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Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
NYPD request 15 ambulances in THREE MINUTES for 'intoxicated and unconscious' party-goers at Brooklyn's annual Caribbean Festival that began with an early morning shooting
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] New York Police Department called at least 15 ambulances to the neighborhood for people who were intoxicated or had fallen unconscious on Labor Day

  • Tens of thousands of revelers gathered on the streets of Brooklyn for the J'Ouvert Festival early Monday

  • Annual festival, which means daybreak in French is a celebration of Caribbean culture rooted in emancipation

  • Revelers donned devil horns, body paint and even oil at the event which kicked off at 6am this morning

  • Some people dressed in rags and donned helmets with giant horns while others covered themselves in black paint, grease or motor oil in traditional 'ole mas' costumes

  • The event, which has been marred by violence and even death in recent years, had a rough start today when revelers report seeing fights, gunshots and one man was shot in the back
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [326 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder what the survival rates were?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/05/2018 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  ..but they want to ban fraternities.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  If people don't get falling down sloppy drunk, then it wasn't really a party.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/05/2018 7:17 Comments || Top||

#4 
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/05/2018 8:09 Comments || Top||

#5  OMG Skid, I laughed so hard I fell down! :-)
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2018 17:26 Comments || Top||

#6  They requested 15 ambulances but I am curious on how many actually showed up.
Posted by: Airandee || 09/05/2018 19:59 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
France ready to deploy navy in scallop dispute with Britain
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 16:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The French navy has a long and rich history of being blown out of the water by the British navy.
Posted by: Lampedusa Unemp9285 || 09/05/2018 18:24 Comments || Top||

#2  in scallop dispute
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 18:37 Comments || Top||

#3  The Charles de Gaulle is not too busy I think. And the distance should be fine.
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/05/2018 20:20 Comments || Top||

#4  #1 - Fortunately, not off Chesapeake Bay.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 20:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Absurd - neither has a navy worthy of the name
Posted by: Blossom Hupager6063 || 09/05/2018 22:03 Comments || Top||

#6  What's a French word that rhymes with 'bivalve'? I'm asking for a friend.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/05/2018 22:25 Comments || Top||

#7  Family-friendly, old clam, wot!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/05/2018 23:58 Comments || Top||


NYT Blames Roger Federer's US Open Loss On Global Warming
You can't make this shit up...
[Watts Up With That] - Roger Federer Is Tough to Beat. Global Warming Might Have Pulled an Upset.

By Kendra Pierre-Louis

Roger Federer, one of the world’s greatest tennis players, may have become an unwitting spokesman for the effects of climate change on Monday at the U.S. Open.

Federer, who is ranked No. 2, seemed to struggle all night in the heat and humidity at Arthur Ashe Stadium, losing in a fourth-round upset to John Millman, an Australian ranked 55th.

"It was hot," Federer said. It "was just one of those nights where I guess I felt I couldn’t get air; there was no circulation at all."

This was the first time Federer, who won the U.S. Open five consecutive times from 2004 to 2008, lost to a player outside the top 50 at the tournament.

...

While daytime temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) have been a persistent problem at this U.S. Open, forcing officials to offer players heat breaks and suspend junior matches, conditions Monday night were not much cooler. Temperatures hovered in the mid-80s, with the humidity for much of the match above 70 percent.
Posted by: Raj || 09/05/2018 11:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well he couldn't take the heat, that's for sure.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/05/2018 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Well crap isn't he about 40 years old? Surprised he can even move, nevermind competing at top level.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/05/2018 16:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Fortunately John Millman was immune to the effects of global warming.
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2018 17:22 Comments || Top||

#4  So now "lack of air circulation" is a definition of global warming?
Posted by: warthogswife || 09/05/2018 18:35 Comments || Top||


Britain
Salisbury poisonings: Two Russian suspects named over Novichok nerve agent attack on ex-spy and daughter
[Mirror] There is sufficient evidence to charge two Russians over the Salisbury poisoning of a former spy and his daughter, police and the CPS have said.

The suspects have been named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - although cops believe it is likely they were travelling under aliases.

Today, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service said there is enough evidence to charge the pair with offences including conspiracy to murder.

