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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Possible Alternate National Military Command Center, Wuhan Military Region, CHINA
(UNCLAS) Document Type: CREST Collection: NGA Records (Formerly NIMA) Document Number (FOIA) /ESDN (CREST): CIA- RDP80T01782R000300330001-8

Document dated Nov 1980.

Link to UNCLAS FOIA document found here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 01:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Appears analysts were involved in the study of the Wuhan region some 40 years ago. Perhaps there have been periodic updates ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 1:21 Comments || Top||


Plus-size model, 35, is praised online after sharing a viral video of herself working out in the gym, racking up 15 MILLION views, while urging others to 'always keep your head up'
"Always keep your head up! Otherwise you could suffocate"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 00:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Somewhere a Peloton groans in fear.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 2:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes! I too wish at some point to have my own atmosphere
Coffee Snorted Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 03/12/2020 2:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Well I'm cheering for her, you go girl, work it.
Posted by: Muggsy Smiter of the Geats7061 || 03/12/2020 3:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Looking at the article, this woman isn't just plus size, she's gigantic.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/12/2020 6:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Good for her. Fitness isn’t just for ectomorphs and mesomorphs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/12/2020 8:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Stretching Lycra technology to it's limits.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 8:35 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ All of the above. In the next life, will there be a Rantburg ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#8  good for her that she is doing both aerobic and weights

unfortunately, since she needs to lose about 100 pounds, she will also have to go to a very restricted diet

wish her luck
Posted by: lord garth || 03/12/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||


#10  She's a model? You're gonna need a bigger lens.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/12/2020 11:49 Comments || Top||

#11 
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/12/2020 12:11 Comments || Top||

#12  Keep ya shady in the summer and warm in the winter.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/12/2020 14:05 Comments || Top||

#13  And in a flood you can use her as a raft.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 14:27 Comments || Top||

#14  Good for her because at this point her only attractive force is gravitational in nature
Posted by: Warthog || 03/12/2020 15:00 Comments || Top||

#15  Let's not be h8ters! Exercise is good. Even if you have to time your workouts to match the local tides.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/12/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#16  What does she model? Tents?
Posted by: Albemarle Bourbon4037 || 03/12/2020 20:13 Comments || Top||

#17  #15 - Vicious. Snark O' The Nite
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 20:18 Comments || Top||

#18  "Body positive: Anna, who is also a runner, previously said that her workouts have nothing to do with losing weight."

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/12/2020 20:36 Comments || Top||


Amazon customers are horrified to discover face masks labeled as 'Based in USA' were actually made in WUHAN - the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • An Amazon listing for a pack of 50 face masks has been flooded with one-star reviews from people who bought them thinking that they were made in the US

  • The photo in the listing shows an American flag and the words 'Based in the USA'

  • But the label on the product itself indicates that it was manufactured at a plant in Wuhan, China - where the coronavirus outbreak began

  • 'I cannot think of a better or faster way to get the virus than ordering these masks,' one customer wrote in a review

  • The mask packs are sold by four different sellers for between $23 and $35

  • The two cheapest sellers say in the fine print that the product ships from China
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 00:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Based in the USA.

Sounds legit.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  You can overdo it - my mom (84) won't buy Chinese green tea, her favorite, anymore.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#3  no evidence yet of any conovirus spread by packaged food

not likely to be any either as the virus doesn't survive long on a dry surface whether food or dry goods
Posted by: lord garth || 03/12/2020 12:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Made in Wuhan, by experts!
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 14:44 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Actor Tom Hanks and His Wife Test Positive for Wuhan Virus following OZ trip
[Red State] Just breaking across the wires that actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson have tested positive for the Wuhan virus.

They’re the first celebrities who have announced they are positive and they were down in Australia for work on an Elvis Presley movie in which Hanks is playing Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager.

Hanks and his wife are both 63. The virus tends to hit the elderly more and they have more problems with it. Very few children are affected.

Hanks said they had been feeling tired and achy, that Rita had chills and fever so they got tested and both were positive.

Here’s his statement from his account.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 02:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now that celebs have come down with the Yellow Death it's really time to PANIC!
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 03/12/2020 2:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Got it from the slave wage earning hired illegal gimmiegrant "help."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/12/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The Masque of Wuhan Flu.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  This will turn out to be important in the US.
* If they die the panic will go to 11.
* If they recover (as they will because they are wealthy and in good health) the panic will start to die down.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, Ah'm gonna go 60:40, if they even have it.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Rich people don't die of flu.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Yeah, Ah'm gonna go 60:40, if they even have it.

