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  • Boehner: Iran has 'no intention' of keeping its word on nuclear deal

    03/29/2015 3:56:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Dominic Rushe
    Speaker slams Obama, says Iran has ‘never kept their word about anything’Promises new sanctions will ‘come quickly’ if no agreement reached House Speaker John Boehner says Iran has ‘no intention’ of adhering to a nuclear deal. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Dominic Rushe in New York @dominicru Sunday 29 March 2015 10.34 EDT Last modified on Sunday 29 March 2015 13.13 EDT
  • Net neutrality regulations released by FCC; industry lawsuit expected

    03/12/2015 9:48:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 12, 2015 | Jim Puzzanghera
    Tom WheelerPablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler pauses during a meeting in Washington on Feb. 26 in which the agency approved net neutrality regulations. Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler pauses during a meeting in Washington on Feb. 26 in which the agency approved net neutrality regulations. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press****************************************** The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday publicly released the details of its new net neutrality regulations, which now will be pored over by broadband Internet service providers as they prepare for an expected legal challenge to the rules.The 400-page order...
  • Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

    02/28/2015 10:32:14 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Press Association
    Scientists name new ‘object’ SDSS J0100+2802 and say it is 12.8bn light years from Earth and was formed just 900m years after the Big Bang *************************************************************A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million billion times the sun’s energy output.For years the nature of quasars, discovered in 1963, remained a mystery. Today scientists believe they are generated by matter heating up as...
  • There’s already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality (FCC wants to regulate )

    02/27/2015 6:00:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 79 replies
    washington Post ^ | February 27 at 6:30 AM | By Brian Fung
    <p>Why won't they release the rules?!?!</p> <p>It's been less than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the leading question coming from its critics.</p> <p>Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an FCC blog post  have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.</p>
  • Samsung Kicks Off 14nm FinFET Fabrication With New Exynos 7 Octa

    02/27/2015 9:32:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    gadgets.ndtv.com ^ | 16 February 2015 | by NDTV Correspondent
    Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of mobile application processors on its 14nm FinFET process technology, which the company states is an industry first. Compared to the company's existing 20nm process technology, 14nm FinFET is said to enable up to 20 percent higher speeds and 35 percent less power consumption. As the industry moves towards smaller manufacturing processes, the physical limitations of transistor design have become more apparent. 3D FinFETs allow the electronic Field-Effect Transistor "gate" to wrap around three sides of a raised "fin" in order to provide adequate insulation against current leakage, which has...
  • Samsung shows off 10nm FinFET

    02/27/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    fudzilla.com ^ | 25 February 2015 | Nick Farrell
    Beating the worldSamsung has shocked the tech press by showing off the world's first 10nm FinFET chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage and provided a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology.Samsung wants its 10nm chips to power more than smartphones, there are plans to put them in data centers and power the Internet of Things. The new chips will be more power efficient and produce less heat, vital for phones and other battery-powered devices.Kim said that he expects that...
  • North American oil production continues to increase

    02/26/2015 7:19:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    permianshale.com ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Zach Koppang
    The world’s largest oil exporters were not pleased with latest news coming from U.S. oil and gas producers: oil production keeps on rising.
  • FireEye: Breach detection time is dropping, averages 205 days

    02/26/2015 11:34:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 3 hours, 11 mins ago | By: Michael Hatamoto
    FireEye's Mandiant found that the average data breach was discovered in 205 days, dropping from 229 days (2013) and 243 days (2012). Enterprises were only able to self-detect 31 percent of breaches, with third-parties and the government helping identify cybersecurity incidents.    Companies are becoming more vigilant in detecting cybercrime-related activity, such as credit card companies noticing fraudulent behavior.  "Over the last several years, organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have gotten increasingly involved in notifying US businesses that they have been identified as being compromised," said Ryan Kazanciyan, technical director at Mandiant, in a statement to eWEEK....
  • Putin Throws Wrench in Iran Nuke Talks

