The New York Police Department identified the suspect as Daniel Biggs, 53. Biggs and the victim were strangers, police said. Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the attack. According to the NYPD, Biggs has 18 prior arrests, including for assault and robbery. On August 2, Biggs allegedly slashed a man in the face.
I'm not who are the more dangerous criminals. Those on the streets or those in city hall.
[Washington Examiner] AstraZeneca announced Tuesday that clinical trials for its coronavirus vaccine have been placed on hold due to a suspected serious adverse reaction in a patient in the United Kingdom.
A spokesperson from the company said that the decision to pause the clinical trial, which enrolled thousands of volunteers, was part of "a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials," according to Stat.
It remains unknown whether the company put the trial on hold voluntarily or how long the hold will last, but the spokesperson said the company is "working to expedite the review of the single event to minimize any potential impact on the trial timeline."
The AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, developed along with the University of Oxford, is one of nine in phase three clinical trials.
The company did not disclose additional information about the adverse health effect in the U.K. patient. The company spokesperson said that "in large trials illnesses will happen by chance but must be independently reviewed to check this carefully."
The spokesperson also said the company is "committed to the safety of our participants and the highest standards of conduct in our trials."
More than 6.3 million COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the United States, and nearly 190,000 people have died.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the possibility of a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day in November is "unlikely."
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in an interview with PBS's Judy Woodruff on Tuesday that a vaccine will more likely be available by the end of the year.
[PRESSTV] Border officials in Belarus say Maria Kolesnikova, an opposition figure who had been reported missing, was detained while trying to enter Ukraine.Anton Bychkovsky, a front man for the State Border Committee, said Kolesnikova were tossed into the calaboose in the early hours of Tuesday while trying to cross into Ukraine with two other opposition figures, who made it through.
He said Kolesnikova was being held and an investigation was underway to legally assess the situation.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk confirmed to AFP that Rodnenkov and Kravtsov had entered Ukraine.
Reports said on Monday that Kolesnikova and her two fellows Anton Rodnenkov and Ivan Kravtsov had disappeared.
Some media reports had said earlier that unidentified people had kidnapped Kolesnikova near the National Art Museum in the capital, Minsk, on Monday.
"We agreed that she would go to the post office to fetch a letter from the central police department... Eyewitnesses say they got her into a minivan with the word ’communications’ written on it and took her to an unknown location," Maxim Znak, another opposition figure, said, referring to a police notice that she was sent on an administrative offense she committed by attending an unauthorized rally last month.
Posted by: Fred ||
09/09/2020 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats
While the #US is considering sanctions on #CCP's chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, #SMIC, #Wuhan's 100 billion yuan chip project #Hongxin Semiconductor is put on hold due to lack of funds. See the abandoned site. Game over for #Huawei without chips. pic.twitter.com/cMCPXsJWH8
Big news. This was China's attempt to become a leading edge chip manufacturer at 7nm. Good news for Taiwan and South Korea and only TSMC and Samsung are making chips at 7nm. Intel is stupidly stuck at 10nm. China had been stuck at 2-3 generations behind.
Trump admin denied the machines to make the chips (US made, even got the Dutch ASML company to cooperate). Screws Huawei and just about every other Chinese electronics manufacturer that wants to sell into the international market as imports of US origin/designed chips are being strangled. Also screws the thousands of chip engineers that the Chinese poached from TSMC. Decoupling picking up steam.
Via InstaPundit: Samsung and SK Hynix will reportedly stop selling components to Huawei as the Trump administration tightens sanctions on the Chinese phone maker. Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC reportedly suspended sales to Huawei this May after an earlier round of restrictions.
[Dallas News] AUSTIN — Nearly 400 Texans signed up to virtually testify before the State Board of Education, with most urging the board to include sxxual orientation, gender identity and non-heteronormative standards in comprehensive sex education in a lengthy hearing Tuesday. How many were testifying from outside "Keep Austin Weird"?
Others pressed the board to include teaching climate change in core science courses in the state during the meeting. How about Climatology, without a fixed conclusion?
This all comes after a proposed revision to Texas' health education standards, which could potentially add the teaching of birth control options, along with the abstinence-only option, to middle schoolers. Most notably, however, the proposed revision did not address gender identity and sxxuality. Such education was a paid-for, after-school option when I was a Sophomore, because my parents chose not to teach me. Gender idenity was not included.
"We actively teach that only heteronormative love exists, only heteronormative families exist, only heteronormative sxx exists," said Cynthia Soliz, current chair of Austin ISD Student Health Advisory Committee. Maybe you could teach non-heteronormative stuff after class, for a fee, or you could donate you time to teach it?
More than 80% of school districts in the state either teach abstinence-only or provide no sxxual education at all, though more than 60% of high school seniors say they have been sxxually active, according to the Texas Freedom Network, a non-partisan network of over 150,000 members who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.
[Jpost] Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated US President Donald Trump, told Fox News that he is nevertheless "not a big Trump supporter."
US President Donald Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in reaching the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Fox News reported on Wednesday morning.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian parliament and head of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, submitted the nomination.
