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At least 150 Soddies defect to Houthis in Yemen
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Woman ‘gives armed robber Lewinsky to distract him until police arrive'
[Metro.uk] A petrol station robber was arrested after a mystery woman reportedly performed oral sex to distract him until police arrived.

The would-be thief had allegedly burst into the station in Slovakian capital Bratislava before demanding cash from a terrified sales assistant late on Tuesday night. He was then said to have punched a male member of staff in the face and helped himself to the till takings.

The employee then fled to the office, where a co-worker was, before escaping out a back door and calling the police, Noviny.sk reports.

The 24-year-old suspect was said to have followed him in and demanded more cash from the safe when the 36-year-old Czech woman appeared and decided to stop him with what was described as an ’unusual method’.

By the time police arrived they found the pair lying half naked on the ground. The suspect was arrested after a brief struggle and taken to a police station following the incident.
Posted by: Beavis || 01/29/2021 09:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NOT YET, COPPER! NOT YET!
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/29/2021 15:15 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ 🤪
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/29/2021 18:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Love a crime story with a happy ending
Posted by: Clyde Hapsburg5075 || 01/29/2021 18:35 Comments || Top||

#4  *SPIT* "There's your DNA sample!"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/29/2021 19:40 Comments || Top||


Hunter Biden Continues To Hold Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm, Records Show, Despite Reports That He Was Planning To Divest
Mods: please consider adding a subgroup of Corruption. It will get frequent use.
[Daily Caller] Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% stake in the Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners, Chinese business records show, despite multiple reports from December suggesting he was divesting his position in the company.

Both the Daily Mail and Fox News reported in late December that Hunter Biden was in the process of offloading his stake in BHR. Both outlets cited an unnamed source with Hunter Biden and his business dealings.

But Hunter Biden continues to hold his equity stake in BHR through his company, Skaneateles LLC, as of Wednesday, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System. Hunter Biden is the sole beneficial owner of Skaneateles LLC, according to Washington D.C. corporate records.

BHR manages the equivalent of $2.1 billion in assets and is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China.

Also: Hunter Biden Was Due To Receive ’Significant’ Payments From Chinese Private Equity Firm Starting In 2019, Emails Show

An email Schwerin sent to Mesires on March 6, 2019, indicated that Hunter Biden's loan was extended.

"BHR was valued at RMB 60m in November 2016. In today's dollars that equates to $8.94m. Skaneateles shares would therefore be valued at $894,000," Schwerin wrote to Mesires in the email that was later forwarded to Hunter Biden.

"I am attributing the full value of the shares even though there is a $150,000 loan due to BHR by Skaneateles because there is a high likelihood that there will be a distribution in 2019 that would repay the loan and still provide a distribution to Skaneateles," Schwerin added. "This is not even taking in consideration future distributions from exits of Henniges, Sinopec, and Face++. All of these investments are likely to be profitable for BHR."
Posted by: Butch Hatfield8086 || 01/29/2021 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6690 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  subgroup of Corruption

seconded.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/29/2021 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  When does the Kamala Harris clan start cashing in? Or has that already started?
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 01/29/2021 11:04 Comments || Top||

#3  My outrage is worn out. This is just what he does, and his daddy is happy to delegate the work. I’m ready to corral all the stories into a weekly Hunter Biden roundup — on Sunday perhaps — and let the rest of the week be HB-free.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 14:13 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ HB-free.

Is there a vaccine for that by chance ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 15:35 Comments || Top||

#5  You never unload when everybody expects you to.
Drives the price down.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/29/2021 19:23 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Rare Pandemic Anomaly: Larry King's widow reveals his cause of death was not COVID-19
[Today.com] Larry King's widow has revealed his cause of death, saying that it was not COVID-19 even though he had been hospitalized with it earlier this month.

The legendary broadcast and television personality died at 87 on Jan. 23 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His widow, Shawn King, told "Entertainment Tonight" that while the family feared for his life after COVID-19 put him in the intensive-care unit, it was not the cause of death.

"It was an infection, it was sepsis," she said.
We pray for sepsis when bad guys are involved. But eventually you have to die of something, and he’d beaten everything else.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 10:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I know this sounds bizarre, but could there be others ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  The CARES Act created a 20% add-on to be paid for Medicare patients with COVID-19. The act further created a $100 billion fund that is being used to financially assist hospitals — a “portion” of which will be “used to reimburse healthcare providers, at Medicare rates, for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. If it's a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for, if they're on Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it's COVID-19 pneumonia, then it's $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.

