ISIS has fallen in its last Syrian stronghold

U.S.-backed militias have completely taken Syria's Raqqa from Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised a militia flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, one of the last remaining areas that were held by Islamic State in its former capital, a Reuters witness said.

The flag of the Kurdish YPG, the strongest of the militias in the SDF, was planted in the middle of the stadium, where fighting had ended, but which had not been fully cleared of landmines, militia fighters told the witness.

Full Story: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-backed-syrian-militants-raised-flag-raqqa-stadium-isis-2017-10

This one has me a little perplexed.  Do I thing Bush 1 or 2 for invading Iraq? Do I think Obama for his sorta pushes?  Do I thank Trump for finishing the job?

Ahmad Rahimi convicted of NYC pressure-cooker bombing

By Allen Cone   |  Oct. 16, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Accused terror militant Ahmad Rahimi was convicted Monday in the explosion of a pressure-cooker bomb on a New York City street that injured 30 people last year.

A federal jury in Manhattan convicted Rahimi, a 29-year-old Afghan-born man living in New Jersey, of eight charges that included using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.

Rahimi faces a maximum punishment of life in prison, according to a statement from Joon H. Kim, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The defense lawyers, who did not call a single witness or the suspect, said they will appeal.

Full Article: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/10/16/Ahmad-Rahimi-convicted-of-NYC-pressure-cooker-bombing/9571508175359/

Trump says Congress is working on short-term fix for health care insurance markets

President Trump said on Monday that Republicans and Democrats in Congress are working on a short-term fix for health care insurance markets after he last week scrapped subsidies to insurers.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the start of a meeting with his cabinet, said he believes congressional Republicans will agree to a long-term fix for healthcare by March or April, but said he does not expect Democrats to support that effort.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray have been trying to craft a bipartisan deal aimed at helping stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Fill Article: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-congress-working-short-term-health-care-fix-article-1.3566703

Tiangong 1: Out of control Chinese space station about to fall to Earth, expert says

Engineers lost contact with the space laboratory last year, and has been gradually falling back to Earth ever since

An out-of-control space laboratory is falling towards the Earth and will crash land soon, experts say.

The Chinese space station is accelerating its fall towards us and will reach the ground in the coming months, Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell told the Guardian. It is decaying quickly and he expects "expect it will come down a few months from now – late 2017 or early 2018", he told the paper.

The Tiangong 1 station was launched in 2011 as one of the great hopes of the Chinese ambitions in space, and as part of a plan to show itself off as a global superpower. The country's space agency referred to the station as the "Heavenly Palace" and conducted a range of missions, some of which included astronauts.

Full Article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tiangong-1-chinese-space-station-falling-to-earth-china-cnsa-nasa-when-date-a7999526.html

Congressional candidate claims she was abducted by aliens, can communicate extraterrestrials

A politician in Miami, who is running to replace Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen when she retires, claims that she was once taken aboard a spaceship by aliens where they discussed a number of topics.

In two videos dug up by the Miami Herald Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera explains in detail how she was abducted by aliens when she was 7 years old and says they have communicated with her telepathically several times since then.

"I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship," she said in videos originally posted in 2009 by the Spanish-language station America TeVe and a user named DoralGirl26.

Full Story: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/congressional-candidate-claims-abducted-aliens-article-1.3566605

I wish I could vote for her.  She's nuts but at least she's honest.  I would rather have honest nuts over just nuts.

What happened to Hillary Clinton on her UK book tour

Hillary Clinton fell and hurt her foot during her book-promotion tour in the United Kingdom on Monday — forcing her to cancel several media appearances, according to a report.

The former Democratic presidential candidate failed to show up for the BBC’s “Woman’s Hour” and the “Graham Norton Show, as well as ITV’s “This Morning” show, the Daily Mail reported.

She took a tumble after her appearance Sunday night at the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival, sources told the news outlet.

