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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Moment female shoplifter is abandoned by her getaway driver and dumps entire rack of Nike gear as cops chase her through parking lot
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] User @Faxisfax, who posted the video, said the incident took place on Saturday in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 07:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Down with the struggle, I see.
Posted by: badanov || 09/07/2021 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Was the getaway driver Joe Biden?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/07/2021 16:32 Comments || Top||

Deaf woman, 59, on her way to church falls onto NYC subway tracks after being 'hit in the head' by homeless man
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Xing Zhou, 59, was on her way to church when a man hit her in the head at 10am Sunday morning at Union Square subway station

  • Zhou lost her balance during the attack and fell onto the subway tracks

  • Two bystander assisted Zhou off the tracks and waited with her until help arrived

  • Police eventually arrested Vladimir Pierre, 41, who is accused of sucker punching another woman four days ago at another subway station

  • Pierre, who is described as homeless, was only given a desk appearance ticket and released shortly after
Posted by: Fred || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Being hit in the head by a bat, brick, rock...yes
but being hit in the head by a homeless man...
bit of a stretch, I'd say.
Posted by: Slusock Ulomosing7989 || 09/07/2021 0:08 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Thief who stole Viagra from a pharmacy is 'not a hardened criminal', his own lawyer tells magistrates
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Stephen Cooper, 46, stole the erection-enhancing pills from Lloyds Pharmacy

  • Offence took place eight days after police executed a drugs warrant at his home

  • Cooper admitted possession of a class B drug and theft from a shop

  • His lawyer said the offences were very low level and Viagra was for Cooper's use

  • He added: 'He formed a relationship and needed the Viagra to enable him to keep up with the young woman he had formed the relationship with'
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [417 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Double entendre, don't you just love them.
Posted by: Slusock Ulomosing7989 || 09/07/2021 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Your Honor, I beg your mercy,
This is the way I grew up,
I blame it on my childhood,
adolescence and
my young adulthood;
I grew nostalgic for my youth,
and felt the need to rekindle it.
Judge, I beg you to put yourself
into my position,
I'm a missionary who believes in youth,
and youth should not be denied...

Posted by: Theath Pheng4294 || 09/07/2021 1:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Did they let him off with a stiff fine or did the prosecutor decide to give him the shaft?
Posted by: SteveS || 09/07/2021 1:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Confessed the depressed Ramachandra,
A careless old Indian conjurer,
"I brought down a sparrow
Today with my arrow...
Please pardon the double entendre."
Posted by: Whairong Brown4463 || 09/07/2021 1:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Please more stories
about my favorite dream character
Posted by: Betty Unalet9724 || 09/07/2021 1:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Given the price of this medication (SILDENAFIL) as compared to other medications. The public should feel like the pharmaceutical industries is ☺ shafting ☺ them.

In reviewing pricing, just now for the USA, Canada and local doctors.

A better question is why can Urology Doctors sell 90 / 20mg tabs of SILDENAFIL for $90, but a local CVS wants $262.14?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/07/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Or you can go to GoodRX and get a coupon code for 100 tablets of 20mg tabs SILDENAFIL for $14.80 at Kroger. Other grocery pharmacies not much higher.

Posted by: Whoting Phomolet9789 || 09/07/2021 8:19 Comments || Top||

#8  enough...limp...puns?
Posted by: Frank G || 09/07/2021 8:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Every one of you to your rooms, including Frank G and all who come after. Or you can isolate together in the O Club bar, where all tabs are covered today. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/07/2021 14:59 Comments || Top||

#10  Walks past looking at the trainwreck sidewise, keeps walking, says nothing.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 17:25 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Leaders of a military coup in Guinea promised on Monday to set up a transitional government of national unity after ousting President Alpha Conde

Posted by: Fred || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  It will be 'unity' right after they get through killing everyone who disagrees with them.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 10:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure, transition to Turkey.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 18:21 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years in jail
[EN.ALGHADEERTV.NET] A court in Belarus on Monday sentenced key opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova — who led mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko last year — to 11 years in prison on national security charges.Kolesnikova’s lawyer Maxim Znak was also handed a 10-year prison sentence, according to the press service of onetime presidential hopeful Viktor Babaryko, whose campaign Kolesnikova managed.

