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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Clinton server led to security problems for State IT systems
[Federal Times] State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.

The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's service as the nation's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.

The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton's private server.

"This should trump all other activities," a senior technical official, Ken LaVolpe, told IT employees in a Dec. 17, 2010, email. Another senior State Department official, Thomas W. Lawrence, wrote days later in an email that deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin personally was asking for an update about the repairs. Abedin and Clinton, who both used Clinton's private server, had complained that emails each sent to State Department employees were not being reliably received.

Some connection to the OMB leaks? Why do you ask ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 07:08 || Comments || Link || [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My uneducated systems guess would Foggy Bottom was not the only agency beset with problems due to the delivery of dangerous viruses from the Beest's server.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 7:18 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Woman Advertising Sofa For Sale Mistakenly Posts Pictures of Her Boobs
[INFORMATIONNG] Jessica O’Brien swears ѕhе hаd honest intentions аѕ ѕhе set оut tо shift hеr £400 white corner sofa. But nestled аmоng thе pictures оf thе leather settee ѕhе uploaded wаѕ а photo оf hеr exposed chest іn а purple lace bra.
Oh. Well. That could happen to anybody. Assuming they have the boobies for it. And a purple lace bra.
Unsurprisingly, thе 25-year-old’s unusual post оn а local buy-and-sell page quickly gained а lot оf interest.
"Hubert, stop staring at that sofa! She wants £800 for it, and purple won't match anything in the house!"
Thе Sun reported thаt оnе user wrote: ’Thought I’d hаd tоо mаnу drinks аt fіrѕt glance but no, thеу wеrе defo there.’
"Yessir. There they wuz. Big 'uns, too!"
Thе beauty therapist apparently uploaded thе advert frоm hеr phone аnd accidentally ticked thе raunchy snap аmоng thе оthеrѕ ѕhе wanted tо post.
Oops. Embarrassing. I remember once a picture of my genitalia... No. Wait. That wasn't mine. It was Carlos Danger's. Never mind.
Sооn afterwards, Jessica wrote: ’When уоu mаkе аn absolute schoolboy error оn уоur buy аnd sell post!!!’
Yep. That's prob'ly what happened to Carlos.
A friend ѕаіd ѕhе wаѕ ’mortified’, adding: ’Some people hаvе joked thаt іt wаѕ fоr publicity tо hеlр sell hеr sofa but іt wаѕ јuѕt аn accident.
"Buy my sofa and I'll show you my jugs!"
’She’s rеаllу embarrassed.’
I'll bet Carlos was, too.
Thе post hаѕ ѕіnсе bееn deleted bу а group moderator.
But it's right there on the Nigerian news site for the world to see if you want to gaze upon the rounded but blacked out sumptuousness of her bazooms. You just have to pick it out among all the other well-upholstered items.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Marketing....
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 06/24/2016 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  "Nice cushions"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Why buy the couch when you can the milk for free??
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 06/24/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  BB wins Page 3
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 11:36 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Facebook to Provide ‘Political Bias’ Training for Employees
[DAILYSIGNAL] Facebook is adding a training program for its employees to address concerns that the company has a bias against conservatives.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced the addition of a "political bias" section to the company’s managing unconscious bias class during a Wednesday event at the American Enterprise Institute.

"We have a managing bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create. And we focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias," Sandberg said. "So as we think about helping people understand different points of view and being open to different points of view, we’re dealing with political bias as well going forward."

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They're not biased enough?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/24/2016 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  They don't hide it well enough.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2016 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  No reason you both can't be right...
Posted by: Steve White || 06/24/2016 10:40 Comments || Top||

#4  The high Himalayas of bias:
A cave and a face and an iris.
Mere facts do not count on
This rock candy mountain
The pious supply us to eye us.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 06/24/2016 10:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Dog & pony shows don't fool everybody, Sheryl.
Posted by: Raj || 06/24/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
UN will repatriate troops who didn't react to South Sudan attack
Some U.N. peacekeeping units and officers who did not respond to a deadly attack on a U.N. base in South Sudan where 48,000 civilians had sought refuge will be sent home, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Wednesday.

At least 25 people were killed in the February attack in the northern city of Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile State.

Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Herve Ladsous told reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors that while some peacekeepers "reacted very well, some did not."

He said he was not prepared to name the countries whose troops showed "a lack of responsiveness" because two U.N. reports on the incident are still being reviewed by lawyers.

But Human Rights Watch said Wednesday it obtained a summary of the reports which said the response by peacekeepers — from Ethiopia, Rwanda and India — was woefully inadequate.

Ladsous said there was also a lack of understanding of the "rules of engagement" which spell out when soldiers can take military action.

