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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Actress Lori Loughlin faces hearing in US college cheating scandal
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Actress Lori Loughlin is due in court on Tuesday for a hearing on whether the lawyers defending her against charges that she participated in a large college admissions scam have a conflict and must be disqualified.

Federal prosecutors in Boston have accused the "Full House" star and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli of arranging to pay bribes to get her two daughters admitted to the University of Southern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, (USC) as purported crew recruits.

They are among 51 people charged since March with participating in a vast scheme in which wealthy parents conspired to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure admission of their children to top universities.

Prosecutors claim they did so with the help of William "Rick" Singer, a California college admissions consultant who has pleaded guilty to facilitating cheating on college admissions tests and helping bribe university sports coaches to present clients’ children as fake athletic recruits.

Loughlin and Giannulli are both represented by the law firm Latham & Watkins, which also until recently represented USC on other matters. Prosecutors contend the firm’s representation of the alleged victim is a conflict that warrants disqualification.
Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  USC:
University of Spoiled Children
University of Scared Caucasians
Unfathomably Successful Cheaters
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 1:23 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Good thing she's cute, 'cause she ain't too smart. The Feds gave her a chance, and of all the folks involved, her and hubby were the only ones who decided to gut it out. They're going to do real time - not much, maybe a year or two, but it's gonna sting.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/28/2019 4:24 Comments || Top||

#3  ..well, hell, it wasn't like she was involved in a conspiracy to overturn the election of 2016. No one is facing time for that.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

#4  tired of hearing about this shit
Posted by: chris || 08/28/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

Executive at top Hollywood lobbying firm arrested for rape, blackmail
[NYPOST] An executive at Hollywood’s top lobbying firm has been busted for allegedly raping and blackmailing a woman he met on a sugar daddy dating site, according to reports.

Steven Fabrizio was fired on Monday as general counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America, a trade group that represents five major film studios and Netflix, Variety reported.

The attorney, who was arrested Friday in Washington, DC, is accused of threatening the woman after paying her $400 for consensual sex on Aug. 19. She told him she didn’t want to see him again ‐ and that’s when he allegedly began blackmailing her via text message.

"I know where you live," he allegedly told her, according to a police affidavit obtained by Variety. "I know where you work. Don’t think ‐ Hospital would be happy to know that it’s young nurses are having sexual for money / Same for your landlord."

Fabrizio allegedly forced the woman into meeting a second time and having sex.

The victim called police when he sent her more texts threatening to out her to her parents if she didn’t agree to have sex with him a couple times a month.

Fabrizio was arrested Friday morning outside the woman’s apartment after setting up another tryst with her.

MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin broke the news of Fabrizio’s termination in an email to board members Monday morning. He said the lawyer was fired "for violating certain terms of employment" and named an interim replacement.
Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fabrizio's defense will be that he was upholding long established Hollywood tradition.
Posted by: Titus Glugum7307 || 08/28/2019 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  They're just SO used to behaving like this.

It's very gratifying to know we were right all along about Hollywood being morally disgusting.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/28/2019 4:15 Comments || Top||

#3  How is what this vermin did any different from the standard, ubiquitous Hollywood extortion technique that ends in, "Do [x] or you'll never work in this town again"?
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 10:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Hollywood being morally disgusting.

Known and reported on since the 1920s. Not just the casting couch, but lurid descriptions of wild parties go back to the earliest days. It sounds a dreadful place, full of vile people granted unrestricted power by those who’ll do anything to be among the kool kids of show business.

It’s good that at least a few of them are suffering a little bit for it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/28/2019 17:24 Comments || Top||

Doctor Who Lost Job Over Tweets About Giving Jews Wrong Meds Seeks Hearing
[FORWARD] A doctor whose job offer was withdrawn after the hospital discovered her history of anti-Semitic tweets is seeking a hearing with the State Medical Board of Ohio, the Cleveland, kept in touch with the world by Obamaphone,
...was ruled by a Democrat machine from 1942 through 1971. After the river caught fire during the administration of Carl Stokes they tried a Republican, then went back to being Democrats when the party hacked up Dennis Kucinich ...
Jewish News reported Monday.

An attorney for Dr. Lana Kollab confirmed that she had requested a board hearing but declined to reveal what course of action she was seeking.

Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, withdrew its job offer to Kollab in April after it determined that she had "submitted information that was false, misleading, and incomplete" during the matching process.

Kollab was forced to resign from her residency program at the Cleveland Clinic last year after the website Canary Mission, which tracks the social media of pro-Paleostinian activists, uncovered several anti-Semitic tweets that she wrote in college.

"I’ll purposely give the yahood the wrong meds," she tweeted in 2012, using the Arabic word for "Jews." The following year, she posted a picture saying, "People who support Israel should have their immune cells killed so they can see how it feels to not be able to defend yourself from foreign invaders."

A July 10 letter from medical board secretary Dr. Kim Rothemel to Kollab and her attorneys, which was acquired by the Cleveland Jewish News, stated that Kollab admitted in a deposition to having told Kern that she left the Cleveland Clinic because of a death in the family and not because of the tweets.

"Although you asserted at your June 2019 deposition that you now feel ashamed of your discriminatory comments, when asked if your tweets reflect good moral character, you admitted they do not," Rothemel wrote. She added that the board could take disciplinary action against Kollab, including which ranged from probation to revoking or limiting her medical license.

Ironically, Kollab attended medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. which describes itself on its website as being "Rooted in Jewish tradition, built on Jewish values."

Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ms Kollab deserves a decades long fellowship in Gaza.
Posted by: Titus Glugum7307 || 08/28/2019 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  I think it's Lara Kollab. And she just screwed the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Trump Legal Team to Sue for License <== Read this.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 4:00 Comments || Top||

#3  First time I read the headline I thought the story was about Dr. Who...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/28/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#4  I did too, and considering what I have heard about the new series, I had a chance of Babylon Bee considered.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 18:15 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Florida man loses 25% of skin to flesh-eating bacteria, family says
[Miami Herald] A Florida man has undergone three operations after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria, his family says.

David Ireland started having flu-like symptoms a week ago when doctors admitted him to an emergency room in Orlando, Florida, his brother Daniel Ireland said. Since then, doctors have had to remove more than 25% of the skin off his body, and his kidneys failed, the family said.

"He was in the ER and then all of a sudden they’ve got him in the operating room," Daniel Ireland said of his brother.

