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Lebanese Prime Minister announces resignation of government
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Widespread looting reported in Chicago after police-involved shooting
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 06:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:


#2  And they're off with the sound of the gun. This event involves how much you can score not just in distance and time, but also carry. If they had gotten the Olympics in Chicago, it probably would have been made an official athletic category.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 6:16 Comments || Top||

#3  The Christmas shopping countdown is approaching. A little over 130 days remaining.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2020 6:36 Comments || Top||

#4  "We's sortin' our crack on Waterford!"
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/10/2020 7:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Interesting Twitter feed aggregation of the festivities here.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/10/2020 11:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Chicago looting videos spread on social media: See the footage
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 12:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Did you see the White Supremacists??? There must've been 2 or 3 (maybe) there!!! It's on them!
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||


Washington man is arrested for punching a 72-year-old disabled veteran in the face
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Cody P. Hansen, 35, was arrested by police in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday

  • Hansen is accused of breaking a 72-year-old veteran's jaw in a hotel lobby

  • The victim had allegedly made a comment to Hansen's girlfriend about not wearing a mask
Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't let them take your mask off you in prison, sweetie.
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't drop the soap.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Turd
Posted by: Dacama || 08/10/2020 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  white trash idiot from ,where else, Spokane
Posted by: 746 || 08/10/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Did the victim say, your girlfriend is so ugly...she should be wearing a mask?
Posted by: Sgt.D.T. || 08/10/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

#6  So, a 72 year old Karen, then. Or is it Ken?
Posted by: KBK || 08/10/2020 16:33 Comments || Top||


Six people, including a pregnant woman, are shot after gunmen dressed in black stormed their barbecue in Philadelphia
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Police in Philadelphia announced that six people, including one pregnant woman, were hospitalized after a shooting Saturday night.

The incident took placed just before 9.30pm when a group of residents were gathered for a barbecue at a park near Poplar Street in West Philadelphia.

ABC 6 reports that victims include three women and three men who were maimed at the scene.

A 59-year-old woman was shot in the left foot; a 24-year-old pregnant woman was hit in the left thigh; an 18-year-old woman was shot in the right arm; an 18-year-old male suffered from two graze wounds on his lower back; an 18-year-old male was shot in the right calf; and a 17-year-old male was took a shot in the left leg.

Authorities recovered 28 shell casings from the scene. Suspects or a motive have not been disclosed.

Two of the victims were taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center from the scene, while one officer found another victim and took her to the hospital.

CBS Philly reports that the remaining three victims arrived to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on their own. All six residents are in stable, pH balanced condition.

Authorities are now searching for four to five suspected shooters dressed in all black.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Radical vegans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Judging by the apparel and all the shots waist level or lower, I'm betting Antifa midgets.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/10/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||


Prisoner, 26, released on bail due to coronavirus concerns is charged with murder after 'stabbing a 63-year-old man to death'
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Justin Wilson, 26, faces first degree murder charges for the July 23 death of Edigio Ienzi, 63

  • Wilson had been released from the Montgomery County, Maryland jail on April 30 amid coronavirus concerns

  • Wilson was initially in jail awaiting a trial on theft and other charges at the time

  • Ienzi's family said that Wilson had visited Ienzi's home weeks prior to his death
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, do they count the victim as another Covid related casualty?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 6:17 Comments || Top||

#2  They look anencephalic.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/10/2020 9:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Fancy word for pinhead.

