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-Great Cultural Revolution
Build that wall! BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors erects $35,000 fencing and electric gate around her new $1.4M Topanga Canyon home she bought with CASH - following backlash over her $3M property portfolio
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Hatefulness pays well.
  • Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been feathering her new nest in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Topanga Canyon

  • Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show the 37-year-old social activist has installed a new wooden fence and electric gate around the 2,380 sq ft property

  • A neighbor told DailyMail.com that the cost of the exterior home improvements was in the '$35,000 range'

  • DailyMail.com has also learned Cullors paid for the $1.4million three-bed, three-bath home in March in cash

  • 'There is no mortgage holder on the property,' a realtor who checked the title documents confirmed, adding that it was bought by an entity called 'Abolitionist Entertainment, LLC'

  • Online records show it was registered in California last August with Cullors listed as an owner or 'member'

  • The pricey new installation comes amid backlash over reports revealing Cullors has amassed a $3M property portfolio, owning four homes in upscale areas of California and Georgia

  • The self-proclaimed 'trained Marxist' stepped down as executive director of BLM last month following fierce criticism but claimed the properties were purchased with money she made from her book deals
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Launch low-level fireworks at her; random and not too much, just annoy her.
Posted by: Raj || 06/11/2021 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  She had no choice. Those BLM MFers will steal you blind.
Posted by: Jeremiah Uleack1446 || 06/11/2021 1:51 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Jeffrey Toobin Rehired By CNN; Redemption Tour Kicks Off
Listen up, maggots - I expect only the best, highest level snark for this asshole.

...aaaand - begin!

[Zero Hedge] - Journalist (good one! - ed) Jeffrey Toobin, who was suspended by CNN and fired from The New Yorker after he was caught stretching his baloney whacking his pud masturbating on a zoom call last October in full view of colleagues, has been allowed back into the fold at the failing cable news network following a six-month period of 'reflection and growth.'
It got bigger?
Hilariously, he had to sit there as CNN host Alisyn Camerota rang the shame bell behind him - then explain his side of it.

"...you were caught jerking off doing the Onan masturbating, on camera. You were subsequently fired from that job after 27 years of working [at the New Yorker], and you since then have been on leave from CNN," said Camerota, adding "What the hell were you thinking?"
He wasn’t thinking — it was all about the feelz. Literally. Ick.
"I was thinking, man is this going to be good..."
Toobin acknowledged that he had been "deeply moronic," and his actions were "indefensible," adding that he's spent the last seven "miserable months" trying to be a better person, "in therapy, trying to do some public service, working at a food bank, working on a new book..."
In his case, the difference between mental masturbation and the regular kind is profoundly unclear.
Good to know what it takes to compel Toobin to engage in charitable acts. We can only hope he washed his hands before dealing with people's food.
Posted by: Raj || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another example of our rulers being stars in the remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2021 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's kick the snark off, assholes - I'm glad CNN thought long and hard before letting him cum back on the air.
Posted by: Raj || 06/11/2021 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Why do I get the idea he wasn't just pulling his own pud at CNN.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2021 1:33 Comments || Top||

#4  CNN is known for their fondness of DICtators. In Toobin (rhymes w/ tubin') they got both.
Posted by: Jeremiah Uleack1446 || 06/11/2021 1:41 Comments || Top||

#5  One reason people get fired is because of poor judgement. You really cannot predict every possible future situation which is why you should try to always hire people with good judgement. And we have CNN rehiring someone who demonstrated the worst kind of judgement and publicly acknowledges he is “deeply moronic”.

I am actually happy CNN does this to themselves.
Posted by: Airandee || 06/11/2021 6:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 6:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Sadly, I seldom learned much from observing the mistakes of others. I was always a 'do it yourself' type of guy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/11/2021 7:12 Comments || Top||

#8  The language has a new verb: Toobin'
Posted by: Fluter Dark Lord of the Gepids2976 || 06/11/2021 8:51 Comments || Top||

#9  too big to fail
Posted by: Retard Strength || 06/11/2021 10:09 Comments || Top||

#10  I was going to change my nym to something else, but realized that would be Sock Toobin'.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2021 10:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Make sure he washes his hands before he works at a food bank.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/11/2021 13:37 Comments || Top||

#12  I wonder if everyone shook his hand on his return?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/11/2021 13:45 Comments || Top||

#13  Didn't take too long, but wonder what the hold up was?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2021 16:17 Comments || Top||

#14  Because CNN is attracting top talent with its massive ratings! (do I need to put a /sarc on that)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/11/2021 18:20 Comments || Top||

#15  I wonder if everyone shook his hand on his return?

