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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Ten people are shot dead during Chicago's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] ...despite coronavirus lockdown keeping most people at home
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Need more gun control!!!!
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/27/2020 0:02 Comments || Top||

#2  hope they were shooting each other from at least six feet apart.
Posted by: Classer || 05/27/2020 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  despite coronavirus lockdown keeping most people at home

Not surprising. Most traffic accidents happen within 25 miles of home. Shootings probably follow a similar pattern.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2020 0:57 Comments || Top||

#4  A 'virus' which gets a free pass.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 1:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Marksmanship improving?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Another bump in the WhuFlu statistics.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/27/2020 7:45 Comments || Top||

#7  How many of these shooting deaths got listed as COVID-19 deaths?
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/27/2020 12:43 Comments || Top||

Illegal Alien Charged with Sexually Assaulting Three Underage Girls
[BREITBART] An illegal alien charged with sexually assaulting three underage girls has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
and will head to a criminal trial in the coming months.

Hobil Bravo-Perez, a 20-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested last year for allegedly sexually assaulting three underage girls in Shawano County, Wisconsin. This month, Bravo-Perez pleaded not guilty to six counts of child sex crimes with pre-trial hearings beginning in July.

According to police, Bravo-Perez sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl by forcing her to have sex with him after contacting her through social media. Bravo-Perez has said he paid the underage girl $50 for sex.

In a second case, police said Bravo-Perez sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on numerous occasions and physically beat the girl. A third underage girl, 12-years-old, told police she had sex with Bravo-Perez about seven times.

Bravo-Perez and one of his brothers, Edgar Bravo-Perez, are in the U.S. as illegal aliens, according to their brother Jorge Bravo-Perez. When investigated, police discovered that Bravo-Perez was in possession of two fake green cards and a fake Social Security number.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has placed a detainer on Bravo-Perez so that if he is released from local custody at any time, he will be turned over to them for arrest and deportation.
Posted by: Fred || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nancy's children
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 5:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Spark of divinity.
Posted by: charger || 05/27/2020 14:29 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Bugatti: A victory lap around France's Alsace region (short video)
[France24] For almost 40 years, the automobile pioneer Ettore Bugatti designed exceptional cars in France's eastern Alsace region. "Nothing is too beautiful; nothing is too expensive" was his motto. At the age of 21, the Italian mechanics enthusiast was hired by an Alsatian industrialist. In 1909, he set up his own business in Molsheim. Today, a foundation is dedicated to him in the city centre and about 100 models can be seen in the giant automobile museum in nearby Mulhouse. FRANCE 24 takes you on a tour of the region, starting at a Bugatti workshop.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 05:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Nothing is too beautiful; nothing is too expensive"

Always loved that.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#2  1957 Bugatti Type 37 For Sale
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Ahh...Alsace...My ancestral homeland for both parents
Posted by: Warthog || 05/27/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Alsace...nice place and nice mix of Franco-German culture.
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

'Tequila Fairies' deliver thousands of bottles to out-of-work hospitality employees in Missouri and Kansas
[FoxNews] Who would have thought so many people would be interested in free booze during one of the most depressing eras in recent history?

The owners of a tequila brand say they’ve been mobbed with requests for free tequila after offering bottles of their spirits to restaurant and bar employees who are currently out of work in parts of Missouri and Kansas amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bryce Lob and Zach Conley, the co-founders of Una Vida Tequila, had decided back in March to begin offering their spirits to laid-off or furloughed workers in the St. Louis and Wichita areas by first putting out the word to bar managers in St. Louis after Missouri closed off bars and restaurants to in-person dining. They had also shared news of their offer on their personal social media accounts, expecting only a few dozen responses.

"We have a stash of tequila, a personal inventory, that we use for events and tastings on the weekends. Obviously, with everything going on, we couldn’t use it," Conley told Fox News.

Lob added that the majority of their initial requests came from friends in the industry who were supporting their brand from "day one." But after delivering a few bottles and tagging the recipients on social media, Lob and Conley said the news began to spread via word of mouth, and just "exploded from there."

To date, Lob, Conley and their media manager Oliver have personally delivered roughly 2,000 bottles to out-of-work hospitality employees in the St. Louis and Wichita areas. Each contactless delivery also comes with an accompanying thank-you note from the self-dubbed "tequila fairies."

