Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Turkey 2016


36+ Dead, 147+ Wounded.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

EU SUPERSTATE

Goren tek-en
Is it me or didn't the Germans already try this once?
With the help of the Vichy French too, I might add.

The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”.

Meanwhile, there are rumors of an alliance with the Japanese.


Monday, June 27, 2016

TEXIT?


Amidst the Brexit, renewed calls for Texas Independence

The Texas Nationalist Movement is renewing calls for a ballot referendum calling for secession from the United States. Texas which was an independent nation from 1836-1845 would have the 10th largest economy in the world if an independent state.

US News 

CBS 

Reuters 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

All is not coming up roses


Spain and Belgium would likely vote No on Scottish membership in the EU.  Spain "will not want to create the precedent" of a region "deciding to leave and join the EU in their own right" given the secessionist movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country." and Belgium is "extremely worried ... a Scottish precedent would really encourage the now very rich region of Flanders to secede from the Kingdom", adding: "This would impoverish Belgium." Telegraph

It also calls into question whether other countries with secessionist movements like Italy and Romania would vote in favor.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart and the President of the Hauts-de-France region Xaviar Bertrand want to let the migrants through the Chunnel. The Sun

Friday, June 24, 2016

BREXIT?






By the time this posts they'll probably know which way the vote went but for American's it will be fresh news when they wake up.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today's the day


Voters in the United Kingdom go to the polls to vote on the Brexit and according to CNN it's too close to call.  Admittedly it's none of our darn business but what do you think they will do vs. what do you think they should do? Results are expected around breakfast UK time so maybe sometime in the middle of the night here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bushido?


TEPCO, the utility that ran Fukushima has apologized for what is in essence a cover-up in intentionally not using the term "melt-down" to describe the catastrophe.

TEPCO President Naomi Hirose issued the apology after it was revealed he instructed officials not to use the term melt-down and instead use the term "core-damage".

"I would say it was a cover-up," Hirose told a news conference. "It's extremely regrettable."

Hirose said he will take a 10 percent pay cut, and another executive will take a 30 percent cut,

 for one month each to take responsibility.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Really? That's what you're going with?



What the government originally released:

"I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted]."

What eventually came out:

“I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State,” 

So the key question is... WHY? Why would you release a redacted version in the first place?  The intent was to protect? ISIS? Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? 

Here is a full transcript of one of the calls:

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]
OD: What?
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]
The full transcript was only released after public and political outcry.

And silly me, I always thought OCO stood for Overseas Contingency Operation when in reality it is [omitted] Contingency Operation, who'd have thought? 

This call was followed by a nine, sixteen, and a three minute call.

According to TIME:

In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.”