Kolesnikova is the only major leader of last year’s unprecedented protests still in Belarus. She has been in jug for a year, after resisting forced deportation by ripping up her passport.

In power since 1994, Lukashenko has been cracking down on opponents since the protests, which erupted when he claimed victory in a disputed election.

In a video from inside the court shown by Russian media, Kolesnikova — who was handcuffed inside a defendant’s cage — made a heart-shaped symbol with her hands, which she often did at protest rallies.

She was smiling and wearing her signature dark red lipstick.

"Dear spectators, we are happy to see you," Znak, who was standing next to her, said in the video before the sentence was readout.

Kolesnikova — a 39-year-old former flute player in the country’s philharmonic orchestra — has become a symbol of the protest movement in Belarus.

She was arrested last September, when KGB agents put a sack over her head, pushed her into a minibus, and drove her to the Ukrainian border.

She resisted the attempt to throw her out of the country by reportedly jumping out of the car.

Kolesnikova was part of a female trio together with opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and another campaign partner, Veronika Tsepkalo, leading last summer’s rallies against Belarus’s mustachioed leader.

Tikhanovskaya — who stood for president in place of her jugged
Please don't kill me!
husband — and Tsepkalo both fled Belarus to EU countries.

Tikhanovskaya says she was the true winner of the August presidential vote.
Posted by: Fred || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

Russian Top Kommie calls Russian economy haunted due to rate increase
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] The next increase in the key rate by the Central Bank means that the situation in the economy is "haunted", says Gennady Zyuganov , the leader of the Communist Party faction in the State Duma .

"If this is really the case, then the situation in the Russian economy is going, as they say, 'out of control.' Real inflation, especially food inflation, breaks all records. Instead of curbing it, the authorities are putting a big cross on the development of domestic production, making loans more and more burdensome for the population, and mortgages too heavy," Zyuganov said.

The parliamentarian insists that in order to overcome the crisis, it is not necessary to raise the key rate, but to stimulate the real sector of the economy with the help of 'long' targeted and cheap loans.

As reported earlier by IA REGNUM , the Central Bank in the spring of 2021 began a cycle of raising the key rate due to accelerated inflation. The rate began to rise from 4.25%. Now it is 6.5%, at the last meeting in July, the Central Bank raised it immediately by one percentage point. Experts predict the rate will rise to 7% after the meeting of the Central Bank Board of Directors on September 10.
Posted by: badanov || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Time to call the Russian Money Managers in...

Posted by: Slusock Ulomosing7989 || 09/07/2021 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  It's not so much haunted as possessed.
Question is, by whom (or what).
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 10:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Inflation is worse than empty shelves, except for Party-only stores, comrade?
Posted by: magpie || 09/07/2021 11:17 Comments || Top||

Mother disowns Ukrainian gay Nazi journalist
Some journalists work for 40 years, get paid of upwards of $2 million and never get to write a headline like this.

Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

[NewsFrontInfo] The mother of Ukrainian journalist Vladislav Kruglov disowned her son. She made this decision due to the fact that he promotes the Armed Forces of Ukraine and homosexuality.

This was reported by the Politnavigator Telegram channel. The young man works for the ICTV channel. He himself is a native of the "Luhansk region", but works hard for the benefit of the Kiev ideology. He was even awarded the badge of the Joint Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine "For Service and Valor," 3rd Class.

Against this background, there was a conflict between Kruglov and his mother. From their correspondence it is clear that she was not happy about her son and did not congratulate him. In addition, the woman is upset by Vladislav's homosexual inclinations.

He reacted to the words of his mother with an insult and a call to deprive such people of the right to vote. But he proudly noted that a kind of "gay party" had gathered at ICTV.

According to some reports, the newly-minted "hero" was also seen in blackmail. He demanded money from his former lover for living and using video equipment. He responded by accusing him of drug use and warned that he would publish a video.
Posted by: badanov || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So is this guy anything like the equivalent
of a Black Russian Jew ?

