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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Officers protect fired cop Derek Chauvin's home after George Floyd death
[New York Post] Droves of police officers blocked more than 100 protesters from the Minnesota home of the now-former Minneapolis cop who pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd before he died, new video shows.

A profanity-laced 2-minute clip shows a line of officers late Wednesday protecting the Oakdale home of Derek Chauvin, a 19-year department vet who was fired Tuesday along with three cops involved in the incident that has sparked national outrage.

"Look how many f—king people are defending this killer’s house," a woman identified in reports as Chloe Jo Sherrill repeatedly says in the footage. "Look how f—king many! Look at this s—t! They are defending a murderer’s house."

One protester near the band of officers in the St. Paul suburb was hit with Mace, according to the video.

"And they’re ready to do it to all the rest of us, too," Sherrill says. "Why does it look like they’re gearing up for war? Because they’re scared. We are angry and they are scared."

One of the officers then appeared to run toward Sherrill, prompting her to drop her phone and run off, video shows.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 07:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My guess is these officers are protecting Chauvin's home while ..."Off the Clock."

But that's just my guess.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 7:49 Comments || Top||


Riot Police, National Guard 'Completely Abandon' Perimeter in Minneapolis, Chased Away by Protesters
[PJ] Townhall’s Julio Rosas is on the ground in Minneapolis this week, reporting on the protests and riots. Tonight he’s reporting that the riot police and the National Guard have abandoned a perimeter they had set up earlier in the day, chased away by the rioters.

For the fourth night in a row, protesters and rioters have descended on Minneapolis to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, who was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday afternoon.

The city is under a curfew order, but rioters are refusing to disperse.

The situation on the ground is extremely volatile right now. Rosas says riot police shot him with a "non-lethal weapon" as he was kneeling some distance away, observing the scene.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [549 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Forget the bean bag ammo. Issue 5.56 ball and tracers and tell the cops to use it (in writing) if they are assaulted or feel their lives are endangered.

When these lawless SOB's are forced to drag away their dead and wounded, this kak will soon stop.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 2:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Alternatively, cut off their water & electricity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 2:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Analysis provided by a former colleague:

Stepping back, this is another crisis too good for the left to waste. Covid is fizzling out and has run its news cycle course. People are seeing they have been had and the economy was devastated along with their incomes, so this will do fine to divert attention and keep things stirred up till the election.

It looked like the economy could have bounced back, so this is a win win for the Trump haters. I am sure that agents provocateurs were dispatched immediately. Sadly some of them are talking heads of the MSM. We have just been stampeded by that crew over the covid virus. You know the results. However, I do not seeing this backfiring and fizzling like the covid panic. As the mobs prove there is a lot a pent up racial hatred to exploit among a population already stressed to the max. On the lighter side, Rioters with covid masks is quite a sight. Bit lax on the distancing part though.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 2:49 Comments || Top||


#5  Cut off toilet paper supplies.
Posted by: Dale || 05/30/2020 6:59 Comments || Top||

#6  NO TV, NO internet and NO radio.
Posted by: Dale || 05/30/2020 7:01 Comments || Top||

#7  What are they going to do when armed whites riot?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/30/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ Waco, and with little hesitation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#9  ...but they got to go home at night, not the barracks behind walls.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/30/2020 7:58 Comments || Top||

#10  We have lawlessness in D.C. as in the political establishment as well. Only the damage is different.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 8:02 Comments || Top||

#11  Open Fire. Shoot the wounded.
Posted by: Phineter Turkeyneck6202 || 05/30/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#12  I have noticed, in some video clips, the rioters are mostly white. I would not be surprised, especially in DC, the white rioters are paid antifa.
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 05/30/2020 8:36 Comments || Top||

#13  I have seen it reported (unverified but quite plausible) that Antifa has hired and deployed rioters.
I have also seen a photo of a large liquor store in flames. Must have already fully looted it...
It seems the policy here, as it was in other cities during the last round of riots, is to try to contain it and let it burn (literally) itself out. That may be the most expedient course in the short run, but eventually it is analogous to paying ransom to hostage takers or paying blackmailers - it will come back for more.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/30/2020 10:02 Comments || Top||

#14  /\ Perhaps we should have the FBI look into it.... or no ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#15  The graffiti is all wonderbread.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/30/2020 10:07 Comments || Top||

#16  When these lawless SOB's are forced to drag away their dead and wounded, this kak will soon stop.