So gosh Besoeker, it's a mystery.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/29/2021 13:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Could there be others? No doubt. Any infection or condition weakens the body, making it more susceptible to other stresses, and Covid appears to be particularly nasty. The impressive list of everything else that he’d already beaten, according to the article:

King, who was still hosting two digital talk shows on Ora.Tv and Hulu after retiring from CNN in 2010, had a history of health issues. The New York Post reported that he was hospitalized in November with a blood flow issue. He had also endured heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer and a near-fatal stroke in 2019 that left him in a coma for weeks.

Final daughter has been in congestive heart failure since the age of fifteen, half her life, though it was only diagnosed and treated a few years ago. She used to be hospitalized for sepsis every few months, because her body just wasn’t strong enough to fight it off.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 13:26 Comments || Top||

#4  In other news, people die.
Posted by: Chris || 01/29/2021 15:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate.

I understand, and agree. Yet the CDC data consistently shows pneumonia (only) deaths are 50% of COVID deaths. But you have to do grade-school math to find the pneumonia only number.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/29/2021 15:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Survived by his wives
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/29/2021 19:11 Comments || Top||


Cicely Tyson Dies
# age 96? How can that be?
Posted by: Cheatch Squank1491 || 01/29/2021 02:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Sen. Cory Booker's actor girlfriend, Rosario Dawson, offloads waterfront Los Angeles home for $2.3M
Posted by: Cheatch Squank1491 || 01/29/2021 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  AKA the Klingon chick in Star Trek - Voyager.
Posted by: Raj || 01/29/2021 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Honestly, I thought Booker was gay. Had no idea.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/29/2021 9:26 Comments || Top||

#3  B-E-A-R-D
Posted by: Frank G || 01/29/2021 9:29 Comments || Top||

#4  heh
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/29/2021 9:53 Comments || Top||

#5  wink wink elbow elbow
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/29/2021 10:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Needed a little walking around money ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 10:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Vice Presidential material
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/29/2021 13:30 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ Shouldn't be a problem. The bar has recently been lowered to the bottom peg.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 15:40 Comments || Top||


NFL Players Endorse Amazon Unionization
Excellent!
[Breitbart] Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, will begin voting on what could become the tech giant’s first union next month. Meanwhile, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the union that represents NFL players, has endorsed their union plans.
Don't they know who they are messing with? They could get deplatformed!
"We know that taking a vote on such an important decision can be difficult, especially in an economic climate where people are worried about their jobs," said JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns. "But remember that we are part of the union that has the power to protect our workers, and our rights."
Except they don't have a union to protect them, genius.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6529 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Goober Whomort2012 || 01/29/2021 1:31 Comments || Top||

#2  this will just speed up the advent of even better robots
Posted by: 746 || 01/29/2021 10:57 Comments || Top||

#3  There a lot a @aping, woman beating, and excessive drug use going on in the AL warehouse?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/29/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#4  who gives a shit if they back it
Posted by: Chris || 01/29/2021 15:45 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Janice Dean Breaks Down on Live TV After NY Officials Admit Covid Nursing Home Deaths Were Undercounted by 50% (VIDEO)
[Gateway] FOX News weather forecaster Janice Dean lost both of her in-laws last summer to the coronavirus.

Dean’s in-laws were both at assisted living homes and BOTH DIED from the coronavirus.

Janice Dean is convinced the reason they are no longer living is because of Governor Cuomo’s nursing home policy.

The actions of New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo have led to thousands of coronavirus deaths in the state.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Given this is clearly negligent or involuntary homicide. Will the actions of New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo be presented to a Grand Jury, OR swept under the rug, OR will he be IMPEACHED and the State SUED for wrongful death?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/29/2021 5:33 Comments || Top||

#2  under the rug is all
Posted by: Chris || 01/29/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Victim's family might receive pocket change as compensation.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/29/2021 9:35 Comments || Top||

#4  They reduced long-term healthcare and pension costs. Mission accomplished.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/29/2021 9:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Cuomo is untouchable. He is on a path to the presidency.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/29/2021 10:00 Comments || Top||

#6  He is on a path to the presidency.

He may be on the path to the Democratic primary, but he won’t get much farther than Mayor Bloomberg did, it seems to me Outside of New York State he won’t get much traction against other Democrat politicians, and with both businesses and residents fleeing the state, he doesn’t have as much in the way of connections and favours to share with the party bosses who picked Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden from what should have been deserved obscurity.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 11:29 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
NY Assembly Bill A416 - Contract Tracing indicates you have been in contact with potentially infected personnel
You must come to the detainment center with us, be tested and if necessary, given forced medications.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 07:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are the NY and CA legislatures having a contest to see who can better drive its residents out of state? Sure seems that way.
Posted by: Raj || 01/29/2021 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Here's a video someone sent me on A416.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Anything.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/29/2021 12:12 Comments || Top||


Capitol Lieutenant's account after shooting MAGA rioter Ashli Babbitt dead
[La Grande Guerra] The unnamed cop who fired the deadly shot claims to have not known there had been three cops guarding the door. He says he had only seen the crowd advancing towards him in the moments before Babbitt's death at around 2:30pm.

