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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Lee Byer, 44, Remanded In Custody Charged With Murder Of Pensioner Thomas O'Halloran
[GBNews] A west London man has appeared in court charged with the murder of pensioner Thomas O'Halloran, who was fatally stabbed on his mobility scooter

Lee Byer, 44, appeared briefly at Willesden Magistrates Court in north London on Friday.

Wearing a prison-issue grey tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name, his date of birth and that he had no fixed address.

He is charged with murdering 87-year-old Mr O’Halloran, as he drove his mobility scooter along Western Avenue in Greenford, next to the busy A40.

Byer is also charged with possession of a knife.

The incident happened at around 4pm on Tuesday.

After being stabbed in the chest, the pensioner managed to drive his mobility scooter for another 75 metres, until he came across members of the public who tried to help.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and the London Air Ambulance, Mr O’Halloran, originally from County Clare in the west of Ireland, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Posted by: Glomomble Elmomoth9005 || 08/19/2022 08:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

Fentanyl Seizures Tripled Nationwide in July, Enough to Kill 469 Million People
[Breitbart] Where did the rest go?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 03:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fentanyl crisis hits Alaska: 'We're seeing growing addiction'
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 11:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Where did the rest go?

A certain amount must be seized by law enforcement so the government can tell people they are doing something about the problem. It also helps to keep the prices up. The rest goes to, uh, consumers. The profits go to bad, bad people including those in our government who refuse to take the measures like securing the border that really would stop the traffic. The border could be secure, the traffic could be drastically reduced. But that lucre is just too tempting.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/19/2022 12:21 Comments || Top||

NYPD releases video of brutal beatdown that killed NYC cabbie Kutin Gyimah
[NYPOST] The NYPD released horrifying video of the brutal beatdown that killed a New York City taxi driver over the weekend as they made two arrests in the senseless crime.

Fernando Mateo, a spokesperson for the New York City Federation of Taxi Drivers, told The Post early Thursday that two male suspects surrendered to the police at the 101st Precinct in Queens late on Wednesday night.

Austin Amos, 20, and four other passengers allegedly carried out the assault on Kutin Gyimah, 52, after they tried to rob the cabbie around 6:30 a.m. Saturday in the Rockaways, police said.

Cops said Amos was last wearing clothing that matches that of the person who landed the final blow on Gyimah, sending him flying to the pavement outside of Arverne Playground, the video released Wednesday shows.

It’s unclear whether Amos was one of the two who turned themselves in to cops.

Giymah, a married father of four from the Bronx, hit his head on the street and couldn’t be saved.

Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10807 views] Top|| File under:

A hard working Black Family Man of 5 is beat to death a blow at a time by a gang of Black thieving thugs. Where are the mass protests for justice?

I guess NYC needs to WOKE - UP.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 08/19/2022 6:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Where is all the BLM and dem-led outrage at another Black death? When do the riots and burning start?
Posted by: USN, Ret || 08/19/2022 12:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Again, a knock out leading to a free fall unprotected head trauma on the concrete.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/19/2022 18:38 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
TSA Intercepts ‘Pen Gun' at Boston's Logan Airport
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The infamous "Assault Bic"
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/19/2022 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  They had alerts out for this kind of thing when I worked for thousands standing around….
Posted by: USN, Ret || 08/19/2022 14:18 Comments || Top||

#3  There was no mention of "Who" was carrying this pen although it was reported they were heading to Portland from Boston. Antifa?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/19/2022 16:12 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Human foot inside a shoe found floating in Yellowstone National Park hot spring
[10News] "Hey! Is anyone missing a foot?"
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A Yellowstone National Park employee made a grisly discovery in one of the hot springs earlier this week.

In a statement, the park's public information officer Morgan Warthin said on Tuesday that the employee found the foot inside a shoe floating in the Abyss Pool, located near the West Thumb Geyser Basin, NBC News reported.

