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ISIS claims responsibility for killing of top Iraqi commander
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Kodak CEO's personal fortune soars by $79MILLION after he bought thousands of shares in June before $765million government loan to the fallen photo giant sparked stock rally
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 08:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just a coincidence..nothing to see here..move on
Posted by: Warthog || 07/30/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Uh huh.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 17:00 Comments || Top||

Naked man who was running after woman's car at 3:30am dies after being tasered by campus police at University of Texas in El Paso
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A naked man who chased a female driver near University of Texas at El Paso early Tuesday died after he was tasered by campus police

  • The driver called 911 about 3.30am and said she was being chased by the man near the intersection of Sun Bowl Drive and Mesa Street

  • Campus police found the man and tasered him to take him in custody after he became combative
    Bath salts?
  • Officers then called for medical help after the man, who was not identified, became 'unconscious and unresponsive’, authorities said

  • He was pronounced dead at a local hospital and an investigation into his death was begun by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers

  • Texas Rangers Wednesday afternoon identified the man as Ray Adrian Lara, 36, of El Paso and declined to release more information pending the investigation
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  declined to release more information pending the investigation

To protect his identity.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Ray Adrian Lara, 36, of El Paso

Well, at least he's not black.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2020 1:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, at least he's not black.

He might have been adopted.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  They chased him past the bakers. They chased him past the butchers.
Theu chased him past the grocers. They caught him by the cobblers.
Posted by: Canuckistab sniper || 07/30/2020 17:30 Comments || Top||

#5  No g(r)om, but blank lives matter!
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2020 17:32 Comments || Top||

#6  I believe I'll skip #7 on my bucket list...
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 07/30/2020 21:33 Comments || Top||

Man, 40, dies after cops find him BURNING ALIVE on the side of a California highway 'after getting into argument outside a 7-Eleven'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Call the counselors.
Posted by: gorb || 07/30/2020 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  This was not the Bee or Burning Man Festival?

Check the 7/11 security cameras. I found those to be useful in reconstructing a double-fatality traffic accident once.

Posted by: JohnQC || 07/30/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Spontaineous human combustion strikes again !
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2020 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Surprised he wasn't arrested.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Damn, another Covid-19 death
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Burning Budhists are credited with Vietnamese President Diem being removed. Current tactics aren't working, perhaps antifa should go with one that has proven successful.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/30/2020 17:46 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Antifa has been doing this, only they burn anything and everyone else*, but themselves.

(*There was some report that Antifa been burning homeless people but for some reason I'm not able to find any reliable sources.)
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/30/2020 21:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Alright, who forgot to hide the matches?
Posted by: Clem || 07/30/2020 22:24 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
RBG Back in Hospital For 'Minimally-Invasive' Warranty Work
[ZERO] Less than two weeks after her previous hospitalization, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in Sloan Kettering for a procedure to revise a bile-duct stent. She is expected to be released by the end of the week.

Full Statement:
Justice Ginsburg underwent a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to revise a bile duct scent that was originally placed at Sloan Kettering in August 2019.

According to her doctors, stent revisions are common occurrences and the procedure, performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance, was done to minimize the risk of future infection.

The Justice is resting comfortably and expects to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.

Two weeks ago, she confirmed that was living with a recurrence of liver cancer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2020 02:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She reminds me of Mantrid from Lexx.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/30/2020 6:56 Comments || Top||

#2  What does she have (a walnut?) in her cheek?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Surviving the hospital itself is a minor miracle.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/30/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Looks like Cope to me, Frank. Question: does she swallow?
Posted by: KBK || 07/30/2020 13:04 Comments || Top||


For those concerned about does she swallow?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 13:10 Comments || Top||

#7  a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure... to revise a bile duct scent (uh, stent?)

Endoscopy is considered minimally invasive, but if I remember my Vertebrate Anatomy, the bile duct is on the inside. Unless they left an access port, you need to cut a slit to work through which sounds an awful lot like surgery.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#8  Nahhh her bile is on display every case decision she makes
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#9  I may not agree with a lot of her legal interpretation but she is certainly one tough old bird.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/30/2020 17:52 Comments || Top||

#10  RBG Back in Hospital For 'Minimally-Invasive' Warranty Work

RGB cable on the fritz?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 21:40 Comments || Top||

#11  Unless they left an access port, you need to cut a slit to work through which sounds an awful lot like surgery.

