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DITTOS RUSH! Contemporary media musings bestowed by an American conservative Christian!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Root Of Many Evils!

I saw this being tossed around the internet and thought it was very apropos:

But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:9-10

Go ahead, give it a try!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trade in Services Agreement - Wikileaks Press release!

WikiLeaks releases today 17 secret documents from the ongoing TISA (Trade In Services Agreement) negotiations which cover the United States, the European Union and 23 other countries including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan & Israel -- which together comprise two-thirds of global GDP. "Services" now account for nearly 80 per cent of the US and EU economies and even in developing countries like Pakistan account for 53 per cent of the economy. While the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become well known in recent months in the United States, the TISA is the larger component of the strategic TPP-TISA-TTIP 'T-treaty trinity'. All parts of the trinity notably exclude the 'BRICS' countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The release coincides with TISA meetings at the ministerial level at the OECD in Paris today (3–5 June). The 'T-treaty trinity' of TPP-TISA-TTIP is also under consideration for collective 'Fast-Track' authority in Congress this month.

The TISA release today follows the WikiLeaks publication of the secret draft financial services annex of the TISA negotiations on 19 June 2014 showing the aim to further deregulate the financial sector, despite widespread consensus that lack of oversight and regulation was the main cause of the last global financial crisis of 2008. Today's release confirms the ongoing determination to deregulate. Furthermore, standstill clauses will tie the hands of future governments to implement changes in response to changing environment.

Today's release is the largest on secret TISA documents and covers numerous previously undisclosed areas. It contains drafts and annexes on issues such as air traffic, maritime, professional services, e-commerce, delivery services, transparency, domestic regulation, as well as several document on the positions of negotiating parties. WikiLeaks has also published detailed expert analysis of the topics covered in today's release.

Browse the TiSA documents published by WikiLeaks here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Other Phobia: Christianophobia

A freedom to choose or privately express your own religion is a trait commonly seen in nearly all developed countries or colonies. Though, there are still areas of the world in which unfair biases still exist which may lead to an intense hatred or avoidance of religions outside of their own. This can even lead to violent outbreaks or unfair treatment of those with opposing viewpoints. Christianophobia deals with the extreme fear of Christians or the Christian faith. While not commonly seen in the United States, this phobia has been fairly predominant throughout the rest of the world.

Symptoms of Christianophobia

There are several ways to spot someone who may be christianophobic. If you or someone you know experience one of the following viewpoints, consider seeking professional therapy or external help in dealing with the situation:
  • Conflicting religious views that lead to an intolerance of other religions outside of their own.
  • An irrational fear that Christians are conforming together to take over the majority of the world.
  • A fear that if Christians are not “stopped” they will do the same to their own religion.
  • Avoidance of Christians
  • Radically violent or complete intolerance of the Christian religion.

Read the Full Page: Christianophobia – Symptoms and Facts about Christianophobia
AllAboutCounseling.com

Friday, May 29, 2015

Whose Eyes Do You Trust - Carly Fiorina Or Hillary Clinton?

We Trust Brown Eyed People More Than Blue - Except...

People view brown-eyed faces as more trustworthy than those with blue eyes- unless the blue eyes belong to a man with a broad face, according to a new paper in PLOS ONE.

The psychologists (and an anthropologists) attempt to answer a big question: What makes us think a person's face looks trustworthy?

To find out, they asked college students (142 females and 98 males) to rate facial photographs of 40 female and 40 male students and rate them for perceived trustworthiness based on two features: eye color and face shape.  The 80 photos were rated for trustworthiness (dominance/attractiveness) on a ten-point scale where 1 means very trustworthy and 10 very untrustworthy.

A significant number of participants found brown-eyed faces more trustworthy than blue-eyed, whether the faces were male or female. More rounded male faces, with bigger mouths and larger chins, were perceived as more trustworthy than narrow ones, but the shape of a female face did not have much effect on how trustworthy it appeared to the respondents. 

Source: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/we_trust_brown_eyed_people_more_blue_except-100646#ixzz3bYWxJFxZ

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The 26 Unemployment Week Limit!