The family is not sure how the 50-year-old contracted necrotizing fasciitis, Daniel Ireland, a Beaufort County, South Carolina sheriff’s deputy, said in an interview Monday. He said his brother swims in the pool at his condo in Orlando but does not go in lakes or the ocean.

Necrotizing fasciitis is an aggressive flesh-eating disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "There are many infections that look similar to necrotizing fasciitis in the early stages, which can make diagnosis difficult," according to the CDC.

"Since necrotizing fasciitis can spread so rapidly, patients often must get surgery done very quickly," the CDC says.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Flesh-eating infections, generally attack older people with compromised immune systems or young people who have experienced trauma. A little more is here from NIH:

Posted by: JohnQC || 08/28/2019 8:43 Comments || Top||

KFC to test meatless chicken at Georgia restaurant
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] KFC will test vegetarian, plant-based chicken for one day in one restaurant in the US state of Georgia, the American fast food giant said on Monday.

Complimentary samples of the new product, which was developed in partnership with Beyond Meat and is dubbed “Beyond Fried Chicken,” will be available at the KFC in Smyrna, Georgia on Tuesday, and customers can also buy nuggets and boneless wings made from the non-meat.

“I think we’ve all heard ‘it tastes like chicken’ - well our customers are going to be amazed and say, ‘it tastes like Kentucky Fried Chicken!’” president and chief concept officer for KFC US Kevin Hochman said in a statement.

KFC’s foray into plant-based meat follows Burger King’s debut earlier this year of the Impossible Whopper, a meatless version of its signature beef hamburger developed with Impossible Foods.

The start-up is one of several competitors in the rapidly growing field of food companies catering to people who don’t eat meat.

Beyond Meat said in a statement that feedback from the test in Georgia will help KFC consider a national rollout of the meat-free chicken.

Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  hmmmm... I guessed Bee. Maybe I don't know fast food well enough.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 1:38 Comments || Top||

#2  "Meatless chicken"? So they're planning to serve chicken bones only?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/28/2019 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  What's the point?

How about Soylent Green? The NYT seems to like the concept.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:24 Comments || Top||

#4  ersatz chicken has been around for at least a few decades and there has been steady improvement

also, the frying process makes the 'chicken' less of the tasting and the crust more of the tasting

so this could be a closer taste match than the beef version
Posted by: lord garth || 08/28/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#5  When the management get bored like this it's a sign to short the shares.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/28/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

#6  if this is such a big share in the food industry then why won't they just open vegetarian restaurants and leave this shit out of the rest.
Posted by: chris || 08/28/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#7  Or call it as it is, fried cauliflower, instead of co-opting a meat name.

I guess 'put cauli-bits in your mouth' won't play well in Georgia; but seriously, is this a punish Georgia play?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 10:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Why do the vegans so desperately want meat analogues? Aren't they torturing themselves? It stinks of hypocrisy for them to want something that looks and vaguely tastes like meat.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/28/2019 10:37 Comments || Top||

#9  I used to like KFC
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/28/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#10  Ersatz, like in a McChicken?
Posted by: KBK || 08/28/2019 11:07 Comments || Top||

#11  People have the right to eat swill disguised as meat if they want. Just as long as the real meat industry is not forced to shut down or switch to this shit.

The 'Trope Activism' that has replaced lobbying, healthy competition and market forces is relentless and invasive. The entire marketing industry, hollywood, schools, everybody connected through social media contributes mindlessly to set a Trope, a theme in motion - like 'cow farts'. Plugged into climate change, it snowballs into the aimed destruction of meat businesses and franchises.

That is not fair capitalism. That's just steering and being steered by the connected global corporate marketing into accepting one fantasy after another. Someone meanwhile makes a lot of undeserved money somewhere.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

#12  The folks they are hoping to bring in will not like anything cooked in the same oil or with the same equipment as meat. Vegans and most Vegetarians are religious zealots and this sort of thing is non-negotiable.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/28/2019 12:00 Comments || Top||

#13  Parts is parts (old Wendy's commercial.)

Posted by: Glenmore || 08/28/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

#14  Just had one of these joints open up here in Quincy; beats the hell out of the KFC just a few hundred feet down the street. I checked it out today and it was pretty good.

That said, I simply ask the food industry to stop with this recent torrent of bullshit trying to pass off non-meat products as some sort of acceptable alternative; it just makes me go elsewhere.
Posted by: Raj || 08/28/2019 17:35 Comments || Top||

#15  Like many, I have wondered why companies would purposefully alienate 1/3 to 1/2 of their potential customer base. The question arose in me again when I was watching a popular satire show on a channel supposedly known for comedy and the topic was a special sub set of customers pitching for special treatment (and they nailed it like a baby seal). The commercials were inundated with mega corporation advertisements, like a dog with a hydrant marking their target audience.

I thought why, why would a channel attracting such an alternative set of customers have so many commercials from The Man.

Then I came across this the other day:

Revenge of the Millenials
by Captain Capitalism

I am not in agreement with a lot in this article; the article did help me begin to formalize what I had been brewing - a set group of current and future consumers who do not seem interested in families, owning property, or really anything other than their 'social media circles'.

I get trying to capture now and long range future loyal consumers with a larger disposable income than those who save, raise a family, purchase the house and mini-van. What I do not get is why they think that sub set will remain loyal? Dang near purposefully contradictory so they can act on feelz.

I know I am just an anecdote, but the whole SJW lean in a sense gave me permission to explore other products and shopping habits. I now shave better, drink real beer and don't get sharts, re-gained 4 hours of my Sunday, am healthier for avoiding soda and a slew of fast food choices, etc. In fact, every exploration ended in a superior result, losing a once blindly loyal forever customer for hopefully a long time to come, and as my disposable income increases.

Seems a poor trade off.

So I'm guessing this has to do with internal feelz and posturing as well...which also does not make sense except to avoid rabble rousing boycotts from people...who are not customers? I mean, our razor customers are, at the best they can get, heckling rapists, so soy boys unable to shave, guys who don't shave ironic beards, and girls who don't shave to fight the patriarchy will buy their razors? So stupid it would baffle an 8000 gallons water tank.

Vegans and most Vegetarians are religious zealots and this sort of thing is non-negotiable.

That's no joke. Very picky about their restaurants and product brand. This project, as well as the burger joint trying their hand, would require a dedicated grill and equipment which does not come in contact with meat products at all. Period. Have to have an actual Kentucky Fried Veggies or Beanpatty King store.

