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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Barnard stabbing suspect held without bail after Tessa Majors’ murder
[NYPOST] Slain Barnard College student Tessa Majors’ accused teen attacker said an accomplice slashed the Barnard College student so viciously that the young teen saw "feathers come out of her jacket," a Manhattan detective testified Friday.

Zyairr Davis, 13, told cops that his pal "dropped a knife" as the pair and a third male suspect pounced on the 18-year-old college freshman in Morningside Park on Wednesday evening during a robbery-gone-awry, said NYPD Detective Vincent Signoretti, who helped interview Davis.
Zyairr?
If you had not seen the country name Zaire spelt out, the other is a natural spelling.
"Mr. Davis picked [the knife] up and handed it back to [his friend], and then Mr. Davis watched his friends grab the victim, put her in a chokehold and remove items from her pocket," the cop said.

Then Davis "saw the victim get stabbed. He saw feathers come out of her jacket, and them all three of them ran out of they park ... and they went home," Signoretti said.

Majors futilely tried to fight off her attackers, the detective said.

Davis said his friend told him "that Tessa Majors bit him on the finger," Signoretti said.

Surveillance footage shows the trio entering the park, but there is not footage of the slaying, the officer said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [531 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In before the usual suspects.

Three wee Mousketeers... such esprit!
All for one, one for... "Uh, cop a plea?"
"These boys is ashamed--"
"And besides, we wuz framed!"
"Deary me!" "Free the Morningside Three!"
Posted by: Elmealet Thud7763 || 12/14/2019 3:00 Comments || Top||

#2  If Obama had a son ...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 5:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Will be released without charges, given a voucher for a new pair of $1500.00 bassetbaw shoes.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 5:59 Comments || Top||

#4  ^IMO, every "white" American should practice saying "Today I'm a Jew".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 6:22 Comments || Top||

#5  We should start putting 10 in the morgue for every one they put in.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 12/14/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Big bad internet warrior. You don't have the guts to do anything but type
Posted by: werewer || 12/14/2019 9:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Tessa Majors is a great niece of former head football coach Johnny Majors (Pitt (national champions) and Tennessee). 13 year-old murderers? Something is very wrong with that.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#8  #5 We should start putting 10 in the morgue for every one they put in.

One word. Rhymes with Armand Assante. Cops and whining legalists hate it because it takes their primacy away, but it often saves societies from being wiped out by predatory communities.

It's a matter of time before the majority shall come to their senses and try to restore balance, bypassing the beloved 'fondue process', but rage is a start.

In my opinion, the only way to restore balance is a 'Duterting campaign' every now and then. Who can do drive-bys better I ask you, a wakandan teen trained by netflix and rowdy Jameel, or an off duty swat guy/marine/cop wearing a mask ? A trained group could even coordinate action that covertly reduces culls in a false-flag gang war.

The only reason this class rage and racial terrorism is untouchable now is because good people are busy dealing with shit the politicians have cooked up, then coming back to pick up their own lives. Which is why an armed and trained militia is so important.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 15:41 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Clint Eastwood slammed over "shocking"and "untrue"portrayal
[Dhaka Tribune] Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood was at the centre of a firestorm Thursday over his latest movie depicting a news hound trading sex for stories -- prompting legal threats over the "shocking" and "untrue" portrayal from her real-life newspaper.Richard Jewell dramatizes the story of the innocent man who found himself targeted in a devastating media frenzy following a deadly blast at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Jewell was initially hailed as a hero after he spotted the pipe bomb but was soon identified by journalists including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Kathy Scruggs as an FBI suspect.

Scruggs, portrayed by Olivia Wilde, is depicted in the movie trading sex with an FBI agent in exchange for learning the suspect's identity.

"The portrayal of our news hound is shocking, untrue and an obvious Hollywood trope," editor Kevin G Riley told AFP.

"The film commits the very sin that it purports to accuse the media of. It literally makes things up in telling the story."

Never arrested or charged, Jewell was cleared by the FBI after 88 days. But TV networks camped outside his home for the duration, hounding Jewell, who became the subject of wild speculation and ridicule.

Cox Enterprises, the newspaper's owner, on Monday sent a letter to Eastwood and Warner Bros demanding it release a public statement stating "some events were imagined for dramatic purposes."

The letter says the paper and its staff are "portrayed in a false and defamatory manner."
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [585 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Payback.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 12/14/2019 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Ok, so Jewell's lawyer Lin Wood agrees she wasn't a slut. Just a filthy slandering evil peddler of lies who hounded an innocent man.

