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Cricket: Pak beats Afghan, followed by the usual

Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

-Land of the Free
Mexico Halts Migrants, but at What Cost? (Tissue Alert)
[Dallas News] 'A Human Wall for Trump' A handful of national guardsmen in a camouflaged pickup, including a soldier standing in the back, his finger on the trigger of a mounted assault weapon, lazily chase their targets along the banks of the Rio Grande.

The fugitives ‐ two women and their children ‐ stand no chance. They simply stop, their will and dreams broken, just feet from the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents watch from their side of the river as the Mexican guardsmen radio immigration officials to pick up their latest prey.
It's their job, and if they started doing it 40 years ago, we'd all be a lot better off.
One mother begins to sob in anguish: "This can't be. This can't be." When asked what will happen to the detained families, a soldier tersely replies: "They weren't apprehended, nor were they detained. They were rescued."

Then he kicks the dust from the ground and quietly adds, "I guess we stole their dreams."
Wait, I need another box of tissues.
"Mexico essentially built a human wall for Trump, since we can't police our own border at the price of our own dignity," said the Rev. Francisco Javier Calvillo, director of Juarez's Casa del Migrante migrant shelter.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/30/2019 13:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Supposed to be tomorrow, and there was more from the other point of view, if you didn't drown in your tears. But the dog barked and my finger twitched.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/30/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

#2  So they're doing a good job. The article goes on to say :

But López Obrador still enjoys high approval ratings. A recent poll in Mexico's El Financiero newspaper showed a majority of Mexicans — 65 percent — approve of efforts to stop migrants from crossing through Mexico without proper documents. And 68 percent approve of the use of the national guard to do the job.

All the boo hoo hoo in the world is not going to convince both the Mexicans and Americans of this 'evil border control' bullshit.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/30/2019 15:37 Comments || Top||

#3  "Part 2" - thanks to the dog - is in the hopper for tomorrow.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/30/2019 15:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Laughing this hard has always brought on the tears.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/30/2019 17:27 Comments || Top||

#5  "Part 2" - thanks to the dog - is in the hopper for tomorrow.

Now I understand why Tantburg auto-labelled it as a duplication. I’ll fix it and add a reference to Part I here. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2019 22:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Tantburg

Or Rantburg, even. Yesterday was a long day, today I clearly am still recovering.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2019 22:57 Comments || Top||

Probes show Russia staged Skripal attack from London
[AlAhram] An open-source investigation has found that a top Russian military intelligence officer coordinated last year's Salisbury chemical attack from a London hideout using his phone and a few messaging apps.

The award-winning website Bellingcat said late Friday that its joint analysis with the BBC helps establish the command structure Moscow's GRU network of foreign agents used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and conduct other attacks.

London and Washington identify the GRU as Russia's main security threat to Western interests abroad.

Russia denies involvement in the Skripal case and calls other allegations against the GRU -- including its attempted hacking of the world's chemical weapons watchdog in The Hague last year -- politically motivated.

The findings "shed light on the likely chain of command for this (and other) GRU overseas operations, with one coordinating senior officer communicating with headquarters in Moscow while the team on the ground receive limited to no new instructions," the Bellingcat report said.

"Evidence obtained by us on other international operations involving the same team suggests that this is a stable GRU operational model."

Britannia's Metropolitan Police said it could not comment on an "ongoing investigation".

British officials have identified the two Russians suspected of delivering the nerve agent to Salsbury as GRU agents Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga.

Both men entered Britannia using false passports and were captured on CCTV footage walking around the southern English town shortly before Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped over on a park bench.

They fell into comas but survived and have since gone into hiding.

Mishkin and Chepiga later told Russian television that they were tourists who went to Salsbury to look at the local cathedral.

Western intelligence agencies suspect that the Kremlin ordered Skripal's killing in retribution for his past exposure of Russian spies.

Bellingcat discovered in February that a GRU agent named Denis Sergeev -- alternatively spelled as Sergeyev -- was also in Britannia at the same time.

The website found that Sergeev was in Bulgaria during the 2015 poisoning of a local arms dealer who suffered similar symptoms to Skripal's.

Bulgaria has asked Britannia and Russia for cooperation after reopening that case.

Joint findings by the BBC and Bellingcat detail Sergeev's movements and mobile phone communications while in London in March 2018.

The BBC's report established that Sergeev was a major general -- a rank just three below that of an army commander.

"The involvement of a GRU major general would indicate the unusually high importance of the operation," Bellingcat wrote.

The BBC found that Sergeev used messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram to communicate with both the two Russians in Salsbury and his Moscow commander.

