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Over 120 Killed After ISIS Mass Prison Break In US-Occupied Northeast Syri, 140+ as of Monday
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
6 Found Dead At Milwaukee Home Had Been Shot
[News9] Six people were found dead in a Milwaukee home in what police are investigating as multiple homicides, authorities said.
Gun violence™. "The suspect is nickel-plated with an extended magazine and tritium sights"
Milwaukee police responded about 3:45 p.m. Sunday to assist with a welfare check at the residence where four men and one woman were found dead, Milwaukee Assistant Police Chief Paul Formolo said during a Sunday evening news conference.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office tweeted early Monday that the body of an additional person, a man, was recovered from the home. The identities of the dead were pending.

A motive and information about any suspects was not immediately known, Formolo said. Police have not said what caused the deaths, but Formolo said there is no information to suggest that there is a threat to the community.

“It is important not to feel numbed by the ongoing violence in our community. A horrible crime has again occurred,” Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson said in a statement Sunday night.

Read the rest at the link
Posted by: badanov || 01/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Drug deal gone bad, or a rip.
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 01/25/2022 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Problem is, just like the cops, the gangs sometimes raid the wrong address. I have no idea if that was the case in this instance.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Not much further info on what happened from the local Milwaukee press yet.

A lot of 'Advocates' expounding on a variety of stuff, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/25/2022 9:39 Comments || Top||

#4  It's never too early for partisans to dance in the blood.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Late Monday, the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office identified the victims as Charles L. Hardy, 42; Caleb A. Jordan, 23; Javoni Liddell, 31; Donta H. Williams, 44; Michelle D. Williams, 49; and Donald Smith, 43.

Milwaukee police have been called to the duplex before in recent months. In September, police received a complaint of drug dealing, according to dispatch records. A month later, a 24-year-old man was killed and another man wounded in a shooting at the corner of North 21st and West Wright streets, according to police and medical examiner records.
Posted by: Chesney Phineger5262 || 01/25/2022 10:34 Comments || Top||


Two men take corpse into Irish post office to claim dead man's pension. Spoiler, wasn't Biden
[TheGuardian] Gardaí have launched an investigation after two men carried a dead body into an Irish post office in an apparent attempt to claim his pension.

The deceased pensioner was described in reports as being “propped up” by the men as they walked into the building in County Carlow on Friday morning.

The outlandish series of events began when one of the men entered the post office at about 11.30am on Friday, asking to collect a pension payment for an older man, the Irish Times reported. He was refused, with staff informing him that the pensioner would have to be present in order for the money to be handed over.

The man returned soon after with two other men, one of whom was in his 60s and appeared to be being supported by the two others. The younger men asked to be given his pension payment.

No cash was handed over and the two men fled the scene, abandoning the man's body after a woman who had become suspicious raised the alarm with a staff member. The deceased man is reported to have been well known to the men who had been carrying his body.

Gardaí said they were investigating "all the circumstances surrounding the unexplained death of an elderly male in the Carlow area". A postmortem will be conducted.

A woman living beside the post office said her daughter saw the two men carrying the deceased man into the building. "She was leaving my house at the time and said the man looked unwell as his feet were dragging [along] the ground," the woman, who did not want to be named, told the Irish Independent.

The mayor of Carlow, Fianna Fáil councilor Ken Murnane, said he was "absolutely shocked" to hear the news. "I heard there was a commotion in the post office," he told the newspaper. “I go by there all the time and it's a very busy post office - normally there'd be a queue out the door there.

“I was absolutely shocked to hear about what happened. I can not believe anyone would do something like that. It beggars belief, I'm just shocked. ”

Local Fine Gael councilor Fergal Byrne echoed Murnane's words, saying: "The whole town is in shock." He described the deceased as "a nice man by all accounts and someone who caused no offense to anyone".

