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-Lurid Crime Tales-
FBI investigators zero in on Jeffrey Epstein's 8,000-acre Zorro Ranch in New Mexico
[Mail] FBI investigators are probing potentially vile crimes at Jeffrey Epstein's remote Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, following his death in federal custody last week.

The seemingly idyllic ranch in the shrub-dotted hills 23 miles south of Santa Fe has gone under the radar following raids on Epstein's private Caribbean island and mansions in Manhattan and Palm Beach, but may have played a key role in the depraved pedophile's crimes.

Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts has said she was taken to the ranch as an underage sex slave, sharing photos of herself on the property taken when she was about 17.

As well, Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he 'hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women' at the vast New Mexico ranch, according to the New York Times.

On February 22, 1993, Epstein's shell company the Zorro Trust completed a purchase of lands owned by members of the King family, a powerful New Mexico agricultural and political dynasty that included then-Governor Bruce King.

Jeffrey Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he 'hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women' at the vast New Mexico ranch. Jeffrey Epstein revealed to scientists and close friends that he 'hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women' at the vast New Mexico ranch

Zorro's deal included rights to the Kings' leases on public lands, a total of 1,159 acres rented for $872.22 a year. The entire ranch, including privately held land, totaled nearly 8,000 acres.

According to county records, Epstein began constructing a stable, detached garages, and homes in 1994, and began building his mansion in 1999. Including porches and patios, the mansion came to 57,420 square feet.

Epstein also inquired about building a private airstrip on the leased public land - but when he was informed state officials would need to inspect the land, he quickly withdrew the permit request and built the airstrip on the privately held portion of the ranch.

The ranch is surrounded on nearly all sides by land owned by the powerful King family, insulating it from prying eyes. Fashion designer Tom Ford, whose name is in Epstein's 'little black book', also maintains a massive 20,000-acre ranch not far to the north.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 00:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Isn't this basically long after the horse has left barn has burned down farm has been forclosed?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/18/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Titillating all the same...
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/18/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  And, in the end, nothing shall come of this.
Posted by: Grealing Tholet4362 || 08/18/2019 12:42 Comments || Top||

Epstein reportedly spent 2 hours locked in a private room with an attractive young woman the day after suicide watch ended
[Forbes via The American Thinker] Yet another "irregularity" in the handling of Jeffrey Epstein that surely must be on A.G. Barr's radar. Richard Behar reports at Forbes:
The day after he was taken off suicide watch, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours locked up alone with a young woman, in a private room reserved for inmates and their attorneys, according to an attorney who was visiting the prison that day.

"The optics were startling. Because she was young. And pretty," said the visiting attorney, who asked that his name not be used because he didn't want to create friction with the prison administration. He speculated the woman could be a lawyer ‐ NBC News has reported that Epstein paid members of his team to sit with him in a room for eight hours a day for attorney-client meetings, allowing him to avoid his cell.

The visiting attorney went to the Manhattan Correctional Center on July 30, a day after Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch and transferred into the Special Housing Unit (SHU). During the hours the visiting attorney was present, it wasn't Epstein's main lawyer, Reid Weingarten, or other named attorneys who visited him.

The young female has not been identified publicly, but I presume she must have had to show some identification to get into the facility. But then again, there may be another "irregularity" here. Along with these:

Related: SunSentinel - Jeffrey Epstein’s special treatment in (Florida) jail was far more lenient than anyone knew.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 00:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  His associates granting a last meal ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/18/2019 3:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Went out with a bang, eh?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/18/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  "The optics were startling. Because she was young. And pretty," said the visiting attorney, who asked that his name not be used because he didn't want to create friction with the prison administration.

Hey, I've got a wife and three kids, a mortgage and a BMW. I'll skip the Arkanside, just give me a ham sammich.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 7:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Pics (of her) or GTFO!
Posted by: Raj || 08/18/2019 8:03 Comments || Top||

#5  They didn't have to log her in or out of the facility? Oh, right, the guard who was supposed to make the log entries was asleep.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/18/2019 14:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Pics (of her) or GTFO!

You mean she isn't the one in the photo above?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/18/2019 15:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Dual use
Posted by: KBK || 08/18/2019 21:53 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner, Wife Robbed At Gunpoint
Police say one of Baltimore’s newest deputy police commissioners and his wife were robbed at gunpoint.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Deputy Commissioner Daniel Murphy and his wife were approached by four men in an SUV at about 9 p.m. Friday near Patterson Park.

