The choking problem of Asia’s killer air pollutionAt the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline. The record-setting air pollution, which had begun in 1997 and lasted for months, caused a 30% spike in hospital visits. It would later be remembered as one of South East Asia’s worst-ever “haze episodes”.
Why the U.S. Is Stuck With Saudi ArabiaThe death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who passed away Friday due to complications from a lung infection, elicited a series of gushing tributes from American leaders. In his official statement, President Obama praised his "enduring contribution to the search for peace" in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry called him a "man of wisdom and vision
Kiev (AFP) - The UN Security Council will hold a special meeting Monday on the violence in eastern Ukraine after a rocket barrage blamed on Kremlin-backed rebels killed 30 and threatened to open up a new front in the war.
US President Barack Obama vowed to ramp up pressure on Russia after Saturday's assault on Mariupol -- the main city standing between separatist territory near the Russian border and the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea that Moscow annexed in March.
The deadly assault on the port city came a day after the insurgents pulled out of peace talks and vowed to capture new land.
The special Security Council meeting, scheduled to start at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) Monday, comes after its 15 members failed Saturday to agree on a resolution denouncing the rocket attacks after Russia blocked the effort, according to Western diplomats.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — The Marines Corps has identified two pilots killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Southern California. The Marines said Sunday that Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield died from their injuries in the crash Friday at the Twentynine Palms Marine base.
The pilots were the only two people onboard the UH-1Y Huey helicopter. Lt. Col. James M. Isaacs, commanding officer of their squadron, says the two were outstanding officers and talented pilots.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.
Congresswoman Speier Calls on USDA IG to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation in Region 5 Forest Service
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo Counties) sent a letter yesterday to Phyllis Fong, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling on the Inspector General to lead an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, attempted sexual assault, gender discrimination, and whistleblower retaliation in Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service.
Speier was joined by Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Home Sports Deflate-gate: NFL Players Pile on New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady
"I wouldn't believe that. Quarterbacks, again, they're so particular about the footballs they throw in these football games. It's kind of like your Starbucks order. Some quarterbacks like footballs that are worn in. Some like them inflated. Some like them deflated," he said.
"I did not believe what Tom had to say," former Packers, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars player Brunell said on ESPN. "Those balls were deflated. Somebody had to do it.
"This is unbelievable," Dawkins, nicknamed "Weapon X," said on ESPN. "For you not to know what you touch every play? ... The equipment manager is being thrown under the bus now.
"It's obvious that Tom Brady had something to do with this," Aikman told Dallas sports radio station KTCK-AM on Thursday. "For the balls to be deflated, that doesn't happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen, I can assure you of that."
Cops: Escaped murder suspect, 17, kidnapped elderly woman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A teenage murder suspect who escaped from police custody at a western Ohio hospital kidnapped a 70-year-old woman and forced her to give him a ride before he was caught, authorities said Saturday.
In a dramatic escape Friday night, 17-year-old Raymond Matthew Zimmerman was seen running away from the Springfield Regional Medical Center wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and no shoes, police said.
Authorities immediately notified area homes to be on the lookout.
FBI and US Marshals stock up on radars that can see through walls
The product they use is called Range-R (pictured above) manufactured by L-3 Communications, which is powerful enough to detect movement and even breathing within 50 feet, even behind one-foot thick walls of concrete.
It also sees through wood, glass, dirt and most other materials used for walls -- except metal, that is. Plus, since the device has a 160-degree field of view, it only takes a few seconds to scan a house or any other location."
Ars Technica looked through some documents detailing government expenditures and found that the US Marshals have spent over $52,000 on the radars since 2012.
Venezuelans demonstrate against President Maduro
Saturday's march was the first attempt by the opposition in months to revive the protest movement that rocked the country last year. Many banged empty pots, in reference to the shortage of many staple foods.
Riot police blocked the demonstrators' access to the city centre, but there were no major clashes. Opposition politician Maria Corina Machado said Mr Maduro "must step aside now, so the Venezuelan people can stand united again".
