[FOX] Inmates at a St. Louis jail rioted on Saturday morning over a variety of concerns, setting fires and throwing debris to the street below as corrections officers worked for almost eight hours to end the "extremely violent" group.
The riot at the St. Louis City Justice Center ended shortly before 10 a.m., but only after the prisoners had spent hours throwing a stationary bike, chairs, mattresses and other things to the streets below, some of the items burning.
Dozens of people gathered to watch the riot and efforts to contain it. Flames could also be seen just inside the windows.
"Even though our automated P.A. system would indicate that the cells are locked, they are in fact not locked and so other detainees were able to get out of their cells and into the unit," St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards told KDSK.
Corrections officers used tear gas to regain control and had all 115 inmates involved in the riot back in custody. Should've flooded the area with Nitrogen gas
The inmates claimed that they were fed up with conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a series of restrictions that limited visits and stalled court proceedings, officials said.
Dozens of inmates had already been transferred from the City Justice Center after two disturbances in late December and early January, making this the third such disturbance in a very short time.
I recommend a well guarded tent city down along the Missouri River. Put them in tents. No cots, just a blanket in an unheated tent. Those who survive the Winter and soggy Spring will likely take good care of their jail once the refurbishing is completed.
Former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks died Friday night at the age of 67 following a five-year battle with prostate cancer and other cancers, according to multiple outlets.
The Nevada Hall of Fame boxer passed Friday night with his wife, Brenda Glur Spinks, by his side.
"Due to Covid restrictions, only a few close friends and other family were present," a statement obtained by CNN read.
The boxing legend became a household name after beating Muhammad Ali in 1978.
Spinks has dealt with multiple cancer diagnoses over the years, including one for prostate cancer in 2019.
His unexpected victory is considered one of the sport's biggest upsets to date, as it was only his eighth professional fight at the time, according to USA Today.
Among his many accomplishments, Spinks represented the United States in the 1976 Olympics, winning a gold medal. Throughout his career, Spinks fought 72 professional fights. In 1995, he retired from the sport with a 26-17-3 record with 14 knockouts, according to CNN.
[Newsmaxx/AFP] Discovering there's intelligent life beyond our planet could be the most transformative event in human history - but what if scientists decided to collectively ignore evidence suggesting it already happened?
That's the premise of a new book by a top astronomer, who argues that the simplest and best explanation for the highly unusual characteristics of an interstellar object that sped through our solar system in 2017 is that it was alien technology.
Sound kooky? Avi Loeb says the evidence holds otherwise, and is convinced his peers in the scientific community are so consumed by groupthink they're unwilling to wield Occam's razor.
Loeb's stellar credentials - he was the longest-serving chair of astronomy at Harvard, has published hundreds of pioneering papers, and has collaborated with greats like the late Stephen Hawking - make him difficult to dismiss outright.
"Thinking that we are unique and special and privileged is arrogant," he told AFP in a video call. Yeah, sure, but the flat earth sits at the center of the universe, remember?
"The correct approach is to be modest and say: 'We're nothing special, there are lots of other cultures out there, and we just need to find them.'"
Loeb, 58, lays out the argument for the alien origins of the object named 'Oumuamua - "scout" in Hawaiian - in "Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth."
PARIS (AP) — He hunches at the dining room table, putting the finishing touches on his miniature World War II tank. Deep in concentration, he keeps his hand steady as he works to make the scaled-down plastic model look as realistic as possible.
And as he does so, Maxime Fannoy — locked-down husband and father riding out the coronavirus with his family in Belgium — feels the outside world’s unremitting pandemic nightmare slip thankfully out of focus.
"It’s an escape. When you are building a kit or a scene, you really plunge into it," Fannoy says. "Everything else loses its importance, and in the current context, that is a real help."
Rejuvenated by quarantines and lockdowns, the old-school pastime of creating miniature worlds by assembling and decorating scaled-down models or running mini trains on mini tracks is enjoying a revival — plastic therapy against the pandemic blues.
[Newsmax] The Transportation Security Administration is suggesting fines up to $1,500 for passengers and individuals who repeatedly violate its nearly week-old requirement that masks be worn on commercial aircraft and in airports.
