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-Lurid Crime Tales-
San Bruno, California multicultural fail
[MAIL] 'These family members ultimately restrained the victim using a rope. Held him against his will, assaulted him multiple times and even threatened to kill him,' San Bruno Police Department Lieutenant Ryan Johansen said in a Facebook post.

Police said the teen boy was then released and he ran away from the home. He was then treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime because the boy reported that Suarez, Arguello and Amaya 'yelled at him using multiple racial slurs and he believed his race to be a motivating factor in the attack,' Johansen said.

The teen boy is African-American and the girl's family is of Hispanic descent.

The teen girl's older sisters dispute the claims that their parents attacked the boy for racial reasons and claimed that the incident was actually an issue of self defense.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 08:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The state that fails to provide security in one's home, one's family, and one's property is not legitimate. When the state protects those who do threaten the aforementioned, the state itself becomes an accessory to the crimes.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 9:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Huh.. not the race war in that area. Unless things have changed, it's Tongans against the world.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/26/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

Video shows MCC inmate using illicit phone for Facebook Live broadcast
[NYPOST] An inmate awaiting trial on murder and conspiracy charges used a cellphone to broadcast a Facebook Live video from inside the same Manhattan lockup where Jeffery Epstein hanged himself, The Post has learned.
MCC videos? Who knew ?
The shocking breach of security at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center occurred last month and is part of a large-scale investigation into the use of cellphones by prisoners there, law-enforcement sources said.

Two correction officers pleaded guilty last year to accepting bribes to smuggle cellphones and other contraband into the MCC, where two high-profile prisoners — former CIA computer engineer Joshua Schulte and ex-Westchester County cop Nicholas Tartaglione, a one-time Epstein cellmate — were recently accused of using or possessing cellphones.
Nick was just calling his dog. Go ahead and destroy the selector, recordings and transcripts.

“The MCC has more phones than a Best Buy,” one law-enforcement source said.

A 40-second video clip shows Michael Reid, a high-ranking member of the Brooklyn-based “Rockstarz” gang, talking into a phone while shooting a selfie live stream, sources said.

As many as 32 other Facebook users watched his Facebook Live broadcast, which lasted at least 19 minutes, according to information displayed on a computer screen from which it was recorded.

The video is grainy and poorly lit, but appears to show Reid, 26, sitting on the bottom of a bunk bed, underneath a light embedded in a cement ceiling.

Several people can be heard speaking, but the dialogue is unclear and the clip ends abruptly when a cellphone apparently starts ringing.

Reid is one of 10 reputed Rockstarz members who allegedly chased a rival gang-banger — Tyquan Eversly, 21, of the “Very Crispy Gangsters” — through the streets of East New York before one of them fatally shot Eversley when he got tangled in razor wire atop a chain-link fence on March 19.

Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  OK, can our Media Betters please stop dismissing as conspiracy theorists everyone who calls BS on Ep's "suicide"?

Not funny anymore. There is very real corruption here.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  HAM radios could have prevented all of this unpleasantness.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#3  So lemme get this straight: The inmates have video cameras but the guards don't.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/26/2019 10:31 Comments || Top||

7 people injured in shooting at Maryland toddler’s birthday party: cops
[NYPOST] Seven people were maimed in Maryland when a shooter shot up a 2-year-old’s birthday party, authorities said.

The shooting broke out Saturday night near Camp Springs where a dozen people were gathered for the toddler’s birthday celebration, according to Prince George’s County Police.

Three people were critically injured and four others suffered "less serious" injuries in the gunfire, police said. The seven victims ‐ who are between the ages 18 and 20 ‐ were transported to the hospital and are all expected to survive.
Survivors, the obvious downside.
Prince George’s County police Cpl. Nicholas Clayton said there may have been words exchanged before the shots were fired.

