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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Inside the cell where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself: Graphic autopsy photos show his bloodied neck, nooses made from bed sheets, prescription pills and electrical cords
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2020 07:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No blood on the sheets? Bit to obvious.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/06/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#2  There are many reasons to think Epstein didn't kill himself from reading this story. Certainly doesn't put the "he was murdered theory to rest." He was 15 feet away from guards. He had a lot of stuff in his cell for such a high profile inmate.

I read somewhere yesterday that Ghislaine Maxwell was in the U.S. shuttling between safe houses and being guarded by former Navy Seals. If true, she seems to fear for her life.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/06/2020 10:16 Comments || Top||

#3  guarded by former Navy Seals

Yes, bodyguards trained in aquatic rescues. Memories of her dad's fate, perhaps
Posted by: Lex || 01/06/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#4  ..at least she knew better than use a retired Arkansas highway patrolman.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Inside the cell where Jeffrey Epstein didn't killed himself

Posted by: charger || 01/06/2020 18:58 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Couple gets married at Bass Pro Shops in Tennessee, next to big tank of trophy fish
[Kansas City Star] A couple in Tennessee got married Friday at Bass Pro Shops, romantically exchanging their vows near an aquarium stocked with trophy fish.

It was a small affair, with the bride, Pam, "glowing" in a white lace gown with flowing train and the groom, Lonnie Harris, in blue jeans, shirt casually untucked and a boutonniere.

"Here at Bass Pro, we will sell you a boat, a gun, even some clothes. Shoot, you might as well even get married here!!" the store posted Friday on Facebook.

It shared photos of the ceremony, showing the procession came through the Fishing Center, as customers lingered and watched.

Why the couple, who live in Tennessee, chose to marry at a Bass Pro Shops in Kodak, Tennessee, was not explained. However, the store is just west of the Great Smoky Mountains and tourist towns in the region pride themselves on being a wedding and "adventure elopement" destination.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2020 13:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hunting, fishing, camping, boating, shooting needs at this location. Now weddings? Within a mile or so is the Smokey Mountain Knife Works (also a gun store). Next door to the knife works is Bud's Gun Shop and Range. Nearby is the Smokies minor league stadium if you like baseball. Makes for a fun day.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/06/2020 22:19 Comments || Top||

#2  The happy couple will be honeymooning in the store's camping section.
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Guelph1287 || 01/06/2020 22:31 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
South Africa power shake-up looms as ailing Eskom welcomes new CEO
[Reuters] Andre de Ruyter, appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in November, will oversee a government plan to split state-owned Eskom into three units - for generation, transmission and distribution - in an attempt to make it more efficient.
Taking a 'strategic pause' from Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) are we ?
Ramaphosa is trying to revive Africa’s most advanced economy, which is flirting with recession, and attract new investment.

Eskom, which generates more than 90% of the country’s power, is in its current form widely viewed as the biggest impediment to growth, though the restructuring plan has taken shape against a backdrop of stubbornly high unemployment, and unions have pledged to fight it.

De Ruyter had been due to start work on Jan. 15, but the sense of crisis surrounding the firm, which has been leaderless since July and imposed the latest in a long run of power cuts at the weekend, persuaded him to take the helm early.

Saddled with unreliable coal-fired power stations, Eskom has struggled to meet demand since 2007, forcing it into several rounds of extensive power cuts. Outages last year dented economic output and shook investor confidence in Ramaphosa’s administration.

At the weekend, it cut up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) from the national grid due to a shortage of generating capacity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2020 08:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps de Ruyter can 'maak 'n plan.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Until he runs up against the rest of the SA 'Government Mafia®'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/06/2020 12:41 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Maduro red guards prevent Guaido supporters from entering nat'l assembly, rump session stages phony vote
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Commies

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Drug developers take fresh aim at 'guided-missile' cancer drugs
FRANKFURT/ZURICH (Reuters) - Dozens of drugmakers are conducting human trials for a record 89 therapies that pair antibodies with toxic agents to fight cancer, evidence of renewed confidence in an approach that has long fallen short of its promise, an analysis compiled for Reuters shows.

