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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Homeless men are seen brazenly sharing swigs of liquor without masks and urinating on the street outside luxury Upper West Side hotels - as it's revealed New York 'illegally housed pedophiles next to playgrounds' in the neighborhood
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 09:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:


#2  Wilhelm never ceases to amaze. And I'm sure his rich friends in Cuba would never do such a thing.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||

#3  The more you subsidize the more you get.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||

#4  The slow motion death of a great city as the the cancer that is socialism metastasizes and slowly kills the complex systems of civilization.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/08/2020 11:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, NYC's slide under Dinkins was simple mediocrity and incompetence. What's happening now is active malpractice. It's going to leave a mark.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/08/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Did someone just say “Detroit?”
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/08/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

#7  "Take them to Detwoit New Yok"
Posted by: Spats Smiter of the Geats7156 || 08/08/2020 16:39 Comments || Top||


Only in Germany: Wild boar steals laptop from naked Berlin sunbather
[de] Germany is known for its naked sunbathing spots. But one man got more than he bargained for when a wild boar stole his bag with his laptop inside.

There are plenty of spots at beaches and lakes where people are allowed to swim or sunbathe without any clothes on as part of Germany's Freikörperkultur (FKK), or free body culture.

And Berlin is notorious for having a problem with large numbers of wild boars in some parts of the city.

Earlier this week these two things came together spectacularly: a man, who was enjoying the sunshine in his birthday suit at Teufelssee, a lake in the west of Berlin, ended up chasing a boar that had stolen his bag containing his laptop inside.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This may explain European Conservative's absence from the Burg of late.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, he hates it when that happens.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, that's Berlin. The boar probably returned the bag when he found out that the laptop was not a Mac.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/08/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Nicely done
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 15:11 Comments || Top||


Recently freed convicted sex offender arrested in Boston on rape charges
[NYPOST] A Massachusetts registered sex offender freed on bail for rape is facing new charges after kidnapping and raping a woman when she tried to leave his home, police said.

Shawn McClinton, 39, was arrested on charges of aggravated rape, armed kidnapping with sexual assault and related counts after a woman told police she was forced at knifepoint to perform oral sex on him after meeting the Level 3 sex offender Tuesday on a Quincy street, the Boston Globe reports.

After meeting in Quincy, McClinton and the woman went to his home in the city’s Dorchester section, where he accused the woman of being an undercover police officer when she tried to leave early Wednesday, she told police.

McClinton, who was freed from jail three weeks earlier in a 2018 rape case in Suffolk Superior Court, then allegedly strangled and forced the woman to perform oral sex.

"Do you know what I could do to you?" McClinton told the woman, according to a police report obtained by the newspaper.

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said he was "absolutely appalled" that McClinton, who was convicted of rape in 1994 and 2007, would be granted bail, particularly given his violent mostly peaceful history.

"We’re getting to a point in society where we’re giving more credence to criminals than victims," Gross told the newspaper. "We’re talking about violent mostly peaceful offenders. Why would you bail someone who committed rapes?"

The Massachusetts Bail Fund posted $15,000 to spring McClinton from custody, prompting criticism of the group by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, the newspaper reports.
Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  On the plus side, think how much money is being saved by not keeping him or those like him incarcerated!
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Most of these critters won't stray far from their designated urban operational areas (lines of communication and support). Any death or carnage they cause will likely be limited to those specific areas... if that is any help.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||



Rape suspect freed from jail amid COVID-19 allegedly kills accuser
[NYPOST] A Virginia rape suspect was released from jail over 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...
concerns — and then rubbed out his accuser, authorities say.

Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, 33, of Greenbelt, Md., had been indicted on charges of rape, strangulation and abduction after Karla Dominguez, a native of Venezuela
...a country in Central America that sits on an enormous pool of oil. Formerly the most prospereous country in the region, it became infested with Commies sniffing almost unlimited wealth. It turned out the wealth wasn't unlimited, the economy collapsed under the clownish Hugo Chavez, the murder rate exceeded places like Honduras and El Salvador. A significant proportion of the populace refugeed to Colombia and points south...
, told cops in Alexandria, Va., that he sexually assaulted her in October, the Washington Post said.