Boko Haram frees 192 people held in NE Nigeria
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram has released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women, who were kidnapped from a village in the northeast Nigerian state of Yobe, a community leader and a military source told AFP Saturday. Related Stories Boko Haram survivor told not to search for children, 'we killed them' AFP Boko Haram frees hostages as Chad enters regional fight AFP Boko Haram suspected after girl, 10, blows herself up in NE Nigeria AFP Escape from Boko Haram:
'I kept stepping on dead bodies' AFP Boko Haram kidnaps at least 60 in deadly Cameroon attack AFP A total of 192 people were released on Friday from two Islamist enclaves, where they had been kept since a January 6 raid on Katarko, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the state capital Damaturu.
Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead
KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union's foreign policy chief to warn of a further "grave deterioration" in EU-Russian relations.
Mariupol's city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 people and injured 83 others by firing rockets from long-range GRAD missile systems.
The city of 500,000, on the Sea of Azov, is vital for eastern Ukraine's steel and grain exports and straddles the coastal route from the Russian border to Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula in southern Ukraine seized by Russia last March.
President Petro Poroshenko, pledging to protect Ukrainian territory, said he would convene an emergency meeting of his country's security council on Sunday.
"Today an offensive was launched on Mariupol. This will be the best possible monument to all our dead," Russia's RIA news agency quoted rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko as saying at a memorial ceremony in the separatist-held city of Donetsk.
Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself
How an ISIS Beheading Might Change Japan
Even Fox News is outraged at Boehner and Netanyahu's plan to undermine Obama
Fox News is not exactly known as an ally of the Obama administration, especially when it comes to disputes between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, or disputes between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I agree 100 percent," Wallace said when Smith read a quote from Indyk criticizing the Boehner-Netanyahu maneuver.
Klay Thompson nets NBA-record 37-point quarter, finishes with 52
'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies at 83
Mark Carney: Technology firms' tax bills 'very small'
Mark Carney said: "The amount of tax that's actually paid by technology companies is very small relative to the returns."
He was speaking at a BBC-hosted debate at the World Economic Forum, in Davos. Tackling tax avoidance is high on the agenda of several organisations at the moment, including the G20 and EC.
"We should recognise, actually, some of the firms which take most advantage of international tax rules are technology companies," Mr Carney said.
#BBCTrending: Is Winnipeg Canada's most racist city?
"Winnipeg has a responsibility right now to turn this ship around and change the way we all relate - aboriginal and non-aboriginal, Canadians alike from coast to coast to coast. … To do so, we have to shine a light on the problem we do have in Winnipeg, and the problem we share with communities across this nation, because without the light, we can't see what we're fighting."
Rapper Tiny Doo facing long prison sentence over lyrics
(CNN)Song lyrics that glorify violence are hardly uncommon. But a prosecutor in California says one rapper's violent lyrics go beyond creative license to conspiracy. San Diego-based rapper Tiny Doo has already spent eight months in prison, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted under a little-known California statute that makes it illegal to benefit from gang activities.
The statute in question is California Penal Code 182.5. The code makes it a felony for anyone to participate in a criminal street gang, have knowledge that a street gang has engaged in criminal activity, or benefit from that activity.
Teenage jihad suspect sentenced to 4 years
DENVER — A teenager accused of preparing to wage armed jihad against fellow Americans and who was arrested while boarding a plane to the Middle East received a four-year prison sentence Friday afternoon in federal court.
Shannon Conley, 19, was arrested at Denver International Airport last April.
In September she pleaded guilty to a single charge of lending material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.
"I have to send a message that deters others," Judge Raymond Moore said in sentencing Conley.
"I'm still not sure you get it."
Packing e-cigarettes in luggage is fire risk, FAA warns
NFL 'deflate-gate': Brady and Belichick deny any involvement
The NFL is continuing to investigate claims 11 balls were deflated in the rain-hit 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.
"I have never talked to anyone about football air pressure," Belichick said.
Brady said: "I didn't alter the balls in any way."
If you deflate a ball in cold or wet conditions, it provides more grip for the quarterback, and it is normal for both teams to use their own set of balls when on offense.
