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19 killed in Gaza, four in Israel in Sunday’s escalation, say officials
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
'God of Chaos' asteroid bigger than the Eiffel Tower will pass unnervingly close to Earth in 2029
  • A 340-meter asteroid dubbed Apophis will make close flyby on April 13, 2029

  • NASA says it will come just 19,000 miles from Earth's surface at its closest

  • Scientists say risk of impact is extremely low for this and future approaches
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 01:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Come on down! I hear Mecca is lovely during that year.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/06/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Already one meteorite there. Why not make it two?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/06/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

#3  19k miles is well inside the orbit of the moon which is about @ 240k miles

it is also inside the geostationary orbit of about @ 22k miles
Posted by: lord garth || 05/06/2019 18:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Tzeentch is the god of chaos.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/06/2019 19:17 Comments || Top||

#5  All Geo-Stationary sat insurance goes through the ceiling for April-May 2029 or the calculated pool game play period.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/06/2019 20:51 Comments || Top||

Huge 'God of Chaos' asteroid to pass near Earth in 2029: report
Snip. Duplicate.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 01:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

Killer 1,000ft wide asteroid wipes out New York as 'planetary defence' scientists fail to save Earth by deflecting it in simulation of terrifying Armageddon scenario
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's a feature not a bug?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/06/2019 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  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.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/06/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#3  'In this situation, under international law, the United States, regardless of fault, as the launching state, would absolutely be liable to pay compensation,'

I can already visualize the Farmer's insurance guy walking through a devastated area and calmly saying: " And yeah, we covered that...."
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/06/2019 14:11 Comments || Top||

#4  So, if the US does nothing, we're in the clear "legally". But if we launch anything, and it doesn't work perfectly, we're at fault?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/06/2019 14:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, basically. That why many states have enacted 'Good Samaritan' laws.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/06/2019 15:42 Comments || Top||

Russian investigators say plane crash death toll rises to 41
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russian authorities said late on Sunday that 41 people died when a Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash-landed at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

"There were 78 people on board, including crew members," the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website.

"According to updated information, 37 out of them survived."

Earlier on Sunday, the Sherlocks said 13 people had been killed in the plane crash.

Television footage showed the Sukhoi Superjet-100 making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport with much of the rear part of the plane engulfed in flames.

Many passengers then escaped via the plane’s emergency slides that inflated after the hard landing.

Russian news agencies said the plane had been flying from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk before turning back.

Russian Sherlocks said they had opened an investigation and were looking into whether the pilots had breached air safety rules.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, "pilot error" is good, but even better if they do not survive.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/06/2019 17:45 Comments || Top||

Gray whales starving to death in the Pacific, and scientists want to know why
[OUTLINE] They don't have enough to eat. Gimme my grant money.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  well you beat me too that one
Posted by: chris || 05/06/2019 5:55 Comments || Top||

#2  There's more whales than food for them to eat is the correct answer...

I wonder is a tentacle ended gigantic whale eating all their food.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/06/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Moochelle O. was put in charge of their diets.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/06/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Same thing with deer. Go full Bambi and ban hunting, soon there is a multitude and food not adequate to sustain the numbers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/06/2019 8:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Moar whaling!
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Clavith3514 || 05/06/2019 19:45 Comments || Top||

#6  At least the whales don't dart out into the road and get hit by cars like the stinkin' deer.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/06/2019 21:25 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Over 1,000 dead in DR Congo Ebola epidemic
[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.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Add 3 more zeros then call me.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  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!
Posted by: Warthog || 05/06/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

#3  The central African country declared a 10th outbreak of Ebola in 40 years

So this is an unprecedented event - at least in the modern meaning of "since the last time it happened".

Given that we have an extremely contagious disease, a civil war, and people attacking health care facilities, I'm betting on the virus.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/06/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

Met Police Chief: Return of Stop and Search Helped Cut London Crime
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2019 06:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "having officers in an area where there is intelligence

Yeah, gotta keep those smart people under control. Of course this policy keeps them away from the politicians.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/06/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Ms. Dick....hahahaahh
Posted by: Texhooey || 05/06/2019 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Some real unfortunate names today - Pete Buttplug, Ms. Dick - do we hit the trifecta by 5:00?
Posted by: Raj || 05/06/2019 13:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Who do they 'stop and search'?
And where, the 'nogo' zones?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 15:37 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Military helicopter crashes in Venezuela, killing 7, amid protests
(CNN)A Venezuelan military helicopter crashed on Saturday in Hatillo, a municipality near Caracas, killing all seven on board, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense.

Embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro acknowledged the lives lost in the crash in a message posted on Twitter, and sent his condolences to the victims' relatives and friends on Saturday night.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2019 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Contaminated fuel? Loosened fastener? Etc.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/06/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

China's markets drop massively on Trump tweet!

Is this what they’re responding to?
US to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods up to 25%

[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.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  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.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/06/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

Over 80 percent of Somali migrants are on welfare In Switzerland
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2019 00:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Also of those migrants that actually work how many are on above average wages?

I'd guess a number of around 0%.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/06/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Sums up Minneapolis.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/06/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  The others are driving cabs.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

17 ‘quacks’ held, clinics sealed in HIV-hit Larkana
[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 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

2m Karachiites suffer from mental, other disorders
[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.

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#1  Number one cause, Mosques.

Hated Karachi, rude, hot but with some good Polo clubs.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/06/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, I think a lot of their problems stem from a refusal to leave them'aire 1st cousins alone.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/06/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
'Moon not sighted, Ramazan to begin from Tuesday'
[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."
Update from The Times of Israel at 9:50 a.m. EDT:
Muslims in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, and much of the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, will fast on Monday for the start of the month of Ramadan.

Millions more, however, in India, Pakistan and Iran, will likely be marking the start of the lunar month on Tuesday based on moon sightings there.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It's true if you believe it"
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/06/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Your moon god hates you
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/06/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Does it matter what time of the day or night it's sighted?

That could make for some lovely disjointed 7th century scheduling and confusion.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/06/2019 11:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Is it wrong that I find this story hilarious?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/06/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#5  So when do all the killings and bombings start, the beginning of Ramadan or the end?
Posted by: Raj || 05/06/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Raj, both. And the middle.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/06/2019 15:20 Comments || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Preserving a loved one's tattoos after death
[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.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/06/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Buffalo Bill to the white courtesy phone...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/06/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Chronic Inflammation and heart disease are linked.
Inflammation attacks the endothelial cells which line blood vessels, they then let plaques form under them.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/06/2019 7:47 Comments || Top||

#3  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.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  mounted and framed behind UV-protective glass

Guess lamp shades are passe'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/06/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||

#5  I was thinking that too Skid...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/06/2019 17:36 Comments || Top||

#6  What kind of fool lets a 9 year old tattoo them?
Posted by: Ebboter Omerelet1433 || 05/06/2019 19:58 Comments || Top||

#7  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.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/06/2019 22:09 Comments || Top||

#8  I don’t know that one, Crazy Fool. Old Testament or New Testament?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2019 22:52 Comments || Top||

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