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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Serial killer Italian nurse jailed for life
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A serial killer Italian nurse was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for killing four patients although police suspect she could have been responsible for as many as 10 fatalities.

Investigators believe the patients, all seriously but not terminally ill, died as a result of being given strong doses of the anticoagulant drug Eparina by Fausta Bonino.

Bonino, 56, protested her innocence after the voluntary homicide verdict was delivered. Her lawyer said she would appeal.

Bonino was accused of administering fatal doses of the blood-thinning drug to patients in intensive care at a hospital in the town of Piombino in Tuscany between January 2014 and September 2015.

She was tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in 2016 after a review of abnormal deaths at the hospital identified her as being the only staff member involved in every case.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "...life in prison.."

O tempora, o mores!
My people are sadly degenerate these days. They still have the arena... can lions be so hard to find?
Posted by: Mercutio || 04/22/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Did she hobble them first and make them write books?
Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 04/22/2019 9:03 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Snow on Mt Hermon for Passover
[TimesofIsrael] Mount Hermon was hit with a freak springtime snowstorm for the first time in 22 years on Sunday, as unseasonable weather around the country dampened many Israelis’ plans to travel and hike during the Jewish festival of Passover.

Some 20 centimeters (eight inches) of snow were measured at Hermon’s lower level around 12 p.m.,
(This lower level is about 7000' above sea level but at about lattidue 33N [about the same as Shreveport])
with the ski resort’s management deciding to close to visitors as snow was expected to continue throughout the day.
Posted by: lord garth || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nope, can't happen. AlBore said snow is a memory. The Greens have spoke, there is no snow.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 04/22/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
US main stream media taken over by CIA, Mossad: Analyst
[PRESSTV] The mainstream media in the United States are highly influenced by spy agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli Mossad, an American academic and analyst says, noting that Google's recent move in blocking Press TV's accounts was part of the American government’s pressure campaign against Tehran.

James Henry Fetzer, a retired professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, made the remarks in a recent interview with Press TV after Google blocked the English-language news network's access to its official accounts on YouTube and Gmail.

Condemning the ban as a "completely inappropriate" measure taken by the administration of US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
, Fetzer said, "Unfortunately, the mainstream media here in the US seem for long taken over by the CIA and its allies and [Israel's spy agency] Mossad."

The scholar noted that the Trump administration has been pressuring Iran under the influence of the American Israel Public Relations Committee (AIPAC).

"I have no doubt that Press TV has suffered a tremendous amount of interference," he said. "I've been extremely concerned that the Trump administration has taken an extremely negative attitude towards Iran."

Following his decision in May 2018 to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Trump has reimposed a series of economic sanctions against Tehran while also designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  A thin line exists btwn genius and insanity. I'm afraid Herr Fetzer stands on the line.

Regarding the Holocaust, Fetzer has written: "My research on the Holocaust narrative suggests that it is not only untrue but probably false and not remotely scientifically sustainable."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/22/2019 1:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I might be willing to buy into this theory but I can't understand how they're able to get the Mossad to go along with the CIA.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/22/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#3  PressTV, the InforWars of the progressive left.
Posted by: Kofi Trotsky4715 || 04/22/2019 17:53 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Sudan central bank strengthens currency to 45 Sudanese pounds to dollar
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sudan’s central bank on Sunday strengthened the Sudanese pound to 45 pounds to the dollar from 47.5, state news agency SUNA reported.

It said the measure coincided with the sharp rise in the price of the pound against the dollar on the parallel market.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday said they had agreed to send Sudan $3 billion worth of aid, including a $500 million central bank deposit to ease pressure on the pound.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

Africa Subsaharan
Madagascar president announces constitutional referendum
[PULSE.NG] Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina has called a May 27 referendum on changing the constitution, to do away with the country's Senate and give more powers to the regions.
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under:

Bangladesh puts anti-sexual harassment units in schools after girl's murder
[DAWN] Bangladesh has ordered some 27,000 schools to set up committees to prevent sexual violence, an official said on Sunday, after a teenager who accused a teacher of sexual harassment was burned to death.

The killing of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi has sparked outrage across the South Asian nation of 165 million people and put police action in the case under the spotlight.

Protesters in the capital Dhaka staged demonstrations for an 11th day on Sunday, seeking "exemplary punishment" for the killers of the girl.

Police say she was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended in Feni, south of the capital, where her attackers ordered her to withdraw a police complaint against the head of the school.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire.

Rafi died in hospital on April 10 after suffering 80 per cent burns. At least 20 people, including the head teacher, have been locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
Activists say the murder has exposed a "culture of impunity" surrounding sex crimes against women and kiddies, and the fact that those who report harassment often suffer a backlash.

Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The committees first order of the day was probably to appoint "counselors" to preach to girl students how to behave decently near old muzzie lechers so as to not invite them to sin.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/22/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

Lyra McKee: Police release without charge 2 men held over journalist's murder
[DW] Police believe Lyra McKee was killed by a stray bullet that was fired during rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry. Her death shocked the politicians in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Police suspect one or more button men linked to the New Irish Republican Army (New IRA) had fired on officers and had not intended to hit McKee.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As per your read yesterday, TW.
Good job.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/22/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  *blush* Thank you, Skidmark.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/22/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Zulia is again without light
[ELUNIVERSAL] The National Electric Corporation informed that the operative staff keeps working to solve the affectation in the state

Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky WINS election by a landslide despite his only experience being playing the President on TV
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Comedian Zelenskiy trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko, exit polls showed

