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Politics / Nord Stream Pipeline 'events'
September 30, 2022, 01:54:20 PM
Who, what, why, and how?

1) bomb (and type,) earthquake, ship anchor, some other natural event?

2) why was there a yuuge methane leak if, as the news was claiming earlier, that Russia shut down Nord Stream 1, and threatened 2, why would there be a gas leak after the 'event?'

3) Much has been made of Biden's threats, or comments, to the Nord Stream pipelines a while back but he likely doesn't recall them and might not have meant what he threatened or said.

4) Why did the 'events' happen just after the opening of "Baltic Pipe" a new pipeline from Norway to Poland?

5) Cui bono? This could be several parties or countries. Russians were initially blamed, and it could be, but doesn't seem logical when they make money off it, they could simply shut it down (as all the news was claiming,) and it will cost a lot to fix.
Politics / Pardons/Clemencies
January 20, 2021, 05:35:46 PM
https://www.justice.gov/pardon/pardons-granted-president-donald-trump  Signatures look weird considering other orders. Auto-pen over worked?


Some people expect, not. But some interesting reads on who was granted. I wonder who Karmala/Biden might or will she wait until leaving office?


Since the precedent that signatures don't matter for voters I guess it shouldn't matter for the President....I wonder if one could get out of debts or contracts by claiming auto-pen, or criminals could use to get into same?  ;)

Random Topics / Hurricane Laura
August 26, 2020, 03:57:55 PM
Is looking like she is getting to be a meaner bitch. CAT-4 now? Just back from delivering some generators to relatives who aren't leaving but on the Texas side and less, in theory now, bad side of the storm and not where models say eye is going to hit. They are saying in LA, especially, the storm surge could be very bad in some regions, and fairly far inland- not just coastal. The "news" keeps saying "unsurvivable"  yet they have reporters- supposedly- there.

I was actually shocked that traffic was not that bad at all coming back, West, from outside far Houston area to Centex area (this was many hours ago though and I met them right at I-10 interchange, so roughly 1/2 way between.) And many might've left already or taken other routes out. Local AM talking about lack of hotel rooms in area. Not sure how true and at what cost.





Random Topics / End Times Mix-Tape
March 17, 2020, 11:26:17 AM
Could be merged with music but I figured might be a decent new one. Considering lock-downs and the Corona-Chan. So boredom until....And Spring Break- extended for the kids. Who remembers making mix-tapes for their tape deck, a chick, Springbreak, to record the latest hit song, etc. Let's do it again! (obvious R.E.M. video will get banned.) Doesn't need to have been an Art bumper.






Random Topics / Jeopardy!
January 08, 2020, 04:54:12 PM
As some might know I'm a big fan. Anyone watching the Greatest Of All Time show? So far, so good. Folks doing a lot of real daily doubles and not many missed questions. I don't like all the Disney/ABC categories and celebrities reading the answers. But, I guess, expected. Aside from that good stuff and I figure since primetime and hyped they will continue to do my hated categories like pop music, celebrities, modern tv crap. But, oh well......
I want Jeopardy! to bring back the news reporter and entertainer celebrity shows because it shows how clueless they are. Even about events they supposedly are reporting on!
Technology / TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1
December 18, 2019, 11:37:44 AM
I've noticed my old phone has problems with internet, especially wikipedia and duckduckgo, especially when using 'anonymous' browsers like Dolphin Zero etc. I get memos like "Deprecating TLSv1.0 and TLSv1.1" and such.

https://tools.ietf.org/id/draft-moriarty-tls-oldversions-diediedie-00.html  ("diediedie" ?!?? "Moriarty?!"


Radio and Podcasts / Cheryll Jones
September 29, 2019, 05:55:55 PM
Meet Cheryll Jones

She is the new C2C investigative reporter. She has an amazing ability to sound like, and do recorded interviews like, LMH but also, like Norry, "doesn't believe in coincidences."  Having said that- all the best to LMH, and to Cheryll, "two L's," Jones. She is certainly much better than some other hosts or frequent "experts"  or Norry. We will see how long this lasts. 

Politics / Oil Attack!
September 14, 2019, 04:26:58 PM
By drones on Saudi's Abqaiq oil processing facility and the Khurais oil field.  Iran-backed rebels take claim for attack but officially the US SoS is saying Iran, by tweet, of course.. So besides the likely oil prices escalation this will inflame, no pun intended, the region even more- even IF Bolton is gone and "bomb, bomb, Iran" McCain is dead. 



Politics / West Texas Shooting
August 31, 2019, 05:18:16 PM
For some reason (I know why because Brit online tabloids even worse about 'bleeds it leads' and speculate whatever latest rumor is) Drudge headlines with Sun and DailyMail but another shooting in Texas. This time Midland/Odessa area. )Not, hopefully HS FB related.) Reports vary between victims, number of shooters, etc. No motive but one reported "group planned." What does that mean: cartels, rightwing nutjobs, Arab terrorists, crazy white teen losers, bank robbering gone bad, etc? Finally the national news breaks into football games.  Sad. Now the national news, not local news, says "the SUSPECT" has been killed- before there were at least two, reportedly THREE with two separate high-jacked cars (one a USPS vehicle.) They stopped all USPS mail deliveries so cops could identify, I hear.


https://www.cbs7.com/content/news/Authorities-responding-to-reports-of-active-shooter-in-Odessa-558964771.html (what a sad event, for once a reporters actually shows emotion, not glee, at this kind of event. Because they likely are local and one's husband is a mail carrier.)

