On a dramatic day of escalation in what the US called an ‘incredible act of aggression’ by Moscow, there were warnings that the standoff threatens peace in Europe. Other developments included: Ukraine’s acting prime minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk, described Russian behaviour as a ‘declaration of war’, a defiant Vladimir Putin telling US President Barack Obama he reserved the right to take further military action in eastern Ukraine and news tensions in the region could put Britain’s gas supply at risk. Meanwhile, Britain announced that its ministers and officials are to boycott the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
World leaders said yesterday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatened to spiral into the biggest international crisis since the end of the Cold War.
On a dramatic day of escalation in what the US called an ‘incredible act of aggression’ by Moscow, there were warnings that the standoff threatens peace in Europe.
The bloody conflict in Ukraine could trigger yet another confrontation between the West and Russia. Dominance in Europe is at stake on the geopolitical chess board. While Ukraine itself could descend into civil war. By Uwe Klussmann more...
(CNSNews.com) – In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. - See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/nyc-more-black-babies-killed-abortion-born#sthash.SQTzgves.dpuf
An extra 23-33 eruptions (so far) may not seem like much, but those extra eruptions represent a massive amount of gases and ash being blown into the atmosphere. Millions and millions of metric tonnes which can have a profound effect on life on Earth.
As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.
It's one of the oldest tricks in the book - trying to sell a car for more than it's worth.
With car odometers becoming digital, fraudsters believe they've found a way to Easy Street by rolling back the mileage, but ultimately it's the buyer who loses out.
It's estimated more than 190,000 cars have their odometers rolled back every year, according to a new study from Carfax.
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Old trick: Criminals have been tricking customers for years by rolling back the mileage on the odometer, then selling the car for more money. The scam has gotten so profitable, investigators say it's become organized crime
Easy scam: Odometer correction tools are to find online and use on digital odometers illegally
Rollback ripoff: Odometer fraud is putting families at risk. The miles are changed in an instant using a device such as this
This may cost victims more than $760 million in lost value and unexpected repairs.
Some states are worse than others, but an estimated one million rollbacks occur in every state. Carfax said consumers in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, New York and Texas are the most at risk.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time.
The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.
Iranian officials said last month that the fleet consisted of a destroyer and a logistic helicopter carrier, which will be on a three-month mission.
Haddad says the fleet is approaching U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines. The U.S. Navy's 5th fleet is based in nearby Bahrain.
If the mere thought of re-painting the windows or front door of your home fills you with dread, spare a thought for airlines who have to spruce up their planes.
But for them time really can fly.
For with the help of time-lapse photography, airline Emirates has compressed into just two minutes the near fortnight-long round-the-clock marathon required to strip and re-paint each of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft.
That’s how Ford’s new F-150 truck is being described after the redesigned 2015 model was unveiled at the Detroit auto show on Monday. And besides calling it “radical,” the Associated Press is also saying it’s the talk of the show.
So what’s so radical? The auto-maker shaved 700 pounds off the truck by making it the first to be made mostly out of aluminum:
Modern Day Jewish Hero Ariel Sharon finally died after a long 8 year coma. He suffered a massive stroke in 2006 and has been in a coma ever since. He was 85. Sharon died at Tel Hashomer hospital just outside Tel Aviv, where his family had gathered at his bedside over the past several days as his vital organs reportedly deteriorated. Sharon was a man of great courage and strength, and godly people everywhere should mourn the death of this heroic patriot. Sharon devoted his life to serving the State of Israel (Judea), and defended the country during many of the nation’s most difficult battles. He was determined to do whatever he felt was best for the security of Israel, and the Jewish people, often at odds with the United States's liberal State Department led pro Palestinian faction, as well as many liberal Jews in America, the West and the nation of Israel.
