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Scotland experiences four seasons in a day: lashed by 100 mph wind gusts

September 16, 2013 – SCOTLAND - Scotland experienced all four seasons in one day yesterday, as the first storm of autumn swept across the country, bringing chaos to the country’s roads. Torrential rain, accompanied by gale-force winds, gave way to sunny periods, before the wet weather returned. The Cairngorms were hit by gusts of 100 mph, with snow anticipated last night, and the Forth Road Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles after wind speeds of 69 mph were recorded. However, not everyone was bemoaning the gales. The weather was perfect for Scottish Windfest, at Barassie Beach in Troon, where windsurfers and kitesurfers were competing. Last night, the Met Office issued a blanket “yellow” warning, forecasting blustery winds continuing into today. They said high-altitude jetstream winds from the Atlantic pushing 200 mph – almost twice the usual – triggered the storm. It brought torrential rain yesterday morning, which flooded Nitshill Road and Thornliebank Road, in the south of Glasgow, with motorists in Dumfries suffering the worst driving conditions in the country with heavy spray on main roads.
The weather also caused severe disruption to Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry timetable on the west coast, where dozens of sailings were either delayed or cancelled. Worst affected were the routes between Oban, Coll and Tiree, the new link between Ardrossan and Campbeltown, and the Tarbert to Portavadie crossing. A spokesman for Cal Mac said: “Ferry services across the network have been badly affected by high winds. “The bad weather is expected to continue into Monday and ferry travellers are advised to check our website (www.calmac.co.uk) for the latest information. Traffic Scotland warned motorists of high winds on the Skye, Friarton, Tay and Erskine bridges. And there was rail disruption on west coast northbound routes, after a tree fell on to overhead lines between Lockerbie and Carstairs. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued flood warnings in Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and west central Scotland. The CairnGorm funicular railway was closed all morning yesterday as 100mph winds blasted the area, but it was opened by midday. Paul Nixon, CairnGorm’s customer manager, said: “We’ve just been keeping a close eye on the weather today, making sure that visitors can come back down. “We’re expecting some snow tonight, but it’s unlikely to lie and will be restricted to the very top of the mountain. “This sort of weather usually does mark the start of winter for us really. In the past there has been skiing in October, and people are anticipating a very good season.” Tom Morgan, of the Met Office, said: “Scotland is only half-way there with the severe wind problems. –The Scotsman

Disaster on disaster: crippled Fukushima plant braces for typhoon Man-Yi hit

September 16, 2013 – JAPAN - Workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have braced for a powerful incoming typhoon. Japan is struggling and failing to keep radiation leaks from the facility, crippled by the 2011 quake and tsunami, under control. Typhoon Man-Yi hit southern Japan on Monday morning, bringing heavy rains and strong winds and sparking fears that it might further deteriorate the situation at Fukushima. Workers at the site are using large weights to try and prevent cranes used to move debris from toppling over from the wind, reports Japanese broadcaster NHK. They also attached ropes to external piping and pumps, which are used to pump cooling water to and from the reactors. Staff members have increased patrols ahead of the storm to make sure that radiation-contaminated water doesn’t overflow from storage tanks. At least one overflow has already been discovered. The typhoon has been increasing in size and strength as it traveled over the Pacific, with wind speeds rising to as much as 162kph. Man-Yi is the 18th typhoon to hit Japan this season and is one of the strongest so far, leading officials to issue warnings of possible floods and landslides to citizens in different parts of the country. In three prefectures – Kyoto, Fukui and Shiga – the national Meteorological Agency forecaster issued highest level emergency alert. Railways in central Japan have suspended services in response to the typhoon’s arrival. About 800,000 residential buildings were without electricity in western and central Japan and 300,000 were told to evacuate ahead of the storm. The Fukushima plant remains a source of much concern, as Japanese authorities and operator TEPCO have so far failed to prevent leakage of radioactive water used to keep reactors under control into the environment. The disaster triggered a wave of rejection of nuclear power both in Japan and in some other countries. Japan is soon to become a nuclear-free nation after shutting down its only operational reactor on September 15. This however is expected to be temporary situation, with facilities going back online after passing safety checks and winning approval from municipal authorities. -RT