With gloves and a mask...
Snark aside, what is the backstory here? What sort of blackmail or favors done & owed would explain this jerk getting back on network tv?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/11/2021 18:36 Comments || Top||

#16  Isn't that what all these jerkoffs do when they're not reading off the teleprompter?
Why did they even fire him?
Posted by: Glineck Slaper3735 || 06/11/2021 18:44 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
COVID-19 lockdowns slashed global air pollution by 15% by last June - with most US states cutting their emissions by 25% while some Asian cities reduced theirs by HALF
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 09:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Th ultimate leftist dream. A planet with no people on it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Standing applause for Thanos everyone.

I said, stand and clap.

/voice from back Clapping is Triggering!

Ok. Stand and Jazz Hands.

/That's cultural appropriation

Fine. Stand and do the Seal.

/That's Racist!

Dammit. Just stand and act like you had three burritos and just found out it was Taco Bell Impossible Meat.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2021 10:47 Comments || Top||

#3  ...and then spoke Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, Italy’s Mount Etna, the Sheveluch volcano (Kamchatka, Russia), Sabancaya volcano Peru, Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano Japan's Sakurajima and Suwanosejima.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/11/2021 22:39 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
NGO body condemns killing of aid workers in Lakes state
[Sudan Tribune] South Sudan NGO Forum said it is deeply saddened by the killing on Monday of two humanitarian health workers in Lakes States.

In a statement, the forum said it stands in solidarity with all humanitarians affected by violence.

On 7th June, a clearly marked humanitarian convoy was ambushed on the Mapourdit-Aluakluak road when unknown assailants fired at the cars, resulting in two South Sudanese staff working for CUAMM being killed.

This attack, according to the NGO body, happened less than a month after a similar but unrelated attack in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State in which a health worker employed by Cordaid was killed on Chukudum-Kapoeta road.

"2021 has already seen a significant increase in the killings and attacks on aid workers compared to the same period last year, continuing a highly concerning trend and putting the lives of those in need of life saving assistance at risk," partly reads the NGO Forum’s statement.

"Humanitarian staff must be able to operate safely in South Sudan," it added.

The NGO Forum further said it is extremely worried at the continued violence affecting roads and crisis afflicted parts of South Sudan.

’"At a time that humanitarian needs are worsening, a safe and enabling environment across the country is critical for aid to reach populations in need," it stated.

Meanwhile,
...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
South Sudan NGO Forum called upon the government of South Sudan at all levels to ensure that roads in the country are safe to use, and that humanitarian workers and assets are protected.

"Only then can humanitarian agencies continue to serve the people of South Sudan by reaching communities in need of lifesaving humanitarian assistance," the forum concluded.

South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places for humanitarian workers.

Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [30 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Who says news can't be fun: Beauty pageant for female prison wardens in Russia
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 09:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
I say news can't be fun, me, Shavirt Omomble5937 !
Posted by: Shavirt Omomble5937 || 06/11/2021 11:36 Comments || Top||

#2 
Yes these women are smiling, but think of all the things they are likely thinking about, behind those smiles.

Oh, I tremble just think about them...

This was not fun news.
Posted by: Shavirt Omomble5937 || 06/11/2021 11:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I'ma be in my bunk for a while...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 11:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Nastya Krasilnikova, a women's rights campaigner, branded the event 'sad' and said it encourages people to see the contestants as mere objects - 'that can be admired, that can be lusted after, but that are not interesting in any other way.'

Really. Looks like they are having fun, have a talent to display, and are in good health and humor. Bet this sad sack looks like Grimace and the personality of a shrimp marshmallow grape jello mold.

I bet if it were some lame ass covid shot tiktok fuggn Daily Mail would be gushing like lena dunham after she gets a plate of shrimp marshmallow grape jello mold.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2021 12:41 Comments || Top||

#5  "A women's rights campaigner." Isn't it strange that women are only allowed to do things approved by the Matriarchy? They don't own their own bodies --the Collective's Big Momma™ does.
Posted by: magpie || 06/11/2021 13:07 Comments || Top||

#6  That explains why Russia has such high crime rates - people want to go to jail!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2021 14:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Nastya. Doesn't that pretty much say it all?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 15:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Now we need contest for Mr. Penile System, and then a run-off.
Posted by: KBK || 06/11/2021 15:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Pics or GTF...

