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Emir of Al-Qaeda allied Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, Zakir Musa, has been officially killed
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US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info
WASHINGTON (AP) ‐ In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources.

The Justice Department’s 18-count superseding indictment alleges that Assange directed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. It says the WikiLeaks founder, currently in custody in London, damaged national security by publishing documents that harmed the U.S. and its allies and aided its adversaries.

The case comes amid a Justice Department crackdown on national security leaks and raised immediate fear among news media advocates that Assange’s actions ‐ including soliciting and publishing classified information ‐ are indistinguishable from what traditional journalists do on a daily basis. Those same concerns led the Obama administration Justice Department to balk at bringing charges for similar conduct.

Assange’s lawyer, Barry Pollack, said Thursday that the "unprecedented charges" against his client imperil "all journalists in their endeavor to inform the public about actions that have been taken by the U.S. government." The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press called the case a "dire threat" to media freedom, and the American Civil Liberties Union said it was the first time in history a publisher was charged for disclosing truthful information.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2019 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Alright, it's a good start. What about Clinton's 'home brew' server and the reported SNEAKERNET of thousands of SIPRnet/JWICS docs from the State Department and elsewhere? Are we going to look into that as well ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2019 0:51 Comments || Top||

#2  IS Assange American? this seems a stretch!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 5:26 Comments || Top||

#3  "Government is thuggery."

- Anonymous
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 5:49 Comments || Top||

#4  If the NY Times published the same material they would get a pulitzer.
Posted by: warthogswife || 05/24/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

Fifty children saved as international paedophile ring busted
[BBC] Fifty children have been rescued and nine people arrested after an Interpol investigation into an international paedophile ring.

The arrests were made in Thailand, Australia and the US and more are expected, Interpol said.

The investigation began in 2017 and focused on a hidden "dark web" site with 63,000 users worldwide.

Police believe 100 more children have suffered abuse and are working to identify them.

Operation Blackwrist was launched by Interpol after it detected images showing 11 boys aged under 13 being abused on a site where people can use encrypted software to maintain secrecy.

The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines.

The US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) department traced the IP address of the website, which was hosting photos and videos of abuse.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2019 00:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's no wholesale without retail.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/24/2019 6:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Paedophilia seems linked to homosexuality, unless these were for women (which i doubt)
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I read a very interesting book on this called Child Hunters. It is a book of case studies over the life of and psychologist. Each case study is tragic, with horrific endings for the kids. To Bright Pebbles point, its a bit more complicated and the levels of abuse on young girls (under 8 years old) is actually higher than boys. It cut through stereotypes and I took two things from it. First not all abused kids become monsters, but all monsters were abused kids, the psychosis is learned-not born. Second, once an abused kid grows up and becomes a monster, it is not reversible, nothing can cure it. Pedophilia has a lot in common with an abusive person, its a learned behavior.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/24/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Did they check in Rotherham?
Posted by: Cromert || 05/24/2019 23:30 Comments || Top||

British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation
[Guardian] Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close.

Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been "the honour of my life" to serve as Britain’s second female prime minister. Her voice breaking, she said she would leave "with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love".

The prime minister listed a series of what she said were her government’s achievements, including tackling the deficit, reducing unemployment and boosting funding for mental health.

But she admitted: "It is and will alway remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit."

May’s announcement came after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench 1922 Committee ‐ which was prepared to trigger a second no-confidence vote in her leadership if she refused to resign.

Her fate was sealed after a 10-point "new Brexit deal", announced in a speech on Tuesday, infuriated Tory backbenchers and many of her own cabinet ‐ while falling flat with the Labour MPs it was meant to persuade.

The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, resigned on Wednesday, rather than present the Brexit bill to parliament.

