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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hillary Clinton is now within reach of the White House, and a huge milestone in US history


Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party, and the first woman to top a major US party ticket. The former Secretary of State is estimated to have secured the 2,383 delegates she needs to clinch the nomination, putting her well ahead of rival Bernie Sanders after a contentious primary season. Though Sanders insists he’s still taking the fight to the Democratic Convention next month, Clinton is now set to face presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the general election.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Top 10 Most Beautiful and Famous Women of American in 2015

America is a land of Hollywood, and most attractive males and females. This country has a lot of Victoria’s Secret angels, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition supermodels. No part of USA is without the gorgeous female celebrities and male actors. Before and behind the spotlight, there are a lot of good looking faces that grab our attention. Let us check the list of top 10 most beautiful American women 2015.

10. Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek is a very mature and talented actress and former fashion model of America. She basically belongs to Mexico, but is globally recognized as a captivating and successful diva. Salma has long been known for her beautiful acting skills and gorgeous personality. She won numerous awards for her movie roles.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Unhealthy environment a factor in millions of deaths worldwide


Living or working in an unhealthy environment caused almost one-quarter of all deaths worldwide in 2012, a report made public Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO) found.

Your salary should not be a secret: Column


Transparency about who gets paid what is a win for bosses, workers and their companies.
How much do you get paid? How does that compare with your peers at work? You likely don’t know, but should you?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What's next for the Supreme Court?

It is difficult to overestimate the impact that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have on US politics in the coming months. A vacancy on the court that serves as the final arbiter on legal and political controversies of all stripes, is always a significant, and significantly contentious, event.
This time, however, it has the potential to be a conflagration for the history books.
Here are answers to six questions about why this unexpected development is such a big deal - and what could happen next.

Merrick Garland: Profile of US Supreme Court hopeful

Veteran appeals court judge Merrick Garland is President Barack Obama's nominee to the US Supreme Court. If successful, he would replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. Who is Merrick Garland?

Judge Garland, 63, is the chief judge of the Washington appeals court and a former prosecutor. The Harvard graduate would be the oldest candidate nominated for the Supreme Court since the 1970s.
Like President Obama, he comes from Chicago, Illinois, and is the son of a small business owner. He is married with two daughters.
He was appointed to the Washington, DC, appeals court by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1997, winning confirmation in a 76-23 Senate vote. Before that, he served in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration.
He has a moderate record and a history of drawing Republican support, which may be why he has been chosen in an election year with the Senate under Republican control.
Like Justice Scalia, Judge Garland has significant prosecutorial experience. In his address at the White House accepting the nomination, Judge Garland touted his experience prosecuting criminal gangs and the perpetrators of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
He is seen as having a relatively tough record on criminal justice. A profile on SCOTUS Blog, which covers Supreme Court developments, says he "rarely votes in favor of criminal defendants' appeals of their convictions".


Meanwhile his views on controversial social issues likely to come before the court are mostly unknown because of his low profile on the appeals court. None of his rulings point to a clear judicial opinion on either abortion or the death penalty.
However Judge Garland's dissent in a case that struck down Washington DC's handgun ban lead some conservatives to label him a threat to gun rights.
The judge was under consideration in 2009 for President Obama's first Supreme Court nomination appointment but the president chose Sonia Sotomayor.

Laura Bush: George and I are watching race 'with much interest' from sidelines


Laura Bush may have dipped briefly onto the campaign trail to support her brother-in-law, Jeb, but don't expect any additional endorsements from the former first lady — or her husband — anytime soon.

North Korea claims it could wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb

Analysts think the regime of Kim Jong Un, in North Korea, is exaggerating its technical capabilities regarding a hydrogen bomb. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS)
SEOUL — North Korea claimed Sunday that it could wipe out Manhattan by sending a hydrogen bomb on a ballistic missile to the heart of New York City, the latest in a string of brazen threats.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Florida Senate votes down death penalty change

Florida's death chamber
Florida's death chamber
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A sharply divided Florida Senate is rejecting a proposal to require a unanimous jury recommendation in death penalty cases.

The Senate voted twice Wednesday on whether to require all 12 jurors to agree on death sentences. 

