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Breaking: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan launch strikes on Yemen

by Phantom Ace ( 219 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia at March 25th, 2015 - 8:55 pm

The Iranian backed shiite militants, Houthis in alliance with former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh are advancingon the southern city of Aden. The only opposition is al-Qaeda which is in the central region. The current President Hadi was in Aden with a very weak force and called for intervention. Saudi Arabia answered the call and has begun airstrikes on the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen early Friday, one day after the U.S.-backed Yemeni president was driven out of the country.

Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir said the operations began at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

He said the Houthis, widely believed to be backed by Iran, “have always chosen the path of violence.” He declined to say whether the Saudi campaign involved U.S. intelligence assistance.

Al-Jubeir made the announcement at a rare news conference by the Sunni kingdom.

He said the Saudis “will do anything necessary” to protect the people of Yemen and “the legitimate government of Yemen.”


Yemen’s Foreign Minister Riad Yassin told Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV satellite news network that he officially made a request to the Arab League on Wednesday to send a military force to intervene against the Houthis. Depicting the Houthis as a proxy of Shiite Iran, a rival to Sunni Gulf countries, he warned of an Iranian “takeover” of Yemen. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran.

It seems the Saudis are not alone on this.

Yemen, another success for the god-king!

Update: The Gulf countries are in on this intervention as well.

Riyadh (AFP) – Five Gulf states said Thursday that they will protect Yemen’s embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Shiite rebels that have closed in on the city of Aden, where he took refuge after fleeing the capital Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE said they “have decided to answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his people from the aggression of the (Shiite) Huthi militia”.

The statement came as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington said the kingdom has launched a military operation against the rebels.

“The operation is to defend the legitimate government,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington.

The statement from Riyadh included all members of the Gulf Cooperation Council except Oman.

On Un-Boiling Boiled Eggs.

by Bunk X ( 200 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Humor, Medicine, Open thread, Technology at February 7th, 2015 - 1:00 am

Texas Long Hens Eggs

It’s true. A hard-boiled chicken egg can now be unboiled.

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015 – UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites – an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to findings published today in the journal ChemBioChem.

“Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,” said Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry. “In our paper, we describe a device for pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold. We start with egg whites boiled for 20 minutes at 90 degrees Celsius and return a key protein in the egg to working order.”

Like many researchers, he has struggled to efficiently produce or recycle valuable molecular proteins that have a wide range of applications but which frequently “misfold” into structurally incorrect shapes when they are formed, rendering them useless.

“It’s not so much that we’re interested in processing the eggs; that’s just demonstrating how powerful this process is,” Weiss said. “The real problem is there are lots of cases of gummy proteins that you spend way too much time scraping off your test tubes, and you want some means of recovering that material.”

[Source here. Image from here.]

Prayers for Mandy [Updated Update]

by Bunk X ( 10 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Special Report, Uncategorized at October 5th, 2014 - 3:31 am

Mandy Nagy

For those who don’t know, Mandy Nagy (aka @Liberty_Chick) suffered a stroke early last month, and was knocked down big time. If you’re not familiar with her work, there’s a short synopsis here.

William (Bill) Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reports that Mandy was discharged from the hospital yesterday (3 October) and is now in a rehab facility. She is cognizant, but unable to to speak much. Here are some snippets in chronological order.

Update 5:45 p.m. 9-21-2014 — This is where I say: Stay hopeful but cautious, and not let recent progress create unrealistic short-term expectations. Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s doing very well. While I was there they put her in a recliner and she did her exercises and watched TV. I got her to laugh a few times. The color in her face has come back. I am very hopeful for significant recovery.

Update 6:15 p.m. 9-22-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s making progress. Her friend Bill was there today making her laugh. Still no date for rehab but should be soon. Each day she adds a one word or two. Bill tweets: just saw Mandy. She looks good. Laughing and smiling up a storm pics from Climate Rally. Some limited speech.

Update 1:40 p.m. 9-23-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She’s ready for rehab, but there are delays in getting her placed. During rehab in the hospital today they had her standing up. She understands what people are saying to her and will nod yes or no but she’s having trouble with language and output.

Update 7:15 p.m. 9-25-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She was very alert today. And it seems as though she understands everything we are saying to her and she can also read however she can’t identify the letters in what she’s reading. It’s interesting but I’m not sure how long it will take before she can use an iPad.

Update 7:55 p.m. 9-27-2014 — Mandy’s friend Bill tweets: “Mandy was really excited to see me today. She looked at me with those huge blue eyes of hers and smiled [continued] when she looks at me and I know she recognizes me it almost makes me cry.”

Update 8:30 A.m. 9-30-2014 — The fundraiser has launched: PLEASE CONTRIBUTE.

You can pay by credit card at the GoFundMe page:

You also can pay by check, payable to the “Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust” at the following address:

Mandy Nagy Supplemental Needs Trust
P.O. Box 33
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938

Update 2:45 p.m. 10-2-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: She looked good today. She’s talking a little bit more. She was in very good spirits smiling. I showed her the fundraiser and I could tell by the look on her face that she’s extremely grateful to everyone.

Update 6:10 p.m. 10-3-2014 — Mandy’s mom conveys: Mandy has moved from the hospital to a rehab facility.

Assuming Mandy qualifies for Medicare, it will only pay for 100 days of rehab. After that she’s going to either move out, or if she needs to stay, she’ll need to cough up $300 or more per day.

We wish you a fast recovery, Mandy.
[Update to the update:  from Legal Insurrection. ]

Update 12:30 p.m. 10-5-2014
My wife and I saw Mandy at the rehab facility today. She was very alert. She seemed to understand everything we said, nodded, occasionally said “yeah.” Shook her head a lot in response to questions. She indicated she was aware of the fundraiser, but didn’t remember me visiting her in the hospital or reading her reader comments, so I did that again. I told her that she always had a place at Legal Insurrection, and she smiled, but that if she only could type with her left hand, we’d have to get her a job at Mother Jones — to which she laughed really hard.

It’s pretty clear that rehab progress will be measured in weeks, not days like when she was in the hospital after the initial stroke. So we’ll probably update this post weekly from now on. When we update, we’ll alert people by posting this at the top of the homepage and sending out a tweet.

[Updates here, here and here.]

Prayers for Mandy

by Bunk X ( 18 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Special Report at September 8th, 2014 - 12:52 am

Mandy Nagy

Our beloved Mandy Nagy, also known as Liberty Chick, had a stroke yesterday and brain surgery to relieve the pressure today.

I am in touch with Mandy’s mom, who approved me letting people know via Legal Insurrection. Before surgery, Mandy also was able to nod approval with a small smile, her mom tells me.


Update 7:35 p.m. – Mandy’s mom tells me she is out of surgery, and the surgery went well. I can’t tell you how much I miss Mandy and can’t wait until she gets back. Mandy always was the voice of reason around here in an unreasonable world. [Source: Legal Insurrection]

For those who don’t know Mandy, she wrote for Andrew Breitbart and dared to post a story exposing a democrat fund raising organization run by a convicted domestic terrorist named Brett Kimberlin, aka “The Speedway Bomber.” For posting a story based upon available public information, she and others were viciously attacked by Kimberlin, Neil Rauhauser and Charles F. Johnson (whom she correctly tagged as a #brasnapper). These attacks weren’t limited to internet threats either. Ask Patterico.

Mandy was invited, and accepted, an interview on BlogMock Radio, 13 May 2012 during the peak of the harassment, and was not scared to name names.

We wish you a speedy recovery, Mandy.