Muslim Americans raise funds to repair Jewish cemetery - The San Diego Union-Tribune - It took just three hours for an online fundraiser asking Muslim Americans to donate money to help rebuild a vandalized Jewish cemetery to exceed a $20,000 goal.The project was in response to news that at least 170 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri were knocked over and damaged over the weekend. Police said ‚Äúthere‚Äôs nothing to indicate it was any type of hate crime‚ÄĚ but that they were keeping options open to the possibility it could be one.Linda Sarsour, who describes herself on Twitter as a Palestinian-American-Muslim, racial justice and civil rights activist and media commentator, decided to respond by showing support on behalf Muslim Americans. The fundraiser on LaunchGood reached its goal but will continue collecting money. From Olga
These Photos of Obama's Latest Big Government Power Grab Are Breathtaking | Mother Jones - On Wednesday President Barack Obama officially announced the creation of two new national monuments: Nevada's Gold Butte and the Bear Ears area of southern Utah.The new monuments, which are likely to be last created before Donald Trump assumes office, are both, in their own way, political lightning rods. Gold Butte, currently maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, was among the areas contested by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, leading to an armed standoff in 2014. From Nony
NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport : NPR - This Christmas Eve people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress through U.S. military radar. This all started in 1955, with a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD. From Olga
McMullin: 'Trump is not a loyal American' | TheHill - Former conservative independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin on Saturday accused President-elect Donald Trump of not being "a loyal American."McMullin, a former CIA operative and House GOP aide, made the comment while slamming Trump's reported pick of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of State. From Nony
The Trump resistance movement builds - But now that the election is over, and the vote is in, Americans wishing to protest their victorious political rivals are looking for other ways to voice their dissatisfaction.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to Donald Trump: youíll have to deport me first - Even as Donald Trump talks of imminently carrying out his plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants who are doing no harm, heís receiving pushback from state and local elected leaders across the nation who say they wonít work with him. Chief among them is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is stating that he himself will have to be deported before he allows Trump to deport any harmless immigrants in his state. From Popper
This woman retired at 33 and is traveling the world without going broke - By the age of 33, most people are in the middle of their careers, buying homes, raising families and stashing money away for retirement ó which is more than 30 years away.
That is, unless youíre Anita Dhake, who retired from her law career at 33, packed up her stuff and started traveling the world. So far, she has visited countries like including China, Australia, Spain and Brazil, and doesnít plan to stop until she has checked everything off her bucket list. From Popper
Dick Van Dyke releases video endorsing Bernie Sanders - Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke has released a video endorsing Bernie Sanders insisting the veteran Democrat 'maybe the last voice we ever hear'.
The Mary Poppins star, 90, backed Sanders, 74, during a 30 second clip released on YouTube and urged voters to 'hear the alarm he's sounding'. From Popper
Elizabeth Warren Tells Wall Street It Can't Write Its Own Rules - The fight is over position limits, which restrict how big a share of the market individual speculators are allowed to have. For example, these rules would limit how many oil futures contracts one hedge fund can own. The Dodd-Frank financial reform law, passed in the wake of the 2008 meltdown, required the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to write position limit rules. (The CFTC regulates commodities and a host of derivatives, including the credit contracts at the heart of the financial crisis.) From X Isle
Jolly Roger Telephone - I have had the same two landlines for about 15 years and I used to get a lot of telemarketer calls. When my son was old enough to answer the phone, he got a call from a very aggressive telemarketer who said ďsome bad wordsĒ so I had enough. I work on telephone systems for a living and I said ďhey, Iím a phone guy, I should be able to do something about this!Ē so I did. From Nony
Syrian Refugee Gives Thanks to Welcoming Germans by Feeding Berlin's Homeless - My Modern Met - Alex Assali is a Syrian refugee who believes in the beauty of paying it forward. After criticizing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad online in 2007, Assali fled Damascus without a passport. For several years, he lived in Libya and worked to help Syrian refugees. In 2014, he made his way to Germany. "He really has lost everything; he had to leave his family back in Syria because people wanted to kill him," writes his friend Tabea B√ľ. Although he doesn't have much, Assali still wants to give something back to repay the people of Germany for their kindness. To do so, he began setting up meal stations around Berlin so he could distribute food to the homeless. From Nony
Stray Dog Pulls Newborn from Garbage Dump - A stray female dog from Campinas, Brazil, is being called an ďangel sent from the heavensĒ after the homeless pet saved the life of a newborn baby boy. From Nony
Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA - Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been living in asylum in Russia after blowing the lid on the U.S. spy agencyís controversial domestic surveillance program, has joined Twitter.
ďI used to work for the government,Ē his Twitter bio reads. ďNow I work for the public.Ē From Popper
A Conversation with Edward Snowden (Part 1) - In this weekís episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with whistleblower Edward Snowden via robotic telepresence from Moscow. The two card-carrying members of the geek community discuss Isaac Newton, the difference between education and learning, and even how knowledge is created. They also dive into the Periodic Table and chemistry, before moving on to the more expected subjects of data compression, encryption and privacy. Youíll learn about the relationship between private contractors, the CIA, and the NSA, for whom Edward began working at only 16 years old. Edward explains why metadata tells the government much more about individuals than they claim, and why thereís a distinction between the voluntary disclosure of information and the involuntary subversion of individual intent. Part 1 ends with a conversation about Ben Franklin, the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the CIAís oath of service, and government Standard Form 312, which is the agreement Snowden violated. From Popper
Iraqi woman kills ISIS commander who forced her into sex slavery - An Iraqi woman has taken revenge on the Islamic State commander who forced her into sex slavery, killing him near the city of Mosul.The woman killed a senior commander known as ‚ÄúAbu Anas‚ÄĚ three months after he forced her to marry several men under his command, Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman Saeed Mamouzini told al-Sumaria TV. From Nony
Man Poses as Target on Facebook, Trolls Haters of Its Gender-Neutral Move With Epic Replies | Adweek - "Immediately, I knew there would be your typical outraged American spouting emotional reactions on their Facebook page," he says. "After taking a look, I was literally laughing out loud at my computer. A few more minutes in and it struck me how hilarious it would be to portray myself as a parody customer service rep. So, I did just that, and the rest was history. Honestly, it was like striking comedy gold. Every one of these people gave me the ammunition I needed for a great response." From Nony
Rachelle Friedman Chapman's Boudoir Photo Shoot Proves Disabilities Don't Limit Sexiness Or Sexuality | Bustle - We're not often shown positive representations of sexuality and disability together. In fact, we're not often shown any representations of sexuality and disability together. But Rachelle Friedman Chapman, the "Paralyzed Bride," is out to change this narrative by starring in a gorgeous boudoir photo shoot to prove that disability doesn't limit sexuality. As Bustle's S.E. Smith put it recently, "Disability is sexy, too" ‚ÄĒ and these photos are hot. From Nony
WikiLeaks offers $100,000 for TPP document - WikiLeaks has published leaked chapters of the TPP negotiating text before, but on Tuesday began a drive to crowdsource money for the reward, just as U.S. unions launched a new push to make the text public. From Popper
Fisherman risks own life to save baby fox from being kicked to death by thugs - Mirror Online - A gang of vile thugs shot dead a vixen then set about killing her defenceless cub by kicking it as it lay cowering just inches from her dead mother.The poor animal was only saved when a hero fisherman risked his own life to intervene and was assaulted himself.The Good Samaritan came to blows with the brutes as they carried out the brutal attack on the defenceless baby after shooting her mum on a pitch-black country lane. From Nony
San Antonio, Texas, Chef Fights City Fine to Feed the Homeless - Joan Cheever has been serving free food to the homeless of San Antonio, Texas, every Tuesday for the past six years. She prepares the food in The Chowtrain, her commercially licensed food truck, transfers it to catering equipment approved by the health department and drives it in her personal truck, for space reasons, to four locations in the city.
