An inmate of a Saudi prison thought he had nothing to lose when he went mad and swore at a police man. He was wrong.
"The head of the prison asked his guards to take him to court," the Arabic language daily Okaz said. "The judge sent him back to prison and ordered him lashed 40 times with the whip for swearing at a police man."
Okaz said the unnamed prisoner is serving a seven-year jail term on charges of drugs dealing.
Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era Soviet spies on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power. "You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels," Putin said, according to state-run Itar-Tass.
"The were carrying the information away not on microfilm but literally in suitcases. Suitcases!"
From wikipedia: Judge Irving Kaufman, in his statement sentencing the Rosenbergs to death: "I consider your crime worse than murder... I believe your conduct in putting into the hands of the Russians the A-Bomb years before our best scientists predicted Russia would perfect the bomb has already caused, in my opinion, the Communist aggression in Korea, with the resultant casualties exceeding 50,000 and who knows but that millions more of innocent people may pay the price of your treason. Indeed, by your betrayal you undoubtedly have altered the course of history to the disadvantage of our country. No one can say that we do not live in a constant state of tension. We have evidence of your treachery all around us every day for the civilian defense activities throughout the nation are aimed at preparing us for an atom bomb attack."
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, vice-chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, investigated how much the Soviet spy ring helped the USSR to build their bomb. In 1945, Moynihan found, physicist Hans Bethe estimated that the Soviets would be able to build their own bomb in five years. "Thanks to information provided by their agents," Moynihan concluded in his book Secrecy, they did it in four. That was the edge that espionage gave them: one year."
I noted that he was very careful to not name those traitorous scientists, as people like the Rosenbergs still have defenders who swear they were innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Some of the traitors might not even be publicly known today.
I agree, some of the worst traitors probably retired on US pensions & died of old age, their names known only to God and the KGB. It is worth remembering what happened. Krushchev's autobiography did name the Rosenbergs specifically, when he said Stalin & Molotov both gave them personal credit.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov made a number of appointments within the government, the official Turkmen source said on Wednesday.
Particularly, a decree on the appointment of two Vice-Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers (Deputy Prime Ministers) Rozymyrat Seyitkulyev and Nokerguly Atagulyev was signed. According to the national legislation the government is headed by the President.
Berdymuhamedov was re-elected to this post on February 12. The government must be formed within a month after taking the office of the President in accordance with the Constitution.
Nope, literally everyone realized a long time ago that unless there were international standards on science and commerce, everything would be ten times as hard and there would be a lot of disasters.
This is why international communications, flight control and navigation is in English, and everybody uses Arabic numerals. Commercial ships can also include ideograms along with their English text names.
Looks pretty, but then again most publicly released footage of invasions do (the USMC cleans up their film too).
A couple things that struck me is they were using only autocannons for shore bombardment. Also the air cover shown were some pretty obsolete planes. This invasion would go pretty well against a minor nation, like Vietnam or Indonesia. Against Taiwan, maybe not so much.
Things I didn't see that need to be taken into account and most likely won't be shown since the tactics to do it are classified:
ASW screen. How the task force deals with subs during the steaming to the invasion spot.
Mine sweeping. A mined bay would be a bitch to try to land in.
Counter-shore fire. The task force would have to deal with fire from the shore against the ships. Big guns would be hell against the smaller landing craft and short range missiles would put the larger ones dumping tanks off out of action.
I didn't see China simulating any of these, but as I said the tactics for it are usually classified and won't be shown to the world. Also another thing that I noticed is the invasion force was pretty small. Maybe a reinforced battalion at most. Again enough to seize a disputed island, but not enough to do much else.
After decades of theft of hardware, software, designs, techniques, it is fasinating to watch LSTs, commanche gunships, amphibious vehicles with forward ramping to afford greated waterborne speeds, shore bombardment, etc.. and know that out arrogance, indifference and frankly often treasonous cooperation have given the Chicoms generational technology improvements that lead them to a level short of parity in capability, but when offset by quantity, potential dominance.
There is very little they haven't already stolen and developed, and with their manufacturing base, their wealth and quantitative advantages in a confrontation short of nuclear is daunting. And now comrade obama wants to cut the nuke warheads by 80%.
Taiwan's navy will arm its submarines with anti-ship missiles for the first time ever beginning next year, a report said Wednesday, as the island boosts its defense capabilities against rival China.
The Taipei-based United Daily News said the navy, which ordered the U.S.-built Harpoon missiles in 2008, recently test-fired the weapons in the United States, in preparation for installing them on its two Dutch-built submarines.
"The missiles will become operational on the two submarines next year," the newspaper said, citing an unnamed naval source.
It said that the more than 30 missiles, which have a range of 120 kilometers, will give the two submarines long-distance strike capabilities that they have previously lacked.
