Friday, July 31, 2015

Global Community

My Way News - Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service
My Way News reports: "Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. [...] The project is part of a broader Facebook effort that also contemplates using satellites and other high-tech gear to deliver Internet service to hundreds of millions of people living in regions too remote for conventional broadband networks."

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Pestilence

My Way News - Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
My Way News reports: "An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world's biggest outbreak began in the forest region of Guinea last year."

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Rumors of War - Iran

My Way News - Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda
My Way News reports: "Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran. He will not visit Israel, America's foremost Mideast ally and the primary foreign opponent of the Iran agreement."

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - Japan: Militarized islands would expand China influence
My Way News reports: "Japan's top naval officer says the entire South China Sea could fall under China's military sphere of influence if it uses the artificial islands it has built there for military purposes. Adm. Tomohisa Takei urged countries in the Indo-Pacific region to forge strong relations with the U.S., whose presence he said was needed for regional stability."

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Pestilence

My Way News - US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu
My Way News reports: "The U.S. government expects to spend $191 million to pay chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress to consider a disaster program for poultry producers similar to that for other livestock farmers. [...] The bird flu killed 48 million birds, mostly turkeys and egg-laying chickens in 15 states as it swept through the Midwest. Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri lost the most birds."

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Rumors of War

My Way News - Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation
My Way News reports: "Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. In a statement released after a meeting between President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, el-Sissi's office says the two leaders also will work to create a joint Arab military force."

My Way News - US delivering 8 newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt
My Way News reports: "The United States Embassy in Cairo says the U.S. is delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of an ongoing military support package. It says in a Thursday statement that the aircraft, of the current Block 52 production variant, will be flown in from the U.S. and delivered to an air base outside Cairo by Friday."

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peace and Security of Jerusalem

My Way News - Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement
My Way News reports: "Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem. The move, which is likely to draw international rebuke, comes amid a standoff in the Beit El settlement, to the north of Jerusalem in the West Bank."

Comment: Israel is still building in Israel. I wonder what the world will say about that? Something tells me it won't be cheers. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rumors of War - Fear for the Future

My Way News - Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence
My Way News reports: "Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. [...] The signatories included leading figures globally in academia and business studying artificial intelligence — the idea that computer systems could replicate tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as language translation or visual perception. They were joined by philosophers, historians, sociologists and geneticists."

Comment: The first-mover advantage will likely override any sensible prohibitions they come up with.  Still, they are to be commended for trying. After all, international prohibitions have worked well in limiting the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons...so far.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

War Update

My Way News - US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria
My Way News reports: "Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area. The move further embroils Turkey, a key NATO ally, in Syria's civil war, and also catapults it into a front-line position in the global war against IS."

Comment: This is an interesting development as it has the potential to involve NATO in the Mideast conflict.  I suspect that once NATO arrives, it will never leave, which has profound implications for the Covenant With Many.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

War

My Way News - Reports: Turkish jets hit IS targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq
My Way News reports: "Turkish jets flying from a base in Turkey's southeast have struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for the second straight night, Turkish news reports said Saturday. The fighter jets also hit camps of Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq, the reports said."

My Way News - Turkey allows US to use key air base to strike Islamic State
My Way News reports: "Turkey has agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes against the Islamic State from a key air base near the Syrian border, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, giving a boost to the U.S.-led coalition while drawing Turkey deeper into the conflict."

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wickedness Increases

My Way News - Official: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman
My Way News reports: "A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing three people and injuring at least seven others before shooting himself, officials said."

Comment: The usual talking-heads will no doubt start blaming guns for this, but we know it's a heart problem.  There's only one way to save a lost heart and soul.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fearsome Events

My Way News - Eruptions of ash at 5 volcanoes shroud skies in Indonesia
My Way News reports: "Eruptions of ash at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over parts of the Indonesian archipelago Wednesday, forcing three airports to close. [...] Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood-prone plains, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire,' an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

My Way News - Japan annual defense paper shows heightened worry over China
My Way News reports: "Japan emphasized China as a threat in escalating regional tensions in this year's annual defense report as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government tries to convince the public of the need to pass legislation to give Japan's military a greater role [...] to fight for foreign militaries even when it is not under attack, while expanding its role in international peacekeeping."

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Roaring Waves and Seas

My Way News - Annual checkup of Earth's climate says we're in hotter water
My Way News reports: "The report said ocean surface temperatures were the warmest in 135 years of records, with the seas holding record levels of heat energy down to 2,300 feet below the surface. Sea level also hit modern highs, partly because warmer water expands."

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Signs in the Stars

My Way News - Searching for ET: Hawking to look for extraterrestrial life
My Way News reports: "The search for extraterrestrial life received a major boost Monday with the launch of an ambitious $100 million program, backed by famed physicist Stephen Hawking and tech billionaire Yuri Milner. [...] The project will be 50 times more sensitive than earlier searches, and will cover 10 times more of the sky, organizers say."

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