These antibody-drug conjugates, or ADCs, from companies including AztraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, are described by researchers as "guided missiles" packing a powerful anti-cancer punch.

They are engineered to zero in on tumors and then release cytotoxins that deliver up to 10,000 times the potency of standard chemotherapy, while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

The approach has for decades been a major biotech industry focus. Many experimental ADCs, however, failed due to the complexity of pairing the right antibody with the appropriate toxic agent. Some were abandoned as too weak; others were too harmful.

From 2000 to 2018, only five ADCs won approval. Just one, Roche’s (ROG.S) Kadcyla, approved in 2013 for breast cancer, has surpassed $1 billion in annual sales after data last year showed it boosted disease-free survival for some patients compared with the standard treatment, Roche’s Herceptin.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2020 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

SpaceX will launch another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit TONIGHT as it pushes ahead with plans for a global internet despite complaints from disgruntled astronomers
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2020 07:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Global Internet? Just don't come crying to me when you get hacked.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/06/2020 13:14 Comments || Top||

#2  ...or get access when your government or some UN muckety-muck shuts down your local provider.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2020 13:35 Comments || Top||

#3  If Big Gov or the UN decides to shut down the internet, you can bet StarLink's ground stations will be shut down too.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/06/2020 14:23 Comments || Top||

#4  I wonder how portable "ground stations" will be ?
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 01/06/2020 21:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Initially, not very portable:
The system will not compete with the Iridium satellite constellation, which is designed to link directly to handsets. Instead, it will be linked to flat user terminals the size of a pizza box, which will have phased array antennas and track the satellites. The terminals can be mounted anywhere, as long as they can see the sky.

As Starlink moves up the frequency band, the terminals will get smaller.
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Guelph1287 || 01/06/2020 22:28 Comments || Top||

Night Stalker Chinook Special Operations Helicopters Have New Laser Countermeasures System
[War Zone] Directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems, which use lasers to blind and confuse the seeker on infrared-homing missiles, are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous feature on U.S. military helicopters and other aircraft. Now a picture has emerged that is one of the first to show an MH-47G Chinook from the U.S. Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as the Night Stalkers, with such a defensive suite, known as the AN/AAQ-24.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command, which oversees the 160th, posted the picture of the DIRCM-equipped MH-47G on its Instagram page on Jan. 3, 2020. The caption does not say where or when the picture was taken.

Long, long overdue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cool read.

It's somewhat curious that the urgent SOCOM requirement for DIRCM systems only came in 2015

Just about the time patrolling the southern border became an election issue.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2020 6:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Along with a few others, the Army Research Lab (ARL) has been working the non-trivial aviation countermeasures problem for years. Decoy flares (see graphic above) have been the traditional approach, but you can only put so many flare pods and flares on an aircraft. A farmer using a Lincoln welder on the ground would set off older countermeasures systems and you'd be out of flares in no time. Point A to point B was not so bad, orbiting a designated 'kill box' for hours, yet another (if you're out of flares).

The downing of Extortion-17 may have had something to do with it.

Lastly, decoy flares are very expensive. Dated info, but in 2006 the damn things were over $120. per each.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  https://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/DIRCM/Pages/default.aspx
The AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) system is the only DIRCM system in production today that will protect aircraft from today's infrared guided missiles. Traditional IR countermeasures are not effective against the modern IR missiles that are growing in popularity among terrorist groups and in third world countries.
Posted by: b || 01/06/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  which use lasers to blind and confuse the seeker on infrared-homing missiles

And back-calculate the trajectory, and feed the launch coordinates to an anti-battery weapon?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/06/2020 17:38 Comments || Top||

Hope for millions as scientists learn how to 'edit out' PAIN: Researchers discover technique to alter a patient's DNA that could cut chronic agony for sufferers
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Snowflakery can be taken to its limits with this. They haven't even mass produced or tried enough of the Nav1.7 suppressants that block or inhibit the carriage of pain signals. They have progressed straight to editing the SCN9A gene itself - induced mutation. Pain is already manageable quite well by conventional drugs I think, don't you ? For terminal patients there are better signal blockers that negate discomfort to the point where people can't even feel if heat is burning them. How much painless can things get ?

