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- U.S. Officials: No Evidence Of Direct Russian Link To Malaysia Plane Crash (Ken Dilanian, The Huffington Post) Senior U.S. intelligence officials have given a cautious assessment that there is no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However they did say that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the event.
- America enjoys a time of sunshine in Hell. Use the time wisely. (Fabius Maximus) Fabius Maximus has contributed to GEI. FM unloads on the wasting of financial capital on parasitic activity and the wasting of human resources on idleness. He laments the careless use of our uncontested power. And , most of all, in our opinion, he laments that the American public fear we are headed in the wrong direction but appear to not know what to do about it.
- Walmart and Chik-Fil-A Want to Build on Endangered Florida Forest Lands (Anna Brones, Care2) Walmart and a Chik-Fil-A, along with some other commercial buildings and an apartment complex are planned for the last remaining section of the South Florida Rocklands, the home to the only true tropical forest on the U.S. mainland. One of the world's rarest forests, it's home to at least 137 species of trees and shrubs. As a result of population growth and land clearing in Miami and the Florida Keys, only two percent of the original habitat remains (about 10,000 acres). The developers are offering to set aside 40 acres of their project for a preserve.
- What this photograph might tell investigators about what really happened to MH17 (Peter Hollingsworth, The Conversation) Pieces of the fuselage will tell investigators whether the force that brought down MH17 came from within the aircraft or from outside. But if the force cam from outside it is unlikely that who did the deed will be determined unless the guilty party comes forward or is "ratted out" by another.
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