El Niño juega con la comida de Nicaragua | IPS Agencia de Noticias

El fantasma del hambre se acerca a Nicaragua. El segundo país más pobre de América Latina y uno de los 10 más vulnerables del mundo al cambio climático, se enfrenta a un fenómeno meteorológico que amenaza su seguridad alimentaria.

via El Niño juega con la comida de Nicaragua | IPS Agencia de Noticias.

Facebook Organizing: Legal Do’s and Don’ts | Labor Notes

Workers are using Facebook to talk to each other about what happens on the job and in the union, and some are even using it to organize for change.

Walmart workers trade advice and stories on the “Organization United for Respect” page, which has 47,000 “likes.” Boeing Machinists opposed to a proposed contract linked up through “Rosie’s Machinists 751.” And many union reformers set up Facebook pages when they are running for office.

Those are the success stories. But if you read the tabloids, you’ve probably seen some horror stories, too: teachers fired for Facebook posts that criticize their students, restaurant workers fired for posts that insult low-tipping customers.

Here we’ll examine the do’s and don’ts by looking at two cases where posts were legally protected—and one where they weren’t.

via Facebook Organizing: Legal Do’s and Don’ts | Labor Notes.

Look more manly and tough by riding horse with no shirt on and stop the bombing! Israeli PM Netanyahu says Israel strikes on Gaza will intensify | News | DW.DE | 09.07.2014

“We have decided to further intensify the attacks on Hamas and the terror organizations in Gaza,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as saying on Wednesday, after he had consulted with defense chiefs in the country’s south.

via Israeli PM Netanyahu says Israel strikes on Gaza will intensify | News | DW.DE | 09.07.2014.

Bombs over Gaza – about Israeli politics – not security, revenge, peace, or… Liberman positions himself as Mr. Security – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

“The approach of ‘quiet will be met with quiet’ is very seriously mistaken, and I can say on my behalf and on behalf of the members of Yisrael Beitenu that we completely reject such an approach,” said Liberman in an obvious effort to paint Netanyahu as a weak leader who is afraid of a confrontation with Hamas. “It is unacceptable that after three of our children were kidnapped and murdered and after two consecutive weeks of rockets falling, Israel’s approach would be that quiet will be met with quiet. … We in Yisrael Beitenu oppose to the cease-fire. There are no arrangements to be made with Hamas.” His stern remarks were more reminiscent of an attack from the opposition than the comments of the country’s foreign minister during a military escalation. These remarks more or less coincided with comments made by Minister Yair Shamir during an interview with Al-Monitor.

via Liberman positions himself as Mr. Security – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

I’VE BEEN THINKING

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I thought i’d call to you and talk awhile,

I’m sitting here alone, I’ve been thinking.

What can i do to make this world a better place,

Let go of anger and sometimes terrible thoughts.

Do not waste this time that I’ve been given,

Smile and say hello to a passerby.

Lend a hand to a less fortunate soul,

Put a little trust in man, this I’ve been told.

Do not take a life, be there for a friend,

Teach a child right from wrong.

Love as much as you can, hate is not a gift in hand,

Do not steal or act in violence,

I’ve been thinking god, I just needed you to listen.

Keith Garrett

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Geese ’caused fatal US air force helicopter crash’ in Norfolk | World | The Guardian

The helicopter was flying 110ft (34 metres) above ground level at a speed of 110 knots (126mph or 202km/h) as it performed the nighttime rescue scenario.

Startled by the noise of the low-flying aircraft, a flock of geese took flight from Cley marshes in the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and struck the helicopter.

Investigators concluded that at least three geese penetrated the windscreen of the helicopter, rendering unconscious the pilot, co-pilot and the aerial gunner, who were all wearing night vision goggles.

With three of the four crew members unconscious, another goose struck the nose of the helicopter causing an outage in its trim and flight path stabilisation system.

Three seconds after being struck by geese, the aircraft’s cyclic stick, which controls its pitch and roll, lost control and caused the helicopter to ditch left and slam into the ground.

All four crew members were killed and the helicopter was destroyed on impact

via Geese ’caused fatal US air force helicopter crash’ in Norfolk | World | The Guardian.

“Collective Punishment” for all Gazans for Belief Hamas will Suffer? Israeli official wants fuel, electricity to Gaza cut | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon urged Wednesday his government to immediately cut off fuel and power supplies to the Gaza Strip amid an ongoing Israeli military offensive.

“It is inconceivable that on the one hand we fight Hamas and on the other we provide fuel and electricity that are used to transport missiles that are fired at us,” Danon was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post newspaper.

“We need to use all of the levers of pressure that we have at our disposal in order to bring Hamas to sue for a ceasefire,” he added.

Gaza’s only functioning power plant only supplies 65-megawatt – about one third of its total electricity needs, while the besieged enclave buys 120 megawatts of electricity from Israel and 28 megawatts from Egypt every day, according to Gaza’s energy authority.

via Israeli official wants fuel, electricity to Gaza cut | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Death toll grows as Israel and Hamas militants exchange fire | News | DW.DE | 09.07.2014

Power for leaders of Hamas and Israeli government tied to fighting each other to show how “strong” they are!?!

The death toll in the Gaza Strip rose above 25 early Wednesday morning, as Israeli warplanes struck “terror targets.” Local residents in the Palestinian territory awaited continued bombings and feared a possible ground invasion, after the Israeli government authorized the military to call up some 40,000 reservists for the aerial offensive.

The exact number of casualties varied across sources on Wednesday. Overnight, Israel reportedly struck the home of a Hamas commander in the northern Gaza city of Beit Hanoun, killing both him and several members of his family, according to the news agency AFP. An airstrike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah claimed another life early Wednesday.

The worst attack on Tuesday occurred in the town of Khan Yunis, where six people, including children, were killed. Hamas responded by vowing that “all Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance.”

via Death toll grows as Israel and Hamas militants exchange fire | News | DW.DE | 09.07.2014.

Bill Hillmann, author of How to Survive the Running of the Bulls, gored at Pamplona in Spain – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Dummy and Bull Meet

An American who co-wrote a book called How to Survive the Running of the Bulls has been badly gored in the morning bull run at Pamplona’s San Fermin festival.

via Bill Hillmann, author of How to Survive the Running of the Bulls, gored at Pamplona in Spain – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).