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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Virginia suspect who allegedly beat Muslim girl to death is an illegal immigrant
[HotAir] Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, appeared in court on Monday to face a murder charge after he got into a dispute with the 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and a group of her friends in Sterling, North Virginia, the Fairfax County Police Department said.

Martinez got out of the car, assaulted the girl, and beat her with a metal baseball bat, her mother said. Police later found a body believed to be Hassanen's in a Sterling pond about 25 miles outside of Washington DC.

On Monday afternoon it was reported by NBC4: ‘ICE has lodged a detainer against (Torres) meaning they believe he's here illegally.'
Since this kills two of the left's favorite narratives (illegals are your friends; white islamophobia) expect this story to be quickly round filed for all the MSM outlets.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2017 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah, so that's why they're calling it road rage and not a hate crime. But I gotta tell you, beating a girl to death with a baseball bat sounds awfully hateful.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/20/2017 10:46 Comments || Top||

#2  He looks like white Hispanic to me (certainly a lot whiter then Zimmerman).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/20/2017 12:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Too bad for him that he didn't get arrested in New York city. Mayor deBlasio would have made sure he was protected.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/20/2017 12:31 Comments || Top||

#4  No, he's an illegal ALIEN. And a screaming asshole.

Come after me, jackoff. My two friends - Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson - might have something to say about that. But, being the COWARD that you are, you chased down a defenseless girl instead.

Hope you get put in the general prison population.
Posted by: Barbara || 06/20/2017 14:52 Comments || Top||

#5  ahhhhhhhh the heartwarming crackly crackle sounds of another Lib narrative going up in flames
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/20/2017 22:14 Comments || Top||

#6  If I sound rather cold, let this be a learning experience to all those who would punch above their weight. WTF is a 17 yr old girl doing squaring off with a Man? This is what safespaces breed.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/20/2017 22:18 Comments || Top||

Fleeing Burglar Shoots Back Into Home, Kills Accomplice Running Behind Him
[Breitbart] Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said a burglar fleeing a female resident turned around and shot "back into the house," striking his burglary accomplice in the head and killing him on the spot.
Bibb County, Ga. of course, where else ?
According to The Telegraph, the two suspects were running one behind the other. The one in the lead had the gun and the one following had a television set that he dropped after being startled by the female homeowner.

The suspect who was shot "died in the threshold of the woman’s front door."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 08:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kinda warms the heart, huh?
(At least mine. Number 2's went to room temperature.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/20/2017 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Two counts?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/20/2017 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Karma
Posted by: warthogswife || 06/20/2017 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  See? That's why we gotta pass more gun laws, so the burglars can't kill innocent accomplices!

I does kinda warm my heart, too.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/20/2017 13:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Oops. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 06/20/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||

#6  OK to point and laugh?
Posted by: gorb || 06/20/2017 15:03 Comments || Top||

#7  In cases like this, always, gorb. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 06/20/2017 15:16 Comments || Top||

#8  His share just got bigger.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/20/2017 16:40 Comments || Top||

#9  HA-HA!
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2017 17:03 Comments || Top||

#10  There was an instance in Texas years ago when a soldier came home and chase a rapist everyone had been looking for out of his house. He called the police and they told him it would be a bit before they got there and "by the way make sure you shot him inside your house," When they got their they looked at the blood trail leading back to the house, the bullet holes in the screen door, and said, "Looks like you got him inside the house just in time.
Posted by: Ulains Thuque6389 || 06/20/2017 23:07 Comments || Top||

Man stabbed to death after bad sammich in Brooklyn apartment building
[Daily News] A threesome in Park Slope spiraled into a deadly attack with bats and knives after one of the participants began filming the sexcapade, police sources said.

The Brooklyn bloodshed left Manos Ikonomidis, 20, dead of three stab wounds in the chest and back. He collapsed on the first floor of a building at 16th St. and Seventh Ave. just after 4 a.m. Monday. Earlier, he’d been locked in a steamy romp with an unidentified woman and 21-year-old Jack Doherty.

