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El Chapo's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, arrested on drug trafficking charges
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-Land of the Free
Mo County Authorizes Blocking Feds from Violatinng Second Amentment
[Post Millennial] In preparation of the Biden administration passing potential anti-gun legislation, a county in Missouri passed an ordinance which would invalidate the federal government from infringing on the Second Amendment rights of its citizens.

The ordinance grants the county sheriff "full authority to make an arrest of any and all federal agents that violate state laws and enforce regulations."

The Second Amendment Preservation Act of Newton County
[looks rural, se of Joplin 9 which is sw MO)]
Missouri cites the state’s own constitution for justifying the legislation. "All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations passed by the federal government and specifically any Presidential Administration whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in the county," the act reads.
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#1  "Mo County Authorizes Blocking Feds from Violating Second Amendment"

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Africa North
Rwandan Hutu rebels denied accusations they were behind the killing of the ItalianAmbassador to the DRCongo
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Africa Subsaharan
Mohamed Bazoum wins Niger elections with 55.75% of vote
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is there a Mrs. Bazoum? She must be quite the draw on the campaign trail
Posted by: Hupoluper Tholuck9700 || 02/24/2021 1:31 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Protesters have taken to streets in Port-au-Prince to demand President Jovenel Moise step down following the end of his five-year term
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Down Under
Facebook to lift Australian news ban after striking deal with government
[IsraelTimes] Social media giant and Google agree to amended legislation requiring them to pay for journalism; temporary restriction blocked users from sharing vital virus information.

Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift its ban on Australians sharing news after it struck a deal with Australia’s government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook confirmed that they have agreed on amendments to proposed legislation to require the social network and Google to pay for Australian news that they feature.

Facebook’s cooperation is a major victory in Australian efforts to make the two gateways to the internet pay for the journalism that they use.

Facebook blocked Australian users from accessing and sharing news last week after the House of Representatives passed the draft law late Wednesday.

Initially, the Facebook news blockade cut access — at least temporarily — to government pandemic, public health, and emergency services, sparking public outrage.

The Senate will debate amended legislation on Tuesday.

Frydenberg described the agreed-upon amendments as "clarifications" of the government’s intent. He said his negotiations with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg
...the Peewee Herman clone who owns Facebook. He's got more money than Croesus and thinks he should be regulated by the government because it does such a nifty job with all the other stuff it regulates....
were "difficult."

"There is no doubt that Australia has been a proxy battle for the world," Frydenberg said.

"Facebook and Google have not hidden the fact that they know that the eyes of the world are on Australia and that is why they have sought to get a code here that is workable," he added, referring to the country’s News Media Bargaining Code legislation.

The code would undermine the bargaining dominance of Facebook and Google in their negotiations with Australian news providers by requiring a negotiation safety net in the form of an arbitration panel. The digital giants would not be able to abuse their overwhelming negotiating positions by making take-it-or-leave-it payment offers to news businesses for their journalism. In case of a standoff, the panel would make a binding decision on a winning offer.

Google also had threatened to remove its search functions from Australia because it said the proposed law was unworkable. But that threat has faded.
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Fry's Electronics closing after 36 years in business
[NBC-Los Angeles] Fry's Electronics is closing its doors for good after nearly 36 years in business across nine states and 31 stores, including California, citing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The electronic store posted the announcement on their website on Tuesday.

"Fry’s Electronics, Inc. has made the difficult decision to shut down its operations and close its business permanently as a result of changes in the retail industry and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company will implement the shut down through an orderly wind down process that it believes will be in the best interests of the Company, its creditors, and other stakeholders," the company said.

