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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Shipping Crate Torture Chamber in Netherlands
[FoxNews] Six men were arrested after Dutch police discovered sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools, including pliers and scalpels, and handcuffs, a high-ranking officer announced Tuesday.
"Is it safe?"
Authorities said police conducted the raid before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding.

The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated by data from encrypted phones used by criminals. The communications network was cracked recently by French police.

Detectives in Britain and the Netherlands have already arrested hundreds of suspects based on the encrypted messages.

Tuesday’s announcement gave a chilling insight into the increasingly violent Dutch criminal underworld, which is involved in the large-scale production and trafficking of drugs.

Dutch police said last week that their investigations, code-named 26Lemont, based on millions of messages from the EncroChat phones, had led to the arrest of more than 100 suspects and seizure of more than 17,600 pounds of cocaine and 2,600 pounds of crystal meth as well as the dismantling of 19 synthetic drugs labs and seizure of dozens of firearms.

On June 22, Dutch national police force officers arrested six men on suspicion of crimes, including preparing kidnappings and serious assault.

Detectives also discovered the seven converted sea containers in a warehouse in Wouwse Plantage, a small village in the southwestern Netherlands, close to the border with Belgium, according to a statement released Tuesday.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder if most arrested names start with M
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  complete with a dentist’s chair

I seen 'dis movie.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 14:46 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Is it safe?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Read or saw a vid in the last several days that Epstein had one of these dental chairs. Maybe, he was a dentist among his occupations.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 19:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Hey, Muhammads need dental too!
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:44 Comments || Top||

Mary Kay Letourneau, who gained national infamy after being convicted of raping her 12-year-old student who she later married, dies from cancer at 58
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well...bye, pedo.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/08/2020 3:19 Comments || Top||

#2  The staff of tragedy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 7:01 Comments || Top||

Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 8:32 Comments || Top||

#4  She was working as a paralegal after her jail stint. Her baby baby-daddy who she later married and then divorced is "working as a DJ." Which goes to show, what you study in school will influence your career later in life.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  I always figured this woman had a screw or a few loose--basically, a child-abuser.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 14:33 Comments || Top||

#6  She and Jeffery can now compare notes
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Kinda disappointed Clem isn't here cheering the teen.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:42 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
Eagles' DeSean Jackson says he doesn't hate Jewish community after posting anti-Semitic messages
“It’s nothing personal — that’s just how those people are. Everyone knows this.”
[ESPN] Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson said he has no hatred toward the Jewish community and issued two separate statements of apology with "a promise to do better" after he posted on social media Monday an anti-Semitic message that he attributed to Adolf Hitler and admiration for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The Eagles on Tuesday responded by calling Jackson's posts "offensive, harmful and absolutely appalling" and said the team would take "appropriate action." Team owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are Jewish.
Of course he didn’t mean them. He meant all the other Joooos, but definitely not them — they’re princes among men.
Jackson spoke with Lurie late Tuesday afternoon, a source told ESPN's Tim McManus, with Lurie expressing deep disappointment in his player. Jackson expressed a desire to educate himself and work directly with the Jewish community, and a short time later, his camp contacted the rabbi at Chabad Young Philly to discuss ways for Jackson to donate and work with the organization.

The controversy spun out of Jackson's Instagram story, on which he featured a quote he attributed to Hitler that said white Jews "will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they were."

He also shared two posts on Instagram -- on Saturday and on Monday -- expressing admiration for Farrakhan, whom the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center have identified as anti-Semitic. Those posts have since been deleted.

"We have spoken with DeSean Jackson about his social media posts," the Eagles said in their statement. "Regardless of his intentions, the messages he shared were offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling. They have no place in our society, and are not condoned or supported in any way by the organization.

"We are disappointed and we reiterated to DeSean the importance of not only apologizing, but also using his platform to take action to promote unity, equality, and respect. We are continuing to evaluate the circumstances and will take appropriate action. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

Jackson also spoke with Roseman, a source told McManus. No discussion of a suspension or termination has been raised with Jackson to this point, a source added.
[Of course.]

