CUBA: More Sonic Attacks At US Embassy

The Associated Press reports:

Mysterious incidents affecting the health of American diplomats in Cuba continued as recently as August, the United States said Friday, despite earlier U.S. assessments that the attacks had long stopped. The U.S. increased its tally of government personnel affected to 19.

The new U.S. disclosures came the same day that the union representing American diplomats said mild traumatic brain injury was among the diagnoses given to diplomats victimized in the attacks.

In the most detailed account of the symptoms to date, the American Foreign Service Association said permanent hearing loss was another diagnosis, and that additional symptoms had included brain swelling, severe headaches, loss of balance and “cognitive disruption.”

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    So, I guess the Cuban Government won in the end?

    • You could have some rogue elements taking this action in governmental agencies. We might have the same thing. I imagine there are some hard core elements in the Cuban security agencies who resent the opening to the USA and turn away from Communism.

      • JWC

        I am surprised that the canadian Embassy was involved as we were the facilitator agency between the US and Cuba

        • People outside our two nations usually cannot tell us apart when we speak English unless we do things like wear our respective national emblems or actually tell them what we are. This excludes our national leaders of course, you have a cute one and we are stuck with Cheetolini for now.

          • JWC

            the current US/Cuba deals was the result of US and Cubans dignitaries meetin several time in Toronto

          • And let’s not forget how the Canadians helped all these Americans to safety after the Iranians stormed the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979. Canada has helped the USA in diplomacy many times before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper

          • JWC

            years before your time when the US and the USSR were in complete and tiotal detente Canada was then and always has been the US’s backdoor to other countries sort of as an arbitator

          • JWC

            Yes and no Half the time they default me to American Nd the other half “I know you are not American What are you”

        • David L. Caster

          Putin does not really want the US to have a better relationship with Cuba. It makes perfect sense that if Russia or it’s agents in Cuba are behind this attack, it would go after the facilitator too.

          • Or Venezuela or Iran for that matter. They could be targeting US Embassy workers also.

          • David L. Caster

            Indeed. We have plenty of enemies. Russia whats to be Cuba’s BFF and that means limiting the influence of Cuba by the US as much as possible.

          • JWC

            True Putin has a major ” hate on”for the west

  • JWC

    Canadian official reporteda similar finding

    • Do they live in the same neighborhoods or communities? I read that the attacks could be coming from high or low frequency waves that are targeting specific buildings.

      • JWC

        that I do not know

        • JWC

          Looking at it , the Canadian embassy is in Embassy row with several other embassies The US embasylooks to be a couple of miles away on the coast

    • Hue-Man

      Ottawa said that at least one Canadian diplomat, and their family members, was treated in hospital after suffering from headaches and hearing loss.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/11/canadian-diplomats-havana-also-affected-suspected-sonic-device/

      • JWC

        Weird

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Is there any further info on who might be doing this? The last article I read about it said they thought it might be a third party doing it, not anything either the U.S. or Cuba was doing.

    • bkmn

      Who could it be? Someone who is working to destabilize the world. Someone like PUTIN?

    • secretlab

      The source of high volume ultrasonic sound as is used in these attacks should be extremely easy to locate with the proper equipment.

  • bkmn

    Time to blast some Ted Nugent at the headquarters of the Cuban equivalent to our CIA

    • don

      That would be against conventions on torture…

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    OK, this is just bizarre.
    You’d think conspiracy sites like Alex Jones would be all over this, but no – they are stuck on pizza shops.

    • bkmn

      They can’t move on until the dead horse has been completely pulverized, and even then they never go anywhere near reality

  • safari

    This is some James Bond type stuff here.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Some suspect arch-villain OctoPvssyGrabber is behind these nefarious deeds.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • safari
      • Silver Badger

        Now that’s art!

      • That_Looks_Delicious
        • Jay George

          That made me laugh way harder than it should. πŸ˜€

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Now this is entertainment–a good-looking Norwegian guy singing, dancing, and shrieking an absurd song, accompanied by carefully-choreographed hordes of terpsichorean cosplay vulpines! (Minus 5 for gratuitous auto-tune overdub, though.)

          Thank you for posting, That_Looks_Delicious! πŸ™‚

          [Edited to add: “But if you meet a friendly horse/
          Will you communicate by mo-o-o-o-orse?” That’s good lyrics!]

