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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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How do you generate sales? Create demand. A California police lieutenant who has been out-spoken in calling for stricter gun control was caught selling illegal weapons to criminals, according to police. The lieutenant in the Pasadena Police Department was taken into custody on federal charges related to the illegal sale of approximately 100 firearms.

Vasken Kenneth Gourdikian, 48, of Sierra Madre, who is currently on administrative leave, surrendered to federal authorities. According to the police investigation, over a three year period, he sold over 100 firearms without a license. Gourdikian allegedly used his official status as a police officer to purchase firearms that were not available to the general public and then sold the firearms through third-party transfers to members of the public, according to the indictment.

Gourdikian's status as a police officer also enabled him to purchase more than one handgun in a 30-day period. Moreover, upon obtaining the requisite authorizations from his employer, Gourdikian's status as a police officer allowed him to take possession of a firearm before the otherwise applicable ten-day waiting period lapsed.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives executed a federal search warrant at Gourdikian's residence in Sierra Madre and seized approximately 62 firearms, including an unregistered short-barreled rifle.


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*--- World's Oldest Message in a Bottle Found ---*

A Perth family made an unintentional discovery on a Western Australia beach: the world's oldest message in a bottle. The gin bottle, found on a beach a bit north of Wedge Island, bore a 132-year-old message dated June 12, 1886. Tonya Illman saw the bottle and thought it would make for a neat decoration on her bookcase, she said in a Western Australian Museum release. The note inside, however, disclosed the bottle's intended purpose. German seafarers asked discoverers to record their coordinates and the finding date before returning the bottle and note to Hamburg's German National Observatory or the closest German consulate. The note was part of a 69-year German experiment that included thousands of bottles and messages discarded into oceans to chart currents and find quick shipping channels. More than 650 notes have been found and returned, but the message discovered in Australia was the first found since 1934. Ross Anderson, the museum's assistant curator of maritime archaeology, determined the bottle was thrown from a ship named Paula about 590 miles from Australia's coast in the Indian Ocean. "Incredibly, an archival search in Germany found Paula's original Meteorological Journal and there was an entry for 12 June 1886 made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard," Anderson said. "The date and the coordinates correspond exactly with those on the bottle message."


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An event ended in tragedy when a man fatally shot another during the drunken party. Police were called to a home in Texas after a man was shot dead in what police called a game or a dare. Investigators said there were between 6 and 8 people at the party at a home in Houston when the shooting occurred. The man who lived at the home where the party was taking place put on a bullet-proof vest at around 1:30 a.m., on Sunday, and another man who had a gun, shot him. The victim died of his injuries. Police are now asking for those who were at the party to come forward so they can determine exactly what took place before the shooting. The forensic team has yet to confirm if the bullet passed through the vest or if the victim was accidentally shot in another area. Police have not yet identified the victim.

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Lewis, you asked what animal do I think is more racist than gorillas? That's an easy one. Mankind is more racist than a gorilla. –Mike

Hey Lewis--WOW--No poop in 40 days! What an amazing feat. Like the old joke says, What's the strongest thing in the world? A shit--even Superman can't hold it back. -Buzzy Z
[I've never heard that, and now that I have I wish I hadn't.]

It's all this hyper-sensitivity that's caused by social media, that's what got the gorilla statue removed from the park. It was there for years with no complaints. Then all of a sudden over 40 complaints in one year? That sounds like a social media campaign to me.

Lewis, the most racist animal is obviously the polar bear. A polar bear's skin is black, but its fur appears white. That's
a clear case of 'white-washing'.

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