You mean rob them?
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 05/30/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||

#17  Given that the left embraces the concept of "Never let a crisis go to waste," the question arises as to who is coordinating and funding these “Spontaneous” riots that have erupted across America at the same time?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/30/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#18  Chinese money is flowing to BLM and Anti-FA coffers are n some fashion. Count on it.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/30/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||

#19  Well, what did you expect after Biden's "you are not black, if you don't vote for me"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||

#20  Start by scrutinizing the people who follow, share and contribute live-streamed riot pr0n video content to the hugely popular lefty channel Unicorn Riot.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#21  It's hard for me to survey the rubble and imagine someone thinking, "This shows we need to elect more Democrats." But I'm probably an outlier.
Posted by: Matt || 05/30/2020 11:57 Comments || Top||

#22  From: All American Patriot May 30, 2020

Interesting perspective: Staged Event



These officers were involved with something, I’m not sure exactly what, but something is just not adding up.

I think there is at the very least the “possibility”, that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the purpose of creating racial tensions and driving a wedge in the growing group of anti deep state sentiment from comon people, that have already been psychologically traumatized by Covid 19 fears.



Historically, in election years and in politically contested areas or in groups, racial or gun violence incidents are becoming common place. Considering the rising approval rating of President Trump in the black community, an event like this was unfortunately “Predictable”

Consider these points and contrast them to every other police brutality incident you've ever seen.

The filmed portion of the incident was about 10 minutes long. In that amount of time, three officers are holding one handcuffed man down. You only know that because of the pictures taken from across the street. You can't see the other two officers in the video because they are behind the vehicle. During 8 minutes of the entire video, the officer has his knee on George Floyd's neck, which is not taught or approved by any law enforcement agency.



Additionally, other than the Asian officer speaking occasionally to the crowd of bystanders, there is no communication from any of the officers to Mr. Floyd. No talking, no shouting. When have you ever seen a police brutality video without police shouting?



Additionally, the police had no goal. They weren't trying to subdue him for arrest, he was already handcuffed and all they needed to do, was place him in the back of the car. There is no plausible explanation for taking him to the ground and having three men on top of a handcuffed man, a knee placed on his neck. Mr. Floyd presented no threat and was not resisting. The only goal that there appeared to be was exactly what happened: “To be filmed brutally killing a black man”.

Think about this, these officers did not care about being filmed, in fact the officer stared into the camera with soulless eyes and an emotionless face, reminiscent of an assassin, as he knowingly killed an American Citizen.



None of the officers spoke among themselves or did they speak to Mr. Floyd. They did not respond to his pleas for life. They just sat and kneeled on him until he was passed out and then waited an additional 4 minutes after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness to ensure that Mr. Floyd was dead and could not be revived.



The bystanders are verbally communicating to the officers, that he isn't breathing. Unlike any other similar incident, you never see the officers getting on police radios. You never see or hear them calling dispatch for backup. No other police units arrive on the scene and strangely enough, the crowd does not seem to grow either.



The scene does not end until an ambulance arrives and they unceremoniously flop him on a gurney. At no point does anyone in a uniform ever check his vitals. “As if they aren't remotely curious about the situation they are in” BTW. who called the ambulance and for what reason? Because if the reason was that Mr. Floyd was having a medical issue, they wouldn't have still been crushing his neck.



Shortly after the video went viral, a fake Facebook page supposedly belonging to the officer, at the center of the murder appears and pictures are uploaded that say "Stand your Ground" and "Trump 2020". A picture of the cop with a red ballcap that says "Make America White Again". A friends list populated with obvious sock accounts and people clearly not his friends. This is the same kind of fake Facebook stunt that happened with a group made to look like support for the men involved with the Ahmed Aubrey case.



Is it mere coincidence that this happens the week after “race” becomes a major political issue after the Biden "You ain't Black" gaffe, started to threaten the black vote the Democrats so desperately count on?



Additionally, there is substantial video evidence to arrest at least one officer now. Why would the local authorities not charge him immediately, unless there was a political advantage not to!

Is it mere coincidence that this happens right about the exact moment the COVID-19 fear campaign falls apart, and after it has psychologically traumatized the entire country and got everyone at each other's throats and suicide attempts are spiking? Is it mere coincidence that this happens after the Auhmed Aubrey case... Which somehow eluded the mainstream media completely until two whole months after he was killed? When has that ever happened? Timing issue? Is it mere coincidence that Supreme Race Baiter Obama was making videos a couple weeks ago connecting COVID with "Systemic Racism"?