  • Poroshenko lost to the 41-year-old TV star across all regions of the country

  • The incumbent conceded defeat on Sunday and said he had been defeated

  • Zelenskiy's unorthodox campaign made up of Instagram posts and comedy gigs
Zelensky win makes Ukraine 1st country outside Israel with Jewish PM and president

[IsraelTimes] Marvels one columnist: ‘Imagine, a pure-blooded Jew with the appearance of a Sholom Aleichem protagonist wins by a landslide in a country that glorifies Nazi criminals’
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did he stay at a Holiday Inn?
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/22/2019 6:29 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 04/22/2019 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Maxine Waters will be stealing his schtick. (see below)
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/22/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

Senior North Korean negotiator calls U.S. national security adviser John Bolton 'dim-sighted'
[JAPANTIMES.CO.JP] One of North Korea’s top nuclear negotiators with the United States has served up mild criticism of remarks by White House national security adviser John Bolton, calling him “dim-sighted” — the second condemnation of a top U.S. official in days.
Because everyone knows open insult is how one gets the other party to come back to the negotiating table and give up broad-based sanctions.
But Bolton is dealing with Venezuela not with North Korea so WTF?
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Evidently the recent Rantburg suggestion that John Bolton replace Mike Pompeo as our negotiator is meeting with some resistance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/22/2019 2:02 Comments || Top||

Activity indicating the movement of radioactive material at North Korea's main nuclear facility

Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Commies

US promises to defend Japan from cyberattacks under security pact
[SCMP] Nations also pledged to strengthen cooperation in space and electronic warfare in response to China and Russia’s efforts to boost capabilities in those areas
Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't defend itself. Not going to be much help to others.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/22/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Please someone, post the snickering Samauri graphic here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/22/2019 6:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Nothing funny about it!
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/22/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
US Contractor steps up to the plate with Oposing Force (OPFOR) MIG 29
[AIR USA] Manufactured in Soviet Union by: Mikoyan-Gurevich.

The MIG-29 is a high speed, highly capable jet fighter interceptor and attack aircraft. It has been exported throughout the world as a swing role air superiority fighter for both offensive and defensive purposes. The MIG 29 is capable of speeds well in excess of Mach 2 with thrust to weight ratios comparable to any NATO fighter. The Air USA MIG 29 fleet was imported directly from a former Soviet Union nation. All aircraft are equipped with authentic former Soviet Union manufactured parts. Air USA MIG 29 aircraft are capable of performing any air to air mission providing excellent training and flight test opportunities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/22/2019 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting

Air USA is a U. S. Government Contractor that provides an impressive array of Tactical Aircraft Services to the U. S. Defense Agencies, Defense Contractors, and Foreign Governments. Our high performance aircraft and support team are capable of deploying and sustaining high paced operations for extended periods of time in order to meet our customers training needs. We provide our customers a Turn Key operation as we provide Aircraft, Pilots, JTAC, JTAC Instructors, Maintenance, Ordnance and support equipment.

To address the Military Training Requirements during a time of shrinking budgets, fewer Military Aircraft and fewer Military Tactical aviators. (downsizing)

To enhance the military capabilities and combat readiness of our customers by providing advanced electronic threat simulation, advanced combat air presentations, and air to ground ordnance delivery for JTAC, TACP, FAC (A) and JFO training.

All Air USA’s pilots are career Military Tactical Aviators, (active duty, reserve or retired) Fighter Weapons School graduates, test pilots or combat veterans.

Hawk, Alpha Jet, L-39, L-59, MiG 29
Posted by: Woodrow || 04/22/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  All aircraft are equipped with authentic former Soviet Union manufactured parts.

Hopefully some of those have been replaced with US copies. The Mig-29 was a hanger queen and Germany gave them up as quick as they could after reunification as they were too much of a pain in the ass to keep flying.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/22/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Has the Aggressor Squadron been outsourced?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/22/2019 10:45 Comments || Top||

#4  When the wall came down, we had a great opportunity to get real OPFOR equipment, spare parts, and qualified maintenance personnel for the NTC. Couldn't though because it would mean no contracts for American 'stand-ins'. As they write - where's the graft in that?
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/22/2019 17:17 Comments || Top||

Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight
[PRESSTV] A mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced.

"Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX front man said in a statement. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand."

A photo on the Florida Today website showed large amounts of smoke pouring out of the test site, and there was speculation about a possible kaboom, but neither SpaceX nor NASA would provide any immediate detail.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine referred on Twitter only to an "anomaly."

"This is why we test," he added. "We will learn, make the necessary adjustments and safely move forward."

Crew Dragon undertook a successful test flight in March, sending an unmanned capsule to dock for five days with the International Space Station before returning to Earth.

NASA called the flight "a major milestone," and it raised hopes that the Crew Dragon's first manned flight could take place before year's end.

The capsule is equipped with eight rocket engines (named SuperDraco) that can provide an emergency backup system: for example, if the launch vehicle encounters a problem, SuperDraco allows the capsule to quickly detach and return the astronauts safely to Earth.

NASA is counting on SpaceX's capsule, as well as Boeing's Starliner, to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS, a task handled since 2011 by Russia.

SpaceX was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to help reduce space transportation costs -- and with an ultimate goal of helping colonize Mars.

Posted by: Fred || 04/22/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't know where I put the link, but there's film of the capsule exploding. I don't think it can be reused.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/22/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  "...anomaly on the test stand." It looked like they would need a crew in Hazmat with floor brooms, so, "No refund / No refill ".
Posted by: magpie || 04/22/2019 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Doesn't look good...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/22/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

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