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Afghan Nation Calls for Continued
Ceasefire, Violence Down 80 Percent
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Armed citizens guard stores amid looting in Minneapolis: report
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 00:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [429 views] Top|| File under:

#5  JADN.
Posted by: Dacama || 05/28/2020 1:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Anarchy boiling just below the surface pops up again, and a foretelling of what is likely to happen if Soetoro is indicted in connection to Crossfire Hurricane.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 2:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Even if the rioters were apprehended (which they likely won't be), Target would decline to press charges. Shrinkage is already built in to the marketing plan and price point.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 3:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Not keeping their social distance? Is the governor going to send in the National Guard to enforce that?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/28/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#10  The morning news is calling the armed folks guarding their properties 'Vigilantes'.

Words fail...
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/28/2020 8:08 Comments || Top||

#11  ^Well, they're keeping vigil, aren't they?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

#12  Autopsy please, results made public.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#13  ^ and drug/toxicology screenings
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#14  /\ Yes, could have have the 48-96 hour rule please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:34 Comments || Top||

#15  #FreeShitArmy is at it again.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/28/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#16  #5 JADN. - Dacama

Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#17  Fox news Martha MacCallum had a story on the follies in Minneapolis last evening. Footage running behind MaCallum showed a protester waving a "Fuc* Trump" sign.

Appears to be in a league of the politically butthurt and like minded.

"Why can't we all just get along?"
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 9:22 Comments || Top||

#18  Well, B., surely very many delusional people out there also believe Trump is a fault for this. Trump surely wishes he could have been there himself, personally putting his left knee on the neck of that victim.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 9:26 Comments || Top||

#19  /\ delusional people...

Do you mean like democrats ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#20  #16 #5 JADN. - Dacama

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:57 Comments || Top||

#21  Fox news Martha MacCallum had a story on the follies in Minneapolis last evening. Footage running behind MaCallum showed a protester waving a "Fuc* Trump" sign.

Link yesterday had all the normal Red Carpet Guests.

Girlfriend had scabies bigger than the white girl crying on her shoulder.

One had a sign, something like, "Let us protest like we are armed white males." or something.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#22  JADN

Ah, I was going with Just Another Day in the Neighborhood.

If y'all have a problem with looters, get yourself some roof-Koreans. Or a Texas Ranger.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/28/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#23  One thing I like about where I live in Texas, the rioters wouldn't come anywhere near our neighborhoods. Armed rednecks* would outnumber them 50 to 1.

* Armed rednecks included alot of people from Africa, Indonesia, Paki, India, etc. My neighbors are from around the world but the vast majority have full Texan.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/28/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#24  So MSM has gotten what they wanted when they first started reporting this story. And, of course, OrangeManBad.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/28/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#25  Armed rednecks included alot of people from Africa, Indonesia, Paki, India, etc.

My sister-in-law was travelling to some African country, and we looked it up online. Primary crops are tobacco and corn, poor infrastructure...

Oh, like Kentucky!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/28/2020 14:30 Comments || Top||

#26  Nothing says Social Justice like a nice new Sony 65" 4K TV looted from Target, and setting fire to the local auto parts shop.

Lesson learned - a lot of local folks of color have taken up arms to protect their businesses. I wonder if they might reconsider the second amendment and which party kept the government from seizing their firearms... Someone ought to run an ad.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/28/2020 21:40 Comments || Top||

Woman, 64, expected to die of injuries suffered in East Harlem sex assault
[PIX11] A 64-year old Harlem woman who's been in a medically-induced coma since she was attacked and sexually assaulted is expected to die, prosecutors said.

Frankie Harris, 38, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of rape, strangulation and attempted murder, but the Manhattan District Attorney's Office expects murder charges will need to be filed against the Brooklyn man.

On the night of May 18, Harris allegedly put the victim in a chokehold for several minutes before repeatedly sexually assaulting the woman, officials aid. She was left unconscious on the pavement.

Harris initially told authorities the sex was consensual, but later said he did not have sex with the victim, prosecutors said. He also told Sherlocks he did not choke the woman; Harris said a Puerto Rican man attacked the victim.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said the victim is "well respected in the community."

Police have arrested Harris before. In a previous Manhattan incident, he's charged with forcible touching. Harris also allegedly hit a Hispanic woman in the mouth, punched a different Hispanic woman in the face and threatened to kill the "Puerto Ricans." He's charged with assault as a hate crime in that case.
Posted by: Fred || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gentle Giant
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 05/28/2020 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Bet there won't be riots about this...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 6:52 Comments || Top||

Dramatic photos show dozens of armed SWAT officers lining up for 'botched' raid of $4.5million waterfront home of Del Records music executive who launched careers of controversial Mexican narco artists - but who moved out days before
Idiots. What possible impact would breaking down the front door have on a willing witness? Now is not the time to make fools of yourselves, guys — President Trump already views your organization with a jaundiced eye, for some reason.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show a SWAT team preparing to raid the $4.5million California home of Del Records music executive Jose Angel del Villar at 6am on Friday

  • Villar is known for launching the careers of controversial Mexican narco music artists including Gerardo Ortiz

  • Del Records said in a statement that the dramatic raid was part of a criminal investigation into Ortiz Note that the homeowner was not being investigated, but was cooperating in the investigation of Mr. Ortiz.
  • Ortiz, who is currently in a bitter legal battle with his label, shot back saying he had nothing to do with the raid on Villar's office and home, and claimed that Villar had 'swindled' him out of 'many tens of millions of dollars'