"It’s something out of a horror movie," stunned building resident Carol Petersen, 37, said. "It’s horrible. It’s a nightmare."

Doherty was being questioned by police, but was not a suspect in the slaying, sources said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

in a steamy romp with an unidentified woman

Out, damned spot! out

Man, the proles are taking this Shakespeare assassination fetish to a different level. Remember kids, its done by professionals on a closed stage, do not attempt at home.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/20/2017 7:41 Comments || Top||

Chicago goes high-tech in search of answers to gun crime surge
[BBC] In a cramped office in a police station in Chicago's 11th district, the sound of gunfire is a little computerised ping that rings out a few times a day.

Somewhere in the district a microphone has picked up the percussive sound of a bullet and sent a signal, via California, to the station, which is where Kim Smith hears about it.

Ms Smith, a data analyst from the University of Chicago, works at one of the city's new Strategic Decision Support Centres, where data, technology, and old-fashioned police work are being combined in an effort to control a sudden surge in gun violence.

Seconds after a ping, a large flatscreen monitor displays a Google map of the gunshot location. Another connects to surveillance cameras activated by the shot, sometimes fast enough to see a gunman fleeing, and usually two or three minutes before the first 911 call comes in.

The strategic centres were established in February after more than 4,000 shootings and 762 homicides in 2016 - a massive 59% increase on the previous year and more murders than New York and LA combined. President Trump threatened in January to "send in the Feds" if the city didn't fix "the horrible carnage".

Taking blueprints from similar operations in LA and New York, Chicago PD set up two centres in the city's two most violent districts - Englewood and Harrison, which account for 5% of the city's population but nearly a third of all shootings last year. Eventually there will be six across the city, with initial set-up costs of about a million dollars each.

Chicago PD borrowed civilian data analysts - including Ms Smith - from the University of Chicago in an attempt to make better use of existing technologies like the Shotspotter microphones and more sense of the crime data routinely collected by the department.

The new cutting edge of anti-gun policing in Chicago had a modest start. The Englewood district centre set up shop in a disused line-up room, the partition wall and one-way glass knocked through to make more room. The first strategic meeting of the Harrison district centre was lit by a single lamp in a bare office.

Now there are large flatscreen monitors fixed to the walls displaying live maps and charts, while analysts track data on two or three screens in front of them. Each morning there is a strategic meeting where officers and analysts pore over maps and reports, attempting to predict trends or identify trouble spots.

Using a piece of predictive software called HunchLab, they translate the data into "missions", which can involve anything from talking to local business owners in certain areas to watching certain surveillance feeds at certain times.

And they might be getting results. The two pilot districts - on the South and West sides - have seen a 30% and 39% drop in gun violence so far this year, against a 15% drop city-wide. Chicago Police Deputy Chief Jonathan Lewin, who oversaw the development of the centres, said it was still early days.

"This is still a pilot so it's tough to determine causality," he said. "Is it the process, is it the technology, is it cars being more mobile because we're tracking them more rigorously? That's the million-dollar question."

In reality, the stakes are higher than that. Chicago's murder rate soared last year, breaking 750 for the first time since the violent crime peak of the early 1990s and putting pressure on the police department to try new approaches.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'High-Tech?' Perhaps less effort should be expended on the process and substantially more effort given the actual causes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 2:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Our scientists discovered that there is a formative pattern that surrounds the brain- kids educated in liberal kinder through - well... kinder care. (K-12-15-20)

They spray the toilet with that poop stuff that makes it not smell and it surrounds their brain preventing anyone from smelling it.

Then they drop YOUR Grand kids into the toilet and the scenty oil surrounds them and then give them a trophy for learning how to be dumber than when they appeared from the Womb.

No one has to learn from anything at all, just follow the narrative.

Now they are no different than a raspberry PI with a redundant software program on it.