Holocaust survivor invites Eagles' DeSean Jackson to Auschwitz

[Jpost] Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg has extended an invitation to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to visit Auschwitz, following the latter's controversial Instagram post quoting Adolf Hitler. The invitation was posted on Twitter by From the Depths, an organization that seeks to protect the memory of the Holocaust, of which Mosberg is honorary chairman.
Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And we don't hate you, here's a banana.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 2:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Is the NFL even relevant in our lives anymore?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/08/2020 4:24 Comments || Top||

#3  This guy's always had strong jagoff tendencies and now he outdoes himself.
Posted by: Raj || 07/08/2020 7:04 Comments || Top||

#4  The Farrakhan runs deep in these guys.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#5  DeSean's NFL career is about over (played in only one game last season).

new career as Farrakhan dupe
Posted by: lord garth || 07/08/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe he and Koepernick and team and do something...like nothing.
Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#7  ^^ *can team up and....
Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Cal Berkleys finest.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 07/08/2020 9:35 Comments || Top||

#9  So what I'm getting is that he doesn't hate the Jewish people in general, just all individual Jews specifically.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/08/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||

#10  'Why, I'm a Black Israelite myself!'
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#11  An African man's misbehavior
Can safely be blamed on his Savior,
Your babies, Old Massa
(but never Mombasa),
Or racist (oy, vey!) Scandinavia.
Posted by: Andy Ebberegum8514 || 07/08/2020 23:08 Comments || Top||

#12  Remember poor Peter the slave?
"You're back!" "Never left." Somber wave.
"Yo Pete!" "Massa Barry?"
"Each [person of color] must carry
Those very same scars to their grave. "
"Ouch. "
"Say what, Pete?"
"Uh... Biden 2020, boss!"
"Now ya talkin'. Yell it with me: Freedom! Freedom!"
Posted by: Jaing Stalin5856 || 07/08/2020 23:58 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
More Hollywood depravity comes to light - a comic from a 1980 issue of National Lampoon called
Writing for The National Lampoon before writing for Hollywood and making actual money. Turns out he was an ugly bigot the whole time. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
Or perhaps it was the usual National Lampoon juvenile humour.
Posted by: Mr Obvious || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If you don't have a broad sense of humor, you shouldn't open the covers of National Lampoon.

If you're convinced this is the work of a "bigot", don't watch "Blazing Saddles" or "Airplane" or "Kentucky Fried Movie".
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/08/2020 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "If Ted Kennedy had driven a Volkswagen, he'd be President now."
Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2020 1:24 Comments || Top||

#3  This is not (hh, hh, hh) funny! ROTFL
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 7:05 Comments || Top||

#4  It manages to be racist and anti-Semitic at the same time. An ugly smear to both sides.
Posted by: Maggie Poodle6767 || 07/08/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Eastwood's Gran Torino was rich in language and faux bigotry. Very humorous but not PC for today's social justice warriors; OTOH, they have no sense of humor. They panned this film.

Gran Torino quotes.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 14:58 Comments || Top||

Massive bull rides down a French highway in the back of a convertible car
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You gotta do what you gotta do....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/08/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  "Claude, my car needs detailed..."

"Non, monsieur, never another time."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 9:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Just about squating on those rear tires, too.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/08/2020 13:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Not Merkal taking the A1 to Paris?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 16:26 Comments || Top||

#5  I didn’t realize a bull enjoyed rides in a car
Methinks this is not the first time Ferdinand has been for a ride
Look how calm he is
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 07/08/2020 17:39 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Extreme heat will bake the US for the rest of July: Health officials warn of heat strokes as meteorologists predict temperatures between 90 and 110 degrees until the end of the month
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 08:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Gonna be a scorcher for the rest of the week where I'm at.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  That means COVID-19 is over then, right? I mean, that's what "the science" said. /sarc
Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  It's called July.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 9:25 Comments || Top||

#5  So then....the normal July weather.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 07/08/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  exactly
Posted by: Chris || 07/08/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#7  In the higher country of Colorado, it usually doesn't spike into the 90s regularly until mid-end July. It has been hotter than normal this year and was dryer than normal this winter. Which is a normal cycle as it was colder last year with a wetter winter.

