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  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 5:09 AM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim. […] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing...
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    08/29/2014 2:00:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 3:31 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama’s long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it comes at a time when the effectiveness of his preferred options is being challenged and there are indications that some in the administration are ready to take more robust actions. […] During a news conference at the White House, Obama warned that Russia likely will face more Western penalties because of its continued provocations. But he offered no...
  • James Carville: Romney Will Run Again in 2016

    08/29/2014 1:50:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 09:20 PM | Greg Richter
    Democratic strategist James Carville believes two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney will go for a third try in 2016, even though the 2012 GOP nominee has said he won’t seek the nation’s top office again. “He’s run for president twice. I once noted that running for president was like having sex: No one did it once and forgot about it,” Carville said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” …
  • FEMA denies Hawaii’s post-storm disaster request

    08/28/2014 11:33:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power lines. FEMA denied the request because “it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to go beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” the agency wrote to the state Thursday. …
  • Fed Chair Yellen’s assets up 8 percent during 2013

    08/28/2014 11:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 4:25 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s assets rose in value by at least 8 percent during 2013, raising their total to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million, according to her latest financial disclosure released Thursday. Yellen’s biggest asset is a trust fund she set up in 1992 with her husband, George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist. The value of the trust fund is estimated at between $1 million and $5 million. Yellen’s assets have likely been driven up in value by a rebounding economy and a rising stock market. In 2012, her disclosure form estimated her assets at between $4 million...
  • ‘1984’ in 2014? Fed Gov’t Funds ‘Truthy’ Database to Monitor Hate Speech, Suspicious Memes

    08/28/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 9:46 AM
    The federal government is spending close to $1 million of your money on an online tracking program that will supposedly search for so-called “hate speech” or “misinformation” on Twitter. On Fox and Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. brought us more details on the “Truthy” database, which intends to monitor suspicious Internet memes as well as false or misleading ideas spreading around social media. […] The Indiana professor who is leading the project, Filippo Menczer, had previously identified a list of hashtags that he believed fell under the categories of “far right” and “polarizing.” Among those that he...
  • Fort Hood shooter says he wants to become ‘citizen’ of Islamic State caliphate

    08/28/2014 6:44:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2014 | Catherine Herridge
    The convicted shooter in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a “citizen” of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group’s reach inside the U.S. The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McAuthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New...
  • Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

    08/28/2014 1:24:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says the fatal shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in his racially divided community. […] As a potential Democratic presidential candidate, Clinton has been criticized for waiting so long to talk about the black teen’s shooting by a white police officer. …
  • Tim Hortons Rolls Out Monstrous ‘Buffalo Crunch’ Doughnut

    08/28/2014 12:45:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Grub Street ^ | August 27, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Hugh Merwin
    While Burger King moves forward with its bid to buy Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion and its relocation to be closer to the constitutional monarchy up north, the Canadian chain has taken a very deep dive into fast-food mash-up territory with this “Buffalo Crunch” doughnut, now being served exclusively at the New York State Fair through Monday. It consists of a pull-apart yeast doughnut that’s dunked in Buffalo sauce and crusted with crushed-up chips. …
  • Santa Fe council votes to decriminalize pot

    08/28/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 3:13 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    The cost of getting caught with a little weed in Santa Fe will drop to just $25 max, thanks to a City Council vote Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana. When the ordinance goes into effect, those caught with an ounce or less of marijuana in arts loving Santa Fe will be hit with a civil fine. Previously, it was a criminal misdemeanor carrying a possible $100 fine and jail time. With the 5-4 vote, the liberal-leaning northern New Mexico capital known for its arts market and tourist draws joined the national movement to change marijuana laws, and became the first city...
  • Police suspect arson in Berlin mosque fire

    08/28/2014 6:00:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Aug 2014 12:55 GMT+02:00
    Investigators now believe a fire which damaged a mosque in Berlin earlier in August was started deliberately. Police had believed that the fire at the Mevlana mosque in Kreuzberg might have been caused by a technical fault or started accidentally, but both of those possibilities have now been ruled out. […] The fire began in building materials stored in an unfinished extension to the structure and caused smoke damage to the façade and the interior of the mosque. Renovation and extension work has been going on at the site since 2013. …
  • 89% of Gaza Residents Support Rocket Attacks on Israel

