IDF Finds Hamas Training Manual; Hospitals Used as Terrorist Bases

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge uncovered a comprehensive Hamas training manual that features step-by-step instructions on building homemade bombs. The terrorist manual includes detailed techniques concerning the concealing and detonation of various types explosives.

For example, the manual explains how to produce a television-shaped explosive with shrapnel intended to kill and mutilate as many Israeli victims as possible. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also discovered different types of mines and remotely detonated bombs throughout the Gaza Strip.

Eventually people will stop paying attention to them.

Before lawmakers adjourn for August recess, they’re expected to vote on the Sunscreen Innovation Act (H.R. 4250), designed to streamline the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory process.

Don’t look for new sunscreen on store shelves anytime soon, though. The FDA hasn’t approved a new sunscreen formula since the Clinton administration, and Time reports that there are eight different sun-bloc ingredients that have been backlogged for more than a decade.

Good idea.

3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need for molds. But for making spacecraft, engineers sometimes need custom parts that traditional manufacturing techniques and standard 3-D printers can’t create, because they need to have the properties of multiple metals. Now, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are implementing a printing process that transitions from one metal or alloy to another in a single object.

Clearly a creep. … But it’s good that his name is getting out.

The man refusing to leave a Palm Springs, California, condo rented through Airbnb has been involved in a number of other questionable activities, including a Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $40,000 but hasn’t delivered the product.

He appears to regret nothing, telling Kickstarter backers that he would “squat again.”

Maksym Pashanin had a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 for a video game called Confederate Express that raised $39,739 back in November from nearly 2,400 people. He had promised an estimated ship date of June 2014 but has yet to deliver the game.

In response to questions about the game and his refusal to leave the condo, Pashanin wrote on Saturday, “Ok guys, what’s the latest deets on the drama? 10/10, would squat again.”

Now the only question is ‘How many mosques do they have?’

During the night, the IDF attacked 80 terrorist targets within Gaza, including mosques that Hamas used for terrorist activities. The infantry and engineering corps destroyed three tunnels designed to harm Israeli civilians, in addition to revealing anti-tank missiles and other weapons hidden inside a mosque.

I think it’s good idea.

Another generation needs to be informed of how easy it is to let your politics get in front of the truth. Of course that won’t show up in the movie but it will show up everywhere else. CBS will, once again, have to defend it’s actions. The rest of the press was dead in the water. And – a bunch of amateurs, collectively, got to the truth and embarrassed the ‘smart set’.

It sounds like a big project, starring two of my favorite actors. And I can understand why you’d want to tell the story of those memos. It’s exciting! That’s why I devoted a chapter to it in “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.” The story of how Rather and Mapes and their CBS team were snookered by fake memos purporting to show that President George W. Bush had been absent without leave is a fascinating case study in how we can overlook the obvious and become wedded to dubious narratives.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound as if you’re making a movie about the fallibility of human nature. Instead, it sounds as if you’re making a movie based on Mapes’s book about it — an upside-down version in which Mapes is upholding the highest standards of journalism while everyone else caves in to the vast right-wing conspiracy to suppress the truth.

Who’s in charge here?

PLO official Yasser Abd Rabbo on Tuesday said all Palestinian factions were prepared to announce a unilateral 72-hour cease-fire in fighting between Israeli and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

According to Rabbo, the announcement was made with the consent of Hamas.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Rabbo said the initiative for a three-day halt in fighting was based on a proposal by the UN’s special envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry.

However, Hamas spokespersons have denied these reports and said they do not agree with this announcement and that a cease-fire cannot exist when Israeli forces are inside Gaza.Who’s in charge here

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I’m guessing that no flags were burned and no arrests were made.

In the first major pro-Israeli demonstration in France since hostilities erupted in the Gaza Strip earlier this month, thousands of people took to the streets of Marseille on Sunday, chanting “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Somehow I assumed that the system was a little more sophisticated.

According to a Secret Service criminal complaint, filed by special agent Bryan Halliwell and investigators associated with Apple and Chase Bank, Parrish allegedly tricked Apple Store employees in 16 states starting around December 2012 into accepting fake authorization codes to purchase $309,768 worth of Apple goods.

… The authorization code scam is breathtakingly simple.

Warrants issued in Australia.

ustralian police have obtained arrest warrants for two Australians who are fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after one posted photographs of the other posing with severed heads of Syrian soldiers.

