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Britain to spearhead 10,000'strong Nato rapid reaction force with mission to halt Putin´s ´Tsarist expansionism´

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:21
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Stewart Posted By: Attercliffe- Sun, 31 48 2014 09:48:12 GMT Britain is to spearhead a new Nato rapid'reaction force amid warnings that Vladimir Putin is virtually ‘at war against Europe’ and planning ‘Tsarist expansionism’. EU leaders were scrambling last night to bolster sanctions which have so far failed abysmally to halt the Russian president’s determination''in Western eyes''to bully Ukraine into remaining in his orbit. Leaders of countries sharing borders with Russia led the way in demanding tougher action against what they see as blatant aggression on their doorstep. Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite bluntly called for the West to wake up, and appeared to urge Nato to give significant military aid to Kiev.

See Every Single Device Connected to the Internet

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:01
Time, by Dan Kedmey Posted By: Pluperfect- Sun, 31 46 2014 09:46:59 GMT A map of every device connected to the Internet shows the wealthiest parts of the world flush with connections, while poor and sparsely populated parts of the world are blacked out — as well as a few head scratchers in between. The map was created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine that probes the Internet’s backend for connections to all sorts of devices from routers to refrigerators. Matherly said it took about five hours to ping every IP address on the Internet and store every positive response. It took another 12 hours to plot the responses on a

Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 06:01
Fox News, by Staff Posted By: Pluperfect- Sun, 31 44 2014 09:44:14 GMT Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington'based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966 platform, known

Three fundraisers and a wedding: President Obama and first family attend White House assistant chef´s nuptials on a busy Labor Day weekend

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:44
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Snejana Farberov Posted By: Attercliffe- Sun, 31 40 2014 09:40:22 GMT President Barack Obama has a lot on his plate this Labor Day weekend, beginning with a trio of Democratic Party fundraisers and culminating with the assistant White House chef´s wedding. The commander'in'chief and the first family are attending Saturday the nuptials of Sam Kass, their longtime family chef and a close friend. Kass is being married to MSNBC host Alex Wagner at a farm'to'table restaurant in Westchester County, north of New York City. Obama and Kass, who also serves as food policy counselor and regular presidential golfing partner, have a strong friendship. That bond was highlighted earlier this month when

The man who hunted bin Laden, Saddam and the pirates

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:26
CNN, by Peter Bergen Posted By: Pluperfect- Sun, 31 36 2014 09:36:12 GMT On Thursday in Tampa, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel presided over a change of command ceremony during which Adm. William "Bill" McRaven handed over the reins of Special Operations Command to his successor, Gen. Joseph Votel. As McRaven stepped down he observed, "We are in perilous times." He pointed out that U.S. Special Operations Forces are helping to fight the fast'growing Islamic State in Iraq; the al Qaeda'linked Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines; the militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria, and al Qaeda and the Taliban in the Afghanistan'Pakistan region. McRaven also said, "We are in the golden age

Filipino Troops Pull ´Greatest Escape´ From Syria

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:26
Associated Press, by Jim Gomez Posted By: Pluperfect- Sun, 31 32 2014 09:32:17 GMT MANILA, Philippines '' Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al'Qaida'linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.'patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed

European leaders warn Russian invasion of east Ukraine is ´a point of no return´

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:09
Telegraph [UK], by Bruno Waterfield Posted By: Attercliffe- Sun, 31 21 2014 09:21:21 GMT EU leaders warned Russia’s invasion of east Ukraine was at a “point of no return”, risking a “state of war” with Europe and instructed officials to prepare new sanctions to hit the Russian economy. A summmit in Brussels on Saturday gave the green light to toughened economic sanctions, targeting Russia’s finances, oligarchs linked to the Russian president and the country’s vast mineral wealth. [Snip] “Russia is in a state of war against Ukraine and that is against a country which wants to be part of Europe. Russia is practically in a state of war against Europe,” she said.

Shape Up, Israel, You’re The Only Sheriff Left In Town

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 05:09
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Jack Engelhard Posted By: Attercliffe- Sun, 31 41 2014 08:41:47 GMT It’s getting lonely out here, Dear Israel. Around here in the United States we don’t have too many friends, either. We look to you to pick it up. Drop the Gaza malaise. Pick up the Entebbe Spirit. We are counting on you. Who else do we have out there in the big world? [Snip] We turn to you, Dear Israel, to get us back on track. We share the same values as articulated in our Liberty Bell: “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” This was borrowed from The Book of Leviticus and we do not take

How Judy Garland was forced to starve herself for the screen

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:49
Telegraph [UK], by Bee Wilson Posted By: ketchuplover- Sun, 31 34 2014 05:34:18 GMT It´s been years since I tasted a lemon drop. But I will always associate them with troubles melting away, thanks to Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. (snip) She was just 13 – a budding vaudeville singer called Frances Gumm with a sweet round face – when she auditioned for Louis B Mayer of MGM. Her voice was so lustrous, he signed her without making her take a screen test. It wasn´t that he didn´t care how she looked, however. Mayer would soon be exerting dictatorial control over what she ate. Garland´s first feature film – in 1936, when

Cameron faces Ukip by'election bloodbath: Party set to win first Commons seat after shock poll reveals Farage´s staggering 44'point lead over the Tories

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:49
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Walters Posted By: Ribicon- Sun, 31 07 2014 05:07:07 GMT Ukip are set to win their first Commons seat with a landslide 64 per cent of the vote following the biggest swing in modern political history. Turncoat MP Douglas Carswell is set to humiliate David Cameron at the Clacton by'election sparked by his defection, a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday has revealed. The figures – the first test of public opinion since the politician rocked Westminster by defecting to Nigel Farage’s party – predict a record 48 point swing towards Ukip. And they put the anti'Brussels party a staggering 44 percentage points ahead of Mr Carswell’s former party

