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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Legal myths about the Assange extradition
Posted by: Bernardz || 10/18/2012 11:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Jobless claims rise 46,000...
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/18/2012 08:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  unexpectedly! And last week's anomaly was revised up as well.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/18/2012 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Look for the WH spinmeisters to ah, er, er interpret this number and tell us what it means in 10, 9, 8,...
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/18/2012 9:10 Comments || Top||

#3  "Get the transcripts, get the stranscripts. Thank you Candy, would you say that once again please"? (thundering applause)
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2012 14:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Last week, California reported a large drop in applications, pushing down the overall figure to the lowest since February 2008. This week, it reported a significant increase as it processed applications delayed from the previous week. A department spokesman says the seasonally adjusted numbers "are being distorted ... by an issue of timing."

Timed for October, instead of November?
Posted by: Pappy || 10/18/2012 16:59 Comments || Top||

96-year-old dad could be world's oldest

A 96-year-old dad claims that he is the world's oldest father, according to an October 17 report from ABC News. The farmer from India believes he is the world's oldest dad for the second time.

The 96-year-old dad is Ramjit Raghav. He and his wife, Shakuntala Devi, who is 52, live in Haryana. Their youngest child is named Ranjeet, and he was born on October 5. Can you believe that this elderly man and this woman were able to have a child at their advanced ages? Two years ago, the couple had another baby together, so this is the second time they've been able to have a baby.

Ramjit Raghav said, "I didn't take any performance enhancers … I just prayed to go to complete my family, either a boy or a girl. . . With God's grace, our wish has been fulfilled."

It looks like the man got his prayers answered. Do you think he'll have more children? Could he end up being a dad at 100 or older? That would be astonishing.

The 96-year-old dad credits his long life to the fact that he's lived a healthy lifestyle. He is a vegetarian, and he does not drink
Posted by: Cheack Jomosing1335 || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They didn't want to say he smokes weed like a fiend.:)
Posted by: Dale || 10/18/2012 6:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Given the very poor state of record keeping in Rural Indian villages:

1. It is highly unlikely that he is really 96.
2. It highly unlikely that the mother is actually 52.
3. It is quite likely that neither really know how old they really are.

I've employed dozens of illiterate villagers at my residence in India over the years and NONE of them have been able provide a birth record, nor do they know with any certainty how old they are.

Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 10/18/2012 11:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Strom: Thanks for the tour, the kids love horses and on a Sunday too, that was a very nice thing for you to do.

Owner: I wanted Bold Ruler to get a look at you.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/18/2012 17:35 Comments || Top||

German Woman Fails to Prove Atom-Smasher Will End World
[An Nahar] A German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole failed Tuesday in her court bid to stop the work of the world's most powerful atom smasher.

The higher administrative court in Muenster, western Germany, rejected her claims, ruling there was no evidence the work of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) posed a danger to public safety.

"The plaintiff ... was worried that the experiments could produce so-called 'black holes' which could eventually lead to the destruction of all life on Earth," the court said.

those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
the court noted that the CERN's own safety reports ruled out any danger to life. "Objectively, there is no evidence to doubt the correctness of these safety reports nor was any conclusive evidence presented," it ruled.

The woman had failed in a previous attempt to stop the work of CERN in Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe.

Other opponents have also sought to stop the experiments, fearing either a black hole whose super gravity would swallow the Earth or a theoretical particle called a strangelet that would in turn liquidize the planet.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Iff the CERN SC wasn't responsible, then it had to be + can only be the SUN that dun it, but it can't be the Sun because Govts-Perts keep saying the Sun is A-Okay???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/18/2012 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll tell you, folks are gonna be just pretty darned unhappy when they find she was right.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2012 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  There seems to be some misunderstanding about the energy involved in creating a black hole. The electric grid in Geneva ain't quite up to it.
Posted by: Perfesser || 10/18/2012 7:31 Comments || Top||

#4  "B!+ch, it ain't gonna happen!" - Stephan Hawking

I think that clears it up.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/18/2012 9:07 Comments || Top||

#5  As I understand it, the teeny, tiny size of singularity they'd be able to create would leak more energy than it could absorb, so they'd disappear pretty much immediately.

You need the mass of a star to get it to last long enough to be self-sustaining.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/18/2012 9:43 Comments || Top||

#6  This does, however, beg the question of what is physics these days?

The physicists keep throwing out statements in public which when taken together are at best self-contradictory and at worst just wacko.