Over the years, she has encountered several police officers, who have been friendly and grown used to seeing Cheever on her route as she offers them a meal if theyíd like.
Until April 7, that is. From Popper
Bust of Edward Snowden - Suddenly, in the middle of the New York night, Edward Snowden's face appeared ó deep in a public park.
A 4-foot-high, 100-pound sculpted bust of the whistleblower now exiled in Russia was sneaked into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park on Monday before dawn.
Animal New York, a city news website that first reported the incident, said the mysterious perpetrators were a small group of artists ó admirers of the former contractor who had leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the media. From Popper
#OpISIS- Twitter/Facebook. - Greetings citizens of the world, we are Anonymous, Operation ISIS Continues: First we need to clarify few a things. We Are: Muslims, Christians, Jews... We Are hackers, crackers, Hacktivist, phishers, agents, spies, or just the guy from next door. We Are students, administrators, workers, clerks, unemployed, rich, poor, We are young, or old, gay or straight. We wear smart clothes or rugs, we are hedonists, ascetics, joy riders or activists. We come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity. UNITED AS ONE, DIVIDED BY ZERO... We Are Anonymous.-REMEMBER...THE TERRORISTS THAT ARE CALLING THEMSELVES ISLAMIC STATE,(ISIS), ARE NOT MUSLIMS!!!. -ISIS; We will hunt you, Take down your sites, Accounts, Emails, and expose you... From now on, no safe place for you online... You will be treated like a virus, And we are the cure... We Own The Internet... We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect us. From Nony
A Designer's War on Misleading Parking Signs - When Nikki Sylianteng got a $95 parking ticket last winter, she realized that she was dealing with much more than a fine: she was dealing with a design problem.‚ÄúIt was my fault,‚ÄĚ she admits. She says she had been ‚Äúso happy to find a parking spot,‚ÄĚ she didn‚Äôt read the sign carefully enough. But, Sylianteng also felt like she shouldn‚Äôt have had to read the sign so carefully. From Nony
Saudi cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamedi gets death threats after wife shows face and make-up on TV - A Saudi cleric has received death threats and is facing a lawsuit following an appearance on national television with his wife, who had her face uncovered and was wearing make-up.Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamedi told the audience of a popular chat show in the ultra-conservative kingdom at the weekend that Islam does not require women to hide their faces behind a niqab in public. From Nony
Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden identified as Rob O'Neill - Despite killing the world's most-wanted terrorist, he said, he was not given a pension, health care or protection for himself or his family.
"[SEAL command] told me they could get me a job driving a beer truck in Milwaukee," he told Esquire. "My health care for me and my family stopped. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your 16 years. Go f--- yourself." From Popper
Robohand Australia - Robohand Australia uses 3D printing to provide functional, safe, cost effective upper extremity assistive devices to help enable any individual with an upper limb difference. From Nony
Holocaust survivors pen open letter condemning Israels Gaza war - Over 300 survivors and descendants of the Holocaust have published an open letter condemning what they call Israel's "genocide" in Gaza.The letter slamming the ‚Äúmassacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine‚ÄĚ was signed by 327 descendants and survivors of the Nazi genocide and placed by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network as an advertisement in the New York Times. From Nony
New leaker disclosing US secrets, government concludes - CNN.com - The federal government has concluded there's a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a news story published Tuesday by the Intercept, the news site launched by Glenn Greenwald, who also published Snowden's leaks. From Nony
FBI - Operation Cross Country - Since its creation in 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative has resulted in the identification and recovery of approximately 3,600 children who have been sexually exploited. This year‚Äôs Operation Cross Country sweep was the eighth. From Anawaram
Straining the limits of the law - Network Ten - An Adelaide man‚Äôs decision to pay tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster in his gun license photo resulted in him having his guns and license confiscated and being ordered to undergo psychological testing.As a Pastafarian (a member of the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) 30-year-old disability support worker Guy Albon chose to wear a kitchen colander on his head as ‚Äúreligious headgear‚ÄĚ when he had his photo taken for his license. From Nony
DEA.gov / Phoenix News Releases, 06/17/14 - TUCSON, Az Ė U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)Special Agent in Charge, Doug Coleman, today announced the seizure of 89 pounds of white heroin and the arrest of seven defendants as part of an 11-month investigation. From Anawaram
Edward Snowden 'Probably' Not a Russian Spy, New NSA Chief Says - The new head of the National Security Agency said Tuesday he doesn't believe former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is or was a Russian spy.Adm. Michael Rogers, who became head of the U.S.'s spy infrastructure in April, said at a cybersecurity event organized by Bloomberg Government that while he believed it was "wrong" and "illegal" for Snowden to have leaked thousands of classified documents, he appeared to be doing what he sincerely thought was right.