Posted by: Slusock Ulomosing7989 || 09/07/2021 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  His mother said " gay and nazi I could understand but why a freaking JOURNALIST?"
Posted by: Classer || 09/07/2021 0:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Fabulous!
Posted by: Raj || 09/07/2021 1:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Available at Amazon while supplies last. The holidays are approaching.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 3:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Story from Houston homicide cops:
Written on the wall in the restroom of Montrose area bookstore:
"My mother made me a homosexual"
Under it in different writing:
"If I give her the yarn can she make me one?"
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 10:34 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skunky Gliling2010 || 09/07/2021 11:03 Comments || Top||

#7  This actually made me put my joint down
Posted by: Chris || 09/07/2021 20:35 Comments || Top||

Kim Jong Un calls for 'urgent action' on CLIMATE CHANGE after floods and droughts both destroyed vital crops
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 09:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Should have built reservoirs and irrigation instead of missiles and nukes. Have some nuclear waste soup.
Posted by: Whoting Phomolet9789 || 09/07/2021 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  This could be interpreted as banging on the (UN) tin cup for 'humanitarian relief'.
Posted by: Raj || 09/07/2021 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Standing in the braying crowd, chanting along with the group, hoping to pick some pockets.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Money for the takin'

After China, US envoy Kerry goes to South Korea for climate talks
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 11:45 Comments || Top||

#5  If he'd use Yongbin for peaceful energy instead of weapons he might have a bit more credibility, might have been able to develop some industry that could earn his little fiefdom some cash. But no worries. Joe will pay with our money.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/07/2021 13:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Going to be fun seeing how the climate change, masks for everybody, themes and green new deal mix in with "running dog Yankee imperialists" and "sea of fire"...Some poor Nork messaging guy is learning even more contortions to get at the hogtrough named the new Biden Doctrine!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/07/2021 13:33 Comments || Top||

#7  China just kicked Kerry's ass over Climate Change™:
"quit talking about Uighers and WuFlu coming from our lab or we won't do shit. Now GIT!"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/07/2021 14:25 Comments || Top||

#8  You knew the Biden administration wasn't serious about gerbil worming when they gave the job to Kerry, who, in addition to a distinguished record of complete ineffectiveness, owns a $12 million beachfront mansion.
Posted by: Matt || 09/07/2021 15:28 Comments || Top||

#9  $12 million beachfront mansion.
Would be twice that, at least, if it wasn't for gerbil worming...
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/07/2021 16:23 Comments || Top||

#10  gummint finally figured out how to tax the weather, so look to every gummint to get in on the scam.
Posted by: Retard Strength || 09/07/2021 16:58 Comments || Top||

#11  Send Greta.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/07/2021 17:05 Comments || Top||

#12  Just another tactic to screw with the west using our own useful idiots.
Posted by: ruprecht || 09/07/2021 17:08 Comments || Top||

#13  Send Greta and Kerry. The Norks will then do anything to get rid of them.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 09/07/2021 17:51 Comments || Top||

#14  ^Like using AA guns?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 17:54 Comments || Top||

#15  Send Greta and Kerry

On Epstein's plane
with Bill.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 18:20 Comments || Top||

#16  would be more than willing to chip in on flying everyone in Washington on a 1 way flight.
Posted by: Chris || 09/07/2021 20:27 Comments || Top||

South Korea fires first ballistic missile from a submarine in technological breakthrough as it ramps up spending to defend itself from the North
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • New Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine carried out successful tests last week

  • South Korea joins handful of countries that have developed a submarine missile

  • Submarine-launched ballistic missiles can be armed with nuclear warheads

  • North Korea has been working on SLBMs but has not yet achieved success
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ...Myself, I'm wondering what they're putting in those SLBMs. That's a lot of money and effort just to get a hyper-accurate HE warhead someplace.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/07/2021 9:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Which way will they be aimed: north, west or east?
Posted by: Whoting Phomolet9789 || 09/07/2021 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  I suspect they will be aimed more westward than north.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/07/2021 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Behold the "Biden Peace Dividend" as the Pacific Rim goes nuclear.
Posted by: magpie || 09/07/2021 11:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Nukes are the only defense for Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Phils against China.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 11:36 Comments || Top||

#6  I hope this unclassified aerial photo PPT is of some assistance to planners.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 12:23 Comments || Top||