Jailed Va. lawmaker still has backers despite new chargesRICHMOND, Va. — New felony charges against a Virginia lawmaker who is spending nights in jail after a sex scandal involving a teenager may give disdainful colleagues fresh ammunition to censure or expel him. But the lawyer-politician still has friends in his corner and vows he'll prove his innocence. Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, a 57-year-old four-term Democrat who was recently re-elected as an independent despite the scandal, has been indicted on four felony charges of perjury and forgery. The indictments were unsealed Wednesday in Henrico County Circuit Court near Richmond.
McDonald's sued for racial discrimination in VirginiaTen former McDonald's workers have sued it in the Virginia federal court for racial and sexual discrimination. The suit alleges that some employees were fired from one franchise because there were "too many black people". It is being backed by a group campaigning for better wages for fast-food workers and the local Virginia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. McDonald's has not yet commented specifically on the suit.
Leader of German anti-Islam marches pictured posing as Hitler
Lutz Bachmann, co-founder and public face of the anti-immigrant populist movement, PEGIDA, has been castigated for posing as Hitler on Facebook. The picture in question shows Lutz Bachmann with a short moustache and parted hair, clearly emulating the fascist dictator. Bachmann deleted his profile picture after the German press contacted him and told them that the photo was a joke for a new satirical novel on Hitler’s return to contemporary Germany, entitled ‘He Is Back’.
A PEGIDA spokesperson also dismissed the remark as a joke to International Business Times. Bachmann, however has a history of making offensive jokes over social media. The Dresden Morgenpost, claims to show items from Bachmann’s Facebook profile including a picture of a Ku Klux Klan member captioned “three Ks a day keep the minorities away”.
Prince Andrew denies claims he had sex with underage girl
The 54-year-old royal, Queen Elizabeth II's second son and fifth in line to the British throne, has faced increasing pressure to respond to the accusations after the woman, identified only as Jane Doe No. 3 in court papers, named him in documents filed with a Florida court.
Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing. The 27-year-old, studying for her master's degree at Georgetown University in Washington and hoping to someday become Saudi Arabia's first female labor minister, is part of a growing number of Saudi women choosing to remain single through their 20s and into their 30s as they pursue other ambitions.
Navy container ship carrying troops runs aground
The Sgt. Matej Kocak, a Military Sealift Command ship led by a civilian crew, ran aground off the coast of Uruma at 11:30 a.m. local time and the Navy is working with Japan to free the 821-foot-long container ship, whose size is roughly equivalent to an amphibious assault ship.
Egypt's president says Islam needs a reboot
It's a tolerant religion, he said, but in the past two to three decades it has become more associated with violent extremism.
"We need a new discourse that will be adapted to a new world and will remove some of the misconceptions," he said. "No one should believe that they have the truth with a capital T."
Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian forces on Thursday ceded a long-disputed airport to Russian-backed rebels as an upsurge in clashes killed nearly 50 people and punctured Europe's latest push for peace in the nine-month war.
The deadliest day of fighting since the signing of an increasingly irrelevant September truce also saw Moscow and Kiev trade bitter blame for a trolleybus shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk that killed 13 mostly elderly passengers.
Moscow called the incident a "crime against humanity" orchestrated by Kiev's pro-Western government, whose rise to power 11 months ago infuriated the Kremlin and prompted separatists to launch a revolt across the Russian-speaking industrial east.
Kiev for its part blamed the bus attack on "Russian terrorists" while monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe who raced to the site said all they could say for certain was that "the weapon used was most likely either a mortar or an artillery piece."
10 killed, churches torched in protests over Charlie Hebdo
While there have also been largely peaceful protests, authorities from Africa to the Middle East are seeing clashes in the streets -- and seeking ways to tamp down the uproar among Muslims furious over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed.
Niger: 10 dead, churches destroyed The deadliest violence has been in Niger, where authorities report 10 people killed. Churches and homes have been destroyed, the government said in a statement.
Leaked video gives glimpse into Saudi beheadings
"Praise God," a Saudi executioner dressed in white tells her. He lifts his long silver sword and strikes her neck -- a gasp, then she falls silent.
