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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Study: Slapping Everyone In Grocery Store, Exposing Yourself In Produce Section Still Frowned Upon By Society


According to a study published Tuesday by sociologists at Princeton University, slapping every single person in a grocery store and then baring one’s genitalia in the produce department remains an act roundly frowned upon by modern society.


Bounty Beginners

In an effort to reach out to first-time paper towel users, Procter & Gamble introduced a beginner series of its Bounty paper towel brand Tuesday specifically designed to assist novices in acclimating to the household cleaning product.

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Mystery virus, paralysis spreads among children...

Rare respiratory virus, paralysis spreads among US kids

AFP
The Children's Hospital Colorado has seen 10 patients with respiratory enterovirus EV-D68
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Washington (AFP) - An unusual respiratory virus has sickened more than 400 children across the United States, and the emergence of sudden paralysis in some Colorado youths is sparking concern among doctors.

The nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 -- which can cause wheezing and coughing -- coincided with the hospitalization of nine children due to limb weakness in Colorado since early August, and officials are investigating if there is any link between the two.
The nine children in Colorado "had respiratory illness and later developed neurologic illness," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
In the meantime, experts are struggling to understand why so many young people -- ranging in age from one to 18 -- have fallen ill from the virus in the past two months.
"It is concerning," said Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
"It is not clear why, given the widespread nature of this virus, at this point it is now showing some neurological symptoms in a very small portion of patients," he told AFP.
"The investigation is ongoing to find if there is a link."
Eight of the nine children afflicted with paralysis are up to date on their polio vaccines.
Some are reported to be improving, and it remains unclear whether or not their paralysis will be permanent.
- Can infect nervous system -
Some enteroviruses, including D68, have been shown in rare cases in the past to be capable of causing neurologic symptoms and sudden muscle weakness.
"The virus can infect the central nervous system, causing injury to some of the cells and the spinal cord, and that is what actually leads to the paralysis," said Glatter.
The emergence of paralysis cases, so far only in Colorado, suggests "it is possible that the virus may be mutating," he added.
"It is not clear why some children are affected and others aren't at this point. So it is an ongoing puzzle that we are hoping to solve in the near future," said Glatter.
Meanwhile, the outbreak is expanding fast. Earlier this month, the CDC said about a dozen states had reported cases. By the end of September, 40 states were implicated.
- Hand-washing as key defense -
Enterovirus D68 is not new. It was first discovered in 1962, but has remained fairly uncommon, experts say.
About two dozen child paralysis cases were reported in California last year, though experts have not established any connections between the outbreaks.
Viruses in this family typically circulate in the late summer to early fall, before flu season begins in earnest.
If the seasons start to overlap, experts say the potential for dual infections could be particularly dangerous for children with asthma.
"Hopefully as the weather gets colder that will help the epidemic subside," said Roberto Posada, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai in New York.
"I think the best advice for parents in terms of preventing infection is always hand-washing, hand-washing, hand-washing."
In the meantime, doctors are urging parents to keep a close eye on their children, and seek urgent medical care if they show difficulty breathing -- even if they do not have a high temperature.
"About a third of kids do not have fever," said Glatter.
If parents see "wheezing and weakness, numbness, tingling with respiratory symptoms and congestion they need to go the hospital immediately. This is not a time to delay."




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EBOLA Outbreak is 'Fire Straight From Pit of Hell'...

First diagnosis in USA...
'Possible' others exposed...
More than 1,000 Patients Go Missing...
Airports Have No Way to Screen For Virus...
CDC ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR FUNERAL HOMES...
Feds to Enact Emergency Measures?
Survivor: Outbreak is 'Fire Straight From Pit of Hell'...
People in contact must be isolated, monitored for 21 days...
Symptoms and Prevention Tips...