Perusing the daily news this morning I saw the headline "40 percent of unemployed have quit looking for jobs". Reminding myself of my own employment roller coaster over the past few years, this naturally resonated with me....but not in the way you might expect. I am asking myself how can so many people be out of work? There are plenty of jobs out there. In fact, my current job was birthed out of time spent on Craigslist, of all places. Note: There are many online "job shoppers" out there and I'm sure some are good, but many send you a slew of useless junk email, each and every hour. For me Craigslist connected me with people who were actually desperate for...employees. Sure, you have to weed through 90% spam and other worthlessness, but every once in a while you can really strike employment gold.

So here's the rub as I see it. Many people today are not so much unemployed as they are under-employed. Many folks simply do not want to "condescend" to take a job which is beneath their dignity or whatever the excuse. Eventually you have to do what you have to do for your family. There should be little excuse to reach the 26 week limit of unemployment compensation without finding something, unless you are sick or injured. Would you believe that some folks with chronic illnesses actually continue to work because they have to? Then there are others who stay on the unemployment doll waiting for a job to become available in the field they have been trained in only to be met with disappointment 26 weeks later. I cannot comprehend how people can do this, not with all the local and nationwide jobs I see on Craigslist.

If the three of you who read this happen to be looking for work, don't give up. Consider any job that will help pay the bills and get you through this temporary season. Things will eventually turn around. They always do.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ode to Rush...the rock band!

In The Garden a Working Man toils in the shadows of the Available Light. Our life is more than a Dreamline when we Test for Echo at Lakeside Park. I grew up a cast out within the Subdivisions, a misunderstood misfit, a Natural Science nerd living in a La Villa Strangiato. Escape! Escape! My Red Barchetta wisk me away to Fly By Night up the mountain road where I would park and stare at Cygnus X-1 in the sky. As The Camera Eye watches, I dance to Different Strings. Their music has become Second Nature and a Prime Mover in my life. My Mission is to see this band one more time. The concert hall will be my Xanadu, when the show-lights go dark I will bask in the Afterimage and My Body Electric will hum. Lessons to those who may see my Tears and think I am Losing It, they are not from Scars of pain, but from an air of Joi De virve, music. Their music, it lies Closer To The Heart than any other. Part Grand Design with a dash of Bravado and always pure Chemistry. Their Mystic Rhythms beat in my soul like the pulse in my Vital Signs.

A Far Cry from what the Neurotica called them, a Something For Nothing band going nowhere. I (we) knew better. It has been a Ghost Of A Chance that this band, who placed its Secret Touch on my heart at 15 and still sends chills through my 50-year-old body continues, stronger. What a Sweet Miracle! My love of this band has been a Marathon and In The End I dream that Time Stands Still this tour. And as the Caravan of cars leaves the stadium, I will be filled with joy as it has been one more night of Making Memories. We Hold On to Hope and put on our Bravest Face while we Resist the thought this tour is a Farewell to Kings. But if it is so, I Wish Them Well.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Flashback 2007: Press Secretary Dana Perino on Personal White House Email Use

Mar 28, 2007
Acting White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says White House staffers may use external email systems to insure compliance with the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch, from engaging in some forms of political activity. The law was named for Senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico. It was most recently amended in 2012.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Leave My Phobia Alone!

Those who oppose same-sex marriage are vilified as homophobic. By definition, homophobia is the fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual. Fair enough. So why is it that we never hear about these less popular phobias?

  • Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
  • Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
  • Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
  • Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
  • Hierophobia- Fear of priests or sacred things.
  • Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.
  • Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
  • Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
  • Katagelophobia- Fear of ridicule.
  • Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
  • Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
  • Staurophobia- Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
  • Theophobia- Fear of gods or religion.
  • Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants.

A Christian who disagrees with the act of homosexuality is not necessarily homophobic any more than an atheist who doesn't agree with a belief in God is also not necessarily theophobic. Only when we fear these things can we be classified as phobic. I think there are many behavioral phobias that are often mistaken as "fear" induced rather than just a moral/ spiritual disagreement. Terminology like this can be easily "hijacked" by those who prematurely judge the intentions of the heart.

