Long-time readers of my blog and friends of Team Actor212 know I’m in the tank for Apple products. By my count, I’ve either purchased for myself or as gifts about two dozen Apple products over the years. Without getting into a Windows v. Mac debate here, I find Apple’s technology and ease of use, combined [...]
(The Guardian) – The EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions to aid the opposition has accelerated a scramble for control over wells and pipelines in rebel-held areas and helped consolidate the grip of jihadist groups over the country’s key resources.
Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated with al-Qaida and other extreme Islamist groups, control the majority of [...]
The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria. Of course, it has already begun. Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort. For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country. [...]
Guardian – • Strikes and marches in Greece • Big turnout in Madrid • Water gun fired at Danish PM • Clashes in Istanbul
It’s May Day. Traditionally a time when European workers would pause to celebrate labour rights and the reforms which were won from employers and governments in earlier days, But with more [...]
(Reuters) – Iran said on Tuesday it regarded the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war as a “red line”, echoing major adversary the United States but saying Syrian rebels were the main culprit and not the Damascus government.
Washington Post, By Dana Priest, April 27
Mexico City — For the past seven years, Mexico and the United States have put aside their tension-filled history on security matters to forge an unparalleled alliance against Mexico’s drug cartels, one based on sharing sensitive intelligence, U.S. training and joint operational planning.
But now, much of that [...]
The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There’s no price the big banks can’t fix.
Rolling Stone, By Matt Taibbi, April 25
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you [...]
(WaPo) – Two senior Israeli military officials asserted Tuesday that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have deployed chemical weapons that killed dozens of rebel fighters and civilians, saying their evidence — including photographs of victims foaming at the mouth — made them “very close to 100 percent sure.”
Color me skeptical of Israeli’s [...]
(AFP) – Top US diplomat John Kerry said Thursday he would mull ways to deepen US engagement in the Arctic amid pleas from lawmakers to name America’s first ambassador to the resource-rich region.
(AFP) – North Korea offered talks Thursday with South Korea and the United States, but laid out pre-conditions that Seoul and Washington dismissed and analysts said would do little to reduce soaring tensions.
Postmedia News, William Marsden, April 14
WASHINGTON – The world’s two biggest polluters have signed what could be a groundbreaking agreement and “call to action” on the fight against escalating climate change.
The United States and China announced Sunday they would accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gases by advancing cooperation on technology, research, conservation, and [...]
(Xinhua) — The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved an unprecedented offensive ” intervention brigade” with a mandate to operate in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
However, while the enabling resolution authorizes the first- ever offensive unit, of 2,500 troops, to go after rebels by itself or with government troops in [...]
Climate Progress, By Dana Nuccitelli, March 25
A new study of ocean warming has just been published in Geophysical Research Letters by Balmaseda, Trenberth, and Källén (2013). There are several important conclusions which can be drawn from this paper.
Completely contrary to the popular contrarian myth, global warming has accelerated, with more overall global warming [...]
(The Guardian) – Negotiations end with agreement on ending violence against women at the Commission on the Status of Women, but civil society groups express concerns
UN officials and activists expressed relief and delight over news that an agreement had been reached at this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Greeted with cheers, [...]
In her book: “The Year of the Flood”, Margaret Atwood, the renowned Canadian author, “speculates that her futuristic tales – she calls them speculative fiction – showcase scenarios that spring from current realities: the creep of corporations into many aspects of society, environmental decay, high tech reproduction, the widening cleavage between haves and have-nots”.