FINALLY....Description: Description: ‼️Description: Description: ‼️ this entire scene plays out with the cop car and license plate that says "POLICE". The plate was perfectly framed for maximum subliminal impact. This also means he was literally just 1 foot away from the back seat of the police car and these cops thought it was smarter to kill a black man on camera, than to pick him up and move him one foot into the back of the police car.



Posted by: warthogswife || 05/30/2020 12:40 Comments || Top||

#23  Some weird-a$$ egesta, man.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#24  Need robot crowd control dogs.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 12:48 Comments || Top||

#25  #22 Good questions and observations warthogswife. You have sleuth's eyes.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/30/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#26  From: All American Patriot May 30, 2020

Interesting perspective: Staged Event



These officers were involved with something, I’m not sure exactly what, but something is just not adding up.

I think there is at the very least the “possibility”, that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the purpose of creating racial tensions and driving a wedge in the growing group of anti deep state sentiment from comon people, that have already been psychologically traumatized by Covid 19 fears.



Historically, in election years and in politically contested areas or in groups, racial or gun violence incidents are becoming common place. Considering the rising approval rating of President Trump in the black community, an event like this was unfortunately “Predictable”

Consider these points and contrast them to every other police brutality incident you've ever seen.

The filmed portion of the incident was about 10 minutes long. In that amount of time, three officers are holding one handcuffed man down. You only know that because of the pictures taken from across the street. You can't see the other two officers in the video because they are behind the vehicle. During 8 minutes of the entire video, the officer has his knee on George Floyd's neck, which is not taught or approved by any law enforcement agency.



Additionally, other than the Asian officer speaking occasionally to the crowd of bystanders, there is no communication from any of the officers to Mr. Floyd. No talking, no shouting. When have you ever seen a police brutality video without police shouting?



Additionally, the police had no goal. They weren't trying to subdue him for arrest, he was already handcuffed and all they needed to do, was place him in the back of the car. There is no plausible explanation for taking him to the ground and having three men on top of a handcuffed man, a knee placed on his neck. Mr. Floyd presented no threat and was not resisting. The only goal that there appeared to be was exactly what happened: “To be filmed brutally killing a black man”.

Think about this, these officers did not care about being filmed, in fact the officer stared into the camera with soulless eyes and an emotionless face, reminiscent of an assassin, as he knowingly killed an American Citizen.



None of the officers spoke among themselves or did they speak to Mr. Floyd. They did not respond to his pleas for life. They just sat and kneeled on him until he was passed out and then waited an additional 4 minutes after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness to ensure that Mr. Floyd was dead and could not be revived.



The bystanders are verbally communicating to the officers, that he isn't breathing. Unlike any other similar incident, you never see the officers getting on police radios. You never see or hear them calling dispatch for backup. No other police units arrive on the scene and strangely enough, the crowd does not seem to grow either.



The scene does not end until an ambulance arrives and they unceremoniously flop him on a gurney. At no point does anyone in a uniform ever check his vitals. “As if they aren't remotely curious about the situation they are in” BTW. who called the ambulance and for what reason? Because if the reason was that Mr. Floyd was having a medical issue, they wouldn't have still been crushing his neck.



Shortly after the video went viral, a fake Facebook page supposedly belonging to the officer, at the center of the murder appears and pictures are uploaded that say "Stand your Ground" and "Trump 2020". A picture of the cop with a red ballcap that says "Make America White Again". A friends list populated with obvious sock accounts and people clearly not his friends. This is the same kind of fake Facebook stunt that happened with a group made to look like support for the men involved with the Ahmed Aubrey case.



Is it mere coincidence that this happens the week after “race” becomes a major political issue after the Biden "You ain't Black" gaffe, started to threaten the black vote the Democrats so desperately count on?



Additionally, there is substantial video evidence to arrest at least one officer now. Why would the local authorities not charge him immediately, unless there was a political advantage not to!

