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BREAKING: ‘IED' found near Bill and Hillary Clinton's Chappaqua home
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
BREAKING: ‘IED' found near Bill and Hillary Clinton's Chappaqua home

Speculation rampant on if it is the same style as the Soros one.
The 'Caravan' news has become a midterm issue and is bolstering President Trump's ratings. Something had to been done to break the Caravan news cycle.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6581 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another sent to Obumble's house too.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 9:44 Comments || Top||

#2  I blame Bo.
Posted by: Ebbavirong Bucket4080 || 10/24/2018 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Better luck next time, Bill
Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2018 9:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Bill Ayers drop something on his last visit?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/24/2018 10:25 Comments || Top||

#5  So much for calling to an end to civility and "punch back twice as hard". BTW, how's the Trunk congressman doing after they shot him?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/24/2018 10:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Too bad Breaking and not Booming.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 10:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Two more at the White House and the CNN building.

This guy does not like everyone apparently.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 10:35 Comments || Top||

#8  kind of an "A POX on both your houses!"
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/24/2018 10:39 Comments || Top||

#9  More details from Stephen Green:

This is turning into kind of a big deal, as they say.

Except...

Hmmm. ABC News hears it wasn’t an explosive device after all, and that it wasn’t actually at the Clinton house:
Preliminary investigations suggest the package was not an explosive device and that it was found near, not on, the Clintons’ property in the Westchester County town of Chappaqua.

Investigators are trying to determine if the package was a hoax, or if concern about it was the result of nervousness.


That would be good news … except for the bad reporting.

Update: NBC now reports “near” too:
Police in New Castle, New York, said they are investigating a suspicious package found early Wednesday morning near the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Sgt. Jeffrey Merritt told NBC News officers are working with the Secret Service and the FBI, but declined to release further details.


If the investigation is from an abundance of caution, well … good. That’s exactly what we’d expect. But reporting it as a “bomb” and at the Clinton home would be a huge error.

So what we have here is a possible attempted triple attack, but the near-certainty of bad reporting.

Do you get the feeling that reporters want so badly for the Right to be politically violent, that they're allowing their feelings to corrupt what should be straight-forward reports?
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 10:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Official Secret Service statement:

CLARIFICATION: At this time the Secret Service has intercepted TWO suspicious packages - one in NY and one in D.C. Reports of a third intercepted package addressed to the WH are incorrect.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 11:27 Comments || Top||

#11  False flag to motivate the dem base?
Posted by: Woodrow Squank3109 || 10/24/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

#12  Do you get the feeling that reporters want so badly for the Right to be politically violent, that they're allowing their feelings to corrupt what should be straight-forward reports?

You mean like how they call for rumors and obvious lies on every real shooting? Like how they still can't accept a Communist killed Kennedy?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/24/2018 12:01 Comments || Top||

#13  They still can't accept communism is bad. They still can't accept Ted Kennedy committed negligent manslaughter. They still can't accept illegal foreigners are not citizens. The list goes on and on...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/24/2018 12:32 Comments || Top||

#14  #6 Too bad Breaking and not Booming.
Proof they're Republican bombs? Being so much less experienced at such things than Dems, it makes sense they'd be duds.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2018 13:28 Comments || Top||

#15  Stink bombs.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 10/24/2018 13:39 Comments || Top||

#16  Statistically political violence comes from the left. So false flag or from the fringe left.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/24/2018 13:40 Comments || Top||

#17  Suspicious package sent to @DWStweets was originally addressed to @EricHolder , but had incorrect address... but return address was Wasserman-Schultz office so it went there. Packages sent to @HillaryClinton also had @DWStweets return address. @WPLGLocal10
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/24/2018 14:15 Comments || Top||

#18  So all-in-all, fake news.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 14:17 Comments || Top||

#19  There is a picture of the one sent to CNN, the postage has not been canceled. So how did it wind up in the mailroom?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/24/2018 14:22 Comments || Top||

#20  ...the postage has not been canceled. So how did it wind up in the mailroom?

