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Robert Mueller Requests Postponement of General Mike Flynn Sentencing… It was a set up
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Agent sniffs out 77 illegal immigrants crammed into a sweaty truck after their BODY ODOR gives them away in second massive truck bust at Mexican border this week
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Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A nose for crime.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 15:14 Comments || Top||

#2  I often detect as I motor
Through Nuevo Aztlan the sweet odor
Of pobres, cansados,
Colonias... Si! Eau de voter!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/01/2018 22:04 Comments || Top||

Police question Tariq Ramadan over sex abuse claims
[Al Jazeera] French police have questioned prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan over allegations over rape and sexual assault.

Two women filed complaints against Ramadan for an alleged rape in 2009 and an alleged sexual assault in 2012.

Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Oxford, has denied the allegations.
No, no! Certainly not!
One of the women claims she was abused by the scholar in a hotel in 2012. The woman, Henda Ayari, said she described parts of the assault in a book published in 2016. Back then, she did not reveal the identity of her assailant, but in the wake of the MeToo-movement Ayari said the encounter involved Ramadan.

Ayari then filed a formal complaint with police in Rouen.

Shorlty after, a second woman came forward who said she had gone through a similar experience with Ramadan in 2009.

Following the allegations, French police started a preliminary investigation.

After the accusations became public, Ramadan filed a complaint against Ayari for slander.

He also took a leave of absence from the University of Oxford.

A joint statement from Ramadan and the university said the leave would allow him to face the "extremely serious allegations made against him".
This article starring:
Tariq Ramadan
Posted by: Fred || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing will come of it. He might even win his slander suit and get an apology for disturbing his studies,
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/01/2018 9:14 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Indian NGO advocates remarriage of ‘tiger widows’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Live, from the Sundarbans!
Posted by: Fred || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tony, is that you?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/01/2018 7:55 Comments || Top||

Train carrying members of Congress ‐ including House Speaker Paul Ryan ‐ hits a truck
A dreadful thing. There really are no words to express the sadness over one death mixed with gratitude that there were not more hurt or killed.

GOP doctor-lawmakers rush to aid of injured after deadly train wreck
Admirable. It makes one wonder how many Democratic Congresscritters have such useful skills...
And courtesy of charger:
Bill Kristol's Original Tweet On the Train Crash
Since deleted, but preserved for posterity.

Slimy little shit, ain't he?

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336076 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kristol should be called out for what he is at every opportunity: a charlatan and a poseur. That goes for the rest of the NeverTrumpers as well.
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/01/2018 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  You can call them "tweets" or you can call them "brain droppings"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/01/2018 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  If someone could explain to me what the hell is wrong with all these Never Trumpers, that would be great. For the life of me, I can’t understand what their problem is, and I have good friends who were and remain steadfastly Never Trump. It seems to boil down to Trump being “unfit” for office but I think that’s only true if you believe what the MSM wants you to believe. Which I don’t, obviously, and believe that only a fool would do so.
Posted by: Eltoroverde || 02/01/2018 9:01 Comments || Top||

#4  If someone could explain to me what the hell is wrong with all these Never Trumpers, that would be great. For the life of me, I can’t understand what their problem is....

The fear of Roe vs Wade being overeturned.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 9:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Train - 1, Truck - 0

Don't play soccer on the railroad tracks boys and girls.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/01/2018 9:10 Comments || Top||

#6  this sounds like the truck was at fault here
Posted by: lord garth || 02/01/2018 9:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Circumstances aside, the only man actually working for a living was killed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

#8  Mr. Wife, who generally has a relentlessly analytical mind, loathes Donald Trump, and always has. The public persona of brash self-promotion, serial wives and girlfriends, the casino business that must have led him to a modus vivendi with mobsters, that apparently everything is transactional... Mr. Wife sees correctly that such a man would be destructive as he worked his way up in a corporate environment. He considers everything the president says a lie, and at this point is not interested in looking deeper into stories of how he acts when the cameras are off. Perhaps by 2020 the facts on the ground will keep my husband from voting for the Democrat for the second time in his life, but I have given up trying to discuss it with him. It may have something to do with the fact that despite loathing George W. Bush, too, he voted for Mr. Bush twice as the lesser evil. But he came to believe Mr. Bush did an unacceptably poor job — not that the other guys would have done any better.

