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Browsing Archive: March, 2013

GUN FIGHT?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013,
The first rule of a gun fight?  Bring a gun.

The best solution to a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.



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HAPPY EASTER!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013,

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Justin Bieber Lost His Pet Monkey in Germany

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013, In : Really? 
 The U.K. Sun reported Bieber and his new pal, Mally, a pet capuchin monkey given to him by producer Mally Mall earlier this week, had to be separated by customs officials when Bieber landed in Germany for a new leg of shows in Europe. A German official confirmed the story with the Associated Press.

Bieber didn't have the appropriate paperwork to fly a freaking monkey into a European country, and so he was detained for a while and the monkey was confiscated. Bieber now faces a $15,000 fine an...

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Electronic implant designed to reduce obesity to undergo trials

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
UK-based scientists have designed an 'intelligent' microchip which they claim can suppress appetite.

Animal trials of the electronic implant are about to begin and its makers say it could provide a more effective alternative to weight-loss surgery.

The chip is attached to the vagus nerve which plays a role in appetite as well as a host of other functions within the body.

Human trials of the implant could begin within three years, say its makers.

The work is being led by Prof Chris Toumazou and Pr...

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Ayman Al-Zawahiri Delivers TEDTalk On Changing Face Of Terrorism

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013, In : Really? 
ATLANTA—Addressing attendees gathered for this week’s TEDxEvolution Conference, al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri delivered an informative and engrossing TEDTalk on the state of worldwide terrorism, entitled “Terror At A Crossroads: Instilling Fear In The 21st-Century Infidel.” “We find ourselves in an ever-evolving, globally connected community that is confronted with numerous societal and economic obstacles every day. The question is, and it’s a difficult one, how can we, as terro...
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North Korea says it's in "state of war" with South Korea

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013, In : World News 
SEOUL, South Korea –  North Korea said Saturday it had entered "a state of war" with South Korea in its latest threat aimed at the United States and its ally after two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in the region.

"From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," said a statement carried by the official North Korean news agency, according to a Reuters report.

The joi...

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Marijuana tax touted as budgetary benefit to US and states

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : US News 
A federal marijuana tax could potentially pump millions of dollars into struggling state economies, say two US congressmen who have introduced legislation that would create such a tax and also protect state regulation policies.

Rep. Jared Polis (D) of Colorado, who introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act last month, told Politico Thursday that his state could see as much as $100 million a year from a federal marijuana tax, which could make a “substantial dent in needed school...

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Students want Ben Carson replaced as commencement speaker after gay marriage remarks

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : US News 
Johns Hopkins students are campaigning to have Dr. Ben Carson pulled from this year's commencement speaker line-up, in response to comments the well-known neurosurgeon, a critic of the Obama administration, made about gay marriage.

Carson has since said he apologizes for having offended anyone and indicated he might withdraw from the commencement role, though he says his words are being misconstrued.

Carson -- who rocketed to political fame after criticizing President Obama's policies during ...

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Navy SEAL dead after parachuting accident in Arizona

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : Local News 
A Navy SEAL was killed in a training accident in Arizona Thursday after colliding with another SEAL during a parachute jump, Lt. Cmdr. David McKinney confirms to Fox News.

The SEAL was transported to the University of Arizona Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The second SEAL was also injured and is in stable condition at the same hospital. A press release with the names of the SEALs was expected Friday night, 24 hours after the family was notified.

The training was taking place at Pinal ...

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Massachusetts Middle Schooler Suspended for Bringing Butter Knife to School So She Could Cut Her Pear

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : US News 
A 13-year-old Massachusetts middle school student received a one-day suspension this week for bringing a butter knife to school.

Morgan LaPlaume, a student at Wamsutta Middle School, told Boston’s WXFT-TV she brought the knife to cut her pear during lunch, which she can’t eat whole because of her braces. She said the assistant principal spotted it on the table and pulled her into his office.

“As we were walking to his office I asked him and he said you are not allowed to have knives in sc...

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How far can North Korean missiles reach?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : World News 
On March 29, North Korea put its rocket units on standby to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, according to media reports. Here's a look at North Korea's missile arsenal and its potential reach.



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Kim Jong-Un Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage: 'I'm Not A Monster'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Really? 
PYONGYANG—As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of banning same-sex marriage, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un told reporters that, considering he’s not a completely awful human being, he unequivocally believes that gay people should be able to marry. “Of course I believe gay and lesbian couples should be treated equally under the law, for cryin' out loud; I’m not a monster,” the despotic leader said, adding that the idea of trying to stop a loving coup...
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Ready To Pay The Tab? Get Out Your Fingers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Could a new payment method that uses biometrics technology, or more specifically fingerprint scanning, replace our need to carry around a wallet full of credit cards? The team behind PayTango certainly hope so, although its technology is still in the testing mode.

The YC Combinator-backed startup, founded by four Carnegie Mellon University students who graduate later this year, has piloted the readers in three locations on campus.

To use the technology for the first time, the consumer touches t...

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Why Is The World Economy Doomed?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : World News 
Why is the global economy in so much trouble? How can so many people be so absolutely certain that the world financial system is going to crash? Well, the truth is that when you take a look at the cold, hard numbers it is not difficult to see why the global financial pyramid scheme is destined to fail.

In the United States today, there is approximately 56 trillion dollars of total debt in our financial system, but there is only about 9 trillion dollars in our bank accounts. So you could take ...

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Does This Finding Prove Jesus’ Resurrection?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Religious News 
New scientific experiments carried out at the University of Padua have apparently confirmed that the Shroud Turin can be dated back to the 1st century AD. This makes its compatible with the tradition which claims that the cloth with the image of the crucified man imprinted on it is the very one Jesus’ body was wrapped in when he was taken off the cross. The news will be published in a book by Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua’s Engine...
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Joe Biden on Gun Control: ‘Let Me Say This as Clearly as I Can, This Is Just the Beginning’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : US News 
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the expected upcoming Senate votes on gun control are only the beginning of the White House’s fight strengthen gun laws.

During a conference call organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Biden assured supporters that the push gun control would not end with the current proposed bill, saying, “Let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the beginning,” according to the Washington Times.




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Indoctrination and Data Mining in Common Core? WOW

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : US News 
Heard of the nationalized curriculum standard known as Common Core?

Government bureaucrats are currently mining sensitive and highly personal information on children through Common Core’s tracking system.

The data will then reportedly be sold by the government to outside sources for profit.

According to the conservative think tank American Principles Project, Common Core’s technological project is “merely one part of a much broader plan by the federal government to track individuals from b...

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Florida families evacuated amid sinkhole scare miles from where man was swallowed

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 28, 2013, In : US News 
SEFFNER, Fla. –  A Florida duplex three miles from where a 37-year-old man a month ago was swallowed by a sinkhole was evacuated after the floor buckled and walls cracked.

Officials say the soil was soft around the home. They recommended that the residents spend the night somewhere else.

The Tampa Bay Times reported a soil sampling crew will test the ground under the home today.

The American Red Cross assisted the families in finding a place to stay.




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US deploys B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 28, 2013, In : World News 
The U.S. military announced Thursday that two B-2 stealth bombers were sent to South Korea to participate in a training exercise, demonstrating the Pentagon's commitment to defend its ally against threats from North Korea.

The two B-2 Spirit bombers flew more than 6,500 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping inert munitions before returning to the U.S., according to a statement released by U.S. Forces Korea.

"The United States is steadfast in its alliance commit...

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US takes swipe at China following hacking accusations

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 28, 2013, In : World News 
WASHINGTON –  The U.S. has taken its first real swipe at China following accusations that the Beijing government is behind a widespread and systemic hacking campaign targeting U.S. businesses.

Buried in a spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday is a provision that effectively bars much of the U.S. government from buying information technology made by companies linked to the Chinese government.

