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  1. Boy Scouts: A wholesome US institution poisoned by predators The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) - one of the largest youth organisations in the US - has filed for bankruptcy amid an avalanche of sexual abuse allegations. The century-old group became as American as the Norman Rockwell paintings that immortalise their three-fingered salutes. But its considerable membership - 2.4 million youth participants - is about half what it was in the 1970s, a decline that tracks mounting scrutiny surrounding the Scouts. So what is behind the rise - and fall - of this American institution? ... Considered a bastion of traditional American values, the BSA's self-declared "foundation of scouting" includes an oath to fulfil one's "duty to God and my country", with a mission to "prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices". But behind the camp fire singalongs lurked "the largest paedophile ring on earth", a lawyer representing alleged victims said last year. The BSA has been beset with a deluge of sexual misconduct allegations. In February 2019, as reports emerged that BSA was considering filing for bankruptcy, the Abused in Scouting group used television ads to reach Boy Scouts across the country and found nearly 2,000 people with complaints, including one in every state, according to the New York Times. The organisation now faces hundreds of claims directed at nearly 8,000 Boy Scout leaders. And such controversy isn't entirely new. A 1935 article in the New York Times detailed files on hundreds of people, labelled as "degenerates" who had served as leaders with BSA. The organisation says its transition to bankruptcy is intended to build compensation for victims of sex abuse. "The BSA cares deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologises to anyone who was harmed during their time in scouting. We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programmes to harm innocent children," chief executive Roger Mosby said in a statement. ... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51552576
  2. The Life of Brian ...
  3. He must have photocopies of his passport and visa. As to a receipt, never had one. Immigration takes your passport and goes off to do whatever it is that they do. But losing a passport is bizarre. It should never have been outside of their control, so it's their responsibility. Presumably it's buried in their stacks of records somewhere.
  4. Pilfered from Memes R Us ...
  5. Coronavirus: China and the virus that threatens everything A month or so on from its discovery, Covid-19 has shaken Chinese society and politics to the core. That tiny piece of genetic material, measured in ten-thousandths of a millimetre, has set in train a humanitarian and economic catastrophe counted in more than 1,000 Chinese lives and tens of billions of Chinese yuan. It has closed off whole cities, placing an estimated 70 million residents in effective quarantine, shutting down transport links and restricting their ability to leave their homes. And it has exposed the limits of a political system for which social control is the highest value, breaching the rigid layers of censorship with a tsunami of grief and rage. The risk for the ruling elite is obvious from their response, ordering into action the military, the media and every level of government from the very top to the lowliest village committee. ... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51449675
  6. First US evacuee infected with coronavirus was mistakenly released from hospital The first US evacuee from China known to be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus was mistakenly released from a San Diego hospital after an initial test found the person had not been infected, local health officials said Monday. The patient arrived in the US last week at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on a State Department flight from Wuhan, China, and was hospitalized with three others after showing possible symptoms of the virus. After an initial CDC test showed all four patients did not have the novel coronavirus, they were released Sunday and returned to the 14-day federal quarantine at Miramar, the University of California, San Diego Health said in a statement. "This morning, CDC officials advised San Diego Public Health that further testing revealed that one of the four patients tested positive for (novel coronavirus)," UC San Diego Health said in a statement. "The confirmed positive patient was returned to UC San Diego Health for observation and isolation until cleared by the CDC for release." Another person at Miramar was also hospitalized on Monday afternoon and was being tested for the coronavirus. Both patients "are doing well and have minimal symptoms," UC San Diego Health said. The San Diego case is the 13th to be confirmed in the US and the seventh in California. Eleven of these cases have been confirmed in people who recently traveled to Wuhan, China; the other two are instances of person-to-person transmission. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/1st-infected-us-evacuee-was-mistakenly-discharged/ar-BBZRFX5?ocid=msedgntp&fbclid=IwAR2l7Vnex1Lozlv7w9-tpzo_kCJ6xd3tuh725KJK15Zu5wfRmjPNCHM9mvI Oops ...
  7. Ah, still a young fellow then.
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  9. How could they make all that underwater?
  10. It turns out the gunman was a member of an ammunition battalion of the 2nd Army Support Command. He wasn't a combat soldier, just a a "bullet counter" (as they are disparagingly nicknamed). Yet there are reports that he was trained in planning ambushes and was totally fascinated with rifle marksmanship. And why was he so homicidal, deliberately hunting down innocent shoppers in the mall and killing them without exception - men, women and children? Surely one of his officers should have noticed he was acting strangely and kept an eye on him. But after all, the distinction between commissioned and enlisted is much greater than in the US Army I served in. Thai Army officers often treat the lower ranks as is they were their personal servants, ordering them to mow their lawns, wash their cars etc. "Jakrapanth, who was known to be a sharpshooter at the Surathampithak army camp, streamed much of the violence on Facebook Live, as well as making a number of posts on his home page as he ran amok. Some of his messages indicated his deep anger towards the slain commander who became his first victim. Jakrapanth accused his commander, Col Anantaroj Krasae, of cheating him out of commission money, amounting to 50,000 baht, over a house sale. " - Bangkok Post.
