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The missing article — see trailing wife’s comment #2, below
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#1  The salient question is: What if the only way to deal with this is to be authoritarian or even totalitarian in a different direction?

I don't see too many Troo Conservatives (or Trump for that matter) addressing, let alone having any answers to this question.

It's not a nice thing to contemplate, but when it comes, The Great Reckoning won't care about your feelings.
Posted by: charger || 03/23/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

#2  I’m terribly sorry. We seem to have lost g(r)omgoru’s article. Can anyone tell me if it was this Sarah Hoyt one or, if something else, what it was? Once I know, we can at least reconstitute the link. Many thanks, dear Readers, for your help.

The Totalitarian Train Is Rolling Down the Tracks
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 22:01 Comments || Top||

-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man charged with torching family’s home, killing his own mother
[NYPOST] A Louisiana man suspected of filling a water jug with gasoline and torching his family’s apartment last fall, killing his 78-year-old mother, has been formally indicted.

Erik Beasley, 40, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and aggravated arson in the Nov. 23 death of Sarah Beasley, the Times-Picayune reports, citing the Orleans Gay Pareeh District Attorney’s Office.

Beasley was nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
after being spotted on surveillance footage at a gas station less than a mile from his residence buying two-gallon water jugs. He then emptied one of the containers before refilling it with gasoline, according to an arrest warrant.

Beasley’s mother was found burned to death inside the apartment about 30 minutes later. An empty gallon-sized water jug was found near her body. A coroner later determined she died of smoke inhalation, according to the warrant.

Investigators started zeroing in on Erik Beasley after finding no signs of forced entry into the apartment, where he lived with his mother and her husband, who discovered the woman’s body and gave detectives information regarding his whereabouts prior to the blaze.

Beasley has been in jug since Nov. 27 and is currently receiving treatment at the psychiatric unit of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel in lieu of $900,000 bond, according to the Times-Picayune.

Prosecutors have indicated that they do not intend to seek the death penalty
against Beasley, the New Orleans Advocate reports.
"Have mercy on me. I'm an orphan"
Days after her death, Beasley’s relatives said they did not want her to be remembered as a victim, but rather as a loving and caring person who enjoyed cooking and reading the Bible.

"I love her forever," grandson Richard Beasley told WDSU in November. "It won’t change. She will live on through us no matter what."

A motive in the alleged killing remains unclear.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336069 views] Top|| File under:

Subway riders film brute kicking elderly woman in the face instead of trying to help
[NYPOST] An elderly woman was repeatedly kicked in the face and body during a savage Bronx subway attack caught on video.

The video, which was posted to Twitter by user @BKLYNRELL1, shows the man assault the victim as she is sitting in a northbound No. 2 train around 3 a.m. March 10, police said.

The woman, who was alone, tries to defend herself as he continues to attack her ‐ all while other straphangers can be heard shouting in the background.

As the train was stopped at Nereid Avenue, the man yells something at his victim before turning around, looking at the camera and shouting, "WorldStar that, my n‐a." ‐ referring to the popular social media page that is filled with violent videos. He then got off the train.

No one called 911 right away, police said, and the person behind the camera continued recording the woman as she held her hand to her head.

Police weren’t notified until the train arrived at the next and last stop, at Wakefield-241st Street station, when a bystander approached a police officer in the station.

The witness told police the victim had suffered a small cut to her head, but the woman has not yet come forward to police.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336091 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kitty Genovese to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2019 6:28 Comments || Top||

#2  They wuz prolly collecting evidence.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/23/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#3  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese

Apparently the neighbors were slandered--they reacted better than modern videographers.
Posted by: james || 03/23/2019 19:16 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Bennet's Bar, 8 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LG
[CN] What's the vibe at Bennet's?

Forget any sort of hipster pretension: Bennet's has retained its Victorian character since it first opened in 1839, making it a wonderful "old man bar" in the rapidly developing Tollcross. It’s full of antique charm, thanks to gorgeous stained glass windows and old maps under the glass tabletops. But a little modernity has crept in‐gorgeous red banquettes, for example‐making it a welcoming place for any age. Keep an eye out for the snug, Victorian-era space once frequented by those who didn't want to be seen in a public bar‐mostly women, priests, or policemen. You can relive those bygone days by ordering your drink through the hatch.

