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France supermarket hostage-taking: At least two killed by Trebes known wolf gunman claiming allegiance to ISIS
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Teen girl shot at Maryland school "brain dead," life support to end
[CBSNEWS] A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school is brain dead and is being removed from life support, her mother said Thursday. Melissa Willey told news news hounds Thursday night that her daughter, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey has "no life left in her." She said Jaelynn would be removed from life support during the evening, by the family's decision.

The mother, holding a young baby, said, "On Tuesday ... our lives changed completely and totally forever. My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives."

The teen was shot Tuesday by 17-year-old Austin Rollins at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County.

Rollins died after shooting Willey. A school resource officer got there within a minute and fired a shot at Rollins, but it's not yet clear whether Rollins was killed by the officer's bullet or took his own life.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday Rollins and the girl had been in a relationship that recently ended.

"All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence," police said in a statement.

Willey had been at death's door at the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center. A fundraising page to help her family has raised more than $59,000.

Jaelynn was one of nine siblings, her mother said, and a member of the swim team.

The shooting broke out just before classes were to begin Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office, which said the gun used belonged to Rollins' father.
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Former Minnesota Officer Released On $400K Bail In Australian Woman’s Shooting Death
[RADIOSHABELLE] Former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor
I do not understand why Mr. Noor chose this particular line of work. According to his neighbours, he is by nature ill tempered and jumpy, and dislikes women, children at play, and African Americans.
was released from jail late Wednesday after posting bail on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a 40-year-old Australian woman.

Bail had been set at $400,000 Wednesday after Hennepin County prosecutors raised concerns that the ex-officer could be a flight risk, noting that he might try to flee to his native Somalia.

Noor was seen leaving the Hennepin County Jail with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett, around 9:45 p.m., according to ABC affiliate KTSP. He declined to answer questions.

He was released under conditions including that he would abstain from contact with Matthew Harrity, his Minneapolis Police Department partner at the scene of July 5, 2017, shooting. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and firearms.


This article starring:
Mohammed Noor
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Dislikes children at play.

What could possibly be wrong with "children at play" ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  ...And I'm sure the idea of seeking comfort, wisdom, and solace from his family back in Somalia has never once occurred to him.

Gorram idiots. He's as good as gone, which is almost certainly what the city fathers (and mothers) of Minneapolis want. A trial would be messy, embarrassing, and reflect poorly upon a favored class and we can't have that.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/23/2018 4:41 Comments || Top||

#3  don't they have electronic bracelets in MN?
Posted by: lord garth || 03/23/2018 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Electrocuting bracelets?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  He was also ordered to surrender his passport

Watch him run to Canada.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 14:02 Comments || Top||


Man who taught dog Nazi salutes convicted of hate crime.
I'm not big on Nazi salutes, but that seems like an overreaction to teaching a dog a trick, even a distasteful one.
Posted by: RJ45ACP || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wunderbar. Muzzies running wild, and they worry about two dogs?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 5:23 Comments || Top||

#2  TMayistan is a joke.

I refuse to cooperate with the so-called Police anymore.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2018 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  ...but too busy to be concerned with grooming rings. Yep.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2018 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  What's next: 'High Fives' being illegal?
Posted by: borgboy || 03/23/2018 12:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Ein Britischer Hundsbund of Puppen!
The newshounds were sniffin' and scoopin':
Who knew if your Pudel
Flew stukas mit Rudel,
Or Buddhas were brutal Sturmtruppen?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/23/2018 14:16 Comments || Top||

#6  and und
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/23/2018 14:20 Comments || Top||

#7  I particularly love the multilingual ones, Zenobia F. They remind me of how cute the trailing daughters where as they learnt to speak two languages at once.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 16:23 Comments || Top||

#8  I hope they have a story on teaching parrots, just to post the Monty Python sketch again.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/23/2018 16:29 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Pacific plastic garbage patch bigger than France
[TheGuardian]Much of the plastic waste accumulates in five circular ocean currents – known as gyres – found around the globe. The Ocean Cleanup has pledged a “moonshot” effort to clean up half of the Great Pacific garbage patch within five years and mop up the other rubbish-strewn gyres by 2040.

The organization is developing a system of large floating barriers with underwater screens that capture and concentrate plastics into one area ready to be scooped out of the ocean. A prototype, to be launched from San Francisco this summer with the aim of spawning a clutch of devices each of which can collect five tons of waste a month, will, if successful, be followed by dozens of other boom-like systems measuring up to 2km (1.2 miles) long.

