Three men were killed and at least seven other people maimed in separate overnight shootings across the city, Chicago police said this morning.
In the latest fatal shooting, police said a 47-year-old man sitting inside a vehicle was shot in chest by an unknown gunman near 98th and Throop streets in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side at about 12:40 a.m. this morning.
The man, Perry L. Williams, drove himself about a mile to a Chicago firehouse on West 104th Street, where paramedics took him to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead. He's dead, Jim! according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Hours earlier, police found a 22-year-old man maimed in the right armpit in the 7300 block of South Oglesby Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, at about 10:10 p.m. Sunday, police said, citing early reports.
That man, Chateau Mercier, of the 7800 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
About 7 p.m. Sunday, Fredrick Giles, 21, of the 5500 block of South Wabash Avenue, was shot on the sidewalk outside his home in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said. Giles was shot multiple times, including in the head, police said.
Suppose a manager of a British mining company picked up a gun and opened fire on his African workforce? What if the company concerned paid its Zambian miners less than the legal minimum wage? Suppose relations on the shop floor became so poisonous that furious workers chose to crush a manager to death?
If a British-based mining house like Anglo American or Rio Tinto had experienced any of this, I strongly suspect that popular protest would have overwhelmed the company concerned, sending its share price into free-fall and casting its very future into doubt.
Yet all of the above has happened at a Chinese-owned mine in Zambia. When workers at Collum coal mine protested about poor wages and working conditions in 2010, their Chinese managers responded by opening fire with live rounds. In fairness, they were not shooting to kill: no one actually died, but 11 of the miners suffered bullet wounds.
The Chinese argued they were acting in self defence, and Beijing made clear that should charges be pressed against them, bilateral relations would suffer. Zambia, unable to stand up to its biggest foreign investor, duly caved in: no criminal case was ever brought against the managers.
This year, protests at Collum have continued, spurred by the fact that its Chinese owners pay their employees less than the national minimum wage for shopworkers. On Saturday, the miners crushed a 50-year-old Chinese manager to death with a trolley.
So the next time you next read of a multi-billion dollar deal between China and a poor African country, think of what has happened at Collum mine.
The Zambian miners on the Copperbelt have for a long time hated their Chinese overlords. They were seriously miffed when Chinese prisoners were sent to Zambia to labour gratis on the mines.
Yep and what did the local population get out of it? Probably not even a pair of plastic flip-flops. I don't blame them and, dare I say it, hope to see more of this, the Chinese deserve a good hiding just for what they're doing there.
50 years ago, Zambia and South Korea had similar GDP per capita. Today, Zambia and Korea have similar GDP per capita. Only today, the Korea in question is ruled by a fat little runt vertically-challenged individual with an eating disorder in Pyongyang.
All the progressive morons who chanted "no blood for oil" should be keeping a close eye on the Spratly/South China Sea maneuvers these days. If there's going to be a war for oil, this is one place where it could start.
Don't be silly -- the only geography those people know is where their friends go on vacation.
We know for sure that there's no oil in either the Hamptons or in Nantucket...
WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday accused China of raising tensions through a new military garrison in the South China Sea as it called on all sides to lower tensions in the hotly contested waters.
China announced last week that it was establishing the tiny city of Sansha and a garrison on an island in the disputed Paracel chain, infuriating Vietnam and the Philippines which have accused Beijing of intimidation.
At least those are real islands and not semi-submerged coral reefs.
"We are concerned by the increase in tensions in the South China Sea and are monitoring the situation closely," US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement. "In particular, China's upgrading of the administrative level of Sansha city and establishment of a new military garrison there covering disputed areas of the South China Sea run counter to collaborative diplomatic efforts to resolve differences and risk further escalating tensions in the region."
Ventrell also pointed to "confrontational rhetoric" and incidents at sea, saying: "The United States urges all parties to take steps to lower tensions."
China says it controls much of the South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam all claim portions. Vietnam and the Philippines have accused China of stepping up harassment at sea. The United States has rallied behind Southeast Asian nations, expanding military ties with the Philippines and Vietnam. President Barack Obama has decided to send Marines to Australia in a further show of US power in Asia.
The US Senate approved a resolution late Thursday that "strongly urges" all regional nations to exercise self-restraint and to refrain from permanently inhabiting points in the South China Sea until a code of conduct is reached. The resolution, sponsored by senators from both major parties, declared that the United States was committed "to assist the nations of Southeast Asia to remain strong and independent."
IIRC PACIFICNEWSCENTER [Guam K-57 News] > US SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION URGING "SELF-RESTRAINT" IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ISSUE.
IIUC, on a SCS Map the UW borders [seafloor] of the Sansha/Sashi is very very v-e-r-y close to the maritime boundaries of the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia save for PNG. The World/Trade-vital Strait of Malaccas can certainly be obtructed by the PLA in a major war iff its new SCS Garrison's mil capabilities is well-developed.
