Wednesday, October 31, 2012

From the devastating surge to crippling snow, Hurricane Sandy by the numbers - Capital Weather Gang - The Washington Post:
The Washington Post reports: "Superstorm Sandy slowly weakened over land Tuesday, but not before leaving behind a massive trail of destruction across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Initial estimates suggest the powerful storm has claimed at least 51 lives and caused up to $20 billion in damage."

Comment: This "superstorm" has been an unprecedented and historic weather event, this reports looks at the data collected so far.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Way News - Iran begins new military exercises
My Way News reports: "Iran's regular army has begun a two-day ground and air military exercise aimed at upgrading its combat readiness and increasing its deterrence against possible attacks. [...] The war games are taking place amid escalating tensions between Iran and the West over Iran's disputed nuclear program. Israel has hinted that it may take military action if talks fail to get Iran stop its uranium enrichment program."
My Way News - Disarray, millions without power in Sandy's wake
My Way News reports: "The most devastating storm in decades to hit the country's most densely populated region upended man and nature as it rolled back the clock on 21st-century lives, cutting off modern communication and leaving millions without power Tuesday as thousands who fled their water-menaced homes wondered when - if - life would return to normal."

My Way News - Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm
My Way News reports: "Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York. Just eight months earlier, the Princeton University professor reported that what used to be once-in-a-century devastating floods in New York City would soon happen every three to 20 years. He blamed global warming for pushing up sea levels and changing hurricane patterns."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Way News - Lull in fighting between Israel, Gaza militants:
My Way News reports: "A deadly flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas group subsided on Thursday after Egypt helped to restore calm ahead of a major Muslim holiday [...] Under longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had played an important role in halting multiple outbreaks of hostilities between Israel and Gaza militants. The new government of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi who belongs to Hamas' parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, kept up the tradition."
Schools in Israel's south reopen in wake of Egypt-brokered ceasefire - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper:
Haaretz reports: "Schools in the south reopened yesterday, hours after an informal Egypt-brokered cease-fire aimed at putting an end to Palestinian rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli reprisals reportedly went into effect.The truce took effect on midnight Wednesday, according to French news agency AFP."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Way News - Gazans fire rockets at Israel, bringing airstrikes
My Way News reports: "Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Wednesday in the heaviest bombardment on the area in months, drawing ominous Israeli threats of retaliation and dangers of escalation."

Monday, October 22, 2012

My Way News - AP Exclusive: France to send drones to Mali region
My Way News reports: "France will move surveillance drones to West Africa and is holding secretive talks with U.S. officials in Paris this week as it seeks to steer international military action to help Mali's feeble government win back the northern part of the country from al-Qaida-linked rebels [..] Many in the West fear that northeast Mali and the arid Sahel region could become the new Afghanistan, a no-man's-land where extremists can train, impose hardline Islamic law and plot terror attacks abroad. And France, former colonial ruler to countries across the Sahel, is a prime target."
My Way News - Major US, Israeli air defense exercise begins
My Way News reports: "The Israeli military says its largest ever exercise with the United States has begun. A major air defense drill called Austere Challenge 2012 started Sunday and includes more than 3,500 Americans and 1,000 Israelis. The militaries are practicing their ability to work together against a range of threats facing Israel, the main U.S. ally in the Mideast."

Friday, October 19, 2012

My Way News - Top security official among 8 dead in Beirut blast
My Way News reports: "A powerful car bomb tore through the heart of Beirut's Christian sector Friday, killing a top security official and seven others in a devastating attack that threatened to bring the war in Syria directly to Lebanon's doorstep. The blast sheared the balconies off apartment buildings, upended cars and sent dazed rescue workers carrying bloodied children into the streets. Dozens of people were wounded in the blast, the worst the Lebanese capital has seen in more than four years."

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Small earthquake in Maine felt all over New England - CBS News
CBS News reports: "The earthquake that hit southern Maine Tuesday night and was felt in New England states as far away as Connecticut caused no apparent damage or injuries, but it rattled residents throughout the region. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake hit around 7:12 p.m. and its epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, was about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. The quake was first estimated to be 4.6 magnitude but was later downgraded."
My Way News - Hawaii, NY women to be elevated to sainthood
My Way News reports: "Mother Marianne is being canonized after the church determined that through her intercession, two people were miraculously cured. Teenager Kate Mahoney's medically inexplicable recovery from multiple organ failure in 1993 paved the way for her beatification in 2005. Sharon Smith's successful 2005 fight against an infection that tore a hole between her intestines and stomach was the miracle needed for her to be canonized. They were cured after friends and family prayed to Mother Marianne [emphasis added, ed.]. In Smith's case, a sister pinned a bag of soil containing some of Mother Marianne's bone fragments to her hospital gown."

Comment: To our Catholic readers, no disrespect intended, just know that humans do not become demigods when we die, we can't hear or answer prayers. Jesus told the disciples how to pray, study that model, and you will be on solid ground.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID, Can't Vote For Homecoming:
The Huffington Post reports: "The "Student Locator Project,' which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times [...] John Jay High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez refuses to use the new IDs, citing religious beliefs and instead sticking with her old badge from previous years, calling the tracking devices the 'mark of the beast.' She tells Salon that the new badges make her uncomfortable and are an invasion of her privacy."
My Way News - Israel: Gaza militants fired anti-aircraft missile
My Way News reports: "Israeli defense officials say that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have for the first time fired an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft. The officials say the militants fired the Strela shoulder-fired missile at an Israeli helicopter operating over Gaza last week, but missed their target."

