India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda
Oct18

India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda

Militants of the Islamic State group and al Qaeda could carry out joint attacks in India, the director general of the country’s National Security Guard, or NSG, said on Thursday, according to media reports. The statement by the head of the country’s counterterrorism force comes just over a month after al Qaeda announced the creation...

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Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don’t fall for these 5 myths
Oct18

Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don’t fall for these 5 myths

EDITOR’s NOTE: This is being reposted and put higher on top since comments had been turned off due to a technical glitch. YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS ARE WELCOME. NAIROBI, Kenya — In the US, Ebola hysteria is spreading way faster than the virus itself. Commentators on cable news are the worst offenders, stoking fears with paranoid soothsaying and inventing apocalyptic future scenarios that may scare the bejeezus out of viewers...

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Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority
Oct15

Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority

As fear sweeps the nation about the prospect of Islamic State terrorists winning in Iraq and the Ebola virus spreading in the United States, President Obama’s job approval rating is taking a beating and some Democrats’ hopes for keeping the Senate majority are losing ground. Sen. Kay R. Hagan of North Carolina, who entered the race… graphic via...

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Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms
Oct15

Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms

Energy drinks have long been maligned for the perception that such massive amounts of caffeine can’t be good for anybody, much less children. Now the World Health Organization has validated their fears, on Tuesday proclaiming that rising rates of energy drink consumption is “poised to become a significant public health problem.” Here’s the problem: Hot...

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Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)
Oct14

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? by Fig Letters on car mirrors sometimes says “Objects may be closer than they appear.” Some emails circulated on the Internet should have the advisory “Some emails circulated on the Internet may not be as accurate as they appear.” For instance, this one: Current European Tax Rates United Kingdom Income Tax: 50% VAT: 17.5% TOTAL: 67.5% France Income Tax: 40% VAT: 19.6%...

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Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study
Oct14

Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study

Residents of “right-leaning” U.S. states are more prone to seek out Internet porn than their liberal counterparts, according to a new Canadian study compiled by sifting through Google search data. Published this month in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, the report concludes that even when they are surrounded by “very religious or conservative citizenry,” Americans will… graphic via...

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If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?
Oct12

If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?

WASHINGTON — It’s not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month. But the symbolism of US-led airstrikes failing to stop Islamic State militants from overrunning the Syrian city of Kobani could provide an early… If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse...

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Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles (Guest Voice)
Oct12

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles (Guest Voice)

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles by Michael Winship WARSAW — People in Poland are eating apples these days. Lots of apples. Here in Warsaw, they’re pressed into your hands at a street festival, or baked into piles of pies and cakes. You see them everywhere. It’s an act of defiance. Moscow has banned the importing of fruits and vegetables to Russia, in retaliation for the West’s sanctions against the country for supporting the...

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Why America’s support for Israel can waver (Guest Voice)
Oct12

Why America’s support for Israel can waver (Guest Voice)

Why America’s support for Israel can waver By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel –Most American supporters of Israel believe that the US government has high regard for Israel and that it considers the Jewish State a valued ally and friend. And why might that be? Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East. Israel shares “Judeo-Christian values” with America. Israel is “America’s aircraft carrier” in the region (per the late,...

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SeaWorld President: ‘We’re Not Backing Down’ Amid Calls for Closing
Oct12

SeaWorld President: ‘We’re Not Backing Down’ Amid Calls for Closing

SeaWorld President: ‘We’re Not Backing Down’ Amid Calls for Closing by Chris Jennewein SAN DIEGO, Ca. — The name PETA didn’t come up, but a SeaWorld executive told business and political leaders Friday that the landmark San Diego park is the real friend of animals in today’s world. “The wild is a threatened place,” said SeaWorld San Diego President John Reilly, arguing that the park’s dedicated animal-care staff can help...

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Could Latino voters decide Kansas’ elections?
Oct12

Could Latino voters decide Kansas’ elections?

WASHINGTON — Kansas may not be considered Latino country, but the small, albeit growing, Hispanic community across the state is emerging as a potential threat to shake up the political landscape. The state’s approximately 121,000 Latino voters make up just 6 percent of the electorate, but experts say they could make a difference in the tight… Could Latino voters decide Kansas’ elections? graphic via...