Or wanna-be role-players, not to be funny in this situation but some of the live video was from like this great movie: 
Politics / El Paso Shootings
August 03, 2019, 01:26:51 PM
"situation developing." Sad. As per normal sources are all over the place from 18 injured to 18 dead. Accounts vary from one shooter to multiple shooters. From one in custody to three in custody. And commentary about how surveillance could be better by tracking all cars and people in real time (this one from CBS.) And the obvious anti-gun agenda but the politician, Rep Blanco interviewed said "focus on the families first and resolve this scenario." Beto was in Las Vegas and commented his thoughts "he is headed home." 

"UPDATE: 1:06 p.m. â€" An officers on the scene tell KTSM that 18 people are dead at the scene. An updated number of injured has not been given by EPPD.  We are waiting to confirm from an El Paso Police spokesperson."UPDATE: 12:46 p.m. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo confirms to KTSM that there are multiple fatalities involved in today’s shooting at Walmart. Margo says that three suspects believed to be involved were taken into custody. El Paso Police are expected to give a press conference within the hour. "

Now they are saying one in custody and no more threats.  No descriptions of the suspect shooter(s) so far except a male. And still not sure if other perps.

Press conference with no motives, information about the weapon, about the shooter in custody, or health of victims.

As expected: lots of conflicting information. Mayor claims 3 in custody. Police says 1. "A fluid situation" and also whether there were multiple shooting locations? Reporters aren't helping a chaotic situation.

Radio and Podcasts / Prank Shows
June 17, 2019, 03:53:36 PM
Anyone recall the awesome "underground" tapes of John Bean? Traded by cassette tapes. And then copied by some Shock Jocks in Tulsa who, admittedly, were also pretty funny. I'm not sure if the latter was all true? I've seen some claims that "shock jock" calls are all staged due to legal issues but I think some in the early days really did them. I think early Hendrie was legit because they called in versus him calling out. And John Bean's were done for his, and his own friends, amusement I think. He died after they started to go viral.

He had some interesting shows but, apparently, he "upset" the wrong people and was canned by his network. Interestingly, and soon after, he tragically died "from a fast acting cancer" according to the rare reports on him. I never knew about him much until a few years ago the final "controversial" broadcast which is worth a listen, especially considering Canadian broadcasting under the no free speech rules there and normally polite Canadian mentality; hockey aside. Not saying anything but an interesting show especially considering the "rules" up there, regardless of the truth or whatever. One wonders if he knew he was on last legs and decided "F It I'm going all in" or, possibly, other scenarios? 

Politics / Attack averted
February 20, 2019, 06:34:29 PM
Thankfully they got the guy. Looks like he was "on the radar" for a bit. The Motion for Detention is an interesting read. The news didn't say how they got him just showed the "stockpile" of evil guns and mention "rightwing." They did mention Marine, Army, and then current Coast Guard also.  But they got him due to internet tracking and initial charged crime was possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm and/or ammunition by an addict or unlawful user of a controlled substance.

Politics / Democrat Candidates
January 27, 2019, 07:39:54 PM
Lots out there so I figured I'd start a thread to keep track of what could be interesting chaos.

Kamala Harris was "down with Willie Brown," who admitted helping her early career when he was having an extramarital sexual affair with her.




""The long-lost tomb of Antony and Cleopatra will be eventually uncovered.  "The burial site has been finally estimated to be in the region of Taposiris Magna, 30km (18 miles) away from Alexandria," Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said."

I wonder if the reincarnated Cleopatra who frequently calls in to C2C is going to take this news?
Random Topics / Are there ANY new ideas?
January 19, 2019, 09:51:44 PM
Or just rehashing of old ones? Over the years reading various books, especially in the world of business or politics, etc but also in novels (where I suspect in the "thriller" genre an AI might be just spitting them out and in "mysteries" that, supplanted with some small edits that old theories, ideas, and methods, are just re-marketed.)  We all know Hollywood just remakes stuff. And that might be ok, or even good, but I wonder if any new ideas, plots, thoughts, are happening? Will/does the internet actually HAMPER new ideas or thoughts? Does "sharing" too quickly inhibit independent thought? Does this hive-mind help innovation or make people drones? In the "old days" you had systems like calculus etc thought-about and made by people on their, relatively, own? Now? Most would go down the same path and, maybe, not figure it out? Or, as some say, the "collective" will benefit?
Technology / Convert Cassette Tapes to MP3
June 30, 2018, 09:32:25 PM
What is easiest, best way. I have an old laptop running Linux Mint and have Audacity but never used via a "line in". Is that program the easiest way, assuming I figure that out? Or is there a better program? Want to get some old cassettes into MP3. Audio not music. Not  forgotten Art, sadly, but some family interviews from old folks decades ago. They are not stereo and I figure I'm not going to try to adjust audio etc but would like, if easy, to have 'tracks' not the whole tape on one file. But could live with it. I also figure that the tape player (one player) would have to play at normal speed?
Dire Wolf, Dogman, Werewolf (I guess not because don't they turn back into a man,) mutated wolf, large chupacabra, malnourished bear, weird hybrid?