#7  FROKA, SROKA and TROKA have the Nork problem well in hand. The communists have crappy old equipment from the 70s. They can cause some casualties with an artillery bombardment but Seoul is honeycombed with bomb shelters and it won't be all it's cracked up to be.
Posted by: Blinky Pholuling8616 || 09/07/2021 12:55 Comments || Top||

#8  #6 - I believe there are some more dams upstream, no?
Posted by: Raj || 09/07/2021 13:56 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm guessing that launch was designed to signal that the SKors have something to put on the top of the missile in their arsenal now. Head-fake to Kim-Ch to buy time, or signal to Uncle to pay attention, it has to be taken as a credible signal even if the cupboard is actually empty for now.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/07/2021 13:58 Comments || Top||

IT's ON! :: Nearly Two Dozen Chinese Military Aircraft Violate Taiwan's Airspace
[Breitbart] China deployed 19 military aircraft to Taiwan on Sunday, where the air fleet subsequently penetrated the southwestern corner of the island’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ), Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed.

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) dispatched "10 Shenyang J-16 fighter jets, four Xian H-6 bombers, four SU-30 fighters, and one Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane (Y-8 ASW)" to Taiwan’s ADIZ on September 5, Taiwan News reported.

"Taiwan’s Air Force responded by scrambling fighter jets to drive the planes away, broadcasting radio warnings, and tracking the aircraft with land-based anti-aircraft missiles," according to the newspaper.

ADIZ refers to "an area of airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft ... is required in the interest of national security," according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Taiwan is a sovereign island nation located off the southeastern coast of China. Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province and has vowed to "reunify" the island with mainland China by force if necessary. Taiwan operates successfully as an independent country with its own government and military. The relatively small island is extremely valuable as its Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. manufactures nearly all of the world’s microchips. Taiwan’s unparalleled semiconductor industry means the island is highly coveted by Beijing.

China’s PLA has increasingly deployed military aircraft to violate Taiwan’s ADIZ over the past year in an effort to intimidate the island. The incursions have seemed nearly incessant at times.

"Chinese planes were tracked in Taiwan’s identification zone 22 times in April, 18 times in March, 17 times in February, and 27 times in January," Taiwan News noted in May, citing MND data. The newspaper made the observation while reporting on Taiwan’s seventh ADIZ penetration by Chinese PLA aircraft that month alone.

China’s latest violation of Taiwan’s ADIZ on September 5 "marked the third consecutive day that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) had dispatched two or more aircraft into the zone, with four planes deployed on both Friday and Saturday (Sept. 3-4)," Taiwan News reported on Sunday.

Taiwan’s military should monitor future air incursions by China’s PLA "for the possible inclusion of the new J-16D, which is designed for electronic warfare," Taiwanese military scholar Su Tzu-yun told the Singapore-based news agency CNA on September 5.

"[T]he J-16D is believed to have capabilities similar to the Boeing EA-18G Growler in that it can suppress ground and sea air defense systems and jam radar systems," according to Su.
With the Biden Admin bought and paid for by the Chinese, taking Taiwan is now or never. This was a probe of Taiwan's defenses.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [436 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Yeee Haaaa!!!! Let the Chinese GAMES BEGIN...
Posted by: Slusock Ulomosing7989 || 09/07/2021 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  WWJD? What will Japan do?
Posted by: Grunter || 09/07/2021 3:04 Comments || Top||

#5  You know all that state of the art weaponry you been pushing to sell to Taiwan? Might want to re-think that.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Might want to re-think that. hurry.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  Didn't Japan and Taiwan/Taipei/Formosa just sign an mutual defense agreement for just this purpose?
Posted by: Unosh Hupinelet8756 || 09/07/2021 11:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Aren't most of China exports go through Taiwan?
Wouldn't a war disrupt this?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 11:55 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Not if the Taiwanese ports were at the very top of the targeting or invasion lists. Excellent observation however, excellent indeed. Acorn and blind sow metaphor applies.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 12:09 Comments || Top||

#10  But why now? You don't knock over the chess board if you're winning the game.
Posted by: Matt || 09/07/2021 12:23 Comments || Top||

#11  /\ Excellent point and question. The Biden window of opportunity will not always remain open.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 12:26 Comments || Top||

#12  If they buzz instead of attack, they might be waiting to see how Joe responds.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/07/2021 13:06 Comments || Top||