(checks for pics)

Hey - come and check me for weapons, baby!
Posted by: Raj || 06/11/2021 19:37 Comments || Top||


Russian court tags Navalny, organizations as extremist
[TASS] The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday that the Anti-Corruption Foundation and the Citizens’ Rights Protection Foundation (the non-profit NGOs recognized in Russia as foreign agents) as well as the Navalny Headquarters public movement should be recognized as hard boy organizations, following a request from the Moscow City Prosecutor’s Office, the court’s press service told TASS.

"The Moscow City Court has upheld the administrative claim brought by the Moscow City Prosecutors’ Office against the Anti-Corruption Foundation nonprofit organization, the Citizens’ Rights Protection Foundation nonprofit organization, and the Navalny Headquarters public movement," the agency was told.

The press service added that the court disbanded the Anti-Corruption Foundation and the Citizens’ Rights Protection Foundation NGOs and banned the Navalny Headquarters public movement. The press service pointed out that the ruling is subject to immediate execution in terms of shutting those organizations down.

US State Department comments:
We condemn today’s decision by a Moscow court to designate as “extremist” three organizations affiliated with imprisoned opposition figure Aleksey Navalny. This designation puts staff members, volunteers, and thousands of supporters across Russia at risk of criminal prosecution and imprisonment for exercising fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, and it further restricts the ability of opposition candidates to appear on the ballot in the September Duma elections. With this action, Russia has effectively criminalized one of the country’s few remaining independent political movements.
Posted by: badanov || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under:


The European Parliament recommends disconnecting Belarus from SWIFT
Direct translation of the article. Edited
[REGNUM] Disconnecting Belarus from the SWIFT system "for Protasevich" was recommended by the European Parliament in its resolution, the document says.

The resolution adopted today, June 10, and bearing a recommendatory character, was approved by 626 deputies, 16 were against and 36 abstained. Minsk is convicted in it for the arrest of the founder of the TG-channel Nexta Roman Protasevich and a citizen of the Russian Federation Sophia Sapega.

MEPs demanded the release of these people, as well as other "political prisoners".

The authors of the resolution demanded that tough sanctions be introduced against Minsk, which, according to the MEPs, should be subject to a number of state and private companies. So, the oil, steel, woodworking sectors, as well as the sphere of production of potash fertilizers should fall under the sanctions.

In addition, it is proposed not to allow the state television of Belarus to broadcast matches of the European Football Championship. There was also a place in the resolution for Russia, whose “participation” in “terrorist attacks, behind which the Belarusian regime stands” , the deputies propose to conduct an investigation in the EU.

Posted by: badanov || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under:


Cyber
Hackers steal 26 MILLION logins for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and other tech giants after targeting PCs and making off with payment information from three million devices in latest major security breach
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WAIT FOR IT

With the initial ground work laid.
The Harris/Pelosi Admin to submit

HR-666 Protecting The Internet Act.


To allow the Federal Gov to monitor and enforce all Internet Website Transactions & Vidal National Infrastructures (civilian, not Federal).

To include Gas, oil, energy, banking, Medical, E-Media and transportation.

VP Harris will be quoted saying Biden said ☺
"The Internet Wild West Days are over. The users have demanded we take control."
Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/11/2021 7:54 Comments || Top||

#2 
Which might explain unauthorized charges to my credit card/paypal account in 2020 from Argentina & United Kingdom (London) to the tune of $1000.00 + in 2020.
Also I have now verified that the e-mail account which had formerly been attached to my EBAY, PayPal and Etsy accounts has been 'pwnd'; therefore my past endeavors to disassociate pwnd emails from these accounts may have helped me.

please consider reading and checking your accounts for your own protection.

Very good article thanks Skidmark
Posted by: Whaimble Clomosing4884 || 06/11/2021 13:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Here's a thought. Online retailers could save NOTHING from you transactions once they clear.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 14:01 Comments || Top||


Economy
Ohio sues Google, seeks to declare the internet company a public utility
[BEACONJOURNAL] Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a lawsuit asking a court to declare Google a public utility that should be regulated as such.

"Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products — that's discriminatory and anti-competitive," Yost said in a statement. "When you own the railroad or the electric company or the cellphone tower, you have to treat everyone the same and give everybody access."

