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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Alabama mom is jailed after boarding a school bus and getting into a fight with an 11-year-old she suspected of bullying her child
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Nannatt Waldrop, 37, is accused of boarding a yellow bus in the town of Center Point at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday morning and getting in a fight with the 11-year-old

  • Waldrop believed the alleged bully had been picking on her own child

  • A video of the scrap went viral and brought it to the attention of authorities, who arrested Waldrop

  • Waldrop is being charged with third-degree assault, trespassing on a school bus and disorderly conduct
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under:


Should have, gave her kid $10 to buy a bigger Bully ☺.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/18/2021 7:32 Comments || Top||

#2  if y'all watch the video, she ends up getting her daughters ass beat.
Posted by: Chris || 09/18/2021 9:52 Comments || Top||

Jane Powell, Hollywood Golden-age Musicals Star, Dies at 92
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood’s golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and danced with Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding," has died. She was 92.

Powell died Thursday at her Wilton, Connecticut, home, longtime friend Susan Granger said. Granger said Powell died of natural causes.

"Jane was the most wonderful friend," Granger said. "She was candid, she was honest. You never asked Jane a question you didn’t want an absolutely honest answer to."

Granger was a youngster when she met the then-teenaged Powell, who was making her film debut in 1944′s "Song of the Open Road," directed by Granger’s father, S. Sylvan Simon.

She performed virtually her whole life, starting about age 5 as a singing prodigy on radio in Portland, Oregon. On screen, she quickly graduated from teen roles to the lavish musical productions that were a 20th-century Hollywood staple.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 03:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under:


One of the last true Actresses that Hollywood has produced.

Too many actresses today bare all, to cover their lack real acting skills.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/18/2021 7:30 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
LTC(R) Alexander Vindman, Lands on feet, joins the Lawfare Team
[Lawfare] The Pritzker Military Foundation today announced the appointment of Alexander Vindman as its first Pritzker Military Fellow, based at Lawfare. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and former member of the National Security Council staff joins the Lawfare team for a two-year fellowship, during which he will write a book, complete a dissertation and do a variety of other public speaking, teaching and writing.
and eating. Lots of eating. Not called Lt. Col (ret) Sausage for nuthing
Vindman will be joining me next week on the Lawfare Podcast to discuss the challenges of Russia and Eastern Europe policy, and authoritarian regimes more generally, facing the incoming Joe Biden administration.

He will also be joining Lawfare Live to take audience questions next Friday at noon:

Pritzger Foundation link.... if you can stand it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 12:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:

#1  .....Attendance Ribbon with Numeral 6, the U.S. Army Parachute Badge and Air Assault Badge, and Parachute Badges of Israel, Russia, Canada, Holland, United Kingdom, and Poland. Upon retirement from the Illinois National Guard, Pritzker was promoted to the Honorary Rank of Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard in March 2001.

I go to lots of meetings and jump out of airplanes, anyone's airplanes. I require parachute harness extenders and low-porosity (LOPO) chutes. Two Lopo's if you've got'm.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 12:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, lekach? A very small slice please. I'm meeting those Pritzker Foundation people later this evening regarding... 'job after.' Don't want to spoil may appetite.

Donald Trump? Yes, of course I still hate him. Why do you ask ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Who even knew there was such a thing as the Sitzpinkler Foundation?
Posted by: SteveS || 09/18/2021 13:29 Comments || Top||

#4  *snort* Barry O'Bama was initially nominated
Posted by: Frank G || 09/18/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#5  I believe the correct spelling in Cherman to be 'Sitzsphincter' Steve.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Sitzpinkler - Old German term typically referring to a man who sits to urinate.
Posted by: Frank G || 09/18/2021 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  'Sitzsphincter'

Running that thru the Yandex translator, I get "some arsehole who sits down to pee"
Posted by: SteveS || 09/18/2021 14:05 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
FDA Panel Rejects Pfizer Booster Shot for Ages 16-65 Over Increased Risk of Heart Inflammation
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 09/18/2021 03:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Young Marine graduate (a female) coerced to get jab after basic training.
Posted by: Dale || 09/18/2021 3:56 Comments || Top||

