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  • Iraqi Kurds: A nation in waiting

    07/27/2014 10:51:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 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.

    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 · 6 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 · 28 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 & ^ | 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//,...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Dept. Of Justice Sending Mediator To Salinas

    06/26/2014 10:25:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    cbs local ^ | May 28, 2014 | staff
    Salinas Police Chief (Kelly McMillin) spun up Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service on Friday to call in a "Conciliation Specialist" This is going to be a very important conversation... it will be good to have an expert,... The conversation comes after two officers shot a man to death on May 20, only 11 days after two other (deputies?) eliminated another man on May 9. Salinas fast guns also killed a suspect on March 21. //SNIPP// Welcome to Salinas, California. It’s a community of only 150,000 people & a US government 1033 program.... //Snip Snip// The 1033 Program "permits" the...
  • Cesar Chavez removed from ballot

    06/17/2014 10:29:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    politico ^ | 6/17/14 | Staff
    A relative of labor leader Cesar Chavez, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday to have a man using his grandfather's name stricken from the ballot in Arizona. The challenge, alleges that the man who changed his name to Cesar Chavez from Scott Fistler should be removed from the primary election ballot for misleading voters in the largely Hispanic seventh congressional district.
  • Three planeloads of American diplomats and contractors evacuated

    06/12/2014 10:30:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 29 replies ^ | 12 June 2014 | David Mccormack and Associated Press Reporter
    Three planeloads of American diplomats and contractors evacuated from northern Iraq amid growing fears as Al Qaeda uprising in the region spreads... Several hundred American contractors are still waiting to leave, although the State Department said on Thursday that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad continues to operate as usual.
  • Cantor Loses By 11 Million Voters

    06/11/2014 10:19:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies ^ | June 11, 2014 | ann colter
    The pro-amnesty crowd -- i.e., everyone except the American people -- promptly lost its collective mind. The amnesty shills went on the attack, insisting that Cantor's historic defeat had nothing to do amnesty. Brat's triumph was touted as simply a victory for the "tea party."
  • Meet Erick Gelhaus - The Sheriff’s Deputy Who Killed Andy Lopez

    06/10/2014 12:01:09 AM PDT · by Rabin · 29 replies
    International Business Times Russia Today ^ | October 30 2013 | Treye Green
    4. He Shot Andy Lopez Eight Times: Gelhaus stepped out of his vehicle and ordered Lopez to drop the gun. When the teen did not drop the weapon and turned facing the deputies, Gelhaus fired eight times at Lopez. //SNIP// (If a Deputy slaughters a child in the forest, will the Sharif make a sound?) //and then// Decision to reinstate officer who killed 13-year-old carrying toy gun ... The police officer who fatally shot a 13 yeae old child will be reinstated. Sonoma County Deputy Erick Gelhaus returned to work in Santa Rosa on Monday... (but) at a desk...
  • Police knew about killer's videos

    05/30/2014 1:14:38 AM PDT · by Rabin · 38 replies
    Associated Pres ^ | May 30 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD, TAMI ABDOLLAHs
    CHENG YUAN HONG Hong, 20, who went by the name James, grew up in Taipei and was pursuing a degree in computer science. /snip/ When Hong said he didn’t know where the candles were, Elliot performed a citizen’s arrest and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies found the candles on Hong’s bed. He was arrested and charged with a petty theft infraction. /snip/ Friends said he was a hard-working and bright student who was always willing to help others. He would always smile at everyone he knows,’’ said Han Chou, who knew the victim at UC Santa Barbara, murdered this week by...
  • Hacking case belies profitable US links with China

    Justice Department's indictment last week of five Chinese military officials accused them of trying to pilfer confidential information from American companies. Westinghouse, is building four nuclear reactors in China. Allegheny Technologies, operates a joint venture in Shanghai. Alcoa, is the biggest foreign investor in China's aluminum market. 77 Chinese company stocks now trade on the NYSE. e-commerce giant Alibaba - plans to list its stock in the United States, either on the NYSE or NASDAQ. General Motors sells more cars in China than in the United States.
  • Community activists await decision on charges in Andy Lopez case