  • The label chief's offices in East Los Angeles and two other locations were also raided on the same day

  • A neighbor said the raid was 'botched' as Villar and his family had moved out of the home the previous week
    ... because the house was in the process of being renovated. So the only ones impressed by FBI flash-bangs and automatic weapons early in the morning were the neighbours.
  • Villar turned up two hours later, according to the neighbor, and was served a search warrant but not arrested

  • 'They were armed to the teeth with fully automatic M4s, 45-caliber backup weapons, their own medics. I saw them pull out of the house an articulated telescope that can go around corners,' the neighbor said
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under:

#1  On the plus side, they didn't kick down the wrong door and massacre the innocent inhabitants.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/28/2020 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  They need a team of SWOTS to guide the SWAT team.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 5:19 Comments || Top||

#3  SteveS I'd give the grunts a break. How are they to know Command effed up? Like that case in Alabama where Ann Rylee was shot. The dimbulbs of several agencies were after a guy who was already in jail. But, unfortunately, after all the effort, there was no kid in a crib where a flashbang could be thrown, and no dog to shoot. What's an honest cop gotta do to get some fun?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/28/2020 7:40 Comments || Top||

#4  What a f**king joke. They needed a gang of SWAT yahoos just to obtain files?
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#5  I saw them pull out of the house an articulated telescope that can go around corners,' the neighbor said

So 90's.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#6  I had one of those when I was a kid only it wasn't called an 'articulated telescope', swksvolFF.

We made it out of two of my Mom's old makeup compact mirrors and some bendable ductwork.

So '50's'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/28/2020 12:55 Comments || Top||

#7  The telescope: Who owns it? I guess either the cops owned it, or they do now. Civil Asset Forfeiture.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/28/2020 13:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Nice.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 13:02 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
'It's disturbing': Coronavirus kills black residents at dramatic rates across Louisiana
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It’s something we should all be ashamed of, frankly," LaVeist said.

Well, IMO, African Americans should be ashamed that so many white people suffer from Cystic fibrosis.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  In Black Africa the use of Hydroxychloroquine to battle malaria is widespread, that's why CV never took off the way I expected over there.

State side, I'm sure Medicaid is a coefficient to LA's African American CV Death Rates.
Posted by: mossomo || 05/28/2020 11:55 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ Shhhhhhh, you are not allowed to spread such truths. Don't want you to get into any trouble.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||

#4  That makes some sense.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 13:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Vitamin D deficiency plus diabetes and heart disease. Take those out, and how much difference is left?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 15:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Actually, given how much vitamin D deficiency plays into this, if I were Black I’d be furious that vouchers for free D-3 pills weren’t being passed out by do-gooders on street corners in Black neighbourhoods.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 15:53 Comments || Top||

#7  if I were Black deficient
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 16:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Does this control for statistically proven higher rates of obesity, hypertension, cardiac disease, and type 2 diabetes amongst Louisianae blacks? If not, then the headline is fearmongering.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/28/2020 21:35 Comments || Top||

NIH Director: Can't Rule Out COVID-19 'Isolated And Studied' In Wuhan Lab
[Zero Hedge] The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can be added to the growing chorus of rational voices who are open to the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) - where scientists infamous for creating hybrid bat coronaviruses that can infect humans swear they have nothing to do with the current outbreak.

NIH Director Francis Collins says that while he believes coronavirus was "absolutely not" genetically engineered, he cannot rule out the possibility that it escaped from the Wuhan lab.

"Whether [the coronavirus] could have been in some way isolated and studied in this laboratory in Wuhan, we have no way of knowing," Collins told Politico on Wednesday. "Nature created this virus, and has proven once again to be the most effective bioterrorist," he added.

In April, WIV vice director Zhiming Yuan told Chinese state broadcaster CGTN, "there is no way this virus came from us," according to NBC News. "We have a strict regulatory regime and code of conduct of research, so we are confident."

Did the Beijing laboratory which had two SARS escape incidents follow the same 'regulatory regime' we wonder?

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both repeatedly claimed that the virus may have emerged from the WIV, while the so-called 'five eyes' intelligence agencies (US, UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada) are investigating the origins of the virus - and in particular are "looking closely at the work of a senior scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Peng Zhou," as part of a joint international investigation into the origins of COVID-19, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Meanwhile the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed weeks ago that the US government is participating in the investigation, though there is no reason to believe the virus was manmade or genetically altered.

Collins refused to comment on his agency’s recent — and controversial — decision to pull funding from researchers studying how coronaviruses spread from bats to people. In late April the NIH told the EcoHealth Alliance, whose collaborators included scientists at the Wuhan virology lab, that its project did not "align with the program goals and agency priorities."

Prominent scientific societies and 77 Nobel laureates have asked the administration to investigate why the nonprofit group’s grant was terminated, alleging that the decision was made for political, rather than scientific, reasons. The NIH awards grants using a merit-based system in which researchers evaluate the work of their peers, and ending a grant early is unusual. -Politico

Zero Hedge exposed Zhou's involvement in bat research in January, along with studies by his colleague, "bat woman" Shi Zhengli. As we reported in February, Shi co-authored a controversial 2015 paper which described the creation of a new virus by combining a coronavirus found in Chinese horseshoe bats with another that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mice. This research sparked a huge debate at the time over whether engineering lab variants of viruses with possible pandemic potential is worth the risks.