The lawsuit, filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, is believed to be the first of its kind, Yost's office said.

Specifically, the lawsuit seeks a legal declaration that Google is a "common carrier," like phone, gas and electric companies, which must provide its services to anyone willing to pay its fee. In lieu of a fee, Yost argues in the complaint, Google collects user data that is monetized primarily by selling targeted advertisements.

Yost argues Google should therefore not be able to prioritize placement of its own products, services and websites on its search results pages.

Google disadvantages businesses and consumers by ranking its own services above competitors, Yost argues in the complaint. For example, if someone searches for a flight, Google Flights is the first result that pops up after advertisements, not other search sites such as Expedia and Travelocity.

Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What a waste of time. It's a web site. Privately owned. Privately operated. On private property. So is Facebook. So is Rantburg.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 06/11/2021 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2 
This is a pure case of "trial and error", I suppose he is edged on by the success the EU has had going against the internet titans and winning "cash and prizes" in the EU courts. Time and trials will tell...
Posted by: Bob Ebbusoter9535 || 06/11/2021 0:31 Comments || Top||

#3  What a waste of time. It's a web site. Privately owned. Privately operated. On private property. So is Facebook. So is Rantburg.

So was the lunch counter at Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/11/2021 7:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Alexander Graham bBell was also a private citizen with a communication device....
Posted by: 746 || 06/11/2021 12:33 Comments || Top||

#5  What a waste of time. It's a web site. Privately owned. Privately operated. On private property. So is Facebook. So is Rantburg.

It's a publicly traded corporation owned by the shareholders. It has received certain protections by law that require it to behave in a certain way. It does not abide by these regulations. You don't appear to understand how these things work.
Posted by: Tarzan and Company9874 || 06/11/2021 21:24 Comments || Top||


Lordstown Motors: Electric truck startup warns it may go out of business
[MSN] Lordstown Motors, the startup electric truck maker, warned Tuesday it is close to running out of cash and may be forced out of business in the next year.

The news, which sent Lordstown shares down about 20% in midday trading Wednesday, is a blow to not only the company but also to the gritty industrial town from which it gets its name. For 53 years, Lordstown, Ohio, was home to a massive General Motors plant, which GM closed in 2019.

The car giant sold the 6.2 million square foot factory, nearly twice the size of the Pentagon, later that year to start-up Lordstown Motors, which promised to pay union-level wages to workers to build its Endurance pickup truck. It is due to start production of that truck in September. Lordstown currently has about 600 employees.

But Tuesday the startup said it no longer has enough money to start commercial production. It warned there is now "substantial doubt" about its ability to stay in business over the course of the next 12 months.

The company filing said it had $259.7 million in cash on hand as of March 31, after posting a net loss of $125.2 million over the previous three months.

It said it's ability to stay in business "is dependent on its ability to complete the development of its electric vehicles, obtain regulatory approval, begin commercial scale production and launch the sale of such vehicles." It is seeking additional financing.
Sounds like either fraud or managerial incompetence. They should have known what their burn rate was going to be before they started.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How much subsidy money went down the rathole?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  This is exactly the kind of mismanaged POS company that the WallStreetBets-Reddit morons (self-labeled "apes") would embrace. Short squeeze! ! !
Posted by: Spanky Thamble3121 || 06/11/2021 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes. The "stonks" crowd stinks stank stunk.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Hydrogen fueled trucks being made now. Electric major failure as I see it. I believe the only reason they want electric is to reduce our ability to move about freely.
Posted by: Dale || 06/11/2021 13:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Hydrogen fueled trucks BOOM
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2021 14:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Hydrogen works.
Posted by: Dale || 06/11/2021 14:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Large disposal company here in the USA can't order gas or diesel garbage trucks as told to me by an employee. Just none available. So
Posted by: Dale || 06/11/2021 14:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Domestic Toyota.
Posted by: Dale || 06/11/2021 14:19 Comments || Top||

#9  Last one.
Posted by: Dale || 06/11/2021 14:27 Comments || Top||

#10  medium trucks are ideal for an electric hybrid model (and there are some)

the all electric requires too much battery space unless it is going to be used solely for less than 100 mi trips with time to recharge

large long distance trucks have diesel engines that are magnificently efficient
Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/11/2021 14:40 Comments || Top||

#11  ^Yea, but with electric you can put a separate engine in each wheel - one that can run in two directions.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2021 14:49 Comments || Top||

#12 
Any country switching to 'electric vehicles' must ramp up power generation by a factor of 7% per year starting yesterday.

