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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Illegal immigrant from El Salvador, 20, and 19-year-old man, both enrolled in Maryland high schools, charged with raping 11-year-old girls
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 06:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  county executive in Montgomery County is a Bernie Bro
Posted by: lord garth || 02/27/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Nancy's children
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#3  ...just sharing their "spark of divinity" with the locals, that's all.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/27/2020 11:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Diversity Makes Us StrongerDead
Posted by: Lex || 02/27/2020 15:08 Comments || Top||

Five six people killed in Molson Coors shooting in Milwaukee
[The Hill] Five people were killed during a shooting on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors on Wednesday, police told reporters during a press conference.

The five victims were all employees of Molson Coors. The 51-year-old suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales told reporters.

"No other individuals were injured," Morales said. "It's a terrible day for Milwaukeeans."
Gonna be a long, hot summer in Milwaukee...
The chief said there is no additional threat at this time. More than 1,000 people were working on location at the time of the shooting, he said.

Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters that there were "multiple fatalities" in a "horrific shooting."

"It is a horrible, horrible day for the employees here," he said. "It is a very rough day for anyone who is close to this situation."

Milwaukee police tweeted around 4 p.m. that it was investigating a "critical incident" and asked residents to stay clear of the area. The department later updated to say there was "no active threat" but "this scene is still active."

Police also warned that "various sources" are "citing various numbers of casualties," saying "that information has not been confirmed."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 03:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Going postal?
One Sandernista for five Trumpies?

The 'authorities' will never admit to the latter
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 7:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Another site said this am that the shooter had been fired earlier in the day.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/27/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Lost his health insurance?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Had to go to the Daily Mail to get some info on the perp.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/27/2020 19:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Another White Suprem...nevermind
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 20:00 Comments || Top||

Winter Park Florida woman zipped up boyfriend in suitcase, left him to die: detectives
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There are a lot of short Hispanic guys here.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/27/2020 6:40 Comments || Top||

#2  #HimToo
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 7:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The importance of a safe words is often overlooked.
Posted by: mossomo || 02/27/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#4  And a cell phone to call 911.
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/27/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Whatever happened to sewing him up in the bedsheets? Getting lazy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 10:49 Comments || Top||

#6  ..those gals no longer sew or cook.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

Police backtrack on Obama-era DHS whistleblower's initial 'suicide' reports after his body was found by a California highway - as they reveal the FBI is examining documents and a laptop found near the scene
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Philip Haney, who spoke out against his own agency during the Obama administration, was found dead in Plymouth, California last Friday

  • His body was found in a park and ride area near Highway 16 and Highway 124

  • The Amador County Sheriff's Office initially said the 66-year-old was found with what appeared to be a 'self-inflicted gunshot wound'

  • The sheriff's office have since described those initial reports as 'misinformation' and said they have asked the FBI for assistance in investigating Haney's death

  • They are conducting an autopsy and examining documents, a laptop and phone records found at the scene

  • Haney gained national attention in 2016 when he criticized the agency for its handling of radical Jihadists and Islamic extremists

  • Source have said that Haney had been in contact with officials about possibly making a return to the the DHS
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  FBI examining laptop and phone found at scene. Looks like we can rule out robbery/crime of opportunity.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/27/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#2  FBI on scene suggests they will be certain to rule out anything that is connected to his DHS whistleblower role being involved.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/27/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#3  He used to wear a thumb drive on a necklace - wonder if he still was, and if it was there?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||

#4  So what did he know about Hillary?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/27/2020 18:08 Comments || Top||

Famed novelist Clive Cussler whose book Sahara was turned into a blockbuster film starring Matthew McConaughey dies, aged 88
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cussler's books sure made my departure lounge downtime fly right by...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/27/2020 6:30 Comments || Top||

#2  MM, that's a big ditto. Flight times too. However as much as he wrote I needed more. Thanks to Tom Clancy also, and Frank Herbert and Aaron Elkins and ..........
Posted by: AlanC || 02/27/2020 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Good Lord, he found the Hunley and wrote dozens of fun books, and all they can eulogize him with is a bad movie?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/27/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Who reads books nowadays?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Prolific writer. I grabbed one of his books because I needed a book, forget its name.
*looks it up*
Pharaoh's Secret - read it in one sitting.