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To All,
I hope your week has started well.
Regards,
Skip
 
 
 
This Day in Naval History September 30
 
1800 - U.S. concludes treaty of peace with France, ending Quasi War with France.
1944 - USS Nautilus (SS-168) lands supplies and evacuates some people from Panay, Philippine Islands.
1946 - U.S. Government announces that U.S. Navy units would be permanently stationed in the Mediterranean to carry out American policy and diplomacy.
1954 - Commissioning at Groton, CT, of USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered ship
1958 - Marines leave Lebanon.
1959 - Last flight of airships assigned to the Naval Air Reserve at Lakehurst, NJ takes place
1968 - Battleship New Jersey arrives off Vietnam
 
 
 
 
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America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business
 
(This is a sad subject that gets very little coverage!  The age and number of girls involved will blow your mind!  A long article but you should make the time to read.)
 
 

America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business

By John W. Whitehead,  September 29, 2014

"For every 10 women rescued, there are 50 to 100 more women are brought in by the traffickers. Unfortunately, they're not 18- or 20-year-olds anymore. They're minors as young as 13 who are being trafficked. They're little girls."—25-year-old victim of trafficking
"Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day."—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The mysterious disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham on September 13, 2014, has become easy fodder for the media at a time when the news cycle is lagging. After all, how does a young woman just vanish without a trace, in the middle of the night, in a town that is routinely lauded for being the happiest place in America, not to mention one of the most beautiful?
Yet Graham is not the first girl to vanish in America without a trace—my hometown of Charlottesville, Va., has had five women go missing over the span of five years—and it is doubtful she will be the last. I say doubtful because America is in the grip of a highly profitable, highly organized and highly sophisticated sex trafficking business that operates in towns large and small, raking in upwards of $9.5 billion a year in the U.S. alone by abducting and selling young girls for sex.
It is estimated that there are 100,000 to 150,000 under-aged sex workers in the U.S. The average age of girls who enter into street prostitution is between 12 and 14 years old, with some as young as 9 years old. This doesn't include those who entered the "trade" as minors and have since come of age. Rarely do these girls enter into prostitution voluntarily. As one rescue organization estimated, an underaged prostitute might be raped by 6,000 men during a five-year period of servitude.
This is America's dirty little secret.
You don't hear much about domestic sex trafficking from the media or government officials, and yet it infects suburbs, cities and towns across the nation. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest growing business in organized crime, the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. It's an industry that revolves around cheap sex on the fly, with young girls and women who are sold to 50 men each day for $25 apiece, while their handlers make $150,000 to $200,000 per child each year.
In order to avoid detection by police and cater to male buyers' demand for sex with different women, pimps and the gangs and crime syndicates they work for have turned sex trafficking into a highly mobile enterprise, with trafficked girls, boys and women constantly being moved from city to city, state to state, and country to country. The Baltimore-Washington area, referred to as The Circuit, with its I-95 corridor dotted with rest stops, bus stations and truck stops, is a hub for the sex trade.
With a growing demand for sexual slavery and an endless supply of girls and women who can be targeted for abduction, this is not a problem that's going away anytime soon. Young girls are particularly vulnerable, with 13 being the average age of those being trafficked. Yet as the head of a group that combats trafficking pointed out, "Let's think about what average means. That means there are children younger than 13. That means 8-, 9-, 10-year-olds."
Consider this: every two minutes, a child is exploited in the sex industry. In Georgia alone, it is estimated that 7,200 men (half of them in their 30s) seek to purchase sex with adolescent girls each month, averaging roughly 300 a day. It is estimated that at least 100,000 children—girls and boys—are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with as many as 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked each year. Some of these children are forcefully abducted, others are runaways, and still others are sold into the system by relatives and acquaintances.
As one news center reported, "Finding girls is easy for pimps. They look on MySpace, Facebook, and other social networks. They and their assistants cruise malls, high schools and middle schools. They pick them up at bus stops. On the trolley. Girl-to-girl recruitment sometimes happens." Foster homes and youth shelters have also become prime targets for traffickers.
With such numbers, why don't we hear more about this? Especially if, as Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children insists, "this is not a problem that only happens in New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. This happens in smaller communities. The only way not to find this in any American city is simply not to look for it."
Unfortunately, Americans have become good at turning away from things that make us uncomfortable or stray too far from our picture-perfect images of ourselves. In this regard, we're all complicit in contributing to this growing evil which, for all intents and purposes, is out in the open: advertising on the internet, commuting on the interstate, operating in swanky hotels, taking advantage of a system in which the police, the courts and the legislatures are more interested with fattening their coffers by targeting Americans for petty violations than actually breaking up crime syndicates.
