Palestinian shot dead in Gaza as protesters clash with Israeli troops in West Bank

Why does any change have to be met with violence? This is insane.

Clashes erupt as people across Muslim world demonstrate against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

A Palestinian was shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said, the first person killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Thursday.

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to protest against Trump’s decision.

The confrontations came as Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, suggested that any move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – as called for by the US president – could take at least two years.

Full Article:

Department of Justice Launches Federal Investigation into Planned Parenthood

Quoting from Breitbart News:

The Department of Justice is launching a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and its alleged involvement in the sale of body parts of aborted babies.

Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd has formally requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, reports Fox News. According to the news report, the letter requesting the documents – sent to committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) – “is a rare confirmation of a federal investigation.”

Quoting from a Fox News report:

The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue.

In a letter first obtained by Fox News, Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd formally requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the same panel that led the congressional probe into the women’s health organization.

“The Department of Justice appreciates the offer of assistance in obtaining these materials, and would like to request the Committee provide unredacted copies of records contained in the report, in order to further the Department’s ability to conduct a thorough and comprehensive assessment of that report based on the full range of information available,” Boyd wrote.

Quoting from US News and World Report:

The Justice Department is opening an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

In the letter from the Justice Department’s head of its Office of Legislative Affairs, Planned Parenthood is not named explicitly, but Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd requests the Senate Judiciary Committee turn over any unredacted documents related to the December 2016 “Human Fetal Tissue Research” report. The report claims to outline the organization’s practices.

Tags: #PlannedParenthood, #FetalTissue, #SenateJudiciaryCommittee. #HumanFetalTissueResearch

[Opinion] Jerusalem has been the home of the Jews for 3,000 years – to deny it is Israel’s capital is Fake History

Below is an excerpt from a piece by Jeremiah J. Johnston and Craig A. Evansover at Fox News:

Fake news is a problem, but fake history is worse. And fake history has a lot to do with the troubles in the Middle East and the controversy surrounding Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will therefore move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

We were invited to participate in a conference call on this important decision hosted by White House Deputy Director and Special Assistant to the President Jennifer Korn on Wednesday afternoon. Ambassador David Satterfield, who is principal deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, discussed the implications of this decision and replied to a number of questions.

Tag: #MiddleEast #Israel #FakeNews #FakeHistory #TelAviv #Jerusalem

Man killed after slashing police officer and K9 with sword

Quoting from World Wide Weird (not this is not Al Fraken’s Senate office):

A police officer and his K9 partner were attacked by a man while trying to get him to come out of his makeshift home. Police were called to a home in La Marque, Texas after a man broke into his neighbor’s home. The woman told police that 62-year-old Greg Ham, who lives in a shed, broke into her home and acted crazy while demanding food.

Tags: #WeirdNews #Weird #Homeless #BewareTheShed #TinyHome #TinyHouse

Brexit Breakthrough Struck as Path Cleared for Tough Trade Talks

Bloomberg has some updates on Brexit:

The U.K. and the European Union struck a deal to unlock divorce negotiations, opening the way for talks on what businesses are keenest to nail down — the nature of the post-Brexit future.

The deal, struck before dawn on Friday after rushed talks through the night, clears the path to the start of trade talks between the U.K. and its biggest commercial partner. The EU was quick to put down a marker of where it thinks those talks are headed and it’s far short of what May wants.

Tags: #Brexitm #EuropeanUnion #England #UnitedKingdom

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ‘strongly considering’ Senate run

I got this ABC News story via this Baptist Board post. Below is quote from the article:

Controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is “strongly considering” mounting a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018, he told ABC News Thursday.

Arpaio, 85, was pardoned by President Donald Trump in August after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected undocumented immigrants.

The former sheriff of Maricopa County said he has not spoken with the president about his thoughts of running for the Senate, but added, “if I run, I’m running for him.”

Tags: #JoeArpaio #USSenate

[Opinion] Apple is ready to ditch the Mac

The crux of this Fox News article is that Apple is planning on moving to an all in one model. The writer’s opinion is that Apple make everything a hybrid table that will run iOS similar to what Microsoft tried with Windows 10, the Surface, and Windows Phones. I don’t see this happening for the same reason that Microsoft failed: you need specialty devices for certain activities. I can’t easily develop and compile a full application on a phone. the same for creating a full print layout. Nor is it convenient to make a phone call from a desktop. I can see broader spectrum devices, but the all in one device will never be the industry standard.

Apple is the master of radical pivots. It killed the floppy drive, the CD drive, and the headphone jack in iPhones, while Macintosh systems went from the Motorola 68000 to the PowerPC chip to the Intel X86 line of chips.

A very memorable pivot came when the company dropped the Apple II line of machines with an event called Apple II Forever. While it extolled the venerable machine with a fancy new model, it marked the end of the system.

