Apparently triangles are not halal in Somalia. These exceptionally deep-thinking Islamists would rather see children starve to death than see them eat a three-sided snack food. It might remind somebody of the Trinity. Finally, I understand my addiction to Doritos. And thank goodness it never snows in Somalia, otherwise Jack Handey bin Laden would have to issue a fatwa against Jack Frost bin Chillin, and we’d never enjoy a White Christmas ever again …
Militant Islamist fighters last week used vehicles mounted with loudspeakers to announce the bizarre ruling across the regions of the war-torn country it controls.
The extremist group has offered no official explanation for the ban on the triangular snacks, which are commonly cooked up and served across the Horn of Africa.
The bizarre ban comes just days after militants linked to Al-Qaida in Somalia refused to let some aid workers into the country as tens of thousands suffered in the nation’s massive famine.
Aid groups including the UN Food Programme say they were not given permission by militants to provide aid in the country, where it has been warned that 800,000 children could die from starvation.
It is now thought islamist militants have taken offence at the three-sided samosa’s supposed resemblance to symbol of the Christian Holy Trinity.” Read more.
Pakistan: Man Guns Down His Six Daughters in Mass Honor Killing and ‘Would Do It All Over Again’ If He Had To
Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
On Tuesday morning, Arif Mubashir called his teenage daughters to his room and shot them while the rest of the family, including their mother, watched. His wife Musarrat called the police after the incident.
Mubashir shot the girls after their brother said two of them were in a relationship. He told police officials that he had killed his daughters because they were both ‘without honour’. The man said his daughters Sameena, 14, and Razia, 16, were in a relationship with college boys from the neighbourhood and the sisters had helped each other. ‘I should have been told immediately but the girls sided with each other. They were both corrupt,’ Mubashir told Tandlianwala Police Inspector Javed Sial.
Police officials have taken Mubashir into custody and filed a case against him. ‘He does not regret what he did. He boasted that he would do it all over again if he had to,’ Sial told reporters.” Read more.
Most of the affected districts are in Karamoja where the situation was particularly unique because crop failure and a prolonged drought had aggravated the region’s food crisis, Musa Ecweru said.
‘Arrangements are under way by government to deliver enriched food supplements to help feed close to 2,000 severely malnourished children in that region,’ the minister told IRIN on 26 July.
Fifteen districts have been tagged a red-zone area (at risk of starvation if there is no urgent relief intervention) by the government, including Moroto, Napak, Kotido, Amudat, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, Abim (all in Karamoja), Amuria, Katakwi, Adjumani, Arua, Koboko, Moyo, Yumbe and Bulambuli.
Karamoja has the lowest levels of human development in Uganda. Only 30 percent of the people have access to safe water; only 11 percent are literate and nearly 80 percent experience some degree of food insecurity, according to UN data.” Read more.
“A chicken farmer in Kawamata-machi in Fukushima Prefecture has brought his eggs to a volunteer testing station in Fukushima City. After 20 minutes of testing, 60 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium is detected from the eggs.
Disappointed, the farmer says, ‘I don’t know what to say to my customers. It’s much lower than the provisional safety limit in Japan, but if I compare the number to the safety limit in Ukraine it is extraordinary…’
The reporter asks the farmer, “What is the safety limit in Ukraine?”
6 becquerels/kg, he tells the reporter.
The man who runs the station says, ‘For these farmers, the provisional safety limit in Japan is just too loose.’
Kawamata-machi is 47 kilometers northwest of Fukushima I Nuke Plant.
The Japanese government’s mishandling and concealing the radioactive fallout information has resulted in radioactive water, vegetables, fish, mushroom, beef, hay, pork, manure, compost, and now eggs. And the farmers like this chicken farmer who clearly wants to sell only ‘safe’ eggs to his customers are at a loss. To the chicken farmer, 60 becquerels/kg was just too high to sell his eggs in good conscience.” Source.
Evidence Found for Undiscovered Comet That May Threaten Earth, ‘We Don’t Know Whether the Comet Has Already Passed Us By or Is Still On Approach’
By Mike Wall – “A surprise meteor shower spotted in February was likely caused by cosmic “bread crumbs” dropped by an undiscovered comet that could potentially pose a threat to Earth, astronomers announced today (July 27).
