Cops took $22 million cash stuffed in buckets from his home. But he won’t lose it all.


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The Miami Lakes man found with $22 million in suspected marijuana cash stuffed in orange buckets inside his house pleaded guilty Wednesday — but he won’t be losing all his money to the feds.

Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez agreed to let the U.S. government take $18 million of the cash. He’ll get to keep about $4 million, plus his house, his business and five Rolex watches.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to money laundering and structuring bank deposits to avoid reporting the true amounts to the government.

U.S. Judge Robert Scola will sentence Hernandez-Gonzalez on April 20 — coincidentally, the annual day marijuana fans celebrate the plant. He faces up to 30 years in prison, but his defense lawyers are hoping to get him a sentence below the bottom of the sentencing guidelines, which is five years behind bars.

Hernandez-Gonzalez made national news when detectives raided his Miami Lakes home in June 2016, discovering most of the cash in 24 orange Homer’s All-Purpose buckets from Home Depot. They were hidden in a secret compartment above a closet. An additional $600,000-plus was found at his business.

The story was first reported by the Miami Herald.

Miami-Dade narcotics detectives hauled away the money in a pickup truck, then spent more than a day exhaustively counting the huge stacks of bills. Investigators raided his businesses and home after he was caught on a phone wiretap giving growing advice to Miami marijuana growers arrested by federal agents in Tennessee.

Hernandez-Gonzalez is well-known in the marijuana trade. He ran Blossom Experience, a North Miami-Dade store that sells fans, lights, fertilizers and other equipment for indoor gardening. Cops believe that the business, while legal, caters to marijuana traffickers growing weed in clandestine labs inside homes.

But his defense lawyers long insisted the money was legitimately earned from selling equipment. However, because he sells to legal marijuana growers in other states, no banks would take his cash, they claimed.

Hernandez-Gonzalez was first charged in state criminal court for marijuana trafficking and money laundering. A few months after his arrest, a federal grand jury indicted him on federal charges stemming from the same cash seizure.

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THE ENERGY OF LOVE AT WORK IN THE UNIVERSE.


If you imagine that what you are about to read is just the outline of some complicated philosophical system, laboriously brought forth after a long gestation, you are mistaken.
My purpose is to share with you as objectively as possible a personal experience, something that happened to me, in which I seem to see intimations of the beginning of a new phase in the evolution of mankind.
Gradually, in the course of my life, I have been awakened to perception which is now habitual of two aspects of experience of the human spirit, common to us all, but to which we are not normally sufficiently alert.
Firstly, it was not possible for me to be an isolated thinking I was enmeshed in a global network of human thought, and therefore inextricably involved in the kaleidoscopic organisation and reorganisation that is going on all the time, in our vast Universe of Time and Space.
Secondly, at the very point where I was most secure in my own self-hood, a larger Centre for thinking and doing was persistently defining itself; i could not gainsay the emergence deep within me of, as it were someone else who was challenging me to transcend the limitations of my self- cent-redness.
On the one hand, a surging tide, spiritual as well as material, rolling up all the Stuff of the Universe in folds of increasing complexity, into an all inclusive state of sensitively inter-dependence; on the other, mediated to me through the reality of incarnate Deity, a presence so inseparably part of me that, if the requirements of its nature and of mine were to be met, it must be fundamental to all being.
Intellect and intuition were combining to acknowledge a converging cosmos and an emerging Christ, each of which in its own way commanded from me an unconditional response.
Though the impact upon me of the individual components of my double vision was indeed profound, it is conceivable that, because they belonged to different orders of experience, I might not have connected them.
But I did, and the discovery that when the one ingredient is added to the other, the mixture erupts in a flame of fire into a chain reaction, has been the most joyful and exhilarating experience of my life. It is this experience that I am now trying to record. For me , the explosive interaction produced a flash of illumination of such blazing intensity that the whole world, lit up to its very core, was transfigured became in truth the Divine Body.
Because science and theology have simultaneously reached a certain level of maturity, 20th century man suddenly sees opening before him new and wider vistas on a world where individual action, mutual reaction and corporate interaction simply cease to exist as separate categories, not by neutralising one another, but in a paroxysmal welding together such are the temperatures of the Core and the Scale of the All.
Here in the Universe whose evolution is powered by forces tending to unity yet at the same time to diversity just as between persons, love enhances the individual personality of whom it unites.
It is now a long time since, in the mass on the World and the Divine Milieu, I tried to express the astonishment and wonder I felt before the prospects then just beginning to unfold. Today after many years of continual reflection, it is exactly the same basic vision which I feel I must make this effort to present and share in its mature form, maybe with less freshness and exuberance than at the moment of first impact, but still with the same sense of wonder, and the same deep and powerful response.