They will only be persuaded when they can look back from a distance, assuming President Trump continues to deliver, like all those who eventually came round on Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Fortunately, the ratio among the voters favours Mr. Trump and his supporters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/01/2018 9:54 Comments || Top||

#9  It may have something to do with the fact that despite loathing George W. Bush, too, he voted for Mr. Bush twice as the lesser evil. But he came to believe Mr. Bush did an unacceptably poor job — not that the other guys would have done any better.

Me thinks Mr. Wife is not alone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 9:59 Comments || Top||

#10  like all those who eventually came round on Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

As someone who, I'll admit it, voted for carter and was a democrat. I agree! Took me awhile to recognize that Reagan (or RayGuns as I used to refer to him as a democrat) was great president - perhaps one of the greatest. I think Trump will go down in history likewise.
Hindsight is, occasionally, 20/20
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/01/2018 10:17 Comments || Top||

#11  #8 T.W. We all have histories of traveling down wrong paths. Sometimes we act on partial or faulty info.

Carter got elected as a response by the voters to Watergate. George W. followed the Clintons. He was the lesser of two evils (in 2000, it was Gore and in 2004, that dufuss JFnKerry). Sometimes the choices aren't good. In 2016, Trump is probably a bit of everything Mr. Wife says and yet he was by far the best choice over Hidabeast. IMHO, Obama, the Clintons and the Dems took this country to the brink of destruction. Most of us have family members like Mr. Wife whom we live with and love. Perhaps Mr. Wife will see things your way in the future--keep trying.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/01/2018 11:05 Comments || Top||

#12  My sympathies, TW. I'm sure many have said it better than I ever could, but my issue with the NeverTrumpers is that they thought (and still think!) that the country would be better off with Hillary (spit) and her myrmidons holding power. Whatever Trump's failings might be, they pale in comparison to her serial felonies, overt power lust, and total contempt for us Deplorables. We all know that any politically unconnected person who did half of what she's done would be permanently enjoying life in the Crossbar Hotel.

Where would we be if HRC had won? We'd have a Supreme Court tearing up the Constitution, continuing economic stagnation (with higher, not lower, taxes), and millions of illegal aliens pouring across the border.
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/01/2018 11:33 Comments || Top||

#13  Another reluctant Trump voter here.

I made my mistake voting for Carter because I believed him, especially on zero based budgeting.

Only time since that I didn't vote for the 'pub was in 1992 when I voted for the Libetarian instead of GHWB.

Trump is boorish to be sure but what has he done that isn't spot on?
Posted by: AlanC || 02/01/2018 12:24 Comments || Top||

#14  Personally I think the #NeverTrump crowd are liberals who found they could make a career out pretending to be Conservative Lite. But like all liberals they have become unhinged in the era of Trump.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/01/2018 17:23 Comments || Top||

#15  Never underestimate the power of ego investment and the need to see oneself as having been right all along about Trump, and thus ever so much smarter than the lumpen.

And then there those who seem to think that "true conservatism" is an aesthetic rather than an ideology or philosopy.
Posted by: charger || 02/01/2018 17:32 Comments || Top||

#16  Mr. Wife voted for George W. in the 2000 election, when I voted for Al Gore. He and I often come to different political conclusions from the same information — he being in general more conservative fiscally and more liberal socially than I. What matters is that he has a good and loving heart, and takes his responsibilities seriously.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/01/2018 17:59 Comments || Top||

#17  Traditionally there have been two choices for Prez. Ones that want to rule you (regulations) and the ones don't. This time we needed a really boorish one that doesn't want to rule you because DC became all about ruling you.
Posted by: Bill Cleretle2363 || 02/01/2018 20:12 Comments || Top||

#18  Chappaqua Sanitation Inc?
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 02/01/2018 21:57 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Snow in southern Morocco
[MoroccoWorldNews] After several decades of extremely dry weather, residents in southern regions of Morocco finally woke up this morning to an unusual snowfall that currently impacted Ouarzazate, Taroudant and even Zagora, which has not experienced snowfall for fifty years.
Lots of videos at the link.