Normal cycles of weather each year/decade
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#8  It's called July.

Yes, but it is still unprecedented, at least since about this time last year.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2020 12:50 Comments || Top||

#9  Climate Change taking the front burner away from COVID-19?
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/08/2020 14:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Can't wait for the unexpected masks don't let the body cool off and lowers o2 discovery.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 14:52 Comments || Top||

#11  As the temperature increases, so will the violence from the high strung Lefties !!
Posted by: TC NJ -- || 07/08/2020 15:28 Comments || Top||

#12  In Texas this called typical July weather.
Posted by: Sheba Tingle2325 || 07/08/2020 18:25 Comments || Top||

From 100F to Snow in Verkhoyansk in a short time
[SiberianTimes] Abnormally cold weather has been recorded in the north of Yakutia with residents of Verkhoyansk district waking up to fresh snow on 5 July.

Just days before that, locals were complaining about the hot and dry beginning of July, with air temperature heating up to +27C on 1 July, and wildfires raging.

Earlier, on 17 June this district saw a world record for the Arctic of 38C.
nice pictures at the source
Posted by: lord garth || 07/08/2020 07:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I heard some places (Sochi?) hit 50C. That's just insane.
Posted by: Clem || 07/08/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't think he means 50 cent.

Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:37 Comments || Top||

COVID-19 May Soon Lose Status as an 'Epidemic' Under CDC Guidelines
[PJMedia] Despite the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, deaths have continued to decline and may soon reach a level where 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...
will no longer qualify as an epidemic under CDC guidelines.

A disease outbreak qualifies as an "epidemic" by the CDC when the number of weekly deaths caused by the disease exceeds a certain percentage of overall deaths, explains Daniel Payne of Just The News.

According to the CDC, "Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC." If the percentage continues to decline, it is likely COVID-19 will lose its classification as an epidemic in the next few weeks.

Some might scoff at the idea that deaths will continue to decline, but it’s been 22 days since COVID-19 cases started to spike and there’s been no spike in deaths.

Considering this data, it seems likely that deaths will continue to decline as it is mostly younger people getting infected, and treatments have also improved. A recent large-scale study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System also found that despite past reports and fearmongering by the media, hydroxychloroquine reduces the death rate of COVID-19 by more than half.
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#1  Lockdown4Evah religionists hit hardest.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  ^Especially the ones in Melbourne.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Expect a change in the CDC definition of a pandemic/epidemic any day now.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/08/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

#4  decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC

Just for comparison purposes, the percentage of deaths due to PIC in April peaked at 27%, and has been steadily dropping ever since.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/08/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  PIC
pre-integration complex
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Declining death rates, two treatment plans, looks like its time to go back to work.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/08/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Not even one black helicopter story of mass graves in Eastern Colorado.

Even the die-hards from three months back are like, whatever.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 15:57 Comments || Top||

Stanford doctor: Coronavirus fatality rate for people under 45 'almost 0%'
[WashingtonExaminer] Stanford University's disease prevention chairman slammed using statewide lockdown measures as a response to the coronavirus, saying they were implemented based on bad data and inaccurate modeling.

“There are already more than 50 studies that have presented results on how many people in different countries and locations have developed antibodies to the virus,” Dr. John Ioannidis said during a recent interview with Greek Reporter. “Of course, none of these studies are perfect, but cumulatively, they provide useful composite evidence. A very crude estimate might suggest that about 150-300 million or more people have already been infected around the world, far more than the 10 million documented cases.”

Ioannidis pointed out the mortality rate is low among young people who have contracted the virus.

“The death rate in a given country depends a lot on the age structure, who are the people infected, and how they are managed,” Ioannidis said. “For people younger than 45, the infection fatality rate is almost 0%. For 45 to 70, it is probably about 0.05%-0.3%. For those above 70, it escalates substantially.”