A string of other cabinet ministers had also expressed concerns, including Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Chris Grayling and David Mundell.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2019 05:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "I have tried my best, in the short time that I knew I had, to practically cripple and mangle the will of the British people, and ensure that my successors too cannot achieve Brexit in the near future. I have served the EU to the best of my inability."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 6:12 Comments || Top||

#2  May her name be forever associated with other Quislings
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 6:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Now Constituency Party Groups need to bin their Remainiac MP's if they cannot vote as instructed by their constituents
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 6:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been "the honour of my life" to serve as Britain’s second female prime minister.

Let's put it bluntly, honey - in three hundred years you will still be considered the worst British female prime minister, by a longshot.
Posted by: Raj || 05/24/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Ref #3: Now Constituency Party Groups need to bin their Remainiac MP's if they cannot vote as instructed by their constituents. Posted by Bright Pebbles

When you find out exactly how this is accomplished, please share the recipe. When our pols go to Washington, most do a constituent brain dump and rush to enlist in the Beltway Party.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Geeesh, so the world still has to put up with her for another two weeks or so.

When is President Trump's visit there?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 05/24/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#8  she said she would leave "with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love".

According to Google Translate, this is British for "f**k all y'all and the horses you rode in on"
Posted by: SteveS || 05/24/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Good riddance, you worthless bitch.

Also it looks like her party and labor are in for a 2016 style ass fucking from the voters.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/24/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Re #7, outstanding poster, Bright Pebble!
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/24/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

82% of US Off-shored US Manufactures in China Report Tariff Pain
Key text (which is most of it. The writer is an economist. ) posted per Raj’s request. Lots of links to sources at the link.

— trailing wife at 1:40 p.m. EDT
[AmericanThinker] The American/China Chamber of Commerce found that 82 percent of American-owned manufacturers in China are suffering significant pain from Trump Trade War tariffs.

‘AmCham’ surveyed business conditions for its 900 member American-owned companies operating across China during the week of May 16-20, following President Trump’s announcement that he was raising tariffs on $200 billion U.S. imports from China from 10 percent to 25 percent.

The survey found that due to the U.S. action and the retaliatory Chinese response, American-owned companies in China reported that 52.1 percent were experiencing lower demand; 42.4 percent were experiencing higher manufacturing costs and 38.2 percent were seeing higher sales prices for products.

Although China/WTO was championed as an opportunity to U.S. companies to compete for the business of over 1.3 billion emerging Chinese consumers, the vast majority of AmCham members operate off-shored production facilities for export back to the U.S.

As a result, U.S. imports from China from 2001 to 2015 increased from $102.3 billion in 2001 to $483.2 billion in 2015, while U.S. exports to China during the same period only grew from $19.2 billion to $116.1 billion.

It is generally accepted that between 2001 and 2015, the WTO deal with China cost about 3.4 million American jobs, with about 74.3 percent of losses due to U.S. companies off-shoring production jobs to China for cheaper labor and lower taxes. The estimated American worker wages is estimated at about $37 billion per year.

The AmCham survey found that due to the tariff battle, 35.3 percent of members have adopted an “In China, for China” strategy. But members also report indirect retaliation by Chinese authorities against U.S.-owned companies in China, including 20.1 percent suffering increased inspections, 19.7 percent experiencing slower customs clearance, and 14.2 percent facing slower license approvals and greater regulatory scrutiny.

Approximately 33.2 percent are canceling further investments in China and 40.7 percent of respondents have already relocated manufacturing facilities outside China. The most popular manufacturing relocation spots have been 24.7 percent in Southeast Asia, 10.5 percent in Mexico and 6 percent back to the United States.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 07:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6534 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Would it kill you to at least insert some of the article when you post stuff, guy?
Posted by: Raj || 05/24/2019 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Look up Indian elections
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 7:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Lacking correct tariffs just transfers wealth from lots of employees to a single importer
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 8:07 Comments || Top||

#4  The survey found that due to the U.S. action and the retaliatory Chinese response, American-owned companies in China reported that 52.1 percent were experiencing lower demand; 42.4 percent were experiencing higher manufacturing costs and 38.2 percent were seeing higher sales prices for products.President Bill Clinton called it a “good day for America” on May 24, 2000 when he successfully convinced the U.S. House of Representatives to award China permanent normal trade relations under the rules of the World Trade Organization.

