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Subject: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Very true...from the good old days!!!
I hope your week has started well.
This day in Naval History September 19
1915 - SECNAV Josephus Daniels organizes the Naval Consulting Board to mobilize the scientific resources of U.S. for national defense.
1957 - Bathyscaph Trieste, in a dive sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in the Mediterranean, reaches record depth of 2 miles
1992 - Joint Task Force Marianas stands down after providing assistance to Guam after Typhoon Omar
Today in History September 19
In a landmark battle of the Hundred Years' War, English Prince Edward defeats the French at Poitiers.
Francis, the king of France, and Charles V of Austria sign a peace treaty in Crespy, France, ending a 20-year war.
Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.
American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates meet British troops led by Gen. John Burgoyne at Saratoga Springs, NY.
The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, rooster and a duck.
Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.
The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Strasbourg and Basel, in Europe.
New Zealand becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
President Emile Loubet of France pardons Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus, twice court-martialed and wrongly convicted of spying for Germany.
American troops of the Allied North Russia Expeditionary Force receive their baptism of fire near the town of Seltso against Soviet forces.
Moscow announces it will withdrawal soldiers from Korea by the end of the year.
Argentina's President Juan Peron is overthrown by rebels.
First underground nuclear test takes place in Nevada.
First Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (originally called the Pilton Festival) is held near Pliton, Somerset, England.
Carl XVI Gustaf invested as King of Sweden, following the death of his grandfather King Gustaf VI Adolf.
The first documented emoticons, :-) and :-(, posted on Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System by Scott Fahlman.
An earthquake kills thousands in Mexico City.
Parents Music Resource Center formed by Tipper Gore (wife of then-Senator Al Gore) and other political wives lobby for Parental Advisory stickers on music packaging.
German hikers near the Austria-Italy border discover the naturally preserved mummy of a man from about 3,300 BC; Europe's oldest natural human mummy, he is dubbed Otzi the Iceman because his lower half was encased in ice.
Military coup in Bangkok, revokes Thailand's constitution and establishes martial law.
Monday Morning Humor from Al
Submitted by Don Mills:
Patty was slow to be ambulatory after her hip surgery. A young, new doctor—someone other than her surgeon sat down next to her bed and told her she was pregnant.
She burst out, screaming as she hobbled down the hall. Her orthopedic surgeon stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story. After listening, he had her return to her room, sit down, and relax.
The second doctor marched down the hallway where the first doctor was and demanded, "What's the matter with you? Mrs. Krause is over 70 years old, she has three grown children and eight grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?"
The young doctor continued to write on his clipboard and without looking up said, "She's up and walking again, isn't she?"
Submitted by John Hudson:
After her sponge bath at the hospital, which she said was the most thorough she had ever had, the male nurse left and the female nurse came in.
As she shut the door, she asked me a question I didn't want to hear.
She said... "Who was that guy…and are you ready for your sponge bath?"
As the nurse came in first thing in the morning, she asks Patty, "Good morning! Did you get much sleep?"
Patty politely answers with a yes.
The nurse replies with a smile, "Well then night shift must not have been doing their job because they are suppose to wake you up every hour to see if you're sleeping!"
Patty commented to the nurse's aide that the food served left a lot to be desired.
She replied, "If we gave you nice food, you may not want to leave."
(She believes the best meal she had was an IV drip.)
We are fortunate that we have good health insurance. We had heard about two patients who limped into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both had trouble walking and appeared to require a hip replacement. The first patient was examined within the hour, x-rayed the same day and had a time booked for surgery the following week. The second patient saw his family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waited six weeks to see a specialist, then got an x-ray, which wasn't reviewed for another month and finally had her surgery scheduled for three months from then. Why the different treatment for the two patients? The first was a golden retriever. The second was a senior citizen.
Patty's doctor operates a Seniors' Roller Rink/Hip Replacement Clinic. He figures he may be losing money on the skate rentals but he is making it up in the clinic.
Patty's first words to me when she got home was "Do these pants make my lumbo-pelvic hip complex look anteriorly rotated?"
