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  1. #9226

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    "it must've been love but it's over now"

    Jeffrey Lewis
    This is one hell of a statement from North Korea.

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

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    That must be the first - North Koreans actually giving a good advice.
    Roger forever

  3. #9228

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    Stephen Miles @SPMiles42

    Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix. He’s handling the first two so well, I’m sure this will work out too...

    I guess the captain of the TR spoke too soon...
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

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    Oh yeah... It's a GREAT time to invade Iran!
    Winston, a.k.a. Alvena Rae Risley Hiatt (1944-2019), RIP

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    He's just trying to make North Korea jealous

  6. #9231

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    The Theodore Roosevelt invades Iran. American soldiers start looking for Iranian soldiers. They meet in a battle field. Both sides start throwing used hankies and kleenexes at each other. Generals command their men to only "spit at them when you see the white of their eyes".
    American soldiers exchange their AR15's for N95's.
    The war is lost for the want of latex gloves.
    The ultimate biological war is waged. A race to develop COVID-20 starts.

    Sorry to make fun out of that news, but it is so absurd that by now, Tiny has to truly be considered the most dangerous man in the planet. Forget about the nukes; he can destroy the planet with nonsensical tweets.
    Missing winter...

  7. #9232

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    A few years ago my daughter and i had the opportunity to visit The JFK aircraft carrier before Fleet Week was officially underway. Standing on the deck was one thing but going below deck, for a person who has never thought herself claustrophobic in her life, was truly frightening.

    Rachel showed video of the inside of another aircraft carrier last night and it appears they're all basically the same. They ned to get those sailors off that floating, armed petri dish STAT.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

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    Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl


    KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

    Pearl disappeared Jan. 23, 2002 in Karachi while researching links between Pakistani militants and Richard C. Reid, who became known as the “shoe-bomber” after he was arrested on a flight from Paris to Miami with explosives in his shoes. Prosecutors said Saeed lured Pearl into a trap by promising to arrange an interview with an Islamic cleric who police believed was not involved in the conspiracy.

    One of Saeed’s lawyers, Khwaja Naveed, said Saeed could go free unless the government chooses to challenge the court decision. Faiz Shah, prosecutor general for southern Sindh province, said the government will appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

    The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement expressing disappointment at the court decision and supporting an appeal.

    “The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply disappointed to see justice in the murder case of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl denied by a Pakistani court today,” said Steven Butler, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator.

    U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, asked for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ response, said: “We stand against the use of the death penalty. We do, however, strongly believe that there needs to be accountability for people who take the lives of others, especially in this case of a journalist.”

    Saeed has already spent 18 years in prison in southern Hyderabad on death row. The seven-year sentence for kidnapping was expected to be counted as time served, said Naveed.

    The Sindh High Court also acquitted three others accused in the case: Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil, and Salman Saqib, who were earlier sentenced to life in prison. The defendants were also collectively fined $32,000.

    “Justice has been done for my clients,” said Naveed.

    Saeed, a former student at the London School of Economics, and the others were convicted in 2002.

    A videotape received by U.S. diplomats in February, 2002 confirmed that Pearl, 38, was dead. He had been beheaded.

    In court testimony and emails released during the 2002 trial, Saeed said he developed a personal relationship with Pearl, with both sharing their concerns about their wives, who were both pregnant at the time. Marianne Pearl gave birth to their son Adam in May 2002.

    The Pearl Project, an investigative journalism team at Washington’s Georgetown University, carried out a three-year investigation into Pearl’s kidnapping and death. They concluded the reporter was beheaded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and later described as the architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Mohammad is a prisoner at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Soon after Pearl disappeared, Pakistani and U.S. news organizations received emails from the previously unknown National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. The group demanded better treatment for Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners at Guantanamo.

    FBI agents traced the emails to Saeed, who admitted his role in the kidnapping during his first court appearance but later recanted.

    “Right or wrong I had my reasons,” Saeed told the court at the time. “I think that our country shouldn’t be catering to America’s needs.” The statement was ruled inadmissible because it was not made under oath.

    Saeed had been arrested in 1994 by Indian authorities, accused of kidnapping three Britons and an American, who were all freed unharmed, in Indian-ruled Kashmir, Hindu India’s only Muslim- dominated region. Kashmir is divided between Pakistan and India but coveted by each in its entirety.

    Since 1989, an insurgency in Indian-held Kashmir has been demanding either outright independence for a united Kashmir or union with Muslim-majority Pakistan.

    In 1999, India freed Saeed and two other militants in exchange for the release of 155 passengers and crew aboard an Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

    The Pearl kidnapping was the first of five attacks against Westerners in Pakistan in 2002. A grenade attack against a Protestant church in Islamabad on March 17 killed five people, including two Americans and the attacker.

