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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Part 4: #MeTooCNN Video Exposes Alleged Sexual Misconduct by CNN Exec and Possible Cover-Up by Senior CNN Management
Video can be seen at the link.
[Project Veritas]
  • Rick Saleeby, Senior Producer of The Lead with Jake Tapper, States Steve Brusk, CNN Politics Supervising Producer, Made ‘Advances’ on Female Employees During ‘Social Gatherings’ and Would “Put His Arm Around Them, Try and Touch Their Leg.”

  • Saleeby Believes That Steve Brusk is “Protected by Certain People…Like Other Higher Ups” Within CNN.

  • Rick Saleeby Recalls Incident with a Young Female Colleague: “She Had a Skirt on. I Could See the Hand. I Like Grab Her. It Looked Like I Was Being the Assaulter Because I Grabbed Her So Aggressively…to Keep Her from Him.”

  • Saleeby: “He Had Already Been Accused of the Things Prior… Which I Found Out…”

  • Saleeby Acknowledges the Gravity of the Situation: “I’ll Tell You This, In the Climate That’s Going Now, He Definitely Would Have Been Fired.”

  • Nick Neville, Media Coordinator at CNN, Says It is “Open Knowledge” That a Female Colleague Got a Job Working with Steve Brusk That “Appeared Out of Nowhere,” “…It Was Never Posted Online…”

  • Neville Refers to Allegedly Untoward Behavior from Brusk With the Young Female Employee: “…I Mean, He Emails All of Us, But He Would Email and Was Very Friendly to Her. And Then She Just Like Got a Job Like Working on His Team and She Was Like, Oh, It’s Hush-Hush. The Job Was Never Posted Anywhere.”

  • Neville: “…I Just Thought It Was a Little Strange.”

  • Christian Sierra, Media Coordinator at CNN, Continues: “That’s Unethical…That’s Unethical.”

  • Steve Brusk Tells Project Veritas Journalists to Speak with CNN’s PR Team About Sexual Misconduct Allegations; When Approached in DC, Refuses to Watch Footage.

  • Rick Saleeby and Jake Tapper Refuse to Speak with Project Veritas Journalists in DC When Approached for Comment.

  • Project Veritas Calls CNN President Jeff Zucker’s Office for Comment on Last Week’s Multiple Releases Regarding Anti-Trump Bias in the Network; Zucker’s Administrative Assistant Replies: “We Don’t Have Any Comment, Thanks for Calling.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 08:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A former Google insider claiming the company created algorithms to hide its political bias within artificial intelligence platforms

AI algorithms? That was a waste of money as their bias is so obvious to all who view CNN and listen to their drivel.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/23/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Shitshow, Part 146
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#3  But you are filth if you don't accept these people (?) telling you how to live.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 19:33 Comments || Top||


Navy lieutenant, wife accused of conspiring to smuggle inflatable boats to China
[FOX] A U.S. Navy officer and his wife were arrested last week in Florida by the FBI and naval authorities on charges that they conspired to smuggle inflatable military-style boats from the U.S. to China, authorities said.

Lt. Fan Yang, 34, was assigned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and held a top-secret security clearance while working in a sensitive anti-submarine warfare unit, according to court documents obtained by Fox News. The documents were filed Oct. 11 in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida.

Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 07:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Seems like a lot of Chicom spies are of Chinese descent. Might be time for some judicious profiling.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/23/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Inflatable boats? Really?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/23/2019 11:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Inflatable boats? Really?

Lt. Fan Yang, 34, was assigned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS)

NonCavitating hull shape and silent engine technology would be of interest.

Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  So SEAL and clandestine insertion kinds of equipment, not just ordinary rubber boats
?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/23/2019 16:08 Comments || Top||

#5  China has been trying to copy the Seal program for some time now, with limited success. 4 of their PLANMC guys were captured in 2016 by an Indian patrol vessel when they were conducting exercises without informing anyone. They were made to stay in a hotel and respectfully sent back in a naval copter.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 18:08 Comments || Top||

#6  With DNA testing/Pics and "Don't come back"?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 20:36 Comments || Top||


Lori Loughlin, other parents in college admissions scam indicted on new bribery charge
[Fox] BOSTON ‐ "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents were indicted Tuesday on new federal charges as prosecutors pressure them to admit guilt in a college admissions bribery scheme.

A grand jury in Boston indicted the parents on charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.

The count accuses the parents of attempting to bribe officials at an organization that receives at least $10,000 in federal funding.

They are accused of paying to get their children admitted to the University of Southern California. All 11 defendants have previously pleaded not guilty to other charges in the scheme.

It’s the second time prosecutors have added new charges for parents pleading not guilty in the case. In April, they added money laundering to the initial charges of fraud and conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in Boston said the latest charges stem from an ongoing investigation.

The charges will further his goal of holding the defendants "fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud," he said in a statement.

Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli did not immediately respond to the charges.

The couple are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC as recruits on the crew team, even though neither participated in the sport. Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty.

Others indicted on the new charge include William McGlashan, who co-founded an investment fund with U2’s Bono in 2017, and Robert Zangrillo, a prominent Miami real estate developer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 00:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What about the University clerks and admissions people ? No one offers bribes unless there's a known history of it working in the past.