Most people have only heard of the movie. I think it gets a bum rap - how do you capture the over the top action and passion Cussler put into his stories with a movie? The title screen montage is a total tribute to the Cussler style.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#6  The 1st movie from one of his books "Raise the Titanic" was much better. Richard Jordan as Dirk Pitt. Recently he has been using co-authors. I've read most of them. Always a good read. RIP
Posted by: Warthog || 02/27/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Favorite scene was the land sailer.

Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:51 Comments || Top||

#8  I haven't been to a movie in a long time. If they make an Isaac Bell movie, I'm in...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/27/2020 13:31 Comments || Top||

#9  I once read "Raise the Titanic". Entertaining.
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/27/2020 15:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Real life explorer. RIP sir.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/27/2020 20:01 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Dunkin' Donuts launches the ultimate snack for meat lovers - a $2.79 bag of BACON - but some people complain it's 'gross'
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 11:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A little something for the Keto segment. Smart marketing.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/27/2020 19:54 Comments || Top||

Peter Nygard insists FBI sex trafficking probe is a 'set-up' launched by his arch-nemesis, 'buttoned-up' billionaire neighbor Louis Bacon who has spent $6million trying to bring him down since they started feuding over their Bahamas mansions
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 05:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Given the crowd who arrested him, I'd say that's prima facie he's innocent.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/27/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Have to hand it to the guy: that's one helluva creative conspiracy theory.
Posted by: Lex || 02/27/2020 15:11 Comments || Top||

Mystery smell overwhelms Pennsylvania county again, investigators baffled
[FoxNews] A mysterious stench once again struck parts of Delaware County, Penn., this week, overwhelming residents with its pungent odor and baffling investigators.

The smell has recently been reported in towns across the county, including in Glenolden, Tinicum and Upper Darby, just outside of Philadelphia. While no one knows what the elusive smell is or where it is coming from, residents have described it as fuel-like.

Delaware County residents have reported the smell wafting in and out of neighborhoods over the last several months. Last October, the smell shut down several businesses and a school in Chester before striking Brookhaven in December, FOX29 Philadelphia reported at the time.

The most recent stench is consistent with past reports, according to officials, but investigators still can’t find the source.
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#1  Usually Methane gas that resides over the great fuels under that land. I seem to recall that it was natural.
Posted by: newc || 02/27/2020 2:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Ramapo Fault venting?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 5:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Teutonic, sulfuric flatulence caused by Gaia, Fracking, Water Flooding? Haliburton? Does your property deed include mineral rights ?

Have you walked the ravines and creek beds of your property lately? I recommend a Personal Oxygen Safety Monitor and filing a flight plan with family or a neighbor. If breathing becomes labored or difficult, return to the house immediately. No smoking please.

Further questions should be directed to your County Extension Office.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 6:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Got breathlessness, coughing, angina?
Unwrapped a new geegaw from China?
Or maybe it's fracking --
Sue someone, get cracking! --
Or just Gwynneth Paltrow's refiner...y.
Posted by: Ho Chi Fillmore8050 || 02/27/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Proven one of the smelliest smells are military latrines. Next perhaps worse " Liquid ASS pranks are repeatable. Since it is stealthy, you won't get caught. Since Liquid ASS is a smell that causes people to suspect sewer gas, dog poop, dead animal, etc., the idea that it might be a prank never crosses their mind". Have fun.
Posted by: Dale || 02/27/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Remember the little glass Stink Bombs? I have two of them I'm saving for a special occasion, like maybe the next candlelight vigil at the State House in Boston.
Posted by: Raj || 02/27/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#7  They finally found Jimmy Hoffa?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Has anyone seen AlGore? Is he eating bean burritos again? And did it snow? Snow does seem to follow him around.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/27/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Wasn't me!
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/27/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

Horrifying moment crowd mocks and racially-abuses elderly Asian man for picking up recyclables in San Francisco street
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He is the only one I see cleaning up your third world shithole neighborhood.
Posted by: newc || 02/27/2020 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Savages be savages.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:57 Comments || Top||

#3  So, it's not just some blacks accusing others of "acting white," it's now entire diverse swathes of homo regressis accusing others of acting civilized...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/27/2020 6:08 Comments || Top||

#4  California has really turned into a s#it hole in all ways possible.

