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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Fair Oaks Farms Apologizes After Video Surfaces Of Workers Abusing Calves; 4 Employees Fired
[CHICAGO.CBSLOCAL] The owners of an Indiana dairy farm are apologizing after undercover video released by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, beating and throwing around newborn calves.

The video was filmed at Fair Oaks Farms, a popular destination for school field trips and tourists about 75 miles southeast of reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
The video was filmed by a member of Animal Recovery Mission, which had an undercover investigator get a job at Fair Oaks Farms from August to November of last year in order to expose animal cruelty.

The footage shows workers dragging calves by their ears, including off the side of a farm cart, throwing calves into small plastic isolation hutches, hitting calves with milk bottles, kicking calves, beating them with branding irons and steel rebar, and force-feeding the animals to the point they can’t breathe.

Workers are also seen piling dead calves onto farm vehicles and throwing them in mass dump sites.

The video also shows filthy conditions in the calves’ pens, overcrowded transport trucks, and temperature readings of more than 100 inside their hutches.

Animal Recovery Mission claims supervisors and owners at Fair Oaks were aware of and even took part in the animal abuse.

Jewel-Osco said the grocery store chain is removing all Fairlife products from its shelves in response to the video. Fairlife is owned by Fair Oaks founder Mike McCloskey and gets its dairy from Fair Oaks Farms.

"At Jewel-Osco we strive to maintain high animal welfare standards across all areas of our business and work in partnership with our vendors to ensure those standards are upheld. We apologize for any inconvenience," spokeswoman Mary La Belle Frances Trucco stated in an email.

In a statement, Fair Oaks Farms said five individuals were identified from the video, four of them Fair Oaks employees and the fifth a third-party truck driver who was picking up calves. The company said three of the four employees were fired before the video was released after co-workers caught them abusing animals and reported them to management. The fourth was fired on Tuesday after the ARM video was released.

As for the truck driver, Fair Oaks said he will not be allowed on their farms again.

"I am disgusted by and take full responsibility for the actions seen in the footage, as it goes against everything that we stand for in regards to responsible cow care and comfort. The employees featured in the video exercised a complete and total disregard for the documented training that all employees go through to ensure the comfort, safety and well-being of our animals," Fair Oaks founder Mike McCloskey stated.
Posted by: Fred || 06/07/2019 03:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cheap migrant labour ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/07/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Come on, you people!!! Where do you think whipped cream comes from anyway?
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 06/07/2019 17:34 Comments || Top||

Body found in Oregon home is confirmed to be original Mouseketeer Dennis Day, 76, who had gone 'missing' for eight months
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 03:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

New Orleans musician Dr. John dead at 77

Now he's in the "right place at the right time" RIP
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 00:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  RIP indeed. His shtick got old quick, but he had all the right influences and he picked 'em up and ran with 'em while guys like me sat around rolling our eyes. And they sure aren't making any more old Orleanians. Leah Chase gone the other day. And Ronnie Virgets dead two weeks and I only heard today, dammit. Might've gone home for that and I didn't even know him.
Posted by: Spereter the Infinitesmal1556 || 06/07/2019 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Musta been the right place at the wrong time?
Posted by: Glomoting Bumble4310 || 06/07/2019 16:53 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
‘Vacuum Challenge' warning as parents seal kids into bin bags for bizarre craze that could cause death or strokes
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 08:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't shrink-wrap your kid.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/07/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  A new non-chemical way of execution? No FDA approval required.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/07/2019 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Darwin approves
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/07/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  A perfect skin tight shrink wrap should have no measurable effect resulting from air pressure though thermoregulation would problematic.

The problem in this case is that there are pockets of air under low pressure within the wrap that create an unnatural external pressure differential between the head and the body below the neck.

People do seem to forget that air pressure on earth is a force of non-trivial magnitude.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 06/07/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Fashion seen on a runway near you!
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 16:48 Comments || Top||

Nurse says 2 women were hospitalized this week after trying to use a VACUUM hose to end their periods early...in Seattle
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ladies don't vacuum your lady parts.

The news seems to have a vacuum cleaner fetish today.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/07/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't stick a running vacuum in you, and don't stick parts of you in a running vacuum either.

