Solar flares up

April 18, 2014
Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon   Marita Noon

"It is amazing that something that seems as up-beat as 'free' electricity from the sun can have such a dark side. I started covering some of the shenanigans from the solar industry last summer when I wrote about the 'Green Tea Party' in Georgia. I had no idea what a can of worms I’d opened." (04/17/14)  

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

April 18, 2014
Gainesville Sun    

"The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against 'a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world,' and he told reporters that most council members 'expressly said' the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court. It was the first time the council had met to discuss the unprecedented U.N. report that contains graphic details and an urgent call to action. The informal meeting comes as members of the commission push for its findings to be formally referred to the council and the ICC." (04/17/14)  

Online illegal drugs markets show us the potential benefits of legalisation

April 18, 2014
Adam Smith Institute
by Daniel Pryor   Adam Smith Institute

"Growing up in Essex has made me appreciate why purchasing illegal drugs online is a far more attractive option. I have experienced the catastrophic effects of drug prohibition first-hand, and it is part of the reason that the issue means a great deal to me. Friends and acquaintances have had terrible experiences due to contamination from unscrupulous dealers with little incentive to raise their drugs’ quality, and every reason to lace their products with harmful additives. The violence associated with buying and selling drugs in person has affected the lives of people close to me." (04/17/14)  

Soldiers: Strippers, smiters, mockers, spitters, gamblers, thieves, liars, scourgers, bribe takers, assaulters, mutilators and crucifiers

April 18, 2014
by Laurence M. Vance   Laurence M. Vance

"The Bible on several occasions likens a Christian to a soldier (Philippians 2:25, 2 Timothy 2:3, Philemon 2). As soldiers, Christians are admonished to 'put on the whole armor of God' (Ephesians 6:11). The Apostle Paul, who himself said: 'I have fought a good fight' (2 Timothy 4:7), told a young minister to 'war a good warfare' (1 Timothy 1:18). But it does not follow, as some Christians think, that because Christians are likened to soldiers in the New Testament that it is okay for a Christian to join the U.S. military and bomb, maim, kill, and destroy for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan." (04/18/14)  

Guantanamo Bay: Trial in 9/11 veers off track again

April 18, 2014
ABC News    

"An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. Teams of lawyers managed barely four hours of court time over four days at the U.S. base in Cuba, bogged down by the potential legal implications of an apparent FBI investigation of the defense." (04/18/14)  

Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts

April 18, 2014
Bismarck Tribune    

"A statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council says the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich Arab states. Qatar's official news agency says Doha's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah took part at in the GCC Foreign Ministers meeting held in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh. The GCC statement was released after the meeting late Thursday." (04/17/14)  

MO: Suspect arrested in string of Kansas City-area highway shootings

April 18, 2014
Fox News    

"Police arrested a suspect Thursday in a string of random vehicle shootings on Kansas City-area highways over the past few weeks that have wounded three motorists and frightened many more. Police Chief Darryl Forte said at a news conference that the suspect is male and lives in Grandview, a suburb south of the city that is home to the Grandview Triangle, where several highways intersect and where at least six of the reported shootings happened. Forte didn't release the name or age of the suspect, saying he hoped to be able to discuss the case in further detail at a news conference Friday." (04/18/14)  

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