Was working at PGE about 10 years ago and the downward trajectory was becoming evident.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/27/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#6  ...add Harvard and Yale attacks on Asians. It's as though these bastions of progressivism are centers of bigotry and intolerance.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 10:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Obviously a re-boot of the Rush Hour movies will heal this divide.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Lucky he constrained his Drunken Master Kung Fu skills.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/27/2020 12:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Asians overwhelmingly vote for Dems, especially in Cali.

Not saying the subject of this article does so, but it's always wise to check who we're defending before putting on our white armor.
Posted by: charger || 02/27/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Lex || 02/27/2020 20:15 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Japanese tour bus worker who recovered from coronavirus tests positive for it AGAIN
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 11:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#3  That’s part of the design with multiple protein markers and spikes that attack enzymes controlling heart and kidney function

Expect the death rate to be a steep cure with reinfection
Which isn’t reinfection at all just a short dormant period as it learns how to circumvent the immune system.

This is a weapon
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 02/27/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ The "short dormant period." What a ingenious method of infiltrating infected host carriers into a target area. And the Chinese were absolutely butt hurt that we closed our borders to them.

Asymmetric warfare at it's finest.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 13:27 Comments || Top||

#5  SPOD relax, if it was as bad as you imagine, more than 14% of the recovered would be "reinfected".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||

#6  ^All it says is that the medicines are "too effective" in the sense of preventing a proper immune response due to effective virus suppression.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||

#7  False negative rate on the tests=14%, maybe?
Posted by: James || 02/27/2020 18:30 Comments || Top||

CDC confirms first coronavirus case in US resident who's not recently been abroad or exposed to another patient
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • The first case of coronavirus where the origin of the disease is unknown has been confirmed in the United States, officials revealed Wednesday

  • The CDC said that the person, in Northern California, had not recently traveled from a foreign country, and had not been in contact with another confirmed case

  • The origin of the patient's infection is not known

  • News suggests the disease may be spreading locally in the US

  • President Trump continued to insist that the risk to Americans is 'low'

  • Trump announced Vice-President Mike Pence will be in charge of the nation's response to the disease in a press conference Wednesday

  • He said the US would 'spend whatever's appropriate' to deal with the outbreak

  • Confirmed cases of coronavirus has reached 60 - with 15 on US soil

A statement from CDC confirmed the first possible instance of 'community spread' in the US Wednesday evening.

'At this time, the patient's exposure is unknown. It's possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown,' the statement said.

The CDC did not rule out that the patient may have been in contact with an infected individual who is yet to be diagnosed or linked to the individual.

'It's also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected,' the statement said.

'This case was detected through the US public health system ‐ picked up by astute clinicians. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15.'

Officials are now tracing the infected individual's contacts to see how they may have been infected and if any other individuals may be at risk.

'It is a confirmed case. There is one in Northern California,' CDC spokesman Scott Pauley told The Sacramento Bee just before 4pm Wednesday.

Pauley declined to elaborate on the details.

The CDC did not confirm the identity of the sufferer or where in Northern California the case was discovered.

However, according to KRON 4, state health officials said the patient is a resident from Solano County and is receiving care in Sacramento County.

According to an internal memo from UC Davis Medical Center obtained by CBS13, the patient is being treated at the center in Sacramento.

The memo states that the patient was transferred from another hospital Wednesday February 19 and was already intubated and on a ventilator.

Despite requests from medical center officials for the CDC to test the unknown individual, the patient was only tested for coronavirus on Sunday.

An email said to be from the David Lubarsky, vice-chancellor of human health services, and Brad Simmons, interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center Officials confirmed that the test had come back positive Wednesday, reported Davis Enterprise.

'Today the CDC confirmed the patient's test was positive,' said the email.

'This is not the first COVID-19 patient we have treated, and because of the precautions we have had in place since this patient's arrival, we believe there has been minimal potential for exposure here at UC Davis Medical Center,' the email said.

The email said staff members had been warned to go into isolation and to stay vigilant to any developing symptoms.

'A small number of medical center employees have been asked to stay home and monitor their temperatures,' the email said.
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/27/2020 01:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Been eating bats, have you?"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Recently stepped in it in SF?
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/27/2020 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Of Asian extraction?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#4  there were several people on the west coast who were infected

I think all were in confinement after testing positive but before they were tested who knows
Posted by: lord garth || 02/27/2020 12:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Who handles the food in the local market?

