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Reader Selected News For The Week Of Aug 23 To Aug 29

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

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To make the articles as readable as possible, please:

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
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Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
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Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

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Cause Of Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Found In The Atlantic

From the University of Washington [State]:

Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

By Hannah Hickey | August 21, 2014

Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community.

More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published Aug.



Politico Says Amnesty Doesn’t Matter In Any House Races

From the Politico:

Immigration reform ignored in key House race

By JAKE SHERMAN | August 21, 2014

AURORA, Colo. – … [T]he immigration debate that’s raging in Washington is almost an afterthought in the tight battle between Mike Coffman and Andrew Romanoff. Though they agree on almost nothing, Coffman, the incumbent Republican, and Romanoff, his Democratic challenger, scoff at the national narrative that the sixth congressional district will be won and lost on the issue of immigration reform.

You mean the ‘narrative’ that the Politico and the rest of the Democrat Party have been pushing ever since November 7, 2012?

And it’s not just them. Their aides privately admit it, as do consultants in both Washington and Denver who opened the campaign fully expecting the race to hinge on immigration reform.


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CBS Poll: Public Gives Obama ‘Mixed Marks’ On Ferguson

From CBS News:

Ferguson, Missouri: Americans give Obama mixed marks on handling of post-shooting tensions

By Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus | August 21, 2014

It took four ‘reporters’ to spin this poll?

Following the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri and the subsequent unrest there, fewer than half of Americans are satisfied with President Obama’s response, but assessments are more positive than negative.

Forty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with how the president is responding to the situation in Ferguson, while 34 percent are dissatisfied. Twenty-five percent don’t have an opinion. African-Americans, who have been strong supporters of Mr. Obama, are satisfied with his response (60 percent), compared to just 35 percent of whites…

Americans nationwide divide on how Missouri’s Governor, Democrat Jay Nixon, is handling the situation in Ferguson.


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Brown Prosecutor Says No Charge Decision Until October

First, we have this from a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

August 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb…

That means only 4% of those arrested are locals.

St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett provided information to The Associated Press on Thursday with the name, address and birth year of each person arrested, and the charges against them. It shows that 128 people have been arrested for failure to disperse, 21 for burglary-related charges, four for assaulting police officers. Others were charged with crimes such as trespassing, peace disturbance and destruction of private property…

To be fair, everyone handles grief a little differently.


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Key Witness In Brown Shooting Has Warrant For Arrest

From Fox News:

Key eyewitness in Michael Brown shooting reportedly has warrant out for arrest

August 21, 2014

A key eyewitness in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, whose death set off violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, reportedly has a warrant out for his arrest. reported Wednesday that 22-year-old Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was shot, has a warrant out for his arrest for stealing in Jefferson County, Missouri from 2011.

Johnson also was charged that same year with lying to police, the station reported.

This news surfaced in the local media on Wednesday. So why did it get so little coverage from the MSM? (That is a rhetorical question, of course. Once again, any news that might undercut the ‘gentle giant’ myth has been ignored.)

But this is pretty egregious journalistic malpractice, even by current standards.


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CNN Rebuffs Claim That Wilson Had Fractured Eye Socket

From Mediaite:

CNN Contradicts Fox Sources Claiming Darren Wilson Had Fractured Eye Socket

By Matt Wilstein | August 21, 2014

Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown, suffered a fractured eye socket following his confrontation with the teenager. The reporter, Hollie McKay, cited a “source close to the [police] department’s top brass” as providing that information to the network.

However, on CNN Thursday, Don Lemon reported that Wilson did not suffer a fractured or broken eye socket and was rather treated at the hospital for swelling around his face and eyes. Noting that that specific injury has not been reported by CNN, “but is making its way around other media organization,” Lemon cited a “source close to the investigation” who told CNN that Wilson’s x-rays came back negative for a fractured eye socket.


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(Indicted) Rick Perry: ‘Real possibility’ ISIS Is In The US

First we have this, via Breitbart:

CNN: Over 400 British Citizens Are Members of ISIS

August 21, 2014

CNN correspondent Brian Todd reported that there were “more than 400 British citizens alone in ISIS” on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Situation Room": “A U.S. intelligence official tells CNN they have indications of ISIS cells in Europe, which could attack US embassies and other American interests. The official says it’s not clear if those terrorists were ordered by ISIS or if they went on their own” Todd stated. And “a handful Americans are in ISIS right now, the number of Europeans dwarfs them, hundreds of British, French, German citizens are in ISIS now.”

