo, I belong here.’ “
Tyson’s fight against Jones has been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Association and because it is an exhibition, it will have different rules. That has dampened some enthusiasm around the fight.
SOME MODIFIED RULES
For example, the rounds will be two minutes rather than the standard three.
The fight will be stopped if there is a cut, according to information released by Triller, promoter of the fight. There also will be no ringside judges and no winner will be declared.
But the World Boxing Council (WBC) will score the fight and a winner will be determined by those scores or announcing the outcome of a KO/TKO/DQ. The results will not be reflected on their fight record, said Michael Goldberg, a publicist working with Triller.
Tyson sounded apprehensive about making a prediction in light of the restrictions.
“It’s going to be entertaining,” Tyson said, “because I’m a fighter, he’s a fighter. And of course you know we’re going to in there throwing punches and during that process anything can happen.”
DAWG SAYS: THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE NEED IS TO GET HIGH ON PSYCHEDELICS FOR CLARITY IN THEIR LIFE.
15 Rare Photos From Nevada That Will Take You Straight To The Past
Vintage photos are amazing—especially those in black and white! I love how vintage photos allow us to take a glimpse into the past to see what life was like so long ago. It’s interesting to see how people lived during a time when life was much more different than it is today. The following photos prove that Nevada has definitely came a long way.
1. Nevada State Capitol, 1875
2. Bullion Mine, Virginia City, c.1875-77
3. Main Street, Goldfield, Nevada, 1904
4. Burro Race, Rhyolite, Nevada, July 4, 1908
5. Postcard of Rhyolite Depot
6. Miners Union & Fire Hall in Gold Hill, Nevada
7. Reno, Nevada Railroad, 1930s
8. Virginia City, Nevada, 1931
9. Boulder Theatre, July 1932
10. Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Michael Wilding at the Sahara, 1956
11. Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, Flamingo, 1957
12. Postcard – Holiday Inn, Center Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada
Black Lives Matter activists, presumptive president-elect Joseph R. Biden, and White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci are all contenders for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” award.
The publication’s long-running distinction will be determined by editors for a Dec. 10 unveiling, although readers are expressing their picks via online voting.
Voting as of Friday favors activists organizations and political leaders over a handful of entertainers.
Dr. Anthony Fauci received 81% yes votes.
Essential workers received 81% yes votes.
Sen. Kamala Harris received 68% yes votes.
Joseph R. Biden received 64% yes votes.
Black Lives Matter activists received 61% yes votes.
Stacy Abrams received 59% yes votes.
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden won the award in 2019 and was the youngest recipient since its beginning in 1927.
This year’s online voting has heavily skewed in favor of figures associated with BLM activism and efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those on the left side of the political spectrum.
President Trump, for instance, has failed to crack double-digits among Time readers, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts garnered 17% “yes” votes.
Other notable nominations include: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey; Pope Francis; Vice President Mike Pence; Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
DAWG SAYS: OTHER THAN THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO SHOULD WIN HANDS DOWN, THIS AWARD IS NOW A POLITICAL STATEMENT NOT AN EARNED ACHIEVMENT IT ONCE WAS.
The sign caught the imagination of the internet and led to questions like:
“What happens if a moose licks your car?”
“Is it really that big of a problem?”
And, perhaps most salient: “Exactly how would you stop them?”
As it turns out, the signs were put up by officials of Jasper National Park, in the province of Alberta in Canada’s southwest, to try to stop moose from licking road salt off idling cars — a serious problem that can present dangers to the vehicles, the drivers and the moose.
Steve Young, a spokesman for the park, said in an interview on Monday that moose usually got their salt, a vital part of their diets, from salt licks — deposits of salt and minerals scattered throughout the park. But the animals discovered that they could get the mineral from cars splashed with road salt. (It has begun snowing in Jasper, and salt can help melt ice on roads.)
So the moose would wander onto the roads running through the 2.8 million-acre park, increasing the chances of cars hitting them and drivers getting injured or killed.
