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Massacre reported in Irapuato, Mexico — 24 people dead
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested By Feds In New Hampshire
Please, please tell me she was trying to score heroin on Union Street in Manchester...
[ZH] - Having been decidedly off-the-radar for months since the controversial 'suicide' of Jeffrey Epstein, NBC New York reports that Ghislaine Maxwell, has been arrested by the FBI and charged by federal prosecutors.

Multiple senior law enforcement officials reportedly said the British socialite and heiress was arrested in New Hampshire on Epstein-related charges and is expected to appear in a federal court later today.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 09:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well G.D!!!
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Had to get her into a cell so she can hang herself.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2020 9:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Federal court - probably dragging her ass down to the Joe Moakley building in Boston - the finest court money can buy.

But - there's the Norris Cotton building in Manch Vegas still in play - place your bets!
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Hillary has already placed "the call".
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Fastest COVID19 death in 2020 in 5,4,3,..
Posted by: Airandee || 07/02/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#6  I'll give her 30 days, no more.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||



#9  OK. Who's running the pool and what's the over/under for 30 days?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/02/2020 11:07 Comments || Top||

#10  I have her at 21 days.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2020 11:09 Comments || Top||

#11  I dunno. Fourth of July weekend the lockup will probably be understaffed. I'll take 96 hours...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#12  New Hampshire is interesting as a place to hideout. It has been a long time since his assisted suicide, so I’m wondering how the insurance files and films have been perhaps selectively purged or neutered. I cannot imagine this will be lacking in surprises, either in what she says or how she expires.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/02/2020 11:49 Comments || Top||

#13  Not more than 30 days, yes. It could even be a freak Coronavirus death.

"Her lungs gave out within minutes of being infected," said the prison physician.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#14  For all we know, she could be on a plane to Tel Aviv already.
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 12:00 Comments || Top||

#15  She should have moved to North Korea.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/02/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||

#16  I'm in at 14 days.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#17  Start the countdown for the morgue watch.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/02/2020 13:08 Comments || Top||

#18  She was reported to be in non-extraditable France. What dumb thing made her cross the Atlantic?
Posted by: Shating Turkeyneck1016 || 07/02/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||

#19  She either got suckered or she knew exactly what she was doing.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2020 13:45 Comments || Top||


#21  Fox News just said she was on a 120 acre property she bought in Bradford (30 miles north of Manchester) last year through an LLC so she could conceal her identity. Apparently it wasn't concealed enough, but an amateur search of the county records didn't give me a result on Maxwell, so I'll go with 'she used a maiden / other name'.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 14:14 Comments || Top||

#22  Mods - please delete the duplicate post - thanks!

Also - she's in FBI custody but I'm wondering if there's a chance they throw her into this place for a little while. It used to be the Valley Street jail, which was built well over a century ago and this new facility's been around for 10-15 years. A high school classmate's now the warden for the place so maybe I can confirm my theory.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

#23  Oh - because of jurisdictional matters, she'll be dragged off to Concord (seat of Merrimack County) for the initial arraignment, then they'll probably haul her ass to Boston after that.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 14:27 Comments || Top||

#24  The Bee is already on it

FBI Hires Top-Rated Italian Bodyguard Hiluigi Clintonelli To Protect Ghislaine Maxwell
Posted by: Beavis || 07/02/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

#25  We moved up here 2 years ago not too far from Bradford. Nice place out in the woods next to Warner. Looked at a real nice log home there, wound up in a smaller log home a little to the north.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/02/2020 19:42 Comments || Top||

#26  Chapo's Excavation service taking jobs?
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 07/02/2020 20:15 Comments || Top||

#27  I'm calling her toes up in under 60 Clinton days.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/02/2020 23:47 Comments || Top||


Harvey Weinstein accusers awarded nearly $19million payout, released from NDAs, New York Attorney General announces
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • On Tuesday the New York Attorney General's office announced a nearly $19million payout to some of Weinstein's harassment and sexual abuse accusers

  • A compensation fund of $18,875,000 will be created

  • The money will be shared between dozens of the movie mogul's accusers and will resolve two sexual misconduct lawsuits against him

  • One lawsuit is related to harassment at Weinstein's company and another is a class action suit by nine women who accuse Weinstein of assault

