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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Woman, 55, beheaded in broad daylight on Minnesota sidewalk: Boyfriend, 42, to be charged with second-degree murder
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • America Mafalda Thayer, 55, was found dead on a sidewalk in Shakopee on Wednesday afternoon

  • Cops discovered her body lying next to a car - with her head lying next to it

  • Alexis Saborit, 42, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge

  • Thayer's coworkers said she had been in a long-term relationship with Saborit

  • They alleged domestic violence had been a 'consistent problem' with the couple
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm thinking the whole Minnesota Nice thing is no longer operative
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2021 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  This thing will likely escape death penalty and be again in your midst courtesy of some asshole in a black robe. Why she was in any relationship with Mr. Hyde is another issue for our times.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 3:25 Comments || Top||

#3  2d? One does not just chop someone without intent.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 6:50 Comments || Top||

#4  She always knew he had a mean streak.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 7:07 Comments || Top||

#5  I'll bet she's only sad yet about the hair job going to waste.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 7:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Charges with 2nd degree murder. Guess no premeditation detected, just as the police are often baffled by the motivations of people who shout Allen's Snackbar...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/30/2021 10:06 Comments || Top||

#7  "I grabbed her by the hair and her head came clean off"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Friend from Shakopee says he's known as The Crazy Cuban.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/30/2021 11:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Jeez
COVID Strikes Again
exposing the Head
drops off the Neck
side effect
In the Street no less.

Corpse will test positive for COVID
He is off the hook.
Posted by: Heriberto Noodleman6402 || 07/30/2021 12:10 Comments || Top||

#10  Her son of a Marielito
Was loco muy sweet y bonito.
"He'd love me, he said
To my head, live or dead,
For he bore an amor infinito!"
Posted by: Jomomble Hupusorong9653 || 07/30/2021 18:23 Comments || Top||


Oklahoma mom arrested after police say family threw baby shower for 12-year-old impregnated by 24-year-old
[FoxNews] The newborn’s father, Juan Miranda-Jara, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Okies?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2021 1:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, victims of Climate Change.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2021 1:24 Comments || Top||

#3  ^😢
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2021 1:47 Comments || Top||

#4  What in the...
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 2:12 Comments || Top||

#5  ^Dust Bowl, wiki
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2021 2:18 Comments || Top||

#6  ^Right.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 5:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Diversity is our strength

(do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 6:19 Comments || Top||

#8  My seeing eye dog really had trouble with mom's pic,
he hasn't stopped yowling and howling for the last 13 minutes.....
Posted by: Boss Fillmore2691 || 07/30/2021 9:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Okies?

Yeah, the Miranda-Jara, heir apparent to the vast Miranda-Jara family oil fortune...
Posted by: badanov || 07/30/2021 11:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Quick, a paper bag...
what, you're saying paper bags are not ecologically friendly...
And this is... ?
MOM, her mom...
The Nightmares are only beginning

Posted by: Snoluper Spavirong8810 || 07/30/2021 11:47 Comments || Top||

#11  And the winner of The Most Inappropriate Name Award.... Desiree!
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/30/2021 11:56 Comments || Top||

#12  When you live in the middle of nowhere, you can get a little restless. Know what I mean?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/30/2021 12:30 Comments || Top||

#13  ...queue the banjo music from Deliverance.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 15:35 Comments || Top||

#14  At least she shaved the center of her unibrow...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2021 15:37 Comments || Top||

#15  At least she shaved the center of her unibrow...

Look's more like Magic Marker....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/30/2021 15:49 Comments || Top||

#16  Okay wait. Sorry, I forgot that this is quite common in India.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 15:54 Comments || Top||

#17  I forgot that this is quite common in India.