"TSA will recommend a fine ranging from $250 for the first offense up to $1,500 for repeat offenders," the agency said Friday on its website. "Based on substantial aggravating or mitigating factors, TSA may seek a sanction amount that falls outside these ranges."
The TSA began requiring masks on Tuesday "at ... airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems."
That came after President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 21 requiring federal governmental authorities to impose regulations making masks mandatory on public transportation. The order remains in effect until at least May 11. Do they hafta be N95 masks, Joe? That's the only thing with any affect on airborne transmission. But folks will feel safer, right?
[BA] South Carolina’s gun laws are pretty good, so it’s surprising that open carry is banned in the state. In fact, South Carolina is just one of five states to completely bar the open carrying of handguns, along with California; Illinois; New York; and Florida (another outlier when it comes to open carry laws).
The right-to-carry revolution has come to the Palmetto State, however, and dozens of representatives are supporting a change to state law that would be a small but significant step in the right direction.
...The no-open-carry is something of a hangover from Reconstruction and the Jim Crow days, and frankly, even with the best of intentions that stuff is hard to shake.
However, there is now a LOT of support for OC, and I would not be surprised to see this signed into law in there very near future. We didn't have the same problems Certain Other Places (TM) had this last summer because of CC and a forceful law enforcement presence - OC will go a long way towards keeping it that way.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
02/07/2021 11:21 Comments ||
[Jpost] In the past year the United Kingdom expelled three Chinese spies who were in the country on journalism visas, according to a report by The Telegraph newspaper on Thursday.
The report, which has not been independently verified by Rooters and cites a UK government source, says that three intelligence officers for China's Ministry of State Security purported to work for three different Chinese media agencies.
"Their true identities were uncovered by MI5 and they have since been forced to return to China," said the report, referring to the UK's domestic security services.
Also on Thursday, Britannia's media regulator revoked a Chinese TV licence after it concluded that the Chinese Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility for the channel.
UK-China relations have become increasingly strained as Britannia has criticised Beijing over its crackdown in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, and barred Huawei from its domestic 5G networks over security concerns.
On Thursday British regulators revoked the licence of Chinese news network CGTN after finding its state-backed ownership structure broke UK law.
The regulator said CGTN’s licence holder, Star China Media Ltd, had failed to show it had editorial oversight over the network and that a proposed transfer to another media group would still keep it tied to the Chinese Communist Party.
The English-language satellite broadcaster has long faced criticism for parroting the Communist Party line in its global broadcasts.
In the United States, it is one of seven Chinese media outlets that have been designated as state-sponsored actors rather than as independent media.
A total of two Ukrainian solders were wounded in an artillery attack between Russian back separatists and Ukrainian soldiers in western Donetsk Saturday according to news reports from online and from official sources.
The online Ukrainian language daily tsnesor.net reported 120mm mortar fire from separatists positions were fired at Novozvanovka and Pivdennoe (Toretsk ) Saturday. Novozvanovka and Pivdennoe are about 10 kilometers northwest of the line of contact in Donetsk city.
Ukrainian sources also say that separatists fired small arms fire on of Vodyanoe near the Sea of Azov and 120mmm mortar fire at Krasnogorovka.
According to data supplied by the Donetsk People's Republic Defense Ministry, Ukrainian units fired 120mm mortar fire at Leninskoye, which is near Vodyanoe.
I’m not sure if anyone cares about this, I’m not sure if I even care about this however I guess I find it worth mentioning. I have been using Barbasol shaving cream since I hit puberty and it does the job its supposed to do. In fact my father used Barbasol shaving cream too. I would say he passed it on to me when I was learning how to shave so many years ago.
Welcome to corporate America, where profits are important and the incredible shrinking product is a reality of life. I have seen this before where the toilet paper roll becomes thinner, or the NET Weight of a product is shaved down by 1/2 and ounce or so and the price stays the same. I understand its all economics. Reduce the amount of product in the box and increase your profits.
Posted by: Herb Chearong4611 ||
02/07/2021 11:02 Comments ||
In this vale
Of toil and sin
Your head grows bald
But not your chin
-- Burma Shave
Posted by: Oscar Sleath1645 ||
02/07/2021 14:55 Comments ||
Juast look at Grapefruit Juice if you can find any. The container has been 3.99 for a long time, But it shrunk from 64 ounces to 52 ounces about a year ago, they simply made the bottle neck slightly longer and the bottle slightly thinner. And still charge the same price for less product. Thats a stealth 22% price increase, more or less.
