Thursday, July 24, 2014

Russia sees a three way struggle within the Ukraine for authority.

Russia may be conducting their own trails to ratchet up the propaganda and this may be nothing more than a tempest in a tea pot.

Currently, Mr. Avakov is the Ukraine Minister of Internal Affairs and he would be outspoken regarding the confrontation of separatists. 

His past is murky and probably gives Russia the idea it can charge him at will for what they are calling the unlawful massacres of 2700 victims with an accomplice in Oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

...A source (click here) at Ukraine's National Security Council told RIA Novosti earlier that Kolomoyskyi spoke against the ceasefire in the southeastern regions and opposed any contact with the independence supporters there.
During Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko's visit to Donetsk region, Kolomoyskiy "openly said that he would never obey and that his army would finish off those separatists," the source said.
Since mid-April, Kiev authorities have been conducting a special military operation in the east of Ukraine to suppress the independence movement. The violence intensified after the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions declared independence from Ukraine in May. Hundreds of people, including civilians have died in both regions over the past months.
Poroshenko announced a week-long ceasefire on June 20 and then extended it for additional three days. As the truce was called off without further extension on July 1, the active phase of the special operation in the restive regions resumed.
Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and called for an immediate end to the bloodshed.

It is the same rhetorical story from Russia, "They have their story and they are sticking with it." The tail of woe begins with the USA backing criminals that are now within the Ukraine government.

The Russians are taking pictures from the White House website and spinning stories of conspiracy.

May 18, 2014
By Eric Zuesse

...Only a few months before this coup, (click here) Nuland had asserted that U.S. taxpayers had already invested more than $5 billion, in order to bring “democracy” to Ukraine, by which she was referring to the U.S. effort to oust the Russian-oriented, democratically elected, leader of Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovych, who had prosecuted and imprisoned Tymoshenko for embezzlement and abuse of governmental office....

There seems to be some reports of violence within Odessa where 50 people are said to have been burned alive. The story fits into the narrative of Russia which continues to propagate fear surrounding the idea 'the Nazis' have returned and they are backed by The West. The Russians are branding it the next Khatyn. Khatyn is in Belarus and in 1943 the village of 26 homes and 156 people were torched by a Nazi battalion. 

All this rhetoric has occurred before the May elections. Previous to the elections the interim government in Kiev was considered very dangerous by Moscow. Neo-Nazis. So, now Russia has conducted trials in abstention of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

Why is this important? 

It is the reason Russia decided it has the moral high ground with eastern Ukraine separatists and it's current aggression at the Ukraine border. The 'idea' base within Russia is very different than the facts known to The West. I remember Chancellor Merkel stating she didn't understand what President Putin was saying when they had a conference call. The very real reason that may be accurate is because they are on different pages. One is based in the facts The West learned once the killings in the Maidan occurred and the other a 'mind speak' derived reality that exists in Moscow politics. I am quite sure Yanukovych played the strong leader against the NeoNazis of Ukraine. So, Russia is now backing the Yanukovych political rhetoric by carrying out trails in abstentia. 

Conclusion: The West and Russia are not only on different pages, they aren't even reading from the same book.

I could not understand how President Putin could justify any Russian backing of the Ukraine Separatists after they blatantly stood in defiance of President Putin's request to not hold elections. I get now. The 'political dialogue' within Russia is a long standing fear of any NeoNazi organization and/or movement. The reality is there are NeoNazis in Russia whom are an organized political party.

Evidently, the Ukraine NeoNazis opposed to the leadership of the Russian favored Yanukovych are of the deadly variety and feared in any leadership. 

I don't recall any reports about 50 people being burned to death. The only report I am reading is that of less authoritatize cites on the net which don't really describe the incidents so much as state it occurred and it was the return of the Third Reich with The West's backing this time. If it weren't for the propaganda about The West I'd actually be worried about atrocities within Ukraine, but, the conspiracy is so far flung it makes no sense in the real world.