And to cheer her up, Patty's doctor told her this at her release from the hospital: "85% recover with no complications. 60% of the remaining 15% will have a slower recovery rate, and the remaining 40% of the 15% may need one or two additional surgeries."
Hospitals shall be required to provide education on safe sex after surgery for hip replacement patients.—The Joint Commission
If you have emailed Patty and not received a response, it is due to the fact that her body is experiencing technical difficulties right now.
Stay healthy and have a good week,
Thanks to Carl
September 18, 2017
K-16: Land of Lies
Many college kids can hardly write a proper English sentence, never mind a proper essay. Meanwhile, the essay-writing industry is huge, churning out tens of thousands of illegal documents. Naturally, all participants in the scam pretend there's no scam, and so the scam can go on
Here's a recent, terrifying report from an editor:
My organization decided a few weeks back that we needed to hire a new professional staff person. We had close to 500 applicants. Inasmuch as the task was to help us communicate information related to the work we do, we gave each of the candidates one of the reports we published last year and asked them to produce a one-page summary. All were college graduates. Only one could produce a satisfactory summary. That person got the job.
Here is a good indication of how bad things already were 40 years ago. One investigator concluded:
If you think America's English teachers have gone "back to basics" and are solving the literacy problem everyone began shouting about in the 1970s, think again. Recent studies show that English teachers know little about the language they're supposed to teach. They get poor training in writing at college and, as a group, are bad writers.
I am about a decade into my teaching career, but even within this fairly short span, I have noticed a startling decline in the quality of written work turned in by my students, regardless of which institution (community college, private, four year school) the papers are coming from.
So what's going on?
Even though half the incoming students are completely incompetent at the sentence level, colleges pretend it's not so. In this piece that explains why so many young Americans can't write well, Natalie Wexler states, "Colleges simply assume students already know how to write sentences." Course syllabi and textbooks all peddle the fiction that students can produce grammatical sentences at will, without crude errors like fragments, run-ons, or subject-verb disagreements. That's grotesquely untrue.
In her report, Wexler provides a weighty insight: "With the advent of e-mail, writing ability has become more important than ever, and writing deficiencies have become increasingly apparent."
It's not hyperbole to point out that the country's language skills have gotten rotten. PBS concluded:
The vast majority of public two- and four-year colleges report enrolling students – more than half a million of them–who are not ready for college-level work, a Hechinger Report investigation of 44 states has found. The numbers reveal a glaring gap in the nation's education system: A high school diploma, no matter how recently earned, doesn't guarantee that students are prepared for college courses. Higher education institutions across the country are forced to spend time, money and energy to solve this disconnect. They must determine who's not ready for college and attempt to get those students up to speed as quickly as possible, or risk losing them altogether.
Meanwhile, there is massive fraud top to bottom. The kids cheat (i.e., plagiarize) by buying essays. There seem to be hundreds of these businesses, some of them claiming to have hundreds of professional writers. Meanwhile, the college (or the individual teachers) could easily determine when students are handing in material above their abilities. The colleges don't try very hard.
If commonsense safeguards were enforced, the pool of applicants ready for college might shrink tremendously. The money would stop flowing. Some professors would no longer have careers. A lot of colleges could become ghost towns.
The sad tendency started 75 years ago, when the Education Establishment piously announced a number of stupidities: grammar isn't important, and students shouldn't worry about correct spelling. I can remember reading an article in Time 40 years ago where two professors said children would pick up language rules from their environment. Even young and dumb as I was at that moment, I sensed that these two guys were jive-ass turkeys.
Now we're probably at the point where lots of kids pay to have their admission essays written. Maybe they paid for papers in high school. And then they pay right through their college years. This might add thousands of dollars to the cost of higher education. But that's not so consequential if you're already paying $30,000 to $40,000 each year.
If you want to see some serious sophistry unfolding in front of your eyes, watch this Huffington Post liberal (one must assume) try to keep the house of cards standing:
Since academic writing is becoming one of the most prominent aspects of the educational system, the constant development of the custom-writing industry is clearly justified. ... [S]ome argue ... that the content completed by professional writers is not plagiarized. It is completely unique, well-researched and properly-referenced. When a customer buys this type of product, he has the right to use it as a source for another paper, or simply submit it as his own.