Is it mere coincidence that this happens right about the exact moment the COVID-19 fear campaign falls apart, and after it has psychologically traumatized the entire country and got everyone at each other's throats and suicide attempts are spiking? Is it mere coincidence that this happens after the Auhmed Aubrey case... Which somehow eluded the mainstream media completely until two whole months after he was killed? When has that ever happened? Timing issue? Is it mere coincidence that Supreme Race Baiter Obama was making videos a couple weeks ago connecting COVID with "Systemic Racism"?



FINALLY....Description: Description: ‼️Description: Description: ‼️ this entire scene plays out with the cop car and license plate that says "POLICE". The plate was perfectly framed for maximum subliminal impact. This also means he was literally just 1 foot away from the back seat of the police car and these cops thought it was smarter to kill a black man on camera, than to pick him up and move him one foot into the back of the police car.



Posted by: warthogswife || 05/30/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

#27  Not that I'm a big factcheck.org fan, but here's their take on the license plate.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/30/2020 13:56 Comments || Top||

#28  No need to invoke a conspiracy -- the thug had multiple complaints about him in the past, but Minneapolis PD is as corrupt as the day is long. The officers didn't care.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/30/2020 16:54 Comments || Top||

#29  Riot police n National Guard retreated because that was the only plan they had. They had no other orders. This is pretty much the Portland Model of law enforcement.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/30/2020 18:28 Comments || Top||

#30  If I were leading Antifa I'd get everyone together to confront the cops/national guard. If you can get them afraid of a massive confrontation that would lead to injuries and terrible press you can get them to withdraw and run wild the rest of the night.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/30/2020 19:16 Comments || Top||

#31  They're on the I-8 at 125 right now. Go all Soylent Green Scoopers on em
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2020 19:45 Comments || Top||

#32  Riots in LA now.

LAPD, Batter Up
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 19:46 Comments || Top||

#33  Cookie reset
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2020 20:04 Comments || Top||

#34  Chased away. Pathetic, unless the rioters were better armed.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 22:35 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Missouri boys save 5-year-old girl from drowning in creek
[DIRSN.com] Four young boys are being hailed as heroes after saving a 5-year-old girl from drowning in a creek near Jackson, Missouri.

Kinsley Stuart, 5, was playing in Hubble Creek on May 17, in an area of the creek popular with young children. She was near a bridge that has a drainage culvert beneath it. An abundance of recent rainfall had filled the creek past its normal level, creating a suction that dragged Stuart into the culvert.

A nearby group of boys had noticed the girl seemed to be missing when Aiden Kyle, 11, saw her hand grabbing the top of the bridge and dove down to grab hold of her. His friend Isaiah Randol saw that Kyle was being dragged down as well, so he and two other boys joined in the rescue effort.

The boys all pulled until Stuart was free. She remained unharmed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 02:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Memories and a photo they will all hold dear for a lifetime. No need to worry about these young fellows, they'll do fine, just fine.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Bless them for their situational awareness, their courage, and their honour as young knights in shining armour.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/30/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#3  If school was in session they'd probably all be suspended for "man-splaining".
Posted by: AlanC || 05/30/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Yes, very likely. Shall we hold our collective breath while we await this splendid story to break at FOX or the other leftest 'news' outlets ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 7:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Outstanding work.

Young men ready for action, don't have their heads stuck up their PEDs.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/30/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Where are their masks!?!? What about social distancing?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/30/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Still plenty of good people with their heads on straight in this country. We'll muddle through, as always.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 13:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Sadly, when they are grown up, this country, the way things are going, will probably be even worse off.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 13:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Not necessarily.
1968 was pretty rough, as were the '70s, and we rebounded.

Still cautiously optimistic here. This will be yet another blip, one of our periodic race riots followed by left-lib and NeverTrumper virtue-signaling bemoaning America's-Original-Sin, blah blah, maybe another Bipartisan Commission's Report.

And then back to the serious work of eliminating our dependence on China, finishing the border wall and curtailing the Deep State.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 13:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Maybe one of these proud young Missouri lads will become the next Josh Hawley
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 13:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Toxic masculinity!

Looking forward to the movie where the boys are played by women, and the girl they rescued is played by Chris Hemsworth.


1968 was pretty rough, as were the '70s, and we rebounded.

For a while, yes.

But in the longer run, the whole Clinton/Obama/BLM/AntiFa phase that we've been living through is the legacy of that time; and we're not done with it yet.

