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Former Libyan PM, Al-Sarraj Purchases Vanuatu's Passport
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Detroit woman tracks down stolen Mercedes, suspect dragged from barbershop by dreds
DETROIT (FOX 2) - A Detroit woman who had her Mercedes Benz stolen refused to sit at home feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she followed it all across Detroit until she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Bianca Chambers said for two days, she tracked her car throughout the city until Wednesday when the man parked her car and went to get his hair done. That's when she confronted the thief.

"At that point, I was like...I’m not letting this man walk again," she said.

She walked into a barbershop at Greenfield and Grand River and was face-to-face with the guy she says stole her new Benz and asked him point-blank - is that his Benz? When he denied it, she took him down.

"He’s at 7 Days West, getting his dreds twisted," she said in a Facebook live while watching her car.

Customers then stepped in to make a citizen's arrest while Bianca, sick of seeing him drive off in her car, slashed her own tires! Then she called the police.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 11:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hmmmm... if Detroit was at its nadir in the '80s, then something like 35-40 years (two generations?) for people to start valuing the rule of law?

They've also elected a sheriff who values self-defense -- now if they can take the schools back from the "professional educators", they may start rebuilding the city.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/17/2021 11:45 Comments || Top||

#2  There are three types of being "taken into custody". By the police, by citizens, by the victim.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 07/17/2021 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's all take a moment to feel sorry for the Mercedes owner.
Posted by: Knuckles Slererong5344 || 07/17/2021 14:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Drop dead KS. A thief is a thief. It seems you identify with the thief.
Posted by: Shiva Protector of the Hohlraums || 07/17/2021 15:47 Comments || Top||

Moment a six-year-old Kentucky girl is dragged 1,000 feet along the road after her backpack got stuck in school bus door: Fired driver is now facing a civil lawsuit from furious mom
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 08:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This story is from 6 years ago. WTH, British newspaper?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/17/2021 13:53 Comments || Top||

California man, 32, arrested for prowling is found with 'rifles, a manifesto about committing genocide and bullets inscribed with 'Cop Killer' stashed in his truck'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Wesley Charles Martines, 32, was taken into custody in the San Jose neighborhood of Campbell on Tuesday night

  • Police had received reports that he was prowling around a parking lot

  • Martines was found with two AR-style rifles, a Glock 9 mm handgun, throwing knives and a pipe bomb, according to police

  • They also found ammunition inscribed with the phrase 'Cop Killer'

  • Martines allegedly had a handwritten manifesto on him when he was arrested that said he wanted to wipe out black, Hispanic and Jewish populations

  • The journal also included a plan to go to sporting goods store, dress up as an employee and tie everybody up
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 08:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Next candidate for Governor?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/17/2021 21:00 Comments || Top||

#2  he'll be used to taint 2/3rds of legal Califonians
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 22:17 Comments || Top||

Homeless man with 90 prior arrests busted for anti-gay assault in Queens
[NYPOST] A homeless career criminal with more than 90 previous arrests was busted for allegedly slashing a man and hurling anti-gay statements at him in Queens last week, cops said.

Ramon Castro, 55, was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the early July 6 attack on a 34-year-old man on 77th Street near 37th Road in Jackson Heights, authorities said.

Castro — who has previously been arrested dozens of times, including for allegedly swiping an ATM machine — got into a spat with the victim around 3:10 a.m. and at one point snarled, "I hate Latinos and f—-t people!," according to cops and prosecutors.

Then he slashed the victim in the face with a wooden stake, cutting his cheek, according to prosecutors.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he required eight stitches on the outside of his cheek and eight stitches on the inside, prosecutors said.

When cops interviewed the suspect, he said, "Homosexuals are OK, but not when you’re an adult," according to a criminal complaint.

Castro was charged with assault, menacing and aggravated harassment, all as hate crimes.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

-Great Cultural Revolution
US judge blocks new applications to DACA program for 'dreamer' immigrants
[JPost] Dems had a chance for a grand bargain along with fixing/filling the remainder of the wall. They chose politics
A US federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, often known as "Dreamers," from deportation violated US law when it was created, but said the hundreds of thousands of people already with the status would not be affected until further court rulings.

US District Judge Andrew Hanen sided with a group of states suing to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing it was illegally created by former President Barack Obama in 2012. Hanen blocked the government from approving any new DACA applications. There are nearly 650,000 people currently enrolled in the program.
Which means that when the time comes to send them home so they can apply to come legally, we’ll know who they are and where they live.
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 07/17/2021 1:36 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Lionel Fillmore9492 || 07/17/2021 1:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Breaking — In Friday night ruling, Federal Judge declares DACA program is illegal and un-Constitutional !!!
Posted by: Don Vito Crusock5478 || 07/17/2021 6:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Stealing an election is unconstitutional but has been ratified by SCOTUS. It's all about power, baby.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2021 7:17 Comments || Top||

#7  From The Volokh Conspiracy, some thoughts:

The Path Forward For The Texas DACA Case
A stay from the Fifth Circuit is unlikely. Do Justices Kavanaugh and/or Barrett have the "fortitude" to let the injunction go into effect?