Monday, October 15, 2012

My Way News - China begins aircraft carrier flight training:
My Way News reports: "China has begun flight training on its first aircraft carrier, with photographs posted on websites Monday showing navy pilots practicing touch-and-go landing exercises [...] The carrier's launch underscores China's ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power amid sharpening conflicts with its neighbors over disputed island chains in the South China and East China Seas."
My Way News - Jump from 24-miles high provides collective moment:
My Way News reports: "Felix Baumgartner stood poised in the open hatch of a capsule suspended above Earth, wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment."

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Way News - Egypt's Islamists play to anti-Israel sentiment:
My Way News reports: "A fiery tirade against Jews by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's leader highlights one of the foremost diplomatic challenges facing the country's new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as he balances popular sentiment with the need for security relations with Israel [...] Morsi has avoided speaking of Israel in public, only making pledges to respect Egypt's international agreements and the peace accord. The treaty, the first between Israel and an Arab country, has been a foundation for regional stability for more than three decades."
My Way News - US: Hackers in Iran responsible for cyberattacks
My Way News reports: "U.S. authorities believe that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian Gulf oil and gas companies, a former U.S. government official said. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is threatened by a computer-based assault [...] the Pentagon is particularly concerned about the growing Iranian cyber capabilities, as well as the often discussed threats from China and Russia."

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Way News - Buffeted by debt crisis, EU wins Nobel Peace Prize
My Way News reports: "The European Commission president had no reason to expect anything but another bad day. Then, out of the blue, after three years of back-biting and seemingly daily financial crisis, the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace on a continent long ravaged by war. It was a badly needed morale boost for a 60-year-old union in the midst of a midlife crisis [...] The EU is now made up of 500 million people in 27 nations, with others lined up to join."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Way News - Hezbollah says it sent drone over Israel
My Way News reports: "The leader of Hezbollah claimed responsibility Thursday for launching an Iranian-made drone aircraft into Israeli airspace earlier this week, adding more tension to an already explosive Mideast atmosphere. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah warned that it would not be the last such operation by his Lebanese militant group."
My Way News - UN says world has 6 billion cell phone subscribers
My Way News reports: "The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants. The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 - roughly one for 86 of every 100 people."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My Way News - Puerto Rico declares dengue epidemic
My Way News reports: "Puerto Rico's health department has declared a dengue epidemic. Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzalez says at least six people have died, including two children younger than 10. A total of 4,816 cases have been reported, including 21 cases of the potentially fatal hemorrhagic dengue."

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

My Way News - NATO backs Turkey in standoff with Syria
My Way News reports: "NATO is ready to defend Turkey, the alliance's top official said Tuesday, in a direct warning to Syria after a week of cross-border artillery and mortar exchanges dramatically escalated tensions between the two countries. Ankara has sent additional fighter jets to reinforce an air base close to the frontier with Syria where shells killed five Turkish civilians last week, sparking fears of a wider regional crisis."

Monday, October 08, 2012

My Way News - Malta hosts first Europe-Arab summit in a decade
My Way News reports: "Terrorism, lawlessness, immigration and the European debt crisis were all discussed Friday at the first Mediterranean summit since the Arab Spring uprisings [...] The summit on the island of Malta was originally scheduled for 2011 but was postponed because of the dramatic political changes in North Africa. The 5+5 summit, which brings together five European nations and five North African states - Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco - comes to an end Saturday."
My Way News - Think tank: path to Iran nuke warhead 2-4 months
My Way News reports: "Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to arm a nuclear bomb within two to four months but would still face serious "engineering challenges" - and much longer delays - before it succeeds in making the other components needed for a functioning warhead, a respected U.S. think tank said Monday."

Friday, October 05, 2012

My Way News - Israel police disperse Palestinians at holy site
My Way News reports: "Israeli police have stormed a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City, dispersing dozens of Palestinians who police say lobbed rocks at officers. Friday's clash occurred at a compound containing the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites. Jews call the compound the Temple Mount because of the biblical Jewish temples that once stood there."

Thursday, October 04, 2012

My Way News - Turkey authorizes military operations in Syria
My Way News reports: "Turkey sanctioned further military action against Syria on Thursday and bombarded targets across the border with artillery for a second day, raising the stakes in a conflict that increasingly is bleeding outside Syrian territory."
My Way News - Facebook now home to 1 billion monthly users
My Way News reports: "More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. [...]  The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union."

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

My Way News - White House widening covert war in North Africa
My Way News reports: "Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. The soldiers' mission: Set up a network that could quickly strike a terrorist target or rescue a hostage."

Monday, October 01, 2012

My Way News - Italy FM: Israeli attack against Iran could happen
My Way News reports: "Italy's foreign minister said the option of an Israeli attack against Iranian nuclear facilities is a concrete possibility, though increasing pressure on the Islamic Republic from Europe in the coming weeks could help jump start negotiations [...] European nations are looking to agree to a new round of sanctions against Iran at a meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council next month, and are expected to focus on Iran's financial and energy sectors."