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  1. Gezza

     /  January 1, 2019

    Aljazeera midnight tv is showing video footage obtained of what they say are members of the Saudi killing team carrying out black bags of what could be Jamal Khashoggi’s body parts

    Video shows bags believed to contain Khashoggi’s remains: report
    [Embedded video] Footage shows Saudi hit team carrying bags believed to contain body parts of murdered journalist, Turkish reports say.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/video-shows-bags-believed-khashoggi-remains-report-181230215116612.html

    • Pink David

       /  January 1, 2019

      This makes me said. There was a time when you could expect some professionalism from your professional hitmen. You know, the days of the cyanide tipped umbrella and your target keeling over in public with no one the wiser, just an air of menace and suspicion.

      This mob were just waltzing around with a neon sign saying “Saudi Hit Squat in Operation”

      • Gezza

         /  January 1, 2019

        It’s intriguing how long Erdy is dragging this out for. My working assumption is that behind the scenes offers of cheap Saudi loans to compensate for US sanctions are either not yet for a large enuf amount, or they’re not yet cheap enuf.

  2. 2019 could be a tough year for Trump.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 1, 2019

      Yep, it will be a tough year of political warfare between the power centres of US government. Mueller will be just another player.

    • Pink David

       /  January 1, 2019

      “How Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has increasingly zeroed in on Trump’s onetime inner circle – and the president himself. ”

      Errr, was there a time when the probe wasn’t zeroed in on Trump and him inner circle?

      • Gezza

         /  January 1, 2019

        The main thing I’m interested in once the Dems take control of The House Committees is getting details of Trump’s business dealings and funding sources.

    • Ray

       /  January 1, 2019

      It is in the paper today, so I imagine that counts for common knowledge but the smart money is on shorting major UK institutions. 50% chance of a hard Brexit, I reckon higher myself and have invested accordingly.
      A chance to make real money, though there is a slight chance of it not coming off but we have can cover that of course, genuine win, win and a chance to rub the anti capitalists noses on why it is a great system. Winners prepared to take a risk on the chance of a real payoff.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  January 1, 2019

    Pendejo Spanish cuss word meaning for “asshole”, “fucktard”, “dumbfuck”, “dumbass”, or a stupid motherfucker.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 1, 2019

      Funny how they are so keen to join an arsehole.

      • Gezza

         /  January 1, 2019

        Yes. It is. My impression is that a surprising number of them are blithely unaware of the dire situation at the border until they get there. Just about all of those I’ve seen interviewed have immediate family members in the US already, and a couple are trying to get back in after being deported. Most have claimed to have been threatened by gangs in places like Honduras. I’m not seeing any involvement by the UN here yet – or if they are involved, I haven’t seen them featured on either NZ tv or Aljazeera. This is one area where I support Trump. No country’s people will willingly allow its borders to be breached for fear of precipitating an even bigger flood of illegal migrants swamping their society.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  January 1, 2019

          The history of man is a story of waves of migration whether it was out of Africa or to the “new” world’s. People have always be looking for a better life.

          • Gezza

             /  January 1, 2019

            Yes, but the history of man has also often been one of clashes with tribes already living there. We’re still apes and still territorial.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  January 1, 2019

              The inn is already full.

            • Gezza

               /  January 1, 2019

              The original multi-sourced immigrants’ descendants have become an independent nation & developed their own tribal culture & identity.

          • Pink David

             /  January 1, 2019

            “The history of man is a story of waves of migration whether it was out of Africa or to the “new” world’s. People have always be looking for a better life.”

            The history of man is also a story of those waves crushing the residents and destroying their civilizations. Perhaps consider reading the story past the introduction.

            Just for fun, find us a historical precedent for one of these waves of immigration did not result in major war and destroy, or seriously ham the indigenous population.

            If you start from the See Peoples at around 1200BC, that gives you more than 3000 yeas of history to work with.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  January 1, 2019

              Are referring to the current US population indigenous.

  4. kluelis

     /  January 1, 2019

    Nepal will apply to host the 2032 Olympics.

  5. Pink David

     /  January 1, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren is running in 2020, if she gets one 1024th of the vote she can declare herself president…

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/31/elizabeth-warren-2020-run-president-trump

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 1, 2019

    • Pink David

       /  January 1, 2019

      Joe you have made my year, and it’s only a day old. Your link contained this posted by US Strategic Command;

      @Whiteman_AFB

      A true work of art!

