Posted by: Chuck | September 30, 2013


Hello my friends, I awoke to the morning sunshine and to the sound of a series crows from our neighbor’s roster this morning. It was time to rise and shine. I know at times it’s hard to believe; no matter how hard life is, live it anyway. No matter how our prayers seem unanswered, pray them anyway. God will make a way, just believe His promise, “Never will I leave you, and never will I forsake you.” There wasn’t any Walking Dead wandering in front of our gates or senator with their hand out just the neighbor’s crowing rooster. It is quiet now with just the sound of a roaring motorcycle passing by the Big House.

Scientists have predicted continued shrinking ice caps, rising sea levels, longer and more frequent heat waves, and wet regions receiving more rainfall and dry ones receiving less, as a result of these changes.

Global warming could do more than just melt polar ice. It could change our maps, and displace people from cities and tropical islands.

A warning from doctors. A street drug that can rot human flesh and literally make it fall off the bone is being used in Arizona. The drug is called krokodil. It’s similar to heroin or morphine, and is made by mixing codeine with things like gasoline, paint thinner, oil or alcohol. That mixture is then injected into a vein. The drug first popped up in Russia but has spread to other countries in Europe and now the U.S.

Recently I heard about an individual who had a gentleman that used to work for him in the Philippines. The laborer was treated well and there weren’t any problems – that is, until he was confronted by some seedy individuals who told him to go to his foreign employer and demand money from him that was owed. Of course, he said nothing was owed to him and he was on good speaking terms with his former employer / friend. The seedy individuals suggested that he follow their orders lest something might happen to him and his family. So, the individual went to the foreigner and explained his predicament. What do you think is a wise decision? Pay the money to the individual or have something happen to the foreigner?

Any hints on where to go for some decent fishing. You can be Deep Sea but you don’t have to go Mindanao or Sergio; just catch the locate ferry from Danao and fish off the shores of nearby Camotes Island.

Start the day with a positive attitude for each new day holds so much potential. The possibilities that today offers are so endless, so eagerly anticipate wonderful happenings. It is easy to let blessings to go by unnoticed if you’re not looking. May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was ending his visit to the United States and inching through New York’s notorious traffic when the call came from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Fifteen minutes later, the two say goodbye in each other’s language, and a generation-long rift between the U.S. and Iran was that much closer to being bridged. Iranians awoke Saturday to learn about the groundbreaking conversation, the first in more than three decades between leaders of the two countries.–politics.html

Sweat gathered on the back of Gilberto Olivo’s shirt as he tried to divert attention from his resume at a recent job fair in the working-class town of Catano. Once a chemical engineer who held managerial positions in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Olivo became unemployed five years ago. Talking to a recruiter, the 64-year-old knew his once proud career might make him overqualified for jobs available now that could help him pay his mortgage, his daughter’s college tuition and other costs. “I’ll do anything,” Olivo said in all seriousness. “I’ll clean floors, I’ll wash dishes, I’ll be an errand boy.” Olivo’s predicament has become disturbingly common for many beleaguered lower- and middle-class residents of this U.S. territory, where energy, food and other costs were already much higher than those in the U.S. mainland. Now, the island’s cost of living is hitting unsustainable levels for people such as Olivo as the government passes a flurry of new taxes and increases in water and sewer rates that are adding hundreds of dollars more onto monthly budgets.

A military campaign against Muslim gunmen opposed to peace talks ended Saturday with close to 500 rebels killed or captured and nearly 200 hostages freed in a key southern city, the army said. “The threat to Zamboanga is over. The enemy has no organized resistance left,” military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP on the 20th day of operations. Police will now take over from troops to clear sections of the vital regional trading centre of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) stragglers, and find a key guerrilla leader who remains unaccounted for, he added.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appealed on Saturday for lawmakers to take action to avert a government shutdown next week, saying it was “astoundingly irresponsible” to try to influence policy making by triggering a funding crisis. Hagel, speaking to reporters en route to Seoul to mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea defense alliance, said he had spent much of the week working on future spending cuts while planning for a shutdown next week that could force 400,000 civilian defense workers to take unpaid leave.–business.html

The masked gunmen who infiltrated Nairobi’s Westgate mall arrived with a set of religious trivia questions: As terrified civilians hid in toilet stalls, behind mannequins, in ventilation shafts and underneath food court tables, the assailants began a high-stakes game of 20 Questions to separate Muslims from those they consider infidels. A 14-year-old boy saved himself by jumping off the mall’s roof, after learning from friends inside that they were quizzed on names of the Prophet Muhammad’s relatives. A Jewish man scribbled a Quranic scripture on his hand to memorize, after hearing the terrorists were asking captives to recite specific verses. Numerous survivors described how the attackers from al-Shabab, a Somali cell which recently joined al-Qaida, shot people who failed to provide the correct answers. Their chilling accounts, combined with internal al-Shabab documents discovered earlier this year by The Associated Press, mark the final notch in a transformation within the global terror network, which began to rethink its approach after its setbacks in Iraq. Al-Qaida has since realized that the indiscriminate killing of Muslims is a strategic liability, and hopes instead to create a schism between Muslims and everyone else, whom they consider “kuffar,” or apostates.

A bomb explosion on Sunday killed at least 33 people in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said — the third deadly strike to hit the city in the last week. The blast took place in the busy Kissa Khwani market in Peshawar, gateway to the troubled tribal regions which are infested with Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants.

The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence agree to a five-year, $90 million contract, reported Saturday. The deal, which is still pending a physical, could be officially announced Sunday. It reportedly includes a no-trade clause. Giants CEO Larry Baer and Pence spoke at Pence’s locker after Friday night’s game while reporters were present. Baer said he only congratulated Pence for winning the team’s Willie Mac Award, given to the team’s most inspirational player. However, Pence said the two sides were set to discuss a contract extension before free agency starts. Pence helped the Giants win the World Series last year after they acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies late in the season.–mlb.html

A high murder rate, common kidnappings, and violent riots are probably not things that anyone wishes to see at the top of a travel description. But what if you were to find out that along with the potential risk of danger, these destinations could provide you with exceptional local eats? Could the quest for finding new culinary adventures make you overcome the fear of hazardous situations?

MAKE SURE TO CHECK THIS ONE OUT. Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — Watch what one 4-year old boy thinks of Apple’s new iOS 7 mobile software. (Source: Bloomberg)

Thanks for stopping by, Uncle Chuck



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