They could go down the throat to the duodenum.
Posted by: gorb || 07/30/2020 22:00 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Winnie-the-Flu Comparison
I got this analysis from a STEM prof I know. Puts CCP flu in perspective.

"So, I thought about prior flu and did some search, then a few simple calculations.
Corona virus comparison with prior flu.
1957 flu

The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.
Also: Britannica on 1957 flu
And: Smithsonian Magazine on 1957 flu

1968 Flu:

The estimated number of deaths was 1 million worldwide and about 100,000 in the United States.
Compare with the U.S. population which has increased. Divide death count by population.

Year Population Ratio
1957 177,750,000 so 1957 flu mortality 0.65 per thousand
1968 205,800,000 so 1968 flu mortality 0.49 per thousand
2020 331,000,000 Covid, if 150,000 die, 0.45 per thousand
2020 331,000,000 Covid, if 210,000 die, 0.63 per thousand
Actually the 1957 and 1968 flu were even worse because, as with Covid, they were more deadly for people over 65. There were far fewer people over 65, and fewer yet over 80, in 1957 and 1968 compared with now, so the rates were higher then than is indicated by dividing by the full population.
for a social comparison, read this (the main link)
The National Review has a useful moment.
a follow-up note on his exercise:
"If you wish to make a stronger point, 1918 could be added using the same kinds of sources.
There are of course nuances and cavils. Perhaps people these days are immunized for that.
A bit more labor, appropriate for the retired, but also a stronger point - find population data for over 65; do the division for each year."
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/30/2020 10:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Puts CCP flu in perspective.

Suggests we have learned NOTHING about infectious diseases.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 13:01 Comments || Top||

#3  ...so zero out CDC and start over again.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||

Tropical Storm Isaias forms south of Puerto Rico after power outage on the island and slams the Caribbean with heavy rains and 50mph winds as it may swirl to the US mainland near Florida by the weekend
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 08:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Clearly Trump's fault
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#2  'How Dare Him!'
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 15:00 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
From the Rantburg Heroes Gallery: Doctor who saved man's life in bikini opens up about Instagram fame, slams sexism in medicine
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 15:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice work.

Pretty sure a bikini would be rather uncomfortable in the climate controlled places, so bonus points.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 16:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey. She looks good in a bikini, so bonus points.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2020 17:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Great! Now the beaches are filled with guys faking being hit by boats...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2020 17:09 Comments || Top||

Man removed from Delta flight following face mask meltdown, threatening crew members
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 12:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kick these guys in the nuts really hard (only works for men).
Posted by: jpal || 07/30/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Throat punch for the dismorphic ones.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 12:54 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Smoke break! Two uniformed NYPD officers are spotted smoking a hookah through the window of their squad car
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 08:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Once a time ago I was downtown in Fancy College City, and The Council deemed smoking inside illegal, then banned smoking on the sidewalks.

However, The Hookah House was somehow exempt from these ordinances.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 12:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Does smoking a hookah affect climate change? If not I could give a damn.
Posted by: jpal || 07/30/2020 12:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Girls just wanna have fun.
What's in the pipe?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Why is this news?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/30/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm guessing it's news because they were smoking off the same hookah which Dr. Fauchi said was a definite no-no.
Posted by: jpal || 07/30/2020 14:47 Comments || Top||

#6  War on Police...everybody's watching.
Apparently these two didn't get the memo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 15:12 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm guessing it's news because they were smoking off the same hookah which Dr. Fauchi said was a definite no-no.

Its a cultural right, so disease doesn't transmit. Gurgle with a mixture 40/40/10 camel urine, milk, and club soda just to be sure.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 15:44 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Zimbabwe signs billion-dollar deal to repay white farmers
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s government on Wednesday signed a deal with former white farmers to pay them billions of dollars in compensation roughly two decades after they lost their land in often violent invasions.

But because the government does not readily have the money, the farmers will be part of a team tasked with raising the cash.

About 4,000 farmers lost large swathes of land when Zimbabwe’s late leader Robert Mugabe launched the often-chaotic land reform program which he said was aimed at addressing colonial-era land inequities. White farmers had owned the majority of prime farmland. Agricultural land now belongs to the government.

According to the agreement, signed at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s official residence and witnessed by representatives of the former farmers, the $3.5 billion compensation is not for the land but for infrastructure such as wells, irrigation equipment and buildings. The farmers initially wanted over $5 billion.