...Consequently, (click here) the reports of Kolomoyskyi’s tactics against the Ukrainians who refuse to be ruled by the Obama-installed government in Kiev seem to be consistent with this oligarch’s violent norm. Oriental Review headlined on 14 May 2014, “Bloodbath in Odessa guided by interim rulers of Ukraine,” and reported that, “The information provided below was obtained from an insider in one of Ukraine’s law-enforcement agencies, who wished to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.” The account there is a more detailed one than has ever before appeared, and it’s consistent with those others (such as this and this). It alleges that:...

This article mentions the "Bloodbath...", but, is more dense with gossip than any actual reporting of the incident. The West needs to develop intelligence regarding this incident, be it rhetorical or actual, and assess it's impact on continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. If this rhetoric is intractible, Europe may find itself in the middle of a growing conflict it never was responsible for in any way.

The West, including John McCain, needs to have a position on this because by denying any knowledge of it only creates 'the air' of conspiracy. This is the very basis of Russia's involvement with the separatists. Ignoring it and discharging it as propaganda without actually knowing the facts is dangerous. The West has to acknowledge this incident, claim it's knowledge base and openly address it with the Ukraine government and Russia if necessary to bring about a truthful understanding. Without embracing 'this story' and knowing the facts gives Russia it's propaganda base and it's justification for backing the separatists' violence.

The samples by the court was delayed. That is contempt of court.

July 24, 2014
By Tom Dart and Ed Pilkington

...The prolonged execution (click here) was described as "torture" by Arizona senator John McCain on Thursday, who added that the procedure was "bollocks-upped" and "terrible"....

...Wood, 55, was pronounced dead at 3.49pm local time, one hour and 57 minutes after the start of the procedure. “The courts have ordered that all evidence be preserved including blood and tissue samples as well as labels and any residual drugs that remain,” Baich said....

...Senator McCain, in remarks quoted by Politico, was outspoken in his reaction. "I believe in the death penalty for certain crimes. But that is not an acceptable way of carrying it out. And people who were responsible should be held responsible," he said. "The lethal injection needs to be an indeed lethal injection and not the bollocks-upped situation that just prevailed. That’s torture." McCain was a victim of torture when he was captured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war....

Senator McCain has a valid contempt of court to bring about the full weight of the judges order. Evidently, Governor Brewer can't find it within her authority to respect the law of a judge's order.

For all the brutal persons in the USA that believe the current methods of the death penalty is fair, this is the definition of TORTURE:

(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—
(A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
(B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;

The current methods of USA Death Sentence Protocols are legally defined within that of torture. 

Now, for all those that believe civilized society has every right to torture a death sentence prisoner at the time of execution is wrong. They are not only legally wrong, but, they are morally and reprehensibly wrong. They are disgustingly wrong.

The prisoner sentenced to death has had his life 'at will' taken from him to be housed until his legal avenues have been exhausted. Prisoners are not enjoying their lives. Their freedom has been taken from them. Prisoners on Death Row have the right to an expedient death as prescribed by civilized law and the tolerance of society. While some in the USA find no problem in tolerating this disgusting level of torture as an answer to the death sentence they are disdained by the greater global community and many Americans. 

This was a poll, the only one available online from July 2000. There were questions in 2000 as to the appropriate nature of the use of the death penalty since then.
  • Arizonans (click here) Support Exempting Juveniles and those with Mental Retardation from Execution; Favor Moratorium. A poll by the Behavior Research Center found that support for the death penalty in Arizona drops significantly when specific circumstances are introduced. Among the poll findings:
    • 71% oppose the death penalty for those with mental retardation; only 11% favor the death penalty in such cases.
    • 42% oppose the death penalty if the convicted murderer is a juvenile offender, while only 37% support such use.
    • 49% favor a two year moratorium on the use of the death penalty while the legislature studies whether it is being properly used; 41% oppose such a moratorium, and 10% are unsure.
    • When offered the sentencing option of life in prison with no possibility of parole, support is divided, with 46% favoring life in prison and 46% favoring the death penalty. (Behavior Research Center, July 2000).

