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Texan Attacks Ex-Wife’s Husband with Crossbow

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Texan Attacks Ex-Wife’s Husband with Crossbow
A Texas man flew to Australia, went to his ex-wife’s home and attacked her husband with a crossbow and a tomahawk Tuesday. Jeffery Hooten, 49, was arrested in New South Wales, Australia and charged with attempted ­murder and malicious wounding with intent to ­inflict grievous bodily harm. Greg Williams, 56, deflected the crossbow bolt with his laptop, but took one tomahawk chop to the head as the men grappled. A neighbor intervened and helped Williams restrain Hooten. “He brings out this tomahawk and he swings over the top with his right hand and I managed to block him a bit, but he still got me on the noggin,” Williams said.

Hamas Rocket Halts Airline Flights to Israel
Juan Cole: A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm in among the international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv. … In essence, Hamas by targeting the airport (it wasn’t trying to hit a house in Yahoud but rather the runway at Bengurion International) has hit upon a new strategy, of imposing willy nilly an international boycott on Israeli aviation.


Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh’s thesis written to earn a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

David Perdue Wins Georgia Runoff and Shifts to Campaign Against Michelle Nunn
Perdue to shift from primary to general election against big family name in the Peach State.

Hamas, the First Palestinian Army
Israel must begin considering Hamas not as terror cells, but as an army it should aspire to bring down.


Teary John Boehner praises doctor who saved congresswoman’s baby

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Teary John Boehner praises doctor who saved congresswoman’s baby
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, got a bit misty when he recognized Dr. Jessica Bienstock, a doctor who helped Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s infant survive a rare condition.

Ted Cruz: Flight ban a boycott of Israel?
The State Department called the Texas Republican senator’s suggestion “ridiculous and offensive”

With focus on Ukraine and Gaza, Washington watches other crises simmer
Though not making as many headlines recently, there are multiple other global flash points lawmakers are dealing with


Glenn Beck & Co. Encourage People To Boycott Common Core Tests At Live Movie Event

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Glenn Beck & Co. Encourage People To Boycott Common Core Tests At Live Movie Event

Glenn BeckIn his continued crusade against the Common Core education standards, Glenn Beck encouraged people across the country to boycott tests associated with Common Core, later declaring, “The day we’re all willing to peacefully go to jail like Martin Luther King, we will win.”

In a live broadcast to nearly 700 theaters nationwide, Beck and his fellow anti-Common Core “warriors” joined forces Tuesday night to “make Common Core history” (emphasis original) in a two-hour live movie titled We Will Not Conform. Those “warriors” included conservative commentator and notorious Common Core misinformer Michelle Malkin, hosts Dana Loesch and Pat Gray from Beck’s The Blaze, “self-proclaimed historian” David Barton, Townhall columnist Terrence Moore, Jay Spencer of Liberty University (a sponsor of the event), and representatives from state-based groups waging war on Common Core.

The participants also included Matt Kibbe and Ellen Wheeler from FreedomWorks, a group which “started out as the Koch-funded Citizens for a Sound Economy” and came under scrutiny last year “due to bizarre internal feuding and questions about its finances.” Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey told Media Matters at the time that “the group wasted money by paying Glenn Beck $1 million … to fundraise for the organization.”

This live event is just the latest salvo in Beck’s campaign against the state-based education standards, which were originally adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Beck and co-author Kyle Olson released a book in May called Conform, which, in addition to baselessly attacking teachers and public schools for 222 pages, argued that Common Core helps progressives remove parents from their children’s lives. The day before the event, Beck compared Common Core to slavery.


Rebuilding a Spy Partnership

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rebuilding a Spy Partnership
David Ignatius, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this week, this long-standing but veiled cooperation may have a firmer legal and political base. The two countries’ past partnership became so extensive that they even developed a special logo for their joint signals-intelligence activity, known by its initials, “JSA.” It shows an American bald eagle against the colors of the…

Blind Ideological Justice
E.J. Dionne, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. Fortunately, the D.C. Circuit ruling is unlikely to…

Perry in Obama’s Face
Dick Morris, RealClearPolitics
By sending 1,000 National Guardsmen to the Texas/Mexico border, Governor Rick Perry is stepping up to challenge the president and fill the vacuum left by Barack Obama’s lack of leadership in a way other possible presidential candidates cannot match. His boldness and courage come as a welcome relief for the legions of Republicans and Independents who ask, with frustration, “Will nobody stand up to this president?” Legislators can only talk. Governors can act. Perry’s more cautious advisors likely warned the governor of the dangers he faces. What if the Guardsmen kill someone? Will there be…


Disability benefits flaws ‘grave’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Disability benefits flaws ‘grave’
Parts of the disability benefits system require a “fundamental redesign” because flaws in the process are so “grave”, a group of MPs says.

Labour considers sport betting levy
A betting levy to help fund community facilities and treat gambling addiction is among proposals considered by Labour in a “long-term innovative plan for sport”.


World Briefing: Egypt: Judge Says Devil United Journalists From Al Jazeera to Destabilize Nation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

World Briefing: Egypt: Judge Says Devil United Journalists From Al Jazeera to Destabilize Nation
The judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued last month against Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.






Swindlers Target Kin of Migrants
The F.B.I. is investigating how con artists received detailed information about migrant children being housed at military bases to lure relatives into paying hefty sums to reunite their families.






