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Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
‘I'll f**king bury you!' McAfee vows to expose corrupt US officials & CIA agents if ‘disappeared'
[RT] Bitcoin evangelist John McAfee has threatened to "bury" the US government if they keep harassing him over unpaid taxes, promising to leak a huge trove of files proving corruption throughout Washington and its allies.
And everyone would be just so surprised!
"I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. For the first time, I’m naming names and specifics," McAfee warned in a string of tweets stretching back to Sunday. Vowing to release over 31 terabytes of "incriminating data" to the press if arrested or otherwise "disappeared," he posted the names of a "corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officials" along with claims they’d taken bribes and been involved with drug trafficking, apparently to show he was not bluffing.

For my followers: my recent tweets are less for you than they are fir my pursuers. They are shots across the bow - leave me the fuck alone, or go down with the corruption you have embraced, because I will fucking bury you if you continue. Doubt me at your own fucking risk.

‐ John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 9, 2019
He also promised to release the names of "25 Congressmen and 5 Senators, from both Parties, who are coming up for re-election in 2020, and who MUST be recalled, and if that fails, booted out of office on election day" on Friday.

I am not implying that our entire Government is corrupt. I am saying that it is corrupt to the point that no-one is untouched by it. pic.twitter.com/q4IGdBKTGz

‐ John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 10, 2019
Claiming the Department of Justice was cooking up murder, racketeering and money-laundering charges against him in the hope of extraditing him from the Bahamas and locking him up for tax evasion, McAfee pointed out that the last attempt at framing him ‐ when authorities in Belize raided his home and charged him with running a drug operation ‐ failed.
He's lost his mind
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2019 08:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, kill him and let's see what he's got.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/15/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2 

This explain it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/15/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  McAfee, a colorful character. He has been on the run from IRS and Belize authorities. Is he going after whistleblower status and immunity?

"25 Congressmen and 5 Senators, from both Parties" Not a surprise. Is that all?

Going to name names? What evidence/proof does he have of criminality? How did he obtain it? Maybe Barr will be interested in this cause although he most likely has a plate full.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/15/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  What evidence/proof does he have of criminality?

The McAfee dossier is a consolidation of Rantburg postings. [Do I need to put a /sarc on that?]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#5  To me, the scariest part of this is that I don't know whether to believe him or not. 15 years ago I would have come down on the conspiracy theory whack-a-doodle side pretty quickly.

After all that's come out about Obozo and company, and the never Trumpers I'm waiting for the evidence. He may just be right.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/15/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#6  What happened after the Panama Papers were released?
Posted by: charger || 06/15/2019 13:23 Comments || Top||

#7  "What happened after the Panama Papers were released? Posted by: charger"

AFAICT, nothing really happened aside from some 'embarrassing' press. I haven't heard of anybody going to jail, much less a trial. At least not in any press report that I can find.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/15/2019 15:02 Comments || Top||

#8  ...Ummm...yeah, Mr. McAfee is batshiat crazy. He's off his meds again.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/15/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#9  #7 My point exactly.

Even if this is real, it'll be buried.
Posted by: charger || 06/15/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Blah-blah-blah nonsense from McAfee. Someone out there always has a secret file or something. Sure, John, sure.
Posted by: Clem || 06/15/2019 16:40 Comments || Top||


#12  I am going with Mr. McAfee. Crazy or not, I really want to see his cards. Does anyone doubt there are corrupt US officials? Does anyone doubt the CIA is a looney bin? Look at the dog vomit the FBI has shown itself to be. NSA? DIA? Nests of seditionists.
Gah.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 06/15/2019 21:52 Comments || Top||

#13  Yes, let's see his cards
Posted by: Frank G || 06/15/2019 22:09 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Smile


Posted by: 3dc || 06/15/2019 12:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Where's Clarkson, Hammond, and May when you need them? :)

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/15/2019 15:07 Comments || Top||

#2  It looks like that car would get it to the launch site really fast...

Click on #stratosIV to see the rest of the story.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

#3  So is the rocket designed to launch from the car, or push the car itself?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2019 15:17 Comments || Top||

#4  hmmmm....JATO
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2019 17:55 Comments || Top||


National Bourbon Day: What every drinker should know before raising a glass
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  OK, if I must...
Posted by: Frank G || 06/15/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  That it tastes like battery acid and bath water, but who cares.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/15/2019 14:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Obviously a hillbilly plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily essences. That's why I drink only grain alcohol and distilled water. And tequila.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2019 14:49 Comments || Top||

#4  So far: Jack Single Barrel, and Woodford Reserrrve... but I do it for youuu. RB'ers
Posted by: Frank G || 06/15/2019 16:19 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Maryland Government Building Replaces POW/MIA Flag With LGBT Flag
[DAILYCALLER] The Montgomery County Council faced backlash after a flag honoring America’s missing soldiers was replaced with a rainbow gay pride flag to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

Led by the county’s first ever LGBT council member Evan Glass, the POW/MIA flag was removed from its flagstaff outside the Maryland county’s executive office building Monday morning, reported NBC Washington. The move drew immediate criticism.

