I sh*tcanned the NFL after foolishness with kneeling started. Never watched the joke that is the NBA and am now dumping MLB. Hope the NHL keeps its standards and can’t help noticing the absence of the fractious people in the other leagues. Might be a hint there. Playing the race card with me now just pisses many people like me off and eventually advertising rate decline with awaken the profit motive in businesses that employ troublesome workers that do that to us.
Sports are entertainment. People want to relax and enjoy themselves and be entertained in their off-hours especially if they are paying The high prices of cable. The last thing they want is a bunch self-rigtheous "woke" assholes pontificating and raising their consiousness. Good-bye ESPN, NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR and SJW jerks.
Great, now let's hope the ratings go to ZERO. And the same for the National Felons League.
I enjoyed the hockey feast over the weekend...possibly the most pathetic out of the pro sports was English football/soccer. Even the refs took a knee and they had BLM patches (spelled out) on their jerseys.
Decades ago, I was a rabid sports dog. Die hard support for the local teams. I finally went to aversion therapy, like for smoking, that make so sick of it you can't bear to hear about. Haven't watched any of it in about 25 of so years, and don't miss it. The aversion therapy group I went to was the Houston Oilers. If they couldn't break ya, you couldn't be broke.
Posted by: ed in texas ||
08/03/2020 21:54 Comments ||
the Florida Marlins cancelling their next 2 weeks of game or something, because players have the WuFlu or meflu.
Mr. Wife says it is indeed Florida Marlins, and he thinks 13 players were diagnosed with the thing plus another half dozen or so team personnel. (He does come in handy, even lying prostrate on the couch after spending a few too many hours today continuing to cut up the mature black locust that fell unheard in our little woods. Hopefully tomorrow will see the thing complete.)
[ToloNews] The Afghan government has released 317 Taliban ...Arabic for students... prisoners in the past two days from Parwan and other provinces, bringing the total to 4,917, the National Security Council tweeted on Sunday.
"Release will continue until the total reaches 5,100," it said.
On Friday, the first day of Eid, President Ashraf Ghani ...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money... ordered the release of 500 Taliban prisoners in response to the group’s three-day ceasefire announcement.
Ghani said the 500 prisoners would be released within the next four days, but they are not prisoners on the Taliban's list. The Taliban list includes detainees that the Afghan government has said are accused of serious crimes.
As a solution, the US has proposed that hundreds of Taliban prisoners be transferred to house arrest in a supervised facility when they are freed from Afghan jails, Rooters reported on Friday, citing three bigwig sources said.
The report said the move was proposed to end the deadlock that is holding up the intra-Afghan negotiations.
The proposal for Taliban fighters accused of conducting some of the bloodiest attacks in Afghanistan to be placed in a location where they would be under both Taliban and Afghan government surveillance was presented this week to the warring Afghan sides by top US diplomats, the sources said as quoted by Rooters.
The Rooters report says that the diplomats are trying to kickstart peace negotiations in Doha that have been delayed over the prisoner issue.
The completion of the prisoner exchange was part of the agenda of US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s meeting in Kabul on July 29.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, that it objects to what was mentioned in the navigational warning issued by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... regarding the deployment of a Ottoman Turkish ship for seismic.
Commenting on this warning, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez expressed Egypt’s objection to the interference of Point No. 8 mentioned in the navigation warning with the Egyptian exclusive economic zone.
He stressed that this measure is not consistent with the United Nations ...the Oyster Bay money pit... Convention on the Law of the Sea and violates the provisions of international law, "rather it constitutes a violation and an assault on Egypt’s sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean."
He also stressed that Egypt does not recognize any results or impacts that may result from working in the area of overlap.
He pointed out that Egypt had deposited a declaration with the United Nations on the exercise of its rights in pure economic waters in accordance with Article 310 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on July 11, 1983.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/03/2020 00:00 ||
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Little chances of success to US recent attempt to resolve the current situation in #Libya, #LNA sent its conditions, which is all related the the #Turkish occupation and its results, the main condition is, #Turkey must leave #Libya
We have nothing about this in the Rantburg archives, neither the incident nor the BBC report.
[ToloNews] Email exchanges related to alleged execution-style killings by British special forces in Afghanistan have been shared with a UK court for an ongoing case, says UK media.
BBC Panorama investigated the killings a year ago.
The case of the murder of four members of a family in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province by the British special forces, which is now on trial in the UK's high court, was brought by the members of the family who want a deep investigation into the incident.