Intellectually speaking, that's Sodom and Gomorrah.
David Coleman is famous for trying to force Common Core on the public. And Common Core is famous for not teaching kids to write. According to the Washington Post, "the authors of the Common Core focused just on the skills that students should have at each grade level, not on how to impart them. And few teachers have been trained to teach these writing skills, apparently because educators believe that students will just pick them up through reading. Obviously, most don't."
Coleman, having done his dirty work for Common Core, bounced over to take control of The College Board. His first action was to sandbag "the essay requirement," the one part that might reveal how shabby things have become. In other words, he's covering up his own tracks.
The main point here is that all sectors of the Education Establishment are conspiring to sabotage reading and writing skills at all levels, while at the same time conspiring to cover up the consequences of this sabotage.
Students don't learn essential skills, and then the testing of those skills is compromised or hidden. What better way to hide poor writing skills than to allow a whole new industry to evolve, so students can hire mercenaries to do their work? Isn't that clever? Crime-wise, it's a double-helix, so slick, so sick, that even people who think they are not concerned about education might want to protest.
The starting point for all of these developments is the poor instruction of reading in the early grades. Millions of children reach middle school with only limited literacy. Naturally, their writing skills are even lower than that. Children need to be good fluent readers, then they acquire a good vocabulary, then they can move to writing an essay. If reading isn't taught properly, writing will be an impossible dream.
Bruce Deitrick Price explains education theories and methods on his site Improve-Education.org. His next book is Saving K-12, "a citizen's guide to improving public education," due Nov. 17.
Thanks to Dutch R. Lots of car stuff
Lead East 2017 AUTO NOSTALGIAThanks to Gary -
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Thanks to Harry, who, at much older than many of us, is aging more gracefully than most of us!!
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Subject: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Needed someone who would understand to share these memories.
Very true...from the good old days!!!
Item Number:1 Date: 09/19/2017 AFGHANISTAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY ANTICIPATES NEW MILITIA; 20,000 MAY SERVE (SEP 19/TN) TOLONEWS -- Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says it is almost completed preparations for a new militia unit, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan). The militia will be comprised of reserve soldiers and officers. They will receive a salaries in the same fashion as regular units, said a Defense Ministry spokesman on Monday. Former army personnel will be allowed to join the militia. The force will secure vulnerable areas cleared of insurgents that the military cannot safeguard, the spokesman said. The new unit will be organized into battalions and will operate under the command of army corps in different provinces, according to the ministry. Local army officials will be deployed to assess the needs of each province. The force is expected to eventually total around 20,000, said security sources
Item Number:2 Date: 09/19/2017 AFGHANISTAN - U.S.-MADE BLACK HAWKS START ARRIVING FOR AIR FORCE (SEP 19/REU) REUTERS -- The Afghan air force has just received its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, say officials cited by Reuters. They arrived on Tuesday in Kandahar, according to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. Washington plans to supply 159 Black Hawks in the next few years to help the Afghan air force replace its Soviet-era Mi-17 helicopters. The aging Mi-17 fleets has become increasingly hard to maintain and replace. Nineteen of the Afghan air force's 46 Mi-17s were unusable because of overhaul or repair, according to a report in July by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan, a U.S. congressional watchdog