"When I was in Vietnam, I was there six days before two guys were missing in action, and they still haven’t found their bodies," John "Bill" Williams, a Vietnam veteran, said to the television station.

The POW/MIA flag is officially recognized by the U.S. Congress "as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation." It consists of a silhouette of a prisoner of war (POW) with the words "You Are Not Forgotten."

"I wasn’t happy about it at all because the park is supposed to be a veterans park," he continued. "People died. Now they took it down and put another flag up."

Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ..cause they don't want tolerance, they want submission.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2019 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Priorities.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/15/2019 9:24 Comments || Top||

#3  My grandson has promised me that when I peg out, if anyone ever puts a rainbow flag over my grave he will destroy the marker and unmark my grave, so's to avoid further desecration.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 12:44 Comments || Top||

#4  I was to give a talk at a college recently. We got to talking about the whole LGBT thing in India. There was some pride thing organized by the media to unite parents and their gay offspring. I simply said in crude terms, "Pride. What pride ? A parent can be proud if the son is a soldier fighting for the nation. A man or woman, or even a eunuch can proudly rest in the fact if they have achieved something tangible, consequential in life. Or if you've contributed even one thing to the universe. But what are these parents proud of ? Proud that their sons like it up the ass ?" My language was even cruder.

Needless to say I shant be invited again.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/15/2019 13:52 Comments || Top||

#5  It’s not something to be ashamed of but it’s not something to be proud of either. It just is.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/15/2019 14:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Forget it Jake, it’s Maryland. Commies all.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 06/15/2019 21:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Off P-town a wriggly ol' fellah
Possessed of (I blush) two clitella
Met Billie and Ella,
Two codworms, by Allah,
And, well, was it swell? He yells, "Hella!"
Posted by: Slomons Barnsmell5457 || 06/15/2019 22:25 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Second Ebola death in Uganda after outbreak crosses border, WHO sez not emergency
[DAWN] A second person infected with the Ebola virus has died in Uganda, the health ministry said on Thursday, after a family exposed to the disease quietly crossed the border from Congo.

The first cross-border cases in this Ebola outbreak, the second-deadliest in history, have prompted a World Health Organisation expert committee to meet on Friday to discuss whether to declare a global health emergency. Such declarations almost always boost attention and donor funding.

Uganda health ministry front man Emmanuel Ainebyoona confirmed the death of the 50-year-old woman overnight. Her five-year-old grandson was the first confirmed death from Ebola in Uganda on Wednesday. The boy’s three-year-old brother also is infected.

Uganda’s health ministry said all members of the Congolese-Ugandan family, including a six-month-old baby, have been sent to Congo for monitoring and experimental treatments as part of clinical trials. There is no treatment as such for the virus which can spread quickly via close contact with bodily fluids of those infected and can be fatal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

More than 1,400 people have died in this outbreak declared in August in eastern Congo.

World Health Organization panel does not declare Ebola emergency

[Jpost] A World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory panel decided on Friday not to declare an international public health emergency over the Ebola outbreak in Congo and Uganda, saying that the criteria had not been met.

But in a statement, the independent panel urged neighboring "at risk" countries to improve their preparedness for detecting and managing exported cases, "as Uganda has done."

Authorities in Uganda, where two members of the same family died this week from the disease, have drawn up a list of 98 contacts, or contacts of contacts, potentially exposed to the Ebola virus, but only 10 are considered "high risk," WHO expert Dr Mike Ryan told a news conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva. The previous figure was 27 on Thursday.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We ignore this at our own risk. We can't effectively screen for this. Fever is present in only 50% of cases. How many from the Congo were dropped off inside our border?
Posted by: Warthog || 06/15/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#2  A couple hundred per the Washington Examiner
Posted by: Ebbolutch Hatrack1579 || 06/15/2019 14:26 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
2 die being trapped in septic tank in Shariatpur
[Dhaka Tribune] Two died being trapped in a septic tank in the Pachak village of the Naria upazila of Shariatpur on Friday.

The dear departed are Shahadat and Tareque, with an additional three people becoming sick due to the incident.