A Raspberry pi does not cost $67,000 to birth.
Nor does one require that much to go through college a year and learn no more than a raspberry pi.
Posted by: newc || 06/20/2017 3:24 Comments || Top||

#3  I Know! Build mazes of 1" steel plate in all public right of ways so no one has a clean line of fire!
That's the ticket!
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/20/2017 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Cause of the crime surge?
Bad guys are bad.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 8:46 Comments || Top||

#5  You have to be intelligent enough to ask the right question and ballsy enough not carry your pre-conceptions around.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/20/2017 9:56 Comments || Top||

#6  You cannot apply a technical solution to a social problem.

The problem is men with evil hearts. Until that problem is addressed, all the Strategic Decision Support Centres in the world won't help, even if you use the British spelling of center.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 06/20/2017 9:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Wow, all that tech and money means that CPD will be less late in stopping a crime. The kaboom marks the clock on investigating yet another shooting in neighborhoods where nobody saw anything. Just throwing money at the edges of gang violence so they look like they are doing something.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 06/20/2017 10:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Gun crime surge is due to the 2010 McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court decision, of course. /s
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/20/2017 10:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Did Obama go back to Chicago?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/20/2017 12:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Crime surge is the Ferguson effect. Crime in Chicago is because of long standing liberal control of local government and the policies that go along with that.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/20/2017 12:39 Comments || Top||

#11  This should allow the cops to get there while the dead guy is still warm.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/20/2017 13:23 Comments || Top||

#12  So Illinois got tech instead of a budget?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 13:54 Comments || Top||

#13  Tech is relatively less expensive. This one is a low-budget project. Most of the work has already been done by somebody else. It isn't as labor intensive. And per the article (you did read the article, right?) it's at the Chicago PD level. Doesn't require local politicians to get involved as much; it doesn't require state politicians at all.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/20/2017 14:58 Comments || Top||

#14  Doesn't require local politicians to get involved as much; it doesn't require state politicians at all

This is Illinois, and Chicago specifically, so they will anyway Pappy.

Gotta be some graft there somewhere.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/20/2017 15:05 Comments || Top||

#15  Maybe they shouldn't let gun criminals out early? Maybe they should charge offenders to the extent of the law? Maybe they should go after corruption in the city, county, and state government?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/20/2017 20:32 Comments || Top||

Otto Warmbier dead; former US prisoner of North Korea was 22
[Fox] Otto Warmbier, the American student who was detained and held in North Korea before being returned back to the U.S. earlier this month, has died, according to his family. He was 22 years old.

News of Warmbier’s death follows reports from doctors that he had suffered extensive brain damage and was unresponsive to his surroundings. Officials from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which treated the student upon his return, labeled his condition as a "state of unresponsive wakefulness."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Might be about time to cancel their lease on the USS Pueblo and bring it home. A task long overdue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 7:42 Comments || Top||

#2  My take one this.

The NKors (or their Chinese/Russian/Iranian Doctors) realized that the kid was going to die from whatever they did to him and didn't want it to happen while he was still in North Korea.

They also wanted to make sure that he would never regain consciousness and relate what actually happened to him so took steps to ensure that.

They'll still try to make it seem that sending him home was some sort of 'Grand Gesture', though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/20/2017 8:13 Comments || Top||

#3  The moral of the story is clear: Unless you're Dennis Rodman, don't go to North Korea.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/20/2017 10:52 Comments || Top||

#4  So he was there with a tour group who "will take you where your mother doesn't want you to go." Since the US and NK do not have diplomatic relations, shouldn't this group be accountable. Also sad but true - poor judgment by those who would go on one of these tours.
Posted by: warthogswife || 06/20/2017 12:18 Comments || Top||

#5  I wondered why the kid went to NK. He was on an exchange program from his university (Virginia junior) with China. He was recruited by a travel agent to go to NK under the pretext that "this was the tour your parents don't want you to take." It was also touted oversold as being safe. Ten others went on this tour as well.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/20/2017 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Family declines autopsy for U.S. student released by North Korea

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 06/20/2017 19:10 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Another Left-Wing Science Scandal: Round-Up claims shown to be fraudulent
[PowerlineBlog] Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, the most widely used herbicide in the world. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, meaning it will kill just about any plant. Since it would kill the crop as well as the weeds, for quite a few years it couldn’t be used over the top of an emerging crop. Instead, its use was restricted to lower-value burndown situations, where weeds in a field would be killed prior to planting, or, e.g., to keep down weeds on railroad rights of way.