#13  The size of the force tells you a lot about what is coming. Probing the ADIZ (Air Defense Interdiction Zone or whatever is now used) will not get a good systems signature when it is obvious it is only a probe, OPSEC to keep mainforce capabilities offline is normal. But if you put a bunch of sorties in the air, many of some size, then send a capable force that could have tactical WMD, you have to up the capabilities, warming up mainforce elements and offering the systems signatures for target mapping. Even if the systems are mobile, they are now defined and other assets that have 24/7 overwatch from the very high ground can now map wherever you send them. This seems to be much more serious as the credibility of the Biden Doctrine is now risible.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/07/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#14  /\ Plausible enough. Perhaps they're hoping that a devastating initial strike would be followed up by a speedy capitulation, thus making any external response impossible.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#15  #9 Jy Vra Vir Moeilikheid!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 15:40 Comments || Top||

#16  The problem with China going fully kinetic is that what the CCP wants is not the piece of dirt we call Taiwan, but the crown jewels of the Taiwanese economy, intact. For example, Taiwan Semi has the largest chip foundry in the known universe, and whoever controls it can strangle a lot of nations -- like us-- who depend on Taiwan Semi's chips. So if the CCP conquers Taiwan but destroys Taiwan Semi in the process, or scatters Taiwan Semi's hyper-skilled workers, the CCP gets bragging rights but misses the main objective. The CCP strategy has to be to coerce Taiwan into surrender by means short of all-out war. If I were Taiwan, I'd have every factory ready to blow, and make sure the CCP knows it.
Posted by: Matt || 09/07/2021 15:51 Comments || Top||

#17  ^ I recall that before the October War, the Egyptians would practice running up to the Suez as a 'training' operation for bridging. When the Israelis got compliant, the stage was set for the real jump.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/07/2021 15:52 Comments || Top||

#18  Israel spends more money on defense than Taiwan both in % and absolute terms, and all it's worried about is a bunch of Arabs. The Taiwanese haven't been serious about defense for decades, ever since their defense budget crashed even as its Chinese counterpart skyrocketed. Check out this chart, which is plotted in 1992 constant dollars (i.e. adjusted for inflation):

They're obviously well-prepared - to fight it out to the last dead American.

Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/07/2021 17:20 Comments || Top||

#19  Who will be next. Should they crumble China will repeat as often as they think they can get away with it. China is always a bad neighbor. Obama-Biden red lines that move.
Posted by: Dale || 09/07/2021 17:55 Comments || Top||

#20  But if you put a bunch of sorties in the air, many of some size, then send a capable force that could have tactical WMD, you have to up the capabilities, warming up mainforce elements and offering the systems signatures for target mapping.

It's also a good range test.
If the Chinese can't passively see the Taiwan 19 bombers from their AWACS then the RAM is smooth.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 18:28 Comments || Top||

#21  I'm sure Joe will respond with some mumbling ass speech about , hell who knows?
Posted by: Chris || 09/07/2021 20:30 Comments || Top||

Mullet fans crown their king: Belgian truck driver wins best mullet in Europe at festival for devotees of the iconic 80s haircut
Moved to Non-WoT.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

#1  His Pet Gets 2nd Place

Posted by: Slusock Ulomosing7989 || 09/07/2021 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  That's not a mullet.
Posted by: Raj || 09/07/2021 1:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Why is it in "Opinion" instead of "Strange customs of primitive tribes"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 2:27 Comments || Top||

#4  There does not appear to be anyone (except the photographer) anywhere near this Belgian fellow. There must be a steamy, midday day reason ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 3:38 Comments || Top||

#5  At a festival. In France.
"Redneck Yokels. It's not just for America anymore."
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/07/2021 10:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Why is it in "Opinion" i

Posted by: trailing wife || 09/07/2021 16:52 Comments || Top||

#7  ^Gracias, Dona.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 17:09 Comments || Top||

#8  Just when I about lost faith in humanity... it gets restored.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/07/2021 17:24 Comments || Top||

#9  Why is it in "Opinion"

Because it was a vote.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/07/2021 18:29 Comments || Top||

#10  Besoeker, you live in GA.. You damn well why you're not going near him.
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[FDA] After demonizing nearly every medication with the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally recommended monoclonal antibodies earlier this summer. Before the official recommendation, some providers used them under an emergency use authorization (EUA) granted by the FDA in November 2020. The FDA just granted an EUA to allow their use for SARS-CoV-2 post-exposure and ongoing prophylaxis. This approval will increase demand.
So the Government gets to decide who gets it and who doesn't. Death panels, anyone?
Recently, the treatment has gotten quite a bit of media coverage. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been promoting the treatment on the Combat Covid website since early summer, one man ensured a nationwide media campaign. Once Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to promote outpatient treatment using the antibodies and establish infusion centers, the media reacted because he is a very dangerous Republican.