It's unclear what impact the legislation will have, or whether it will turn out to...

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School Bans the Word ‘Easter’ From Easter Festivities to Not ‘Infringe on the Rights of Others’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Religious News 
Heritage Elementary School in Madison, Alabama is taking the word “Easter” out of Easter, according to WHNT19 News.

What does that mean?  Well, they’ll still tolerate someone dressed as a giant bunny, but it will no longer be called the “Easter bunny.”  Similarly, “Easter eggs” are just “eggs,” and it might be better just to use “different shapes.”

School principal Lydia Davenport said with a smile: “Kids love the bunny, and we just make sure we don’t say ‘the Easter...

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Even the AP Thinks This Finding Will Result in a ‘Big Headache for the Obama Administration’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : US News 
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, the nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

That’s likely to increase premiums for at least some Americans buying individual plans.

The report by the Society of Actuaries could turn into a big headache for the Obama administration at a time when many parts of the country remain skeptica...

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What's really up with Syrian President Assad?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Really? 
Online reports of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s death started last Sunday.

Arab media said Assad was purportedly shot by one of his Iranian bodyguards Saturday night and was in serious condition.

He was supposedly taken to Al-Shami Hospital in Damascus, where surrounding roads were closed off.

Today there are unconfirmed reports that Assad is dead and already has a replacement in office.

As I said, none of this has actually been confirmed one way or the other.



 Syrian President Bashar Assad ru...
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Major findings in records about Giffords shooting

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Local News 
"Something just wasn't right about him."

SEE MORE ON THIS STORY HERE



Artist concept of gunman Jared Loughner being questioned
      [Sorry if this offends, but we refuse to show an actual
                  photograph of this evil human being]



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Apple Can Now Track You Indoors

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Using Wi-Fi signals, WiFiSlam determines a user’s location within buildings, which has implications for shopping, advertising and social networking. According to WiFiSlam, its technology can accurately pinpoint a smartphone with 2 feet at this time.

“We are building the next generation of location-based mobile apps that, for the first time, engage with users at the scale that personal interaction actually takes place,” a description reads on AngelList’s investment page for WiFiSlam. ...
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Possible Muslim Approval Of Third Temple Construction

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Religious News 
Sinem Tezyapar, a Muslim TV producer in Turkey, has called for the rebuilding of the “Prophet Solomon’s” Temple.

She assures her fellow Muslims that they need not be nervous because:

“There is a broad expanse of land around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The land there is quite convenient in that respect, and the Temple can be placed just a little way from Qubbat As-Sakhrah, and a little ahead of Masjid el-Aqsa.”

There are overtones of wanting peace and togetherness with ...

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Florida College Professor Makes Students Stomp On Jesus Name/Student Who Refuses Is Suspended

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Religious News 
A Florida college professor causing national outrage for requiring students to write “Jesus” on a piece of paper, then put it on the floor and stomp on it, turns out also to be a top official in the local Democratic Party – the latest in a string of acute leadership embarrassments.

Although one student who refused to participate claims he was punished by being suspended from the class, Florida Atlantic University is defending the controversial assignment.

The dissenting student, Ryan Rote...

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Syria To Become Test Case For Globalist Doctrine Of Right To Protect?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : World News 
Responsibility to Protect, or Responsibility to Act, as cited by President Obama, is a set of principles, now backed by the United Nations, based on the idea that sovereignty is not a privilege but a responsibility that can be revoked if a country is accused of “war crimes,” “genocide,” “crimes against humanity” or “ethnic cleansing.”

The term “war crimes” has at times been indiscriminately used by various U.N.-backed international bodies, including the International Crimin...

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US Plan Calls For More Scanning Of Private Web Traffic, Email

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : US News 
The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure.

As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks.

Under last month's White House executive order on cybersecurity, the scans...

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North Korea cuts key military hotline with South Korea

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : World News 
SEOUL, South Korea –  Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut a military hotline that has been essential in operating the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation: an industrial complex in the North that employs hundreds of workers from the South.

There was no immediate word about what cutting one of the few remaining official North-South links would mean for South Korean workers who were at the Kaesong industrial complex.

The hotline shutdown is the latest of many t...

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Hunters boycott Colorado after passage of recent gun laws

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : US News 
Hunters across the country are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.

The state is known to be home to some of the best elk hunting in the country. But after its governor, John Hickenlooper, signed controversial bills this month banning ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, and require background checks for private and online gun sales, some out-of-state hunters say they'll take their business elsewhere.

Hunting outfitters say people began...

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Massive landslide in Washington state damages home, threatens others

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : US News 
Residents reportedly heard what sounded like thunder before a massive landslide on an island in Washington state, which damaged one home and threatened or isolated dozens more.

The slide occurred about 4:15 a.m. on the west side of Whidbey Island near the town of Coupeville, NBC station KING 5 reported. No one was injured.

Dramatic pictures showed one home off its foundation over the edge of a bluff.

Other home owners lost large sections of their yards to the slide, and at least one house was no...

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Lawmakers weigh using traffic camera footage in criminal cases

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : US News 
When 21-year old Nicole Westbrook was gunned down in Seattle last year in a drive-by homicide, an apartment building security camera captured a grainy image of the side of the suspect's car.

Police wanted to look at clearer video from a nearby red-light camera to try and see the license plate. But state law bars them from accessing the video, and the murder remains unsolved.

Police and prosecutors, though, are now backing a Washington state bill that would allow law enforcement to use footage f...

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If you can't see why the bow and arrow should be outlawed, you're an incompassionate motherf**ker

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : US News 
An 8-year-old girl’s field trip to a science center on UC Berkeley’s campus abruptly ended after she was shot in the leg with a 28-inch arrow.

The third-grader from the Mary E. Silveria Elementary School was playing on a life-size model of a fin whale outside the Lawrence Hall of Science on Tuesday when she was hit in her thigh, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Campus police say they are unsure whether the incident was an accident or not, but they don’t see any connection with experim...

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Jim Carrey: Gun Control Opponents Are 'Heartless Motherf**kers'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : US News 
Jim Carrey once again took to Twitter to blast opponents of gun control, calling them "heartless motherf--kers unwilling to bend for the safety of our kids."

The actor was promoting "Cold Dead Hand," a new Funny Or Die bit in which he lambasts the gun lobby and those who refuse to budge on laws regulating gun purchases.




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CIA Helping Boost Arms Shipments to Syrian Rebels

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : World News 

The US Central Intelligence Agency was aiding their efforts, the newspaper added, citing air traffic data and interviews with unnamed officials and the rebel commanders.

The airlift has increased to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and at other Turkish and Jordanian airports, the report said.

US intelligence officers have helped the Arab governments shop for weapons, including a large...

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Cyprus bank shutdown hammering businesses as it enters second week

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : World News 
NICOSIA, Cyprus –  Cypriot businesses were under increasing strain to keep running on Tuesday after financial authorities stretched the country's bank closure into a second week amid fears that depositors will rush to drain their accounts.

All but two of the country's largest lenders had been due to reopen Tuesday, after being shut since March 16 while politicians figured out how to raise the funds necessary for Cyprus to qualify for an international bailout.

Under the deal for a 10 billion e...

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N. Korea puts artillery forces at top combat posture in latest threat on S. Korea, US

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : World News 
SEOUL, South Korea –  North Korea's military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States.

The announcement came as South Koreans marked the third anniversary of the sinking of a warship in which 46 South Korean sailors died. Seoul says the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo, while the North denies involvement.

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China removes 1,000 dead ducks found in river

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : World News 
First dead pigs, now dead ducks.

Around 1,000 of the birds were fished out of the Nanhe River in southwest China after authorities spent weeks removing 16,000 pig corpses from another river that supplies drinking water to Shanghai.

Officials discovered the ducks in 50 woven bags last Tuesday, but said local residents and animals were not at any health risk, the BBC reports.

