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-Lurid Crime Tales-
No Death Penalty For 'imbecile' Sinaloa Gang Enforcer
[Breitbart] An illegal alien gang member accused of murdering 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck in January 2015 has been deemed ineligible for the death penalty due to his "intellectual disability."
Yupp. He just won't appreciate it folks. Pearls before swine an' all that.
On January 22, 2015, Altamirano allegedly entered a QuickTrip convenience store in Mesa, Arizona, where Grant Ronnebeck worked as a store clerk and allegedly shot the young man to death after demanding a pack of cigarettes, according to Breitbart. After shooting and killing Ronnebeck, prosecutors say Altamirano stepped over the body of the young man to grab a couple more packs of cigarettes before fleeing the scene. Following the alleged murder, the illegal alien sent police on a high-speed chase and was eventually arrested and taken into custody.

At the time of the alleged murder, Altamirano had been out of police custody on bond despite having orders to be deported from the U.S.

The 100 kilo imbecile who cannot be sentenced to death as he lacks the 'intellectual' capacity to appreciate it's value as a handy tool of deterrence, because he thought it was just used to purchase cigarettes quickly.

In news like this, I think one must closely look at the judges who deliver these verdicts. Just who are these self-righteous bastards, one cannot help but wonder.

Self professed Mescaline aficionado, and popular TV celebrity dishonorable Judge Kemp is a pop star and justice dept darling.

[TheSun] MARTIN Kemp has admitted to going on an eight-hour drug bender and said it was one of the best nights he’d ever had. The Let It Shine
whatever the fuck that is
judge revealed that he took a mind-altering drug at the height of his Spandau Ballet fame and said he had a lot of fun.
It seems he is now also a Sinaloa darling.

According to Él Chapo's latest hits revelations, Democrats like Pelosi are being paid off by the Sinaloa cartel to resist Trump's border plans. Julian Assange — Yupp — revealed he has evidence the Clinton Foundation received $15 million from cartel leaders. It would be no surprise to learn that the envelope stretches to include judges and the justice dept. In fact it would be proof of real imbecility if one can't see it by now !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 02:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Dron66046, is everything starting with “The 100 kilo imbecile” your commentary, ,or are you quoting something? Because it isn’t from the original Breitbart article, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it moderator-wise.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2019 7:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry, the 100 kilo imbecile was just my take on the perp's photo. Forgot to put it in highlight. Everything above this photo is from Breitbart.

The judge's portion is from the UK's Sun, it has a link colored red to his dishonorable past. Info about the Guzman tapes is from recent news.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  I take it that the grey highlighted comments are Dron's. Dron, please use the normal yellow highlight offered by the comment dialog, you are not yet a moderator.
Posted by: KBK || 07/08/2019 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Oh... ok. Will comply.

Man... I was having such fun. Bureaucracy everywhere.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 11:47 Comments || Top||

#5  *Big hug* You see how in-line comments are meant to look, Dron66046, highlighted and in a separate line from article text.

Fred offers a standard yellow highlighter named yellow for regular posters to use on the articles they post. Moderators get their own colours so that when we kibitz in other people’s articles, y’all will know who to blame. ;-) Note also that I put the source name in square brackets at the beginning of the article text. That is to make it easier to find the URL should the poster forget to paste that when submitting — if it can’t be found easily the [unpaid] moderators will delete the submission — and so that readers with a particular liking or dislike of certain sources can more easily judge whether he wants to read/trust a given article.

In the row of icons across the top of the article submission box there are two for highlighting text: the pouring paint can and the square with lines. Both work — just select the text to be highlighted, then click on the icon. The paint icon is a straight highlighter. The block icon throws in a blank line at the end, so the next line of article text needs to be snugged up after the final >.

Fred even gave us an icon for pull-out quotes.
There is also white box icon with yellow in the top left quarter. That’s for highlighting pull-out quotes from the article, I keep those for longer articles so a few key points are emphasized for those who don’t want to read the whole thing, just like those fancy magazines do.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2019 13:23 Comments || Top||

#6  OMG — it blinks!!

Just as an aside, I envy your skillz, dear Dron66046. I am pretty much the legendary Microsoft end user, and it’s taken me years just to be able to use Fred’s icons.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||

#7  I can't use Microsoft Office or the whole powerpoint/excel/outlook tzimisz to save my life.

Skills... ha ! I just learn fast, extrapolating from what Fred told me. I used the code from the image posting button. Putting the link after img src= and voila ! It can be an animated GIF, like so:
Pretty handy for making a point or something funnier.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 13:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Dron, I meant to refer to the article posting dialog. Knock yourself out in the comment dialogs!! I just expect that the text in the articles is a paste from the source, unless appropriately highlighted with the standard colors.

TW, thanks for the pointers on using the article posting dialog.