Random Topics / Golden State Killer arrested
April 25, 2018, 03:03:46 PM
Golden State Killer, aka Original Night Stalker, East Area Rapist, caught and arrested. DNA was the key according to the press conference.
Masked killer, ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo, is blamed for 12 murders, 45 rapes and the ransacking of more than 100 area homes.
Politics / Van Attack Toronto
April 23, 2018, 01:57:01 PM
Authorities aren't releasing name or reason for the attack but actions of the guy makes it seem purposeful, not accidental like a seizure etc. 5 dead so far. Van jumped sidewalk and started hitting people. Where have we seen this before? Crazy person? Maybe it is just some Muslim practicing peace, so no big deal. Hold a vigil and talk about how good Islam is and that should solve the problem. Maybe ban vans in addition to guns and knives- instead of going after the real problems: crazy people and radical Muslims.

It would appear unnamed suspect was trying the old 'suicide-by-cop' deal but cop didn't play and so under arrest.
A weird story. I recall that website being very interesting but why would those documents be give out during a government FOIA request??
Washington State Fusion Center accidentally releases records on remote mind control
Technology / Unspoil Me: Erase Your Mind by Samsung
March 20, 2018, 03:51:14 PM
So you can rewatch tv shows.

Is this a marketing gimmick? Apparently not?

Who want some foreign corporation, or anyone, to erase your memories simply so you can watch tv shows again? If the technique actually works I could see some possible therapeutic value for those severely abused, PTSD, etc but then only from a trusted person/source with lots of oversight- but just so you can watch tv and done over the internet for anyone? How/why would someone trust it to only "erase" your tv viewing memories?

According to Samsung's site:
"With the Samsung QLED TV we want to offer you an amazing binge-watching experience; with a wide range of content and remarkable picture quality.
There’s really only one thing that could ruin your experience â€" that you already know how everything ends.
That is why we created Unspoil me; a tool that gives you the possibility to forget your favorite TV series, so you can re-experience it with the same thrilling feeling you had the first time you watched it."
Politics / Austin Bombings
March 12, 2018, 05:05:55 PM
Another bomb this morning and speculation runs rampant but there is no known motive or link between victims though some are speculating it is a hate crime because they have been in the "minority" area of the city, though all areas are "gentrifying" and seems to be random so how would bomber ensure victim is a minority? Lots of bigwigs in town for the political and tech SXSW stuff, used to be about music, like Musk, Bernie, Arnold, etc etc so I'm sure security is tightening.

Those in Austin don't touch packages that you didn't order and expect.
Random Topics / Mardis Gras
February 13, 2018, 11:12:38 PM
Happy Mardis Gras BG's! Also known by other things, in various countries, regions, etc. Subdued here, cold (relatively) n drizzle. Lent begins tomorrow so folks "celebrate." (What to give up, if you are into that?" Pick something you don't like, I say. Haha. C2C had some guest once who had "haunted stories" in NOLA and I chuckled about that many, could be explained away, I think. I've had, in past years of course, "missing time," "strange encounters," "unexplained injuries ," even  "ghostly visions," etc in that city. Of course, booze and what-not, couldn't be an explanation...Nah .has to be a haunted city and voodoo! Hope "Corny" is "Laissez les bons temps rouler" and does well in his election race.
Technology / Pole-Shift
January 30, 2018, 12:30:29 PM
Suspect article because no references to C2C, Stan Deyo, and all the frequent guest....

Odinga, who was claimed to be Obama's cousin and for whom Obama campaigned back when he was a Senator, has held an "inauguration" ceremony and proclaiming himself the "people's president," even though he lost the election, again.
There is/was lots of speculation about this incident over the past month on crazydaysandnights and interwebs, looks like the "conspiracy theorists" might've been right on this. Police are now saying it was a double-homicide and they were targeted.
Politics / Offshore Banking: leaks, investigations, etc
December 14, 2017, 02:28:32 PM
Very interesting article here about the Cypriot FBME Bank with ties to money laundering, porn barons, despots, tax evasion, terrorists, cartels, Russians and how the worst-of-the-worst banks "work:"

Somehow we maybe should merge threads into a general offshore banking thread? Though separate stories there are common themes.
http://bellgab.com/index.php?topic=11557.0 Fonseca Lawfirm leaks (and car bombing)
http://bellgab.com/index.php?topic=11606.0  Paradise Paper leaks
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