Liang Weidong, director of publicity for Pengshan County, where the ducks were found, told China National Radio that the co...

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Mark Kelly AR-15 Purchase Blocked by Tucson Gun Store

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : Local News 
Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, will not be laying a hand on an AR-15-style rifle he paid for at a Tucson, Ariz., gun shop earlier this month.

Douglas MacKinlay, the owner of Diamondback Police Supply Co., announced he had determined Kelly's "intent" unworthy of one of his customers.

"While I support and respect Mark Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to ...

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ARE SMART METERS GOOD FOR YOU?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

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'Israel must answer for its crimes'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : World News 
The following article was released today by Pravda, a major Russian news source;


MOSCOW - The Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Sunday to investigate crimes committed by the regime in Israeli occupied Palestine.

The tribunal, which has investigated Israeli crimes for four years, announced at a meeting in Brussels, capital of Belgium, that they "would support all initiatives of civil society and international organizations referred to compel ...

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John Kerry in Baghdad on surprise visit

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : World News 
AFP - US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Sunday on an unannounced visit to press Iraqi leaders for greater cooperation over the conflict in Syria, an AFP reporter with him said.

Kerry's trip, his first to Baghdad since taking office, will also focus on concerns in Washington over months of protests in Iraq's Sunni Arab provinces potentially giving militant groups including Al-Qaeda room to manoeuvre.

It comes just days after the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq...

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Task Force nets 38 arrests in southern Arizona

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON, Ariz. - A three-day operation led by the U.S. Marshals Service in southern Arizona has netted more than three dozen arrests.   

Federal authorities say Operation Southern Star II targeted fugitives with outstanding felony warrants that had been issued in Graham and Cochise counties. The warrants included offenses for violent crimes and drug violations.   

A handful of fugitives were also arrested in Pima and Maricopa counties as a result.   

More than 10 law enforcement agencies teame...

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Chinese firms reportedly losing interest in US taxpayer-backed Fisker, citing loan terms

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : US News 
Chinese firms in talks to buy electric car maker Fisker Automotive reportedly are having second thoughts, balking over the possibility that Fisker's U.S. government loan would compel any buyer to churn out cars at an aging GM plant in Delaware.

The Wall Street Journal and Reuters report that the Chinese suitors are pulling back on bidding for the troubled automaker, which so far has drawn $193 million from its nearly $530 million U.S. taxpayer loan. The idea that companies from China -- where...

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States eye gas tax hikes to cover cash shortfalls, transportation projects

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : US News 
Governors in cash-strapped states are revving the motor on efforts to hike the gasoline tax to cover shortfalls or pay for transportation projects -- frustrating drivers, Republican lawmakers and others in a delicate economy.

The tax hikes mean that drivers could soon be paying more at the pump, even if the price of fuel goes down.

Wyoming and California have already approved increases. Wyoming's state gas tax goes from 14 cents to 24 cents a gallon in July and is projected to bring in roughl...

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Palestinians, Israelis Come Together To Mock Obama's Hopelessly Naive Speech

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Really? 
JERUSALEM—Coming together for the first time in generations, Palestinian and Israeli citizens were reportedly seen gathered at the West Bank today mocking President Obama’s hopelessly naive speech proposing the possibility of a two-state solution.

According to sources, members of both sides of the longstanding conflict united in fits of laughter and sarcastic applause at what they called an “extremely impractical” and “actually pretty hilarious” address.

“Give me a frickin' break,...

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Obama announces $200 million Syrian refugee fund

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : World News 
President Barack Obama says his administration is working with Congress to provide Jordan with an additional $200 million in aid this year.

Jordan's economic troubles have been made worse by the influx of more than 450,000 refugees fleeing the civil war across the border in neighboring Syria.

The Syrians are crowding refugee camps in Jordan and overwhelming aid agencies run by the important U.S. ally in the Middle East.

The United States already is the largest single donor of humanitarian aid fo...

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Wisconsin man banned from all libraries on earth

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Really? 
RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A 20-year-old Racine man who's accused of engaging in lewd behavior in a library has been banned from "all the libraries on the face of the earth."

Tyree S. Carter is charged with misdemeanor counts of lewd behavior and disorderly conduct. He's due in court next month for a pre-trial conference.

A Journal Times of Racine report says Carter is accused of openly masturbating in the Racine Public Library last week. A witness told investigators Carter was out in the open, not ...

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UN report details Iranian persecution of non-Muslims

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Religious News 
At least 13 Protestant Christians are currently in detention centers across Iran, and more than 300 Christians have been arrested since June 2010, according to the report. In addition to Christians, the nation’s 350,000 Bahai, who form Iran’s largest non-Muslim faith, have suffered under Tehran’s repression.

While most of the cases have not made headlines, the report spotlighted some examples.

Iran’s judicial authorities sentenced Christian Pastor Behnam Irani in 2011 and church leader ...

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Hello, tower? FAA to close 149 air traffic towers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : US News 
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that it will close 149 air traffic control towers, in a move one lawmaker said was akin to "removing stop lights and stop signs from our roads."

That  lawmaker, Republican Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, also claims the FAA could save the towers by tapping into millions of dollars in unspent FAA research money.

Yet the FAA moved forward Friday with plans to shut down the air traffic control facilities, describing them as a necessary cutback due to...

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Local law enforcement face ammo shortage as gun owners, DHS stock up

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : US News 
Local law enforcement agencies across the country are facing an ammo shortage, as gun owners concerned about new laws at the federal and state level stock up on firearms and bullets.

At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security has said it wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years -- which could put further strain on the supply.

The shortage, coupled with an increase in prices, comes as many gun owners head to the stores in anticipation of...

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North Dakota lawmakers move to ban abortion

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : US News 
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers moved Friday to outlaw abortion in the state by passing a resolution defining life as starting at conception.

The measure, which has to be approved by voters, is one of a series of anti-abortion resolutions the Republican-controlled Legislature has passed this year despite critics' insistence that they are unconstitutional and violate the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion until a fetus is considered viable, which is usually at...

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New TPD policy means more traffic tickets for Tucson

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Local News 
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - How many times have you been pulled over and thanked your lucky stars when you got away with a warning, or cursed your luck when the officer comes back with a ticket?

Changes to Tucson Police Department policy may also change your chances of getting that ticket.

You are now four times more likely to get a traffic ticket in the city of Tucson, thanks to a newly instituted mandatory minimum requirement, or quota, for traffic tickets from Tucson Police.

An exclusive T...

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Temple Groups Practice Passover Sacrifice

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Religious News 
Jewish groups held a mock Passover sacrifice on Thursday opposite the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The ritual slaughter was not merely a historic reenactment, but, they say, practice in advance of the reconstruction of the Temple.

The practice sacrifice has been held annually for the past several years. This year organizers were unpleasantly surprised by a veto from Israel’s Veterinary Services, which refused to authorize the event.

Organizers took the matter to court, and were able to quickly ...

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Blast in Damascus mosque reportedly kills dozens, including senior imam

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : World News 
BEIRUT — An explosion at a mosque in the Syrian capital on Thursday killed at least 42 people, including a senior pro-government Muslim cleric, and wounded 84, the Syrian health ministry said.

State television and anti-government activists had earlier reported 15 dead. The television said a "terrorist suicide blast" hit the Iman Mosque in central Damascus, and Mohammed al-Buti, imam of the ancient Ummayyad Mosque, was among the dead.

Buti, a government-appointed cleric reviled by the Syrian o...

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No More Honors Night, Too Many Slower Kids 'Devastated'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : US News 
In recent years, there’s been an odd cultural trend emerging. As parents seek to shield their children from negativity, there’s been a major push in some circles to rid schools and youth groups of competitive spirit — all in the name of inclusiveness and protecting kids’ emotions.

