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-Lurid Crime Tales-
There are additional suspects in Stephen Paddock firing into crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival,
[Fox5LasVegas] Las Vegas Metro police said they cannot discuss why they cannot release evidence because it would negatively impact their investigation and asked the judge for an on-camera or private meeting to prove their case. Judge Cadish gave them until next week.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/18/2018 04:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The term is in camera and it has nothing to do with imaging devices, but this is the journalism of the "high capacity bullet" type that is prevalent today
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/18/2018 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  AG Sessions needs to explain to the American people exactly what happened. If there are additional perps then tell us so that we can help track them down a la America's most wanted.
Posted by: W. Mussolini3963 || 01/18/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  America's most wanted.

Isn't that Hillary?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/18/2018 9:19 Comments || Top||

#4  They have a week to stop an International Incident with the Saudis or a Constitutional crisis involving "17 intel agencies" responsible for an American massacre. Maybe they should have an investigation and get to the bottom of this.
Posted by: Jeremiah Gleretle3997 || 01/18/2018 11:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Isn't that Hillary?

If it were, she would be living in the White House right now. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/18/2018 12:48 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm guessing they've decided to persecute the girlfriend. Funny how when Muslims are involved in these incidents, family members and friends are generally left alone. It's good to be a member of a protected class.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/18/2018 14:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Gee, you think they would have mentioned this earlier.
Posted by: newc || 01/18/2018 14:27 Comments || Top||

#8  More likely they are withholding evidence that would negatively impact their coverup. This whole Paddock case stinks to high heaven.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/18/2018 19:39 Comments || Top||

#9  So who is driving this narrative?

And who has the most to gain by covering up the facts of the matter?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/18/2018 20:45 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Today's Feelgood Story: NYPD officers raid Newsweek headquarters
About two dozen NYPD offficers and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office raided the offices of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, on Thursday.

IBT Media was co-founded by Jonathan Davis and Etienne Uzac. The IRS placed a $1.2 million federal tax lien against Uzac in December 2017.

The agents were said to be photographing servers in the offices, but not downloading any files at the offices on 7 Hanover Square, according to sources.

They appeared to be photographing the serial numbers on the machines, said a source.

In the past, IBT has been linked to a Christian church founded by Korean American evangelist David Jang and Olivet University, a university in California that Jang’s followers founded.

NYPD and the IRS had not responded to a call by press time. The Manhattan DA declined to comment.
Posted by: gorb || 01/18/2018 14:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  you misspelled "Newsweak"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 14:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Shame on them if they didn't torch the place as they were departing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/18/2018 14:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Hope they turned over all the desks, just to be thorough.
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 15:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Was it worth the dollar you bought it for?
Posted by: newc || 01/18/2018 19:11 Comments || Top||

#5  "We're here looking for illegal content."

"But, sir, this is Newsweek, we have no content!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/18/2018 21:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Raise your hand: Who knew Newsweek was still a thing?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/18/2018 22:24 Comments || Top||

#7  you misspelled "Newsweak"

Sorry. Forgot. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 01/18/2018 23:38 Comments || Top||


Queen Nancy to Judge Drag Queens
[WashingtonPost] She might be more familiar with democracy, but top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is soon going to show her expertise on a certain kind of monarchy: The California congresswoman is slated to appear as a guest judge on RuPaul’s drag-queen competition show "Drag Race All Stars."
This might be interesting.
Yep, the former House speaker will be sizing up the runway action as Mama Ru’s bewigged ladies strut their stuff in search of the coveted crown. Sure, a pol like Pelosi might be an unconventional choice of judge for the VH1 show (other celebs guest-judging the upcoming season include "High School Musical" actress Vanessa Hudgens, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Tituss Burgess, and Broadway icon Kristin Chenoweth).
I have no idea who any of those people are.
But, hey, she does know a thing or two about getting stuff done in high heels (the peripatetic congresswoman is rarely seen without a pair of pumps). And Pelosi, whose district includes San Francisco, has been a longtime supporter of the LGBT community. A Pelosi rep tells us it’s the latter factor that prompted her to sign on to the gig, to show solidarity in the face of what she calls attacks against LGBT people by the Trump administration.
Funny, I haven't seen or heard about attacks by the Trump administration on LGBT people.
Pelosi has been a fan of the show, we’re told, and its credo of being proud of who you are.
Her appearance has already taped, but we couldn’t pry any spoilers out of her about what to expect when the series begins Jan. 25. Just this one from her spokesman: "She had a ’fabulous’ time."
Simply Fabulous
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/18/2018 14:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I always thought Nancy wasn't a woman. When she held the House whip, she had a bigger smile on her face.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 01/18/2018 17:55 Comments || Top||

