Hi there, !
Today Thu 10/25/2012 Wed 10/24/2012 Tue 10/23/2012 Mon 10/22/2012 Sun 10/21/2012 Sat 10/20/2012 Fri 10/19/2012 Archives
Rantburg
474695 articles and 1676483 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 78 articles and 189 comments as of 18:09.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Operations    WoT Background    Opinion        Politix    Posting Order
Men 'planned mass suicide attack'
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 3: Non-WoT
2 20:24 Cravirt the Elder3616 [6478] 
6 21:10 Alaska Paul [6488] 
1 16:07 trailing wife [6463] 
3 18:57 Griter Crart8496 [6469] 
8 23:08 European Conservative [6481] 
7 22:04 European Conservative [6476] 
0 [6459] 
4 22:00 phil_b [6463] 
17 20:29 JosephMendiola [6475] 
7 18:56 Shipman [6463] 
0 [6459] 
0 [6462] 
1 08:54 Pappy [6460] 
1 00:55 JosephMendiola [6469] 
1 00:32 JosephMendiola [6462] 
Page 1: WoT Operations
6 19:38 Frank G [6488]
0 [6468]
0 [6465]
0 [6461]
0 [6462]
1 17:05 Iblis [6460]
1 01:22 JosephMendiola [6462]
0 [6462]
1 18:58 Skidmark [6462]
0 [6462]
0 [6461]
3 14:45 Raider [6460]
0 [6461]
0 [6460]
0 [6463]
0 [6462]
0 [6460]
0 [6460]
0 [6461]
0 [6459]
1 19:42 JosephMendiola [6463]
Page 2: WoT Background
1 20:33 JosephMendiola [6477]
0 [6459]
3 22:29 James [6475]
15 16:12 trailing wife [6465]
4 21:31 Procopius2k [6464]
0 [6460]
1 01:14 JosephMendiola [6463]
5 17:34 Procopius2k [6474]
2 16:54 Thusort Ebbomoting1144 [6460]
0 [6460]
1 09:09 Skidmark [6460]
0 [6458]
0 [6460]
0 [6474]
0 [6461]
0 [6461]
0 [6462]
0 [6467]
1 01:19 JosephMendiola [6463]
0 [6465]
1 01:07 JosephMendiola [6461]
Page 4: Opinion
0 [6468]
0 [6459]
6 17:56 Charles [6472]
0 [6461]
5 20:46 JosephMendiola [6468]
3 17:25 Steve White [6459]
10 17:08 Thosing Pheremble4395 [6463]
1 13:03 Shipman [6464]
1 10:56 Bright Pebbles [6460]
11 23:57 JosephMendiola [6475]
1 08:05 Besoeker [6461]
0 [6460]
1 00:44 JosephMendiola [6461]
Page 6: Politix
3 19:47 Procopius2k [6477]
5 20:30 DarthVader [6481]
5 16:45 Bright Pebbles [6461]
1 17:05 Besoeker [6460]
3 17:20 Steve White [6460]
1 16:22 JohnQC [6460]
10 21:15 Procopius2k [6478]
17 19:52 trailing wife [6475]
-Lurid Crime Tales-
14 shot, 1 fatally in shootings since Sunday afternoon
[Chicago Tribune] At least 14 people were shot, one fatally, in South and West Side shootings that started Sunday afternoon and continued overnight, police said. Five of the injured were under the age of 16.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 13:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rahm was too busy doing the talk show curcuit for his BFF.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 10/22/2012 15:29 Comments || Top||

#2  A very quiet week in Chicago?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/22/2012 15:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Old story, 25 shot, 3 dead and we are still counting! Wait for our midweek special, 80 on Wed!
Posted by: Griter Crart8496 || 10/22/2012 18:57 Comments || Top||


Drugs in the Italian air are nothing to snort at
WHEN in Rome, you get a little hit of cocaine with every breath.

A study of psychotropic drug levels in ambient air from eight Italian cities found background levels of cocaine, cannabinoids - the active ingredients in marijuana - nicotine and caffeine in every urban centre.