The tiny meteoroids that streaked through Earth’s atmosphere for a few hours on Feb. 4 represent a previously unknown meteor shower, researchers said. The “shooting stars” arrived from the direction of the star Eta Draconis, so the shower is called the February Eta Draconids, or FEDs for short.
The bits of debris appear to have been shed by a long-period comet. Long-period comets whiz by the sun very infrequently, so it’s tough to predict when they last cruised through our neck of the woods — and when they’ll come back, researchers said.
That uncertainty is cause for some concern in this case, they added.
‘If the meteoroids can hit us, so can the comet,’ said FEDs discoverer Peter Jenniskens, of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center. ‘We don’t know whether the comet has already passed us by or is still on approach.’” Read more.
By Jack Barnes – “Someone dropped a bomb on the bond market Thursday – a $1 billion Armageddon trade betting the United States will lose its AAA credit rating.
In one moment, an invisible trader placed a single trade that moved the most liquid debt market in the world.
The massive trade wasn’t placed in bonds themselves; it was placed in the futures market.
The trade was for block trades of 5,370 10-year Treasury futures executed at 124-03 and 3,100 Treasury bond futures executed at 125-01.
The value of the trade was about $850 million dollars. In simple terms, if that was a direct bond buy, no one would be talking about it.
However, with the use of futures, you have to have margin capacity behind the trade. That means with a single push of a button someone was willing to commit more than $1 billion of real capital to this trade with expectations of a 10-to-1 return ratio.
You only do this if you see an edge.
This means someone is confident that the United States is either going to default or is going to lose its AAA rating. That someone is willing to bet the proverbial farm that U.S. interest rates will be going up.” Read more.
Norwegian Intelligence: No Evidence Found Linking Anders Breivik With ‘Far-Right Extremists’ in Norway or Elsewhere
Mr Breivik admits Friday’s bomb and gun attacks that killed at least 76 people.
He says he is part of a wider movement and has written about UK contacts.
But Ms Kristiansen said she thought he had acted completely on his own. She also cast doubt on suggestions by Mr Breivik’s lawyer that he was insane…
Ms Kristiansen, who heads Norway’s Police Security Service, told the BBC: ‘We don’t have indications that he has been part of a broader movement or that he has been in connection with other cells or that there are other cells.’” Read more.
Alabama: ‘Strict Muslim’ Caught by the FBI Sought Ways to Kill President Obama, ‘Didn’t Care If He Lost His Life In An Assassination Attempt’
Doesn’t this silly man realize that radical Muslim terrorism isn’t ‘in vogue’ anymore? Maybe ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and all other like-minded ‘dhimmedia‘ news organizations will seize upon words describing him as someone who ‘formerly supported Islamic extremists’ to somehow turn him into nothing more than a misunderstood moderate. Of course, they may just simply ignore his religious affiliation, if not the entire story, altogether …
By Edmund DeMarche – “An Uzbek man, who was living illegally in the U.S., was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for allegedly making multiple threats to assassinate President Obama, then gaining possession of explosive material and a machine gun.
Ulugbek Kodoriov is accused of making four threats against Obama from July 9 to 13, the indictment says. Kodoriov, who lived in Jefferson County, Ala., eventually gained possession of a Sendra Corporation Model M15-A1 rifle, which was illegal because of his immigration status, according to the indictment. He also allegedly obtained an explosive intended for use as a grenade.
He was residing at the Oak Mountain Lodge in Birmingham, according to a search warrant obtained by FoxNews.com. Authorities sought any information in his room regarding Obama, as well as sniper rifles, documents relating to assassinations and Jihadist manuals.
On July 9, Kodoriov contacted an FBI source and asked about ways to kill the president by a long-range shot, according to the warrant. Kodoriov allegedly inquired about sniper rifles and said he didn’t care if he lost his life in an assassination attempt.
Kodoriov, 21, is a strict Muslim from Uzbekistan who previously supported Islamic extremists, an FBI source said, according to the warrant.” Read more.