I also noticed that the Rantburg images access tools has been greatly improved. Good job, it’s a fine collection!
Posted by: KBK || 07/08/2019 14:02 Comments || Top||

#9  Roger that. Comments can be gone nuts with. Thank you, KBK, TW. And I'll appropriately mention it if I happen to let loose within an article, with brackets or sumpin'.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||

#10  Within articles your in-line comments should be highlighted in yellow. In comments, as long as it isn’t one of the moderator colours, I have no opinion.

I’m going to go back to the article right now and make that change.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2019 15:35 Comments || Top||

#11  And I shall remain indebted, madam.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 15:37 Comments || Top||

#12  There's no way to self edit our articles is there ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 15:43 Comments || Top||

#13  Whew! Done.

Only moderators can make changes to articles once they’ve been submitted. But you can do anything before clicking Submit, which is why it’s important to preview the silly thing using the Preview button, to make sure it looks exactly as intended.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2019 15:50 Comments || Top||

#14  Thanks. I'll take the utmost care. I shant be the one who kills you with carpal tunnel from now.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 15:57 Comments || Top||

FBI, ICE use driver license photos without owners' knowledge or consent
[Boston Globe] WASHINGTON ‐ Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have turned state driver’s license databases into a facial-recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds of millions of Americans’ photos without their knowledge or consent, newly released documents show.

Thousands of facial-recognition requests, internal documents, and e-mails over the past five years, obtained through public-records requests by Georgetown University researchers and provided to The Washington Post, reveal that federal investigators have turned state Department of Motor Vehicles databases into the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.

Police have long had access to fingerprints, DNA, and other ’’biometric data’’ taken from criminal suspects. But the DMV records contain the photos of the majority of a state’s residents, most of whom have never been charged with a crime.
I doubt "Whitey" gave his permission either.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 00:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6524 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Should be entitled "FBI, ICE leverage technology, seize the initiative.

I saw this GPS bumper sticker recently. I see no reason why GPS monitoring could not be linked to suspension of driver's license or vehicle confiscation for chronic offenders.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  So when will they fire the FBI and CIA management that was involved in this overreaching decision?
Posted by: gorb || 07/08/2019 0:46 Comments || Top||

#3  There will be a lot of different opinions on this one. I am okay with it. If the gov watches me all day they'll just find out I drink too much and like cheeseburgers. In China, this works pretty well for tracking down criminals. The facial recognition is integrated with cameras in subway stations, bus stations, public places, etc., and if the police need to find someone they just put the system on alert and if the fugitive is spotted the system tells them in real time where he is at. I believe they use similar technology for traffic related stuff. Cameras can track your license as you are driving around, and if you run a red light or speed they'll capture it, and an hour or two later you get a phone call to come down to the police station and pay your fine. As a result, they don't really have urban traffic cops (let alone armed patrol cops). All in all I think it is a pretty good deterrent, and street crime/traffic infarctions are pretty low here.
Posted by: Beau || 07/08/2019 1:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Facebook does about the same thing with any pictures posted there.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/08/2019 1:28 Comments || Top||

#5  It could alternately read as, 'university an media unhappy with feds finally doing their job'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 3:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Misleading headline. Drivers license photos are the property of the state that takes them. The FBI and ICE had the states permission when they accessed the databases. Dont want the state to have your picture? Dont get a drivers license. Its a privilege, not a right. Worked for Kacyzinsky.

We have a right to privacy in our home, not anonymity in public.

Apostrophe key broken. Sorry.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 07/08/2019 5:40 Comments || Top||

#7  Didn't the EU plan to use this technique to tax road use? IIRC the idea was dropped cause they couldn't get their own GPS to work.

Big brother will have us all in electronic monitoring collars soon enough. Then they can tax us on how many cheese burgers you eat, drinks you have, etc. etc.

Not for me thanx.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/08/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#8  It could be too late for the beef monitoring protocols. I saw the damn thing drive by and reduce speed while firing up my Weber.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#9  If the gov watches me all day they'll just find out I drink too much and like cheeseburgers.

Watch your health insurance premiums go up.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

#10  It's a "Brave New World" for sure. Even Aldous Huxley would crap in his pants.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/08/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#11  I foresee a rise in men's makeup, it seems an easy way to fool facial-recognition software! Of course one has to change it around from time to time...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/08/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#12  It's a brilliant move. Watch illegals' desire to get drivers licenses plummet. Driving without a license is one more crime counting towards deportation. No license, no insurance. Two crimes. No license no instant voter registration and lots less illegals voting in voter ID states. All good.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

#13  And re the makeup thing, I say Bath House Barry masks for all.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||

#14  Time to rock'n'roll!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

#15  I doubt the states can fight this in court without tripping over the Real ID Act.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 11:31 Comments || Top||

#16  This technology as certainly sped past any ability to discuss the ethics of it. The question is how much of this will invade our privacy, if at all. And what about future uses? The USG will be able to track you from your front door until you go back into your house, if you live in NYC or DC. The equipment is there, just not the software implemented...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/08/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#17  Guy Fawkes masks or their high tech equivalent will soon be common place. Welcome to the CyberPunk™ future that we have read about for years.
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||

#18  The equipment is there, just not the software implemented...

Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 13:25 Comments || Top||

#19  'Oh?'

Agree with Skidmark.

The State DMV's (around here, at least) can read your discrete cellphone (or vehicle's) bluetooth/MAC address as you drive down the major roads and Interstates. How do you think Google or WAZE can show the immediate traffic conditions ahead? Alchemy?

They know at about 95-97% of what vehicles are where and how fast they're going.

It's only a minor jump for vehicle/driver association and ID.

The new traffic cameras you see going up have really good resolution too, just sayin'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/08/2019 16:20 Comments || Top||

Chicago 4th of July 2019 WIA/KIA report
[Breitbart] The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a woman was killed "before dawn" July 4, 2019, on West Wilcox Street. "Another man was killed and three others were wounded in Humboldt Park on the West Side" during an 11:30 am drive-by shooting on July 4.

A 37-year-old man named Oliver Booth was shot and killed around 2:47 am Friday. Minutes later, at roughly 2:55 am, 22-year-old Akeelah D. Addison was shot in the head and killed "in the 4200 block of South Wells Street in Fuller Park."

Forty-year-old Tory Terry was standing on "a sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie Avenue" when two males approached an opened fire. He was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.

ABC 7 reports that three people were shot and wounded in south suburban Dolton around 8:20 pm Saturday.

Three other individuals were shot and wounded around 9:10 pm Saturday in the South Side’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The shooting followed an argument in which a 33-year-old man and two women, "ages 46 and 30, got into an altercation with two men in the 4600 block of South Martin Luther King Drive." One of the two men allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under:

#1  an 11:30 am drive-by shooting on July 4.

Starting early aren't they?
Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/08/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought it was illegal to own a firearm in Chicago. Unless the read the SOCTUS decision on Heller and McDonald.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/08/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Not for ni... Wakandans.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Second City Cop has had a number of acrid things to say about cancelled vacations and FOP.
Posted by: james || 07/08/2019 20:46 Comments || Top||

Guess whose daughter is reportedly a prosecutor in SDNY Epstein case
That name just keeps coming up, doesn't it?
[Law & Crime] Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI Director James Comey, is reportedly a prosecutor in the new criminal case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This details comes out of a new CNN report. The source is described as a person “with knowledge of the case.”

This and an Associated Press article are backing up a Daily Beast report that broke news Epstein faces new charges. It seems like the defendant must contend with a sex trafficking case affecting “dozens” of alleged victims. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is handling the case. Their Public Corruption Unit is taking the lead on this, but are being helped by human trafficking officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

Maurene Comey is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the SDNY.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 07/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shes there to protect daddy and friends.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 07/08/2019 6:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Epstein article in 2003 Vanity Fair

I think anyone named inside will be sweating a bit.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Expect the Clintons and others to be protected while another criminal investigation is launched at Trump. Right around 365 days from now.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2019 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  MORE
Posted by: 3dc || 07/08/2019 13:42 Comments || Top||

Feral Youth Allegedly Loot Walgreens in Downtown Philly
[BREITBART] A group of teenagers allegedly looted a Walgreens in downtown Philadelphia Thursday evening, according to video footage of the incident.

The video showed dozens of teens running through the streets on Philadelphia’s South Street Thursday, but things began to get violent when a group of 60 teens descended on Walgreens.

CBS Philly reported that as the crowd moved west on South Street and violence broke out around 10 p.m., authorities advised businesses and residents to lock their doors.

Once the mob of teens got to the Walgreens on 18th and South Streets Thursday evening, at least one of the teens was responsible for allegedly hitting a Walgreens clerk in the head with a glass bottle when he tried to intervene.

"About 60 juveniles walked into the establishment and began removing things from the shelves, destroying property inside the store. The cashier attempted to intervene and some heavy item ‐ I believe it was a bottle ‐ was thrown at him, striking him in the head," Captain Sekou Kinebrew of the Philadelphia Police Department told WPVI.

The injured clerk suffered cuts and bruises but was treated and released.

The Walgreens itself suffered thousands of dollars in damage, police say.

"Between the things that they stole and the property damaged inside, it’s between $6,000 and $7,000 in damage," said Kinebrew.

Police have not made any arrests and are continuing to investigate the incident.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6547 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At least stores in states with carry permit gun laws should be armed.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 4:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Resistance is futile. You are fired. You are sued by injured party,as well as the police and store. Center city most everywhere are no go zones. Just as the photo shows, vehicle is lost and hopefully the officers got away. I am told patrol pairs no single officers.

