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  • Kidde Recalls Residential Smoke Alarms and Combination Smoke/CO Alarms

    12/19/2014 5:33:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Healthy Canadians ^ | September 11, 2014 | Canada
    This recall involves Kidde branded AC/DC powered residential Carbon Monoxide / smoke alarms models KN-COSM-IBACA, i12010S-CO-CA and i12010S-CA. Approximately 112,000 units were sold in Canada at various retailers and 670,000 units were sold in the United States. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/kidde-smoke-and-carbon-monoxide-detectors-recalled-1.2763753
  • Probe uncovers 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’: Iraq PM

    12/13/2014 6:11:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    alarabiya ^ | Sunday, 30 November 2014 | staff
    Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi said Sunday an investigation had found a list of “ghost soldiers” in the Iraqi military. Uncovered the presence of 50,000 fictitious named in four military units. “There are two kinds of ‘fadhaiyin,’” one experienced officer in the security forces said, using a word which, literally translated, means “space men,” and refers to the fictitious soldiers crowding the payroll.
  • Iraq’s Sunnis and Shiites coexist in Kurdish refugee camp

    12/10/2014 5:03:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 9, 2014 | Jad Sleiman
    IRBIL, Iraq — While Iraq is being torn apart along sectarian lines, Shiites and Sunnis have managed to keep the peace among themselves in a tent city, Camp Hashem. More than 1,300 displaced by war that pits "Islamic State" against Iraque and Kurd forces. The French relief agency in charge maintains order among the mixed, destitute population with just a half dozen employees and no security personnel. While new neighbors at the camp get along, each understand; the "Islamic State" could never have achieved success without help from within.
  • America’s Children: The Trials of Growing Up in a Police State

    12/09/2014 5:22:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 110 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | John Whitehead - The Rutherford Institute
    Cleveland killer officer shot to death 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing on a playground with a toy gun, no charges filed. Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez Cruz was shot 7 times in 10 seconds by a California killer deputy early on a clear afternoon, he grand jury refused the case and the DA exonerated. Christopher Roupe, 17, was shot and killed after opening the door to a killer officer, mis-identified a remote control in Roupe’s hand' shot him in the chest with his Glock, at three ft. it exploded both the child's lungs.
  • Kerry to Focus in Jordan on Jerusalem Tensions, Islamic State

    11/15/2014 10:27:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov ^ | Sat Nov 15 2014 | VOA
    <p>From Jordan... a dramatic steps backward, 50-day war in July and August, and numerous recent clashes at a key religious site in Jerusalem.</p>
  • TransCanada Boosts Keystone XL Cost Nearly 50% To $7.02B

    11/06/2014 5:47:26 PM PST · by Rabin
    Rigzone. ^ | Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | Nia Williams
    TransCanada, raised estimated capital costs for Keystone XL project to C$8 billion ($7.02 billion) from an initial projection of C$5.4 billion, citing lengthy delays. Keystone XL, which would carry Alberta oil sands crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has been awaiting U.S. presidential permit for more than six years...
  • Free Syrian Army rebels arrive in Kobani to fight against IS

    10/29/2014 9:14:28 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Aysor.am ^ | 2014/10/29 | Un-Named
    All nine (FSA) vetted fighters, as well as several friends and relatives arrived at Turk boarder near Kobani, the "Kurdush Alamo" later to be joined by up to a select Peshmerga dual pronged force, said to be on the move, accompanying a wheeled, heavy artillery cannon on Wednesday... In Kobani, Capping on a single air drop citizens: Christ, Muzz, Kurd. One and all, Docs, Lawyers, candlestick makers. Are paving the streets with ISIL slime from all over the world.
  • Islamic State crisis: Peshmerga fighters head to Turkey

    10/28/2014 9:36:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Panorama ^ | un-named
    Up to 15 select Peshmerga are soon to be on the move, with half of each going by air and the balance accompanying a heavy, two wheeled, black powder cannon via strategic, unspecified back roads or allies. Turkey agreed to the dual pronged Iraqi Kurd deployment last week after refusing to allow Turkish Kurds to cross the border. Earlier, whilst wildly cheered on by all nine vetted fighters of the Free Syrian Army, Turki prime minister Ert, disclaimed claims that he was not doing enough...
  • Hong Kong demonstrations continue to draw new supporters

    10/25/2014 9:38:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | (Oct 26) | STAFF
    Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are holding a street vote on Sunday
  • VA removes Alabama medical director at center of scandal