fyi - Zagora, Morocco is at about 30N latitude which is about the same as New Orleans or Houston -- the difference is that Morocco has the Atlantic Ocean to their west and the prevailing winds are from that direction so getting snow requires a long fetch of winds from the north over several days plus some upper air support
Posted by: lord garth || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That whopper we had last week still had a load to dump.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Like a Thief in the night
Posted by: newc || 02/01/2018 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Was AlGore visiting?
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/01/2018 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Soon to be the North Pole.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 10:38 Comments || Top||

Female scientists discover 80-million-year-old dinosaur in Egypt
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A team of female Egyptian researchers achieved a scientific breakthrough at the Mansoura University in northern Egypt with an important discovery which sparked global interest.
Not just scientists, but female scientists! Kathleen Kenyon's probably really impressed.
The research team, headed by Dr. Hisham Salam, Director of the Excavation Center at Mansoura University, managed to discover a huge dinosaur fossil in the Dakhla Oasis in the New Valley Governorate in the Western Desert of Egypt, with a long neck and four legs aging 80 million years.

"The dinosaur is an herbivore and belong to the Cretaceous era and a group called Tyrannosaurus," said Dr. Hisham Salam, director of the excavation center and head of the research "the group included the largest wild animals that lived on the earth now known as the Mansourasaurus shahinae or the Mansoura lizard in reference to where it was discovered. It is 10 meters long and weighs 5.5 tons."

Salam revealed that the dinosaur lived near the shore of an ancient ocean that existed well before the Mediterranean Sea, and is among the few species of dinosaurs that lived during the last 15 million years.
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#1  Call it Hagus Pelosius.
Posted by: gorb || 02/01/2018 2:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, female scientists.

Look at where this was published. Consider the Saudi crown prince's recent moves. Recognize groundwork being laid.
Posted by: Snoluting Phomoth8901 || 02/01/2018 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Recognize groundwork being laid.

Contextually appropriate but perhaps better represented as 'layed'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  "The dinosaur is was an herbivore and belonged to the Cretaceous era..."


Past vs. Present just makes me tense!
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 02/01/2018 12:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Play, gentleman dinos audacious,
Magnolias, and ladies flirtatious!
Live fervently, y'all,
For a terrible fall
Will lay waste to your gracious Cretaceous.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/01/2018 23:47 Comments || Top||

#6  I hate when giant rocks fall the sky. But I like the poetry.
Posted by: George Tojo1242 || 02/01/2018 23:50 Comments || Top||

Earth's magnetic poles ‘about to flip’ killing MILLIONS leaving parts ‘uninhabitable'
*sigh* This was going to be the panic after comtrails precipitating clouds to reduce the sunlight reaching the surface, but global warming had a scarier emotional hook. It looks like someone thinks we’ve passed peak climate change, and decided to dust off this old chestnut.
Scientists have estimated the magnetic field that protects the Earth and is key to life has weakened by about 15% in the past 200 years.
The field has flipped many times in the Earth's history. A flip is several thousand years overdue, however, we are talking geologic time not human time. I wouldn't loose any sleep over it unless you still have a magnetic compass or are a migratory bird.
As long as we have satellite-guided GPS, we won’t need need magnetic compasses to navigate, right? And migratory birds must have handled pole flips somehow — those flying descendants of dinosaurs have been around a long time.
And they have suggested this could be a sign the Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to completely flip.

Our planet is a molten core that generates a huge magnetic field capable of defending it from solar storms coming the Sun.

This field extends thousands of miles into space and has a key role in every part of life on Earth, and our technology such as global communications and power networks.

Experts have warned of the danger in a new book called "The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force that Created the Modern World and Could Destroy It".
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#1  Our planet is a molten core that generates a huge magnetic field

So, like, won't the magnets pull the satellites down?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Whoever wrote this is scientifically illiterate. It is like letting Jim Carey and Jenny McCarthy write an article of immunology. Unless this is the equivalent of the Weekly World News or National Enquirer "Bat Boy Alien" reports, they should be ashamed.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/01/2018 0:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I love these stories. "We're all doomed! Doooooomed!"
Posted by: PBMcL || 02/01/2018 1:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Gaia is angry with Trump?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/01/2018 2:17 Comments || Top||

#5  It looks like someone thinks we’ve passed peak climate change, and decided to dust off this old chestnut.

