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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Shocking moment man sucker punches Asian woman in the face in NYC's Chinatown amid skyrocketing violent crime
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Surveillance footage shows a man hitting the 55-year-old woman so hard she falls to the ground

  • Police said the attack was 'unprovoked'

  • The attacker was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation

  • The victim was taken to local hospital and was stable

  • The attack comes as police say attacks on Asians and Asian-Americans have spiked, with 86 reports this year compared to just 19 the same time last year
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 10:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#2  From Skidmark’s second link:

Alexander Wright, 48, was charged with assault as a hate crime, misdemeanor assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance – a synthetic form of marijuana called K2 – in connection with the Monday evening attack, a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson said Tuesday.

Police were nearby at the time of the attack and quickly arrested Wright, who lives in a homeless shelter, authorities said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2021 20:22 Comments || Top||

Possible shooting at Dallas shopping mall prompts evacuation; 1 person in custody UPDATE: False Alarm
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sure seems like there is an uptick in these incidents lately.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/01/2021 10:47 Comments || Top||

#2  No way not to notice that. It's not as though the last year has not demonstrated an under class of the intellectually and morally challenged; what would they do for a square G each. At some point you have to ask just how much Little Mikey and Uncle Georgey want to disarm America.
Posted by: Cesare || 06/01/2021 14:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Sure seems like there is an uptick in these incidents lately.

More violence, yes, but also the FBI has lowered the bar on what is labelled a mass murder attack — three or more people being shot, I believe, instead of “lots”. So what used to be murder-suicide or intra-gang jockeying for position are suddenly counted as mass murder alongside 9/11 and the accountant who rented a 10th floor hotel room so he could shoot up the concert crowd on the patio in Las Vegas.

But in this case it was a false alarm — according to the Sun

The Dallas Police have confirmed that there was no active shooter at NorthPark Center mall today.

While speaking to press at the scene, they said that a "mentally disturbed" person was banging a skateboard, sounding like gunshots.

The person also made hand gestures as if he was shooting a gun.

Police confirmed there were no injuries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2021 20:30 Comments || Top||

Surveillance video shows gunmen approach Florida concert venue before shooting

[NYPOST] Surveillance video released by cops Monday shows three suspected button men hop out of a white SUV, carrying rifles and a handgun, seconds before they shot up a crowd outside a concert, killing two people and wounding 21 others.
They're only "suspected" gunmen, despite lugging all that weaponry around.
The trio of button men, wearing masks and hoods, emerge from the front passenger-side door, as well as the back seat, and run toward the crowd, the footage shows.
Leaving the getaway driver waiting, as tradition demands.
Two of the shooters were carrying long guns while the third had a handgun, according to the footage.
Oh, noze! Not AR15 semiautomatic assault weapons!
They might even be the full semiautomatic assault weapons
Seconds later, the three suspects scramble back to the waiting SUV, which then speeds off and turns the corner, disappearing from view of the surveillance camera, the footage shows.
I'm guessing the surveillance camera got a better image of the license plate than the picture from the Post.
The button men targeted the crowd at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County as people gathered for a rap concert at the venue soon after midnight Sunday, police said.

Two people were killed and more than 20 were maimed as the trio of shooters sprayed the crowd with bullets.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo "Freddy" Ramirez III said the button men appeared to fire randomly into the crowd — but they had targeted the venue.

"These are cold-blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice. My deepest condolences to the family of the victims," he told CBS.

The chief of police of the Miami Police Department, Art Acevedo, added that the shooting is part of a "scourge" of gun violence across America.
But it’s commonplace during Urban Beach Week/Black Beach Week in that part of the world.
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....I for one, am stumped as to why we're not hearing more about this one.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/01/2021 6:24 Comments || Top||

#2  The PO-lice recovered the SUV ditched in a canal. There's a $140K reward offered. Someone will squeal
Posted by: Frank G || 06/01/2021 6:52 Comments || Top||


Said it before, but bears saying as often as it happens.