        • Statistics Palin

          I think I could learn Italian from reading the subtitles.

      • BADGERS! Damn, do I adore this song, thank you for reminding me of the joys of badgers. Sigh, it takes me back when all the boys were all still living at home…..

    • Silver Badger

      Well, there goes the rest of my day.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      No, it said mild traumatic brain injury. Ten hours of that video would cause severe traumatic brain injury.

    • vorpal 😼

      That was unsurprisingly easy to masturbate to.

      • ZhyKitty

        LMAO

      • Waarki

        Yes, but the cleanup was a bitch!

      • Joe in PA

        Sigh. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times…cats are weird. There I’ve said it again. Sheesh. πŸ™‚

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I think you might need to get out more, vorpal! ;-}

        • vorpal 😼

          LOL almost certainly, but I’ve got yummy food, plentiful booze, and a frisky husband close at hand. What outside is there that I could possibly need? =grins=

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Now, see, I got all those things here (except for the frisky husband) so I totally understand…. It sounds like you are set up for a nice weekend! πŸ˜‰

    • Jay George

      Not so covert sonic device?

    • PickyPecker
      • Jay George

        This is the soundtrack DT deserves wherever he goes.

      • BearEyes

        strangely hypnotic – but 10 hours? Oy!

        • Just don’t fall asleep to it.

  • JWC

    O/T Trump is such a schmuck Most of his public performances either require a “do Over” of and “explanation of his acts His first trip to Houston was a cold prickly I am Donald . Asshole Pence and press showed him up So once again we fire up AF1 abd do it over Donny are you ready for your closeup?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      You think he’s going back to Texas to try to show up Pence? Interesting theory. I buy it.

      • JWC

        Ya he picked up a kid they checked out a hid zone ( lookig for..???) so un Trump

  • ETownCanuck
  • CraigNJ

    Maybe it has something to do with all the flag poles outside the embassy. What’s with that?

  • DaddyRay

    Photo Op with black people in Huston

    • Sam_Handwich

      what’s with his hair hat today?

      • DaddyRay

        If that was Obama they would be swarming all around him wanting to get a photo. Trump has to keep wondering around trying to get someone to talk with him

      • safari

        Melania also got a hat today from what I read.

        • fuzzybits

          You get a hat,and you get a hat!!!

        • don

          FWOTUS

    • fuzzybits

      Just flipped it over and saw him and ben. No thanks,back to Test Kitchen.

      • JWC

        “do over” do not deserve coverage just another Photo Op for Trump and the Tramp and assorted minions

      • Joe in PA

        Hubs is obsessed with that show. πŸ™ I mean I reap the benefit (great food) but still. πŸ™‚ He won’t buy a kitchen gadget without first checking to see if they’ve done a review. πŸ™‚

        • PickyPecker

          I do that now…check with them for their ratings on kitchen items. They really do rigorous testing and give their results freely. Last thing I bought was a bread/pizza stone…and took their recommendation. Is working out well.

        • Friday

          They actually do good kitchen-stuff reviews, though. Not that I was ever one for gimmicks, with that or anything else I do, but if I ever spent money on stuff like that I’d consider that a good source. And, when I wasn’t single I’d cook more. Herself’s Mom would often buy us arthritis-friendly cooking stuff. πŸ™‚

        • BearEyes

          Love the show – Cook’s Country too. Hubby just rolls his eyes at the show but loves the food I make for him. Today for lunch was thick cut bacon, crispy romaine, thickly sliced vine ripened tomatoes he grew –
          all on toasted Portuguese rolls with some mayo.
          When we needed a new toaster oven at the same time our main oven broke (turned out to be bad circuit boards), we took their advice for the Breville mid-sized toaster oven. Found it refurbished on Amazon for 2/3 the price and it’s lasted us many years so far. Still use it nearly every day.

          • Joe in PA

            Your hubby and I are leading parallel lives. πŸ™‚ I’m the gardener (of course I grow tomatoes), hubs is the cook. I roll my eyes at those shows too! πŸ™‚ I think they are related? And guess what…we have a Breville toaster. πŸ™‚ Paid full price though. πŸ™

    • safari
      • fuzzybits

        Not enough hand sanitizer.

        • Gustav2

          For the Black folks to use after touching Trump.

          • fuzzybits

            Yep and anyone else who would come into contact with that thing.