Posted by: Bobby || 05/24/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  The other 18% too busy moving back to comment?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 8:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Gosh. That's too bad.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2019 10:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Nah, I won't be looking up any Indian elections. What relevance that has to China importers I have no idea; moreover I do not care to spend time searching.

Post the relevant bits on Rantburg and let us have a look. YOU do the work, we're not doing it.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/24/2019 12:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Although China/WTO was championed as an opportunity to U.S. companies to compete for the business of over 1.3 billion emerging Chinese consumers, the vast majority of AmCham members operate off-shored production facilities for export back to the U.S.

I believe this has some salience.
Posted by: charger || 05/24/2019 20:54 Comments || Top||

#9  YOU do the work, we're not doing it.

Classic for your generation, Erb.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2019 20:58 Comments || Top||

North Korea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim criticism
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] North Korea has labeled Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the Democratic presidential hopeful during a recent speech called North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
a tyrant.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday accused Biden of insulting the country’s supreme leadership and committing an "intolerable and serious politically-motivated provocation" against the North.

Biden during a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday accused President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
of cozying up to "dictators and tyrants" like Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Fool of Low IQ?

Well I certainly can't think of anything nicer to say about creepy uncle Joe.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/24/2019 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  IMO, "Fools of high I.Q." are a lot more dangerous.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Damn... I might have to steal that one. Thanks North Korea!
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/24/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Pernicious and obsequious retard was already taken
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2019 19:55 Comments || Top||

Animal rights activists score win at Barcelona zoo
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Animal rights activists in Barcelona are celebrating a victory after the Spanish city ordered its municipal zoo to restrict the reproduction of captive animals unless their young are destined to be reintroduced into the wild.

Barcelona’s town council voted on May 3 to modify the zoo’s bylaws to include a rule by which any of its breeding programs will be stopped unless there is a plan to eventually release the offspring into nature.

"We want zoos to stop breeding animals that do not respond to an environmental strategy, breeding them just so they can be in front or inside a cage," said activist Leonardo Anselmi, who coordinates ZOO XXI, the animal rights group that successfully pushed for the new mandate.

The mandate was passed along with a new strategic plan for the zoo crafted by its staff that will task a committee of scientists and ethical experts with one year to determine a conservation plan for each of the 300 different species housed at the zoo. Those resulting plans will have to be implemented within three years. Any animals the committee thinks should leave the zoo will, in theory, be reintroduced into the wild or relocated at other zoos or sanctuaries.

The bylaw says it is adopting a stance of "compassionate conservation" that sees "animals are beings deserving our respect."

The goal is to convert the zoo, which was built inside a park in the city center in 1892, into a center focused on education and research, and a refuge for animals that can no longer survive in liberty. Currently the zoo hosts several animals in this condition, including elephants, tortoises and Pedro, a 45-year-old rhinoceros who eats baguettes for breakfast.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, no sex for the elephants.

Yeah, activists score.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 14:47 Comments || Top||

#2  I went to the animal fair;
The birds and the bees were bare.
Planned Parenthood was doing much good
Aborting the babies there.
Doc Monkey, he got drunk
And sucked up the elephant's trunk;
The creature, displeased, ungratefully sneezed
And that was the end of the monk.
Posted by: Alistaire Panda4723 || 05/24/2019 16:30 Comments || Top||

#3  If they restrict animals breeding for zoos, more animals will be captured from the wild. Unexpected consequences are so often predictable.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||

Germany’s Bosch fined $100 million over diesel scandal
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] German prosecutors have fined auto parts and technology company Bosch 90 million euros over its role in the diesel emissions scandal that erupted at Volkswagen in 2015.