Footage shows the three cops guarding the door had no visible shields or riot gear.

The officer, who was put on leave pending an investigation, also claims he did not know a tactical team was on its was to help clear out the rioters.

Footage shows as the three cops guarding the door appear to make way for this team, with one saying: ’They’re ready to roll.’

But that leaves the door completely unguarded as the rioters continue to try and break down the doors. The officer who shot at Babbit has told officials he did not know if any of those in the crowd were armed as he fired his single shot.

He also said he had no advance planning on how to deal with such a charge on the building. Babbitt and the crowd she joined had been heading for the passage that was being used to evacuate the House floor.

The officer said he had used tables and chairs to barricade the door to the highly restricted area and said he had 31 rounds in his gun. The officer said he also thought he heard that shots had been fired elsewhere in the Capitol earlier in the siege.

Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, is accused of trying to smash the windows of the door where Babbitt was shot with a long, wooden flagpole
Posted by: KBK || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6552 views] Top|| File under:

#1  700 National Guard Members Being Deployed to Washington to Support Secret Service

These guys from Kennedy Land will help in getting to the bottom of this tragedy.
Posted by: Goober Whomort2012 || 01/29/2021 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Key words: "Didn't know." Great place to set the bar for use of lethal force.

/sarc
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/29/2021 6:16 Comments || Top||

#3  "Didn't know" (10% never get the word).....this was a gov't sanctioned extremist event, nor has he committed suicide just yet.

Still asking himself.... "why did they give me this pistol, all of this ammo, and hours of range time?"

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 6:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Another case of Caedite eos omnes! Novit Dominus qui sunt ejius.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/29/2021 7:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Besoeker

Ever been in a situation remotely like this?
Posted by: Sonny Black || 01/29/2021 7:28 Comments || Top||

#6  The MSM's difference of reaction to "mostly peaceful" protestors being killed is the starkest most jaw dropping thing for me.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/29/2021 7:55 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ #4 - "Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own."

Less formal English translations have given rise to variants such as "Kill them all; let God sort them out."
Posted by: Bobby || 01/29/2021 8:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Ever been in a situation remotely like this?

Most of have not, however, he is supposed to be a highly trained professional. He is supposed to be wearing communications equipment to know where security members are. He is supposed to have been trained for attacks on the Capital. Basic CCW training covers a lot of what her should have known and followed.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/29/2021 9:34 Comments || Top||

#9  The Capitol Police appear to be politically connected mall cops with no command structure worthy of the name.
Posted by: Nero || 01/29/2021 9:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Ref #5: Ever been in a situation remotely like this? Posted by Sonny Black

Not that I can remember.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 10:33 Comments || Top||

#11  Ever been in a situation remotely like this?
Posted by Sonny Black


I have been in similar situations in Jail/Prison riots (where I will guarantee you that murder is in the heart of those rioting) and in demonstrations in the Middle East and lately here in the US. I have never heard of an officer firing a round into a crowd where he was unsure if they were armed.

My assessment is that the officer had his finger on the trigger (not trained that way) and panicked...flinched and accidentally fired the single round because he stupidly had his finger on the trigger applying pressure because he was scared...he likely immediately regretted it.

-You keep your finger off the damn trigger...to avoid tragedies just like this.
-Within the force continuum you use deadly force to counter a deadly threat.

If he intentionally fired a single round killing an unarmed woman...well then I don't know what he is.
Posted by: Tennessee || 01/29/2021 11:07 Comments || Top||

#12  The Capital protesters are not prison rioters, the vast majority are common people just like most Rantburgers. They were not armed.
Like I said the shooter is supposed to be highly trained.
I'd like to see him get a fair trial.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/29/2021 11:26 Comments || Top||

#13  The main thing that stood out for me in the original video shown of the killing was that there were several cops standing 4 feet from her and to the rear; there's no way the shooter didn't see them. So if he saw them and fired anyway? Can't agree that this is a case of "he panicked."
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/29/2021 11:34 Comments || Top||

#14  I'd like to see him get a fair trial.