I know the dedication and the value of the information, BUT, we have been through this before in eastern Ukraine!

Media is a very big deal in Ukraine. Do the media organization not remember the anger exhibited at radio and television stations regarding material considered to be propaganda?

New York, July 23, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists (click here) condemns a series of recent anti-press violations in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing, while pro-Russia separatists abducted a fixer and briefly detained a reporter, according to news reports and press freedom and human rights groups. The moves come as the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic today banned journalists from the conflict area....

...On Tuesday, armed separatists in Donetsk stormed a room in a local hotel and abducted Anton Skiba, who was assisting a CNN film crew, according to news reports and the Vienna-based human rights watchdog Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Skiba's whereabouts are unknown, reports said....

Propaganda is a mainstay of right wing politics and I don't care if it is East or West, propaganda is paramount to elections for power. Lies. Lies are what right wing politicians use to sustain their presence among voters, then anyone wonders why so many Americans are stricken with 'beliefs' rather than 'facts' when it comes time for elections.

From the earliest days at Maidan the media has been a focus of control. There have been stations raided and anchors put out to the street and out of work. Then in retaliation for eliminating the propagandists, the separatists began kidnapping journalists right off the street. Now, they are raiding hotel rooms to conduct their oppression of the media.

Stay out of eastern Ukraine unless with a proper United Nations group to report their progress at the crash site. The crash site has become a place where 'neutral' territory exists and rightfully so. It is becoming a place where Ukrainians living in the area have paid tribute to the dead in their own ceremonial crosses and expressions of grief. The ONLY place any journalist belongs is in neutral areas or in stable areas of Ukraine. 

Kidnapping journalists has become a focus of control by the separatists. The journalists, friend or foe, need to respect their opinion about the coverage they receive. This is a delicate set of circumstances for that country and media should not be compromising the Ukraine government in any of its actions to secure the country and it's borders.

Where has this happened before?

When journalists are not embedded with military units they die. We lost wonderful and brave journalists in Libya when they believed they could figure it out for themselves. Well, they couldn't and any journalist that BELIEVES they are untouchable for the sacrifices they make to bring the information to the citizens of countries lives in a fantasy they have created. I don't want more kidnappings and more killings. The journalist brain trust of this world is important. 

No more!

The separatists should release the journalists at the point where they can return to Ukraine out of the combat zone and warn them not to return again.

The Indian American community in Raleigh, North Carolina dedicated a statue to Gandhi.

One man with a dream... (click here)
To fight war without bloodshed..
To have peace in world..

It is in Exploris' courtyard at the museum. I thought the reading of Gandhi in relation to hunger was more than interesting. I am sure the Indian Americans of Raleigh would not mind the Moral Monday Movement to recognize the greatness of this man: “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

The Moral Monday Movement is in excellent company in North Carolina.

There are reports of Russia firing missiles over the Ukraine border? Is that to assist the government of Ukraine?

Has Russian gained permission for an alliance of forces with the Ukraine government to end the violence along it's border with Ukraine? If not that would be considered a violation of a sovereign border. I suppose Russia just laughs at those sort of things these days, yes?

KIEV, July 23 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine (click here) plans to impose sanctions against Russians who in Kiev’s opinion directly or indirectly support separatists and terrorists, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday....

Here today, gone tomorrow.

Getting ready for November elections I take it? It is a regression to aggression and violations of treaties and strong arming those that cannot maintain their borders against Russian forces. It sounds like Yugoslavia all over again.

KIEV, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (click here) announced his resignation Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice parliamentary coalition.
“If no new coalition is formed and the existing coalition in a parliamentary-presidential republic had collapsed, the government and the prime minister have to resign. I announce my resignation because of the coalition’s collapse,” he said.
Yatsenyuk also expressed disappointment with Ukrainian parliament’s decision to reject a bill that allows the government to hand over up to 49 percent of the country’s gas transport system to investors from the European Union and the United States....

