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-Short Attention Span Theater-
The Baby Browning 6.35mm or .25 ACP Pistol (short video)
[GETZONE.com video] The 1931-1979 Fabrique Nationale Baby Browning Pistol is a small blowback-operated semi-automatic pistol designed by Belgium-born Dieudonné Saive chambered in .25 ACP. The pistol features a six-round magazine capacity and is a striker-fired, single action, blow back mechanism. Wikipedia
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dieudonné? God-given, indeed.
Posted by: Elmusoter Glinelet2734 || 11/25/2018 15:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice antique curiosity pistol

380ACP better if you want a little round, with an LCP cheap and plentiful, plus its adequate as a very compact backup or deep conceal gun.

Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 11/25/2018 16:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Now that badanov has given up watching gun and bullet prices for us, we must find our own amusements as we can. ;-) But no longer will I shock people by talking intellgently about such things, except as an example of unfettered capitalism functioning as intended to meet expanded needs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 19:52 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Turns out all of humanity is related to a single couple
[NYPOST] It really is all relative.

A new study revealed that all humans are descendants of the same man and woman who lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.

Our communal mom and dad got together after a “catastrophic event” almost wiped out the human race, the Daily Mail reported of the study.

The researchers studied the DNA of five million animals, including humans, to come to their conclusions. They also found that every nine out of 10 animals come from the same original creatures.

The research showed that humans have very low genetic diversity and variants within the species, similar to many other animals.

The report comes out of Rockefeller University and the University of Basel, Switzerland, published in the journal “Human Evolution.”
Posted by: Fred || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Adam and Eve is a scientific fact
Posted by: BernardZ || 11/25/2018 4:25 Comments || Top||

#2  We do have the math on our side, so there's that.
Posted by: Slains McGurque9610 || 11/25/2018 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  There have been more recent attempts in this process.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/25/2018 7:55 Comments || Top||

#4  These studies tend to be misunderstood:

The Mitochondrial Eve wasn't the first or only woman on Earth during the time she lived. She is simply the most recent person to whom all people can trace their genealogy.
Posted by: European Conservative || 11/25/2018 15:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Something overlooked from the report. They claim 90% or current animals are also related to similar roots of a single couple.

How many cultures have a Noah's Ark stories? Quite a few. Gives one pause.
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/25/2018 17:15 Comments || Top||

#6  More of an exercise in mathematics than biology.
Posted by: Whinetle Sneatch8884 || 11/25/2018 18:50 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Malawi sangoma Madson Benson retires from medicine the hard way
[Breitbart] An angry mob killed a man in Munaje, Malawi, this week after he was implicated in the death of another individual by practicing "witchcraft," local media reported.

Police accused the 55-year-old man, identified as Mandson Benson, of being responsible for the death of another man, identified as Chifundo Mwenye, this month. A group of Mwenye’s relatives reportedly ganged up on Benson before beating him to death.

"The deceased was indeed assaulted to death by an angry mob led by some relatives of the person who was said to have been killed by the deceased using witchcraft and was pronounced dead at Mulanje District Hospital," said a local police spokesperson.
Police have since arrested seven suspects in connection with the case, all on charges of murder. They are currently awaiting their court appearance. Meanwhile, local authorities have urged the public not to try and take the law into their own hands.

Belief in witchcraft is common in Malawi and across other African nations including Tanzania, where many negative or unfortunate events from bad weather to the spread of disease are blamed on mystical forces. Last year, rumors of blood-sucking vampire activity in a small town in Mozambique triggered riots and vandalism on local property.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 03:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The continent of the future...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/25/2018 6:16 Comments || Top||

#2  "He turned me into a newt!"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/25/2018 7:21 Comments || Top||

US says receives credible terrorist threat against facilities in Congo
[Ynet] The US embassy in Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
said on Saturday it had received "credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against US government facilities" in the capital, Kinshasa.

The e-mailed security alert sent to US citizens added that the Kinshasa embassy would be closed to the public on Monday, Nov. 26.

The statement did not elaborate on the nature of the threat, and the embassy declined to comment further. None of the State Department's designated foreign terrorist organizations are known to have major operations in Congo.