The magic marker eyebrow thing?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2021 16:04 Comments || Top||

#18  ^Nope. The one where little girls are married off to their rapists.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 16:12 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Special Forces soldier drowns in Key West pool during underwater combat training said to be the Army's toughest course - the second death at facility in five years
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Staff Sergeant Micah E. Walker of Peyton, Colorado, died during training

  • Training exercise was at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center's Special Forces Underwater Operations course at a Key West Army facility

  • 'During the training event, the soldier submerged and did not resurface,' an army press release stated

  • A spokesperson for the facility said that an autopsy had yet to be performed at that the cause of death was unknown

  • Walker is survived by a wife and three children, and had just qualified to become a Special Forces medical sergeant this January

  • Walker had received the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct medal and a slew of other accolades

  • The seven-week training is considered the most difficult throughout the military branch, and two thirds of the elite soldiers who are chosen to participate quit

  • Trainees learn to fight other divers underwater and travel long distances underwater for covert operations
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Walker is survived by a wife and three children, and had just qualified to become a Special Forces medical sergeant this January

Sad beyond words.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 4:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't this what Navy SEALS are for? Why would the army be doing this kind of training?
Posted by: Snakes Sleager5327 || 07/30/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#3  The SF groups have historically had teams that were Scuba Qualifed, or they at least had the capability to cross-level abd put together teams to meet unique requirements. Some SF missions are simply too mundane or lack the media visibility required for the Navy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 14:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Leather cadillac's, parachutes, SCUBA, and Vespas are all logistic capabilities that permit the warfighter to get to the job site. SEAL training, like SF, MARSOF, USAF SOF each have unique capabilities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 15:33 Comments || Top||

#5  #2 One might just as easily ask what Navy SEALs are doing in pitched gun battles deep in the Hindu Kush or urban warfare in Iraq. Snark and snide aside it is still harsh news and a reminder of the guys out there grinding it out.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/30/2021 16:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Ref #5: Very valid question. Available manpower us one component. Politics is another.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 17:03 Comments || Top||

#7 
Posted by: Sluse Grealet9429 || 07/30/2021 17:26 Comments || Top||


-Great Cultural Revolution
“Someone needs to create porn for children.”
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As a kid, I reject your overly well intentioned proposal.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  What is this pervy obsession with children and sex? That's just weird.

On the plus side, if they do as well teaching kids about pr0n as they do teaching reading and arithmetic, the species will be extinct by 2050.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2021 2:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Show me a 12 years old who doesn't know how to find pr0n on Internet, and you showed me a "special child".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2021 2:23 Comments || Top||

#4 
I thought they already had those Japanese cartoons, what's them called?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 3:19 Comments || Top||

#5  ^Why you blasphemer!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2021 3:58 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 #5 Yes, my cultured folks. Boku No Pico was wholesome to start with.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 5:30 Comments || Top||

#7  No not anime. What's that thing with the little girls getting raped all the time and school children in short skirts with their legs splayed apart and vacuous stares on their faces?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 10:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Dron, Boku No Pico is plain evil-it is literal child gay p*rn which is generally recommended to the ones who are new to anime. The one you have described is called loli hentai or absolutely crass anime series like Redo Of Healers and My Happy Sugar Life.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  All ready been done p-rn for children

Exhibit A-Z

Posted by: Snoluper Spavirong8810 || 07/30/2021 11:59 Comments || Top||

#10  *Sigh* Bugs Bunny, Road Runner cartoons, followed by Action-figure themed commercials cartoons. The Good Old Days™ when the Networks could claim that that was educational content they were mandated to air by the government.
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2021 12:57 Comments || Top||

#11  Have you been doing a bit of 'research' there, Wren?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/30/2021 15:53 Comments || Top||

#12 
Posted by: Sluse Grealet9429 || 07/30/2021 17:22 Comments || Top||

#13  Anyone watched 'Barney'?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 23:32 Comments || Top||


'Quality-of-life crimes' in Philadelphia, including public urination and prostitution, to get new treatment
[FoxNews] The Philadelphia Police Department has issued an internal memo detailing changes to the way officers handle "quality of life crimes," such as public urination or prostitution, under a new pilot program.

The changes come in response to a 2010 lawsuit, Bailey v. City of Philadelphia, in which eight Black Philadelphia residents sued the city over allegations of discrimination during stop-and-frisk encounters.

The city reached a settlement in 2011 and agreed to train officers to enter relevant information into a database after each stop and search, as Fox 29 Philadelphia first reported.