Rain continues to fall in Colorado: 5 confirmed dead, 500 still unaccounted for

September 16, 2013 – COLORADO – Forecasters in Colorado are warning residents near Denver to brace for torrential overnight rains, as raging flood waters roar through the region and cloud cover hampers helicopter rescue efforts. Days of heavy rains and flooding have turned the state’s Rocky Mountain foothills into high risk zones, with dozens of washed out roads and bridges turning entire communities into disaster areas short on supplies and services. At least four people were known dead by late Sunday, with two others officially missing and presumed dead. Authorities say about 500 people were unaccounted for Sunday, while cautioning that some may be unable to communicate with loved ones while stranded and awaiting rescue. Rocky Mountain rescue management officials say as many as 1,000 people were awaiting rescue north of Denver, in an area that includes the hard-hit mountain community of Estes Park. But all airlifts were grounded Sunday because of new rains and poor visibility. Local news outlets say 50 bridges linking rural communities have been destroyed or damaged, and warn of a growing threat from mudslides and rockslides as roads crumble. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, speaking to reporters Saturday, said authorities were only beginning to understand the scope of the crisis. President Barack Obama has declared Colorado a major disaster zone and ordered federal help to boost state and local recovery efforts. Helicopters have plucked hundreds of people from inundated homes. One helicopter carrying Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on a tour of the region made two stops to pick up residents waving to be rescued on Saturday. -VOA

 

DEVELOPING: Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter


DEVELOPING: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a Syrian plane was detected two kilometers (1.2 miles) inside Turkish airspace at 2:20pm (1120 GMT). “It was continuously warned by our air defense but as the violation continued, it fell on Syrian soil, having been hit by missiles from our planes,” he added, according to statements carried by Agence France Presse. Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets along the border between its southern Hatay province and Syria after warning the Mi-17 helicopter it was approaching Turkish airspace shortly before 14:30 (1130 GMT), the military said in a statement according to Reuters. “Turkey will definitely not allow any violation of its borders … We will defend our borders and our people’s security to the end,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Paris. “No one will have the nerve to violate Turkey’s borders in any way again,” he said after a meeting to discuss Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and their French counterpart Laurent Fabius. He said he will provide the U.N. Security Council and the NATO military alliance with details of Monday’s shooting.Turkey, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fiercest critics, has advocated military intervention in Syria and grown frustrated over what it sees as Western indecisiveness. More

 

Biggest aerial response since Katrina: Helicopters to search for 1,200 missing in Colorado


Rescue crews in Colorado, mounting what was called the largest civilian helicopter mission since Hurricane Katrina, were en route to hard-hit towns Monday afternoon in hopes of reaching hundreds of people trapped by catastrophic floods.  Authorities dispatched helicopters to rescue an unknown number of people stranded in Jamestown, a northwest Boulder County town of fewer than 300 residents that was left virtually unreachable after floodwaters swallowed huge swaths of the primary access road, said Nick Grossman, a spokesman for the county’s office of emergency management. Jamestown is “essentially an island right now,” Grossman said, adding that some 45 people have already been evacuated from the flood-ravaged town. Officials instructed isolated people in other hard-hit mountain towns to set flares, wave light-colored sheets from the roofs of houses and use mirrors to reflect the sunlight and attract the attention of the teams sent to save them. More

 

NUCLEAR DISASTER TO WORSEN? Crippled Fukushima braces for typhoon Man-Yi hit

This picture shows a bridge that collapsed into a flooded river in Kyoto as torrential rain hit western Japan on September 16, 2013.(AFP Photo / Jiji Press Japan Oot)
DEVELOPING: Workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have braced for a powerful incoming typhoon. Japan is struggling and failing to keep radiation leaks from the facility, crippled by the 2011 quake and tsunami, under control. Typhoon Man-Yi hit southern Japan on Monday morning, bringing heavy rains and strong winds and sparking fears that it might further deteriorate the situation at Fukushima.  Workers at the site are using large weights to try and prevent cranes used to move debris from toppling over from the wind, reports Japanese broadcaster NHK. They also attached ropes to external piping and pumps, which are used to pump cooling water to and from the reactors. Staff members have increased patrols ahead of the storm to make sure that radiation-contaminated water doesn’t overflow from storage tanks. At least one overflow has already been discovered. The typhoon has been increasing in size and strength as it traveled over the Pacific, with wind speeds rising to as much as 162kph. Man-Yi is the 18th typhoon to hit Japan this season and is one of the strongest so far, leading officials to issue warnings of possible floods and landslides to citizens in different parts of the country. In three prefectures – Kyoto, Fukui and Shiga – the national Meteorological Agency forecaster issued highest level emergency alert. More

