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The mighty combustion of small events,
and other lessons from the First World War
National Post [Canada], by Rex Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:43:59 AM     Post Reply
History, said T.S. Eliot, has many “cunning passages, contrived corridors and issues.” He continues rather bleakly that what history might or could teach us emerges with “subtle confusions” offered only when our “attention is distracted.” Eliot’s is a necessary caution against seeking specific lessons from history; despite the maxim, it never “repeats itself.” Rather it is like the ancient oracles, speaking always in riddles, hiding its truths in ambiguities and perplexity. The only lessons we may draw are general ones. It will never speak to a single or particular event, but it has its maxims and morals which we cannot

NY boy has Bar Mitzvah in Polish
town his grandfather once fled
Fox News, by Donald Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:38:24 AM     Post Reply
ZAMOSC, Poland – There hadn’t been a Jewish service in the Zamosc Synagogue since before the Holocaust, until earlier this month when a 13-year-old New York boy came to the city his grandfather fled in 1935 to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah - and honor the struggle of his family. “My grandfather, Abram Szlak, who was born in this town, would have become a Bar Mitzvah in this very synagogue if not for World War II,” said Jacob Wisnik, a youth with a ready smile who writes guitar music and poetry. Jacob’s maternal grandfather, born in 1935, escaped the Nazis as a small

Texan Bipartisan Pair: American
Public Wants an ‘Orderly Border’
ABC News, by Alisa Wierserma    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:33:57 AM     Post Reply
With just five days until Congress adjourns for summer recess, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, are attempting a bipartisan, last-ditch effort to address the border crisis in their home state – but there are few signs of support in Congress. “The American public wants us to have an orderly border,” Cuellar told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on “This Week” Sunday. “They’re seeing chaos at the border.” The Cornyn-Cuellar bill aims to change the existing 2008 law that differentiates between the process undocumented children coming from Central America and those coming from Mexico go through if they are returned

  


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One Dead, 13 Injured in Rare
Southern California Lightning Storm
ABC News, by Dean Schabner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/28/2014 4:30:41 AM     Post Reply
A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island. Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers. "The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients," Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said. Five others were injured, but did not require hospitalization, she said. She said it appears to have been just one powerful lightning strike that hit the shoreline. "Everyone

UN Security Council Calls
for Gaza Cease-Fire
Associated Press, by Edith M. Lederer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/28/2014 3:44:58 AM     Post Reply
The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite back-and-forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting. A 12-hour lull Saturday, agreed to by both sides following intense U.S. and United Nations mediation efforts, could not be

Drone schools spring up in the US
Wall Street Journal, by Jack Nicas    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 1:33:39 AM     Post Reply
Capitalizing on an anticipated boom in the unmanned-aircraft industry, several US universities and colleges are launching training programs for future drone pilots. The problem: the US Federal Aviation Administration says its rules barring commercial use of drones apply to teaching programs as well, effectively prohibiting students from hands-on instruction. So the schools are teaching tomorrow’s drone pilots with simulators, textbooks and more novel workarounds. (Snip) “We don’t have to do much recruiting. They come to us,” said Dan Macchiarella, Embry-Riddle’s chairman of aeronautical science.

Obama to dedicate fellowship
program to Nelson Mandela
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 1:15:17 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is re-naming an African fellowship program in honor of the late South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. Obama will make the announcement Monday during a town-hall-style meeting with guests who participated in the inaugural — and soon to be re-named — Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, officials said. Discussing the fellowship program during a visit to South Africa last year, Obama said that "we want to engage leaders and tomorrow´s leaders in figuring out how we can best work together." The meeting is one in a series of upcoming events dedicated to U.S.-African relations,

  


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Vietnam´s taste for cat
leaves pets in peril
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/28/2014 1:06:21 AM     Post Reply
The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved and burned to remove all fur before being cut up and fried with garlic. "A lot of people eat cat meat. It´s a novelty. They want to try it," said the establishment´s manager To Van Dung, 35. Vietnam has forbidden the consumption of cats in an effort to encourage their ownership and keep the capital's rat population under control.

