Welcome to the latest edition of Kernels From the Cornfield – No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks!
News with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.
1. Terrorists Attack? – At press time, San Bernardino, California is the site of what may be a terrorist attack by at least three gunmen, which has already resulted in the shooting of over 20 people.
Authorities now report at least 14 were killed and 14 wounded.
Is this the “imminent” attack that the US of A has been waiting to occur?
The mayhem took place at or near a facility which works with persons with disabilities, some severe.
The shooters apparently escaped, but left behind some mysterious packages. Reportedly, the gunmen took off in a black SUV.
This is a breaking story and still developing.
Thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.
On a related note, earlier today the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was briefly shutdown after a report of a gunman on campus.
It turned out to be a false call.
2. Friend or Foe? – There is increasing questions as to Turkey’s true allegiance.
Is the nation a friend or foe in the fight with the Islamic State?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the government of President Recep Erdogan as facilitating the flow of money to the caliphate by buying oil from the jihadists.
The US and other NATO members, of which Turkey is a part, question why Turkey is not agreeing to a no-fly zone and safe zone along its border with Syria. There are also those who point to Turkey’s reticence in allowing the US and coalition forces to use bases in the Asia Minor country for sorties to strike terrorists in both Syria and Iraq.
3. NATO Grows – The tiny, former Yugoslavian province now nation of Montenegro was invited to be a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization today – Russia is not happy.
The organization was born at the start of the Cold War as a defense organization to respond in the event that the former Soviet Union tried to invade European countries beyond its sphere of influence.
NATO claims that the expansion to include Montenegro was purely for defensive purposes. Russia claims it was an act to goad the country because of its annexation of Crimea and ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
More on the NATO invite: http://news.yahoo.com/nato-invites-montenegro-become-29th-member-alliance-073612102.html
4. Free at Last – Some 900 hostages held by the world’s #1 most lethal terrorist group, Boko Haram, were rescued by multinational troops.
More than 100 of the terrorists holding the hostages were killed.
Those freed were being held and trained to be suicide bombers, thieves and fighters by their captors.
Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Benin forces swept in to various jihadists camps over two three days, November 27 through November 29.
More information: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AF_BOKO_HARAM
5. Breaking Records – Not only did sales break the record on Black Friday and again on Cyber Monday, the number of background checks for folk purchasing guns also broke the record.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 background checks Friday.
“This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s chief of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.“
6. E.Coli Strikes Again – The pesky bacteria is now hitting across the country as the Food & Drug Administration is recalling products that may be tainted with celery hosting e.coli.
In 16 states impacted, 19 people in seven states have been sickened by the bacteria.
Affected stores include: 7-Eleven, King Soopers, Raley’s, Save Mart, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Starbucks, Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club.
The products in which the celery was used include: sandwiches, wraps, vegetable trays, cornbread stuffing.
7. ‘Founders‘ – MTV has dubbed the upcoming generation, “The Founders“.
Per the network, the generation, more tech, mobile and computer savvy than any previous generation will rebuild society for a new age.
And what was wrong with the world before all this social media and lack of personal interaction?
8. OOPs! – Remember back in 2008 when then Senator Barack Obama promised if he were elected President of the US of A he would shut the doors on Gitmo?
Remember how even in his re-election bid, sitting President Obama promised he would, before he left office, close Guantanamo Bay?
The White House has announced now that it is impractical and impossible to close the prison where some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists have been or are being held.
It will cost too much.
9. Moon Moods – We have all heard the stories from people who work in emergency rooms about how the loonies come out when there is a full moon.
Those stories may have some basis in fact.
Here are five ways the moon can impact your health from Prevention Magazine:
a. You toss and turn all night
b. You feel out of sorts
c. It stirs up your blood
d. It puts you into labor
e. It gives you seizures
The full skivvy: http://www.prevention.com/health/how-the-moon-may-impact-your-health
10. Rising Healthcare Costs – Last year, healthcare costs soared higher than any time over the past seven years.
One of the reasons – you guessed it, the Affordable Care Act.
“Spending increased at a faster rate in 2014 than in 2013 for almost all major payers and services,” said Anne B. Martin, an economist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
But wasn’t the Affordable Care Act (which is far from affordable) supposed to result in less costs for Americans?
That’s what caught my attention this Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.
Tune in tomorrow for another edition of Kernels From The Cornfield.
I am Mark Ivy