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Trump calls on China, and the world, to protect their own ships from Iran
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Uruguay court orders sale of WWII Nazi eagle from sunken warship
[DAWN] A court in Uruguay has ruled that a bronze Nazi eagle from a German destroyer that fought in one of the first naval skirmishes of World War II must be sold.

Half the proceeds will go to the government and half to the salvage team that found the insignia in the River Plate off Montevideo in 2006 after a decade of searching, the ruling said.

This 50-50 split is stipulated in an agreement the salvagers signed with the Uruguayan navy in 2004. The treasure hunters had filed suit arguing the government reneged on that deal.

Since it was found, the sculpture ‐ seen as likely to fetch a handsome sum at auction ‐ from the ship called the Admiral Graf Spee has been kept in a navy warehouse.

It features an eagle with its wings spread wide open and clutching a swastika in its talons. The sculpture adorned the stern of the Graf Spee, the pride of the German navy.

A salvage team led by two Uruguayan brothers, Alfredo and Felipe Etchegaray, filed for permission to search for the eagle in 1997.

The team welcomed the ruling, which said the sculpture must be sold in 90 days.

"Justice is being done," Alfredo Etchegaray said.

The Graf Spee’s captain, Hans Langsdorff, scuttled the battleship on December 17, 1939 following the Battle of the River Plate.

The Nazi ship, one of the Third Reich’s largest battleships, briefly sought sanctuary in Montevideo’s harbour from two British ships and a New Zealand battleship that were seeking to sink the Graf Spee.

After sailing out of the harbour, Langsdorff ordered the Graf Spee scuttled ‐ he apparently fell for a ruse designed to convince him a large British naval force was awaiting him in international waters.

Several days after that humiliation, Langsdorff did away with himself.
Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The description of the ship and events is so sloppy. This is why I have no respect for journalists and their editors. They're all as dumb as a bag of balls.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/24/2019 6:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "a German destroyer" -
"Graf Spee, the pride of the German navy"

From another sterling graduate of Journalism School
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/24/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Discouraging, but not too surprising: AFP story on Pak site, written by an Uruguayan with an Italian name who looks like a hippie. Military and maritime matters (and English) possibly not the collective strong points?
Posted by: Ebbang Sheter4523 || 06/24/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Ten minutes on Wikipedia could've educated the author ...
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah - I couldn't remember exactly what type of ship the Graf Spee was, but it sure as heck wasn't a destroyer.
It was actually a heavy cruiser, aka a pocket battleship.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/24/2019 11:00 Comments || Top||

Countdown until 23:30 EDT Monday Night - FH: STP2

NET June 24, 2019 on Falcon Heavy from LC-39A at Cape Canaveral at 23:30 EDT (03:30 UTC on the next day). Side boosters 1052.2 and 1053.2 will RTLS and land at LZ-1. Center booster 1057.1 will land on the ASDS.

Sats on the load:
DSX (SSTE 4, Cygnus, SET 1), FORMOSAT 7A/7B/7C/7D/7E/7F (COSMIC-2A equatorial), GPIM+AFIT SOS, OTB 1, NPSat 1, Oculus-ASR, Prox 1 + LightSail B, E-TBEx A, E-TBEx B, PSat 2, TEPCE 1, TEPCE 2, STP-2: BRICSat 2, FalconSat 7 (FS 7, Peregrine), ELaNa XV: ARMADILLO, CP 9 (LEO), StangSat - Falcon Heavy-03 (B1052.2, B1057.1, B1053.2) - Kennedy LC-39A - 03:30-07:30

SpaceX mission page: https://www.spacex.com/stp-2
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  https://www.spacex.com/stp-2
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 13:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Please note my O-club speculation from last week

...and the STP-2 experiment:

"The Wave Particle Interaction Experiment (WPIx) will resolve critical feasibility issues for very-low frequency (VLF) wave-particle interaction."
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 13:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Silly, but applicable.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 13:55 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
US Irradiates African Flies
[Mombassa Herald] The Senegalese farmer is certain: Atomic birth control saved his cows.

Arouna Sow, 55, worried his family would starve when the animals got sick three years ago. Their eyes grew teary, their fur clumped off, their ribs poked out, their milk dried up ‐ all because of the tsetse fly’s toxic bite, which kills an estimated 3 million livestock annually in sub-Saharan Africa.