During the week leading into the Labor Day holiday, DeSantis was on the road again, touting the success of Florida’s program in disconnecting COVID-19 infection from hospitalization in the state. Patients gave personal testimony about their experience with the treatment. Hospitalizations in the state declined 20% during the first few weeks the infusion centers were up and running. Then something interesting happened.

On Friday, someone who claimed to be an urgent care specialist tweeted that HHS had informed him that the government would now decide which facilities would receive doses of monoclonal antibodies. Jim Jackson wrote: "So now the government is getting involved in [read: restricting] monoclonal antibody distribution. Before, I could just order as much as we needed, and they shipped it next day air. Now a govt. commission will decide when, if, and how much I will be able to get for my pts [patients]. ’Should you have any questions regarding this update in ordering and distribution procedures, please email the Federal COVID-19 Response Team.’ Wonderful."

He added the alert from HHS that confirmed his assertion. Now, only facilities participating in the HHS Protect program can order the treatment, and the agency will review all orders. Suppose the current distribution map provided by HHS includes the HHS Protect facilities. In that case, the new order review process seems like a heavy administrative burden for the program. It may delay or limit treatment for at-risk patients.

Monoclonal antibodies are approved and recommended for outpatient use. HHS instructs patients who qualify to access them within ten days of symptom onset. Regeneron also has FDA approval to be used post-exposure and for prevention. All approved uses are time-dependent and not conducive to a burdensome order review process. The timing of the change in how health providers access them is curious.

If the supply is genuinely so constrained that the federal government needs to get involved in decisions about distribution, the question should be why. The use of monoclonal antibodies is restricted and only provided for specific at-risk groups. By managing and approving distribution, HHS insulates the manufacturers from actual market demand. Now, some at-risk vaccinated as well as unvaccinated patients require effective treatment, and it is constrained. If new variants emerge and become dominant, that trend may continue.

To date, therapeutics and repurposed medications to reduce disease severity have been underemphasized and even demonized. Monoclonal antibodies made it through all the noise and President Trump’s endorsement. It is time for the federal response to encourage increased production of monoclonal antibodies, challenge manufacturers to develop formulations against variants of concern, and get them in the hands of practitioners.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/07/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And I am the Information Director from the Cosmos
here to tell you

Deal with IT !
Posted by: Whavilet the Anonymous2491 || 09/07/2021 0:33 Comments || Top||

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New Details Emerge About Coronavirus Research At Chinese Lab
[TheIntercept] More than 900 pages of materials related to US.-funded coronavirus research in China were released following a FOIA lawsuit by The Intercept.

NEWLY RELEASED documents provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than nine hundred pages of documents detailing the work of the EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to the EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.

The documents were released in connection with ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health. The Intercept is making the full documents available to the public.

"This is a roadmap to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic," said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of Covid-19.

One of the grants, titled "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence," outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak to screen thousands of bat samples for novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who work with live animals. The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has aggressively dismissed.

The bat coronavirus grant provided the EcoHealth Alliance with a total of $3.1 million, including $599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans. Even before the pandemic, many scientists were concerned about the potential dangers associated with such experiments. The grant proposal acknowledges some of those dangers: "Fieldwork involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs, while working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for fecal dust to be inhaled."

Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, said the documents show that the EcoHealth Alliance has reason to take the lab leak theory seriously. "In this proposal, they actually point out that they know how risky this work is. They keep talking about people potentially getting bitten — and they kept records of everyone who got bitten," Chan said. "Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not, how can they possibly rule out a research-related accident?"