Volodymyr Groysman is stated to be unaffiliated with any political party. I suppose that might mean he isn't an insult to Russia and might even last longer than 24 hours in the office of Prime Minister.

MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was appointed Thursday as acting prime minister following the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in his Facebook blog.
“Volodymyr Groysman was appointed acting prime minister at a government meeting,” Avakov said.
Yatsenyuk announced his resignation earlier on Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice coalition in the Ukrainian parliament.
According to Ukrainian constitution, the resignation of Prime Minister must be approved by the parliament. Earlier Thursday, Ukraine’s Svoboda and UDAR parties announced their factions were quitting the majority coalition, paving the way for the dissolution of parliament.
Deputy Prime Minister Groysman, who will now replace Yatsenyuk, also heads the state committee on investigation of the recent Malaysian Boeing plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
I am sure I don't have to state this, but, will anyway. Some of the reports coming from the investigators indicates the victims of the crash are not necessarily intact. That is something, unfortunately, the forensic specialists working at Ground Zero in NYC became familiar with and developed their own methods. I would expect the forensic experts in all countries receiving victims will be using every effort to detect DNA as well as any identifying characteristics. It is a sorry day when experts from September 11th would be called upon to help understand the task at hand, but, here we are anyway.

Here we go, Russia is blaming the victim for the deaths of the Malaysian Airline 17 deaths. Amazing. Evidently, Ukraine did not follow the rules for jets as outlined by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

...Ukraine (click here) ratified the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation in 2003, which automatically classifies Ukraine as a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with all the associated legal obligations applicable upon signing.
An amendment to the Chicago Convention, the so-called Article 3bis, obliges the signatories to “refrain from resorting to the use of weapons against civil aircraft in flight,” as such behavior goes out of line with the standards and norms regulating cross-country interactions. Hence, no country can use ongoing military confrontation on its territory as a right to attack a commercial plane or other types of civil aircraft.

Additionally, the ICAO clearly defines in its Manual Concerning Safety Measures Relating to Military Activities Potentially Hazardous to Civil Aircraft Operations, that “the responsibility for initiating the co-ordination process rests with the States whose military forces are engaged in the conflict,” pursuant to Paragraph 10.2 of the respective international agreement. In other words, safe passage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 through Ukrainian airspace should have been coordinated well in advance, as stipulated in the manual....

I suppose the separatists never ratified the ICAO Chicago Conventions so therefore they are innocent. It is sort of a Syria thing, right? Not a member of the Chemical Weapons Conventions therefore the deaths it caused were legal. One of those technical things the separatists simply didn't get around to yet.

Ya know, Vladimir, I'll tell you something. You want to be taken so seriously in international venues, but, you conduct yourself as a third world power. Russia needs to insist when it engages in alliances known and unknown they are subscribing to the SAME conventions Russia subscribes to. Got that?

When Russia backs illegitimate entities in the world such as the Ukraine separatists, it is violating the very conventions it subscribes as much as those that are illegitimate.

It is as though Russia is violating it's own conventions by proxy. Understand? It means Putin sits on a thrown untouched while his minions carry out atrocities.

I have to congratulate the prosecutor in this case to see past the person into the circumstances.

July 23, 2014
By Crimesider Staff

PHOENIX - Prosecutors (click here) and a Phoenix woman reached a deal that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview.
Shanesha Taylor, who faced being tried on two felony child abuse charges, said gratitude was the only thing she felt after the agreement was reached Friday.
"I'm grateful for the offer that was extended to me and the opportunity to resolve this situation as well as to show my intentions," said Taylor, who shed a few tears while standing outside the courthouse.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office and the 35-year-old mother of three have an agreement under which he'll dismiss the charges against her if she meets several conditions.
Those include completing parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and establishing education and child care trust funds for her children....

A family may stay together WITH SUPPORT now so they can resume a life of hope. That is a victory of the criminal justice system.

Ms. Taylor is less the exception than the rule in many instances. Homelessness creates a torrid of problems for families. Being poorly paid can be the definition of homeless more often than anyone wants to admit. The working poor don't necessarily mean they have a home. At least she had a car.