Video: Sharyl Attkisson wants to know where the illegal immigrant children have gone

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:49
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw Posted By: JoniTx- Sun, 31 27 2014 04:27:44 GMT If CBS thought that Sharyl Attkisson was a thorn in their side when she worked there, they should have known that things would only get worse when she was out on the loose. Her recent report for Sinclair TV was picked up on ABC’s Project Immigration series, and she’s highlighting some important questions which are not being answered.' Since the border crisis began, three military facilities housing more than 7,700 unaccompanied, illegal immigrant children have been close. Where were they sent? The government isn’t providing answers to citizens, to reporters, or even to Congress. ' Of the ones that we

The ultimate wedding status symbol: POTUS in the house

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:30
Washington Post, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Sun, 31 59 2014 03:59:50 GMT Forget designer gowns, fancy ice sculptures or artisanally crafted favors — the biggest status symbol in all of wedding'dom has to be having the commander'in'chief as a guest at one’s nuptials. President Obama and his family aren’t exactly regulars on the rice'and'cake circuit — and in case you hadn’t heard, there are a few pressing issues around the globe that also might be taking up their time — so the family’s attendance at the New York wedding of chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner on Saturday night is a capital'B Big Deal. Chalk up that rare invite acceptance to

Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres more than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore´s prediction it would be ice'free by now

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:30
Daily Mail (UK), by David Rose Posted By: mitzi- Sun, 31 34 2014 02:34:13 GMT The speech by former US Vice'President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and

End'of'Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:30
New York Times, by Pam Bellock Posted By: mitzi- Sun, 31 12 2014 02:12:49 GMT DUNDEE, N.Y. — Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end'of'life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year. Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these “advance care planning” conversations as interest in them rises along with the number of aging Americans. People are living longer with illnesses, and many want more input into how they will spend their final days, including whether they want

Putin: You’re next, Kazakhstan

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:30
Hot Air, by Noah Rothman Posted By: PageTurner- Sun, 31 10 2014 02:10:54 GMT When Russian President Vladimir Putin began referring to portions of Ukraine by their Tsarist'era name, Novorossiya, Russia hands expressed alarm. Novorossiya, or “New Russia,” incorporates the area of Southern Ukraine from Donbass to the present day border with Moldova. Some suggested that Putin’s brazen invasion and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a prelude to a much more significant land grab. They noted that Putin could have designs on the entirety of Southern Ukraine, linking Russia to the portion of Moldova known as Transnistria, an area which has been under Russian occupation for years and is already a de facto Russian

Britain´s supermarket jihadi: ISIS fighter who plans to ´bomb the UK´ is unmasked as Morrisons security guard who was arrested on way to Syria ' but LET GO by police

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:13
Daily Mail [UK], by Abu Taher Posted By: Attercliffe- Sun, 31 42 2014 01:42:52 GMT A British jihadi who has threatened to ‘bomb the UK’ is today unmasked as a former supermarket security guard''who travelled to wage war in Syria despite being known to police. Less than two weeks ago, the anonymous extremist known only as ‘Awlaki’ gave an extraordinary interview to the BBC where he boasted about fighting with the terror group Islamic State (IS) and laughed about the beheading of soldiers. But today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that this fanatical Muslim who claims to ‘hate the UK’ is 27'year'old Omar Hussain, who grew up in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Astonishingly, he is still in

Legends of the Fall

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:13
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Sun, 31 35 2014 01:35:22 GMT Eden’s greatest attraction is that it was a time before guilt; before hatred, greed and lust took over the world. (Snip) And if our ancestors killed the Neanderthals, then war — and genocide — goes back at least 45,000 years. The interesting thing about this narrative is it suggests that many of the conquerors were conquered in turn. Or as Glenn Reynolds puts it, what if “‘First Peoples’ were actually just the last people to wipe out whoever was there before”? The real honor, apparently belongs not to the First, but to the Last peoples. Thank Gaia we’re the last!

It’s a War, Stupid!

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:13
Time Magazine, by Garry Kasparov Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 31 29 2014 01:29:44 GMT As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. (Snip) This vocabulary of cowardice emanating from Berlin and Washington today is as disgraceful as the black'is'white propaganda produced by Putin’s regime, and even more dangerous. Moscow’s smokescreens are hardly necessary in the face of so much willful blindness. Putin’s lies are

In Texas, Ted Cruz sounds like he´s running in 2016

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:13
Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 31 23 2014 01:23:04 GMT Dallas, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sounds increasingly like he´s made up his mind to run for president in 2016, telling an influential gathering of conservative activists Saturday that "we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country." (Snip) "I figured out the only way there is a chance in heaven he might come, I´m inviting him to come to a golf course," Cruz said. Cruz offered a way to deal with Islamic State militants in Iraq. "ISIS says they want to go back and reject modernity," he said. "Well, I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the stone age." When the crowd of more than 3,000 at a hotel ballroom serenaded him

Barack Obama refuses to decide and fails to act

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:13
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley Posted By: Attercliffe- Sun, 31 11 2014 01:11:04 GMT Just in case you thought that the Leader of the Free World was secretly harbouring a calculated, well'developed plan for bringing Isil under control and putting Russia’s imperial leader back in his box, Barack Obama banged that idea firmly on the head last week. [Snip] In the president’s exact words: “We don’t have a strategy yet.” When that bizarre statement hit the news outlets, the White House spin team flew into full'on operation (ie panic) mode and began tweeting to the effect that what the Commander'in'Chief had actually meant was that there was “a range of options” which were still