These shootings oddly seem to happen more frequently when the Socialist-Democrats are in either congressional control or own the system and trying to force over the top GUN controls or bans on Lawful US Citizens.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/01/2021 7:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Wakandans
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/01/2021 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ Tsk... no, Deacon. Men in a white SUV.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/01/2021 10:18 Comments || Top||

#7  NN2N1, ever wonder how Charlie Manson got those kids to murder people? Here's a little something for you.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/01/2021 14:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Long Gun. Assault Rifles.
I see something closer to TEC-9

Concert Venue.
Not Rapper Gang vs. Rapper Gang.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/01/2021 14:19 Comments || Top||

#9  ^Then, how do you explain 2 killed/21 wounded?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/01/2021 14:56 Comments || Top||

#10  Dudes on the right aren't wearing gloves; should be some partial prints somewhere in the car, unless it was completely submerged in the canal.
Posted by: Raj || 06/01/2021 15:27 Comments || Top||

#11  Picture is shitty, but a TEC-9, AB-10, type weapon in a pistol caliber illegally modified to auto and capacity mags, x2, could cause that much damage in that short amount of time. If you need a Jack Reacher scenario, pistol guy was to target a specific sentry or security in general.

If the location photos found are correct, The Magic Mushroom, featuring The Smoke N Toke room, this is more pool hall and drug lounge then concert venue, which suggests a VIP that evening was a local famous rapper.

The get out and go shown by this well rehearsed team suggests decent opposition so one mag and out.

Wounded is a confusing term, and includes gunshot ER to an EMT examining superficial cuts and scrapes.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/01/2021 15:58 Comments || Top||

#12  If you need a Jack Reacher scenario...

'Who puts a quarter in the parking meter?'
Posted by: Raj || 06/01/2021 16:00 Comments || Top||

#13  Courtesy of PJ Media:

Monday [was] the culmination of “Urban Beach Week,” sometimes called “Black Beach Week,” an annual hip-hop event with roughly 300,000 people in attendance. Past events have seen tremendous violence and hundreds of arrests.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2021 21:43 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Maybe she just really likes storm drains?
[NY Post] check the pic for the Crazy Eyes
A woman who was missing for three weeks and then rescued from a Florida storm drain found herself in another underground tunnel system in Texas over the weekend, according to media reports.

Lyndsey Kennedy, 43, climbed out of a 6-foot drain pipe Saturday night and was taken to a hospital, her mother told West Palm Beach, Fla.,-based WPEC, a CBS affiliated TV station, Kennedy had been checked into a rehabilitation facility in Texas when she wandered off, she said.

She was last seen in the area near the Dallas suburbs of Grand Prairie and Arlington, authorities said. Fox News has reached out to the Grand Prairie Police Department but has not heard back.

Kennedy’s friend, Brady Morgan, told the news outlet that Grand Prairie officers spotted her. When they approached her, she slipped into a nearby storm drain, the news outlet reported. Her family tracked her using an app on her cell phone that noted her last location prior to going underground.

As a precaution, her loved ones dropped bags of food and Gatorade in nearby manholes in an effort to sustain her.

Kennedy was in the hospital on a psychiatric hold, the TV station reported. Her family reportedly said she has psychosis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from years of being in an abusive relationship.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/01/2021 06:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:


Another spaced out Mole Person.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/01/2021 7:44 Comments || Top||


Could be a genetic "Kennedy" trait - getting into a hole, then trying to get out
Posted by: Jumbo Fillmore6964 || 06/01/2021 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  She should move to Gaza. Plenty of mole people there (or at least there were until a couple of weeks ago...)
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/01/2021 9:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Exorcism.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/01/2021 9:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Heavy rain, lately. Maybe she got flooded out.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/01/2021 14:58 Comments || Top||

#6  As a precaution, her loved ones dropped bags of food and Gatorade in nearby manholes in an effort to sustain her.

