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65 civilians, mostly women and children killed and wounded coalition bombing

Ramadi / NINA / A medical source in Hit announced on Monday the killing of 22 civilians, including 5 women and 4 children, and wounding 43 others, mostly women and children by bombing of the international coalition aircrafts the center of the popular market of Hit district, in addition to the bombing of an apartment building inhabited with families.

The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the planes of the international coalition did not focus so far in their airstrikes on gatherings of the IS," adding that the building, which was bombed by mistake was just 70 meters far of the IS gathering. /End

Posted by grahamhgreen | Tue Oct 7, 2014, 03:26 AM (0 replies)

Ebola: Epidemiologist: Stop the flights now


David Dausey, a Yale-trained epidemiologist who works on controlling pandemics, is dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The incubation period for Ebola is up to 21 days, so a person could get on a plane the day he or she is exposed and spend three weeks in the United States before exhibiting symptoms. Then he or she could potentially infect any number of people here before the disease is properly diagnosed, and they are isolated or quarantined.

Top U.S. government health officials have spoken strongly against creating a travel ban (though members of Congress increasingly disagree). They say restricting flights will also restrict aid to affected countries and will increase the amount of ongoing unrest. But commercial airlines are not the only ways for the United States to send aid and aid workers. The United States has the most advanced military in the entire world; we can transport people and supplies without commercial carriers.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been compared to a war zone. The disease is now being viewed as a national security threat on par with nuclear weapons. The United States has committed nearly 4,000 troops to impacted countries. It’s time to take security precautions that align with the gravity of the threat. That means doing whatever it takes to keep infected people from coming here.

Eric Holder didn't send a single banker to jail for the mortgage crisis. Is that justice?

And banks and lenders carried through that fraud to every level of the mortgage process. They committed origination fraud through faulty appraisals and undisclosed trickery.

They committed servicing fraud through illegal fees and unnecessary foreclosures.

They committed securities fraud by failing to inform investors of the poor underwriting on loans they packaged into securities.

They committed mass document fraud when they failed to follow the steps to create mortgage-backed securities, covering up with fabrications and forgeries to prove the standing to foreclose.

Posted by grahamhgreen | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 11:14 AM (8 replies)

Iraqi Air Force Accidentally Delivers Food And Ammunition To ISIS Militants


Iraqi military pilots mistakenly gave food, water and ammunition to enemy ISIS militants instead of their own soldiers, a senior security official and a brigadier-general told NBC News. The supplies were supposed to help besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for a week in Saglawyah and the village of Al-Sijar in the country’s western province of Anbar.

“Some pilots, instead of dropping these supplies over the area of the Iraqi army, threw it over the area that is controlled by ISIS fighters,” said Hakim Al-Zamili, a lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament who is a member of the security and defense committee and acts as a security liaison for service members and commanders formed by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. “Those soldiers were in deadly need of these supplies, but because of the wrong plans of the commanders in the Iraqi army and lack of experience of the pilots, we in a way or another helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers.”
Posted by grahamhgreen | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 10:58 AM (5 replies)

German universities to scrap all tuition fees!


All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge.

“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”

If it's an important enough war to have, then it's important enough to PAY FOR, right??? nt

CNN GO Launched: on demand access to CNN (link)


Who Will Pay? Cost of War already at 1 Billion (EST. 22b/year):


WASHINGTON (MCT) — The air war in Syria and Iraq has already cost nearly $1 billion and ultimately could cost as much as $22 billion per year if a large ground force is deployed to the region, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The study, due to be released Monday, shows a range of costs based on sustained but low-intensity combat up to a force of 25,000 U.S. troops on the ground.

Edit: think of the America we will have when we use our resources for good, instead of war.

EDIT 2: Bush Jr's Iraq war was originally estimated at 80 billion. Instead, it cost 3-6 trillion. We can reasonably extrapolate this war will cost 750 billion to 3 trillion. More, if you factor the Bush war cost was a one year 3 month estimate.

Why does Obama refuse to ask for tax concessions from those that can afford it? It's their war, their oil we are defending, they can pay this time. They're asking our troops to possibly give their lives, the wealthy can give up a portion of their Hoarde for this war they are lobbying for. They will never go without food, they will still live in mansions.

That can afford to pay. Let's have a convo about taxing them, now!

Saudi Pilot Arrested for Refusing to Bomb ISIS in Syria


According to social media activists, a Saudi Air Force officer has refused orders to carry out an airstrike on Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) positions in Syria. The Saudi officer, Captain Faisal Al-Ghamdi, is said to have refused to participate in the airstrikes due to his support of the terrorist group. The news has circulated amongst pro-ISIS pages and has been referenced by their ground activists in Saudi Arabia, adding to the already turbulent relations between the terrorist group and Wahhabi-led government.

Saudi officials have yet to comment on the validity of this story; however, a picture and the soldier’s identity has been released by pro-ISIS media sources. ISIS has a strong presence in Saudi Arabia – the country’s government has financially supported rebels in Syria and Iraq to overthrow their governments. Recently, Saudi Arabia agreed to participate in the Anti-ISIS Coalition to quell the terrorist group’s presence in the region.

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy


The plant consists of five big industrial windmills and two lakes. On windy days — and there are plenty — the windmills harness the Canary Islands' Atlantic gusts. When production exceeds demand, such as at night, excess energy is used to pump water from a sea-level lake up into a natural volcanic crater half a mile uphill.

When the wind dies down, the water is released down through a pipe connecting the two lakes. On its way, it passes through turbines, which generate hydro-power.
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