Full Story: http://nypost.com/2017/10/16/hillary-clinton-is-a-no-show-after-falling-and-injuring-her-foot-during-uk-book-tour/

Is she starting to have seizers again?  Or rather are the seizers getting worse?

Should We Rebuild Homes in Wildfire Zones?

As climate change makes fires more destructive, taxpayers increasingly are covering the cost of protecting at-risk communities.

If Northern California’s famous wineries could survive Prohibition, there’s no doubt they’ll make it through this year’s wildfires. That’s the attitude of Michael Honig,chairman of the Napa Valley Vintners trade association, who told New England Cable News this week that the 14 wineries damaged or destroyed by the ongoing blazes would not only rebuild, but come back stronger. “This is a short-term setback,” he said.

It may take some time, but other Californians will eventually adopt Honig’s determination to reconstruct the thousands of structures lost to the ongoing blazes, which are the deadliest and most destructive in state history. Real estate journalist and investor Brad Inman is sure of it. “As a journalist, [I’ve written] stories about post-disaster rebuilding in places like Oakland and San Francisco after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake; Los Angeles after the 1994 Northridge earthquake; and visited Phuket after the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand,” he wrote this week. “I was always struck by people’s fierce will to rebuild.” Not long after the historic Oakland hills firestorm in 1991 destroyed 3,500 homes, families started to put their neighborhood back together, Inman recalled. Eventually, they created an even better Oakland hills—one with higher property values and better public works.

Full 'Story': https://newrepublic.com/article/145278/rebuild-homes-wildfire-zones

This is not a story.  Its an opinion piece that boils down to global warming causing forest fires.  I relaity its mostly human started and poor land managment

See Also: Parks Department: Overgrowth clearing not a reaction to fatal accident


Army sacks general for sexy texts to wife of a sergeant

The Army has sacked a two-star general who sent flirty messages to the wife of an enlisted soldier at his post in Italy, including one in which he referred to the woman as a "HOTTIE."

Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington until last month had commanded U.S. Army Africa from his post in Europe. USA TODAY first reported about the Facebook messages, triggering an inspector general's investigation, Harrington's suspension and now his firing.

Harrington's dismissal was "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command," Army Col. Patrick Seiber, a spokesman, said in a statement. "The Army has been investigating allegations related to Maj. Gen. Harrington's communications with the spouse of an enlisted soldier; however, since the review of the investigation is still ongoing, we can provide no further comment at this time."

Full Story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/15/army-sacks-general-sexy-texts-wife-sergeant/765070001/

Odd how standards are sunddenly becoming an issue now.  I would like to know who Harrington stood up to get this released to the public?  I love this line

Ending Harrington’s career is the appropriate punishment, if this is a single incident, said Don Christensen…

Does the mean that Harvey Weinstein should be inprisoned for life?  Just wierd timing.

France considers tough new laws to fight sexual harassment and abuse

French MPs are to debate legislation to crack down on sexist or sexual aggression and harassment, especially assaults on children.

A proposed legal bill would set down a clear age of consent for minors after a shocking case in which a rape charge was dropped when a court decided an 11-year-old girl had consented to sex with a man more than twice her age.

It will also give traumatised child victims more time to come forward to bring criminal charges against their attackers.

The announcement on Monday from the French equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, could hardly have come at a more appropriate time, with scores of French women coming forward to detail incidents of harassment and assault following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Full Article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/16/france-considers-tough-new-laws-to-fight-sexual-harassment-and-abuse

Björk claims she was sexually harassed by a film director

Björk has claimed she was sexually harassed by a film director, following the flood of allegations against US producer Harvey Weinstein.

In a post on her Facebook page, the Icelandic musician said she “became aware” that “it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it”.

The musician did not name the film-maker, but said he had “a staff of dozens who enabled … and encouraged” his behaviour.

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/oct/16/bjork-claims-she-was-sexually-harassed-by-a-film-director