Communist mailmen
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 14:33 Comments || Top||

#21  Apparently one was sent to Maxine Waters. Cuomo tried to get into the act, too. In a mid-day press conference in front of New York's Time Warner Center, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that his office was sent a "device."
An NYPD official now says the suspicious package in question has since been deemed safe.
The source describes it as an informational package that contained literature.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/24/2018 14:34 Comments || Top||

#22  They screwed up on Maxine's IED - they sent it to an address in her district, when everyone knows she doesn't live in that district. She's too good for it
Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2018 15:04 Comments || Top||


#24  They'd all be safer in Gitmo.
Posted by: regular joe || 10/24/2018 15:54 Comments || Top||

#25  Skidmark’s Daily Mail article has photos of the device and the envelope sent to CNN. It wppears a workmanlike job, if basic, though I am nit qualified to judge more than that. The article was last updated at 4:08 pm EDT, with the following key points:

  • Secret Service said Wednesday they intercepted two packages en route to Obama's Washington home and Hillary Clinton's New York residence

  • Another suspicious package was also discovered Wednesday at the Time Warner Center in New York where CNN's newsroom is located

  • Authorities have described the devices as 'pipe bombs' that were rudimentary but functional

  • Investigators believe the devices are all similar to a small pipe bomb found at billionaire George Soros' home in New York on Monday

  • Other intercepted devices have also been reported that targeted Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, California congresswoman Maxine Waters and former Attorney General Eric Holder

  • The packages that were intercepted all had Schultz's office listed as a return address

  • Earlier, a law enforcement source said they believed there had also been a package intercepted for the White House but Secret Service later denied it

  • The White House issued a statement regarding the devices condemning the 'violent attacks'

  • Those targeted are among Trump's biggest political enemies and have been subjected to his ire on Twitter
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 16:22 Comments || Top||

#26  Shirley, this attack could not have taken place without the direct orders from the POTUS. Or Putin.

[yes, /sarc]
Posted by: Bobby || 10/24/2018 17:18 Comments || Top||

#27  Don't call me Shirley........or Surely......
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/24/2018 17:23 Comments || Top||

#28  Maybe someone finally snapped after all the Antifa, the Kavanaugh debacle, the "kick them", and all Maxipad Waters incitement to riot, and the Dems in general encouraging mob violence.

Sooner or later it will happen. The big difference is that it already has happened to the conservatives but the press really didn't care enough to cover it.
Posted by: Boss Spoper5850 || 10/24/2018 17:27 Comments || Top||

#29  Six bombs with digital clock timers and not one of them exploded. Interesting.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 18:01 Comments || Top||

#30  just wondering what clock boy is doing these days
Posted by: lord garth || 10/24/2018 18:09 Comments || Top||

#31  #29 Six bombs with digital clock timers and not one of them exploded. Interesting.

Clocks most likely were made in China.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/24/2018 18:23 Comments || Top||

#32  Still putting my money oh a red flag operation.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2018 18:27 Comments || Top||

#33  Re: the photo in Skidmark's article.
Seen over at Small Dead Animals:

A few observations from a former bomb disposal officer (i.e. Me):

1. Proper pipe bombs don't have wires connected to both ends. That's dumb.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 19:01 Comments || Top||

#34  And they all arrived on the same day? I don't know how predictable all these mail districts are, but I don't think I could get that many packages delivered on the same day just within 60 miles of here.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/24/2018 19:10 Comments || Top||

#35  False Flag to allow for the need to have "conservative violence" as an offset for the read left behavior. This lets the talking heads have something to use, angers the flagging lefty base, and diverts everything from the horrendous impact of the caravan imagery on the upcoming election. Desperation time as they see even the house slipping away and take desperate steps to shift the narrative...
Posted by: Blackbeard Grirt8890 || 10/24/2018 19:13 Comments || Top||

#36  If the return address is Debra Wazzerman Shultz, I think she did it. And put her return address out of habit without thinkin. BOOK HER!
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 10/24/2018 19:28 Comments || Top||

#37  Navy EOD Veteran
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 10/24/2018 19:44 Comments || Top||

#38  Debra Wazzerman Shultz return address added credibility since John Brennan contributes to NBC; not CNN. Shultz would miss this type of detail since she was dumb enough to hire Pakistani IT guys.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/24/2018 20:33 Comments || Top||

#39  I first washed up in Washington in 2017,
Dropped off on Pennsylvania Ave. by someone's limousine,
But the swampies got suspicious when I bought a bunch of clocks
And went round to deliver 'em all to the Dems, dressed up as Mister Fawkes.

