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    Smoke billows from Russian consulate in San Francisco, day after WH orders it shut



    SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU/AP) - A day after the Trump administration ordered its closure amid escalating tensions between the United States and Russia, thick black smoke was seen coming from the chimney of the Russian consulate building in San Francisco.

    Firefighters who arrived at the building on Green Street were not allowed to enter the building Friday. The fire department tweeted that the building was not on fire, only that a fire alarm had gone off.

    Mindy Talamadge, a spokeswoman from the San Francisco Fire Department, said the department received a call about the smoke and sent a crew to investigate but determined the smoke was coming from the chimney.

    “They had a fire going in their fireplace,” she said.

    Talmadge said she did not know what they were burning on a day when normally cool San Francisco temperatures had already climbed to 95 degrees by noon.

    “It was not unintentional. They were burning something in their fireplace,” she said.

    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District sent an inspector to the consulate and said on Twitter that if they document an excessive smoke violation, they will be cited.

    Passersby wondered what all the smoke was all about and rumors started swirling about why there would be smoke coming from the chimney in relation to the news that the building would have to close on Saturday, as per the White House order.

    People were especially curious since the National Weather Service had asked the public not to burn anything or use too much electricity during Friday's excessive heat warning.

    An Associated Press reporter heard people who came from inside the building tell firefighters that there was no problem and that consulate staff were burning unidentified items in a fireplace.

    Late Thursday, the Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco posted on Facebook that the decision to close its doors was "an unfriendly step of US authorities."

    We believe that the decision to close the Consulate General of Russian Federation in San Francisco is another unfriendly step of the US authorities, which, first of all, will hit hard on Russian citizens residing in the consular district, as well as on American citizens. A significant part of Russians also have American citizenship.

    We would like to emphasize that in 2016 the Consulate General issued more than 16 thousand tourist visas for American citizens. Closure of the Consulate General will create certain difficulties in the preparation of documents for this category of Americans. Also, there is a question of time frame, that the US authorities gave for the closure of the Consulate General – only two days.



    Smoke billows from Russian consulate in San Francisco, day after WH orders it shut - Story | KTVU

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    Of course. They have to leave so are burning anything they don't want to take with them.
    Any sensible person would do the same and is the reason they chose a building with a fireplace in the first place.
    They probably have an incinerator on the basement also!

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    I posted this to get sabang and humbert's attention. We all lived in San Francisco at a time this consulate was being accused of being a nest of spies. The roof at one time was covered with antennas and broadcast equipment which now has been covered by those little sheds.

    There were Russian ships off the coast of California near Silicon Valley said to be spying on high-tech firms and working with this Russian consulate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
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    Seems to me that he has not posted much of late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    The roof at one time was covered with antennas and broadcast equipment which now has been covered by those little sheds.
    ...and inside those sheds are?

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    ^ My guess who would be much the same antennas and broadcast equipment which raised suspicion in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    We all lived in San Francisco at a time this consulate was being accused of being a nest of spies. The roof at one time was covered with antennas and broadcast equipment which now has been covered by those little sheds.

    There were Russian ships off the coast of California near Silicon Valley said to be spying on high-tech firms and working with this Russian consulate.
    In contrast to US diplomacy facilities around the world that do not have any "antennas and broadcast equipment".

    And the US do not have ships off any coast...

    (Oh sorry, they just had listened to Angela Merkel private mobile in order to protect her against spies and hacking by dangerous Mr. Putin...)

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    ^ Just out of curiosity, Klondike, were you born in the USSR?

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    It's all a cunning plan by Putin,they are trying to elect a new Pope,the announcement
    will be made when the smoke colour changes.

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    A man worth $300 Billion, fixed the US elections has leverage over Donald Trump, orders a couple of consulates shut.

    Last edited by Wilsonandson; 02-09-2017 at 11:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Just out of curiosity, Klondike, were you born in the USSR?
    I have to disappoint you, No. Do you think that only Russian people are critical to unobjective comments?

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    ^ No. I've known Russian people for years. They are different in the same ways Americans are regarding politics. You just seem to have a special affection for Putin, so I thought you might be a Russian. Don't take it as an insult because I didn't mean it to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ No. I've known Russian people for years. They are different in the same ways Americans are regarding politics. You just seem to have a special affection for Putin, so I thought you might be a Russian. Don't take it as an insult because I didn't mean it to be.
    Wondering that you can find some characteristic behaviour for Americans. Many of them haven't been Americans some 10 - 20 - 30 years ago as they are proudly now but Ukrainian, German, Mexican, Iranian, English, you name it, Russian as well.

    And I do not have a "special affection" for Putin, or anybody else, it's just a reaction on a unreasonable animosity, antipathy...

    BTW, when you read, listen to the many Putin's speeches, discussions, on Youtube, perhaps it will surprise you the many positive comments of the over 1 million readers. And it seems that a majority of them are not Russians...

    I would wish that also other powerful leaders of the world speak so cleverly and reasonably, without a big mouth - and politely.

    Unfortunately, what we got, e.g. the latest : Hillary Clinton - What Happened (have you ordered by Amazon?)

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    Fire spotted behind Russian diplomatic building in DC ordered closed

    fire could be seen burning in the back of the Russian diplomatic building in Washington Friday evening, just one day after President Donald Trump ordered Moscow to scale back its diplomatic presence in the United States.

    The Trade Representative of the Russian Federation, located on Connecticut Ave. in northwest Washington, is one of several diplomatic buildings being shuttered as part of a tit-for-tat with Moscow. The building serves as both an office and a residence for Russian diplomatic staff.

    Smoke and flames in the back were clearly visible starting late-afternoon Friday, and staff could be seen dumping what appeared to be paper into the fire. Earlier in the day, a workman scaled a wall in the back of the building with bolt cutters and removing security cameras.