The project comes with caveats, however – its system will not catch the proliferation of microplastics measuring under 10 millimeters (0.39in) and the whole operation will require further funding from next year. Any successful clean-up may also be overwhelmed by a global surge in plastic production – a recent UK government report warned the amount of plastic in the ocean could treble within the next decade.

Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  but bacteria are evolving to eat plastic
Posted by: lord garth || 03/23/2018 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  So i take it all the garbage they collect in the Pacific they will haul overland and dump in the Atlantic and all the garbage from the Atlantic they will haul overland and dump in the Pacific...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/23/2018 0:28 Comments || Top||

#3  You notice the garbage is floating off San Francisco....just sayin'
Posted by: Maggie Elmereper2424 || 03/23/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#4  There are already bacteria that eat plastic.

The supposed pictures of these "trash islands" always turn out to be fakes.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/23/2018 8:02 Comments || Top||

#5  ...and the whole operation will require further funding from next year.

Someone found a new & exciting racket.
Posted by: Raj || 03/23/2018 8:04 Comments || Top||

#6  There are already bacteria that eat plastic

Not dissimilar to the bacteria that gobble up oil after a spill. I recall the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off Mississippi some years back. We were told that it would takes DECADES (a LIFETIME, whatever) for the cleanup.

As it was, the little entities 'bloomed and consumed' most of the spill in just a few months.

Like they've been doing for eons, according to plan.

Might have been quicker, but the 'dispersal agents' put down by humans actually slowed their consumption rate.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/23/2018 8:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Better culture too
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2018 10:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Great Pacific garbage patch--The process of disintegration means that the plastic particulate in much of the affected region is too small to be seen. In a 2001 study, researchers (including Charles Moore) found concentrations of plastic particles at 334,721 pieces per km2 with a mean mass of 5,114 grams (11.27 lbs) per km2, in the neuston. Assuming each particle of plastic averaged 5 mm × 5 mm × 1 mm, this would amount to only 8 m2 per km2 due to small particulates
*Yawn* Researchers will need funding to discover hidden dangers of plastic soup...
Posted by: magpie || 03/23/2018 13:30 Comments || Top||

#9 
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 14:09 Comments || Top||

#10 
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 14:10 Comments || Top||

#11  Has anyone actually SEEN this patch from Airplanes that pass over it?

I do not believe anything lefty says
Posted by: newc || 03/23/2018 14:26 Comments || Top||

#12  The good news is that it smells better than France and has never surrendered.
Posted by: airandee || 03/23/2018 14:45 Comments || Top||

#13  First they said the garbage patch was huge and showed pictures of garbage floating on the water, only to later retract that saying the garbage is broken down and roughly 3 or 4 pencil sized bits of garbage in a square meter of ocean LINK.

Then researchers had to retract a paper suggesting that the garbage was dangerous to sea life LINK making it seem almost as if it perhaps it isn't actually real.

So now we have environmentalists claiming its bigger than France, bigger than Texas, bigger than Alaska trying to scare folks again while simultaneously going after plastic straws! I can only assume that some prominent lefties have invested in the non-plastic straw industry.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/23/2018 14:48 Comments || Top||

#14  At the same time climate alarmists are saying that data they insisted was accurate only a few years ago is totally untrustworthy now LINK.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/23/2018 14:49 Comments || Top||

#15  Carefully chosen photographs of Manila Bay's rafts of floating plastic garbage chosen for maximum dramatic effect....
Posted by: magpie || 03/23/2018 14:57 Comments || Top||

#16  #12 You're an evil minded person, airandee. Bravo! Hip, hip, hooray!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 15:56 Comments || Top||

#17  You're an evil minded person, airandee. Bravo! Hip, hip, hooray! Posted by g(r)omgoru

"Evil minds" congregate here for purposes of survival.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 16:01 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Zim: Govt seals $4,2bn platinum deal
[HERALD.CO.ZW] Government yesterday signed a $4,2 billion platinum investment agreement with a Cyprus-based company, Karo Resources, as investors continue to show confidence in policies formulated under the new dispensation. The deal — the largest to date in the mining sector — was signed at Munhumutapa Offices in Harare by Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando and Karo Resources chairman Mr Loucas Pouroulis at a ceremony attended by President Mnangagwa, Vice President Kembo Mohadi and senior Government officials.