Are there questions as to why Early Childhood Pre-K is needed in the USA? A safe learning environment where parents have peace of mind while working and/or seeking work. Is there any doubt where "Head Start" fell into the American landscape so well? I would think not. 

The USA needs to see the lives of all the people within it's borders and address all the needs to move families forward to a benevolent home environments where achievement can take place.

When the USA government cuts benefits for food stamps and Medicaid or ignores those in need of support, we all suffer. Ms. Taylor's circumstances don't usually turn out this well. She could have easily been put in jail and the children into foster care only to have them lose track of their mother and she her children. The USA is then 'on the hook' for prisoner costs and foster care costs and no one's PROBLEMS have been resolved. As a matter of fact, when families are shattered by 'the system' the USA creates it's own problems.

Prevention is an interesting word no one in Washington seems to understand. Providing for programs that give parents breathing room to work or seek work or look for housing with low income as their burden, the children are uplifted to where they are safe and learning. It brings children out of the shadows under the guise of others providing a learning and healthy environment. When professionals such as teachers realize the difficult circumstances of a child(ren) there is usually empathy to seek to end the stress in that child's life, hence the stress within a family's life. 

Supporting the poor and lower middle class in ways that are meaningful protects children.

This is the crime of corporate welfare. It is time it is ended for everyone in the country.

Here is some jazz for Wall Street.

Poor Jessep had one of those 'Cheney Moments' where no one questions the way he provides for the democracy we all enjoy. Truly.

The Good "Ole Boys Club of Wall Street. How apropos!

Medal of Honor recipients including Ty Carter, Sal Guinta, Leroy Petry, Clint Romesha, William Swenson, Hal Fritz, Bruce Crandall and Don Ballard will ring The Closing Bell.

War profit - peace sucks. War just provides that 'feel good feeling of control at all costs.' I think they call it 'certainty.'

Malaysian Airlines 17 shot down while Moscow postures politically, including November elections in Ukraine.

A Ukrainian electrical worker repairs a power line at the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014, with an Orthodox cross in the foreground, words are reading "Save and Protect". (Dmitry Lovetsky)

Putin is portraying Russia as a victim. Not. Annexing the Crimean Peninsula is NOT being a victim, it IS breaking an international treaty. Let's get that much straight.

July 24, 2014
By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber

The international attempts (click here) to isolate Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine have not sheltered its citizens from the shock and anguish of last week's horrific event.
The reactions of ordinary Russians to the tragedy range from resentment of the West's incrimination of the pro-Russia separatists and Russia itself to feelings of guilt and responsibility.
But in the broad array of reactions, President Vladimir Putin's popularity — his approval rating exceeds 80 per cent, according to recent surveys — and the controlled coverage of the MH17 disaster in state-owned media appear to have led large portions of the Russian population to support the Kremlin's narrative....

By pointing fingers at The West and crying 'victim' Russia is playing 'The Cold War' card of the old Soviet Union. Shame on them.

"State-run media full of conspiracy theories aimed at the West"

There are 298 dead from 11 countries. The separatists have admitted their involvement. The separatists have obtained very dangerous weapons and have turned a so called civil war into an international tragedy. The separatists are acting on their own in that they have demonstrated they do not accept condemnation from Russia when they insisted on a vote for redrawing the lines with Ukraine. The question remains why did Russia break the treaty and what is Russia doing to mend those breaches in trust? This is not The West taking aim at Russia without the impetus to do so.

Total death toll: 298
- Netherlands: 189
- Malaysia: 44
- Australia: 28
- Indonesia: 12
- UK: 10
- Germany: 4
- Belgium: 4
- Philippines: 3
- Canada: 1
- Hong Kong: 1
- New Zealand: 1
- Unknown: 1

Here is some vocabulary for you. It's physics.

When 'air turbulence' is accompanied by storms 'feeding off' each other, it is called OSCILLATION.

Got that? 

