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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Florida woman allegedly tried to detonate nail bomb inside Walmart, investigators say
[FoxNews] Emily Stallard, 37, was spotted by a security guard roaming the aisles of Walmart in Tampa Bay Saturday evening, Fox 13 reported.

After watching Stallard open unpaid items, including flammable materials, projectiles and matches, a security guard called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and notified an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer who was inside the store.

An arrest report cited by the station says the woman filled a mason jar with fuel, denatured alcohol and nails. She then attempted to light the bomb with a shoelace as a wick before the off-duty officer and security guard stopped her.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 07:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "mason jar with fuel, denatured alcohol and nails" would field and denatured alcohol really have explosive force to turn the nails into shrapnel? Color me skeptical. I imagine at best she'd get a quick flash that *might* start a fire around the now empty, probably cracked, mason jar filled with nails.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/15/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  "Cleanup on aisle 7. Bring a fire extinguisher."
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 11:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Being Wal Mart I have to ask:
Hardware nails or fake finger nails?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/15/2020 13:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Lee Press-On Shrapnel(tm)

(I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one that thought of this)
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 13:51 Comments || Top||

Former top US Army official's staff said they were running 'personal' errands for him at CVS, report says
[Business Insider] The US military's former top enlisted official had a pattern of using his soldiers "to perform services for his personal convenience," according to a previous report by the US Army's inspector general. Documents recently obtained by the military news website Task & Purpose said Sgt. Maj. John Troxell violated ethics rules through these favors and an apparent endorsement of fitness equipment on his official Facebook account.

"These unofficial duties included the subordinates going to CVS for him, driving after hours during [temporary duty] to unofficial events, dining with them, and provided unnecessary support to him and his wife," the documents said, according to Task & Purpose.

According to the investigation, the 37-year military veteran instructed staffers to purchase goods for him at CVS.

"No, dude, you are not an indentured servant," Troxell said in response a staffer who attempted to give him $10 back in change, according to the investigation.

While Troxell did not "encourage" his staff to perform unofficial duties, the inspector general's report said they "felt obliged to provide him unofficial support."

"They recognized they were working for the highest ranking NCO in the DOD, they respected him, and they wanted to do their best to help CSM Troxell succeed," the investigation said, Task & Purpose reported.

Troxell, who was the senior enlisted adviser to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the time, was temporarily suspended last year amid the investigation into the allegations of misconduct.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What is the point of this article?
I would take care of any of My good Senior Leadership.
And CVS does not even cover what I would do.
Posted by: newc || 01/15/2020 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  The USMC does not have the rank of "command" sergeant major.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 1:59 Comments || Top||

#3  If the official was working overtime, I can see a reason to use an underling for personal errands as both of theirs time is better spent.

If my staff work late at my request we get them food etc delivered. Same with me.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2020 5:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Former Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell

"They recognized they were working for the highest ranking NCO in the DOD, they respected him, and they wanted to do their best to help CSM Troxell succeed," the investigation said

Dude was railroaded. Prob not PC enough.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 6:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Doing much less harm to the military and the nation than, say, McRaven or the ones that went after Gallagher.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/15/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Dude was railroaded. Prob not PC enough.

Must have said mean things about girls in combat.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Aids do just about everything for them. They are expected to and understand this before accepting the job. There is something else going on here. I suspect DOD was after him for being outspoken on some issue.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/15/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Ran afoul of an Obama Era appointee and told him, the IG, something 'zhe' didn't want to hear?
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 17:06 Comments || Top||

Indiana college president fired after arrest for suspicion of sex crimes
[NYPOST] The president of a liberal arts college in Indiana has been fired after his arrest on suspicion of sex crimes, school officials announced.

Thomas J. Minar was terminated by Franklin College on Monday after his Jan. 6 arrest in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on preliminary charges of use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful materials, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Formal charges have not yet been filed, but prosecutors in Door County expect to file a criminal complaint in coming days.

Minar, a 56-year-old reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
native, had been the private college’s president since 2015 after working at American University in Washington, DC. He announced last summer that he planned to step down from his post in June, the Star reported.

A search to replace Minar is now underway, college officials said in a statement.