Snowden should be given a medal for exposing the lies of his government. From Nony
LiveLeak.com - Utah Man Stops Police Chase with his Truck - Police were involved in a pursuit of a car Saturday, and dramatic video hows the car speeding across the grass of Founders Park as children frantically move out of the way.The chase ended around 6:12 p.m. at 1500 S. Banbury Drive in Syracuse, and police officials said a minor had taken the vehicle without permission and officers sought the vehicle on a breach of trust. From Nony
North Koreas leading hearthrob Kim Jong Un gets the ladies in a tizzy - Is this a joke? Maybe, maybe not. Truth can be stranger than fiction sometimes. As these pictures of women bursting into tears show, the charms of North Korea‚Äôs supreme leader are hardly impervious to the ladies. Who knows, he might well give all these K-pop stars in South Korea a run for their won. From Nony
My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher - Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, sheís creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it's okay if sometimes homework isnít the first thing on their minds. From supreeth
Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110 - Yahoo News - LONDON (AP) ‚ÄĒ Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist's death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion to music and her son is up for an Oscar. From Anawaram
Bashar al-Assad urges fight against Saudi religious ideology - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad Monday called for a battle against Wahhabism, the political and religious ideology embraced by the Saudi government.The comments came amid ongoing tensions between the two countries, which are fiercely opposed to each other. From Nony
These 20 Photos Are Going To Make You Cry. But Youíll See Why Itís Totally Worth - Thereís no denying that the world is full of cruel, evil people capable of things you probably couldnít even imagine. We see it on the news pretty much every day.
But believe it or not, thereís a lot more good and kindness out there than you probably realize. Sometimes, people do incredible things Ė things that restore our faith in humanity. For exampleÖ From Popper
Snowden Asks U.S. to Stop Treating Him Like a Traitor - NYTimes.com - Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American security contractor granted temporary asylum by Russia, has appealed to Washington to stop treating him like a traitor for revealing that the United States has been eavesdropping on its allies, a German politician who met with Mr. Snowden said on Friday. From Nony
Police officer picks up tab for groceries a desperate mother tried to STEAL to feed her struggling family | Mail Online - A penniless Miami mom desperate to feed her hungry family was nearly arrested while trying to steal $300 worth of groceries, but the responding officer decided to help her instead.Officer Vicki Thomas arrived on the scene last month, and when Jessica Robles admitted the food was for her starving family, Thomas sent her home with a misdemeanor citation and $100 worth of groceries.Since news of Thomas's act of kindness has spread, good will offers of money, food, and even a job have poured into the Robles household. From Nony
LiveLeak.com - Brave Neighbor Saves Man From Fire - The video begins with a man straddled on a fifth-floor ledge‚ÄĒa worker doing construction in an empty 172nd Street apartment. Smoke pours from the window. Neighbors on the fire escape adjacent are waving a ladder in the man's direction, but the ladder is not at all secure and looks quite plainly like a terrible option. The man on the ledge is between a rock and a hard place, or rather, a fire and a janky-ass ladder place. The neighbors are visibly distressed at their shortcomings as ladder-wielders. They retract the ladder. The smoke billows harder. There is lots of shouting. From Nony
Vladimir Putin: Leader of the Free World - When even the New York Times admits that Barack Obama has been outfoxed, outsmarted and outplayed, you know he has really been outfoxed, outsmarted and outplayed.
But there it was, in Wednesdayís edition: ďsuddenly Mr. Putin has eclipsed Mr. Obama as the world leader driving the agenda in the Syria crisis.Ē From Roddy
Man Walked 870 Miles Home After Being Robbed Because He Didn't Want to Make a Fuss - A 25-year-old man who has been reported missing by his family surprised his mom when he showed up at home, 11 days later after walking some 870 miles home, as reported by Rocket News 24.The man, who was attending a playing card convention in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, claimed that he missed his return flight to his hometown of Sendai. When he was looking for an Internet cafe, he was robbed of his phone and wallet. From Nony
The Snowden Principle - At the heart of Edward Snowden's decision to expose the NSA's massive phone and Internet spying programs was a fundamental belief in the people's right-to-know. "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," he said in an interview with the Guardian. From Popper
Mississippis last abortion clinic relies on women who volunteer to defend it from daily attack - These past few months are the first time I have worked as a volunteer clinic escort at the Jackson Women‚Äôs Health Organisation in Jackson Mississippi ‚Äď Mississippi‚Äôs only abortion provider. This makes them the target of constant harassment from anti-choice groups, not only local but national.I have become the keeper of women‚Äôs abortion stories and literally used my body as the shield between people who shame and intimidate women when they access legal medical care in a country that guarantees freedom and privacy. From Nony
EFF Sues U.S. Government to Stop NSA Spying - The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the NSAís spy programs.
The EFF is representing 19 diverse groups including Free Press, the Free Software Foundation, Greenpeace, the Callguns Foundation and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. From Popper
Fit at 102: Ray Clark is proof that itís never too late to start exercising - It wasnít the toll from lugging a heavy tool box to work that finally sent Ray Clark to the gym. It was something more profound. He lost his wife of 67 years. Then he lost his daughter. He was looking for something to fill the empty hours.
