[Right Scoop] DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has just informed Congress that the redaction process for his report on 2016 FISA abuses is "nearing completion":
BREAKING: DOJ IG Horowitz sends letter to Congressional leaders. Says report is going through declassification ("nearing completion"), is lengthy, and he anticipates few redactions. Doesn't foresee "a need to prepare and issue separate classified and public versions."
It’s been going through the redaction process for well over a month now so I’m guessing we could see this report before Thanksgiving. That’d be fantastic.
Here’s the full letter, which is short, if you’d like to read it:
[Daily Mail] All those who died came from Fujian province in south-eastern China, situated opposite the island of Taiwan.
Fujian is also the ‘home’ of the notorious Snakeheads, an off-shoot of the Triads.
The Snakeheads, who specialise in people smuggling, are so-called because those who wish to get out of China illegally need guidance as they ‘twist and turn’ to find ways around border controls — ‘a sophisticated travel service in human misery,’ they have been labelled.
Back in the 1990s, their activities were focused on Hong Kong, providing black market labour mostly to the kitchens of restaurants run by Hong Kong’s long-established Chinese community.
In the intervening years, the Snakeheads have branched out supplying young women, who are often kidnapped and forced into the sex trade in Britain.
[Metro.UK] Hitman hires hitman who hires hitman who hires hitman who hires hitman who tells police.
Five hitmen have been jailed for attempted murder after each one avoided carrying out the contract themselves so they could make a profit.
Chinese businessman Tan Youhui was looking for a hitman to take out a competitor, Wei Mou, and was willing to pay 2 million yuan (£218,000) to get the job done.
The hitman that Mr Youhui hired decided to offer the job to another hitman for half the original price.
The second hitman then subcontracted to another hitman, who then subcontracted to a fourth, who gave the job to a fifth.
However, hitman number five was so incensed at how much the value of the contract had fallen, that he told the target to fake his own death, which eventually led to the police finding out about the plot, Beijing News reported.
The businessman and the hapless assassins were all convicted of attempted murder by the court in Nanning, Guangxi, following a trial that lasted three years.
The original dispute occurred in 2013, when Wei decided to sue real estate developer Youhui.
Tan, who hired the original hitman, was jailed for five years, while Xi, the first hitman, was sentenced to three years and six months.
Yang Kangsheng and Yang Guangsheng were sentenced to three years and three months, Mo was sentenced to three years, and Ling was sentenced to two years and seven months.
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Re #3. Thanks for the link. I went there to see if the site had a picture of the railroad bridge in the town where I grew up, and it did. It brought back pleasant memories, particularly of the courage it took to jump off of it into the river below. Mom would have killed me if she'd found out.
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] England's historic University of Oxford has instituted a ban on clapping during "Student Council meetings and other official SU events,"citing the potential anxiety-triggering nature of the loud sound of applause.
An official statement from the Student Council at Oxford announced the intention to request that students opt for the British Sign Language "silent jazz hands" instead of loud clapping as it may not be an "inclusive" behavior. The statement noted that applause could cause discomfort for students at the university that were dealing with "anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids." "UP Twinkles!"
Oxford, which has been in continual operation as an institute of higher learning since at least AD 1096, became the second major university in England to reject clapping in favor of jazz hands. The University of Manchester adopted the same rule in 2018, an act the Oxford student union praised in their statement. The Student Union says they will mandate that Sabbatical Officers of the school encourage the use of jazz hands and further requests that the SOs "lobby the University" to enact jazz hands at all school functions.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
10/25/2019 2:38 Comments ||
At Oxford, all people of sense
Are thought to be dangerous, hence,
We request they not clap,
Chant, set fires, or throw crap,
Lest some communist kook take offense.
Or a thalidomide kid raised in a cave... by abusive mutes! What about them? Have you no heart? Seriously, I sympathise intensely with the handful of older people in a given auditorium who might have hearing aid issues, but I don't believe for a second that this foolishness is about them.
actually the sign for "finish", "quit it", and "stop it" in ASL.