The full payment is expected to be done within five years. But it is unclear if the former farmers will receive the money given that Zimbabwe is financially troubled and burdened with a huge debt.

The government will borrow on international markets and the farmers will be part of a "joint resource mobilization committee" tasked with raising the money, according to the agreement.

Mnangagwa, who took power in 2017 after Mugabe was forced to resign, has encouraged former white farmers to apply for pieces of land.
"Grow food for us, then we'll kill you"
The president said the latest developments have brought closure.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2020 07:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And a billion dollars will buy you a coffee without sugar.
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/30/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#2  They're getting hungry and hoping for returning farmers. I doubt they find many. Return to Wakanda? It's been too long, people have started over elsewhere. Smith said they could not govern themselves and it would end in disaster. It surely did. The same story is playing out here as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2020 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  compensation is not for the land but for infrastructure such as wells, irrigation equipment and buildings

the farmers will be part of a "joint resource mobilization committee" tasked with raising the money

So they are raising taxes on farming to pay for infrastructure improvement. Doesn't read like reparations.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 7:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Somewhat knowing the situation, would be surprised if this actually comes to fruition. Signing something into law and then actually doing it seems to be foreign to their mentality. Similar situation here, but not quite as egregious.

And besides, there would be the 'Administrative Fees' to deduct.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/30/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Does this include the dead white farmers also?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2020 14:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Yes, they get taxed too.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#7  The value of the check mailed to your new foreign home wouldn't cover the postage.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2020 17:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Had to look it up.

$1 in Zimbob Bucks = about $2.76 million $US

That is, $1 US = about $362 Zimbob Bucks

According to XE, and that looks up to date, that bill dude is flashing about the banana market is just over $138,000.

If the article means $1billion US, that is
$361,900,000,000,000 Zimbob Bucks.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 18:26 Comments || Top||

Lockdown Killed More British than COVID
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/30/2020 11:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Almost 2,700 people a week have died because of the effects of the coronavirus lockdown

Ah...but which people?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#2  ^Suiciding owners of doner-kabab stands and MBAs beaten to death by their employers.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#3  And no telling what the psychological effects will be worldwide, either from the government response/measures or from the virus itself...too early to tell.
Posted by: Clem || 07/30/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, I know this wasn't a thing one year ago.

Man charged after allegedly spitting at woman at Pennsylvania Walmart

As I was saying, this happens even out here in rural Prairie Town, Kansas.

This isn't a hypochondriac having an episode, because a hypochondriac would not purposefully spread germs by spitting, especially on a person.

Obviously people who are hard of hearing, and I'm sort-of in that group, are having a tough time. To me, people talking sounds like someone mumbling a text message.

Fashion-chic masks are no substitute for the human-craved facial emotions. I understand it is tougher for those with certain mental or personality conditions such as autism.

Anxiety and depression from alcohol and drug abuse.

Anxiety and depression from financial concerns.

Those who have gained the Covid-15 pounds, and those effects.

The direct relationship between wealth and ability to have good health, lose their wealth.

Those who for whatever good reasons got married, now finding out their spouse is a total shit-bird.

The kids who get to witness all that, especially those in the formative years.

And then what happens to those who play ball, who do the safety dance, then look around and see the people who makes those mandates under penalty of law, openly flaunt those very laws.

Lot to consider.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 16:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Lot of research about retirees and their mental/physical health if they don't find something else to do via American Psychological Association.

Perhaps that is a good place to start.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 22:02 Comments || Top||

Police force is ridiculed for releasing CCTV images of suspects wanted for racist attack on 15-year-old boy with faces blurred out to protect THEIR privacy
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Derbyshire Police are hunting two males and two females after attack on June 29

  • Force issued CCTV images of suspects but blurred their faces with white blobs

  • Police defended decision, claiming images had to be 'anonymised due to age but their clothing is distinctive'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At what point do the authorities become accomplices in covering up crime? Not that there appears to be a penalty in the UK for that.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2020 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Well, in the case of that Vauxhaul Cross fellow Christopher Steele, the gov't as an 'accomplice' appears to have began at public discovery.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2020 7:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Police defended decision, claiming images had to be 'anonymised due to age but their clothing is distinctive'

"So they will hopefully never change clothes."

#1 At what point do the authorities become accomplices in covering up crime?

At least since Rotherham. Probably a lot further back than that.