ďI was getting a little lazy at home, and I decided Iíd go down to the exercise club,Ē he recalled. From Popper
Native American vets push for recognition - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ‚ÄĒ The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945. From Anawaram
The New Science of Giving - Yahoo! Finance - A young Houston couple is planning to give away $4 billion‚ÄĒbut only to projects that prove they are worth it. Can they redefine the world of philanthropy? From Anawaram
Radio host Papantonio: Anti-intellectualism has become almost epidemic in America - Chances are, if you are one of those corporate media-following bone heads who still believe that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, or Saddam Hussein blew up the Twin Towers, or Obama is a secret Muslim, or Obama wants to take your guns, or Obama has FEMA prison camps set up for Teabag Republicans, then search no further,‚ÄĚ said Papantonio, who is also president of the National Trial Lawyer Association. ‚ÄúYou truly are the undereducated, child-like, impressionable, irrational, dangerous cog in America‚Äôs political system that puts Democracy most at risk. From Nony
100 American academics call for boycott of Israeli settlements - More than 100 American professors and teaching staff at Columbia University have called for five American companies to withdraw their investment in Israeli jails over "breaches of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories," the website of Israeli TV channel 7 said. From Nony
Dying veteran to Bush, Cheney: Day of Reckoning is coming - I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq.I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. From Nony
Russian Bus Driver Punishes Errant Drivers in Zelenograd - Bus driver Alexei Volkov. aka "The Punisher," is famous in Russia for exacting revenge on the rude drivers in the city of Zelenograd by simply not slowing down when they cut him off. Volkov claims to have been involved in more than 100 accidents in his career and the clips from his dashcam. From Nony
Agency Replaces Client's Website With Nasty Letter After Not Getting Paid | Adweek - You may dream about this, but no one ever does it. Until now. Frank Jonen, who runs his own small Web design company, claims he wasn't paid properly by Fitness SF, one of his clients. So, he went and replaced the Fitness SF website with an angry letter about how evil the bastards at Fitness SF are. Amazing.To many, Jonen will be a hero. To others, he will now be someone they would never, ever hire for work From Nony
USA winger Robbie Rogers comes out and 'steps away' from soccer - The former Columbus Crew and USA winger Robbie Rogers has announced that he is gay, and that he has decided to "step away" from his career as a professional footballer.In a statement published on his personal blog under the title The Next Chapter, the 25-year-old wrote: "Things are never what they seem‚Ä¶ My whole life I have felt different, different from my peers, even different from my family. In today's society being different makes you brave. To overcome your fears you must be strong and have faith in your purpose. From Nony
Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest - A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
Aaron Tobey claimed in a civil rights lawsuit (.pdf) that in 2010 he was handcuffed and held for about 90 minutes by the Transportation Security Administration at the Richmond International Airport after he began removing his clothing to display on his chest a magic-marker protest of airport security measures. From Popper
Why A German Pilot Escorted An American Bomber To Safety During World War II - Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. Usually it involves a moment of quiet in the midst of chaos; some singing or the sharing of a few condiments. But how many of them take place in mid air?This is the remarkable story of a crippled American bomber spared by a German fighter pilot. After the two planes' pilots had a mid-air moment of understanding, it didn't seem likely that they'd ever see one another again. Only they did, and became closer than brothers. From Nony
U.N. General Assembly votes to recognize Palestinian state - CBS News - The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body -- a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. The Vatican is the only other entity in the U.N. that shares the same status. From Nony
Turkey Labels Israel a 'Terrorist State' - Speaking in Istanbul shortly after returning from Cairo, where he held emergency talks on Gaza with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Mr. Erdogan railed against what he called Western powers' failure to take concerted action to stop bloodshed in Syria. But harsher words were aimed at one-time ally Israel."Those who speak of Muslims and terror ... From Nony
Wayne Swan takes aim at US Republicans - Treasurer Wayne Swan says has weighed into the US election and said the big threat to US recovery is the "cranks" of the Republican Party. Mr. Swan took a hardline view on the outlook for the US economy where the so-called 'fiscal cliff' looms early in the new year and threatens to stall its still moderate recovery. From Nony
Assange: The WikiLeaks 'witch-hunt' must end - Speaking to the public from Ecuador's embassy in London, Julian Assange calls for the U.S. to cease its "witch-hunt" against WikiLeaks and to not prosecute its staff and its supporters. From Popper
Healy Ice Breaking Time Lapse - YouTube - NOME, Alaska - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy begins breaking the tanker vessel Renda from the ice near Nome, Alaska, Jan. 20, 2012. The vessels will now begin the more than 400 mile journey through the frozen Bering Sea to open ocean. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.
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Debt, Depression, DeMarco - NYTimes.com - There has been plenty to criticize about President Obama‚Äôs handling of the economy. Yet the overriding story of the past few years is not Mr. Obama‚Äôs mistakes but the scorched-earth opposition of Republicans, who have done everything they can to get in his way ‚ÄĒ and who now, having blocked the president‚Äôs policies, hope to win the White House by claiming that his policies have failed. From X Isle
US crew singing as they open Hellfire on Afghans: Video - n the latest scandal to engulf the American troops in Afghanistan, a video has been released online of a US helicopter crew singing "Bye-bye Miss American Pie" upon pounding a group of Afghan men with a Hellfire missile.
The day a Major got fired from the Air Force for asking if the President was mad - At the height of the Cold War, some forty years ago, Major Harold L. Hering was in the middle of a nuclear missile training class when he posed a question that put an end to his 21-year Air Force career.‚ÄėHow can I know that an order I receive to launch my missiles came from a sane president?‚Äô he asked at the Vandenberg Air Force base in 1973.As a Minutemen missile crewman, it was Hering‚Äôs job to ‚Äėauthenticate‚Äô the code in the launch order to ensure that it came from the president himself, according to Ron Rosenbaum in Slate. From Nony
The day a Major got fired from the Air Force for asking if the President was mad - At the height of the Cold War, some forty years ago, Major Harold L. Hering was in the middle of a nuclear missile training class when he posed a question that put an end to his 21-year Air Force career.‚ÄėHow can I know that an order I receive to launch my missiles came from a sane president?‚Äô he asked at the Vandenberg Air Force base in 1973.As a Minutemen missile crewman, it was Hering‚Äôs job to ‚Äėauthenticate‚Äô the code in the launch order to ensure that it came from the president himself, according to Ron Rosenbaum in Slate. From Nony
Council of Concervative Citizens - We believe the United States is a Christian country. We believe that the United States of America is a Christian country, that its people are a Christian people, and that its government and public leaders at all levels must reflect Christian beliefs and values. We therefore oppose all efforts to deny or weaken the Christian heritage of the United States, including the unconstitutional prohibitions of prayers and other religious expression in schools and other public institutions. From Republican Patriot
Canadian Liberators of the Dutch in WW2 honoured in The Netherlands - At Holten Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands, the annual service to remember those killed in the campaign to oust German forces from the country was recently held. Amongst those attending was 93 year old Canadian John Gay, who explains why The Netherlands and its people will always hold a special place in his heart. From Arizona
Palestinians are heroes, braving Israeli dictatorship - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News - The Palestinians are heroes, and that's the only fact that's relevant after the slight shock of the hilltop thugs. The hands are the hands of thugs, and the head? The head is the head of the hostile regime under which the Palestinians live and which harasses them every moment of every day, week after week for decades. To live this way and remain sane - that's heroism. "And who says we're sane?" Palestinians answer me. Well, here's the proof: self-irony. From Olga
Actress Ingrid Pitt Survived a Nazi Camp and the Communist Secret Police - Born to a mother of Jewish descent, Pitt was held in a Nazi concentration camp at the age of five.
