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Rape and domestic abuse suspect shot by police, is seeking tens of thousands of dollars from the city of Kenosha
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Boy Scouts Of America Reaches Pivotal Agreement With Victims [Fox News]
[FoxNews] The Boy Scouts of America have reached an agreement with attorneys representing some 60,000 victims of child sex abuse in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the organization’s bankruptcy case.

Attorneys for the BSA filed court papers late Thursday outlining a restructuring support agreement, or RSA, with attorneys representing abuse victims. The agreement includes both the official tort claimants committee, which is charged with acting as a fiduciary in the bankruptcy case for all abuse victims, as well as a separate plaintiffs group called the Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice. It also includes attorneys representing local Boy Scouts councils and lawyers appointed to represent victims who might file future claims.

The Boy Scouts of America, based in Irving, Texas, sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020, moving to halt hundreds of lawsuits and create a compensation fund for men who were molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders.

But BSA attorneys have been unable to get attorneys for victims, the BSA’s local councils and sponsoring organizations, and insurers to agree on a global resolution that would compensate abuse victims while allowing the Boy Scouts of America to continue operating.

The Hartford agreed to pay $650 million into the victims' trust in exchange for being released from any further obligations under policies dating to 1971. The agreement allowed The Hartford to pay a lesser amount if the BSA or the settlement trust reaches an agreement with another major BSA insurer, Century Insurance Group, and Century’s settlement amount is less than two times The Hartford’s, or $1.3 billion.

The Hartford settlement was roundly criticized by attorneys for abuse victims, who estimate the insurer’s liability exposure at several billion dollars. They made it clear that victims would not support any plan that includes the Hartford settlement.

The Boy Scouts have said that between $2.4 billion and $7.1 billion, including insurance rights, might be available for abuse victims. Attorneys for the tort claimants committee, or TCC, have estimated the value of some 82,500 sexual abuse claims at about $103 billion.
Posted by: Ebbasing Uleregum2165 || 07/02/2021 06:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  60,000 victims of sexual abuse! Giving the papists some serious competition.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 14:28 Comments || Top||


Shocking moment man follows a woman, tackles her to the ground and sexually assaults her while she is out for a walk in Brooklyn as New York's crimewave continues
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sharia law would question why she was dressed so provocatively and without a male relation accompanying her. Clearly a young Lion of Islam perp...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/02/2021 13:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Certainly an interesting photo of the gentleman and his facial hair at the link, NoMoreBS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2021 13:58 Comments || Top||

#3  No facial hair. That's a mask. One of millions of unwanted Central American house guests.
Posted by: Thraviling Thromons4323 || 07/02/2021 14:38 Comments || Top||

#4  You’re right about the mask, Thraviling Thromons4323. I think you nailed it altgether.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2021 15:46 Comments || Top||

#5  this should be a relatively easy ID
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/02/2021 18:33 Comments || Top||


Ashli Babbit's Killer is a Dangerous Incompetent
Gateway photo posted last evening by our own Woodrow. Here is the link and story.
[Gateway] A picture is worth a thousand words. So these two pictures tell you two thousand words worth of Ashley Babbit’s. He is demonstrably incompetent.

Shooter or not, are there more like him in there ?

Secret Service? Private security agent? Interrupted drug delivery? Dominion SW source code? Little wonder no one wishes to discuss the issue.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But he couldn't leave his Magnum, PI lunchbox behind!
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Heh. What *is* that thing?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/02/2021 0:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Careful Protestors, big brother is tracking comments on the Capitol Protest. Stupid articles like these are for data gain only. Keep your mouth shut.
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/02/2021 0:43 Comments || Top||

#4  ^#2 "go-box" include the "go-bag" which is an 'essentials' bag of items needed for evacuations or quick departures. Go-box is a name used for a number of electronic devices.

The "Go-Box" is often a box, crate, carry-case, modified briefcase or similar construction containing electronic equipment pre-setup and ready to function. The box can then be taken into the field or placed at a remote site with minimal effort.
Posted by: Albemarle Unesh2455 || 07/02/2021 2:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Mindset
Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 3:49 Comments || Top||

#6 

Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 4:01 Comments || Top||

#7 



note object on lapel 3rd man right
Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 4:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Close-up (Mr. DeMille)

Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 4:15 Comments || Top||

#9 
Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 4:20 Comments || Top||

#10  Posted in honor of Ashley Babbit, may this help in bring her killer to justice.
Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 4:23 Comments || Top||

#11  The Vice President’s Residence & Office Links to The White House Web Site

Other Information:
She has several of them. she has a home office at his official residence, the Naval Observatory, located at One Observatory Circle.

She has an office in the Senate Wing of the Capitol Building which she uses in his Constitutional capacity as President of the Senate.

The Office of the Vice President, run by a Chief of Staff, is an official US Government department and is headquartered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (before that the Old Executive Office Building and before that the State, War and Navy Building), just across West Executive Drive (sort of a private driveway on the WH campus) from the West Wing of the White House.