"The safety of our campus community ‐ especially our students ‐ is always our first priority," the college’s Board of Trustees chair, Jim Due, said. "We are deeply shocked and gravely concerned by the reported behavior of Dr. Minar that led to his arrest in Wisconsin, and we will continue to cooperate fully with authorities."

Minar had served as the first openly gay president at the 1,000-student Franklin College, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Minar appeared in court on Jan. 7 and was released after posting bond. He was also told by a judge not to have direct contact with minors unless supervised and to stay off social media, WAVE reported.
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  With a college full of co-eds he chases after children - shoot the bastard.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/15/2020 3:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Indiana? Friend of Buttfug & wife?
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 4:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Whatever happened to the concept of "innocence until proven guilty?"
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/15/2020 16:28 Comments || Top||

Army says soldier died in Arizona during ‘free fall' parachuting exercise
[FOX] An investigation is underway in Arizona after a U.S. Army soldier died during a military parachuting “free fall” parachute training exercise Tuesday, according to a report.

The death of the soldier, who was not identified, happened near Eloy, Ariz., Army Special Operations Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told FOX 10 of Phoenix.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 07:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rest in Peace.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/15/2020 14:34 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Delta jet headed to LAX for emergency landing dumps fuel on school playground; 20 children treated
[LA Times] An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, striking several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said.

Delta Flight 89 ‐ a Boeing 777 ‐ had taken off from LAX with 149 passengers on board and was en route to Shanghai when it turned around and headed back to the L.A. airport.

"Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX," Delta spokesperson Adrian Gee said. "The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:

#1  en route to Shanghai

Coulda been worse.
Coulda dumped it in the water.

Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 6:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully these are "natural born" and not "undocumented American" children.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/15/2020 6:57 Comments || Top||

#3  A 'Morgan & Morgan' personal injury response team is said to be rushing to Los Angeles.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 7:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Coulda dumped it in the water.

I'm sure the Delta lawyers were consulted and determined the ultimate potential liability of dumping it anywhere but in the ocean was less.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/15/2020 7:53 Comments || Top||

#5  jet fuel cleans up easily; a charred, twisted aircraft full of charred, twisted corpses splattered on houses and playgrounds with charred, twisted kiddie corpses, not so much
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/15/2020 8:52 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ Reality 'wake-up' call of the day.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Demographics for Park View Elementary in Cudahy CA.

Probably at least 25% illegals or children of same.
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 12:13 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
93 killed as harsh weather torments Pakistain
In which Allah makes clear his opinion of the entire country.
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under:

-Land of the Free
Richard Jewell movie update: Atlanta Constipation hires Marty Singer to go after Clint Eastwood
[Free Beacon] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) recently hired convicted felon Bill Cosby's former lawyer to go after Warner Bros. and Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood for his movie Richard Jewell.

Marty Singer, who has developed a reputation as a "guard dog" for Hollywood clients, threatened a defamation suit against Eastwood and Warner Bros. for the film's alleged portrayal of late AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs having sex with an FBI agent to get a scoop on Richard Jewell. Jewell was wrongly suspected of committing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

"It is highly ironic that a film purporting to tell a tragic story of how the reputation of an FBI suspect was grievously tarnished appears bent on a path to severely tarnish the reputation of the AJC, a newspaper with a respected 150-year-old publishing legacy," Singer said in a letter threatening the defamation suit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [410 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I understand they plan to redo Cocoon.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/15/2020 3:32 Comments || Top||

#2  The actress playing Scruggs says her role does not support the AJC allegation. While Scruggs was alive she complained of how badly she was treated by AJC.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/15/2020 4:14 Comments || Top||

#3  ...appears bent on a path to severely tarnish the reputation of the AJC, a newspaper with a respected 150-year-old publishing legacy,"

With respect to the industry as a whole, you guys did it all to yourselves.
Posted by: Raj || 01/15/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Picking up the AJC from the clean end? Impossible, has been for decades.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  "Hey! We're the only ones who's allowed to make shut up about people and publish it!"
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/15/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm sorry, but AJC is a 'public' personality and as such the standards of libel are beyond your ability to sustain. See - “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 9:06 Comments || Top||

#7  The movie is already gone, it'll go nowhere on DVD and streaming, so lets keep it in the news.... Brilliant tactic by the Atlanta Constitution.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/15/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Chutzpah.
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Also resurfaces all this: Heavy.com obtained the coroner’s report. Scruggs died of a drug overdose, specifically “acute morphine toxicity.” Contrary to some other news reports, the coroner could not determine whether it was an accidental one or suicide.