She survived the war, but was forced to flee Communist Berlin on the night of her planned stage debut, plunging into the River Spree which flows through the city in a bid to escape East German authorities. From Arizona
His Majesty the King Juan Carlos - After the death of the Head of State, Francisco Franco, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King on 22 November 1975. In his first message to the nation in the Spanish Parliament, he expressed the basic ideas of his reign - to restore democracy and to become the King of all Spaniards, without exception. From Arizona
Rock The Slut Vote - Our mission is to fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women. We will wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote. From Nony
Food Fight: Contractor Accused of $750 Million Overcharge for Wartime Grub - In 2008, the Pentagon began investigating whether the main supplier of food to troops in Afghanistan overcharged taxpayers. Since then, there have been audits, recriminations and the discovery that the supplier may have overbilled the military as much as $756.9 million. Now lawmakers are squeezing both the Pentagon and the contractor in an attempt to find out what happened.That‚Äôs according to a statement released today from the two heads of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations. The congressmen want documents and information within 10 days from both the Pentagon‚Äôs Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Switzerland-based company, Supreme Foodservice GmbH. This might be difficult, because the Pentagon has alleged Supreme Foodservice ‚ÄĒ which has been paid $5.5 billion since 2005 to supply food to more than 250 bases and outposts ‚Äď did not maintain invoices and truck manifests (.pdf) while transporting food, water and other materiel; nor did the company provide data to investigators on fuel costs, price estimates and even correct flight plans. From Nony
Ben Underwood Intro Video - Ben Underwood lost his eyes to retinal cancer at age 2, but within three years he had taught himself to discern objects by echolocation, making clicking noises with his tongue and listening for reflected sound. Soon he was able to run, rollerblade, skateboard, and play basketball with other children.
His first Braille teacher, Barbara Haase, witnessed his progress as they went on walks together. ďI said, ĎOkay, my car is the third car parked down the street. Tell me when we get there,íĒ she remembered. ďAs we pass the first vehicle, he says, ĎThereís the first car. Actually, a truck.í And it was a pickup. He could tell the difference.Ē
Underwood led a full life until age 16, when he died of the same cancer that took his eyes. ďPeople ask me if Iím lonely,Ē he once said. ďIím not, because someoneís always around, or Iíve got my cell phone and Iím always talking to friends. Ö I tell people Iím not blind, I just canít see.Ē
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Hillary Clinton Sides with Palestinians Over Republicans | The Weekly Standard - GIVE 'EM HELL HILLARY!
X:Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. has been my congresswoman for over 10 years. She is a right wing Cubana and needs to go, but the Cubans keep her in office with her crazy policies. X
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is allowing U.S. funds to flow to the West Bank and Gaza despite a hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a rare display of executive-branch authority sure to anger the key lawmaker concerned about protecting her congressional oversight role. From X Isle
The man who made a forest - Way back in 1953, French author Jean Giono wrote the epic tale The Man Who Planted Trees. Assam's Jadav Payeng has never heard of Giono's book. But he could be Bouffier. He has single-handedly grown a sprawling forest on a 550-hectare sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra. It now has many endangered animals, including at least five tigers, one of which bore two cubs recently. From Guest_2012
We Can Call It The Reagan Rule Instead Of The Buffet Rule If You Want%u2026%u2019 | Addicting Info - This morning President Barack Obama gathered a group of millionaires and their secretaries for a press conference about an upcoming vote on what‚Äôs been dubbed ‚ÄúThe Buffett Rule.‚ÄĚ He said that he had gathered these ‚Äúpeople of success‚ÄĚ because they shared the belief that they wanted to help the next generation. As he spoke, the people around him nodded their heads in strong affirmation. Some of the women‚Äôs eyes filled with tears as he went on to discuss economic equality and the American dream.President Obama explained that The Buffett Rule would ask those who have continuous income of over 1 million dollars per year to pay a tax rate of 30%, which is the same rate that most of the middle class pays, while those who make less than $250,000 would face no tax increases at all. He pointed out that right now, the richest among us pay less than the rich did in the 1920‚Ä≤s just prior to the depression. He didn‚Äôt point out that he was asking them to pay less than most other developed nations, less than we charged in the 1950‚Ä≤s or even less than we asked in the 1990‚Ä≤s. From X Isle
Hi Roger. Itís Me, Joe: The Fox Mole - Hi. My name is Joe Muto. I was the Fox Mole. Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough.
They nailed me. From Popper
Feds protect endangered butterfly | KeysNews.com - Federal officials have formally listed the Miami blue butterfly, which is found on Boca Grande and Marquesas Keys, as endangered on the Endangered Species Act.The action permanently protects the butterfly and follows an emergency listing, enacted on Aug. 10, which temporarily protected it for 240 days. From X Isle
Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory†%u2013 Cultural Institute - In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the Google Cultural Institute has helped to bring Nelson Mandela's archive online. The multimedia archive includes Mr Mandela's correspondence with family, comrades and friends, diaries written during his 27 years of imprisonment, and notes he made while leading the negotiations that ended apartheid in South Africa.
The archive also include the earliest-known photos of Mr Mandela and never-before seen drafts of Mr Mandela's material for his book 'Conversations with Myself,' the sequel to his autobiography 'Long Walk to Freedom.' From X Isle
CIA Bin Laden Chief: 'US Fighting An Enemy That Doesn't Exist' - Former CIA agent Michael Scheuer, who was once in charge of hunting Bin Laden, debunks US government propaganda that ďAl QaedaĒ and ďIslamistĒ terrorists are waging a ware against America because they hate our freedom and they hate our way of life.
He explains how the US is fighting an enemy that does not exist.
Instead he explains the real enemies we are fighting are ones that the US has created due to military and economic involvement in nations overseas. From Nony
The Road We've Traveled - YouTube - Hollywood and Washington come together in director Davis GuggenheimĎs The Road Weíve Traveled, a 17-minute video for President Obama narrated by Tom Hanks. The presidentís campaign committee teased the production last week, and posted it on YouTube last night. The theme: Facing a collapsing economy and overseas wars: ďNot since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president.Ē
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Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government - Telegraph - In a highly significant move, ministers will fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights in which two British women will seek to establish their right to display the cross.It is the first time that the Government has been forced to state whether it backs the right of Christians to wear the symbol at work.A document seen by The Sunday Telegraph discloses that ministers will argue that because it is not a ‚Äúrequirement‚ÄĚ of the Christian faith, employers can ban the wearing of the cross and sack workers who insist on doing so. From X Isle
Jon Stewart Crushes Fox News In The 2011 Ratings - Not only is Stewart popular, but he is popular with the coveted young demographics that Fox News struggles with. The average Fox News viewer is 65 years old. For years, the Fox News model of success has been powered by viewers literally aging in to watching Fox.