I feel this is just class vendetta playing out. The people being pulled through the self-righteous wringer are all probably white and unaffiliated with woke politics.

And why do well-off folks want to send their daughters to such a campus ? 1 in 3 female undergrads assaulted at USC.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 3:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Genetic bragging rights ?

"Our daughter goes to Tech, she speaks seven languages with native fluency. She's great at Math and Science. She became enthralled with Advanced Multivariable Calculus in the 3rd grade. The CADD programs she developed led to an Oxford 'iRobot Roomba' summer fellowship in her senior year. I could go on and on."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#3  So she takes after her mom, then?

(Just kidding, B.)
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/23/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Multivariable Calculus for Yachting Team Skippers
Vector Calculus for Instagrammers
Linear Algebra for Publicity Ho's
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Accounting For Hos
Retirement after short "careers"
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/23/2019 14:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Many (most?) of our politicians got into the Ivy's via "legacy," that's to say daddy and / or mommy went there first and "donated" (your and my tax dollars) to alma mater. Loughlin and Huffman felt they could skip the legacy part and just send money. That was their mistake, and they would have got away with it but for circumstances.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 16:44 Comments || Top||

#7  ^Not enough money?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 16:45 Comments || Top||

#8  M,Murcek may be on to something. They got popped because they tried to skip the "legacy" thing and horn in on a private deal.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/23/2019 18:45 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Scientists worry lab-grown human ‘mini-brains’ may become sentient
[NYPOST] Human brains grown in labs could be experiencing "endless horror" with a conscious existence but no body, according to worried scientists.

Green Neuroscience Lab researchers are warning that, although no one has proven that lab-grown brains are sentient, the risk could be too great to continue using them.

The blobs of tissue are often referred to as mini-brains or "organoids." More testing would be needed in order to prove their sentience, which just means if something has the capacity to feel, perceive or personally experience the world around it.

The mini-brains are only pea-sized and have brainwave patterns similar to those of premature babies.

Many scientists believe the mini-brains have the potential to transform medicine and what we know about the brain.

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
they’re controversial because the line between medical research and human experimentation is unclear.

Elan Ohayon, director of the Green Neuroscience Laboratory, told The Guardian: "If there’s even a possibility of the organoid being sentient, we could be crossing that line.

"We don’t want people doing research where there is potential for something to suffer."

The researchers will deliver a speech about the risks of using mini-brains for experiments at the Society for Neuroscience in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel...
They think more debate is needed before lumps of brain continue to be grown in labs and, in some cases, inserted into animals.

Studying the live human brain is extremely difficult but organoids have allowed scientists to conduct invaluable research into conditions like schizophrenia and autism.

However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
Ohayon wants funding for research that involves even the smallest chance of an organoid becoming sentient to stop.

Ohayon explained: "We’re already seeing activity in organoids that is reminiscent of biological activity in developing animals."

He has developed computer models to support his theory but has urged for more work on the subject.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whereas I'm worried about the fact that a lot of humans do not appear to be sentient.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2 
"It could be judging us this very moment, sitting there in it's petridish !"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 4:39 Comments || Top||

#3  How could they be conscious or sentient without any form of external stimuli?
Posted by: Fat Bob Javish1936 || 10/23/2019 6:49 Comments || Top||

#4  How could they be conscious or sentient without any form of external stimuli?

Neuroscientists Demonstrate Wireless Neural Communication Possible
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 8:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, if they get the transplant techniques down, then Maxine Waters might actually say something sensible.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/23/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I've seen this movie.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 10/23/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#7  Damn, more left-wing voters.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/23/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#8  How could they be conscious or sentient without any form of external stimuli?

That's why you place them in various strategic positions around the Jaeger, stegosaurus theory if you will, so to share the neural load and allow a single operator, vastly increasing the number of pilots to choose from.

Imagine the poetry, "I am Gipsy Danger's Plasma Cannon."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 11:16 Comments || Top||

#9  See: Donovan's Brain
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 13:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Dalek
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 14:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Damn, more left-wing voters.
Posted by JohnQC


If that is the case they wouldn't be sentient in the first place.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/23/2019 18:19 Comments || Top||


‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ trailer has fans bursting into tears
[NYPOST] The last Star Wars movie I watched had me bursting into tears, too. It wasn't because I'm real sentimental guy.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

#1  tears of ________?
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 2:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently they kill off most of the remaining characters anyone cares about.

But there's no guarantee the trailer will have any relation to the released movie, as apparently they're still shooting, trying to make something that doesn't suck.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/23/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  And then there's people like me who just never bought in and aren't going to now. Of course, I don't hand Hollyweird any money at all.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Last of my interest gone with the Last Jedi. Won't see another Star Wars movie while Disney is holding the license.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/23/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  I thought it was "Luke Needs a Walker"
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/23/2019 9:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Star Wars no longer gets any benefit of the doubt. No more 'must see in theaters' since Force Awakens and catching it on cable is now in question.

I was a life-long Star Wars fan and they killed the love with the mediocrity of the recent movies. Killed it dead.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/23/2019 10:12 Comments || Top||

#7  It'll only stream on the Disney Streaming Channel. Good luck with that
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Best part is when the riders of Rohan charge the space ships.

