[Washington Insider] Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said one particular memo that former FBI Director James Comey gave to agents one month after being fired should never have made it to his house.
FBI documents unveiled this week show special agents arriving at Comey's home in June 2017 to collect his memos, which were largely contemporaneous notes on the former FBI director's interactions with President Trump during the transition period and early months of his administration.
This FBI log showed, "Comey observed that the second page of the memo dated March 30, 2017 , had the incorrect banner line classification of SECRET//NOFORN rather than UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO at the top and bottom of the second page."
"NOFORN" means no foreign nationals are allowed to see the document's contents. "FOUO" stands for "For Official Use Only."
Despite the mislabel, Nunes said this memo should never have made its way out of a secure setting.
"The whole idea that you can take something that is marked 'Secret//No Foreign' and then just decide on your own to take that out of the SCIF, so out of a controlled area and not handled properly and take to someone’s house, or a university or wherever these memos went to. You just can’t do that," the California Republican said on Fox News on Thursday.
[LidBlog] Two points. 1 - Its Texas, not Portland 2 - Charles Whitman, just saying because as the old sarge would say 'are you prepared to die on that hill?'. If I were a betting man, they're some who are in Texas.
"When you come to this convergence you will be in Tigua, Raramuri, Piro, Suma and Manso territory."
Antifa has no idea what they are getting into. El Paso is not Indian Territory--it's the territory of the Sinaloa and Beltran-Leyna cartels. The cartels, not the Proud Boys, will be Antifa's nemesis. They are very nasty types, and the DPS and National Guard's intention to flood the place will really piss off the cartels.
Posted by: Rex Mundi ||
08/02/2019 14:31 Comments ||
Yeah, there's a reason why my buddy from New York tells his NY friends, "In Texas, nobody jumps out of their car to yell at people, you'll get shot."
This isn't their turf and you threaten someone down here with a crowbar or any melee weapon, you are probably going to wind up face down in a pool of blood. They will be just 4 hours from the largest collection of roughnecks in the State. Let's just say this will be 'interesting'.
[AMGREATNESS] Federal agents arrested a runaway on their most wanted list "for his alleged role in operating a large-scale human trafficking and drug operation out of a bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit ... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang... motel." The Detroit Free Press reports that according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, Darrick Bell, 50, was arrested at an EconoLodge in Michigan.
Bell‐also known as Tone or Ghost‐ was nabbed at the motel on Wednesday with about $12,000 in cash and cocaine, the Detroit Free Press reported. A woman was also arrested.
Bell, a U.S. citizen, escaped arrest on Jan. 12, 2017 when more than 200 law enforcement personnel descended on the Victoria Inn to break up the operation. Women who lived at the motel were allegedly drugged and forced through coercion, threats and isolation to perform commercial sex acts for the financial benefit of Bell and his associates, ICE said.
Bell and five other defendants were charged in a 9-count indictment with trafficking in persons, forced labor, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion collection and conspiracy, among other charges, ICE said.
The government hunted for Bell for three years. He escaped along with five other people in 2017 right before the hotel where he was operating got raided by the feds. Some of the charges this dirtbag will face include human trafficking, money laundering, extortion collection, and conspiracy.
[DAILYSTAR.CO.UK] Proving that the work never stops, Miley Cyrus took to Instagram on Wednesday to share two red-hot pics from a recent photoshoot. I've seen pictures of her nekkid. She's not bad looking if you look past the tattoos. And the haircut. And the other tattoos...
Taken by celeb photographer Vijat Mohindra, the snaps show the 26-year-old pop star lying topless by the side of the pool. I was taken by the headline: She was 100.00% topless, by gum. If she went 50% topless, would that involve displaying one boobie? Or a half of each nippie? What if she went 75% topless? Would that be a boobie and a half nip? I'm not up on the technical end of this stuff. What about 37.5% topless? I'm sure the Daily Star.uk has experts who can track this. Now, when you get down to 12.7% percent topless are we talkin' about cleavage only?
Utterly bare on top, she covered up elsewhere with a pair of checkered slacks and a few chunky chain bracelets. My grandkids used to like her teevee show. She played a rock star who was actually a sensible kid underneath. So she really is a pretty good actress.
[IMAGES.DAWN] For the first time in its history, the Miss Venezuela contest will not publish the 24 contestants’ waist, bust and hip measurements, organisers said, as pageants face criticism for their primary focus on physical appearance. Bolivarian inflation gave unreasonably obese numbers
The event, which will take place in Caracas on Thursday, has been running since 1952 and has an enviable record on the international stage, having produced seven Miss Universe winners and six in Miss World.