Cool. Tell us more about the crowd‐it sounds eclectic.
This is a casual place where locals stop in for a pint on their walk home. You won't catch too many tourists here (those who are, are likely heading to the theater next door).

What should we be drinking?
Beer or whisky‐the bar has more than 150 single malts alone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2019 09:28 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Me and my shipmates may have accidentally walked in there in 1979. Remembering is hard.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/23/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

Michigan mom suing Spirit Airlines, says daughter was removed from flight without her knowledge
METRO AIRPORT (WXYZ) ‐ A Wayne County mother claims her 15-year-old daughter was booted from a Spirit Airlines flight from Tampa to Detroit without notice.

Now, she's taking action and suing the airline.

The alleged incident happened in April 2018 when the family was returning from Ft. Lauderdale, and had to switch planes in Tampa.

Stacy Giordano had a seat with her son in the back of the plane, and her daughter was reportedly assigned to a seat in the front of the aircraft. That's when Giordano's attorney Jerry Thurswell says the teenager was removed from the plane suddenly to make room for another passenger due to overbooking.

"They didn’t want to hear anything. They just pulled her off the plane," Thurswell told 7 Action News.

Thurswell said the teenager attempted to reach her mother by phone, but was unable to because of the airline's mandatory "airplane mode" policy on cell phones; Giordano's phone was not receiving messages. The teenager was put on another flight back to Detroit hours later. Giordano didn't realize her daughter was gone until mid-flight.

"When the child says my mother’s in the back of the plane why are you taking me off and they just take the child off and say sit here you’ll be on the next flight out - you don’t just separate a child from their mother," said Thurswell.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2019 08:18 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Only flew on Spirit once.

'Nuff said.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/23/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe the term would be kidnapping. They removed a minor from their authorized guardian with no notice against her will. I'd file kidnapping charges. I also think child kidnapping should once again carry the federal death penalty.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 03/23/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

#3  spirit..once and never again
Posted by: dan || 03/23/2019 12:10 Comments || Top||

#4  I believe the term would be kidnapping.

Nah, just following procedures. According to the 3-ring binder, when you're overbooked, you chose a random passenger, boot them off the plane and offer them a ride on the next plane out. It's all there is black and white. No need for brains, thinking or common sense.

In other news, more workers doing rote procedural-driven tasks are finding themselves displaced by robots.

And yes, a kidnapping lawsuit would be most entertaining.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Both times I have flown on Spirit it was no problem. But the horror stories are out there.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/23/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, go after the group who approves/reviews the SOPs for not including in their boot passenger guide an exemption for anyone not old enough/unable to book a hotel room.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/23/2019 13:00 Comments || Top||

Anthony Pellicano is set to be released from prison
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Hollywood fixer and Michael Jackson's former private investigator Anthony Pellicano is set to be released from prison after serving 15 years for racketeering, wire fraud and wiretapping
Anthony Pellicano, 75, is set to be released from prison in San Pedro on Saturday
  • Anthony Pellicano, 75, is set to be released from prison in San Pedro on Saturday

  • He was convicted on 78 counts of racketeering and wiretapping in two trials held in 2003 and 2008

  • At the height of his reign, he worked on the behalf of A-list stars such as Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone to help with their court proceedings

  • Michael Jackson hired Pellicano in 1993 to source information following the first accusation of child molestation against him

  • Pellicano said he later banished the singer from his books after he unearthed what he calls disturbing details about the singer's personal life

  • FBI raided his Sunset Boulevard office in 2002, following threats aimed at a journalist to blow up her car. Officers found C4 and grenades in his safe

  • In 2008, just weeks before his scheduled release, Pellicano was convicted of an additional 70 charges of racketeering, wire fraud and wiretapping

  • Top executives and former clients have pooled together and contributed to a six-figure trust fund for Pellicano to show gratitude for not revealing their secrets
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  •Top executives and former clients have pooled together and contributed to a six-figure trust fund for Pellicano to show gratitude for not revealing their secrets.

