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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Is your meth contaminated with coronavirus? This Florida police dept. will test it for free
[WFLA- NBC] The Atlantic Beach Police Department posted the PSA on their Facebook page last week. The tongue-in-cheek post issues a warning that if you recently bought cocaine, meth, heroin, or any other street drugs in their area, it may be contaminated with coronavirus.

The police department goes on to urge those to bring their drugs to the police department for free testing. If you’re uncomfortable going to the police department, police say they will come to you — in the privacy of your own home!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 16:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Narcos


FISA court bans officials involved in Carter Page wiretaps from seeking surveillance
[Washington Examiner] Justice Department and FBI officials under review for their role in the flawed wiretaps of former Trump campaign associate Carter Page are banned from having any involvement in the pursuit of electronic monitoring through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Judge James Boasberg issued a 19-page opinion on Wednesday, ordering that "no DOJ or FBI personnel under disciplinary or criminal review
... criminal review? That doesn’t sound good...
relating to their work on FISA applications shall participate in drafting, verifying, reviewing, or submitting such applications to the Court."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 01:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shut down this Shitshow already
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 6:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "Gentlemen, we've got to protect our phony baloney jobs!"
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#3  FISA court bans involved officials from seeking surveillance applications? Well, throw me is the frigging briar patch. The FISA court is burning down and they are looking for a garden hose or fire-extinguisher?

People need to go to jail. If they can't respond in some meaningful way, they need to shut these courts down. Do we even need them?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/05/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||


PA County Executive Hilariously Tries To Order ICE To Stand Down
[Hot Air] At a courthouse in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, an ICE agent arrested an illegal alien who was there for legal proceedings unrelated to his immigration status. But the alien’s attorney was outraged and complained to the media and county officials. This led the County Executive, one Lamont McClure, to take drastic action. He whipped out his pen and issued an executive order stating that immigration officials could no longer make arrests at the courthouse without first obtaining a federal warrant. Well, bless his heart. (Washington Examiner)
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This type of confrontation will likely lead to pistols.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  He whipped out his pen

Good luck with that Lamont. Just another fat ass ambulance chasing democrat.

Lamont McClure Jr., Northampton County Council's longest-tenured and most powerful Democrat, announced Monday he is not seeking to keep his seat after his term ends at the close of 2015.

McClure, 44, of Bethlehem Township, who was first appointed to council in 2006, said the death of his father Lamont Sr. on New Years Day and an increase in his work as an attorney specializing in asbestos injury lawsuits led him to the difficult decision.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/05/2020 6:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Deport him, I hear Devil's island is nice this time of year.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 03/05/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#4  ICE should have arrested him for obstruction and deported him to Russia.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/05/2020 9:30 Comments || Top||

#5  He whipped out his pen and issued an executive order...

I see the problem - the EO wasn't sternly worded. I hear that one works!
Posted by: Raj || 03/05/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||


Fairview Car Washer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Cliffside Park Student
[DAILYVOICE] A Guatemalan national living in Fairview sexually abused a 13-year-old Cliffside Park student, authorities charged.

Eualio L. Martinez, 35, who works as a car washer, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, sexual assault and child endangerment, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Monday.

An investigation by his Special Victims Unit in tandem with police in Cliffside Park and Fairview began after a school nurse contacted borough police this past Friday about the alleged assaults, he said.

Martinez remained held Monday in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance this Wednesday in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:


ICE arrests man accused of raping teen in Brooklyn
[PIX11] Immigration and Customs Enforcement slammed New York's sanctuary city status Tuesday after ICE officers arrested a man accused of raping a teen in Brooklyn.

Miguel Federico Ajqui-Ajtzalam, 20, was originally arrested by the NYPD on Thursday, according to ICE. He was released from custody after his arraignment ‐ though ICE had issued a detainer ‐ and was then arrested again, this time by ICE, on Monday. Local Enforcement and Removal Operations Director Rhomas Decker called Ajqui-Ajtzalam's release "inconceivable."

"It’s frightening that our detainer was ignored and he was released onto New York City streets to possibly re-offend," Decker said. "The safety of city residents, especially the more vulnerable, continues to be a priority for ICE enforcement."

The victim was 13, an NYPD spokesperson said. Ajqui-Ajtzalam, a Brooklyn resident, was 19 at the time the criminal report was filed.

"The NYPD does not conduct civil immigration enforcement and we will only honor immigration detainers under the following circumstances: ICE presents a warrant issued by a federal judge establishing that there is probable cause to take the person into custody, and the person has been convicted of a "violent or serious crime" within five years of the arrest or is a possible match on the terrorist watch list," an NYPD spokesperson said.