The only angle I can see here, is if they are going the White Castle route and selling their brand at the grocery store and eating this stunt as advertising of sorts.

Sure there will be those who will try it, why not, but how many? What is that market of vegetarian curious and newly converted who still crave omnivore flavors? Compared to the number of customers who think Gahk!! when that fast food restaurant's choice is considered in the highly competitive fast food market?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 18:03 Comments || Top||

#16  The key to making the KFC batter is spiced buttermilk. Once you get the pepper marinade right for your taste, you don't even need the Colonel's minions. Economical too. A medium bucket costs $6 where I live. Missus 66046 can make one large bucket from $3 worth of chicken breast.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 18:09 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
More Fires Now Burning in Angola, Congo Than Amazon
h/t Instapundit
[Bloomberg] ...Weather Source has recorded 6,902 fires in Angola over the past 48 hours, compared to 3,395 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 2,127 in Brazil. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon for Central Africa.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/28/2019 11:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Thanks for the link g(r)rom.

The quip about Macron's wife is an old joke.

Starting to like this Bolsonaro.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Bolsonaro to Macron: "Pistolas o espadas?"
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

'Surrey swarm' earthquakes not caused by nearby oil extraction, says study
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/28/2019 10:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

Tart poisoning fails, Paul Hollywood and Great British Bake Off return
[BBC] The UK's TV critics have welcomed the return of The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 for its 10th series.

"No surprises hidden like currants in a fruit cake... No boat-rocking channel switches," said The Guardian's Chitra Ramaswamy.

Scott Bryan also sounded a cautiously optimistic note in the paper, writing: "Overall, a strong start.

"I just hope the format and its crushing need for standards doesn't suck all the fun out."

This series sees 13 amateurs (a bakers' dozen) compete to win.

The regular presenting team of comedians and broadcasters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, baker Paul Hollywood and writer Prue Leith have also returned.

Tuesday night's first episdode launched with an average audience of 5.7 million viewers, according to overnight figures, slightly down on the 6.1 million who watched the 2018 launch.

In his four-star review, James Jackson of The Times picked up on the show's youngest-ever line-up, which, he said, "some see as a ploy to grab youthful viewers deserting traditional TV, and potentially a race to the soggy bottom.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 05:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think we can all agree that the 'crushing need for standards ' is the bane of our Age.
Posted by: Cesare || 08/28/2019 7:51 Comments || Top||

UK must pay Brexit divorce bill even if there’s no deal: EU
[DAWN] Britannia must pay its Brexit divorce bill even if it crashes out of the bloc without a deal, the EU said on Monday, warning that future ties would be threatened if London failed to honour its commitments.

The stern rebuff from Brussels came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
again said that in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit on Oct 31, Britannia would be free from financial obligations to the bloc.

With the clock ticking and fears of no deal growing, Johnson and EU Council President Donald Tusk clashed at the G7 in La Belle France on Saturday, with the British leader insisting the current divorce deal must be changed.

Asked if the EU would take Britannia to court to recover the money, a spokeswoman for the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Commission instead stressed that a future trade deal between Britannia and the remaining 27 states could be under threat unless London paid up.

"As we have said many times before, all commitments that were taken by the 28 member states should be honoured, and this is also and especially true in a no deal scenario, where the United Kingdom would be expected to honour all commitments made during EU membership," commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said.

"Rather than going into judicial action threat, I think it is important to make clear that settling accounts is essential to starting off a new relationship on the right foot based on mutual trust." Jean-Claude Piris, who served as director of the EU Council’s legal services for more than two decades, tweeted: "If the UK refuses to pay its debts to the EU, then the EU will not accept to negotiate a trade agreement with the UK" Johnson has repeatedly said that if Britannia leaves without a deal it will not have to pay the 39 billion pound (43 billion euro, $48 billion) divorce bill agreed by his predecessor Theresa May.

Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good luck with that.

Britain should ask for it's share of the EUSSR items it's put money towards.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/28/2019 2:50 Comments || Top||

#2  The EU is just spitting mad that the UK is leaving and is not reacting rationally. They are having an emotional breakdown, and these from the people who insisted that they were the sober adults who could be trusted.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/28/2019 4:16 Comments || Top||

#3  You and whose army?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  and what ya gonna do when they dont pay?
kick em out?0
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/28/2019 11:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Britain should ask for it's share of the EUSSR items it's put money towards.

Careful. You might get Greece.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 13:15 Comments || Top||

#6  The sum agreed upon reflects the financial commitments the UK has pledged as a full member of the EU.

Failure to honor them will be interpreted as a sovereign default. Good luck with that.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 15:04 Comments || Top||

#7  EC,

Your reasoning isn't up to its usual standard. Who exactly will refuse to lend to the UK on normal terms if the U.K., for the first time in modern history, commits a sovereign default?

Not the US or US banks.
The gulf Arabs? No way.
Who else matters in the financial markets? No one.

Here's a far better analysis than the obviously fraudulent huffing & puffing of whoever manages France's Twitter account, from one of the sharpest analysts, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard:

"For three years the EU has treated Brexit chiefly as a disciplinary issue. Brussels is learning late that Britain’s strategic realignment is just as much a bidding war, and Europe’s bid has come in too low.

"The Americans have swooped into the vacuum. They have wooed this nation with sweet whisperings. Unless the Europeans attempt some seduction themselves – and I would not count on it – Washington will steal the diplomatic prize from under their noses. ..."
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 15:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Ambrose Evans-Pritchard... no comment.

You are not "free from financial obligations to the bloc" by simply walking away.

Seriously, British common sense has left the building. Even US and Arab banks are held to due diligence. Not only will a perceived sovereign default weigh the UK down, a no deal Brexit will cause economic havoc, and the chance Scotland will rebel is real. The UK might even lose Northern Ireland.

Once the deal is done, we'll see how "favorable" US conditions will be. The UK will be in a lousy position to negotiate with anyone.

It's obvious that the EU will not allow the UK to leave on favorable terms, simply pour décourager les autres.

If Boris pushes this through the price to be paid will be high.

Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 16:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Is it really such a 'diplomatic prize' though ? I hope American taxpayers don't end up paying the Queen's dog-grooming bills. Just saying.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 16:41 Comments || Top||

#10  The purpose of these claimed commitments is not clear to me — if someone would explain, I would be grateful.