    08/28/2014 2:42:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 8/28/2014, 12:25 PM | Ari Soffer
    89% of Gazans support indiscriminate rocket fire against Israel civilians, according to a poll released on Wednesday. The survey, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), also showed widespread support for UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which has been fiercely criticized of turning a blind eye to Hamas incitement in its schools in the Gaza Strip, as well as the use of its school buildings to store rockets. Asked about their opinion on the issue of “firing rockets at Israel”, 60.3% “strongly supported” such actions, while a further 28.6% supported it somewhat—for a total of...
  • White House preps legal case for immigration steps

    08/28/2014 2:32:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 3:07 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. The argument goes something like this: Beyond failing to fix broken immigration laws, Congress hasn’t even provided the government with enough resources to fully enforce the laws already on the books. With roughly 11.5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally—far more than the government could reasonably deport—the White...
  • Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

    08/28/2014 2:25:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 3:43 AM EDT | Kurt Voigt
    Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions. In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren’t comfortable with their child playing football. The same percentage was uncomfortable with ice hockey, and 45 percent were uncomfortable with participation in wrestling. Only five percent, though, said they have discouraged their child from playing in the last...
  • On Syria, Obama faces questions on Congress’ role

    08/28/2014 2:19:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 3:02 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? […] This time around, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress. …
  • Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

    08/28/2014 1:21:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Josh Boak
    Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think the recession exerted a permanent drag on the economy, according to a survey being released Thursday by Rutgers University. By contrast, in November 2009, five months after the recession officially ended, the Rutgers researchers found that only 49 percent thought the downturn would have lasting damage. And that was when the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent, compared with the current 6.2 percent. …
  • Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque (Switzerland)

    08/28/2014 12:30:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 Aug 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    One person was killed Friday in a shooting in the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen, police said. Media reports said the victim was 18 and was killed as a result of a row between Albanian families. […] The suspected killer was arrested at the scene, Saint Gallen cantonal police told AFP, without giving further details about the individual. …
  • Anti-stress law moves step closer in Germany

    08/28/2014 12:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Aug 2014 14:47 CET
    Germany’s Labor Minister Andrea Nahles has given her backing to an anti-stress law, announcing a study into workers’ mental health on Tuesday. Nahles told the Rheinische Post newspaper that she had commissioned the Federal Institute for Health and Safety at Work to come up with a report on the feasibility of a possible law to protect workers from stress caused by smartphones and constant contact with their bosses. “There is an undeniable link between having to be constantly available [for work] and the rise in mental illnesses,” she said, but she added it would be a challenge to implement any...
  • USDA: Yucky School Lunches Can Produce “Civic-Minded, Community-Conscious Adults”

    08/28/2014 12:04:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 27, 2014 - 11:43 AM
    Who imagined that the Obama administration’s effort to make school lunches more nutritious (but less delicious) would encourage children to become little community organizers? The U.S. Agriculture Department has found an upside to all those “healthy” school lunches that students refuse to eat: It says schools can use the plate waste as a “learning opportunity” to turn young students into “civic-minded, community-conscious adults.” …
  • Neighbors urge Japan to stick to history

    08/27/2014 11:57:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 2:16 AM EDT | Mari Yamaguchi
    China and South Korea on Thursday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions. […] Many Asian countries that suffered from Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century see honoring war criminals as a lack of remorse by Tokyo for wartime aggression. The revelation of Abe’s note could especially worsen Japan’s ties with China and South Korea, which have repeatedly criticized Abe’s views...
  • Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

    08/27/2014 11:53:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 1:22 AM EDT | Michelle Rindels and Jacques Billeaud
    With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people—especially those outside the U.S.—indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction. Tourists from Japan flock to ranges in Waikiki, Hawaii, and the dozen or so that have cropped up in Las Vegas offer bullet-riddled bachelor parties and literal shotgun weddings, where newly married couples can fire submachine gun rounds and pose with Uzis and ammo belts. “People just want to experience things they can’t experience elsewhere,” said Genghis Cohen, owner of Machine Guns Vegas. “There’s not an action movie in the past 30 years without...
  • Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

    08/27/2014 8:56:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.08.14 @ 12:40 | Benjamin Fox
    A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer. Opinion was divided on whether cannabis should be banned. Forty-five percent believed that it should be regulated, while 53 percent felt it should be banned. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of respondents added that hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy should be illegal. Eurobarometer interviewed more than 13,000 15-24 year olds across the bloc in June for the survey, which was released on Thursday (21 August). It focused on levels of drug use, perceived risk of certain substances, as well as opinions...
  • Russians, Chinese keen to buy EU passports from Malta

