[Red State] The state of California continues its steep decline into anarchy as one if its main power companies, PG&E recently instituted blackouts affecting millions of residents. The company had been found libel for the destructive Paradise fires after an investigation concluded the fires had been caused by sparks from their above ground wires as they were battered around by severe wind events. "has been found libel"?
Possibly he misspelt labile...
The lines should have long ago been put underground, but that wasn’t the extent of PG&E’s malfeasance. It has since come to light that executives have been kicking the maintenance can down the road for decades. There have been few upgrades and few routine maintenance checks for nearly 60 years while the company’s executives pocket huge pay-raises and profits. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January after incurring $30 billion in libel costs. Over 100 people died in the 2017 and 2018 fires caused by their power lines.
Even after the blackouts incensed millions of Californians and became ridiculed in memes from across the country, the power behemoth is defending their move and now The Wall Street Journal reports that PG&E executives believe the "safety" blackouts could continue for much longer than expected.
Proceso is Mexico's best written publication, and is one of the best written publications in the world in any language
I just hate their politics.
WASHINGTON (Proceso). - In this city, US officials and former officials have no empathy in considering the capture and release of Ovidio Guzmán López - son of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán - as a claudication of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador before the Sinaloa Cartel.
"The president of Mexico just made a pact with the devil, essentially tells the Sinaloa Cartel, 'You are the bosses'" says a Process Jack Riley, former chief of intelligence operations for the DEA, who devoted much part of his career chasing the Sinaloa kingpin.
Like Riley, two US Department of Justice officials in charge of cooperation with Mexico in the fight against drug trafficking question why Ovid Guzmán was released, one of the four surviving sons of the Badiraguato-born bonnet.
“We could not believe it when we received the report from our agents in Mexico. Ovid Guzmán is one of the important objectives of the bilateral efforts to dismantle what remains of the Chapo Guzmán cell , ”one of the officials comments in an interview.
In the Culiacán operation, where Guzmán López was temporarily detained, the Federal Drug Administration (DEA) was not involved, as some Mexican media pointed out, officials said.
“We learned when the fray of the gunmen of the Sinaloa Cartel began against the Mexican authorities who went to the house where the offender was. The cooperation we have with the new government is not the same as in the past, ”says the other Justice Department official, who requested anonymity, as his partner.
And he adds: “There is confusion. The Mexican press began to say that they tried to capture Ovid by our demand. False. If that had happened, we would have asked for the intervention of the Mexican Navy, which is better prepared for high-risk operations. ”
( Fragment of the special report published in Process 2242, already in circulation )
"Fuck you USA" yet again. What else did anyone expect from Mexico?
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
10/20/2019 3:38 Comments ||
What else did anyone expect from Mexico?
Well I, personally, don't expect anything from them except maintaining the quality of Dos XX's verde. But Trump expects them to stop illegal immigration on their side of the border - and, so far, they've met his expectations.
Ovid Guzmán is one of the important objectives of the bilateral efforts to dismantle what remains of the Chapo Guzmán cell...
If that cell was able to shoot it out with the cops and win it sounds like "what remains" of it is quite considerable.
Mexico is a nation at war with itself. There are plenty of decent people there but, unfortunately, many evil and corrupt people as well. The argument could be made that it's our fault because our so-called war on drugs was a farce from the very start and our country provides the cartels with their most lucrative market.
My biggest fear is that the corruption has spilled over to our side of the border or, in fact, spilled over to our side of the border a long, long time ago. I can't prove that our politicians are on the take from the cartels but no one seems to be in a position to prove that they aren't. Call it paranoia or conspiracy theory or whatever you want. The question remains: Why are people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer so adamant about refusing to secure the border?
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/20/2019 14:35 Comments ||
The newspaper reported, "In Beijing’s system, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) holds a monopoly on power. But the party leadership is not a monolithic group. CCP leaders span a range of political associations, socioeconomic backgrounds, professional credentials, geographic associations and policy preferences. Two broad camps in the leadership vigorously vie for influence and control in post-Deng China: the elitist coalition, with its core faction of princelings (leaders who come from veteran revolutionary families), and the populist coalition, which primarily consists of so-called tuanpai (leaders who advanced their careers through the Chinese Communist Youth League)."
Xi kinda screwed up though. Had himself proclaimed president for life but now faces a declining economy and a new American president who has the nerve to call bullshit on him. He must have lost some face for that.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/20/2019 14:40 Comments ||
Better to focus on the (real) possibility of a coup in DC than hope for the (nonexistent) possibility of a coup in Beijing.
Make no mistake, it's your LAND they want.