Writing for the Herald-Tribune, reporter J. David McSwane has put together one of the most chilling and insightful investigative reports into sex trafficking in America. "The Stolen Ones" should be mandatory reading for every American, especially those who still believe it can't happen in their communities or to their children because it's mainly a concern for lower income communities or immigrants.
As McSwane makes clear, no community is safe from this danger, and yet very little is being done to combat it. Indeed, although police agencies across the country receive billions of dollars' worth of military equipment, weapons and training that keeps them busy fighting a losing battle against marijuana, among other less pressing concerns, very little time and money is being invested in the fight against sex trafficking except for the FBI's annual sex trafficking sting, which inevitably makes national headlines for the numbers of missing girls recovered.
For those trafficked, it's a nightmare from beginning to end. Those being sold for sex have an average life expectancy of seven years, and those years are a living nightmare of endless rape, forced drugging, humiliation, degradation, threats, disease, pregnancies, abortions, miscarriages, torture, pain, and always the constant fear of being killed or, worse, having those you love hurt or killed. A common thread woven through most survivors' experiences is being forced to go without sleep or food until they have met their sex quota of at least 40 men. One woman recounts how her trafficker made her lie face down on the floor when she was pregnant and then literally jumped on her back, forcing her to miscarry.
Holly Austin Smith was abducted when she was 14 years old, raped, and then forced to prostitute herself. Her pimp, when brought to trial, was only made to serve a year in prison. Barbara Amaya was repeatedly sold between traffickers, abused, shot, stabbed, raped, kidnapped, trafficked, beaten, and jailed all before she was 18 years old. "I had a quota that I was supposed to fill every night. And if I didn't have that amount of money, I would get beat, thrown down the stairs. He beat me once with wire coat hangers, the kind you hang up clothes, he straightened it out and my whole back was bleeding."
As McSwane recounts: "In Oakland Park, an industrial Fort Lauderdale suburb, federal agents in 2011 encountered a brothel operated by a married couple. Inside 'The Boom Boom Room,' as it was known,  customers paid a fee and were given a condom and a timer and left alone with one of the brothel's eight teenagers, children as young as 13. A 16-year-old foster child testified that he acted as security, while a 17-year-old girl told a federal judge she was forced to have sex with as many as 20 men a night."
One particular sex trafficking ring that was busted earlier in 2014 caters specifically to migrant workers employed seasonally on farms throughout the southeastern states, especially the Carolinas and Georgia, although it's a flourishing business in every state in the country. Traffickers transport the women from farm to farm, where migrant workers would line up outside shacks, as many as 30 at a time, to have sex with them before they were transported to yet another farm where the process would begin all over again.
What can you do?
Call on your city councils, elected officials and police departments to make the battle against sex trafficking a top priority, more so even than the so-called war on terror and drugs and the militarization of law enforcement.
Insist that law enforcement agencies in the country at all levels, local, state and federal, funnel their resources into fighting the crime of sex trafficking. Stop prosecuting adults for victimless "crimes" such as growing lettuce in their front yard and focus on putting away the pimps and buyers who victimize these young women.
Educate yourselves and your children about this growing menace in our communities. The future of America is at stake. As YouthSpark, a group that advocates for young people points out, sex trafficking is part of a larger continuum in America that runs the gamut from homelessness, poverty, and self-esteem issues to sexualized television, the glorification of a pimp/ho culture—what is often referred to as the pornification of America—and a billion dollar sex industry built on the back of pornography, music, entertainment, etc.
Stop feeding the monster. This epidemic is largely one of our own making, especially in a corporate age where the value placed on human life takes a backseat to profit. The U.S. is a huge consumer of trafficked "goods," with national sporting events such as the Super Bowl serving as backdrops for the sex industry's most lucrative seasons. Each year, for instance, the Super Bowl serves as a "windfall" for sex traffickers selling minors as young as 13 years old. As one sex trafficking survivor explained, "They're coming to the Super Bowl not even to watch football. They're coming to the Super Bowl to have sex with women and/or men or children."
Finally, as the Abell Foundation's report on trafficking advises: the police need to do a better job of training on, identifying and responding to these issues; communities and social services need to do a better job of protecting runaways, who are the primary targets of traffickers; legislators need to pass legislation aimed at prosecuting traffickers and "johns," the buyers who drive the demand for sex slaves; hotels need to stop enabling these traffickers, by providing them with rooms and cover for their dirty deeds; and "we the people" need to stop hiding our heads in the sand and acting as if there are other matters more pressing.
Those concerned about the police state in America, which I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, should be equally concerned about the sex trafficking trade in America. It is only made possible by the police state's complicity in turning average Americans into suspects for minor violations while letting the real criminals wreak havoc on our communities. No doubt about it, these are two sides of the same coin.
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Leave it to Rich to find this one
 