Item Number:3 Date: 09/19/2017 CHINA - NEWLY COMMISSIONED TRAINING SHIP TO VISIT 4 COUNTRIES IN MAIDEN OCEAN VOYAGE (SEP 19/CMO) CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- The Chinese navy's newest training ship has begun its maiden oceangoing voyage, reports China Military Online. The Qi Jiguang, which has the hull number of 83, sailed Sunday from a military port in Dalian, in Liaoning province. The Chinese navy says the training ship is its largest and most advanced. She is assigned to the Dalian Naval Academy. Qi Jiguang was commissioned in February. The training ship, with 549 aboard, is expected to make port calls to Portugal, Italy, Sri Lanka and Thailand, visiting naval colleges and training facilities. The midshipmen will be training in 13 subjects, including terrestrial navigation, astronomical navigation, ship maneuver and marine hydrometeorology. The ship is named after a general who helped defend China's eastern coastal regions from Japanese pirates in the 16th century
Item Number:4 Date: 09/19/2017 IRAQ - MORE THAN 1,300 FOREIGN WIVES, CHILDREN OF ISIS TERRORISTS FACE POTENTIAL DEPORTATION (SEP 19/MIDEEYE) MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Iraqi authorities are preparing to deport hundreds of family members of Islamic State terrorists, reports the Middle East Eye. About 500 wives and 800 children were captured in July 2016 when government forces regained control of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province. The women and children were moved Sunday from a camp run by international aid agencies about 37 miles sought of Mosul to a detention center in Tal Kayf, an official told AFP. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered their transfer to the detention center so their cases can be examined "before they are eventually expelled from the country," said the councilor of the province. One minister told AFP that they are "foreigners who entered the country illegally." The group includes nationals from 13 countries, including 300 from Turkey. Many of the others are from Azerbaijan, Russia and Tajikistan, according to an aid group
Item Number:5 Date: 09/19/2017 ISRAEL - GROUND BROKEN ON OFFICIAL, PERMANENT U.S. BASE IN NEGEV DESERT (SEP 19/DN) DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. and Israel have inaugurated an American military base in the Israeli desert, reports Defense News. American and Israeli officials broke ground on Monday. The base is located within the Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School in the country's south, near Beersheba. This is the first time in history that the U.S. has established an official, permanent military base in Israel. The air defense base is in the heart of the Negev desert, noted the Times of Israel. The base, referred to as Site 883 Life Support Area will be operated by U.S. European Command. It will include a barracks and several other buildings. Several dozen U.S. soldiers will operate American systems to identify and intercept a spectrum of aerial threats, said officials. The base is largely to serve as "a joint Israeli and American effort to sustain and enhance our defensive capabilities," and will not bring operational changes such as training or exercises, said Israeli air force Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich. The U.S. military has operated an independent facility in the same general area of the Negev desert for nearly a decade that houses an AN/TPY-2 missile defense radar
Item Number:6 Date: 09/19/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS CONFIRMS DEATH OF MILITANT IN ANOTHER TUNNEL INCIDENT (SEP 19/AFP) AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A Hamas militant has died in an accident while working in a tunnel in Gaza, the third such death in five days, reports Agence France-Presse, citing a confirmation from the terrorist group. The militant, named as Hani Shaloud, was killed "during his work in a resistance tunnel" in the Gaza Strip, said a statement from Hamas on Tuesday, referring to tunnels used for military purposes. No other details were given. On Friday, two members of Hamas' armed wing died in separate tunnel collapses. At least 27 people have died in tunnel accidents in recent months, noted the news agency. Hamas has built a network of tunnels inside Gaza and others under the Israeli border, noted the Times of Israel. During the 2014 conflict, Hamas made several deadly attacks on Israeli soldiers using its network.