Friday, March 20, 2015

“Exclusively For White People Only” Stickers Placed on Businesses in Austin

April Jensen, an employee at Sugar Mama's holds a sticker that the business found on the front of their store in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Employees at several businesses in Austin have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor. A city spokesman says city officials along with the Austin Police Department are investigating the stickers' origin. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gene Wilder On Hollywood's Obsession With The 'F' Bomb!

Gene Wilder sat down with Robert Osborne at 92Y on June 12, 2013 for a rare public appearance. Clip courtesy: 92nd Street Y.

"If something comes along that's really good and I think I would be good for it, I'd be happy to do it. But not too many came along. I mean they came along for the first, I don't know what I did 15-18 films, but I didn't do that many. But then I didn't wanna do kind junk that was seeing. I didn't want to 3D for instance. I didn't want to do ones when it's just bombing, loud and swearing, so much swearing going on, you know. Someone will say "Oh, go fuck yourself". Well if it came in to a meaningful place I could understand it. (Laughter) But if you go to some other movies, I don't wanna say which ones, but when the swearing, I can't say day and night, I can say most of the screen, can't they just stop and talk? Just talk instead of swearing. Once in a while it comes in handy but not not running all the way through the film. That put me off a lot."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Isaac Herzog: A Hope And Change Candidate!

Whoever wants despair and disappointment should vote for Bibi, Zionist Union leader says as he casts his ballot in Tel Aviv.

"The nation will decide who its leaders will be. The elections are about hope. Whoever wants despair and disappointment should vote for Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] but those who want hope and change should vote for me," Herzog said.

Well, we in America know how hope and change worked out! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

TIME Magazine Gives Hillary Clinton Horns!

Look carefully at the two spaces between the top of Clinton's head created by the M in Time's logo. An "intentional mistake", perhaps? Certainly not anatomically correct since horns are usually centered looking face on. Yet realistic to the extent that satan is the father of lies and this women spews them out with unnatural ease.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Teen 'Horror Blogger' Ashlee Martinson's cached copy of "Unworthy"!

Unworthy

Rushing through the woods late at night. Deep into the darkest corner where the agonizing screams can not be heard. Walking into a small cabin. Marveling at the sweet horrors of blood that I thirst for. I then take the next victim who is unconscious. I tightly bind them to a low table.
Awaiting them to wake once more. I clean the dry blood off my tools from a previous session. The last body has been disposed of just hours before, yet I have not been satisfied with the pain, agony and blood. I bend down as they start to wake.
“Welcome to hell.” I whisper in her ear. “Never again will you see the light of day.”
Small sobs echo throughout the room.
“My sweet little pet, don’t you cry.” I stoke her hair softly. “It’ll end just as quickly as it began.”
Walking over to the table, I chose a small dagger. Its silver catches the small amount of light I have allowed to penetrate the room. I slowly bring the dagger up to her lips, cutting an outline around them. The red blood stains her soft lips like lipstick. I smile and continue to cut around her eyes as well.
Her tears and hysterics cause me too grin wider as her eyes close at the sight of me.
“Don’t go yet my dear. There is still so much more fun we can have!”
I grab a new knife from the table and bring it to her hands, making deep cuts in her palms. I then grab a pair of pliers and slowly begin to rip her nails off one at a time. Dreadful screams fill the air once more as blood rushes from her hands. My work is not over just yet. I pour a small amount of green liquid onto her hands. She attempts to clench her fists and she digs her fingers into the table, causing more screams to fill the air as kindles the fire of insanity that burns within my heart.
I then trace a sharpened blade along her blue veins. “Open your eyes sweetheart and look into the dark soul of your tormentor!”
The does not obey my command and refuses to open her eyes.
“Maybe we should make the darkness permanent?”
Before any answer is given, I plunge the knife into her left eye socket, creating a wet gushing sound as her blood drips and oozes down her cheek. The screams are exhilarating, making the fire of hatred for her burn within my heart so much more greater. I then take the knife to her next eye. Grinning wickedly with pure joy, I slowly rip it out, laughing at the small girls pain. She soon threatens to slip away from consciousness.
“Oh!” I say in surprise. “No, no, no my pet you aren’t allowed to sleep just yet! It’s daytime now, look, the sun has risen.”
I smile, knowing full well, she shall never see light again. I eye the gasoline and matches sitting on the table. I pour some over her hand and strike a match.
“Seek fire, filth. For it is the only way to overcome the darkness!”
I then set her hands on fire and watch as the flames slowly eat away at the skin. They quickly lick up her arms and neck. I watch her in agony as I relish in her screams of pain. For me it’s one of the many prey I have captured. For others, I feel a certain joy in my heart. Jokingly, I then take the life of a daughter, friend, girlfriend. Inside I smile, but on the outside I let the darkness consume me.
I then plunge the knife into her heart, watching as she chokes on her own blood that drips from her parted lips.
Another has just departed this life forever, and what a better world it shall be as soon as I eliminate filth who are unworthy of life, just like she was.