Prosecutors in Stuttgart said Wednesday that the company, formally called Robert Bosch GmbH, was fined for a negligent violation of supervisory obligations, and that the company had decided not to appeal.

Bosch delivered millions of engine control systems that were installed on various manufacturers’ cars starting in 2008 and whose software, in prosecutors’ words, "contained in part prohibited strategies" - leading to cars emitting more nitrogen oxide than permitted by regulators.

if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
prosecutors said they believe that "the initiative to integrate and shape the prohibited strategies came from employees of the auto manufacturers."

They said that the fine does not affect ongoing criminal probes of Bosch employees. The bulk of the fine - 88 million euros - stems from profits on the sales of the parts, with the remaining 2 million euros covering the misdemeanor itself.

Prosecutors said that they took account of Bosch managers’ full and constructive cooperation with Sherlocks since 2015.

Bosch agreed to a $327.5 million civil settlement in the United States for supplying emissions software to Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles that enabled cheating on diesel emissions tests.

The diesel emissions scandal has cost Volkswagen itself billions of euros.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Theyly botched it.
Posted by: gorb || 05/24/2019 2:24 Comments || Top||

#2  That's an interesting application of product liability - fine a company for the sale of a product that was misused by someone else.
Posted by: Raj || 05/24/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#3  See 'Gun Control' advocates here in the states, Raj.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/24/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Exactly.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2019 10:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Raj, the article did mention that Bosch supplied some of the software that enabled the 'cheat mode'.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/24/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||

India election results 2019: Modi claims landslide victory
h/t Instapundit
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has claimed a landslide victory in national elections that cements the Hindu nationalist leader as the country’s most formidable politician in decades.

Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) had been expected to easily form a governing coalition with smaller allies, but official results showed the party ahead in at least 300 seats, comfortably beyond the 272 seats required for a majority in the lower house of parliament.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 07:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good for Modi. Now, can he do something about all those little weasels who keep calling me on the phone either telling me my computer is being hacked or trying to get me to tell them my credit card number?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Abu, seriously now... would you join the movement to cut countries that don't crack down on this B.S. off the Internet and Phone systems?

I would..
Posted by: 3dc || 05/24/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#3  This spells doom for islamists across the subcontinent really. The second term win also saw the obliteration of all communist parties from the Indian political scene.

The scammers ? A result of education without employment, lax law enforcement and corruption. Did you know that a recent bust uncovered an operation running a call-center that had swindled over two thousand American elderly out of their savings. Investigation by the CBI (Indian g-men) revealed that the local police officials took their own cut and let it run for two years.

Under another government, it would still be running.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 13:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Abu, seriously now... would you join the movement to cut countries that don't crack down on this B.S. off the Internet and Phone systems?


Then I'd firewall the Chinese, Russians, Ukrainians, Romanians and a whole bunch of others.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2019 14:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Big.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||

Chinese engineer accused of pushing worker into furnace in Sahianwala
[DAWN] FAISALABAD: Sahianwala police took a Chinese engineer into custody on charges of pushing a worker into a furnace following a row at a factory in industrial area here on Wednesday.

The worker has been hospitalised with 40 per cent burns.

Following the alleged incident, Chinese engineers and workers exchanged words. The workers staged a protest demonstration against the Chinese engineers and demanded registration of a case against the suspect.

The workers also called police demanding arrest of the suspect. Otherwise, they threatened to go on strike for an indefinite period.

Some of the agitating workers told news hounds that behaviour of the Chinese nationals working at the factory was harsh towards them. They complained that nobody listened to their complaints against the foreigners who were given protocol by police and other government officials.

They alleged that following exchange of words, the Chinese engineer deliberately pushed a worker, Shehroz, into a three-foot deep furnace. He was immediately rescued by some of his colleagues working nearby. Shehroz, who suffered burns, was shifted to hospital.

They said now the police were trying to hush-up the issue and pressurising by pressing Shehroz for giving statement that he had accidentally fallen into the furnace.