Are these owed monies for what has been done or accrued in the past, and so this is a final totting up of accounts, putting an underline on total debts and credits as of the date Britain leaves the group?

Or are these monies owed for agreements made over the course of the European Common Market — that morphed unto the EU — supporting agreements into perpetuity, agreements to which Britain will no longer be party following separation, whether to its benefit or detriment?

If the former, that is one negotiation, and I am inclined to agree with European Conservative, though I know that is not how negotiations work under changed conditions. If the latter, however — and given the punitive attitude of Brussels, Germany and France, that is what the situation feels like — then we’re looking at an attempt to force something as unfair as the Treaty of Versailles was to Germany following the first world war.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/28/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#11  Future speech by Trump ;

"Look, they'll have to get over the past. A lot of royal pedicures. Heating bills, travel... yes. A lot of pedicures. It won't do. A lot of pedicures."

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 16:54 Comments || Top||

#12  Taking anything Ambrose Evans-Pritchard prints is only good for spare toilet roll.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/28/2019 16:58 Comments || Top||

#13  @tw
The payment includes:
1) The UK’s contribution to EU annual budgets up to 2020;
2) Payment of outstanding commitments; and
3) Financing liabilities up to the end of 2020.

The UK signed up to the EU’s budget framework when it became a member; budgets are not calculated year by year. The EU budget is a “legal act” and is over a seven year span. The last one started in 2014 and it ends in 2020. So, when Britain leaves the EU it will still be liable to pay its share for the remaining time—from November 2019 until the end of 2020.

Even if Britain leaves in 2019, if there are projects it agreed to contribute to that are meant to be completed by 2030, it would still have to pay for what it promised to fund at the time. This is the same for if a project in the UK was meant to be completed by 2030—EU members would have to continue paying the UK.

The agreed upon sum (39 bn Euros) has already been reduced because Brexit was delayed from 29 March to 31 October, So some of that money has been paid as part of the UK's normal membership contributions, which means it is no longer part of the "divorce bill".

It's not clear what will happen if the UK simply refuses to pay anything, but the EU will not begin trade negotiations before the issue of financial obligations, citizens' rights and the Irish border have been resolved.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 17:09 Comments || Top||

#14  Thank you for explaining, European Conservative. I shall have to consult Mr. Wife about how he would handle such a thing from the private sector, although he has negotiated contracts with government entities as well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/28/2019 17:57 Comments || Top||

#15  The private sector would usually have contract which exactly regulate these sort of things.

A EU member leaving the EU without a deal is a novelty. But in the end it comes to "pacta sunt servanda".
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 18:03 Comments || Top||

#16  Again, I cannot think of a single American bank or sovereign risk analyst working for American banks who would make a significant change to his assessment of British sovereign risk based on Britain's decision to reverse their - in retrospect, very unwise - decision to join the EU.

Especially because it appears likely that Britain will be swapping out one major trading bloc for another, US-based one that will in all probability be at least as beneficial, long-term, to the British economy.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 18:29 Comments || Top||

#17  EC: contracts must be honored

Yes, and sometimes they're honored in the breach, as Hamlet put it. Banks, corporations, governments break contracts often. The ultimate question - which neither of us can answer now but time and events will definitely answer for us - is the relative attractiveness of British sovereign debt to the major international borrowing institutions.

Britain is in a good position, as is the US.

The rest of the world's economic sovereigns are relatively unattractive to international lenders/investors and will remain so for many years to come. Europe's growth is lame, its political prospects are poor, and it faces extreme uncertainty and risk due to demographic threats from the south and political and military threats from Russia. Britain is at least as attractive a risk as any EU nation.

China's trajectory has been halted, and is likely to reverse.
Japan is Japan.
The other major nations' economies are simply too small, their debt markets too sparse, to offer anything near the size and liquidity that Britain and the US offer.

You are seriously misreading the power balance here.

Start thinking like an investment banker at BlackRock or Citibank.

There are very few attractive investments combining low risk and decent returns available to the big funds. Britain post-Brexit is one of them.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 18:39 Comments || Top||

#18  It's extremely unlikely that the U.S. could replace the EU in that regard, and even if it did, that's just swapping one dependency for another, and the UK will face stiff competition from Commonwealth nations which will flood Britain's markets.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 18:42 Comments || Top||

#19  Re the financial obligations: obviously, Britain will pay something, and the EU will have to accept a haircut.

This is simply a negotiation.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 18:42 Comments || Top||

#20  "will face stiff competition from Commonwealth nations"

What are talking about?
You mean Britain's wool merchants will be swamped by Aussie sheep farmers? What century are you living in?

Britain's economy is heavily service- and tech-based. Not resource-based a la Canada and Australia.

Which "Commonwealth" finance, pharma and other service giants are you talking about? Bank of Bermuda?
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||

#21  The EU, taken as a whole is the UK’s largest trading partner. In 2018, UK exports to the EU were £289 billion (46% of all UK exports). UK imports from the EU were £345 billion (54% of all UK imports).
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 18:47 Comments || Top||

#22  An EU member leaving is a novelty altogether, European Conservative.

This triggered an interesting discussion at home: I read your statement to Mr, Wife, who turns out to be strongly pro-EU. He agrees with you, stating also that a lot of Britain’s pre-Brexit economic problems result from their own anti-competitive laws and the abysmal education of the working masses. Western factories no longer need many uneducated coal shovelers and broom pushers, but highly trained technicians to oversee mechanized manufacturing systems; the low paid, poorly educated workers of the Third World will do the other kind of work for much less. But also that much of the mass of laws created in Britain/EU explicitly to protect workers functions instead to incentivize companies not to hire — even in a country like Germany that is producing the highly trained workers modern manufacturing requires.

So in my opinion this is about considerably more than just how to break up the EU; it’s about entirely renegotiating the relationship between Western governments and their citizenry. Brexit is only one small part of it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/28/2019 18:53 Comments || Top||

#23  Hmmm... that's interesting. Also scary.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#24  @tw
Only the EU can stand up to an emerging superpower like China (and yes also to the U.S.).

28 states achieve nothing independently these days. The EU needs to be reformed thoroughly, but Britain's choice is unwise. Sure, they will survive, but the idea that they could only prosper outside the EU is foolish.

Somehow I don't think the British realize what they are doing.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 19:03 Comments || Top||

#25  Foreign trade as a % of US GDP is exceptionally low.