#2  In fact, one study that was conducted on 800,000 individuals showed that people who have taken both doses of the Pfizer jab are 13 TIMES more likely to have a breakthrough infection, and are at a “greater risk for Covid-19 hospitalizations.”
Boy howdy what a humdinger of a vaccine.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/18/2021 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  See, Deacon, they were right when they said not to trust a vaccine from Trump...
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/18/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Developed under the Trump Admin by Pfizer/CDC/NIH, NOT by Trump. Who recommended not DEMANDED

But being DEMANDED AND FORCED on us by BIDEN in his own words.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/18/2021 13:42 Comments || Top||

#5  How many of the advisory committee have connections to NGOs (and hence UN, which is against the third jab until all the world is vaccinated - never mind the pesky Zionist [= racism] data that immunity is transient) or China.

p.s. If 10% of the reports re serious complication due to the vaccination coming from US are true - IMO, FBI should look into the possibility of some fanatic adulterating the shoots. Did happen to Moderna.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2021 13:52 Comments || Top||

#6  fanatic adulterating the shoots. Did happen to Moderna.

I believe Japan has found contaminents more than once.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2021 13:54 Comments || Top||

#7  ^The link I've provided TW.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2021 13:56 Comments || Top||

#8  According to the biden definition anyone not getting the booster is not vaxxinated. Look forward to the explanation.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 09/18/2021 15:47 Comments || Top||

#9  ^The link I've provided TW.

I’m clearly tired today, g(r)omgoru. Thank you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2021 16:10 Comments || Top||

#10  I am 75, the Pfizer shots caused my resting heartbeat to drop from 60 to 40. It dropped right after the first shot, two weeks later started to rise and the dropped for two weeks after the second shot. It is now back to normal! My sleeping SPO2 has not returned to normal. I’m f…ed! I did make a VARS report..
Posted by: Grampaw Cookie || 09/18/2021 18:33 Comments || Top||

#11  #10. Old timers called OXYQ10 the oxygen vitamin. When you sleep everything slows down as if hibernating. The heart demands the most oxygen and will work harder to get it if O2 level is low. I find it works wonders with walking. I believe it will also help when sleeping. You will see a difference real quick. Amount or frequency use your own judgement.
Posted by: Dale || 09/18/2021 19:27 Comments || Top||

Bloodbath Birmingham: Horrifying moment thugs attack rival and HACK at him with machetes after he is hit by car as he makes desperate attempt to flee
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Moment machete-wielding thugs attack a man at Birmingham roundabout

  • Dashcam footage shows two men swinging weapons wildly at a third man

  • The third man is then hit by a car and falls onto the road before running away

  • Incident appears to have taken place in Birmingham at 4.20pm on Saturday
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:


Birmingham England has had a steady increase of cultural and Race base issues.

Many tie this to the massive influx of illegals immigrants made possible under the European Unions OPEN BORDERS travel concept.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 09/18/2021 7:52 Comments || Top||

#2  ...don't ignore Labour's multi-year plans to make the UK less 'Anglo-Saxon'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/18/2021 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Initially thought this was Alabama, wondered which group of thugs it was. England? I know which it was.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/18/2021 18:43 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Explosive device thrown at Chinese consulate in Rio
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] An unknown person threw an explosive device on the premises of the Chinese Consulate General in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, O Antagonista reported on September 17.

According to journalists, the incident took place on the evening of September 16. CCTV cameras show how a man in black clothes pulled an object out of a bag and threw it in the direction of the diplomatic mission, and then ran away.

The device was defused by sappers who are now studying its fragments. The explosion damaged the gates of the consulate general. Nobody was hurt during the neutralization. Law enforcement agencies are trying to establish the identity of the offender.

As reported by IA REGNUM , in June 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, a man armed with a knife attacked the head office of the largest Brazilian television channel Globo. He took the journalist hostage and demanded a meeting with one of his colleagues.
Posted by: badanov || 09/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Soldier wounded in shelling in Nagorno-Karabakh
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] Private Vruyr Shahramanyan was wounded in shelling from the Azerbaijani side, the Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh said.

As the "Caucasian Knot" wrote , Azerbaijan and Armenia regularly exchange accusations of violating the ceasefire in the zone of the Karabakh conflict and on the border of the two countries. The authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh also stated about shelling from Azerbaijani positions.