I personally think that the problem is primarily "a failure to communicate" with the public because all they can really use to communicate is math of a truly bizzare nature that the public, no matter how smart, can't begin to follow. So, they are forced to use metaphors and analogies. When you see them "communicating" with each other through books or TV they don't seem to communicate with each other all that well either.

The metaphors and analogies don't hold up across those multiple announcements. A particularly simple example is the infamous E = mc2. If that simple math truly held up then you could also say that m = E/c2 where energy has mass (granted very little) but according to physicists photons (energy) have 0 mass so either photons do have mass or the equation isn't quite right.

The simplistic explanation falls apart as do all of the extrapolations from statements about dark matter & energy, neutrinos, string theory, light, etc. Is anti-matter dark matter or is there an anti-dark-matter too?

Personally, all of this boils down to my reason behind my agnosticism. Until the brainiacs work this all out I'll hold out for the chance that a god can exist. If they work it out than we can revisit the issue.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/18/2012 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  all of this boils down to my reason behind my agnosticism.
Prepared for the agnostiotomy?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/18/2012 15:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Skid, given my disdain for organized religion (if God wants to let me in on something he can contact me directly) which is based on my cynical attitude towards my fellow man, one might expect me to be an atheist. However, I don't have anymore respect for those opinions / dogmas as proposed by anti-believers.

There are too many questions that science can't answer now to be categorical.

Was watching a show on varying theories of universe creation the other night; big bang, big bounce, bubbles from black holes etc. and all I could hear was "And God said, Let there be Light!" at appropriate times in the narrative.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/18/2012 19:28 Comments || Top||

#9  " have 0 mass"

No photons have zero REST mass. e = HF
so hf=mc^2
i.e high frequency = high energy. The zero rest mass implies a zero frequency photon ( rather impossible but there for the math to work).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/18/2012 19:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Photons are never at rest, they travel at speed of light c. Their rest mass is zero. E = mc^2 only holds in the rest frame; the general relation includes a spatial momentum component p in the energy/momentum four-vector.

The energy of the photon is actually E = pc. As Bright Pebbles said, you can equate that to E = h times frequency to get the frequency (and color) of the photon.
Posted by: KBK || 10/18/2012 22:28 Comments || Top||

Another Art Heist
What ... another one? Clooney and Pitt still on the loose?? Dammit men ... check all the tuxedo rentals. Thay can't get far!!!
An art theft in Rotterdam has baffled Dutch detectives, driving them to appeal to the public for help in finding the thieves who stole a priceless collection of works by Picasso, Matisse and Monet.

The priceless collection of works had been on show to celebrate the Kunsthal Museum's 20th anniversary, until thieves managed to escape with seven paintings worth millions of dollars.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports on one of the most audacious art heists in years.
Raider dear, please note for the next time you post an article that your comments should be highlighted (choose the text you wish to highlight, then click on that yellow-striped square next to the big G at the top of the grey area), and the URL for the article is pasted into the source box just below the box for the article text. Please also note that there are two drop down menus above the title box, and you need only click on the appropriate headings, as I did for you this time. Not a worry -- we all go through this stage; but it would be lovely if you went through it more quickly than I did, more recently than I care to admit.

-- trailing wife for the moderators
Posted by: Raider || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  TW ... Sorry dear - I'll try harder next time. Some big thug was beating the stuffing out of me. I assume it was one of Clooney's old girlfriends. But you'll be happy to know that I didn't crack :-)
Posted by: Raider || 10/18/2012 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  And Raider...why linking to Al-Jizz? They're about as credible as the New York Times?
Posted by: gromky || 10/18/2012 4:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Raider, I have great faith in your ability to learn...even while being beat up by a girl. ;-) In the meantime, we've cold packs and analgesics in the first aid kit behind the bar in the O Club, and if you need anything stitched up, Barbara Skolaut can handle it when she gets in -- as I recall she's an EMT, among so many other things.

gromky, it's important to know what the enemy is telling himself and his friends, the choice of lies being information of a sort. No one needs to get down in the weeds and the ditchwater of the Kos Kiddies, but that's why so much of Rantburg's news comes from local sources in the ugly parts of the world.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/18/2012 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Gromky ... in the old days Al Jazeera was a mouthpiece for jihadists. They have since moved on ... that news site now employs independent journalists from all over the world. They are rapidly gaining ground as one of the world's prominent news sources. Like it or not - things change and evolve. A lot of people from around the world read Al Jazeera now.
Posted by: Raider || 10/18/2012 12:45 Comments || Top||