Traditionally, the contestants’ vital statistics have been publicised with a 90-centimeter (36- inch) bust, 60-centiment waist and 90-centimeter hips long are considered the ideal. I don't think anybody watches those contests except for the fist fights and hair pulling events.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2019 00:00 ||
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90-centimeter (36- inch) bust, 60-centiment waist and 90-centimeter hips long are considered the ideal.
For ongoing reasons, they are now accepting 24 inch busts, 50 cm waist and 65 cm hips, along with broken teeth and marks all over the body.
Rwanda shuts its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency says.https://t.co/HePRnFCSX2
[IsraelTimes] Community Security Trust calls for reversing ’tide of hate’ after 892 occurrences against Jews recorded in first six months of 2019, up 10% from same period in 2018.
There was a record annual total of 1,688 anti-Semitic incidents in the UK in 2018.
"This is the third year in a row that CST has seen an increase in reports of antisemitic incidents," the group’s chief executive David Delew said in a statement. "The problem is spreading across the country and online, it reflects deepening divisions in our society and it is causing increasing anxiety in the Jewish community. It will take people of all communities and backgrounds standing together to turn this tide of hate around."
There was a 37 percent increase in violent incidents compared to the same reporting period the previous year, the CST found, recording 85 anti-Semitic assaults during the first six months of 2019, up from 62 the previous year.
All told, there were 710 incidents of "abusive behavior, including verbal abuse, anti-Semitic graffiti, antisemitic abuse via social media and one-off cases of hate mail," the CST reported.
Falling in love is easy. Herewith a demonstration that giving one’s heart wisely is perhaps a bit more difficult. Or possibly it’s just that he takes after his daddy more than we realized.
She seems to have taken after his daddy quite a bit.
[BREITBART] Progressive Prince Harry has said that people expressing "racist" behaviour do so because of their upbringing, but may not know they are acting in a racist way because they "don’t understand" their "unconscious biases".
The Duke of Sussex made the comments whilst he was interviewing famed anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall for September’s issue of Vogue magazine, which is being guest-edited by his wife, American former TV actress Meghan Markle.
Speaking of the "stigma" which is "handed down from generation to generation", Prince Harry said that "unconscious bias" is "something which so many people don’t understand".
Prince Harry continued: "Despite the fact that if you go up to someone and say, ’What you’ve just said, or the way that you’ve behaved, is racist’ ‐ they’ll turn around and say, ’I’m not a racist.’
"’I’m not saying that you’re a racist, I’m just saying that your unconscious bias is proving that, because of the way that you’ve been brought up, the environment you’ve been brought up in, suggests that you have this point of view ‐ unconscious point of view ‐ where naturally you will look at someone in a different way.'"
Western Civ is not racist. It's a way of life. So successful, huge aspects of it have/are being copied by the Japanese, South Koreans, Singaporeans, Taiwanese, and now the Chinese. If you can't deal with arrangement that rose more people out of poverty and hard scrap living into a world where obesity is a problem not famine, then go enjoy the fruits of other peoples 'racism'.
His family benefited from imperial expansion across half the non-white world. Unless he wants to start emptying the British Museum and return the valuables perhaps he should keep his opinions to himself.
Prince Harry said that "unconscious bias" is "something which so many people don’t understand".
Mindreading is an awesome talent, Harry. Us normal people have to rely on observing peoples actions to decide if they are bigoted, prejudiced or just plain ornery in nature.
Prince Charles (who wants to be King but his mother won't let him).
At 70 he is now both the oldest and the longest-serving crown prince. Mummy is 93 and has promised to die in the saddle — and her mother lived to be 101. Still, it is probably just as well that that the British monarch reigns rather than rules — his supposed dimness and very real crackpottery won’t be able to cause much harm to the country.
It's really too bad. I admired Prince Harry. He joined a combat unit on the front line until some asshole reporter blew his cover. He then became an attack helicopter pilot. He was putting his life where his mouth was.
I fear that his wife has "mellowed" him.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
08/02/2019 14:25 Comments ||
Prince Harryless Balls Says People ‘Don’t Understand’ he's ‘Unconscious’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] United States immigration officials have added Venezuela ...a country in Central America that sits on an enormous pool of oil. Formerly the most prospereous country in the region, it became infested with Commies sniffing almost unlimited wealth. It turned out the wealth wasn't unlimited, the economy collapsed under the clownish Hugo Chavez, the murder rate exceeds places like Honduras and El Salvador, and a significant proportion of the populace as refugeed to Colombia and points south... n government minister Tareck El Aissami, a suspected drug smuggler, to their list of most wanted runaways, they said Wednesday.