Since the pandemic began in February, more than 2.6 million people in the United States have contracted the virus, and 128,000 have died.

Several states have seen spikes in cases, especially in the southeastern part of the country, where lockdown measures were lifted earlier than in other states.

The mortality rate nationwide appears to be tapering, however, a trend U.S. health officials attribute to a younger age bracket in terms of infection. The national single-day death rate from the virus fell to a three-month low last month. Additionally, Massachusetts reported zero new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday for the first time since March.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 02:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The famous Ioannidis. Man who build his academic career on attacking other peoples work. And, the very first time he actually did some work himself, was caught faking results. A fitting scientific authority figure for "covid is just a flue" community.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 6:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Give it a fuckin' rest...
Posted by: Raj || 07/08/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Rest in peace
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  The economy is "resting" thanks to faulty predictions of medics which led to the lockdown mistake.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Deaths aren't everything. We still don't know what this virus will do in the future, and yes with young people. Don't bank on immunity. Survivors may suffer permanent lung damages (and other things), and the virus may come back and hit them harder.

With all respect, the U.S. is going down a very dangerous path with its cavalier approach.

Germany has 6800 active cases now, the U.S. 1.6 million. Fall in the U.S. will be brutal.
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/08/2020 14:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Deaths aren't everything.

Deaths will be bad enough, once the treatment capacity is overwhelmed.

But, I suspect that death/debilitation of somebody they know is the only way they'll learn that CV19 is real - not another Democratic stratagem like AGW.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 15:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Indeed. This is what happened in Italy. The Italian lockdown was painful, but now they only have about 150 new infections per day.

Infections in the U.S. are out of control. The worst is yet to come. And Americans are still debating masks in crowded spaces? Seriously?
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/08/2020 15:59 Comments || Top||

#8  ^Yea, well, it's not out of control yet. And, at least some Republicans - like the Texas Gov, are beginning to take it seriously.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

Coronaplague roundup
In the interview broadcast on state-run TV Brasil, Bolsonaro said he began feeling ill on Sunday and has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against COVID-19.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

#7  #4 Think of it as evolution in action.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#8  #6 Clearly a sign of systematic racism
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 9:34 Comments || Top||

#9  Panic-buyers strip supermarket shelves in Melbourne as the Australian city of five million people prepares for six-week lockdown

Nuts. Home delivery systems were set up during the first round, manufacturing will once again be deemed critical so it can continue to replenish depleted stocks... and why are those people not maintaining pantry inventory against exactly this kind of situation?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#10  and why are those people not maintaining pantry inventory against exactly this kind of situation?

Many 'oppressed' don't have capacity to plan ahead, pantries and FedEx/UPS/Amazon hires unemployed drivers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:47 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
More bad news for Russia, another one of its spies got nabbed
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:

China Imposes Checks on Large Transactions After Bank Runs
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/08/2020 10:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Ah, the Wells Fargo transaction, mission.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:40 Comments || Top||

Former British diplomat says China is a 'black vulture on policymakers shoulders' as he reveals he contributed to dossier by ex-MI6 spy accusing Beijing of grooming UK establishment figures
[Daily Mail]
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 08:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  How about the "Master of the Obvious" graph for this one?
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 13:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Guessing China was behind Epstein?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 15:50 Comments || Top||

China launches 3 satellites on 2 rockets in 3 days
[Space.com] One satellite, identified as Gaofen by SpaceNews, was billed in Chinese media as a remote sensing satellite for civilian use (...uh-huh...honest...civilian...we swear..!). The satellite's resolution is less than a meter (three feet) and it will operate in an orbit to place the sun at a consistent angle on the surface, called a sun-synchronous orbit. This orbit makes it easier to compare pictures between satellite passes.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Not nearly as impressive as performing a space walk while still on the launch pad.

