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US military targets Al-shabaab again in Somalia
Ilhan Omar bitches about it
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Moment vicious mob beats firefighter walking his dog in Queens amid rising violent crime in the Big Apple
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2021 10:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They are going to get what they play for.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 10:51 Comments || Top||

#2  MSM keeps trying to throw in the word "gun" by describing crime as "Gun Violence". A lot of the crime is via guns but mob violence.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/25/2021 16:06 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ "not" via guns...
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/25/2021 16:07 Comments || Top||


Florida woman busted for skinny-dipping in stranger's pool
[NYPOST] A Florida woman was busted for allegedly skinny-dipping in a stranger’s pool Monday, a report said.The 69-year-old homeowner, James Clark, called 911 after he discovered the naked swimmer, Heather Kennedy, 42, in his pool after he returned home from a doctor’s appointment, according to an arrest report obtained by the Smoking Gun.

When police arrived, Kennedy, who lives about two miles from Clark’s Port Charlotte home, initially refused to leave the water, the report said.

Once Kennedy finally got out of the pool, police said, she struggled with officers who tried to handcuff her.

The woman was charged with trespassing and resisting without violence, the report said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Granted, it depends a lot on the woman, but strange naked woman in my pool? Might need a closer look before calling the cops...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2 
"Let me.. GO!! I'll skinny dip wherever I damn well please! I'm a Kennedy!"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 8:47 Comments || Top||


Feds ask to bring up new sickening accusations against R. Kelly at trial
[PAGESIX] Federal prosecutors in New York on Friday detailed a string of new accusations of sexual assault and bribery against R. Kelly going back 30 years, including how the disgraced R&B singer allegedly abused a teenage boy in 2006.

In a lengthy court filing, the prosecutors asked a judge for permission to admit what they said was evidence of the sickening allegations — for which Kelly has not been charged — at his upcoming sex-trafficking trial in Brooklyn.

The uncharged acts are "directly relevant to and inextricably intertwined with the evidence of the charged crimes," the prosecutors argued in the motion.

The filing alleges that in 2006, Kelly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy, named only as John Doe #1, after meeting him at a McDonalds in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
and asking "what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business."

According to the court docs, the boy introduced Kelly to a close male pal who was 16 or 17. Several years later, Kelly allegedly started a sexual relationship with that person, John Doe #2, and forced several of his girlfriends at the time to have sex with the young man while he filmed.

The documents also describe how a "crisis manager" for Kelly allegedly bribed a Cook County, Illinois, clerk with $2,500 to get inside information on the singer’s legal troubles after the Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly" came out in early 2019.

Prosecutors also want to introduce evidence that Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, allegedly sexually abused the singer Aaliyah Haughton and married her in 1994 when she was 15 so that she couldn’t be forced to testify against him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. She died in a plane crash in 2001.

Other allegations contained in the filing include unlawful imprisonment, hush money payments, threats and psychological abuse.
Posted by: Fred || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A template for the ongoing 1/6 cases...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 0:47 Comments || Top||


-Great Cultural Revolution
Latest leftist to demand Trump supporters be forcibly re-educated
[WND] A blog posting that offers support to President Trump warns that "deprogrammed" and "re-educated" are words that almost always are connected to violence.

"Can you think of a single time in history where these words were used WITHOUT being deadly?" the site wonders.

The issue has come up — again — because leftists have returned to their insistence that anyone who disagrees with them must face that deprogramming, or re-educating.

Now it's MSNBC's Mike Brzezinski
...a typo — that’s Mika Brzezinski (f), not Mike (m). Third wife of anti-Trump Conservative Joe Scarborough, daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski. Her job, apparently, is to rile up the rubes on the Left, which is much harder to do with a Democratic squirrel in the White House instead of Donald Trump...
who is demanding an indoctrination program, apparently forced or otherwise, for those who don't agree with her ideology and politics.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She's third-rate newswhore, but a first-rate homewrecker
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2021 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd like to re-educate some of these ppl alright.
Posted by: Chris || 07/25/2021 15:32 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Team USA (Basketball) Loses To France
Presented w/o comment, 'cuz I know you will!
[ESPN] - France upsets U.S. men's basketball, snaps winning streak