The case is receiving new attention because of evidence- email exchanges--have been turned over to the UK court.
The BBC reported that "two senior officers from Special Forces met in a bar in Dorset to have a secret conversation. They feared some of the UK's most highly-trained troops had adopted a "deliberate policy" of illegally killing ungunnies."
After the conversation, the BBC says, "a briefing note believed to have been written by one of the most senior members of UK Special Forces was passed up the chain of command."
The message contained "clear warnings for the highest levels of Special Forces and concluded that these 'concerning' allegations merit 'deeper investigation' to 'at worst case put a stop to criminal behaviour.'"
The documents were released to solicitors for the ongoing case at the High Court.
The man bringing the case is Saifullah Ghareb Yar, and he told the BBC on Saturday that four members of his family were innocent and were "assassinated" on February 16, 2011 by British special forces in the Nawa district of Helmand province.
The UK government said that the four members of Saifullah's family were killed in self-defense during the operation.
Gharib Yar says that on 1:00 o'clock in the morning while they were asleep, British special forces along with Afghan government forces raided their house in Nawa district of Helmand province.
Gharib Yar told the BBC that they were all shouting, and that British and Afghan forces had apparently come to arrest key Taliban ...Arabic for students... figures.
Gharib Yar says that after the firing ended and the forces had left, it was revealed that his father, two brothers and his cousin had been killed by British special forces.
Now the case is in UK high court and the UK government said that the raid was conducted for self-defense.
"Our innocent people have been killed by foreign soldiers inside their homes, we want the international courts to address these cases and compensation must be paid for them," said Attaullah Jan Afghan, Helmand provincial council head.
A commander of the Afghan government forces told the BBC that at that time the family of four members of the group had not fired a single shot at the British forces and the commander believed that the victims were innocent.
"When they [British forces] have committed a crime, then the issue can be investigated and the perpetrators must be brought to justice," said Rouhullah Sakhizada, lawyer.
The BBC reports that Afghan government forces, despite the recurrence of such incidents, repeatedly refused to participate in such operations with British forces.
Talking to a select group in a military base, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu claimed #Turkey will rule the world, writes history, God is with President #Erdogan gov't, predicts unexpected developments soon. pic.twitter.com/O6Lgnbguom
[Jpost] Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general who has called former President Barack Obama They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them... a "terrorist leader," will officially perform the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, the Pentagon spokeswoman said.
After failing to secure a Senate confirmation hearing,
...the Muslim Brotherhood made their objections known...
US President Donald Trump ...His ancestors didn't own any slaves... 's most divisive ...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled... nominee for a Pentagon position so far has taken a different, less-senior policy role at the Defense Department, a spokeswoman said on Sunday.
Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general who has called former President Barack Obama a "terrorist leader," will officially perform the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, the Pentagon spokeswoman said.
In theory, the position would still offer Tata some degree of influence on hot-button Pentagon policy matters, potentially including Iran.
In addition to falsely calling Obama a Moslem and a terrorist, Tata has also called Congresswoman The Ageless and Downright Brilliant Comrade Maxine Impeach 45! Waters ...U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, serving since 1991, a total of 28.67368 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the twelve black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected back when Disco was in flower, in 1976, which would make it 43.67163 years. She has been a politician for virtually all her adult life. If she was a little brighter she'd be a Communist... , an African American, a "race-baiting racist," according to now-deleted Twitter posts seen by Rooters.
Democratic Congressman Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, blasted the move to give Tata a senior job just days after the Republican-led Senate abruptly canceled Tata's confirmation hearing.
"If an appointee cannot gain the support of the Senate, as is clearly the case with Tata, then the President should not put that person into an identical temporary role," Smith said in a statement.
"This evasion of scrutiny makes our government less accountable and prioritizes loyalty over competence."
Tata's new job is more junior than the one Trump initially nominated him for - undersecretary of defense for policy. But the White House made clear on Friday that Trump still supported him, even after the Senate declined to take up his nomination.
Tata had to overcome two bureaucratic hurdles to secure his new role. First, he withdrew himself from consideration by the Senate for the undersecretary position. He then accepted the more provisional status of simply "performing the duties of" the deputy, as opposed to having the position outright.
Smith said the Defense Department was struggling under a record number of vacancies, with top positions filled in provisional capacities, like Tata's deputy role.
"If confirmations cannot be completed, the president must find new, qualified people who can win the support of the Senate," Smith said.
The Pentagon had said Tata previously served as a senior adviser in Defense Secretary Mark Esper's office, although his exact responsibilities were unclear.
