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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Happy Birthday: Chuck Norris' best tough-guy moments on screen
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 08:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Chuck Norris has counted to infinity. Twice.

Chuck Norris's belly button is actually a power outlet.

They once made a Chuck Norris toilet paper, but it wouldn't take $hit from anybody.

Happy Birthday.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/10/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Great comments; many I hadn't heard before.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/10/2020 17:37 Comments || Top||


Now Listening: Swamp Dogg Teams Up with John Prine
[Garden & Gun] It’s been more than fifty years since Jerry Williams, Jr.‐better known as Swamp Dogg‐began building his name as an R&B musician, garnering a cult following for songs as catchy as they are deep. But for all his critical acclaim as a pioneering rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, and producer, Williams’s biggest commercial hit was a country song: "(Don’t Take Her) She’s All I Got" climbed the country charts when Johnny Paycheck released the song in 1971, and it went on to be recorded by Conway Twitty, George Jones, and Tanya Tucker. Williams himself even released a Nashville-recorded country album in 1981‐a move the Portsmouth, Virginia-born musician says was a natural one.

"I was raised up on country music," he once told Nashville Scene. "The only black music I heard was on jukeboxes in service stations. If you take away the horns from most of my recording, you’ve really got somewhat of a country version."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 04:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks for that. Good stuff!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/10/2020 7:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Funny, I was just listening last night to Mighty Sam McLain, another r and b'er doing country. His version of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams of You" sends chills up my spine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlpkODAWG54
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 03/10/2020 16:56 Comments || Top||


New York City's [2008] emergency 'surge plan' for a severe pandemic calls for Rikers Island inmates to dig mass graves to bury up to 51,000 bodies as coronavirus cases increase
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • New York State is reporting more than 140 confirmed coronavirus cases

  • Meanwhile, New York City has in place contingency plans for a pandemic

  • Response plan was drawn up by chief medical examiner in October 2008

  • It includes scenarios of a pandemic where mortality rate exceeds 2 per cent

  • In such a case, the city expects a death count exceeding 51,000

  • City would deploy teams of medical students, morticians to remove cadavers

  • Inmates at Rikers would be sent to Hart Island in the Bronx to dig up mass graves
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 02:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not trying to foster panic.
Posted by: gorb || 03/10/2020 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  So that's how they're gonna whack Harvey Weinstein...
Posted by: Raj || 03/10/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||


Officer buys birthday cake for 1-year-old girl after giving mom with balloons a ride home
[WBALTV] A Georgia officer on patrol saw a woman on a cold night who needed a little bit of help.

Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Nick Boney spotted a woman carrying balloons who was attempting to walk home Jan. 10.

Boney offered the woman a ride home. He then handed his credit card to another officer and asked him to buy a birthday cake with a number 1 candle.

The officer was later invited inside the woman's home and sang happy birthday to the little girl. All of it was captured on police body cam footage.

The police department posted body cam footage of the random act of kindness Wednesday, which they said was discovered "during a random audit."
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:


Harvey Weinstein 'is being treated for concussion after falling and hitting his head' at Rikers prison where he is 'living in a dorm-style cell with two other inmates'
Same story at USA Today.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6556 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'll bet he "fell" on purpose.


BTW, headline link is broken.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 03/10/2020 5:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Never mind, headline link does work. I forgot that links doesn't work in comment mode.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 03/10/2020 5:56 Comments || Top||

#3  How many guards did it take to push Jevarius Harvey down the steps at the jail?

None. Jevarius Harvey just fell...
Posted by: M. Mercek || 03/10/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #3: How many guards did it take to push Jevarius Harvey down the steps at the jail?

The guards were snoozing and the stairwell surveillance camera was inoperative. We may never know.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 7:48 Comments || Top||

#5  How many times did he fall by accident?
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/10/2020 17:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Were either of his cellmates transferred from Epstein's former location?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/10/2020 17:33 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Iran in turmoil: Coronavirus kills the 'butcher' of Tehran
[Israel Hayom] Websites affiliated with Iran's exiled opposition celebrate the death of Mohammad Haj Abolghasemi, 71, calling him a "butcher" and a "hangman" due to his role in brutally suppressing civilian protests. Meanwhile, experts worry Iran's percentage of deaths to infections, now around 3.3%, is much higher than other countries.