Oscillation is an intricate 'dance' of physics between air masses through standard Earth dynamics of heat. The physics of heat and water vapor and the 'transference' of 'heat energy/calories' between air masses is called oscillation. "Heat Exchange." "Homogeneous temperature balance." It is intricate, difficult to measure as it happens within fractions of fractions of seconds, it is a natural aspect to the world, but, it is so fractionally fast it causes huge changes in 'turbulence.' 

When jets meet up with 'unstable' air masses they literally can lose 'air density' through their turbines and stall. It is difficult to restart engines to a jet at that point. There has to be 'at least' 'air density' ENOUGH to reverse the flow of air through the turbine to begin it's spin again and then again one more time reversed to restart forward movement. The pilots are not at blame here. It is the understanding of a hot planet and how it's 'turbulence' in 'heat exchange' can effect air density and direction.

Speaking of CEOs...

...Walmart is attempting to implicate the corporate infrastructure rather than the family. You know, Walmart profiteers are buoyed by corporate welfare, just like Koch Industries and all those other bozos.

Wal-Mart said Thursday (click here) that Greg Foran will replace Bill Simon as its U.S. CEO.
Simon has been in the role since June 2010 and will leave the company.
Wal-mart's stock was down just under 1% to $76.30 in pre-market trading.
Foran will take over on August 9 and report directly to Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months "to ensure a seamless transition," the company said.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was appointed in February, making the change at the top of U.S. operations his first major appointment. Sales in the U.S. have been sluggish for Walmart, which reported its smallest growth in quarterly sales in nearly five years in May....

See there, "Walmart said..." just like a real person like the Robert's court said.

You know it's corporate welfare when more than 6.1 percent of the companies employees are receiving food stamps and Medicaid. Where are the Republicans on that?

I get it now, this story is being followed by national media to inspire war. Right.

PARIS — A jetliner with 116 people (click here) on board disappeared overnight Thursday on a flight across the Sahara from Burkina Faso to Algeria.Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane, a Boeing MD-83, about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, bound for Algiers, according to the official Algerian news agency....  

Sorry, to burst your BUBBLE.

See, the jet was supposed to have been shot down and Russia did it. Then one wonders why I sit here day after day. Someone has to correct the lameness of commercial news networks.

I thought the pivot by Savannah and Willie was perfect in pandering to the CEOs. "This has just been a really bad week for airliners." Have to leave that room there for the Republicans to pounce.

I know where I belong. Doppler came of age while I sat here. Okay? Got it now.

It is just like that bleached flag drama playing out. All the attention is on some idea of terrorists blowing up the Brooklyn Bridge. The media knows the culprits will be found and then the story will shift to 'Why did they do it?" and justice will be lost again to sensationalism.

To begin with I never thought the flags were bleached, I thought they badly faded. Faded flags look exactly like that. The flags, if faded, needed to be replaced and the old flags burned under ceremony.

I mean, no one actually believes the USA flags planted on the moon are still red, white and blue.

Make no mistake, the loss of Arctic Ocean ice and the displacement of the Polar Vortex was a turning point.

Meteosat Satellite
24 Jul 2014

In the 24 hour loop it is discernible there is a circulation center developing over Mali. It is faint in this satellite, but, it is there.

This is what happens with the global community doesn't have the priority or dialogue to talk about the world as it exists and the abuses of human induced global warming. This is exactly what happens. There is 'no language' that discerns 'normal' weather patterns (if there are any left) from that of the climate crisis. 

(Reuters) - An Air Algerie flight that went missing en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed, an Algerian aviation official told Reuters on Thursday.
"I can confirm that it has crashed," the official said, declining to give details of where the plane was or what caused the accident.
(Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; writing Patrick Markey, editing by John Stonestreet)

It is interesting The Weather Channel now carries news.

An Air Algerie flight (click here) from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria, disappeared from radar early Thursday, the plane's owner and the French government said. Weather satellites showed thunderstorms between the two cities, but the cause of the plane's disappearance was not immediately clear....