It wasn't completely shocking given Team USA's bumpy exhibition game stretch in the lead-up to Tokyo -- the U.S. lost to Nigeria and Australia, marking the first time it has lost back-to-back exhibition games since professionals began playing in 1992 -- which revealed this team is not infallible. But the Americans' loss to France was still notable -- and jarring -- in that it snapped their 25-game Olympic winning streak dating back to 2004 in Athens.
Again, this team will not medal at these Games.
Posted by: Raj || 07/25/2021 12:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [171 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Again more self centered players. Go back to college players and start winning again.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/25/2021 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  They are still gold medal winners in kneeling.
Posted by: Snomoth Whereling9836 || 07/25/2021 12:46 Comments || Top||


#4  Guess we won't be hearing the black National Anthem at the gold medal ceremonies.
Posted by: jpal || 07/25/2021 14:22 Comments || Top||

#5  there were 5 active NBA players on the French team

so it was a bit like USA vs USA/France
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/25/2021 14:30 Comments || Top||

#6  good, to hell with them
Posted by: Chris || 07/25/2021 15:19 Comments || Top||

#7  LOSERS
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/25/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||


CIA director says more than 95% of officers fully vaccinated
[Washington Examiner] The CIA is taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously.
"Vaccinated", not "Vetted"
William Burns, the director of the CIA, said nearly all the agency's officers are fully vaccinated roughly a year and a half into the pandemic, which is displaying signs of resurgence with the spread of the more contagious delta variant.

"Navigating through the COVID pandemic — and we're still navigating through it, although, at CIA, we have fully vaccinated more than 95% of our officers, both at headquarters and overseas," Burns told NPR in an interview on Thursday. He made the comment while talking about taking care of the CIA's own and creating more diversity in the workforce.

The figure shared by Burns is far above vaccination rates seen across the country. A total of 162,725,812 people in the United States have been fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday, which is 49% of the population. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have risen above the 600,000 mark, and there have been more than 34 million cases, according to CDC data.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 01:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We. Are. All. Vaccinated! Bzzt!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:42 Comments || Top||

#2 
The remaining 5% have been instructed to wear this distinctive armband.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 1:56 Comments || Top||

#3  The remaining 5% of course are top echelon people and a few freakey geeks they have identified as "required personnel."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 2:00 Comments || Top||

#4 

Plague Doctor's 'Control Group' 5%
Posted by: Deadeye Bourbon7149 || 07/25/2021 2:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, they know vaccine doesn't contain microchips*.

*Surprised me - I thought most anti (mRNA) vaxxers are motivated by their memory of The Fly.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2021 7:03 Comments || Top||

#6 
They held me down and stuck me, those bastards!

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 8:11 Comments || Top||

#7  The original The Fly was a straight up tragedy. The remake was somewhat of an intellectual excursion in the last days before everything was all rayciss all the time.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 9:58 Comments || Top||

#8  BTW, my microchip is fabulous. Totally compatible with the Windows Insider version of Windows 11 I'm running right now...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 10:00 Comments || Top||

#9  we have fully vaccinated more than 95% of our officers,

What do they mean by officers in this context? Is there a corresponding group of enlisted personnel? Support staff?

If they mean the people who go abroad to spy and manage spies, then the Covid vaccine is probably added to a long list of region-specific shots they’ll have gotten, including cholera, yellow fever, and tetanus.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/25/2021 10:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Is this the same Yellow Fever vaccine they gave to Hunter "No Yellows!" Biden?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/25/2021 10:36 Comments || Top||

#11  ... with an experimental, emergency use, vaccine.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/25/2021 10:37 Comments || Top||

#12  No más de cerveza de la corona solamente marca del coronavirus del diablo !

Posted by: Pancho Spusorong3152 || 07/25/2021 12:04 Comments || Top||

#13 
Posted by: Pancho Spusorong3152 || 07/25/2021 12:10 Comments || Top||

#14 

Todos ustedes van a morir por tomar la vacuna contra el coronavirus, oren a Dios sus muertes son rápidas. Adiós
Posted by: Pancho Spusorong3152 || 07/25/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#15 
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 13:04 Comments || Top||


He's 2 Years Old. She's About To Turn 100. They've Formed A Friendship Across A Backyard Fence
Posted by: Throatlump Reeder7469 || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She voted four times in 2020. He's registered to vote in six states already. How cute...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2 

Cure story...
Nice to see some media still digs for the GOOD stories and not just dirt.


