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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4300 on: September 20, 2016, 10:33:10 PM »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4301 on: September 21, 2016, 07:09:08 AM »
2. How do you know that your country does not torture people?  If the leaders of your country have the ability to keep secrets from you, then your knowledge of what they are doing is limited to what they choose to tell you. How then, can you be "safe" given your argument?
       We were occupied not too long ago, and on top of that, my country isn't nearly as vast as the US - most people 30+ here can easily tell you what living in a country who does that feels like. There will be people who go "missing" or "commit suicide" on dubious basis, even later on when the practice of lining up people against a wall and semi-publicly shooting them. Things like that. Some things are hard to cover up neatly.

     As for me ... I know people fairly high up. In a way, *I* am a person fairly high up. In fact, I consider myself one of the prime targets if someone were to make an attack on us, which makes me even more inclined to condemn all such practices.

     Who makes the call of whether or not something is "moral"? You cannot be certain it'll be your moral. You cannot be certain they will not end up torturing and subsequently thousands of civilians and grunts who literally had no idea of anything to prevent one assassination of some person they deemed "more important".

      You'll never be completely safe, granted (and at the end of the day, you can still genuinely stumble and fall down the stairs, which is a far more likely to happen), but to actively endorse things like that? That's just calling a miserable end upon either yourself or the people you care about.

      Privacy (both that of people and institutions) is a difficult issue without the involvement of government-level institutional violent crimes.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4302 on: September 21, 2016, 08:06:46 AM »
US Flies more bombers to South Korea as a show of force against the North's aggression.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-bombers-fly-over-skorea-for-second-time-since-north-nuclear-test/ar-BBwq4wE?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4303 on: September 21, 2016, 09:37:20 AM »
US Flies more bombers to South Korea as a show of force against the North's aggression.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-bombers-fly-over-skorea-for-second-time-since-north-nuclear-test/ar-BBwq4wE?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

I heard somewhere how the North Korean regime is describing the South, in its own propaganda, as one of the harshest and most forbidding dictatorships in the world.  ::)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4304 on: September 21, 2016, 10:08:16 AM »
I heard somewhere how the North Korean regime is describing the South, in its own propaganda, as one of the harshest and most forbidding dictatorships in the world.  ::)

Not sure how many are actually true, given how hard it is to get anything reliable out of that country, but just Google some North Korean propaganda, a lot of the stuff would be hilarious if it wasn't sad how these people are indoctrinated.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4305 on: September 21, 2016, 10:42:23 AM »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4306 on: September 21, 2016, 05:26:11 PM »
After the election, Vladimir Putin is planing to effectively revive the KGB, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant (cited by several western papers). They already have a state and security police of course, the FSB, but the new branch would have a much more active role, getting directly into pushing prosecutions and detaining suspects and troublemakers, much like the Soviet spooks used to do. FSB operates a bit like the CIA, it rarely takes direct control of a case that's being prepped for trial, more often it will offer "supporting information" and research from its own secret sources to the cops or prosecution staff.

The proposed name would be MGB - I think that's what KGB was called before it got its more famous name. There were a whole series of acronyms through the Soviet era: like they said in North by Northwest, "we're all in the same alphabet soup".  ;)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4307 on: September 21, 2016, 07:03:46 PM »
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4308 on: September 21, 2016, 09:08:13 PM »
Resistance group from within the city of Mosul has begun to rise up against IS as the group loses strength. Despite many public executions, more people flock to the rebellion.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/signs-of-panic-and-rebellion-in-the-heart-of-islamic-state%e2%80%99s-self-proclaimed-caliphate/ar-BBwrOV7?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4309 on: September 21, 2016, 09:11:34 PM »
BUSTED: Cops caught on video pepper-spraying handcuffed biracial girl — after a car hit her http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/busted-cops-caught-on-video-pepper-spraying-handcuffed-biracial-girl-after-a-car-hit-her/

If the police were so worried about her getting further injuries they should have called the parents to come to the scene and restrained the girl carefully.  Slamming her into a wall, pepper spraying her, hand cuffing her and the rest is way beyond necessary.