Police haven’t released information about the suspect, who is still on the lam.
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  What's INASH mean, Lex ? I could only come up with Indonesian-American Society for Hypertension.☺

there may have been words exchanged before the shots were fired

I should hope so, for the sake of the mental well being of all in Maryland.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 2:25 Comments || Top||

#3  It's
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe we should use BINASH:
"but it's not a shithole..."
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:32 Comments || Top||

#5  #4. Yes.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 08/26/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||

#6  BINASH it is.

PG County: Gunfire 'n' Mayhem, toddlers a-bleedin'... BINASH
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Um, does anyone else find it "funny" that so many 18-20 year old's were at a 2 year old's birthday party?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/26/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Paternity dispute ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 8:23 Comments || Top||

#9  takes a village
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#10  ...supported by a state and nation of tax servitude to raise someone else's child.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 8:32 Comments || Top||

#11  Obviously White Privilege™
Posted by: Frank G || 08/26/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Shoulda got one of them Gun Free Zone cakes. That always works.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/26/2019 11:37 Comments || Top||

Biden is not a shit head.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/26/2019 12:17 Comments || Top||

#14  BINASH is gonna have legs...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/26/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

#15  So we have both BINASH and But INASH. Works for me.
Posted by: gorb || 08/26/2019 20:34 Comments || Top||

#16  I'd like to think this was battle for which of these young men would step up, claim paternity and pay child support.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Johnson5472 || 08/26/2019 21:58 Comments || Top||

#17  #16: close but backwards; the loser gets saddled with paying
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/26/2019 22:04 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Hasbro Toy Company Purchases Death Row Records
[XXLMag] Death Row Records has changed ownership once again. Now, the infamous record label's catalog has been purchased by popular toy company Hasbro.

The acquisition was announced on Thursday (Aug. 22), reveals a Rolling Stone report published on Friday (Aug. 23). Hasbro, home to famous kids toys like Mr. Potato Head, Power Rangers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Transformers, the board game Monopoly and many more, purchased Entertainment One, a multimedia company which previously owned the rights to the label that Suge Knight built that helped push the careers of world famous artists like 2Pac, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

After falling from grace after years of dominance, Death Row was taken over by a judge after being declared bankrupt in 2006. In 2009, it was auctioned off for $18 million to Canadian company WIDEawake Entertainment Group. eOne bought the label's catalog in 2013 for $280 million.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner commented on the purchase of eOne stating, “The acquisition of eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline of new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling.”

Though Death Row hasn't operated in years, Suge's son is trying to carry on the legacy while his father sits in prison with the New Death Row. Suge Jr. has even made claims that new Tupac music will be released under the outfit.
Posted by: charger || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Suge Knight will be in the pen for a long time. He has been shot so many times (6 times during one of many instances) prison will keep him alive longer.

Co-Founder Michael Harris supposedly got out of prison this month.

Death Row artist 2Pac (shot in the groin once so followers started calling him 1Pac) eventially got wasted.

How all of this ties in to "family values", I have NO idea! eOne paid $248 Miĺlion for Death Row and Has"bro" just paid eOne $4 Billion. Death Row has been out of business for YEARS.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 08/26/2019 3:10 Comments || Top||

#2  It's a Cobra conspiracy.

Are GI Joe still sold in the US ? I remember my cousin stealing my Flint for shotgun weddings with her sexless Barbies.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  How all of this ties in to "family values", I have NO idea!

Different family.
Diff'rent val-youse.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Not the Bee? Really?
Posted by: SteveS || 08/26/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Are GI Joe still sold in the US ?

Amazon listings for GI Joe “action figures” for Dron64066.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/26/2019 12:18 Comments || Top||

#6  GI Joes have been somewhat displaced by other 12" action figures on the collector level.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 12:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks, TW.

Wowww... ! I remember the smell of toyshops. Running to the latest arrivals. Shit... I look at my hands, too big to play with 'em now. Sniff... [closes Amazon] I know I'm gonna have one of those dreams now.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 20:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Thanks, P2k. Maybe I could buy one of these 12 inch guys. Have someone stitch an Indian uniform for 'im. Use as a voodoo doll for some idiots I know.