Posted by: charger || 05/30/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

#12  I hope you are right, Lex. But despite Vietnam, the 1960's, etc., I don't think the US was so politically divided as it is now. Even in the Clinton era, for example, his two Supreme Court nominees were almost unanimously confirmed by the Senate. No way in Hades you would see that today. I won't even mention how Justice Kavanaugh got treated when you compare. So much is polarized.

I wish I could share your optimism, Lex, but I do not.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

#13  I've lived through / lived in cities with a total of five major race-fueled riots now.

Seen unemployment reach 25%, mortgage rates hit 18%, inflation reach 13%, gas prices triple, meat prices soar.

Seen markets in which I operated melt down five times now.

Wish I had $1 for every time I've heard America's finished doom is nigh lions & tigers & COVID (oh my!)

We'll muddle through. Buy some gold.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 14:26 Comments || Top||

#14  Actually charger you should amend this:

But in the longer run, the whole Clinton/Obama/BLM/AntiFa phase that we've been living through is the legacy of that time; and we're not done with it yet.

Pres. Bill Clinton was successful in pushing back against Sister Souljah and the BLM predecessor moment. It was Clinton who finally kicked the old Democratic pandering habit and supported the hiring of 100,000 (?) policemen with federal funds + the harsh sentencing laws which helped to finally broke the back of the crack cocaine & violent crime epidemic in this country.

For which (of course) Clinton was excoriated by the BLMers as a racist oppressor.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#15  US will not be "finished" (just as the UK was not "finished" after its empire dwindled away), but I just don't see things getting better any time soon. But, not only to all good things come to an end, so, too, do all bad things. Life is about cycles, and right now, we are in a bad one which will get worse in either five months or four years and five months. Counting those mail-in ballots should be fun.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#16  ^Totally finished. Time to get up, to put your pants on, and go home to your wife.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 16:02 Comments || Top||

#17  Fuck your doom and gloom, g
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2020 16:03 Comments || Top||

#18  Catastrophe M@sturb@tion gets real old
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2020 16:04 Comments || Top||

#19  You misunderstood Frank - think a bit.
Hint "mast@rbation" right direction, but no cigar yet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 16:11 Comments || Top||

#20  Hey, this world filter really works!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

#21  The Dems are in a tough spot. It's extremely hard to win elections in this country with a doom and gloom message.

If they don't go hard left, many Sandersistas will stay home -- or even support a third-party far left challenger.

If they do go hard left, in the post-riot environment they will scare away swing-voter centrists and all those suburban moms they thought they'd lock up in the age of Genghis Mussolini.

Back to blathering their vague and all-purpose "chaos" narrative. Never mind who's causing and stoking the chaos -- it's all OrangeMan's fault.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 16:14 Comments || Top||


Drunk Hindu priest, 70, beheads man in Indian temple as sacrifice to goddess who in a dream said it would end coronavirus

  • Brahman priest Sansari Ojha decapitated his roommate Saroj Kumar Pradhan, 52, in Cuttack on Wednesday

  • He had a long-standing feud with Pradhan and had been smoking marijuana together on the night

  • The priest surrendered to police the following day and the axe was seized
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cool photo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  That photo is absolutely perfect! Thank you, 3dc.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/30/2020 2:38 Comments || Top||

#3  So Kali's Thuggee's are still around?
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/30/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Was this guy channeling Kathy Griffin?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/30/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Me thinks the marijuana was not just normal boring marijuana.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/30/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#6  "Roommates, Mr. Torrance..."
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#7  #5 The marijuana must have been "Wacky Weed."
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/30/2020 17:39 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Coronaplague: Harrowing video shows sick Iranians collapsing in the street as activists allege Iran's coronavirus pandemic started in Chinese embassy a month BEFORE its first official case
Courtesy of Lex:
Florida shows that a measured, evidence-based, narrowly focused approach = success
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cute.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump announces US ‘terminating’ relationship with WHO
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 0:51 Comments || Top||



#5  Mosques in Iran to resume daily prayers, president says
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 11:19 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
SpaceX makes history, launches NASA astronauts into space from US soil for the first time since 2011
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/30/2020 15:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Stage 1 already returned intact
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Extremely cool.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/30/2020 16:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Stage 1 made a perfect landing on the drone barge "Of Course I Still Love You Today".The

Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/30/2020 17:14 Comments || Top||

#4  [The NASA chief] repeatedly requested the public not descend on Kennedy Space Center to avoid throngs of spectators collecting on nearby beaches. But that appeal has largely gone unheeded this week, with reports of as many as 150,000 people gathering for the historic event.
Posted by: Lex || 05/30/2020 17:21 Comments || Top||

#5  After the fire yesterday, this must have been a tense flight fro the astronauts.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 05/30/2020 18:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Outstanding.

