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The news headlines 7/28/14

John Kerry: Legend in His Own Mind. Hard to swallow the fact that this goon is the face of America Internationally. 

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.607332?v=3AB70A172CE96761671E1E0AC73F54CC 

Hamas Violates then Rejects The Ceasefire.

Not hard to do when the leaders are safe in Qatar. But for Israel’s sake I’m glad they did so.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/middleeast/israel-gaza.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSumLargeMedia&module=a-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package&_r=0 

NYT Profiles Ron Dermer His star is rising and it should. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/world/middleeast/israels-outspoken-envoy-is-wise-to-us-ways.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=a-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package 

Bibi Has Strong Support at Home in Israel even as support abroad is waning. But is it really? Or is that just the NYT saying that it’s waning?http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/middleeast/losing-support-from-abroad-netanyahu-finds-a-wealth-of-backing-at-home.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=b-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package 

More Riots in Paris Complete with Hitler salutes.http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.607300? 

Libya is a Mess. embassy.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/africa/libya.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Ukraine a Mess of Heavy fighting, assassinations, Russian conspiracy theories, and still no experts at the crash site.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/europe/efforts-to-secure-malaysia-airlines-crash-site-stall-in-eastern-ukraine.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news 

High Corporate Tax an Albratross for US Economy Such an easy fix, but to be seen doing anything that benefits big business is an anathema to the Left.http://online.wsj.com/articles/walter-galvin-why-corporate-inversions-are-all-the-rage-1406496582 

EEOC Makes Pregnancy a Disability.  Anything to make people more dependent on government and, thus more likely to vote Democrat. http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-newest-disability-1406501509 

The Answer for the Left: More Money! That’s the best cure for poverty.http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/paul_ryan_s_anti_poverty_plan_the_house_budget_chairman_s_paternalistic.htmlNYT

Calls for US to Legalize Marijuana. This came out of nowhere. Let’s see how Colorado and Washington pan out? So far results are decidedly negative.http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region 

NYT: Abandon Broken Windows Can you imagine what life would be like if the Times Editorial Board ruled the world.

See above story.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/opinion/broken-windows-broken-lives.html?hpw&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHedThumbWell&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well 

ISIS Wipes Out Iraq Cultural Heritage Thousands of years of history disappear at a whim.http://online.wsj.com/articles/jihadists-in-iraq-erase-cultural-heritage-1406313661?mod=trending_now_3 

What Happened to My Health Insurance? People are beginning to realize that their trusted doctors won’t take ObamaCare.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/26/obamacare-health-plan-limits-insurers/13172133/ 

Wife of Vice Premiere of Cameroon Kidnapped by Boko Haram. Nobody seems to be taking Boko Haram seriously. That’s a big mistake.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/07/27/world/africa/27reuters-cameroon-violence-boko-haram.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

The news headlines 7/27/14

John Kerry: Legend in His Own Mind. Hard to swallow the fact that this goon is the face of America Internationally. 

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.607332?v=3AB70A172CE96761671E1E0AC73F54CC 

Hamas Violates then Rejects The Ceasefire.

Not hard to do when the leaders are safe in Qatar. But for Israel’s sake I’m glad they did so.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/middleeast/israel-gaza.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSumLargeMedia&module=a-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package&_r=0 

NYT Profiles Ron Dermer His star is rising and it should. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/world/middleeast/israels-outspoken-envoy-is-wise-to-us-ways.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=a-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package 

Bibi Has Strong Support at Home in Israel even as support abroad is waning. But is it really? Or is that just the NYT saying that it’s waning?http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/middleeast/losing-support-from-abroad-netanyahu-finds-a-wealth-of-backing-at-home.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=b-lede-package-region&region=lede-package&WT.nav=lede-package 

More Riots in Paris Complete with Hitler salutes.http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.607300? 

Libya is a Mess. embassy.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/africa/libya.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Ukraine a Mess of Heavy fighting, assassinations, Russian conspiracy theories, and still no experts at the crash site.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/world/europe/efforts-to-secure-malaysia-airlines-crash-site-stall-in-eastern-ukraine.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news 

High Corporate Tax an Albratross for US Economy Such an easy fix, but to be seen doing anything that benefits big business is an anathema to the Left.http://online.wsj.com/articles/walter-galvin-why-corporate-inversions-are-all-the-rage-1406496582 

EEOC Makes Pregnancy a Disability.  Anything to make people more dependent on government and, thus more likely to vote Democrat. http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-newest-disability-1406501509 

The Answer for the Left: More Money! That’s the best cure for poverty.http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/07/paul_ryan_s_anti_poverty_plan_the_house_budget_chairman_s_paternalistic.htmlNYT

Calls for US to Legalize Marijuana. This came out of nowhere. Let’s see how Colorado and Washington pan out? So far results are decidedly negative.http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region 

NYT: Abandon Broken Windows Can you imagine what life would be like if the Times Editorial Board ruled the world.

See above story.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/opinion/broken-windows-broken-lives.html?hpw&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHedThumbWell&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well 

ISIS Wipes Out Iraq Cultural Heritage Thousands of years of history disappear at a whim.http://online.wsj.com/articles/jihadists-in-iraq-erase-cultural-heritage-1406313661?mod=trending_now_3 

What Happened to My Health Insurance? People are beginning to realize that their trusted doctors won’t take ObamaCare.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/26/obamacare-health-plan-limits-insurers/13172133/ 

Wife of Vice Premiere of Cameroon Kidnapped by Boko Haram. Nobody seems to be taking Boko Haram seriously. That’s a big mistake.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/07/27/world/africa/27reuters-cameroon-violence-boko-haram.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Ways to lose weight without trying.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE

If you’re looking to drop a few pounds, there’s no need to overhaul your life.

