Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A brief history of the end of summer 2016

The autumnal equinox in 2016 takes place Thursday, September 22.

Events still be placed into below timeline:
Deutsche Bank fined $14bn
Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf appears before Senate

Saturday, Sep 17
9:30am ET Seaside Park NJ: pipe bomb blows apart a trash can just before the start of a Marine Corps charity run. No injuries.
Multiple devices found in trash can but did not detonate. A fingerprint from one of the devices led to Ahmad Khan Rahami. []

10:00am ET / 5:00pm Syria time: US airstrike kills Syrian forces in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour at an army base on Al-Tharda mountain. The US claims they meant to target ISIS. [New York Times]
The strike was called off only when Russian commanders notified Centcom they were attacking Syrian forces.
The US airstrike was followed immediately by an offensive by ISIS.
A partial ceasefire had been agreed to by Russia and the US on Monday, Sep 19.
Russia called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.
Syrian deaths range from 62 to 83, over 100 injured.

7:00pm CT (est) Dahir A. Adan, 22, rampaged through St. Cloud MN mall stabbing 10 people before being fatally shot by an off-duty police officer about 9:00pm CT. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

8:30pm ET Dumpster explodes in Chelsea, NYC on 23rd St between 6th and 7th Avenues.
29 injured. []

Sunday, Sep 18
2:30am ET Pressure cooker found by NYPD at West 27th Street.

10:50am ET Linden NJ: After a shootout Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody.
2 officers wounded []

??? The United Nations Security Council convenes for an emergency session called by Russia.
[Financial Times] Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to UN: "I would suggest it is not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russia-American arrangement was supposed to come into force." He also accused Samantha Powers, the US ambassador to the UN, of demogoguery of the highest order.
[Counterpunch] US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers was plainly irked she would have to spend her Saturday night why the US did this. Why, from  her point of view, should the US ever have to apologize, or even explain its actions[.]
More at Lima Charlie News.

Monday, Sep 19
12:40am ET IED in backpack detonated in Elizabeth NJ.
No injuries.

5:30am ET / 12:12pm Syria: United Nations aid convoy attacked, 18 of 31 trucks hit. [CNN]
Corporate press reported the attackers used "barrel bombs," used by Assad's regime.
But upon closer inspection they are large mortars - used by so-called moderate rebels backed by the US. [American Everyman]
US blames Syria and Russia.
Syria and Russia deny attacking convoy

Reddit thread discovered where Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks asking how to do a bulk strip-and-replace of email address from a VERY VIP client.
House Oversight Committee learns of Reddit thread same day and demands Combetta appear by Friday, Sep 23 2016.
Reddit threads were deleted but not before others archived them. [Inquistr]

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