Update: Canary Islands: Significant Increase in Seismic Activity as 720+ Tremors Are Recorded In the Past Week
By MARK DUNPHY – “The Canary Islands Government has said it is monitoring an earthquake swarm on the small island of El Hierro where in excess of 400 tremors of low magnitude have been recorded in the past four days.
On Friday, the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Government Security Canary convened the first ever meeting of the Steering Committee and Volcanic Monitoring, reflected in the Specific Plan Protection Civil and Emergency for Volcanic Risk, given what it described ‘the significant increase in seismic activity’.
A statement (translated from Spanish) issued following the meeting outlined: ‘This committee met this morning (Friday) at the headquarters of the Directorate General Security and Emergency Tenerife, established after the assessment of information gathered from seismic and volcanological last July 17 by the National Geographic Institute (IGN) and Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands, the situation is total normal for the green light for the information population, activating mechanisms for monitoring and oversight needed to coordinate the actions of self civil population and information contained in the Plan.’
‘According to data provided by the seismic monitoring station IGN’s located in Valverde, one can conclude that from the noon on July 17 there has been a significant increase of low magnitude seismic activity in the municipality of Border of the island of El Hierro. To improve the location of this activity, has deployed a seismic network densification operational since July 21 has helped increase the number of earthquakes located, and can be viewed at Web http://www.ign.es’, the statement added.” Read more.
Update 2, July 27, 2011: 720 Earthquakes Recorded On El Hierro In The Canary Islands – “An unprecedented 720 earthquakes have been recorded on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, during the past week. The earthquake swarm has even prompted the Canary Islands Government to convene the first ever meeting of the Steering Committee and Volcanic Monitoring, reflected in the Specific Plan Protection Civil and Emergency for Volcanic Risk, given what it described ‘the significant increase in seismic activity’.” Read more.
A number of bee broods outside Varberg in Halland County have been affected by American foulbrood (AFB), considered one the most common and damaging diseases affecting bees.
The disease has no known cure and can cause significant economic harm if not contained.
‘Beekeepers are urged to go through their hives and look for signs of the spores so to ensure the brood isn’t infected,’ the Halland County governing board said in a statement.
The disease affects new bee larvae up to three days old, which become infected by ingesting spores that are present in their food.
Spores germinate inside of and eventually kill the larvae, which can contain millions of new spores.
The only way to stop the disease from spreading is to burn hives in which it is discovered.” Read more.
Einstein was right – honey bee collapse threatens global food security – “Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees. These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.” Read more.
Marshall Islands: Mystery Surrounds Mass Deaths of Chickens and Ducks, Perplexing Health and Environment Officials
The sudden and unexplained deaths of nearly 100 chickens on Enibooj Island — which has a population of less than 200 people living a largely subsistence lifestyle — sparked an investigation earlier this week by Ministry of Health and Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority [EPA] officials.
‘More than 85 chickens and ducks were found dead and buried on the island of Enibooj from 1 Jul to 18 Jul 2011,’ reported Ebeye Hospital’s Dr Tom Jack and EPA’s Ebeye chief environmental specialist Odrikawa Jatios on Wednesday [20 Jul 2011] after touring the island that US cartographers refer to as Carlson. Samples of the dead bird carcasses were taken for laboratory testing.
Kwajalein [Atoll] senator Tony deBrum sought an investigation of the apparent outbreak of disease among fowls on the island late last week, saying ‘dead chickens in a small community should be a matter of emergency health concerns.’
The island is located about 3 miles away from the headquarters island of the Reagan Test Site, a major missile testing facility operated by the US Army.” Read more.
More than 750 rescue workers had been dispatched to the site after the collapse occurred at midnight, according to the Central Disaster Relief Center.
About 400 families have lost their homes and more than 14,000 were left without power.
The hillside gave way during a summer of record-setting rainfall, which has caused flooding and major traffic disruptions across portions of the country.
Chuncheon is about 75 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of the capital, Seoul, which has seen more than 400 millimeters (15 inches) of rain since Tuesday.” Read more.