    10/24/2014 11:12:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 24, 2014 | Heath Druzin
    WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs finally removed an Alabama director of Alabama Veterans Healthcare. James Talton, had been on paid ($118.23/Hr) leave since August. Participating in or being oblivious to systematic falsifying of records, creative and recreational crank cocaine and prostitution therapies and covering thousands of unread patient X-rays "routinely lost" until recently. Multiple administrators on all levels, knew and turned a blind eye or actively tried to cover it up. Jim was removed after an investigation by the Office of Accountability Review investigation substantiated allegations of “neglect of duty,” according to a VA statement.
  • Spotlight: China, U.S. exchange views ahead of Obama's visit

    10/19/2014 9:37:24 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Oct. 19 | Staff
    State Councilor Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit early next month, to China, to prep him for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Beijing. Chinese official said China welcomes Obama's visit and is willing to work with the U.S. side to make sure that the upcoming Xi-Obama summit will achieve positive results, The state councilor reiterated China's "clear, determined and consistent position" that realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula..are in the common interest of China and the United States,"
  • Red Crescent calls for truce in Benghazi

    10/18/2014 11:11:51 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum
    The Red Crescent in Libya has called for a ceasefire in Benghazi to allow the evacuation of families trapped by street fighting between an alliance of Sunni groups and a mix of government forces. Banks, government offices, and some hospitals are closed in Libya's second-largest city. Egyptian war planes, continued to bomb Sunni positions.
  • Close to home: Anniversary of a community tragedy that still hurts

    10/18/2014 12:56:30 AM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | October 17, 2014, | EFREN CARRILLO AND MARY MOORE
    On Oct. 22, 2013, a young Latino boy named Andy Lopez was shot by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy. His death was a tremendous loss for our community. We all want our children to grow up...
  • IEA Chief: Oil Price Slump Yet To Hit US Shale Oil Production

    10/13/2014 10:00:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:01am EDT | SIMON FALUSH
    LONDON, Oct 13 Crude oil and condensates from the United States have a break even price of below $60. OPEC members clamoring for urgent output cuts, to push prices back above $100 a barrel, suck "heavily" on oil exports. Big Dog, Wahabi Arabia is telling the Oil Cartel, they (can't find any way to empower their PotUS) are comfortable with markedly lower oil prices for an extended period, a sharp shift in policy aimed at slowing the expansion in the U.S. shale patch.
  • Kurdish female suicide bomber revealed to be mother of two

    10/07/2014 7:53:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 7 October 2014 | Staff
    Dilar Gnecxemis, Kurdish fighter who carried out the "suicide bomb attack" on Sunday against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Kobane, was a 20-year-old mother of two and, commander in the the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Dilar had run out of ammunition, a lone servitor in a gun battle with ISIS on a hill outside of Kobane, prompting her to thumb down a grenades hammer and present to the ISIS thugs. Dilar’s attack was the first reported instance of a female Kurdish fighter blowing herself up against the group...
  • HK protests challenge supreme power organ

    10/03/2014 10:27:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 10.03.14 | Stafff
    Occupy Central movement is aimed at challenging China's supreme power organ. People have been staging protests in Hong Kong seeking the "real universal suffrage." They attempt to force the central authorities to change the decision of China's top legislature. A decision made on Aug. 31 granted universal suffrage in the selection of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)'s chief executive on the basis of nomination by a "select committee". The decision possesses unchallengeable legal status and authority. It is "a certain choice and the only choice" to safeguard the decision, in line with the "one country, two systems" policy...
  • PRESS GAGGLE

    10/03/2014 9:08:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    IIP DIGITAL ^ | October 3, 2014 | PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST
    Aboard Air Force One En Route Princeton, an Indiana event. U.S. foreign policy and international engagement. A full transcript will be available on the White House website. * * * * Q: Do you have the week-ahead? MR. EARNEST: I do have the week-ahead. Thank you for reminding me. Let me come through it here, and then we’ll all go put our seatbelts on. On Sunday, the President will deliver remarks at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, D.C. On Monday, the President will attend a DNC roundtable in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, the President...
  • Oil swoons below $95

    09/30/2014 10:07:50 PM PDT · by Rabin · 21 replies
    alarabiya, Reuters ^ | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Staff
    World oil prices tumbled to their lowest in more than two years on Tuesday, with U.S. crude posting its biggest daily decline since 2012... the U.S. dollar rose.
  • Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From Oil Industry