It only matters if the OWG folks figure out a way to tax it.
Posted by: gorb || 02/01/2018 2:25 Comments || Top||

#6  It looks like someone thinks we’ve passed peak climate change, and decided to dust off this old chestnut

Me, I'm waiting for the return of polywater - I loved polywater.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/01/2018 2:29 Comments || Top||

#7  The Magnetic North Pole is heading North-Northwest at approximately 55 km per year... Next Stop Siberia? Has to be Climate Change, right, right???
Posted by: magpie || 02/01/2018 2:35 Comments || Top||

#8  I loved polywater.

Polywater is all fun and games - until it turns into ice-nine.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/01/2018 2:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Only less capitalism and more socialism can stop the magnetic flip. If you do not believe me then you hate science and are a racist.
Posted by: airandee || 02/01/2018 4:11 Comments || Top||

#10  its just propaganda for book
Posted by: Greack Thraish2673 || 02/01/2018 6:00 Comments || Top||

#11  But we are ALL doomed. None is going to get out of this world alive.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/01/2018 8:43 Comments || Top||

#12  So media types are falling back on their Prime Directive - scare the living shit out of its readers. Plus ça change ...
Posted by: Raj || 02/01/2018 8:53 Comments || Top||

#13  The history of tracking pole shift began I think in the late 1700's by British ships noting compass changes in the south Atlantic. Then someone discovered some snails who's shells grow clockwise to counterclockwise depending on pole shift.

And when the field flips it also tends to become very weak and so does Earth's protection from solar radiation.

At one point the South Pole was over Africa. And the planet is still standing. Semirelated. Mars magnetic field shut off billions of years ago.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/01/2018 10:02 Comments || Top||

#14  Magnetic poles flip, women and minorities hit hardest.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/01/2018 10:19 Comments || Top||

#15  Don't forget that the Earth, and the solar system itself is circling the center of the galaxy at several hundred miles-per-hour. Such a reckless speed! We are bound to hit something!

We need a Galactic Rotational Speed Tax immediately!

And of course if you don't support this settled science then... you just want people to die you racist!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/01/2018 10:20 Comments || Top||

#16  That's a great link Woodrow. Thanks.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 10:43 Comments || Top||

#17  The Daily Star--doom and gloom merchants.

Meanwhile, the Dems will be claiming this is racist, dividing, xenophobic, islamaphobic, homophobic, anti-transgender, anti-womyn, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigration and DACA, environment-destroying...and it's all Trump's and the Pubs' fault.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/01/2018 10:43 Comments || Top||

#18  The only polar shift is the ice from the north pole to the south pole.
Posted by: newc || 02/01/2018 16:17 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Kenya extends TV station ban over Odinga 'inauguration'
[Al Jazeera] The government of Kenya has called a symbolic swearing in of opposition leader Raila Odinga a "well-choreographed attempt to subvert or overthrow" the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the interior ministry also said that it would keep three independent TV stations, which had planned to broadcast the event, off air pending investigation.

They said that broadcasting the event amounted to a "serious breach of security".

Citizen, NTV and KTN TV were taken off the air by authorities on Tuesday over plans to cover the ceremony at Nairobi's Uhuru Park.

Also on Wednesday, local media reported that an opposition politician who had presided over the swearing-in had been locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
TJ Kajwang was said to have been taken to the headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Nairobi.

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Africa North
Egypt's Sisi Inaugurates Zohr Gas Field
It will make Egypt less dependent on Gulf oil and IMF money for a while, until the birthrate once again overwhelms the country's resources.
[AnNahar] Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday inaugurated the offshore Zohr gas field, aimed at making the Arab world's most populous country self-sufficient in natural gas by the end of 2018.

"We are now entering into the self-sufficiency stage... and, God willing, by the end of the year we will have reached self-sufficiency," Petroleum Minister Tarek al-Molla said at a ceremony in the northern city of Port Said, broadcast live on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
In December, the oil ministry said it was starting production from the field discovered in 2015 by Italian energy giant Eni with an initial 350 million cubic feet (10 million cubic meters) a day.

Molla, at the ceremony attended by Sisi, said Egypt expects it "will be able to stop importing liquefied natural gas... and therefore save what we import which is $230 million per month, or $2.8 billion annually."

The Egyptian government is trying to roll back the impact of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
and led to years of political, security and economic turmoil.
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Saudi women may drive taxis to transport female passengers
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi women may be able to drive taxicabs from June when women in the Kingdom are officially allowed to drive cars, chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) Rumaih al-Rumaih has said.