Thus, on September 7, the ombudsman for human rights in Nagorno-Karabakh reported that the house of a resident of the village of Tagavard was damaged during shelling by the Azerbaijani military.

In August, shelling on the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops  became as regular as before the autumn war of 2020, but the sides are not using heavy weapons now, military experts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" said.

Today, at about 12.30 (11.30 Moscow time), the Azerbaijani military violated the ceasefire "in the west of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Defense Ministry of the unrecognized republic reported.

"As a result, a soldier of the Defense Army, Private Vruyr Vardanovich Shahramanian, received a gunshot wound. In connection with the incident, the relevant information was provided to the command of the Russian peacekeeping contingent," says the publication on the agency's website, translated by Caucasian Knot.

The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, as of 15.07 Moscow time, did not comment on this information on its website.

See a map of the area here
Posted by: badanov || 09/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under:

2021 Russian Election Roundup
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

In Lipetsk region, turnout on the first day of elections exceeded 22%

[REGNUM] In the Lipetsk region on the first day of voting, voter turnout reached almost 15%. As reported by IA REGNUM , the data on the voting activity was published by the CEC of Russia.

By 20:00 on September 17, 52 thousand 567 people, or 22.51% of the total number of voters, had voted.

As reported by IA REGNUM , in the Lipetsk region elections of deputies of the State Duma of the eighth convocation, the Lipetsk regional council, as well as three municipal election companies are being held.

In the Kursk region, the turnout on the first day of elections was 14.9%

[REGNUM] In the Kursk region, on the first day of voting, voter turnout reached almost 15%. As reported by IA REGNUM , the data on the voting activity was published by the CEC of Russia.

By 20:00 on September 17, 126 thousand 672 people, or 14.90% of the total number of voters, had voted.

As reported by IA REGNUM , elections of deputies of the State Duma of the eighth convocation, the Kursk regional Duma of the seventh convocation and 121 municipal election campaigns are being held in the Kursk region.

More than 17% of voters in the Pskov region voted on the first day

[REGNUM] According to the election commission of the Pskov region, on the first day of the three-day voting for the election of deputies to the VIII convocation of the State Duma of Russia, the turnout was 17.29% of the total number of voters included in the voting lists.

At the elections of deputies of the Pskov Regional Assembly of Deputies of the VII convocation, the turnout was 16.51%. On the first day of voting, 25.31% of voters came to the elections for the head of the Kuninsky district, 15.65% of voters came to the elections for the head of the Novosokolniki district.

Recall, as of July 1, 2021, 518,029 voters were registered in the Pskov region.

In the Pskov region on September 17, 18 and 19, 2021, elections of deputies of the VIII convocation of the State Duma, elections of deputies of the Pskov Regional Assembly of deputies of the VII convocation, as well as elections of local councils in five municipalities are held. In two districts, heads of districts are elected.

15% of voters of the Astrakhan region voted on the first day of elections

[REGNUM] In the Astrakhan region on the first day of voting, voter turnout reached almost 15%. As reported by IA REGNUM , the data on the voting activity was published by the CEC of Russia.

By 20:00 on September 17, 105 thousand 724 people, or 14.57% of the total number of voters, had voted.

As reported by IA REGNUM , elections of deputies of the State Duma of the eighth convocation, deputies of the Duma of the Astrakhan region of the seventh convocation, the head of the Akhtuba region, heads of five settlements, as well as deputies of district and village councils are being held in the Astrakhan region.

Dagestani observers complain about opposition to their work

Members of election commissions interfere with checking voters' documents and preventing voting at places of residence, said the coordinator of the Observers of Dagestan movement. Some voters ask to be photographed at the polling station in order to report to the authorities.

As the "Caucasian Knot" has reported, voting in the elections to the State Duma, the People's Assembly of the republic and local self-government bodies began in Dagestan today. Representatives of political parties pointed to the difficulty of holding elections in a pandemic.

The result of the elections to the State Duma deputies from Dagestan is predetermined due to the low activity of voters and opposition parties, as well as behind-the-scenes agreements in favor of candidates from the ruling party, Dagestani journalists suggested.