The proposal was rejected by votes of 22-18 and 23-17.

Florida doesn't require unanimous jury recommendations. But the Legislature is poised to change the law, requiring at least 10 out of 12 to recommend execution in order for it to be carried out.

The Senate originally wanted to require all jurors to agree on a death sentence. But senators agreed to switch to 10 jurors as part of a compromise with the House.

The Legislature is rewriting the death penalty law after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the current method is unconstitutional.

Source: The Associated Press, March 2, 2016

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Utah Senate gives initial OK to death penalty repeal

A longshot proposal for conservative Utah to join 19 states and the District of Columbia in abolishing the death penalty passed an initial vote in the state Senate Tuesday after a 5-minute presentation where no lawmaker asked a question or contested the proposal.

Steve Urquhart, the Republican senator running the proposal, acknowledged the lack of discussion during his speech in the Senate floor. He said lawmakers had spent a lot of time discussing the measure outside of scheduled or public hearings.

Once lawmakers started voting, one GOP lawmaker, Sen. Daniel Thatcher, spoke to explain why he was voting in favor. Thatcher said the years of appeals by death row inmates can be difficult for families of victims.

"Ultimately, we have to put the victims first. And delayed justice, decades delayed justice, is not justice," Thatcher said.

A bipartisan group of senators voted 20-9 Tuesday to advance the measure to a final vote in the Senate, where it could face further debate or changes. The proposal must also win approval from the state's GOP-controlled House of Representatives and Republican governor, who says he's in favor of capital punishment.

Urquhart has acknowledged it will be an uphill battle to pass his proposal but says it's important that lawmakers discuss whether the government should be in the business of killing people.

To sway his colleagues, he's made arguments about the cost of capital punishment after years of court appeals and the chance of wrongful convictions.

That same mix of practical concerns and broader moral and philosophical questions that Urquhart is raising has led conservatives in other red states to re-examine longstanding support for capital punishment in recent years.

Last year, Nebraska's Republican-controlled Legislature voted to abolish the death penalty over a veto from that state's GOP governor. It became the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota dropped the practice in 1973. But death penalty supporters quickly launched a petition drive, leaving Nebraska voters to decide the issue this November.

In at least 8 other states, legislators have introduced similar measures over the past year and many have attracted Republican backers. But it remains unclear how many of the proposals will gain enough support to pass anytime soon.

Urquhart's proposal would allow executions to go forward for the 9 people on Utah's death row now, but remove it as an option for any new convictions.

During a committee hearing on the proposal last week, 2 Republicans voted against the measure, saying they think Utah needs to keep the option out of respect for the family members of victims and as an added measure of justice against horrific crimes.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has said he's a strong supporter of capital punishment but it should only be used for "the most heinous of crimes."

Herbert signed a law last year that bolstered the state's execution policy by ordering that a firing squad be used if lethal injection drugs cannot be obtained.

Urquhart voted for the firing squad bill, saying that if Utah has a death penalty law on the books, it should have an efficient way to carry out the practice.

Source: Associated Press, March 1, 2016

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Top 10 Most Beautiful American Women in 2014

The USA, the land of Hollywood, most attractive female celebrities, Victoria’s Secret angels, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition supermodels. As Los Angeles is practically the entertainment capital on the planet, it is just organic that all of the prettiest girls in the world would flock to this city inside the hope of getting discovered because the subsequent massive star.
Here, we have gathered 10 of the most beautiful, attractive female celebrities (in no particular order), the sort of celebrities who brighten the day with their smiles … among other things. Nevertheless, you could be fairly certain that these ladies would often stay inside the mix in whatever list you may discover. So this is really a list from the top ten loveliest celebrities in America.

The Top 10 Most Attractive Female Celebrities in America.

10. Eva Mendes

Eva MendesThe most attractive female actor. model & singer.