"Have you seen this #mostwanted #runaway?," Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) posted on its Twitter account, alongside a picture of the industry minister and former deputy to President Nicolás Maduro ...Commie el presidente para la vida of Venezuela, successor to Hugo Chavez. Nick is his country's attempt at producing a Muammar Qadaffy, except that even though his country's sitting on an enormous puddle of oil, he can't manage to get it out of the ground... "He’s wanted for international narcotics trafficking."
US federal authorities in March charged El Aissami with drug trafficking and dodging sanctions imposed by Washington.
If he is arrested and extradited, El Aissami could face up to 30 years in prison.
The US designated El Aissami in February 2017 as having played "a significant role in international narcotics trafficking."
"In his previous positions, he oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States," ICE said on its website.
El Aissami denounced the move as "a dirty trick" and declared himself steadfast and loyal to Maduro’s government.
"Accuse us of whatever you want... we will win," he said.
Venezuela is struggling with a political and economic crisis that the United Nations ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society... says has left a quarter of its 30 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
In January, National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaidó ...Venezuelan politician, a member of the social-democratic Popular Will party, and serves as a federal deputy to the National Assembly representing the state of Vargas. In 2019 he was appointed by the Popular Will party to become the president of the National Assembly, after which he declared he was acting president of the country, challenging Nicolás Maduro's presidency and starting the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis.... declared himself acting president, branding Maduro an "usurper" over his re-election last year in a poll widely believed to have been rigged.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2019 00:00 ||
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[IsraelTimes] US President Donald Trump ...His ancestors didn't own any slaves... announces that 10 percent tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports will take effect next month, escalating the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies as recent negotiations falter.
Trump tweets that "the US will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into our Country."
Trump also complains that China has failed to follow through on what has been touted as two sweeteners in the tense negotiations ‐ a surge in purchases of farm produce and a halt in sales of the opioid fentanyl.
Trump says, however, that "trade talks are continuing."
NEW: Per US official, missiles launched by #DPRK Wednesday assessed to be KN-23s - short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) - despite #NorthKorea claims it tested a "large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system"
[IsraelTimes] Latest test comes while UN Security Council meets over Wednesday’s missile launches, after Pyongyang angered by US-South Korea military drill.
US officials said Thursday that North Korea appears to have carried out yet another launch of an as-yet unidentified projectile, ratcheting up tensions on the Korean Peninsula a day after two missile launches and ahead of US-South Korean military drills that have angered Pyongyang.
Citing two unnamed US officials, Reuters reported on Thursday evening that Washington does not view the latest launch as a threat to the US mainland from the nuclear-armed pariah state, but that details about the launch are still unclear, including the number of projectiles involved.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports also reported the launch of an unidentified short-range projectile.
North Korea said Thursday its leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and US military bases there.
The report by the official Korean Central News Agency differed from the assessment by South Korea’s military, which had concluded Wednesday’s launches were of two short-range ballistic missiles.
Under UN sanctions, North Korea is barred from using ballistic missiles.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2019 00:00 ||
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LC-39A is the Apollo Moon Shot pad, the prime Shuttle pad, currently the Falcon 9 pad for NASA launches and the Falcon Heavy pad. Now it with have the capability to launch the Starship Heavy (BFR) (Mars Colony Rocket)(Moon Rocket) and all the Falcon rockets.
"SpaceX plans to launch the Starship/Super Heavy up to 24 times per year from LC-39A. A static fire test would be conducted on each stage prior to each launch."
So 48 firings a year of StarShip Heavy. Note that this document was written before the first stage engine count rose to 35 and the second stage dropped to 6 engines so all the numbers might need tweaking.
Looks like Super Heavy lands on an ASDS. (Autonomous spaceport drone ship)
Starship LZ-1 at first. Pad inside the fence at 39A still under evaluation!
The document is talks about sonic booms and shows a peak overpressure contour around 2.0 psf near Orlando. I can hear F9 landing booms in Orlando just fine I am curious how it will compare to Super Heavy / Starship.
Starting on page 88 is a list of facilities used by various commercial entities.
The Super Heavy Booster reaches an altitude of about 425,000 feet and then on descent reaches hypersonic speeds above Mach 6 before slowing to subsonic speeds, below 25,000 feet, prior to landing on a drone ship.