  9. #9234

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    Wasn't sure where to put this story:

    Canada milk.jpg
    Vast swings in demand for dairy threatens udder havoc on prices
    (I wasn't going to include the photo, but I couldn't resist the caption that went with it)

    Coronavirus: Why Canada dairy farmers are dumping milk
    BBC April 6, 2020, 1:36 PM MST
    Dairy farmers in one of Canada's largest milk-producing province are poised to dump millions of litres of milk due to coronavirus.

    Dairy Farmers of Ontario has told farmers to get rid of raw milk to keep prices stable and prevent oversupply.

    The industry group says demand has crashed as restaurants and other bulk buyers shutter due to Covid-19.

    Some 500 farms have been asked to dump 5 million litres a week, according to a trade report.

    The policy is a volte-face from last week, when Dairy Farms of Ontario, which oversees nearly a third of Canada's dairies, had asked farmers to increase production amid concerns about a shortage.

    "In its 55-year history, Dairy Farmers of Ontario has only once before had to ask producers to dispose of raw milk," Cheryl Smith, the association's CEO, told BBC.

    Canadian dairy is produced under what is known as a supply-management system, which strictly controls production quotas and imports to support prices.

    At first, the industry co-op was concerned there would not be enough milk to meet demand, as Canadians panic-bought at the grocery store. But hoarding has died down, and the dairy frenzy has waned.

    Meanwhile, bulk-buyers like restaurants, hotels and schools have been forced to close due to federal restrictions. That means there's milk on the shelves not being sold, risking a price plummet.

    Dairy Farmers of Ontario is hoping that by spilling fresh milk, the supply will balance out and prices will remain stable. The group has not confirmed how much milk they are asking farmers to dump, but says it will be done on a "select and rotating" basis.

    Producers told Ontario Farmer, a trade publication, that about 500 farms across the province have been asked to dump as much as five million litres a week. The province produces about 3 billion litres of milk a year, or about a third of Canada's total supply.

    "We are working very closely with processors and industry groups to respond to the unpredictable market fluctuations that are now part of our current environment," Ms Smith said in a statement.

    Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador, another provincial dairy association, asked farmers to dump 170,000 litres last week. The province produces about 50 million litres a year.

    Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy cooperative in the US, has also asked farmers to dump milk.

    Dairy farmers aren't the only industry struggling with how coronavirus has affected their supply and demand. Global oil prices have tanked with demand, as factories close down and air travel grinds to a halt.

    But unlike dairy groups that have asked members to dump milk to keep prices stable, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has decided to ramp up production. The move, spurred by a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, has pushed prices even lower.

    The supply war has wrought havoc on another key Canadian industry- oil, based largely in the province of Alberta.

    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

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    Spain is moving to permanently establish universal basic income in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
    Business Insider
    April 6, 2020
    Spain is taking steps to implement a basic income to help citizens weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus, which would make it the first nation in Europe to do so.

    "We're going to do it as soon as possible. So it can be useful, not just for this extraordinary situation, and that it remains forever," the minister of economic affairs said.

    No specific date was unveiled yet.

    In the US, Andrew Yang helped thrust the idea of universal basic income into the mainstream.

    Spain is moving to implement a universal basic income as a measure to help workers battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Nadia Calviño, the country's minister for economic affairs, told Spanish broadcaster La Sexta on Sunday evening that the government is planning to introduce it as part of a barrage of policies to help people get back on their feet.

    She said enacting basic income was "mostly aimed at families, but differentiating between their circumstances."

    Calviño didn't offer a specific date as to when basic income could be rolled out in the country. But she said the government hoped it would become "a permanent instrument."

    "We're going to do it as soon as possible," she said. "So it can be useful, not just for this extraordinary situation, and that it remains forever."

    If the plan moves from proposal to reality, Spain would become the first nation in Europe to pass universal basic income, according to the Independent.

    Finland had previously tried a two-year basic income experiment of its own that ended in 2019 with 2,000 unemployed residents, Business Insider's Aria Bendix reported. Recipients reported they were happier and healthier, but many of them were still jobless.

    It's not immediately clear what universal basic income could look like in Spain, given the proposal appears to be in its early stages. But under the idea, the government would provide a monthly payment to citizens, free of any conditions.

    Spain enacted a nationwide lockdown on March 14 to curb the spread of the virus, and effectively shut down the economy as restaurants, bars, and hotels were ordered to closed their doors. The country reported over 135,000 cases so far and 13,000 deaths.

    To date, Spain has rolled out scores of measures to provide relief to both corporations and average people.

    The push for basic income in the US has its champions. Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang thrust the idea of basic income into the mainstream with his plan for a "Freedom Dividend" during his presidential run, which ended earlier this year.

    The plan would have guaranteed payments of $1,000 a month — or $12,000 a year — to every US citizen over the age of 18 without any strings attached.

    To help Americans deal with the fallout of coronavirus, the Trump administration signed a law to provide millions of Americans with one-time $1,200 stimulus checks. Individuals earning below $75,000 and couples making under $150,000 qualify for the full amount.
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