Yet another fukking clownshow. This is the ridiculous high speed train project that was supposed to cost $9 billion.
Then the public was told the actual cost would be $33 billion.
Obama gave California $3.5 billion in 2010. . . and incompetence and overruns pushed the project's cost to $60 billion.
More overruns, and the cost went up to $60 billion , then $77 billion, then $80 billion by 2019.
Then Trump demanded repayment to the Feds of Obama's $3.5 billion and the idiot boy governor of California said screw you. He promised to pay for it with 25% of the California's entire carbon-offset revenues.
Now the cost is over $100 billion and the retarded project isn't even going to connect any major cities -- you'll have to hop on a bus to get to LA.
Another poster said it well. WeAre Ruled By F--king Morons
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Good idea. President Trump’s team already designed the thing and sourced materials, so it’s a matter of finding funds and relieving suppliers of things they’ve no other market for.
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06/12/2021 00:00 ||
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[ToloNews] Amidst reports of Ankara’s proposal to guard and run Kabul’s airport after the withdrawal of US and coalition forces from the country, a Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... front man has said that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... should pull its troops from Afghanistan under the Doha agreement, adding another layer of complexity to concerns about consequences of troop pullout.
Quoted by Rooters, Taliban front man Suhail Shaheen said that Turkey should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan under the Doha agreement.
In a text message to Rooters, Shaheen has said that Turkey should also leave Afghanistan as it has been a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... member.
"Turkey was part of NATO forces in the past 20 years, so as such, they should withdraw from Afghanistan on the basis of the Agreement we signed with US on 29th Feb 2020," Shaheen said as quoted by Rooters.
"Otherwise, Turkey is a great Islamic country. Afghanistan has had historical relations with it. We hope to have close and good relations with them as a new Islamic government is established in the country in future," he added as quoted by Rooters.
Rooters reports that the State Department and the Ottoman Turkish Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan has left many with concerns about the country’s political future as well as the safety of other countries’ diplomats once all troops leave.
Posted by: Fred ||
06/12/2021 00:00 ||
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Prior to Hillary Clinton's short lived Arab Spring, Seif was meeting with Islamist and other enemies of the Qadafi regime. He was even then considered the future leader of Libya, and seemed to have the support of the LIbyan military and of a range of politicians actually in search of an honest-to-Allah Arab Spring. That he would now reemerge is not surprising. But his location is.
[LIBYAREVIEW] The Italian Ambassador to Algeria, Giovanni Pugliese said that Rome and Algiers share common views on a number of issues, including on Libya.
Pugliese commented on the statements made by Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in an interview with the Al Jazeera news channel, that "Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... was a red line," and that Algeria would not allow mercenaries to occupy the capital.
According to the Italian Ambassador, "to some extent, we also reject Tripoli as the capital of mercenaries. Libya is occupied by foreign mercenaries and must return to the hands of the Libyans with a gradual decline of the foreign presence." He pointed out that last month, a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and President Tebboune took place, where they discussed Libya, and other regional crises.
"A few weeks later, there was a phone call between the Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, and his Algerian counterpart, Sabri Boukadoum, who again spoke about Libya and the Middle East," he added.
Pugliese said that during Libyan Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba’s visit to Algeria, the issue of trade and investments with Algiers was discussed. He added that they "also talked about renewable energy, hence the issues of technological innovation."
The Italian Ambassador added: "Libya and Algeria share various topics of common interest, such as the security of their long land border, and the fight against terrorism, but there are also economic files that Italia can enter as well."
Posted by: Fred ||
06/12/2021 00:00 ||
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Really, the Earth's only hope is to make space launches so cheap that we can just send all the zealots into the Sun.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
06/12/2021 9:58 Comments ||
...We object! But we don't want to do it either.
An interim step before the Turkish supreme court called, in the French style, the Court of Cassation.
[Rudaw] A Ottoman Turkish appeals court on Friday upheld a lengthy prison sentence of more than 22 years for a prominent Kurdish politician over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a pro-Kurdish news outlet reported.
