So which is it gonna be? A Star Wars movie that doesn't suck? Or all further Marvel movies slurping as bad as Star Wars movies subsequent to The Empire Strikes Back aka Episode V, and prior to Episode IV? I do have my suspicions...
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09/28/2019 6:40 Comments ||
Our Gulf is this way. Gas is pumped out and transmitted up the east coast with junctions to help pump it along. Texas Eastern was one as I recall. Then Duke Energy. Big money. High paid jobs. Best equipment. It is thought a huge methane burp caused mass extinction from there in the Gulf and we might soon see another such event.
Groups had been absent from the traditional call since Trump’s controversial ’both sides’ comments after white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
This is one thing that pisses me off about the media. The "there are good people on both sides" comment was clearly about the controversy over tearing down statues. It was *not* some justification for white supremacist groups no matter how many times it gets spun that way.
[Rooters] More than 300 boys and men, some as young as five and many in chains and bearing scars from beatings, have been rescued in a raid on a building that purported to be an Islamic school in northern Nigeria, police said on Friday.
Most of the freed captives seen by a Rootersnews hound in the city of Kaduna were children, aged up to their late teens. Some shuffled with their ankles manacled and others were chained by their legs to large metal wheels to prevent escape.
One boy, held by the hand by a police officer as he walked unsteadily, had sores visible on his back that appeared consistent with injuries inflicted by a whip.
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Why would the US not inspect, certify and license a mosque associated 'religious school' any different than neighborhood daycare? Or food handling facilities at a community center or church basement?
[Rudaw] 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... said Friday it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil.
Kickstarting tourism is one of the centerpieces of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
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09/28/2019 00:00 ||
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[TRIBUNE.PK] In a bizarre incident, an elderly widower from Upper Dir, district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was swindled by a conman by marrying him to a transwoman in return for Rs 150,000 in dowry.
According to the family, 55-year-old Jan Saaz – whose wife had passed away three years ago – met an alleged matchmaker in Peshawar, who promised to find him a bride.
The alleged matchmaker introduced Saaz to a transwoman, named Sapna, telling him that she was a woman. Sapna, on the other hand, was told by the matchmaker that Saaz wanted to marry knowing that she had been spayed is gender neutral.
The family claims that they had paid the matchmaker Rs150,000 in cash as dowry, while another Rs150,000 was spent on the wedding ceremony and feast. Nikah was solemnised in the presence of villagers.
However, on the wedding night Saaz was shocked to find out that he had been duped into marrying a transwoman. Sapna was also shocked to learn that the elderly man had been duped into marrying her.
In the morning Saaz took Sapna in a car telling his family that she had fallen sick and that he was taking her to her mother in Peshawar. He got her ticket and sent her off. Later he told the truth to his family.
According to him, he revealed the truth after sending Sapna off fearing that his family, friends and villagers might harm the transwoman.
The family is planning to register a case against the alleged matchmaker who according to them has duped both Saaz and Sapna.
[FoxNews] Each year, human trafficking generates more than $150 billion in profits – at the expense of human life – with children accounting for around a third of its victims. It’s a practice that operates underground in almost every country on the planet, and despite the resources thrown at it -- by law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, social media campaigns – it only seems to grow.
Experts on the topic say the tools used in even in the most developed societies fall far short of what is needed to put a dent in this grim and growing enterprise.
But artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)? Those could change the game.
“Anytime you have to ingest large amounts of data and information, you try to identify trends and patterns, and it can be very difficult to do well,” Alma Angotti, a former U.S. regulation official for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority told Fox News. “Typically, it has been a rules-based system – like flagging transactions over a certain amount such or with a certain amount of frequency. The problem with that is you can’t identify patterns and problems.”
AI and ML, Angotti said, have the power to analyze more than just financial activity.
“It can highlight social, economic and even political conditions from hundreds of thousands of sources,” she said. “For example, law enforcement can look at young women of a certain age entering the country from certain high-risk jurisdictions. Marry that up with social media and young people missing from home, or people associated with a false employment agency or who think they are getting a nanny job, and you start to develop a complete picture. And the information can be brought up all at once, rather than an analyst having to go through the Dark Web.”
Despite the potential, for now those tools remain underused, Angotti said.
QuantaVerse CEO and founder David McLaughlin said that while small steps are having a significant impact, there is much more that can be done. Artificial intelligence can follow the money created by human trafficking operations. That means that instead of identifying only lower-level human traffickers, the “beneficial owners” or kingpins of these operations can be discovered, he said.
“AI is better at finding suspicious financial activity than legacy technology alone. Today, banks are required by regulators to report unusual banking activity by filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to FinCEN. To do this, banks’ anti-money laundering (AML) teams currently rely on antiquated, rules-based Transaction Monitoring Systems (TMS),” McLaughlin explained. “Suspicious transactions are ‘flagged’ by the TMS and handed over to human investigators to determine if a flag should be reported to the authorities.
" Unfortunately, 95 percent of the flags produced by the TMS systems are benign and waste vital investigative resources. Even worse, TMS systems are missing crimes that are going through the banking system undiscovered.”