Other crimes they could also be charged with include attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and use and possession of Novichok.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for them - as police have released their pictures for the first time along with evidence recovered by officers.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the commons today that the two suspects are officers Russia's military intelligence agency.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/05/2018 08:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The suspects have been named as Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale - although cops believe it is likely they were travelling under aliases.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/05/2018 9:32 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian TV launches Putin show as his ratings fall
[DAWN] Russian Kremlin-controlled television has launched a new weekly show dedicated to President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
in an apparent attempt to stem a major fall in his approval ratings. The first episode, which aired on Sunday on the Rossiya 1 channel, showed the long-serving leader picking mushrooms in Siberia and in meetings with miners and schoolchildren.

The president already dominates state news bulletins but Rossiya 1’s hour-long show Moscow. Kremlin. Putin provides a new format to showcase his activities.

The previously unannounced show comes as Putin faces a record fall in his approval ratings as a result of a deeply unpopular pension reform that saw thousands of Russians take to the streets in protest.

Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe he can get an endorsement gig with Nike. They don't seem to be too particular.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Flashback to Monty Python and "The Atilla The Hun Show" starring Atilla and his wife Connie...
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/05/2018 7:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe he could title the show "The Useful Fool Apprentice"?
Posted by: gorb || 09/05/2018 17:14 Comments || Top||

#4  The Putin Show
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/05/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||


Europe
Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content
[DAWN] Europe's biggest news agencies accused Google and Facebook of "plundering" news for free on Tuesday in a joint statement that called on the internet giants to share more of their revenues with the media.

In a column signed by the chief executive officers of around 20 agencies including La Belle France's Agence La Belle France-Presse, Britannia's Press Association and Germany's Deutsche Presse-Agentur they called on the European Parliament to update copyright law in the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
(EU) to help address a "grotesque imbalance".

"The internet giants' plundering of the news media's content and of their advertising revenue poses a threat both to consumers and to democracy," the column said.

European Parliament politicians are to set to debate a new copyright law this month that would force the internet giants to pay more for creative content used on their platforms such as news, music or movies.

Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
PTI's Babar Awan resigns from advisory position over alleged involvement in Nandipur scam
[DAWN] Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan resigned from his post on Tuesday in wake of the corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for allegedly causing delays in the Nandipur Power Project.

According to the reference filed in the Accountability Court, the bureau holds Babar Awan ‐ who was the federal law minister in the PPP government ‐ responsible for delaying the power project while in office.

PPP's Raja Pervez Ashraf, who was the federal minister for water and power at the time, has also been named in the NAB reference.

Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


'Samples of liquor were swapped in the hospital room,' remarks CJP
[DAWN] Chief Justice of Pakistain (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday, without naming Sharjeel Inam Memon, said that the liquor samples recovered from the PPP leader's hospital room had been tampered with.

"The samples of liquor were changed in the hospital's room," the chief justice remarked during a hearing.

The CJP, who during a surprise visit to Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Ziauddin Hospital last week found three bottles of 'liquor' in the ex-minister's room, remarked on the incident during hearings of two separate unrelated cases in the Supreme Court today.
Posted by: Fred || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Been there.
Tipping back Little Jacks with the nurses.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/05/2018 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  They say this like it's a bad thing.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/05/2018 7:15 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Headset puts viewers in Lancaster cockpit for 1943 raid on Berlin with voice of real-life BBC reporter who joined epic mission
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/05/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [366 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Overall, of the 6,000 Lancasters which were made available for service in the war, 3,400 were lost.

About 55,000 out of the 125,000 aircrew who served in Bomber Command were killed, while 10,000 became prisoners of war.

Hard odds.
Posted by: Woodrow || 09/05/2018 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Would be unauthentic, unless they include hours of boredom before and after the brief interlude of utter panic.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/05/2018 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  And you have to watch it standing in a walk-in freezer for 5 hours.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/05/2018 16:36 Comments || Top||

#4  ...while wearing at least a dust mask.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/05/2018 20:29 Comments || Top||



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  Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
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  ISIS leader Yasir Khurasani killed with 5 comrades in Nangarhar drone strike
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