Train-of-Death-Racing
 
Three cars are attached together with three foot chains. 

1st car has brakes, steering and a big engine that powers the train.
2nd car has brakes and steering 
3rd car has brakes and steering. 

Teams have sponsors and actually race against 
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TESLA FACTORY IN ACTION - AMAZING

 
TESLA Assembly plant, Fremont, California - Fascinating
Watch this and you'll better understand why manufacturing jobs will never again be what they once were.

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Item Number:1 Date: 09/30/2014 AFGHANISTAN - 82ND AIRBORNE UNIT BECOMES NEW LEADER OF ARMY AVIATION IN COUNTRY (SEP 30/FAYOBSV)  FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER -- A combat aviation brigade assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division is now leading the U.S. Army aviation mission in Afghanistan, reports the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.   The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., replaced the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, part of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., at Bagram Airfield during a ceremony on Sept. 21.   The 159th was responsible for Army aviation in Afghanistan for nine months.   About 1,700 soldiers with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade are taking part in the mission.  
 
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/30/2014 AFGHANISTAN - PAKISTAN'S PRESIDENT ATTENDS INAUGURATION; GHANI FORMALIZES TROOP DEAL WITH U.S. (SEP 30/XIN)  XINHUA -- When Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government, there were few major foreign officials in attendance.   A notable exception was Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain who visited Kabul to attend the swearing-in ceremony, noted China's Xinhua state news agency.   "The president's participation in the inauguration ceremony underscores Pakistan's consistent support for peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan," said Pakistani Foreign Ministry.   The New York Times pointed out that Pakistan was the only country to send a head of state, despite the strained relations between the neighbors.   During his remarks, Ghani said: "Now it's time that we enter a new era of our relationship with the United States, Europe and other countries of the world."   Aides to Ghani said his government would sign a troop agreement with the United States as well as a similar agreement with NATO.   The new Afghan government and the United States on Tuesday did sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement permitting about 10,000 soldiers to remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31, reported the Voice of America News.  
 
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/30/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG PROTESTS CONTINUE; LEADER DEMANDS DEMONSTRATORS LEAVE (SEP 30/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Hong Kong's leader has urged pro-democracy demonstrators who have blocked major roads in the city to return home "immediately," reports the New York Times.   Leung Chun-ying, the autonomous Chinese territory's leader – who was selected for his position by the Chinese government -- commented on Tuesday: "Occupy Central founders had said repeatedly that if the movement is getting out of control, they would call for it to stop," he said. "I'm now asking them to fulfill the promise they made to society and stop this campaign immediately."   Chinese state media have reported that Beijing is prepared to send the people's armed police, which is essentially a branch of the military, to restore order in Hong Kong.   Some observers have expressed concern that martial law could soon be imposed, noted the Daily Beast.   On Tuesday, tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to occupying Hong Kong's financial district, reported CNN.  
 