In addition, at the direction of the president, she has an office in the West Wing as well. Not all presidents have wanted their veeps so close and some have been exiled into the EOB, but Pence had space in the West Wing.

Many long term Beltway hands have “hideaway” offices in various government buildings; places they can go for secret meetings and just some quiet time. These are generally the office they occupied as a younger and less powerful version of themselves they just decided to keep when they moved on and pulled the required strings. I doubt Pence has one; before he was Governor he did 6 terms in the House, but 12 years isn’t all that long a tenure in the Beltway. But other veeps have had them; LBJ for example
Posted by: Albemarle Fillmore3735 || 07/02/2021 5:10 Comments || Top||

#12  USSS - United States Secret Service
Attire:
Special agents and special officers of the Secret Service wear attire that is appropriate for their surroundings, in order to blend in as much as possible. In most circumstances, the attire of a close protection shift is a conservative suit, but it can range from a tuxedo to casual clothing as required by the environment. Stereotypically, Secret Service agents are often portrayed wearing reflective sunglasses and a communication earpiece. Often their attire is customized to conceal the wide array of equipment worn in service. Agents wear a distinctive lapel pin that identifies them to other agents.

Lapel Pin
Blackinton & Co., which primarily makes badges for police departments, “is the sole proprietor that has the expertise in manufacturing lapel emblems that have new security enhancement technology feature [redacted],” the latest Secret Service purchasing document says.

David Long, Blackinton’s COO, says it is “the only badge manufacturer in the world” that offers a patented authentication technology it calls the “SmartShield.” Each one contains a tiny RFID transponder chip that links to an agency database listing all the necessary information needed to verify that the person with the badge is the one authorized to be carrying it and that the badge itself is authentic.
Posted by: Albemarle Fillmore3735 || 07/02/2021 5:25 Comments || Top||

#13  Thank you for your imput and snaps Grumble.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 6:30 Comments || Top||

#14  Your Welcome Brother Visitor

Grumble Untervehr8237
aka Albemarle Fillmore3735
aka Albemarle Unesh2455
and aka Shogum Dribble8648
Posted by: Shogum Dribble8648 || 07/02/2021 6:51 Comments || Top||

#15  /\ I miss those days of $140 per day M&IE :-)
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 7:04 Comments || Top||

#16 
Yes, but the travel accounting was the pits, especially in the paper form days -80's & 90s, couldn't be off by a penny.
Posted by: Shogum Dribble8648 || 07/02/2021 7:11 Comments || Top||

#17  /\ Yes, contracting is definitely the preferred method. Contractors generally don't have legions of needle-dick USG bean counters to contend with. They trust you to get the task accomplished and pay you promptly for your efforts.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 7:18 Comments || Top||

#18 
Agree, But providing the accountants with translations for the receipts generally ticked me off...Russian, German, Arabic, Somali, Italian, French, Japanese...(list goes on) Please Boys its a receipt for a taxi - laundry, hookers (incindental entertainment) ;-), food, shop supplies...
Posted by: Shogum Dribble8648 || 07/02/2021 7:29 Comments || Top||

#19  /\ Yes, bank 'currency exchange receipts' drew particular scrutiny. Don't lose them. SCAN that stuff and save it. With cards, probably no longer an issue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#20  Ordered Evy's book. Thanks again.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 7:39 Comments || Top||

#21  Welcome - Might suggest a "Book Report" post for the Burg, if you are willing; enjoy your 4th of July in Georgia.
Posted by: Shogum Dribble8648 || 07/02/2021 7:48 Comments || Top||


#23  Do you like x-word puzzles?
Major League Baseball
M: Pepsi's Jackson
L: Bad bad Brown (baddest man in the whole damn town)
B: good ol' Democrat Senator Robert the ex-kl*xxer from the mountaineer state
Posted by: Rupert Choluger7880 || 07/02/2021 8:42 Comments || Top||

#24  Suspect
Capitol Cop Who Murdered Ashli Babbitt Identified as Michael Leroy Byrd". Some progressives defend Byrd's actions, saying that his execution of Ashli was a split second decision. Actually, he took careful aim of her neck, from 4 feet away
Posted by: Ebbavise Dingle9760 || 07/02/2021 9:25 Comments || Top||

#25  #3 above, are you saying the article is a dangle?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/02/2021 13:52 Comments || Top||

#26  Dangle? Definition please.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2021 14:02 Comments || Top||

#27  Dangle: An elicitation technique used to catalogue comments, IP addresses, users, locations, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 14:07 Comments || Top||

#28  Wilderness of Mirrors TW, makes one a very suspicious cynic....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/02/2021 15:16 Comments || Top||

