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-Lurid Crime Tales-
7 Teens Arrested In Recent Weeks In Subway Vandalism Incidents
[NEWYORK.CBSLOCAL] Police have tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
seven teenagers in the last three months, on accusations that they committed acts of vandalism on the subways.

The group, known as the Subway Conquestors, has been implicated in several incidents in recent months.

In the latest video posted to YouTube, the group sneaks onto a darkened train at an unknown location and begins manipulating doors. An announcement and digital map indicate that the train is set to run as a D Train, but the train is of a newer model than those actually used on the D line.

D.J. Hammers, who uploaded the video, alleged that they used stolen subway keys.

Later, the video shows a quarrel that ends with a man being struck and falling to the ground, in what appears to be an unused subway station. Details about that incident have not been learned.

A subway train sign that is described as having been vandalized also appears.

Police told CBS2 the suspects involved with the incidents in that video -- which was shot back in the winter -- were arrested sometime back. But the Subway Conquestors have been implicated in other incidents since then.

Police sources believe the Subway Conquestors were also responsible for an kaboom in the Bronx, and have been linked to one at Brooklyn's Nostrand Avenue station in April.

In the Nostrand Avenue incident, police arrested Keyshawn Brown, 16, and accused him of placing a piece of metal on the tracks.

Rail enthusiast Max Diamond said the acts are getting more extreme as the vandals try to one up each other. They have been accused of changing destination signs to confuse passengers, surfing train cars, and stealing Metropolitan Transportation Authority equipment and gear.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under:

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies could turn on society
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 05/24/2015 04:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just watching out for the crazies, nothing to see here, move along.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/24/2015 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Even worse, they might vote Republican! Oh the horror. The horror!
Posted by: frozen al || 05/24/2015 10:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Another example of the old research principle "If you look long enough for evidence of something, you'll find it, whether it's there or not."
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/24/2015 10:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Cause it was the Trekkies who set off bombs on the London subway. Oh, wait, never mind. Or were they the ones engaged in the organized raping of girls in Rotherham. Oh, my bad.

to paraphrase ed - "If you look away long enough from evidence of something, you won't find it, even if its there."
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2015 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Procopius2k + googol
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2015 11:52 Comments || Top||

#6  This has been grossly misreported, on purpose.

Jared Loughner _really was_ inspired by Zeitgeist and Loose Change, which were outgrowths of the whole X-Files conspiracy thing. It's one of the things the Left made the Palin accusations to cover up.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/24/2015 13:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank you that useful perspective, dear Snowy Thing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2015 14:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Celebrate Tax Day With Hilarious IRS Star Trek Film [LINK]
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 05/24/2015 14:29 Comments || Top||

#9  Me, I'd worry more about SCA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2015 15:00 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The dark side of meditation and mindfulness: Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis, new book claims
  • Theory is that techniques help relieve stress and live for the moment
  • But 60% of us have apparently suffered at least one negative side effect
  • Experts: Shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation is a 'scandal'

I meditated once. I breathed deep. I cleared my mind. I looked deep inside myself. I found poop.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Since becoming married, my "mindfulness" has become the responsibility of someone else. Does that count?
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562 || 05/24/2015 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  They put me thru that Mindfulness crap when I was in rehab-made even more pissed off at my Wife. Fortunately, I got over it, am sober and still married to her 35 years now
Posted by: Ebbatle Slinesing1040 || 05/24/2015 0:48 Comments || Top||

#3  I find a day at the range is very relaxing and stress relieving. My wife does as well. Venting your frustrations on those horrible and evil steel plates with a pistol is very liberating and good for a healthy mind. And when your done and you refresh the paint on the plates, it's like you weren't even there for the next person.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/24/2015 2:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Old news. "Some people's consciousness is best left undisturbed."
Posted by: Dopey Gray5525 || 05/24/2015 3:02 Comments || Top||

#5  As a fellow in OD green with three stripes on his arm told me (loudly) many years ago: "Less thinkin', more doin'!"
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/24/2015 7:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Getting your medical news from the DAILYMAIL is not wise lol
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2015 11:53 Comments || Top||

#7  "Less thinkin', more doin'!"

Is exactly right. Sitting there thinking when you could be moving about exercising is the main way to fuck your mental health up.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2015 11:55 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Top rebel commander dies in ambush in Lugansk

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By Chris Covert

One of the most popular and charismatic field commanders for the Russian backed rebels in southeastern Ukraine -- Alexei Mozgovoy -- was killed in a remote detonated mine and small arms attack in Lugansk Saturday evening, according to Russian language news accounts.

Among the others also killed in that attack was Anna Aseeva -- his spokesman -- and two bodyguards. According to a video report of a press conference held after the attack, a total of seven were killed in that attack, including Mozgovoy's staff. An undisclosed number of wounded were hinted in press and video accounts, but were not revealed.

According to several reports, the attack took place near the same location a previous attack against Mozgovoy had taken place last March 7th, near Alchevsk in Lugansk.