May her mother and step-father rest in peace and justice be served to those responsible.

The Bill and Hillary Clinton Denial Machine!

Bill Clinton did not have sexual relations nor did Hillary Clinton email any classified material. They said so, therefore it must be true. Losers!
Hillary Clinton looking a bit like Angelina Jolie
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Now watch an expert in denial confuse and confound reality as well as common moral decency:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

RogueAmerican Apparel!

Great Americans need to shop at RogueAmerican:

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Politics in the USA: Our Banana Republic!

Whether it's Iran, the Clintons, President Obama, talk of national threats, secret agendas, Netanyahu, Israel, fits of rage from Bill O'Reilly, IRS scandals, the never ending saga of Obama Care...in the end, Israel will stand.....

Where Men Aren’t Working!

There are still places in the United States where nearly all men in their prime working years have a job. In the affluent sections of Manhattan; in the energy belt that extends down from the Dakotas; in the highly educated suburbs of San Francisco, Denver, Minneapolis, Boston and elsewhere, more than 90 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 54 are working in many neighborhoods. The male employment rates in those areas resemble the nationwide male employment rates in the 1950s and 1960s. The video below provides a vivid picture of recent national statistics. Source

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

President Obama and Israel: A Seven Year Compendium!

Hot off the presses:
President Obama and Israel: A Seven Year Compendium!
A compendium of national and international news headlines comprising a continuous record of the White House under the leadership of President Barack Obama and his administration since November 16, 2008 to the present day as relates to the Unites States relationship with Israel. A cursory review of the included headlines as they progress through seven years is both fascinating and informative. Some of the hotlinks are no longer valid but further research can easily be accomplished by copy/ pasting selected text into your search browser. This should promptly return salient information regarding specific events you wish to explore further. Due to the current antagonism towards Israel from Iran, this author decided it was time to publish this information rather than wait for the President’s final term to conclude.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Court is Where Policy is Made!

Dateline 2009: Judge Sonia Sotomayor actually said the following:
Um, all of the legal defense funds out there, um, they’re looking for people out there with court of appeals experience, because court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know, I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t make law, I know. Um, um — [laughter] — I know. I’m not promoting it, I’m not advocating it, and, I’m … you know. [laughter]

Now it should be clear (ahem) as to why she is Latina woman of the decade.
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Hillary Clinton Laughs at Islamic Piracy!

Dateline April 2009: Here we have our clueless Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laughing at the threat of Islamic piracy. I wonder if the family of the American Captain being held hostage thinks that this is funny? Classless, just like Obama. Yet another reason she'll never be President?
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A declaritive reminder of the origins of this great nation!

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America written by Thomas Jefferson.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

....Almost done. Skipping the vigorous condemnation of King George 3, we conclude with....

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. (End)

This blogger is NOT suggesting a revolution as such. I only wish to remind "ourselves" that the principles embodied in this declaration have resounded throughout the world in all the years since July 4, 1776. American reformers, whatever the cause - whether for abolition of slavery, for barring racial segregation, for advancing the rights of women - have reminded the public that "all men are created equal". Wherever people have fought against undemocratic regimes, they have argued using Jefferson's words, that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed". When the government no longer responds to the will of the people who have elected and entrusted their counsil and betsowed authority, then either revolution or adversity will soon follow! The latter occurs when good men do nothing in the face of iniquity!