Next morning in the twitterverse I caught a lot of heat,
Or, rather, smoke: Failed Mail Kabooms! Deplorable Defeat!
Said the judge, "I'm going to charge you with the possession of these devices...
But the Party profoundly appreciates such noble sacrifices!"

Says I to him, "Your honour, if you'll give me half a sec,
I'll show you how I nearly blew you feckers up, by Kek,
Though the ACME Fake Kabooms I used were basically inert,
And the victims of my fatal hate remain, alas, unhurt."

Grins the judge, "No time for that, my man, I've got another plan
To blame on you, your Trumpkin pals, the Nazis, and the Klan.
Tonight, you'll don a gold toupee, and in a well lit box,
Deposit umpteen envelopes block-printed, 'TOXIC POX!'"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/24/2018 21:44 Comments || Top||

#40  RE: #39

I don't know how he does it! Simply amazing.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 21:50 Comments || Top||

#41  I don't even try...

Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2018 22:29 Comments || Top||

#42  This blog is well supplied with 'amazing people.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2018 22:33 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
'He knew the risks': Canadian rapper falls to his death from airplane wing in failed stunt
[NationalPost] VERNON, B.C. ‐ A 34-year-old rapper who fell to his death in British Columbia while performing a stunt that involved rapping while walking on the wing of a plane was a "beacon of light to follow your dreams," his management team says.

Jon James McMurray died Saturday filming a project he had been working on for months, a statement from the team said. He trained "intensively" for the stunt, it said.

"However, as Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't correct," the statement said.
Darwin winner
Posted by: Beavis || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I stopped reading when I got to "Jon James McMurray died Saturday filming......" I am now awaiting Zenobia's comments.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2018 1:02 Comments || Top||

#2  "Here, hold my spliff, man."

Until ZF arrives...

Jon James McMurray,
was always in a hurry.
Filming his dream
was less fun than it seemed,
And poor JJ ended up in a slurry.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 8:51 Comments || Top||

#3  In a moment of levity
Took a big puff of brevity
The beacon of light
who failed his flight
Quickly said to our gravity, "no hurry."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/24/2018 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Bravo, gentlemen! The world is always in need of more doggerel. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Is it just me or has Darwin been particularly busy lately?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/24/2018 10:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Is it just me or has Darwin been particularly busy lately?

Certainly seems Darwin might have been a musician.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 13:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Madam Gravity is an unforgiving bitch
Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2018 15:02 Comments || Top||

#8  The tragickal selfie-stick story
Of Jon "What, me worry?" McMurray:
He fell off the wing.
Angels asked, "Can ya sing?"
And the worst: All his footage was blurry.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/24/2018 15:16 Comments || Top||

#9  And speaking of rappers...

A cat's fastest path up Parnassus is
To pander to Democrat Rastuses.
No tunes and no crooning;
Crass, comical cooning
In minstrelsy's nasty anastasis.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/24/2018 15:43 Comments || Top||


Interactive map shows agricultural insights from global to field view for Europe and US, revealing local and global trends in crop production
Interactive map shows agricultural insights from global to field view for Europe and US, revealing local and global trends in crop production
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks for that, it is going to be really useful to this beekeeper! Now I know where to put the hives without driving round peering over hedges.
Posted by: nigel nixon || 10/24/2018 5:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Rantburgers tend to surprise with the best information, Mr. Nixon. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 16:42 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New Jersey viral outbreak leaves six young patients dead, 12 others ill
Notice lack of names and photographs.
[Reuters] Six young patients died and 12 others became sick following an outbreak of adenovirus at a rehabilitation center in Haskell, New Jersey, the state’s Health Department said on Tuesday.

Adenoviruses frequently cause mild illness, with cold-like symptoms, particularly in young children. But the children affected in this case have compromised immune systems, the health department said.

The 18 patients range in age from a toddler through young adulthood and most are under 18 years old, health department spokeswoman Nicole Kirgan said in an email. The department is not releasing exact ages of any patients because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and privacy reasons, Kirgan said.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, which includes a pediatrics center, has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends, the department said.

