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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man Caught with Pants Down and an Armless Mannequin in Public Park
A man is behind bars for committing "lewd acts" with a mannequin in a public park Sunday morning.
"Offisher, I been gypped! Thish hooker ain't got no coozinart!"
According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, 61-year-old Eddie M. Campbell from Belle was caught at Booker T. Washington Memorial Park in Malden with his shirt off and his pants around his ankles.

Deputies say Campbell was sitting on a park bench with an armless mannequin on his lap, holding it with one hand -- pleasuring himself with the other. When the deputy identified himself, Campbell stopped, pushed the mannequin off him and pulled his pants up.
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Posted by: Beavis || 08/09/2010 11:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uh, uh, He really really REALLY R-E-A-L-L-Y
REEEEEEEAAAAAALLLLYYYYY REEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLYY LIKES SEXY SLINKY COUGARY KIM CATTRALL = "SEX IN THE CITY II"???

Gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 20:29 Comments || Top||

#2  "She wuzh comin' on t'me! You should arresht her!"

"Sorry, Charlie. We can't. No place to put the handcuffs! I guess we'll have to arrest you. After you put her in this plastic bag and carefully place her in the trunk of our cruiser over there."
Posted by: gorb || 08/09/2010 21:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Coming to an episode of COPS soon....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/09/2010 21:13 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Stephen Hawking: Abandon the Earth
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has some advice for the people of Earth - it's time to get off. "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," Hawking said to Big Think , a global forum that includes interviews with experts. "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load."

The physicist called humankind's survival "a question of touch and go" and referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963 as one time people narrowly avoided extinction. He also referred to the 22,600 stockpiled nuclear weapons, including 7,770 still operational, scattered around the planet.

If that doesn't drive us off, University of Sussex astrophysicist Dr. Robert Smith said global warming may reach a point "where all of Earth's water will simply evaporate." He said life will disappear on Earth long before the 7.6 billion years some say the aging sun will expand and destroy Earth.
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Posted by: Delphi || 08/09/2010 12:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [346 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
...Dr. Robert Smith said global warming may reach a point "where all of Earth's water will simply evaporate."

Moron.
Posted by: Parabellum || 08/09/2010 13:21 Comments || Top||

#2  So we can be the illegal aliens on some other planet?

Nice idea, Hawking, but you gotta develop the hardware first and you're gonna have a tough time doing that when all of our money is being spent for ObamaCare, Medicare, welfare, SEIU pension funds, etc.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 08/09/2010 13:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Earth First! (We'll screw up the other planets once we get there!)
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 08/09/2010 13:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Just remember, guys, Ark Ship 'B' should leave first.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/09/2010 13:51 Comments || Top||

#5  There is also the cosmic radiation danger unless man creates a warp drive or cryogenic freezing technology.

Did he really say 'warp drive'? Guy's been watching too much Star Trek. Why not just say 'jumpgate'?

And if we ever do 'leave earth' it might be like the first fish leaving the Ocean - we may not want to return to living at the bottom of a gravity well.

Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/09/2010 14:02 Comments || Top||

#6  I saw a video of an old Dr. Who episode, involving the creator of the Daleks, Davros. Except they put in a segment of Hawking, using his language generation to deliver Davros' lines.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 08/09/2010 14:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, if presented as a way to get rid of the Tea Partyites, you might get some traction along side of SEIU and the UAW at the Treasury trough. The 21st Century approach to kicking the ungrateful wretches and trouble makers out who'll leave on their own accord reducing opposition.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/09/2010 14:52 Comments || Top||

#8  Ark Ship 'B' should leave first


Wipe your own phones, please.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/09/2010 14:59 Comments || Top||

#9  D *** NG IT, wehell, IIUC MMGW = POTUS DUBYA = SUN is causing young 14-year old future Celebs like KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN JENNER to mature years early, thus of course the Earth + OWG clearly must attack + invade Alpha Centauri.

Which is INTEHWESTING becuz, technically speaking, the original SIRIUS EVENT occurred during the POTUS JOHNSON Admin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 19:50 Comments || Top||

#10  See also NEWS KERALA > COLONIZE SPACE OR FACE EXTINCTION: STEPHEN HAWKING.

HUMANITY + GREEN ORION BIKINI BABES will be saved once NASA-JPL + DARPA formally adopt that Guy from Guam's designs for "JETSONIAN" FLYING CARS, etc.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 21:55 Comments || Top||

#11  I know who the guy from Guam is...

Cerius, Lee, has NE JUAN seen Joe and STEVE N. HULKING in the same room?

