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  1. Donward

    "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    Make America "Grape" Again
  2. Fucking LULZ. Every time that President Trump signs an executive order, the Left goes judge shopping to find one to overturn the EO.
  3. [Collimatrix here, I'm splitting this off and doing something I should have done a long time ago, which is have a thread dedicated to terror attacks and active shooters. News updates, professional analysis, that sort of thing. I know that these events are always very emotional and shocking, but let's try to keep it reasonable and level-headed. AEarly reports are usually godawful wrong. The whole truth may not come out for months. Anyone who tries to make a political point before the blood has congealed is a jackass.] So apparently there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas on the strip that just happened. We'll have to wait until useful information begins to trickle in and for 24-48 hours to go by before the false reports get corrected. Edit: The shaky mobile phone cam footage "sounds" kind of like automatic weapons fire. That is just a wild guess on my part. See second line.
  4. Reading the previous 24 hours of comments, the clear answer is for God Emperor Trump to train these refugee kids as the cadre of his new Space Marine force. Win-Win.
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    Syrian conflict.

    An article from 1991 detailing Syria's alliance with the United States and its Coalition partners during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-03-12/news/9101220963_1_syria-president-hafez-assad-peacekeeping-force Couple of interesting quotes. As one Western diplomat observed, superpower relations with Syria were a zero-sum game: Any gain for Syria was a Soviet gain, and any gain for Israel was an American gain. But Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev`s refusal to supply Syria with sophisticated weaponry, and his decision to allow a mass migration of Soviet Jews to Israel, caused Assad to rethink his position and to begin cultivating the West-especially the U.S. ... The U.S.-Syrian rapprochment is controversial in the U.S. Many Americans remember Assad as the ``butcher of Hama,`` the leader who laid siege to the city of Hama in 1982 and killed at least 10,000 residents in his bid to wipe out the Muslim Brotherhood that opposed him.
  6. Famous Memphis Belle B-52 Bomber fully restored in Ohio http://komonews.com/news/offbeat/photos-the-famous-memphis-belle-b-52-bomber-full-restored The Eighth Air Force bombing Nazi Germany with B-52s is now one of my favorite Alt-Histories.
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    "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    I'm not sure if this guy's a fan of rape... or thin Belgian pancakes. http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-martinez-conviction-20180607-story.html
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    United States Gun Control Megathread

    LA County Sheriffs Office seize over 550 rifles and handguns from convicted felon http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article213429194.html Authorities have seized more than 550 guns at two Southern California homes and made one arrest after getting a tip that a convicted felon was storing an arsenal. Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home. Officials Monday say the searchers found 432 rifles and handguns, then returned later and found 91 more hidden weapons. ... Looks like a lot of military surplus rifles and hunting rifles heading to the evidence locker.
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    General news thread

    @Collimatrix You wanted to know what made it was like to live in Seattle and what things were important to them. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-war-memorial-to-lose-battle-guns-drawing-criticism-even-as-city-cites-safety-costs/ Seattle, citing safety concerns, is set to move two historic boat guns from one of its war memorials to Chehalis. It’s a decision that has angered at least one veteran who spent more than a decade with the city providing services to his comrades. The city on Tuesday will relocate two cannon-like weapons that were aboard the USS Concord during the Spanish-American War of 1898 from the War Garden in Woodland Park to the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, according to Chip Duncan, the museum’s executive director. It’s the culmination of an effort that started about two years ago, when a member of the museum reported that the relics were neglected and in disrepair. The city said it’s concerned about the lead in the cannon paint that’s leaching into the surrounding soil and the general danger posed to kids who climb on them. But at a time when some monuments to controversial conflicts, such as the American Civil War, are being removed from public space across the country, a local veteran fears the decision contributes to what he feels is a selective effort to erase the city’s memories of war. ... If the city were to keep the guns, it would cost up to $500,000 to clean the soil, restore the weapons and mount them on a child-resistant platform, according to Schulkin. She denies the decision was motivated by a political agenda. “A few decades ago we used to put decommissioned firetrucks in park spaces for kids to play on. We would never do that now,” said Schulkin. “Our ideas about what’s safe are evolving.” ... No. Of fucking COURSE you wouldn't THINK of having something cool in a city park for kids to play on. As a native Seattleite, all I can say is the out-of-state, rich, white liberals infesting Seattle don't fucking DESERVE to have cool Navy cannons from the Spanish-American war. I'm glad they're being sent to the Chehalis Veterans museum where people who give a god damn will take care of them.
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    Oddballs