Or hardware?

Or clothes?

Or the OTR fuel truck driver using the local restroom?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/27/2020 16:52 Comments || Top||

Afghanistan: 1 Case of Coronavirus, 14 Others Test Negative
[ToloNews] The Ministry of Public Health said Wednesday that of the 15 suspected cases of coronavirus from Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
, Ghor and Kabul provinces, only one was positive, in Herat, and the 14 other cases came back negative after tests in Kabul.
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#1  One is enough to start.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 5:12 Comments || Top||

Iraq bans public gatherings and travel to 9 countries over coronavirus concerns
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#1  So no more stoning and flogging?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  No more public gatherings means the protests are over and the new prime minister can finally get on with putting together a government.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2020 19:17 Comments || Top||

Qatar's Emir orders the evacuation of Qatari and #Kuwait-i citizens from #Iran
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Number of #coronavirus cases on mainland #China reaches 78,497 and total death toll stands at 2,744
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#1  3.5%
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:56 Comments || Top||

#2  US Annual Death Metrics circa 2000:

14K aspirin
14K automobile accidents
13K falls
12K accidental poisoning
5K pedestrian
3K drownings
3K respiratory obstructions
3K fire
3k complications from surgery
Posted by: mossomo || 02/27/2020 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  How are the re-infected survivors counted?

Had it, survived, got it again, died.
Is that two, or the first was never cured, or two infections and one death?

Numbers confuse me.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Also, what is the death rate of secondary infections?
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/27/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Does it seem like, to anyone else, that the Chinese numbers have plateaued?

So it's either being controlled or the Chinese are lying (even) more.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/27/2020 18:09 Comments || Top||

Trump says the #US is ‘very, very ready’ for whatever the #coronavirus threat brings
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#4  Well, the US less those literally BINASH places.

SJW enclaves about to meet 2,000 year of human experience with public sanitation.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#5  We are more ready than Italy was, but no one will be "Very, Very" ready.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/27/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||

#6  ..more.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 11:02 Comments || Top||

#7  if the virus gets embedded in the various homeless camps in SF or LA it will be a major killer as the population includes many (maybe mostly) drug addicts with all kinds of other problems
Posted by: lord garth || 02/27/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||

#8  ...but they'll still vote in November.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 15:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Only in Illinois
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/27/2020 15:48 Comments || Top||

#Bahrain suspends all flights to and from #Iraq and #Lebanon as part of its latest efforts to combat the spread of the #coronavirus
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Scientists warn AI super-intelligence on verge of 'destroying civilisation'
[DAILYSTAR.CO.UK] Humans must be ready for signs of robotic super-intelligence but should have enough time to address them, a top computer scientist has warned.

Oren Etzioni, CEO of Allen Institute for AI, penned a recent paper titled: "How to know if artificial intelligence is about to destroy civilisation."

He wrote: "Could we wake up one morning dumbstruck that a super-powerful AI has emerged, with disastrous consequences?

"Books like Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom and Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, as well as more recent articles, argue that malevolent super-intelligence is an existential risk for humanity.

"But one can speculate endlessly. It’s better to ask a more concrete, empirical question: What would alert us that super-intelligence is indeed around the corner?"

He likened warning signs to canaries in coal mines, which were used to detect carbon monoxide because they would collapse.

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#1  And here I was worried about the Western "Elites" lack of intelligence.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Napoleon is quoted as said 'Never interfere with an enemy while he's in the process of destroying himself.'

Go off and do some other computing. No need to bother yourself.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Read "The Two Faces of Tomorrow" by James P. Hogan. Does a better job of thinking about it, and is a good story to boot.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/27/2020 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Great movie from the Seventies called "Colossus: The Forbin Project" is oddly prescient. I kept thinking Google when I watched it.
Posted by: Warthog || 02/27/2020 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  So the Wuhan corona virus was created by AI?
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/27/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Show me some algorithms that can reliably detect irony or humor in a human voice or statement, and then maybe I'll start being afraid.

AI can't even make the correct snap judgments that any five year-old can do. Not even close.
Posted by: Lex || 02/27/2020 15:15 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/27/2020 17:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Show me some algorithms that can reliably detect irony or humor in a human voice or statement, and then maybe I'll start being afraid.