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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4310 on: September 21, 2016, 10:40:31 PM »
Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh fires his long-term interior minister (and sometime policing boss), who's become infamous for his brutality and involvement in extra-judicial killings, disappearances, furthering torture and corruption etc - all kinds of junta police activities you could think of. The guy seeks asylum in - Sweden.

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Persistent reports emanating from Banjul has it that Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh has unceremoniously fired his Interior minister Ousman Sonko one of his longest serving loyalists since he illegally seized power in 1994. He served as Inspector General of police and minister of Interior a couple of times. He was fired and reinstated a couple of times as Interior minister.  Mr. Sonko is a long serving security official who has been in the army since 1988 according to his resume outlined on the State House website. 

He has been known as the most brutal loyalist to Yahya Jammeh and has his finger prints almost on any case of enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings, torture and imprisonment of Gambian citizens. Mr. Sonko is one of Jammeh’s strongest pillars who had done everything to ensure that Jammeh stays in power. He allegedly orchestrated the killing of Almamo Manneh, the killing of the 40 Ghanaians, the killing of Deyda Hydara, the arrest and imprisonment of LangTombong Tamba, former IGP Essa Jesus Badgie and many other atrocities committed during Jammeh regime.

Mr. Sonko was also directly involved in the ordering of the killing of Journalist Deyda Hydara according to soldiers who were ordered to execute the assassination plan against Deyda Hydara. Ousman Sonko knows reportedly knows and carries Jammeh’s orders more than any other personnel in Jammeh’s regime. All the divide and alleged failed coups within the security forces were all allegedly masterminded by Ousman Sonko. Mr. Sonko has been replaced by Momodou A. Bah commonly known as M.A Bah. Mr. Bah was arrested and detained in the alleged failed coup orchestrated by former CDS Ndure Cham.

Mr. Sonko’s firing comes in the midst of heightened tension within Jammeh’s inner circles. There is alleged reports of disagreements and suspicion between Jammeh and his top generals. Reliable sources close to the State House indicated that Jammeh is facing intense pressure from the International community in holding his security personnel accountable for the killings of UDP youth leader Solo Sandeng and Solo Krumah. Jammeh is undoubtedly facing unprecedented challenges as he battles heavy handed political crack down on his political opponents. Jammeh faces elections for a 5th term this December.

So, Mr. Ousman Sonko says he is 'under threat from his home country' (= his old boss, and perhaps some opposition groups who would like a word with him). He probably flew here on a business class jet ticket.  ::)

I hope some politicians and bureaucrats here have enough of a spine to place Sonko in secure police custody while discussing how to send him to the ICC court in The Hague. Or at any rate, to make it clear to him that he's not the kind of guy that gets to file an asylum application the ordinary way and pretend he's just anybody.  >:(

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4311 on: September 21, 2016, 11:59:31 PM »
Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh fires his long-term interior minister (and sometime policing boss), who's become infamous for his brutality and involvement in extra-judicial killings, disappearances, furthering torture and corruption etc - all kinds of junta police activities you could think of. The guy seeks asylum in - Sweden.

So, Mr. Ousman Sonko says he is 'under threat from his home country' (= his old boss, and perhaps some opposition groups who would like a word with him). He probably flew here on a business class jet ticket.  ::)

I hope some politicians and bureaucrats here have enough of a spine to place Sonko in secure police custody while discussing how to send him to the ICC court in The Hague. Or at any rate, to make it clear to him that he's not the kind of guy that gets to file an asylum application the ordinary way and pretend he's just anybody.  >:(

I wish they could just send him back to face what he inflicted on so many others.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4312 on: September 22, 2016, 09:00:58 AM »
Bees are now being proposed to be added onto the Endangered Species list.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/rusty-patched-bumble-bee-proposed-for-us-endangered-species-status/ar-BBwsHkl?li=BBnbfcL&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15


Welp...guess I better start hoarding as much canned food as possible for the inevitable food wars when the bees all die. :(

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4313 on: September 22, 2016, 10:50:00 AM »
Isis fires Chemical Weapon artillery shells at US and coalition forces. They were loaded up with charges of Mustard Gas but the rounds did not hit target and the Mustard Gas had no effect. There are no reported symptoms of exposure to the gas and no casualties.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/islamic-state-fired-crude-chemical-weapons-on-us-troops-%e2%80%93-pentagon/ar-BBwtdAi?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

Break out the MOPP gear and epipens, its gonna get dirty.  :(

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4314 on: September 22, 2016, 01:12:19 PM »
National Guard now being deployed to Charlotte to deal with rioting.

