Hey, I've got 22 grandkids and this is why I never visit anyone. I learned quickly of how the life I risk- is my own, in babysitting. Then having to send out search parties to locate the parents, who had either fled to Mexico, California or Hawaii. Maybe that's 23 grandkids, with the birth of Segen Miller, my great-granddaughter- via Canaan and Patrick. Canaan is our oldest grandchild, via Elizabeth, our oldest daughter. So, lets move on.
Book work: I'm still wrapping up Book # 6 of my Fire & Ice Series, this book entitled "Final Plans", and on Chapter #4- "Medical Bay One". I'm writing all new stories for this chapter, then having to proof them 2-3 times. I enjoy writing new stories and creating new characters, to mix in with my main characters first created 17-years ago. I remind you the new edited copy of Blake's War is out for sale, and new cover for Book # 2 Apache Snow trilogy is out. My publisher, Alaska Dreams Publishing Company created the new cover and I like it. I am going over numerous ideas for the cover of the soon to be published "Legend of Silene." Moving on again.
Taipei Times: Guam- "Political leaders on this Pacific Island say it is time to decide whether to remain a US Colony or become an independent nation." "Guam has been unincorporated territory of the US since 1898,meaning its 160,000 inhabitants are US Citizens, but have limited rights." "Guam's representative to Congress cannot vote" and Guam's citizens cannot vote in US elections. There are several U.S. military installations on Guam, with Anderson Air Force Base being the largest, but in the event they vote to become a nation, Guam can choose to rent the land back to the United States. It would behoove Guam to keep the U.S. Military on the island, as a buffer against China, or even Japan.
Washington Free Beacon: "Feds spend $373,522 to put subliminal cigarette warnings in video games. DUI (DWI) posters hang in the background of first-person shooter games. National Institute of Health is the federal agency behind this endeavor.
Gatestone Institute News: Palestine: New Palestinian law combating Information Technology (IT) crimes has sparked a "wave of protests from Palestinians journalists, Human Rights organizations." New "Cyber Law" signed by Palestinian Authority President Abbas on 7/11/17 permits imprisonment of Palestinians for "liking" or "sharing" published material on the internet. Critics say the law is to silence criticism of Abbas and the PA Leadership. New law has so far blocked 20-websites , accused of publishing comments and article s critical of the PA Leadership. Critics also feel such laws pave the way for a police-statin PA controlled territories.
Gatestone: Turkey- President Erdogan of Turkey has "pragmatically agreed to shake hands with Israel, but his ideological hostility to the Jewish State and his ideological love affair with Hamas have not disappeared; so the Turkish-Israel 'peace' would not be easy to sustain."
Taipei Times: China- KMT(Chinese Communist Party) has refused to pay cabinet-ordered compensation of US $ 28.43 million for selling properties appropriated from the Japanese Colonial Government, with KMT saying the properties were legally acquired and that they the KMT would appeal the order. 458 properties appropriated from former Japanese Government, which were later sold or expropriated . Violation of the deadline could result in the freezing of assets and detention of the KMT Chairperson. KMT accuses the Cabinet Committee of violating the country's law and that the former Japanese properties were transferred to the KMT to compensate the KMT for its wartime expenses during the second Sino-Japanese War.
Taipei Times: Indonesia has renamed waters in its Exclusive Economic Zone, that overlaps China's expansive claim to the South China Sea, and calling it the "North Natuna Sea". Indonesia sees this as an assertion of sovereignty and this move has angered China.
Taipei Times: Philippines - Philippine officials behind an arbitration case in which the Philippines won a "resounding victory" over China in 2016, are expressing alarm that Beijing continues to defy the decision, in what they are calling a setback to the Rule of Law. This decision invalidated China's sweeping historic claims in the South China Sea. President Duterte has promised to take up the court ruling with China, but he is also courting China as an economic partner.
Washington Free Beacon: Russia- The Russian Supreme Court upholds Russia's Ban on Jehovah's Witness Church from existing in Russia. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Jehovah Witness Church who hoped to reverse the Ban.
Washington Free Beacon: "IRS awards Obamacare premium tax credits without verifying citizenship or lawfully present status". IRS, "overpaid $800 million dollars and cannot recover the over payments."
Washington Free Beacon: United States- The celebrated Woman's March's Twitter account on Sunday, 7/16/17, celebrated the birthday of Joanne Deborah Byron, also known as Assata Shakur, a " convicted cop-killer wanted by the FBI" , is labeled as a "Revolutionary", and known to be hiding in Cuba.
Washington Free Beacon: "Feds spend $224,959 on 'clean water' video game." Game will show children how to "Right Environmental Wrongs". (Not one of the types of videos kids usually hope to play).
Iran Herald: United Arab Emirates , one of the Islamic countries that are blocking QATAR, is being blamed for orchestrating a hack of Qatari State News and Social Media websites, in May 2017. U.A.E. has now denied this. The misconception riled Israel , the left, the right and center of Israel's politicians, all their newspapers and TV networks, The hack supposedly "triggered" the Gulf Crisis.