Have you seen any proposals, construction of a power plants recently ?
Posted by: Zenobia Ghibelline1171 || 06/11/2021 14:51 Comments || Top||

#13  ^First better accumulators. Then, nuclear power stations.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2021 14:52 Comments || Top||

#14 
Since Texas and California consume more electricity than any other states, they provide a good snapshot of what a future filled with electric vehicles might look like. In both cases, an increase in EVs would drive consumption higher, with the potential to strain local infrastructure.

If virtually all passenger cars in Texas were electrified today, the state would need approximately 110 more terawatt-hours of electricity per year — the average annual electricity consumption of 11 million homes. The added electricity demand would result in a 30 percent increase over current consumption in Texas.

By comparison, because of a more temperate climate, California might require nearly 50 percent more electricity than it currently consumes if passenger vehicles in the state were fully electrified. That means California would need to generate an additional 120 terawatt-hours of electricity per year.
Posted by: Zenobia Ghibelline1171 || 06/11/2021 15:02 Comments || Top||

#15  No problem! We'll just import electricity from our enemies.
Worked so well for Oil.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2021 16:07 Comments || Top||

#16  Have you seen any proposals, construction of a power plants recently ?

Not just power plants, but transmission lines, too. And we will need charging stations too. Can you say "environmental impact lawsuits up the wazoo"? I knew you could!

Something I learned recently about Teslas:
they weigh roughly 4,000 lbs gross and use a battery that weighs 1,000 lbs. In contrast, 15 gallons of gas weighs about 90 lbs.

The point here is that every time you speed up or brake in your 'efficient' electric vehicle, you are accelerating a half-ton of dead weight. Every time.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/11/2021 19:51 Comments || Top||


Europe
Eighteen-month jail term for man who slapped Macron
[AlAhram] A French court on Thursday sentenced a man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face this week to a prison term of 18 months, 14 of which were suspended.

Damien Tarel, a 28-year-old medieval history enthusiast, has been in jug since the assault on Tuesday which a prosecutor called "absolutely unacceptable" and "an act of deliberate violence".

The court in the southeastern city of Valence convicted Tarel on a charge of violence against a person invested with public authority.

Tarel acknowledged hitting the president with a ``rather violent mostly peaceful'' slap. ``When I saw his friendly, lying look, I felt disgust, and I had a violent mostly peaceful reaction,`` he told the court. ``It was an impulsive reaction... I was surprised myself by the violence.''

While he said he and his friends had considered bringing an egg or a cream pie to throw at the president, he said they dropped the idea _ and insisted that the slap wasn't premeditated.

``I think that Emmanuel Macron represents the decline of our country,'' he said, without explaining what he meant.

Tarel told the court that he supported the yellow vest economic protest movement that shook Macron's presidency in 2019. He told Sherlocks that he held right- or ultra-right political convictions without being a member of a party or group, according to the prosecutor's office.

The charge of violence against a person invested with public authority is punishable by up to 3 years' imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros ($54,000).

Macron wouldn't comment Thursday on the trial, but insisted that ``nothing justifies violence in a democratic society, never.''

``It's not such a big deal to get a slap when you go toward a crowd to say hello to some people who were waiting for a long time,'' he said in an interview with broadcaster BFM-TV. ``We must not make that stupid and violent mostly peaceful act more important than it is.''

At the same time, the president added, ``we must not make it banal, because anyone with public authority is entitled to respect.''
Tarel, unemployed and living on benefits with his disabled girlfriend, said he had been annoyed by Macron’s decision to come to greet him — "an electoral tactic that I didn’t appreciate", BFM reported. In a video of the incident, a smiling Macron can be seen striding towards a crowd of onlookers including Tarel who are being kept behind a barrier.
An Nahar adds:
In its verdict, the court also ordered Tarel, who had no prior convictions, to find a job or a job training program, and banned him from carrying any weapon for five years.