    02/23/2015 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | Mon, Feb 23, 2015, 8:39pm EST | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    In an announcement that seems certain to further inflame opinions about a proposed deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capacity, it was revealed today that Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has offered to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Related Stories Kerry Says Iran Extension Worth It Only If Deal Almost Done Bloomberg Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one AFP World powers 'united', Kerry says ahead of new Iran nuclear talks AFP 'Significant gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry AFP
  • Even More Evidence We’re in a New Cold War

    02/23/2015 5:19:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    War as a game? Check.Foreign leaders as caricatures? Check.Sightings of Russian invaders? Check that too.Yup, welcome to the new Cold War.The relationship between Russia and the West, fraught by any measure, this week devolved into something looking more like a ridiculous Cold War parody film from the 1960s than any sort of modern diplomatic arrangement.Related: Why Putin May Be the Lesser of All Russian EvilsOn one hand, there was Russian President Vladimir Putin, practically smirking at the news that his proxy fighters in Ukraine had driven government troops out of the contested city of Debaltseve.To the soldiers who were injured...
  • Planet you've probably never heard of

    02/21/2015 5:39:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 61 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 8:56 PM ET, Fri February 20, 2015 | Amanda Barnett, CNN
    (CNN)Way out beyond Mars, but before you get to Jupiter, is a planet. You read that right. There's a planet between Mars and Jupiter. You may not have heard of it, but it was discovered in 1801 -- 129 years before Pluto. It originally was called a planet, then later an asteroid and now it's called a dwarf planeIts name is Ceres (pronounced like series) and you'll likely be hearing a lot more about it in the coming weeks.
  • Superbug outbreak at UCLA: FDA warns medical scopes may spread deadly bacteria

    02/19/2015 5:15:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    LATimes ^ | Feb 19, 2015 | Chad Terhune and Noam N. Levey s
    It took UCLA Medical Center officials more than a month to link the hospital's first patient infected with a drug-resistant bacteria to the medical scopes at the center of an outbreak that killed two people and infected at least five others, hospital officials disclosed.Officials said they began investigating the source of the superbug when the first infected patient was discovered in mid-December. It wasn’t until Jan. 28 -- after extensive testing -- that doctors positively linked the bacteria to the medical scopes.On Thursday morning, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to hospitals and medical providers that a commonly...
  • Researchers stumble across Arab-speaking cybercriminal group

    02/18/2015 6:43:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    tweaktown.com ^ | Posted: 2 hours, 35 mins ago | Michael Hatamoto
    The Operation Arid Viper campaign has successfully stolen more than 1 million files with current malware campaigns underway, though it's not the usual suspects, according to Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro. The Arab-speaking group, with ties to Gaza, have targeted foreign government offices, critical infrastructure, military, universities, and other high-profile targets. The attacks likely occurred starting in mid-2013 and a full investigation into their actions is underway.   "Whoever the real culprits are, it is clear that they are part of the Arab world, evidence of a budding generation of Arab hackers and malware creators intent on taking down their...
  • Islamic State 'planning to use Libya as gateway to Europe'

    02/17/2015 6:24:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 52 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9:00PM GMT 17 Feb 2015 | By Ruth Sherlock, Beirut and Colin Freeman
    Islamic State militants are planning a takeover of Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, letters written by the group's supporters have revealed. The jihadists hope to flood the north African state with militiamen from Syria and Iraq, who will then sail across the Mediterranean posing as migrants on people trafficking vessels, according to plans seen by Quilliam, the British anti-extremist group. The fighters would then run amok in southern European cities and also try to attack maritime shipping.
  • Need for Speed video game police car on school run (UK-- Car says "Dodge City Police"

    02/17/2015 2:29:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 February 2015
    One man "fell over a bin" when he saw the car, Rachel Sims saidA woman has been turning heads on the school run by driving her children in a replica American police car.Rachel Sims, from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, bought the car which was built to promote the PlayStation video game Need for Speed.It has the words "Dodge City Police", "Emergency Response" and "911" on it.Ms Sims said although "one man fell over a bin" when he saw it, it was clearly not a UK police car and an officer told her it was fine to drive.The car was built...
  • Report: CIA bought chemical weapons from Iraq to keep them out of terrorists' hands (Bush Adm)