Item Number:7 Date: 09/19/2017 ISRAEL - IDF DOWNS ALLEGED IRANIAN-MADE UAV; SPY DRONE SAID TO BE OPERATED BY HEZBOLLAH (SEP 19/HA) HAARETZ -- The Israeli military says it has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah near the Golan Heights, reports Haaretz (Israel). The unmanned aircraft was first detected Tuesday as it took off from the Damascus international airport, said officials. Israeli warplanes were scrambled to the area, but did not fire. The drone was downed as it entered the demilitarized zone over the Golan by a Patriot missile battery based in Galilee, said the military. The intelligence-gathering drone fell inside Syrian territory in a government-controlled area near Quneitra, said the IDF. IDF troops in the area were then placed on high alert, according to standard army doctrine, said an IDF spokesman cited by the Times of Israel
Item Number:8 Date: 09/19/2017 JAPAN - PATRIOT MISSILE BATTERY MOVES TO HOKKAIDO AFTER N. KOREAN MISSILES FLY OVER (SEP 19/KNA) KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- Japan's military has deployed an anti-missile battery to the northern island of Hokkaido, close to the flight paths of recent North Korean ballistic missile tests, reports the Kyodo news agency. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air interceptors were moved Tuesday to a Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Hakodate. They came from an Air Self Defense Force Base about 44 miles away. Tokyo previously deployed the PAC-3 system to another undisclosed part of Hokkaido, said officials cited by AFP. In August, the Defense Ministry moved PAC-3 batteries to Hiroshima and three other prefectures in western Japan after North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles over the region toward the U.S. territory of Guam. Rather than firing toward Guam, North Korea launched missile over Hokkaido on Aug. 29 and Sept. 15
Item Number:9 Date: 09/19/2017 LEBANON - 19 ARRESTED FROM TERROR CELL SAID TO BE PLOTTING ATTACKS (SEP 19/DAILYSTAR) DAILY STAR -- Lebanon's army says it recently foiled an terror cell plotting an attack, reports the Daily Star (Lebanon). The army's intelligence directorate arrested 19 people belonging to an ISIS-linked cell, said an army statement on Friday. The cell was headed by an Egyptian national named Fadi Ibrahim Ahmad, also known as Abo Khatab. He is hiding inside the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, said the statement. Foreign embassies warned their nationals on Friday to avoid public places. Both the U.S. and Canadian Embassies warned their citizens to avoid the Casino du Liban in Jounieh, north of Beirut. The French Embassy in Beirut urged French citizens to be vigilant over the weekend, citing an "elevated risk of attack targeting public places," reported Reuters. The Interior Ministry said it was investigating those warnings, but said there was no reason to panic, reported Reuters.
Item Number:10 Date: 09/19/2017 NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM MAKES DEADLY ATTACKS, HIT VILLAGES IN NORTHEAST (SEP 19/NANIGERIA) NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed about two dozen people in Nigeria's northeast in separate attacks, reports the News Agency of Nigeria. An Islamic cleric and three others were killed Sunday when militants stormed Kurumari village in the Magumeri local government area, said a Borno police spokesman. On Monday, three suicide bombers made coordinated attacks at Mashemari village in Konduga, killing 16 people and wounding 13 others, said officials. Police said Boko Haram was reasonably assumed to be responsible
Item Number:11 Date: 09/19/2017 RUSSIA - 'TELEPHONE TERRORISM' CONTINUES; THREATS FORCE 19,000 TO EVACUATE IN 11 CITIES (SEP 19/TASS) TASS -- A series of hoax bomb threats have continued across Russia, forcing thousands to evacuate buildings, reports the Sputnik news agency (Russia). More than 19,000 people were evacuated Monday after anonymous bomb threats were made against 80 public targets in 11 cities, according to Russian authorities. In Moscow, the buildings evacuated included local council buildings, shopping malls, night clubs and restaurants, said one source from Russia's emergency services. More than 200,000 have been forced to evacuate nationwide over the past week. Phone calls have claimed that explosives were planted in nearly 700 buildings. A law enforcement source last week said that the calls were made from abroad by people linked to the Islamic State. All necessary measures were being taken in order to find the perpetrators of the "telephone terrorism," said a presidential spokesman
Item Number:12 Date: 09/19/2017 RUSSIA - INVESTIGATORS LOOK INTO YAK-130 TRAINER CRASH; 2 PILOTS EJECT SAFELY (SEP 19/SPUTNIK) SPUTNIK -- Military investigators are looking into the cause of a Russian trainer aircraft over the weekend. Two military pilots were uninjured after their trainer aircraft went down on Saturday, reports the domestic Sputnik news agency. The Yak-130 trainer crashed near the base in Borisoglebsk, in the country's southwest, said the Defense Ministry. The pilots reportedly steered the aircraft away from nearby buildings before ejecting. Both were picked up by search-and-rescue forces, a ministry statement said.