  • The payout needs to be approved by the bankruptcy and district court

  • He was sentenced to 23 years in jail in March, guilty of rape and sexual assault
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under:


-PC Follies
Britain: Cabinet Office says recipients of Queen's 'racist' knighthood honour can exchange award for updated design after backlash over insignia showing St Michael crushing the devil that 'looks like George Floyd's murder'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • People who received the pre-2011 honour can exchange it for a new one

  • The insignia previously featured a white angel standing on neck of a black Satan

  • But Cabinet Office say the design was changed in 2011 to a light-skinned devil
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All subsequent British Knights will receive a püssy hat.
Posted by: Shating Turkeyneck1016 || 07/02/2020 1:11 Comments || Top||

#2  The headline is a bit long, but I was expecting The Bee.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/02/2020 1:19 Comments || Top||

#3  It's getting increasingly more difficult to find humor in the satire of the Bee.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2020 1:27 Comments || Top||


Gandhi statue under fire at Fresno State
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Officials at Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, State University-Fresno are facing increasing pressure to remove a statue on campus depicting the late Indian freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi.

"How will the historian teach and explain that Gandhi was uncharitable in his attitude towards the Black race and see that we are glorifying him by erecting a statue on our campus?" asks a Change.org petition, which is nearing 5,000 signatures.

"Gandhi was deeply prejudiced against all minorities, from black Africans, Jews, to low-caste Hindus," it states. "He also demonstrated a shocking lack of morality, from sleeping naked with maiden of tender yearss to employing nonviolence merely as a tool of political expediency."
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Anybody ask these dweebs what statue they would erect? Stalin? Mao? Pol Pot?
Posted by: Bobby || 07/02/2020 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Anybody ask these dweebs "Does it hurt when I do this?"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2020 5:07 Comments || Top||

#3  "While the Montgomery boycott was going on, India’s Gandhi was the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change." - Martin Luther King Jr, 1956
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Of course he was immoral, and slept with young girls on either side, naked. But then probably so did MLK.

Who knows ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2020 12:35 Comments || Top||


#6  Where's J. Edgar when you need him?

BTW, I wonder what they have on Jesse "Shakedown" Jackson.
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 21:24 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Iowa becomes first state to permanently legalize cocktails to-go
[FoxNews]
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 07:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pretenders.
Posted by: Matt || 07/02/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Nebraska used to be that way too, many moons ago.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/02/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Roaders all around...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#4  "4 for me and my frennns"
"Sir you're alone"
"You doan see them?"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/02/2020 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Drive throughs have been around in Louisana forever.
Posted by: Maggie Poodle6767 || 07/02/2020 14:01 Comments || Top||


'The gas tank is on the other side!' Hilarious moment woman driver tries to fill up her car with fuel and repeatedly gets it wrong
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] I was in my thirties before someone explained to me that the placement of the little triangle next to the gas pump icon on the dashboard was meaningful. It changed my life as much as pointing out to trailing daughter #1 that i^2=-1, not 1 — she was out the day that was taught, which led to the first time in her life that she was getting the wrong answers on her math homework.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Women drivers, amirite?
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Seen plenty of young man-buns do the same thing. Alas the car culture I grew up with is dying out.
Posted by: Warthog || 07/02/2020 9:43 Comments || Top||

#3  2nd one of these videos I've seen. Unfortunately both were women.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/02/2020 17:44 Comments || Top||


Shocking footage of Vietnam wet market shows frogs being cut up with scissors and turtles struggling to escape from cages as coronavirus pandemic ravages the globe
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] *shrug* It’s the Third World, where refrigeration is a toy of the rich. The alternative is piles of butchered critters sitting on the roadside in the heat, collecting dirt and bacteria even faster. Mr. Wife ate vegetarian when he travelled to such countries.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There seem to be excellence export opportunities. Seems Lebanon has this serious shortage of affordable meat...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/02/2020 3:48 Comments || Top||


Wild brawl breaks out at Arkansas steakhouse as man is smashed over the head with a bottle amid row over customers coughing and not keeping their distance
When people have been in quarantine too long, they get restless.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Fight at steakhouse in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday was caught on camera

  • Customers began arguing after one woman accused another of sitting too close

  • The same woman was also accused of deliberately coughing on other customers

  • Two men then shoved each-other before one broke a bottle over the other's head
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They get stupid.