Observers reported on coercion of state employees to vote in Sochi

[KavkazUzel] On the first day of voting, voters mostly came to polling stations in Sochi with invitations from enterprises, they put marks on ballots, filmed it and sent it to someone, members of election commissions and observers reported. In this way, the authorities use administrative resources to promote the right candidates, they say.

As the "Caucasian Knot" wrote, on September 17, observers and deputy Alexander Korovainy reported that at the polling stations of the Kuban mass transportation of voters and violations in filling out the documents were recorded.

The proxy of the candidate from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Rostislav Shcherbakov, filed two complaints about violations during the voting in Anapa and was attacked at the exit from the precinct.

Kuban voters announced on September 15 that they were forced to vote at work. State employees and workers in enterprises in the Krasnodar Territory are forced to detach themselves from polling stations at their place of residence and vote at their place of work, which makes it possible to control turnout, party representatives argued.

Kuban is in the top five regions with the highest number of complaints of violations,  said  activist of the "Voice" movement * David Kankiya.

On September 17, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent visited three PECs # 46-30 # 46-09 and # 45-20. Employees of various enterprises came to all PECs with invitations. They were mostly young people. They answered the correspondent's questions sparingly, saying that they were "told at work to vote."

Vladimir told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that he had voted for the report and the chief asked him to send a photo. He said that he filled out the ballots as he was told. “I only know [the candidate] from the posters. Huge banners (hanging) all over the city. I saw it on TV a couple of times. Me personal nothing bad and nothing good he did not. But everyone says he will win. I don’t believe in elections and wouldn’t go, but I’m afraid of dismissal, ”Vladimir explained.

House committees in Mamaika complained to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that the chairman of the TOS calls on the social networks of house committees to gather residents of apartment buildings and lead them to PECs to vote for a representative of the ruling party.

Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, chairman of the Mamayka TOS, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that she had assembled a group on the social network, in which she "urged people to show their civic position and vote for the most stable party and a stable deputy from United Russia."

Observers reported violations during home voting in Volgograd

[KavkazUzel] The leadership of election commissions at several precincts in Volgograd did not allow to get acquainted with the register of home voting and poorly sealed the boxes, observers said.

As the "Caucasian Knot" has reported, 34 candidates from 11 parties are competing for seats in the State Duma from four single-mandate constituencies in the Volgograd region.

Of the four current deputies of the State Duma, only one is participating in the race. Only the ruling party was actively campaigning; there was no sharp pre-election struggle in any single-mandate constituency in the region.

On the website "Map of Elections Violations", which was launched by the "Golos" movement, as of 1700 hrs Moscow time on September 17, seven complaints from five polling stations were recorded in Volgograd.

At three polling stations, observers were not allowed to familiarize themselves with the register of home voting.

"The stationary box is stitched with thread and sealed so that it allows unauthorized opening. It was sealed before the arrival of the commission," says one of these complaints.

At another precinct, according to the complaint, a group of PEC members returned after a home vote, but the contents of the box with ballots were not immediately transferred to a safe package. These complaints were written on behalf of the members of the election commission, that is, observers.

The Volgograd voter also said that the employees of the Volgograd branch of Rosgranstroy are currently voting at one precinct, despite the fact that all employees are registered in other districts. "No one was attached to this site in advance. Site at school No. 34 in Volgograd," stated in the complaint published on the site.

On the website of the Electoral Commission of the Volgograd Region, as of 1708 hrs Moscow time on 17 September, there are no comments regarding these complaints. The "Caucasian Knot" cannot verify the data on these violations.

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#1  Biden in a landslide?
Posted by: Cesare || 09/18/2021 15:16 Comments || Top||

Routine Russian Recon Report: 63
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] A total of 63 foreign reconnaissance aircraft approached the state border of Russia during the week. This is reported on September 17 by the official publication of the Ministry of Defense "Krasnaya Zvezda".

Also during this period, 20 foreign drones were recorded carrying out aerial reconnaissance along the Russian borders.

It is noted that all these objects were tracked by Russian radar stations. In order to prevent violation of the border, a fighter from the air defense forces on duty once rose into the sky.