Byrne said: “The staff in the shop are very shook up from it. I'd like to offer my sympathies to the man's family too. It's a bizarre and upsetting situation. ”
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ned Devine?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Weekend At Bernie's European Vacation - I'd pay to see that.
Posted by: Unuling Pholusing4748 || 01/25/2022 4:12 Comments || Top||

#3  A curious case, Mr. Marlowe,
This pensioner's passing in Carlow.
A weekend with Saoirse
Dispelled his inertia...
And he's combing the county for Harlow.
[screech... carload of Russians]
Posted by: Vinegar Elminegum7895 || 01/25/2022 10:17 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
A 75-year-old French adventurer has died attempting solo row across the Atlantic ocean
(CNN)Jean-Jacques Savin, a 75-year-old French adventurer, has died while attempting to row across the Atlantic single-handedly, according to a statement from his support team for the endeavor.

"It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of our friend Jean-Jacques," his support team said in a post on Facebook. "The body of Jean-Jacques was found lifeless inside the cabin of his canoe l'Audacieux (The Audacious)."

Savin had set off from southwest Portugal on January 1 and was headed toward Ponta Delgada in the Azores islands before losing contact with this team early on January 21.

He activated two distress beacons on Thursday night into Friday to indicate he was experiencing a situation of great difficulty, his team said.

Portugal's maritime authority spotted Savin's boat floating overturned near the Azores on Friday. A diver was able to descend under the waterline to look inside the boat's small cabin and discovered Savin's body inside.

"Unfortunately, this time the ocean was stronger than our friend, who loved sailing and the sea so much," Savin's support team said.

No further information will be released because the team does not want to give details of Savin's death and extended their condolences to his daughter and partner.

Savin was no stranger to bold adventures. He had already crossed the Atlantic in a giant orange barrel on a 2,930-mile journey, coming ashore in May 2019 on the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius after more than four months at sea.

He previously worked as a military paratrooper and a private pilot, and climbed Mont Blanc in 2015, according to his project's website.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 07:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Died doing what he loved.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 7:41 Comments || Top||


-Great Cultural Revolution
Board suspends doctor, orders neuropsych eval for COVID claims echoed by mainstream scientists
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2022 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under: Mob Rule

#1  Why, how very soviet of them...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Why do I heard a voice whispering in the background?

"One Call, That's All"
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/25/2022 9:07 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't think Ken Nugent does those kind of cases.
Posted by: Chris || 01/25/2022 9:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Scientific thought crimes. Very USSR.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/25/2022 9:57 Comments || Top||

#5  What's next; the gulag?
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/25/2022 9:58 Comments || Top||

#6  ^^ See Australia for your answer
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/25/2022 10:20 Comments || Top||

#7  The medical and public health professions have beclowned themselves in this fiasco. Their credibility is gone.

This is the first time in modern medical history that known, proven effective treatments for an illness were banned by public health authorities.

The first time that the protective regime deliberately favored infirm elderly patients to the extreme detriment of healthy young people.

The first time that health authorities in advanced nations deliberately and routinely distorted data on testing accuracy, vaccine efficacy, and cause of death.

The first time that health authorities changed the very definition of what a vaccine is and does, so as to obscure the fact that their experimental gene therapy is a colossal failure.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 10:21 Comments || Top||

#8  #6. Right after Fauxi is fired on Nov. 3, we should ban all travel to and from places like Austria and Australia. Canada too.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 10:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Can we also ban travel from the west coast and northern states?
Posted by: Chris || 01/25/2022 15:23 Comments || Top||

#10  F--kers. This is now 100% about politics. They're even punishing Floridians in need of monoclonal antibody treatments-- just so Brandon can spit on DeSantis.

Criminal.

FDA closes monoclonal antibody clinics in Florida, DeSantis seeks reversal
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 18:23 Comments || Top||


Breast milk is not for men
[UnHerd] The "pumping room" at Ambrosia Labs in Cambodia is an airless and dystopian space. I see 20 or so women packed in, being "milked". Their tops are off and they all have tubes attached to both nipples; their breast milk can be seen flowing through tubes into containers. They would do this for hours at a time, for six days a week. Above the noise of the pumps I could hear the cries of distressed babies and toddlers. They went hungry while the milk meant for them was extracted for export.

Once collected, the milk was transferred into plastic bags which were sealed, labelled and stored in a large freezer, ready to send to other mouths. For this precious liquid, the women were paid 50 cents an ounce, while those running the coercive operation were making a fortune.