According to the police and family members of the dear departed, Shahadat entered into the septic tank to clean it and became sick. To rescue Shahadat, Tareque entered tank and also became sick. Subsequently, Apu, Azizul and Rubel entered into the tank and rescued Shahadat and Tareque and afterwards fell ill.

Later, locals brought the five people to the Shariatpur Sadar Hospital where the physician on duty declared Shahadat and Tareque dead.

The other three are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Shariatpur Sadar Hospital Physician Dr Tofayel Ahmed said: "Shahadat and Tareque died on the way to hospital and lack of oxygen inside the septic tank may have caused the deaths.

"The lives of the other three patients are still in danger and Azizul has been instructed to be sent to Dhaka for treatment."

Naria cop shoppe acting OC AKM Manjurul Haque confirmed the matter and said, legal action will be taken if the family members of the dear departed file a case over the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  According to the police and family members of the dear departed, Shahadat entered into the septic tank to clean it and became sick. To rescue Shahadat, Tareque entered tank and also became sick. Subsequently, Apu, Azizul and Rubel entered into the tank and rescued Shahadat and Tareque and afterwards fell ill.

Didnt anyone in the family know that fumes from curried rice in sh!t is deadly?
Posted by: Angairong Flavigum3253 || 06/15/2019 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Most likely a combination of methane and hydrogen sulfide.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/15/2019 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  So there really is a water shortage.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/15/2019 9:24 Comments || Top||


Tejgaon Rickshaw puller thrown under the bus
[Dhaka Tribune] A rickshaw puller has been killed falling under the wheels of a bus after his rickshaw was knocked over by a CNG-run 3-wheeler.

The accident took place at Dhaka's Tejgaon area on Friday.

The dear departed was identified as Darog Ali, 40, hailing from Nokla upazila of Sherpur.

Confirming the matter, Tejgaon cop shoppe Sub-Inspector Sumit Kumar Shah said: "The incident took place near Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Khamarbari area around 3pm.

Citing locals, the police official said the rickshaw was heading towards Farmgate area from Khamarbari when a CNG-run 3-wheeler knocked over his rickshaw. The rickshaw puller fell on the ground and was run over by a bus.

Police also detained the bus driver and seized his vehicle. However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
the CNG-run 3-wheeler expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Could be the three wheeler didn't have brakes, hit the rickshaw and couldn't stop and kept on going. Even though rickshaw drivers are usually asses in traffic no animals were hurt, (thats my story and I'm sticking to it)
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/15/2019 6:10 Comments || Top||

#2  For want of a brake or a shoe,
It's under the bus that you gew,
And there wasn't much fuss
At your scratching that bus,
For in Dhaka the bus scratches you.

A little Saturday bathos there, if you can bear it. Seriously, RIP. Coulda been me, more than once (except for the constant stress, tedium, hunger, and the bus not stopping).
Posted by: Waldemar the Full Bosomed3552 || 06/15/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
F-35 jets: Chinese-owned company making parts for top-secret UK-US fighters
[Sky News] A Chinese-owned company is making circuit boards for the top-secret next generation F-35 warplanes flown by Britain and the United States, Sky News can reveal.
Possibly one of the dumbest things I've read lately
Exception PCB, a printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer in Gloucestershire, south west England, produces circuit boards that "control many of the F-35's core capabilities", according to publicity material produced by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

This includes "its engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems", it said.

When asked about the firm's Chinese ownership, the MoD said Exception PCB is an established manufacturer of circuit boards to the defence industry and presents "no risk" to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain.

A director from the company said there are "clear firewalls in place" between Exception PCB and its Chinese parent company Shenzhen Fastprint.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2019 07:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  "clear firewalls in place"
circuit boards? Think micro-code, chumps
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/15/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Clear firewalls? And who mans the firewalls?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#3  ...well, it would be a Chinese fire drill.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  "But we are saving money! Besides, the Chamber of Commerce approved them as a source."
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2019 11:13 Comments || Top||


Economy
Union loses again at Volkswagen as Chattanooga workers vote down UAW bid
[Times Free Press] The vote, 833 against the union to 776 for the UAW, was closer than the 2014 effort but still fell short.

Some 51.8% of workers voted against the union, while 48.2% supported the UAW. In the 2014 election, the margin was 53.2% against the union and 46.8% for the UAW.

Anti-union workers had said they didn't need the Detroit-based UAW to speak for them when they already have a voice at the plant. They criticized the UAW for the ongoing federal corruption probe of the union in Michigan and for what they felt were unfair attacks by the UAW and its supporters against the automaker.

Mary Morrison, an eight-year employee in quality control, said the union simply wasn't needed and that "I don't want it in the door."