But no, she didn't turn tricks for info. She just helped ruin an innocent man. That's all.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 0:51 Comments || Top||

#3  The letter says the paper and its staff are "portrayed in a false and defamatory manner."

Then file a lawsuit or shut the fuck up.
Posted by: Raj || 12/14/2019 6:07 Comments || Top||

#4  ...but, but the paper and employees are 'public figures' and thus without standing in the courts. Well, that's always been their defense.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 6:52 Comments || Top||

#5  The aggrieved party should tell their side of the story to the NYT's Ali Watkins.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/14/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#6  The irony is completely lost on them, isn't it?

They can lie about us all they want and it's the facts were wrong but the narrative was right. But how dare we do the same to them.

It just flies over their heads. I hope this movie is as big as Joker. I'm certainly planning on seeing it.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 12/14/2019 7:14 Comments || Top||

#7  I hope this movie is as big as Joker

Well, that would be nice, but I doubt it will be that way. Joker is about nihilism, this movie is about hard truths. And truth, hard or easy is waaaaaaay out of fashion.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#8  #5 - Nice shot
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#9  At 90 years old, IMO Eastwood can weather a little criticism. He would probably say "You've mistaken me for someone who gives a $hit." He tries things and moves on.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2019 9:27 Comments || Top||

#10  In the Jewell case, what is well known was the FBI would leak info to the reporter and then using the article as grounds drag him in for interrogations

We also know the FBI never conducted a real investigation and the real bomber has never been found
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/14/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#11  Can't slander/defame the dead. Sorry junkie fabulist slag.
Posted by: Regular joe || 12/14/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#12  real bomber: Eric Rudolph
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/14/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

#13  Self awareness: Zero.

Projection: Eleventy.
Posted by: charger || 12/14/2019 13:54 Comments || Top||

#14  ... what is well known was the FBI would leak info to the reporter and then using the article as grounds drag him in for interrogations to get a FISA warrant.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 14:16 Comments || Top||

#15  A timely film.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||

#16  I'll give it this, its pissing off all the right people.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 14:21 Comments || Top||

#17  #14 It's almost like a pattern has been established which could be used as evidence of malfeasance on their part.

But that's crazy talk.
Posted by: charger || 12/14/2019 14:21 Comments || Top||

#18  I thought hearsay was as legitimate as facts.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||

#19  Lawyer Lin Wood's current client, Nick Sandmann, is now suing WaPo and the other slime merchants who bullied and defamed an innocent schoolboy.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 16:05 Comments || Top||

#20  I think Nick should also sue the fake red injun. He was sort of in on it the whole time.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 16:09 Comments || Top||

#21  Dron, in America, lawyers always go for the deep pockets.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/14/2019 16:13 Comments || Top||

#22  ^ Granted, but one more straitjacket in a Nebraska asylum couldn't hurt.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 16:19 Comments || Top||

#23  He's going after Bezos.

Seeking $250m, which not coincidentally is what the wannabe oligarch spent buying WaPo.

I believe CNN, ie WarnerMedia i.e. AT&T, is next. Very deep pockets indeed.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 16:22 Comments || Top||

#24  I thought hearsay was as legitimate as facts.
Posted by Dron66046


Only if done by the right people. Little people (hoi polloi) need not apply.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 12/14/2019 17:24 Comments || Top||

#25  Movies often conflate multiple characters into a single one to tell a story. I don't remember the Atlanta Journal-Constitution complaining about it before.
Posted by: ruprecht || 12/14/2019 18:06 Comments || Top||

#26  I think Clint lost all his give a fuks a long time ago. He is getting hammered for being honest and a republican.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/14/2019 21:34 Comments || Top||

#27  Actually he's being hammered by the paper that slandered the subject of his movie. Most of the left is otherwise staying out of it as far as I can tell which makes me wonder how popular Bezos is with the far left despite his aping their speech and behaviors.
Posted by: ruprecht || 12/14/2019 22:46 Comments || Top||

#28  Don't pick a fight with someone who buys pixels by the screenful.