Nature.com responded with concern, penning a 2015 rebuke , that reinforce suspicions that bat coronaviruses capable of directly infecting humans (rather than first needing to evolve in an intermediate animal host) may be more common than previously thought.

Collins says he "seriously hopes" that if China develops a COVID-19 vaccine before the United States, that tensions between the two nations "wouldn't be a dominant factor" in whether the US would have access to the treatment.

That's assuming, of course, that a vaccine arrives.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No sh*t, Sherlock?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 3:11 Comments || Top||

#2  > NIH Director Francis Collins says that while he believes coronavirus was "absolutely not" genetically engineered, he cannot rule out the possibility that it escaped from the Wuhan lab.

What's the difference between genetic-engineering and recombining a few animal and human viruses in human cells in a petri dish??
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 5:10 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Army vet fatally shot by sheriff's deputies struggled with personal issues, ex-husband says
[FoxNews] A Florida woman who was fatally shot Tuesday during a confrontation with sheriff’s deputies was a U.S. Army veteran who had been struggling with personal issues, according to reports.

Tracy Drowne, 42, had pointed a handgun at the deputies when they responded to her home near Avalon Park about a battery call, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“There were issues that she was dealing with,” Drowne’s ex-husband, Salvador Perez, who lives in California along with their two daughters, told the newspaper. "She thought everyone was out to get her and she didn't trust anybody."

Drowne died in a hospital a short time after the 4:30 p.m. incident.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “There were issues that she was dealing with,” Drowne’s ex-husband, Salvador Perez, who lives in California along with their two daughters, told the newspaper. "She thought everyone was out to get her and she didn't trust anybody."

It's extremely rare for a father to get custody.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||

#2  It's extremely rare for a father to get custody.

I guess the family support group moving a continent away may have exacerbated her issues.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Or, it may saved husband and girls lives.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Coincident and causality. Who can say.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  "It's extremely rare for a father to get custody."

Elian Gonzales. ¡Señor Gonzales, teléfono blanco, por favor!
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

"Scientists" catch up with people who can do maths in their head.
[MedicalExpress] Prevalence of 'silent' COVID-19 infection may be much higher than thought
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Even though all efforts to verify it through antibody testing have failed?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 3:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Ship: 81% had no symptoms (Anecdotal)
WHO: 1% symptom-less (estimate)
CDC : 20-50% symptom-less, 35% best estimate.
Diamond Princess: Another anecdote, a lot, I forget.

CDC Planning Scenarios
Posted by: Bobby || 05/28/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

OrangeMan offers to mediate a la Teddy Roosevelt between India and China
Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Commies

CCP to hold breath until it turns blue!

Posted by: 3dc || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Hong Kong's special trade status flies away...., China Blocks U.S Call For UN Security Council Hong Kong Meeting

Posted by: 3dc || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Trump crafts executive order on social media, weighs commission to probe bias amid Twitter fight
Update courtesy of g(r)omgoru at 4:46 p.m. EDT:
Draft Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship (PDF)
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Overton Window moved in preparation. If Twitter/Facebook/Google stop playing stupid censorship games, no executive order will need to be issued. The ball is in their court.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#2  This won't go anywhere. If you don't like the platform of a private company, chose another platform.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 17:54 Comments || Top||

#3  And isn't Farcebook or Google a DARPA production?
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 18:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Rantburg is a private platform, too. You want a Biden administration to regulate it? Forcing Fred to keep troll comments online (free speech, you know) or adorn articles with his fantastic bylines?
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 18:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Platforms don't censor opinions, and neither do we, EC, but active threats to murder Citizens is not censoring viewpoints, it's a solicitation to a Federal crime

There are plenty of opinions I've found objectionable, as others may have found mine at times. It remains as should theirs. I DO ridicule, frequently, and as MY opinion
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 18:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Yes you do and you should. That is the point.
If Twitter wants to "fact check" Trump (or anybody else) that's their right. It's THEIR platform.
And if Twitter wants to kick Trump off (or anybody else), that's their right, too.
You don't have 1A rights on a private platform.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 18:52 Comments || Top||

#7  BUT - that's the American legal difference between a Publisher (Liable) and Platform (Not)
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 19:00 Comments || Top||

#8  First, let's kill all the lawyers :-)
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 19:11 Comments || Top||

#9  As much as we hate the bovine egesta from the likes of Twitter, Farcebook, etc., I don't think Trump's gonna win this battle.

Perhaps all this will spur some enterprising person to come up with his/her own platform/company. I understand there are some out there (Gab, Patreon), but I don't know much about them.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 19:11 Comments || Top||

#10  So Rantburg is a publisher (liable) and Twitter or Facebook are platforms (not liable)?

If Trump wants to change that, Twitter and Facebook would become liable for what is posted. This means they would actually be forced to censor what people post.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 19:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Seems to me Rantburg is a platform.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 19:16 Comments || Top||

#12  I frequently find fact checks to be somewhat ... slanted. Or they pick out a couple of words, ridicule them, and determine the rest of the piece is non-factual.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/28/2020 19:18 Comments || Top||

#13  So, who "fact-checks" the MSM? When The New York Times has to cough up an insincere apology for fake news (2-3 years ago), then what can one say?

You don't hear many retractions from these MSM pukes, either.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 19:21 Comments || Top||

#14  I should have written many (m)any....
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 19:22 Comments || Top||

#15  Of course fact checks can be (and often are) biased or simply sloppily researched. But that's not a reason for the government to step on the 1-A rights of the platform company/person.