"As part of this agreement, the city's statistical expert has reviewed the PPD's stops each year to identify any racial disparity. In 2020, our expert found that racial disparity does exist in certain types of stops," the Philadelphia Police Department told Fox News in a statement.

The city's expert "believes that the root cause of the racial disparity identified may, in part, result from the manner in which the PPD enforces certain quality-of-life-type offenses."

"As such, the Philadelphia Police Department is committed to exploring or piloting different programs that can improve the service we provide to the community and also reduce racial disparity, bias or even the appearance thereof," the Philly PD said.

The memo obtained by Fox 29 states that Philadelphia PD officers will no longer immediately issue citations to or arrest individuals engaging in quality-of-life crimes. Instead, they will "FIRST engage only in a mere encounter with the individual and request the individual stop engaging in the prohibited behavior. The individual will NOT be detained and are free to leave."

The process for officers will now go as follows: activate body cameras, notify police radios that they are engaging in "mere encounters," request individuals engaging in quality-of-life crimes stop doing so, record the encounter and categorize the video as a "Mere Encounter – Quality of Life" incident, the memo says

"The purpose of the Modified Quality of Life Enforcement Pilot Program is NOT to abandon quality-of-life enforcement, but rather to provide offenders an opportunity to cease and desist such activities, prior to the issuance of any citations," the Philly PD said. "This is a balanced approach that still allows the PPD to address community complaints while striving to reduce or eliminate the racial disparity that has been associated with this type of enforcement."

Officers purportedly told the Fox 29 reporter they do not believe the new program will stop people from committing quality-of-life crimes, and that "at least half the department" does not have body cameras to complete the first step of the new initiative.

The pilot program will operate in the Philadelphia PD's 14th District, according to the memo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The MQLEPP.

Wonder who will do the data collection and analysis.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/30/2021 15:15 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Ever Given Containers Finally Being Offloaded At Port Of Rotterdam
Posted by: Shereth Shavirt9128 || 07/30/2021 06:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under:


Britney Spears continues her TOPLESS social media streak as she clutches her breasts in backyard video... amid ongoing conservatorship battle
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And Google Earth is there...

Posted by: Snoluper Spavirong8810 || 07/30/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Sluse Grealet9429 || 07/30/2021 17:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't you mean Google Earths ?

I kind of feel sorry for her.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2021 18:09 Comments || Top||


When they could really dance (short video)
[YouTube]
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One more for you. Extremely well sync'd

Posted by: Warthog || 07/30/2021 9:47 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
One Shocking Chart Has Californians Trembling With Fear
[
ZeroHedge] Readers know by now that the Western US is facing a megadrought, heat waves, fallow lands, wildfires, water shortages, grasshopper plague, and deteriorating reservoir conditions.

The latest data from the California Department of Water Resources provides a map of water levels for 12 major reservoirs in California.

What's concerning is that nearly all reservoirs in the state are way their historical average marks that suggest stricter water conservation measures are ahead. Some of these reservoirs are at risk of having their hydroelectric power plant cease operations because the water level is too low to turn the turbines.

In other words, just the usual uncomfortable California result of the usual California business as usual within the usual weather cycles. Zero Hedge does like pushing adrenaline.
Posted by: Shereth Shavirt9128 || 07/30/2021 06:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gee, you live in a desert and import literally millions of people and then destroy dams for Gaia.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2 

When you have MILLIONS of people moving to and living in a state that is 3/4's arid and then bust dams and reservoirs to be "Earth Friendly" what do you expect IF you are thinking about future human impact repercussions.

I remember the drought back in 1990'ish where the farm valley crops were left to died due to the irrigation water being funneled to LA and yes swimming pools were filled.


BTW: Here is NOAA's data on this drought and previous cycles.

eg. California has experienced many droughts, such as 1841, 1864, 1924, 1928-1935, 1947-1950, 1959-1960, 1976-1977, 1986-1992, 2006-2010, 2011-2017, 2018 and 2020.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/30/2021 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Under Socialism water will magically appear as decreed by the Party.
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2021 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  But hey - the Delta Smelt get to make their runs right?