      • DaddyRay

        I have never seen less interest in meeting a President of the United States in my life

      • i’m 100% sure i’d say someting super disrespectful if i were to meet him.

        • Christopher

          I would too. And I wouldn’t be sorry about it in the least.

      • SoCalGal20

        The kids always know what’s up.

      • zhera

        What the hell did he do to that child?!? She ran off as soon as she could.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/903724497760649216
    Hate to be the bearer of bad news but Judge Posner is retiring from the 7th Circuit.
    Along with Ann Williams, that is two of the judges who struck down marriage bans in WI and IN.
    Two judges who were supportive of our rights being replaced with two judges who won’t be to go along with the two other judges that will soon be on the 7th Circuit.
    SCOTUS wasn’t the only court at stake this past election, the Circuit Courts were too, the 7th being at the top of that list.
    And because too many on our side decided to sit out or vote third party, the 7th will go from being a swing court to one of the most conservative courts in the country for generations to come.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Go figure.

      • Ninja0980

        No words to describe how angry I am about this.
        Why couldn’t he have retired when we still could have appointed a replacement?
        And for the other seat that will soon be filled, Democrats once again played nice… and got burned.
        And finally..when the hell will our side care about the courts the way Republicans do.
        Barely any tweets about this on our side but the Republican side… hoo boy.

        • Sam_Handwich

          no one thought trump would be president

          • Ninja0980

            No excuse for not talking about the courts more.
            Trump made sure to every chance he got, Hillary and Democrats didn’t.

          • don

            Michael Moore did. More of us should have. This is an electorate that was happy to have Bush Jr. squat in the WH for 8 fucking years.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          “Why couldn’t he have retired when we still could have appointed a replacement?”

          Ginsburg–I’m looking at u, too!

          • Ninja0980

            I know it’s not popular but she is the most selfish of all.
            Did she not see what happened with Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas?

          • don

            Give her a break, what is she, 90?

            Not her fault that so many idiots chose to vote against their own interests for the Orange Filth.

          • Diogenes Onionpants

            Except, as became clear when Scalia’s body caught up to his already-rotted soul, McConnell would never have allowed Obama to fill the position had Ginsburg stepped down.

            And if he had…well, naturally, Obama nominated a 60-something middle-of-the-road replacement for Scalia, while Trump installed a forty-something mad-eyed ideologue.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            These are not reasons for her to not retire, especially if, as she keeps assuring us–and as every Supreme Court justice probably says at some point–the Supreme Court is not a political institution (which is rubbish!), justices are not political, the decisions are not shaped or controlled by politics, & c., & c., & c.

    • lenvus

      What I don’t understand is why the fuck couldn’t they have done this during the 2016 term (when O was still in office)? Or why can’t they wait until the Orange One who shalt NOT be Named is out? They always have to pull this shit at the worst of times! Why, oh why?

      • Ninja0980

        One problem was that once Republicans took control of the Senate, that was that.
        There were going to be no more Circuit Court judges confirmations or district court ones and the fact only 36 judges were confirmed in Obama’s last two years proves that.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          How many did President Obama nominate in that period, Ninja0980? iirc, there were many many openings on the federal bench that Pres Obama, for whatever reasons, never got around to filling.

          Certainly not supporting the Senate, though! πŸ˜‰

          • Ninja0980

            Too many.
            I know some folks won’t like it but Obama failed when it came to the courts, he truly did.
            He didn’t take them as seriously as he should have, and we’ll all pay the price for that.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            It’s one of the things I least understand about his Presidency, especially given his prior law teaching gig–he more than anyone, should have been cognizant of the importance of filling vacancies on the federal bench. So why didn’t he do it? If you follow the money…. Not sure where it leads….

          • Ninja0980

            Because he and so many other Democrats don’t take the courts seriously and never have.
            Nothing to do with $$$.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            (Shrugs shoulders.)

  • TheManicMechanic

    Someone has some ‘splainin’ to do.

  • Ken M

    http://ww2.hdnux.com/photos/65/43/26/14038405/3/920×920.jpg O/T the Trumps are back in TX. And so are the heels

    • Dagoril

      ooh, she’s voluntarily touching him. The check must have cleared.