I have been (needlessly) lectured on that fact about the 1-A (well known by me).

The 1-A is about YOUR rights the GOVERNMENT must not violate. It only regulates what the government can (or rather can't) do.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 19:26 Comments || Top||

#16  Rantburg is a private platform, too. You want a Biden administration to regulate it? Forcing Fred to keep troll comments online (free speech, you know) or adorn articles with his fantastic bylines?

Rantburg is not a dominant market player. Big players have to play by rules that others don't. MSFT was targeted for antitrust enforcement, but not AAPL or Commodore or Atari. There's a reason for that.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/28/2020 20:28 Comments || Top||

#17  As much as we hate the bovine egesta from the likes of Twitter, Farcebook, etc., I don't think Trump's gonna win this battle.

Perhaps all this will spur some enterprising person to come up with his/her own platform/company. I understand there are some out there (Gab, Patreon), but I don't know much about them.

The big social media players aren't escaping regulation any more than Verizon, Comcast and AT&T can escape regulation.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/28/2020 20:29 Comments || Top||

#18  Nothing will come out of this. Grandstanding, nothing else.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/28/2020 21:14 Comments || Top||

#19  Nothing will come out of this. Grandstanding, nothing else.

I'm inclined to agree. Until an enforcement action ensues, it's a little premature to celebrate. When Twitter gets hit with a $1b fine or Jack Doherty is forced out, then I'll be impressed.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/28/2020 21:58 Comments || Top||

#20  Short TWTR?
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 21:59 Comments || Top||

#21  Short TWTR?

Long before, long today. If Trump were able to get the social media giants to not censor anything outside of incitement to riot or facilitate felonies, TWTR's revenues and profits would go up. I'm tired of far left CEO's using these companies as their piggy bank to subsidize Democratic candidates at shareholder expense. If they're political organizations, none of their expenses should be tax deductible. Let them pay taxes on revenues taken in.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/28/2020 22:49 Comments || Top||

The Verge:The Internet Wayback Machine Will Now Flag Old Debunked Coronavirus Stories
[MSN] Seems benign.

Who could possibly object?

Of course people could always check the latest info for themselves without any prompting.

Interesting precedent they're setting here.

I wonder what else they will decide has been debunked in the future.

There is absolutely no chance of this being abused.

What was that quote "He who controls the past...something something....?"

I forget.

Posted by: charger || 05/28/2020 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Boo!
Posted by: 3dc || 05/28/2020 6:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Not really necessary, age, dementia and beer brain will do the same.

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  @#2: I l-o-v-e my trifecta...
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 05/28/2020 22:51 Comments || Top||

Supply Disruptions Are Challenging the Return to Auto Production
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 07:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No cars, commercial trucks, or auto parts were made from February 1942 to October 1945. Gasoline, automobile tire purchases and other goods were rationed. People drove less and got by.

Auto production bounced back following the war. Used car prices continue to lag into the 1950's.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Hertz will have enough cars being auctioned off that it won't matter; demand ought to be in the crapper for a few quarters.
Posted by: Raj || 05/28/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  And the channel was already stuffed with new vehicles buyers didn't want.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

Hertz paid top executives $16 million in bonuses ahead of its bankruptcy filing
(CNN Business) Hertz paid out millions of dollars in bonuses to its executives just before its bankruptcy -- and a month after it started laying off thousands of employees.

Retention bonuses are typical for bankrupt companies that want to prevent their management from abandoning ship. But they're always awkward: the company can't pay its employees or its debts to lenders, but it prioritizes payments to its already handsomely paid bosses.
[I guess it never occurred to CNN that bosses tend to work long hours and get paid more.]
Hertz (HTZ) paid a total of $16.2 million to 340 executives on May 19 as part of a plan to keep them in place while the company attempts to reorganize, the company announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The executives will be required to return the money should they leave Hertz on their own before March 31, 2021.

Paul Stone, who was just promoted to CEO three days before the retention bonuses were awarded, got $700,000 under the plan. Chief Financial Officer Jamere Jackson got $600,000, while Chief Marketing Officer Jodi Allen got about $190,000.

The company did not respond to a request for comment, but said in its SEC filing that the payments are justified by financial and operational uncertainty that the company and its employees face. Hertz also declared the payments necessary because of the substantial additional efforts undertaken by the company's key employees with a reduced work force, and the risks to the company if key employees decide to leave.

Still, paying bonuses to executives isn't a great look. The car rental company let go of 14,300 of its workers since April 14 -- nearly half its staff. Hertz has serious financial problems that have been exacerbated by the plunge in air travel in recent months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional job losses are probably coming at Hertz. The company's press release Friday night said it planned to close an undisclosed number of its locations away from airports. It had 2,600 such locations in the United States as of last year.

Bankruptcy law makes it difficult for companies that have filed for bankruptcy to pay severance to employees who lose their jobs after a bankruptcy filing. Hertz has filed a motion with bankruptcy court seeking authority to continue to pay severance payments to employees who were let go before the filing.

