Todays News 8/30/16

  • University of Iowa professor believes the schools mascot is too scary. The professor believes incoming freshmen should be welcomed with a more nurturing mascot and the angry mascot could lead to violence. The professor also wants the mascot to be able to change emotions to be more human. [Link]
  • Cincinnati has recently faced a 5.5 increase in the amount of overdoses. Police believe that this is a result in a dealer using a very powerful batch of heroin to draw users back. Of course, lifting the prohibition on heroin would allow users to buy heroin at a known strength. [Link] War On Drugs Fyle
  • Minnesota gun buyback program is failing. The state is taking in guns from citizens, no questions asked, and paying citizens for their guns. Most guns coming in are antiques or broken. Dealers are also using the program to sell guns to the state at an overvalued price. One “shotgun” brought in was a barrel, wood, and tape. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • The FBI reports that hackers were able to access the election database of two different states. It is believed that the Illinois and Arizona election databases were hacked. This put the personal information of 200,000 voter at risk. [Link] FBI Fyle
  • Low interest rates and possible banking fees have prompted more and more Germans to take their money out of banks. Home safe sales are soaring are people buy them to hide money at home. This also occurred in Japan where interest rates are negative. [Link] Germany Fyle
  • ISIS bombs a Saudi military recruitment facility in Aden, Yemen, killing at least  71. The people Aden were not startled by the bombing and said they experience explosions like this frequently. [Link] Saudi Arabia Fyle
  • Turkey continues to make gains and take towns in Northern Syria. Turkey’s airstrikes seem to be mostly targeting the US-Backed Kurdish positions. Turkey claims to have killed 25 Kurds and international aid groups report Tukey killed 20 civilians. The US-Backed Kurdish fighters have been the only US ally to really have success in Syria against ISIS. The US is in a difficult position between its Kurdish allies and NATO ally, Turkey. [Link] Syria Fyle

Todays News 8/29/16

  • A new study, out of the University of Michigan, finds that biofuels produce more carbon dioxide than gasoline. The US government has passed laws and gives subsidies to promote the use of biofuels. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Turkish President Erdogan pledges to fight ISIS and US-Backed Syrian Kurds with the “same determination.” The leader has been using his army in Syria for nearly a week, with support from US airpower. The US has given the Syrian Kurds weapons and air support throughout the US’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The US government continues to conscript dolphins and sea lions into military service. The US military straps cameras to the animals and trains them to swim into other counties waters, which are off limits to the US military. The missions are dangerous. The article also looks at how animals fare during war, it is not good. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • A Washington bar owner is standing up to the government and allowing people to smokes weed at his bar. Weed is legal in Washington state and the owner, Frank Schnarrs, believes that it is his right to let people smoke marijuana in his bar. The state suspended his liquor license for 5 days and fined his $500. Mr. Schnarrs has not paid the fine and continues to serve liquor. [Link] Bill of Right Fyle
  • 25 civilians were killed by Saudi Arabia’s air strikes in one day in Yemen. Warning Graphic Images. [Link] Another 30 women and children were reported to have been killed when a Saudi jet bombed near a sugar factory. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • An unexploded US produced cluster bomb exploded in Yemen with 5 unsuspecting children near by. The children were dismembered and killed by the explosion. It is common for cluster bombs to not full explode when dropped from a plane. They often explode when unexpecting children try to play with the shiny object. Warning Graphic Images. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • Iraq requests the Saudi ambassador to Iraq leave the country. The Saudi ambassador has blamed the Iraqi government of creating tensions with the country’s Sunni minority. The Saudi embassy in Iraq reopened in December after being closed for 25 years. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Norway is building a wall to keep illegal migrants from flowing in through Russia. The wall sit on the Norway Russia border will stretch for 660 feet and is 11 feet high. [Link]