[Canadian Free Press] "The protest once again underscores how punitive restrictions, bureaucracy and taxes related to climate change hysteria are impacting working class and lower middle class people.
"Middle and upper class Extinction Rebellion demonstrators have been clogging major cities for over a week demanding more of the very thing farmers in the Netherlands have been protesting against."
Then as Jack Phillips points out, there’s the "death of New Zealand Farming and private property by edict of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern coming down the pike.
"We should all want to be wise and careful stewards of the beautiful planet we call home, says Jack. "But most of us realize that humans in general, are not always the best stewards. We can be wasteful of our natural resources and have on occasion reduced biodiversity.
"Therefore, when we read about groups and organizations calling for a"Green Revolution", and a new relationship between humanity and nature it is easy to engage some agreement with their ideas. However, the motive of "Sustainable Development" that is permeating our society is not about protecting the environment. Influential leaders and willing dupes are using good citizens concerns about future stewarding of resources to legislate "Government Control" of all lands, water, and human production.
"...The Communist Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, was flying to New Zealand with a Climate Change delegation to have behind the scenes secret meetings with Prime Minister Ardern ‐ and participate in a YouTube Livestream event held at Auckland University this afternoon 4.45-6 pm, 8 October 2019 ‐ organized by the Embassy of the Netherlands in New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington (where the NZ branch of the Fabian Society is located) called Prime Ministers in Conversation: Climate Change in Transition livestream. Here is the recording:
Pr. Ministers in Conversation: Climate Change in Transition:
“First it is voluntary, then it is mandatory - There is no moderate Socialism”
If you introduced a bill that anyone who lives in an area above a certain population density must practice breathairianism it would probably pass.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/20/2019 7:17 Comments ||
It's all about top-down control. They don't want you making any choices but the ones on a pre-approved list. Private property is an idea whose time has passed. You will serve the government and if you don't robo-soldiers will open fire. To heck with unreliable human soldiers - they are the cause of most coups.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
10/20/2019 7:41 Comments ||
Robo soldiers are going to be fun to disable and then scavenge for parts. Privately owned daleks, anyone?
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/20/2019 8:21 Comments ||
People can control the earth's climate = the ultimate leftist group mental illness.
[Babylon Bee] WASHINGTON, D.C.‐According to sources at a DC-area Costco, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was asked to leave Costco again after repeatedly accusing a lady handing out food samples of being a Russian asset.
It wasn't clear how Clinton had ended up in the Costco, as she usually has her servants' servants go to the market for her. Some suggested she wanted to disguise herself and go be among her subjects to see how the other 99% lives.
Whatever the case, the sample lady had apparently offered the failed presidential candidate a small paper cup of orange juice and told her the packs were on sale for $9.49 when the incident occurred.
"Orange... orange like Trump!" Clinton screamed suddenly, frightening the poor food demonstration worker. "You're in league with him, aren't you!?" The failed presidential candidate lunged across the cart and attempted to pull off her face mask, certain the lady was actually Vladimir Putin in a skin suit.
When that failed and the woman shooed her off with a plastic glove, Clinton turned for help and began screaming, "Security! Margaret in the frozen foods aisle is a Russian asset! Help, help, our elections are being meddled with!"
Guards arrived but relaxed when they saw it was just Hillary Clinton. "OK, lady, let's go," they said, grabbing her by each arm.
"Thank goodness you're here!" Clinton cried. "Arrest that woman! Can't someone help me out!?"
"Oh yeah, sure, lady, we'll help you out," the guards said, snickering as they dragged her toward the front door.
According to sources at the Costco, this is the third time this has happened this week.
It's Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall
I want my vote back, Mitt. Give me back my vote.
In 2012, I voted for this insufferable establishment icon, this inept goof who the Democrats wish every Republican would emulate. Some nights, I wake up sweating and screaming when I relive it in my nightmares. I should have taken my ballot, lit it on fire and flushed it down the Schiffhole.
But Romney does serve a purpose, as hard as that is to see through his pathetic antics. His perpetual groveling for approval ‐ including, hilariously, from Donald Trump himself who just broke him right in front of our eyes over the Secretary of State gig ‐ is so shameful and cringe-iliciously embarrassing that it obscures the vital role this shiny doofus can play for conservatism.
[Dawn] THE latest message from Gay Paree is unmistakable. The tone of the Financial Action Task Force on the conclusion of its plenary indicates how seriously the world is taking Pakistain’s inability to meet global anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing standards.