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Waiting For A ‘Massacre’ In Kobani
Oct11

Waiting For A ‘Massacre’ In Kobani

If ISIS takes control of Kobani, at least 500 civilians trapped in the Syrian town on the Turkish border “will be most likely massacred,” the U.N.’s envoy to Syria warned on Friday. The remarks by Staffan de Mistura in Geneva came as a monitoring group estimated that Islamic State fighters control at least 40 percent...

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White House Dismisses Report On Involvement In Secret Service Prostitute Scandal
Oct09

White House Dismisses Report On Involvement In Secret Service Prostitute Scandal

The White House has dismissed a Washington Post report claiming that it knew details of a scandal involving Secret Service members and a prostitute in Colombia in 2012. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that allegations of the scandal were reported, investigated and dismissed two years ago. In April 2012, members of President Barack Obama’s...

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Depression
Oct09

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Depression

For the thousands of organizations that will come together to screen for depression on National Depression Screening Day this Thursday, Oct. 9, thousands more people will finally be on their way to finding relief. College students, military men and their families, as well as other members of the public will have access to screening questionnaires...

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The Apolitical Supreme Court Is Dead (Guest Voice)
Oct09

The Apolitical Supreme Court Is Dead (Guest Voice)

Guest Voice Post by Kurt Eichenwald I may have been America’s last holdout, but I’m finally ready to accept what everyone else seems to have acknowledged long ago: The concept of an apolitical judiciary—carefully interpreting laws, the Constitution and precedent with little thought of policy preferences—is dead. What we have instead are unelected super-legislators clothed in black robes who do handsprings to… Opinion: The Apolitical...

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How this year’s San Diego Chargers Resemble the 1994 Superbowl San Diego Chargers
Oct09

How this year’s San Diego Chargers Resemble the 1994 Superbowl San Diego Chargers

How this year’s San Diego Charges Resemble the 1994 Superbowl San Diego Chargers by Thomas Powell Twenty years ago, Junior Seau, Stan Humphries and Bobby Ross led the Chargers to their first and only Super bowl in 1994. It is now 2014 and the similarities of that squad can be found with this year’s team. That season began in Denver. I recall lightning in the background of Mile High stadium on a stormy night in Colorado. How...

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Poll: Hillary Clinton Continues To Maintain Lead In 2016 Field
Oct08

Poll: Hillary Clinton Continues To Maintain Lead In 2016 Field

SAINT LEO, Fla., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A year before the 2016 presidential nomination contests formally begin, Hillary Clinton continues to hold substantial leads over all prospective challengers, both for the Democratic presidential nomination and in prospective general election matchups. This is according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling… Graphic via...

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Battle of Kobani turns into street-to-street combat as Kurds desperately try to stop an ISIS massacre
Oct08

Battle of Kobani turns into street-to-street combat as Kurds desperately try to stop an ISIS massacre

MURSITPINAR, Turkey – The desperate fight to prevent Kobani becoming the latest ISIS stronghold began before daybreak. It was 4 a.m. Tuesday when the first American air strike targeted jihadist positions encircling the strategically vital northern Syrian border town, which has been under an intensifying siege for more than a fortnight. Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated...

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“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs (Guest Voice)
Oct07

“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs (Guest Voice)

“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs by Slamfu So there has been an ever growing list of Republican shenanigans as they try to twist the voting process to counter the fact that in a lot of areas, they simply don’t have the votes. There are a few ways you can go about fixing that. Coming up with newer, better policies that affect more American voters in positive ways for instance. Or you can do this:...

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Inside Kurdistan’s Refugee Camps: A Report from Rescue Task Force
Oct07

Inside Kurdistan’s Refugee Camps: A Report from Rescue Task Force

Rescue Task Force, a nonprofit international rescue organization that started in East County, now has a team in Kurdistan/Iraq assisting the refugees there. It has been difficult even for major international media to get reports from inside this region, since many news organizations have pulled out their correspondents after the beheading of two journalists by ISIS terrorists (also known as ISIL or the Islamic State of Iraq and...

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