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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Armed Texicans retake Alamo without firing a shot
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2013 01:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:


India: School principal hacked by students
A college head known as a 'disciplinarian' was hacked to death by three engineering students after he suspended them for 'unruly behaviour'
Despite 4,000 or however many years of civilization on the subcontinent, it is still the Wild East on both sides of the border.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wunderbar.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2013 1:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Rustication. Kangaroo courts chaired by student gangsters. Ragging and harassing girls. Long knives and sickles. Regular Francois Villon stuff. Thanks for the heads-up.

The Hindoo (with pics of suspects looking how tehy look)

TOI: Suresh, incidentally, had told some his colleagues that he planned to resign from the college in a month. A senior faculty member of the college said that Suresh had felt extreme pressure in the job. "He was a tough man who was strict with students. But he used to tell me that he could not bear the pressure and planned to move out,'' the faculty member, who didn't want to be named.
A native of Senthamaram, a village near Sankarankoil in Tirunelveli district, Suresh was a divorcee and lived with his aged mother and college-going daughter in Palayamkottai, a town nearly 20kms away from Vallanadu. He had served in various colleges and universities across south Tamil Nadu and joined Infant Jesus College at its inception seven years ago.


Divorced. Aged mom and college-going daughter. Jesus. Vaya con Dios, hermano.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/20/2013 4:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Not sure this is a bad lesson for US principals. See the streaker who killed himself....
Kid suspended for picking up a drunk friend....
Gun-shaped pop tart....
What am I saying. These guys wouldn't even get the hot-stove lesson if they had third-degree burns on their ass.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 10/20/2013 7:02 Comments || Top||


Chevron takes US lawyers to court in Ecuador RICO case
Hat tip to Hot Air

Kerry Kennedy's fat share of the judgement hardest hit

One of the financiers of an environmental lawsuit that led to a $19 billion verdict against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador told a judge that he came to regret funding the case once after learning that it may be a fraud.
Fraud? No way!
Burford Capital LLC Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bogart told a Manhattan federal judge yesterday that his firm, which he described as the world's largest dedicated litigation financing provider, supplied $4 million to the Ecuadorean plaintiffs and later sold the share when it became "deeply concerned about the mounting evidence of fraud and misconduct."
You know you're in trouble when your bagman says you lied
What did he do with the money he gained from selling his share?
He didn't sell his share. He cut out a share of the putative settlement and gave Kennedy and small cut in cash, in exchange for her "services" in hammering Chevron publicly.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From NY Times:
Mr. Donziger for the first time in recent years spoke publicly about the personal travails that he says have engulfed him. He says shadowy men have trailed him. Watched his family. Sat in cars outside his home. He had his apartment swept for bugs, but found nothing.

Mr. Donziger played basketball with Barack Obama at Harvard Law School, and has a serious following among environmentalists. He and his supporters say he is being vilified — potentially ruined — for unmasking Chevron’s questionable environmental record. Chevron, which is suing him and his associates for damages that could reach billions of dollars, says he is simply a con artist.

Mr. Donziger has chased after Chevron with the single-mindedness of Ahab. Reports of questionable ethical conduct have cast doubt over his motives. He is accused of engineering the ghostwriting of a crucial report submitted to the Ecuadorean court that decided the case, a claim he says is exaggerated and misconstrues local legal customs. Some of his former allies have abandoned him and signed statements taking Chevron’s side.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/20/2013 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Some of his former allies have abandoned him and signed statements taking Chevron's side.
Posted by Glenmore


What we recognize today as the 'Robert Gibbs' syndrome.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2013 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Some of his former allies have abandoned him and signed statements taking Chevron's side.
Some contend they change sides because Chevron makes them "an offer they can't refuse" ('Godfather'-style.) (I don't think they're right, but with corporations this big, and this much money at stake, .....)
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/20/2013 8:50 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Case demanding that Google be banned in Egypt postponed
[Al Ahram] The Egyptian Administrative Court has postponed the case against Google for keeping the anti-Islam film 'Innocence of Islam' available on YouTube until 2 November
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No doubt enough money will change hands that it will keep on being postponed until people have forgotten about it. Especially since the Muslim Brothers aren't running things anymore.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2013 11:44 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Congo Rebels Expect 'Major Breakthroughs' in Peace Talks
[An Nahar] Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
(DRC) said Saturday they are heading toward "major breakthroughs" with the Kinshasa government in peace talks in Uganda, possibly within hours.