World Briefing: Sierra Leone: Doctor Leading Fight Against Ebola Catches the Virus
Sheik Umar Khan, 39, hailed as a “national hero” by the Health Ministry for his efforts against the deadly virus, has been transferred to a ward run by Doctors Without Borders.






2 Ukrainian Fighter Jets Shot Down as Conflict Intensifies
Amid heavy ground combat in rebel-controlled areas of Ukraine on Wednesday, the downing of the jets was a serious blow to a military with limited air power.







Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds

Bottom line: Antarctic sea ice trends are an intriguing scientific puzzle worthy of academic interest, whereas Antarctic land ice trends are like the planet running around with its hair on fire, yelling “stop the madness of denial and delay.”

The post Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica

Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica

CREDIT: Eva Nowatzki, distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu

A new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one coauthor put it.

The most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return for irreversible collapse. Only immediate action to sharply reverse CO2 emissions could stop or significantly slow that.

And that really matters since 90 percent of Earth’s ice is in the Antarctic ice sheet, and even its partial collapse could raise sea levels tens of feet (over a period of centuries) and force coastal cities to be abandoned.

So you can imagine why the people who don’t want to take any action on climate change focus on floating Antarctic sea ice, which has been increasing (unlike Arctic sea ice, which has sharply declined). In particular, articles on Antarctic sea ice extent had reported an 8-fold jump in the rate of increase between 2000 and 2012.

For the dwindling number of people who seriously deny the objective reality of man-made warming, this is “proof” that their anti-scientific views are right. For the 97% of climate scientists (and world governments and others) who understand the reality of human-caused climate change, this is an intriguing puzzle to be solved.

In the reality camp, Skeptical Science reviews the scientific literature (here) and offers this summary explanation:

Antarctic sea ice has been growing over the last few decades but it certainly is not due to cooling – the Southern Ocean has shown warming over same period. Increasing southern sea ice is due to a combination of complex phenomena including cyclonic winds around Antarctica and changes in ocean circulation.

Now “The Cryosphere” has published a new study on “A spurious jump in the satellite record: has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?” (European Geosciences Union news release here).

The abstract explains:

Recent estimates indicate that the Antarctic sea ice cover is expanding at a statistically significant rate with a magnitude one-third as large as the rapid rate of sea ice retreat in the Arctic. However, during the mid-2000s, with several fewer years in the observational record, the trend in Antarctic sea ice extent was reported to be considerably smaller and statistically indistinguishable from zero. Here, we show that much of the increase in the reported trend occurred due to the previously undocumented effect of a change in the way the satellite sea ice observations are processed … rather than a physical increase in the rate of ice advance.

The study found that this change in data processing “caused a substantial change in the long-term trend.” The authors note that “our analysis does not definitively identify whether this change introduced an error or removed one, the resulting difference in the trends suggests that a substantial error exists in either the current data set or the version that was used prior to the mid-2000s.”

But one of the co-authors, Dr Walt Meier, a cryoscientist, explained to me that the climate scientist who maintains the data set for NASA has rechecked it — and found the error was in the original processing. In other words, “the most recent Antarctic sea ice trends are correct” but “the earlier published trends are incorrect and the change in trend over time is not as extreme as the published literature indicates.”

Bottom line: Antarctic sea ice trends are an intriguing scientific puzzle worthy of academic interest, whereas Antarctic land ice trends are like the planet running around with its hair on fire, yelling “stop the madness of denial and delay before it’s too late.”

The post Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Rick Perry Uses Immigrant-Bashing as Path to 2016

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rick Perry Uses Immigrant-Bashing as Path to 2016
From: The Christie Watch

Like Europe’s far-right parties, Perry is hoping that hostility to immigrants will energize the base.

Surprise! NYPD Commissioner Bratton Doesn’t Think Race Had Anything to Do With Eric Garner’s Death
From: Mychal Denzel Smith

We don’t escape America's history of racism because we believe ourselves to be good people, or that we're just doing our jobs. It’s already defined our lives. 

Why Is the 2022 World Cup Being Held in a Country That Practices Modern-Day Slavery?
From: Michelle Chen

Migrant workers subject to the kafala system have little recourse against exploitation and abuse.


Upholding ObamaCare–as Written

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Upholding ObamaCare–as Written

Why Court’s Blow to Obamacare Won’t Stick
Brianne Gorod, CNN

What If Mitch McConnell Loses?
Raju & Bresnahan, Politico
It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid?There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now.

Halbig Didn’t Gut Obamacare Over Drafting Error
Sean Davis, Federalist
Words mean things.That was the message delivered by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in yesterday’s Halbig opinion. At issue was whether Obamacare required federal health insurance subsidies to be limited only to plans purchased via a state-based health exchange. To date, only 14 states (plus Washington, DC) have established state exchanges; the federal government established and is operating the exchange used by residents of the other 36 states. In May of 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a rule stating that the subsidies would be available even if they would be applied…

Can a Democrat Win in Georgia?
Alex Roarty, National Journal
Michelle Nunn’s campaign has a lot going for it. She raises a lot of money, shares a last name with her ex-senator father, and benefits from an ugly and especially long primary fight among Republicans. But, ultimately, whether she can win Georgia’s open-seat Senate race will depend on whether a Democrat—during a midterm election where the party is expected to suffer across-the-board losses—can break through in a Southern state where Republicans have enjoyed almost uninterrupted success for more than a decade.