Considering this ongoing dynamic — one that tends to anger parents who believe in the rewards associated with hard work and dedication — David Fabrizio, the principal at Ipswich Middle School in Ipswich, ...

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‘Tell Jessica You’re Moving In!’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Really? 
An apparently angry wife decided to pay for a giant billboard announcing her husband’s infidelity to shame him — and she says she did so using the couple’s investment account.

Here’s what it says:

    Michael,
    GPS Tracker – $250, Nikon Camera with zoom lens – $1600, Catching my lying husband and buying this billboard with our investment account, – Priceless.

    Tell Jessica you’re moving in!

    – Jennifer

Local TV station WGHP has reached out to the billboard company to see ...

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Rare and Unique Bibles and Historic Artifacts in ‘The Bible’s’ Epic Exhibit

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Religious News 
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of History Channel’s “The Bible,” have teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to premiere “The Bible Experience,” a gallery of fascinating biblical relics and rare artifacts.

A breathtaking companion to the hit television series about history’s most read, most popular and, arguably, most studied book, “The Bible Experience” includes items that were previously shown at the Vatican and that are rarely unveiled to the public...

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LET'S JUST TELL THE STORY WITH A FEW HEADLINES

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : World News 





Out of Change: Obama Has to Borrow Coins to Toss in Jerusalem Wishing Well During Tour Stop


Israeli President Believes Obama Would Order Attack on Iran


Palestinian Protesters Marked Obama’s Visit by Burning, Stomping on U.S. Flag While Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’


Obama to Israeli Students: Put Yourself in the Palestinians’ Shoes


Do the Israeli People Agree With Obama?


Israeli Agriculture Ministry Now Says It Won’t Uproot Obama’s Gift Tree After All


Obama Heckled in Jerusalem: ‘Actually Ma...

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‘The Constitution Did Not Guarantee Public Safety, It Guaranteed Liberty’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : US News 
Meet Robert Steed, a resident of Vernon, Conn. who took three days straight off work to attend several gun control hearings in Connecticut. On March 14, Steed was more “aggravated” than usual with lawmakers and he let them know it in his fiery testimony, telling them that they were “coloring outside the lines of constitutional parameters.”

WATCH VIDEO HERE

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Let's put it this way - is the book a thing of the past?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
While we certainly hope not, it's a question worth exploring as tablets, smart phones, and the like are becoming far more commonplace than an actual book. In documentarian Vivienne Roumani's "Out of Print," the director explores the future of the book, along with the very future of ideas in her "fascinating, in-depth look at publishing’s milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the information age." The film has just been added to the slate of this year's Tribeca Film Festival ...
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British Politician’s Warning to Europeans With Cash in the Bank: ‘Get Your Money Out While You Can’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : World News 
Appearing on Russia Today, British politician Nigel Farage on Tuesday made his first comments on the proposed levy on all depositors in Cyprus, issuing a dire warning to Europeans who still have money in banks within bailed out countries: ” Get your money out while you can.”

Farage noted that Cyprus is the fifth country out of 17 in the European Union to need a bailout. In Cyprus, parliament voted Tuesday to reject the terms of a $13 billion bailout deal that included the controversial lev...

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Obama’s Limo Breaks Down in Tel Aviv After Reported Gas SNAFU

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : World News 
Despite all its high-tech gadgetry, communications onboard, and defensive armored plating, the White House limo, known as “The Beast” failed to start this morning shortly before President Barack Obama landed in Tel Aviv.

With such a heavy payload – a full eight tons – it’s no wonder its fuel efficiency is only eight miles a gallon. But that point was made moot when the driver apparently filled it with the wrong fuel.

Israel’s Channel Two reported, “The Americans filled it up with ...

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Who Is the One Conservative That Has Every Democrat ‘Scared to Death’?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : US News 
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday said Dr. Ben Carson has the entire Democratic Party “scared to death” for several reasons.

“He is able to articulate and explain conservatism in a way that is persuasive, without raising his voice at all,” Limbaugh said. It sounds like your dad talking to you, not your dad, your best buddy talking to you.”

Should Carson ever decide to run for office, like his supporters want him to, the left would have a very hard time demoniz...

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Free Speech Crackdown? Philly Mayor Calls for ‘Chilling’ Gov’t Probe of Magazine Over Race Relations Article

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : US News 
Philadelphia Magazine is under fire, as the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission has been called upon to investigate the publication. The outlet’s offense? Publishing a story about Caucasians’ views on race relations. The article entitled, “Being White in Philly,” quickly caught the ire of Mayor Michael Nutter, who called it “disgusting” and “uninformed” (among other choice words).

In the article, writer Bob Huber interviewed anonymous white residents and asked them how they...

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Dad: This Picture of My Son Holding a Gun Triggered a Visit from NJ Police, Family Services

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : US News 


The young man in the photo is the 11-yr-old son of Shawn Moore. The gun is a .22 rifle, a copy of the AR-15, but a 22 caliber. The photo was posted on Facebook by a proud father. That Facebook posting apparently triggered an anonymous call to New Jersey’s Department of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). On Friday night, March 15th, two representatives from the state’s social services office (along with four local police officers) came to the Moore home and demanded to see the family’s fi...
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Obama Deprived Of Leavened Bread And Forced To Eat Kosher

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Really? 
Even though healthy food proponent First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t joining the Middle East trip, President Barack Obama will be on a special diet while at his hotel in Jerusalem later this week. That’s because the historic King David Hotel has already cleaned its kitchen of any remnants of leavened products in preparation for Passover which begins next Monday night.

Out are these carbs: bread, pasta, pizza and cheeseburgers (which aren’t kosher anyway due to the merging of milk product a...

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Video: Catholic Grandmother Assaulted While Praying Outside Planned Parenthood

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Religious News 
A 63-year-old Catholic grandmother says she was attacked and knocked to the ground while filming outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wilmington, Delaware.

Read the whole story and see the video HERE.

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Eurozone Country: Surprise! We’re Putting at Least a 6.75% Tax on Your Bank Deposits

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : World News 
People with bank accounts in Cyprus were shocked Saturday to learn that as part of an agreement reached with international creditors, the government has imposed a tax on all deposits to help bail out the nation and its banks.

While the island nation may be small, it’s an international favorite for offshore banking– particularly for wealthy Russians.  The tax will range from 6.75% to 9.9%, depending on how much is in the account.

“This is a clear-cut robbery,” Andreas Moyseos, a former e...

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Ultra-Folksy Sarah Palin Brings CPAC Audience to Its Feet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : US News 
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a barn-burning, hyper-folksy speech to conservative activists Saturday, bringing the entire audience to its feet multiple times.

Palin’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference started in an unconventional way: After she was first introduced, the crowd was shocked to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz walk out onstage. Cruz said he was there to introduce Palin himself ahead of his keynote speech later in the afternoon.

“The mainstream media wants...

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Syria conflict: General 'defects to rebels'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : World News 
A Syrian army general has reportedly defected to the opposition, saying that morale in the army had collapsed.

A man identified by opposition activists as General Mohammed Ezz al-Din Khalouf announced his defection in a video shown on al-Arabiya TV.

He is said to have reached safety in neighbouring Jordan. There was no comment from the Syrian government.

New York-based group Human Rights Watch has again accused the government of using cluster bombs against civilians.

An estimated 70,000 people ha...

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Benghazi Survivors ‘Told to Be Quiet’ by Obama Administration, Claims GOP Senator

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : US News 
The Obama administration has told the injured survivors of the Benghazi terror attack “to be quiet,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) alleges in an exclusive interview with Fox News.

While Congress presses for more information surrounding the infamous Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack, Graham says the survivors feel as if they can’t reach out and tell their stories. Critics of the White House’s handling of Benghazi say survivors have been completely inaccessible to Congress and the media.

