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Jesus Malverde

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Name: Jesus Malverde
Gender: Male
Hometown: SF
Current location: Japan
Member since: Fri May 17, 2013, 11:44 PM
Number of posts: 9,972

About Me

Jesús Malverde, sometimes known as the generous bandit or angel of the poor is a folklore hero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. One day we\'ll live free and no longer in fear. Fear of losing jobs, fear of being raided, your dogs shot, your children kidnapped by the state. Your land stolen, and maybe even your life lost. Fear no more, the times are a changing.

Journal Archives

Plans by U.S. to capture Islamic State’s capital already go awry

In this abandoned desert town on the front line of the war against the Islamic State in Raqqa, local fighters are fired up by announcements in Washington that the militants’ self-proclaimed capital is to be the next focus of the war.

But there is still no sign of the help the United States has delivered ostensibly for the use of the Arab groups fighting the Islamic State, nor is there any indication it will imminently arrive, calling into question whether there can be an offensive to capture Raqqa anytime soon.

Fifty tons of ammunition air­dropped by the U.S. military last week and intended for Arab groups has instead been claimed by the overall command of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which is fighting alongside Arab units but overwhelmingly dominates their uneasy alliance, according to Kurdish and Arab commanders.

The question of whether Arab or Kurdish fighters get the weapons is crucial, in part because of Turkish sensitivities surrounding the United States’ burgeoning relationship with the Syrian Kurds. Turkey accuses the YPG of affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, designated a terrorist organization by Ankara and Washington, and has already lodged a complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Ankara that the YPG received the weapons intended for Arabs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-plans-to-capture-the-islamic-states-capital-already-go-awry/2015/10/22/c07a7349-a53b-4beb-9f80-f0db02c647fd_story.html
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Fri Oct 23, 2015, 03:05 AM (0 replies)

US soldier killed freeing ISIS hostages in Iraq

Source: news.com.au

AN American Special Forces soldier was killed overnight in a military operation that rescued about 70 Kurdish hostages in northern Iraq, according to reports.

The special-ops soldier was the first American killed in ground combat with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

US and Kurdish commandos raided an Islamic State outpost in Hawija in Kirkuk provinc. The forces also captured some senior militants, Iraqi and US officials said.

“This operation was deliberately planned and launched after receiving information that the hostages faced imminent mass execution,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said, adding later that it appeared the hostages faced death “perhaps within hours” and that freed hostages told authorities that some had been executed at the prison recently, prior to the rescue.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/us-soldier-killed-freeing-isis-hostages-in-iraq/story-fnh81ifq-1227579269728
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Thu Oct 22, 2015, 09:53 PM (3 replies)

Sword Attack at Kronan School in Trollhattan Kills Teacher, Wounds 3

Source: NBC News

One teacher died and at least two students were injured when a masked man with a sword attacked a school in western Sweden, officials said Thursday.

Police in Trollhattan said the attacker had been shot.

The force initially said four students and one teacher had been injured at the Kronan School.

However, the hospital in Trollhattan said later it had received four severely injured patients: a teacher, two students — aged 11 and 15 — and the suspected attacker. It said that all were in surgery and that a teacher had died at the scene of the attack.

A police spokesman told NBC News that there was no information to suggest the attack was terrorism-related but noted that officials have "a lot of questions" and no idea yet of a possible motive.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sword-attack-kronan-school-trollhattan-injures-4-students-adult-n449016
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Thu Oct 22, 2015, 07:06 AM (30 replies)

The arguments against bombing Syria are compelling

One of us is a member of the Labour party and the other is a Conservative. We have our differences, but both agree that bombing Syria under present circumstances would be a high-risk and pointless endeavour which should be rejected by the House of Commons, if the prime minister unwisely seeks to put it to the vote.



The truth is that, historically, aerial bombardment usually fails to be decisive unless it supports credible ground forces. In Syria, apart from Kurds in limited areas, there are no credible, non-Islamist ground forces other than President Assad’s.

Extending our efforts to Syria would be of marginal utility at best. This is partly because the UK government has set itself against coordination with the Syrian army or the Russians, which hobbles our military from the outset. The government is in denial that intervention in Syria means deciding which is the lesser of two evils, Assad or the Islamists, and acting accordingly. If the government is not prepared to face up to this hard reality – a reality that does not apply in Iraq – then we should stay out of Syria completely.

