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Kurdistan: Killer of senior Turkish diplomat arrested
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Texas teen busted for spitting into Arizona Tea bottle, putting it back
[NYPOST] A Texas teen was busted for spitting into a bottle of Arizona Tea at a local grocery store ‐ and then placing the tainted drink back on the shelf, according to a new report.

Cops were dispatched Monday night to the Albertsons Market in Odessa, where they viewed security camera footage showing the boy picking up the drink, putting his mouth on it and then putting it back, CBS 7 reported.

The teen confessed to the store’s asset protection manager and police that he took a swig of the beverage, spit in it and then put it back because it was "gross," according to the report.

He’s been charged with tampering with a consumer product ‐ a second-degree felony ‐ and is being held at the Ector County Youth Center, according to the report.
Random prisoners should get to spit in his food, drink
United Family, which operates the Albertsons Market, said in a statement issued to local outlet NewsWest 9 that it takes "the safety of our guests and the integrity of our products very seriously."

"The product tampering on Monday was the first incident reported in our company and came with second-degree felony charges against the juvenile accused of this crime," said Nancy Sharp, the company’s communications and community engagement manager. "We appreciate the vigilance of our asset protection team. Anyone caught tampering with products in our stores will be reported to the police for prosecution."
Posted by: Fred || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's all social media fun and fame - until somebody ends up in PMITA prison, which is what it's going to take to stop this asocial nonsense.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/21/2019 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  It will never happen here, but a sentence of 10 weeks of food and beverage adulterated by Hep-C sufferers would stop this dead cold.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/21/2019 6:42 Comments || Top||

#3  There's a team at one of the national nuke labs that investigates package tampering. Used to be internet articles about it but they are gone now, which is good.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/21/2019 7:05 Comments || Top||

7 shot in separate lakefront shootings on North, South sides
[ABC7CHICAGO] Two separate shootings happened early Saturday morning on reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
's lakefront, injuring seven.

Police say the first shooting injured six people on the North Side near Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive around 3:20 a.m.

According to a police, a group of individuals were walking towards the lakefront and another group was leaving. Both groups got involved in a verbal altercation that escalated. It's unknown what the argument was about, but during the incident, individuals from both groups pulled out handguns and fired shots at each other.

Six people were struck by the bullets and were transported to area hospitals, police say. Three were sent to Illinois Masonic Hospital and three were sent to Northwestern Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Area North detectives are still looking for surveillance video and investigating.

About 5 minutes earlier around 3:15 a.m. another shooting took place along the lake at the 31st Street Beach on the Southside.

Police say a 29-year-old woman reported that she was walking when she observed two unknown males involved in a verbal altercation. One of the males pulled out a handgun and fired shots, sending one in her direction and striking her in the abdomen. Both of the men fled on foot. The woman was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in stable, pH balanced condition.
Posted by: Fred || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  View from CPD
Posted by: Capsu78 || 07/21/2019 10:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Not a mass shooting because it didn't involve white dudes with shaved heads or scary black rifles.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/21/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Top secret locations of 150 US nukes hidden in Europe are accidentally leaked in Nato report sparking major security fears
SECRET sites storing 150 US nukes have been accidentally revealed in a Nato report, it has been reported.

The United States and its allies in the Nato military alliance never disclose the locations of the nuclear arsenal but it appears the six sites have inadvertently disclosed.

A draft version of the document entitled "A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces" was published earlier this year.

But Belgian newspaper De Morgen spotted that it contained details about the nuke sites.

A section on the nuclear arsenal read: "These bombs are stored at six US and European bases ‐ Kleine Brogel in Belgium, Buchel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and Incirlik in Turkey."

The study was written by a Canadian senator Joseph Day for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
Good job, Joseph. Keep up the good work.
The final version of the report has now been published online with specific reference to where bombs are stored deleted.

Instead it refers vaguely to aircraft that could carry nuclear weapons.Senator Day told the Washington Post the original document was only a draft and "all information used in this report is open source material".

A Nato spokesman said: "We do not comment on the details of NATO’s nuclear posture. This is not an official NATO document."

It has been reported that the US has deployed the B61 bomb in Europe.

The presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe is a relic of the Cold War and they were originally stationed to deter Soviet aggression.

At the height of tensions, the US is believed to have deployed 110 nuclear weapons at RAF Lakenheath, which were removed in 2008.

America has indicated it may spend more than £703 billion by the 2040s upgrading its nuclear capabilities.

