One of the weirder news stories I have read in a long time: Carnival Cruise Lines kicked off a passenger scheduled to given a speech on a cruise on suspicion that he was going to commit an act of terror on the ship.
The bizarre case involves a neurosurgeon from Tennessee who is named Dr. Kruse (I'm not making this up). Jack Kruse is also a popular motivational speaker. He was suppose to speak on May 7th as part of the 5th annual "Low-Carb Cruise".
Police became suspicious of Kruse due to a tweet posted May 6. It read security confiscated dynamite. talk won't be as explosive as one at PaleoFx. still have vial of Legionnaires for epic biohack. #lccruise12. The tweet appeared to come from Jack Kruse. Later it was discovered the tweet was posted by an imposter.
Carnival was also informed by a caller who told them a doctor on board was planning to perform a "viral bio hack" aboard the ship.
Before he could sail on May 6 out of Galveston, Dr. Kruse's cabin was searched and he was interrogated by Galveston police, Homeland Security, the FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard. Then ship security removed his luggage and escorted him to the by then empty pier.
"Since the safety and well-being of my guests and crew is my number one priority, every security threat is taken seriously and fully investigated," Cutugno wrote. "It is for this reason that I felt it was in the best interest of all my guests to err on the side of caution and not allow him to set sail as planned."
Since returning home, Kruse says he's been in contact with the FBI agent who began the investigation.
"And he goes, 'we take this very seriously. This carries a 15 to 20 year sentence," Kruse added.
"It's amazing, the power of a tweet," he said. A physician I know staying in a cabin in Yellowstone National Park with his wife & children, about 30 years ago, was raided by the FBI one night on the suspicion he was a wanted felon. The cabin was ransacked, everyone lined up outside, he put on the ground & searched, the whole thing. He did resemble the wanted man. He told me this himself. The FBI didn't believe his story until they called the hospital director back home (in the middle of the night) to verify his credentials. At first the director thought he was being hoaxed.
I expect baseless accusations combined with the anonymity of social media and identity theft will become a popular form of entertainment for those so inclined to mischief, vengeance, paranoia, postpone a final exam, etc. A flood of baseless accusations would at some point overwhelm investigators and could possibly serve as a smoke screen for a real terror attack.
A physician I know staying in a cabin in Yellowstone National Park with his wife & children, about 30 years ago, was raided by the FBI one night on the suspicion he was a wanted felon.
I believe one of the first recorded incidents of mistaken identity by the FBI took place in a April 1934 botched, FBI Dillinger raid near the Little Bohemia Lodge on Highway 51 in Manitowish Waters, WI. A car load of innocent locals was ambushed leaving at least one man dead. Many other botched FBI raids were to follow, which should indicated law enforcement at the local level is better left to local law enforcement. Just my humble opinion.
[An Nahar] The British town of Sandwich will Sunday stage a dramatic re-enactment of the moment when the town's earl was said to have invented the sandwich, to mark the 250th anniversary of the bread-based meal.
Dressed in 18th-century costume, actors will recreate the night when the John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich -- a rapacious card-player -- "called for a slice of beef between two toasted pieces of bread so that he could carry on gaming uninterrupted", said a website for the event.
Legend states that others began asking for "the same as Sandwich!" and thus named what was to become a classic foodstuff.
The southeastern English port town is also holding a sandwich-making competition and concerts of the "bawdy and lively tunes" favored by the earl, who also had a "penchant for dressing in Turkish robes", the website said.
The current earl will host a huge sandwich lunch in tribute to "the fourth earl of Sandwich who, 250 years ago, had his masterly inspiration in creating the universal fast food the world knows and loves," a poster said.
Historians are sceptical of the claim that the earl actually invented the sandwich, arguing it belongs to a long line of bread-based snacks stretching back much further than the 18th century, but this has not stopped the town from celebrating its local hero. Every schoolboy knows, or should know, that the 'sandwich' was actually invented by the Earl of Shrewsbury. At this very moment I am in the process of eating a tuna salad shrewsbury. And for breakfast I'll probably have a bacon, egg, and cheese shrewsbury.
