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    Kernels - Wednesday, July 30, 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 Wednesday, July 30th, 2014.

    1. Fundraising - Seems that Al Qaeda is being funded primarily through  collection of ransom money for hostages rather than private donations.  European nations and companies are reportedly the most often targeted  and most often paying.

    Expect to see such kidnappings to continue or increase as terrorists prey on unsuspecting civilians.

    2. Bouncing Back - Seems the US economy has bounced back from the  dismal losses of the 2nd quarter this year to a resounding gain of 4%  this quarter.

    The 2nd quarter loss was revised from 2.9% in the negative to 2.3%.

    Weather was blamed as the primary factor in the loss. Confidence,  consumers buying and uptick in exports are being hailed as cause for the  gain.

    While the Federal Reserve is pleased with the  improvement, it still has concern over the tepid labor market. This  caused the Fed to continue pumping money into the economy through bond  purchases.

    3. Abortion Law Overturned - The Mississippi law  requiring doctors providing abortions to be credentialed through a local  hospital was ruled unconstitutional by a 3-judge panel of the 5th  District US Court of Appeals. The law could have shut down the only  abortion clinic in the state.

    The panel said that the state  could not rely on other states providing what is an established  constitutional right to seek an abortion if no clinics met the rigid  criteria of Mississippi law.

    Expect the state to appeal to the full court.

    4. Hacked? - Israel's famed "Iron Dome" may have been hacked and  operations compromised according to Krebs on Security. The security  analytical company said that three of the defense contractors who built  the defense system were hacked by China.

    Contractors say the Iron Dome was not compromised.

    5. Growing Concern, Frustration - International inspectors are becoming  increasingly concerned that the crash site of Malaysian Flight 17 has  been compromised and evidence tampered with as access to the site  continues to be barred.

    Ukraine is claiming the pro-Russian  separatists have now planted mines around the site to make sure evidence  isn't obtained which would reveal the separatists deliberately shot  down the airliner.

    6. UN Condemns Israel - Not a surprise, the  United Nations pointed a finger directly at Israel today after a UN  school was shelled in Gaza. The UN also acknowledged that Hamas was  storing weapons and munitions in the school.

    The US of A is  choosing its words carefully and condemning "whoever" shelled the school  and "whoever" stored bombs and guns in the school.

    7. Suing  the President - The US House of Representatives gave the go-ahead late  this afternoon for Speaker John Boehner to proceed with his lawsuit  against President Barack Obama for exceeding his authority.

    Democrats countered that the actual vote was about impeaching the  President. Boehner emphatically denied there is any movement to impeach  nor is there any plan to do so in the future. Democrats stuck by their  guns.

    How soon the suit will be filed is still up in the air.

    8. No Backing Down - Russian President Vladimir Putin is not being  swayed nor deterred by new sanctions from both the US and the Europeans  for his continued support of separatists in Ukraine.

    As if to mock the sanctions, Russia sent new weaponry today to the pro-Russsian separatists.

    Echoing Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein, a  Russian Parliament member today also said that Russia and the US have  entered back into the Cold War.

    9. Ebola Spreading - The worst  outbreak of Ebola continues to spread. The top doctor treating the  disease in Sierre Leone has died from infection. Schools in Liberia have  been shuttered after two Peace Corps volunteers were isolated for  exposure to a person who died from Ebola.

    This has prompted the  Peace Corps and other agencies to pull out of west Africa where the  virus seems to be running rampant. Two Americans working with  Samaritan's Purse have been infected, but showing improvement.

    10. Fixing the VA - The House by a big margin approved a $16 billion  bill to overhaul the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs  today.

    The Senate is expected to vote as early as tomorrow and follow-up with approval.

    The bill would allow veterans to seek civilian care rather than wait.  The bill also would allow for the hiring of more doctors and nurses and  construction of new medical facilities.

    That's what caught my attention for Wednesday, July 30th, 2014.

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

    I am Mark Ivy.

    Good evening!

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