Under Uganda's mediation, "major breakthroughs are about to be obtained in Kampala since the heavy involvement of the international community in the dialogue" between the two sides, the M23 movement said in a statement.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:


Bangladesh
Bangladesh Bans Rallies Fearing Violence
[An Nahar] Bangladesh police Saturday banned all rallies in the capital Dhaka, fearing violence after the opposition called for "armed" protests to force elections under a caretaker government.

The ban comes after an official from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) urged supporters to stage non-stop protests starting October 25 armed with machetes and knives.

All rallies, demonstrations and mass gatherings have been banned as a result of the opposition's protest call, which could "lead to (the) deterioration of law and order and security" in the capital, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) chief Benazir Ahmed.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Simple solution: mount a few MA-deuces here and there, with infantry support and a clear field of fire. Things get out of hand, people go down. Threaten violence, you get violence in return. Of course, they're muzlimb, so violence is more or less given...
Posted by: Old Patriot || 10/20/2013 14:49 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azeri Strongman Sworn in after Criticized Poll
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev was sworn in for a third term on Saturday after romping to victory in a widely criticized election in the oil-rich ex-Soviet country. The inauguration ceremony took place in the parliament in Baku immediately after the constitutional court confirmed Aliyev's crushing win in an October 9 poll that international observers called seriously flawed.

"I swear to observe the constitution of the country and to serve to protect the independence and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," Aliyev said according to the state-run news agency Azertac.

Aliyev's third term extends what is already a decades-long rule by his family. He won some 85 percent of the vote, far ahead of his main challenger Jamil Hasanli with around 5.5 percent.

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the poll fell well short of international standards and Aliyev's opponents demanded the result be annulled.

The 51-year-old Aliyev -- who took power in 2003 in a disputed election after the death of his father Heydar, a former KGB officer and Communist-era boss -- has been buoyed by billions in petrodollars over the past decade.

Any sign of dissent usually meets a harsh reaction in the tightly-controlled nation and rights groups accused the authorities of jailing scores of opponents in the run-up to the vote.

Aliyev is expected to continue treading a cautious path between the West and Russia, ensuring that Azerbaijan remains a key energy source for Europe and a U.S. ally while not upsetting its giant northern neighbor. At home, he faces the tougher task of keeping rising discontent over high-level corruption and inequality in check.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  whoops - wrong story/headline combo

Fixed.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2013 8:57 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish students tear-gassed at road project protest
[Al Ahram] Turkish police fired tear gas canisters on students gathered to protest the beginning of controversial works on a road through their university campus in Ankara, an AFP photographer reported.

Security forces shielded workers and diggers as they began uprooting trees in a park on the site of Middle East Technical University (METU) in the Turkish capital on Friday night.

Dozens of students massed behind the gates of the establishment, Turkey's Dogan press agency reported, angry with the planned destruction of 3,000 trees.

The ongoing battle against the Ankara development has raged for weeks, with police using rubber bullets and tear gas in protests that drew in hundreds of students in early September.

METU's campus is one of the largest green spaces in the Turkish capital.

The latest protests come as Turkish authorities stand accused of committing "gross human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
violations" during anti-government protests that rocked the country in June.

Amnesia Amnesty International said in a report released on 2 October that "a string of human rights violations on a huge scale" were perpetrated by police.
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Politix
US adults are dumber than the average human
h/t IMAO
It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers. Now, there's a new twist: Adults don't either.

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology -- all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength -- American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.
"If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/20/2013 02:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When a person spends 6 hrs/day in an alpha state staring at projections of stupid people on a 'tube' some accommodation conditioning occurs.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2013 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.

When 48,000,000 are on the EBT, and expiration dates essentially become irrelevant, this portion of the test is equally as irrelevant.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2013 7:58 Comments || Top||

#3  It's long been known that America's school kids haven't measured well compared with international peers.

It's also been known that international tests usually just involve the better slice of the student bodies vs American 'test them all'. Kids are sorted out in middle school periods for separate tracks for vocational and higher education. Guess who's result get counted?

