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Hosni Mubarak sleeps with the pharaohs
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-Obits-
Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president ousted during Arab spring, sleeps with the pharaohs
[Guardian] Egypt’s ousted former president Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91, weeks after undergoing surgery, state television has announced.

Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was deposed following mass protests against his rule in 2011, during the Arab spring. He was jailed for years after the uprising, but was freed in 2017 after being acquitted of most charges.

His democratically elected successor, Mohamed Morsi, was overthrown in 2013 in a popularly backed military coup. Many see echoes of Mubarak’s style of leadership in Egypt’s current leader, the former general Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
Al-Grauniad's Non-Preferred Authoritarian
Mubarak was the first of the leaders toppled in a wave of Arab uprisings to face trial. In scenes that captivated Egyptians, he appeared in a courtroom cage on a range of charges.

He was acquitted by Egypt’s highest appeals court in March 2017 of conspiring to kill protesters in the final verdict in a long-running case that originally resulted in him being sentenced to life in prison in 2012 over the deaths of 239 protesters. A separate corruption charge was overturned in January 2015.

Mubarak often appeared in a frail state during his court appearances, attending on a stretcher and wearing dark sunglasses.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 06:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6595 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'll say this about him - dude had a face for radio.
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2020 9:36 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
World planking record set by ex-marine, aged 62
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:


Whitney Houston hologram tour set to begin in Europe
[USA Today] Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Tuesday. The "An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour" includes most of her biggest hits ‐ "How Will I Know," "Saving All My Love For You" and "I Will Always Love You," along with some unexpected rarities, including a cover of Steve Winwood’s "Higher Love." Houston was found dead in 2012 in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, just hours before music stars began to gather at the hotel for the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy party.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 06:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Planning continues for Nelson Mandela's UN holographic speech. Kobe Bryant to be 2021 Tournament of Roses Parade Grand Marshal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Further evidence of a collective drop in the IQ of the entertainment industry and the saps / marks willing to pay for such nonsense.

I will complain about the complete lack of talent and creativity in the US music industry at some other time.
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Do we know for sure Zero wasn't a hologram?
Posted by: Lex || 02/25/2020 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  'Help me, Lex - you're our only hope!'
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Is the hologram projected onto water?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#6 
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Do we know for sure Zero wasn't a hologram?

Less tech. Just an empty suit.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 14:56 Comments || Top||

#8  It would be cool if they could take this technology and have the '65 era Beatles playing a gig at the local pub. Something like.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/25/2020 15:12 Comments || Top||


Something a little lighter - ALPIN DRUMS - Blechlawine
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 00:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Outstanding! Thanks, B.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/25/2020 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Next thing you know they'll be stretching hides over hollow logs.

That was dope dude!! (that is the new vernacular, no? )

Add some cloggers and you can have mountain dance.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/25/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Very nice!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/25/2020 9:43 Comments || Top||

#4  https://youtu.be/Uqe4m_BXd6I
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2020 18:20 Comments || Top||

#5  check out. Paul's Bottle Band on youtube….
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/25/2020 22:25 Comments || Top||


Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous bus
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ‐ An Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting an abandoned bus that has become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the "Into the Wild" book and movie.

Alaska State Troopers say the five Italians were rescued Saturday from a camp they set up after visiting the dilapidated bus on the Stampede Trail near the interior town of Healy.

The hikers were found 13 miles from the trailhead, Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain said. He didn’t know how far they were from the bus.

One of the hikers had frostbite to his feet and was transported to Fairbanks for treatment, DeSpain said. The hiker’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. The other four hikers were picked up by friends in Healy.

Rescuers were alerted by the hikers with a satellite-based emergency device that notified the International Emergency Response Coordination Center of a medical emergency, troopers said. That international group then notified rescuers, who reached the site by snowmobile, DeSpain said.