Judging by the Una Vida website, it appears that that Lob and Conley’s offer attracted interested parties from far and wide.

“Overnight, our ‘Tequila Fairy’ story blew up nationally,” reads a message that greets visitors to the Una Vida website. "This is only meant for bar/restaurant workers who have been laid off in Missouri and Kansas. With it just being the two of us, we’re doing our part in local communities. We apologize if you’ve seen this story on your local news networks in other areas. We physically can’t drop off bottles all over the country and cannot ship alcohol. Believe us, if we could we would."

Even though they can't deliver outside of the St. Louis or Wichita areas, Lob and Conley told Fox News they hope their story inspires others to "help each other out during all of this" and "do what you can." Their distributor, Major Brands, was even inspired to chip in, donating bottles of Una Vida Tequila back to the company so they could continue their "tequila fairy" efforts.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bryce Lob and Zach Conley, the co-founders of Una Vida Tequila

Cognitive dissonance.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Clever marketing & PR strategy.
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

Washington, D.C. may permanently allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol to go
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This country is still so backwards. Like allowing restaurants & pubs to serve booze "to go" is some heinous act. Just f'in do it, DC.
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  If it's going to be to go, wouldn't it be cheaper to buy booze in a super?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:38 Comments || Top||

#3  It's to save people from sitting in bars and spreading the WuFlu.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/27/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Doesn't Nancy already have a kid do that for her?
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Roaders. What Does Mad Moms Against Drunks have to say about it?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#6  g(r)omporu....
Actually... my favorite supermarket has a cocktail bar in the corner. You can buy a mixed drink or beer and wandering about choosing your food.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/27/2020 23:24 Comments || Top||

Swiss hookers sex workers offer to limit customers to two positions
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] ...which 'minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus' to enable brothels to end lockdown in Switzerland
No doubt it’s a good thing that they concern themselves with hygiene once a century,,,
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'doggy style' and 'reverse cowgirl', are advisable [to help prevent the coronavirus].

Doesn't do much to prevent STDs though.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/27/2020 12:39 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ Also good for the ugly ones
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#3  As long as you are not spraying bodily fluids into each other's faces, you're probably good.
Sneezing. I'm talking about sneezing, you pervs.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2020 13:21 Comments || Top||

#4  There's more than two positions? Kindly elaborate.
Posted by: jpal || 05/27/2020 17:10 Comments || Top||

Mike Tyson's comeback opponent? UFC legend Tito Ortiz says he has been offered to fight former heavyweight champion... and believes fight could make $1BILLION
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is Tito Ortiz still beating up on p0rn 'stars'? Might be an easier fight than Tyson, who's at least fifteen years older than scumbag Ortiz. This guy's a world-class asshole.
Posted by: Raj || 05/27/2020 2:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Mike, you can bite his ear off.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2020 5:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Tito Ortix != War Machine
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Do either of them have a 6 foot reach?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 7:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Tito? Ah no.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#6  It will be a blockbuster if it happens. Last pay per view fight I watched was Holmes-Frazier 1983.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2020 12:04 Comments || Top||

Married Florida data scientist axed for refusing to alter COVID-19 stats was fired from university job
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] ... for having affair with a student and charged with stalking, threatening him with revenge porn, writing a 342-page manifesto on their sex life
  • Rebekah Jones led a team of Florida Department of Health scientists and public health officers to create and design a comprehensive COVID-19 dashboard

  • The 30-year-old said in a May 5 email that she was fired for refusing to 'manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen'

  • But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that Jones was canned because of insubordination and called her 'disruptive’

  • DailyMail.com can reveal that she was fired in 2017 from Florida State University when she was a PhD student and instructor for having an affair with her student

  • Jones was charged with three counts of cyberstalking her student Garrett Sweeterman, then 21, who filed a restraining order against her

  • She allegedly created a 'revenge porn' website called SurvivingGarrett and sent the link to online boards focusing on women's issues and the #metoo movement

  • Jones posted at least 60 pages of a 342-page manifesto with a narrative of the affair with Sweeterman, including screen grabs of sexts between the two

  • She claims in the essay that the fling with Sweeterman led to a pregnancy. She gave birth to a little girl in mid-2018 and shares an eight-year-old son with her husband
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Like, who cares about her proclivities? If she refused to alter data, good for her. Weird that the article lists a bunch of stuff totally irrelevant vis-a-vis the COVID-19 stats.
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  No one asked her to alter data. They asked her to temporarily disable the export capability until they had verified the data.