He also said that there are conflicting reports about whether there are any ISIS sleeper cells in the US with CNN National Security Analyst and former CIA Officer Bob Baer reporting, “I have been told with no uncertainty there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country [the US],” and two US officials saying there isn’t any indication of that…

Meanwhile, the media seems to be mocking (the indicted) Rick Perry for his outrageous fear-mongering.


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ISIS Tortured Foley Because His Brother Is In US Military

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Revealed, James Foley was an ISIS ‘whipping boy’

By Martin Gould and Martin Robinson | August 2014

James Foley was singled out for the harshest treatment by his ISIS captors after they found pictures of his brother who serves in the U.S. Air Force on his laptop computer, fellow prisoners said on Thursday.

He was regularly the victim of mock executions including once when he was ‘crucified against a wall,’ said French journalist Didier Francois.

Thankfully, they didn’t grab the front of his shirt or sprinkle some water up his nose or put women’s panties on his head. That would be torture. Speaking of which, where are all the human rights groups? Why haven’t we heard from them about ISIS?


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ISIS Wanted To Swap Foley For Prisoner ‘Lady Al Qaeda’

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

ISIS offered to swap Foley for ‘Lady al Qaeda’

By Martin Gould | 21 August 2014

Rochester, New Hampshire — An MIT-educated neuroscientist terrorist known as ‘Lady al Qaeda’ was named on a ‘laundry list’ of demands from ISIS captors holding James Foley named, it was revealed today.

Petite mother-of-three Aafia Siddiqui is currently serving 86 years in a Texas jail after being arrested with plans for a ‘mass casualty attack’ in the US, including infecting people with Ebola and a dirty bomb.

Don’t worry. Ms. Siddiqui wasn’t charged for any of those silly things. She was only charged for trying to kill her interrogators.

But President Barack Obama’s administration point blank refused to consider releasing Siddiqui, or handing over a $132 million ransom..


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Holder Launches Criminal Investigation Of Foley’s Death

From Fox News:

Holder says criminal investigation launched into American journalist’s execution

By Catherine Herridge and Judson Berger | August 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the brutal execution by Islamic State militants of American journalist James Foley, in the latest move by the administration to use the criminal justice system to pursue terrorists…

Wow, that really sends a message — the wrong message. Obama is still trying to treat terrorism like a police matter.

Holder, during remarks in Washington, confirmed the "open criminal investigation" into Foley’s beheading, which was recorded and posted online this week.

"Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something — this Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation, we have long memories and our reach is very wide," Holder said.


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Chuck Hagel: ‘ISIS Is Beyond Anything We Have Seen’

From Reuters:

Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’: Pentagon

By Missy Ryan | August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

"They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon…

Asked if the hardline Sunni Muslim organization posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hagel said it was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."

"They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of … military prowess.


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US Doctor Treated With Ebola Serum Has Fully Recovered

From a quietly seething Reuters:

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug

By Joe Bavier | August 21, 2014

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the U.S. hospital that treated him with an experimental drug, his charity said.

Kent Brantly was given ZMapp, a drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak and produced by U.S.-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical.

Wow. Talk about adding insult to injury. Not only did this American doctor get the scarce experimental Ebola serum, it cured him.

(You just know the news media would have preferred a different outcome. If only in the name of social justice.



Soldiers Opened Fire In Liberia’s Ebola ‘Quarantine Zone’

From the Agence France Presse:

Ebola quarantine in Liberia’s capital sparks violence in slum

Thursday 21 August 2014 

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital when soldiers opened fire and used teargas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.

Four residents were injured on Wednesday in the clashes in Monrovia’s West Point slum, which has been closed off as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus…

The Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, quarantined West Point and Dolo Town, to the east of the capital, and imposed a night-time curfew as part of drastic measures to fight the disease.

Residents of West Point, where club-wielding youths stormed an Ebola medical facility on Saturday, reacted with fury, hurling stones and shouting at the security forces.


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