The mine will be located in the Mhondoro-Ngezi area, while the deal includes the establishment of a 600MW thermal power station in Matabeleland North and chrome mining.
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who's behind Karo? China?
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/23/2018 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  They were always finding the various Russian mobs with businesses in Cyprus too so it could be any grey player.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 6:32 Comments || Top||

#3  and chrome mining

There goes the pristine waters.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 14:03 Comments || Top||


Congo slipping back toward civil war
[ARABNEWS] As Joseph Kabila plays video games in Kinshasa surrounded by the only functioning military entity in the Congo, the Presidential Guard, the people grow weary of his pretexts for remaining in power. Having taken over following the liquidation of his father Laurent-Désiré in 2001, the president completed his second term in 2016.

The hollow state he has built teeters over a vast country wrought with ethnic division and foreign interference. The last thing it now needs is a return to the armed conflict that since 1998 has left over 5 million people dead.

Political scientists and African anthropologists will note that violence is no stranger to Congolese society, and that since independence in 1960, armed conflict has persisted in the country. Others argue that it has existed as far back as King Leopold of Belgium’s violent exploitation of the Congo in the 19th century.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Political scientists and African anthropologists will note that violence is no stranger to Congolese society,

Further comment quite unnecessary.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 2:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Tribal societies can have civil wars?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 5:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't they have a chapter of Black Lives Matter over there to get things straight?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/23/2018 10:45 Comments || Top||


A White Farmer Is Killed Every Five Days In South Africa And Authorities Do Nothing About It, Activists Say
h/t Instapundit
Activists say South African authorities are tacitly approving attacks on the country’s white farmers, with one being murdered every five days, and the police turning a blind eye to the violence.

The white nationalist lobbying group AfriForum says that when lawmakers passed a motion last month which could see land being seized from farmers without compensation, it sent a message that landowners could be attacked with impunity.

It said there have been 109 recorded attacks so far in 2018 and 15 farm murders, meaning that this year, one white farmer has been killed every five days.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [378 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A White Farmer Is Killed Every Five Days In South Africa And Authorities Do Nothing About It, Activists Say

Apparently white farmers aren't doing much about it either.
Posted by: gorb || 03/23/2018 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The elderly and those living in remote locations are at greatest risk.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 2:11 Comments || Top||

#3  BLM's version of Paradise?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 5:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Sort of mirrored with young black pharmaceutical distributors in Chicago/Baltimore killed everyone 3rd or 4th day in generating public outrage and condemnation. In both cases the local government really isn't that concerned.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2018 8:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Why hasn't every white person in South Africa at least attempted to emigrate? The handwriting is on the wall. And the targets are on their backs.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/23/2018 15:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Why hasn't every white person in South Africa at least attempted to emigrate? Posted by Rambler in Virginia.

A number of reasons, age and financial situations being two of the greatest. Elderly parents must be cared for. Others would lose businesses, farms and homes, as obviously it is a depressed market and currency. Still others stubbornly cling to the hope things will change. As in Rhodesia, many strongly encourage their children to move abroad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 15:57 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Four held over the murders of two women in Gulshan
[Dhaka Tribune] Four people have been detained in a case filed over the murders of two women in Dhaka.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
them from Nalitabari area of Sherpur district on Wednesday.

RAB sources said detainee Shanjib Chiran was the criminal mastermind of the murder.

RAB Media Wing Deputy Director Major Abdullah Al Mehedi confirmed the detention on Thursday.

Later, in a press briefing, RAB said the alleged killers went to the residence with the intention of stealing money for celebrating their religious festival "Star Sunday."
Apparently Star Sunday is a Christian public holiday in Bangladesh, but I was unable to discover what we might call it.
They had been planning the theft for over a month.

According to the confession by the detainees, they murdered the victims when they thought the two would come in their way. After the murders, they searched the entire house for money. When they could not find any money, the four later left the house ‐ locking the main entrance.

Police recovered the dead bodies of Besat Moni Chiran, 65, and her daughter Sujata Chiran, 40, from their residence in Gulshan Tuesday evening.

In the first information report (FIR), Sujata’s husband Ashish Mankhin said: "Sanjib Chiran [Sujata’s nephew] killed my wife with a knife, and strangled my mother-in-law with the help of three associates.