"Law enforcement took an interest when packages of red balloons were included."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/01/2021 17:58 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Ha! Maybe Pennywise shifted to Dallas.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/01/2021 18:32 Comments || Top||

#8  She has crazy eyes which even Pennywise would steer clear of...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/01/2021 22:07 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Exiled IvoryCoast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo to return June 17, a party official says
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Shocking moment police officer knocks out a man in Brazil after he called him a 'n*****'
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 10:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
NATO restricts Belarusian access to HQ
[EN.ALGHADEERTV.NET] Personnel at Belarus’ diplomatic mission to NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
will have their access restricted at the alliance’s headquarters, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, following the forced landing of a passenger plane by Minsk.

Belarus is not a member of NATO but has had ties with the military alliance since 1992 following the fall of the Soviet Union, and has maintained a diplomatic mission to NATO since 1998.

Belarusian personnel can attend seminars and meetings at NATO and in NATO countries as part of a cooperation partnership that tackles issues such as arms control and military education.

"We have decided to restrict the access of Belarusian personnel to the NATO headquarters," Stoltenberg told a news conference ahead of meetings of NATO defence and foreign ministers on Tuesday, without giving more details.

The forced landing of a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius earlier this month by Belarus to arrest a dissident journalist caused outrage in the West.

man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
a proposal to suspend Belarus from bilateral NATO cooperation, known as the Partnership for Peace, was not taken up by diplomats last week, after The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
blocked the idea for fear of antagonising Russia, Minsk’s closest ally, diplomats said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

A bountiful harvest of early grains is expected in Ukraine
Direct translation of the article
[Korrespondent] This spring, temperature and rainfall conditions in Ukraine were extremely favorable for the harvest of early grain crops. The head of the department of agrometeorology of the Ukrhydrometeorology Center Tatiana Adamenko told about this, Ukrinform reports on Monday, May 31 .

“As for the impact on agricultural crops, such an amount of precipitation, and Ukraine received it from 100% to 200% of the norm, is a gift of fate. For the first time in the last 10 years in Ukraine at the end of April there were virtually no areas covered by drought. We have excellent prospects for grain crops, not only for winter crops, but also for early crops. As for the late heat-loving crops, there is a certain tension with the accumulation of heat for active development, "Adamenko said.

She noted that although the spring of 2021 is somewhat extraordinary, it cannot be called anomalous.

"An anomaly is a deviation from the norm of temperatures up to 5 degrees. And this year it is only 1-2 degrees cooler than usual. Such weather conditions were observed in 2020, and in 2017, in 2016, in 2008 and in 2014. And in 1999, after such a cool beginning of spring, one of the most severe droughts in the history of Ukraine was observed, "the agrometeorologist recalled.

She stressed that now the temperature regime is close to the climatic norm. Frosts did not acquire spontaneous proportions and harmful effects, since due to the low temperature background there was no active development of plants in the fields and mass flowering of fruits.

Adamenko noted that this year there were damage to vegetables, early varieties of apricots, peaches. However, there was no massive damage, as, for example, in 2017.

Recall that this year forecasters predict a very hot summer . A sharp warming will come to Ukraine after June 10.
Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Keep an eye on this. Back in the day, whenever the Authorities in that part of the world made an announcement about how impressive the harvest was going to be, it was usually a stinker.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/01/2021 4:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Or the expert could be telling the truth.
Bigger German wheat and rapeseed harvest expected for 2021
Posted by: Flaising Omeling6076 || 06/01/2021 9:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Ukraine is between about 47 and 52 N l attitude

When they say summer heat they are talking about the 80sF.

Rain is typically the limiting factor.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/01/2021 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Global warming would actually help agriculture in places like the Ukraine and Russia.

I remember back in 1971 when Newsweek was predicting a coming Ice Age. Once sentence stood out for me: "A one degree drop in global temperature would eliminate all wheat growing in Canada." So what would a 1 degree rise in temperature mean?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/01/2021 10:11 Comments || Top||

#5  #1 My first thought exactly.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/01/2021 13:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Increased CO2 levels lead to increased plant growth and harvests, even with less rain.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2021 21:18 Comments || Top||

RF on gas transit by Ukraine: There is no task to stop
Direct translation of the article
[Korrespondent] Russia will continue to transit gas through Ukraine until the end of the contracts, there is no task to stop supplies. This was stated by Dmitry Birichevsky, Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, RIA Novosti writes .