#2  This should be shoved in her face the next time she complains about Trump behaving in an undignified manner.
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 18:27 Comments || Top||

#3  "Palomino!"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 18:41 Comments || Top||


Theater: North Korea to hold military parade eve of Olympics
[Novosti - Russia] A thaw in relations between North and South Koreas began earlier this month, with the two nations reopening a hotline to discuss the participation of DPRK athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Despite an Olympic thaw between Pyongyang and Seoul, North Korea is planning to hold a military parade on the eve of the world's most well-recognized sporting competition, Yonhap News Agency of South Korea said Thursday, citing an unidentified South Korean government source.

"We believe the North will hold a military parade on February 8th to mark the anniversary of the birth of its regular forces," the source was quoted as saying, adding that the parade would involve some 12,000 soldiers, artillery pieces and other weapons.


At the same time, the South Korean defense ministry spokesman refused to comment on "any matters of military intelligence."

North Korea has been holding military parades to mark a variety of events. In April, 2017, Pyongyang staged a large event, commemorating the 105th anniversary of the North's founder and showcasing the country's weaponry, featuring what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Apart from proposing to take part in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang during his new year speech, Kim Jong-un unveiled plans to "organize combat drills like real battles" during the current year to mark the army's 70th anniversary.

Posted by: 3dc || 01/18/2018 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Commies


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible: study
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/18/2018 08:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No shit...

Especially considering we still have the ice caps they were predicting would be gone.

We still have cold winters and snow...

In fact I would argue 99.99% of the global warming scenarios are not credible.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/18/2018 8:15 Comments || Top||

#2  shove Michael Mann's fake hockey stick up AlGore's fat keister
Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 8:58 Comments || Top||

#3  global warming not credible: common sense.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/18/2018 9:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Welcome to the party, pal!
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 9:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Speaking of Mr. Mann, things are not going well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/18/2018 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  'Global warming' has been going on for 10-15,000 years. Long Island was formed at the end of a glacier thousands of feet thick. Indian relics are found miles offshore under 50' of water. Before we can claim human activity is causing more warming we need to explain why warming should have stopped.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/18/2018 10:19 Comments || Top||

#7  When Daddy saw doves at the Kremlin,
And Mommy conceived in a Gremlin,
It isn't surprising,
Their temperatures rising,
Kids quake as they bake, on a drumlin.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/18/2018 10:20 Comments || Top||

#8  -4F on Clinch Mt, Tennessee this morning.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/18/2018 10:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Everything I have read on global warming contradicts everything I have ever read about the past two ice ages.

The precursor to an ice age is the melting of the polar caps, which reduces the conductivity of heat in the oceans and substantially degrades the ocean currents which are in thermodynamics, convection currents as the oceans try to read thermal equilibrium.

Once the gulf stream and the other warm water currents quit working and the exposed polar oceans pump vast amounts of humidity into the atmosphere, the snow fall grows exponentially and a new ice age begins.

As a side note, the climate alarmists for years were on the ice age bandwagon. In fact a predecessor to "The Day After" was a Paul Newman movie called "Domino" which showed how mankind would adapt and or die as the result of a coming ice age.

So the carbon tax and the carbon credit exchanges that made Al Gore and others wealthy and are weaponized by the left in their eternal quest for power are as we would say "fake news" or "junk science".

In fact, the opposite would most likely happen global warming and the increase in ocean temperatures would radically increase the amount of rainfall. It is no accident that every large desert is faced by an extremely cold water current, the Atakapa, Kalahari, Sahara, and Mojave are all adjacent to cold water currents. Warming those currents would increase humidity and then increase the rainfall...as well as diluting the ocean salinity and reducing the currents.