Abu Bakkar Siddique, officer-in-charge of Gulshan cop shoppe, said they might have been murdered over a family feud, property issues, or sexual relations.
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not that I haven't occasionally thought about what fun it might be to call them and chat about this story or that (haven't we all?), but I doubt the folks at the Trib know much about Christianity. Suspect "Star" is "Easter" (or possibly "Laetare") transcribed as heard. OC, I'm pretty ignant re Bangladesh.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/23/2018 16:28 Comments || Top||

#2  That could be, Zenobia F. I only had a few moments to search last night, so did not get very far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 19:08 Comments || Top||


Britain
Skripals’ blood can be taken for testing by chemical weapons body: UK judge
[ARABNEWS] A British court revealed that samples taken from the ex Russian spy and his daughter were analyzed by UK’s military laboratory in Porton Down point to exposure to Novichok nerve agent or a related agent.

The same court said that Blood samples from former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia can be taken for testing by the world chemical weapons body (OPCW), an English judge ruled Thursday.

The Skripals, victims of a nerve agent attack that Britannia has blamed on Russia, are in a coma in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Salisbury, southwest England but sources revealed that even if they survived the poisoning they might suffer damage to their nervous system.

High Court judge David Williams ruled it was lawful for doctors "to take blood samples for provision to OPCW (the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and to provide copies of medical notes to OPCW."

In slasbury today, British police briefed the public about the latest in their investigation. A police spokesperson said that UK policeman in poisoned ex-spy incident has been discharged from hospital.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was left seriously ill after taking part in the early response to the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4.

"People ask me how I am feeling ‐ but there are really no words to explain how I feel right now," he said in statement issued by his local force. "Surreal is the word that keeps cropping up ‐ and it really has been completely surreal."
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All of it?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 14:03 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korean sanctions evasions reveal Hong Kong’s middleman role
[ARABNEWS] In the dead of night last month, two tanker ships pulled alongside each other in the East China Sea. One was a North Korean vessel, the other was the Belize-flagged Wan Heng 11.

Lights on both ships were blazing, arousing a Japanese spy plane’s suspicion they were carrying out a "ship-to-ship" transfer banned under UN sanctions imposed over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Records for the Wan Heng and a number of other ships identified in recent UN and US sanctions blacklists and Japanese surveillance reports reveal ties to Hong Kong through front companies based here. The findings underscore rising concern over the southern Chinese financial capital’s role as a nexus for North Korea’s underground business network, which has led the US government to urge Hong Kong authorities to crack down.

The corporate registration agents that set up these front companies "present a key vulnerability in the implementation of financial sanctions," said a report by the UN Panel of Experts on North Korean sanctions released on March 16. Researchers said North Korea relies on front companies acting as middlemen to mask its overseas trading links, many of which involve China.

Successively tighter rounds of sanctions aim to deprive North Korea of key sources of revenue by choking off its ability to smuggle exports, including through oil transfers between ships on the high seas.

Hong Kong, an Asian business hub, is "staying highly vigilant about activities and suspected cases" of sanctions violations and is "looking into the cases" involving Hong Kong-registered companies, the government said in a statement.

The city often tops business and economic freedom rankings, based on criteria that include ease of setting up business. That can also facilitate illicit dealings.

The city hosts a vast industry of company formation experts who can register corporations quickly and with minimum information from their clients. Many operate out of anonymous, one-room offices with as little as a single employee. They promise to set up a firm within a day for clients who can apply online if they’re not in Hong Kong.
Posted by: Fred || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Err, Hong Kong? Do you mean China?
Posted by: gorb || 03/23/2018 1:02 Comments || Top||


Economy
'Mitch McConnell's Senate Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill
[Breitbart] WASHINGTON (AP) ‐ The Latest on Congress and a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local): 12:45 a.m.

Congress has approved a $1.3 trillion measure bestowing hefty increases on military and domestic programs. It gives President Donald Trump just a nibble of the money he’s wanted to build his wall with Mexico.

The Senate gave final passage to the bipartisan legislation by 65-32 early Friday. The House approved it 256-167 hours earlier.

Trump is expected to sign the bill before Saturday. That would avert what would be a third government shutdown this election year, which would embarrass Republicans controlling the White House and Congress.

Trump initially promised Mexico would pay to construct his "big, beautiful wall." That country has refused, and Trump has sought $25 billion for the project and other border security efforts.