Global demand for human breast milk has never been greater. Breast milk banks and peer-to-peer sharing have long existed, for mothers in need, but now it is increasingly being sold for profit. And not just to parents wishing to feed babies. There is a dark side to this trade, as there always is when human body parts and products are brokered.

In the UK, the commercialisation of breast milk is relatively new and was initially philanthropic in intent. Best Milk, one online provider, offered its product to premature, surrogate, adopted or "exceptionally hungry" babies; it asserted that babies fed on breast milk, rather than formula, have an improved IQ, a lower risk of cancer and chronic conditions, and are less likely to develop food intolerances and allergies. The website has now ceased trading.

NeoKare, meanwhile, Europe’s first breast milk processing plant has been going strong in England since March 2020. It offers, according to its website, "safe and screened breast milk products for when a mother’s own milk is not available. Invest in your baby’s future today." However, at £45 for six 50ml bottles, it doesn’t come cheap. At two months of age, a baby should drink 120-150 ml every 3-4 hours, which means feeding will cost £112 per day. And buying breast milk online comes with risks. In the UK and Ireland, the market is unregulated, which leaves parents vulnerable to buying substandard or dangerous milk for their child. One study from 2015 found that 93% of breast milk sold online contains detectable levels of bacteria, because of the use of non-sterile equipment to express or store the milk. Babies who drink it can be exposed to Hepatitis B and C, HIV and syphilis.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 06:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I gotta sense there's a gender equity problem here.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2022 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Human breast milk is only as good as the health and nutrition of the mother. Poor Third World women starving their own babies to earn a pittance to feed the rest of their family are not going to produce the high quality milk that increases IQ et cetera, even before contamination from unsanitary conditions is taken into account.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2022 11:45 Comments || Top||


#4  In the modern vernequlary Skid.....that really sucks!
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 13:10 Comments || Top||

#5 
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 13:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Suddenly, I am wondering if Big Breast Milk was behind the demolition of that infant formula factory back during Desert Storm.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2022 13:47 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Not sure I want to see a picture of their CEO.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 13:49 Comments || Top||


Univ in England puts Orwell's '1984' on the trigger warning list
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Published in 1949, Orwell’s dystopian story — set in a totalitarian state which persecutes individual thinking — gave the world phrases such as ’Big Brother’, ’Newspeak’ and ’thought police’.

Its plot centers on Winston Smith, a government employee who is arrested and tortured over an illicit love affair, but it also makes powerful points about what can happen to a society that doesn’t cherish academic freedoms or its own history.

Yet it is one of several literary works which have been flagged up to students at Northampton who are studying a module called Identity Under Construction. They are warned that the module ’addresses challenging issues related to violence, gender, sexuality, class, race, abuses, sexual abuse, political ideas and offensive language’.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 01/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Didn't Orwell have a side bet on exactly this sort of thing happening? If he didn't, he should have.
Posted by: Raj || 01/25/2022 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2 
In short some Teacher(s) using the students Lemmings as a Media meal ticket. By simply playing on their usual with Abnormal Social Mental Health Issues.

Wonder how much $$$$$$ the Teacher will make if CNN/MSNBC and etc.
Start paying.....

Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/25/2022 3:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Reality: It doesn't go away just because you stop believing in it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 8:20 Comments || Top||

#4  ^^^ this
Posted by: Chris || 01/25/2022 10:00 Comments || Top||

#5  However, the "profs" own guidebook "Understanding Orwell's 1984" is perfectly safe and mandatory for the students to buy at full price.
I've been to college and know this scam!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/25/2022 11:36 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
F-35 Stealth Jet Crashes On US Carrier In South China Sea, 7 Injured
[ZERO] An F-35C Stealth fighter jet has crash landed aboard the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea on Monday, the US Navy announced, inuring seven, including the pilot who successfully ejected and was recovered in the sea by a military helicopter.