The rescue was the latest episode involving the bus, first made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn’s 2007 film of the same name. Both fueled a lingering mystique about a young idealist, Christopher McCandless, who met his death from starvation in the bus, which is about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Over the years, some hikers have been rescued and others have died while trying to retrace McCandless’ last steps.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Late summer or fall hiking to the bus highly recommended. Dress accordingly, even in the summer the nights can get a bit nippy, or simply order the book from Amazon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Why?
Posted by: Lex || 02/25/2020 1:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Something wrong with the boneyards around Anchorage? You get to see more cars that way - and bring your toolbox!
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  For Likes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2020 13:14 Comments || Top||

#5  People high in the personality trait Openness are entranced by the idiot Treadwell. To them he represents excitement and new experiences. To the rest of us he's a moron who got eaten by bears.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/25/2020 14:39 Comments || Top||

#6  So they read the book, or seen the movie, and still went there unprepared?
Sounds like they are more Idiot that Italian.
I think I saw the movie. Not that good - the guy ate something that effectively shut down his digestive system. He could not get out because the ever or stream was too full.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/25/2020 16:01 Comments || Top||

#7  The translation to Italian must have been bad.

In August 1992 I was flying my plane from Anchorage to NW Alaska. The weather was low and I could not fly west of Denali, so I flew up the Parks Highway and did a shortcut northwest and headed toward Tanana on the Yukon River. It was overcast and I must have been flying 700 feet above the ground. I saw the bus about 3/4 of a mile away to my right as I passed. Little did I know that McCandless was laying there in the bus, dying. That is not unusual in Alaska.

Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/25/2020 18:14 Comments || Top||


College student plunges 80 feet from cliff in Slippery Rock Township
[NYPOST] A Pennsylvania college student survived a roughly 80-foot plunge off a cliff near a site called Breakneck Bridge in a township called Slippery Rock, according to reports.
Can't say she wasn't warned...
Jocie Van Kirk, 21, was walking with four other people when she fell Sunday afternoon near the Breakneck Bridge in McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County, WTAE reports.

Van Kirk was plucked from the bottom of the cliff in a rescue basket before being airlifted to a hospital in Pittsburgh. She was alert and conscious at the time, the station reports.

It’s unclear what immediately preceded Van Kirk’s fall, but the area is marked by many ledges and slippery areas, authorities told WPXI.

"If you’re not familiar with the area, you could slip and fall off a ledge or if you get too close to a ledge trying to take pictures and things like that," Slippery Rock Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Lunn told the station. "Try to pay attention to where you’re at and when in doubt, stay back a little bit."
Breakneck Bridge near Slipper Rock....? "Keep your dogs on leash and do not leave the designated hiking trails." Were there danger signs as well ?

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Exchange student from Australia's Darwin U.?
Posted by: Lex || 02/25/2020 1:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Her four companions are reported to have said - 3,2; 4,3; 4,4; 5,3
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2020 6:45 Comments || Top||

#3  If anyone is able to contact her, please ask her to purchase $20. worth of lotto tickets for me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I hadn't seen stupid until I saw some gals doing yoga selfies atop a mossy 30 foot cliff, 30 feet downwind of a waterfall.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Empowerment! Curses and purses,
Cute pictures on crags and traverses!
"Dude, spare us the sermon.
Why'd Gaya made firemen
And copters and CAT scans and surgeons?"

Little poetastic license there in the interest of, um, scansion.
Posted by: Maggie Clong8696 || 02/25/2020 12:41 Comments || Top||

#6  surgeons nurses. Dang that switchman. My train of thought, derailled.
Posted by: Maggie Clong8696 || 02/25/2020 12:43 Comments || Top||

#7  It don't take much, kids -- a penny, a pebble, a passing redhead in plaid capris... damn near anything, really.
Posted by: Maggie Clong8696 || 02/25/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#8  made make. Sheesh, was I lying? Nuff mess for one day. Put me in with DSTTG till I sober wake up.
Posted by: Maggie Clong8696 || 02/25/2020 12:51 Comments || Top||

#9  #6 - you're just trying to rile up Skidmark
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2020 13:21 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Iran's deputy HEALTH minister tests positive for coronavirus after looking shaky and unwell - but regime still refuses to close pilgrim city as death toll rises to 15 and cases are exported around the Middle East
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi tested positive and is now under quarantine

  • Iran has the worst outbreak in the Middle East even according to official figures

  • The regime has acknowledged 95 cases of coronavirus with 15 people now dead

  • The virus is believed to have arrived in Qom from travelers to China

  • Qom is a major Shi'ite pilgrimage destination — around 20million pilgrims visit the city every year

  • But the governor of Qom says it would not be 'appropriate' to quarantine it

  • Iranians are also facing a shortage of medical supplies including testing kits
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yahoo: Top Iranian Health Official Tests Positive (7:32 a.m. NY)

A top Iranian health official has been diagnosed with coronavirus in another sign the disease may be spiraling out of control in the country. Iraj Harirchi, a deputy health minister who has been the face of the government’s campaign against the virus, said he tested positive for it late Monday, the day he gave a press briefing on efforts to combat the outbreak.