These climatologists are idiots and do not view weather as part of a much larger set of events/scientific rules that contradict everything they say.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/18/2018 10:30 Comments || Top||

#10  These climatologists are idiots and do not view weather as part of a much larger set of events/scientific rules that contradict everything they say.

But but... we have evidence from our hand-crafted computer models and thoroughly massaged and "adjusted" data showing that global warming climate change is real and we are all doomed. DOOMED, I tell you! (unless you give us more money and regulations)

Personally, I'll be glad when all this nonsense blows over and we can go back to doing science instead of creating a new religion.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/18/2018 11:10 Comments || Top||

#11  Where's the graft and filthy lucre grants in that?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 11:53 Comments || Top||

#12  How do they explain -97F on top og Mt. Washington two weeks ago?
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 12:11 Comments || Top||

#13  What we expect is climate. What we get is weather.

R. Heinlein
Posted by: Iblis || 01/18/2018 13:50 Comments || Top||

#14  How do they explain -97F on top og Mt. Washington two weeks ago?

Slavery and racism.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/18/2018 20:49 Comments || Top||

#15  White Supremacy™
Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 20:51 Comments || Top||


Marvel on Globalization Quest?
[JakartaGlobe] Marvel Wants Writers to Create Indonesian Superheroes

While Indonesian superheroes would be more than welcome in Marvel Comics, writers are still needed to create their stories.

A few months ago, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski told the Jakarta Globe that if any artist, author or publisher pitches a good idea, the company will be happy to make it come true.

There are already several Indonesian illustrators, but no writers yet, working for the giant publisher.

"Artists are half of the creative process. We also need a writer, so we're still looking for a local writer who can bring an original story, make an original character, and make a character in the Marvel universe. So, that's the next step, the final piece of the puzzle that we need. The writer is gonna complete the picture, creating a wholly Indonesian hero," Cebulski said during Jakarta's Marvel Creative Day Out on Friday (12/01).

The Indonesians who work at Marvel Comics include pencillers Ario Anindito and Miralti Firmansyah, colorist Sunny Gho and cover artist Yasmine Putri.

Although they can participate in creating the narrative of a story, they usually focus on the parts they are assigned to. Small improvisations can be made, as long as they do not go against the script created by the writer.

For example, in "Secret Empire: United #1," Ario inserted a picture of the comical Cisewu tiger on Deadpool's sword holster. He did it to commemorate the statue after it was demolished by the Indonesian Military (TNI).

But anything more than that requires a specific process.

"The thought of pitching a story crossed our minds but we just normally don't do that, only on special occasions like portfolio reviews," Sunny said.

Barriers
Cebulski told the audience at Marvel Day Creative Day Out that becoming a Marvel writer is more difficult than becoming an illustrator.

"You have to work your way up through smaller publishers first," he said.

Stories need to be submitted to the company through an agent.

He explained that Marvel takes scripts in two forms: the Marvel style and the screenplay style. The former is just a paragraph that summarizes the story, while in the screenplay style the story is told in details, panel by panel, with dialogues and captions.

Although a language barrier makes Marvel hire mostly native English speakers as writers, Cebulski said they also have authors from South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and China.

But language is not all. New characters are usually introduced in ongoing series, so it is important for aspiring writers to be able to add their stories to the Marvel universe.

"If we have a new character, we have to know how to place them in the Marvel universe. If there is a superhero from Indonesia, which story can they fit? Who will they interact with? How big is their portion in the story?" Ario said.

According to Sunny, who is working for Marvel since 2009, the problem is that in Indonesia making comic-books is a one-person job.

"In the United States [where Marvel is based] people know that being a comic writer is a profession. But in Indonesia, the one who writes the story is the same person as the one who draws," he said.

Fiction writers, on the other hand, rarely use comics to channel their ideas.

"We have a lot of fiction writers but they are not familiar with comics as a medium for fiction-writing. They don't know that there are comic scripts," Sunny said.

Ario encouraged writers to get on board.