As for the US, AS PER TOPIX + DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS CHINA HAS TOLD IT TO STOP MEDDLING + NOT TO "SEND THE WRONG SIGNALS" VEE THE SCS.
* TOPIX > [Manila Times] POOR PH[Philippines] A BURDEN ON WASHINGTON: STRATFOR ANALYST [Robert Kaplan].
ARTIC = Moreso than its other Regional allies, the US has to help the PHIL "improve its capacity", espec as per its "weak Military + other Public Institutions". HOWEVER, THE PHIL IS ALSO DESCRIBED BY KAPLAN AS "STRATEGICALLY - " AND "GEOPOLITICALLY IMPORTANT" FOR THE US.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Brisbane Times] CHINA REBUKES US ON SOUTH CHINA SEA.
* SAME > POSTER THREAD: RISE OF JAPAN!?, espec iff it acquires Nukes to counter China???
* TOPIX > ANALYSIS: OKINAWA - THE FRONTLINE OF JAPAN'S DEFENSE.
* TOPIX > AUSTRALIA RULES OUT US NUCLEAR AIRCRAFT CARRIER BASE, as well as other USN Nuke-armed vessels.
RELATED > STEPHEN SMITH SAYS "NO" TO US BASE IN AUSTRALIA.
Perhaps GUAM is NOT yet out of the running for a US CVN base or maintenance facilitiy iff our Island Govt. plays its cards right - COULD BE GUAM'S LAST CHANCE TO SALVAGE SOMETHING FROM THE EVER-SHRINKING OKINAWA BUILDUP???
WAFF > BEIJING ATTACKS US "TROUBLEMAKING", in SOuth China Sea.
* SAME > PROTESTS IN VIETNAM AS ANGER OVER CHINA'S "BULLYING" GROWS. Viets angry at China survey of energy, resource blocs in Vietnam-claimed territorial waters.
* TOPIX, CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > BEIJING TELLS US TO "SHUT UP" OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA TENSIONS | CHINA MEDIA TELLS US ....
* TOPIX > [Vice-FM Fu Ying] CHINA TELLS US: LEAVE SOUTH CHINA SEA ISSUES TO CLAIMANTS.
ARTIC > VFM FU YING = SCS disputes are not between China + ASEAN as a body, but between China + individual ASEAN countries to which the US must stay out.
* SAME > NODA MARCHES ON AS [Regional = MilPol] TEMPERATURES RISE, e.g. Okinawa.
* SAME > JAPAN NEEDS STRATEGY FOR NORTHERN CLAIMS [Kuriles].
* WORLD MIL FORUM > EXPERTS: CHINA'S ESTABLISHMENT OF THREE SANSHA/SASHI IN SOUTH CHINA SEA BOON FOR UNICJ + INTERNATIONAL LAW.
ENFORCEMENT OF DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATIONS [forcing] AMONG ASEAN STATES TO SETTLE LONG-STANDING TERRITORIAL/SOVERIEGNTY DISPUTES E.G. INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, + SINGAPORE OVER BAIJAO REEF.
Reflecting Warsaw's long-standing anger over the 2009 cancellation of a controversial Bush-era anti-ballistic missile system President Bronislaw Komorowski said Poland should build its own missile shield to ensure national defence.
"Our mistake was that by accepting the American offer of a shield we failed to take into account the political risk associated with a change of president," said Mr Komorowski in a magazine interview. "We paid a high political price. We do not want to make the same mistake again. We must have a missile system as an element of our defences."
Last week, Mitt Romney used a visit to Warsaw to condemn Russia as a "country where the desire to be free is met with brutal oppression" in a bid to establish hawkish credentials ahead of the US elections.
The Republican candidate has accused President Obama of "abandoning Poland" by cancelling the missile defence plan in order to aid his much-criticised attempt to "reset" relations with Moscow.
Mr Obama's decision to scrap George W Bush's original missile shield dismayed the Polish government, especially as many Poles saw it as an attempt to appease Russia, Poland's historical and Cold War foe.
I wouldn't trust the US as an ally either. Every 4-8 years the foreign policy changes, sometimes a complete flip of what it was before based on who is now in charge and you are left holding the bag as an ally.
The Washington Post Co. reported last week that operating profits dropped 28.6 percent in the latest quarter, as the newspaper division continued to struggle with circulation and advertising revenue losses.
The flagship Washington Post newspaper suffered a 15 percent drop in print advertising revenue compared to the year before. Plus, the paper's circulation continued to slide. In the first six months of 2012, the newspaper's average daily circulation fell 9.3 percent from the same period in 2011, and Sunday circulation dropped 6.1 percent.
[Dawn] Four Pak coppers have been suspended after allegedly parading a man and two women naked in a town, police officials said on Sunday.
It was unclear clear why the three were naked while being escorted to the cop shoppe in the southern town of Gambat on July 28.
