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20141001 16:01 swksvolFF Oklahoma radio reported that coworkers were attempting to interfere with Alton Nolan's beheading, and that he was beginning the process to sever the second stabbing victim when he was shot. He will be charged with 1st degree murder, among other charges I would guess.
20141001 12:07 Shipman I believe it was the legendary Canadian Maurice Richard, on the key element of his sport "well, eh, the puck put him in the net and you get a point"

Or was that Slaphot?
20141001 11:06 Deacon Blues Mike Ditka said one of the smartest things I've ever heard a sports person say on Sunday. He said, "If New Orleans scores more points than Dallas they will win. That's the key to New Orleans winning".
20141001 11:05 Deacon Blues Cindy Sheehan is back. She's finally figured out she was used by the Democrats.
Tuesday on NewsmaxTV's "The Steve Malzberg Show," anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan said in 2005 Nancy Pelosi and top Democrat leaders in the House and Senate said to her face that if she helped them get elected they would end the wars completely, but now they have stopped supporting her even in light of President Barack Obama's escalation of drone attacks.
Sheehan said the left anti war movement is being ignored by the democrats because they are "reverse racists" who are supporting Obama only because he is an African-American.
She said, "I think that there are some people on the so called left, who might say we have to circle our wagons around the first African American president, and to me that is racism in reverse because his policies are actually still the racist policies of empire."
20141001 00:00 Pappy Quite a few died back then, abu.
20140930 23:37 abu do you love Glenmore: The wife used to do home healthcare and I found it amazing how many babies need the Bilirubin lights. I think it is in part to the general lack of exposure we have to sunlight as the lights replace the UV that we are no longer getting. My granny said one of her sisters was 'orange as a sweet potato' and her mama just sat her outside on a blanket and got her some sun till she looked like the rest of us. "Thank the lord she was born in April instead of February" is how she ended the story.

*This would have been at the height of the Great Depression and her family were 'Dirt poor share croppers' with 9 kids in the house. No way to afford medicine and IIRC, She did have another sibling that died very young.
20140930 22:12 Pappy wretchard:

The Secret Service had an alarm system when intruder Omar Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and made it into the East Room. It played little part in the proceedings because it was muted at the request of an usher. It had probably given off a false positive in the past. They did exactly what many people did when faced with an inconvenient alarm. They turned it off.

The Secret Service ‘failed’ president Obama just as the intelligence agencies ‘failed’ to warn him about ISIS. The data explosion has the downside of flooding us with alarms. On any given day a thousand indicators cross a certain threshold. Then they cry “wolf” but not all of them are true, urgent cries for help. Still one of them — Murphy guarantees it — eventually may well be. In the end, somebody has to decide which of the device alarms to answer.

On any given day thousands of things are happening, although only a handful are above the fold in the newspapers. Syria may be in the headlines, but disasters in Iraq still happen. Catastrophes in Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan continue. Recently a friend suggested that Washington has simply muted the alarm bells in Ukraine. Hong Kong dissidents have just issued an appeal for Obama to pick up their phone call. But in fairness to the president most of the others are ringing off the hook. Should he answer Hong Kong? Can he answer it? At the heart of every combat system is prioritization algorithm which decides: Which the threats are real? Which is worth resources? In the American system of government these last decision branches are determined by the president, who jealously keeps the power in his hands. One hopes he’s listening for the bells because he has to answer the alarm. Or maybe he’s muted them. It could happen you know.

20140930 20:01 Bright Pebbles http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-09-aims-traumatic-brain-injury-clinical.html

US aims for traumatic brain injury clinical trial success
20140930 19:13 3dc I nominate Frank for Snark of the Day! "Psaki should go back to Sorority Events Coordinator"

20140930 19:01 Shipman Webb has the personal history to get ta big chunk of white male vote in the South, a modern blue dawg or Scoop Jackson Democrat as it were.
20140930 18:50 swksvolFF Super. Reports of Ebola in Dallas TX.