The hot spring is one of the deepest in the park, with a depth of more than 50 feet, and can reach temperatures of approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit, CBS affiliate KTVQ reported.

After the gruesome discovery, the Associated Press reported that that park section was temporarily closed.

It has since reopened, the news outlets reported.

Warthin told CBS affiliate KTVQ that an investigation is ongoing.

The news outlets reported that no further details were made available as of Thursday afternoon.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2022 07:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10816 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2022 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  The phenomena marches inland.

The human feet that routinely wash ashore in the Pacific Northwest, explained
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 11:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Any geyser boat parties?

Chicago ‘Playpen’ summer boating accidents lead to injuries, including severing woman’s feet
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe they should open up a body part lost-and-found.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/19/2022 13:08 Comments || Top||

#5  We all float down here...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/19/2022 13:57 Comments || Top||

#6  I was going to say something about the shoe protecting the foot from degradation, but Skidmark's link explains that more fully.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/19/2022 16:03 Comments || Top||

Couple who went missing same day as Kiely Rodni found dead
[NYPOST] A Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, woman and her ex-boyfriend have been found dead after they disappeared the same day that teen Kiely Rodni went missing from a campsite, police said.

The bodies of Janette "JJ" Pantoja, 29, and her ex-boyfriend Juan Almanza Zavala, 36, were found Wednesday outside a vehicle that crashed down an embankment in Nevada County, the sheriff’s department said.

The former couple, who broke up years ago but remained friends, was last heard from on their way home from the Hot August Nights car show in Reno, Nevada.

Pantoja texted her current boyfriend that she would be home in 30 minutes around 11 p.m. Aug. 6. Shortly after that, her phone stopped sharing its location.

"She just never communicated anything other than that," sister Alejandra Pantoja said. "She’s not like that."

An initial search of the area where the duo’s cellphones were last pinged turned up no evidence. Their bodies were eventually discovered when a 911 caller alerted police to a vehicle down an embankment near Highway 20 and Poker Flats Road in Penn Valley. The accident was not visible from the road.

The crash site is about 70 miles from the Prosser Family Campground in Tahoe National Forest, where 16-year-old Kiely Rodni was last seen at a party shortly after midnight Aug. 6.

Although police said there is no evidence that the cases are connected, Pantoja’s sister expressed frustration at the disparity in law enforcement attention to the two cases.

While Rodni’s disappearance sparked at least 10 days of extensive searches — including almost 16,000 man-hours by land, air and water — Alejandra Pantoja claimed she was struggling to get a call back from police.

Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two adults in a car versus a teen on foot.

Gosh, can't see why those cases got different amounts of attention.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/19/2022 6:26 Comments || Top||

Oregon has a confirmed case of a child being infected with monkeypox
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10805 views] Top|| File under:

Given Monkey Pox's has overwhelmingly affected gay and bisexual men. (96+/-%) of the time. Plus the way the "adult" role was in this infection process is being skimmed. It looks like Media is playing PC cover for a "liberal" lifestyle.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 08/19/2022 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Or they will continue the nonsense that monkey pox is an airborne disease.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/19/2022 6:04 Comments || Top||

#3  word was out yesterday that it's most likely the viral load in semen that transmits.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2022 6:46 Comments || Top||

#4  so when is CPS going to start an investigation?
Posted by: Chris || 08/19/2022 8:09 Comments || Top||

#5  That would be homophobic.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/19/2022 10:50 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm going to go with mom's male partner.

word was out yesterday that it's most likely the viral load in semen that transmits.

When you thought the cases of dogs and gerbils getting monkeypox couldn't get any worse.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/19/2022 10:56 Comments || Top||

Sex between men, not skin contact, is fueling the monkeypox outbreak, scientists are now saying based on the research
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under:

#2  ...Oh, that's going to go over like the proverbial turd in a punchbowl. The word has very quietly gone out that no matter what the research says, it's skin-to-skin contact, with only a VERY minor STD component. Anything else is going to be hammered down hard by the Usual Suspects.

Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 08/19/2022 15:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I support science, but I want to know as little as possible about that particular study.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/19/2022 21:04 Comments || Top||

#4  As I recall, for smallpox it is the poxes that carry the infection — in cowpox, too. Jenner’s vaccine involved dipping a splinter in a cowpox pustule, then inoculating the target with the fluid. Whereas a smallpox infection could be deliberately spread by dipping splinters in active poxes, then setting them where they would scratch the targets —trade blankets for Indians in the early days, reportedly.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/19/2022 23:16 Comments || Top||

HHS secretary: Over 1 million monkeypox vaccines are 'in hand' with 'several more million' on way
[JustTheNews] Before or after they diluted existing stocks?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Mob Rule

-Land of the Free
List of US colleges which mandate vax and booster and those which do not
As of August 16th. By state, alphabetical within each state.
[GoogleDocs] ABOUT: this is a mere list of publicly-available information on US college COVID vaccine mandates for students. Its purpose is to assist families in the college search, especially those looking out of state, and to provide a birds-eye view of COVID vaccine policies across US colleges. Notice how they differ by state and by college selectivity level.

Schools included are primarily 4-year colleges and universities. While a smattering of community colleges (CCs) is included, CCs are not the focus of this list at the moment, as CCs are numerous nationally and yet primarily sought local to the student. For policies at your local community colleges, please visit their websites.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/19/2022 03:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10804 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thank you. I've passed that on.
Posted by: Dale || 08/19/2022 9:30 Comments || Top||

#2  You are welcome, Dale.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/19/2022 18:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Man, those injury lawyers are going to saturate the ad time in the future.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 19:21 Comments || Top||

Mother Jumps Out of Shower, Grabs Gun, Shoots Alleged Intruder to Save Her Children
[Breitbart] A Milwaukee mother jumped out of the shower after hearing her children scream, grabbed a gun, and shot and killed an alleged intruder Monday morning.

An early WTMJ report indicated the mother was “dripping wet” when she got out of shower, yet she went to her bedroom, retrieved a gun, then confronted the alleged intruder.

She reacted to the screams of her children, ages 12 and 14, which alerted her that something was wrong.

The mother, who wishes to be unidentified, commented on the incident, saying, “It all happened so fast — an adrenaline rush.”

An updated WTMJ report notes, “The mother bought the gun ten years ago, she said, after discovering a man sleeping under her son’s bed. She said she hoped she’d never need to use it.”

But, she said, “I knew I’d be able to do it [shoot the intruder], to protect my kids.”

Newsweek notes that NBC 11 quoted local community activist Bushraa Rahman reacting to the incident, saying, “She was scared because her children were there with her. So, she did what any mother would do. She defended her children. It was an act of self-defense.”
The NY Post has photos of the house and neighbours, adding:
She immediately ran to her room, grabbed her gun, and confronted the intruder, who was undeterred by the family’s two pit bulls. She then shot him multiple times.

Milwaukee police have not identified the man, who she said was in his 30s and acting erratically.

She says her children are traumatized after the incident, and the family will move as soon as they can find a new home.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 03:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This tidbit is shocking:
“The mother bought the gun ten years ago, she said, after discovering a man sleeping under her son’s bed. She said she hoped she’d never need to use it.”
Sleeping under her son’s bed. Words fail me.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/19/2022 9:16 Comments || Top||

#2  ^--- I'm sure he was homeless and just looking to get warm. (/sarc)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/19/2022 9:47 Comments || Top||

#3  From WTMJ -
Milwaukee Police have not identified the man. They arrested the woman but released her several hours later after questioning.

Police said they won't be releasing any more information, and the incident will be referred to the District Attorney's Office.