Bouaichi turned himself in 11 days later, and a judge ordered him held without bond. Then, despite objections by an Alexandria prosecutor, lawyers for the man, who was charged with six felonies, successfully argued on April 9 that he be released on $25,000 bond — with a condition that he only leave his Maryland residence to meet with lawyers or pretrial services officials, the newspaper said.

In their motion requesting bond, Bouaichi’s lawyers had argued that it was "impossible" to provide their client with adequate social distancing and other safety measures amid COVID-19 while behind bars, according to the report.

Less than a month after Bouaichi’s release from the Alexandria jail, he was arrested May 8 for allegedly ramming a K-9 officer’s vehicle in Greenbelt, the Washington Post said.

He was charged with first-degree assault, harming a law enforcement dog and other counts and released May 11, Maryland court records show.

Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter told the Washington Post that at the time, local authorities there were not notified of the charges Bouiachi faced in Prince George’s County. They would have tried to revoke bond for him if they had been, Porter said.

But Bouaichi remained free — and on July 29, he returned to Dominguez’s apartment building and fatally shot her, police said.

Bouaichi had then been on the lam until Wednesday, when he was spotted in his car by federal marshals and Alexandria police in Prince George’s County. Cops found him with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was listed at death's door at a local Virginia hospital Friday afternoon, Alexandria police Lt. Courtney Valentine told The Post.

In a statement, Bouaichi’s lawyers said they were "certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered." The lawyers said they had been eagerly anticipating trial on the rape charges against the suspect.

"Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months, and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case," they said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
an online fundraiser set up to help with Dominguez’s funeral costs had eclipsed $5,000 as of Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Just add this to the list....
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Bury him now. He'll probably die one way or the other.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Let the judge keep him company.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/08/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  'Oppressed Minority Prevents Yet Another COVID-19 Nexus Node'
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 20:59 Comments || Top||


California man robbed of entire life savings outside bank, reports say
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:


NYC woman stabbed in midday attack in subway station, video shows
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under:


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Thousands of bikers descend on South Dakota town for 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which is expected to draw 250,000 people - sparking coronavirus concerns among residents
  • Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will run from Friday, August 7, through Sunday, August 16, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

  • Officials say they were powerless to stop the annual event, as many bikers indicated they would descend on the city regardless

  • Usually 500,000 people attend the event each year, but organizers are anticipating around half that number over the next 10 days

  • On Friday, attendees were seen gathering close together without face masks as the first day of the rally kicked off

  • Revelers have arrived from all over the country; one store is selling 'Screw Covid' shirts
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 09:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Peaceful Protest'
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/08/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Seems a lot of things spark 'coronavirus concerns' this year; it's now another media stock phrase.
Posted by: Raj || 08/08/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Much like "collusion"...or was it "obstruction"?
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Interesting live voluntary experiment. Bikers vs BLM demonstrations. Let's count the numbers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Probably won't get a side-by-side comparison in the same locale between the BLM and Biker folks, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/08/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Hey, you knew you were living in Sturgis, right?
Should be sort of 'normal'. At least until Rodman shows up.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/08/2020 16:13 Comments || Top||

#7  At least until Rodman shows up.

I heard he went back to his home world.

Of course, this is 2020 so you know the probability of Rodman, Trump and Pudge all showing up at Sturgis on Harleys is non-zero. Party on, dudes!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/08/2020 16:22 Comments || Top||


The tall guy... and the fall guy: Giraffes bash heads in brutal battle in South Africa's Kruger Park before victor poses with hoof on collapsed foe
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:


Bizarre moment naked pedestrian struts down road deliberately blocking traffic... only for fed-up driver to knock him out with single punch
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A shocking video shows a naked man walking down a busy street stopping cars

  • Driver gets out of his car and delivers a punch which knocks the man out cold

  • The video is believed to be filmed in Ukraine and has millions of views online
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under:


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Europe's Top Health Officials Say Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19

[FEE] The top medical experts in the world can’t decide if masks are helpful in reducing the spread of COVID-19 or just make things worse.

Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

That’s less than one-third of the number of Danes who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year.

Despite this success, Danish leaders recently found themselves on the defensive. The reason is that Danes aren’t wearing face masks, and local authorities for the most part aren’t even recommending them.

This prompted Berlingske, the country’s oldest newspaper, to complain that Danes had positioned themselves "to the right of Trump."

"The whole world is wearing face masks, even Donald Trump," Berlingske pointed out.

This apparently did not sit well with Danish health officials. They responded by noting there is little conclusive evidence that face masks are an effective way to limit the spread of respiratory viruses.

"All these countries recommending face masks haven’t made their decisions based on new studies," said Henning Bundgaard, chief physician at Denmark’s Rigshospitale, according to Bloomberg News. (Denmark has since updated its guidelines to encourage, but not require, the use of masks on public transit where social distancing may not be possible.)

Denmark is not alone.

Despite a global stampede of mask-wearing, data show that 80-90 percent of people in Finland and Holland say they "never" wear masks when they go out, a sharp contrast to the 80-90 percent of people in Spain and Italy who say they "always" wear masks when they go out.

Dutch public health officials recently explained why they’re not recommending masks.

"From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks, so we decided not to impose a national obligation," said Medical Care Minister Tamara van Ark.

Others, echoing statements similar to the US Surgeon General from early March, said masks could make individuals sicker and exacerbate the spread of the virus.

"Face masks in public places are not necessary, based on all the current evidence," said Coen Berends, spokesman for the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. "There is no benefit and there may even be negative impact."

In Sweden, where COVID-19 deaths have slowed to a crawl, public health officials say they see "no point" in requiring individuals to wear masks.

"With numbers diminishing very quickly in Sweden, we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport," said Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s top infectious disease expert.

What’s Going on With Masks?

The top immunologists and epidemiologists in the world can’t decide if masks are helpful in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Indeed, we’ve seen organizations like the World Health Organization and the CDC go back and forth in their recommendations....

For the average person, it’s confusing and frustrating. It’s also a bit frightening, considering that we’ve seen people denounced in public for not wearing a mask while picking up a bag of groceries....

The truth is masks have become the new wedge issue, the latest phase of the culture war. Mask opponents tend to see mask wearers as "fraidy cats" or virtue-signalling "sheeple" who willfully ignore basic science. Mask supporters, on the other hand, often see people who refuse to wear masks as selfish Trumpkins … who willfully ignore basic science.

There's not a lot of middle ground to be found and there's no easy way to sit this one out. We all have to go outside, so at some we all are required to don the mask or not.

It's clear from the data that despite the impression of Americans as selfish rebel cowboys who won't wear a mask to protect others, Americans are wearing masks far more than many people in European countries......
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 10:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The truth is masks have become the new wedge issue, the latest phase of the culture war. Mask opponents tend to see mask wearers as "fraidy cats" or virtue-signalling "sheeple" who willfully ignore basic science. Mask supporters, on the other hand, often see people who refuse to wear masks as selfish Trumpkins … who willfully ignore basic science.

Ain't it the truth!
Posted by: Bobby || 08/08/2020 15:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Preparing the next generation for space travel.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 19:05 Comments || Top||


You Knew Somebody Was Going To Plant Those Mystery Seeds
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 08:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No guarantees the next batch will be benign now that they have the idea.
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, this could have been done as a test run to see if the stupid gweilo would actually plant these seeds.

Now that it's been established that we will, they can move to the next phase.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, this could have been done as a test run to see if the stupid gweilo would actually plant these seeds.

Sheeeet Mon, surprised the Tide Pods haven't ground them up and syringed them into the ear canal.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 21:06 Comments || Top||


Air India Express plane skids off runway in Calicut; 16 killed, dozens hurt
[Al Ahram] At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured when an Air India Express passenger plane overshot the runway and broke into two after landing in the southern city of Calicut in heavy rain on Friday, officials said.
The Boeing-737 flight from Dubai was flying home Indians stranded overseas due to 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. There were 190 passengers and crew on board, the civil aviation ministry said in a statement. Among them were 10 infants.