Posted by: charger || 07/30/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#4  So I guess no mug shot if found?
Posted by: gorb || 07/30/2020 22:02 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Ecuador navy 'on alert' as 260-strong Chinese fleet nears Galapagos Islands
[FOX] A large fleet of some 260 Chinese fishing vessels has been spotted in the waters surrounding the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, the country’s navy officials said last week.

The Ecuadorian Navy said it has increasing patrolling to ensure the Chinese ships do not enter the exclusive economic zone around the Galápagos Islands, where 19th-century British explorer Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution, Reuters reported.

"We are on alert, conducting surveillance, patrolling to avoid an incident such as what happened in 2017," Ecuador’s Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin said at a press conference. Three years ago, a Chinese ship was apprehended in the Galápagos Marine Reserve carrying 300 tons of marine wildlife -- mostly sharks, including the hammerhead, which is near extinction.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Followup from yesterday's China Food Crisis
and tomorrow's China eats endangered turtles
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Saw an article that called out a similar fleet currently close to the Farallon Islands just off San Francisco.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/30/2020 1:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Sink them, starve China.
Posted by: H-T-A || 07/30/2020 5:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Hungry? Grow some more of these and eat'em.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2020 6:44 Comments || Top||

#5  They probably need to reflag them in Nigeria or Panama. The American whaling fleet disappeared during our last civil war as Confederate raiders* drove them to reflag as British. The Chinese are a bit vulnerable in this case to any incident(s) they may provoke in the Western Pacific.

* flagged for the South, but manned largely by sailors of other nationalities.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2020 7:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Time for mines?
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 07/30/2020 11:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Ecuadorian Navy
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 12:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Equadorian Navy.
Both of them?
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2020 17:50 Comments || Top||

#9  Assuming these are fishing vessels and not "fishing vessels", a few of those Esmereldas could change some headings.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 18:39 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Space Force on alert: Behind Russia's mysterious testing of deadly anti-satellite weapons in orbit
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if the new guy doesn't have a itchy validation finger.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 15:42 Comments || Top||

Lukashenko holding emergency meeting of Belarus Security Council about situation with detained Wagner militants
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just treat them like the Russians would.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/30/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

WHO promotes China's organ transplant program, despite allegations of human rights abuses
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 15:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Maybe some DNA testing on some of these organs might help.
Posted by: gorb || 07/30/2020 21:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Rather, since China would just hide it, DNA testing and confirmed by DNA testing of family members who will confirm that their loved one died of natural causes in a room away from prying ears.
Posted by: gorb || 07/30/2020 21:58 Comments || Top||

China's Three Gorges Dam faces mounting pressure from raging floodwaters amid fears the huge hydropower plant could COLLAPSE
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 08:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I am waiting for the Earth shattering Khaboom!
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/30/2020 10:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Say what you will about the CCP, I still feel sorry for those average folks downstream.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/30/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  I haven't seen any reporting, other than here, on the nukes downstream. Any shutdowns, or are the CCP just clapping their hands to show they believe in Tinkerbell?
Posted by: Matt || 07/30/2020 11:11 Comments || Top||

#4  No surprise. Party номенклату́ра will thrive, the people will die in large numbers. Thats how socialism and communism work.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 07/30/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Footings? We don't need no stupid footings?
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/30/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#6  To the CCP's credit nobody could have reasonably foreseen a scenario where a huge dam would face mounting pressure from raging floodwaters.
Late Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 07/30/2020 13:33 Comments || Top||

#7  I have August 10th, by the end of the day.
Posted by: H-T-A || 07/30/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#8  #6 - late Snark O' The Day candidate
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Agree #6 Snark of the day (even if he forgot the /sarc tag)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2020 17:07 Comments || Top||

#10  #6 for Snark O' Day.
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2020 18:23 Comments || Top||

#11  Matt - Guessing Tinkerbell
Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2020 18:30 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ Lol. Shut up and swim, proles
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2020 19:02 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Trump Floats Plan to ‘Delay the Election' Until Americans Can Safely Vote in Person
President Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the 2020 election "until people can properly, securely and safely vote."

In a series of tweets, the president attacked mail-in voting, saying it "is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster" and would cause "the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history."
IMNSHO he floated this like catnip to start the discussion nationally. The MSM was downplaying it as a conspiracy theory. Now it's out in the open
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#1  would cause "the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history.