Today, Judge Hanen ruled that DACA was both procedurally and substantively invalid. (Co-blogger Jon Adler wrote about it here). This case has been pending forever. Texas filed the original complaint in May 2018. The case sat around while the DACA rescission litigation wound through the federal courts. Last June, the Chief set aside the rescission memorandum in Regents. Now, a year later, the district court set aside the original policy, which has been in effect since 2012. Yes, the policy is more than 9 years old. It has stretched the entirety of my academic career.

At this point, the Defendant-Intervenors, as well as the Biden Administration, will seek a stay from the Fifth Circuit. That remedy is very unlikely, as Hanen's decision follows very closely from the Fifth Circuit's DAPA decision. Later, the parties will seek an emergency stay from the Supreme Court.

How do the votes shake out? I suspect the Chief Justice will grant a stay for all three remedies. There is only one jurist in the country who can radically alter federal law, and his name is John G. Roberts. And we know the Chief does not like district court injunctions. Alas, Roberts plus the Kagan three makes four–not enough for a stay. And if all four dissent from the denial of a stay, it will be obvious to the world that Justices Kavanaugh and/or Barrett refused to help the Dreamers.

Will Justices Kavanaugh and Barrett have, in the words of Justice Gorsuch, the "fortitude" to deny the stay? Justice Kavanaugh recently split the difference in the eviction case: he found the moratorium illegal but declined to put that ruling into effect. My prediction? He declines to stay the first ground of relief, vote to stay at the second ground for relief, and urges the Court to grant cert before judgment for the third ground for relief. Plus he writes a hand-wringing concurrence about how DACA is illegal but the Dreamers are such wonderful people. He can copy-and-paste from his Regents decision: "They live, go to school, and work here with uncertainty about their futures."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#8  they can go back to their country of origin and dream there.

unless they are actually being deported though, it is just more kicking the can down the road.
Posted by: Retard Strength || 07/17/2021 9:59 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm waiting for SCOTUS to throw out the constitution. Yeah it was unconstitutional but we write magic papers and its all good in the end. So, tell me why any of us have to follow any law other than what the 'enforcer' uses more power to impose.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2021 13:38 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Coronavirus: Israel launches ‘Happy Badge' for weddings and large parties
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 09:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#2  They are equating "recovered" with vaxed. Does that mean they are recognizing natural acquired immunity?
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/17/2021 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Happy Badge, huh.

Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/17/2021 11:13 Comments || Top||

Manchester, NH's First Rapper / Drive-By Shooting
I'm so proud of my hometown, finally making the big time!
[Hot New Hip Hop] - Dusty Locane says he had no connection to the drive-by shooting that occurred after his performance in New Hampshire, this week.

Dusty Locane is denying any connection to the drive-by shooting that occurred after his performance at Jewell Nightclub in Manchester, New Hampshire, Thursday night. Initial reports claimed that the shooters, which left four injured, were targeting the Brooklyn rapper.

"It’s a case of mistaken identity," Audible Treats, Locane’s publicists, told HipHopDX. "It was not Dusty Locane’s van. He did have a show in Manchester last night but he and his crew made it home safely without incident."
Posted by: Raj || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Two rappers too sassily pass
That figure of bronze... and of brass.
The ancient creative
Has lately gone native,
And shoots 'em both smack in they ass.
Posted by: Lonzo Trotsky7079 || 07/17/2021 20:57 Comments || Top||

The Oil Patch Warrior of WWII, Newark, England
[AtlasObscura] THE OIL PATCH WARRIOR IS an evocative bronze statue which commemorates the 42 American oil drilling roughnecks who, during World War II, traveled to the famous Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, England, to expand what was, in 1943, the United Kingdom’s only productive oilfield. This was at a time when the country was desperate for oil because of the regular losses of oil tankers to U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic.

The drillers came from both Oklahoma and Texas and were all volunteers. Their companies had agreed to carry out the work at cost price. The drillers traveled across the Atlantic without incident on the HMS Queen Elizabeth in March 1943, but of their four drilling rigs, sent separately by cargo vessels, one was lost to a U-boat attack. The mission was kept top secret at the time.

While in the U.K., they were accommodated at Kelham Hall, an Anglican monastery at the time, now home to the recently relocated Duke’s Wood Oil Museum, which tells the story of this secret operation.

