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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Malaysian teen took own life after Instagram poll
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her life after a majority of respondents said yes, sparking calls for an investigation.
"69 percent of your friends said you suck."
The unidentified 16-year-old from Kuching in Sarawak died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned picture sharing platform.
"Oh. I guess I should kill myself then."
Police have classified the case as “sudden death.”
"How sudden?"
"Well, pretty quick."

“Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L,” she wrote, according to a report on the news portal Astro Awani, with the letters “D” and “L” apparently referring to “die” or “live” respectively.
I'da gone with "dipshit" or "lunatic."
Sixty-nine percent of votes cast were in favor of her ending her life, with just 31 percent against, local media quoted police as saying.
Or dipshit. Probably most people would have guessed that.
Lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh called for a probe into the circumstances of her death.
"Did she fall or was she pushed? F/P?"
"Foolish or Pathetic?"
"Either or."

“I urge the authorities... to investigate the social media accounts of the victim and the circumstances that led to her death to prevent further abuse of social media in similar circumstances in the future,” he said.
Since this isn't the first time this kind of stoopidity has happened, that "prevention" thing isn't working too well. Now, if you rounded up everyone who voted "D" and hung them by the neck all in a twitching row, that might represent a measure of prevention. Even if they were just strung up by the 'nads or bazooms it might have a measure of utility.
“It is important that incidents such as this do not repeat themselves,” he added.
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Woodstock 50 festival announces new funding to get show back on
[Dhaka Tribune] The organizers of a three-day concert marking the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival said on Friday they have obtained new funding to enable the show to go on.
Can we stop having Woodstock revivals when Wavy Gravy's dead?
Woodstock 50 said in a statement that US financial services firm Oppenheimer & Co, a unit of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc, had signed on as an adviser to complete financing for the Aug. 16-18 festival at the Watkins Glen motor racing venue in New York state.
Who's raising money for Altamont 50?
The festival, with an 80-act lineup that includes rapper Jay-Z and pop singer Miley Cyrus, was thrown into chaos last month after the lead Japanese investors announced they had decided to “cancel the event.”
"Woodstock 50? We change minds! Only if you hold it in Nagasaki!"
Friday’s statement did not say how much money Oppenheimer had obtained.
How much for the flower concession?
“We are thrilled to be onboard for this incredible weekend of music and social engagement,” John Tonelli, head of Debt Capital Markets and Syndication at Oppenheimer & Co, said in the statement. “We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration,” he added.
"As long as Wavy Gravy doesn't peg out on us!"
Woodstock 50 is backed by the co-producer of the original 1969 Woodstock festival, which was billed as “three days of peace and music” and is regarded as one of the pivotal moments in music history.
This one is "Three days of Peace and Hip Replacements."
But the anniversary event has been plagued with problems and delays in announcing selling dates for tickets, obtaining permits and arranging security and sanitation.
They didn't worry about that stuff the last time, did they? Especially sanitation.
A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled earlier this week that original investors Amplifi Live, a unit of Dentsu Inc, had no right to unilaterally cancel the festival last month. But the judge declined to order the return to the organizers of $17.8 million of Amplifi Live’s funds.
"So desu ne? We got no right to do dat, but we don't have to give the money back? Kewl!"
Posted by: Fred || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Although I seriously doubt that any 'Burgers are going to be attending, I strongly urge people to stay the hell away from this. This is shaping up to be no more than a money grab of epic proportions with the added attraction of the talent lecturing you on politics and current events while you stand in line for the porta-potties.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/19/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#2  yas. I desperately need to spend that kind of money to see 70+ year-old hippies running around naked......8p
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/19/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Hey, Mercutio, some of us hippies are still hot.

Of course I was never a real hippy so there is that. 8^)
Posted by: AlanC || 05/19/2019 11:25 Comments || Top||

#4  So that means you 'remember' the Sixties. Tisk, tisk. (LOL)
Posted by: DooDahMan || 05/19/2019 11:28 Comments || Top||

#5  if the same people who were topless in 1969 go topless this year, things could get very ugly
Posted by: lord garth || 05/19/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

#6  What Lord Garth said.