 

 

DAYS OF LOT: Dodgers continue push for diversity with first scheduled LGBT night

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Here’s a new one for those forward-thinking Dodgers: They announced Friday they will host an LGBT night on Sept. 27. In their announcement they never actually explained that LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The team that broke baseball’s color barrier, that brought in the Hispanic community with Fernando Valenzuela and the Japanese community with Hideo Nomo, is now reaching out to the LGBT community. They’ve come a long ways from when they kicked out a lesbian couple for kissing at a Dodger Stadium game in 2000. “We welcome all fans to Dodger Stadium throughout each season,” said Dodger Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen in statement. “We are especially proud to welcome and recognize the LGBT community of Los Angeles, an integral part of the city and of the Dodgers community.” The Dodgers have planned the night in conjunction with Tom Whitman and Flip Events. Fans can purchase tickets to the event at www.dodgers.com/out using the promotional code OUT. You can’t make this stuff up. Included in LGBT Night Out at Dodger Stadium is a celebrity first pitch, the national anthem performed by a special guest with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. “The Dodgers have been standing on the right side of history from the days of Jackie Robinson through today,” said Whitman, senior vice president Flip. “LGBT Night Out on September 27 will be an amazing night for baseball fans, for the LGBT community and everyone who is true blue.” The Dodgers said it was the first of an annual event. The Los Angeles Times

DAYS OF LOT: Gay head priest shows how far Canadian military has come

Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher, the new Chaplain General of the Canadian Forces, has been in the military for about 33 years. He came out of the closet 20 years ago.
In his new job as head chaplain in the military, Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher will be overseeing the religious needs of Canada’s troops, shoring up what the Defence Department calls its chaplaincy’s “inclusive, welcoming culture.” As an openly gay member of the military and Anglican priest for more than two decades, it’s an environment Fletcher has benefitted from firsthand. His recent appointment is in sharp contrast to past military policy, which allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians. Fletcher said he came out not long after a landmark court decision struck down the rule in 1992, alleviating his fears about what could happen to his career if he did come out. Fletcher acknowledges that some may find it odd, or even scandalous, that he is a career military man, a priest and homosexual. “I equally understand that some people will be excited and encouraged by the openness of my own church, to allow me to exercise this ministry and certainly encouraged that I’m free to work within a Canadian military that simply doesn’t discriminate on (the basis of) these things,” he said. More

Half of UK would rather live under Roman rule than today’s Government

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A study found 46 per cent of the UK would happily vote for Roman rule instead of today’s political parties. At the heart of this is the belief that we’d be better off, healthier and happier if policies and laws from over 2,000 years ago were implemented now. In the research, 2,000 Brits were shown a series of ancient political policies secretly based on those from Roman emperors, including Julius Caesar. And many of these found favour. Popular policies included doubling the number of public holidays (57 per cent) and free entry to national sporting events (56 per cent). Other promises from the ancient past that struck a chord with Brits were banning cars from cities on a weekend (76 per cent) and encouraging immigrants who embrace the local culture (57 per cent). The abolition of income tax, which Roman Emperor Nero enforced, was supported by 44 per cent of Brits. More

DAYS OF LOT: Israel recognizes 2 biological fathers for first time

After a year and seven months of bueracutric difficulties, the Interior Ministry recognized two biological fathers of child for the first time, Ynet learned on Sunday. The story of the Yuval and Matan Topper-Erez received wide media coverage when Yuval became the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant and give birth. In December 2011, the groundbreaking journey of Yuval and his partner came to a successful end when Yuval gave birth to their eldest son and the two became happy parents.  However, the Interior Ministry refused to be impressed by the occassion, and would not recognize Matan as the child’s biological father as well. “As parents are used to doing, we asked to register our son with the Interior Ministry at the ministry stand at the hospital where our oldest son was born,” Matan told Ynet. “We filled out the forms, and according to the procedure, left the information page of our IDs, so that they could be updated by listing both of us as the child’s parents,” he recalled. More

BIRTH PANGS: 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattles buildings in Greek capital

