[PJ] This month, two Arab Muslim states — Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — normalized relations with the Jewish State of Israel, an earth-shattering diplomatic breakthrough long considered utterly unthinkable. Shortly before that, two Balkan countries put aside their historic enmity and normalized relations — and promised to open embassies in Jerusalem, recognizing the City of David as the capital of Israel. Each of these separate deals would be enough to get Trump in the history books, and the president has received three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of these tremendous accomplishments.
One Norwegian parliamentarian and one Swedish parliamentarian each nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, highlighted the historic UAE peace deal while the Swede, Magnus Jacobsson, focused on the Serbia-Kosovo deal.
On Monday, Sky News reported on a third Nobel Prize nomination for Donald Trump, this time coming from four law professors in Australia. Law professor David Flint announced he was nominating Trump on the basis of the "Trump Doctrine."
"He went ahead and negotiated against all advice, but he did it with common sense. He negotiated directly with the Arab states concerned and Israel and brought them together," Flint told Sky News.
Flint described the Trump Doctrine as "something extraordinary," based on "common sense" and "national interest."
"What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided he would no longer have America in endless wars, wars which achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans," the professor argued. "So he’s reducing America’s tendency to get involved in any and every war."
Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, told Norwegian news agency NTB on Wednesday that Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea.”
A group of U.S. lawmakers
...a group of eighteen Republican Congresscritters...
also are backing Trump’s nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
Infections reported increased. What about the real statistic that matters: hospitalizations and fatalities?
As usual Grom the fraud doesn't address those at all because they don't support his dictatorial whims and his paranoiac fears.
Hint: The death rate in the general population of infected persons is 0.26%, with more than 80% of those being age 70+.
No need to shut down. Period. Full stop. No justification for it. Instead, take measures to protect and isolate those most at risk: those with certain comorbidities, and over 50 years of age, especially those 70+.
NO justification for shutdowns of otherwise healthy adults <50 and children.
I fall into the higher risk groups myself, but just a tad younger than 70 but not for much longer. I'm responsible for my own protection. And that's how it should be. I will give a gentle reminder for people to maintain distance, and point to my mask, and say "Im at high risk, please keep your distance". Oddly, its a lot easier to do this in places where there are not Mask Nazis - once people realize I am masking for MY protection and not due to some government order, they tend to be a bit more rational. Maybe that's what the Governments need to do.
Am I the only one who finds all this 70 +/over 70/elderly stuff really depressing?
It seems to me age is only one factor among many, Canuckistan Sniper. A lot of it is that older people are more likely to have the dangerous co-morbidities and are generally in poorer health, not to mention physical fitness and lower Vitamin D, C, and zinc levels. Take care of the health factors, and age probably isn’t nearly as much of a factor as it first appears.
[FauxNews via Bongino] The "tragic death" of Malcolm Flynn, of Carlisle, happened around 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 11 when he was walking near Thirlwall Castle and Gisland, Northumberland, Northumbria police said. Flynn was with a companion when the cows charged across the field. OK, who had Murder Cows for October on your 2020 Bingo card?
The request is part of a strategy to pressure Moscow into renegotiating the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) before the US presidential election
The Trump administration reportedly believes that making the request outlines how serious they are about letting the agreement lapse
Trump’s team is said to be leery that Moscow is attempting to prolong the talks beyond the November vote in the hope that Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins Russia joins China inn preferring Gropey Joe? How utterly ironic.
They believe Biden's New START pledge renewal offers more beneficial terms
The assessment will determine how long it would take to load nuclear weapons currently in reserve onto long-range bombers, submarines and into silos
Signed in 2010, the New START treaty limits the US and Russia to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers
The deal is set to expire on February 5, 2021 if the two nations fail to agree
Attacks on our systems continue and while we were able to bring services back for a short time, significant instability due to the sustained attacks has forced us to refocus our efforts to mitigate them. As a result, Flightradar24 remains unavailable to all users at this time.
I blame the Strategic National Stockpile of COBOL and FORTRAN engineers being depleted.
"It's Trump's FAULT!"