Global Times: Thailand- Thai farmers compete in water buffalo racing festival , which is held every year among rice farmers to celebrate rice growing season. Held in rice paddies, the farmer runs behind two-very large water buffalos, who are roped side-by-side and the farmer holding the reins. He whips them with a narrow cane and shouts out, "Go Buffalo Go!" Thailand also has an annual water festival, which initially began with young people approaching old people and sprinkling water over them to bless them. Old people are highly resected in Thailand. BUT, then the U.S. Military and the American G..I. came to Thailand and turned this gentle festival into the most violent and large scale water fight that lasted 3-days. 55-gallon drums were being rolled off roofs, they were full of water of course and a lot of people went to the hospital Fire trucks got into and sprayed people with 2-inch hoses. Working Town Patrol, I was drenched in every bar with water, beer and liquor...sometimes the bar tender would douse us with his water sprayer. This became a nightmare and I've often wondered that since our departure if things ever returned to what it was before we stepped in and ruined things?
Global Times: Israel- Continues to have Muslim protestors outside the al-Aqsa Mosque a top the Holy Mount for both Islam and the Jewish faith. After two Israeli soldiers were stabbed to death on the Mount, the entry ways to the Mosque and Jewish sites were closed off. They soon re-opened, but the Israelis had installed inspection tables and walkthrough weapons detectors, and this greatly offended the Muslims. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the Israelis and called it "A crime against Muslims". Riots proceeded to occur and soon, 5 battalions of Israeli Defense Force were placed on standby.
Global Times: Thailand- Thai Navy has seized 3-Vitnamese fish trawlers and arrested 18-crewmen for fishing in Gulf of Thailand Thai Territory waters. So far in 2017, the Thai Navy has seized 33 Vietnamese trawlers and arrested 189 -crew members.
Telegraph UK: England- Security experts warn, "sensitive personal data at risk, as UK Firms are bought up by China."
Thailand News (The Nation): Thailand- influenza outbreak strikes- 40,000 plus sickened and 4 deaths so far.
Manila Times: Philippines- Health Secretary Ubial said there will be "no grace period" for the implementation of nation-wide smoking ban.
Egypt Daily News: Egypt- "Egyptian regulators kill rumor of domestic banks might handle bitcoins."
Egypt Daily News: China- Chinese Military, "is holding live-fire drills in Tibet to practice invading India."
Egypt Daily News: Austria- sends armored vehicles and troops to stop migrants from crossing Italy's border and into Austria.
Asia Times: India- A judge has called for sentencing reform after he jails a man for two-years, who had hit a motorcycle with his car, killing the driver o the motorcycle. But, he was required another motorist to a mandatory 14-years for killing a cow with his car. (If not aware of this, India's Hinde hold the cow as sacred- beef is not consumed by the Hinde.)
Asia Times: Palestine- On all maps used by the Palestinian Authority and in Palestinian school textbooks, Israel does not exist; It is called Palestine. The rest of the European Union has remained silent as they allowed UNESCO resolutions to be passed , basically agreeing that, Israel's Biblical history is false, saying in fact the whole Bible is a lie. This allows for Islam to spread throughout the European Union. (How long before this happens inside the USA and Canada?)
Gatestone News: Italy- "The Worst Ideological Enemy of the US is now Europe". The vast majority of European courts , to include the European Court of Human Rights, (ECHR) or the Court of Justice of the European Union- in their attempt to be moral and just, have dismissed the sovereign laws of Italy as irrelevant , and trampled the rights of the Italian State and ordinary Italians to approve who enters their country. In Europe, Amnesty International and the like, it seems, a new source of law.
Gatestone News: Turkey- "Is Turkey Becoming Another Iran?" Turkey is in the process of including the concept of Jihad in compulsory school curricula . In the 8th grade, Jihad will also be taught under the title, "Struggling on the Path to Allah: Jihad."
Washington Free Beacon: Feds have issued $171 million in improper payments to people with more than one Social Security number.
Taipei Times: Free plastic bags are to be banned in Taiwan's 80,000 stores; involving bakeries, beverage stores, book stores, pharmacies, medical suppliers, electronic stores and laundries. Taiwan believes this will reduce the amount of plastic bags being used by 1.5 million bags. Plastic bags will now be sold in hope the bags will now be used. Measure to take effect in 2018.
Global Times: Britain- UK Government has introduced new legislation that will require visitors to porn sites will have to verify their age of 18 or older before being granted access. Teens very upset by this move.
Global Times: Russia- Russian authorities are preparing for a retaliatory response to Poland's decision to dismantle Soviet monuments.
Global Times: Japan- 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck near coast of Fukushima, no tsunami warning issued. ( This is where the nuclear plants sustained a melt down and are still leaking into the ocean.)
Washington Free Beacon: New York- " A little known law in New York City, that requires people who dog sit, must have a kennel license and this is enraging pet lovers.
Washington Free Beacon: Washington D.C.- State Department facing harsh criticism for claiming in an official report, that Israel is to blame for Terrorism Attacks committed by Palestinians, and largely responsible for the "impasse" in peace negotiations.
Well, if you stayed with all the news, I am appreciative because it takes me some time. I feel if you want to review the whole story, I've given you the news source to do so.
I will now sign off, as my beautiful wife has dinner waiting. God Bless, BILL