"This is a golden opportunity [for writers] to become the first Marvel Comics writer from Indonesia," he said.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/18/2018 07:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Even if they can't read they can look at the pictures. A very viable teaching tool.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 15:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "A mad corporate billionaire time travels to 1883 and causes Krakatoa to erupt in order to fool people out of believing global warming. The ensuing eruption hits the sacred Soetoro tin mine, forging our hero. The special power? When a person has a seizure, Xer actually administers first aid rather than being frightened by evil spirits infecting the patient,"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/18/2018 19:32 Comments || Top||


Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast Michigan residents awestruck
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Again, I wonder if these are precursors.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 2:22 Comments || Top||

#2  southeast Michigan

No secondaries? Also, from the Mirror:

"And the National Weather Service confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/18/2018 12:14 Comments || Top||

#3  "That wind! Sure, it's cuttin' right through me!"
"The sleet's turned to rain now. So gloomy!"
Can't I get some respect
When our paths intersect
And the weather gets boomy and doomy?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 01/18/2018 12:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I guess the "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator" was a dud.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/18/2018 15:37 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
California Neck Stabber was illegal immigrant deported 7 times
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/18/2018 11:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The criminal confederate State of California is to blame.
Posted by: newc || 01/18/2018 16:03 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Armed Antifa PROFESSOR Admits to Chasing Charlottesville Driver With Rifle BEFORE DEADLY CRASH!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/18/2018 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  ANTIFA - a bunch of fascists calling everyone a fascist - funded by George Soros and the piece of shit traitorous democrat party.
Posted by: newc || 01/18/2018 16:01 Comments || Top||

#2  When the event occurred, I saw a brief mention somewhere that the driver was being chased by the rioters. After that one instance, nothing. No sense reporting news that doesn't fit the Narrative, eh?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/18/2018 16:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like a case of manslaughter.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/18/2018 21:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Gateway Pundit - now with even more annoying exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 21:51 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Ethiopia frees opposition leader Merera Gudina
[Al Jazeera] Prominent Æthiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina has been released from prison after more than a year in detention.

The move on Wednesday came two weeks after Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam had announced that placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
"politicians" would have their cases annulled or pardoned "in order to improve the national consensus and widen the democratic space".

The government has so far pardoned more than 500 people tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in the wake of widespread deadly protests that erupted in Æthiopia's central Oromia province in November 2015.

Merera, chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), was released along with more than 100 others from the Kilinto federal prison on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa. Some 360 others were also reportedly freed in the south of the country.

Speaking to news hounds following his release, Merera said it felt "good" to be out of prison and called on the government to hold "honest negotiations" with political organizations "to create a democratic Æthiopia that accommodates everyone equally".

Posted by: Fred || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:


Africa: Sudan Deploys Troops to Eritrea Border Amid Tension With Egypt
[All Africa] Sudan has deployed more forces on its border with Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
amid rising tension in the Red Sea region.

Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour cited security threats on its eastern border.

"Sudan's national army has sent forces to this area to protect Sudan's security. We have information that some entities are targeting us," he said after meeting his Æthiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu in Khartoum on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Sudan closed its border with its eastern neighbour and sent troops to the frontier amid reports that Egypt had deployed troops in Eritrea. Khartoum also recalled its ambassador to Cairo following the reports.

Mr Ghandour said there was a "security threat to our territories from the eastern border" and that that was "why we are anticipating whatever danger can come from there".

Posted by: Fred || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Has Egypt deployed troops to Eritrea? I haven’t noticed anything, but that isn’t something I would unless there was an article in Al Ahram.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/18/2018 14:39 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Survive Poisoning, Be a Border Jumper - Mnangagwa's Tips On How to Become President
[All Africa] Zim-bob-we leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has offered "tips" on how to become president that include surviving a bout of poisoning and skipping the country in fear of your life.

The 75-year-old president was speaking to Zim-bob-weans living in Namibia, which he visited on Monday.

In the light-hearted comments Mnangagwa made it clear that aiming for the top job can be hard, if not life-threatening.

"First you need to be poisoned and you need to survive the poisoning," Mnangagwa said, in quotes carried by the state-run Herald. "Next, you need to become a border jumper. Thirdly, you need people like (Sibusiso) Moyo somewhere," he added.

Mnangagwa suffered poisoning at a rally organised in support of former president Bob Muggsy Mugabe
Nonagenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case. Dumped in November 2017 when the Missus decided she wanted to be president, and opposed heer might against Crocodile Mnangawa Important safety tip: If your opponent goes by the name Crocodile andf your title is Shopper in Chief let him win....
and his wife Grace in August. Mnangagwa's supporters said at the time he had been deliberately poisoned by ice-cream from Grace Mugabe's dairy, a claim that infuriated the former first family.

