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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Owners of Noah’s Ark replica suing insurer over flood damage
[NYPOST] Must not have been an exact replica.
Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why build one in the first place ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/26/2019 5:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The original was not pretty but definitely flood proof. It was heavily coverered with thick layers of "pitch" (black tar).

Posted by: Angairong Flavigum3253 || 05/26/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

Putin’s rumored ex-gymnast lover reportedly gave birth to twin boys
[NYPOST] Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reputed lover may have given birth to twin boys.
"and a tiger cub"
But like many things in Putin’s Moscow, the facts are shrouded in mystery.

Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic gold-medal-winning rhythmic gymnast, has long been rumored to be in a relationship with Putin. Russian media mostly shies away from the topic. Still, Moscow is buzzing with rumors that Kabaeva is the reason why a whole floor of the Kulakov Research Centre for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology was shut down this month.

A Russian newspaper briefly ran a story about the birth, but it was eventually taken down, according to the Daily Mail. An investigative journalist whom the Daily Mail described as close to Russian intelligence also claimed Kabaeva gave birth to two boys.

Putin has two adult children with ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, congratulations are in order, on multiple fronts.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/26/2019 2:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Reporting like this is what gives journalism a bad name. It's like the equivalent of that frustrated prude hag that wheedles across town bitching about , "...that fancy 'un in the new house, ayuh. You know what she did ?"

So what ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/26/2019 5:32 Comments || Top||

#3  This must be what Obama meant by "more flexibility."
Posted by: Matt || 05/26/2019 12:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe not literally, Matt. But with Baraq you never know.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/26/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||

#5  I doubt it - there's a female involved
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2019 16:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Edentical or fraternal? If the later, he's packing a powerful punch.
Posted by: Blackbeard Tojo6117 || 05/26/2019 19:59 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuela negotiators return to Norway for crisis talks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition have returned to Norway for a mediation effort aimed at resolving the political crisis in the South American country, the Norwegian government said Saturday.

Norway said it will facilitate discussions next week in Oslo, in an indication that the negotiation track is gaining momentum after months of escalating tension between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó, the US-backed opposition leader.

Top Maduro aide Jorge Rodríguez and Héctor Rodríguez, the governor of Miranda state, both of whom were in Oslo earlier this month for an earlier round of exploratory talks, will once again lead the government delegation. They will be joined this time by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and Larry Devoe, the government’s top human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
official, said a Venezuelan official who was not authorized to discuss the talks and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The opposition delegation is being led by Stalin González, a senior member of the opposition-controlled congress, former Caracas area Mayor Gerardo Blyde and former Transport Minister Fernando Martínez Mottola, according to a person familiar with the talks who also spoke on the condition of anonymity. They will be joined by Vicente Diaz, a supporter of past negotiations with the government who previously served on the nation’s electoral council.

Both delegations traveled Saturday for the meetings, according to the two people.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide praised both sides for their involvement.

Representatives of Venezuela’s political factions traveled to the European country earlier this month for talks, but it had been unclear if they would continue to engage with one another amid increased tensions over the opposition’s call for a military uprising on April 30.

The opposition had previously ruled out talks, accusing Maduro of using negotiations between 2016 and 2018 to play for time, and has demanded Maduro’s resignation and early elections. Maduro, in turn, alleges the opposition tried to seize power by force.

The US State Department said the only thing to negotiate with Maduro is "the conditions of his departure" from office.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Unfortunately Maduro is in a much stronger position after the attempt to oust him failed.

Hopefully not as damaging as the Bay of Pigs; but there are some similarities worth noting.
Posted by: Tom || 05/26/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

Families demand answers after 29 inmates die in Venezuela jail riot
[BREITBART] Wracked with pain and anger, dozens of families gathered in front of a morgue in the Venezuelan town of Acarigua on Saturday after 29 inmates died in rioting at a cop shoppe jail.

"It seemed there was a massacre of these children in the cop shoppe," 50-year-old Zuleyma Ponte told AFP.

"My son was killed. Whose fault is it? It’s the lack of supervision, the lack of serious government," he said.

The deaths came after police special forces intervened Friday to stop a "massive prison break," according to Oscar Valero, public security secretary for Portuguesa state.

The prisoners received the officers with "a hail of gunfire" while detonating three grenades that maimed 19 police, Valero told news hounds.

As the clash raged, family members near the station said they heard detainees shouting, "Don’t let us die."

"What we are asking for is, please, just give us our boys. They’re not coming back, so give their bodies to their families and investigate those responsible," said Aliris Perez, a 34-year-old teacher whose 24-year-old brother died in the violence.

Perez, who was close to the station when the riot occurred, said he heard several kabooms as "many authorities" arrived at the site.