“Kathleen Scruggs died as a result of acute morphine toxicity,” the report says. “…toxicological testing of chest fluid revealed a potentially lethal level of morphine. Also present in the chest fluid were paroxetine, mirtazapine, and ethyl alcohol. All of the ethyl alcohol may have been produced by the postmortem decomposition process. Findings at autopsy included severe coronary artery atherosclerosis (blockage of blood vessels that supply blood to the heart), which may have contributed to death…no acute traumatic injuries were identified.”
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/15/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#10  Not to be contrarian - no friend of the AJConstipation here -- it I think Clint and Bobby would have better advised not to add embellishments about a dead woman's sex life. Her journalistic behavior was found not to have been libelous by a court at law. Whether or not she was a bad person, her memory doesn't deserve the Sandmann treatment, methinks.

My $0.02-- YMMV. Horseman, rant on!
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Ref #10: ....contrarian, contrarians ?

Reaches for my handy pyramid graph to explain.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#12  Compromise, b. Compromise is the hypotenuse of the conjoined triangles!!
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 13:30 Comments || Top||

#13  You're missing the point Lex. This is about the AJC's reputation, they don't give a rat's ass about the hack reporter
Posted by: Regular joe || 01/15/2020 16:24 Comments || Top||

#14  Understood but I think it's generally bad to publish nasty things about people that aren't true.

Bad when it's done to a schoolboy in Kentucky, a family of grocers in Ohio or an esteemed judge, and bad when it's done to a dead woman journalist.
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 16:45 Comments || Top||

#15  To be (crystal), bad to assert as verifiable MATERIAL FACTS things for which you have no substantial evidence.
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 16:47 Comments || Top||

#16  I'm sorry, but AJC is a 'public' personality and as such the standards of libel are beyond your ability to sustain.

And she can't be libeled, as she was a public personality AND she's now dead.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/15/2020 19:52 Comments || Top||

#17  suppose if she were alive she could sue, though her case was not slam dunk.
if one can sue on behalf of dead people, hollywood would be doomed.
Posted by: daniel || 01/15/2020 20:42 Comments || Top||

Off-Duty Secret Service Agent Shoots And Kills Dog On A Leash In Brooklyn
Remember, only law enforcement should have guns, and as a Troo Conservative, you are required to worship anyone with a badge.

They've got BADGES, darn it!

Ten to one he was soused, like that moron in the Denver night club a few years ago.

The agent has yet to be named.

Our overlords must be protected after all.
Posted by: charger || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  badge of dishonor
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 1:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Brings back 1980's memories of a Sergeant Major at Fort Lewis WA conducing a summary execution of a dog in a PT formation. Well, the troops had been warned not to bring pets into the battalion area. The Sergeant Major was PCS'd to Bragg and into retirement very soon thereafter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 2:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe yesterday's

Virginia democrats propose law blocking cops, active military from carrying guns

Was a good idea?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2020 5:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Yup, the ol' South Park defense was deployed - 'It was coming right at us!!'
Posted by: Raj || 01/15/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 Especially when you consider that many Va. police would probably actively cooperate with the confiscation efforts, unlike the elected sheriffs.

Let them see what life as a Deplorable is like.
Posted by: charger || 01/15/2020 14:14 Comments || Top||

Eddie Albert: War Hero (Jerry Skinner Documentary)

After numerous acts of heroism, he blamed himself for not getting weapons to a group of marines fast enough. Men like him are rare.