#29  Got it. Probably a good thing nobody ever hired me to be a spy or even discreet. (Mr. Wife just doesn’t tell me things that are supposed to be confidential, so I don’t have to remember who not to say anything to.) Anybody tracking me is going to be bored to tears — though perhaps they’ll learn more about the news from Afghanistan, Somalia, and Israel than they did before.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2021 16:28 Comments || Top||

#30  For years I maintained and managed the numbered War plan for a particular nation for which my unit was preplanned. Routinely read and directed traffic for senior planners and logisticians [pertinent to the area. I was read in at the highest levels of classification for that country, but had trouble over time being able to differentiate between the classified traffic and the content of the Washington Post, NYT. etc.... so the only solution was to never utter a word about that area outside a SCIF.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/02/2021 16:38 Comments || Top||

#31 
SCIF. Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (pronounced "skiff"), a U.S. Department of Defense term for a secure room. It can be a secure room or data center that guards against electronic surveillance and suppresses data leakage of sensitive security and military information.
Posted by: Sherelet Ebbating9359 || 07/02/2021 18:12 Comments || Top||

#32  Typical US Gov't SCIF:

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 18:16 Comments || Top||

#33  ^ I can TASTE the rubber chicken
and the burnt-out bitter coffee
Posted by: Slaviling Creack4604 || 07/02/2021 18:37 Comments || Top||

#34  Worked over half my AF career in SCIFs. Usually one small area to one or more full floors of a building. Biggest one I worked in was Bldg 213 at the Washington Navy Yard, aka NPIC - National Photographic Interpretation Center.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 07/02/2021 19:53 Comments || Top||

#35  /\ Nothing much good came from the follow-on National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) and NGA mergers, as you may well know. One old man's opinion anyway. All we ever wanted was some good 1:50000-scale maps. No money in paper maps however. And so it goes, or so it went.

Thank you for your hard work.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 20:24 Comments || Top||

#36  I was in a band. What a blast.

We were so good, they let us play in mosques.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 23:02 Comments || Top||


Judge Rules To Unseal Docs From Epstein Pal Ghislaine Maxwell; Docs Demanded Related To Any Clinton Funding
[Daily Wire] A New York federal judge ruled on Thursday to unseal court documents from Ghislaine Maxwell, an accused child sex trafficker who was the associate of sex predator Jeffrey Want Some Candy, Little Girl? Epstein
...A high class pimp financier who was alleged to maintain a stable of underage whores sex slaves who were paid big bucks to entertain the rich and/or famous. He is a registered sex offender and made att least 17 out-of-court settlements with former members of his stable, with some cases still ongoing. 2011 court docs reveal that 21 email addresses and phone numbers for Bill Clinton and an aide were found in Epstein's electronic black book, and that Clinton frequently flew with Epstein on his private plane between 2002 to 2005. But really, they were probably just discussing finance or politix or something. While getting massaged. Then things got serious, Jeff was tossed in the slammer in New York and then he killed himself. Really. That's what happened...
Judge Loretta Preska said that the release of the documents would not have an impact on Maxwell’s ability to have a fair trial.

"It is not the job of the Court to police press coverage," Preska said. "Tabloid fodder doesn’t diminish the importance of materials that could reasonably affect the court’s decision on a motion."

"The judge also ruled that documents relating to a request from [Virginia Roberts] Giuffre for email accounts that Maxwell allegedly kept secret from the court should also be made public," the Daily Mail reported. "The documents are part of a tranche of material gradually being released by Judge Preska from the defamation case [Virginia Roberts Giuffre] filed against Maxwell in 2016 for calling her a liar."

Giuffre’s legal team demanded the documents be turned over on a wide range of issues, including documents related to any funding that Maxwell may have received from Clinton organizations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The judge did not kill himself.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/02/2021 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Yet.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 0:38 Comments || Top||


#4  Open up the (Pearly) Gates documents
Posted by: Clem Ebboluck9338 || 07/02/2021 1:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Judge Loretta Preska said that the release of the documents would not have an impact on Maxwell’s ability to have a fair trial.

I doubt a "fair trial" is her concern. Continuance of life here on earth is likely of much greater concern.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 2:53 Comments || Top||

#6  "Fair trial"? Like Chauvin's?
Posted by: Tarzan Tojo7273 || 07/02/2021 8:59 Comments || Top||


Woman sentenced to 50 years for soliciting slaying of ex-husband
[NYPOST] A Connecticut woman was sentenced to 50 years behind bars this week for soliciting her cousin and another man to kill her ex-husband — shooting him multiple times on the street, according to a new report. Larise King, 36, was sentenced in the Fairfield County Courthouse in Bridgeport Wednesday for asking her cousin and another man to kill Dathan "Daedae" Gray — who she learned had started dating another woman shortly after their divorce, the Connecticut Post reported.
So how long is he gonna be dead?
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...1: Never ask family or friends to do a contract hit. Always seek out a trained professional on the internet.

2: All trained, professional hitmen on the internet are cops.