“Now the contract is valid, and then there will be negotiations between Gazprom and their partners in Ukraine. We have no task to suspend gas supplies through Ukraine. Russia has never used energy and its natural resources as an element of pressure or blackmail.

Russian gas in certain regions of Europe, then this gas will reliably and predictably go to consumers, "he said.

The Russian diplomat recalled that there are certain contractual obligations regarding gas transit through Ukraine.

"And these supplies through Ukraine will continue as long as the relevant contracts are in force," added Birichevsky.

Recall that according to the new transit contract, the Russian Federation must transport 40 billion cubic meters annually. meters of gas until 2025.

Last year, less than 56 billion cubic meters of gas out of 65 billion was transported through Ukraine , but Gazprom paid for the entire contracted volume - $ 2.11 billion.

Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

Su-27 intercepted the US Air Force B-52H strategic bomber over the Baltic
Direct translation of the article
[REGNUM] A Russian Su-27 fighter jet was flown to identify a US Air Force B-52H strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea, the Russian National Defense Control Center reported on May 31.

An air object going to the Russian border was detected by airspace control over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea.

"To identify the air target and prevent violation of the state border of the Russian Federation, a Su-27 fighter from the air defense forces of the Baltic Fleet was taken into the air ," the center said in a statement.

The Su-27 pilot identified the air target as a B-52H strategic bomber of the US Air Force and accompanied the US military aircraft until the turn away from the border of the Russian Federation.

"The state border of the Russian Federation has not been violated," the Russian military said.

Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yet the Russkies could not intercept the 'Leper Colony'! (Dr.Strangelove reference)
Posted by: borgboy || 06/01/2021 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Yet the Russkies could not intercept the 'Leper Colony'! (Dr.Strangelove reference)
Posted by: borgboy || 06/01/2021 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  ....The Soviets Russians still hate Miss Buffy with the white-hot fury of ten thousand suns.

Fine with me.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/01/2021 4:22 Comments || Top||

#4  "Russians still hate Miss Buffy ..."
Buffy, the vampire slayer?
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/01/2021 9:37 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ They called the B-52 the Big Ugly Fat err...Fellow.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/01/2021 9:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Did the Russ hoist a Coke? Or was it Pepsi?
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 06/01/2021 16:16 Comments || Top||

Russia expands Western Military District by 20 formations
Direct translation of the article
[REGNUM] In response to the actions of NATO countries, led by the United States, the Russian Defense Ministry will form about 20 new formations and military units in the Western Military District. This was announced on May 31 by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu at the board of the Russian defense department.

According to the head of the RF Ministry of Defense, the actions of "our Western colleagues" contribute to the destruction of the security system in the world and contribute to the fact that Russia is forced to take adequate countermeasures.

"By the end of the year, about 20 formations and military units will be formed in the Western Military District ," Shoigu said.
As an aside, when Putin sent two divisions from the Western Military District to Voronezh tis past spring, I was pretty certain those units were Category Two formations, meaning they were officers/cadre only. Most them likely had only a third of their formations and had "round out" units (brigades/regiments) to be deployed to bring them to full strength
He also clarified that these organizational measures "are synchronized with the supply of modern weapons and military equipment" and this year about 2 thousand weapons should be delivered to the RF Armed Forces.

In addition, the Russian Defense Minister pointed out that the country's authorities are focusing not only on improving the combat strength, but also on modernizing personnel, and military command and control bodies.

Tsensor.net adds:
As reported, yesterday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia, during the control check, successfully transferred two armies and three airborne units to the western borders.

Also from regnum.ru: Poland begins military exercises Dragon-21 near the borders of Belarus and Russia
[REGNUM] Military exercises of the Polish Army "Dragon-21" begin near the borders of Belarus and Russia, the press service of the country's military department reported on May 31.

It is stated that the main phase of the exercise will continue from 2 to 18 June and will be conducted in land, air, sea and cyber space.

