The Struggle Between Israel and Hamas Heats Up
Tensions are high in the Holy Land as the conflict between Hamas and Israel continues without either side wanting to call a truce. Hamas is the Palestinian fundamentalist militant group in charge of Gaza: A self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Egypt and Israel and has been the site of a turf war for many years. The Gaza Strip, as it is called, is 25 miles long and six miles wide and was originally a part of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate. That all changed in 1948 when the nation of Israel was created.
The Holy Land consists of Israel, Palestinian territories, parts of Jordan, and Lebanon. It’s called the Holy Land as Christians, Jews, and Muslims all regard the land as sacred.
Hamas and Israel have fought one another in three wars and several more minor battles and skirmishes. So far, the worst fighting was done during the 2014 war, which lasted for 50 days. Lives were lost on both sides before a cautionary peace was agreed.
The Colonial Pipeline Debacle
The Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline operates the largest refined-products pipeline in the U.S. It delivers 45% of all the fuel consumed on the East Coast from Houston, TX to New Jersey. The shutdown affected 17 states, causing enough concern for the Department of Transportation to declare a regional state of emergency for the southeastern seaboard.
President Biden has assured the American people that no real gas shortages will be experienced, and he said he would put more federal support into education to train the next generation of workers to stop malware cyber-attacks in the future. The president also warned: “And I also want to say something to the gas stations: Do not — I repeat, do not try to take advantage of consumers during this time.”
It may be days until the flow of fuel is back to normal.
Are Cats Chicago’s Super-Heroes? Meow
The notorious Rat Capital of America, also known as Chicago, Illinois, may soon be the Cat Capital as thousands of feral felines are being released on the rodent-inhabited streets. It’s called the “Cats at Work” program; this city plan is a partnership with the Treehouse Humane Society, which insists this program is much better than the likely alternative for the cats: euthanasia.
Not only do cats catch and eat rats and mice, but by simply being there and emitting pheromones, the furballs are a natural deterrent to rodents – meaning rats will go elsewhere to colonize.
Orkin’s pest control company ranks American cities in areas of infestations by roaches, rats, and creepy crawly things and gave Chicago the dubious honor for the sixth consecutive year. Los Angeles and New York City completed the rat-trifecta in terms of volume.