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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Deadly mass shooting at video game tournament in Florida
[Al Jazeera] A mass shooting at a video game tournament has led to "multiple fatalities" in the US state of Florida, according to police.

The shooting took place on Sunday at a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in downtown Jacksonville, according to local media. Citing police sources, reports said four people were killed and at least 10 maimed.

"We have deceased victims at the scene. We also have injured people at the hospital. We will release counts later on," said Sheriff Mike Williams at a brief presser, describing the dead suspect as a white male who had yet to be identified.

"We have no outstanding suspects at this time, the scene is secure, and we will follow up in a couple of hours."

The attack took place during the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar, according to the venue's website.

The video game tournament was being streamed online from the restaurant. Players can be seen reacting to the gunfire and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off.

"SWAT is doing a methodical search inside... We will get to you. Please don't come running out," the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office earlier said on Twitter.
Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Performance art is considered stupid derogatory, even among the art community, says artist Natasha Jozi
[IMAGES.DAWN]
Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [294 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Natasha can't do two-dimensional:
"Don't fence me in, dude! Too conventional."
The dumbstruck conformance
That greets her performance,
"Un-painting with doo-doo?" Intentional!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/27/2018 4:49 Comments || Top||

#2  As Red Green pointed out, if I can do it it's not art.
Posted by: Creling Pelosi3622 || 08/27/2018 14:06 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 Yes!
Posted by: Bugs Thud4877 || 08/27/2018 19:55 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Kabul police arrest man with 400 fake National Identity Cards
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The police forces in Kabul have jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
a man and confiscated at least four hundred fake National Identity Cards (Tazkiras) which were being smuggled to the capital with the intent to use during the upcoming elections.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement the suspect was arrested during a search operation from the vicinity of Pul Charkhi of Kabul.

The statement further added that the suspect was looking to smuggle the fake National Identity Cards from Kapisa to Kabul.

No further details have been given in this regard but the Ministry of Interior added that an investigation is underway from the detained suspect.

This comes as the officials in the Attorney General’s Office had earlier said at least 85 people have been arrested from various parts of the country for forging National Identity Cards.

The officials, political parties, and candidates have also expressed concerns regarding the use of fake National Identity Cards during the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
the Independent Election Commission had earlier said that stickers have pasted to the original national identity cards of the voters to prevent fraud during the elections.

Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Under apple pie hat or burnoose,
Blank identity cards! His excuse?
In a sibilant hiss
He was heard to insist,
"These is just for my personal use!"

/in before Frank G
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/27/2018 1:32 Comments || Top||


Africa North
In Morocco, American football isn’t just for men
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET]
Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sure, real men play Moroccan football, and they wear chest pads.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/27/2018 23:00 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as new president
[Al Jazeera] Thousands of supporters and foreign leaders attend ceremony in capital Harare for the swearing-in of new president.
Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
The Centennial of the Battle of Ambos Nogales
[Infogalactic] The Battle of Ambos Nogales (The Battle of Both Nogales), or as it is known in Mexico La batalla del 27 de agosto (The Battle of 27 August), was an engagement fought on 27 August 1918 between Mexican forces and elements of US Army troops of the 35th Infantry Regiment, who were reinforced by the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment, and commanded by Lt. Col. Frederick J. Herman. The American soldiers and militia forces were stationed in Nogales, Arizona, and the Mexican soldiers and armed Mexican militia were in Nogales, Sonora.[2] This battle was notable for being a significant confrontation between US and Mexican forces during the Border War which took place in the context of the Mexican Revolution and the First World War.

This occurred after the Zimmermann telegram during World War I, when the international border between the two Nogaleses was a wide-open boulevard named International Street.
Imperial German may or may not have been involved, but in any case, border problems with Mexico are nothing new.
Posted by: charger || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...tell me about it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/27/2018 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting tidbit, the Buffalo Soldiers (9th Cavalry) were armed with a Remington rolling block split breach carbine in .46 rimfire.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/27/2018 7:30 Comments || Top||


Economy
Trump announces agreement with Mexico on NAFTA overhaul
[The Hill] President Trump said Monday the U.S. has reached an agreement with Mexico amid contentious talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump declared the name "NAFTA" would be scrapped for an updated North American agreement, saying it has "bad connotations."

"It’s a big day for trade. It’s a big day for our country," the president told reporters in the Oval Office, who were summoned to watch Trump speak by phone with outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Trump cast doubt on whether Canada would be party to a new trade agreement, saying, "We’ll see if Canada can be part of deal."

He said the two nations would begin talking "relatively soon."

The president said he plans to "terminate" the existing NAFTA agreement and move forward with the new emerging deal with Mexico.

If Canada is excluded, it would mark a major shift in U.S. trade policy, which has been guided by NAFTA for the past quarter century.