Business 101: The only justification for a corporate structure above the established production facilities is to constantly increase profits.
The people at the plant don't need a bunch of guys in an office building making (bad) decisions for them; once you hit the extent of economy of scale limits, all that's left is basically a Monopoly game.
Posted by: ed in texas ||
02/07/2021 19:58 Comments ||
It was bound to happen at this time. Because I have to wear a mask every time I leave home, I have stopped shaving everyday. The only time I really have to shave is when I want to make my wife happy.
[HotAir] The tourism industry has been down across the board pretty much since the beginning of the pandemic. (The exception is national parks which have been doing a booming business.) But there’s another type of tourism that’s clearly on the rise and not everyone is a fan of it. "Vaccine tourism" is now a thing, and Texas is seeing a significant increase in people coming from across the country to try to get jabbed in the arm. At one recent mass vaccination at a motor speedway, the number of out-of-staters wasn’t all that huge, but people were coming from as far away as Pennsylvania and Florida.
On second thought, HELL NO. Take care of Texas Taxpayers first. Let those Pennsylvanians rot in their own shithole states that they have created by voting in Democrats idiots. As for the Floridians, go back home, your state is doing fine, stop getting in line displacing Texans. Texans are paying the local and state taxes for local city, county and Texas state government to do the solid job they are doing. Coming to Texas is stealing from them.
It was not a great month with only a 49k increase in total employment.
What was not reported was that twice the entire gain was teachers coming back to work. The rest of the US economy was essentially a wash
[BLS.gov] The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent in January, while nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+49,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. many paragraphs down
In January, employment increased in local government education (+49,000), state government education (+36,000), and private education (+34,000).
[MIL.com] A year after a Marine drill instructor was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for hazing Muslim recruits, throwing one in an industrial dryer and figuring in another's death, data shows that nearly nine out of 10 hazing reports in the military still came from within the Corps.
An annual report on hazing within the military, obtained via a public-records request, shows that the Marine Corps, the smallest Defense Department service by population with the exception of Space Force, owns the lion's share of hazing complaints and substantiated hazing incidents. The data, from fiscal year 2018, shows that 256 of 291 total hazing complaints that year, more than 88%, were made in the Corps, and 91 of 102 substantiated hazing incidents took place among Marines.
The Navy was a distant second, with 17 complaints and 10 substantiated incidents; then the Army, with 13 complaints, none substantiated; and finally the Air Force, with five complaints, one substantiated. At the time of the reporting, 71 total complaints had been found unsubstantiated, 110 were pending a decision and eight were inconclusive or unknown.
The data, released to Military.com this month, provides what could be a troubling snapshot taken shortly after the Marines faced national scrutiny over hazing episodes at boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Recruit Raheel Siddiqui reportedly jumped to his own death in 2016 from the third floor of a Parris Island building after abuse at the hands of a drill instructor, who received 10 years for maltreatment and other crimes at a Parris Island court-martial. Other Marines who trained recruits were found to have inflicted chemical burns requiring skin grafts -- the result of forced physical training on a bleach-covered floor -- and ordered naked trainees to run back and forth, then jam together against the walls of a shower.
[Defense Post] An Indian startup in collaboration with a state-run defense manufacturer is developing a solar-powered surveillance drone that can cruise at an altitude of up to 65,000 feet (19,812 meters), NDTV reported.
The drone, named Infinity, is being developed as part of India’s CATS (Combat Air Teaming System) unmanned drone warfare program with an eye on China, and could be deployed in three to five years.
Infinity is being designed to remain airborne in the stratosphere for up to 90 days at a stretch, where it will be able to keep track of targets deep within enemy territory using synthetic aperture radar.
[AnNahar] Myanmar saw its largest anti-coup protests yet on Saturday with young demonstrators spilling on to the streets to denounce the country's new military regime, despite a nationwide internet blackout aimed at stifling a growing chorus of popular dissent.
As many as 1,000 demonstrators marched on a road near Yangon University, most holding up the three-finger salute that has come to symbolise resistance to the army takeover.
"Down with the military dictatorship!" the crowd yelled, many donning red headbands -- the colour associated with ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
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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.