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-Lurid Crime Tales-
BREAKING: Shooting at San Diego-area synagogue causes injuries, man detained: police
[Al-Rooters] 48 hr rule. Unlikely neighborhood for a terror attack - Poway, but who knows
Abu Uluque submitted the following at 16:10:
Not many details yet.
Sheriff’s deputies warned of a man with a gun at Chabad of Poway about noon Saturday

APRIL 27, 2019 12:35 PM

POWAY ‐ As many as four people have reportedly been shot at the Chabad of Poway on Saturday. A suspect was taken into custody.

Sheriff’s deputies first warned about a man with a gun in the area of the Jewish synagogue on Chabad Way about noon.

"Please stay clear of the area and allow deputies to safely do their job. Thank you for your patience and cooperation," the sheriff’s tweet said.

Authorities have taped off the area around Chabad and a command post has been set up at Chaparral Elementary School just north of the congregation.

It was unclear where in the synagogue the shooting occurred.

Jewish prayers are held at 10 a.m. each Saturday, then a children’s program at 11 a.m., according to the synagogue’s website. A sit-down Kiddush and Farbrengen ‐ traditional Jewish gatherings ‐ were to follow.

Several neighbors reported hearing the gunshots, and some were evacuated from nearby homes to the school temporarily as a precaution.

San Diego police were keeping watch on other local synagogues as a precaution.

No further information was immediately available.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 16:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  4 injured at Palomar Medical
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 16:20 Comments || Top||

#2  coverage
Posted by: newc || 04/27/2019 16:35 Comments || Top||

#3  1 fatality - "hate crime" per Mayor Steve Vaus (a good guy)
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#4  CBS News is updating here. One shooter, who has been arrested.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/27/2019 16:57 Comments || Top||

#5  19 yr old - with an AR rifle
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 18:41 Comments || Top||

#6  From the various sources here: shooter is a 19 year old white male in a tactical vest with an AR-15 style weapon. He drove off afterward and personally called the police. An off-duty Border Patrol agent in the building shot at the bad guy, driving him off.

The Daily Mail has photos, though not yet of the shooter, and reports that members of the congregation tried to overpower the shooter.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/27/2019 18:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Let's play the Left's own game, I blame the NYT and their institutionalized Antisemitism. (so do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/27/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||


California killer accused of beheading, torturing cellmate
[FoxNews] One convicted killer has been accused of beheading another in what authorities call an exceptionally sadistic torture slaying at a California prison.

Corcoran State Prison inmate Jaime Osuna removed several body parts from his cellmate, Luis Romero, Assistant Kings County District Attorney Phil Esbenshade said Friday. Charges accuse Osuna, 31, of repeatedly cutting Romero last month using what the prosecutor called a sharp metal object wrapped in string and attached to a handle.

It's not clear how much happened while Romero, 44, was still alive or whether anyone heard the overnight assault, but "we do believe that the victim was conscious during at least a portion of the time," Esbenshade said in an email. "This is the most gruesome case that I have seen in terms of heinousness in the slaying."
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 10:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rehabilitation rather than Death Penalty, Governor Gruesome Newsome?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Jaime deserves a second chance. He was a good boy and model prisoner just starting to get his life back together.
Posted by: jpal || 04/27/2019 13:14 Comments || Top||

#3  In that order?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/27/2019 15:44 Comments || Top||

#4 
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/27/2019 15:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Those silly COs.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 20:39 Comments || Top||


Mohamed Noor, cop who killed bride-to-be, expresses regret over joining force
[NYPOST] The Minneapolis cop who shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be, took the stand at his own murder trial and tearfully confessed that he regrets becoming a police officer, according to reports.

"If I knew this would happen, I never would have become a cop," Mohammed Noor said while being questioned by his lawyer, Tom Plunkett, in Hennepin County District Court on Thursday.

The former officer testified that he thought Justine Damond ‐ a 40-year-old yoga teacher who called 911 to report a disturbance at her home ‐ was "a threat" when she approached his police vehicle in her pink pajamas in July 2017, local NBC affiliate KARE 11 reported.