#meflu
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ Early Snark O' The Day candidate. Pithy.
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Any chance they passed it on to their political friends?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/12/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Nah, Weinstein is in jail.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#11  You don't hear much about infection rates in Australia where they are coming out of Summer and should be immune to the 'cold and flu" season so far. Tom probably got it form some nasty journalist while on doing press for his new movie.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 14:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Maybe their Messiah Obama can cure them with a touch.

Hey, it's worth a shot.
Posted by: charger || 03/12/2020 16:00 Comments || Top||

#13  A couple of weeks ago, I read the differene between WuFlu and Regular Flu was that regular flu had body aches (I remember!) but WuFlu did not.

So that old story was wrong, or Tom and Rita have regular flu.

How often are those test wrong, I wonder?
Posted by: Bobby || 03/12/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||

#14  Tommy has the flu. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

CDC
Posted by: Bobby || 03/12/2020 16:23 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus Roundup: Coronavirus conference canceled in New York because of coronavirus
[NYPOST] A Big Apple conference about the coronavirus
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
has been canceled ‐ because of the coronavirus, according to a report.
If that don't make sense then what does make sense?
The Council on Foreign Relations was due to hold a roundtable titled "Doing Business Under Coronavirus" on Friday, but decided to cancel it amid fears that it could lead to a spread of the deadly bug, Bloomberg News reported.

The nonprofit think tank on US foreign policy and international affairs, on East 68th Street, also has called off other in-person meetings in New York, Washington, DC, and around the country from March 3 to April 3, the news outlet reported.

"There are currently no upcoming events. Please check back soon for new events," reads a statement on the CFR’s website.
/
Up to 70% of Germany could become infected - Merkel
[BBC] German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
has warned that up to 70% of the country's population - some 58 million people - could contract the coronavirus
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
Mrs Merkel made the stark prediction at a news conference on Wednesday alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn.

She said since there was no known cure, the focus would fall on slowing the spread of the virus. "It's about winning time," she explained.

Her remarks came as Italia entered its second day of a national lockdown.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the country, which on Wednesday passed 10,000 confirmed infections.


The NBA season is SUSPENDED over coronavirus: All games are cancelled as Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tests positive and fans are dramatically sent home just before tip-off

Italy announces all shops except pharmacies and food outlets will be CLOSED as coronavirus death toll climbs by 31% to 827 in 24 hours and intensive care units are advise to stop treating the elderly

Chicago cancels St Patrick's Day parade just a day after Boston halted their festivities amid coronavirus concerns, so will New York City's be next?

New York CANCELS its St Patrick's Day parade for the first time in 258 years over coronavirus fears
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:


#2  Vestigial at my age Skid. The only reminder is an occasional urge to scratch.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#3  A Skype teleconference is not really that hard to do. Takes some rational thinking and a little planning. Council on Foreign Relations is a bastion of geniuses.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/12/2020 12:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Vestigial at my age

Like kicking a bag of dust.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 14:45 Comments || Top||


Scientist links 2 state outbreaks with genetic fingerprints
Excerpt:
[AP] Dr. Charles Chiu at the University of California, San Francisco agreed. He provided genome sequencing of seven samples from infected passengers who got off the Grand Princess this week. An eighth sample from an earlier Grand Princess cruise to Mexico had ties to Washington state, Chiu said, and that person likely seeded the outbreak among passengers on board as the ship left for Hawaii.
"Seeded the outbreak?" as in asymetric warfare? An interesting term of reference. Perhaps it's time to start classifying government activities relative to the pandemic. Oh wait !

Reuters - Exclusive: White House told federal health agency to classify coronavirus deliberations - sources
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:


Gov. Inslee to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people, a move aimed at sports and concerts
[SEATTLETIMES] In the most drastic move yet to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee is expected Wednesday to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, a move aimed at sports, concerts and other cultural events.

The measure will be announced during a Seattle news conference, according to a source involved in conversations with the governor’s office but who has not been cleared to discuss the issue. The measure would not affect retail stores, according to the source.