Madina Division SP Tahir Maqsood said the incident occurred at a battery manufacturing unit where reportedly a worker and his Chinese supervisor exchanged words after remote control of a machine went missing.

He said the workers were alleging that the supervisor pushed their colleague into a furnace intentionally, while the foreigner claimed that it was an accident. The worker, according to doctors, suffered 40 per cent burns, he added.

The SP said the matter was being probed into and would be decided on merit.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  now the police were trying to hush-up the issue and pressurizing by pressing Shehroz for giving statement that he had accidentally fallen into the furnace.

Ha ! Looks like 70 years of independence was it for Pakistain.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 2:25 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 05/24/2019 10:18 Comments || Top||

#3  A nation full of "one child families" makes a lot of spoiled kids with poor social skills. Things like pushing folks from the 3rd world into furnaces when they upset you...
Posted by: 3dc || 05/24/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Obviously a hot head.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 05/24/2019 19:33 Comments || Top||

Employer throws hot water on minor maid in Sheikhupura
[DAWN] SHEIKHUPURA: A 10-year-old housemaid sustained critical burn injuries after her employer allegedly threw hot water on her in the Ferozwala locality on Wednesday.

Zain, daughter of labourer Karamat, was employed at the house of businessman Babu Javed. His wife allegedly threw hot water on Zain for some mistake. She suffered serious burn injuries.

Later, the employer family left her at the doorstep of her parents’ and fled.

Karamat got her admitted to a nearby hospital and reported the matter to the Ferozwala police. Later, the aggrieved family members protested against the apathy of the businessman and blocked traffic on GT Road.

The police official assured the family members that a stern action would be taken against the suspects.

Also, a health department team, headed by District Health Officer Mian Riaz, launched an operation against quacks in and around the city on Wednesday.

In this connection, the team sealed six clinics of quacks and got registered cases against them under the drug act.

Mr Riaz said the quackery business in the district would be eliminated.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “Want a refund, never took her out of the box.”
Posted by: KBK || 05/24/2019 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  "I was just giving it a wash !"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 2:35 Comments || Top||

Policemen arrested over girl’s murder
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
intervened on Wednesday over the murder and gang-rape of a 10-year-old girl, expressing his displeasure over delay in the arrest of the police official who had refused to register a case, sources told Dawn

The prime minister ordered the suspension of the sub-divisional police officer of Shahzad Town and removal of the superintendent of police (rural zone), sources in police and the capital administration said.

Police high-ups immediately sprung into action, arresting the station house officer of Shahzad Town cop shoppe and the investigation officer in the case. The arrests were made in the night and after that the two police officials were shifted to the cop shoppe and detained there.

An official of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) office confirmed the arrest and suspensions.

Prime Minister Khan also asked the IGP and the DIG Operation to submit a report about the crime.

Earlier, Inter Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor took to Twitter to express outrage over the incident.

"Brutal murder of innocent Farishta is highly condemnable," he wrote. "Those responsible must be brought to justice. Army is ready to provide any support in this regard. We must rise and join to protect our future generations from vile and despicable elements who prey on vulnerable children."

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Not surprisingly, just reading the headline alone, I knew it was in Pakistan.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/24/2019 13:10 Comments || Top||

Traffic violation incident: Case against warden, 18 others for ‘standing up to’ influential person
[DAWN] Police on Wednesday started the paperwork but haven't done much else against a traffic warden who refused to withdraw an FIR against a ruling party MPA’s supporter.

The Ghulam Mohammadabad police registered the case at the behest of the MPA to browbeat the warden and force him to go for reconciliation. Eighteen other people including three coppers who tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
the supporter of the MPA have also been booked on charges of threatening a family with dire consequences.

Submitting an application, Azhar Mushtaq (a brother of Adnan) said 17 gunnies including warden Muhammad Asif and four coppers entered his house and threatened his family with dire consequences. Mushtaq said police entered his house to settle score of an incident in which his brother Akhtar had exchanged harsh words with Asif.