Television footage showed rescue workers moving around the wreckage in pouring rain. The aircraft lay split into at least two chunks after he plane's fuselage sheared apart as it fell into a valley 30 feet below, authorities said.

Media reports suggested that the plane skidded off a runway, crashing nose-first into the ground.

The Kerala state police chief said at least 15 people had been killed, with at least four passengers stuck the wreckage.

The civil aviation ministry said in a statement there was no fire on board.

Local TV news channels showed passengers, some of them lying motionless on stretchers, brought into a hospital surrounded by health workers wearing masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air India Express AXB1344, was a repatriation flight operated by the government to bring Indians home during international travel restrictions due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Millions of Indians work in the Gulf.

"Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode" Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted referring to Calicut's new name. "My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest," he said..

Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Strangely enough, a 737. Oh my.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/08/2020 23:03 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Two Green Berets who were behind botched coup to overthrow Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro in operation dubbed the 'Bay of Piglets' are given 20 years in prison
  • Former Green Berets Luke Denman and Airan Berry were sentenced on Friday

  • Tarek Saab, Venezuela's attorney general, announced the 20 year sentence

  • Saab said the two Americans had admitted their role in the failed May coup

  • The pair were arrested on May 4 and charged with terrorism and conspiracy
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 09:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  What was their motive for this action, fame and fortune? Or not liking South American dictators.
Posted by: jpal || 08/08/2020 13:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Very, very lucky young lads.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 17:35 Comments || Top||

#3  even a blind piglet turns up an acorn now n then
Posted by: Croluse Slerert1314 || 08/08/2020 20:08 Comments || Top||

#4  The original purpose of the Special Forces was to organize and lead the resistance behind enemy lines. That's still their purpose but the emphasis on spec ops has led to them being thought of as some kind of super troopers like Rangers only better.
They're good, but that's not their role. they're patterned after the OSS and Jedburgh teams of WW II.
So, given their training, experience, and possible successes, they may have thought they could manipulate events and groups and so forth.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/08/2020 21:54 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia warns it will see any incoming missile as nuclear.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm sure everyone else looks at it the same. So, as those hypersonic missiles come flying in, a lot of boomers are going to lose their loads.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Baby Boomers?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Anyone watching the radars will lose their loads, so to speak. Right into their trousers.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I think P2K means SSBNs.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/08/2020 10:52 Comments || Top||

#5  ...it works both ways. :)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Does that include Armenia?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 19:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Ok just so long as they don't pronounce it "nuculer"
Posted by: Snomoque Gray7132 || 08/08/2020 20:07 Comments || Top||


Cyber
Porn video interrupts US court hearing for accused Twitter hacker
File under "Things not to do in a bail reduction hearing."
[CURRENTLY.ATT.YAHOO] A court hearing held via Zoom for a US teenager accused of criminal masterminding a stunning hack of Twitter was interrupted Wednesday with rap music and porn, a newspaper reported.The purpose of the hearing was to discuss reducing bail terms set for the 17 year old Tampa resident arrested last Friday over the hack last month of the accounts of major US celebrities.

But the interruptions with music, shrieking and pornography became so frequent that Judge Christopher Nash ended up suspending it for a while, the Tampa Bay Times said.

Investigators view the youth -- AFP has chosen not to release his name because he is a minor -- as the brains behind the mid-July cyberattack that rocked Twitter.

Hackers accessed dozens of Twitter accounts of people such as Barack Obama
My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it...
, Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids....
and Elon Musk, after gaining access to the system with an attack that tricked a handful of employees into giving up their credentials.

The hack affected at least 130 accounts, with tweets posted by the usurpers duping people into sending $100,000 in Bitcoin, supposedly in exchange for double the amount sent.

Bail for the 17 year old was set for $725,000 and in the hearing his lawyers were seeking to reduce it.

After the judge suspended the hearing, and eventually resumed it, hackers went at it again -- with interruptions that disguised their user names as organizations such as CNN
...formerly the Cable News Network, now who know what it might stand for...
and BBC.

In the end, judge Nash ruled against reducing the youth's bail.