Tybring-Gjedde had previously submitted a nomination for Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his Singapore summit, which hosted Kim Jong Un.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.
“It is for his contribution for peace between Israel and the UAE,” Tybring-Gjedde, a member of parliament for the right-wing Progress Party, told Reuters. “It is a unique deal.”
In addition to the Israel-UAE deal, the nomination letter to the Nobel Committee cited Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties... such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea.”
The parliamentarian told Fox News that he is nevertheless “not a big Trump supporter.”
“The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes,” he continued. “The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump.
“For example, Barack Obama did nothing,” he told the cable news outlet, referring to the former US president’s Nobel Peace Prize win in 2009 for, according to the Nobel Committee, his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
[YNet] - A senior physician treating COVID-19 patients in serious condition lashed out Tuesday at the Israeli public for disregarding other human lives by ignoring basic measures such as wearing masks that could slow the spread of coronavirus.
Dr. Gadi Segal, who heads Israel's first coronavirus ward at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, posted a plea on Facebook for Israelis to begin taking the pandemic seriously.
"I've posted the names of the people who have died as a result of the disease. Many of them I knew, some died in my arms," Segal wrote in his post.
"The blame rests on those who think their pay checks, their personal liberty and freedom of speech is more important than human lives. As a human being and a doctor, I am ashamed of this society."
...Segal later told Ynet that that denying the virus and disregarding simple mitigation measures will only serve to expedite full lockdown.
"It is about mutual responsibility. I was trying to explain that people have the power to save lives and not only that, they have the power to save livelihoods and our society," he said.
A Muslim who believes he's a right to blow up people for Allan.
A boy from the hood who believes he's a right to attack white people because of systemic racism.
"Peaceful" protesters in American cities.
A religious Jew who believes the instructions from the Rabbi supersede instructions from (apostate) doctors - but, nevertheless goes to these doctors when seriously sick.
Somebody who believes that masks & social distancing are violation of his rights.
People who spread false information - it only kills old people - about the dangers of covid (without even being paid by the Chinese like the WHO).
I wonder if all these people have something in common?
I'd try to reason with (g)rom, but there is no reasoning with the self-deluded and obsessed. So locked onto a single point of view, he has blinded himself, demonstrating all the foresight, depth. and acuity, of a myopic cyclops with a cataract. Go shelter in your cave. The rest of the world has a life to live, you poor fear driven coward.
So all the aliens are from alternate realities of Earth? That would explain UFOs as one would not want to shift reality lines on the ground and end up embedded in a mountain. Sorry.. I couldn't resist.
G(r)omgrou, I can assure you that the batwings company had plans like that since the early 80s and did "Greenhouse Simulations with real protocols" to prepare as early as 1989. The original plans were based on the old Dick Tracy comics. The mid-point was the book phone. That was reached with the web on net enabled cells in the 1997 time frame. They appeared in Japan first. Japan's water world night life required the cam so they paid for that development as one could know the whore you were dealing with really looked and talked like you expected. It wasn't possible to finance that camera capability for the western world market but it was required for Asia and Japan paid for it. Once the cam and good screen were there the full smart phone was only a short expected jump. The only question was the input mode. The failure of the Apple/Motorola jointly designed device (Newton) about 1999 left the smart phone the only development path.
Grom, when I started there in 89 my desk had this huge drawer, not to be looked in or touched, that had about a 13 inch thick manuscript in it titled "The Dick Tracy Plan". -Seriously- and the wide desk drawer had a bunch of keys not to touch. They turned out to be to the roof top broadcast towers on the John Handcock building and the Sears Tower. I had no idea what they were for until some of Japan's FCC were caught misbehaving on the roof of one of them with the keys by the Chicago Police who took the keys. They came and asked me for all the keys to the roofs and I was like "That's what those keys were for?" I locked that drawer every night so somebody ranked above me must have had a master for my desk and took them out to entertain a customer...
#7, #8 I've conceded the point (though you actually talk about cell phones - not palmtop with internet access).
So, here's other examples.
Radio during the telegraph era.
Personal computers in 1930 (I still remember being struck by sentence from one of Doc Smith's books "computers went on a coffee break").
For that matter, I remember a pal telling me in 1980es that there is this new thing - world wide net, and I should try it.
Any alien looking at earth's emissions wouldn't see one signal to decode. They would see the accumulation of millions or billions (WiFi, Cell) of emissions. It's not about trying to decode the the signals, it's about recognizing that the signals are not a natural phenomenon.
it's about recognizing that the signals are not a natural phenomenon.
And if they're smart enough to figure out what we're sending, they'd move on really fast.
Unless they're into reality TV.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
09/09/2020 9:32 Comments ||
Suppose the aliens had visited Earth 200 years ago. They would have detected no radio waves at all, or at least no artificial ones. They would have concluded that there was o life here and moved on.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
09/09/2020 9:46 Comments ||
Reasons I think we haven't found anything yet:
1.) They have advanced so far we can't detect their signals, just like ants can't talk to us
2.) They are so far away we haven't seen it yet. If a civilization is 10,000 years ahead of us, but on the other side of a 100,000 light year galaxy (Milky Way for example) we won't see signs of it for another 90,000 years.
