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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Chicago sees 28 shot day after violent Memorial Day weekend
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 10:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  I see they had a temporary lull.
As most of this violence is drug trafficking related
maybe the buyers should be charged with aiding and abetting
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 05/29/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, are they at least wearing masks?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank goodness for those restrictive gun laws, just think of the carnage without them!

(sarc off)
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/29/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Spring has been cold in the North. Likely a lot of pent-up demand for the settling of grievances now that the weather is warm.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/29/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||

#5  With the cartel having problems moving product north, the market has become more competitive.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/29/2020 19:20 Comments || Top||

Minneapolis: Police arrest CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and crew on live television (video)
[CNN] CNN's Jose Omar Jimenez was taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers. Jimenez's crew were also placed in handcuffs.
Hat tip to the police. Arresting the Communist News Network crew sends a strong, 'no cost' message to other communist thugs in the vicinity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 09:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shi* disturbers, haul them away.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 9:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The video tells a different story. I don't see any reason to arrest the crew. They calmly ask police what they want them to do and where to go.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/29/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Aiding and abetting a civil insurrection?
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/29/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Pre-arranged, scripted CNN response. The CNN crew intended to be arrested. As designed, all the news networks worldwide will cover it.

Please charge the entire network with willful sedition. Arrest and imprison them all. No bond, trial date sometime in the 2022-2024 time frame.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 9:35 Comments || Top||

#5  They were all wearing surgical masks, right?
Posted by: Raj || 05/29/2020 9:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Besoeker, this is not the Soviet Union.
I'm a bit bewildered by some statements I read here lately.
Freedom of press wasn't guaranteed to protect journalists who agree with you. But who disagree.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/29/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#7  From the same nutwork that had Anderson Cooper standing in water where just barely 10-20 feet away were people standing on wet but unflooded land.
Posted by: Clem || 05/29/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#8  EC - a lot of people (myself included) have seen that CNN is a political op, not a journalistic one, and antithetical to our principles, politics, and values
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#9  Re: #7 - Or Becky Anderson organizing a "demonstration" in London.

And then there is just Chris Cuomo.
Posted by: Clem || 05/29/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#10  FrankG
Whatever you think of CNN, I can see no reason in that video why these journalists should be arrested.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/29/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#11  EC, Freedom of the Press was about the technology to disseminate information of the times. The technology and vocation were once one and the same. Modern 'Press' is just about as much in obstructing, corrupting, and fabricating information rather than an open flow of information. They make their living selling print column and air time which means if there isn't a crisis, they'll make one. This, the internet, is far closer to what the founders meant by the free flow of information which is why so many seek to choke it and shut it down.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/29/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#12  EC, 1968 Chicago Democratic Party convention. The 'rioting' occurred around where the cameras where. It was by design and intention.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/29/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#13  Any CNN video needs to be taken with a large pile of salt. Were they encouraging arson or looting by their cameras? Who knows. They would edit it out
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 10:38 Comments || Top||

#14  If they did police would clearly have pointed this out by now.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/29/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||

#16  I remember in Intifada I, EC, we (serving there) were always told when a riot would occur. Because journalists would call a local contact from Tel Aviv and arrange for one - saves them time away from pubs & whores in Tel Aviv. And ISA was tapping his phone.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

#17  Ref #6: I fully agree EC. I suspect it will end sometime prior to everyone being hauled off to the gulogs (but that would improve employment numbers). It just has to stop somewhere. These culturally crazed, entitlement anarchists must be stopped.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#18  g(r)omgoru, I don't doubt it. But Israel still has a free press.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/29/2020 11:11 Comments || Top||

#19  We all know how deceptive reporting can be and often is. But this is a price we pay for press freedom.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/29/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||

#20  In the land of The Democratic Farm Labor Party ... rules are a bit different.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#21  #18,19 Sure I believe in free press - Ben Franklin with a single press, one apprentice and two part time news-hounds and a bunch of unpaid correspondents, or a guy with a blog nowadays.
Multinational, multi billion company, with commercial interests in China, not so much.
And, what I was mostly referring to - do you think they only arrange/script violent riots in "Palestine"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 11:29 Comments || Top||

#22  Ya know, there's never a riot after a little kid's killed during a drive-by. Very little press coverage, either.