According to Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, the documents contain critical information about the research done in Wuhan, including about the creation of novel viruses. "The viruses they constructed were tested for their ability to infect mice that were engineered to display human type receptors on their cell," Ebright wrote to The Intercept after reviewing the documents. Ebright also said that the documents make it clear that two different types of novel coronaviruses were able to infect humanized mice. "While they were working on SARS-related coronavirus, they were carrying out a parallel project at the same time on MERS-related coronavirus," Ebright said, referring to the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 09/07/2021 09:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Update:

Discussion thread about this at Ace's.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 09/07/2021 13:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Is Dr. Fauci mentioned by any chance?
Posted by: jpal || 09/07/2021 15:25 Comments || Top||

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Israel's COVID infection rate hits 2-week low
[YNet] - The Health Ministry said 5,810 people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. After more than 115,000 tests had been conducted, the infection rate now stands at 5.31% - the lowest it has been since August 19.
It's a huge advantage when dealing with a pandemic does not become mixed with ideological conflicts like it did in certain countries.
...The Coronavirus National Information and Knowledge Center, however, said that 689 patients are currently being treated in hospitals due to complications from the virus.

The center, which is part of the IDF's intelligence unit, also said that 49.9% of newly diagnosed are under the age of 19, some 30.2% are between the ages of 20 and 39, 15.1% are aged 40-59 and only 4.5% are aged 60 and over.
Congratulations, guys.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 01:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under:

#3  Doctors are speaking out
Posted by: Injun Shereng5116 || 09/07/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  So the current wave has crested and Israel's per capita new infection rate is down to only 10% higher than that of the US?
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/07/2021 10:37 Comments || Top||

#5  ^Infection waves don't crest by themselves - it's the actions of people who turn it around.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 11:05 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ Infection waves don't crest by themselves - it's the actions of people who turn it around.

....in Wuhan, China who engineered the 'gain of function' protocols.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 11:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Apples & oranges besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 11:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Infection waves don't crest by themselves

That is exactly what they do.
Posted by: Angstrom || 09/07/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#9  It's no use Angstrom. Resistance to the 'Wet Market' cover story is futile. Fuchi's Rabbanite-like commitment to Chinese Wuhan denials really should be examined more closely.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/07/2021 15:31 Comments || Top||

#10  grom, the waves crest everywhere, even in South Dakota, and there is little correlation to our intervention. (There may be, and probably is, some effect of what we do, but it is not the primary cause of the 'waves.')
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/07/2021 16:25 Comments || Top||

#11  ^Yes, they do. Virus doesn't change its behavior people do - once the news are full of morbidity/mortality stats they start wearing masks and washing hands. And nowadays, immunizing their kids & getting a booster for themselves.
That's why positive tests in Israel crested at 8% instead of 18%.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 16:35 Comments || Top||

#12  ^^ or 80%
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 16:37 Comments || Top||

#13  ^^^ or 800% ;-)
Posted by: Whairt Lumplump6602 || 09/07/2021 17:09 Comments || Top||

#14  It's no use Angstrom.

Of course you are right. But I'm going to keep it up anyway. The left's 'solutions' to COVID are worse than the disease, and I'm going to keep saying so.
Posted by: Angstrom || 09/07/2021 17:10 Comments || Top||

#15  That's why positive tests in Israel crested at 8% instead of 18%.

The left's 'malpractice insurance.' No matter how badly they f^ck up, they just claim it would have been so much worse.
Posted by: Angstrom || 09/07/2021 17:12 Comments || Top||

#16  Would somebody explain to this paragon of the American Educational System the difference between Israel & USA. Or Naftali Bennett and American "conservatives"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/07/2021 17:33 Comments || Top||

#17  Colds and flu have natural cycles related to when people crowd together inside instead of spreading out outside in the fresh air and sunshine as well as developing herd immunity stuff over time, so it seems to me that what we are seeing with Covid-19 is the emergent summation of both cycles. Add vaccination, which appears to reduce the virulence of the response in the more susceptible without completely reducing infectious spread, coupled with some overexcitement on the diagnostic side, especially in the U.S....
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/07/2021 17:49 Comments || Top||

#18  You Americans need to STFU and listen to you furriner betters who have their thumb on America's pulse, right?
Posted by: Frank G || 09/07/2021 20:07 Comments || Top||

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