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US threatens to sanction Turkey over detained American preacher

Source: Al Jazeera

The United States has threatened Turkey with sanctions over a detained American pastor held on terrorism and espionage charges - comments Turkish officials angrily denounced.

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that if Turkey does not take immediate action to free Andrew Craig Brunson, "the United States of America will impose significant sanctions on Turkey".

"Brunson is an innocent man, there is no credible evidence against him," Pence said.

Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/threatens-sanction-turkey-detained-american-preacher-180726152149447.html

human trafficking and pedophiles in the Trump administration

I'm curious, has anyone kept a tally of all the pedophile, human trafficking cases related to the Trump administration?

Now with all the missing children it seems even more important to dig into this. It seems to me there are a lot of these who have been uncovered.
Recently there was
"Timothy Nolan, a 71-year-old former Campbell County district judge, pleaded guilty to human trafficking and other felony sex crimes involving minors, according to multiple reports."

Nolan is also a conservative political activist and worked on President Trumpís campaign in Kentucky during the 2016 presidential race."
Then there was:
"Trump's Oklahoma campaign chair to plead guilt to child sex trafficking"
And then"
"Trump says he backs Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of molesting several teenage girls."
Moore has not been convicted,
Prominent Republicans such as John McCain and Mitt Romney called for Moore to drop out of the race after the allegations were reported.[128][129] Other senators withdrew their endorsements of Moore's Senate candidacy.[130][131][132][133] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he believes the women who made the accusations and that Moore should "step aside".[134] Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also called for Moore to abandon his campaign.[135] President Donald Trump initially said Moore should step aside if the charges are true, but otherwise expressed support for Moore.[136] Trump later formally endorsed Moore.[137][138] Alabama Republicans have largely defended Moore from the accusations;[139][140] an exception was Richard Shelby, the state's U.S. Senator since 1987, who said two days before the election the accusations against Moore "are believable" and that "Alabama deserves better." He said he wrote in the name of another Republican on his absentee ballot.[110]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore#Sexual_misconduct_allegations

Saudi says two Houthi missiles intercepted over Riyadh

Source: Al Jazeera

At least six loud blasts were heard on Sunday and bright flashes were seen in the sky over Riyadh, a witness told Reuters news agency.

Shrapnel was spotted on a street in the diplomatic quarter where most embassies are located and many foreigners live.

Read more: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/saudi-houthi-missiles-intercepted-riyadh-180624232232166.html

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U.S. troops are on the ground in Yemen for offensive against al-Qaeda militants

Source: Wasington Post

Famine...cholera...and now this....so much for Arabia Felix


Edited per LBN Host request

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Bank of America Unemployment debit card?

I was laid off in June, and am eligible for Unemployment Insurance. The last time I got UI was in 2009 when my company went under due to "the crisis". At the end of my term of eligibility, the last month EDD switched to Bank of America debit card. I only had a couple of weeks of that. There was some money left in the account that I never took out. Not a lot, something like $8.
Now, being again eligible for UI, I applied and this time encountered different and amazingly Byzantine process.
After hours of filling out online forms, being kicked off the site for who knows what, I finally sent it off. Had to wait 5 business days for my confirmation number code that I could then put in...more Byzantine process. Got an email saying I had been paid....what...I didn't see it? went online to go through a maze of processes and links...Found the money was deposited in a Bank of America Visa Debit card....but I don't have it.
Got an email from BOA saying click here to get to my card....clicked and went to a place that asked me for my card #....I don't have the $#%@^ card....!!!
Called UI and got a robot...after jumping through the press here's I finally got a human...(maybe not) He said I was rude because I asked a question....??? and he refused to talk with me. I got hold of someone else, to be told to call BOA. Called BOA...more robots, finally got a human who said they would issue a new card and put the funds on it, but I have to wait until 8/1/17.
I know about "bank float"...what is going on? I now have to borrow money to cover my expenses..grrrrr
Just venting...

Facebook down for many

for a few days Facebook has been unreliable. Last night I couldn't read my news feed or get to my profile.
It gotten worse...seems there is a problem.
Facebook outage map:

trying to help/deal with, my almost 99 YO father...

I am frustrated and angry. He is in pretty good health, but he is taking care of his Parkinson's and demented wife and it's wearing him out. He's hurt his back lifting her.
I have researched resources, like getting respite care and he gets annoyed and refuses. He'd like me to help, but she is much too large for me to even attempt to lend an arm. I did once and she just about pulled me over. Not to mention, I am not qualified for such a task.
The exhaustion is wearing him out. He fell himself the other day. He fell on his face and needed stitches on his nose and forehead. He drove himself to the hospital, which I don't think was a wise choice to do. He was bleeding and he could have had an accident, fortunately, he didn't.
The other day he asked me to sit with his wife while he shopped for groceries. I drove up to his place, not a long drive, but an 18 mile round trip in hills and winding roads. After waiting around I asked him when he was going shopping, when he then decided he wanted to take his wife, which means getting a woman who can't walk, down a flight of stairs and into a car. I refused to go with him on that trip, which would have been a 3 hour ordeal in addition to my then added trip to my home.
He complained about how tired he is and I told him (again)he didn't have to do it he could get respite care. He then threw some things across the room and told me to get out.....I did. Actually, I was afraid of him because he was very abusive me as a child and he used to beat and he had "that look" in his eyes. He still is abusive verbally and emotionally. He tells the neighbors how proud he is of me and how much he loves me. To me it seems quite different.

I am looking for options, considering Adult Protective Services, which was advised to me by a senior facility.

His wife has children, but only one female, who is sick herself and not able to be a lot of help. The males are not much help at all.
I think he is also in some stage of dementia, and since his fall, it's accelerated. Neighbors think he's a great guy, but, of course, they don't see the side I see. He prides himself for being a "Superman". Advice is welcome.

I am a petite 74 year old female in pretty good health, but in no way capable of dealing with their physical needs.

can one patent of copyright their DNA?

Reading about the greed and exploitation of Big Box ventures, and knowing how parts of humans have been kept alive and experimented on for generations, I'm curious, can one patent or copyright their own DNA?

I'm not sure how many know or realize how valuable our bodies are to Tissue Banks.....


Where is the best place to stream the debate tomorrow?

I got rid of my TV...but would like to see the debate in real time.

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