      • Ken M

        Appears she did change for TX, but she had to leave DC is style. Another day…. : )

      • Friday

        She actually looks horribly off-balance in those shoes. The others at least she seemed she could wear. πŸ™‚

    • shellback

      Pssst. Don’t anyone tell her that those shoes make her feet look gigantic.

    • Joe in PA

      Ya know, for me…it wasn’t JUST the heels, which were ridiculous of course, but it was the whole outfit…the bomber jacket, the shades and then those fucking heels.

      • Friday

        Actually I liked that outfit, but the ridiculous heels kinda just blew it. She’s just got a problem of looking like she’s in a costume when she ‘dresses down’ as if she ever lifts a finger at anything.

    • Treant

      Trump later announced that you could buy the umbrella in his store for the low, low price of $75.

      • safari

        The $40 hat he is holding is also for sale.

      • Friday

        “Make American Drainage Again?”

    • Phillip in L.A.

      If she is going to continue to dress like this, I think she should consider wearing pantyhose, or do something to de-accentuate those bony stork legs

    • I hope she wears them to Buckingham Palace to impress The Queen like the first lady of Turkey did. She loves tcha tcha heels!
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b49e71f0dc2ae1c25ff89423ad35a9bbed62d9ee82cbc1cc4d244454b18caafd.jpg

      • BearEyes

        Liz’s expressions is somewhere between bewilderment and No!

      • bambinoitaliano

        She was more worried about being toppled over. The back off signal already sounding in her mind.

      • pj

        im with the queen on this

        • don

          Is there a woman under that smock?

    • don

      The stupid red hat…the hair….fucking kill me now

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg he has Ben Carson with him in TX

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-oEFwmhf_0

  • Friday

    Couldn’t have anything to do with Trump’s horrible lack of diplomacy and the Republicans turning “Voice Of America Radio” into alt-right Republican propaganda, could it?

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Sonic attacks: funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter

    Nina Simone–Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter

    https://youtu.be/pxYkmVUByJA

    • Joe in PA

      I just copied a bunch of albums to a SD card for the car…Nina Simone (A Single Woman) was in the batch!

  • DaddyRay

    So the point of Trump going back down to Houston was to get a PR photo op with Hurricane victims in shelters, hand out some aid packets to victims (only long enough for the press to get photos), and tout that he signed a relief fund check for 7.9 billion (no word on if that is Rubles or US dollars)

    • Ninja0980

      And the press will be dumb enough to fall for it.

      • billbear1961

        “All is forgiven and forgotten–he’s SO presidential!”

        Useless SHITS!

      • don

        A-yup

    • bambinoitaliano

      Yup. He was a laughing stock when they could not find a photo of him near the flood victims despite the big hurrah of him and his whore were there last week. It’s call a reshoot as Hollywood production frequently does in films to make it look right.

    • don

      I’ll bet we flush that much down the Afghan toilet in 2 months.

  • safari
    • DaddyRay

      I heard that – I would never describe the destruction and displacement of people from a Hurricane as a “wonderful thing”

      • safari

        Considering this is also current news
        https://twitter.com/AP/status/904031403985305601

        • DaddyRay

          Where is Rick Perry – this is Texas after all

          • Nowhereman

            He’s busy watching over our nukular arsenal.

        • Karl Dubhe

          EPA not on scene? Well, why would they be? The head of that agency doesn’t believe we can harm the environment, no matter what humans do.

          Toxic is something that happens when you stop worshiping gawd, right?

        • DesertSun59

          The EPA is no longer a functioning governmental agency.

          • Ninja0980

            Just as Republicans intended.
            In a way, if Trump is gone it would be worse for the Republicans in some ways because then folks will actually pay more attention to what is happening with the courts, the EPA and so much more.

          • Jay George
          • safari

            Betsey DeVos just hired the former dean of DeVry to oversee the part of DoE that makes sure students aren’t defrauded.

          • Todd20036

            DeVry? I remember those commercials when I was a kid.

            Those diploma mills were worthless back in the 1970s

          • jmax

            They’re still around, believe it or not.

          • Jay George

            I wonder if they sit around in secret cocktail parties and laugh like hell about what they’re doing. It’s like an evil Andy Kaufman is masterminding our government.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            A climate denier was just appointed to head NASA.
            And a pig/man hybrid who isn’t a scientist will now head…guess! The Science division of the Dept. of Agriculture!

