Oops, wrong terror. Daesh sleeper agents hiding among refugees is the least of our worries:
Medicine’s final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.
The discovery could herald a virtual return to the Dark Ages, with doctors unable to control common germs like E. Coli, rolling back centuries of medical progress.
We could be headed for a period when even the smallest infections could prove lethal, say reports:
… British scientists have discovered that pigs and meat sold in China are infected with bacteria carrying a new gene which makes them resistant to these rearguard antibiotics.
The MCR-1 gene is in a part of the DNA which can be easily copied and transferred between bacteria leading experts to conclude that ‘pandemic resistance is inevitable.’ The mutated forms were also found in 1322 hospitalised patients in China and is thought to have already spread to Laos and Malaysia.
British scientists and health experts described the discovery as ‘worrying,’ ‘disturbing’ and ‘alarming.’
It gets better:
“What does a Memento remake look like in 2015?” asks The Verge. You remember Memento, Christopher Nolan’s 2000 neo-noir film about Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) who is hunting down his wife’s killer? Shelby lost his ability to form new, short-term memories in the same attack and so hangs onto “clues” by tattooing them on his body and scrawling notes on Polaroid photographs. Shelby’s condition makes him easy prey for people who would manipulate him to their own ends. Shelby winds up killing the wrong man. He had already killed his wife’s killer. Then he immediately forgot.
It’s a shame, isn’t it, that tattoos aren’t more popular with Republican politicians? They are still struggling with the blowback from when after September 11 they killed the wrong country and created Daesh in the process. It took Barack Obama to get Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden played the war hawks like a fiddle. Now it’s Daesh’s turn. They know just which buttons to push, too, and they pushed them last weekend in Paris. Republicans responded as predictably as Pavlov’s dog.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to shut down mosques.
Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (whose father was a Cuban refugee) wants to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush thinks we should let in only proven Christians.
Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich wants to fund a new, government agency to promote Judeo-Christian values around the world. (There might be a slight upholding-the-constitution problem with that, but these are stone killers we’re talking about, right?)
House Republicans want to bar women and children fleeing death at the hands of Daesh from entering the United States.
Here’s a memento that won’t help them remember how well things worked out last time:
Maybe a mug with “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” on it?
(Cross-posted from Hullabaloo.)
A lot of pant-wetting in the Home of the Brave yesterday as fear of #SyrianRefugees swept the intertubes.
It didn’t matter that all the attackers identified as of yesterday were French or Belgian nationals. It didn’t matter that
the Syrian passport found near the body of one of the Paris suicide bombers was a fake. Serbian police arrested a man Saturday with the same passport information except for the photo:
… according to the Serbian daily Blic, the existence of the second passport with the same data means “it is likely that the two men separately purchased false Syrian passports at the same forger in Turkey”.
Whatevs. Half the governors in the country yesterday (all Republicans but one) showed the rest of the world what Americans are made of:
The hacktivist group Anonymous has declared all-out cyberwar against the so-called Islamic State. A video, posted to YouTube November 14—one day after the attacks in Parisfor which the terror group has claimed responsibility—features a man in a Guy Fawkes mask announcing, in French, that “war is declared.”
The informal hacker vigilante collective has been conducting “operations” against ISIS and its network of online agents for months, but the announcement appears to signal a new era in this regard. “Expect massive cyber attacks,” the masked speaker declares, “We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.?”
I guess this is their French version of Hans & Franz: We are here to f*ck you up.
— Uncle Bill (@UBtalkin) January 11, 2015
One-hundred twenty-nine people died and over 350 were injured in ISIS attacks in Paris last week. The world recoiled in horror. Cities across the world lit buildings in the French colors and held vigils. In Beirut last week, 43 died and over 200 were wounded in suicide attacks claimed by the Islamic State. Plus in Baghdad, 26 died and dozens more were wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility there too. The world took little notice.
Details of the Paris attacks continue to trickle out this morning. Three teams of gunmen may have been involved. A severed finger found at the Bataclan theater has identified the first of seven attackers who died on Friday:
Multiple sources have identified to French media one killer as Omar Ismaïl Mostefai, a 29-year-old of Algerian origin.
He was one of three gunmen to storm the Bataclan theatre.
Mostefai’s former home and birthplace in Courcouronnes, a town in Essonnes south of Paris, was searched on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Georges, a French MP, said the alleged terrorist also lived in Chartres, in south-west Paris, until 2012.
Mostefai had a criminal record, convicted of eight crimes between 2004 and 2010, but was never jailed. He was flagged as a radicalisation risk by French intelligence in 2010, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said on Saturday.
A car found abandoned in a suburb east of Paris suggests one or more attackers may have escaped:
Newt: My mommy always said there were no monsters – no real ones – but there are.
Newt: … they mostly come at night. Mostly.
France is in a state of shock this morning in the wake of a near-simultaneous rolling attacks at six different Paris locations Friday night by gunmen and suicide bombers. The situation is still fluid and details are coming in by the moment. More than 120 have been killed and dozens are in critical condition in hospitals. The latest word as I write this is that the Islamic State claims responsibility. That claim is unverified. The identity and nationality of the attackers as well as victims is still being investigated.
Paris, great newspaper town w/so many courageous journalists, has experienced horror. Here are today's front pages. pic.twitter.com/UrF04hzwgg
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) November 14, 2015
Adrift without their towels.
According to the Washington Post, panic is setting in at the RNC as Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue to top polling in the party’s nomination for president. Insiders are flailing, seeing no path to toppling the two they see as a disaster for the party’s 2016 prospects. The approach of the holiday season will only accelerate the process, believes former Romney 2012 advisor Eric Fehrnstrom. There’s even talk of drafting Romney who appears uninterested:
For months, the GOP professional class assumed Trump and Carson would fizzle with time. Voters would get serious, the thinking went, after seeing the outsiders share a stage with more experienced politicians at the first debate. Or when summer turned to fall, kids went back to school and parents had time to assess the candidates. Or after the second, third or fourth debates, certainly.
And it gets worse:
We’ve all been waiting for the electorate to realize it’s getting screwed. Is that what’s finally happening?