Well, this had to happen.

Export-Import Bank Goes Under the Microscope for Allegations of Fraud, Corruption

… and he’s right.

Rick Perry Says Deploying Troops to Border Sends a ‘Powerful Message’

Mortar shell attack kills four IDF soldiers in Eshkol on Gaza border

Four IDF soldiers were killed and others were seriously wounded in a mortar attack in the Eshkol Regional Council, next to the Gaza border, late Monday afternoon.

The IDF released the names of four soldiers late Monday night.

The four soldiers belonged to the Armored Corps. Their names are: Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22 of Safed; Private First Class Meidan Maymon Biton, 20 of Netivot; Niran Cohen, 20 of Tiberias; and Adi Briga, 23 of Beit Shikma.

Ten people in total suffered harm from the attack. Emergency teams evacuated at lease nine people to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. Four of those injured were airlifted to the hospital.

bama who? …

How are Democratic Senate candidates in red states handling President Obama’s growing unpopularity? Either by pretending they aren’t even in the same party or by attacking him, according to a survey of Senate campaigns by Patricia Murphy of the Daily Beast.

The most dramatic distancing comes courtesy of West Virginia Democrat Natalie Tennant, who is campaigning for a vacant Senate seat in a coal-producing state targeted by Obama environmental regulations. She is running an ad in which she hits a switch and plunges the White House into darkness in protest over his policies.

Video ad at the link.

Hackers hit Iron Dome.

Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities of sensitive documents pertaining to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

The never-before publicized intrusions, which occurred between 2011 and 2012, illustrate the continued challenges that defense contractors and other companies face in deterring organized cyber adversaries and preventing the theft of proprietary information.

Well he’s made every effort.

Obama Skids to All-Time Lows in CNN Poll

More here:

New CBS and CNN Polls That Should Frighten Democrats

You can fool some of the people all of the time.

The news site KCTV7 News is a parody. Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) never made the statement. We sincerely regret the error.

In many ways this retraction by Think Progress is a class act. Put it up front and don’t take yourself too seriously.

I guess this means that Israel will have to sit quietly until Hamas runs out of weapons.

Obama Tries to Lobby Netanyahu on ‘Unconditional Humanitarian Ceasefire’

How many are they sending to Maryland, Virginia or D.C.?

Illegal immigration protesters descended upon historic Boston on Saturday decrying Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to offer shelter in the state to unaccompanied minors.

I think that it’s important to remember that had the kept the promise in 76, 86 or 02 this could have been avoided.

Some immigration experts and advocates suggest another factor: U.S. policies of the 1990s and 2000s that deported thousands of gang members back to Central America.

‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war

Smaller – better- faster – cheaper.

The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts is developing a “pocket-sized aerial surveillance device” for soldiers assigned to small units in dangerous environments.

100 days.

Red-state Democrats are hanging tough despite a toxic environment, but Republicans are hopeful about late-breaking opportunities in a pair of swing states.

The GOP needs to net six seats for Senate control and already have a trio of conservative open seats in the bag. Now, the real battle turns to fights in more than a half-dozen other states.

“It’s an even bet that Republicans get the Senate,” said Cook Political Report Senate editor Jennifer Duffy.
On the House side, Republicans are a lock to remain in power. The real test is whether they can expand their majority.

Surprise … the protest ban doesn’t work.

Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris on Saturday when thousands of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally against Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned organizers in a television address that they would be held responsible for any clashes and could be prosecuted for ignoring a ban that was confirmed by the country’s top administrative court.

Proving that science can sometimes be disgusting.

Some sticky research out of York University shows a surprisingly effective way to fight against a certain species of toxic grass fungus: moose saliva (yes… moose saliva).

Published in this month’s Biology Letters, “Ungulate saliva inhibits a grass-endophyte mutualism” shows that moose and reindeer saliva, when applied to red fescue grass (which hosts a fungus called epichloë festucae that produces the toxin ergovaline) results in slower fungus growth and less toxicity.

I’m not sure that metabolism is the problem.

A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

The research potentially could lead to new therapies to treat obesity and diabetes, since the transcription factor involved — spliced X-box binding protein 1 (Xbp1s) — appears to influence the body’s sensitivity to insulin and leptin signaling. Insulin and leptin are hormones central to the body’s regulation of food intake and sugar disposal, and obesity and diabetes are conditions under which the body develops resistance to their actions.

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