Gonna be a short World Series if I have to see this commercial every top of the inning.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#9  How can you watch the World Series when you know George Will is watching too, probably spooging on his couch?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 15:19 Comments || Top||

#10  I turn the sound off so I don't have to hear Joe Buck play "What does my finger smell like?"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 15:53 Comments || Top||

#11  There are rumors of six different endings being shot.

Possibly to reduce the effects of leaks, but maybe because they don't know what the hell they're doing.

I mean they're putting the resolution of the storyline in the hands of JarJar Abrams of all people.
Posted by: charger || 10/23/2019 16:26 Comments || Top||

#12  I agree w rjs on the mediocrity of the force awakens but I madethemistake of seeing the last Jedi which was actually worse than mediocre. I’m not planning to see the episode 9 although maybe I’ll see plan 9 from outer space again.
Posted by: Lord garth || 10/23/2019 16:56 Comments || Top||

#13  Y'know what brings tears to my eyes ? Another Terminator flick with Arnie in it. And technical explanations excuses for his sagging arse woven into the story. That man is becoming pathetic.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 17:47 Comments || Top||

#14  Talk about a ruined franchise there.

Garth, the only thing good to come out of that movie:
Angry Staff Officer's Take.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 18:12 Comments || Top||

#15  yes swk I did like the Staff Officer's analysis but there was much more wrong with this movie

interestingly, the Star Wars movie Rogue One which is an immediate prelude to A New Hope was pretty good
Posted by: lord garth || 10/23/2019 19:21 Comments || Top||

#16  Laughed my ass of at the bombing scene. Sure that wasn't what they were going for. Space Leia should have been her death, with a good old fashion Total Recall eye bug out.

I enjoyed Rogue One; though I couldn't tell you any character names.

I was dared to watch Solo - my check liver light came on 2/3rds through. I made it through Frogtown II, so.

Now, in my opinion they could save the franchise. Instead of running a series of focus groups vs. a ticket sales/save the universe matrix:

Release the movie straight to DVD (or streaming, whatever). Now, they have enough footage for six different endings and from what I've heard, I believe it. Make it a Choose Your Own Adventure. Then release the theatrical official version, add some bonus scenes not in the home version. Make it interactive, and crowd sourced.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 22:00 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Heavy floods displace thousands in Greater Upper Nile region
[Sudan Tribune] Unusually heavy seasonal flooding has affected large areas of South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile region with estimated between 600,000-800,000 people affected, authorities said.

As of late October, Ayod, Maban, Mayom, Nyirol, Pibor and Uror were reportedly among the counties most heavily affected by floods.

According to OCHA, Based on assessments already conducted in affected areas, and in line with experience from previous floods in South Sudan, critical needs include access to safe drinking water, anti-malarial and other basic drugs, and plastic sheets to be used as temporary shelters for families with damaged or destroyed houses.

"The degradation or loss of crops and other sources of livelihoods can cause longer-term humanitarian needs and reduce food security in the following year. The scale of the impacts on the late-2019 harvest needs to be determined," partly reads OCHA’s report.

It added, "The high water level in some flooded areas is constraining vulnerable people’s physical access to basic services and restricting humanitarians’ ability to assess and respond to needs".
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under:


Tobruk city hit by flash floods following non-stop rain
[Libya Observer] The Civil Defence in Tobruk city east of Libya issued on Monday an urgent appeal to help families stranded in their homes after several neighbourhoods have been reported flooded due to continuous rainfall.

According to the Information Office of the Civil Defence, the rain started to fall at dawn and continued until Monday afternoon, which caused many homes to inundate.

Teams of the Red Islamic Thingy Society and the Civil Defense are continuing work to evacuate and provide assistance to those stranded, according to the Information Office of the Civil Defence in Tobruk.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under:


Texas Jury Forces 7-Year-Old to Undergo Gender Transition
[AMGREATNESS] In Texas, a jury ruled against a father who was trying to prevent one of his sons from undergoing a "gender transition" process, according to the Daily Wire.

Eleven of the twelve jurors ruled against Jeffrey Younger as he was trying to gain sole custody of his twin sons from his ex-wife Anne Georgulas, who is trying to force one of the boys, James, to take puberty blockers.

As a result of the ruling, the father will be forced to agree to the boy’s new "gender identity," including his female name Luna. Speaking on a podcast after the ruling, Younger said that this constitutes "not just emotional abuse but...the most fundamental form of sexual abuse, tampering with the sexual identity of a vulnerable boy."

As court documents show, Georgulas forces James to wear women’s clothing whenever the boy stays with her, and enrolled James in school as "Luna." Younger says that whenever the boy stays with him, he "violently refuses to wear girl’s clothes."

Both parents have accused the other of child abuse in the case, with Georgulas accusing Younger of child abuse by "not affirming James as transgender," and Younger accusing Georgulas of locking James in his room until he agreed to "transition," as well as "only giving him love and affection when he was acting like a girl."