The first commercially successful genetic modification, carried out by Monsanto, which owned the patents on glyphosate, was to make plants tolerant of glyphosate. A GMO variety, commonly referred to as "RoundUp Ready," would survive a glyphosate application while the weeds in the field would die. The development of glyphosate tolerant crops (soybeans, corn, cotton, eventually others) was a marvel: farmers could apply RoundUp over the top of crops, killing weeds while the crop was unaffected. The result was cheaper food and clothing.

As a bonus, glyphosate was remarkably benign from an environmental standpoint. In general, insecticides are toxic to humans because humans are quite a bit like bugs. Herbicides, on the other hand, are generally not very toxic to humans, because we aren’t a lot like plants. But even in this context, glyphosate stood out as a harmless chemical. It targets an enzyme that is found in plants, but not in humans or animals. Moreover, glyphosate breaks down easily and does not persist in the environment. It is pretty much the perfect herbicide (until resistance starts to develop, but that’s another story).

This sounds like a win-win situation‐cheaper food, better health, longer lifespans‐but some people irrationally hate genetically modified crops, even though the modification‐in this case, making the corn or soybean plant tolerant of glyphosate‐has nothing to do with its nutritional value. After decades of world-wide experience with glyphosate, it was accepted that the product was safe. So it was a bombshell when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared, in March 2015, that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic," based on tests on rodents.

Hundreds of cancer patients promptly sued Monsanto, claiming the company had concealed the danger of carcinogenicity, notwithstanding the fact that it would be hard to find a farmer who hadn’t been exposed to glyphosate. The European Union said it would consider IARC’s finding when deciding whether to continue to allow glyphosate to be used in Europe. "Environmentalists" had scored a major coup.

But the whole thing turned out to be a fraud. Reuters has investigated, aided by access to deposition testimony in one or more of the lawsuits against Monsanto, which evidently was not subject to a protective order. Briefly put, the author of the IARC’s carcinogenicity study, Aaron Blair, an epidemiologist from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, covered up his own research showing that exposure to glyphosate did not lead to a higher incidence of cancer in humans. The story, as reported by Reuters, is astonishing:

Previously unreported court documents reviewed by Reuters from an ongoing U.S. legal case against Monsanto show that Blair knew the unpublished research found no evidence of a link between glyphosate and cancer. In a sworn deposition given in March this year in connection with the case, Blair also said the data would have altered IARC’s analysis.

But the data were not considered by IARC because including them would have made the report too long. Or something. You can read the Reuters story, or even this surprisingly sane Mother Jones article, for the details.

It seems obvious that this is another case where left-wing "scientists" concealed data that would have refuted their theory–here, that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic.* Remarkably, despite exposure of the scandal, IARC "stands by its findings." Politics above all.

Given the many scandals that have emerged in recent years, it is reasonable to ask: can liberals be trusted to do science? Unless and until they commit themselves to fundamental reform, something that is not in prospect, my answer is No.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2017 08:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cool, I was afraid I'd have to dump all mine into the river.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 8:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Skid, only the EPA could do that.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/20/2017 10:06 Comments || Top||

Drunk farmer ‘starts fight with his own pig but dies after having three fingers and his privates bitten off'
A FARMER has died after he brawled with a pig that bit him in the testicles and tore off three of his fingers, it has been reported.

The bizarre incident is said to have occurred in the town of San Lucas Ojitlan, in south-western Mexico.

El Debate reported that farmer Miguel Anaya Pablo, 60, died from an infection caused by the wounds he suffered during the brawl.