Sarah Palin begins her own online channel
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 12:58:45 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin has gone rogue again, this time launching her own Internet channel. “Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” the former Alaska governor proclaimed Sunday on her Facebook page. “So let’s go rogue and launch our own member-supported channel. “ In a video on sarahpalinchannel.com, Palin calls the new subscription-based network a “community” where she and viewers can share ideas. “I want to talk to directly to you on our channel on my terms and no need to please the powers that be,” she says, promising to go beyond soundbites and to “cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Obama could curb corporate
´inversions´ on his own: ex-U.S. official
Reuters, by Kevin Drawbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/28/2014 12:48:08 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Barack Obama could act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in so-called "inversion" deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday. By invoking a 1969 tax law, Obama could bypass congressional gridlock and restrict foreign tax-domiciled U.S companies from using inter-company loans and interest deductions to cut their U.S. tax bills, (Snip) A recent sharp upswing in inversion deals is causing alarm in Washington, with Obama last week urging lawmakers to act soon on anti-inversion proposals from him and other

Police in China remove church´s
cross amid crackdown in region
with thousands of believers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/28/2014 12:42:17 AM     Post Reply
Beijing – Hundreds of police took down a church´s cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo, who belongs to another church, said hundreds of police showed up Monday at the Longgang Huai En Church in the city of Wenzhou and used a crane to remove the cross from its steeple. Qu said he and about 200 others had flocked to the church a few hours earlier to protect the church but peacefully made way for the police. (Snip) Officials have said they're only enforcing building codes although often they won't specify

  


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Obama Democrats Lose Their Big
Bet on Health Exchanges
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 7/28/2014 12:01:49 AM     Post Reply
Words mean what they say. That´s the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. (Snip) Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration bet that they could force the states to do their will. When they lost their bet, the administration ignored the Constitution and ordered the spending of monies that Congress never authorized. This was lawless behavior, and reckless as well. It promised to individuals acting in reliance on government regulations money that

Why liberals will try to outlaw spanking
New York Post, by Kyle Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 11:56:27 PM     Post Reply
Prediction: In 10 years, it’ll be illegal to spank your kids. Progressivism’s never-ending zeal to intrude into our lives, bust up families and force us all to march to its grim beat means that yesterday’s absurdity turns into today’s hot topic in lefty opinion magazines turns into tomorrow’s law. If the people resist such a change — if an actual statute can’t be passed — that matters little. Judges will simply impose their vision on us, chiding us all for not having the imagination to recognize that what looks like a radical new policy was there all along, lacking only

Haitian Illegal Immigration Through
Puerto Rico Is Skyrocketing Too
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 7/27/2014 11:17:34 PM     Post Reply
While U.S. immigration agencies grapple with a recent surge of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants at the Mexican border, the number of Haitians trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Puerto Rico has skyrocketed as well. In 2011, only 12 Haitians made the trek through the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory in the Caribbean Sea. That number had ballooned to 1,760 as of last year, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, CBS News reports. “That’s new, and that’s something we’re trying to target,” Capt. Mark Fedor, the Coast Guard’s chief of response for the Southeast and Caribbean, told
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Libya now nation at risk
with weak U.S. influence
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:58:36 PM     Post Reply
With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America’s influence in the world has waned considerably. Two warring factions have turned Libya again into one of the most dangerous spots on Earth, and the country — in flux since the U.S.-backed overthrow and subsequent death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 — is not safe for Western diplomats. The State Department announced Saturday that it was

  


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The ravages of BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson
Washington Post, by Erik Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps former BuzzFeed “viral politics” staffer Benny Johnson should have asked himself the question he posted to the site’s readers in May: “How Well Do You Know Basic U.S. Politics?” That post, which leads readers through a quiz, carries this editor’s note at the top: This post has been corrected to remove phrasing that was copied from Wikipedia. BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. JULY 26, 2014, 1:30 a.m. Which is to say, Johnson didn’t know enough about basic U.S. politics to

New U.S. help arrives for Syrian
rebels as government, extremists gain
Washington Post, by Liz Sly    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:50:36 PM     Post Reply
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A U.S.-backed effort to arm the moderate Syrian opposition is finally ramping up along the Turkey-Syria border, but it may come too late to save the rebels from defeats on two fronts, by President Bashar al-Assad’s government and by the extremists seeking to carve out an Islamic state. Spurred by concerns that the al-Qaeda-inspired radicals will continue their relentless march across Iraq and Syria, the United States and its allies have begun accelerating the supply of arms and ammunition to a small number of vetted rebel groups in northern Syria, according to diplomats and rebels who have

New fighting breaks out in Gaza
despite Obama’s appeal for a cease-fire
Washington Post, by Sudarsan Raghavan and Ruth Eglash    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/27/2014 10:48:21 PM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY — The conflict in Gaza raged on Sunday, even as both Israel and Hamas offered brief truces and President Obama pressed Israel for an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire,” reflecting growing concern over the rising death toll. Israel denied Sunday that it was responsible for one of the most shocking attacks in the 20-day conflict, saying its soldiers were not behind the deaths of 16 Palestinians killed by shelling three days earlier as they sought refuge in a U.N. school near an area of intense fighting. Israel’s military, however, offered no details about what it called a “comprehensive inquiry”