Taiwan's navy declined to comment on the report, citing a long-standing policy of not discussing arms purchases with the media.
Taiwan, which already has Harpoons installed on frigates and F-16 fighter jets, ordered the submarine-launched missiles in 2008 as part of a $6.5 billion arms sale that sparked strong protests from Beijing.
The deal also included advanced interceptor Patriot missiles and Apache attack helicopters.
Ties between Taipei and Beijing have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008 promising to boost trade links and allow more Chinese tourists to visit the island.
But Beijing still sees the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though Taiwan has governed itself since 1949 at the end of a civil war.
China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced weapons, largely from the United States.
CANBERRA: Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigned on Wednesday, saying he could no longer work with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, stoking speculation he will challenge her for the leadership and plunging the government into a new crisis.
Gillard's minority government has sunk in popularity as Gillard and Rudd, whom she ousted in 2010, have waged a personal feud that has split their Labour Party and alienated voters. They differ little on policy, but the battle -- described by Rudd as a "soap opera" -- threatens to trigger an early election and a defeat for Labor's economic reform agenda, including major mining and climate change legislation.
Senior ministers had in the past week urged Gillard to sack Rudd due to the leadership speculation and increasing animosity between the two camps.
"The simple truth is I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I do not have Prime Minister Gillard's support," Rudd told a news conference in Washington. "The only honorable course of action is for me to resign."
Rudd's supporters believe only he can stem hemorrhaging voter support to opposition leader Tony Abbott and his conservative coalition, which holds a strong lead in opinion polls. But a move back to Rudd risks losing the backing of independents who give the minority Labor government a one-seat majority.
Rudd was ousted from the position of Prime Minister just before the last election due to his dysfunctional and egomanical style of governing. Gillard, the first female Prime Minister, took over from him. To say that she has been a disaster is an understatement. This word cloud gives a good indication of what people think of them. The major disaster of both of them has been the refugee policy. The previous prime minister John Howard had the problem under control, but Rudd felt that under his leadership he needed a more "compassionate and humanitarian" As the words suggest, the new policy has been an unmitigated disaster.
It didn't take the Taliban long to suss out that Australia was being run by an idiot.The vast majority of "refugees" are now from Afghanistan and the vast majority of them them have major mental and physical issues. It has been calculated that each Afghani cost one million in the first year and half million per year thereafter. Nine out of ten are still unemployed after ten years.
A phenomenon that has been observed is that a lot of those with issue return to Afghanistan once they are well, the self same country they fled, to "visit their families". Some return to Australia, the majority don't. Drones perhaps!
You don't "establish a technology" in China. You give it to them, the whole shooting match, and pay for the privilege.
It is astounding that any company would do this today, given the history, and one can only suspect malfeasance by those who do.
Four Bosnian Croats, including a woman, were tossed in the calaboose on Wednesday accused of committing war crimes against Serb civilians at the start of the 1992-1995 war, justice officials said.
The former members of paramilitary forces are suspected of committing war crimes against Serb civilians in a detention camp in May 1992, shortly after the start of the war, the Bosnian war crimes prosecutor's office said.
The prisoners in the camp in the southern Bosnian town of Dretelj were "tortured, beaten, raped and persecuted in an extremely humiliating way," it said in a statement, adding that some had died and others were still missing.
At the time the suspects, now aged between 44 to 59, were either top camp officials, guards or members of a Bosnian Croat militia.
Top officials accused over atrocities committed during the Bosnian war, which killed about 100,000 people, are tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), while local courts handle smaller cases.
SACRAMENTO, CA (KXTV) - The federal government has filed a lawsuit to force anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan to provide her financial records to the Internal Revenue Service. Boy-howdy, she's in trouble now!
An IRS revenue officer said Sheehan refused to answer any questions about her finances after receiving a summons at her Vacaville home. Not a smart move, but then, she's never been accused of being smart. Just a tool.
The U.S. Attorney's office on Tuesday filed a petition to enforce the IRS summons. Oh, my! A summons!
The summons ordered Sheehan to produce bank account statements for the period from August through early November 2011. Four lousy months? C'mon Cindy you can do this time standing on your head.
According to IRS revenue officer Jose Arteaga, the financial information may be relevant to the collection of Sheehan's federal income tax liabilities for tax years 2005 and 2006. So she's a tax cheat as well. My my my. Whooda thunk?
Arteaga said Sheehan first met with him on Nov. 22 and sought an extension to Jan. 17. It was during the January meeting that she refused to answer any questions or produce the requested documents. I can say nothing!
Sheehan said she's always been up front with the IRS and has no intention of paying her taxes. She says the government has already taken enough from her. It doesn't work that way, Bugwit.