3.) We are simply the most advanced life form so far in our neighborhood.
..having worked some contracting, you understand the graft Congress works into the process. One can not just go down to HomeDepot or Lowes and buy your hammers and provide them to the contractor. No, no. The contract has to provide it and in doing so adds all sort of overhead and administration costs in the process. If you try to husband resources and look after the taxpayers money you go to jail. You must follow the laws, rules, and regulations that flow out of Congress. Of course that doesn't stop Congress from grandstanding and denouncing the results by using others to take the blame. Got to protect their phoney baloney jobs.
A friend of mine who used to work for IBM Federal Systems explained why things cost so much for the government: Suppose IBM develops a new circuit board. It costs a million dollars just for the development. Now, if IBM is going to put that into a regular computer, they will make a million of them. So, the added cost for the circuit board is $1. However, if the board is for the government, the government might only get 500 or so. So the development cost adds $2000 to each board. Plus, because the circuit board has to meet all the milspec and other government regulations, the development cost is likely to be upwards of $2 million.
Plus all the stuff thatP2K mentioned.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
09/09/2020 18:13 Comments ||
[Defense News] WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman has captured a $13.3 billion award for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles, the service announced Sept. 8.
Beginning in 2029, GBSD will start replacing the LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBMs, which were fielded in 1970, Northrop said in a statement.
According to the Air Force, GBSD "will have increased accuracy, enhanced security, and improved reliability to provide the United States with an upgraded and broader array of strategic nuclear options to address the threats of today and the future."
Northrop was the sole bidder for the engineering, manufacturing and development contract after Boeing dropped out from the competition in July 2019 over Northrop’s acquisition of solid rocket motor manufacturer Orbital ATK, now known as Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.
Boeing contended that it did not have enough time to negotiate a competitive price for the motors needed for the GBSD program due to Northrop’s slow pace in signing an agreement that would allow Boeing to work with Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems while keeping Boeing’s intellectual property away from its rival GBSD team.
However, the Air Force declined to alter its acquisition strategy.
In December, Northrop Grumman submitted a bid for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program, while Boeing confirmed that it had not entered its own proposal.
"Our nation is facing a rapidly evolving threat environment, and protecting our citizens with a modern strategic deterrent capability has never been more critical," Northrop CEO Kathy Warden said. "With more than 65 years of technical leadership on every ICBM system, our nationwide team is honored and committed to continuing our partnership with the U.S. Air Force to deliver a safe, secure and effective system that will contribute to global stability for years to come."
[Breitbart] They are calling it Freedom, Georgia, and draw their inspiration from Wakanda, the fictional comic-book country that was the setting for the movie “Black Panther.”
Ashley Scott, a realtor from Stonecrest, Georgia, who was driven to seek therapy by her reaction to the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man jogging in a white neighborhood, said that after several sessions she realized that her problem was 400 years of racial oppression and trauma dating back to the establishment of slavery in North America.
With her friend Renee Walters, an entrepreneur and investor, she founded the Freedom Georgia Initiative, a group of 19 Black families who collectively purchased 96.71 acres of rural land in Toomsboro, a town of a few hundred people in central Georgia, with the intention of developing a self-contained Black community. The space will have small homes for vacation use and will host weddings, retreats and recreational functions, and may eventually evolve into an incorporated, self-sustaining community.
there's plenty of all-black communities in any inner city.
how are those working out?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
09/09/2020 8:34 Comments ||
For the money they spent on 96 acres, they could have bought most of Clayton County. Of course its already FUBR. so I
sort understand the reasoning. Time to move on and socially and economically destroy a new area.
Wakanda as depicted in the movies is a prosperous if small city-state. Kind of like the Liechtenstein of Africa, but with superheroes. What this lady is creating is a vacation community that could double as a prepper dedoubt if needed. Solid business idea if you have, say, fifteen afluent backers.
[The Blaze] United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last month that COVID-19 provides the opportunity for an "economic reset" that will allow the world to fundamentally restructure societies to be less oppressive of women, during a speech at a town hall with Young Women from Civil Society Organizations.
"The pandemic is only demonstrating what we all know: that millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone — women, men, girls and boys," Guterres said.
[NEAWW.com] Kaepernick was nominated as a contributor by Bob Birkett of Vermont, who decided to submit an application for the same after discovering that there was no criteria in place restricting him from doing so.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been nominated to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which made many sports lovers seethe with rage. They were furthered angered by the fact that a USA Today columnist supported the nomination for the induction.
Equating Kaepernick to legends like Dick Butkus and Mike Ditka, columnist Nancy Armour wrote: "Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, began protesting four years ago after a series of high-profile shootings of Black men by law enforcement officers, most of whom were white. Despite the glaringly obvious -- that America has a different set of standards for Black and brown people, with harmful and sometimes even deadly consequences -- Kaepernick was vilified."
Kaepernick famously started a trend that would soon be followed by football players and other athletes when he knelt during the national anthem in 2016, saying at the time, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." After leading the team to a 1-10 record in games, he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and has not played professional football since then.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.