Well, yes, that's the intent. They learned from Caracas. Given they have never accepted the 2016 election why do they expect the rest to accept a rigged one in 2020? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2020 18:10 Comments || Top||

#2  It is not likely the Presidential election can be delayed due to Constitutional requirements.

That leaves two options: (1) Traditional voting with controls put in place to limit the opportunities for cheating and (2) Mail-in voting. It seems that we are at an impasse.

In Tennessee, my wife and I voted in early primary voting. The system that has been put in place since the last election seems two address the issues of Covid-19 as well as voter fraud. Moreover, the system was efficient and smooth in operation. It featured the following:

1. Poll workers were separated from the public by Plexiglas partitions.
2. Although, I don&;t know whether masks were required, everyone seemed to have them on.
3. Social distancing was maintained by marks on the floor. Workers were present to guide voters as needed.
4. Ballots were all paper to be completed in a booth by the voter.
5. Candidate choices were selected by shading-in with a pen a rectangular box next to the candidates name.
6. Voter I.D. was required such as a DL with a photo or a government supplied ID.
7. The completed ballot is fed into a reader at the end of the process and under the watchful eye of a poll worker.
8. I think your vote can be tracked through the entire voting process to make certain it is cast legally and to indicate your accurate choice.

Both Covid-19 and voter fraud can be addressed without delaying the vote or using national mail-in voting.

Posted by: JohnQC || 07/30/2020 18:54 Comments || Top||

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Starship SN5 just completed full duration static fire. 150m hop soon.

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StarShip - Moon
StarShip - Freight, passenger or fuel
Saturn 5
Falcon 9

This test was 1/2 the second stage. It starts with the color change on both starships shown and the second stage goes to the top. So this test didn't include cargo or top of the second stage. The big block on top of this rocket is a mass simulator for the rest of the 2nd stage. It is 2 large coils of stainless steel in a box. SN8 will be the full sized test model of the second stage. It is not clear if it will have the fins and it will be made of a different stainless alloy. That alloy is Stainless 304 and is not the final alloy. SN7 was a test tank. SN-6 is a duplicate of SN5 just tested and if SN5 passes all the rest of the tests intended for it SN6 will become an unused paperweight. SN-8 will have more engines but not the vacuum engines yet... so it may have a 4 or 5 engines.
They are building the vertical assembly building for the first stage "Starship Heavy". Don't expect to see the first stage tested until after the building to build it in is completed.

SN = Serial #

Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Wow, didn't realize it is so large until getting to Saturn 5.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 17:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Under the big blue crane in this video you can see the start of the construction of the vertical assembly building for the StarShip-Heavy.

Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2020 17:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Width is 9 meters. It's designed to scale up to 20 meters.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2020 17:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Saturn 5 is BIG.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 19:11 Comments || Top||

Lift-off! NASA's $2.4billion Perseverance mission launches successfully on 7-month journey to the Red Planet to hunt for signs of alien life
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 08:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Might have a higher probability of success if they launched one toward Portland
Posted by: Warthog || 07/30/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Uh no, there's a higher probability of success finding life on Mars than in Portland...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/30/2020 21:58 Comments || Top||

Mars Perseverance launches despite NASA, Boeing, Intel invlovement.
[Murcek] At 7:55 am DLT an Atlas rocket successfully launched the Mars Perseverance rover, despite NASA, Boeing and Intel involvement.

There are still many opportunities for the various contractors' shoddy workmanship to sink the multi-billion dollar mission.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/30/2020 08:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hear that they made the Boeing guys work from the McDonald's Playland in Melbourne, because of Covid restrictions. At least, that's what they told them.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2020 17:38 Comments || Top||

#2  At least, that's what they told them.

"OK, I get why we gotta wear the masks. But tell me again, why the clown shoes?"
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2020 23:00 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
Trader Joe's Decides Against Caving To The Mobs, Will Not Change Packaging
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2020 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When "Not Woke, Not Broke" catches on, it will be hilarious watching the stealth marketing campaign.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/30/2020 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Do they have 'snapper clams'?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Caving to the mobs? More like caving to self-inflicted paranoid fear.
Posted by: gorb || 07/30/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Wish they'd change the name of the company to Trader Jose's just to piss 'em off.
Posted by: Raj || 07/30/2020 10:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Any bets that the people complaining were not regular customers?
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2020 18:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Its like a giant game of Pokemon Woke! where SJWs travel about looking through a lens and try to discover who is the biggest pocket monster.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/30/2020 18:31 Comments || Top||

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