"This strain of virus tends to cause outbreaks in centers of communal living and has ... unfortunately led to deaths," Dr. Shereef Elnahal, the state’s health department commissioner, said on Twitter. "We take this very seriously."

Health department officials were at the center on Tuesday and also on Sunday and found minor hand-washing deficiencies, the department said. Health officials are working with the center on infection control issues.

The health department will continue an active on-site surveillance and has recommended measures to protect against the further spread of infection, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Twitter.

"Heartbroken that several children have lost their lives in an adenovirus outbreak in Haskell," Murphy said.

After experiencing cases of adenovirus in its pediatric unit, the center notified government health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is fully cooperating with them and has sought out their guidance, the Wanaque center said in a statement emailed by Rowena Bautista, administrator of the center.

"As a result, facility staff have diligently implemented all available infection control and prevention measures in order to protect the health and safety of the Wanaque Center’s residents," center officials said.

The facility’s pediatrics center serves newborns to 22-year-olds who are "medically fragile" and provides an individualized program for each child, the center’s website said. From preschool through high school, children learn in classrooms that are handicapped accessible and set up for ventilator use, it said.

Haskell is located about 32 miles northwest of New York.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2018 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Less about a demographic and more about 'medically fragile children'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 2:15 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
South Africa's Reluctant Vigilante - Operation Wanya Tsotsi (lengthy video)
[Aljazeera] The leader of a controversial vigilante group fights for legitimacy in a crime-riddled South African community.
Galeshewe, a Township bordering Kimberley, SA.
Operation Wanya Tsotsi at Facebook
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2018 07:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:


Kamto insists he is winner of Presidential poll
[JOURNALDUCAMEROUN]
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats


Bangladesh
Bangladesh publisher arrested on defamation charges
[DAWN] A prominent lawyer and newspaper publisher who is tied to Bangladesh's political opposition was denied bail on Tuesday after his arrest on defamation charges, heightening concerns about a crackdown on dissent ahead of national elections.

Police tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Mainul Hosein late on Monday in a raid on an opposition leader's home in the capital, said Mahbub Alam, a joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Hosein is the publisher of the English-language New Nation daily and heads its editorial board.

Magistrate Kaisarul Islam gave no explanation for denying Hosein bail at a brief hearing on Tuesday.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
Two Koreas, UN forces agree to remove weapons at border
[DAWN] North and South Korea and the UN Command agreed on Monday to withdraw firearms and guard posts in the demilitarised zone village of Panmunjom this week, Seoul’s defence ministry said, the latest move in a fast-improving relationship.

The three sides held their second round of talks at Panmunjom to discuss ways to demilitarise the border in line with a recent inter-Korean pact reached at last month’s summit in Pyongyang.

The US-led UNC, which has overseen affairs in the DMZ since the end of hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War, was not immediately available for comment.
"I can say no more!"
but it said on Friday it supports the two Koreas’ efforts to implement their military deal.

The announcement comes amid US concerns that the inter-Korean military initiative could undermine defence readiness and comes without substantial progress on North Korea’s promised denuclearisation.
Posted by: Fred || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  i dont trust them - this is too easy.
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 10/24/2018 11:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Who is monitoring NKor rail traffic to the tunnel disembarking points? There should be a flurry of maint techs fueling, lubing and doing systems checks on the cached armor and artillery.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 14:24 Comments || Top||

#3  i dont trust them - this is too easy.

A reasonable suspicion given the history. I'd be *real* suspicious if anyone other than Trump was Prez, Trump the guy who nipped out between courses at a dinner with Xi Jinping to bomb a Syrian airbase.

I see two major paths:
1) Pudge is setting up for some mischief, but anything major will call down the US military like the wrath of heaven.
2) Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un seizes this opportunity to become the Godfather of Modern North Korea. He claims his place in history and leads his country to prosperity (read "no more peasants eating bark").
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 14:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Pudge is setting up for some mischief, but anything major will call down the US military like the wrath of heaven.
Guess he forgot about Gen. Mathis.
Posted by: Spike Ghibelline9016 || 10/24/2018 15:37 Comments || Top||


'I had no idea it was this bad': Huge line of people queueing for baby formula at Woolworths stuns shoppers
[DailyMail] Bulk buying of baby formula has been a delicate issue in Australia this year, with countless parents unable to purchase formula for their children.