Trump would need Congress to approve the break-up of the three-nation agreement, a move that most on Capitol Hill would likely oppose.

A senior White House official said the administration plans to notify lawmakers of the U.S.-Mexico agreement, even if Canada is not yet on board.

"Ideally we'll have the Canadians involved," said the official. "If not, we will notify that we have a bilateral agreement and that Canada is welcome to join. We think that satisfies the requirements of the statute."

Trump said he wants to call the new deal the "United States-Mexico Trade Agreement," saying "I think's it's an elegant name."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/27/2018 13:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trump would need Congress to approve the break-up of the three-nation agreement, a move that most on Capitol Hill would likely oppose.

Not enough opportunity for graft.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/27/2018 14:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Obama didn't need Congress for his deL with Iran, and they have been at war with us for 40 years. And given the number of Mexican nationals in the US, is this really a foreign treaty?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/27/2018 14:40 Comments || Top||


Swiss youth more concerned about pensions than immigration
[SWI] Retirement provision is the leading concern for young people in Switzerland ahead of issues like foreigners and refugees, according to the 2018 Credit Suisse Youth Barometer.

A total of 53% of Swiss youth surveyed claimed they are worried about their pensions, compared to 41% last year. Immigration, which preoccupied almost half those surveyed last year, only registered as a concern among 29% surveyed this year.

Swiss youngsters are more optimistic when it came to the job market. Only 34% felt that their job would disappear due to the threat posed by digitisation compared to almost three out of four young people in US, Brazil and Singapore. The Swiss youth are also the exception when it comes the kind of jobs they preferred. While information technology is the most popular labour sector by far in other countries (US:75%, Brazil:72%, Singapore 75%) young people in Switzerland would rather work in education (56%), the media (53%), tourism (50%) or administration (47%). Only 43% of Swiss surveyed would choose an IT job.

Swiss youth are also the most prudent in money matters. They constituted the smallest share that felt their financial obligations were a burden and opted for the biggest savings amount.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/27/2018 08:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps this is why Swiss youth are not too concerned:

Swiss: No more citizenship to refugees on welfare
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/27/2018 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Trying to fix pensions by importing welfare cases is like planning to retire by running up credit cards.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/27/2018 10:44 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
A big reason for the coming Turkish Economic Collapse
from Al_Guardian
The crash of the Turkish lira last week after two years of steady decline spooked global markets ‐ but anyone looking at Istanbul’s skyline would have been far from surprised. Everywhere you look in the city, evidence of a debt-fuelled construction boom abounds: new skyscrapers frame the horizon, huge shopping malls dot the streets and among several megaprojects is a new airport, set to be the world's largest. Turkey is also heavily reliant on imports for construction materials: it is the world's ninth largest importer of steel, paying $8bn in 2016, a figure that rose to $9bn in 2017 as the lira began to fall.

That makes the Turkish economy's dependence on the construction sector for growth particularly dangerous. In the third quarter of 2017, construction made up 18.7% of the economy. This over-reliance on an industry that is so sensitive to global downturns has long been criticized by Turkish economists.
I personally had, in 2009, expected the Turkish economy to crash by 2014 but I didn't have the insight that Turkey's businesses could fool so many western banks into lending them money.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Spot on, Lord Garth - borrow shitloads of $ to build skyscrapers and malls - brilliant!
Posted by: Raj || 08/27/2018 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  good catch Raj

that guy is what made me choose this nom d comment
Posted by: lord garth || 08/27/2018 0:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Al Grauniad should look out the window at London.

House affordability up 7+% this year which may end the debt driven "growth".
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/27/2018 4:46 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Tobacco control advocates hopeful govt will increase tax on cigarettes
[DAWN] After failing to get any result during the previous government, tobacco control advocates are hopeful that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan will not only take steps to increase revenue collection from the tobacco industry but will also protect the citizens against hazards of smoking.

At present, the country is facing an annual loss of around Rs30 billion due to low taxes on the tobacco industry while health of the youth is at a stake.

“Imran Khan and Finance Minister Asad Umar had on a number of occasions assured us that they would support our efforts to save the health of the youth because Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) speaks more about the youth. The previous government announced to enhance the size of the pictorial health warning from 40pc to 85pc of the cigarette packet in 2014 but the promise was never fulfilled.
Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq replaces Sherry Rehman as leader of the opposition in Senate
[DAWN] Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Saturday appointed PML-N's Raja Zafarul Haq leader of the opposition in the Upper House, according to a notification issued by the Senate Secretariat.

Haq replaced PPP Senator Sherry Rehman with effect from Aug 24, according to the notification. Haq, who previously served as leader of the house, was replaced by Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
Senator Shibli Faraz on Aug 24.