If you lived or lurked in the Southwest US, you probably bought your computer parts in their store at at some point.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 08:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6530 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I've never seen them in this part of the country, but it sounded like a cool place; Radio Shack on steroids?
Posted by: Raj || 02/24/2021 10:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Big box. Not just computer stuff, but appliances, TVs, toys, CDs and DVDs, cameras, raw components. Easy for an enthusiast to spend the day and too much gelt there.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 11:03 Comments || Top||

#3  mostly chinese crap too
Posted by: 746 || 02/24/2021 11:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Notorious for sharp practices and outright fraud. Good riddance.
Posted by: Spusolet Clavising6390 || 02/24/2021 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, some of us got our money's worth. But that doesn't fit The Narrative™.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 11:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Others - many others - did not. From the Forbes profile of the company's sales practices at its peak in the late 90's:

Fry’s milks its customers hard. Employees at the return desk are given bonuses based on the number of customers they talk into taking store credit instead of cash. Getting a refund check can take weeks. Internally this policy is referred to as “the double H” for “hoops and hurdles,” according to Kiefer Davis, a former customer relations supervisor in Portland. The point is to wear customers down until they give up.

Local Better Business Bureaus rank Fry’s stores as unsatisfactory, largely because they refuse to respond to customer complaints. Los Angeles radio station KROQ once devoted an entire morning segment to dissecting Fry’s infuriating service.
Posted by: Maggie Munster9669 || 02/24/2021 11:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Bought a lot of stuff from Fry's over the years. Mostly cheap parts, but that's what I was looking for. You had to know what you were dealing with, cause the guys there generally didn't. Particularly when you got in amongst the motherboards.
They did have a an electronic hobby area (breadboard type stuff) that couldn't be beat. Picture a big box store with a dozen different types of soldering irons.
Posted by: ed in texas || 02/24/2021 12:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Fry's in my area was competing with Micro Center. Micro Center mother boards were poorer quality but cheaper. I built computer from Frys that lasted for ever. Micro Center components were touch and go.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 02/24/2021 12:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Fry's in Menlo Park during the 90s was an amazing place.

Then it sort of lost its purpose after everyone upgraded their PCS around Y2K; and some companies specialized in selling pre-upgraded game machines; and those that knew what they needed to upgrade without a salesperson turned to Amazon. That left them without a purpose.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/24/2021 13:38 Comments || Top||

I go back to about 1994 with Fry's.
Even had a Fry's Email Account with them when they were still offering them.

Was a great store with great prices.
But it took it hard when the Tech Bubble burst, then was hit with the Obama Era Recession on top of it. Laugh all you want, but I am still upgrading the CPU I purchased from them back in 2002.

It kinda lost its IT TECH image as it expanded into being more like a Best Buy clone.

Checkout their website it has some fantastic Closeout deals.

NOTE: But exercise caution in purchasing with it shutting down.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/24/2021 18:14 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Not doing closeout. Just a Dear John goodbye letter now at www.Frys.com.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 02/24/2021 20:19 Comments || Top||

Oshkosh Selected for Massive $6 Billion Post Office Vehicle Contract
[The Motley Fool] The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday awarded Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) an initial $482 million to modernize its fleet of postal-delivery vehicles, a big win for Oshkosh that has sent shares of electric truck maker Workhorse Group (NASDAQ:WKHS) plunging.

The Post Office in a statement announced a 10-year contract with Oshkosh Defense for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV). The initial contract will allow Oshkosh to finalize production design for the vehicle, with a plan to assemble 50,000 to 165,000 of them over the next 10 years.

The vehicles will be equipped with either fuel-efficient internal combustion engines or battery electric powertrains that can be retrofitted as technologies develop.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 06:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hunter on board of directors?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/24/2021 9:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Urban MRAPs?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/24/2021 10:37 Comments || Top||

#3  De-con TUSKs with high speed ballot printers to shave 3 hours off of delivery time.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/24/2021 11:28 Comments || Top||

German Beach Volleyball Stars to Boycott Qatar Tourney over Bikini Ban
[Breitbart] Who tries to have a beach volleyball tournament without bikinis? Qatar does, and two German volleyball stars are having none of it.

Qatar is set to host the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball tournament in March. Though, while the Muslim Middle East nation has plenty of sun and sand, the one thing they’re not interested in is having competitors wearing skimpy bikinis.

And that just won’t do for the star German duo of Karla Borger and Julia Sude, who are threatening to boycott the tournament over the ban.

"We are there to do our job, but are being prevented from wearing our work clothes," Borger reportedly told German radio station Deutschlandfunk according to TMZ Sports.