I suggest research in editing out outrage and the urge to be taken seriously.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/06/2020 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Pain PREVENTS death. How else can your body notify you something is seriously wrong?
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/06/2020 1:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Children born without the ability to feel pain (congenital analgesia), seldom survive without 24 hr assistance. Sometimes they develop bone disorders from lying in one position for too long, some can get electrocuted or seriously injured while playing, and they never learn to avoid kinesiological errors of movement while doing simple things.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/06/2020 2:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Soma has arrived. O Brave New World that has such creatures in it
Posted by: Lex || 01/06/2020 2:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Pain is already manageable quite well by conventional drugs I think, don't you ?

Posted by: Skidmark || 01/06/2020 6:44 Comments || Top||

#6  1984 aside. This will be a God send for a limited number who absolutely need this.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/06/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#7  1984 aside. This will be a God send for a limited number who absolutely need this.
Posted by: Woodrow 2020-01-06 08:06


Pain is already manageable quite well by conventional drugs I think, don't you ?

Posted by: Skidmark 2020-01-06 06:44

Not if you want to avoid addictive narcotics.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/06/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#8  you know nothing about PAIN with your statement. SORRY, but you cant. 6 back injuries would make you aware. IMO. I agree with SKID!
Posted by: ranture || 01/06/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ what ranture said. Drugs might help but the recent opioid "crisis" put the brakes on sensible pain management. Less than 1% of opioid abuse comes from Rx misuse. Edit out the Fentanyl, Heroin, Coke and street drug stuff. We have a crisis among illegal drug use - like we always have.
Posted by: Warthog || 01/06/2020 11:44 Comments || Top||

#10  I guess I wanted to say that experts have moved on straight to gene editing but the research and testing into Nav1.7 and 1.8 suppressants is still incomplete. I see now that those drugs are still in experimental phase. I had assumed they were available in America. The Netherlands Cancer Institute uses them for some terminal patients I hear, maybe others do too. Total pain negators, these suppressants seem to be unavailable to the public except for trial volunteers. The Nav channels are sodium ion channels that complete the nociception stage, basically pain signals. They've developed stuff since 2015 that could target these channels themselves, even stuff for specific channels.

It's a great way to block out all pain and requires no fiddling with genes. But probably because testing and producing the drug was too expensive, or for some corporate reasons it wasn't carried to it's potential and those drugs are not available. It's just that when a superior sounding tech comes along, research already underway loses steam. I just don't think editing the SCN9A gene itself, or fiddling with the way the channels are expressed is without its pitfalls. Of course to the terminal patient this is not a concern.

A company called Coda explored the concept of chemogenetics, to engineer custom receptors to bind to channels and make them unresponsive. Another company is exploring a technique that injects cerebro-spinal fluid with gene edited viral particles designed to block pain signals, temporarily disabling the Nav channels. These are better and less irreversible techniques to explore with the same effect. That's all I'm saying.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/06/2020 13:44 Comments || Top||

#11  In fact the article is about the last method I mentioned. Good that they've completed their research and in five years they could apply this. The headline said 'alter a patient's DNA', so I thought... huh.

Another case of not reading the full article before shooting off, sorry.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/06/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

#12  But probably because testing and producing the drug was too expensive

Gene editing is cool, Dron! All the bright young scientists are doing it!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

Wolf reintroduction to Colorado a mistake says former wildlife commissioner Rick Enstrom
[PageTwo] The Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund submitted 211,093 petition signatures December 10 for a ballot measure mandating reintroduction of gray wolves to Colorado. Signature verification is ongoing by the Secretary of State’s office with 124,632 valid signatures required to put the initiative on the 2020 ballot.