Originally posted on November 23, 2009 

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Full Speech To Congress (March 3, 2015)!

Below is the full, uncut video of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's March 3, 2015 historic speech to the US Congress on the Iranian nuclear deal.

FULL TEXT of Israeli PM Netanyahu's historic address to the US congress. Video embedded in the comments.

NETANYAHU: Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you...

(APPLAUSE)

... Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Minority -- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

I also want to acknowledge Senator, Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Harry, it's good to see you back on your feet.

(APPLAUSE)

I guess it's true what they say, you can't keep a good man down.

(LAUGHTER)

My friends, I'm deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the U.S. Congress.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.

I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade.

(APPLAUSE)

I know that no matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.

(APPLAUSE)

The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.

(APPLAUSE)

Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American -- of America's people and of America's presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

(APPLAUSE)

We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.

Now, some of that is widely known.

(APPLAUSE)

Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.

Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.

I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.

In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.

Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists.

(APPLAUSE)

In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.

And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.

But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.

(APPLAUSE)

And Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for your support, for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome.

(APPLAUSE)

Last summer, millions of Israelis were protected from thousands of Hamas rockets because this capital dome helped build our Iron Dome.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you, America. Thank you for everything you've done for Israel.

My friends, I've come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran's quest for nuclear weapons.

We're an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.

The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.

(APPLAUSE)

Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated -- he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn't exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.

For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran's chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.

But Iran's regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran's regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime.

The people of Iran are very talented people. They're heirs to one of the world's great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots -- religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship.

That year, the zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the revolutionary guards not only to protect Iran's borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad. The regime's founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to "export the revolution throughout the world."

I'm standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America's founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran's founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.

Iran's goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world's oil supply.

Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That's just last week, while they're having nuclear talks with the United States. But unfortunately, for the last 36 years, Iran's attacks against the United States have been anything but mock. And the targets have been all too real.

Iran took dozens of Americans hostage in Tehran, murdered hundreds of American soldiers, Marines, in Beirut, and was responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beyond the Middle East, Iran attacks America and its allies through its global terror network. It blew up the Jewish community center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. It helped Al Qaida bomb U.S. embassies in Africa. It even attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, right here in Washington, D.C.

In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran's aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.

So, at a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.

(APPLAUSE)

We must all stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, two years ago, we were told to give President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a chance to bring change and moderation to Iran. Some change! Some moderation!

Rouhani's government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists and executes even more prisoners than before.

Last year, the same Zarif who charms Western diplomats laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. Imad Mughniyeh is the terrorist mastermind who spilled more American blood than any other terrorist besides Osama bin Laden. I'd like to see someone ask him a question about that.

Iran's regime is as radical as ever, its cries of "Death to America," that same America that it calls the "Great Satan," as loud as ever.

Now, this shouldn't be surprising, because the ideology of Iran's revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that's why this regime will always be an enemy of America.

Don't be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn't turn Iran into a friend of America.

Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.

In this deadly game of thrones, there's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.

So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.

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The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember -- I'll say it one more time -- the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can't let that happen.

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But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.

Let me explain why. While the final deal has not yet been signed, certain elements of any potential deal are now a matter of public record. You don't need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it.

Absent a dramatic change, we know for sure that any deal with Iran will include two major concessions to Iran.

The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break-out time to the bomb. Break-out time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.

Because Iran's nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran's break-out time would be very short -- about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel's.

And if -- if Iran's work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.

True, certain restrictions would be imposed on Iran's nuclear program and Iran's adherence to those restrictions would be supervised by international inspectors. But here's the problem. You see, inspectors document violations; they don't stop them.

Inspectors knew when North Korea broke to the bomb, but that didn't stop anything. North Korea turned off the cameras, kicked out the inspectors. Within a few years, it got the bomb.