    05/17/2014 9:49:36 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    ktvu ^ | May 15, 2014 | Rob Roth
    Community (is) growing impatient waiting for a decision by Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch on whether (or not) to file criminal charges against sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus in the shooting death (seven shots riddled the child) of 13-year-old Andy Lopez. Gelhaus told authorities he mistook the boy's (un tipped, realistic looking rifle replica) BB gun for an assault rifle last October. (While the autopsy report detailing entry points is restricted, ballistics indicate three of the seven penetrating slugs were retrieved from the earth near and/or under the boy's shredded body.) The District Attorney’s office Thursday would offer no timetable...
  • Fed shows faith in US economy

    04/30/2014 8:20:47 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Bueno Asarii Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | USFR press release
    The Federal Reserve look, dismal quarterly US "growth" and gave a mostly upbeat assessment Recent information "indicates that growth in economic activity has picked up ... "What the Fed is saying",ignore this first quarter number (AS) government reported that the economy grew at only a 0.1 percent annual "rate in a quarter", ... other recent data that has suggested activity is "bouncing" back. she said the nation may be more than two years away from what the Fed views as the new normal unemployment rate" of between 9 percent and 14 percent.
  • Andy Lopez activists to get 'free speech' table at Santa Rosa Plaza

    03/14/2014 12:30:57 AM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    pressdemocrat ^ | March 12, 2014 | MARTIN ESPINOZA
    Activists protesting the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez will have a “free speech” platform near the food court of the Santa Rosa Plaza, where just three weeks ago security guards ordered them to leave.
  • Turkey defers to Baghdad on oil from Iraqi Kurdistan

    02/20/2014 7:16:29 PM PST · by Rabin
    Al-Monitor: ^ | February 18, 2014 | Semih Idiz
    With hundred of thousands of barrels of its oil stuck in the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, unable to be sold on the world market because of its continuing row with Baghdad, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is discovering just how landlocked and boxed in it is in terms of utilizing the vast oil reserves under its control.
  • SC Supreme Court to rule on public autopsy reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Are autopsies medical records or public records? South Carolina's Supreme Court will begin grappling with that question Wednesday, when it hears a lawsuit by a Sumter County newspaper against the county's coroner. The Item newspaper wants the high court to toss out a lower court's ruling that said autopsies do not have to be made public because they do not fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act.
  • New study adds to evidence that mammograms do not save lives.

    02/12/2014 7:11:51 PM PST · by Rabin · 23 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb 12 | Staff
    Mammograms, the study found, increase perceived survival time without affecting the course of the disease. British Medical Journal... The 25-year study of 89,835 women in Canada, aged 40 to 59, randomly assigned the volunteers to receive either annual mammograms plus physical breast exams or physical exams alone.
  • NSA captures data on third of US calls

    02/07/2014 9:40:39 PM PST · by Rabin · 22 replies
    ...Obama has committed to ending government storage of phone records but still wants the NSA to have full access to the data. NSA and national intelligence officials declined to confirm or discuss the reports.
  • Police Investigation Into Andy Lopez Shooting Sent To DA

    01/30/2014 11:44:45 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) ^ | January 29, 2014 | Un-Named
    The Santa Rosa Police Department has completed its investigation of the Oct. 22 shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus. The results of the investigation conducted in conjunction with the Petaluma Police Department have been sent to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. It is time for my staff consider all the facts // Snipp // According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, a 20-page document was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco alleging that Deputy Erick Gelhaus has a history of using excessive force.
  • US aid for Afghanistan cut deeply by Congress

    01/25/2014 8:14:50 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 25, 2014 | Ernesto Londono and Karen DeYoung
    As congressional appropriators, slashed Afghanistan by half and barred U.S. defense officials from embarking on major new infrastructure projects Obama had long hoped to describe the end of America's longest war as a (yet another) foreign policy success. But Washington's appetite to remain engaged in Afghanistan appears to be eroding precipitously, because of the poisonous its relationship with the country's president.U.S. officials said the cuts and restrictions might appear starker than they actually are because agency heads will retain significant flexibility to use unspent funds from previous years or draw from other sources. President Karzai, has refused to sign a...
  • China reports 10 new H7N9 human cases