Eastwood > Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 23:04 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Earth was 'stressed' BEFORE the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs due to huge amounts of carbon dioxide spewed out by volcanoes, fossil record reveals
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We're all gonna DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/14/2019 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Stressed, eh? A world that was warm and lush, with a biosphere rich enough to support herds of *really* big-ass animals. Stressed like after you just finished Thanksgiving dinner, maybe.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 5:02 Comments || Top||

#3  hmmmm....one of the reasons the dinosaurs could be so big is attributed to oxygen levels far above what we would consider normal.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 6:40 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Here's the contemporary supporting evidence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2019 6:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Actually it's long been suspected that many of the die offs are associated with trap events. They just dump so much crap into the atmosphere that you lose alot of sunlight and kill alot of vegatation. This is why you can find entire herds of animals preserved with no apparent signs of death.

So yeah, its likely the traps were killing everything off, and the big rock was just the climax. But as we aren't dumping megatons of SiO2 into the atmosphere, it has nothing to do with Global warming religious dogma.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/14/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Silentbrick—-I think you mean SO2 Sulfur dioxide rather than glass.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/14/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Yeah, sorry, I'm tired and have had to shift my schedule twice this week. Which was fine at 30 years old, at nearly 50, it's much harder.

Sulpher dioxide is one of the worst part of any eruptions, it reflects sunlight, it's toxic, it turns into acid...you know, almost as bad as Hydrogen sulfide.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 12/14/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#8  one of the reasons the dinosaurs could be so big is attributed to oxygen levels far above what we would consider normal.

I read the theories on insects being so much larger on account of higher oxygen levels. IIRC it has something to do with the genres' ability to 'breath' and process oxygen, where the oxygen concentration sets an absolute limit compared to size.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 14:29 Comments || Top||

#9 
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 12/14/2019 22:43 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
RAB arrests leader of Hashu-Kashu Bahini organized crime gang
[Dhaka Tribune] There are 12 cases against him in different cop shoppes
Someone has been reading Rantburg. Only he misspelt planets.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested a man with weapons and yaba pills.
Fondly known as the madness drug and Nazi speed, yaba is basically meth plus caffeine, primarily manufactured in Malaysia and distributed via Thailand.
RAB made the arrest from Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, Dhaka on Friday.

The arrested Abul Kashem alias Hashu, is a ringleader of "Hashu-Kashu Bahini" an organised crime gang.
Once upon a time, back in 1971 when Bangladesh liberated itself from Pakistan, the bahinis were guerrilla groups fighting for the motherland. After they won, though, those that did not demobilize and return to civilian life turned bandit, and bandits they have been ever since.
RAB Legal and Media wing Senior Assistant Director Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan
...a three-namer with a title that suggests the RAB is no long the free wheeling operation of its earlier days...
confirmed the matter.

He said a team of RAB 4 conducted a raid in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area based on an intelligence information
*Ring* *ring* “Mahmoud the Weasel here. Listen carefully — I will say this only once.”
and arrested Hashu.
Huh? It is the purpose of the RAB to take care of the worst cases, the ones the rickety, corrupt Bangladeshi justice system won’t. This historically has required a late night encounter shootout, followed by an accidental shooting precisely behind the ear.
"Hashu is a notorious criminal who committed crimes like extortion, land grabbing, abduction and killing in Mirpur, Agargaon and its adjoining areas," he said.

He extorted money from traders, industrialists, contractors, and even job seekers. He is also involved in drug business, said the RAB official.
Clearly, given the yaba pills.
"During the primary interrogation, he admitted that he is the ringleader of the Hashu-Kashu Bahini. There are more than 12 cases against him for extortion, murder, torture of women in different cop shoppes," the RAB official added.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not to be confused with the Hashu-Kashu Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bahini.
Posted by: Elmealet Thud7763 || 12/14/2019 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  No shutter gun? No round of bullet? A kinder, gentler RAB.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 12/14/2019 13:30 Comments || Top||

#3  This historically has required a late night encounter shootout, followed by an accidental shooting precisely behind the ear.

This may be an anomaly, but I take it as a positive sign for Bangla. It implies that the RAB is pacifying the criminal element by skimming off the worst of the worst. Maybe wishful thinking, but we saw a similar trend in America West in the transition from shoot first/ask questions later frontier justice to a judicial system.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Arrested? Divine intervention?
The RAB exercising compassion?
"Of the wages of sin,
I'll relieve you! Begin."
"Bless me... bother!" A lengthy confession.

Posted by: Elmealet Thud7763 || 12/14/2019 21:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Actually, 'bahini', or 'vaahini' means armed wing. Also used for militia, and now gangs. The Hashu-Kashu gang was run by two fellows... you guessed it. Hashu and Kashu.