Item Number:13 Date: 09/19/2017 RUSSIA - LITHUANIA PROTESTS ABOUT RUSSIAN AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS; KREMLIN DISMISSES ACCUSATIONS (SEP 19/TASS) TASS -- Russia's Defense Ministry has denied Lithuania's accusations of violating its airspace during a large military exercise in Belarus, reports Tass (Russia). Russia and Belarus is in the midst of the Sept. 14-20 Zapad-2017 exercise, which have raised concerns in the West. Lithuania protested that two Russian Il-76 aircraft flew into its airspace on Sept. 16 during the drills, said the Defense Ministry on Monday. Lithuania's Defense Ministry "expressed its protest to the Russian ambassador and requested competent Russian authorities to provide an explanation over the incident as soon as possible." It also "called on Russia to take all necessary measures to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future," as quoted by the Baltic Post. The Kremlin said the Russian planes deviated from their route over the Baltic Sea toward Lithuanian airspace to avoid a storm, with the permission of an air traffic controller in Vilnius. "As soon as a relevant permission was received from the Lithuanian side, the planes deviated from the route to fly past the hazardous area and returned to the initial route," according to the Russian ministry. "We consider the Lithuanian side's claims about alleged intentional violation of its airspace by Russian planes during the Zapad-2017 drills as politicized and having nothing to do with reality," said a ministry statement
Item Number:14 Date: 09/19/2017 SYRIA - AIR BASE IN DEIR EZZOR, LONG UNDER ISIS SIEGE, RESTARTS OPERATIONS (SEP 19/XIN) XINHUA -- An air base in Deir Ezzor, a city surrounded by the Islamic State for three years before being retaken, has resumed operations, says a Syrian military source cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency. State media and a U.K.-based monitoring group also reported the base's functioning. The Syrian army ended the ISIS siege on the enclave of the city last week. Warplanes could not operate from the adjacent base while surrounded for fear of being targeted. Two cargo planes landed at the base on Monday with supplies for Syrian forces fighting ISIS elsewhere in the city, said the source. Syrian warplanes also have been operating from the base, hitting ISIS positions, the source said. Pro-government forces in the city have reached the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. They now control more than 60 percent of Deir Ezzor, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Item Number:15 Date: 09/19/2017 SYRIA - IN MAJOR MOVE, ISLAMIST GROUPS ATTACK GOVERNMENT-HELD TERRITORY NEAR HAMA (SEP 19/REU) REUTERS -- Jihadist groups have launched a major attack on government-held areas in northwestern Syria, say a monitoring group and Hezbollah media, as cited by Reuters. Tuesday's attack took place against villages north of government-held Hama city, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The offensive was spearheaded by jihadists, including Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of Islamist groups led by Nusra Front, Al-Qaida's former affiliate in Syria. Other rebel organizations include the Turkistan Islamic Party, a jihadist group, and a group that fights under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, according to the monitoring group. Airstrikes and heavy fighting were continuing, said the observatory. The Syrian army and its allies were repelling the attack, according to a Hezbollah-run military news outlet. Rebels approached Hama earlier this year before being repelled in April. The area is close to rebel-held Idlib province
Item Number:16 Date: 09/19/2017 TURKEY - MILITARY HOLDS EXERCISES NEAR IRAQI BORDER BEFORE PLANNED KURDISH REFERENDUM (SEP 19/DAILYSABAH) DAILY SABAH -- Turkey's military has begun an unannounced military exercise near the border with Iraq ahead of a planned independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, reports the Daily Sabah (Turkey). The Kurdistan Regional Government, which governs the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, has scheduled an independence referendum for Sept. 25. The KRG has said that the vote would not trigger an immediate secession and would instead prompt "serious discussions" with Baghdad, reported Al Jazeera. On Monday, the military began an exercise near the town of Silopi, close to the Habur border gate between the Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan. The drills involve 100 military vehicles, including tanks, towed howitzers and rocket launchers, reported the Dogan news agency. Ankara opposes the referendum, saying it will damage Iraq's territorial integrity and lead to regional instability. Concerns have been raised that an independent Kurdish state would encourage Kurdish separatists in Turkey. Also on Monday, the top court in Iraq temporarily suspended the referendum, reported Al Jazeera. This was just the most recent of a series of court rulings intended to stop the vote.
