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Qais al-Khazali was a close associate of Qassem Suleimani - killed by USAF.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
China convicts 3 researchers involved in gene-edited babies
BEIJING (AP) ‐ Three researchers involved in the births of genetically edited babies have been convicted and sentenced for practicing medicine illegally, Chinese state media said Monday.

The report by Xinhua news agency said lead researcher He Jiankui was sentenced to three years and fined 3 million yuan ($430,000).

Two other people received lesser sentences and fines. Zhang Renli was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 1 million yuan. Qin Jinzhou received an 18-month sentence, but with a two-year reprieve, and a 500,000 yuan fine.

He, the lead researcher, shocked the scientific world when he announced in November 2018 that he had helped make the the world’s first genetically edited babies, twin girls born in the same month. He discussed the work in exclusive interviews with the AP.

The announcement sparked a global debate over the ethics of gene editing. He said he he had used a tool called CRISPR to alter a gene in embryos to try to help them resist infection with the AIDS virus.

Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 02:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6527 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I knew it was bull
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 12/30/2019 2:25 Comments || Top||

#2  What happened to the twin girls?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 12/30/2019 4:46 Comments || Top||

#4  The twin girls turned out to become potentially super smart somehow. And their brains exhibited supernormal cognitive abilities. Or so they're saying in China. Apparently he wasn't jailed for gene-editing to produce healthier babies; it's because he has unwittingly given them better brains.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/30/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||

#5  That's interesting Dron, can you provide a link to the original article please? Thanks
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 12/30/2019 20:14 Comments || Top||

Indiana mom who injected poop into son's IV during cancer treatments sentenced to 7 years
[FOXNEWS] An Indiana woman who admitted to injecting fecal matter into her son's IV bag while he was undergoing cancer treatment was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday.

Tiffany Alberts, 44, was also ordered to serve five years probation once she serves her sentence, Michael Leffler, a front man with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, told Fox News. She was convicted in September of neglect and six counts of aggravated battery.

She was acquitted of attempted murder.

The Wolcott, Ind., mother was arrested in November 2016 after she was seen on surveillance video using a syringe to inject a substance into her 15-year-son's IV bag.

Hospital staff became suspicious after the teen developed more health problems.

The teen underwent chemotherapy treatment for leukemia in 2016 at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He developed blood infections and other ailments, including a fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Blood tests revealed organisms commonly found in feces. Alberts argued her actions were an attempt to get her son moved to another hospital unit she felt would provide better care.

She initially told police she injected water into the IV bag to "flush the line" because his medicine "burned." Authorities said she later admitted to injecting fecal matter.

Doctors said the infections delayed the teen's treatment for two months, putting his health at risk, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Posted by: Fred || 12/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

Mom felt neglected at home and wanted attention. Craved it. When her kid was sick, she got that attention and it made her feel *fabulous*. But when her kid started getting treatment, the attention went away. So she took action to make the attention come back.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 12/30/2019 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Kinda like a troll pretending to be a reasonable commenter, eh Erb?
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

China's trade with Europe Bypasses Russia!
Background on how China is structuring trade with the EU to avoid Russia even when it is by rail.
Worth wandering to Jamestown dot org and taking a look.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/30/2019 06:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  This sounds great until you realize that ground transportation is 14 times more expensive than sea transportation, and that the US Navy rules the waves.

This whole Belt & Road nonsense is because China literally has no other choice. They are in an incredibly bad situation.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 12/30/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Skid....spikes or bolts ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Both. Tundra and bridges.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||

Tesla in China factory starts production.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Down Under
Thousands of koalas are feared dead, as bushfires continue to destroy their habitat.

Posted by: Fred || 12/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unfortunately the one reason for zoos in order to preserve some species.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/30/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  So... that means no human casualties, right? At least there's a bright side. Or are they just blatantly disregarding humanity now?
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 12/30/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Every country has their designated cute (or otherwise) animal the lefties can hold up and wring their hands over whenever 'climate change ' & 'global warming' wreak their precious habitat. They no longer even have to bother explicitly mentioning either one, the message has become so ingrained.
Posted by: Raj || 12/30/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Every country has their designated cute
(or otherwise) animal the lefties can hold up
and wring their hands over whenever

Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 11:18 Comments || Top||

#5  That is this thing, Skid?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 12/30/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#6  There were so many to select from!
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#7  5 o'clock shadow: too dark
Hair on her pate: too purple
Posted by: Lex || 12/30/2019 12:53 Comments || Top||

#8  The lips, Lex, the lips!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/30/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

