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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Chuck Barris Hears The Final Gong
It must have been the Russians.

He worked for the CIA, right?
Posted by: charger || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [14 views] Top|| File under:


Vietnam suspends air controller who slept on duty as planes tried to contact tower for 33 minutes
[SCMP] Vietnam’s aviation authority has suspended three air traffic controllers, including one who fell asleep while on duty, for causing delays for two flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said in a statement on its website late Tuesday that it had recommended that the sleeping controller and one other controller also be fined.

The statement said the incident was a threat to safety, adding that the head of the air traffic control was also suspended.

Cat Bi international airport in the northern city of Hai Phong. Photo: Voice of Vietnam

The online Dan Tri newspaper reported that the crews on two flights of budget airline Vietjet Air-- one departing for South Korea and one arriving from Ho Chi Minh City -- could not contact the air traffic control at Cat Bi international airport in northern city of Hai Phong for 33 minutes on March 9.

The aviation authority was reviewing operations at Cat Bi air traffic control and said officials would implement measures to prevent a repeat of the incident.

The newspaper said one controller was absent while the main air traffic controller was sleeping. A technician was also suspended.

The flights were eventually able to depart and land successfully.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top|| File under:


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Is California crazy from Lead?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
China issues warning to one US bomber flying in East China Sea-2nd broke
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Government
ICE agents outnumbered 5 to 11,000 illegals, cheer new Trump hires
[Wash Examiner] U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement unions are cheering President Trump's plan to hire 15,000 new agents, claiming that he has boosted sagging morale by promising to finally help the outnumbered immigration officers -- and let them do their jobs.

"During my career at ICE I have never had the opportunity to commend a sitting U.S. president, or DHS secretary, but I'm doing so today. Amidst all the hammering from the media, and protests from special interest groups, President Trump and Secretary (John) Kelly haven't wavered, but instead continued steadfast in their support of the rule of law and our officers in the field," said Chris Crane president of the union representing ICE.

In prepared testimony for a Wednesday Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to support the new Trump hiring project, Crane revealed just how outnumbered ICE's Enforcement and Removal force, responsible for seizing and deporting criminal illegals, is.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [13 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Culture Wars
Boston school district switches to a more accurate world map, blows kids' minds
All flat maps are inaccurate in different ways -- only globes tell the truth. So the question becomes, what different perspective is this "more accurate" projection intended to teach, and would the parents agree if they knew?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mmmm...grid cells of uniform size? I suppose that makes it easier to compute distances, if the grid were representative of distance, which it's not.

Relative land mass, uhhh maybe, but you don't need a grid for that. It's not mass at all.
Posted by: al aSha-med || 03/23/2017 0:55 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Spy vs Spy
CNN -- House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been picked up by investigators through "incidental collection."
I'm not sure what that means.
Nunes said at a news conference he discovered the potential surveillance of Trump himself while reviewing intelligence reports, but said it was not related to Russia.
So The Donald may have been right after all.
"This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect," Nunes said. "This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Nunes said he alerted House Speaker Paul Ryan about the collection and is traveling to the White House Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm actually alarmed by it," Nunes said.

Asked whether he felt vindicated by Nunes' comments, Trump told reporters in a brief exchange he felt "somewhat" vindicated.

Democrats on the committee appeared blindsided by Nunes' announcement. Rep. Jim Himes said he spoke with ranking Democratic member Adam Schiff, and that neither of them are familiar with the evidence Nunes is citing.
Heads in the sand.
Nunes is chairing the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling into the US election last year. Two weeks ago, Trump asked Congress to investigate whether Trump Tower was wiretapped by his predecessor, then-President Barack Obama.

On Monday, Nunes' committee held a hearing featuring FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers. At that hearing, Comey confirmed for the first time that his agency is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and whether any crimes may have been committed during last year's election campaign as part of a wider probe into the hacking of Democratic servers and the Clinton campaign.

Also at that hearing, Comey said he had seen no evidence so far of the specific allegation of wiretapping Trump Tower.

Nunes did not know whether the "incidental collection" happened at Trump Tower, and could not say for certain whether Trump's communications were directly collected.

Nunes said the collection included Trump transition officials and that it happened after the election. He said he could not say whether it meant that Trump was "spied on"

"I'm not going to get into legal definitions, but clearly I have a concern," he said.
If there were legitimate concerns that Candidate Trump and his team were engaged with the Russian government to illegally interfere with the 2016 elections, exploring that would have been legitimate, it seems to me. But barring information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the American citizens involved, unmasking their names in leaks to the press and warnings to foreign governments and foreign intelligence services seems to me to be exactly that interference in the election process by American intelligence and law enforcement staff that they were accusing Russia and Mr. Trump of. Winkle them out and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
Nunez sez a 'FISA warrant was involved and everything was legal.' That really does point to collection against US Persons (USP).

Daily Caller: House Intel Chair: Trump’s Personal Communications May Have Been Captured In Sweep

Grabien News: Nunes - FBI Not Cooperating With Investigation Into Trump Camp Surveillance


Legal Insurrection was updating the story as new information came in.
I seriously doubt the term "oh well, shi* simply happens" can be found anywhere in the lexicon of General Mike Flynn. My guess, and it's only a guess mind you, Mike Flynn has been very busy as work discovering precisely went wrong.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/23/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [20 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Man guns down wife in suspected honour killing in Sindh
[DAWN] A woman was rubbed out in a suspected honour killing case in Sindh's Qambar Shahdadkot district on Wednesday, police told Dawn.

Bahram Station House Officer (SHO) Meboob Ali Mithiani said that Koran Ali Chandio allegedly bumped off his 27-year-old wife using a pistol over 'honour'.

Mithiani said that the accused suspected his wife was having an affair with someone in the same village, adding that a First Information Report (FIR) for the murder has yet to be filed.

"No FIR has been registered yet. If no one comes forward to lodge the case within the next two days, we will register the FIR against the accused on behalf of the state," the SHO said.

He added that following a postmortem at a local hospital, the woman's body was handed over to her relatives.

The SHO added that the accused was on the lam and a search was ongoing in the area.
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