Monday, February 29, 2016

In drills, U.S., South Korea practice striking North’s nuclear plants, leaders

A South Korean amphibious assault vehicle, left, moves to a landing ship as a South Korean submarine, center, is seen from the southeastern port of Pohang on March 7. (AFP via Getty Images)

 The United States and South Korea kicked off major military exercises on Monday, including rehearsals of surgical strikes on North Korea’s main nuclear and missile facilities and “decapitation raids” by special forces targeting the North’s leadership.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Virginia: Ricky Gray's execution put on hold until Supreme Court weighs in

Ricky Gray
Ricky Gray
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Convicted murderer Ricky Gray's execution is now on hold so the Supreme Court can weigh in on his case.

An order filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday put the March 16 execution on hold until the Supreme Court could decide whether to intervene.

Gray was sentenced to death in connection with the 2006 New Year’s Day quadruple murders of the Harvey family in Richmond. 

In December, he petitioned to have his death penalty case reviewed by all 15 federal appeals court judges in Richmond. He remains housed on death row at Sussex I State Prison.

Along with the legal maneuvering are concerns Virginia does not currently have all the drugs needed for a lethal injection. 

The Department of Corrections says it does not have the first drug needed, which can be Midazolam or Pentobarbital or Thiopental Sodium. 

Gray does have the option to select electrocution instead.

He was set to be executed at Greensville Correctional Center. At least six citizens who are not Department of Correction employees must be present during an execution, with the method of death chosen by the inmate.

Alfredo R. Prieto was the last inmate put to death in Virginia, on Oct. 1, 2015.

During that time, state officials had to acquire the lethal injection drugs from Texas. Jason Clark, the Director of Public Information with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, stated there are no plans to provide lethal injection drugs to Virginia.

Clark pointed out that in 2013 the Virginia Department of Corrections gave his agency pentobarbital to use as a backup drug in an execution. His agency was approached in 2015 by Virginia officials and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reciprocated, giving them three vials of pentobarbital.

According to the most recent reports from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a death row inmate waits an average of 137 months between sentencing and execution. Since 1977, Virginia has had 110 executions. 79 of those were done by lethal injection, 31 by electrocution. Under state law, the inmate must request electrocution, and can do so up until 15 days before the execution date.

Gray's death sentence was specifically for the murders of Stella and Ruby Harvey, daughters of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey, who were also killed with the help of Ray Dandridge. A week later, Percyell Tucker, his wife Mary and their daughter, Ashley Baskerville, who was an accomplice in the Harveys' murder, were also killed.

Dandridge is serving a life sentence.

Source: WWBT NBC12, Feb. 26, 2016

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Can Alabamians afford the specter of 16 or more scheduled executions in a row?

A March 25, 2014 article from the Associated Press quotes Alabama Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw saying that 16 death row inmates "have exhausted [all] appeals and are awaiting execution." Today, the exact number among the 185 inmates on Alabama's death row whose last remaining hope is clemency is unknown. However, even following the execution of Christopher Brooks on January 21, the number of inmates "out of court," with no further avenues of appeal, is at least 16, and it may be higher. This means that anytime it wants, the AG's office can, following the 2 year moratorium on executions that officially ended with Mr. Brooks, ask the courts to schedule 16 or more executions in a row.

The question is: Whatever personal beliefs Alabamians hold on the morality of the death penalty, is the scheduled killing of 16 or more people - one right after the other - a risk worth subjecting Alabama's fragile economy to?

Consider the steady drumbeat of publicized death and denunciations from around the United States and the world that would result, with the possibility, each time, of a gruesome botch, like the infamous Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29, 2014. Generating an avalanche of negative press abroad, reporters witnessing Lockett's execution said he "writhed, groaned, and convulsed" taking 43 minutes to die.

Imagine 16 or more potential Lockett-like executions lined up - like ducks in a row - in Alabama. Picture the accompanying emotional baggage with each detail about the condemned, the crimes of which they were convicted, and the nitty gritty of each of their executions painstakingly picked through by the press . . . . How much negative publicity would Alabama see as a result? How much condemnation from foreign countries who abhor the death penalty would it reap - countries whose investment dollars Alabama's slowly rebuilding economy depends upon?

