<> on May 19, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Julian Castro who is the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is only one of those defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against examination of her emails on Benghazi, calling it a “witch hunt” against the Democratic front-runner for president.

Secretary Castro stated that this incident has been studied to death by Republicans and Democrats, several committees in Congress and all say the incident at Benghazi  shouldn’t have happened but Secretary Clinton is in no way at fault. 

Castro was on Sunday’s CNN’s State of the Union and he added that the House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy who is a South Carolina Republican intention is to play politics by running this witch hunt.

Castro, San Antonio, Texas former mayor is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party with many believing that Clinton is considering him as her running mate. There are many books out that cover the incident in Congress and anyone who has any doubts about what is going on should read one or two of these.

Posted by: maboulette | May 23, 2015

STORMY WEATHER


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I thought I had heard every type of thunder Mother Nature could come up with but I heard a new one this morning.

In my 6 decades I have experienced thunder in hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms and in my hometown where an electrical pole in our back yard would get hit with lightening almost every storm we had.  I have heard loud thunder, rolling thunder and thunder that was muffled.

But this morning I was thrown out of bed with an explosion which I first thought was a suitcase nuke – wondering what other towns got hit!!!  Seriously, Mother Nature has a new sound!! 

I have experienced thunder from storms on land and at sea but trust me – I have never heard this one.  And I immediately had 3 cats following me.  Cat number 1 my oldest was attached to my left leg, my middle cat was speaking in tongues and my youngest who can say my name, was attached to my other leg saying “maryann, maryann” over and over again!  Yep, I was sure ISIS had finally gotten us by crossing our southern border and I was trapped in my apartment with 3 scary cats.

I immediately turned the weather on and there were no warnings just a line of green going across the hill country with a tiny violet one right over my apartment.

 This is just a warning to anyone who thinks they know it all!  You don’t!

Posted by: maboulette | May 22, 2015

IMMEDIATE RISK TO NATIONAL SECURITY IS CLIMATE CHANGE


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While speaking to the graduating Coast Guardsmen, President Obama said that climate change will shape their entire careers since it is an immediate risk to national security.

Further Obama stated that science is undeniable that climate change is really happening and all the best scientists in the world along with analysts in intelligence, leaders in the military and the Coast Guard all know it is happening.

He further stated that we burn fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide and this traps heat.  Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are higher than in 800,000 years.  14 of the hottest 15 years on record have been the last 15 years.

Further Obama stated that refusing to act to as quickly as possible constitutes as what could be call “dereliction of duty.”

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | May 21, 2015

HOW TO MARKET A NEW BLOG OR WEBSITE


There are many sites that can help you if you are just starting a website or blog for business or just pleasure.  In order to get more readers for your site you will need to know some of the best websites to help you grow by linking to those with news articles.  Articles are a good way to spread the news around about the information with your latest blog post or what you are selling.  Doing this type of marketing also will get you backlinks that help you get reliability with search engines.   Good sites to start with include:

  • Pinterest;
  • Digg;
  • StumbleUpon;
  • Reddit;
  • ScoopIt

There are also Online Directories that you can submit you blog post or article to.  You need to look for ones that are popular in your subject matter.   This will gain more visibility with searches that are targeted and will increase your website with search engine ranking.  Some of these Online Directories include:

  • Yahoo Local;
  • Google Local;
  • Bing Business Portal;
  • DMOZ;
  • Yelp;
  • Craiglist;
  • Manta;
  • Spotlight Business Directory

Another way to gain attention is article marketing where you write an article specific for your niche and submit to article websites.  This can turn you into an expert in your field and your business, product or website as well.  These article directories do have guidelines that you have to adhere to and the best or most used ones include:

  • Hub Pages;
  • EzineArticles;
  • Go Articles;
  • Article Dashboard;
  • Business Know-How. 

If you are introducing a new product or service, writing and submitting a free press releases can help generate a bit of interest for you. In addition, if your press release has links back to your website, it can be great for your search ranking.  The best place to submit press releases include:

 

Information forums are excellent ways to get attention for your website or blog.  These forums love new information as it draws more readers into their forums.  Answering question on forums is also a great way to get noticed as an expert in a certain field.  Quality forums include:

 

  • Ask;
  • Quora;
  • Yahoo!Answers.

 

If you aren’t good at writing or just don’t have the time there are hundreds of web businesses that write articles or blog posts and even Press Releases.

Posted by: maboulette | May 20, 2015

ANTARCTIC ICE SHELVES MELTING FASTER DUE TO WARM SUMMERS


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Studies have shown that the breakdown of the Larsen B Ice Shelf which is:

  • 10,000-year-old;
  • 625 square miles;
  • along the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula;
  • south of Argentina; 

could be complete by the year 2020.  Larsen Ice Shelf A collapsed in 1995. NASA reports that this was caused by the unceasingly warm summers over the peninsula since the summer of 2002. 

 These warm seasons have caused 1250 square miles of the Ice Shelf to collapse in only a month – reported Pioneer News. 

 This ice shelf is a barrier to icebergs moving into the upper Atlantic Ocean continuing to melt and raising the levels of oceans around the world.  The prediction is that the entire shelf will have a large crack and will cause smaller icebergs moving into the ocean and move glaciers nearer to the ocean.  Scientists are now concerned that warmer temperatures will cause a fast-moving melt that is already irreversible with this area completely gone by 2020. 

Warming of the atmosphere and temperatures of the ocean fluctuation greatly impact these ice shelves.  The University of Innsbruck’s Helmut Rott reported to CNN that satellite images showed a rapid retreat of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in April 2012. 

And now there are indications that the Larsen Ice Shelf C has been melting and thinning but it is at this time still somewhat stable.