According to the Ministry of Defense, there were no violations of the airspace of the Russian Federation in any of the episodes.
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France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia, days after a deal was struck between the latter two countries, blindsiding Paris
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Clumsy and incompetent as Afeghanistan
Posted by: Kofi Panda2845 || 09/18/2021 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Well... that $40 billion is going to the US and Great Britain, rather than France.

So the only thing I can fault them for is annoying the French. But had they "consulted" with them, the French would have just increased their bribes to Aussie pols and kept the business.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/18/2021 1:46 Comments || Top||

#3  And just like that, the SOB's dropped the French Sub deal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 4:28 Comments || Top||

#4  We ricola you home, and riassign you to Switzerland, dah US Ambat 2 West CH, dah other OZ Ambat 2 East CH.
Your mission: 2 Sell a Nuclear Submarine to CH 2 protect dah waters of Lakes Biel, Geneva and Lake Constance.
And we advise you to watch out, be careful, because they, the Swiss, have cantons all over the CH. And we have heard rumors Liechtenstein is becoming "restless", confrontations may be brewing.

I'm not a crazyfool, that moniker is already taken.
Posted by: Gluter Thereter9207 || 09/18/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#5  "When I say 10%, I don't stutter."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2021 10:05 Comments || Top||

#6  France is claiming it was an $80 billion deal that was made in 2015. Many of the hulls were already built and well on the way to becoming subs.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 10:09 Comments || Top||

#7  If so, that's a definite pisser. The dickholes running this ship, duffuk.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2021 11:19 Comments || Top||

#8  It was a $40bil deal that turned into a $70bil deal where deliveries of the first had been pushed back 5 years at the same time. Aussies were trying to retire their Collins class boats, and had to spend $20 bil on a life extension that they didn't want, but the French kept dragging things out. The French were building a copy of an already existing boat, with the nuke reactor removed. Couldn't get the AIP system to perform as promised.
They're going to end up getting British Astute class boats (built with US licensed tech).
BTW, at the same time the Aussies bought big on Tomahawks.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/18/2021 12:46 Comments || Top||

#9  No hulls were built. The subs are still in the design stage and the Aussies already spent $2 billion on that for a sub that is under-powered for their needs.
Posted by: Chirong Unomoter2947 || 09/18/2021 13:06 Comments || Top||

#10  Blame the anti-nuke crowd for the initial error of selecting a diesel electric sub.
Posted by: Chirong Unomoter2947 || 09/18/2021 13:09 Comments || Top||

#11  Even though the project was not going as planned, there should have been a notice of termination before switching to another supplier. The transition to another supplier causes a lot of problems handled the way it was.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 09/18/2021 14:36 Comments || Top||

#12  You buy ships from France, don't pay in advance.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2021 15:56 Comments || Top||

#13  BTW the quick one stop source for info on things submerged:
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/18/2021 16:07 Comments || Top||

Court fines Frenchman for depicting President Macron as Hitler
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A French court on Friday found a 62-year-old man guilty of insulting President Emmanuel Macron by depicting him as Adolf Hitler
...late Fuehrer of Germany, founder of the Third Reich, currently communing with his pals Himmler and Heydrich. He is reincarnated every few days as a politician somebody doesn't like...
in protest at the government’s COVID-19 policies.

The court handed down a fine of 10,000 euros ($12,000) to Michel-Ange Flori, a former advertising executive, who had posted an image of Macron looking like the German dictator on a billboard in southern La Belle France.

La Belle France scrapped a ban on "offence to the president" in 2013 but, like any other citizen, the head of state is protected by a law against "public insult," though such cases rarely go to trial.

Following a complaint from Macron’s LREM party, prosecutor Laurent Robert argued in court that Flori had shown "an obvious willingness to do harm."
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#1  Michel-Ange Flori, you made a big mistake, everybody knows President Emmanuel is a Coconut Macaroon Pancake
Posted by: Gluter Thereter9207 || 09/18/2021 8:37 Comments || Top||

#2  But it would have been ok if Flori was an imam, advocating the killing of Jews.
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/18/2021 10:33 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
PRC masters very not happy - Blinken deletes tweet saying US stands with people of Taiwan .... Hong Kong
[Washington Examiner] Secretary of State Antony Blinken deleted a tweet this week that said the United States stands with the people of Hong Kong.

