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Apparently LaPierre won; yesterday at the conference North said he has learned he will not be re-nominated for president.

In a letter read by the group’s vice president Saturday morning to kick off the second day of the group’s annual meeting, North said that he will not be renominated to serve as NRA president as infighting and controversy have taken hold at the gun rights group’s annual meeting.

“Please know I hoped to be with you today as NRA president endorsed for reelection. I’m now informed that that will not happen,” he wrote.

North, who has been in the job six months, went on to attack the NRA law firm that filed a lawsuit against its leading ad firm. “There is a clear crisis” at the NRA regarding financial allegations, he wrote.

The announcement comes as The Daily Beast exclusively reported on Saturday that longtime NRA lawyer, Steve Hart, has been suspended. The dual departures of long-time high profile NRA insiders with knowledge of the organization's legal troubles come just days after the gun-gun group took shots North in the days leading up to its much-watched national meeting keynoted by President Donald Trump—the first sign of a internal shake up.

North’s opening remarks were essentially a rebuke of his ouster, read by First Vice President Richard Childress to the thousands of members who had packed Lucas Oil Stadium, an NFL football arena in downtown Indianapolis for the popular event.
And I guess we missed it, but earlier in the week the NRA sued its president, claiming malfeasance in connection with the NRATV channel that turns out to have been a flop:

An updated version of a civil complaint, entered in Virginia state court on April 24, make new claims about Col. Oliver North’s relationship with the company that runs NRATV, the video network linked to the gun rights group. The filings are part of an eye-popping lawsuit the organization filed against its long-time ad agency, which built and runs the network. The suit gives a rare narrative of the tension within the organization. And the updates to the litigation, which have not been previously reported, indicate that friction in the organization is so hot that the NRA is willing to zero in on its own president.

The initial complaint, filed on April 12, discussed North’s contract with Ackerman McQueen, the advertising firm it has worked with for upwards of 30 years. But it didn’t provide much detail on North’s relationship with the ad agency beyond that he would help it produce a documentary series for NRATV.

The updates to the complaint include more detail about North’s work and point to deep irritation between the group and its president. Not only did North fail to deliver on all of the material he promised for NRATV, the suit alleges, but North, in effect, double-dipped by drawing a salary from both the gun rights group and Ackerman McQueen at the same time. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journalpublished a letter Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's powerful executive vice president, sent to the NRA board on Thursday alleging that North tried to blackmail him into quitting the organization.

According to the suit, the NRA “spent substantial sums on NRATV based on AMC’s [Ackerman McQueen’s] advice” that the programming would result in an influx of cash from fans and sponsors. But that apparently didn’t happen.

The returns on investment, the complaint says, were “less favorable” than the firm predicted—even though North and Ackerman “assured the NRA that Col. North’s profile and ‘brand’ would be actively leveraged to elicit sponsorships for the North documentary series,” the lawsuit reads. North’s brand didn’t make it rain.

Then the NRA’s lawsuit rips into that documentary series. North didn’t deliver as many episodes as the nonprofit expected, according to the suit, and hasn’t demonstrated that he was able to bring in the hoped-for sponsorship cash. “[T]he NRA has no evidence that any substantial sponsorships exist,” the complaint reads. The implications, the suit continues, are “troubling.”

On top of that, the lawsuit claims that North is closer to Ackerman McQueen (sometimes referred to as “Ack Mack”) than the NRA was first led to believe. On Feb. 19, according to the suit, the NRA learned that North wasn’t just a third-party contractor with the firm––rather, he actually received a salary from it, as an employee. If the NRA had known he was on salary, it wouldn’t have signed off on giving him as generous of a contract for the NRATV work as it did.

“The NRA agreed to shoulder a specific financial burden in connection with a specific digital-media project—not to allow its President to be compensated by a for-profit advertising agency for performing generic leadership functions,” the suit says.
One has to wonder what the NRA plebs who usually go to the annual meeting expecting a weekend-long gun-rights rally must think, seeing all this high school drama instead.

On the other hand this is all just so comical, since the NRA made Oliver North its president - a guy with zero previous public gun-rights advocacy history - 6 months ago purely to "own the libs", and now directly because of that choice the group's leadership is fracturing and their grand plan for recovering from their funding and sponsorship woes ended up being all cost and no return.
 
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GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school, Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader, rides the same yellow bus as three of her family members: One is a kindergartner, another a third grader and the other a fifth grader. Ms. Hwang is 70 — and her schoolmates are her grandchildren.

Illiterate all her life, she remembers hiding behind a tree and weeping as she saw her friends trot off to school six decades ago. While other village children learned to read and write, she stayed home, tending pigs, collecting firewood and looking after younger siblings. She later raised six children of her own, sending all of them to high school or college. Yet it always pained her that she couldn’t do what other mothers did.