      • Gezza

         /  January 1, 2019

        The US military force that oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal has sparked outrage when it tweeted it was ready to drop something “much, much bigger” than the traditional New Year’s Eve crystal ball in New York and showing a video of an aircraft releasing bombs.

        “#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball … if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,” US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said in a later-deleted message on Twitter, hours before the midnight descent of the illuminated ball in Times Square marking the arrival of the new year.

        The post encouraged viewers to watch the video to the end, including footage of bombs and missiles being dropped from a B-2 bomber followed by explosions on the ground.

        The tweet prompted criticism by many social media users.
        https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/military-sparks-outrage-tweeting-dropping-bombs-190101042957941.html

        • Pink David

           /  January 2, 2019

          A true work of art, it should be in the Tate.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  January 1, 2019

      And here’s one for you Joe. I’ve enjoyed your well researched commentary on the goings on in Washington immensely and am looking forward to the impeachment circus

      Please don’t take this clip too seriously, it’s a parody but perhaps reflects what they are thinking and would like to say away from the media spotlight

  7. Pink David

     /  January 1, 2019

    People should read the following to understand the true horror of the US Government shutdown;

    “It’s really a nightmare scenario.”

    “Visitors were allowing their dogs to run off-leash ”

    “private companies have picked up some of the maintenance normally done by federal workers”

    “some visitors have strung Christmas lights in the twisting Joshua trees”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/31/national-parks-shutdown-impact-joshua-tree-yosemite-yellowstone

    Interesting contrast to the last government shutdown when tourists at Yellowstone were put under armed guard and told they were prohibited from “recreating”.

  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 1, 2019
    • Gezza

       /  January 1, 2019

      Somebody was stabbing Muslim terrorists in Manchester? Bloody Good Job !

      • Gezza

         /  January 1, 2019

        Sorry – Page not found
        Perhaps this page has been moved or the URL has been mistyped

        • Gezza

           /  January 1, 2019

          Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said the investigation was being led by counter-terrorism police and officers were keeping an “open mind”.

          He said: “Tonight’s events will have understandably worried people but I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is currently no intelligence to suggest that there is any wider threat at this time.”

          Police later said the public would see an increased police presence on Tuesday morning but said this was not as a result of any increased threat.

          Sam Clack, 38, a BBC producer who witnessed the attack, said he heard “this most blood curdling scream” on the platform.“What it looked like was a guy in his 60s with a woman of similar age and another guy all dressed in black,” he said.”It looked like they were having a fight, but she was screaming in this blood curdling way. I saw police in high-viz come towards him. He came towards me.

          “I looked down and saw he had a kitchen knife with a black handle with a good, 12-inch blade. It was just fear, pure fear.”

          Mr Clack said police officers used a Taser and pepper spray before “six or seven” officers jumped on him. As the suspect was held down he heard him say: “As long as you keep bombing other countries this sort of s— is going to keep happening.”

          Well, yes, it is.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 2, 2019

            Apparently a mental case – not just politically.

  9. Gezza

     /  January 1, 2019

    Nine hurt as car rams into New Year’s crowd on famed Tokyo street
    Driver, a 21-year-old man, arrested at the scene on suspicion of arrested murder, police say.

    At least nine people have been injured, one seriously, when a driver deliberately ploughed his car into a crowd celebrating New Year’s Eve along a famous street in Japan’s capital, Tokyo, according to police and media reports.

    With an “intent to murder”, a 21-year-old man drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo’s fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight (15:10GMT on Monday), a police spokesperson told AFP news agency. The driver, identified as Kazuhiro Kusakabe, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arrested murder. According to national broadcaster NHK, he told police he was acting in “retribution for the death penalty” without giving more precise details.

    NHK footage showed a small box vehicle with a smashed front and paramedics carrying people on stretchers into ambulances. “It is a shock. Really scary, isn’t it?” one bystander told NHK. Police immediately cordoned off the street, which was packed with people celebrating the arrival of 2019. One college student suffered serious injuries during the attack and was undergoing surgery, the police spokesperson told AFP.

    According to local media, Kusakabe hit a total of eight people and assaulted another on the street, which was closed to car traffic at the time as revellers crammed the area to celebrate the arrival of 2019.Takeshita Street is packed with small shops and is considered the centre of youth culture and fashion in Japan, attracting tens of thousands of international tourists every day.

    Unlike in other major cities, New Year in Tokyo is a relatively muted affair.There is no major fireworks display and no central point where revellers gather.
    Aljazeera