Another senior Iranian official has been killed by the coronavirus, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reported on Wednesday, a day after Iran put its armed forces on alert to assist health officials in battling the virus, which has killed at least 77 people in an outbreak that has sickened top officials and pushed even supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei into wearing disposable gloves while trying to reassure the nation.

Mohammad Haj Abolghasemi, 71, was hospitalized in Tehran a few days ago and died on Tuesday, state media reported.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 03:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Please let the Ayatollah be next.
Posted by: Alistaire Tingle9882 || 03/10/2020 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like the 12th Imam's well was infected. Sick puppy, he is-- in more ways than one.
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  IRNA Tehran – Iranian conservative politician and member of parliament 56-year-old Fatemah Rahbar fell into coma on Thursday due to the coronavirus infection and was admitted to the hospital, after two days she succumbed to death. She was among the top candidates in Tehran for the conservatives, who overwhelmingly won February’s general election.
Iran’s former ambassador to Vatican and Khomeini’s former representative in the Ministry of Islamic Guidance Sayyed Hojatol Eslam Hadi Khosroshai died on February 27 due to coronavirus.
On Tuesday, an official of Basij Resistance Force Mohammad Haj Abolghasemi died due to the coronavirus infection.
Posted by: b || 03/10/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Wipe them out.

All of them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/10/2020 13:55 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't know enough Islamic theology to know if it has a "Shit Happens!" aspect, but if everything that does occur is the will of Allen, y'all done pissed Him off something fierce.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/10/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Fortunately, SteveS, all good Muslims know the answer - it's the Juice.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2020 14:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Insh'Allah, baby.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/10/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus.gov as discussed yesterday by the VP in his briefing
"What you should know - Situation Updates- Information For."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 02:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6580 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's on the Internet, so you know it's true.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting and useful article. One of my professors from Airlangga University, Indonesia also discussed more about Corona virus. For a more complete article I will share the article link below. Happy reading and hopefully useful

http://news.unair.ac.id/en/2020/01/31/understanding-new-type-of-corona-virus-infecting-thousands-of-people/

Thank you so much
Posted by: Nindhita Yusvantika || 03/10/2020 9:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Link to Nindhita Yusvantika UNAIR News article at #2.

Thank 'you' for posting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 9:06 Comments || Top||

#4  A search of Nindhita Yusvantika yielded another site where (s)he posted an article about the university as a comment. Creative PR flack or widely read enthusiast?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/10/2020 22:21 Comments || Top||

#5  It's on the Internet, so you know it's true

And it's from the government, so it's here to help you! Our lucky day, innit?

I'm going with "both," tw -- everyone's a propagandist now, or so I've heard. Thanks for the hand-holding this morning re the Italian thing. I should've skimmed down the replies when I first read it; political tilt couldn't be missed. I'm staying paranoid for now, against my better judgement, but if this plays out as a sub-flu nothingburger in the US, docs are in for a whopping big dose of what journalists have been getting these last years.
Posted by: Bubba Guelph6895 || 03/10/2020 22:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Thanks for the hand-holding this morning re the Italian thing.

Twern’t nothin’, Bubba Guelph6895. It was an interesting thread, and quite possibly the bit I found was posted after you posted the link. I generally read things that y’all post — it’s an efficient way to learn new things. :-)

Our systems have been getting more complex, and therefore more dangerously fragile when faced with a black swan event or even just a normal disaster. If the coronavirus pandemic turns out not to be the plague with tens of millions or even hundreds of millions dead that some are predicting, then all of the panicky preparations and reworking of procedures made this time round will have us all realigned toward resilient practices that will definitely help us cope better with the next serious problem, whether medical or otherwise.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/10/2020 23:49 Comments || Top||


Four doctors at Wuhan hospital where coronavirus whistle-blower worked have died of the disease in just over a month
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 02:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:


Coronavirus Roundup: Head of Port Authority Rick Cotton has coronavirus

[NYPOST] The head of the Port Authority ‐ who has been visiting local airports and other transit facilities ‐ has the coronavirus, Gov. Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said he himself "could have been in contact" with infected PA Executive Director Rick Cotton but hasn’t been tested because he’s an "improbable positive," meaning he isn’t likely to have the virus.
Father, sister of coronavirus patient violate self-quarantine to attend school event
[NYPOST] The father and sister of a 20-year-old woman presumed to be the first person in Missouri to have the coronavirus disregarded a quarantine and went to a school function, according to reports.