Sharon, a long-serving Israeli political and military leader, was a founding member and former head of the Likud party, previously served for over thirty years in the Israeli Defense Forces, rising to the rank of Major General, and achieving fame within Israel for his actions in the 1967 Six Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
His actions in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 confirmed his military greatness, and won him national acclaim as a savior of his people on the Holiest Day of God's year. On 6 October 1973, the Egyptian army attacked across the Suez Canal. Israeli reserves, struggled to contain the Egyptian advance. It was the classic military nightmare – a two-front war without enough men or materiel for both. For Israel to survive, the Egyptians had to be beaten quickly in the south so the IDF could redeploy against the Syrians in the north, who seemed on the point of breaking into Galilee. Just stopping the Egyptian advance wasn’t going to be enough – it had to be decisive.
Sharon bided his time but as soon as he had located a gap between two Egyptian formations he attacked into it (Napoleon’s favourite tactic), crossed the Suez Canal and proceeded to wreak havoc on Egyptian lines of communication. The Egyptians had thought they were winning only to discover Sharon’s tanks behind them threatening Cairo. Like many of history’s best commanders, Sharon had ignored his orders coming from above, and won the day. To many, this move made him the man who saved Israel.
Some recent reports indicate that Sharon’s doctors have detected brain activity. There is speculation that he can hear. If so, we can only wonder-- what occupied his thoughts? Is it his boyhood days, or the Suez Crossing? His two wives, both of whom preceded him in death? His son, Gur, whose tragic death at a young age diminished the Six Day War victory for his father?
No one knows... Except of course --- God. I think God will someday welcome Mr. Sharon into His Kingdom that is coming to this Earth.
State of Israel Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, pictured during a defense meeting held at the Pentagon in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). (Released to Public) DoD photo by HELENE C. STIKKEL, CIV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
85-year-old former prime minister and defense minister, comatose since 2006, suffers renal failure in hospital
Doctors said Sharon, 85, who has been in a vegetative state since 2006, was suffering from renal failure that could lead to multiple organ system failure and death.
Hebrew media reports late Wednesday said doctors had told the family that Sharon had, at most, no more than four days to live. More>>>>>>>>>
America is in trouble. For all its vaunted power, it has experienced grave challenges in dealing with a 30-year-old computer consultant who, following his conscience, deliberately leaked critical classified information.
Edward Snowden, an employee of the National Security Agency, gave classified records to a British newspaper about how the United States government conducts widespread "monitoring"—i.e., electronic eavesdropping on phone calls and collecting and reading e-mails—of its own citizens. This revelation, of course, rocked the White House, and with it the world.
As details about government spying on U.S. citizens were confirmed and further damaging details emerged, media and political commentaries erupted around the globe. Writing in a widely read CNN piece titled "Why the U.S. Is Being Humiliated by the Hunt for Snowden," Simon Tisdall, foreign editor of London's Guardian newspaper, called the ongoing situation a "'pants-down' day" for the United States (June 26, 2013). He made these ominous comments:
NEW Actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast & Furious action movies, has died after his close friend Roger Rodas (both pictured center) lost control of a Porsche GT (top right) which smashed into a pole and a tree. The high-powered super-car burst into flames (bottom right) after it crashed in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, at 3.30pm on Saturday. Walker, 40, who was in five of the six films about illegal street racing and heists, had been at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide before deciding to take the car out for a drive with his friend. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash. Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone had smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash.
Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
‘I don't know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,’ said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen.
The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m., about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.
Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, he said.
Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
By Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.
The county coroner said that, given the condition of the bodies, it will take some time to definitively identify them.
Guests rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but the fireball had already engulfed the car.
The driver of the car has been identified as former race car driver Roger Rodas, 38, who was also Walker's financial adviser.
The pair were friends and had been racing for several years before they began collaborating on Walker's finances.
Rodas had helped Walker establish his Reach Out Worldwide charity, after creating his own foundation to support widows and orphans in his native El Salvador.
Rodas was also the CEO of Always Evolving, the car customization shop where Saturday's charity event had been taking place.
The family of slain aspiring model and actress Juliana Redding maintains justice has not been served that once had prosecutors insinuating she was the victim of spurned love and a business deal gone sour.
