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Death toll from Beirut blast reaches 100 but is expected to rise even further
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Caleb Reed, 17y/o who wanted Cops Out CPS dead by Gun Violence
Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We need to address the root causes of #GunViolence so that we stop losing our people.

I have a feeling that the mouth doesn't know what the hand is doing.
Posted by: gorb || 08/05/2020 1:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, he certainly realized his wish of living in police-free environment.

p.s. Would it be racist to point out that Caleb comes from Hebrew "kelev" = dog?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/05/2020 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Yes. Can't say "dog." You may, however, say "dawg." But only if you're black.
Posted by: Huperens McCoy2683 || 08/05/2020 2:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Look in the mirror.
Posted by: Dacama || 08/05/2020 6:36 Comments || Top||

#5  root causes of #GunViolence

once again easier to pin it on an inanimate object rather than the perpetrator

if there were no guns, they'd be using machetes. if there were no machetes, they'd use clubs. if there were no clubs, they'd use their teeth and fists.

Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 08/05/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ Ethnic tribal denial. To deny the existence of Twyfelfontein (uncertain spring) UNESCO Namibian cave paintings might be racist. To declare the people of that region have not progressed very far in 40,000 to 60,000 years, also racist.

In some areas, civilization is in a primal, possibly genetic, stand still. A 'new patches to old wine skins' sort of dynamic. Could it be a recipe for failure ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/05/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#7  They seem to think the cops cause gang violence instead of the keep being there as a result of gang violence. Not a lot of logic going on regarding that entire issue.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/05/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#8  ...the logic is to bury anything that may indicate its the community's fault. It's like the old Admiral rule - 1. the Admiral is never wrong, 2. If the Admiral is wrong see point 1.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/05/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Wow, I live in a nice little rural Nevada community with lots and lots of guns in almost every household. That pesky gun violence thingy has not reared its inanimate head here at all. Could the cause be some other set of factors, perhaps cultural and political? The default response will be the usual racism charge, but the truth remains the same.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/05/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Prolly because it was an early adopter of Midnight Bassetebaw Leagues?

Posted by: Frank G || 08/05/2020 11:37 Comments || Top||

#11  Back in the old racist days when upper and middle class blacks were segregated together with the lower class, did they have this much violence? You know the time before the Great Society and Big Brother destroyed traditional nuclear families with fathers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/05/2020 15:07 Comments || Top||

#12  Love the hair-do.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 08/05/2020 22:23 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Massive fire engulfing an apartment complex in Minnesota
The building that caught on fire on Tuesday morning is a hotel with an apartment complex called ‘St. Paul Gateway Site.’ It is still under construction and is located near the Xcel Energy Center arena.
Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, they're moving to the Detroit model of governing.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/05/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  If you are trying to get out of that ruined city and have deep sunk costs in a non-revenue producing asset, and know that nobody will give you 30 cents on the dollar...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/05/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#3  ...ya bust the joint out.
Posted by: Raj || 08/05/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||

#4  not, strictly speaking, unruly
Posted by: Muggsy Ebbinese8898 || 08/05/2020 19:22 Comments || Top||

StarShip SN5 just successfully completed 150 meter hop.

Posted by: 3dc || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Jet pack has been around since the 50s? This is bigger version of the same and pants are being wet everywhere...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/05/2020 6:03 Comments || Top||

#2  M. Murcek, this is an early test object for a returnable second stage for the coming largest rocket ever. It is 9 meters wide. (most rockets max at 3.6m) It's 50 meters high and can carry >> more than 100 ton payload. No rocket has done that. Not even the Saturn V.
This is the first test hop of the stainless steel rocket. This one is missing the payload and leading cone area (hence the box of steel rolls at the top). When development is completed it should be able in passenger mode to carry 100 astronauts.
Not bad for a single stage.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/05/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  What is that burning at 0:36?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/05/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice. Wonder how well itll do when they install the California emissions equipment?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 08/05/2020 14:35 Comments || Top||

#5  If COVID-21 is improved (more worser?) over the current version it's all moot.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/05/2020 15:25 Comments || Top||

#6  What is that burning at 0:36?

Beirut. Oh, wait. Wrong thread.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/05/2020 17:20 Comments || Top||

#7  There has been discussion of that burning at NASAspaceflight dot com. No answers from SpaceX. Two major guesses are paint on some engine piping or small leaks in a preburner pipe.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/05/2020 21:59 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Another mercenary battalion deployed in Belarus to destabilize country – President Lukashenko
Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reject Putie's offer of unification w/ Mother Russia and get the Little Green Men treatment.
Posted by: Alistaire Oppressor of the Welsh6649 || 08/05/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Where is Eric Ciaramella?
Posted by: mossomo || 08/05/2020 12:29 Comments || Top||

Early voting begins in Belarus ahead of presidential election in which strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko will seek 6th term
Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Early voting"? White Russia doesn't hold a candle to Chicago.
Posted by: Clem || 08/05/2020 8:09 Comments || Top||

Oil prices rise after big drop in U.S. crude stocks
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices firmed on Wednesday after data showed a big drop in U.S. crude inventories, although concerns mounting coronavirus infections will lead to reduced fuel demand capped gains.