Pro-union VW workers had eyed the opportunity to bargain with the company over issues such as health and safety, working conditions, paid time off, and the bolstering of retirement plans.

The result comes after an onslaught of TV, radio, print and digital advertising that flooded the area over the past few weeks. The array of ads sought to gain the support of the some 1,700 VW production and skilled trades workers eligible to vote in the election.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/15/2019 10:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And you'll keep taking a vote till the union gets what it wants.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Obviously, the vote-counting needs a little work.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2019 11:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Did the union not get those "just found" ballots to the counting table in time?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/15/2019 14:05 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish Aerospace will show off a full-scale model of a new fighter jet its building.
[Twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  "...We're getting help from the Iranians, they're turnin' out a new fighter design every other Tuesday!!"

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/15/2019 5:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Amazing what they can do with plywood.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/15/2019 9:24 Comments || Top||

#3  That does look familiar.

Photoshop CS5, is it?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Photoshop CS5, is it?

Revell
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/15/2019 11:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Wonder if Testors has Smoldering Crater Black?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2019 17:35 Comments || Top||

#6  X-Plane - version 9.

(a flight simulator...)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2019 17:59 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Police probing death of teenage girl
[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: A teenage girl was found dead under unexplained circumstances and the police have registered a murder case on suspicion.
I love these stories that tell us absolutely nothing. I think of it as the "Nic Robertson" school of journalism.
The family of the girl brought the body of the 18-year-old girl to a hospital and told the staff that she had did away with herself.
Poor thing hanged herself, did she? Or jumped off a tall building? Guzzled rat poison? Ate a suspicious cheese?
The hospital staff informed the police who reached the spot and inquired the matter and found it suspicious, said the police. The victim had three bullet injuries to her head and chest.
A corpse with three bullet wounds to her head and chest? An obvious suicide. Us brilliant criminal investigators see that sort of stuff all the time.
The police took the body into custody for legal action after the family members, including the mother and a sister of the dear departed, failed to give satisfactory answers to the police queries.
"How did she shoot herself three times in the head and/or chest, madame? Usually they stop after only one!"
"She was a very determined girl, Inspector Legume. Ask any of the neighbors!"

The police later visited the house of the victim and conducted a preliminary investigation. The incident took place in a locality where water buffaloes were being kept.
Damn those water buffaloes! Every time you turn around, they're going on killing sprees!
A search was conducted for the weapon but it was not found at the spot or its surrounding. It also transpired that the family did not own or keep any weapon.
"Nope. Got nothin' but the family pistol, and we loaned that to uncle Mahmoud a few days ago."
The family of the dear departed told the police that they heard sounds of gunshots and found the girl injured.
"So of course we thought she done away with herself and then hid the gun. They do that all the time, you know!"
After an autopsy, the body was handed over to the family for burial.
"What do you think, Doctor Quincy?"
"I think she's dead, Sam, but I'm not sure the deceased identified as a girl!"

The police said the father of the girl lived in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
in connection with his job.
So he's probably not a suspect.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I at first t thought the probing mainly consist of poking the dead girl with a stick to make sure she really was dead.

I'll be very surprised if anything actually came of this.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/15/2019 14:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Poss not a stick.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/15/2019 16:33 Comments || Top||


Punjab minister Sibtain Khan arrested by NAB in Lahore
[DAWN] Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Minister for Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Sibtain Khan was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday in connection with a case pertaining to corruption and illegal award of contracts.

A NAB Lahore statement issued to announce the arrest said he was taken into custody during an inquiry.

According to NAB, Khan had in July 2007, as the Punjab Minister for Mines and Minerals, been involved in the illegal award of a multi-billion rupee contract for 500 metric tonnes of iron ore in Rajwah and Chiniot to a company of his choice called Earth Resource Pvt Ltd, the statement said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Olde Tyme Religion
Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers
VATICAN CITY, June 14 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is "essential" to stem global warming - his clearest statement yet in support of penalising polluters - and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science.
Putting "Dead" to the issue of Papal Infallibality
In an address to energy executives at the end of a two-day meeting, he also called for "open, transparent, science-based and standardised" reporting of climate risk and a "radical energy transition" away from carbon to save the planet.

Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, and to spur investment in low-carbon technology.

The Vatican said attendees of the closed-door meeting at its Academy of Sciences, a follow-up to one a year ago, included the CEOs of Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, BP, Repsol, Conoco Phillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and executives of investment funds.

"Collectively, these leaders will influence the planet's future, perhaps more than any in the world," said Father John Jenkins, president of the U.S. University of Notre Dame, which organised the meeting.