Finished chores in time to catch second stage fueling.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/30/2020 18:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Yay! SpaceX makes history with successful first human space launch!

My only question is who is going to tell Buzz Aldrin?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/30/2020 19:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Pretty cool. But how many trees were hurt to make this happen? /sarc
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 20:25 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
NYPD issues 'officer safety alert' after Brooklyn man posts on social media 'cop killings are gonna become a thing and I'm here for it'
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Africa Subsaharan
U.S. Sentry alerts against corruption by South Sudan senior military leader

[Sudan Tribune] U.S. watchdog group, The Sentry, has alerted against major corruption and money laundering by high ranking military leaders in South Sudan.

In a report released on Wednesday “Making a Killing: South Sudanese Military Leaders’ Wealth, Explained,” the sentry said that the fact the engagement in business activities of the last four army chiefs of staff and three opposition militia leaders in South Sudan is "demonstrating red flags for money laundering and corruption".

The report examines the commercial and financial activities of former Army Chiefs of Staff Gabriel Jok Riak, James Hoth Mai, Paul Malong Awan, and Oyay Deng Ajak, along with top-ranking military chiefs Salva Mathok Gengdit, Bol Akot Bol, Garang Mabil, and Marial Chanuong.

Militia leaders linked to major instances of violence both before and during the civil war — Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, Johnson Olony, and David Yau Yau — are also profiled in the report.

One of the Sentry investigators Shannon Mizzi said the lack of transparency and anti-corruption measures in the country allow its military leaders to easily divert funds and conclude corrupt arms deals.

"Many of South Sudan’s senior military leaders have amassed enormous wealth. Their posts provided easy access to government funds that appear to have financed luxurious lifestyles for relatives overseas in some instances," Mizzi said.

The report comes out weeks after the announcement by the World Bank last April of a $7.6 grant in support of South Sudan efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

South Sudan medical infrastructure and response capacities have been already stressed by civil war and weakened by the corruption that has benefitted military officials and top political leaders, says the report.

“With three times as many generals as physicians, South Sudan’s medical system is completely unprepared for COVID-19," said John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry.

For his part, J.R. Mailey suggested to take a proactive response to ensure that the international support in response for COVID-19 pandemic would not be diverted by the country military officials to their private accounts.

Related: Making a Killing: South Sudanese Military Leaders' Wealth, Explained.
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China-Japan-Koreas
US indicts North Koreans, accuses state-owned bank of evading sanctions
[Jpost] The US Justice Department accused North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
's state-owned bank of evading US sanctions laws and charged 28 North Korean and five Chinese citizens in its largest crackdown on North Korea sanctions violations.

In a grand jury indictment made public on Thursday, US prosecutors accused North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) of conspiring with the employees charged to cause other banks "to process at least $2.5 billion in illegal payments via over 250 front companies."

The United States blacklisted the FTB in 2013; the U.N. Security Council did so in 2017.

The indictment adds to mounting friction between Washington and Pyongyang after denuclearization talks launched by U.S. President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
and North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
stalled.

The indictment is the largest of any North Korea sanctions violations case, a US law enforcement official said. The alleged crimes include money laundering and bank fraud.

Washington "has signified its commitment to hampering North Korea's ability to illegally access the U.S. financial system and limit its ability to use proceeds from illicit actions to enhance its illegal WMD and ballistic missile programs," Acting United States Attorney Michael Sherwin said in a statement.

Some of the $2.5 billion was directed to North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, a US official said.

The transactions took place in China, Russia, Libya and Thailand, and many The transactions took place in China, Russia, Libya and Thailand, and many of those charged were bank employees, including two former presidents of the FTB and two former co-vice presidents.