  11. Is Jim Brown still alive? That's a big name I haven't heard in years.
  12. Flashermac


    Aboriginal Australians born overseas cannot be deported, court rules Australia's High Court has said Aboriginal people hold a special status under the law so cannot be deported - even if they are not citizens. The ruling is being seen as a historic moment for the recognition of Australia's first inhabitants. The case relates to an appeal by two men who have Aboriginal heritage but foreign citizenship, and were to be deported over their criminal record. The government said the ruling created "a new category of persons" under law. Brendan Thoms and Daniel Love - who had no prior connection - were born in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea but moved to Australia as children. Each man has Aboriginal heritage and one Australian parent. Both have children who are Australian citizens and were themselves permanent residents. The two men both had criminal records and had both served jail sentences for violent assault. Under controversial Australian laws, foreigners - or aliens - must lose their right to live and work in the country if they are sentenced to a year or more in prison. Both men had their visas cancelled in 2018, but appealed against the order. The High Court had been asked to rule for the first time on whether, as indigenous people, Love and Thoms could really be considered "aliens" under the constitution. The men's lawyers argued that the men could not be considered alien because of their deep ancestral roots to Australia. The judges ruled four to three that Aboriginal Australians were "not within the reach" of the constitutional references to foreign citizens. "Aboriginal Australians have a special cultural, historical and spiritual connection with the territory of Australia, which is central to their traditional laws and customs and which is recognised by the common law," said the ruling. The existence of that connection, they said, meant Aboriginal Australians could not be classed as "alien" under the law. ... Though the ruling will only directly affect a small number of people, it is being seen as a step forward for the legal recognition of indigenous Australians overall. Claire Gibbs, a lawyer for the two men, told reporters afterwards: "This case isn't about citizenship, it is about who belongs here. "What this means, and what the real significance of this case is, is that Aboriginal people, regardless of where they are born, will have protection from deportation." ... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51455256 Some common sense for a change ...
  13. US cities have gone nuts with their SWAT teams and even military style armoured vehicles. What the hell is that all about? p.s. The latest story is that the colonel's mother-in-law had cheated the soldier out of 300,000 baht in a land sale. She had become very wealthy from her crooked deals and she is the one the killer was talking about when he rambled on about what good would her money do her in hell. But if that's the case, why did he end up killing 29 more people, even hunting down those hiding for safety in the mall and shooting them in the head when he found them? He was killing complete strangers, even school children.
  14. Google JL and Shakira nude and you might be surprised at what you find.
  15. "Both parties are slimy. The DNC's sliminess is mainly against their own." Not completely, since I remember quite well how the Dems were trying to throw up restrictions to make it difficult for active duty military to vote from outside the US, since the military tends to be more conservative and vote Republican. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1375024/Gore-campaign-trying-to-block-military-votes.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/09/26/obama-accused-of-suppressing-military-vote-by-withholding-absentee-ballots/#3d92da7f645d https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obama-ignores-military-absentee-voting-problems/
  16. Thailand shooting: Survivors recall ordeal of gun rampage Terrified residents of the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima have been reliving their ordeal after a gunman roamed around a shopping centre on a shooting spree that killed 29 people. Some barricaded themselves in toilets or hid under tables, frantically searching for information on mobiles. Jakraphanth Thomma began his rampage on Saturday afternoon, but it only ended with his death 16 hours later. A vigil for victims has been held on Sunday, with monks chanting prayers. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the 32-year-old soldier, who had posted images during his attack on social media, appeared to have been motivated by a land dispute. Another 57 people were injured in the incident, an "unprecedented number in Thailand", the PM said. What have the survivors been saying? Jakraphanth began his attack at about 15:30 local time on Saturday (08:30 GMT) at a military camp, but it was his arrival at the Terminal 21 shopping complex that led to an indiscriminate shooting spree. Many of the victims were killed as he arrived, some in their cars, others outside the complex. Graphic images appeared on social media. nside Terminal 21, a seven-floor complex designed on an airport theme, terrified shoppers were unsure whether to flee or hide. Nattaya Nganiem was leaving the complex by car when she heard gunfire and saw one woman "run out from the mall hysterically". She saw a motorcyclist dump his motorcycle and run. One who saw the gunman, Diaw, told Amarin TV the attacker "was shooting everywhere and his shots were very precise". He aimed at the heads of victims, Diaw said, adding that one of his colleagues was killed. Up on the fourth floor, Chanathip Somsakul, 33, barricaded himself into the women's toilets