In January, ICE blamed the death of a 92-year-old Queens woman on New York's sanctuary city status, which allows the city to shield undocumented immigrants colonists who have broken the law from deportation requests, in some cases.
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:


-Obits-
Wendell Goler, longtime Fox News White House correspondent, passes away at 70
[FOX] Longtime Fox News White House correspondent Wendell Goler died this week at age 70.
RIP - always liked him and his demeanor
"Wendell was a gifted correspondent, a wonderful colleague and a FOX News original whose reporting was respected on both sides of the aisle. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Marge and his entire family," Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said.

Goler joined Fox News Channel in 1996 as a correspondent and worked his way up to senior White House foreign affairs correspondent. The Washington D.C.-based reporter covered five presidents over 28 years at the White House during his storied career.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 11:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I saw a golden age of broadcasting and kind of lived through it.”

When was the Golden Era? Damn, it seems like I just saw him on TeeVee the other day. Maybe 70 is not the new 50?

RIP Wendell. Wendell did seem fair and balanced and a cut above most journalists.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/05/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#2  If he worked at Fox News doesn't that automatically make him an Uncle Tom? What am I missing?
Posted by: jpal || 03/05/2020 19:05 Comments || Top||

#3  He's dead so they can pretend to care and it won't matter.
Posted by: gorb || 03/05/2020 19:40 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
President Trump to award Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Jack Keane
[The Hill] President Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general and senior strategic analyst for Fox News, the White House said Wednesday.

Trump will award the medal to Keane next week, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. The award represents the U.S.'s highest civilian honor.

"General Jack Keane is a retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and a well-respected foreign policy and national security expert," Grisham said.

"General Keane has devoted his life to keeping America safe and strong, and he has earned many awards, including two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, five Legions of Merit, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Ronald Reagan Peace through Strength Award," she continued.

Keane, who retired from the military in 2003, is a frequent presence on Fox News who often defends the president’s foreign policy decisions. He has been known to advise Trump on military decisions with respect to Syria and reportedly twice turned down an offer to be Trump’s Defense secretary
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Truly great man. Well deserved.
Posted by: Tennessee || 03/05/2020 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  An impressive record, but no Smedley Butler.
Posted by: Matt || 03/05/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Empty stores, quarantined firefighters: Washington city at coronavirus epicenter reels as death toll rises
[LA Times] KIRKLAND, Wash. ‐ Parents keep their children inside. Few people shake hands anymore. More than two dozen firefighters remain in quarantine. Restaurants and hair salons are close to empty.

Such is life in Kirkland, Wash., the suburb just east of Seattle known for its folksy downtown and spectacular lakefront views, but now above all as the U.S. epicenter of COVID-19.

Of the 11 U.S. deaths from the coronavirus epidemic, eight were residents of a local nursing home that is struggling to care for others who may have been infected. An additional death occurred at a Kirkland hospital.

"I can’t kiss my kids," said Hamid Dabbaghian, a 48-year-old cashier at the Kirkland Whole Foods who recently moved here from Iran and feared catching the virus from customers. "As a newcomer to the U.S., I’m worried about my family, and worried that if I die, what will they do."

Others in this city of 90,000 remain nonchalant or fatalistic, expressing sympathy for those who have died but determination to carry on.

"It’s not the Holocaust. It’s not Armageddon," said Doug Evanson, 57, an Uber driver who frequently drops healthcare workers at the nursing home. "I don’t get why I need to go out and buy cases of drinking water when I can just turn on the tap."

Kirkland is an upscale suburb on the east shore of Lake Washington, with sunset views over the water and the tops of Seattle towers beyond. Its downtown features art galleries, whimsical sculptures, a marina and a Little League baseball field.

Like many cities in the area, it’s undergoing rapid growth and gentrification, with condominium construction and rising real estate prices. It has a Google campus and Northwest University, a Christian liberal arts school.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uber driver who frequently drops healthcare workers at the nursing home.

Another future statistic.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm leery of going anywhere near a doctor's office or hospital myself. There's sick people there you could catch your death.
Posted by: jpal || 03/05/2020 19:17 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus roundup



NOTE:
Coronavirus attacks central nervous system



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Italian coronavirus death toll jumps to 107, all schools shut until 3/15

Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under:

#1  DHS officials fear illegal border crossings may spread coronavirus
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran, Italy and SKOR now adding over 1000 new cases a day while China adds 100-200 a day.