TOGETHER!?
Posted by: Gabby || 08/09/2010 22:16 Comments || Top||


Russian man dies in searing heat at sauna contest
File under "Here, hold my vodka!"
[Arab News] A Russian man trying to win the Sauna World Championships died after collapsing with severe burns in the final stage of an event that required contestants to sit in a 230-degree (110 Celsius) room as water was tossed onto a searing stove, officials and witnesses said.

Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy, an amateur wrestler who was in his 60s, was pronounced dead late Saturday after he collapsed alongside reigning champion Timo Kaukonen of Finland roughly six minutes into the final round. Medical workers pulled both men out of the sauna in front of nearly 1,000 spectators in the southern Finnish town of Heinola.
Whadda ya get for second place?
Both were shaking and bleeding from what appeared to be severe burns, said Hakon Eikesdal, a photographer with the Norwegian daily Dagbladet.

Kaukonen, about 40, was hospitalized in stable condition Sunday, contest spokesman Ossi Arvela said.

The annual contest, which had over 130 participants from 15 countries, had been held since 1999. It will never be held again, Arvela said.

Half a liter (a pint) of water is added to the stove every 30 seconds and the last person to remain at the sauna is the winner.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IOW, these men broadly agreed to enter a contest where they were essentially COOKED ALIVE.

OOOOOOOOO, you just know TOM HANKS = "FORREST GUMP" has something to say.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep, JM, 'stupid is as stupid does.' There's a lot of that going around.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/09/2010 8:11 Comments || Top||


Brits break naked roller coaster riding record
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Green Scream, my ass. From the video, that could be the lamest roller coaster in the world.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/09/2010 3:39 Comments || Top||

#2  The 'scream' is because of all the stuff you see flopping around, not because of the speed of the roller coaster.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/09/2010 8:13 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Curse threats on 'No' MPs withdrawn
[The Nation (Nairobi)] The Meru council of elders has withdrawn threats to bestow a curse on two MPs from the region for opposing the new constitution.

The Njuri Ncheke held a meeting in the area during the referendum campaign period during which they warned Mr Silas Muriuki (Imenti North) and Mr Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) that they would face an unspecified curse if they did not switch to the 'Yes' camp.

But council secretary-general Phares Ruteere on Sunday said they had forgiven the MPs in the spirit of "reconciliation and unity of the community".

One of the MPs had, however, forwarded a complaint to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission for action to be taken against the council.

"It's true we received a complaint from one of the lawmakers and we want to see to it that both parties reconcile," said the commission chairman, Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia.

"The two MPs are our sons and they were only exercising their democratic rights when they said 'No' to the new laws.
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
KD 100 fine for eating in public
KUWAIT CITY, The Interior Ministry Saturday warned citizens and expatriates against eating or drinking in public during the fasting month of Ramadhan, due to commence in few days, because “it will be illegal and contradict Islamic teachings.”

Ministry spokesman Brigadier Mohammad Al-Sabr said any person seen eating or drinking publicly would be fined KD 100 ($347) and jailed for a maximum of one month or one of these penalties. Al-Sabr also called on shops and restaurants to abide by the law or face closure.
Posted by: tipper || 08/09/2010 08:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korea fires artillery near disputed border
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea fired about 110 rounds of artillery Monday near its disputed sea border with South Korea, the South's military said, amid high tension over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea.

The firing came shortly after South Korea ended five-day naval drills off the west coast that the North called a rehearsal for an invasion, vowing to retaliate.

All the artillery shells harmlessly landed into the North's waters and caused no damage to the South, a South Korean Joint Chief of Staff officer said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.
Perhaps they were firing off old ammo and drilling the troops. Those 105 mm rounds can be pretty heavy if you're half-starved ...
South Korea considered the firing to be part of a military drill by North Korea but still bolstered its military readiness against further provocation, the officer said. The South also warned Pyongyang over the firing by naval radio, he said.

"This was their way of saying 'We'll respond to military drills with military drills,'" said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean studies.
Posted by: tu3031 || 08/09/2010 13:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If they are so badass why not do this during the 5 day drills. Did it take them that long too site in the sea?
Posted by: chris || 08/09/2010 17:01 Comments || Top||


President Lee replaces PM, seven ministers
SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- Kim Tae-ho, former governor of South Gyeongsang Province, has been nominated as new prime minister in a Cabinet shake-up that also replaced seven ministers and two minister-level officials, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae announced Sunday.

President Lee Myung-bak's first Cabinet reshuffle since September 2009 comes on the heels of the ruling Grand National Party's (GNP) defeat in the June 2 local elections, which chose the heads of the country's mayors and governors, and a turnaround in the July 28 by-elections in which the party won five of the eight contested parliamentary seats. Lee begins the latter half of his single five-year tenure later this month.