Noor, 32, told jurors he fired his gun because he heard a loud bang on the driver’s door and thought his partner Matthew Harrity’s life was in danger.

When he realized she was not armed, he became frozen with grief, he testified.

"I felt like my whole world came crashing down. Great anguish. Couldn’t breathe. [I had] slight paralysis," Noor said ‐ and then began crying, according to Twincities.com.

He later told a lawyer for the prosecution, "I had to make a split-second decision."

Noor shot Damond in the stomach after he was called to her home around 11:30 p.m. July 15, 2017, to investigate a possible assault.

He has claimed he saw a man on a bike riding toward Damond’s house right before the shooting ‐ and that he acted in self-defense.
Posted by: Fred || 04/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Bull shit.
Posted by: Woodrow || 04/27/2019 20:39 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Donald Trump to withdraw US from Arms Trade Treaty
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 10:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He had a pen and a phone, why did he need the Senate?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/27/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

#2  F'em.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/27/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

#3  The BBC buried the lede:

Posted by: trailing wife || 04/27/2019 16:02 Comments || Top||

#4  *sigh* to continue. The buried lede:

The US is among another 29 nations that signed the treaty but have not ratified it to make it law.

Since the silly thing remained unratified for the rest of President Obama’s term after his representative meaninglessly signed it, all President Trump did was clear away some underbrush. They’re fussing at him for again exposing Democratic hypocrisy — we went through the same thing when he repudiated the deliberately meaningless climate change treaty — and the world will again be better for the clarity President Trump has brought.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/27/2019 16:10 Comments || Top||

#5  His representative: Jawn F'n Kerry (D-Piece of shit)
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 16:37 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Aliens are interbreeding with humans Herb to create a new hybrid species that will save our planet, claims Oxford lecturer
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 10:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  explains Dennis Rodman
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#2  I see what you did there, Skid...
Posted by: Raj || 04/27/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  The climate change bit is a new twist on an old theory.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/27/2019 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Where are these aliens and why haven't they tried to interbreed with me yet? Not lonely just curious.
Posted by: jpal || 04/27/2019 13:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, I AM a Martian. Says so on my last census form.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/27/2019 13:08 Comments || Top||

#6  If you didn't think climate change was scary before, now you'll pay attention!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/27/2019 14:41 Comments || Top||

#7  It was late... there was alcohol involved... she had 3 tits... things just kinda happened.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/27/2019 16:12 Comments || Top||

#8 
"Aliens are interbreeding with humans to create a hybrid species that will save the planet from annihilation by climate change, an Oxford professor has claimed.

Young-hae Chi, an instructor in Korean at Oxford's Oriental Institute, said the human-alien hybrids may already be walking among us.
"

We know that. They're called "progressives."
Posted by: Dave D. || 04/27/2019 17:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Not so - Aliens/hybrids would be smart(er)
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 17:21 Comments || Top||

#10  He believes in a [assumably positive] correlation between alien abductions and climate change.

And that's when he lost me...
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/27/2019 17:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Well the Sumerians believed the Anunaki bred with human females to produce intelligent humans so there is that. It's already been done, tee shirt issued.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/27/2019 18:17 Comments || Top||

#12  Anyone who automatically thinks this is a good idea didn't spend good money to watch Alien Resurrection.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/27/2019 19:43 Comments || Top||

#13  The alien's are trying to engineer a human that can digest more carbs and turn waste gases to energy, thus passing less methane and other gases.

The new hybrid will fart less.



Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/27/2019 19:45 Comments || Top||

#14  You people talk about Me when I'm not around? That's so heartwarming!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 04/27/2019 19:55 Comments || Top||

#15  #11 Deacon man I always said this bit of history was a tall tail now things are being exposed slowly but surely. Dependents of brother Todd Lincoln have passed down in their family history that Lincoln was stabbed not shot. You might be aware that Lincoln controlled the media at the time. OH, I know this goes against conventional thought but as people have said here "our government is capable of anything".
Posted by: Dale || 04/27/2019 20:04 Comments || Top||

#16  Ooops!.
descendants
Posted by: Dale || 04/27/2019 20:07 Comments || Top||

#17  #14 *snickers* bless your heart
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 20:16 Comments || Top||

#18  I must add that the Ford's Theater show was a celebration for winning the war and many were invited to attend but failed to show. Grant as I recall arrived late after events had occurred.