Nothing to do with the mukti-bahini or any militia. Just run-of-the-mill Yaba the hutts.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 22:04 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Arrest of Top Crime Fighter Stuns Mexico, Where Corruption Is All Too Routine
[NYTIMES] Even in a nation almost inured to corruption, the news was astonishing.

The man considered to be the brains behind the Mexican government’s militarized war on drug traffickers stood accused by American prosecutors of having been in the pocket of one of the major criminal groups he was ostensibly pursuing, severely undermining the very fight he was helping to lead.

Genaro García Luna, Mexico’s former public security secretary, was charged with taking millions of dollars in bribes while in office to protect the Sinaloa Cartel, allowing the organization to smuggle tons of cocaine and other drugs into the United States. At the time, the group was led by Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, who is now serving a life sentence in the United States.

The indictment, unsealed in New York on Tuesday, and the subsequent arrest of Mr. García Luna in Dallas hours later, stunned Mexico. It was as if Eliot Ness had actually been an accomplice of Al Capone.

“It’s huge,” said Jaime López-Aranda, a security analyst in Mexico City who briefly worked under Mr. García Luna in the late-2000s. “I’m still a little bit in shock. And I keep thinking back to the guy and our conversations and his team and his people. It’s the sharp disappointment. I mean — my God, man. It’s like — ” He paused. “It’s like the end of an era.”

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Failed state.

Where's Black Jack when you need him?
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Silver or lead. The gentleman picked silver. It's a tough choice when dealing with ruthless people.

Organizations like the RAB get slammed for extra-judicial shootouts at oh dark hundred, but there is value in damping down criminal gangs before they reach critical mass where they become a de facto government. See Mexico, for example.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 5:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Check the GDP ranking. Notice the relative positions of Mexico and South Korea.

By 1952 most of South Korea was war ravaged, with little GDP. South Korea lacks natural resources, extensive arable land, or a large population like Mexico. Yet South Korea outranks Mexico. This is the price of utter corruption that permeates the society. There is corruption everywhere but the level of it is way in abundance and destructive for Mexico and its citizens. (and a warning to any society that tolerates it corrosive destructive impact upon itself)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 6:31 Comments || Top||

#4  To be fair there could be a similar article in Mexico about James Comey and his dubious behavior.
Posted by: Airandee || 12/14/2019 7:17 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ to be expected, given our creeping Anschluss with Mexico
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Gary Oldman from Leon.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Mongolia rising?
Posted by: 3dc || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [415 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You're darn tootin', pilgrim...
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Damn. Actual throat singing. Mongolian rock rocks!
Posted by: John Frum || 12/14/2019 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Yuve Yuve Yu is worth a listen as well.

Daughter caught me listening to Bloodywood's Jee Veerey and loved it.

Continuing around the world, Heilung puts on a show.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Just so long as they're not rising in the thirteenth century way.:)
Posted by: charger || 12/14/2019 14:19 Comments || Top||

#5  So cool! Head banging, Mongolian style.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 14:55 Comments || Top||

#6  We had a wonderful JTE with Mongolia Army special forces, in Himachal recently. A lot of dancing and arm wrestling and jam sessions between officers later.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Heilung - LIFA

Turn down the lights, eat some mushrooms and release your inner Druid!
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||

#8  "Ten of us will strike you as thunder
Hundred of us will shatter your heart
Thousand of us will destroy and obliterate
Ten thousand of us will hand you the wrath of heaven!"
Posted by: John Frum || 12/14/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#9  I posted the video on Facebook, and an acquaintance there gave the English language version in trade. Link
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 16:36 Comments || Top||

#10  You might like this, then. A rock track from the neat biopic on Milkha Singh - the flying Sikh. Soldier, olympian, friend. There are no subtitles, but it was a hit even in Russia and Japan where they didn't know what was being said. ☺



Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 16:50 Comments || Top||

#11  I need to get a tshirt to replace my worn out Metallica
Posted by: Beavis || 12/14/2019 17:27 Comments || Top||

#12  Very catchy Dron. Thank you.


Heilung - LIFA

Turn down the lights, eat some mushrooms and release your inner Druid!


The official video for Krigsgaldr, I think translates loosely to Wages of War, is....different. Once a viewer like myself accepted the phallic-ness and *very different* visual styling, tells a good story.

