(Associated Press) – Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays – “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
(by James Taranto, OpinionJournal.com) - “Edward Snowden Gets Three More Years in Russia”–headline, MSNBC.com
In a major security shift, Japan’s Cabinet approved a change in July that allows the country’s long-restricted military to come to the aid of an ally under attack, even when Japan or its forces are not directly threatened.
Islamic State militants have overrun Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town, after pushing back Kurdish troops across a large area of the north of the country… Jihadists moved in overnight to claim several Christian towns, forcing tens of thousands to flee. Thousands of Christians already had fled to Qaraqosh from Mosul after the extremists gave them three choices: convert to Islam, pay a huge fine or face “death by the sword.”
(by Gen. John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), DefenseOne .com) - Make no mistake, the abomination of IS is a clear and present danger to the U.S. The only question really is whether the U.S. and its allies and partners will act decisively now while they can still shape events to destroy IS, an act that seems increasingly self-obvious.
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