Baby formula shoppers, commonly known as 'daigou', often raid the tins in store before they are placed on supermarket shelves.

It is a lucrative market, with some people earning in excess of $100,000 per year after shipping off the tins to willing buyers in China.
Why have the ChiComs not developed a domestic baby formula industry?
Of course there are Chinese baby formula brands, but it is equally certain that the Chinese products are neither safe nor nutritious.
Surely there is some way Trump can be blamed for all of this.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Chinese people don't trust baby formula made in China. Not after the Sanlu scandal, when they put plastic additives in formula to pass protein tests.

China won't allow imports for obvious reasons. So the daigou step in to fill the gap.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/24/2018 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  And breast-feeding is looked down upon as unscientific. Baby formula is created by smart people to feed babies. Breastfeeding is what poor peasants from the countryside do, because they can't afford formula.

You want to look like one of the deplorables?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/24/2018 1:25 Comments || Top||

#3  I also vaguely remember pets being poisoned by pet food from Asia.
Posted by: boomerc || 10/24/2018 6:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Let me get this picture being painted. China has restrictions on imports. However, the 'daigou' have developed a means around the restrictions. Baby formula is in such a demand that Australia is experiencing a shortage due to this export market.

So, does Australia have restrictions on baby formula imports? Cause anyone with a dime sense of capitalism would have started to ship American based production to Australia for transshipment to China to answer the demand.

This doesn't add up.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/24/2018 7:09 Comments || Top||

#5  pets being poisoned by pet food from Asia.

In 2007. Some of the raw ingredients sourced in China were deliberately contaminated by the manufacturers with melamine to artificially increase the protein readings in lab tests. As I recall, it was discovered by the product development team at IAMS, then owned by Procter & Gamble, who were encouraged by management to bring their dogs to work. The rash of kidney failures quickly became obvious, though it took a while to track it back to the suppliers. I have friends who lost pets while working in the lab to find the cause. As we were collecting guinia pigs at the time, I was not aware until I read this that the problem was much bigger than a single boutique brand.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Baby formula is also have been used to 'cut' drugs, like heroin and fentanyl--maybe China's supply is diverted to more lucrative markets?
Posted by: Eohippus Dribble5682 || 10/24/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#7  No, because cutting like that is one of the final steps before selling to the end user.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/24/2018 11:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Living in the land of heavy metal pollution has poisoned mother's milk.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 14:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Woolworth's? They still exist? That's the real news for me.
Posted by: Boss Spoper5850 || 10/24/2018 17:33 Comments || Top||

#10  I too wondered if it is the same franchise known in American commerce history.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/24/2018 19:14 Comments || Top||


Europe
Merkel Opens Up Germany to US LNG, Yielding to Trump's Pressure – Reports
[Sputnik] The German government plans to give in to Donald Trump's criticism about dependence on Russia's fuel and pour millions into a liquefied natural gas terminal. This is expected to diversify Germany's energy import, open it up to US gas and possibly avert hostile moves against the Nord Stream 2, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Nope. Not tired of winning.
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has told the country's lawmakers that the Cabinet is set to co-fund the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping terminal over breakfast this month. The $576 million project would be located in northern Germany, the US business outlet reports, citing the sources familiar with the meeting.

It's unclear how exactly Germany would support the project, as it could use subsidies, loans, credit guarantees, or protection of investors' rights.
According to the WSJ, one of the first applications was received from an international consortium in mid-October. It plans to construct an LNG terminal in the town of Stade, close to one of the country's biggest cities, Hamburg. The decision is to be made by year-end.

This move is expected to ease tensions between the US and Germany, and even shield the Russian-European joint venture Nord Stream 2 from possible US sanctions, according to the WSJ sources. The chancellor herself reportedly perceived this measure as a strategic decision rather than a diplomatic defeat from the US.
American silver or Russian lead. Wasn't a hard decision.
Donald Trump has been promoting American LNG in a bid to boost its exports to Europe. In July 2017, he pitched the product to 12 Central and Eastern European nations as an alternative to energy imports from other suppliers.

"You can never be held hostage to a single supplier," he told a news conference, commenting American LNG.