"Please don't write a tell-all book!"
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2019 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  @Raj, well done, you picked up on the nub of why this was a story.

hollywood still has plenty of dirty secrets.

I wonder when he dirt-naps it'll all come out.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2019 7:39 Comments || Top||

NOTAM for Boca-Chica Texas (Brownsville) - SpaceX Mars Rocket Prototype.

From March 25, 2019 at 1400 UTC
To March 25, 2019 at 2300 UTC
From March 26, 2019 at 1400 UTC
To March 26, 2019 at 2300 UTC
From March 27, 2019 at 1400 UTC
To March 27, 2019 at 2300 UTC

Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336068 views] Top|| File under:

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Drag Queen Story Time organizers in Houston call it quits amid 'death threats and national scorn'
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Organizers of a Houston Public Library program where drag queens could read stories to children are calling it quits after a drag queen who participated in the program turned out to be a registered child sex offender, sparking widespread outrage.

Trent Lira and Devin Will, the founders of Drag Queen Story Time, said they and their "kings and queens" who participated in the program have been the target of harassment and death threats since they first launched at the Freed-Montrose Library in September 2017. But that harassment escalated to dangerous levels, they said, after it was revealed that Albert Alfonso Garza, a 32-year-old drag queen who participated in the program under the name Tatiana Mala-Niña, was previously convicted for the aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old child.

The Houston Public Library issued an apology last week saying it failed to run a background check on Garza, as its policy requires. The Drag Queen Story Time organizers called it a "systematic mistake."
"It's the system. Not us. We just make policy...for the system"
"It was devastating," the organizers said in a statement provided to Houstonia magazine. "We had insisted and insisted that what we were doing was safe for children, and yet here was a performer who had been charged with sexual assault of a minor.

"It is frustrating that the past conviction of a single performer now undermines the efforts of three dozen other drag kings and queens who have delighted parents and children alike with songs, costumes, and most importantly, stories," the group said. "We have tried so hard to take the high road, to not stoop to mud-slinging. We have patiently listened to the people that declared we were sexualizing and molesting children. We have asked counter-protesters to be peaceful or not show up at all. We have been calm. We have been collected. But we are angry. And we are tired. And we are sick of well-intentioned but misinformed news stories that have only polarized people more."

The group said they ultimately decided that it was time to "step away" from Drag Queen Story Time and "not continue with the program in March or for the foreseeable future."
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh - so all those 'earlier concerns' were somehow unjustified in light of this most unsurprising of revelations that one of you c*cksuckers preyed on a f*cking 8 year old kid? It was entirely predictable. Hell is not a nice enough place for you, Mr. Diddler.
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2019 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Notice how it's everyone else's fault for noticing they hired sex offenders. Not their fault for exposing children to perverts.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/23/2019 3:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Gotta agree Herb. Also it is the push towards normalizing and legalizing pedophilia. Most of these sick fucks just need to be used as decoration for our lamp posts.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/23/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm just glad that there are still people willing to kill to protect their children.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#5  I saw a program on Wednesday called The Best Defense - a line from that show went something like, "When we give our kids over to another adult, we have the expectation that they will watch over your child as if he or she were their own."

The topic was active school shooter. The context was proper preparation.

I will contend that here, actual violence is being brought upon the child by the very administrators we charge with caring for our children.

"But swks, drag queens and kings (wtf that is) are people too."

Yes. Adult people, doing adult things. I ask, how many Babysitter Needed ask specifically for a drag queen, and to babysit in costume? Being kind, let's say 1%. But here, that 1% is forcing all kids to be babysat by an off topic and rare lifestyle put into a position of authority as surrogate parent. Its as bad as teaching these younglings about fellatio.