Turin had the highest concentrations of cocaine, says Angelo Cecinato at the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research in Rome. Meanwhile, Bologna and Florence had some of the highest cannabinoid levels, which Cecinato attributes to the large student populations in the two cities. The drug concentrations are much too low to have an effect
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/22/2012 08:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


Today's Idiot
This Piercing Pagoda soon-to-be-former employee got pinched after being accused of stealing and then dealing in the same mall.
Dumb dumb-dumb dumb/Dumb dumb-dumb dumb DUMB!
Deputies met with the manager and Loss Prevention Officer of The Piercing Pagoda at the Town Center Mall in Port Charlotte after they contacted authorities about a five-finger discount, according to a news release from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

They reportedly told deputies they suspected Alexandrea Lia McArthur, a worker at their store, had swiped some jewelry after getting a call from the manager of Gold Pros, also located in the same mall, telling them McArthur had just sold two bracelets made of element 47, a chain made from element 79, and a small band made of the same metal to them, the release stated.

Afterward the owner and security officer at The Piercing Pagoda allegedly conducted an inventory and found those items and several other pieces of jewelry were also unaccounted-for.
"But what kind of beauzeau would steal stuff and then sell it in the same building?"
The 20-year-old North Port woman was charged with eight counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, eight counts of False Verification of Ownership, and one charge of Grand Theft.
"Welcome to the clink."
Posted by: Korora || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Follow the link and look at her picture, her eyeballs aren't on the same level just like Alfred E. Neuman. I think that answers why she did what she did.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/22/2012 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "But what kind of beauzeau would steal stuff and then sell it in the same building?"

Someone looking to minimize transportation expense?
Hey, it all made sense on the spreadsheet.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/22/2012 1:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Well...it is Floriduh! Must be something in the water.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 10/22/2012 6:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Well give her a chance, she's just starting out. Nobody picks it up right away.
She'll get the hang of it, don't worry.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 10/22/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Soon to be a character in a Carl Hiaasen novel.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/22/2012 15:23 Comments || Top||

#6  "The 20-year-old North Port woman was charged with eight counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, eight counts of False Verification of Ownership, and one charge of Grand Theft, and 17 charges of Too Stupid to Live."

Fixed.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/22/2012 16:15 Comments || Top||

#7  The air here is a bit thicker than in Italy.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/22/2012 18:56 Comments || Top||


WI shooter dead
From the source linked, he's not of Arab or Middle Eastern ancestry. He's just a troubled man with a history of violence. No word yet on what snapped inside him.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Something about the ex-wife working there.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/22/2012 8:54 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Russell Means pegs out at 72
Russell Means heap big injun. Heap big injun never shunned attention. Whether leading Native Americans in railing against broken federal treaties, appearing in a Hollywood blockbuster or advocating a sovereign American Indian nation within U.S. borders, the activist who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee reveled in the spotlight.
And good riddance...
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 11:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Talked to his brother in S.D. for 1/2 hour about 1980.
Was interesting...
Posted by: Water Modem || 10/22/2012 13:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Was interesting...

How so, Water Modem?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2012 15:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Channeling Shipman, I can see a giant, Lei Yixin bronze teepee memorial with AK-47's protruding from slits sitting proudly at 1964 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC. Guest speak Liz Warren unveiling......
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 16:18 Comments || Top||

#4  TW - look at my comments on a friends posting on facebook.
Posted by: Water Modem || 10/22/2012 19:58 Comments || Top||

#5  I met him also a few times - he relayed to me that his biggest disappointment was his failure to gain widespread support from American Indians for his idea of a sovereign Republic of the Lakotah, aka Native American Republic, in the US. Coincidentally he also believed Indians tribes from Canada could join later after the republic was established first in the lower 48.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 19:59 Comments || Top||

#6  One interesting thing he did was go to Nicaragua and subsequently to report atrocities committed by the Sandinistas against the local Indians.

This caused the supporters of the Sandinistas (notably Senator John Kerry) considerable irritation.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/22/2012 20:50 Comments || Top||

#7  "This caused the supporters of the Sandinistas (notably Senator John Kerry) considerable irritation."

Ah - so he did do something useful. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 10/22/2012 22:34 Comments || Top||

#8  John Kerry: You appear with the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/22/2012 23:08 Comments || Top||


Castro Dismisses Rumors He's at Death's Door
HAVANA -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dismissed reports that he was dead or near death in an article published on Monday in Cuba's state-run press. He accused news agencies and enemies of Cuba of spreading "stupidities" about him, particularly a report from a Spanish newspaper last week that said he had suffered a massive stroke and was in a vegetative state.