The United States and Russia are due to meet today to discuss the possibility of a three-way nuclear arms treaty, including China for the first time.

The talks are being held two weeks before the formal end to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Russia and the US.

The 1987 agreement was signed in 1987 in Washington D.C. by President Ronald Regan and Soviet Union General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and greatly reduced nuclear weapons in Europe.

By May 1991, 2,692 missiles had been eliminated and 10 years of on-site verification inspections followed.

Donald Trump signalled the America would withdraw from the treaty because Russia had been "violating it for many years".

Earlier this year a UN arms chief said the threat of nuclear war is at its highest since World War II.
Posted by: gorb || 07/21/2019 14:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336078 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We had previous reports the nukes were (wisely) removed from Incirlik due to Yippy's Islamo-Dictatorish instability
Posted by: Frank G || 07/21/2019 14:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Keeping American nukes in muzzland is extreme malpractice against humanity. Electric chair for all involved.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/21/2019 17:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps favored nation status could be "accidently" canceled for Western Europe.
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 07/21/2019 18:00 Comments || Top||

#MaleaEmma (7 yo) singing National Anthem at San Diego Padres game
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I think she missed on the high A of 'free' but what a wonderful recital.
Posted by: lord garth || 07/21/2019 13:55 Comments || Top||

Hong Kong police seize explosives as rival camps rally
HONG KONG (AP) ‐ Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major pro-democracy protest on Sunday following a pro-Beijing rally that attracted thousands.

Police said they found about 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of TATP and arrested a man in a raid on a commercial building late Friday night. TATP, or tri-acetone tri-peroxide, has been used in terrorist attacks worldwide.

Materials voicing opposition to an extradition bill that has sparked more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong were found at the site, local media said, but a police spokesman said no concrete link has been established and that the investigation is continuing.
"we'll find more, I'm sure. Liu - bring in those other boxes. See?"
In a rally that aimed to counter the pro-democracy movement, thousands of people filled a park in central Hong Kong on Saturday to support the police, who have been accused of using rough tactics on protesters. Some waved Chinese flags, and a giant screen behind the stage for speakers read "Safeguard Hong Kong."

Many wore white, heeding a call by organizers, and the demonstrators did not wear masks or helmets, public broadcaster RTHK said. The anti-extradition law activists wear black and don protective gear against police pepper spray and batons.

Organizers said 316,000 people took part in the demonstration, while police put the turnout at 103,000.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/21/2019 01:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

German churches lose 430,000 Catholic and Protestant members in 2018
[DW] The Catholic and Protestant churches both lost over 200,000 members last year. The losses have hit the churches hard, as members of both churches pay up to 9% of their taxable income as church taxes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Liberalism in the church not based on fundamental interpretation of scripture, aka "inclusion" which ironically leads to fewer members. If your theology is secular, why even bother going.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 07/21/2019 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are the modern church that they worship at...
Posted by: magpie || 07/21/2019 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  When there's more mention of Marx than Jesus that happens.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/21/2019 11:23 Comments || Top||

#4  They have managed to appeal to everyone except people who want an actual church.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/21/2019 13:25 Comments || Top||

#5  @SteveS,

They tried and failed to appeal to them.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/21/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Religion is best when carried in the heart rather than worn on the sleeve. Being that you can lose your job over public displays of religion Christianity these days internalizing it is now a survival tactic too.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/21/2019 15:27 Comments || Top||

#7  They'll all bow down to Mecca soon enough.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/21/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

#8  "as members of both churches pay up to 9% of their taxable income as church taxes."

Go figure
Posted by: European Conservative || 07/21/2019 21:17 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey's Erdogan Faces New Threat, Say Former Allies
No rest for the wicked, so they say.
[AnNahar] Following losses in key cities this year, Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
now risks losing more voters as former allies stick their head above the parapet and appear to be on the verge of creating new parties.

Former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and ex-economy minister Ali Babacan have both made statements this month criticising The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  tick...tick...tick...
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/21/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  A new purge of the followers of Gulen Emmanuel Goldstein will be ordered by Erdogan Big Brother™ soon.
Posted by: magpie || 07/21/2019 9:42 Comments || Top||

Karachi teenager trapped in lift dies
[DAWN] KARACHI: A teenage boy died after being trapped in a lift of a multistorey building in Clifton on Friday afternoon.

According to the Boat Basin police, Hasan, 13, worked as domestic help in one of the flats of the Palm Beach Apartments.