    01/25/2014 7:08:58 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    ecns ^ | 01-25 | Li Yan
    Ten human H7N9 bird flu, 10 (additional) newly reported on Friday, one in Beijing, one in Guangdong, one in Fujian, and seven in Zhejiang. In the first (of these) in Beijing was confirmed to have contracted H7N9 had bought pigeons and ate them before being admitted to the hospital. A 34-year-old woman in Shenzhen City had contracted the virus. She is also in a critical condition. The health authorities in Guangdong's neighboring province of Fujian also announced that a 46-year-old female in to have been sicken by the H7N9 virus, is in a critical condition. In east China's Zhejiang Province,...
  • Obama nominee questioned in disappearance of Marine’s missing heart

    01/20/2014 8:27:31 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 20, 2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    Philadelphia USA — Athens, Greece---- The mystery surrounding US Marine, Brian LaLoup’s missing heart has already drawn two nations into a Philadelphia federal court. Aug. 12, 2012, in a Greek government-run hospital in Athens, cut out their son’s heart. U.S. military officials never informed Brian's parents that their son’s remains were incomplete until well after his burial —Defense Department later located a heart and sent it back to the United States, but it was not Brian LaLoup’s. Dan Smith, US ambassador to Greece, “From the outset, this matter was a high priority for me. Three times before the procedure occurred,...
  • Cop Kills Schizophrenic Teen After His Family Asks for Help

    01/16/2014 10:26:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 15 replies
    care2 ^ | January 11, 2014 | by Judy Molland
    Eighteen-year-old Keith Vidal of Boiling Springs Lakes, N.C., shredded, following a schizophrenic episode. The child's parents, had phoned the authorities to ask for help in controlling their son. Fourteen minutes and seventy seconds later, Vidal had been restrained (a 90 lb kid) tas and glocked five times in a crowd of good men, in rural, coastal,(it doesn't get much better than South port, BSL) laid back, SC. Bryon Vassey's (Killer without a cause), Southport Police,> paid administrative leave and walks you'r streets tonight. //CliP// On Oct. 22, Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus, a marksman with 24 years in the (police) department,...
  • Man linked to Boston suspect killed by FBI

    01/10/2014 10:02:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 24 replies
    Xinh,won ^ | 2013-05-23 | Staff
    BosGlobe..2013-04-15, Jahar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev; two brothers Boston Marathon Terrorism. SNIP 2013-04-22 Vo R, HuffPo, Ibragim Todashev had been arrested and charged with aggravated fight with great bodily harm in Florida. BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhuanet), Florida early Wednesday morning while a man was being questioned by an FBI agent in Florida, law enforcement officers, including an FBI special agent from the Boston field office, and two Massachusetts State Police troopers, interviewed for approximately eight hours at his apartment in Orlando, Florida, They said that he implicated both himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the murders during the questioning and was beginning...
  • Ten Most Wanted

    01/03/2014 9:50:59 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    FBI (477) ^ | December 7, 1996 | Staff
    GLEN STEWART GODWIN Unlawful Flight to Avoid Confinement & Escape, Escape, Glen is being sought for his 1987 escape from (the max @) Folsom State Prison, where he had been serving a 26 year sentence for (very) killing a drug thug in 1980.. Later in 1987, Godwin was (shortly thereafter, again) arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After being convicted, (drug trafficking) he was sent to a prison in Guadalajara. In April of 1991, Glen killed yet another drug thug, then escaped again. Godwin is fluent in Spanish and (English) may be traveling in Central South America, and Mexico.
  • URENCO USA Announces it has reach 3 Million Separative Work Unite (SWU) Capacity

    12/14/2013 10:19:03 PM PST · by Rabin
    URENCO-USA ^ | September 16, 2013 | Staff
    Eunice, NM The URENCO USA uranium enrichment plant located outside Eunice, NM achieved a capacity milestone today by introducing uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6) into its newest centrifuge cascade. The activation of this cascade brings the enrichment plant to slightly over 3 million separative work units (SWU) of production capacity.
  • Family sues US after dead Marine's body sent home without heart