"I can feed my kids and afford health insurance," said Sow, a father of 15. "I don’t understand the science, but I know it’s working."
Lord knows, he needs health insurance as much as food for his children.
Senegal, a former French colony hugging the Atlantic Ocean, has sought to wipe out the bloodsucking disease spreaders for more than a decade. Farmers say relief has finally arrived in the country's western Niayes zone, where scientists have eradicated 99 percent of tsetse flies by sterilizing the males with gamma rays.
Isn't a gamma ray, like, you know, radiation?
The United States has poured about $5 million into this effort, which has squashed the number of trypanosomiasis cases down to nearly zero. It's part of a broader push to harness nuclear energy for good that has stayed on track even as the Trump administration has sought to slash foreign aid elsewhere.
So Trump hasn't squashed everything good? You can see this story originated in the WaPo.
Since 2010, America has funneled roughly $379 million to Senegal's partner in the tsetse fly fight: the International Atomic Energy Agency, a global body that develops benevolent uses for destructive forces.

The United States earmarked an additional $560,000 this month for upkeep of the group's laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria.

It's unclear whether the investment leads to financial gain for the American side.
So Trump should've killed the project.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2019 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Isn't a gamma ray, like, you know, radiation?

Now if we can add it to the next version of the iPhone the Progs are so found of.....
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2019 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  the International Atomic Energy Agency, a global body that develops benevolent uses for destructive forces.

Maybe they could do something with the Paleos and all that seething.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2019 9:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe they could do something with the Paleos and all that seething

They'd have to irradiate all the goats, SteveS.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/24/2019 10:20 Comments || Top||

#4  US Irradiates African Flies

Posted by: gorb || 06/24/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  sought to wipe out the bloodsucking disease spreaders

In Africa but not DC huh? Seems like the DNC would be a good place to start.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2019 13:37 Comments || Top||

#6  the International Atomic Energy Agency, a global body that develops benevolent uses for destructive forces.

Unlike the DNC which develops destructive uses for benevolent forces.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/24/2019 15:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Should this be in -Obits-?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

Oman's crust.
This might be useful for strategic planners dealing with the strait's geology.....

Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6497 views] Top|| File under:

Buckingham Palace calls pest control after Queen 'horrified' by rodents in royal kitchen
[Washington Examiner] Buckingham Palace called pest control after rats and mice were spotted in the royal kitchen, much to the displeasure of Queen Elizabeth II.

"Rats have been spotted around the outside of the kitchen areas which clearly isn’t ideal," a source told The Sun on Saturday. "Staff, particularly kitchen workers, were given elementary training in how to stop them spreading."

The queen was reportedly "horrified" that rodents were infesting the palace.

"Obviously hygiene is a priority, as are simple things like shutting cupboard doors and sweeping away any crumbs or bits of food," the source said about fixing the problem.

Regardless, they also added, "There isn't a huge amount that can be done."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2019 05:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6566 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They simply consider themselves royalty. How dare you contradict them!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2019 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Why not dispatch Chief Mouser Larry to the palace ? Or is he like all the other civil servants ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/24/2019 7:07 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#4  I didn't know the DNC was taking a joint trip to Ol' Blighty.

Of course they went straight to the kitchens.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/24/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#5  As a side note, Buckingham Palace is an incredibly old building that the Royal Family has been begging for the funds for a full restoration for (it still looks immaculate to the public, but the background stuff, like the electrical, plumbing, and hidden areas, are disaster zones from what they have said). Of course there are going to be mice in a situation like that.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 06/24/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Why won't the queen pay for it's reno? I'm sure she has the scratch too do it.
Posted by: chris || 06/24/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#7  In the first season of the BBC series Victoria, the attempt to put in electricity in Buckingham Palace drove the rats from their happy homes in the kitchen walls out into the public spaces of the building. This came to the young queen’s attention when — as depicted in the episode — she saw rats on the table holding her birthday cake.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/24/2019 12:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Were they standing on their hind legs, or a more traditional haunch lift?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 13:31 Comments || Top||

#9  she saw rats on the table holding her birthday cake.

Rats holding a birthday cake sounds kind of cute in a Pixar sort of way.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/24/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#10  This was the situation in 2010.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/24/2019 14:51 Comments || Top||

#11  Well there your go. We have finally found Barry's daughters.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/24/2019 19:31 Comments || Top||

#12  "Insane! You intend to impinge
On as holy and hoary a henge
As ever was seen
In a new queen's demesne --
The estate of the great Mr. Penge?"

"Perhaps you are right. I shall call on Lord Melbourne and take another turn on his wonderful couch."
Posted by: Jack Bucket5896 || 06/24/2019 23:39 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
New Russian S-500 ‘Prometheus’ can hit targets in space
Will the Israelis spoof the S-500 as easily as they spoof the S-300?
[ALMASDARNEWS] The new Russian S-500 ’Prometheus’ air defense system has the capability to hit targets in outer space, the First Deputy General Director of the VKO Almaz-Antey, Sergei Druzin, told RIA Novosti this week.

According to Druzin, the S-500 can be used to combat "ballistic missiles of all types." He said the system is capable of "working outside the atmosphere where aerodynamic control is impossible."