Bellingcat said Sergeev's Moscow contact was using an unregistered mobile phone card that "does not produce a regular 'footprint' left by regular numbers".

The BBC's Russian Service separately reported that Sergeev and his wife "listed the address of the GRU training academy as their own home on an official registry".

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...
told the Financial Times in an interview published on Thursday that he viewed "treason (as) the gravest crime possible".

"I am not saying that the Salisbury incident is the way to do it ... but traitors must be punished," Putin told the newspaper.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

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'It's all stuck': FEMA struggling to pay out disaster aid in Puerto Rico
[Washington Examiner] The Federal Emergency Management Agency is failing to pay out disaster aid in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico and struggling to work with the commonwealth's government, according to federal contractors on the ground and the agency’s own internal data.

FEMA is months behind deadline for disbursing billions in disaster aid owed to the commonwealth government, its towns, and its residents nearly two years after Hurricane Maria struck.

Only a fraction of the money approved by Congress through FEMA has been delivered, just $380 million of permanent recovery work, a failure that belies President Trump's complaints that the territory and its 3.2 million U.S. citizens have received too much money.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates Puerto Rico experienced $90 billion worth of damage from the storm.

FEMA representative Abbey Dennis argued that dollar amounts alone were not sufficient for measuring recovery progress. "Every disaster is different," Dennis said in an email to the Washington Examiner. "Numbers alone cannot and do not provide a complete picture of what is needed to help communities recover."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2019 05:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good money after bad. If someone doesn't stop it soon, the US tax payer will be funding these island layabouts 10 years from now.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2019 5:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Puerto Rico makes Chicago looks like modern efficient Scandinavian government. It's a one party criminal organization that is nothing but Caracas with a line to the US Treasury. Things don't get done till the 'right' people are hired or paid. FEMA is stuck with US laws that eventually show where the money went and those officials don't want to go jail if stuff that is occurring gets out. If we really had a 'media' the amount of official obstruction and theft would have appalled decent America. Place should have been put under marital law and rebuilt a la Germany, Japan, and Iraq before being put back in the hands of the pols.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/30/2019 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Dennis, the FEMA representative, confirmed that the territory’s debt contributed to the decision to require an “additional level of review” for funding but said that FEMA recently removed that added scrutiny in March on the grounds that the commonwealth government demonstrated that it could successfully track the money.

Reads to me as "ripe for corruption by locals." That's likely the sticking point in distributing funds.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/30/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  We haven't heard anything from the lefty woman mayor in the Michael Kinsley glasses for a while. I wonder who shut her up?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/30/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
'6 or 5 genders: no idea what that even is': Putin says LGBT should not enforce their agenda on kids
[RT] There are no high tempers in Russia about LGBT groups, but they shouldn't instill their views on under-18s, 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...
said, adding the ever-growing types of genders may somehow be confusing.

Putin’s latest interview with the Financial Times seems to have hit a nerve, as many public figures, among them singer Elton John, rushed to voice unease over some parts of it. Even at the G20 summit in Osaka, the Russian President couldn’t avoid being challenged into explaining his stance on sexual minorities and liberalism.

Russia has "very relaxed attitude towards the LGBT community, we aren’t biased against them," but the minority must not aggressively disseminate its views among minors who may not be able to decide on their own, he told news hounds.

"Let’s give children an opportunity to grow up and decide afterwards who they want to be. Leave them alone," Putin urged.

Posted by: Fred || 06/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Well, stopped clock, and all that...

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/30/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep, even a Chekist can be right once in a while.
Posted by: charger || 06/30/2019 12:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Speaks volumes that an old sovok like Putin actually speaks more common sense on this particular issue than 99% of the West's political class.

We are truly decadent, in Macaulay's sense of the word.

There are quite a few things we could learn from the Russians.

Tell me why, again, we are trying to integrate our economy with China and doing everything possible to alienate Russia?

Wouldn't it now make sense to play the "Russia card" against China?
Posted by: Lex || 06/30/2019 21:10 Comments || Top||

At the DMZ, Pres. Donald Trump Trump Becomes First U.S. Leader to Enter North Korea, Meets Kim
[Breitbart] President Donald Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Sunday, stepping into North Korea as he shook hands in a moment of high-stakes diplomacy.

Trump made history, becaming the first American president to step foot into North Korea, despite decades of conflict between the two nations.

Trump initiated the meeting at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea, first publicly calling for the meeting on Twitter before North Korea moved quickly to make the meeting happen.

"Good to see you again", said Kim through a translator, meeting at the DMZ. "I would never have expected to see you at this place."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/30/2019 05:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...I've been to the DMZ; it's someplace that leaves a lasting impression one way or the other. What truly amazes me here is that Fat Boy seems to have decided PDQ to go down there and do this.


Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/30/2019 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  There's an old Klingon proverb - 'Only a Trump can go to North Korea.'
Posted by: Raj || 06/30/2019 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Why, indeed. It's a couple of things. One is that Trump is the first Western leader to treat Pudge as a grown-up and to show him the respect due the leader of a nation. Miss Manners would approve.

Second, there is an opportunity for Kim to be the father of modern NKor, a regular Lee Kuan Yew who took his people from 3rd Word to 1st World in a single generation. It's a bit early to be betting on the outcome, but a possibility exists which didn't before. That old Klingon proverb ain't too far off.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/30/2019 11:34 Comments || Top||

#4  See also the realization by the Chinese that what they've been told and have followed to deal with Trump has not gone well for them.

This man is 'crazy'*, don't give him an excuse.

* crazy like a fox.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/30/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

Boeing's 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers
(Bloomberg) -- It remains the mystery at the heart of Boeing Co.'s 737 Max crisis: how a company renowned for meticulous design made seemingly basic software mistakes leading to a pair of deadly crashes. Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a push to outsource work to lower-paid contractors.

The Max software -- plagued by issues that could keep the planes grounded months longer after U.S. regulators this week revealed a new flaw -- was developed at a time Boeing was laying off experienced engineers and pressing suppliers to cut costs.

Increasingly, the iconic American planemaker and its subcontractors have relied on temporary workers making as little as $9 an hour to develop and test software, often from countries lacking a deep background in aerospace -- notably India.

In offices across from Seattle's Boeing Field, recent college graduates employed by the Indian software developer HCL Technologies Ltd. occupied several rows of desks, said Mark Rabin, a former Boeing software engineer who worked in a flight-test group that supported the Max.

The coders from HCL were typically designing to specifications set by Boeing. Still, "it was controversial because it was far less efficient than Boeing engineers just writing the code," Rabin said. Frequently, he recalled, "it took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly."
Posted by: Clese Elmolet8966 || 06/30/2019 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The coders from HCL were typically designing to specifications set by Boeing. Still, "it was controversial because it was far less efficient than Boeing engineers just writing the code," Rabin said. Frequently, he recalled, "it took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly."

Sorry, but it is not just cheap, foreign coders. Long before foreign coders were even thought of being brought in, US Corporations run by incompetent top management could not release decent code written by $100 an hour US software engineers for ONE REASON. They had no idea how to TEST CODE.

I have seen huge enterprise systems crash resulting in multiple VPs and large development groups sh8t canned and replaced. Did that fix the problem???? NO!

Not until a decent, real world, internal test environment was established did things finally half way begin to work out in the real world.

This is a sign that Boeing still does not get it. Don't fly in their products until stop blaming cheap or expensive programmers and begin talking about what programmers desperately need and that is a world class systems test environment layer.

And tell these loser execs to get out of the liberal political arena to get promotions and government work and back to turning out A++ results.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/30/2019 0:51 Comments || Top||

#2  "it took many rounds going back and forth because the code was not done correctly."

P.S. Many rounds is not even close to enough. I want to see thousands and thousands of bugs caught by QA and fixed by the programmers in the most likely hundreds of thousands of lines of code in the system.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/30/2019 0:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Thirdly and lastly,

Boeing AND Bloomberg and the USA are totally lost and are way, way off track now. This is truly frightening because more lives are going to be lost on Boeing planes.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/30/2019 0:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Fred will give me a sterling recommendation if they need someone to be the idiot to test their idiot-proof code...
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2019 2:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Wait, do you have to be under or over qualified to be part of an idiot-test group?
Posted by: Charles || 06/30/2019 3:25 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 - *snicker*
Posted by: Frank G || 06/30/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#7  ...Boeing is now thisclose to explaining up on Capitol Hill just what the hell is going on over there:

*The 737 MAX debacle, obviously
*They're still having show-stopping problems with the KC-46 Pegasus - technical problems, especially the remote refueling system (probably the DUMBEST gorram idea ever bolted on to a US military aircraft) and what can no longer be described as anything other than sabotage by the Boeing Renton assembly crews (material left in critical spaces), and God alone knows how much of that screwed up code has made it into the airplane, and
*Now there's reports of MCAS-type problems popping up with the 787.