But being MINNEAPOLIS and their Governor.
I am sure Anti-FArt and etc... are already demanding Granny be arrested for violating the C-19 rules (no triple Mask) and social distancing.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/25/2021 7:25 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
EU watchdog approves Moderna jab for children aged 12 and above
[France24] The European medicines watchdog on Friday approved the use of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, making it the second jab for adolescents for use on the continent.

"The use of the Spikevax vaccine in children from 12 to 17 years of age will be the same as in people aged 18 and above," the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said, using Moderna's brand name.

The vaccine will be given in two injections, each four weeks apart.

The decision by the Amsterdam-based agency follows the approval of the first vaccine for European youngsters, by Pfizer/BioNTech in May.

The effects of Spikevax have been studied among 3,732 children aged 12 to 17 years, the EMA said.

"The study showed that Spikevax produced a comparable antibody response in 12- to 17-year-olds to that seen in young adults aged 18 to 25 years," it said.

It uses genetic material to deliver instructions to human cells to create the spike protein of the coronavirus, thereby training an immune response without exposing the host to a real infection.

The EU on Thursday said 200 million Europeans have been fully vaccinated, more than half of the adult population, but still short of a 70 percent target it had set for the summer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 01:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, "EU watchdog." Historically curious that.

Perhaps the 'unborn' are next to get the jab.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Theoretically, a vaccinated pregnant woman passes some of that to the child. But the vaccine passport...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  CDC in US did this two months ago
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/25/2021 10:13 Comments || Top||

#4  No longer in the EU, the UK opted not to vaccinate most of under-18 group this month.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 07/25/2021 12:47 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
'America's daughters shouldn't be drafted against their will': Conservatives blast proposal that would require women to register for the military draft alongside men
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2021 10:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They demand equality - don't they?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2021 11:03 Comments || Top||

#2  I agree, g(r)omgoru. Possibly make marriage with children, along with physical and mental disability grounds to get taken off that list — and watch many of those young ladies who were concentrating on their careers choose to fix the childbearing gap instead. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/25/2021 12:43 Comments || Top||

#3  ^😎
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2021 13:20 Comments || Top||

#4  The last man inducted entered the U.S. Army on June 30, 1973 during the last draft conducted.
Seriously, aside from registration, not much of a risk so far.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/25/2021 14:59 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't want to see my granddaughters drafted either, but if the feminists want Equality and Equity...
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2021 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  How about every 'daughter' that undergoes late term abortion is automatically drafted? Win-win?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#7  nothing against women, but what makes their life more valuable than a mans?
Posted by: Chris || 07/25/2021 15:24 Comments || Top||

#8  ^Sperm is cheap, eggs are expensive.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/25/2021 15:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Ha!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 15:26 Comments || Top||

#10  And yet... in the end, notwithstanding feminine clucking and preening, whose eggs are the rarest and therefore the most precious in any rationally ordered economy? Men's eggs, that's whose!
Posted by: Male Chauvinist Egg1385 || 07/25/2021 16:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Somehow I get the impression this is a way to populate the new Climate Change Brigade that was posted a few days ago. Women would naturally select that sort of thing over combat in the military. Then before you know it a huge percentage of the young are working directly for the government.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/25/2021 16:51 Comments || Top||

#12  Honestly, given how many of them support the so called 'trans' movement, treat them exactly like men. Hell, given they are putting tampons and pads in Men's room, seems fair they get annual prostate exams in return.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/25/2021 19:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Not going there.

The enemy are not going to be allowed to gang rape our girls.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/25/2021 23:53 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
Baltimore police requesting 100 federal officers to assist in fighting violent crime
"NO". Your Mosbys wanted this shit, you lie in it
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2021 09:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Normally the feds would refuse — neither their training nor their job description encompasses street patrolling and arresting drunk&disorderlies. But given that the alternative is setting up Conservative suckers for terrorism convictions, no doubt there are enough who would leap at the chance for honest work.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/25/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||

#2  So this is really what it was all about. Cities defund their local police. Then bring in federal police, soon we have a federal police force across the nation. Nothing like the fed finding a way around the posse commentates laws...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/25/2021 12:43 Comments || Top||