The Milwaukee DA, John Chisholm, is a big-time lefty.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/19/2022 9:50 Comments || Top||

#4  They arrested the woman

Wonder if they let her get dressed.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 10:26 Comments || Top||

#5  No they let her off. The community praised her greatly. And the guy's dead dead dead. So good outcome. If course it's horrible, and no one should have to go through it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/19/2022 13:58 Comments || Top||

#6  new meaning to 'Naked Gun'
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 19:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Psycho alternate ending.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/19/2022 21:10 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Bodycam footage shows Denver cops fire into crowd and injure six people after breaking up fight outside bar: Victims say the officers 'must be indicted' as grand jury investigation looms
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Police have said the three officers fired seven times in the confrontation with suspect Jordan Waddy, who police say was armed

  • The gunfire erupted as a nearby group of partygoers left a bar and gathered at a food truck

  • Bodycam footage released by Denver police on Tuesday appears to show Waddy holding a pistol and throwing it to the ground as the officers opened fire

  • Police previously said Waddy was holding a firearm before the shooting

  • At least one officer shot at Waddy while facing a crowd of people gathered behind the suspect, the footage shows

  • The officers involved, Meagan Lieberson, Brandon Ramos and Kenneth Rowland, are currently on 'modified duty' according to the Denver police
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10805 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rule #4: Be sure of your target AND WHAT'S BEHIND IT.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/19/2022 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Wasn't it Denver where the dancing FBI agent's gun fell and discharged, striking a bystander?

I think it was also a suburb of Denver where the unlicensed "bodyguard' killed someone and got away with it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2022 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Denver, the mile high city, where the air is thin and brains are starved of oxygen!

Which goes a long way to explaining a lot about Denver...

Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/19/2022 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  I honestly don't care. This is what they votes for so they need embrace the self-inflicted suck.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/19/2022 21:09 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Texans encouraged to use iWatchTexas to report suspicious behavior
[JustTheNews] Texans are being encouraged to use a free iWatch reporting system to alert local and state law enforcement about suspicious behaviors and activities that appear to be criminal, terroristic or school safety related.

To educate Texans about the service as children head back to school, the state launched a new public service announcement featuring the actor Chuck Norris, who famously played Walker Texas Ranger on TV.

Texans are encouraged to use the iWatch website, phone app and toll-free number, 844-643-2251, to report suspicious activity or behavior. Reports can be anonymous.

“Whether it’s criminal acts, terror threats, or someone wanting to harm children, if you see something, say something, and help keep communities in the great state of Texas safe,” Norris says in the PSA published on YouTube.

The ad begins running on television and in media markets statewide Aug. 17.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When 911 just doesn't work.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 12:00 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder how long before Crapple sues over the lower case i in iWatchTexas.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2022 12:07 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia sends 3 hypersonic missile-equipped jets to Kaliningrad exclave
[Jpost] The three MiG-31 aircraft with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles will be on combat alert around the clock.

Three fighter jets equipped with hypersonic missiles have been moved by the Russian military to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad as part of "strategic deterrence measures," Russian state media reported on Thursday.

The Russian Defense Ministry told TASS that the aircraft would be on "round-the-clock combat duty."

"Today, August 18, 2022, as part of the implementation of additional strategic deterrence measures, three MiG-31 aircraft with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were relocated to the Chkalovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region," the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to RIA.

Tensions have risen over the Kaliningrad region, which is geographically separate from Russia, and neighboring Lithuania. The exclave relies on railways and roads through Lithuania for many goods, and sanctions on the isolated coastal territory have been leveled since Russia invaded Ukraine. Kaliningrad has largely been relegated to maritime traffic for its goods.

Moscow has in part blamed the United States for Lithuania's sanctions.

In late June, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that non-diplomatic "retaliatory actions will be inevitable." At the time, the Lithuanian Military stated over increased tensions that "to date, there is no direct military threat to Lithuania."

Earlier that month, a bill was submitted in the Russian parliament to repeal the Soviet Union's recognition of Lithuanian independence.