with dozens of others, using cubicle doors to wedge the entrance shut. They all scoured mobile devices to get information. But he said there was so much information, no-one knew what to believe. "Everyone was terrified. A friend who works at the mall was talking to a guy in the CCTV control room... he gave us updates on the location of the gunman," he told AFP news agency. When police arrived at about 21:00, they left in an orderly fashion, but started running when shots rang out. Charlie Crowson, a teacher of English who lives in Nakhon Ratchasima, told the BBC there were "bodies on the streets" of the normally peaceful city. He said one of his girlfriend's former students was among those killed in the attack. Jakraphanth was eventually shot dead by the security forces. At the city morgue on Sunday, Natthawut Karnchanamethee was mourning the loss of his 13-year-old son, Ratchanon Karnchanamethee. "He's my only son. I allowed him to do anything he wanted to. I never set expectations for him. I only wanted him to be a good person," Mr Natthawut said. At the vigil on Sunday, 13-year-old Lapasrada Khumpeepong said she and her mother had been cornered in a bathroom at the complex for five hours. She wrote on a condolence board: "Thank you to those who sacrificed themselves to keep others alive. Without you, we would not be here today." What have the authorities said about the attack? Mr Prayuth travelled to Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, to meet wounded survivors. The PM said he believed the gunman was involved in a "personal conflict... over a house deal" that involved a relative of his commanding officer, both of whom Jakraphanth shot dead at the military base at the start of his rampage. Mr Prayuth said: "I hope this is the only one and the last incident, and that it never happens again. No-one wants this to happen. It could be because of this person's mental health in this particular moment." Forensic experts continue to work at the shopping complex. Jakraphanth served at Suatham Phithak military camp, about 250km (155 miles) from the capital, Bangkok. Army sources said he was a sharpshooter and had taken courses on attacks, including the planning of ambushes. He used social media heavily, including posting pictures of himself with weapons. Jakraphanth killed another soldier as he stole a military vehicle and weapons - two rifles, one M60 machine gun and 770 rounds of ammunition - from the base. A Facebook post before the attack read: "Rich from cheating. Taking advantage of other people. Do they think they can spend the money in hell?" During the attack - and before his Facebook account was taken down - he wrote: "Death is inevitable for everyone." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51435760?fbclid=IwAR1kgRPUHat7-q5cQcCIw-xKtonMuTTN8wL7AkIu4LfeiO4phaQYRhT20MI The issue of how many firearms Thais own is totally irrelevant, since the killer stole his weapons on an Army base. Now the question of how the Thai military secures its weapons is a very different issue. In the US military weapons and ammunition on domestic bases are kept under strict lock and key.
  17. All you have to do is wear a mask and you won't be a "f*cking Farang". Then you can run naked through the streets doing whatever you want.
  18. My mother's father was from Norfolk. That's sort of Oceanian.
  19. No Tourists, No Buyers: Pratunam Vendors Hit Hard by Coronavirus Phobia BANGKOK — Business owners and vendors at the once-bustling Pratunam Market say they are bearing the brunt of a massive drop in tourism amid the coronavirus epidemic. Known for bargain priced goods, textiles, and souvenirs among tourists and Thais alike, the market is nearly deserted during a visit on Thursday afternoon. Some merchants said they want the government to step in and help them stay afloat. “It was already bad [before the virus] but much worse now,” vendor Sasiwan Sukchuenruethai, 43, said. “Chinese, Vietnamese and Singaporean customers are now afraid, and Thais don’t come out.” Sasiwan runs a shop selling cosmetics to mostly foreign tourists. She said her business has “dropped by 80 percent” over the past week. Laem, also 43, is a coconut juice vendor in the area – selling one for 40 baht. Many coconuts sat unsold during an interview, even though it was already late in the afternoon. “I used to get Singaporean, Chinese and Taiwanese customers,” Laem said. “Now they are gone.” Ae, 52, sells tourist souvenirs just in front of the main market. Goods range from contemporary Buddha statues and T-shirts to Muay Thai shorts. The vendor said he noted a big plunge in the number of foreign shoppers in recent days. “Nothing is selling well now,” he said. The outbreak of coronavirus is expected to deliver a heavy blow to the tourism industry, a crucial sector in Thai economy. China has already banned overseas tour groups, cutting off a major source of tourism revenue for Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand said it estimated that only 9 million tourists would be visiting Thailand this year, down from 10.9 million in 2019. The drop could end up costing the country 3.3 trillion baht in missed revenues. Vendors interviewed at Pratunam said they are also concerned about the risks of being infected with coronavirus from travelers. They said face masks were either sold out or available at a jacked up price, despite the government’s effort to control the price. “It used to be 200 baht for a box of 50 [sanitary] masks. Now it has gone up to 900,” Sasiwan said. https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/business/2020/02/07/no-tourists-no-buyers-pratunam-vendors-hit-hard-by-coronavirus-phobia/
  20. A gay colleague (well to be more accurate, a flaming faggot of a colleague) used to say that quite seriously.
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