*Be aware, stylized violence and sexual references
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 18:04 Comments || Top||

#13  The official video for Krigsgaldr

Wow! Nice find, Kansas. Thanks.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 18:32 Comments || Top||

#14  Given the recent British election, I'm going with Slovenian industrial music myself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOffk1G6OX8
Posted by: Secret Master || 12/14/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||

#15  Do not forget the Islamic Republic of Pakistain. Depicting the religion of peace for those UN idiots. It's a mood killer, lemme tell ya...

Mankind's Angel

Seriously, beware. You can't unhear this.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 18:59 Comments || Top||

#16  Shit. I'm sorry, guys. I feel so guilty now. Like I puked in the punch bowl or something. Please disregard.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 19:05 Comments || Top||

#17  Ain't the worst thing I seen all day, Dron. (that would be the codpiece business over on Instapundit)
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2019 19:34 Comments || Top||

#18  I have to ask...can Mankind's Angel hit a 1 Iron?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 19:47 Comments || Top||


Death toll in aircraft carrier fire in Russia rises to 2
[SF Gate] MOSCOW (Ay Pee) A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation's military officials said Friday.

The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk on Thursday and spread quickly through the carrier's internal compartments. The ship's crew and emergency teams spent more than 20 hours battling the blaze.
Which started in the Vodka in the Supply storeroom
The military reported two crew members dead, and authorities in Murmansk said 11 other people were injured

The Investigative Committee, Russia's top state investigative agency, opened a probe into a possible violation of safety rules.

The Admiral Kuznetsov has been plagued by breakdowns and setbacks since its launch in 1985. The massive blaze follows a 70-ton crane crashing onto the Admiral Kuznetsov's deck in October 2018, when a mammoth floating dock holding the ship sank.

The crane left a hole of 20 square meters (215 square feet), and the loss of the dock significantly slowed down repairs on the carrier since the navy lacked another of comparable size.

The fire will further push back the work to fit the ship with modern control systems and new weapons.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ...Some friends with serious naval experience are saying that a good chunk of her wiring runs were probably compromised as well...which means Kuznetsov is probably a Constructive Total Loss (CTL) - put another way, it will cost more to repair than to scrap her.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/14/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Rats keep eating the wires in our truck - maybe Russians need some rat traps...
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/14/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Is it me or does it seem that Russia can't handle the 21st century?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 12/14/2019 17:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Not that stuff couldn't just innocently burn in a Russian shipyard, but I can't help thinking, "Jeez, someone really has it in for that ship." Wudn't us, of course, but is there maybe a submarine mafia over there? Duelling contractors? "Will no one rid me of this rublesome wreck?" Too much Tom Clancy as a kid, probably.
Posted by: Elmealet Thud7763 || 12/14/2019 22:05 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
US-China trade deal cuts tariffs for Beijing big farm purchases
[Jpost] The United States and China cooled their trade war on Friday, announcing a "Phase one" agreement that reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for what U.S. officials said would be a big jump in Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods.

Beijing has agreed to import at least $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over the next two years on top of the amount it purchased in 2017, the top U.S. trade negotiator said Friday.

If the purchases are made, they would represent a huge jump in U.S. exports to China. China bought $130 billion in U.S. goods in 2017, before the trade war began, and $56 billion in services, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data show.

In return, the United States would suspend tariffs on Chinese goods due to go into effect on Sunday and reduce others, U.S. officials said. The 86-page agreement is due to be signed the first week of January in Washington by principal negotiators.

"We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China," U.S. President Donald Trump
...the Nailer of NAFTA...
tweeted Friday morning. Officials in China have "agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more," he said.

Trump later told news hounds at the White House that he thought China would hit $50 billion in agricultural purchases, repeating a promise he made to U.S. farmers in October.

At a news conference in Beijing, Chinese officials said the two sides had agreed on the text of a deal, but offered no specific details on the amount of U.S. goods China had agreed to buy.

U.S. markets have gyrated on rumors and leaks about the trade deal in recent months, but were muted on Friday on news it had been agreed.

The agreement was announced as the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction during an impeachment inquiry. It also followed closely on the heels of a deal with the U.S. Congress paving the way for passage of a new North American trade agreement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 01:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Call me when China buys USA made consumer goods.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 2:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump later told news hounds at the White House that he thought China would hit $50 billion in agricultural purchases

So how is the US going to close the other $450 billion/year of the trade deficit, not counting the theft?
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/14/2019 6:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Correction: the other $370 billion/year of the trade deficit

Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/14/2019 6:15 Comments || Top||

#4  It looks like the trade deficit has been narrowing as of October 2019, Snusotle the Lesser4227. See here.