The maneuvers involve about 9.4 thousand Polish military and 800 pieces of equipment.

It is specified that the main participants in the military exercises will be the 18th and 16th mechanized divisions of the Polish Army and the "territorial defense" units deployed in the eastern part of Poland.

According to the Polish leadership, the main purpose of these exercises is to practice joint actions of combat formations and territorial defense troops during a defensive operation.

Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336070 views] Top|| File under:

Neighbourhood in Chinese city of Guangzhou under lockdown after fresh COVID-19 outbreak
Just a heads-up; btw, I'm looking for an acceptable source on the reported new mutant strain currently hitting Vietnam. Although: the wave currently hitting SE Asia is very large in comparison to their first year, but still much smaller than the wave that hit the US. BUT: I think it's still kinda noteworthy that it's hitting them in spite of both the time of year/current weather there and what-they-did-last-year-but-we-cant-talk-about.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Covid-21a or "Agenda 21" ☺

Wait 30 sec to 1 min as it loads.
Then adjust data and time elements as wanted.

Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/01/2021 9:02 Comments || Top||

#5  And if you don't mind using a Google Translate extension for your browser:

TP.HCM phải quyết liệt, sớm dập tắt dịch

[Ho Chi Minh City must be drastic, soon extinguish the epidemic]
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 11:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Return to sender.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/01/2021 14:48 Comments || Top||

#7  China’s Covid vaccine is about as effective as distilled water, according to reports, so we can expect more of this kind of thing over there until the country reaches herd immunity naturally. And their equipment is still Third World, so...
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/01/2021 21:55 Comments || Top||

Worlds biggest meat supplier JBS is hit by cyberattack that shuts down plants in Australia and Canada - just weeks after Colonial Pipeline operations were halted by Russian infrastructure hack
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • The U.S. division of Brazilian meat company JBS announced the hack on Sunday

  • The U.S. headquarters also controls operations in Canada and Australia

  • Canada and Australia both reported shut downs in their work due to the hack

  • The U.S. is not believed to have been affected so far by the hack

  • It is unclear who is behind the attack, which shut down their computer systems

  • In early May Russian hackers from Dark Side shut down the Colonial Pipeline

  • They were paid a $4.4 million ransom after the vital fuel artery was closed
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 10:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  apparently this has now shut down 20% of USA production

Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/01/2021 13:46 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Sluse Grealet9429 || 06/01/2021 14:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Where is the FBI in all this? still making up dirt on Trump and Russia, Russia, Russia?
Posted by: Alistaire Thash4445 || 06/01/2021 17:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Putin's geek squad are thoroughly working over Biden/Harris.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 06/01/2021 22:30 Comments || Top||

Eateries across the country are raising prices after soaring inflation sees ingredients costs DOUBLE in just one year
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] A perfect storm of rising oil costs, supply chain issues and labor shortages is driving some restaurants to put prices up

  • Alan Natkiel, owner of New Hampshire restaurant Georgia's Northside, said costs had spiked in the last 3 months, forcing him to put up prices

  • He said the cost of brisket has gone up 185%, chicken breast is up 70%, and fryer oil costs have doubled in the past three months

  • National chains such as IHOP and Applebee's say their costs have also shot up, and may be forced to pass that on to consumers

  • Inflation rose 4.2% in the last 12 months, its highest rate since 2008
I think I commented at the time that if there's $1.22 trillion in circulation, and you add another $1.9 trillion, that's 160 percent inflation by definition. It's a lesson Bob Mugabe never caught on to.
Posted by: Fred || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Zojirushi Rice Cooker was a great investment several years ago...
Posted by: magpie || 06/01/2021 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Supply chain issues as well in every industry. Eateries also have had to change menus because of product availability issues. Help issues also a major problem.
Posted by: Dale || 06/01/2021 3:53 Comments || Top||

#3  More Shake outs in the food & beverage industry coming with less patrons, higher rents, changing daily travel patterns, more local/home offices, 0% Alcohol Bar / drinkers on the horizon, etc.
Posted by: Jumbo Fillmore6964 || 06/01/2021 7:58 Comments || Top||