More likely he will be a pinochle partner for Lon Horiuchi...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/29/2021 12:38 Comments || Top||

#15  I saw videos from two angles, it was the second video that came out later than showed his arm outstretched through the window. He held his aim on her for a good minute to 90 seconds, and there were three Cap. Cops there, he was looking at them. His face appeared murderous, he wasn't scared. He wanted to kill someone.
Posted by: Sedgelady || 01/29/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#16  Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, is accused of trying to smash the windows of the door where Babbitt was shot with a long, wooden flagpole.

What caliber was the flagpole?
Wouldn't a sidearm be more efficacious?
Posted by: JHH || 01/29/2021 14:33 Comments || Top||

#17  Ashli Babbitt’s killer is Special Agent David Bailey.
Posted by: Gritch Clomoting4297 || 01/29/2021 14:50 Comments || Top||

#18  A search on the name indicates that he (or someone with the same name) was one the two agents who fought off the attack on the GOP baseball practice in 2017.
innerestin'......
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/29/2021 15:20 Comments || Top||

#19  Search turns up this on the special agent

REDPILLED MEDIA EXCLUSIVE: US Capitol Special Agent David Bailey Who Killed Ashli Babbitt is a Brazilian Immigrant and Black Lives Matter Militant — HE REPEATEDLY THREATENED TO KILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS ON FACEBOOK FOR MONTHS! (Exclusive Evidence)


Posted by: 3dc || 01/29/2021 16:25 Comments || Top||

#20 

Rock collector finds rare gemstone that looks like Cookie Monster by Stephanie Pappas 2 days ago An agate discovered in Brazil bears a remarkable resemblance to the Sesame Street muppet Cookie Monster.

Story Here

Lot of interesting conjectured stuff in this thread, so is this doxing or what. ? I've heard the term. never really seen it.
Posted by: Shonter Fillmore7594 || 01/29/2021 16:40 Comments || Top||

#21  What is the timeline between the Capital Police officer getting downed with a bat, and the shooting of Ashli Babbitt.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/29/2021 17:15 Comments || Top||

#22  The Capitol Police appear to be politically connected mall cops

So the deepState surrounds itself with favoured grunts hired by the Left establishment, from their roster of American hating whatsits?

Goddamnit, this is becoming like Saddam's Iraq.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/29/2021 17:38 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Biden Administration Faces Mounting Pressure to Act in Ethiopian Conflict
[Free Beacon] Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the State Department Thursday to demand the Biden administration take immediate action in Ethiopia to combat a humanitarian crisis that has left thousands dead.

The protesters called on newly confirmed secretary of state Antony Blinken to prioritize the deteriorating situation in Ethiopia where troops from the federal government—as well as troops from neighboring Eritrea and Somalia—have cracked down on the Tigray region. Protesters said immediate aid is necessary to prevent millions of Tigray residents from starving to death, presenting the days-old Biden administration with its first international crisis. Attendee Makea Araya said the crisis has placed millions in danger and displaced millions more.

"We need international actors, we need the Biden administration to take action and allow humanitarian access into the region," Araya said.

The conflict puts millions of lives at stake and threatens the religious and cultural heritage of the world's largest religions. Tensions between Tigray, a region in northern Ethiopia, and the federal government came to a head when Tigray's leading political party refused to join the Ethiopian government's new coalition in 2019. In early November, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into the region, sparking violent clashes with the region's militia force. While the crisis has been raging for months, limited information has emerged about its true scale since communications have been cut off in the region and foreign media and human-rights watchdogs have not been able to access the region. Reports of the massacre of religious worshipers in a famous Oriental Orthodox church and violence across the region are mounting, however.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 01:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6561 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ooh! Ooh! A new war! You go, Joe!

How long have they been fighting in Ethiopia? Like, since Haile Selassie quit (1974)?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/29/2021 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  She said religious and cultural history is also in danger of being destroyed in the conflict.

What makes her think the Biden administration gives a damn about cultural and religious history. She must not have watched BLM and Antifa trashing monuments and attempts to burn historical churches in the U.S. during the past year with not a peep from the Dems.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/29/2021 10:54 Comments || Top||

#3  A typical Afrikan conflict. Some are advancing, some are retreating.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 11:02 Comments || Top||

#4  So what will be the criteria for success? What will be the exit plan?? Here we go again...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/29/2021 11:12 Comments || Top||

#5  So who is the booster who wants to open the Opal mine?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/29/2021 11:32 Comments || Top||

#6  At least it isn’t Somalia or Eritrea. Only a third of Ethiopians are Muslim.