    09/29/2014 7:37:22 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2014 | Mark Stevenson
    CIUDAD MIER, Mexico (AP) — Mexico adjusted 75 years of crony-corruption to reform its state-owned oil industry. As it prepares to develop rich Gulf Coast shale fields just south of Brownsville, and attract foreign investors. Brutal "drug" cartels rule Tamaulipas and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines. Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos last week show the gangs are have drilled 2,481 taps into the pipelines. Pemex estimates it's lost some 7.5 million barrels worth $1.15 billion. Pemex director Emilio Lozoya (a friend of Eric), called the trend "worrisome."
  • Monitoring Group: Air Strikes Hit Oilfields & Islamic State Bases in Syria

    09/26/2014 9:43:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014 | Staff
    BEIRUT, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Air and missile strikes, hit oilfields overnight and early Friday. U.S. started bombing in northern and eastern Syria on Tuesday. The United States has been bombing the al Qaeda splinter group "Islamic State" since last month. Missile and air strikes near the city of al-Mayadin, and the al-Tanak oilfields in Deir al-Zor, an area (now) almost entirely controlled by the splinter group had been major oil-producing al-Quriyah resource region. Oil has been a top source of revenue for al Qaeda and the administration supported Brotherhood. Air raids on Thursday are a first step, to restore...
  • Santa Rosa city hall emails about Lopez shooting released

    09/24/2014 10:02:43 PM PDT · by Rabin
    But the documents also reveal additional details, some of which may help explain why city officials were so concerned with Combs' plans to go on live radio Oct. 25 to discuss the case. Lopez, 13, was shot and killed Oct. 22 by a sheriff's deputy who mistook his plastic BB gun for an AK-47 assault rifle, which it was designed to closely resemble. In the emails, Combs questions whether the Santa Rosa Police Department ought to even be investigating the shooting. "Is anyone there thinking about the appearance of our dept investigating the sheriff's dept at the same time as...
  • At tense VA hearing, doctors link delay to patient death

    09/17/2014 10:32:45 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 17, 2014 | Heath Druzin
    Doctors say deaths, can be linked to delays. A starkly different view than the one painted by VA inspector general’s report. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., questioning of acting VA IG, Richard Griffin, about whether IG was corruptly influenced by VA officials.... Miller banged his gavel to stop acting shill Griffin's speel. “You want the truth?” Griffin, incredulously. "As a physician” Katherine Mitchell, I believe the OIG case review systematically overlooked relationships between delays and deaths. Mitchell, joined by VA doctor Samuel Foot. Foot, "VA IG’s office used a criminal activity, as damage control, rather than using it to get to...
  • Transcript of Obama's speech on Islamic State strategy in Mideast

    09/16/2014 11:11:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Published: September 10, 2014 | 0B-1
    Now let’s make two things clear: 1. ISIL is not Islamic. The vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Sunni, never harm Shitt nor v-v). Further- more, neither detests the other so deeply as they mutually frown on the Iban / Wahab. 2. ISIL(+East) is certainly not a state, rather (it is a notaMuz) Cartel Calliefatethingy. High commissioner, Diversity = good, so we must assist the young & emerging callifiate into UN legitimacy, (non Islamic), Muslim Brotherhood principals and califfada long held imparities. This week, I have ordered our military to re-outfit with Jordan Flight Runner, non-boot ground contact...
  • Russia's PM Signals $40B State Help for Rosneft

    09/08/2014 10:13:26 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    RigZone ^ | September 08, 2014 | Reuters Staff
    Russian oil production, the major source of government revenue (40 + percent) of state revenues, may decline ..., the Energy Ministry said on Monday. Russia's economy (is) heavily dependent on crude exports and on the brink of collapse. Oil production has been broadly in decline this year mostly due to the depletion of West Siberia's oilfields.
  • Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis

    09/01/2014 9:52:17 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 1, 2014 | JIM GOMEZ ( Associated Press)
    The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for seeking only surrender options. When rebels challenged UN Camps at a crossing on the Syrian-Israeli, Golan Heights Wednesday. Al Qaida-Nusra, demanded the Fijian and Filipino peacekeepers surrender. The commander of U N Grovel Force, or UNGF, directed demand compliance. Fijian peacekeepers surrendered their weapons, munitions , supplies and pride, are now held by the Nusra. Flip Gen. Catapang, said "nuts", and instead, initiated a daring run for all you are worth, ending the sorta tense, standoff thing. The Philippines has given notice...
  • the nuclear option: when officer safety is job no. 1, citizens die