Miguel is alleged to have returned home drunk from a party and somehow begun fighting with the pig which he kept in his home.

The animal managed to bite his testicles and severe three fingers of his right hand, the paper claimed, and he was rushed to hospital.

However, he later died due to an infection in the wounds and his body is due to undergo an autopsy, local media reported.

Although the incident has been widely reported in local media, the details have not been independently verified and no news sites ran an image of Miguel.

Posted by: Beavis || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  returned home drunk from a party and somehow begun fighting with the pig

"Hey honey, come to Papa."
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Do not mess with pigs. They will kill you.
Posted by: gorb || 06/20/2017 0:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Do not mess with pigs. They will kill you.
Yeah , just ask Mama Cass
Posted by: Classer || 06/20/2017 4:14 Comments || Top||

#4  That's what you get for fucking with the bacon.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2017 8:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Lol Classer.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/20/2017 8:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Those bar queens are nasty fighters.
Don't drink and fight.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/20/2017 9:54 Comments || Top||

#7  http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/mamacass.asp

I learn something new every day at the 'berg.
Posted by: jvalentour || 06/20/2017 10:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Pigs don't mess with Mrs. G - she kills them.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/20/2017 10:51 Comments || Top||

#9  Here...hold my Cervesa!
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/20/2017 11:22 Comments || Top||

#10  BaconFarmer; its what's for dinner.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/20/2017 11:23 Comments || Top||

#11  I guess he didn't bring home the bacon.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/20/2017 12:11 Comments || Top||

#12  Headline - "Bacon Bites Back"
Posted by: Bobby || 06/20/2017 13:28 Comments || Top||

#13  **snork**
Posted by: Barbara || 06/20/2017 14:56 Comments || Top||

#14  That's not kosher.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/20/2017 16:39 Comments || Top||

#15  Don't bring your junk to a pig fight.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/20/2017 17:42 Comments || Top||

3 arrested for gang-raping and murdering 7-year-old girl in Kunduz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A group of three people were locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in connection to the gang-rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi said the minor girl was initially gang-raped by the men and was strangled to death.

He said the incident took place nearly three weeks ago and the men were arrested after the dead body of the girl was found from a yard.

According to Hamidi, the perpetrators of the incident were arrested during the search operation and investigations of the security forces and their cases have been referred to the judiciary institutions.
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Armed Russian jet comes within 5 FEET of US aircraft
[FOX] An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian Su-27 jet had missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet "rapidly," coming within five feet of the American aircraft, the officials said.

Once alongside, the Russian jet was "provocative" in its flight maneuvers and flying "erratically," according to another official.

Since June 2nd there have been over 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. and Russian jets and warships, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. military considered it "unsafe," according to one official.

The incident comes one day after the Russian Defense Ministry said it would treat any U.S. jet flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as a potential target, following a U.S. Navy jet’s shoot-down of a Syrian jet that was targeting U.S.-aligned fighters.

Related: The Hill - US signals involvement in Syria could escalate
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 13:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#2  I wonder if the reconnaissance aircraft was shadowed by a Raptor . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 06/20/2017 15:02 Comments || Top||

#3  I suppose that's 5 'metric' feet.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 17:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe the United States should hire them to pilot their naval destroyers ! Pathetic!
Posted by: Snilet Hatrack8707 || 06/20/2017 17:48 Comments || Top||

Child, woman among seven hurt in Karachi gunsex orgy
[DAWN] At least seven people received bullet injuries as a result of gun sex in different parts of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
soon after the Pakistain cricket team defeated India to clinch the Champions Trophy.

"We received seven people with bullet wounds at several government hospitals in Karachi," said Police Surgeon Dr Aijaz Khokhar. The police surgeon added that a child and a woman were also injured. He said that the condition of all those injured was out of danger.

A DSNG engineer belonging to the 24 News channel, Shariq Ishtiaq, sustained bullet wounds when unknown people resorted to firing outside the residence of Pak skipper Sarfraz Ahmad in the Buffer Zone area.