Police started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the warden when he refused to withdraw the case against Adnan and Zeeshan. The case was registered under sections 147, 149, 186, 353 and 506 of PPC on May 15.

In his application, the warden said he had stopped Zeeshan for driving his cycle of violence without helmet and impounded the vehicle for not having any document. He said Adnan, the employer of Zeeshan, also came there and questioned him for the action and also roughed him up with the help of his accomplices.

Traffic coppers said they had informed the police higher-ups that Gulberg circle DSP Usman Warraich was obliging the MPA and had started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the warden. They said the case had been instituted on false grounds as during the interrogation on Tuesday, the applicant failed to prove his claim that coppers entered his house.

The DSP asked the warden to submit his reply in writing so that the matter could be closed. However,
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the DSP instead of ensuring justice, started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the warden.

The officials requested Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and IGP Arif Nawaz to look into the issue and ensure justice for the warden.

"Now the police officials are trying to convince us that the case has been instituted against the warden and the coppers so that a challan
... list of charges ...
against the supporters of the MPA could be submitted rather than leaving any room for reconciliation," says a traffic police official.

The DSP did not respond to the message this correspondent forwarded to seek his version.

Regional Police Officer Ghulam Mahmood Dogar said he would look into the issue.

Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Science & Technology
First 60 StarLink comm sats deployed in 1 launch by SpaceX
[NASASpaceFlight] Falcon 9 launches first Starlink mission – heaviest payload launch by SpaceX to date
Satellites massed 14,000 kgs total payload and deployment hardware came to 18,000kg - a huge launch and with the first stage still recovered.
The much-awaited and heralded launch of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellite constellation launched on Thursday. With the twice-flown Falcon 9 rocket on SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, SpaceX deployed the first batch of 60 Starlink satellites. The launch was slightly delayed due to unacceptable Upper Level Winds scrubbed the first launch attempt. Then, a week ago, a requirement to update the Starlink software delayed the launch into next week. However, the latest attempt launched without issue at the opening of the window at 10:30 pm Eastern.

Starlink satellite configuration:

A flat and compact design that is “significantly more scalable and capable than its first experimental iteration”, noted SpaceX in the mission’s press kit.

In all, each Starlink satellite is equipped with multiple high-throughput antennas, a single solar array, and (crucially) Hall thrusters powered by krypton – all designed to bring low-latency, high-throughput internet services to every part of the world.

The Hall thrusters will allow each Starlink to independently maintain its orbit, adjust its position, and de-orbit at the end of its operational life.

Orbital position, navigation, and precision pointing for each Starlink is enabled in part by a Startracker system that is built upon the same Startracker used by the cargo and crew Dragon spacecrafts developed by SpaceX.

More impressively, the Startracker system will allow each Starlink to independently track on-orbit debris and autonomously fire its Hall thrusters to avoid debris.

At the end of their lives, this current round of Starlinks will mostly burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, with only 5% of each Starlink surviving atmospheric reentry.

Subsequent generations of Starlinks already under construction will be completely disposable, with 100% of the craft burning up in the atmosphere at the end of its lifetime.

Importantly, while this is the first batch of operational Starlinks to be launched, SpaceX does expect to encounter some issues as the satellites are deployed and brought into operational use.

This is part of SpaceX’s overall philosophy of “design, fly, iterate, fly again” which has served the company well in its development of critical capabilities that just a few years ago were deemed “impossible” or “unfeasible” by the larger spaceflight community.
Eventually more than 12000 of these StarLink sats will surround the Earth.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The first phase of the Starlink deployment plan will see 1,584 satellites in 550 km orbits inclined 53° to the equator and spread out across 40 different orbital planes of 66 Starlinks per plane.

Based on this plan, it will take 24 Falcon 9 launches of 60 satellites to complete the first phase of Starlink deployment.

