8 Feb 2016
Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions
The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.
A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.”
The Department of Defense last issued a broad directive on climate change in July. It declared climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security” and blamed it for “increased natural disasters.”
Climate change must be integrated in:
- Weapons buying and testing “across the life cycle of weapons systems, platforms and equipment.”
- Training ranges and capabilities.
- Defense intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
- Defense education and training.
- Combatant commander joint training with allies to “assess the risks to U.S. security interests posed by climate change.”
- Joint Chiefs of Staff collaboration “with allies and partners to optimize joint exercises and war games including factors contributing to geopolitical and socioeconomic instability.”
So, the climate is now top priority over any military action. Who defines what harms the climate? Probably the EPA. So the same sludge of regulations that has our economy slowing down will now slow down the military as well.
How many more days of this do we have? 300+ minimum? Ugh.
8 Feb 2016
Video Seems To Show Somali Airport Workers Had Role In Plane Bombing
After an airplane passenger set off a bomb last week, the pilot managed to land the plane safely in Mogadishu, Somalia. Now CCTV footage released by the Somali government indicates airport workers may have been in on the attack.
The camera footage released by Somali officials shows two airport workers handing a leather suitcase to a passenger after he went through security at the international airport in Mogadishu.
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8 Feb 2016
Andrew H. Madoff, son of convicted financier, dies at 48
His lawyer, Martin Flumenbaum, said in a statement that the cause was mantle cell lymphoma. Mr. Madoff was diagnosed in 2003 with lymphoma and suffered a relapse a decade later.
Mr. Madoff was the only surviving child of “Bernie” Madoff, a once-revered financier who is serving a 150-year sentence in federal prison for felonies including securities fraud and money laundering, and the former Ruth Alpern.
Their elder son, Mark Madoff, hanged himself on Dec. 11, 2010, exactly two years after Bernard Madoff’s arrest. Mark and Andrew had turned their father in to officials after a tearful confession in which he revealed that his business was “all just one big lie.”
The link rehashes the past criminal activities of Bernie Madoff and his organization.
3 Feb 2016
Wells Fargo to pay $1.2bn over mortgage insurance scam
The US bank was accused of improperly certifying government-backed home mortgage loans between 2001-2010.
The Justice Department argued Wells Fargo should not have certified the loans as eligible for the federal insurance scheme because it knew they did not meet the required standards for certification.
3 Feb 2016
Retail Apocalypse: 2016 Brings Empty Shelves And Store Closings All Across America
This blog report from Zero Hedge mentions the following closure reports…
-Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, including 154 inside the United States.
-K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.
-J.C. Penney will be permanently shutting down 47 more stores after closing a total of 40 stores in 2015.
-Macy’s has decided that it needs to shutter 36 stores and lay off approximately 2,500 employees.
-The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.
-Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.
-Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.
It also mentions the low amounts of stock in the shelves in rural areas, as well as shipments via air, rail, and truck dropping significantly. All of this pointing to the trouble that our economy is in despite the relatively lofty numbers reported daily in the stock market. You can also throw in my labor numbers below concerning the increasing real number of unemployed people in the country.
3 Feb 2016
Baltimore mosque set for Obama visit has controversial ties
Barack Obama is making his first presidential visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, but the historic occasion is being overshadowed by criticism that the Baltimore-area center he chose has extremist ties.
The controversy centers around the Islamic Society of Baltimore’s former imam, who has ties not only to the Muslim Brotherhood but the Northern Virginia mosque where the radical Anwar al-Awlaki used to preach.
“As a Muslim American I’m just insulted, this is disgraceful that this is one of the mosques — or the mosque — that he’s chosen to visit,” Zuhdi Jasser, of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, told Fox News on Sunday. “This mosque is very concerning.”
Jasser says the Baltimore center is not the best representative of tolerance in the faith community. “[Obama] is visiting a mosque that [is] against our Muslim reform movement,” he charged. “Historically, as I said before, they are basically a radical, extreme mosque and is not representative of modern Muslims in America.”
This Islamic center had been previously monitored by the FBI as a breeding ground for terrorists, after arresting a member for plotting to blow up a federal building.
All of the mosques around the country and the president picks this one.
3 Feb 2016
Burning man ‘sucked out of plane’ over Mogadishu after explosion on board
A burning man was reportedly sucked out of a hole in a plane apparently caused by a bomb, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu on Tuesday.
An explosion and fire blew a gaping hole in the commercial airliner, with the pilot later saying he thought it was a bomb.
An aviation expert who looked at photographs of the hole in the fuselage said the damage was consistent with an explosive device.
Somali aviation official, Ali Mohamoud, said only two people were slightly injured as 74 passengers and crew of the plane were evacuated after the plane made a safe landing. Local radio reported the plane was on fire when it landed.
Awale Kullane, Somalia’s deputy ambassador to the UN who was on board the flight, said on Facebook that he “heard a loud noise and couldn’t see anything but smoke for a few seconds.” When visibility returned they realised “quite a chunk” of the plane was missing, he wrote.
Those people should be thanking God that they survived that. I don’t ever recall a bomb NOT taking down an entire plane. It seems like the bomb only killed the perpetrator. We will see what the investigation brings forth, but it looks like the ideal ending.