Todays News 8/28/16

  • US is now providing the Turkish army with close air support in Syria. The Turkish army is trying to take the town of Jarablus from ISIS, before the city falls to the Kurds. Vice President Biden, who was in Turkey, made it clear to the Kurds that they must remain East of the Euphrates River to continue to receive US support. Syrian President, Assad, condemns Turkey’s army crossing into Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Turkish army is now attacking US-Backed Kurdish forces in Syria. The Turkish army has killed at least one Kurdish soldier and the Kurdish army has destroyed one Turkish tank. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Afghan Government now only controls about 2/3 of the land area in the country. A map lays out who controls what in the country. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The sluggish US economy is not able to produce enough growth to pay out entitlements. Illinois pension funds continues to show a lack of promise, as yearly growth expectations drop from 7.5% to 7%. This means the state will need to find an extra 400-500 million dollars to make up the difference. This will likely fall on to the backs of taxpayers. [Link] US Economy Fyle
  • Trump opens campaign offices in Israel. They are hoping to identify votes with dual citizenship who are able to vote in US swing states. [Link] 2016 Fyle

Todays News 8/27/16

  • The US government is set to buy 11 million pounds of cheese. The dairy industry is struggling as there are too many suppliers in the industry. The over abundance of suppliers is causing dairy prices to drop and farms to go out of business. The government will buy up the excess supply and  create incentives for the industry to continue to grow. The Cheese Buy will cost the US taxpayers $20 million. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • A 76 year old US Vet was seeking mental health treatment at a Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was denied services and killed himself in the parking lot. There are several other reports of Vets being denied mental health care from VA run medical centers, then committing suicide. [Link] Health Care Fyle
  • Iran is operating 6 military camps in Northern Iraq. Iran has about 1,500 military personnel stationed in the region. The Iranian government is planning to open more camps in Iraq. [Link] Iraq Fyle

Todays News 8/26/16

  • Turkish troops operating in Syria attack US-backed Kurdish forces. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi spent time in a US prison during the Iraq war. For 8 months, Al-Baghdadi was imprisoned in America’s Abu Ghraib prison. Abu Ghraib is known for its prolific torturing and nickname “jihadist university.” [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Al-Qaeda affiliate operating in Syria changes its name and starts receiving US weapons. Al-Nusra changed its name to Al-Sham last month. Al-Qaeda leadership suggested weeks before the name change weeks before it happened. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Brexit champion, Nigel Farage, speak at a Trump rally this week. Frage said “I wouldn’t vote for Hillary if she paid me.” [Link] 2016 Fyle
  • Hillary Clinton has received $10s of millions in donations through The Clinton Foundation from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Sunni States. These government’s poor human rights records. Women and people in the LGBTQ communities have nearly no rights in those states. The Client foundation focuses on these issues, making it unlikely that is the reason that The Clinton Foundation has received so much money from these states. [Link] 2016 Fyle

Todays News 8/25/16

  • 12 killed in attack on American University in Afghanistan. The attackers used explosives and guns. At least two attackers have been killed. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The French and German governments see encryption as a threat. They hope to obtain “back doors” into apps that send encrypted messages. They plan to do this through the EU. [Link] Germany Fyle France Fyle
  • A Navy Sailor is sentenced to one year in jail for taking pictures on a classified submarine. His defence team had hoped that after Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted for mishandling classified information that their client would receive the same treatment. [Link] 2016 Fyle
  • Public pension plans are in trouble. The Obama Economy has only grown at roughly 2%, not giving pension plans the ability to make the 7%-8% in annual return they need to meet projections. This means pension plans in the US are severely underfunded. Some project that pension plans are over $5 trillion underfunded. [Link] Free Market Fyle

 

 

 

 

Todays News 8/24/16

  • A mentally ill women is released from prison after 35 years. Cathy Woods was convicted of murdering another woman after she talked about the murder in a psychotic state. At the trial. prosecutors labeled Cathy as a homosexual and used that against her. Cathy is now suing the city of Reno. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Venezuela is in bad shape, shortages of food, toilet paper, and other necessities are proving, again, that socialism does not work. Long lines in front of bakeries, a characteristic of failing socialism, is humiliating to the Venezuelan Government. In response, the government is banning lines. [Link] Venezuela Fyle
  • To combat ISIS in Iraq, the US has allied with Shi’ite militias to regain key Iraqi cities. The militias are torturing, executing, and beheading civilians from the cities they are liberating. A new article shows that reports put out by the US and UN underestimate how many people the militias are killing. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • US soldier is killed in Afghanistan by an IED. He was in a “training” role at the time he was killed. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Germany is now considering conscription in case of terror attack or national disaster. The German government is also pushing all citizens to keep 10 days of food stored in their homes. [Link] Germany Fyle
  • The Japanese economy is increasingly being nationalized by the Bank of Japan. The Bank of Japan is buying up shares of companies. This has the effect of propping up the Japanese stock market, as the Bank of Japan often pays 30% extra for stocks. [Link] Japan Fyle

