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Friday, June 26, 2015

One person has been beheaded and two people injured in a terrorist attack Friday morning at a gas factory near Lyon, France, French President Francois Hollande said. The suspect's contacts with Muslim fundamentalists, and reports that Islamist flags or writings were found at the scene, point to an extremist motive. The victim of what Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described as a "barbarous" attack has not yet been publicly identified. U.S. firm Air Products and Chemicals, which owns the factory, said all its employees were accounted for. A witness told BFMTV that a group of men carrying Islamist flags forced their way into the factory, beheaded a person and targeted gas tanks.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Climate experts warn the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nosediving to levels "not seen for centuries".

They fear a repeat of the so-called 'Maunder Minimum' which triggered Arctic winter whiteouts and led to the River Thames freezing 300 years ago.

The Met Office-led study warns although the effect will be offset by recent global warming, Britain faces years of unusually cold winters.

A spokesman said: "A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of cold winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States but wouldn't halt global warming.

"Return of 'grand solar minimum' could affect European and eastern US winters."

Long episodes of low solar activity were seen during the Maunder Minimum between 1645 and 1715 and the 'Dalton Minimum' from 1790 to 1830.

Both periods coincided with colder-than-normal global temperatures earning the title from scientists of "Little Ice Age."


In an op-ed, Media Matters CEO may have jeopardized the tax exempt status of his group.

Their partisan attempt to both chill Blumenthal's right to freely express his own political views and more broadly to intimidate our organizations -- organizations that have led the way in exposing the fraudulence of the Benghazi investigation itself. (Not to mention our role in specifically defending Hillary Clinton from the Republicans' unfair attacks on the subject).

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, they cannot do that:

"Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office." read more


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Barack Obama's trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama's desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday's vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland, who voted for fast-track in May, voted against it on Tuesday. read more


What do these US military bases have in common?

Fort Bragg
Fort Rucker
Fort Hood
Fort Lee
Fort Benning
Fort Gordon
Fort A.P. Hill
Fort Polk
Fort Pickett
Camp Beauregard (Operated by the Louisiana National Guard)

They are all named for Confederate generals. There's been talk for years about whether this is appropriate, and now in wake of Charleston and the South Carolina Confederate flag, it's coming up again.

Do you think these posts should be renamed to honor people who fought in the U.S. Army exclusively?


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