Would the "wild brawl" have occurred during flu season? Hardly.
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Asocial behavior stops when citizens, not just cops, stop tolerating it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2020 6:00 Comments || Top||


'Fascinating, Captain!' US Space Force names new unit 'SpOC' in apparent nod to Star Trek's pointy-eared half-Vulcan science officer
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's been a SPOC of some sort nearly forever. Daily Mail is ignorant
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 07/02/2020 1:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Has anybody seen the new Space Force series ? there's that guy in it from 'the Office'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Not funny and Anti-Trump
Posted by: Frank G || 07/02/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Never heard of it, actually.
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 12:40 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Coronavirus likely killed 28% MORE Americans than were counted in the official death toll between March and May - and THREE TIMES as many people died in NYC compared to past years
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Researchers looked at all deaths for Americans that occurred between March 1, 2020 and May 30, 2020

  • During this time period, 95,235 deaths were attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus

  • However, the number of 'excess' deaths from any causes was 122,300, about 28% higher than the official coronavirus death count

  • This means that health officials likely missed around 27,000 deaths that can be linked to COVID-19

  • Three times as many New Yorkers died from all causes than usually do during the three-month window
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 07:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:

#1  GIGO - they counted with symptoms, not cause of death for months. Someone is CYAWP.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The cure for the Wu Flu has been found...it's called November 4th. Remember in an election year, everything the left rants about is tied to it.
Posted by: Warthog || 07/02/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  I completely stopped listening to the media about COVID when first they said that lockdown protests spread it, then a week later claimed that the BLM protests kept it from spreading.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#4  My take on reports like this has always been "Lies, damn lies and statistics" pick one.

Don't believe all you read was inculcated by my parents by the time I was 10.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/02/2020 11:17 Comments || Top||

#5  According to the CDC's 24 JUN 20 update the virus is massively more widespread than initial estimates, by minimally a factor of 10. In other words it's also far less lethal than initially predicted.

They also had estimates of the number who died solely from the Wuhan virus, 7%. Not a typo. The other 93% had mat least 2.5 other conditions.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/02/2020 14:06 Comments || Top||

#6  "Can wearing a mask actually harm your health? Ninjas do have a lower life expectancy than the general population." - Frank J. Fleming
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2020 16:17 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Trump campaign donating meals to hospitals during coronavirus crisis
[FoxNews] The Trump campaign has been donating meals to hospitals across the country to feed doctors, nurses and first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, Fox News has learned.

Since last Thursday, President Trump’s reelection campaign has been calling up local restaurants and ordering large amounts of food to be delivered to more than a dozen hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Washington state and Michigan. The campaign has been placing these orders anonymously, but Fox News learned about the effort — and sources confirmed it.

One source told Fox News that the campaign was looking to not only express gratitude for first responders treating patients with COVID-19, but to support local restaurants.

“They’re doing it as a donor who cares,” one source told Fox News. “So nothing politically is tied to it. ... We’re just trying to, you know, show a thank you.”

“They’re trying to send things that are like, local restaurants that may need support [and] cool restaurant icons of the area that may need the business,” one source said.

The source told Fox News that the campaign has already spent tens of thousands of dollars on the effort, which they plan to expand in the coming days and weeks.

The campaign plans to continue placing the orders to feed medical personnel, as the pandemic continues to strain the country's hospital system.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2020 17:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So like Mr. Trump to do it quietly. Kudos to the campaign for carrying on the tradition. Now watch as anti-Trumpers of all sorts ignore it completely.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2020 18:29 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian voters agree to extend Putin’s rule to 2036
[IsraelTimes] Russian voters approve changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
to hold power until 2036. But the weeklong plebiscite that concluded this evening was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.

With most of the nation’s polls closed and 20% of precincts counted, 72% voted for the constitutional amendments, according to election officials.

For the first time in Russia, polls were kept open for a week to bolster turnout without increasing crowds casting ballots amid 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...
pandemic — a provision that Kremlin critics denounced as an extra tool to manipulate the outcome.

A massive propaganda campaign and the opposition’s failure to mount a coordinated challenge helped Putin get the result he wanted, but the plebiscite could end up eroding his position because of the unconventional methods used to boost participation and the dubious legal basis for the balloting.