According to Human Rights Watch, fighting between youths inside the camp escalated along ethnic lines and armed Dinkas, including government soldiers, forced their way into the camp, shot civilians, and systematically burned homes of Nuer and others as U.N. peacekeepers stood by.

A U.N. report based on an investigation into the attack that was circulated Tuesday found that at least 30 people died in the attack and placed the number of wounded at 123.

A report by the international medical and humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, also released Tuesday, said the U.N. peacekeeping mission failed to protect civilians, failed to prevent weapons from getting into the Malakal base, and was very slow to respond to the attack in which two of its staff members died.

Ladsous said he has made a series of recommendations to prevent a similar attack.

The U.N. must do "a still better job in training people" as soon as they arrive and make sure that the rules of engagement are understood by everybody "from the top to the last private."
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

Two killed, 50 held in S. Africa riots
[DAWN] Rioters looted shops on the outskirts of South Africa’s capital on Wednesday, and aut­horities reported two deaths and more than 50 arrests since violence erupted in the Pretoria area two days ago.

Looters targeted shops in the Mabopane and Ga-­Rankuwa neighbourhoods belo­n­ging to immigrants colonists, echoing similar attacks last year against foreigners, including Paks and Somalis, who run businesses in poor urban areas.

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds in Mabopane, where people ran out of one store with stolen groceries and other goods, according to South African media reports. Two people were fatally shot in the Mamelodi district, the South African police force said on Twitter.

Police locked away
Please don't kill me!
54 people on charges of public violence, theft and possession of stolen property, the government said in a statement. It said stability was returning to some areas, while violence persisted in others. "The attacks and looting of shops show that some of the protest actions are motivated by pure criminality," the government said.

The violence started on Monday after the selection of the ruling party’s mayoral candidate for Pretoria ahead of elections on Aug 3.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Follows is a posted comment from the 'Californian' to Smith's blog on the recent violence in South Africa. I believe I may have a future use for the phrase... "global citizenship and universal Birkinstocks". I hope to see comments and insights more from the 'Californian.'

Californian 11:23 AM

I have confronted various liberals here in America and Europe with this question: "Why did you single out white-ruled South Africa for such opprobrium while you tolerated or even supported various communist and third world dictatorships?" The liberal answer is basically ideological: "Apartheid era SA upheld white rule over blacks and thus was (horrors!) 'racist;' therefore, apartheid had to go."

The thing to grasp is that liberal ideology is beyond rational reasoning. It is on the level of a demented religion which calls for its followers to sacrifice anything and anyone in order to maintain purity of faith. In pursuit of liberalism, liberals will turn over their children to be cut to pieces (Amy Biehl) or marched off as sex slaves (Rotherham).

The "struggle against apartheid" allowed liberals to engage in their fantasy of fighting for a world of equality, one-man-one-vote, global citizenship and universal Birkenstocks. And if black-majority-rule led to an Idi Amin or Rwanda massacre? Well, ghee whiz, the people of those countries are just overcoming the "problems" of colonialism and are nonetheless marching towards a democratic future.

In some cases, liberals were thinking in terms of the American Civil Rights struggle. Bantus and Xhosas became downtrodden Southern blacks; Soweto was Selma; the South African Police were Bull Connor's cops; Sharpseville was the new Edmund Pettus Bridge battle; Nelson Mandela was the reincarnation of Martin Luther King, jr; and by supporting the ANC, your American liberal enlisted in the ranks of the new Freedom Riders and thus guaranteed a place among the select when the final trumpet doth blow.

Never mind that Africa is not America, never mind that every attempt at black-majority-rule on the continent has led to black-run dictatorship, failed states and non-stop bloodbaths in the name of "liberation." Never mind that black majority rule in Detroit or Selma has led to those once thriving American cities being turned into urban wastelands.

Ideology is king.

I suppose there is some schadenfreude to be found in recent events in Europe and America. Africans and other third worlders riot in cities like London, Paris and Malmo. We've seen the mass sexual assaults by "refugees" in Cologne. I wonder how many white victims of these crimes were anti-apartheid activists? Similarly, here in America Black Lives Matter runs amok on liberal college campuses, despite liberal protestations that "We supported Martin Luther King, we opposed apartheid!"

I'll close out with my usual quote from James Burnham: "Liberalism is the ideology of Western Suicide."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 0:49 Comments || Top||

Brexit - All You Need to Know
Many small and medium-sized firms are likely to welcome a cut in red tape and what they see as petty regulations.
Portends well for the U.S., I suppose.
What happens now?

There are no immediate changes to laws.

An agreement called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which begins the two-year process of negotiating a new trade relationship with the EU, has to be activated in order to set in motion the process of leaving the EU.

Negotiations would then begin in Brussels on the terms of the UK's exit and the nature of its subsequent relationship with the EU.
A lot of interesting stuff, many questions answered. For instance -
Has any other member state ever left the EU?