#4  A friend who owns a restaurant sent me this. His costs.
Jan 2021
Beef $66 for 40lbs
Chicken $41 for 40lbs

May 2021
Beef $91 for 10lbs
Chicken $92 for 40lbs
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/01/2021 8:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Several restaurants I frequent have reduced hours or gone to take-out only because they can't get workers.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/01/2021 9:35 Comments || Top||

#6  A perfect storm of rising oil costs, supply chain issues and labor shortages is driving some restaurants to put prices up.

Also known as the government response to COVID.


Need to educate people, this is not so much costs going up - which was/is because of government regulations, but value of the Dollar going down. Both instances is Government Meddling.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/01/2021 14:00 Comments || Top||

Big Tech, Chamber of Commerce, Outsourcing Industry Unite to Keep Foreign Workers in American Jobs
[Breitbart] The nation’s biggest tech corporations joined forces with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the outsourcing industry to keep foreign visa-holders in American jobs even as about 16.4 million Americans remain jobless.

Executives with Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, HP, the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the Microsoft Corporation, Twitter, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us, Michael Bloomberg’s New American Economy, and other corporations have filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit to ask a federal court to keep more than 90,000 foreign visa-holders in the U.S. workforce.

The lawsuit was first filed in 2015 by Save Jobs USA, a group of former American workers at Southern California Edison who had their jobs outsourced to foreign visa workers, to block the Obama administration from giving work permits to H-4 visa-holders who are the spouses of H-1B visa workers.

The outsourced American workers argue that the executive action by Obama wrongly gives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to provide work permits to tens of thousands of H-4 visa holders. Congress, they argue, did not authorize such authority to DHS and thus, the agency does not have the authority to provide the work permits.

"There is no statutory authorization for an alien possessing an H-4 visa to work," Save Jobs USA’s initial complaint states.
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Ryanair flight made unscheduled landing in Berlin Sunday
From Sunday:
[DW] A Ryanair passenger plane flying between Ireland and Poland made an emergency landing in Berlin on Sunday, German police said.

The flight with 160 people on board was en route from Dublin to Krakow when it arrived at the Berlin-Brandenburg airport shortly after 8 p.m. (1800 UTC) on Sunday. It remained grounded at the airport into early Monday morning.

Germany's federal police arrived at the scene. They used detection dogs to inspect baggage before it was taken inside the airport.
More at the link

Said Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin:
According to the Irish Examiner, this is not the first forced landing of Ryanair flights in recent days. On May 29, a flight from Krakow to Dublin boarded in London after a note was found in the liner's toilet, which spoke of an explosive device on board.
Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2021 07:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  https://youtu.be/ZAg0lUYHHFc
I don't know why the 'link' tool doesn't work for me but this goes to the Irish video 'Cheap Flights' by Fascinating Aida.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/01/2021 9:29 Comments || Top||

Belgium Recalls Ambassador To South Korea After Wife Attacked Workers

[ZH] Belgium has recalled its ambassador to South Korea after his wife allegedly assaulted two employees of a shop in Seoul, an incident that elicited widespread public anger in South Korea.

According to the AP, the Belgian Embassy said Foreign Affairs Minister Sophie Wilmès had decided that it was in the best interest of bilateral relations to terminate Ambassador Peter Lescouhier's tenure as Belgium's ambassador to Seoul, a position he has held for three years. It's been said that he will depart this summer, but an exact date hasn't been released.

Although Lescouhier served his country with dedication, "the current situation doesn’t allow him to further carry out his role in a serene way," the embassy said Monday. The Belgian government also waived diplomatic immunity for Lescouhier's wife, Xiang Xueqiu, to allow her to be investigated by the South Korean police. However, her immunity remains partially intact, protecting her from criminal trials or punishment.

Lescouhier issued an apology on behalf of his wife earlier this month, saying she "might have had her reasons to be angry at the way she was treated in that shop but committing physical violence is totally unacceptable." Xiang met privately with the two shop employees and apologized, the embassy added.