Posted by: DarthVader || 06/07/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  The news seems to have a vacuum cleaner fetish today.

Life sucks.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Hoover follies ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/07/2019 11:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Good idea fairy

I know, we'll vacuum it out! Gah, its so obvious; why has nobody thought of this before? We must be geniuses.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/07/2019 15:40 Comments || Top||

#6  why has nobody thought of this before?

Check adolescent boys.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 16:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Nature abhors a vacuum. Dogs don't seem to like them either.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/07/2019 16:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Yeah adolescent boys...gagh, not looking forward to it.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/07/2019 18:13 Comments || Top||

#9  "So-called 'Menstrual Extraction' was first described by feminist activists Lorraine Rothman and Carol Downer in the 1970s as a way to perform an at-home abortion before Roe v Wade.

They described how to construct a contraption - called a Del Em - using a syringe, a cannula, a speculum, and a jar.

Once abortions became legal across the US, 'ME' was largely sidelined.

But as Mic reported in 2016, it has seen a resurgence in popularity, this time being pitched as a method to end periods early."

Re-purposing can be a beautiful thing...but not in this case.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/07/2019 21:55 Comments || Top||

Incredible D-Day heroics of Star Trek actor 'Scotty' revealed: How Lt. James Doohan led his men safely across Juno Beach and took out two German snipers before becoming known as 'craziest pilot in the Canadian air force'
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 03:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Beam me up Scotty!"

When Doohan died his ashes were actually sent up into space.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/07/2019 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Makes me sad how much he hated Shatner. I never really heard Scotties side beyond stolen lines and acted like a prima donna (which most lead actors likely do). It always seemed there had to be something more because the hate was so long standing and burned so bright.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/07/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#3  He lost his right middle finger in the gunfire

No Birdie?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/07/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Tornado touches down: Dramatic moment a twister rips across a road in Louisiana as flash flooding sees 3.5 inches of rain fall in less than 60 minutes at rush hour killing a man
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 03:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looking at the pictures... the road with the tornado looks vaguely familiar, I think it's along the levee, either between I-10 and the LSU area or south of the LSU area.

There's also pictures of I-10 through Baton Rouge made impassable by flooding, as opposed to normally, when it's just impassable due to crazy traffic.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/07/2019 15:25 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Jury awards $11M to Gibson bakery from Oberlin
Posted by: lord garth || 06/07/2019 17:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6569 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The verdict sends a strong message that colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences. In this case, a wholly innocent 5th-generation bakery was falsely accused of being racist and having a history racial profiling after stopping three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting. The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners. The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.

Bloody well grand! More of us Americans need to sue the shit out of this leftist racists.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/07/2019 23:21 Comments || Top||

Naval War College president 'who kept a margarita machine in his office and emailed students offers of free hugs and games of Twister' is under investigation for excessive spending and inappropriate behavior
  • Current and former employees of Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley raised concerns

  • He is at the helm of the elite school that grooms future admirals and generals

  • The college has struggled to make payroll under his leadership, records show

  • It has spent about $725,000 annually on raises while facing a shortfall of millions

  • Harley has also sent emails including offers of 'free hugs' and games of Twister

  • A portrait of bald Harley displayed in a gallery shows him with hair and a beard

  • He has blamed the fiscal strain on the Navy and said emails were lighthearted
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 10:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another pedo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 16:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Where are our anti-aircraft guns for this? Kimmie may have had a genius idea when dealing with certain generals/admirals.

(Yes, I'm being fucking facetious)
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/07/2019 16:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Did he sink the Bismarck, if ya know what I mean?
Posted by: Raj || 06/07/2019 18:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Margarita machine?!

C'mon, beer taps and bottles of whiskey!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/07/2019 19:35 Comments || Top||

#5  So was the admiral appointed to the position during the Obama years? That would explain much.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/07/2019 22:18 Comments || Top||

#6  According to the Washington Examiner, the good admiral was appointed in 2016.

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley took over as president of the Newport, Rhode Island, college in July 2016. The college, which grooms senior officers, faces a budget deficit of about $5 million. Harley approved about $750,000 in raises in the same year, according to the Associated Press.