With Georgulas now on the verge of sole custody, James may undergo "chemical castration" by next year, when he is only eight years old.
I suppose the poor kid can always get a job singing in the Vatican choir. The world needs more countertenors. I really do hope there's a hell, so his mother can burn in it.
Going by the literature I’ve seen around transgenders, the odds are high the poor boy will be dead by his own hand before he is old enough to vote.
Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [595 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One day, I hope, there will be trials - akin to Nuremberg trials - for things like this.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 2:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, but instead of hanging, the convicted will be surgically rendered completely androgynous, forbidden to ascribe any gender to themselves and banned from all men's and women's rest rooms.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||

#3  MM that's messy. Somebody has to enforce it - would you like to follow one to make sure it doesn't violate the ban? And, some short memory idiots, will start feeling sorry for them. Dead & gone is best.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 8:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Do it to the first dozen or so and the rest will beg for a quick death.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Root article

How about an incompetency hearing for the mother?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 8:17 Comments || Top||

#6  No.
No.
No.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#7  It's not even the boy's biological mother. It's his step-mother.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/23/2019 9:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Yet 11 of 12 jury members voted for this? What the hell were they told in trial that could supersede normal common sense?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/23/2019 9:44 Comments || Top||

#9  It may be cold comfort but consider:
There is a low chance these loons' lunacy will last much beyond them.
Posted by: Nguard || 10/23/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#10  Kid wasn't going to make it in Texas high school sports even if held back a year or two. 'Mom' has decided shehe will dominate the girl sports in high school then. It's a Texas thing.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Mom is a pediatrician. Anne Georgulas, MD, of Coppell TX outside Dallas. Let that sink in.

We truly are headed toward dystopia.
War = peace
Freedom = slavery
Doctors = torturers



Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 10:32 Comments || Top||

#12  Doctors = torturers ... of their own children
We are living through a period of collective madness
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#13  I think we should take this 7 year old, give him two shots of tequila and take him out for a face tattoo.

Or we could remove his legs at the thigh and turn them around so we can see what a 'reverse knee chair' would look like.

Perhaps attach some baby arms to his abdomen which will mimic the motions of his first arms, dye his skin red, and cast him in the next remake of Total Recall.

Or maybe just shoot him up with heroin and give him a box of razors.

Because all of those suggestions are not nearly as permanent as what the wife and jury are advocating. These people are fvcking sick.

As far as a seven year old's opinion anyways, get back to me when you know Bailey's or Jameson in the coffee...no, whether the Batman on your underpants is chaotic good or chaotic neutral...jeez whether pineapple belongs on a pizza, that pushing stuffed animals under the bed is cleaning your room or not.

As for 'mom', chemical castration is such an out. She should be handed the scalpel and make the slice and dice if she is so sure, so loving of the boy's future that he should be made a eunuch before learning how to make raman noodles; krikes before knowing how to make a bowl of cereal without making a mess.

Going by the literature I’ve seen around transgenders, the odds are high the poor boy will be dead by his own hand before he is old enough to vote.

Heard anything about Jazz (show: I Am Jazz) recently? Person I know who knows such things says it is really sad, yet totally predictable.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||

#14  Is Mom doing this with an eye on future income?
21st century comprachico?
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#15  I'd say Mom is a whackadoodle who has no business parenting or being a pediatrician. I'd also disqualify those 11 jurors from ever serving again
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 11:21 Comments || Top||

#16  I'd also disqualify those 11 jurors from ever serving again

Not even as fertilizer?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 11:25 Comments || Top||

#17  Anything that grows from that batch of stupid wouldn't be healthy
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 11:28 Comments || Top||

#18  Increased democracy brings dystopia. State regulations on family and even some personal choices from a single ideology make for a stable society, disciplined polity and generally content folks.

Abandoning the judeo-christian code in favour of faux-humanist interest litigation, theories of adamant academics and mushroom fueled lunatics has cost America dearly. I doubt people will ever find their way back to normalcy, let alone God.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 11:31 Comments || Top||

#19  This is seriously disturbing. Not just a random adult, but a pediatrician. Not just a pediatrician but the child's mother. Not just applauded by the usual cullturewar hyenas but by the legal system and the medical profession and our political class.

Sickening.
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#20  I didn't think this was possible. In Germany the mother would be stripped of custody and (probably) jailed if she persisted.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/23/2019 11:38 Comments || Top||

#21  Coming to your heimat soon, EC
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#22  the kukturkampf is global
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#23  *kulturkampf
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#24  This is seriously disturbing.

More so that it is happening in Dallas TEXAS!
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||

#25  ...check the election map - Dallas/Fort Worth blue island along with San Antonio and Houston. Austin is so deep blue as to be black.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 13:11 Comments || Top||

#26  This is begging for a curse.
Posted by: newc || 10/23/2019 14:20 Comments || Top||

#27  Coppell is red, or at least purple. Exurban Dallas.
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 14:37 Comments || Top||

#28  In a sane world, the sane majority would close down all their hospitals and say "you can have hospitals again when you understand what they are for."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#29  Close the hospitals? I'd close the courthouse that allowed this attrocity to take place.
Posted by: Crusader || 10/23/2019 17:40 Comments || Top||

#30  When the history books are written the pediatricians will claim they were going on the best scientific data of the time. There will be no mention the scientific data was perverted as nobody was willing to risk being called a hater.
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/23/2019 18:17 Comments || Top||

#31  Same as the "Recovered Memories" shit that caused the McMartin Preschool Scandal among many others. "Professional" Therapists and hysterics ruined many lives, businesses, and child/parent relationships
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 20:08 Comments || Top||