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
09/29/2020 9:59 Comments ||
I recall the GE/Siemans MRI and PET scanners were taken offline and their OS and apps rebuilt nightly. 'Old' proprietary systemic architectures of XP and local disks were infected daily when images were shipped off to remote radiologists for assessment. Pretty much any specialized lab equipment was vulnerable because, much like Y2k, the original developers were no longer around.
Bill Gates will get right on this virus issue next.
Posted by: ed in texas ||
09/29/2020 10:58 Comments ||
Today the Linux release of the Tor browser was updated for security reasons. Tor is about as tough as it gets and on Linux is even tougher so somebody has found a big damn hole in the internet... likely protocols.
Twitter is long on fear, uncertainty and doubt but short on facts. Nonetheless, if you use Microsoft to build your system, you are a fool. You should also firewall all Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian, Iranian, Malaysian, Turkish, Romanian and German IP addresses. OK, firewall NORK, Indian and Philippine IP addresses too and throw in Brazilians while you're at it, Mexicans too. Don't forget Pakistan. World Wide Web my ass. They only want to hack us. /rant
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
09/29/2020 13:25 Comments ||
At #1 I stated don't mess with Microsoft. Problem is a Microsoft change crashed Microsoft. That is twice in one month Microsoft shot themselves in the foot. Gates retired recently shows pre-release QA testing retired with him.
[Defense News] COLOGNE, Germany — The German defense ministry wants to start fresh on a new heavy transport helicopter after finding that offers from Boeing and Lockheed for the Chinook and the King Stallion, respectively, were too expensive, officials announced today. "too expensive" or a temper tantrum at Trump's push to de-emphasize American bases in Germany?
The surprise decision halts an acquisition race that was scheduled to a see a contract awarded in 2021. The two companies had delivered their initial proposals for the program, aimed at replacing Germany’s aging CH-53G helicopters, in January 2020. A request for a second proposal had been expected by the end of this year.
The move comes as the budget implications of the coronavirus crisis are starting to materialize despite leaders' pledges to keep military spending high. Given that context, other programs are also expected to be on shaky ground, according to sources in Berlin.
Chinooks are cheap, especially for the capability. King Stallions are very expensive as of today but can lift 35,000 lbs. The Germans were, at one time, looking for something that can lift 20,000 kg (45,000 lb). The only thing that can do that is the Russian Mi-26.
The Germans have been getting a reputation of engineering equipment (from diesel generators to combat rifles and helicopters) that is excellent in the cool temperate German climate. Unfortunately this specialization makes them react poorly to extreme other climates.... like Afghanistan, for example. So let's see if they can design a helicopter that they can export to enough foreign customers to make it affordable, hmmm?
[Metro] Sylvain Helaine, 35, whose body, face and tongue are covered in tattoos and who has had the whites of his eyes surgically turned black was asked to switch age groups when a parent complained he gave their three-year-old nightmares. He said last year he was teaching at the Docteur Morere Elementary School in Palaiseau, a suburb of Paris, when the parent said their son, who was not taught by Helaine, was scared after seeing him. A couple of months later the school authorities informed him he would no longer teach kindergarten children. He said: ’I think the decision they took was quite sad.’
[Free Beacon] Residents across Queens reported receiving military-use mail in ballots for the 2020 presidential election despite not having served in the military, the New York Post reported Monday.
New York City councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D.) told the Post he’s already received around a dozen phone calls about the incident.
"It appears that everyone has gotten this particular ballot," resulting in "mass confusion," Bramer said. "People were already not trusting this process and they were already not trusting the Board of Elections to count the ballot right."
The incident only heightens voter fraud concerns in a year when millions of voters will cast their ballots by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN reported Friday that voters have already requested 28 million mail-in ballots and that 43 million voters will likely receive the ballots automatically.
While many mainstream media outlets have deemed mail-in voter fraud a hoax propagated by President Trump, this election season has already seen fraudulent voting practices and other errors.
In one Brooklyn primary, the Board of Elections found one in four ballots to be invalid. A Pennsylvania district attorney is reviewing a case in which an election worker improperly threw out nine military ballots. And Georgia state officials are investigating a case in which 1,000 voters allegedly voted twice.
[Jpost] - Some Israelis who seemingly recovered from COVID-19 and then fell sick with symptoms a second time say that the second round was more difficult, according to Channel 12.