At the same time, he has repeatedly slammed Europe's reliance on Russian gas supplies. Apart from the vocal criticism, the United States has made a number of attempts to impede the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project and even incorporated a provision for counteracting the construction of the pipeline in its Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Germany has repeatedly fought off the criticism. Berlin described the Nord Stream 2 project as a rational one, considering the growth of Germany's demand for exported gas in the coming years.

Nevertheless, Merkel's government is turning towards alternative natural gas suppliers in a bid to ease its dependence on Russia, which provides 60 percent of the gas Germany imports and plans to expand with Nord Stream-2.

At the beginning of its term, Merkel's Cabinet has tasked itself with reducing Germany's dependence on natural gas imports via pipelines from Russia and Norway. The new government plans "to create infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG)" from scratch as a part of its energy and climate program.

According to Germany's Economy and Energy Ministry, Merkel endorses all initiatives which support the further diversification of the gas supply ‐ whether from different regions or the means of transporting gas, while the government strongly backs private initiatives to build LNG terminals, which Germany now lacks.
Chalk up another defeat against Putty Pie. Trump understands that countries like Russia need money to be big and powerful. More specifically, Western hard currency. He just cut off another funding source for Mother Russia.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Presumably not to just US LNG; lots could be available from West Africa and the Persian Gulf, all without transiting Russia.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2018 10:38 Comments || Top||

#2  American silver or Russian lead. Wasn't a hard decision.

Dude, can we please stick to The Narrative? This is all about Trump bullying some woman. Nothing to do with Germany lining up alternate gas suppliers or getting out from under the thumb of Russia.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Those plans weren't developed yesterday.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/24/2018 21:23 Comments || Top||

#4  It's a bit too late today to explain the details but I can elaborate next time when the topic comes up.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/24/2018 21:41 Comments || Top||

#5  It's a good point, EC. I'd be interested in hearing the details when you have time.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 21:48 Comments || Top||

#6  SteveS
Sure, the topic will come up again I guess
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/24/2018 23:02 Comments || Top||

#7  It’s very good to know that the Merkel government has wisely been working up to diversifying suppliers, and they chose this politically convenient moment to announce it, European Conservative.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 23:25 Comments || Top||

#8  tw
Yes that's pretty much it, and it makes a lot of sense to diversify. U.S, LNG is currently more expensive than Russian gas, but this could change pretty soon.
Actually LNG is a good idea for the next decades.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/24/2018 23:38 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Cop gets bail in rickshaw driver self-immolation case
[DAWN] KARACHI: A local court on Monday granted post-arrest bail to a detained traffic police official booked in a case of extorting money from a rickshaw driver, who died after committing self-immolation in protest.

Police claimed to have detained Head Constable Mohammad Hanif and booked him in a case registered under Section 161 (Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect to an official act) of the Pakistain Penal Code at the Saddar cop shoppe.

On Monday, the investigating officer produced the detained constable before the judicial magistrate (East) to seek his physical remand in police custody for interrogation.

The IO stated that Khalid, who used to drive a tri-wheeler, had burnt himself allegedly due to demands for extortion by the suspect, adding that the victim had received more than 50 per cent burns and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital on Monday.
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IHC suspends Shoaib Shaikh's sentence in fake degree case
[DAWN] The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday suspended Axact's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shoaib Sheikh's 20-year jail term and granted him bail against surety bonds worth Rs500,000.

In July, an Islamabad sessions court had convicted Sheikh and 22 others in the fake degree scam case and awarded 20 years imprisonment under different charges. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs1.3 million on each of the convicts.

Sheikh and the others were nominated in a First Information Report (FIR) lodged against them on June 7, 2015 under Sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 473, 109/34 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 4 of Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010.

Subsequently, Sheikh challenged his conviction before the Islamabad High Court.

Shaikh's counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi asked the court to suspend the sentence till the appeal against the trial court's decision in concluded. In his arguments, the lawyer pointed to what he called some grave legal mistakes in the decision.