The prospect of wolves returning to Colorado alarms rural residents because of the certainty of wolf predation on livestock, big game and even pets.

Wolf predation is a big problem in other states like Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, California and Minnesota, home to more than 2,400 wolves, the largest population of wolves in the lower 48 states.

Last year the cost of predation compensation in Montana was more than $241,000.

According to livestock producers this is only part of the actual losses to wolves. To be compensated requires a timely forensic examination of the carcass by state wildlife officers. Often animals on open range are not found soon enough to be able to prove wolf predation and compensation is denied.

Rick Enstrom, former Colorado State Wildlife Commissioner from 2000 to 2008 and Chairman for three years is an expert on wolves in Colorado. Enstrom also served on the first wolf working group that developed the wolf plan for Colorado in 2004. He warned against the reintroduction measure in an interview with Complete Colorado on Thursday.

"You only have to look at what happened to the Wyoming elk population," Enstrom said. "Their herds have been knocked back to 10 percent of what it was."

"I know folks in Wyoming," Enstrom continued. "The past director of the wildlife commission in Wyoming said there are two big problems; Grizzlies and wolves. ’Don’t do it, don’t let it happen’ he said to me."

Predation is hardly the only problem with wolves in Colorado says Enstrom. The biggest issue is money. The proposed initiative calls for wolf management and predation compensation to be paid out of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) wildlife cash fund "to the extent that they are available."
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2020 09:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing could go wrong with the introduction of an apex predator, right?
Posted by: Raj || 01/06/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Down in NM they're trying the same thing. Problem is that in the period of absence, nature stepped in. We have coyotes as big as wolves now. Niche filled.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2020 9:34 Comments || Top||

#3  One could argue that the lack of apex predators is why we have such an excess of stupid people.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/06/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

#4  That and the addition of all those warning labels.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Let 'em loose in Estes Park.

Plenty of Elk there.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/06/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Let em loose in Baltimore and Chicago. Plenty of Feral Youth the packs can feed upon there.
Posted by: Lex || 01/06/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Indeed, let them loose in Estes Park, or at least in Rocky Mountain Nat. Park. Too damn many elk.
Posted by: bman || 01/06/2020 14:47 Comments || Top||

#8  #2 Would be interesting to see how long these giant coyotes will last if wolves are reintroduced.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/06/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#9  If this works out, what ya say we bring back the Tyrantisaurus Rex.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/06/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Add wolves and get major decline in big game like deer & elk, followed by decline in big game hunters with their big rifles and big political influence. Hmmm.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/06/2020 17:35 Comments || Top||

#11  All wildlife reintroductions should first be proven in Central Park.
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Guelph1287 || 01/06/2020 22:34 Comments || Top||

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More threats against Jews reported in Crown Heights
[IsraelTimes] A man on a bicycle rode on several streets in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, shouting threats including "Kill the Jews," local media is reporting.

The man, described as black and in his 30s, attracted the attention of passersby at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Collive.com reports.

A witness called 911. Another filed a police report about the incident, CrownHeights.info reports.

Police are looking for surveillance video to try to identify the man on the bicycle.

Earlier on Saturday, a black man wearing a hoodie and sweatpants walked on a street in Crown Heights shouting "Hitler did not kill enough of you in the gas chambers" and other verbal abuse, CrownHeights.info reports.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Impossible to ignore any longer. Clean your house, Democrats. Speak out against and shut down your racist vermin.
Posted by: Lex || 01/06/2020 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  They originally left Europe for friendlier surroundings. Maybe its time to move to friendlier places already available here. That would be Bad Luck(tm) for NYC, but sometimes you make your own luck.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2020 3:05 Comments || Top||

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