The St. Louis County woman returned from Italy on March 2, arriving in Chicago and then taking an Amtrak train to St. Louis two days later after staying with a friend, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The woman, who had been studying abroad, called local health authorities when she started to feel ill, then stayed at home and did not have any contact with anyone before being instructed to be tested at a hospital, the news outlet reported.

Dr. Randall Williams, head of the state Department of Health and Senior Services, said he received a phone call about the positive test result at 1 p.m. Saturday, KMOV reported.



Disneyland Paris worker tests positive for coronavirus, park remains open
[NYPOST]

I heard on the teevee that all of Italia is now under quarantine.

De Blasio says a citywide quarantine a ’possibility’ - as are limited school closures
[NYPOST]


Gov. Inslee weighs mandatory measures as coronavirus outbreak continues
[MYNORTHWEST]

It seems to be ignoring kids under twelve, and to be particulaarly hard on over-60, especially with high blood pressure.


Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6546 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'd be grateful for any informed assessment (a ferocious, convincing dismissal would be nice ;-)) of the disconcerting twitter thread (from one Jason van Schoor, quoting a friend) linked below, mentioned in #27 of this freerepublic.com post. Intro follows:
From a well respected friend and intensivist/A&E consultant who is currently in northern Italy: 1/ ‘I feel the pressure to give you a quick personal update about what is happening in Italy, and also give some quick direct advice about what you should do.
3:27 PM - 9 Mar 2020

Posted by: Bubba Guelph6895 || 03/10/2020 2:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Bubba Guelph6895, note this from your Twitter thread:

haresfur
@haresfur
·
7h
Replying to
@jasonvanschoor
My heart goes out to the people there, especially the health workers.

Does anyone have any idea why the death rate in Italy appears to be around 5% while it is around 1-2% in the rest of the world, according to the Johns-Hopkins website?
20
20
112

Kara
@Eurocitizen8
·
6h
We have a higher than average aged population here in Italy , many many elderly .


There is also a comment about a relatively low number per capita of ICUs (I assume that means intensive care units) in all of Italy. No mention, as far as I scrolled down, of the per capita number of Third World migrants who lack the usual inoculations, and where they are clustered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/10/2020 3:57 Comments || Top||

#3  >No mention, as far as I scrolled down, of the per capita number of Third World migrants who lack the usual inoculations, and where they are clustered.

That would be why the MSM seems incurious as to why Italy has been hit so hard.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/10/2020 6:57 Comments || Top||


Atlanta Mayor Coronavirus Warning: White Language
The Mayor of the city of Atlanta released an advisory on the symptoms of coronavirus. One of the warnings: White Language.

The virus can leave a white film in a person’s mouth. It is one of the symptoms. In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office sent out an email to people in Atlanta. The office mistranslated the French "langue blanche" to "white language" instead of "white tongue." The result is the graphic below with one of the symptoms being if you sound super white, you might be infected.


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Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2020 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  "My dear lady, have you given thought to the consequences of engaging mouth before starting brain?"
/white.language
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  hey hey hey, Keisha Lance Bottoms is the best mayor has ha in a long time. I don't give a shit if she is a dem or not, she really doesn't put all that racist bullshit ot there like the last few or other city leaders.
Posted by: Chris || 03/10/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||

#4  "Keisha Lance Bottoms"?!