3: This never ends well, people. Key his car instead. It's just as satisfying, and with a little forethought you can reduce your risk of arrest to just about zero.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/02/2021 6:09 Comments || Top||

#2  If you are going to do it, do it in New Mexico with a car. The term is far shorter.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2021 14:58 Comments || Top||


-Great Cultural Revolution
Virginia Department Of Education Advises Against Gender-Based Events Such As Father-Daughter Dances
Posted by: Albemarle Fillmore3735 || 07/02/2021 06:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No wonder Virginia is now known as "Little California East", Democrat nut bags are at work under Doctor Governor Blackface, f-ing up the state.
Divide and Conquer, disrupt and demean, and more. Remember that's what the D stands for in Democrat.
Posted by: Crolutle Glatle5334 || 07/02/2021 9:00 Comments || Top||



New Jersey Will House Inmates According To Their Gender Identity
Posted by: Chinter Thrailing9515 || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Being able to cryogenically freeze inmates for the duration of their sentence would go a long way towards solving all sorts of prison problems.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/02/2021 1:10 Comments || Top||

#2  So much cheaper to keep them all drugged - droolers and swooners - all the time. What America needs is more mental asylums than jails, I think.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 2:28 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ prison problems

Among other institutions.
Posted by: Blossom Snoluck8293 || 07/02/2021 2:30 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
California Begs For More Electricity As Shift To Renewable Power Leaves State In The Dark [zero Hedge]
Posted by: Shogum Dribble8648 || 07/02/2021 07:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  not just No...Hell No!
Posted by: Warthog || 07/02/2021 9:30 Comments || Top||

#2  So they're going to focus on "demand-side management", an innocuous term that starts out with asking everyone to run their dishwashers at 3 AM and ends up with turning off Granny's air conditioner. Or her life support. "Good news! Granny is no longer using electricity or exhaling CO2. It's a win-win."
Posted by: Matt || 07/02/2021 12:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Fuck you California.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2021 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  People in Hell want ice water. What? You're out of that too, Andrei Gavin?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2021 12:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Based on recent news, it appears that Texas has already figured out that wind and solar are extremely unreliable especially when demand is high and the weather is bad
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 07/02/2021 14:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Boned.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/02/2021 16:38 Comments || Top||

#7  If only there was some way to make electricity. Other than rubbing balloons on cats, I mean.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/02/2021 17:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Electricity is just smoke in a tube right; have you tried more wild fires?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/02/2021 17:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Let 'em freeze in the dark fry in the sun
Posted by: Mad Eye Angaling7195 || 07/02/2021 18:40 Comments || Top||

#10  If only there was some way to make electricity.

How about a spiffy new technology, like solar panels?
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2021 18:58 Comments || Top||


American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson fails drug test, could miss Olympics
[Gleaner] American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson looks set to miss the Olympic Games after her US Olympic Trials performance was disqualified because she tested positive for a prohibited substance.

News of the infringement arrives four weeks before the start of the athletics competition at the July 23 to August 8 showpiece in Tokyo.

Richardson could serve a one to three-month suspension for the adverse analytical finding.

According to sources who asked for anonymity, traces of the substance were found in the 21-year-old's sample from a recent drug test.

The test was carried out at the US Olympic Trials.

Several calls, emails and text messages to Richardson's agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, went unanswered.
Renaldo Nehemiah? I remember that guy
Since January 1, 2021, the drug has been classified as a 'Substance of Abuse' by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and currently carries a maximum four-year ban.

However, if an athlete can prove that the drug was used out of competition and that there was no sports performance benefit, the ban will be reduced to a period of three months with no need to further examine the degree of fault.

WADA also stipulates that the ban can be reduced by a further month if the athlete is willing to undertake an approved treatment programme in collaboration with his/her national anti-doping body.

If the drug is taken in competition but the athlete can prove that the use was unrelated to performance, a two-year ban will be handed out as the infringement will be considered non-intentional.

Richardson was expected to challenge for the 100m gold medal at the Games, after posting 10.72 seconds in April - one of five legal sub-11 seconds clocking from the American this season.

She won the 100m at the US Olympic Trials on June 19 in a time of 10.86 (wind: -1.0m/s). This performance has been provisionally disqualified.

It is understood that fourth-placed finisher in the 100m at the USA Olympic Trials, Jenna Prandini will replace Richardson in the event at the Olympics, while fifth-placed finisher Gabby Thomas has also been entered.

Richardson's win at the US Trials and her strong personality have drawn the admiration of several US celebrities such as former First Lady, Michelle Obama and actress Viola Davis.