After Mnangagwa was sacked by Mugabe on November 6, the former vice president skipped the country to neighbouring Mozambique, partly on foot and was ridiculed as a border jumper by Grace Mugabe's political allies.

Mnangagwa, who claimed there had been plans to eliminate him in Zim-bob-we, later flew to South Africa, where he stayed until his return to Harare to take over the reins of power from Mugabe.

The president's reference to Sibusiso Moyo, who is now the foreign minister, refers to Moyo's now-famous role as the army officer who announced the military takeover on state ZBC TV on November 15. He said the army was only targeting "criminals" around Mugabe, who stepped down a week later.

Posted by: Fred || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


Drought-stricken Cape Town, SA could run out of water by April's 'day zero'
One of the world’s favorite tourism designations, South Africa’s iconic city of Cape Town, has less than a 100 days of water supply left if a drought is not relieved soon. The city’s mayor, Patricia de Lille, has again urged Capetonians to conserve water in order to avoid “day zero,” now forecast for April 21.

After three consecutive years of drought, the city’s dams, sourced by rainfall, are sitting at just over 36 percent, with the last 10 percent of water unsuitable for drinking. Apart from asking neighbors to keep an eye on each other’s consumption, the city has also been preparing how to deal with what looks like an inevitable shut down of the taps.

Using water driven in from other provinces, residents would rely on 200 distribution points across the city.

Cape Town has seven projects lined up to supplement water supplies, including desalination plants, water recycling and drilling into the earth’s natural underground reservoir. But it’s unclear whether such projects would be completed in time to prevent taps from running dry.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like South Africa's answer to Democrats running California into the ground.
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Nature has this charming way of showing what "Sustainable" really, positively, seriously means: you shouldn't build a metropolis on this site.
Posted by: magpie || 01/18/2018 1:09 Comments || Top||

#3  There is mention of underground water so why haven't they drilled wells? It's the quickest solution.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/18/2018 1:21 Comments || Top||

#4  There is mention of underground water so why haven't they drilled wells? It's the quickest solution.

See #1. above.

This is NOT a new problem. Why should the Kaffir government in Johannesburg give a wit about grumbling Cape whites or their water challenges ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/18/2018 1:55 Comments || Top||

#5  So, Besoeker, it sounds like Cape Town needs a William Mulholland?
Posted by: 3dc || 01/18/2018 7:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Water theft, waste, crumbling reservoirs and dam infrastructure add to the misery. Luckily, there is still time to blame the former apartheid regime.

An unnamed white South African said this regarding the nation’s current situation:

When the ANC were handed the country on a silver platter (so to speak) 20 years ago there were over 1,020,000 farms successfully feeding its nation and exporting food – feeding the world. Today there are a mere 12,000 productive farms left.. and for the first time in it’s history S.Africa now is forced to import food to feed it’s own citizens. As I write, I just received word that in the Western Cape there is only enough water to last for 2 weeks! This is due to utter incompetence of ANC government blaming previous government for not building enough dams and not building what they did large enough. UGH! 22,000 dams were built by previous government were as a mere 2000 were built by ANC! When ANC became the new governors of the only country in Black Africa with decent infrastructure, resources etc, they opened the borders to every neighboring African country which flooded S.Africa draining the natural resources and bringing their crimes with them.

No matter how “oppressive” apartheid was, at least it kept the trains running on time, your water flowing and, most importantly, kept you alive.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/18/2018 7:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Just need to get a flotilla to push one of those ice sheets we're always being told are breaking off Antarctica to the Cape.
Posted by: Ulith Borgia4740 || 01/18/2018 7:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Or, stop flushing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||

#9  it sounds like Cape Town needs a William Mulholland?

Say what you will about the White Man, but he knows how to do goods, services and infrastructure.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/18/2018 11:16 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela
[PRESSTV] A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas.

Posted by: Fred || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  BLM south?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Late stage socialism. It's what's not for lunch.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/18/2018 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Isn't that what their government already did?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/18/2018 12:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Take them to Detroit!
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 01/18/2018 23:47 Comments || Top||


Economy
Apple announces plans to repatriate $350 billion in overseas cash
[CNBC] The headline from Apple is that it will make a $350 billion "contribution" to the U.S. economy over the next five years, although it's unclear exactly how the company came to that number.