#4  The whole defund the police nonsense as a collective strategy of the Marxists seemed to make no sense, since in the long term they were damaging the places they ruled. BUT.... as a technique to roll the public and local/state lawmakers to quit dealing with the most expensive and difficult aspects of local government by handing it off to the federal government, its brilliant. In a decade or so, we have the uniformed branch of the FBI/DHS/DOJ enforcing the laws, and like the current civil rights division of the DOJ or the senior leadership of the FBI field offices, the law becomes whatever the Presidium and Central Committee want enforced.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/25/2021 13:33 Comments || Top||

#5 
Step #1 Steal an Election

Step #2 Socialcrats and their Rioters call for DEFUND THE POLICE.

Step #3 Socialcrats Appointed DA refuse to seriously handle Rioters/Black Racists Groups criminal cases.

Step #4 Socialcrats police treatment and lack of basic safety for Police results in massive resignations.

Step #5 Felony Crimes increase 200 fold.

Step #6 Citizens call for and demand Protection.

Step #7 Metro Socialcrats call DC Socialcrats to request FEDERAL Law Enforcement. Because local police refuse to follow Local Socialcrat Politicians blind eye orders on when, where and who to enforce the laws on.

Step #8 DC approves The Federalization of City Police Forces.

Steps #9 and #10 anyone?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/25/2021 21:03 Comments || Top||

#6  ^^
9 - 10

Find a new city

and do it again.

(Based on 1-2- buckle my shoe 3-4 close the door)
Posted by: Squinty Cromoger8825 || 07/25/2021 21:09 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ex spills the beans on a Russian federal Duma candidate
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] The candidate for the State Duma from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, director of CJSC "State Farm named after Lenin" Pavel Grudinin will be excluded from the party list for the upcoming elections to the State Duma.

As reported by TASS with reference to the draft resolution of the Central Election Commission of Russia, the fact is that the candidate did not provide a number of documents after the statement of his ex-wife about the existence of offshore assets.

"The commission initially did not have data on Grudinin’s foreign assets and trusted the candidate, since there was no information preventing his registration," explained Nikolai Bulaev, deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation .

The fact that candidate Pavel Grudinin still has assets in Belize was confirmed by the Russian prosecutor's office. This circumstance is contrary to the laws on elections.

As reported by IA REGNUM , the fact that the general director of CJSC "Sovkhoz named after Lenin" Pavel Grudinin before the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation continues to own shares of the Belize offshore "Bontro LTD", lawyer Dmitry Malbin said .

The ex-wife of Pavel Grudinin, Irina, sent a letter to the CEC.
Hate to think of all the shit my ex wives could say.
Background
The elections of the deputies of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the VIII convocation will take place on the Single voting day on September 19, 2021.
Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
That сволочь! Ditching me
for that дешёвка puma!

I'll see to it, love.
You'll never get to the Duma!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 9:01 Comments || Top||


Stavropol Deputy Head of the Criminal Investigation Department dies in shooting
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

My best guess: This was a Chechen organized crime hit, a preventative measure against further investigations against drug trafficking. Chechnya is responsible for most of the methamphetamine that goes to Russia. Prolly a fair amount of ganja, as well.

Rantburg had an opinion piece last Wednesday from Russian military journalist Aleksandr Kots about the corruption bust of the head traffic cop in the Stavropol krai. You can read about it here

[REGNUM] Friday evening in Stavropol, near house No. 55/4 on the Southern bypass, the deputy head of the CID of the police department No. 4, Ruslan Abovyan was shot to death.

According to the telegram channel "112", the killer fired almost the entire clip at the policeman then left the scene.

Alerts were initiated, but the armed suspect escaped capture. The offender left the car near the village of Kursavka and disappeared on foot. Dog handlers with dogs were sent on his trail.

Ruslan Abovyan died while receiving medical treatment.

The shooter was identified as Zaurbek Keniev, 44.

Investigators said the shooting was recorded by CCTV cameras.

Armed drug suspect exchanged gunfire with cops in Leningrad region

[REGNUM] A resident of the city of Volkhov, Leningrad Region, suspected of drug trafficking, opened fire on police officers who came to his home on Saturday, July 24, according to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region.