    12/10/2013 6:54:47 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 10, 2013 | Jeremy Roebuck
    The Navy initially told the LaLoups that parts of their son’s scalp were missing. Only when Beverly LaLoup inquired what would happen if they were later recovered did an official “accidentally” let slip that the scalp was intact but the heart was missing. Why was he (Brian LaLoup), encouraged to keep drinking the night of his death, despite talk of suicide? How was a weapons room left unlocked? And why was his body left in Greek custody when Marine and diplomatic protocol called for it to be returned to U.S. soil before any autopsy?
  • US to allow eagle deaths _ to aid wind power

    12/06/2013 9:05:43 PM PST · by Rabin · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    The Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for the lifespan of (a) wind farm. An investigation by The Associated Press earlier this year documented bald and golden eagles being killed by the giant, spinning blades of wind turbines. Obamalaw "reluctance" to prosecute such cases (while keeping) the scope of the eagle carnage secret. This Interior Department sanction, " is not a program to kill eagles. is about conservation." John Anderson, director of the Wind Energy Assoc. Interior Department refuses to release any information.
  • India trains Vietnamese navy to handle new Russian subs

    11/30/2013 7:20:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Thanhnien News ^ | Monday, November 25, 2013 | staff
    India’s navy is training over 500 Vietnamese submariners... India (will) issue Vietnam a US$100 million line of credit for the purposes of enabling the latter to acquire four naval patrol vessels from the former, the report said. The Indian Navy's extensive experience in operating Russian Kilo-class submarines, which dates back to the mid-1980s, will be invaluable to Vietnam as its navy learns how to handle their new underwater vessels, according to the In December 2009, Vietnam signed a $2 billion deal to buy six submarines from Russia, which is due to deliver them all by 2016.
  • Andy vs Sheriff’s Deputy Gelhaus

    11/27/2013 11:14:48 PM PST · by Rabin · 53 replies
    Oct. 22, 2013 | Rab.
    On Oct. 22, Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus, a marksman with 24 years in the (police) department, exited the car, took aim, shouted "drop the gun", (an AK-47 like, toy). As the boy turned (forensics document), seven penetrations in the center and right upper center & central lower quad. Three shots enter standing and falling, exiting the chest and face, Four enter prostrate with two exiting the top of the skull, one remaining in the lower abdomen and one exiting thru the left knee cap. Erick still feeling threatened hand cuffed riddled the 13-year-old, advised him of his 5th, then (cpr)...
  • Compact fluorescent bulb burns PNNL staff

    11/19/2013 7:04:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 43 replies
    PNNL ^ | 18, 2013 | Staff
    A PNNL staff member removed a burned-out compact piggy tail light bulb in his home and replaced it with a new one. When he turned on the switch, only a portion of the new bulb lit up. Assuming it was defective, he turned off the switch to remove it. Grasping the bulb, he felt a pain as if he had been cut by glass, and found a small, burn. Removing the bulb, he noticed the plastic base (see pix) was blackened at the point where it connected to the mercury tube.
  • Petraeus advised downgrading Swenson’s Medal of Honor bid, probe finds

    11/07/2013 11:02:09 PM PST · by Rabin · 20 replies
    Stripes and Stripes ^ | November 7, 2013 | Jonathan S. Landay
    WASHINGTON — Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus recommended that the Medal of Honor nomination of former Army Capt. William Swenson be downgraded to a lower award, according to a Pentagon investigation that failed to resolve how Swenson’s papers then disappeared instead of being sent up the chain of command.
  • All-Consuming N.S.A.

    11/02/2013 9:33:24 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2012-10-17 11:06:4 | W Ed Luodan
    When Willard Romney, took on President Obama at the White House, the NSA had intercepted Will's "GOP Secure line", a feat the agency later reported as an “operational POC”, in a weekly internal brag sheet. We kept Romney campaign’s servers in a ha-cl-oud, the computers however, in the clean rooms were never connected to the Internet, so they were the exclusive province of NSA. What NSA trying to learn from the Romney campaign? What able to extract, if anything? How much information NSA extract from targeting emails? Was the Secret Service or a U.S. agency such as the CIA involved?...
  • Hundreds pack Andy Lopez funeral Mass