President Obama blighted everything he touched, as far as I can tell.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/07/2019 22:27 Comments || Top||

GPF: China, Corn and Caterpillars
Posted by: charger || 06/07/2019 09:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

China's food supply imperiled
[AmericanThinker] China’s food supply is being imperiled as new reports warn that up to 50 percent of China’s 440 million pigs are now at risk from African Swine Fever infection.

...Geopolitical Futures emphasizes that China’s food supply is also being endangered due to other developing risks. The Fall Armyworm has spread to 220,000 acres (89,000 hectares) in Southern China, ruining primarily corn and some sugar cane crops. With no natural predators in China, the USDA warned "there is a high probability that the pest will spread across all of China’s grain production area within the next 12 months."
Heinlein’s Bad Luck strikes again.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/07/2019 06:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ...gee, I wonder what other country in the world can step up and cover some of that level of loss?

Bacon going to get expensive. Preserve now.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/07/2019 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  A country that can eat dogs, horses and just about anything with szechuan sauce.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/07/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Fearing "feral hog apocalypse," Texas approves drastic measures
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Somehow I just can't feel all that much pity for them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/07/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Hogs, or Chinese?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 10:09 Comments || Top||

#6  They are buying 500M tons of soybeans from us this year.
Corn planting was delayed this year because of rains. When does soybean planting start?
Posted by: Ulatle Speaking for Boskone6839 || 06/07/2019 13:15 Comments || Top||

#7  https://www.agweb.com/mobile/soybean-planting-map/
Looks like the world is introuble. Let’s see...,ethanol or food?
Posted by: Ulatle Speaking for Boskone6839 || 06/07/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Something for you city guys who have never shoveled Sh1t to think about
Posted by: Ulatle Speaking for Boskone6839 || 06/07/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

#9  In our part of the world, only about 38-39% of the beans have been planted. Usually closer to 75% by this time of the year.

Lots of 'lakefront' property, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/07/2019 14:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Liberals told us to eat insects.... Maybe they'll get some locust.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/07/2019 15:19 Comments || Top||

#11  Now that virtually everyone in the Midwest has a crawfish pond, whether they wanted one or not...
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/07/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Although western Kansas may benefit from the rains if they can sow in time - and believe me they are booking* - the bread basket, the central third of the state, are reporting numerous wheat fields flooded with possible 100% loss. If true, that is big.

*there is some stupid bike across America deal where they ride bikes through Kansas at this time of year. Once you get off the interstate, it is basically a large construction zone, narrow roads, no shoulders, and the sowing clock is ticking especially if there are storms - can't tractor in the mud, not without a recovery crane. About broke the dashboard when some schmuck on the radio told us to watch out for them. As much fun as platoon of bicyclists vs. forage harvester sounds, its like taking a preschool on a tour of a building in the process of being demo'd.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/07/2019 15:36 Comments || Top||

#13  A man with several thousand acres still kind of too wet to plant on in Central Nebraska is thinking of substituting hemp for his corn and soybeans it's too wet to plant.
It has a shorter growing season. This the the rope, paper and cloth form of the plant not the smoked one.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/07/2019 21:13 Comments || Top||

Pentagon eyes rare earth supplies in Africa in push away from China
[DAWN] The US Department of Defence has held talks with Malawi’s Mkango Resources Ltd and other rare earth miners across the globe about their supplies of strategic minerals, part of a plan to find diversified reserves outside of China, a department official said on Wednesday.

The push comes as China threatens to curb exports to the United States of rare earths, a group of 17 minerals used in a plethora of military equipment and high-tech consumer electronics.

Although China contains only a third of the world’s rare earth reserves, it accounts for 80 per cent of US imports of minerals because it controls nearly all of the facilities to process the material, according to US Geological Survey data.

"We are looking for any source of supply outside China. We want diversity. We don’t want a single-source producer," Jason Nie, a material engineer with the Pentagon’s Defence Logistics Agency, said on the sidelines of the Argus US Speciality Metals conference in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
The DLA, which buys, stores and ships much of the Pentagon’s supplies - ranging from minerals to air plane parts to zippers for uniforms - has also held talks with Burundi’s Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd about future supply, as well as offered to introduce the several US rare earth projects under development with potential financiers, Nie said.