The warning was similar to park rangers’ trying to stop campers from leaving food at campgrounds lest it encourage bears to keep coming back to the site, Mr. Young said.
IT IS LIKE A RESTAURANT TO THEM
“If you find a restaurant you really like, do you go back to that restaurant again?” he said. “Yes, you do. That’s what wildlife do. They’ll go back; they’ll get habituated to it. They’re more likely to lick indiscriminately. If the opportunity isn’t there, they don’t learn that’s a way they can replenish their diet. So we’re trying to take that opportunity away.”
Collisions can do significant damage, Mr. Young added.
“When you have a car-moose collision, both sides lose,” he said. “You’re putting at least a 800-pound animal in the air. They’ll go through a windshield because of the way their legs are.”
The park has had an increase in human-wildlife encounters in recent years, according to Mr. Young. Drivers who pull over to take photos of or with animals exacerbate the issue.
“What we’re seeing more of is people are a little bolder with wildlife because of the selfie generation, Instagram — people get a little closer to wildlife than they should,” he said.
Mr. Young stressed that no matter which national park you’re visiting, it’s important to keep your distance from the animals. “The more space between you and the wildlife, the healthier it is for them and you,” he said.
IT IS ILLEGAL IN CANADA
It is illegal to feed or disturb any wildlife in a Canadian national park, and violators can face fines up to 25,000 Canadian dollars ($19,000).
The moose message is not the only double-take-worthy advice that Jasper National Park has given about human-animal relations in the past few days. Last week, the park tweeted to warn residents not to hang Christmas lights in open spaces so they won’t get tangled up in elk antlers.
Mr. Young explained that elk often wander into Jasper — a township with a population of just 4,600 located in the middle of 4,200 square miles of national park — to take shelter from predators like wolves. Their antlers could get caught up in Christmas lights strung at ground height.
As for the moose, motorists can stop them from licking their cars by staying out of licking range, according to a tweet by Jasper National Park: “Moose licks usually happen on cars stopped to view moose. Keep beyond moose-tongue distance by moving on before a moose approaches.”
How does Mr. Young define “moose-tongue distance”?
UNKNOWN HOW LONG TONGUE IS
“I actually don’t know how long a moose tongue is,” he admitted. But the park’s guidelines for how far people should stay from animals is 30 meters, or 100 feet, he said.
He acknowledged that if you do find your car on the receiving end of a moose-licking, your options can be limited.
“As someone who’s had their car licked by a big-horned sheep, I realize there are limited options when you’re parked,” he said.
“We do understand that in some situations, patience might be your friend, and the safest thing you can do is to stay where you are.”
DAWG SAYS: I WONDER IF MOOSE LICKING IS A PROBLEM THERE?
Security researcher accidentally discovers Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 zero-day
A WINDOWS 7 VULNERABILITY
A French security researcher has accidentally discovered a zero-day vulnerability that impacts the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems while working on an update to a Windows security tool.
The vulnerability resides in two misconfigured registry keys for the RPC Endpoint Mapper and DNSCache services that are part of all Windows installations.
French security researcher Clément Labro, who discovered the zero-day, says that an attacker that has a foothold on vulnerable systems can modify these registry keys to activate a sub-key usually employed by the Windows Performance Monitoring mechanism.
“Performance” subkeys are usually employed to monitor an app’s performance, and, because of their role, they also allow developers to load their own DLL files to track performance using custom tools.
While on recent versions of Windows, these DLLs are usually restricted and loaded with limited privileges, Labro said that on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, it was still possible to load custom DLLs that ran with SYSTEM-level privileges.
Issue discovered and disclosed accidentally
But while most security researchers report severe security issues like these to Microsoft in private, when they find them, in Labro’s case, this was too late.
Labro said he discovered the zero-day after he released an update to PrivescCheck, a tool to check common Windows security misconfigurations that can be abused by malware for privilege escalation.
The update, released last month, added support for a new set of checks for privilege escalation techniques.
Labro said he didn’t know the new checks were highlighting a new and unpatched privilege escalation method until he began investigating a series of alerts appearing on older systems like Windows 7, days after the release.