Carlos Nieto, the head of a prisoner rights NGO, said the festivities broke out when special forces attempted to rescue visitors who had been taken hostage Thursday by the leader of the inmates.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
A whale base is found.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/26/2019 11:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Not to worry we have attack dolphins
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 05/26/2019 13:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Where is PETA?
Posted by: Elmelet Bumble9257 || 05/26/2019 13:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I figured you had Google Sat pics of Ana Navarro's house
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Men have a long history of using animals to help them fight their wars. Just ask the horses, elephants and dogs. It isn't just a Russian thing. I've seen the dolphins the U.S. Navy uses in San Diego Bay.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/26/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#5  by the ASW base on North Harbor Dr
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2019 17:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I get a "Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!" page. I guess someone took it down.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/26/2019 18:44 Comments || Top||

#7  So twitter censored out a whale base?
Posted by: 3dc || 05/26/2019 22:47 Comments || Top||

#8  So twitter censored out a whale base?

Prolly some AI twitter-bot on guard against fat-shaming.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/26/2019 23:01 Comments || Top||

6 detained for interrogation in Farishta murder case
[DAWN] Islamabad police have detained six people for questioning in connection with the Farishta kidnapping and murder case, a progress report of the investigation revealed.

According to the report, a copy of which is available with DawnNewsTV, police have so far interrogated 50 "relevant people" during the probe.

After the geofencing of the area, police also obtained data of 793,884 different mobile phone numbers that were active in the vicinity of the scene of the crimes around the time of the murder. So far, 1,587 numbers have been shortlisted as "suspicious", the report said, adding that the police are conducting analysis of remaining data.

Further evidence collected from the scene of the crime has been secured and will be sent to the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Forensic Science Agency for analysis.

Two special investigation teams (SIT) have been constituted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Islamabad, Amir Zulfiqar, in order to investigate the matter.

The case of 10-year-old Farishta's alleged murder came to light last week after her family members protested against the police in Islamabad, and activists and politicians highlighted it on social media. According to Farishta's father Ghulam Nabi, he had lodged a missing person's report a day after his daughter disappeared on May 15 as he feared that she had been kidnapped.

He alleged that instead of filing a first information report (FIR) and trying to recover Farishta, the station house officer told them she must have run away with someone. He also accused the Shahzad Town cop shoppe's personnel of making him clean the station.

...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio wondered: Where the hell was Chumbaloni? And where was his $600?...
a four-day-old body recovered on Monday evening (May 20) was identified as that of Farishta by her father, who recognised her by her clothes. Police said samples taken from the body and the site where Farishta was found are being tested to ascertain whether she was subjected to gang rape and torture, as alleged by the family.

A case has also been registered against the police officials of Shahzad Town cop shoppe for negligence.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

More than 40 per cent Indian MPs face criminal charges including rape, murder: study
[DAWN] More than 40 per cent of politicians in India's new parliament face criminal charges ‐ some as serious as murder and rape ‐ and the list is growing, an electoral reform group said on Saturday.
"They are almost as bad as the Congressional Black Caucus"
One member of parliament for the opposition Congress party is battling 204 cases including manslaughter and robbery, the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.

At least 233 of the 543 members named as winning seats on Thursday face criminal proceedings, according to the ADR, whose election chief Anil Verma said there is a "disturbing trend" in parliament that "is bad for the democracy".

The ADR said it studied the records of 539 of the winners and found that the number facing criminal cases was the highest since it started studies in 2004.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Their 40% killers and rapists might well be an improvement on our 100% lying nitwits.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/26/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Elon Musk's SpaceX raised over $1 bln in six months
[DAWN] Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX has raised more than $1 billion in financing in the last six months as it aims to roll out an ambitious high-speed internet service by using a constellation of satellites to beam signals from space.

The company raised $486.2 million in an equity offering, starting December, and another $535.7m in an offering that began in April, its regulatory filings on Friday showed.

The rocket company on Thursday launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Musk's new Starlink internet service.

Musk sees the Starlink venture as an important new revenue stream for his Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,-based company, whose launch service income he expects to top out at around $3bn a year.

Posted by: Fred || 05/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think he will make way more off his StarLink than any of his other endeavors. It has the potential to be bigger than Comcast as it is world wide. I expect him to have deals with NetLinks, ESPN, SoccerNets etc.. maybe even Disney. I don't see him staying Internet only with that bandwidth. Also deals with the SmartTV makers ...
Posted by: 3dc || 05/26/2019 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Also no reason, not to have Apple and Google devices working with his Internet. Since the net comes down to WiFi routers the routers could have a roaming login for service like Comcast does with it's roaming Xfinity login.
(for those without Comcast with Comcast you can have normal WiFi at home but roam to any Comcast WiFi with your Xfinity login even if it is unrelated to the owner's Comcast service.)
If enough places get StarLink you might be able to roam almost anywhere and not need Cellular except for an actual phone call. There is no reason in that reality that FaceTime or Skype shouldn't work.

Posted by: 3dc || 05/26/2019 1:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Does Mr. Musk plan to do the kind of monitoring and social nudging that Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al currently engage in so gleefully, 3dc?
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2019 2:09 Comments || Top||

#4  The 'mesh' is a channel, TW.
Don't know what the respective endpoints will try to control.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/26/2019 2:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Cool video, 3D.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/26/2019 13:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Cool video! Now that is what I wanted to see in the 21st Century.
Posted by: magpie || 05/26/2019 14:42 Comments || Top||

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