          • Ninja0980

            And this isn’t just Trump’s idea, it’s the entire Republican Party.
            If Jeb Bush had won, Scott Pruitt and Betsy Devos will still have been nominated.

          • Jay George

            I believe that as well.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            I am really surprised at the number of people who haven’t caught on to this. All the chaos in the White House is deliberate. It deflects attention from all of the seemingly small things, like circuit courts, the EPA, financial regulations, that will make a huge difference in people’s lives, but are complicated to explain.

            And the chaos also keeps all of the appointees too afraid to not do anything except exactly what trump tells them to do.

          • Ninja0980

            Circuit courts have always been overlooked by Democrats, despite the fact that for the most part, they are the courts of last resort.
            Drives me nuts.

          • Nowhereman

            It’s morphed into the Environmental Persecution Agency.

        • Nowhereman

          Thank heavens they are so business friendly! Otherwise ordinary residents might know where and how many of these sites are in their neighborhood and what they are releasing into the air and water! Seriously, this makes me weep.

        • Silver Badger

          It may be cheaper to put a wall around Houston rather than try to rebuild it.

        • SoCalGal20

          Who is left at the EPA to do anything? Pruitt is busy undermining all the regulations. I thank FSM everyday I live in CA which has its own EPA. It’s not perfect but it’s something. And CA is specifically is alowed to get a clean air waiver from the federal EPA to have stricter standards than the national standards. And at leadt as of June Pruitt had made no efforts to rescind CA’s waiver.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Agree, SoCalGal20! Now that there is a leadership vacuum in the federal government, the States will have to step up, and California has been right there, at the forefront

    • MikeBx2

      As tough as this is for these people, the bump in my approval numbers will be a wonderful thing.

    • Carl

      He’d be better off saying nothing.

      • Todd20036

        It takes wisdom to know when not to speak.

    • billbear1961

      How much longer are they going to keep PRETENDING that this creature has all his marbles?

      • DesertSun59

        Until Congress can discern whether Mueller is going to nail 45 or not. They share the exact same voter base. They’ll be primaried the moment they even HINT they’re giving up on the con man. Congress will not give up their precious power because they are now solidly a ‘Party over Country’ political org.

        • Ninja0980

          Sad to say but as Bob Menedez of NJ shows, that goes both ways.
          Look for him to be shoved out the door the second Christie is no longer in power and not a minute before that.

        • billbear1961

          God FORBID massive and relentless protests should be organized to demand his immediate removal from office for REPEATEDLY OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE.

          And that’s not the only crime he’s guilty of, but it’s enough, all by itself, to justify the END of his presidency.

          Too bad the Democrats are spineless COWARDS!!

    • just Fuck Off.

    • fuzzybits

      Oh geez,Babs Bush redux.

    • billbear1961

      Were you able to find any nice NAZIS to help, Fearless One?

    • Jay George
    • Nowhereman

      His do-over tour sounds worse than his original screw-up tour. And I see they told him not to wear a tie so he can look more like one of the people. Big FAIL. He can’t pull off his reality role as a human being.

      • Lazycrockett

        The more casual the more that rats nest on his head draws the attention.

    • Ken M

      “As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing.” Worse the second time around.

    • bambinoitaliano
  • another_steve

    So what’s with this sonic thing?

    Has the entire world gone insane?

    • DaddyRay

      Only one word “Trump”

      • geoffalnutt

        Why not Putin? He’d love to fuck with U.S.- Cuban relations!!!

    • safari

      I blame plastic

    • billbear1961

      I was going to ask the same question.

    • MikeBx2

      Yes.

    • Friday

      It couldn’t bethat anyone wants to sour the recent thaw in US-Cuba relations, could it?

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s higher pitch than dog whistle. I can’t hear it.

  • abqdan

    Infrasound weapons, working at 7hz, were first considered back in the 50s, so the technology isn’t new… Just wondering whether this is deliberate, and if so, why? The original discovery of this effect was accidental – staff in a building became ill because an air circulation fan was operating at 7hz.

    • safari

      Low frequency waves also give the feeling of paranormal activity. 19Hz will cause you to hallucinate slightly since your eye vibrates.

    • Steven H

      It’s not exactly the first mid-century idea to plague Cuba.

    • BobSF_94117

      Old-guard Miami Cubans?