Woddy Allen explains it in "How to end with culture":
The sandwich was invented by the John Sandwich. His first try was a slice of bread between two slices of veal. Commercially lay it was an abject failure. Second version was three slices of bread: it got good critics but sales were just so-so and he ran in finanacial trouble so he had to use turkey because it was cheaper. THen after weekd of intense invetigations and experimenting, many sleepless nights and drastic cuts in his household expenses he came upon the winning formual: a slice of turkey between two slices of bread. This was an instant success, he was charged to provide the buffet for the Royal Jubilee and it success led the king to grant him the title of Count.
[Al Ahram] Millions of Egyptians were glued to their sofas until early Friday morning, watching the first televised presidential debate between frontrunners Jerry Lewis doppelgänger Amr Moussa ... who was head of the Arab League for approximately two normal lifespans, accomplishing nothing that was obvious to the casual observer ... and Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh. Prior to the debate journalist Hafez El-Merazi, ONTV anchor Reem Maged, Dream TV anchor Amr Khafaga and MP and columnist Amr Shobaki hosted a show outlining the rules of the debate. They also compared different US and French presidential debates.
The debate was divided into two parts, each consisting of 12 questions. The first half was hosted by TV presenter Mona El-Shazli. The first part discussed the constitution, executive authorities, the economy, preferred systems of taxation and campaign financing. But ultimately, the over four-hour long debate returned time and again to two hotly debated topics: religion and the former regime.
Abul-Fotouh, a former leading figure in the Moslem Brüderbund, attempted to capitalise on Moussa's past position as foreign minister in Mubarak's government in the late 90s. Moussa fired back, portraying Abul-Fotouh as beholden to the Brotherhood and other Islamist forces.
Each candidate was posed 24 questions with two minutes to respond. At the end of each question, the two candidates were given a few minutes for their rebuttals, sparking a war of words.
Felul or Brotherhood
Moussa asked the first question: "You visited the Abbasiya sit-in and led one of the protests; then, one day later, you described the same protests as inappropriate. They really are inappropriate and chaotic, but why the contradictory stance?"
Abul-Fotouh stated that there was no contradiction, explaining that he took part in a peaceful march in solidarity with ten Egyptians who bit the dust because the ruling military council failed to protect them.
He then shot back, asking Moussa the expected question: "I'd like to ask Mr Amr Moussa, as a member of the past regime...that people revolted against, if can he become part of the solution?"
Distancing himself from Mubarak, Moussa firmly stated that the regime fell with its men on 11 February, and he was not one of them. He then turned the table on Abul-Fotouh, accusing him of still being a member of the Brotherhood, and charging that his opposition to the former regime is founded on narrow Brotherhood interests -- not Egypt's.
When it came to questions regarding healthcare, pensions, economic policies, a new constitution, the Islamist candidate offered more specific responses than the ex-diplomat, sticking to his programme and often referring to facts and figures. Moussa spoke broadly, at times answering questions with questions. This, however, was not allowed, as well-known television anchor and moderator Yusri Fouda made clear.
Islamist or Secularist
In one of his questions, Moussa asked Abul-Fotouh: "You once said in a televised interview that Moslems can convert to Christianity and vice versa... is this still your position?"
Abul-Fotouh, taken aback, waffled at first and then stressed the importance of freedom of belief and of a moderate understanding of Islam. He, however, fought back and attempted to corner Moussa and paint him as too secular.
Moussa was twice asked: "What do you mean by the general principles of Sharia?" After equivocating, the one-time Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... chief insisted that the general principles of Islamic Sharia law, as they existed in the 1971 constitution, should be applied.
"We want to know your vision about applying Sharia law, especially as you are now backed by radical Islamist groups; and in politics nothing is for free, there must be a deal and we need to know," Moussa shot back.
Iran an Arab country
The highlight of the show was when Moussa described Iran as an Arab country.