When a...
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Headline With Words ‘HIV Baby’ In It Somehow Turns Out Okay

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : Really? 
NEW YORK—A recent newspaper headline that included the words “HIV Baby” somehow managed to turn out okay by the end, numerous readers confirmed Friday. “I saw the words ‘HIV Baby’ staring back at me and I thought, ‘Oh boy, here we go,’ but then, shockingly, it actually turned out to be totally fine,” local man Harold Jennings said of the surprisingly uplifting headline, which reportedly concluded with the word “Cured” instead of the words “Born Prematurely,” “Dies ...
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Sandy Hook families rip Michael Moore's call to release crime scene photos

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : US News 
Filmmaker Michael Moore’s suggestion that showing crime scene photos of the children slain at Sandy Hook will hasten the demise of the National Rifle Association is not getting rave reviews in the shattered Connecticut community.

The left-wing social critic wrote in his blog Wednesday an item titled "America, You Must Not Look Away (How to Finish Off the NRA)," in which he recommended releasing the undoubtedly gruesome photos of the 20 children killed on Dec. 14, 2012, some of whom were shot...

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Egyptian Christians describe torture at the hands of Libyan captors

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : Religious News 
A group of Egyptian Christians who were detained in Libya where they had gone for work say they were tortured to the point they wanted to die.

The Copts, who were swept up last month in a raid on a Benghazi market and held on charges of proselytizing because they had Christian symbols on their stalls, told MidEast Christian News the para-police organization the Ansar el-Sharia forced them to make pro-Islam declarations and insult the late Coptic Pope Shenouda.  The claims came a day after anot...

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Hagel unveils $1B plan to beef up missile defense

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : US News 
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled Friday a $1 billion Pentagon plan to beef up missile defense in response to threats from North Korea, saying part of the plan would be to explore three new sites for ground-based interceptors.

One of the potential sites would be at Alaska's Fort Greely, which already is home to missile silos. The other two potential locations haven't been disclosed but would be somewhere on the East Coast.

Under the plan, first reported Thursday by Fox News, the Pentagon w...

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More than a quarter of South African girls HIV positive

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : World News 
As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, according to figures from the country's health minister reported by local media on Thursday.

Unveiling statistics that minister Aaron Motsoaledi admitted "destroyed my soul," he added that four percent of schoolboys have the virus.

"It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men," the Sowetan newspaper quoted Motsoaledi as saying.

"We can no longer live like that," he said.

Motsoaledi call...

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‘Non’ to anti-gay marriage march on Champs Elysées

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : World News 
As France’s divisive gay marriage bill heads to the Senate in early April, police in Paris have refused to grant opponents to the proposed law the right to march on the capital’s historic Champs Elysées, highlighting security reasons.

The legislation, which redefines marriage as a contract between two people rather than between a man and a woman, cleared a major parliamentary hurdle last month after it was approved by a clear majority in France’s National Assembly. Despite that, opponen...

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Papal paradox: Vatican’s wealth and Jesuit humility

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 16, 2013, In : Religious News 
He carries his own luggage, clatters along Rome's cobbled streets in an ordinary Volkswagen, and whips out his wallet to settle hotel bills.

So it's perhaps natural to wonder how Pope Francis, an ecclesiastical everyman known for his self-effacement and lifelong aversion to opulence of any kind, will react when he relieves himself for the first time and discovers the Vatican's Golden Toilet Flush?

It was a discovery which, according to one account, horrified Pope John Paul I, who wrote: "...thi...

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North Korea's view of life in the U.S.?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Really? 
Video: This propaganda video from North Korea paints an unflattering -- & not exactly accurate -- picture of American life. Does any of this look familiar?

VIEW IT HERE



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Boyfriend Forced To Express Secondhand Outrage

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Really? 
TUCSON, AZ - According to sources, local boyfriend Martin Daniels was compelled to display secondhand outrage early Friday as his girlfriend, Linzi Rosario, vented about a recent incident in which a coworker behaved inconsiderately toward her. “Ugh, I can’t believe she did that,” Daniels reportedly forced himself to say, employing a tone of disgust he hoped would convince Rosario he understood why she was upset. “You’re right. She was way out of line. I remember you saying she’s d...
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Samsung Galaxy S4 eye-tracking smartphone unveiled

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Samsung has launched a smartphone which allows users to control its 5in (12.5cm) screen using only their eyes.

The Galaxy S4 follows on from last year's S3, a product that sold over 40 million units worldwide.

At a lavish, Broadway-themed event in New York, the company also demonstrated the phone's ability to take two different pictures at once.

Analysts widely regard Samsung to be the biggest challenger to Apple's dominance of mobile products.

The Galaxy S4 will be rolled out globally at the end...

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Obama says US can prevent Iran nuclear bomb

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : World News 
President Barack Obama has told Israelis that the United States has significant capabilities to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and that he was keeping all options on the table.

In an interview with Israeli television broadcast on Thursday, ahead of his visit next week, Obama said the United States estimated it would take Iran "over a year or so" to develop a nuclear weapon, once Tehran decided to pursue one.

He also acknowledged the differences he has had with Israeli Prime Minist...

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Syria marks two year anniversary amid arms push

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : World News 
France has joined Britain in voicing its willingness to supply weapons to Syria's rebels if it cannot convince its European partners to lift an arms embargo as the conflict enters its third year.

"Our goal is to convince our partners at the end of May, and if possible before.... If by chance there is a blockage by one or two countries, then France will take its responsibilities," President Francois Hollande said Thursday after talks on the first day of a European Union summit in Brussels.

"Poli...

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Atheists Sue U.S. Treasury in Effort to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Currency

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Religious News 
Atheist activists are taking legal action against the U.S. Treasury. Their target? Currency.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a church-state separatist group, put out a press release on Tuesday announcing that the organization was joining 19 other plaintiffs in challenging “In God We Trust” on federal currency.

The challenge, being made in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was filed on Feb. 1 — and a familiar face in the battle over the First Amendment...

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Despite fears, tourists still visit surreal mix of kitsch and tension that is Koreas' border

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : World News 
IMJINGAK, South Korea –  Busloads of tourists still show up to gawk at the world's most heavily fortified border, even as governments on both sides threaten to reduce each other to rubble.

Chinese tourists browse through military garb — child-sized — in the gift shop. Japanese teens in maroon school blazers flash peace signs and giggle high above a landscape of bright-blue water, drab, brown North Korean hills and seemingly deserted villages.

The Koreas' border can seem a surreal place at...

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Bus ads with jihadist quotes draw outcry in San Francisco

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : US News 
San Francisco leaders and the local Muslim community are slamming what they call a series of anti-Islam bus ads that contain quotes attributed to terrorists.

The ads, which began appearing on at least 10 city buses Monday, contain quotes such as one attributed to the militant Islamic group Hamas that reads: "Killing Jews is worship that brings us closer to Allah."

"San Francisco is a city that celebrates its diversity and hateful speech and discrimination against our Arab and Muslim communities...

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Obamacare Will Increase Your Pet’s Vet Bills

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : US News 
For all of the debate and conversation about Obamacare’s potential impact on Americans’ wallets — and the economy on the whole — few likely saw coming the controversial health care law’s effect on family pets.

In an apparent “unintended consequence,” as CBS News calls it, the cost of medical equipment in veterinarian offices is going up, with some pet doctors reportedly already announcing that they plan to pass the burden on to consumers.

The reason? Obamacare imposes a new tax th...

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MSNBC Host Flips Out Over Soda Ban Being Overturned

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : US News 
Following a New York court’s 11th-hour ruling that overturned Mayor Bloomberg’s “soda ban,” at least one liberal TV host could not contain her anger. MSNBC and “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski was more than just visibly upset by the news, she went on a bit of a crazed rant that included some strong accusations.

A few of the charges and outrageous statements made this morning from the host:

        Industry groups like theater owners serve popcorn that is so full of salt it will ki...