Don’t we already have a base there to keep an eye on Somalia?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 12:13 Comments || Top||

#7  And the United States' interest here is...?
Posted by: Tom || 01/29/2021 15:40 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ Chinese made robotic camel crops ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 15:45 Comments || Top||

#9  not a damn thing Tom, of besides your weapons makers stocks going up.
Posted by: Chris || 01/29/2021 15:49 Comments || Top||

#10  "Protesters said immediate aid is necessary to prevent millions of Tigray residents from starving to death,"

Far more important that aiding the people who will go hungry because of Biden's job cuts. /sarc
Posted by: Thineth Schwarzeneggar1403 || 01/29/2021 15:59 Comments || Top||

#11  The Big Guy gets 10%.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/29/2021 16:27 Comments || Top||

#12  #6 - Djibouti, IIRC, TW
Posted by: Frank G || 01/29/2021 16:41 Comments || Top||

#13  What #11 said.
Posted by: Albemarle Gurly-Brown8146 || 01/29/2021 18:38 Comments || Top||

#14  Is he serious pressured by "hundreds of protesters"?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/29/2021 23:00 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Crown prince says Saudi to sell more shares of energy giant Aramco
[AlAhram] Aramco was listed on the Saudi bourse in December 2019 following the world's biggest initial public offering, generating $29.4 billion for 1.7 percent of its shares.
Thank you, President Trump, for making the Saudis feel the necessity.
Don't worry, President Xiden will throw it all away...
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
...Crown Prince and modernizer of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
as of 2016. The Turks hate him, so he must be all right, despite the occasional brutal murder of Qatar-owned journalists...
said Thursday the kingdom will sell more shares of energy giant Aramco in the coming years, following the world's biggest public listing in 2019.

"There will be Aramco share offerings in the coming years, and this cash will be transferred to... the Public Investment Fund to be re-injected inside and outside the kingdom," Prince Mohammed told Riyadh's Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in a virtual session.

The prince did not specify a timeframe or what portion of the company's shares will be sold in future offerings.

Aramco was listed on the Saudi bourse in December 2019 following the world's biggest initial public offering, generating $29.4 billion for 1.7 percent of its shares.

Analysts say sales of additional shares could struggle to generate investor interest amid a downbeat energy market as the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
pandemic saps global energy demand.

Late last year, Aramco posted a 44.6 percent slump in third-quarter profit, as the pandemic weighed on the global demand for crude oil.

Aramco, seen as Saudi Arabia's cash cow, has revealed consecutive falls in quarterly profits since it began disclosing earnings in 2019, piling pressure on government finances as the kingdom pursues ambitious multi-billion dollar projects to diversify its economy.

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, has been hit hard by the double whammy of low prices and sharp cuts in production.
One hopes a sharp reduction in spending on pet jihadis from both public and private purses resulted. A reduction in arrogance is not, sadly, likely any time soon.
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Britain
UK's Johnson: lots of Brexit teething problems, but fishing will gain
[AlAhram] Scotland's fishing industry has been hit hard by delays in getting their shellfish and other fresh produce to markets in the EU since the introduction of post-Brexit checks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
...pro-Brexit British prime minister, succeeding no-Brexit Theresa May. BoJo is noted as much for his sparkling personality and his hair as for his Conservative policies....
said there were lots of "teething problems" with the country's adjustment to life outside the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
's single market but the hard-hit fishing industry would gain over the medium to longer term.
"Of course there are there are teething problems in lots of areas and that's inevitable because this is a big change," Johnson said during a visit to Scotland on Thursday.

"But be in no doubt, over the medium term and much more over the long term, the changes are very, very beneficial for Scottish fishing," he said, adding that eventually Britannia would be able to fish all the stocks in its territorial waters.

Scotland's fishing industry has been hit hard by delays in getting their shellfish and other fresh produce to markets in the EU since the introduction of post-Brexit checks.

Britannia's government has promised an extra 23 million pounds ($31.6 million) of funding to compensate the sector.

But other industries have also felt the impact of longer delivery times and tax changes.

The government said on Thursday that businesses overall had adapted well to the new trading relationship that began on Jan. 1 with border traffic increasing daily and no longer any disruption at British ports.

On Tuesday, real-time truck movement data from Sixfold showed freight volumes moving between the United Kingdom and the European Union were down 38% in the third week of January compared with the same week a year ago.

Nevertheless, the government said the level of compliance was very high with vehicles turned back at the border - for failing to meet customs requirements or lack of a negative COVID test - accounting for less than 5% of total traffic.