    08/31/2014 9:32:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014, | CHARLES HURT
    St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, officer safety is the number one issue, after two of his officers fired nine rounds into a shoplifter. Is a police officer's number one job really to protect himself and his partner? Really?
  • VA: No proof that delays in care caused deaths at Phoenix hospital

    08/25/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    The VA Inspector has been investigating the deaths for months and has now shared draft of his findings with Top Officials. The new VA Secretary McDonald said: "It is important to note" that while the report documents deficiencies in quality and substantial delays in care, OIG was unable to conclusively assert that the absence of quality or care directly caused the death of any these victims. This May, the inspector found that 1,700 veterans, waiting for primary care appointments at the Phoenix VA, did not show up on the wait list. An additional 1,800 will have to wait at three...
  • Lungmen 1 passes pre-operational tests

    08/23/2014 11:44:10 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    world-nuclear-news ^ | 01 August 2014 | Staff
    Pre-operational tests have been successfully completed at unit 1 of the Lungmen nuclear power plant in Taiwan. Start-up of the reactor has been delayed until a national referendum, not expected for up to another three years. Construction work began on the two 1350 MWe Advanced Boiling Water Reactors at Lungmen, in 1999, with the first scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2006 and the second in 2007. NT$300 billion ($10 billion) has already been spent building the plants both of which, will now mothball.
  • Vile boast of Jihadi John...

    08/23/2014 9:45:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    The Mail On Sunday ^ | 23 August 2014 | James Harkin, Ian Birrell And Sharon Churcher
    British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages, openly talked of making so much money they could retire to Kuwait or Qatar, The four Islamic State jihadis – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start. American hostages – especially Foley, whose brother was discovered to be serving in the US Air Force – were picked out for the most brutal beatings.
  • Victims’ Rights Week 2012 - by Jill Ravitch and Gloria Eurotas

    08/15/2014 10:09:43 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    FBI News Today ^ | April 18, 2012 | Jill Ravitch and Gloria Eurotas
    Jill Ravitch is Sonoma County’s District Attorney and Gloria Eurotas is the director of Victim Services. You’re late for work, and don’t take the time to kiss your 13-year-old son goodbye as he leaves for school. It’s just another day, and you think nothing of it, you will connect with him in the evening. Then the nightmare begins. The phone rings and you find that a deranged Deputy Sharif unloaded his service weapon down the sidewalk and hit a child as he walked home. You race to the hospital and find officials present with police. The Depuity is not in...
  • MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

    08/14/2014 9:24:02 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz. ^ | July 24th, 2014 | Michael Hoffman
    Russia builds all of the rocket engines that deliver U.S. military satellites into space. Gen. William Shelton, U.S. Space Command, said Tuesday the recent missile attack on Malaysian passenger jet that killed 298 people will not result any change to this (crony driven, United Launch Alliance) RD-180 engine arrangement. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX, has sued the Air Force for the oppertunity to compete, for contracts that provide lift to military and intel satellite. Right now, only ULA is allowed to "compete" for the $9 billion Engine project. //Snip// Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin threatened in May to cut...
  • Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds

    08/12/2014 9:27:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Brookings ^ | August 11, 2014 | Kenneth M. Pollack
    What Happened to the Peshmerga? Without a doubt, one of the biggest and most disturbing surprises of the past week was the seeming ease with which ISIS fighters defeated Kurdish Peshmerga forces, seizing several towns in northern Iraq, the Mosul Dam, and even threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). All of this has conveyed an impression of Kurdish weakness very much contrary to the accepted wisdom that the Peshmerga were more than capable of defending their lands.
  • Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is 'Horse-bleep"

    08/12/2014 1:04:32 AM PDT · by Rabin · 20 replies
    World News ^ | 08.11.14 | Josh Rogin
    Obama and Hillary split on whether the catastrophe in Syria could have been avoided if the United States had played a role. Ob1 invited Senate and House leaders from both parties. Bitched out criticism of the directed clumping of Naszamba with Wahhabi' in anti Assad arms distribution. Sen. Bob Corker (R) inquired of Ob1 on issues - Syria, ISIS, Russia, and Ukraine. Ob Responded at length. (wo Teleprompter) opined, allegation that selectively arming allies could have led to better outcomes, is horseshit. Crocker, “three years of rhetoric, divorced from reality & some 170,000 good Syrians, slaughtered... Our President encouraged the...
  • Jill Ravitch spent $63,000 on Andy Lopez review

    08/09/2014 9:34:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | August 7, 2014 | PAUL PAYNE
    Sonoma County prosecutors spent $63,000 on outside consultants, and other expenses during an investigation into the shooting death of a child, who was shot and killed by a County Deputy Sheriff. The expense, included $10,000 payment to a William Lewinski, director of Minnesota-based, Force Science Institute who bills himself as an authority and is known in legal circles as someone who can be relied upon. The report concluding Gelhaus had to shoot 13-year-old Lopez to stop a perceived threat to the deputy and his partner.
  • Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega: MURDERED, victim of lax border enforcement.