"An F-35C Lightning II, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, had a landing mishap on deck while USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) was conducting routine flight operations in the South China Sea, Jan. 24, 2022," a military statement said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 01:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Before anyone gets too lathered, can someone produce a list of aircraft types operating from US carriers that never had an operational incident?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Video supporting #1.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 7:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Great videos!
Fond memories of standing on the flightline in the exhaust plume trying to breath and keep warm at the same time.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2022 9:18 Comments || Top||

#4  From the description, it seems to be an arresting wire break. The broken ends whip around and injured the seamen.

The F-35 is probably at the bottom of the South China Sea and a scramble to recover all of it else the Chinese will grab any bits it can.
Posted by: Chesney Phineger5262 || 01/25/2022 10:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Lot of hard lessons in those videos
Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2022 10:13 Comments || Top||

#6  We usually try to recover. Could decide to t0rped0 it if recovery is impractical.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 10:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Before anyone gets too lathered, can someone produce a list of aircraft types operating from US carriers that never had an operational incident?

B-25?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 12:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Didn't all Doolittle's B25s crash due to no fuel after the raid?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 12:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Not landing on a carrier, and was part of the plan.

Now, if this was an arresting cable failure, this isn't the airframe's fault, it is the deck crew's. Just like the British one which failed to launch, someone's team F'd up. Bet we have our pronouns figured out though.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 13:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Murcek, that's not how torpedoes work.
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 01/25/2022 13:45 Comments || Top||

#11  On a wire, they work however the t0rped0 driver says.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 13:46 Comments || Top||

#12  "...arresting cable failure"? Damn, knew a guy that had that happen to him. Lucky to be alive
Posted by: magpie || 01/25/2022 16:14 Comments || Top||

#13  "...arresting cable failure"?

Lemme see if I understand this: You are going to land a jet airplane on a boat and you plan on stopping it with a wire?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2022 16:23 Comments || Top||


An oar-some achievement! Four British soldiers row nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in a record-breaking 41 days
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Biden admin bashed after warning it 'will not be in a position to evacuate' Americans from Ukraine
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/25/2022 07:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Since they claim evacuation of Afghanistan was a proud success we shouldn't be surprised.

At this point any American staff in another country without a bug-out bag and a plan is a fool.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/25/2022 10:26 Comments || Top||

#2  If "little bubba" Biden was the travel agent for leaving the Ukraine and if everyone had already deposited their non-refundable money for leaving the Ukraine then things might look a little brighter.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/25/2022 11:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Not isn't, but will not.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 13:58 Comments || Top||


Africa North
6 reported killed in stampede at African Cup soccer game
[Independent] At least six people have died in a stampede outside a stadium hosting an African Cup of Nations soccer game in Cameroon, an official said Monday.

Naseri Paul Biya, governor of the central region of Cameroon, said there could be more casualties.

The stampede happened as crowds struggled to get access to Olembe Stadium in the Cameroon capital of Yaounde to watch the host country play Comoros in a last 16 knockout game in Africa's top soccer tournament.

Officials at the nearby Messassi hospital said they had received at least 40 injured people from the stampede.

"Some of the injured are in desperate condition," said Olinga Prudence, a nurse. "We will have to evacuate them to a specialized hospital."

Soccer officials said around 50,000 people had tried to attend the match. The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 but it was not meant to be more than 80% full for the game due to restrictions on the size of the crowd because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cameroon won the game 2-1 to reach the quarterfinals.
Posted by: Beavis || 01/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under:

#1  8 now per ESPN
Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2022 6:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps ESPN could be found to provide some more virus chic jokes like they did for Aaron Rodgers?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 13:57 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Putin to deliver a limited strike on Ukraine to include Kiev
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

The leaders of the two breakaway republics, Lugansk and Donetsk, as well as Ukrainian politicians used to do this twice a year: that Lugansk and Donetsk forces would launch an offensive to takeover more of Ukraine.

Twice a year. For six years.

This bit of semiannual Kabuki theater was one of the reasons I quit reporting on the civil war there. Stew from the GULAG would be more attractive than the plate of bullshit they were serving.

[Rusvesna] Analysts say Putin will now almost certainly launch a limited strike over the next ten days, which could include an attack on the Ukrainian capital's three million people. The message about the "almost inevitable war" was accompanied by the latest map of the 'Russian attack.'