Reports indicate that Qatar would prefer female competitors to wear shirts with long pants. The expected temperatures at tournament time are 85 degrees.

"The Qatar Volleyball Association is making it seem like it’s more of a request than a rule," TMZ Sports reports. "It’s also issued a statement saying athletes are allowed to compete in their international uniforms ... which are basically less-skimpy bikinis.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 00:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ohne bild? :-(
Posted by: Solomon Scourge of the Jutes9282 || 02/24/2021 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Pictures... well yes.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/24/2021 5:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Look for Brazil to boycott as well.
Posted by: jpal || 02/24/2021 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  I say let the players wear their "work clothes," but offer any spectator who is offended a free eye gouging at the arena entrance.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 8:34 Comments || Top||

#5  @ #1 - I prefer "oben ohne"!
Posted by: Clem || 02/24/2021 8:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Are thongs allowed?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/24/2021 8:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Yeth, with a thmile on your faith and a thong on your lipth
Posted by: Thaith Threth5446 || 02/24/2021 9:22 Comments || Top||

#8  These assholes are going to host the World Cup in 2022; bet they pull the same shit on the women soccer players.
Posted by: Raj || 02/24/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Why don't they bring in the Bazoums to officiate?
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 02/24/2021 19:59 Comments || Top||

#10  I'll officiate the bazoums, danke
Posted by: Cromons Big Foot9895 || 02/24/2021 21:55 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
The Marines are honoring the type of rifle and scope used by the Corps' deadliest sniper
[Bus Insider] The Marine Corps recently honored a rifle and scope long used by its snipers, including one of the service's deadliest marksmen.

The Weapons Training Battalion (WBTN) at Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune has chosen "Redfield" as the call word for the Stone Bay ranges in recognition of the impact the M40 rifle equipped with a Redfield 3x9x40 scope has had on Marine Corps history.

Call words are a standard part of range control. Other examples include "Bearmat" at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms and "Longrifle" at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

"Redfield" was chosen for the Stone Bay ranges because WBTN specializes in marksmanship, the Corps said in a post on the naming ceremony. It was also chosen because it celebrates the history of Marine Corps marksmanship.

"We must remember where we came from," a retired Marine told the Corps. "Those marksmanship skills we've honed over the many years, we must continue to grow and make them better."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2021 05:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under:

#1  M40 = Rem 700. Had one a while ago. As the saying goes, "it shot better than I did". Unfortunately, it had RTD (Remington Trigger Disease).
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/24/2021 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  A good resource for M40 aficionados...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/24/2021 8:40 Comments || Top||

The Southern Story Behind the Frozen Margarita Machine
[G&G] For the opening party of Mariano’s Mexican Cuisine in Dallas, Mariano Martinez sent out invitations printed on corn tortillas. He ordered a dozen cabrito to roast and, short on cash, convinced a local distributor to donate a few cases of Champagne. Martinez’s restaurant opened on fumes for finances. He had been turned down by eleven banks, sold everything he owned, and secured a small SBA loan and funds from family and friends.

But he had flair, and plenty of it.

For his newspaper portrait, Martinez grew his hair long and sported a black mustache and goatee. "I put on a Mexican sombrero like Emiliano Zapata, with a bullet belt across my chest," recalls Martinez, a Mexican American whose height and fighting weight at the time were five feet, six inches, and 120 pounds, respectively. "I dressed like a Mexican revolutionary hero. I felt like I was revolutionizing Mexican cuisine."

Martinez wasn’t too far off the mark. On May 11, 1971, shortly after opening, he would change the course of global cocktail culture with the world’s first frozen margarita machine.

When Martinez was growing up, his father worked eighty hours a week in his Dallas restaurant, El Charro. "That wasn’t the life I wanted for myself," says Martinez, who dropped out of high school in the tenth grade to pursue music and golf. He had above-average but not-quite-star-quality talent, and in the following years, Martinez watched from the sidelines as peers like singer Trinidad López and golfer Lee Trevino made it big. He returned to school for his GED and then earned a two-year degree from El Centro College, where an interests assessment directed him toward entrepreneurship. "This was during the Nixon era, at the time of the Vietnam War, when young people were burning the flag, burning their draft cards, and refusing to go to war," Martinez says. "While hippies were calling everyone capitalist pigs, I wanted to go into business."
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#1  Looks Good Enough to Drink @ this hour
Posted by: Snatch Pelosi5250 || 02/24/2021 4:07 Comments || Top||

#2  "While hippies were calling everyone capitalist pigs, I wanted to go into business."