She also didn't "lead" anyone. She was a data entry clerk managing entering the data into a commercial service that generates the reports for you. She was the lowest ranking person on the team, and could have been replaced with anyone computer literate.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/27/2020 0:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Like, who cares about her proclivities?

It speaks to patterns of behavior.
Whacky in uno, Whacky in omnibus, or however that Latin saying goes.

Nice summary, by the way, Rob. 'Tis a pity actual journalists can't do as well.

Posted by: SteveS || 05/27/2020 0:38 Comments || Top||

#4  She gave birth to a little girl in mid-2018

Better than giving birth to a full sized girl, I suppose.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2020 0:59 Comments || Top||

#5  ^Who's the dad?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:43 Comments || Top||

#6  "Rebekah Jones led a team of Florida Department of Health scientists and public health officers..."

So how could she be the "lowest-ranking member" of a team that she lead??

Definitely seems like a weirdo, but is the story about her refusing to alter stats or a biography/rap sheet of her?
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 6:43 Comments || Top||

#7  She's a liar and insubordinate.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 9:09 Comments || Top||

#8  Clem, Rob is accurate
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 9:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Then, guys, I must be missing something. If I need to cough up a dollar, let me know!
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#10  More detail on why she was fired
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#11  She's getting the media darling treatment, so the truth takes a bit of digging.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||

#12  What does 'Shares an 8 year old son' mean?

Woman is fugginkookoo, but again with misleading headlines.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/27/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#13  From Frank G.’s link:

Jones has not alleged any tampering with data on deaths, hospital symptom surveillance, hospitalizations for COVID-19, numbers of new confirmed cases, or overall testing rates — core elements of any assessment of the outbreak and of federal criteria for reopening. And Jones acknowledges Florida has been relatively transparent — for which she herself claims some credit — and relatively successful in controlling the pandemic.

She has, however, suggested Health Department managers wanted her to manipulate information to paint a rosier picture and that she pushed back. In an interview late Friday on CNN she finally cited some detail, after several days of vague statements.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#14  Linda Tripp = lying skank, according to the media

Paula Jones = lying skank, according to the media

Tara Reed = lying skank, according to the media

Blasey Ford = heroic truth teller, according to media

Julie Swetnick = only Avenatti would touch that one.

Stormie Daniels = only Avenatti would touch that one.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders = lying skank, according to the media

Kayleigh McEnany = lying skank, according to the media.

See the pattern?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2020 12:15 Comments || Top||

#15  In an interview late Friday on CNN she finally cited some detail, after several days of vague statements.

Yes. Florida is not New York, New Jersey or Michigan. I'm sure she's lawyered up now and walking a tight rope. It will be a contest between her lawyer's advice and CNN's editors' coaching. She gets it wrong, some part of her anatomy will be caught in a wringer.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#16  Writes a detailed 350 page book about having sex with (at least 1) a student. Last week being asked to commit fraud by the government, details are a bit fuzzy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/27/2020 13:33 Comments || Top||

#17  Her 15 minutes are almost up. Tick tock
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 14:02 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New York health website deletes Cuomo's order linked to nursing home fatalities
[FoxNews] New York officials have scrubbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 25 order requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients from the state health department website -- even as Cuomo's office insists that the order, which has been linked to thousands of nursing home deaths, remains in effect.

The web page that once contained the order now directs to a page indicating that the file is "not found." The archive indicates that the deletion occurred sometime after May 5, around the time that criticism over New York's nursing home fatalities intensified.

A copy of the page saved by the Internet archive Wayback Machine, however, shows that Cuomo's order stated: "No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the NH [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs [Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission."

On May 10, Cuomo issued a new directive stating that hospitals cannot send patients back to nursing homes in the state unless they tested negative for the virus. The move appeared to largely invalidate the March 25 directive.

However, senior Cuomo communications director Peter Ajemian insisted in an email to Fox News that it was "not accurate" to state that Cuomo had "reversed" the March 25 order.

"He didn't reverse or rescind anything," Ajemian wrote at the time. "The order is still in effect. He did add a directive, this one directed at hospitals, saying they must test patients and the patients must be negative before being sent back to a nursing home. And he is requiring nursing homes to test staff twice a week."