'This morning I feel compelled to resign my commission, Mr. President.'

[rubs hands with glee, re-opens Amazon]
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 20:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Not the Bee? Really?

Yeah, this was a tough one for me, too.

I get really confused by these lowlifes who think that noise = music and "stupid" = clever and "fat" = dazzling.

Just not hip, I guess.
er, hep. ah, hup.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 21:44 Comments || Top||

Personal ad: American flag free to a good home
It was given to my family at my father's funeral. He served in the Burma/India theater during WWII and has been sitting in my dresser drawer for over 30 years.

Pic hope it works:

I'd love someone to have it I have no way to display it. Message me somehow and I'll pay the shipping.
Anyone interested should comment in the O Club, Rantburg’s chat room. The comments there are not archived, so won’t be later swept up by those horrid bots looking for contact information.

Posted by: jpal || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Didn't know about the chatroom thanks. Hopefully it can finally be flown somewhere.
Posted by: jpal || 08/26/2019 10:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Posting here was the right call, jpal. You kept the flag in beautiful condition. Is it customary to give the family such a large one at the funeral?
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/26/2019 12:26 Comments || Top||

#3  My father's funeral was in 1979. It came to my mother after the funeral don't know how it was delivered or who sent it. My dad was a Army Air Corps radio operator in Burma/India and earned a bronze star.
Posted by: jpal || 08/26/2019 13:03 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
East Texas Man Arrested for Allegedly Licking Ice Cream in Walmart Store
[BREITBART] A Facebook prank landed an East Texas man in county jail after he allegedly opened a gallon of Blue Bell ice cream, licked it, and returned it to the shelf. While he accomplished his goal of a viral video, the prank has cost him criminal charges and his job.

A Facebook video earlier this week shows a man opening a gallon of Blue Bell ice cream, licking the ice cream, closing it up, and placing it back on the shelf. Police began investigating and identified the Walmart store in Port Arthur, Texas, as the incident location. Surveillance video showed the man eventually took the ice cream back out of the freezer and paid for it, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.

Despite this, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham filed misdemeanor criminal mischief charges after the Walmart store was forced to re-stock their ice cream shelves in case of other contamination. Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old D’Adrien Anderson, a Port Arthur resident, and place him in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. He eventually posted a bond of $1,000 and was released.
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  East Texan Man. The first name says it all, really. Looks retarded too, if you ask me.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  In all seriousness, halfwits like this sad sack used to be gainfully employed in this country as menial laborers - janitors, landscapers, dishwashers, garbagemen, unskilled light-assembly factory hands, etc. Not a lot of money, not easy work, to be sure, but WORK, and with it the certainty of getting one's arse out of bed each day, making oneself look respectable, and showing up and fulfilling a needed role in society.

In short, some shot at dignity.

And then our elites decided to swamp the low end of the labor market with 20 million imported peasants from Mexico and Central America.

What do you think happened to 20 million D'Adriens - and D'Waynes and Bubbas and Cletuses across this country?

Shame on those fools.
Shame on the virtue-signaling idiots in both parties who have foisted this insane and self-destructive policy on this nation and its working class.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like a job for Nicholas Tartaglione. Please send for him at once.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

#4  When are they make an example of these idiots and stop this shit?
Posted by: chris || 08/26/2019 14:44 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm telling you, glass jar in the town square in Houston. Put them in and let them bake in the sun.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/26/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  damn satan
Posted by: chris || 08/26/2019 17:01 Comments || Top||

#7  I like the way you think though!
Posted by: chris || 08/26/2019 17:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Poke holes in the lid for air or no?
Posted by: gorb || 08/26/2019 20:36 Comments || Top||

#9  When Trump says 'We need more madhouses mental hospitals', this is what he means. These things belong there, long stay until a conditioned reversal of the 'ghetto mamma indoctrination' has taken place.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 21:19 Comments || Top||

#10  Set up a Pillory in front of the store. Oh and set up a bin of the fruit and veggies you (and other nearby stores) would otherwise throw away so customers can demostrate their displeasure.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/26/2019 21:32 Comments || Top||

#11  Oh they get air and water, but no food
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/26/2019 23:35 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system
[Fast Company] In China, scoring citizens’ behavior is official government policy. U.S. companies are increasingly doing something similar, outside the law.