Hertz still owes about an average of $4,300 in termination pay to 2,500 employees, or just under $11 million in total. It said paying that termination pay will maintain goodwill with employees, reduce the risk of litigation and make it easier to rehire some of those employees once more normal levels of travel resume.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:

#1  hertz is a nasty bunch of A$$holes. Nothing but corporate greedy TURDS. Dealt with them YEARS ago......ONCE.....BYE J.O.'S
Posted by: ranture || 05/28/2020 15:31 Comments || Top||

#2  "Hertz paid...?" Shouldn't it be "Top executives at Hertz paid top executives at Hertz..."?
Posted by: Kofi Shomotle2197 || 05/28/2020 16:19 Comments || Top||

#3  The company did not respond to a request for comment, but said in its SEC filing that the payments are justified by financial and operational uncertainty that the company and its employees face

...like millions of non-essential workers without employment at the moment? Basically looting the assets. Retention, that's your basic paycheck.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/28/2020 17:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Retention? Why in the hell would you WANT to keep the executives who got you into bankruptcy in the first place? Oh, that's right, because you're just authorizing bonuses for yourself. That's swell, I wish I could just authorize myself a bonus whenever I wanted at work...
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 05/28/2020 19:04 Comments || Top||

Norway health chief: lockdown was not needed to tame Covid
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 01:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yea, look how well Sweden is doing (both clinically & economically).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 3:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Grom your Lockdown fanaticism is embarrassing.This is a Norwegian admitting it didn't do a thing to stop the Y2K flu.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 5:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, BP, Soviet Union wasn't a real socialism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 7:06 Comments || Top||

#4  BP, yes, Norway is a combination of capitalism and socialism.
Posted by: Dale || 05/28/2020 13:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Give it a rest, g. The fanatics screwed up. They're admitting so now. The CDC has revised its estimates down by almost 90% and plenty of others will follow.
Posted by: Lex || 05/28/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Sorry Lex, can't talk with you - I'm late for mass (works on Jehovah witnesses, maybe it'll work on you).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 15:24 Comments || Top||

#7  works on Jehovah witnesses

I assign homework to those who who ring my doorbell for such purposes, having demonstrated that they don’t know enough about their own beliefs to take on the job of conversion, and invite them to return once they've got the answers from their pastor. Queerly enough, nobody has tried to convert me for about fifteen years.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 16:18 Comments || Top||

#8  ^😢
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 16:25 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
US to cancel visas for thousands of Chinese grad students with ties to Chinese military schools: report
[FoxNews] The White House plans to cancel visas for thousands of Chinese graduate students affiliated with Chinese universities tied to the People’s Liberation Army, according to a report.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the plan with President Trump during a meeting Tuesday, The New York Times reported, citing officials with knowledge of the discussions.

The plan to cancel visas comes as the Trump administration is seeking to punish China after Beijing moved to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, which was condemned by Pompeo this week. Canceling visas was already being discussed by the administration before Beijing's move in the territory.

The visa cancellations could affect at least 3,000 of the approximately 360,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S.

Chinese students make up the largest percentage of international students in the U.S. and American universities, which rely on their tuition, are expected to oppose the administration’s move, according to The Times.

The F.B.I. and the Justice Department have warned universities about the potential of Chinese spies among the student population – especially in the sciences – but schools have been leery of targeting students due to their nationality and have said security protocols are in place, The Times reported.

“In China, much more of society is government-controlled or government-affiliated,” Frank Wu, a law professor and the incoming president of Queens College at the City University of New York, told The Times. “You can’t function there or have partners from there if you aren’t comfortable with how the system is set up.”

“Targeting only some potential professors, scholars, students and visitors from China is a lower level of stereotyping than banning all, but it is still selective, based on national origin," he added.

The cancellations would not be aimed at punishing the students, who would likely not be accused of any wrongdoing, but rather at the Chinese military universities with ties to the People’s Liberation Army.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Boy, he IS good!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  It's a start.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/28/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice, but please add in the undergrads with similar ties.
Posted by: Raj || 05/28/2020 13:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Hope we got a way to identify them going forward, since I doubt they will tell us who they are. Of course, you could assume most are a collection asset of some kind and just stop letting most in.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/28/2020 13:20 Comments || Top||

#6  And keep a list of all the tenured and admin that squeal about it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||

#7  The visa cancellations could affect at least 3,000 of the approximately 360,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S.

3,000 down, 357,000 to go. Every last one of them should be expelled.
Posted by: Dave D. || 05/28/2020 18:32 Comments || Top||

#8  F'in A!
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 19:23 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Texas Supreme Court: Coronavirus Risk Isn't A "Disability" That Qualifies You For Mail-In Ballot
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 11:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So I guess this from the Dallas Morning News didn't tip the scales of justice at the Texas Supreme Court.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/28/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Could it be considered proof of a mental disability?
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 05/28/2020 19:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Many people are "working disabled" or "civic duty disabled" but not "happy hour disabled," "flea market disabled" or "fishing hole disabled."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 19:11 Comments || Top||

Jerusalem high school closed after students contract COVID-19
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 09:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No herd immunity there.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Herd yes, immunity no.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Three (3). Yep, sure got ourselves a pandemic, don't we?
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||

#4  One (1) school.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#5  p.s. It's 7 now.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||

#6  ^Funny, how the CV19 hoaxers authorities tend to exaggerate CV19 infectivity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 12:43 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Adults are more likely to become alcoholics if they were given anaesthetics to knock them out during surgery as teenagers, study suggests
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Researchers from New York exposed adolescent rats to a general anaesthetic

  • They went on to develop behaviours consistent with early exposure to alcohol

  • This included an increased desire to drink alcohol and cognitive impairment

  • The use of anaesthetic is key to various vital surgeries, the researchers noted

  • However, teenagers may benefit from deferring elective surgery to adulthood
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 11:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Remember those 'wisdom' teeth?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 11:39 Comments || Top||

#2  well that explains alot to me then
Posted by: Chris || 05/28/2020 13:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Having a tastes for sweets seems to be a better marker: Have a Sweet Tooth? Beware of Alcoholism
Posted by: magpie || 05/28/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Ya know, I'm not that concerned with rats who undergo surgery and later become alcoholics.