"If they (federal government), can give me my son back, I'll pay my taxes, but that's not going to happen," Sheehan said. Then you will probably loose everything you still have. Unless some other Bugwit pays them for you.
Sheehan became an anti-war activist after her son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq. She attracted national attention after setting up a camp in 2005 near President George W. Bush's ranch in Texas. Miss me yet?
More recently, Sheehan has been involved in the Occupy movement and was arrested during an October demonstration in Sacramento. I'm not surprised. Hangs around with the other leeches.
The IRS lists Sheehan as self-employed. She was not immediately available for comment on the tax lawsuit.
The U.S. Attorney's office on Tuesday filed a petition to enforce the IRS summons.
An IRS agent wanted my client and myself to fill out a 433 (Financial Statement information) in his presence. I politely told him to fuck off. Said agent delivered a summons to me and my client... on Christmas Eve. You can defeat a summons by (largely) complying with its provisions, so I sent the 433 to the agent and cc'd his boss on it. The agent calls me back and starts giving me crap; I called him a thugh & a brownshirt (the same words I used when I called his boss the week before & laid into him on the Xmas Eve delivery of the summons).
You can push back on the IRS to a degree, but Alaska Paul's right - choose your spots.
So she's now become a "sovereign citizen militant"?
To suggest this to the left would be hilarious.
"She was so disappointed with Obama that she has become a sovereign citizen, and encourages other liberal Democrats to join her in refusing to pay Income Taxes that go to corrupt Wall Street bankers and foreign wars."
Hey, I'm surprised that Eric Holder and Tim Geithner aren't fighting a pitched battle to see who gets to hire her. After all, being a lying lefty activist and tax cheat are what the O' administration is all about.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
I am not a lawyer, but I have seen several things on the internet that say it can be dangerous to answer questions from a law enforcement officer. Martha Stewart went to jail because she was convicted of lying to federal agents. The basic message seemed to be to consult an attorney.
I am in no way supporting Ms. Sheehan. I would love to see her justly convicted and jailed. I don't know the circumstances of her situation, or what the legal implications of the summons are.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
Martha Stewart went to jail because she was convicted of lying to federal agents.
Stewart was convicted of conspiracy. The false statements and obstruction stuff was icing. Sheehan, once again, proves she's just yer garden variety dip-shit.
Of the nine people (identified as) infected in 2011, eight were men who had sex with yes.....other men, according to the agency. Seven were either in the U.S. Army in Fairbanks or had sexual partners in the military. Most were young-- four were under the age of 20.....Post DADT enlistees. The nights are very long at Fort Richardson.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh signs three-stage deal with Egypt to end Gaza's energy crisis.
Egypt and Hamas reached an energy agreement Thursday to help end the energy crisis in Gaza, and that will ultimately connect Gaza's electricity grid to Egypt's, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported.
According to Ma'an, Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh struck a deal with Egyptian officials and the Islamic Development Bank after "intensive negotiations."
The deal, to be implemented in three stages, begins with Egyptian companies pumping fuel into Gaza under contracts signed with individual companies.
In the next stage, the Islamic Development Bank will fund projects to increase the capacity of Gaza's only power plant by 40 megawatts.
Finally, Gaza will connect its electricity grid to Egypt's and convert the power plant to run on gas instead of diesel.
Egypt decided to let more fuel into Gaza and increase the amount of electricity it supplies to the Palestinian enclave on Tuesday, a move aimed at easing a power crisis that has embarrassed the ruling Hamas movement.
The sensational result that neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light may be undone by nothing more than a simple mechanical error.
Scientists from the OPERA collaboration at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy have "identified two issues that could significantly affect the reported result," wrote OPERA spokesman Antonio Ereditato in an email.
The first issue is a faulty connection of the fiber-optic cable bringing the GPS signal to the experiment's master clock. The experiment's GPS may also have been providing the wrong timestamps during synchronization between events. The difference between Big Science and bad science is not always obvious.
In all fairness, they did say that these *may* have been the problem, not that there *were* the problem. What is important is if they fix these and do the experiment again.
However, they must be careful in doing this, because the fix can often introduce anomalies on its own. For example, when Hansen of GISS did not like his actual results, he "fixed" (adjusted) them to conform with the results he wanted. This was not done "in good faith", but with intent to distort data.
This is a major problem in experimental science, ignoring anomalies. For example, when Alexander Fleming discovered the contamination of his Petri dish experiment by a penicillin-generating mold, his first inclination was to discard it and start over. Fortunately for millions of people, he decided to investigate the anomaly.
Notice the difference between this and Climate Fraud: these guys are openly and publicly discussing experimental errors and what might be the cause. Just like some of us learned to do in high school science class.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.