The country's political situation, however, is tense. Campaigning got underway on Thursday for a Dec. 23 presidential election that is meant to select incumbent Joseph Kabila's successor.

Repeated delays to the election over the past two years sparked street protests in which security forces killed dozens of demonstrators and worsened militia violence across the country
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Meanwhile, junior Foreign Service Officers continue to 'cut their teeth' and accrue seniority on shi*hole assignments such as these.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 4:51 Comments || Top||

Zimbabwe: White Ex-Farmers Unimpressed With $53 Million Compensation - Say Owed $9 Billion
[All Africa] A top farming official says the government's budget allocation of $53 million to compensate white farmers won't be enough to solve the outstanding problem of compensation.

Finance minister Mthuli Ncube announced the fund in his 2019 budget proposals which were put before Parliament this Thursday.

Government has long since resolved to compensate the farmer and the budgetary provision, according to Prof Ncube showed the administration's "commitment to this obligation".

it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) Director Ben Purcell-Gilpin said the $53 million cannot solve the compensation issue.

But he said it showed the government hasn't forgotten about the need to repay those who lost their farms over the past 18 years, adding that some of the farmers are in desperate financial straits.

Purcell-Gilpin said it was also possible that most of the $53 million allocated under Thursday's budget would go to compensate foreign landowners, who were protected by BIPPA trade agreements - though there's no confirmation of that.

Around 40 Dutch farmers under such agreements have been trying for years to get around $25 million from the government.

Around 4,000 white farmers lost land in the government's reform programme launched 18 years ago and are said to be owed up to $9 billion.

The government does not appear to acquire with that figure however.

"Work on the extent of the government's obligation is still to be finalised," said Prof Ncube in his budget statement.

He added; "The resources required to compensate and put closure to this important issue is obviously beyond the capacity of the budget to finance.

"In this regard, government is engaging international financial institutions and other stakeholders in exploring various sustainable options for mobilising the requisite compensation resources."
Posted by: Fred || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  He added; "The resources required to compensate and put closure to this important issue is obviously beyond the capacity of the budget to finance.
Farming B Hard, eh? It is always easier to be the steppes nomad riding through looting, pillaging ... and burning. Building something, not so easy -- and who would trust these thieves to keep their promises?
Posted by: magpie || 11/25/2018 12:42 Comments || Top||

Experts Worried Nigeria May Overtake India As Number One in Open Defecation
[All Africa] "We go to the stream, we don't have water here, even toilets; we usually use the bush. A woman was bitten by a snake while defecating in the bush and another one was bitten when she went to pick firewood for cooking," Hannatu Peter, an internally displaced person at the New Gongola IDP camp in the Federal Capital Territory, said.

"We want the government to help us, especially on these toilet and water issues. Some women urinate anywhere and get infected; the majority of us are having infections and treating infections in hospitals is quite expensive."

Strange as the testimony may sound, this is a typical scenario in several communities, particularly in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across Nigeria, as poor living conditions and the dearth of sanitation facilities are peculiar features of such neighbourhoods.

A major outcome of the lack of sanitation facilities is open defection which, according to experts, usually provokes the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery in such communities, particularly among the children.

According to Nigeria Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostics Report, the country's sanitation sector is in a critical condition.

The report shows that the economic growth of Nigeria, which has an estimated population of over 183 million, has not translated into rapid poverty reduction.
Posted by: Fred || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "We're Number two! Really!"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/25/2018 6:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ rimshot...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/25/2018 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Where does SF fit in here?
Posted by: gorb || 11/25/2018 12:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Worry, why?
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/25/2018 17:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Everybody has to be someplace.
Posted by: Sgt.D.T. || 11/25/2018 22:11 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 Where does SF fit in here?

Strong contender in public defecation, but really comes into its own in... another category.
Posted by: Rupert Fillmore6284 || 11/25/2018 22:38 Comments || Top||

Zimbabwe's Mugabe no longer able to walk, president says
[AP via News World News] Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe is no longer able to walk as his health declines, his successor has said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa told ruling party supporters at a rally on Saturday that the 94-year-old has been in hospital in Singapore for the past two months.