A June 2014 article by Michael Tomberlin titled, "Alabama, Birmingham benefit from growing levels of foreign direct investment," noted that "[the 5 top source countries of companies investing in Birmingham as a percent of jobs are Germany (14 %), Japan (12.9) Canada (11), Spain (8.8) and France (7.7)." Furthermore, "[t]he 5 leading source countries companies investing in Alabama as a % of the jobs are Germany (16.2 %), Japan (13.5), Republic of Korea (9.6), England (8.6) and Canada (7.5)." That means just a little less than 2 years ago, at least 41.5 % of foreign investment in Birmingham came from foreign countries that long ago abolished the death penalty and, at least 32.3 % of foreign investment in all of Alabama, likewise, came from abolitionist countries.

In addition to the already well-documented costs of capital punishment then - to Alabamians' morals, the judicial system and taxes (see the Equal Justice Initiative's website for detailed studies and support on all these) - can Alabama really risk ramping executions up when doing so will offend, even alienate, so many potential foreign investors - not to mention the Pope?

The University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research is already predicting slow growth for Alabama's economy in 2016, and so, even if folks don't care so much about what foreigners think of Alabama's refusal to, as the New York Times Editorial Board put it on January 16, "join the rest of the civilized world and end the death penalty," don't Alabamians at least want those foreign dollars? Isn't it great that foreign companies like Mercedes-Benz and Airbus have chosen to invest in Alabama? Wouldn't it be awful if the state's rekindled lust for executions drove them, and foreign companies like them, away?

We already know Europeans hate the death penalty by their refusal to ship lethal injection drugs to the US and, just recently, after Saudi Arabia held mass executions, it was reported on January 15 by Eve Hartley of the Huffington Post that, "the brutal Saudi justice system [had] strain[ed] relations between" Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.

Putting aside all the very many good reasons already advanced to end the death penalty, isn't the most obvious in Alabamians' wallets? Is there really so much green in there already that accelerating - instead of taking immediate steps now to end the death penalty - is worth it?

Source: al.com, Stephen Cooper, Feb. 19, 2016. Mr. Cooper is a former D.C. public defender and worked as an Assistant Federal Defender in Montgomery, Alabama between 2012 and 2015, where he represented death row inmates.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Top 10 Coutries - United States of America Military Strength



United States of America
Ranked as 1 of 126 Countries
Power Index rating of 0.1663 (0 being perfect)

1. MANPOWER

 Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.

  Total Population: 321,368,864
  Available Manpower: 145,215,000
  Fit for Service: 120,025,000
  Reaching Military Age Annually: 4,220,000
  Active Frontline Personnel: 1,400,000
  Active Reserve Personnel: 1,100,000

2. LAND SYSTEMS

Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

 Tanks: 8,848
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 41,062
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 1,934
 Towed-Artillery: 1,299
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 1,331

3. AIR POWER 

Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service.

 Total Aircraft: 13,444
 Fighters/Interceptors: 2,308
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 2,785
 Transport Aircraft: 5,739
 Trainer Aircraft: 2,771
 Helicopters: 6,084
 Attack Helicopters: 957

4. NAVAL POWER

Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated "helicopter carrier" vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.

 Total Naval Strength: 415
 Aircraft Carriers: 19
 Frigates: 6
 Destroyers: 62
 Corvettes: 0
 Submarines: 75
 Coastal Defense Craft: 13
 Mine Warfare: 11

5. RESOURCES

Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force and supporting economy.

 Oil Production: 8,653,000 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 19,000,000 bbl/day
 Proven Oil Reserves: 36,520,000,000 bbl/day

6. LOGISTICAL 

War is as much a battle of logistics - moving man and machine from / to points all over - as it is direct combat. Labor Force adds to available wartime industry strength.

 Labor Force: 155,900,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 393
 Major Ports and Terminals: 24
 Roadway Coverage: 6,586,610
 Railway Coverage: 224,792
 Serviceable Airports: 13,513

7. FINANCIAL

Regardless of strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

 Defense Budget: $581,000,000,000
 External Debt: $17,260,000,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $130,100,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $17,350,000,000,000

8. GEOGRAPHY

Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war.

 Square Land Area: 9,826,675 km
 Coastline: 19,924 km
 Shared Border: 12,048 km
 Waterways: 41,009 km

Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com.