Todays News 8/23/16

  • Saudi Arabia is using African mercenaries to fight in Yemen. This was reported by Nasser Arrabyee, after a Sudanese general was killed fighting in Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • US General tells Syrian military it cannot no longer operate in areas of Syria. By doing this the US has created a no fly zone in Syria and will shoot down Russian and Syrian jets in the area. Although the US continues to deny it is a no fly zone. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • European Coast Guards are firing at migrant boats. This has resulted in some refugees being shot. [Link]
  • Nuclear waste from nuclear weapons started to leak in the New Mexican nuclear waste dump. The cleanup has cost taxpayers $2 Billion. [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • Marcy Wheeler reports that a recent Reuters headline, that I also posted, was extremely misleading. After Saudi Arabia bombed a school and a hospital, Reuters reported that the US pulled staff from Saudi Arabia. The article presented the information as the pulling of staff was the US response to the school and hospital bombings, however, the staff was removed 2 months ago. This means the US has taken no action against the Saudis after they bombed a hospital and school. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The US is currently fighting a air war in Libya to support the Unity Government in Libya. The Libyan Parliament voted “no confidence” in the Unity Government. This is unlikely to stop the US from waging a war to support the Unity Government. [Link] Libya War 2016
  • 100 new US troops will be deployed in Afghanistan to stop Taliban gains. The Taliban have nearly taken the key southern providence of Helmand. US troops will likely be in combat roles to try to prevent this Taliban take over. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle

Todays News 8/22/16

  • The DEA has seized over $200 million from travelers at airports over the past decade. Most people are never charged, but are still unable to get their property back. [Link] Police Fyle
  • An unarmed deaf and mute man was shot and killed by a police officer. The man was trying to communicate through sign language when he was killed. A short chase occurred before the shooting. [Link] Police Fyle
  • 53 are dead in Turkey after a suicide bombing of a wedding. The bomb went off in a Kurdish area of Turkey. The suicide bomber may have been as young as 12. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle 
  • Iran is creating a “Liberation Army” to go around The Middle East and fight battles supported by the Iranian government. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • Yemen’s President Saleh has stated that Yemen is exploring working with Russia. Yemen may let the Russia operate out of Yemeni military bases. After 16 months of Saudi Arabia bombing Yemen, Al-Qaeda and ISIS are flourishing in the country. The Russian strikes would be directed at those groups. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

Todays News 8/20/16

  • The UN and US are unable to stand up against Saudi Arabia’s war crimes in Yemen. The UN is afraid of losing Syrian funding. The US supports the Saudi war in Yemen because it helps the Saudi’s to feel better about the Iran nuclear deal. This means, the US is assisting in committing war crimes to help Saudi Arabia feel better. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The US has pulled some of its staff from Saudi Arabia. That staff has been assisting Saudi Arabia in bombing Yemen. While the administration has refused to condemn the bombing of a hospital and school, removing some staff is the first time Obama has shown displeasure with the Saudi’s in their war on Yemen. The US continues to refuel Saudi war planes and has some staff in Saudi Arabia to assist with planning. [Link] US Saudi War Against Yemen
  • Syrian war plans nearly hit US troops while bombing Kurds. [Link]. When Syrian war planes returned to the area and they were chased off by US war plans. The US is now warning Syria not to bomb the Kurds. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Charity groups are reporting they are unable to build hospitals in Syria. Syrians are refusing to allow hospitals to be built in their towns, for fear the hospitals will become a target of airstrikes. 43 medical facilities have been reported to be bombed in the Syrian conflict. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Dallas police and Fire Pension is nearing collapse. Over valued real-estate gave the impression of a healthy fund, but the reality is the pension is almost out of money. [Link] Free Market Fyle
  • Vietnam Vet is arrested for flying his flag upside down. The vet was protesting a oil pipe line that will be built through his property by use of eminent domain. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle
  • A new New Jersey law will punish companies who support a boycott of Israel for humanitarian crimes against the Palestinians. The State says it will not do business with any of the “blacklisted” companies. This is a clear violation of the first amendment. [Link] Bill of Rights Fyle