As for people -- people susceptible to addiction to depressants may "discover" their like for them through anesthetics. Though, honestly, I suspect the susceptible would have discovered that anyway.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/28/2020 14:25 Comments || Top||

COVID-19 immunity lasts only six months, reinfection possible - study
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 03:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Always doom and gloom. Welcome to Nazi Germany. Only negative news is real news. Only negative studies are accurate studies. 1984 is here. The frog has died in the pot of hot water.
Posted by: Dale || 05/28/2020 4:50 Comments || Top||

#2  It's 4 months from the first case...
Testing reliability is very flimsy.
Is COVID cover for every new global warming style bullshit?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 5:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Like waving a red rag at a bull.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  It's possible I will get the flu, because I caught the flu last year and the year before that and the year before that....
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 7:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Most people manage several times a year, Clem.

p.s. It's NOT flu.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#6  I KNOW it's not the flu. I could have used the "common cold" as another analogy. But, I suppose we will see in six months. Yeah, right.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#7  ^We'll see in summer because several governments plan to conduct wide-ranging antibody tests.

But the good news, even if HCQ doesn't work (and remember Lancet paper reports on HCQ results without zinc and in late stages), we'll have monoclonal Ab for passive immunization.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 7:54 Comments || Top||

#8  If it weren't for bad news there would be no news at all.
Posted by: Raj || 05/28/2020 8:37 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ "Bad news" has always been out there. Technology has simply enabled our learning more about it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Did they remember to use a thawed chicken?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/28/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

Fauci protégé sending gallons of Israeli blood to US to probe virus mysteries
[IsraelTimes] Finding himself on sabbatical in Israel for the pandemic, Daniel Douek has ended up carving out an important role for the Jewish state in America’s battle against COVID-19.

The NIH is determined to cast its net globally for coronavirus research. But few countries match Israel’s organized stock of blood samples from both healthy and sick citizens, and this has turned the country into an important center for NIH research, said Douek, a human immunologist.

He said that the project in progress aims to enable doctors, based on assessments of patients’ blood — cross-referenced with follow-up information on how they fare — to assess early on who is at risk of a sudden deterioration, and give them tools to intervene.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gentiles making medicine with Jewish Blood
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 3:08 Comments || Top||

#2  ^That's a big improvement on our past conduct.
Posted by: Matt || 05/28/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Lampshades are no longer available, but certain anti-aging cosmetics products and infant body parts are still available.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/28/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Bloodsucking scientists!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

France Halts Hydroxychloroquine for Coronavirus Treatment
[AnNahar] The French government on Wednesday banned treatment of COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine, a controversial and potentially harmful drug that US President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
has said he is taking preventively.
He just announced he has completed the prophylactic course of treatment with zinc with no ill effects.
The move came after two French advisory bodies and the World Health Organization warned this week that the drug -- a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
...used by millions for decades without ill effects...
-- had been shown to be potentially dangerous in several studies.

The urgency of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
outbreak has prompted some doctors to prescribe the drug despite a lack of research to demonstrate its efficacy against the novel coronavirus.

Among them were a French infectious disease specialist who caught the ear of Trump, who stunned his own administration last week by revealing he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against COVID-19.

Under the new French rules, the drug can be used only in clinical trials to test its efficacy against coronavirus -- making it unclear if the French doctor, Didier Raoult, would be able to continue using it at his hospital in Marseille in the south.

Raoult has already rejected a comprehensive study published last week in The Lancet medical journal, which found that administering hydroxychloroquine or its related compound chloroquine actually increased the risk of dying for many patients.

Hydroxychloroquine, also used to treat malaria, is sold under the brand name Plaquenil by French pharma giant Sanofi, which promised to offer governments millions of doses if studies proved it could be safely used in the coronavirus fight.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

#1  administering hydroxychloroquine or its related compound chloroquine actually increased the risk of dying for many patients.

We gave it to a bunch of people who were dying.
What happened?
They died.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/28/2020 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Funny. President Trump announces he is taking HCQ, now it's getting banned in places. Hmmmm. So, the story of that that Congresswoman in Michigan who claims HCQ saved her life was all made up?
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 0:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO

Closed cases (death or recovery)
Brasil 13% death.
France 30% death.

Countries which Primarily Use Antimalarial Drugs As COVID-19 Treatment See Slower Dynamic of Daily Deaths
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 1:26 Comments || Top||

#4  So, the story of that that Congresswoman in Michigan who claims HCQ saved her life was all made up?

It must be true because the Democrats banned her too.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/28/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Trump should recommend drinking water. Entire Democrat party dies of thirst
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 8:02 Comments || Top||

#6  ^No. They will drink Evian.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#7  "Let them drink Evian!" --Madame Botox von Pelosi
Posted by: magpie || 05/28/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Who needs the WHO?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/28/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Dr Who
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 05/28/2020 14:29 Comments || Top||

#10  A recent Boston result was quoted as showing that the stuff was dangerous, but it showed the opposite. It was given, according to rules that it could only be used on those who were expected to die, and of those something like 25 to 35 percent actually died. All other patients, with less severe symptoms got no treatment, and of these 9% died.
This was taken as evidence that it was dangerous. Actually it means that 2/3 of those expected to die survived with the treatment. If it was given to the others, two thirds of those that died among them might well have survived, reducing the rate of death to 3%.
Posted by: daniel || 05/28/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Facts! Numbers! Statistics! They confuse me, daniel. Stop it!