Iran became 3rd country with 100+ deaths (Italy and China are others)

The Diamond Princess is something of a closed system lab for corona virus. Everybody, I think about 4000 people including crew, on board the ship has now been tested. Some 400 or so tested positive but had no symptoms (only one new positive in the past week). There were 300 or so with symptoms, there have been 6 fatalities

various people are keeping this up to date on wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_outbreak_on_cruise_ships#Diamond_Princess

Posted by: lord garth || 03/05/2020 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Coronavirus in Iran: Video shows body bags inside Qom hospital
Disturbing video has emerged of body bags strewn on the floors of a hospital in an Iranian city where the coronavirus was first detected in the hard-hit Islamic Republic — and the man who filmed it has been arrested, according to a report.

The footage, which was apparently shot by a hospital worker in the holy city of Qom, has been viewed more than 920,000 times after being shared in social media by journalist Mohamad Ahwaze, according to the UK’s Metro.

“One of the medical personnel documents the death of dozens of people infected with the coronavirus in the city of Qom only, and says many deaths, and there is no place for funerals,” Ahwaze said in a tweet.

“While the Iranian government covers up the scale of the disaster and says there is nothing to worry about!” he added.

Qom’s deputy prosecutor announced that the man who captured the footage had been arrested.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#4  For your quarantine foodstuffs and, uhm..., neighbors.

Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||



#7  I'm beginning to think that asymptomatic carriers been running around the world for months before the outbreak in Wuhan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 03/05/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Kinda like a pre-deployment mission kickoff party was held at the bushmeat market in Wuhan.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Wait until it hits some of the tent cities and homeless camps around Seattle and Scat Francisco.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/05/2020 13:38 Comments || Top||

#10  It'll make Hep A look like a cakewalk
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 13:40 Comments || Top||

#11  Germany: As of today

349 cases of Corona, 0 deaths (yet)
119,280 cases of Influenza (since October), 202 deaths.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||


#13  California won't let cruise ship into port but illegal border crossers with tuberculosis and STDs are still welcome.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||


China Approves Use Of Immunosuppressive Arthritis Drug For Covid-19 Patients, more possibilities in the pipeline
[ChannelNewsAsia] China will use a Roche Holding arthritis drug to treat some COVID-19 patients in severe conditions, health authorities said on Wednesday (Mar 4), as the country seeks to build up treatment regiments to help the infected recover.

Tocilizumab, sold by the Swiss pharma giant under the trade name Actemra, can be prescribed to coronavirus patients who show serious lung damage and show elevated level of a protein called Interleukin 6, which could indicate inflammation or immunological diseases, the National Health Commission said in the latest version of its treatment guidelines published online.

Actemra can help contain inflammation related to Interleukin 6, according to Roche.
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Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  There is no clinical trial evidence yet that the drug will be effective on coronavirus patients, however.

"Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Immunosuppressant? A drug that suppresses the immune response of an individual. Now how would that work. Reminds me of the boy in the bubble. I think I would try Jack Daniels throat spray first.
Posted by: Dale || 03/05/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Immunosuppressant? A drug that suppresses the immune response of an individual.

They believe that the severe complications like lung damage are caused by an autoimmune reaction triggered by the virus.

This would provide an explanation for the fact that so far only older people have experienced these complications.

Perhaps there was some pathogen around, years ago , that made immune systems pathologically sensitive to something like corona.
Younger individuals would have never encountered that pathogen, hence no severe complications, even in individuals with compromised health status.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 03/05/2020 13:00 Comments || Top||

#4  #2 Immune system has several modes of response - depending on the pathogen. A wrong response is worse than no response. See this Wikipedia article for details.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 13:10 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Arabia suspends 'umrah' pilgrimage over coronavirus fears
[AlAhram] Saudi Arabia on Wednesday suspended the year-round "umrah" pilgrimage over fears of the new coronavirus spreading to Islam's holiest cities, an unprecedented move that raises fresh uncertainty over the annual hajj.

The kingdom said the suspension was provisional, but with the umrah attracting millions of people annually, the decision has a huge potential impact.

The Gulf state has decided "to suspend umrah temporarily for citizens and residents in the kingdom", the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

They were also barred from "visits to the Prophet's mosque in Medina", according to a foreign ministry tweet.

The move comes after authorities, alarmed over the spread of coronavirus across the Middle East, last week suspended visas for the umrah and barred citizens from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council from entering Mecca and Medina.

Saudi Arabia on Monday confirmed its first case of new coronavirus after one its citizens who had returned from COVID-19 hotspot Iran tested positive.

The umrah, which refers to the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of year, attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year.

The decision to suspend the umrah comes ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan starting in late April, which is considered a favourable period for pilgrims to perform it.

- LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE -
The holy sites, which draw millions of pilgrims every year, are a key revenue earner for Saudi Arabic.

Around two-thirds of the 18.3 million umrah participants in 2018 were citizens and residents of the kingdom, according to government statistics.

It is unclear how the coronavirus will affect the hajj, due to start in late July.

Some 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world in 2019 to take part in hajj, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

The event is a massive logistical challenge for Saudi authorities, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites, making it vulnerable to contagion.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 reform plan seeks to decouple the kingdom's economy -- the world's top crude exporter -- from oil dependency towards other sources of revenue, including religious tourism.

The government had hoped to welcome 30 million pilgrims to the kingdom annually by 2030.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  It's not as if the moon goddess Allan demanded it.

"Muslims are notoriously loathe to preserve traditions of earlier paganism and like to garble what pre-Islamic history they permit to survive in anachronistic terms" (Southern Arabia, Carleton S. Coon, Washington DC, Smithsonian, 1944, p 398)
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/05/2020 6:47 Comments || Top||

#2  suspend umrah temporarily for citizens and residents in the kingdom

"Everyone else is welcome!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 10:49 Comments || Top||



Britain
Brexit: Trade Secretary Tells World Trade Organization, ‘Britain Is Back'
[Breitbart] International trade secretary Liz Truss has declared at the World Trade Organization that "Britain is back", vowing to help reform the body.

The Secretary of State for International Trade was the first British minister to address the WTO’s General Council since leaving the EU, with Brexit Britain taking a seat as an independent nation in her own right at the council for the first time in early February.

Ms Truss told the WTO on Tuesday that countries must work together to reform the body, criticising unfair trading practices, protectionism, "industrial subsidies, state-owned enterprises and forced technology transfer".

Speaking in Geneva, Switzerland, she told the other 164 ambassadors from around the world that the UK’s vision is to update the WTO rulebook to tackle unfair practices, ensure the organisation works for all nations by "seeking a fairer deal for developing countries", and push back against protectionism.

"The UK will, like every other sovereign country, assert its ability to set its own laws and regulations in line with our WTO commitments, reflecting our own circumstances and ideas, while working tirelessly alongside other WTO Members to drive reform," the international trade secretary said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 01:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Pentagon signs contract to produce more US Javelins for Ukraine
[American Military News] The U.S. Defense Department has signed a new contract for the production of Javelin anti-tank missile systems for partner countries, including Ukraine, Ukrinform reported on March 3.

The U.S. Army contract is dated February 28, is worth more than $18 million, and was awarded to Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, with work to be performed in Arizona.

The category of the award is for "guided missile and space vehicle manufacturing."

The beneficiary countries listed as part of the award include Georgia, Ukraine, Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

The State Department in October approved the sale of $39.2 million in military equipment to Ukraine, including a second batch of Javelins, the world’s most effective anti-tank missiles, to help Kyiv in its ongoing six-year war against Russia-backed separatists.

The deal reportedly included 150 Javelin missiles and 10 launch units, adding to the 210 missiles and 37 launchers that Ukraine bought from the United States in 2018.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/05/2020 10:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'd be happy if the US just had nothing to do with Ukraine.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Seconded.

We and the Russians should dispose of the matter the way Finland or Austria were handled during the Cold War: demilitarized and strictly neutral, with the added restriction that Ukraine not be allowed membership in any western political or organization-- neither NATO nor the EU.
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

#3  In exchange for Russia demilitarizing Ukraine, Russian control of Crimea and with it, Russia's interests in the Black Sea would be respected.

But end forever all foolish talk of NATO or EU membership in the heartland of historic Rus. That was and is madness.
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#4  More proof that Trump is Putin's ....uhh..nevermind
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Is that pc for spear chucker?
Posted by: Beldar Schwarzeneggar9952 || 03/05/2020 12:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Thought the French had their own, the Milan, or is it stupid?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
NKOR orders citizens to get ready to starve
[this is a SKOR publication w sources in NKOR]
[DailyNK] North Korea has ordered major provincial organizations, military-run factories and other facilities to prepare a months' worth of food, signalling that the state is unable to provide rations anymore, Daily NK has learned.

"The order was handed down by provincial party committees to local people's committees, Ministry of State Security offices, police stations, military-run factories run by the Second Economic Committee [of the Workers' Party of Korea], and even orphanages," a North Hamgyong Province-based source told Daily NK on Feb. 26.