    • secretlab

      The Cuba incidents involve ultrasonic sound in the 140 dB or higher range.

      • MBear

        Someone nearby has a car that goes boom-boom boom

  • abqdan

    Oh well if we’re doing music videos…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U2zJOryHKQ&t=69s

    • safari

      Yas

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Shades of Andy Warhol’s Empire State! (No, I have not sat through the entire Twenty-Four (24) hours!)
      https://youtu.be/VMCeDBn1Zu0

  • fuzzybits
  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Even Trump’s bodyguard is leaving.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/09/02/even_trump_s_longtime_bodyguard_keith_schiller_is_leaving_him.html

    Keith Schiller has been working by President Donald Trump’s side for almost two decades. But it looks like the longtime personal aide who worked for years as Trump’s bodyguard and is now head of Oval Office operations won’t even last one year at the White House. Schiller has told people close to him that he will be leaving the White House at the end of September.

    Schiller, however, doesn’t seem to be leaving for any political reasons, but for something Trump can likely appreciate: more money. Even though Schiller, a former New York City police detective, earns an annual salary of $165,000, that is a decrease from the $294,000 he was earning before the White House.

    • Friday

      Probably cause he was the bagman or witness to somethings ey don’twant subpoenad, too.

    • another_steve

      Wait wait… Please have mercy on me; I’m old and on five prescription medications. Dementia runs in my family.

      He was a former police detective earning $294,000 a year???

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I’m guessing it’s Trump paying him directly rather than being paid that much as a cop.

      • Stevie, I would not be surprised. New York City pays retired High School Principals and other administrators ungodly high pensions higher than six figures- they could pay cops even more. I should have listened to Grandma Pearl and became a teacher in New York when I went to college like cousins Mike and Sandy who retired young and are living high on the hog right now. It is incredible what their Unions negotiated.

        • another_steve

          Wow. I’ve been out of the workforce for 17 years now. Retired before I had to face the indignity of reporting to Bush the Idiot from Texas.

          I’ve obviously lost track of what salaries are like today.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Umm, another_steve, the *beginning* salary for an L.A. City firefighter is around $200K

        • another_steve

          Ohmigod you’re kiddin’ me.

          I was a pretty high-level federal government executive and I barely made that much.

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            Well, you were rarely called upon to walk into burning buildings.

          • another_steve

            Hon, you didn’t supervise the people I did.

            Worse than walking into a burning building.

          • don

            For which they should and are more than fairly compensated.

        • E.J.

          “Starting salaries for Los Angeles firefighters range from $53,766 to $74,416 per year, according to the LAFD website.” They can make much more than that with overtime.

          Sorry base salaries have gone up a bit:
          $64,226.88 – $88,927.92 – Effective July 9, 2017
          http://www.joinlafd.org/index.cfm?section=salary

          • Phillip in L.A.

            The Los Angeles Times did a piece a few years ago about the corruption and cronyism in the LAFD, and that statistic I mentioned was cited in that article. It is possible the Times was not referring to ‘base salary’ alone, but to ‘pay package’ (including benefits and pension); also, it is possible salaries have been adjusted downward since then.

            [Edited to add: There also may be ‘signing bonuses,’ ‘hazard pay,’ and as you mentioned, lots of ‘overtime’]

          • don

            They used to say in Reno the only agency more corrupt than the PD was the Fire Department…:)

      • safari

        Where I am from pensions are based on income in years leading up to retirement for cops. They put in a lot of overtime to inflate their pensions.

      • BobSF_94117

        He was a police detective two decades ago. Trump was paying him $294K/yr.

    • Is he the hot one who is schtupfing Melania with Trump’s knowledge?

      • safari

        No, that was the head of security at Tiffanies.

      • geoffalnutt

        It may have been without HER knowledge, too – from her
        “empty” look.

    • pj

      ill read his book

    • BobSF_94117

      Why did his pay go down? I thought he was working as Trump’s personal bodyguard, as in not on the govt payroll.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        According to a CNN article, Dump was told that Secret Service should be his bodyguards not private security.

        • BobSF_94117

          Well, yes, but he still brought him along. He still works for Trump on a personal basis, not as a federal employee (I think).

    • don

      That our society values that job for that kind of money…fuck me.