Posted by: jpal || 08/10/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Kamala (not Harris) has gone to the great rasslin' ring in the sky
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will give "Dick the Bruiser" some competition up there.
Posted by: borgboy || 08/10/2020 1:56 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Report: Major explosion rips through Baltimore neighborhood
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 15:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seemsto have been a gas leak.
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 15:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Now that we know it was just a gas leak, moved to Short Attention Span, grateful it was neither intentional nor worse.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2020 15:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Old infrastructure, like the September 9, 2010 fireball 1,000 feet high which killed eight people, injured dozens, and destroyed or damaged 55 homes in San Bruno, California.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/10/2020 17:00 Comments || Top||

#4  ..anyone tapping the gas line for, you know, free stuff, "We ain't going to pay for no gas". Seems to happen to petroleum pipes in Nigeria.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 18:37 Comments || Top||

#5  It's hot out there. Can't they just stick to opening up fire hydrants?
Posted by: Clem || 08/10/2020 18:40 Comments || Top||


Israeli plastic surgeons: Mask-wearing does not cause ear protrusions
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 07:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So what's Barry's excuse?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/10/2020 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Handles.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#3  He uses them to swim.
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 11:43 Comments || Top||

#4  The masks doctors use hook behind the head, and don't loop over the ears. Fun fact: the masks you see with ear loops that claim to be E90+ are phony; the rating requires behind the head loops.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/10/2020 12:11 Comments || Top||


Giant swamp rats invade a Texas park amid fears pests will damage local water supply and infect humans with parasites
Ooh! Ooh! I seen dat movie!
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!
Send me the rats who swarm your swamp,
Your potent rodents keen to chomp
On all that's green, and not vote Trump.
Posted by: Beldar Unimble4745 || 08/10/2020 7:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Nature's own allegory of Antifa
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Charming and clever, Beldar Unimble4745.. I love the repeated hard st/ts , the progression of near rhymes at the end of each line -- pomp, swamp, chomp, Trump — and the smoothness of swarm your swamp. And the shock of the final image of monsters voting against Trump in the midst of all that innocently bucolic horror.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2020 9:12 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm in Louisiana, but I have a cat.

She brings me dead rats.

I think she loves me.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/10/2020 9:35 Comments || Top||

#5  We've got 8 inside cats and two outside cats and nary a mouse or rat around for a long time.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/10/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Aah! Nutria stikes again! (A gift from Venezuela, by the way.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/10/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Good eating by the way, ed.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/10/2020 13:58 Comments || Top||

#8  You sure that's not the DNC convention?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/10/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Yeah in South America the raise them for meat and fur. ....If they could just get the varmints to lay eggs.
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 08/10/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Reminds me of the novel King Rat
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/10/2020 18:48 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Great book - Clavell?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 20:55 Comments || Top||

#12  /\ Yes, James C. King Rat was the only book I've read by him...definitely a good one.
Posted by: Clem || 08/10/2020 21:41 Comments || Top||

#13  Read something once about raising cats and rats in seperate 'farms' next to each other. Feed the rat meat to the cats and the cat meat to the rats and sell the cat fur for profit or something like that.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/10/2020 23:02 Comments || Top||

#14  tw, thanks, and blush, tho as usual your prose is much more poetic than my "poetry."
Posted by: Shaigum Bucket3334 || 08/10/2020 23:59 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Yemen's rebels say floods, heavy rains left over 130 dead
[Al Ahram] Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
's Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
rebels said Sunday that floods have swept through rebel-held parts of the country since mid-July amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving more than 130 dead and damaging more than 260 homes.
Another sign Allan doesn't like you
The Houthi-run Health Ministry said at least 124 others were maimed by the flooding in parts of northern Yemen controlled by the rebels, including the capital Sanaa and its historic Old City, which is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

More than 160,000 people were forced to leave their homes amid heavy flooding and rainfall in the provinces of Hajjah and Hodeida, according to security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

At least 33,000 displaced people who were sheltering in camps in southern Yemen lost their tents and belongings in the floods, the International Committee of the Red Thingy said last month.

The devastating floods in the Arab world's poorest country have exacerbated a cholera outbreak, with 127,900 suspected cases across eight provinces since January, the World Health Organization said in July.

The Red Thingy also warned the floods have accelerated the spread of dengue fever and malaria, as mosquitoes carrying the diseases breed in puddles.

Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


NIH publishes 'HCQ works really well' study (data from France)
this was a retrospective study not a random clinical Trial and in addition there were a lot of problems getting all the demographic and co morbidity data for each patient; the study was completed in late June and has undergone enough peer review to make it to the NIH publication (which I think is a BIG DEAL), notwithstanding that, it adds to the growing case for HCQ
[NCBI.NIH]... patients under HCQ-AZ treatment for at least 3 days had a better clinical outcome, based on mortality rates among patients >60 years, less transfer to ICU and shorter length of stay at the hospital, and these patients also had a shorter duration of viral shedding than patients who did not receive this drug combination. Finally, a global strategy for the management of the COVID-19 outbreak may help to limit both the number of cases and fatalities and guide countries where this pandemic has not yet peaked.
[case fatality rate for people over 60 years old were 0.9% w/o HCQ, 0.5% w HCQ]
Posted by: lord garth || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now France is interfering in the elections!
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 0:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Good one ^
Posted by: Dacama || 08/10/2020 6:29 Comments || Top||

#3  MSM wouldn't hate HCQ if it didn't work.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/10/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Iblis, also if Trump hadn't supported it.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/10/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Ooooohhhhh.... I bet Big Pharma doesn't like this part - However, the choice of the best treatment should be made according to its safety profile, which is much better for HCQ-AZ than for remdesivir (adverse events leading to cessation of treatment in 0.9% in our study vs. 12% for remdesivir
Posted by: Bobby || 08/10/2020 14:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Who will tell the Dems who panned it, then banned it, costing lives?
Posted by: Bobby || 08/10/2020 16:52 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Native American tribes set up checkpoints to block thousands of bikers attending huge motorcycle festival in South Dakota from passing through reservation land
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Native American tribes have set up checkpoints to block thousands of bikers attending the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota from entering tribal lands

  • The Cheyenne River Sioux announced Saturday the checkpoints would be set up as a part of the tribe’s larger COVID-19 prevention policy to prevent a potential outbreak

  • Only commercial and emergency vehicles will be let through the checkpoints onto reservation land

  • Officials say a number of bikers have already tried to enter the land but were turned away

  • Those checkpoints were set up during pandemic to prevent people from entering tribal land to block virus

  • The 80-tradition motorcycle rally anticipates 250,000 attendees and revelers have been seen maskless and ignoring social distancing so far

  • In South Dakota there are 9,477 COVID-19 cases, 146 deaths, and 48 hospitalizations
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That will win them friends and allies.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/10/2020 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Go Tribe! Long live Chief Wahoo!
Posted by: Clem || 08/10/2020 1:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Little Big Horn!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 1:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Only thing worth stopping on the rez for are the cheap cigarettes. If you like the girls, there's something wrong with you and there will be even more wrong with you shortly...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 3:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Some tribes just haven't figured it out.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 6:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Heap big deal. Use I-90. MAP
Posted by: Bobby || 08/10/2020 11:57 Comments || Top||

#7  I do understand the allure of heading west on Hgwy 212 on a bike. Nicer scenery, decent road and more places to stop along the way.

I-90 is...well...the interstate. Long and hot this time of year with not many places to stop once you're past the Missouri River. Plus you get to deal with drivers traveling the 'minimum speed' (45MPH) on the freeway. They do it to save fuel or something. I've rarely seen it done anywhere else, but in SD it's prevalent.

Nonetheless, Bobby is correct in this instance.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/10/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||

#8  So, Indian is better than Harley.
Posted by: Classer || 08/10/2020 17:26 Comments || Top||

#9  You mean democrats?
Posted by: newc || 08/10/2020 18:21 Comments || Top||

#10  If I recall, the Sioux were only Plains Indians because the Chippewa kicked their asses out of the Wisconsin forests.
Posted by: Ulesing Bucket4222 || 08/10/2020 20:02 Comments || Top||


New York background checks for gun purchases spiked 121% in June: Report
[FoxNews] FBI background checks for gun purchases in New York in June more than doubled from a year ago, according to a new report.