"He can no longer walk but we will continue to take care of him," said Mr Mnangagwa, who took over from his former mentor a year ago after Mr Mugabe stepped down under military pressure.

Mr Mnangagwa said Mr Mugabe was supposed to return to Zimbabwe on October 15 but was not feeling well. He did not give further details about Mr Mugabe’s condition.

The former president is now expected to return to Zimbabwe on November 30. Mr Mugabe was the world’s oldest head of state before his dramatic exit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
‘No Crossings': POTUS Pushes Mexico To Stop Caravans Before The Start
[Daily Caller] President Donald Trump is ratcheting up calls for Mexico to prevent future caravans from entering the southern border through Honduras and other Central American countries.

"Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer)," Trump tweeted Sunday. "Dems created this problem. No crossings!"

Trump did not explain why he thinks Democrats are responsible for the caravan. But conservatives often blame the influx of refugees on so-called "catch and release," a nearly decade-old policy releasing asylum seekers who enter the country illegally while their cases are pending.

Former President Barack Obama often used the policy with illegal immigrants who claimed to be in peril if they were not allowed into the U.S.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 11:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  During the 8 years of Barry Soetoro, ïf I wanted to know what he was up to all I had to do was tune in to a black hip hop statïon where his plans for cop gating and entitlement promotions were so openly pumped out to black young people.

If you want to know who is calling for the caravans with heavy promises of entitlements, tune in to radio stations throughout latin America and listen to the voice of Cortez.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 11/25/2018 12:12 Comments || Top||

#2  How much of this is the end result of the two-pronged Immigration System that favored the Cubans and penalized all other 'undocumented aliens' that managed to set foot on US soil?
Posted by: magpie || 11/25/2018 12:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't think the cause is because of our regulation of Cuban immigrants. These poor souls have no insight into that policy. These people are coming to get what is yours because it is not theirs and they want to change that! Plunder is what this is about. Nothing less.

Posted by: Sgt.D.T. || 11/25/2018 22:08 Comments || Top||

U.S. Reaches Deal With Mexico To Have Asylum Applicants Wait Across The Border
[Hot Air] I’m shocked, and for once it’s the good kind of shocked. Read yesterday’s post for background if you haven’t already. How on earth did the White House convince Mexico’s new populist left-wing president to go for this?

The status quo: An asylum-seeker surrenders to U.S. authorities, they apply for asylum, and they’re either detained while they wait or, given the paucity of detention facilities, they’re released into the United States with orders to show up for their asylum hearing. Some will, some won’t. The new process: An asylum-seeker surrenders to U.S. authorities, they go to the federal courthouse for an initial asylum hearing, and if the judge doesn’t rule then and there then they go back over the border to Mexico to wait for a determination. No more catch and release.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/25/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mexican officials deny US border deal
Posted by: Frank G || 11/25/2018 6:32 Comments || Top||

#2  ...then they are prepared for the border to close.

The man has a pretty good record of doing what he said he was going to do.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/25/2018 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Word is out they're doing the reverse Taco Bell today: "Run for the border". Expect festivities and a border closure
Posted by: Frank G || 11/25/2018 7:52 Comments || Top||

#4  No more catch and release and Trump doesn't take any more heat for separating children from their families.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/25/2018 10:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Mexican officials deny US border deal

Saying so doesn’t mean they didn’t do it, though.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 12:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Mexican officials deny US border deal

Their alternative?
Posted by: gorb || 11/25/2018 12:42 Comments || Top||

#7  They are counting on a "Judge in Hawaii" overruling Trump's order.

Posted by: The peanut gallery || 11/25/2018 13:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Interference with proper executive orders by US judges is now the "normal" course of events.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/25/2018 14:37 Comments || Top||

#9  ...the court needs to reexamine the relationship between Taney and Lincoln. There are monuments (for now) to Lincoln, not too many to Chief Justice Taney.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/25/2018 16:06 Comments || Top||

#10  It sounds like a there is a defacto deal. Mexico will deport the 500 who stormed the American border fence.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 11/25/2018 19:37 Comments || Top||

#11  From peanut gallery’s BBC article:

Amid growing desperation on Sunday, the group of about 500 migrants - who had been taking part in a peaceful protest for the right to seek political asylum in the US - made a run for the border.