The man, businessman Mumtaz Mallah, 52, told Rooters police were punishing him for refusing to pay him a bribe. That's a plausible explanation...
Irfan Baloch, a senior local police officer, said all three were part of a prostitution ring and authorities were responding to community pressure by arresting them. The trio were already naked when police raided Mallah's home, he said.
"The main arresting police officer's mistake was that he should have covered them up," said Baloch.
Town residents took video footage of the arrests which shows Mallah trying to put clothes on.
Mallah has been released on bail. The two women are still in police custody, Baloch said.
In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past.
A chorus of cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sunday night after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere.
"Touchdown confirmed," said engineer Allen Chen. "We're safe on Mars."
Minutes later, Curiosity beamed back the first black-and-white pictures from inside the crater showing its wheel and its shadow, cast by the afternoon sun.
It was NASA's seventh landing on Earth's neighbor; many other attempts by the U.S. and other countries to zip past, circle or set down on Mars have gone awry.
The arrival was an engineering tour de force, debuting never-before-tried acrobatics packed into "seven minutes of terror" as Curiosity sliced through the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph.
In a Hollywood-style finish, cables delicately lowered the rover to the ground at a snail-paced 2 mph. A video camera was set to capture the most dramatic moments - which would give earthlings their first glimpse of a touchdown on another world.
The extraterrestrial feat injected a much-needed boost to NASA, which is debating whether it can afford another Mars landing this decade. At a budget-busting $2.5 billion, Curiosity is the priciest gamble yet, which scientists hope will pay off with a bonanza of discoveries.
"We're on Mars again," said NASA chief Charles Bolden. "It's just absolutely incredible. It doesn't get any better than this."
Over the next two years, Curiosity will drive over to a mountain rising from the crater floor, poke into rocks and scoop up rust-tinted soil to see if the region ever had the right environment for microscopic organisms to thrive. It's the latest chapter in the long-running quest to find out whether primitive life arose early in the planet's history.
If the government is going to piss away money, I like the idea of doing it on things like this. It employs people - intelligent, talented, and/or skilled people. It's interesting (to me). And things that push the limits of technological possibility generally turn out to have lots of collateral benefits, eventually.
A historical reason to support programs like Curiousity - they are a good place to develop and 'store' during times of political pacifism the scientists and engineers you will need desperately in the event of war.
lotp makes specific my generic initial comment. And I am confident the future jobs from Curiousity (and curiousity) will dwarf those from expenditures on why chimps throw poo or cowboy poetry festivals, etc.
#1 And all of this helps my neighbor find a new job how ?
Posted by Besoeker
Almost everything you are using nowdays is a product of the space agency. By law, inventions done by NASA are open for private use. So many of them are in your everyday goods and services it is boggling.
NASA is actually doing a great job at this and this is exactly what they were made to do. The benefit of all their work can be privatized and capitalized. And THAT will help your neighbor find a job and put beans on your table.
This is one of the few things that isn't a waste of money. It is an investment in the future.
Yeah, and "a budget-busting $2.5 billion"? (see previous article) $2.5 billion? Compare that to all the money Bummer has squandered on bogus stimuli and "loans" to Solyndra type cronies who never seem to make repayments. Makes $2.5 billion sound downright paltry.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
My Tax-Dollars went into space and all I got was this lousy frying pan.
Fried foods are bad for you BP, FLOTUS sez so. Alright, exploring space does have other dividends, I'll grant you that. I would only suggest we take care of life right here during these trying times and worry about life somewhere beyond the moon when we can better afford it.
Besoeker, does your neighbor have a degree in aerospace or rocket-science? If so, then programs like this are a great way to put food on his table.
Furthermore, this program will return more value to you than government dollars spent on unemployment or bankrupt loans to political cronies.
Would I prefer that some billionaire spent the money to build and deliver the rover to Mars and then charged a pay per view fee to watch the show last night. Yes. But, then again would I trust some guy like George Soros with 11 pounds of plutonium? Probably not.
Remember this perspective - in 1969 we had half a million troops in a land war in Asia, were smack in the middle of the biggest infrastructure program in a long time (the Interstate highway system) AND we put a man on the moon.
Now we can't do any of those things, because of the never-ending war on poverty, which has made zero progress since 1969 -15% then, 15% now. How many trillions went into that no-win "war"?
#19 Awwwww, I was gonna say did they bring the Tang?
IIRC a NASA Pert-Offcial said we could possibly see a Manned Spaceflight to Mars widin 10 years .
Iiff our desired future OWG = Space Govt-Order = Federation-Starfleet Command ... Govts-Perts can get their act together + come up wid a positive common, World-accepted consensus on the Sun + available Resources for Deep Space, + also the US' international partners' Space Vehicles don't blow up in flight or on the launchpad, we're a go for Jupiter + outer Planets.