Despite Russian threats over the Baltic Russian holding, Lithuania on July 11 expanded sanctions to include concrete, wood, alcohol and alcohol-based industrial chemicals.

The hypersonic aeroballistic Kh-47M2 "Kinzhal" or "Dagger" is Russia's first hypersonic weapon platform. The missile has an effective range of thousands of kilometers and can hit its target within several minutes after launch. Hypersonic weapons are highly maneuverable, allowing them to evade modern missile defense emplacements. The weapon is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

The Kinzhal was reportedly used in combat for the first time in March when it was used to strike a military fuel depot near the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv.

In early August, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a new naval hypersonic missile, the Zircon, would be put into service in the coming months. One military source told TASS that this could be as soon as September. The naval version of the Zircon was prioritized over the air-launched version due to backlogs in production. Eventually, the Kinzhal is set to be replaced with the Zircon variant.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 02:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10800 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kaliningrad - formerly German East Prussia, till it was occupied and ethnically cleansed starting in 1945.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 7:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Russian area with Baltic access. Located between Lithuania and Poland. Important area for sure for Russia.
Posted by: Dale || 08/19/2022 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Report this week that Finland and Eastonia are creating a common defense force in response to Russia’s recent actions. This force would completely cover the Baltic Sea. No mention how this would impact general shipping but imagine it would expand the current sanctions in place for surface shipping to K’grad. Might be worth watching.
Posted by: USN, Ret || 08/19/2022 17:14 Comments || Top||

The world's most dangerous tit-for-tat: China deploys 51 warplanes and six ships around Taiwan in response to America sending nuclear stealth bombers over Pacific and the island democracy agreeing to U.S. trade talks
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Taiwan said 25 Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait's median line or flew into Taiwan's air defence zone, in the latest provocation from Beijing

  • Move came after U.S. government said it would hold trade talks with Taiwan

  • Earlier this month, Beijing fired missiles towards Taiwan to intimidate the island

  • This was after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this month became the highest-ranking American official to visit the island in 25 years
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  People who were never around when Cuba was percolating.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 7:33 Comments || Top||

China Shuts Down Factories Due to Power Shortages
[Breitbart] China’s summertime energy crisis intensified on Wednesday with news that factories in Sichuan province have been ordered to halt production for at least six days.

Sichuan is a major source of lithium for batteries and solar panels, so ripple effects from the shutdown are likely to affect electric car and green energy companies in the U.S. and around the world.

Australia’s News.com described the “urgent notice” for factory shutdowns, sent to 19 of Sichuan’s 21 cities, as part of a “nightmare scenario” for China.

The notice said Sichuan is experiencing its highest temperatures in 60 years, coupled with a steep reduction in rainfall, so hydropower generation is falling even as demand for electricity soars.

At least one major manufacturer is already posting big losses from the factory shutdown order, and both corporations and public officials apparently fear the shutdown could grow even longer and more costly:

Already, Sichuan fertilizer producer Lutianhua has predicted a $US4.4 million ($A6.3 million) reduction in net profit as a result of the shutdown, according to a notice on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, while China’s National Bureau of Statistics spokesman Fu Linghui acknowledged in a press conference that the heatwave had already led to “adverse effects on economic operations”.

And it’s likely to get worse before it gets better, with a meeting between officials coming to the conclusion that “the weather with high temperature and little rain will continue for a period of time, and it is necessary to focus on protecting people’s livelihood, safety, and operation, and make every effort to protect the power supply”. The meeting also called for “extreme thinking to deal with extreme situations” as officials “plan for the worst” during the “current severe situation”.

Global analysts warned Sichuan’s factory halt could dramatically increase the prices of lithium, aluminum, and other metals, potentially affecting everything from automobiles to iPhones. China’s already depressed economy will probably take another big hit from the August factory closings. Sichuan is normally a net exporter of power to neighboring provinces, so the hydropower shortage could spread power shortages far beyond Sichuan’s borders.

