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    Kernels - Tuesday, July 29, 2014


    Welcome to the latest edition of Kernels From the Cornfield - No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks!

    News with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.

    Health conditions continue to limit my ability to recap the news and provide my take of current events in a video format.

    With that said here are the headlines and current events with a seasoning of opinion thrown in here and there to add flavor.

    1. Weather Shenanigans - June may have been the hottest since records  began being kept, but July is marching the opposite direction.

    This morning's temperature in the Cornfield of 52 was one degree shy of  matching the record low for this date set in 1881. July is on course to  being one of the coolest in history.

    Meteorologists are telling  us to blame typhoon activity in Asia. According to the "experts" as the  typhoons have tracked north out of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, there  has been pressure put on Arctic air dispelling it from the polar region  and into the heartland of the North American continent.

    2. Escalating Concern - There are two pieces of news coming out of the same region of eastern Europe today.

    The US military is citing Ukraine with upping the ante in the struggle  to regain control of territory bordering Russia with the launch of  short-range ballistic missiles aimed at pro-Russian separatists. The  bombs reportedly exploded within 15 miles of the crash site of Malaysian  Flight 17.

    The Ukrainian government is in a push to secure the  crash site to allow international investigators unfettered access.  Rebel forces, however, are reported to have come to an agreement a few  days ago to open the site to Malaysian officials.

    Investigators  are tired of it all and getting fed up with both sides. Investigators  want into the site no matter who is in control.

    The second  troubling development is the US is accusing Russia of violating a  missile treaty signed in the 1980s between President Ronald Reagan and  President Mikhail Gorbachev on the use and testing of certain types of  missiles.

    3. Sanction War - The European nations seem to have  had enough - almost - of Russia defying requests to de-escalate tension  with Ukraine. The Europeans disclosed additional, more sever sanctions  being placed on Russia.

    While a step forward, the sanctions  were put in place with an eye on European economic stability and concern  over Russian energy.

    Nearly an hour after the announced time  to speak, President Barack Obama announced shortly before 4 p.m. new  sanctions on Russia. These sanctions are in addition to those announced  earlier in the day by the European nations.

    4. Which Lives Are  Worth Outrage? - The sounds in the United Nations Security Council are  of those outraged and crying out about the loss of Palestinian civilians  in Gaza. The media is filled with the stories about civilians, women  and children dying during the current Israeli-Hamas conflict.

    Yet in hot spots across the globe civilians, women and children are  dying caught between warring factions. Those lives seem to not attract  the attention of the UN nor of the media. In the US of A, primarily in  our inner cities, the body count rises almost daily without  demonstrations or marching on Washington.

    This lead me today to write an op-ed: Selective Concern for Life?

    5. Just Go Away! - Donald Sterling has been found incompetent by a  probate court judge. This allows his estranged wife, Shelley, to go  ahead with plans to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft  CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

    6. Pay Now or Pay More Later -  The Administration is pressing lawmakers to take action to curtail the  effects of humans on the climate. Failure to do so, according to the  Administration, will make dealing with issues later cost more.

    According to the Administration, inactivity to deal with the climate  could cost the nation $150 billion. Reportedly after analyzing 16  reports, the price tag to deal with repairs and recovery, declining crop  yields will rise 40% for each decade nothing is done to curtail human  impact on climate change.

    Industry groups and others strongly disagree with the Administration's assessment.

    The push for legislation to deal with the issue came out the same day  the Environmental Protection Agency began a series of public "listening  sesions" on the propose Clean Power Plan to limit carbon emissions from  existing power plants.

    7. No Safer - Lieutenant General Michael  Flynn, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the Aspen  Security Forum last week the US of A is no safer today than it was  before the tragedy of 9/11.

    The General also disagreed with the Administration's assertment that Al Qaeda is on the run. In fact the General said,

    "We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda.”

    8. Ebola Scare - A Minnesotan died at the airport in Nigeria from Ebola. Two American doctors have been infected.

    Patrick Sawyer has died before he had the chance to return home. Our thoughts and prayers with his family.

    The concern is that the disease, fatal 90% of the time, may not be able  to be contained to Nigeria and Africa. The concern is how the diesease,  which is transferred by bodily fluids, may be spread to the rest of the  world.

    The concern of Ebola escaping Nigeria is so  fear-inspiring that the nation of Liberia has shut down its borders in  an attempt to keep anyone infected from traveling into the nation,  founded by freed American slaves, and becoming an epidemic there as  well.

    Question is how soon and how prepared is the US for the disease should it reach our shores?

    9. Conflicting Beliefs - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane  Feinstein, the senior Senator from California, on Sunday told Candy  Crowley on CNN's State of the Union when asked point blank if the US of A  and Russia were once more in a Cold War, "Yes."

    President  Obama when asked the same question today during his 3:45 p.m. address to  the press about new sanctions on Russia, said, "No. It doesn't have to  be this way."

    So who has it right?

    The Commander-in-Chief?

    The Intelligence Chairwoman?

    10. Only in the Cornfield - Shaking my head as I sit in Mark's Den this  Tuesday evening. A federal grand jury has indicted former Clark County  Indiana Sheriff Daniel N. Rodden for lying to Federal Bureau of  Investigations agents and advising a woman to dispose of evidence - a  uniform and a deputy's badge.

    The woman in question was a  prostitute whom the sheriff is alledged to have had relations.  Alledgedly, he gave the woman the uniform and badge to obtain discounts  on hotel rooms.

    The sheriff resigned a few weeks ago over his relationship with a prostitute.

    Rodden is the second Indiana sheriff caught in a federal sting of  engaging in interstate traffic with prostitutes. Former Boone County  Sheriff Ken Campbell resigned last month over a similar investigation.

    No charges for Campbell.

    That's what caught my attention for Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.

    Tune in tomorrow for another episode of Kernels From the Cornfield.

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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