Sure, but in Oxford they only know British sign language, the poor, monolingual gits. American Sign Language is based on the French version, because back in the day the inventor of BSL refused to share with that upstart American who wanted to know.
[Naval History and Heritage Command] Battle off Samar: October 25, 1944
Despite its losses in the Sibuyan Sea, the Japanese Center Force steamed to counter the U.S. Allied forces during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In the early morning of October 25, 1944, four Japanese battleships, eight cruisers, and eleven destroyers surprised the Allies. Leading the U.S. Navy Task Groups, or Taffys, were Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague (Taffy 1), Rear Admiral Felix B. Stump (Taffy 2), and Rear Admiral Clifton A.F. Sprague (Taffy 3). Despite the surprise and great show of power from the enemy, the U.S. Navy servicemen fought heroically to defend their carriers though USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), USS Hoel (DD-533), USS Johnson (DD-557), and USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) were sunk. For his actions commanding Johnston, Commander Ernest E. Evans was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Despite these losses, the enemy formation suffered fatal damage to three heavy cruisers Choaki, Chikuma, and Suzuya. The Japanese were so disrupted that is commander, Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita, decided to withdraw. During this engagement, Kamikaze suicide planes hit the CVEs and their escorts, sinking USS St. Lo (CVE-63) and damaging others, making their first appearance as a weapon against the U.S. Navy.
Image: 80-G-47038: Battle off Samar, October 25, 1944. Allied fleet is attacked by the Japanese off Leyte, Philippines. Black smoke rising from funnels of the CVEs, naval escorts lay smoke while being shelled. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Posted by: Bugs Prince of the Danes7415 ||
10/25/2019 05:11 ||
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Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, Hornfischer.
Slightly off topic, anyone else apprehensive about the coming Midway movie?
First, don't remake a classic.
Second, whats up with the Call of Duty video game noises and briefing graphics and crap? When Wonder Woman does better period re-enactment than your period re-enactment, flags get thrown mate. I would bet a doughnut that sometime in the movie an overhead view from a then unobtainable altitude will zoom in to a ship's con tower.
I would like to see this battle be made into a movie, but nice and dry like The Great Raid *without the damn love story*. I hate how movie makers think that they have to add tons of machines in a scene and give them flying physics of a free smart phone game. People spends thousands to create ship replicas a la Ben Hur to sail around and shoot ball bearings at each other - hybrid that real world with computer enhancements, not some overpaid dweeb downloading skins from World of Warships and letting marketing try to convince you the new Clash of the Titans is superior to the original.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Nigeria have signed a deal for Moscow to supply 12 Mi-35 attack helicopters to Nigeria, a senior official at Russia’s federal military-technical cooperation service said on Wednesday, the RIA news agency reported.
The contract was announced as Russia welcomed dozens of African heads of state to the southern Russian city of Sochi amid a push by Moscow for clout on the continent.
[DAWN] A court in Bangladesh sentenced 16 people to death on Thursday over the murder of a 19-year-old female student burnt alive in April that provoked outrage across the country.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused in kerosene and set on fire after refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against the head teacher of the seminary she attended.
"The verdict proves that nobody will get away with murder in Bangladesh. We have the rule of law," prosecutor Hafez Ahmed told news hounds after the verdict in a crowded courtroom.
Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the seminary where her attackers pressed her to withdraw the complaint she had filed with police.
When she refused, she was tied up, doused in kerosene and set on fire.
She suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and died in hospital five days later on April 10. Her death fired up the rubes and also highlighted an alarming rise in sexual harassment cases in the South Asian country of 165 million people.
Protesters in the capital Dhaka staged days of demonstrations seeking "exemplary punishment" for the killers. Bangladeshi Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina ...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums... had promised to prosecute all those involved.
'NO BIG DEAL'
Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the sexual harassment, and a leaked video shows the local cop shoppe chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as "not a big deal".
At the time police had said that one of the 18 people initially arrested had accused the school's principal of ordering the attack.
The teacher "told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused", senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who led the investigation, had told AFP.