Prosecutor Alex Perrin told the court he was worried that Tarel might commit similar offences again, saying he had detected "a kind of cold determination" in the defendant, and was suspicious of his links to "martial arts, the Middle Ages and the world of mangas."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Give him six more for slapping like a pansy
Posted by: Raj || 06/11/2021 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Too bad the 28-year-old medieval history enthusiast didn't wear a mailed glove for slapping.
Posted by: Jeremiah Uleack1446 || 06/11/2021 1:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Macron should've been a man and let it slide. He should be thankful it wasn't a medieval history enthusiast with a degree from Dar-ul-Uloom.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2021 4:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Lese-majeste

How dare you filthy commoners strike at royalty
Posted by: Jiggs Trotsky5854 || 06/11/2021 5:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Tarel got a trial, something Capital Hill protesters haven't.
Posted by: Spoter B || 06/11/2021 7:25 Comments || Top||

#6  he said he and his friends had considered...

Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 8:56 Comments || Top||

#7 

The French socialists sure have a SWIFT Justice system when comes to protecting their own.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/11/2021 13:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Macron should've been a man...

Maybe that's why they call it a bitch slap.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/11/2021 13:42 Comments || Top||

#9  "Mommy!"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/11/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||

#10  didn't this happen like 2 days ago? How the hell they push that through that fast. I've sat in holding cells longer than that.
Posted by: Chris || 06/11/2021 14:07 Comments || Top||

#11  Yes, dear?
Posted by: Brigitte Macron || 06/11/2021 16:16 Comments || Top||


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Italian police hunt Pakistani family who 'strangled 18-year-old girl to death for refusing forced marriage to her cousin and buried her in a field'
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 09:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: Devout Moslems


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Will flying taxis take off? Electric two-seater 150mph aircraft capable of travelling 60 miles across cities revealed in California
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 09:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under:


#2  good way to get the elite of Manhattan to JFK or the elite of Bev Hills to LAX

then they can take their private jets worldwide while bragging that they used electricity to get to the airport
Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/11/2021 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  It'll never fly.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2021 11:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Apocalyptic signs, dread and discouragement, violence, pestilence, volcanos, sinkholes, wars, destruction, oligarcal governments and now flying taxis

We are living in the movie The Fifth Element

Posted by: Muggsy Throque8389 || 06/11/2021 11:52 Comments || Top||

#5  It will get very interesting if someone were to manage hacking the controls of Skidmark's Drone Bus.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/11/2021 12:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Retirement gig for Harrier pilots?
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/11/2021 22:24 Comments || Top||


Texas congressman Louie Gohmert stuns committee hearing by asking whether federal agencies can fix climate change by altering orbit of EARTH and MOON during committee hearing
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There are no intelligent lifeforms in D.C.!
Posted by: 3dc || 06/11/2021 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Louie is just trying to understand "Democrat Science".
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 06/11/2021 0:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Was he trolling?
Posted by: Raj || 06/11/2021 1:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Nuke the Moon!
Posted by: Jeremiah Uleack1446 || 06/11/2021 1:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe if we flip over Guam?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2021 1:37 Comments || Top||

#6 
Dear Honorable U. S. Congress Representative Louie Gohmert, The People of Texas elected you to represent then at a time when Science was left to scientists.
We now know, since the election of President Joseph Biden that there are two sciences, one for the ones who believe in the scientific method and another which believe in "The Science" of the Democrat Party, as illustrated by Dr. Fauci pronouncements of late.
Dear Honorable U.S. Representative Louie Gomert, with your line of 'logic', the member of the United States of America, otherwise known as "We the People" respectfully request, that you enjoin yourself, and not introduce another 'wing' of science, as it will likely muddle the science, which was here to for understood by we the people, and also likely to confuse member of the democrat party, a party of which you are not, to no end.
So please refrain from any further discussions about moving the moon and the earth, lest you wish to inadvertently seek a Devine Intervention for the total destruction of Mankind.
Posted by: Thaper Chaviting2689 || 06/11/2021 3:50 Comments || Top||

#7  We know representatives are not representative of the collective intelligence of a constituency. They're just the least dangerous option available to people.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2021 4:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Makes as much sense as AGW.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/11/2021 5:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Loogie Gomer
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/11/2021 6:38 Comments || Top||

#10 
Was he just using dry Southern Sarcasic Humor?

Or was he serious?

IF serious, then the DC Gene Pool now has a new #1 spot Idiot contender. The GA (D) HR Rep and Guam flipping over would become #2.



Posted by: NN2N1 || 06/11/2021 7:11 Comments || Top||

#11  Well deserved sarcasm would be my guess. He gave the rest of those worthless SOB's something to whisper about.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/11/2021 7:15 Comments || Top||

#12  Definitely trolling. As in "if you think you can change the climate, why not go big?"
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/11/2021 8:17 Comments || Top||

#13  Gohmert’s point was that the sun and moon have more impact on climate than man does.