Voenkor Mikhail Andronik in his Telegram channel "Warrior of the 2nd category" drew attention to a curious detail:

"On the fresh map of the 'attack' on Ukraine, The Sun completely surrendered the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of the LDNR. Like this! And the war hasn't even started yet."

And although part of the territory of the LPR occupied by Kiev in the north was still left unshaded - in blue, the rest of the territory of Ukraine, the territory of the DPR along the borders of the former region is already shown completely non-Ukrainian.

The situation with the Kharkiv region also attracts attention. If you look at the directions of 'attacks,' according to The Sun, from the territory of Crimea, the Republics of Donbass, as well as the Belgorod region to the central regions of Ukraine, then the Kharkiv region stands apart, outside the directions of the “advancement of Russian troops."

From a commenter on V Kontakte: Sanctions will soon be issued for not attacking.

Posted by: badanov || 01/25/2022 06:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is this like a 'limited' nuclear exchange?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/25/2022 6:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Analysts say Putin will now almost certainly launch a limited strike over the next ten days,

After which they'll say 'Putin came this close to launching a limited strike. Just like we said.'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/25/2022 9:23 Comments || Top||

#3  If you can't believe an analyst who can you believe? I wonder if they would bet their own money on this?
Posted by: Chris || 01/25/2022 9:51 Comments || Top||

#4  When has Putin ever done what westerners expected him to do?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 10:54 Comments || Top||

#5  From a commenter on V Kontakte: Sanctions will soon be issued for not attacking.

Snark of the Day Pa Rooski!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2022 18:34 Comments || Top||


Russia tensions: NATO bolsters deployments, angering Kremlin
[DW] The US has put 8,500 troops on standby as NATO has announced it will ramp up its presence in Eastern Europa amid Russian invasion fears.

NATO TROOPS CONDUCT MILITARY EXERCISE IN LATVIA
The NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where are all our old Cold Warriors who knew how to handle this? Are there any left? With such an idiot as Biden and BLinken running the shop, and the Woke top brass in the Pentagon (Austin, what a POS), this is shaping up to be a humiliating smackdown, or else a historic disaster of NATO.

Trump was right. They want to get by on the cheap and spend American blood and treasure instead. The paltry commitments of our so-called Allies is laughable. 4 F-16s and a frigate.

The Germans are the worst - they are refusing to do anything - no weapons, no training, no troops mobilized, no supplies. Fecking cowards. Screw them. I say let Putin have Germany - if they don't care to defend the alliance against direct military aggression in their own backyard, why should we? Let the Germans lick Putins boots.
Posted by: Chealing Chomotle4158 || 01/25/2022 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ The Germans are the worst - they are refusing to do anything - no weapons, no training, no troops mobilized, no supplies.

Germans now prohibiting overflights.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 1:19 Comments || Top||

#3  NATO does not exist. The British move in one direction, Germans in the opposite direction, France in yet another.

Why the hell would anyone want to join NATO? All the meaningful arrangements are just bilateral deals.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 2:06 Comments || Top||

#4  I read that the Brits did not ask permission to use German air space, AND, the Brits did not ask on purpose to avoid putting the Germans in a sticky wicket. This wasn't like France back in the 1980's evidently.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/25/2022 5:35 Comments || Top||

#5  One way we used to get around overflight restrictions was to file as carrying general cargo (instead of cargo for generals).
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 01/25/2022 6:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Germany's and France's reaction to Putin may be a better barometer as to the seriousness of events than the Biden State Department and the Brits.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 01/25/2022 6:28 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ They view it as a Russian civil war. We should do likewise.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 6:36 Comments || Top||

#8  This absurd manufactured "crisis" comes down to two things: a desire for autonomy on the part of Russian speakers in the eastern parts Ukraine, and a determination on Putin's part not to let Ukraine join NATO. The first is none of our business and the second should be embraced as a blessing in disguise for us. Neither is a cause for US military action.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 10:01 Comments || Top||

#9  this is shaping up to be a humiliating smackdown, or else a historic disaster of NATO.