  • MikeBx2

    Poor Melania has been reduced to pretending to be a servant of the people, handing out meals in styrofoam containers to the riff-raff.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/522584a58682be86adfe83f15ece58d7b9a9c624f8c768e6daa1de5f5549be78.jpg

    • DaddyRay

      Saying to herself: please don’t touch me, please lord don’t let them touch me

      • barrixines

        She never looks like the paint has quite dried.

        • don

          That’s at least 1 facelift ago, I think. Better keep after it girl, Daddy doesn’t like wrinkles!

    • Vanity Fair despises Trump – except for all the increase in circulation that he gives them every time they run an anti-Trump article. Did she agree to an interview?

      • JWC

        Providing Vogue paid her handsomely Trumps do NOT donate, gift or work for free There has to be a sizeable kick back ALWAYS

  • Rebecca Gardner

    That pesky Hedgehog taking all our gold rings!

    Oh, sorry, wrong Sonic.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Phillip in L.A.

      Let’s go, Aquaman!

      [Edited to add: Also reminds me of “Ecco the Dolphin,” one of the BEST-EVER and MOST ORIGINAL video-games ever created!]

  • CUBANS GOT WEIRDING MODULES!!!

    • Phillip in L.A.

      oh, fuck, I hope not

      • BobSF_94117

        Better them than us, don’t you think?

        • Phillip in L.A.

          From what point of view? When trained in the “weirding way” by the Kwisaatz Haderach and his mother, Jessica, the Fremen were able to defeat the vastly-better-equipped and -trained armies of the Harkonnens, which included Imperial troops in Harkonnen battle-dress, iirc

          • BobSF_94117

            I meant it more generally, better the Cubans than the U.S.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Oh, yeah, if you’re talking about sonic attacks in general, then, hell yeah! Anyone else rather than us….

  • barrixines

    I spent some time wandering around where those flags are in the photo until we were warned off by armed soldiers. I wonder if I’ve been sonically interfered with – it would explain quite a lot.

    • TuuxKabin

      At least you have a plausible explanation. As for the rest of us . . .

    • JWC

      I would wonder if the Guards were Cuban or American?

      • barrixines

        The guards were Cuban – it was interesting that they wanted to keep you away from there.

        • JWC

          It is standard that the host country supplies most of the security with “on property ” security being of the guest country Outer perimeter wpulbe Cuban One of two things would fall in place 1) the contract they have with the US 2) How much they are paid for a clandestine operation

  • Natty Enquirer

    Permanent hearing loss would not be haha-funny if it happened to me.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      “What?”

  • Halou

    Hillary Clinton isn’t in office so there aren’t going to be a dozen long and expensive congressional investigations into the attack of a US embassy.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Why on earth?

  • safari
  • Snarky

    I know this is no joke, since people have been injured, but this return to the Cold War demands some obvious countermeasures… engage the Cone of Silence!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e902a44f6d1cdaa10ec278a299d103dd0dc7a334bc0243b2aa983004be4f72a.jpg

    • don

      God that was a great show. How the hell did they keep a straight face..

  • John Ruff

    Looks like my next Caribbean vacation won’t be in Cuba anytime soon. Anyway, Puerto Rico is better.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    What is it and where can I get one?

    • epazote

      The multistory boathouse in the photo above ?
      Reminded me of the 2 boathouses in Encinitas
      those are way cool
      πŸ˜‰

  • Jefe5084

    empathy deficit disorder on the list.

  • Outlaw Woman

    “… mild traumatic brain injury …”

    What? Oxymoron much?

  • kareemachan

    Okay, who’s sonic attacking drumpster?

  • Mike Knife

    The US government use sonic attacks on American citizens. Military vehicles with LRADs (long range acoustic devices) atop them have been used to break up non-violent gatherings of people. Baton Rouge has purchased two $299,000 Bearcat armored vehicles and put LRADs on both, using one Sunday. Such use of an LRAD was specifically criticized by the DOJ Ferguson Report where they said, β€œAt times, the deployment of the long range acoustic device (LRAD) was warranted as a high-volume public address system; however, it should have been deployed using a platform other than an armored vehicle. While the LRAD may be appropriate to disperse crowds, using it in conjunction with an armored vehicle escalates the hostility of the crowd and creates a negative public image.”

    Pictures of militarized Baton Rouge police in military green gear, helmets, assault weapons and gas masks are all over the media. In fact they are now on the news across the world.