Guess all the peebags think KC Chiefs player Abdullah was flagged for praying; he was flagged for solo celebration which I think came about because of Teebow and everyone getting all offended at prayer in the end-zone. Anyways, we thought it was because Brady got bumped on the int return.

The real controversy of the game IMHO was the Jovan Belcher head injury BS. Not saying he didn't have brain injury, but there was no mention of his all night drug and booze fest and his naturally unlikable and violent character which dated back to high school. To not mention the toxicology and circumstances were left out to imply that simply playing football is the reason he shot his baby's momma after a night of party and mistressing.

And if you are like, that was two years ago, the drunk driving murder suicide was initially framed as Gun Culture! and blamed on the NRA, John Wayne, and Howdy Doody. Quite a change in storyline.
20140930 16:53 badanov People's Armed Police are the most politically reliable of all the civilian police China has. They also are the second stringers in case of war.

My wife's brothers are both the gendarme type.
20140930 12:37 trailing wife James Webb is considering running against Hillary. That would be mighty interesting, especially in the South.

Why interesting, and why especially in the South, Shipman?
20140930 08:42 Thing From Snowy Mountain Webb helped give Zero cover and consolidate his power during the first half of his term; I don't really feel like being lied to about how he's now a moderate.
20140930 08:35 Pappy Bad - Interior troops.

Found this article this morning. It does change the optics - a bit.

Considering the original piece in Chinese media got pulled, it sounds like there might be some 'discussion' at the upper echelons of government wrt sending interior troops.

Then again, they left the English version up.
20140930 06:27 Shipman James Webb is considering running against Hillary. That would be mighty interesting, especially in the South.
20140930 01:19 badanov PLA or interior troops?
20140930 00:40 Pappy Indications are that China will send troops into Hong Kong.
20140929 21:56 badanov OSCE: In the area of Shchastya (25km north of Luhansk), on 27 September, at around 15:00hrs, the SMM heard mortar shelling, but it could not ascertain the origin or its direction.

Pro Russian Militias: Yeah, that was us...
20140929 21:09 Glenmore Jaundice. Complication of baby-mother blood type incompatibility. Baby's brother had it bad & spent several days in NICU; hopefully caught earlier this time and that won't be necessary. 'At home' blue light bed was supposed to have been delivered this afternoon.
20140929 20:42 Thing From Snowy Mountain Orange?

BTW, here's some music.

20140929 19:16 Glenmore New granddaughter is turning orange. Time for the light bed. Thankful for modern technology.
20140929 18:36 trailing wife Greetings to Mrs. Rabbit's computer! ;-)
20140929 18:28 BrerRabbit Howdy All, new computer for the Mrs, setting cookies.
20140929 11:11 Shipman Naw, it looked odd in the preview is all. Thanks.
20140929 08:16 trailing wife No, you did it correctly, Shipman. Straight into the hopper, where it was awaiting my attention when I awoke. Very few of us skip the hopper stage -- I'm also not one of those so privileged. I just published it plus a couple of others.
20140929 07:32 Shipman Tried to submit an Vzla Bloomberg article for page three, think I screwed up. Sorry.
20140929 01:10 3dc
20140929 00:03 badanov
20140928 12:28 Pappy I am lying when I say this operation does not have a name. It has a name: "Operation Hey That's My Humvee"

— Fake Admiral Kirby (@zorching) September 25, 2014

I'd go with Operation Hijacked Humvee myself. But I'm not a wag with a Twitter account.
20140928 10:34 Deacon Blues AAAAAAnd, in recent news, a Fergusson police officer was shot yesterday. Flesh wound, not life threatening.
20140928 10:17 badanov Better sound that the contemporary recording, here is the original recording featuring Marion Hutton and Gordon "Tex" Beneke on vocals.