By drilling 106 wells (of which 94 were productive) between March 1943 and March 1944, they were able to increase the oilfield’s output from 300 barrels per day to 3,000 barrels per day, making a massive contribution to the war effort. The total added wartime production to the field was 1.2 million barrels and the field continued production up to 1965, helping the country’s post-war recovery. The total output from the field from 1939-1965 was 47 million barrels.

Of the 42 Noble Drilling Company and Fain-Porter Drilling Company employees who traveled to England, 41 returned to the U.S. in 1944 but one, Texan derrick-hand Herman Douthit, was killed in a fall from a drilling derrick and became one of only 32 civilians to be buried in the American Military Cemetery near Cambridge (plot c, row 5, grave 21). Fittingly, he was buried with full military honors.

Noble Drilling Company web site.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I understand Noble is part of Chevron now.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/17/2021 8:33 Comments || Top||

#2  an evocative bronze statue

Soon to be removed as an environmental protest.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, you know, the econazis are ascendant now.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/17/2021 9:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Re #2: and they were all white 'Muricans
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/17/2021 10:14 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Western US expected to be hit with fourth heat wave in five weeks: temperatures in Montana LIKELY to hit 106 degrees as wildfires continue to rage
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 07:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#3  Wildfires are normal in the American West during the summer. Doing controlled burns would reduce the amount of available fuel, but the stupid tree romantics prevent small fires, making the big ones inevitable.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 8:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Ah'm thinking the Covidians will NOT breath easier.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 9:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Meanwhile, here in the midwest we get daily rains.
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/17/2021 10:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Here in my part of Texas we continue with highs in the low 90s (low-normal for here) with at least a bit of rain every week and no burn bans (and over-abundant chiggers.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/17/2021 17:56 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Biden's plan to repel a Cuban exodus: Administration will deploy a 'robust' presence' to the Florida Straits if refugees start fleeing communist nation and 'will send them back'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 08:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#3  ...I'll just leave this here:

USAF EC-130 Commando Solo

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/17/2021 9:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Will Joe's 'robust presence' send the exiles Floridians) back to Florida, squashing their peaceful protest?
Posted by: Bobby || 07/17/2021 10:18 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ 1$ up, but oh so true
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 12:27 Comments || Top||

#7  This one seemed appropriate. They have one for sure which would is a real puzzler. In fact, dollar in jar before posted.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/17/2021 12:59 Comments || Top||

#8  That will make the demoncrats reeeeaaaallly popular with the Cubans in Florida. Florida goes even more red the next two election cycles.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2021 13:10 Comments || Top||

#9  I want to write something really snarky and extremely funny but my brain is frozen by the sheer hypocrisy and stupidity of the Biden pseudo-presidency.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/17/2021 13:51 Comments || Top||

The Prather Point - How to deal with 'Knock and Talk' (short video)
[Jeffrey Prather] What do you do when they come for you? Watch this to find out. Anti-Strike Force Jab Guidance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Jehovax Witnesses
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 8:09 Comments || Top||

Freedom Phone: 'Uncensorable' device that protects user's privacy, political voice from Big Tech
[JustTheNews] Founder Erik Finman cites the marketing tagline that encapsulates his new device's inspiration: "The Freedom Phone: finally a phone that won't put your voice on silent."

Erik Finman, the youngest Bitcoin millionaire, has created the Freedom Phone, which protects users' privacy while promoting free speech and preventing censorship.

The 22-year-old founder told the John Solomon Reports podcast that with the Freedom Phone he was "basically creating something that is 'unbannable,' that is 'uncensorable,' that isn't reliant on, you know, the Apple or Google app stores or ... left-wing infrastructure."

The Freedom Phone has "its own app store, which has all the apps your phone normally has, plus banned ones as well," Finman said. "And we feature apps that promote free speech and promote patriotism. And you know, we put a huge focus on privacy features, as well."

The Freedom Phone runs on Android but completely gutted of Google, with added security features to protect users' data from Big Tech.

"[W]e built it on top of Android, so that way you can have all the apps you have, but we Hillary-Clinton-acid-washed all the Google stuff out and really went top to bottom," Finman explained. "It was a dirty job, but we got rid of all that junk out ... because we wanted you to be able to still run on traditional apps, like if you have a banking app, or if you have a ADT security or whatever, and all that, plus have the banned ones, as well."

Finman had created a startup with $100,000 he made off of Bitcoin cryptocurrency and moved to Silicon Valley before selling the company and moving to Florida, where he then started the Freedom Phone.