The Toyota Sequoia SUV Mozgovoy was riding in, was attacked by a remotely detonated mine, and then his attackers opened fire on the Perevalsk - Alchevsk highway using automatic gun fire.

In a press conference in Lugansk, a representative of the Lugansk civilian authorities, identified as Sergey Gorenko advanced that one of their working theories was that a Ukrainian "subversive group" was responsible for both the March attempt and this last attempt.

Mozgovoy was commander of the "Ghost" Brigade, and one of several original Russian commanders to take control of rebel forces in the fighting in southeastern Ukraine starting in July.

Mozgovoy was also one of seven top field commanders attacked inside rebel territory, and the fifth to die. All but two commanders were located and under the command of Lugansk political authorities, including Mozgovoy.

Mozgovoy had antagonized the political leadership in Lugansk, namely Lugansk president Igor Plotinitsky, whom elements of Mozgovoy's staff had publicly hinted was behind the first attack on Mozgovoy.

Plotinitsky himself had a hand in antagonizing commanders in Lugansk, first by assassinating a popular field commander, Aleksandr Bednov at the first of the year, whom Plotinitsky's government said was being investigated for the murder of four civilians last July.

The assassination attempt was disclaimed by Plotinitsky's Interior Ministry as an arrest attempt, even through the arresting officers had used thermobaric rocket launchers against Bednov and his security detail as they were being driven in a two vehicle convoy in Grigorievka, south of Lugansk city.

That attack did not sit well with several field commanders, specifically Cossack field commanders, and with Mozgovoy himself, who, according to the latest reports, had accused the Lugansk political leadership of murder.

Just before the the last ceasefire in February, several Cosssack field commanders had exchanged heavy gunfire with several units loyal of Plotinitsky because, it was charged, Plotinitsky was doing business with Kiev, specifically selling them coal. Indications are that Plotinitsky is still selling coal to the Ukrainians.

Between the time of Bednov's death and Mozgovoy's, several Cossack commanders had been detained and trundled off to Russia, with at least one, Ataman Mykola Kozitsyn being executed by Russian special forces, according to Ukrainian Russian language news accounts.

One report in rebel media said that at least one and possibly two rebel Cossack military units were disarmed by rebel forces near Donetsk city after brief, but intense gunfire last month. Rebel reports are mum as to the identity of the Cossack units eliminated by rebel forces in Donetsk.

One Cossack commander still alive was given a battle flag and an honorific for his command. Colonel Pavel Dremov and his 6th Cossack Motorized Cavalry Regiment "Matvei Platov" was so honored last April, and had been placed under the unified Lugansk command authority, to include the same logistics almost all other rebel commands were receiving.

But not Mozgovoy and his Ghost Brigade.

As of two weeks ago his units were being denied the usual resources virtually all other commanders under Lugansk civilian authorities were receiving, including battle flags and honorifics.

Last May 9th, Victory Day, Mozgovoy was ordered by Lugansk not to hold a Victory Day celebration, and not to allow any of his units to Lugansk to help celebrate by participating in the Victory Day Parade.

The snub by Plotinitsky was answered shortly by Mozgovoy as he held his own parade and celebration in Alchevsk.

Mozgovoy was severely critical of rebel leadership in the wake of the Debaltsevo defensive operation where nearly six thousand Ukrainian troops were surrounded and liquidated by rebel forces in an operation lasting almost four weeks.

Mozgovoy had revealed to a western television crew last April that he regarded the Debaltsevo operation as a Pyrrhic victory, and that the rebel losses were "colossal", his words. Ukrainian reports seem to bear this out, as newly formed rebel units at the time were driven into battle zones against Ukrainian volunteer and military units dug in in fixed defenses with the minimum of instructions, munitions and no maps.

Two of the popular Cossack commanders participated in the latter stages of the Debaltsevo operation, Ataman Kozitsyn and Colonel Dremov, but it was Dremov who disputed Mozgovoy's contention of massive losses suffered by rebel forces.

Dremov told an Estonian Russian language news website earlier this month that his impression of rebel effort was the combat correlations -- high military science in most Slavic military circles -- was unfavorable to the rebels. Despite his objections, Dremov claimed his loss ratio was less than five percent of his totals. Videos released directly after the conclusion of the Debaltsevo indicated that the Cossack units were sent in to mop up Ukrainian stragglers.

As for reaction to the news, it should be noted that Plotinitsky's declaration last spring that Lugansk should become part of the Russian Federation was also a factor in the problems he had with his commanders. Several of those commanders, including Mozgovoy, as well as Cossack commanders wanted an independent united republic known as Novorossiya, and has publicly expressed their desire for a separate republic.

Even Colonel Dremov was in Moscow recently trying to convince legislators to continue pushing the idea of a separate united independent republic, a policy with runs counter not only to Ukrainian goals, but apparently now to the Russian Federation as well.