The company also promised to create 20,000 new jobs and open a new campus.

It said it expects to pay about $38 billion in taxes for the horde of cash it plans to bring back to the United States. This implies it will repatriate virtually all of its $250 billion in overseas cash.

Apple also said it will spend over $30 billion in capital expenditures over the next five years. About $10 billion in capital expenditures will be investments in U.S. data centers, the company said.

Apple added that it will spend $5 billion as part of an innovation fund, up from the $1 billion CEO Tim Cook announced last year on CNBC's "Mad Money."

The job creation will include direct employment and also suppliers and its app business, which it had already planned to grow substantially (app developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017.) The new campus will focus on customer support.

Wednesday's announcement indicates that Apple will still have hundreds of billions of dollars in cash. It could spend that money on buybacks, dividends or acquisitions or moonshot projects.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's funny what happens when you lower the cost of doing business, especially over the howling objections of all the Democrats and nearly every member of the media, isn't it?
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 0:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Government seems to be the biggest cost of business.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/18/2018 4:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Isn't it funny how these big companies are run by such left wing people but act like such capitalists? I think it is downright Republican of them to wait to move the money! They need to be fined for withhold such funds from its rightful masters of government and for the people!!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/18/2018 8:22 Comments || Top||

#4  The left-wing elitist think that they are entitled. Paying taxes is for the little people.
Posted by: W. Mussolini3963 || 01/18/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#5  All this ‘good’ and their commuter busses still are targets.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 9:40 Comments || Top||

#6  In a way I think all this is very sad. It's unjust, unfair, and a losing strategy that guys like Apple and Google don't get all the socialism they wish on the rest of us.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/18/2018 10:48 Comments || Top||

#7  They gonna put that new campus in California? Huh? Huh?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/18/2018 11:11 Comments || Top||

#8  In Dallas, next to Amazon’s fulfillment center.
A step up and over HP and Dell still doing their own logistics.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/18/2018 11:49 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Post-mortem points to rape before murder of minor in Mardan
[GEO.TV] Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Inspector-General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud confirmed on Wednesday that the minor girl found dead in Mardan's Gujar Garhi area was strangled to death, but added that the post-mortem report points towards sexual assault.

"Looks like the culprit’s intention was to sexually assault [the minor]," he told media here while detailing the incident.

The minor’s post-mortem also shows signs of torture, the IG said.

Four-year-old Aasma went missing on January 13 from the Gujjar Garhi area and was found the next day at 3pm after efforts by the police and the family, Mehsud said.

Posted by: Fred || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So he raped the 4 yr old first before killing her.

I was afraid it was gonna be weird and unIslamic

Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 12:03 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Trump to speak at Davos on Friday the 26th
[lefigaro] [auto translated by Google] In Davos, Donald Trump will be questioned about the climate and the risks of war

FOCUS - The US President will close the World Economic Forum on Friday, Jan. 26, as the organizers' annual Global Risk Survey puts climate disruption and armed conflict at the top of the list of threats.

The suspense is up. Donald Trump , the first US president to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos for 18 years, will speak on the last day of the conference, which will be held this year from January 23 to 26. The head of the world's leading economic power has given itself the role of concluding the debates, while are expected 3000 participants, half of whom are responsible for companies, mostly multinationals. In addition, 70 heads of state or government will be present, as well as 38 leaders of international organizations (UN, IMF, World Bank, WHO, WTO, ILO among others).
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Posted by: 3dc || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So what are the overs and unders on walk outs when he slams Global Warming and its evil twin Climate Change like a piñata at a East LA picnic?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/18/2018 20:47 Comments || Top||


Government
Gov't workers 'butt hurt' over new 'work from home' rules
[Daily Caller] The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is changing an 8-year-old policy and restricting the amount of days federal employees can telecommute for work, Politico reports.

The USDA is cutting a policy that let workers telecommute for any number of days they could get approved by a supervisor.

"Employees will be permitted to telework two days per pay period and must be at their duty station four days each week," the USDA said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. "And, as was true under the old policy, supervisors must approve any telework agreement."