"This is the first time the party has handed down an order for these organizations to prepare a months' worth of food. It's particularly noteworthy because North Korea isn't facing the threat of war," the source continued.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/05/2020 08:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  And just where is this food supposed to come from?
Posted by: gorb || 03/05/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#2  probably nkor population will have to dig up the cabbages, onions and other winter crops early

Posted by: lord garth || 03/05/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#3  get ready too? they been starving for years
Posted by: Chris || 03/05/2020 14:05 Comments || Top||


Chinese Students Plead Guilty to Illegally Photographing Navy Base
[AmGreatness] Two Chinese men who had previously been arrested have pled guilty to illegally taking photographs of a U.S. Navy base in Key West, Florida, according to ABC News.

As previously reported by American Greatness, the two Chinese nationals, Yuhao Wang and Jielun Zhang, both 24 years old, were students attending the University of Michigan at the time of their arrest. They illegally drove onto the property of the Sigsbee Annex at the Naval Air Station, even after being turned away once already by security.

Having pled guilty, they now face penalties of either a $100,000 fine or up to a year in prison. Their sentencing is currently set for May 11th.
Posted by: 746 || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  penalties of either a $100,000 fine or up to a year in prison.

Nothing about revoking their student visas?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||


NORKS Caught Shipping Sand to China
Instead of pounding sand, the NORKS are shipping it for revenue to China.
[gCaptain] For several months last year, a steady stream of ships was observed dredging sand in a North Korean bay then transporting loads of it to China, a Washington-based think-tank said on Wednesday.

The extraction of sand from North Korea to China would violate a 2017 U.N. Security Council resolution that prohibits North Korea from “supplying, selling, or transferring sand,” the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) said in a report.

The group’s researchers tracked the dredging and transport of the sand through commercial satellite imagery and shipping databases.

“Between March and August 2019, C4ADS observed a large fleet of vessels originating from Chinese waters traveling to North Korea to dredge and transport sand from Haeju Bay,” the report’s authors wrote, describing unusual ship traffic in a bay less than 30 km (18.6 miles) from neighboring South Korea.

China has called for sanctions to be eased on North Korea, but also says it fully enforces the sanctions imposed with its assent by the U.N. Security Council.

The United Nations has found that North Korea has repeatedly circumvented restrictions on trade of things like coal and oil, often by conducting ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

But the unprecedented scale and coordination of the dredging operation “showcases the boldness and impunity with which sanctions evasion networks operate, even under close scrutiny” C4ADS said in its report.

In 2019, Haeju Bay saw at least 1,563 visits by ships, according to Automatic Identification System (AIS) data reviewed by C4ADS. That compares with only 418 visits in the previous two years combined.

The AIS data showed many of the ships returning to ports on the Chinese coast.

Some of the ships observed in satellite imagery appeared to be operating in convoys or other formations, suggesting they were coordinating their movements.

“The activity in Haeju demonstrates scale, and a level of sophistication unlike other known cases of North Korean sanctions evasion at sea,” the group said.

Analysts are working on methods to estimate the amount of sand that was exported, and how much that may have been worth to North Korea, one of the report’s authors, Lauren Sung, told Reuters.

But the rising value of sand suggests that the operation was lucrative for cash-strapped North Korea.

“As the price of sand has risen rapidly in recent years, so has the practice of both licit and illicit sand excavation and trade around the world,” the group said.
The only things I can imagine sand being used for are glass, beaches, and sand paper... Is sand used as a filter medium for sewage treatment plants?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6557 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  and concrete
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 5:40 Comments || Top||

#2  All of the above uses. Several decades ago Minnesota was selling sand to Saudi, water filtration systems.

There is also the use in silicon integrated circuit type electronics?
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/05/2020 6:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Minnesota was selling sand to Saudi

Sounds like one helluva salesman.
Deserves a fat bonus and a trip for him and his family to Leaders' Circle
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 7:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Some sands contain exotic metals.
Posted by: gorb || 03/05/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Minnesota was selling sand to Saudi


What's next? Ice to the Eskimo?

Posted by: AlanC || 03/05/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#6  A lot of fracking sand came from Wisconsin, and maybe some in Minnesota. That'd be ironic.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/05/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Filter media sand for water treatment has specific specs for grading, angularity, degradation and other properties. I have purchased filter media often from a company in Wisconsin but never from North Korea.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/05/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#8  We ate sand
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#9  as I recall the sand to Saudi Arabia was for road construction

the sand in Saudi Arabia was too rounded (I suppose because it was blown around and bumped against other sand) and they needed sand with a dendritic character; the dendritic feature was needed to make cement binder component work
Posted by: lord garth || 03/05/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#10  "This requires an enormous amount of sand"

HOW AND WHY CHINA IS BUILDING ISLANDS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#11  :-) Thank you all for continuing my education.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 21:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Indeed desert sand is not used for construction.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 21:11 Comments || Top||