The last message on Richardson's official Twitter account posted just after midday late Thursday evening was "I am human.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sha'Carri???
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2021 3:41 Comments || Top||

#2  One less anthem-hater to worry about. Next.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 4:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Nothing prevents her from attending as an observer. Go ahead, buy that ticket and don't forget to bring enough dope of all kinds for the stay.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 6:41 Comments || Top||


#5  Since when does cannabis enhance performance?
Posted by: Angstrom || 07/02/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ No idea, but it does appear to turn your hair orange.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 10:39 Comments || Top||

#7  The Olympics are everything I hoped for, and haven't even begun yet.

*she has been heavily promoted as a marquis event.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/02/2021 10:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Oh well
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2021 11:29 Comments || Top||

#9  One less anthem-hater to worry about. Next.

Actually she's one of the normal ones, surname aside.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2021 14:14 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Oh. My bad.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 14:24 Comments || Top||

#11  Olympic Committee:
Bad: Pot.
Fine: Men competing in women's sports.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/02/2021 17:16 Comments || Top||

#12 
Pot isn't allowed but it's ok to take Testosterone blockers to keep their testosterone levels low?
Posted by: Jan || 07/02/2021 20:12 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Rachel Dolezal defends social media influencer and singer who identifies as Korean now
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I need attention
Posted by: Chris || 07/02/2021 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Make me some kimchi, beootch!
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2021 0:20 Comments || Top||

#3 
"WTF... no. Just no."

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 2:02 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Ooh! Ooh! That's Jung ho-Seok/J-Hope from BTS!
Are you an Army too?
Posted by: Wren || 07/02/2021 3:36 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ My wife is. I think.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 4:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Not the Bee?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2021 7:12 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
New Jersey prison guards in full body armor are seen beating and pepper-spraying female inmate and dragging her from her cell in shocking newly-released videos
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Such bullcrap!. When a prisoner refuses to move from her cel, they have to bring an extraction team in. The prisoners have a game with this. They do it to cause problems and to force legal actions. They are prisoners, when told to vacate the cel they are to act appropriately and exit the cel.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/02/2021 10:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I do not see the problem. Leave the worthless SOB in the cell. No food or water. They'll eventually decide to come out, or the problem simply resolves itself.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 10:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Good perspective, 49 Pan. It’s easy to respond only to what is showed, without thinking about the bigger picture.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2021 10:38 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm with Besoeker. Let them rot in there until they decide to come out or do suicide by starvation.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2021 12:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Crap like this happens in the house. It's not a social club.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/02/2021 17:24 Comments || Top||


Nashville cop seen on 2018 video shooting a black suspect dead as he fled takes a three-year plea deal for manslaughter after being initially charged with first-degree murder
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:


Judge orders Minneapolis to hire more police officers
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why do I have this mental pic of a bunch of Ilhan Omar's brothers in blue?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2021 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Doesn't matter how many you have if their political masters won't allow them to enforce the law.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/02/2021 6:13 Comments || Top||

#3  By itself this is just going to increase donut consumption. You go to jail for 22 years if you do your job, so: stay in the car.
Posted by: Matt || 07/02/2021 11:50 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Teenager who bludgeoned 'rapist' to death with a piece of wood 'in self-defence' is charged with MURDER in Zimbabwe
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 01:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How do you say "Believe all women" in Shona?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/02/2021 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Was once a civilized nation, but the "International Community" fixed that.
Posted by: Woozle Theamble4130 || 07/02/2021 8:07 Comments || Top||


Nigerian Govt Writes Western Diplomats, Lists 'Atrocities' of Biafra Leader Nnamdi Kanu
[All Africa] The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu, orchestrated the killing of 60 persons and the destruction of property in 55 attacks across the South East and South South within four months.

The Federal Government stated this in a letter to western diplomats.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the letter dated April 26, 2021 detailed the atrocities committed by members of IPOB on the alleged instruction of Kanu who was then in exile.

NAN also reports that one of the attachments to the letter listed the attacks on lives and property by IPOB in some parts of the country between January and April 2021.

With several Kanu's broadcasts from Europe, there were concerns in official quarters that some western countries were justifying IPOB's violent mostly peaceful acts under the guise of the group's pursuit of self-determination.

According to the "demarche" from the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to some western countries, the Federal Government objected to a statement by an agency of a western nation whose government had noted and admitted that the creation of Eastern Security Network (ESN), based on its own understanding, was to combat insecurity.

The Federal Government, in its letter, however considered the statement (by the western nation) as "justifying the establishment of a militia by a non-state actor and glossing over the destructive and violent mostly peaceful acts of IPOB and the ESN."

"In under four months this year, IPOB has carried out over fifty-five (55) violent mostly peaceful acts in various parts of Southeast Nigeria killing scores of people and destroying many properties."

"Indeed it would seem that the position of the (western nation) seems to have further emboldened Nnamdi Kanu the self-confessed leader of IPOB.