Data shows the FBI processed 52,252 background checks for people seeking to buy firearms in the state in June -- a 121% increase from June 2019, the New York Post reported Saturday.

“When the original COVID scare started in the beginning of March and people thought they might get laid off, at that point we saw a huge surge," Cliff Pfleger, the owner of a Long Island gun shop, told the paper. "We sold out of almost everything we had in the store.”

He added, “We had lines continuously, even though we didn’t have things to sell. The people who are coming to the store — a lot of them were first-time firearm purchasers, and they obviously did not apply or have a handgun license."

The Post reported that at the same time gun purchases soared, so did shootings in New York City.

The Big Apple saw 205 shootings in June, the bloodiest June in 24 years.

Researchers at the University of California, Davis estimated that an extra 2.1 million guns sold nationwide between March and May this year are linked to 776 gun-related injuries that would not have occurred without the sales spike.

A Brookings Institute study suggests there are 3 million extra guns as a result of the pandemic and protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody, according to the Post.

The think tank found that after Floyd's death on May 25 in Minneapolis, daily gun sales surged to 150,000 by June 2 — and remained steady throughout the month, the paper reported.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:


Bangladesh
OC Pradeep’s ‘torture cell’ at Teknaf police station
[Dhaka Tribune] It was December 3, 2019. Abdul Jalil, a CNG auto rickshaw driver, was picked up by some men in white clothes from Cox's Bazar’s Adalat Para. On the same day, Saddam Hussein, 20, son of the late Sultan Ahmed of Maulvi Bazar village in Hnila Union, also went missing.

Jalil’s whole family went crazy looking for him. News of his going missing was published in local newspapers but proved to be futile, reports Bangla Tribune. Chhenuara Begum, Jalil’s wife, inquired at the offices of various law enforcement agencies but there was no sign of her missing husband anywhere.

Two months later, in February this year, a local man who was suddenly released from the cop shoppe confirmed Chhenuara that her husband was with the OC’s team, or to be specific, OC Pradeep Kumar Das’s team.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Belarus leader set for overwhelming election win after historic challenge
[Al Ahram] Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was set for an overwhelming victory in a presidential election on Sunday, an official exit poll said, after a political newcomer mounted a historic challenge to the strongman leader.

The exit poll for state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
gave Lukashenko 79.7 percent of the vote, with main challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya coming second with 6.8 percent.

The opposition had said it expected the results to be rigged and some were already calling for protests on Sunday night.

The atmosphere in the capital Minsk was tense, with police and special forces on the streets and a Soviet-era protest song blasting from car radios and flats.

Huge queues had formed outside polling stations in the capital Minsk and other cities before voting ended at 8:00 pm local time (1700 GMT), after Tikhanovskaya urged her supporters to vote late to give authorities less chance to falsify the election.

Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Police, protesters clash after Belarus presidential vote
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 6:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Police in Belarus detained 3,000 people at protests after election
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, just wait for November here. 2020 ain't done yet.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#4  How much money did Lukashenko owe Sniffles Hunter?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 12:50 Comments || Top||


Protests in Minsk in Fotos
FTFA:
[ColonelCassad] OMON and other security forces are still working quite confidently.

The protests themselves do not yet reach even the Saturday riots in Beirut, when the seizure of government buildings was carried out.

But it seems that the main "rally strike" will take place today, but a little later.
Comments appear to remain split between the government and the protesters.
Posted by: badanov || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
India to ban imports of 101 items of military equipment
NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Sunday that it will ban the imports of 101 items of military equipment in an effort to boost local production and improve self-reliance in weapons manufacturing.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is planning to progressively implement the embargo on select military imports between this year and 2024.