If you have never seen one of Jerry Skinner's Docs, the man does his research!
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A pox on CBS for the rural purge. Family values and the golden rule go the way of the dodo. Look at the crap we have now and we're poorer for it.
Posted by: Warthog || 01/15/2020 6:20 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
#Bolivia authorities dismantle #EvoMorales statue
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian government resigns - Prime Minister Medvedev
[Jpost] In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to step down in 2024 when his fourth presidential term ends.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that the government he heads was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out changes he wants to make to the constitution.

Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed giving parliament the power to choose Russia's prime minister and other key positions, a major change to the Russian constitution that may offer a hint about his own future.

Putin's comments are likely to reignite speculation about his plans once his current presidential term ends in 2024.

Critics have long accused him of plotting to stay on in some capacity to wield power over the world's largest nation after he steps down. He remains popular with many Russians who see him as a welcome source of stability even as others complain he's been in power for too long.

In his annual state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the changes he was proposing to Russia's political system -- handing parliament and the prime minister more power at the expense of the president -- were so serious that he wanted a nationwide referendum to be held to agree them.

In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to step down in 2024 when his fourth presidential term ends.
Update from the Jerusalem Post at 6:10 p.m. ET (because my article on the subject for tomorrow is just unnecessary electrons):
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday formally put forward Mikhail Mishustin, the little-known head of Russia's Federal Tax Service, to be Russia's new prime minister, the Kremlin said.

Putin submitted his candidacy to the Russian parliament for approval after Mishustin agreed to be put forward for the role, the Kremlin said.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/15/2020 11:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pretty obviously so Trump can run him as VP!

Posted by: Frank G || 01/15/2020 12:42 Comments || Top||

#2  A favorite joke:
Putin and Medvedev are dining at a fancy restaurant.
When the waiter comes to take their order, Putin says, "I will have the steak."
The waiter asks, "And the vegetable?"
Putin says, "He will have the steak also."
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 13:08 Comments || Top||

#3  well that's convenient
Posted by: Chris || 01/15/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#4  See also: "Term Limits, How To Avoid." Every time someone brings up Term Limits as the panacea for misgovernment I consider the cases of (1) UK's "Gray Men" -- the standing bureaucracy that implements or ignores the passing fancies of Parliament; and (2) Musical Chair relationships like often happens in South America and its dynasties... Putin is just a very blatant case of (2).
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Putin has made Russia a stable, non-overly agressive bear in the world-wide circus. He is a strong, quiet leader. So far, I respect him.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/15/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#6  I agree wit you varmint
Posted by: Chris || 01/15/2020 17:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Semi-overly aggressive, anyway, and not all that quiet — though he has’t pounded tables with someone else’s shoe in public that I’m aware of. Though all those photos of him riding bare chested across the taiga and walking his pet tiger are not that different than President Trump’s tweets in terms of vulgarly redefining the terms of the debate.

Still, it’s wise to respect powerful, dangerous men who do it well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 18:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Pensions are paid.
Savings are not disappearing.
Russia is feared and respected on the world stage.

None of the above was the case during Russia's fling with western liberalism -- the period of "shock therapy" during which most Russians were plunged into poverty, the nation's prime assets were stolen ("pirat-ization"), and Russia became a patsy or even a laughingstock in works affairs.

Given the above, Russians are willing to forgive Putin his thuggery and banditry.
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 18:41 Comments || Top||

#9  *in world affairs
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 18:42 Comments || Top||

#10  #2 - I'm a bad man for laughing so hard
Posted by: Frank G || 01/15/2020 19:21 Comments || Top||

#11  I am tempted to apply it with Obama and Biden as substituted.
Posted by: daniel || 01/15/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||

#12  W & Zero = America's version of Yeltsin & Gorbachev.
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 21:09 Comments || Top||

#13  ^ ie:

- destroyed the savings of tens of millions of US households and created an Oligarchy of shitty little Robber Barons

- constantly trashed their predecessors, apologized instead of praising his nation's achievements, and reduced our power and standing in the world

- helped other countries to gain at our expense

- chased international celebrity with stupid, empty virtue-signaling beaux gestes while his people suffered and while their longevity actually DECLINED
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 21:48 Comments || Top||

Serenbe: The Cotswalds in the Cherokee Hills, if you can afford it.
Serenbe Stories chronicles life in the leading wellness community, Serenbe. On the podcast, we share the stories that connect residents and guests to each other and to nature. The first season is the original Serenbe Story: How Steve Nygren and his family found and developed the land that would become a community of more than 700 (and growing!).