#32  The mom and the jurors deserve to be burned at the stake. This is sheer, deliberate evil.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/23/2019 23:20 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
17 White City Employees Sue Flint, Michigan for Racial Discrimination, Sexual Harassment
[Townhall] The City of Flint Michigan is in the news yet again for potentially questionable city management after 10 men and seven women filed a lawsuit on October 17 alleging that the City of Flint, colice chief Timothy Johnson, and city human resources Manager Makini Jackson displayed "a pattern of discrimination and harassment" according to ABC 12 News.

via ABC 12 News:
Throughout the 24-page document, Attorney Dean Yeotis laid out claims of reverse discrimination, citing multiple times when one of the 17 was the most qualified for a higher position, but was never given the opportunity.

Instead, the lawsuit claimed, some were demoted and others were passed up. Each time, it said, the person who received the position was an African American, who in most instances, either didn't have the qualifications, scored lower them one of the 17 on the promotion exam, or in one case, the person was "hired off the street."

The female police officers also claimed sexual harassment at the hands of Deputy Chief Devon Bernritter and Sgt. Tyrone Booth.

Indeed, the lawsuit posted below contains various alleged examples of grotesque subjugation and sexual harassment from high ranking police officers. Several of the plaintiffs claim that these public employees demanded oral sex from female staffers in order to receive promotions. After refusing, the plaintiffs allege they were punished by being demoted and transferred.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [235 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well knock me over with a feather. Affirmative action results in discrimination and facilitates incompetence and reverse racism. Who could've guessed it?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 2:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Ummm... colice chief Timothy Johnson ?

Sounds about right in this case, but I do think the reporter wanted to write police. Or copice at least.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 2:28 Comments || Top||

#3  "Throughout the 24-page document, Attorney Dean Yeotis laid out claims of reverse discrimination..."

No such thing as reverse discrimination. There is only discrimination. Call it what it is.
Posted by: Warthog || 10/23/2019 7:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Pendulum swung too far the other way? That's the problem with using identity politics to create divisions.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/23/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


Blame SCOTUS for rewriting the 14th Amendment without Article V process.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 10:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Michigan for Trump (again). Ditto for Florida and Ohio.
Landslide 2020.
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
7 to die for rape, murder of Joypurhat housewife
[Dhaka Tribune] A court has sentenced seven people to death for the raping and killing of a housewife three years ago in Deora Ashrayan Kendra under Akkelpur upazila, Joypurhat.
Good, now DO IT
Joypurhat Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Dr ABM Mahmudul Haque gave the verdict on Tuesday, in the presence of the convicts after a long hearing.

The convicts are Sohel Talukdar, Afzal Hossain, Rahin, Ferdous Ali, Majibar Rahman, Ruhul Amin and Azizar Rahman.

The court also fined Sohel and Ferdous, two of the main perpetrators, Tk5 lakh while the rest of the convicts were fined Tk1 lakh each.

According to the case statement, on October 8, 2016, the convicts kidnapped Arati Rani from her home, gang raped her and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. Arati died of her injuries on the way to the hospital.

Later, Ujjal Mahanta, Arati's husband, filed a case against the seven convicts under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act with Akkelpur cop shoppe.

Confirming the matter, State Council Adv Firoza Chowdhury Dhaka Tribune said: "We are satisfied with the verdict. Justice has finally been served to her family."
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Britain
British police find 39 dead in truck container, arrest driver
GRAYS, England (Reuters) - British police found the bodies of 39 people inside a truck believed to have come from Bulgaria at an industrial estate to the east of London on Wednesday, and said they had arrested the driver on suspicion of murder.

The discovery was made in the early hours after emergency services were alerted to people in the truck container, on a gritty industrial site in Grays, about 20 miles from central London.

The truck was thought to have entered Britain at Holyhead, a North Wales port that is a major entry point for traffic from Ireland, on Saturday and to have originally started its journey in Bulgaria, police said. The driver of the truck, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was in custody.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 08:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  Daily Mail story.

Bulgaria is a major country of origin of victims of trafficking.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/23/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  If this happened here, it would be advertised as proof we need to open our borders to all comers.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  It will be used the same way over there. Unless they'll accuse the Russians of spilling Novichok in the truck.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 11:28 Comments || Top||

#4  I blame Trump.
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled.

"What ? Yes well, I'm appalled. Now sod off."

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/23/2019 11:38 Comments || Top||

#6  If this happened here, it would be advertised as proof we need to open our borders to all comers.

Imagine all the money the cartels wouldn't make if we just legalized human trafficking. Time to admit the War on Human Trafficking is lost, and literally anything other than what we are doing would be an improvement.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Snark o' the Day
Posted by: Lex || 10/23/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Someone needs to invent a sarcasm font.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#9  #6, Hat-trick grandslam 99 yard touchdown pass and run...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

#10  Someone needs to invent a sarcasm font.

