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DiCaprio: ‘We must
put a price on carbon’
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 11:20:33 AM     Post Reply
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is narrating a new series about climate change that is being released ahead of a United Nations climate summit next month. DiCaprio, a staunch environmentalist, and Tree Media launched the Green World Rising series of short films, all centering around certain aspects of climate change. The first film in the series, titled "Carbon," calls for more federal action to control carbon dioxide pollution. “We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio said in a statement. The eight-minute long

O’Reilly Blasts Sharpton on Ferguson,
a ‘Charlatan’ Who ‘Only Cares About
His Own Self-Aggrandizement’
Media Research Center, by Curtis Houck    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/21/2014 11:05:56 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday evening, Bill O’Reilly returned from vacation to anchor his Fox News Channel (FNC) program live to discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri since the death of Michael Brown on August 9. In just over an eight-minute-long “Talking Points” segment, O’Reilly addressed multiple aspects of the story, but specifically slammed MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton as “this charlatan” who “has the nerve to insult the American police community” while only caring “about his own self-aggrandizement.” After airing a clip of Sharpton speaking at a rally in Ferguson on Sunday in which he indirectly called out law enforcement for “smear[ing]”

Aafia Siddiqui: the Pakistani female
scientist ´on Isil´s list of demands´
Telegraph [UK], by Dean Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 10:49:30 AM     Post Reply
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) reportedly called for the release of a female Pakistani scientist with ties to al-Qaeda in exchange for James Foley. According to the New York Times, Isil sent through a "laundry list" of demands to the United States which included the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, an MIT-trained neuroscientist currently incarcerated in a prison in Texas. In the United States Dr Siddiqui is considered an al-Qaida courier and fundraiser involved in bomb making, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan, she is seen as an Islamic ‘damsel in distress’ who has been persecuted for her faith.

  


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Holder opens criminal investigation
into American journalist´s beheading
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 10:47:00 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the brutal execution by Islamic State militants of American journalist James Foley, in the latest move by the administration to use the criminal justice system to pursue terrorists. The announcement comes as the administration steps up its airstrike campaign against the same militant organization -- and mulls additional American boots on the ground in Iraq. Holder, during remarks in Washington, confirmed the "open criminal investigation" into Foley´s beheading, which was recorded and posted online this week. "Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something --

Monkeys, ghosts and gods
´cannot own copyright´ says US
Telegraph [UK], by Matthew Sparkes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 10:28:44 AM     Post Reply
In the wake of controversy over Wikipedia’s free and worldwide distribution of a monkey ‘selfie’ against the wishes of the man who claims to own copyright, the US has issued new guidance that says monkeys, ghosts and gods are all banned from possessing image rights. The US Copyright Office has published a draft update to its rules regarding ownership of creative works like photographs, text and art – the first changes in more than two decades – which explicitly state that it will only recognise pieces produced by a human. Among the 1,222 pages of updated rules and regulations are explicit bans on works produced by “nature,

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to
get hurt, don’t challenge me.
Tampa Tribune, by Sunil Dutta    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/21/2014 10:24:01 AM     Post Reply
A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America. It is also a terrible calumny; cops are not murderers. No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed. And although they’re unlikely to defend it quite as loudly during a time of national angst like this one, people who work in law enforcement know they are legally vested with the authority to detain suspects — an authority that must sometimes be

American Doctor Who
Had Ebola Has Recovered
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 10:19:33 AM     Post Reply
Atlanta - At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients’ discharge. Alison Geist, a spokeswoman for Samaritan’s Purse, told The Associated Press she did not know the exact time Dr. Kent Brantly would be released but confirmed it would happen Thursday. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement that Brantly has

  


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DNC chair: Martin O’Malley right
on border kids’ ‘certain death’
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 10:18:55 AM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also thinks deporting children detained at the border is sending them back to “certain death.” The White House went apoplectic last month when likely 2016 presidential candidate Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said, “We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death.” Tuesday night, Wasserman Schultz said twice — strongly — that she thinks O’Malley was right.