    Sadly, or happily, it turned out to be just a grey wolf. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dna-test-reveals-identity-of-mysterious-wolf-creature-shot-in-montana/
  11. God Emperor Trump announces creation of Space marines http://thehill.com/policy/defense/392799-trump-directs-pentagon-to-create-space-force “I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.” Thus fulfilling the promise to make memes great again.
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    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Yeah, the mentally ill Hogg kid has Clock Boy'd himself and his political expiration date is long past pull, particularly after that grocery store stunt, just so long as a conservative media personality doesn't commit Laura Ingraham again by commenting on him.
  13. But muh Blue Wave!!! http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/06/18/as-bill-nelson-fights-for-political-life-against-rick-scott-concerns-grow-among-democrats/ Democrats in Washington and Florida aren't laughing. They are increasingly nervous as Scott and Republican allies have unleashed a flood of money into TV and online ads — roughly $20 million so far, more than Nelson's 2012 opponent spent on the entire campaign — and maintain a superior organization that spares no opportunity. ... Democrats generally have the advantage of running in a midterm election that historically favors the party not controlling the White House — incumbents like Nelson do especially well — and President Donald Trump continues to motivate the Democratic base. But the narrow path for Democrats to reclaim the Senate runs is challenged by states that Trump won, including Florida. Nelson is suddenly one of the party's five most vulnerable members in the country, and the nation's third-largest state is by far the most expensive state of those five. A victory for Nelson will be extremely costly and could drain resources from Democrats elsewhere. ... So the logical conclusion is that @Oedipus Wreckx-n-Effect will buy a broken down Sen. Nelson after the campaign, jab in a small block V8, and beef up the suspension and steering and take it out to the track.
  14. News reports are doubling down on the "gang related" theory. Which seems likely at this point. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/trenton_shooting_suspected_gunman_killed_at_art_al.html#incart_most_shared-news The shooting appears to be a gang-related dispute, Onofri said. ... Prior to the shooting, fights broke out inside and outside Roebling Wire Works, where the annual event was held. Police attempted to disperse the crowd and urged the organizers to shut down the festival, Onofri said. "Those individuals continued to loiter and additional fights broke out, and then the shooting occurred," Onofri said, noting the suspects first shot at each other before police opened fire. Authorities said Wells was carrying a handgun with an extended magazine -- a gun that's illegal to possess in New Jersey. It was one of several guns recovered at the scene. Authorities also commented on his violent past. ... It is possible that some victims were injured by cops' bullets as officers were shooting at the suspects, officials said. How many shots were fired in all is still under investigation, they said.
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    United States Gun Control Megathread