Additional info link.

Two very nice restaurants on site with excellent service and pricing. Expect Euro portions however.

Obligatory Fulton County, GA. caution.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 08:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Steve Nygren's success story, surely the Orange Man should share the blame.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||

#2  The Serenbe Group probably wouldn't be too keen on one adding a 30x50 Pole Barn to one's property, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/15/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Ha! No Richard. Even lawn mowers and edgers are verboden.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 9:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Why not visit the ACTUAL Cotswolds?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Even lawn mowers and edgers are verboden.

Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/15/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

Lockheed Martin wins $3B+ U.S. order for 50 C-130J transport planes
[ATL Business Journal] Lockheed Martin's C-130 Super Hercules production line in Marietta, Ga. The U.S. government ordered 50 more C-130Js on Dec. 30. The multiyear contract, worth $3.4 billion, provides 24 HC/MC-130Js to the U.S. Air Force, 20 KC-130Js for the U.S. Marine Corps and and options for six HC-130Js for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 02:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No Ghosts?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 6:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Put some Spikes on that one.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 6:13 Comments || Top||

German police probe motorcycling Hitler lookalike at classic vehicle festival
[Times of Israel] Fake fuhrer seen sporting a toothbrush mustache in the sidecar of a bike driven by a man dressed as a 1940s-era Nazi soldier; people heard laughing in video, police officer smiles.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 07:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Actually a Charlie Chaplin lookalike imitating the Great Dictator. Oh wait, never mind.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 9:03 Comments || Top||

American rockets return to Europe
[UKDEFENCEJOURNAL.ORG.UK] As the only US Army rocket artillery brigade in the European theatre, the recently reactivated unit is currently “preparing to deliver long range precision fires to defend NATO allies and deter aggression from near-peer adversaries”, say the US Army.

According to a US Army release:

“The 1-6 FA is the first of two MLRS battalions within the 41st Fires Brigade. The next battalion, 1-77 FA, is slated to reactivate later this year 2020.”

Thirteen years have passed since US Army Europe has seen MLRS in its command, say the US Army.

“The 41st Brigade and the M270A1 MLRS launcher share a battle-tested, long-standing legacy and have served in a combined seven wars.”

Lieutenant Colonel Angel M. Llompart Monge, 1-6 Field Artillery Battalion commander was quoted as saying:

“The 41st Brigade has a rich history that traces back to World War 1. It’s a great opportunity to continue to build on this lineage and let the world know that big Army Europe is back.”
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The US Air Force is fixing up a remote base that could help keep an eye on Russia
[Business Insider] US airmen ventured north to the island of Jan Mayen in the Norwegian Sea in November to survey the isolated island's airfield.

Members of the 435th Contingency Response Squadron assessed runway surfaces, glideslope obstructions, and firing capes, according to an Air Force release.

Jan Mayen is north of Iceland and between Greenland and Norway, the latter of which administers and supplies it with regular flights by C-130 aircraft.

It has been used for centuries for whaling, hunting, and, more recently, meteorological monitoring. During the Cold War, it was used as a base for communications and navigation systems. Though it doesn't have a usable port, its airfield can be used for research and search and rescue.

The island is also above the Arctic Circle and, the release notes, "along sea-routes connecting Russia to the Atlantic Ocean."
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#1  Remember when we were looking for places to send the insubordinate Pentagon REMF Officers that had been promoted in the last administration ... Et Voilà!
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 11:46 Comments || Top||

#2  ...though I always favored someone being the Ecologic Awareness Officer at Diego Garcia.
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#3  How cold? Brass monkey cold.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 13:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Looks like a great place for the new headquarters of the EPA...
Posted by: Raj || 01/15/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Looks like a great place for the new headquarters of the EPA...

That would be Johnson Atoll.
A nice tropical deployment.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

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Pres. Trump officials claim $11B in annual savings from rollback of Obama 'joint employer' labor rule
[Washington Examiner] Trump officials justified a new effort to roll back the Obama administration's pro-union "joint employer" rule by arguing that it would have hurt not only businesses but also workers. The Trump administration said the controversial rule would have reduced real income by $11 billion a year.

