News Forum - HomePage - RSS News Forum - HomePage - RSS ( Fri, 27 30 2015 07:30:51 GMT Fri, 27 30 2015 07:30:51 GMT Scientists discover black hole 12 billion times more massive than the sun Fri, 27 27 2015 07:27:20 GMT 5b4e8c5bcc05b12aa4dc73e82e776a0ee05c6468 CNN, by Susannah Cullinane Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 27 2015 07:27:20 GMT Researchers in China have spotted a supermassive black hole, which they say is 12 billion times more massive than the Sun and formed around 900 million years after the Big Bang. The black hole is larger than any of its age previously seen, the journal Nature reports. A black hole is a dense region of space that has collapsed in on itself in a way that means nothing can escape it, not even light. Releasing their findings in Nature, researchers led by teams from China´s Peking University and the University of Arizona said black hole '' named SDSS J010013.02 '' was six times larger than its biggest known contemporaries. Fore! In Iran, golf remains a game of the elite Fri, 27 13 2015 07:13:06 GMT 2369f3043ab52200c4b18e2f50548fab886e90ab Agence France-Presse, by Arthur Macmillan Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 13 2015 07:13:06 GMT Tehran - The bumpy fairways and patchy putting surfaces '' more burnt-out browns than grassy greens '' are not much to look at. In Iran however, this is golf at its finest. In the same way that the streets of Tehran got new names when the Islamic republic dramatically came into being in 1979, so did the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club. Iran´s only recognised golf course has had a fairly rough time since. Somewhat starved of attention, and perhaps a greenkeeper, it lost five of its original 18 holes under an army land order '' players now play five holes twice to make up the numbers. But somehow, the course has kept going despite Bin Laden aide found guilty in ‘98 US embassy bombings Fri, 27 01 2015 07:01:45 GMT 9f6b9d3f6ddf7c656ba2d0519b0ace7f9fa3a809 New York Post & Associated Press, by Reuven Fenton Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 01 2015 07:01:45 GMT A one-time al Qaeda chieftain and aide of Osama bin Laden was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to kill Americans in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. Khaled al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by an anonymous Manhattan federal court jury for his role in the attacks that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. He led an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in the early 1990s and later served as bin Laden’s spokesman in London. Wearing a white cloak and skullcap, al-Fawwaz was expressionless as the forewoman announced the verdict. Gene Mutations Tied to Leukemia Rise With Age, Study Finds Fri, 27 44 2015 06:44:34 GMT 59c9b993db46c0e8c41a778a9ebb159d67915ecd Cell Reports Journal *, by Robert Preidt Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 44 2015 06:44:34 GMT For many people, an increase in genetic mutations that could trigger leukemia seems to be an inevitable part of aging, a new study finds. The British researchers looked specifically at mutations in blood stem cells. "Over time, the probability of these cells acquiring mutations rises," co-lead author Thomas McKerrell, of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said in an institute news release. "What surprised us was that we found these mutations in such a large proportion of elderly people," he added. In the study, researchers looked at more than 4,200 people without any evidence of blood cancer. They found that up to 20 percent of people Scan reveals 1,000-year-old mummified monk hidden in statue Fri, 27 22 2015 06:22:46 GMT b7cc653753fcb513956ac557d04873f96eaece48 CNN, by Naomi Ng Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 22 2015 06:22:46 GMT A golden statue of a sitting Buddha, smuggled from a temple in China to a market in the Netherlands, revealed an extraordinary secret '' a 1,000-year-old mummified monk. Researchers discovered the mummy, encased in a cavity in the statue when a private buyer brought it to the Drents Museum in the Netherlands for restoration. But it wasn´t until a team of researchers and scientists did a CT scan '' a comprehensive three dimensional x-ray image '' last year, did they discover the mummy´s organs were missing. "We thought it would be lung tissue, but instead we found little scraps of paper covered with Chinese characters," Adieu, Chris Christie, Adieu Fri, 27 15 2015 06:15:17 GMT 431421d9686fe8e317524547bad650b71c6262dc New York Times, by Gail Collins Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 15 2015 06:15:17 GMT Chris Christie is political toast. Cause of his charred presidential prospects: an unreformed state pension system. I know that’s disappointing. Not nearly as exciting as the political near'death experiences that went before. We were hoping the next disaster would be something like Governor Yells at Elmo. Or a reprise of the day he chased a guy down the boardwalk while waving an ice cream cone, this time maybe featuring Tom Hanks or Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Fixing New Jersey’s pension system was supposed to be Christie’s signature achievement. He explained it in his keynote speech at the Republican