Busted

Friday,  Oct 19, 2018

Turkish foreign minister says Khashoggi murder audio wasn’t shared with U.S. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that Turkey hasn’t shared with U.S. officials any audio recordings relating to the disappearance and presumed murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That contradicts an ABC News report Thursday that cited a senior Turkish official saying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s alleged murder while visiting Turkey on Wednesday, and that Pompeo was also given a transcript. The Saudi-born Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and Turkey says it has audio of Saudi security agents torturing, killing, and dismembering him. The State Department denied Pompeo had listened to the recording or had a transcript of it. Source: ABC News

Red Sox win American League pennant, head to World Series The Boston Red Sox defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 on Thursday, capturing the American League pennant. They are now heading to the World Series, where they will play the winner of the National League Championship Series — either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers. Red Sox pitcher David Price had a playoff career-high of nine strikeouts and six shutout innings. The Red Sox were able to eliminate the Astros, last year’s World Series champions, in five games. The World Series starts Tuesday. Source: CBS Boston

 

Thursday, Oct 18,  2018

Afghan general and Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq Achakzai is assassinated by one of his bodyguards during a high-level meeting inside the governor’s compound with U.S. general Austin S. Miller. Gen. Miller escaped unharmed according to officials while the governor was critically injured. The Taliban claims responsibility. (BBC)

The Federal Aviation Administration states that it will allow U.S. airlines to resume flights at three Ukrainian airports, at Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhia, and over parts of the Black Sea, citing improved safety and security in parts of Ukraine. (Reuters)

Astronomers discover Hyperion, an ancient proto-supercluster that appeared 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang. (CNET)

U.S. intelligence reportedly certain that Saudi Arabia is behind Khashoggi’s death The U.S. intelligence community is increasingly certain that Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The certainty puts officials at odds with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who have called for patience and assumed innocence until Saudi officials complete an investigation. Trump said that he has asked for audio evidence that Turkish officials say includes the voice of a Saudi forensic specialist, who reportedly told witnesses to listen to music while he dismembered Khashoggi. The recording purportedly proves that Khashoggi was killed minutes after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, and that Saudi operatives severed his fingers before later beheading him. Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

Wednesday,  Oct 17,  2018

Canada becomes the first G-20 nation to fully legalise cannabis. (Yahoo! Canada)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launch two rockets at Israel, one landing in the southern city of Beersheba, causing serious damage to a house but no injuries, and the other landing in the sea. (The Times of Israel)

In response to rocket fire, Israeli Air Force jets attack targets in Gaza including a tunnel crossing into Israel, tunnel digging sites, a factory storing components used for tunnel building and another for the manufacturing of aerial weaponry. (The Washington Post)

Retired United States Marine veteran John Canley receives the Medal of Honor award from U.S. President Donald Trump for his contributions in the Vietnam War. (Fox News)

A double bombing-mass shooting attack leaves 20 dead and 74 others injured in a college in Kerch, Crimea. An 18-year-old student carried out the gun and bomb attack and then committed suicide. The attacker “hated the technical school very much” and had vowed “revenge” on his teacher. (BBC)

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias resigns after discussion with Defence Minister in the framework of the Greece-Macedonia Accord. (Ekathimerini)

 

Tuesday,  Oct 16, 2018

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia King Salman to express concerns about the disappearance of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Fox News)

Senior U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham states that Mohammed bin Salman has murdered Khashoggi and that the country’s crown prince has “got to go”.  (CNBC)

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigns from his post in order to dissolve the National Assembly and force early elections by the end of the year. (RFE/RL)

The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) says that a U.S. airstrike has killed around 60 al-Shabaab militants near Harardhere in central Somalia. (BBC)

The death toll of an accidental explosion in Aba, Nigeria, rises to 200. Over 2,000 people protest, claiming that the pipeline explosion was caused by NNPC’s negligence. (Vanguard News)

Two Myanmar Air Force F-7 fighter jets crash into a broadcast tower in Magway, Myanmar, resulting in the deaths of both pilots and an 11-year-old girl, who was killed by falling debris. (New York Times)