- Bobby speaking for the Dems
Posted by: Bobby || 05/28/2020 16:38 Comments || Top||

SpaceX-NASA Crewed Mission Postponed over Bad Weather
[BREITBART] The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit has been called off with 16 minutes to go in the countdown because of the danger of lightning.

Liftoff is rescheduled for Saturday.

The spacecraft was set to blast off Wednesday afternoon for the International Space Station, ushering in a new era in commercial spaceflight and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

Ever since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA has relied on Russian rockets to carry astronauts to and from the space station.
Posted by: Fred || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under:

Zarif appeared to be sleeping as President Hassan Rouhani was delivering a speech in the opening session of Iran’s new parliament
Posted by: Fred || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Who does he think he is? A US Senator?
Posted by: Matt || 05/28/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Note the exposed nose.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

13-year-old Iranian girl, identified as Romina Ashrafi, was beheaded by her father in a so-called ‘honor killing’
Posted by: Fred || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Culture Wars
CBS Lays Off 400 Employees
Learn to code, bitchezzzz!
[NY Post] - ViacomCBS is slashing an additional 400 jobs as the broadcasting giant continues to search for cost savings from last year’s merger of CBS and Viacom even as it struggles to shore up losses from the coronavirus pandemic.
'I don't care if my parent company's strugggggling...!"
The layoffs, which kicked off this week, primarily took place at CBS’ entertainment, news, studio, sports and local news divisions, according to sources.
I.e., everywhere.
A rep from CBS did not comment.
"I know nuuuuuthing!"
ViacomCBS has undergone several rounds of layoffs since the merger closed in December. Those cuts primarily hit administrative and back-office divisions in an effort to eliminate duplication. This week’s cuts are the first layoffs on the broadcast side, although a number of executives have departed since the merger.
Further speculation abounds that the high-priced talent (as it were) didn't take pay cuts themselves, so more staffers got shitcanned as a result, which means every one of them will likely hate Katie Couric crowd for the rest of their lives. I don't know about you but I'm having trouble holding back the tears here....
Posted by: Raj || 05/28/2020 14:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I worry that many of these will wind up in corporate HR departments.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/28/2020 14:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Correct - HR is where large corporations put their useless people. I said that to one of them at my last software job, then I quit a few weeks later. I might try to find the reprimand letter from Laurie Donahue (I never forget an asshole). I said goodbye to her with a shit eating grin as I walked out the front door.
Posted by: Raj || 05/28/2020 14:27 Comments || Top||

#3  "We'll get rid of the fact-checkers and just rely on our Academia and Obama regime hires"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 15:34 Comments || Top||

#4  They will have to hire someone from Mythbusters next time they do an exploding gas tank expose hoax
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 15:48 Comments || Top||

#5  that's a start. Learn to code.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/28/2020 16:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Good news.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/28/2020 16:52 Comments || Top||

#7  It’s like the movie Broadcast News was a how to.
Posted by: Klem Kadiddlehopper || 05/28/2020 17:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Saw a tweet somewhere earlier, Cami McCormick, who was injured by an IED while working for CBS in Afghanistan in 2009 was let go, but some lames who are good at pushing the Orange Man Bad line have been kept on.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/28/2020 18:16 Comments || Top||

Zuckerberg knocks Twitter for fact-checking Trump, says private companies shouldn't be 'the arbiter of truth'
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 10:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under:

#1  that despite the president’s claims about mail-in voting, “fact checkers” say there is “no evidence” that mail-in voting would increase fraud risks and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.

That is progressive 'fact-checking'. No evidence because the Dems never allow it to be investigated and 'very rarely linked' seems to contradict the previous statement of 'fact', which, again, can never be proven if never investigated.

Check on, dudes!
Posted by: Bobby || 05/28/2020 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  This is Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, which has its own censorship team?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/28/2020 16:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Funny that twitter decided to call the president out on something so transparently true. Perhaps tey shouldn't have liberal zealots in charge of censorship.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/28/2020 16:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Imagine Paul Cicero telling Tommy DeVito to stop attracting so much attention to himself.

That's what this is.
Posted by: charger || 05/28/2020 23:01 Comments || Top||

Fort Leavenworth soldier saves 'countless lives' by ending active shooter situation on bridge
[KMBC] Master Sergeant David Royer, an active-duty soldier at Fort Leavenworth, intervened in an active-shooter situation Wednesday morning on Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth, Kansas, and "saved countless lives," according to police.

Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said they initially received a multiple shots fired call around 11 a.m. from the bridge and believed the case to be road rage. But after further investigation, police found it was an active shooter situation with a suspect randomly firing at vehicles passing by with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle.

"This was an active shooter with multiple weapons on the bridge, firing at cars with no particular association," Kitchens said.

At least seven bullets flew through the window of a Ford Taurus. Two other cars were shot. Investigators said a Fort Leavenworth soldier, who was in one of those vehicles, was wounded.

"There was an active-duty soldier assigned to Fort Leavenworth waiting in traffic behind the event who saw the event unfold and determined it was an active shooter," Kitchens said. "The soldier intervened by striking the shooter with his vehicle, causing him to be critically injured, ending the encounter with the active shooter and likely saving countless lives."