Keep it out of the Window ME review data set.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 21:55 Comments || Top||

Now coronavirus reaches BRAZIL: 61-year-old tests positive for the deadly infection after returning from Italy in South America's first case
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Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Umrah pilgrimage over coronavirus fears
[ArabNews] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
has placed a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims in an attempt to ensure public safety by preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Most foreign pilgrims often visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah before or after the completion of their religious duties in Makkah, this has also been halted.

It is one of a number of precautionary restrictions announced early on Thursday as health authorities in the Kingdom closely monitor the spread of the virus. Tourist-visa holders from countries judged to pose a particularly high risk of spreading the virus will also be denied entry.

In addition, Saudi nationals and citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council nations will not be able to use a national identity card to travel to and from the Kingdom for the time being. Exceptions to this shall be granted to Saudis returning home, and citizens of GCC countries who are in the Kingdom and want to return to their home countries, provided that they left or entered the Kingdom using a national identity card.

Health authorities at entry points will verify which countries travelers visited before arriving in Saudi Arabia and apply all necessary precautionary measures.

Saudi officials stressed that the restrictions are temporary and will be continuously reviewed by the health authorities. They reiterated the Kingdom’s support for and implementation of international efforts to limit the spread of the virus, and the Foreign Ministry urged citizens not to travel to the countries worst affected by the coronavirus.

Nearly 7 million Umrah pilgrims visit the Kingdom each year, the majority of whom arrive at airports in Jeddah and Madinah.

Earlier, it emerged that seven Saudis are among the latest coronavirus cases in Bahrain and Kuwait. The Bahraini Ministry of Health on Wednesday said six Saudi women has tested positive for the virus.

They had arrived at Bahrain International Airport on a flight from Iran. The total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 26. Studies at schools and universities have been suspended for two weeks in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

Kuwait announced the first case of a Saudi citizen infected by the virus. The man, who had arrived in the country from the Iranian city of Mashhad, has been placed in quarantine for 14 days. There have been 26 confirmed cases of the virus to date in Kuwait.

The Saudi Ministry of Health has been providing neighboring Arab countries with advice and guidelines for controlling infectious diseases such as the coronavirus and dealing with health emergencies.

Dr. Hani bin Abdul Aziz Jokhdar, the deputy minister of public health, said that the guidelines were based on Saudi Arabia’s experience of protecting the health and well-being of pilgrims during Hajj season.

He led the Kingdom’s delegation at a meeting of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Health on Wednesday at the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
headquarters in Cairo.
The Haj this year will be approximately July 28 - August 2, contingent on the actual moon sighting. Will they cancel that, too?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  You talk about this virus hurting the economy...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/27/2020 11:58 Comments || Top||

#2  ...The Saudis ain't stupid - they know that if this thing gets loose in the Muslim world, especially in the hajj, that's it. Allan will be doing our work for us.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/27/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  What with Muzzies being the epitome of fecal hygiene?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes
Posted by: 3dc || 02/27/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

SpaceX and the Air Force team up for live fire...
[TheDrive] As space continues to play an increasingly important role for the United States armed forces, the Department of Defense has been also increasingly engaging with the private aerospace and communications sector to develop and implement solutions that better help it confront emerging warfighting challenges. Just last week, Air Force acquisition chief William Roper told reporters at the Pentagon that the Air Force and SpaceX will conduct an event on April 8, together with other branches of the U.S. military, that will see SpaceX Starlink satellites link up with multiple armed forces systems in a "massive" live fire exercise.

"SpaceX has been a great industry partner for us," Roper said. "They are very excited and we are excited to learn more about their satellites through the demonstration."

The demonstration will reportedly involve shooting down a drone and a cruise missile and will take place at several different sites including Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The massive tests will also include ground forces, submarines, ships, and a variety of space-based assets.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kind of figured starlink and DoD would work out something. High-speed anywhere worldwide data is too good a capability to pass up on.
Posted by: Nguard || 02/27/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Starlink will be awesome in jumping over national firewalls like China's and Iran's. "You can't stop the signal, Mal."
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/27/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

Mitholz: Swiss town faces 10-year evacuation over arms dump
[BBC] A Swiss village may have to evacuate for over a decade while authorities clear a huge World War Two arms dump.