Investigators of the drug control department of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia received operational information about the illegal production of synthetic drugs in the village of Balandino, Volkhovsky District, Leningrad Region.

"Operational information has been confirmed. The drug laboratory was located in a barn on a garden plot," the department said.

Early in the morning of July 24, the police drove to the indicated address, but met with resistance. An unidentified armed male suspect, who is a resident of the Krasnogvardeisky district of St. Petersburg, upon seeing the police officers, ran out of the barn and disappeared into a residential building.

"The malefactor, armed with a sawed-off hunting rifle, opened fire at the policemen. One of the officers used a service weapon and wounded the suspect, hitting him in his leg," the department said.

The suspect was given first aid on the spot, after which he was handed over to doctors. Then law enforcement agencies proceeded to search the house, where they found several firearms.

"There were also two women in the house. Their involvement in illegal production is currently being established. In the shed, police officers found laboratory equipment and chemical raw materials for the production of drugs," added the St. Petersburg Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Posted by: badanov || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Head of KRIPO just not what it used to be.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||


Economy
‘It Looks Like A Bazaar In Istanbul’: Without Police On The Street, Illegal Vendors And Gamblers Are Taking Over The Bronx
[ZERO] Because once again the lack of police on the streets is turning into a problem - this time in the Bronx, where illegal street vendors and gamblers "have taken over a commercial strip," according to the New York Post. The takeover is a result of new city laws that make it impossible for the NYPD to confiscate goods or even demand ID from street vendors.

The new law went into effect in May 2021 and moved enforcement away from NYPD and to the city's Department of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection. Someone from the agency told the Post the law doesn't even go into effect until September.

Marko Majic, head of business development for City Jeans on East Fordham Road, told the New York Post: "It looks like a bazaar in Istanbul. The only difference is in Istanbul it’s legal and organized and here it is illegal and unorganized."

The Post reports there are now 242 sidewalk vendors, more than the 230 storefronts in the same area.

"They sell water, jewelry, masks, toys, counterfeit goods, anything you can imagine," said Wilma Alonso, director of the Fordham Road Business Improvement District. She said they even play three card monte and called the situation a "public safety crisis".
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Welcome to the Bronx 'Duty Free' zone. That looted merchandize has to reappear somewhere.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't play monte. Don't buy watches on the street.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Ok, the bassetbaw shoes are fine. The watches have SNs. The diamond are laser marked. The iPhones won't activate.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Lookit all the entrepreneurial spirit that appeared once overbearing regulation was stripped away — Donald Trump was right again.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/25/2021 1:25 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ trenchant, TW.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:29 Comments || Top||

#6  She said they even play three card monte and called the situation a "public safety crisis".

It's worse than the square from Ertugrul!
Crack pipes, bongs, Evian bottles half full.
You know you're not in the Piazza Del Conte,
with Wakandans throttling each other
over cheating at Three Card Monte!

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 8:40 Comments || Top||

#7  who cares , let them live in their shithole. Anyone with any sense wouldn't go into the bronx anyway. Same reason I stay out of the perimeter in ATl.
Posted by: Chris || 07/25/2021 15:29 Comments || Top||


Government Corruption
US dials back probe of Chinese scientists on visa fraud charges
[Aljazeera] FBI files motions in federal courts to dismiss charges in five cases of Chinese researchers arrested on visa fraud charges last year.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 01:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Well they are now our friends, and why should a borderless country require VISA's anyway ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 1:42 Comments || Top||

#2  The great old Monty Python sketch where the Chinese spies struggle to say "we are from Cornwall" has been scrubbed from the internet.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Beijing Biden strikes again.

Who knew that the US government could be bought so cheaply?
Posted by: Slomorong Thraiger7030 || 07/25/2021 3:20 Comments || Top||

#4  The FBI was bought by the Democrat Party 12 years ago.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 07/25/2021 8:50 Comments || Top||


Top FBI official had romantic relationship with subordinate that disrupted workplace, IG says
[Just The News] top FBI official has violated agency policy by failing to timely report a romantic relationship with a subordinate, according to a new Justice Department inspector general’s report.

The report released Thursday does not name the official. However, The Washington Post, which first reported about what the IG reports calls "misconduct," identified the official as Jill Tyson, an assistant director in the bureau’s Office of Congressional Affairs.