"As recently as 22nd April, 2021, broadcasting online from his base in London, Mr Kanu has issued series of instructions to his militia and other members of the outlawed organization, on acts of violence to be carried out within the territory of Nigeria," the Federal Government stated in the letter.
Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is Biafra still a thing?
Also, whatever happened to Jello Biafra? Used to play with the Dead Kennedys, IIRC.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/02/2021 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  What about Jango Edwards?
Life would be so sweet
If I were your bicycle seat
Posted by: Ho Chi Elmeasing1917 || 07/02/2021 1:22 Comments || Top||


Kenya: Reverend Natasha Refutes Sex Orgy Claims
[All Africa] Flashy city preacher, Reverend Lucy Natasha, has dismissed claims she organized a sex orgy involving a Nigerian preacher with one of her congregants.The Prophetic Latter Glory Ministry International City preacher on Wednesday was forced to issue a statement distancing herself and the church from allegations she was also promoting cultism.

This comes after a Facebook user identified as Martha Mwihaki Hinga on Tuesday alleged Natasha invited her for dinner together with a Nigerian guest speaker, her mother, brother, and her assistance with a hidden agenda.

"As a ministry which is very active in preaching through various social media platforms, we seek to unequivocally dissociate ourselves with a malicious story tarnishing the reputation of our leader Rev Natasha and the ministry we are doing," part of the statement read.

*IMPORTANT STATEMENT*

As a ministry which is very active in preaching through various social media platforms, we seek to unequivocally dissociate ourselves with a malicious story tarnishing the reputation of our leader Rev Natasha and the ministry we are doing. pic.twitter.com/ihuHB6tSe6

- Rev Lucy Natasha (@RevLucyNatasha) June 30, 2021

The reverend added that the Facebook account which has been sharing the allegations is pseudo.

"We wish to categorically state that we are a ministry committed to maintaining Biblical standards both in Theology and Practice. We are above board and deal with all attendees, members, and the public with utmost respect and integrity," she added.



Posted by: Fred || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What about Father Boris?

And Brother Moose?
Posted by: Greash de Medici3849 || 07/02/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  she organized a sex orgy involving a Nigerian preacher with one of her congregants.

Biblical standards of what?
Balam, the prophet peculiar?
Or maybe you're just a prettier
Kenyan MLK junior.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 1:22 Comments || Top||

#3  "refutes" or "rebuts"?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/02/2021 6:09 Comments || Top||

#4  ....I dunno, the Reverend Lucy is kinda cute, but I suspect she could bless the living daylights out of a Golden Corral buffet.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/02/2021 6:11 Comments || Top||

#5  ^^^
You dog, don't you recognize Stacey Abram's cousin 3 times removed on the Atlantic side when you see her ?

It's a family trait, cleaning out buffets in an orgy of gluttonous composure. Why, she is obviously revered for the family trait - she even has Reverend in front of her name.
Posted by: Shogum Dribble8648 || 07/02/2021 6:37 Comments || Top||


Britain
Iraq war hero who single-handedly stormed two enemy positions is selling his bravery medal to raise £140k for a family home
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 01:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Massive exercise in Black Sea with US comes after Russia warning
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 09:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Get pounded, Putie.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2021 11:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Go ahead, skin that smoke wagon. Buzz a few ships at 150 feet off the deck.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 12:37 Comments || Top||


Russia kommie chief blames Putin for inflation
Direct translation of the article by Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] During the Direct Line with Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
, "the pain of ordinary people sounded in almost every question," which means that Russia urgently needs to get out of the liberal market deadlock, says the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, State Duma Deputy Gennady Zyuganov.

"At the current rate, our domestic carrots are already more expensive than bananas from Ecuador, and utility rates exceed any reasonable limits," the communist noted.

Regnum.ru reported the day before, commenting on how cheap bananas are.

In addition, Zyuganov continued, it is impossible, as it is done now, to lower all problems from the federal level to the regional one. The same applies to the acute problem of wildly rising prices for almost everything.

"I believe that the ruling party, United Russia, bears full responsibility for the deepening crisis," added Zyuganov.

Posted by: badanov || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, Equador is dumping bananas?
There's a metaphor here and I'm not gonna touch it.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/02/2021 17:32 Comments || Top||


Economy
400 jobs lost as SC company announces consolidation of 4 manufacturing plants
[TheState] Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. announced it will lay off 400 South Carolina employees as it plans to consolidate four Greenwood manufacturing plants.

The consolidation plans will relocate manufacturing to other facilities and third parties and is expected to take place by September 2022, the company said in a news release Thursday. The Greenwood employees learned the news Thursday morning, the company said.

"Market economic trends and a declining demand for many of the products manufactured in Greenwood challenged us to focus on how we adapt our efforts to continue to build a global, sustainable approach for Fujifilm," President Todd Croker said in a press release.

The market economic trends and declining demand are reflected in Fujifilm’s financial results. In the company’s most recent fiscal year, revenue and income were down 5.3% and 11.3% respectively from the previous year, according to the company’s FY2020 consolidated financial statements.