Worrying new graphs show how coronavirus is STILL surging in many US states with infections spiking up to 900% in parts of Texas and Florida since April
It’s easy to get excited when cherry-picking the data.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Researchers looked at infection and fatality rates from 116 counties in 33 states.

  • Harrison, Texas has seen daily cases increase from about 300 per 100,000 people in mid- April to 3,000 per 100,000 on May 22

  • Daily infections jumped in Clay County, Florida from 160 per 100,000 on April 1 to 800 on May 22

  • In Milwaukee, Wisconsin cases have increased by 360 percent, with spikes after the state Supreme Court struck down stay-at-home orders

Study Finds 42% of All US COVID-19 Deaths or Over 40,000 Deaths Were in Nursing Homes

Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Worrying new graphs show how coronavirus is STILL surging in many US states with infections spiking up to 900% in parts of Texas and Florida since April

Texas has 4.5% deaths among resolved cases.
Florida has 22%.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Did they replace that with a video clip of the CNN comedy shtick with his brother?
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 7:47 Comments || Top||

#3  SOB Minnesota Waltz' "health" department still has this murder policy online. I'm going to follow up later with this.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Locally the recent big spike in cases is due to mass testing at the chicken processing plant.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/27/2020 12:07 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Police in riot gear fire rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of protestors demanding the arrest of four white Minneapolis cops involved in the death of black man George Floyd
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 04:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess some of you still wonder when I use the term "homegrown Palestinians".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 4:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Gee, it's all Donks from the Mayor to the Governor.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Sick and tired of the nogs. Fuck’em.
Posted by: Dacama || 05/27/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

#4  First of all there weren't "thousands". That's a flat out lie. I'll reserve judgement until my Saint Paul "hunter" Sargent gives his no BS opinion.

But apparently the man passed out. I have not seen that on video.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:04 Comments || Top||

#5  But apparently the man passed out.

Did he not die, Woodrow?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought that "thousands" was fishy from the moment I saw it.
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Do they get this angry over other violent deaths in their community? Why not?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/27/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Was I seeing the girlfriend covered in drug scabs, make-up trying to hide them?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/27/2020 9:55 Comments || Top||

#9  MSM will never say so but I take it that Mr. Floyd resisted arrest. Were the cops supposed to let him go? From the coverage I saw on CBS last night, it's almost as if they want a riot. Naw. That couldn't be. Could it?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/27/2020 12:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Then there's the story of the so-called Karen who called the cops on a black man in Central Park after he asked her to put her dog on a leash. He filmed her and his sister put the video on Twitter where it went viral. Now she's accused of being a racist and might lose her job. Let's see...white woman alone in a wooded area of Central Park with a black man harassing her about her dog and filming her says she felt threatened. MSM making a big freaking deal about it as if the story is newsworthy. I suppose if you want to fan the flames of racism and mass hysteria, it is. I'd lawyer up if I was her.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/27/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Too late - Franklin Templeton Investment bank fired her ass
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#12  Can she still sue for wrongful dismissal?
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 13:05 Comments || Top||

#13  Now she's accused of being a racist and might lose her job.

She has since been fired. The pup was taken away and put in a shelter on the grounds of abuse. But the gentleman in question also taped himself trying to entice the unleashed dog by offering it the doggy treats he carried in his pocked for just such an eventuality, which makes her concern more understandable. That’s just weird.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2020 13:20 Comments || Top||

#14  Prolly has a morals clause or bringing disparagement to her employer clause. She threatened to tell the police he (a black man) was harassing and threatening her, which he wasn't
Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 13:27 Comments || Top||

#15  ^ Ah, ok. Based on what was reported it seems extremely likely that he wasn't threatening her.

Perhaps there's more to the story but combining his sister's description of him as an "avid birder" with the fact that he was carrying and offering dog treats on his birding jaunts, it seems unlikely that a normal person would view him as other than gentle and benign.
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 14:15 Comments || Top||

#16  Stranger gives my dog something to eat, gonna find out what normal is.