"We can make connections," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/07/2019 02:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The world's largest mine to supply rare earths is on the border between California and Nevada. Unfortunately it's on the CA side and CA-EPA plus Dem/Dunce state gov will not permit it to run.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/07/2019 6:07 Comments || Top||

#2  They'll soon find that most of the land supposed to possess rare earths already belongs to Chinese companies.

Look for the free palace built in Burundi by little Chinamen.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/07/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

Taiwan's request for US tanks and missiles sparks China anger
Posted by: Fred || 06/07/2019 02:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Approved and ship them twice what they asked for.

Fuck you China
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/07/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||

#2  And people who don't live in China should care what the Chinese government thinks why again?
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 06/07/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

Fiat Chrysler withdraws offer of merger with Renault
Posted by: Fred || 06/07/2019 02:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: George Henry || 06/07/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#2  ↑
I, George Negga will also BREAK your fingers if you can't even pay 2% a day !

Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/07/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  The Fiat folks probably took a good look at what they were getting in to and thought "Sh*t, these are even worse vehicles than ours".
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/07/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#4  What kind of a hot mess of a company would merge with Renault?
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 06/07/2019 16:26 Comments || Top||

#5  It was the automotive version of Blair's Law - all the world's multiple idiocies uniting to become on giant useless manufacturing combine.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/07/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
How sex scandal bishop blew $2m in church funds on luxury vacations, drugs, jet charters and booze - along with $200,000 on daily delivery of flowers to his office
  • Bishop Michael Bransfield misused church funds for fine dining, liquor, gifts, personal travel and luxury items, according to the report

  • Bransfield also made expensive renovations to his private residences

  • Church members accused of misconduct were gifted as were those being promoted in the church, and Bransfield's family members

  • Church allegedly used 'grossing up' method for tax relief via gifting money

  • Former Archbishop of Baltimore took over when Bransfield resigned September after 13 years, and alleged Bransfield abused oxycodone and other drugs

  • Wheeling-Charleston Diocese Archbishop released a report calling sexual harassment accusations against ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield credible

  • There's no conclusive evidence for sexual misconduct involving minors

  • Bransfield says back problems mean he can't travel economy and denied claims
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 03:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's just not televangelists.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/07/2019 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  It's good to be Bishop until you're caught. The TV evangelists are more entertaining for your money.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/07/2019 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  A Catholic Democrat.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/07/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Nasa to open space station to tourists
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 10:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, if I showed up outside in a spacesuit they would let me in?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/07/2019 21:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Also, is there a doorbell?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/07/2019 21:14 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Gender pay gap is wider among those with a bachelor's degree
h/t Instapundit
[NYPost] A college degree can provide many benefits, but an equal playing field apparently isn’t one of them.

Women with a bachelor’s degree earn 74 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make,
I wonder how much the diff would be without "affirmative action"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/07/2019 07:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Assuming the same job field and experience?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/07/2019 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Yet another misleading headline designed to stir the pot.
Posted by: warthogswife || 06/07/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  What was the degree in?

What were the grades?

What was the school?

So many questions so much BS.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/07/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#4  How many men with bachelors degrees go for the work-life balance thing, then work part time or stay home altogether once they have children? As Skidmark and warthogswife comment, let’s compare men and women in the same field putting in the same hours.

And that was before #MeToo, when male managers did not self-protectively shy away from spending extra time with their female staff.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/07/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Harvard University conducted a study of MBTA wokers last fall---unionized workers where equal hourly rates are mandated by the contract.

Guess what? Male workers worked more hours and especially more overtime (time and a half) hours than female ones. Explanation is simple.
Posted by: Tom || 06/07/2019 16:47 Comments || Top||

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  Houthis kill imam, 9 worshippers for following Saudi Eid al-Fitr moon sighting
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  ISIS claiming to exterminate a Pakistani Intel agent
Wed 2019-06-05
  Nanagarhar: Senior ISIS leader hailing from India killed in Afghanistan airstrike
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  Sri Lanka Muslim ministers resign en masse over Easter bombings
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