20140928 00:03 badanov Natalie Angst andf the Glenn Miller band:

20140927 23:09 badanov Russia sells out the Novorossiya militia. According to Ukrainian national security spokesman, Alexandr Lysenko, Russian military will cease providing technical assistance to the militias on their military equipment. Paraphrasing, if it get broken, militias can fix it themselves.
20140927 23:08 Pappy And the hits just keep on coming:

PR man hired by the city of Ferguson to Ferguson to rebuild relations convicted of reckless homicide in 2006; officials say he didn't tell them.
20140927 23:01 SteveS OldSpook is right about the H1B thing being a scam. Just a way to save some $$$. At Enron, we had a whole *bleep*load of Chinese and Indians. All very competent, but hired into junior positions. The H1B law says you have to pay prevailing wages but if you can hire a senior-level foreigner as a junior programmer you can save a good bit cash, especially if you have a large staff.
20140927 17:22 Thing From Snowy Mountain It's like news items with the Palins or Ukranians. Wait a couple weeks for the real story to come out.
20140927 17:14 Bright Pebbles http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11121519/Ultra-Orthodox-Jews-cause-chaos-on-flight-to-Israel.html

Boot them off the flight then.
20140927 14:41 Thing From Snowy Mountain Damn, I missed the ability to get on the net on my home desktop.

ANYWAY, I'm going to shut down for a while, install the new(er) version of mint.
20140927 14:13 Frank G Ship - yes I was - I was carpooling on 805 freeway (about 8 blocks away) on the way to morning classes at UCSD right afterwards. We could see the flames, smoke column but had no idea of what had happened. Just looked like a very large house fire
20140927 14:10 Frank G thx to AOS and Bad for catching/deleting my identity theft commenter
20140927 14:04 Thing From Snowy Mountain Finally on the net from home, without having to use a lousy smartphone. yea me.
20140927 09:47 Glenmore The chickens have total control of the mud porch.
20140927 08:34 Shipman Awesome Glen!

Living room? Mud porch better.
20140927 08:27 Glenmore I just got a new grandchild - first granddaughter. Crazy daughter did another successful delivery in her living room.
20140927 00:31 badanov And on to Chernarus
20140926 20:24 Pappy Ship, I was there - at school on the Naval Station at 32nd Street. And flew out of Lindbergh the next day.

I think the only sober people on board the flight to Seattle were the cockpit crew.
20140926 13:28 Shipman Question for Frank G. Were you in town the day PSA 182 crashed? I was just reading about it over at Real Clear History.
20140926 01:13 OldSpook Push the button Frank.

Pappy, my guess is they (Shia Iraqis) were using "traditional" (Saddam style) Iraq interrogation techniques on some ISIS (Sunni Iraqi) that they had in custody, and got what they wanted. Specifically what they wanted - and exactly what they were asking for.

Whether their form of physical abuse produces actionable intelligence is questionable, but those particular Shia probably enjoyed doing that to the Sunni anyway.

20140926 00:50 3dc Thanks OS
20140926 00:46 3dc fip the switch?
20140926 00:45 OldSpook Tech worker shortage? No, now proven as a lie, used by tech companies and industry to depress wages via H1B and immigration.

Reports by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the National Research Council have all found no evidence that STEM workers are in short supply. In our own report, my colleague and I looked at the latest government data, which show that in 2012 there were more than twice as many people with STEM degrees (immigrant and native-born) as there were STEM jobs — 5.3 million STEM jobs vs. 12.1 million people with STEM degrees. What’s more, the supply of STEM workers is not just limited to those with STEM degrees. Nearly one-third of the nation’s STEM workers do not have undergraduate STEM degrees. Many STEM jobs in areas like computers and laboratory work can be learned on the job.

So if there is a superabundance of native and immigrant STEM workers and little wage growth, why are there calls for more STEM immigration? The answer, put simply, is greed and politics. Businesses that want more immigration would get more workers, holding wages in check and increasing their bargaining power. [Politicians] respond to corporate donors by promising to increase STEM immigration. What’s not to like?