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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video - Great White Shark Spotted off Beach in Massachusetts - WSJ.com

The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing spotted a 12-14-foot great white shark approximately 100 yards off the coast in Duxbury on Monday. The beach was evacuated and remained closed for about an hour. (Photo/Video: YouTube/MAStatePolice)

via live.wsj.com

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Roots of a High-Tech Revolution - WSJ

I didn't know it at the time, but growing up in a remote area of Colorado was perfect training for an inventor.

via online.wsj.com

August 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Deborah E. Lipstadt on the Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe - NYTimes.com

It’s true that this is not the anti-Semitism of the 1930s, which came from the right and was rooted in longstanding Christian views that demonized the Jews. Traditionally, Islam did not treat Jews this way. But in the past century a distinct strain of Muslim anti-Semitism has emerged. Built on a foundation of antipathy toward non-Muslims, it mixes Christian anti-Semitism — imported to the Middle East by European missionaries — and a more leftist, secular form of anti-Semitism. It is evident in political cartoons, editorials, television shows and newspaper articles.

via www.nytimes.com

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Obama administration announces new birth control fixes for religious groups

Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government — rather than their insurers — that they object to birth control on religious grounds. A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to opt out of paying for birth control by submitting a document called Form 700 to their insurers, but Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil.

via www.pbs.org

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Russia Moves Artillery Units Into Ukraine, NATO Says - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The Russian military has moved artillery units manned by Russian personnel inside Ukrainian territory in recent days and is using them to fire at Ukrainian forces, NATO officials said on Friday.

via www.nytimes.com

Here we go.

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alleged Collaborators With Israel Killed in Gaza - WSJ

GAZA CITY—Some 18 people accused of collaborating with Israel have been executed in the Gaza Strip, according to local Hamas-linked media, a move that follows Israel's targeted killing of three of Hamas' top military commanders.

via online.wsj.com

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cat dies after sitting on chair with huge wasp nest in Winter Ha - WFLA News Channel 8

A cat that had jumped up onto the recliner to take a nap was attacked and killed by the yellow jackets, according to Tony Smarte, whose mother lives in the house.

via www.wfla.com

That's a big nest. And an unlucky cat.

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

NATO condemns Moscow’s aid convoy, says Russian artillery firing at Ukrainian army - The Washington Post

NATO said Friday that Russian artillery pieces are firing at the Ukrainian military from Russian territory and within Ukraine, dramatically escalating a conflict that has taken a new turn with the unauthorized entry into eastern Ukraine of what the alliance described as a “Russian so-called humanitarian convoy.”

via www.washingtonpost.com

Ruh roh.

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Nasty, Brutish World of Richard Dawkins « Commentary Magazine

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, a prominent atheist, and a moral fool.

I say that in part (but only in part) because a woman seeking advice from him via Twitter confessed that she wouldn’t know what to do if she were pregnant with a child with Down syndrome. “Real ethical dilemma,” she wrote. But not for Dr. Dawkins. He tweeted this back: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

via www.commentarymagazine.com

Told ya so. And there are a lot of people like Dawkins still out there.

August 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Playing golf AGAIN: Obama tees off just 24 hours after being criticized for hitting the course within minutes of solemnly pledging justice for beheaded journalist James Foley | Mail Online

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters could hardly contain his anger Wednesday night on the Fox News Channel as he discussed Obama's reactions to the ISIS terror network's beheading of Foley, an American who had been missing since 2012.

'There is no way the president should be stupid enough to go play golf' after such a somber speech, Peters said.

'Not only did he insult the Foley family; he sent a message to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the leader of ISIS) and all of the other jihadi terrorist militants – now soldiers of a jihadi army – that he doesn't take it all seriously.'

via www.dailymail.co.uk

I admit, it's a cheap shot. Like taking a gimme on a 3-par or something.

August 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (1)