Leyla Guven, a former politician for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was stripped of her parliamentary membership in June 2020 and later sentenced to 22 years and three months in jail for allegedly being a member of the PKK and propagating for the group.
She had appealed to the Regional Court of Justice on the grounds that her sentence was unfair, demanding a reversal of the ruling. However, some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves... the court rejected her application, upholding the local court’s decision, according to Mezopotamya News Agency.
Guven, 57,can appeal the ruling by filing an appeal with the Court of Cassation, according to the pro-Kurdish news outlet.
She launched a 200-day hunger strike in 2018 in a bid to end tossed in the slammer Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan's isolation by securing him access to his family and lawyers. She is also the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) - an umbrella group which consists of lawyers, civil society organizations, political parties and human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... activists.
The PKK is an gang fighting for the increased rights of Kurds in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... . It is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara. Some Ottoman Turkish officials claim that HDP and its sister groups like DTP have links with the PKK, leading to a crackdown which has put thousands of members and officials behind bars.
[OneIndia] Four women among the 21 persons who left Kerala to join 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.... are awaiting a nod from India for their return. The women had travelled to Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. in Afghanistan in 2016-18 and their husbands were killed in different attacks in Afghanistan.
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Posted by: trailing wife ||
06/12/2021 02:35 ||
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this is easy k they run suicide cow bomber training camps!
[Rudaw] A bigwig from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... ’s president reached out to propose a ceasefire agreement that would end their conflict in Turkey and the Kurdistan Region while intra-Kurdish tensions are high.
"A few months ago [Ottoman Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan asked us, through some friends, to declare a ceasefire in Turkey," Murat Karayilan, member of the PKK executive committee, said in an interview aired on Sterk TV on Thursday.
The message from Erdogan was that, if a truce is declared in Turkey, then "whatever you do in other parts of Kurdistan, will not be [Ankara’s] business," Karayilan said.
The PKK leader said this was an attempt by Turkey to encourage a war between the PKK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which is the main ruling party in the Kurdistan Region and enjoys strong ties with Ankara. "This is the enemy’s game. We need to be aware," said Karayilan.
The offer from Turkey was made in secret and Karayilan wanted to raise it in a meeting with KDP leader Masoud Barzani or other officials, but decided to "reveal it to the Kurdish public now."
Historic tensions between the PKK and KDP are once again elevated as the PKK is under intense pressure from Turkey’s armed forces and drone power, and the guerrillas are blamed for two separate attacks on Peshmerga forces that resulted in the death of six. The PKK has denied involvement in the deaths.
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06/12/2021 00:48 ||
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[SHAFAQ] Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited on Friday the family of the intelligence officer who was recently killed in Baghdad.
Al-Kadhimi's office said in a statement, "the PM visited the house of hero martyr Nibras Farman Shaaban (Nibras al-Faili), who was assassinated by treacherous hands in a cowardly attempt to undermine the heroes of our security forces."
The statement added that al-Kadhimi offered deep condolences to the family of the martyr, noting, "Colonel Nibras and his lover companions are the bulwark in front of the enemies of our people."
Earlier, Nibras al-Faili, an Iraqi intelligence officer was assassinated in the capital, Baghdad.
Unidentified men rubbed out the senior intelligence officer as he drove his car in al-Baladiyat area.
The Colonel, Nibras Farman al-Faili, was the Head of the Rusafa office in the Intelligence Service.
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06/12/2021 00:00 ||
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[IsraelTimes] Public broadcaster reports goods have been entering the Strip through a crossing on the Egyptian border without any monitoring.
Israel has reportedly asked Egypt to prevent the entry to 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... of cement and other building materials that could be diverted by Paleostinian terror groups for military use.
Following the 11 days of intense fighting last month between the Israeli military and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, rulers, Israel has been seeking to ensure that so-called dual-use products entering the coastal enclave are not used by terror groups to rearm.