Finman saw the increasingly brazen viewpoint discrimination practiced by Big Tech as both social injustice and market opportunity: "I just saw the problem that, you know, they say, 'Oh, well, you know, if you don't like getting banned off pretty much every mainstream social media platform, create your own.' And then you know, you see, 'Hey, we created our own with Parler, amongst others, and then they got banned' ... and that's terrible."

The pro-free speech Parler social media app was taken offline by Amazon Web Services, Apple and Andriod app stores following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Parler has since been added back onto the Apple App Store.

The Freedom Phone is centered around conservatives "because if I made it less conservative-centric, I would have to compromise on what the ultimate vision and purpose of this phone is, which is to get people ... out there and expanding and get people the truth," Finman explained. "That's the real goal. And I think, you know, if it was just security-encryption-centric, I wouldn't be able to get people the truth the same way."

Declaring that "the most powerful tool that we all have is our right to have a voice," Finman explained how safeguarding those voices is what ultimately inspired the Freedom Phone. "[T]hey can ban software," he acknowledged, "but hardware, with its own uncensorable app store and privacy — you know, one of the cheesy marketing lines that we say is ... 'The Freedom Phone: finally a phone that won't put your voice on silent.'"
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are these the same 'safe' phones that the FBI just ran a sting on? With back door monitoring? Just sayin...
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/17/2021 10:52 Comments || Top||

#2  There's no specs on the phone. That's pretty suspect.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/17/2021 14:57 Comments || Top||

#3  But it can do everything your existing phone can do!

I don't think so. I have an iphone. This is based on Android.

Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/17/2021 17:06 Comments || Top||

Shops and commercial establishments in SaudiArabia can remain open during prayer times in the Kingdom
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  “ Typically, two of the five daily prayers (dhuhr and asr), fall within the typical 9-5 working day. The time it takes to perform the washing (see next section) and the prayer is usually about 10 minutes. This enables the Muslim employee to pray during break times or at lunch/dinner breaks”. Who works 9-5, to succeed in life one sometimes works 20 hour days?
Posted by: Thereling the Limber5293 || 07/17/2021 23:36 Comments || Top||

Saudi Smashes Covid Fraud Ring ahead of Hajj
[AnNahar] Saudi Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. Fifteen of the nineteen WTC hijackers were Saudis, and most major jihadi commanders were Saudis, to include Osama bin Laden. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman quietly folded that tent in 2016, doing terrible things to the guys running it, and has since been dragging the kingdom into the current century...
has arrested more than 120 people suspected of supplying or procuring fraudulent coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
vaccine and test certificates, official media said Thursday, two days before a tightly controlled hajj.

The state-run SPA news agency said nine health ministry officials are among the accused, who have all pleaded guilty.

Some 60,000 Saudi residents with vaccine certificates will join this year's religious pilgrimage, the second time the gathering has been massively curtailed because of the pandemic.

The suspects in the fraudulent certificates case are alleged to have used social media to advertise their services.

These included changing infection status, vaccination status and whether one dose or two had been administered, SPA reported.

Twenty-one people -- nine Saudi citizens and 12 residents -- are accused of acting as intermediaries in the fraud.

Those accused of using the illicit services are 76 citizens and 16 residents.

Saudi authorities announced in July that two health ministry officials were among several suspects arrested in a similar conspiracy to change coronavirus data illegally.

A criminal investigation was begun into that case, but the number of suspects has not been disclosed.

More than 21 million coronavirus vaccine does have been administered in the Gulf nation of 34 million people, according to health ministry data published on Thursday.

On Wednesday the ministry announced 1,226 new cases and 14 deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 504,960 and the cumulative corpse count to 8,020.

Only the vaccinated will be able to enter government buildings, educational establishments or entertainment venues or use public transport as of August.

And only vaccinated workers in both the public and private sectors will be allowed to return to the workplace.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some 60,000 Saudi residents with vaccine certificates

How To Get A Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Card
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 7:31 Comments || Top||

UK 'poo bomber' banned from defecating, urinating in public
[NYPOST] A 50-year-old British woman who "poo bombed" her neighbor’s property during a 25-year harassment campaign has been banned from "urinating or defecating" in any open space, the Sun reported.
Take warning! It could happen to you!
Femme fecal Amanda Lee, from Crewe, Cheshire, has a lengthy crap sheet of 15 convictions stretching from 1996 to 2018 — including incidents of anti-social behavior, harassment and public order offenses, according to the outlet.
Only twenty two years? Got right on it, didn't they?
Authorities also have accused Lee of repeatedly making nuisance emergency calls.
"Hello? 911? Is your refrigerator running?"
"Well, why don'tcha go catch it!"