    02/17/2015 10:14:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies
    haaretz.com ^ | Feb. 16, 2015 | 3:11 PM | Haaretz
    New York Times reports that Operation Avarice netted at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the chemical weapons Saddam Hussein produced in 1980s.****************************************************************** The CIA worked with the U.S. military to purchase Iraqi rockets containing the deadly nerve agent sarin, as part of a secret effort to keep terrorists and militant groups from acquiring old chemical weapons in Iraq, The New York Times reported Sunday. The U.S. military considers the purchase plan – Operation Avarice, which took place in 2005 and 2006 – to be a nonproliferation success, the Times said. It netted at least 400 Borak rockets, one of...
  • Islamic State's mass beheadings could draw West back into Libya

    02/16/2015 5:26:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | Laura King
    For nearly four years, the West has largely stayed on the sidelines as Libya descended into post-revolution chaos. Now the bloody beheadings of a group of Egyptian Christians at the hands of Islamic State could draw the international community back into the densely complex tangle of fighting in the oil-rich North African nation.Egypt, seeking retribution for the cruelly cinematic execution of 21 Coptic men who had gone to Libya to work as laborers, carried out at least two waves of airstrikes Monday in neighboring Libya. The warplanes targeted what Egypt said were training camps and weapons caches belonging to a...
  • Republican lawmakers hold the line against Obamacare at state level

    02/16/2015 4:40:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | Mark Z. Barabak and Noam N. Levey
    As President Obama fights in Congress and the courts to preserve the nation's sweeping healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act faces still another threat to its viability: Republicans in statehouses, many bucking governors of their own party eager to accept its flow of federal dollars.When a group of Republican governors filed suit to overturn Obama's signature achievement, Wyoming's Matt Mead was among them, arguing the legislation was a vast overreach that violated the Constitution and trampled the right of states to set their own policies.But after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that argument, Mead decided it would be foolhardy to...
  • Obama to intervene in West Coast port dispute: reports

    02/15/2015 11:27:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Feb 14, 2015 5:09 p.m. ET | DanielGoldstein
    Containers collecting at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., because of the slowdown at West Coast ports following stalled contract negotiations between port operators and unions. ************************************************************** President Obama plans to send Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to attempt to break the labor deadlock and end the shipping slowdown at 29 West Coast cargo ports, according to news reports Saturday. Shipping has been subjected to delays during stalled contract negotiations between unions and the association representing shipping companies and port operators.The White House says it is intervening because the strike has hurt imports and exports of...
  • A bonfire of waste: $100 billion burnt by big-government renewables mismanagement

    02/13/2015 8:54:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | February 13th, 2015 | Joanne
    Renewables, are not just inefficient, unnecessary, and deadly to wildlife, but they were also a disaster of planning and management. The list of dollars and euros destroyed in the Glorious Renewables Quest has gone “nuclear”. The World Economic Forum estimates $100 billion Euro has been wasted, but its even worse than it looks. I had to read their opening sentence twice. I thought it read “European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient energy source.” I was thinking they could have saved that sort of money by using coal instead of...
  • Islamic State takes over large portions of town near key airbase in Anbar

    02/13/2015 7:10:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 13, 2015 | Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss
    The town of al Baghdadi in Iraq's Anbar province sits close to the Al Asad airbase where over 300 US Marines are stationed. The Islamic State has taken control of large portions of the town of al Baghdadi in Iraq's Anbar province. The town, which is 50 miles northwest of Ramadi, has been under siege for months after the Islamic State launched an offensive in Anbar last summer and took control of the nearby town of Hit. According to Reuters, a district manager said that "Ninety percent of al-Baghdadi district has fallen under the control of the insurgents." Reuters goes...
  • ‘I Know Nothing!’ Hispanic Caucus Member Didn’t Know That Illegals Will Receive Tax Refunds

