Thursday, June 24, 2021

How they filmed "North by Northwest"; Mystique by Peach Momoko; Coca-Cola's making this mistake in 2021?

(CNN has a summary.)

Oklahoma’s Parallel Forest; Flyer has fake ink bleedthrough; Spiral

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

NBA roundup

Florida man charged with using his armored car business to launder $140 million worth of gold

[He allegedly] used his industry experience and contacts to facilitate the importation of thousands of kilograms of illicitly-sourced gold being flown into the United States from Curacao.  The sellers of the gold were co-conspirators based in the Caribbean.  The buyers of the gold were co-conspirators based in South Florida and Latin America who earned volume-based commissions by procuring gold for ... a U.S. precious metals refinery with policies in place to combat money laundering, including not buying gold from Curacao, a country with no gold mines that is commonly used as a waypoint for gold illegally mined in, and smuggled out of, South America. 
A federal judge Wednesday threatened to throw out the guilty plea of a veteran U.S. narcotics agent who conspired with a Colombian cartel money launderer — an unexpected twist that could derail one of the most egregious misconduct cases in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
it’s unclear what lessons the DEA has learned from [the agent's] scheme and whether other agents assigned to the Miami field office where his criminal activity began were involved. His guilty plea also leaves many unanswered questions about the level of supervision he received during his career, in which he had been entrusted with the government’s use of front companies, shell bank accounts and couriers to combat international drug trafficking.

The man that brought the tortillas that were thrown at the other high school basketball team agreed to an interview

Coronado Times:

Q. Did you have any type of experience in this type of tortilla throwing celebration or tradition in the past?

A. I had seen it, I was aware of it, but the games that I attended, they did not occur. But I was aware that it happened, at UCSB, it’s gone on at soccer games, and yeah, that was part of their celebration, bringing the tortillas. There was no ill-intent trying to sneak them in. It was about celebrating the win, and throwing them all up in celebration.

Q. Did you give them to the cheerleaders, and the basketball players and the fans? Who did you distribute the tortillas to?

A. I gave them to one of the bench players, and I gave them to the cheerleaders, and as I did this, I was very explicit in making sure they knew this was completely for celebratory purposes. This was never to be seen as having any racial intent whatsoever. The cheerleaders were concerned about if we could make sure the tortillas were cleaned up afterwards, and I said, oh yes, definitely. 

(It is a tradition at UCSB, and it's an occasional problem for the university because fans throw tortillas, and cost their team technical fouls.) Here's what the high school team's coach (who has been fired) said, 

Unfortunately a community member brought tortillas and distributed them which was unacceptable and racist in nature. I do not condone this behavior. Coronado High School does not condone this behavior and is already taking appropriate action.

And the team captain:

"the throwing of the tortillas during the scuffle after the game was unsportsmanlike and inexcusable. On behalf of the team, we apologize for that action. I think many people are making Saturday out to be something that it was not."