Police say the men announced it was a robbery, showed a gun and fled with a wallet, a purse, cash and multiple cellphones.

Police say no one was injured.
Posted by: gorb || 08/18/2019 11:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  this event happened in late July

it was in Rantburg the day after
Posted by: lord garth || 08/18/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#2  INASH.
Repeat: INASH.
The Righteous are Woke, and the situation is excellent,
Posted by: Lex || 08/18/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Did they also leave them like this ?

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/18/2019 12:34 Comments || Top||

New video shows dramatic escape from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s burning plane
[ABC7] ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Dramatic new video shows the heart-stopping moment that those aboard a plane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family escaped from the burning wreckage after the aircraft skidded off the runway in Tennessee earlier this week.

The footage, obtained by ABC affiliate WSOC, shows the Cessna Citation's front door popping open as flames and smoke billow from the back of the plane. A man steps out of the plane and then reaches back to pull the NASCAR legend's baby girl through the door. A second man then jumps from the plane, followed by Earnhardt's wife Amy, who briefly trips before running to safety.

The family's dog is also seen running away from the flaming wreckage.

Eyewitnesses watched the family escape just before the plane, which was carrying a thousand gallons of fuel, erupted into a fiery inferno.

Link to Video here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The dog is a real ZFG boss all right.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/18/2019 16:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Dale Jr's fault I'd wager. Trying to pass on the outside and misjudged the angle.
Posted by: jpal || 08/18/2019 19:08 Comments || Top||

Living off the land in Tervajärvi, Finland (short video)
[BBC] Janne Utriainen, his wife and four daughters are tackling climate change in their own way: they’ve moved to a remote location in northern Lapland where they live off the land: they fish, hunt, pick berries, keep sheep and chickens and grow some vegetables. Janne believes that climate change is caused by over consumption - so in order to save the planet, he believes we should all consume less and waste less.
One hopes they are also raising long-haired horses, to get the materials for horsehair shirts. Under such conditions linen, cotton, and wool — never mind modern artificial fabrics — are much too comfortable for proper mortification of flesh and spirit.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't forget pine cones in lieu of toilet paper.
Posted by: Shith Slereting3318 || 08/18/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  When they run into Santa and he shows them his car collection.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/18/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

#3  I guess going full Laplander reindeer herding was not in their plans.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/18/2019 15:15 Comments || Top||

#4  The kids and them will be better for it. Their reasoning is pure virtue signaling (i.e. BS)
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 08/18/2019 15:50 Comments || Top||

Delta Summer Weekend
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Such a nice thing to encounter on a Sunday morning! Thank you, Phaick Uneretle6310.

Happy Sunday, dear Rantburgers!
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/18/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, landmass.
Thinking of a different Delta.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/18/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Very nice, who knew we had a music section.
Posted by: jpal || 08/18/2019 13:12 Comments || Top||

#4  thats really great! only in America
Posted by: 746 || 08/18/2019 13:28 Comments || Top||

#5  You're welcome. :)
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 08/18/2019 16:02 Comments || Top||

For Burg Beekeepers: National Honey Bee Day
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'll go and give mine a hug.
Posted by: Classer || 08/18/2019 4:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I am making nesting boxes for Australian native bees at the moment. Fascinating little critters.
Posted by: Grunter || 08/18/2019 6:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Local honey is a good way to deal with local pollen allergies.
Posted by: magpie || 08/18/2019 12:40 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Cop-hating mob at Brooklyn housing project injures three NYPD officers
[NYP] Roving, cop-hating mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Brooklyn overnight into Sunday, leaving three officers with minor injuries.

At least some of the injuries were caused by "air mail," objects thrown down at cops from rooftops, police at the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant told The Post.

By early Sunday, eight people had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

The violence came after a series of water dousing attacks on NYPD officers throughout the city this summer.

"Straight up cowards!" one man in the crowd there shouted at cops at just after midnight. "You don’t know how to do anything you f‐g coward!"One of the cops injured Saturday night had to be hoisted onto a gurney by medics, who rushed him from the sidewalk outside Marcy Houses at around 11:10 p.m.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 07:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You don’t know how to do anything you...

Was the guy right ? What kind of people are being selected by the police bureaucracy to protect and serve ? Returning aggression with violence is the supposed to be a biological prerogative of a fighter. The moment you face violence or threat from a punk, gone is any consideration of your pension or what you will say later to a tribunal of faggots. Your body replies by itself. Unless you're frozen by fear. This is like basic stuff to look for in recruitment and training.