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria
militants ´seize police academy´
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 10:14:11 AM     Post Reply
Northern Nigeria´s riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, a witness in Borno state has told the BBC. Shots were heard after the militants arrived in three armoured vehicles and on dozens of motorcycles, he said. A police spokesman confirmed the attack while a senior security source said it had not been possible to communicate with the academy since Wednesday. The Liman Kara college is near Gwoza town, seized by Boko Haram this month. Thousands have been killed across north-eastern Nigeria since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign for an Islamic state in 2009.

Michael Brown family
to N.Y. rally Saturday
Politico, by Jonathan Topaz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 10:06:29 AM     Post Reply
The family of Michael Brown will attend a march Saturday led by the Rev. Al Sharpton on Staten Island on behalf of Eric Garner, who died last month in the borough’s Tompkinsville neighborhood. Last Saturday, Sharpton had suggested that Brown’s family would attend, but shortly thereafter, a spokeswoman for the National Action Network said the family wasn’t yet sure because it hadn’t yet planned a funeral for Brown. Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the family, has since announced that Brown’s funeral and memorial service would be held on Monday. NY1 reported that the Brown family confirmed attendance for the rally

Trayvon´s Death Taught Liberals Nothing
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 8/21/2014 10:05:47 AM     Post Reply
Much too quickly after the death of big Mike Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the Trayvon Martin dream team -- ambulance chasers Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, media hound Al Sharpton -- descended on his still warm body like so many turkey vultures. One would have hoped that their twisted performance in Florida during the previous two years would have taught America’s liberals something -- prudence, restraint, skepticism -- but it did not. Led by their media, liberals once again rushed in where wise men fear to tread. As expected, the media insisted on telling the same embarrassingly

  


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Some see Qatar’s hand
in collapse of Gaza talks
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 10:02:07 AM     Post Reply
Dubai, UAE — The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left. Qatar has been home to Hamas chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal (Snip) The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly, said the experience indicated the Qataris “have no interest” in seeing Egyptian-led talks succeed, and that Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood are working together

Former CIA terror fighter warns
that Americans ‘will die’
because of open border
Washington Times, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 9:52:58 AM     Post Reply
Michael F. Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden unit, said Thursday that the best way to protect Americans form terrorists is to secure the border. “What we could have done after 9-11 if we really wanted to improve U.S. security … was to close the southern border and perhaps even spots on the northern border with Canada,” Mr. Scheuer said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “At least you secure the continent in that way. Right now we’re exposed, not only internationally, but we don’t know who is in our country,” he said. “It seems to me that [it is] a simple conclusion of logic: Close the border, protect America.”

City of Bloomfield will appeal Ten
Commandments monument ruling
Daily Times (NM), by James Fenton    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 8/21/2014 9:40:23 AM     Post Reply
BLOOMFIELD — City councilors unanimously voted on Wednesday to appeal a federal judge´s ruling stating a monument at City Hall inscribed with the Ten Commandments is unconstitutional. The city plans to appeal the judge´s decision to a three-judge panel with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. The 10th Circuit has territorial jurisdiction in six states — New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker issued his ruling in the case on Aug. 7. In it, he stated the monument constitutes government speech and endorses a religion. He ordered the monument to

Iceland volcano: Fears of eruption
increase as Met Office registers
1,000 small earthquakes in region
Independent [UK], by Rose Troup Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/21/2014 9:36:03 AM     Post Reply
Fears of another volcanic eruption in Iceland continued today with reports that weather officials have detected 1,000 small quakes in the Barðarbunga volcano, following an unusually strong earthquake on Monday. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the highlands north of the Vatnajokull glacier by Iceland’s civil protection department after the volcano began belching huge plumes of smoke. Iceland’s Met Office released an updated statement this morning, saying: "seismic activity in Bárðarbunga and vicinity is still great. As yesterday, the main activity stems from the intrusive event under Dyngjujökull."