convention in 2012, Number of Christians Kidnapped by ISIS Soars; CBS and NBC Yawn Fri, 27 09 2015 06:09:50 GMT eb6ad3dd7241739bd9cc3bb7e6d61def2e5da24a NewsBusters, by Curtis Houck Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 09 2015 06:09:50 GMT News concerning the mass kidnapping of Christians by ISIS in Syria worsened on Thursday with reports from multiple human rights groups that raised the initial number of those taken from 150 to now at least 220. If you watched the network evening newscasts, though, you would not have known that if you had tuned into CBS or NBC. This latest case of network bias by omission comes as NBC has yet to cover this story on either Today or NBC Nightly News while CBS had covered it on the February 24 editions of CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. FCC approves sweeping Internet regulation plan, Obama accused of meddling Fri, 27 03 2015 06:03:06 GMT 3b3a71e96047dbaa2ff7d7ba57765d8e58714ff1 Fox News, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 03 2015 06:03:06 GMT The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted sweeping new regulations sought by President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet, in a party-line vote that is sure to be challenged by the broadband industry. The commission, following a contentious meeting, voted 3-2 to adopt its so-called net neutrality plan '' a proposal that remained secret in the run-up to the final vote. On its surface, the plan is aimed at barring service providers from creating paid "fast lanes" on the Internet, which consumer advocates and Internet companies worry would edge out cash-strapped startups and smaller Hollywood conservatives, Duck Commander fight the PC police ' and win Fri, 27 09 2015 04:09:47 GMT 0674ecf58d359f057ab188ee81e6b0adeb8ef0b6 Washington Times (DC), by Jennifer Harper Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 09 2015 04:09:47 GMT The liberal hold on Hollywood is loosening. A persistent conservative mindset is emerging in the entertainment industry, replacing glitter with some red, white and blue as studios discover that Americans like America, and they pine for fare that uplifts the nation. Money talks. Consider that “American Sniper” has made $428 million at the box office since it opened six weeks ago, largely credited to a devoted heartland audience. A new breed of stars has claimed some turf. Plainspoken “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson was candid about his belief in traditional values and stood firm in the aftermath, despite a media Clinton takes fire from Democrats as Libya chaos creates terrorist safe haven Fri, 27 50 2015 03:50:41 GMT d1371ed1a431b1c76540895558f087ceba2799bd Washington Times, by Kelly Riddell Posted By: Dreadnought- Fri, 27 50 2015 03:50:41 GMT As Libya descends into a failed state — marked most recently by the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by jihadis — Democrats are beginning to question Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rush to war in the country, and one in particular, former Sen. Jim Webb, may make national security the focal point of a presidential campaign. More than three years after Mrs. Clinton pushed for U.S. airstrikes to end Moammar Gadhafi’s four'decade'long autocracy, the country has been divided between two rival governments, each with its own military, and various tribal militias all competing for power. As happened with Afghanistan in the 1990s, Hoyer calls McCarthy a ´coward,´ apologizes Fri, 27 46 2015 03:46:03 GMT b93ac197f15fb8a228d9ddf31d12a8dbb2e38001 CNN, by Deirdre Walsh Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 46 2015 03:46:03 GMT (Video) Washington (CNN)Tempers flared on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday night when the No. 2 House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy a "coward." McCarthy had just updated members on plans for a vote on a three'week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which will run out of money at midnight on Friday. Hoyer, who has been pressing for a clean full funding measure through the rest of the fiscal year, responded by saying, "You coward." The aside could be heard on the microphone at his podium. Murmurs could be heard on IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe Fri, 27 41 2015 03:41:53 GMT f417fb5e3cc3929fdbf43977e4a1e8b620926639 Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan Posted By: Dreadnought- Fri, 27 41 2015 03:41:53 GMT The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed. Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation. “There is potential Texas officials warn of immigrants with terrorist ties crossing southern border Fri, 27 39 2015 03:39:24 GMT 1549306397c3d9377abf9f00535a3b178055c182 Washington Post, by Reid Wilson Posted By: Dreadnought- Fri, 27 39 2015 03:39:24 GMT A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars. In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al'Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, The fatal flaw in the Iran deal Fri, 27 34 2015 03:34:06 GMT 250570f623d211c31aa56c6205400e140c5d9f64 Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer Posted By: Dreadnought- Fri, 27 34 2015 03:34:06 GMT A sunset clause? The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.” It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last Thursday the IAEA reported its concern “about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed .?.?. development of a nuclear payload for a missile.” Bad enough. Then it got worse: News leaked Monday of the elements of a “sunset clause.” President Obama had accepted the Reince Priebus: How can Hillary take a 3 a.m. phone call from a country that gave her millions? Fri, 27 33 2015 03:33:09 GMT 71ead714f95596a1ec51d2bee10e15558cea9f46 Washington Examiner (DC), by Ashe Schow Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 33 2015 03:33:09 GMT In a Q&A session Thursday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus pointed out a potential conflict raised by the Clinton Foundation´s acceptance of millions in donations from foreign governments. "I don´t know how Hillary Clinton´s going to take a 3 a.m. [call] from a leader in Yemen or Algeria or Saudi Arabia when she was willing to have her foundation take potentially millions of dollars from those governments," said Priebus, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Priebus raises a valid point. It will be difficult for Clinton to tell the American people that she will be tough on terrorism Hillary Clinton, coin'operated policymaker Fri, 27 29 2015 03:29:58 GMT 956c05299b1a0b5dc9940546bee003d620a93fee Washington Examiner (DC), by Timothy E. Carney Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 29 2015 03:29:58 GMT The latest tales of State Department ethics violations, foreign money, and special access would be surprising if they were about anyone but Hillary Clinton. Throughout her political career Clinton has always blended cash and policy. She’s not merely corporatist by disposition, like, say Tim Geithner or Lindsey Graham. She’s not simply sloppy on ethics, like Bob McDonnell or John Kitzhaber. Hillary is blatantly transactional in her fundraising and policymaking. And she wants to be president. Here’s the background on the latest Clinton story: During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton openly had an unsavory relationship with foreign money. Her Investigators Recover 32,000 Emails To and From Lois Lerner Fri, 27 24 2015 03:24:05 GMT 551f65d6f4305b664b3fd3b03ebeb7316621a9bb Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 24 2015 03:24:05 GMT WASHINGTON— Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency´s tea party scandal. But they don´t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax'exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner´s email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, IRS Deputy Inspector General Oh No! MO GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Schweich Dies of Gunshot Wound to Head ...Update: Anti-Semitic Attacks? Fri, 27 11 2015 03:11:51 GMT b9a1176e0da1f53ddfbe7f228d95dafe442a893f Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 11 2015 03:11:51 GMT This is horrible news. Tom Schweich was hospitalized today with a gunshot wound. KY3 reported: Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is at a hospital after experiencing what his staff is describing as a “medical situation.” Auditor’s spokesman Spence Jackson said Schweich “experienced a medical situation at his home” in Clayton on Thursday morning and is being treated at a St. Louis area hospital. Jackson declined to release any other details about Schweich’s ailment or condition. Schweich is a Republican who won re-election to a second, four-year term in November. He announced a month ago that he is seeking the Republican nomination The Green-Eyed “Afghan Girl” From The National Geographic Cover Has Been Living Illegally In Pakistan Fri, 27 59 2015 02:59:35 GMT 7f7b41e3a3bb672228768439d2aa9975f1d7df43 BuzzFeed News, by Andre Borges Posted By: PageTurner- Fri, 27 59 2015 02:59:35 GMT Immortalised as the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine, Sharbat Gula has reportedly been living in Pakistan with fake papers for at least the last year. The haunting and widely recognised photograph of Gula at age 12 was taken by photographer Steve McCurry in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, and became one of the most recognisable magazine covers in recent history. After being photographed, Gula stayed out of the limelight for years, until she was rediscovered by McCurry in 2002. The photographer tracked her down and found her in a remote Afghan Al Sharpton to get the bullet: Politics Nation host on way out as crisis hit MSNBC bins left'wing programming to curb ratings slide Fri, 27 41 2015 02:41:46 GMT fe018e790db3f09f9436fba8532a097c83a2cd80 Daily Mail [UK], by Staff Posted By: Dreadnought- Fri, 27 41 2015 02:41:46 GMT MSNBC is set to pull the plug on contentious Reverend Al Sharpton in a last ditch attempt to revive dwindling audience numbers. The liberal anchor´s nightly Politics Nation show is to be shelved by broadcasting bosses as they make drastic changes in the hope of clawing back viewers. Company President Phil Griffin is believed to be placing his faith in a swing from the left in their Congress coverage ' insisting that the station´s Republican bashing glory days are now firmly in the past. An MSNBC source told the Daily Beast: ´Going left was a brilliant strategy while it lasted Author, Blogger, Philosopher