Dr. Munir Uwaygah, who has never been charged in her death, fled the United States two days after the woman accused of brutally slaying 21-year-old aspiring model and actress Juliana Redding for pay was arrested.
Now Redding’s family, including her father Greg Redding - who cancelled a business deal with Uwaygah just five days before his daughter’s murder - must live with the agonizing knowledge that whoever is responsible for Juliana's death may never pay.
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Entangled: Dr. Munir Uwaydah (left) fled the country two days after the woman once accused of brutally murdering Juliana Redding (right) was arrested and is now said to be living out his life in Beirut, Lebanon
Her father, a pharmacist, had agreed to go into business with Dr Uwaydah, managing a pharmacy and helping to develop products for a medical manufacturing company the Lebanese American businessman had founded.
This, according to a 48 Hours investigation that portrays a sordid tale with few winners other than, perhaps, the Lebanese-American surgeon.
Kelly Soo Park, 47, was acquitted in 2013 of charges she viciously attacked Redding in her Santa Monica, California in 2008, bashing in her skull and strangling her so forcefully that a bone was crushed behind her throat.
Prosecutors at the time said alleged Park was carrying out orders from Uwaydah.
Though her DNA was found throughout the crime scene, prosecutors were unable to pin Park to the murder in the eyes of the jury.
Beauty: Juliana Redding was murdered in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008 and DNA from a woman who prosecutors then alleged worked for her ex-boyfriend Dr. Uwaydah was found all over her home and on her neck
While Park now manages a Southern California restaurant, the man alleged in her trial to have given her a six-figure payment to kill Redding remains uncharged.
Friends and family members of the slain model erupted in tears and screams when the jury acquitted Park in June.
Onlookers in the courtroom who knew Redding screamed obscenities and called Park a murderer.
They appeared ready to pounce on Park and were held back by deputies as she turned and was led through a rear entrance.
‘Go to hell. Whore!’ was screamed by a woman in the court.
‘Somethings wrong here,’ said a female voice. ‘God bless us all.’
Jurors had been escorted out a back way before the outburst.
Now there is no one left to pay for Redding’s horrific murder and the man once named in connection to the killing is living thousands of miles and many countries away.
In Park's trial, 'The prosecution's motive was that Dr Uwaydah was in business negotiations with Juliana Redding's father,' reporter Jack Leonard told 48 Hours. '…that motive involved Juliana's father breaking off business negotiation with him just days before Juliana's murder.'
The reknowned surgeon was known to own property across the world including at least one Beverly Hills home and a horse farm.
Prior to the Maxim cover girl’s murder, Uwaydah attempted to go into business with Miss Redding's father, Greg, an Arizona pharmacist.
However, Greg Redding began his own background check into the doctor and discovered that Uwaydah was lying about his age, was married and had a family.
Allegations against Uwaydah included one in which the doctor was accused of bilking a company out of a $1 million CT scanner.
A court found him guilty and forced him to pay up for the device.
Do a search for “baby” + “iPhone” and you’ll find a plethora of supposedly cutesy pictures of babies holding cell phones up to their little undeveloped skulls. Parents give their smart phones to their small children to play with all the time, and many times, the babies are even better at using the devices than their parents are.
The toys in the video below are play “smart phones” and other fake wireless devices to train the average tot to become the average consumer from the time they are tiny.
English: The bell from the SS Edmund Fitzgerald on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anniversary to be marked by a service at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan.
Forward from Bob Barney: Gordon Lightfoot asked this question: "does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours...." I know God's love is still there, but, we all sometimes ponder this question.....
(Whitefish Point, MI) - 38-years-ago Wednesday, a brutal November storm roared across the Lake Superior. On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot steamer Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in that infamous storm near Whitefish Point, Michigan with her entire crew of 29 men.
The Fitzgerald’s story is extremely well known due to Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot's song a year later. The cause of the ship's sinking remains a mystery to this day.