Separately, Tehran lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi tweeted that he had tested positive. Sadeghi is a prominent reformist who was barred from participating in the latest parliamentary elections.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2020 10:16 Comments || Top||

#2  A silver lining.
Posted by: Hellfish || 02/25/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  As God wills it.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/25/2020 13:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Hajj 2020 dates:Hajj 2020 will fall between 28 July, 2020 Tuesday and 02 August, 2020 Sunday.

The epidemic clock is counting down...
Posted by: magpie || 02/25/2020 14:12 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus round up: China: Total Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise To 77150
[TWITTER]




First Coronavirus Case Reported in Afghanistan
[ToloNews] Ferozuddin Feroz, minister of public health, on Monday during a press conference in Kabul confirmed the first coronavirus case in western Herat province, which borders Iran.

State Department IGNORED health officials' warnings against flying coronavirus-infected evacuees back to the US alongside healthy passengers as CDC confirms 18 of them now have the virus that's now struck 35 Americans
No wonder President Trump was furious that the State Department functionaries had deliberately and with intent flouted his direct order on the subject. One hopes they were all fired, or something nearly as attention getting, immediately thereafter — seconded to the nursing staff, perhaps.

Is the killer coronavirus now disease X? World Health Organization expert warns the infection is 'rapidly' fitting category for the mysterious pathogen scientists fear will kill 80million
We won’t know until we can look back after it’s all over, so all we can do is look at the definition and remember for later.

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under:

#1  actually over 80k as of a few hours ago
Posted by: lord garth || 02/25/2020 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  The good news is that most reports only mention confirmed cases. Many of these (except in Wuhan and now outside of China) are now recovered. For example: Chongqing, Mainland China
Confirmed: 576
Deaths: 6
Recovered: 349
Existing: 221
Most people recover from it if they seek care.
Posted by: Beau || 02/25/2020 6:44 Comments || Top||

#3  beau

yes most people recover if they get good care

but that is a great big IF

In Iran there were 61 infections and 15 deaths as of early today (their time). We had some speculation yesterday on this. Grom thought medicine and care was being reserved for VIPs. I speculated that either the strain of the virus in Iran is particularly lethal or the population infected had a lot of people with pre-existing problems or heavy smokers or people taking drugs intravenously.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/25/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  @garth, exactly right. China got little lucky in the the infections happened in big cities with at least some resources. If this becomes a rural/stone age area disease, it will be a mess. But then, that cruise ship is an unholy mess, and it's not exactly third world.
Posted by: Beau || 02/25/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#5  thx beau

but I'm pretty sure the Diamond Princess had a lot of people in their 70s and 80s based on the typical demographics of expensive cruises and the older you are the more likely you have some sort of condition that makes you vulnerable
Posted by: lord garth || 02/25/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Seems like something around 2% fatality (deaths vs recovered); Projects to around 30 million ultimate deaths, given 40-50% eventually catch it. Something like 1000 times more than the flu (despite what Rush Limbaugh said.) (Maybe less if report of Asians being twice as susceptible as Westerners is correct.)
Not sure how much treatment will help - I doubt a whole lot of specialty anti-viral drugs are being used, even in Chinese urban centers.
Reports from several places of vaccines having been developed, despite initial reports such would not even be possible (did not hear/do not recall why not.) Given speed of mutation of similar viruses vaccine probably would not maintain effectiveness for long (mutations might be less bad, or worse...) Scary reports that recovery does not generate immunity - wonder if that's because the re-infection is a different mutation?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/25/2020 9:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Maybe you all are correct that the sky is falling, but when I see simple extrapolations like the above calculations -- one-two-three ... and there-you-have-it, a gazillion! -- I tend to think of internet startup pitchmen and their billion-dollar ideas.