Yes. Another Suez Crisis 1956. Only this time, it's the end of the American-led order in Europe: the end of NATO. Impotent, indolent, irrelevant.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 10:04 Comments || Top||

#10  If Putin invades, it will be Russia's Vietnam. 35 million very pissed Ukrainians, not to mention expats and descendants, with lots of western weapons and sanctuary. No need to mention a ruined Russian economy. If Putin thinks of invading, then he hasn't thought it out.
Posted by: Chesney Phineger5262 || 01/25/2022 10:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Vlad will by-pass Ukrainian strong points and make a mad dash for Kiev to install his puppet pro-Russian President. A lot of young men will die on both sides in the process of Vlad realizing his political dream of resurrecting the Former Soviet Union.

Vlad brings the Ukraine back into the Russian fold while breaking the back of NATO. I am sure he sees no downside.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2022 10:58 Comments || Top||

#12  So Russia will then control a few blocks of central Kiev. Good luck with the rest of the city and country, esp to the points west. Hey, didn't the Russians try something like that that in 1994 at Grozny?
Posted by: Chesney Phineger5262 || 01/25/2022 11:14 Comments || Top||

#13  a desire for autonomy on the part of Russian speakers in the eastern parts Ukraine

*snort*

"Autonomy" in the form of being subjects of Czar Putin.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/25/2022 13:16 Comments || Top||

#14  Germany's and France's reaction to Putin may be a better barometer as to the seriousness of events than the Biden State Department and the Brits.

Wasn't that long ago the Brits said they were planning on sending some 20,000 Special Forces to theater.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 14:38 Comments || Top||

#15  Britain is very lost on the world stage and looking for a leading-man role. Probably not their best bet. France is part of continental eurineland and must basically do whatever Chermany says, but pretend it's their own decision.

Never has there been a better opportunity since the end of WW II for the US to say to eurineland "Well, you want to peel your own banana, so get to it."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 14:43 Comments || Top||

#16  ^ this. Stay the f--- out. Complete diasaster, best avoided through a swift conclusion of a face-saving diplomatic agreement that keeps Ukraine out of NATO so long as NATO exists.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 14:48 Comments || Top||

#17  At this point, I'd vote for President Sasse (yeah, I know) because he knows NATO is done. If he promised to EO it out of existence right there at the swearing in, I'd be all in.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 14:52 Comments || Top||

#18  Vlad doesn't need to invade Ukraine to install his own puppet regime in Kiev. He'll bribe or blackmail some of them, intimidate others, rig an election and viola! If Brandon can rig an election, so can Vlad.

But if he does invade, we need to stay out of it. And I'm sick of hearing comparisons between Ukraine and Taiwan. Nobody outside the Beltway cares about Ukraine. Only the Bidens have any real interests there. I bet even a lot of Ukrainians don't really care. Taiwan is a valued trading partner and a thorn in the side of our worst enemy.

IIRC, this whole mess started when John McCain and Baraq Obama engineered a coup in Ukraine to install a government that would be pro-Western. Vlad was infuriated and he has good reason to be paranoid about Western meddling in his front yard. Thanks, John. Thank you very much, Baraq. Well, at least the Biden family got something out of it.

A more practical approach might be to offer Vlad a deal: We (NATO) stay out of Ukraine and he stays out of Ukraine and don't be too sticky about Ukraine's border either.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/25/2022 16:04 Comments || Top||

#19  And I'm sick of hearing comparisons between Ukraine and Taiwan.

Don't get me wrong, Taiwan girls are nice but those Ukraine girls really knock me out.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2022 16:20 Comments || Top||

#20  And Georgia's always on my mind.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/25/2022 16:24 Comments || Top||

#21  Hip Commie Love. For losers only.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/25/2022 16:25 Comments || Top||

#22  "...the paper bag w[ill be] on our knee / Man we'll have a dreadful flight..."
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 16:47 Comments || Top||

#23  Somebody thought this would be the perfect time to send Brandon out for ice cream and little girl clothes boutique shopping.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 17:25 Comments || Top||

#24  8500 souls pitted against the vast hordes of Mother Russia. Zhukov laughs from the grave.
Posted by: borgboy || 01/25/2022 17:52 Comments || Top||

#25  No shit.

In Russian Wars, what do you call 8500 troops?

Opening artillery casualties.

