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BREAKING: ShipChain Founder John Monarch Standing Trial for 2013 Blackmail Scheme

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According to a lawsuit pending in South Carolina, John Monarch, CEO of Shipchain (which has sold $30M in cryptocurrency this month and is now raising an additional $15M via ICO offerings), is expected to stand trial for his alleged role in a 2013 cryptocurrency blackmail scheme this year.

It is alleged that Monarch, whom is a self-proclaimed cryptocurrency expert, blackmailed Pa. businessman Richard Gorman for $500,000 in cryptocurrency in December, 2013.

When Gorman refused to pay the cryptocurrency ransom, the lawsuit alleges that Monarch and co-conspirators waged an online smear campaign against Gorman’s employees, clients, vendors, and children.

Monarch’s co-defendant and one-time best friend, Karl Steinborn, was held liable for $3.1M in damages and subsequently committed suicide in 2016 on Gorman’s birthday.

The case against Monarch, which was originally filed in Federal Court in Pennsylvania, will be tried in Greenville, South Carolina. Gorman has retained the state’s top litigators, Robert Goings and Kirby Shealy, to try the case.

BlankRome LLP and Kroll Investigative Services were retained by Gorman in Pennsylvania, where the case was originally filed, and were successful in tracing the blackmail back to Monarch & Steinborn, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Monarch and Steinborn used the pseudonym “Ilya” and operated a blackmail site called PerformOutsider.com.   PerformOutsider.com prominently listed Monarch’s fulfillment business, Direct Outbound, in its advertising section.

Additionally Monarch was PerformOutsider’s first follower on social media.

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Jews Were Targeted by Parkland Shooter Who Took Neo-Nazi Militia-style Training

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POLIPACE has learned that several Jewish students of Parkland were specifically targeted by the shooter, as he was a member of a White Supremacist Group that had military style training exercises and had expressed his desire to take his violence on Jews who attended the school.

Among the Jewish victims are first-year students Jaime Guttenberg and Alyssa Alhadeff, senior Meadow Pollack, student Alex Schachter and Scott Beigel, a geography teacher who saved students’ lives by closing a door as he was shot.

The organization he belonged to, “The Republic of Florida” wants Florida to become a white-ethno state, Jereb said, but tries not to participate in the modern world. The Republic of Florida holds ‘spontaneous random demonstrations’ and drills in Tallahassee, which were attended by Cruz, Jereb added.

According also to ThinkProgress, “The ADL spoke with a man identifying himself as Jordan Jereb, who is thought to be the leader of the group. Jereb claimed “ROF had not ordered or wanted Cruz to do anything like the school shooting.”

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Maine Makes It Illegal to Prohibit Hiring Based on Marijuana Use

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Even though marijuana is legal in many states, that doesn’t necessarily mean people are allowed to use it. Many workplaces still refuse to allow their employees to use the drug and test to make sure they don’t. But in Maine, that could be a thing of the past.

The state of Maine has become the first state to prevent employers from discriminating their workers based on marijuana use. Starting today, employers cannot punish their workers nor refuse to hire someone based on marijuana use done outside of the workplace.

Use of the drug or coming to work under the influence of marijuana can still be punished, but Maine’s Labor Department says a positive rest result for cannabis is not sufficient to prove someone showed up to work while high.

The state’s Labor Department also removed marijuana from the list of drugs employers can test job applicants for.

It’s somewhat ironic that Maine would become the first state to enact these types of protections, considering they’re not technically a state where marijuana is legal. While voters approved a ballot initiative in November 2016 to legalize cannabis recreationally, the state’s government has been unable to pass a bill that would implement the law. But these laws will still protect people who use the drug medicinally.

The issue of marijuana use and the workplace is one that hasn’t been fully worked out in legalized states. While it seems many employers are relaxing rules on the drug, there are still very few protections for workers who use it. And this is particularly harmful for people who use the drug to treat serious medical issues.

Perhaps Maine’s new policy will become a starting point for state’s everywhere.

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Stan Lee Accused of Asking Nurses to Manually Pleasure Him

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Stan Lee has been accused of sexual misconduct by nurses who had once been employed to care for the 95-year-old comic book writer and editor in his Los Angeles home.

According to the Daily Mail, “a string of young female nurses” claim that Lee repeatedly groped and harassed them, and demanded to be “pleasured.” The nursing company that employed the women is now reportedly involved in an unspecified legal dispute with Lee. However, no lawsuit has been filed, and no criminal complaint has been made.

An attorney representing Lee denied the “false and despicable allegations” in a statement to the newspaper, and suggested his client has been a target of extortion: “Mr. Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.”
The lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter late last month to the company that made the accusations.

A representative for the nursing company confirmed to the Daily Mail that the owner had received complaints from nurses who worked at Lee’s home, and spoke directly with him. The company stopped working for Lee in late 2016. A representative for Vitale Nursing Inc., which currently provides home care for Lee, insists he is “polite, kind and respectful.”

Lee was sued in 2015 by former assistant Shawn Lukaszewicz, who claimed he was wrongfully fired after enduring emotional abuse from the comics creator and his daughter Joan Celia Lee.

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