Posted by: Unoluque Whinemble8555 || 05/19/2019 11:45 Comments || Top||

#7  AlanC? Alan Cranston? If so, you were never hot...
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/19/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

#8  fwiw, Senator Cranston died in dec 2000
Posted by: lord garth || 05/19/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#9  Miley Cyrus would be enough to send me off on a real bummer.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/19/2019 14:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Sorry not Cranston. I'm not that old but I do remember those days of long hair and mini skirts with a certain fondness.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/19/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Mini skirts are nice if they shave their legs.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/19/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
What YOU Can do to Save the Planet
[WaPo, but on page three of today's Dallas News] For many Americans, the first step to helping to save a million plant and animal species from being wiped out starts at the front porch.
Walk or ride a bike. Maybe car pool. Leave the CO2-belching behemoth in the garage.

Lush green lawns are a tradition that dates back to the arrival of European colonists. But they are also an environmental nightmare that strips away shrubs, flowers and weeds, which thousands of animals need for habitat and food.
I already have enough bunnies in my yard, and they just annoy the dog.

Grass yards are the nation’s largest irrigated crop, covering "more than three times the number of acres that irrigated corn covers," according to NASA. They suck up 9 billion gallons of water per day, the Environmental Protection Agency says, enough in a year to fill the Chesapeake Bay, one of the largest estuaries in the world.
Anybody ever hear of the hydrologic cycle? Water is not used up and wasted. What goes on your lawn either evaporates, transpires into the air from the plant, (after helping it grow) or finds its way into the nearby creek - eventually.

Last week’s United Nations biodiversity report was deeply troubling in the way it linked the plundering of nature and the disappearance of species to human survival, and many people wondered what they can do.
Stop surviving. Take your own life and let nature reclaim your carcass.

While the world’s governments could spend decades considering the recommendations in the report, which said human activity has driven a million plant and animal species to the verge of extinction, individuals can help now by saving more water, burning less energy, using fewer pesticides, ditching their commutes by working from home and reimagining the emerald carpet of turf that surrounds it.
The "emerald carpet" - doesn't it take CO2 out of the air and provide oxygen?

The U.N. panel that produced the 1,500-page report on global biodiversity loss said the problem is as big and frightening as global warming because human survival depends on the very resources humans are destroying.
So I guess that make me a biodiversity loss-denier.

Watson said small steps taken by people every day can start to make a difference. "More walking, more cycling, more mass transportation, car sharing, telecommuting, all of those things," he said. "The less resources we need, the less pressure on the environment. People turning off the tap while they’re brushing their teeth. Not using a huge amount of water washing the car every bloody Sunday."
OK, fine.

Wetlands and rivers that support fish and hundreds of other creatures are also being drained to support human consumption, the report said. Water is often funneled to development, ranches and farms and industries that produce everything from food to steel to paper.
Right, because all that water just disappears, never to be seen again. Wait, what was that hydrologic cycle thing again?

In the United States, farms are responsible for displacing tens of millions of acres of insect habitat. Not only do farmers spray poisons that kill the animals, but in the Midwest, they removed wild prairie land that preserved the soil and sustained thousands of species of bugs and birds. Oh, yeah? Well, whaddabout this? Saving the planet with more cows [video]

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#1  so warsh the car on Saturday and not only is the water free, but your ride will be all sparkly to do drag racing on car warsh free Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!!
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/19/2019 13:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Given we are too close to the edge of CO2 starvation, burning warming cultists at the stake seems like a good gesture. Lots of C02 gets added to the atmosphere so they can 'save' the planet.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/19/2019 14:09 Comments || Top||

#3  We can save the planet by rendering leftists carbon neutral.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/19/2019 15:40 Comments || Top||

Orphaned bear cub finds refuge in Bosnian village
[DAWN] In a mountain village in Bosnia, the Becars are making friends with a new addition to their family ‐ an orphaned baby bear who fled nearby woods in search of food and shelter.

The two-month-old female cub first showed up near Gunjani last weekend but locals, fearing her mother might come looking for her, directed her away from the village.

The next morning she came back and the Becars decided to take care of her, naming her Aida.

"When we first saw her, she couldn’t walk properly and was probably starving. I gave her some milk and we brought her here," said Sija Becar.

Contented but still a little unsteady on her feet, Aida ran in circles around the family’s courtyard before allowing herself to be stroked by Sija and her son Zakir.

The villagers say Aida’s mother was probably killed by poachers, who often prey on Bosnia’s population of around 850 brown bears.

Bear hunting is forbidden in the autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation where Aida was found, but permitted in the country’s other half, the Serb Republic.

Without her mother to protect her, Aida has no chance of surviving in the wild, and the Becars have reluctantly agreed for her to be transferred to Sarajevo Zoo, where she can receive the more expert care she needs to fully rebuild her strength.