Posted by: Dale || 04/27/2019 20:20 Comments || Top||

#19  You people talk about Me when I'm not around? That's so heartwarming!

Comic release.
that's when I laugh so hard my sphincter spasms.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 20:39 Comments || Top||

#20  #14 You people talk about Me when I'm not around? That's so heartwarming!

I think it means you've been adopted, like a mascot or the little brother everyone likes to tease. (to be fair, approximately 120% of us have been tricked playing Bee/Not Bee)
Welcome to the tribe!
Posted by: SteveS || 04/27/2019 20:57 Comments || Top||

#21  There was one or two movies about this. Totally believable. Charlie Sheen was involved, iirc. So solid gold.
Posted by: Varmint Hitler6798 || 04/27/2019 22:07 Comments || Top||

#22  Found it! Triumph! The Arrival. Maybe only one.
Posted by: Varmint Hitler6798 || 04/27/2019 22:10 Comments || Top||

#23  The Arrival. Maybe only one.

There was a sequel.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 22:26 Comments || Top||


USC official fired over college bribery scandal, now drives for Lyft
We’ll see your Peter Principle and raise it one actual law enforcement.
[NYPOST] A top University of Southern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, official who was fired for allegedly taking bribes in the college admissions scandal is now working as a Lyft driver ‐ and selling her $2 million mansion, according to a new report.

Donna Heinel lost her job as USC’s senior associate athletic director last month when she was busted for allegedly taking more than $1.3 million in payoffs to help at least 24 rich kids get into the college as bogus athletic recruits ‐ including the daughters of "Full House" star Lori Loughlin.

Now she’s ferrying around passengers as a driver for ride-sharing company Lyft ‐ and recently put her home in Long Beach on the market for $1.998 million, CBS LA reports.

She bought the four-bedroom, three-story, Mediterranean-style property in 2012 for $1.2 million, according to the LA Times.

Heinel was one of a dozen college athletic officials tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for working with the scheme’s criminal mastermind, William "Rick" Singer, in the nationwide scam, and has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
to charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering.
Posted by: Fred || 04/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And here's the funny part - assuming she's single, she's got a capital gain on the sale of that house of about $400,000. Tax is about $90,000 to the Feds, and some more to CA state.

Ha-ha!
Posted by: Raj || 04/27/2019 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  senior associate athletic director .... bought the four-bedroom, three-story, Mediterranean-style property in 2012 for $1.2 million


Really? Now cry me a river about the 'student debt crisis'. Where's AOC on this? Inner Party good. Proles bad.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/27/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Krasmash military plant is on fire in Krasnoyarsk
[TWITTER]
Can we hope for secondaries?

Posted by: Fred || 04/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can we hope for secondaries?

...From your lips to God's ears, Ma'am.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/27/2019 9:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Krasmash is RS-28 Sarmat ICBM manufacturer

The new Russian heavy ICBM.

Can we hope for secondaries?

Not really. Explosive bolts and self destruct charges are about all the explosives there.

This could set the Russian ICBM renewal back by several years.
Posted by: Gomez Croluger5203 || 04/27/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#3  likely not fueled, either
Posted by: Frank G || 04/27/2019 10:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Any centrifuges?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 20:43 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Another player expands a reef and builds an AFB in the Spratlys
[twitter]


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#1  Go Taiwan!
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/27/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Work with the Filipinos
Posted by: Neville Glolutch8436 || 04/27/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||


Former State Department Official Spied for China Since 2007
[Wash Free Beacon] China's Ministry of State Security successfully obtained State Department internal documents from an embassy office manager who was paid in cash and gifts, according to court documents in the case of Candace Claiborne, a spy for China since 2007.

Claiborne, 62, a former State Department office manager posted to both Beijing and Shanghai, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a single conspiracy charge of defrauding the government by lying to federal agents about extensive contacts with two MSS intelligence officers.