The military equipment includes some high technology weapon systems and range from assault rifles and artillery to transport aircraft and light combat helicopters, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"Our aim is to apprise the Indian defence industry about the anticipated requirements of the Armed Forces so that they are better prepared to realise the goal of indigenisation," Singh wrote on Twitter. "This is a big step towards self-reliance in defence."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2020 02:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....realise the goal of indigenisation

"Indigenisation"... supplies limited at Walmart and Target. Limit of two per shopper at Depot and Loews.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2020 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Good. They can keep all their corrosive 7.62 x 51 mm ammo for domestic use.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 2:58 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraq moves 'high-risk materials' from Baghdad airport in Beirut blast fallout
[Rudaw] Iraq's defence ministry has removed potentially kabooms from a Baghdad International Airport warehouse, a military spokesperson announced on Sunday, following last week's deadly blast in Beirut.

Movement of the unspecified cargo comes with the formation of a committee by Iraq's premier and commander-in-chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi to investigate and track "high-risk materials" held in the country, said Kadhimi's spokesperson Yehia Rasool.

"The Military Engineering Directorate of Iraqi defence ministry...safely transported highly dangerous materials from the air cargo section at Baghdad Airport...to its destination, the warehouses of the Military Engineering Directorate," Rasool tweeted.

Transport of the materials was done "under the guidance of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to form an urgent committee to detect high-risk materials (chemical, dual-use materials, and ammonia nitrate) at all border crossings (land, sea, and air)," he said in a subsequent tweet.

A devastating twin explosion rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 158 and wounding 6,000, according to health ministry figures. The number of fatalities is expected to rise as bodies continue to be recovered from the rubble.

President Michel Aoun
...president of Leb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hizbullah...
attributed the blast to 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that had been left stored at the city's port since 2013, prompting a wave of mass protests and the public's storming of several ministry buildings.

Iraq too has witnessed explosions at sites holding kabooms in populated areas, with a blast at a weapons depot at al-Saqr military base in Baghdad’s Dora neighborhood killing one civilian and injuring 29 more last year.

Fearing the same fate as Beirut, Iraqis have been taking to the streets and to social media this past week to demand removal of kabooms from city neighbourhoods.

On Friday, Iraq's transport ministry granted port authorities in the southern city of Basra 72 hours to inspect all of Basra province’s ports, and remove all chemical, radioactive or combustible materials stored in their warehouses.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  IRGC and Tater's folks scrambling...
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/10/2020 13:57 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Perseid meteor shower 2020: When, where & how to see it
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 08:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At night, in the sky, then narrow it down
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Unless of course you are under the California riot curfew and can't go outside, or see the sky.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Around here (coastal south texas), mostly what you're going to see is mosquitos.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/10/2020 13:51 Comments || Top||

#4  I take it NASA is good with the name Perseid.
Posted by: Clem || 08/10/2020 18:29 Comments || Top||


New York's largest hospital network had to buy garden hoses to fix ventilators: book
[FoxNews] Northwell Health reportedly had to go to hardware stores to buy garden hoses to make devices work.
A proud tale of ingenuity and cleverness at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in NYC.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 07:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You can buy thousands of feet of NSF certified hoses from Alaska Rubber and Rigging in Anchorage AK. National Sanitation Foundation.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/10/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, but the shipping to NYC prob sucks.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 22:58 Comments || Top||


Researchers created a test to determine which masks are the least effective
h/t Hot Air
[CNN] -
...a group of researchers at Duke University created a simple technique to analyze the effectiveness of various types of masks which have become a critical component in stopping the spread of the virus.

...In the study published Friday, researchers with Duke's physics department demonstrated the use of a simple method that uses a laser beam and cell phone to evaluate the efficiency of masks by studying the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech.

..."We use a black box, a laser, and a camera," Martin Fischer, one of the authors of the study, told CNN. "The laser beam is expanded vertically to form a thin sheet of light, which we shine through slits on the left and right of the box."

