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Britain
Pakistan Railways Minister ScrambledEgged And Thrashed in London
Sheikh Rashid Ahmad who had earlier called India's decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir a 'blunder'. He also said that "India was unable to confront Pakistan as it knew that any war between the two Asian countries would not be a conventional war."

Pakistan Railways minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad was on Tuesday pelted with eggs and beaten up by two officials of the Pakistan People's Party in London. The incident took place when Rashid came out of a hotel after attending an awards ceremony in London. Following the incident, two PPP officials in UK - Asif Ali Khan and Samah Namaz - released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

The officials said that they assaulted Rashid because he had been using 'abusive language' for PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Pakistan-based Geo TV cited their statement in which they said: "He (Sheikh Rashid) has been using abusive and bad language during interviews against our Chairman Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He should be thankful we only used eggs as a British way of dealing with such uncivilised politician. He started this we ended it." I suppose he should be glad they didn't know about the leather sap.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 13:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under:


Too late for new Brexit deal, France's Macron tells Johnson
[DAWN] French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. He is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britannia's Brexit divorce deal before an October 31 deadline.

Johnson met Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
, who challenged Britannia to come up with acceptable alternatives to the agreed safety net provision for the UK-Irish land border.

More than three years after the United Kingdom voted to quit the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union, it is still unclear on what terms ‐ or indeed whether ‐ the bloc's second largest economy will leave the club it joined in 1973.

Talks over lunch were constructive, a French official said.

Macron left the door open to Britannia seeking a solution to the Irish "backstop", but said any alternative must respect both the integrity of the EU single market and stability on the divided island of Ireland.

"I want to be very clear," he said. "In the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original."

Posted by: Fred || 08/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No deal hard exit.

No problem.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/23/2019 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  WTO-Only exit is the best Brexit for Britain.

Tough for the EUSSR vassal states though
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/23/2019 6:23 Comments || Top||

#3  I am getting the impression that state-level actors (France and Germany) have their thumbs on the scale, and maybe not so much the EUcrats. France/Macron says too late suckers. Germany/hag whatshername says come up with a plan. Not coordinated, but if it is the EU, why state involvement at all? Not so deeply repressed resentment of Britain? Wasn't the idea of the EU the dissolution of the states and the rise of a single super-state? Vote until the voters 'get it right' then no more votes "thanks, this is my stop, I'll get off here"? Rotten smells predominate.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/23/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Resurrect the Open Skies US-UK free trade deal.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Macron = Sore Loser
Posted by: Iblis || 08/23/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#6  The US is a great nation that was once a colony. UK is a colony that was once a great nation.

Make UK great again!
Posted by: Regular joe || 08/23/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Johnson said they were going to implement BREXIT with or without a deal.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/23/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#8  (#3) I am getting the impression that state-level actors (France and Germany) have their thumbs on the scale, and maybe not so much the EUcrats. -- Whiskey Mike

IMO, the FR/BEL/GER Troika that was running the EU ran into the problem that all would-be empire builders run into: $ Money $. The Swiss Bankers would laugh in their faces, the German Financiers have spent all they care to, so who's next to pillage? Name the remaining country with prosperous finances in Europe ... Tick-Tock-Tick ... Great Britain. England was soon to be plucked, roasted and devoured by their EU Masters.
Posted by: magpie || 08/23/2019 16:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Magpie, interesting comment. Credible.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/23/2019 16:35 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico Risks Recession as Second-Quarter GDP May Be Revised Down
Damn shame. Especially if their intransigence on stopping illegals led to a border shutdown
[Yahoo] Economists expect Mexico's second-quarter gross domestic product to be revised slightly down on Friday, with some going as far as to predict a negative number that would mean Latin America's second-largest economy slipped into technical recession this year.

The median estimate of economists in a Bloomberg survey is for the final GDP reading to show no growth from the previous quarter. That would mean a negative revision to the 0.1% expansion preliminarily reported July 31. The national statistics institute Inegi will release the final figure at 6am on Friday.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2019 06:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Germany too looking like recession...

That idiot Trump's economy must be looking awful compared to genius merkel.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/23/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia launches floating nuke reactor to Arctic
What could go wrong?

Moscow (AFP) - Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.

Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia.

Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.