[An Nahar] Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq's campaign boasted on Saturday that the former air force chief had shot down two Israeli planes during war, as it dismissed accusations of corruption.
Shafiq, former president Hosni Mubarak's ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... last prime minister before an uprising toppled the dictator last year, claimed to have downed the planes during the War of Attrition which Egypt declared between 1969 and 1970.
"General Ahmed Shafiq has a great military record and career," his campaign statement said.
"Everyone recognized his achievements, starting with the downing of two Israeli planes during the War of Attrition, when the member of parliament (who accused Shafiq of corruption) was may be three years old," it said.
Lawmaker Essam Soltan had accused Shafiq of selling land at below market price to Mubarak's sons, who face trial with their father on corruption charges.
The Mexican presidential campaign week began with at least international press atwitter about the appearance of Playboy Playmate Julia Orayen who appeared on stage just prior to the start to hand out placards to determine the order of debate of the candidates for all of 15 seconds.
Her appearance reportedly set off a trending topic on Twitter ranging between 3rd and 4th of all topics.
This writer watched trending topics as well following the debate, but did not notice Ms. Orayen's name or references to her in any trending topic during the date, but it was hard to miss her the following day as international press wire claims, absurdly, that the model stole the show.
And of course without missing a beat, feminist sympathizers tried to write the appearance off as the "hyper-sexualization of Mexican women." This writer missed something because what I saw was a willing young woman dressed in revealing clothing. I was not under the impression her arm was twisted to make the appearance, nor she had stolen anything but a few glances.
The rest of the political week was spent with the respective camps spinning their candidate reactions to questions posed by Mexican citizens and to responses.
Last Wednesday, the camp of Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Pieto responded to leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the charge of almost MX $1 billion (USD $73,782,800) spent by Pena Nieto of self promotion in his first year as governor of Mexico state. The response was a countercharge that while head of government of Distrito Federal, Lopez Obrador himself spent MX $674,125 (USD $49,729,607) between December 2000 and June 2005 on personal communications.
Lopez Obrador responded to Mexican journalist Aristegui Carmen in a radio interview that his administration spent less than MX $1 billion during his tenure.
In 2001 MX $148 million (USD $10,919,854.40).
In 2002, MX $149 million (USD $10,993,637.20)
In 2003, MX $72.9 million (USD $5,378,766.12).
In 2004, MX $92.2 millones (USD $6,802,774.16).
In 2005, MX $93.3 million (USD $6,883,935.24).
He added that if the PRI figures are true he will renounce his candidacy, adding Pena Nieto should renounce his because Lopez Obrador's figures are correct.
Meanwhile, Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota promise while in Guerrero state Wednesday that she will press for as parental responsibility law that will provide for monetary child support for unwed mothers.
Vazquez Mota spent the days following the debate dodging charges during a radio interview/talk program called Third Degree, in which she was questioned about the inclusion of Juan Molinar in her campaign. The subtext of the question was her support for families in such proposals as the parental responsibility law is in contrast to the inclusion of Molinar in her campaign.
Molinar is a PAN politician who was president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa's director of Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, or Mexico's Social Security agency when the ABC daycare fire took place in Hermosillo, Sonora. That fire took the lives of 49 children, most of them under the age of four. Molinar resigned from IMSS as a result of the investigation.
Vazquez Mota weakly told the panel that the inclusion of Molinar was not her idea. She shifted the blame to PAN president Gustavo Madero Munoz. Madero has not responded to the interview to date.
In the last part of the week,responding to polls which now place her in third place behind Lopez Obrador, she attacked her next rival, Gabriel Quadri as being a part of s system that allows " education chiefdoms" as she put it, which she vowed to end as president. Quadri's party, Partido Nueva Alianza (PANAL) founder is teacher's union president Elba Esther Gordillo.
The most harrowing experience of the week for a Mexican presidential candidate has to go to Pena Nieto who went to the Universidad Iberoamericana Thursday to give a talk to students.