SSP Central Muqaddas Haider confirmed the firing incident and added that engineer was initially taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and later referred to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali told Dawn that Shariq sustained wounds on his head but his condition was stable.

Dr Jamali further said that 15-year-old Husain Raza was also brought to the hospital from Model Colony with a bullet wound on his abdomen. His condition was said to be serious.

Dr Jamali later said one of the victims had succumbed to injuries.

Two other persons, identified as Faraz, 22, from Lines Area and Sardar Sultan, 30, from Orangi Town were also brought with bullet wounds for treatment at JPMC.

A top police official told Dawn that the police would conduct raids to arrest the suspects involved in jubilation firing. He said spent bullet casings were being collected and information being taken from witnesses to ascertain the identity of the culprits involved in firing incidents in different parts of the city.

Aerial firing incidents were also reported in various area of the country. At least six people sustained injuries from stray bullets in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
's Mardan district only.

In Mardan, a large number of people and media personnel had gathered at the residence of star batsman Fakhar Zaman in Katlang tehsil. The revelers fired shots in the air, set off fireworks and distributed sweets to celebrate Pakistain’s win over their arch rival, India.

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Man allegedly kills niece in the name of 'honour'
[DAWN] A man rubbed out his 19-year-old niece and injured another man in the name of 'honour' in Sanghar's Shahdadpur area on Monday.

Darya Khan Talpur Station House Officer Muhammad Younis Jatt said Samina Talpur's uncle, Ghulam Hussain Talpur, confessed to shooting her and the man after allegedly seeing them together in a compromising position.

SHO Jutt said Samina was struck down in his prime, whereas the man sustained multiple wounds and was admitted to Civil Hospital Hyderabad at death's door.

The police officer said the main accused is the maternal uncle of the female victim.

Samina's body was handed over to her father for burial following a post-mortem examination.
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "You put out for strangers, but not for your own uncle!" Bum! Bum!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/20/2017 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Niece? What next, second cousins twice removed?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/20/2017 7:36 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Video: F-35B Ship Suitability Testing
Posted by: Slesing Unaitle1965 || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Huh, must be 2.
I thought that one was at the airshow.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess rough weather landings will be the next tests? Since the wings don't appear to fold I wonder how many they can store?
Posted by: Ulains Thuque6389 || 06/20/2017 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  The Harrier's wings also don't fold.
Posted by: Heriberto Hitler2500 || 06/20/2017 4:04 Comments || Top||

#4  The Marines will probably like it then. I didn't see if it had a lug for the bayonet.
Posted by: Ulains Thuque6389 || 06/20/2017 5:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Mods, what happened to my reply?
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 8:02 Comments || Top||

#6  No idea. Please re-post.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 8:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Skid there are around 200 of them ATM.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/20/2017 8:23 Comments || Top||

#8  #1 Huh, must be 2.
I thought that one was at the airshow.
Posted by Skidmark

Skidmark, there are three variants of the F-35. The one at the airshow is the "A" variant, while the navy one above is the "B" variant:


(continued in next post)

Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 8:36 Comments || Top||

#9  (Continued from previous post)



There are also other versions, I will post link to those in another comment.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||

#10  Other versions

It appears I'm only allowed a maximum of two links per comment post.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 8:40 Comments || Top||

#11  I thought all domestic units were grounded last week due to pilot air?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 8:43 Comments || Top||

#12  It appears I'm only allowed a maximum of two links per comment post.

Right. Fred instituted that rule, Seeking cure, when we were having a spam problem in the Burg. Made my life a bit difficult until I internalized it; but as you just discovered, it's survivable. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2017 9:28 Comments || Top||

#13  #11 I thought all domestic units were grounded last week due to pilot air?
Posted by Skidmark

The air show planes are not flying high enough to require supplemental oxygen use. I think they can fly up to 12,000 feet before the pilot is required to use supplemental oxygen.