Somebody decided to cut a corner too many, and now they get to pay for it.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/30/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||


There's a saying in development

1. You can have it on time
2. You can have it on budget
3. You can have it done right

You get only two of the three, now which are they?
I'd put my bet on one and two.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/30/2019 7:19 Comments || Top||

#9  One of my customers has gradually moved to using Indian coders vs. American and their in-house applications have become crappier and crappier.
Posted by: Hupolet Bourbon1119 || 06/30/2019 8:07 Comments || Top||

#10  After more than 30 years in all aspects of software development this really does seem to be the culmination of cut corners.

First- when budget or schedule is tight the first thing to go is testing.
Second thing to go is documentation.
Third thing is independent testing, test your own work is the rule.

Given how many IT shops I've worked in I can almost hear the conversations. My experience in general is that the Indians are competent for basic stuff but have no initiative, the Eastern Europeans were arrogant and wouldn't follow directions. The big six consultants insisted on being in charge and ordering everyone around even if they didn't know what the project was. Yes there were exceptions but they were few and far between.

Cluster frick doesn't even begin to describe it.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/30/2019 8:48 Comments || Top||

#11  Looks like Boeing was using Third World programmers to do the software development and Third World airlines to do the QA testing.

Bad decisions in the board room. Senior management, why do they hate us?

And, excuse me if I don't know much about aviation, but my understanding of the auto pilot feature is that you wait until the plane reaches a cruising altitude to turn it on and then only to keep the plane on course until you reach your destination. Even then you must have a manual override feature to let the human pilots take over if necessary. Let the human pilots do the take offs and landings. If auto pilot takes off, cruises and lands then you don't need human pilots, right? But I think the software is not quite ready for that.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/30/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#12  I teach a software methodology called Scrum. In Scrum, you test your code CONSTANTLY - every day, a little piece at a time. There is also something called Test Driven Development - where you write your test code BEFORE you write the actual code. I wonder if Boeing uses either one of these methodologies, which are all the rage in the software world today.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/30/2019 10:16 Comments || Top||

#13  @Procopius2k
1. You can have it on time
2. You can have it on budget
3. You can have it done right

You get only two of the three, now which are they?
I'd put my bet on one and two.

If only. Berlin Airport got zero out of the three.
Posted by: European Conservative || 06/30/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#14  A German colleague told us that the Berlin airport saga was Chicago-esque, with suitcases of money changing hands and work done that had to be undone.
Posted by: james || 06/30/2019 14:01 Comments || Top||

#15  TW. You are right on but testers are not idiots. They are not programmers either. They are the real world users who make up the internal QA process before it goes into production. System testing in every possible weather environment possible. NO CORNERS CUT.

Boeing is now CYAing with MSM help.


They are being sued. By families of the deceased and pilots afraid they will be told to fly the MAX. They are being watched by the FAA.

Why are they pointing fingers all of a sudden?

(I guarantee you, since the grounding they have found a long list of software bugs that should have been found during initial development. That is evidence that will be used against them. They need to find scape goats to share the pain with and hopefully earn redemption.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/30/2019 16:47 Comments || Top||

#16  Any idiot can write software!

Or was that "many idiots"?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/30/2019 17:06 Comments || Top||

US Oil Production over 12 M BpD; Natural Gas also up
[Reuters] The United States produced 12.16 million bpd of crude in the month
[of April]
, up 246,000 bpd from a month earlier
When pipeline capacity is increased, the production will probably ramp up pretty fast to 15 M BpD in a few more years.
Meanwhile, monthly gross natural gas production in the lower 48 U.S. states rose to a fresh record high 100.27 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in April from the prior high of 99.46 bcfd in March, according to the EIA's 914 report
Posted by: lord garth || 06/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They open a liquefied natural gas complex in Texas and announce that its resource has been sold for the next decade. Amazing!
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 06/30/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Pipeline welders I'm told are making $3000./ week.
Posted by: Dale || 06/30/2019 9:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Waitaminit! I've been told that we can't, NO WAY POSSIBLE drill our way out of the energy crunch. These people have degrees!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/30/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Has Saudi started fracking yet?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/30/2019 13:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Any of this increased production had any impact on the budget deficit to which Trump added so ignorantly? And while you're at it, what about the workers no longer on welfare and paying taxes?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/30/2019 14:36 Comments || Top||

Classic: Brazillian President Ignores Canadian Socialist Prime Minister
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 06/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  O Canada!
Posted by: SteveS || 06/30/2019 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  A classic cut direct.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2019 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  About the cut direct.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/30/2019 0:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Better snubbed by B. than by Xi, he may've thunk. In any case, B., apparently not the kind of person who sleeps well after kicking a puppy, quickly welcomes the little creep back into society:

Posted by: Muggsy Glerong5668 || 06/30/2019 1:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Go away boy, ya bother me...
Posted by: Regular joe || 06/30/2019 16:47 Comments || Top||

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