By that time, it was already too late for the researcher to report the issue to Microsoft in private, and the researcher chose to blog about the new method on his personal site instead.
ZDNet has reached out to Microsoft for comment today, but the OS maker has not provided an official statement before this article’s publication.
WIN 7 AND 2008 HAVE REACHED END OF LIFE
Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have officially reached end of life (EOL) and Microsoft has stopped providing free security updates. Some security updates are available for Windows 7 users through the company’s ESU (Extended Support Updates) paid support program, but a patch for this issue has not been released yet.
DAWG SAYS: REMEMBER IF YOU ARE STILL USING THESE VULNERABLE PLATFORM, THEY ARE NO LONGER SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT, AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A “FIX” FOR IT.
YOU ARE BETTER OFF GOING TO WINDOWS 10 FOR SAFETY.
DIPSHIDIOT THANKSGIVING PROTESTORS TOPPLE MORE STATUES
Statues vandalized over Thanksgiving in ‘LANDBACK’ campaign
DIPSHIDIOT THANKSGIVING PROTESTORS TOPPLE MORE STATUES
While families across the U.S. were celebrating Thanksgiving with scaled-down gatherings or Zoom calls, protesters were toppling historical statues and monuments.
In Washington state, the Spokane Police Department reported that a statue of 16th President Abraham Lincoln was vandalized with red paint, while multiple colonial statues — including one of George Washington — were defaced and toppled overnight in Minneapolis.
The Pan-Indigenous People’s Liberation (PIPL) network took responsibility for the move and explained in a statement that it was partly in response to a callout for a “national decolonial day of action.”
The Midwestern hub of Chicago witnessed a similar effort, though protesters ultimately failed to knock down a park statue of President William McKinley on Wednesday.
The words “land back” were painted in multiple cities, referring to the LANDBACK campaign. The indigenous movement aims to develop communities in a sustainable manner, defend American land and fight against White supremacy.
“We must continue to decolonize our minds, communities, and sovereign nations,” LANDBACK says in its mission statement. “The decolonization of our communities and people is directly related to our ability to prosper.”
“Through the revitalization of our Indigenous ceremonies, culture, languages and life ways we will continue to strengthen our identity, and break free from the oppressive systems that disconnect us from achieving the healing growth and connection to spirit that is integral for us as Indigenous people,” they wrote.
As citizens took to the streets in droves following the police killing of George Floyd, state and local governments were forced to make decisions over whether to remove Confederate statues and monuments that — in some cases — had been standing for over a century.
DAWG SAYS: THESE CLOWNS ARE NEVER HAPPY AND I WONDER IF THEY WERE WEARING MASKS AND GOING TO BE JAILED BY THE OREGON GOVERNOR.
Trump Set to Leave Office with at Least $850,000 of Unpaid Campaign Rally Bills
TRUMP HAS MAJOR CAMPAIGN DEBTS TO PAY
With just weeks until his presidency ends, several cities across the U.S. are still owed payments from Donald Trump‘s campaign for rallies he held, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Texas city of El Paso said this week that they will be hiring outside legal counsel as part of their fight to obtain more than $500,000 from Trump’s team to cover the security and other costs from a rally held there in February 2019.
The outstanding debt includes $470,000 in additional services provided by the local police and fire departments, as well as an additional $99,000 in late fees.
Last year, the Center for Public Integrity included El Paso among a list of 10 cities still waiting for payment from the Trump campaign team for rallies as far back as 2016.
A number of city officials have now confirmed to Newsweek that they have still not received the money that they invoiced, with some accepting that it may never arrive.
The city of Burlington, Vermont, confirmed that Trump’s team still has not paid the $8,464.27 amount they are owed from a campaign rally he held there in January 2016 before he was elected president.
“Mr Trump’s failure to cooperate with local law enforcement officials and lack of communication with the public and ticketholders put undue strain on the City’s police, and unnecessarily hurt downtown businesses,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said in June 2016.