Indonesia: Two Explosions Reported at a Bus Station

24 May 2017

2017/05/24 – Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Kampung Melayu attack: Police – The Jakarta Post

At least two people have been killed in the attack, the suspected suicide bomber and policeman Brig. Taufan.

“There are six victims. Five policemen and one [alleged] perpetrator,” Syafruddin said, adding that the other four policemen had been badly injured in the blast.


If the police are correct and this is indeed a suicide bomb attack, it will be one of several such attacks that have targeted the police in Indonesia.

2017/05/24 – Two explosions at bus terminal in East Jakarta, at least 2 killed – The Strait Times

At least two people were killed and an Indonesian policeman injured after they appeared to have been caught in explosions at a bus terminal on Wednesday (May 24) night in East Jakarta.


Details are still unclear but various witnesses have said the first and second blast occurred between five and 10 miniutes apart near a bus stop and a parking area for motorcycles.


It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts at the Kampung Melayu terminal which is served by mini-vans and buses.


Manchester – 22 Dead, 119 Injured in Suicide Bombing

23 May 2017

2017/05/27 – Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot – The Telegraph

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.


Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.

One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans “often with no intention of turning up”.

Abedi was given at least £7,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after beginning a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015.

It is thought he received a further £7,000 in the 2016 academic year even though by then he had already dropped out of the course.


Abedi, 22, never held down a job, according to neighbours and friends, but was able to travel regularly between the UK and Libya.

This will be included in the running Manchester thread.

2017/05/24 – Manchester Bomber’s Father Says Son Made Regular Visits to Libya – Bloomberg

The father of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was detained by unknown security personnel in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, according to witnesses at the scene.

Three armed vehicles arrived to take away Ramadan Abedi and another unidentified man.

2017/05/24 – Manchester attack police say they are investigating terror network – The Guardian

After his officers made three further arrests and raided several properties on Wednesday, the chief constable of Greater Manchester police, Ian Hopkins, said: “I think it’s very clear that this is a network we are investigating.”


A neighbour at a property in south Manchester identified one of the men detained as Adel Forjani, in his mid-40s, whose grown-up son was also taken away, he said. Omar al-Faqhuri said the family were from Libya and had lived in the house for 15 years.

2017/05/24 – Lounging on a Libyan beach with his childhood mates, the cannabis-smoking teenager who went on to slaughter 22 people in Manchester Arena attack after being radicalised and ‘receiving secret terror training in Syria’ – UK Daily Mail

But a senior US intelligence official claimed today that members of his own family had warned police that he was ‘dangerous’.

UK border checks were branded a ‘shambles’ after it emerged the suicide bomber had travelled to ISIS strongholds Syria and Libya before being able to come ‘straight through’ to Britain.

2017/05/23 – Neighbours of British-born Manchester suicide bomber tell of his ‘strange behaviour’ in the weeks before deadly attack – UK Daily Mail

The 22-year-old Manchester-born attacker was heard ‘chanting Islamic prayers loudly in the street’ outside his home in the south of the city.

Abedi is the third of four children by Libyan refugees who came to the UK to escape the Gaddafi regime.

2017/05/23 – Manchester bomber identified: Latest in terror investigation – CBS

CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the man who blew himself up the previous night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, was 23-year-old Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.

2017/05/23 – Manchester Ariana Grande Concert Bomber is Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist – PJ Media

As with virtually all Western terror attacks (as I’ve reported many times here at PJ Media — see below), this appears to be yet another case of “Known Wolf” terrorism. The suspected bomber had been known to authorities beforehand.


Back in March, after two “Known Wolf” terror attacks in only five days, I asked here how many more have to die before Western authorities begin to address the issue. The resounding answer has been: many more.

2017/05/23 – BBC Live Feed – BBC

2017/05/23 – AFTER MANCHESTER: IT’S TIME FOR ANGER – Spiked

The terrorist seeks to weaken our resolve, the powers-that-be want to sedate our emotions, retire our anger, reduce us to wet-eyed performers in their post-terror play. It’s a dual assault on the individual and society.