It did not affect the ministers handling foreign affairs, national defense or inter-Korean ties, signaling that the president will keep a tough stance on North Korea, which South Korea accuses of sinking its warship with a torpedo in March.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:


Chinese 'Carrier-Killer' Missile Could Reshape Sea Combat
...or not.
China is developing an unprecedented new missile that is designed to be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier from a distance of more than 900 miles, sources say.

Initial reports on the new missile suggest it could reshape conflicts at sea, but U.S. weapons experts told FoxNews.com that it's no game-changer, nor a revolutionary threat to America's aircraft carriers — which are the center of U.S. Pacific defense strategy. "Some have called it a game-changer. I would dispute that claim," said Toshi Yoshihara, an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

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Posted by: tu3031 || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [907 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm sure if the carrier didn't have AWACs overhead and AEGIS in the fleet there would be some serious issues but as is, I'm just not buying this supermissile is such a big threat unless the carrier group gets confined really close to shore.

As is, if it wasn't a sneak attack I suspect the missile batteries would be targetted and destroyed long before the carrier got into range. That is the point of a carrier after all, to be able to send planes out.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/09/2010 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  They already have carrier killer missiles like Sunburn. The carrier has been obsolete for a long time, there just hasn't been a major naval conflict since WWII to show it.
Posted by: gromky || 08/09/2010 0:56 Comments || Top||

#3  See also FREEREPUBLIC/TOPIX > THE JAPANESE ARCHIPELAGO SEEN THROUGH CHINA'S EYES.

Economics, like Politics, is deemed as WARFARE BY OTHER MEANS. In order to work, the DF-21 + similar ASBMS must only be MRV'ed but the original Missle itself must be capable of subtantially or variably changing its path in mid-flight/phase to counter effec changes in the Carrier's path-of-sail.

IOW, THE CPLA NEEDS NOT A MISSLE BUT AN RC IM-CAPABLE UNMANNED BOMBER, A "MOTHER" CRAFT ITSELF CAPABLE OF LAUNCHING DEADLY END-PHASE "SMART" OR "GENIUS" MUNITIONS AT THE CARRIER + BATTLE GROUP.

Pragmatically, since both the USN Carrier, + SSN Submarine [CV/CVBG UW escort(s)] fleets have shrunk from their Cold War levels, the most costs-efffective method for the PLAN is for Risng China to simply build up the numbers of their LR Nuke Sub fleets in "Wolf Packs" to track + overwhelm the US CVN's + CVBGS, ala Nazi Germany + Cold War Soviet Navy.

CHIN MIL FORUMS/BLOGGERS > many also support the idea of the CPLAN complementing any contrux of a larger LR Sub fleet wid THE EMPLACEMENT OF HEAVILY-ARMED, TECHY CONVERTED OIL RIGS-PLATFORMS ON CHIN-CONTROLLED CHINA SEAS ISLANDS, + TASK GROUPS OF SURFACE WARFARE "ARSENAL/FIRE SHIPS" [Multi-Combat converted or dedicated ocean supertanker] ON ROUTINE SURFACE PATROL ALONG KEY ROUTES.

Proposed US MOBS/MOABS meet PLA Fixed-Static Offshore Bases.

Lest we fergit, RUSSIA > desires to reactivate + upgrade the former KIROV-CLASS BATTLECRUISERS despite recognizing the power of the Nimitz-class CVNS.

IOW, US GLOBAL-SPACE MISSLE DEFENSE + GLOBAL STRIKE + SPACE STRIKE = ANTI-US INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS/OPPONENTS MUST "EMBRACE MUTUAL DESTRUCTION/TOTAL ANNIHILATION" TO DEFEAT US TECHS + FIREPOWER, i.e. ABANDON COLD WAR NOTIONS THAT OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE MILSYS MUST BE BASED SOLELY IN FIXED OR LIMITED SITES, + NOT BE "FLUID".

Is "GLOBALISM" = NOT "NATIONALISM" NOR EVEN "REGIONALISM", "CONTINENTALISM", "TRANS-..."; + moreso when dealing wid AYMMETRIC WARFARE, aka NOT-CLASSIC-WARFARE-AMONG-ORGANIZED-NATIONS-STATES-N-GOVTS.

Nuclearized Regional, Global "People's War" as fought by HIGHLY DECENTRALIZED, HIGHLY FLUID, HIGHLY COVERT SHADOWY NUCLEARIZED CELLS, NONS, MILITANT + SEMI-MILITANT GROUPS + DIFFUSE NETWORKS???

HYBRID RESPONSE(S) TO HYBRID THREAT(S)!?
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 1:30 Comments || Top||

#4  ...Lord, there's been a lot of hollering about this thing over the last few days. Let's take a look at some details.