Sounds like they are both wrong. She was breaking rules with dog off leash in leash area. Dude is OK by me pointing that out, old folks and kids area dog on leash and to not say something is to allow that breach of decorum. Now, if dude during conversation started offering the dog treats at any time that is an f'up.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/27/2020 14:33 Comments || Top||

#17  Ever been the victim of one of those "guy stops suddenly ahead of you and car behind rear ends you" scams? People in NYC try to pull variations of that on the sidewalk all the time. A couple retired cops up there told me the same thing: Unless they are asking the time or asking if they are walking toward or away from an address you know, don't engage with strangers on the street Period..
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/27/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||

#18  ...they cough on you!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||

#19  Rule of thumb in NYC:

don't make eye contact
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 16:53 Comments || Top||

#20  Maybe she wanted to be the first white Jesse Smollett.
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 17:25 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
China Builds Massive Spying Capacity in Africa
[Freebeacon] The Chinese government has established an unparalleled spying capacity in Africa by encouraging Chinese companies such as Huawei to construct government buildings across the continent, according to a recent report.

The report, published by the conservative Heritage Foundation, found that Chinese firms—many of which are state-owned or linked to the government—have built or renovated 186 government buildings in Africa. Many were constructed in the last two decades. Senior Policy Analyst Joshua Meservey, the report's author, said the buildings are "a likely vector for Chinese spying," given the Chinese government's history of using such buildings to spy on its inhabitants.

"Beijing may have better surveillance access to Africa than anywhere else in the world," the report reads. "The Chinese government could use the information it harvests to advantage its companies competing against American and other firms, glean insights into U.S. security assistance and counterterrorism programs, and recruit or influence senior African government officials."

The report comes at a time of heightened U.S. interest in China’s activities in Africa, where the communist regime has undertaken hundreds of infrastructure projects in a bid for influence. The U.S.-China Economy and Security Review Commission—a bipartisan body sanctioned by Congress to research China-related issues—held a full-day hearing earlier this month to evaluate China’s strategic aims in Africa.

"The Chinese development model [in Africa] often serves to enrich the PRC and expand its perceived sphere of influence," Christopher Maloney, a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development, said during the hearing.

Concerns about China-built government buildings first surfaced in 2018, after reports that the African Union headquarters' China-built databank was sending all of its stored information to a Shanghai server every evening. The database was built by Huawei, a federally indicted Chinese tech giant widely accused of acting as a Trojan horse for Chinese spying.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  To spy on zebras?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:23 Comments || Top||

Thousands of Chinese Troops Flood Border with India as Tensions Rise
[Breitbart] Up to 5,000 Chinese troops are now massed along the disputed Ladakh border with India, and according to Indian officials, not all of them are staying on China’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Tensions along the border have grown steadily over the past three weeks, following the latest in a bizarre series of fistfights and rock-throwing incidents between Indian and Chinese soldiers.

Indian media outlets have a habit of describing the opposing troops as "eyeball-to-eyeball" in key locations along the LAC, a phrase that captures both their proximity to each other and the amount of angry glaring each side is directing at the other. The Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday:
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2020 03:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Classical pattern.
Screw big: economic conflicts with the rest of the World topped by CV19, start a war to distract the hoi polloi.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 4:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Not too many war brides to be found in the Himalayas.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  And the kicker, throwing rocks at each other. I remember the Chi Coms pulling this crap after the Vietnam war. The NVA kicked their butts.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:32 Comments || Top||

#4  A short, victorious war.... uh-huh
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/27/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

Scale-up battle preparedness, #Xi tells #Chinese military

Xi, 66 who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/27/2020 01:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Empress Wu rides again.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:07 Comments || Top||

#2  These guys must be really desperate.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/27/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Desperate people do crazy stuff, Mike.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/27/2020 16:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Another indication to me that things are much worse in China vis-a-vis the WuFlu than China is admitting. Distract, distract, distract.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/27/2020 19:47 Comments || Top||

#5  /\ Kind of like what the media does here.
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 21:42 Comments || Top||

Youtube Just ADMITTED To Censoring People Who Insult The Chinese Communist Party

Not surprised. Now do Facebook.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Unregistered foreign agents?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump will monitor the situation.

So no worries.
Posted by: charger || 05/27/2020 14:20 Comments || Top||

Trump slashes cost of insulin for Medicare enrollees to $35 a month
[NYPost] President Trump on Tuesday will announce a prescription plan drastically reducing the cost of insulin for American seniors who rely on Medicare.

The deal struck with the nation’s insulin manufacturers and health care providers will limit the co-pay for a month’s supply of insulin to $35 — a 66 percent reduction to current costs, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said.

The initiative will apply to the 1 in 3 Medicare enrollees who have diabetes, which is approximately 3 million people.