If fighting men are not employed as cops, who is ? There was a time when an attack on a uniform was followed by an all out open season on the aggressors, and everybody knew not to touch a cop.

Forgive me, but if I were an American taxpayer, I would demand some good old fashioned police brutality for my money.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/18/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Now where did I put my hard copy ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/18/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#3  The result of electing a communist like deBlasio to head your city.

The police should go on strike and not protect any of the pols or rich folk and see what happens.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/18/2019 8:11 Comments || Top||

#4  An Army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions - Napoleon
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/18/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||

#5  When elections involve the law and order issue, dems historically do badly, so I'd say let them have their fun right into fall of 2020.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/18/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Agree w Murcek.
This is beginning to feel more and more like 1971. This country is being torn apart, and not by Dread Orange Man.

The polls are wrong. The Silent Majority will re-elect Trump.
Posted by: Lex || 08/18/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Polls at this point are fake manufactured news propaganda.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/18/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#8  The polls are wrong. The Silent Majority will re-elect Trump.

I just hope Trump's second term doesn't end up like Nixon's -- or worse.
Posted by: charger || 08/18/2019 12:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Just remember, it's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/18/2019 16:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Charger, it was Hillary who used hired intermediaries to play dirty tricks on her opponent and who corrupted the Justice Dept.

Russiagate was far worse than Watergate.

Hillary and Comey, Mueller, Weissman, Strzok et al's little stunt has actually brought this country close to war with a nuclear-armed adversary.
Posted by: Lex || 08/18/2019 17:49 Comments || Top||

#11  True, but we've seen how the left inverts and projects -- and they came closer to succeeding this time than they should have.

Trump needs to win, but he also needs bring in as big of a "Trump wing" as possible.

If he can't build the wall or drain the swamp, he at least needs to facilitate the rise of a cohort which will be dedicated to those aims in the post-Trump era.

Whether it arises from the GOP or elsewhere.
Posted by: charger || 08/18/2019 21:25 Comments || Top||

5-year-old reportedly raped in Narayanganj
[Dhaka Tribune] A five-year-old girl was reportedly raped in Fatullah upazila of Narayanganj on Friday afternoon.

The girl’s mother filed a case with Fatullah cop shoppe, confirmed Fatullah Model cop shoppe Sub-Inspector Arifur Rahman.

He said: "The girl has been admitted to Narayanganj Victoria General Hospital, and is undergoing treatment. The accused Sohel, 26, is on the run since the incident."

According to the case statement, the girl with her family lived next door to the accused Sohel, and his family. On Friday, Shohel entered the girl’s room, and raped her. When the girl became severely injured, he expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. The girl later described what happened to her mother.

...back at the desert island, Irene was indignant at the thought of doing such a thing without benefit of clergy...
police on Saturday arrested a man accused in a case filed for raping a 19-year-old girl under a false pretence of marriage in Dupchanchia upazila.

The arrested Nur Islam, 27, was sent to jail following a court order.

The girl was being raped since July 1, she filed a case on Friday, after Nur consistently avoided any talk of marriage, but wanted to continue the sexual relation with her.

Dupchanchia cop shoppe SI Jakir Hossain said: "The accused has confessed to his crime after primary interrogation."
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Successful maiden launch of Jielong-1 (Smart Dragon-1) into space

Posted by: Fred || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Commies

North Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South
[DAWN] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
on Friday bluntly criticised South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.

The statement by an unidentified government front man came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles North Korea fired into the sea to extend a torrid streak of weapons display that’s apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over their joint drills and slow nuclear negotiations.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 230 kilometres on an apogee of 30 kilometres before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The US and South Korean militaries were analysing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

The North has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.

Moon, in a televised speech on Thursday, said a momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of "worrying actions taken by North Korea recently." He called for Pyongyang to choose "economic prosperity over its nuclear program." The spokesperson of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said Moon’s comments would make a "boiled head of a cow (fall into) a side-splitting laughter." "A sure thing is that the (South) Korean chief executive is (such a) funny man as he just reads what was written by his juniors," the statement said, while avoiding calling Moon by his name.

Posted by: Fred || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Suspect arrested for allegedly raping 6-year-old in Jhelum
[DAWN] Jhelum police on Saturday arrested a suspect for allegedly molesting and raping a minor girl in Pind Dadan Khan, said a police officer.

The suspect had forcefully taken the second grade student to an empty building on August 15, Pind Dadan Khan Police Station SHO Ghulam Abbas Shah said quoting the victim's father. A case had also been registered on the same day, he added.