Nothing humans are doing or going to do will alter the fundamentals of factors beyond their control. The Sun is a variable star with constantly changing cycles of output. The Earth's plate tectonics have altered land masses and it oceans' vary in temperature. One very large volcano can put more particulate matter into the atmosphere in several days than all that humanity can do in a year. The Earth has a natural wobble in its axis and where that occurs varies in its position on the elliptical orbit around the Sun. None of that is really treated with anything but the flip of a hand brushing off the hard questions by the chicken littles of MMGW. It's all a Wizard of Oz show. The man behind the curtain is just the politician looking for more power and control.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/11/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Makes as much sense as AGW.

We really need a 'like' button :)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||

#15 
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 8:51 Comments || Top||

#16  Those people in the foto, none of your kin right Skid ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/11/2021 8:57 Comments || Top||

#17  Actually me and my brothers did that once. Lowered a couch off a second-story balcony when we moved from one apartment to another in the same complex.
Worked out pretty good.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2021 9:01 Comments || Top||

#18  I think he was trolling them. I'll have to listen to his whole conversation before passing judgement.

This is why 'sound bites' are often misleading.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/11/2021 9:43 Comments || Top||

#19  Pretty sure he's trolling. Remember how all the cultistssaid Obama stopped the oceans from rising. They really are that stupid and ignorant
Posted by: Silentbrick || 06/11/2021 10:27 Comments || Top||

#20  From Wikipedia:

Louis "Louie" Buller Gohmert Jr. is an American attorney and former judge currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Texas's 1st congressional district since 2005. Gohmert is a Republican and is part of the Tea Party movement. In January 2015, he unsuccessfully challenged John Boehner for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He’s trolling.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2021 11:58 Comments || Top||

#21  #15 ???
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/11/2021 14:56 Comments || Top||

#22  Oh, I thought he was a dumb dem. Since he's a Pub, he must be trolling!

I think he is.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/11/2021 15:32 Comments || Top||

#23  none of your kin right Skid ?

The get of my cousin sister/mother.
Guess that makes'em Brosins.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 15:48 Comments || Top||

#24  We’ve only got a billion years or so before the Sun cooks us as it enters its red giant phase, so we’ll have to move the Earth at that time. Might as well start thinking about it.
Posted by: KBK || 06/11/2021 16:03 Comments || Top||

#25  PJ Media has a longer excerpt from the Zoom conference transcript:

Gohmert is not an adherent of the high church of man-made global warming. This is why he brought up the impact of the path of the sun, sunspots, and flares, and other celestial activity that obviously has a direct impact on the warming and cooling of the earth’s temperatures separate from humans.

He asked Eberlien what she and the Forest Service would do about the heavenly activity that contributes in greater amounts to the earth’s temperatures and climate changes than man.

“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM, you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said, referring to the Bureau of Land Management.

“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” he said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate.”

Eberlien responded, smiling, “I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”

“If you figure out there’s a way in the Forest Service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2021 18:42 Comments || Top||

#26  Better yet, move the Sun....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/11/2021 19:21 Comments || Top||

#27  is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course

Ha!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2021 21:10 Comments || Top||


Flat Earthers are more likely to be PSYCHOPATHS: People who believe conspiracy theories tend to have 'dark' personality traits, study finds
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rubbish. People who believe statistical cross-tabulation like this to be valid 'studies' are stupider than flat earthers.

This is just about vilifying anti-vaxxers. If they don't want the bloody thing, they don't want it. Why brand them all psychopaths and sadists? Machiavellian! We know who's Machiavellian.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2021 4:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Fun fact: dark triad personality traits are irresistible to women. Men who possess them are going to get laid...a lot.
Posted by: Jiggs Trotsky5854 || 06/11/2021 5:40 Comments || Top||

#3  What about conspiracies that turned out true? Epstein Island? The Wohan lab? etc.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/11/2021 13:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, Karen, she's the sane one.

Dark Triad...boooga boooga booga!

rjschwarz:

US facing 'massive shortage' of conspiracy theories as they have all come true.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/11/2021 14:24 Comments || Top||

#5 
Boy, this news is earth shattering stuff....

I wonder if its being reported on a newspaper of record



Posted by: Zenobia Ghibelline1171 || 06/11/2021 14:42 Comments || Top||



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