ATHENS - An earthquake shook buildings in the Greek capital on Monday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. A magnitude 4.5 quake struck central Greece just before 1500 GMT and was followed by a stronger tremor, the Athens Geodynamics Institute said. Fire brigade officials said they had not received any calls for assistance. The EMSC registered the earthquake as a 5.0 magnitude event. Greece is often rattled by earthquakes, most causing no serious damage. A 5.9 magnitude quake in 1999 killed 143 people. Reuters

PRAYER AVAILS MUCH: Abortion Clinics Closing at Record Rate


The Huffington Post assessed the “dramatic toll” that recent pro-life lawshave taken on abortion clinics, with Arizona leading the way. Meanwhile, the abortion battle has gone digital as more states ban abortions by telemedicine. CT has examined the new pro-life surge in-depth.
(BP) For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood center demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director to leading pro-life advocate. But for pro-lifers throughout the United States, it marked another exhibit in a hopeful trend—abortion centers are shutting down at an unprecedented rate. The total so far this year is 44, according to a pro-life organization that tracks clinic operations. None was more telling for Johnson than the mid-July closing of the Planned Parenthood center in Bryan, Texas. It came less than four years after Johnson, burdened by her involvement with abortion, walked out of that clinic as its director and into the offices of the Coalition for Life. ”Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life,” Johnson said in a written statement after the announcement of the shutdown. “From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream … it shows that my life has indeed come full circle.” Since her celebrated conversion from Planned Parenthood director, Johnson has started a ministry to help workers leave the abortion industry. She has pledged, as she said in July, to “fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut its doors.” This year, 42 clinics that provided surgical abortions have shut their doors, and two that offered chemical abortions by drugs also have closed, according to Operation Rescue, which monitors closings and health and safety violations by clinics nationwide. That number far surpasses the 25 surgical clinics shutdown last year and the 30 in 2011, by Operation Rescue’s count. While others estimate a smaller number of closings, the pattern is clear. Some of the shutdowns have been of major clinics. For instance, Virginia’s No. 1 abortion provider closed, The Washington Post reported in July. NOVA Women’s Healthcare in Fairfax, Va., shut down after state and local governments enacted regulations the abortion provider appeared unable to meet. The northern Virginia clinic performed 3,066 abortions in 2012 and 3,567 in 2011. More

Russian official mocks Navy Yard shooting


A Russian official blasted “American exceptionalism” in a tweet Monday morning, saying the deadly shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard confirms the worst about the U.S. “A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington — a lone gunman and 7 corpses. Nobody’s even surprised anymore,” tweeted Alexey Pushkov, a member of the Russian parliamentary foreign affairs committee.  “A clear confirmation of American exceptionalism,” he added. The comment — met with disgust on Twitter Monday, as the situation at Navy Yard continues to unfold — is a reference to the recent New York Times op-ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the piece, Mr. Putin blasted American exceptionalism and admonished Americans to remember that God has created everyone equal. Like Mr. Pushkov’s tweet, Mr. Putin’s comments fueled outrage from U.S. lawmakers and many others. The Washington Times

Newfound asteroid 2013 RZ53 to whizz between Earth and Moon this week


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS:  Discovered just two days ago, a small asteroid will be whizzing past the Earth on Wednesday night, coming within two-thirds of the distance to the Moon. Asteroid 2013 RZ53 was found early Friday morning by astronomers working at the Steward Observatory, at the University of Arizona, as part of the Catalina Sky Survey. Astronomers fromAustralia and Illinois helped to track the asteroid and found that it’s about three metres wide, its orbit is very close to Earth’s, and it even flies along with us as we make our way around the Sun. On Wednesday night, 2013 RZ53 will come within 0.6 lunar distances of Earth, or roughly 230,000 kilometres. 2013 RZ53 is an Apollo asteroid. These are a specific type of asteroids that cross Earth’s orbit, putting them into a class of potentially-dangerous asteroids. Astronomically speaking, it’s coming pretty close to us, but it’s well outside the orbit of our satellites, and there’s no chance of it hitting the Earth. Still, based on the astronomers backtracking the orbit of this space rock, that’s apparently the closest approach it’s made since March of 1954. This particular Apollo asteroid won’t likely get back this close to us until March 2073. It’ll probably just make another close fly by, but even if it managed to get close enough to actually hit us, it’s doubtful that it would cause much more than a brief light show. For comparison, the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Russia back in February was estimated to be over five times the size of 2013 RZ53, and that size is what helped it survive in order to get so close to the ground.More