"Divisive" has a bad rap, much like "Discrimination". As long as you discriminate on ethical grounds, like criminality or motive, no problem. If you're divisive, that's fine as long as you're dividing out the people who wish to do you harm.
[THEBAGHDADPOST] An Iraqi general, who has been widely blamed for the fall of the city of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... to the ISIS snuffies in 2014, was released from prison on Saturday, to the dismay of many Iraqis.
Iraqis from Mosul reacted with anger to news that General Mahdi Gharawi, who had been tasked with the defence of Iraq's third-largest city in 2014, had left prison and was now back at home after just two years in jug.
The Iraqi army and police had an estimated 60,000 men in Mosul, and greatly outnumbered the attacking ISIS force which was estimated to be only 1,500 strong. However, there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly... they abandoned their positions in the city in June 2014, allowing IS to capture it in just six days.
Mosul endured three years under the rule of IS snuffies and large parts of it were destroyed in Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s by the US-led anti-ISIS coalition .
Bodies of victims of the war are still regularly being found in the city, where scenes of devastation predominate today , three years after IS snuffies were expelled.
Gharawi was accused of a series of charges by the Iraqi defence ministry, including desertion and dereliction of duty. The charges carried a maximum penalty of death.
Taha Abbassi, the father of seven children who were killed along with their mother in a coalition airstrike on Mosul in 2016 called the announcement of Gharawi's release "disgusting".
"Justice is absent in Iraq," he told The New Arab's Arabic-language service. "When things like this happen it makes the creation of a state which respects human rights ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty... and the right to justice impossible."
Although free from prison now, he still faces a number of charges in civilian courts, including high treason, which the Iraqi parliament accused him of in 2015, and human rights violations committed during Gharawi's command of Mosul's security.
Other officers who were accused of abandoning Mosul to IS, such as Federal Police Colonel Kifah Muzher, have also been released from prison.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/03/2020 00:00 ||
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[EN.ALGHADEER.TV] The US House of Representatives has passed an aid package valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and designated for assistance to the Israeli regime to develop its surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems.The lower house of the US Congress made the decision on Friday and the funding will mostly be allocated for Iron Dome, David’s Sling as well as Arrow 3 missile systems, Israeli English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.
The appropriations bill specified that "$500,000,000 shall be for the Israeli Cooperative Programs...for the procurement of the Iron Dome ... system to counter short-range rocket threats...for the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) program... for co-production activities of Arrow 3 Upper Tier systems in the United States and in Occupied Paleostine."
The report asserted that the spending package is in accordance with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and the Israeli regime worth $38 billion over a decade.
US military aid to Israel has skyrocketed over the past several years, even as Israeli forces are engaged in blatant human rights ...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... violations against Paleostinians in the besieged Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... Strip and across the occupied West Bank.
Back in April, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Pentagon had supplied 1 million surgical masks to the Israeli regime in order to be distributed among soldiers, despite the fact that it had earlier introduced a measure requiring personnel to make their own masks to combat the spread of the new coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... The report revealed that the masks were procured from China, and a plane carrying the medical stuff intended for Israeli soldiers landed in Ben Gurion Airport on April 7.
The Jerusalem Post had initially published the article headlined "US Department of Defense gives 1 million masks to IDF for coronavirus use."
The newspaper, however, changed the headline shortly afterwards to read, "Israel brings 1 million masks from China for IDF soldiers," in a possible attempt at downplaying the role of Washington in spite of shortages in protective equipment, including face masks, in the United States.
[BBC] - The government's own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry.
The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827.
The official numbers still make Iran the worst-hit in the Middle East.
In recent weeks, it has suffered a second steep rise in the number of cases.
The first death in Iran from Covid-19 was recorded on 22 January, according to lists and medical records that have been passed to the BBC. This was almost a month before the first official case of coronavirus was reported there.
Since the outbreak of the virus in Iran, many observers have doubted the official numbers.
There have been irregularities in data between national and regional levels, which some local authorities have spoken out about, and statisticians have tried to give alternative estimates..
A level of undercounting, largely due to testing capacity, is seen across the world, but the information leaked to the BBC reveals Iranian authorities have reported significantly lower daily numbers despite having a record of all deaths - suggesting they were deliberately suppressed.
...The data was sent to the BBC by an anonymous source.
It includes details of daily admissions to hospitals across Iran, including names, age, gender, symptoms, date and length of periods spent in hospital, and underlying conditions patients might have.
The details on lists correspond to those of some living and deceased patients already known to the BBC.