I thought you were joking - riffing on a gender-bending fanny-lancer from the 'hood...
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#5  I honestly don't know what that means Lex
Posted by: Chris || 03/10/2020 15:13 Comments || Top||


Powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off Northern California before aftershock rattles the coastline
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Humboldt county and Mendociono county - right off the ocean from this quake are the illegal pot growing center of the West Coast. One has to wonder how many land mines and trip wires, on government land, where their plots are, were set off by this shaking.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/10/2020 5:37 Comments || Top||

#2  One has to wonder how many land mines and trip wires, on government land, where their plots are, were set off by this shaking.

Can you get Workman's Comp for that? Asking for a friend.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/10/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Solonites unite: NY Town to defy future state gun restrictions - Others may join
[Democrat & Chronicle] SOLON, NY ‐ This town became the first in New York to pass a law refusing to enforce future state gun laws.

The town law, adopted unanimously at a special meeting Thursday following a public hearing, prohibits any town official or employee from participating in the enforcement of future state gun laws or from using town funds to aid in such enforcement. The Cortland County town does not have its own police officers; law enforcement is provided by State Police and the county sheriff’s department.

The law would also allow Solon residents to sue anyone accused of violating the law in state Supreme Court for "declaratory and injunctive relief, damages, and attorney fees" as well as civil fines between $500 and $2,000.

The law has three exceptions. It would not:

  • Apply to convicted felons or those prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.

  • "Prohibit in any way the prosecution of any crime for which the use of, or possession of, a firearm is an aggregating factor or enhancement to an otherwise independent crime."

  • Allow firearms possession in areas where they are now prohibited by law.

  • The proposed law would not apply to the enforcement of existing gun laws, including the 2013 SAFE Act.

Town Supervisor Steve Furlin characterized the law as a policy statement.

"With this local law, this town is making a statement, and that statement is, ’No more,’" he said.

Two dozen people ‐ including Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms, county Republican Committee Chairwoman Connie White and James Uhlinger, a staffer for Claudia Tenney, a former congresswoman and congressional candidate ‐ attended the meeting in the town garage.

Helms, who didn’t speak at the meeting, had previously said he can’t "pick and choose which laws that I’ll enforce" as sheriff.

White, who said she hadn’t read the law, said she supported "the community pushing back" against intrusive state laws.
Town of Solon Local Law #2.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 03:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:


-War on Police-
Video of black man’s violent arrest spurs outrage, #NYPD probe
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6606 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is what happens when you have anti-Police Dims who do not have a problem with young youths pelting police officers with water. They are going to circle their wagons deal with young people their way. For them to just stand back and be respectful when young people in NY are not doing the same ends up with confrontations such as this between the police and young people.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 03/10/2020 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The gruesome aftermath:

Posted by: Bubba Guelph6895 || 03/10/2020 1:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Homegrown Hamas.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2020 2:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Analysis and more details:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kG0oPM7j3aw
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/10/2020 6:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't want to be "violently arrested?"

Don't throw stuff at cops.

When arrested, don't resist.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/10/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#6  That's one amazing rogues' gallery on that sofa:

Sportin' Life pappy in his brown chalkstripe suit;

the garbage lawyer next to him in badly-fitted cuffs and an electric-blue zootsuit;

Mom in best Flip Wilson/Geraldine wig;

...and junior scowling and staring at his hands, making his "Not Impressed" + F-yoo-Chuck, feral face.

Are these real people? Or actors from a film version of a Tom Wolfe novel?
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#7  'Cooperate and graduate.' Fail to cooperate and you can expect lumps on your head. Why is this so difficult to understand ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Fail to cooperate and you can expect lumps on your head.