"Birds of bad omen! I don't even remember what a headache is," he wrote.

The article in Communist Party newspaper Granma was accompanied by photographs showing him walking outside on a sunny day on what appeared to be a farm. He wore a straw hat and red plaid shirt, used a walking cane and, in one photo, held a copy of Granma from Friday. The photos, Castro said, were "proof of what liars they are."

Social media has been alight in recent weeks with rumors about Castro, who is 86 and has been in declining health for several years.
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/22/2012 11:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Only the good die young.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/22/2012 12:01 Comments || Top||

#2  "I'm not dead yet!"
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/22/2012 13:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Weekend at Fidel's
Posted by: Frank G || 10/22/2012 14:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Thanks to "advanced" (ahem!) Cuban medicine, we are going to end up with undead zombie Fidel.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/22/2012 15:10 Comments || Top||

#5  ah, yes the Cuban zombie vote. Wonder how many times he'll vote in Miami in a couple of weeks?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/22/2012 17:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Knock, Knock, Knocking on Cuba's Door ...

You gotta give Uncle Fidel credit - those daily imported spicy hams, etc. coms as close to a man-killing, die-wid-a-smile, au deliceuse
"Louisiana Diet" as a Quban could hope to get.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 20:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Did they dig our Rumpelstiltzken with a straw hat?
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/22/2012 22:04 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Alligator found in L.I. park; 6th gator found this month
Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials say a three-foot long alligator was found in a park on Long Island Saturday.

SPCA officials said the alligator was found at Lily Pond County Park in an area where children play. Officials said the alligator could not have survived the cold weather if it wasn't discovered.
They say that like it's a bad thing...
The reptile was rescued from the water and taken to a wildlife rescue center.

This is the sixth alligator found on Long Island in less than a month. Five of which have been found in Suffolk County in addition to a Boa Constrictor, a Rattlesnake and an Iguana.
In these troubled times, people can't afford to keep their pre-Obama expensive pets.
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  OOOOOOOO, you just know theres a'gonna be a GATOR-VS-SQUIRREL SHOWDOWN ONE DAY!

And it taint gonna be pretty.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 0:32 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Six killed in Guinea Bissau fire fight
[Bangla Daily Star] Six people were killed in a shootout near Guinea-Bissau's capital overnight in an apparent counter-coup attempt, sources said yesterday.

The West African state, a hub for international cocaine traffickers, is in the midst of a messy recovery after the army overthrew the government and derailed elections in April.

Military officials said the fighting erupted overnight near an air force base just outside the city, adding six "rebels" were killed and several others tossed in the calaboose
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!

Some of the attackers were from an ethnic group, Djolla, common in neighbouring Senegal
... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees...
's southern Casamance region, they said, asking not to be named.

They declined to comment on whether the attack targeted General Antonio Indjai who led the April coup and is believed to have a residence near the air force base.

Several Bissau officials, including election front-runner and former prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior, went into exile in Portugal after the April coup.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Saudi authorities fire scientist who discovered SARS-like virus
Long article, but this is the bit of interest.
This is not the first time Zaki had discovered a new virus in Saudi Arabia and, in 1994, he was the first scientist to isolate dengue fever in the country. He found another virus, a tick-borne virus that killed two young butchers, in 1995.

But this time around, Zaki said his discovery has made the Saudi Arabian ministry of health “very angry.”

“They were very aggressive with me. They sent a team to investigate me,” he said. “And now they force the hospital administration to force me to resign.”
Posted by: phil_b || 10/22/2012 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, of course they're angry. Those Wacky Sauds(TM) make some serious coin off the hajjis every year, and anything that will cut into it is NOT a good thing.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 10/22/2012 5:50 Comments || Top||

#2  I think the Great Hajj has become a money loser for the Saudis. The visitors don't bring much money to spend and the profit margin on transportation is minimal.

If you treat the infrastructure as a sunk cost, you might come out with a small net positive for the Hajj.

The great Hajj issue for the soddys is prestige.
Posted by: lord garth || 10/22/2012 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Everybody circling around the Big Rock™ all packed in reminds me of a giant beaker with a magnetic stirrer. A living Petri Dish.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/22/2012 19:51 Comments || Top||

#4  A living Petri Dish.