Maybe. Most likely not.

Case in point: the 30 million deaths calculation above using a 2% mortality rate assumption also takes as "given [that] 40-50% [will] eventually catch it."

You mean to say that 3 billion people will be exposed to this virus? 3 BILLION? Really?

Maybe you're right but that seems unlikely.
Posted by: Lex || 02/25/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#8  There is a reason they have the term cold & flu season and everything about Coronavirus fits the cold & flu pattern of spreading and such. Any extrapolated numbers that carry this into the spring are questionable.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/25/2020 11:01 Comments || Top||

#9  rjs

SARS died out as warmer weather came in 2003 and it is closely related to COVID-19 but unfortunately we don't actually know why SARS died out in the warmer weather because we don't really understand this stuff. We can hope, although the spread of the infection to places in the tropics is not a good sign.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/25/2020 12:46 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm with Lex and RJS on this.

#FakeNews peddles fear. Fear sells media consumption and hinders the ability to draw conclusions without prejudice. Fear helps control.
Posted by: mossomo || 02/25/2020 16:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Lex, best analogue to me seems to be the 1918 influenza, which supposedly infected 1/3 of the world and had a 2.5% mortality rate. This seems to have a longer pre-symptomatic contagious period and in our far more mobile society could easily infect more than the 33% of that influenza. It's been a while since I read Barry's book on that - probably worth a re-read now.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/25/2020 17:07 Comments || Top||


Runner crawls nearly 11 hours after breaking leg in freezing national park
[NYPOST] A trail runner crawled for almost 11 hours in freezing temperatures while wearing just shorts and a light shirt after breaking a leg in a remote national park in Washington.

Joseph Oldendorf told KIRO-TV that he had already run 12 miles through a snowy trail in Olympic National Forest when he slipped on ice and his tibia "completely snapped off."

"I didn’t want my family to hear I died in the wilderness. I think it’d be unbearable," Oldendorf said as he showed off gruesome wounds to his knees from his hospital bed in Seattle.

"I just figured this is my only chance ‐ I’m going to crawl all the way there."

Wearing only light running gear ‐ despite below-freezing temperatures ‐ Oldendorf crawled for almost seven hours before getting cellphone service ‐ and then another four hours to finally reach rescuers.

"I had to crawl on all fours ... after a while my knees were just raw," he said of the "rocky, snowy, dirty, wet trail."

They got so bad, he even tried putting his shoes on his knees as he crawled to "at least have some traction and a little bit of protection."

"But they’re still really messed up," he said.

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#1  Tough Dude.
Salutes.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Dude was a Jack London character. Look at his knees.
.
Posted by: OregonGuy || 02/25/2020 17:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Scala Sancta ought to be a piece of cake.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2020 19:58 Comments || Top||


Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases
Wuhan University of Technology (WUT)? Yes, but probably little more than a coincidence.
[Department of Justice] The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.

Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts.

Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China.

Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Smells fishy, er, batty
Posted by: Lex || 02/25/2020 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Not a good year with all of their Epstein links as well.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/25/2020 5:29 Comments || Top||


Remdesivir antiviral being investigated in two trials to treat Covid-19
[TheStreet] Working with health authorities in China, Gilead Sciences has initiated two clinical trials of coronavirus.

One of the studies is evaluating remdesivir in patients with confirmed disease who have developed more severe clinical complications like a requirement for supplemental oxygen. The other study is evaluating the drug in coronavirus patients who have been hospitalized but are not displaying significant manifestations of the disease.

The drug is available to patients through compassionate use requests that must be submitted by the patient's treating physician.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The virology equivalent of meatball surgery, but there's no other option given the immediate need.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/25/2020 7:04 Comments || Top||

#2  If I had any extra cash laying around....