Now, we're warned that within five years North Korea could have an arsenal of 100 nuclear bombs.

Like North Korea, Iran, too, has defied international inspectors. It's done that on at least three separate occasions -- 2005, 2006, 2010. Like North Korea, Iran broke the locks, shut off the cameras.

Now, I know this is not gonna come a shock -- as a shock to any of you, but Iran not only defies inspectors, it also plays a pretty good game of hide-and-cheat with them.

The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, said again yesterday that Iran still refuses to come clean about its military nuclear program. Iran was also caught -- caught twice, not once, twice -- operating secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom, facilities that inspectors didn't even know existed.

Right now, Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don't know about, the U.S. and Israel. As the former head of inspections for the IAEA said in 2013, he said, "If there's no undeclared installation today in Iran, it will be the first time in 20 years that it doesn't have one." Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And that's why the first major concession is a source of great concern. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and relies on inspectors to prevent a breakout. That concession creates a real danger that Iran could get to the bomb by violating the deal.

But the second major concession creates an even greater danger that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade.

Now, a decade may seem like a long time in political life, but it's the blink of an eye in the life of a nation. It's a blink of an eye in the life of our children. We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran's nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to build a huge nuclear capacity that could product many, many nuclear bombs.

Iran's Supreme Leader says that openly. He says, Iran plans to have 190,000 centrifuges, not 6,000 or even the 19,000 that Iran has today, but 10 times that amount -- 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium. With this massive capacity, Iran could make the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal and this in a matter of weeks, once it makes that decision.

My long-time friend, John Kerry, Secretary of State, confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess that massive centrifuge capacity when the deal expires.

Now I want you to think about that. The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.

And by the way, if Iran's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reach corners of the earth, including to every part of the United States.

So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That's why this deal is so bad. It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb; it paves Iran's path to the bomb.

So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?

Well, I disagree. I don't believe that Iran's radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would wet appetite -- would only wet Iran's appetite for more.

Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? If Iran is gobbling up four countries right now while it's under sanctions, how many more countries will Iran devour when sanctions are lifted? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism?

Why should Iran's radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both world's: aggression abroad, prosperity at home?

This is a question that everyone asks in our region. Israel's neighbors -- Iran's neighbors know that Iran will become even more aggressive and sponsor even more terrorism when its economy is unshackled and it's been given a clear path to the bomb.

And many of these neighbors say they'll respond by racing to get nuclear weapons of their own. So this deal won't change Iran for the better; it will only change the Middle East for the worse. A deal that's supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet.

This deal won't be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.

If anyone thinks -- if anyone thinks this deal kicks the can down the road, think again. When we get down that road, we'll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare.

Ladies and gentlemen, I've come here today to tell you we don't have to bet the security of the world on the hope that Iran will change for the better. We don't have to gamble with our future and with our children's future.

We can insist that restrictions on Iran's nuclear program not be lifted for as long as Iran continues its aggression in the region and in the world.

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Before lifting those restrictions, the world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second...

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Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world.

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And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state.

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Thank you.

If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires.

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If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted. If Iran doesn't change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted.

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If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.

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My friends, what about the argument that there's no alternative to this deal, that Iran's nuclear know-how cannot be erased, that its nuclear program is so advanced that the best we can do is delay the inevitable, which is essentially what the proposed deal seeks to do?

Well, nuclear know-how without nuclear infrastructure doesn't get you very much. A racecar driver without a car can't drive. A pilot without a plan can't fly. Without thousands of centrifuges, tons of enriched uranium or heavy water facilities, Iran can't make nuclear weapons.

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Iran's nuclear program can be rolled back well-beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil.

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Now, if Iran threatens to walk away from the table -- and this often happens in a Persian bazaar -- call their bluff. They'll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.

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And by maintaining the pressure on Iran and on those who do business with Iran, you have the power to make them need it even more.

My friends, for over a year, we've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It's a very bad deal. We're better off without it.

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Now we're being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That's just not true.

The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.

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A better deal that doesn't leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short break-out time. A better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in place until Iran's aggression ends.