I feel bad that we have regressed to this point.

It used to be 'Oh shit the National Guard is here."  Now its "Oh thank you God the national Guard is here"

Inn other news China seems to be arresting Lawyers under charges of Fraud. But rather suspiciously these lawyers were involved in cases against the Chinese government.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-sentences-activist-lawyer-to-12-years-as-relentless-crackdown-continues/ar-BBwtWOR?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15


and in news no one on the mainland cares about. All Of Puerto Rico lost electricity for 24 hours. After a fire at the main power plant knocked the entire facility down. The power is now being slowly restored to the island.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/crews-rush-restore-power-blacked-puerto-rico-42268174
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4315 on: September 22, 2016, 02:11:05 PM »
and in news no one on the mainland cares about. All Of Puerto Rico lost electricity for 24 hours. After a fire at the main power plant knocked the entire facility down. The power is now being slowly restored to the island.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/crews-rush-restore-power-blacked-puerto-rico-42268174

That's awful; I can't imagine doing without power, especially AC, in Puerto Rico's heat! Really really hoping they get all the power back on soon; that's a lot of people being affected by that. :(

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4316 on: September 22, 2016, 02:27:30 PM »
In Polish news, the parliament is debating about abortion laws, as well about a project that might, effectively, end the use of in-vitro fertilization as treatment for infertility.

Observing the debates on these matters is... depressing  :-(

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Re: What's in the news?
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4319 on: September 22, 2016, 04:10:48 PM »
Belgian policemen arrested for helping migrants into France: http://www.france24.com/en/20160922-belgian-policemen-arrested-helping-migrants-france-border

They really should have stuck to procedures, but their intentions were admirable. I hope this gets resolved without further issue because cooperation between the police forces right now is of crucial importance.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4320 on: September 22, 2016, 05:11:09 PM »
USA Today Columnist Urges Motorists To ‘Run Down’ Protesters On North Carolina Highway: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/glenn-reynolds-instapundit-protesters_us_57e37445e4b0e80b1ba06a85?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4321 on: September 22, 2016, 05:30:52 PM »
A new documentary released about the creator of McAffee anti-virus programs. Looks like he's less of a tech CEO and more of a wannabe crime lord given how he's been acting.

Anthony Weiner in the news again. This time he may be in deeper shit than usual; it's alleged that one of the people he repeatedly sexted was a 15-year-old girl.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4322 on: September 22, 2016, 08:14:01 PM »
I've read some articles where the writers have speculated that "Carlos Danger" ( gotta love that name ) may have wanted to get caught - ie. that it could have been either deliberate or unconscious self sabotage.  Just a little arm chair analysis on my part here, but if the word "danger" in his name was some sort of a tell, then perhaps it's an indication that he enjoyed the "danger" that he put himself in . Perhaps the risk of getting caught and potentially ending up in a deluge of hot water might have pushed a few buttons for him?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4323 on: September 22, 2016, 08:40:35 PM »
I've read some articles where the writers have speculated that "Carlos Danger" ( gotta love that name ) may have wanted to get caught - ie. that it could have been either deliberate or unconscious self sabotage.  Just a little arm chair analysis on my part here, but if the word "danger" in his name was some sort of a tell, then perhaps it's an indication that he enjoyed the "danger" that he put himself in . Perhaps the risk of getting caught and potentially ending up in a deluge of hot water might have pushed a few buttons for him?

I've heard some speculation that Anthony Weiner is into public humiliation, that it may be one of his fetishes. And we're all collectively getting him off as participants.

Still, would be a very stupid thing to do now, in that this latest thing may get him jail time.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #4324 on: September 22, 2016, 09:03:46 PM »
This is an awkward little gem.