    08/08/2014 9:38:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    W B daily ^ | Aug 8, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    Just two weeks prior to Holder’s contempt vote, Obama showed contempt for Congress himself, signing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order credited with the latest Border Crisis. Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega is dead today (thanks to) Congress and President Obama, said the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Vega was murdered while fishing with his father earlier this week.. There is no claim that the murder was with a Fast and Furious gun but his death, at the hands the two illegal alien thugs that had been deported multiple times previously, certainly exemplifies one of the dangers...
  • US weighs airstrikes, humanitarian aid in Iraq

    08/07/2014 11:24:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    The White House(sic) is weighing unsupported air strikes to "stem Islamist militant" gains in Iraq, as well as humanitarian relief for thousands of displaced religious minorities in the country's (Kurdish) north, according to US defense. Un-named Republicans allegedly call for the president to "take action", he doesn't need the approval of lawmakers... Meanwhile, President B Ob huddles with his national security team between fund raisers and golf on Marthas to discuss the Wahhabi gains. Any physical activity would mark a significant shift in the American paralysis, US military was yanked (Saigon, again) in late 2011 after discovering the clear, but...
  • Bergdahl attorney says client has been vilified

    08/06/2014 10:12:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Bergdahl, 28, "sent back" after years held by Suni Dominants. Obama agenda of the moment ordered Bergdahl's release from Haqqani in trade for five Taliban, some of the deadliest against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
  • Iraqi Kurds: A nation in waiting

    07/27/2014 10:51:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 27, 2014 | Slobodan Lekic
    The Kurdish region of Iraq and Turkey, border Iran, and Syria. Kurds have a well developed, effective government, parliament and security force. The region has had nearly total independence since Iraq's defeat in the 1991 Gulf War. // Snipp // Largely corrupted remnants of U.S.-trained Iraqi Army, crumbled under the Saudi-wahhabi push East. Peshmerga recovered strategic northern positions, including suburbs of now, wahhab dominated City Mosul. //Snipp// Many Kurdish Iraqi leaders believe ever blossoming federal cronyism, and recently demonstrated national defense atrophy, lay bare a chronic Humpty Dumptyism. The Nation may best function as a Republic. “I don’t think Iraq...
  • 69 years after USS Indianapolis tragedy, survivor tells his tale

    07/26/2014 1:06:43 AM PDT · by Rabin · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | july 25, 2014 | Carlos Bongioanni
    July 30, 1945, two torpedoes struck the USS Indianapolis with almost 1,200 men aboard. The xplosions obliterated the ship’s front, water rushed in. Bulkheads crumpled. It only took 12 minutes for the cruiser to sink.
  • THEY’RE ALLOWED TO SHOOT CHILDREN ON THE STREET

    07/22/2014 12:37:34 AM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Andy, walking down a street in Santa Rosa. (the patrol car chirped, an officer came out shouting then shooting). Erick Gelhaus— fired 8 large hollow point slugs at 13-year-old Andy Lopez. One missed. DA Ravitch, released her exoneration explaining in appalling detail Andy's (how to buy a child drugg smear)... Jill's picked “drug & drink " expert review concerning (Eric)the shooter and his partner's BDA content have been omitted from Dr. Jones. The DA (office) paid Jones to review the (after action) lab results and (to) compare them to what was "known" about Eric and Andy's drug and alcohol use....
  • Benghazi attack suspect pleads not guilty in US court

    07/20/2014 9:24:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Fance 24 ^ | 06-29-2014 | Staff
    The Libyan charged over the deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi pleaded not guilty in a US court on Saturday. Ahmed Khatallah has been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to provide material support... FBI Director James Comey hailed Khatallah's capture as a "major step forward", US officials suggest that the suspect was "hiding in plain sight"...
  • Dunford urges Congress to approve Russian helicopter deal