The US could easily increase that percentage through a free trade agreement with the U.K. that would greatly benefit both nations.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 19:06 Comments || Top||

#26  Somehow I don't think the British realize what they are doing.
Posted by European Conservative

I think they know EXACTLY what they're doing. They're tired of future failed Euro Country domination by unelected/unaccountable bureaucrats and French/German bullying. Hungary, Poland, et al are following closely, and that's what the EU is most afraid of. Loss of control, prying the boot off the neck
Posted by: Frank G || 08/28/2019 19:14 Comments || Top||

#27  EC - the EU, like so many of the late 20c elite's neoliberal notions, was founded on several grand illusions.

In fact, nationhood and locality matter, hugely, to the citizenry.
The "global citizen" ideal is bullshit.

Military strength and the willingness to spend significant sums to continuously upgrade it also matter, hugely. The liberal notion of peaceful relations-through-economic integration is bullshit. (Even a liberal democratic Russian government would be throwing its weight around today and threatening its neighbors.)

Finally, most ominously, our technological advances will kill the EU and left/Lib global elites' fantasy of combining multicultural, "open societies" with an exceedingly generous welfare state. Can't have both. Pick one.

Britain is making the hard choices that the EU and liberal globalist elites either cannot see or see but refuse to confront honestly.

Joining the US in a free trade agreement may not be ideal but it is preferable to sticking with an EU whose strength and internal coherence are declining steadily. It's the best option facing Britain.

Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 19:15 Comments || Top||

#28  We bailed out European banks and investment houses in the '08 collapse because they had Freddie Mae and Fannie Mae papers which were clearly not backed by the US government. It was an assumption on their part. Instead the Uniparty decided to rescue them. That debt was placed upon the American taxpayer by increasing the debt. I see no reason any of that should ever be repeated again if the EU wants to play hard ball. Go for it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 19:15 Comments || Top||

#29  #24 @tw
Only the EU can stand up to an emerging superpower like China (and yes also to the U.S.).

Like they stand up to Iran? *Snicker*
Posted by: Frank G || 08/28/2019 19:16 Comments || Top||

#30  We'll see about all that in 5 years.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 19:19 Comments || Top||

#31  One thing is for sure if brexit really happens. And for me it's still an 'if'.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 19:27 Comments || Top||

#32  No, the EU will survive Brexit. If it fails, Brexit won't be the reason.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 19:31 Comments || Top||

#33  Bigger is safer said the people on the titanic...

Only better is safer,,,

Only sovereignty and not having to ask 28 countries for permission is going to help.

The EUSSR will be dead in 10 years and it will be 10 hellish years for those stuck in it.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/28/2019 19:50 Comments || Top||

#34  Grand 20c Illusion #4 was that the EU and the UK need each other in order to be free and prosperous.

The EU will continue to muddle along without the UK, and the UK will continue to muddle along without the EU.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 19:54 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Early Planned Parenthood site discovered near Huanchaco, Peru
[Aljazeera] The country's largest child sacrificial site so far was found near Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of Lima.

Archaeologists in Peru have discovered a grave containing the bodies of 227 children who were almost certainly killed as part of a child sacrifice ritual.

The sacrificial site was found near Huanchaco, a beachside tourist town north of Lima.

"This is the biggest site where the remains of sacrificed children have been found," chief archaeologist Feren Castillo told AFP news agency.

Castillo said the children, aged between four and 14, were sacrificed in a ritual to honour Hillary the Chimu culture's gods.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 05:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They had offices in Carthage as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Or the Tophet on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Did you know the sacrificial site uncovered in Carthage had the inscription MLK ? Weird.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 19:14 Comments || Top||

#3  The really ironic thing about the MLK quote is that PP lumps racial equality with women's "reproductive rights (to kill their babies)".
1. PP was founded by Margaret Sanger, and avowed racist who considered black people "weeds".
2. The largest group babies killed by PP are black
3. The MAJOR killer of black males is not guns, it is abortion.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/28/2019 19:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I, for one am all for reproductive rights for African-American women. But only for them. Let them have this one privilege at least.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 19:33 Comments || Top||

The downside of unassisted human flight, or aerial yoga goes badly in Nuevo Leon
[Breitbart] A young woman has survived after reportedly falling 80 feet from her apartment balcony in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon on Saturday.

College student Alexa Terrazas, 23, was practicing an extreme yoga pose while hanging over the edge of her sixth-floor apartment balcony when she fell and landed on the building’s driveway below.

A viral photo reportedly taken moments before her fall shows Terrazas hanging precariously upside down over the edge of the glass wall. Reports said she lost her balance before falling to the ground.

On Monday, Terrazas was listed in critical condition and suffered from fractures in her legs, arms, hips, and head. Doctors said she will remain in a coma for at least two weeks.

Friends and family members have asked the public for donations to help the young woman recover.

"She doesn’t need any more blood, but she does need platelets," a message on the blooders.org website said. "It’s a painful and sad life lesson," another message read.

Reports said doctors at the hospital in Nuevo Leon spent 11 hours doing reconstructive surgery on Terrazas following the tragic accident.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 05:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gravity provides a temporary reality check.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/28/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Tragic accident? Sounds like a lefty was given a "Make America Great" cap.
Posted by: Dale || 08/28/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  survived after reportedly falling 80 feet

See, yoga works
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/28/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#4  This is what comes of following trends without knowing jack about the real thing. There's no such thing as hanging from ledges and balancing on beams in yoga. And it's the last thing for showing off.

It's like 'I'm going to practice my kata with my hands on fire ! Call it the burning fist !' For no reason.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Good career move.

Look for the lass to make herself into a victim, then an Instagram & Twitter sensation, then score a book contract, then become an SJW crusader against the evil patriarchy, exploitative LuluLemonLeeches-Against-Helpless-Womyn etc etc.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 12:28 Comments || Top||

#6  My faith in people took a real ding this summer when I would watch people get onto lichen covered boulders with loose gravel downwind of a waterfall and make silly poses, where a fall would mean the body would be found after it plugged a golf course sprinkler in Kansas.

Not that part. The part where the picture was framed not to include the peril of the pose, but because there was a break in the trees and a mountainous background could be included. Chit, that could be done off the side of the parking lot.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#7  She might have been really injured if she hadn't landed on her head.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/28/2019 16:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Stupid doesn't deserve donations.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 08/28/2019 19:38 Comments || Top||

Google to move Pixel smartphone production to Vietnam
[Finance.Yahoo] Alphabet Inc's Google is shifting its Pixel smartphone production to Vietnam from China starting this year as it builds a cheap supply chain in Southeast Asia, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday.