Kitchens said the suspected shooter is a Platte County, Missouri, resident.

"There doesn’t appear to be a target," Kitchens said. “The person was simply, randomly firing at vehicles as they passed by."

Investigators are not sure yet what motivated the man to target random people. Detectives are looking into the shooter's history.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 03:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [420 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cars rack up more kills than guns every year.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/28/2020 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous man" - Sgt Zim.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  He ended it by hitting the shooter with his vehicle.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/28/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  So...he was on full auto when he took the perp out. (unlikely a stick shift)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/28/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Automatic Military Assault Vehicle
Posted by: Frank G || 05/28/2020 8:28 Comments || Top||

#6  When seconds count a warrior is only seconds away.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Was it an automatic transmission or a semi-automatic ?
If he was really mean after he ran him down , he'd make a Molotov Cocktail and light him up to make sure.
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 05/28/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Thank goodness it was not a no-car area.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

#11  Was it an automatic transmission or a semi-automatic ?

Did it have a magazine rack?
How many magazines did it hold?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 16:53 Comments || Top||

#12  I see no mention of a name on the shooter, so I am assuming it is a media-protected class, with some iteration of Mohammed in the name at very high odds.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 05/28/2020 20:30 Comments || Top||

Despite the Hype, Gilead's Remdesivir Will Do Nothing to End the Coronavirus Pandemic
[TheIntercept] Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir has been heralded as our best hope in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, the antiviral drug doesn’t seem of much help to patients with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. And while the company’s clever rollout has generated excitement among investors, politicians, and the public, a combination of generic drugs that appears to be more effective in fighting the coronavirus has flown under the radar....

It is amid these feelings of scarcity and indebtedness that Gilead is setting the price for its antiviral medicine. The company, which has already arranged for distribution of remdesivir in 127 countries, is expected to begin selling it commercially as soon as June. And while a 10-day course of the drug, which was developed as a potential Ebola treatment with at least $79 million in U.S. government funding, costs only about $10 to produce, according to an estimate by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, its market price is expected to be several hundred times that amount.

Still, price gouging isn’t what has many scientists upset about remdesivir. It’s the fact that the coronavirus drug that has boosted hopes and sent Gilead’s stock price (and according to some analysts, the entire stock market) soaring doesn’t seem to do much for coronavirus patients.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, basically, all the efforts they (and others) have invested in sabotaging HCQ were for nothing?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/28/2020 16:05 Comments || Top||

Moderna Shares Tumble As Insiders Caught Running For The Exits
*Shrug* A lesson in the difference between stock speculators and long term investors. According to Forbes, Moderna is continuing steadily down the clinical testing path, but the stock price has been volatile. It should be noted that even after falling 40% from peak, the stock price is still more than twice the initial price offering of $22.
[Zero Hedge] In his classic book "the Intelligent Investor", Benjamin Graham, considered the founder of value investing, warned readers that evidence of company insiders and management selling large slugs of shares should be an immediate red flag for the discerning investor. If management seems more interested in cashing out than running the company, then they're likely prioritizing their own financial interests over the long-term viability of the company.

A little over a week ago, shares of American biotech stock Moderna soared more than 30% following a bullish statement on the company's vaccine results. A few days later, CNN reported that company insiders, including the company's chief medical officer and chief financial officer, cashed out some $30 million in options. CEO Stephane Bancel has also cashed out enough Moderna shares to cement his status as a billionaire.

The high-flying biotech stock was forced to reckon with the confidence-draining impact of insider sales when StatNews reported on Wednesday that insiders have sold more than $89 million in stock so far this year. Statnews didn't say where it obtained this info; that $89 million number is larger than the sales that have already been disclosed to the SEC.

Of course, insiders aren't the only ones cashing out: the White House's "Vaccine Czar" - formerly a board member at Moderna, which is working closely with the NIH - finally acquiesced to critics who insisted he should sell all of his Moderna options to avoid the appearance of a conflict. Of course, with the sales coming just hours after the stock's face-melting rally, the former big pharma exec pocketed ~$12 million.

The news, which follows a secondary offering by Moderna last week seemingly timed to take advantage of the rally, sent Moderna shares down 6.8% in premarket trading on Wednesday.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's profit taking and rebalancing.

If they sold ALL their stocks maybe that would be more worrying, but diversifying on a gain seems prudent to me.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/28/2020 5:12 Comments || Top||

#2  This is one of those deals where the optics are bad, but, like it or not, that's how the game is played. Options are very often part of C-Suite's compensation package. A little bit different than when United Airlines execs got bonuses when the rank and file took pay cuts to "save the company"
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Much like Hertz.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/28/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Yep...posted that story as well.
Posted by: Clem || 05/28/2020 14:57 Comments || Top||


More to the story
Sure, the timing of the Moderna executives' stock sales seems like the company's leaders were attempting to profit off of good news in anticipation that the stock could soon go down. But appearances can be deceiving.

All of the stock sales in question were done using a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan. What is Rule 10b5-1? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) established this rule in 2000 to allow company insiders to put trading plans into effect that buy or sell a predetermined number of shares at a predetermined time. The SEC actually adopted Rule 10b5-1 to enable insiders to trade shares without engaging in insider trading.

They just got damn lucky on when the timer went off and sold those shares.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 05/28/2020 21:06 Comments || Top||

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