There's dumb and then there's lazy. Don't confuse the two. Wonder who's citizen (Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland) are better at running a 'black' off the books economy?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/20/2013 8:38 Comments || Top||

#4  I was looking at our county-wide educational Advanced Placement (AP) test results. The results supported some of the things mentioned in this posted article. Kids from areas that have higher levels of poverty, don't have intact families, have lower levels of education, tend to have more violent crime and gang activity, and have higher percentages of minorities tend to score lower on AP tests. But then we are probably a racist community (sarc on).
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2013 11:49 Comments || Top||

#5  US adults are dumber than the average human

At least we're smarter than the average bear!
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2013 12:23 Comments || Top||

#6  One thing that affects international comparisons is that America is divided into two groups:

The Race that Dare Not be Named; and everybody else.

One group has large numbers of uninformed voters, poor reading and math skills, high rates of violence, and high rates of drug use. the other group is the opposite.

The problem is that when the two groups are averaged together, the resulting score is lower by several points.

One demographic fact: Americans living in the inner city have the same life expectancy as a person from Bangladesh. However, after age 5 (to factor out child mortality), the chances of dying is greater for the American in the inner city. Since dozens of Bengalis are eaten by tigers every year, It gives you an idea of just how dysfunctional the inner city is.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/20/2013 12:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Immigration from 3rd world hell holes is also a factor. Fifty percent drop out rate
Posted by: regular joe || 10/20/2013 12:48 Comments || Top||

#8  But maybe not smarter than THIS bear, badanov:
http://zasmejsa.com/videa/zobrazit/62981/v-tom-rusku-je-mozne-asi-naozaj-vsetko/
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/20/2013 14:50 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Healthcare.gov IT managers are in "pants-wetting panic"
Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/20/2013 12:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some blame the contractors involved

And there you have it once again.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2013 13:30 Comments || Top||

#2  the biggest contractor involved in building the site, was not provided with the information it needed to start writing code for the site until the spring of this year. This detail in the story aroused some shock and surprise among outside web developers, and these CMS officials say it’s just not true.

I bet it IS true. I'd guess "Information" was provided it just wasn't what was asked for or useful.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2013 16:50 Comments || Top||

#3  ...gov't healthcare admin (in)competence from 2006...:

OurPolicy is to Always Blame the Computer: Will Healthcare Computing Incompetence Kill the Elderly?
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 10/20/2013 16:52 Comments || Top||

#4  My thinking that the specs were being 'changed' at even a basic level right up to a few weeks before the turnover. Designed by committee.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/20/2013 19:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Designed by SEVERAL committees, with no central deciding authority.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/20/2013 21:04 Comments || Top||

#6  fast, cheap, good. It's always pick 2.

Most likely they didn't have a competent lead. Without someone in charge (who has authority and competency) projects fail.

Personal experience with govt is you never get the authority you need, but you never really get punished either.
Posted by: flash91 || 10/20/2013 22:51 Comments || Top||

#7  Also likely is that every congresscritter and their aid wanted in on the action. Meaning that they likely got leads and managers who were there based on patronage over qualifications. From designers to analysts to coders (who knows if there any testers...).

All based on who they know, skin color, sexual orientation, gender, etc.... instead of qualifications and experience.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/20/2013 23:46 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Suspected polio cases found in Syria for first time in 14 years
[Ynet] Two suspected cases of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
have been detected in Syria, the first appearance of the incurable viral disease there in 14 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

The UN body said initial test results from a cluster of cases of acute flaccid paralysis in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor in early October had come back positive for the crippling disease.
Probably brought by some of the roaming jihadis from the northwest of the Indian subcontinent.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2013 01:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Allan is pleased
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2013 8:59 Comments || Top||


Government
Obamacare woes widen as insurers get wrong data
[Market Watch] Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified.
Krauthammer hit it out of the park yesterday when he said, [paraphrasing a bit here]..... "The irony is, the administration's saving grace was that so few were able to get onto the site".
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And considering that insurers are limited on administrative costs...
Posted by: Pappy || 10/20/2013 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Many young people are unwilling to sign on for this debacle. Many of them are awakening to this costly Ponzi scheme and the attendant impending financial disaster.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2013 11:16 Comments || Top||

#3  "Many of them are awakening to this costly Ponzi scheme and the attendant impending financial disaster."