They said that the boy entered the lift to go downstairs at around 2-3pm. However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
the lift stopped between the third and second floor. The boy got trapped inside the lift and died.

The police said the body was retrieved after hectic efforts and later sent to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
Posted by: Fred || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

Hamza District’s Police Chief killed in tribal clash in Baghdad
Returning to normalcy as understood in the Arab world.
Baghdad (IraqiNews) An official source informed, on Saturday, that the Police Chief of Hamza District in Mukdadiyah, was killed in a tribal clash in Baghdad.

In a press statement, the source said that the Police Cief of al-Hamza Districtm Brigadier General, Jabbar Asadi, was killed by gun shot during a tribal dispute in the capital Baghdad.

Asadi is a resident of Baghdad, and was in vacation in the capital, the source added.

The Iraqi government and non-governmental organizations launched many initiatives over the past period to persuade rival rustics to sign petitions to stop their fighting, which claims the lives of several people daily.

Chieftains were also urged to intervene to put an end to tribal disputes in the country through forcing rustics to hand over their weapons to the Iraqi army.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

Science & Technology
Inside the vast tornado-proof global operations centre of the world's biggest airline, where staff marshal one million annual flights and over 1,500 aircraft
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/21/2019 12:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tornado-proof global ops center - sounds like they've got their bases covered.

Wait, didn't American just cancel a *bleep*load of flights because they were flying the 737 MAX? Doh! Always a fly (heh) in the ointment.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/21/2019 13:16 Comments || Top||

#2  didn't American just cancel a *bleep*load of flights because they were flying the 737 MAX

Some didn't.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/21/2019 21:27 Comments || Top||

Status on Skunkwork's Fusion Reactor Effort

“We are currently scheduled to have that [the T5] go online towards the end of this year," Babione said. "So that will be another significant leap in capability and towards demonstrating that the physics underlining our concept works."

By 2017, that schedule had gotten pushed back to sometime in the mid-2020s. In his interview with Aviation Week, Babione did not offer any more of a specific timeline for when a practical reactor, which the company refers to as TX, might be ready.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I remember in 1970 hearing it was 30 years until a working reactor.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/21/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Spectacularly good presentation from MIT on potential for success of various approaches to fusion power:


Bonus: If you can make it through the first 2/3 of the video you'll understand why the Chinese are on the right track and LMT probably is not.
Posted by: Angavinter Unerert4962 || 07/21/2019 16:28 Comments || Top||

The Navy's 6th Generation Fighter Could Put the F-35 in a Museum
At the rate things are going, the F-35 isn't going to need any help downgrading itself from hangar queen to museum piece. Can't fight. Can't fly fast. Uptime rates aren't what they were advertised to be, which to me means it takes a lot more money to maintain these than they let on. Next time, take a bite you can chew.
[NationalInterest] New much-longer range sensors and weapons, incorporating emerging iterations of AI, are expected to make warfare more disaggregated, and much less of a linear force on force type of engagement. Such a phenomenon, driven by new technology, underscores warfare reliance upon sensors and information networks. All of this, naturally, requires the expansive "embedded ISR" discussed by the paper. Network reliant warfare is of course potentially much more effective in improving targeting and reducing sensor-to-shooter time over long distances, yet it brings a significant need to organize and optimize the vast, yet crucial, flow of information.

The Navy is currently analyzing air frames, targeting systems, AI-enabled sensors, new weapons and engine technologies to engineer a new 6th-Generation fighter to fly alongside the F-35 and ultimately replace the F/A-18.

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Posted by: gorb || 07/21/2019 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Anyone analyzing the cost? Soon we will be able to afford one aircraft which the navy and air force will share on alternating days, and the marine corps on leap day.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 07/21/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes. And because the beloved Augustine Commission scotched the Aeres Project, we got SLS instead. Be careful what you wish for...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/21/2019 7:14 Comments || Top||

#3  I doubt the Navy can afford its own 6th Gen (whatever it may turn out to be). They have too many other irons in the fire (ships, subs, boomers, amphibs, specwar) and a F-22 or F-35 level of cost will starve the Navy's other R&D projects. Expect a merge or spinoff of the Air Force's next gen project
Posted by: Chesney Gurly-Brown2710 || 07/21/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Fighter planes with pilots are done. The Navy will be all drone before the Marines or Air Force. But they will be all drone except bombers and specialty (refueling, ISR) craft very soon.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/21/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#5  ...The problem with this article is that no one - NO ONE - is going to, in any reasonable time frame, authorize the funding to get a WORKING iteration of a 6th Generation fighter underway for ANYBODY, much less the USN right now. Their procurement system is broken quite possibly beyond repair, and they can't keep what they have running much less buy new stuff (USN announced on Friday that East Coast flying units are going to get their hours drastically cut until October).