    02/13/2015 6:40:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4:45 PM 02/13/2015 | Kerry Picket Reporter
    Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez told The Daily Caller Friday that he didn’t know that illegal immigrants are eligible for tax refunds — even if they haven’t paid taxes.IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told members of Congress Wednesday that illegal immigrants who did not pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they are issued social security numbers. “I know nothing of the sort,” Gutierrez snapped at a Daily Caller reporter Friday when asked about Koskinen’s testimony.“Of course it would be like you to raise that sort of question,” the Democrat continued. “Why don’t you ask the commissioner of the IRS?”The...
  • AQAP seizes Yemeni military base in Shabwa

    02/12/2015 11:53:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 12, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Oren Adaki
    AQAP fighters waving al Qaeda's black flag in front of the Yemeni Army's 19th Infantry Brigade Base, which it captured earlier today. Early this morning, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) seized control of the Yemeni Army's 19th Infantry Brigade Base located in the Bihan region of Shabwa province. According to a statement released by AQAP, the assault on the military base began at 4:00 a.m. when clashes between AQAP fighters and Yemeni soldiers initially erupted. AQAP penetrated the base using a well-established tactic of ramming a vehicle packed with explosives into the perimeter, then "storming" it with...
  • Ansar al Sharia Libya leader met with Osama bin Laden, followed his 'methodology'

    02/12/2015 11:09:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 11, 2015 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith al Nadhari recorded an audio eulogy for Mohammed al Zahawi, the leader of Ansar al Sharia Libya, shortly before his own death. Shortly before his own death in a US airstrike on Jan. 31, Harith al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), recorded an audio eulogy for another slain jihadist, Mohammed al Zahawi. Ansar al Sharia Libya confirmed earlier in the month that Zahawi, the group's leader, had died of wounds he suffered while fighting in Benghazi. And Nadhari wanted to make it clear that al Qaeda considered Zahawi to be...
  • US military confirms it killed Islamic State, Shabaab leaders in airstrikes

    02/12/2015 10:08:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 11, 2015 | Bill Roggio
    Islamic State fighters march in Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Image from an Islamic State video released in January 2015. The US military confirmed that it killed the Islamic State's deputy emir for 'Khorasan province' in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan on Feb. 9, and the head of Shabaab's external operations and intelligence branch in a separate drone strike in southern Somalia on Jan. 31. The US continues to rely on airstrikes as the core of its effort to defeat jihadist groups worldwide. The confirmation of the deaths of Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, who was appointed the deputy governor of the Islamic...
  • US kills Islamic State's deputy emir for 'Khorasan province' in airstrike: report

    02/12/2015 9:51:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 9, 2015 | Bill Roggio
    Afghanistan's intelligence service has confirmed that the US killed the Islamic State's deputy emir for 'Khorasan province' in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan earlier today. Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, who was appointed the deputy governor of Khorasan province in January, was previously a senior leader in the Taliban and was a former detainee at Gunatanamo Bay. The National Directorate of Security issued a statement that confirmed Khadim's death, according to Khaama Press. Khadim was traveling in a vehicle in the northern district of Kajaki in Helmand province with his brother and four "Pakistanis" when it was targeted in a...
  • Jihadists mourn slain AQAP sharia official (Killed by drone strike in Yemen )

    02/12/2015 9:39:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    .longwarjournal.org ^ | February 6, 2015 | y Thomas Joscelyn
    Yesterday, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that one of its senior sharia officials, Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, had been killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31 in southern Yemen. Jihadists aligned with al Qaeda's international network quickly issued their condolences upon hearing the news. "He was a worthy son of Islam who worked towards the establishment of a caliphate on the path of the Prophet," Vilayat Dagestan, a "province" of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE), said in a statement on its official web site. "This brother left us exactly at a time...
  • Early Sunspots and Volcanoes ( connections? )

    02/11/2015 11:55:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Willis Eschenbach
    Guest Post by Willis EschenbachWell, as often happens I started out in one direction and then I got sidetractored … I wanted to respond to Michele Casati’s claim in the comments of my last post. His claim was that if we include the Maunder Minimum in the 1600’s, it’s clear that volcanoes with a VEI greater or equal to 5 are affected by sunspots. Based on my previous analysis I figured “No way!”, but I thought I should take a look … and as is often the case, I ended up studying something entirely different.Now, the SIDC monthly sunspot record...
  • Another ‘settled science’ topic is not so settled after all – Big Bang theory questioned