"We’ve got used to the baby bear, so we’ll be sorry when she leaves," Sija said.

Muhamed Hodzic, the Federation’s chief forestry inspector, said Aida was the third cub to have been rescued in the area in recent years after poachers killed their mother.
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Man-Eating Tigers Could Hunt Down More Humans Due To Climate Change
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#1  Tigers only hunt humans when they are injured and unable to pursue their usual prey.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/19/2019 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  This is good. We need more apex predators to thin out the slow and the stupid.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/19/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, that's it! I am finally convinced! I don't want any tigers in Texas!
Posted by: Bobby || 05/19/2019 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  there are more tigers in texas than in the wild
Posted by: chris || 05/19/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#5  not really, but there are alot
Posted by: chris || 05/19/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#6  So in a nod to (drumroll) "Climate Change !!!", I say we stake out Al Gore instead of a goat.
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/19/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||

#7  #6 - Why do you hate Tigers? That much fat is bad for their health
Posted by: Frank G || 05/19/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#8  This is what happens when he doesn't win major golf tournaments every week - we're doomed!
Posted by: Raj || 05/19/2019 9:49 Comments || Top||

#9  That much fat is bad for their health

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/19/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Time to send the Dem Congress on a fact finding trip.
Posted by: SR-71 || 05/19/2019 21:42 Comments || Top||

UK PM May says Brexit legislation new and improved with 50 percent fewer calories
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Britannia’s Prime Minister Theresa May will present a "new bold offer" to politicians with "an improved package of measures" in a final attempt to get the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill through parliament.

After failing three times to get parliament’s approval for May’s Brexit deal, the government will now put the bill, legislation which will enact that deal, before parliament for a vote in early June.

"I will not be simply asking MPs (politicians) to think again. Instead I will ask them to look at a new and improved deal with a fresh pair of eyes - and to give it their support," May wrote in The Sunday Times newspaper.
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#1  God damn, she's beyond useless.
Posted by: Raj || 05/19/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Worse. She is on the other side.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/19/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

With Six Days to go Brexit Party Hits 35 Per Cent While Tories Sink to Single Figures
[BREITBART] Nigel Farage’s Brexit party has hit a new polling high, reaching a predicted 35 per cent of the public vote just five weeks after the party was launched and six days before Britannia votes in the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
Parliament elections.

While the figures reported by major pollster YouGov remain comparatively static to their last figures published last week, the newly minted Brexit Party has managed to rise one point from an already historic 34 to 35 per cent, while the Conservatives have dropped one.

Now languishing in single digits at nine per cent, the party which presently rules the country under Prime Minister Theresa May is set to have its worst result in a national poll at any time in its nearly two-century history.
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#1  Grooming gang victim: "I was raped by more than 100 men but police arrested me not them"

The two seem linked
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/19/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  There was a poll in OZ too, how'd that turn out?
Posted by: AlanC || 05/19/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I always enjoyed watching Nigel Farange shaming the EUnochs in the EU parliament with facts.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/19/2019 12:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Farage
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/19/2019 12:52 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Russia to deliver more supplies to Venezuelan military
[ALMASDARNEWS] Russia will supply Venezuela’s army with more than 16,000 field rations, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Friday.
so, a couple day's worth of canned beets
On Thursday, Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-run arms exporter, placed information about purchases of 16,500 field rations to be supplied to Venezuela. The initial cost of the contract is 14.38 million rubles (222,091 US dollars).

"The rations will be supplied in the interests of the Venezuelan army," the source said.

According to Rosoboronexport, the rations will be supplied as part of "humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan government."

The company however refused to comment on this information.

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#1  Wikipedia says the Army has 128,000 troops, so this seems pretty meaningless. Interestingly the price is $13+ per unit so it seems pricey even for Russian graft.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/19/2019 12:53 Comments || Top||

North Korea Seeing Worst Drought in a Century
“...This is known as ‘bad luck.’ “

— Robert A. Heinlein
[AnNahar] North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, official media reported Friday, days after the World Food Programme expressed "very serious concerns" about the situation in the country.

The isolated, impoverished North -- which is under several sets of sanctions over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes -- has long struggled to feed itself, and suffers chronic food shortages.

It recorded its worst harvest for a decade last year, according to the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
, down by 500,000 tonnes as natural disasters combined with its lack of arable land and inefficient agriculture to hit production.

In the year to Wednesday the North received just 56.3 millimetres of rain or snow, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported Friday, the lowest since 1917.