TW, thanks, I'll remember that from now on, luckily it doesn't happen too often.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 9:47 Comments || Top||

#14  So how did they fix the exhaust problem? Early on, it was reported that the exhaust was so hot it would melt the flight deck.
Posted by: Juting Clolugum7534 || 06/20/2017 12:04 Comments || Top||

#15  the wings don't appear to fold I wonder how many they can store?

The F-35C (intended for USN and MC carrier operations) has foldable wing tips.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 06/20/2017 12:13 Comments || Top||

#16  Military O2 Requirements:


6.4. Oxygen Requirements. (N/A for UAS ground control stations) The PIC shall ensure
sufficient oxygen for the planned mission (including contingencies) is available to all occupants
before takeoff. Normally, aircrew will use supplemental oxygen anytime the cabin altitude
exceeds 10,000 ft MSL.
6.4.1. Unpressurized Operations. When mission essential, aircrew trained IAW AFI 11-
403, Aerospace Physiological Training Program, may operate aircraft unpressurized above
10,000 ft. MSL without supplemental oxygen IAW MAJCOM guidance and the following
6.4.1. (ACC) Unpressurized Operations. For any scheduled mission where cockpit
pressure will exceed 18,000 feet MSL, all aircrew members/occupants will prebreathe 100%
oxygen for at least 30 minutes prior to the cabin altitude exceeding 10,000 feet MSL. Any
break in this prebreathing cycle will require either starting the cycle again or removal of the
affected individual from the flight. Total flight time (without supplemental oxygen) above 10,000 ft. MSL shall not
exceed 1 hour if any portion of the flight above 10,000 ft. MSL is in IMC, at night, or
when using NVGs, employing weapons, conducting airdrop or air-refueling, or
performing high-g maneuvers. Maximum of 30 minutes (without supplemental oxygen) between 12,500 and
14,000 ft. MSL. Supplemental oxygen must be used by all persons while above 14,000 ft. MSL. Any occupant, not trained IAW AFI 11-403, limits the cabin altitude to: 10,000 ft. to 13,000 ft. MSL for three hours without supplemental oxygen. 13,000 ft. MSL without supplemental oxygen. FL 250 shall not be exceeded even if occupants have oxygen (see paragraph 6.5)
6.4.2. Pressurized Operations. Pilots flying pressurized aircraft maintaining a cabin
altitude below 10,000 ft. will comply with Table 6.2. Each crewmember shall use
supplemental oxygen anytime the cabin altitude exceeds 10,000 ft MSL. (Added-ACC) The following oxygen restrictions apply to aircrew members: (Added-ACC) Bomber crewmembers will wear oxygen masks from
initial takeoff to the initial oxygen check. Additionally, bomber pilots will wear
oxygen masks during air refueling from pre-contact through termination of actual
refueling operations and from the final approach fix or turn to visual final through
landing or missed approach. (Added-ACC) In the B-1, when readily available oxygen is required, the
helmet with oxygen mask attached satisfies this requirement, provided adequate
oxygen sources are available.
70 AFI11-202V3_ACCSUP_I 28 NOVEMBER 2012 (Added-ACC) When readily available oxygen is required, the troop
oxygen system with troop masks installed, satisfies this requirement for aircraft so
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 06/20/2017 13:13 Comments || Top||

#17  So how did they fix the exhaust problem? Early on, it was reported that the exhaust was so hot it would melt the flight deck.
Posted by Juting Clolugum7534

As far as can be told, they didn't. With the typical brilliant bureaucrat logic, it apparently was decided to fix the problem by reinforcing the flight deck, use heat resistant concrete in runways, et. al..
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 13:44 Comments || Top||

U.S. Quietly Admits Covert Klingon 'Regime Change' Role in 1953 Iranian Coup
[Free Beacon] The Trump administration has released a long-suppressed and classified government report disclosing U.S. clandestine action in Iran that outlines America's role in the country's 1953 coup, the State Department announced last week in a move that is likely to roil the Islamic Republic.
Can anyone think of a CIA sponsored 'Regime Change' that ended well ?
The report, which details covert U.S. operations in Iran, has been the source of controversy for quite some time, as the former Obama administration had suppressed its publication in a bid to avoid upsetting Iran during diplomatic efforts to foster the landmark nuclear deal.