    02/10/2015 10:47:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 78 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    We’ve all heard of the claim of “settled science” when it comes to global warming/climate change, and we’ve all heard of the “Big Bang Theory”, and I’m not just talking about the popular TV show. The scientific theory goes all the way back to 1927. This is an artist’s concept of the metric expansion of space, where space (including hypothetical non-observable portions of the universe) is represented at each time by the circular sections. Note on the left the dramatic expansion (not to scale) occurring in the inflationary epoch, and at the center the expansion acceleration. The scheme is decorated...
  • Islamic State crisis: Jordan air strikes 'destroy' IS hideouts

    02/08/2015 8:58:05 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2015 Last updated at 10:02 ET
    Jordan says it has carried out 56 air strikes in three days on Islamic State logistics sites and hideouts."We achieved what we aimed at," Air Force chief Gen Mansour al-Jbour said. Jordan intensified its strikes after captured pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh was shown being burned alive by the IS.Jordan has carried out nearly 20% of all sorties by the US-led coalition against IS in Syria so far, Gen Jbour said, adding: "We are determined to wipe them from the face of the Earth."IS seized control of large areas of Iraq and Syria last year, prompting hundreds of raids by coalition war...
  • Inconvenient study: Methane seepage from the Arctic seabed has been occurring for millions of years

    02/07/2015 6:11:53 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    Despite the ever present wailing from green activists that we are sitting on a “methane catastrophe”, it’s simply business as usual for Earth in the Arctic. Even Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS thinks the issue is “implausible”. This study further confirms that the issue is just another emotional overblown green issue of no merit.Methane seepage from the Arctic seabed occurring for millions of yearsFrom the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and EnvironmentMethane gas flares, up to 800 meters high, rise from the Arctic Ocean floor. That is the size of the tallest building in the world, Burj...
  • Obama faces backlash over Crusades remark at prayer breakfast

    02/06/2015 2:17:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Feb 6, 2015 10:44 a.m. ET | By Tim Rostan
    President Obama, catching intensifying flak from the political right for failing to utter the phrase “radical Islam” — sorry, no substitutions allowed (other than “Islamic extremism”) — gave every appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday of having heard his critics. And having decided to do, effectively, the opposite of what they’d demanded. If he did not exactly imply then he certainly granted his political adversaries the leeway to infer that he sees a moral equivalency between the murderous acts being committed under the banner of Islamic terrorist groups and centuries-ago Christian campaigns.See: Terrorism poses no existential threat to...
  • Thousands of WordPress Sites Affected By Zero-Day Exploit

    02/06/2015 9:21:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    hardocp.com ^ | Thursday February 05, 2015
    Thousands of WordPress Sites Affected By Zero-Day ExploitThanks to a vulnerability in a WordPress plug-in, thousands of websites are at risk of being exploited. The flaw exists in Fancybox, a popular image displaying tool, through which Sucuri researchers say malware or any other script can be added to a vulnerable site. "It's being actively exploited in the wild, leading to many compromised websites," the researchers wrote. Comments
  • U.S. West Coast shippers invoke specter of port shutdowns

    02/05/2015 8:19:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 4, 2015 10:21pm EST | By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES
    The Port of Los Angeles is seen at dawn in San Pedro, California in this August 20, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Files **********************************LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The chief labor negotiator for shippers and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports raised the ante in contract talks with the dockworkers' union on Wednesday, warning that ports plagued by chronic cargo slowdowns were days away from complete gridlock.But union officials downplayed the potential for shutdowns, suggesting management was exaggerating a crisis as a late-hour negotiation ploy, and countered that the two sides were already close to a settlement.The contract...
  • Influential AQAP ideologue killed in US drone strike (southern Yemen on Jan. 31)

    02/05/2015 12:49:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. A US drone strike in southern Yemen on Jan. 31 killed Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sharia official. Nadhari's death was confirmed in a "martyrdom" statement issued by the group via Twitter and other web sites earlier today. Nadhari praised the attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices just days after the massacre on Jan. 9. He did not claim responsibility for the operation, but another senior AQAP official subsequently did. The...
  • Analysis: DIA head warns al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015