Have you heard about China’s social credit system? It’s a technology-enabled, surveillance-based nationwide program designed to nudge citizens toward better behavior. The ultimate goal is to "allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step," according to the Chinese government.

In place since 2014, the social credit system is a work in progress that could evolve by next year into a single, nationwide point system for all Chinese citizens, akin to a financial credit score. It aims to punish for transgressions that can include membership in or support for the Falun Gong or Tibetan Buddhism, failure to pay debts, excessive video gaming, criticizing the government, late payments, failing to sweep the sidewalk in front of your store or house, smoking or playing loud music on trains, jaywalking, and other actions deemed illegal or unacceptable by the Chinese government.

It can also award points for charitable donations or even taking one’s own parents to the doctor.

Punishments can be harsh, including bans on leaving the country, using public transportation, checking into hotels, hiring for high-visibility jobs, or acceptance of children to private schools. It can also result in slower internet connections and social stigmatization in the form of registration on a public blacklist.

China’s social credit system has been characterized in one pithy tweet as "authoritarianism, gamified."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 08:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's not a truly "private school" if the government gets to say who can attend and who cannot. Or maybe the Chinese have different ideas about how privacy works.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/26/2019 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  FYI - going to the Fastcompany site means you accept up to 16 3rd-party trackers.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/26/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Only 16? Pikers.
Posted by: KBK || 08/26/2019 18:50 Comments || Top||

#4  A company called PatronScan sells three products—kiosk, desktop, and handheld systems—designed to help bar and restaurant owners manage customers. PatronScan is a subsidiary of the Canadian software company Servall Biometrics, and its products are now on sale in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

PatronScan helps spot fake IDs—and troublemakers. When customers arrive at a PatronScan-using bar, their ID is scanned. The company maintains a list of objectionable customers designed to protect venues from people previously removed for “fighting, sexual assault, drugs, theft, and other bad behavior,” according to its website. A “public” list is shared among all PatronScan customers. So someone who’s banned by one bar in the U.S. is potentially banned by all the bars in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada that use the PatronScan system for up to a year. (PatronScan Australia keeps a separate system.)

Judgment about what kind of behavior qualifies for inclusion on a PatronScan list is up to the bar owners and managers. Individual bar owners can ignore the ban, if they like. Data on non-offending customers is deleted in 90 days or less. Also: PatronScan enables bars to keep a “private” list that is not shared with other bars, but on which bad customers can be kept for up to five years.

PatronScan does have an “appeals” process, but it’s up to the company to grant or deny those appeals.

And you don't want to be a conservative.
Posted by: KBK || 08/26/2019 18:57 Comments || Top||

The massive balloons that have made drug smuggling by plane nearly extinct
[Washington Examiner] RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas ‐ It was just another Monday in 2001 when a few of the country’s top national security officials gathered inside the Pentagon to discuss taking all the air out of a program that used balloons for surveillance near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The goal of the gathering was to push TARS, or Tethered Aerostat Radar Systems, comparable in appearance to unmanned stationary blimps but containing top-of-the-line airplane detectors, onto another department's shoulders. That day, the Air Force, which had overseen TARS since 1992, washed its hands of it, not caring if the program came to an end.

The next morning, 19 terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airplanes and turned off the aircraft's transponders. The only way the government was able to track those flights was by using air radars: the same types of radars flying inside the balloons on the southwest border.

"That situation heightened the vulnerability and the security concern against air, and there was no more talk of terminating TARS from that point forward," explains Rob Brown, a senior official within U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations component.