According to South Korean media, Xiang reacted angrily when a shop employee asked about the jacket she was wearing, suspecting that it might have been stolen. Security camera video captured her response, which included shoving and slapping an employee in the face and hitting another on the head.

In the wake of the incident, the video was leaked to the South Korean press and it prompted thousands of citizens to sign petitions to the presidential website calling for the wife of the ambassador to be expelled from the country. However, since SK is a signatory to the Vienna Convention, it grants diplomats and their families protections against criminal prosecution, although immunity can also be voluntarily waived.
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Florida Memorial Day flotilla and more
[MAIL] Former president Donald Trump and wife Melania paid tribute to Americans who have paid the 'supreme sacrifice' as millions marked Memorial Day across the country.

Trump posted a statement from Bedminster, New Jersey, honoring the fallen heroes 'who took their last breaths in defense of our Nation, our families, our citizens, and our sacred freedoms.'

Melania then posted a photo of a Star-Spangled banner at half-staff and wrote: 'Today we honor courageous fallen heroes who fought for our freedom!' The image, which the former first lady posted on Twitter, showed palm trees in the foreground, a likely indication that she was still at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump issued the statement under his familiar 'From the Office of Donald J. Trump logo.' Unlike Melania, he is currently under a ban by the Twitter platform.

The former first couple paid their respects as thousands of MAGA fans took to the water in Jupiter, Florida, for a boat parade.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/01/2021 07:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At dockside, many here also await the return of our leader from Nazi tyranny and exile.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/01/2021 7:44 Comments || Top||

NATO squares up to Russia: Britain's £3bn aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth leads war games with US and 9 other nations in Atlantic as they practise deploying to the Black Sea - days before Biden meets Putin
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth joined by ships from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and U.S.

  • Exercise involves 19 warships and more than 5,000 troops in show of strength aimed at Black Sea region

  • Armada includes submarines, destroyers, frigates, as well as air support from RAF's brand new F-35 fighters

  • Nato force will carry out ground exercises in Black Sea region just days before Biden meets with Putin

  • Dominic Raab set to lash Putin's 'bad behaviour' later today, referencing Ukraine and backing of Belarus

  • Nato operation coincides with Big Lizzie's maiden voyage, a seven month haul through to the South China Sea

  • £3bn aircraft carrier's mission will see her visit 40 countries to put Britain on the world stage post-Brexit
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 10:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good, good - Xi is pleased.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/01/2021 13:07 Comments || Top||

#2  I think I would be happier about this if I thought that Joe Biden was a strong leader who would use this to reinforce a tough line against Russia.

However, having seen Biden in action for a while, I'm afraid it is just a futile provocation from which we will receive no benefit.
Posted by: Tom || 06/01/2021 14:05 Comments || Top||

#3  The exercise was probably scheduled over a year ago as the British carrier and its aircraft needs some 'playtime'.
Posted by: magpie || 06/01/2021 14:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Is the exercise aimed at the Russians, only?, or is it also aimed at Erdogan's Turkey and/or Assad's Syria? There are plenty of people in that area that a "big stick" could be shown to.
Posted by: magpie || 06/01/2021 14:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Syria/Assad my ass, you must really need someone to hate today.

What are you, Israel's propaganda chief?
Posted by: Flater Forkbeard8651 || 06/01/2021 15:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Why? What is the pressing need to face off with the Russians in 2021?
Posted by: Secret Master || 06/01/2021 15:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Turkish ships involved, so I don't know about Erdy.

Still a fair question concerning Team Assad, considering the US just sent a shitbunch of money and new attention into that arena.

Best question would be when was this scheduled.

She will exercise with naval vessels from the United States, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea, along the seven month voyage.