But environmental groups have long warned of the dangers of the project, dubbing it a potential "Chernobyl on ice" and a "nuclear Titanic."
Posted by: BA || 08/23/2019 12:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
Hong Kong Freedom Marchers Wave American Flag
[Freedom Wire] Since June, millions of Hong Kong residents have flocked to the streets of the city to protest the ruling Hong Kong government and China.

They have cried out for change and a restoration of democracy that the city-state once enjoyed under British colonial rule. In 1997, the British turned Hong Kong over to the Chinese and their freedoms have been steadily eroded ever since.

The citizens of Hong Kong are not going to take it anymore, and they are letting their displeasure be known to the Chinese.

At many of the demonstrations, the protestors are waving flags, and, surprisingly, it isn’t a Chinese or Hong Kong flag. Instead, the flag they are waving as a symbol of their fight for freedom in none other than our own American flag.

America represents a country built on liberty and the dignity of the individual. That is something most of the world has never known, and that is why you see our flag used as a powerful symbol to those yearning for freedom.

For as much as the world likes to complain about America, they change their tune when their personal safety is threatened.

Hong Kong is yet another example of this.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 07:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Dear Beijing,

How about a trade?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm reading that Taiwan is offering to take in the Hong Kong people and Trump has pissed off Xi by opening arm sales to Taiwan that includes anti-aircraft and ship devices.
Posted by: Flesing Wittlesbach3140 || 08/23/2019 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump-Bolton strategy toward China.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 9:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Trade Puerto Rico for Hong Kong and Greenland.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/23/2019 11:16 Comments || Top||

#5  If you have to sweeten the deal, throw in San Francisco and LA County west of Pasadena.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Keep us out of this. Best idea so far is trade HK for CA, then PR for GL. If they are dumb enough to take PR for Greenland, then that is a wonderful deal! I'm afraid we are probably stuck (pun intended) with California.
Posted by: Beau || 08/23/2019 11:45 Comments || Top||

#7  If the Chicoms move violently on Hong Kong our role should be to stand by while all of red china's neighbors freak.

The F16V sale to Taiwan is a start. But we might trade weapons for Cahm Ran Bay or Subic/Clark. Likewise with Japan. They might sell some of their highly capable diesel subs to Taiwan.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/23/2019 13:42 Comments || Top||

#8  ...our roll is to loudly demonstrate that we will read and refuse to buy anything labeled 'Made in China'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Imagine if the populations of Hong Kong and Puerto Rico suddenly swapped. I think the corrupt leaders of Puerto Rico would find themselves at home in the PRC and Puerto Rico might start making money instead of being a money pit.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/23/2019 15:10 Comments || Top||


China ‘will not sit idly' if US sells fighter jets to Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) ‐ China "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, a Chinese general said, while warning of other potential countermeasures in addition to punishing foreign firms involved in the deal.

Beijing considered the sale a violation of previous U.S. commitments to China regarding the island it considers its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary, Maj. Gen. Chen Rongdi, chief of the Institute of War Studies at the Academy of Military Sciences, said. He did not elaborate on what additional measures China might take.

"China will not sit idly by," Chen said Thursday at a forum sponsored by China’s official journalists’ association. "Of course, we don’t rule out additional measures."

Beijing has repeatedly said it will levy sanctions against U.S. companies linked to a planned $8 billion sale and demanded Washington cancel it immediately. China has made such threats regarding previous arms sales by the U.S., but they’ve had limited effect because the companies involved are either important to China’s own nascent commercial aviation industry or have little or no business with the country.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 03:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Planning to cut back on shipments of precursor chemicals necessary for the production of cocaine, heroin, MDMA and crystal methamphetamine ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 3:20 Comments || Top||

#2  "No plastic toys and crap for Christmas!"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#3  West Coast Commie Longshoreman's Union hit hardest. Where's that pico violin?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#4  I personally would not want to reside in BJ or SH after the first shot gets fired at TW.
Posted by: Beau || 08/23/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#5  at TW

Eh? Oh, you mean Taiwan. Whew!
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/23/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Rest assured, TW, if such a thing were to happen, the fury of all Rantburg would be visited upon the Han head.
Posted by: Shith Slereting3318 || 08/23/2019 8:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Xi will sell some nukes to Mexico
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 08/23/2019 9:15 Comments || Top||