Water was running out in the country's lakes and reservoirs, said the paper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, adding: "The ongoing drought is causing a significant effect on the cultivation of wheat, barley, corn, potatoes and beans."

In their most recent estimates, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme (WFP) said about 10.1 million North Koreans -- 40 percent of the population -- were suffering from severe food shortages, a similar figure to recent years.

Hundreds of thousands are believed to have died during a famine in the mid to late 1990s, a period known as the "Arduous March" in the North.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  You messed with the bull. You got horns.

Tell me when you are serious.
Posted by: newc || 05/19/2019 2:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I think I got it, it is the rain, not government policy that is the cause of the problem. But foreign aid is the solution
Posted by: BernardZ || 05/19/2019 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  It would appear government 'foreign aid' is more about tax collecting and power than assistance to the impoverished.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/19/2019 7:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Those poor people. Honestly have to feel for them. Why can't a pebble crush little Kim. Shit.

North Korea news tells how to cook eat grass

Posted by: Woodrow || 05/19/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#5  has long struggled to feed itself, and suffers chronic food shortages.

On the plus side, there's record low obesity in North Korea...
Posted by: Raj || 05/19/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||

Hard to believe they have received a bit more than two inches of precipitation. We get that out here in 29Palms, in the Mojave Desert.
Posted by: Roger Smith || 05/19/2019 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  That is a serious drought - they average almost a meter of precipitation a year. Missile launches changed their weather?
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/19/2019 16:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Repent!
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 05/19/2019 22:22 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Ozzie election results 2019: Conservative Coalition wins, Labour front man to stand down in wake of party defeat
[ABC.NET.AU] What was predicted to be a win for Labor turned into a humiliating defeat, with Scott Morrison leading the Coalition to an unlikely victory and Bill Shorten saying he will stand down as Labor leader.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We are looking at a failure of the polls every bit as big as Trump.
Posted by: BernardZ || 05/19/2019 7:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd bet bigger, Bernard.
Oz has mandatory voting so many of the normal excuses just don't apply.

IMNSHO this is another example of normies are lying to the media who lie to us all the time.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/19/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Shorter Hillary Shorten: "It was misogyny, Rooshuns, racism, ballot stealing, voter suppression,...."
Posted by: Frank G || 05/19/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

White House proposal to tap Pell Grant fund casts a pall over NASA's moon plans
[Yahoo] Will NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 fly with Congress? The Artemis program’s implications are still sinking in on Capitol Hill, but there’s already a political problem having to do with where the money’s supposed to come from.

Trump administration officials confirmed that the $1.6 billion being sought as a “down payment” for accelerating the push to the moon would be taken from a roughly $8 billion reserve account for the popular Pell Grant program, which funds education for millions of low-income students annually.

Due to the economy’s rebound from the 2008-2009 Great Recession, the number of Pell Grant recipients has been declining in recent years, leading to a buildup in reserves. Because of that, taking money from the reserves would not affect current recipients, who will be receiving up to $6,195 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  leading to a buildup in reserves

Bull. Shit.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/19/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Science Trumps academia.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/19/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  It's not science. It's technology.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/19/2019 16:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Problem is Sen Shelby.
Always has been. No non-pork real programs possible with Shelby a player.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/19/2019 19:44 Comments || Top||

3 policemen among four arrested in Rawalpindi rape case
[DAWN] Rawalpindi police have incarcerated
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
four suspects, including three coppers, in connection with the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman, DawnNewsTV reported on Saturday.

According to Rawat Police Station SHO Raja Aizaz Azeem, the victim had filed a complaint before Rawalpindi CCPO Capt (retd.) Faisal Rana against the quartet.

As per the case's first information report (FIR), the victim was out with a friend on May 15 when the armed suspects kidnapped her. They forced her into a car before taking turns subjecting her to rape, the FIR adds.

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Science & Technology
Meet the 11 companies competing to put humans back on the moon by 2024: NASA reveals top picks to develop prototypes under $45M award including SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Boeing
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Given recent history, I'm striking Boeing off the list of rockets I'd strap myself into.
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/19/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

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  Islamic State in West Africa Forming ‘Jihadist Proto-State’ in Nigeria
Sat 2019-05-18
  Drone strike kills notorious ISIS leader and his fighters in East of Afghanistan
Fri 2019-05-17
  Fighting grips Hodeidah port, complicates peace moves
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  F-16 with live ordinance crashes in Riverside CA.
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  Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso
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