The PTA is currently making rules and regulations to enable Saudi women to drive taxicabs that will transport female passengers only, al-Rumaih told Okaz/Saudi Gazette in an interview.

Ride-hailing app companies Uber and Careem have already announced plans to hire female Saudi drivers.

Careem plans to hire more than 10,000 female captains (drivers) by June 2018, Abdullah Elyas, co-founder and chief privacy officer at Careem, was quoted as saying by CNN. "Female captains will help us provide a better service to many women who want to travel but refuse to be driven by men," he said.

Careem has already received thousands of applications from Saudi women interested in becoming drivers, Elyas said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities surprised after 107,000 women apply for 140 jobs
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Saudi General Directorate of Passports has said that it was surprised to receive 107,000 job applications from female nationals in one week.

There are only 140 available positions.

The directorate had placed the job offerings on its website last week which included positions at airport immigration or the kingdom’s air, land and sea ports. The jobs target female Saudi nationals holding a high school degree or its equivalence.

Posted by: Fred || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  GOD Bless you Kingdom of Saud for making sure at least some positions are filled by Competent Employees instead of hiding them from the rest of the world.

Posted by: newc || 02/01/2018 0:30 Comments || Top||

Immigrants Sent $140 Billion From U.S. Back To Homelands in 2016
[Breitbart] Legal and illegal immigrants wired almost $140 billion from the United States back to their home countries and foreign relatives in 2016.

The huge loss of domestic spending by of immigrants’ remittances is spotlighted in a new report by the Pew Research Center, which also noted that $6.5 billion was sent back to the United States by foreign-based U.S. workers. That is a 21-fold difference and is enough money to support 2.6 million additional $50,000 jobs in the United States.

The remittance number is based on calculations by the World Bank.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 01:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about a little tax on those transfers to help Uncle Sam with illegal immigration and the wall ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 1:37 Comments || Top||

#2  About 2% ought to be enough to build the wall in three or four years.
Posted by: gorb || 02/01/2018 2:20 Comments || Top||

#3  You could probably go closer to / at 5% before they start looking for alternative methods.
Posted by: Raj || 02/01/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  These are only the 'legal', auditable paths.
The web delivers much more offshore via online gaming and gambling, pay-for-prawn sites and religious donations for example.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 10:35 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Next Tuesday if you are near Kennedy/Canaveral where to view 1st FH launch

[LaunchPhotography] Falcon Heavy / Feb 6 @ 1:30pm (pad 39A):
1) If you are heading to PLAYALINDA BEACH (3.6 miles at first parking lot, closest possible spot to watch this launch): They plan to remain open, but the park reserves the right to change that, alter traffic patterns, and close beaches/areas when parking lots are filled. The beach opens at 6:00am. GET THERE EARLY AND HAVE A BACKUP PLAN. THEY MAY CLOSE UPON REACHING PARKING CAPACITY. Plan for the possibility of having to walk between one and three miles from where you park if you wish to get closer.
2) The KSCVC is also selling tickets: Saturn V Center (3.9 miles) tickets are SOLD OUT. Tickets to go to the Visitor Complex itself were still available as of Feb. 1 (7.4 miles; you will see launch and landing only in the sky; the pads are behind the trees). (They are also selling $35 tickets to watch from a location in Titusville which you can otherwise go to for free.)
3) Next best for launch only: Titusville riverfront areas (any), but especially on top of the Max Brewer Bridge (11.7 miles, Rt. 406/Garden Street).
4) Next best for launch + landings both: Port Canaveral (Rt. 401, 6.9 from landings, 13 from launch) or Jetty Park (6.0 from landings but no view of launch pad). If 401 is filled or no more parking is allowed, fall back to Rt 528/Beeline behind it.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/01/2018 22:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

Feds Spend $302,331 On ‘In-Home Semen Testing'
[Free Beacon] The National Institutes of Health is spending over $300,000 performing "in-home semen testing," which will pay men $20 for their samples as part of a study hoping to fight infertility.

Boston University is conducting the "Feasibility of In-Home Semen Testing" project, which was awarded on Dec. 1.
Ok, so this is our last session here at the center. Has everyone got the website and test kits ?
"The prevalence of impaired fecundity has been increasing over the last decade and few modifiable risk factors for infertility have been identified," according to the grant for the project. "Male factor contributes to 50 [percent] of all infertility."