In a posting to its website, El Sol de Mexico reported that Pena Nieto managed to "...overcome questions about his relationship with former President of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, the leader of the teachers union, Esther Gordillo, and his management as governor of the State of Mexico."
The actual exchange was much, much worse than that, because Pena Nieto faced a raucous and unhappy crowd of students who continually hammered Pena Nieto for his actions in the earliest weeks of his administration in Mexico state in 2006.
Students shouted "murderer" at the PRI candidate, referring to the two protesters who were killed by Pena Nieto's security forces in an action to end a blockade that was started to stop a new airport project from beginning. The issue was land expropriation by the state government, which would have presumably placed several local flower vendors out of business.
The engagement was so out of control that PRI president Pedro Coldwell suggested that the incident be investigated. Universidad Iberoamericana is Vazquez Mota's alma mater.
The big question coming out of that is why Pena Nieto would walk into such a firestorm in the first place. The answer may well lie in the one area that both PAN and PRI agree on, law and order.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political new for Rantburg.com
Russia is testing Italy's Centauro wheeled tank and considering building it under license, a representative of the Oto-Melara company which makes the tank said on Saturday. When the trials are complete at the end of this year, Russia will consider creating a joint venture for production of the tank with an enterprise from the Russian military-industrial complex, he said.
Russian truck maker Kamaz in Naberezhny Chelny could be involved in the deal, according to a source in Russian arms sales holding Rosoboronexport. Commenting on the report that Russia is considering building Centauro tanks under license, Yury Borisov, first deputy head of the military-industrial commission, said Russia will only buy foreign weapon models on a one-off basis to study the manufacturing technology and then set up its own production.
A number of military experts earlier said licensed production of those machines in Russia is unlikely. Russia signed a deal with Italy in December for the semi-knocked down assembly of 60 Lynx light multirole armored vehicles (LMV) from Iveco.
Italy already has 400 Centauros in service. The 24 ton tank has a four-man crew, top speed of 100 km/h (60 mph) and range of 800 km (500 miles). It has a main gun and two 7.62 mm machineguns.
It's a TD, not a tank. Armor is good against up to 14.5mm rounds and 25mm on the front. Bolt-on armor is available.
Problem with TDs, mobile guns, SPs, etc, is that when a commander needs tanks, anything bigger than a VW Bug gets hauled in if he doesn't have the real thing on hand. A characteristic of non-tanks is lack of serious armor....
In WW II, US TDs worked best in the defensive role, being unnoticed by not moving until giving away their position by shooting at German armor. Then they'd scoot to an alternate firing position.
Terrible thing to use them in the offensive role. Churchill, referring to a big--for the time--gun US TD said it can prevail by "speed and cunning tactics", which is to say, we have more when we run out of these.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey ||
Italian tracked-vehicles have always had a nice reputation. ;-)
In an unguarded moment in 2007, the man anointed to take over next year as the helmsman of the world's second-largest economy revealed his doubts about China's economic growth statistics.
The country's official gross domestic product figures are "man-made" and therefore unreliable, Li Keqiang told the US ambassador at the time, adding with a smile that he regarded them as being "for reference only".
Man-made in the same way statistics from the Soviet Union were always man-made -- that is, phony. Our CIA believed the Soviets then and apparently believe the Chinese today. Problem is we don't have a modern Daniel Patrick Moynihan to call attention to the stupidity.
When evaluating the speed of economic growth Mr Li, who is expected formally to replace Wen Jiabao as China's Premier next March, said he focused instead on three sets of data -- electricity consumption, rail cargo volumes and disbursement of bank loans.
If Mr Li's assessment is correct the Chinese economy is in a lot more trouble than headline GDP figures have indicated until now.
Less closely watched economic data released in recent days, including figures for electricity, rail cargo and bank loans, have all shown a steep drop in activity that appears to have caught policymakers by surprise.