  


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Wake up, America —
the war has hit home
New York Post, by Benny Avni    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/21/2014 9:29:25 AM     Post Reply
Will the videotaped execution of James Foley shock America out of our dangerous flirtation with isolationism? The gruesome beheading of the 40-year-old photojournalist should scream out a warning to any who still doubt: This isn’t just some war out there. It’s about us. Some see Foley as a noble but careless man, too courageous for his own good, who unwisely decided to go freelance in faraway war zones, armed with nothing more than a camera and adrenaline. Kidnapped once, in Libya, Foley still went back to war journalism in Syria — where he was abducted again in November 2012 by forces close to

U.S.: Dearborn cleric popular with
ISIS fighters owes $250K for fraud
Detroit Free Press, by Niraj Warikoo    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 8/21/2014 9:27:50 AM     Post Reply
A cleric in Dearborn popular with supporters of the militant group ISIS owes a quarter of a million dollars in restitution and other costs stemming from his fraud convictions, according to newly filed court records. Ahmad Jebril, 43, who has gained an international following among ISIS fighters and sympathizers, is on probation after serving 6½ years in prison. After being released in 2012, he has used social media to become what experts say is the most popular religious leader for Islamists from the West fighting for ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama strongly condemned

Boy, 9, Fatally Shot In
Greater Grand Crossing
ABC 7 Chicago, by Eric Horng    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 8/21/2014 9:23:43 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Antonio Smith, 9, was fatally shot in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, his family told Eyewitness News Wednesday night. The victim´s relatives made a plea to the shooter, who remains at large on Wednesday night. "He was just a child, just a baby, still had a whole life ahead of him. And like, why? Just a child," said Kenya Eggleston, victim´s cousin. Smith was shot multiple times in the chest around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200-block of East 71st Street. "At first I didn´t know if they were really shots or not. I just heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pow.

In Ferguson, the rise of Eric Holder
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 9:22:05 AM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder has gone from dead man walking to man of the hour for team Obama. As Holder arrived in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday to address the police shooting of an unarmed teenager, it was clear that the attorney general had emerged as arguably President Obama’s most-trusted confidant rather than the source of consternation that once frustrated so many White House officials. “He gets more crap than anybody,” a former Obama senior administration official told the Washington Examiner. “But Eric is as battle tested as anybody out there, and there should be little doubt about where he stands with

Bill Clinton Now Enjoys $1,000 Cigars
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/21/2014 9:04:28 AM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton enjoys a Gurkha cigar, "the Rolls Royce of the cigar industry." He "loves the Gurkhas," Gurkha chief executive officer Kaizad Hansotia, maker of the HMR cigar, which stands for His Majesty´s Reserve. It is, according to Hansotia, "the world´s most expensive cigar." One box is $25,000 -- and the price will rise next year to $30,000. "The cigars are close to $1,000 each," says the cigar boss to Bloomberg. "People try to copy us a lot, but we have no competition," says Hansotia. "We tell everybody, please smoke a Cuban cigar. And then smoke our cigars. And once

  



Cheney: Obama Would ´Rather Be On The
Golf Course´ Than The Situation Room
Business Insider Magazine, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/21/2014 8:59:41 AM     Post Reply
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney strongly criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday night for going golfing immediately after delivering a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley. "Every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than he would be dealing with a crisis that’s developing rapidly in the Middle East," Cheney declared during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Earlier in the day, Obama took a break from his vacation in Martha´s Vineyard to give an angry and emotional speech condemning the jihadist group ISIS and praising Foley´s career

Could Legal Challenges Boost
Perry, Christie, Walker in ´16?
Real Clear Politics, by Scott Conroy    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 8/21/2014 8:49:08 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are all positioning themselves to enter the 2016 presidential race as top-tier candidates for the Republican nomination. But before concerning themselves in earnest with becoming the next GOP standard-bearer, these three governors must contend with a shared, and unpleasant, distinction: Each man, or his administration, faces accusations of legal wrongdoing. For months, Christie has been trying to move beyond investigations into a decision by members of his administration to close traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge last September in an apparent act of political revenge. Meanwhile, Walker has faced down an inquiry

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