After 9/11, the Air Force held onto TARS until 2013, when the program was permanently moved to the Department of Homeland Security. Since then, Brown has overseen TARS and affectionately refers to the aerostats as "big ass balloons." They can also be defined as motionless sacks, tethered to the ground, and filled with a buoyant gas and carrying cameras capable of detecting activity far away.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 03:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All of this amazing, new technology, isn't it wonderful ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Huh...when I first read the headline, I thought it would be an article on how the drug smugglers were using balloons instead of planes. What a stupid concept I thought...serves me right for assuming.
Posted by: Warthog || 08/26/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  One flies above Fort Huachuca near the Mexico border
Posted by: Frank G || 08/26/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#4  #1 Yeah, my first thought was "So...barrage balloons?"
Posted by: charger || 08/26/2019 8:50 Comments || Top||

#5  And the more they spend the cheaper the drugs get. Funny how that works...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/26/2019 13:28 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
The Himba of Northern Namibia, Where a Man Comes First
[Pulse] Down in the Kunene and Omusati regions of Northern Namibia, are the semi-nomadic people of Ovahimba and Ovazimba tribes.

It is customary, for them, for the the women to engage in daily activities of milking cows, taking care of the children while the men go hunting, sometimes leaving for long periods of time.

With a population of over 50,000, the Himba are a polygamous people where Himba girls are married off to male partners selected by their fathers once they attain puberty.

Most of their cultures have been upheld despite western influence and agitation.

Among these is the "Man comes first" tradition. The woman has little or no opinion in the decision making. Submission to her husband’s demands come first.

According to the Guardian, "When a visitor comes knocking, a man shows his approval and pleasure of seeing his guest by giving him the Okujepisa Omukazendu treatment ‐ the wife is given to his guest to spend the night while the husband sleeps in another room. In a case where there is no available room, her husband will sleep outside."

This, apparently, reduces jealousy and fosters relationships.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 03:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm already imagining a future C-Span telecast of the first Himba congresswoman swearing-in at the HoR. What a nightmare. But entirely Plausible.

"I would like to swear on dis shrunken head."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 6:15 Comments || Top||

#2  So the univited vision of somebody knocking on the Clinton's door, and Bill introducing Casual Stranger to Thrillary.....
C.S. is last seen running and screaming into the night thumbing his eyeballs out.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/26/2019 15:20 Comments || Top||

HC: Omit 'Kumari' from marriage registration form
[Dhaka Tribune] The High Court Division has directed the government to omit the word "Kumari" (virgin) from the Moslem marriage registration form (Nikahnama) before the name of the bride, and use the word "unmarried" instead.
Languages evolve. In the old days virgin and maiden (an unmarried female) were interchangeable. When approaching marriage, being a maiden, that is unmarried, is critically important to the legality of the thing. But now even Bangladesh is getting overwrought about medical definitions for words also used non-technically.
A High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Khizir Ahmed Choudhury gave the direction following a writ petition filed jointly by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast), Naripokkho, and Bangladesh Mohila Gay Pareehad.

In the marriage registration form under the Moslem Marriages and Divorces (Registration) Act 1974, Clause 5 requires the bride to make a statement regarding her marital status and sexual history, specifically stating whether she is a virgin or widowed or divorced.

The High Court also asked the government to include Clause 4 (A) in the form, which will stipulate the marital status of a groom, stating "married, widower or divorcee."
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Caribbean-Latin America
Average of one Venezuelan died violently in Colombia each day in the first seven months of 2019

Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Soon to top Chicago's burn rate.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/26/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  How many died in Venerealzuela?
Posted by: charger || 08/26/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#3  "An increase over half a Venezuelan, previously"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/26/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia launches SLBM punching through the North Pole's ice.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Due to global warming, shouldn't the North Pole be ice free in August?
Posted by: European Conservative || 08/26/2019 0:53 Comments || Top||