The plan, effective from January 2021, will save seniors approximately 56 percent or an average of $446 each year in insulin co-pays, said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
But is this a cut in total price or just the out-of-pocket cost to patients, a larger balance now being picked up by the government? Either way, the announcement will get the attention of older voters...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 10:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The cost of insulin has been outrageous for years. When you can buy some for your dog for $15, something along the way broke... badly.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/27/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Three cheers for the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical-industrial complex!
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 14:26 Comments || Top||

#3  NYT headline: "Trump Encourages Obesity!"
Posted by: charger || 05/27/2020 14:36 Comments || Top||

U.S. mortgage applications rise for sixth straight week
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. applications for home mortgages jumped last week, in a sixth straight weekly increase, suggesting the housing market could lead the economy’s recovery from the novel coronavirus crisis even as high unemployment is expected to linger.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said on Wednesday its seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 8.6% from a week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the index rose 7.4% from the prior week and was 9% higher compared to the same week a year ago. It was the sixth consecutive weekly gain and a 54% surge since early April.

"The home purchase market continued its path to recovery as various states reopen, leading to more buyers resuming their home search," said Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting. "The purchase loan amount has increased steadily in recent weeks and is now at its highest level since mid-March."

The sustained gains in mortgage applications suggest a jump in first-time buyers of both new and previously owned homes in April was probably not a fluke. Homebuilder sentiment also improved in May.

The housing market has a giant footprint on the economy, which contracted at its deepest pace in the first quarter since the Great Recession and lost at least 21.4 million jobs in March and April as states and local governments took drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. Rising demand for home loans offers hope the economic slump is close to bottoming as businesses reopen.

"While there could remain downward pressures on housing demand overall this year from still-high unemployment, we would not be surprised to see a potential overshoot of pre-COVID level of housing demand if temporarily postponed activity resumes in the coming months," said Veronica Clark, an economist at Citigroup in New York.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 08:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting. We haven't see a D.C. increase in appraisal request. Yet.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Lockdowns ending.
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||

#3  how much is refi
Posted by: lord garth || 05/27/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Shoving money at factories is a much better use of debt than inflating the core inflation and raising the cost of living.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/27/2020 12:54 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Dems' Nov. Nightmare: Obama Economic Advisor predicts
[Politico] In early April, Jason Furman, a top economist in the Obama administration and now a professor at Harvard, was speaking via Zoom to a large bipartisan group of top officials from both parties. The economy had just been shut down, unemployment was spiking and some policymakers were predicting an era worse than the Great Depression. The economic carnage seemed likely to doom President Donald Trump’s chances at reelection.

Furman, tapped to give the opening presentation, looked into his screen of poorly lit boxes of frightened wonks and made a startling claim.

“We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” he said.

The former Cabinet secretaries and Federal Reserve chairs in the Zoom boxes were confused, though some of the Republicans may have been newly relieved and some of the Democrats suddenly concerned.

“Everyone looked puzzled and thought I had misspoken,” Furman said in an interview. Instead of forecasting a prolonged Depression-level economic catastrophe, Furman laid out a detailed case for why the months preceding the November election could offer Trump the chance to brag — truthfully — about the most explosive monthly employment numbers and gross domestic product growth ever.
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They'll just have to risk losing their elected politicians by extending the lockdown, I suppose.
Posted by: gorb || 05/27/2020 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't recovery after plague (or war) is a well establish historical pattern?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 3:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Unless you are California.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 4:15 Comments || Top||

#4  A similar article has the professor pointing out that US local economies sharply rebound after natural disasters, and thus believes the current situation cannot be compared to the Great Depression, whose cause is fundamentally different.

The issue I see is that the economy is usually rapidly restored in sync with power and water restoration. The democrats holding back recovery are hoping their stalled economies will pull down the country with it.

I liked what one twitter said from someone Whose name I forget: She hoped that the citizens in the dem-retarded states suffer so much from voting democrat that they’ll not vote for them for a generation.