The new policy exempts collective bargaining agreements where more telecommuting days are allowed.

Many employees in the department are upset over the change, some of whom chose to work for the agency specifically because of the flexible rules on in-office work. The USDA says the new policy will affect about one-fifth of its current workforce, according to Politico.

The new policy will overwhelmingly affect members of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), who often have offices in rural and remote areas. Some USFS members must commute through areas that are vulnerable to bad weather, such as through mountains.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/18/2018 09:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course they are butt-hurt. They might have to actually work.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/18/2018 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  ...that's an assumption. Home or office, does it really matter in non-productive time? However, its a good metric in any downsizing. Who ever arrives late and leaves early is a mark that their job is, shall we say, not challenging?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/18/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Ha ha ha ha - that's a good one, Deacon!
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Expect to see employee's homes or vehicles designated as duty stations.
Posted by: brujotejano || 01/18/2018 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  They can always change the policy again after a target number of employees have quit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/18/2018 14:56 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
San Diego State lecturer will not teach classes after racist comments claims
Followup story on the A-Hole who also tried to get the Aztec mascot banned
[10News] A San Diego State University lecturer who sent racially offensive messages to a white student no longer has teaching duties this semester, an SDSU spokesperson said Wednesday.

Crystal Sudano said Oscar Monge made offensive comments in Facebook messages to her. The messages included talk about a black student being an "Uncle Tom," complaining about the "whiteness" of student government, and even calling Sudano a "White Savior," a term that sometimes refers to a white person who helps minorities to hide their own racism.

Sudano filed a complaint with the school. The California Attorney General's office investigated and determined Monge did harass and discriminate against Sudano because of her race, and threatened her grades, according to a report obtained by 10News.

Monge has not responded to a 10News request for comment.

Other instructors will take over the three classes Monge was scheduled to teach.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/18/2018 07:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...no longer has teaching duties this semester, = still drawing a paycheck?
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  ...of course. The plantation takes care of their favored in the big house.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/18/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The funny thing is these 'smart' elites just don't understand the echo chamber they are in, and that roughly half the student audience is forced to stay silent to protect their grades, and their car from scratches.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/18/2018 10:30 Comments || Top||

#4  The SDSU faculty directory shows the guy as having an M.A. degree but no PhD. Hence the title 'Lecturer'.

By definition he's not tenured and is on a term contract.
Posted by: Snoluting Phomoth8901 || 01/18/2018 13:58 Comments || Top||

#5  having an M.A. degree but no PhD. Hence the title 'Lecturer'.

One can be a professor instead of a lecturer, and tenured as well, without a PhD. The school may have specific rules about that, but in principle lack of a PhD is not a limiting factor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/18/2018 15:05 Comments || Top||


The People Fight Back - Theater Attendance At 24 Year Low
Damn, I love this shit! This is the price Hollywood (and the NFL) will pay for shitting on and insulting at least half the country for the past two or three decades.
[TheWrap] The National Alliance of Theater Owners (NATO) announced Wednesday that the national ticket average for 2017 rose 3.7 percent year-over-year to $8.93, up from $8.65 last year.

At that average, the estimated number of movie tickets sold last year is 1.23 billion. While that is only a rough estimate that does not account for the higher ticket prices for premium formats and theaters in more expensive cities like New York and Los Angeles, NATO’s estimate is the lowest since 1993, when "Jurassic Park" was the top grossing film of the year and an estimated 1.24 billion tickets were sold.
Oh - and you might want to stop making shit movies. That would help as well. Baby steps, people!
Posted by: Raj || 01/18/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Their market strategy is now overseas......ooops.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/18/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Hollywood has decided they don't need us deplorable anymore now that they have the Chinese market.

Unfortunately, the Chinese don't like crap movies either.


Posted by: Frozen Al || 01/18/2018 12:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Some years back I read about the cultural differences in story and movie choices of the Chinese. In a Chinese story the hero usually dies at the end, their feeling was that anybody can be brave if they feel they have even a small chance to survive, if the hero knows that he is absolutely going to die if he continues what he feels is a right path, then he is a real hero.
Holly Wooden heros will seldom take on a role like that.
Posted by: Sloluting and Tenille8977 || 01/18/2018 15:54 Comments || Top||



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