The SHO said that police arrested the suspect with the help of CCTV footage as the victim had identified the suspect in the video.

According to the FIR, lodged by the father of the victim, the six-year-old girl went outside from her home to purchase some curd but returned very late. The father told police that the victim, upon her return, told her mother that someone had grabbed her and took her to a nearby deserted house where the suspected tried to rape her.

Later, according to the father, the victim identified the suspect and the house where she had been taken. She identified the suspect in a video footage obtained from a nearby installed CCTV camera, the father said.

The victim had been shifted to a hospital for medico-legal examination, as well as treatment. The report will confirm the nature of the offence, the police said.

Posted by: Fred || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

Science & Technology
Monckton of Brenchley to sue Warmongers for libel
from Monckton's letter
[WattsUpWithThat] "On 13 August 2019, three UC Merced faculty, AM Peterson, EM Vincent and AL Westerling, published a paper in Nature Communications. The paper refers to climate contrarians, a pejorative term. Your university put out a press release, referring to deniers;, a term referencing those who question the historical validity of the Holocaust.

"I do not doubt that the Holocaust happened. I was one of the first to show that climate change is real and human-made. I have contributed to several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and I have advised climate policy formation and design in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the United States of America.....@
Laws in the UK on libel are different than in the US, so this will be worth watching.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/18/2019 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Monckton later commented: "Monckton of Brenchley
August 18, 2019 at 3:29 am: ....the attempt by climate Communists at Nature Communications to silence all academic debate is part of a much wider fraud which has already been drawn to the attention of national and international investigating and prosecuting authorities and is increasingly attracting their interest. On its own, it would probably lead to a conviction in a UK court: but, in the context of the wider fraud, it shows the increasing desperation of the climate Communists to silence debate as they realize they have lost the scientific argument.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 08/18/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Can anyone show me one climate change prediction that cane true? much less tree.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/18/2019 19:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Three, (stuck "h" key
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/18/2019 21:24 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Sinking city: Indonesia’s capital on brink of disaster
[DAWN] Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue.

Decades of uncontrolled and excessive depletion of groundwater reserves, rising sea-levels, and increasingly volatile weather patterns mean swathes of it have already started to disappear.

Existing environmental measures have had little impact, so authorities are taking drastic action: the nation will have a new capital.

Its location could be announced imminently, according to local reports.

"The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo," Indonesian leader Joko Widodo said on Twitter.

Relocating the country’s administrative and political heart may be an act of national preservation, but it effectively sounds the death-knell for Jakarta where many of the city’s 10 million residents have little means of escape. "When the floods came I used to tremble," food stall owner Rasdi said.

"I nearly drowned back in 2007 ‐ all my belongings were swept away and I had to start over again," said from his home close to Jakarta’s northern port, one of the worst affected by sinking ground.

Posted by: Fred || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  rising sea-levels

*yawn* Wake me when the streets of Manhattan are (permanently) awash.
Posted by: PBMcL || 08/18/2019 12:29 Comments || Top||

#2  What can we do to he help these shithole coastal cities sink faster? I'm thinking SanFran or NYC.
Posted by: jpal || 08/18/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

Iran arrests female photojournalist for attending soccer game dressed as a man
[IsraelTimes] Forough Alaei detained with at least five other activists for sneaking into sports events, which is forbidden for Iranian women.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

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Sun 2019-08-18
  Explosion Targets Wedding Hall In Kabul; Casualties Feared UPDATE: 63 dead, ISIS claims it
Sat 2019-08-17
  Two killed in Pakistan mosque bomb blast
Fri 2019-08-16
  Special Forces arrest Khalifa Daud, Haqqani network’s key member in Kabul
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  Iraq anti-terrorism troops kill 10 IS militants, capture 5 others in Anbar
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Tue 2019-08-13
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Mon 2019-08-12
  UAE-backed forces expel Saudi-backed troops from Yemeni Presidential Palace
Sun 2019-08-11
  Southern Transitional Council stages an attempted coup, says Yemeni government
Sat 2019-08-10
  Jeffrey Epstein dead in Arkancide
Fri 2019-08-09
  US slaps Hezbollah financier with 5-year prison sentence, $50m. fine
Thu 2019-08-08
  Clashes erupt between Indian, Pakistani forces in Kashmir
Wed 2019-08-07
  Algeria: court issues arrest warrant on Khaled Nezzar, ex-General accused of alleged mass killings in the 1990s
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