The US trade deficit narrowed to USD 47.2 billion in October of 2019 from a downwardly revised USD 51.1 billion in the previous month, and below market expectations of a USD 48.7 billion. It is the lowest trade gap since May of 2018. Imports slumped 1.7 percent to the lowest value in two years amid falling purchases of pharmaceutical preparations, auto parts, vehicles and cell phones Exports edged down 0.2 percent. The goods trade deficit with China narrowed 1.1 percent to USD 31.3 billion, as imports fell a meagre 0.2 percent and exports rose 3.3 percent. Balance of Trade in the United States averaged -15057.49 USD Million from 1950 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1946 USD Million in June of 1975 and a record low of -67823 USD Million in August of 2006. source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

I don’t doubt our trade deficit with other countries has grown, as manufacturers have moved production out of China — and only partly on-shored back in the U.S.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 16:47 Comments || Top||


Hong Kong leader Lam heads for Beijing as pressure mounts at home
[Dhaka Tribune] Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam left for Beijing on Saturday for her first visit to the Chinese capital since her government was handed a crushing defeat in local elections last month, prompting speculation about changes to her leadership team.

Lam is due to discuss the political and economic situation in the China-ruled city with Beijing officials during a four-day visit. She will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, local media have said.

Hong Kong has been convulsed by daily and often violent protests for the last six months as demonstrations against a now-withdrawn extradition bill broadened into demands for greater democratic freedom.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched last Sunday to protest against what is seen as Beijing undermining freedoms guaranteed when the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997. Many young protesters are also angry at Lam’s government, charging it with failing to address social inequality issues in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

This week Lam said a cabinet reshuffle was not an "immediate task" and she would focus her efforts on restoring law and order to Hong Kong. Still there are doubts about how long Beijing is willing to back her. Especially after pro-democracy candidates won nearly 90% of the seats in district elections last month.

China has condemned the unrest and blamed foreign interference. It denies that it is meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs. In an editorial this week, the official China Daily newspaper called on Hong Kong’s government to uphold the rule of law.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ritual seppuku?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 6:32 Comments || Top||

#2  She's been recalled for consultations with her government.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 12/14/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||


Europe
Belgian Holocaust museum cancels event honoring anti-Israel activist
[IsraelTimes] Belgium’s main Holocaust museum on Thursday canceled its plan to host an award ceremony for a promoter of sanctions against Israel who said Israel’s supporters "vastly inflate" anti-Semitism.

The Kazerne Dossin memorial pulled the plug on the event this week in which the Pax Christi Catholic organization was to honor Brigitte Herremans of the Broederlijk Delen aid and relief agency, the CCOJB Belgian-Jewish group announced. In 2016, Herremans was banned from entering Israel.

Multiple Jewish groups complained that Kazerne Dossin, a former transit camp in Mechelen from which Belgian Jews and Roma were sent to concentration camps, was an inappropriate venue for honoring a campaigner against the Jewish state. Pax Christi was to confer on Herremans the title of "ambassador of peace."

In 2017, Pax Christi called on the Europe
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an Union to "suspend economic relations" with Israel until it "respects international law."

The Kazerne Dossin museum did not say why it canceled its participation in the event, which the Phlegmish Forum of Jewish Organizations has called "scandalous."

Asked about the rise in anti-Semitism in Europe in a 2016 radio interview, Herremans said, "When you sometimes hear criticism from certain pro-Israel circles, also in Belgium, then I think that mostly they try to vastly inflate this business to distract" from how Israel "wants to do only as it pleases in the Paleostinian territories." She also has called for sanctions on Israel and on Israelis visiting Europe.

Betsalmo, a pro-Israel group that also protested the event, wrote in a statement: "Nowhere is appropriate for celebrating boycotts and anti-Semitism, least of all Holocaust museums." The group added that "We are glad reason has prevailed."
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Politix
Meggie Moo not on board the good ship Greta...
[Daily Mail] Meghan McCain has said she doesn't believe Time magazine's Person of the Year, Greta Thunberg, 'earned' the honor during a segment of The View on Thursday morning.

While discussing the recent announcement with her talk show colleagues, the conservative co-host said she doesn't put much stalk into Time's long-standing award.

'I don't put a lot of clout into the [Time Magazine's] Person of the Year. Keep in mind, Hitler and the Ayatollah were also the Person of the Year,' she said.

