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Iran says in talks with Russia to build nuclear power units
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-Land of the Free
Virginia woman, 42, is charged with making a terror threat after saying she would bring 'every single gun loaded and ready' if her children have to wear masks at school
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2022 10:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Mob Rule

#1  ...Lady, you're not helping.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/22/2022 12:04 Comments || Top||

#2  No, definitely not. And if she didn't exist, the media would make up someone like her.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2022 12:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Black or transgender different outcome.
Posted by: Dale || 01/22/2022 16:19 Comments || Top||

#4  There are better ways to handle this: Home school, on-line education, organize, courts. Threats just get you in trouble and don't advance your cause.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/22/2022 17:57 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Haitian judge in charge of Moise murder investigation quits
[JPost] The Haitian judge overseeing the investigation into the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise said in a letter on Friday he had withdrawn from the case, deepening the disarray in an ongoing probe of the brazen crime.

Garry Orelien was assigned in August as the investigative judge in the case. His mandate ended in December, and he said his request for an extension was rejected.

Orelien said he relinquished the probe "around the facts of the assassination of the President of the Republic Jovenel Moise, this for personal reasons," according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters. Orelien confirmed in a telephone interview he wrote the letter and declined further comment.

His probe did not result in charges against any of the dozens of suspects arrested by Haitian police. Orelien in an interview this week blamed the lack of progress on inadequate support from other Haitian institutions.

Moise was killed on July 7 when gunmen stormed his home. A Haitian police report in August concluded that a little-known Haitian-American doctor hired a group of former Colombian soldiers to kill the president and seize power.

The next steps in the Haitian probe were not clear. But the United States has taken a growing role in investigating the crime.

Bernard Saint-Vil, head of the Port-au-Prince tribunal who assigned Orelien to the investigation, on Tuesday said in an interview with a local radio station that Orelien was off the job because he did not complete his investigation on time.

Orelien had initially insisted he would remain on the case. Saint-Vil did not respond to requests for comment.

Moise's killing further undermined Haiti's precarious political and security situation, emboldening gangs to expand territory and escalate kidnappings - including the two-month abduction of a group of Canadian and American missionaries.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/22/2022 07:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: WoT
Texas hostage-taker Brit-Paki known wolf searched Internet for American rabbis, Dallas gun shops and Aafia Siddiqui
[WashingtonPost] FBI
...Formerly one of the world's premier criminal investigation organizations, something for a nation to be proud of. Now it's a political arm of the Deep State oligarchy that is willing to trump up charges, suppress evidence, or take out insurance policies come election time...
agents examining the digital trail left by 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram have found plenty of evidence hinting at his plan and state of mind in the days before the attack, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Searches on Akram’s cellphone, they said, led him to focus on Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of New York City’s Central Synagogue, who has been named on various online lists over the past decade as one of the most influential Jewish people in the country.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2022 03:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat

#1 
Posted by: Frank G || 01/22/2022 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  This is not a random attack
He was sent to the United States to commit a terror act
Our law enforcement geniuses won’t go there and will persist in saying this was a known wolf act and not organized terror
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/22/2022 9:39 Comments || Top||

#3  "Motive will never be known" = "Nothing to see here, move along now..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2022 9:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Societal psychosis and the ‘mental illness’ excuse - opinion
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/22/2022 11:16 Comments || Top||

#5  I wonder how many times he spoke with someone in Pakistan? I'll bet someone in the FIB (a better 3-letter descriptor) could find someone who might have a recording of those calls and what they talked about, even who was on the call? Might help determine what was the motive and who helped with the logistics here? Just spitballing here of course...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/22/2022 14:16 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ They don't go looking for what they don't want to find.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2022 14:24 Comments || Top||

#7  He had contacts in both Pakistan and Syria, NoMoreNS. One imagines plenty of grooming has been done — and MI-5 has notes on most of it in his file.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2022 17:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Again, Frank G was sinkholed? Is someone spoofing the nic?
Posted by: Shiva Protector of the Hohlraums || 01/22/2022 19:54 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Report: Israeli fighter jets, refueling planes hold massive drill aimed at Tehran
[IsraelTimes] Maneuvers seen as intended to plan for strike on Iran, Saudi-owned Elaph claims, month after New York Times

... which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

reveals new tankers seen as key to threat won’t arrive before late 2024


Israeli fighter jets carried out a large drill over the Mediterranean that included practicing mid-air refueling, according to a report in a Saudi-run news outlet Thursday.