The newspaper said it identified Tyson based on information from current and former law enforcement officials.

The investigation also found the official allowed the relationship to negatively affect an appropriate and professional superior-subordinate relationship and to disrupt the workplace by interfering with the ability of other FBI employees to complete their work. The official also participated in a hiring or organizational decision involving the subordinate, all in violation of FBI policy, according to a summary of the report.

Whether the FBI will take action in response to the report is unclear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 01:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The relationship also interfering with the ability of other FBI employees to complete their work, the IG report states.

Many may see this as a feature, as opposed to a bug.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/25/2021 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Government officials mating. Ewwwwwwww...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 1:50 Comments || Top||

#3 
Any odds on who will be the FALL-GUY/GAL for the Fake Tip line, now? ☺
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/25/2021 7:18 Comments || Top||

#4  allowed the relationship to ... disrupt the workplace by interfering with the ability of other FBI employees to complete their work

"So the most wanted lists can be put on ice for now..."

[cries and pants of wanton tomfoolery issue forth from cabin, to which everyone at first turns a deaf ear]

"... err, we'd better focus on the white nationalist..."

[Oooh Aaahh... Rrrroougahh! CRASH Hoo hoo hooo]

"Oh for fcuk's sake!"

"I don't know about you but I'm writing to the IG."

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/25/2021 8:24 Comments || Top||

#5  LOL
Posted by: Frank G || 07/25/2021 8:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Whether the FBI will take action in response to the report is unclear.

Promotion or punishment is dependent upon the answer.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/25/2021 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Special Agent Tolson to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/25/2021 10:31 Comments || Top||

#8  The gays are clearing out the straights.
Posted by: Lonzo Hapsburg5562 || 07/25/2021 11:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Legs in the air
Crotch hair
What's going on in there?
I can't get any work done at the office...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 12:12 Comments || Top||

#10  disrupt the workplace by interfering with the ability of other FBI employees to complete their work

I suppose catching a knobber in the coat closet would keep them from leaving early.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/25/2021 13:36 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Maybe it's NOT Global Warming Killing Coral Reefs
[The Guardian] A virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research.

The deadly infection, known as stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), was first identified in Florida in 2014, and has since moved through the region, causing great concern among scientists.
Wait. Global Climate Change started before 2014, right?
Scientists have not yet been able to determine whether the disease is caused by a virus, a bacterium, a chemical or some other infectious agent, but the peer-reviewed study in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science supports the theory that ballast water from ships may be involved. Conducted in the Bahamas by scientists at the Perry Institute for Marine Science, it found that SCTLD was more prevalent in reefs that were closer to the Bahamas’ main commercial ports, in Nassau and Grand Bahama, suggesting a likely link between the disease and ships.
I noticed a few years ago on a Bahamas trip that coral death was worse at the dock than a mile away. Just an anecdote, I know.
In 2017, the spread of deadly pathogens by ships when they discharge ballast water prompted the International Maritime Organization to implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, which requires that ships discharge their ballast water – used to maintain the ship's stability – 200 nautical miles from shore in water at least 200 metres deep before entering port, to ensure they do not bring in harmful foreign pathogens.
Suncreen, too. Just before COVID hit, we were directed to use "reef-safe" sunscreen. Real science is complicated.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We allegedly have some of the best tap water in the US and I can't drink it. I'd say that's a factor.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  This made me recall that ship's hulls are often coated with a chemical that reduces barnacle growth. Plus the seawater circulating as coolant is subject to barnacle and mussel growth. Some commercial cleaners are used to dissolve the barnacles and mussels when added to the cooling loop. The cleaners dissolve calcium. Coral is calcium-based. Where is this done; when docked? Just a thought, and correlates with observed coral kill patterns mentioned in the article.
Posted by: Clump Spawn of the Ostrogoths4144 || 07/25/2021 10:03 Comments || Top||

#3  I always liked The Works toilet biscuits. They are impossible to get since the COVID scam started...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/25/2021 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  ^^^
#Metootoiletbiscuits -quite tasty -you must have noticed how 'fresh' your breath is after the first bite mmmm goodness in every bite of
Posted by: Squinty Cromoger8825 || 07/25/2021 21:02 Comments || Top||



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