Month: August 2017

Demotions? Dismissals?

Word that a Commander of a Detective Area got launched? And Rousell was invited to commit seppuku in the lobby of 35th Street? Anything else going on? It’s been a while since a shake-up and with Special Ed on the mend, certain powers might be getting their people in place for a long rumored “transition.”

Swing by the Firehouse

Threats being made over the off-duty CFD Lieutenant cutting short the criminal careers of certain “yutes:” If you time it right (and pitch in a few bucks) you might get a decent meal out of it. Some of those guys can cook.

Election Fraud

You know, something like this could lead to compromised elections – illegal aliens could vote, dead people could cast ballots, all sorts of bad things could happen: More than 14,000 votes were cast in Chicago during the 2016 general election than there were voters to cast them, based on separate figures released by the Chicago Board of Elections, the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party has reported. Chris Cleveland told the Chicago Wire that “on a whim,” he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the board, which provided him with a list of 1,101,178 people who voted in the general election. An earlier post on the board’s website said that 1,115,664 votes had been cast. “There should never be more votes than voters,” Cleveland said. “Every ballot...

Easy Pinch

We’re guessing the suspect didn’t know the neighborhood: An armed 13-year-old boy wanted in a Minnesota shooting was arrested Wednesday by Chicago police downtown after they chased him to the Chicago Domestic Violence Courthouse, authorities said. Having learned from a relative of the teen’s that he was arriving in Chicago from Minnesota on a Megabus, police went to the Megabus stop at Polk and Clinton streets in the South Loop and spotted him there around 9:30 a.m., authorities said. When he saw the officers, the boy, who had a 9 mm handgun in his waistband, ran away, authorities said. The officers caught up to him a few blocks away outside the courthouse, at 555 W. Harrison St., where he ran onto a ramp in a prisoner van intake area, authorities said. Does anyone have an idea...

Who Leads The Autonomous Driving Patent Race? (Spoiler Alert: Not Who You Think)

These days the broad consensus on the future of driving seems to be that the car of tomorrow will be (at least partly) autonomous. Many companies, including traditional car makers, suppliers and leading tech companies are currently working on self-driving technology, all eager to save themselves a piece of what they reckon will be an enormous pie. Many of these companies are already testing their tech on designated proving grounds for self-driving vehicles, but, as Statista’s Felix Richter notes, for people outside the industry it’s hard to judge who is leading the autonomy race. One possible indicator for a company’s efforts in the self-driving vehicle segment is the number of patent filings in the field. You will find more statistics at Statista The Cologne Institute for Economic R...

U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and New York that house trade missions, the State Department said on Thursday, in retaliation for Moscow cutting the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia.

Texas city loses water, 44 dead, but thousands of Harvey survivors rescued

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (Reuters) – A flood-hit southeast Texas city lost its drinking water supply and police and soldiers rescued thousands still stranded on Thursday after powerful storm Harvey killed 44 people and displaced more than a million on the Gulf Coast.

U.S. fuel shortages from Harvey to hamper Labor Day travel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Travelers and fuel suppliers across the United States braced for higher prices and shortages ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend as the country’s biggest fuel pipelines and refineries curb operations after Hurricane Harvey.

Trump’s expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to rescind an Obama administration policy that protects from deportation nearly 800,000 immigrants who as children entered the country illegally, setting the stage for a fight with U.S. business leaders and lawmakers over tough immigration policy.

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war.

Professor Explains Why We Can’t Pre-emptively Strike North Korea: “North Would Turn South Into A Desert”

Authored by Mac Slavo via, Following North Korea’s recent missile test, which ominously flew over Japan, the specter of war with the hotheaded nation was raised once again. As time goes on, it seems less and less likely that the Kim regime will back down from its nuclear program. All forms of diplomacy and appeasement have failed, and not even threats of war from the US seem to have an effect on the regime. There’s a very good reason for that. North Korea knows something that the United States, the most powerful nation on the planet, would absolutely hate to admit. Our country is is no position to engage in a preemptive strike on north Korea, because any attack would result in unimaginable devastation. The days when Americans would tolerate massive war casualties over a short ...

Scientist Confirms: Harvey Caused A “1-In-1,000-Year Flood”

Scientists have confirmed what one renowned weather forecaster has suspected for days: Hurricane Harvey was a “1-in-1,000-year flood.” That’s according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center, who claim there is nothing in the historical record that rivals the devastation resulting from the flooding in southwest Texas, which has forced more than 30,000 Texans into temporary shelters. “There is nothing in the historical record that rivals this, according to Shane Hubbard, the Wisconsin researcher who made and mapped this calculation. “In looking at many of these events [in the United States], I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude or size,” he said. “This is something that hasn’t happened in our modern era of observations.” Of course, one rea...

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