Chase in ‘hot water? … (O.k. maybe its only getting warm.)

Over 4,000 Americans have signed a petition to boycott Chase bank over a company survey that probed employees about their sexual orientation and personal beliefs.

The National Organization for Marriage’s campaign, “Void Chase,” urges customers across the globe to take their banking business elsewhere until JPMorgan Chase apologizes and promises “never again to invade the privacy of your employees in this way.”

The effort is the result of what critics call an invasive survey that asked whether Chase employees identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or as an “LGBT ally.”

Bing follows Google

Microsoft has started accepting requests from European users who want to have specific search results removed from their search engine, Bing.

The requests come as a result of the “right to be forgotten” ruling issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in May.

The ruling allows European web users to request the removal of links to sites that contain their names or information about them if they are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.”

Geez …

How’s this for irony? A pair of fraudsters phished bank account details out of over 150 Apple users by sending them hairy-scary messages about their accounts having been compromised.

Naturally, those accounts weren’t compromised before the messages came, but they sure were compromised in short order after the crooks coerced people into sending account details to a bogus website.

London’s Metropolitan Police said in a release that the duo sent emails claiming to be from Apple.

The emails directed victims to update details for the purportedly compromised accounts by clicking on a link to a bogus website.

When the unsuspecting victims complied, sending data that included bank details, an email was sent directly to the defendants.

They used the details to siphon off money. Then, they turned around and used that money to buy tickets for more foreign national criminals – in effect, importing people to commit crime in the UK.

Pickpocketing on London’s transport network was a popular activity for the newly imported thieves to undertake, according to the Met Police, as was stealing metal.

The convicted pair are Constanta Agrigoroaie, 23, and Radu Savoae, 28, of Mornington Avenue, Ilford.

US born soldiers kiled in Gaza fighting.

Two American-born soldiers for the Israeli Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip, their families confirmed Sunday.

I’m guessing that the campaign will continue for a couple of more weeks.

IDF is estimating that the rocket stockpile of Hamas is depleting and that might affect the way Hamas engages Israel later on. Netanyahu called for a meeting to consider the depth of the operation. Gantz: “We need to hurt Hamas hard, and prevent it from achieving better military capabilities”…

Substantial achievement for IDF in operation “Protective Edge” : IDF spokesperson, Brig. General Moti Almoz, said today (Saturday) that the Hamas organization lost or used half of its rocket stockpile since the beginning of the operation. Almoz claimed that Hamas launched 1’705 rockets since the operation began and that it is only 17% of the original stockpile of 10,000 rockets 12 days ago. “I think that we destroyed 30% to 40% of the stockpile in the attacks’ he said. In addition the Prime Minister Netanyahu called for a meeting to consider the deepening of the Gaza ground operation.

Probably not a vocational school.

About 20 rockets suspected of being stashed by Islamist terrorists in Gaza were discovered inside of a United Nations-run school located in the Gaza Strip, according to Middle Eastern news reports on Thursday.

Yeah … I’m sure that this will work.

France bans pro-Palestine protests against Israeli action citing security concerns, faces outrage

And it’s come t this …

Forces operating near Gaza attacked by explosive-laden donkey, and IDF claim this is not the first time Palestinians have used such animals to attempt and kill IDF forces – read details of this bizarre terror practice.

Welcome to America III.

A Guatemalan immigrant accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana illegally crossed the Mexican border with his children last month and was released from custody after being issued a notice to report back to immigration authorities once he got settled in the United States, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday.

Pedro Alberto Monterroso Navas was caught crossing the border in South Texas on June 26 with his two children, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said. The trio was released after immigration authorities determined that Monterroso, 43, had no criminal history or gang affiliation, much like an undisclosed number of other recent border-crossers from Central America traveling as families.

Local authorities in suburban Houston arrested Monterroso on Monday, a day after police in Metairie, Louisiana, found Heidi Monroy, 24, bludgeoned to death in the bathtub of her apartment. Monterroso is jailed in Harris County, Texas, and faces charges related to Monroy’s death. Jail records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.

Remember that if this guy can get across – many others who wish harm on the U.S. can get across.

Whoa ! …

“Nanocamera” Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than the Wavelength of Light

Natural superglue.

Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue.

Still far better than anything we have been able to develop synthetically, barnacle glue — or cement — sticks to any surface, under any conditions.

But exactly how this superglue of superglues works has remained a mystery — until now.

An international team of scientists led by Newcastle University, UK, and funded by the US Office of Naval Research, have shown for the first time that barnacle larvae release an oily droplet to clear the water from surfaces before sticking down using a phosphoprotein adhesive.

Bad ideas are so expensive?

Centrist and liberal Democrats are battling one another over the emergency spending package for child immigrants at the southern border.

Worried about voter anger over illegal immigration in a midterm election year, centrists want Congress to examine changes to special legal protections granted to immigrants from Central America.