Seriously, babysitter comes over and you go see a movie, come back and the original babysitter is gone and in its place is some pennywise drag queen with your children sitting on the couch, being lectured. I have a tomahawk for that.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/23/2019 15:49 Comments || Top||

Gang of 30 angry hippos attacks croc in Tanzania
[OUTLINE] A video has emerged showing one unlucky crocodile being confronted by a gang of 30 hippos in the Serengeti, Tanzania. The croc stood little chance against its larger rivals, who made sure the unwanted guest was firmly ejected from their ’pool party.’

The crocodile was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he found himself in the middle of a group of more than 30 giant hippos, resting near each other in the murky water. Having noticed the predator, the animals, known for their aggressive and unpredictable temper, turned hostile.

The hippos formed a united front against the croc, with the heavyweights sinking their jaws into the reptile, pushing it away from their territory like bouncers tossing a drunkard out of a bar. The epic scene was recorded by a 71-year-old retired sonographer, Harish Kumar.

"This was just an unbelievable sighting," Kumar told Latest Sightings. "The croc was completely outnumbered and found himself being thrown around and bitten by the hippos. Luckily he managed to get away unharmed." The moral of the story: don’t mess with angry, angry hippos.
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#1  The hippos were moderators, the croc was clearly a troll.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 03/23/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Was he wearing a MAGA hat?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Like a bad Jenny Craig commercial.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/23/2019 18:37 Comments || Top||

#4  The hippos were moderators

Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 21:00 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Pro-life Bills Requiring Woman to View Ultrasound, Hear Fetal Heartbeat
[Townhall] South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signed a package of pro-life bills into law Wednesday that place new requirements on abortion providers including the requirement that a woman view a sonogram and hear the fetal heartbeat before an abortion.

The new laws, which go into effect July 1st, will also require a written consent form, provided by the state, prior to an abortion. They require doctors to report certain data on abortions to the state and also criminalize the causing of an abortion against the woman’s will.

Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, claimed the new laws were unnecessary in a statement Wednesday.

"The state has already squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation fees fighting for medically unnecessary abortion restrictions," Stoesz said. "The people of South Dakota want their lawmakers to focus on improving the health of our state; instead, they’ve passed more legislation that’s based on medically inaccurate information and contrary to the recommendations of health care professionals."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2019 05:31 || Comments || Link || [336079 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Judge shopping has already begun....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/23/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "... contrary to the recommendations of health care professionals."
What kind of health care professionals?
Top. Health care. Professionals.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Background checks?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

Off their meds again: North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office at border with the South
[SCMP] North Korea pulled its staff out of an inter-Korean liaison office on Friday, Seoul said, weeks after leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
’s summit with US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
ended without agreement.

The office in the Northern city of Kaesong was opened in September as the two Koreas knitted closer ties, but the South’s vice unification minister Chun Hae-sung told news hounds Pyongyang had "notified the South they are pulling out of the liaison office".

The decision had been taken "in accordance with an order from an upper command", he said, adding: "They said they didn’t care whether we stayed at the liaison office or not."

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336073 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  The media will spin this as a HUUUUGE loss for Trump, of course. But I read it as Pudge upping the ante for the next round of negotiations.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "Well sure you move your people out before shelling the facility. Doesn't everyone?"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

#3  'you move your people out before shelling'
that's if you care about your people
Posted by: Jan || 03/23/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

Rick Perry helps ailing Georgia nuclear plant with $3.7 billion in financing
[Washington Examiner] Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday issued a $3.7 billion federally-backed loan guarantee to keep the Vogtle nuclear power plant under construction in Georgia afloat after years of cost overruns and project delays.

Perry made the announcement after touring the site in Georgia with utility industry officials involved in the project, state regulators, and the governor of Georgia.

He said the Vogtle project is "critically important" to the administration’s goal of revitalizing and expanding the U.S. nuclear industry. "A strong nuclear industry supports a reliable and resilient grid, and strengthens our energy and national security," he said.

Perry also noted that Vogtle is an energy infrastructure project "with a massive scope employing thousands of workers" that is rebuilding a highly skilled nuclear workforce and supply chain for the future.