    08/27/2014 8:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26.08.14 @ 08:30 | Andrew Rettman
    Russians, Chinese, and people from the Middle East have shown the most interest in Malta’s sale of EU passports so far. A spokeswoman for Henley & Partners, the British firm handling the controversial passport scheme, told EUobserver that “over 200” people from 30 different nationalities have applied since it got up and running in early 2014. She added that: “The main geographic areas from which applicants originate are the MENA [Middle East and north Africa] region, Russia, China, and South East Asia”. She also said the well-heeled applicants will bring in more than €200 million in foreign investment to the...
  • Report: Hamas Leader Haniyeh Hospitalized

    08/27/2014 7:15:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 8/28/2014, 3:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Ismail Haniyeh, a senior leader of Hamas and formerly its Prime Minister in Gaza, was taken to hospital on Wednesday evening, Channel 2 News reported. There were no details as to what the reason for the hospitalization was, or what his condition is. Senior members of Hamas, however, denied there was anything wrong with Haniyeh. The officials said that reports of the leader’s hospitalization were nothing but “false rumors”. …
  • Buffett puts shareholders ahead of patriotism in Canadian deal

    08/27/2014 8:50:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:16pm EDT | Luciana Lopez
    Warren Buffett may be most famous for the billions of dollars he has made from investing, but he is also well known as a cheerleader for the United States. The Oracle of Omaha routinely exhorts investors to put their money in America, “the mother lode of opportunity,” as he wrote in his annual letter this year. So Buffett’s participation in fast-food chain Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s purchase of coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc.—complete with relocation of Burger King’s domicile to Canada—might at first blush raise questions about his patriotism. Investors and tax experts say Miami-based Burger King’s move...
  • Iran says testing new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

    08/27/2014 8:41:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:57am EDT | Michelle Moghtader in Dubai and Fredrik Dahl in Vienna
    Iran has conducted “mechanical” tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear program. Iran’s development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials as it could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster. …
  • EU summit only to decide Van Rompuy and Ashton successors

    08/27/2014 8:37:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 27/08/2014 - 16:20
    The extraordinary EU summit on 30 August, which was expected to put together “the full puzzle” of the EU top jobs for the next five years, will only decide on the successors of Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, sources told EurActiv today (26 August). Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission President-elect, is reported to be convinced that it is not possible to decide on the composition of the future Commission before leaders decide who will succeed Van Rompuy and Ashton. If the summit decides on the two top jobs, it is expected that Juncker would...
  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    08/27/2014 8:03:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:13 AM EDT | Lori Hinnant
    Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister. In a statement Wednesday after a fourth round of questioning before magistrates, Lagarde said she would return to her work in Washington later in the day and said the decision was “without basis.” She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles. …
  • Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

    08/27/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 9:14 AM EDT
    The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet was proposing a six-month limit on EU citizens staying in the country, which is Europe’s biggest economy, without a job. In addition, he said EU citizens suspected of having abused Germany’s welfare system can be banned from re-entering the country. “Freedom of movement is an essential part of the European integration, which we fully stand behind,” de Maiziere told reporters...
  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

    08/27/2014 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are still trying to match results reported in two papers published by the journal Nature in January and then retracted in July. […] (Riken scientist Haruko) Obokata and other researchers in Boston and Japan participating in the project said they used a simple procedure to turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells. They exposed cells from spleens of newborn mice to...
  • Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

    08/27/2014 7:16:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 9:46 AM EDT | Sylvia Hui
    Members of Britain’s Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham. Muhbeen Hussain, founder of Rotherham Muslim Youth Group, told the Daily Mirror on Wednesday that Muslims are disgusted that justice was not done—leading to some 1,400 children being sexually exploited over a 16-year period, mostly by Pakistani men. “Race, religion or political correctness should never provide a cloak of invisibility to such grotesque crimes.” …
  • BDS Victory Over SodaStream Equals 900 Palestinians Out of Work (moving out of West Bank to Negev)

    08/26/2014 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Shalom Life ^ | August 26th, 2014 | Daniel Koren
    One of the biggest news stories that accompanied the start of 2014 was Scarlett Johansson being named as the global ambassador of SodaStream, an Israeli company based out of the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, which develops home carbonation systems that allow users to convert tap water into sparkling water, in more than 100 flavors. […] Now, it seems the supporters finally have their wish: SodaStream has announced, in a reported non-political move, that they are moving the factory from the West Bank to a land that indisputably belongs to Israel (unless you’re a member of Hamas or ISIS),...
  • US criticizes Vietnam convictions of dissidents