Fujifilm, a Japanese corporation, has operated in Greenwood since 1988, with a 500-acre campus that produces QuickSnap recyclable cameras, inkjet photographic paper, color photographic paper and digital printing plates, according to the company’s website. The company says it has invested some $1.8 billion in its Greenwood operations over the past three decades.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/02/2021 09:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought film was dead?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 12:10 Comments || Top||


USA gasoline prices now highest since 2014
WATERTOWN, New York [WWNY] There will be no break at the gas pump for New Yorkers hitting the road for the holiday.

The state hasn't seen prices like these for the 4th of July Weekend since 2014.

According to GasBuddy.com, the average cost of fueling up in New York is $3.15 per gallon.
about $1/gallon more in CA and HI
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lowest here is $2.63/gal for regular, and I only drive about 50-75 miles a week, so it's not a major problem yet. On the other hand, any tourist locations that were hoping for a strong comeback this summer may be sorely disappointed.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/02/2021 6:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Domestic terrorist crowd will have to cough up more $$ for their Molotov Cocktails /sarc
Posted by: Daffy Munster3639 || 07/02/2021 8:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Unexpectedly™.
Posted by: magpie || 07/02/2021 9:18 Comments || Top||


Slow Recovery from Covid Rescession Continues
[CNBC] First-time jobless claims totaled 364,000 for the week ended June 26, compared with the 390,000 Dow Jones estimate. That marked a new pandemic-era low and a decline of 51,000 from the previous week...

Despite the drop in weekly claims, the level of continuing claims increased to 3.47 million, up 56,000 from the previous week. However, that data runs a week behind the headline number and likely represents the unexpected upswing in the previous week's count...
The effect of the end of covid unemployment checks in some states won't be felt until about 4 weeks from now.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Britain and Brussels finally agree a truce to avoid 'sausage wars'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] ...over chilled meat exports to Northern Ireland - but it is only temporary as a permanent fix to post-Brexit border problems remains elusive
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whew! [V-1 photoshop here]
Posted by: Blossom Snoluck8293 || 07/02/2021 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  A kielbasa breakthru, just in time for the 4th!
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 0:25 Comments || Top||

#3  New Graphic - courtesy of the app on g-play

Posted by: Albemarle Unesh2455 || 07/02/2021 2:30 Comments || Top||

#4 



Posted by: Grumble Untervehr8237 || 07/02/2021 3:26 Comments || Top||

#5  I thought it was going to be about dick measuring over brexit issues.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 3:31 Comments || Top||

#6  So they weren't "Sword Fighting"?
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/02/2021 11:30 Comments || Top||

#7  So no remake of Dungeness?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/02/2021 15:41 Comments || Top||

#8  They agreed to hold their sausages and examine each others positions.
(It's what they said...)
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/02/2021 17:28 Comments || Top||

#9  ^^^
Hold their sausages and examine each others position

Yea, like...

Posted by: Crusogum Hatrack2492 || 07/02/2021 19:43 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Furious female protestors take to the streets in Turkey after President Erdogan withdrew his country from women's rights convention that he says is 'attempting to normalise homosexuality'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 01:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yaaay!!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 3:18 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Attorney General Garland pauses federal executions
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:


#2  However, executions will still continue in the streets of Big Blue cities. Guess who really runs the place.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/02/2021 9:52 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Germany, US hail global minimum corporate tax deal
It seems to me this is one of those treaty thingies that the Senate must vote to agree to. What odds Senator Mitch McConnell will agree?
[DW] More than 130 countries have signed up to an accord brokered by the OECD. But Ireland and eight other countries refused to back the agreement.

Germany on Thursday hailed a global tax deal to ensure major corporations end up paying a fair amount in taxes as "a colossal step" towards "greater tax justice."

More than 130 countries signed up to a minimum corporate tax of 15%, which the Gay Paree-based OECD said could bring in some €125 billion ($150 billion) in extra revenues each year globally.

"The agreement reached on global effective minimum taxation is a colossal step towards greater tax justice," German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said. "The race to the bottom in competition is over."

He added that "in future, large corporations will pay their fair share in financing our common welfare."

US WELCOMES OECD DEAL
US President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. Sleazy Dem mschine politician, paterfamilias of the Biden Crime Family...
also welcomed the deal.

"With a global minimum tax in place, multinational corporations will no longer be able to pit countries against one another in a bid to push tax rates down," he said a statement.

"They will no longer be able to avoid paying their fair share by hiding profits generated in the United States, or any other country, in lower-tax jurisdictions."

The agreed 15% rate would apply to companies with a turnover above a €750 million threshold.

Only the shipping industry is exempted as for more than a century those firms have only been taxed in their jurisdiction of residence.

The nations who backed the accord represent more than 90% of global GDP, but some governments refused to sign up.