A small group of demonstrators gathered outside a Vatican gate. One held a sign reading "Dear Oil CEOs - Think of Your Children".

Francis, who has made many calls for environmental protection and has clashed over climate change with leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump, said the ecological crisis "threatens the very future of the human family".
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2019 08:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And this relates to spreading the gospel of Christ how? This tool should stick to religion and leave everything else to others...oh wait...for Green SJW this IS a religion.
Posted by: Warthog || 06/15/2019 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Then let the Vatican pay for every lit candle and the censers and lamps that are part of it's ritual mongering conglomerate. That's a lot of carbon !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/15/2019 9:49 Comments || Top||

#3  You are way out of your wheelhouse.
Posted by: newc || 06/15/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  I knew there was a reason to bring back keelhauling.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/15/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh, come on! Don't you remember how Jesus got all the CEOs of the Roman Empire oil companies together to lecture them about global warming?????
Posted by: Tom || 06/15/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#6  This is the latest dispatch from Avignon?
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 12:41 Comments || Top||

#7  This is the same Pope who think's the Lord's Prayer, given by Jesus Christ, the son of God, isn't good enough and he, the Pope, can do much better.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/15/2019 13:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Buying carbon credits is rather like buying indulgences so I think we're good on theological grounds.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2019 13:13 Comments || Top||

#9  Unlike a person of faith, I require verifiable facts.
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Army announces new Expert Soldier Badge, aimed at improving 'lethality,' for its 244th birthday
[Washington Examiner] The Army on Friday announced its new Expert Soldier Badge to commemorate its 244th birthday, the latest in a series of efforts to improve the combat effectiveness of its troops.

The new badge, which features a frag grenade and combat knife inlaid on a silver bar, will be awarded to soldiers who pass a rigorous test that examines their physical fitness, marksmanship, and other soldier-related tasks. The Army has aimed to improve the readiness of its soldiers in recent years, after nearly two decades of constant deployments across two wars took a toll on the force.

"The ESB will be an important component of increasing Soldier lethality and overall readiness to help achieve the vision for the Army of 2028," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey in a statement.

The Army's vision for 2028 involves preparing the force to take on near-peer threats like China and Russia, in addition to the unconventional threats it has faced for nearly 20 years. The new badge will be the equivalent of the Expert Infantry Badge and Expert Field Medical Badge, which are awarded only to infantry and medical personnel. The Expert Soldier Badge will be open to soldiers outside the infantry, special forces, and medical career fields. Most Army soldiers do not serve in these fields, and were therefore previously ineligible for an expert badge.

"The EIB and EFMB have supported the Infantry and medical fields with distinction, ensuring Soldiers maintain critical skills, while recognizing the very best among them," said Dailey. "The ESB will achieve the same for the rest of the Army."

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#1  Soon to be followed by 'Most Improved' and 'Distinguished' Soldier Badges.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2019 2:10 Comments || Top||

#2  #1Soon to be followed by 'Most Improved' and 'Distinguished' Soldier Badges.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-06-15 02:10


...And it turn followed by the Medal Diversity Medal, awarded when the soldier has at least twenty different kinds of medal.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/15/2019 5:42 Comments || Top||

#3  And perhaps a medal for "Perfect Attendance".
Posted by: Clem || 06/15/2019 5:57 Comments || Top||

#4  ...will be awarded to soldiers who pass a rigorous test that examines their physical fitness, marksmanship, and other soldier-related tasks.

Reinventing the wheel.

Apentathlon is a contest featuring five events. The name is derived from Greek: combining the words pente (five) and -athlon (competition) (Greek: πένταθλον). The first pentathlon was documented in Ancient Greece and was part of the Ancient Olympic Games. Five events were contested over one day for the Ancient Olympic pentathlon, starting with the long jump, javelin throwing, and discus throwing, followed by the stadion (a short foot race) and wrestling. Pentathletes were considered to be among the most skilled athletes, and their training was often part of military service—each of the five events in the pentathlon was thought to be useful in war or battle.

The modern version is said to require tasks of a 19th century military courier.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Thought they had one.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/15/2019 9:22 Comments || Top||

#6  My son got the "Most Improved Speller" award when he graduated from the state police academy. True story. They created it just for him.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

#7  They created it just for him.

That’s adorable, Fred, and proof that the universe is stranger than we thought.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2019 15:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Unless the award was really for Most Improved Smeller.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/15/2019 15:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Next is the "I participated" trophy...no wait, they've been doing that one for years....
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/15/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Here's one I'd like to give some people.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/15/2019 17:06 Comments || Top||



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