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Texas police seek gang truce, end of bloodshed after deadly brawl

Source: Reuters

Texas police asked rival motorcycle gangs on Tuesday to put aside their differences after a weekend brawl at a Waco restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 injured, calling for a halt to the carnage and threats of revenge attacks.

“There has been enough tragedy and there has been enough bloodshed in Waco, Texas. We would appreciate there not being any more," Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told a news briefing.

He added that threats for reprisal against police from motorcycle gangs have "toned down" but are still a worry for law enforcement officials, who arrested 170 people following Sunday's brawl at the Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill in the central Texas city.

Of the 18 injured, seven remain in the hospital and all are in stable condition. Few of those involved in the deadly brawl are from the Waco area, Swanton said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/19/us-usa-texas-bikers-idUSKBN0O41PE20150519

Rumor: Windows 10 To Be Offered To Windows XP Users For $39


Or $39.99, to be more specific. Rumor has it that Microsoft is ready to unveil a special upgrade promotion for Windows XP users, in order to entice them to move to Windows 10 at launch.

This, to go with free upgrades for those with Windows 7 and Windows 8 licenses during the first 12 months is sure to help with the early uptake of the new operating system — something that Microsoft absolutely need in order to do away with the fragmentation affecting the platform.

And while complete pricing details of Windows 10 are still out of sight, there are now talks that Redmond has a plan in mind for those that are still running Windows XP.

Russian leaker WZor has just revealed that users of the vintage (and now retired) operating system will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for just $39.99.

more at link, I put Rumor in subject line to be crystal clear about this link.

Charter Communications, Inc. (CHTR) Goes Ahead To Acquire Bright House


Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) announced yesterday that it is pursuing its merger deal with Bright House Networks, even after Comcast’s deal for Time Warner Cable collapsed just weeks ago. The cable and telecommunications company is going ahead to acquire Advance/Newhouse’s cable operator in a $10.4 billion bid, hinting the beginning of a new push to consolidate the major cable operators in the country.

The deal was previously finalized in conjunction with Comcast Corporation’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) proposed bid to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC) and was contingent on that agreement’s completion. After Comcast’s deal did not successfully materialize, Bright House and Charter were to discuss their deal in an exclusive 30-day negotiation period, which was scheduled to expire this week.

The Wall Street Journal, however, reported that the two corporations have extended the negotiating period for their deal by another 30 days. Yesterday’s move keeps the deal valid despite the Comcast’s deal on which it was contingent fell through.

The two cable companies affirmed that they were committed to the completion of the deal on the same governance and economic clauses as the original agreement. The “good faith negotiating period” will extend for a month, which gives the two companies the chance to further deliberate on whether it is feasible to merge or not. Since the deal is not finalized as of yet, either party could choose to walk away from the deal.

Please don't drunkenly chase the bears, Massachusetts police urge


Add a new worry to the list facing police officers in western Massachusetts: People getting drunk and chasing bears.

"The North Adams Police Department is urging everyone to not chase bears through the woods with a dull hatchet, drunk. Yes that really did happen tonight," police in the city of 13,500 people in a mountainous area near the Massachusetts-Vermont border requested on Facebook late on Monday.

The post, which was confirmed as authentic by a police dispatcher on Tuesday, came after officers responded to a call reporting a disturbance and found an inebriated man who had set out to drive bears away from his property, the dispatcher said.

The man was taken into protective custody due to his intoxication and later released without charges, the dispatcher said.

Police want bikers off streets after deadly Texas shooting


The local Harley Davidson dealership was closed, motorcycle riders were asked to stay off the roads and police snipers took to rooftops to watch Waco streets after a deadly gangland shooting caused many to cast a colder eye on bikers.

Police did not say how long the request would last.

Riders asked the public to take a breath, relax and realize that criminality is the rare exception for members of motorcycle clubs.

Waco Police said they have been threatened by motorcycle gangs after a Sunday shoot out between rivals at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine dead and 18 injured. They asked bikers to stay off the streets because it was difficult to distinguish between law-abiding riders and those bent on criminality.

The Latest on Waco Shooting: Warning on Biker Gang Violence


6 p.m. (CDT)

Texas authorities issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies earlier this month warning of increasing violence between two motorcycle gangs.

The May 1 bulletin obtained by Dallas television station WFAA (http://bit.ly/1HqTbze ) says there had been skirmishes and talk of war between the Bandidos and Cossacks for months.

Nine gang members were killed Sunday when a melee broke out at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

The bulletin was issued by the Texas Joint Information Center run by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It said the conflict might stem from Cossacks refusing to pay Bandidos dues for operating in Texas and for wearing the Texas patch on their vests without the Bandidos' approval.

Department of Texas spokesman Tom Vinger would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the bulletin, citing agency policy.

a vent

PBO as Trojan Horse?


*holds head in hands*

Spiritual descendants of FDR's critics

Nuff said!

Yes yes I know all about internment camps, no anti-lynching law, court packing etc etc etc.

Caught on camera: Cows’ close encounter with Oklahoma tornado

from: http://kfor.com/2015/05/16/caught-on-camera-cows-close-encounter-with-oklahoma-tornado/

As far as I can see, the moo cows escaped with their bovine lives! LONG LIVE OUR MOO COW OVERLORDS!

Cloudiest Places on Earth Revealed in Stunning New Image


"No more cloudy days," The Eagles promise to a new love interest in the 2006 song of the same name. Keeping that promise might require going off-planet.

As a new NASA image reveals, the Earth is a cloudy place. According to the space agency, clouds cover about 67 percent of the Earth's surface at any given time, and less than 10 percent of the skies over the ocean are sunny and blue. Now, more than a decade's worth of data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite reveals where clouds gather and where skies tend to be clear.

The blue-and-white image averages daily cloud observations from the satellite between July 2002 and April 2015. It reveals a mostly hazy Earth with three especially cloudy zones.

These zones are linked to the global circulation patterns in Earth's atmosphere. According to NASA's Earth Observatory, in the mid-latitudes, polar air masses collide with Ferrel cells, which circulate air westward at high altitudes and eastward at the surface. These patterns cause air to rise around 60 degrees north and south of the equator, promoting the formation of clouds in these two zones. These same patterns push air downward between 15 degrees and 30 degrees from the equator, resulting in the cloud-free zones seen in desert areas such as Australia and northern Africa.
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