No nation state has ever left the EU. But Greenland, one of Denmark's overseas territories, held a referendum in 1982, after gaining a greater degree of self government, and voted by 52% to 48% to leave, which it duly did after a period of negotiation.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2016 07:29 || Comments || Link || [336107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As the BBC said, They said Brexit was due to: an angry electorate, globalization, immigration, lost pride, and populism. I'd add another, the voters don't think their elected leaders are representing them. They don't like that the EU, the UN, the bankers and financiers are calling the shots. Similar issues in the U.S.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2016 8:25 Comments || Top||

#2  watch the stocks dive, then slowly rebound as smart investors realize this is not a devastating hit, but an opportunity
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 8:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, my take as well Frank. In the current environment, selling is losing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 8:41 Comments || Top||

#4  72% voter turnout.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 8:42 Comments || Top||

#5  So far, Germans are pissed. Greeks are gloating.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/24/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm buying lots in a bit, just doing my own research on yeilds at the moment.

Interesting thing is EUROzone stock markets down more than FTSE....
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 8:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Iblis
The germans bailed out their own banks VIA greece.
Greece has them by the balls.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 8:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Brexit obviously due to raxism.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/24/2016 8:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Trump in Scotland Comments

Marine Le Pen and her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen hailed the result and looked forward to "Frexit"

British holidaymakers make up the largest contingent of foreign visitors to this country and may now be deterred from coming - because it will be more expensive. - Some in Greece now talking Grexit.

Geert Wilders - the leader of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Freedom Party - was among the first to congratulate Britain on its "Independence Day". He promised if he were elected, the Dutch would be granted their own "Nexit" referendum.

But some Russian politicians couldn't contain their pleasure. They included Moscow's Mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, who noted: "Without the UK in the EU, there's no one there who'll back sanctions against us so stridently."
Ultra-nationalist MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky said the British public "had performed a heroic deed". He said he intended to send a congratulatory telegram to David Cameron: "Dear David, our big friend, we're happy that Britain made the right choice."

Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 9:18 Comments || Top||

#10  I agree with Frank G.

for example, Lloyds of London and Royal bank of Scotland are both down 20% as of a few minutes ago.

in another week or so they will probably recover at least half of that loss and in a year or so they may be in a better position than they would have been pre Brexit
Posted by: lord garth || 06/24/2016 10:12 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 10:21 Comments || Top||

#12  Also seems to be a big win for UKIP...
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 10:22 Comments || Top||

#13  TTIP should be dead.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 11:48 Comments || Top||

#14  3dc
I loved the end of the speech.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||

#15  If June 23rd is Bank holiday they'll probably scrap one as well...

I thank they might scrap the europe one i.e. May day! Haha
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

#16  IMG_4934
Brexit is not the beginning of the end but rather the end of the beginning. We are not alone, despite what O, Hillary, Cameron, and Merkel think.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/24/2016 12:28 Comments || Top||

#17  France, Italy and the Netherlands want a referendum after the British vote. Interesting times.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2016 13:13 Comments || Top||

#18  Funny how the Norge's and the Suisse never went there
Posted by: 746 || 06/24/2016 13:32 Comments || Top||

#19  June 23. A day that will live in independentcery.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2016 19:35 Comments || Top||

#20  BrExit gave away free campaign CONDOMS with the logo of BrExit and the words "Pull Out!" printed on them.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 21:27 Comments || Top||

British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after Brexit vote
..."I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months. But I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination," Cameron said. "This is not a decision I have taken lightly," he added.
Update at 12:30 p.m. ET: Newsweek has the entire speech here. He aims to have a new prime minister in place by October.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/24/2016 04:57 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's nice to know there are still a few places where government of, by & for the people continues.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/24/2016 8:43 Comments || Top||

#2  AH, the question is which people.

We've been commanded by the elite oligarchs for the elite oligarchs and their sycophants more and more over the years. That cup has now runneth over.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2016 9:08 Comments || Top||

U.K. Declares Independence from E.U. Globalist Elite
[Daily Caller] The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in a shock referendum result.

After a bitter contest, the “Leave” campaign opposed by both Prime Minister David Cameron and leader of Britain’s Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn stormed to victory in the early hours of Friday morning. BBC News called the race around midnight EST.

The referendum on Britain’s EU membership divided political parties and the public. The remain campaign focused relentlessly on the economy warning Brits they would be worse off if they voted for Brexit.