The 550 km orbital shell, as it is known, is the middle of three orbital shells planned for the overall Starlink constellation.

SpaceX currently plans to build out the 550 km shell first, and then move on to deployment of the other two orbital altitude locations.

In addition to the 550 km deployments, a 340 km shell will eventually comprise of 7,518 Starlinks while the 1,200 km orbital location will host 2,841 Starlinks
Posted by: 3dc || 05/24/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Now *this* is more like the 21st century I was expecting.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/24/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||

#3  What happens when other countries or corporations decide to put their 12000 little satelites and they start bumping into each other? I can see my ISP saying they're waiting on another rocket launch to get my internet fixed.
Posted by: jpal || 05/24/2019 15:44 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Anti-Widodo protests in Jakarta leave six dead
[DAWN] At least six people were killed as Indonesia’s capital erupted in violence when police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Joko Widodo.

Police sirens blared as fresh skirmishes broke out on Wednesday evening with thousands of protesters chanting and waving Indonesian flags in the heart of the capital.

Some hurled stones and fireworks at riot police who lined up behind a razor wire barricade near the election supervisory agency building.

Earlier, dozens were tossed in the clink
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and parts of Jakarta were littered with debris and burned-out cars, as the violence triggered security advisories from the US and Australian embassies.

Authorities also restricted access to some social media in a bid to stop rumours and fake news from spreading online.

National police chief Tito Karnavian said six people had died, but denied authorities had fired live rounds on protesters, and called for calm. "Some had gunshot wounds, some had blunt force wounds but we still need to clarify this," he told news hounds.

Jakarta’s Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday morning that about 200 people had been injured.

The violence came after Indonesia’s election commission on Tuesday confirmed Widodo had beaten retired military General Prabowo Subianto for the presidency in a poll held on April 17.

Subianto has said he would challenge the results in court ‐ as he did, unsuccessfully, against Widodo in 2014 ‐ but also warned his claims of widespread cheating could spark street protests.

That was borne out early on Wednesday as protesters set market stalls and cars on fire while hurling fireworks and rocks at security personnel clad in riot gear and holding shields, a news hound on the scene said.

Authorities blamed the violence on paid "provocateurs", citing money-filled envelopes found on some of the 257 demonstrators who had been arrested.

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USDA staffers quit en masse as Trump administration eyes moving offices out of DC
[FoxNews] Employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are quitting at a rapid clip as Secretary Sonny Perdue prepares to move forward with plans to relocate two offices far outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway.

Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan, announced last August, to move the majority of their staff from current offices in the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers.

“This move does not serve a public purpose,” Peter Winch, a representative for the American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents ERS workers, told Fox News. “Employees don’t want to move, and it doesn’t make sense for them to move.”

Winch added that since ERS employees joined AFGE earlier this month, six employees have already quit their jobs with the government agency in response to the planned move. He said overall staffing is down to 209 from 300 during the Obama administration.

A Washington Post report cited an estimate that the ERS used to see roughly one “non-retirement” departure per month – but that pace has doubled since October. NIFA reportedly has also seen people leave.

Critics, including former USDA officials, say the move would weaken the agencies, reduce their influence with lawmakers and provide little benefit to the farming community.

Winch argued that weakening the agencies' influence in Washington is at least part of the point. The NIFA funds grants that go into researching the effects the agriculture sector has on climate change – which the Trump administration has tried to downplay – and Perdue was allegedly upset by NIFA’s policy to support LGBT members of the 4-H youth farming organization.

The president’s 2020 budget has also proposed slashing funding to ERS research from $87 million to $61 million and cutting 160 jobs, while Perdue has suggested moving the agency from under the USDA’s science arm to being supervised by the USDA’s chief economist, a political wing of the department.

“There is some sort of punitive motivation,” Winch said. “Someone has made a negative judgment about these agencies.”