First, what we're dealing with here is a Maneuverable Re-entry Vehicle, or MaRV. These were first brought into US service on the old MX and the still-serving Trident II. In other words, welcome to 1985.

Second, this thing is going to require a couple of other gadgets to work right - either a satellite based radar link (best) or a direct radar paint provided by an aircraft or vessel. Satellites can be killed; we've proven that. Any Chinese ship, sub, or aircraft that gets close enough to get a radar contact (and granted, some have) will have a very short, exciting life in wartime.

Third, the fact that the Chinese are testing this beast doesn't mean that they can produce them in the numbers needed to INSURE killing a CV. They're very good at building short to medium range tactical missiles (think high-tech SCUDS)but they are no more than very accurate long-range artillery, and that BTW is exactly how the Chinese think of them. OTOH, they have only built about forty full-up ICBMs, which says something about their actual technical abilities in terms of building missile bodies and more importantly missile guidance systems.

Third, this beast is going to have to be mobile, otherwise the Chinese know perfectly well that we'll whack their launch sites the same way we took down Saddam's toys. Now, they've built approximately twenty mobile ICBMs....that have to be parked somewhere and guarded like hell because authoritarian Communist regimes are real funny about letting nuclear weapons run loose lest they be used against them. In other words, the one real advantage this thing would have - it's mobility - can't be used most of the time, and we'll be able to keep pretty good track of them. And don't forget that the B-2s primary cold war mission was to have been whacking mobile Soviet CPs and missile units.

Is this a legitimate and possibly very dangerous weapon? Hell, yes. Is it a game changer? Far from it.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/09/2010 6:24 Comments || Top||

#5  With the ruling class collapsing the economy, Congress will sink more carrier groups in the next decade or so than what the Chinese could ever hope for with this expenditure of resources.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/09/2010 6:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Congress will sink more carrier groups

Or convert to floating golf courses for PresBO.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/09/2010 8:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Carriers are too vulnerable to what cames from land.

Solution:semisubmersible arsenal ship.
Posted by: Phosing Big Foot3926 || 08/09/2010 8:25 Comments || Top||

#8  The hyping of this so-called "carrier killer," is nothing but an attempt to get more funding for weapons contractors. The truth is AEGIS and the SM3 are more than capable of defending a carrier from this thing.
Posted by: Bob Thrirong1862 || 08/09/2010 8:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Bzzt WRONG Aegis cannot protect from a ballistic missile threat. It's not even established that it will work against Sunburn.

Old joke: How do you sink a carrier defended by 100 SM3? Fire 101 missiles at it.
Posted by: gromky || 08/09/2010 9:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Unless policy has changed dramatically over the last few years, using a nuclear weapon against the US, even if only against US military forces, triggers nuclear retaliation. Somehow, I don't see this as a game changer.
Posted by: rwv || 08/09/2010 10:27 Comments || Top||

#11  this thing is going to require a couple of other gadgets to work right - either a satellite based radar link (best)

Correct me if wrong, but I remember discussions about re-entry vehicles and how they lose radio contact when they enter the atmosphere. This would mean that the warhead would "go blind" just as it is approaching the target.

My calculations are that the carrier could turn and change its direction by several hundred yards before the missle reaches its impact point. A conventional warhead would be a clean miss, and a nuclear warhead would be an act of suicide (see comment #10).

This missle has been followed by the US Navy for several years now and there is an array of countermeasures against it.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 08/09/2010 11:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Gromky you are wrong from what I recall reading: Some of the Aegis are equipped with SM3 variants which have been shown to be somewhat effective in terminal phase against exoatmospheric missiles
Posted by: No I am The Other Beldar || 08/09/2010 11:50 Comments || Top||

#13  My understanding is that this is a manueverable conventionally armed ballistic missile. The question really is what does the US do when a ballitic missile is heading toward a capital ship. I'll tell you they assume nuclear and respond appropriately.

So what are the PLA gonna do? Call ahead and tell us it's conventional and not nuclear? I don't think that will work.

So the US assumes nuke and responds with nuke.

If the PLA sends a conventional warhead in a nuke delivery vehicle they are being pretty stupid as it will get them nuked. Or should.