The defence ministry concluded last year that the cache posed an "unacceptable" risk to the nearby people of Mitholz.

Now, authorities say residents may have to leave while they clear the site.

"Depending on how the work develops, residents should expect the evacuation to last up to more than 10 years," the ministry said.

Residents would have to approve the plan to leave the area. A public consultation is under way to see how best to proceed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 07:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "up to more than ten years". So, 11? 20? 50? 1000? Forever?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/27/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Birthing forceps removal? Got to be more to this story.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Why not evacuate for one day and try and set the cache off?
Then return later.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/27/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Cracking down on speech, now removing weapons caches; something going on in Switzerland we should know about?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 10:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Unexploded ordnance. The exploded shrapnel will make the UEX impossible to distinguish with metal detectors.
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/27/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

China to send 100,000-strong 'duck army' to help Pakistan fight its worst locust plague in 20 years
The teams of birds are of a native breed called 'No. 1 Guoshao', which is billed as the 'locust-killing genius', also delicious in garlic fried rice
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 11:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You're going to need a lot more ducks.
Hey, maybe send some North Koreans. I hear they'll eat anything.

Dateline 2030
Texas to send 100,000 strong "coyote army" to help Pakistain fight its Chinese duck plague.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/27/2020 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Well the ducks, and the nasty little parasites and diseases they carry.

Not a particularly clean animal.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/27/2020 16:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Prediction: Within a month there won’t be a single duck still walking on two legs, the locusts will be as bad as ever, and the government of Pakistan will have to borrow more from the IMF or some other institution in order to pay back the Chinese loan to acquire the things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/27/2020 19:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Prediction: Within a month...

Don't forget the avian flu the ducks will bring. Something that occasionally jumps from birds to humans. Why does that sound familiar?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/27/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh, SNAP!
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 19:59 Comments || Top||

Coronavirus: El Al cancelling all flights to Italy and Thailand
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 09:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Woman who recovered from coronavirus tests positive for it again in Japan

3 weeks later
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Now, that's really bad news.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Next wave.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling
[NEWS.TRUST.ORG] During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francis
...Argentine liberation theologist, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was elected pope in 2013. Rather than setting up shop in Avignon, where he belongs, the first Jesuit Pope chose to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse instead of the papal apartments. He is big on climate change, against consumerism, and in favor of throwing a blanket over homosexual activity within the clergy. He's not real sure about the Resurrection, about Christ's divinity, and a few other things that would have gotten him burned at the stake a few hundred years ago, but he's hot for a certain South American Earth Mother Goddess...
added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media.

The pope made his appeal to tone things down while speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his general audience on Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day season that leads up to Easter.

Lent, he said in partially improvised remarks, "is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumours, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first name basis," he said.

"We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet," he said. "Today, people insult each other as if they were saying 'Good Day.'"

In recent years, Francis himself has been the butt of insults from ultra-conservative Catholic websites and mostly anonymous anti-pope Twitter feeds.

Twitter has also become a platform for sometimes pitched verbal battles between his supporters and detractors.

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#1  He must be talking to me.
Posted by: newc || 02/27/2020 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Dang. I had the Bee for sure!!!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Leave the trolling of the masses to the pope.
Posted by: Airandee || 02/27/2020 6:38 Comments || Top||

#4  PopeFrancis sick a day after supporting coronavirus sufferers

Unlikely corona since it's only a day later, but....
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Francito - the leader who does not let religion interfere with his position.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#6  I had Bee.

Truly a Pope for this modern age. Which is probably why whenever I see his name, I hear this Beavis & Butthead voice saying "I am Bergoglio!"
Posted by: SteveS || 02/27/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Thou shall not Pwned the Pope on Twitter.
Posted by: Count Galeazzo Untervehr7098 || 02/27/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||

#8  ...well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||

#10  He should give up his anti-Papacy.
Posted by: charger || 02/27/2020 14:46 Comments || Top||

#11  Hey Bergoglio: better to tell your own Church's pedos to give up cruising and grooming.
Posted by: Lex || 02/27/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#12  I thought Bee until the last paragraph. Then noticed the Orwellian named source "NEWS.TRUST.ORG" and realized it was an article from Minitrue instead...
Posted by: magpie || 02/27/2020 16:59 Comments || Top||