Posted by: Dale || 07/08/2019 7:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Prime time for youth activity 10AM till a bit after midnight. They sleep in.
Posted by: Dale || 07/08/2019 7:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Notice if you will, how these flash mobs generally target retail box and chain stores, as opposed to Mom & Pop establishments.

Mom & Pop have no method of passing on losses to consumers and investor, so they tend to be armed. Box and chain stores, not so much.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 7:47 Comments || Top||

#5  ...assisted by 'higher' management that directs no arming or confrontation take place. When losses exceed profits, the bean counters will just shut the place down. Sending working people into unemployment and welfare in the community, with little likelihood that 'new' business will be there to hire. This is known as 'bad luck'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#6  More utility than North Face I suppose.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:35 Comments || Top||

#7  I doubt if an condoms were stolen. They are considered "unmanly" in some "cultures." Going to guess the soap, toothpaste, mouthwash and deoderant also got passed over...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 9:17 Comments || Top||

#8  When losses exceed profits, the bean counters will just shut the place down.

One of the knocks against inner city stores is they charge higher prices than stores in the 'burbs. Any discussion of higher insurance rates or inventory loss/shrinkage be raciss.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#9  This is why they should have a button that insta locks the doors, which should be unbreakable. Then they should pass out the shotguns. Whoever drops the least amount of ferals gets to clean up.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/08/2019 18:38 Comments || Top||

Colorado sheriff's office bloodhound helps find missing 12-year-old girl in Wyoming
[FOXNEWS] A Colorado police dog turned out to be in the right place at exactly the right time last week, helping to locate a missing 12-year-old girl in Wyoming, according to officials.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that Deputy K. Fosler and bloodhound Jessie were in Wyoming on an unrelated call when they were diverted for a request with the search of a missing girl.

Brianna Weinart was reported missing around 10 p.m. on Monday, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

The deputy and Jessie joined in the search for their girl, but the nearly 90-degree heat required the dog to take a 20-minute break in spite of wearing a cooling vest. The cactus-dense area also made search efforts more difficult, according to the sheriff’s office.

"For nearly two hours, she searched the Wyoming area where the 12-year-old girl was last seen......and then she pulled her handler, Deputy Fosler, back toward the direction they started. Deputy Fosler thought she had lost the scent," police said. "Turns out, she knew exactly where she was going and as the pair got closer to a home, Jessie went around to the back and near a large bush, they spotted the girl, hiding."

Weinart was hungry, dehydrated and sunburned after 20 hours, but was "otherwise uninjured," according to the sheriff's office.
Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And what caused a 12 year old girl to hide for a few days?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2019 4:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Caaused her to hide? VERY good question.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/08/2019 6:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Stupid journalists. They expect no one will wonder why she was hiding, they'll all be going "Good dog !" in their minds. So don't give any more details. Make it all about the dog. Who gives a fuck about a 12 year old girl ? They'll all wanna know what Lassie Jessie did.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 16:06 Comments || Top||

First black African meant to travel to space dies in motorcycle accident
[News24] Mandla Maseko, 30, the first black African who would have travelled to space has died, his family confirmed on Sunday.

Maseko, popularly known as Spaceboy and Afronaut - beat 1 million people to become one of 23 people who won a seat sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy, on an hour-long sub-orbital trip in 2014.

However, his trip to space was not meant to be after he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle on Saturday.

"He was a larger than life figure. We are all still reeling at the moment. We are very distraught because most people only found out this morning. It is still very hard, painful and tragic," his business manager and close friend Sthembile Shabangu told News24.

Shabangu said that even though Maseko did not end up going to space, he would have wanted his hope to spread.

"There were still rocket tests happening before they could go up. He really thought that if he went up to space he could inspire young African children that they could do anything. He used to always say that the sky was no longer the limit."

She added: "He put a lot of people first and was an ambitious person with big dreams."

A Soshanguve resident, Maseko went on to train as a private pilot and became a corporal with the South African National Defence Force.

Shabangu said that as a public speaker and community worker, Maseko worked to inspire many African children to pursue careers in science.

He was an avid biker with the Tshwane Legend Bikers.

In 2016 he was honored by the Gauteng Department of Education and had the science building at the Curtis Nkondo School of Specialisation named after him.

Details of his memorial service and funeral will be announced during the course of this week, Shabangu said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He did say once that he'd 'die before they got me in an orange jumpsuit !'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 3:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Launch his ashes.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:25 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Eagles raise a baby Hawk
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/08/2019 08:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe they haven't read the DACA Directive.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Awww! So cute, but nature being nature, I doubt that this will have a fairy-tale ending, unless the hawk learn to fly when the parents are not around.

Maybe the headline should read: "Eagle raise their dinner"?

Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/08/2019 10:51 Comments || Top||

#3  So maybe there is a chance for Israel and Gaza.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 11:45 Comments || Top||

#4  ...yeah, first remove the father and mother hawk.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2019 16:10 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Video shows thousands of bees VIBRATING on the ground before dying after 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck California
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Thousands of bees have been shown dead on the ground after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck California.

The shocking footage shows social media influencer Khalil Underwood outside his house, amid a mass of the dead insects on Saturday.

He zooms close to the ground to reveal the plight of the bees and the masses of carcasses that cover much of the ground in front of him. 'This is crazy. I've never witnessed anything like this,' Underwood exclaims. 'Look how many f***ing bees are on the f***ing floor from the earthquake.'

He pointed to some that were still alive, appearing to shake and buzz on the ground as well as the struggle he had while moving his car. Underwood claims the bees 'vibrated, buzzed and died' as a result of the earthquakes.

Scientists have previously noted that animals and insects act strangely in the lead up to an earthquake, but do not know why, according U.S. Geological Survey

While scientists know creatures are able to recognize earthquakes before humans, the mechanisms explain how and why it happens 'still eludes us' they wrote.

One study in Northern Taiwan that monitored insect populations over a period when a 7.3 and 6.8 earthquake hit, noted 'large declines' in the number of individual insects and also individual species.

But in their three-year study, they found that insects mainly living underground near to water were affected as well as those inhabiting aquatic sediment.
For other Burg beekeepers
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/08/2019 09:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6527 views] Top|| File under:

#1  appearing to shake and buzz on the ground

Let me propose the 'buzzing' on the ground is a desperate attempt to fly, but because of the magnetic field anomalies that occur pre/post quakes the poor little buggers no longer know which way is up.

Phototropic you say? Sure, but that gives them the signal to move, not which way is up.

Geotropic? Yes, for burrowing not flying upside down.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Release of methane? Silent but deadly?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2019 16:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Good guesses. Behavior I've never seen, at least in Minnesota hives.

Ground struggles like this are typically when bees are physically injured.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/08/2019 17:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Nah, they were probably just exposed to some rap music he was playing right before the earthquake.
Posted by: gorb || 07/08/2019 18:13 Comments || Top||

Indonesian authorities warn of a possible tsunami after 7.1 magnitude earthquake

Posted by: Fred || 07/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not the Ridgecrest quake.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

South FL principal apologizes for telling parent, ‘I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event’
[BIZPACREVIEW] A South Florida high school principal told a parent he "can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event."

Spanish River High School Principal William Latson made the remarkable comment in an email to the mother of a student while discussing history curriculum, according to The Palm Beach Post.

"Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened," Latson wrote in the email, adding that lessons are "not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs."

The principal explained that the school holds annual Holocaust assemblies and one-day lessons for 10th graders.

"We advertise it to the 10th grade parents as their [sic] are some who don’t want their children to participate and we have to allow them the ability to decline," Latson said.

The mother, who wished to remain anonymous, reportedly countered, "The Holocaust is a factual, historical event. It is not a right or a belief."
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#1  "Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,"

"As true academics therefore, it behooves us to maintain an amorphous kind of worldview, suspended between belief and disbelief. It doesn't matter what actually happened, since our perceptions shape the universe after all."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 3:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Principals comments seem fair enough to me. Some people still believe in marxism. It would be nice to warn children about the lesson of mass murder it inspired.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/08/2019 4:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Gerbil worming and 24 genders are settled science, OTOH..
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 6:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Can you say that slavery in America is a factual, historical event? The last surviving slaves and thus witness to the acts were and are white American soldiers captured with the surrender of the Philippines in 1942, part of an army that was segregated at the time. They were sent to Japanese factories as slave laborers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2019 7:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Some people are so stupid they cannot be reconstituted even with beatings.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:32 Comments || Top||

#6  But Climate Change "Science" is settled
Posted by: Frank G || 07/08/2019 9:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Again, there is no cure for STUPID!
Posted by: SR-71 || 07/08/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||

#8  "Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,"

While a lot of them have passed on, I suspect the GIs that liberated the camps would be happy to debate that proposition with him. You are entitled to your own opinions and beliefs, but not your own facts.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Being one of the first units into Dachau, and what he saw, caused my Dad PTSD nightmares for years.

He never talked about it when awake and cried out while asleep.

It was very real for him.

F* this guy.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/08/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, based on the current academic thinking, I cannot say that Democrats are humans. They claim to be, but we all know how they lie and some of them claim to be other things too.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/08/2019 18:35 Comments || Top||

#11  And two can play their game with that, cause if they can't say the Holocaust occurred, how do we know slavery did? I never saw it.

/s (Sad that I even have to say that. Unlike them, I admit history exists. I just had no part of it before I was born and take no credit nor blame)
Posted by: Silentbrick || 07/08/2019 18:37 Comments || Top||

Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn
First they came for the coal...
[THEGUARDIAN] Toilet paper ‐ the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away ‐ is becoming less sustainable, according to research.

Analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found that major brands were using less recycled paper than in 2011, while only five of the nine major supermarkets (the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) offered an own-brand recycled toilet paper. The large-scale use of virgin paper contributes to unnecessary deforestation.

The UK uses 1.3m tonnes of tissue a year, according to the Confederation of Paper Industries, with the average British consumer reportedly getting through 127 rolls every year. But the growing trend for "luxury" four-ply and quilted toilet roll is fuelling the use of virgin pulp in an effort to create the softest product, the study claims.
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#1  Does Saffron have big leaves?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  No, Saffron leaves are barely bigger than longleaf pine needles.

Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/08/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Paper is made from trees that are specifically grown to be made into paper. TP is not made from old-growth forest and spotted owls.

Hey, I got it! Let's say we are growing the trees to sequester carbon to stop global warming. Then we can harvest them and make paper guilt free. Win-win!
Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2019 10:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Saffron leaves? How curious. Why would I use the leaves?
Posted by: some oil Arab somewhere || 07/08/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Cowboy toilet paper Could be a myth.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 10:23 Comments || Top||

#6  ...or more 'traditional' methods.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2019 11:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Environuts are unsustainable
Posted by: warthogswife || 07/08/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#8  ...or more 'traditional' methods.

Thought Romans used clean slaves?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Three Police Officers Pay For Shop Lifter's Food Instead Arresting Her
There’s what the system does, and what people can do to make it right, one for another. Bless those policemen for having the heart to be that kind of people.
[BREITBART] "We looked in her bag and all we saw were containers of food, we didn’t see anything else, it was just necessity food," Officer Esnaidy Cuevas said.

When police approached her to assess her situation, the woman simply told the cops she was hungry.

"I asked her, ’What’s going on?’ She told me she was hungry," said Lt. Louis Sojo. "So, I looked in her bag. I decided‐ we decided‐ to say ’We’ll pay for her food.'"

The police decided that instead of arresting her, they would cover her the $35 tab of groceries and send the woman on her way without being charged.

"When you look at someone’s face and you notice that they need you, they’re actually hungry, it’s pretty difficult as a human being to walk away from something like that‐ we weren’t raised like that, it’s the right thing to do," Sojo said.

The three cops’ actions did not go unnoticed. The man who initially captured the image, film and TV director Paul Bozymowkski, was in the store tweeting about the Thursday afternoon incident showing the woman in tears after officers paid for her food.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 07/08/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good people holding the world together.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 3:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Guess they weren't at starbucks.

That really is going to leave a mark.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, that'll teach her!
Posted by: DooDahMan || 07/08/2019 16:15 Comments || Top||

2.5 tons of Saffron bulbs distributed in Bamyan to promote Saffron cultivation in the province
Providing options — a very good thing, if it takes, and this autumn-flowering crocus as pretty in bloom as the fields of opium poppies.
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) distributed 2.5 tons of Saffron bulbs in central Bamyan province.

The ministry has distributed the Saffron bulbs in a bid to promote the Saffron cultivation in Bamyan province.

MAIL in a statement said the ministry has distributed 2,500 kilograms of Saffron bulbs among 5 farmers in Bamyan province.

The statement further added that the ministry distributed the Saffron bulbs among pioneer farmers in Bamyan.

Furthermore, the ministry of agriculture said it has also distributed other required equipment and material to help the farmers cultivate Saffron.

...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Big Shirley was still trying to snatch Nunzio bald-headed. She was already halfway there...
the ministry of agriculture said the five farmers will establish agricultural fields in which demonstrative Saffron plants will be cultivated.
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#1  Furthermore, the ministry of agriculture said it has also distributed other required equipment and material to help the farmers cultivate Saffron.

Anyone wish to hazard a guess as to the re-purposing of the Saffron equipment ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Adventures in dual use farming implements.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/08/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Can you eat them?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/08/2019 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Saffron is a wonderful condiment. Mexican stuff that passes for it is horrible.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 07/08/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Not the whole bulb, Skid. You'd get diarrhea or something. Saffron is used in very tiny quantities to add scent and a powerful flavor to certain dishes. It also base for coloring agent, orange or red. During severe heat, in a rose flavored syrup, with ice water, a pinch of it is divine.

It's supposed to be very warm, and can increase temperatures in cold weather so it's used in mountainous regions in tea and hot beverages. Some afghan hash is also scented with saffron and improves the 'honey and old paper taste' of raw or cut hash. Several medicines use saffron and derivatives too. Especially eastern medicines.