The official leave campaign opted for immigration as their trump card, arguing a Brexit would allow the UK to control the number of immigrants who can come and settle from the EU. All EU member states have to allow the free movement of EU citizens — meaning anyone from any member state can live and work in any other member state.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336116 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Even the BBC's calling it for Brexit; about a 1 million vote lead right now.
Posted by: Raj || 06/24/2016 0:02 Comments || Top||

#2  14,861,576 13,861,537 and still counting 16.8 million votes needed to win referendum
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 0:09 Comments || Top||

#3  I spotted something that said this was a non-binding vote; that pisses me off to no end. Why bother, then?
Posted by: Raj || 06/24/2016 0:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Hip, hip, hurray!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/24/2016 0:22 Comments || Top||

#5  Worst thing that could happen to bureacrats. People figure out they aren't needed.
Posted by: Thravimp Lover of the Antelope7006 || 06/24/2016 0:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Now if we can only "Declare Independence" from the Washington elite.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 0:28 Comments || Top||

#7  No taxation without representation still holds true in the 21st century.

Fuck off EU.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/24/2016 0:33 Comments || Top||

#8  What g(r)om said - I cant fucking stand these cocksuckers.
Posted by: Raj || 06/24/2016 0:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Scotland and Northern Ireland to call for break away from union
We are now hearing that there will be statements from Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland and the SNP in Scotland calling for a break away from the United Kingdom.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 0:43 Comments || Top||

#10  Scotland and Northern Ireland to call for break away from union.

Fine, send them on their fok'n way.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 0:52 Comments || Top||

#11  Absolute win by count now!
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 1:02 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 1:09 Comments || Top||

#13  We shall now all await the European retribution.

There are some areas in which France is unlikely to press for tough terms. For example, imposing restrictions on visa or travel rights for some 200,000 Brits who live in France (of which 69,000 are pensioners) could backfire. France has some 160,000 citizens living in Britain, who could be targeted in turn by visa restrictions on foreign travelers and workers.

“[The French] don’t want to create an EU economic cold war,” said Petros Fassoulas, secretary general of European Movement International, a leading pro-EU group in Brussels.

However, there are other ways of demonstrating that withdrawal from the EU can lead to painful payback. One is to restrict the “passporting” of financial services, which allows foreign-owned companies to do business with the EU via offices located in Britain. The principle works because the EU recognizes the authority of British supervisory bodies.

But in the event of Brexit, the EU may no longer recognize that authority, which could push firms to leave Britain and establish bases inside the European Union.

“I would be very tough [on this point],” said Sylvie Goulard, a French MEP who sits on the committee for economic and monetary affairs. “I see no reason to give passporting to a country that decides in a sovereign way to leave the EU… The day the U.K. leaves … you cannot consider the British supervising authority as an authority of the EU.”

A similar logic would apply for British clearing houses, or financial institutions that act as intermediaries between buyers and sellers. Currently, Britain-based clearinghouses are supervised by the Bank of England, but comply with EU regulations. If Britain left the EU, member countries would re-evaluate whether they recognize clearing houses such as LCH.Clearnet, and may push to force all clearing houses to be based inside the EU — as the European Central Bank has already suggested should be the case.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 1:10 Comments || Top||

#14  Mind you, I expect an announcement that the this plebiscite doesn't actually counts, any minute now.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/24/2016 1:12 Comments || Top||

#15  Telegraph: Pound falls to three decades low.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 1:20 Comments || Top||

#16  The copyright, patent and trademark offices are going to be a real mess to separate.
Not sure what happens with the big pseudo state corporations like EDS and Aerospatiale. Also the EU Science and Space consortiums and joint weapons projects like UK/French shared carriers.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 1:39 Comments || Top||

#17  Immigration was the key issue. People are fed up with out of control immigration. Which bodes well for Trump's chances.

In England only the wealthiest areas voted remain (those least affected by immigration, and arguably the major beneficiaries - cheap maids, gardeners, etc.).
Posted by: phil_b || 06/24/2016 1:47 Comments || Top||

#18  Telegraph: Pound falls to three decades low against the USD
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 1:48 Comments || Top||

Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose
Posted by: Airandee || 06/24/2016 6:26 Comments || Top||

#20  All those terrible things could happen, and maybe some or even many of them will happen. But not right away. Inertia.

Besides, there ought to be a benefit to make the change.

For the corporations, anyway; the politicians can be powered by spite, of course.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2016 7:20 Comments || Top||

#21  Feh. Parliament will frontload the painful changes. Then take a second referendum after the public mood shifts.

This isn't over.
Cue Neil Sedaka.
Posted by: Black John Smith || 06/24/2016 7:59 Comments || Top||

#22  Smith blogs from the UK and he nails it:

"I am so glad to see the British Isles did what the Ice Age did naturally 6,500 years BC; Separate from Europe.
Don’t get me wrong...the Brits are a strange bunch, no doubt about that. I mean they love to eat horse feed, sip tea at three and chase after foxes with horses although mopeds have been invented a long time ago, but this time a bit of sanity prevailed. They Brexited!