McCain then says that she wanted to see the whistleblower receive the title, noting that it would have been a 'more salient and timely choice.'
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We want the weasel whom the weasel blower blew.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Because Greta is against cow farts?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 5:10 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Ow!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 5:15 Comments || Top||

#4  When impeachment collapses, Meggie Moo will be like Quaid's disguise at the Martian checkpoint.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 8:30 Comments || Top||

#5  The left-wing/Dems have apotheosized Greta to sainthood. The Dims are using a child for their political purposes and gains. Isn't this child abuse?
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#6  What that mum's done to Greta to feed her own narcissism is child abuse.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/14/2019 15:20 Comments || Top||

#7  Yes, and she is being used as a human shield.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 15:27 Comments || Top||


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Kenyan scientist uses throw-away plastics to build homes
[Aljazeera] The scientist manufactures roof tiles and other construction materials from plastic and glass waste in Kenya.

Hope Mwanake understands the plastic pollution crisis facing Kenya better than most.

An environmental scientist who ran a waste collection service in Kenya's central town of Gilgil, she witnessed first-hand the mountains of plastic buckets, bottles and jerrycans discarded by residents, hotels, shops and schools.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2019 05:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Very flammable, but environmentally sound.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 6:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Composite deck boards made from recycled plastic are pretty durable. I'd try those roof "tiles" myself...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 7:37 Comments || Top||


US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ‐ U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering pills.

Vascepa was approved years ago for people with sky-high triglycerides, a type of fat in blood. The Food and Drug Administration allowed its use in a far bigger group of adults with high, but less extreme, triglyceride levels who have multiple risk factors such as heart disease and diabetes.

In patient testing, it reduced risks of potentially deadly complications including heart attacks and strokes about 25%.

Amarin, the drug’s maker, set a list price of $303.65 per month. What patients pay will vary by insurance, and Amarin said it will offer financial help.

The Irish drugmaker estimates the new approval makes Vascepa, which is pronounced vas-EE’-puh and also is called icosapent ethyl, appropriate for up to 15 million U.S. patients.

High triglycerides can clog arteries and boost chances of developing heart disease, suffering heart attacks or strokes, needing a bypass or artery-clearing procedure, or being hospitalized for chest pain ‐ just like high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure can do.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2019 05:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's the oxidised form of HDL that you need to worry about as the immune system has problems clearing it as it kills the immune cells. incidentally the damage to arteries releases tau proteins from cells.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/14/2019 15:22 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Greta Thunberg tells cheering crowd 'we will make sure we put world leaders against the wall' if they do not tackle global warming
h/t Instapundit
[DailyMail] Greta Thunberg told cheering protesters today 'we will make sure we put world leaders against the wall' if they fail to take urgent action on climate change.
"At least Stalin and Hitler had to grow up before they began to fantasize about exterminating the opposition. This 16-year-old is already there. Plus she resists being educated any further. What kind of a person will she grow up to be?"
The Swedish teen activist was addressing the crowd at a Fridays for Future protest in Turin, Italy.

She arrived there from Madrid where she had been attending the UN climate summit but said she feared the event would not lead to change.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 03:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [580 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 12/14/2019 3:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Anybody who thinks this is funny, haven't studied history.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/14/2019 3:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Last time was tragedy. This time is farce...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 4:24 Comments || Top||

#4 
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2019 5:09 Comments || Top||

#5  ...The mask slips. Will be interesting to see how bad her eventual breakdown will be.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/14/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Greta you're going to have to wait in line. We have our own set of 'leaders', an issue about a 22+ trillions dollar involuntary servitude debt, and our own wall.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 6:36 Comments || Top||

#7  We may have to "eat the young" as their flesh is more tender and they are no loss to planetary GDP.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/14/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

#8  How communist....
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2019 9:18 Comments || Top||

#9  ‘Tomorrow belongs to me.’ - Cabaret
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/14/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#10  Going to do this again?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 10:38 Comments || Top||

#11  #7 We may have to "eat the young" as their flesh is more tender and they are no loss to planetary GDP.

The tastier whelps, sure. But forcing Greta on any diner is cruel and unusual. HOW DARE YOU?!!
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#12  "How pair you?"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/14/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#13  Lost in translation. Shit happens.

In Swedish "ställa någon mot väggen" may literally translate as "put against the wall" but it actually means: "to nail down" in the sense of "holding accountable". It doesn't have the violent meaning the English expression suggests.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/14/2019 17:57 Comments || Top||

#14  If she didn’t want to misunderstood, European Conservative, she shouldn’t have been a teen-aged, non-native English speaker with autism. Thank you for the perspective — there is so much to be annoyed at her and her handlers about, no need to add something that‘s an artifact of her situation.