Justice Athar Minallah observed that there is no complainant in the case. "The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) says that hundreds of thousands of people were defrauded but not even a single victim lodged a complaint," he said. The judge also observed that the prosecution failed to prove that the degrees were fake.
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Flashpoint Indian temple closes without admitting women
[DAWN] The latest window for worship at a flashpoint Indian shrine has closed without a single female devotee of menstruating age being admitted, despite a court order overturning a ban on their presence in the temple.

Mobs of Hindu hardliners prevented women aged 10 to 50 from getting into the Sabarimala temple complex when it opened last Wednesday for the first time since the Supreme Court reversed a ban on women of menstruating age from worshipping at the temple.

The shrine in southern Kerala state is only open on a handful of auspicious days every year, and a number of Hindu women between these ages had flocked there in the wake of the court order.

But the ruling had enraged traditionalists, including supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Protesters, including women and kiddies, massed at the base of the shrine when it opened last week, threatening women trying to reach it.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Hamas cracks down on Gaza drugs
[IsraelTimes] Authorities say drug use has grown among the Strip’s 2 million residents as people look for an escape from harsh living conditions, soaring unemployment and travel restrictions

Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, authorities have been burning piles of narcotics and cannabis in a yearly sweep against drugs in the beleaguered Gazoo Strip.

Officers in military fatigues on Monday poured gasoline and set alight more than 1 million tablets of opioid painkiller tramadol, about 1,500 slabs of hashish and 900 grams of opium.

With residents suffering under a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade since the terrorist group Hamas took power, authorities say drug use has grown among Gazoo’s 2 million residents as people look for an escape from harsh living conditions, soaring unemployment and travel restrictions. Israel imposes the blockade to prevent Hamas, which seeks to destroy Israel, from importing weaponry.

Hamas says it is fighting the endemic relentlessly. On Monday, it sentenced 17 people convicted of drug trafficking to hard labor prison terms of 10 years to life.

Last year, Hamas politicians endorsed the death penalty
to curb drugs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  "Only buy at Hamas State-Owned Stores"
Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2018 9:53 Comments || Top||


Jerusalem sends city workers to clean Shuafat camp for first time ever
[IsraelTimes] Jerusalem city hall says 15 municipal sanitation workers entered the Shuafat Paleostinian refugee camp for the first time ever Tuesday to carry out trash removal and other cleaning services.

The move was ordered by outgoing Mayor Nir Barkat, who has outlawed the UN agency for Paleostinian refugees from operating in the city and providing services to Paleostinian residents.

According to the city, workers found hundreds of tons of untended garbage and construction waste. Workers will start entering the camp daily to take over what the city called UNRWA’s "inadequate services."

It will also start to provide education, health, and other services to the area, to replace UNRWA.

While in the city limits, municipal workers, police, and others have refused in the past to enter the Shuafat camp and other neighborhoods beyond the West Bank security barrier, leading to charges of official neglect. Barkat, who has been mayor since 2008, blamed UNRWA, which has recently had its budget slashed by the US, for the shortfall in services.

The move comes a week before Jerusalem is set to choose a new mayor. Barkat, who visited Shuafat Tuesday, is not running for re-election and it is not clear if his successor will continue the services.
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Science & Technology
UK Warship Captain Paints 'Deeply Frightening' Future of Warfare Amid NYC Visit
In which Sputnik wishes us to join it in being terrified.
Dwelling on the increased threats to the security of the United Kingdom, Captain Kyd painted a quite terrifying picture of the future of warfare:

"I think the coalescence of militarization, quantum computing, of automated fighting elements whether it is in the air, the surface or subsurface, the ability of computers and machines to make fast decision making loops ‐ I think will fundamentally change the character of warfare."



He continued, "The nature of warfare won’t change ‐ which is to dominate and kill the enemy. I think it is an exciting but deeply frightening future where I think the ethics and morals of war will be tested, and where we will see, I am sure, robots engaged in killing other human beings."
Goodness gracious.
Reflecting on the potential forms of warfare, Captain Kyd suggested the world will see an increase in biological, chemical and genetic ways of waging wars.
Oh dear.
"I think we will see all sorts of vile methods. Viral warfare, and also attacks fundamentally against civilian populations through bringing down infrastructure, power grids, cyber warfare ‐ a full spectrum of activity against the population which will be deeply frightening."
Perhaps we should surrender proactively, leaving the Russians to wallow in all that vileness while our souls stay pure under Russian rule.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Captain Kyd