Yet it happens way more frequently than the police killing anyone.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/29/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||

Posted by: trailing wife || 05/29/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#24  ^^ The CNN reporter reports on his experience after being released. It doesn’t sound nearly so fraught, Constitutionally, as it originally appeared.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/29/2020 14:41 Comments || Top||

#25  Well we know that the 'news' nowdays is all about sensationalism. "If it bleeds - it leads!" with little regard for the casualties; Often encouraged on if it advances their agenda.

I suspect that the news media has not-so-subtley encouraged violence to get that 'bleeding story'.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/29/2020 14:44 Comments || Top||

#26  He works for CNN. He should have at least been given a full mental health evaluation before being released.
Posted by: Airandee || 05/29/2020 17:27 Comments || Top||

National Guard called to Minneapolis amid violent riots over George Floyd‘s death
[IsraelTimes] Minnesota Governor Tim Walz called in the National Guard as a maimed Minneapolis braced for more violence Thursday, one day after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking shambles, with burned buildings, looted stores and angry graffiti demanding justice.

The unrest ravaged several blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood, with scattered rioting reaching for miles across the city. It was the second consecutive night of violent protests following the death of George Floyd, who gasped for breath during a Monday arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes. In footage recorded by a bystander, Floyd can be heard pleading that he can’t breathe until he slowly stops talking and moving.

Another protest was announced for Thursday evening near county offices downtown. Some stores in Minneapolis and the suburbs planned to close early, fearing more strife. The city shut down its light-rail system and planned to stop all bus service "out of concern for the safety of riders and employees," a statement said.

St. Paul front man Steve Linders said authorities have been dealing with unrest in roughly 20 different areas throughout the city.

Protests also spread to other US cities. In Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, hundreds of people protesting Floyd’s death blocked a Los Angeles freeway and shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers. Memphis police blocked a main thoroughfare after a racially mixed group of protesters gathered outside a police precinct. The situation intensified later in the night, with police donning riot gear and protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of officers stationed behind a barricade.

The 46-year-old Floyd died as police arrested him outside a convenience store after a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. The US Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis said Thursday they were conducting "a robust criminal investigation" into the death and making the case a priority. The announcement came a day after US President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
tweeted that he had asked an investigation to be expedited.

Aerial photos show devastation caused by looters protesting George Floyd's killing
[DailyMail] ...as Eric Garner's mom unites with Rev Sharpton in Minneapolis and demands cops who 'murdered' him are arrested now.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [375 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Floyd had been sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for aggravated assault stemming from a robbery where Floyd entered a woman’s home, pointed a gun at her stomach and searched the home for drugs and money, according to court records

Model citizen he was. I'm glad the rap sheet was published.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Cops in Minn can't even protect their own precinct houses.

Remember, they have no duty to protect you, but you still have a duty to pay for their pensions.
Posted by: charger || 05/29/2020 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Just wonder how many new CV19 cases will be discovered among the rioters.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 2:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe if people had jobs.....nah, never mind.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/29/2020 6:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Looters are not protesting, they are using the commotion to thieve.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/29/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 "Whether you rise for the sake of your creed -
or riot in hope of spoil"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Need rooftop Koreans
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 8:25 Comments || Top||

#8  The 46-year-old Floyd died as police arrested him

Do we know the actual cause of death? Gonna be hard to pin this one on the virus.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/29/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe not, Steve.
Respiratory failure = sure sign of COVID amirite?