The restriction applies to large public gatherings such as baseball games, concerts and cultural events, another source told The Times.

Chris Reykdal, Washington’s superintendent of public instruction, said Tuesday evening he doesn’t expect Inslee’s announcement to shut down public schools.

"We don’t have any indication at all that he’s closing schools tomorrow," said Reykdal.

But Reykdal added that people shouldn’t be surprised if Inslee discusses the possibility of preparing for schools to close as the numbers of cases grow, saying, "These are trying times."

So far, more than 115 public and private schools across Washington have shut down for at least a day because of coronavirus concerns.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Should be restricting 'gatherings of more than 1' as a preventative measure.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't think the First Amendment freedom of association guarantee has an "except when politicians want to grandstand" clause.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/12/2020 10:28 Comments || Top||


Britain
Thousands of NHS trainee NURSES in their final year will be 'invited' to start their careers before they qualify so they can help to tackle coronavirus
  • NHS England chief executive said some of the 18,000 students in final year of training would be ‘invited’ into clinical practice

  • They are in their last 12 months of three-year degree and would start practising on hospital wards up to six months early without finishing their full training

  • Also, doctors to be told to get ready to work outside normal area of expertise

VMI at Haymarket. They too, answered the call.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NHS answer to 90 day wonders.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 7:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Gotta be better than some of today's pan handlers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 14:35 Comments || Top||


Cheers! Chancellor FREEZES tax on beer, wine AND cider in major budget boost to stop pubs shutting during coronavirus crisis
  • The Chancellor said he was abandoning a planned rise in duty on spirits

  • Sunak also revealed he would freeze the rates on beer, cider and wine as well

  • Was among measures designed to immunise the high street against coronavirus


  • The The Ship Inn Oundle, UK near RAF Molesworth. I hope it's still there.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6533 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Trust the Brits to have their priorities right.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 2:13 Comments || Top||

#2  In two weeks he'll have to close the pubs if Italy is any indication.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 5:31 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll drink to that.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/12/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  In two weeks he'll have to close the pubs

Hey, AMAZON!
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm well stocked with spirits including 24 bottles of cask strength 12yo vintage bourbon.

Don't know if that's enough to kill the virus but it'll be so drunk it'll forget its mission.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 19:25 Comments || Top||


Russian Fake 'Greta' Punks Harry de Sussex, Gets Him to Trash Trump: "He has blood on his hands!"
[DailyCaller] Two Russian pranksters posing as Greta Thunberg and her father reportedly fooled Britain’s Prince Harry into having a candid conversation that included scathing criticism of President Donald Trump.

Harry also went into detail about being on the outs with the Royal Family since he and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have decided to go their own way, according to The Sun, which identified the hoaxers as Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov — known as Vovan and Lexus.
Posted by: Lex || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He's not Sussex anymore.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Who gives a fuck?
Posted by: Muggsy Smiter of the Geats7061 || 03/12/2020 3:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Harry is a thicky and Meagain is a sociopathic grifter.

Of course Meagain would get him to worship the green global grift for her benefit.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 5:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Harry is a thicky

Another bl***y aristocratic inbreeds?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Whatever he was, Harry is a couch boy looking for a gig.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#6  I do believe carbon emissions in the US have lowered more than they would have by the paris accords. Perhaps someone could ask Harry how that works visa-v blood on the hands and all.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Lena Harry de Megxit
Posted by: Lex || 03/12/2020 11:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Inbreeding, it's a royal thingy.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/12/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#9  Outbreeding doesn't seems to work for House of Windsor.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 12:19 Comments || Top||

#10  He's not Sussex anymore.

Still Duke of Sussex, no longer a titled prince.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/12/2020 15:20 Comments || Top||

#11  ^😢
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 15:30 Comments || Top||

#12  The Duck of Sussex.

I really, really, wanted to hear the Greta impersonation.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 18:53 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Wuhan residents are set to receive lessons in 'gratitude' so they can thank government for coronavirus fight
*at the point of bayonet* "Bow lower! More sincerity! Now!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 09:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Now, that's not how it's done*. First, local leadership is executed for general failure that, almost, led to a catastrophe and attempts to deceive the Great Leader. However, the Great Leader - being omniscient - found out and saved the People in the nick of time.