LOL
Posted by: phil_b || 10/22/2012 22:00 Comments || Top||


Britain
Scottish Independence: Trident Could Move To US Or France
ALEX Salmond has said Trident could be relocated to the US or France after independence, as he ruled out the prospect of a “Cyprus-style” leaseback scheme that would see the nuclear weapons system remain in Scotland.

The First Minister’s comments came amid growing concerns that it would be prohibitively expensive for the UK government to move the submarine-based system, which is based in Faslane on the Clyde, south of the Border if Scots vote to leave the UK in 2014.

The SNP conference agreed to change policy and back Nato membership last Friday, but only on the condition that Scotland got rid of the Trident system to which the party has long been opposed.

And Mr Salmond made it clear yesterday there would be no Guantanamo Bay or Cyprus-style UK enclave at Faslane, which could see the Trident system remain after the split.

Instead, he said the UK government would be left with “two choices” if the SNP held the reins of power in an independent Scotland.

“They could move Trident to another facility in the rest of the UK,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

“Or alternatively, they could use the nuclear facilities in America or in France for that matter. Nuclear facilities incidentally in America – because Trident is effectively an American weapon.”

He added: “Of course, they could decide on what would be a much better policy, which would be to decommission the weapon system.

“That would be a matter for the London government, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to think it amenable to lease out part of Scottish territory in... a Cyprus situation.”

The SNP plan to write opposition to nuclear weapons into the constitution of an independent state, making possession of them illegal in Scotland.

“That’s a perfectly reasonable choice for any country to make, and the idea there are not choices then for a London government is ridiculous,” Mr Salmond added.

“If they want to lease out part of Scotland, like Cyprus, then what’s the problem with stationing the Trident system on the east coast of American bases, which were actually built for that exact submarine system?”

The US has been the UK’s closest military partner since the Second World War and recent strategic partnerships have also been agreed with France.

But defence expert Tim Ripley last night played down the prospect: “No country has ever kept their deterrent force in a foreign country, based on the principle that your last resort has to be somewhere where you have total control of it.

“The issue is whether British nuclear warheads ought to be kept in a foreign country. The independent nuclear deterrent implies you have independent national control over them.”

Mr Salmond’s comments came under fire from Labour defence spokesman Jim Murphy.

“The SNP’s defence policy is a huge risk and could cost an independent Scotland a place in Nato as well as thousands of defence jobs. Their rushed and reckless plans could be damaging to Scotland at home and overseas,” he said.

The SNP conference narrowly voted to change party policy and join nuclear defence alliance Nato. But the leadership is facing pressure to secure a written guarantee from Nato that an independent Scotland can join without nuclear weapons.

Backbench MSP Sandra White will put forward her resolution at the National Council, the governing body of the party.
Posted by: Sherry || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And econ-troubled IRELAND says ....???

Iff no more SCAPA FLOW, I suspect the RN will spread out the Tridents along the English ports - don't be surprised iff Londoners see a Trident Sub parked next to Big Ben or Whitehall.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  That's sad. I served on two boomers out of Holy Loch and the Scots were the most hospitable people in the 1970's.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/22/2012 0:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Scottish Independence: Productive people could move... anywhere.
Posted by: Lionel Panda6719 || 10/22/2012 3:22 Comments || Top||

#4  One problem is you need a deep inlet and there aren't many of those in England. A couple of places in the far southwest, but these are also places where tourism is a major industry.
Posted by: phil_b || 10/22/2012 4:33 Comments || Top||

#5  One more split to the benefit of the EU takeover. Scotland will become the equivalent of Rhode Island. Buh, bye Britain. You had a helluva run but it's now all over.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/22/2012 8:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Scotland looks like becoming the equivalent of North Korea, just with a smaller private sector...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/22/2012 10:44 Comments || Top||

#7  All this begs a question: why would a regional, second-rate power like Britain even need nuclear weapons?
Posted by: Steve White || 10/22/2012 11:12 Comments || Top||

#8  The SNP plan to write opposition to nuclear weapons into the constitution of an independent state, making possession of them illegal in Scotland.