But while Perry was touring the site, critics argued that the new financing places the taxpayer on the hook for $12 billion if the power plant flounders.

Related: Zachs - Southern Co. (SO) Up 2.7% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Continue?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2019 05:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...after years of cost overruns and project delays.

The problem with most of these projects is that they are 'one of' and always 'Yuge'. No standardized design of medium size as in Europe and constantly subject to changing design regulations. Where's the graft in that?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2019 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Southern Company CEO Thomas Fanning on February 20 said construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle is on track and could possibly beat the current regulatory approved startup dates for the AP1000 units.
Fanning spoke on the company’s fourth-quarter 2018 earnings call. He said Georgia Power, a Southern Company subsidiary and the majority owner of Vogtle, has ramped up the work schedule at the site near Waynesboro, Georgia, and said if that productivity continues the first of the two new reactors could come online as early as April 2021, seven months ahead of the current schedule, with the second coming online in April 2022.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 03/23/2019 7:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Usually Design-Build, so if the client's needs, whims, and desires aren't accurately transmitted at the start, it requires contract changes in scope/cost - always upwards
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 7:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Rick Perry is thoroughly qualified to make this decision. As a long term governor of Texas his back ground involving Commanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glenrose, Texas, which is a safe facility, qualifies him to make this investment call. Commanche Peak was going to add 2 more units but that was suspended due to the huge success of fraqqing in Texas bringing far more natural gas and oil than anticipated locally that under cut profitability of the two additional nuclear units at Commanche Peak for Texas.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 03/23/2019 7:22 Comments || Top||

#5  How much equity is the taxpayer getting for their 3.7 billion?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#6  if the power plant flounders.

And those same critics will do everything they can to make it so.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Texas is the energy leader of the Country. They should be emulated.
Posted by: newc || 03/23/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

Yellow Vest protests: Macron's 'risky' plan to put army on streets
[France24] French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during Yellow Vest protests planned this weekend. But the move has been met with fierce criticism.

Authorities have vowed a 'zero tolerance' approach to this weekend's protests. Paris police have banned the protesters from a large area in the west of the city, including the famed Champs-Elysees avenue, scene of last week’s rampage by hundreds of anarchists, as well as the presidential palace and National Assembly.

Similar bans have been announced in the centres of Toulouse, Bordeaux, Dijon, Rennes and the southern city of Nice where Chinese President Xi Jinping is to meet Macron this weekend.

In a controverisal move, troops will be redeployed from the "Sentinelle" anti-terror operation during this weekend’s protests to secure government buildings and other sites, and to allow police forces to focus on maintaining public order.

However these soldiers are armed with automatic weapons, raising concerns about how they will respond if set upon by a group of rioters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2019 05:49 || Comments || Link || [336097 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Using armed force against Islamic invaders is no, no. But Frenchman who had enough of this sh*t are fair game?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The Yellow Jackets Revolt and The Future of America
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  As a general rule, if you need to call out the army to keep your people in line, there is a big-ass impedance mismatch between the people and the government. Ignore it at your peril.
Remember: Slowly at first, then all at once.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

#4  and when the army decide they have more in common with the yellow jackets than they do with the borderless elitists...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Are you the army of Macron or the army of France?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

France bans 'yellow vest' protests on Paris Champs-Elysees and key sites
[DW] After the most violent scenes of the 'gilets jaunes' protests last weekend, police are closing off some key areas this weekend. Redeployment of soldiers to free up police for public order roles has also caused concern.

The Gay Paree prefect's office said that protesters will be prevented from marching on to the Champs-Elysees from the streets surrounding the Arc de Triomphe, at the top of the avenue and several nearby areas including the president's Elysee Palace and the National Assembly.

"There are serious reasons to believe that violence and damage are likely during the scheduled demonstrations," the prefect's office said in a statement on Friday.

Last weekend, fires were set on the Champs-Elysees damaging newspaper kiosks, shops and the famous Fouquet restaurant, which will be closed for repairs for several weeks.

There will be similar bans in other major cities such as Marseille, Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
and Nice, where President Emmanuel Macron is due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday.

