26 Nov 14
UK, US behind Regin malware, attacked European Union networks
Blame the British and American spy agencies for the latest state-sponsored malware attack, say reporters at The Intercept.
The publication, which in the wake of Glenn Greenwald's departure from The Guardian continued to publish documents leaked by Edward Snowden, said on Monday the recently discovered malware, known as Regin, was used against targets in the European Union.
Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers
Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.
Merkel hits diplomatic dead-end with Putin
After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed.
Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city
Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said.
The Islamic State Seeks the Battle of the Apocalypse
The gruesome video released by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) emphasizes that the beheading of Peter Kassig took place in the town of Dabiq, Syria. The town was chosen because of its significance in Islamic end-of-time prophecies about the time when the Mahdi and (the Islamic version of) Jesus will bring victory over those who oppose sharia.
25 Nov 14
Khameini: The West Will Never Bring Us to Our Knees
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatolla Ali Khameini was quoted in his official website that in the negotiations for a nuclear agreement the West would never be able to bring Iran to its knees,
Study: Half of Americans, Majority of White Evangelicals Believe Natural Disasters Are Rising Due to 'End Times' Not Climate Change
Especially white evangelical Protestants are more likely — 77 percent — to attribute the severity of recent natural disasters to the End Times than to climate change, added the poll on religion and the environment.
Mysterious malware performs 'stealthy surveillance'
A highly sophisticated piece of malware began quietly spying on governments and businesses in 2008, according to security specialist Symantec, which warns that the complex code was likely the handiwork of a nation state.
Missouri State Senator: ‘This Is St. Louis’ Race War’
Missouri Democratic state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said the ongoing violence following the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson is “St. Louis’ race war.”
Rewriting America’s Thanksgiving History to Remove God Is a Tragic Deception
As Americans mark Thanksgiving this week, one thing noticeably absent from public discourse is our nation's first Thanksgiving celebration—and the One to Whom those early American settlers gave thanks. Instead, talk of "Pilgrims" is taboo, and talk of giving thanks to God even more so.
Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds
Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in experiments in which they won more money if they cheated, and found that bankers were more dishonest when they were made particularly aware of their professional role.
We Have a Moral Divide, Not a Racial One
It is, we are told over and over, all about "perceptions" — a "black-white divide" in the way each race perceives racial matters. This is how it works:
Ariel Cancels Temple Mount Visit Over Security
Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) has retracted his decision to ascend the Temple Mount Monday night, in deference to the severity of the security situation in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu: Recognition of Israel as nation state of Jews is basis for future peace accord
Recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is the basis of any future peace accord, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, responding to critics both domestic and abroad claiming that the controversial “Jewish state” legislation will water down the country's democratic character.
Hamas Threatens 'Holy War' Over Jewish State Law
Hamas has an opinion on the 'Jewish State Law' making rounds in the Knesset, Channel 2 reports Tuesday - claiming that the law could provoke a "holy war."
Multiple Earthquakes Recorded Early Monday Morning In Oklahoma
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at 12:36 a.m., a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded 13 miles west of Perry and 19 miles east, southeast of Enid. It was about three miles deep.
Again, at 12:55 a.m......
Riots erupt after grand jury clears policeman in Ferguson shooting
Police fired tear gas and protesters set businesses ablaze in Ferguson, Missouri, in racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in August.
Turkey's Erdogan: Women Not Equal to Men
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that women are not equal to men, saying Islam has defined a position for women: motherhood.
Speaking to a conference in Istanbul on women and justice, Mr. Erdogan said that it is against nature to put men and women on an equal footing.
Afghanistan: Fifty dead after suicide attack during volleyball match
At least fifty people are now known to have been killed instantly when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device during a popular volleyball game.
It is the deadliest attack in Afghanistan this year.
Ukrainians to Decide on Future NATO Membership in Eventual Vote
Ukraine will choose whether to join NATO in a referendum once the former Soviet republic moves from “empty declarations” and completes real policy changes needed for membership, President Petro Poroshenko said.
Israel resumes razing homes to punish attackers
Enas Shalodi, a Palestinian mother of six, has been severely punished by Israel for something she didn't do.
A wrecking crew gutted her family's apartment in Jerusalem last week, tearing down inner walls and leaving behind a thick layer of debris.
Six years in, Obama gearing up to be a war president
Barack Obama's meteoric rise to the presidency probably wouldn't have been possible without his decision to stake out a strong position against the Iraq War while still an Illinois state senator in October 2002. In a speech in Chicago that month he warned of "a dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."
Here's The Depressing Reason Why Iran May Have Rejected A Generous Nuclear Deal
The nuclear negotiations between Iran and a US-led group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program have once again fallen short.
On the one year anniversary after the signing of the landmark Joint Plan of Action in Geneva, diplomats from Iran and the PP5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany — announced that the negotiating period will be extended for another seven months after the parties failed to reach a final deal during a marathon session in Vienna.
24 Nov 14
Ancient Egyptian codex finally deciphered
A pair of Australian researchers, Malcolm Choat with Macquarie University and Iain Gardner with the University of Sydney, has after many decades of effort by others, succeeded in deciphering an ancient Egyptian codex. In meeting with members of the press, they revealed that the codex is actually a handbook of a practitioner of rituals and for that reason have published the converted text as "Egyptian Handbook of Ritual Power."
Magnitude 2.2 earthquake hits near New Madrid Monday morning
A magnitude 2.2 earthquake hit near New Madrid, Missouri early Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. Officials say it happened around 7:30 a.m.
Hagel Resigning as Defense Secretary
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.
Iran Nuclear Talks Extended 7 Months; $700 Million In Monthly Sanctions Lifted
In what is hardly a surprising outcome, the parties involved in the Iran nuclear talks have decided it best for all to extend (and pretend) the discussion for another 7 months:
Diplomatic teams will reconvene in December and the US State Department is proclaiming "good progress" in a brief statement. 7 more months of sanctions, a call with Putin today, and OPEC later in the week... one wonders if any of this will be relevant in 7 months. Additionally, it seems beggars can be choosers as P5+1 says Iran can get $700 million per month in frozen assets back...
Fogo volcano erupts after 20 years of sleep, evacuations in progress, Cape Verde Islands
Fogo, a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago located off the coast of West Aftica, started erupting around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of calm period. The eruption prompted nation's prime minister Jose Maria Neves to call for evacuations of Cha das Caldeiras on the slopes of the volcano.
Dems warn backers: Obama could go to prison!
A mass email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Sunday tried to drum up support by warning President Obama is in danger of impeachment, or even worse, jail time.
Graham critical of new GOP House report on Benghazi, calls findings 'garbage'
“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham, a Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”