Polish military police raid NATO centre in Warsaw

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Tens of thousands march against “democratorship”

Polish military police have raided a NATO-affiliated counterintelligence centre in Warsaw in the latest of a series of moves by the country’s new rightwing government to consolidate its hold on power.

The raid took place at 1.30am on Friday at the temporary offices of the NATO Counter Intelligence Centre of Excellence. According to the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, senior aides of Antoni Macierewicz, the defence minister, accompanied by military police, entered the building using a duplicate key…

Any such change of management was supposed to have been a matter of consultation with NATO and the Slovak government, which is a partner in the centre. Neither NATO nor Slovak officials could confirm whether any such consultation had taken place.

The former Polish defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak told reporters: “Nothing like this has happened in the history of NATO, that a member state attacks a NATO facility.”

A NATO official said the raid was “an issue for the Polish authorities”, adding that the centre had yet to be accredited by NATO…

However, its creation was the subject of a formal signing ceremony in the US at the end of September attended by the NATO head of alliance transformation, General Jean-Paul Paloméros, ministers from Poland and Slovakia, as well as representatives from eight other NATO members sponsoring the institution.

NATO centres of excellence are not run directly under NATO command but are coordinated by the alliance as affiliated bodies cultivating expertise…

The raid represented an attempt by Macierewicz to wrest immediate control of the centre from Dusza, who had been appointed to run it by Poland’s former centre-right government ousted in October elections by the radical Law and Justice party.

Since then, the new ruling party has moved fast to put loyalists in charge of the intelligence and security agencies, and had its nominees sworn in as constitutional court judges in the middle of the night in violation of constitutional procedure. The party is also preparing a bill that would open up senior civil service jobs to political appointments…

Replacing a Centre-Right government with radical right-wing politicians is already having it’s effect on citizens. Tens of thousands turned out for demonstrations against plans to scrap constitutional and democratic rights.

Looks like natural allies for the Trump/Cruz/Tea Party Axis.

Governor of New Mexico tidies up her hotel party for the coppers

If you really are only as old as you feel, then audio released today by Santa Fe police regarding a little hotel pizza party that got out of hand indicates that New Mexico governor Susana Martinez is… maybe 17 years old.

The tapes (via the NM Political Report) capture calls placed to 911 about a loud party early Sunday morning at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa in the state’s capital. In one call, a front desk clerk asks a dispatcher to send officers to the hotel to remove the noisemakers from the premises. The other two calls feature Martinez, who identifies herself as the state’s governor, interrogating various officers, dispatchers and hotel employees about why police had been sent to respond to the noise complaints.

According to one dispatcher, the hotel had requested officers after being told that people in Martinez’s room were throwing bottles off of a balcony. The problem as far as Martinez saw it was that her party was merely “eating pizza,” a story she repeats with increasingly fanciful diction across the tapes…

❝Martinez: Okay. So we’re just sitting in there, I’m the governor of the state of New Mexico, and we’re in there with my sister who’s disabled along with six other people who are having pizza…

❝Martinez: We’re all in a room, eating pizza.

Dispatcher: Okay, well that wasn’t what was reported to us.

Martinez: What was reported to you?

Dispatcher: That there was a party and people were throwing bottles off the balcony.

Martinez: I’m sorry there’s no one on the balcony and there’s no one throwing bottles off the balcony, and if there were it was about six hours ago.

In one of the other conversations, Martinez says she had only gotten to the room two hours prior, which wouldn’t explain her specificity regarding when something might or might not have happened on the balcony. Per the Santa Fe New Mexican, Martinez was celebrating her annual staff holiday party at the hotel the night of the incident, which probably explains why she sounds kind of drunk.

Click the link in the post to listen to the 9-1-1 recordings.

She sounds like the imperious Queen of Fiesta, e.g. she-who-must-be-obeyed. That’s who her buds in Republican Party “leadership” think she is – with her kissy-kissy fundraising from the Oil Patch Boys.

Meanwhile, the only classifications where our state tends to lead the nation are school dropouts, low grades, teen pregnancy – oh, and unemployment. 6.8%. We’re number one, we’re number one.

There aren’t any dogs that can’t make you sneeze

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Hypoallergenic dogs don’t have lower household allergen levels than other dogs…

That’s the conclusion of a study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers who sought to evaluate whether hypoallergenic dogs have a lower dog allergen in the home than other dogs. Hypoallergenic dogs are believed to produce less dander and saliva and shed less fur…

❝”We found no scientific basis to the claim hypoallergenic dogs have less allergen,” says Christine Cole Johnson…senior author of the study…“Based on previous allergy studies conducted here at Henry Ford, exposure to a dog early in life provides protection against dog allergy development. But the idea that you can buy a certain breed of dog and think it will cause less allergy problems for a person already dog-allergic is not borne out by our study…”

Henry Ford researchers analyzed dust samples collected from 173 homes one month after a newborn was brought home. The dust samples were collected from the carpet or floor in the baby’s bedroom and analyzed for the dog allergen Can f 1. Only homes with one dog were involved in the study. Sixty dog breeds were involved in the study, 11 of which are considered hypoallergenic dogs…

Researchers found that the four schemes yielded no significant differences in allergen levels between hypoallergenic dogs and non-hypoallergenic dogs. In homes where the dog was not allowed in the baby’s bedroom, the allergen level for hypoallergenic dogs was slightly higher compared to allergen levels of non-hypoallergenic dogs.

Every dog I’ve ever had made me sneeze. The hugs, snorfles, dog hair on my clothes, good times walking together in the great outdoors – are always worth it.