Interrupting a perfectly natural extinction of a species which has become over-specialized is important! See Spotted Owl...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2021 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Sort of like Iran (though only half as big.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/30/2021 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Under Socialism water will magically appear as decreed by the Party.

We developed a simple process to recycle urine. Here's how it's done
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 10:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Any Californians trembling with fear aren’t tough enough for the environment. They ought to start working immediately to move to somewhere within their risk tolerances. Connecticut, perhaps, or Vermont.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2021 10:09 Comments || Top||

#8  See Spotted Owl...

iirc, another subspecies has migrated into the area and has or is replacing the Spotted Owl. Nature at work. Doing what man refuses to do.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 10:48 Comments || Top||

#9  If pnly we were near an unlimited source of water...like an ocean or something
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2021 10:48 Comments || Top||

#10  A webpage to keep an eye on is the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) site here. It shows the total demand for electricity versus the amount supplied by renewables at any given time. Roughly, they've got 14,000 megawatts of what they call "renewables" to serve a peak demand of 40,000 megawatts. And this is before the shutdown of the Diablo Canyon nuke because Gaia doesn't like nukes. Something's got to give.
Posted by: Matt || 07/30/2021 12:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Haven't built a major damn or reservoir in 40+ years, and haven't limited building permits in any meaningful way statewide since permit fees, sales tax and property taxes are the lifeblood of local and state governments. Nukes and desalination plants to completely solve this would cost less that the stupid high-speed rail project which, incredibly, is being revived by the Bidet morons.
Its like they must choose the wrong answers for every public policy question....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/30/2021 13:06 Comments || Top||

#12  ^-- Actually they choose the policy which promises the most graft. Once you realize this it all makes sense.
See Infrastructure Bill, etc...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2021 14:13 Comments || Top||

#13  HOW THE WEST WAS WON !
Posted by: Graviter Johnson1693 || 07/30/2021 14:29 Comments || Top||

#14  HOW THE WEST IS LOST !!
In California that is.

Posted by: Graviter Johnson1693 || 07/30/2021 14:30 Comments || Top||

#15 

Humor me a few lines.

The Earth 1st West Coasters swear up and down the oceans are raising because the poplar ice are melting.

OK build Salt Water Desalination plants up and down the coast. That should slow the water raise on the west coast.

☺ Careful of any Snail darters.☺
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/30/2021 17:29 Comments || Top||


Earth Overshoot Day Is Coming Sooner And Sooner
[ZeroHedge] July 29 marks this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, the day that humanity’s demand for ecological resources exceeds the resources Earth can regenerate within that year.

Over the decades, the ecological and carbon footprint of humans has gradually increased, all while Earth’s biocapacity, i.e. its ability to regenerate resources has diminished significantly.
Posted by: Shereth Shavirt9128 || 07/30/2021 06:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yet another Doomsday prophecy soon to be passed and quickly memory-holed.
Posted by: Nguard || 07/30/2021 9:43 Comments || Top||

#2  We will run out of whale oil and buggy whips any day now!
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2021 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  The old Paul Ehrlich "Population Bomb" scare them scam. They keep shutting down existing means of using and exploiting resources, no kidding, you'll run out of resources. It's a self inflicted wound.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 15:33 Comments || Top||

#4  WWF Involvement == It's pure bullshit.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/30/2021 15:37 Comments || Top||


Alaska's Great Escape from the largest US earthquake in FIFTY years: Thousands evacuate coastal areas after 8.2 magnitude offshore quake triggered tsunami warning
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Headed North To Alaska next month for 2 weeks of salmon and halibut fishing. In some ways, Alaska is like Africa - bad stuff happens, it happens fast, and nobody is coming to get you. At least Alaska has a robust SAR capability
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 07/30/2021 4:19 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Enjoy the exercise.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 4:21 Comments || Top||

#3  If the Silvers are hot - it's catching not fishing. Me and another guy caught 119 in one day. Catch n Release after 5 a piece.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 07/30/2021 5:31 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
Former Missouri police chief pleads GUILTY to federal 'civil rights violation' after punching man, 31, who tried to DROWN his own child and telling him 'You deserve to die'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A former Kansas City police chief has pled guilty to assault charges after punching a handcuffed man who had tried to kill his infant daughter