...The discrepancy between the official figures and the number of deaths on these records also matches the difference between the official figure and calculations of excess mortality until mid-June.
Excess mortality refers to the number of deaths above and beyond what would be expected under "normal" conditions.
...Dr Pirmoazzen points to the fact that Iran stopped international health organisation Médecins Sans Frontières from treating coronavirus cases in the central province of Isfahan as evidence of how security-conscious its approach towards the pandemic is.
...The health ministry has said that the country's reports to the World Health Organization regarding the number of coronavirus cases and deaths are "transparent" and "far from any deviations".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru ||
08/03/2020 05:49 ||
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Some deep states wnat to cover up the numbers; other want to exaggerate them.
[IsraelTimes] The Hezbollah terror group has trained thousands of students in "electronic warfare," including the propagation of fake news, since 2012, according to The Telegraph.
It reports: "A Telegraph investigation can today reveal that Hizbollah has trained thousands of Iran-backed social media activists, helping create so-called ’electronic armies’ across the region. This newspaper can disclose that since at least 2012, Hizbollah has been flying individuals into Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers... for courses teaching participants how to digitally manipulate photographs, manage large numbers of fake social media accounts, make videos, avoid Facebook’s censorship, and effectively spread disinformation online.
"Students have come from Iraq, Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , Bahrain, and Syria, according to interviewees that spoke to The Telegraph on the condition of anonymity."
[AlAhram] Syria on Sunday condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country's northeast and a US oil company, describing it as "theft" and an "affront to national illusory sovereignty".
The foreign ministry denounced "an agreement signed by the SDF militia and a US oil company to steal Syrian oil... supported by the US administration", in a statement quoted by the official SANA news agency.
The SDF is the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led paramilitary alliance that backs a semi-autonomous administration in northeastern Syria and controls the country's biggest oilfields.
Senior US officials have confirmed an agreement to "modernise" the fields, without naming the US company or providing other details.
The Syrian foreign ministry's statement decried "an agreement between... thieves who steal and thieves who buy".
It also decried "the hostile US position towards Syria, the theft of the Syrian people's riches and its hindrance of the state's reconstruction efforts".
Senator Lindsey Graham ...soft-spoken senator from South Carolina, former best buddy of John Maverick McCain. Since McCain's demise, Graham has become more outspoken, more Republican and more of a supporter of President Trump. The speech he gave in support of Brett Kavanaugh was downright manly and really cheesed off the Dems... , a longtime supporter of the Syrian Kurds, told a congressional hearing Thursday that he had spoken about the deal with SDF commander General Mazloum Abdi.
"Apparently they've signed a deal with an American oil company to modernise the oil fields in northeastern Syria," Graham said.
Asked by Graham if the US was supportive of the deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "We are."
"The deal took a little longer, senator, than we had hoped and we're now in implementation. It can be very powerful," Pompeo said.
A US-led military coalition strongly backed the SDF against the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group in Syria, helping the Kurdish-led outfit seize the jihadists' final patch of territory there in March last year.
Syria's war began in 2011 with the violent mostly peaceful suppression of peaceful protests and snowballed into a multi-fronted conflict pulling in multiple external powers.
It has resulted in the country losing tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues.
The fighting has often destroyed hydrocarbon infrastructure, which has been coveted by the various belligerents.
Before the civil war, Syria produced nearly 400,000 barrels of oil per day, but output has collapsed during the conflict.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iranian authorities announced on Saturday, that the "Zafar 2" satellite is now being prepared and will be completed within months.
President of the Iranian University of Science and Industry Jabbar Ali Zekhri said in a statement to the Fars News Agency that the "Zafar 2 satellite is now being prepared by 93 Iranian scientists and it is expected that we will need several months to complete the project".
He added that "the date of delivery of the satellite Zafar 2 to the space organization is not specified yet because the decision in this regard is in the hands of the organization, knowing that work is underway to complete this national project day and night."
Zakhri said that "a large number of university students in the higher levels of education are working indirectly alongside Iranian scientists in making the satellite" Zafar 2 ".
The head of the Iranian Space Organization, Mortada Barari, recently announced that his country is about to manufacture a sensing satellite with an accuracy of one meter, to put it in an orbit around the Earth at a distance of 500-600km.
Earlier this year, Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... sent their Noor satellite into orbit, prompting the U.S. and its allies to criticize the Islamic Theocratic Republic and accuse them of producing deadly rockets
Posted by: Fred ||
08/03/2020 00:00 ||
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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.