*How Stalin would do it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||


How China halted coronavirus using a 'social nuclear weapon' but does the West have the will? Totalitarian state used extreme measures that democracies will struggle to replicate, expert warns
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 09:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6537 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Sounds like we know who really owns the DM.

Talk about PR blame reversal.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  They halted it by letting all of Wuhan get infected while covering up. Getting re-infected requires a new strain which would be harder to catch.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Using a sledge hammer instead of a scalpel?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/12/2020 13:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Letting folks die and then claiming the rest survived because of the government.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  My normally intelligent son said he'd heard the Chinese were welding the doors shut in the home of the infected.

Welded? Bamboo?
Posted by: Bobby || 03/12/2020 16:29 Comments || Top||

#6  ...that's what they did in Milan during the first round of the plague. Sealed families in their homes who showed signs of the disease. Milan would be an island of least effected in that run.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 20:50 Comments || Top||


China quarantines foreign arrivals to stop coronavirus coming IN to the country: Anyone flying into Beijing faces two-week isolation
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 08:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  So they're assuming an aggressive virulent mutation?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 9:49 Comments || Top||

#2  So they're assuming an aggressive virulent mutation?

anticipating?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 9:50 Comments || Top||


Economy
U.S. lawmakers seek to tighten ban on forced-labor goods from China's Xinjiang
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. lawmakers proposed legislation on Wednesday aimed at preventing goods made from forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region from reaching the United States.

The legislation would require importers to obtain certification from the U.S. government that goods were not produced using forced labor by minority Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

The heart of the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act is a "rebuttable presumption" that assumes that all goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection certifies otherwise. This would shift the burden of proof from the current rule, which bans goods if there is reasonable evidence of forced labor.

The bill also calls for the U.S. president to impose sanctions on "any foreign person who ’knowingly engages’" in forced labor of minority Muslims. It would also require firms to disclose dealings with Xinjiang.

The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslim Uighurs have been detained in camps in Xinjiang over recent years as part of a wide-reaching campaign by Chinese officials to stamp out terrorism.

On Wednesday, China denied Uighurs were subject to forced labor after senior Democratic Senator Bob Menendez accused U.S. firms of willfully ignoring "horrific" conditions in Xinjiang and urged the Commerce Department to prevent American firms and consumers buying goods produced with such labor.

If the proposal becomes law, it could have a significant impact on the cotton industry in Xinjiang, which produces a substantial proportion of the world’s supply of the commodity.

Its introduction is likely to anger China, months after Beijing and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump reached an agreement to ease a damaging trade war.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 01:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  It's a shame it took a global pandemic to pry the scales from legislative eyes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 1:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Will Nike take a knee for this?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 7:16 Comments || Top||


#4  Ban Nike and Apple products from China and that will be a hell of a good start.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/12/2020 21:20 Comments || Top||


Europe
European Union president blasts Trump travel announcement
[The Hill] European Union leaders condemned President Trump’s decision to impose a 30-day ban on travel from Europe in response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying they were not consulted.

"The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation," European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a joint statement, The Associated Press reported.

"The coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action," they added, rejecting the president’s claim that the EU had taken insufficient action on the virus and saying it "is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus."

The travel ban announced by the White House does not apply to the United Kingdom or Ireland, the latter of which is an EU state but is not part of the 26-nation Schengen area that have abolished all passport and border control restrictions at their mutual borders. Trump initially claimed the ban would apply to trade as well before the White House walked this back.

European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said the EU’s response to the move would "require... reflection," adding that the EU "isn’t in the habit of shooting from the hip."

The virus has been confirmed in all 27 EU countries, with von der Leyen this week announcing the launch of a $7.5 billion-euro response investment fund to prop up health care infrastructure as well as small businesses affected by the virus.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar previously announced travel restrictions for China, where the virus is believed to have originated, in early February, imposing mandatory quarantine on any returning U.S. citizen who was in China’s Hubei province in the preceding 14 days and denying entry to any foreign nationals who traveled in China in the preceding 14 days.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 09:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Will it stop the spread? No.

Will it flatten out the infection curve so we don't overwhelm our medical system? Yes.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/12/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  It would be fascinating if Trump's ban gave fuel to brexit-style movements throughout the EU.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/12/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#3  No more boorish American tour pigs, so there you go. The Turkish hired ISJV mercenaries Libyans will make up the difference in volume.

Darth nails it.