IRELAND REBUFFS GLOBAL TAX ACCORD
Ireland declined to back a global effective tax rate of 15%. It has managed to lure several tech giants, such as Apple and Facebook, to the country with a lower rate of 12%.

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, who led negotiations on Dublin's behalf, said the government "was not in a position to join the consensus on the agreement and specifically a global minimum effective tax rate of at least 15%."

"I have expressed Ireland's reservation but remain committed to the process and aim to find an outcome that Ireland can yet support," he added.

TAX HAVEN JERSEY: OFFSHORING IN EUROPE
Among the nine countries that refused to sign up are Hungary, Estonia and South Korea.

The United Kingdom, which currently holds the G7 presidency, has been calling for tougher rules for multinationals to stop them shifting profits abroad.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said the accord "marks a further step in our mission to reform global tax."

Technical details are to be agreed upon by October so that the new rules can be implemented by 2023, a statement from the OECD said.

Posted by: trailing wife || 07/02/2021 02:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Germany, US hail global minimum corporate tax deal

"..And coming up next, CEOs the world over are found injured after fits of hysterical laughter..."

REALITY CHECK: Ireland and those eight other nations are about to become the wealthiest corporate centers on Earth.

Mike

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/02/2021 6:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Corporations don't pay taxes. Their customers do.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/02/2021 12:55 Comments || Top||

#3  This piece of shit's dead on arrival; you'd have better luck herding cats.
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2021 17:34 Comments || Top||

#4  After each country set aside tax breaks for "vital national interests"
Posted by: magpie || 07/02/2021 18:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Gosh maybe I should invest in Estonia, Hungary and S. Korea now. Clever move on their part.
Posted by: Shoger Unusoter5788 || 07/02/2021 18:58 Comments || Top||

#6  ^#1
Ireland's per capita GDP soared after it introduced low corp taxes to attract investment and is already in the top 5. No way it is going backwards.
Posted by: rpbaum00 || 07/02/2021 22:03 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Stephen Hawking is proved right! Physicist's black hole theory that event horizons - from which nothing can escape - never shrink is observed in real life for first time
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 08:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 12:12 Comments || Top||

#2  ^^^
Oh you snarky devil you,
can't go a day,
with out reminding us
about how the late Dr. Hawking
was in his predictions on
Large Black Holes....
Man, what a Science buff.
Posted by: Sonny Glose7331 || 07/02/2021 12:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Someone tell Don Lemon they found out what happened to MH370...
Posted by: Raj || 07/02/2021 12:48 Comments || Top||

#4  You have to understand. When Lemon made that statement he had been getting a burning feeling in his nether regions.
(...)
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/02/2021 17:21 Comments || Top||

#5  A sight that so jolted me I almost spilled some single malt.

Thank you, Skidmark.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 07/02/2021 21:10 Comments || Top||


Billionaires' space race is a go! Richard Branson, 70, dubs himself 'Astronaut 001' in typically flashy video to announce plans to BEAT Jeff Bezos into space by NINE days with July 11 Virgin Galactic test flight
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "We CEOhs are all up here,
on ISS Skynitwit!
Something's wrong with the power,
and we can't seem to fix it!

"This is Houston, we read you.
And have you asked Alexa?"
"No, she seems to have run off
with Elon's ECM fixah!"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/02/2021 1:54 Comments || Top||

#2  The Gentlemen, Sir Richard Branson has forgotten British history:

Meet Five British Space Heroes

'Astronaut 002' would be correct;please see above article.
Posted by: Albemarle Unesh2455 || 07/02/2021 2:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Bet they use body doubles.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  These guys are why we need a better anti-reentry-vehicle program.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/02/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||



Raytheon gets $2B nuclear missile contract with the Air Force
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/02/2021 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....Way, WAY overdue. AGM-86 was only intended to serve into the late 90s, but the end of the Cold War meant that it soldiered on far too long. It was that good that its effectiveness really didn't start getting questionable until about 2010, but of course we had other things to worry about.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/02/2021 6:01 Comments || Top||



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  Government forces target Zayzun power station in Ghab Plain, west of Hama
Wed 2021-06-30
  Donald Rumsfeld dead at 88
Tue 2021-06-29
  Unidentified persons killed two Syrian IDP sisters in al-Hole
Mon 2021-06-28
  Somalia's Puntland region executes 21 al-Shabab fighters
Sun 2021-06-27
  Massive Manhunt Ends Up at Black Nationalist Encampment
Sat 2021-06-26
  Car-bomb attack wounds 15 UN peacekeepers in north Mali
Fri 2021-06-25
  Somali army bombs Al-Shabaab hideouts, 17 confirmed dead
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  Attack on Iranian nuclear site damaged centrifuge production facility
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  Taliban capture Afghanistan's main Tajikistan border crossing
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  Suicide car bomber has attacked French troops patrolling in central Mali, wounding six soldiers
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  Clashes Reach Gates of Faryab's Capital in Northern Afghanistan
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