#2  The ice was wafer thin.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Johnson5472 || 08/26/2019 2:13 Comments || Top||

#3  the sub in the image is no where near the north pole

Posted by: lord garth || 08/26/2019 4:22 Comments || Top||

#4  The ice is presently in its liquid state.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 6:54 Comments || Top||

China announces it seeks 'calm' end to trade war, as markets tank and currency hits 11-year flatline
[FoxNews] China signaled on Monday it was now seeking a "calm" end to its ongoing trade war with the U.S., as Asian markets crumbled and China's currency plummeted to an 11-year low following the latest tariffs on $550 billion in Chinese goods announced last Friday by the Trump administration.

Trump said Monday that officials from China called U.S. officials and expressed interest to "get back to the table," The Wall Street Journal reported. He called the discussions a "very positive development."

"They want to make a deal. That's a great thing," he said.

News of the possible opening in negotiations came shortly after President Trump threatened to declare a national emergency that would result in American businesses freezing their relationships with China. Trump's tariff barrage on Friday was a response to China imposing its own retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods.

At the Group of Seven summit in France on Sunday, White House officials rejected suggestions the president was wavering and insisted that his only regret was not implementing even more tariffs on China. Trump wrote on Twitter that world leaders at the G-7 were "laughing" at all the inaccurate media coverage of the gathering.

In response, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He told a state-controlled newspaper on Monday that "China is willing to resolve its trade dispute with the United States through calm negotiations and resolutely opposes the escalation of the conflict," Reuters first reported, citing a transcript of his remarks provided by the Chinese government. Liu is China's top trade negotiator.
China knows it is in trouble. The only problem with a new trade deal, is that they will break it fast as they can.

Fuck China. Let it collapse and break apart.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/26/2019 08:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Hell no! Total separation from Communists.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Johnson5472 || 08/26/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmmm...waiting out Trump and supporting his opponents in the States doesn't seem to be working fast enough.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#3  I love the bit I read yesterday about Japan buying US corn to help in the trade spat. Lots of folks wanting China to fail but few step in and help. Can't help but wonder if Trump asked them for that assistance or if it was a present.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/26/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Blame/credit the armyworms.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Johnson5472 || 08/26/2019 10:11 Comments || Top||

#5  US Equity markets up strongly this morning on this news.

As implied by DarthV, if a deal is made, there is going to have to be a lot of close monitoring after the deal, back in 2017 I was pretty sure the Trump Admin wouldn't know how to do this. By now, I think they should have the capability and the incentive to do the monitoring.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/26/2019 10:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Why is that China can own business and factories in the USA, while Americans cannot own business or factories in China?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/26/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#7  actually several American companies own and operate biz in China

this is not necessarily good and not necessarily bad

for example there is Abbott Lab

they employ a lot of people to make nutritional products that are sold to wholesalers in China, people are employed, the company makes a profit

they also employ a lot of people in R&D which could be done in a lot of places but China has some advantages for them, for example, lower salaries, for another, the initial testing of products may be done without compliance with US regulations -- true they will have to do the compliance eventually to sell in the US but the initial testing will eliminate candidates quicker than they would if the R&D was done in the US. They do have to pay various type of legal or quasi legal bribes (sometime disguised as no work consultant fees to the relatives of govt officials)

it is complicated
Posted by: lord garth || 08/26/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Sooner or Later Abott Labs will wake up and find they have a sound alike named competitor, say Abatt labs.
Posted by: Flesing Wittlesbach3140 || 08/26/2019 12:20 Comments || Top||

#9  i would rather the R&D be up too the US codes than the chinese. Remeber the baby formula that was killing infants a few years back?
Posted by: chris || 08/26/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||

#10  I understand they executed that guy.
Posted by: gorb || 08/26/2019 20:27 Comments || Top||

#11  And the baby formula thing was a fake Abbott Labs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 21:11 Comments || Top||

#12  the faster they rise...
apologies to Jimmy Cliff
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 21:48 Comments || Top||

Hong Kong police draw guns, use water cannon in clashes
[Al Jazeera] Hong Kong police have used water cannon for the first time and at least one officer fired his sidearm during pitched battles with protesters, one of the most violent nights in three months of pro-democracy rallies that have rocked the city.