Cheshire police applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order, which the Crewe Magistrates’ Court granted Monday.
Ahah! A restraint order! And it only took 22 years?
The order bans her from engaging in certain behaviors, including urinating and defecating outside, possessing booze in an open container in an exclusion zone and using abusive language, the Sun reported.
Dear lordy! How will she ever make it through a week?
Lee also was banned from calling the cops unless she has a valid reason.
“Is Frank Walls there?”
“Is Pete Walls there?”
“Are there any Walls there?”
“Then what’s holding up the roof?”

"A criminal behavior order is sought once all reasonable avenues have been explored regarding persistent offenders," police front man Alex Baker said.
A trip to the dunking chair woulda ended that crap 21.9 years ago. But we don't do that stuff anymore.
"In this case, Lee’s attitude and behavior has been ongoing since the 1990s and she has been convicted numerous times for incidents that impacts greatly on residents," Baker said.
Twenty whacks with a 3/4 inch pine plank woulda calmed her pretty well too.
"She has persistently shown no consideration at all for the actions her offending has had on others," the officer added. "There comes a point when you have to say enough is enough and take additional action to protect the community and businesses in the area."
"Bowling alley!"
"Do you have ten pound balls?"
"Ain't it hard to walk like that?"
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hard to read while drinking coffee, Fred.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/17/2021 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The order bans her from engaging in certain behaviors, including urinating and defecating outside, possessing booze in an open container in an exclusion zone and using abusive language,

This easily applies to all brits
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 07/17/2021 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  She could always move to San Franshitsco
Posted by: Flese Phavith8204 || 07/17/2021 10:01 Comments || Top||

#4  You really need to click thru to the NYPost and see the picture of her.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/17/2021 18:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Holy Sh*t Ed - at least give some warning!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/17/2021 20:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Thx Ed. I did. Now we be having words...

"An unidentified snowplow hit and killed her"
"We asked all residents if they knew whose it was, and they all said - it's summer ya f**king idiots"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 20:27 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ship of the line Poltava arrives in St. Petersburg for Navy Day
Direct Translation of the article via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] The 54-gun ship of the line "Poltava" arrived in St. Petersburg, the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported on July 16.

The ship, an exact copy of the battleship of the Russian Imperial Navy of the Peter the Great era, stood in the center of St. Petersburg in the roadstead between the Palace and Troitsky bridges.

"The task of towing the sailing ship was carried out by the tugs of a detachment of support vessels of the Leningrad naval base," said the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.

"The ship perfectly illustrates part of the history of the Russian fleet, which turns 325 this year," he stressed.

Let us remind you that this is a copy of the 54-gun battleship of the fourth rank, launched on June 15 (26), 1712 from the slipway of the St. Petersburg Admiralty and built with the direct participation of Peter the Great.

As reported by IA REGNUM , the Main Naval Parade will be held in St. Petersburg on July 25, the Day of the Russian Navy.

Posted by: badanov || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm suprised the Russian navy could spare the tugs. The sea going ones accompany the fleet on deployments. Seriously. (Can you imagine St Petersburg to Latakia Syria on a tugboat? They do.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/17/2021 18:36 Comments || Top||

Russian Routine Recon Report: 39
Direct Translation of the article via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] A total of 39 foreign reconnaissance aircraft approached the borders of Russia during the week. This was reported on July 16 by the official publication of the Ministry of Defense "Krasnaya Zvezda".

Also during the week, ten foreign drones were recorded carrying out aerial reconnaissance along the Russian borders.

It is noted that all these objects were tracked by Russian radar stations. In order to prevent violation of the border, fighters from the air defense duty forces were sortied four times.

According to the Ministry of Defense, there were no violations of Russian airspace in any of the episodes.

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JoeBamanomics – Federal BLS Report Shows Declining US Wages 1.2 Percent Lower Than Last Year, Biden Administration Leading Economic War on Women
[The Last Refuge] Well, well, well.... though financial media will say this is remarkably unexpected, it is something CTH specifically predicted we would see — and it is happening exactly on the timeline CTH anticipated.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the second quarter national wage rate data today {BLS DATA HERE}. U.S. wages DECLINED 1.2% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to last year. When reviewing the data [Table 2], look at the negative impact to women, specifically Black and Asian women:

TOP LINE — Combine a 1.2% decline in earned wages with a 5.4% overall inflation rate recently reported {Go Deep}, and what you get is a 6.6% drop in real income amid the working class. That, my friends, is exactly what we said should be expected. That is also why the JoeBama administration needs to pump more money into the system (human infrastructure spending) in order to stop people from realizing just how bad it is.
Posted by: Snomoth Whereling9836 || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Made possible on the blue collar area by massive influx of illegal aliens and H1B1 low wage techs from other nations.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 07/17/2021 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Made possible by woke feminist idiots voting for JRBjr., weep and you reap what you sewed.
Posted by: Lionel Fillmore9492 || 07/17/2021 0:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Biden Administration Leading Economic War on Women