If there are rallies on Saturday, it would be the 19th weekend in a row they have taken place. Anyone defying the bans would face fines. Speaking on Thursday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner demanded a "zero tolerance" police approach towards violent protesters.

Protests in other parts of Gay Paree will be allowed to go ahead on Saturday: "The right to demonstrate, which is a fundamental freedom, will be allowed" but "any riotous groups will be immediately dispersed," police declared.

What began as a mass protest against an increase in fuel taxes ‐ hence the use of the 'yellow vests' which must by law be carried in any car for emergencies in La Belle France ‐ has decreased in terms of numbers of participants but intensified in terms of acts of violence and damage.

The Gay Paree police chief lost his job this week after police appeared to hold back as hundreds of violent protesters burned and looted more than a hundred shops and businesses. These so-called "black blocs," according to Castaner "belong in prison, not on the Champs-Elysees."

There were reports that Hugo Boss had been smashed so Gay Paree St Germain soccer shirts could be grabbed.

Soldiers are being redeployed from the "Sentinelle" anti-terror operation during this weekend's protests to secure government buildings and other sites. This will free up police to: "concentrate on crowd control, along with maintaining law and order," government front man Benjamin Griveaux said. Police have been working continuously since the protests began on November 17.

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the soldiers will not be involved in public order operations, Defense Minister Florence Parly said it was "obviously out of the question" that the soldiers would come face-to-face with demonstrators she told Le Gay Pareeien.

Gay Paree military governor General Bruno Le Ray confirmed via public broadcaster La Belle FranceInfo that troops were authorized to open fire if their lives were at risk.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 01:04 || Comments || Link || [336103 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "...Well, that ought to do it, then. Thanks, Monsieur le Prefect."

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/23/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Soldiers are being redeployed from the "Sentinelle" anti-terror operation during this weekend's protests to secure government buildings and other sites

"Nice protest you got there. Shame if we can't control the armed foreigners we brought in."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/23/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

Migrants fail German tests in increasing numbers
[DW] The number of migrants colonists and refugees failing Germany's integration and language classes has risen. Germany's migration office has been under fire for the quality of the courses.

Around 45 percent of migrants colonists taking part in language and integration courses in Germany do not pass, according to media reports citing the response to a request for information by the far-right AfD party.

Of the roughly 202,000 people taking a course in 2018, 93,500 failed, according to government data cited in the Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung daily. One in four failed even after doing additional classes.

In 2017, the percentage of those who failed was 40 percent.

The course is aimed at teaching participants a lower to intermediate level of German, classified as B1. It also requires people to sit an exam titled "Life in Germany."

According to figures quoted in daily Die Welt nearly 40,000 of those taking part last year were Syrians, followed by Afghans, Iraqis, Romanians, Turks and Bulgarians.

Nearly 45,000 participants were illiterate when they started their classes.

Welt reported Friday that some providers are being sued by the BAMF for fraud and the falsifying of documents. The paper says one course provider is even suspected of aiding and abetting the subreption of citizenship by letting participants pass without the required language skills.

The report says 16 providers had seen their license revoked or not renewed last year. BAMF is to publish definitive figures in May, the paper states.

The report says one issue is that no clear guidelines have been set to assess what constitutes "orderly, regular attendance" of courses, leaving it up to the individual teacher to decide if a participant has attended often enough to pass.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2019 00:08 || Comments || Link || [336077 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Kaum zu glauben!
Posted by: Glasing Untervehr4432 || 03/23/2019 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Serious Snark O' The Day candidate right there...
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2019 0:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The simplest test is easy. will they earn above average wage?

If not they'll harm German productivity, which is the backbone o continues German wealth..
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2019 8:11 Comments || Top||

Mentally ill prisoner Khizar Hayat passes away after spending 16 years on death row
[DAWN] Khizar Hayat, a mentally ill prisoner who spent the last 16 years of his life on death row, passed away on the night of March 21, the Justice Project Pakistain (JPP) announced on Friday.