Thousands of protesters on Sunday poured onto the streets of the Tsuen Wan neighbourhood, where they clashed with police, who fired tear gas and eventually turned to two vehicles armed with water cannon to disperse the demonstrators, who gathered despite steady rains.

At least one petrol bomb was thrown by protesters, some of whom took off down narrow side streets where the water cannon, which had not been used in years of anti-government protests, could not follow.

In one instance, several coppers drew their sidearms, an AFP news agency news hound at the scene said.

"According to my understanding, just now a gunshot was fired by a colleague," Superintendent Leung Kwok Win told the press on Sunday.

"My initial understanding was that it was a uniformed policeman who fired his gun."

It was unclear where the shot was aimed, but public broadcaster RTHK said one of its news hounds saw a uniformed officer fire a shot into the sky.

Some dug up bricks from the pavement and wheeled them away to use as ammunition, others sprayed detergent on the road to make it slippery for the lines of police.

The Chinese-ruled city's MTR rail operator suspended some services to try to prevent people from gathering.

The demonstration continued despite the arrest of 29 people after overnight festivities that saw authorities use tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Belgian Anti-Racism rabble-rouser Activist Forced To Flee
[TheGuardian] An anti-racism activist has said he was forced to leave the Belgian town of Ath on Sunday after a row with local authorities about a folkloric festival.

A carnival float featuring a white man in blackface called "the savage" featured on Sunday as part of Ath's annual festival, despite calls to abandon the practice, which campaigners say is an act of "symbolic violence" towards black people in Belgium.

Mouhad Reghif, a spokesman for the Brussels Panthers, who is leading a campaign against blackface, said he had been expelled from the town on the mayor's orders after being spotted by the police. He said officers had followed him for 30km on the motorway to make sure he left.
And that's how it's done. The way to protect your culture is to threaten physical harm to any bastard that insults it. Do read the whole thing at the Guardian.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 10:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Blackface is deeply embedded in the culture of the !owlands — Belgium, the Netherlands, and reaching into Germany. St. Nicholas goes nowhere on December 6th without his faithful servant, Black Pete (and a donkey carrying a bag of gifts for good little children, but that’s not at issue here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/26/2019 12:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Excellent...chapeau a Wallonie!
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/26/2019 14:39 Comments || Top||

Anti-G7 activists march with 'stolen' Macron portraits
[PULSE.NG] Several hundred anti-G7 protesters staged an unusual protest in southwestern France on Sunday, holding "stolen" portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron which were held upside down in a pointed critique on his policies.
How terribly clever of them, to be sure.
Posted by: Fred || 08/26/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
Joe Arpaio announces 2020 bid for 7th term as Maricopa County sheriff
[AXIOS] Joe Arpaio, who in 2017 became the first person to be pardoned by President Trump, announced Sunday an attempt to get his old job back as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, in 2020.

The big picture: Arpaio is known for his hardline stances on immigration. He lost his bid for a 7th term as mayor when he was convicted of criminal contempt of court for disobeying a 2011 court order in an immigration case. In 2018, he lost an Arizona Republican Senate primary bid to then-Rep. Martha McSally.
Dude! You're 87. Give it a rest

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 07:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

15 Former Spooks Who Work At CNN And MSNBC Now
[Daily Caller] CNN added to its deep roster of former FBI and CIA officials-turned-analysts Friday with the hiring of Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director fired for lack of candor during an investigation last year.

McCabe is the tenth ex-FBI, CIA or intelligence community official CNN has hired during the Trump administration, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis. MSNBC has followed closely behind, having hired five former officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan.