#13  But this might change
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 21:15 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Tucker Carlson On Gab: We Spoke To Former AT&T Employees About Having To Train Their Foreign Replacements.
Posted by: charger || 03/05/2020 17:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:


WHOOPI! Goldberg shills for "Doctor" Jill Biden: "a hell of a doctor" who'd make a great Surgeon General
"She could identify rape-rape when it happens, and Harvey Weinstein is innocent"
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 12:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:


Over credentialed school teacher...
[American Thinker] Whoopi Goldberg's opinions reach and influence many female voters. Yesterday, she revealed herself to be an ignorant phony, claiming that the wife of Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden is a "helluva doctor ... an amazing doctor" and ought to be considered for surgeon general in the future Biden administration that she hopes for.

Unfortunately for her, Goldberg was taken in by the former SLOTUS of the Obama administration insisting on being addressed as "Dr. Jill Biden," based on her earning a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in 2007. (Her dissertation was titled, "Student Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students' Needs.")

Here is a bit of inside baseball from academia. Doctor Biden does not have a Ph.D.; she has a degree known as a "doctor of education," an Ed.D. Holders of this credential are expected to be practitioners, not scholars who create new knowledge. Within the extremely status-conscious world of academics, it is regarded as a lesser credential, one often acquired mid-career (as was the case with Jill Biden) because school systems pay more for staff with master's degrees and even more for doctorate-holders.

Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2020 11:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...because school systems pay more for staff with master's degrees and even more for doctorate-holders.

Show me an 05 without a masters degree or senior GO without a PhD. No one says it out loud but its a de facto requirement. Credentialism in the bureaucracy.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 21:01 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Karachi Bound Chinese Ship Carried Dual-Use Equipment for Nukes
[OpIndia] The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has confirmed that an industrial autoclave seized from the Chinese ship Dai Cui Yun could have been used for the manufacture of nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missiles or satellite launch rockets, reports WION.

Last month, India had detained a Karachi bound Chinese ship. It has now emerged that the Chinese ship was carrying nuclear-capable equipment to Pakistan. The ship was detained by Customs at Kandla Port while en-route to Port Qasim, Karachi, on February 3 on the basis of an intelligence tip-off.

The ship had left Jiangyin Port on Yangtze river in China’s Jiangsu province on January 17, 2020, and was bound for Port Qasim in Karachi, Pakistan when it was intercepted at Kandla port on an intelligence tip-off. Port Qasim is in Karachi, Sindh, where Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), responsible for Pakistan’s ballistic missile programme is based.

Later, the ship was allowed to proceed to the Pakistani port on February 20 after the dual-use (civilian and military) equipment was seized. The autoclave was wrongly declared as an industrial dryer.

However, analysts at DRDO have now confirmed that the ship was carrying nuclear technologies from China to Pakistan.

"The autoclave can be used for the manufacture of the motor of very long-range missiles, with range upwards of 1,500 kilometres or even in the construction of a motor for the launch of satellites. Pakistan has the Shaheen-II missile in the 1,500-2,000 kilometre range and the platform was tested last May," said one of the officials to Hindustan Times.

According to DRDO’s technical experts, the seized 18-metre by 4-metre autoclave can indeed be used in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) platforms. An autoclave is a pressure chamber which carries out various industrial and scientific processes. Prima facie, it can be used for civilian as well as military purposes.

With nuclear scientists at DRDO confirming that the Chinese ship was indeed carrying nuclear equipment to Pakistan, the customs can now seize the cargo and charge the vessel and its owners for violations of Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) export regulations.

Further, it is now up to India’s national security decision-makers to invoke the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Act 2005 as well as inform the UN under the WMD Convention to expose the nuclear proliferation nexus between Beijing and Islamabad.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/05/2020 04:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Good find Dron but unfortunately this will pass under the wire. Not surprised it was going to Karachi.

A hotbox of port smugglers which reminded me of the Kyber. Money talks and all that jive. Which begs the question, who the fuck was paying for this?
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/05/2020 5:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 6:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Chermany shipping dual use stuff via China and Pakistain now?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Wait until the Ron Paul Institute finds out about this!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 13:29 Comments || Top||


Pakistan struggles to combat devastating #LocustPlague
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  What about Blood, Frogs, etc...?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 1:10 Comments || Top||

#2  ...I think that's coming to their neighbors.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/05/2020 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  What happened to the 100000 Chinese ducks?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  What happened to the 100000 Chinese ducks?

"Fareed, you bastard ! The ducks were not for meat. They are for the locust !"

"Locust ? You mean mohammed's manna ? But that's for us, Sajid."