Twice more the hangman hacks at her neck, before stepping away to carefully wipe the blade. Ambulance workers immediately start placing the woman's remains on a stretcher as charges against her are hurriedly read out over a loud speaker in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
She was accused of raping her seven-year-old stepdaughter with a broomstick and beating her to death. "A royal decree was issued to carry out the sharia law, in accordance with what is right," the statement says.
House GOP leaders face pushback from female members on abortion bill
Judge drops all charges against man accused in disappearance, murder of teen
Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry
Right now, according to government surveys, about a quarter of the cut-up chicken you buy — and about half of all ground chicken — is contaminated with salmonella bacteria. It's a surprisingly high number, and it was a surprise to the USDA's food safety officials, too, when they realized this about a year ago. Because up to that point, their efforts had been focused on whole chickens, rather than the cut-up parts.
Israel bus attack: Tel Aviv passengers stabbed
The incident occurred on Maariv bridge where the suspect attacked people both on and outside the bus, police said.
Police say they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
The perpetrator attempted to flee the scene following the attack, and was lightly wounded after being shot in the leg, a police spokeswoman said.
Three of the victims were in a serious condition, with the others moderately or lightly wounded, according to the ambulance services.
Officers are patrolling the area to prevent further attacks, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on his Twitter account.
Shiite insurgents take control of Yemen’s presidential palace
SANAA, Yemen — Shiite insurgents reached an agreement late Wednesday with Yemen’s embattled president aimed at ending a violent standoff in the capital, the state news agency and government officials reported.
The accord came after Houthi rebels tightened their grip on Sanaa, seizing control of a missile base and holding President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as a virtual hostage in a showdown that threatened a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda.
Rapes Ignored by Penn State...,
Now.., a repreive for Penn State
Rupert Murdoch, Is your Mirror filled with flawed & acceptance of mal behavior?
Where is the Nigerian Military?
Condoning the flawed mind
is the lack of action
by friends and family
Democracy, A Concept, Managed by Human Beings
are all inanimate.
The actual living
Systems, Ideas, Process or Concepts
are brought to life thru the acts and actions of the human beings, and when the human beings who are the managers or representatives of these systems or concepts,
act in a flawed or corrupt manner,
Systems, Ideas, Process or Concepts
reflect the life characteristicS of corrupt or flawed.
The solution to having and maintaining good
Systems, Ideas, Processes or Concepts
is removing the flawed managers and representatives at every level.
Diversity Missed due to Closed Mindedness
Diversity in the perspective of the environment.
Limiting an environment to one, two, or three perspectives
Limits the number of possible directional approaches.
America, the Melting Pot of people whom all come to this nation to be valued in a way that no other nation can provide,
often find that in America,
if your not of a specific race, you will find yourself bouncing off boundaries that move with each level of education and each level of experience that you attain.
Diversity is lost due to the moving walls of controls that ensure that only one or two perspectives are allowed at the table and it is that limiting of controls that limits
America's true potential explosion of ideas that could lead to America blowing the world's nations out of the water because of the many quality and valid options posed by the many
Two Perspectives is what America Lives In
when there is possibly,
50 other perspectives not being allowed at the table.
Finally, a win for "Telling the Truth"
"Reprimands, Retribution, Retaliation & Removal"
and if ever doubt that as being a fact,
tell the truth on what is really taking place in your working environment and you shortly find out.
In every industry in the American Society, the "snitch" becomes the victim and those in the seats of authority actually find themselves gaining accolades when attacking those who would out failure in leadership.
It's always nice to hear about a rare win.
If you are a human being and you believe that the physical beheading of a person is an acceptable form of legitimate punishment,
then I entirely disagree with you.
There isn't a time in human existence that ought to have allowed or accepted the physical act of beheading a human being.
The Physical act of beheading can only be used to inflict psychological fear in the hearts of any group of people.
There isn't a nation on earth that ought to be beheading any of its citizens to inflict psychological fear in the consciousness of its citizens in the 21st Century.
It's time to take real actions to express true disagreement with any nation that would chop off the head of any human being as a form of punishment.
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