Gilead Sciences, Inc., is an American biotechnology company that researches, develops and commercializes drugs. The company focuses primarily on antiviral drugs used in the treatment of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and influenza, including Harvoni and Sovaldi. Wikipedia
Stock price: GILD (NASDAQ) $72.90 +3.20 (+4.59%)
Feb 24, 4:00 PM EST - Disclaimer
CEO: Daniel O'Day (Mar 1, 2019–)
Headquarters: Foster City, CA
Revenue: 22.13 billion USD (2018)
Subsidiaries: Kite Pharma, Gilead Sciences International Ltd, MORE
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Nothing new
Doctors in Thailand stated weeks ago they using HIV meds successfully
Remember last week they found this virus was manipulated with HIV proteins
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/25/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Girl, 11, brings her loaded AR-15 assault weapon to hearing in Idaho in support of a proposed law that would allow visitors to carry concealed weapons because she 'can responsibly handle them'
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6588 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I like it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/25/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Ahhh... my state. Very happy to be living here.

"An armed society is a polite society"
Posted by: Warthog || 02/25/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Surprised the pic didn't have a bayonet scope under the fire plug.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Article dedicated half (if not over half) to listing the 'mass shootings' by AR-15 style (which I take to mean scary-looking) guns. Which is both unrelatred and fails to note that all those shootings occurred in Gun Free Zones.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/25/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Did she take the firing pin out like Bob Lee Swagger always did?
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Totally loaded article, down to the image of the legislator which looks like early 2000s tech of scanning a small picture of over-enlarging it.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2020 12:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Texas has OPEN carry. A lot of people where their glocks when they go grocery shopping.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 02/25/2020 22:11 Comments || Top||


75 years ago today the Iwo Jima flag raising photo was taken.
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...SecNav James Forrestal, aboard one of the command ships offshore with the USMC leadership, watched the flag going up through binoculars. According to legend, he said, "Gentlemen, that flag means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/25/2020 4:25 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Kuwait has suspended flights to and from #Iraq over #coronavirus fears
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, NOW they suspend flights after flying in 700 from Iran.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/25/2020 13:25 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Coronavirus: The race to find the source in wildlife
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe the critters have there own P4 lab.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus: Why did infections shoot up in South Korea?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm not an expert but I had a recent discussion with a well informed person that works in a hospital with my wife.

From what I understand the virus looks like the flu until the day before it kills you which makes it very difficult to diagnose or contain.

So someone with the virus gets on a plane and there is a chance a bunch of people onboard catch it and spread it before they even know they had anything. That is why you get these sudden bursts of infected in Italy, Iran, South Korea, etc.

So we need to:
* Find a way to recognize Cornoa vs flu so we can deal with it earlier
* Restrict/Adjust travel by plane and ship (could be everyone where masks, could be fewer on a plane, who knows)
* Wait until the spring when these sort of things tend to die off, at least until the end of fall.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/25/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||


Silk road gets bumpy
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Tom Cotton demands 'answers' after China state newspaper says coronavirus originated outside wildlife market
[Washington Examiner] A Republican senator says it's time for the Chinese Communist Party to reveal what it knows about the new coronavirus after the country's state-run newspaper reported that the mystery illness may not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan.

On Saturday, Sen. Tom Cotton demanded "answers" while sharing a report from the Global Times, a Chinese daily newspaper operated by the CCP, citing new research that claims the virus is transmitted from human to human and didn't originate from animals at the seafood market. Although early reports claimed the illness was spread through food such as bat soup, snakes, or pangolins, researchers now believe "patient zero," the original person with the infection, brought the disease to the Wuhan market from "another location."

The English-language Global Times confirmed the data show the infection was "introduced" to the market, adding fuel to skeptics who believe the CCP is failing to explain the full scope of the epidemic. The study was done by ChinaXiv, an "open repository for scientific researchers" who believe one infected person accelerated the virus's spread during a visit to the market.

Cotton has repeatedly challenged the prevailing narrative surrounding the coronavirus outbreak as it has infected and killed patients in countries as widespread as Iran, Italy, and Japan.

In January, the Washington Times reported that Wuhan is home to China's most advanced virus research laboratory, the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The New York Post reported Saturday that Chinese Maj. Gen. Chen Wei, the country's top expert in biological warfare, was sent to Wuhan last month to deal with the crisis.

More than 2,000 people have died, and over 75,000 have been infected since the outbreak began earlier this year. However, it is difficult to ascertain the full size and scope of the illness.