The move comes as labor costs are rising in China along with added pressure from spiraling tariffs due to the ongoing Sino-U.S. trade tensions.

The U.S. internet giant plans to move most of its American-bound hardware out of China, including the Pixel phones and its smart speaker Google Home, Nikkei said.

The company plans to ship about 8 million to 10 million smartphones this year, double from a year ago, making Vietnam a key part of Google's drive for growth in the smartphone market, the newspaper added.

Google will shift some production of the Pixel 3A phone to Vietnam before the end of this year, Nikkei reported citing sources.

For its smart speakers, some production is likely to be moved to Thailand but the company's new product development and initial production for its hardware lineup will still be in China, the newspaper said.
Posted by: Titus Glugum7307 || 08/28/2019 07:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  More progress.

Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 10:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Vietnam is very unhappy with China. Vietnam has received very cheap products and clothing that causes burns to the skin. It is my understanding they welcome Americans. This Google thing is bad in my opinion as Google has had a love affair with China. Just another way to keep an eye on things in Vietnam. Google will do the bidding of China.
Posted by: Dale || 08/28/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of the manufacturing leaving China is going to Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines. All countries bullied by China and have an interest in working with the US to keep China low.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/28/2019 11:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines

Also to India and Mexico
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 12:20 Comments || Top||

#5  They have a chip design 'gChips team' in Bangalore, but no manufacturing yet. It has guys and gals who worked with Intel, freescale, motorola etc on it plus a clever little sprite, niece of yours truly.
The Govt often favors indigenous, small businesses and startups which the giants show a predatory side to. Hence it keeps hauling up google and facebook for anti-trust litigation every few months, threatening to shut down cloud servers, routinely inspecting. It's also not easy for western companies to set up plants in India without meeting very strict, insanely socialist compliance criteria which they shy away from. It's just more profitable to design here, and build in Vietnam, maybe.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

#6  plus a clever little sprite, niece of yours truly.

Congratulations, Dron66046!
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/28/2019 18:59 Comments || Top||

#7  clothing that causes burns to the skin

Walmart in the US is selling clothing made in China that is doing the same thing.

In the mean time I am seeing more open borders victims, black and white, on the streets and homeless in the US that could be doing this if the knuckle dragging, hypocrite dims who continue to up the minimum wage that cannot be paid by businesses while importing cheap latin American labor. I am very, very surprised the US Chamber of Commerce is not importing cheap Vietnamese labor into the US … yet.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 08/28/2019 20:09 Comments || Top||

Costco limits shoppers in first China store after opening-day fiasco
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp (COST.O) said it will limit the number of shoppers at its new China store after overcrowding forced the U.S. big box retailer to shut it early on the opening day.

No more than 2,000 shoppers at any given time will be allowed into the store in a Shanghai suburb, Costco’s first in China, and local police will help to improve the flow of traffic near the store, it said on Wednesday.

Large crowds had flocked to the store when it opened on Tuesday, causing traffic jams in the neighborhood.

Viral images online showed shoppers clambering to get in, jostling with others to snag roasted chickens and meat, and waiting in huge lines to check out.

"We’d like to apologize for the inconvenience caused to our members on our warehouse opening day in Shanghai," Costco said in a statement posted on WeChat, the Chinese social media platform.

It pledged to send text messages to members when the store was nearing capacity or if there are long wait times.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 06:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It was like Black Friday but without the assaults and gun fire familiar to certain cities in America. The Chinese retain a degree of civilization.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The Chinese retain a degree of civilization.

Not for long, they just got their first Costco. It's all downhill from here.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/28/2019 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Soon there will be quotas.
I still remember them fighting in the aisles on 'orange day' at the base exchange.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/28/2019 16:34 Comments || Top||

#4  ...fortunately, its a 'gun free' zone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 19:09 Comments || Top||

Three European nations condemn North Korea’s missile launches
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Three important US allies on Tuesday condemned the "repeated provocative launches" of ballistic missiles by North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
, saying they violate UN Security Council resolutions banning any such activity.

The United Kingdom, La Belle France, and Germany issued a joint statement after a closed council briefing by UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo that they requested because of serious concerns at the series of missile launches in recent weeks by North Korea.

The three Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an council members urged North Korea "to engage in meaningful negotiations with the US," as President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
and its leader 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...
agreed to on June 30 at their meeting in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.

"Serious efforts by North Korea to re-engage diplomatically and make progress on denuclearization are the only way to guarantee security and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region," their statement said.

The three countries stressed that "international sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced until North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs are dismantled."

Many diplomats and analysts credit 11 rounds of increasingly tougher UN sanctions, which have sharply cut North Korea’s exports and imports, with helping promote the thaw in relations between North Korea and South Korea, and the two summits between Trump and Kim.
Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ..and here I thought it was Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and Andorra. Guess the amount of their economic dealings with the North was insignificant to rationalizing a flip the finger to America.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Three important US allies: United Kingdom, La Belle France, and Germany

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/28/2019 10:29 Comments || Top||

#3  "Many diplomats and analysts credit 11 rounds of increasingly tougher UN sanctions...". Well, maybe. And maybe there IS a pony under that pile of shit.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/28/2019 17:46 Comments || Top||

Johnson & Johnson shares rise despite $572m opioid ruling
As predicted here at the Burg.
[France24] Shares in Johnson & Johnson rose in after-hours trading on Monday, despite the company being hit with a $572 million penalty by an Oklahoma court for contributing to the state's opioid addiction crisis. The fine was lower than had been expected, and may prompt other firms to settle similar cases. Johnson & Johnson is appealing the decision. Also today, the French president has promised to compensate businesses in Biarritz affected by the G7 summit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 05:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

Lahore man arrested for harassing, blackmailing woman through 'objectionable material'
[DAWN] The cyber crime reporting centre (CCRC) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a man in Lahore for harassing and blackmailing a woman through her "objectionable" photos and videos, it emerged on Tuesday.

A statement issued by FIA CCRC Lahore Deputy Director Chaudhry Sarfraz said that a complaint was filed by a Sheikhupura resident that his sister was being harassed and blackmailed by a Lahore resident through pictures and videos taken of her without consent.