#5  So basically what you are saying, Raider, is that Al Jiz and the NYT have switched roles. Not surprising, I guess. Things change. Rooters was once all about the news.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/18/2012 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Steve ... I bumped into some old friends from London recently. They told me that Al Jiz is widely watched over there as a primary news source - and it's considered as very good coverage. It's a big change from the old days. I couldn't tell you how many US readers there are. Somebody in the ME ploughed a lot of money into Al Jazeera ... a lot.
Posted by: Raider || 10/18/2012 17:35 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Newsweek going to digital only format
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/18/2012 08:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And good riddance.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/18/2012 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  The only digit the fits Newsweek is the same one that fits the president...Zero.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/18/2012 9:45 Comments || Top||

#3  We won.
Posted by: Caesar Theater2001 || 10/18/2012 10:38 Comments || Top||

#4  ...now how do we convince the type of hackers that bedevil Fred and the Rant to shift to a new target of opportunity? Does DOS count as page hits?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/18/2012 10:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Cutting post office subsidies would put the rest of them out of business.
Posted by: DoDo || 10/18/2012 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Their appeal has become more selective.
Posted by: charger || 10/18/2012 12:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Who? What?
Posted by: Barbara || 10/18/2012 15:23 Comments || Top||


absens haeres non erit

an absent person will not be an heir

Newsweek going to digital oblivion format only

I think that fixes it.
Posted by: Phusoper Clack2364 || 10/18/2012 15:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Absence make the heart go wander ....
Posted by: Barbara || 10/18/2012 16:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Newsweek Global will be supported by paid subscription and will be available through e-readers for both tablet and the Web, with select content available on The Daily Beast.

OK. So I know suggest they check out what comes after digital. Mind melds?
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/18/2012 16:56 Comments || Top||

#11  Newsweak is going to digital only format broke because nobody reads it anymore because they can't be trusted to report the news?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/18/2012 17:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Now people will have put their iPads on the bottom of their birdcages.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/18/2012 21:15 Comments || Top||

#13  It appears that Mr. Harmon, at $1, overpaid
Posted by: Frank G || 10/18/2012 21:27 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Sierra Leone to hold first presidential debate
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Sierra Leone`s two main presidential hopefuls will have the opportunity to explain their policies to a national audience in the first ever head-to-head presidential debate on October 30.

The governing APC`s President Ernest Bai Koroma and his SLPP challenger in the November 17 poll, former junta leader, Brigadier (rtd) Julius Maada Bio, will engage each other in a 90-minute debate that will be broadcast live on national radio

The debate will also be recorded for television and distribution around the country through various means, including cinema halls.

The debate organisers, comprising a group of eight organizations led by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ), hope that it will add credibility to the electoral process by helping the electorate make informed choice between the two main contenders.

"Good quality political debating between the leaders of the major contesting political parties during the run-up to national elections is fast becoming a positive indicator of democratic progress to enable voters make informed decisions" said SLAJ President Umaru Fofana.
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#1  Hope they can do it better than ours.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/18/2012 0:56 Comments || Top||

Swastikas on the streets. No, not Germany in the Thirties: Greece 2012
Posted by: tipper || 10/18/2012 09:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Recent immigrants are 1.5m relative to a base population of 11m Greeks. If they don't deport these people today, Greece will become majority Muslim in a couple of decades.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/18/2012 16:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, Mein Kampf is still a best seller in Arabic.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/18/2012 17:00 Comments || Top||

#3  If they don't deport these people today, Greece will become majority Muslim in a couple of decades.

not if there's no public dole money for them to free-ride on
Posted by: Frank G || 10/18/2012 21:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Why do these guys always like to copy the Nazi Germans - don't their countries have their own historically popular uniforms, dress, etc. designs???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/18/2012 22:15 Comments || Top||

Worst grape harvest in half century for Europe
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/18/2012 08:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6523 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not exactly what Europe needs right now. Wine is a nice cash crop and the lack of exports will keep empty coffers empty and families that depend on wine for income will be really hurting.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/18/2012 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't France have such a glut of wine that they were distilling it into industrial alcohol? How's that gibe with this story?
Posted by: gromky || 10/18/2012 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Clearly, this was caused by global warming climate change...
Posted by: Raj || 10/18/2012 13:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Are we talking yield/area, or overall amount?

And does it have anything to do with that EU agriproject where they plowed up a number of vineyards, especially in France?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/18/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Are MD 20/20, Ripple, Night Train Express, or Thunderbird still around for export?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/18/2012 17:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Quel est le mot?
Quel est le prix?
30 fois?
L'oiseau est vivant
Posted by: Shipman || 10/18/2012 18:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Buy your *hic* wine futures *hic* now!