I am sure Muslim terrorists will obey the Scottish constitution just like they obey every other infidel law.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/22/2012 11:23 Comments || Top||

#9  What happens to the Scottish sailors? What happens to Scottish military pensions? Friggin idiots.
Posted by: Penguin || 10/22/2012 11:45 Comments || Top||

#10 
A couple of places in the far southwest, but these are also places where tourism is a major industry.


Not sure how tourism is a bar. I once saw a boomer in Port Canaveral while headed out for deep sea fishing.

Saw a couple of Russian "trawlers" out there, too.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/22/2012 12:20 Comments || Top||

#11  All this begs a question: why would a regional, second-rate power like Britain even need nuclear weapons?

To n00k France.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/22/2012 13:00 Comments || Top||

#12  If you split up a family the mortgage on the house doesn't just magically disappear. The US and UK invested billions in Holly Lock. If we must leave... Scotland should pay for the asset! Really!
Posted by: Water Modem || 10/22/2012 13:08 Comments || Top||

#13  All this begs a question: why would a regional, second-rate power like Britain even need nuclear weapons?

After the first half of the 20th Century, would you still trust the Germans? /heh
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/22/2012 15:10 Comments || Top||

#14  Scotland looks like becoming the equivalent of North Korea, just with a smaller private sector...

Scotland has oil.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/22/2012 17:38 Comments || Top||

#15  It doesn't have that much...

It also has a bunch of people who think the state should do everything for them... That oil won't replace the revenue from the English. Especially if Shetland decides it also wants to be free...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/22/2012 17:43 Comments || Top||

#16  And speaking of Scotland and Ye Olde North Sea:

Now the fishing were bad, and me boat laid up,
Now, me and the lad weren't shirkers;
When this bloke come into the village pub
And he says he's looking for workers.
He talked like a bit of a Yank, I thought,
Tho' he stood us a couple or three;
And he sez they're building a hoily rig,
To get hoil out of the sea.

"How much would we earn?" I ventured to ask?
"Ooh, twenty - thirty pounds for sure."
"Is that a month?" He only laughed,
"A week!... eh, maybe more!"
So I went home and told the missus this yarn
For I'd heard such tales before
And I couldn't see what good could come
From drilling these holes offshore.

I'd rather work the boat wi' me boy
But t'ol' woman, she sits and frets,
"Sez you could earn more money there in a month
Than the whole bloody year wi' yer nets!"
So anyways, we took the job,
Me and the lad, we're in the tug:
And I couldn't see much harm could come,
't'were it only some beer in me mug.

We worked on this great platform thing
With this drill going, "Whee- whee- whee!"
As it drilled a bloody great big hole
In the bottom of the ol' North Sea.
But there weren't no gas, and there weren't no hoil,
Not a sight nor a trace we found
'Til one day my lad he says to me,
"Ere, Dad, our tug's aground!"

As I looked over t'side, well, what could I hear,
But this sound, "GLUG, GLUG, GLUG, GLUG."
And the old North Sea just swirling away
Like out of a bathroom plug!
It looked just like a desert, boy,
Enough to make a man afraid
As the ol' North Sea went, "GLUG, GLUG, GLUG."
Down this bloody great hole we'd made.

Then a hiss... and a roar... and a cloud of steam
From out of the hole it came
Then up popped the head of the Devil himself,
Shouting, "Hey! What's the bloody game?
You've put out all me furnaces,
You've put me fires out!
And Hell's all cold and sopping wet...
You pudding-headed lout!

You've wrecked my ruddy furnaces,
Cooled down me bloody hobs!
I'll never get Hell hot again, I've lost my ruddy job!"
So we've done some good with our hoily rig,
We doused Hell in a hurry.
So now, when you die, there's only Heaven...
There's no more need to worry.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/22/2012 20:02 Comments || Top||

#17  A newly independent Escosse would still need $$$ to maintain its normal quality-of-life + econ AMAP ALAP - pragmatically, that means or infers serious negotiation wid the English as per massive base leasehold $$$ before any kicking 'em out.

Iff London or the Euros can't or won't pay for it, that means asking Washington DC to do so in lieu of same, to secure the NATO Alliance + protect the 60%-n-declining Non-Muslim French from the 40%-n-rising French that are???