Comic sans MS:
This is sarcastic
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 14:02 Comments || Top||

#11  Look at the positive side:

They stack easier and never complain about the heat....(sarc for the lab-grwon brains that may be reading. and Herb)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/23/2019 14:34 Comments || Top||

#12  Grwon. Is that like Gwar?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||

#13  Or Gowrahn...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 18:16 Comments || Top||


Brexit in chaos after parliament defeats Johnson’s ratification timetable
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Britannia’s departure from the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union was thrown into chaos on Tuesday after parliament rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
’s extremely tight timetable for ratifying his exit deal.

Ahead of the vote, Johnson had warned parliament that if it defeated him on the timetable and forced a delay until January then he would abandon his attempt to ratify the deal and push for an election instead under the slogan of "Get Brexit Done."

Johnson was on Saturday forced by opponents into the humiliation of asking the EU for a delay beyond Oct. 31 that he had vowed he would never seek. The European Council president Donald Tusk said he is taking the request seriously.

Lawmakers voted 322 to 308 against the so-called Programme Motion which set out a three-day schedule to rush his deal through the House of Commons.

Earlier, politicians voted 329 to 299 in favour of the second reading of his 115-page Withdrawal Agreement Bill, a significant boost for Johnson just five days after he struck a last-minute deal with the EU.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under:

#1  People always complain that Dems & Co are acting crazy about Trump - IMO, they're only crazy if there's a difference between Americans and EUropeans.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Europe has accepted that you go. Have you?
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/23/2019 11:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Why did Tusk agree to an extension then?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/23/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Because Europe doesn't want to be responsible for a No Deal Brexit and the chaos it would bring.

Sort it out yourself.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/23/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  At this point I say screw it. Do a hard exit and work for the future.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/23/2019 15:36 Comments || Top||

#6  WTO exit trade without any special favours for the EUSSR
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/23/2019 17:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Good luck with that. Europe will cope with it.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/23/2019 19:04 Comments || Top||

#8  When Hungary, Poland, et al do the same?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/23/2019 20:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Never
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/23/2019 20:48 Comments || Top||

#10  Never? I'm not so sure. Especially if/when/eventually Britain goes, I would expect to see a preference cascade for leaving. A number of the lesser EU states seem a bit upset over the migration thing, the ones with the large populations that keep getting smeared as right-wing populists.

If not actual leaving, expect a re-negotiation of terms.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/23/2019 21:18 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Chile extends emergency as unrest claims 11 lives
[DAWN] Chile’s corpse count has risen to 11, authorities said on Monday, after three days of violent demonstrations and looting that saw President Sebastian Pinera claim the country was "at war".

Almost 1,500 people were detained in the worst outbreak of social unrest in decades while the capital Santiago was placed under curfew for two nights running.

"We are at war against a powerful, implacable enemy, who does not respect anything or anyone and is willing to use violence and crime without any limits," Pinera told news hounds on Sunday after an emergency meeting with army general Javier Iturriaga, who has been placed in charge of order and security in the capital.

Karla Rubilar, the governor of the Santiago region, said eight people had died on Sunday and three on Saturday ‐ all in the Santiago metropolitan area.

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China-Japan-Koreas
Murder suspect walks free as Hong Kong, Taiwan authorities clash
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A murder suspect whose case was used by the Hong Kong government to push for a controversial extradition bill walked free from jail on Wednesday as the city’s authorities squabbled with Taiwan over how to handle a promised voluntary surrender.

Chan Tong-kai, a Hong Kong citizen, was accused of murdering his girlfriend in Taiwan last year before fleeing back to the Chinese-ruled financial hub.

Chan, wearing a navy blue shirt and red backpack, bowed and apologized to the family of his ex-girlfriend and the public as he left the prison in Hong Kong’s rural Sai Kung district after serving 29 months for money laundering.

He said he had made an "unforgivable mistake" and was willing to plead guilty and turn himself in to Taiwan for trial.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under:


Economy
Air Force Hires Seven Companies In Long-Awaited Mega Adversary Air Support Contract
[WarZone] The Air Force has quietly hired not one, but seven different companies to provide "red air" adversary support to help U.S. military combat jet pilots train at various bases across the United States. This massive multi-billion dollar contract is the culmination of a major effort within the service that has been years in the making to increasingly rely on contractors to provide these services in order to improve flexibility for training requirements and to save money.

Air Combat Command awarded the subcontracts to Air USA Inc., Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) LLC., Blue Air Training, Coastal Defense, Draken International, Tactical Air Support (TacAir), and Top Aces Corporation as part of a single, larger deal on Oct. 18, 2019. The Pentagon's official announcement notice did not say how much each company stands to make under their respective deals, which will cover work through 2024, though it is possible that there may be performance-based incentives for additional work as time goes on. The Air Force has capped the over-arching contract at no more than $6.4 billion, less than the $7.5 billion it had originally estimated it would cost.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 08:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  hmmm...at that price point you'd think we could just hire out to another hostile country. Give the boys real go-no go training.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 13:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Or maybe...hire back the trained pilots they drove out?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||


Health insurer Anthem profit beats, raises 2019 earnings forecast
(Reuters) - Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday as it benefited from higher sales of its government-backed health plans, prompting the health insurer to raise its full-year profit forecast.

The company, which earlier this year launched pharmacy benefits business IngenioRx, forecast adjusted 2019 earnings of more than $19.40 per share, up from its prior view of more than$19.30.

Operating revenue from its government business, which sells Medicare and Medicaid health plans, rose 14% to $15.96 billion.