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The new pope: 'Francis is humble leader who takes the bus to work'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : Religious News 
Pope Francis, the first man in the modern era from outside Europe to lead the Roman Catholic Church, prizes compassion, humility and simplicity — so much that he gave up his chauffeur in Argentina and took the bus to work.

He is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, a Catholic order founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius Loyola. Its  members, known as Jesuits, take a vow of poverty and are known for their work among the poor and their scholarship.

“A man who calmly sta...

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Pakistan Christians seek protection after Lahore riot

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Religious News 
Christians in Pakistan have called for better protection after Muslims torched dozens of homes in the city of Lahore in response to a blasphemy allegation.

Protesters gathered in Lahore and Karachi, the country's biggest city, to condemn Saturday's violence and ask for compensation for those affected.

The Christians had already fled their homes when the mob struck. Dozens of people have been arrested.

Christians make up about 1.6% of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population.

Allegations of blasphemy a...

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7 Saudis sentenced to death by crucifixion

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : World News 
CAIRO –  Speaking over a smuggled cellphone from his prison cell, one of seven Saudis set to be put to death Tuesday by crucifixion for armed robbery appealed for help to stop the executions.

Nasser al-Qahtani told The Associated Press from Abha General prison Monday that he was arrested as part of 23-member ring that stole from jewelry stores. He said they were tortured to confess and had no access to lawyers.

They were juveniles at the time of the thefts.

The seven received death sentences i...

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Polaris introducing flat-proof "airless" tires

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
For years, pneumatic tires -- the kind you fill with air -- have been a burr in the side of the ATV industry. Even on short excursions over rocky terrain a popped tire is not unexpected, and they often occur far from home.

Now, off-road vehicle specialist Polaris plans to debut a consumer version of an “airless” Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) by early next year.

Made from a proprietary plastic, the NPT replaces the conventional tire carcass with a flexible web.

“The tire works very similar to a ...

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Suspected US missile strike kills a foreign militant in NW Pakistan

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : World News 
PESHAWAR, Pakistan –  Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed a foreign militant in country's northwest near Afghan border.

Three officials say a missile hit the militant as he was riding a horse in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, say the nationality of the militant is not yet known.

Washington has been pressing Pakistan to launch a milit...

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Huge Florida mosquitoes: Monster insects poised to strike Florida

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
One of the most ferocious insects you've ever heard of — it's the size of a quarter and its painful bite has been compared to being knifed — is set to invade Florida this summer.

The Sunshine State, already home to man-eating sinkholes, invading Burmese pythons, swarming sharks, tropical storms and other disasters, can expect to see an explosion of shaggy-haired gallinippers (Psorophora ciliata), a type of giant mosquito, according to entomologist Phil Kaufman of the University of Florida....

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UN secretary general calls North Korean nuclear threats 'completely unacceptable'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : World News 
North Korea's third nuclear test and threats of military action are "completely unacceptable", U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks published on Saturday, urging Pyongyang to feed its people and seek peace with South Korea.

North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a pre-emptive nuclear strike and has scrapped the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War.

That followed its third nuclear test on Feb. 12, in defiance of U.N. resoluti...

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U.N. peacekeepers freed: Syrians release 21 hostages

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : World News 
Beirut - Syrian rebels freed 21 U.N. peacekeepers on Saturday after holding them hostage for four days, ending a sudden entanglement with the world body that earned fighters trying to oust President Bashar Assad a flood of negative publicity.

The episode is bound to prompt new questions about U.N. operations in war-torn Syria. The peacekeepers were part of a force that has spent four decades monitoring an Israeli-Syrian cease-fire without incident.

The Filipino peacekeepers crossed from Syria t...

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N.Korea rejects U.N. sanctions, declares pursuit of nuclear arms

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : World News 
SEOUL, March 9 (Reuters) - North Korea formally rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that demands an end to its nuclear arms programme, signalling it would defy international sanctions and pursue its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state.

The Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday, tightening financial restrictions and cracking down on its attempts to transport banned cargo.

The North's sole major ally China wants the sanct...

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Tunisia PM Ali Larayedh unveils new government

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : World News 
Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh says he has presented the line-up of a new coalition government to President Moncef Marzouki.

The new cabinet will be led by the Islamist Ennahda party, backed by two secular parties and some independents.

Ennahda has ceded control of key ministries, including foreign affairs, defence and the interior.

Tunisia has been in turmoil since the killing of opposition leader Chokri Belaid on February 6.

The assassination provoked mass protests and resignati...

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Syria crisis: Russia won't pressure Assad, says Lavrov

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : World News 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is "absolutely" no chance of Moscow telling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stand down.

He told the BBC that Russia was not in the "regime-change game".

The main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, has long insisted that President Assad must go before any talks take place.

Mr Lavrov is due to visit London next week for talks with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Both countries say the Syrian crisis will top the agenda. Russia h...

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Election for new pope to begin on Tuesday, March 12

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : Religious News 
Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last month after nearly eight years in office, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years.

The 85-year-old blamed his failing health for his inability to carry on.

Under the rules of the secret ballot, or conclave, cardinals will vote until one achieves a two-thirds majority.

Correspondents say no one candidate stands out as Benedict XVI's likely successor.

The vote will be preceded by Mass on Tuesday morning, with the first ballot due in the afternoon, the ...

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South Dakota governor signs bill allowing armed teachers in the classroom

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : US News 
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday signed a bill allowing teachers to carry guns in school, making his state the first to enact such a law since the Newtown shooting tragedy.

The bill was pushed by gun-rights supporters who say arming teachers could help prevent tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students and six educators died. The law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel.



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Judge: Speed-traffic cameras are 'a scam'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : US News 
If you happen to drive too fast through Elmwood Place, Ohio, the cards are stacked against you, according to a judge who calls the village's automated speeding camera "a scam that motorists can't win."

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman on Thursday ruled that the village's ordinance violated due process. He issued an injunction barring its enforcement.

There have been numerous legal challenges across the U.S. to red-light camera laws but observers said this is the first ruling t...

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Deadly Bacteria That Resist Strongest Drugs Are Spreading

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Deadly infections with bacteria that resist even the strongest antibiotics are on the rise in hospitals in the United States, and there is only a “limited window of opportunity” to halt their spread, health officials warned.

The bacteria, normally found in the gut, have acquired a lethal trait: they are unscathed by antibiotics, including carbapenems, a group of drugs that are generally considered a last resort. When these resistant germs invade parts of the body where they do not belong, ...

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Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from a buried Antarctic lake.

The researchers have been studying samples brought up from Vostok - the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica.

Last year, the team drilled through almost 4km (2.34 miles) of ice to reach the lake and retrieve samples.

Vostok is thought to have been cut off from the surface for millions of years.

This has raised the possibility that such isolated bodies of water might host microbial...

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US 'fully capable' of defending against North Korea attack, White House says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : World News 
WASHINGTON –  The U.S. is fully capable of defending itself against a North Korean ballistic missile attack, the White House said Thursday, after Pyongyang threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.

The threat from the North Koreans came ahead of a unanimous vote in the U.N. Security Council approving its toughest sanctions yet on the North in response to an atomic test last month.

North Korea has escalated its bellicose statements this week as the tightening of U.N. sancti...

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You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Religious News 
A church in Abilene Texas wants to shake things up by holding their services in a local bar. A church staff member said this was the sort of place Jesus would go because people there needed to hear about him. Southern Hills Church of Christ's website [LINK HERE] says they will check IDs and mark X's on the hands of people who are underage so they aren't served alcohol. Some like the idea of "Church Bar," while others do not. Services will start on March 24.


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Ax ban looming in Connecticut

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : US News 
A Connecticut man attacked a local Dunkin Donuts with an ax after he was kicked out by employees, police say.

Fox Connecticut reports 63-year-old Wilfred Levine had allegedly been asked to leave the store because he had been loitering. He allegedly returned a while later wielding an ax, and leaped over the counter demanding to see the two employees who had kicked him out.