I hope the first thing they do now is to close the borders, because that was the only reason for the damn referendum in the first place namely the useless EU’s inability (or refusal) to deal with the Islamist invasion of Europe.

Brexiting was the only way they could close the borders and have some control over who comes into their country. If they stayed in the EU they would have been swamped by fundamentalist Islamists.

The UK paid £50 million a day to be in the EU and what did the EU do with that money? Built flats and paid it out as grants to terrorists posing as “refugees”. Crazy.

I am actually relieved it’s over. The total self destruct madness and deranged lunacy of the left the last few weeks were staggering. Every time I saw a European leader (I use the term lightly) like Angela Merkel plead with the Brits to stay in the EU I involuntarily started gagging and almost threw up. Not to mention the crocodile tears over the LWB Jo Cox. Thomas Mair should be knighted for ridding this world of a deranged liberal twat whose black dick fantasies would have been the cause of future terrorist attacks and the deaths of British citizens.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if the Scots and the North Irish now hold more referendums to exit the UK and rejoin the EU independently. Soon there will be no more United Kingdom.

As far as I am concerned I hope to see more countries leaving the EU and that toilet seat of Satan in Brussels destroyed."

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 8:19 Comments || Top||

#23  Yesterday I said the Poms would blow it. I'm delighted to have been proven wrong. Go Britain.
Posted by: Albemarle Hapsburg4595 || 06/24/2016 8:23 Comments || Top||

#24  Cameron to quit.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 8:34 Comments || Top||

#25  UKIP leader Nigel Farage declares it "independence day".
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 8:35 Comments || Top||

#26  "This England never did, nor never shall,
Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror."
Posted by: Matt || 06/24/2016 8:54 Comments || Top||

#27  No comment necessary.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 9:00 Comments || Top||

#28  Article 50 of the EU treaties is what is important now. This defines the 2 year process for establishing the new economic and diplomatic order/relationship between the UK and the EU.

This is FAR from over and we'll see what comes of it
Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2016 9:05 Comments || Top||

#29  Wrechard's comment "It should be obvious to the status quo that the crisis has arrived. Brexit, for all its drama, was a warning. The real collision is close ahead.
The basic demand is for a moderation, if not a reversal of the centralizing tendencies. It's a brief for less immigration, less political correctness and less government.
Unfortunately conceding to these demands this is like reversing the Titanic. There's so much momentum, it's hard to stop. But they have to stop. The Iceberg looms ahead. All Brexit has done is give the warning.
From now on, the countdown begins. Can the elites turn the ship in time?"
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2016 9:11 Comments || Top||

#30  Let's all raise a pint (NOT 568 ML) in celebration!
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/24/2016 9:11 Comments || Top||

#31  Pound falls to three decades low against the USD

Good time to travel.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/24/2016 10:35 Comments || Top||

#32  This defines the 2 year process for establishing the new economic and diplomatic order/relationship between the UK and the EU.

I'd give them 2 minutes - 'Here's your stuff, EU - now get the fuck out!'
Posted by: Raj || 06/24/2016 11:39 Comments || Top||

#33  Europe isolated from Great Britain.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

#34  Shipman, doesn't that go "The channel is fog bound, Europe cut off."?

Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2016 13:53 Comments || Top||

#35  The UK will come to regret that decision. Dearly.
Posted by: European Conservative || 06/24/2016 14:21 Comments || Top||

#36  I have no doubt the rest of the EU will make this as unpleasant as possible, if only to deter countries who might be considering the same.

From a systems point of view, it is interesting how the EU evolved from an organization meant to reduce barriers to the movement of goods, people and capital, and turned into a bunch of bureaucrats deciding what kind of bananas you can eat. Not that I'm surprised.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2016 15:00 Comments || Top||

#37  Liberty always has a price, as does slavery. It might hurt a bit for a while, but I suspect they may wind up much better off. Especially as Europe either joins the Caliphate or decides it wants a repeat of the 30 years war.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 06/24/2016 15:03 Comments || Top||

#38  I have been joking with my friend, "Watch, if Britain leaves, suddenly the EU will be able to mobilize a pan-national military...but not for the Ukraine."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/24/2016 15:53 Comments || Top||

#39  I was against the UK leaving the European Free Trade Area and joining the EU. I thought it was a huge mistake.

Interesting EFTA still exists as basically Norway and Switzerland, hardly struggling states.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/24/2016 15:57 Comments || Top||

#40  Scotland and Northern Ireland to call for break away from union

I suspect there are quite a few English who will be happy to let the EU keep the folks in Scotland, Ireland and Wales on the dole.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/24/2016 16:30 Comments || Top||

#41  #28 Article 50 of the EU treaties is what is important now. This defines the 2 year process for establishing the new economic and diplomatic order/relationship between the UK and the EU.