North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 that have been strengthened by the Security Council over the years in a bid to cut off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

North Korea continued to enhance those programs last year in breach of UN sanctions, according to a report this year to the U.N. Security Council. FTB and two former co-vice presidents.
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Senior Chinese General Says We Need To Keep Both Peaceful And Military Options To Resolve Taiwan Problem
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Commies


China threatens UK with 'countermeasures' for saying it could offers Hong Kongers a pathway to British citizenship
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Trump: China has turned "One Country Two Systems" into "One Country One System,"
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Commies got to commie. In the end, there can be only one.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/30/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The Chinese Communist Party is fighting for its life as China's economy collapses. The party can no longer raise living standards, which kept it in power. It's leaders know the end is near and will do anything, including start regional conflicts, to excuse their failures and stay in power. The situation is going to get ugly.
Posted by: Daffy Brown6765 || 05/30/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||


Economy
Faltering Renault to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France
[France24] French carmaker Renault said on Friday it was launching talks with unions to restructure some plants and potentially close others as it confirmed plans to cut around 15,000 jobs worldwide to ride out a slump in sales.

Faced with a downturn in demand compounded by the coronavirus crisis, Renault is aiming to find 2 billion euros ($2.22 billion) in savings over the next three years as it shrinks production and hones in on more profitable models.

It said the restructuring measures — including the job cuts, transfers and retirement plans that would affect just under 10% of its global workforce — would cost 1.2 billion euros.

Some 4,600 jobs would go in France, though largely through a voluntary departure plan and a retirement scheme, Franck Daout of the CFDT trade union told REUTERS.

The overall cuts would affect just under 10% of Renault's 180,000 global workforce. The firm has around 48,500 staff in France.
Similar model to the one in the graphic.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 07:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "She's so ugly, she's pretty."
~ unk
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 9:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Sacre bleu!
Posted by: Raj || 05/30/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Arrest warrants issued for women who broke into house, 'tortured' actor Uzma Khan
[DAWN] A judicial magistrate in Lahore on Friday issued arrest warrants for three women who angrily stormed a house in the city's DHA neighbourhood where actor Uzma Khan was staying and allegedly tortured Uzma and her sister.

Video clips showing torture carried out on the actor and her sister, allegedly by the daughters of property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain, had sparked outrage and calls for justice on social media earlier this week.

A first information report (FIR) of the incident was registered on Wednesday on Uzma's complaint. The persons nominated in the FIR include Riaz's daughters Pashmina Malik and Ambar Malik, Amina Usman Malik (wife of Usman Malik), and 15 unidentified gunnies — the private guards with whom the three women had entered the house seen in video clips.
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Science & Technology
Coronavirus vaccine appears safe in first-in-human trial
[Jpost] A coronavirus vaccine developed by CanSino Biologics Inc appears to be safe and induced a rapid immune response in its first human trial, Chinese researchers reported on Friday in The Lancet medical journal.
First-in-human studies, known as Phase I trials, are primarily designed to test safety.

This vaccine did not cause any serious adverse effects, the researchers say, though they did report some side effects such as fever.

Furthermore, blood samples from the 108 vaccinated adults showed so-called neutralizing antibodies and T-cell responses against the novel coronavirus, a sign of possible efficacy.

"These results represent an important milestone," coauthor Professor Wei Chen from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology said in a statement. "The ability to trigger these immune responses does not necessarily indicate that the vaccine will protect humans from COVID-19. We are still a long way from this vaccine being available to all," the researcher added.

Further studies will be needed to confirm whether the vaccine protects against infection. The first such trial is underway in Wuhan, China.
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World's largest all-electric plane takes flight
[BBC] Aviation history was made this week when the world's largest all-electric plane took its maiden flight.

The all-electric eCaravan is a retrofitted Cessna and can carry nine people.

It made its first flight on Thursday in Washington State.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 02:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How far can it fly?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Is the generator that charges it up diesel , gas , nuclear , or windmill that wont work on cold still days ?
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 05/30/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Beyond a pocket flashlight, I stay away from battery powered gear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/30/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  No mention of the world's longest extension cord.

It sounds like a gimmick. Batteries are heavy and have low energy density compared to liquid fuels. To be cool, this needs to run off a Mr. Fusion.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/30/2020 12:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Aviation Today

Of course, the limited energy density of batteries also comes with significant drawbacks in aircraft performance. The e-Caravan — built with “2019 batteries,” according to Ganzarski — could carry four to five passengers a range of just one hundred miles. By the time MagniX receives FAA certification for its electric propulsion system, which the company expects by the end of 2021, he believes the aircraft will be able to carry “a full load” that distance.