Avijit Roy Murdered by Jihadists Fri, 27 34 2015 02:34:29 GMT 23ec4d04ae879989379e000f5834d2381f440f5f Powerline, by John Hinderaker Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Fri, 27 34 2015 02:34:29 GMT Avijit Roy, a native of Bangladesh, was an engineer by training, an atheist, the proprietor of a web site, and the author of a number of books. Recently, he has lived in the United States, but has been threatened with death by radical Muslims because of his religious and social views. His wife, Rafida Ahmed Bonna, was raised as a Muslim but supported Roy’s work as an atheist. Earlier today, they were in Dhaka, Bangladesh for a book fair that featured two of Roy’s books. While walking back from the book fair between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m., they were attacked by men wielding cleavers. While they have not been caught, no one doubts that they Slurpee waves! The moment semi'frozen breakers rolled ashore in New England amid record cold Fri, 27 34 2015 02:34:00 GMT 4391bd358a1b07f2fb6d28c366dba4fe6ece929b Daily Mail [UK], by Wills Robinson Posted By: Ribicon- Fri, 27 34 2015 02:34:00 GMT Plummeting temperatures have broken hundreds of winter records across the country ' making February one of the coldest months in history. But in New England, it has gotten so cold even the waves are starting to freeze. These incredible photos of so'called ´slurpee waves´ were taken by surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He took his camera out when he noticed the horizon looked strange ' and then spotted the surf had turn slushy. The stunning images were taken as snow and icy rain continues to cause chaos across the country ' with states of emergency being declared in the ISIS thugs take a hammer to civilisation: Priceless 3,000'year'old artworks smashed to pieces in minutes as militants destroy Mosul museum Fri, 27 29 2015 02:29:38 GMT eb3a1d9376cb4819327493d0f36e5b1ced1724c1 Daily Mail [UK], by Julian Robinson Posted By: Ribicon- Fri, 27 29 2015 02:29:38 GMT Islamic State thugs have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures in Iraq dating back thousands of years. Extremists used sledgehammers and power drills to smash ancient artwork as they rampaged through a museum in the northern city of Mosul. Video footage shows a group of bearded men in the Nineveh Museum using tools to wreck 3,000'year'old statues after pushing them over. One of the items, depicting a winged'bull Assyrian protective deity, dates back to the 9th century B.C. A man shown in the video said the items were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry. EXCLUSIVE: ´Life is so good it´s scary.´ Family reveal Chad Littlefield´s poignant last words to his parents day before he was killed with American Sniper Chris Kyle Fri, 27 54 2015 01:54:05 GMT 89ce6518afe6dc5f7117c3bcae936b1f44266ebd Daily Mail (UK), by Laura Collins Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 54 2015 01:54:05 GMT The last time he saw his parents, American Sniper killer´s other victim, Chad Littlefield, told them his life was ´so good it was scary.´ In a poignant last lunch, barely 24 hours before he was gunned down alongside Chris Kyle by Eddie Ray Routh, the 35'year'old father of one told his parents he felt ´blessed by God,´ to have such a life and such a friend in Kyle. Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online, Littlefield´s older brother, Jerry Richardson, has revealed his sibling´s final words with his parents and the last text he sent the very morning of his murder. Obama Sent Reddit a Hand'Written Note to Thank Users for Net Neutrality Push Fri, 27 44 2015 01:44:24 GMT 876fa672cb1df2e3fdcd35f4e76cf0492f7650ec Mediaite, by Josh Feldman Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 44 2015 01:44:24 GMT While you were all engrossed by CPAC and rampant llamas, the Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of new net neutrality regulations that, if fully implemented, would mean internet service providers could not discriminate in which sites and services customers would get access to. Websites like Reddit were at the forefront of net neutrality advocacy, and President Obama even voiced support of it months ago. So today, the president actually thanked Reddit directly in this hand'written note: (Tweet) Obama also sent a longer message to Reddit’s blog, where site co'founder Alexis Ohanian posted it in full: Earlier today, the Sarah Palin on ISIS: Wake Up, President! ‘We Will Never Submit’ to Evil of Radical Islam Fri, 27 37 2015 01:37:04 GMT 74d169eccf6dc6563841b81bf2084faabd0cdb42 Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 27 37 2015 01:37:04 GMT On Thursday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declared that Americans will never “submit” to radical Islam and urged President Barack Obama to “wake up” and realize its existential threat. Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Palin who is considered the conservative movement’s North Star, reminded Obama that ISIS has threatened to raise its black flag over the White House and even behead him. She blasted Obama for telling Christians to get off their high horse at the National Prayer Breakfast while ISIS was beheading Christians across the Middle East. “Stop blaming the victim and wake up, Mr. President,” she