This is FAR from over and we'll see what comes of it

It will be interesting times, AlanC. One interesting aspect of it is that three other states are looking into their own Nexit referenda. That will put heat on the EUnuchs in Brussels. It will be quite entertaining, as Brussels will stall to try to keep this Frankenstein superstate monster together for their own selfish wants. But the die is cast. Let the games begin.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/24/2016 16:31 Comments || Top||

#42  The EU was built on nothing but lies.

It started as an Iron & steel trade affairin the '40s but the people behind it were trying to build the United States of Europe from day one. Each step of the way was meant to draw closer and closer to a super-state run by the oligarchs/technocrats and reducing the countries to nothing.

I think that they over-reached with the Euro and too many folks finally caught on and decided that they preferred to be responsible for themselves.

This was a fear based campaign with the Remain crew pushing the fear. The younger voters tended to be the cowardly ones who were afraid of the big bad wolf of freedom from Nanny.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2016 16:45 Comments || Top||

#43  >quite a few English who will be happy to let the EU keep the folks in Scotland, Ireland and Wales on the dole

It should be noted however that the Welsh voted for Brexit more strongly than the English did.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/24/2016 19:39 Comments || Top||

#44  Essential Reading from the man who names it EUSSR
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#45  Not available on Amazon.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 06/24/2016 22:15 Comments || Top||

#46  Also, does anyone else see a scorpion-like image in the blue section of the map that outlines the EU? I do.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 06/24/2016 22:17 Comments || Top||

Brexit has slight lead
Our favourite left-wing British news-rag, the Guardian, has a darned good front page with lots of links and up to the minute vote tallies.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sanity prevails over the politicos. It's now 1-0 in the first inning.
Posted by: Fairbanks || 06/24/2016 3:43 Comments || Top||

#2  France, Italy and the Netherlands now want a referendum.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2016 13:12 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuela: Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By
[PANAMPOST] It's Not about the Price of Oil: 21st Century Socialism Destroyed Venezuela's Economy and Distribution Networks, Causing an Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis
Not our problem. First Hugo and now Nick the Mad made clear to everyone that we were Venezuela's greatest enemy. Okay, given that, we're not obligated to help them today.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336096 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Causing an Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis

The Ukrainian famine wasn't.How about the one in China or North Korea? I sense a pattern of unexpected unprecedented famines and a certain political philosophy. Now what could that be? Bernie Sanders to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2016 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  They wanted Socialism, they're getting it good and hard. Let Cuba feed them
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Exactly. They asked for it, let them have it.
Posted by: Spinesing Gray3122 || 06/24/2016 9:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Mebbe all the socialists in the world could donate some money to keep the Venezuelans from starving?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/24/2016 10:37 Comments || Top||

#5  I was thinking the EU could help, but Pappy already included them.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2016 11:11 Comments || Top||

#6  The faster they rise up and decorate their lamp posts with government officials so then they can plant and grow and import food, the better they will be.

Otherwise they will starve. Slowly. While their "betters" continue to feast in their mansions.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/24/2016 11:30 Comments || Top||

#7  The progressive liberal socialist agenda of Trotsky has never worked and has ended up in collapse, cicely war and suffering. They rallied, cheered and booed the great villen America while the Trotsky followers looted their future. They now get to live their dream, until they beg the free capitalists to rescue them. Yet again.
Posted by: 49 pan || 06/24/2016 11:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Sorry mods

Duplicate deleted at 12:42 p.m. ET.
Posted by: 49 pan || 06/24/2016 11:44 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm with Fred.
Posted by: Barbara || 06/24/2016 14:12 Comments || Top||

#10  This is the future [like Venezuela's] that Obama, his minions, Hillary, and the left have for America, you know the usual liberal paradise, Detroit on steroids. They figure that if only the right people are in power [being them], they can pull it off. RedState piece on Venezuela and the American left. Some of the usual suspects.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2016 16:33 Comments || Top||

#11  The Chavenistas want to act like Trotsky and suffer for their cause. Now is the time to suffer (if you are gullible to believe all that socialist sh*t).
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/24/2016 17:37 Comments || Top||

Russian ground station in Nicaragua
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bryan Pagliano might agree, there's something to be said for redundancy.

That sign! Hat tip to the photographer or photoshopper.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 5:43 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Donetsk commander to be tried in absentia
For a map, click here. You can enlarge the map, if you open it separately.

By Chris Covert


Colonel Mikail Tolstoy, colloquially known in Donetsk by his call sign "Givi" will be tried in absentia for alleged crimes committed in Slavyask, Ilovaisk and Donetsk city in 2014 and early 2015, according to Russian languages news accounts.

According to a story posted in korrespondent.net, the Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor was quoted saying Tolstoy will be tried for attacking members of Ukraine's military and for cruel treatment of prisoners of war.

