22 Jul 14
Solar activity remains very low. There is only one sunspot (AR2119) on the Earth-facing side of the sun, and it has a simple magnetic field that poses no threat for strong explosions.
Claim: Obama hid 'gay life' to become president
“Nobody who knew Obama in the gay bar scene thought he could possibly be president,” said DuJan.
Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines
The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed at least 16 people in the region after leaving scores dead in the Philippines.
Thank God for Rick Perry
As the rest of the world sizes Barack Obama up as a man who pees sitting down, the Texas Governor, not prone to wear mom jeans, has ordered his National Guard down to the border.
The Politicization of Science in the Media
We are all by now conditioned to accept the fact that when the media reports about politics, they are likely doing so from a left-leaning angle.
IRS: Maybe Lois Lerner Emails Aren’t So “Lost” After All, Oh, And We Lost a Few More Too
New testimony from a key Internal Revenue Service official indicates the IRS may not have lost two years of emails sent by former top IRS official Lois Lerner after all. Kane told Oversight staffers last week that the backup tapes that held two years of lost Lerner emails may actually still exist.
Luis Gutierrez to La Raza: Obama Assured Steps to 'Stop the Deportation of Our People'
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
...Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus...that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."
Anti-Jewish Leaflets Found on Cars in Chicago
Anti-Jewish leaflets were found on several vehicles on Chicago's Northwest Side, police said.
Six vehicles were discovered with leaflets containing anti-Semitic threats in their windshields Saturday morning in the 6300 block of North Monticello Avenue, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.
Trojan report claims 'aggressive Islamist agenda'
An "aggressive Islamist agenda" was being pursued in some of the so-called Trojan horse schools in Birmingham, says a Department for Education report.
Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, is publishing the findings of his inquiry into allegations of a hardline Muslim "take-over" of schools.
Mr Clarke found a lack of intervention from the local council and weaknesses in the oversight of academies.
MH17 plane crash: UK wants EU to widen Russia sanctions
The UK is urging EU foreign ministers to impose tougher sanctions on Russia amid widespread anger over the Malaysia Airlines crash in east Ukraine.
France hinted that it could suspend delivery of a warship to Russia, as the ministers gathered in Brussels.
Earlier UK Prime Minister David Cameron attacked the sale of two French Mistral helicopter carriers - a deal also criticised by the US and other leaders.
Texas Governor Rick Perry to deploy troops to US border
The governor of Texas has ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the US border with Mexico to protect against what he described as criminals, human traffickers and drug cartels.
Rick Perry, a Republican, said he had to act because the federal government had failed to secure the border.
Mr Perry said the troops would work alongside law enforcement.
Livni: 'No real option for cease-fire now'
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of an imminent halt in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, adding that the IDF ground incursion in the Strip was impossible to avoid.
"There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio.
11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die
About a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report.
Malaysia Airlines may be taken over by government or enter bankruptcy
Ailing carrier Malaysia Airlines may be taken private by its major government shareholder or enter bankruptcy protection to allow it to renegotiate contracts with unions.
China's President Xi Jinping signs Venezuela oil deal
Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela.
They include a $4bn (£2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products.
The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America.
Gaza conflict: Diplomats push for ceasefire
Diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza have intensified, with US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting the UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Cairo.
Mr Kerry said the US was concerned about Palestinian casualties, but lent his support to Israel's "appropriate and legitimate" military operation.
He said the US was sending $47m (£28m) in aid to Gaza "to try to alleviate the immediate humanitarian crisis."
Nigeria Boko Haram attack causes over 15,000 to flee
More than 15,000 people have fled an area around the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa after a spate of lethal assaults by Islamist Boko Haram fighters during the weekend, the emergency services said on Monday.
Ten killed in air strike north of Baghdad
Ten people were killed, including a mother and three children, in a government air strike on a militant-controlled town north of Baghdad on Monday, hospital sources and witnesses said.
Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties
For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel.
21 Jul 14
Why has the sun gone quiet? Scientists baffled as sun spots disappear during peak period of solar activity
Just a few weeks ago it was bursting with sunspots but now it seems to be going days without even developing a single dark spot.
Solar physicist Tony Phillips has named it an 'All Quiet Event'
Texas Gov. Perry to Deploy 1,000 National Guard Troops to Border
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during a surge in illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on.. Obama.
Fiji Earthquake Today 2014: 6.9 Strikes Off the Coast
Officials tell news that the Fiji earthquake today started at a significant depth. It posted a depth of three hundred eighty-three miles below sea level.
Whistleblower: IRS in cahoots with NSA
“Do you think the IRS partnered with the NSA potentially, to target the tea party?”
“I already know they have access to it,” Binney responded. “One of the answers that came from some of the testimony in Congress by people who are being asked those questions kind of implied that that’s exactly what they were doing.”
Earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude hits Japan’s North-East coast
The agency said that the quake struck at 02:32am in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 60 kilometres north east of Japan's Hokkaido island, close to the disputed Russian-administered Kuril Islands.
French minister decries ‘anti-Semitic’ Gaza protests
“When you head for the synagogue, when you burn a corner shop because it is Jewish-owned, you are committing an anti-Semitic act,” Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters outside the Sarcelles synagogue.
‘Test it on Brits:’ Snowden says GCHQ even worse than NSA
Taking that into account, Snowden is sure the UK citizens could be ones on whom intelligence techniques could be tested to then be used by all of the other so-called Five Eyes partners – Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Fighting flares in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive
Fighting flared in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday as investigators began to inspect the bodies of victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week.
The Caliphate Means Constant War on us on a Scale Not Yet Seen
The very existence of a caliphate would usher a state of constant hostility: Both historically and doctrinally, the caliphate is obligated to wage jihad, at least annually, to bring the “disbelieving” world under Islamic dominion and enforce sharia law. Most of what is today called the “Muslim world”-from Morocco to Pakistan-was conquered, bit by bit, by a caliphate begun in Arabia in 632.
The ‘Big One’ is coming: L.A. long overdue for mega-quake that could kill thousands of people, experts say
The southern section of the San Andreas Fault that runs near the city has not had a “mega-quake” of more than 7.5-magnitude since 1680 and it is, according to seismologists, more than a century overdue. A flurry of lesser earthquakes in recent months has refocused attention on whether America’s second city can withstand the “Big One.”
Transplanting gene into injured hearts creates biological pacemakers
Cardiologists have developed a minimally invasive gene transplant procedure that changes unspecialized heart cells into “biological pacemaker” cells that keep the heart steadily beating. The laboratory animal research is the result of a dozen years of research with the goal of developing biological treatments for patients with heart rhythm disorders who currently are treated with surgically implanted pacemakers. genes are used not only to correct a deficiency disorder, but to actually turn one kind of cell into another type,".