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A better deal that won't give Iran an easy path to the bomb. A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally. And no country...

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... no country has a greater stake -- no country has a greater stake than Israel in a good deal that peacefully removes this threat.

Ladies and gentlemen, history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran's nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war.

The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.

You don't have to read Robert Frost to know. You have to live life to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace, we all desire.

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My friend, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

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Elie, your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, "never again."

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And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.

But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.

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We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.

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This is why -- this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.

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But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel.

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I know that you stand with Israel.

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You stand with Israel, because you know that the story of Israel is not only the story of the Jewish people but of the human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history's horrors.

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Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this (inaudible) chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land.

And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel, Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today, (SPEAKING IN HEBREW), "Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them."

My friends, may Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May we face the future with confidence, strength and hope.

May God bless the state of Israel and may God bless the United States of America.

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Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you all.

You're wonderful.

Thank you, America. Thank you.

Thank you.
Transcript by Washington Post

Friday, February 27, 2015

Net Neutrality Explained In One Minute!

Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003 as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier. For those who are linguistically impaired, here is a video explaination.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Parody: Remarks by the President to the National Governors Association | February 23, 2015


(11:27 A.M. EST) THE PRESIDENT:  

Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you.

Thank you so much..especially you democrats. It really is about me, isn’t it. Everybody, please get off your knees, have a seat and look up here. Welcome to my...I mean the White House once again.  The only thing more glamorous than a black-tie dinner with Hall and Oates is a Q&A with Osama Bin Laden.  (Laughter.) Why are you laughing. That wasn’t one of my jokes. Wait a minute, yes it was. Sorry, you can laugh. So we save the best for last.  I know you guys are excited. Um...I mean that in the gender neutral sense. Women, I know that you are just as excited as the men. We can all be excited together.

I want to thank everybody for being here, especially the three of you who came voluntarily. I’m going to be very brief….Just kidding. Whoops, for a second I almost forgot, words really do mean things. We all know that brief means not very long, right? Now as Joe said...by the way, he’s your vice-president. As president, I get to call him whatever I want….last year was a breakthrough year for the United States. It’s written right here, so it must be true.  Last year, the economy, without the aid of human intervention, created more than three million new jobs. We rounded up since Joe really likes the number three. Then we added a few zeros just for kicks. That’s the best job growth in any single year since the 1990s….the late 90’s. That was Hillary’s husband, right?   The same was true for manufacturing growth.  In fact….’cause I only deal in facts, people…..manufacturing jobs grew even faster than the overall economy. And they are great low wage jobs too. Heck, machines do most of the work now anyway.  But I promised you jobs and I delivered. After we fudged the numbers, we are now able to say that the deficit was cut by two-thirds. Tomorrow, different story. Energy production is at an all-time high. So is California and Colorado, by the way. But not because of oil. It’s all because of Solyndra…..What’s that? Solyndra is out of business?....Well, then it must be because of all them windmills. I prayed real hard and god answered by sending all kinds of tornados and freaky weather. The earth just can’t seem to decide whether it’s cooling or warming. All told, businesses have now created over 12 million jobs over the last five years. Um, that means I’ll have to amend my earlier statement when I said the economy created three million new jobs. C’mon folks, we know it wasn’t the Republicans. And the best news of all -- wages have started to go up. Yup, after I fired those secret service agents who were acting stupidly, I was able to give my staff a few extra dollars a year in their paychecks. It’s just the right thing to do.