    02/05/2015 12:17:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 4, 2015 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, warned during congressional testimony yesterday that the "security challenges" the US faces are "more diverse and complex than those we have experienced in our lifetimes." Stewart delivered his remarks to the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing devoted to assessing worldwide threats. While Stewart addressed diverse national security issues, much of his written testimony was focused on what was once called the global war on terror. Al Qaeda in Syria may "expand its territory," while threatening the West The Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria...
  • Satellite Animation Shows February Return of the Pineapple Express to California

    02/04/2015 10:29:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | / 8 hours ago February 4, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    As originally predicted in this WUWT story from Monday, the pineapple express is here according to NASA:An animation of satellite imagery from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2015 captured the movement of a stream of clouds associated with moisture called “The Pineapple Express.” Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project, Dennis Chesters The “Pineapple Express” has set up again and is bringing wet weather to the U.S. Pacific Northwest. An animation of satellite imagery from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2015 captured the movement of a stream of clouds associated with moisture that is...
  • MPs say yes to three-person babies

    02/03/2015 6:04:27 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 February 2015 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website
    MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in an historic move. The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. During the debate, ministers said the technique was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families.A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything...
  • Super soaker ‘Pineapple Express’ organizing for heavy rain in California this weekend

    02/02/2015 10:20:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 15 hours ago February 2, 2015 | Anthony Watts / 15 hours ago February 2, 2015
    WUWT contributor Dr. Ryan Maue writes on his Twitter feed: Can’t ask for better setup for enormous rainfall totals over NorCal & now linto Bay Area in 5+ days Looking at the model output below, I tend to agree, if the pattern holds. It sets up Northern California for the perfect orographic lifting enhancement in the Sierra Nevada mountain range that will not only provide a bounty of liquid precipitation, but a significant boost to the well below normal California snowpack.Most or northern California will get some benefit from this “super soaker” storm:The Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts show some parts of...
  • NYT: Even Republicans fear global warming! (REALLY??)

    02/01/2015 7:35:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The New York Times has a breathless announcement: Most Republicans Back Climate Action! Except, it's not most Republicans; by the Time's own numbers, it's only 48%, and even that number is very suspect. If they can't honesty portray their own cooked up numbers, how honest can the underlying poll be? This is the classic way that the Left shifts public opinion; they cook up a poll, produce results they like, and then use it as a club to make whatever they want. They can get the results they like either by leading questions, asking unrepresentative samples, or just by plain...
  • Coalition kills Islamic State 'chemical weapons engineer'

    01/31/2015 11:58:19 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    longwarjournal.org ^ | January 31, 2015 12:40 PM | By Bill Roggio
    US Central Command, or CENTCOM, reported yesterday that it killed Abu Malik, an Islamic State "chemical weapons engineer," in an airstrike near Mosul, Iraq. Abu Malik was associated with al Qaeda in Iraq and then the Islamic State for a decade before he was killed. "Malik was an ISIL (Islamic State) chemical weapons engineer who worked at Saddam Hussein's Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005," according to the CENTCOM press release. "He later joined ISIL and his past training and experience provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons...
  • Blizzard Warning for NYC and Southern NY State (20 - 30 inches)

    01/25/2015 10:34:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies
    Blizzard Warning for NYC and Southern NY State Active for next 1 day, 23 hours · National Weather Service This alert has been updated. Posted 3 hours, 18 minutes ago Crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday.Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 1 pm Monday to midnight EST Tuesday night. Locations: New York City and surrounding immediate suburbs. Long Island, and most of southern Connecticut.Hazard types: Heavy snow and blowing snow, with blizzard conditions.Accumulations: snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4...
  • Man-made adjustments transform cooling to warming in Paraguay, South America

    01/25/2015 1:35:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | January 25th, 2015 | Joanne
    It’s not fossil fuels causing global warming, it’s man-made adjustments. Stop the adjustments! In South America, there are hardly any rural land thermometers. GISS tells us the area is warming (see the map below). Paul Homewood looked at the raw data. There are only three rural stations currently operating in the area, Puerto Casado, Mariscal, and San Juan, and they all show a raw trend that falls. As in so many other situations, after adjustments, all three show a rising trend. The changes are breathtaking. In Mariscal raw temperatures of 25.5C turned out to be “really” 22.5C. (Those 1950...
  • 2014: Among the 3 percent Coldest Years in 10,000 years?