The Sichuan Provincial Department of Economics and Information Technology estimated hydropower reservoirs are down by up to 50 percent. Sichuan largely escaped the blackouts that plagued China last year due to a shortage of coal, thanks to its reliance on hydroelectric plants for 80 percent of its power, but this year China increased its coal production and imports to dizzying levels, while the hydropower industry has suffered from droughts.

Some cities in Sichuan are imposing total blackouts for a few hours a day or ordering large buildings to turn off their air conditioning or raise their thermostats to nearly 80 degrees. Power-hungry luxuries such as water fountains and light shows have been suspended until further notice.

Power rationing was ordered for civilian homes, offices, and retail shops across Sichuan on Wednesday – an unusual move in China, which generally tries to avoid citywide brownouts and severe power cuts to individuals.

AFP reported on Wednesday that over five million people in southwest China are now facing power cuts, with rolling blackouts lasting up to three hours in both big cities and their surrounding villages.

A Toyota representative told AFP the Japanese automaker was forced to halt production at a plant in Sichuan’s capital of Chengdu, in accordance with the “guidance” of local officials.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China confirmed on Wednesday that its members in Chengdu were ordered to reduce their daily power consumption by 30 percent and refrain from using air conditioning in the early morning hours.

“Normal operations of those affected have been completely disrupted, and they are now negotiating with authorities to allow them to keep the air-conditioning running, at least in their server rooms and some other special areas,” the chamber said.

“Based on feedback so far, even companies with lower energy demands, which might not be yet directly affected, are gravely concerned by the unpredictability of this situation and the possibility of additional disruptive measures being imposed,” the chamber warned.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Japan Wants People To Drink More Alcohol
[ZH] In some sort of Bizarro World scenario, declining alcohol consumption is causing alarm in the halls of Japanese government, as the trend is putting a big dent in the country's tax haul.

Average adult alcohol intake dropped from 100 liters a year in 1995 to 75 liters in 2020. Meanwhile, alcohol taxes declined from providing 3% of Japan's tax revenue in 2011 to 2% in 2020.

Reflecting a worldwide phenomenon, Japan's younger generations aren't drinking as much as their parents and grandparents did.

The general downtrend gained steam when the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted lifestyles. Restaurants and bars closed or limited their operations, and people socialized less and shifted to working from home. "Many people may have come to question whether they need to continue the habit of drinking with colleagues to deepen communication," a tax official told the Japan Times.

The drop in revenue from 2018 to 2020 was the largest in 31 years. Taxes took a big hit in 1989 with a major change in Japan's Liquor Tax Law.

Fear not -- having admitted it has an alcohol problem, Japan's tax agency will no longer sit idle while sobriety insidiously spreads throughout the population. A government campaign is afoot to encourage people to hit the bottle.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reconfigure Pokémon Go as a drinking game
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/19/2022 20:57 Comments || Top||

Apple security flaw threatens 'everything we hold dear': BILLIONS across globe scramble to update iPhones and Macs as tech giant reveals cyber crooks can take control of devices and access bank accounts, photos and more
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Apple has disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for certain models of iPhones, iPads and Macs

  • Security experts say issues could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of the devices

  • iPhone 6S and later models; and several models of the iPad from 5th generation all affected by issues

  • Also affected are iPad Pros, iPad Mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later and Macs on MacOS Monterey
The update, iOS 15.6.1, also applies to the iPod Touch 7th generation. In addition, Mac computers on MacOS Monterey are affected - with users urged to download '12.5.1'. The issues were found by an anonymous researcher in 'WebKit', the browser engine that powers Safari; and 'Kernel', which is the core of the operating system.

There have so far been no confirmed reports of specific cases where the security flaw had been used against people or devices, and Apple has made no statement on the issue further to an update on its website.

In this note on its support page, Apple said one flaw means a malicious application 'may be able to execute arbitrary code with Kernel privileges' - which has been described as meaning full access to the device.