Michael Gove, a senior minister in Johnson's cabinet, said the government would "work hand in hand" with businesses to tackle any outstanding issues. He issued the statement shortly before meeting business leaders to discuss the impact of Brexit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Boris Johnson Debuted British Fishing Poster STA


Posted by: Goober Whomort2012 || 01/29/2021 1:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Lutjanus campechanus. Considered by some a delicacy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 15:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, and the fish looks good too.
Posted by: Shonter Fillmore7594 || 01/29/2021 16:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Looks like we're in Brazilian waters
Posted by: Frank G || 01/29/2021 16:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Fish?
Posted by: magpie || 01/29/2021 19:21 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
3 Russian left wing political parties form coalition
[REGNUM] The leaders of the parties "Fair Russia", "For Truth" and "Patriots of Russia" signed an inter-party manifesto on unification, a REGNUM correspondent reports on January 28.

Earlier, on January 26, the Presidium of the Central Council of A Just Russia approved the manifesto of the united left-wing patriotic forces, which will be signed on Thursday by the party leader Sergei Mironov and the leaders of Patriots of Russia and For Pravda Gennady Semigin and Zakhar Prilepin.

The coalition is being created on the basis of Fair Russia. According to party leader Sergei Mironov, he himself will become the chairman of the new political organization, and Semigin and Prilepin will be co-chairs.
Parties generally form coalitions when they don’t have the numbers to go it alone...
Is this a coalition or is this the Washington Generals playing against Mr. Putin's Globetrotters?
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:


Nine villages blocked in Odessa region due to snowfall
We were warmed that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming could also lead to excessively cold winters. It’s special like that.
[Korrespondent] The night before, light snow was observed in the area, the height of the cover of which was approximately 20 - 25 centimeters.

In the Odessa region, due to bad weather, the passage to nine settlements is blocked. This was announced on Thursday, January 28, by the State Emergency Service.

Rescuers clarify that there is no passage to settlements in Odessa (1), Belgorod-Dnestrovsky (6) and Berezovsky (2) districts of the Odessa region.

"As of 20.00, the height of the snow cover in the Odessa region was about 20-25 centimeters. Due to bad weather, traffic on the M-15" Odessa-Reni "and M-16" Odessa-Kuchurgan "roads is prohibited, and all local roads are closed. In addition, a big traffic jam has formed on the M-05 Kiev-Odessa highway, "the service said.
So it's sort of like Buffalo, except the folks in New York keep their roads open...
There are 46 pieces of equipment operating within the Odessa region. The forces of the State Emergency Service towed 41 units, and also provided assistance to 64 people and cleared 50 kilometers of the road.
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Snowy Owl Spotted In Central Park For First Time In More Than 100 Years

Maybe NYC is Next, Signs, Portents and the Weather as some say around here.
Posted by: Goober Whomort2012 || 01/29/2021 1:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Big Populations and Big Snow is a bad combination
Posted by: 746 || 01/29/2021 10:55 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Xiden Warns Beijing over Expansionism, China Responds Containing China is ‘Mission Impossible’
[AnNahar] One week into the job, US President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass....
has sent a clear warning to Beijing against any expansionist intentions in East and Southeast Asia.
But does China believe he means it, or that he is simply posturing for the rubes?
In multiple calls and statements, he and his top security officials have underscored support for allies Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, signalling Washington's rejection of China's disputed territorial claims in those areas.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Chinese military to recruit twice a year since 2021
[AlAhram] The recruits will be mainly selected from college students, especially those majoring in science and engineering, Wu said.
Why bother? Thanks to President Trump, the entire world knows to look carefully at Chinese scientists, engineers, and academics in their midst; they’re likely stealing far more on orders of the Communist Chinese than they donating to the local effort, whatever it might be.
China's military will shift its conscription from once a year to twice a year, starting from 2021, a military spokesperson said at a presser Thursday.

Approved by the State Council and the Central Military Commission, recruitment for the first half of the year will run from Feb. 20 to March 31, and the recruitment for the second half will run from Aug. 15 to Sep. 30, said Wu Qian, the spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense.

The recruits will be mainly selected from college students, especially those majoring in science and engineering, Wu said.

China planned to start recruiting twice a year for the armed forces from 2020, however, the recruitment in the first half of last year was postponed according to the country's COVID-19 prevention measures and was combined with that of the second half.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Recruitment center coming to your area soon.