"In the first round I had a few symptoms, this time I have crazy pains," 28-year-old Roi Elmaliah told Channel 12. "I have a fever, stomach pains and muscle pains that because of them, I can't sleep at night."
Shira Hillel, 24, also recently fell sick with COVID-19 for a second time.
"In 'Corona A' I had light symptoms like a lack of taste and smell; this time was harder physically," explained Hillel to Channel 12. "I feel the body weakness, the headaches and sometimes difficulty breathing a lot more. I won't lie, this is also hard mentally. I feel like a leper."
Hillel was first infected with the virus in June, after her brother infected a large portion of her family. Since then, she was confirmed as negative for the virus twice and thought she would be immune, at least for a few months.
"They put it into our heads so much that we were immune for at least three months and that we were developing antibodies, so yes, in my head I thought that I didn't need to get tested again and that I didn't really need a mask. I only wore it because I had to," added Hillel.
Hillel realized that she had been infected again after she began to experience muscle pains similar to those she had when she was infected the first time.
Prof. Arnon Ofek, deputy director-general of Sheba Medical Center, told Channel 12 that while this kind of situation is relatively rare, it is showing up in literature around the world.
"The first case was in Hong Kong, but there were also cases in Nevada and other places. Some of the cases were lighter but some were more severe."
"We don't really know everything about the virus and it will still surprise us in many things. In the end, immunity is created but it is different between people. We believe that there is a degree of protection," said Ofek. "This also has importance regarding the vaccine: We know that people will need two doses and that we will have to vaccinate again in X [amount of] time."
...Dr. David Strain, a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Exeter and chairman of the British Medical Association's medical academic staff committee, said the cases were worrying for several reasons.
"The first is that it suggests that previous infection is not protective," he said. "The second is that it raises the possibility that vaccinations may not provide the hope that we have been waiting for." Thank G*d For Eli Lilly
^It could be worse than that. According to
Sariol, A., & Perlman, S. (2020). Lessons for COVID-19 Immunity from Other Coronavirus Infections. Immunity, 53(2), 248-263.
In the only coronavirus where immune memory was actually tested, the "immune" persons have no symptoms - that far the secondary response works - but are infective.
Last, but not least - the first research group to report acquired immunity to covid 19 would have a nature paper and assured academic career.
So we can assume that many work on it. So far, nada.
So if vaccines and herd immunity are not going to work, then the only path out is global, total, 100% lockdown for an extended period of time. That is not going to happen, so we will all just get it, over and over, until it kills us.
A first time Wuhan virus infection is asymptomatic or very mild common cold like in the vast majority of cases, but also highly contagious.
In a large cohort the infection does not confer immunity but makes the immune system overreact to a second infection, causing high mortality rates and permanent damage in survivors.
The observed pandemic is the second wave. The first wave started earlier and wasn't noticed.
The optimal prophylactic medication would be an antibody or antibody fragment that deactivates the virions by attaching to and blocking relevant structures but doesn't interact with the human immune system.
There's a danger that active immunization will trigger or increase the likelihood of an autoimmune reaction as the vaccine must resemble the virus in its interaction wit the immune system.
"...The computer will analyze all of these variables both individually and in relation to one another against its database and pair the right weapon for the particular target engagement. This entire process can now take place in seconds, representing an exponential leap beyond previously achieved benchmarks of roughly 20 minutes."
*Wow* Sounds really great for One-Vs-One Duels and "Not So Great" for more complex battles where Death tends to arrive addressed to 'To Whom It May Concern'. It started to lose me when they asserted that they would "analyze all of these variables" as if the enemy doesn't have any counter measures.
Sagging, just like Arianna's tits...
[Zero Hedge] - The Huffington Post has already been gutted by several waves of layoffs since the left-leaning digital news aggregator was sold to Verizon as part of a deal to buy the rest of AOL's assets in 2015. Now, the New York Post is reporting that the telecoms giant, which engineered the acquisition as part of a larger content play, is shopping around for a buyer.
But in one of the worst environments for bloated digital media outlets in ages, it appears Verizon is having trouble finding a seller. That's because they should be looking for a "BUYER". Idiots
To be fair, HuffPo essentially came with the rest of the furniture during Verizon's $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, a deal that has proven about as disastrous as one might expect.
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.