From Beijing...typical view. Banks don't loan. They only loan to big companies. The private loan market (read: informal borrowing) is the only way to get cash for expansion, and it's fraught with difficulty (obviously). Until they fix the banks, this problem won't go away. They won't fix the banks because then all the state-owned enterprises (read: GM) will go out of business.
Beijing rediscovers its Mackindrian + Mahanist roots???
ARTIC > China imports over 1/2 of its domestic fuel supplies as local wells + fields are not up to task. CHINA'S "ACHILLES HEEL"?, as a number of Perts + Bloggers fear that the US-West may use Nukes + "fracking" as MIL, GEOPOL WEAPON = TECTONIC/GEOLOGIC/GEOPHYSICAL WARFARE???
Intehwesting - SPECOPS/COMMANDOS/SAPPERS deployed on COVERT EARTH/NATURAL SCIENCE MISSIONS during wartime.
[Dawn] Top crude exporter Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... wants an oil price of around $100 a barrel and would like to see global inventories rise before demand picks up in the second half of the year, Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said on Sunday.
International Brent crude settled at $112.26 on Friday, well off a peak of over $128 in March. Brent has mostly traded above $100 since early 2011, keeping fuel costs high and threatening to damage a fragile global economy.
"We want a price around $100, that's what we want," Naimi told news hounds ahead of an industry event in Australia. "A $100 price is great."
Saudi Arabia is working at bringing Brent crude prices to that level, he added. The kingdom, OPEC's biggest producer, said it pumped 10.1 million bpd in April, its highest for more than 30 years, as it bid to meet growing demand and curb oil prices.
Prices have stayed high in 2012 due to concern about disruption to global supply from US and European sanctions aimed at hurting Iran's crude export revenues and forcing Tehran to halt its nuclear programme.
Naimi said last week that producers were pumping enough to deal with the impact of the sanctions on the oil market.
He reiterated on Sunday that producers were pumping 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1.5 million bpd above demand, which is helping to build inventory.
I think they realize that $200 a barrel would result in lower revenues. People in some places wouldn't be able to afford petroleum products at $200 a barrel and the reduction in consumption would more than offset the increase in price. At $200/bbl their revenue would likely see a net decline.
What we need to do is just keep burning as much oil as we can now that we know we are awash in oil. Use all of theirs up. Once their oil is gone, they can go back to driving camels from oasis to oasis across the desert.
Sure. But they will have used the substantial power they have until then, often to our detriment.
Of course. I would expect we would return the favor in spades. There are organizations that have been keeping score, the databases grow, the drive arrays get bigger.
What amazes me, is there haven't been as many 'accidents' or mysterious deaths as I would expect at this juncture. They'll come though...eventually.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man ||
Offer $50, watch them panic, all those "Princes" will be cut off flat.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
Sure they do. It makes the math a lot easier. Just add two zeroes to every barrel you sell and you figure out your sales revenues.
Posted by: American Delight ||
All oilmen probably understand that at $200 per barrel, CNG becomes the automobile fuel of choice, nuking oil demand and then some. As an automotive fuel, CNG's GGE measure is 1/4 less efficient than gasoline. In other words, GGE to gasoline parity at a current gasoline price of $3.50 (corresponding to $112 Brent crude) would mean a GGE price of $2.60 (meaning a home natural gas price of $1.80/therm). Home natural gas prices are now $1/therm, including delivery charges. Bottom line? At $200 per barrel, the gasoline component of oil demand will collapse to nothing.
The group that allegedly smashed up a Portland church hopes its "small act of vengeance will strike fear into the hearts of" Christian leaders who teach traditional sexual morality, according to an e-mail message the group released to the public.
Two versions send to different media outlets, the longer of which names names.
A group calling itself "Angry Queers" has claimed responsibility for throwing baseball-sized rocks through nine church windows in Portland's Mars Hill Church, including two 100-year-old stained glass panes.
Neither media outlet reported the message's invocations of violence against traditional Christians, which appeared in both versions
The "brand of Christianity" taught by Mark Driscoll, pastor of the largest Mars Hill Church in Seattle, "crusades against the 'feminization' of Jesus," the e-mail stated. "We angry queers are not fans of Jesus, but we have a problem with anyone who has a problem with femmes."