I was worried about them, but no longer: amazing what a different take can do for one’s attitude.
Posted by: Ptah || 05/27/2020 6:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Comment from blogger 'EastStreet' at Weasel Zippers:

Hey Demtards, despite your most villainous efforts, the US economy will rebound to pre-COVID hoax levels, President Trump will be re-elected in an historic landslide and once again a Republican will free the slaves from their demtard masters. That's if we Patriots don't resort to armed insurrection in blue States first.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 6:18 Comments || Top||

#6  If he thinks this amounts to a democrat nightmare, wait until he has a sit down with the actual candidate.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/27/2020 13:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Localism isn't much help to Californians. Pomade Boy's absurd lockdowns are perpetuated and made even worse by the crazy provision that allows each local county health commissioner to act as sole decision-maker about what/when to open, with zero review by anyone, with nothing at all in the way of public approval or even comment.

Top this off with Pomade Boy's extraordinary new debt burden of $54 billion and you have the final transformation of California into a neo-feudal society with a heavy flavor of Mexican- or Latin-American style oligarchy and corruption.
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#8  I just hope the rah-rah about the economy isn't misguided. Besides, think of this guy's title, "Obama Economic Advisor".

Like HE'S one to talk!
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 14:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Besides, think of this guy's title, "Obama Economic Advisor".

That's the first thought that entered my head.
Posted by: charger || 05/27/2020 14:32 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Frank G || 05/27/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||

Israel is opening: The latest COVID-19 restrictions and how to keep them
[Jpost] The country’s coronavirus restrictions are lifting fast, leaving the public with many questions regarding what can be done, when and how.

"We received a lot of joyful news today," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Tuesday night as the government approved lifting more coronavirus regulations. "Drink a cup of coffee and a beer too," he encouraged. "Go out and make a living."

But the prime minister also said that the Health Ministry was closely monitoring the coronavirus spread to ensure that the number of active coronavirus cases in Israel did not rise too quickly as restrictions were lifted. In the 24 hours between May 25 and 26, some 32 new people were diagnosed with the virus - the highest number in at least a week. Moreover, the number of intubated cases increased by four people, topping 30 for the first time this week.

The following are the latest set of coronavirus restrictions, according to the Health Ministry:
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 03:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

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Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America's rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 04:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now do the same for USA Deep state.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 4:52 Comments || Top||

#2  ...four more years with Trump might do that.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  And those choices are grim They include cannibalism, rat battles and infanticide..

I remember a study around 1970 published in Reader's Digest. Same findings. The critters get absolutely brutal.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Is this all there is for the Coronavirus Roundup?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/27/2020 8:26 Comments || Top||

#5  King Rat
Posted by: Clem || 05/27/2020 8:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America's Democrats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 05/27/2020 8:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Surprised to see that was carried by NBC; seems like a breach in professional courtesy.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 05/27/2020 9:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Is this all there is for the Coronavirus Roundup?

We have a few articles under Signs, Portents and the Weather, Bobby. And a few others scattered under other categories. But although it is still expanding in Russia, Hispanic America, and Africa, most of the news is about countries reopening, which will soon be subsumed in returns to the status quo — except for China trying to take advantage of the situation at home and abroad. The dashboard the Israeli lad has been maintaining shows total world numbers up a scant 1%, matched by Workdometers logarithmic graphs flattening.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/27/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||

Hundreds of young Americans have now been killed by the coronavirus, data shows
[WashingtonPost] He also was among at least 759 people under age 50 across the United States who have perished amid the deepening pandemic, according to a Washington Post analysis of state data. These deaths underscore the tragic fact that while the novel coronavirus might be most threatening to the old and compromised, no one is immune.

For the very young — people under the age of 20 — death is extremely rare in the current pandemic. But it happens: The Post identified nine such cases.

The risk appears to rise with every decade of age. The Post found at least 45 deaths among people in their 20s, at least 190 deaths among people in their 30s, and at least 413 deaths among people in their 40s.

Determining a precise number for each category is difficult because of the divergent ways states present age groups.

Shawn Evans, attending emergency physician and director of resuscitation at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, said the vast majority of young people who contract the disease fare well and recover. But for a minority, it appears to cause a unique change in the blood’s oxygen-carrying hemoglobin cells.

“Young people who are otherwise fit can tolerate this longer, but at the expense of their heart and their pulmonary functions,” said Evans, who likened some of the symptoms in younger people to prolonged carbon monoxide exposure.

He said younger patients he has seen tend to come in later, after battling the disease at home for longer. But for those who take a tragic turn, it often happens quickly.

“When they do deteriorate, they do so much more dramatically,” he said.