All of this assuming we have a President that would actually defend the USA.
Posted by: Hellfish || 08/09/2010 12:32 Comments || Top||

#14  Strategypage.com's take on this missle:

Many in the West don't pick up on the smoke and mirrors aspects of Chinese defense policies. Case in point is the legendary Chinese ballistic missile that can hit American aircraft carriers. For nearly five years, there have been stories (in the West) about how China was working on targeting systems for its ballistic missiles, that would enable them to seek out and hit aircraft carriers. Such sensors would use infrared (heat seeking) technology. The key was having multiple sensor systems that could find the general location of the carrier, before launching the ballistic missile (like a DF-21, with a range of 2,100 kilometers). The latest rumors have even given the carrier killer missile a name; the DF-21D. This wonder weapon hasn't even been tested yet, much less seen or officially announced.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 08/09/2010 13:03 Comments || Top||

#15  I seem to remember at least two Chinese spies being caught after spending more than a few years stealing high level secrets from the US Navy. Who knows what they gleaned (and are still gleaning) from those endeavors. While I don't think they have this capability yet, they certainly could develop it. For the Chinese funding and ingenuity are not in short supply. Nor is the willingness on the part of their gov't to persue new, more powerful military technology to defeat the only real threat they face in open war, us.

As for producing them in mass quantities once developed, that wouldn't be a problem either. China has (and has had for at least a decade) one of the most advanced and extensive manufacturing economies on the planet. They can pretty much reproduce anything quickly once they know how to make it. Also, geographically speaking they can move large amounts of goods (or large objects) across the country quickly thanks to the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers (which run from their east coast striaight through the heart of China).

Military and economically speaking China is already a threat (and has been for some time). Technologically speaking they are no slouch. If they want to develop this kind of missile they have all of the tools they need to get the job done.
Posted by: Keenster || 08/09/2010 14:00 Comments || Top||

#16  Two things I want to note: 1) Last month they had an exercise where lots of ships and aircraft were firing at an unmanned/undefended/unmoving vintage aircraft carrier. If I remember correctly it took over 30 rounds to sink the ship. 2) In warfare distance equals time. Missiles fly fast but if you have minutes to react you can defeat one or 20. As previously mentioned Carriers have a large defensive screen. Does anyone know of a successful land based missile attack on a naval warship?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 08/09/2010 18:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Never had heard of a solely land-based missile attack sinking a carrier; even the ones sunk in WWII required dozens of attacks by fighter/bomber aircraft, and a couple of those were finished off by their own subs to prevent enemy capture. Also, everything that leaks out from the US carrier sinking trials like the one that happened in the past couple of years says that Western-built carriers are a bitch to sink -- even sitting in place without being defended.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 08/09/2010 21:10 Comments || Top||

#18  Here's one. Even then, it's obviously going to be kind of tough.

Posted by: gorb || 08/09/2010 21:10 Comments || Top||

#19  RELATED > GUAMPDN FORUMS = PACIFIC POWER COULD CHANGE.

POSTER > opined that that the B-2 Stealth Bomber is now all but toast thanx to an Indian engineer giving its tech secrets to China, + that GUAM may find itself encircled or blockaded by China in future.

* FREEREPUBLIC/NET POSTERS > believe that whatever Milstrikes abndor Terrstrikes, Other anti-US Agendum America = Amerika's enemies have in mind NEEDS TO OCCUR WHILE POTUS BAMMER IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

* CHINESE MIL FORUM > [WAPO Artic]CONCERNED ABOUT CHINA'S RISE, SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS BUILD UP THEIR MILITARIES.

ARTIC > describes how MOST COUNTRIES IN ASIA ARE "BANDWAGONING" WID THE US TO COUNTER = BALANCE AGZ CHINA'S FUTURE POWER POTENTIAL [read, FUTURE REGIOnAL MIL AGGRESSION?].

Also from CMF > VIETNAM TAKES US STANCE ON XISHA ISLANDS [aka Paracels]. ARTIC infers that recent visit of USS "GEORGE WASHINGTON" CVN was covertly meant to monitor Sino-Viet tensions oer disputed South China Seas islands + deter Chin mil response to Vietnam-specific recce + claims to same???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 22:10 Comments || Top||


Economy
Fed set to downgrade outlook for US
Unexpectedly, of course ...
Posted by: Steve White || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We have top men working on it now. Top ... men.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/09/2010 11:06 Comments || Top||


Europe
Unemployment Rate Falls Again
- In Switzerland. Unemployment continued its downward trend in July, falling to 3.6 per cent. There were 142,330 people registered as unemployed, 2,143 fewer than at the end of June. The number of jobless between the ages of 15 and 24 had risen by 1,368 or 6.5 per cent.
The US would be much happier if its unemployment rate were ONLY 6.5 percent
A message to Jerry Pournelle points out something:
Switzerland is the forgotten example in many things. It is high on many “quality of life” factors.

Why don’t MSM commentators ever refer to Switzerland?

Is it because it has the most decentralised government system?

Is it because there is a gun in every Swiss family home?

Why is the Swiss model never quoted for repairing broken constitutions, eg Afghanistan?