CNN was widely mocked on Friday after announcing the McCabe hiring, largely because the network has criticized its competitors for hiring former Trump administration officials. But the personnel move is also part of a larger trend that has come under scrutiny from some media observers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 03:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We need a new term for the Fourth Estate.
Fourth Deep eState?
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 6:56 Comments || Top||

#2  So 15 'former spooks' are still employed by the intelligence community ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 7:42 Comments || Top||

#3  "still employed by" in the sense of "used by", a la Steele.

Not formally on the payroll but close collaborators, well-compensated through cutouts.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Messrs. Carter Page, Christopher Steele and Ms. Nellie Ohr to the white courtesy phone please. Messrs. Steele, Page, and Ms. Ohr please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 08/26/2019 20:00 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
A Hawaiian Volleyball Coach Blasts The Unsafe Practice Of Boys Playing Against Girls. But He Has To Remain Anonymous
[Red State] There’s debate brewin’ in the land of Don Ho.

Over girls volleyball.

As reported by LifeSiteNews, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association allows boys to participate in girls sports if they so identify.

But when a dude showed up with the Kamehameha Schools Maui girls team at a tournament in Pukalani, one team’s coach spoke out against it.

The coach ‐ who wished to remain anonymous ‐ explained to the The Maui News that it puts girls at risk:
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 04:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The danger is in allowing trans-athletes into sports where they compete with normal women. Already souped on injected hormones, with extra bone and muscle density, they're just not fair.

Trans-women must be disqualified from competing against women. They can safely be allowed to race cars and stuff though.

Ooop ! Climate... no car races then too.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Coach wishes to remain anonymous because he correctly anticipates retaliation.

Condemning the absurdity of boys-pretending-to-be-girlz = ThoughtCrime punishable by economic death sentence.

Look at the grotesquely sad experience of Selina Soule, the high school girl track star on the other side of the US, in Connecticut.

Selina Soule spoke about the disgusting absurdity of two boys pretending to be girls - with a bit of mascara and long locks - and entering girls' sprinting events in CT. These nincompoops then proceeded to shatter every CT girls' record in the sport in short order -- even though neither of them had ever won a single track race while competing naturally, as what they are, ie in the CT boys' track events.

But that real girl's track career is effectively over. Selina Soule won't be recruited by any decent college. She's out of luck for athletic scholarship and is suffering real economic harm.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||

#3  So, women's sports are effectively over. It's all back to men. Serves the feminists right in a way, building such a momentum of hostility and manic compulsiveness against men, it became self perpetuated. Then the LGBTQNation came along and hijacked it, giving the advantage back to inferior mamma's boys and psickos like that Yanniv thingy.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/26/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Now the feminists are in a real pickle. Our Title IX regulations mandate that colleges and universities provide "equal opportunities for women."

How can it possibly be the case that equal opportunity is served by giving over all the rewards of women's athletics to (would-be)chicks-with-dicks?

Live by intersectionality, die by intersectionality.

But it's ordinary non-SJ warrior girl athletes like Selina and the Maui girl volleyballers who pay the price for their PC elders' madness.

For shame.
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Hmmm...shower with the girls volleyball team.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/26/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Prostate based teams and non-prostate based teams. No 'gender' involved. If you think popping that little item out way too early isn't going to mess up what's in your DNA coding, mother nature will come calling for you.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/26/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Ref #6:If you think popping that little item out way too early isn't going to mess up

....your brain
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/26/2019 8:30 Comments || Top||

#8  So that which becomes obvious to everyone must not be spoken by anyone.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/26/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#9  If girls really wanna play sports, they don't need the school. They can all get together in a public park or beach and play. Ever watch beach volleyball? All you need is a beach, a ball and a net.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/26/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#10  and beach volleyball is actually an Olympic sport

until pole dancing becomes an Olympic sport, I think beach volleyball is the most fun to watch

Posted by: lord garth || 08/26/2019 12:12 Comments || Top||

#11  but the sand can be ... awkward
Posted by: Lex || 08/26/2019 21:47 Comments || Top||

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