The main reason for holding back on Syria, however, is not that it would be futile but that it would be extremely dangerous. Can we be sure that the prime minister would not seek opportunities to extend the bombing to the Syrian army as well as Isis? After all, we are constantly told that parliament was wrong to prevent the bombing of the Syrian army in 2013, and that it still remains essential to remove Assad.

The government does not accept that its preferred “moderate” forces are a fantasy and that a jihadi victory would be the only outcome if Assad were overthrown – with all the biblical-scale horrors which would flow from that for the Christians, Alawites, Shia and other minorities, as well as secular Sunnis. The Russians are criticised for concentrating their fire on the non-Isis rebels, even though this category includes groups like the powerful al-Nusra Front, an affiliate of al-Qaida. With the removal of Assad, groups like this would be like vultures at a feast. No serious analyst argues that the handful of “moderates” would be a match for the jihadis.


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/21/case-bombing-syria-david-cameron-airstrikes-iraq-dangerous
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Thu Oct 22, 2015, 06:43 AM (2 replies)

My bathtub

It talks to me in a cute female voice.

Will fill itself automatically, tells me when it's full, keeps a constant temperature, and will stay warm all day.

Ravings of a madman or living in Japan. You decide.

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Wed Oct 21, 2015, 10:40 AM (1 replies)

The grand head of the ottoman empire has spoken..

Turkey ready to accept six-month transition period for Syria's Assad: officials

Turkey is ready to accept a political transition in Syria in which President Bashar al-Assad stays in symbolic power for six months before leaving office, and is discussing the plan with Western allies, two senior government officials said on Tuesday.

NATO member Turkey has long been one of Assad's fiercest critics, insisting that no lasting peace can be achieved in Syria without his removal from power.

"Work on a plan for Assad's departure is under way ... (Assad) can stay for six months and we accept that because there will be a guarantee of his departure," one of the officials told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"We have moved forward on the issue to a certain degree with the United States and our other allies. There is not an exact consensus on when the six-month period would begin, but we think it won’t be too long."


http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/20/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idUSKCN0SE1Q220151020

So funny on so many levels. Now that your border is awash with sunni radicals you think you have a say in the matter. Fact is Turkey's regime change has been a colossal failure.
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Wed Oct 21, 2015, 09:34 AM (0 replies)

Syrian Arab militias dispute they received U.S. airdrop of ammunition

More than a week after the Pentagon announced that it had dropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian Arabs to support a new offensive against Islamic State extremists, it’s uncertain who exactly it reached.

Leaders of two principal Arab militias said they hadn’t received any arms aid and doubted that any Arab forces had.

“We didn’t get anything,” Sheikh Humaydi Daham al Hadi, the head of the Shammar tribe, told McClatchy in an interview at his palatial compound in Syria’s Hasaka province. “Maybe our partners, the Kurds did,” a reference to the People’s Protection Units, the YPG militia, which, with the help of U.S. air power, now dominates much of northeastern Syria.

Humaydi’s son, Bandar al Humaydi, who heads the al Sanadid militia, said that no Arab militia had received aid “so far as we know.”

“We got nothing, and it’s not clear at all (if we will),” Bandar told McClatchy by phone Tuesday evening.

Another Arab militia commander, Abu Issa, the commander of Liwa Thurwar Al-Raqqa, the Raqqa Revolutionaries, told McClatchy his forces in Raqqa province had not received any U.S. support. He, too, said he knew of no other Arab group that had.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/middle-east/article40532349.html

Posted by Jesus Malverde | Wed Oct 21, 2015, 06:22 AM (2 replies)

Teen Who Hacked CIA Director’s Email Tells How He Did It

A HACKER WHO claims to have broken into the AOL account of CIA Director John Brennan says he obtained access by posing as a Verizon worker to trick another employee into revealing the spy chief’s personal information.

Using information like the four digits of Brennan’s bank card, which Verizon easily relinquished, the hacker and his associates were able to reset the password on Brennan’s AOL account repeatedly as the spy chief fought to regain control of it.

News of the hack was first reported by the New York Post after the hacker contacted the newspaper last week. The hackers described how they were able to access sensitive government documents stored as attachments in Brennan’s personal account because the spy chief had forwarded them from his work email.