By the time polls closed in Moscow and most other parts of Western Russia, the overall turnout was at 65%, according to election officials. In some regions, almost 90% of eligible voters cast ballots.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2020 01:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Democracy: unclear on the concept

Dosvedanya, tovarishi
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/02/2020 5:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Who cares, really? If that's what they want, let 'em have it.
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#3  agreed
Posted by: Chris || 07/02/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
UK will open up a route for nearly 3million Hong Kong residents with British National (Overseas) passports
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Commies


#2  Well at least they'd be more productive folks than the current influx of colonizers.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/02/2020 13:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Homestead Act 2020.

Take over burnt out sections of urban blight and we will grant you property and legal immigration rights.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2020 15:43 Comments || Top||


South Koreans hail the return of Kellogg's green onion-flavored cereal after 16-year campaign to bring it back
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:


Economy
U.S. reverses steps to reopen after 50,000 daily coronavirus cases
[YNet] - Governors of U.S. states hit hardest by the resurgent coronavirus halted or reversed steps to reopen their economies on Wednesday, led by California, the nation's most populous state and a new epicenter of the pandemic.

New cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, shot up by nearly 50,000 on Wednesday, according to the latest tally, marking the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic.

"The spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning," California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in ordering the closure of bars, bans on indoor dining and other restrictions in 19 counties, affecting over 70% of the state's population.

The change in California, which was the first U.S. state to impose sweeping "stay-at-home" restrictions in March, will likely inflict more financial pain on the owners of bars and restaurants who have struggled to survive the pandemic.
Nobody mentions the working girls - who are the hardest hit by lockdowns.
The epicenter of the country's COVID-19 epidemic has moved from the Northeast to California, Arizona and New Mexico in the West along with Texas, Florida and Georgia.

Texas again topped its previous record on Wednesday with 8,076 new cases, while South Carolina reported 24 more coronavirus deaths, a single-day high for the state. Tennessee and Alaska also had record numbers of new cases on Wednesday.

...In Indiana, Republican Governor Eric Holcomb halted his state's phased reopening until at least mid-July.

...Roughly seven in 10 Republicans said they were personally concerned about the virus' spread, up from six in 10 in previous polls. About nine in 10 Democrats said they are similarly worried, a level of concern that has not changed.

Conservatives have generally been less willing to wear masks or follow other restrictions imposed by local authorities to stop the spread of the virus as the issue has become increasingly politicized.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2020 05:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Israel's daily coronavirus tally nears 1,000 as lockdowns take effect

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2020 5:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The epicenter of the country's COVID-19 epidemic has moved from the Northeast to California, Arizona and New Mexico..

ah, we be green. Red and yellow colors previously highlighted the darker green counties. YNet using NYT for a source?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2020 6:35 Comments || Top||

#3  ...as the issue has become increasingly politicized by the Democrats.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 7:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Given the media pension to lie about it and the totalitarian politicians who use it to suppress dissent, compliance with new regulations is just surrendering to the dictators.

I will not comply and neither will a large portions of Americans. If the cops support this tyranny, then what little support is left to them will go away and full Bosnian civil war will start.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2020 11:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Complete lunacy. Now that it's clear the first lockdown wasn't justified, we are doing it over again?
Posted by: Iblis || 07/02/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Sir Trevor McDonald comes under fire in animal rights row after visiting camel wrestling event that 'legitimises cruelty' on ITV travel show
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 08:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Clem - I got yer wrestling right here!
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  the interviews of the camel wrestlers should be interesting
Posted by: lord garth || 07/02/2020 9:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Where I was first posted in Rajasthan, I found it to be totally un-cruel. The bored men like to gamble. The even more bored camels like to wrestle among themselves. In fact it was a most mutually agreeable enterprise.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2020 11:58 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Soccer Commentary Is Racist!
Of course it is - everybody knows that!
[538, via Fark] - Soccer Commentary Is Full Of Coded Racism

A new study shows players with darker skin are often reduced to physical attributes, while players with lighter skin are praised for mental qualities.

A new paper published by Danish sports data company RunRepeat and backed by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) makes it clear that soccer commentary in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada has a racism problem.