The company said its benefit expense ratio ‐ the percentage of premiums paid for medical services ‐ worsened to 87.2% from 84.8% a year earlier. Analysts on average expected 86.59%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. A lower benefit expense ratio is better for health insurers.

Net income rose to $1.18 billion, or $4.55 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $960 million, or $3.62 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned $4.87 per share, ahead of the average analyst estimate of $4.82 per share.

Total operating revenue rose 15% to $26.44 billion, beating estimates of $25.88 billion.

Market Summary > Anthem Inc
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Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 07:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gratuitous Health Tips from Rantburg Univ. Medical Research Dept:

Go outside and pee in the garden.

If ants gather: - diabetes.
If you pee on your feet: - prostate.
If it smells like a barbecue: - cholesterol.
If when you shake it, your wrist hurts: - osteoarthritis.
If you return to your room with your penis outside your pants: - Alzheimer's
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||


Europe
France drops 2020 tourism target because of 'yellow vests', Brexit
Second order consequences.
[AlAhram] The French government has abandoned its goal of welcoming 100 million foreign visitors in 2020, blaming the impacts of months of anti-government protests and Britannia's looming exit from the EU, the finance ministry said Tuesday.

"La Belle France still aims to have 100 million foreign tourists... nonetheless the goal has been pushed back, given current circumstances, to 2022," the ministry said in a budget document posted online.

The previous Socialist government set the ambitious goal in 2014.

La Belle France remains the world's top tourist destination with 89.4 million visitors last year. But the fierce "yellow vest" protests that erupted last November against President Emmanuel Macron made many tourists think twice as the weekly rallies often degenerated into violence.

In Gay Paree in particular, protesters often clashed in running battles with police, while stores were looted and cars set alight on the famed Champs-Elysees avenue and elsewhere.

That led the authorities to lock down much of the centre of Gay Paree and other major cities on Saturdays, until the protests died down over the summer.

Another factor likely to impact tourism is the weakening of the British pound against the euro as the impact of Brexit is felt across the UK economy.

The Insee statistics office has already reported that the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation across La Belle France fell by 2.5 percent in the first quarter, with the larger Gay Paree Ile-de-La Belle France region down 4.8 percent.

"Indicators for the first months of 2019 suggest a decline in foreign tourism stays during the first half of the year," the ministry document said Tuesday.

"This trend is explained largely by the nationwide social movements in the country at the beginning of the year, which impacted reservations over the medium and long term," the document said.

It also noted the effect of the pound's decline against the euro, with "the United Kingdom being our biggest source of tourists," it said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  Couldn't mention certain portions of the local population which pose a immediate threat to tourists, let alone the native population?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: jpal || 10/23/2019 14:55 Comments || Top||

#3  We shall always have Paris (Texas).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Sure, blame the Yellow Jackets and them dam furrners. The British ones, mind you. Blaming the other foreigners will you get de-platformed, investigated.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/23/2019 17:56 Comments || Top||


'Right-wing' hijacker armed with UZI steals ambulance, DELIBERATELY runs down twin babies in stroller after mounting pavement before he is rammed by hero paramedics amid gun battle with Oslo police
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Armed man stole an ambulance and mowed down several pedestrians in Oslo

  • Twin babies in pushchair and elderly woman hit before police shot the vehicle

  • Witnesses told cops he 'deliberately' drove on pavement 'to hit random victims'

  • Dramatic footage shows arrest of a 32-year-old man who was known to police

  • Woman, 25, has also been held amid reports both belonged to right-wing group
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "He was about that tall."
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#2  No names or photographs were provided of the hijackers. One was a 32 years man and 25 year old woman. Could they have been left-wing terrorists or Muslim terrorists? Just saying.

Interestingly, the Detroit News reported on Sept. 6, 2019 the following: Detroit News warning of possible right-wing terrorist attack.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/23/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  And here I thought they had tight gun control in Norway.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/23/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Odd when the right-wing uses Israeli weapons. Guess the hate is more than a little selective.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/23/2019 10:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Trump paid them to do this....
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/23/2019 12:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Guess the hate is more than a little selective.

As far as I can tell, they love that Israel is an ethno-state standing up violently to the encroaching Muslim menace. The neo-Nazi types still hate Joooos, who are seen as safe to abuse; the merely conservative anti-invasion types, who are labelled as right wing, transfer their admiration for Israel to their local Jewish community, which often to their bewilderment does not look past the label.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/23/2019 12:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Guess the hate is more than a little selective.

Copies
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/23/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Odd when the right-wing uses Israeli weapons.

Still made of Egyptian tank steel.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/23/2019 14:12 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
MPA booked, nine held over DEO’s killing
[DAWN] The Mansehra
...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south...
police booked PML-Q MPA Mufti Obaidur Rehman and arrested nine suspects over the recent killing of Kolai-Palas district education officer Nawab Ali.

A local court remanded the nine suspects in police custody on Monday for seven days.

They included senior clerks at the DEO offices in Kolai-Palas Badil Khan and Mohammad Iqbal, dispatch rider in the education department Pasand Khan, applicants for driver posts Mohammad Iqbal, Abdul Wadood, Dost Mohammad and Obaidullah, teacher Noorul Haq and Fakharuddin.