The United States Treasury Department announces new sanctions on 22 Iranian corporations and banks. (Bloomberg)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government is considering recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and relocating its embassy accordingly, in line with the United States, drawing local criticism and sparking outrage from members of the opposition. The announcement comes days before a by-election in which the governing party’s candidate is Dave Sharma, a former ambassador to Israel. (BBC)

 

Monday,  Oct 15, 2018

Mounir el-Motassadeq, sentenced to 15 years in prison as a member of the Hamburg cell of the September 11 attackers, was deported from Hamburg, Germany to Morocco. (Reuters)

A ban on rough sleeping in public areas comes into force in Hungary. Despite international criticism of the law, the Hungarian government says it is in the “interests of society as a whole”. (BBC)

American retailer Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after accumulating USD $134 million in debt. (ABC News)

Fracking for shale gas begins in the United Kingdom for the first time since it was suspended in 2011 after being linked to a series of earthquakes. Cuadrilla Resources say they will spend at least three months fracking two horizontal wells in Lancashire. (BBC)

The Russian Orthodox Church announces it will break communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over EoC official plans to recognize the autocephaly of two Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. Moscow says it hopes Constantinople will change its mind to avoid this schism. This marks an important new aspect in the rift between Russia and Ukraine. (The Guardian)

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi sacks Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, blaming him for the current economic crisis and famine in the country. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed is appointed as the new Prime Minister. (Reuters)

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24 Replies to “Busted”

  1. Back in Mammoth to rescue our equipment. It took all day to demobiliize and take some end samples. Thought I was sunburned despite using SPF 55+ lotion, but it was simply wind burn combined with low humidity. Interesting part of the season when it crosses from summer into fall-winter. The place is bimodal summer-winter tourist mecca. Glad to be here when it is transitional, no lines, easy to get a restaurant seat.

  2. so we’re at Mono Lake today and there is a place where the tourist trail transitions from asphalt to wood plank. There is a marker there where the agreed upon lake level will be restored when LA Metropolitan Water District stops drawing down so much of the lake water (about 45 feet).

    I overheard a fellow professor discussing this level with his class on a field trip. he was lamenting that it was taking longer than agreed or expected. i was thinking that the lake level will be restored sooner than he thought, when all the LA consumers stop drinking it.

  3. yup, it’s like 2.5X seawater, so they must desalinate it. recall SoCal is desperate for drinking water. their water usage is screwing with the wildlife ecosystems there (lots of birds), so are very unpopular.

  4. i can check, but they must be desalinating it. i even saw a plaque confirming use by the LA metropolitan water district. maybe they just intercept the fresh water before it flows into the lake? that would take a lot of intercept points, i think.

  5. yeah, i don’t know the details. but i that would make more sense, get it before it gets full of salt and stuff. i guess.

  6. no problem. have a drink. get some sleep. my fucking goats escaped again last night. can’t quite figure out how they’re doing it.

  7. if you’re feeding the goats, why would they want to leave? looking for sex? I think that’s why dogs will escape, especially young males.

  8. two thoughts:

    1) I love the tread or post “busted”.

    2) photo of the Millers. old Arthur was a talented writer/author and, at that time, he would have been my personal candidate for “luckiest man on Earth”.

      1. i didn’t read the whole article, but it would be even funnier if it has like elevators to an observation deck or something.

        1. most of those sand nigger type people are kinda shitty. (but no shittier than a lot of white people.) some indian women look good. ricco should feature some of them in his posts someday. i’ve always kinda wondered how one might taste. whether they wash their cooch and such?

    1. hour and 20 minutes, too long. i could probably tell everybody on earth everything they need to know about anything in 3 minutes or less.

      1. agree. he does a good job explaining CO2 global warming. he thinks PV panels and wind turbines will replace FF. that’s BS, and he should know better than to promote false solutions. facts are we are going down fast, in a few moron years, and the planet will continue to warm long after we’re gone, thanks to our efforts.

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