PROTECTING FRANCE FROM FRANCE???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 20:29 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Chinese Anti-Satellite Missile Tests
Posted by: Au Auric || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ION NOT-JOHN-CENA, DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CHINA PRACTICES STOPPING "ILEGAL ENTRY" NEAR DISPUTED SEAS.

PLAN + Fishery Admin vessels.

FYI circa four Chinese CMS vessels were again detected today - Nippon = JCG asked them to leave.

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > JAPAN OVERFLIGHTS [Recce] VIOLATE CHINESE SOVEREIGNTY: [China]DEFENCE MINISTRY.

* SAME > EAST CHINA SEA MAY HOLD UP TO 160.0BILYUHN BARRELS OF OIL.

* SAME > EIA: [Sino-Japan] TERRITORIAL DISPUTE HAMPERS [proper} EXPLORATION, PRODUCTION OF RESOURCES IN EAST CHINA SEA.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 0:55 Comments || Top||


Down Under
Islam convert whipped for drug use, court told
AS HE was being held down and whipped repeatedly with a power cord by four men who said they were acting in accordance with Islamic law, a Sydney man was told ''you're going to remember this next time you take alcohol and drugs'', a court has heard.

Zakaryah Raad, 21, Tolga Cifci, 21, Wassim Fayad, 44, and Cengiz Coskun, 22, faced Burwood Court yesterday charged with whipping Cristian Martinez, 32, with an electric cable as punishment under sharia.

Police allege that in the early hours of July 17 last year, the four men came to Mr Martinez's Silverwater home after he asked one of them for help with his drug and alcohol problem. They allegedly told him he was ''going to be lashed 40 times in accordance with Islamic law''.

''Fayad told me I was going to be punished for what I had done,'' Mr Martinez said.

''Then Fayad started hitting me with the cord and counting 'one, two, three' ... I was begging 'please, no more, I don't want any more'.

''Fayad said 'Allah is taking all the poison out of your body.' ''
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 13:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Does the bruised and battered gentleman still consider himself a Muslim?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/22/2012 16:07 Comments || Top||


Economy
ReVolt Technology, backed by Oregon, heads for bankruptcy
Losses on ReVolt are tiny compared to those at Solyndra
...a green technological winner picked by the B.O. regime that cost the taxpayers a half billion dollars, with the added benefit of the campaign contributors who put money into the project getting paid before the taxpayers when the wreckage went up for sale...
Inc., the notorious Caliphornia solar company that tanked after receiving a $535 million federal loan guarantee. Portland and the state of Oregon had committed $6.8 million to ReVolt, which also landed a $5 million federal grant.

But the timing of ReVolt's demise is awkward ahead of the Nov. 6 election for Democrats, who have plugged renewable-energy companies in the face of Republican criticism.

Oregon Democrats who lavished praise on ReVolt as it acquired funds and chose a site in 2010 include U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Tobias Read, of Beaverton, former U.S. Rep. David Wu and former Gov. Ted Kulongoski. Portland Mayor Sam Adams was also a strong supporter.

The German-based company with North American headquarters in Portland couldn't make its technology work properly, according to one of its board members and investors. Erik Hagen, Viking Venture managing partner in Norway, said ReVolt managers and others worked hard to find customers and more investors.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 13:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not the first, not the last. If these Green investments made *any* kind of sense, you would see private money jumping in. I wonder if govt. money is becoming a signifier - a sort of USDA stamp of suckitude, that says you really don't want a part of this.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/22/2012 15:36 Comments || Top||

#2  If we still had an functioning Attorney General and Rule of Law, a special prosecuter would be appointed to investigate these scandalous Green schemes. I doubt it would take long to discover they were little more than money laundering factories for Champs re-election campaign.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/22/2012 15:43 Comments || Top||

#3  These kickbacks to Obama Supporters (and contributors) is becoming rather ReVolt-ing.

(Sorry - had to be said....)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/22/2012 16:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Besoeker, Jan 22, 2013, is not beyond the statute of limitations...
Posted by: Steve White || 10/22/2012 17:21 Comments || Top||

#5  One of the mighty 60% of 300-plus solar companies to declare possible bankruptcy by 2014 - remaining 40% +/1 by EOY 2015???

To paraph KRAUTHAMMER = "SAY IT WID ME, AMERIKA, YOU TAX/GREEN DOLLARS AT WORK"!