I asked a Swiss person I met at a party here in Melbourne.

She said, “oh, they are all hopelessly conservative over there”

Lucky Swiss.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I like your cheese. You know, the one with the holes in it."
Posted by: gorb || 08/09/2010 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  You mean the multicultural multilingual Swiss Confederation where, although there are four official languages, English, not one of those four, is mandatory study as a second language in school as they consider it the language of science, technology, medicine, commerce, etc (ie the language of opportunity and advancement).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/09/2010 6:46 Comments || Top||

#3  In Switzerland education is a matter of the cantons, it is not something that is decided on the federal level.

With very few exceptions 2 foreign languages are mandatory, one national language (mostly German/French where applicable) and English.

The Swiss political system is really unique among the Western Democracies, as it is a direct democracy with some representative elements.

Decisions by parliaments and the executive at the local and federal level are related to small issues of day-to-day administration. Big policy decisions always require a referendum.

I actually don't fault the MSM for ignoring the Swiss model. It is too different to teach anything specific to a representative democracy.
Posted by: Spinemble Sproing7221 || 08/09/2010 10:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Why don't MSM commentators ever refer to Switzerland?

It doesn't fit into their left-wing liberal meme. Conservative = bad.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/09/2010 12:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Now I know where to go when the liberals are done flushing our republic down the toilet. Too bad they probably won't let me in for fear that I might bring "Amercian Socialism" with me.
Posted by: Keenster || 08/09/2010 13:32 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Groom accidentally kills dad, two guests in wedding gunsex
A GROOM accidentally killed three relatives at his wedding in Turkey yesterday when he fired into the air with an assault rifle in celebration.

The groom unleashed a volley of rapid aerial shots with an AK-47 rifle to celebrate his nuptials, but quickly lost control of the weapon and accidentally raked the guests with bullets, the report said.
The Anatolia news agency reported eight other people were wounded at the incident at the village of Akcagoze in the south-eastern province of Gaziantep.

The groom unleashed a volley of rapid aerial shots with an AK-47 rifle to celebrate his nuptials, but quickly lost control of the weapon and accidentally raked the guests with bullets, the report said.

His father and two of his aunts died in hospital. The groom was arrested.

Turks are notorious for breaking out into gunshots to celebrate weddings and sports victories, a practice that has caused many deaths and which authorities have so far failed to curb.
Posted by: tipper || 08/09/2010 08:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You couldn't make this stuff up.
Posted by: Black Charlie Chinemble5313 || 08/09/2010 13:06 Comments || Top||

#2  And he didn't even manage to take out his new in-laws.....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/09/2010 13:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah, wedding day memories.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/09/2010 13:56 Comments || Top||

#4  And of course, he now inherits all the family goats...
Posted by: Bob Jath9492 || 08/09/2010 16:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Wedding day jitters have a different meaning in Turkey!
Posted by: flash91 || 08/09/2010 16:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe it wasn't an accident.

Hey, I said it!
Posted by: gromky || 08/09/2010 16:48 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Hatch Introduces bill to reduce Federal employees to 2009 levels
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced legislation today aimed at cutting the bloated federal government down to size. The Reduce and Cap the Federal Workforce Act would reduce and limit the number of civilian federal workers to February 2009 levels.
Expect this one to be pigeon-holed until several weeks after Doomsday.
"If we are to get our deficit under control, we need to rein in the runaway growth of our federal government," Hatch said. "Simply put, the federal government is growing at breakneck speed and it is time to apply the brakes before it bankrupts the nation and the taxpayers. My bill is a commonsense approach to putting a halt to big government."
Common sense being an uncommon commodity...
Hatch said the numbers show why his legislation is needed. From 1981 through 2008, the senator noted, civilian workers numbered between 1.1 million and 1.2 million. The Obama administration is forecasting the government's workforce this year will reach 2.15 million and serve 310 million Americans.
... which amounts to a lot of jobs for his supporters...
"That is almost a fifty percent increase since 2008," Hatch said. "In 1974, former President Gerald Ford said: 'A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.' Today, we have an administration that seems hell bent on doing just that. That is unacceptable."
Welcome to the Revolution...
The legislation would require the following:
  • Three months after enactment, the head of each government agency -- other than the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and Executive Office of President -- will report the number of civilian employees within that agency on Feb 16, 2009, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

  • If the number of employees is greater than existed on Feb 16, 2009, then each agency (except the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security) must, through attrition, reduce the number of employees to Feb. 16, 2009, levels.

  • Once the number of employees reaches Feb 16, 2009, levels, the head of each agency must ensure that those numbers remain the same. Thus, a hiring of a full time employee would require the reduction of another employee.