"Candace Marie Claiborne traded her integrity and non-public information of the United States government in exchange for cash and other gifts from foreign agents she knew worked for the Chinese intelligence service," said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers. "She withheld information and lied repeatedly about these contacts."

The government did not charge Claiborne with espionage and she had claimed in interviews with the FBI that she only passed unclassified State Department information to the MSS.

New details of the spy case were outlined in a statement of facts submitted to federal court in the case as part of her plea bargain.

Claiborne had access to top-secret information and was recruited by the MSS in 2007 and continued to have contacts with one of two MSS handlers until at least 2016.

The case highlighted a decades-long failure on the part of the FBI to aggressively counter Chinese intelligence activities targeting Americans. At the time of her arrest in March 2017, Claiborne was the first American prosecuted for Chinese spying in nearly 10 years.

Since then, federal authorities have charged three other former intelligence officials with espionage-related offenses.
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#1  clinton?
Posted by: chris || 04/27/2019 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  The government did not charge Claiborne with espionage and she had claimed in interviews with the FBI that she only passed unclassified State Department information to the MSS.

No espionage? Is this going to be one of those "wrist-slapping" punishments? This guy got 4 years in the slammer.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/27/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Hang her
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/27/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Given the soap on the wrist and the long amount of time she did this... Perhaps she being given a cover to retire from her role of planting disinformation FOR the U.S. ? Double agent?
Posted by: Neville Glolutch8436 || 04/27/2019 14:57 Comments || Top||


Swine Flu - why in China.
[twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 04/27/2019 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, put the deplorables out of work and enrich the megacorps. We know they're always scrupulous about not cutting corners when it comes to cost and especially the public's health. What a marvelous track record they have.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 04/27/2019 5:22 Comments || Top||

#2  "Yawn, urp"
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  I seem to recall asking this question myself several days ago. Now I know. Thanks 3dc.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/27/2019 16:22 Comments || Top||

#4  It is not swine flu ... it is African swine fever... swine flu can affect people ... African Swine fever is nearly 100 percent fatal to hogs .. has not affected humans ... YET.
Posted by: Spolurt Smith5963 || 04/27/2019 16:46 Comments || Top||

#5  .. has not affected humans ... YET.

So there's still time!
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 20:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Rural China is a bit difficult to fathom for Westerners. When I lived in 'rural' NC (a town of 3,000), there was a Walmart, McDonald's, KFC, Long John Silvers and 99/100 houses had Western toilets, AC, and potable water. In rural China ... best if you don't eat/drink/breathe/bathe/poop. If you do YMMV. Pigs are tough. If they get sick you know we would be f'd.
Posted by: Beau || 04/27/2019 22:34 Comments || Top||


Kim Jong Un left Russia seven hours ahead of schedule, invited Putin to visit, badmouthed US
[TWITTER]
Kim Jong Un invited President Putin to visit North Korea, and Putin has accepted
[TWITTER]
North Korea's Kim tells Putin US acting in 'bad faith', reports local media
How utterly adorable — he thinks this will impress Vladimir Putin, formerly of the KGB.
[DAWN] Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
has accused the United States of acting in "bad faith" in talks on its nuclear arsenal, North Korean state media said on Friday as he left Russia following his first summit with President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
Kim's armoured train departed the Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok a day after talks that saw Putin back the North's need for "security guarantees" in its standoff with the US.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim told Putin the US had adopted a "unilateral attitude in bad faith" at a summit with President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
two months ago in Hanoi.

"Peace and security on the Korean peninsula will entirely depend on the US future attitude, and the DPRK will gird itself for every possible situation," Kim was quoted as saying.