  • Greg Hallgrimson, 51, and another officer rescued a baby girl from a frozen pond in 2018 after Jonathon Zicarelli, 31, told police he drowned his child nearby

  • After returning from the mission, Hallgrimson threw a handcuffed Zicarelli to the ground, punched him in the face, and told Zicarelli, 'You deserve to die'

  • The child suffered from hypothermia but survived the terrifying incident

  • The former chief was put on administrative leave and then resigned from his post in 2019, much to his city's dismay

  • Zicarelli remains in Jackson County jail on felony charges of domestic assault and child abuse
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under:

#1  former chief was put on administrative leave and then resigned from his post in 2019, much to his city's dismay

While...

Zicarelli remains in Jackson County jail on felony charges of domestic assault and child abuse

From where he'll shortly be running for mayor.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 7:59 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Investigations, Afghan Ambassador’s daughter kidnapped, tortured: MoFA
[KhaamaPress] Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a blurb on Thursday said that due investigations show that the daughter of the Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, Selsila Alikhel has been kidnapped and then tortured physically and mentally in Islamabad.

Medical reports and relevant pieces of evidence indicate that Selsila Alikhel was manhandled and then tortured on July the 17th.

Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Najib Alikhel had filed a petition over his daughter’s abduction in the Pak capital the following day.

The statement further reads that based on medical reports and other pieces of evidence a crime of this type can never be justified and the Pak government is obliged to provide diplomats and their family security based on international conventions.

Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reiterated that the Pak government must expedite its investigations and bring the culprits to justice.

The MoFA is set to send a delegation to Pak to conduct a joint investigation on the case and share relevant information and pieces of evidence regarding the case.

The statement further reads that the investigations have not been complete yet and premature judgments concerning the incident can harm the feelings of Afghan people and may create skepticism about the transparency of the investigations.

Pakistain Minister of Interior Affair had earlier said that Selsila has not been kidnapped and accused the Indian spying agency of defaming Pakistain and harming bilateral relations with Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2021 01:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under:


Afghanistan Taliban: Flash flooding kills dozens in remote province
[SHAFAQ] People in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan were buried under mud and debris when heavy rain brought flash floods during the night.Children and women are said to be among the victims in Kamdesh, with at least 60 people dead and dozens more missing, and many homes destroyed.

The disaster zone is held by Talibs fighting the government.

Talks are being held to try to let rescue teams enter the area which is hard to reach in normal times.

Afghan officials gave a corpse count of 60 but the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
say 150 people died in the flooding, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named news agency reports.

An engineer working for the province of Nuristan, where Kamdesh is located, told an Afghan journalist the final toll could exceed 200.

The Taliban say they have sent their own rescue crews to help, promising relief funds worth about $62,000 (£53,000), AP reports.

But it is not clear how well equipped they are to deal with a disaster on such a scale.

They have been fighting government forces across the country, gaining territory since US-led foreign troops left.

Flash floods happen when rain falls so heavily that normal drainage cannot cope.

Torrential rain and flooding kill people every year in Afghanistan, where badly built houses in isolated rural areas are particularly vulnerable.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.

The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  oh well, let the talibs take care of you.
Posted by: Chris || 07/30/2021 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Wiki: Nuristan is Afghanistan's least populous province, with a population of about 167,000, Parun serves as provincial capital. Nuristan is bordered south by Laghman and Kunar provinces, north by Badakhshan province, west by Panjshir province. It was formerly called Kafiristan (كافرستان) until the inhabitants were forcibly 'converted' from an animist religion; a form of ancient Hinduism infused with local variations,to Islam in 1895, and thence the region has become known as Nuristan ("land of illumination").
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 07/30/2021 8:22 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Chinese man almost dies after a 20cm eel he inserted into his rectum in a bizarre bid to ‘relieve constipation' entered his abdomen
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think it was to relieve something else...and he failed successfully.
Posted by: Wren || 07/30/2021 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  What's the matter, Chang? You look pale.
I'm feeling a bit eel.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2021 1:21 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ ha ha ! Ha Ha Ha HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 3:31 Comments || Top||

#4  "...Is that an eel in your butt, or are you just glad to - oh, sorry...."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/30/2021 6:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, constipation relief officer. That's my story and I am sticking with it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 7:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Bet he's glad, he didn't "go electric"


It's so in vogue with the Green Movement, going electric...
Posted by: Boss Fillmore2691 || 07/30/2021 9:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Richard Gere could not be reached for comment.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/30/2021 12:12 Comments || Top||

#8  Confucius say... "Solly, today feel like singing:

When an eel -- we say mán --
Makes its way up your can,
That's amore!