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/30/2014 GERMANY - GERMAN FRIGATE JOINS BRITISH TASK GROUP FOR OPERATIONS, EXERCISES (SEP 30/RN)  ROYAL NAVY PRESS RELEASE -- A German frigate is taking part in a British Royal Navy's Response Force Task Group deployment on the way to the Persian Gulf, reports the Royal Navy.   The Schleswig-Holstein will sail with the British task force until the ships return through the Red Sea later this year.   Under the Cougar 14 exercise, elements of the task group deploy to the Mediterranean and Gulf regions for training and to demonstrate the service's capabilities, said a Royal Navy release on Monday.   The British and German ships are expected to boost their interoperability during the deployment, said the statement
 
Item Number:5 Date: 09/30/2014 GERMANY - SORRY STATE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT ATTRACTS LITTLE PRESSURE FOR CHANGE (SEP 30/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- German officials have quietly acknowledged that Berlin is unlikely to increase defense spending despite growing evidence that considerable equipment is inoperable, reports the Wall Street Journal.   A parliamentary report that leaked last week says that no more than seven of the navy's 43 helicopters can fly, only one of four submarines is operable and one-third of army weapon systems lacks necessary equipment.   However, Berlin's focus on maintaining a balanced budget and public aversion to the military provides little incentive to increase defense spending, say analysts.   Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in an interview on Sunday called for more maintenance and inspections in the short term, while admitting that the military will need more money in the medium term to improve its equipment.  
 
Item Number:6 Date: 09/30/2014 IRAQ - AUSSIES CONTINUE RESUPPLYING KURDISTAN'S CAPITAL (SEP 30/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian military has completed its fifth air shipment of military stores to Erbil in northern Iraq, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. Erbil is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.   A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules flying from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, completed the delivery to Erbil on Sept. 26, the department said on Friday.   The mission was completed without incident, said the department. The C-130J is said to have returned to Australia's main support base in the Middle East.   The delivery of 11.5 metric tons of weapons and associated stores was inspected and cleared by Iraqi officials in Baghdad, noted the
 
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/30/2014 ISRAEL - NETANYAHU EQUATES ISIS, HAMAS; POINTS TO THREAT FROM IRAN (SEP 30/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu equated ISIS with Hamas, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Iranian regime and Al-Qaida, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The prime minister on Monday called the militant Palestinian faction Hamas the virtual equivalent of ISIS and other terrorists and emphasized the nuclear threat of the Iranian government.   "ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree," he said, as quoted by the Toronto Star.   "The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of…centrifuges to enrich uranium. This would effectively cement Iran's place as a threshold military nuclear power," he said, as quoted by the Journal.   "Make no mistake -- ISIS must be defeated," said the prime minister. "But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle but to lose the war."   Following the remarks, Palestinian officials charged that the prime minister was employing misleading propaganda devoid of any vision for peace, reported Haaretz (Israel
 
Item Number:8 Date: 09/30/2014 JORDAN - INTERIOR MINISTER OFFERS REASSURANCES ABOUT SECURITY (SEP 30/AMMON)  AMMONEWS.COM -- Despite the turmoil in the Middle East, Jordan's Interior Minister Hussein Majali says the nation's security situation, including its border security, is good, report Ammonews.com   The minister said on Sunday that the kingdom is stable, facing no real threats.   Analysts have suggested that Jordan is taking a risk by joining the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS.   Amman stated officially: "The government and the armed forces, as well as security forces, are monitoring closely the situation in several neighboring countries," as quoted by AFP.   "Precautionary measures have been taken to control the borders and protect Jordan against any threat," said the Jordanian government, as noted by state news agency Petra
 
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/30/2014 LEBANON - TEHRAN OFFERS AID TO LEBANESE MILITARY (SEP 30/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A senior Iranian official says Tehran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment that can be used to fight Islamic extremist groups, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty   Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, made his remarks on Tuesday in Beirut. No details were given on what equipment would be provided.   Shamkhani said more information would be announced during an upcoming visit to Iran by Lebanon's defense minister.   This announcement represents a first for Iran. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have also given military aid to Lebanese troops to fight such extremists.   ISIS fighters are believed to be holding about 20 Lebanese soldiers and policemen captive following heavy battles in August with the Lebanese army in Arsal, Iran's Press TV has reported. At least two of the soldiers have since been beheaded and one has been killed in captivity, noted NRE/RL.   Iran is also major backer of Hezbollah in Lebanon, whose forces are fighting alongside the Syrian government in the civil war in that country.  
 