Good. Just get those bombs out of Turkey.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/30/2019 01:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What's 50 to the many you have positioned there already?*

*the Ambassador neither confirms or denies any such systems.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/30/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought most / all of them were moved to Bulgaria a year or so ago?
Posted by: Raj || 12/30/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Move them to Greece and watch the pucker factor go way up.
Posted by: Elmagum Omeaper1611 || 12/30/2019 18:15 Comments || Top||

#4  [cough]558th Artillery Group[cough]
Posted by: Dino Gliter6173 || 12/30/2019 19:16 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ oops was me.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/30/2019 19:17 Comments || Top||

Operational Readiness Rate for German Air Force is abysmal
[The National Interest] Key point: The fact is that Germany is the linchpin of Europe, and Europe is what keeps Russia in check.

President Trump’s goal of Europe taking more responsibility for its own defense may come crashing to Earth.

Because if Germany’s most advanced fighters can't even fly, then how the U.S. drawback on its European military commitments without undermining the Western security alliance?

The German magazine Spiegel recently revealed that most of the Luftwaffe’s‐the modern German air force’s‐128 Eurofighter Typhoons are not flightworthy.

In fact, only about ten of the aircraft are ready for operations, Spiegel said. This raises doubts about Germany’s ability to meet its NATO defense commitments.

"The problem is complicated," according to Spiegel.

"Put simply, all Eurofighters have a sensor on the wings that detects enemy jets or attacks and warns the pilot. About half a year ago, it was discovered that the pod is no longer properly cooled. Since it is central to the self-protection system and this must be active in all operational flights, the number of operational jets drops.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hey, but they have plenty of money for social welfare programs for 'migrants'.

Beside Uncle Sugar will take up the slack in their security with military welfare on the American taxpayers dime.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/30/2019 7:23 Comments || Top||

#2  And money for "Palestinians"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/30/2019 13:22 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Orange Man hosts Amish in historic Oval Office visit
[Wash Times] President Trump began the holiday break by hosting an Amish delegation in the Oval Office, the first time members of the reclusive community have received that honor.

They might be an odd pairing ‐ the brash and extravagant billionaire president and the humble Amish ‐ but they enjoy a kinship in their Christian faith and work ethic, the Amish visitors told The Washington Times.

"He is a common man just like me and everybody else ‐ very common, very friendly. He called us friends when we walked in there," said Levi Miller, 56, an Amish farmer from Ohio. "It gets people excited that we have somebody in there who is not afraid to talk about Jesus Christ."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 05:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ..we have somebody in there who is not afraid to talk about Jesus Christ.

Yeah, you usually have to deal with someone holding a cross Das Kapital and sprinkling you with holy water Pierre in the previous administration or a gig today on CNN.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/30/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  How did they get there?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 12/30/2019 12:12 Comments || Top||

#3  The Thunberg Express
Posted by: Frank G || 12/30/2019 12:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Frank for the win! Snark o' the Day

runner-up (?): Greta-schoona
Posted by: Lex || 12/30/2019 12:54 Comments || Top||

'Don't touch kids, you pervert!': Biden slammed by protesters at campaign rally
[Washington Examiner] Several audience members at Joe Biden's 2020 campaign rally in Milford, New Hampshire, lashed out at the former vice president, calling him a number of insults, including "pervert" and "quid pro Joe."

Biden, 77, was speaking on Sunday night ahead of the state's Feb. 11 Democratic primary, where he is trailing South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to RealClearPolitics. A handful of those present interrupted the event on multiple occasions with heckles.

"Quite a start to Biden’s event in Milford, NH ‐ He was quickly interrupted near the top of his remarks by a protestor who called him "creepy" & made false claims about him being a "pervert," tweeted NBC News's Marianna Sotomayor. "Another woman then yelled "quid pro Joe" before another man began to shout about Ukraine."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 01:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  made false claims about him being a "pervert,"

And you know they're false how?

Typical Dem Press coverup.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/30/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  False claims? Lying press. There's video evidence all over the place of him fondling children, and the kids' horrified reactions.

Animated GIF at the link. I tried to display it inline to save you a click, but Rantburg doesn't display .gifv images for some reason.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 12/30/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah creepy Joe, it’s about 40,000 people short of a small a Trump Rally.
And isn’t it odd how he only fondles females?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/30/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Can't handle your own tactics, can you?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/30/2019 10:56 Comments || Top||

#5  What is it about the nasal habits of the Biden family?
Posted by: Lex || 12/30/2019 14:01 Comments || Top||

Breaking! Rep. John Lewis diagnosed with cancer
[Right Scoop] Rep. John Lewis says he has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  AMF, John!
Posted by: Vinegar Angulet2482 || 12/30/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  The longer they hang on to power, the more painful their lives become. There is sort of a justice of karma in all that.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/30/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I wish cancer on no one. I do however wish he would re-consider his decision to continue in his "mission". Better for all if he would just quietly spend his remaining time with family and friends.
Posted by: Warthog || 12/30/2019 9:47 Comments || Top||

#4  I do however wish he would re-consider his decision to continue in his "mission".