Correct me iff I'm wrong, but isn't GWCC = heat what is required for wine crops to grow well???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/18/2012 22:10 Comments || Top||

One million Pakistani children miss polio vaccination
[Dawn] Almost one million Pak children were left out of a polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccination drive which ended Wednesday, officials said, as unrest and flooding limited access and some parents viewed the campaign as a Western "conspiracy".

Data obtained by AFP showed that some 998,569 children of the 32 million targeted during the three-day nationwide drive, backed by the government and World Health Organization, were left unvaccinated against the crippling disease.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  D **** YOU, BIG BIRD!

This would be funny iff it wasn't also tragic.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/18/2012 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Evolution in action?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/18/2012 7:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Right up there with Chicago high school drop outs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2012 7:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Who cares about polio? What is impoartnt is every single one of them gets his injections of Islam.
Posted by: JFM || 10/18/2012 8:45 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Earth-Sized Planet Found Orbiting Alpha Centauri
[An Nahar] European astronomers on Wednesday reported they had detected a planet with about the mass of Earth which orbits the closest star to the Sun.

The observation breaks new ground in the hunt for exoplanets -- worlds that exist in other solar systems -- although the planet itself is not "another Earth" as it is located in a scorchingly hot zone.

The planet swings close to the star Alpha Centauri B, one of a triple star system that is 4.3 light years away, which in cosmic terms is just next door to us.

The find was made thanks to a telltale wobble in the star's motion, tugged by the gravitational pull of the passing planet.

The signal is "tiny but real," said Xavier Dumusque of the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland. "It's an extraordinary discovery and it has pushed our technique to the limit."

The transiting planet makes the star move back and forth, in relation to Earth, by less than two kilometers (one mile) per hour, about the speed of a baby crawling.
Posted by: Fred || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course, Muslims were there first.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/18/2012 7:19 Comments || Top||

#2  That would be Allah Centauri to you g(r)om.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2012 7:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh, Allah Centauri. Hey, has anyone seen Michael Moore lately?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/18/2012 11:39 Comments || Top||

#4  You mean I watched two hours of that crappy movie just to see the alien, and all it was was Moham taking the form of Mickey Moore? Bullc@!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/18/2012 15:57 Comments || Top||

#5  possibly Obama's missing 7 states?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/18/2012 16:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Good news is that the presidential term would only be 13.2 days.

Posted by: Shipman || 10/18/2012 18:07 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Decisive: 359 to 6
Military endorsements, that is. Figure out who has what.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/18/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, well, all those for Mitt are retired. We all know the active-duty guys will vote for their Commander in Chief. That's what he wants.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/18/2012 5:54 Comments || Top||

#2  A quick glance revealed Generals Franks, Shelton, and Lambert. Not that I had any doubts.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/18/2012 6:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Got to remember all senior GO billets are politically selected, ie JCS, CNO, CSoA, etc. Usually, a pro forma nomination that gets Congressional rubber stamp. I suspect with continued PC selections, it's going to actually turn into an act much like SCOTUS nominations after Bork, from once a procedural process to a political showcase.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/18/2012 8:44 Comments || Top||

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5al-Qaeda in Pakistan
3Govt of Syria
2Govt of Iran
2Arab Spring
1Lashkar e-Taiba
1Thai Insurgency
1Govt of Sudan
1al-Qaeda in Arabia

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Thu 2012-10-18
  Iranian-American Pleads Guilty to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy to U.S.
Wed 2012-10-17
  ROPer arrested for attempting to blow up Federal Reserve Bank in NYC
Tue 2012-10-16
  Pak President Admits Creating Terrorist Groups
Mon 2012-10-15
  Gunmen kill 20 at mosque in northern Nigeria
Sun 2012-10-14
  Israel AF kills head of Al-Q affiliate in Gaza
Sat 2012-10-13
  96 Dead, Including 41 Troops
Fri 2012-10-12
  US names new diplomat to Libya to replace Stevens
Thu 2012-10-11
  US embassy security chief gunned down in Yemen
Wed 2012-10-10
  Turkey Intercepts Syrian Civilian Plane
Tue 2012-10-09
  Taliban bravely shoot Pakistani schoolgirl campaigning for peace
Mon 2012-10-08
  Syria Rebels Advance in North, Pushed Back in South
Sun 2012-10-07
  1 dead, 10 arrested in anti-terror sweep in France
Sat 2012-10-06
  US suspected drone kills five persons in Shabwa
Fri 2012-10-05
  18 Republican Guards killed in Damascus province
Thu 2012-10-04
  Violence and Protest in Iran as Currency Drops in Value

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