Researchers from RunRepeat sampled 80 games from the 2019-20 seasons of the English Premier League, French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga — broadcast across seven different networks1 — and analyzed more than 2,000 statements made by commentators about 643 unique players. The study included 1,361 comments about players with lighter skin and 713 comments about players with darker skin.2 The study found that, weighting for the different number of comments made about each group, players with lighter skin were praised more frequently for their intelligence (62.6 percent of the comments coded as positive were about players with lighter skin), work ethic (60.4 percent) and overall quality (62.8 percent), while 63.3 percent of criticism about a player’s intelligence was aimed at players with darker skin, along with 67.6 percent of criticism about a player’s quality.

The study also found that players with darker skin were often reduced to racist tropes about their speed and strength, which is often coded by commentators as "pace and power."
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2020 07:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under:



#3  I gave up soccer for ladies beach volleyball many years ago. I've never looked back.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Do they still do mud wrestling?
Posted by: Clem || 07/02/2020 8:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Clem, it's now sanitzer wrestling,
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/02/2020 10:06 Comments || Top||

#6  What was that about dog whistles again?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/02/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

#7  It makes me think what quality do you need more, to be a researcher these days ? Do you have to be totally insane or just completely, shamelessly indecent ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2020 11:48 Comments || Top||

#8  That man looked at me and now I must fall down with my fake injury!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/02/2020 13:07 Comments || Top||

#9  And here I thought soccer had a homo problem. Both sexes.
Posted by: Shating Turkeyneck1016 || 07/02/2020 14:04 Comments || Top||

#10  It was only after 9/11 that I noticed that when NPR did a report on Israel or the Palestinians the Arabs were given full names, descriptions, jobs, relatives and relationships, while the Jews were given only first name and reason they were mentioned.

“Ari, who lives in the Old City of Jerusalem in a house that used to belong to a Palestinian family...”
“We tracked down the family that used to live in Ari’s house. Mahmoud El Baradei, who lives in a hovel in a refugee camp near Jerusalem with his parents, his wife and five children, and seventeen of his brothers and sisters, showed me the key to his house in the Old City as we sat together eating a scrumptious meal and talking. His grandparents were driven out by the Jews in 1948 — Jews live in the house now, and shut the door in his face when he rang the doorbell...”
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2020 19:18 Comments || Top||

#11  Ari was....disposable
Posted by: Frank G || 07/02/2020 19:19 Comments || Top||


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The US Army needed a new troop transport – This is what GM built
[Slash Gear] GM may be bringing back the Hummer as an all-electric SUV, but the automaker is looking to tried-and-tested tech for the new Infantry Squad Vehicle it’s building for the US Army. The company has inked a $214.3 million deal to produce and service more than 2,000 ultra-flexible troop transports, though while they might look like Mad Max props, they’re actually surprisingly familiar.

The brief was to develop an expeditionary ISV, light and agile enough to carry nine personnel at once, at speed, through a battlefield. The vehicle needed to be tough and flexible: lightweight enough to sling underneath a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, yet also sufficiently compact to squeeze into a CH-47 Chinook.

The Army also needed something that could withstand a low-velocity air drop by fixed-wing C-130 or C-17 transport aircraft. That’s no small order.

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#1  Recently, GM so far as shown a piss poor history of military grade trucks and transport. That's what happen when you allow MBAs to be involved in the design process.

GM used to be really great at innovative designs, then in the 70's the accountants and MBAs took over and ruined the company.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/02/2020 3:29 Comments || Top||

#2  If the pic is anything like the final product, I'd really rather not run over an IED in it.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/02/2020 5:03 Comments || Top||



SpaceX launches next-generation GPS satellite from Florida
[UPI]

Related: Even amidst a pandemic, SpaceX is launching more than ever
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NASA delays the launch of its Perseverance rover until at least July 30 due to problems with its launch vehicle in latest setback to Mars 2020 mission
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There is no truth to the rumor that NASA is considering renaming the rover to Whenever. And it certainly won't be called Launchy McLaunchFace.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/02/2020 1:22 Comments || Top||

#2  It can't be that serious a setback if they're delaying it by less than a month. In NASA time, that's barely a few minutes. A real delay would be for five to eight years, with a budget increase of ten to twelve billion dollars.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 07/02/2020 13:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, to get to Mars, they have a window that, should they miss it, will result in a long wait.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2020 17:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Mars 2020 2021?
Posted by: gorb || 07/02/2020 20:56 Comments || Top||



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