The ol' hickory shampoo.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/10/2020 9:27 Comments || Top||

#9  "I didn't know how many it would take to get me out of there, but I knew how many they were gonna use."- Ron White
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Sportin' Life pappy

Not pappy (well, probably not), rather the young man's massage therapist Reverend Activist, no?
Posted by: Bubba Guelph6895 || 03/10/2020 18:51 Comments || Top||

#11  Reverend Bacon from Bonfire (?)
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 21:43 Comments || Top||

#12  Sure, why not? Good a template as any, though I confess I haven't read Bonfire in... uh... guess it's run into decades now. Gotta fix that. And Charlotte. Reviews and skim suggested it could've been written about my "got away" (or her hypothetical daughter, nearly) but... again with the decades. Story of my life, that, squirreling the best stuff away for the future, inexplicably confident that it'll always be there, better than ever, just like me. Ouch. Um, the usual nickel, izzit?
Posted by: Bubba Guelph6895 || 03/10/2020 22:27 Comments || Top||


Britain
Topless Women Protest ‘Climate Rape’ in London on International Women’s Day
[BREITBART] A group of 31 women formed a topless human chain in London to protest against climate change on International Women’s Day.
I like boobies as well or better than the next man, but I can't quite get this compulsion to flash the darlins in public.
Members of the climate change alarmist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) took off their shirts on Waterloo Bridge, blocking traffic in an protest against the supposedly disparate impact that climate change has on women. The protestors painted slogans on their chests such as "climate rape" and "climate murder".
"Climate change" (global warming, nuclear winter, continental drift, that sort of thing) effects everyone the same. Really, it's not gender-conscious. So what they're really saying is "Nobody suffers like we do."
A former teacher who took part in the protest, Sarah Mintram, explained the rationale behind the topless protest, saying: "It’s mainly women in poorer countries in the global south that are experiencing the increase in violence but this will be the reality for all women if the climate and ecological crisis continues to go unaddressed."
But what's that have to do with the boobs? Most rational people have to strain pretty hard to see any connection between climate fluctuation and thumping women.
"We are here to raise the alarm about what is happening to our sisters around the world and to tell women in the UK the climate and ecological emergency is your issue ‐ it will affect you as a woman if we do not persuade our government to take urgent action starting now," Mintram told the Metro.
So the speaker, who has milk duds rather than credentials, gives us the same "How dare you!" holler Greta Thunberg belched before the UN General Assembly.
Extinction Rebellion cited a January 2020 report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which claimed that climate change was responsible for violence against women in the Southern Hemisphere.
Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6527 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dire Warnings, Part I: Democrats predict catastrophe 1970–1999
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2020 4:26 Comments || Top||

#2  World to end. Women’s breasts to be hurt most.
Posted by: Lord garth || 03/10/2020 7:55 Comments || Top||

#3  I never quite understood the relationship between tatas on display and the protest movement de jour. I've never heard anyone say: Please, please, please hide them or take them away, I'll do whatever you say!
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/10/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

#4  London, in winter.
Good way to get a chest cold.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Global warming should be good for boobs because you can take them outside more. Fresh air, vitamin D, and all that.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/10/2020 13:29 Comments || Top||

#6  #5 Global warming should be good for boobs ... vitamin D

Ah, giving and receiving. Two-way benefits.
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 14:44 Comments || Top||

#7  JohnQC, figured it out.

It's an Alpha male, disguised as a soyboy, telling his activist gurl friend that "Hey, this would be a GREAT idea!"
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/10/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Orange Man takes 'rain check' on Vlad's 9 May Victory Day celebration
MOSCOW (AP) ‐ U.S. President Donald Trump will not be coming to Moscow for Victory Day celebrations on May 9, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

Russia has repeatedly invited Trump to visit Moscow on the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II ‐ the nation’s most important holiday. Trump said last year he appreciated the invitation, but wasn’t sure if he could go as the celebration falls "right in the middle of political season."

"Via diplomatic channels, we have received information that the (U.S.) president will not be coming," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday, adding that it remains unclear who will represent the U.S. on the Victory Day in Moscow.

Peskov didn’t give a reason for Trump’s refusal to come.

In an interview with the state-run Tass news agency, a part of which was released Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be "a mistake" for world leaders not to attend the Victory Day celebrations this year.

"I think that, concerning former members of the anti‑Hitler alliance, the right thing to do would be to attend (our event), from both a domestic political stance and a moral one," Putin said. "We look forward to seeing them and we will be glad if they come. If not, well, that’s their choice. But I think that would be a mistake for them."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 07:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6542 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Send Bernie, Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. They should feel right at home.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Or not. Those maroons wouldn't know Kursk from Zoosk.
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah and you'd give them ideas.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/10/2020 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  I love how these shitheads scream Wusskies! Wascally Wusskies stole the election!!! -- and yet they're the race-baiters pushing every single dezinformatsiya line a la America's-incurably-racist, Kill-the-pigs, etc.