While a small portion of the report still remains classified, its release marks the first time the United States is officially acknowledging its clandestine role in the 1953 coup against the Iranian government led by Mohammad Mosadeq.

Multiple efforts to force publication of the documents were blocked by the Obama administration during its time in the White House, and it seemed the report would not see the light of day as late as April of this year.

However, the State Department quietly released the detailed report late last week, potentially in an effort to minimize the fallout.

"There is no known evidence that Secretary of State Tillerson participated in the decision to permit publication," according to the Federation of American Scientists, or FAS which has long been tracking the publication.

The State Department did appear to bury the report's release last week.

Very good at that, "burying the reports.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In a review of Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes, historian Michael Beschloss wrote, "Mr. Weiner argues that a bad C.I.A. track record has encouraged many of our gravest contemporary problems... A generation of Iranians grew up knowing that the C.I.A. had installed the shah," Mr. Weiner notes. "In time, the chaos that the agency had created in the streets of Tehran would return to haunt the United States."

The administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower considered the coup a success, but, given its blowback, that opinion is no longer generally held, because of its "haunting and terrible legacy". In 2000, Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, said that intervention by the U.S. in the internal affairs of Iran was a setback for democratic government. The coup is widely believed to have significantly contributed to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which deposed the "pro-Western" Shah and replaced the monarchy with an "anti-Western" Islamic republic.

"For many Iranians, the coup demonstrated duplicity by the United States, which presented itself as a defender of freedom but did not hesitate to use underhanded methods to overthrow a democratically elected government to suit its own economic and strategic interests", the Agence France-Presse reported.

United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, who visited Iran both before and after the coup, wrote that "When Mossadegh and Persia started basic reforms, we became alarmed. We united with the British to destroy him; we succeeded; and ever since, our name has not been an honored one in the Middle East."
Emphasis added

Wiki Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/20/2017 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran only exists today, because the USA threatened nuclear war against the Soviets who had occupied a third of present day Iran after WWII.

But that doesn't fit anyone's narrative.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/20/2017 4:39 Comments || Top||

#3  I think ousting Tenet was a good regime change.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2017 8:38 Comments || Top||

#4  A way of saying "We did it once; we can do it again"?
Posted by: Pappy || 06/20/2017 10:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Iran only exists today, because the USA threatened nuclear war against the Soviets who had occupied a third of present day Iran after WWII.

Might have been better to let the Ruskies have it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/20/2017 10:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Might have been better to let the Ruskies have it.

Hindsight. But the fear was the Soviets would control most of the world's oil supply, and it would have been a very different Cold War.
Posted by: phil_b || 06/20/2017 17:18 Comments || Top||

Israel gets spooky with national quantum lab
[TheRegister] Plan is to spin up single photons as a comms medium

Israel has entered the quantum communications arms race, announcing it's going to build a national demonstrator for "spooky" communications.
This Israel effort is far more believable than the China announcement from a few days ago. (Rantburg article link)
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 06/20/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The only problem is that pesky Heisenburg uncertainty thing about knowing a particle's data but not it's location, or vice versa.
They're not freakin' carrier pidgeons, ya know.
Posted by: ed in texas || 06/20/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||

#2  So, as long as the sender's location is secret, his data has high confidence?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/20/2017 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  I am uncertain about Heisenburg's Principle.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/20/2017 16:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Heisenburg and Shrodinger are driving down the road.
Heisenburg says, "Erwin, I think you ran over a cat."
Shrodinger asks, "Is it dead?"
Heisenburg replies, "I cannot be certain."
Posted by: SteveS || 06/20/2017 17:51 Comments || Top||

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