According to the First Information Report of the case, seen by Dawn.com, the complainant stated that his sister came into contact with the suspect and subsequently met him. During this meeting, the suspect "deceitfully captured objectionable pictures and videos of her" and also stole her cellphone, the FIR stated.

It said the suspect forced the woman to give him Rs300,000 and was now demanding Rs500,000 more through blackmail.

After registering the complaint, an investigation team was constituted by the deputy director of CCRC Lahore which carried out a raid and recovered two mobile phones from the suspect. One of these contained the objectionable content concerning the woman, the statement said.

"After recovery of alleged material and sufficient incriminating evidence, the accused person [...] was arrested and recovered mobile phones were taken into custody by FIA through seizure memo," it added.

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‘Torture cell’ run by SHO, constables unearthed in Lahore
[DAWN] A torture cell operated allegedly by the Gujjarpura station house officer (SHO) along with three constables to keep suspects in jug on the pretext of interrogation was unearthed in the historic provincial capital on Monday.

Two handcuffed and four other men were recovered from the cell established by the coppers at a local office of the forest department. The cell was unearthed by officials of the anti-corruption department, who were in the field for investigation of a case, an official told Dawn.

He said during their investigation, the anti-corruption officials heard cries, traced them to a building located right in the middle of a jungle and filmed whatever they saw. They found six locked men, including a bedridden man ‐ identified as Amjad ‐ at death's door due to apparently third-degree torture by the suspected coppers.

In the footage recorded on a mobile phone, Amjad is seen telling the officials that his backbone and hips were severely fractured and that he could not even move on the bed provided to him by the forest department employees on his repeated requests.

Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Southeast Asia
Indonesia to move capital from sinking Jakarta to Borneo
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Indonesia’s president announced Monday that the country’s capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans.

President Joko Widodo said intense studies over the past three years had resulted in the choice of the location on the eastern side of Borneo island.

The new capital city, which has not yet been named, will be in the middle of the vast archipelago nation and already has relatively complete infrastructure because it is near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, Widodo said.

He said the burden has been become too heavy on Jakarta on Java island as the center of government, finance, business, trade and services as well as the location of the country’s largest airport and seaport.

Widodo said the decision was made not to move the capital elsewhere on Java because the country’s wealth and people are highly concentrated there and should be spread out.
Posted by: Fred || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Brasilia Part Deux
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  known for rainforests and orangutans.

So housing and call girls escorts a servant class are already available.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/28/2019 16:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Having the capital city be somewhere other than the nation's biggest city is not a bad idea. That was the idea behind Washington DC as well (yes, it was completely perverted over the past century, but it worked for quite a while).
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/28/2019 19:42 Comments || Top||

#4  (yes, it was completely perverted over the past century, but it worked for quite a while).

Washington, DC has become large, but it still is only a center for government. Financial and other centers are elsewhere, unlike so many capitols, where one city is the center for everything — government, industry, finance, education, and so forth.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/28/2019 20:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Very, very true Trailing Wife.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/28/2019 20:59 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Stanford pushes separate physics course for minority students
h/t Instapundit
[CampusReform] Stanford University is pushing a separate physics course for minorities in hopes that it will result in more diversity among physics majors.

A 2016 survey revealed Stanford’s physics department to be one of the "least diverse" departments within the institution, and the university has since embarked on a mission to resolve that supposed concern, according to a university news release.

"Creation of special curricula and support services for ethnic minority groups and women...textbook examples of unequal treatment" Tweet This
One step Stanford has taken is promoting a modified version of the standard Mechanics course, a requirement for physics majors, boasting "added support."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/28/2019 11:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  put da rhythm back in algo-rithm!
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 12:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Seriously: if only to ward off professional malpractice and liability suits, I sure as hell hope the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) does not award these jokers engineering accreditation for their BS watered-down STEM curriculum.

Put it another way: Would you willingly drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who couldn't meet the standard for basic STEM course mastery?
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Yet another proof of the power of the race industry to get the institutions of western civilization to abandon principles and cower. We are so done when hard science caves....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/28/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, that's mighty white of Stanford and racist. Employers will look at minority Standford grads as an inferior product and they will be right.
Posted by: Titus Glugum7307 || 08/28/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Titus nails it.

These poor kids are the biggest losers. Stanford is just creating a time bomb here. See Clarence Thomas's furiously bitter comments about his Yale degree.

This is really despicable.

Bad all around, and also a truly terrifying trend.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

#6  The left is enabling and creating a permanent underclass.

They never lost their taste for keeping people powerless and under them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/28/2019 14:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Would you willingly drive across a bridge walk across an pedestrian bridge in Florida designed by an engineer who couldn't meet the standard for basic STEM course mastery?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/28/2019 14:50 Comments || Top||

#8  The rules of physics and engineering are unforgiving. They don't care what color, gender, or anything else you are.

Someone once posted something that their daughter (a chemical engineering major) sent them. It said something to the effect that if you can't handle the math, choose a different major. Otherwise you will end up killing someone someday.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/28/2019 14:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Will it affect their employability though ?

I think it's a good thing. It's as close to segregation as they can get without lowering their standards for normal students.
Goddamn I'm sooo racist.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#10  How many civilizations survived rewarding failure and punishing success? /rhet question

[Interesting how the Left moved from condemning the 'Bell Curve' to embracing its findings to implement these programs. If the book was racist then their actions are as well.]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 16:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Now for the terrifying part: it's spreading. Read Heather MacDonald's masterful survey of this truly alarming trend.
Posted by: Lex || 08/28/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#12  Would you willingly drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who couldn't meet the standard for basic STEM course mastery?

Why not? You go to a Paki MD.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/28/2019 16:28 Comments || Top||

#13  Dron66046, I like the way you think! I was hiring a technician in my last job, but was prohibited from looking at transcrpts.
Posted by: SR-71 || 08/28/2019 16:51 Comments || Top||

#14  Physbonics?

Or maybe "e=mcsquaredbonics"

#9 Will it affect their employability though ?

The SJWs that dominate HR departments will ensure that they still get jobs and are showcased on brochures.

They just won't be given any real work to do. But they will get paid and hold a place that could have gone to a qualified person.

#11 Now for the terrifying part: it's spreading. Read Heather MacDonald's masterful survey of this truly alarming trend.

Remember when the left "fucking loved science"?