#13  Heh Poop. Give up trolling for little boys.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/27/2020 20:03 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Coronavirus confirmed in Israeli who returned from Italy, traveled El Al
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 10:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under:

All schools in Japan told to close until April over virus outbreak
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 10:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

Earth has a new mini-moon: Asteroid the size of a washing machine has been orbiting Earth for the past three years
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Catalina Sky Survey May Tag 2020 CD3 as Harmless, Non-life Threatening.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm not saying it's aliens - because they monitor the internet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Other local neighbors.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Ah, I was wondering where I left that.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/27/2020 9:46 Comments || Top||

#5  So is a tiny chip off of an asteroid called a bloomberg?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ We'd better put into a booster orbit
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Put it into a geosynmikros pattern.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#8  At last! a moon we can nuke.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/27/2020 12:47 Comments || Top||

#9  I say we mine it for science and profit.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/27/2020 15:44 Comments || Top||

#10  Size of a washing machine.
Something of an eccentric orbit.
Be cool to land some instrumentation and watch it wobble off on it's merry way.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 16:31 Comments || Top||

US government is developing a nuclear thermal rocket to send satellites into the vast 'cislunar' space between Earth and the Moon in a renewed space race with China
"Cislunar?" It was born that way? That's different from ci devant, right?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is the 21st century, and Tramp is POTUS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:59 Comments || Top||

#2  If they're using Zubrin's nuclear salt rocket, we need to launch it from someplace like Somalia, cause it's umm...hard on the environment.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/27/2020 13:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like the thermal indicates the tea-kettle designs. You heat water and it expands and provides thrust. Slow but safe which would be good for maintaining position on one of the Lagrange spots or trucking back and forth between Earth and Moon.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/27/2020 16:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Article says hydrogen gas but that seems odd to me. Why pick an explosive gas when you don't intend to explode it?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/27/2020 16:23 Comments || Top||

#5  To the moon Alice!!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 19:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Hydrogen, being less massive than other atoms you might use for fuel, gives you a higher effective exhaust velocity. It isn't explosive unless you mix it with an oxidant, but it does require cryogenics to manage it, which can outweigh the advantage. I wonder if they've made any progress on the erosion problems.
Posted by: James || 02/27/2020 21:57 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Boston Mulls Parking Fines Based On Income
How fast will this crap be shot down? I bet it makes it to a stage where it passes but Mayor Mahhty Walsh won't sign it. This almost sounds like a poll-tax.
[ABC] - A new proposal on the docket in Boston on Wednesday could determine how much residents pay for parking tickets.

The Boston City Council was to meet at noon Wednesday to discuss new legislation which will include a hearing order for potential income-adjusted fines on parking violations.

Recently elected city councilor at-large Julia Mejia filed the hearing order on Monday and has been vocal about the idea on Twitter.

"I am introducing legislation on income-adjusting parking tickets so low-income families don’t have to decide between paying a parking ticket or putting food on their table," she wrote.
Ms. Mejia looks like an aspiring member of The Squad - she's never had a private sector job in her life.
Posted by: Raj || 02/27/2020 09:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From each according to his ability...
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/27/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#2  If this is fair, what about voting rights proportional to income? The more you pay the more your vote counts? If punishment is proportional to income, why not privilege? Duh...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/27/2020 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  "I am introducing legislation on income-adjusting parking tickets so low-income families don’t have to decide between paying a parking ticket or putting food on their table," she wrote.

In Boston, the fine for an expired meter is $40. I got a parking ticket in town awhile back. It was $5.

Permit me to suggest the City of Boston has decided to use the lax habits of its citizenry as a money machine. Now it finds itself painted into a corner of its own making. The solution, as always, is an ever-more complicated rule set.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/27/2020 19:11 Comments || Top||

#4  "If your wipers are present and both headlights, tail lights, and rims, your fine is doubled"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 19:29 Comments || Top||

#5  More votes for the Decent Folk!
Posted by: Lex || 02/27/2020 20:10 Comments || Top||

#6  [Meterperson O'Malley waddles up, swinging nightstick dildo, nonchalantly whistling and studiously ignoring broken tail light]
Posted by: Ho Chi Obama8050 || 02/27/2020 20:34 Comments || Top||

Ninth Circuit Upholds Trump Admin Rule Stripping Funding for Abortions
[LI] The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a court known for its liberal leanings, ruled today that President Donald Trump’s administration can withdraw Title X funding from clinics associated with abortions.