The Kim-Trump summit broke down in late February without a deal, after cash-strapped Pyongyang demanded immediate relief from sanctions but the two sides disagreed over what the North was prepared to give up in return.
Posted by: Fred || 04/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  In case the train got a flat tire.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/27/2019 20:42 Comments || Top||


Kim Jong Un, in his policy speech delivered at 14th Supreme People's Assembly, stressed the problem of food
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Judging by his appearance there must be plenty of food in North Korea: the problem must be like ours - too much food.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/27/2019 1:37 Comments || Top||

#2  "Stressed the problem of food" == asked for more caviar.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/27/2019 2:10 Comments || Top||

#3  You know, Kimmie, there's an economic system which is pretty good at solving problems like this.
Posted by: Raj || 04/27/2019 6:41 Comments || Top||


China accuses France of illegally sailing warship in Taiwan Strait
[FT] China has accused La Belle France of "illegally entering Chinese waters" after a French naval vessel sailed through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, in an escalation of its rhetoric that highlights rising tensions over the status of the island nation that Beijing claims as its territory.

Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, China defence ministry front man, said on Thursday that Beijing had made stern representationsto Gay Paree over the passage of the French warship and said the Chinese navy had sent ships to warn the French ship to leave the waterway, according to news hounds present at the presser.

China sees Taiwan as its territory and has threatened annexation if Taipei refuses indefinitely to give up its de facto independence.

The French defence ministry made no immediate comment on Thursday. But defence officials told the Financial Times that the French navy had been transiting the Taiwan Strait at least once a year without any problem or reaction from the Chinese side.

"La Belle France reaffirms its commitment to freedom of navigation in accordance with the law of the sea," said one.
Posted by: Fred || 04/27/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Great look when even the French Navy's flipping you off.
Posted by: Raj || 04/27/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Rawalpindi police make arrests after minor boy sexually assaulted by schoolmates
[DAWN] Rawalpindi police on Thursday registered an FIR against three individuals for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male student studying in Grade 8 of a private school.

The victim is a Pak-American dual national who came to Pakistain to study one and a half years ago.
They raped an American?! What on earth were they thinking??
Two of the suspects have been incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
while a search is underway for the third suspect, who is on the run, police confirmed.

The primary suspect is a senior student studying in Grade 12 at the same school who, along with two of his friends, sexually assaulted the 15-year-old after taking him for ice cream.

A case has been registered against the suspects under Sections 292, 34, 367A and 377 of the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC).

Section 292 A of the PPC deals with exposing children to seduction. Section 377 deals with unnatural offences and Section 367 deals with kidnapping with the intent to subject a person to grave harm, while Section 34 deals with common intention.

According to an FIR registered by the victim on April 25, he had gone shopping to Saddar on April 19 when he ran into a schoolfellow who was with his friends.

He said that the three perpetrators lured him to an ice cream shop, after which they forcibly took him to a parking lot in a car and tried to assault him. The victim said that when he attempted to make noise, they tied his mouth shut with a cloth in order to silence him.

The 15-year-old said that the suspects then took him to a 'dera' in a deserted area and opened the lock to the 'dera' with keys that were in their possession.

The victim recounted that the three individuals took turns assaulting him. He said that while one would assault him, the other would hold a pistol and the third would make a video. He added that the videos were then forwarded ahead to other people.

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Science & Technology
The universe is expanding way faster than astronomers thought
[NYPOST] The universe is expanding far faster than we thought ‐ and scientists are struggling to keep up.
Interesting. The universe is apparently expanding faster than the speed of light.
That’s according to a shocking new study, published in The Astrophysical Journal, which says we may need to rewrite the history of the cosmos to get our heads around the baffling find.

Researchers used one of the world’s most powerful telescopes to track the movements of faraway galaxies.

They found the space galaxies are shifting away from each other faster than previous estimates.

Based on the universe’s trajectory seen shortly after the Big Bang, this means the cosmos is expanding about 9% quicker than we thought.

Measurements were taken with NASA’s Hubble telescope and back up previous readings taken by the space gadget.

Astronomers admit that new physics may be needed to fathom the finding, which doesn’t line up with how we understand the universe.

This could rewrite the history of the Universe, which is largely based on our current grasp of physics.

"This is not what we expected," said study lead author Adam Riess, a scientist at Johns Hopkins University.

"This mismatch has been growing and has now reached a point that is really impossible to dismiss as a fluke."

Scientists used Hubble to measure the light coming off of 70 stars in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

They used a new method to capture quick images of these stars.