All of this should make it a good cash crop alternative to opium. Which is the idea really. We promised to source saffron from Afghanistan, if they would experiment with growing more of it instead of opium. Last year we signed an MOU to assist in plantation and training of cultivators if they would give up opium farming, while first your own 5th SFG and now New Zealand's NZDF reconstruction teams protected the farmers' cooperatives from taliban and Pak ISI affiliated opium cartels.

Soft power, sorta. Let's see.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Sending pigs to ballet lessons will likely produce more positive results.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

#7  If some kind soul could annihilate all muslims, he'd win an audience with GAWD and a shot of JD !

But until then, we've gotta live with them. And trust me, an educated (maybe even progressive) muslim is way safer than a ball scratching sasquatch spouting inshallah, rakibullah, nasrullilah whatever. It takes doing, and great patience. But leveraging historic linkages and a little bit of socialism, they can be made... safer. Like rottweilers. It's like therapy, and never foolproof. But there's no other choices.

Reform the islamic or kill him. One major factor in the lives of these people is, they don't give a damn about what Allah wants. They only want their children to grow in a peaceful land. There are thousands like this. And it's possible to leverage that need to usher in a democracy. Of course it would have been wonderful if the US had just let these guys kill each other, but ultimately Pakistan would expand on that with China not far behind.
Posted by: Goober Noodleman6806 || 07/08/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#8  And saffron is very expensive. One gram (0.04 ounces) will set you back about $20. Which, I suspect, puts it in the same ballpark as illegal drugs.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/08/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#9  The spice called saffron is just the stamens plucked from the saffron crocus flower and dried. In Dron66046’s photo (thank you for that — I don’t know how to use images beyond those in the Rantburg collection, hence the opium poppy in the article), the red threads are the stamens. Note that there are only three stamens per flower; each bulb produces only one flower, and it takes about 150 flowers to produce a gram of the spice. Because it must be planted and collected by hand it is perfectly suited for a low-skilled, cheap labour environment like Afghanistan. The other commercial source for us Americans is Spain, according to my favourite spice supplier,though apparently Iran is a major source when it isn’t being sanctioned.

I suspect the required tools are cultivators and plows, or maybe just hoes, and whatever is used to spread manure — the bulbs need to be planted 3-5” deep and 6” apart in rich soil, so they can’t be simply broadcast on the surface of the soil like wheat or opium poppy seed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/08/2019 13:05 Comments || Top||

‘Dancing aunties’ spark new Hong Kong protest
[DAWN] Renewed confrontations broke out between police and protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday evening ‐ this time sparked by anger over provocative "dancing aunties" who have long vexed local residents near the border with China.

In the latest flashpoint with authorities, hundreds of protesters blocked roads and rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud at police in the northwestern district of Tuen Mun, an AFP news hound on the scene said.

Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge peaceful protests as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.

On Monday its parliament was trashed by hundreds of masked, youth-led protesters in unprecedented scenes.

Anger towards police is running high after tear gas and rubber bullets were used against demonstrators.

Saturday’s rally had a much more local cause but feeds into Hong Kongers’ anxieties that the city’s unique freedoms and culture are being eroded by a resurgent Beijing.

A rally was held earlier in the day to "reclaim" a park in Tuen Mun where so-called "dancing aunties" have sung Mandarin pop songs through loud microphones and danced for generally older men who give them cash donations.

The predominant language in Hong Kong is Cantonese and locals say authorities have failed for years to tackle noise complaints caused by the performers.

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#1  Could this be Beijing ? Agents on ground inciting violence over profound stupidity, to justify a crackdown later on all assembly ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

Minor girl assaulted in Haripur mosque
[DAWN] HARIPUR: Two young men allegedly assaulted a minor girl in the room of a mosque in Hattar village, police said here on Saturday.

One of the accused has been arrested while the other is on the run, police said.

A woman, resident of Hattar village, told police that her daughter aged 10 had been a regular student of a prayer leader of a local mosque for last several months.

On Friday, she said her daughter went to learn Holy Koran from the mosque’s prayer leader who asked her to go to his room inside the mosque for washing kitchen utensils.

According to the complainant, two accused namely Waqas and Qamar Abbas sexually assaulted her daughter in the room.

She told the police that the same accused had assaulted her daughter in the same room on June 4 but forced the minor girl to keep silent, threatening her of slitting her throat with a knife.

On the complaint of the victim’s mother, the police registered an FIR against the two accused under section 376/34 of the PPC after the medical report confirmed the offence.

The police claimed to have arrested Waqas, but Abbas was still on the lam. The arrested accused was produced before the judicial magistrate on Saturday, who granted the police his one-day physical remand for further investigation into the case.

