Every cloud has a silver lining:
Participants debated insurance and legal issues at length: the United States did save Denver, but accidentally destroyed New York.
Also an exercise for bored bureaucrats:
'In this situation, under international law, the United States, regardless of fault, as the launching state, would absolutely be liable to pay compensation,' said Alissa Haddaji, coordinator of a group of 15 international space lawyers created to study those very issues.
[DAWN] More than 1,000 people have now died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... , authorities said, as aid workers warned that the highly contagious virus combined with insecurity in the restive region was creating a "deeply worrying situation".
The current outbreak is the second deadliest on record, after an epidemic killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa in 2014-2016.
Efforts to roll back the outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever have been hampered by fighting but also by resistance within communities to preventative measures, care facilities and safe burials. "In total, there have been 1,008 deaths (942 confirmed and 66 probable)," the health ministry said in a daily update late on Friday.
The central African country declared a 10th outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August centred in the city of Beni in North Kivu province before the virus spread into the neighbouring Ituri region.
The World Health Organisation had initially voiced hope it would be able to contain the outbreak, thanks in part to a new vaccine. But in recent weeks senior WHO officials have conceded that insecurity, scarce financial resources and local politicians turning people against health workers had seriously undermined the containment effort.
Sadly Skid, if it reaches that point, then we're all screwed. Suggest you read what the Raconteur Report blog has to say about Ebola..could be the next Black Plague although a vaccine is available. I'm sure the beautiful people will have theirs while rationing the rest of us. Finally...a way to take care of all the Deplorables!
[Breitbart] The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, has said that the return of ’stop and search’ has helped cut crime dramatically in London.
Speaking of the statistics, Ms Dick said that the murder rate had fallen by a quarter over the past year with a 15 per cent reduction in the number of under 25s being stabbed, in comments reported by The Times.
The Commissioner said that "having officers in an area where there is intelligence is a very important tactic and has absolutely led to a fall in violence. My key metric has always been injury to under-25s, especially on the street, and we have 15 per cent less, 311 less (sic) young people stabbed".
She went on to describe the tactic of stop and search ‐ which is used by police if they have ’reasonable grounds’ to suspect a person is carrying drugs, stolen property, or a weapon ‐ as being "very effective" and said it was "suppressing the violence", the tactic not only taking drugs and knives off the streets but acting as a deterrent to carrying weapons, as well.
[DW] In announcing the tariff hike, US 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... complained that trade talks with China were moving "too slowly." The tariff increases on $200 billion of Chinese goods are set to start by the end of the week.
Carrier groups cost a lot to protect water ways from Chinese expansionism
Tarriffs on them are the best way to fund this.
Do to relative land values in the countries I'd guess a certain tariff in the region of at least 15% is valid. adding 10% to pay for protecting shipping seems reasonable.
[VOE] New data was gathered and released by both the Federal Statistical Office and the State Secretariat for Migration and shows that the 4,000 or so Somalis in Switzerland are by far the most prone to being on government benefits with 83.7 percent relying on state income, Breitbart reports.
While Somalis are by far and wide the largest recipients of welfare, several other nationalities also have rates of over 50 percent, such as Eritreans at 54.7 percent and Angolans at 54 per cent.
The statistics greatly contrast with the number of Swiss nationals on welfare, at a mere 2.3 percent of the population ‐ although Japanese nationals were the lowest of all at only 0.6 per cent.
Damian Muller of the Swiss Liberals (FDP) said that the figures show that both far too many asylum seekers not qualified for asylum were living on state handouts and that not enough was being done to integrate those with refugee status into the Swiss economy.
"Integration is not a one-way street", he insisted, adding, "refugees are [also]responsible."
Backer Gobdon of the Somali Diaspora association attributed some of the blame for the high rates of welfare in the Somali community to the average family size, saying, “For example, they work in the hospitality industry, where wages are low. A family that has seven children, for example, cannot live on it.”
Science has come up with an answer to that problem ahead of actuality. The Democrats have a more traditional one for after the fact.
[DAWN] In a crackdown against illegal medical practitioners, some 17 quacks were rounded up and their clinics sealed in Larkana district on Saturday.
Police came down hard on quacks in the wake of the recent surfacing of HIV-positive cases in Ratodero and in its suburbs. FIRs were registered under sections 417, 419 and 269 of the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC) against the locked away Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! suspects, police sources said.
Larkana Commissioner Saleem Raza Khuhro and Deputy Commissioner Noman Siddik, speaking to the media at the local press club said very soon action against quacks, illegal blood banks and laboratories would be initiated.
The intensity of action would be felt throughout the province, the commissioner claimed. The official number of quacks, according to district health managers, was around 270 but other sources put it at around 1,100, he said.
The commissioner apprehended that the number could be much higher, and said: "According to my estimates, it may run into around 4,000 to 5,000."
Posted by: Fred ||
05/06/2019 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] There are two million people in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... suffering from mental, emotional, intellectual or social adjustment disorders, says a senior psychiatrist. Explains a lot, doesn't it?
And 300,000 of them are in need of urgent psychiatric / psychologist attention and are likely to become a permanent burden on society if not taken care of.
Pakistain Association for Mental Health president Dr S. Haroon Ahmed shared these stats at a discussion on De-stigmatizing mental illnesses organised by the PAMH at the Arts Council on Saturday evening.
[DAWN] Chairman Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneebur Rehman has announced that the moon for the month of Ramazan was not sighted on Sunday, and that the holy month will begin from Tuesday.
"No acceptable and Shariah-compliant testimonies of moon sighting were received from any part of Pakistan," said Rehman. "Therefore, it was decided that moon was not sighted today and first Ramazan will be on Tuesday, May 7."
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It starts shortly before Ramadan, then continues until afterward. I seem to recall there are extra Paradise points for martyrdom during the holy month.
Though of course no true Muslim would fight during the holy month, and therefore non-Muslims are especially forbidden to raise a hand to attack them, even if that “attack” would be judged by an unbiased eye to be self defense.
[BBC] Would you consider preserving the tattoo of a loved one who has died? It's becoming an increasingly common request from people in their final weeks.
If I were to do such a thing, I would be content with professional quality photos, if only because there’d be no chance of mold growth later.
Readers may find an image below distressing I can't imagine why.
Chris Wenzel's lifelong love affair with tattooing began when he was just nine years old when his aunt asked him to design her a tattoo, one he ended up partly inking on her skin himself.
By the time he was teenager, both his arms were completely covered in skin art. As an adult, he was a respected tattoo artist who owned Electric Underground Tattoos Inc, a studio in Saskatoon, Canada.
"He loved seeing the ink on people's skin, fell in love with it," says his wife Cheryl, who now runs the tattoo studio with a business partner.
Chris died last October of heart failure, after struggling for years with ulcerative colitis, leaving her and the couple's five sons behind. He was 41.
A dear friend died of the cancer that resulted — as predicted — from ulcerative colitis. Sad as it was, it was a relief from decades of debilitating pain. As is typical of the disease, each of the prescribed medications worked for a while before the effect stopped; eventually the doctor ran out of medications.
Isn't there s biblical story about s king who executed a crocked judge, used his skin to upholster a bench and then appointed the judges son to the position, to sit literally on that bench...? Seem to recall reading that once.
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.