Because of the way they brighten and dim at predictable rates, these stars, called Cepheid variables, can be used to measure distances in the universe.

Their results don’t match up with the expected expansion rate of the universe, which was calculated by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, based on conditions Planck observed 380,000 years after the Big Bang.

"This is not just two experiments disagreeing. We are measuring something fundamentally different," Riess explained.

"One is a measurement of how fast the universe is expanding today, as we see it. The other is a prediction based on the physics of the early universe and on measurements of how fast it ought to be expanding.

"If these values don’t agree, there becomes a very strong likelihood that we’re missing something in the cosmological model that connects the two eras."
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#1  Is this causing 'global warming' or 'climate change' somehow?
Posted by: Raj || 04/27/2019 6:44 Comments || Top||

#2  It's Bush's Fau...no wait..Trump's Fault.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/27/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Dunno, new methods of measurement sounds pretty dicy. Are they "fixing" their data like "climate scientists" do?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/27/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Magellanic cow farts! Who knew?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/27/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

#5  ...So long as we're not looking down the barrel of the Big Rip, I'm cool.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/27/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Entropy increasing? Seems that way; at least in political and social systems.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/27/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  So these guys revise their theories based on new data? How is the science ever going to be settled if they keep doing that?
Posted by: Matt || 04/27/2019 12:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Right. Considering we have no idea what's beyond the known universe.
Posted by: Woodrow || 04/27/2019 20:43 Comments || Top||


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Hiring Illegals via a Staffing Company
[Dallas News] Nearly a month after immigration officials rounded up hundreds of employees at an Allen technology company, it's unclear whether the business will face repercussions for using an unauthorized workforce.

The employees arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for working illegally at CVE Technology Group, which refurbishes cellphones and other electronics, remain in limbo. 283 workers were taken into custody. Most were later released. Legal delays and immigration court backlogs will leave many waiting months or years for a resolution.
Waiting years to be sent back? Is this a great country, or what?
But experts say large loopholes in federal immigration law often allow employers to avoid prosecution. The practice of using staffing companies as a barrier from responsibility helps keep companies from "knowingly" hiring unauthorized workers while still benefiting from their labor.
What about the 'staffing company'? Can they be prosecuted?
Staffing companies are often so "thinly capitalized" that they often fold when held accountable for bad actions, making it hard for workers to get restitution for labor violations.
The workers? You mean the illegal aliens, taking American jobs?
Still, a cottage industry of these small firms has made a profitable market out of temporary ‐ and sometimes unauthorized ‐ workers.
Sometimes. Maybe some are being legally exploited?
CVE Technology shifted blame to its staffing companies, saying those arrested "were employed by unrelated third parties, not CVE. We work with multiple temporary and staffing agencies, all of whom are independently owned and operated, and each of whom contractually accepts full responsibility to ensure compliance with all applicable law."

"These companies need to go about it properly. They need to be using a legal workforce. It’s required by law," [ICE Special Agent in Charge] Berger said at a news conference. "It potentially exploits the illegal workers. ... They’re afraid to complain oftentimes because they’ll lose their job. They become victimized by their employers. I can’t say that’s happening in this case ‐ I’m just talking in general. The situation is ripe for exploitation of an illegal workforce."
Not as big fan of exploitation. On the other hand, had they stayed at home, they wouldn't be exploited, and having American lawyers seeking restitution for said exploitation.
Often, it's up to individual states to regulate the staffing companies. In Texas, for example, "professional employer organizations" must file with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and they can face fines for bad actions.

In California, Padin said, lawmakers have worked to close the loophole. A 2014 law there holds staffing companies and larger employers equally liable for labor violations. Although those protections don't extend to immigration law, it's a good start, Padin said.
Tell the Socialists we need more government regulation!
"Laws like this one are really important because they incentivize host clients to scrutinize contractors," she said. "That basically makes sure that hiring companies are jointly responsible."
But no need to go after the illegal agents who arrange for these workers to be exploited, and sell them fake papers to facilitate their exploitation. Thanks, main stream media!

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