I'll bet he got really tired of every day being "talk like a pirate" day.
Posted by: PBMcL || 10/24/2018 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  "I think we will see all sorts of vile methods. Viral warfare, and also attacks fundamentally against civilian populations through... et cetera etc.
When the Mongols or Huns would just ride through countries burning all the fields and killing the peasants ... that was okay one supposes because humans did it. Idjit.
Posted by: magpie || 10/24/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  attacks fundamentally against civilian populations

Why should only soldiers be subject to the horrors of war?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 2:43 Comments || Top||

#4  He should change his name to Captain Obvious.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/24/2018 9:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah, yes, quantum computing. Of course.
Posted by: KBK || 10/24/2018 11:34 Comments || Top||

#6  He missed his big day, Sept. 19, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day, for a bigger impact.
Posted by: Spike Ghibelline9016 || 10/24/2018 15:30 Comments || Top||

#7  His jeremiad against technological warfare reminds me (somehow) of an old gaming spoof article published in 2007 by Cracked: The Ultimate War Simulation Game.
Wanting a neat and clean *cough* "humane warfare" .... Ain't going to happen.
Posted by: magpie || 10/24/2018 17:06 Comments || Top||

#8  The home front. What terrible scenes!
Atrocities. Hot dogs and beans.
"So, does it annoy ya,"
Asks mean Señor Goya,
"When horror escapes from your screens?"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/24/2018 17:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Also, why is "Talk Like a Patriot Day" not a thing?
Posted by: Spamble McGurque3048 || 10/24/2018 17:41 Comments || Top||

#10  an old gaming spoof article published in 2007 by Cracked: The Ultimate War Simulation Game:

13. I want factions. Not a simple aliens vs. humans or Russians vs. Americans war orgy. I want to share the map with powerful forces who are not friend or foe or anything else, a news media, private corporations, asshole allies and friendly enemies, everyone jockeying for their own interests and me unable to bend over at any moment without turning my codpiece around first. I want a France Syria.

Like that guy said, History repeats itself, first as Internet satire, second as the evening news.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 17:54 Comments || Top||

#11  Also,why is "Talk Like a Patriot Day" not a thing?

Because Democrats can't participate. Lisp, and stutter
Posted by: Frank G || 10/24/2018 20:42 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Authorities say real bomb sent to Soros
[IsraelTimes] A device found outside a suburban New York residential compound owned by liberal philanthropist George Soros
...either Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger come true...
"had the components" of an actual bomb, including explosive powder, a law enforcement official says.

"The components were there for an bomb," says the official on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the continuing investigation. "It was not a hoax device."

The official says the Sherlocks were reviewing surveillance video to determine whether the package had been sent through the mail or otherwise delivered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6530 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sound technology, weak strategy.
Was he expected to pick up his own mail?
Was he even there?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/24/2018 2:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Is this the collateral damage Nancy Pelosi was talking about?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/24/2018 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  ... and its name was the Democrat party

bump bump tiss
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 10/24/2018 7:35 Comments || Top||

#4  False Flag?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 10/24/2018 7:55 Comments || Top||

#5  False Flag?

My suspicion. But then I'm suspicious of anything in the news nowadays.
A real attempt would have placed the bomb inside a white Persian cat.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/24/2018 9:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Who benefits?
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/24/2018 10:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Who would want do such a thing to a nice chap such as Soros?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/24/2018 11:27 Comments || Top||

#8  Soros should go some place the authorities can guarantee his safety. Like Hungary, or Malaysia. They'll give him around the clock security!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/24/2018 12:04 Comments || Top||

#9  You know I don't like him but this is not cool.
It looks like we have a right wing nut for real.
Posted by: newc || 10/24/2018 12:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Or a false flag
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/24/2018 15:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Soros has a mail box just waiting for someone to deposit something, anything? That alone makes no sense.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/24/2018 21:12 Comments || Top||

#12  The dems are now all piling on with comments about the violent Trump creature and how he has brought all of this on, hatched bombers, hatred, violence, havoc, etc.

My guess is it's some democratic, nutcase entitlement nationalist, US Postal worker and an inside job.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/24/2018 22:38 Comments || Top||



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