“Writing letters to my children, that’s what I dreamed of the most,” Ms. Hwang said.
South Korea’s birthrate has been plummeting in recent decades, falling to less than one child per woman last year, one of the lowest in the world.
The hardest hit areas are rural counties, where babies have become an increasingly rare sight as young couples migrate en masse to big cities for better paying jobs. Like other rural schools, Daegu Elementary, in Ms. Hwang’s district, has seen its students dwindle. When Ms. Hwang’s youngest son, Chae Kyong-deok, 42, attended it in the 1980s, it had 90 students in each grade. Now, the school has only 22 students in total, including one student each in its fourth- and fifth-grade classes.

This year, the worst calamity of all struck the district. “We went around villages looking for just one precious kid to enroll as a first grader,” said the principal, Lee Ju-young. “There was none.” So Ms. Lee and local residents, desperate to save the 96-year-old school, came up with an idea: How about enrolling older villagers who wanted to learn to read and write?
 

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He's really fat and doesn't wear well-tailored suits.
Yeah, I think that's basically it. McDonald Trump stands like that because it makes his belly stick out less, from his point of view. He likely doesn't realize what it looks like from the side.
 
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Yeah, I think that's basically it. McDonald Trump stands like that because it makes his belly stick out less, from his point of view. He likely doesn't realize what it looks like from the side.

I just don't understand how he doesn't tip over.
 

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Apparently LaPierre won; yesterday at the conference North said he has learned he will not be re-nominated for president.
NRA board: I sure hope we can find someone ickier than North to replace him.

NRA board, after looking about the room: Hold my beer!

New NRA President Chairs Board Of Confederate Monument
Carolyn Meadows, who is succeeding Oliver North as president of the National Rifle Association, is also the chairperson of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, an organization that maintains the largest memorial to the Confederacy in the United States.

Meadows, who sits on the NRA board of directors and was serving as the group’s second vice president, was elected president of the NRA during an April 29 meeting of NRA board members.
 

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NRA board: I sure hope we can find someone ickier than North to replace him.

NRA board, after looking about the room: Hold my beer!

New NRA President Chairs Board Of Confederate Monument
The only one they could have passed this position to that would have been better would have been good ole Ted Nugent. :facepalm: I guess we all are pretty certain now what the NRA stands for today, and it's not gun safety.

This is kind of an interesting article about the NRA: The NRA Wasn't Always Against Gun Restrictions

I had no idea that in 1971 the ATF killed an NRA member who was hiding a large number of illegal weapons. It's no excuse for what they have become but it was an interesting twist on how the radical faction of the organization took control.
 
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UK study: every single shrimp we tested had cocaine in it

Scientists studying freshwater shrimp in British waterways have made an eye-opening discovery, according to a new study: All the shrimp they looked at tested positive for cocaine.

“Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising,” study author Dr. Leon Barron of King’s College London said in a statement released by the school. “We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments.”

To carry out the study, King’s College and University of Suffolk researchers caught shrimp from 15 different sites across England’s Suffolk County, which is a more rural area on the coast northeast of London. Their research focused on the presence of various micropollutants — or harmful chemicals found in trace amounts — in the tiny aquatic animals.

The presence of cocaine isn’t the shrimps’ fault, according to the study. Researchers said drugs and consumer products frequently make their way into rivers after they’re used by humans, which can damage animals and the environment.

“Although concentrations were low, we were able to identify compounds that might be of concern to the environment and crucially, which might pose a risk to wildlife,” lead author Dr. Thomas Miller of King’s College said in a statement.

Beyond cocaine, illegal pesticides, pharmaceuticals and ketamine “were also widespread in the shrimp that were collected,” the study found. Researchers’ findings were published this month in the journal “Environment International.”
 
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Scientology cruise ship quarantined for measles

A cruise ship with nearly 300 passengers and crew was ordered quarantined in the Caribbean port of St. Lucia after a case of measles was confirmed on board, island health officials said Wednesday.

One female crew member has a confirmed case and St. Lucian authorities said they've been working in close consultation with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The ship has been under quarantine since Monday morning, officials said.

"Measles in a highly contagious disease. Anyone who is not adequately immunized against measles can contract the disease, if there has been close contact with a confirmed case," according to a statement issued Wednesday by Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James, the island nation's chief medical officer. "It is therefore likely that other persons on the boat may have been exposed."

"The ship’s doctor has the confirmed case in isolation on the ship," Dr. Fredericks-James added. "The individual is in stable condition."

St. Lucian health officials declined to name the ship involved.

But St. Lucia Coast Guard Sgt. Victor Theodore told NBC News that the vessel involved is named "Freewinds," which is the name of a 440-foot cruise ship owned and operated by the Church of Scientology.

While no one has been allowed to leave the ship, St. Lucian authorities said they don't have the authority to keep it from leaving.

For now, the ship is scheduled to leave St. Lucia at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, officials said.

"The ship can leave our port, but we have no jurisdiction over their next destination," Dr. Fredericks-James told NBC News.

A Scientology spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday.
 

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Well for the last couple of days people having been throwing milkshakes over Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

The principle is the same.
Please tell me there's a yummy video to be had