The documents they accessed included the sensitive 47-page SF-86 application that Brennan had filled out to obtain his top-secret government security clearance. Millions of SF86 applications were obtained recently by hackers who broke into networks belonging to the Office of Personnel Management. The applications, which are used by the government to conduct a background check, contain a wealth of sensitive data not only about workers seeking security clearance, but also about their friends, spouses and other family members. They also include criminal history, psychological records and information about past drug use as well as potentially sensitive information about the applicant’s interactions with foreign nationals—information that can be used against those nationals in their own country.

The hacker, who says he’s under 20 years old, told WIRED that he wasn’t working alone but that he and two other people worked on the breach. He says they first did a reverse lookup of Brennan’s mobile phone number to discover that he was a Verizon customer. Then one of them posed as a Verizon technician and called the company asking for details about Brennan’s account.

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/hacker-who-broke-into-cia-director-john-brennan-email-tells-how-he-did-it/

The CIA director using AOL in 2015....lulz
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Wed Oct 21, 2015, 02:15 AM (14 replies)

San Francisco May Let Bicyclists Yield at Stop Signs

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of defiant bicyclists lined up single file here in July to protest, halting car traffic in a one-mile zigzag of streets known as the Wiggle that is popular among riders. Motorists honked and heckled during their stalled evening commute, as cyclists crept along to make their point: that they want the common practice of treating stop signs as yield signs — rolling through them slowly and coming to a stop only if necessary — to be legalized, for practical reasons.

Law enforcement officials had threatened to crack down on cyclists who failed to stop at signs, and the Wiggle “stop-in” protest was in response to their threat. Still, the police made good on their warning, issuing 204 citations over two days in August. Not to be silenced, 100 cyclists showed up at a community meeting to vent, and the crackdown was suspended.

Angry confrontations among bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians are common in many cities, but tensions in San Francisco have been heightened with the introduction of a bill that would permit bike riders to yield instead of stop at stop signs (but not at red lights, which bikers would still have to observe the same way motorists do). The proposed ordinance, backed by a majority on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, is expected to come up for a vote in December. If it passes, Mayor Edwin M. Lee has vowed to veto it, telling The San Francisco Chronicle, “I’m not willing to trade away safety for convenience.”

If the supervisors prevail over a veto, San Francisco will become the largest city in the United States to pass a stop-as-yield law. Idaho and a few Colorado counties are the only places in the United States that permit the rolling stop, commonly called the “Idaho stop” because of its legality there since 1982. Paris adopted a similar law this summer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/us/san-francisco-may-let-bicyclists-yield-at-stop-signs.html

It's been amazing over the last ten years to see SF transformed. Thousands of cyclists where there were hundreds commuting just a few years ago. A big part of the credit goes to https://www.sfbike.org/

Here is a map of the thousands injured and killed by CARS in SF. (2005 and 2011) Bikes are not the problem. During that same time 2 pedestrians have been killed by cyclists. One in the castro the other embarcadero.




http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/02/15/san-francisco-cyclist-pedestrian-accident-maps
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Wed Oct 21, 2015, 12:11 AM (17 replies)

U.S. Agrees With Russia on Rules in Syrian Sky

Source: NYTIMES



MOSCOW — Russia and the United States signed an agreement Tuesday that regulates all aircraft and drone flights over Syria, the defense departments of both countries announced.

At a Pentagon briefing, Peter Cook, the department’s press secretary, said the agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, established safety protocols requiring the Russians and the United States-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria to maintain professional airmanship at all times, use specific communication frequencies and establish a communication line on the ground.

Anatoly I. Antonov, the Russian deputy defense minister, said in a Defense Ministry statement, “The memorandum contains a set of rules and restrictions aimed at preventing incidents between the Russian and U.S. aviation.” He did not go into details, but said it had “important practical significance.”

The coalition has been bombing Islamic State positions in Syria since September 2014, so American officials were alarmed when Russia, with little warning, began launching its own airstrikes in Syria on behalf of its ally three weeks ago. Russia made no effort to coordinate the strikes with American air operations in the region, the United States has said.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/21/world/middleeast/us-and-russia-agree-to-regulate-all-flights-over-syria.html?_r=0
Posted by Jesus Malverde | Tue Oct 20, 2015, 10:41 PM (3 replies)
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