    08/26/2014 9:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
    The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh and Nguyen Van Minh to 3 years, 2 years and 2½ years respectively on Tuesday as “bogus.” …
  • Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    08/26/2014 8:49:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:43 PM EDT
    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand. […] The race to replace Republican Gov. Jan Brewer began as a fairly quiet contest focused on health care and jobs before shifting abruptly when thousands of immigrant children began pouring into the country and some settled in Arizona. …
  • Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    08/26/2014 8:45:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 11:27 PM EDT | Brendan Farrington and Bill Barrow
    Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist continued his political comeback Tuesday as Democratic voters selected him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were choosing candidates for statewide office. Crist easily defeated former state Sen. Nan Rich, while Scott coasted in his own primary toward a general election matching the state’s last two Republican governors. Both have struggled with sagging approval ratings and run-ins with conservatives. “It’s a wonderful night,” Crist declared after accepting a concession call from Rich. Crist said the strong showing is a sign that Democrats believe in...
  • Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it (barf alert)

    08/26/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12:20 23.08.14 | Or Kashti
    “For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand,” a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. “I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice. I’m ready to kill someone with my hands, and it’s an Arab. In my education I learned that … their education is to be terrorists, and there is no belief in them. I live in an area of Arabs, and every day...
  • Congress Is Overpaid And Underworked

    08/26/2014 2:12:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:58 PM 08/26/2014 | David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
    The American public is frustrated with Congress. There is a constant stream of bickering between the two parties and two chambers, while the country falls deeper into debt to the tune of $1.3 billion per day. Congressional approval ratings are an abysmal 13 percent. To top it all off, Congress is in the middle of a five-week recess. Followed by their return on September 8, where they are only expected to be in session for 15 days before they adjourn and head home to try and get re-elected. With such little action from our lawmakers and so much of their...
  • Winter Is Coming: 1,097 Record Low Temperatures Broken So Far In August

    08/26/2014 2:06:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:45 PM 08/25/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    It’s been a cool summer so far for many across the U.S. as 1,097 record low temperatures were set in August, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) temperature data. NOAA reports that 1,097 “low maximum” temperature records were broken between Aug. 1 and Aug. 23 at locations across the country this year. This means that these temperatures on the day they were recorded were the coolest on record. After a particularly long and frigid winter, summer for much of the U.S. has been cooler than normal, according to NOAA data. The average temperature for July was just 73.3...
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 1:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM EDT | John Heilprin
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes—banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors—until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. In a bid to set public policy, the World Health Organization said the popular nicotine-vapor products, particularly the fruit, candy and alcohol-drink flavors, could serve as gateway addictions for children and adolescents. It recommended governments forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship in a market that has mushroomed to $3 billion last year and now includes 466 different brands. …
  • Thugs rough-up Jewish couple, drive off flying Palestinian flags (Upper East Side, NYC)

    08/26/2014 11:36:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 26, 2014 | 3:24am | Aaron Feis
    A gang of anti-Semitic thugs roughed up a Jewish man and his wife on the Upper East Side on Monday evening before fleeing in cars flying Palestinian flags, police sources told The Post. Two cars and multiple motorcycles pulled up to the couple on East 63rd Street near Third Avenue just after 8 p.m., and the assailants began yelling “anti-Jewish statements,” the sources said. …
  • China courts documentaries as it limits expression

    08/26/2014 2:11:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 2:31 AM EDT | Louise Watt
    China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it’s cracking down on them. Authorities are handing more slots to documentaries, giving even independent filmmakers a chance to be shown on state television. But while China is avidly pursuing what it considers serious content to replace popular dating, reality and game shows, it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line. A weekend crackdown by authorities on an independent film festival in Beijing was the worst in its eight-year history, with police confiscating hundreds of films and briefly detaining two organizers. China’s broadcasting authority has...
  • Hamas Captives: Haniyeh Hiding in Hospital

    08/26/2014 12:40:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/26/2014, 8:59 AM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    The Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shin Bet) has published a report on Hamas’s use of public buildings as cover for operational activity. The ISA said that interrogation of captives taken in Operation Protective Edge gave a “somewhat disturbing” picture of Hamas’s use of civilians and public buildings to carry out military activity, “out of an assumption that Israel will avoid hitting them.” …
  • Report: EU countries set out new vision for Gaza