Iqbal had also said that some of those arrested were Rafi's classmates and that they had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire.
Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday accused the National Basketball Association of acting "like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime" in China, in a speech that also chided Beijing for economic and human rights abuses. Other 'wholly owned subsidiaries' include.....
The closely watched address was seen as a barometer of the US administration's approach to China as President Donald Trump works to complete a partial trade deal within the next few weeks.
Over the summer, Trump ordered the speech delayed around the same time he told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a phone call he would remain quiet on Hong Kong protests as trade talks progressed.
The speech Pence delivered Thursday sought to balance conciliation on trade with a critique of China's human rights crackdowns, including in Hong Kong. His accusation against the NBA, along with the sneaker manufacturer Nike, of ranking business interests over American values stood in contrast to Trump's own willingness to prioritize trade talks over condemning Beijing's actions in Hong Kong.
[American Thinker] Phonics is winning, finally, at long last, after 85 stupid years, after 50 million functional illiterates, after one of the most stubborn subversive schemes against common sense ever to brutalize a country. Finally, the one correct way to teach reading is again embraced as the one correct way to teach reading.
Go ahead, shout "OMG." The fix has been in for so many dumbed down decades that many people may have given up hope. You may think this is now crazy optimism on my part. But I will show you some signs that things have suddenly and surely changed.
First, conservatives must note that the New York Times is finally on the right side of a major debate. It was on the wrong side for a long, long time. I don't know what finally woke those people up. Toward the end of 2018, a seminal article appeared: "Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?" by Emily Hanford.
The subtitle tells it all: "Teacher preparation programs continue to ignore the sound science behind how people become readers."
Hanford concluded, "To become readers, kids need to learn how the words they know how to say connect to print on the page. They need explicit, systematic phonics instruction. There are hundreds of studies that back this up."
Well, you can imagine the shockwaves circling the globe. Thousands of so-called literacy experts have been sent back to school. Two things kept the hoax going all these years. 1) A mountain of dubious research that 2) an army of education professors flogged to control the debate. The professors will have to work much harder now.
Educational malpractice, indeed.
Buddy of mine has twin girls in elementary school. Kids seemed unable to learn to read. There were suggestions they might be retarded. (laughable if you knew the kids)
Dad called bullshit on the whole mess, started teaching them old-skool phonics. A year later, the kids were reading at grade level.
tl;dr: The Whole Word Method for learning to read is BS. Phonics kicks its ass demonstrably and for multiple reasons.
Every time I see a "If you can read this, thank a teacher" bumper sticker I want to gag. My uncle, who was a machinist (made nuke sub reactor parts for many years) but also could do pretty much anything taught me to read when I was 4-5 years old. With newspapers.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/25/2019 21:28 Comments ||
Being a voracious reader, but not an "educator," I hold to the rather old-fashioned theory that the best way to teach children the beauty and power of the written word is to read aloud to them.
And that the words that should be read aloud with the old words crafted by the old poets and the other great writers of our culture: Poe, Tennyson, Kipling, Bobby Burns, Frost and Roethke. And perhaps a bit of Eliot or Shakespeare.
Because when humans hear music-in-words, they imbibe a sense of the order and beauty in language: logic and memory and desire, all mixed together in a kind of magic that appeals to the innate sense of grammatical, semantic, logical-emotional structure that all humans have from birth. And that makes poetry, and beautiful language generally, so memorable when it's spoken and heard.
But no, I haven't been trained in the ways of "whose word" or Common Core or Uncommonly Stupid.
A Texas judge ruled on Thursday that Jeff Younger is entitled to a say in his seven-year-old son James’s gender-transition process.
Judge Kim Cooks awarded Younger joint conservatorship over his son with mother Anne Georgulas, according to Life Site News.
Georgulas had previously insisted on pursuing James’s gender transition, and was backed by counselors and therapists who testified on her behalf that he is transgender.
A jury had previously ruled Younger could not prevent Georgulas from allowing their son to change genders.
Younger and Georgulas separated several years ago, and Georgulas retained exclusive rights and duties over the couple’s two children, while Younger was given limited custody. Scared by the Governor's announced probe?
