1000 Year Old Medieval Potion Can Kill Hospital Superbugs

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A 10th century Anglo Saxon potion made of onions, garlic, wine and oxgall , bile from a cow’s stomach can kill hospital superbugs, say scientists.

The potent 10th century brew – used by Anglo Saxons to treat a stye (an abscess on the eyelid) destroyed 90 per cent of the bacteria on scraps of skin taken from mice with MRSA.

Interestingly, the ingredients had little effect unless they were all brought together into the concoction, the study by Nottingham University researchers found….

The Anglo Saxon expert came up with the idea of trying out the recipe. It describes a very specific method of making the solution, including the use of a brass vessel to brew it in, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.

She enlisted the help of microbiologists who believe the potion’s bacteria-killing effect is not due to a single ingredient but the combination used, brewing methods and container material.

Further research is planned to investigate how and why this works. Dr Lee said: ‘We were genuinely astonished at the results of our experiments in the lab. DailyMail

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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The Religious Freedom Restoration (RFRA) law signed in Indiana protects the constitutional free exercise of religion – religious freedom and liberty in the state of Indiana.

It is not that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (s) -federal and state – have become unconstitutional but rather critics of the RFRA assert the law could be used by individuals and businesses to discriminate.

20 states have passed State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (AL, AZ, CT, FL, ID, IL, IN,KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NM, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA).

In 1993 the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by the U.S. House (unanimous vote) and Senate (97/3 vote).  It was signed by President Bill Clinton.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 is a federal law to protect the free exercise of religion. Continue reading “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”

Iranian Editor Defects While Covering Nuclear Talks In Lausanne

4051a45206895cc0_150_nuclearThis deal is rotten to the core.  A deal that will leave Iran with 6,100 centrifuges spinning, phased lifting of economic sanctions, several unresolved key issues, and the details are not in writing.

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA)….

In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.

“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said. Telegraph

Boston Police Officer Shot

OfficerJohnMoynihanOfficer John Moynihan, 34 years old, was seriously injured last night during a traffic stop. Moynihan and his partners pulled over a car when with three occupants.  One of the occupants came out firing at the police officers who had not drawn their guns. Officer Moynihan a member of the gang unit was shot under his  right eye and is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center. The other police officers returned fire and killed the shooter. Those officers where taken to the hospital for with stress-related problems.  The two other occupants in the car were being questioned by police.

Moynihan is a decorated former Army Ranger and served
in the war in Iraq. Officer Moynihan was awarded a medal for bravery by President Obama for his work during a Watertown shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombers.

The shooter was identified as African-American 41-year-old Angelo West  a criminal with a long record.  The professional activists appeared at the scene, demanding information about the dead suspect.

“The officer here is in tough shape, but we’re all pulling for him and hopefully he’ll pull through. His family is with him, the clergy has been here, and again, let’s pray for him,” said Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans.  BostonHerald

Saudi Arabia Coalition

Saudi Arabia has put together a coalition of Sunni Muslim countries to Middle-East-mapfrom a coalition against Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, along with the U.A.E., is at the forefront of the coalition of Arab states coordinating their approach to security. Their goal is to form a joint force of Sunni Arab countries to fight extremism in countries such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya. Wall Street Journal

Sunni Saudi Arabia is extremely anti-Shiite.  Shiites constitute 10-15 percent of the Saudi population which poses a threat of rising against the Saudi Kingdom if Iran goes unchecked.  If Iran goes unchecked the Saudi Kingdom could have Iran controlled countries to the north in Iraq and to the south in Yemen.

Iran is not strong enough to go against the Arab states in the coalition:  Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE…  Iran will complain a lot about the bombing of Yemen but not spend many resources on the Houthis.  Iran will continue to support Shiites in Iraq who they now lead and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria.

There is also concern that a wider Sunni-Shiite conflict could erupt with large foreign players involved (Russia), as well as fears that the chaos could embolden the terrorist groups already active in the region

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U.S. Convoluted Middle East Policy

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Chaos and anarchy are spreading across the Middle East with many blaming the White House.  There are crises across the Middle East from Yemen to Iraq, along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations.

The current administration Middle East polices are contradicting, they support and oppose Iran in a number of countries.  The administration is fighting Iran-backed groups while backing others groups, sometimes in the same country. The U.S. supports Saudi Arabia’s strikes against the Iran-backed Houthi group in Yemen. The  US-led airstrikes in Iraq are in support of Iran forces.

“We’re in a goddamn free fall here,” said James Jeffrey, who served as Obama’s ambassador to Iraq and was a top national security aide in the George W. Bush White House. Politico

“We’re fighting both with and against Iran in Syria, and fighting with Iran in Iraq,” NBC’s Richard Engel said. “There are many people who I’ve spoken to — many in the military, many policy analysts — who say that what we’re seeing here is an incoherent policy regarding not just Iran, but regarding the Middle East in general.” Mediate

This convoluted and incoherent strategy does have a strategic aim.   Max Boot explains in the Wall Street Journal Article Obama’s Mideast Realignment, a realignment of U.S. foreign policy toward Israel and Saudi Arabia and an increased role for Iran.

The president is pulling America back from the leading military role it has played in the Middle East since 1979, the year the Iranian hostage crisis began and the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. He is trying to transform Iran from an enemy to a friend. He is diminishing the alliance with Israel, to lows not seen since the 1960s.