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - SAILORS, MARINES JOIN AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISE NEAR DISPUTED WATERS (SEP 30/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- Thousands of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel are taking part in an amphibious exercise in the Philippines, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The PHIBLEX drill, which started on Sunday and runs through Oct. 10, includes a command-post exercise, field training, live-firings and humanitarian and civic assistance projects, said a Marine Corps release.   The exercise was launched from the western island of Palawan, facing the South China Sea, reported AFP. The Philippines and China have disputing claims in the region.   Around 1,200 Philippine troops are taking part along with 3,500 Marines and sailors from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force and the Navy's commander of Task Force 76.   The exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Philippine forces with a focus on regional issues and maritime security, said the Marine statement.   The location of the beginning of the exercise was not based on any territorial dispute, said a Marine spokesman.  
 
  Item Number:11 Date: 09/30/2014 POLAND - FRENCH WARSHIP DEAL WITH RUSSIA SEEN AS IMPEDIMENT TO MISSILE SHIELD PARTICIPATION (SEP 30/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Poland's defense minister says that a potential French deal to provide Russia with warships is making it difficult for the Polish government to choose French suppliers for its planned missile shield, reported Agence France-Presse.   "I can't hide the fact that the Mistral (warship contract) is not helping us make positive decisions" about French missile shield suppliers, Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak remarked in an interview published in the Rzeczpospolita daily.   Earlier in September, France indicated that it had temporarily suspended the delivery of two Mistral warships to Russia, French President Francois Hollande said he will decide in October about the fate of the deal.   In June, Poland selected chose Thales of France and Raytheon of the U.S. as the final two bidders in a tender for its new missile shield system,   Thales and Franco-Italian missile maker MBDA have partnered with Poland's Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa PGZ defense consortium; while Raytheon is offering its Patriot-type missiles
 
  Item Number:12 Date: 09/30/2014 RUSSIA - INTERIOR MINISTRY TO EVALUATE NEW BULAT APC (SEP 30/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Zashchita Corp. has delivered a new armored personnel carrier to the Russian Interior Ministry for testing, reports Interfax-AVN.   The 6 x 6 SBA-60K2 Bulat armored vehicle has been made temporarily available to Interior forces in Kabardino-Balkaria in the North Caucasus.   The security forces will evaluate the vehicle for two months and offer areas for improvements, according to the company.   Two Bulats have already been deployed by riot police in Sakhalin and Bashkortostan, said a defense industry source on Monday.   The armored vehicle is based on the 6 x 6 Kamaz truck and can carry up to 10 personnel.  
 
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/30/2014 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB ORDERS TOWN RESIDENTS TO WATCH EXECUTION OF 'SPIES' (SEP 30/RBCRADIO)  RBC RADIO -- The militant group Al-Shabaab has executed four young Somali men in the group's stronghold town of Barawe, reports RBC Radio.   The Al-Qaida-linked group carried out the executions late on Monday after alleging the men to be spying for the Somali government and security agencies.   The execution took place on an open field in Barawe. Hundreds of residents, including children and women were reportedly ordered to watch the execution
 
Item Number:14 Date: 09/30/2014 SWEDEN - UPGRADED CARL GUSTAF ANTI-TANK WEAPON COMPLETES LIVE-FIRE TESTING (SEP 30/SAAB)  SAAB -- Saab has recently conducted a live-fire demonstration of the latest version of its Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapon system.   The Carl Gustaf M4 is a development of the widely deployed M3, according to a Saab release last week. The M4 is lighter and has a shorter design, offering improved operational flexibility and accuracy, said company officials.   The systems demonstration last week at the Saab Bofors test center in Karlskroga included a number of successful firings with a range of ammunition types against moving and static targets, according to Saab. A tactical scenario also showed the system's effectiveness in a range of situations, said company officials.   The Carl Gustaf M4 weighs less than 15 pounds (6.7 kg) and is less than 3 feet 3 inches (1 m) long, according to Jane's Defence Weekly
 