It is now being said in Russian blogging media that the Novorossiya project of Vladimir Putin is now over and that Russia may be on the cusp of abandoning the political leadership, as well as the military leadership of the rebels to the mercies of the Ukrainians.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com and on Twitter. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraina by clicking here.
Posted by: badanov || 05/24/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are we rooting for anybody in this pissing contest or just making popcorn?
Posted by: Steven || 05/24/2015 3:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's how it breaks:

Former commies who want a return to the Soviet Union, current commies who want a return to the Soviet Union, peaceniks, feminists and whole spectrums of the left (where they want a return to the Soviet Union or not), and Nazis of all stripes are on the Russian side, no matter what. That is regardless of what nationality they are.

Euros, the Zbigniew Brzezinski Foreign Policy Wing of the Democratic Party, and Nazis of all stripes are on the Ukrainian side.

Hope this helps.
Posted by: badanov || 05/24/2015 9:23 Comments || Top||

US Government To Review Mystery Of Slow 1st Quarter Growth
[HOSTED.AP.ORG] There's something strange about the U.S. economy in the first three months of every year: It frequently grows at a much slower pace than in the other nine months.
People spend a lot of money over Christmas and Hannukah. Holiday temp workers are laid off. Bad weather sets in and limits travel. What's so mysterious about that?
And on Friday, the government agency charged with calculating the economy's growth rate said it would adjust its methods in an effort to resolve the problem.

The changes could paint a much different picture of the economy's recent performance. Concerns flared when the government said late last month that the economy expanded just 0.2 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter. But many economists have challenged the government's data, and some have argued the first-quarter figure should be as high as 1.8 percent instead.
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Time to cook the books to make the Dems look good.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 05/24/2015 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  "Give us a few more days or weeks... we haven't bludgeoned the data enough yet!"
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/24/2015 1:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Why 1.8%? Let's make it 5%!
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/24/2015 1:20 Comments || Top||

#4  With obamacare, every "Employee" will cost more than $30,000 a year to keep full time.

That is hint #1.

Then take everything he as done. Reverse it, and you have a correct path, maybe, after they corrupted even that....

Posted by: newc || 05/24/2015 2:19 Comments || Top||

#5  I have been thinking about these cooked books for a while.

I do not even think I can trust any figures. It's like "global warming" data except I cannot use any of it as a reference because you do not know what is cooked.

Taxpayer funded book cooking for political power or gain.

Posted by: newc || 05/24/2015 2:58 Comments || Top||

#6  They'll have the CIA 'alternate rendition' guys take the facts out and waterboard them until they say what the boys in front office want to hear.
Evidently SOP.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/24/2015 7:59 Comments || Top||

#7  It's what happens when you actually start believing the numbers you cook for public consumption. When facts don't match the model, throw out the facts. Then they can't understand why their programs don't work. I don't care how many pieces of paper from how many institutions these clowns have, if you can't grasp the fundamentals of testing theorems then the intellect is not there.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2015 8:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Of course, democrats are un able to believe anything but a lie. That is why they are democrats.

Everyone looks great spending money they never made, spending the future - making debt to provide shiny things.
Posted by: newc || 05/24/2015 10:31 Comments || Top||

Curing the Supreme Court's ills – Part I: Judicial review
One of the important tasks which the new government and the new Knesset will face is the urgent need to cure some of the ills of the Supreme Court. These ills -- if not stopped -- threaten the democratic underpinnings of the state. In this note, we shall relate to one of these ills: judicial nullification of the laws of the Knesset.
We've all seen what happens in EUrope.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2015 14:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [5 views] Top|| File under:

Science & Technology
CIA ends its climate change program
Posted by: frozen al || 05/24/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We'll control climate change when we learn to control volcanos.

Until then, we're just pissing away money on fads to think we can do anything about what the weather is going to be next year or one hundred years from now.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 05/24/2015 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Distractions are belt fed horse shit employees made to change the "culture" of an org.

No business does the CIA have with this obvious scam when we need real challenges met.

Buy potus some depends.
Posted by: newc || 05/24/2015 2:35 Comments || Top||

#3  CIA ends its climate change program

Not a moment too soon, either !

Study: Cold weather is much deadlier than extreme heat

MemorialDay 2015 Weekend Snow in Maine
Posted by: Vespasian Spawn of the Faeries4066 || 05/24/2015 12:31 Comments || Top||

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  US drone strike in North Waziristan leaves six 'militants' dead
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  ISIS confirms Ramadi capture
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  US special forces kill senior IS leader in Syria: Pentagon
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  Jury sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for marathon attack
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  Belmokhtar's Jihadist Group in N. Africa Pledges Allegiance to IS
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  ISIS acting leader al-Afri killed by US-led airstrike
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  Iraq Blast Kills Four including Peshmerga General
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  Drone Strike Kills 4 Qaida Suspects in Yemen's Mukalla
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  Houthis agree to five-day cease-fire in Yemen

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