My femto-violin for all affirmative action hires.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2021 4:08 Comments || Top||

#4  A July 2019 comparison versus at July 2020 comparison would be of more interest to me. In 2019 there was low unemployment and people wanted to work, 2020 folks were locked down. In my neck of the woods finding employees is very difficult and wages are up significantly. Production is off 30% because I can't hire workers. At least in 2019 you could hire but they'd frequently leave for a better paying job in less than a year.
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/17/2021 9:58 Comments || Top||

Government Corruption
County of San Diego COVID cases: Weekly Update 7/14/2021
Posted by: Thomons Gleamble8747 || 07/17/2021 04:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I posted this because yesterday someone referenced the rise in cases in San Diego. Check out the County Health Department’s “Weekly Status Update” at the link. Notice the asterisk at the bottom of the chart entitled “COVID-19 cases by date reported” . After almost 1.5 years the County has decided to change their definition of a “new case”. Essentially they are now adding new cases each day to the totals the day before, Then they drop off old cases of the disease when they feel like it. If this was a business it would be accounting fraud.

Posted by: Thomons Gleamble8747 || 07/17/2021 7:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Thx for your post and comment TG.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 7:29 Comments || Top||

#3  L.A. County's Public Health Director (not Bee)
Posted by: Frank G || 07/17/2021 7:55 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Antnie Fauchi with a wig ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 7:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Since it is the government deliberately playing games with their data to justify decision making among government officials as well as influence voluntary behaviour among residents, I’ve moved this to Government Corruption. But Signs, Portents, and the Weather was another possibility, as was Science & Technology. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 7:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Looking at worldometers dot info site
Sure provides dix set of numbers..???
Posted by: Ho Chi Whotle7378 || 07/17/2021 14:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Also worth reading, and censored by big tech:


Posted by: Thomons Gleamble8747 || 07/17/2021 16:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Knowing that the age of movies is concluding, she is going for that Diablo 4 look.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/17/2021 18:22 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Biden: Social media ‘killing people' with COVID misinformation
[Aljazeera] President Joe Biden has said that social media companies are "killing people" by failing to police misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines.

Biden’s comments came a day after US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a threat to public health and as US officials advised that deaths and serious illness from the virus are almost entirely preventable because of the vaccines.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 06:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I get my ground truth from Antnie.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 6:59 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Philadelphia's Proterra Electric Bus Fleet in Complete Shambles
[Free Beacon] More than two dozen electric Proterra buses first unveiled by the city of Philadelphia in 2016 are already out of operation, according to a WHYY investigation.

The entire fleet of Proterra buses was removed from the roads by SEPTA, the city's transit authority, in February 2020 due to both structural and logistical problems—the weight of the powerful battery was cracking the vehicles' chassis, and the battery life was insufficient for the city's bus routes. The city raised the issues with Proterra, which failed to adequately address the city's concerns.

The city paid $24 million for the 25 new Proterra buses, subsidized in part by a $2.6 million federal grant. Philadelphia defended the investment with claims that the electric buses would require less maintenance than standard combustion engine counterparts.

"There’s a lot less moving parts on an electric bus than there is on an internal combustion engine," SEPTA chief Jeffrey Knueppel said in June 2019. Knueppel retired from the post just months later.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 07:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing to see here folks just another Democrat scam.
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 07/17/2021 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Is Musk in on this one? Still more subsidies and grift opportunities?
Posted by: Greaper Platypus5695 || 07/17/2021 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  "There’s a lot less moving parts on an electric bus"
Particularly if the bus itself doesn't move.

Snark O'The Day

Posted by: ed in texas || 07/17/2021 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Germany electric madness; "Photos of the postal service e-delivery vehicles. They are standing on the former ′′ Nistac ′′ grounds in Bokeloh Region Hannover, before that company Kettler, which went bankrupt. It should be a model for electric mobility. Once acquired then in the approach of madness, now recognized as useless. The cost should have been immense."US postal service is considering electric.
Posted by: Dale || 07/17/2021 13:56 Comments || Top||

#5  ...Who benefited? This being Philly, the list is probably as long as their phone book.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/17/2021 20:51 Comments || Top||

Natural infection vs vaccination: Which gives more protection?
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 07/17/2021 07:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Health Ministry data on the wave of COVID outbreaks which began this May show that Israelis with immunity from natural infection were far less likely to become infected again in comparison to Israelis who only had immunity via vaccination.

This is starting to come out in US research as well.
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/17/2021 7:21 Comments || Top||

NASA revives ailing Hubble Space Telescope with switch to backup computer
[Space.com] The Hubble Space Telescope has powered on once again! NASA was able to successfully switch to a backup computer on the observatory on Friday (July 16) following weeks of computer problems.