SpaceX is testing a Starship prototype “hopper” at SpaceX’s site in Cameron County, TX. In the future, SpaceX may develop and launch the Starship/Super Heavy from its facility in Cameron County, TX. This action would analyzed in a separate NEPA document.
Fabrication and assembly of launch vehicle components would occur at existing SpaceX facilities located on KSC and CCAFS. These facilities could include Area 59 and the Payload Processing Facility (PPF) on CCAFS, the Falcon Hangar at LC-39A, and the soon to be constructed KSC SpaceX Operations Area on Roberts Road. SpaceX would also perform fabrication, assembly, and integration operations at the Mobile Service Station (MSS) Park Site Property and on the Crawlerway area. No modifications to the Crawlerway are expected from transport or operational use of Starship and Super Heavy. Staging and temporary fabrication tents could be used on the Crawlerway to support operations. SpaceX would coordinate through EIAP with USAF and the KSC Environmental Checklist with NASA if any new facilities were needed to support Starship/Super Heavy.
Starship or Super Heavy components would be delivered over roadways on a mobile transporter similar to the transports performed for Falcon. Most manufacturing of vehicle components would occur at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, CA. Additional facilities being considered for manufacturing and assembly include Boca Chica, TX, and a facility in the Cidco Industrial Park, Cocoa, FL. Large vehicle components would be transported by barge utilizing the KSC Turn Basin, then transported to LC-39 area as the final delivery point. The area of the Turn Basin SpaceX intends to use to offload vehicle components would be the wharf just southeast of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This area was used for arrival and offloading of vehicle components during the Shuttle Program.The rocket would be integrated vertically on the pad at LC-39A using a mobile crane. This would involve the booster being mated to the launch mount followed by Starship being mated to the booster. Initial flights would use a temporary or mobile crane, with a permanent crane tower constructed later. The height of the permanent crane tower would be approximately 120 to 180 m.
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We're going to need another 39A Update thread for the SH/SS modifications.
The optics of even just the prototype Starship taking off from 39A and landing at LZ-1 will be.......
This is the tipping point. NASA didn't just welcome a fox into the hen house, they let a Raptor in. And then gave it the keys. How many more Think Tank hit pieces will start to flow now that the true scope of this effort has been publicly disseminated?
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Combining 1500t fuel with the "6.9km/s deltaV for a fully fueled Starship in orbit with 100t payload" tweet would imply a dry mass for Starship of ~180t assuming vac Raptors at 380s, or ~130t assuming sl Raptors at 350s as listed in the EA. Either seems reasonable enough given how little we know of the recent design changes.
First cup of coffee, reading some schadenfreudilicious news - enjoy!
[Pew Research via Drudge]- Layoffs continue to pummel U.S. newspapers. Roughly a quarter of papers with an average Sunday circulation of 50,000 or more experienced layoffs in 2018, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.
The layoffs come on top of the roughly one-third of papers in the same circulation range that experienced layoffs in 2017. What’s more, the number of jobs typically cut by newspapers in 2018 tended to be higher than in the year before.
Mid-market newspapers were the most likely to suffer layoffs in 2018 ‐ unlike in 2017, when the largest papers most frequently saw cutbacks. Meanwhile, digital-native news outlets also faced continued layoffs: In 2018, 14% of the highest-traffic digital-native news outlets went through layoffs, down slightly from one-in-five in 2017. So it looks like the NYT, WaPo, Boston Globe, et. al. weathered the storm better last year than in 2017, which means it may turn back this year. Good riddance, Fake News Democrats!
They might have better luck if they'd start practicing actual journalism.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/02/2019 10:36 Comments ||
Well it is a disturbing trend. Many people don't read the papers or listen to the news. Well they have done this to themselves. So negative and biased. Yes, and digital has not panned out also. Couldn't have happen to a nicer group of people. Remember Southern Living and Life. Too expensive and tremendous losses. I can't tell you the fix but the patient is on life support.
Now this;"Young people have fled terrestrial radio. The medium now brings in less revenue than streaming platforms. People purchase smart speakers to listen to “better music.” So, will radio go the way of the dodo?".
Dale - the local terrestrial radio environment here in Boston's been seriously downhill over the past decade. We lost WBCN (hard rock) and WFNX (alternative), lost WODS (oldies / Motown) in that span, WBOS used to be a watered-down version of WFNX, then they switched to 'classic rock', but we already have WZLX for that, and WAAF (hard rock & metal) isn't as good as it once was. I could go on, but you get the picture. It's a real shit sandwich.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.