This bill provides only $1.6 billion for a year’s work.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 02:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hate this. I hope Trump veto's it. I would sooner see the government shut down than see this trough full of hog food (trying to avoid vulgarity, barely succeeding). I certainly would not be embarrassed if the government is shut down. I pray for a plague on both their houses. It feels odd, but Rand Paul may be right on this. And the BS that Trump would not sign because of no DACA mention? Does everyone in Washington hate the citizenry of the USA?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/23/2018 10:11 Comments || Top||

#2  There is no reigning in of profligate spending. Congress is the enemy worse than the islamists. They will not reform themselves.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/23/2018 10:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump said he might veto.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 12:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Not so much about the wall and hogs, I think.
More about recovering industry and less about foreign aid.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Phase 1: We can't do anything because we only have the House.
Phase 2: We can't do anything because we only have the House and Senate.
Phase 3: We won't do anything even though we control the House, Senate and White House.

Why should any care if its a republic?

I'm with the plan to spend it into the ground. Then pick up the piece afterwards. A lot of hogs will die. Suffering will be great, but that's how humans have learned the hard lessons for thousands of years. See - Goose, Golden Egg

Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/23/2018 15:47 Comments || Top||

#6  I think the Republicans just lost the midterms.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/23/2018 17:55 Comments || Top||

#7  I think the Republican brand of the Uniparty just handed some vote share over to the dem brand for the midterms.

FIFY!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2018 18:43 Comments || Top||

#8  And yet we know what it will look like if we allow the Democrats to get majorities in the House and Senate — President Trump won’t be able to do anything at all. I intend to vote for the Tea Partiest candidates in the primaries that I can find, then for the Republican in the general election, in the hope of moving the average further to the right.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 19:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Ref #8. Yes, the alternatives to President Trump's strategies are rather ominous. Recovery will be lengthy and painful.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 19:30 Comments || Top||


Europe
Woman Dies from Bee Acupuncture Allergic Reaction
[Breitbart] An unnamed 55-year-old woman in Spain has died after a fatal apitherapy appointment. This unique form of alternative medicine leverages honeybee products ‐ including venom ‐ to treat all manner of ailments. Unfortunately, the woman may have developed an allergy to bee stings.

In bee acupuncture, a professional squeezes a live honeybee onto someone’s face, prompting it to sting and inject its venom, after which it dies and the process is repeated. This and other apitherapy treatments are used for everything from arthritis to cancer, despite some the medical community’s resistance to its "quackery." Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow of Goop infamy swears by the treatment, crediting bee venom with helping rid her of an old injury.

This was not the first time there had been complications for the unidentified patient. The woman had already been through two dozen appointments over the years before, apparently without reactions sufficient to dissuade her from continuing the treatment. But during the last visit, she "developed wheezing, dyspnea, and a sudden loss of consciousness immediately after a live bee sting."

She was rushed to a hospital but later died of multi-organ failure. The case study authors stop short of mocking the treatment outright but do caution that "repeated exposure to the allergen was found to carry a greater risk of severe allergic reactions than in the general population," so "the risks of undergoing apitherapy may exceed the presumed benefits." They have concluded that "this practice is both unsafe and unadvisable."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 04:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This makes me rethink my Live Cobra Venom Acupuncture business plan.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/23/2018 12:14 Comments || Top||

#2  You just need to add a pre-screening checkbox at the start of the workflow, Steve.

"Does the patient have an advanced directive?"
"Is the patient naive and wealthy?"
"Have patient death benefits been assigned to the clinic?"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:22 Comments || Top||


Germany doesn't meet NATO promises.
[StrategyPage] Germany has come up short once more in meeting its military obligations to NATO. Leaked readiness data indicates that a key component of the NATO rapid reaction force, which Germany is to supply in 2019, is nowhere near ready to perform duties German said it could handle.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [438 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NATO is a mutual defense organization.

Why on Earth are we still allied with these ungrateful freeloaders?
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/23/2018 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  ...I'm starting to think that when you look at this and the Baden-Wurttemburg disaster, the Germans are acting like the kid who botches up mowing the lawn so badly that Dad does it anyways.

Mike

[edit 3dc - link fixed]
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/23/2018 4:48 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Bad link
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 4:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Grom,

Thanks for catching that - not sure what's going on this morning but none of my link attempts seem to be working. This site covers things quite nicely:

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/16920/the-curious-case-of-germanys-massive-new-but-relatively-toothless-type-125-frigates

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/23/2018 5:47 Comments || Top||

#5  :-)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 5:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Given how much Germany is spending in financial support as well as policing the 1.x million colonists Chancellor Merkel invited, it's no wonder they haven't the funds for a properly kitted out military as well. I seem to recall they already had to increase taxes to cover their increased domestc expenditures.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 16:46 Comments || Top||

#7  The current German defense minister is unfortunately absolutely incompetent.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/23/2018 16:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Historically it's FORTUNATE if The German defense minister is absolutely incompetent
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2018 18:59 Comments || Top||


EU countries prepare to follow May and expel Russian diplomats
[TheGuardian] Five member states plan move as bloc’s leaders agree that Moscow likely source of Salisbury attack.

France, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are understood to be considering expelling Russian diplomats, as requested by the UK government, in a coordinated strike against Moscow.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  War in our times?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 5:21 Comments || Top||

#2  TMay and the UK seems to be swamp central...

The swamp wants a nice distracting war with Russia
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/23/2018 18:45 Comments || Top||


Government
US embassy announces eased visa renewal process for Israelis
Removing another layer of Obama nastiness.
[IsraelTimes] The United States embassy in Israel announces it has eased the visa renewal process for Israelis.

Under the new guidelines, Israelis who have in the past been granted a visa can send in their application and will no longer need to go in for an interview.

The embassy says the new process applies only to those who received their visas after January 1, 2008, and were at least 14 years old when granted a visa.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 01:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Great, another channel for Arab-Israeli sleepers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:29 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
The story behind Israel's secret strike on Syria's nuclear reactor
[Al Monitor] Sometime in late 2006, US Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte visited Israel. According to a security source speaking on condition of anonymity, at a meeting with the heads of Israeli intelligence at Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv, intelligence branch officers presented a small time bomb. On the margins of the discussion, dealing with various security analyses of Israel’s neighbors, Col. Eli Ben-Meir, head of the technological branch of army intelligence, said that according to his assessments the Syrians were working on an "unconventional weapons project."

Amnon Sofrin, head of Mossad's intelligence branch, fumed. He had not authorized army intelligence officials to bring up the topic, because Mossad had concluded that there was no nuclear activity in Syria. Regardless, Ben-Meir had opened his presentation to Negroponte with three slides on nuclear activity in Syria. His assertions were explosive and controversial. Not only Mossad, but the Americans as well, headed by Negroponte, rejected the army intelligence assessment as unrealistic.

Ben-Meir had illustrated his presentation with dark clouds and called the situation "a nuclear cloud." Negroponte expressed his disagreement with him: I’m an expert on everything involving North Korea, he said, and it can’t be that the North Koreans are creating a nuclear reactor in Syria under our radar. That’s not possible.

At that stage, Ben-Meir was viewed as foolish, as hallucinating. Hard and unequivocal evidence for his extraordinary assertion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was secretly building a plutogenic nuclear reactor in the heart of the Syrian Desert was yet to be found. Ben-Meir knew that he was right, but he was unable to prove it. He also knew that North Korea was behind the secret project, which threatened to change the face of the Middle East within a year.

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  No doubt this operation will form the template for future Iranian operations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 2:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Future?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:43 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Brazilian Women Are Trying To Get Impregnated by White American Men
[Daily Caller] Brazilian women want to be impregnated from the sperm of white American men, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal Thursday.

Wealthy Brazilian women and lesbian couples are requesting white male sperm from the U.S. so their kids will have more Caucasian features, the Wall Street Journal reported.

At least 50 percent of Brazil’s population is black or mixed-race, but women are selecting young sperm donors who will more likely produce children with blond hair and blue eyes. The number of American sperm donors to Brazil surged at least 3,000 percent in the past seven years. It is also illegal to pay men for their sperm in Brazil, which allows American donors more opportunity in the market.

The carefully vetted process of selecting American sperm and then the in vitro fertilization process starts at around $7,000.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/23/2018 03:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Strangely enough, American women aren't that keen on it and would rather have colored men. I wonder why?
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/23/2018 3:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Because in Brazil (like in all of Latin America) the whiter you are the closer to the top you are?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/23/2018 5:20 Comments || Top||

#3  American women aren't that keen on it and would rather have colored men.

I suspect it isn’t about what women respond to, but what the liberal advertising agencies, publishing houses, and media editors are pushing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/23/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#4  The carefully vetted process of selecting American sperm and then the in vitro fertilization process starts at around $7,000.

Hmmm...I'm thinking of a Brazilian vacay.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Strictly for research, of course.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/23/2018 12:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Saw an article yesterday on this that goes into much more detail. They get up to 27 pages of info on you.

So don't be surprised in a few years to see a couple of gay Latino women and your little Johnny ringing your door bell.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 03/23/2018 14:22 Comments || Top||

#7  American citizenship into the bargain.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/23/2018 15:35 Comments || Top||



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