Call it the Obama Doctrine: The U.S. puts down the burden, and Iran picks up the slack. Max Boot

NBC’s Richard Engel: Middle East Allies No Longer Trust U.S. With Intelligence Information

3dmanreadingnewsThe U.S. military was taken by surprise when Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against Yemen this week.

NBC’s Richard Engel reported Friday that U.S. officials were stunned they were not given any notice before Saudi Arabia launched attacks against Houthi rebels. According to Engel, military leaders were finding out about the developments on the Yemen border in real time.

Engel said officials from both the military and members of Congress believe they were not given advanced warning because the Arab nations do not trust the Obama administration after they befriended Iran.

“Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States any more, don’t trust this administration, think the administration is working to befriend Iran to try to make a deal in Switzerland, and therefore didn’t feel the intelligence frankly would be secure. And I think that’s a situation that is quite troubling for U.S. foreign policy,” Engel said.  WashingtonFreeBeacon

White House Declassifies Top Secret Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

topsecretclassifiedThe existence of Israel’s  nuclear weapons for years was widely assumed, Israeli officials have never admitted their existence, and U.S. officials have stuck to that line in public for years.  Former President Jimmy Carter in 2008 broke with the long standing tradition of not admitting to Israel’s nuclear weapon capability when he claimed that Israel possessed a nuclear arsenal of 150 weapons.

Now the White House has declassified sections of a top secret document revealing Israel’s nuclear weapon capacity.  The U.S. European allies are blacked out in the report.

This report was released at a time during  international effort to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  This could be used by Iran to legitimize and push its nuclear development.  The declassifying of the report is irresponsible and can do damage.

The Pentagon has declassified a document that was once labeled “top-secret,” which goes into sophisticated detail about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. The document was released quietly just prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to a joint session of Congress.

Israel has never officially confirmed or denied the existence of a nuclear weapon’s program within its borders.

The Pentagon declassified sections covering Israel’s nuclear program, but “kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document,” Israel National News reported.

The 386-page top-secret memo, titled, “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” goes into great detail about how Israel turned into a nuclear power in the 1970s and 80s. BrietBart

 

Saudi Arabia Begins Airstrikes In Yemen

saudiarabiayemenmapThe Saudi ambassador to the United States says his country has begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who drove out the U.S.-backed Yemeni president.

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir says the operations began at 7 p.m. Eastern time. He says the Houthis, widely believed to be backed by Iran, “have always chosen the path of violence.” He declined to say whether the Saudi campaign involved U.S. intelligence assistance.

Al-Jubeir made the announcement at a rare news conference by the Sunni kingdom, reported the Washington Times

Saudi Arabia is concerned that a Shiite advance in Yemen (along the southern Saudi border) puts that country into the control of Iran.  The Saudi’s have been moving heavy military equipment into areas of Saudi near its border with Yemen.  Now airstrikes have been launched by the Saudi’s against Yemen.

The border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen is tough with mountains in the west and the barren Empty Quarter in the east. There is a 1,800km (1,100mile) Saudi Yemen border fence that runs from the Red Sea coast in the west to the border of Oman in the east.  The Houthi offensive in Yemen has created security concerns in Saudi Arabia. This week Saudi Arabia announced a maritime military base will be built  border in the southern area of Saudi Arabia, close to its border with Yemen.

Online:  VOA-Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes in Yemen

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

court_MartialBowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the enlisted U.S. soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was later ransomed from an Islamist extremist network by the Obama administration for five Taliban leaders, was charged with desertion and ‘misbehavior before the enemy’ buy the U.S. Army on Wednesday.

But he won’t face the death penalty if a military court martial finds him guilty of ‘Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty.’ The level of that charge the Pentagon levied on him carries a maximum of just a 5 year prison term.

The other charge, however, ‘Misbehavior Before the Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,’ could send him to a military prison for life.  DailyMail

Bergdahl walked away from his post not once but twice. His act of desertion and collaboration with the enemy resulted in the deaths of several American soldiers.  Those men lost their lives trying to rescue Bergdahl when he walked off the base.  The current administration in the White Housed traded a deserter for five enemies.

Iran Deal Details May Not Be In Writing

nuclear photoA verbal agreement is worthless.  Negotiators that cannot get a deal in writing are useless.  If the details of the Iran deal are not in writing there is no agreement.  To say there is a deal and the “details” are not written, that it is a verbal agreement would  most likely be a ploy to delay Congress placing additional sanctions on Iran.  Those negotiators are being played, or someone is being played.

If an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians.

Over the past few weeks, Iran has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June, according to Western diplomats involved in the talks.

Should that position hold — one of the many unknowns of the coming days — the United States and its five negotiating partners may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of describing the accord as they understand it while the Iranians go home to offer their own version.

That poses a weighty political challenge to the Obama administration, which is already under pressure to present Iran’s commitments to a suspicious Congress by early April, in an effort to hold off the passage of sanctions or a bill that would require Congress to sign off on any agreement.

Online:  NYT-In Nuclear Talks, Iran Seeks to Avoid Specifics

Where Are ISIS Supporters Tweeting From?

The Independent compiled statistics on where ISIS supporters are tweeting from. Saudi Arabia ranks 1st in ISIS-supporting tweeters.  The United States ranks 4th.

Even considering the population of the different countries and affluence of people in the different countries those numbers are still a concern.

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