"Aargh ! You insufferable fool, the locust will eat all the wheat. Thousands will go hungry !"

"Hungry ? Oh ! Hey... try this. Peking Duck, the begum learned it on youtube."

"Mmm... you know, this is really good."

"Right, eh ? Stupid chinks. Sending us the ducks and eating chamgadar themselves."

"Hyukk hukk" "Ho ho !"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/05/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  😁
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Should have performed the umrah.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Trump Solves Problem Caused by Obama-Era Regulation Which Was Stalling Ability to Test for Coronavirus
[Red State]- One of the issues that has been encountered with addressing the coronavirus has been a problem with testing.

...one of the reasons that testing on a state level has been stalled was actually because of an Food and Drug administration regulation instituted by Barack Obama.

The regulation demanded that state run laboratories could only use medical tests approved by the FDA.
And we all know how long FDA course of approval takes
...Commissioner Stephen Hahn first addressed the testing problem on Saturday by issuing new guidance that would allow the state labs to conduct not-yet-approved coronavirus testing on patients in response to the public health emergency. In return for skirting the Obama-era regulation, laboratories must apply for an F.D.A. review of the new test, document the test’s accuracy and notify the F.D.A. of the test’s validity prior to F.D.A. completing the approval process.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 04:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Given the deep kickback corruption of FDA cronies. Not surprised. Thank you Don.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/05/2020 6:43 Comments || Top||


#3  The Anti-Trumpers are trying desperately to Katrina him over this. Won't work.
Posted by: Lex || 03/05/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Skidmark

I think "on a hunch" is not an excuse for ignoring science.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 15:30 Comments || Top||

#5  ^Depends on whose hunch.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 15:38 Comments || Top||

#6  no it doesn't
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 16:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Yes it does, read some history of Science.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 17:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Direct that advice to the president.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 17:20 Comments || Top||

#9  ^Trump is right and the political bureaucrats in WHO (is your daddy) are completely wrong - because viruses can't count.
And if you don't understand that I'm talking about - it's because you don't understand scientific thinking.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 17:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Trump doesn't even understand the difference between corona and influenza. I guess I stick to the information the German Robert Koch Institut provides.

And after some research nobody seems to be able to come up with the regulation the Obama administration supposedly changed (and Trump reversed).
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 17:35 Comments || Top||

#11  #10 Trump doesn't even understand the difference between corona and influenza

Uh huh. Who told you that? Aren't you supposed to smart and conservative and stuff? Corona is a beer. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 18:15 Comments || Top||

#12  Influenza A virus (several subtypes)
Coronavirus SARS CoV 2.

NOT "corona flu" as Trump calls it.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 18:27 Comments || Top||


#14  This is a link to an actual FDA policy change.

Please link to the policy the Obama Administration is alleged to have changed.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 18:39 Comments || Top||

#15  I'm not doing any more research for your butthurt salve:
"In light of this public health emergency, this guidance is being implemented without prior public comment because the FDA has determined that prior public participation for this guidance is not feasible or appropriate (see section 701(h)(1)(C)(i) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD& Act) and 21 CFR 10.115(g)(2)). This guidance document is immediately in effect, but it remains subject to comment in accordance with the Agency’s good guidance practices."
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 18:44 Comments || Top||

#16  Trump blamed Obama for a policy change that is supposed to have hurt the development of testing kits.

But that policy change is nowhere to be found and even Republicans can't find it.

"According to the FDA, draft guidance for laboratory-developed tests was proposed in 2014, to replace a “policy of enforcement discretion” with regard to cracking down on such tests, where the FDA sometimes chose to intervene and other times not. The framework ultimately was not implemented."

LINK
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 18:52 Comments || Top||

#17  I'm running a deadpool on which kills more people, the virus or the precautions.

So far the virus has an early lead, but we haven't starting shutting off services or fire-bomb San Francisco yet.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/05/2020 18:53 Comments || Top||

#18  Trump blamed Obama for a policy change that is supposed to have hurt the development of testing kits.

But that policy change is nowhere to be found and even Republicans can't find it.


