Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Short Takes

Russia tries to sound both tough and nice on response to jet attack.

Death toll continues to rise on both sides in Israel/Gaza conflict.

U.N. says Iran has turned much of its nuclear material to harmless use.

Perry sends Texas troops to border.

Wildfires continue to expand in Pacific Northwest.

Tropical Update: TD Two is east of the Lesser Antilles.

The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Short Takes

U.S.: All signs point to Russia’s involvement in Malaysian airliner shoot-down.

Iran nuke talks to be extended another four months.

President Obama will sign executive order banning LGBT discrimination without religious exemption.

Federal court overturns Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality.

GM delayed recall in another ignition switch case.

The Tigers lost to Cleveland 9-3.

Friday, July 18, 2014

“We Have Just Shot Down A Plane”

The New York Times has copies of intercepted audio recordings of pro-Russian separatists as they realize that they shot down the Malaysian airliner.

ETA: Transcript here via Kyiv Post.

Igor Bezler: We have just shot down a plane. Group Minera. It fell down beyond Yenakievo (Donetsk Oblast).

Vasili Geranin: Pilots. Where are the pilots?

IB: Gone to search for and photograph the plane.Its smoking.

VG: How many minutes ago?

IB: About 30 minutes ago.

SBU comment: After examining the site of the plane the terrorists come to the conclusion that they have shot down a civilian plane. The next part of the conversation took place about 40 minutes later.

Major”: These are Chernukhin folks who shot down the plane. From the Chernukhin check point. Those cossacks who are based in Chernukhino.

“Grek”: Yes, Major.

“Major”: The plane fell apart in the air. In the area of Petropavlovskaya mine. The first “200” (code word for dead person). We have found the first “200”. A Civilian.

“Greek”: Well, what do you have there?

“Major”: In short, it was 100 percent a passenger (civilian) aircraft.

“Greek”: Are many people there?

“Major”: Holy sh__t! The debris fell right into the yards (of homes).

“Greek”: What kind of aircraft?

“Major”: I haven’t ascertained this. I haven’t been to the main sight. I am only surveying the scene where the first bodies fell. There are the remains of internal brackets, seats and bodies.

“Greek”: Is there anything left of the weapon?

“Major”: Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.

“Greek”: Are there documents?

“Major”: Yes, of one Indonesian student. From a university in Thompson. 

Militant: Regarding the plane shot down in the area of Snizhne-Torez. It’s a civilian one. Fell down near Grabove. There are lots of corpses of women and children. The Cossacks are out there looking at all this.

They say on TV it’s AN-26 transport plane, but they say it’s written Malaysia Airlines on the plane. What was it doing on Ukraine’s territory?

Nikolay Kozitsin: That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be f…cking flying. There is a war going on.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Short Takes

Egypt is trying to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

The U.N. is pulling staff out of Libya in the face of civil struggle.

Citigroup has agreed to a $7 billion fine for their part in the mortgage crisis of 2008.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been returned to active duty.

R.I.P. Nadine Gordimer, Nobel laureate writer from South Africa.

The Tigers are getting ready for the All-Star game tonight.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Short Takes

Israel: Security forces from Israel fought with Palestinian citizens after a revenge killing of a Palestinian teen.

Homeland Security raised the alert level at several airports overseas that have direct flights to the U.S.

The Federal Privacy Board said the N.S.A. program to monitor foreigners is legal.

Boston Pops moving up their 4th of July show to tonight.

Tropical Update: TS Arthur will be a hurricane by this afternoon.

The Tigers swept the A’s 9-3.  Still on top of the division.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Short Takes

Israel: The bodies of three teenagers who were abducted several weeks ago were found.

Airstrikes in Iraq are not a good idea according to a retired Army general who served there.

With immigration reform officially pronounced dead, President Obama will use executive action to bolster border security.

White House says President Obama will expand safeguards for transgender workers.

8.4 million: The number of GM cars now under recall.

Tropical Update: Invest 91L still moving up the East Coast.

The Tigers beat Oakland 5-4.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Short Takes

President Obama to nominate former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 is back in the U.S.

European leaders meet to discuss continued fighting in Ukraine.

Crews fighting wildfires in Arizona get relief from the winds.

Tropical Update: We have our first potential disturbance in the Atlantic.

R.I.P. Meshach Taylor, 67, actor on Designing Women.

The Tigers lost to the Astros 6-4.