    07/17/2014 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | : July 17, 2014 | John Vandiver
    Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford urged to back off plans to cut funding ($550 million contract for Rosoboronexport, Russian supplier of the Mi-17), claiming it would have a “catastrophic” effect on Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations. By the end this year, U.S. will abandon its position in Afghanistan. Russian forces who will replace US are flight ready with the Mi-17, though many would prefer American class equipment.
  • Pentagon’s big budget F-35 fighter ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’

    07/15/2014 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order — which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland. F-35 is on track to become by far the military’s most numerous warplane. It was designed to replace almost all current fighters in the Air Force and Marine Corps and complement the Navy’s existing F/A-18s.
  • Sonoma County grand jurors say they're not equipped to investigate officer-involved shootings

    07/13/2014 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | July 12, 2014 | LORI A. CARTER
    Every year since 2001, the Sonoma County grand jury has reviewed what police call “critical incidents” – officer-involved shootings and the deaths of suspects or criminal defendants in custody. Until this year. The 2013-14 grand jury, whose term ended June 30, declined to examine such cases. That includes the October fatal shooting of teenager Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus, among other deaths involving law enforcement in the past year. Citing a lack of expertise, financial support and public misconceptions about their role, Sonoma County grand jurors decided to diverge from the longstanding custom.
  • Sheriff's deputy will NOT be charged for shooting dead 13-year-old child.

    07/11/2014 11:34:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 88 replies
    Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter ^ | Updated: 10:09 EST, 8 July 2014 | Staff
    Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus shouted then shot (dead 13-year-old Andy Lopez on October 22, 2013), Eric fired eight rounds. The hit / miss order can never be known. What is known is that Andy had failed to orange tip the bb-gun and that he never returned fire. Forensic indicate the 73 lb. perp took three 44 hollow points in the back and right side (falling?) plus four horizontals, head , neck lower...
  • Iraqi Kurds take over two northern oil fields

    07/11/2014 9:37:48 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Stars & Stripes.com ^ | July 11, 2014 | Sinan Salaheddin (AP)
    BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Maliki. The president of the Kurdish (prior, no fly) zone has said the areas won't be returned — including the highly disputed, flashpoint city of Kirkuk — and he called for Kurdish lawmakers to prepare to hold an independence referendum in the area, a move strongly opposed by Baghdad, Turkey and the United States. //Snip// http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/11/iraq-parliament-dysfunction.html,...
  • China’s growing assertiveness is transforming Japan’s security policy

    07/09/2014 9:42:03 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Aljazeera, America. ^ | July 9, 2014 6:00AM ET | Jennifer Lind
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a decision to reinterpret the Japanese constitution, allowing Tokyo to militarily support partners that are under attack.
  • Saudi Gas Development Plans Hit..

    07/07/2014 9:39:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Rigzone ^ | July 07, 2014 | Rania El Gamal; editing by Sami Aboudi and John Stonestreet
    Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia. The emergence of the shale gas industry has opened up more lucrative opportunities for energy companies elsewhere. Shell has decided to end further investment in the Kidan area of the Empty Quarter, the sea of sand dunes that cover south-east Saudi Arabia. Italy's ENI, Spain's Repsol and France's Total - have already abandoned the search for commercially viable gas deposits in that part of Saudi Arabia. Kidan, rich in sour gas...
  • No Decision

    07/02/2014 11:26:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    BohoBlog/archives/ ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Nicolas Grizzle
    A rumor that a decision on the fate of Sheriff's deputy who shot down 13 year old Andy Lopez, is imminent is false, says media coordinator of the Sonoma County District Attorney's office. A press conference (had been) scheduled for today to forgo murder charges against the killer, who challenged, then shot and killed Andy, October 22 last year. "A little mex, walking with a un-tipped look-alike AK-47, BB gun". //Snipp// Santa Rosa City Manager Kathy Millison sent an email Thursday to Santa Rosa City Council members and staff directing talking points to (prop). The assigned roles of the internal...
  • Sonoma County sheriff at-large shooting suspect not a threat

    06/27/2014 10:50:12 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    pressdemocrat ^ | June 27, 2014 | MARY CALLAHAN
    Sonoma County authorities say local residents would be alerted if officials thought there was a threat following last weekend's shooting death of a 15-year-old boy. Sheriff Freitas would release a suspect “pictures, everything,” if his investigators believed residents needed to be on the lookout. Absent such an imperative, Sheriff (will continue to withhold) all details... could tip their hand or "jeopardize efforts to recover untainted information...We release what we think won't hurt the investigation", sheriff's Lt. Carlos Basurto.. Nate Torres, a High School sophomore, was gunned down and three other kids wounded shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday outside a birthday...