Useful idiots, per Ilyich.
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Trumps is also skipping the House of Representatives St. Patrick's Day luncheon. He is the first to break tradition.

Something to do with San Fran Nan or conflict?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/10/2020 10:16 Comments || Top||

#6  no, send them. then don't let them back in - quarantine, doncha know?
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/10/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#7  While people were going ape on VE-Day, they were still fighting and dying on Okinawa. Not a good time to celebrate.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/10/2020 16:05 Comments || Top||

#8  President Trump is not attending the St. Patrick's day Luncheon in order to minimize his exposure to Typhoid Mary Nancy COVD-19. You should too.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/10/2020 16:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Hopefully, there will be a large Iranian delegation.
Posted by: Ulerong Grundy4919 || 03/10/2020 16:33 Comments || Top||

#10  But 9 May Victory Day is still a big event for Russia, so inspired by grom, here is a version of the song Katyuska for your listening pleasure.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/10/2020 18:38 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korea Says Kim Jong Un Supervised Second Artillery Drill in Week
[Mil.conm] SEOUL, South Korea ‐ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised his second live-fire artillery exercise in a week, state media said Tuesday, as the country continues to expand its military capabilities.

The report by Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency came a day after South Korea’s military detected the launches of three short-range projectiles off the North’s eastern coast.

KCNA said Kim showed great satisfaction as his front-line artillery units demonstrated "excellent marksmanship" during the exercise that tested their abilities to execute quick counterattacks.

Pyongyang’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos of rockets blasting out of multiple-rocket launchers and striking what appeared to be an island target.

Kim, wearing a black fur hat and carrying binoculars, watched from a trench, alongside a military officer who, unlike Kim, wore a black facemask in an apparent reflection of the country’s campaign against the new coronavirus.

Related: North Korea Fires Presumed Short-Range Missiles into the Sea

The KCNA said Kim set vowed to build his artillery force into the "world’s strongest arms of service everyone is afraid of" but did not mention any direct comments toward the United States or rival South Korea.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles fired from the eastern coastal town of Sondok flew as far as 200 kilometers (125 miles) at a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers (30 miles) before landing in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/10/2020 08:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wearing over-sized, silly hats deep-sixed Dukakis - guess it doesn't hold true for hereditary despots.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/10/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#2  ...if it was pink it'd be a p$$$y hat. It's black so, its a ......
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/10/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||


N. Korea says leader Kim oversaw long-range artillery strike drill
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Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Commies


North Korea quarantines nearly 10,000 amid coronavirus fears
[NYPOST] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
has reportedly placed roughly 10,000 people under quarantine over coronavirus fears, but still has not confirmed a single case of the virus.

About 40 percent of those under quarantine have been released after showing no symptoms, according to the Korea Herald, citing state media reports.

The Hermit Kingdom in mid-February doubled the quarantine period for those at risk of contracting coronavirus to a month, the report said.

Posted by: Fred || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  They ran out of bullets? Or perhaps not enough fuel for the backhoes.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 03/10/2020 5:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Nkor. Turkey. Syria. None of these are reporting their numbers. I shutter to think of the devastation this is likely having in some areas in these countries
Posted by: Lord garth || 03/10/2020 7:07 Comments || Top||


Europe
Names of MH17 victims read out in court as murder trial of four suspects begins
[BETA.THEGLOBEANDMAIL] Relatives sat listening with bowed heads and eyes closed as the names of all 298 victims of a missile strike on a Malaysian airliner were read out in a Dutch court on Monday as the murder trial of four fugitive defendants began.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was hit by a surface-to-air missile on July 17, 2014 while flying over Ukrainian territory held by pro-Russian rebels fighting government forces. The airliner was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

None of the accused in the disaster – three Russians and a Ukrainian – were present in the courtroom and all four are believed to be in Russia. Only one sent a defence lawyer.