The same idiots who help get this hopey-changey clown elected and re-elected.

Enjoy, fools, as you live in your parents' basement, jobless and hopeless.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/20/2013 14:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Enjoy, fools, as you live in your parents' basement, jobless and hopeless.
Posted by Barbara


They can't help it Barb, they're the products of 40 years of communist academic indoctrination and guilt.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2013 14:50 Comments || Top||

#5  476,000 ObamaCare applications filed

Posted by: Goober Prince of the Brontosaurs1840 || 10/20/2013 15:11 Comments || Top||

#6  "applications" - that means they hit the first screen. If there were anything other than a total collapse in ENROLLMENTS, they'd have the number handy. So, they know the number of applications, but not enrollments? That bullshit. They're lying. It's a disaster for them
Posted by: Frank G || 10/20/2013 15:19 Comments || Top||

#7  All part of the great plan, I fear. They will say "See, because of Republicans and Tea Partiers fighting Obamacare, it failed. Insurers went out of business because they only got sick old people to sign up. Young healthy people didn't get insurance. Therefore: the only solution is a government run single payer health system"

Obama won't be in office to enact it, but you can bet that Hillary will do it.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/20/2013 15:23 Comments || Top||

#8  My wife is 61 and already has insurance. She had to change it once already because of Obama's retreaded HillaryCare (which got shot down when she put it forth). She is less than enthusiastic about signing up for ObamaCare. Her attitude could be described as one of civil disobedience. Our daughter is in business for herself in Texas. She already has insurance. Knowing her, I would say she doesn't respond well to someone saying she has to buy something she doesn't need or want. I would guess she has an attitude of FOAD towards ObamaCare.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/20/2013 16:30 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm 67, still working, and thank goodness the company I work for provides insurance (which I partly pay for). But they had to completely revamp what they do in order to meet the gummint's requirements and not go broke and make it affordable for us.

Bambi and his minions can go to hell. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 10/20/2013 19:59 Comments || Top||

#10  Barbara, you are lucky your company could revamp. I no longer have insurance, as spouses of employees and their dependents have been dropped from coverage by necessity. Required to cover children to the age of 26, fully covering drug and alcohol rehab, the company was paying for a 25 yo dependent adult with mental issues from the employee's wife's first marriage. Another spouse was retired and qualified for Medicare but chose to use company insurance as it paid for atrociously expensive treatments the government wouldn't cover. We won't even mention experimental cancer treatments that have been capped at $130, 000. Because insurance is so expensive, the company chose a high deductible group policy and self-insured a subsidy for employees, and has for years, but the new requirements would bankrupt them to continue coverage, taking a $75,000 hit on each person insured. Totally destroying any profit margin, this is a fairly common practice for small businesses...this either forces many onto the Obamacare exchanges reluctantly (like me) or will become a single-payer system by design. Maybe destroying business was the plan all along but I know a lot of Obama fans that are now totally pissed off and we have many new libertarians for 2014.
Posted by: Anging Hatfield6648 || 10/20/2013 22:26 Comments || Top||



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Sun 2013-10-20
  Report: 400 arrested in Egyptian operation in Sinai
Sat 2013-10-19
  18 Palestinians Charged in Leb Terrorist Plot
Fri 2013-10-18
  At Least 60 Killed, Hundreds Wounded in Iraq Bombs
Thu 2013-10-17
  Logar Governor Killed By Blast in Mosque
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  Syria fighting rages on despite Muslim holiday
Tue 2013-10-15
  Boko Haram 'kills 24 Nigerian vigilantes in ambush'
Mon 2013-10-14
  Key Syria opposition group refuses Geneva peace talks
Sun 2013-10-13
  Tunisian Forces Clash with Jihadists
Sat 2013-10-12
  US troops capture a senior Pakistan Taliban leader in Afghanistan
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  Libya PM 'Freed' after Several Hours Held by Militia, Calls for Calm
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  Libyan Prime Minister Zeidan kidnapped by gunmen
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  Egypt Strips Muslim Brotherhood of NGO Status
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