Posted by: Cheatch Squank1491 || 01/29/2021 2:43 Comments || Top||

#2  EXCLUSIVE: Newly obtained documents reveal disturbing details of Chinese influence on campus
For years, Campus Reform has reported on Chinese-funded centers operating across the U.S.
Exclusive new documents obtained by Campus Reform now show what experts have long been warning.
Posted by: Ebbigum B. Hayes1678 || 01/29/2021 9:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Old Comrade Takes Crossing at Luding!
Now, after the battle, comes shooting
And looting: Joe, brooding,
Signs orders, eats pudding...
While warlords wait, wistfully w00ting.
Posted by: Ho Chi Untervehr1614 || 01/29/2021 18:11 Comments || Top||

#4  college students, especially those majoring in science and engineering

Because an overabundance of arts grads from a regressive Asian + cosmetically communist society will not an officer class make. That and there's just too much attrition in the specialized corps.

Most are not cut out for anything really. Almost anyone can beat up on an old tibetan woman or grapple with an underpaid Indian grunt not allowed to hit back.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/29/2021 22:35 Comments || Top||


Economy
Last Q of Trumponomics, up 4% annualized
[Yahoo] The U.S. economy expanded in the final three months of 2020, albeit with slowing growth as the pandemic tore across the country at an alarming clip at the end of the year.

The Commerce Department's first estimate on fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) was released Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET. Here were the main results in the report, compared to Bloomberg consensus data:

4Q GDP, annualized Q/Q: 4.0% vs. 4.2% expected, 33.4% in 3Q

4Q Personal consumption: 2.5% vs. 3.1% expected, 41.0% in 3Q

4Q Core personal consumption expenditures: 1.4% vs. 1.2% expected, 3.4% in 3Q

Economic activity was expected to slow significantly from the third quarter's 33.4% annualized increase, in large part due to a natural moderation after the record surge. The soaring third-quarter growth had followed a record drop of 31.4% in the second quarter, which reflected the impact of early pandemic lockdowns in spring 2020. Overall, GDP remained below pre-pandemic levels from the fourth quarter of 2019.
What do we think Q1 of 2021 will be? My estimate, Over/under +1.5%
Posted by: Lord Garth || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  -.173% Bankruptcies beginning, foreclosure soon, regime just killed 80-100K jobs directly in just a week in office, estimate of over 335K jobs indirect, over $100 Billion sucked out of the market just today (remember the markets never sleep they are global and after market close venues)

Posted by: Goober Whomort2012 || 01/29/2021 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  the late Dec stimulus checks and the other expenditures in that action will result in a boost to Jan-March sales so I'm pretty sure the 1st Q will be positive

another similar stimulus in Feb is also possible

the adverse effects of the Biden actions on permits probably won't show until March or so

Posted by: Lord Garth || 01/29/2021 14:48 Comments || Top||


Losses on short positions in U.S. firms top $70 billion
[Reuters] - Short-sellers are sitting on estimated losses of $70.87 billion from their short positions in U.S. companies so far this year, data from financial data analytics firm Ortex showed on Thursday.

The hefty losses come as shares of highly-shorted GameStop jumped more than 1,000% in the past week without a clear business reason,
...no business reason, just a bunch of trolls with $600 stimulus checks to use for vengeance...
Somehow the sympathy meter isn't twitching one little bit for the hedge funds that lost billions here...
forcing short-sellers to buy back into the stock to cover potential losses -- defined as a short-squeeze -- while retail investors then piled in to benefit from the surge.

Chasing shorted companies became a trend among retail traders, rippling across U.S. markets and Europe. Ortex data showed that as of Wednesday, there were loss-making short positions on more than 5,000 U.S. firms.
From Instapundit: “10,000 national guard troops to Wall Street by Monday.”
More at the link
Posted by: badanov || 01/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6551 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The pros jumped in on the squeeze. They’re making out like bandits.

When the music stops, it will be the amateurs on Robinhood that will be suspended like Wily Coyote over the chasm.
Posted by: KBK || 01/29/2021 0:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Day trading is all about knowing when to get in and when to get out. Basically the same odds as calling two consecutive coin tosses correctly.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/29/2021 6:14 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ unless you know those who rig it. See - Congress
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/29/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#4  "Mortimer - turn those machines back on!"
Posted by: Raj || 01/29/2021 7:58 Comments || Top||

#5  you shouldn't buy things that you cant pay for nor sell things that you dont own.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 01/29/2021 8:50 Comments || Top||

#6  The pros might have jumped in but they were late to the party. The seventy billion dollar loss is not going to be felt by the retailers who used Robin Hood to do their damage. And by the way, after being closed out, they are back at work this morning on a half dozen stocks. The is like West Texas State beating Notre Dame.
Posted by: b || 01/29/2021 9:11 Comments || Top||

#7  (1) Maybe I don't get what happened but wouldn't someone who sold it short (to hurt Gamestop initially) have no more stock because they sold it. And thus don't owe anybody, they just missed out on opportunity when it went up and up?