According to a JPP blurb, 56-year-old Hayat passed away at Jinnah Hospital Lahore, where he was admitted after he stopped taking food and medication.

The jail authorities reported him to be "severely anaemic and hypotensive". He was fitted with a feeding tube by the doctors, but his condition kept deteriorating and he fell unconscious during his final hours.

He is survived by four children and his mother.

Hayat, a former police constable, was convicted in October 2001 for killing a fellow policeman, while a trial court had handed him a death sentence two years later.

According to the JPP, Khizar was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by jail authorities in 2008. His mental health record consistently referred to his delusions, psychosis, and his mental illness, and showed that he has been prescribed powerful anti-psychotic medication. The conditions of his incarceration made his mental illness progressively worse.
Slightly worse than we handle such cases here, but really not by much.
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336066 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  His mental health record consistently referred to his delusions, psychosis, and his mental illness, and showed that he has been prescribed powerful anti-psychotic medication

and moar Islam
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 7:30 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
'Flip of a switch’: Scientists 'cure' alcoholism in rats by firing lasers at their brains
[RT] Rats have been cured of alcoholism by having laser beams blasted at their brains, ending their dependency with a “flip of a switch,” exciting new research has revealed.
Ummm... You go first.
Scientists from Scripps Research fired lasers at specific neurons in the alcohol-addicted rat brains, which rid the rats of the desire to drink, as well as reducing the physical symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal.

As soon as the lasers were turned off, however, the addiction symptoms would return.

The researchers identified a “specific neuronal population in a deep region of the brain that is activated during alcohol withdrawal and which controls alcohol drinking in a rodent model of alcoholism,” Olivier George, an associate professor at Scripps Research, told Digital Trends.

They also identified the pathways these corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neurons use to control other parts of the brain, which produces the addiction behaviors.

Also on rt.com Scientists pinpoint part of brain that inhibits fear, hope for PTSD breakthrough

The team then used optogenetics, which use light to control cells, to manipulate the neurons. Fibre optics were implanted deep in the brain before they were used to shine light on the CRF neurons to inhibit them.

While the idea of blasting brains with lasers to change their function could have alarming consequences for mind control in the future, scientists have said it could take decades before the method could be tested on humans, and up to 30 years before alcoholics could be fitted with brain implants.

Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336099 views] Top|| File under:

#1  a rodent model of alcoholism

Also known as "College"? My fraternity intramural sports teams were named "The Rodents". Coincidence? I think not
Posted by: Frank G || 03/23/2019 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Firing lasers at their brains also cures living which is, after all, the root cause of their issues.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2019 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Who knew it could be that easy where do I sign up?
Posted by: jpal || 03/23/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Try it on Democrats,
also those pesky islamists.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||

#5  You'd think all those neon signs in the bars would help.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/23/2019 18:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Shep Smith Accused Of Sexual Harrassment
... by another guy, of course!

You think I'm posting this if it was just a mere garden variety 'he said / she said' type of harassment? Hell, no!

[Big League Politics, via Ace] - A man told his story to Big League Politics about an encounter with Fox News host Shep Smith in 2004 in New York City. The man describes how he woke up with Smith on top of him with his tongue down his throat, how he tried to push the Fox host off him, and how Smith lunged at him three or four more times while continuing to force the unwanted physical encounter.

In a revelatory interview with Neil McCabe for Big League Politics, John Doe #1, 35, says that Smith took advantage of him. Here is audio from the interview:
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2019 07:05 || Comments || Link || [336071 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The gerbil was quoted as saying "It felt like a hostile work environment to me, let me tell you..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/23/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought you can only sexually harass womyn?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||

Percentage of Richard Cohens At SPLC Drops To Zero
If you've seen a certain notorious photo of Mr. Cohen, you'll get the reference.
Posted by: charger || 03/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe I'm too optimistic, but I'm actually getting the feeling that the SPLC will go tits up soon, once the donations grind to a halt.
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2019 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry Raj but the SPLC has lots of cash, much stashed in off-shore locations. The best to hope for is that they run away to live in the tropics.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

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