He was arrested along with two others, aged 19 and 22, one of whom lives in Britannia, and was charged with cyber fraud.



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Economy
Princeton Scraps Plan to Return Undergraduates to Campus
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 02:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "But, of course, our fee structure will remain the same - to continue to provide you with that excellent on-campus educationy feelz"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||


Government
Donald Trump to Suspend Payroll Tax Until End of 2020
[Breitbart] President Trump said Friday he would defer the payroll tax until the end of the year, using an executive order.

The tax would continue to be deferred until the end of 2020, the president said, and would likely be retroactive from July 1.

He said that by the end of 2020 the payroll tax break could be extended.

"Hopefully I’ll be here to do the job," Trump said, hinting at the results of Election Day.

The president also said he would extend unemployment benefits, defer student loan payments and interest, and extend the eviction moratorium as well as an order requiring health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

"If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need," he said.

The president said that the lawyers were drawing up the executive orders and that they could be signed by the end of the week.

Asked whether he was concerned about the legality of his executive order, Trump replied, "No, not at all. You always get sued, everything you do you get sued ... we’ll see."

The president also declined to specify whether or not he would extend federal unemployment benefit checks at the full $600 a week.

But Trump said he was determined to help Americans still struggling with the virus and the cost of the economic shutdowns despite unprecedented obstruction from Congressional Democrats.

"Tragically Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer continue to insist on radical leftwing policies that have nothing to do with the China virus," Trump said.

Pelosi and Schumer are demanding a $2.5 trillion package that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows described as a "blank check."

Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued negotiations with Democrats throughout the week but ended Friday recommending that Trump act unilaterally.

"The Chief and I will recommend to the President, based upon our lack of activity today, that he move forward with some executive orders," Mnuchin said to reporters on Capitol Hill before leaving for the evening.

The enhanced federal unemployment checks of $600 a week ran out on Friday.

If I am correct Raj is a CPA, could you tell us in detail what this means regarding payroll deductions when the info comes out?
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 08/08/2020 03:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [378 views] Top|| File under:

#1  During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments with the vote of the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 :

In their History of the U.S. Tax System, the U.S. Department of Treasury describes tax withholding.

This greatly eased the collection of the tax for both the taxpayer and the Bureau of Internal Revenue. However, it also greatly reduced the taxpayer's awareness of the amount of tax being collected, i.e. it reduced the transparency of the tax, which made it easier to raise taxes in the future.[2]
- wiki

Another 'temporary' wartime action which, like so many, gain a life of its own. The freaking war ended in 1945. See - "temporary lockdown" for centralized government management and operation of the economy.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 7:09 Comments || Top||

#2  During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments with the vote of the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 :

All under FDR's (president forever) term. Prior to that, only the very wealthy paid payroll taxes. Do we need the completed in 1930 - now condemned New Harmony, IN toll bridge graphic? The toll or the taxes seldom disappear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 7:15 Comments || Top||

#3  My concern would be: As an employee, am I going to have to make the deferred (or dismissed?) all good when the moratorium ends? Taxes next year?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#4  As currently legislated, yes, you will still have to pay taxes next year. No need to wait for any refund though. Don't worry Socialists Donks, the check, like those votes, will be in the mail.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 7:47 Comments || Top||

#5  /\ Yes, I was very concerned about my....'Earned Income' filing :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/08/2020 7:48 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't have details quite yet but the way I'm reading it is like this - no FICA withholdings (Social Security and Medicare taxes) from your paychecks from here until December 31st, 2020. Presumably this would extend to the employers as well, as they match these taxes and fork 'em over to Uncle Sam.

I'm not sure how the retroactive nature of the tax will work; some kind of tax rebate through the payroll check would be my guess.

I'll go hunt for anything else I can find and comment on it later. Once real details emerge I'll weigh in, of course.
Posted by: Raj || 08/08/2020 7:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Clarification - As stated this is a suspension of tax, not a deferral, Frank G. Of course we'll wait until this thing comes out but if this in fact is a deferral, I'm not cool with it at all as more problems $-wise will crop up as it ends.
Posted by: Raj || 08/08/2020 8:01 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ that's what I figured. Taxes are gonna be a surprise next year when the "refund" becomes a due bill
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 8:22 Comments || Top||

#9  The thing the Left hates/fears about this so much is that the public will get a real handle on what they are being, uh taxed, and not just in APR either.
Posted by: Cesare || 08/08/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#10  All assuming one still has a job
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 9:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Thats the one fault I can find with our Founding Fathers system of government.