  • The OMB would publicly disclose the total number of federal employees, the number of federal employees in each agency, and the salary of each federal employee.

  • The Director of National Intelligence can exclude any employee from the above requirements if the director determines that such a disclosure would pose a threat to national security.
Hatch's bill legislation is supported by the American Conservative Union, Americans for Limited Government and Americans for Tax Reform.
Posted by: Delphi || 08/09/2010 09:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [356 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Taking it back to 1909 would be better.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 08/09/2010 9:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Michelle Antoinette might have to cut back to 28 personal assistants? The horror
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/09/2010 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  "Welcome to the Revolution..."

From your lips to God's ears.
Posted by: Black Charlie Chinemble5313 || 08/09/2010 11:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Can it be that we've hired a million new employees since January, 2009? Or did Bush hire some and Bambi hired even more?

A simple chart showing the number of employees over time would be helpful for me to pinpoint the problem, which is why I'm guessing that I'll never see a simple chart.

But hell yes, cut the number of employees back to 2009 levels. 2005 would be better. And don't exempt DoD and DHS.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/09/2010 16:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Here is a site.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/09/2010 16:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Don't reduce the number of employee. Eliminate programs wholesale and the jobs that go with them. Starting with the DoJ and CPB
Posted by: badanov || 08/09/2010 17:08 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
India's huge wheat store rotting
Stored in the open during monsoon season, the clever boots! Global wheat prices already up 78% since June. It's going to be an interesting year to be poor...
Posted by: Glesing Spolugum1017 || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  HMMMMM, HMMMMM, wehell, as per PAKISTANI DEFENCE FORUM > INDJUH is allegedly covertly + deliber sending its bad goodies over the borders into BANGLADESH, which in turn is riling + po'ing the Bangla locals???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  OTOH RUSSIA = MEDVEDEV is planning to keep its wheat/grain crops.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  What is with governments squandering vast sums of money subsidizing one of the richest segments of society, farmers. Its the same everywhere.
Posted by: phil_b || 08/09/2010 3:32 Comments || Top||

#4  As Joe just said, Russia has suffered about a 25% drop in wheat production this year from last. They're not planning on exporting any ....
Posted by: gorb || 08/09/2010 5:09 Comments || Top||

#5  What is with governments squandering vast sums of money subsidizing one of the richest segments of society, farmers.

We all like to eat, and we like to know that our next meal is in the bag.

Sure, farm subsidies are unfair and inefficient.

So is starvation.
Posted by: Steve White || 08/09/2010 9:15 Comments || Top||

#6  farming subsidies have never bothered me.And by walking around looking at most ppl here in the US doesn't look like too many would survive off bark soup.
Posted by: chris || 08/09/2010 11:57 Comments || Top||

#7  I think without subsidies too many farmers stampede towards the current 'big money' crop and ruin the market for it while creating shortages in other areas simultaneously.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 08/09/2010 13:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Actually, most of these "subsidies" go to the very large farm corporations and not the smaller farmers.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/09/2010 14:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Actually if you look into India's trouble with how their rains come, starvation can be a serious problem in their rural areas. At least their government is storing wheat to try and feed it's people if there's a drought.

That's alot better than most african countries do.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/09/2010 15:03 Comments || Top||

#10  Read an article last week, that a new strain of wheat rust is poised to move into India. Perfect storm.
Posted by: Captain Ebbeash7414 || 08/09/2010 16:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Wheat rust.

You beat me to it, Captain E.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 08/09/2010 22:52 Comments || Top||


Billions of Dollars Needed for Pakistan's Flood Victims
Local and international relief workers say continued heavy rainfall has worsened the situation in Pakistain where raging floodwaters have killed more than 1,600 people and affected 15 million in the past two weeks. The United Nations says Pakistain will need billions of dollars to recover from its worst floods in history.
Pakistain usually needs billions of dollars for some catastrophe or other. Some of the victims will literally wait years before aid arrives, while politicians will hoover up as much cash as they can and snag as much of the aid in kind as they can for black market resale. At some point not too far in the future the Pak government will get huffy over any kind of controls attached to the aid. Women hired as aid workers will be beaten up, raped, or killed by the local turbans, and when the situation's almost under control any Western aid workers silly enough to still be around will be chased out.

There. Covered that whole story.

In addition to causing major human loses, Pakistain's raging floodwaters have destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, washed away crops and livestock.

Floodwaters have raged down from the northwestern Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw Province
... formerly NWFP, which you've got to admit was easier to spell...
to the agriculture heartland of Punjab and have reached the southern Sindh province.

The Mighty Pak Army is leading the relief efforts, but with more rain forecast relief workers are anticipating further devastation.