#8  I feel that Trump's response will be something along the lines of, "Bite me, Pooh boy."
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/23/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Operation Periwinkle Cluebat would be quick, decisive.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/23/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Oops TW, of course. Trying to avoid keywords online!
Posted by: Beau || 08/23/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#11  Xi can smile and shut up or lose face every time this is brought up.
Posted by: Phinens Dingle9259 || 08/23/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

#12  Operation Periwinkle Cluebat—
that made my day.
Thanks
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/23/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||


South Korea to scrap intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid history feud
[DAWN] South Korea will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid an intensifying dispute over history and trade, South Korea's presidential office said on Thursday.

The decision was made after a meeting of the presidential National Security Council. The deal was due to be automatically renewed on Saturday, unless either side decided to cancel it.

Japan created a "grave change" in the environment for bilateral security cooperation by removing South Korea's fast-track export status, said Kim You-geun, a deputy director of the National Security Council.
Posted by: Fred || 08/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:

#1  China is working overtime to get these two countries at each other's throats.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/23/2019 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Blaming China? There is plenty of bad blood between Korea and Japan without having to blame foreign bogeyman. It was suppressed for a long time and now things are going back to normal. Both Japan and Korea think of themselves as the best race on the planet. When they had it out, Japan got the better of Korea and this is the consequences.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/23/2019 1:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Defending China? Uh huh
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2019 6:03 Comments || Top||

#4  There are a few Korans still alive today who were real slaves under the Japanese. You think the 'slave' circus here many generations later is out of hand, multiply that 10 fold there.

A Korean acquiescence asked me once why only two bombs?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 6:45 Comments || Top||

#5  So, SK don't like Japanese because of the last century. Their first clash with Chinese was in 4th century BC.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Korea, the Belgium crossroads of Asia.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Japan is not as DPRK sympathetic as ROK.
Posted by: Ebbolumble Trotsky8150 || 08/23/2019 10:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Historically, there has always been animosity between China, Korea and Japan. No love lost between any of them. Koreans and Chinese like to pretend that it's all Japan's fault but the history goes a lot further back than WWII so I find that difficult to believe and we all know how the Chinese like to keep the pot boiling.

Is Herb really a Chinaman?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm seeing a baby getting tossed out with the bathwater here. Come on guys, are things really so hunky dory over there it is a good time for Japan and SK to get into a spat? You may have been played.
Posted by: Beau || 08/23/2019 11:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Not hunky dory. It's just that the SORKs need to get over it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 13:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Herb was stuck somewhere in HK methinks.

Everyone will agree that Japan had really been a summbitch all up to their meeting with Fatman. Before that, they just didn't know the meaning of co-existence.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 13:59 Comments || Top||


Europe
Climate Warriors Training For Public Disobedience, Violent Protest
[CNN] Camps across Europe are teaching people how to protest over the climate crisis.

My abject apologies, Dron66046 — I accidentally deleted the article you went to such pains to submit. I did solve the width problem, though: I deleted the quotations around the numbers you had for the first image. For some reason that sometimes works.

At any rate, I did manage to salvage the link and the comments, though not your thoughtful in-line about Antifa highlighted in bright yellow, which 84 Rantburgers have already seen and pondered as of 8:30 a.m. EDT.

— trailing wife


Posted by: Dron66046 2019-08-23 01:18

#1 I wonder how they'll react to counter protestors?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles 2019-08-23 06:32

#2 2,500 years since Aesop and Chicken Little still runs amok. Humans have not changed.
Posted by: Procopius2k 2019-08-23 06:42
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/23/2019 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Climate emergency, me arse. One day in the future, probably in the depths of the next ice age, Global Warming will be recognized as the biggest scientific fraud in the history of forever.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/23/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#2  As you see fit, TW. The main thing was getting the info across. I saw it after posting, didn't tear out the page but the first pic was sized up.

I double check now for double quotes, I don't know how it does that by itself. Previews fine. Then... POW ! Sorry for the pains you have to take.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder how the protestors will deal if it becomes a Federal Law that they can't wear masks and If they violate that law, Martial law will be imposed. If local law enforcement tries to oppose they will be met with extreme prejudice.
Posted by: Flesing Wittlesbach3140 || 08/23/2019 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  "I wonder how..."
How? See Hong Kong.
Posted by: Spanky Spaigum4692 || 08/23/2019 14:23 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Women-only STEM college programs under attack for male discrimination
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 07:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:

#1  make them play by their own rules - Alinskey
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  If the syllabus consists of racial mathematics, pan-sexual chemistry, transsexual friendly engineering etc. with equal outcome grading systems - thanks.

