"If the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks. It's a good thing. It keeps the French safe. It keeps the US safe. It keeps our European allies safe," said House Intelligence Committee chairman, Representative Mike Rogers, (R-Mich.)
The development comes after a week of clashes in the town.
“Pursuing terrorists in the farms surrounding Sadad still continues” the source added.
Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front had recently captured key areas of the Christian town, including a checkpoint that gave them control of the western part.
The fighting in the town forced many people to flee to the nearby city of Homs or remain trapped in their houses.
Sadad has a strategic location near the main highway leading to the Syrian capital.
In September, members of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group briefly took over the Christian town of Ma’loula, which is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria.
Syrian troops have managed to recapture most areas of the town.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Christians held a demonstration outside a cathedral in Damascus to call for the release of their relatives from the ‘hands of the armed groups.’
Protesters held placards reading, “Free our relatives from the hands of the armed groups,” making reference to the foreign-backed militants in Syria.
And this was just one of at least 700 significant "incidents" between 1950 and 1968 in the US. You wonder how many others went unreported. Imagine, too, the brushes with disaster there must have been in the Soviet Union during the period. But as far as we know, none ever produced an accidental, full-scale nuclear detonation.
Former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw: Jewish money prevents peace in the Mideast ~ link ~ I know him and he is Jewish. His comments are correct in that way too much Jewish minority money is in effect controlling American foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. I would argue that this is NOT "good for the Jews" because there is no one (friendly to Jewish interests) left to argue against nuts like Netanyahu, who would blow up the entire world to achieve a 'Greater Israel'. Stirling
Germany warns of 'diplomatic damage' if Israel ignores UN rights panel ~ link ~ Israel operates on the principle that there are two standards: one for Israel and another for all others! Stirling
Fukushima Is Here ~ link ~ Do take a moment to view the maps and data in this article, at the link. Stirling
The Global Threat of Fukushima ~ link ~ This is a very good in-depth article! Stirling
The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experienced. It is going to take the best engineering minds in the world to solve these problems and to diminish their global impact.
When we researched the realities of Fukushima in preparation for this article, words like apocalyptic, cataclysmic and Earth-threatening came to mind. But, when we say such things, people react as if we were the little red hen screaming “the sky is falling” and the reports are ignored. So, we’re going to present what is known in this article and you can decide whether we are facing a potentially cataclysmic event.
29 Incredible Facts Which Prove That Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding ~ link ~ Sad but true! Do take the time to check out this article. Stirling
UK profits for energy firms DOUBLE in a year while wholesale prices barely change ~ link ~ What do you want to bet that some of these extra profits have found their way back to the political parties??? Stirling
Soulless Corporate Whores doing the Inverse Cowpie in the Pig Sty ~ link ~ As well as being a time of material darkness, this is also the age where you do whatever you hope you can get away with because... it may not be seen and then you are good to gone (grin). It is the zenith of self interest. Just as Jamie Diamond has done, all those stuffed suits take as much latitude as they can and hope the pervasive and ubiquitous corruption (in a nation that conferred personhood on corporations; this is a capital crime on the part of the Supreme Zio-Court) will give them good cover. If most of these soulless corporate whores are doing the inverse cowpie in the pig sty, they've acquired the taste for it. The pig sty is Wall Street, where monster hogs tear up and destroy the root system of the entire culture, in a frenzied fever for self gain. When one of them pulls off some hideous act against another of their fellows, it's a back patting festival of, "you go goblin."
The Financial Storm Clouds Are Gathering ~ link
What Spanish Recovery? ~ link ~ It could, if one listens to bureaucrats peddling snake oily hope, but certainly not based on actual dynamics in its housing market, where mortgage apps have tumbled 90% from all time highs, pocket change investment by Bill Gates notwithstanding, and where even the YoY change has now trippled dipped.
So one wonders: with a housing market deader than ever, and with loan creation that is the worst in the Eurozone, will the modest bounce in employment, which as we explained last week was all driven by a seasonal jump in temp and self-employed workers, just where is Mr. DieselBOOM and the endless ranks of Eurotopians seeing this mythical Spanish recovery? Aside from the IBEX of course, which like every other liquidity-bubble dependent indicator is merely reflecting the roughly $3 trillion in annual global liquidity injections by the world's central banks?
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): Put Big Bank CEOs in jail ~ link ~ Good for her!!! Stirling
This past weekend, the Department of Justice slapped a record fine on JPMorgan Chase for packaging and selling the mortgage-backed financial products that helped cause the financial meltdown. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants the administration to know that fines are not enough. On Wednesday, she called on Wall Street regulators to hold all those responsible for the 2008 crisis accountable.
In a letter to the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Warren lauded the overseer of the TARP bailout program for cracking down on financial industry players who wasted, stole, or abused the federal emergency funds doled out to banks during the financial crisis, and implied that the three banking regulators should also punish individuals who helped cause the financial meltdown.
As if the technological problems facing Obamacare were not enough, a potentially major "legal glitch" could cause the healthcare law to unravel in 36 states. As the LA Times reports, The Affordable Care Act proposes to make health insurance affordable to millions of low-income Americans by offering them tax credits to help cover the cost. To receive the credit, the law twice says they must buy insurance "through an exchange established by the state." But 36 states have decided against opening exchanges for now. Critics of the law have seized on the glitch. They have filed four lawsuits that urge judges to rule the Obama administration must abide by the strict wording of the law, even if doing so dismantles it in nearly two-thirds of the states. And the Obama administration has no hope of repairing the glitch by legislation as long as the Republicans control the House..."This has the potential to sink Obamacare. It could make the current website problems seem minor by comparison," noted on policy expert.
Indeed, police and sheriff’s departments all across the country, from Michigan and Ohio to Texas, California to Idaho to South Carolina, and from Maine to Florida are hardening their forces with militarized body armor, weaponry, tactical gear, and APCs coming straight from the US military at bargain prices.
The Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association said that freezing temperatures throughout mid-September hit the country’s fruit growers with the coldest frost since 1929. Temperatures fell to an average of 19 degrees Fahrenheit for an average of seven hours in several of the Chile’s growing regions, contributing to a huge drop-off in fruit exports.
Fifth Russian 5G fighter jet protype takes flight - with video ~ link ~ The fifth flight-capable test variant of the Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet has made its maiden flight at the company’s test range in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia’s Far East.The flight took some 50 minutes and was dedicated to testing the aircraft’s powerplant and flight stability, the company said in a statement.
And while critics might also point toward issues of self-control, the foods which are least healthy are also the cheapest, although this reality is more a failure of government policy than an inevitability.
In 1980, no one had even heard of high-fructose corn syrup. But agricultural subsidies highly distorted market prices, bringing about the rise of cheap corn, which is a staple of highly processed foods like soft drinks and much of what one finds on the supermarket shelves.