When you squeal and you shout
And the Party find out,
That's amore!

All Xinghua 'Ha ha ha ha ha,
Ha ha ha ha ha,' when you 'Awww, come and get it!'
Hearts so gay, how they're gonna laugh
At your little gaffe, take away social credit.

Okay, maybe keep day job."
Posted by: Jomomble Hupusorong9653 || 07/30/2021 14:57 Comments || Top||


#10  Ha, and there's me looking, mere seconds ago, at "sucker fish" and eponymous critter in Brays Bayou. DDG strangely silent on cormorants, though.
Posted by: Armored Catfish of the Flogers6220 || 07/30/2021 23:52 Comments || Top||


Beijing threatens to 'expel' British warships as Big Lizzie arrives in the disputed South China Sea
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth and carrier strike group have arrived in South China Sea

  • Ships sailed through Malacca Strait via Singapore and into the disputed waters

  • China vowed to 'expel ' any ships that stray near islands it lays claim to, and to use the British vessels for 'practice' amid war game drills

  • 'China welcomes wolves with a shotgun', another Chinese academic warned
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Iraq
Person arrested for impersonating Lieutenant-General Ahmed Abu Ragheef
[SHAFAQ] The Supreme Judicial Council revealed arresting a person who impersonated the head of the office of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Abu Ragheef.

The Media Center of the Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement that the Nineveh Investigation Court ratified, today, the statements of an accused of impersonating Lieutenant-General Ahmed Abu Ragheef, and blackmailed officials in the governorate.

The statement added that the accused impersonated Abu Ragheef to blackmail directors of departments and officials in the governorate, to push them to appoint people and approve projects and contracts, noting that the accused was threatening officials by referring them to the Anti-Corruption Committee in his requests were not implemented.

By the end of August 2020, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi formed a committee to "investigate corruption and major crimes", headed by Lieutenant-General Ahmed Abu Ragheef, with the membership of officers from the Ministry of Interior, the Intelligence and National Security Services, and the Integrity Commission.

The Counter-Terrorism Service was assigned to implement decisions issued by investigative judges or courts specialized in the investigation committee's corruption cases.
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Well at least he was original, most of the time its Napoleon.
Posted by: Clomong Guelph5967 || 07/30/2021 4:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Hilarious if you visualize it.

I can just imagine the committee discussing 'what a son of a bitch General Ragheef is turning out to be!'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 8:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Guess its time to re-read:
Posted by: Glavirt Chasing8888 || 07/30/2021 8:40 Comments || Top||


Minister of Planning: al-Faw Port will be the beginning of Iraq's economic renaissance
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Healthcare officers arrested in Diyala and al-Sulaymaniyah for corruption
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF to speed up COVID home tests, purchase more kits
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/30/2021 03:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why Is a Toxic Vaccine Being Mandated?
Posted by: Clomong Guelph5967 || 07/30/2021 5:42 Comments || Top||


#3  Israeli Jews average three children per family, with birth control available to all who want it. They aren't likely to see surreptitiously reducing the birthrate as a priority.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2021 10:49 Comments || Top||

#4  If only mother Biden woulda bred one less 'consuming human'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 11:08 Comments || Top||


Olde Tyme Religion
US seizes $1.6 million ‘Epic of Gilgamesh' tablet from Hobby Lobby
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under:

#1  glad something is being done about the real important shit
Posted by: Chris || 07/30/2021 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2 
It should be noted that Hobby Lobby's involvement was in NO WAY Illegal or criminal and they acted in good faith based on seller documentation.

