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Submission + - Pope Francis expels German "luxury bishop" from diocese

rtoz writes: Pope Francis expels German “luxury bishop” from his diocese after scandal over £26m (31M euro) ($42.70 million) renovation of his residence.

This announcement came after the “luxury bishop” met the Pope Francis at Vatican few days back.

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst who is also known as “Bishop of Bling” was under intense pressure to resign after it emerged that he had spent around $42 million on a sumptuous diocesan residence in Limburg, a small city in western Germany near Frankfurt. It was reported that he spent $20,000 for a bathtub.

Declassified LBJ Tapes Accuse Richard Nixon of Treason 536

Hugh Pickens writes writes "After the Watergate scandal taught Richard Nixon the consequences of recording White House conversations, none of his successors has dared to do it. But Nixon wasn't the first. He got the idea from his predecessor Lyndon Johnson, who felt there was an obligation to allow historians to eventually eavesdrop on his presidency. Now David Taylor reports on BBC that the latest set of declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls show that by the time of the Presidential election in November 1968, LBJ had evidence that Nixon had sabotaged the Vietnam war peace talks — or, as he put it, that Nixon was guilty of treason and had 'blood on his hands'. It begins in the summer of 1968. Nixon feared a breakthrough at the Paris Peace talks designed to find a negotiated settlement to the Vietnam war that he knew would derail his campaign. Nixon therefore set up a clandestine back-channel to the South Vietnamese involving Anna Chennault, a senior campaign adviser. In late October 1968 there were major concessions from Hanoi which promised to allow meaningful talks to get underway in Paris. This was exactly what Nixon feared. Chennault was dispatched to the South Vietnamese embassy with a clear message: the South Vietnamese government should withdraw from the talks, refuse to deal with Johnson, and if Nixon was elected, they would get a much better deal. Meanwhile the FBI had bugged the ambassador's phone and transcripts of Chennault's calls were sent to the White House. Johnson was told by Defense Secretary Clark Clifford that the interference was illegal and threatened the chance for peace. The president gave Humphrey enough information to sink his opponent but by then, a few days from the election, Humphrey had been told he had closed the gap with Nixon and would win the presidency so Humphrey decided it would be too disruptive to the country to accuse the Republicans of treason, if the Democrats were going to win anyway. In the end Nixon won by less than 1% of the popular vote, escalated the war into Laos and Cambodia with the loss of an additional 22,000 American lives, and finally settled for a peace agreement in 1973 that was within grasp in 1968."

Submission + - Owner Operator Recruiting (

love3915 writes: ". Private Assessment

Taking an exceptional, hard check out your work ethic, propensities, and different variables can yield strong replies concerning the probability you have of succeeding as an owner/operator. Do you jump at the chance to use weekends squatted in truckstops viewing races or ballgames, idly chattering with different drivers for a considerable length of time on close, or trolling around on the Internet? If this is true, you may not be removed for the rigors of truck proprietorship. A portion of the private variables you will look at incorporate:

  Driving Preferences – How hard do you would give just about anything to run? Do you want to expand your ready hours so you can run however many hours as could reasonably be expected or it is safe to say that it is progressively paramount to you that get a decision stopping spot and a spot in the pound-fest line while the sustenance is still brand new?

  Hometime – If you incline toward weekends at home paying little respect to what that time off strength intend to your take-home pay, you may be better off staying on the association payroll. Recruiting Owner Operators"


Submission + - Heart Attack Grill's Top Customer Dies of Heart Attack (

Copper Nikus writes: John Alleman visited the Heart Attack Grill so often, the restaurant designed an entire line of clothing featuring a cartoon of its beloved "Patient Joe," and placed his face front and center on their menu. Now the restaurant reports via its Facebook page that its most loyal patron has passed away at age 52, from a heart attack.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Alleman suffered a heart attack while waiting for a bus in front of the restaurant, which boasts highly caloric menu items such as the 9,982 calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger, Butterfat Milkshakes and Coronary Dogs.

May he rest in peace.

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