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The Wreckage Of The USS Indianapolis, Missing For 72 Years, Has Just Been Found

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The Wreckage Of The USS Indianapolis, Missing For 72 Years, Has Just Been Found

Billionaire Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, announced his team found the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, a WWII ship used to help deliver parts of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

An expedition crew led by a billionaire philanthropist announced Saturday they had found the missing wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, a World War II ship that helped carry parts of the atomic bomb but sank 72 years ago.

Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder, said his team came across the ship’s remains on Friday in the North Pacific Ocean, some 5,500 meters (roughly 18,000 feet) below the water’s surface.

“To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling,” Allen said in a statement.

“As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances…. I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming.”

The Indianapolis was lost July 30, 1945, in the final stretch of the war, when it was torpedoed by Japanese forces. The ship had nearly 1,200 service members aboard when it went down.

The ship sank 12 minutes after it was struck, and while approximately 800 service members survived the Japanese attack, only around 300 survived several days in the water before their rescue. Men succumbed to exposure, dehydration, drowning, madness, and even shark attacks — something referenced in a key scene in the movie Jaws.

The tragedy is among the worst Navy disasters ever to occur in US history.

Before the attack, the USS Indianapolis delivered parts of the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima to Tinian in a secret mission.

A US Navy statement credited Dr. Richard Hulver, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command who worked with the crew, for 2016 research that led the expedition to “a new search area to the west of the original presumed position.”

Hulver told BuzzFeed News his research included tracking down an LST, a type of transport ship for heavy equipment, that had passed the Indianapolis approximately 11 hours before it sank. Because all records sank with the ship, the LST’s records provided additional guidance.

The Navy said the expedition crew still had to search through 600 square miles of “open ocean” to track down the remains.

Hulver said it was difficult to believe they had found the ship, because he had it down as a “long shot.”

“I was very hopeful that this new information would help,” Hulver said.

“[The ship has] been very misunderstood throughout history,” Hulver said. He added the sharks, while a part of the story, have been a “cloud” hanging over the legacy of the service members.

“Now we can sort of move on and just learn more from Indianapolis, and honor the whole story of the ship. It’s a very rich history,” Hulver said. “Indianapolis has become so sensationalized to the point that it does a bit of disservice to the crew.”

Hulver said he learned the news of the discovery on Saturday. “My heart’s been beating all day,” he said.

According to information provided by a spokesperson for Allen, in addition to the philanthropist and Hulver, the expedition members included Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations and expedition director for Vulcan Inc., Allen’s media company; Paul Mayer, a Vulcan submersible pilot and researcher; Curt Newport, a consultant and pilot; Bob Neyland, head of the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the US Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command; and Samuel J. Cox, a retired admiral who acts as director of the Naval History and Heritage Command and Curator of the Navy.

Other attempts to track down the ship have been made before, to no avail.

In his statement, Allen said the search for the rest of the Indianapolis would continue.

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Chief Of Staff Confirms That Trump Is Under Investigation By Mueller (VIDEO)

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Ever since the investigation into the 2016 election began, President Trump has steadfastly maintained that he isn’t personally under investigation.

Shortly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed earlier this year, Trump said former FBI Director James Comey had assured him he wasn’t part of the counterintelligence investigation being conducted by the FBI. And while that may be true in regard to counterintelligence, Comey didn’t offer any assurances that Trump wasn’t under criminal investigation.

And on Monday, just hours after indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were unsealed in Washington, the president was on Twitter trying to distract from the growing scandal:

And yet, when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared on The Ingraham Angle Monday evening, he clearly suggested that his boss is indeed being investigated, telling the host:

“It’s very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen, to be investigated, while at the same time trying to carry the weight of what it means to be president of the United States on his shoulders.”

If that’s not confirmation, what exactly is?

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As for Kelly’s whining that it’s an added “weight” on Trump to know he’s under the microscope while trying to do his job, all I can say is BOO FREAKING HOO! If he can’t handle the pressure, maybe he needs to step aside and let a legitimately elected person run the country. Someone like Hillary Clinton, who got nearly 3 million more votes than the Orange Menace.

Also, Trump made a choice to associate with unsavory characters like Manafort and Gates. He appointed Michael Flynn to one of the highest positions in the administration despite the fact that he was on the take from both the Russian and Turkish governments. You know the old saying: You are the company you keep.

So here’s a bit of advice for Trump and Kelly: No one wants to hear your pathetic whining. And we don’t believe any of your lies.

Here’s Kelly on Fox News:

https://youtu.be/XIPfK0z6nLc

 

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

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Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’

 

 

Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.

We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.

We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.

Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall.  The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.

Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.

We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court.

Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.

As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

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Trump’s Net Worth Plummets By $600 Million

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Trump’s Net Worth Plummets By $600 Million

 

As much as Donald Trump loves to brag about how rich he is, turns out he’s a lot less wealthy than he was a year ago.

Forbes magazine has just released their annual ranking of the 400 richest Americans has some very bad news for the Donald: His net worth has fallen drastically by $600 million, meaning he’s only worth an estimated $3.1 billion. That drops him 92 spots on the Top 400 list, from #146 to #248.

Ouch!

What led to the sudden drop in Trump’s worth? Forbes notes:

“A tough New York real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign.”

Ironically, America’s richest people are richer than they were in 2016, but not Trump.

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For the 24th year in a row, Bill Gates tops the list, with an estimated net worth of $89 billion. Here’s the rest of the top 10:

  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon, $67 billion
  • Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $65.5 billion
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, $55.5 billion
  • Larry Ellison, Oracle, $49.3 billion
  • Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP, $45 billion
  • Charles Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
  • David Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
  • Larry Page, Google, $48.5 billion
  • Sergey Brin, Google, $37.5 billion

And Trump fared even worse on the Bloomberg’s worldwide billionaires list, which rates his worth at $2.86 billion. That doesn’t even qualify him to be named as one of the 500 richest people in the world.

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Expect a Trump Twitter meltdown before the end of business Tuesday.

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