The F-35 is getting better, though at a glacial pace and at a hideously expensive price. The Israelis have theirs working exactly as advertised, but they also have priorities and resources we don't and/or won't use. By 2024 the -35 will be doing just fine, as long as the bad guys are considerate enough to wait until then.

One bit of good news that gets overlooked in articles like this is that the USN and USAF, for once, stand shoulder to shoulder on something: there will NEVER be another 'joint' project like the -35. Whatever comes next will be two completely different airframes. The difficulty will be that they will have to be strikefighters - no dedicated air superiority or strike designs.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/21/2019 10:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Quantity is it’s own form of quality ...
I remember reading that somewhere
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/21/2019 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  there will NEVER be another 'joint' project like the -35. Whatever comes next will be two completely different airframes.

Just because these are two completely different use cases - flying off a ship vs flying from a traditional airbase? Preposterous! The bean counters will hate it.

Not This Week In Books:
While neither of them involve airplanes, two takes on this age-old conflict between engineering and management are "Car Guys vs Bean Counters" and "The Pentagon Wars".

The book "Car Guys vs Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business" by Bob Lutz is the story of an long-time auto executive's fight against management-by-the-numbers, and the struggle to make great cars. Having grown up in Detroit in the era of Japanese imports and Federal mileage standards, it was interesting to see an insider's view of the auto biz. Anyone who does projects in a large hierarchical organization will recognize the players and the problems. An entertaining read. P.S. He hates the press.

"The Pentagon Wars" is a 1998 movie comedy about the process of how the Bradley came to be the Bradley - "a troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, and a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but has enough ammo to take out half of D.C." Think of it as the F-35 with tracks. I laughed.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/21/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm beginning to think that the F-35's greatest value will be in "lessons learned" in project management; the desirability of "one frame for all the services" and overcoming the challenges of coding for a project of this type.

A pretty expensive lesson.

As for the plane itself...

I can't help thinking of the circumstances in WWII in which the Germans and Japanese got so wrapped up in the "craftsmanship" of high quality planes (and tanks), that they never had enough of them from about 1942 on.

Meanwhile the US and the Soviets generally focused on cranking out as many units as possible even at the expense of said craftsmanship.

Who won that war again?
Posted by: charger || 07/21/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#9  Those lessons have been taught hundreds of times in hundreds of places. People never learn because.......... the lessons get in the way of desires.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/21/2019 13:28 Comments || Top||

#10  A pretty expensive lesson.

Yep. Over $33,000 for each man, woman and child living in the US, including the illegals.

"Car Guys vs Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business"

Why I probably won't buy American ever again. The bean counters left me stranded on the side of the road or otherwise severely inconvenienced me several times by their decisions. Once because they didn't want to pay the extra 50 cents to pay for good servos in the transmission. Another because they didn't want redundancy in shift lever, and another because they decided to put the knock sensor in the valley instead of outside the block where you can get to it. Who wants to pay $2,000 to save them a dollar? They can keep it. Now Toyota is starting to have those kinds of problems. I hope they don't succumb to them.
Posted by: gorb || 07/21/2019 13:48 Comments || Top||

#11  Meanwhile, I understand the Air Force is building some more F-15's.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/21/2019 14:39 Comments || Top||

#12  Car Guys vs Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business" by Bob Lutz

Kindle sample dowloaded with thanks, SteveS. It may interest Mr, Wife as well, given his experiences dealing with both sides of that equation.

Posted by: trailing wife || 07/21/2019 15:21 Comments || Top||

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  Kurdistan: Killer of senior Turkish diplomat arrested
Sat 2019-07-20
  Saudi King approves additional deployment of US troops
Fri 2019-07-19
  'HOSTILE ACT' Iran seizes British oil tanker in the Gulf with 23 crew on board days after clash with Royal Navy
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  Iran seizes foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil
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  Pakistani police arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed (again)
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  United Arab Emirates oil tanker vanishes after drifting into Iranian waters
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  Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia's Kismayo
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  Egyptian Court Convicts Al-Azhar Professor, Others For Spying For Iran
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