Mexico's Home Secretary, Alfonso Navarrete, said the group had asked for help to organise the demonstration, but had reportedly been encouraged by some of the movement's leaders to split into different groups and try to cross into the US.

According to news agency AFP, a number managed to climb over the first fence. It was as they tried to cross a second, spike-topped wall that officials on the US side began throwing tear gas.

An AFP journalist saw the migrants - including mothers and children - trying to protect themselves from the gas, with some crying out that they only wanted to find a work and a better life in the US.

I am all admiration at mothers able to climb over such barriers with small children, but now they will not pass Go, nor collect the $200. There is a lesson in this about assumptions and counting chickens, one suspects.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 20:42 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ukrainian Navy: Russia's coast guard opens fire on Ukrainian boats in the Azov Sea (DEVELOPING)
[Kyiv Post - via Weasel Zippers] The Ukrainian Navy has reported that Russian coast guard boats opened fire on three Ukrainian boats in the Azov Sea on the evening of Nov. 25. Ukraine's small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol sustained damage and were immobilized. Tugboat Yani Kapu, which had been rammed by a Russian coast guard boat earlier today, was also forced to stop.

All three vessels have been seized by Russian special ops unit, the Ukrainian Navy press service reports.

Two Ukrainian naval officers have reportedly been wounded.

President Petro Poroshenko has convened a military cabinet for an emergency meeting, his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter.
Posted by: Frank G || 11/25/2018 14:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Act of War if they were in Ukranian or international water. How is the border defined there now after the Russian seizure of the Crimea? Are the Russians trying to deny access via the Kerch straits to the Ukranian coast and ports on the Azov? That could be considered an acto of war as well.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 11/25/2018 16:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Trying to make it a Russian lake? Testing the Donald?
Posted by: Bobby || 11/25/2018 17:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Mariupol is the major Ukrainian steel making center and the main port for steel exports.

During the initial Russian invasion of the Donbass, they thought they would take Mariupol and it's industries (steel, shipyards, heavy vehicles, chemicals). The Russians were stopped cold several times by lightly armed Ukrainian volunteers.
Posted by: Whinetle Sneatch8884 || 11/25/2018 18:25 Comments || Top||

#4  The Kyiv Post link did not work for me for some reason. The Weasel Zipper post is here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/25/2018 20:50 Comments || Top||

#5  working headline link
Posted by: SteveS || 11/25/2018 21:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Kerch is where their newly built bridge to Crimea is. So yes, they consider that their territory.

This has been building since the Ukrainians seized the Russian fishing trawler Nord last spring.
Posted by: badanov || 11/25/2018 21:58 Comments || Top||

Campaigners challenge U.N. over forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton industry
LONDON, Nov 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rights groups on Friday disputed findings by the United Nations showing Uzbekistan has nearly eliminated forced labour from its cotton industry, saying that exploitation is still "systematic".

The annual cotton harvest in Uzbekistan is the world's largest recruitment operation, with about 2.6 million people temporarily picking cotton every year, according to the U.N. International Labour Organization (ILO).

Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov said last year that the Central Asian nation would no longer have thousands of students, teachers and healthcare workers picking the harvest - halting a practice widely condemned as forced labour.

On Thursday the ILO said 93 percent of people involved in the country's 2018 cotton harvest had worked voluntarily, and the systematic recruitment of students, teachers, doctors and nurses had ended.

Yet the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said its own research since September found that public sector workers were still being forced to pick cotton by the state in Uzbekistan - one of the world's leading cotton exporters.

"Our evidence shows forced labour this year was still systematic and massive," Umida Niyazova, director at the forum, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a telephone interview.

The rights group monitored this year's cotton harvest in seven regions and interviewed at least 300 people who were forced to work or pay for workers to take their place, she said.

Neither the Uzbek labour ministry nor the embassy in London could be reached for comment.
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