However, Jon Stewart has thrown a wrench in the Fox News cycle of life by educating his millions of younger viewers about Fox News. Stewart spends segments debunking the propaganda, exposing facts, and uncovering the edited video that is the bread and butter of Americaís top cable news network.
Every night Stewart is teaching Americans how to not watch Fox News. The Daily Show host has become the media critic with the biggest platform and loudest voice in our country, and most often that voice is targeting Fox News for their brand of ďjournalism.Ē From Popper
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - Ketchikan man saves bear cub that had head stuck in jar - KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A tiny bear cub received another chance at life when local hiker Michael Schuler released its head from a plastic jug on the top of Deer Mountain on Sunday.Schuler said Tuesday that he had gone up the mountain that day to conduct some avalanche testing. Because it was a beautiful day, he decided to head up to the summit with Josie the dog. About 10 feet from the top, he saw what at first glance appeared to be a human lying in the snow."I thought, 'Uh oh. How am I going to deal with this?'" he said.Schuler worked his way up to the hairy object and realized it was an animal with its head stuck in a jar, but it was covered with snow and he couldn't tell what it was."I knew it wasn't a marten, ... so I thought it was either a bear cub or a wolverine," he said, adding that he thought: "A bear cub I can handle, but if it's a wolverine and I pull that thing off, I'm toast."Schuler said he made a couple of calls on his cell phone, trying to track down a wildlife official for some advice. He wasn't able to contact anyone - and in the meantime figured out that wolverines don't live in this area - so "I finally just decided to have a go at this," all the time wondering whether an anxious sow was nearby."That's always the first question: 'Where's mamma?'" he said. From X Isle
Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk - Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. Thereís a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped negotiate peace with the Klingon Empire, kept the balance of power between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and even managed to fight Nazis. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, as well as subsequent commands, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader, who led his crew into the unknown and continued to succeed time and time again. From Popper
Native Americans threaten to confiscate Keystone Pipeline trucks | The Raw Story - At least five Native Americans were arrested in South Dakota on Monday after a six-hour standoff that temporarily blockaded trucks from moving equipment thought to be destined for the Keystone XL Pipeline.Lakota activist Olowan Martinez told Raw Story that members of the tribe were working to obtain a restraining order that would allow them to confiscate any future shipments coming across Pine Ridge Indian land. The group opposes the pipeline because of health and environmental concerns.‚ÄúThey arrested people for prohibiting the trucks from going through,‚ÄĚ Martinez explained. ‚ÄúFive were arrested for disorderly conduct. They were let out on TR bond, which is just a temporary release. You know, it probably sent a chill down the spines of the XL transport people because they can‚Äôt just freely come through the territories unnoticed anymore.‚ÄĚShe said that activists expected the trucks to be accompanied by armed security the next time they came through.‚ÄúYou got white racists, white men driving these trucks, probably armed and scared of any Indians,‚ÄĚ Martinez remarked. ‚ÄúWhen the white man sees us and their fear overcomes them, they just don‚Äôt see one, they see ten, they see a hundred of us. I‚Äôm sure they will have more armed guards. We‚Äôll see, though. We‚Äôre keeping our eyes out for them now and it‚Äôs not just this territory doing this anymore either,‚ÄĚ adding that sister tribes were all taking steps to get restraining orders against future transports. From X Isle
Virginia high court rules in favor of climate scientist - The supreme court of Virginia on Friday ruled in favor of a prominent climate scientist, blocking a two-year bid by state officials to get access to his university emails and grant materials.The case was brought by state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, a skeptic of global warming, against the University of Virginia where well known climate scientist Michael Mann taught from 1999 to 2005.Cuccinelli had tried to obtain Mann's communications relating to grants he received to conduct climate science research, alleging there may have been data manipulated to show a rise in global temperatures linked to fossil fuel use.The attorney general sought the information -- which would have included research drafts, handwritten notes and emails -- via what is known as a "civil investigative demand" under the state's Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.But the Virginia supreme court came down on the university's side, saying Cuccinelli's bid had no legal standing because the university was neither a "person" nor a "corporation" under the act and therefore could not be probed.Also, Cuccinelli "did not sufficiently state what the attorney general suspected Dr. Mann did that was 'false or fraudulent,'" the ruling said.The Union of Concerned Scientists hailed the ruling and said Cuccinelli was part of a "small but vocal minority in a pointless and costly investigation." From X Isle
Manning formally charged, could face life term - FORT MEADE, Maryland - Nearly two years after his arrest, Private Bradley Manning, accused of handing over hundreds of thousands of classified US files to WikiLeaks, was formally charged on Thursday. From Nony
Jessica Ahlquist, Atheist Student In Prayer Banner Fight, Gets $40,000 Scholarsh - CRANSTON, R.I. -- A national association that says there's no proof for the existence of God is managing a scholarship fund set up for a teenage atheist at the center of a dispute over a prayer banner at a Rhode Island school.