Posted by: Lex || 05/29/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||


But why loot baby clothes?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 8:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Burn down your house in protest, and you'll never have to do it again.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/29/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#12  The unrest ravaged several blocks in the Longfellow neighborhood

Longfellow would be one of the so described Fireside Poets.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/29/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#13  After recent outbreaks of fascism across the US, my sympathy for police has gone from low to zero. Looting and rioting is stupid, but outright revolt... perhaps would not be a bad idea.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 05/29/2020 11:09 Comments || Top||

#14  By the shores of Gucci-Gimme..
Posted by: Lex || 05/29/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#15  I don't think we have seen a single troop in Minneapolis.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/29/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#16  Need rooftop Koreans

“Redneck” parking lot Rooftop Koreans. They agree with the protesters, disagree with the looting:

Posted by: trailing wife || 05/29/2020 12:42 Comments || Top||

#18  Personally, I say send in the troops and restore order. Or if the mayor is that much of a jerk, end any and all fed assistance to the area
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/29/2020 16:54 Comments || Top||

#19  Minneapolis Rioters Burn Arby's, AutoZone, Affordable Housing Amid George Floyd Protests

In 6 months to a year, expect local news stories on companies not rebuilding stores, a lack of jobs, and high prices. Connecting all these dots will be left as an exercise for the reader.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/29/2020 20:04 Comments || Top||

Moment paralyzed deaf-mute teenager attempts to rob a jewelry shop in Brazil with a fake gun held with his FEET
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:

#1  To do that with your feet is to truly be toe deaf.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 05/29/2020 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Inaudible toe jam, gun jam ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 1:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Would have been quite a feat if he could have pulled it off...
Posted by: Warthog || 05/29/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Does he play a mean pinball?
Posted by: Raj || 05/29/2020 9:58 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Russia scrambles in Black and Baltic as US bombers approach.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 10:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under:

#2  I remember the game from the 70s. The Soviets et al would put a lot of metal in the skies in the east forcing NATO to do the same. After a few times of that game, the USAF with lots of all weather craft waited till a really bad weather system got overhead and did the same, launching as much as the could forcing the Soviets to do the same. The American aircraft could return to base in that weather. The Soviets could not and had to disperse throughout the east to viable landing strips.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/29/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||

#3  good shit there p2k
Posted by: Chris || 05/29/2020 23:08 Comments || Top||

Drunk man rescued after passing out with rum bottle in lap, floating 7 miles down flooded river
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 10:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under:

(Joe Cooper / Bert Kalmar) (1915)

Recorded by:
Rick Gay; Turk Murphy Jazz Band.

Half past four, Dan Mc Graw, came sneak-ing to his wif-ey's door.
She'd been wait-ing up all night, Wait-ing for him to go to bed.
Dan-ny smiled, like a child, but his wif-ey grew very wild
Where have you been all night long?, she cried
And this is what Dan-ny re-plied:

I've been float-ing down the old green riv-er on the good ship Rock and Rye.
But I floated too far, I got stuck on a bar,
I was out there a-lone, wish-ing that I was home.
The ship got wrecked with the captain and crew,
And there was on-ly one thing left to do,
So I had to drink the whole green riv-er dry
to get back home to you.

(Repeat chorus)
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/29/2020 18:25 Comments || Top||

Elon Musk's plan to nuke Mars is a cover to deploy US nuclear weapons in space, Russia claims
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 04:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Elon Musk's plan to nuke Mars

It's the only way to be sure.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/29/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Wouldn't it be better to hit Mars with an ice asteroid?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 8:48 Comments || Top||

Posted by: DarthVader || 05/29/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#4  On a more serious note [article c/o Centauri Dreams ]:
Sublake Settlements for Mars, by Robert Zubrin
Ice fishing on Mars!
Posted by: magpie || 05/29/2020 13:52 Comments || Top||

#5  ...Works for me.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/29/2020 20:12 Comments || Top||

US Senator Tim Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies
Posted by: Fred || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Does he have information that could lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton?
Posted by: charger || 05/29/2020 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  So we do have asymptomatic CV19 - I was beginning to wonder (with everyone lying according to their politics and need to have attention).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 4:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Asymptomatic COVID-19, or false positive test.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/29/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  It's antibodies, not PRC.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#5  My Dr. has told me that even the antibody test is not 100%, but closer to 60%. Five tests (minimum) would be required to get past uncertainty.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/29/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 PCR, sorry.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New York City mayor outlines first reopening steps
[Jpost] New York Mayor Comrade Bill de Blasio
...cryptocommie mayor of New York and for some reason a Dem candidate for president in 2020. Corrupt and incompetent, his qualifications for office seem to consist of being married to a black woman, with whom he honeymooned in Cuba. He has a preppy-looking son named Dante, whose Divine Comedy involved getting his back hair up when a police car drove past him slowly. New Yorkers voted for him, so they deserve him...
on Thursday outlined the first steps for reopening the United States' most populous city, envisioning up to 400,000 people heading back to their workplaces, an easing of the lockdown that began in March.