Poor nerds. All that sucking up to the poz, and now they're getting thrown under the bus for the sake of feelz and for folks higher up on the grievance pyramid.

#7 Would you willingly drive across a bridge walk across an pedestrian bridge in Florida designed by an engineer who couldn't meet the standard for basic STEM course mastery?

Failing to do so will be designated a hate crime.

Check your "not wanting to die or be seriously injured" privilege, honky.

Posted by: charger || 08/28/2019 17:07 Comments || Top||

#15  This course will not last. They can't do anything that provided metrics that go against their ideals. What they really should offer, if they actually you know, cared about people, is a prep course for them to help them take the regular course.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/28/2019 17:17 Comments || Top||

#16  "Sir. You're stopping in the middle of exit 9. Is something wrong ?"

"I'm not crossing that bridge. And tell everyone to get off it !"

"Pray tell, [testily] have you just had a vision or something ?"

"No. Read that plaque !"

This bridge made by Braggo Enterprises Contractors.
Inaugurated by Mayor Akbar Goering, Oct 9,2018
Engineers : Leshawn Anton Brown
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/28/2019 17:51 Comments || Top||

#17  What could go wrong?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/28/2019 19:07 Comments || Top||

#18  Silentbrick, the problem is that there are people who, no matter how many prep courses they take, just don't have the mental capacity to be engineers/scientists/programmers. Those people come from all races, sexes, and countries.

I have been having this fight at work. My boss's boss says that we instructors should be able to take a Starbucks barista and turn them into a programmer - in 6-10 weeks. If they fail, it must be the instructor's fault. I've tried to point out that there is a reason that programmers make more than Starbucks baristas - it's called supply and demand. Not every one can be a programmer. Some people just will never get it.

I've stopped caring because I will be retiring in four months. I really feel sorry for my colleagues.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/28/2019 19:12 Comments || Top||

#19  ^ This
Posted by: Frank G || 08/28/2019 19:16 Comments || Top||

#20  .....problem is that there are people who, no matter how many prep courses they take, just don't have the mental capacity to be engineers/scientists/programmers.

Rambler ~ I asked you NOT to share my CV!!!
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/28/2019 19:25 Comments || Top||

CNN schedules 7 Hour long town hall on climate change
CNN on Tuesday announced the candidate lineup for its unprecedented prime-time event focused on the climate crisis.

Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls will appear in New York at back-to-back town halls on Wednesday, September 4, taking audience questions about their climate plans as scientists sound the alarm about global warming.

Along with the candidates, the network also announced the CNN journalists and the approximate appearance times for the presidential hopefuls during the seven-hour, live event.

Julián Castro and Andrew Yang interviewed by Wolf Blitzer
Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar by Erin Burnett
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders by Anderson Cooper
Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg by Chris Cuomo
Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker by Don Lemon

and perhaps for fun someone will read from a 20 year old phone book
Posted by: lord garth || 08/28/2019 09:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Normally this would cause ratings to drop through the floor, but they are already there.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/28/2019 15:31 Comments || Top||

#2  God help the poor people stuck in an airport for all 7 hours!
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/28/2019 15:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker by Don Lemon

All right - CNN's bringing back The Three Stooges reboot!
Posted by: Raj || 08/28/2019 17:13 Comments || Top||

#4  A lot of hot winds will be generated
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/28/2019 17:14 Comments || Top||

Starhopper completes test flight
[SN] WASHINGTON — A prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation launch system performed a brief test flight Aug. 27, a key step in the system’s development.

The “Starhopper” vehicle lifted off from a pad at SpaceX’s test site near Brownsville, Texas, at 6:02 p.m. Eastern. The vehicle took off vertically, translated a short distance, then landed vertically on a different pad a little less than a minute after takeoff.

The long-awaited test was intended to go to an altitude of 150 meters, although it was not immediately clear from the webcast of the flight exactly what altitude the vehicle achieved. The company provided no commentary for the webcast, and ended it shortly after the vehicle made what appeared to be a successful landing.

SpaceX attempted to fly Starhopper Aug. 26, but the attempt was scrubbed after the Raptor engine failed to ignite. SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk later tweeted that “dual redundant torch igniters” in the engine appeared to have malfunctioned and needed to be inspected before trying again.

The vehicle, powered by a single Raptor engine that uses methane and liquid oxygen propellants, made its first free flight July 25, rising several meters off the pad before landing about 10 to 15 seconds later. At the time, Musk said he expected a “hop” to an altitude of 200 meters in “a week or two.”

This flight, though, was delayed by issues amending the company’s experimental permit issued by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. “Need a bit more hazard analysis & should be clear to fly soon,” Musk tweeted Aug. 15.

That revised permit was issued by the FAA Aug. 23, but limited SpaceX to a single flight of the vehicle to 150 meters altitude. The permit also increased the third-party liability insurance requirement from $3 million to $100 million, reflecting the apparently greater potential damage the vehicle could do in the event of an accident.

SpaceX’s South Texas site is unusual in that people live within a few kilometers of what the company eventually plans to be an orbital spaceport, in a subdivision called Boca Chica Village that predates the site by decades. Residents of the subdivision reported on social media that they were informed by local law enforcement to stand outside of their homes during the test, in the event an explosion created a shock wave that could break windows.

While the flight appeared to be a success, SpaceX has no plans to fly Starhopper again. Musk has stated that the company will instead press ahead to flights of prototypes of Starship, designed ultimately to be the reusable upper stage flown on top of a large booster called Super Heavy. Starship, though, will be able to fly on its own and even make orbit, the company says.

Two Starship prototypes are currently under construction, one at the South Texas site and the other at an industrial site in Cocoa, Florida. The Florida version of Starship will be taken by truck and barge to Cape Canaveral for test flights.

Musk had planned to give an update on development of Starship and Super Heavy Aug. 24 at the South Texas site, but he delayed it several days before the event, saying it would be better to hold the event once the “Starship Mark 1” vehicle at the site had three Raptor engines installed, along with other components. Musk estimated that to be completed in mid-September.

Starhopper will now be used as a vertical test stand for Raptor engine tests. “It’s quite robust,” Musk said of the vehicle’s design in an Aug. 25 tweet.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/28/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  SpaceX has no plans to fly Starhopper again.

A cool thing to do, just cause you can do it.
Though I foresee a multi-point intra-solar resupply mission in it's future.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/28/2019 16:51 Comments || Top||

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