Item Number:15 Date: 09/30/2014 TURKEY - TANKS SENT TO BORDER WITH SYRIA (SEP 30/TOZAM)  TODAYS ZAMAN -- The Turkish military has deployed several dozen tanks and armored vehicles along the border with Syria near the town of Kobane, which has come under attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, reports Today's Zaman (Turkey).   At least 30 tanks were positioned near a Turkish military base northwest of Kobane, reported Reuters. At least two rounds hit Turkish territory during  shelling on Monday.   On Sunday, Turks reportedly fired back across the border after two shells hit Turkish territory.   ISIS militants were said to be about 6 miles (10 km) from the outskirts of Kobane, according to local officials.   At least 15 mortar rounds hit Kobane on Monday killing at least one person, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   According to the Turkish Anadolu news agency, the Turks have been stopping Syrian Kurds who have fled ISIS violence from crossing back into Syria to fight the jihadists
 
Item Number:16 Date: 09/30/2014 UKRAINE - SEPARATISTS SHELL DONETSK AIRPORT POSITIONS, SAYS GOVERNMENT (SEP 30/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Officials in eastern Ukraine say rebel artillery is pounding the Donetsk airport area, where government troops are resisting the efforts of the pro-Russian separatists, reports the BBC.   Each side has accused the other of violating the cease-fire that was reached early in September.   Reports in Ukrainian media say the separatists fired Grad rockets at Ukrainian positions at the airport. A Ukrainian military spokesman said the rebels started shelling Ukrainian positions at the airport early Tuesday morning.   The rebels, for their part, maintain they fired back in response to mortar fire.   On Monday, 13 soldiers and civilians were killed died in fighting in Ukraine, according to officials cited by AFP.  
 
Item Number:17 Date: 09/30/2014 UKRAINE - U.S. DISPATCHES HANDFUL OF COUNTERINSURGENCY EXPERTS FOR PLANNING (SEP 30/RIAN)  RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense has sent eight counterinsurgency specialists to Ukraine to share planning tactics and techniques with local security forces, reports RIA Novosti.   "Military staff will share with the Ukrainians some of the Pentagon's planning tactics, techniques and procedures while collecting data on the needs of its security forces," said a Pentagon spokeswoman last week.   The Americans are expected to evaluate areas where the U.S. might supply military equipment; analyze Ukraine's security needs; and determine how the U.S. can provide medical assistance.   The security assessment team will also consider the possibility of expanding the existing Office of Defense Cooperation in Kiev, the DoD spokeswoman said
 
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/30/2014 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - IN POTENTIAL US$2.5 BILLION DEAL, 4,500-PLUS MINE-RESISTANT VEHICLES SOUGHT FROM U.S. (SEP 30/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has given its approval to a possible Foreign Military Sale of refurbished mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles to the United Arab Emirates, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The potential US$2.5 billion deal covers the refurbishment and modification of 4,569 MRAP vehicles.   According to a DSCA release on Friday, the proposed sale includes 29 MaxxPro long-wheelbase; 1,085 MaxxPro LWB chassis; 264 MaxxPro Base/MRAP expedient armor program (MEAP) capsules without armor; 729 MRAP recovery vehicles; 1,150 Caiman multi-terrain vehicles without armor and 44 MRAP all-terrain vehicles (M-ATVs).   The potential deal also includes underbody improvement kits; spare and repair parts; support equipment; and associated logistics and technical support.   The U.A.E. has indicated it will use the vehicles to increase force protection, conduct humanitarian assistance operations and to protect vital international commercial trade routes and critical infrastructure, said the agency release
 
Item Number:19 Date: 09/30/2014 UNITED KINGDOM - RAF SORTIES OVER IRAQ CAN'T FIND SUITABLE TARGETS TO DROP WEAPONS (SEP 30/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- British Tornado jets have returned to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus after carrying out their fifth combat mission over Iraq, reported the BBC.   However, as has been the case since the armed missions began, there were "no reports of any weapons dropped," said a BBC defense correspondent on Monday.   After the previous sortie, the Ministry of Defense similarly confirmed that the missions carried out by Tornado GR-4 fighter bombers -- since they were given the green light to launch airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq last Friday -- had ended with the aircraft returning with their weapons still on board.   The MoD said the Tornados had not hit any ground targets because "no targets were identified as requiring immediate air attack by our aircraft," as quoted by Russia's RT news channel.   The Tornados have been flying reconnaissance missions over Iraq for the past six weeks. Late last week, they were authorized to launch air strikes.   Meanwhile, the former head of the British military, Gen. Lord Richards, warned over the weekend that ISIS will never be defeated by air attacks alone. Western governments, he told the Sunday Times (London), are making a mistake to rule out deploying their own ground troops
 