Judges ruled that the men had waived their rights to attend and said proceedings would continue without them.

The mood in the courtroom was sombre and hushed as prosecutor Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi read out the names of those who died when MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

“The silence in this court during the reading of all the names of the victims makes it (MH-17 disaster) clear once again and that means a moment of silence was fitting,” Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said.

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Science & Technology
China opens first 'intelligent' coronavirus hospital with 5G-powered robots offering round-the-clock care for patients
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Will it collapse?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/10/2020 4:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Now it all makes sense. Coronavirus is a 5G marketing campaign.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/10/2020 10:07 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Secret Facility At Hizballah’s Beirut Hospital Cares For Iranian High-Ups Down With Corona
From Debka, salt to taste.
Hizballah’s Al-Rasool Al Aatham University hospital in south Beirut has been converted to a secret facility for treating high Iranian officials infected with coronavirus, various Lebanese sources reveal. Tehran’s Lebanese proxy boasts that its hospital operates according to strict Shiite Islamic tenets.
Meaning a defacto death sentence.
Transferring high-profile victims outside the country to a secret venue appears to be part of the Islamic regime’s cover-up of the real figures and death toll from coronavirus in a country of 80 million which, alongside Italy, is seen as a primary source of global contagion.

The Hizballah-Iran operation flies high Iranian officials down with the disease from Tehran to Beirut by direct flight. This is one means of concealing the true scale of the infection across the country, but also high officials benefit from better treatment than they would in Tehran. There are no details about the numbers of these transfers.

The regime only reports the deaths of prominent officials post factum. The last death reported on Thursday, March 5, was of Mohammad Mirmohammadi, who was a member of the Expediency Council which chooses national leaders and a close adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Friday, a female member of parliament Fatima Rahabar, succumbed to the virus.

No international health authority engaged in halting the spread of coronavirus has laid hands on reliable information for determining the scale of Iran’s contagion. It is also kept secret from the domestic authorities in Tehran. If anyone has the true figures of the numbers of Iranians infected and/or dead of corona-19 it would most likely be a very tight circle of regime leaders within the supreme ruler’s inner circle and top commanders of the Revolutionary Guards.

In the early stages of the virus, cases were reported in the shrine city of Qom, a popular center of international Shiite pilgrimage, and therefore a primary source of contagion to other parts of the Shiite world.
Stop the lick and you may not get sick.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:


Government
BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump unveils coronavirus bailout plan with payroll tax cut and help for hourly workers to be able to take time off sick as he admits being 'blindsided' after stock market plunge
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/10/2020 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6532 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Payroll tax cut is perfect. Only kicks in when people are employed. No benefit to outsourcers, or offshoring, or private-equity slash 'n' burn grifters.
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 2:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Spengler 10 days ago.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/10/2020 2:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Remember you can think of payroll taxes as internal tariffs.

So he's just made trade with fellow Americans slightly less unavoidable than trade with Chinese organisations.

You can't have free trade AND income and sales taxes.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/10/2020 4:02 Comments || Top||

#4  If nobody or 95 percent .of the populous cannot work what good is a tax cut? New York city gets shut down oh look Beth I am going to get an extra fifty dollar child care credit on my taxes ! Someone needs to find some real adults with common sense and functioning brain pans! Just watch one hundred billion dollars one thousand points and gone ! What will the banksters and their cronies get today watch the money print and points!
Posted by: Spanky Bucket5946 || 03/10/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#5  ^well theres some big picture thinking...
Posted by: Ebboluns Shong6204 || 03/10/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Spanky, who shat in your Buckwheat?
Posted by: Lex || 03/10/2020 9:03 Comments || Top||


#8  Useful for hotel and restaurant employees that would be hit hardest by people staying home. Most "baiout" plans I am firmly against but this I could get behind.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/10/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Seems designed to counter the fear mongering that is freaking Wall Street, but it has the benefit of not going away when the coronavirus is old news.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/10/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#10  But not rent...

Debt is subsidised.

Madness
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/10/2020 16:49 Comments || Top||



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