What I find fascinating is that the sportsballers' risk assessment found that it is better to cancel the rest of the season.

All I ask, is that if there are no fans in the arena then leave the announcers out of it too and just do sounds of the game...or will what the players say be TV safe? Shit, most of the crowd noise is canned anyways.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/12/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||


#5  Darth, you nailed it.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/12/2020 11:59 Comments || Top||

#6  the EU "isn’t in the habit of shooting from the hip."

Contact shots to the back of the head are more your style?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 12:02 Comments || Top||

#7  How are those work arounds with Iran going?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 13:15 Comments || Top||

#8  I seem to have lost the memo.
Are we opposed to this because:
a) Trump is pointlessly doing pointless things that won't make any difference
b) Trump is taking unilateral action which will destroy the global economy and literally make him Hitler?

It's so hard to keep up.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/12/2020 14:57 Comments || Top||


Massive Army exercise in Europe is curtailed amid coronavirus angst
[Stars and Stripes] STUTTGART, Germany ‐ The largest U.S. military exercise in Europe in a generation will be scaled back because of concerns about the coronavirus, marking a possible setback for the Army after the service spent years building up for the drill known as Defender-Europe 20.

U.S. European Command said Wednesday that the training, which initially called for sending 20,000 U.S.-based soldiers across the Atlantic Ocean, would be downsized.

"After careful review of the ongoing Defender-Europe 20 exercise activities and in light of the current coronavirus outbreak, we will modify the exercise by reducing the number of U.S. participants," EUCOM said in a statement

The training will be adjusted, but the military will still work with allies to meet "our highest priority training objectives," EUCOM said.

In all, more than 35,000 troops were originally slated to take part in Defender Europe, which is already underway and is slated to run until the end of June. Most of the major exercises, including paratroopers dropping into the Republic of Georgia and ground forces rehearsing the defense of territory in the vicinity of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, were to take place in April and May.

It was unclear Wednesday whether such large scale drills were still to take place or were among the activities curtailed. U.S. Army Europe said it is still working through the details of the adjustments.

"The decision to make the change is the right thing to do in light of the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus. The health protection of our force, and that of our allies and partners, is a top priority," USAREUR said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "What if they gave a war and nobody came?
Why, then, the war would come to you!
He who stays home when the fight begins
And lets another fight for his cause
Should take care:
He who does not take part
In the battle will share in the defeat.
Even avoiding battle will not avoid battle.
Since not to fight for your own cause
Really means
Fighting on behalf of your enemy's cause."

- Bertolt Brecht -
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||


Italy hunts escaped prisoners after virus-related riots
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Italian police were Wednesday hunting for 11 prisoners who escaped in the aftermath of jail riots sparked by fears over coronavirus
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
, as authorities began to test inmates and distribute face masks.

Those still on the run were part of a group of 72 inmates who escaped Monday from a prison in Foggia, located near Italia's southeastern coast, the justice ministry said.

They included a 36-year old man, Cristoforo Aghilar, who was arrested last October for killing the mother of his ex-girlfriend, as well as several men with links to organized crime.

At least 6,000 prisoners took part in the riots, which broke out Sunday across the country, Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede told Senate Wednesday, which was nearly empty due to new restrictions on group assembly.

Twelve inmates died, mostly due to overdoses after rioters stormed prison infirmaries, and 40 guards were maimed, the minister said.

At the medium-security prison of Foggia, a few prisoners set their sheets and mattresses on fire Monday, attracting the attention of guards.

At the same time, a group of about 200 men managed to force open the doors of an exit corridor and some reached the outer limit of the prison and scaled the outside walls, Bonafede said.

The prison suffered serious structural damage, he said.

Before the riots, inmates had objected to new restrictions on visits by family members designed to keep coronavirus -- which has already killed 631 people in Italia -- out of the country's overcrowded prison system.
"We have a RIGHT to get the virus! Just like everyone else!"
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
109 Israelis diagnosed with coronavirus, schools to close
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 14:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Open borders, huh?
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 16:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Closed now.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 16:05 Comments || Top||

#3  There goes hope for the cure.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 17:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Scientists in Israel likely to announce it developed coronavirus vaccine


Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 17:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Israeli "Scientists" are boasting too much.