Antitrust Chief Makan Delrahim Praises John Oliver for ‘Last Week Tonight’ Segment — Variety


WASHINGTON — When John Oliver skewered lax enforcement of antitrust laws in a segment last year on “Last Week Tonight,” he had a fan in the Trump administration: Makan Delrahim, the chief of the Justice Department’s antitrust division. “He did a great piece, about 17 minutes on antitrust law, and he goes through all this,…

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Can’t believe I married a ‘wutliss’ man.


I am in my early 20s. I got married eight months ago. We are both Christians. The problem that I am having with my husband is that he is very childish and immature. It is like I am the man and the woman in one. I have to figure out how or what we can do to move forward. He doesn’t even know how the bills are paid. We don’t have jobs at the moment, but we know that there are little things one can do to make money.

I suggested to him that we can try to raise some chickens, but it seems as if he is not interested. He just wants to sit down. I have to be pushing him like a wheelbarrow to do something. This man frustrates me so much. Pastor, I am tired. Sometimes, I regret that I got married to him. Whenever I try to talk to him about his behaviour, he walks out of the house and doesn’t listen to what I have to say to him. He can’t even have a good conversation. I wish I were still single.

When I got married, I was still a virgin. I am a well-kept young woman. I can’t believe that after waiting for so long this is what I got myself into. One day I was talking to him about not being flexible, and he took up a basket to hit me and he put it back down in anger and ended up breaking the handle off. I was so shocked, I started laughing. I told him that if he had hit me, I would have stabbed him up. Sometimes I feel like I hate him so badly.
Please, tell me what to do.

Geomagnetic storm fears: Solar wind streaming from hole in the Sun hits Earth.


SOLAR winds blasting from a hole in the Sun’s atmosphere could cause a geomagnetic storm which has the power to wreak havoc on power and communications grids across the globe, it has been claimed.
The high-speed wind is grazing Earth’s magnetic field today after escaping from a gap in the star’s northern atmosphere.

Solar wind, which is actually a stream of charged particles and heat, typically takes between three and four days to reach Earth after being ejected from the Sun.

 

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Geomagnetic storms are caused by solar winds affecting the Earth’s magnetic field
The high-speed wind is grazing Earth’s magnetic field today after escaping from a gap in the star’s northern atmosphere.

Solar wind, which is actually a stream of charged particles and heat, typically takes between three and four days to reach Earth after being ejected from the Sun.

 
And according to SpaceWeather.com, the latest high-speed particle stream has the potential to cause “geomagnetic unrest” as well as auroras around the Arctic Circle.

The latest activity comes just a day after NASA announced it had discovered a new sunspo and marks the first activity on the star’s surface for more than six months.
The sunspot, dubbed AR2699, caused a series of solar flares – changes in the sun’s brightness – which were observed from Earth.

Geomagnetic storms are feared for their ability to cause massive damage to satellites, power grids and communications networks.

A severe storm has the potential to wreak unprecedented havoc by knocking out phone, radio and internet systems for weeks, months or potentially even years.

The largest geomagnetic storm recorded to hit earth occurred in 1859 and disrupted telegraph systems across Europe and North America.
Also known as the Carrington Event, the storm produced auroras which were visible in many parts of the world as the charged particles from the sun smashed into Earth’s atmosphere.

Experts in the United States have warned if a geomagnetic storm on the same scale hit the planet again, it could cause damage costing trillions of dollars to repair.

A storm of similar power occurred in July 2012, though the area of the sun which produced the coronal mass ejection was not pointed directly at the Earth at the time.

In 2015, the Government published a report into the risks to the UK of severe space weather such as a solar storm.

 

 

 

Two Space Rocks Will Fly Safely Past Earth This Week.


Two space rocks will make close flybys past Earth this week, but they pose no threat to our planet’s safety.
The two asteroids are called 2018 CB and 2018 CC, and they were both discovered Sunday (Feb. 4) through an automated telescope search called the Catalina Sky Survey, according to NASA’s Minor Planet Center. The Catalina telescopes belong to just one of many observatories worldwide that regularly scan the sky to track and search for space rocks, also known as asteroids.

While the majority of asteroids in Earth’s solar system orbit in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, asteroid flybys of Earth happen several times a year. The last known close asteroid flyby was on Sunday (Feb. 4). The flybys are useful to astronomers because the researchers can examine the asteroids relatively close-up, gaining more information about the space rocks’ size, shape and composition.
You can watch livestreams of this week’s flybys courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project, which uses remote-controlled telescopes to track near-Earth objects. (More details on the broadcast times are below.)