Intelligent people are better off not going to politicized classrooms.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Now identity politics is f---ing up the hard sciences, threatening to make them into the same kind of affirmative action shitshow that has destroyed the humanities and social sciences.

Heather MacDonald brings the appalling news. Read it and weep.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Reality does not recognize gender (all 57 of them). A bridge works or it doesn't - it doesn't care who designed or built it.
This sort of thing could lead to disasters.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/23/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#5  I read it all. Depressing, infuriating and frustrating. MacDonald exposes it beautifully. Her article should be nailed to the UCLA doors.

Project Wakanda. Take over the institutions, agencies and administrations built over centuries of struggle with nature and adversity by the white man. Then use them to indulge in your tribal fantasies and nursing your inferiority issues.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 10:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Destroy the Literature and Sociology departments, and our society and economy can still function.

But destroy basic and applied science in this society, and we will very quickly decline and cease to be a great nation.

This is not just appalling. It's terrifying. How do we get these fools out of their positions of power? When will this madness be stopped?
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

#7  This is why they're pushing STEAM (STEM with Arts) to get that sweet sweet funding for unemployable majors
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#8  We need too have a purge, like a Stalinistic purge of all these nitwits who will never contribute too society.
Posted by: chris || 08/23/2019 13:00 Comments || Top||

#9  We need all the smart, hardworking people we can get to help invent the future. But a women-only program or special treatment like the extra time on exams as some professor proposed seems like a great way to permanently brand someone as Not The Real Deal when it comes to doing the job.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/23/2019 13:45 Comments || Top||


Vegan parents whose strict diet left baby 'severely malnourished' avoid jail
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 07:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Jail is to good for these type of folks.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/23/2019 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Put em on an involuntary hunger strike for...say.. a year?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/23/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Vegetarianism, Veganism in particular, is a moral choice if you will, not a natural choice.

Until a person becomes self-aware and is able to make moral choices, a natural diet should be used.

I'd wager that studies linking birth weight and development natural vs. vegetarian vs. vegan pregnant mothers is obvious and well buried.

In fact, I wonder if this malnourishment-chic is a contributor to all these abnormal birth conditions, such as down syndrome, which seem to be increasing.

In short, to take away necessary growth ingredients such as meat protein before a child ends puberty is taking the Monarch Butterfly off the milkweed before the pupal stage.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/23/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Vegetarianism, Veganism in particular, is a moral choice if you will, not a natural choice.

Like taking it up the ass and calling it love.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 13:09 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Pres. Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.

"We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby - congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. ... It’s frankly ridiculous," Trump told reporters outside the White House.

Trump has made cracking down on immigration a central plank of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration’s sweeping rule changes and executive orders have been stymied by the courts.

The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end "birthright citizenship" through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 03:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:

#1  About time, AFAIK, no other country grant citizenship to just because they happen to be born there.

There's nothing in the U.S. Constitution that grant birthright citizens.

If I'm wrong, please politely enlighten me.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/23/2019 3:48 Comments || Top||

#2  I think the 14th Amendment allows it, but your parents have to be legal migrants, Visa holders, with no criminal records, and gainfully employed.

Of course Obama appointees, communal minded hispanic judges and bureaucrats may have looked at only the first part of that law for decades.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 4:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. 14th Amendment

The intent was that certain states could not declare newly liberated slaves as non-citizens and thus denied the rights of citizens. Everything else is 'judicial interpretation'.

