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    Kernels - Tuesday, November 17, 2015


    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, November 17th, 2015.

    1. Tentacles Slithering Afar - The tentacles of the Islamic State are slithering throughout the European continent.

    The caliphate, far from being contained, are spreading its terror far beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq.

    Germany  announced today it had thwarted the setting off of multiple bombs. The  bombs were planned to be detonated at a soccer game at Hannover Stadium  today.

    The stadium, along with Prime Minister Angela Merkel, was evacuated.

    Germany and the Netherlands were to compete in a friendly game tonight. That game has now been cancelled in light of the threat.

    There is a unsubstantiated report that terrorists struck an ambulance in Germany today as well.

    A  message was intercepted by authorities, who found a cell phone  allegedly belonging to one of the Paris attackers, which stated the  bombers were ready to follow through.

    Belgium  has become the hub for terrorist activity striking in France and  seeking to disrupt life throughout the European Union. Several suspects  have been rounded up by police across the small nation to the north of  France.

    2. Are We Safe? - This is the question being asked by Americans across the nation.

    The  White House over the weekend claimed that Americans need not be worried  since though ISIS may want to attack in the US as it did in Paris, the  jihadists do not have the "capability".

    This seems to be a dare inviting the caliphate to strike our country.

    The FBI reports more than 900 active cases of terrorism being investigated with cases in all 50 states.

    The Director, James Comey, recently said when asked about the growing threats, “We had to find ways to incapacitate them, all popping up going to kill people.

    In response, the FBI had to transfer hundreds of agents to assist in monitoring the suspected jihadists.

    Terrorism is now the #1 issue in the land of the free.

    The  latest poll has Americans seeing both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton  best suited to deal with terrorism. Both contenders received 20% from  those queried.

    Read this article and you judge if we are safe: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/is-the-united-states-safe-from-a-paris-style-islamic-state-attack/2015/11/17/4e66f5b2-8c7f-11e5-baf4-bdf37355da0c_story.html

    3. TPP in Trouble - After all the hype, President Barack Obama's signature trade deal is on the ropes.

    The  Trans Pacific Partnership deal with 11 Asian countries (not including  China) is running into static in both chambers of Congress. This is the  main thrust in the President's desire to "pivot" toward Asia.

    Some  Republican contenders who hope to replace him are against the deal.  Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee, has also come out  against TPP, after originally flaunting it as a major triumph for the  State Department and Obama.

    What to do?

    New  House Speaker Paul Ryan, though securing fast-track authority for TPP,  is not sure if or when he will present the agreement to the House for a  vote.

    Likewise,  Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, who also voted for fast-track, is  not sure if or when he will call for a vote in the Senate.

    Seems the President is getting it from all sides lately.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/trade/260364-obamas-trade-deal-is-in-trouble

    4.  Refugee Conundrum - Lawmakers are joining governors from around the  country wanting to put a halt to allowing Syrian refugees into the US of  A.

    This  comes after revelation that maybe, not definitive, that one of the  Paris terrorists may have sneaked into France posing as a refugee.

    The  President and governors, mostly Republican - but not all - who have  said refugees will not be allowed in their states, are scheduled to meet  today to discuss the issue.

    "ISIS showed they are committing an act of war against the West,"  House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters. He went on to say he was  calling for a vote to suspend the President's plan to allow in up to  10,000 Syrian refugees this year.

    Clinton,  Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, all contending for the Democratic  presidential nomination, have all come out in support of the President  and the Syrian refugees.

    In Saturday's Democratic debate, all three were in support of allowing in at least 65,000 Syrians.

    Republicans have all blasted the plan and sounded an alarm about the vetting process.

    For the details: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/17/us-france-shooting-congress-idUSKCN0T61WY20151117

    5. Questionable Shooting - A man who was shot in police custody over the weekend has died.

    The Mayor of Minneapolis has already asked the Justice Department to investigate.

    The  shooting has led to protests since it happened during an apparent  scuffle with police Sunday morning. Some 50 protesters have been  arrested after some of them blocked an interstate highway Monday night.

    The family and some witnesses say that police shot the man while he was in handcuffs and subdued.

    Read about it: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POLICE_SHOOTING_MINNEAPOLIS

    6. OOPs! - According to Reuters:

    "The  Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and an associated  charity refiled tax returns for six years with the U.S. Internal Revenue  Service to amend their reporting of donations from foreign governments  and other errors, the charities said on Monday."

    At  the same time, Clinton defended her ties with Wall Street. This comes  after Bernie Sanders questioned her donations from Wall Street, to which  Clinton quipped during Saturday night's debate that Sanders had "impugned my integrity".

    The scoop: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/17/us-usa-election-clinton-foundation-idUSKCN0T608W20151117

    The defense laid out: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/APFN_US_DEM_2016_CLINTON_WALL_STREET

    7. Not Hot Wings! - As everyone knows I am not big on sports, but this is football season.

    But what is watching a game on television without being able to chow down on hot wings?

    Tyson  Foods is recalling over 52,000 pounds of the snack that is a staple of  football parties around the country. The voluntary recall is in response  to "off odor smells" and some cases of minor illness.

    According to International Business Times:

    The  affected bags were marked with “use by” or “sell by” dates of Oct. 24  and Oct. 25, 2016, and they have the establishment number “P-13456”  inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark on inspection as well as  on the back of the bags above the heating instructions. The bags also  feature packaging dates 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01 and case codes  2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01.

    8. Signs of the Season - We are in the midst of cold and flu season.

    There is always that one person who shows up to work sick. Next thing you know the whole office is sick.

    Even worse is when you go to a restaurant to see an employee sneezing or blowing his/her nose.

    Here are Five Signs from Health.com on when NOT to go to work:

    a. You’re starting to feel sick
    b. You have a fever
    c. You know you won’t be productive
    d. You aren’t getting better
    e. You’re taking medication with side effects

    The full story: http://news.health.com/2015/11/17/5-signs-youre-too-sick-to-go-to-work/

    9. Tech Tools for Seniors - US News & World Report has a list of 10 Tech Tools for Seniors.

    Yes, seniors are tech savvy.

    Today some 58% of people over the age of 65 are making use of the internet and technology.

    I  can attest that my 78-year-old Mom is an avid user of her computer and  the internet for research and keeping up with family and friends.

    a. Smartphone
    b. Tablets and E-readers
    c. GPS
    d. Skype or Facetime
    e. Fitness Trackers
    f. Medication Monitors
    g. Smart Watches
    h. Online Estate Repository
    i. Transportation Apps
    j. GPS Insoles

    Get the breakdown: http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2015/11/16/10-essential-tech-tools-for-older-adults

    10. Dumb and Dumber - Talk about bizarre.

    The "Word of the Year 2015" is not a word at all.

    It is the happy tears emoji!

    How can one classify an emoji as a word?

    Does this make sense to anyone out there?

    See Image 2 above: Word of the Year: Emoji, Happy Tears

    That’s what caught my attention this Tuesday, November 17th, 2015.

    Tune in tomorrow for another edition of Kernels From The Cornfield.

    I am Mark Ivy
    Good day!

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