English: President Barack Obama writes at his desk in the Oval Office 3/3/09. Français : Le président Barack Obama signant un document sur son bureau dans le bureau ovale, 03/03/09. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WASHINGTON – After multiple top generals
described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the
U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army
Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy
reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation.
Nine generals and flag officers have been
relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an
extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of
senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama
administration as close to 200. More>>>>>>>>
friends. We're here today to bid farewell to GM's Pontiac. Once a
re-badged middle ground between Chevy and Buick, it attempted to … Read…
When General Motors shut down Pontiac,
it left a lot of enthusiasts wondering why. It was primed with a lineup
of powerful, rear-wheel drive models, and seemed like it had a bright
future ahead of it. It turns out that GM killed it on government orders,
according to former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.
Friend of Jalopnik and west coast editor for Autoweek Blake Rong
had an interview with Lutz today, and from what Rong is putting out on
his Twitter feed, it's full of plenty of bombshells. None bigger,
though, than this one:
.....the Feds said "yeah, let's just, how much money have you made
on pontiac in the last 10 years?" and the answer was "nothing." So, it
goes. And, when the guy who is handing you the check for 53 billion
dollars says I don't want pontiac, drop pontiac or you don't get the
money, it doesn't take you very long to make up your mind.
But I think it is a shame, Pontiac was on its way back, and it was
killed before it, before the plant could really sprout blossoms, you
know, it was well on its way. So, I agree with you, I think Pontiac was a
great, wonderful history, mismanaged for a number of years in the 80s
and 90s and it was clearly on its way back, and we were starting to see a
very good customer base in solstices and especially in the G8, which
was favorably compared in a lot of road tests to the BMW 5-series,
people would say dynamically the car is as good and it's more powerful
and way cheaper, but that was too bad. but you can't go through Chapter 11 without some really harmful effects. Read the entire story PLUS video here>>>>>>>
Late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was concerned by the
United States' lean to the left after President Barack Obama took office
in 2009, authors of a recently released book about "The Iron Lady"
Thatcher never commented publicly on President Obama's leadership,
though the Obama administration's big government agenda runs counter to
everything she believed in, former Thatcher aide Niles Gardiner and
writer Stephen Thompson, authors of "Margaret Thatcher on Leadership:
Lessons for American Conservatives Today" told The Daily Caller.
But even though Great Britain's first female prime minister didn't speak
out publicly about Obama, she was privately concerned about the
direction the United States had been taking since 2009, along with the
declining leadership of the United States as a world power.
On January 26, 1972 Vesna Vulovic, then a flight attendant, was on board a Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 bound for Copenhagen when an explosion ripped apart the aircraft over Czechoslovakia.
Rescue workers found Ms Vulovic in a mangled segment of the aircrafts tail, alive despite suffering from serious injuries that initially left her paralysed from the waist down.
None of 22 other passengers and crew survived An investigation concluded that flight JAT 367 had been destroyed while cruising at 33,000 feet by a bomb planted by Croatian separatists. For her remarkable survival Ms Vulovic won a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.
Opposing infringement on parental control of education and promoting
alternatives to government-run schools is a vital task for the liberty
movement. When government usurps a parent’s right to control their
child's education, it is inevitable that the child will be taught the
values of government officials, rather than of the parents. The result
is an education system with a built-in bias toward statism. Over time,
government-controlled education can erode the people’s knowledge of, and
appreciation for, the benefits of a free society.
This is why throughout my congressional career I fought against any
legislation that infringed on a parent’s right to control their child’s
education, especially any legislation that limited a parent’s right to
homeschool. Many so-called education experts claim that parents who are
not "government-certified” educators cannot provide their children with a
quality education. However, the numerous studies showing that
homeschooled children out-perform their publicly-educated peers in every
academic category shows that most parents are more than capable of
providing their children with an excellent education.
At up to 50 miles wide and 65,000ft tall these supercell storms are
devastatingly beautiful, as they form over the central states in the
U.S. This stunning set of images were taken by Native American Camille
Seaman, as she joined storm chasers for the peak tornado season in May
and June, over four years.