Healthcare costs.
He can't afford to quit.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#5  B.S. healthcare costs. He's getting premium taxpayer funded care at an age that private citizens would be put down.
Posted by: Regular joe || 12/30/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe he should go to Guam for treatment before it capsizes
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/30/2019 15:31 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
This decade's most used orbital rockets.

This decade's most used orbital rockets.
(Failures in Brackets)

Long March - 186 (6)
R-7 (Soyuz) - 158 (6)
Falcon 9/Heavy - 80 (2)
Proton - 71 (8)
Atlas V - 62 (0)
Ariane 5 - 57 (1)
PSLV - 34 (1)
H-2A/B - 31 (0)
Delta 4M/Heavy - 29 (0)
Rokot/Strela - 21 (1)
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Posted by: 3dc || 12/30/2019 11:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Culture Wars
Texas Church Shooting
What's wrong with this statement?
[DISM] Minister after Texas church shooting: "I'm thankful our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves"
For future archive searches, from Skidmark’s Daily Mail link in the comments:
  • Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43, has been identified as the shooter in Sunday's attack

  • He opened fire on West Freeway Church but his motive remains unclear

  • Volunteer security guard Jack Wilson took the shooter down within six seconds

  • Anton 'Tony' Wallace, 64, was among two people killed on Sunday morning

  • Richard White, 67, was also killed; he was another volunteer security guard

  • He had just passed out communion when the gunman opened fire

  • Witnesses say Kinnunen was new at the church and that he was wearing 'fake sunglasses, a fake beard and a jacket with writing on the back'

  • Police will not confirm a motive but his sister claims it was the anniversary of their brother's suicide

  • She believes Keith was on his own suicide mission and thought he would get shot
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/30/2019 07:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We were afforded the opportunity by God, the government grants us nothing.
Posted by: Warthog || 12/30/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#2  The Pastor was referring to the Texas state government because in the last legislative session the removal of the prohibition against licensed carrying in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship was passed, and signed into law by Governor Abbott. Of course, former Presidential candidate O’Rourke and future former Presidential candidate Castro bemoaned the shooter’s inability to kill more innocents.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 12/30/2019 9:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I would expect a Texas minister to be standing over the dead guy's body with a Magnum, barrel still smoking, then blowing the smoke out of the barrel like Bruce Willis at the end of Die Hard when McClane caps Hans Gruber and that guy who looks like Huey Lewis.
Posted by: Raj || 12/30/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#5  and that guy who looks like Huey Lewis.

Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/30/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||

#6  70 y/o guys can make a difference.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 11:07 Comments || Top||

#7  No telling how many lives that retired FBI Agent saved.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#8  Sometimes bad is bad.
Posted by: Crusader || 12/30/2019 12:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Has the perp been IDd?
Posted by: Regular joe || 12/30/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#10  The retired FBI agent owns On Target Shooting Range. The murderer has been ID'd in the link in one of the above comments but I refuse to say his name.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 12/30/2019 13:11 Comments || Top||

#11  Cities controlled by Democrats were passing ordinances against guns in churches so a statewide law was passed by Texas Republicans to override those ordinances.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 12/30/2019 13:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Cities controlled by Democrats were passing ordinances against guns in churches so a statewide law was passed by Texas Republicans to override those ordinances.

Democrat counties in Kansas were doing some real strange gun laws, so a state law was passed standardizing the state. Then we went Constitutional Carry, and there was much rejoicing.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/30/2019 14:53 Comments || Top||

#13  Regarding #2..thanks Brujo...I stand corrected
Posted by: Warthog || 12/30/2019 14:58 Comments || Top||

#14  Ref #10: The retired FBI agent owns On Target Shooting Range.

Poor bastard failed the target surveillance block! Dike walking within 600 yrds of Carlos Hathcock, a potential metaphor ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/30/2019 16:10 Comments || Top||

#15  Don't think he was a dike.
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/30/2019 18:01 Comments || Top||

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  Qais al-Khazali was a close associate of Qassem Suleimani - killed by USAF.
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