De Blasio said he expected the reopening's first phase to be announced by the second week of June and, in line with the state's plan, would include four sectors: construction, manufacturing, wholesale suppliers and non-essential retail.

COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 of New York's over 8 million people, making the city the American epicenter 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...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/29/2020 10:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under:

COVID Follies (cont'd): Hospitals lay off thousands, close to bankruptcy after denying treatments while "preparing for a COVID surge that never came"
[Al-Rooters] Linky switched out, thx Lex
Posted by: Lex || 05/29/2020 08:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bad linky thing
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/29/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

#3  switched
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, hospital admins never required good decision making skills. Pink shirts and purple ties.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 19:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Thankee,Frank!
Posted by: Lex || 05/29/2020 19:56 Comments || Top||

Fears that South Korea is entering coronavirus SECOND WAVE as largest spike in cases since April 5 prompts country to re-impose social restrictions
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 04:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess Bibi wasn't just talking to hear himself.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps good news

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Spain reports first imported COVID-19 case in months, from US
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#6  #5 - Lassen County, located in northeastern California, on the Nevada border, was one of just two counties in the state that, up until Wednesday, did not have a single case of COVID-19, The Associated Press reported. But following the confirmation that at least five people there are infected, county officials have since backtracked on reopening restaurants, shops and religious services
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

New York City bans the words 'alien' and 'illegal' when referring to immigrants because the terms are 'degrading'
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 04:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wilhelm is such a f**ktard.
Posted by: Clem || 05/29/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#2  How about: contrajuris xeno?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#3  I've banned the use of Cuomo and De blasio in my house because they induce vomiting.
Posted by: Warthog || 05/29/2020 9:25 Comments || Top||

#4  I can still use spic and wetback, so that's cool...
Posted by: Raj || 05/29/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  how are you gonna enforce this?
Posted by: Chris || 05/29/2020 10:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Only if they understand English.
Wate wut?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/29/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#7  In the progressive's dictionary, 'degrading' is synonymous with 'factual'.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/29/2020 11:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Where in the US Constitution does it specify a language let alone permit banning words in one?
Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 11:17 Comments || Top||

#9  how are you gonna enforce this?

Same as gun laws.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#10  Doesn’t the actual federal legislation use these terms?
Posted by: john frum || 05/29/2020 13:21 Comments || Top||

#11  didn't really explain alot to me skid
Posted by: Chris || 05/29/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#12  #10 - Correct
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 13:44 Comments || Top||

#13  didn't really explain alot to me skid

Selectively, like calling something a 'hate' crime makes mean girls appear meaner. They know criminals have guns illegally, but they don't get sought out and busted for that. They sometimes get caught when they use a gun.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 15:30 Comments || Top||

UK Pathologist Dr. John Lee: How many actual COVID deaths? No one knows: "The way COVID deaths are counted is a scandal"
Posted by: Lex || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death

Normally hundreds of people don't die every day overwhelming hospital morgues holding capacity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 4:02 Comments || Top||

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 4:11 Comments || Top||

#3  But there WEREN'T an overwhelming number of excess deaths.

In fact excess deaths are below 1999 in the UK.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/29/2020 6:31 Comments || Top||

#4  More GiGo.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/29/2020 7:49 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 Well, British are very violent people - keeping them locked up should cut down fatalities.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

Memory Hole Media: absurd hype + deletion of non-hysterical, fact-based posts on Medium etc
This is Part 2 in a series. Last week, Part 1 discussed How Fear, Groupthink Drove Unnecessary Global Lockdowns.