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/30/2014 USA - AIR WAR AGAINST ISIS RUNNING $10 MILLION A DAY, SAYS HAGEL (SEP 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Dept. of Defense expects to ask Congress to make sure it has the funding to continue its air operations against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.   Late last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said: "We're going to require additional funding from Congress as we go forward. We're working now with the appropriate [congressional] committees on how we go forward with the funding," as quoted by Defense News.   Hagel said on Friday that the U.S. military is spending up to $10 million per day and is likely to request more money to fund a war whose duration is uncertain.   The Center on Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington think-tank, just estimated that the air war has already cost between $780 million and $930 million between Aug. 8, when it began, and Sept. 24, reported the Guardian (U.K.).  
 
  Item Number:21 Date: 09/30/2014 USA - ARMY ORDERS 53 PIECES OF HEAVY COMBAT EQUIPMENT (SEP 30/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has issued a 153.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to BAE Systems Land & Armaments, York, Pa., for 53 M88A2 heavy equipment recovery combat utility lift evacuation system vehicles, and three authorized stockage list spares, says the Pentagon.   Work will be performed in York, said the DoD release on Friday.   The work has an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016, said the Pentagon.   Only one bid was solicited, with one offer received, according to the release
 
Item Number:22 Date: 09/30/2014 USA - GAO REPORT EXPRESSES SKEPTICISM OVER DOD'S CLAIMED SAVINGS FOR JOINT BASES (SEP 30/TACNT)  TACOMA NEWS-TRIBUNE -- A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study has not found the savings the Pentagon claims in establishing joint bases, reports the Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune.   The Defense Dept. asserts that streamlined operations at 12 joint military bases save $255 million annually in reduced expenses, a significant increase over the initial estimate.   However, a GAO analysis released this month finds those reduced expenses might reflect budget cuts rather than merged operations.   The report urges the Pentagon to re-evaluate its objectives for joint bases due to the uncertainty expressed by commanders at the bases over program goals and cost-saving estimates.   The Pentagon has responded by saying it does not need more oversight
 
  Item Number:23 Date: 09/30/2014 USA - MARINES EYE HUMANITARIAN MISSION IN C. AMERICA (SEP 30/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps has plans for a new special purpose Marine air-ground task force (SPMAGTF) in Central America, reports the Marine Corps Times.   A 200-man task force is going to train with regional allies and to be prepared to provide humanitarian relief in the event of a natural disaster.   The new unit will be set up under U.S. Southern Command in 2015, said Brig. Gen. David Coffman, the head of Marine Corps Forces South.   "It's going to be overwhelmingly focused on engagement in Central America and the Caribbean, building partner capacity for our partners to take care of themselves -- both in the narcotics trafficking fight and in a broader sense on how they use their military capability," Coffman told the paper.   The task force will include ground, air and logistics capabilities, including CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters.   The unit is expected to deploy during hurricane season next May or June and remain for six months, said a MARFORSOUTH spokesman. A replacement unit is not expected to deploy again until the following spring.   The Corps is still working with host countries to determine where the unit will be based, Coffman said. The militaries of Belize, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are said to be likely hosts, reported UPI.  
 
  Item Number:24 Date: 09/30/2014 USA - WARSHIPS, SAILORS PRACTICE DEFENSIVE MEASURES AGAINST POTENTIAL TERRORIST ACTS (SEP 30/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The crews of two U.S. Navy ships have been conducting a counterterrorism exercise at Naval Base San Diego, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Sailors aboard the amphibious ship Rushmore and cruiser Lake Champlain took part in the recent annual Citadel Protect drill, which focuses on the ability of naval facilities to respond to terrorist attacks.   During last week's drills, naval personnel worked with base police, fire and other law enforcement officials over five days in a number of scenarios. These included attacks by frogmen, small boats and an active shooter.   The objective of the training is to improve integration among sailors on the ships and shore forces, according to the Navy.   During Thursday's small-boat demonstration, sailors on the ships used non-lethal and lethal means to deter the attackers, said service officials.
 

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