This was before we ended up in the latter half of the 20th Century with a million troops and families deployed across the world birthing in Germany, Japan, Italy, etc. There is no logic to those born 'over there' not to be classified as foreign by this definition. If bloodline is not the consideration in births here, then bloodline is not a consideration over there. It's all rationalization, no principle.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 6:40 Comments || Top||

#4  I think the key is "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof". The children born to diplomatic personnel assigned to the US do not become American citizens. Because their parents are not subject to the jurisdiction thereof. By that logic neither are people in this country illegally, so their children should not become citizens at birth. I think Trump is going to do this to force a SCOTUS decision once and for all.
Posted by: Hupolush Ulereling8010 || 08/23/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Good idea. Do it.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/23/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#6  With Roberts on the bench, it might be wise to wait until RBG can be replaced.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#7  "By that logic neither are people in this country illegally,"

No, "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" means that U.S. law applies to you, that you can be prosecuted and tried. Diplomats (and their children born in the U.S.) can't be (they can only be declared persona non grata and forced to leave the country), but of course illegal immigrants can (and are) be prosecuted for violating U.S. law.

Every other interpretation is just absurd and even the most conservative Supreme Court would reject it.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/23/2019 16:19 Comments || Top||


Pres. Trump Joked To Aides: What If We Trade Puerto Rico For Greenland?
[Hot Air] "Joke" should be in quotation marks. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that he would do that deal if it were on the table.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 02:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Original article is from the new York times, just more trump bashing and bad mouthing.

it's as the NYT cannot stand how successful trump is1
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/23/2019 3:40 Comments || Top||

#2  The Times is a Deep State propaganda tool. If nothing else, Comey's leaking classified data clearly illustrated that.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 5:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Kinsley Gaffe.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 9:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe the CIA should stage a coup in PR. Demand independence.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/23/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||

#5  So, not Florida?
Posted by: Threanter Splat2465 || 08/23/2019 10:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Consider the HA contributor.



Truth be told, if I were playing one of them world games, and the blurb came up, "Would you like to make this trade?" Yes, yes I would. Especially after this last event "Hurricane Strikes Your Territory! Would you like to pay for repairs?"
-> Yes
(doom music)
"Repairs Unsuccessful! Would you like to try again for 2x cost?"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/23/2019 10:58 Comments || Top||

#7  It would bankrupt Denmark.
Posted by: Phinens Dingle9259 || 08/23/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||

#8  It would bankrupt Denmark.

Probably. Just look at what being Puerto Rico has done to Puerto Rico! But on the plus side, Denmark would get a lot of domestic help.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/23/2019 13:51 Comments || Top||

#9  There is a good chance Puerto Rico's entire population would migrate to NY before the transfer. Could work out well for Denmark.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/23/2019 15:06 Comments || Top||

#10  What if we towed the entire island north under the cover of darkness? Being careful not to tip it over, of course.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/23/2019 15:25 Comments || Top||

#11  The absurdity of buying Greenland is not the idea of buying it but trying to buy something that is not for sale and then reacting childish if told so.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/23/2019 16:23 Comments || Top||

#12  SteveS - might be able to (carefully) tow Guam, but I think PR is attached.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/23/2019 16:53 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Resolution in Pakistan to Export Stray Dogs to China, Philippines
[TheNews] KARACHI: Expressing concerns over the recent surge in cases of rabies in the country, a recommendation entailing export of stray dogs to China and Philippines was presented before the Sindh Assembly by Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani.
No Shit !
The recommendation came in light of a resolution filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) legislator Dr Seema Zia based on the alarming rise of rabies' cases in the country which was unanimously approved by the provincial members of the government and opposition.

Zia stated there exists a deficit of anti-rabies vaccines in hospitals.

PTI member Zaman highlighted how Sindh government had earlier vowed to introduce vaccines to curb the reproduction of dogs, however none of that has been implemented as yet.
Chemical castration? The idea has been bandied about over here, but I’m not aware that anyone has actually put it into practice on a mass scale yet.
Zaman went on to state Karachi alone has around 100,000 stray dogs at present.

Taking the resolution of exporting dogs to China and Philippines into consideration, Provincial Minister of Sindh for Health Dr. Azra Pechuho said that the number of rabies cases reported in the entire province is 59, and that the government is already working on introducing anti-rabies vaccines.
Tainted pigs and a rice shortage in China, and Pakistain the no.1 exporter of 'dirty dogs!'

The chinese are the world's largest consumers of dog meat. In Duterte country it's becoming rarer. The House of Han consumes like 10-20 million dogs a year ! And Pakistain has like an uncountable number of the poor mutts. It's a trade made in hell.
For food? Ick — I can’t imagine that meat would pass even a Third World inspection.


Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 05:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I would rather have the stray dogs than a pakistani.
Posted by: chris || 08/23/2019 13:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm by no means an animal control expert, but this strikes me as an incredibly stupid idea.
So, they start rounding up stray dogs for transport to China. Before they can be shipped, they will need to be contained somehow. If even one one of those dogs is rabid, it will infect other dogs, who will go on to infect others.
By the time they reach China, most of the dogs will be rabid.
What happens if you eat a rabid dog?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/23/2019 13:35 Comments || Top||

#3  To a communist, not much apparently.

The thousands of dogs eaten in China everyday are not all vaccinated. Because the major cities can insist on the detail, but in the interior, and suburbs, where's the control ? I'm sure they ingest a rabid or diseased one now and then.

I think this is still in the proposal stage though, and when the guys from China hear it they may just turn red and storm out the room. I'll bet even they won't eat a paki dog.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 13:48 Comments || Top||

#4  process them into Soylent Green before they leave Pakistan
Posted by: 746 || 08/23/2019 16:54 Comments || Top||


Multan court rejects request by Qandeel Baloch's parents to pardon her killers
[DAWN] A trial court in Multan
...Home of the Multan Sultans...
on Thursday rejected a request by the parents of slain social media star Qandeel Baloch to pardon her brothers, who are accused of killing her.

Baloch's brother Waseem had strangled her to death in the name of "honour" at their house in 2016. He later confessed to have killed her because she allegedly "brought dishonour to the Baloch name" with her risque videos and statements posted on social media. Her brother Aslam Shaheen was also nominated in the case.

The social media celebrity's parents, Muhammad Azeem and Anwar Bibi, had on Wednesday submitted an affidavit in the local trial court, saying they had forgiven the killers and the case against their sons should be thrown out.

They had argued that since the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill), 2015 ‐ which bars pardoning killers in such cases ‐ was passed several months after the murder of their daughter, it could not be applied in this case. They had also denied the allegation that Baloch was killed for the sake of honour.

As the affidavit was taken up by the model court today, Baloch's parents informed District and Sessions Judge Imran Shafi that they had forgiven their sons "in the name of Allah".

The judge asked them whether they were only pardoning their sons and not all the accused in the murder case, to which the parents responded in affirmative.

Judge Shafi informed them that he would decide their request after examining whether law grants them the right to pardon the killers or not.

"Do you realise what impact your pardon will have on the other accused in the case?" the judge went on to ask, addressing Baloch's parents.

The court later dismissed Baloch's parents' application to pardon their sons, with the judge saying the case regarding murder in the name of 'honour' would be decided once the testimonies of all witnesses have been recorded.

The accused in the case, including holy man Mufti Abdul Qavi, were present in the hearing today. After Qavi informed the court that he leads prayers in Jhang on Fridays, the court adjourned the hearing of the case until August 24, when the statements of more witnesses will be recorded.

In January 2017, the Muzaffarabad (Multan) police had lodged a First Information Report under Section 213 of the Pakistain Penal Code against Baloch's parents on the complaint of assistant sub-inspector Allah Ditta, the investigation officer, in which it was stated that Baloch's parents recorded their statements in court on Jan 19 and a few days later, on Jan 25, they submitted an affidavit. He said they had retracted their earlier statement against their elder son Aslam and there was a likelihood that they would do so in the case of the main accused Waseem, Baloch's younger brother, as well.

The IO further stated that he had seen Baloch's parents receiving an envelope (allegedly containing cash) from Aslam Shaheen outside the court. Aslam was quoted as saying at the time: "I have fulfilled their demand. Now they should record their statement in the court in my favour."
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#1  they had forgiven their sons "in the name of Allah"

"Oh ! Why didn't you say so ? Then everything is just FINE !!"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 2:12 Comments || Top||


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Chinese Hackers Target US Cancer Research: Cybersecurity Report
Chinese hacker groups are targeting U.S. cancer research institutes as the regime looks to solve the problem of increasing cancer deaths in the country, according to a report released on Aug. 21.

In recent years, Chinese hackers linked to the regime have attacked organizations involved in cancer research on multiple occasions, according to the report by California-based cybersecurity firm FireEye.