Tolstoy gained fame and some popularity for his role in taking Donetsk airport in January of 2015, but he also gained notoriety for his treatment of prisoners taken during that operation.

A video had emerged at that time which showed Tolstoy slapping, pushing around and threatening Ukrainian prisoners with his personal firearm. Ukrainian Colonel Oleg Mitsaka, commander of one of the formations Tolstoy was fighting, is shown in the video as having been beaten, although the video did not show that Tolstoy had beaten him.

Tolstoy's rise began in the wake of the Ilovaisk defensive operation, and he took an active part in the rebellion in Slavyansk earlier that summer. Tolstoy cut a dashing and daring figure as a commander in videos made during the fall of 2014.

Tolstoy is prior service Ukrainian military, and he has family in Georgia. He also has been remarkably free from the politics in Donetsk. He is known as a team player for the Russian staffed Donetsk military.

Tolstoy is not the only rebel commander facing possible charges. Tolstoy's boss in the summer of 2014, reserve FSB Colonel Igor Girkin claimed earlier this year that he had people executed during the fighting in Slavyask. Stories emerging just a few weeks ago indicated that Girkin has been interrogated about his time in Slavyansk, but given his rank the stories may be apocryphal.

Another Russian officer, retired GRU Colonel Igor Bezler, has been accused of ordering executions in Gorlovka.

Both colonels Bezler and Girkin are flag officers, which gives them great latitude in making decisions such as holding drumhead trials. Tolstoy, even though he is a Colonel with the Donetsk military, enjoys no latitude in his decisions.

Fighting in Donetsk

A total of three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in operations and another 11 wounded in or around Donetsk city since Monday, according to data supplied by lb.ua news outlet.

A separate report posted in lb.ua said that one separatist was killed on Wednesday and another four were wounded. Ukrainian Colonel Andrei Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian ministry of defense said that since Wednesday no Ukrainians were wounded in the fighting.

Yet another report posted in lb.ua said that Ukrainian positions were hit with rebel 120mm mortar fire at Shirokino and Lebedinsky on Thursday, and with grenade fire at several other locations. The report also said that rebel 82mm mortar fire hit Ukrainian positions at Verhnetoretskovo after firing RPGs.

The total incidents, according to the report, numbered 12.

According to data supplied by the Donetsk ministry of defense, a total of 30 residences in Gorlovka were damaged by Ukrainian artillery fire overnight (June 22nd to June 23rd).

All the artillery attacks were carried out at night and included the village of Zaistevo as a target.

A separate Donetsk ministry of defense report said that Ukrainian forces fired more that 423 big gun shells including 152mm artillery, 82mm mortar, 120mm mortar and 125mm tank gun. Locations hit in and around Donetsk city included the Donetsk airport, Spartak and Yasinovataya.

Ukrainian artillery fire was fired at rebel held positions in southern Donetsk at Dokuchaevsk, Kominternovo and Sahanka.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com. Click here for a list of stories in the The 2014 War in Ukraine category.
Posted by: badanov || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336066 views] Top|| File under:

Swiss Ban on Luxury Exports 'Biting N.Korean Regime'
A Swiss ban on exports of luxury goods to North Korea is weakening the regime's ability to buy the loyalty of the elite, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday.

RFA quoted the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry as saying North Korea bought 87 watches worth US$11,000 just between January to April this year, before the sanctions went into force in May. That rate suggests there will be a serious shortfall in gifts for top officials. Swiss sanctions will also affect other sectors like finance, RFA speculated.

On May 18, the Swiss government finally froze North Korean assets, closed bank accounts, and banned exports of 25 luxury items to the North.

The regime's imports of Swiss watches nearly doubled from $112,930 in 2011 to $201,880 in 2012 right after Kim Jong-un took power.

Sanctions drive Nork trading companies to default on payments
Chinese partners are taking it hard. Heh.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336068 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Now they have Iran to pick up the slack.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  “Up until early May, payments normally wouldn’t be any later than 15 days, but now there are a lot of cases where companies have been unable to pay even half the amount owed over a month past the due date.”
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  150$ Swiss watch?

To paraphrase the great one:
Loose the cheap watch Kim
But Pudgy him give to me with personal guidance and a sardine!
Well then, what a beautiful watch, can I have part of the sardine?
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 11:50 Comments || Top||

Biden Warns of Japanese Nuclear Armament
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has warned Chinese President Xi Jinping that Japan may arm itself with nuclear weapons if North Korea's nuclear development remains unchecked.
Finally playing a card that could have been played seven years ago...
Japan could go nuclear "virtually overnight," unless Beijing does more to rein in North Korea, Biden told Charlie Rose on PBS on Monday.