The researchers said they want to broaden the pool of semen testing, which they said normally only takes place in fertility treatment centers, "thereby limiting generalizability."

"The enrollment of large numbers of men from the general population prior to conception represents a unique opportunity to assess the feasibility of in-home semen testing," the grant states.

The NIH previously awarded the researchers $337,483 for a study that recruited couples wanting to conceive online and tracked how long it took them to get pregnant. Now, taking from a group of over 1,200 recruited men from the previous project, the researchers will pay men $20 to have their sperm tested at home.

The home kits will allow for "repeated measures of sperm concentration, sperm motility, and semen volume."

"Subjects will send test results back to investigators via a secure smartphone application," the grant states.
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The project has received $302,331 in taxpayer-funding so far. Research will continue through November 2019. In all, 300 men will provide "semen data." The researchers will "compare the distributions of semen parameters with data from the Stanford infertility clinic and the World Health Organization."

Semen quality will be evaluated in relation to obesity, stress, and depression.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lack of comments suggests nobody wants to touch this.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 10:40 Comments || Top||

#2  "Semen quality will be evaluated in relation to obesity, stress, and depression."

If collection protocols are what I suspect, values of the three influencers provided will be gauge blower-uppers.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 02/01/2018 10:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I still think all the unfiltered female hormones from birth control going into our water supply these past decades has something to do with it.

I'm nuts I know. And antibiotics.
Posted by: Clem Kadiddlehopper9000 || 02/01/2018 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  "This seems...salty"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/01/2018 12:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Feds Spend $302,331 On ‘In-Home Semen Testing'

Can't they just do that in the office like most of them do anyway?
Posted by: gorb || 02/01/2018 16:37 Comments || Top||

#6  I still think all the unfiltered female hormones from birth control going into our water supply these past decades has something to do with it. I'm nuts I know. And antibiotics.
Posted by Clem Kadiddlehopper9000

You are NOT nuts. We may also be experiencing the long-term impact of the pill on our offspring.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 16:43 Comments || Top||

Mattis considering personal cellphone ban at Pentagon
[The Hill] Defense Secretary James Mattis is reportedly weighing a ban on allowing civilian employees at the Pentagon to bring their personal cellphones to work.

The deliberations come as the Defense Department reviews its policy on wearable electronics after reports suggested that a fitness-tracking app could put military personnel at risk.

The issue is still being reviewed and no decision has been made regarding the possible cellphone ban, CNN reported Wednesday.

"We take threats to security seriously and are always looking into any potential additional measures to further enhance the security of our of Department of Defense personnel," Maj. Audricia Harris, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, told CNN.

The White House implemented a ban on personal cellphones in the West Wing earlier this month. That ban was put in place to "protect White House information technology infrastructure from compromise and sensitive or classified information from unauthorized access or dissemination," according to a memo obtained by Politico.

According to CNN, the current review of the Pentagon's cellphone policy was prompted by a small number of cases in which employees brought their personal phones into classified areas.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like a school teacher.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/01/2018 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  According to CNN, the current review of the Pentagon's cellphone policy was prompted by a small number of cases in which employees brought their personal phones into classified areas.

Which could easily be resolved by an immediate suspension of security clearance and access to the classified area! Word will get around fairly quickly.

I believe an active security clearance is a generally a "condition of employment."

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 2:19 Comments || Top||

#3  It has been forbidden to bring a cellphone or flash drive into a SCIF as long as I can recall
Posted by: Blossom Hupager6063 || 02/01/2018 6:42 Comments || Top||

#4  SCIF - is that Maxwell Smart's "Cone of Silence" or more like his shoe?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/01/2018 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Cell jammers were a quite popular accessory in hardline SCIFs for a while. Easier than policy and physical monitoring.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 8:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Cell jammers were a quite popular accessory in hardline SCIFs for a while. Easier than policy and physical monitoring.
Posted by: Skidmark.