 

Posted by: maboulette | May 19, 2015

VIOLENT IN AMERICA CITIES CONTINUES TO GROW


At Waco, Texas police had already warned Twin Peaks establishment not to host 200 bikers prior to the shootout which left 9 dead and at least 18 injured.

Still police holding crime scene

Helicopters from the police hovered over the sports bar and could get good images of knives, dead bodies and guns in the parking lot.  The streets in the surrounding area were closed as police were prepared for more bikers to congregate on the city.

Died and injured

Sunday after the shootout, federal and state investigators were still protecting the scene as well as making over 100s of arrests while combing the crime scene for evidences into the night. It all begin earlier on Sunday when over 200 bikers from as many as 5 motorcycles met at Twin Peaks which is known of bikini-topped waitresses and for its group of regular motorcycle patrons.

How it began

But around 12:15 pm the scene turned into a turf war after a brawl inside the restroom, spilled out into the bar – ending in the parking lot with dead and injured and lots of blood.  Those arrested were all charged with organized crime.

Where it ended

The police were already monitoring Twin Peaks, which reportedly were hosting a biker recruiting event and the cops came prepared.  The gang members in their leather vests moved into the parking lot and stabbed and shot at each other – then started firing on the SWAT teams and the police.

Spokesmen for the police stated that what happened could have been avoided if Twin Peaks had listened to the police.  This is the one of the worst gunfights that the police department had ever had in the city limits of Waco. This violent melee had restaurants patrons in and around Twin Peaks running for a save place – including those who hid in freezes as bullets riddled cars and smashed window outside. 

One family crouched down in front of their pickup truck due to the fact that was the only cover they had.  They had just finished lunch at another restaurant that was 25 feet from the bar.

Evidence gathering

After the shootout subsided, 100s of bikers – reportedly members of the Bandidos and Cossacks gangs – continued to hang around the area and still more arrived with weapons.  Photos also showed bikers wearing leather vests from the Scimitars gang.  Another patron said they pulled out their guns and started shooting people.  A reporter from the Waco Tribune-Herald was at Twin Peaks through the chaos and does not believe that this was just a random incident.  With 30 guns being firing in the parking lot – over 100 rounds not to mention the stabbing it looked and sounded like something on TV.

Dead and injured gang members

The nine dead and the 18 injured were all reportedly biker gang members.  No police or bystanders enjoying Sunday lunch were hurt.  But police do not believe this gang feud is over and have yet to release the scene nor interviewed those arrested.

Posted by: maboulette | May 18, 2015

BEING SOLD IN A RESTAURANT IN NIGERIA


If you are eating it is advised you read this article when you aren’t.  If you are in Nigeria and plan to eat at the hotel restaurant in Anambra, this is information you might want to know about.

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This restaurant has been closed by local authorities due to the fact that the restaurant was serving human flesh.    Reported by BBC yesterday residents became suspicious and told the police of the rumors in the neighborhood that this restaurant was cooking human meat and serving it to their customers.   

Raid

The police then raided the restaurant and found fresh human heads that were still bleeding.  This blood was in the process of being drained into a plastic bag.

Weapons and grenades

Additionally to the illegal meat, the cops also found weapons, cellphones, and grenades. They arrested up to 10 people in combination with these crimes.  A resident stated that every time he went to market, he saw strange activities going on in the hotel.  There were people who were never cleanly dressed and a bit strange making their way in and out of the hotel, and this made many very suspicious.  The resident further stated that he was not surprised at this disgusting disclosure.

Residents

A priest who ate regularly at the restaurant was shocked when presented with a bill of 700 naira or around $3.50.  This is in a country where tens of millions of people live on less than $1 a day.  The waiter told the priest that it was due to the small piece of meat that was ordered that made the bill that high. The priest did not know that he was served human meat and also couldn’t believe it was that expensive.

The question here is whether this is caused by evil or poverty?

Posted by: maboulette | May 11, 2015

NSA COLLECTING TELEPHONE CALLS IS ILLEGAL


A federal appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency program collecting information on billions of telephone calls made or received is illegal.

A three-judge panel from the New York-based 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously said a law Congress passed allowing collection of information applicable to terrorism investigations does not permit the so-called “bulk collection” of phone records on the scale of the NSA program. The judges did not address whether the program violated the Constitution.

The 2nd Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the legality of the “telephone metadata” program, which was repeatedly authorized by a special intelligence court in Washington. Two other federal appeals courts are currently contemplating similar challenges.

For more information… http://www.politico.com

Posted by: maboulette | May 9, 2015

CLINTON ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM


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Hillary Clinton delivered a major speech on criminal justice reform at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University Wednesday morning. Clinton called for fundamental changes to how the United States punishes its citizens and an end to a system that disproportionately targets black men.

In a stirring address, Clinton urged police to ensure that “every department has body cameras to record interactions between police officers and suspects.” She also expressed concern for the de-militarization of local police forces, and the elimination of “weapons of war on our streets.”

“From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable,” Clinton said. “Walter Scott shot in the back in Charleston, South Carolina … Tamir Rice, shot in a park in Cleveland, Ohio … Eric Garner, choked to death after being stopped for selling cigarettes.”

Posted by: maboulette | May 9, 2015

MEDICAL MIRACLES – BABIES BORN EARLY


There is new research that is showing that babies born as early as 22 weeks into gestation may be able to live  with aggressive medical intervention.   A small fraction will survive, but most of those who do will have some serious impairments.  By 23 weeks however almost a quarter of babies survive with medical help.

The debate over the number of week where a fetus is considered to be viable reignites the controversies over abortion, which, according to the Supreme Court, is allowed as long as the fetus is not viable outside the mother’s body.  About 5000 babies are born at 22 or 23 weeks each year.  A full-term baby is one born at 39 to 40 weeks.

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