[RealClearPolitics] How Media Sensationalism, Big Tech Bias Extended Lockdowns.

Epidemiologists created faulty lockdown models. The media promoted fear. Politicians assumed worst-case scenarios, and big tech suppressed dissenting views. This is how people’s fears grew disproportional to reality and how seemingly short-term lockdowns stretched into months.

As of May 20 the CDC estimates that coronavirus has an overall infection fatality rate of 0.26%. The CDC further estimates that people under age 50 have a 99.97% survival rate.

COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped 38% within three weeks of reopening in Georgia. Some schools in Montana and Idaho have been reopened for weeks with no drama. Wisconsin had all of its lockdown restrictions struck down by the state Supreme Court on May 13 and 10 days later hospitals there were treating around 400 known COVID-19 patients across the entire state of 5.8 million people.

New York City has had fewer than 100 total deaths from COVID-19 cases without preexisting conditions.

If any of this sounds surprising, you’re not alone, and it’s probably a result of the reporting bias most of the media has adopted during this pandemic. I understand the media needs to create sensation for more clicks and advertising money, but some outlets have displayed such an imbalance in reporting that they can no longer be taken as an impartial source of information.
Posted by: Lex || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The scientists are held accountable by their peers - they lose credibility and funding.

The politicians are held accountable by the voters.

Who holds the tech-media-progressive propaganda shills accountable?
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/29/2020 17:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Subscribers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 19:37 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Louisiana cop is fired for saying its 'unfortunate' more African American people didn't die of coronavirus
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#1  Conclusion, don't post on social media - even then trying to make fun of idiots.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Sudan accuses Ethiopia of fresh border attacks
[Sudan Tribune] A Sudanese army officer and a child have been killed in cross-border attacks carried out by Æthiopian army forces and militiamen, said the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Thursday.

Al-Burhan speaks to the media flanked by Hamdok after the end of the mutiny of GIS forces (ST photo)In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Brigadier Amer Mohammed al-Hassan, SAF front man said that Æthiopian gunnies on Thursday morning sought to collect water from the Atbara River and clashed with the Sudanese troops in the area when it prevented them from taking water.

"A militiaman was maimed as a result of the exchange of fire while the assailant withdrew to a military camp of the Æthiopian army east of Barakat Nourain areas," he said before to add that they resumed their attack with the support of an Æthiopian infantry company and clashed with the Sudanese army again."

This is the first time that Sudan openly accused the Æthiopian army of involvement in the attacks against Sudanese farmers in the border areas. In the past, Sudanese official used to accuse armed gangs of these attacks.

Al-Hassan said the Æthiopian troop killed a captain and maimed six other army members including a first lieutenant. He further said that the Æthiopian forces used machine guns, sniper rifles and RPG guns.

The military front man further said that the Æthiopian army spinners killed a child and maimed three civilians during the festivities which continued until the afternoon.

Eyewitnesses from Barakat Nourain area told Sudan Tribune that two children were killed and dozens of civilians were maimed. They added that civilians fled the border areas as a result of the fighting between the two sides.

The Æthiopian army did not issue a statement about these attacks.

Army generals from both sides held recently a series of meetings in Khartoum and agreed to establish a coordination mechanism to prevent cross border attacks.

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Africa Subsaharan
Murder of three Chinese factory bosses in #Zambia, allegedly killed by disgruntled employees
Posted by: Fred || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Rwanda’s High Court sentences a former mayor to life in prison for his role in the country’s 1994 genocide
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#1  “Wheels of justice grind slow but grind fine” ST
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/29/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#2  He gets life.
His victims didn't.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 15:33 Comments || Top||

PLA gains in Ladakh
Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 10:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Nepal is angry about India's new Himalayan link road
[Aljazeera] Nepal has protested against India's inauguration of a Himalayan link road built in a disputed territory which falls at a strategic three-way junction with Tibet and China.

India's Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh on Friday inaugurated the 80-kilometre (50-mile) Lipulekh road, which will serve as the shortest route between capital New Delhi and Kailash-Mansarovar, a revered Hindu pilgrimage site in the Tibetan plateau.