Brent crude was up 44 cents, or 1%, at $44.87 a barrel by 0810 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate oil rose 43 cents, or 1%, to $42.13 a barrel.

U.S. crude inventories fell 8.6 million barrels in the week to Aug. 1 to 520 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations for a 3 million barrel drop, the American Petroleum Institute found. [API/S]

Official figures are due later on Wednesday.

"A bullish sentiment is justified initially today on the U.S. stocks news, but we believe bulls may need to take shelter back at the ranch in coming days, as COVID-19 takes again the centre stage," Rystad Energy’s head of oil markets Bjornar Tonhaugen said.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise. In the United States, deaths are at more than a 1,000 a day, while dozens of states have had to pause or scale back plans to reopen their economies.

"We see gasoline demand coming in close to 7% year-on-year lower through Q3, with gasoil/diesel registering a decline of some 4%, implying a continued slowdown of the recovery, with a global return to 2019 levels this year increasingly in doubt," JBC Energy said.

The consultancy sees jet fuel demand at 50% lower through Q3 compared with last year.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/05/2020 05:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gas up over $2.16 a gallon on the Space Coast.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/05/2020 5:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Oilfield still dead jobwise:(
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/05/2020 13:25 Comments || Top||

Spain's 82-year-old former King Juan Carlos flees to Portugal after announcing self-imposed exile
Posted by: Fred || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

How COVID, Hong Kong, 5G spying broke Israel’s US-China balance
[Jpost] There have been reports of China trying to hack foreign research for arriving at a 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...

During an official visit of Israeli government officials and Israeli media, including The Jerusalem Post, to China in July 2019, the atmosphere was full of celebration because of a skyrocketing partnership.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  exposed a degree of self-centeredness at the expense of the rest of the globe that shocked Israel and many other international trade partners

Stupidity or naivete or bureaucratic blindness or the bought staying bought?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/05/2020 8:05 Comments || Top||

#2  G(r) lectures about it being a lack of masks thing in 3-2-1...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/05/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

#3  If the mask puritans had put the same energy into making sure everyone took their vitamin D there's be no coronavirus left now.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/05/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Israel are our allies...how can they "balance" our interests with China's, an aggressor nation?

I don't get it. There's a night and day difference between China and us.
Posted by: Black Charlie Grundy3982 || 08/05/2020 15:26 Comments || Top||

#5  See "Obama Regime" and "Potential Biden Regime" for definition of perpetual ally treatment
Posted by: Frank G || 08/05/2020 16:20 Comments || Top||

#6  @ #3 - Vitamin D (and with zinc) is about right up there with HCQ in the minds of the Left/MSM/those bought off my the pharmaceutical-industrial complex.
Posted by: Clem || 08/05/2020 16:21 Comments || Top||

IDF's Coronavirus Command to begin operations on Thursday
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Far, far ahead of the curve...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/05/2020 5:56 Comments || Top||

Shocked doctors find bullet lodged in brain of ‘sleepy’ 9-year-old, remove it
“Once the bullet goes up,
who cares where it comes down?
That’s not my department,” says Wehner ibn Braun.
[IsraelTimes] After East Jerusalem parents say they don’t know what’s hurting son, Hadassah doctors stunned to find he’d been shot; neurosurgeon, paged on way to Shabbat dinner, pulls bullet out.

A nine-year-old boy from East Jerusalem is recovering after doctors at Hadassah Medical Center removed a bullet that hit him in the head, passed through his brain, ground to a halt upon reaching the inside of his skull and then migrated back into his brain.

The parents, residents the Paleostinian neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, brought in their conscious but sleepy son, who only had a tiny wound on his head and a bit of blood on his hair. Doctors were staggered when the bullet showed up in a scan.

Neurosurgeon Guy Elor told The Times of Israel he was "amazed" that even though the bullet went through "very important brain structures," the boy was chatting and recovering, and was expected to have minimal brain damage or none at all.

Police have opened an investigation and are probing, among other lines of inquiry, the possibility that the bullet came from celebratory gunfire for the Moslem Eid el-Adha festival that was observed this weekend, Israel Police front man Micky Rosenfeld told The Times of Israel.

The incident comes two months after a four-year-old girl from Issawiya, which is close to Ras al-Amud, was killed by an apparently stray bullet fired by an unknown shooter.

The boy, an Arab citizen of Israel, was taken to Hadassah University Hospital in the Ein Kerem neighborhood on Friday night by his parents, who gave a vague report. He is currently in recovery.
"We wuz cleaning... uh...our cutlery...and a bullet went off. I thought the paring knife wuz unloaded"
"It was pretty strange," Elor said. "Nobody at the hospital had a clue that he had been shot by a gun. It was a nine-year-old who was a bit sleepy. The mother reported that he was playing with his friends and something happened, maybe something fell on him. The story really wasn’t clear, but there was no suggestion that he was shot. He had just a tiny wound on the top of his head."