The Labor Department announced Sunday that it was formally replacing the Obama rule, which said that businesses could be held liable for workplaces at another business if they had "indirect control" over the latter. The administration restored the pre-Obama standard, which said liability only applied in cases of direct control, and added further clarification.

"When we lift the heavy hand of government and allow businesses to create jobs, enter new markets, and compete at lower prices, every American wins," wrote Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Citing the White House Council of Economic Advisers, they stated that the Obama-era rules imposed annual net costs of $5 billion and reduced incomes by $11 billion.

The Obama rule was controversial, and the business community lobbied hard to have it rolled back. Critics argued it would cause many corporations to pull out of franchising altogether rather than risk the additional legal liability.

"This resolution provides much-needed clarity for the 733,000 franchise establishments across America and returns to the traditional standard of business that has fundamentally supported and encouraged franchise entrepreneurship for decades," said Robert Cresanti, president of the International Franchise Association.

Unions and pro-labor activists scorned the move, arguing that it only protects corporations. "New Trump rule will make it easier for companies to cheat workers and get away with it," tweeted the National Employment Law Project.
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#1  You union guys/gals all pretty well employed, lately? How about the 1,500 'temporary' workers who just went full time?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/15/2020 12:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Unions Union leaders and pro-labor activists scorned the move

Lemme fix that for ya! I suspect that the union rank and file are generally pleased with the results of The Trumpening.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 12:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't need it now that pot is legal.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Save that much to the taxpayers cutting out all of the bureaucrats needed to process all of the paperwork.
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 15:52 Comments || Top||

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Synthetic Coffee
Posted by: 3dc || 01/15/2020 07:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Synthetic coffee for synthetic people?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/15/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The word ersatz is almost universally a pejorative, but unicorns gotta fart and poop skittles while hoovering up VC cash and fleecing gullible investors.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/15/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I seem to remember a SF short story, Asimov maybe, about a cooking contest where the winner used a forbidden ingredient, real garlic or mushrooms, and when it was discovered all the judges threw up.

Quite funny when it was just a story.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/15/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  So now some jagoffs are declaring it's better for 'the environment' to make shit in fucking labs instead of growing plants (and raising animals)? They're all fucking nutbags.
Posted by: Raj || 01/15/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Some one working on generating a 'replicator'?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 9:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Stop and think: If we ever When we colonize Mars we will need something like this for the Morning Caffeine Ration™.
Posted by: magpie || 01/15/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

#7  These things I think would be fine for extended space missions (or deep sea) where occupants need their daily ingestion of goop nutrition and can select form and a selection of flavors. Especially if the food gets 'recycled' back into the system.

The meat printer sounds like a medical device; print off skin for burns, or a lost ear or nose. I know they have been working of organs as well.

Basically anything other than what they are selling it as, because if its a choice between goop and Thomson's Steak House and Hot Wing Emporium, well.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/15/2020 13:54 Comments || Top||

Army Picks Ammunition Maker Sig Sauer for New Sniper Rifle .300 Win Mag round
[Mil.com] The U.S. Army recently selected Sig Sauer, maker of the new Modular Handgun System, to make .300 Win Mag ammunition for the service's bolt-action sniper rifle.

In a $10 million deal, Sig will manufacture the MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD 0 .300 Win Mag ammunition, which will be used in the Army's M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.

"This award by the U.S. Army is validation of our state-of-the-art manufacturing that has resulted in the highest quality, and most precise, ammunition delivering on target accuracy for snipers in the field," Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Sig, said in a news release.

Sig recently made other ammunition news by being selected as one of the final competitors for the Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) effort. The service selected Sig, along with a team from General Dynamics and a team from Textron Systems, to submit specially designed 6.8mm ammunition and the rifle and automatic rifle prototypes for the NGSW effort.
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#1  Sig Sauer ammo factory...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/15/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  GREAT!
Now maybe the price will come down.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Excellent. They make a great .300 round.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/15/2020 17:30 Comments || Top||

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