The update can be obtained by going to the 'Settings' section of a device, and choosing 'Software Update'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 11:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Apple security flaw threatens 'everything we hold dear': BILLIONS across globe scramble to update iPhones and Macs as tech giant reveals cyber crooks governments can take control of devices and access bank accounts, photos and more

FIFY. they've been insisting on backdoor for 'national security' for years, what do you think they got?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 13:42 Comments || Top||

#2  But, but, they have been saying for years that Crapple stuff is not targeted by hackers.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2022 14:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Can't say I've made a bad choice in ditching my cell phone.
Posted by: Raj || 08/19/2022 18:23 Comments || Top||

#4  What absolutely infuriated me a few years ago was the smart phone I got free from the provider for signing up. The sh!t Farcebook app was not only pre-installed, but there also was NO way to delete this app. That phone recently met the "5G" demise, but that crap sent me through the roof.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/19/2022 18:29 Comments || Top||

Party PM! Finland's glamorous Prime Minister Marin Sanna, 36, says she has 'nothing to hide' as MP calls for her to take a DRUG test after leaked video showed her dancing wildly with celebrity friends
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10804 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She is exhibiting a new type of "Sisu".
Posted by: Omiting Theting7288 || 08/19/2022 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Sisu

Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 11:13 Comments || Top||

#3  I think I would like a PM like that. At least I'd know he/she is not a goddamn protocol ridden oiled hair rhetoric spouting geriatric one-foot-in-the-grave heartless automaton.

Seemed like just an innocent house party indoors. Why can't a head of state party?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/19/2022 14:02 Comments || Top||

#4  She was photoed dancing intimately with a man who is not her husband
Posted by: Frank G || 08/19/2022 14:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Just another bohemian sophisticate working the politics grift.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/19/2022 14:28 Comments || Top||

#6  "Proud to grow up in a Rainbow Household"

Mother's second partner was a woman; not out of the realm of possibility that cucking her husband is ok then.

That said, I'd say to those who want to have her tested for drugs, start at the top of the seniority list and work down. Probably end up with the work, who do get tested regularly, running the government.

Say, ol' bean...I have an idea!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/19/2022 14:38 Comments || Top||

#7  ..got to fight..for your right..to party
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 19:15 Comments || Top||

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Arizona's makeshift border wall made out of shipping containers is TOPPLED as Gov. Doug Ducey blames 'criminals': 150 migrants found in truck in Mexico on way to Texas crossing
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A makeshift border wall along Yuma, Arizona, was toppled over as Gov. Doug Ducey reportedly blames criminals for the incident

  • Ducey had ordered 60 shipping containers to be used as walls along the area, which has seen a spike in illegal immigration

  • The project was done on Sunday, with workers discovering the downed containers the following morning and blaming the incident on the wind

  • A spokesperson for Ducey claimed the incident was intentional and set to sabotage the state's work in closing the gaps along its border fencing

  • The incident comes after Mexican and border patrol officials stopped a truck carrying 150 migrants heading to Texas
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10808 views] Top|| File under: Migrants/Illegal Immigrants

#1  Fill the containers with gravel like we did in Green Village
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 08/19/2022 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Physics be hard.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/19/2022 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Weld the containers together (after filling with illegals?)
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/19/2022 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Any footprints?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Makes you wish had a body of water called the Channel. Nope that doesn't work either, when the Border Force has become a taxi service.
Posted by: Neville Fillmore2105 || 08/19/2022 10:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Stop crying, make adjustments, correct the problems, try again.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/19/2022 12:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Fill the bottom containers with radioactive waste. If it's high grade enough, they won't make it over the top.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/19/2022 13:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Sand. Doesn’t Arizona have some sand available? And they might need an experienced gov’t type to supervise pouring sand….. might call Cheney, unless her Waffle House application-was accepted.
Posted by: USN, Ret || 08/19/2022 17:18 Comments || Top||