Nepal views the alleged incursions as a stark example of bullying by its much larger neighbour.

Nepal's foreign ministry condemned India's "unilateral act" that "runs against the understanding reached between the two countries ... that a solution to boundary issues would be sought through negotiations."

"The Government of Nepal has learnt with regret about the 'inauguration' yesterday by India of 'Link Road' connecting to Lipulekh (Nepal), which passes through Nepali territory," Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.

It asked New Delhi "to refrain from carrying out any activity" on the road that has triggered a fresh dispute over the strategically important territory.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 06:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can relate. I have Rover and MB 63 SUV neighbors not far from me who have resisted the paving of a mile long residential lane between two villages for decades.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/29/2020 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Betcha Nepalese going to use this road as much, if not more, than Indians do.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 7:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Carrying water for the Chinese. The road is strategic and allows the Indian army to resupply forward positions on the LAC. Very close to the Chinese national highway as well.
Posted by: john frum || 05/29/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

China’s National People’s Congress endorses controversial new law to ban all “activities” in Hong Kong that endanger China’s national security
Posted by: Fred || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  What was the vote? 200 for, 10 shot in the back of the head?
Posted by: Matt || 05/29/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Gives Xi free reign to do whatever.

Stay safe Bangkok Billy.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/29/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#3  There goes Facebook, Twitter, et. al.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 15:32 Comments || Top||

Husband, wife executed by firing squad trying to flee North Korea
[NY Post] A married couple was executed by firing squad in North Korea after being caught trying to flee with their 14-year-old nephew, according to a report.

The husband and wife, from Ryanggang province near China, were trying to escape earlier this month despite the country’s strict coronavirus quarantine, sources told Radio Free Asia.

It is believed the couple, thought to be in their 50s, were trying to bring their teen nephew back to his parents in South Korea, according to the report.

"The boy’s father, who escaped to South Korea, had asked his sister to bring his son to him," a resident of Ryanggang, who requested to stay anonymous, told the outlet.

But the source said border security has been tightened due to the country’s quarantine measures, making the attempted escape an "extremely dangerous and risky act."

The couple was tortured into confessing their escape plans and executed by a firing squad, while their nephew was spared due to his age, according to the report.

"The supreme leadership has ordered that those who attempt to flee the country during the emergency period must be sternly punished. There’s no way they could have avoided the firing squad because they attempted to defect to South Korea," the source said.

Another resident of Ryanggang confirmed that the story has been spreading by word of mouth around the region, the report said.

"As people hear this shocking news, they are expressing their anger at the authorities, saying there’s nothing wrong with trying to escape from North Korea, especially when it is so hard to make ends meet due to the coronavirus crisis," the second source said.

North Korean reports have suggested that the coronavirus crisis has been under control, but experts have raised doubts and speculated that Kim Jong Un has been hiding from public life to prevent himself from being infected from the virus.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/29/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Commies

India politely rejects Trump's offered help.
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Indian CAP in LAC
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India: Monkeys steal corona virus samples!
Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 10:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Given the worldwide lack of clarity about what is and isn't actually happening with Chinavirus, it seems like monkeys are handling most if not all the test samples.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/29/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Wasn't it just yesterday the US was taking samples from Israel?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#4  With the way 2020 has been going so far, I can totally see some mutant monkey Planet of the Apes scenario going down. It's not even June yet.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/29/2020 22:50 Comments || Top||

Trump cuts ties to World Health Organization
[UPI] "We will be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," he said during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Trump blamed the dissolution of the relationship on the "malfeasance" of China, which he blamed for a "coverup" of the origins of the coronavirus. Public health officials have said the novel virus originated in a market in the city of Wuhan late last year.

The United States was the largest financial contributor to WHO, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, in 2018-19. The United States dedicated $893 million for the two-year budget cycle, about $300 million more than donated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The next largest government contributor was Britain, at $435 million.