When the boy was sent for a CT scan, staff saw a bullet lodged in his head. Elor, the on-call neurosurgeon, was on his way home to eat Shabbat dinner with his family. Hospital residents phoned him, and told him to pull over to the side of the road and look at imaging. "The scan showed that the bullet went into the head from the right side, went through the brain, and was stopped by the back side of the skull," Elor said.

He drove straight back to the hospital, and two hours after the boy’s arrival, surgery was underway.

He decided to operate immediately, and was confident that he would find the bullet outside the brain, near the skull.

"After stabilizing the boy, we took him to the operating room and tried to locate the bullet where we saw it on the CT," he said. "To our surprise it wasn’t there. We had to use some high-tech tools while the patient’s head was open to see where the bullet had disappeared to, and we found it had migrated back to the left side of the brain."

He removed it successfully, and said that careful work by the anesthesiologist prevented the brain from swelling. Elor said the child was "very lucky," commenting: "Had the bullet gone in at another angle it would have caused much more damage to the brain and left significant neurological damage."

He added: "Today [Sunday] the patient is in an extremely good condition — awake and communicating with us. We’re surprised and happy. His brain seems to be recovering remarkably."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6544 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Had he been to any weddings in that area recently?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/05/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Where I grew up, getting invited to a Polish wedding was supposed to be a very big deal. Lots of fun. Now I find those dumb Polacks never even thought of shooting kids at the reception.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/05/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought the paring knife wuz unloaded"

We’re gong to let you go on vacation more often, Frank G, if that’s the kind of thing your relaxed brain comes up with.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/05/2020 17:24 Comments || Top||

#4  perhaps it's the wine :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 08/05/2020 19:26 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Study: Saving pandas led to downfall of other animals
h/t Instapundit
[UPI] - Efforts to save the giant panda from extinction have come at the expense of other large mammals, a new study released Monday by the science journal Nature Ecology and Evolution said.

The study, led by Sheng Li, of Peking University, and William McShea, of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, suggests that leopards, snow leopards, wolves and Asian wild dogs have disappeared in areas protected for the giant panda.
"They were dericious!"
...Researchers found with the dwindling numbers of leopards and wolves, deer and livestock have mostly roamed free without a threat from natural predators, causing damage to natural habitats for surrounding wildlife, including the pandas.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/05/2020 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gee-Wilikers

You mean the environment is a connected system where the "scientists" don't understand all the connections? Who'd a thunk it.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/05/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Cancel the scientists and force them to update the study to blame Global Warming!
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/05/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Pandaemic.
Posted by: York Harding || 08/05/2020 13:35 Comments || Top||

Is This The Beginning Of A Nuclear Power Race In The Gulf States?
[OilPrice] One of the world’s largest oil producers and exporters, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has just launched the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world. Touted as a major milestone for the UAE and its energy diversification, the project raises questions about the economic viability of an expensive nuclear power plant in one of the best spots for solar energy in the world.

More importantly, the project also raises questions about the geopolitical implications of a nuclear facility in the restive Middle East region, where tensions increased after the assasination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this year.
When haven't the ME tensions "raised"? If there's no external reason, these tribal assholes will create an internal one
Iran could trigger a nuclear arms race, experts say.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Clem || 08/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing like a little sand in the reactor crank case.
Posted by: Clem || 08/05/2020 16:12 Comments || Top||

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Wed 2020-08-05
  Death toll from Beirut blast reaches 100 but is expected to rise even further
Tue 2020-08-04
  Beruit goes BOOM!
Mon 2020-08-03
  Israel army says it has foiled a terror attack at the border with Syria
Sun 2020-08-02
  Turkish brig.-gen. executed for revealing Qatari funding of jihadists
Sat 2020-08-01
  Turkey Sends Fighter Jets to Azerbaijan After Threat to Bomb a Nuclear Power Plant
Fri 2020-07-31
  Indonesian Court Convicts, Sentences Top 2 Jemaah Islamiyah Militants
Thu 2020-07-30
  ISIS claims responsibility for killing of top Iraqi commander
Wed 2020-07-29
  Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the Southern Arabian Gulf
Tue 2020-07-28
  Germany arrests ISIS woman who abused Yezidi woman in Syria
Mon 2020-07-27
  Islamic extremists in Nigeria execute 5 men as warning against converting to Christianity
Sun 2020-07-26
  Allahu akbar: Turks hold Hagia Sophia triumphal march
Sat 2020-07-25
  Taliban ready for intra-Afghan dialogue immediately after Eid
Fri 2020-07-24
  Federal officers in Portland may have been permanently blinded by lasers
Thu 2020-07-23
  Photo Appears to Show Black Lives Matter Supporters Holding Down and Kneeling on Neck of White Baby
Wed 2020-07-22
  At Least 14 People Wounded In Mass Shooting Outside Funeral in Chicago

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