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#1  she said her daughter went to learn Holy Koran from the mosque’s prayer leader who asked her to go to his room

Any religion that promises sex with young virgins in the afterlife to its men, is sure no religion for a woman to be loyal to. Muslim women are responsible for their own plight.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

No Grunts Under 26, $250K Bonuses: DoD's Most Radical Ideas to Transform the Infantry
[Mil.com] What would it take to transform U.S. infantry into a higher-caliber force modeled after the elite 75th Ranger Regiment? For starters, find recruits in their mid-20s and offer them $250,000 bonuses and a $60,000-a-year salary.

That's part of a working concept officials from the Pentagon's Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF) have been turning over for the past year in efforts to take Army and Marine infantry to a higher level of lethality.

The task force is the legacy of former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and infantryman, who set out to place a new priority on a group that bears one of the heaviest burdens of warfare: the grunts.

Since its 2018 launch, the CCLTF has helped to find money in the Defense Department's budget to accelerate high-tech programs, such as smart augmented reality goggles for soldiers.

But despite its Defense Department backing, the organization faces a tough fight to convince the U.S. military's largest ground force to change the way it does business. Part of the task force's plan hinges on the Army's ability to revamp the antiquated methods it uses to recruit, select and train infantry and other select specialties with key roles in close combat.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 08:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6549 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Biggest thing is to cut down the amount of bullshit they have to carry. Nothing destroys knees and backs quite like having to carry nearly 200lbs in gear 12 miles over rough ground for weeks on end.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2019 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah, or give them caddies.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  antiquated methods

You mean stuff that has worked for, oh, about 4,000 years?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/08/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||

#4  antiquated methods...

We need new methods that somehow are viewpoint neutral™ so that we have a combat force that has no racial, ethnic, religious, weight-ist ( All hail the 1st Weight Watchers™ Regiment as it waddles towards the enemy!) or other biases!
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2019 12:44 Comments || Top||

#5  There's room for improvement, but not where they're looking. The American armyman is still one of the most feared units in battle. No less healthier or deadlier than the enemy. How about fixing other stuff ? Like cutting out pog middle-managers for tasks better handled on-the-fly, in field. Lesser interference/oversight from the beltway boobs. A more adaptive system for SRoEs, to adjust for the wily tactics employed by rag-heads. I assume these are what get grunts killed most of the time.

All those serving in the 75th Ranger today must have cut their teeth in Enduring Freedom. You cannot peace-time train to 'transform' an infantry to match up to that xp. I think under direct supervision of Mattis, it was something else, and the CCLTF today seems more concerned with squad stabilization through "unit social cohesion", and obtaining funds for vague re-armament projects. See this too, it seems... interesting.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 15:05 Comments || Top||

#6  One problem is that the US Armed Forces seems to have this "One Size Fits All" mentality. Had it before WW2, still have it seems, that the US Rifleman is an interchangeable military cog in the bigger assembly line of death-dealing... If it doesn't work then they were not trained appropriately. National fixation on the glories of the Age of Big Industry, maybe.

Hogwash. We need Specialists for many of the jobs. (The same way the multi-role LCS and F-35 have turned into One Size Fits None boondoggles) I asked a guy, oh back before 9/11, if what we really needed was a "...lot of Military Police Brigades and a small Expeditionary Army, putting nearly all of the Tread-Heads in the National Guard...?"
Posted by: magpie || 07/08/2019 18:51 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Detroit festival is charging "non-POC" (People of Color) attendees twice the ticket price
[American Thinker] An event called "Afrofuture Fest" is being hosted in Detroit, Mich. on August 3 and is advertised as a day of "activating the land with eyes open to metaphysical travel" with a day parade, drum circle, and bonfire to "awaken space with spirits." If that's your type of thing, tickets can be found here, but a quick disclaimer first: your ticket price will be based on the color of your skin.

If you are wondering how such blatant racism can be justified, according to their own ticket sale website, their logic is as follows:

Link to info and tickets here.
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#1  years ago various groups held affirmative action cookie sales where blacks were charged less for cookies than whites

it was criticized as racist back then
Posted by: lord garth || 07/08/2019 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  The white liberal attendees are lining up and saying "Sorry..." with tears in their eyes to pay double.

Afrofuturism is a philosophy looking at the intersection of African culture and technology. Celebrating the fictional amalgam of blackness and progress No, not launches of nifty new hacks for ankle monitors or kiosks selling bio-mods to accommodate 2kg packs in one's arse. as seen in Wakanda, ladies and gentlemen.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 5:15 Comments || Top||

#3  metaphysical,....drum circle, and bonfire to "awaken space with spirits

Are ceremonial horns permitted ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#4  How about head-shrinking workshops ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/08/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Not only racist but illegal as hell.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/08/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Not only racist but illegal as hell.

Only in a polite society.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/08/2019 8:57 Comments || Top||

#7  Afrofuturism is a philosophy looking at the intersection of African culture and technology.

As long as there is no algebra....
Posted by: SteveS || 07/08/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||

#8  there already been enough backlash for the too drop this idea.
Posted by: chris || 07/08/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||

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