Good man.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/24/2021 5:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Had chicken fajitas there last night, along with a "50-50" margarita - frozen slush floating on melted slush. That way I don't get "brain freeze".
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#4  "There" being La Hacienda Ranch. Limited menu, but all good; excellent service, pleasant staff. It's a big place, but there is a wait nearly every day by 6 or 7 pm. It's like the Chick-Fil-A of Tex Mex.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/24/2021 10:43 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Myanmar junta warns protesters could die, but more rallies
[DAILYTIMES.PK] The Myanmar junta warned anti-coup protesters they could die but thousands of people erupted into the streets again on Monday, with tensions soaring over the deaths of four demonstrators.

Much of Myanmar has been in uproar over the generals ousting and detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi three weeks ago.

Massive street demonstrations have taken place across the country, while a civil disobedience campaign has choked many government operations as well as businesses.

"Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life," said a statement on state-run broadcaster MRTV on Sunday.

The statement, read out in Burmese with text of the English version on the screen, cautioned protesters against inciting "riot and anarchy".

The warning followed the deadliest weekend since the coup — two people were killed when security forces fired at protesters in the city of Mandalay, and a third man was rubbed out in Yangon.

A young woman also died on Friday after being shot in the head at a protest and spending almost a fortnight on life support.

They, woman whose funeral was held on Sunday, was the first confirmed fatality of the protests, and she has emerged as a potent symbol of the anti-junta movement.

United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
special rapporteur Tom Andrews said he was deeply concerned by the junta’s new threat.

"Warning to the junta: Unlike 1988, actions by security forces are being recorded & you will be held accountable," he tweeted.

But protesters appeared undeterred Monday, with thousands gathering in two neighbourhoods of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city and commercial hub.

"We came out today to join in the protest, to fight until we win," said Kyaw Kyaw, a 23-year-old university student.

"We are worried about the crackdown, but we will move forward. We are so angry."
Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

Protesters storm southeast Iran state building after deadly border shootings
[AlAhram] State TV quoted deputy provincial governor Mohammad Hadi Marashi as saying two people were killed by gunfire on the Pak side of the border

Angry protesters occupied a governor's office in southeastern Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
on Tuesday, a day after at least two fuel smugglers were rubbed out at the nearby border with Pakistain, according to Iranian media and online videos.

Iran, which has some of the lowest fuel prices in the world, has been fighting rampant smuggling to neighbouring countries, particularly in its impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province - long the scene of festivities between security forces and separatist forces of Evil and drug smugglers.

Iranian officials have in the past tolerated limited smuggling as a source of income for a local population plagued by high unemployment, but have tightened controls recently, a resident told Rooters.

State TV quoted deputy provincial governor Mohammad Hadi Marashi as saying two people were killed by gunfire on the Pak side of the border.

But Pak border officials said protests broke out on Monday on the Iranian side of the frontier after Iranian forces fired at people involved in the illegal Iranian fuel trade.

Abdul Razaq Saloli, deputy commissioner of the border district of Panjgur, told Rooters that a body and an injured Pak were handed over to Pak border authorities by Iranian officials.

Saloli said the injured Pak man, identified as Shams Baloch, had reported that over 10 people had been killed and many others injured in the bout of shooting.

Protesters stormed the governor's office on Tuesday and set fire to a police car, according to videos posted on social media. Security forces were seen using tear gas to disperse the crowd. Rooters could not verify the authenticity of the footage.

Sana Ullah Baloch, a member of the provincial assembly in the neighbouring Pak region, said on Twitter that 12 Baluchi youths had been killed and urged Iran to investigate the incident and punish those guilty.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

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  El Chapo's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, arrested on drug trafficking charges
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