There was also weather related deaths in Taiwan recently.

...The BBC reports that the plane's pilot radioed in to a control tower at an airport in Niamey, Niger, to announce a change in the plane's flight path due to storms in the area.

"The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route," an unnamed Air Algerie source told AFP. "Contact was lost after the change of course."...

Recently, the World Meteorological Organisation has proposed shifting baselines to 'enable' a more real picture as to the changing climate.

July 10, 2014
Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Hannam

The World Meteorological Organisation (click here) says it’s time to shift climate baselines because global warming is increasingly setting a new “normal” for weather conditions.

The widely used 1961-90 baseline should be retained as a "stable reference" for climate study but a more current data set – updated every decade – should be adopted to gauge changes in heatwave and rainstorm frequency already under way, the WMO said.

“Rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are changing the Earth’s climate much faster than before,” the United Nations agency said in a statement . “As a result, decision-makers in climate-sensitive industries may be basing important decisions on information that may be out of date.”
Under the recommendations, all countries would start using the most recent 30-year period, 1981-2010, as the new baseline. This would be updated to the 1991-2020 period in 2021, and revised each decade afterwards....

The recent dual tornadoes lasting days in the USA Midwest should have been predicted. But, the measures of wind, 'feeder systems' and climate are skewed in comparison to reality. The weather prediction models are outdated. Just that simple. Airliners will be the first to show up in such dynamics, although shipping channels have to be in chaos at this point as well, simply because jets USE AIR solely to maintain momentum and altitude. Jets DON'T COAST to a landing.

Doppler Radar used to predict moving storm systems is currently the most accurate measure of weather. Doppler radar however is a diagnostic tool 'as it occurs' and is valuable. I do not want to diminish the importance of Doppler radar; it saves lives. But, there is no PREDICTION model that accounts for the climate crisis and it's continual changing dynamics.

The 'pattern' of weather is actually being repeated around the globe because the air mass circulation is dominated by Coriolis and not the jet stream. The jet stream is more a wayward child to the planet's daily orbit.

Why do weather patterns move at all and especially by Coriolis? Because an air mass has MASS. Air has weight. The barometer presents that reality. So, given the fact air has mass it creates a 'drag' on the rotation of Earth, therefore, it is being PULLED ALONG with the rotation of the planet. That is why the weather patterns are so slow in moving in the year 2014.

Former Mayor Bloomberg is correct. Life is not black and white.

745 dead, 4500 wounded

82 percent of Palestinian casualties are civilians.

The fact the majority of dead are civilians violates the Geneva Conventions.

The cease fire has to include a lifting of the blockade of Gaza. Currently, Israel has no reason to settle for borders or peace. Israel has created circumstances regarding Palestine that insures it's continued war to end any form of Palestinian homeland.

I think it is hideous for anyone to state Israel is only annihilating 'one area of Gaza' as if the killing in 'one area' is more desirable than all of Palestine. The killing is immoral and currently Palestine has the moral high ground in defending their continued sacrifices.

Lifting the blockade is not for negotiation. The Palestinian people are paying dearly to insure their homeland and the world is simply looking the other way. Palestine has to be allowed to trade and conduct commerce. 

Israel has to stand as an autonomous country with ability for national security, but, to kill large number of Palestinians is out of the question. Both parties need to settle on a peace and borders. Until that is successful both nations of people will suffer losses of life.

Dungy is out of line.

Mr. Sam's lifestyle? Really? 

Is Mr. Dungy's lifestyle in question? 

Lifestyle has absolutely nothing to do with the LGBT community. The word lifestyle indicates it is a choice. Perhaps Mr. Dungy has stock in Michelle Bachmann's political career. Now that would be a lifestyle few would embrace.

It just goes to prove now ignorant Mr. Dungy is. Why is he a spokesperson for anyone?

..."Thank God (click here) he wasn't St. Louis Rams' coach," Sam said jokingly to reporters on Tuesday. "But I have a great respect for Coach Dungy, and like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions."...