Plus it was purchased for private use but for public display in a National museum located in Washington DC.

Given the long history of the artifact and it numerous PUBLIC auctions, I find it strange that all of a sudden it is seized and claimed stolen?

I guess having a Museum in DC based on Biblical era items must have upset some people in the DOJ/Congress?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/30/2021 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Sumerian pagan nonsense. We have thousands of similar stupid stones laying around all over the place in India. They're so worthless, the people in-charge often replace them with crude replicas and sell the real things to idiots abroad who will place them in the Louvre next to Ahura Mazda's butt plug.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 7:49 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm T'd off... I was sooo looking forward to getting my new ‘Epic of Gilgamesh' tablet from Hobby Lobby...

Drat, just when I found one with a religious endorsement too.

Posted by: Snakes Thromons3851 || 07/30/2021 8:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Eh? Hobby Lobby is non-Woke so it requires extra scrutiny.
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2021 9:52 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought ‘Epic of Gilgamesh' was a MMRP app for your phone OR tablet?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/30/2021 10:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Is this like a 'Big Chief' tablet?
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/30/2021 16:44 Comments || Top||

#8  A tablet. The roar of "the autobahn."
An antediluvian antiphon:
Ignatius in think-off
With missing minx Minkoff,
Washed up by the Walmart of Babylon.

"Let us cross over Braes Bayou and rest under the shade of the cormorants."
Posted by: Jomomble Hupusorong9653 || 07/30/2021 20:34 Comments || Top||

#9  And speaking of... uh... [waves arms all-encompassingly]

An untutored youth, new to NOLA,
Got off at the incorrect schola.
That sturdy -- who knew? --
Ethiopian Jew
Is still starting today... for Loyola.
Posted by: Jomomble Hupusorong9653 || 07/30/2021 20:51 Comments || Top||

#10  "Let us cross over Braes Bayou and rest under the shade of the cormorants."

It sounds so peaceful...
Once again, we see why the 'Burg is your go-to place for news of the War on Terror and Poetry.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/30/2021 21:39 Comments || Top||

#11  your go-to place for news of the War on Terror and Poetry.

..and vocabulary.

One hen, two ducks, three squawking geese...
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/30/2021 22:51 Comments || Top||

#12  Hey, I've never waged war on vocabulary! Well... maybe by lifelong lazy omission. Okay, I totally have.
Posted by: Armored Catfish of the Flogers6220 || 07/30/2021 23:59 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
International Space Station reports scare after engine trouble with new Russian module
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 10:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have consulted with two of the most emanate rocket scientists today, this is what they recommended you do:

Posted by: Snoluper Spavirong8810 || 07/30/2021 11:06 Comments || Top||


MLM Nauka docks to ISS, malfunctions shortly thereafter
[NasaSpaceFlight.com] Russia’s Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) Nauka, meaning “science,” has defied the odds to successfully dock to the ISS after a long and arduous journey dating back over 20 years and a problematic propulsion system after launch which had threatened the success of the mission.

The docking was not without issue, with Russian cosmonauts noting that Nauka wasn’t on the correct course less than an hour before docking; however, a retro burn quickly corrected the issue. After also troubleshooting an issue with the TORU manual docking system, Nauka successfully docked in automated fashion to the Zvezda service module’s nadir port at 09:29 EDT / 13:29 UTC, marking the first major expansion to the Russian segment for over 20 years.

UPDATE — July 29, 5:34 EDT / 21:34 UTC

At 12:34 EDT / 16:34 UTC, the ISS’s systems registered a divergence from the nominal attitude orientation. The station’s gyros attempted to correct the attitude error but couldn’t.

At 12:42 EDT /16:42 UTC, the ISS’s attitude departure exceeded limits and a Loss of Attitude emergency was declared, giving NASA and the ISS top priority through the TDRS (Tracking and Data Relay Satellite) communications network in geostationary orbit.

At this time, the ISS was commanded to free-drift, the gyros were shutdown, and emergency control was handed to the Russian segment and the Zvezda service module. Zvezda likewise tried to correct the orientation of the Station, fighting against Nauka as the new module continued to fire its thrusters.