2017/05/23 – ISIS cheers Ariana Grande Manchester concert bombing – Raw Story

2017/05/22 – ISIS claim responsibility for suicide bomb attack that killed 22 including children and parents and injured 119 at Ariana Grande gig in Manchester – UK Daily Mail

2017/05/22 – Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka draws connection between Manchester bombing, murder of British soldier – Washington Examiner


Pizzagate In Context

11 Mar 2017

12/8/2016 – “Pizzagate” shooting suspect: “The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent” – CBS

12/6/2016 – D.C. pizza restaurant shooting suspect from Salisbury remains in jail on gun charges – Salisbury Post

12/6/2016 – Criminal record of pizzeria shooter dates back to 2007 – Salisbury Post

12/5/2016 – Pizzagate: From rumor, to hashtag, to gunfire in D.C. – Washington Post

12/5/2016 – Man Fires Rifle Inside D.C. Pizzeria, Cites Fictitious Conspiracy Theories – NPR

12/5/2016 – Religious zeal drives N.C. man hoping to free rumored child sex slaves from D.C. restaurant – Charlotte Observer

11/21/2016 – Fake News Onslaught Targets Pizzeria as Nest of Child-Trafficking – NY Times


In Context – Claim… Russian Hacks DNC

29 Dec 2016

Haven’t done one of these in a while – below is a list of source articles regarding the the claim that Russia hacked and affected the outcome of the election.

12/29/2016 – President Obama just took unprecedented steps to punish Russia for its cyberattacks – Vox

12/29/2016 – Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment – White House

12/29/2016 – Executive Order — Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities – White House

12/28/2016 – Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on new threats of sanctions from the United States – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

12/15/2016 – Russia’s attempts to hack the Republican Party reportedly failed because of a spam filter – Business Insider

10/19/2016 – Russian man accused of hacking U.S. targets arrested in Prague – CNN

10/7/2016 – U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections – NY Times

9/14/2016 – Hackers steal medical data of US Olympic stars – CNN

7/26/2016 – Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C. – NY Times

7/25/2016 – Experts: Hard to prove Russians behind DNC hack – USA Today

6/15/2016 – DNC Hacker Releases Trump Oppo Report – The Smoking Gun

6/15/2016 – Donald Trump claims DNC itself, not Russians, masterminded hack – The Guardian

6/15/2016 – Russia denies DNC hack and says maybe someone ‘forgot the password’ – Washington Post

6/15/2016 – Bears in the Midst: Intrusion into the Democratic National Committee – Crowdstrike

6/14/2016 – Russian government hackers steal DNC files on Donald Trump – The Guardian

6/14/2016 – Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump – Washington Post


REAL Labor Statistics

12 Jan 2016

I am unsatisfied with the methods used to report employment, unemployment, the workforce, etc.

I hear reports of 5% unemployment, but from what I see in real life, that 5% number is inaccurate. We get these nonsense “U” numbers that are bogus. Plus they publicize seasonally adjusted numbers, but not the non-adjusted real numbers. The point is that these numbers do nothing to indicate what the real unemployment is.

So I went to the BLS website, and just started collecting some numbers to see if anything stood out. And I have found a group of numbers that when put together, gives more of a feel for what is really happening with jobs. In other words, despite the media claims that unemployment is down – it really is going up. And if we all just observe the climate of the U.S. right now, we can tell that employment is not where it has been prior to the 2008 economic crash.

The numbers come from this page from the Bureau of Labor. I am using the total population of everyone 16 and over, the number of people employed, the number of people unemployed (these two numbers combined are the total workforce), and the number of those out of the workforce. The numbers in the table are averages for the entire year.