Item Number:17 Date: 09/19/2017 USA - 2 MORE SENIOR COMMANDERS FROM 7TH FLEET LOSE JOBS (SEP 19/HILL) THE HILL -- Two more U.S. naval commanders have lost their jobs amid investigations concerning collisions, reported the Hill (Washington, D.C.). The head of the 7th Fleet fired the two, the Navy said on Monday. Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, the newly installed commanding officer of the 7th Fleet, relieved Task Force 70 commander Rear Adm. Charles Williams and Destroyer Squadron 15 commander Capt. Jeffrey Bennett, said a statement cited by the Navy Times. The statement cited a loss of their ability to command. The firings came after collisions involving the Fitzgerald and John S. McCain destroyers and merchant vessels. Seven sailors died in the Fitzgerald incident in June; about two months later, 10 sailors died on the McCain. Both destroyers are part of Destroyer Squadron 15. Task Force 70 has tactical control over ships deploying or transiting in the 7th Fleets waters. Ongoing accountability investigations continue into several incidents in the Pacific this year, said officials cited by USNI News
Item Number:18 Date: 09/19/2017 USA - NAVY ACCEPTS OMAHA LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP IN MOBILE, ALA. (SEP 19/OWH) OMAHA WORLD-HERALD -- The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of a new littoral combat ship, reports the Omaha World-Herald. The Omaha, an Independence-class ship, was delivered late Friday in Mobile, Ala., where the ship was built, the Naval Sea Systems Command said on Monday. There was no formal ceremony, said a spokesman for Austal USA, the manufacturer. That is scheduled to take place in January in the ship's future homeport of San Diego, Calif., said the commander of the ship. The Omaha is expected to remain in Mobile until mid-November for tests and trials. She is the 10th littoral combat ship to be delivered, and the sixth delivered by Austal. There are two LCS models: the Freedom variant built by Lockheed Martin in Wisconsin and the Independence variant that built by Austal USA
Item Number:19 Date: 09/19/2017 USA - PLAN TO BUY ORBITAL ATK WOULD EXPAND NORTHROP'S MISSILE BUSINESS; AGREEMENT TOTALS $9.2 BILLION (SEP 19/NORGRU) NORTHROP GRUMMAN -- Northrop Grumman has announced a definitive agreement to purchase Orbital ATK. Orbital ATK, based in Dulles, Va., produces rocket motors and target launch vehicles to test missile defense systems. The company also makes the interceptor boosters for the U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, noted the Los Angeles Times. Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt, said the release on Monday. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval as well as approval by Orbital shareholders. Assuming the approval is forthcoming, the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2018. Once the acquisition is completed, Northrop Grumman plans to establish Orbital ATK as a new, fourth business sector, said the statement. In August, Northrop Grumman and competitor Boeing were chosen by the Air Force to continue work on designs for a new intercontinental ballistic missile system known as the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program
Item Number:20 Date: 09/19/2017 USA - U.S. F-35S, B-1B BOMBERS MAKE PRACTICE RUNS NEAR N. KOREAN BORDER (SEP 19/WSJ) WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The United States sent warplanes to the Korean peninsula in a show of force Monday in response to North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan, reports the Wall Street Journal. The U.S. and South Korea conducted a joint air exercise close to North Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Four U.S. F-35B stealth jets from Japan and two B-1B strategic bombers, based in Guam, flew over the peninsula, said a joint statement. The aircraft dropped live munitions at the Pilsung Range training area in the eastern province of Gangwon, said the U.S. Pacific Command. Those aircraft were then joined by four South Korean F-15K fighter jets, two U.S. Forces Korea F-16 jets and two KC-135 tanker refueling planes. They flew in formation close to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, noted the statement. The exercise came after North Korea test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over northern Japan on Sept. 15. The North fired another missile over Japan on Aug. 29.