Bad weather has hampered helicopter flights carrying relief goods for victims still trapped in remote areas. U.N officials say they are particularly worried about the needs of 600,000 people who remain completely cut off in the north of Khyber Paskhtoonkhaw Province.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani traveled to the flood-hit parts of southern Pakistain, where he told reporters his country has been set back many years because of the devastation.
Pakistain getting set back many years means they're now in negative numbers...
He reiterated his appeal for the international community to cough up some major boodle.

But the prime minister dismissed criticism the government's poor response is to be blamed for the miseries of the flood victims.
"No, no! Certainly not!"
"In fact, the government has done everything possible under its control," he said. "Provincial governments, they are all doing their utmost. But it is [an]unprecedented flood, it is beyond imagination and it is beyond expectation."
... just like the last disaster was...
U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs front man Maurizio Giuliano tells VOA shelter for the millions of victims is the biggest and most urgent concern. "We will need hundreds of thousands of tents," said Giuliano. "Therefore, we are working closely in support of the government trying to liase with donors, trying to liase with all U.N agencies and NGOs so that we can figure out where we can get a lot of tents from or some other kind of shelter."
Posted by: Fred || 08/09/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

#1  First, let us in there for real and work with us to neutralize every last Talib.

Then, give then $20B and let them Hoover away.
Posted by: gorb || 08/09/2010 5:11 Comments || Top||

#2  ...his country has been set back many years because of the devastation.

From Neolithic to Paleolithic?
Posted by: charger || 08/09/2010 12:50 Comments || Top||

#3  find the remaining money sent over for the earthquake victims
Posted by: Frank G on the road || 08/09/2010 13:49 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
U.S. military goes back to Vietnam
Cold War enemies the United States and Vietnam demonstrated their blossoming military relations Sunday as a U.S. nuclear super carrier cruised in waters off the Southeast Asian nation's coast -- sending a message that China is not the region's only big player.

The visit comes 35 years after the Vietnam War as Washington and Hanoi are cozying up in a number of areas, from negotiating a controversial deal to share civilian nuclear fuel and technology to agreeing that China needs to work with its neighbors to resolve territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The USS George Washington's stop is officially billed as a commemoration of last month's 15th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the former foes. But the timing also reflects Washington's heightened interest in maintaining security and stability in the Asia-Pacific amid tensions following the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, which killed 46 sailors. North Korea has been blamed for the attack, but has vehemently denied any involvement.

Last month during an Asian security meeting in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also angered China by unexpectedly calling on the Communist powerhouse to resolve territorial claims with neighboring Southeast Asian countries over islands in the South China Sea.

"The strategic implications and importance of the waters of the South China Sea and the freedom of navigation is vital to both Vietnam and the United States," Capt. Ross Myers, commander of the George Washington's air wing, said aboard the ship Sunday as fighter jets thundered off the flight deck above.

"I'm certain that the Chinese government and the Chinese people are trying to protect their interests," he added when asked about China's increased aggressiveness within the area. "It is more important for Vietnam (and) its partners to establish that they have an equal right to economic prosperity and peace within the region as well."
Posted by: tipper || 08/09/2010 01:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lest we fergit, CHINA > is upset at Vietnam's decsion to allow INDIA to lease a northern NavBase in support of its AIRCRAFT CARRIER, + possible LEASING + GRANTING OF PORT RIGHTS TO MAJOR WORLD POWERS [e.g. CAN RANH BAY, etc.] BUT NOT TO CHINA + PLAN.

IOW, CHINA...

To wit,

* INDIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER [+ Escorts] in GULF OF TONKIN = SEA OF VIETNAM. Read, SOUTHERN CHINA + close to strategic HAINAN PLA BASE + SOUTH CHINA SEA.

* RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER? > See above.
* USN NIMITZ-CLASS CVN(s) oper in YELLOW SEA + + KOREAS, + as based in JAPAN.
* ROK KOREAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER? > See USN above.

Again, NOT counting NUCLEAR JAPAN + also NUC SOUTH KOREA [NUC North Korea?] + NUC VIETNAM + ???; + US GMD-TMD in ASIA.

RADICAL ISLAM > "ASIA" = MANPOWER RESERVES FOR FUTURE JIHAD + "CHEAP/FREE NUKES" courtesy of RUSSIA, CHINA, + INDIA, etc. or Islamist-controlled Nuke-WMDS Enclaves therefrom.

RADIC ISLAM in CENTRAl-SOUTH AMERICA = NUC BRAZIL, etc. + 1980's MTV PAULA "TRIP TO BRAZIL/MAZARRATTI" ABDUL???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 08/09/2010 20:17 Comments || Top||



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