[TRIBUNE.PK] Astronomers have discovered a 13-billion-year-old galaxy cluster that is the earliest ever observed, according to a paper released on Friday, a finding that may hold clues about how the universe developed.
Such an early-stage cluster – called a protocluster — is “not easy to find”, Yuichi Harikane, a researcher at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan who led the international team, said in a press release.
“A protocluster is a rare and special system with an extremely high density,” Harikane said, adding that the researchers used the wide viewing field of the Subaru telescope in Hawaii to ‘map a large area of the sky’ in their search.
Distant asteroid calamity shaped life on Earth 466 million years ago
The discovery of the protocluster, a collection of 12 galaxies, suggests that large cosmic structures were present in the very early stages of the universe, which scientists believe was born 13.8 billion years ago.
One of the 12 galaxies is known as Himiko, a giant gas cloud found in 2009 by using the same telescope.
Newfound comet likely an ‘interstellar visitor,’ scientists say
“It is reasonable to find a protocluster near a massive object, such as Himiko. However, we’re surprised to see that Himiko was located… on the edge 500 million light-years away from the center,” the paper’s co-author Masami Ouchi said.
I have a front load washer. About every fourth load I use Lysol laundry sanitizer or do a white load in hot water with bleach. Before I started doing that, the clean clothes would smell vaguely mildewed.
Aboutevery fourth load I use Lysol laundry sanitizer or do a white load in hot water with bleach.
I get the same issue. So like you, I now use more chemicals in the wash and run hotter cycles. So water is being saved but more efflux needs treated and more energy is used. Say it with me, kids: unintended consequences...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
09/28/2019 6:31 Comments ||
It doesn't go into it but it probably caused the deaths of a few children.
I wonder how high the final butchers bill will be for Greenism?
I've used front loaders for 20 years, I don't have any issues. The current washer is a Kenmore Elite, I do NOT use the default Eco settings.
The washer gives me the option to custom tailor my settings over a wide rand. I also run an empty load every other week with the hottest water setting and a cup of industrial bleach. It is ~11 times stronger than household bleach. Front loaders are the way to go if you READ the instructions and adjust accordingly. The clothes come out of final spin with less water load, the dry faster. Less time in the dryer means the clothes last longer.
I have a front load washer too. Can't wait for it to break so we can replace it with an old-fashioned top loader. Unfortunately, it's been going strong for quite some time and shows no sign of giving up.
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09/28/2019 12:25 Comments ||
Or a senorita who also provides, ahem, other services.
Anyone vaguely familiar with exercise or athletics could've predicted this, especially myself. My best estimate for my own road bike rides (200 lb. male, 23 miles in 1.5 hours) is a calorie requirement of 1,600 - 1,700 calories, in addition to a normal RDA of 2,200 or so calories. Many complex proteins required for muscle growth and repair simply cannot be replaced or replicated with a vegan diet.
[Charlotte Observer] - Cam Newton and Hannibal Buress walk into a vegan restaurant, and leave with a Ziploc bag of magic mushrooms and new perspectives.
It’s true. Newton and his friend, Buress, a comedian, shot an episode of the quarterback’s vlog over lunch one afternoon this past offseason, live from the patio of Los Angeles vegan restaurant Gracias Madre. The episode ‐ appropriately titled ’Yo! This Vegan?’ ‐ features the pair trying flash-fried cauliflower in a cashew cheese sauce, with barbecue jackfruit carnitas tacos that easily could pass for pulled pork. Cauliflower - it's what's for dinner - said no man, ever. Go grab some steaks, Cam!
[RedState] Back in July, Kira Davis wrote about the left’s despicable doxxing of the family behind the cute "Mini AOC" Twitter account. The personal threats and invasion into their privacy forced the family to stop making the parody videos mocking the real AOC that made so many people laugh, but it was understandable. Safety first and all that.
But in the aftermath of liberals recently holding up 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg as some sort of unquestionable absolute moral authority on all things climate-related, Mini AOC decided she’d stayed in the shadows long enough, and returned.
It's the Bud light/black victims of Holocaust story
[RedState] ...Calvin is the noxious little BuzzFeed alum working for the Des Moines Register who wrote the story. His idea of doing a "background check" on King included going back into King’s tweets to when he was 16 and happened to quote a racially charged joke from the comedy show Tosh.o. This resulted in King being subject to a lot of public humiliation.
But Karma is real and, as it turned out, Calvin had a lot of very ugly stuff in his social media and it was from only a few years ago, after he was an adult. The Des Moines Register investigated him and today he was disappeared from that paper. RAH says that "any form of government will work, if accountability matches authority". Journos can destroy a person's life, therefore ... (mind you, I do not believe that Calvin will remain unemployed and destitute - the new class takes care of its own).
The Left hasn't 'woke' up yet that the other guys are now doing on to them what they've been doing to the other guys. Since they have no history to call upon (since they've wiped it out in pursuits of grievance studies), their socialist predecessors bombed Warsaw, Rotterdam, and various British cities. In return, the 'other guys' bombed the crap out of their cities. We have now entered that phase of the cold civil war.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.