President Obama openly ran his administration with his phone and pen, not bothering to wait for Congress to pass actual laws in many cases, and his bureaucrats effected behavioural changes in their targets by issuing “Dear Colleagues” letters advising them of what was expected of them. So in many cases there are no actual issued regulations to look up in the records, just an observable change out in the real world where non-compliance led to harassment from the authorities — to include the IRS. Three examples that spring to mind are the slow-walking of TEA Party and pro-Israel IRS applications for registration as non-profit groups along with a variety of harassments aimed at the leaders of the groups; the institution at colleges and universities of new definitions of s3xual harassment, and the procedures for in-house trials and expulsions of male students based on them; and, oddly, the definition of even ditches and transient mud puddles on farms as bodies of water under the jurisdiction of whichever federal department regulates public lakes and rivers, requiring farmers’ compliance with all the regulations around actions and record-keeping, no matter how absurd.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 19:41 Comments || Top||

#19  My wife rarely ever comments on politics. She's a medical doctor. First time I heard her comment about Trump remarks: "That's irresponsible." And she said it with a look our adult kids still fear.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 19:56 Comments || Top||

#20  Let me guess: "Trump said the infection was a hoax"? Bullshit. He said the Democrats were invoking it as their #4? #5? Hoax. You should know more before you opine
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 20:04 Comments || Top||

#21  There's a reason I'm "generally" hesitant to opine on Germany's particular internal politics: I don't live there, don't speak the language, and am only impacted by how they impact me and mine. My own ignorance would expose itself should someone like you chime in. Perhaps...
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 20:08 Comments || Top||

#22  First of all, leave politics out of this. Leave Obama or Democrats out of this. You are in charge. The buck stops with you. You don't have to say much. Dr. Anthony Fauci seems to be a very competent guy. Let him do the explaining.

Second, do not contradict numbers put out by scientists who calculated existing cases, because you feel different "on a hunch". Just don't do it.

Third, if you speak out, do it in plain, easy to understand English, not incoherent rambling that can be misunderstood easily.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 20:11 Comments || Top||

#23  Thank you for YOUR OPINION
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 20:13 Comments || Top||

#24  FrankG, you are always welcome to comment on Germany. Quite often, a perspective from "outside" is very educating.

I've lived and worked in the U.S. for quite some time and I follow everything that happens in the U.S. very closely, not only because we do a lot of business with the U.S.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 20:14 Comments || Top||

#25  and your commentary and opinion is always welcome as well.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 20:19 Comments || Top||

#26  Thank you. Isn't it always opinion?
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 20:26 Comments || Top||

#27  not if links used?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 20:32 Comments || Top||

#28  Ultimately, you're probably right, depending on veracity and source of links...
have a good night. I'm watching college basketball, which is truth in scoring :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 03/05/2020 20:35 Comments || Top||

#29  enjoy... btw one of the best basketball team in Germany is Bayern Munich ;-)
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/05/2020 20:36 Comments || Top||

#30  https://www.zdnet.com/article/data-science-vs-the-hunch-what-happens-when-the-figures-contradict-your-gut-instinct/
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 03/05/2020 22:35 Comments || Top||

#31  Truly, bbrewer126.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/05/2020 23:32 Comments || Top||


Video: Soccer Coach Teaches Media an Important Lesson on Why They Shouldn't Ask Him Coronavirus Questions
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/05/2020 04:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “Look, what I don’t like in life is that a very serious thing, a football manager’s opinion is important. I don’t understand that. If I asked you, you are in exactly the same role as I am. So it’s not important what famous people say. We have to speak about things in the right manner, not people with no knowledge like me talking about something that people with knowledge will talk about it, and should tell the people do this, do that, and everything will be fine or not. Not football managers, I don’t understand that.

Politics, coronavirus. Why me? I wear a base cap and have a bad shave.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Straight talker puts media hounds in their place.
Posted by: jpal || 03/05/2020 19:03 Comments || Top||


Government
States trying to curb impact of 700,000 losing benefits with new food stamp rules
[FoxNews] New Trump administration rules taking effect April 1 are putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of losing their benefits.

From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to blunt the impact of the new rules, with roughly 700,000 people at risk of losing benefits unless they meet certain work, training or school requirements. They’ve filed a multi-state lawsuit, expanded publicly funded job training, developed pilot programs and doubled down efforts to reach vulnerable communities, including the homeless, rural residents and people of color.

Currently, work-eligible, able-bodied adults without dependents under 50 can receive monthly benefits if they meet a 20-hour weekly work, job training or school requirement. Those who don’t are limited to three months of food stamps over three years.

However, states with high unemployment or few jobs have been able to waive time limits. Every state except Delaware has sought a waiver at some point, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The new rules make it harder to get waivers. They’re the first of three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which feeds 36 million people nationwide.

The Trump administration has touted the change as a way to get people working and save $5.5 billion over five years. Able-bodied adults without dependents are 7 percent of SNAP recipients.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Which just goes to show the liquor store and strip club lobbies yield some clout with state pols.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/05/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Sanctuary states hit hardest?
Posted by: gorb || 03/05/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||



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