BREAKING NEWS: Chemical weapons were used in Syria on ‘large scale’ – UN report

1305302_10151901259755407_441895480_nBREAKING NEWS: Chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in the Ghouta area of Damascus in Aug.21 attack, the UN investigators’ report says. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has submitted report at a closed-door meeting in New York. “The Mission has concluded that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in the Ghouta area of Damascus in the context of the ongoing conflict in Syria. The attack resulted in numerous casualties, particularly among civilians,” Ban Ki-moon said in a statement published on the UN website.  Ban Ki-moon said the conclusions drawn in the report are “overwhelming and indisputable”.  “The facts speak for themselves,” he added.  The UN team’s report is based on interviews and eyewitnesses accounts investigators collected at the scene. The UN investigators spoke to more than 50 survivors, medical personnel and first responders. They also recorded individuals’ symptoms and took biomedical samples, including from hair, urine and blood.  RT

COLORADO FLOODING UPDATE: 30 state highway bridges destroyed


Thirty state highway bridges have been destroyed by Colorado floods, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Twenty have severe damage. CDOT expects that number to go up. Damages have not been assessed on many roadways, including US 34, highway 72 and highway 36. It is expected that they will have significant damage. CDOT is working to prioritize which roads to repair fast. The organization hopes to do as much work as possible before winter weather begins in Colorado. 9News

BREAKING NEWS: US, UK and France voice plan to boost support for Syrian rebels, oust Assad

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British Foreign Affairs Secretary William Hague (L) give a press conference after talks on the Syria crisis on September 16, 2013 in Paris. France.(AFP Photo / Kenzo Tribouillard)
BREAKING NEWS:  The US, UK and France have agreed to bolster Syrian rebels by providing more help, press Syria into delivering on its promise to hand over chemical weapons and seek an end to the conflict, which would involve ousting of President Bashar Assad. The intentions were voiced by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his counterparts from Washington and London at a joint media conference. Fabius was speaking in Paris just days after the US and Russia reached an agreement under which Washington will put its plans to use military force against Syrian President Bashar Assad on hold in exchange for Damascus dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal.  US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed America’s adherence to the plan, but said there must be consequences for Syria if it does not deliver on its promise. The disarmament deal is to be formalized by a UN Security Council resolution yet to be voted on.  Meanwhile UK Foreign Secretary William Hague pledged that the three countries would work with Russia to gather an international conference in Geneva to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis. A political solution is part of the plan, which was unveiled by Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last Saturday. Organization of the Geneva-2 conference has been delayed for months, as Syrian opposition forces opposed it. Still Kerry stressed Washington’s position that the UN resolution is not “a lifeline” for Assad, who, the UN official said, has “lost all legitimacy” after more than two years of fighting with rebel forces. Full Story

Islamic Persecution forcing thousands to flee from Southern Philippines

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he would deploy the “full force of the state” if needed to protect civilians as a standoff between troops and Muslim rebels dragged on for the fifth day in the restive south. “There’s a thin line that can’t be crossed, putting civilians’ lives at risk,” Aquino said in a televised briefing yesterday from Zamboanga city, occupied in parts by rebels since Sept. 9. “When that line is crossed, I will be forced to not only show, but use the full force of the state,” he said.  Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he would deploy the “full force of the state” if needed to protect civilians as a standoff between troops and Muslim rebels dragged on for the fifth day in the restive south. “There’s a thin line that can’t be crossed, putting civilians’ lives at risk,” Aquino said in a televised briefing yesterday from Zamboanga city, occupied in parts by rebels since Sept. 9. “When that line is crossed, I will be forced to not only show, but use the full force of the state,” he said. More

Poverty in N.J. reaches 52-year high


Poverty in New Jersey continued to grow even as the national recession lifted, reaching a 52-year high in 2011, according to a report released today. The annual survey by Legal Services of New Jersey found 24.7 percent of the state’s population — 2.1 million residents — was considered poor in 2011. That’s a jump of more than 80,000 people — nearly 1 percent higher than the previous year and 3.8 percent more than pre-recession levels. ”This is not just a one-year or five-year or 10-year variation,” said Melville D. Miller Jr., the president of LSNJ, which gives free legal help to low-income residents in civil cases. “This is the worst that it’s been since the 1960 Census.” And it may get worse: The report warned Census figures for 2012 to be released this month may be higher. Those numbers are expected to show some of the impact from Hurricane Sandy, which took a bite out of the state’s economy and destroyed a large amount of affordable housing. The numbers for New Jersey — one of the wealthiest states in the nation — mirror a national trend. In 2011, the federal poverty rate was the largest it had been in 18 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. More

Syrian Rebels Behead Assad Thugs in front of Children.