The World Gets Bigger
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 7/27/2014 10:46:44 PM     Post Reply
We are accustomed to thinking of progress as continuous. But there have been other periods of globalization before ours — and somehow the world broke apart again. (Snip) But it isn’t just missiles. It isn’t just underwear bombs and implanted explosives. The other challenge of globalization is the spread of infectious disease. Millions of people are now moving by air or road. They bring whatever health problems they have with them. The ultimate carry-on bomb may be a virus. One of the unappreciated aspects challenges of the breakdown on the US southern border is that “ICE isn’t screening for infectious

Nato WARNED planes not
to fly over Ukraine warzone
Daily Express [UK], by Marco Giannangeli    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:32:03 PM     Post Reply
International air safety agencies have been accused of ignoring a warning from Nato that Ukrainian rebels possessed missiles capable of hitting aircraft flying as high as MH17. Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Philip M Breedlove, made the announcement in Washington on June 30. That was more than two weeks before the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky at 33,000ft. [Snip] Last night a Nato spokesman confirmed that military leaders had “made public statements” about the presence of missile systems in rebel hands. The spokesman said: “Nato does not have a role or mandate to issue safety or

  



Sinking feeling: Ground in California
is sinking by a FOOT each year
as the deep-water layer is
siphoned up for farmers
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:19:46 PM     Post Reply
A third year of drought in California has meant farmers have become increasingly dependent on ground water for their crops - and now the land is sinking beneath their feet. A USGS study found that land sinking had been measured at nearly one-foot per year in one area in the San Joaqin Valley, and that it is reducing the flow capacity of the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, two key sources of water. Increased pumping of groundwater is damaging vital water infrastructure, the U.S. Geological Survey says. ´We were surprised at the amount of land being affected,´ Michelle Sneed, a

Could Barack Obama have
prevented the MH17 disaster?
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 10:03:45 PM     Post Reply
The most alarming unanswered question over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is so fearful to contemplate that it has scarcely even been asked. [Snip] When, in his statement 24 hours after the plane was downed, the President stoked speculation about the involvement of President Putin, did he deliberately obscure the fact that, days earlier, he had already learnt enough from his many intelligence sources to know that the 55 international airliners travelling every day along that flight path over eastern Ukraine faced the threat of precisely such a disaster? If so, why did the US authorities not make

´John Kerry is an alien, an ongoing
embarrassment´: what Israel
thinks of US secretary of state
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Tait    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:47:57 PM     Post Reply
John Kerry has almost certainly been called worse things than a space alien--particularly by Israel´s Right-wing camp, where contempt for the US secretary of state and his failed peacemaking efforts is unabashed. But when the insult is levelled by the previously supportive Haaretz newspaper, standard-bearer of the country´s liberal-Left, it may be time for him--and by extension, President Barack Obama--to take notice. The withering description was coined by Barack Ravid, the paper´s well-informed and normally restrained diplomatic editor, to describe Mr Kerry´s attempts at brokering a truce to the bloody conflict in Gaza--rejected by Israel amid widespread mockery.

Second American aid worker is infected
with Ebola in Africa amid fears biggest
ever outbreak of incurable virus
will spread around the world
Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/27/2014 9:39:31 PM     Post Reply
A second American citizen has now become infected with the deadly Ebola virus as the worst outbreak ever of the terrifying and grisly disease rages through four West African nations. Nancy Writebol, an American working for a charity organization in Liberia has tested positive for the virus officials announced Sunday. While her condition was not released. Writebol is undoubtedly fighting for her life against the virus, which kills 90 percent of those infected. So too is American doctor Kent Brantly, the 33-year-old medical director for charity group Samaritan´s Purse whose been working in Liberia since October. Writebol had been working with Ebola victims

Rep. Scalise Calls Out Obama:
‘First White House In History Trying
To Start Narrative Of Impeachment’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/27/2014 7:46:13 PM     Post Reply
New House GOP Whip Steve Scalise called President Obama’s extended discourse on his own impeachment nothing but a political game, noting this “might be the first White House in history trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president.” Scalise spoke with Fox New’s Chris Wallace on Sunday about the president’s impending plan for executive action on immigration — which many suspect will include amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. “You’re already suing the president for overreach,” Wallace noted, asking if House Republicans will consider impeachment should the White House move around Congress on yet another major issue. “You

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