Both 2018 CB and 2018 CC are roughly the same size as a 17-meter (56-foot) space rock that exploded over Cheylabinsk, Russia, in 2013, causing property damage and thousands of injuries. 2018 CB is about 12 to 38 meters in diameter (39 to 124 feet), while 2018 CC’s diameter is estimated to be 9 to 28 meters (30 to 91 feet), according to the Minor Planet Center.

Unlike Chelyabinsk, however, both asteroids will fly past Earth instead of hitting it.

2018 CC will fly by today (Feb. 6), at 12:58 p.m. EST (1958 GMT), with a closest approach of about half the distance between Earth and the moon. The Virtual Telescope Project will start livestreaming views from a telescope in Arizona at 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT), and from a telescope in Italy at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT).

2018 CB will zoom past Earth on Feb. 10 (Saturday) at 5:06 a.m. EST (1006 GMT), at 20 percent of the distance from the Earth to the moon. The Virtual Telescope Project will livestream this event from Italy only, starting Feb. 9 (Friday) at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT).

NASA and its Planetary Defense Coordination Office are among several agencies that regularly examine the sky to look for near-Earth objects such as 2018 CB and 2018 CC. Telescopes around the world and in orbit provide information about asteroids to NASA; details about those small bodies are typically uploaded to the agency’s Small-Body Database Browserwebsite that is available worldwide for scientists and the public to see.

There are currently no known asteroids that pose an imminent threat to life on Earth, but NASA and its partners are figuring out strategies to divert or destroy a potentially threatening object. Future mission concepts include ideas such as nets, lasers, gravitational diversion — or simply blowing up the asteroid.

NASA has a dedicated near-Earth object hunter in orbit called NEOWISE, which is expected to end its mission this year when the spacecraft’s orbit brings the machine into an area with too much sunlight to look for asteroids. A newer proposal by the same team, called NEOCam, failed to make the cut for NASA’s Discovery program in January.NEOCam did, however, receive more funding for another year.

Several asteroid missions are also in progress for the coming years. Japan’s Hayabusa2and NASA’s OSIRIS-RExare both in-flight to their target asteroids, where they will each collect samples to return to Earth. This year, NASA selected two new Discovery-class missions called Lucy and Psyche; between them, they will fly past eight asteroids in the 2020s and 2030s.

In 2005, Congress tasked NASA with identifying at least 90 percent of “potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids” or those that are at least 140 meters (460 feet) wide and will come to within about 4.65 million miles (7.48 million kilometers) of Earth, or about 20 times the distance from Earth to the moon, according to the agency. NASA was given a deadline of 2020, but just four years later, a National Academy of Sciences reportsaid NASA likely wouldn’t meet the goal unless more funding arrived, and multiple reports since have stated that the agency is behind in meeting the goal. In 2010, the agency met another goal previously set by Congress of finding 90 percent of NEOs 1 km (0.6 mile) wide in 2010, according to NASA.

Venus was as habitable as earth for TWO BILLION years.


VENUS was once likely “abundant” in life, according to a startling report from Nasa
The planet second closest to the sun was probably once a perfect habitat for life with oceans of water and suitable temperatures, it has been revealed.

The barren planet we see today is highly volcanic and too hot to support any life, but this probably wasn’t always the case.

Temperatures now exceed 460 degrees celsius and has an atmosphere that too heavy and full of carbon dioxide.

However, computer algorithms ran by Nasa shows that for the first two billion years of its life when the sun was 30 per cent dimmer and much cooler and there would have been a shallow liquid ocean – factors that are essential for life as we know it.
Venus spins much more slowly on its axis than Earth, with a typical day on Venus lasting 117 Earth days.

This has allowed the atmosphere to become 90 times as thick as Earth’s.

Additionally, the more intense sunlight caused its oceans to evaporate which exacerbated the extreme carbon dioxide build up, according to the study published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Michael Way, a researcher at Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), said: “Many of the same tools we use to model climate change on Earth can be adapted to study climates on other planets, both past and present.

“These results show ancient Venus may have been a very different place than it is today.”
Colleague Anthony Del Genio added: “In the GISS model’s simulation, Venus’ slow spin exposes its dayside to the sun for almost two months at a time.

“This warms the surface and produces rain that creates a thick layer of clouds, which acts like an umbrella to shield the surface from much of the solar heating.
“The result is mean climate temperatures that are actually a few degrees cooler than Earth’s today.”

Additionally, Nasa said that Venus likely had more landmass than Earth.

A statement read: “This type of surface appears ideal for making a planet habitable. There seems to have been enough water to support abundant life, with sufficient land to reduce the planet’s sensitivity to changes from incoming sunlight”.

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