It just doesn’t stop. We long for peace and quiet … holiday events to celebrate … without bombs, please … chemicals in letters and earthquakes … ALL of these pieces of news just slip behind us as noise … Unless you are paying attention … read the clips here and our summary below … take care …
HEADLINE: Kerry says ‘window’ for Mideast peace only 2 years
Secretary of state promises House Foreign Affairs Committee to ‘honor that urgency’ but won’t lay out a schedule for talks
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday underlined the difficulty he will face in trying to chart a path toward Mideast peace, urging patience on the details of any two-state plan while stressing that Israel and the Palestinians might only have two years left for a deal.
He told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he was committed to breaking a logjam that includes nearly no Israeli-Palestinian talks in the past 4½ years and no solution in sight after more than six decades of conflict.
HEADLINE: Two rockets fired on Eilat
Two rockets were fired on the southern city of Eilat Wednesday morning. Initial reports said one landed in a residential neighborhood and the other in an open area in the outskirts of the city. No injuries were reported.
HEADLINE: Al Qaeda Link Probed: Investigated in Boston blasts
However, initial reports indicate the bombs were fashioned from pressure cookers and designed to avoid detection by bomb-sniffing dogs. Investigators believe the devices were delivered in duffle bags and are now searching surveillance video of Boston for clues. An al Qaeda magazine in 2010 directed terrorists to use kitchen materials to make bombs, including pressure cooking bombs, for killing “tens” of people.
The bombs contained metal pieces designed to increase their lethality. The official said the use of a pressure cooker bomb device also is an indication that more than one person was involved in the attacks.
The details on the apparently crude but deadly explosives emerged as investigators appealed to the public for amateur video and photos that might yield clues. The chief FBI agent in Boston vowed “we will go to the ends of the Earth” to find those responsible.
A person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still going on said the explosives were put in 6-liter kitchen pressure cookers, hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground. They were packed with shrapnel, the person said.
HEADLINE: Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility
An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol’s off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources told CNN.
The letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi. A laboratory in Maryland confirmed the presence of ricin after initial field tests indicated the poison was present, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer said. The letter had a Memphis, Tennessee, postmark and no return address.
HEADLINE: Letter sent to Obama tests positive for ricin, FBI says
The FBI has confirmed that a letter addressed to President Obama has “preliminarily tested positive” for ricin, a day after lawmakers said another letter sent to the Capitol Hill office of Sen. Roger Wicker tested positive for the same substance.
The warnings come amid a flurry of reports on suspicious packages. Fox News has learned of several suspicious packages or envelopes in various Capitol Hill office buildings. Capitol Police say three packages that were flagged have been removed and the areas have been cleared. Separately, the office of Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., reported a “suspicious-looking letter” at one of the senator’s Michigan offices; and a spokesman for Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., reported a “suspicious letter” was intercepted at Flake’s Phoenix office.
HEADLINE: 7.8 Quake kills at least 46 along Iran-Pakistan border; strongest quake to hit Iran in 50 years
A major earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flattened homes and offices Tuesday on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least 46 people in the sparsely populated region and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New Delhi.
Iran’s Red Crescent said it was facing a “complicated emergency situation” in the area with villages scattered over desolate hills and valleys.
Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency and others described the quake, measured at magnitude 7.8, as the strongest quake in more than 50 years. State-run Press TV called it a “massive quake.
What you make of the news depends on what you see through your window. For us, we look at science, change, and scripture data to see there is one path forward. Driving forces move humanity along time. And some of those forces are made evident in the daily news as we approach the end of the current era.
Materially, scientifically, we can say the solutions to human dilemmas are out there before us. But turmoil within the human community make prospects for real progress less likely. In the Middle East … a man of peace will step forward … Scripture says ‘he’ will, but watch out … for as the last story above tells us; there are birth pangs evident … along with wars and rumors of wars … and then … Well, it’s that ‘driving forces thing’ that pays attention to no one man.
All you need do is take a look at the information streaming through the window … and you’ll see it!