Haq had been a contender for the election of Senate chairman against Sadiq Sanjrani earlier this year but lost by 11 votes.
Old Raja's come a long way from his days doing porno on eight millimeter wearing nothing but a mask and garters on his socks.
Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Olde Tyme Religion
Ex-Vatican envoy urges Pope Francis to resign over abuse case
[Al Jazeera] A senior Vatican official called on Pope Francis to resign, accusing the pontiff of failing to act sooner on sexual abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

In an 11-page statement, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI over sexual misconduct were lifted under Francis, despite reports about his "gravely immoral behaviour with seminarians and priests".

Vigano said he informed Francis in person in 2013 of the sanctions and how McCarrick, ex-archbishop of Washington, DC, "corrupted generations of seminarians and priests".

Pope Francis "continued to cover" for McCarrick despite the sanctions and even made him "his trusted counsellor", Vigano alleged.

"In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick's abuses and resign along with all of them," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good idea.
At least I get a new Pope out of it, preferably a no leftist.
Posted by: newc || 08/27/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Two things

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Also,I fired him months ago. He was just asked to resign.
Posted by: newc || 08/27/2018 2:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I've been calling him Antipope for a reason.

I won't be surprised if it's made official in some future conclave.
Posted by: charger || 08/27/2018 17:59 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Breaking: Police Confirm Madden 19 Tournament Shooter Was Gamer, David Katz
I'm more interested in his meds list than anything else about him.

Posted by: Anomolous Sources || 08/27/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [440 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Katz? I bet he was adopted.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 08/27/2018 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Video games do not inculcate children in violence.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/27/2018 2:05 Comments || Top||


#4  Lost in the event, has a hate fit, returns to destroy those who won. Sounds like intern material for the Mueller team.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/27/2018 6:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Similar appearance to Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook. With all the silly con valley talk about what AI is going to do to improve the world why can't it detect creeps like this jacked into the net day and night?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/27/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

#6  But..but..but...."Mall Where Jacksonville Shooting Occurred is Gun-Free Zone"
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 08/27/2018 10:24 Comments || Top||

#7  #1 Why? "If you prick us, do we not bleed?"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/27/2018 10:29 Comments || Top||

#8  He is purported to have won $400,000 in another Madden tournament elsewhere last year.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/27/2018 10:30 Comments || Top||

#9  The snark would be that he fits perfectly with the Democratic party as he is such a poor loser.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/27/2018 10:31 Comments || Top||

#10  While the media trips over this 'white' guy, they ignore 28 shot in Chicago this weekend. Why are Leftest dominated media such hot beds of racism?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/27/2018 11:14 Comments || Top||

#11  To put it in one paragraph:
The Jacksonville shooter rants against Trump on reddit. He won $400,000 the prior year playing Madden football at other venues. This shooter has proven to be the perfect Democrat in the Hillary sense as he is a mean sore loser. Many victims said he was trying to shoot the game playing thumbs off of players before killing them.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/27/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#12  $400k, didn't realize how lucrative the gaming business had become.

Know a person who gave up video games, especially the shooters, and will log onto one of the gaming sites and just watch the pros play. Also, video game hockey was on TV post-Stanley cup games. So there is the advertising and endorsement money out there too.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/27/2018 16:48 Comments || Top||



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Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2018-08-27
  Elite Army units moving to Idlib for major assault
Sun 2018-08-26
  John McCain dies at 81
Sat 2018-08-25
  Syrian Army launches powerful assault in northern Hama
Fri 2018-08-24
  Arab coalition thwarts Houthi boat bomb targeting commercial ships off Yemen
Thu 2018-08-23
  Syrian Army cuts all supply lines to ISIL’s last stronghold in southern Syria
Wed 2018-08-22
  ‘IS militants’ launch attacks in Chechnya; five killed
Tue 2018-08-21
  U.S. Rejects Turkey's Offer to Release Ransom Pastor, Report Says
Mon 2018-08-20
  ‘Allahu Akbar!': Knife-Man Shot Dead After Attacking Spanish Police
Sun 2018-08-19
  Yemeni army inflicts heavy casualties on Houthi militants in Taiz
Sat 2018-08-18
  HTS executes 6 people accused of being ISIS members in Idlib
Fri 2018-08-17
  American Couple Dies Tragically While Biking Through ISIS Territory Trying to Prove Evil Does Not Exist
Thu 2018-08-16
  ISIS Killer Caught in Sacramento
Wed 2018-08-15
  101st Airborne, US Special Forces Called Into Ghazni Battle
Tue 2018-08-14
  Islamic State member sentenced to death over killing security personnel in Nineveh
Mon 2018-08-13
  The FBI Finally Makes Peter Strzok Redundant

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