Tags: #Apple, #Computer, #Desktop, #Tablets

Bookbinding – Preserving old book or creating custom books

This is just a random article I came across and I thought my readers would find interesting. Below is the text of teh abstract:

Bookbinding, the art of sewing pages into a cover to make a book, can serve many purposes. This tutorial introduction is aimed primarily at those who wish to preserve the content of old pulp paperbacks by photocopying them onto archival paper and then binding the results using an archival binding technique, the long-stitch. Most of this tutirial is equally applicable to binding materials from other sources.

This text was written after consultation with staff of the University of Iowa Book Conservation Laboratory, and an early draft of this text was reviewed by a preservation librarian for the Reserach Libraries Group. Book-Lab, of Austin, Texas, offers services comparable to those described here on a commercial basis. Another source for such services is Information Conservation Inc.

Tags: #Bookbinding, #DIY

Japan eyes startup visa program to lure foreign businesses

Due to Japan’s aging population hitting retirement they’re running out of workers and new innovators to keep the country competitive. So they’re investigating a 1 year, narrowly focused, visa program to bring in new blood. Contrast that the US program where its used to let almost anyone in to force lower wages and natives out of work. Who do you think has the better idea? You can read the full article at Nikkie Asian Review (may be pay-walled for some people):

Japan seeks to lure foreign entrepreneurs with one-year startup visas, hoping to create competition for talent among localities to breathe new life into the economy.

The program, spearheaded by the trade and justice ministries, will take a pilot project national as early as fiscal 2018. It will be included in an economic package to be approved by the cabinet Friday.

The ministries are looking to revise related laws and ordinances, including those governing strategic special zones. Holders of startup visas will be allowed to reside anywhere in Japan for a year if they submit plans demonstrating that they can open offices and secure funding during their stays.

Tags: #Japan, #VisaProgram

12/11/2017 – House of Representatives Bills up for Votes

Below are the bills the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote on next week. You can also see teh latest list at

H.R. 3093: Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act

To amend the Volcker Rule to permit certain investment advisers to share a similar name with a private equity fund, subject to certain restrictions, and for other purposes. This Act may be cited as the Investor Clarity and Bank Parity Act.

H.R. 1638: Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4171: To amend title 5, United States Code, to extend the authority to conduct telework travel expenses test programs, and for other purposes.

This extends the ‘Telework Enhancement Act of 2010’ to 2020 + 7 years. So it would officially run out in 2027.

H.R. 2880: Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 12, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

H.R. 4324: Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to make certifications with respect to United States and foreign financial institutions’ aircraft-related transactions involving Iran, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2396: Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on October 12, 2017.

H.R. 3359: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2706: Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017

To provide requirements for the appropriate Federal banking agencies when requesting or ordering a depository institution to terminate a specific customer account, to provide for additional requirements related to subpoenas issued under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, and for other purposes.

Transit Benefits Modernization Act

To provide transit benefits to Federal employees who use the services of digital transportation companies within the national capital region, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2872: Promoting Hydropower Development at Existing Nonpowered Dams Act

To amend the Federal Power Act to promote hydropower development at existing nonpowered dams, and for other purposes.

H.R. 357: Overseas Outsourcing Accountability Act

To require the President to develop and release a comprehensive national strategy to prevent United States employers from overseas outsourcing and offshoring practices that impact the United States workforce.

H.R. 1730: Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of community centers with religious affiliation, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4015: Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2017

To improve the quality of proxy advisory firms for the protection of investors and the U.S. economy, and in the public interest, by fostering accountability, transparency, responsiveness, and competition in the proxy advisory firm industry.

H.R. 3669: Securing General Aviation and Commercial Charter Air Carrier Service Act of 2017

H.R. 3669 seeks to improve and streamline security procedures related to general aviation and commercial charter air carriers utilizing risk-based security standards.

Specifically, the bill requires the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct a cost and feasibility study of establishing web-based access to the Secure Flight system for commercial charter air carriers.

Small aviation operators cannot absorb the cost of installing the necessary software to connect to TSA’s Secure Flight system for vetting passengers. Currently, TSA emails these operators the necessary security data in a spreadsheet format, posing an information security risk.

The bill also authorizes the Administrator to provide additional screening services to commercial charter air carriers at the request of the carrier. If these screening services are provided then an agreement must be made with the carrier for compensation for all reasonable costs of the screening services.

The bill requires the Administration to provide Congress with an implementation plan for recommendation approved by the Aviation Security Advisory Council regarding general aviation. The Administrator is authorized to designate at least one full time employee to be responsible for issue and stakeholder engagement related to general aviation.

Finally, the bill requires the Administrator to provide a report to Congress on the feasibility of requiring security threat assessments for all candidates seeking flight school training in the operation of any aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff weight of more than 12,500.

H.R. 1733: To direct the Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil.

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 27, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

H.R. 407: Tax Free Health Insurance Act of 2017

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for premiums for insurance which constitutes medical care.

Tags: #HouseOfRepresentatives #TheHouse