Cotton has noted on several occasions that Wuhan contains the only biosafety level 4 superlaboratory in China that deals with serious infectious diseases. The Arkansas senator has led calls to ban travel with China and on Friday told Fox News's Laura Ingraham the country's leaders were "lying to the world."

"The Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda rag finally admits what I’ve said for a month: coronavirus didn’t start in Wuhan food market. So where did it originate? Time for answers from CCP," Cotton tweeted late on Saturday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Perhaps it would be easier for our own defense establishment to provide a report on what they know about the virus.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 0:49 Comments || Top||


China Reports 508 New Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus On Mainland On Feb 24 Vs 409 On Feb 23
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6528 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Missing a couple of zeros there are you Mr. Xi???
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/25/2020 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Metric system
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||


Economy
Investors eye bleach, food and tissues as virus fears intensify
[Reuters] With virus cases rising in Italy and several Middle Eastern countries dealing with their first infections, fears of a global pandemic sent markets into a tailspin, even as China eased curbs with no new cases reported in Beijing and other cities.

Clorox Co, a supplier of bleach and other cleaning products, was one of the top percentage gainers in the S&P 500 and one of two stocks in positive territory in the consumer staples sector, which tends to be seen as a relatively safe bet even in a weak economy.

Other outperformers in the staples sector included tissue maker Kimberly-Clark and food suppliers such as Hormel Foods, and Campbell Soup Co as investors bet on rising demand in the event consumers have to prepare to stay at home if the virus keeps spreading.

"These products are going to be more in use than others in the group given the spreading of the virus. It’s a knee-jerk reaction," said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Investment Management in Chicago though he said it was too early to say whether consumers would end up stockpiling anything.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Remember - buy low, sell high.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2020 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  I prefer to buy high and sell higher.
Posted by: Cesare || 02/25/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  And stock up on canned goods.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#4  "Buy low, sell high"

Not this week. Short selling for the wins!
Posted by: mossomo || 02/25/2020 15:38 Comments || Top||


Europe
Sophisticated Soviet spy radio discovered buried in former forest in Germany
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2020 15:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Looks like the sort of thing they sell at Deutsche Optik
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/25/2020 16:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Really sophisticated for that time. And it shows the soviets were no slouches too.

Strizh Spy Transceiver
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2020 16:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Hey Dron66046! That is a great article on the Strizh. thanks.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/25/2020 18:00 Comments || Top||

#4  My pleasure. It's a neat source for some cold war tech history.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2020 19:20 Comments || Top||

#5  I’ll echo that. Good read. Had one of the referenced Sony units. Fun to see the other side of the equation.
Posted by: Classical_Liberal || 02/25/2020 20:25 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
LHC to hear arguments on petition against holding of Aurat March
[DAWN] The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday accepted for hearing a petition to stop the Aurat March 2020, scheduled to be held on March 8, and summoned Additional Director Cybercrime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency and Deputy Inspector General Operations on February 27.
Aurat March is part of the International Women's Day festivities.
The petition, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, filed by Judicial Activism Council Chairman Azhar Siddique said that "there are various anti-state parties present who are funding this Aurat March with the sole purpose of spreading anarchy amongst the masses".
The lede from Dawn's coverage of last year's march read:
Passionate cries for freedom and demands for an end to patriarchy resounded through the main roads of downtown Lahore, as hundreds of women, men and transgender people marched towards Alhamra Arts Council from the Lahore Press Club to mark International Women’s Day.

The petition also termed the march "against the very norms of Islam" and that its hidden agenda is to spread "anarchy, vulgarity and hatred".
Definitely un-Pakistani sentiments.
"During last year's Aurat March, women were holding placards that had objectionable messages," said Siddique.

The petition mentions that Siddique had previously submitted an application to the Capital City Police Office (CCPO) Lahore to register a first information report against the "women holding objectionable placards at the march" but police did not take any action.

He also submitted another application to enforce the Pakistain Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 and Citizen Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020 to "stop the promotion of anti-state activities such as Aurat March on social media" and another application for the promulgation of the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Red Zone (Establishment and Security) Act, 2018 throughout not only Lahore but also the rest of Punjab but no action has been taken yet.