President Richard Nixon enacted Title X in 1970, which "is a federal program that funds family planning services for low-income and uninsured people."

In 1988, Title X received regulations that stopped funding "programs that merely provided counseling or referrals for abortions for family-planning purposes." The Supreme Court upheld that rule in 1991.

The regulations on Title X relaxed by 2000 until 2019 when "the Department of Health and Human Services adopted regulations similar to the 1988 rule ‐ withdrawing funding from any medical facility that provides abortions, abortion counseling or abortion referrals."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/27/2020 03:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hillary was supposed to win and these were to be her appointments. Flipping the 9th circuit is one Trumps biggest wins.
Posted by: mossomo || 02/27/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't this all possible because that turd Harry Reid changing rules? When the implications really start to sink in for liberal zealots, well I hope he has a lot of security.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/27/2020 13:54 Comments || Top||

Can't vote for more than half of candidates in student union election because of my race/gender etc.
[Reddit] "You are unable to vote for the position of German-heritage officer because you have identified as 'Jewish.'"

Does that sound bad? Cause that's what you're doing, whatever school this is.

Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Very low res, link does not go to Reddit thread. This is not kosher way to put news.
Posted by: Thorong Grundy1520 || 02/27/2020 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  He's not up to what he demands of others...isn't there a word for that?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/27/2020 4:10 Comments || Top||

#3  ^It starts with a "t" and ends with an "l"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 4:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Uh, reddit is just the image host. There's no way to "enhance" the image. This isn't CSI. Maybe try a reverse image search for another source image if it's really that unreadable.

I remain encouraged that juvenile name-calling is still the order of the day, though.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/27/2020 5:25 Comments || Top||

#5  No one said you were a juvenile, erb.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 5:53 Comments || Top||

#6  I want to know why Trannies are on 2 lines.

They get a slot on the LGBT line AND their own Trans line seems very lacking in fairness to me.

Posted by: AlanC || 02/27/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#7  #5 Not chronologically.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/27/2020 7:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Who in hell votes for student union nitwits anyway? That was the furthest thing from my mind because, well, I was busy doing minor stuff like going to class, hanging out at the library studying and working my ass off with two jobs.
Posted by: Raj || 02/27/2020 9:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Who in hell votes for student union nitwits anyway?

Appears it is a topic of critical importance to erb.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 16:27 Comments || Top||

Shocking moment transgender woman is shot dead in Puerto Rico hours after McDonald's customer called the police to complain about her using a women's restroom
[Daily Mail, whee America gets its news]
  • Neulisa Luciano Ruiz was found dead Monday at a park in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

  • Ruiz, a transgender woman known as Alexa, was killed hours after a McDonald's customer called 911 to complain she was using a women's restroom

  • A woman told police Sunday that the 28-year-old placed a mirror under the stall to look at her private parts

  • Alexa was approached by at least two males in car, who mocked her before several shots were fired from inside the vehicle on the side of a road

  • An 18-year-old suspect was arrested trying to board a flight with his mother at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan on Tuesday night

  • Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero reported that the FBI interviewed the suspect Wednesday morning

  • Authorities are searching for three more suspects, including a 17-year-old who reportedly carried out the shooting
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Women s restrooms do tend to be cleaner than men’s restrooms.
Posted by: Clailet Hupinesing9972 || 02/27/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||

#2  ....how do y'all keep missing the urinals?

Looks left, looks right, keep your weapon up and down range at all times.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/27/2020 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  S(he) thought it was Burger King.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/27/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Or, fuggin perv gets what's deserved.

Women s restrooms do tend to be cleaner than men’s restrooms.

First job was dish dog at a restaurant with a happening cocktail bar. I did Saturday and Sunday mornings, one obligation was getting the restrooms tidy. Guy's restroom, yeah, there was some which urinal should I aim at. The Gal's was fuggin trashed, toilet paper nests just tossed everywhere, no flushing, sink and mirror just garbaged.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/27/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#5  I've had to clean the women's restroom at Wal-Mart. You women know what I'm talking about. All I know is the poop that's splattered on the ceiling, I didn't put there and I've never seen it in the Men's room ANYWHERE.

Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/27/2020 13:49 Comments || Top||

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