Levine then allegedly "smashed the inside of the store with his axe" and went outside and smashed the windows, police say....

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Thousands Of Sharks Spotted Migrating Off Florida Coast

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : US News 
Palm Beach, FL (WPTV) — Area beaches are closed to swimmers after thousands of sharks have been spotted swimming along South Florida shores.

Marine biologists have spotted tens of thousands of sharks from Boca Raton to Jupiter since the start of the month. They say the marine animals are moving north, after migrating south for the winter.

Off Midtown Beach, lifeguards spotted a school of spinner sharks moving through the area. The red flags quickly went up, meaning swimmers could not go in th...

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View Comet Pan-STARRS Tonight Through March 12

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

From March 6 to 24, the Comet Pan-STARRS will be passing within view, NASA says... but it might take binoculars, clear skies, and a unobstructed view of the horizon.

By March, 10, when it passes closest to the sun says EarthSky.org, which has a Pan-STARRS viewing guide it will not only get brighter, but may develop the classic comet dust tail as the heat vaporizes the ice and dust.

To see it, you'll have to look to the western horizon just after sunset, away from streetlights and other sources ...

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Hundreds of Goodyear employee's protest factory closure, clash with riot police

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : World News 
RUEIL-MALMAISON, France — Burning the very fruit of their labor, workers from Goodyear clashed with police outside the tire-maker’s French headquarters Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to save their jobs.

Goodyear has been trying to restructure or close its plant in northern France for five years in the face of a shrinking European car market. The workers say Goodyear wants to shift the work to China, where tires can be made more cheaply and which is closer to booming markets. Goodyear say...

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North Korea threatens 'pre-emptive nuclear attack'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : World News 
North Korea threatened to exercise its "right to pre-emptive nuclear attack" Thursday as Pyongyang ratcheted up its rhetoric ahead of a United Nations vote on new sanctions. 

"Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to pre-emptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,'' the North's foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. NBC News could...

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Japan, U.S. seek U.N. inquiry into North Korea abuses

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : World News 
GENEVA (Reuters) - Japan and the United States called on Tuesday for the main U.N. human rights forum to launch an inquiry into allegations of violations including the torture and execution of political prisoners in North Korea.

The reclusive country's network of political prison camps are believed to contain at least 200,000 people and have been the scene of rapes, torture, executions and slave labor, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said last month.

She called for a interna...

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Could drone strikes on U.S. citizens at home be a reality?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The letter said that in a hypothetical crisis situation the administration could order strikes, but that the administration has "no intention of doing so," according to Huffington Post. Drones could be used in crises like the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

This news comes on the heels of a Fox News poll indicating that a majority of Americans approve the use of drone strikes both abroad and at home.

Despite this popular approval,...

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Iran's Alternative Plan For Nuclear Weapons Development

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : World News 

The images, taken earlier this month, show that Iran has activated the Arak heavy-water production plant.

Heavy water is needed to operate a nuclear reactor that can produce plutonium, which could then be used to make a bomb.

The images show signs of activity at the Arak plant, including a cloud of steam that indicates heavy-water production.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have been unable to visit the facility since August 2011 and Iran has refused repeated requests for ...

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Kerry World Tour Update: Americans have a right to act stupid?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : World News 
Now, apparently, the entire world is looking forward to the "gems" from the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  He said at the Berlin conference: ""People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it's the most provocative thing in the world and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another. The reason is that's freedom, freedom of speech. In America you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be."  This i...
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TV as we know it to be dead pretty soon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

It is an open secret that people do not watch TV as much as they used to. Many say that there is nothing interesting to watch on TV today. This answer would be considered very strange ten or fifteen years ago. Nowadays, most people miss their favorite TV shows all the time. The main disadvantage of modern television is the lack of feedback.

For this reason, more and more people prefer to switch to the Internet, where they can have interactivity whenever they wish to. In social media - blogs an...

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Muslims Blocking Jewish Tourist From Reaching the Temple Mount

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : Religious News 
Police were forced to intervene Wednesday morning when Muslim women blocked Jewish tourists from reaching the Temple Mount, and ultimately the situation led to closure of the site for several hours.

Several Jewish groups were touring the area, according to Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld, who stated the Muslim women blocked the tourists and refused to allow them access to the site. Police were escorting each Jewish group, he added, to ensure their safety, and security officers immedia...

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N. Korea's submarine drills loom next week amid threat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : World News 
SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has started submarine drills and stepped up preparations for nationwide military exercises, which may be timed to coincide with annual joint drills by South Korea and the United States set to start next week, military sources said Wednesday.

The latest move comes as Pyongyang has ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Seoul and Washington as the two allies last week launched a two-month field training exercise called Foal Eagle. Separately, joint force...

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Ice Agents Paid Overtime To Release Illegals Being Held For Deportation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : US News 
 The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday.

"This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Personnel at Department of Homeland ...

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White House Tours Closed Due to Sequestration

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : US News 
Well, so far sequestration has been kind of a bust, No starving children running amok, no planes falling out of the sky, none of the gloom and doom our elected leaders warned of.  However, if you planned on going on the White House tour anytime soon, you'll find the tours have been cancelled "due to sequestration".  All you'll get when calling the information number is a recorded message explaining there are no longer any funds to continue with the tours.

I find this rather odd, because it is ...

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Immigration officials tight-lipped about detainee release

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Local News 
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said last week it was releasing a "few hundred" detainees to save money ahead of the automatic spending cuts in the “sequester.” A few days later, the Associated Press reported that the move involved closer to 2,000 detainees, who were set free from Atlanta to Livingston, Texas.

As criticism about the move – was it a sequester-related scare tactic by the White House? – rose from politicians like House Speaker John Boehner, ICE contended that...

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North Korea threatens to end 1953 armistice over US-S. Korea war games

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : World News 

North Korea threatened on Tuesday to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53 civil war and sever a military "hotline" with the United States if South Korea and Washington pressed on with two-month-long war games.

It was a notable sharpening in the North's often bellicose rhetoric and followed word from UN diplomats that the United States and China had struck a tentative deal on a draft UN Security Council sanctions resolution that would punish North Korea for its third nuclear test, which it...

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Clashes in Port Said draw in Egyptian military

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : World News 

Clashes between protesters and the police in in the restive Egyptian city of Port Said that entered their second day Monday have dragged in the military to a dramatic extent into the nation’s turmoil.

At times in the violence, frictions have arisen between the police that were battling protesters and army forces that tried to break up the fighting.

Troops in between the two sides were overwhelmed by police tear gas, one army colonel was wounded by live fire, and troops even opened fire over t...

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Dow Jones and FTSE climb to new highs

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : World News 
 
  The Dow reached 14,273 by lunchtime in New York, exceeding the previous record intra-day high of 14,198, set in October 2007.



The rallies mean the stock markets are returning to levels not seen since before the global financial crisis.

The FTSE closed at 6,432, its highest close since January 2008.

The recovery suggests investors are regaining confidence in the US and world economies following the financial crisis and global recessions of recent years.

The Dow has more than doubled in value s...

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Giant camel fossil found in Arctic

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic.

The fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel were found on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nunavut. The camel was about 30 percent bigger than modern camels and was identified using a technique called collagen fingerprinting. The finding, detailed today (March 5) in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that modern cam...

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Venezuela's Chavez in 'most difficult hours' UPDATE: Chavez pronounced dead as this article was being posted

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : World News 
Nicolas Maduro spoke at length in a speech apparently designed to reassure citizens despite the failing health of Venezuela's leader.

He accused the US of plotting against the Venezuelan government: Two US military attaches have been expelled.

On Monday, officials said the 58-year-old Venezuelan leader had a new, severe respiratory infection.

Dozens of people gathered to pray for his health at the hospital where Mr Chavez is being treated.