Suspects MPA Obaidur Rehman and Zakir Khan are on the lam.

Gunmen had killed DEO Nawab Ali in his house earlier this month.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Olde Tyme Religion
Palestinian man beaten by PA forces after converting to Judaism
[Jpost] A 50-year old Paleostinian resident of the West Bank was severely beaten by Paleostinian Authority security forces after he converted to the Jewish faith , Ynet reported on Tuesday.

The man was arrested two weeks ago and kept in jug after he was asked by his sons to meet them somewhere in the West Bank.

The man completed the long process of Jewish conversion on Rosh Hashana in a Haredi court led by Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, who was passed away this week.

The man was in the process of having his new identity approved by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, which would have technically enabled him to apply for Israeli citizenship under the law of return.

Instead, he was called to the West Bank to meet his family and was arrested by the PA security forces and delivered to the PA cop shoppe in Hebron.

The man spoke over the phone with Haim Perg, who is a leader of the Jewish community in Hebron, and told him he was badly beaten and his hands were burned.

Perg claimed the man is the grandson of an Arab man who rescued the lives of 26 Jewish people during the 1929 Hebron riots. In his in-depth study of the riots, Professor Hillel Cohen pointed out how alongside cases of Arab brutality against Jewish neighbors there were cases of Arabs saving Jews in his 2015 book 1929: Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Saying that the man is like his own son to him, Perg vowed to "shake the world" to have him released.
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Science & Technology
Sojurs say Army's new Sig MHS pistol shi*hot !
[Mil.com] The Army's new Modular Handgun System (MHS) is creating a lot of excitement on the range, according to soldiers from the 1st Armored Division, who recently got the chance to shoot the service's new 9mm sidearm.

Since its adoption in 2017, the MHS, made by Sig Sauer, has begun to replace the Army's Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol, made by Beretta. Soldiers from the 1st AD's 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team from Fort Bliss, Texas recently shot the new M17 MHS for the first time.

First Lt. Shannon Martin, an armor officer assigned to 1-67, noticed the enthusiasm soldiers showed during the recent training day at the range.

"I think having a new weapons system has sprouted interest," Martin said in a recent Army news release. "We have soldiers who say 'cool, I'm so excited to go and shoot these,' so it creates more interest in qualifying with a handgun."

Martin said she first saw the M17 during a deployment to Korea.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/23/2019 08:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I have seen some reviews and Paul Harrell does a great comparison between the Berreta and the M-17
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/23/2019 9:07 Comments || Top||

#2  I like SIG pistols. I just don't like 9mm. That said I have a P365, but when I pull my big boy pants on, I go with the now regrettably discontinued P227...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/23/2019 14:12 Comments || Top||

#3  M 1911 #127491...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/23/2019 16:13 Comments || Top||

#4  9mm with hollow points is good. It's the restriction to ball ammo that makes 9mm non-competitive. IIUC, the new MHS contract stipulates 147 gr hollow points as ammo. I wonder how that will work given the GC.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/23/2019 18:03 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push
[DAWN] A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore's waterfront on Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian cities.

The 18 propeller vehicle, developed by German firm Volocopter and with a pilot onboard for safety during the test flight, took off from a promontory and flew for about two minutes and 30 seconds around the Marina Bay district.

Heavy rains in the morning almost delayed the flight, but the skies cleared in time for the battery-operated, two-seater taxi to quietly fly past skyscrapers.

While the hover-taxis ‐ resembling small helicopters but powered by drone-like technology ‐ are autonomous, there was a pilot inside during the test for safety reasons.

Volocopter has already conducted tests in Dubai, Helsinki, Germany and Las Vegas but the Singapore trial is the company's first in the heart of a city.

The orderly metropolis is likely to be among the first to get the service, with a commercial rollout expected in two to four years, and Volocopter then hopes to introduce the vehicles in traffic-clogged Asian cities.

Posted by: Fred || 10/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Laywers queuing up for first decapitation lawsuit. Amphibious version delayed due to long-necked swans getting in the way.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 10/23/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||


Najib orchestrated graft like an 'emperor': Malaysian prosecutor
[DAWN] Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak acted like an "emperor" who orchestrated massive fraud at a former unit of scandal-linked state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the country's attorney-general said at his trial on Tuesday.

Malaysian prosecutors have begun wrapping up their first case against the ex-premier, who faces seven charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power linked to alleged transfers of 42 million ringgit ($10.03 million) into his personal bank account from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit.

Najib, who co-founded 1MDB in 2009, has also been slapped with 35 other offences linked to losses at 1MDB and other state entities.

He has plead not guilty to all charges.

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said in his closing submissions that Najib had misused his positions as prime minister, finance minister and advisor to SRC International to obtain the funds.

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  Syria now considers itself at war with Turkey!
Sun 2019-10-13
  Syria now considers itself at war with Turkey! Russian troops join the fun
Fri 2019-10-11
  Orange Man confirms bomb maker and terrorist Ibrahim al-Asiri is Tango Uniform
Thu 2019-10-10
  2 ISIS 'Beatles' transferred from Syrian prison to US military custody
Wed 2019-10-09
  Possible terror attack with automatic guns in Halle (Germany)

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