The S-500 Prometheus is equipped with active phased antenna arrays that do not require transmitting devices. It can scan and analyze signals from a great distance. In addition, one antenna can create multiple rays. Beam control is carried out without turning the antenna. Furthermore, its phased antenna requires much less energy, and this is very important for homing missiles.

According to reports, the S-500 is capable of intercepting at a distance of 600 kilometers. Each type of target (aircraft, satellite, cruise or ballistic missiles) will be monitored by its own radar. Each will be destroyed by specialized means. The S-500 will be integrated with the other Russian missile defense systems: SPRN, A-235 Nudol, interceptor aircraft, S-400 and S-300.

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Aerodynamic control is not needed in space. Idiots.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/24/2019 7:13 Comments || Top||

#2  active phased antenna arrays that do not require transmitting devices

It's like they glued together everybody's functional wish list.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  "New Shimmer S-500! It's a floor wax, a dessert topping, and an air defense system!"
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2019 9:54 Comments || Top||

HBO Chernobyl mini-series: Russian People Love. State Propaganda Machine HATES!
Posted by: 3dc || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6542 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I truly do not understand why Putin feels the need to prop up the Soviet state's image. This didn't even happen inside of Russia proper, or territory that Russia has formally claimed (yet). He isn't pretending to be a commie now is he? He obviously doesn't give a crap about any ideology in reality.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 06/24/2019 20:46 Comments || Top||

#2  The Commie regime practices allows for his Oligarchy theft
Posted by: Frank G || 06/24/2019 20:49 Comments || Top||

Main suspect in Farishta case arrested
[DAWN] The capital police on Saturday announced that they have arrested the main suspect in the abduction and murder case of a 10-year-old girl.

Addressing a presser on Saturday, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Waqaruddin Syed said the police picked the suspect for allegedly abducting Farishta on May 15 and killing her.

"It was a blind case which had no clue to trace and identify the culprit," he said, adding that the arrest was made after the victim’s mother’s suspicion. The mother told the police that she had spotted the suspect roaming around her daughter before she disappeared.

The police made sketches of the suspect and started a hunt which led to his arrest, the DIG said. The suspect is a resident of Alipur.

When residents of the area were asked about the suspect, a large number of them complained that he was involved in immoral activities, he said.

The alleged killer has criminal record and two cases were already registered against him in 2006 and 2017, the DIG said.

In 2006, he had tried to molest two girls while in 2017 he had made a similar attempt on a six-year-old girl.

In both cases, challans against the accused were submitted to the court but he got the issues settled with the complainants, the DIG added.

Posted by: Fred || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Netflix First Arabic Movie Shakes Jordanian Viewers
[NY Post/Ay-Pee] On a high school trip to Jordan’s ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow.

By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn" hardly pushes the envelope. But when the show debuted last week, many Jordanians were shocked and appalled by a program that had been billed as a point of national pride.

Some Twitter users blasted the series as pornographic. Government ministers vowed to censor it. Jordan’s grand mufti denounced it as "a moral degradation." Lawmakers called an emergency session. The attorney general demanded the cyber-crimes unit "take immediate, necessary action" to pull it from Netflix.

While the government has not made good on its threats, the outrage nonetheless has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region. It reflects a cultural gap between the reputation of the country’s Western-allied ruling elite and conservative Muslim public, many of whom consider it "haram" ‐ forbidden ‐ to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana or even kiss before marriage, and look to television to deliver morality.

The five-episode thriller centers on a private school in the capital of Amman, a bubble of liberalism and privilege in the country. School buses cart the teenagers off to a wide-open desert haunted by ancient demons that make strange and terrifying things happen.
Hence the name of the film - Jinn.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2019 09:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6572 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Jordanians put up with crap too?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/24/2019 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  It's money that isn't getting donated to terrorist causes anyway, unless you count what Netflix is paying the Obungholes.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/24/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#3  The only djinn movie worth watching was Wishmaster.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/24/2019 14:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Netflix paid the great director and creative genius B. Hussein Obama $68 million to ... be a creative genius. Because he has such a stunning repertoire.

Maybe, just possibly, this was payback for ten+ years of preserving the BS concept of "net neutrality"?

And people say O's successor is corrupt...
Posted by: Lex || 06/24/2019 22:44 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Aerial photos help census officials pinpoint faraway people
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ‐ The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government.

The agency is using aerial images of rural communities and hard-to-reach areas to verify addresses and determine where to send workers to ensure everyone is counted, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said.

Satellites and planes take photos, and bureau employees compare the housing captured in the images to digital maps from the last census, in 2010. It takes a fraction of the time needed by workers in the field.

The agency has used geographic technology since 1990 but has never had access to such accurate tools from the air, said Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, head of the bureau’s geography division.

That technology ‐ known as geographic information system, or GIS ‐ uses computers to analyze neighborhoods, land formations, rivers and other data captured by satellites or traditional mapping.