The petition requested the court to effectively promulgate the Acts mentioned in the petition to "silence the advertisement of Aurat March on social media and to regulate protests such as the Aurat March".

The LHC directed the federal government lawyer to ask for instructions from the Ministry of Interior and inform the court.

On March 8 of last year, women across Pakistain came together to participate in the Aurat March 2019.

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
the backlash against the march and its organisers was swift. The backlash began with a trickle of comments on Twitter and Facebook, then escalated as people began faking and doctoring images of posters to circulate them on social media and stir up further controversy.

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Olde Tyme Religion
New York health officials warn over circumcision ritual after four cases of herpes in babies were linked to procedures performed by Rabbis
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mohel is not a rabbi.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2020 12:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Butchery by any license.
Guess Wiki is ill-informed.
Many mohalim are doctors or rabbis (and some are both) or cantors and are required to receive appropriate training both from the religious and medical fields.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

#3  ...performed by Rabbits. There. That's more like it. :)
Posted by: Texhooey || 02/25/2020 18:27 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
So it turns out tofu and all these other vegan foods are ruining the planet
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2020 13:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6530 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Meat is still the best energy concentrated food out there. Always will be until someone can lab make something. There is a reason our ancestors moved to a omnivore diet.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/25/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Buy grass fed beef. Specifically, animals that are not fed soy.
Posted by: Iblis || 02/25/2020 14:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Always will be until someone can lab make something

Locust outbreak devastating East Africa reaches Congo, UN officials say
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 14:43 Comments || Top||

#4  almond milk is actually really damaging the planet. It’s putting tonnes of pressure on bees causing them to die

I quit reading after that BS.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Pesticides, Nicanoids, Varroa destructor (Varroa mite) and carried viruses. Unmanaged hive mite load will collapse a colony with ease.
One species of trees accounts to a blip on the global scale.

One bee keepers 2 cents.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/25/2020 15:15 Comments || Top||

#6  All the logic in that article is that the UK doesn't grow anything there so needs to import! Import requires fuel so obviously bad...
Well a lot of my high school buddies in central Nebraska grow millions of bushels of soybeans and are quite happy to sell it to you! Seriously!
You would love their 1000 feet deep wells into the Ogallala Aquifer. They do giant Caterpillar engine generators that run on natural gas. Then they have multiple electric pumps that pump the water. It's all carefully monitored with digital controls and moistness sensors. Currently even one day of water can be very expensive, in terms of natural gas, on the huge farms. $70,000 or $80,000 per day is not uncommon. One friend is considering digging his own gas wells as natural gas is pumped only 4 miles away from his home. If he does he gets a $70,000 per watering day advantage over his competitors for your food business! That should let him buy a few thousand more acres of land...
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#7  They used to do it non-electric with Chrysler Hemis modified to run on natural gas at each well and the radiators replaced with a divertor so that the well sream waters directly cooled the Hemis.
This was abandoned due to vandalism by auto geeks wanting Hemi parts... so it was easier to just put all the cat diesels in a secure place (behind barb wire) and run out electric power to big electric pumps that vandals didn't care about.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Miserable vegans and sanctimonious tofu eaters do seem to be ruining a lot.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2020 16:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Locust outbreak devastating East Africa reaches Congo, UN officials say

I've heard roasted locust is tasty.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/25/2020 16:19 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Chief of #Tehran Prevention Police said 500,000 masks hoarded by an #Iranian man and his #Chinese wife have been discovered in a home parking in eastern Tehran
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
So he tried to sell some and they just took them?

Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  OK - so extreme preppers.....
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/25/2020 7:06 Comments || Top||

#2  I have to ask, what the heck is "home parking"?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 02/25/2020 12:10 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
At least 37 migrants rescued from Texas stash house where human traffickers held them against their will
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking


Line of people signing up for Medicaid and food stamps VANISHES as Donald Trump's administration brings in crackdown on green cards for people claiming benefits
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/25/2020 09:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households.

Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are not counted as welfare. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax. Like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested, anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it.

Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/25/2020 14:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Any migrant earning below average for citizens is harming the economy.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/25/2020 15:56 Comments || Top||



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