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Paul E Ester

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Commander: Contingency plans under way for Syria

Source: AP

The top U.S. military commander in Europe said Tuesday that several NATO countries are working on contingency plans for possible military action to end the two-year civil war in Syria as President Bashar Assad's regime accused U.S.-backed Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.

The Obama administration rejected the Assad claim as a sign of desperation by a besieged government intent on drawing attention from its war atrocities — some 70,000 dead, more than 1 million refugees and 2.5 million people internally displaced. A U.S. official said there was no evidence that either Assad forces or the opposition had used chemical weapons in an attack in northern Syria.
As the war enters its third year, the U.S. military, State Department officials and the U.N. high commissioner for refugees delivered a dire assessment of a deteriorating situation in Syria and the sober view that even if Assad leaves, the Middle East nation could slip into civil strife similar to the Balkans in the 1990s.

"The Syrian situation continues to become worse and worse and worse," Adm. James Stavridis, the commander of U.S. European Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "No end in sight to a vicious civil war."

Stavridis, who is retiring soon, said a number of NATO nations are looking at a variety of military operations to end the deadlock and assist the opposition forces, including using aircraft to impose a no-fly zone, providing military assistance to the rebels and imposing arms embargoes.

As with U.S. and international involvement in Libya in 2011, a resolution from the U.N. Security Council and agreement among the alliance's 28 members would be necessary before NATO assumes a military role in Syria, Stavridis said.
"We are prepared if called upon to be engaged as we were in Libya," he said.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/commander-contingency-plans-under-way-syria-155448430--politics.html

Maliki's Iraq: Rape, executions and torture

Heba al-Shamary (name changed for security reasons) was released last week from an Iraqi prison where she spent the last four years.

"I was tortured and raped repeatedly by the Iraqi security forces," she told Al Jazeera. "I want to tell the world what I and other Iraqi women in prison have had to go through these last years. It has been a hell."

Heba was charged with terrorism, a fate faced by many Iraqis who are detained by security forces.

"I now want to explain to people what is occurring in the prisons that [Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki and his gangs are running," Heba added. "I was raped over and over again, I was kicked and beaten and insulted and spit upon."

Heba's story, horrific as it is, unfortunately is but one example of what a recent report from Amnesty International refers to as "a grim cycle of human rights abuses" in Iraq today.

The report, "Iraq: Still paying a high price after a decade of abuses", exposes a long chronology of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees committed by Iraqi security forces, as well as by foreign troops, in the wake of the US-led 2003 invasion.


President Obama Goes to Israel - Official Trailer (HD) (2013)

Feinstein on gun bill: I'm not going to play dead

Source: CNN

Read more: Link to source

Demanding a vote on her amendment.

Nevada Gun Culture, why Harry Reid said NO.

Guns are part of Nevada culture.

CCW is common. Open Carry is legal and not unusual to see. A car is considered an extension of your home and you can conceal a gun in your car with no permit.

At the grassroots level people engage in and participate in shooting sports or practice for self defense. Hunting is a popular and substantial part of the rural economy.

Carson city (the state capital) has a shooting range in a public park. They let you shoot ANY type of weapon even FULL AUTO machine guns. It is free and open to the public during daylight hours.

Clark county where vegas is has the largest public shooting range in the country. - The Clark County Shooting Complex


The people of Nevada not only like their guns, they invest public resources in providing facilities for the citizens to use them. It was surprising to me, at first, but NEVADA is not like any other state.

To Nevadans, banning assault rifles, is like banning golf clubs..dumb. At the end of the day, the reason Harry Reid said no was he needs to get re-elected. By his constituents. The state motto is "Battle Born" and the people live that way.

10 years on, the plan for war from someone who was there.

$40,000 check given to women mistakenly shot at in Dorner manhunt

A $40,000 check for a new vehicle was delivered Monday to an attorney representing the women whose truck was riddled with bullets by LAPD officers during last month's manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, city officials said.

City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said in a statement the tax-free payment would cover the cost of the pickup and other property. The deal was announced Thursday — several weeks after the women were promised a new truck, and two days after they publicly complained through Jonas that they had not received a new vehicle.

"I am thankful that this matter could be resolved in a quick and efficient manner," Trutanich said in a statement Monday. “The settlement negotiated by my office for the damage done to the truck was the legal and morally right thing to do both for the individuals involved and the taxpayers of this city."


These were the ladies delivering newspapers,

Group Appointments With Doctors: When Three Isn't A Crowd

When visiting the doctor, there may be strength in numbers.

In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments -- seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them (even if not one-on-one), increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes.

Some see group appointments as a way to ease looming physician shortages. According to a study published in December, meeting the country's health-care needs will require nearly 52,000 additional primary-care physicians by 2025. More than 8,000 of that total will be needed for the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.

"With Obamacare, we're going to get a lot of previously uninsured people coming into the system, and the question will be 'How are we going to service these people well?' " says Edward Noffsinger, who has developed group-visit models and consults with providers on their implementation. With that approach, "doctors can be more efficient and patients can have more time with their doctors."

Some of the most successful shared appointments bring together patients with the same chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. For example, in a diabetes group visit, a doctor might ask everyone to remove their shoes so he can examine their feet for sores or signs of infection, among other things. A typical session lasts up to two hours. In addition to answering questions and examining patients, the doctor often leads a discussion, often assisted by a nurse.

Insurance typically covers a group appointment just as it would an individual appointment; there is no change in the co-pay amount. Insurers generally focus on the level of care provided rather than where it's provided or how many people are in the room, Noffsinger says.


Single take, reverse perspective video by Messe Kopp called Forward.

This is a video by Messe Kopp it's a single take, filmed in Jerusalem.

Great concept.

It's not often a newspaper publishes a picture this BIG.

I'm reading a story on the denverpost.com about "Colorado ballot proposal aimed at undoing ammunition magazine limits"

and when I clicked on the picture captioned "At Colorado's largest gun shop, Firing-Line, in Aurora, Monday, December 17, 2012, assault rifles are lined up for sale"

I get 2712 X 4528 pixels of gun porn, so detailed you can read the price tags....strange really.
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