#9  Build Back Better
Posted by: Matt || 08/19/2022 19:36 Comments || Top||

Uproar As College Student Was Forced To Lick Shoes, Tortured, Sexually Assaulted For Refusing To Marry Friend's Father In Pakistan
Posted by: Fred || 08/19/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd they have The Bomb.
Posted by: JHH || 08/19/2022 0:15 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
China Claims to Have Developed ‘Safer' Way to Edit Human Genes
[Breitbart] Researchers from the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences claimed in a recently published study to have developed a gene-editing method that is allegedly “more efficient and safer” than established techniques because it uses the CRISPR gene-editing tool to target RNA instead of DNA, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Wednesday.

Relaying the development on August 17, the Hong Kong-based newspaper wrote:

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said the new tool uses CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) technology – a natural defence mechanism that allows bacterial cells to detect and destroy the viruses that attack them and has become one of the most commonly used gene-editing techniques in recent years.

The most widely used system employs CRISPR-associated protein-9 (Cas9), an enzyme that can cut the two strands of DNA in the genome to add or remove material.

But the new approach uses the Cas13 enzyme, which targets RNA. The technique is believed to be safer since RNAs are transient molecules that only exist in the cell for a limited period of time and are not integrated into the genome.

“Compared to DNA editing techniques, the Cas13 gene editing system is safer, and the effects are more controllable and short-lived,” Yang Hui, an author of the study and a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Brain Science and Intelligence Technology center, recently told Chinese reporters.

A major flaw within the new RNA-based gene-editing method — known as “collateral cleavage, or its ability to cleave nontarget RNAs” — has limited its usage in clinical applications, the SCMP observed on Wednesday.

“Due to this so-called collateral effect, Cas13 can degrade both target and non-target RNAs at random, thus making it difficult to design experiments and interpret results when using Cas13,” the study’s research team recently said as quoted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ website.

A study published in the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research in late June “highlight[ed] the need for caution when designing and interpreting Cas13-based knockdown experiments.” The study’s researchers urged caution in regard to the gene-editing method because of its “potential for promiscuous cleavage of nearby RNAs (so-called collateral damage).”

“[W]e found that the off-target effects of RxCas13d, a commonly used Cas13 effector, can be as strong as the level of on-target RNA knockdown. The extent of off-target effects is positively correlated with target RNA expression levels, and collateral damage can be observed even after reducing RxCas13d/guide RNA levels,” the authors wrote.

The study, titled “CRISPR/Cas13 effectors have differing extents of off-target effects that limit their utility in eukaryotic cells,” was funded by the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association. It was co-authored by a consultant for Laronde, which is a U.S.-based biotech research firm that specializes in RNA-based gene editing.

The People’s Court of Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China, sentenced Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui to three years in prison on December 30, 2019, for “illegal medical practice.” He was charged with the crime for using the CRISPR gene-editing system to alter the DNA of unborn babies.

He revealed that he had committed the illegal act during an interview with the Associated Press (AP) in November 2018, during which he announced the birth of “the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls.”

“He said he altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far. He said his goal was not to cure or prevent an inherited disease, but to try to bestow a trait that few people naturally have — an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus,” the AP relayed after conducting an exclusive interview with the biophysicist.

He’s experiment shocked the global scientific community because it was the first known use of gene-editing technology on human embryos, an action considered unethical and illegal worldwide. Chinese authorities released He from prison in April, according to the British scientific journal Nature.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/19/2022 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Oh. Oh shit.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/19/2022 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  "China Claims..."

Dr. Lamar: Unfortunately, my son's not all that they promised.
Posted by: JHH || 08/19/2022 12:07 Comments || Top||

#3  It's official. China is Pandora's Box.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/19/2022 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  I've seen this movie. Stars Kurt Russel.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/19/2022 14:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Our tax dollars at work. Thanks Tony.
Posted by: Super Hose || 08/19/2022 21:21 Comments || Top||

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