Less than a meter, what the hell does that mean? We talking foot, inch, thou?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 17:43 Comments || Top||

China makes new claim in eastern border with Bhutan
[Indian Express] Beijing made this claim while objecting to a request to develop the Sakteng wildlife sanctuary in eastern Bhutan’s Trashigang district at an online meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Set up in 1992, GEF is a US-based global body to finance projects in the environment sector.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Chinese national flag has been raised outside the MetroPark Hotel Causeway Bay requisitioned by Beijing’s national security office in HK
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  New resident puts their name on the mailbox.
Next comes "meet the neighbors". Door to door.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/08/2020 13:23 Comments || Top||

#2  See it soon in SanFran town.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:47 Comments || Top||

Kim Jong Un must compensate South Korean war veterans, court rules
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Gonna have to sue his estate. He dead.
Posted by: Chunky Ebbanter9368 || 07/08/2020 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Oh, that's gonna go over real well.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/08/2020 4:33 Comments || Top||

#4  *Boggle* You can't be serious !?!
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 11:57 Comments || Top||

China, North Korea trade declining as food, fuel prices rise
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Communist China's budget getting too strained to give their puppet free stuff? (Remember when the Berlin Wall fell and Russia cut off the generous subsidies they were giving Cuba?...same thing.)

Or has the North Korean leadership annoyed them and needs to be taught to obey their Chinese masters? Both?
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 2:46 Comments || Top||

#2  With China pushing troops and ships to re-establish the Heavenly Kingdom, be it noted that at one time what we call North Korea was also under direct rule of China. The southern part was classified as vassal, sending the appropriate gifts and tokens of recognition. Between dynasties, the arrangement and borders tended to vary.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2020 7:33 Comments || Top||

21 people killed when a bus carrying students preparing to sit their annual college entrance exam plunges into a lake in southwest China
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Now THAT's test anxiety.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Probe of failed Boeing Starliner launch finds a long list of problems

The independent team NASA and Boeing formed to look into Starliner's failed flight to the ISS is done with its investigation. And based on NASA's announcement, they have a pretty lengthy list of changes to make before the spacecraft can start ferrying astronauts to space. The joint review team ended their investigation with 80 recommendations for NASA and Boeing to address, with the most notable suggestion being the performance of end-to-end tests using the maximum amount of flight hardware before each flight.

One of the main reasons why the Starliner's first flight failed was because Boeing divided its tests in small chunks instead of conducting a longer one that simulates the whole process from launch to docking. As a result, the aerospace company didn't discover that the spacecraft's onboard computer time was miscalibrated by 11 hours, preventing Starliner's thrusters from firing and sending it to the correct orbit. In addition, Boeing didn't test the Starliner's software against its service module. The company used an emulator, which ended up being flawed, and didn't discover a critical software defect that could've led to "loss of vehicle."

According to NASA Spaceflight, NASA Commercial Crew Program manager Steve Stich also determined that the agency wasn't able to provide Boeing with sufficient oversight. That allowed multiple issues, particularly software problems, to remain unnoticed. While NASA didn't list all 80 recommendations, it enumerated some of the more important ones, such as addressing any identified simulation or emulation gaps, increasing the involvement of subject matter experts in safety critical areas and making organizational changes to the safety reporting structure.

NASA and Boeing are hoping to redo Starliner's uncrewed test flight to the ISS later this year. While the repeat flight doesn't have an exact date yet, The Washington Post previously reported that they're aiming for an October or a November launch.

Long story short, Boeing tried to do the testing on the cheap and rush it through and really ended up screwing the pooch.

Is the person running this a diversity hire or something?
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 12:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  suggestion being the performance of end-to-end tests using the maximum amount of flight hardware before each flight.

MY G*D MAN!! Do you have any idea how much testing costs? Do you have any idea what doing tests does to your schedule?

Do you know what testing can do to the graft kitty?