"When I tell President Xi, you have to understand we got a guy up there in North Korea who is talking about building weapons that can strike, nuclear weapons strike the United States and not only Hawaii and Alaska, but... the mainland of the United States," Biden said. "And I say, so we're going to move up our defense system, and he says no, no, no, wait a minute, my military thinks you're going to try to circle us."

Biden was talking about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that Washington is pushing Seoul into deploying here.

"And what happens… if we don't work out something together on North Korea?" he added. "What happens if Japan, who could tomorrow, could go nuclear tomorrow? They have the capacity to do it virtually overnight."
Even Slow Joe can figure this out...
Posted by: Steve White || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336096 views] Top|| File under:

#1  With the DNC loo in chronic overflow, will we soon be hearing more from Joe ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 5:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm sure the Japanese (or Koreans) could quickly refurbish a older nuclear sub or two sitting around here as we're strapped for funds to do the work for ourselves. Sort of 'Lend Lease'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2016 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  They don't need nuclear subs, they are close to their opponent and need extra-quiet. And they are getting there.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/24/2016 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  I never thought I'd hear Joe Biden making sense.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 06/24/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

#5  I never thought I'd hear Joe Biden making sense. Posted by Ebbang Uluque

Well there was the comment about using a shotgun from the back porch a few years ago.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 13:05 Comments || Top||

#6  ...Read Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor for a very good description of how the Japanese could be a nuclear power - with a far more capable and realistic nuclear deterrent than the Norks - in just a few months, and no one would know a thing about it until the deed was done.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/24/2016 20:09 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Trumps new Hildebeest blog
[lyingcrookedhillary.com] "Hillary has no shame! The Benghazi attacks were a preventable tragedy disgraced further by Hillary’s web of lies.

She knew within hours that the attacks in Benghazi were a terrorist attack, and not a spontaneous protest due to a You Tube Video. But she lied anyways. She stood in front of the flag-draped coffins of four Americans that died serving their country and peddled the lie that the video was to blame both to the victims’ families and the American public.

But she didn’t only lie about what she knew about the Benghazi attack; she had the gall to say that she never told the Benghazi victims’ families that the video was to blame – essentially calling THEM liars.

One family member, Charles Woods – father of Tyrone Woods, a retired Navy Seal killed in the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2012 –recalls that Hillary told him, “We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son.” Patricia Smith, grieving mother of victim Sean Smith, remembers clearly what Hillary told her as well and says she never received a real explanation from Clinton or the Obama administration on what happened.

The truth is that massive security failures at the highest levels of the Obama administration and Clinton’s State Department put the Benghazi mission at grave risk as terrorist threats grew daily. Her incompetence cost lives and her attempt to cover up the truth is an indignity on the memory of the fallen heroes in Benghazi."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336081 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't you imagine Mitt or Jeb saying such a thing?

No? Me neither.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2016 13:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Got a feeling this blog is going to get lengthy!
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2016 13:20 Comments || Top||

#3  It wasn't a security failure. They were hoping the place would be destroyed to cover up what the CIA was up to there.
Posted by: gorb || 06/24/2016 22:29 Comments || Top||

Former UN General Assembly president John Ashe dies at 61 amid corruption case
  • [DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] Ashe died at his home in Dobbs Ferry, New York, on Wednesday

  • Served as president of assembly from September 2013 to September 2014

  • Prosecutors accused him of abusing post and taking $1.3million in bribes

  • He was arrested last October and had been in plea talks as recently as May
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's one way to beat the rap...
Posted by: Raj || 06/24/2016 14:45 Comments || Top||

#2  he'll still vote Democrat for the next thirty years
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2016 14:58 Comments || Top||

Israeli sixth graders accidentally given pron DVD instead of graduation video

In a starnge turn of events, a DVD that was supposed to portray a sixth grade graduation party actually contained excerpts of a pornographic film.

The DVD was given to students at a Haifa elementary school in honor of national "Hug day" and for the end of the school year, Channel 2 reported.
Good education is a basis of well functional society
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/24/2016 05:03 || Comments || Link || [336064 views] Top|| File under:

Science & Technology
Cameroonian inventor Arthur Zang wins prize for handheld med tablet
Yaounde (CNN)He is just 28 years old, but Cameroonian Arthur Zang has won a £25,000 ($37,000) prize for inventing a touchscreen heart-monitoring tablet that could revolutionize medicine in remote areas.

Cardio Pad enables heart patients in remote areas to access healthcare without journeying to the cities where most heart specialists work.

Zang -- who won gold at the Africa Prize for the invention -- explains that the tablet comes with "four electrodes, which are attached to the patient's chest to determine whether their heart is functioning normally".

The data is then wirelessly transmitted to the tablet and sent, via a mobile phone, to a cardiologist who can interpret the data in under 20 minutes.

Any prescriptions needed are then sent to the local clinic.
He won a prize for getting an Android tablet to record an EKG??
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