On June 13, Hubble shut down after a payload computer from the 1980s that handles the telescope's science instruments suffered a glitch. Now, over a month since Hubble ran into issues, which the Hubble team thinks were caused by the spacecraft's Power Control Unit (PCU), NASA switched to backup hardware and was able to switch the scope back on.

With Hubble back online with this backup hardware, the Hubble team is keeping a close watch to make sure that everything works correctly, according to a statement from NASA.
We have our TOP man monitoring it 24/7, a Mr. Homer Simpson
Posted by: Snomoth Whereling9836 || 07/17/2021 01:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Took a call to someone still alive but who remembered back when they engineered it that there was a backup switch in the original design?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2021 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Hubble Space Telescope Facts
NASA named the world's first space-based optical telescope after American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889 -- 1953). Dr. Hubble confirmed an "expanding" universe, which provided the foundation for the big-bang theory.

Launch: April 24, 1990, from space shuttle Discovery (STS-31)
Deployment: April 25, 1990
First Image: May 20, 1990: Star cluster NGC 3532
Servicing Mission 1 (STS-61): December 1993
Servicing Mission 2 (STS-82): February 1997
Servicing Mission 3A (STS-103): December 1999
Servicing Mission 3B (STS-109): February 2002
Servicing Mission 4 (STS-125): May 2009
Length: 43.5 feet (13.2 m)
Weight: At Launch: about 24,000 pounds (10,886 kg)
Post SM4: about 27,000 pounds (12,247 kg)
Maximum Diameter: 14 feet (4.2 m)
Spaceflight Statistics
​Low Earth Orbit: Altitude of 340 miles (295 nautical miles, or 547 km), inclined 28.5 degrees to the equator
Time to Complete One Orbit: about 95 minutes
Speed: about 17,000 mph (27,300 kph)
Optical Capabilities
Sensitivity to Light: Ultraviolet through Infrared (115–2500 nanometers)
Hubble's Mirrors
Primary Mirror Diameter: 94.5 inches (2.4 m)
Primary Mirror Weight: 1,825 pounds (828 kg)
Secondary Mirror Diameter: 12 inches (0.3 m)
Secondary Mirror Weight: 27.4 pounds (12.3 kg)
Pointing Accuracy
In order to take images of distant, faint objects, Hubble must be extremely steady and accurate. The telescope is able to lock onto a target without deviating more than 7/1000th of an arcsecond, or about the width of a human hair seen at a distance of 1 mile.
Data Statistics
Hubble transmits about 150 gigabits of raw science data every week.
Power Needs
Energy Source: The Sun
Mechanism: Two 25-foot solar panels
Power Generation (in Sunlight): about 5,500 watts
Power Usage (Average): about 2,100 watts
Power Storage
Batteries: 6 nickel-hydrogen (NiH)
Storage Capacity: Equal to about 22 average car batteries
Did you know...
Hubble has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990.
Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 15,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built. Those papers have been cited in other papers 738,000 times.
Hubble does not travel to stars, planets or galaxies. It takes pictures of them as it whirls around Earth at about 17,000 mph.
Hubble has circled Earth and gone more than 4 billion miles along a circular low earth orbit currently about 340 miles in altitude.
Hubble has no thrusters. To change angles, it uses Newton’s third law by spinning its wheels in the opposite direction. It turns at about the speed of a minute hand on a clock, taking 15 minutes to turn 90 degrees.
Hubble has the pointing accuracy of .007 arcseconds, which is like being able to shine a laser beam on President Roosevelt’s head on a dime about 200 miles away.
Outside the haze of our atmosphere, it can see astronomical objects with an angular size of 0.05 arcseconds, which is like seeing a pair of fireflies in Tokyo that are less than 10 feet apart from Washington, DC.
Due to the combination of optics and sensitive detectors and with no atmosphere to interfere with the light reaching it, Hubble can spot a night light on the surface of the Moon from Earth.
Hubble has peered back into the very distant past, to locations more than 13.4 billion light-years from Earth.
Hubble generates about 10 terabytes of new data per year. The total archive is currently over 150 TB in size.
Hubble weighed about 24,000 pounds at launch but if returned to Earth today would weigh about 27,000 pounds — on the order of two full-grown African elephants.
Hubble's primary mirror is 2.4 meters (7 feet, 10.5 inches) across. It was so finely polished that if you scaled it to be the diameter of the Earth, you would not find a bump more than 6 inches tall.
Hubble is 13.3 meters (43.5 feet) long — the length of a large school bus.
Posted by: Crineling de Medici8721 || 07/17/2021 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Took a call to someone still alive but who remembered back when they engineered it that there was a backup switch in the original design?

Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Garner to the white courtesy phone for an important call..
Posted by: Warthog || 07/17/2021 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  up up down down left right left right b a select start
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/17/2021 10:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Took a call to someone still alive but who remembered back when they engineered it that there was a backup switch in the original design?

From what I saw, they have four redundant computers on board. Primary failed -- they tried the secondary and it failed. They just now decided to try the tertiary. It likely took so long because the primary and secondary appear to have failed the same way -- and that would be confusing, as the odds of that have to be slim.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/17/2021 11:47 Comments || Top||

#6  up up down down left right left right b a select start

Snark of the Day! (assuming you can read the code)
Posted by: SteveS || 07/17/2021 15:09 Comments || Top||

How statins can cut the risk of severe Covid-19: Cholesterol-busting pills reduce patients' odds of dying from the disease by 41%, research suggests
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not another miracle cure?!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2021 4:21 Comments || Top||

#2  The article clearly reads "reduced risk".
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/17/2021 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Data analysis and interpretation. They should never have disembarked those passengers from the cruise ship. It was a contained environment to allow real scientific observation of who, what, when of the disease. Now we're having the dig through all the inputs, a lot of which is corrupted by greed, CYA and politics
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2021 7:34 Comments || Top||

#4  At least someone is searching for answers. Please continue the research suggestions.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 7:37 Comments || Top||

#5  #3
I agree, but one could still gain a lot of info by interviewing the cruise ship passengers now. They were a perfect petri dish of sorts.
Posted by: Spoter B || 07/17/2021 7:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh. I guess this means they've eliminated the adverse heart and stroke effects caused by statins... right? right?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/17/2021 10:12 Comments || Top||

#7  For those of us who have been paying attention, this seems to tie in with other stuff regarding the virus and the ACE2 receptor.

(Which you can read about here:


Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/17/2021 12:42 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Malaysia to Stop Using Sinovac Vaccine, Will Switch to Pfizer
You know what they say: thirty minutes after you get the Chinese jab, you’re hungry sick again.
[BenarNews] Malaysia will stop using China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, the health minister said Thursday without specifying why, days after Thailand and Indonesia announced that many of their citizens would get a non-Sinovac booster jab if they had received the Chinese shot.

Thailand and Indonesia announced their policies on a booster shot amid growing concerns about the effectiveness of the Chinese-made vaccine, and after some people in those countries died of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
despite being inoculated with two shots of Sinovac.

After authorities in Kelantan said the state would stop using Sinovac, Malaysian Health Minister Adham Baba confirmed the move and said it would soon apply nationwide because the country had ordered more vaccines from another company.

"So, it started in Kelantan and soon other states will follow. As a replacement [for Sinovac] for the rest of the population that will be vaccinated, we will give Pfizer’s [vaccine]," Adham said at a press briefing.

"[W]e have secured 45.7 million [doses] of Pfizer compared to 16 million doses of Sinovac. Half of the Sinovac vaccines were already given and we will use the other half for the second dose."

On Monday, Thailand’s government said that it planned to give AstraZeneca jabs to those who had received the Sinovac vaccine as their first jab. The decision came after unconfirmed reports about the low efficacy of Sinovac and the weekend death of a nurse who was given both shots of the Chinese jab.

Last week, Indonesia said it planned to give a third vaccination to many of the 1.47 million medical workers inoculated with Sinovac, using a jab developed by Moderna — another American drug firm — to protect them from the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

An Indonesian volunteer group that keeps tabs on pandemic data, LaporCOVID-19, said more than 1,100 health workers had succumbed to the virus since the start of the pandemic. At least 85 had died this month although some had been fully vaccinated with Sinovac.

Malaysia is in the throes of a huge rise in coronavirus infections.

On Thursday, the country broke the daily case record for the third day in a row, reporting 13,215 new infections, bringing the total caseload to 880,782. With 110 new virus-related deaths, the pandemic’s corpse count here rose to 6,613.

On July 5, Malaysia received 1 million doses of Pfizer from the United States, which is giving away its excess vaccines.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Singapore does not consider you vaccinated if you got the ChiComVac jab. Thailand remains a hot mess.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 07/17/2021 4:08 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Bennett wants to move dealing with Covid (and epidemics in general) from Dep. Health to Home Front Defense.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/17/2021 4:20 Comments || Top||

#4  And the precise origins of this attack and efforts to preclude a reoccurrence, where are we at with that again ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2021 6:16 Comments || Top||

#5  where are we at with that again?

It's been in "At this point, what difference does it make?" territory with the left in general and the Bidet* misministration in particular.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/17/2021 10:02 Comments || Top||

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