So America is as well-positioned as we’ve been in a very long time. God did a great job when he allowed evolution to fix some of his mistakes, don’t you think? And the question is, what kind of choices do we now make together to make sure that that momentum is sustained. Everybody who thinks correctly feels the momentum. I have talked about it before but some of you watch too much Fox News to understand it. I want to emphasize again during our conversations, the belief that middle-class economics is what works -- I’m not just saying that because you make up the largest voting base either. -- the idea that not only do we want the country as a whole to prosper, but we want to make sure that every single person in this country has opportunity; that if they work hard, stop playing so much golf and stop eating fast food, they can get ahead. But not all of you ok. We want to keep some of those hamburger flippers employed. You never know when I might come to your town and need a fix. But that prosperity is broadly shared, especially when it’s spread around. I told you so.  And not only is everybody sharing in that prosperity, but everybody is contributing to that prosperity. Everybody is paying their fair share. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know what that is. I can assure you, it’s more than you can afford. But hey, government is in debt just like you. We’re all in this together. We got to make sure that everybody has got a fair shot, that everybody does their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same set of rules. I’ll be talking to Putin about this in the weeks to come.  We’ve got to make sure that anybody out there, including those who happened to be undocumented, those who is scrimping, pimping and saving, and trying to figure out how to send their kids to college, and worrying about retirement, that they’ve got some sense of security and some sense that they can make it. Let me share my sense with you. As you can hear, I’ve got a lot of it. Damn, this would make a great campaign speech.

…….blah, blah, blah…….

So I’m in the fourth quarter of my presidency, or as some of you might call it -- the kickoff for your campaign season.  (Laughter.) Wow, you laughed so hard that I lost my place. Here’s what I think. I think there’s still a lot that we can get done together. I mean, look how far America has come in just six years under my dictat….I mean leadership. Look how much better off you are all. I think we can build an America that is creating more opportunities for hardworking folks. I would have been working on this for the past six years, but I had my own agenda. Now it’s your turn. I think we can make sure that the future for the next generation is even brighter than the one that we enjoyed…...That was a joke. How come nobody laughed?  Anyway, I look forward to making progress together at the federal and state levels or my middle name isn’t Barack Bipartisan Obama.

Thank you very much, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Discovery Lab Demos Telebot Prototype for Miami PD!

In two years, Miami might be home to the first on-duty robocops. FIU Discovery Lab engineers demonstrate the capabilities of their telebot prototype, designed to aid disabled police officers. Standing six feet tall and weighing about 80 pounds, TeleBot is equipped with a 360-degree camera that allows it to collect and transmit live data to the controller, or TeleOperator. This input is received through an Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset that gamers commonly use in their homes.
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To learn more about TeleBot, visit discoverylab.cis.

Keanu Reeves gives up his seat on NYC Subway!

Keanu Reeves proves he's a gentleman by giving up his seat to a young lady during a subway ride. It appears as though she did not recognize him. Video footage captured several years ago during Matrix filming.
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Valentine's Roses Falling From the Sky in Luxembourg!

Just to add a romantic touch, a drone wanders into town and strategically deposits roses near bystanders. Love is in the air in Western Europe! 

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Video courtesy: http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/

Monday, February 16, 2015

Boston Blizzard 2015 Snowlapse!

A time lapse of the 2015 Boston blizzard from 3 pm on January 26 to 8 am on January 28, 2015.

The video was created from 5,000 images, recorded at 30-second intervals on a GoPro.

The snowlapse was recorded on a roof in Back Bay Boston. For reference, the tall building on the far left is the Hancock Tower. The building in the distance in the middle is the Westin Copley Plaza and the illuminated "The" is from the roof of The Lenox Hotel.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Boston Snow Turning Neighbor Against Neighbor!

BOSTON (CBS) — In Boston, the never-ending snow is turning neighbor against neighbor. More than 5,600 complaints over snow removal have been filed in the city about people who have not done their due diligence when it comes to shoveling. There are complaints about neighbors, businesses and even the city for leaving roads and sidewalks snow-covered. “I think everybody should do their part,” said one Boston resident who lives on a street with many unshoveled areas. “As you can see, it’s like a ski resort.” (Video boston.cbslocal.com)
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The Rise of the Megadrought!

Originally published on Sep 4, 2014: After reviewing computer weather models, the researchers forewarned that the chance of a decade-long drought in the U.S. is as likely as the flip of a coin. "For the southwestern U.S. Potential Megadrought would make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s look meager in comparison....
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Yesterday, CBS Sacramento published a story entitled: 
Megadroughts: A Future Reality For Much Of Western United States 
SAN JOSE, California (AP) – As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming – and they’re bound to last for decades.... http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/02/12/study-megadroughts-a-future-reality-for-much-of-western-united-states/

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