The unverified report in London-based Elaph described air maneuvers on Thursday by "an unusually large" contingent of F-15, F-16 and F-35 fighter craft, as well as Boeing mid-air refueling tankers, in what would likely be seen as a warning beacon to Iran
...The nation is 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...
amid Israeli threats to take military action in order to stop Tehran’s nuclear program.

Citing an unnamed Arab source, Elaph reported that the "wide" maneuver took place over the Mediterranean. Israeli defense officials, who rarely comment on foreign reports, could not be immediately reached.

The use of Israel’s aging mid-air refueling fleet would be the strongest indication that Israel is planning for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, or would like to project to Tehran and the rest of the world that it is preparing.

Israel rarely advertises its use of the refueling craft in drills publicly, but they are occasionally used for exhibitions.

In 2013, mid-air refueling tankers were used publicly as part of a large drill involving nearly all air squadrons practicing for an attack on a long-range target, against a similar backdrop of tensions with Iran.

That time, the Israel Defense Forces uploaded videos to YouTube showing F-15 and F-16 fighter jets refueling mid-air over the water, following the exercise, which reportedly took place near Greece.

According to reports at the time, the clips marked the first time the IDF had ever published videos showing its mid-air refueling capabilities.

Because of the distance, carrying out an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
inside Iran and having enough fuel for the return trip would require Israeli planes to refuel in the sky or find a friendly airbase to land at.

A report in the New York Times last month, however, indicated that Israeli plans for a possible strike on Iran had been set back by delays in the delivery of eight new Boeing KC-47 supertankers, with consignment expected to take until late 2024 at least.

Current and former officials quoted in the report said Israeli military planners believe that any strike on Iran will likely require multiple sorties against some sites, such as the underground Fordo uranium enrichment facility, necessitating speedy refueling.

The $2.4 billion deal for the eight planes was signed in March.

Israel is vocally opposed to the Iran nuclear deal, which US President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. Sleazy Dem machine politician, paterfamilias of the Biden Crime Family, the guy who bungled Afghanistan...
has said he wants to rejoin after his predecessor Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
withdrew the US from the pact in 2018 and reimposed sanctions. Tehran has since steadily increased its breaches of the accord.

Elaph, owned by Saudi businessman and journalist Othman Al Omeir, is seen by some as a conduit for Israeli messaging into the wider Arab world. The outlet regularly features news out of Israel and has interviewed a number of top defense figures over the years, including former defense minister Avigdor Liberman, former IDF head Gadi Eisenkot and others.

The reported drill comes as talks aimed at bringing the US back into the deal have foundered, with officials in the US and Europa
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
saying that time for reaching a renewed pact is running low.

Israel, which has largely opposed the agreement, has said that it reserves the right to take military action to protect its citizens regardless of what happens in Vienna.

On Wednesday, Biden said progress in nuclear talks was being made and advised against cutting them off.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2022 00:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1 
I think Qom should be a target too. Just a suggestion.

By the way, where's my friend Grom?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/22/2022 5:13 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Frank G || 01/22/2022 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh. It was that important to him? Sheesh...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/22/2022 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Seen on twatter (so, yeah)

Cases in Israel are now up 24,688% since CNN reported booster shots had brought down the fourth wave
In fact, Israel now leads the world in case rate despite mask mandates, vaccine passports & rolling out a fourth dose
How much longer do we have to pretend The Science™ works?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2022 8:46 Comments || Top||

#5  The back-and-forth commentary wasn't going anywhere or influencing anyone not already "influencable"

I was personally a bit disappointed in the tone of the discussion. But it did provide interesting insight into the psychology of humans. I hope we see G(r)om again.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/22/2022 10:58 Comments || Top||

#6  (G)rom indeed is missed.
Posted by: borgboy || 01/22/2022 14:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Just as we should love the sinner and hate the sin, we can love the commenter and hate the gist of the comments, or the delivery. Or both.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2022 14:51 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
NYT frisson: Risking thousands, in 2017 US targeted massive Syria dam it claimed was on ‘no strike’ list
[IsraelTimes] Commander of US offensive insisted at time that dam wasn’t targeted, but Central Command now confirms military dropped 3 2,000 pound bombs on ’towers attached’.