The American Humanist Association says 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist was targeted with online threats after she challenged the constitutionality of the display at Cranston High School West. It says she stood up against her critics "with class and style." From Popper
Woman set to marry building undeterred by demolition work - Bruised or not, she says she'll marry her beloved building as planned come Sunday.Babylonia Aivaz's bride-to-be is a 107-year-old warehouse that sits at 10th and Union in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. She has been planning to enter into what she described as "a gay marriage" with the building."If corporations can have the rights as people, so can buildings," said Aivaz, referencing a Supreme Court decision on political advertising. "I'm doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification.‚ÄĚ From Nony
Unbreakable - This project was created in October of 2011 by Grace Brown. Grace uses photography to help heal those who were sexually abused by asking them to write a quote from their attacker on a poster and photographing them holding the poster. Rape survivor and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, Yvonne Moss, describes the project as a way for victims to take the power back of the words that were once used against them. From Nony
Israel's surprising best seller contradicts founding ideology - No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israelís bestseller list ó and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israelís biggest taboo.Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation ó whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel ó is a myth invented little more than a century ago. From Nony
North Korea claims Kim Jong Eun mastered driving at age 3 - There's been no lack of dubious claims for us to raise our eyebrows at over the years, whether it's about some fantastical car reaching the market on schedule and on budget, the veracity of a concept car's space-age powertrain, or reports of a blogger actually stepping outside and into the sunlight. But this one, like all glorious claims of the past ‚Äď may their memory bring honor to their country for a thousand years to come ‚Äď takes the proverbial cake. From Nony
Israel's 'Rosa Parks' refuses to take back seat - CNN.com - When Tanya Rosenblit boarded an inter-city bus bound for Jerusalem from her native Ashdod Friday morning, she did not anticipate the storm it would spark within Israel.The public bus she boarded normally carries ultra-Orthodox passengers and travels to an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Fuck the ultra orthodox jews who are as bad if not worse as the Taliban From Nony
Ron Paul: Strike against Iran would risk a repeat of 'useless' Iraq war - Ron Paul did it again. The libertarian-minded Republican separated himself from the pack of candidates at tonight's debate by urging restraint in response to a possible Iranian nuclear threat, saying the U.S. can ill afford a repeat of its now-concluded war in Iraq.Paul said there was "no U.N. evidence" that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program, calling claims to the contrary "war propaganda."
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: Mourning Technology's Great Reinventor - TIME - Steve Jobs, whose death was announced on Wednesday night, wasn't a computer scientist. He had no training as a hardware engineer or an industrial designer. The businesses that Apple entered under his leadership ‚ÄĒ from personal computers to MP3 players to smartphones ‚ÄĒ all existed before the company got there.But with astonishing regularity, Jobs did something that few people accomplish even once: he reinvented entire industries. He did it with ones that were new, like PCs, and he did it with ones that were old, such as music. And his pace only accelerated over the years. From Nony
Postscript: Fred Shuttlesworth - The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, a leader of the civil-rights movement, died Wedneday, at the age of eighty-nine; one of the humbling aspects of his life is that he managed to live so long, given the risks he took. In 1956, on the Christmas Day when he was thirty-four, someone tossed six sticks of dynamite through his window. A few months later, he was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. That same year, the Times‚Äôs obituary notes, ‚ÄúKlansmen attacked him with bicycle chains and brass knuckles.‚ÄĚ He was arrested thirty or forty times. In 1963, when he was injured after policemen in Birmingham turned firehoses on him and others, Bull Connor, the police chief, said, ‚ÄúI wish they‚Äôd carried him away in a hearse.‚ÄĚ They didn‚Äôt. That was the year of the March on Washington. From Nony
Transparent African ProjectS - WHAT? TAPs stands for Transparent African ProjectS HOW? TAPs is totally and only depending on sponsoring and own limited sources WHY? Because African common people are poor and we are not. Because good citizenship includes helping out and sharing From Nony
Logan motorcyclist thanks rescuers: They saved my life - When Tom Timplen arrived at the scene of Monday‚Äôs fiery motorcycle crash, he was pretty certain Brandon Wright was dead."It was just a nightmare," he said during a press conference in Logan on Tuesday afternoon. "Huge flames shooting up in the air."But Kelsey Adler, 18, laying on the ground and peering under the car, realized that Wright, though wedged beneath the car, was still alive amid the burning debris, according to KUTV. From Nony
Firefighters try bold step to end Calif. rail fire - Firefighters took a bold step Wednesday to drain a burning propane tanker and prevent the rail car from blowing up as thousands of people were forced from their homes for a second day.Officials decided to take the step after consulting with members of a national response team from Houston, who were flown in overnight to offer advice to authorities in the Sacramento suburb of Lincoln.Fire officials initially said the blaze could continue for 21 days, but Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt determined that scenario was unacceptable. From Nony
WW2 Veterans - Konstantin Suslov - This section of the website is dedicated for my final university project 'WW2 Veterans'.In the light of the 65th Anniversary of the end of war, I felt that it was a timely moment to create a documental historical record of people across the world who were once united under the banner of the World War Two. The record that will endure the memory of those great individuals who fought 65 years ago for my generation and many generations to come. From Nony
New brooms clean up London as social media vigilantes track looters - Just as quickly as it was blamed for fuelling the London riots, social media and other technologies are being harnessed to rally people for the clean-up effort and to identify looters.Despite police advice to remain in their homes, London residents began sweeping the city even as rioters continued to burn down buildings and loot shops. From Nony
Gov. Chris Christie Blasts Critics of New Judge - "It's just crazy, and I'm tired of dealing with the crazies," he said. "It's just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background." Mr. Christie added: "I'm happy that he's willing to serve after all this baloney." From Nony
TSA, Freedom To Travel USA Home - Welcome! We are United States citizens - just like you - who want to regain freedoms taken away by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). We are fighting against the completely illegal, warrantless strip searches of our citizens, and fighting against the coerced, inappropriate physical touching of bodies, including our private parts. From Nony
Mother-in-law sends worst email ever to bride - New term: mum-zilla. We know all about temporary bridal insanity, and the under-reported groom version, but in some families, it's the parents who are seized by irrational wedding meltdowns.Last month, 60-year-old British florist and total mum-zilla, Carolyn Bourne attacked. After her stepson's bride-to-be, Heidi Withers, was a guest in her house she had a thing or two to teach her before she entered the Bourne family. From Nony
The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See† - Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. And navigate the wilderness alone. And recognize a building as far away as 1,000 feet. How? The same way bats can see in the dark. From Nony