In the front of the box is a hole where a speaker can talk into it. A cell phone camera is placed on the back of the box to record light that is scattered in all directions by the respiratory droplets that cut through the laser beam when they talk.

...Researchers tested 14 commonly available masks including a professionally fitted N95 mask, usually reserved for health care workers. First the test was performed with a speaker talking without wearing a mask. Then they did it again while a speaker was wearing a mask. Each mask was tested 10 times.

The most effective mask was the fitted N95. Three-layer surgical masks and cotton masks, which many people have been making at home, also performed well.

Neck fleeces, also called gaiter masks and often used by runners, were the least effective. In fact, wearing a fleece mask resulted in a higher number of respiratory droplets because the material seemed to break down larger droplets into smaller particles that are more easily carried away with air.
Folded bandanas and knitted masks also performed poorly and did not offer much protection.

"We were extremely surprised to find that the number of particles measured with the fleece actually exceeded the number of particles measured without wearing any mask," Fischer said. "We want to emphasize that we really encourage people to wear masks, but we want them to wear masks that actually work."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 02:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'll stay with my Anplus mask with carbon filters.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 08/10/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought of using an old CPAP mask, but it looks too weird.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/10/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Japan masked up early.They focused on "super spreader" events and called it "cluster busting" and trained the public to avoid closed spaces,crowded spaces and close conversations.
They even encouraged no talking on subways or trains.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 08/10/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Then there are masks that will make sure you won't catch the KungFlu.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Beirut Port Blast Crater 43 Meters Deep Says Security Official
[AnNahar] The huge chemical explosion that hit Beirut's port, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital and claiming over 150 lives, left a 43-meter (141 foot) deep crater, a security official said Sunday.
and now the 3,943rd most holy site in Islam
The blast Tuesday, which was felt across the county and as far as the island of Cyprus, was recorded by the sensors of the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) as having the power of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.

It was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertilizer or as an explosive, had languished for years, according to authorities.

The huge blast also maimed at least 6,000 people and displaced more than 300,000 from their destroyed or damaged homes.

The revelation that the chemicals had languished for years like a ticking time-bomb in the heart of the capital has served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.

Demonstrators on Sunday called for renewed anti-government rallies after a night of angry protests saw them storm several ministries before they were expelled by the army.

It was a new tactic for a protest movement that emerged last October to demand the removal of a political class long accused of being inept and corrupt.

"The explosion in the port left a crater 43 meters deep," the Lebanese security official told AFP, citing assessments by French experts working in the disaster area.

The crater is much larger than the one left by the enormous blast in 2005 that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri, which measured 10 meters across and two metres deep, according to an international tribunal investigating his murder.

French rescue and police teams are among a much larger group of international emergency response specialists that has flooded into Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
to ease pressure on local authorities unable to cope with the disaster relief on their own.

Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i, Russian and German rescuers are also working at the port blast site.
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#1  Get samples of the residue and compare it to other IEDs.
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 4:39 Comments || Top||

#2  'the 3,943 most holy site in Islam', now THAT is funny, along with the sporting comparison to the crater left after they clipped Hariri.
Posted by: Cesare || 08/10/2020 7:51 Comments || Top||


#4  The orange/red color looked suspicious to me, too. Not ammonium nitrate.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/10/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#5  It seems to me that the white cloud could be just condensation.
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 13:09 Comments || Top||


Massive fire breaks out at Iranian island in Persian Gulf
[ALMASDARNEWS] A huge fire broke out on Sunday morning at the Pardis commercial complex on the Iranian island of Kishin the Persian Gulf. According to RT, the president of the Kish Merchants Club said that the cause of the fire was a short circuit in the air conditioner at the clothing store.
Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Muslims call Zoroastrians fire worshipers.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm waiting patiently for Kharg Island to go up in a giant fireball.
Posted by: Dave D. || 08/10/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Good thing the PG is shallow: will aid the recovery of the island when it hits the bottom while capsizing.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/10/2020 12:16 Comments || Top||



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