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/25/2019 9:37 Comments ||
Sayyed Qtub decided western culture is decadent while living in Colorado.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/25/2019 9:39 Comments ||
Looks like theses were almost all in the 1960s and 1970s, and covered up in the 1980s. Right when the liberals started talking hold of the church with left wing philosophy and hippie-fying the mass. People Like the current Pope.
[Jpost] The closure of three Protestant churches in the Muslim-majority North African country of Algeria coincided with arrests of Protestant worshipers in mid-October. While Algerians in western nations can safely worship Ba'al in the several mosques and islamic centers afforded them, thank you.
The US-based International Christian Concern (ICC) advocacy director Matias Perttula said that "Reports of rising levels of religious intolerance in Algeria are once again causing a great level of concern for ICC and our partners. These church closures are completely baseless and clear indicators of persecution and harassment of Algeria’s Christians, who represent a significant religious minority. ICC plans to raise this issue with our partners as well as members of Congress on Capitol Hill to make them aware of these human rights violations."
The Morning Star News, a Christian media outlet, reported on October 14 that protestant Christians protested the closure of two churches. Pastor Salah Chalah, head of the Protestant Church of Algeria umbrella group l’Église Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), said the authorities retaliated against the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel of Tizi Ouzou because of a sit-in that Christians organized at the Bejaia Province headquarters on October 9.
Although prescription pain medication is commonly blamed for the "opioid epidemic," such drugs play a small and shrinking role in deaths involving this category of psychoactive substances. A recent study of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts underlines this crucial point, finding that prescription analgesics were detected without heroin or fentanyl in less than 17 percent of the cases. Furthermore, decedents had prescriptions for the opioids that showed up in toxicology tests just 1.3 percent of the time.
Opioid-related overdoses are commonly attributed to prescription opioids. We examined data on opioid-related overdose decedents in Massachusetts. For each decedent, we determined which opioid medications had been prescribed and dispensed and which opioids were detected in postmortem medical examiner toxicology specimens.
Among opioid-related overdose decedents in Massachusetts during 2013-2015, we analyzed individually linked postmortem opioid toxicology reports and prescription drug monitoring program records to determine instances of overdose in which a decedent had a prescription active on the date of death for the opioid(s) detected in the toxicology report. We also calculated the proportion of overdoses for which prescribed opioid medications were not detected in decedents’ toxicology reports.
Of 2916 decedents with complete toxicology reports, 1789 (61.4%) had heroin and 1322 (45.3%) had fentanyl detected in postmortem toxicology reports. Of the 491 (16.8%) decedents with ≥1 opioid prescription active on the date of death, prescribed opioids were commonly not detected in toxicology reports, specifically: buprenorphine (56 of 97; 57.7%), oxycodone (93 of 176; 52.8%), and methadone prescribed for opioid use disorder (36 of 112; 32.1%). Only 39 (1.3%) decedents had an active prescription for each opioid detected in toxicology reports on the date of death.
Self protecting study. For example, I hurt my knee. The docs give me an opioid drug for the pain. I get hooked on them. The knee heals and I no longer have the script for opioids. So I go out and find them on the street. The pills are pricey and hard to find so I shift to heroin or fentanyl. Eventually I OD. This is bull.....
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
10/25/2019 11:39 Comments ||
But Herb says if the gummint doesn't stop you from od-ing it's all good.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/25/2019 15:28 Comments ||
All this is helpful in directing resources where they can do the most good. But how do we stop the heroin and fentanyl overdoses? That's been a question for most of my lifetime, and I don't see any good answers. I wish someone could.
Ah, poor babies. Did you know that the greatest fatalities in auto accidents occur in the front passenger seat? Maybe all you have to do is move to another location in the car, preferably before impact.
There were similar problems with medical research in the 1980s, including drug testing which was almost exclusively done with undergrad male subjects. When a researcher at Duke identified key issues with drug effectiveness in the presence of estrogen, massive redo's were required and uncovered some serious problems.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.