    Good guys with a gun stop bad guy with a gun in a Walmart parking lot in Tumwater, WA. http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/Home/Components/News/News/5850/529 On Sunday, June 17, 2018, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Tumwater Police Department responded to a report a possible DUI (a car driving in the wrong direction). While enroute to the alleged DUI, officers were dispatched to reports of a nearby carjacking with shots fired. Upon arrival at that location near Israel Road and Tyee Drive, officers contacted a 16-year old female victim who received non-life threatening injuries during the carjacking incident. The victim was treated at the scene by Tumwater Fire Department. Police officers located the stolen car in a parking lot in the 5900 block of Littlerock Road. Just after 5:30 p.m., Thurston County 911 received multiple calls of shots fired in or around the Tumwater Walmart store and parking lot. Tumwater Police Department has confirmed the suspect (from the earlier carjacking) entered the Walmart store, and fired shots at a display case, as reported by witnesses. There were no injuries to customers or employees at the store. The suspect exited the store and attempted to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot, and shot the adult male occupant. The victim was treated for gunshot wounds by Tumwater Fire Department paramedics, and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. His condition is unknown at this time. The suspect then attempted a second carjacking at Walmart, and was approached by two armed civilians. The male suspect was fatally shot by one of the armed civilians. There are no other suspects in the carjacking incidents or reported shootings. This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives are working at multiple crime scene locations, and interviewing witnesses.
  16. As an example, competition from one species of salmon could possibly alter the populations of other salmon (along with other species). https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2018/06/15/pink-salmon-too-much-of-a-good-thing/ There is the suggestion that abnormally high populations of Pink (Humpy) salmon can basically gobble up all of the food (in this case copepods) in the ocean and not leave enough for other species. Pink salmon eat copepods. And, the Japanese scientists noted, pink salmon are most abundant in odd calendar years. The Japanese scientists postulated that pinks, which have exploded in numbers since the early 1990s, had gobbled up many of the copepods. About a decade ago, biologists Alan Springer and Gus van Vliet noticed a similar pattern among tufted puffins in a well-studied colony on Buldir Island in the Aleutians. The puffins were laying eggs earlier in even-numbered years and later in odd years. They too wondered if pink salmon might be responsible, by leaving less food for the puffins. ... In that time of pinks' greatest growth — from about March to July in the spawning year — they may be eating so many shrimp, fish, squid and krill that they are not leaving enough for other species. Their ferocity and eating efficiency could even be affecting birds half a world away, off the coast of Australia and New Zealand. ... (Personally, I blame Russian hacking hatcheries) Russians have pink salmon hatcheries that increase numbers in the North Pacific and Bering Sea Alaskans run hatcheries in Valdez and other places in Prince William Sound. Hatchery managers release more than half a billion pink salmon smolts into Prince William Sound each year, some to be caught by fishermen. Canned and frozen Alaska pink salmon are sold all over the world, with a strong market in China.
  17. The science is not really settled. There are multiple river systems which are home to the five species of Pacific salmon (Chinook/King, Sockeye/Red, Coho/Silver, Humpy/Pink, and Chum/Dog) stretching from Kamchatka in Russia all the way through thoughout the river systems of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and down to the Bay Area in California. And there are different environmental issues that effect the five species differently, be it natural or caused by man. But folks are worried since the Copper River run of King and Sockeye is one of the earlier returning runs. So adjacent river systems could suffer the same fate. Where we fish in Bristol Bay, the salmon might have been far enough away so as not to be hit by the Warm Blob but we'll see in a few more weeks.
  18. American Freedom Bird keeps Russian Brown Bear from meddling in the Incubation https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/2018/06/16/katmai-national-park-drama-bear-vs-eagles/ Two other eagles joined in the divebombing of the sow while a raven divebombed the flying eagles. "We were too low to know if the bear had actually eaten the eggs or chicks," Schultz said. "We debated it long and hard the rest of the day. How could she not eat them?! But the eagles came back right away after the bear left and stayed. The next day there was an eagle on the nest again, so we're thinking the eggs or chicks survived."
  19. Per the Alaska Daily News. Woman thanks bear for not eating kayak. Bear then eats kayak.
  20. Speaking of ridiculously, overpriced seafood, the Copper River salmon run is coming in with numbers far below forecast. https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/fishing/2018/06/13/dismal-copper-river-salmon-run-prompts-unprecedented-shutdown-of-dipnetting-at-chitina/ Biologists blame the "Blob": a large mass of unusually warm water that lurked in the Gulf of Alaska from 2014 through 2016 when young sockeye returning now swam out to feed. For the commercial fishery at the Copper River's mouth, this year's sockeye catch is the second lowest it's been in 50 years, after Fish and Game shut down that fishery in late May. State fish biologists say otherwise there might not be enough sockeye swimming back up the Copper River to spawn and keep the run going strong. ... Dismal returns have marred the Copper River's commercial fishery, too. This year, some customers are balking at $35 a pound for Copper River fillets, said Leif Wespestad at Pure Food Fish Market in Seattle. ... The roughly 500 boats that net salmon at the Copper's mouth haven't been on the water since May 28, when state managers shut down the fishery after just three periods. Their concern: There aren't enough sockeye returning up the river to make a 360,000-fish minimum escapement goal — the lowest number biologists say is necessary to preserve the health of the run. As of last week, just a little over 100,000 fish had returned.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Secretary of State Pompeo: Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula by 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44471419 So there's our timeline.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Chairman Kim has officially accepted President Trump's invitation to visit the White House according to reports now breaking. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6514587/kim-jong-un-donald-trump-white-house-invitation/ History is being made at breakneck speed.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    It hasn't even been 36 hours since the most important diplomatic summit since the Fall of the Berlin Wall wrapped up, and the entire media is pretending like nothing happened. So I guess that answers the question about how the results of this summit were going to be spun by the Trump haters. Although it is hilarious watching the political party which has been opposed to conducting war games for decades, now all of a sudden caring about them.
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    Collimatrix's Terrible Music Thread

    Otter's favorite YouTube singer atm.
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