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The sword rests briefly on his neck as a blindfolded man kneels under a clear blue sky. Moments later, the executioner raises his right arm, slashes downwards and the prisoner is dead. The whole barbaric episode is watched by a crowd of jeering men, many of them armed.  And sitting on a low wall only a few feet from where the wretched captive died so violently is a line of young boys. They were still there as the dead man’s head was dumped on his body. Another child, even younger, was led by the hand past the corpse.  The public execution was the last of four that took place on August 31 in the town of Keferghan in the north of the country. The picture forms part of a set taken by a photojournalist – whose identity has not been revealed in order to protect him – who was given unprecedented access to the gruesome proceedings. Among the other photos are an executioner lining up his sword before delivering the final blow as his victim kneels in the village square – and a victim’s head being held aloft by a jubilant fighter. Although it is difficult to confirm the political affiliation of those involved, an eyewitness told Time that the executioners belonged to ISIS – an Al-Qaeda faction opposed to President Bashar Assad’s regime. The captives, meanwhile, are understood to belong to the fearsome Shabiha (‘ghosts’) – thugs loyal to Assad who are said to roam the country massacring women and children. More

 

Saudi Daily: ‘Chemical Weapons Smuggled to Hezbollah’ – Will Israel Respond?

President Bashar Al-Assad has smuggled part of his chemical weapons arsenal to Hezbollah in a bid to evade international inspection, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan reported Monday. The report quoted Syrian National Coalition member Kamal al-Labwani as claiming that: ”The Syrian regime has transferred some of its chemical weapons arsenal to its ally Hezbollah aboard trucks used to transport vegetables.” The article published Monday, also included a claim that the Assad regime had covertly moved significant parts of its chemical weapons aboard Russian ships docked along the Syrian coastline. ”We have credible information indicating that the Assad regime has smuggled part of its chemical arsenal to Russian ships in barrels,” al-Labwani added. Last week, Syria officially handed in a request to the United Nations to join the convention which which outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons. The regime led by President Bashar Al-Assad is widely believed to have used lethal sarin gas in an attack on a Damascus neighborhood on August 21, killing more than a thousand civilians including hundreds of children.  According to U.S. estimates, the Syrian regime has an arsenal  of 100 tonnes of chemical weapons. Full Story

 


Israel says they will strike Syria if WMDs transferred to Hezbollah - 
As the international community tries to reach an understanding regarding Syrian chemical disarmament, Israel closely monitors the actions of President Bashar Assad. Officials made clear Wednesday night that Israel has not withdrawn, and the red lines it set in reference to Assad have not changed. In other words, Jerusalem clarified, if the Syrian president tries to deliver chemical weapons, or weapons that tip the scales in favor of Hezbollah, Israel will act to prevent their transfer. “Our red lines have not changed,” said an Israeli official. “Assad should understand already that he should not play around with us on this issue. Our policy has not changed, despite what is happening in the international arena. If something looks to us like an unusual step, it will be dealt with.” These words were spoken even as the international effort to reach an agreement went up a level – Wednesday night five members of the UN Security Council were expected to meet to further discuss solving the Syrian crisis. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hinted in speeches given in recent days that Israel has red lines, but declined to elaborate. Now, given the international community’s efforts to dismantle the non-conventional weapons Assad has collected, Jerusalem emphasized that Israel reserved the right to respond to any attempt to arm Hezbollah with weapons of the sort. According to foreign reports, the IDF carried out operations in Syria several times, hitting shipments of weapons that could have been transferred to the Lebanese terrorist organization and endanger Israel.  Full Story
 

Obamacare will question your sex life

Obamacare will question your sex life
‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law. “This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it. The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential. Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But this is entirely different. Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives. Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.” Full Story

 

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