A covert United States military unit reportedly targeted a massive dam in Syria controlled by 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....
with some of the largest conventional bombs in the army’s arsenal, despite the levee being on a "no-strike list" given that flooding could put the lives of tens of thousands at risk.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1 
Posted by: Raj || 01/22/2022 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend emphatically denied the accusation, saying that "the Tabqa Dam is not a coalition target."

Oh look, another lying general. How unusual.

the US military covered up a covert army cell that repeatedly killed Syrian civilians during the campaign against Islamic State.

I thought it was common knowledge that the US government allied with not only mass murderers, but Al-Qaeda in Syria. People don't know that?

The strikes in Baghuz, in Syria’s east, targeted a group of women and kiddies huddled by a river, who had been identified as such by Air Force personnel monitoring the area.

These ROE have been in effect for a long time. Any gathering of military-aged males is a target. Oh, they made an oopsie! Doh! Innocent women and children died? LOL, boy, their face is sure red! Just call them fumble-fingers!
Posted by: Sheter the Lesser9291 || 01/22/2022 2:09 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 01/22/2022 3:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Standard lies by half-truths. First statement implies they targeted civilians, second statement makes it clear it was collateral damage -- against war criminals who routinely use civilian shields.

All anonymous sources as well.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/22/2022 10:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Who thinks any infrastructure will be spared if CONUS is ever attacked by a peer opponent?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/22/2022 11:09 Comments || Top||

#6  All anonymous sources as well.

"Anonymous sources" means either hard-hitting, in-depth reporting OR that someone somewhere decided RIGHT NOW was a good time to leak this particular story to the media.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/22/2022 11:12 Comments || Top||

#7  In March 2017, ISIL warned of the dam's imminent collapse[37] after the towers attached to the dam were bombed by US Special Operations during a joint US/SDF operation to capture it on March 26, 2017

I remember the news of the 'imminent failure' of the dam. You'd think somebody would've said why it was in danger back in 2017.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/22/2022 14:46 Comments || Top||


Iran says in talks with Russia to build nuclear power units
First Egypt, now Iran— Russia will sell its nuclear knowledge to anyone, ot appears, no matter how bad an idea it might be.
[Rudaw] Iran is in talks with Russia over the construction of two new units at its sole nuclear power plant, the Islamic republic's atomic energy agency said on Friday.

"Negotiations are underway between Tehran and Moscow to construct the second and third units of the Bushehr power plant," said Behrouz Kamalvandi, front man for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

The move was "in accordance with the Islamic republic's plans to produce at least 10,000 megawatts of electricity using nuclear energy", he said, quoted on the government's website.

The announcement coincides with ongoing talks in Vienna seeking to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, including Russia.

The parties to the accord that gave Iran
...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...
relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme saw it as the best way to stop Tehran from building a nuclear bomb -— a goal it has always denied.

The United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal and began imposing sanctions on Iran in 2018 under then-president Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
, prompting Tehran to begin walking back on its commitments under the agreement.

Moscow built the Bushehr plant, equipped with a 1,000 MW reactor, delivering it in September 2013 after years of delay.

Kamalvandi said the project was being implemented "without delay", despite payments being behind schedule.

The announcement immediately follows a two-day visit by ultraconservative Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Moscow, during which he said Tehran has "no limits for expanding ties with Russia".

Iran has substantial reserves of oil and natural gas, but it hopes to build 20 nuclear power plants on the long term in a bid to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

In late December, the deputy head of the AEOI, Mahmoud Jafari, said there was a two-year delay in the construction of new units due to "financial problems".
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/22/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran



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