The new technology to improve the census comes amid concerns that tribal areas and communities of color may be undercounted in the every-10-year tally that determines the amount of federal money states receive and whether they gain or lose U.S. congressional seats.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2019 06:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6508 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fancy way for Deep State to say 'we pulled this out of our a$$'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/24/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Google Earth does have certain infrastructure limitations.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/24/2019 7:30 Comments || Top||

#3  tribal areas and communities of color

Why would they expect GIS analysis to work any better here than AFG?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  using aerial images of rural communities and hard-to-reach areas to verify addresses and determine where to send workers troops to ensure everyone is legal.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#5  So you don't need a question on the census form - everybody gets counted as "one" - citizens, illegals, transients, and visitors.

I'm sure that what the founding fathers had in mind!
Posted by: Bobby || 06/24/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

The Marines Have a Laser Now
Brace yourselves: Marine grunts now have their hands on a drone-killing laser cannon.

Marines are currently evaluating a Compact Laser Weapons System (CLaWS) as "the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters on the ground," Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  *Yawn* That's nice... Have they solved the two big problems yet? (1) Keeping the waste heat generated from melting the laser quickly into slag? and (2) Generating enough portable power to actually damage something( a long power cable to a hydroelectric dam doesn't qualify)?

Still it's closer to the 21st Century I have been waiting for...
Posted by: magpie || 06/24/2019 1:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I think the military has laser weapons which generate little waste heat.

Key is the strength. Your typical laser pointer used in power point talks has less than 1% of a Watt. To cut through a steel shell of, say 1/4 inch it takes, say 400 W depending on the tightness of the beam. That doesn't seem impossible in a hand held weapon.

I don't really understand how targeting a moving object would work with something like in the image.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/24/2019 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Yawn! I'm still waiting for the plasma rifle in the 25 kilowatt range.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/24/2019 6:06 Comments || Top||

#4  What if the target has a giant mirror?
Posted by: jpal || 06/24/2019 7:49 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't really understand how targeting a moving object would work with something like in the image.

Kalman Filtering
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

This Is the F-35 of Helicopters: Meet the RAH-66 Comanche
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Duh. Those rotor blades are way too short.
Posted by: gorb || 06/24/2019 1:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Spin the rotors fast enough...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/24/2019 2:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Comparing the RAH-66 to the F-35 is the kiss of death.. Major difference is that the Army finally canceled the RAH-66 project after a massive cost overrun.

One POS is enough, glad we don't have two of them.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/24/2019 2:05 Comments || Top||

#4  one POS? not counting the USN’s littoral class of ships or the Zumwalt class????
Posted by: Cheremp Ghibelline4808 || 06/24/2019 8:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't forget this one. Though it would have been fun to have a bunch of them causing mental anguis on name basis alone in the ME.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/24/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Were these ALL Bush bombs or holdovers from Clinton?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/24/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

#7  the RAH-66 origins go back to the Reagan era and, at that time, its purpose was mostly stealthy surveillance (although it had some weapons)

the funding for the prototypes was mostly Clinton era although some was from the Bush 43 era

eventually, the Bush admin terminated the RAH-66

and notwithstanding the image, the diameter of the rotors was about 40'

Posted by: lord garth || 06/24/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#8  The RAH-66 was an idea ahead of the then existing technology. Stealth helicopters didn't die. See the stealth Blackhawk used in the bin Laden raid.
Posted by: Jolulet Splat8124 || 06/24/2019 17:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Yeah. Wouldn't die. They had to kill it. :-)
Posted by: gorb || 06/24/2019 17:37 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2019-06-24
  Trump calls on China, and the world, to protect their own ships from Iran
Sun 2019-06-23
  Army chief shot dead in coup attempt in Ethiopia
Sat 2019-06-22
  Libyan army forces enter Tripoli Airport, seize major positions from Haftar's forces
Fri 2019-06-21
  Niger Says 18 IS Fighters Killed in Joint Operation with U.S.
Thu 2019-06-20
  Presidential Motorcade: Individual taken into custody by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers
Wed 2019-06-19
  Spain busts gang that helped finance al-Qaeda in Syria
Tue 2019-06-18
  Iran says it dismantled a U.S. cyber espionage network
Mon 2019-06-17
  Mohammed Morsi titzup
Sun 2019-06-16
  Maldives seek foreign help to deal with IS fighters
Sat 2019-06-15
  Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says
Fri 2019-06-14
  Tanker Front Altair is on fire according to Bloomberg
Thu 2019-06-13
  Middle East on alert as two oil tankers are hit by explosions and one 'sinks' in suspected 'torpedo attack' in Gulf of Oman
Wed 2019-06-12
  Boko Haram kills at least 26 people in Cameroon
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