Still, goods have been flowing through the Salah-a-Din gate of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt three days a week without any monitoring, the Kan public broadcaster reported Wednesday. Among the goods reportedly entering Gaza through the crossing were cement, building supplies and fuel.
Israeli officials are hoping to meet with their Egyptian counterparts on the matter, having recognized that without monitoring of the goods entering Gaza, there is no way to block Hamas from rebuilding its military capabilities, the report said.
The report also said Israel had told Egypt that it has no opposition to Egyptian engineering teams in Gaza helping to clear debris left by IDF Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s, but did not want them to repair the subterranean tunnels used by Hamas and other armed Paleostinian factions.
Egypt, which played a pivotal role in negotiating the May 21 ceasefire between the sides, last week sent bulldozers, trucks and cranes into Gaza to help with rebuilding efforts in the Strip after the recent hostilities.
[Rudaw] Washington on Thursday lifted sanctions on five Iranian officials and companies who it said were involved in the oil trade. Officials said the move was unrelated to the nuclear talks in Vienna, but was because of a "change in status or behavior."
The US lifted sanctions on three former officials with the Iranian government and two companies "previously involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products," the state department announced.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the decision to lift sanctions was a result of "a verified change in status or behavior on the part of the sanctioned parties."
US state department spokesperson Ned Price said during a press briefing on Thursday that there was no connection between the delisting and ongoing talks in Vienna to revive the Iranian nuclear accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"What is absolutely true is that there is absolutely no connection between the JCPOA and ongoing negotiations in Vienna. This is a routine technical practice consistent with sanctions hygiene," he said, adding "delisting is a normal practice."
The JCPOA, signed in 2015, put limits on Iran’s nuclear activities and allowed inspections into its facilities. Former US President Donald Trump ...Oh, noze! Not him!... withdrew from the deal in 2018 and began a "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions in a bid to force Tehran to make a new deal that would also address its ballistic missile program and regional activities.
Under the sanctions, 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... has steadily walked back on its nuclear commitments and is now enriching uranium up to at least 60 percent, far above the 3.67 percent limit set in the agreement.
Negotiations between the remaining signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal — Iran, Russia, China, UK, La Belle France and Germany — began in early April in Vienna to find a route for the United States to rejoin the accord, lifting sanctions and for Iran to return to full compliance with its nuclear obligations. The fifth round of talks ended on June 2 with optimism that a deal could be reached. A sixth round of talks in Vienna will begin this weekend.
Iran has continuously said it would return to its commitments under the deal, but only in exchange for a full lift on US sanctions that have crippled its economy.
Iranians will go to the polls to elect a new president on June 18. What will happen to the talks if they are not concluded before outgoing President Hassan Rouhani ...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man... , the architect of the deal, leaves office is not clear, though presidential candidates have signaled their support for the nuclear deal.
The spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry during the fifth round of talks said that "significant progress" has been made, though he acknowledged that some "key issues remain" and the process should not be rushed.
[IsraelTimes] Officials say satellite would be a major upgrade to Iranian capabilities, letting Tehran continuously photograph Israeli and US bases in Mideast and share data with terror groups.
Russia is set to provide 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... with an advanced satellite that officials say can be used to track military targets across the Middle East and would significantly boost Tehran’s intelligence-gathering ability, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
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Putin has made the calculus that the balance of power has shifted inevitably away from the US and the West and more towards a Sino-centric world polarity. Enhancing the Iranians is a choice of more options for his ambition to restore the Motherlands historic clients. A defeated Israel and cowed Europe, and a dis-functional US in rapid decline and economic/political colonization by China seems a fit for that long term. The unleashed cyber looting and infrastructure flaws being exposed tell me he approved that exploration, support evolving choices for Russia.
Sovereign immunity, so the USNavy cannot board or obstruct any vessel operated by a foreign government, even if it is a direct threat to what used to be the United States but is now apparently the land mass occupied by oppressed people of color north of Mexico and south of Canada?
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.