China dedicated about $80 million in the same time period.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 16:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mods: Please delete my article with same subject. Before sending, I did a search for "WHO" but nothing came up, so, why I sent it in.
Posted by: Clem || 05/29/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Thanks for the heads up, Clem dear. Very thoughtful of you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/29/2020 22:55 Comments || Top||

Israel: Health ministry mulls shuttering schools, synagogues due to virus spike
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 08:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under:

Israel sees sharp spike in coronavirus cases in 24 hours - 79 new patients
[JPost] - The Health Ministry has called on the public to uphold three rules: good hygiene, wearing masks and social distance, after the country saw an "unusual increase" in the number of coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours.

"The easing of restrictions should not come at the expense of the rules of social distancing and the wearing of masks - on the contrary," a statement released Thursday by the Health Ministry said.
All traced to reopening of schools last week.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 04:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Smokin in the boys room!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 19:34 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
SpaceX SN-4 BLOWS up at 1:49 PM Local time in Boca Chica Tx
StarShip SN-4 blows the hell up after 5th Static Fire completes.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 11:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well...shit.
That's also going to delay the launch for final quality checks. Which is a good thing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Different vehicles. The Starship is not what is on the pad at Canaveral.
Posted by: magpie || 05/29/2020 17:05 Comments || Top||

#3  The explosion was 2 minutes after the full pressure, "complete wet" full tank static fire was completed.

Speculation is that in the process of removing the fuel and oxidizer, one of the hoses/connections failed, releasing propellant that came into contact with the still hot engine bell, and that resulted in an explosion. So its looking like a test equipment failure, not a rocket or engine failure.

And yes, this was Starship prototype, SN4. Not the Falcon/Dragon thats launching at the cape tomorrow.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 05/29/2020 17:51 Comments || Top||

Multifunction smart glasses that can monitor your health, let you play video games with your eyes and still work as sunglasses are developed by South Korean scientists
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 13:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:

Going it alone: Russia plans to build its own space station when the ISS reaches the end of its life in a bid to reach the Moon and Mars
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/29/2020 13:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under:

SpaceX: forecast for tomorrow's launch is %50.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/29/2020 10:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I really hope they can launch. I'm young enough not to not remember anything before the shuttles, and when I was young, those weren't really exciting or widely covered anymore. I'm really looking forward to seeing people go back into space from American built technology again (and I really hope to see them go to the moon again, something that hasn't happened in my lifetime).
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 05/29/2020 23:03 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Seven shot in Louisville protests over killing of black woman
[JPost] ... The police said they did not fire any shots in the incident, nor were any officers among the injured, but had made some arrests. They had earlier tweeted that there was a large crowd in the downtown area around 2nd street.
So, are such riots are normal for this time of year, or is it frustration over lock-down: COVID-19 causes some illegal drug prices to surge, as supplies are disrupted worldwide (https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/05/1063512)?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 04:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under:

Tennis great Martina Navratilova declares that it's ‘time to riot everywhere!!!!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/29/2020 04:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But it's not incitement incitement...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/29/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#2  We invited this woman into our home only to have her encourage it being burned down by the running dogs of the ideologues who subjugated her country.

It seems all bougeoisie are good for these days are selling communists rope.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/29/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Party at Martinas house!
Posted by: Whock Angaque6577 || 05/29/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

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  SpaceX SN-4 BLOWS up at 1:49 PM Local time in Boca Chica Tx
Thu 2020-05-28
  Afghan Nation Calls for Continued
Ceasefire, Violence Down 80 Percent
Wed 2020-05-27
  Palestinian teen dies while working with explosive in Gaza Strip
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  Three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan to continue for another week
Mon 2020-05-25
  Kurdish policeman found beheaded in Kirkuk
Sun 2020-05-24
  UN committee urges France to prevent execution of convicted jihadists in Iraq
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Fri 2020-05-22
  PA refuses UAE aid sent via Israel, won’t be ‘tool for normalization’ – report
Thu 2020-05-21
  Iraq security forces arrest the new ISIS leader
Wed 2020-05-20
  Abbas says the PA sees itself free of all agreements with Israel and the U.S. - including on security matters
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