These concerns were voiced in so many words by the FATF president when he noted: "Pakistain needs to do more [to fix the weaknesses in its anti-money laundering/combating financing for terrorism regime] and it needs to do it faster. Pakistain’s failure to fulfil the FATF global standards is an issue we take very seriously."
Then followed the warning, perhaps the first since Pakistain was placed on the FATF grey list in June 2018 for an intense monitoring process that the country has only until next February to make "significant progress" on.
It must do this across the full range of the 27-point national action plan agreed on with FATF, or risk action which could include Pakistain being blacklisted along with countries considered a haven for terrorism financing.
The outcome of the plenary is quite the opposite of what ministers and officials had projected.
Contrary to official claims, Pakistain has missed the third deadline for implementing the measures required to exit the grey list. Only five of the 27 measures ‐ which include identification and supervision of terror-financing risks and boosting control on illicit currency movement ‐ have been ’largely’ addressed. Sadly, the government has never cared to publicly share the document. It is, however, unclear if FATF rules bar it from making the plan public or if it is keeping it a secret for some other reason.
Indeed, FATF also acknowledges the progress made by the country towards improving its AML/CFT regime, but didn’t find it adequate enough to let it off the hook.
It underlines that Pakistain hasn’t adequately demonstrated "proper understanding of the transnational terror-financing risks posed by terrorist groups" [operating from its territory] and conducted supervision on a risk-sensitive basis.
FATF requires Pakistain to deliver on its commitment to crack down on terrorism financing by fixing the strategic deficiencies in the AML/CFT regime such as identification of cash couriers, enforcement of controls on illicit currency movement, effective implementation of financial sanctions against all internationally designated turbans and krazed killer groups, as well as their agents.
Failure to meet the February deadline for making "significant and sustainable progress" will put the country on the blacklist and have serious consequences for its struggling economy, including tough sanctions on its banks and a freeze on official and private capital inflows.
The time to linger on Pakistain’s commitments has passed. It is now time to walk the talk if the country wants to escape being blacklisted or even get another extension to comply fully with the global AML/CFT standards after the expiry of the current deadline.
Who are they kidding ? The FATF don't want to blacklist them, Indonesian accountants and Chinese shell companies probably are coaching and assisting them and the paperwork is just so much, it's taking time to get a 'pass'. They will probably never see the black list.
Totes UNBIASED Pak Media
[DAWN] INDIAN liberals have taken on the champions of Hindutva jingoism by documenting their multiple crimes against India’s religious minorities and now the Kashmiri people. Because they are actual witnesses their testimonies bear extraordinary weight. And, yes, the world is listening. Key American presidential candidates ‐ Bernie Sanders ...The only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being a socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around... , Elizabeth Being Native American has been part of my story since the day I was born Warren ...Dem Senatrix from Massachussetts, who traces her noble lineage all the way back to Big Chief Spouting Bull. It has been alleged that she speaks with forked tongue but she denies that. She had a DNA test to prove her lineage and it turns out she's colorless... , and Kámala Harris
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p.s. Congrats on getting the support of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kámala Harris (didn't her mom told her about Muslims?). All that remains to do is getting the support of Hillary (just bring a couple of bottles of wine when you go to visit her).
One aspect of the Hindu/Muslim conflict on which I must agree with the Muslims is beef. I cannot fathom why people would want to deny themselves such a valuable source of protein.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/20/2019 19:58 Comments ||
You wouldn't want to eat our cows if you saw how most farms kept the darn things. I can have myself all the beef I want in muslim localities, anyone can. Buffalo's allowed, cheaper and what most muslims eat. It's only banned in hindu majority areas with some religious history, such as I imagine pork would be in jerusalem ? The better hotels and restaurants all still serve imported beef, from Tennessee cow to Wagyu. Of course that's expensive. But the beef from most local cattle ? You'd get more protein out of a roadkill iguana.
Beef is practically staple in the North East, and those cattle are raised well. Which is why a Naga grunt can wrestle two Sikhs to the ground with one hand tied.
There is a conflict, AU. But it's not for diet. The muslims have a habit of demanding everything their way, despite local beliefs or the majority will. If it's not about a certain food product it'll be about family laws. The majority seeks to keep this minority in check, un-empowered and preferably without much purchasing power. Since beef is so important to muslims, the State which doesn't really care about cows
saw it as a way to shut down half the muslim owned unregulated meat and leather industry, and put restrictive burdens on the trade. They roused the hindu rabble to target butchers and sellers of beef using the 'cow is our mother' doctrine through fringe frothers of the hindu kind.
Of course some states have outright banned it, the local administrations falling over each other trying to please what they think is a fanatic hindu PM.
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.