Over the next 45 minutes, Russian controllers attempted to cease the thruster firings from Nauka, which were occurring without command. During this event, the ISS attitude movement never exceeded 0.5 degree per minutes and the crew did not feel the event.

according to Russian media reports, Nauka burned through its remaining fuel during this thruster event.

At 13:29 EDT / 17:29 UTC, with Nauka’s thrusters no longer operating, Russian controllers were able to use Progress MS-17’s thrusters to get the Station back in attitude control and returned to a stable orientation.

As a result of the need to evaluate the station, Starliner’s OFT-2 mission, which was scheduled to launch on 30 July, has been postponed to no earlier than Tuesday, 3 August 2021 at 13:20:10 EDT / 17:20:10 UTC.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2021 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In a discussion thread on the Russian module at NasaSpaceFlight it appears at some point in time Russia had offered Nauka to China. China looked at it and said "No Thanks!".
Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2021 3:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Similar story on SpaceNews
Posted by: 3dc || 07/30/2021 6:03 Comments || Top||


America fails to make it into the top five places most likely to survive the end of the world because its giant borders make it vulnerable to mass migration, study finds
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • The US just missed the top 5, in part because it's close to 'external' megacities

  • Such cities are vulnerable to displacement and could cause a migrant crisis

  • It ranked high on its amount of fertile land and manufacturing capabilities

  • New Zealand took the top spot, thanks to its temperate climate and isolation

  • Other countries in the top 5 include Iceland, Australia, Ireland and the UK
That’s certainly one perspective. The survey may need to readdress the impact of mass migration after seeing how Texas handles things, not to mention the next Republican president. Really, this is all based on “science”, not actual science.
Still, the U.S. would have fallen somewhere just out of the Top 5, the researchers at Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. told DailyMail.com.

The researchers compiled their Top 5 list of countries that they consider most likely to survive a global climate collapse based on a separate list that had been prepared by the University of Notre Dame.

In Notre Dame's list, it came up with the 20 countries it determined were least likely to be damaged from climate change.

The U.K. researchers used that list to determine their Top 5 to survive a climate collapse.

A collapse would mean the fraying of supply chains and international agreements that help trade among countries. Such a collapse would bring the global financial system to its knees.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  Don't believe a word of any study the conclusion of which contains the word 'likely'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/30/2021 3:30 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 yes, indeed. I wonder why China is not a desired migrant hot spot.
Posted by: Dale || 07/30/2021 4:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Forgets that when kaka hits the fan who has the most guns. It ain't the people in Donk cities, except for the gangs. When the 'safety' is released, I wouldn't want to be an interloper someplace I shouldn't be.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/30/2021 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  I would think the least developed countries would be the most likely to survive since they have very little dependency on technology, other countries, GIVERnment…. The Amish may be the last group standing in America.
Posted by: Airandee || 07/30/2021 6:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Iceland? "Alex, 'Volcano That Go Bang' for 500$."? That Iceland?
Posted by: magpie || 07/30/2021 9:55 Comments || Top||

#6  #5 Iceland has a very low population count. Very small nation.
Posted by: Dale || 07/30/2021 13:29 Comments || Top||

#7  Alaska Paul had visited there and gave the country and people high praise.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/30/2021 13:49 Comments || Top||

#8  ^^^
Everyone in Iceland turned out to say "Goodbye Paul"...



Now wasn't that nice of them !!!!
Posted by: Graviter Johnson1693 || 07/30/2021 14:40 Comments || Top||

#9  I imagine if there is any general disintegration of the international order that New Zealand is going to be taken over by China in short order.

It's the perfect place to blockade relief from the United States to Australia.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/30/2021 16:46 Comments || Top||


Mark Zuckerberg confirms Facebook will release its long-awaited Ray-Ban 'smart glasses' as part of his plans to become a 'metaverse company'
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/30/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Finally! A good reason to always wear a mask...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/30/2021 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  My new masks are coming from Amazon



Posted by: Snakes Thromons3851 || 07/30/2021 8:51 Comments || Top||

#3  I prefer not to be in any metaverse or universe of this guy's making.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/30/2021 18:23 Comments || Top||



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