The cyberattacks, the report stated, likely flow from the regime's desire to find a cure for the disease‐the country's No. 1 killer‐and, in turn, stave off its attendant social costs.

"It is likely that an area of unique interest is cancer-related research, reflective of China's growing concern over increasing cancer and mortality rates, and the accompanying national health care costs," the report stated.
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Robotic Nurse That Helps You Dress Could Aid Staff Shortage
(Bloomberg) -- Amid a growing shortfall of qualified nurses in the U.K., students and professors at Imperial College London are developing a robot with dexterous 3D-printed fingers to assist the elderly or physically-challenged.
Will it speak Tagalog?
A modified version of a robot nicknamed Baxter, the machine has two mechanical arms, an animated face, as well as sensors to help it analyze patterns and detect if a human user is struggling to lift or move a limb.

"There’s an increasing need for technologies that will allow people to maintain their independence, and through that, satisfy their fundamental human desire for privacy and dignity," Yiannis Demiris, the director of the personal robotic laboratory at Imperial, said in an interview.
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#1  Private duty nurse robots!
Posted by: Large Untervehr4567 || 08/23/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I though up a complete character like Douglas Adams used to make. A robo nurse with a faulty circuit that insults her patients compulsively. But I was too busy to write it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#3  I know several Phillipina nurses, Beso - brother-in-law married one- good people and good nurses, IMO. Still, they tend to be small and American invalids tend to be quite large, so I can see the need for some robotic assistance...
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/23/2019 16:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Not my Tagalog comment Glen. Not sure about the connection.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||


Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds
LONDON (AP) ‐ A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries.

The pills contained two blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol medicine and aspirin. Many people can’t afford or don’t stick with taking so many medicines separately, so doctors think a polypill might help. A previous study testing one in India found it lowered cholesterol and blood pressure. The new study is much larger and gives stronger evidence because it tracked heart attacks, strokes and other problems ‐ not just risk factors.

It involved about 6,800 people in Iran, ages 50-75, some with previous heart problems and others without them. All got advice on healthy lifestyles and half also were given polypills. After five years, 6% of those in the pill group had suffered a heart attack, stroke or heart failure versus 9% of the others. That worked out to a 34% lower risk with the polypill, and a 22% lower risk after researchers took into account other heart drugs that participants were taking.

People who took the polypill most faithfully, at least 70% of the time, had even bigger reductions in heart risks.

The benefit mostly seemed to come from lowering cholesterol; blood pressure didn’t significantly change. Side effects were similar in both groups. Some who developed a cough while on the polypill were switched to another version that substituted one of the four drugs. All of the drugs are cheap generic medicines now.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 03:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will this be available in the USA eventually? And will it still be cheap?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/23/2019 3:53 Comments || Top||

#2  It doesn't say what 4 generics are in the pill so i can't work out the costs.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/23/2019 6:21 Comments || Top||

#3  If the pill is white, even if effective, it will have an uphill battle gaining acceptance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 7:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Where are the big pharma profits in this? Plus, the burden on social security.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#5  A friend told me that in 1968 he was advised by a senior NIH official to take an aspirin a day for good health. He did. More than a half century later his carotids are as healthy as an 18 year old.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 08/23/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#6  I'll take my chances with bottled water, Bayer Aspirin, Neosporin, a full roll of 90 MPH tape, and eight to ten 30 round mags.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 9:26 Comments || Top||

#7  One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/23/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#8  I thought they debunked the aspirin idea. And the cholesterol pills raise men's estrogen levels.
Posted by: gorb || 08/23/2019 12:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Goddamnit ! I can't for the life of me post anything about drugs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#10  That went fine... hmmm.

Polypills, or fixed dose combination medications from some Indian companies were banned in the US a few years ago. There was some question about the quality of the constituents used.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 13:02 Comments || Top||

#11  The polypill combines a variety of fixed-dose drugs, including at least one blood-pressure-lowering compound, a statin, and often aspirin, each of those being useful in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Research has proposed that the combination of a statin, one of three things for the treatment of blood pressure (each at half-standard dose), folic acid and aspirin in a “poly-pill” can reduce IHD events by 88% and stroke by 80%. People taking this formulation would benefit from an additional average of 11 years free of these conditions.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#12  statins - now there's a wonderful idea, /sarc
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/23/2019 13:11 Comments || Top||



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