Before I get to today’s numbers, here’s an example. The best numbers from the chart are from the year 2000. What was happening in 2000? There was Bill Clinton, the Republican Congress, and Welfare Reform. People had to get out and work before their welfare benefits expired. So here are the numbers. (Pop = population; wf = work force)

2000
Total Population non-Institution (16+) – 212,577,000
Employed – 136,891,000 (64.4% pop; 96.0% wf)
Unemployed – 5,692,000 (2.7% pop; 4.0% wf)
Out Of Workforce – 69,994,000 (32.9% pop)

What do we get? First, the 4.0% of the workforce that’s unemployed is the U-3 number that is publicized. But with regards to the population, 35.6% of the people are truly unemployed. Most of those people are not participating in the workforce for various reasons… retirement, homemaker, rich enough to stay home, sponging off of others, etc. 2.7% of the population are actively pursuing employment. 64.4% of the population working is our high water mark. So now you have an idea how this works. Now I am going to give you three sets of numbers.

2001
Total Population non-Institution (16+) – 215,092,000
Employed – 136,933,000 (63.7% pop; 95.3% wf)
Unemployed – 6,801,000 (3.1% pop; 4.7% wf)
Out Of Workforce – 71,359,000 (33.2% pop)

2002
Total Population non-Institution (16+) – 217,570,000
Employed – 136,485,000 (62.7% pop; 94.2% wf)
Unemployed – 8,378,000 (3.9% pop; 5.8% wf)
Out Of Workforce – 72,707,000 (33.4% pop)

2008
Total Population non-Institution (16+) – 233,788,000
Employed – 145,362,000 (62.2% pop; 94.2% wf)
Unemployed – 8,924,000 (3.8% pop; 5.8% wf)
Out Of Workforce – 79,501,000 (34.0% pop)

These are the numbers that involve the Bush presidency. What do we see? We had the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and we see how the unemployment percentage jumped up, but not the out of workforce percentage. But from 2002 thru 2008, things remained constant with regards to the percentages. Notice the population is continually increasing with these numbers. Also notice this… those out of the workforce on a percentage basis went up 1.1% from 2000-2008.

Here’s some data from the Obama presidency.

2009
Total Population non-Institution (16+) – 235,601,000
Employed – 139,877,000 (59.3% pop; 90.7% wf)
Unemployed – 14,265,000 (6.1% pop; 9.3% wf)
Out Of Workforce – 81,659,000 (34.6% pop)

2014
Total Population non-Institution (16+) – 247,947,000
Employed – 146,305,000 (59.0% pop; 93.8% wf)
Unemployed – 9,617,000 (3.9% pop; 6.2% wf)
Out Of Workforce – 92,025,000 (37.1% pop)

I put in the 2009 data to show the immediate effects of the 2008 economic crash that occurred in the last quarter of that year, and we can see the unemployed percentage among the population went up 2.3% from 2008. Now the media’s U-3 number (unemployment percent among the workforce) took a higher percentage jump from 5.8% to 9.3%, but we will see how using the workforce as a reference is a fallacy.

Look, in 2014, the media trumpets that unemployment is down to 6.2%… yay. Wait… those out of the workforce have ballooned up to 37.1% of the population. Those not working at all are at 41% of the population, the highest since 1983.

This to me is a much more realistic reading on unemployment. We can expect a certain percentage of the population is not working. The year where the most people were employed, 35.6% of the population was not working, and the overwhelming majority of those were considered as those not looking for work.

One more thing. If you want to know if we have bounced back from 2008… the media’s U-3 says 2008 was 3.8%… 2014 was 3.9%. However, look at the raw numbers. Between 2008 and 2014, there is an increase of less than one million people employed… while those out of the workforce increased by more than 12 million people. Enjoy the economic recovery, folks.