"Beijing should let the voices of all Hong Kongers be heard," the original tweet said. "The PRC's disqualification of district councillors only weakens Hong Kong's long-term political and social stability. We stand with the people of Hong Kong & continue to support their human rights & fundamental freedoms."

The tweet came after the People's Republic of China announced the dismissal of seven pro-democracy councilors after determining their oaths were invalid .

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2021 04:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Its hilarious, because I just watched some comedian spend 10 minutes of his act waxing on Trump about some 'One China' policy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2021 10:04 Comments || Top||

NC leader Wazir's murder was planned for over two months, says police
[GREATERKASHMIR] The accused in National Conference leader Trilochan Singh Wazir's murder case were planning his killing for the past two-three months and planted fake evidence to mislead the police, taking inspiration from Bollywood movie Drishyam', officials said on Thursday.

The body of 67-year-old Wazir with the head wrapped in a plastic bag was found on September 9 in a washroom of a flat in Moti Nagar in west Delhi, which was taken on rent by his acquaintance Harpreet Singh (31), a native of Amritsar.

Police said they have arrested two people from Jammu -- Rajender Chaudhary alias Raju Ganja (33) and Balbir Singh alias Billa (67) -- while two suspects Harpreet Singh and Harmeet Singh are absconding.
absconding beat feet
Several police teams have been formed to trace the absconding accused.

The four accused had planned to dump the body at a metro station or IGI airport and visited the places but couldn't succeed in their plan, police said.

Elaborating on how it all happened, police said that Harpreet had called his classmate Chaudhary to Delhi from Mumbai on August 14, assuring him of the job of a taxi driver here.

On the directions of Harpreet, he left Delhi on September 1 from Basai Darapur and went to Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

and switched off his mobile number and start using another number in Jammu, they said.

On September 2, he collected Wazir's luggage from his house in Jammu and left for Delhi. He switched on his number again in Punjab and came to Basai Darapur on September 3 via a taxi, police said.

Chaudhary left the spot at around 11.30 am to collect his bag that was left in taxi (as per their planning) and returned from Kashmere Gate area at 5.30 pm, they said, adding that he remained at the spot with others co-accused Harpreet, Harmeet and Billa.

He, along with Harpreet and Harmeet went to the terrace and planned to kill Wazir.

Harpeet handed over one pistol to Harmeet. They came back and Harmeet allegedly shot Wazir who was already unconscious due to sedative given by them, police said.

Chaudhary, with Harpreet and Harmeet, cleaned the blood from the spot and the body was shifted to the washroom. Thereafter, they planned to dump the body at a metro station or IGI Airport and visited the places but couldn't succeed in their plan, the police said.

The accused planned the murder over the past two-three months on the lines of Bollywood movie Drishyam and created false evidence to mislead the police, a police brass hat said.

The call detail records analysis revealed that Harpreet called several numbers in Jammu after September 3, and one of the numbers was found registered in the name of Chaudhary's mother, the officer said, adding that later, Rajinder was arrested from his in-law's house on Tuesday.

During investigation, it had surfaced that in 1983, a triple murder took place in Jammu area in which one Kuldeep alias Pappi, who was Harpreet's maternal uncle, was killed using swords.

Wazir was arrested in that incident and was lodged in jail for around three-and-a-half-years, a police brass hat said.

The police said that facts are being verified, including whether Wazir's murder was related to that particular incident.
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Man is shot by girlfriend after hurling her daughter, 5, off Vegas apartment balcony because she was 'full of bad spirits'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Jarick Jermel Willis, 32, who practices African spirituality, allegedly threw his girlfriend's daughter off a Las Vegas apartment balcony because she was 'full of bad spirits'

  • After, the five-year-old girl's mother grabbed a gun to protect her and her son

  • During a struggle, Willis was shot and then ran off but was later arrested

  • He and the girl are still alive in hospitals, but Willis is listed in critical condition
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Over 3 million Israelis have now received COVID vaccine boosters
[Times of Israel] - Over three million Israelis have received a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the Health Ministry announced on Friday.

The ministry said 3,020,716 Israelis have received the booster shot since they began to be offered this summer, while urging all eligible citizens over 12 to go and get vaccinated if they haven’t already.