That's OK though, Brandon had a solid choice of ice cream this afternoon.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2022 17:56 Comments || Top||

#26  Russia, a superpower fighting in its front yard, vs a handful of the DayLate / DollarShort Pronoun Brigades. As if that will happen.
Конечно.
Отлично, Константин!
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/25/2022 22:26 Comments || Top||


Allegations of a missile attack on Crimea are nonsense
Direct Translation via Google Translation. Edited.
[REGNUM] Do not take seriously reports of a possible missile strike by American submarines in the Crimea. Igor Shishkin , head of the editorial and publishing department of the Institute of CIS Countries , told a REGNUM correspondent about this on January 24 .

" Nonsense, in fact, at the same time, another manifestation of the information war that has already set the teeth on edge ," the expert said.

Recall that the American edition of The Drive reported on a possible strike by cruise missiles "Tomahawk" by the American submarine Georgia class Ohio on the territory of Russia and Crimea.

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#1  Let me get this straight. Some mouthpiece is tying to spread rumors that the US has already conducted strikes so Russia needs to attack?
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Economy
Buzzfeed Shares Crater: Down 60% As SPAC Bloodbath Worsens
Kick a media company when they're down - it's so much easier!
[Zero Hedge] - As shares of "pre-revenue" companies have been absolutely clobbered during the selloff that has afflicted US stocks since the start of the year, shares of the recently de-SPAC'd Buzzfeed are down 60% from their offering price - the $10/share that's typical of pre-deal SPACs.

Shares of the firm, which now trades on the Nasdaq under the ticker "BZFD", have sunk to a new low below $4 a share during Tuesday's market ructions.
'NASDAQ today, pink sheets tomorrow!'
We have noted many times that BuzzFeed, a languishing darling of the mid-2010s VC love affair with "hip" "progressive" digital-media companies, has never been profitable, and while it's revenues have climbed somewhat in recent years, it remains modestly unprofitable.

Still, with a pesky new union dedicated towards battling with management for higher wages (even while wages at the company remain very attractive compared with the rest of the digital media space), CEO Jonah Peretti has his work cut out for him.

The company's market value has fallen without stopping since its December debut trading under the "BZFD" ticker.
'Fallen' is an interesting word - click on the link to see a chart that looks like a ski run down Tuckerman's Ravine or Cannon Mountain.
Posted by: Raj || 01/25/2022 15:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Print more stock (like the Fed right?) and use that as the increase in their wages. Then let the workers demonstrate they can raise the value of that stock through their diligent labors.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/25/2022 18:08 Comments || Top||

#2  So many working so hard to produce so much that hardly anyone cares about. Greek tragedy meets dotcom startup meets New Media.

I do like "pre-revenue company" though. It's a phrase filled with optimism and lying.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2022 18:29 Comments || Top||

#3  at close of session today, BZFD was at 3.86

still gives them a market cap of over $500M
Posted by: Lord Garth || 01/25/2022 18:53 Comments || Top||


Europe
Tensions rise in Sweden's Gotland amid Russian threat
[France24] The normally sleepy island of Gotland in Sweden has found itself caught up in the growing diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West, with fears the strategically important island in the Baltic Sea could be a target should a conflict break out. In recent days, Sweden has sent hundreds of troops and tanks to the island, sparking a mixed reaction from locals.
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Science & Technology
Summer of 2022, tests of the UAV Okhotnik will begin
[REGNUM] A new model of the S-70 Okhotnik heavy strike unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a new engine equipped with a flat nozzle will be released for flight tests in the summer of 2022, the Izvestia newspaper reports on January 24, citing sources in the aircraft industry.

According to the source, flight tests of the largest and most powerful Russian UAV should begin in July this year.

Recall that the previous sample of the S-70 Okhotnik UAV in 2019 was first tested in the sky in cooperation with the fifth generation Su-57 fighter.

In December 2021, the Chkalov Novosibirsk Aviation Plant (NAZ) rolled out the first sample of the S-70 Okhotnik with a flat jet engine nozzle, which makes the drone invisible to enemy radars.

According to some reports, the S-70 Okhotnik heavy attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be adopted by the Russian army in 2024.

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