We need a Third arm of the Legislature whose only job is to review, then remove or renew laws and regulations after 5 years has passed. 3 year terms, 3 members from each state, 1 elected at large, 1 appointed by the state legislature, and 1 member by the state governor. Terms staggered, 1 expiring every year, max of 2 consecutive terms served in any position. If it is not renewed at the 5 year mark, it continues. At the 10 year mark it is rendered invalid by default unless renewed previously, or renewed currently.

Or else a Sunset amendment to the Constitution that all laws expire 5 years from passage unless renewed by a simple majority for 5 more years (no presidential signature needed). At the 10 year point, renewal requires a majority with presidential signature (meaning it can be pocket veto'd after 10) or no signature with a 60% majority. After 15 years, all laws require a 2/3 superiormajority AND a presidential signature - anything more than that requires "permanent" process, which mirrors the constitutional Amendment process, sending the laws to the states or a Constitutional Convention type of assembly.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||

#12  Thank you, Raj. Because our field and office staff are also puzzled, we've asked our resident Accounting folks the same question.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/08/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#13  I really can't say anything in depth until Trump signs the EO, then we'll know.
Posted by: Raj || 08/08/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#14  July 1 is the first day of the 3rd quarter 2020. Taxes withheld and matched must be paid to the gov by Aug 21. Trump may be saying to the employers don't pay us, return July's withholding on Aug 21 to the emps. And no more wholdings till 2021.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 08/08/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#15  This must be making the Dims p all over themselves. They NEVER not whold. Always demanding more taxes.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 08/08/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

#16  I’ve always thought that payroll withholding was a bad idea and that 1) the payment should be from the taxpayer - be it an automatic withdrawal from their bank account or written check, etc... as long as the see it being taken from their account and 2) everyone should pay something so they have skin in the game - yes even the welfare recipients. Social security is taxed, why isn’t welfare? If that welfare mom had to pay $20 out of their check they view taxes a little differently.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/08/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||

#17  well the Dems don't like this because they can't use the public coffers as bribe money for their constituents.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 08/08/2020 14:32 Comments || Top||

#18  No such luck with the German Finanzamt. They woke up from their Corona slumber and want money.
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/08/2020 15:21 Comments || Top||

#19  Student loan payments for the rest of 2020. Deferred taxes will be forgiven.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 08/08/2020 19:07 Comments || Top||

#20  ^No student loan payments...
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 08/08/2020 19:08 Comments || Top||


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Teenage girl stripped, filmed publicly in Rawalpindi
[DAILYTIMES.PK] According to the reports, the girl was ganged rape by the group before being stripped on a Rawalpindi road. A first information report (FIR) was registered against the accused near Saidpuri Gate in the Rawat cop shoppe’s jurisdiction. However,
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they had been released on pre-arrest bail.The victim revealed to police that the gangsters stripped and then filmed her. She claimed the men had also gang-raped her at knifepoint.

She further said she has no support and the accused threatened her to remain silent. She said the Banni cop shoppe has refused to file a report, adding that police only contacted me after they saw the video on social media.

Earlier, another teenage girl was allegedly stripped in a crowded street in Kachi Mohallah locality to punish her family for filing a complaint against the accused at the local cop shoppe.

Shakila, 50, mother of the victim girl, told the police that a local Zafar clashed with her nephew Waseem on June 1 after which she and her family members lodged a complaint with the Gulfat Hussain Shaheed Police Station. She added that while on the way back home, she took her 15-year old daughter from the house of her brother.



Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Feminists silent.
Posted by: Elmung Hatrack5948 || 08/08/2020 5:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Elmung Silent about what?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/08/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#3  So, it's in Pakland, it qualifies for Twitter, right?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/08/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Air Force awards SpaceX and ULA billions in launch contracts
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 08:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All the remaining inventory of Delta IV heavy are already booked for NRO launches, I believe, and I don't think there were ever any plans to send the unused RD-180s back to Russia for a refund, so clearing that stuff out of ULA's inventory was probably also baked in.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/08/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||

#2  You thought they were going to hire Boeing?
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/08/2020 16:15 Comments || Top||


UK and German Researchers Create Aluminum-ceramic Material That Can’t Be Cut
[THOMASNET] A team of engineers from the U.K. and Germany says a newly developed material could be a breakthrough for a wide range of industries requiring safety or protective equipment.
Proteus — named for the shape-shifting aquatic deity of Greek mythology — is the first manufactured material that cannot be cut, researchers from Durham University and the Fraunhofer Institute write in the journal Scientific Reports.

The lightweight substance consists of ceramic spheres surrounded by a cellular aluminum structure, which combine to render cutting tools — including angle grinders, drills, and high-pressure water jets — ineffective. Although video footage released by the team shows a blade narrowly penetrating the material, researchers say the ceramic components resist it indefinitely, gradually wear down the edge, and fill in the material as its particles fragment.

Engineers say they attempted to mimic dynamic materials in nature that resist attacks despite being made of relatively weak components — particularly mollusk shells and grapefruit peels.

The team has a patent pending on the material and hopes to work with industry partners on a wide variety of potential applications, including everything from bicycle locks and lightweight body armor to protective gear for those operating cutting tools.


Posted by: Fred || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

#1  video footage released by the team shows a blade narrowly penetrating the material

😎
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/08/2020 3:28 Comments || Top||

#2  When are we getting transparent aluminum.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/08/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  The Germans have a talent for such things. Those bunkers and pill boxes along the North Sea coast in France might last longer than that planned 1000-year Reich.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Prolly also has inherent resistance to corrosion and UV
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 9:27 Comments || Top||

#5  First use: Bars on prison cells?
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  When are we getting transparent aluminum.

As soon as it is culturally safe for Wonder Woman to be Wonder Woman again.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ Now you got me thinking of Lynda Carter.
Posted by: Clem || 08/08/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Try a ball peen hammer.
Posted by: Hupinens Juling5588 || 08/08/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Laser or plasma jet? (Just to mention 2 that you can get from your local welding supply.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/08/2020 16:19 Comments || Top||


The US Builds A New Submarine The World Is Afraid Of
Posted by: gorb || 08/08/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's not the Seaview

Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ We were promised flying subs. Where are the flying subs?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  If nobody is afraid of it, that sort of defeats the purpose, eh?
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/08/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Captained by William Basehart?
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/08/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Captained by William Basehart?
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/08/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#6 
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/08/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Rode subs for 10 years. They new ones have to be robotically controlled and unmanned.
Sit Quietly in/on the bottom for long periods of time. Contain nuclear torpedos as well as missiles. Torpedoes are for blowing up islands and port city’s. Just my thoughts. My FBM could stay out for as long as we had food and did not kill each other. Fire Control played different variations of music for entertainment. One patrol, people who hated classical, destroyed all the disks. By the end of patrol, there was only country music CDs left, and they were very closely guarded.
Posted by: Blackbeard and Tenille9937 || 08/08/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

#8  The members of a submarines crew are family. If you didn’t get along with the family you were encouraged to leave at the earliest possible time.
Posted by: Blackbeard and Tenille9937 || 08/08/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Gotta luv that nukuler "caviation".

Yikes.
Posted by: charger || 08/08/2020 14:15 Comments || Top||

#10  If you want to know what really happens, I recommend “Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage”. No running in place, no weight lifting and music on sound power noise will kill you! If you do not like books then “Hunt for Red October” OK.
Posted by: Blackbeard and Tenille9937 || 08/08/2020 19:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Attaching the front of a '52 Chevy Bel Air brings us one step closer to Space Battleship Yamato.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/08/2020 20:55 Comments || Top||

#12  #10 - great book
Posted by: Frank G || 08/08/2020 22:03 Comments || Top||



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