In Context: 9/11 Embassy Killing in Egypt, Libya

13 Sep 2012

Additions – 2012/09/14
2012/09/14 – American School In Tunisia Torched – Business Insider

2012/09/13 – ‘This Does Not Represent Us’: Moving Photos of Pro-American Rallies in Libya – The Atlantic
2012/09/13 – No Live Ammo for Marines – Washington Free Beacon
2012/09/13 – U.S. Embassy Calls Out Muslim Brotherhood Over Twitter – Bloomberg
2012/09/13 – Holder condemns ‘senseless and brutal’ attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions – Washington Times
2012/09/13 – Despite deaths in Libya, Egypt posing bigger problem for Obama – Washington Times
2012/09/13 – State Department: Secretary Responsible for Security Failures – Breitbart’s Big Peace
2012/09/13 – US Embassies Step up Security After Libya Attack – ABC
2012/09/13 – Turmoil Over Contentious Video Spreads to Yemen and Iran – NY Times
2012/09/13 – After attacks in Egypt and Libya, USA asks: Why? – USA Today/WKYC
2012/09/13 – Libyans express shame, regret over deadly attack – CBS
2012/09/13 – Extremists don’t speak for Libya – CNN
2012/09/13 – Obama Calls Leaders of Libya, Egypt – PJ Media
2012/09/13 – Libya attack ‘pre-planned’ – US – Irish Times
2012/09/13 – Lebanon news rape report on murdered U.S. amb. in Libya remains unconfirmed by AFP – Washington Times
2012/09/13 – Staff and crew of film that ridiculed Muslims say they were ‘grossly misled’ – CNN
2012/09/13 – California men confirm role in anti-Islam film – Orange County Register
2012/09/13 – Drones expected to hunt for suspects in Libya attack – CNN
2012/09/13 – Former Navy SEAL identified as embassy attack victim – Fox News
2012/09/13 – Benghazi doctor: Stevens showed no signs of life when he arrived in emergency room – McClatchy/Anchorage Daily News
2012/09/13 – Obama: Egypt not an ally or enemy – AP/Detroit Free Press
2012/09/13 – Libya makes ‘arrests’ for deadly attack on US mission – Hindustan Times
2012/09/13 – Pro-al Qaeda group seen behind deadly Benghazi attack – CNN
2012/09/13 – Another protest turns violent outside U.S. Embassy in Cairo – CNN
2012/09/12 – Libyan Security Showed Radicals Where to Attack Ambassador (Warning: Graphic Photo) – Breitbart’s Big Government
2012/09/12 – Senator: Attacks ‘have the markings’ of al Qaeda revenge – Washington Times
2012/09/12 – US consulate attack in Libya: the warning signs were there in Benghazi – UK Telegraph
2012/09/12 – Six things to know about attack that killed Ambassador Stevens – CNN
2012/09/12 – Slain ambassador warned in ’08 about extremists near Benghazi – CNN
2012/09/12 – Top US military officer calls pastor over film – Reuters
2012/09/12 – Egypt to take legal action in US against Prophet film makers – YNet News
2012/09/11 – Al Qaeda confirms death of bin Laden confidant Libi – NDTV
2012/09/10 – Jihadis Threaten to Burn U.S. Embassy in Cairo – PJ Media
2012/06/07 – U.S. mission in Benghazi attacked to avenge al Qaeda – CNN
2012/06/07 – Libyan official: U.S. drones seeking jihadists in Libya – CNN
2012/05/15 – Concern grows over jihadist numbers in eastern Libya – CNN
2011/03/23 – Libyan civil war: An opening for al Qaeda and jihad? – CNN


Egypt Takeover in Context

28 Aug 2012

These articles chronicle the takover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood.

2012/08/27New Egypt leader steps out on world stage seeking “balance” [Rueters/Orlando Sentinel]
2012/08/19Who Lost Egypt? [Real Clear Politics]
2011/03/12Obama administration approved $40billion in private arms sales to countries including Libya and Egypt [UK Daily Mail]
2011/02/10Striking Egyptian Workers Fuel the Uprising After 10 Years of Labor Organizing [Democracy Now]
2011/02/10Workers boost Egypt protests [AlJazeera]
2011/02/07‘US sends warships, troops to Egypt’ [Press TV]
2011/01/28Egyptian Police Using U.S.-Made Tear Gas Against Demonstrators [ABC News]
2010/01/06Egypt, Arab Countries Sign Massive Arms Deals With U.S. [Israel National News]