The e-mail, which is peppered with foul language, berates the Q Center, a local LGBT activist organization, for engaging in a dialogue with the Mars Hill's leadership. "What we have to say to the Q Center is this: F--K YOU, you don't represent us. You are disgusting traitors who prioritize social peace and the bourgeois aspirations of rich white cis gay people over the more pressing survival needs of more marginalized queers."
"F--k dialog with people who want us dead," the e-mail read. "The only dialog we need with scum like Mars Hill is hammers through their windows."
"We hope this small act of vengeance will strike some fear into the hearts of all of Mars Hill's pastors, and warm the hearts of our friends and comrades (known or unknown). It may not get better, but we can certainly get even," it concludes.
Neither media outlet reported the message's invocations of violence against traditional Christians, which appeared in both versions.
The long form of the e-mail has also appeared on several left-wing websites in the area.
Bigotry against Christians has very nearly reached critical mass the left needs to attack them in an outright manner.
The distance from incidents like this to murder, mayhem, and a government that will look the other way or possibly abet these guys by disenfranchising Christians is a half of an eigth of a baby step.
I've been warning that this was coming for years. We are finally arrived at this point. Look for a lot more of these intimidation tactics in the runup to the election, and for a storm of them if Obama happens to lose.
Posted by: no mo uro ||
The crazy left doesn't seem to understand that Christians basing their opinions on their beliefs are not the same as a group of folks coming up with a party platform (or how to disguise said platform from masses who would be appalled if they knew). The Christians are far less lokiely to change their opinion and in fact this violent nonsense probably reenforfes it.
Besides which, Southern Baptists and Catholics make up a very large percentage of the military, and the private firearm owners in this country. 00 buckshot tends to slowdown those trying to damage a church. And attacking a church because it is a particular denomination is a Federal and state hate crime, giving those that choose to protect the church some great legal cover.
sure they attack the Church because christians are non violent
Not for much longer. My Pastor has been talking about the rising bigotry and attacks on Christians for some time. And I know that other acquaintances that attend other churches have said the same thing.
You will soon see a reemergence of militant Christianity, and we will not roll over. These crap stains won't know what hit them when the backlash comes.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man ||
I am not a christian, but believe fully in any thug smashing property to make a bigoted, political point needs a bullet through the brain.
In America, we don't hang homosexuals like they do in Iran.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
A preacher once said that the gay mind set is a militant mind set. He also defined "righteous indignation" as not what someone does to you, but what they are doing to those around you. When/if they start attacking Christians, expect Christians to unload both barrels at the perpetuators.
Christian scripture records several unfortunate events regarding God's judgment vs militant gays. That string of events won't be stopping any time soon.
[Dawn] The chairman of Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five... said the ruling mafia is taking its last breath and that the days are numbered for corrupt government officials.
Speaking to a women's gathering, he said that his party will bring back the nation's money that has been looted and saved abroad. "I have never surrendered to anyone and will never surrender in the future," said Imran khan.
The PTI chief further said that he will bring about unbiased accountability after coming to power. He announced that he will strive to give women all their rights and make sure that poor women will be provided legal assistance for their cases.
[Dawn] Pakistain Mohammedan League (N) will change the fate of Sindh by bringing progress and prosperity to its people. This was stated by PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... in a telephonic address to a gathering near Press club Thatta on Sunday.
He said that his party will eliminate the dacoit culture and bring peace and tranquility in Sindh. He called upon people to support his party for the betterment of the country.
PML-N Sindh President Syed Ghous Ali Shah said that all parties and people must respect the judiciary and accept its decisions. Earlier PML-N took out a rally from Edhi center, marched on national highway and gathered in front of press club Thatta.
The participants, led by Syed Ghous Ali Shah and Marvi Memon, carried banners and placards inscribed with party slogans. Other speakers included district president Abbas Attai and Apa Neelam Abbasi.