    01/24/2015 9:20:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball
    We were told in October, before 2014 was over, that it was heading toward being the warmest year on record (Figure 1). The visual link of Polar Bears underscored the message. In fact, 2014 was among the coldest 3 percent of years of the last 10,000, but that doesn’t suit the political agenda.Figure 1We know the headline referred to NOAA’s projection, but the public only remember “warmest year”. It is a routine of manipulation of headlines practiced by bureaucrats and supporters of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), from the start. The claim was not surprising, because NOAA was...
  • Cosmic Impacts May Have Seeded Early Earth with Ingredients for Life

    01/24/2015 6:09:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    space.com Astrobiology Magazine ^ | | January 20, 2015 03:37pm ET | By Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine
    A picture of the gun used in the experiments. The big white box at the left end of the gun is where the target is stored. Credit: Impact Laboratory, University of Kent Bullets of ice shot at high speeds can deposit organic compounds on surfaces they strike. New findings suggest that comets might, indeed, have helped deliver key ingredients of life to Earth and perhaps elsewhere, researchers say. The scientists detailed their findings in the June 13 issue of the journal Astrobiology.Craters on the moon are evidence that the Inner Solar System was prone to giant impacts from asteroids...
  • Super-Heated Air from Climate Science on NOAA’s “Hottest” Year

    01/24/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Guest Post by Roman Mureika
    It was bound to happen eventually. We could see it coming – a feeding frenzy from “really, it is still getting warmer” to “we told you so: this is proof positive that the science is settled and we will all boil or fry!” The latest numbers are in and they show the “hottest” year since temperature data has become available depending on which data you look at. The cheerleader this time around seems to have been AP science correspondent Seth Borenstein. Various versions of his essay on the topic have permeated most of America’s newspapers including my own hometown...
  • A rare sighting of endangered scientific graph in newsprint (Global warming??)

    01/24/2015 11:43:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | January 22nd, 2015 | Joanne
    We skeptics get excited about unusual things. The Australian published Michael Asten today in the Op-Ed pages, and took the extremely rare step of publishing a scientific graph (!) with a few error bars and everything. Newspapers publish economic graphs all the time, so it’s nice to see the scientific debate getting a bit more sophisticated than just the usual “deniers are evil, government climate scientists speak the word of God” type of stuff. (In the Enlightenment, data was a greater source of authority than any human; how we pine for those days.) The only thing the story should have...
  • Boehner, White House Clash Over Netanyahu Invite

    01/21/2015 10:52:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Marina Koren
    + (Win McNamee/Getty Images)) January 21, 2015 President Obama warned Congress Tuesday night that he would veto any new sanctions legislation on Iran, saying it would derail U.S. negotiations in the Middle East. But John Boehner isn't ready to sit out the battle over Iran's nuclear program. "[Obama's] exact message to us was: 'Hold your fire.' He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: 'Hell no!'" the House speaker said during his weekly press briefing on Wednesday. "We're going to do no such thing."
  • Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation Excellent Graphics)

    01/19/2015 10:44:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015
  • On the Biases Caused by Omissions in the 2014 NOAA State of the Climate Report

    01/17/2015 11:08:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 2 hours ago January 17, 2015 | Bob Tisdale
    Guest Post by Bob TisdaleI hadn’t read the NOAA State of the Climate (SOTC) Report for 2014 when I prepared the post Does the Uptick in Global Surface Temperatures in 2014 Help the Growing Difference between Climate Models and Reality?  (WattsUpWithThat cross post is here.) I simply presented data and climate model outputs in that post.The following are a few observations about the annual NOAA report. NOAA biased their report by omitting key discussions.  First an introduction.THE 2014 GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOAA SOTC REPORTWith respect to surface temperatures, the Global Highlights of the NOAA State of the Climate report...