Republicans argue the changes are necessary to stop the wave of child immigrants overwhelming officials at the border. But the changes are hotly opposed by powerful liberals, including Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who worry they could put children from Central America in jeopardy.

Linus still at it.

More here:

Welcome to America II.

It’s not about the policies. It’s about being well liked in high circles.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized Microsoft founder Bill Gates for calling on Congress to increase STEM worker visas while the company plans to cut 18,000 jobs next year.

“Super billionaires aren’t happy apparently. … They declare we need to import more foreign workers,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Mr. Gates says we need to let more and more people into our country to take those kinds of jobs.”

Fortunately for him, he can change the rules when he wants.

The White House needs to make a decision soon on whether ObamaCare’s controversial employer mandate will take effect in 2015.

With the mandate set to take effect in January, businesses are awaiting final world from the administration on whether they will be required to track and report how many of their employees are receiving coverage.

Federal officials are late in delivering the final forms and technical guidance necessary for firms to comply, raising suspicions that the mandate could once again be delayed.

The mandate has been pushed back twice before, the first time in late summer.

The delays to the mandate have angered House Republicans, who are now taking President Obama to court for what they say is his refusal to follow the letter of the law.

Shylock sunk.

Law enforcement action led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has knocked out the infrastructure of a banking malware that infected at least 30,000 computers.

The malware is known as Shylock, because of code containing quotes from the character in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

According to the NCA, which announced the takedown on 10 July, Shylock targeted the UK more than any other country, although the suspected developers are based elsewhere.

Geez … ya think.

Evidence Mounts of a Manufactured Border Crisis

The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,” one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children. “The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Representative Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April.

Welcome to America.

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How many of these immigrants speak better Arabic or Farsi than Spanish? … It really only takes one.

Hmmmm …

The ‘obesity paradox’: Cardiovascular mortality lowest among overweight patients

High body mass index (BMI) is associated with multiple cardiovascular diseases. However, emerging data suggest that there is an “obesity paradox,” that being overweight may actually protect patients from cardiovascular mortality. Investigators have now confirmed that the risk of total mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and myocardial infarction is highest among underweight patients, while cardiovascular mortality is lowest among overweight patients, according to two reports published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

There are so many other, bad things that come with obesity that out weigh this finding.

Protests in France … as expected.

France braced Wednesday for more protests against Israel’s deadly bombing of Gaza just days after demonstrators in Paris tried to storm two synagogues to the concern of Muslim and Jewish community leaders.

Some 50 political parties, unions and activist groups have called for rallies across France Wednesday evening to seek an “immediate end” to the Israeli offensive that has left 208 dead and to demand sanctions against the Jewish state.

Paris police meanwhile are trying to ban a large pro-Palestinian rally in the French capital on Saturday “in a context of increased tensions”, a source close to the situation said.

The Israeli offensive has stoked passions in France – which has the largest Muslim population in western Europe as well as a 500,000-strong Jewish community.

DDT is so much more effective and cheaper.

Scientists find way to trap, kill malaria parasite

Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers report. As it invades a red blood cell, the malaria parasite takes part of the host cell’s membrane to build a protective compartment. The parasite then starts a series of major renovations that transform the red blood cell into a suitable home. But the new research reveals the proteins that make these renovations must pass through a single pore in the parasite’s compartment to get into the red blood cell. When the scientists disrupted passage through that pore in cell cultures, the parasite stopped growing and died.

the CO2 answer is … ants.

A 25-year-long study published in Geology on 14 July provides the first quantitative measurement of in situ calcium-magnesium silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, tree roots, and bare ground. This study reveals that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay yet observed. It may be that an understanding of the geobiology of ant-mineral interactions might offer a line of research on how to “geoengineer” accelerated CO2 consumption by Ca-Mg silicates.

Probably cleaning them up.

A top Justice Department official says that his agency is investigating former IRS official Lois Lerner’s missing emails, as part of their broader criminal inquiry into the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups.

James Cole, the deputy attorney general, says in prepared testimony for a Thursday hearing in the House that the Justice Department would be unable to brief lawmakers about the results of what remains an open investigation, saying that’s a longstanding, bipartisan department policy.

Israel still at it.

More rockets fall.

And how to deal with problems underground.

In a special interview held in April, Gaza Division Commander Brigade-General Miki Edelstein recounted the tense condition in Southern Israel and the way in which IDF deals with the tunnels which Hamas digs under Israeli ground. “Hamas knows that it will pay a heavy price for every tunnel it digs”, clarified Edelstein in April.

The terrorist penetration thward this morning is another proof of Hamas’ usage of its tunnels, which have become a substantial threat for Israel. In April we held an interview with Brigade-General Miki Edelstein, who then predicted that the condition in Gaza is stable and that deterioration is not anticipated. Edelstein referred to shootings, tunnels, and Hamas rule in Gaza.