Posted by: AlanC || 07/08/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||

#2  the aerospace company didn't discover that the spacecraft's onboard computer time was miscalibrated by 11 hours

Somebody forgot to set the clock?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 14:54 Comments || Top||

#3  AGILE aerospace engineering.
Successful unit testing means no integration testing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 14:55 Comments || Top||

#4  That's a failed Atari game, nevermind space launch and docking.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 17:00 Comments || Top||

Champion of champions, the B-58 Hustler
[The Aviationist] Narrated by (Brigadier General and) actor James Stewart, this 1960s film documents the many records of the Mach 2+ supersonic bomber.

Powered by four General Electric J79 engines in underwing pods and designed around a large delta wing, the Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational bomber capable of flying at Mach 2. The aircraft was developed in the 1950s for the Strategic Air Command (SAC) of the U.S. Air Force, made its first flight on Nov. 11, 1956, and entered the active service in March 1960. It operated throughout the 1960s flying with the 43rd Bombardment Wing, at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas; and the 305th Bombardment Wing at Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana (later renamed Grissom AFB, after after Lt. Col. Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, USAF, a native of Mitchell, Indiana, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts who lost his life in the fire of his Apollo 1 capsule during a pre-launch rehearsal at Cape Kennedy, Florida, in January 1967).

Convair built 116 B-58s: 30 test and pre-production aircraft and 86 for operational service.

The problem with the B-58 was that instruments were aided with a voice alarm system. It was a bunch of 8-Track like tape cartridges with no priority system so it might be nattering about wind speed on some aileron while you just lost an engine. By the time that message came up you likely had crashed.

Because it was instrumented this way... if any in the boneyards are in flyable shape it shouldn't be too hard to make them drones.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [374 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That instrument warning system sound very Douglas Adams' HHGTTG
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2020 2:36 Comments || Top||

#2  One of the prettiest airplanes ever made. Built a plastic model of it as a kid...
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2020 2:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Because it was instrumented this way... if any in the boneyards are in flyable shape it shouldn't be too hard to make them drones.

...IIRC there's only seven B-58s left intact, and they're in museums. There is one - derelict and likely beyond recovery - that's used as a photo target at Edwards AFB, CA.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/08/2020 4:45 Comments || Top||

#4  In the 1960's I had a red plastic toy shaped like the B-58.
I never knew what the toy was a copy of until now.
I spent many hours as a child flying the toy as a fighter through the home with full jet engine and doppler sound effects.
I did not know it was a nuclear bomber.
Posted by: boomerc || 07/08/2020 5:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Ditto, Magpie.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/08/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||


The B-58 at Edwards. Note the grid for determining resolution of the imaging system.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 8:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Lemay said that the pod slung underneath the Hustler carried all the conventional weapons explosive force of WW2 and anything before that going back to the Civil War and 18th century battles..one B-58 would do all that.
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 07/08/2020 13:04 Comments || Top||

#8  More on the B-58 at Edwards. I have never used this site before, but I looks useful...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2020 16:46 Comments || Top||

#9  And the B-58 is also in the movie "Fail Safe". they called it the "Vindicator"...the crew arrangement in that movie was like a B-52.
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 07/08/2020 21:15 Comments || Top||

Why are killer bees we so angry? Study finds insects' aggression comes from genetics of European insects which mixed with African honey bees
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They were originally named Kaepernick bees. Then BLM - Bee Lives Matter got all buzzy, demanded bee respect.
Posted by: Chunky Ebbanter9368 || 07/08/2020 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  White supremecist bees.
Posted by: Ebberong Splat3816 || 07/08/2020 3:24 Comments || Top||

#3  this seems like it may be rayciss
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 07/08/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

#4  I was born this way, so buzz off.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#5  I assumed at first glance that this was from the Bee.
Posted by: RJ45ACP || 07/08/2020 17:54 Comments || Top||

#6  I've seen Killer Bees at a comedy club in Birmingham, Alabama. He was very funny
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/08/2020 18:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Mama says bees are ornery because they have all them feet and no shoes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/08/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, y'all missed the point about the competitive regional species genome. Or it was unmentional.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2020 20:49 Comments || Top||

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