(2) Or did they sell at whatever price was set at the end of the day, they thought it was a buck but ended up 300 dollars or something like that?

(3) Lastly although I'm gleeful to see someone shank Wall Street, aren't those guys playing with other peoples retirement money and isn't it unlikely the folks who lost billions will ever be punished?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/29/2021 9:19 Comments || Top||

#8  According to S-3 Partners which tracks short interest on a daily basis, they haven't liquidated anything. In fact they are even more short at 139.7% of the float and a hunk of it is naked short.

It is not some kind of state secret that shorting has the potential for unlimited losses. The redditt kids did excellent due diligence over quite some time. They further restricted their shares and used way out of the money calls to cement their position.

If S-3 is correct and they have been thus far, there hasn't been any short squeeze. At least not yet.
Posted by: Cesare || 01/29/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Many of the initial shorts at the $40 level have covered with a massive loss. Then the Redditers and hedgies rode it up long. Now it’s an obvious short again, if you can manage to borrow it. Lot of people getting an education.
Posted by: KBK || 01/29/2021 10:28 Comments || Top||

#10  These kids think they are getting Wall Street back for 08. My son is in the group and bought AMC It’s kind of funny
Posted by: Beavis || 01/29/2021 11:43 Comments || Top||

#11  No, WallStreetBets isn’t robbing Wall Street to help the little guy

Sooner or later, GameStop's stock is going to return to normal levels. And when it does, we are likely to find that little wealth was actually transferred from wealthy hedge fund investors to the general public. Short losses as the stock appreciated will be largely balanced out by short gains as the stock falls. The gains of GameStop shareholders as the stock appreciates will be balanced by losses as the stock declines.

But while there won't be a big transfer between short sellers as a group to shareholders as a group, there will be big wealth transfers within these groups. People who bought GameStop early and who had the good sense to sell near the top of the bubble will make a lot of money. People who buy into GameStop near the top and don't sell until after the stock starts to fall will lose money.

In other words, the GameStop bubble will have the same practical effect as any other pump-and-dump scheme: transferring wealth from those who got into the scheme late to those who got into it early. The fact that there are short-sellers on the other side of some of these trades doesn't change the analysis.
Posted by: KBK || 01/29/2021 14:10 Comments || Top||

#12  @#7: Based on your comments it is clear you do not understand what stock shorting means. Plenty of information on the web for that. Also, plenty of information about what is actually going. Don’t wait to be hand fed, do some research.
Posted by: Gritch Clomoting4297 || 01/29/2021 15:00 Comments || Top||

#13  /\ I realize there's lots of frustration and angst out there, but let's keep it friendly and collegial here in Burgstad if we possibly can. Thanks :-)
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/29/2021 15:30 Comments || Top||


Europe
Putin: World Risks "Fight Of All Against All" In "Grim Dystopia" Amid Growing Crises
Posted by: Cheatch Squank1491 || 01/29/2021 03:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  KGB guy warns against “grim dystopia” . Got it.
Posted by: Grunter || 01/29/2021 17:48 Comments || Top||

#2  The interpreter's voice makes funny. All the Kremlin Doom Prophecy is lost in the silly voiceover. Like an emasculated muppet on drugs.

They should have got that Peter Stormare guy to do a proper dub and then released it.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/29/2021 18:31 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
While You Were Sleeping the Wolf Moon, First Of 12 Full Moons In 2021, Rose Thursday Night.
Posted by: Jomoger Jong6635 || 01/29/2021 03:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wasn't sleeping.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/29/2021 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Was bright enough to read a newspaper by on the Space Coast last night.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/29/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  couldnt see it as it has been snowing all day everyday, still is......
Posted by: 746 || 01/29/2021 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  It came out of a cloud bank right over the frozen lake we live on... It was stunning.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 01/29/2021 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Linked to USA Today, behind a paywall.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/29/2021 11:59 Comments || Top||

#6  April 26: Pink moon
May 26: Flower moon
June 24: Strawberry moon
July 23: Buck moon
Aug. 22: Sturgeon moon
Sept. 20: Harvest moon
Oct. 20: Hunter's moon
Nov. 19: Beaver moon
Dec. 18: Cold moon

O.o. !
Posted by: Titus Spainter4067 || 01/29/2021 18:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Looking at it right now from my desk (rough direction is SSE)- Wicked Cold Moon ova Bahston!
Posted by: Raj || 01/29/2021 19:14 Comments || Top||



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