He has not appeared in public since he returned to Venezu...

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14.8 million tuned in to 'The Bible' premiere

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Religious News 
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, executive producers of The Bible miniseries, thanked the nation for making the show’s Sunday premiere on The History Channel the No. 1 cable television event of the year with more than 14.8 million viewers.

“We know God moved last night,” Downey said Monday. “People of all denominations showed the power that can be unleashed in our culture when we band together, individual believers with a shared purpose and vision. The world is won when the church is one....

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Still no expanation for colapse of U.S. 89 south of Page, AZ

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Local News 
PHOENIX - A 150-foot section of U.S. 89 south of Page that buckled and sunk four feet on the 20th of last month might have been caused by a "geologic event," according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The road collapsed at mile post 526 just 2.5 miles north of the intersection with U.S. 89A, about 25 miles south of page, according to an ADOT spokesman. He said the incident was not related to the weather.

The road was closed in both directions and there is still no estimation when th...

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Obama Demands a Timetable For Israeli Withdrawal

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : World News 
American President, Barack Obama, demanded Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to present a timetable for the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank, the World Tribune has reported.

According to the report, an Israeli source stated that Obama clearly informed Netanyahu that his visit to the region is not meant for media consumption, but is focused on Iran and the establishment of a Palestinian State.

The source added that it appears that Obama will be acting on his own should Te...

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: "I’ll Put Released Illegal Aliens in Tent City!"

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Local News 
Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he has a solution for the Federal government's outrageous mass release of illegal aliens: put them in “Tent City”!

The thousands of mostly criminal illegals were let go as a political weapon by the Obama Administration against Republicans, supposedly due to automatic spending cuts — known as the sequester. But the illegals were released a full week before the potential cuts were even scheduled to take place, exposing the lie of Janet Napolitano's claims.

There is a...

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Record heat in Australia, record freezing in Antartica.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
 Australia's summer of 2013 is the hottest on record so far, the country's Bureau of Meteorology announced today.

The country's average temperature this summer has been 83.5 degrees Fahrenheit (28.6 degrees Celsius), 2 degrees F (1 degree C) above normal. That breaks the previous summer temperature record, set in the summer of 1997 to 1998, by 0.18 degree F (0.1 degree C).

Summertime in the Southern hemisphere runs during wintertime in the Northern hemisphere. Australia defines the season based...

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Gunmen attack church in Libya's Benghazi: state media

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Religious News 
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked an Egyptian Coptic church in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, assaulting two priests, the official LANA news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Sunday.

The foreign ministry said it "strongly condemned Thursday's attack on the Egyptian church ... and the aggression towards Father Paul Isaac and his assistant by the irresponsible armed men," LANA quoted a foreign ministry statement as saying.

It did not elaborate on the attacks but said an inqu...

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Despite Washington angst, officials appear resigned to sequester cuts

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : US News 
The boiling hysteria of the last few weeks over automatic spending cuts has reduced to a simmer now that they've technically taken effect, and one thing is clear -- the cuts, in some form or another, are likely here to stay.

The White House has eased off its dire predictions, with economic adviser Gene Sperling on Sunday calling the impact more of a "slow grind" than an economic doomsday.

And Republican leaders sounded mildly satisfied that, while the nature of the cuts is not ideal, they wer...

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US pledges $60 million in aid for Syrian opposition

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : World News 
The Obama administration said that it will provide the Syrian opposition with an additional $60 million in assistance and - in a significant policy shift - will for the first time provide non-lethal aid like food and medical supplies to rebels battling to oust President Bashar Assad.

“We need to stand on the side of those who want to see a free Syria,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. “The stakes are really high and we can’t risk letting this country in the heart of the Mideast...

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US to give $190 million in budget aid to Egypt

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : World News 
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday during a visit to Cairo that the United States would give Egypt $190 million in budget aid after the Egyptian President assured that he would take the necessary steps to secure an IMF loan.

Isn't that special?


Hey Mr. Kerry, what's for dinner in Cairo tonight?  Maybe a big ol' steaming bowl of locust soup?  Or bop over to Gaza for some grilled Manta Ray?




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Hundreds of Manta Rays Mysteriously Wash Up on Gaza Beaches

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : World News 
No one knows why hundreds of mangled manta rays washed up on a Gaza City beach this week or what killed them, but local fishermen weren't looking a gift fish in the mouth. They promptly sliced them up, loaded them onto carts and took them to market to sell as food. "Today God provides them for us here," a local man said, adding, "God willing there will be more tomorrow." Here's hoping the fish God has provided are safe for consumption.



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Egypt Struck By Swarms Of Locust Ahead Of Passover

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 3, 2013, In : World News 
As a reminder to those who thought the account related in the Passover Haggadah might have been an exaggeration – think again. Millions of locusts have swooped down in a swarm from the sky on to the land of Egypt.

The locust plague struck over the weekend in the Giza region, home to a cluster of famous pyramids, according to reports in Arab media.

Officials say that millions upon millions of the insects have swarmed on to the fields and farms surrounding Cairo. The locust swarm is causing mas...

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Lebanon erects string of watchtowers on Syrian border

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : World News 
MENJEZ, north Lebanon - A series of fortified watchtowers manned by Lebanese troops will soon stud a line of hills along Lebanon’s northern border where Syrian artillery regularly trades fire with opposition rebels.

The 30-foot observation towers are intended to allow the Lebanese Army better control over the volatile border and to stamp the state’s authority over an area that has been increasingly treated as an extension of war-torn Syria, rather than sovereign Lebanese territory.

The watc...

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Moscow says US aid to Syria helps 'extremist'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : World News 
Moscow - Russia accelerated the war of words over Syria today, accusing the US of undermining recent efforts to move toward a negotiated settlement between the Bashar al-Assad regime and its opponents by "encouraging extremists" at this week's Friends of Syria meeting in Rome. The US announced at the meeting that it was stepping up material aid to rebels in a bid to "change the balance of power" in the two-year civil war that's already killed more than 70,000 people.

"There is a general unders...

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Sinkhole Swallows Florida Man

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : US News 
TAMPA FLORIDA - A Tampa man remains missing underground Friday after a massive sinkhole swallowed part of a house, including the man's bedroom, late Thursday night.

Five adults, a child, and two dogs were in the house when witnesses said it felt like a car hit the building. The victim's brother scrambled toward the bedroom to save his kin, but he himself had to be rescued by rescue workers.

A search was underway for the missing man Friday, but authorities said camera scopes inserted into the ru...

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Woodward vs. White House: Washington at it's wierdest

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : US News 
Only in Washington does a sideshow to a looming economic calamity become the show itself.

It all came together like a NASCAR pileup on Thursday as the politerati and the digerati and actual regular people hashed out the who-shot-whom dynamics of Bob Woodward’s jeremiad against the White House.

Woodward, chronicler of presidents since the Watergate era (which might not have been an era without his reporting), pushed back against a White House challenge to his claim in a Sunday Washington Post ...

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More sound advice from our glorious VP

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : US News 
If you prefer to be armed, Vice President Joe Biden really wants you to get a shotgun. During an online town hall event recently, Biden advised women to get a “double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun” and fire “two blasts” outside if they feel threatened by a home intruder.

Well, now the vice president has some more gun advice. During an interview with Field and Stream, Biden advised gun owners to “just fire the shotgun through the door.” He also doubled-down on his claim that most people c...

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Just A Thought On America's Future

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : History In Current Events 
Americans are out of sorts, and increasingly they're unhappy with the government. According to a Pew poll released last week, more than half of Americans view government as a threat to their freedom.

And it's not just Republicans unhappy with Obama, or gun owners afraid that the government will take their guns: 38% of Democrats, and 45% of non-gun owners, see the government as a threat.

Add this to another recent poll in which only 22% of likely voters feel America's government has the "consent...

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