(The Hill): "There's a war going on which long predates Israel’s 2014 Gaza onslaught. It is a war on water... Over decades,
Israel has been carrying out a systemic & willful campaign to deprive & deny Palestinians access to clean water" (& via incursions
into Lebanon, Israel has sought control of Litani River) ...
3 relevant links => alethonews.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/ny-times-applauds-while-israel-robs-palestine-of-water
=> alethonews.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/nablus-residents-protest-israeli-water-supply-cut-off
*(new update) => www.imemc.org/article/72615
No bedroom, no internal toilet - so why did a buyer fork out close to seven figures?
"China today shut down (temporarily) one of the world's fastest supercomputers, after its building & nearby areas
were damaged in the massive twin explosions in the northern port city"...
What exactly are students learning when they spend four years or more in a community that polices unintentional slights, places warning labels on works of classic literature, and in many other ways conveys the sense that words can be forms of violence that require strict control by campus authorities, who are expected to act as both protectors and prosecutors?
(via Naked Capitalism / MacroBusiness): "Simon Baptist of 'The Economist' magazine believes that the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is dead, following the failure of final round negotiations in Hawaii (in July)"...
=> www.techdirt.com/articles/20150805/09380431859/after-maui-meltdown-tpp-has-missed-key-deadline-that-probably-means-doomed-whatever-is-now-agreed.shtml
The small, planelike craft  is known as the  XS-1. It is hoped the craft could quickly launch small satellites that could defend against the growing threat of Russian and Chinese space weapons.

A submerged, 12 m long monolith has been discovered at a water depth of 40 m, in a shallow bank of the Sicilian Channel.

Morphological evidence, underwater observations, and results of petrographic analysis testify that the monolith is man-made.

This monolith suggests a significant human activity in the Pantelleria Vecchia Bank, a former island of the Sicilian Channel.

Seawater inundated the Pantelleria Vecchia Bank at 9350 ± 200 yr B.P., presumably forcing inhabitants to migrate.
Thousands of locusts swarming the Russian village Achikulak in Stavropol