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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.