D *** NG IT, AMERIKA, WE HAVE TO USE UP ALL THE SCARCE CHEAP OIL [Peak Oil] TO MAKE ALL THOSE [post-WOT OWG]"CASHLESS SOCIETY" PLASTIC DEBIT CARDS IN ORDER TO SAVE ALL THE SCARCE TREES, ETC. [Peak Trees/Forests/Flora] FROM BEING TURNED INTO PAPER DOLLARS!

Save a Tree - use up all the Oil!
Save the Oil - use up all the Trees!
Save the land for defective Green Farms - destroy the Food Crops + buy Solyent Green!

["FAMILY GUY'S" PETER "WE MUST FORCE THE SUN TO SURRENDER" GRIFFIN here].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/22/2012 20:14 Comments || Top||

#6  ReVolt current of acceptability met resistance and possible impedance, which produced reactance causing bankruptcy.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/22/2012 21:10 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Asghar Khan case : PML-N casts doubts over SC decision
[Pak Daily Times] Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday expressed doubts over the Supreme Court's decision to task the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) with carrying out investigations into the Asghar Khan case, demanding an independent commission be formed for the purpose.

Addressing a presser at the Punjab House, the PML-N stalwart looked confused while speaking on this issue as first he called it "injustice" on part of the apex court to hand over the investigation to the FIA. However,
you can observe a lot just by watching...
later he backtracked when questioned by the media, saying he didn't mean what he said, and it could be a 'slip of tongue'.

An otherwise confident Nisar looked visibly shaken on the diatribe against his party leadership after verdict of the Supreme Court in the Asghar Khan case, saying only PML-N President Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
is being targeted in this issue. He, however declared that PML-N accepted the decision, but in the same breath called for an independent commission to probe the matter, as the FIA's record of probes had raised many questions as to how it would undertake impartial investigations into this case.

"We will not present before the FIA and would not be part of any investigation that would be carried out by this agency," Nisar said. He said his party was ready for any accountability, but there should be an open trial. He appealed to the Supreme Court not to allow anyone to use this judgement for achieving their political agenda.

He demanded accountability be held not only in this particular case, but in all such cases where public money had been used by secret agencies. He pointed out that Gen (r) Musharraf had admitted in his book that he created the PML-Q and also that funds had been used by the Intelligence Bureau against the PML-N government in Punjab.
Posted by: Fred || 10/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Science & Technology
Northrup Grumman unveils proposal for next U.S. Special Ops vehicle
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/22/2012 16:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A 7400lb cage? My 1 ton at 8000lbs is underpowered with a 325hp diesel.
Doesn't look wide enough to carry litters.
Same bucket seat crap.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/22/2012 19:05 Comments || Top||

#2  350K for a pos dunebuggy. Those clowns on TLC could build 20 for the same price... and they might actually work without an "update" contract.
Posted by: Cravirt the Elder3616 || 10/22/2012 20:24 Comments || Top||



Who's in the News
48[untagged]
5Govt of Pakistan
3Hezbollah
2Govt of Iran
2Salafists
2Govt of Syria
2Palestinian Authority
1Baloch Liberation Army
1Boko Haram
1al-Qaeda in Arabia
1Hamas
1Jamaat-e-Islami
1Pirates
1Taliban
1Thai Insurgency
1al-Qaeda in Britain
1TTP
1al-Qaeda in Pakistan
1al-Shabaab
1Ansar Dine
1Arab Spring

Bookmark
E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Thugburg
Gulf War I
The Way We Were
Bio

Merry-Go-Blog











On Sale now!


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.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Seafarious
Pappy
lotp
Scooter McGruder
john frum
tu3031
badanov
sherry
ryuge
GolfBravoUSMC
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Gloria
Fred
Besoeker
Glenmore
Frank G
3dc
Skidmark
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2012-10-22
  Men 'planned mass suicide attack'
Sun 2012-10-21
  Nigeria military nabs Bokoboy at senator's home
Sat 2012-10-20
  Leb: Wissam al-Hasan Assassinated in Beirut Bomb Blast
Fri 2012-10-19
  144 Dead as Syria Jets Blast Maaret al-Numan and Suicide Bomber Hits near Interior Ministry
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

Better than the average link...



Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
3.236.253.192
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Operations (21)    WoT Background (21)    Opinion (13)    (0)    Politix (8)