They should talk only after the fact.
Posted by: Thorong Grundy1520 || 03/12/2020 18:15 Comments || Top||

#6  ^The sturdy voice of stupidity & ignorance.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 18:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, no.

I'm sure they are working as hard as the guys at the Berlin Charité who in mid January developed the first quick test (2 hours).

They may be close to something that might work (like they do in Berlin), but they can't forgo the testing period.

18 months is a more realistic time frame. Only when all the testing is done, you can call it a real vaccine.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 18:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Yes, yes, EC. I'm sure Berlin Charité will wait for 18 months before talking about any vaccine. And everybody else working on a vaccine will keep num for 18 months.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 18:47 Comments || Top||

#9  The leader of the Charité team:

Christian Drosten is one of the co-discoverers of the SARS virus (SARS-CoV). In 2003, together with Stephan Günther, he succeeded in developing a diagnostic test for the newly identified virus a few days after its identification, even before the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Drosten immediately made his findings on SARS available to the scientific community via the Internet, even before his article appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2003.

The research group led by Christian Drosten also investigated the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The group developed a test for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from China It made the test available worldwide in mid-January 2020. They also published the sequenced genome from samples obtained in Germany (first cases had occurred in Bavaria). Emerging viruses are generally a focus of her work.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 20:18 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Planet of the apes! Hundreds of hungry monkeys swarm across Thai street as 'rival gangs' fight over food after tourists who normally feed them stay away because of coronavirus
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Crips v Bloods?
Posted by: Muggsy Smiter of the Geats7061 || 03/12/2020 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Or maybe Flyers v Penguins.
Posted by: Muggsy Smiter of the Geats7061 || 03/12/2020 3:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Squeegee Monkeys
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 4:53 Comments || Top||

#4  This is how monkeys evolved into men. Just watch, In a few more weeks, there will be reports of monkeys wearing yoga pants, mini-skirts, and black wigs ...
Posted by: Beau || 03/12/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#5  ..you don't say.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 9:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Crips v Bloods?

Congress
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 9:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Feral yout?
Posted by: Lex || 03/12/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
U Dayton Students Riot Over COVID-19 Campus Closure
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 11:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Close all colleges. Mail diplomas to everyone. They are more qualified now than later anyway - have less time to get stupid.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/12/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't forget to add a few levels of administrators first.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/12/2020 12:10 Comments || Top||

#3  In earlier times, we'd be celebrating a closure of campus. These folks are idiots.
Posted by: Raj || 03/12/2020 12:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Raj, it's probably the only place that they feel 'safe', what with logic and diligence required (mostly) in the real world.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/12/2020 12:51 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 Or, they simply haven't rioted in a long time - feeling the lack.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#6  I guess whey you don't have a semi-pro athletic team that wins or loses, you need another excuse to riot.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 13:14 Comments || Top||

#7  > Mail diplomas to everyone.

Hence the shortage of toilet paper.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/12/2020 14:18 Comments || Top||

#8 
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/12/2020 14:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Why every time I click on "today's front page" this monkeys' video is activated?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#10  "Mail diplomas to everyone."

From Trump University?
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Beneath you, EC
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 19:30 Comments || Top||

#12  The bourbon...
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/12/2020 19:59 Comments || Top||

#13  I get that
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2020 20:17 Comments || Top||


California Throws The Books At Undercover Reporter Who Exposed Baby Body Trafficking
[The Federalist] Even those who disagree with David Daleiden and his techniques but care about how the legal actions against him could define press freedom need to follow this case.

An undercover reporter has been arraigned in California and charged with ten felonies for secretly recording conversations, and it's time to revisit how the judiciary and the law can stifle the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.

The accused, David Daleiden, used standard media undercover techniques to investigate and expose Planned Parenthood's sale of aborted fetus body parts. While the use of undercover techniques like Daleiden's is a controversial practice even within journalism circles, Daleiden's upcoming jury trial has far wider implications for journalists.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 03/12/2020 06:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The criminal case, the one more likely to chill undercover work, was the product of then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Where's my shocked face? Maybe this could be a topic for debate among the two remaining candidates.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/12/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#2  To find out who rules you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/12/2020 10:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Thought sunshine was the best disinfectant. Maybe I'm hopelessly out of date.
Posted by: Tom || 03/12/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#4  If its not an alphabet soup Legacy Infotainment Enterprise story, its fair game.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/12/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||



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