She texted. We kicked her out. : Blog : Austin : Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Recently, we had a situation where a customer persisted in texting in the theater despite two warnings to stop. Our policy at that point is to eject the customer without a refund, which is exactly what went down that night. Luckily, this former patron was so incensed at being kicked out, she quickly called the office and left us the raw ingredients for our latest "Don't Talk or Text" PSA. You can check it out below, or come to the Alamo this weekend where the video will be playing before all of our R-rated movies. From cw
Kid Fights Cheater Meters and Wins! - Ellie Lammer wasn't trying to spark a revolt, she just wanted a haircut. That was in the fall of 1997. Ellie was 11 years old at the time, and she was getting her tresses trimmed in her hometown of Berkeley, California. When Ellie and her mom returned to their car, they found a parking ticket stuck to the windshield. It didn't seem possible: Less than an hour earlier, Ellie had pumped an hour's worth of coins into the meter. But now the needle was at zero, and Ellie's mom owed $20. From cw
Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It - Collier County, Florida -- Have you heard the one about a homeowner foreclosing on a bank?Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn't owe a dime on their home. From Nony
Soldiers with Kittens - Judging by this gallery of soldiers with kittens, you‚Äôd think Iraq and Afghanistan were just teeming with tiny, helpless little orphan kittens desperately in need of some tender loving care. Memorial Day is fast approaching, so this is the perfect time to remember that behind every soldier, there‚Äôs a human being who sometimes can‚Äôt help but nurture a little adorable baby animal back to health. From Nony
Japanese seniors volunteer for Fukushima 'suicide corps' - Up a narrow flight of stairs in a modest, non-descript office building, three retirees sit in a cramped room, hunched over their computers and mobile phones. They look like the planning committee for a neighborhood senior breakfast, not the leaders of a 250 member team attempting to diffuse one of the world's worst nuclear meltdowns in history. From Nony
Authorities ignore fugitive holed up on Texas land for 11 years - A rifle is slung across his back and a gun belt around his waist holds a revolver and extra cartridges. A knife is strapped to the other side of his lean torso. A battered felt hat frames a deeply lined face and bushy beard.Dangling from a nearby tree, a hangman's noose strangles a weathered sign that sums up his stance: "Solution to tyranny." From cw
Obama lays out U.S. vision for supporting Arab democracy, resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict - In a widely anticipated speech at the State Department today, President Barack Obama laid out a sweeping vision for U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa. Obama stressed a renewed U.S. support for democracy, political reform and economic development in the region, and drew heavily on the "Arab spring" popular rebellions of the past six month, which have challenged and in some cases upended, seemingly stable authoritarian regimes in the Arab world. At the same time, Obama defied expectations he would only briefly discuss the stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace process, laying out a more detailed U.S. vision for how the Israelis and Palestinians should resolve their dispute over borders based on pre-1967 war lines with agreed swaps.
He must be a Jew Hater, telling them to go give back the land they stole, how dare he! From Nony
Welcome to Pyongyang on the Behance Network - How do you photograph one of the most secretive countries in the world? For Charlie Crane the answer was simple, photograph what they want you to see. If there is no possibility of getting underneath the surface then the answer was to photograph the surface itself. This series is taken from a larger body of work in Pyongyang, the capital city of North Korea. From Nony
Tell Trump where to go Michael - He came in all his pomp and circumstance, a dash of good old ďScattishĒ heritage, dressed up with All-American razzamatazz. Yeah, the Donald Trump Roadshow rolled into Aberdeenshire this week, complete with private jet.
He says heís a straight-talking kind of guy, someone who doesnít suffer fools gladly, and you canít argue with his business empire. But the fly in the ointment for Trump is Michael Forbes. From Nony
TU-154 Almost Loses Control in FLight - videos - Tu-154-B2 first flight after being stored for 10 years. Shortly after takeoff control system went nuts, and plane almost lost control. Pilots managed to land the bird in one piece.Rumor is aileron feedback problem - system treated any aileron motion as external force, and attempted to "correct". Rudder was the only fully functional control. From cw
Afghan pilot kills 9 U.S. trainers - The Afghan pilot who killed nine U.S. trainers in Kabul on Wednesday came from the security force that has been more closely screened for insurgent sympathizers than any other force. From Nony
'US helped al-Qaeda jailbreak in Basra' - An Iraqi investigative committee has confirmed that US forces were involved in the escape of a dozen al-Qaeda members from a prison in the southern city of Basra. From Nony
Superman Renounces US citizenship - ..Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship. Despite very literally being an alien immigrant, Superman has long been seen as a patriotic symbol of "truth, justice, and the American way," from his embrace of traditional American ideals to the iconic red and blue of his costume. What it means to stand for the "American way" is an increasingly complicated thing, however, both in the real world and in superhero comics, whose storylines have increasingly seemed to mirror current events and deal with moral and political complexities rather than simple black and white morality. From Nony
An Honourable Photoshop Master- BaoJun Yuan - Baojun Yuan is a member of China Senior Photographers Association. He is highly respected by Chinese people. Why? In the past nine years, Mr. Yuan has repaired more than 2000 old photos for residents for free. Course it is not surprising enough if you have no idea about this great man. Mr. Yuan is 76 years old now. He didn‚Äôt know Photoshop until his was 60 years old. From Nony
US investigating war contractor con jobs - The US Commission on Wartime Contracting says hired contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan have been caught bilking billions of dollars from the United States government. From Nony
Al-Qaida assassin 'worked for MI6' | World news | The Guardian - An al-Qaida operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 was at the same time working for British intelligence, according to secret files on detainees who were shipped to the US military's GuantŠnamo Bay prison camp. From Nony
ElBaradei suggests war crimes probe of Bush team - Former chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei suggests in a new memoir that Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the "shame of a needless war" in Iraq.Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S. leaders of "grotesque distortion" in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, when then-President George W. Bush and his lieutenants claimed Iraq possessed doomsday weapons despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei's and other arms inspectors inside the country. From Nony
Joe Arpaio's staff misspent $99.5 million, budget officials say - Maricopa County Sheriff's officials misspent $99.5 million in restricted jail funds over the last eight years, according to a Wednesday morning briefing by county budget officials who spent the past six months researching the issue. Budget officials said $84.7 million was misspent from the detention fund, while another $14.8 million in inmate-services funds were misspent.
Anti-gay Facebook page hacked by its own administrator - Who says people don't change? After five years of writing anti-gay blogs, making anti-gay YouTube videos and going on the National Organization for Marriage's "Summer of Marriage," NOM Facebook administrator Louis Marinelli deleted the organization's Facebook page, taking all 290,000 "fans" with it, reports All Facebook. From Nony
WOW Player Hits Level 85 Cap Without A Single Kill - A player on the Feathermoon server has officially hit the level 85 cap with his character, a Night Elf Restoration Druid named Everbloom, without killing a single thing. The player also didn‚Äôt complete a single quest though it says otherwise in their stats ‚ÄĒ one quest called ‚ÄúInvitation to the Argent Tournament‚ÄĚ supposedly marks you off for a quest after opening a letter. All the player did do to reach this level 85 was explore: an unbelievable amount of running, swimming, and searching everything in sight. From Nony