I guess if you are only going 100 miles with four passengers there is no reason to get above 2000' except to scrape over buildings.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/30/2020 13:20 Comments || Top||

#6  100 miles with four passengers

To extend the range, why not simply add more batteries? he asked innocently.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/30/2020 18:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Heh
Posted by: Frank G || 05/30/2020 19:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Just put some wind turbine generators on top. Perpetual Motion Unlocked!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/30/2020 20:27 Comments || Top||

#9  How long does it take to charge the battery pack? A 30 minute flight followed by two hour (+) charging wait?
Posted by: magpie || 05/30/2020 20:55 Comments || Top||


Starship after the explosion.
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New hydroxychloroquine study: Early outpatient treatment is the most effective for treatment of COVID-19 patients, Dr. Harvey A Risch of Yale University says
[TechStartUps] According to a new study published in American Journal of Epidemiology, early outpatient treatment is the most effective for treatment of 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...
patients. The study, which was led by Dr. Harvey A Risch of Yale University, suggests that late stage studies missed the point about effective usage of hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Risch says immediate and early ramping-up of treatment for high-risk COVID-19 patients is key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

To date, more than 1.6 million Americans have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and >10 times that number carry antibodies to it. High-risk patients presenting with progressing symptomatic disease have only hospitalization treatment with its high mortality.

According to the abstract of the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, Dr. Risch said an outpatient treatment that prevents hospitalization is desperately needed. To date, two candidate medications have been widely discussed: remdesivir, and hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin. "Remdesivir has shown mild effectiveness in hospitalized inpatients, but no trials have been registered in outpatients. Hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin has been widely misrepresented in both clinical reports and public media, and outpatient trials results are not expected until September," Dr. Harvey A Risch of Yale University, said.

In a 29-page report, the study suggests that early outpatient illness is very different than later hospitalized florid disease and the treatments differ. Evidence about use of hydroxychloroquine alone, or of hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin in inpatients, is irrelevant concerning efficacy of the pair in early high-risk outpatient disease.

Five studies, including two controlled clinical trials, have demonstrated significant major outpatient treatment efficacy.

Hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin has been used as standard-of-care in more than 300,000 older adults with multicomorbidities, with estimated proportion diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias attributable to the medications 47/100,000 users, of which estimated mortality is [less than] 20%, 9/100,000 users, compared to the 10,000.

More than 120 top scientists criticise a series of FLAWS in study that found Trump-backed hydroxychloroquine drug raised the risk of death to Covid-19 patients and halted global trials
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Letter found 10 flaws, including patient data which 'doesn't match' with records

  • Signatories include controversial British epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson

  • Study's findings that malaria drug raises risk of death raised fears around world

  • Global human trials were halted, including two Oxford University studies in UK
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#1  We're finally getting somewhere.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  I bet that Michigan Congresswoman is kicking herself for taking HCQ.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  American Thinker article debunks HOCQscare
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/30/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  HCQ has been vilified right from the get-go. I suspect Big Pharma, as no money can be made off of a generic drug. Big Pharma buys advertising on main stream media. So, the MSM either ignores HCQ or bashes it. To see that slob Joy Rehar (sp?) throw a fit because President Trump is taking HCQ is bizarre, insincere, or both. Again, if anybody can debunk the bashing of HCQ, ask the Congresswoman from Michigan...and others.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Because the Orange Man mentioned this as a possible effective treatment for CV-19, the stupid left is opposed to it.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/30/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Trump should announce that he breathes oxygen. That'll give the left something to boycott.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/30/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Big Pharma buys advertising on main stream media.

And influences people who conduct clinical trials.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||

#8  1. There are no patents, so no real money to be made.
2. Trump mentioned it.
3. If it makes the virus less scary, then it's harder to justify shutting down the economy and ignoring civil rights.
Posted by: Iblis || 05/30/2020 11:29 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Item 3 - Indeed. Amazing how these nitwit governors, et al., are fighting tooth and nail over this. A big 'hmmmmmmm'.
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 11:49 Comments || Top||

#10  I bet that Michigan Congresswoman is kicking herself for taking HCQ.

She was actually gracious enough to thank Donald Trump, which is why the Michigan Democratic Party is kicking her. It's an interesting mindset that would prefer losing one of your own to OrangeManBad getting any credit.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/30/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||

#11  #10 They're not kicking her for taking HCQ, they are kicking her for admitting she did.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/30/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#12  And thanking President Donald J. Trump (R).
Posted by: Clem || 05/30/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||



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