In those cases, Evans said, the lack of oxygen makes the right side of the heart work extra hard, which leads to pulmonary hypertension. “The lungs clamp down. They can’t get blood flow into the lungs.”

What has profoundly struck Evans and his colleagues is the seeming randomness of the type of young people who are unable to fight off the disease.

“A very fit 30-year-old triathlete is just as vulnerable as a chess-playing 45-year-old who gets no exercise,” he said. “We just don’t know who it is that this virus carries the master key to.”

Jean-Laurent Casanova, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and physician at Rockefeller University Hospital, suspects vulnerability to the virus among some young people may be partly encoded in their DNA.

For more than two decades, Casanova has studied “inborn errors of immunity,” or genetic conditions that make people susceptible to certain diseases. These conditions — often caused by a single mutation in a single gene — can hinder the immune system’s response to a particular virus or bacteria, explaining why a subset of seemingly healthy young people get extremely sick.

In 2015, his lab discovered a toddler with a life-threatening case of influenza had a mutation in the gene that codes for a specific type of immune protein that warns cells of an attack. When the researchers genetically engineered mice to have that same mutation, they found the mice were significantly more vulnerable to the virus.

Now, Casanova is collecting genetic material from young people in more than 100 countries who have fallen severely ill with the coronavirus. His hope is that the genomes will reveal “candidate” mutations that might explain susceptibility to the virus.

“Step one is to understand,” Casanova said. But if he can identify a mutation and test it in the lab, “step two is: How can you prevent it, how can you fix it?”

Illnesses caused by inborn errors of immunity are helpful for understanding the behavior of a virus, he said, because they are “clean cases,” uncomplicated by age or underlying conditions. And they can often provide clues in the search for a cure.

For example, Casanova has found people are more susceptible to tuberculosis when they have a pair of mutations that cause low levels of gamma interferon, a protein that fights the genus of bacteria that causes TB. Fortunately, he said, gamma interferon has been available as a drug for more than 30 years, making it a promising potential treatment for the disease.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/27/2020 03:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just in case you young'uns were feeling indestructible.

Please compare to deaths by suicide, murder, and vehicular slaughter and other accidents, thank you.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/27/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't forget drugs, Bobby, oh and guns in Chicago, Philly and St. Louis.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/27/2020 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Anyone under 50 is now considered young? Anything for clickbait I guess.

The real news is that with the number of covid-19 deaths in the u.s. approaching 100,000 only 759 are less than 50 years old.
Posted by: Martin Angeang2170 || 05/27/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  What does the CDC say?
Here's data taken from their own website:

Deaths for US Children ages 0-17 - CDC data:
Influenza, 2017-18 Season: 643
Influenza, 2018-19 Season: 480
COVID-19, 2019-5/26/2020:.....0
Posted by: Lex || 05/27/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Couple more chips on If So Bad, Why Shady Reporting? venn circle.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/27/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Ah, so they've dusted off the "chillllderrrunnn" trope.

I was wondering when they'd get around to that.
Posted by: charger || 05/27/2020 14:30 Comments || Top||

#7  So does the CDC also list the number of kids killed in traffic accidents from the same time last year and this year?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/27/2020 15:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Take note of the source
Posted by: Dopey Thaiter8666 || 05/27/2020 20:09 Comments || Top||

NSA's phone-tracking program is FAR more extensive than anyone knew
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] ...says investigative journalist who exposed classified documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden
  • Ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden shared thousands of classified documents about US surveillance programs with journalist Barton Gellman in 2013

  • One of those documents revealed that the NSA was tracking phone calls made by Americans inside the US

  • In an excerpt from his new book, Dark Mirror, Gellman lays out how the tool at the heart of the program works in unprecedented detail

  • The tool, Mainway, secretly scoured billions of phone records a day for years

  • It cultivated a database that was 'preconfigured to map anyone's life at the touch of a button', Gellman writes

  • The program was scaled back significantly in the wake of the Snowden leak, but a more restrained version is still in effect today

  • Though the NSA insists that the database is only used to investigate terrorists, Gellman raises concerns about how easily it could be abused
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/27/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is a displacement exercise to distract us from the fact that we don't really have intelligence agencies that actually fight external enemies.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/27/2020 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Such as events in Wuhan, China over the past 10-15 years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/27/2020 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Snowy nails it.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/27/2020 9:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Snowy, It's an establishment protection agency.

It's not to protect you, your liberty terrifies them.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/27/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||

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