Perdue and his staff have narrowed the list of places where the two agencies could go down to three from an original 130 -- with Kansas City, the state of Indiana and North Carolina’s research triangle in the Raleigh-Durham area on the shortlist. St. Louis, Mo., and Madison, Wis., are two alternate locations.

Perdue is expected to make the announcement of where the agencies will move as soon as Friday, but it remains unclear whether the two agencies will actually leave Washington.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/24/2019 09:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He said overall staffing is down to 209 from 300 during the Obama administration.

That isn't a problem, that's a solution.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2019 14:01 Comments || Top||

#2  "This is preposterous ! I did not join the federal Govt. to live near farms. Do they even serve iced Latte in Kansas ?"
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 14:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Makes logistical sense, but these are government staffers. They didn't get this job to rub elbows with the serfs.

Good fucking riddance you parasites.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/24/2019 14:30 Comments || Top||

#4  also i believe it would serve a purpose too the people of the US. It would probably alot cheaper too have the offices away from Washinton D.C.
Posted by: chris || 05/24/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Also, shift the FBI HQ to Connecticut.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't see why they couldn't share office space and possibly staff with various local State Ag departments that also do these same things. Cut the Federal staff down to the bone. The only cash crop raised in DC is higher taxes.
Posted by: magpie || 05/24/2019 15:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Just close the damn thing. We don't need the USDA, the Department of Education or the Department of Energy, just to name three.
Posted by: Creling Pelosi3622 || 05/24/2019 21:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Also, shift the FBI HQ to Connecticut.

Adak, Alaska.
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Clavith3514 || 05/24/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Yale women's studies professor: Gay white men are symbols of heterosexuality
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 07:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Works in very cold office?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  The result of 4 decades of accepting Liberal gibberish uncritically. At least there WAS a time when they attempted to compose some form of evidentiary arc, no matter how preposterous to reach a conclusion. Now they have done away with that altogether and just deliver up random nonsense like some kind of seriously malfunctioning fortune cookie printer.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/24/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  "Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy"
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/24/2019 8:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm still amazed that people get paid, and get paid well, to write such world-class codswallop.
Posted by: Raj || 05/24/2019 8:42 Comments || Top||

Posted by: DarthVader || 05/24/2019 9:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Darth - but the day is still young!
Posted by: Raj || 05/24/2019 9:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Yale women's studies professors are symbols of low intellect virtue signalling government supported so-called centers of learning.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/24/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm still amazed that people get paid, and get paid well, to write such world-class codswallop.

It is, for all intents and purposes, the Fred Phelps Model. Get a swollop of litigation lawyers, go about saying outrageous things, and sue those who disagree.

If the Phelps groups wasn't an actual agent, and there is enough evidence to make that case, they were a case model for this very activity, just as the tobacco lawsuits of ago are the sugar and straw laws of today.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Both diseases should have remained in the DSM-whatever.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/24/2019 11:44 Comments || Top||

#10  It's about Buttigieg and his husband.

Yale, Buttigieg, women's studies... got it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 13:31 Comments || Top||

#11  There was a time when Yale, my alma mater, was known for superior scholarship. These days, I'm afraid, you get better scholarship across town at Southern Connecticut State College.
Posted by: Tom || 05/24/2019 15:50 Comments || Top||

Cold office temperatures are hurting women's productivity, study says
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/24/2019 07:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two women hired to deliver bread out of bread trucks claimed it was inhuman not to have air conditioning. They didn't last long. This delivery has been done this way for many years. Men never complained. I am hearing this complaint from people who work in factories not air conditioned. Snowflakes are failing in most hard work environments (men or women).
Posted by: Dale || 05/24/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Wouldn't the extra air conditioning contribute to gerbil worming?
Posted by: gorb || 05/24/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Finally a study by millennial scientists that found a biological difference between men and women.

Next up : Trump Gifts Capitol Building Brand New Air Conditioning.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/24/2019 14:11 Comments || Top||

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