If you experience intense, high-pitched, pulsing, ringing noise, "like a mass of crickets" or a whine that "seems to undulate, even writhe," like nails on a chalkboard, leave the SCIF and contact your physician at once.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/01/2018 8:55 Comments || Top||

#7  About time.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/01/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#8  You mean this is not the policy now?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/01/2018 10:22 Comments || Top||

#9  #5 Cell jammers were a quite popular accessory in hardline SCIFs for a while. Easier than policy and physical monitoring. Posted by Skidmark

It is the camera part of the cell phone that is the danger...not the radio part.
Posted by: Tennessee || 02/01/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Add the tracking part. You don't want folks tracked into and out of the Pentagon. It's no different than that exercise tracker.
What restaurants, bars, hotels are attractive to this group? Why ISIS can bomb them.

Posted by: 3dc || 02/01/2018 11:57 Comments || Top||

#11  That would include the cellphones you might not be aware of built into your car and the id pressure transducers Al the Gore insisted being in all tires constantly broadcasting pressure, id, where bought, serial # and maybe even your credit card #. May the CALEA driving, Global Worming, EPA policeman be bowed down to.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/01/2018 12:00 Comments || Top||

#12  There is an easy answer. All employees must go through an EMP pulse room with enough power to brick any electronics.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/01/2018 12:10 Comments || Top||

#13  There goes my pacemaker!
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 12:40 Comments || Top||

#14  You can be strip searched instead;) By Nancy Pelosi;)
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/01/2018 13:50 Comments || Top||

#15  Best one I ever had was coming into LAX.
They were determined to find something.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 15:17 Comments || Top||

#16  Always had a cellphone/electronics device ban in any SCIF I ever saw. It might actually increase productivity and job focus to ban cellphones while on duty there, including DoD civilians.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 02/01/2018 15:35 Comments || Top||

#17  The issue really hinges on the GPS that can be pinged even when the phone is powered down.

Leaving your phone in the little locker outside the SCIF won't solve that. During my visits to Los Alamos etc we had to remove the batteries.
Posted by: Snoluting Phomoth8901 || 02/01/2018 17:35 Comments || Top||

Another US antiballistic missile test fails, officials say
[FoxNews] A test of an American missile defense system failed early Wednesday morning in Hawaii, two U.S. defense officials tell Fox News. It’s the same type of antiballistic infrastructure the Pentagon depends on to shoot down intermediate-range North Korean ballistic missiles.

It was the second failure of an SM-3 antiballistic missile interceptor since June.

“We’re now one for three,” a U.S. official with knowledge of the test told Fox News. The official was not authorized to speak to the media, and requested anonymity.

In February, an SM-3 missile launched from the USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer, successfully shot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile target dropped from a cargo plane. The same type of scripted test was performed Wednesday, resulting in the miss. The test was performed from a land-based missile defense system using the same type of missile in Hawaii.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

A spokesman from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency only would acknowledge a test took place, but refused to reveal the results.

"The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday morning,” said Mark Wright, a Missile Defense Agency spokesman.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 00:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under:

#1  SM-3 missiles destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space using nothing more than “sheer impact,” like hitting a 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph, according to Raytheon Co., who makes the missile.
The system currently is deployed in Romania, and is “on track” to be deployed on U.S. warships and at military bases this year, according to the company’s website.

They don't work, but will be deployed, and Raytheon gets paid.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 15:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The U.S. Army’s Big Artillery Guns Will Try to Shoot Down Missiles
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/01/2018 16:11 Comments || Top||

#3  ...A wise and dear friend who works as a military analyst said this today about this story:

"If you don't know what the test was supposed to prove, it's very hard for you to call it a failure."

Translation: Some tests are supposed to miss.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/01/2018 19:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Keep at it.
Posted by: Bugs Lover of the Pixies8664 || 02/01/2018 23:17 Comments || Top||

Bacon, for sleep?
[The Mail] The snap, crackle, and pop of bacon cooking can put people right to sleep.

A YouTube video of bacon cooking posted by TechHighDef, a channel dedicated to videos that can help people snooze, has gone viral.

The smell of the salt-cured pork is associated with waking up in the morning, but the viral video suggests the sound of it cooking can lull people to sleep too.

Studies have shown nature sounds, like rain and thunder, can soothe people to sleep, but experts say the sound of meat cooking could have a similar effect.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I know what Instapundit will say.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/01/2018 2:14 Comments || Top||

#2  New "white noise" for Gitmo?
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 02/01/2018 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  It's worth a shot.
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 02/01/2018 15:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Can you put bacon in a Harvey Wall Banger, yes you can.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/01/2018 18:17 Comments || Top||

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