    The normally quiet building was also the scene of heavy vehicle traffic coming in and out of the driveway all day. Most of the lights were on Friday evening.

    The fire at the Washington diplomatic outpost followed similar reports at the Russian consulate in San Francisco, which is also being closed down. It also capped off over 24 hours of frenetic activity at the Washington building that included shouting as people moved large boxes and piles of black garbage bags into the driveway, and then quickly packed them into cars.

    Russia has until Saturday to vacate the building. The Russian flag was still flying as of 9 p.m. Friday.

    Fire Spotted at Russian Diplomatic Building in D.C. | Foreign Policy

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    US security services to search Russian consulate in San Francisco on Saturday – Moscow

    Russia's foreign ministry has said US security services intend to conduct searches in the building of the Russian consulate in San Francisco on September 2.

    "Alongside the yet another raid on expensive objects of Russian state property, which [the US] have blocked and are now persistently offering us to put on sale, this time the orders of the US authorities pose a direct threat to security of Russian citizens" in the US, the ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

    The searches will not only be carried out at Russia's consulate offices, but also at the apartments of staff who live in the building and who have immunity, she said.

    To perform those searches, US authorities have ordered those staff members and their families, including children and babies, to leave their homes for up to 12 hours.

    "We are talking about an invasion in the consulate office and homes of diplomatic staff, who themselves are being ousted not to disturb FBI agents," Zakharova stated.

    She pointed out that Moscow was given just two days to close one of its largest consulates which serves the needs of "several densely populated states." The movements of Russian diplomats and official delegations have also become more stringent, she noted, describing Washington's latest move as "unprecedented measures on restricting the work" of the Russian diplomatic mission in the US.

    Washington's actions seriously violate international norms, including the US' obligations in the Vienna declarations on diplomatic and consulate relations, the foreign ministry spokeswoman underlined.

    Adding that the latest US decision "even exceeds" Obama's move to expel Russian diplomats and confiscate Russian diplomatic property in December 2016, Zakharova said Washington's actions only further exacerbate the already uneasy atmosphere hanging over the bilateral relations of the two countries.

    Tens of thousands of people "who are far from politics" will suffer from Washington's measures in both countries, Zakharova warned. While the US has previously stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens in US consulates in several major Russian cities, they are now preventing Americans from getting Russian visas in San Francisco.

    "It is obvious that the US is not interested in the development of relations between people," Zakharova said.

    https://www.rt.com/news/401770-searc...-consulate-sf/

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    I posted this to get sabang and humbert's attention. We all lived in San Francisco at a time this consulate was being accused of being a nest of spies. The roof at one time was covered with antennas and broadcast equipment which now has been covered by those little sheds.

    There were Russian ships off the coast of California near Silicon Valley said to be spying on high-tech firms and working with this Russian consulate.
    Russkies C*nts.

    Should have closed that SF Consulate a long time ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
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    Seems to me that he has not posted much of late.
    He has an illness.

    I wish him well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    I posted this to get sabang and humbert's attention. We all lived in San Francisco at a time this consulate was being accused of being a nest of spies. The roof at one time was covered with antennas and broadcast equipment which now has been covered by those little sheds.

    There were Russian ships off the coast of California near Silicon Valley said to be spying on high-tech firms and working with this Russian consulate.
    god, tell me you are joking

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    ^ Indeed, I am not. That consulate has been a problem for years.


    Closing the Russian diplomatic mission nearest Silicon Valley was widely believed to penalize Moscow’s nefarious cyber activities.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/u...o-burning.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    The searches will not only be carried out at Russia's consulate offices, but also at the apartments of staff who live in the building and who have immunity, she said.

    To perform those searches, US authorities have ordered those staff members and their families, including children and babies, to leave their homes for up to 12 hours.

    "We are talking about an invasion in the consulate office and homes of diplomatic staff, who themselves are being ousted not to disturb FBI agents," Zakharova stated.
    Surely, it is a procedure strictly according to law (of US)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    I posted this to get sabang and humbert's attention. We all lived in San Francisco at a time this consulate was being accused of being a nest of spies. The roof at one time was covered with antennas and broadcast equipment which now has been covered by those little sheds.

    There were Russian ships off the coast of California near Silicon Valley said to be spying on high-tech firms and working with this Russian consulate.
    Firstly, ~ the so-called Cold War anti-communism "religion" was perhaps one of the most ridiculous political scams ever, in U.S. history. Russian spies, in the Bay area, eh? That's new news, I suppose, eh?

    Secondly, Fyi ~ The Russians have a 200 year-old residential history, though-out the entire SF Bay area, alone. In fact, "The Presidio" is now owned, and totally controlled by those same, Cold War Era, so-called Russian Sp_eyes.

    So, go figure out that interesting (motion picture show) "equation"!
    Last edited by TuskegeeBen; 03-09-2017 at 12:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    ^ Just out of curiosity, Klondike, were you born in the USSR?
    misskit, you do a fantastic job, especially when you stay "focused" upon posting only the news articles. Please! Thank you,

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    It's all a bit drastic. Whats the trumpanzee up to?
    Trying to prove he's not mates of the Russians?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog
    It's all a cunning plan by Putin,they are trying to elect a new Pope,the announcement
    will be made when the smoke colour changes.
    Onto something, here...Pope Putin, perhaps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    ^ Just out of curiosity, Klondike, were you born in the USSR?
    misskit, you do a fantastic job, especially when you stay "focused" upon posting only the news articles. Please! Thank you. ,
    Only that misskit will miss sometimes articles that obviously do not come up in her articles subscription ... (wondering why?)

    e.g. http://teakdoor.com/speakers-corner/...ml#post3621346 (What Happened to Hillary?)

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