    08/25/2014 1:33:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.08.14 @ 09:24 | Andrew Rettman
    France, Germany, and the UK have circulated a draft UN resolution on the Gaza conflict designed to end the rule of Hamas in return for Israel lifting its seven-year blockade of the Strip. The text, entitled “Elements”, was circulated in New York earlier this week and leaked on Thursday (21 August) to Israeli daily Haaretz. According to the newspaper, the resolution calls for Hamas, a militant group which advocates armed resistance against Israel, to hand over power to the Palestinian Authority, which is prepared to recognize Israel in return for the creation of a Palestinian state. It also calls for...
  • Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union (i.e. Putin’s new USSR)

    08/25/2014 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.08.14 @ 13:25 | Valentina Pop and Andrew Rettman
    Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday (24 August), the German chancellor said her visit to Kiev on Saturday was designed to prepare for peace talks between Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk on Tuesday, but warned the public not to expect a “breakthrough”. She mentioned Ukrainian “decentralization”, a deal on gas prices, and Ukraine’s “trade relations” with Russia as elements that could bring about an accord. “And if...
  • Confirmed: Rocket Strikes Upper Galilee (launched from Lebanon)

    08/25/2014 1:16:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 10:58 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Sirens sounded throughout the Upper Galilee close to 10:15 pm Monday night, just before a series of explosions were heard near Kiryat Shmona. The IDF confirmed at 10:35 pm that one rocket, fired from Lebanon, struck the Upper Galilee area. No injuries or damage were reported. […] The Lebanese Army arrested several terrorists involved in at least one salvo on the Galilee, but also complained to mediating body UNIFIL after the IAF responded to the attacks. …
  • Germans could pay for EU unemployed

    08/25/2014 12:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | Published: 25 Aug 2014 13:20 CET
    Germans could foot the bill for unemployment benefits in other European countries under an EU plan to tax the union’s richest states.László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, set out his proposal in June in Berlin to share the burden of unemployment benefits among EU countries. The plan is now “not far from the table”, CDU politician and MEP Herbert Reul told Welt newspaper on Monday. Andor claims that in a time of economic downturn, this concept could stabilize and revive struggling economies. He told the Welt on Monday that his plan would not replace countries’ unemployment...
  • Goldstone Report Judge Named to UNHRC Gaza Probe

    08/25/2014 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 6:47 PM | (AFP/Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Former New York judge Mary McGowan Davis was appointed on Monday to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commission investigating Israel’s Operation Protective Edge and that actions of the Hamas terrorist group. The move comes after Lebanese-born British lawyer Amal Alamuddin—Hollywood star George Clooney’s fiancée—turned down her nomination citing existing professional commitments. The selection of McGowan Davis is par for the course for UNHRC’s probe, given that the judge was part of the 2009 Goldstone committee which accused Israel of “war crimes” in Operation Cast Lead. Israel rejected the findings of the report which many assessed as blatantly biased, and...
  • IDF Reveals the Gaza That the UN is Hiding

    08/25/2014 12:43:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 8:38 PM | Ari Yashar
    An informative new video posted to YouTube on Monday by the IDF shows how the damage in Gaza reported by the UN is only giving half of the picture, and skewing the facts on the ground. In the video maps published by the UN showing Gaza buildings damaged in Operation Protective Edge are represented by red dots. However, the video goes on to clarify how these buildings—which include private homes, hospitals and schools—are being used to launch rockets and attacks from terror tunnels. …
  • Hard to swallow? Burger King may move to Canada

    08/25/2014 12:39:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2014 3:33 PM EDT | Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman
    Some Burger King customers are finding it hard to swallow that the home of the Whopper could move to Canada. Investors seemed to welcome the announcement by Burger King late Sunday that it was in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and create the world’s third-largest fast-food restaurant company. The news pushed shares of both companies up more than 20 percent. But customers were already voicing their discontent with the 60-year-old hamburger chain because of its plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Miami to Canada in a deal that could lower its taxes. …
  • London Mosque With Terror Past Locks Up Journalist

    08/25/2014 7:59:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 8/25/2014, 5:04 PM | Ari Yashar
    A British journalist working for Al Jazeera was held against his will while trying to get an interview at London’s Finsbury Park Mosque, which formerly was run by the notorious Al Qaeda cleric Abu Hamza, recently convicted on multiple terror charges. In an article Sunday, journalist Ben Flanagan documented his visit along with video footage filmed on his cell phone, and shows how he was locked in a room and not let out until police came. …