Here are some ways to lose weight without trying:

  • Drink water 15 minutes before every meal or snack.
       
  • Don’t eat three hours or less before going to bed.
      
  • Drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning.
      
  • Eat more garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, which relieve inflammation, a common cause of weight gain.
      
  • Eat the whole egg, not just the white, to keep hunger at bay.
      
  • Limit slow and steady cardio to 20 minutes a day because anything more isn’t doing any good. (ChicagoNow)

Salaries for College Grads Haven’t Increased Since 2007

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco conducted a survey and found that wages haven’t budged for those who just got their college degree since the recession of 2007.

It’s like time – and money – have stood still for seven years.

Government subsidizes college education so colleges can ignore the market value and inflate tuition to ridiculous levels.   

Stop morgaging ypur your house to send your kid to college. It’s not worth it!  

 (FRBSF)

Skills your grandfather had that you don’t

Technology has changed – and continues to change – the way we live our lives.

And, it’s happening spectacularly fast. Want proof?

Here are some skills your great-grandfather had just 90 years ago that you don’t.

  • Hunting, fishing, and foraging
        
  • Butchering
        
  • Bartering and haggling
        
  • Lighting a fire without matches
        
  • Writing with a fountain pen (Ancestry)

Study: Men like nice women - But not the other way around

According to a new study men like nice women – but women don’t like nice guys.

That’s right. Nice guys finish last.

Researchers found that men perceive nice female partners as “more feminine and more attractive.”

On the other hand, women didn’t necessarily perceive nice guys as less masculine – but they definitely were less attracted to nice guys. (Newsweek)

FACEBOOK is worth more than Coca-Cola

Despite the fact that it was founded in 2004, Facebook is now worth more than Coca-Cola – which was founded in 1892.

Facebook is also worth more than Disney, AT&T, and Bank of America.

If Facebook continues to roll like this, there’s a good chance it could become one of the most valuable companies in the world – and it’s being run by a 30-year-old.

Overachieve much?

And, here’s a fun fact that will either cause you to admire or hate Mark Zuckerberg more … He has more billions of dollars than his age. (Quartz)

Wedding Diets

When it comes to wedding preparations, few things rank as highly for some women as the wedding diet.

According to a Cornell University study, 70% of brides-to-be said losing 20 pounds was as important as ordering flowers and planning their honeymoon. And get this … 14% bought wedding dresses that were too small – as an incentive to lose weight.

But calorie-restricting, crash diets are no way to spend the months gearing up to your wedding ceremony, and the diet experts agree.

One boiled it down simply and beautifully to this statement, “You’re entering into a marriage. Ostensibly you’re looking for a partnership, to be seen and appreciated for who you are, right? Weight loss won’t help you get there.”  (Yahoo)

Manscaping Mysteries Revealed

These days, you can’t swing a set of clippers without hitting a guy with a trendy beard (and may we suggest that you don’t swing clippers EVER).

From ironic mustaches to full blown beards, we have the answers to what a guy’s facial hair says about him:

  • Stubble – From Will Smith to Adam Levine, this style looks good on almost everyone. What it says about your guy is that he keeps up with trends and knows what looks good on him.
         
  • Mustache – Nowadays the mustache is seen as ironic homage to yesteryear, when men chose this symbol to represent machismo. What it says about your guy is one of two things – either he’s the epitome of throwback masculinity or he just has a really great sense of humor.
     
  • Wild, bushy beard – If your guy likes the Zach Galifianakis-meets-Duck-Dynastylook, it probably means that he revels in his masculinity. Dudes with this look tend to play outside the rules. (Yahoo)

Black Jesus ???

The upcoming Adult Swim series revolves around an African-American Jesus who lives in Compton and ends up getting caught up in a ratchet lifestyle. After viewing a trailer for the show, the Christian group One Million says “It’s a mockery of our Lord.” According to the New York Daily News, the group adds, “The foul language used in the trailer is disgusting…completely misrepresents Jesus. This is blasphemy!”

And a Chicago church has also launched a petition to get Adult Swim to cancel the show.  Pastor David Rodgers of the House of All Nations church says, “There is no way that this show would be aimed at the Jewish or Muslim community. We are demanding an IMMEDIATE retraction of this show and a PUBLIC APOLOGY to the Christian community at large.”

  • Are you offended by the idea of Black Jesus?

Box-Office Report

1. Lucy - $44 million

2. Hercules - $29 million
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - $16.4 million
4. Purge: Anarchy - $9.9 million
5. Planes: Fire & Rescue - $9.3 million

Hercules was no match for Lucy at the weekend box office. The superhero flick, starring Scarlett Johansson, earned $44 million in its debut, topping Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's turn as the Greek demi-god, which took in $29 million. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which had been the top movie for the past two weeks, dropped to third with $16.4 million. The sequel has now banked $172.1 million.

Purge: Anarchy fell from second to fourth with $9.9 million.

Planes: Fire and Rescue went from third to fifth with $9.3 million.

And So It Goes — starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton — opened in eight with $4.6 million.

Hollywood News

HOLLYWOOD BUZZ

Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t come out until Friday, but the Marvel movie already has a sequel in the works. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set to come out July 27th, 2017.

A new King Kong film, Skull Island, has been announced for November 4th, 2016.

The first episode of Doctor Who series 8 will be screened in select theaters worldwide on August 23rd, the same day it premieres on BBC America.

Edgar Wright has signed on to direct Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of the YA novel by Andrew Smith.

The entire original cast of Firefly are reuniting to add their voices for the upcoming online game Firefly Online.