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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 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.