World tour would suggest a while ago.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/01/2021 16:22 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Ride with a drone's-eye views as it dives into Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano and is incinerated by boiling lava
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World's fastest accelerating car is ELECTRIC: Rimac's £2m road-legal Nevera is a battery powered hypercar that can hit 60mph in just 1.85 seconds
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 10:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gross vehicle weight on this puppy's 4,739 pounds and can generate (get this) 1,914 horsepower.
Posted by: Raj || 06/01/2021 14:35 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Ukrainian ambassador in Bangkok is dying in a tourist resort in Thailand
[ASUMETECH] The Thai authorities said the state of health of the Ukrainian ambassador in Bangkok suddenly deteriorated rapidly and he died on Sunday while he was with his family in was a tourist spot.
"Try the sushi"
Governor Eckart Lessen told The Associated Press that Andrei Bechta, 44, had been pronounced dead on Leap Island in South Sutton County.

Police quoted his teenage son, who lived in the same hotel room, as saying that his father vomited and passed out early Sunday morning. He said he was fine before. According to the police, he suspects a heart attack.
More at the link

Says Donbass militiaman Yuri Yurov (From FSB reserve Colonel Igor Girkin's V Kontackte page:

“Who is cleaning up the former agents of influence of post-Maidan Ukraine?

When, two days ago, during a diving in the Red Sea (Egypt), the former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Viktor Gvozd drowned under mysterious circumstances, I just noted this interesting fact to myself. In general, I do not like conspiracy theories, well, you never know generals drowning in the southern seas! Although the network doubts that it was an accident appeared a lot. Still - the main scout of the post-Maidan!

But today's strange death of the ambassador to Thailand (also in Myanmar and Laos), Andrei Beshta, was more interested. The Ukrainian diplomat was found dead on vacation on the Thai island of Lipa. The police version is a heart attack. Although his son, who was resting with the diplomat, reported that a few hours before his death he was sick, poisoning was suspected.
Posted by: badanov || 06/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wet Jobs sub'd 2
Posted by: Jumbo Fillmore6964 || 06/01/2021 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Since the last JB-007 movie was delayed to October 2021, the real Ukrainian Intel Service has had to contend with SPECTRE...
Posted by: Jumbo Fillmore6964 || 06/01/2021 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  and another Ukrainian bigwig "drowned himself" the other day. Waiting for the 3rd instance to confirm enemy action. Jo-jo cleaning up his mess?
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/01/2021 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Jo-jo?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/01/2021 13:09 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ the aging ape in the Oval Office
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/01/2021 19:41 Comments || Top||

Two Iranian fighter jet pilots are killed when ejector seats activate before take-off 'and smash them into hangar roof'
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/01/2021 10:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "What's this thingy do?"
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/01/2021 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  "Hey, crew chief - are the seats pinned?"

"Inshallah, Sir."


Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/01/2021 11:15 Comments || Top||

#3  That sounds like something that's not supposed to happen.
Posted by: Matt || 06/01/2021 12:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Cue: "Magic Carpet Ride", then a THUD
Posted by: Frank G || 06/01/2021 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Iranian incompetence is through the roof
Posted by: Vespasian Henbane3876 || 06/01/2021 12:31 Comments || Top||

#6  as noted in the article, the jets were F-5s

The last F-5s delivered to Iran were in 1976.

With respect to the maintenance of electrical systems, this must be very difficult.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/01/2021 13:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Tune in next week for another exciting episode of Iranians Got Talent!
Posted by: Raj || 06/01/2021 13:54 Comments || Top||

#8  I only hope the Israelis circulate what appear to be internal Iranian documents discussing all the problems they are having with ejector seats.
Posted by: Cesare || 06/01/2021 14:39 Comments || Top||

#9  #5

Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/01/2021 14:46 Comments || Top||

#10  The elite Jewish hacking squad strikes again!
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/01/2021 15:14 Comments || Top||

#11  ^On F-5?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/01/2021 15:18 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ They are THAT good. Hack vacuum tubes had shit.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/01/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#13  Perhaps upgrading with spare Dominion chips was not a good idea.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/01/2021 19:00 Comments || Top||

#14  Would you want to fly a fighter with 50 year old wiring?
Posted by: Flaising Omeling6076 || 06/01/2021 20:06 Comments || Top||

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