    10/30/2013 8:46:51 PM PDT · by Rabin · 28 replies
    HE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | October 29, 2013 | MARTIN ESPINOZA
    Andy Lopez Cruz, age 13. On Oct. 22, Lopez was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy on Moorland Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa. The boy was carrying an airsoft BB gun designed to look like an AK-47 assault rifle, and police investigating the shooting said the deputy mistook the gun for a real weapon. Lopez's parents stood before the altar, next to their son's closed coffin, which was covered in white fabric. For the duration of the service, the boy's mother, Sujey Lopez, lay her arms over the coffin with her head against it. The boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez,...
  • Andy Lopez Cruz death: California cop's mistaken shooting of boy in seconds

    10/27/2013 9:02:53 PM PDT · by Rabin · 50 replies ^ | October 25, 2013 9:55:04 | Ronnie Cohen, Reuters
    SANTA ROSA, CALIF. - 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, less than 10 seconds elapsed from the time sheriff's deputies spotted a 13-year-old California boy carrying what they thought was an assault rifle and the moment they shot him dead, only to learn afterward the gun was a plastic replica. It took 16 seconds more for the two officers to call for medical assistance, according to the time line of events released by police investigating Tuesday's shooting Andy Lopez Cruz, had been on his way to a friend's house (with a toy) gun... He died at the scene... seven bullets struck the boy,...
  • The U.S.-Saudi crackup reaches a dramatic tipping point

    10/23/2013 7:57:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 23 at 6:12 pm | DAVID IGNATIUS
    The strange thing about the crackup in U.S.-Saudi relations is that it has been on the way for more than two years, like a slow-motion car wreck, but nobody in Riyadh or Washington has done anything to avert it. Snip//follow on to freep Red Badger//
  • Reports: Bill Russell arrested after loaded gun was found in carry-on bag at airport

    10/19/2013 7:44:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 25 replies ^ | October 19, 2013 | Ben Golliver
    Legendary NBA center Bill Russell was arrested Wednesday at the Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport when a loaded handgun was allegedly found in his luggage, according to multiple reports. KING-5 News and KIRO-TV in Seattle both report that Russell, 79, was arrested after a loaded .38-caliber handgun was found during a Transportation Security Administration screening of his carry-on bag. Russell reportedly had a permit for the weapon, which was confiscated. KIRO-TV reported that Russell, who has since been released, was cited by the Port of Seattle for carrying a weapon in a prohibited area and that the TSA will assess a monetary...
  • 2005 DODEA Teacher of Year dies after 41-year career

    10/18/2013 11:15:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 18, 2013 | Ashley Rowland
    SEOUL — Former Seoul American High School music teacher Irene Lee died Thursday. Lee, a native of De Smet, S.D.(had) retired in June after a 41-year of quality teaching. “Irene seemed to know every single student, their families, when and what they were going through. She genuinely cared for them. That takes great emotional commitment. Everybody was family to her, and she inspired trust.” Lee moved to Seoul in 1983 after teaching elementary school in Stuttgart, Germany, according to a 2004 Stars and Stripes article. The DODEA; Lee was “a huge part of shaping my teenage years. Taught me a...
  • For the families of four U.S. soldiers

    10/08/2013 8:22:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    reuters ^ | Oct 8, 2013 | Phil Stewart
    The Pentagon says it is not allowed to pay these families a death gratuity, so long as the shutdown continues. The same goes for the family of a Marine who died in Afghanistan on Saturday and any others who die during the budget impasse.
  • Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei...

    10/03/2013 9:07:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 3, 2013 | Staff
    Obama canceled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei on Thursday, the White House said in a statement... will no longer visits to Malaysia and the Philippines... //snip// Chinese Premier to Attend East Asia Leaders Meetings, Visit Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Did Rick Scott Suspend Sheriff for Defending Second Amendment?

    10/01/2013 8:55:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Sunshine state News ^ | June 8, 2013 | Eric Giunta
    Rick Scott's conservative base, already disillusioned, has found a new (aroma) to air against him; suspension of a sheriff who defended the Second Amendment. On Tuesday, Scott suspended (by executive order) without pay Sheriff Nicholas Finch of Liberty County, after inspectors from the (the Gov's) Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE) got a warrant for Finch, alleging “that [he] destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail, making it appear as though an arrest never occurred.” On Tuesday, Scott suspended (by executive order) without pay Sheriff Nicholas Finch of Liberty County, after inspectors from the (the Gov's)...