One day it will occur to all of them that we will equally “ställa någon mot väggen" them for what their efforts have cost us all while accomplishing nothing.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 18:05 Comments || Top||

#15  @tw
Greta Thunberg is what we make of her. I don't like to attack 16yo girls. Let them grow up. Too much hysteria.

I'm far more interested in all those grown ups who use and abuse her.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/14/2019 18:11 Comments || Top||

#16  Greta Thunberg is the Ahed Tamimi of the globalist rent-seeking green lobby.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 18:51 Comments || Top||

#17  Greta Thunberg is what we make of her. I don't like to attack 16yo girls. Let them grow up. Too much hysteria. I'm far more interested in all those grown ups who use and abuse her.

Indeed. As a father of two daughters - one with cognitive impairments - I'd say what's being done with and to that girl qualifies as child abuse. Where's Swedish CPS when you need them?
Posted by: Secret Master || 12/14/2019 19:03 Comments || Top||

#18  They use her because a small girl (she looks 12) is supposed to be untouchable (and she should be).

Yes, that's child abuse. Please don't post pictures showing her as a Nazi girl.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/14/2019 19:36 Comments || Top||

#19  Last time I checked, those using human shields were the ones guilty of crime not those who have to fight their way through them.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 20:46 Comments || Top||

#20  #15 - Play on the big stage = get the big response. Mercy? F*ck that. She's a piece of damaged child used by her puppeteer parents and hangers-on.
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2019 20:54 Comments || Top||

#21  To EC's point, no one wants to beat up on a child. This is indeed a shabby spectacle with much blame to go around.

What bothers me most about this child's act is how easily it taps into and repeats our new culture of angry and nonstop denunciation of those who disagree with one as evil, corrupt, wicked. Mentally defective; inhuman.

Nothing has degraded our culture and our public discourse so much as this instinct to dehumanize one's fellow citizens. Use wit, irony, bel esprit, sprezzatura all you like. Ask God to make your opponents appear ridiculous, as Voltaire did.

But cease these angry denunciations of everyone and anyone who doesn't immediately do as the child demands.

This child is changing the (cultural-social-political) climate -- for the worse.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 21:31 Comments || Top||

#22  Of course you are all right, but I'd like to say, cognitive impairment and genetic dysfunction is subjective in the way it affects people. Modern western psychology and even psychobiology likes to lump similar looking statistical subsets together, for the convenience of providing a systematized, checklist driven care pattern for them. But no two cases of human being are alike. Same with children of this sort.

I don't have any experience in child psychology but can say without doubt that Greta Thunberg is one of many who do not suffer from the full spectrum of symptoms the usual sufferers of her diagnosed ailments do. It's possible for mildly affected individuals to be clubbed into a sufferer-group at an early age, enjoying liberties, the attention and tip-toeing that occurs around them. They may then grow up to be quite competent actors, arseholes to the core.

A luxurious lifestyle and enough money provides such a good life that a sufferer may develop an intellect wholly superior to that of many normal children in disadvantaged societies. Little Greta's parents are actors, they are members of a guild that would cut of their arm if there were fame and money in it. What they've done here is open a pandora's box for all children, trained and unleashed an out-of-control individual to be managed by lobbyists like a mascot.

The worst of their crime is not the climate shit. It is the politicization of very young children, introducing activism and organized disobedience to junior high. It may look harmless stupidity today, but it is catching a momentum, being normalized in schools as we speak.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/14/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#23  ^ well put. This is a stage routine. The playwrights are two Swedish actors of middling talent who have hit upon the Magic Formula for attaining celebrity in our virtue-signaling media environment:
- grab on to a fashionable cause;
- add an intersectional angle (select from: gender race queer/tranny oppressed-third-worlder);
- go out of your way to denounce, insult, and otherwise behave rudely toward The Man;
- ensure the above confrontation is videotaped and fits within a social media-friendly format: <15 seconds, 4K resolution, a snappy line of not more than 4 syllables max. "She per-sis-ted." "That-girl-was-me." "HOW-DARE-YOU??!!"
- rinse & repeat.

It has not worked for Pocahontas and KamalHo, most likely because unlike this child they did not have the benefit of free advice and coaching provided by two full-time, dedicated, professional actors.
Posted by: Lex || 12/14/2019 21:48 Comments || Top||



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