"The vaccine has proven to be the most effective means of fighting the coronavirus, and it is available to everyone. Everyone who gets vaccinated protects themselves, their family and their surroundings," the Health Ministry said in a statement.

...Also Friday, a US government advisory panel was meeting to decide whether to approve administering booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, with Israeli health officials presenting figures indicating waning immunity against infection among all age groups around six months after vaccination.
And not a single death or serious complication: https://www.timesofisrael.com/of-600000-israelis-who-received-3rd-dose-fewer-than-50-reported-side-effects/.
Plus. Study: COVID booster recipients 20 times more protected against serious illness
A new study conducted in Israel shows that individuals given a third COVID-19 vaccine dose are nearly twenty times more protected against serious illness and more than ten times more protected against infection, compared with those who received their second dose at least five months previously.
Yet, according to some sources, in USA you die the moment you just think about getting the third shot - I wonder what the explanation to the difference is (Maybe Israeli government managed to keep thousands of deaths secret?).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2021 10:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Religious Tenets of the Holy Church of Covid 19 Vaccination.
-If you get sick after the 1st vaccine shot, it's because you haven't had the 2nd shot yet.
-If you get sick after the 2nd vaccine shot, it's because 21 days didn't passed yet since you had the 2nd shot.
-If you get sick after more than 21 days since the 2nd shot, then the role of the vaccine was for you not the get gravelly ill.
-If you get gravely ill, then the role of the vaccine was to keep you from dying.
f you die, then at least you should be consoled knowing that "no vaccine is 100% effective, and anyhow, your death is the fault of those right-wing anti-vaxxing nutjobs.
Furthermore, because of the interesting times we are living in, you should also know the following:
-If you get ill or die because of the vaccine, the vaccine manufacturers cannot be held liable for your death.
-The government who is mandating you to get vaccinated also cannot be held liable.
-The nurse who jabs you in the arm and puts the vaccine in you isn't liable either.
-But if you refuse to get vaccinated, then you're responsible for every single Covid death in the world!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/18/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  No habla bandarlog.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2021 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Interesting quip I came across; how many times can you roll those dice with a medical procedure, before the medical procedure becomes more dangerous than the concern?

Even though I was a professional dishwasher for a number of years, the person who tells me I don't do that correctly agreed, how does one measure such an abstract, subjective thing as "Didn't get as sick as I could have."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2021 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Quick!
Someone stamp that trooper on #1.
Posted by: Xyz || 09/18/2021 10:56 Comments || Top||

#5  No habla bandarlog.

Or Kipling.

Deacon is quite concise there.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2021 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  in USA you die the moment you just think about getting the third shot

Lots of people in the US are getting vaxed. The participation rate in the vax program is impressive. I hope your data is correct and the vax program is successful, but, I attempted to post articles with data that contradict what you have posted. So the jury is still out.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 09/18/2021 11:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Vaccines will set you free
Posted by: Gluter Mussolini5141 || 09/18/2021 13:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Don't worry about the numbers getting the boosters.
You'll be doing it again. You're now chasing diminishing returns.
Posted by: ed in texas || 09/18/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Angstrom || 09/18/2021 17:10 Comments || Top||

#10  And not a single death or serious complication

So it's the only pharmaceutical ever produced without side effects. That seems totally plausible.
Posted by: Angstrom || 09/18/2021 17:12 Comments || Top||

#11  A differing opinion from Israeli doctors.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/18/2021 18:15 Comments || Top||

#12  Out of a population of about 9.53 million
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/18/2021 18:22 Comments || Top||

#13  #1 Funny stuff Deacon, it would be a lot funnier if it weren't so true.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/18/2021 19:56 Comments || Top||

FAA PDF just released for StarShip Heavy and StarShip at Boca Chica TX.
Title link gives the PDF. It is now open comment time at the FAA.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 01:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Description and other details from the FAA
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  The intro paragraph to the summary link in comment 1.

he Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is evaluating Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Starship/Super Heavy program, in particular a proposal to operate the Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle at its existing Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas (Figure S-1) and conduct launches originating from this site. SpaceX must obtain an experimental permit and/or a vehicle operator license from the FAA to operate the Starship/Super Heavy launch vehicle. Issuing an experimental permit or a vehicle operator license is considered a major federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 United States Code 4321, et seq.), and the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA-implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500–1508 [2020]) and requires an environmental review. The FAA is the lead federal agency for this environmental review.SpaceX plans to execute its Starship/Super Heavy program over the next several years and may require a number of new or modified experimental permits or vehicle operator licenses issued from the FAA in order to execute the program. Thus, the FAA has drafted a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), which evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the activities associated with SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy program. The FAA is not licensing the entire Starship/Super Heavy program because SpaceX does not have the full details of all its planned operations at this time. The applicant, however, has provided the FAA with an initial mission profile that has been analyzed in this PEA.A programmatic document is a type of general, broad NEPA review from which subsequent NEPA documents can be tiered, focusing on the issues specific to the subsequent actions. The use of a programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) or EA, and subsequent preparation of a project specific EIS or EA, is referred to as “tiering” the environmental review. The FAA has recognized that a programmatic review and tiering may be appropriate “to sequence environmental documents from the early stage of a proposed action to a subsequent stage to help focus on issues that are ripe for decision and exclude from consideration issues not yet ripe or already decided.”1The completion of the environmental review process does not guarantee that the FAA will issue an experimental permit or vehicle operator license to SpaceX for Starship/Super Heavy launches at the launch site. SpaceX’s license application must also meet FAA safety, risk, and financial responsibility requirements per 14 CFR Chapter III
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 1:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Third paragraph:

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron County, TexasS- 4 S.3 Public InvolvementThe FAA is using multiple methods of stakeholder engagement and public outreach to solicit comments and feedback regarding the proposal. The FAA conducted a public scoping process and is publishing this draft PEA for public review and comment. The FAA sent an email on November 23, 2020, to interested parties notifying them that the FAA was in the beginning stages of conducting an environmental review for SpaceX’s Starship/Super Heavy proposal. The FAA also sent an email December 22, 2020, stating that the agency was holding a public scoping period to determine the scope of issues for analysis in the draft PEA. The email provided an overview of the proposed project and the indication that the FAA would be considering the preparation of a programmatic EA as well as an overview of the FAA’s overall environmental review process. The scoping comment period was open through January 22, 2021. A total of 321 comments were received between December 22, 2020, and January 26, 2021. Concerns raised by commenters about the project included the following:•Potential impacts on protected species and habitat•Potential cumulative effects of the proposed project and other development projects in the Rio Grande Valley•Closure of public areas such as local roads and Boca Chica Beach•Level of environmental review (i.e., the appropriateness of an EA versus an environmental impact statement [EIS]) •Potential impacts on airspace•Potential impacts on minority and low-income residents•Potential impacts on land of cultural importance•Safety of launch operations given the proximity to nearby liquefied natural gas facilities•Degradation of the environment due to test and launch operationsPositive impacts raised by commenters included the following: •Economic benefits to the regional economy•Continued innovation and progress in commercial space transportation•Benefits of reusable launch vehicles•Job creation•Ideal southerly location All comments received during the scoping period were given equal consideration in the preparation of the draft PEA.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 1:55 Comments || Top||

#4  In accordance with CEQ’s NEPA-implementing regulations and FAA Order 1050.1F, the FAA released this draft PEA for a 30-day public review. The FAA provided public notice of the availability of the draft PEA for public review and comment in the Federal Register and on its project website. Following the close of the public comment period, the FAA will revise the draft PEA, as appropriate, in response to comments received, and a final EA will be prepared. The final PEA will reflect the FAA’s consideration of comments and will provide responses to substantive comments. Following review of the final PEA, the FAA will either issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Mitigated FONSI, or issue a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS.The FAA developed a project website2 and email listserv (which can be joined through the project website) to inform the public of the project. The FAA will update the website and provide email updates as the PEA and FAA licensing process progresses
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 1:57 Comments || Top||

#5  So pubic review would be over after Sunday the 17th of Oct.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 1:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Public Hearing

The FAA will hold two virtual public hearings to solicit comments from the public concerning the scope and content of the Draft PEA on October 6 and October 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Following the presentation, members of the public can provide oral comments. Additional information regarding the virtual public hearing, including instructions for joining, will be posted to this site by October 4, 2021.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2021 2:03 Comments || Top||

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